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ff- e r m a n ' $ a J t c ff- a n aC s TUNE UP BRAKEg O V JOmTS BALL JOBTS ENGINE REPLACEMENTS RF.PAIFI8 ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS WINDSHIELD REPLACEMENT CLAIm WELCOME) NOW OFFERING YOUR OFFICIAL VEHICLE INSPECTION STATION WE HELP YOU GET YOUR VEHICLE LEGAL TO DRIVE CUSTOM PAINTING Buy/Sell Classic Vehicles Wash/Vac Bug/Tar Removal High Speed Buffing Engine Cleaning ALL WORK GUARANTEED PICKUP AND DELIVERY AVAILABLE 601-667-4062 8AM-5 PM M-F 8 - 12 SAT OR BY APPOINTMENT & BODY WORK! I AVOID FALLING PREY TO TRAVEL SCAMS The Better Business Bureau :L(BBB) of Mississippi warns con- --' .;sumers that travel scammers are busy once again to cash in as plans for vacations are being made, The Itp-off artists promise a great vaca- lion lit bargain prices and dump you a horrible hotel, charge outra- .--- geous fees, etc. that make the vacation costs soar. Solicitations can be in the form of mail, phone dls, faxu, or emails. Travel fraud costs consumers lu'ound $12 billion each year. The best defense is to remember the motto "If it's too good to be true, ~:then it probably is". Here are some tips for you to consider before you accept special vacsUon offers: Get everything in writing !.-.(Including cancellation and refund poU= ) .' Don't fall for high pressure riles tactics take time to make your decision Be sure that you actually have J a reservation st the designated ing 2006 nearly 700,000 consumer inquires were handled - as well as 2,700 customer complaints: The BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Information on businesses can be obtained by visiting the BBB website (www.bbbms.or) and by calling the 24 hour automated response line (800-987-8280). TOP FTC CONSUMER COMPLAINTS IN MISSISSIPPI According to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) annual report on consumer complaints filed with the agency nationwide, identity theft tops the list for the seventh year in a row, accounting for 36 percent of the 674,354 complaints received between January 1 and December 31, 2006. Credit card fraud (25 per- cent) was the most common form of reported identity theft, followed by phone or utilities fraud (16 percent), bank fraud (16 percent), and employment fraud (14 percent). Mississippi consumers filed 1,494 identity theft complaints with the FTC in 2006, ranking 36th in the nation in identity theft com- plaints per 100,000 people. Missis- sippians also filed 2,318 complaints of fraud in other areas, including: 1. Prizes/Sweepstakes and Lot- teries, 332 complaints 2. Shop-at-Home/Catalog Sales, 216 complaints hotel before paying; if you purchase 3. Internet Services and Corn- airline tickets, and learn afterwards puter Complaints, 173 complaints that the hotel is not available on 4. Internet Auctions, 154 corn- your planned dates, you may have plaints difficulties making airline changes 5. Advance-Fee Loans and and you certainly will incur addition- Credit Protection/Repair, 122 com- al fees for making flight changes plaints Investigate the company - visit How can you avoid becoming a their web site and check their corn- victim of.fraud? First, always invss- plaint history with the Better Busi- tigate before investing. Contact the ness Bureau Mississippi Attomey General's Con- - Pay for the trip with a credit sumer Protection Division or the card so that you have protection if Better Business Bureau of Missis- you are scammed by being able to sippi to inquire about companies dispute the charges (within 60and know whom you "are dealing days); if you pay by cash or check with before sending money or mak- you lose your legal right to dispute ing commitments. Second, remem- fraudulent charges bar it is always risky to pay in Don't give out financial infor- advance for pdzes, services, loans mation to the company if they want or merchandise to be delivered to "verify that you qualify" for the later. Never pay for a "free" gift or special offer prize. In addition to checking the BBB What can you do if you are a vic- of Mississippi for any complaint his- tim? File a complaint with the Fed- tory on companies, you can also eral Trade Commission by calling contact the Attorney General and 1-877-FTC-HELP or filling out a the Federal Trade Commission. complaint form on-line at The BBB of Mississippi has Deborah Platt Majoras, Chairman been serving consumers as a non- of the Federal Trade Commission profit organization since 1964. Dur- says 'Consumers" help jn ol; ing you purchase a vehicle from IV, your credit is guaranteed, or you will receive We welcome first time buyers, bankruptcy, divorce, slow credit. We help good people with bad credit. put our money where our mouth is! Large Selection of Clean Late Model Cars, Trucks and SUV's ,Delaware Avenue McComb, MS. 601-250-0509 Minimum income $1,400 monthly, six months at current lOb, dow. a~.yments r, lay vary, See dealer for details. J Support your town and community. Subscribe to The Southern Hera!d today! 