Parking fine increases delayed until June
By NATHAN GREGORY firstname.lastname@example.org If Starkville Aldermen approved downtown parking fine increases effective immediately, there would have been one problem, Police Chief David Lindley said at the boardâs Tuesday meeting. The people tasked with writing parking tickets wouldnât be able to write any more of them until they got new ones. The board ultimately decided 5-1 in favor of amending the motion to wait until June 1 to increase fines for breaking parking laws. The board voted in January to hire a part-time officer to enforce the laws through May 31, at which point it could review the enforcementâs effectiveness and then decide whether to continue enforcement. Starkville Police Department began issuing tickets Tuesday. Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins was the only dissenting vote. Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey was absent from the meeting. According to Starkville Police Lindley Chief David Lindley, the city police department spent $1,000 last October to purchase the tickets that had the current fine amounts on the face of them in anticipation of the board re-implementing downtown parking enforcement. The tickets have a sheet of carbon that transfers to an envelope approved by the United States Postal Service where violators can pay their tickets via mail. Changing the fines would be problematic, he said, because it would take six to eight weeks to order new tickets with the increased fine amounts and would cost the department more money. Until the new tickets came in,
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he said, officers would be unable to issue any more fines. âThis is a very particular piece of gear. If the board chooses to change the fine, the (initial) fine fee is printed on the front of this ticket. I have no tickets to issue to the parking enforcement officer,â Lindley said. âThere was no discussion last summer about these fines going up. If you invalidate this ticket âŚ youâve just given me a
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Bill would allow 2 school employees to carry firearms
A bill authorizing school district officials to carry concealed weapons passed the Miss. House Education Committee Monday and will move to the full house for discussion. As filed by Miss. Rep. Lester Carpenter, a Republican who represents Alcorn and Tishomingo counties, Miss. H.B. 958 would allow local school boards to permit two district employees per school to carry firearms. The bill states those employees who carry weapons on school grounds must obtain a concealed carry license. They are required to complete numerous weapons training and handling courses. If passed by the House and Senate as written, local school boards which choose to arm employees under this bill would pay costs associated with acquiring concealed carry licenses and firearm training. Carpenterâs bill is one of many school weapons measures introduced this legislative session. Miss. Rep. Gary Chism, a Republican who represents Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, previously filed a similar school firearms bill, Miss. H.B. 177, but said last week action on the measure was unlikely. The bill, dubbed âThe School Protection Act,â would have authorized school administrators access to .38-caliber handguns â the measureâs minimum caliCarpenter ber requirement â and âexploding ammunition which prevents ricochet(s).â Similar to Carpenterâs Bill, the School Protection Act mandated adChism ministrators obtain conceal carry permits and safety training; however, H.B. 958 does not specify a minimum caliber or ordinance type. Chism confirmed his bill died in committee Tuesday. He is listed as a Miss. H.B. 958 co-author along with 11 other Republicans. âThis bill has more permissive language and allows school boards to have full discretion as to how they want to handle allowing these weapons on campus,â Chism said. âIt sort of acts like the Castle Doctrine for schools. We want to make sure our children are safe because they canât learn if they do not feel safe.â
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Hannah Weems participates in a bone-making event Tuesday at South Hall on the Mississippi State University campus. The eventâs sponsor, One Million Bones, provides an outlet for participants to create art recognizing the millions of victims and survivors in genocides and humanitarian crises throughout the world. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
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Miss. Kids Count cites Emerson as a success story
By STEVEN NALLEY firstname.lastname@example.org Mississippi Kids Count recognized the Starkville School Districtâs Emerson Family Center as one of its Success Stories at its Light Up the Night dinner Friday in Jackson, giving Emerson a place of honor in the recently released 2013 Mississippi Kids Count Data Book. Emerson will also receive recognition at the sixth annual Mississippi Kids Count Summit Feb. 22 in Jackson, where Emerson representatives will conduct breakout sessions. SSD Family Centered Programs Director Joan Butler said she and others at Emerson are grateful for the award. âItâs just a tremendous honor to be recognized as a recipient of the Kids Count Success Story Award, for them to feature us in their 2013 Kids Count Summit and in their data book,â Butler said. âWe (use the data book to) look at the status of young children in our state and also in our local community. We also examine it more closely for any gaps where we think services need to be provided and they
Bulldogs anticipate national signing day
By BEN WAIT email@example.com For many avid college football fans, today will feature some of the biggest headlines of the college football season. No, there isnât a game today or the start of fall practice â itâs National Signing Day. Many recruits will sign with their college choice today. Some recruits will let their choice be known by announcing it with TV cameras rolling. Mississippi State will have a few targets announcing their decision on TV. Immokalee, Fla. native MacKensie Alexander will let his decision be known at 10 a.m.
