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Death Notices for Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016
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Charles Jumper Funeral services for Charles Edward Jumper, 70, of Corinth are set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Macedonia Baptist church. Burial will be at at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 in the National Cemetery. Visitation is at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Mr. Jumper died on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Corinth as a result of bone and lung cancer. Edwin Walker Edwin Walker, 71, of Corinth died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 , at his residence in Corinth.
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Jonathan Brewster (Dave Frost) and Dr. Einstein (Jackson Turner) attempt to cover their tracks.
Staff photo by Kimberly Shelton Jonathan Brewster (Dave Frost) and Dr. Einstein (Jackson Turner) attempt to cover their tracks.
Two homicidal spinsters hit the stage
by Kimberly Shelton
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Jonathan Brewster (Dave Frost) and Dr. Einstein (Jackson Turner) attempt to cover their tracks.
Staff photo by Kimberly Shelton Jonathan Brewster (Dave Frost) and Dr. Einstein (Jackson Turner) attempt to cover their tracks.
Audience members will gain a glimpse into the insane minds of two homicidal spinsters as Corinth Theatre-Arts presents “Arsenic and Old Lace”. Written in 1939, the farcical black comedy is the most successful work of American Playwright Joseph Kesselring. Approximately one hour and 45 minutes to two hours in length with a 15-minute intermission, the show, produced through Dramatists Publishing is rated PG-13 due to some sexual references and minor cursing. “We are doing a beautiful, fresh interpretation of this timeless comedy,” said Hunter Steele who is making his directing debut through “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Crossroads Playhouse. “Be prepared for many laughs provided by an astonishing cast. You will see love, death, and attempted murder with laughter caused by the aforementioned topics.” Patrons may remember the McNairy County resident from his plays at Arts in McNairy. “Though this is my first production in Corinth, I have been directing in Selmer for the last three years,” said Steele, who directed “Cheating Death” in 2014, “Lizzie Borden of Fall River” in 2015 and “You Can’t Take it With You” in 2016. The Selmer native’s latest venture opens to find two, charming and innocent ladies, Abby and Martha Brewster (Lesley Petty and Della Miller) who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” boarders by poisoning them with a glass of homemade elderberry wine. The deadly draft is laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide. In addition to the misguided aunts, spectators will also meet their two nephews – the delusional yet, entertaining Teddy Brewster (Dan Marsh) who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and the murderous Jonathan Brewster (Dave Frost) who has received plastic surgery performed by his alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (Jackson Turner) to look like horror-film actor Boris Karloff. Serving as the hero of the play, writer and newspaperman Mortimer Brewster (Matt Wood) and his fiancee, Elaine Harper (Channing Palmer) quickly realize the Brewster family is crazier than they thought and take measures to rectify the horrifying situation. Just in time for Halloween, the American dark comedy will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28–Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Crossroads Playhouse. A 2 p.m. matinee will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 30. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Produced by Della and Cindy Miller, the play is sponsored by Wood, Carlton & Hudson, P.C. “The last time we presented ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, we did a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night showing and reserved Thursday night for our sponsors,” said CT-A board member Josh Steen. “Our sponsors are extremely important to us and we are grateful for their generosity without which we could not do what we love doing. That being said, we are bringing back our private showings for sponsors on Thursday as a token of our appreciation and will only have public showings Friday thru Sunday.” “We are always in need of volunteers and any and all help is appreciated. So, if you build things in your garage and would like to help us with set building, we would love to have you. Volunteer opportunities are available for everyone, regardless of age and experience,” said Steen. “No one will be turned away.” “If you learned sound in your church or directed your child’s production, you would qualify to be a stage manager,” agreed board member and seamstress Whitney Gooch. “We always need tech people, builders and ushers. Also, if you can sew, please come see me. We could really use a few more seamstresses.” (For more information and to reserve tickets, contact the theatre at 662-287-2995. The theatre is located at 303 Fulton Drive in Corinth.) Cast: Abby Brewster – Lesley Petty Martha Brewster – Della Miller The Rev. Dr. Harper/ Mr. Witherspoon – Randy Duke Teddy Brewster – Dan Marsh Mortimer Brewster – Matt Wood Elaine Harper – Channing Palmer Officer Brophy – Remy Francis Duvalier Officer Klein – Taylor Frye Mr. Gibbs – Marshall Grooms Jonathan Brewster – Dave Frost Dr. Einstein – Jackson Turner Officer O’Hara – Josh Steen Lieutenant Rooney – Leah Petty
Hanging out in the hanging gardens
by Rheta Johnson
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VEZAC, France -- Anyone who knows me well knows I have no patience for groomed grounds and formal gardens, and much prefer what I once heard called "uncontrolled profusion." Yes, if something will grow and spread, that's what I plant.

I never, ever wanted a grownup yard.

But I went with friends to a French garden in the Dordogne called Marqueyssac, or The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac, and my hat is off to gardeners with this much control and sharp shears.

Look it up, and you'll see what I mean. To begin with, there are 150,000 boxwoods at Marqueyssac, none of them boxy or boring. They are planted in clumps, or clusters, and pruned by hand (twice a year) into geometric shapes, including one amazing area that looks like stones in a chateau. Another cluster resembles sheep, if the sheep were being herded and running side by side.

We're not talking typical topiary here, but more the look of a brain if it were huge and green. Almost the stuff of a sci-fi movie. The Blob, but green and made of boxwoods.

I love the holly at Callaway Gardens and the azaleas at Bellingrath and the wisteria at the Biltmore. Showy gardens usually have one thing that blows you away.

Here the vista is the best thing, with the Dordogne River and its tourist boats below, and in plain sight the houses built right into the cliffs at La Roque Gageac. You could plant one package of zinnia seeds and still have a remarkable garden with this view.