1 THE SOUTHERN HERALD Liberty, Mississippi May 3, 2007 Page 3 unlawful operations is critical. Filing a complaint with the FTC makes information available to more than 1,600 law enforcement agencies that have access to the FTC's secure database." Mississippi con- sumers may also want to file their complaint With the Office of the Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau of Mississippi. How can you learn more about fraud and scams? Contact your local Mississippi State University Extension Service County Office and ask for your Family' Resoume Management Area Agent who can i provide consumer protection work- i shops on fraud and/or identity theft I for your group at your church, work- place or other community group. POND STOCKING Bluegill Largemouth Bass Channel Catfish Fathead Minnows POND MAINTENANCE Weed Control Liming and Fertilizing Aerators and Fountains Fish Feeders Delta. Electro-fishing Survey assessments Phone number 1-800-820-2606 Support your town and community. Subscribe to The Southern Herald today! AMITE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Amite County Soil and Water Conservation District, a member of the Mississippi Association of Con- servation Districts (MACD), announces its annual call for appli- cations for four $2,000 scholarsh ips to be awarded in January 2008. These scholarship awards are open to any college sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in a college in the state of Mississippi. Applications will be evaluated based on student's grade point averages, activities and leadership qualities, financial need and sup- porting materials, Any student may apply, no matter what field of study the student is pursuing; however, an applicant in a natural resources field of study may be awarded extra points. MACD is a non-profit organiza- tion made up of the state's 82 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, who promote the conservation of Mississippi's natural resources through education and outreach. The deadline for submitting applications is October 1, 2007, To obtain an application, information or specific evaluation criteria, visit the Amite County Soil and Water Con- servation District Office located at 100 Roberts Road, Liberty, MS, or call 601-657-8085, ext. 3. REATIV-E THINKING An elderly man, harassed by:the taunts.of theneighbor- fio'0d children, devised a l scheme. He offered to pay them a dollar each if the would return on Tuesday and yell their insults again. The children did so eagerly and received the money. Then he told them he would pay only 25 cents on Wednesday. When they returned, insulted him again and collected their quarters, he informed them that Thursday's rate would be just a penny. "Forget it," they said and never taunted him again. ---Atfie Kohn in The Boston Globe God does not dispense strength and encouragement like a druggist fills your pre- scription. The Lord doesn't promise to give us something to take so we can handle our weary moments. He promises us Himself. That is all. AND THAT IS ENOUGH! --Charles W, Swindoll Encourage Me You can't base your life]" [ on other people's ' expectations. Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up. s=W',I' ,r'o: '~(~ sotu~'~'t,/" ~z~ ~P.O. ~OX 674 9~.~'T"I", qJVlS $9645. tz a.a, wgff'~ ~c "u~z, Another week has flown by as spring whispers through the tender new leaves and birds chatter their news to each other. How I welcome this time of year as I set wild verbena plants out on my bank, water them, then break limbs off of white oak frees sticking them around new plants to shade them from the heat of the glaring sun during the daytime. A cloudy day is my preference for setting flowers out, but sometimes one has to do things as they are able to do so. Yolanda McDowell of Gloster was in a car wreck and is recuperating at home. We wish her well and a speedy recovery. My nephew, Will Riddle, is having trouble with blood clots. Please con- tinue to pray for him. I know that prayers are answered and I thank you for this. I hope My Readers are reading books, magazines or newspapers. This helps us rest and it helps to keep our mind active, plus it can distract us from any problems