âItâs just a tremendous honor to be recognized as a recipient of the Kids County Success Story Award ...â
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are not currently being provided. We can gauge how well we are improving and what areas we need to focus on.â Mississippi Kids Count Coordinator Linda Southward said the organizationâs goals are to help policy makers and the public understand the environments that affect children and families, target areas most in need and apply effective solutions. The data book focuses on one topic each year out of a rotating list of four â health, education, safety and economic wellbeing â and the last of these is the 2013 data bookâs focus. âThat is a broad category, so we also look at several areas that influence economic well-being: health, education, housing and employment,â
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on ESPNU. The No. 34 overall recruit by 247 Sports and No. 4 cornerback will choose between MSU, Auburn, Clemson and Texas A&M. MacKensieâs twin brother, Mackenro, will decide between MSU, Auburn, West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers. The Alexander brothers only visited one school at the same time
Southward said. âWhen we look at the data provided by Kids Count on the overall well-being of Mississippiâs children, the results are often less than optimal in the areas of education, health and economic well-being. Despite the numbers, we also know that there are organizations in communities all across this state and many on the state level who are positively impacting the lives of our children and families. Four years ago, Mississippi Kids Count began to highlight these organizations through our Success Story program.â The 2013 data book shows Mississippiâs child poverty levels are the
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u Garden club meeting â The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Mississippi Room of Cadence Bank. Guest speaker will be Kenneth Ramsey. For more information, call Dale Phillips at 662-3248122. u Garden club meeting â The Clover Leaf Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point employees including (from left) Jeanie Johnson, Renee 6 at 1 p.m. at the Starkville Reid, Brenda Johnson, Judy Ashmore, Jean Domzalski, Nora Hartness and Nancy Hall show their support Sportsplex. Each member is for womenâs heart health on National Wear Red Day, Feb. 1. National Wear Red Day urges women to protect asked to bring a covered dish. themselves from heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. (Submitted photo) For more information, call 662323-3497. u Active Parenting meeting â Emerson Family Cen- hour Thursday, Feb. 7 at 10 The class requires a $20 fee and Starkville Rotary Club will For more information, contact ter will host Active Parenting a.m. for children ages 3-6. The a minimum of six participants. meet Monday, Feb. 11 at noon Lacy Jaudon at lacy@volunTo register, call 662-320-4607. at the Starkville Country Club. teerstarkville.org. meetings for parents with chil- theme is dogs. u Black History celebra- Guest speaker will be Starkville u Civil War round table â dren ages 5-12 Wednesday, tion â Emerson Family Center Police Chief David Lindley. The Golden Triangle Civil War Feb. 6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday u Relationships and fi- round table will meet Tuesday, will host a Black History celGuest speaker will be Laura ebration Saturday, Feb. 9 from nances meeting â Emerson Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Thurmond. To register, call u Pastory anniversary ban- 10 a.m. to noon for children Family Center will host an eight Triangle Planning and Develop662-320-4607. quet â St. Paul M.B. Church and their families. To register, habits of successful relationships ment Building on Miley Road. and financial peace meeting Guest speaker will be Aaron will celebrate Rev. John F. call 662-320-4607. u Car seat education â Monday, Feb. 11 from 5:30- Crawford. Refreshments begin Johnsonâs 10th anniversary Thursday with a banquet Friday, Feb. Emerson Family Center will 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be at 6:30 p.m. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Griffin Life host a car seat education and John Daniels. For more inforWednesday u Garden club meeting Center. Rev. John Johnson of inspection installation Saturday, mation, call 662-320-4607. â The Starkville Town and u Active Parenting meetGreenville is the guest speaker. Feb. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. for Country Garden Club will meet u Active Parenting meetu Arbor Day celebrationâ the first 20 participants. To reg- ing â Emerson Family Center Thursday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m. ing â Emerson Family Cenwill host Active Parenting meetThe MSU chapter of the Amer- ister, call 662-320-4607. at the home of Nell Husbands. ings for parents with children ter will host Active Parenting ican Society of Foresters will Guest speaker will be Jack Forages 1-4 Monday, Feb. 11 from meetings for parents with chilhost an Arbor Day celebration bus. Sunday 10:30-11:30 a.m. Guest speak- dren ages 5-12 Wednesday, and tree planting Friday, Feb. 8 u AARP meeting â The er will be Laura Thurmond. To Feb. 13 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at 1:30 p.m. in the oak grove Starkville chapter of the AARP Guest speaker will be Laura u Menâs conference â KC register, call 662-320-4607. near the Bost Extension Center. will meet Thursday, Feb. 7 at u CPR and first aid class Thurmond. To register, call For more information, contact Productions presents a menâs 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall Jason Gordon at jgordon@cfr. conference Sunday, Feb. 10 at â Emerson Family Center will 662-320-4607. of First Baptist Church. Guest msstate.edu or 662-325-8851. 