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Five Questions
1
What DC Comics NCO led the meno Easy Company?
2
What chemical element is named orthe Greek word or “articial,” sinceit was the rst synthetic element everdiscovered?
3
What has the words “DON’T PANIC”written on it in large, riendly letters?
4
What riend o George IV, whoseamous name is now synonymous withashionable dandies, fed England in1816 due to his huge debts?
5
What Danish astronomer lost hisnose in a 1566 duel and wore a metalprosthetic nose the rest o his lie?
 
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Classifeds
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Comics
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Obituaries
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Opinions
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LocaL FoLks
Ben Saint
has been anemployee at Smackers FrozenYogurt in Columbus since itsopening in 2011.
caLendar
 Tuesday through Saturday,Sept. 24-28
 
Possum Town Storytelling Festi-val:
Internationally known storytellersLen Cabral, Carmen Agra Deedy andKuniko Yamamoto weave words intomagic at the second annual PossumTown Storytelling Festival presentedby the Columbus Arts Council. Pro-grams or all ages will be presentedat the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501Main St., in Columbus. Ask about thestorytelling and origami workshops.For inormation, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787 or visit columbus-arts.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
 
Table Talk:
Dr. Kendall Dunkelburg,Mississippi University or Womenproessor o English, previews thespeakers at the 25th annual EudoraWelty Writers’ Symposium (Oct. 24-26). Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. andsocialize; iced tea provided. Or joinriends rom noon-1 p.m. or the pro-gram. For more inormation, contactthe library at 662-329-5300.
 Thursday, Sept. 26
 
History and Traditions of SECFootball:
This undraiser or theMississippi State Wesley Foundationeatures SEC historian Dr. Mark Wind-ham rom 6-8:30 p.m. at the FirstUnited Methodist Church. Food andellowship is 6-7 p.m.; Dr. Windham’spresentation is 7-8:30 p.m. Ticketsare $25, available through Sept. 18at the FUMC oce and Wesley boardmembers. Call 662-323-1778 ormore inormation.
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Ozell Townsel cuts boards while working on a house on East Main Street in West Point on Thursday aternoon. Townsel said heand his ellow workers have been reurbishing the house or about two months.
BY NATHAN GREGORY 
ngregory@cdispatch.com
 A roller coaster year or sales tax collections in Colum-bus ended on a high note thismonth. The city collected$685,376.78 in non-ood, bev-erage and hotel taxes in July,a $26,442.01 increase over $658,934.77 in July 2012. But all together, the city ended up with $152,187.55 less or 2012-13 than 2011-12. The total or this scal year amounted to $8,624,193.49.Last year’s collections were$8,776,381.04. The Mississippi Department o Revenue collects 81.5 percent o the 7 percent sales tax rommunicipalities and distributesthe remaining 18.5 percent back to the municipalities over a three-month cycle. September reports refect July collections. There were only threemonths during the scal year — October, July and September — when collections were higher than the same month’s duringprevious scal year. At onepoint, collections were down or eight consecutive months.September’s distributionsrefect the highest month-over-month increase experienced in2012-13. The city’s restaurant taxcollection also increased. Co-lumbus collected $123,370.42in June, besting June 2012’s col-lection by $2,189.29.Motel taxes saw a minimaldecrease. The city reported$20,891.86 in hotel tax collec-tions, a $52.38 decrease romthis month last year.
West Point numbers up
 West Point’s September re-turns also saw an improvement. The city’s July collections to-taled $171,336.28, a $2,356.51increase over $168,979.77 in2012.
Sales tax collections down $150K from last year
Waste company to cut recycling program
BY WilliAm BROWNiNG
wbrowning@cdispatch.com
Mississippi Industrial Waste, a com-mercial solid waste company in Colum-bus, will stop its curbside recyclingprogram at the end o this month. The company sent notice letters tolocal customers this week.“Due to the low number o custom-ers that make up our daily routes andtheir geographic distances, it simply costs more to transport these mate-rials than we receive in revenue,” thenotices stated. The letter also said “it has becomeincreasingly diicult to ind a market or the co-mingled materials.”“Co-mingling” means waste mate-rials are mixed together and pickedup at the same time. This method re-quires sorting ater waste collectionso some items can be recycled.“This has added to the labor wemust invest into the process to have a marketable product rom the materi-als,” the letter states.
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The DS200electronicscanner cap-tures digitalimages o all ballotsscanned,allowing orimprovedprocessing o problematicballot mark-ings. Lown-des County ocials esti-mate the costo a scannerto be in the$5,000 to$6,000 andplan to pur-chase 25 o the scanners.
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Caledonia schoolemployee onleave duringembezzlementprobe
appxmly $3,000mg fm pf ll
BY sARAH fOWlER 
 fowler@cdispatch.com
 A Caledonia high school guid-ance counselor has been placed onpaid administrative leave amid em-bezzlement allegation.Superintendent Lynn Wright would not identiy the school em-ployee or conirm the adminis-trative leave citing the matter asa personnel issue but multiplesources within the district saidthe counselor, who has been em-ployed with the district or sixyears, was placed on administra-tive leave Wednesday aternoon.Sources said approximately $3,000has been reported missing romthe high school’s oice. The mon-ey, which was collected rom tran-script ees, was reportedly let inan envelope in a vault, but it is un-clear how many people may havehad access to the vault. Wright said an allegation wasmade last week and the incident isunder investigation by the Lown-des County Sheri’s Department.“Until we get all the acts, wedon’t want to speculate,” Wright said. “There are too many un-knowns. We want to get to the bot-tom o it and we want to hold theperson accountable i somethingwas done wrong or inappropriatebut we don’t want to hurt anybody that’s innocent.”
BY NATHAN GREGORY 
ngregory@cdispatch.com
Lowndes County voters will likely be casting paper ballots again when they goto the polls either next year or in 2015. When county supervisorspassed next year’s budget last week, they allocated$248,300 or circuit elec-tions — $89,350 more than was budgeted last year. A portion o that, com-bined with more than$50,000 in saved electionappropriations rom the Mis-sissippi Secretary o State’soce, could be applied to- ward purchasing 25 DS200scanners that would be usedto tally paper ballots acrossthe county’s 22 precincts, ac-cording to Lowndes County Circuit Clerk Haley Salazar. The county will likely ad- vertise or bids next year, but Salazar estimates the cost o one DS200 to be in the$5,000-6,000 range. According to the web-site VeriedVoting.org, a non-prot vot-ing rights or-ganization, the voting equip-ment consistso a 12-inchtouch screen with a tabula-tor that printsout voter logs providingelection ocials with paper tallies. A scanning devicecaptures digital images o all ballots scanned, allowingor improved processing o problematic ballot markings.
County could purchase new election equipment
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Yearly sales tax collections
2012-13:
$8,624,193.49
2011-12:
$8,776,381.04
 
