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I I An Unbelievable System ... at an Unbelievable Price ! (With 166.70 Down) ONLY MONTH 10' BLACK STALLION MESH DISH DRAKE 324 RECEIVER DRAKE DOWN CONVERTOR DRAKE 70 LNA CHAPARRAL PR- I FREEDHORN (Including All Wire & Installation) 520 W. Presley Blvd. "Quality Sateliite (Across from Woody's Auto Sales) Equipment, McComb, Mississippi For 249-3862 684-0104 The Best Prices." Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. II "MISSISSIPPI ROADS" VISITS GREENWOOD "Mississippi Roads" visits the site of an areheeologieal dig in Greenwood in a rebroadcest of the popular series at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, on Mississippi ETV. Bill Hony, president of the Mississippi Archaeological Association, explains what's going on. The "Mississippi Roads" crew travels south to Jackson for a dose-up look at the Jackson Mets baseball team. Interviewed are Barry Lyons of Jackson, catcher; Con Maioney of Jackson, owner; and Michael Feder of Madison, director of public relations. On "Mississippi Roads" weekly side trip, Macon is the destination, where the Noxubee County Library, once a jail, is visited. On the cooking segment, Harold Lee, owner of the Big Apple Inn in Jackson, shares the restaurant's recipe for a hot sausage sandwich. Sister Thea Bowman, Diocesan Director of Cultural Awareness for the Jackson Diocese, leads a group of children of Holy Child Jesus School in Canton in some lively inspirational music. Jackie Fischel of Vicksburg, in her familiar Mother Goose costume, reads Mother Goose to a group of schoolchildren. "Mississippi Roads" also visits Ail/gator, Mis- sissippi, in Bolivar County to learn how it got its unusual name. Cjl uff NEW LOCATION East of Harrison Bldg. & Behind Bar J Liberty Open Fridays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sponsored By Amite CIL NEEDLEWORK - WOODWORK - NOVELTIES - CRAFTS (Formerly Perky Teens & Queens) I Thurs., Fri., Sat.- A.M.- PIM. i I All new Spring Merchandise I xo% q)FF . Excluding accessories and gtfts Brand Names Including: i Organically Grown Bobby Brooks Brenner Sportswear Ample Togs MidSouth Rail Corporation Completes Purchase MIDSOUTH RAIL CORPORATION today completed its purchase of the Shreveport-Meri- dian and Gulfport-Hattiesburg lines of the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad and immediately com- menced operations over its 418-mile system. The new regional railroad, which will be headquartered in Jackson, MS, has already hired 300 employees, many of whom are former ICG employees. As part of its purchase, Midseuth also acquired a fleet of 58 locomotives and sufficient freight cars of varoius sizes and types to meet the needs of the diverse businesses that are located along its lines. MidSouth's new schedules include a doubling of the level of service in each direction between Shreveport and Meridian, effective today, as well as maintenance of the existing ICG service levels. Increased service on the Gulfport-Hattiesburg line will be instituted as soon as rehabilitation of the line is completed, which is slated for late summer. MldSouth President Edward L. Moyers pro- raised that the new railroad "will be committed to providing reliable and fairly priced service which will be superior to that offered by our competitors, whether they operate on the highways, the waterways, or the railways. MidSouth will maintain both the low cost structure and high management-employee commitment that will once again make the railroad the preferred way to move the products of our customers." "We are proud to be apart of the Mississippi and Louisiana communities in which we operate," Moyers explained. "We believe in the economic future of this region and we will pay a central role in attracting new industries to the communities we serve." MidSouth announced last November that it had signed a contract with ICG to purchase its properties. Since that time, MidSouth officials have met with its customers, employees, state and community officials, labor leaders and repreo sentatives of the 10 railroads with which it connects to explain its plans and goals for the new railroad. "the goodwill we have received from nearly every group with which we have met has been overwhelming," Moyers said. '~rhis outpouring of support for our plans made it possible for us to complete our purchase of the railroad in a very short period of time." "Among the many groups that have helped us," Moyers said, "I would particularly like to thank the labor organizations that represent MidSouth employees for their constructive and cooperative approach to collec- tive bargaining and the ICG for its tremendous efforts to facilitate a smooth and rapid transition of ownership." MidSouth will offer routings with the following connections: Connecting Gateway Connecting Railroad Meridian Gulf & Mississippi, Norfolk Newton Jackson Tallulah Monroe Sibley Gibsland shreveport Hattiesburg Southern, Meridian and Bigbee (Seaboard Sys/~em) Gulf & Mississippi Illinois Central Gulf Union Pacific Union Pacific, Arkansas & Louisiana Missouri {ALM) Kansas City Seuthern Louisiana and North West (LNW), North Louisiana and Gulf(NLG) Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific Norfolk Southern, Illinois Central Gulf Gulfport Seaboard System MidSouth headquarters are at 111 E. Capitol Street in Jackson, Mississippi. (601) 353-7508. Regional offices will be located at Meridian, Vicksburg, Monroe, Shreveport and Gulfport. 