5 p.m. in the Greensboro Cen- host a CPR and first aid class speaker will be Bonnie Carew. u La Leche meeting â The ter auditorium. Guest speaker Monday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday For more informaiton, call La Leche League of Starkville will be Jessie Hutton of Rose of Charles Yarborough will lead Marilyn Laird at 662-323-6309 the class. The fee is $30. To regand Columbus will meet Fri- Sharon COGIC. or Ruth de la Cruz at 662-324u Books and Authors â u Black history program ister, call 662-320-4607. day, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at Emer1424. u Revival services â Liber- The Friends of the Starkville son Family Center. Linda Mc- â Zion Cypress U.M. Church u DAR meeting â The Grath and Jennifer Collins will will have its Black History pro- ty Church A House of God will Public Library will host author Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha chapter of lead the class. To register, call gram Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11 hold revival services Feb. 11-13 Claire Spradling Thursdsay, the Daugthers of the American at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Feb. 14 at noon at the library a.m. 662-320-4607. Revolution will meet Thursu Church anniversary â Minister Armondo Adams with for its next Books and Authors dsay, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Faith and Works Community music by the Sturdivant fam- series. Saturday Mississippi Room of Cadence u NAACP meeting â The Church will celebrate its sev- ily, St. Paul praise team, MVP Bank. Winners of the essay conenth anniversary Sunday, Feb. Choir and MSU Black Voices. Oktibbeha County branch of test will present their winning u Valentine party â The 10 at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will For more information, call John the NAACP will meet Thursentries. For more information, Oktibbeha County Heritage day, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at the be Rev. William A. Headd. Baker at 662-769-6028. call Maxine Hamilton at 662- Museum will host a valentine Oktibbeha County Courthouse. u Rust College meeting â 324-0149. party for children 12 years and The Starkville area Rust College For more information, contact u Emmaus gathering â under Saturday, Feb. 9 from President Chris Taylor at 662Tuesday will meet Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 The Greater Starkville Emmaus 10 a.m. to noon. Children can 617-3671. p.m. at Griffin United MethodCommunity will gather for a create personalized valentine u TPC meeting â Emerist Church. For more informau Compassionate Friends son Family Center will host a potluck Thursday, Feb. 7 at cards and see a vintage display tion, call 662-323-2418. meeting â The Compassion6:15 p.m. at the First United of 19th and 20th century valu American Legion meet- ate Friends will meet Tuesday, Teen Parent Coalition meeting Methodist Church. entines. For more information, ing â The American Legion Thursday, Feb. 14 from 4:30Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at North u Animal welfare aware- call 662-323-0211. Post No. 240 will meet Sunday, Miss. Medical Center in West 5:30 p.m. Guest speakers will ness event â An animal welu Anniversary celebration Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. For more inbe Elmarie Carr Brooks and Point. The group is for families Megan Artz. To register, call fare awareness event will be â The Voices of New Found formation, call Walter Zuber at who have experienced the death held Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. Faith will hold a ninth anniver662-648-8758 or Curtis Snell of a child. For more informa- 662-320-4607. in the Taylor Auditorium in sary celebration Saturday, Feb. u Theatre MSU producat 662-648-0244. tion, call Michele Rowe at 662- tion â Theatre MSU will McCool Hall at MSU. Guest 9 at 6 p.m. at the Starkville u Church lunch sale â 495-2337. speaker will be Dr. Phillip Sportsplex. Doors open at 5 present âLove Letters from First United Methodist Church u Childbirth class â EmBushby. For more information, p.m. For more information, call will be selling lunches for dine- erson Family School will host Shakespeare: A Night of Music, call Alexis Parisi at 501-860- Keela Clark at 662-418-4231. Dance and Sonnetsâ Feb. 14-16 in or take-out Sunday, Feb. 10 9783. u Rainbow tea â First beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the a free childbirth class Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. on the McComas Feb. 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. Nanu TPC meeting â Emer- Lady Tameria Johnson of St. fellowship hall. Proceeds will cy Ball will lead the class. For Hall main stage. Admission is son Family Center will host a Paul M.B. Church will host a benefit building a church in more information and to pre- $10. For more information, call Teen Parent Coalition meeting rainbow tea Sunday, Feb. 9 at 662-325-4034. Abuachichie, Nigeria in Africa. register, call 662-320-4607. Thursday, Feb. 7 from 4:30- 5 p.m. at the church. For more information, call 662u Community evaluations 5:30 p.m. Guest speakers will u Home buyers educa- 323-5722. â AmeriCorps VISTA at MSU be Elmarie Carr Brooks and tion class â Emerson Family Recurring is looking for Oktibbeha CounMegan Artz. To register, call Center will host a home buyers ty residents to take part in a 662-320-4607. u Dance team applications Monday education class Saturday, Feb. community evaluation Tuesday, â KMG Creations children u Preschool story hour â 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. DoroFeb. 12 from 6-7 p.m. at the dance company âThe Dream The Starkville Public Library thy Hairston will lead the class. u Rotary meeting â The J.L. King Center in Starkville. Teamâ is currently accepting will host its preschool story
dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Noontime devotional study â Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book âJesus Livesâ every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Quilting group meeting â The Golden Triangle Quilt Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. All interested quilters are invited to attend. For more information, call Luanne Blankenship at 662323-7597. u Childbirth classes â OCH Regional Medical Center will hold childbirth classes Mondays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 6 p.m. The fee is $70. For more information, call Paula Hamilton at 662-615-3364. u Childbirth classes â North Miss. Medical Center in West Point will childbirth classes Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call 662-495-2292 or 1-800-843-3375. u Sanitation Department schedules â A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection â Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection â Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection â Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection â Tuesday only, recycling collection â second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www. cityofstarkville.org or call 662323-2652. u Senior Yoga â Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering â Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established âWe Honor Veteransâ program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. email@example.com. u MSU Philharmonia â Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard.human@ msstate.edu or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ msstate.edu or 662-325-3070.
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vital tool that I need and youâre going to take it away from me âŚ (Youâre) keeping us from writing tickets and asking us to write tickets at the same time.â Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker â who made the motion to amend the time at which the fines would increase â and Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver spoke in support of Lindley. âMore than the waste of the $1,000 is going to be the predicament you put your officers in,â Carver said. Perkins said the police department should find an alternative means of still being able to give tickets with the revised amounts.
âThe cat can be skinned,â Perkins said. âI appreciate what (Lindley) is doing âŚ I know itâs going to take some work (to have tickets with the revised fine amounts made, but) I want it to go in effect immediately. I feel that this could be worked out. Iâm still not convinced that we canât make it happen. I think we have to have a strong deterrent.â If the board chooses to go forward with enforcing downtown parking laws after the trial period ends, two-hour parking violation fees will increase from $10 to $25. Fines for parking opposing traffic or in a no-parking zone will increase from $20 to $40. Blocking a fire plug or parking in a fire lane will be assessed a $100 fine instead of $50. Improper parking in a handicapped zone will result in a $200 fine. In other business, the board overrode Mayor Parker Wise-
manâs veto of raising the salaries of the mayor and aldermen by a 5-1 vote. Carver was the only alderman opposed. Effective Oct. 1, 2014, the mayorâs salary will increase from $60,000 to $71,500. Aldermen will receive $15,000 per year â $3,000 more than they are currently paid annually. Ward 2 Alderman Sandra Sistrunk moved to override the veto, noting Wiseman argued that raises for elected officials should be delayed until all other city salaries were addressed. âThe board, in (its) vote, was very mindful of the fact that wages of our employees are not where they need to be. We are addressing that currently with the work weâre doing with the (John C.) Stennis Institute (of Government) and coming up with a transition plan for addressing that,â Sistrunk said. âThatâs one of the reasons we delayed the effective date of this increase for the board and the mayorâs salary until Fiscal Year (20)15. It allows us to begin to address the employee salaries. âI think itâs important to understand that all of us sitting up here very much recognize and believe in the public service component of what we do,â she added. âHowever, these are also jobs âŚ If youâre going to get the people that you want to have sitting in these positions, we have to pay these positions âŚ Weâre trying to cast a broader net for people who might be interested in these jobs in the future.â Carver said the increase doesnât make a significant difference. âI donât think youâre going to get better employees or brighter people for another $3,000 a year. I think this job does not get paid enough, no matter what the salary is,â Carver said. âI donât think for $15,000 youâre going to get a better group.â
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TVA reports $2.58B in revenues in 1st quarter 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â The Tennessee Valley Authority reported a net loss of $245 million on operating revenues of $2.58 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 as electricity sales were flat and fuel expenses increased. TVA said in a news release Tuesday that their quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that total electricity sales increased by a slight 0.2 percent for the three-month period ending Dec. 31, 2012 and total operating expenses were 4 percent higher than the same period last year, driven by a 24 percent increase in fuel expense. Operating revenues were $11 million higher compared with last year, due to an $82 million increase in fuel cost recovery and a $14 million increase in other revenue sources. However that was partially offset by an $85 million decrease in base revenue. Also the utility had $111 million increase in expenses from nuclear refueling outages in the first quarter. TVA said that as the utility transitions to a time-of-use rate structure with its customers, it may result in reduced overall effective base rates in certain periods. âWe are seeing reduced base rates during transition months and winter months, and expect to see higher revenues during the summer months,â Chief Financial Officer John Thomas said in a news release. âHowever, cost-savings actions we took last year have positioned TVA to remain financially healthy throughout the year.â TVA provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia to a population of over 9 million people.
