Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Trees Need Site Prep for Replanting Success

Released: SeMsu Ag Communications News
Contact: Dr. John Kushla, 662-566-2201

Trees need site prep for replanting success

By Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Landowners interested in maximizing the value of their investment need to plan for proper site preparation when replanting trees after harvesting timber.

John Kushla, a forestry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, said this preparation involves manipulating the site to increase the survival and growth of seedlings. Proper site preparation also makes tree planting or seeding more efficient.

“The goal is to give seedlings a chance to grow and develop without fighting for needed resources, such as space, light, moisture and nutrients,” Kushla said. “Many landowners treat replanting as an afterthought, but regeneration requires proper planning and execution. Some of the profits made from harvesting should be used to pay for site preparation and replanting.”

Over time, scientists have figured out the pros and cons of different site preparation methods, as well as the costs associated with each.

“The four primary techniques for site preparation are fire, mechanical, chemical or a combination of these three,” Kushla said. “For years, fire was the primary tool used to clear land for farming and to manage hunting land. Burning the logging debris left behind is the least expensive method of site preparation. It enhances wildlife habitat, and it improves access for tree planting.”

But prescribed burns have their disadvantages, too.

“You’ve got to deal with smoke and the chance that fire may escape, which is why we recommend working with a certified burn manager,” he said. “Nitrogen is lost during combustion, you’re limited by the weather, and steeper slopes tend to erode. Burning also doesn’t solve the problem of how quickly some plants grow back.”

Weather conditions in late summer and early fall are often favorable for burning. In 2012, the average cost for site preparation by burning in the Southern coastal plain was $53 per acre.

Mechanical site preparation is the most expensive option, in spite of equipment advances that reduce the number of times a site must be passed over to clear the area.

“Combination plows attached to tractors with a small blade can shear and clear debris, rip the subsoil, and make planting beds in one pass for about $185 per acre,” Kushla said. “The removal of debris allows for easier machine planting, improves the soil’s physical condition, and controls competing brush. But some woody species may seed in, fertility can decrease with the loss of topsoil, and it can be pricey.”

Improved effectiveness of herbicides has led to the increased use of chemicals to control vegetation as part of a forest management plan.

“Now we have helicopter spray booms, ground sprayers for skidders and ATVs, and hand-held sprayers that allow foresters to prescribe and apply herbicides targeting a broad range of vegetation with one application,” he said. “This method costs between about $67 and $89 per acre, depending on the method of application.”

The pros of using herbicides include reduced compaction and erosion, lower cost and some residual weed control. Herbicides control unwanted vegetation longer than the other methods. Herbicide drift onto other plants and trees is a risk.

Garron Hicks, the assistant district forester for the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s northeast district based in Tupelo, said landowners need to evaluate their objectives when planning next steps after a clear cut.

“If landowners want to grow timber to generate revenue, then they would want to regenerate the site, which involves conducting some site preparation to ensure a good planting job and adequate survival,” Hicks said. “Land that isn’t replanted will naturally regenerate a stand of trees, but landowners will be left with a poor-quality stand that takes 25 to 30 years to reach 

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Hicks said landowners should contact their local Mississippi Forestry Commission forester, an MSU Extension forester or a forest consultant to discuss regenerating a clear cut. The Mississippi Forestry Commission also keeps a list of reputable site prep vendors.

Mississippi requires that foresters are licensed to practice forestry.  To find a list of local registered foresters, visit the Mississippi Board of Registration for Foresters at

For more information, visit the Mississippi Forestry Commission at Publication 2470 “Managing the Family Forest in Mississippi” and other Extension forestry publications can be found at

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Women Take Aim at Bow Hunting Action

By Mary Grace Eppes
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Many Mississippi bow hunters eagerly await the first hunt of the season and each year, more of those hunters are women.