6 Y125 l"x 25 power tape with write-on wipe-off blade with cushion return FREE camouflage cap with purchase One size fits all Look for special FREE CAP' displays Liberty Bldg. Supply Hwy. 24E Liberty, Ms. PRAISE FOR MISSISSIPPI The words of praise came a few days ago from an executive recognized as one of he nation's top one hundred young educators a couple of years ago. Ths praise was for Mississippi's Education Reofrm Act of 1982 and the state's efforts to implement the act. The words came from Dr. Chester Finn, now a key policy developer with the U. S. Department of Education, and formerly a Harvard and Vanderbilt University professor and a White House aide on education. Dr. Finn had been in Mississippi five y~rs ago, speaking to an Annual Membership Meeting of the Mississippi Economic Council. At that time he had just outlined for the nation ten steps for improving education in America. Some of those steps brought criticism from public education professionals in Mississippi. Dr. Finn talked about the need for discipline in the classroom, the need for tougher classroom standards for students and for more homework, the need to move to a higher standard of excellenc-3 in teacher performance. ', Dr. Finn was back in Mississippi, addressing the Mississippi Professional Educators Association. He praised the state's Education Reform Ak, t and efforts for implementation. At the same time, he cautioned that reform lmpiamntation "is not House And Senate Miles Apart On State Money Problems We're down to the last days of the 1986 Legislative Session and here's where we stand: ...Anticipated state revenues for fiscal 1987 are 21 percent below revenues of this year. That's about $114 million. ...House members have voted to extend the session, scheduled for adjournment on April 6, for an additional three weeks, buying extra time to solve the money problem. "Buying" is right; the extra time will cost us $10,000 per day. ...At the same time, the House has approved a list of spending cuts and additional revenue producers amounting to about $107 million, a move designed to avoid cross-the-board cuts. ...The Senate has rejected, at this point, an extension of the session. ...The Senate has also balked at the idea of any lengthy item-by-item spending cuts or revenue producers. ...The Senate has kept alive for a time a bill permitting tax increases, but the House is prepared to reject the proposal. ...Some senators say now the only option in acceptance of the 21 percent budget reduction and adjournment. Some senators are saying that body's leadership has adopted a strategy for leaving the state's finances in shambles at the close of the session, thus forcing the Governor to call a special session for revenue relief. That won't work, says Governor Bill ABain, who holds strongly to his vow that there will be no tax increase and no special session. MEANWHILE...almost lost in the revenue shuffle are a series of major bills still in House-senate conference and nearing deadlines for action. The whole batch could die in conference if the House-senate financial standoff is not quickly resolved. Still in conference are bills which would permit statewide banking and otherwise revise state banking laws...county home rule which includes mandatory election on county unit before adoption of home rule...reorganization of the state health care system...annual appraisal of personal (busi- ness, property...revision of the tax structure for nuclear~ power plants...and uniform school laws including fiscal independence for county school districtS, similar to the independence municipal districts already have. Near week's end House and Senate conferees reportedly had reached agreement on proposals revising assessment rates for property taxation. Presently, assessments are permitted at not more than a 2-to-1 ratio, with residential property assessed at 15 percent of value and utility property and automobile at 30 percent. The conference agreement will permit a 3-to-1 ratio, with residentialproperty being reduced from 15 percent to 10 percent. Conferees reportedly rejected a Senate proposal to reduce all real property to 10 percent while raising personal (business) property assessments from 15 percent to 20 percent. The only change agreed to by conferees is the reduction in residential property; all other classes remain at current levels. Approval of the conference report by House and Senate would put the issue on the ballot later this year for voter approval since it involves a constitutional change. Veterans To Start Getting Redesigned Government Checks Veterans benefit checks will take on a new look beginning April 1, according to Samuel J. Maraman, Jackson VA Regional Office Director. A lightweight paper check will replace the familiar green punched-card check issued by the federal government for the past 40 years. The change is part of a national conversion to paper checks being implemented by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Over 