Authorities storm Ala. bunker, rescue child hostage
By KATE BRUMBACK and TAMARA LUSH Associated Press MIDLAND CITY, Ala. â Law enforcement officers stormed an underground bunker Monday in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and shooting his captor to death after they became convinced the child was in imminent danger, officials said. Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, of Midland City had taken the child off a school bus after fatally shooting the driver on Jan 29. He had remained holed up in the bunker with the child ever since, communicating with authorities through a ventilation pipe into the shelter. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers concluded the boy was in imminent danger after nearly a week of negotiations, said Steve Richardson of the FBIâs office in Mobile. Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said late Monday that Dykes was armed when officers entered the bunker to rescue the child. He said the boy was threatened but declined to elaborate. âThatâs why we went inside â to save the child,â he said. Olson and others declined to say how Dykes died. But an official in Midland City, citing information from law enforcement, said police had shot Dykes. The official requested anonymity because the official wasnât authorized to speak publicly about the investigation. Dykes was known by neighbors for his anti-government rants and for patrolling his property with a gun, ready to shoot trespassers. He had stayed for several days in the tiny bunker on his property before. âHe always said heâd never be taken alive. I knew heâd never come out of there,â said an acquaintance, Roger Arnold. Monday evening, officers were sweeping the property to make sure Dykes had not set up any bombs that could detonate. Full details of the bunker raid had not yet emerged. However, neighbors described hearing what sounded like gunshots around the time officials said they entered the shelter. At a late Monday news conference, authorities declined
Memphis renames 3 parks that honored Confederacy
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) â The City Council voted Monday to change the names of three parks that honor the Confederacy and two of its notable members. The council passed a resolution to immediately rename Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park in downtown Memphis and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, which lies just a few miles away. The vote was 9-0 with three members sitting out the vote. The resolution changes the name of Confederate Park to Memphis Park; Jefferson Davis Park to Mississippi River Park; and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park. The name changes upset those who believe the council is trying to change history by downplaying the significance of the Confederacy's struggle against Union forces. It was applauded by at least one civil rights activist. The council already had been considering changing the name of the park honoring Forrest, a Confederate cavalryman and former slave trader who was a member of the early Ku Klux Klan. He also is accused of massacring dozens of black Union soldiers who tried to surrender at the battle at Fort Pillow in 1864. Davis was president of the Confederacy. The idea for the resolution to change the name of all three parks emerged Monday morning, after council members learned of a state House bill that would prevent parks named after historical military figures from being renamed. The bill was seen by the council as unnecessary interference by state lawmakers. Because a House vote is likely several days away, the council voted on a resolution to remove the military names and go with more generic ones, giving them time to decide on new park names without worrying about state action. The Sons of Confederate Veterans and others in Memphis oppose the name changes, saying that Forrest is a misunderstood figure who was not a racist but a businessman who treated his slaves humanely and resigned from the Klan. "We should cherish the history that we have, we shouldn't cover it up and try to bury it or hide it," said Becky Muska, who spoke against the name change. Muska, who is white, acknowledges that Memphis is a racially divided city. So does Kennith Van Buren, a civil rights advocate who supports the name changes.
