Archive - Jan 8, 2012
Friends and family gathered at Calvary Baptist Church Sunday afternoon to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Devin Mitchell, the Starkville High School student and athlete who died on New Yearâ€™s morning.
An overflow crowd came to the church, and many did not make it inside the doors.
As friends came around to pay their final respects, a slide presentation with photos of Mitchell at school, on the athletic fields and among friends was shown prior to the service.
The Mississippi State University-Meridian campus will expand today with the opening of the Newberry Building on Fifth Street, adjacent to the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian.
The Newberry Building was donated by the Riley Foundation in 2009, after sitting empty for nearly three decades. The 20,175 square-foot facility will house classrooms and offices of the MSU-Meridian Division of Business.
The building is a historical landmark and required some renovations before the university could take it over, which cost approximately $4 million, along with an additional $1.1 million to furnish and equip the building. City and university officials said they hoped the renovations would help bring new life to downtown Meridian.
JACKSON â€” After Republican Tate Reeves was elected Mississippi lieutenant governor in November, he spent weeks meeting with the 52 state senators to gauge their public policy interests.
He used that information while assigning senators to committees, both as chairmen and as rank-and-file members.
Reeves announced the committee rosters this past Friday, one day after his inauguration, and many senatorsâ€™ initial assessments were positive. He said he tried to transcend traditional boundaries of party, race and geography.
â€śIt was an incredibly difficult task,â€ť said Reeves, fresh off two terms as state treasurer.
The 122 House members await their committee assignments, and new Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he might announce those late this week.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€“ The Arkansas Razorback press and red-hot shooting proved to be too much for No. 15 Mississippi State Saturday night.
The Bulldogs went on the road and learned a valuable lesson â€“ it is hard to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference, falling 98â€“88.
Dee Bost broke out of his recent slump playing well yet again inside Bud Walton Arena and freshman DeVille Smith added a career-high 25 points, but they were overshadowed by Arkansas (12-3, 1-0) junior Julysses Nobles who turned in a career-high 24 points and freshman B.J. Young had another outstanding night with 24 points of his own.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€“Â â€¨It's something that many athletes go through at certain times of their careers.â€¨They struggle, search, question, and pick a part each and every aspect of their game trying to get rid of it. Baseball players deal with it.Â Receivers experience it.
On Saturday night, Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost broke out of his slump.
Entering the matchup with Arkansas, Bost was not playing up to his usual standards, averaging 7.3 points over the past three games while shooting just 21.5 percent. He struggled with few assists and simply wasnâ€™t getting to the foul line with just four attempts.
Mississippi State's Diamber Johnson was feeling "the pain of regret" after Thursday night's 53-48 loss to LSU.
The senior point guard of the Lady Bulldogs had scored a season-low six points in that game and knew it wasn't good enough to be able to compete in the Southeastern Conference.
MSU, which stands 10-4 overall after dropping its first league outing, gets another chance today at 11th-ranked Kentucky. The tip is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by SportSouth.
"Sometimes it takes losses like (LSU) to make you realize how badly you need to work on things," Johnson said.
It will be a show of unity today as the Starkville High School football team attends the funeral of teammate Devin Mitchell.
The service for Mitchell will be held at Calvary Baptist Church this afternoon in Starkville and SHS football coach Jamie Mitchell said the team will honor the families wishes and come as a team.
The Yellowjackets will also be wearing black jerseys at the request of Devin's mother because that's what he will be buried in.
Jamie Mitchell said the team will bus from the SHS athletic complex to the service because it's important for them to be together during this time.
The offensive woes of the Starkville Academy boys' basketball team continued Saturday night.
Lamar School out-dueled the Volunteers 41-33 at the Starkville Academy Gymnasium.
The Volunteers were coming off a 19-point performance against Hilcrest on Friday night.
SA boys coach Mark Alexander wishes his offense stepped up a bit more.
"We played OK," Alexander said. "We were dismal on offense and just dismal. We couldn't hit a shot. Same thing last night. We had 19 points last night and (33) tonight. You do the math. Eight quarters of basketball and you add that up that's not very good. We can't buy a basket."