Even better, though, is the chateau that goes with the gardens, though the tail definitely wags the dog. It is simple but luxurious, and its most impressive feature is the roof. Made of limestone slabs, it weighs more than 500 tons.

Or that's what the tour brochure claims, and I don't know why you'd lie about the weight of your roof.

There are more than 4 miles of walkways at the gardens, and I might have made it 1 mile. I have an ailing foot, which means I must pace myself. But I did see the chapel and the pigeon pen and the astounding view before sitting to watch people thread through the boxwoods.

You can't help but notice the decorum in public places in France, the quiet voices that offer a "pardon" if you're bumped on a path. The children and dogs are better behaved than in our country, and neither runs wild through these gardens.

Nobody litters, either, and I could count on one hand the pieces of trash I've seen by the side of the road in miles of exploration. Southwest France is clean, and polite.

And the impressive flora isn't limited to formal gardens where you pay to walk around. I've seen banana trees, bamboo, magnolias, nandina and gardenia -- all things that remind me of home -- all around.

I always get eye-rolls when I return home with fancy French ideas for my sow's ear of a place in the hollow. This time it is a special way to prune the wisteria. My friend Robert Clay will be dismayed to hear about this. He always helps me with that annual chore.

On the side of a bistro, a mature wisteria was pruned to look like another tree, perhaps an oak, with its trunk supporting the green branches. Now, why wouldn't that work in Fishtrap Hollow?

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Dump Duterte - for starters
by Pat Buchanan
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Alliances are transmission belts of war.

So our Founding Fathers taught and the 20th century proved.

When Britain, allied to France, declared war on Germany in 1914, America sat out, until our own ships were being sunk in 1917.

When Britain, allied to France, declared war on Germany, Sept. 3, 1939, we stayed out until Hitler declared war on us, Dec. 11, 1941.

As the other Western powers bled and bankrupted themselves, we emerged relatively unscathed as the world's No. 1 power. The Brits and French lost their empires, and much else, and ceased to be great powers.

Stalin's annexation of Central Europe and acquisition of an atom bomb, and Mao's triumph in China in 1949, caused us to form alliances from Europe to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Australia.

Yet, with the end of the Cold War, we did not dissolve a single alliance. NATO was expanded to embrace all the nations of the former Warsaw Pact and three former republics of the USSR.

This hubristic folly is at the heart of present tensions with Russia.

Now, Beltway hawks have begun to push the envelope to bring former Soviet republics Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia into NATO, with some urging us to bring in the Cold War neutrals Sweden and Finland.

Given the resentment of the Russian people toward America, for exploiting their time of weakness after the breakup of the Soviet Union, to drive our alliance onto their front porch, such moves could trigger a conflict that could escalate to nuclear weapons.

Moscow has warned us pointedly and repeatedly about this.

Yet now that the election is almost over, neocons burrowed in their think tanks are emerging to talk up U.S. confrontations with Syria, Russia, Iran and China. Restraining America's War Party may be the first order of business of the next president.

Fortunately, after the Libyan debacle, President Obama has lost any enthusiasm for new wars.

Indeed, he has a narrow window of opportunity to begin to bring our alliances into conformity with our interests -- by serving notice that the United States is terminating its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Manila.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is proving himself to be an unstable anti-American autocrat, who should not be entrusted with the power to drag us into war over some rocks or reefs in the South China Sea.

Earlier this year, we got an idea of what a commitment to go to war for a NATO ally might mean when President Tayyip Recep Erdogan, another mercurial autocrat, shot down a Russian plane that strayed over Turkish territory for 17 seconds.

Had Vladimir Putin retaliated in kind, Erdogan could have invoked Article 5 of NATO, requiring us come to Turkey's defense against Russia.

Given how Erdogan has acted since this summer's attempted coup, purging Turkish democratic institutions and imprisoning tens of thousands, do the benefits of our NATO alliance with Ankara still outweigh the risks?

Duterte harbors a lifelong grudge against America for our war of 1899-1902 to crush the Philippine independence movement, after Admiral Dewey sank the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay. We liberated the Philippines, only to annex them.

A longtime mayor on Mindanao before being elected president, Duterte is reputedly the godfather of death squads that executed drug dealers and users. Now, the practice has apparently been introduced nationwide.

While campaigning, Duterte said he would Jet Ski 120 miles to Scarborough Shoal, which is occupied by China though it is in Manila's territorial waters. Since then, he has flipped and become outspokenly pro-China.

Before attending a summit in Laos, Duterte called President Obama "the son of a whore." He has insulted America and canceled joint military exercises. In Beijing he announced a "separation from the United States. ... No more American influence. No more American [military] exercises. It's time to say goodbye."

"I would rather go to Russia and to China," he added.

President Obama should email President Duterte: "Message received. Accept your decision. Good luck with the Russians and Chinese."

Would termination of our Mutual Defense Treaty mean severing ties with the Filipino people? By no means.

What it would do, though, is this: restore America's absolute freedom to act or not act militarily in the South China Sea, according to our interests, and not Duterte's whims.

Whether we intervene on Manila's behalf or not, the decision would be ours alone. Terminating the treaty would absolve us of any legal or moral obligation to fight for Scarborough Shoal, Mischief Reef or any of the other rocks in a South China Sea that are now in dispute between Beijing and half a dozen nations.

A U.S. decision to terminate the treaty would also send a wake-up call to every ally:

America's Cold War commitments are not forever. Your security is not more important to us than it is to you. As Donald Trump has been saying, we are starting to put America first again.

On this, maybe even President Obama could find common ground.

Daily Corinthian columnist Pat Buchanan is an American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster.

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