Katie Pepper of Canton, a former Mississippi State University student and an ardent hunter, is proof that bow hunting is no longer just a male sport.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Franklin County School District Scores a 'B' .... Ms Schools, Districts Continue to Improve

Embargoed News Release: Until 12:01 a.m., September 13, 2013
Mississippi Schools, Districts Continue to Show Improvement
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) today officially released letter grades for schools and districts, showing more districts earning an “A” and fewer districts earning an “F” for the third consecutive year.  The Mississippi Board of Education is expected to approve the 2013 accountability results at its meeting today.
The accountability model measures student performance on rigorous curricula and assessments.  Schools and districts received performance classification letter grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F.”
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492,847 Children Registered For School in Ms

ROXIE, MS - As of September 12, 2013 (according to records) there are 492,847 children attending school in Mississippi in grades beginning with Pre- Kindergarten which includes 19 levels of classes. The largest class is Kindergarten with 43,201 and the second largest class is Grade 1 of primary school with 40,836.  The smallest class to be included in Primary Schooling  is Grade 12 with 29,489 enrollment.  
See chart below: 

Special Education Pre-K1313
Special Education Kindergarten334
Elementary Special Education3332
Grade 140836
Grade 237994
Grade 337732
Grade 436653
Grade 537324
Grade 637632
Grade 739011
Grade 836709
Grade 937770
Grade 1034826
Grade 1131206
Grade 1229489
Secondary Special Education2524
Secondary GED964
Total Enrollment

The largest group in the 492,847 total enrollment is 51% MALE and 49% Female
The largest ethnic group is 49% Black with 46% White

Group NameGroup NumberGroup Percent (%)
Native American11530
Multi Racial43791

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Note: * Represents suppressed data to prevent the identification of individuals in small cells or with unique characteristics

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MIT Technology Review Says $20 Phone Could Topple 2G Cell Network

MIT Tech News - By making simple modifications to common Motorola phones, researchers in Berlin have shown they can block calls and text messages intended for nearby people connected to the same cellular network. 

The method works on the second-generation (2G) GSM networks that are the most common type of cell network worldwide. In the U.S., both AT&T and T-Mobile carry calls and text messages using GSM networks.

More on this article click here > Software Update to $20 Phones Could Topple 2G Cell Networks | MIT Technology Review

On This Day in 1992 - Hurricane Andrew

US National Weather Service Jackson Mississippi - Jackson, MS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - On this day in 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall as a Category 3 storm near Morgan City, LA and then moved into Mississippi. 

The outer bands of this storm produced 27 tornadoes throughout the state causing 3 injuries and over $400,000 in damages. This event also caused excessive rainfall in several areas. Collins, Crystal Springs, and Sumrall, MS each received 7.2 inches of rain over the span of just a few hours.  For more on this and other stories click here.

Source: National Weather Service / FCNews Staff 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Today's Weather From Concordia Chamber

VIDALIA, LA - Local weather for August 20, 2013 click here

Source- click here

Jim Bowie Festival Adds More Entertainment; Growing Bigger

VIDALIA, LA -  A Concordia Chamber of Commerce spoke person announced today several additional entertainment venues to be held September, 27th and 28th .... The Harrigill Family Bluegrass/Gospel will perform at 4:00 pm on the 27th and Greg Robinson , a local blues musician, will follow. 
Many features included: 
Country Boy Mark Porter 
  • The Jim Bowie Solid Gold Saturday Night with Country Boy Mark Porter, Belle Plain Revival, Natchez Backroads Band, Scratch, Trent LeJune & Doubletime, The Harrigills, Greg Robinson and The Sand Bar Duel Re-Enactment, 
  • The Jim Bowie State Championship BBQ Throwdown (KCBS Sanctioned)
  • Little Mr & Miss Bowie Pageant 
  • Mechanical Bull Buck-Off Contest
  • RedNeck Adventures - Archery & Skeet shooting competitions Men, Women's, Youth, and Veteran/Disabled Categories GREAT Prizes and GREAT fun!
  • 4H Pet Show & 4H Cookery Contest
This year is going to be BIG!!! See you there!  
Call 318-336-8223 for more information or visit for schedules and pricing 

The Concordia Chamber of Commerce  announced the The  Annual Jim Bowie Festival   will be held in Vidalia, La on September 27- 28th.  The festivities will begin Friday the 27th at 4:00 pm with The Harrigill Bluegrass Family; then Mr Greg Robinsona local blues artist, at 5:30 and at 8:00 pm until 12:00 pm the big band sound of the Belle Plain Revival  which will set the mood for the upcoming Saturday fun entertainment and other scheduled events.