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Five-Day forecast for the Golden Triangle
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Columbus Thursday 
High/low ..................................... 90°/66°Normal high/low ......................... 86°/62°Record high .......................... 100° (1953)Record low .............................. 41° (1981)Thursday.......................................... 0.00"Month to date ................................. 0.01"Normal month to date ...................... 2.26"Year to date .................................. 45.42"Normal year to date ....................... 40.13"
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Atlanta 78 65 r 80 62 pcBoston 75 64 pc 72 53 rChicago 67 51 s 67 48 sDallas 82 62 pc 86 66 sHonolulu 89 74 s 89 73 sJacksonville 86 71 pc 85 71 tMemphis 78 58 c 80 60 s
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A thunderstormpossibleAberdeen Dam 188' 163.51' -0.05'Stennis Dam 166' 136.68' -0.05'Bevill Dam 136' 136.36' +0.07'Amory 20' 11.38' +0.12'Bigbee 14' 3.65' +0.03'Columbus 15' 4.65' -0.01'Fulton 20' 7.28' +0.01'Tupelo 21' 0.00' none
FullOct. 18FirstOct. 11NewOct. 4LastSep. 26
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A manta ray swims at the Black Current sea tank at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, on the southernisland o Okinawa, Japan, Tuesday.
Friday 
Say What?
“We got a slow start tonight, but the way we fnished up in thesecond hal was totally unbelievable.”
East Mississippi Community College sophomore deensive backKen Breland ater a 70-0 victory against Mississippi Delta C.C.
Story, 1B.
Cranston booksa post-’BreakingBad’ movie role
The AssociATed Press
NEW YORK — BryanCranston will star as black-listed screenwriter DaltonTrumbo in a lm that’s tobe his rst ater wrapping“Breaking Bad.” A publicist or Crans-ton conrmed the cast-ing Thursday. The lm,“Trumbo,” will be directedby “Meet the Parents” lm-maker Jay Roach rom a script by John McNamara. As a member o theCommunist Party, Trumbo was among the Hollywood10: screenwriters and di-rectors blacklisted in 1947ater reusing to testiy be-ore the House Committeeon Un-American Activities. T rumbo won two Oscars,one or the script to “TheBrave One,” written under the name Robert Rich, andanother awarded posthu-mously or “Roman Holi-day.”Cranston also stars inthe upcoming “Godzilla,”due out in May.
John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images
This June 26, 2013, le photo released by AMC showsactor Bryan Cranston on the “Breaking Bad” panel atthe AMC TCA Panel in Beverly Hills, Cali.
Colorado makes massive rescue ‘pet riendly’
 The AssociATed Press
BOULDER, Colo. —Some helicopters rescu-ing people ater massivefooding in Coloradocarried more dogs, catsand sh than people.Rescuers using zip linesto evacuate people over raging rivers also riskedtheir lives to make surethe our-legged mem-bers o amilies weresae.In contrast to storieso people orced to leavetheir pets when New Orleans was swampedby Hurricane Katrina,the motto during one o the largest evacuationsin Colorado history was“No pets let behind,”said Skye Robinson, a spokesman or the Na -tional Guard air searchand rescue operationsduring Colorado’s foods. That’s because includingpets in the rescue eort helped convince evenreluctant residents toleave their homes. O-cials also had more thanenough space or the an-imals and even carriedanimal crates with them.More than 800 petshave been erried tosaety with their owners via helicopter, the Na-tional Guard said. Hun-dreds more were res-cued by ground crews.Livestock, like horsesand cattle, were let be-hind, but a monkey wasamong those saved.Once saely on dry ground, Red Cross shel-ters had water bowls,on-site dog kennelsand all the necessary supplies to ensure al-ready stressed evacuees wouldn’t be separatedrom their pets.“We kind o learnedater Katrina, when peo-ple wouldn’t evacuate be-cause o their pets,” saidKathy Conner, a worker at a shelter at a YMCA inBoulder.
AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso
Colin Dinsmore, o Summit County Rescue, center, car-ries a dog on his shoulder ater rescuing three people,ve dogs and two cats rom a fooded home, Friday, Sept.13, in Boulder, Colo.
 