we may have. Feel free to come to the Liberty Library to check out books and magazines, and/or books on tape. It doesn't matter if check your reading material out or buy it from McComb or from our own wonderful bookstore that Robert and Mary Stratton have beautifully reno- vated then moved into the bigger building on Main Street. In an earlier write up of The Liberty News I mentioned the new Weight Watchers group that meets at the conference room of the Liberty Library on Monday nights at 4:30. They have expanded and now have a second group that meet at 6:00. However, I failed to mention that a TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group that meets at 6:00 on Tuesday nights at the conference room of the Liberty Library. Both of these groups are available to help in weight loss or after loosing the weight, help maintain or keep ones ideal weight. Also, an Alcoholics Anonymous group now meets at the conference room at the Liberty Library on Saturdays at 12:00. Feel free to join any of these groups that may help you in some way and please tell others about these meetings so that with the helping hands of others we may navigate the lives that God has given us through calmer and wiser waters. The springtime also has me wanting to go fishing, but I must tell you that I am a chicken fisherman. I grew up with three brothers who teased me, their only sister, unmemifully. Therefore, even though I am 57 years old, I am terrified of anything that flies, hops or flops. I love to fish, but I can't take the fish off of the hook. I have tried and tried to overcome these fears, but I have not been successful in doing so. I have to take a fnend fishing with me to help out. Joyce Hughes Perkins of Liberty has a sister who is visiting her rela- tives in the Liberty area at this time. She is Barbara Freemyer Lynch of Oklahoma. Barbara tries to visit at least once each year. It is so good when families stay in touch. lain still searching in 01d newspapers from 1975 for an obituary for David Johnathan Brown buthaven't found,it yet. But t did note interesting things that I will share with you. All of the foilowing excerpts are from The Southerfi Herald newspaper On March 6, 19.75. On March 6, 1975 is the heading: "Ducks Celebrate Golden Anniver- sary. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Matt Duck wil be honored at a tea on the occa- sion of their fifieth wedding anniversary on Sunday March 9 by Mrs. Thel- ma Jones Campbell and their children and grandchildren. The happy occa- sion will be celebrated at the home of Mrs. Thelma Campbell on Highway 48 west of Liberty " ,Miss Susan Robertson, a student at Centreville Academy recently served as a page in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Under the sponsorship of Rep. Homer Smith." "The Homochitto Valley Historical Society held its first meeting of the year at Shamrock Inn, Crosby on Feb. 11. dr. Gil Hoffman, a native Missis- sippian who attended Mississippi State University and Stanford University and now works in space research in St. Louis, spoke on his unusual expe- riences and lengthy tasks in compiling a history of old lumbermills in Miss. engaged in this project as an advocational pursuit, Dr. Hoffman who was the guest of Mrs. McCurley Crook in Crosby While he gathered data on the Foster Creek Lumber and Manufaturing Company which operated at Stephenson, now known as Crosby He hopes to locate more pictures of the company's lumber camps that once existed in the northern part of the county. Dr. Hoffman and the McCurley family have 'presented an invalu- able photography collection on lumbering in the Crosby vicinity to the soci- ety's Lumberjack Museum During the business meeting, Mrs, Gladys Hollingsworth gave an annual report in which she told of the success of the society's initial 'Heritage Trails in the Homochitto Valley' last May and the 'Holiday Tour of Homes' in Gloster in December." "Liberty Native Speaks at Southwest Mississippi Junior College Alum- nus Dr. Victor Walsh addressed the initiates of the honorary Society in exercises at Kenna Hall Mamh 3 Dr. Walsh, a native of Liberty and a graduate of the University of Tennessee Dental School has recently joined the doctors at Southwest Regional Medical Center "Mr. and Mrs. Homer Fenn, Mrs. Lola Tumey, Mrs. Dallas Stevenson, Mrs. G.C. Harrison, Mrs. Monroe McEIveen, Mrs. Mildred Newman, Mrs. Clinton McGehee and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Causey attended Friendship Night of the Woodville Eastern Star " Have a good week! 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