January 7th, 2012
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."
Starkville and Oktibbeha County residents will soon have an opportunity to sign up for the Yellow Dot program, an initiative designed to immediately provide emergency responders with medical information in the case of an accident.
Participants in the program would receive a yellow sticker to place on the rear windshields of their vehicles as well as forms to fill out with their medical information. The information, with a picture for proper identification, would be placed in a marked folder inside the glove compartments of their automobiles.
Starkville Parks and Recreation Director Matthew Rye said all the pieces are in place for the program to be enacted in the coming months.
â€śThe materials are ordered, and we expect them to be in any day now,â€ť Rye said. â€śWeâ€™re putting the finishing touches on a brochure, and as soon as all that comes together, Iâ€™d imagine in the spring weâ€™d be able to roll the program out to the public.â€ť
As a sales associate at the Sears Hometown Store at Starkvilleâ€™s University Square Shopping Center, Jimmy Glenn would like to set the record straight.
On Dec. 27, Sears Holdings announced the closings of 100 to 120 Sears stores, including the Sears at Columbusâ€™ Leigh Mall, as well as Kmarts, which are owned by Sears Holdings. As a result, Glenn said customer after customer has come into his store asking the same question.
â€śAt least every other person, I would say one out of three people, is asking if weâ€™re closing too,â€ť Glenn said.
His answer is always â€śno.â€ť
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.