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 My oh my,How time flies,It sms you’ve turned 50 befe our very eyes!Happy Birday!We Love You, Kala, Daddy & Scott 
By EMILy WAGSTER PETTUS
The Associated Press
 JACKSON Mississippi’seconomy is outpacing the na-tional economy, although bothare growing at a relatively slow rate, an expert told lawmakersThursday.State economist Darrin Webbtold the Joint Legislative Budget Committee that Mississippi had1.9 percent growth in its grossdomestic product in the rst hal o 2013 and he expects the rateto be 1.8 percent by year’s end.He said the national economy isgrowing 1.6 percent.“The state has really beenslow to the party when it comesto job growth, but remarkableimprovement has been made inthe last 12 months,” Webb said.“Employment did dip in July. This is not too surprising, giventhe moderation o growth that istaking place nationally.”He said Mississippi addedabout 25,000 jobs in the past 12months, ater losing jobs in 2009and 2010 and having fat employ-ment in 2011.“I suspect that many o the jobs being added in the state arerelatively low-paying and pos-sibly part-time, and that is why  we can have strong job growthbut relatively modest incomegrowth,” Webb said. “It alsoappears that many o the jobsbeing added may be temporary  jobs, which strengthens the ar-gument that the employment data are overstating the recov-ery.” Webb’s re-marks to law-makers camethe same day theU.S. Census Bu-reau released in-ormation about income and pov-erty. It showedMississippi hadthe lowest median income in theU.S. in 2012, at $37,095. Hal thehouseholds earn less than that amount, and hal earn more.Maryland had the highest, at $71,122. The national median in-come was $51,324.Mississippi had the highest poverty rate in the U.S. in 2012,at 24.2 percent, the Census Bu-reau said. Mississippi was oneo three states with an increasein the poverty rate rom 2011 to2012. The others were Calior-nia and New Hampshire. Webb said he expects stateand national economic growthto pick up the next two years.He also said, in response to a lawmaker’s question, that he be-lieves that uncertainty about theederal health overhaul is mak-ing some businesses hesitant tohire people. Ater the Budget Committeemeeting, House Speaker Phil-ip Gunn said: “I would like topoint out — I may be very po-litical here — I don’t think it’sany coincidence that beginningin 2012, Mississippi’s growthbegan to outpace the nation.Mississippi’s job creation beganto explode... In 2012, we, as thegovernor said, passed the most business-riendly legislation inthe history o the state o Missis-sippi. Those things are not coin-cidences. Those things coincid-ed with the Republicans takingover in Mississippi.”Republicans have held theMississippi governorship or allbut our years since 1992, andthe GOP controlled the stateSenate several years beore it also took control o the House inearly 2012.Sen. Willie Simmons o Cleve-land, a Democrat who serves onthe Budget Committee, said inresponse to Gunn’s remarks:“We’ve been down so long in a recession, I think we would’veseen some turnaround regard-less o who’s in leadership. But I do appreciate the act that weseem to be working together these days, trying to generateand do some things that wouldbring more jobs.”Simmons said the Delta re-mains one o the poorest partso the state.Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Re-publican, said the U.S. economy is lagging because o policiespushed by Democratic Presi-dent Barack Obama, includingthe health overhaul that Obama signed into law in 2010.
Economist: Mississippi and U.S. see modest growth
State had 1.9 percent growth while nationaleconomy grew by 1.6 percent
Webb
SPECIAL TO THE DISPATCH