A sign posted on a tree in front of the Midland City Town Hall on Monday asks for prayers and a safe rescue for a boy named Ethan who was taken hostage last week. Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in Alabama, freeing the 5-year-old boy who had been held hostage in the tiny underground shelter and leaving the boyâs abductor dead. (Photo by Jay Hare, AP) to comment on how they had observed Dykes or on how he died, citing the pending investigation. Asked about the officialâs statement that Dykes had been killed by law enforcement officers, FBI spokesman Jason Pack said in an email early Tuesday: âThe facts surrounding the incident will be established by a shooting review team from Washington, DC in the coming days.â The boy has been reunited with his mother and appears to be OK, authorities said. Richardson said he had been to the hospital to see the boy and he was laughing, joking, eating and âdoing the things youâd expect a normal 5- or 6-year-old to do.â Michael Senn, pastor of a church near where reporters had been camped out since the standoff began, said he was relieved the child had been taken to safety. However, he also recalled the bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., who has been hailed as a hero for protecting nearly two dozen other children on the bus before being shot by Dykes. âAs we rejoice tonight for (the boy) and his family, we still have a great emptiness in
our community because a great man was lost in this whole ordeal,â Senn said. The rescue capped a long drama that drew national attention to this town of 2,400 people nestled amid peanut farms and cotton fields that has long relied on a strong Christian faith, a policy of âlove thy neighborâ and the power of group prayer. The childâs plight prompted nightly candlelight vigils. Midland City is located about 100 miles southeast of the state capital, Montgomery. Throughout the ordeal, au-
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Starkville School District utilizes armed school resource officers to patrol district campuses. SSD Superintendent Lewis Holloway says those employees function basically as trained police officers. Also, he said, ROTC instructors with special forces training can be utilized as needed by the district. Holloway said he is in favor of letting specialized SROs handle drastic school emergencies instead of armed administrators or principals. âHaving SROs is a good thing â being armed is a good thing, but I think principals arenât going to be as effective as an SRO in a school emergency,â he said. âAt the end of the day, I donât know if weâd make schools safer by letting principals have firearms.â Holloway said the district is taking numer-
ous other safety precautions, including mandatory secondary entrance locks, security camera installations and perimeter fencing construction. While Oktibbeha County School District does not have its own dedicated force, it does have a security arrangement with the Oktibbeha County Sheriffâs Department. Deputies perform daily campus checks. Previously, West Oktibbeha County High School Principal Jeffrey Grant said the districtâs crisis management plan received approval during the stateâs takeover of the district, with drills taking place on a monthly basis. OCSD officials conducted safety drills dealing with intruders following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Mississippi Department of Education officials also held an active-shooter training session at Overstreet School last month and are actively reviewing statewide safety procedures. munity College, Jimmy Saulberry looks to make East Central Community College his destination, Johnny Smith is headed to Northeast Community College and Preston Baker and Juwon Johnson are joining East Mississippi Community College. Stanley Higgins is deciding between East Mississippi Community College and Pearl River Community College. âThose guys played for State championships two out of three in their high school career and thatâs incredible,â Starkville football coach Jamie Mitchell said. âThey make since Iâve been here (22 players) to move on different places.â Von Smith and Tiberias Lampkin of West Oktibbeha are expected to make their future college choices known this morning, while Euporaâs Derek Jones will make his commitment to Ole Miss official by signing with the Rebels. In a signing unrelated to football, Starkville Academy athlete Tiffany Huddleston will sign with the MSU soccer pro-
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and that was MSU. Stateâs biggest target, Chris Jones, will announce his decision at 9 a.m. The Houston defensive end is ranked No. 2 in the country by 247 Sports. He will be deciding between the Bulldogs and Ole Miss. Jones spent the last weekend at both schools, but revealed to Bulldawgs 247 that his mind was already made up and the weekend visits would not change his plans. The Bulldogs have their eyes on many other targets and already have four enrolled in school. âI think our guys are working really hard,â MSU head coach Dan Mullen said of recruiting. âI think players out there see whatâs going on here.â The No. 1 recruit in the nation Robert Nkemdiche announce his enrollment decision at 6:30 a.m. on ESPNU. The Loganville, Ga. native will decide between Florida, LSU and
Ole Miss. He decommited from Clemson last year and did visit MSU last summer. His older brother, Denzel, plays for the Rebels, a factor that could play a part in where he commits. Starkville High School hosts its signing day at 9 a.m. today. Many will sign with junior colleges, but Gabe Myles will play for MSU. The 3-star recruit has been committed to MSU for a while and will finally put his name on paper for the Bulldogs. MSUsâ top targets include Jones, of Houston High School; Alexander, of Immokalee (Fla.) High School; Ashton Shumpert, of Tupelo High School; Deon Mix, of South Panola High School; and Fred Ross, John Tyler High School (Texas). Along with Myles joining with MSU, seven other Jackets are expected to sign scholarships. Jacoby Smith plans to attend Alcorn State, Kentrell Spencer and Raphael McClain are going to Northwest Com-