The Saturday entertainment and events schedule begins when the gate opens at 10:00 am for the all day affair. At 10:30 am the Jim Bowie Re-enactment begins and the list of events and entertainment goes on all day ... come join the fun ..

Source: FCNews Staff report/update

Monday, August 19, 2013

Textbook Violations in Mississippi Schools Flagged by Auditor

The State Auditor says some Mississippi schools are breaking the law. It's because not all students have access to text books after school.  
Books inside backpacks don't make it past school grounds in many districts across the state. And it's not because the kids don't want to take them home.
Read the entire article by clicking here > 
Textbook violations in Mississippi schools flagged by auditor - - Jackson, MS

Friday, August 16, 2013

La State Championship at Jim Bowie Festival & Throwdown Sept 27-28th

VIDALIA, LA - The Concordia Chamber of Commerce has announced it Annual Jim Bowie Festival   in Vidalia, La on September 27- 28th.  The festivities begin Friday the 27th at 4:00 pm with The Harrigill Bluegrass Family; then Mr Greg Robinson, a local blues artist, at 5:30 and at 8:00 pm until 12:00 pm the big band sound of the Belle Plain Revival  which will set the mood for the upcoming Saturday fun entertainment and other scheduled events.

The Saturday entertainment and events schedule begins when the gate opens at 10:00 am for the all day affair. At 10:30 am the Jim Bowie Re-enactment begins and the list of events and entertainment goes on all day ... see poster below for schedule ... 

The Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned  Louisiana State Championship  BBQ Team begins with the Jim Bowie Throwdown  featuring some of the best BBQ and some of the most outstanding national, state and local teams in the country will be held during the festivities. 

This outstanding event is planned by the local Concordia Chamber of Commerce and supported by its members, the local citizens  and numerous local businesses.  The cash prize pot is at $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) and it is growing.  The Louisiana State Champion/Grand Champion winner will also receive a 2 night stay  at the Isle of Capri Hotel for 2 people including 2 buffets.  

Deadline for BBQ Team application is September 15th.  The categories are chicken, pork ribs, pork butt and brisket.  

You may contact Ann Westmoreland at or Glen McGlothin at for more information or a contest application.  You may also call 318-336-8223 or click here to request more info or vendor application 

There is always lots of  great entertainment at the Jim Bowie Festival and during the  Jim Bowie Throwdown.  Many local businesses and national businesses support the effort along with the many workers and volunteers in making one of the best events in the country …. Right here in our own backyard … put it on your calendar and plan on attending … 

Source: FCNews Staff

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Second Hostage Dies After St Joseph Bank Standoff End

A second hostage shot in a standoff in a small Louisiana town has died. Rapides Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Charla Ducote said LaDean McDaniel died Thursday morning at the hospital in Alexandria.

Source: CNN
More on this story click here > Second hostage shot during bank standoff dies - - Jackson, MS
Posted: Aug 15, 2013 12:05 PM CDT 
Updated: Aug 15, 2013 1:35 PM CDT


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Peoples Bank of the South to Merge With United Ms. Bank

ROXIE, MS (FCNews) - United Mississippi Bank located in Natchez, Mississippi has made application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation , Washington, D.C. for its written consent to merge with Peoples Bank of the South, located in Bude, Ms. This action would leave United Mississippi Bank being the majority owner.  It is contemplated that all the offices of both of the banks will continue to be operated as normal.  Based on Section 18(d) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, unless there is no legal opposition to the merger by August 30, 2013 then the merger will take place August 30, 2013. Any person desiring to know more about the non confidential merger application filed in the regional office of the FDIC may do so during normal business office hours by request at either offices of United Mississippi Bank in Natchez Ms or Peoples Bank of the South in Bude Ms. 

