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  • WEATHER

    135th Year, No. 34

    Eboni SherrodThird grade, West Lowndes

    High 77 Low 54Mostly sunny

    Full forecast on page 2A.

    FIVE QUESTIONS1 What dam regulates the flow of the Nile?2 What did the U.S. government tax at one dollar per barrel to help finance the Civil War?3 What Anglo-Irish writers tombstone has the line: I knew if I stayed around long enough this would happen?4 What is the second most common element in the Sun after hydrogen?5 Who lost to Muhammad Ali in a 1975 fight, despite connecting on 440 punches?

    Answers, 6D

    INSIDEClassifieds 4DComics Insert

    Obituaries 7BOpinions 4,5A

    DISPATCH CUSTOMER SERVICE 328-2424 | NEWSROOM 328-2471

    LOCAL FOLKS

    Kaylee Bonner is in fourth grade at Cook Elementary.

    CALENDAR

    Monday, April 21 MSU Jazz Band: The Missis-sippi State University Jazz Band presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Lee Halls Bettersworth Auditorium on campus. Visit mu-sic.msstate.edu/events for more information or call 662-325-3070.

    PUBLIC MEETINGSApril 21: Columbus Lown-des Convention and Visitors Bureau, CVB building 4 p.m.April 24: Clay County Board of Supervisors, Courthouse, 9 a.m.April 24: Columbus Munic-ipal School Board, Central office, 6 p.m.April 30: Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, Court-house, 9 a.m.May 5: Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, Court-house, 9 a.m.May 5: Clay County Board of Supervisors, Courthouse, 9 a.m.May 6: Columbus City Council, municipal complex, 5 p.m.

    BY NATHAN [email protected]

    Maranatha Faith Center Pastor Steve Jamison sees the $5.15 billion settlement from Anadarko Petroleum Corpora-tion as a major turning point in the 15-year fight his East

    Columbus church has led to remediate the contamination from the former Kerr-McGee site and protect the safety of those who live near it.

    The site has been handed over from the Environmental Protection Agency to Multi-

    state Environ-mental Response Trust and nearly $68 million of that settlement will be used to clean up the 90-acre site that was shut down in 2003, as well as other plac-es where creosote is located.

    Regular exposure to creosote, a wood preservative used exten-sively at the plant while it was in operation, was determined to be carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

    The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administra-tion set a permissible exposure limit of 0.2 milligrams of cre-

    osote per cubic meter of air in the workplace during an eight-hour day and required indus-tries report spills or accidental release into the environment of more than one pound.

    In 2006, The Dispatch spoke to three former Kerr-McGee employees who said spills were common not only at the site but

    Settlement brings new hope for Kerr-McGee cleanup

    BY SARAH [email protected]

    Advisors with Im-manuel Christian School are looking forward to

    changes in the upcoming school. From the possi-bility of new athletic facil-ities to a new headmaster, advisors say the school is primed for growth.

    In addition to the new-ly formed nine-member school board, a pastoral advisory board is also be-ing considered.

    One exciting consid-eration by the board is to develop an advisory board made up of area pastors who are willing

    to provide advice and i n s i g h t , s c h o o l board mem-ber Billy T h o m a s said. Two area pas-tors have already demon-

    strated keen interest in being involved in this community ministry. The overall atmosphere around Immanuel Chris-tian School is one of cel-ebration, strength and determination to advance the vision to be a Chris-tian school passionate

    about raising up the next generation to know and serve Jesus Christ as well as committed to aca-demic and athletic excel-lence.

    To help steer the stu-dents toward that aca-demic and athletic ex-

    Immanuel Christian School charts new path forward

    Jamison

    School advisors say tuition will not increase for upcoming school year

    $68M set aside for clean-up of Columbus site

    Thomas

    See IMMANUEL, 6A

    See CLEANUP, 6A

    Caledonia woman extols the joys of chicken keeping

    BY SLIM [email protected]

    For years, the approach of Easter meant to trip to the local co-op or feed store to buy an Easter Chick.

    In recent years, however, the prac-tice of buying live chicks as Easter gifts has fallen into disfavor in some quarters.

    The Humane Society of the United States discourages people from acquir-ing live chicks and rabbits as Easter gifts.

    Chicks and rabbits are among the most-surrendered pets in the weeks after Easter, according to the nation-al group, which says often the ani-mals are simply turned out to fend for

    Chicks: Theyre not just

    for Easter anymore

    See CHICKENS, 8A

    TOP OF PAGE: Heritage Elementary kindergartner Kyleigh Havis, 6, daughter of Jarad and Jessica Havis, surveys the contents of her egg basket during Heritage Elementarys senior kinder-garten Easter egg hunt on Thursday morning. Mary Alice Weeks/Dispatch Staff

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    Five-Day forecast for the Golden Triangle

    Almanac Data National Weather

    Lake Levels

    River Stages

    Sun and MoonSolunar table

    Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.

    City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W

    Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, i-ice, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow

    Yesterday 7 a.m. 24-hr.Lake Capacity yest. change

    The solunar period schedule allows planning days so you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during those times.

    Temperature

    Precipitation

    Tombigbee

    Yesterday Flood 7 a.m. 24-hr.River stage yest. change

    Columbus through 3 p.m. yesterday

    High/low ..................................... 79/46Normal high/low ......................... 77/51Record high ............................ 90 (2006)Record low .............................. 34 (1956)

    24 hours through 3 p.m. yest. .......... 0.00"Month to date ................................. 6.23"Normal month to date ...................... 3.12"Year to date .................................. 18.50"Normal year to date ....................... 18.87"

    Today Monday

    Atlanta 72 49 pc 75 58 pcBoston 53 38 pc 63 46 sChicago 75 51 pc 70 47 tDallas 80 62 pc 80 62 tHonolulu 85 73 pc 84 73 pcJacksonville 70 54 c 75 56 sMemphis 79 59 pc 79 61 t

    79

    56

    Monday

    Partly sunny and more humid

    77

    51

    Tuesday

    A shower or t-storm in spots

    76

    51

    Wednesday

    Plenty of sunshine

    82

    60

    Thursday

    Sunny and pleasant

    Aberdeen Dam 188' 163.40' -0.50'Stennis Dam 166' 139.96' -0.50'Bevill Dam 136' 136.43' +0.09'

    Amory 20' 11.83' -0.89'Bigbee 14' 6.30' -1.75'Columbus 15' 8.47' -1.15'Fulton 20' 10.36' -0.62'Tupelo 21' 1.60' -0.20'

    Full

    May 14

    First

    May 6

    New

    Apr. 29

    Last

    Apr. 22

    Sunrise ..... 6:17 a.m.Sunset ...... 7:28 p.m.Moonrise . 12:03 a.m.Moonset .. 10:44 a.m.

    Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. 2014

    Major ..... 5:12 a.m.Minor ... 11:26 a.m.Major ..... 5:40 p.m.Minor ... 11:54 p.m.

    Major ..... 6:12 a.m.Minor ... 12:26 p.m.Major ..... 6:41 p.m.Minor ................. ----

    MondayToday

    Today Monday

    Nashville 78 56 pc 76 58 tOrlando 79 62 pc 80 62 pcPhila