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opposition from the churches and from the big casino companies. When Moak introduced HB 1373 durSiD Salter ing the 2012 SynDicateD session, relicolumniSt gious critics of any expansion of legal gaming of any kind in Mississippi reacted. But because the bill protected them from competition from new online-only gaming companies, many of the big casino operations supported Moakâs play. Moak is a former chairman of the House Gaming Committee and knows the industry well. Moakâs âMississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Actâ was a reaction to
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Moak returns with new online gaming bill
Despite politically crapping out last year on virtually the same piece of legislation, State Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, is rolling the dice again in the 2013 legislative session on online gaming legislation that could have a profound impact on the future of legal gaming in the state. Thatâs why Moak is back with House Bill 254 in 2013 after his original online gaming bill HB 1372 died last year. The bill proposes to regulate, license and tax online gaming at 5 percent of gross revenues. The bill would restrict online gaming licenses to those companies already holding land licenses to operate in the state. Moak wrote the legislation in reaction to a 2011 U.S. Justice Department ruling which clarified that the ban on interstate betting in the Wire Act of 1961 applied only to a âsporting event or contestâ and that all other gambling operations are outside the purview of the act. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the DOJ decision opened the door to any form of online gaming over the provided it isnât the so-called âsports book.â Under the ruling, states can sell lottery tickets online and authorize online poker, roulette, blackjack and other casino games, as long as the actual betting takes place within a respective stateâs boundaries, even if out-of-state credit cards are used to finance the gambling. Normally, someone who wants to change Mississippi gaming laws would have to fight the stateâs churches and the entrenched casinos. Since the inception of legal casino gaming in Mississippi in the 1990s, efforts to enact a state lottery or other major changes have met with a 2011 U.S. Justice Department ruling that held that the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 â a federal law that has complicated efforts to legalize online gaming â was being interpreted as only outlawing sports betting. In the past, the federal Wire Act was interpreted as outlawing all forms of gambling across state lines. Moak argued that the legislation was necessary to allow Mississippiâs existing gaming industry to have more control of its own destiny and to allow the state to regulate what will already be taking place online with or without their approval â and to tax it. The bill â which died in committee after being double-referred to Gaming and Ways and Means â included a measure to allow the stateâs existing gaming licensees to offer online games of chance that are regulated and taxed by the state, but on different terms
than in the bricks and mortar casinos. Nevada has embraced new online gaming competition. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed online gaming legislation passed in 2011 by the New Jersey Legislature and faces a Thursday deadline on a new online gaming bill. Since the Justice Department ruling, seven states (California, Delaware Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, and New Jersey) have entertained legislation authorizing forms of online gaming in their states. Utah has passed legislation specifically prohibiting internet gaming. Maine has altered their gaming statute in response to the Department of Justice ruling. Mississippi lawmakers havenât heard the last of the online gaming issue as certain competition for the
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Legislators following through with Miss. school reform bills
All last fall, state leaders touted this legislative session as the âEducation Session.â Recently, they delivered on this promise. While charter schools have been the main focus, most leaders agree charter schools will take several years to have an impact and that they needed to take action that could show immediate results. Gov. Phil Bryant proposed an aggressive and widereaching education plan. While he pushed for an omnibus bill that would include all of his proposals, he has wisely worked with lawmakers to create a bill with the core proposals that have the most support in both the House and Senate. Doing so means other more controversial measures or those proposals with narrower support can be debated independently. Lawmakers seem poised to approve measures that would: â Require students in third grade to pass a reading proficiency test before passing to fourth grade. â Increase admission standards for teacher education programs. â Provide substantial scholarships for the highestperforming students in teacher education programs and full scholarships for those highest-performing students who give five years of service in Mississippi public schools. â Increase funding for public-private partnerships that will expand the early childhood education programs throughout the state. â Tighten reporting requirements for schools to ensure that data used in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding formula is more accurate. These measures may not be as high-profile as charter schools, but they are arguably more important and impactful. If lawmakers pass this legislation, then they â along with the governor â will have succeeded in leaving a transformative mark on Mississippiâs public education system. Furthermore, these are all good measures that should meet little resistance. They are simply commonsense proposals grounded in sound education policy. While nothing has yet become law, we are excited about the education reform that appears to be headed that way. If Bryant gets the chance to sign legislation described above, it will be a great day for the schoolchildren of Mississippi. The Clarion-Ledger