Sources say that the merger talks between the two banks began after  Larry Barnette Hill, 58, of Meadville, Mississippi, pled guilty on April 15, 2013 in U.S. District Court to bank fraud and money laundering.  U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen made the Hill public announcement. 

Larry Barnette Hill served as CEO of People’s Bank of the South in Bude, Mississippi. From 2004 through 2012. Investigative reports indicated he fraudulently withdrew money from the bank’s Payroll Clearing Account and deposited those funds into the bank accounts of his family members and into a “shell” bank account he created for his personal benefit and the benefit of others. Hill also used the bank’s credit card for personal expenses without the bank’s authorization, and took third-party checks issued in the name of People’s Bank to make payments on a personal loan that he held at another bank and to embezzle funds into other accounts he owned and controlled for his own benefit or the benefit of others.

Hill concealed his fraudulent activities by creating false general ledger tickets which appeared to be for bank expenses in order to disguise his fraudulent activities within the budget of the bank. He also falsely inflated the bank’s budget each month in order to disguise additional money he was embezzling. The total amount of loss in this case is still being calculated, but is estimated to be from $600,000 to over $1 million.

Mr. Hill was sentenced in federal court July 16, 2013  to 78 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for money laundering and bank fraud.   Hill was also ordered to pay $1,243,703 in restitution to People’s Bank of the South.

Source: FCNews Staff/ Public Records / FBI Memo-announcement
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Please Be Warned About Taking Cell Phone Photographs

 WARNING!!!! If you take photos with your cell phone.  If you, your kids or grand kids take pics from your phone—WATCH THIS!

This is truly alarming – please take the time to watch. At the end they’ll tell you how to set your phone so you don’t run this risk!


I want everyone of you to watch this and then be sure to share with all your family and friends.
It’s REALLY important info, about what your posting things on your cell phones can do TO YOU!!!

Too much technology out there these days so beware………..


If you have children or grandchildren you NEED to watch this. I had no idea this could happen from taking pictures on the blackberry or cell phone. It’s scary.

Video Here: warning-if-you-take-photos-with-your-cell-phone

Gunman Takes 3 Hostages at St. Joseph La Bank

ST. JOSEPH, La. - A gunman took three people hostage Tuesday at a bank in rural Louisiana. A State Police negotiator was brought in to talk to the man, authorities said.

The man, armed with at least a handgun, took the people captive about 12:30 p.m. at the Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph, and the negotiator talked with him throughout the afternoon, said Trooper Albert Paxton, a state police spokesman.

 More On This Story:  Gunman takes 3 hostages at north La. bank - Yahoo! News 

Source: Yahoo News and AP Wire Service

Monday, August 12, 2013

NEW Under 21 New York Driver’s Licenses

Good luck,!  The New York Department of Motor Vehicles is rolling out a new driver’s license that they claim is virtually tamper-proof.
While the makeover is mainly aimed at curbing forgeries that can be used for terrorism and identity theft, New Yorker's under 21 will also find their beer buying abilities impeded by the spiffy new vertical alignment of “Under 21″ licenses, which make it easier for bouncers and bodega owners to weed out underage drinkers. (In 2012, the New York DMV apparently collected 1,450 counterfeit licenses in underage drinking stings.)

Screengrab from New York Department of Motor Vehicles' website.

Read the entire article by clicking here > Bendy New York Driver’s Licenses Killed by No-Fun DMV | Observer:

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

'Sliders' at Gas Stations Targeting Women

Typically when I think 'sliders', I think of cute little burgers or sandwiches that are hard to resist, but this new crop of 'sliders' is much more dangerous than just a few extra fat grams. Police are warning people, particularly women, of this sleazy new breed of criminals they've dubbed "sliders" who strike when you least expect it.

