Archive - 2012
The students of Starkville High School have taken to Twitter to remember their friend and classmate.
Shortly after Devin Mitchellâ€™s death on New Yearâ€™s Day, the hashtag â€ś#32foreverâ€ť â€” representing the high school football playerâ€™s number â€” began appearing on the social networking site.
Mitchell was murdered in the early morning hours of New Yearâ€™s Day while he was visiting family in West Point. Police officials said Tavaris Collins, 31, of West Point allegedly started shooting into the dark when he heard the sounds of fireworks and thought someone was shooting at him. Collins fired multiple rounds and one struck Mitchell in the head. Mitchell was pronounced dead at North Mississippi Medical Center. Collins was arrested and charged with murder.
Starkville Police Officer Derek Nelson was placed in critical care following an automobile wreck Thursday.
Nelson was injured when his car hit a telephone pole and ran off an embankment, causing the vehicle to roll over and flip, SPD Chief David Lindley said. The accident occurred while Nelson was believed to be attempting a traffic stop, Lindley said.
Lindley first said Thursday he believed Nelson suffered a concussion and no serious injuries, but the police chief said he learned the injuries were worse than expected Friday.
â€śHe has a cracked vertebrae in his neck and a broken wrist,â€ť Lindley said. â€śHe also has a cracked orbital bone in his face in addition to the concussion he suffered.â€ť
Oktibbeha County Democratic Party Chairman Albert N. Gore Jr. says Americaâ€™s political system is broken and he aims to do something about it.
On Tuesday, Gore qualified to run for incumbent Republican Sen. Roger Wickerâ€™s U.S. Senate seat. Wicker, who has yet to qualify, is expected to do so in seeking his first full term as Mississippiâ€™s junior senator. Wicker was appointed to Sen. Trent Lottâ€™s seat in 2007 when he retired.
Gore, 81, is originally from Webster County and has a bachelorâ€™s degree in sociology from Millsaps College and a masterâ€™s degree in divinity from Duke University. He joined the U.S. Army, served in Vietnam and retired as a colonel in 1988. For his service, Gore received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Gore was wounded by enemy mortar fire in Vietnam on July 4, 1967.
New Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett said he feels honored and lucky to serve in his new role.
â€śI consider it a privilege to be able to serve the citizens of Oktibbeha County,â€ť he said. â€śI want all of them to know everybody at the sheriffâ€™s department is out there working hard and making sure their community is a safe place to live and raise their kids.â€ť
Garnett is no stranger to Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Before beginning work at his current position this week he served in multiple positions at Starkville Police Department for a decade.
â€śIâ€™m a Golden Triangle boy,â€ť he said. â€śI was born in Starkville, grew up in West Point, lived in Columbus and now Iâ€™m back here.â€ť
Coach Rick Stansbury enters his 14th Southeastern Conference opener tonight as his 15th-ranked Bulldogs square off against Arkansas.
State carries a 13-2 record into the outing looking for its fourth opening conference win against the 11-3 Razorbacks.
Recent history shows the Bulldogs have learned how to win in Fayetteville, Ark. as the Bulldogs have won three of their last four trips to the Natural State.
However, Stansbury knows that has nothing to do with this yearâ€™s matchup.
â€śEvery year's different," Stansbury said. "We take a different team up there; they've got a different team. There's no question, they're better in a lot of ways than they've been, because they've got so many guards that can play.
April is very important for the Rutgers women's basketball program right now.
The Scarlet Knights want to be competing for a national championship in April and they are looking to former East Oktibbeha player April Sykes to get them there.
In her preseason basketball press conference, Rutgers women's coach C. Vivan Stringer made no secret about what the goals were for her team.
"We want to win a national championship," Stringer said. "We say it. We profess it. It's the highest level so why wouldn't we. All things have to be right, but we're not trying to hide. We would like to do that.
The Hillcrest Christian Lady Cougars got off to a good start against the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers by hitting the first basket of the game Friday night.
After that point, the SA defense only allowed 40 more points to visiting Hillcrest Christian.
The Lady Vols kept the the Lady Cougars in check during a 60-42 victory at home.
Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt was happy to see her squad contest shots.
"(Hillcrest) made some shots after five or six passes and we stopped a couple of things they wanted to do," Schmidt said.
CRAWFORD â€“ The East Oktibbeha Titans were able to show their might in the second half Friday night.
Even though Ethel held its own for the first half in boys basketball action against East Oktibbeha, the Titans dominated in the second half on their way to a 64-50 victory.
The Tigers took a 31-28 lead into the locker room at halftime and East Oktibbeha coach Barnett Robinson lit a fire under his squad during the intermission.
"I told them we just needed to do better than what we were doing," Robinson said. "We were playing very flat at halftime. I told them at halftime we just needed to pick it up, slow down and cut down on our mistakes. Do what we were supposed to do."
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Curtis O. Hamill, 88, of Louisville, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville.
Interment will follow at Bevill Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Ronald W. Paepke, 63, died Thursday Jan. 5, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of Adaton United Methodist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.