January 12th, 2012
United States Representative Gregg Harper got an opportunity to climb into the driverâ€™s seat of the East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Departmentâ€™s newest truck Thursday.
Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said the truck is classified as a tanker, carrying 3,000 gallons of water and pumping at a rate of 750 gallons per minute. Greg Ball, EOVFD chief, joined Harper in the cab, demonstrating the tankerâ€™s lights, sirens and other features.
When Harper climbed out, his words were few and his smile was wide.
â€śGuys, that was amazing,â€ť Harper said. â€śUnbelievable.â€ť
Included among the many full, conditional and medical pardons former Gov. Haley Barbour issued Tuesday were 15 convictions stemming from Oktibbeha County.
The fate of many pardons throughout the state is still undecided as the Mississippi Attorney Generalâ€™s office reviews whether individuals properly issued public notifications in time to receive a Jan. 10 pardon by the outgoing governor.
Mississippi Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late Wednesday temporarily blocking the release of a number of convicted felons who received pardons, medical releases or sentence suspensions. The injunction was given at the request of Miss. Attorney General Jim Hood.
It was a turn of 180 degrees for the Mississippi State defense Thursday night in Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs only allowed Tennessee to score 58 points in a 62-58 victory, which was better than the 98 points the Arkansas Razorbacks scored on them Saturday night in Fayetteville.
"Our defense didn't cross the Mississippi (River) going to Arkansas," MSU head coach Rick Stansbury said. "But I didn't panic because they were the only ones to score more than 75 against us. We did better tonight."
The Volunteers came in averaging 74.5 percent points per game. It was pretty obvious by halftime that UT was not going to reach its season average. They scored only 27 points in the first half.
At its winter retreat Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the Starkville Board of Aldermen will discuss new plans for developing the cityâ€™s municipal facilities, review its six-fold strategic plan and discuss ideas of its capital improvement plan.
The board will meet Friday from 1-5 p.m. at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership to assess and amend the two-year-old strategic plan and discuss capital improvement plans Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon. All aldermen are confirmed to attend the retreat with the exception of Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins.
The strategic plan is broken down into six specific categories: city services, comprehensive planning and land use, image, infrastructure, municipal complex and regional cooperation.
This weekend in Starkville, the Mississippi Horse Park is literally going to the dogs. Beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-until, the Golden Triangle Kennel Club will host a dog show, competition and microchip clinic.
The entire arena floor will be divided into judging zones, grooming areas and vendor booths.
This event is free to the general public and concessions will be open throughout the show.
Golden Triangle Kennel Club Vice President Sonya Baird said people might be surprised to know how much goes into dog show judging.
Jenirro Bush knows it's important for him to be a leader for the Jackson State men's basketball team.
As the only senior for the Tigers, the former East Oktibbeha player understands how much responsibility comes with it.
"I've got to do more of the tough stuff like rebounding, trying to lead more by example and calm some of the younger guys down," Bush said. "For a couple of them, it's their first time playing Division I basketball so I try to keep them poised on the court, slow them down a little bit and try to teach them some of the things that upperclassmen taught me."
Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said Bush has been valuable as a senior.
Starkville Christian boys basketball coach Mark Horstmeyer knew he had a reason to be proud of Thursday's night game against Winston Academy.
After seeing the statistics, he could see why his Cougars were so successful in beating the visiting Patriots 62-35 at the Cougar Cave.
Starkville Christian only had 13 turnovers, its lowest total of the season, made a season-best 10-of-12 free throws and five Cougars had at least six rebounds.
Horstmeyer likes the way SCS is coming together as a team.
"They feel good about (winning) and they should," Horstmeyer said. "Part of the goal is to understand that it's having success as a team.
TUPELO â€” Rev. Chester H. Mills, 90, a retired minister, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Mrs. Maudell Orsborn Hoover, 87, died at Country Meadows Assisted Living near Greenwood on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.
Danny Carlisle welcomes one more year of doing what he loves doing most and that's influencing young people.
Even though he has won over 500 games in his 27 seasons as the head baseball coach at Starkville High School, it has always been about teaching the players lessons that will benefit them later in life.
The Starkville School District granted Carlisle the chance to coach the 2012 season at Tuesday night's board meeting.
Carlisle enters his 28th and final season with much anticipation and gratitude.
"I thank the administration and school board for giving me the opportunity to finish out with this group because it's a good group," Carlisle said. "I'm excited about it. My deal is do it for the kids and make a difference with them in a positive way."