Sandra Knispel

Reporter
Mid-South Features
2:07 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Long Jumper Brittney Reese Inches Closer to Olympic Dream

Brittney Reese, 25, the current long jump world champion and Olympic hopeful, during training warm up at the University of Mississippi.
Sandra Knispel

With the 2012 Summer Olympics barely eight weeks away, many U.S. athletes still need to qualify for their ticket to London… among them Mississippian Brittney Reese.

Reese is not just any Olympic-hopeful, she's also the current long jump world champion and record holder.

Training jumps are understated affairs for Brittney Reese. No dramatic spray of sand, just a dull thud and a quick word between athlete and trainer. Neither she, nor her coach, Joe Walker, is of the loquacious sort. 

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Mid-South News
4:20 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

The Little Church That Could

To Pastor Michael O. Minor at the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Hernando taking care of one's body is part of honoring God's gift to human kind. Weight control and a healthy lifestyle is part of his preaching.
Sandra Knispel

Nearly 17 years ago, a pastor at a small African-American church in Hernando, Mississippi found that the traditional Delta diet of fried anything had produced a super-sized congregation. He set out to change that.

On a recent Sunday morning, rainy and wind swept, roughly 70 members of Oak Hill Baptist Church in Hernando worship with their Pastor Michel O. Minor at this small, rural church on the hill.

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