MISSISSIPPI STATE— The threat o in-clement weather orcedorganizers to cancel a game-day tour o new tri-al gardens at MississippiState University.Bulldog ans hadbeen invited to townearly or the Sept. 21ootball game to get ideas or their homelandscapes at an openhouse and tour o the tri-al gardens and VeteransMemorial Rose Garden. The morning event at the R. R. Foil Plant Research Center, wassponsored by the MSUExtension Service andMississippi Agriculturaland Forestry Experi-ment Station.For more inorma-tion, call Geo Denny at 662-325-2311 or visit thetrial gardens’ Facebookpage at acebook.com/mstrialgarden.
Weather cancels tour ofMississippi State trial gardens
 Turning on the lights
Micah Green/Dispatch Staff 
Brad Hendrix, with Columbus Light and Water, works to replace a light bulb on astreet light on Main Street in downtown Columbus.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
 JACKSON An Ab-erdeen city judge will bepublicly reprimanded andned $1,000 or gettinginto an argument with a probation ocer outsidehis courtroom in 2012. The Mississippi Com-mission on Judicial Per-ormance and City JudgeRobert Earl Fowlkes hadointly petitioned the Mis-sissippi Supreme Court or a public reprimand.The Supreme Court, inan order Thursday, addeda $1,000 ne to Fowlkes’punishment. According to court re-cords, Fowlkes arguedwith the probation ocer over whether a man inhis courtroom had an out-standing warrant. The ar-gument continued into theclerk’s oce where theocer had gone to checkon the warrant. He had theprobation ocer escortedout o the clerk’s oce by police.Records show the man whose presence led to theargument was Fowlkes’tenant. The commission andFowlkes agreed his ac-tions were discourteous tothose with whom he deals with as a judge and that it  was improper to use his ju-dicial oce to advance theprivate interests o others. Justice Josiah D. Cole-man, writing or the court,said Fowlkes ailed to re-move himsel rom the ad- versarial matter betweenthe probation ocer andhis tenant. As the man’s landlord,Coleman said Fowlkeshad a vested nancial in-terest in keeping him out o jail.“His impatience anddiscourteousness ... along with improper threatsto hold her in contempt o court, created the ap-pearance that he wasinfuenced by the land-lord-tenant relationshipand that he was using hisoce to advance the pri- vate interests,” Coleman wrote.Coleman said the ne was justied because o Fowlkes’ pattern o mis-conduct. Coleman saidFowlkes had been investi-gated by the commissiontwice and sanctioned by the Supreme Court in 2003or violating rules that pro-hibit judges rom talkingin private with litigants togive them legal advice.
berdeen city judgereprimanded, fned or argument
Man fned $1,000 or 2012 incident
By NATHAN GREGORy 
ngregory@cdispatch.com
 The Mississippi De-velopment Authority hasawarded ve Columbusand Lowndes County es-tivals a combined $16,000through its Tourism Grant Program or the 2013-14scal year.Catsh in the Alley,Market Street Festivaland Caledonia Days eachreceived $4,000. The Dec-orative Arts and Preser-vation Forum and Dream365 received$2,000 each.Colum-bus Conven-tion and Vis-itors Bureauoicialsannouncedthe grantsin a pressrelease Wednesday. TheMDA set aside $250,000in Tourism Grant Programunds statewide this year.CVB executive director Nancy Carpenter said theorganization wrote letterso support or each event asking MDA to consider them or unding due totheir promotion o tourismand economic growth.“The Columbus-Lown-des Convention and Visi-tors Bureau has enjoyed working with each o theseevents as it generates a positive experience or vis-itors and the community,”Carpenter said in the re-lease. “We appreciate theMississippi Development  Authority or appropri-ating unds or the mar-keting and advertising o estivals and events in thestate o Mississippi. Theseevents will benet im-mensely rom the grants.”Columbus Mayor Rob-ert Smith recognized Car-penter during Tuesday’scity council meeting or her eorts to request -nancial support or Catshin the Alley.
MDA awards grants to local festivals
County eventsreceive combined$16,000
Carpenter

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