More On This Story >>> Sneaky 'Sliders' at Gas Stations Targeting Women Nationwide

Praying Couple Lets Their Second Child Die. No Medicine, Just Prayer

In 2009, Kent Schaible, the two-year-old son of Herbert and Catherine Schaible, contracted bacterial pneumonia. Kent could have been saved by doctors, but his parents didn’t give him that chance. Instead, they prayed for ten days… and, to nobody’s surprise, that didn’t help. A few doses of Tylenol could have saved Kent’s life, but his parents decided they had a better solution in mind.

Read the full article here > Christian Couple Kills Their Second Child… with Prayer

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lafayette, La Teen Dies After Fall From Balcony

ORANGE BEACH, AL (NBC33) — The 17-year-old from Lafayette, La boy who fell from a balcony while vacationing with his family in Alabama has died as a result of his injuries.

The incident happened on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Tidewater Condominiums in Orange Beach, Al.  We’re told two bystanders found the boy on the ground.  Investigators believe he fell from the fifth floor balcony.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

You Are On My Porch. Can I Shoot You?

ROXIE, MS - On April 15, 2010, Jackson Attorney Clarence T “Gup” Guthrie III wrote an article in his  Mississippi Criminal Defense Blog  pertaining to the “Mississippi Castle Doctrine“. The article was titled …  ‘Can I Shoot Someone on My Porch?’  He wrote in part  ....
In 2006, Mississippi enacted one of the nation’s most extensive “Castle Doctrine” laws.  Instead of making an entirely new law, Mississippi’s castle doctrine comes from an amendment to the already existing “justifiable homicide” statute.
Castle Doctrine laws, or “castle laws,” are based on very old English common law, which recognized that someone’s home is a place where they should be free from illegal trespassing or violent attacks.  As such, the laws gave citizens the right to defend their home (their “castle”), from violent attacks or intrusions, to the extent of using deadly force if necessary.  Each state’s laws are different with regards to the Castle Doctrine, with some having no law at all, all the way to the other extreme, which is where Mississippi is on it.  Basically, the law allows you to defend your home against attack or intrusion without criminal or civil consequences.
 To read the full article by Attorney Guthrie just click here.

A Castle Doctrine (also known as a Castle Law or a Defense of Habitation Law) is an American legal doctrine that designates a person's abode (or, in some states, any legally-occupied place [e.g., a vehicle or workplace]) as a place in which that person has certain protections and immunities permitting him or her, in certain circumstances, to use force (up to and including deadly force) to defend against an intruder -- free from legal responsibility/prosecution for the consequences of the force used. 

To read more about the 'Castle Doctrine' click here > Castle doctrine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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About the Author as reference above

Clarence T. "Gup" Guthrie III. Gup is a retired United States Marine artillery officer and J.A.G., and has been lead counsel in over 250 criminal and civil trials. He has defended hundreds of DUI cases. Gup believes that paying clients, or serious potential clients, should be able to contact their lawyer at all times, so he can be reached 24/7 by telephone at 601-991-1099, or emailed at

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GAO Audit Shows Dead Farmers Reap Millions in Subsidies

WASHINGTON, DC - The federal government is still paying out millions of dollars a year in subsidies to dead farmers, according to a government audit released Monday that said the Agriculture Department doesn’t do the routine checks required to make sure it is paying benefits to the right people.

The Government Accountability Office said one agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, made $10.6 million payments from 2008 to 2012 on behalf of more than 1,100 people who had been dead at least a year. Another arm of the department, the Risk Management Agency, paid out $22 million to more than 3,400 policyholders who had been dead at least two years.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Child Care Providers Forced to Scan or Scram

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Scan or scram is what some child care center owners are feeling. DHS (Department of Human Services)  recently announced the statewide roll-out of the finger scan program for parents using federal money to pay for child care.
Tiny Tots Learning Center owner Bessie Walker has toys, books and papers scattered and boxed up.  After 34 years in business, Friday is her last day to be open. Walker refuses to put the controversial scanners at her front door. 
(Ms Walker had opportunity to have scanner at any location. See rules by clicking here) 
For the complete article click here > Child care providers say they're forced to scan or scram - - The News for South Mississippi

The rules were established by DHS and a pilot program was put into place.  
To read the rules click here

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