4 million checks each month go to veterans, spouses and dependent children in compensation, pension, educational or insurance benefit pay- ments. Bi-weekly paychecks for Veterans Admini- stration employees around the country will also take on the new look. The change to paper checks was made because of changes in technology which made the punched- card check system obsolete. The new check, which contains more than a dozen security features, is more difficult to alter or counterfeit, according to Treasury officials. The check's design features a full-length reproduction of the Statue of Liberty on the left and a muted close-up of the Statue's head and torch on the right. The check's colors range from light blue to pale peach with the letters "USA" creating a background pattern. Maraman stated that many veterans and VA employees will not notice the change since 37 percent of those receiving compensation or pension benefits, and 47 percent of the employees get their money via electronic transfer, a program strongly encouraged by the VA. The government issues 600 milh'on cheeks annually. Social Security payments and Internal Revenue Service tax refunds were previously converted. Payments for Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement, Civil Service Retirement and other federal employees will also change to the new check on April I. Special publicity efforts are being made to alert government check recipients to the change to avoid confusion. For further assistance and information veterans and widows may contact the Jackson VA Regional Office between the hours of 7:20 and 4:30 Monday through Friday. The statewide toll-free number is 1-800-682-5270. If you live in the Meridian area, call 693-6166; in the Gulfport/Biloxi ~a, M 432-5926. The number in the Jackson area is 965-4873. free." Andl he appealed to state leaders to continue efforts to upgrade salaries for teachers. Worthy praise from a nationally reeognlzed educator, and good advice, too. THE SOUTHERN HERALD Liberty, Mississippi 3 April, 1986 Page 4 Director Bureau of Narcotics Why is cocaine such a dangerous drug? (L.E. Pickens, MS) A. Cocaine is a very dangerous, dependence- producing drug. People use cocaine repeatly because they like its effects and can get to the point of centering their lives around it. The dangers of cocaine vary from individual to individual depending on how the cocaine is administered and the dosage taken. In some people, cocaine may create psychological problems. High dosage use over a long period of time may make a person become paranoid or experience what is called a "cocaine psychosis". This may include halluci- nations of the senses {touch, sight, taste, or smell). There are physical dangers also involved with cocaine use. Occasional use can cause runny or stuffy nose, while chronic use can cause sores on & in the nose, as well as, pit or erode the cart/ledge. When injecting coc~ne, users run the risk of getting hepatitis or other injections caused from using unsterile equipment. Overdose deaths can occur when cocaine is injected, snorted, or smoked. Deaths are a result of multiple seizures followed by respiratory and cardiac arrest. If you would like to ask a question, address it to: Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics P.O. Box 6462 Jackson, MS 39212 ADAMS --- YOUR QUALITY INSURER Offers you excellence in A UTOMOBILE -- LIFE -- AND FIRE INSURANCE ALSO BONDS Full Coverage Insurance BURGLARY CAMPER- TRIP ADAMS INSURANCE PHONE:. 225-4241 A Resolution Opposing Lottery TO WHO IT CONCERNS The following is a resolution that was adopted a the March 26th, 1986 regular monthly meeting of the Deacon Body at the Zion Hill Baptist Church, Route I, Liberty, Mississippi A RESOLUTION OPPOSING M PROPOSED LOTTERY FOR M 8TATE OF MI8818SMI Whereas, the Deacon Body of the Zion Hill Baptist Church of Route 1, Liberty, Mississippi, in their March meeting, and having been made aware of the renewed efforts in the state of Mississippi for the legalization of a lottery, And Whereas, some of the proponents for the legalization of the lottery have indicated that only the preachers in the state are opposed to the lottery, And whereas, the Christian convictions of this Body of Deacons in their local church will not let them remain silent when elected men and women seek to legalize a form of gambling in the name of raising revenue for the state, Be It Therefore Resolved that the Zion Hill Baptist Deacon Body is proud to stand with the preachers and all others in the state who opposes a lottery for the state, as well as all other forms of gambling, including horse racing. Be It Further Resolved that we call upon our Senator and our Representative to vote NO, ff that time every eomes, because we will be remember- ing how those votes.were east, when we are called upon in the future, to east our votes in the voting booth. James E. Coleman. Chairman of Deacon Body Audis Dawson, Secretary of Deacon Body DEACONS: D. M. Dixon, Jr., Willard MeAlliater, James Fleming, Jackie Stokes and Earl Murray Adopted on March 26, 1986, at the regular monthly meeting. All deacons were present, except Jaekie Stokes. Pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church k Odus Jackson. #