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Rarely does one get the chance to get a second look at history. A bill recently introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives is providing that opportunity. In this case, the matter regards a basic constitutional argument that has once appeared to be consigned to the history books themselves. Yet, low and behold, as Jan. 24, dawned, there it was â House Bill 490 whose title read in part âto assert the sovereignty of the state under the Mississippi Constitution of 1890; to prohibit the infringement of the constitutionally protected rights of the State of Mississippi, or its people by means of any federal statute, mandate, executive order, judicial decision or other action deemed by the state to be unconstitutional...â What followed in the bill was a carefully laid out case for the revival of the old concepts of ânullification and interposition.â Upon reading House Bill 490 memories of other days and troubled times
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of yesteryear filtered for ridiculing Misin. sissippi on the naAs one who tional stage. Inteaches Mississippi deed, I am one government and who, upon reading politics, I was able the bill, hopes that to toss the notes for it will reach the the following Frifloor of the Misdayâs lecture. It is sissippi House to not often that such marty WiSeman be lustily debated a welcomed 21st there. House Bill SynDicateD Century gift would 490 does not shortcolumniSt be made available change the reader in as a basis for discussing 175 the argument that has haunted years of history. Few states have the country since its founding. invested as much of their his- In the standoff between the natory in formulating theories and tional government and the restrategies for active resistance spective states, who should have against the federal government the upper hand? This question as has the state of Mississippi. has been debated in the great To be sure she has not been halls of government and around alone among her sister states the tables of thousands of small in these endeavors, but Missis- town coffee shops. sippi has often lead the pack in South Carolinaâs great orathe vigor and the staying power tor and thinker John C. Calwith which she has resisted. houn was perhaps the first to I do not include myself formulate and clearly elucidate among those who have dis- the doctrine known as ânullifimissed the validity of House cation,â described as, âthe right Bill 490 as the mere object of of a state to interpose, in the last mirth and as a certain vehicle resort, in order to arrest an un-
constitutional act of the General Government with the limits of the state.â Calhoun maintained that the states as creators of the national government could therefore âinterposeâ themselves between the national government and the people of the respective states and hold any law as unenforceable â null and void â that was contrary to state law or the state constitution. While notions of the viability of such a concept of defiance of acts of the federal government by the individual states have waxed and waned over time, they have never totally disappeared. One only need to fast forward to the 1950âs and an examination of the Southern Manifesto to verify that fact. Following the holding of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education, which reversed 60 years of âseparate but equalâ accommodations for the races, 101 of the 128 Southern
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Starkville School District Family Centered Programs Director Joan Butler, right, receives a plaque from Mississippi Kids Count recognizing Emerson Family Center as a Success Story to be included in the 2013 Mississippi Kids Count Data Book. With Butler are Jamela Alexander, left, and Elloris Cooper, representing another Success Story winner, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation. (Submitted Photo)
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highest in the U.S., Southward said, reaching 32.4 percent compared to the national average of 22 percent. She said only four counties have lower child poverty rates than the national average â Lamar County at 21.5 percent, Rankin County at 20 percent, Madison County at 17.3 percent and DeSoto County at 15.1 percent â but Oktibbeha Countyâs rate is below the state average at 30.8 percent. âRegarding unemployment, 10.7 percent of Mississippians are unemployed, compared to 8.9 percent in the U.S., while Oktibbeha Countyâs unemployment is at 10.9 percent,â Southward said. âMississippiâs teenage pregnancy rate is 57.6 percent, compared to 24.3 percent in Oktibbeha County.â Butler said her chief concerns from the data book include increasing proportions of child poverty, single-parent families and teenage parents. Those statistics are all related, she said, because the motherâs
educational level is the greatest influence on a childâs educational level. For this reason, Emerson not only helps children, but also their parents. âWe provide wrap-around services for families,â Butler said. âWe have parenting classes, we have resources they can check out (and) child care is provided for different functions. We look at adult basic education and GED (programs). We have foster parent training. The list goes on and on.â Mississippi may face some challenging statistics, Southward said, but the state is also making improvements in areas such as high school graduation rates. The data bookâs findings also illustrate the real value behind success stories like the Em-
erson Family Center, she said. âThese statistics confirm the importance of promoting quality early care and education programs as well as a two-generation approach to promoting more positive outcomes for children and families,â Southward said. âThe Emerson family program of the Starkville School District is an excellent example, on the community level of providing opportunities for families and their children to be successful.â Each chapter of the 2013 data book has its own Success Story, Southward said, with Emerson highlighted in the Education Chapter, the Jackson Medical Mall Foundationâs Childhood Obesity Project highlighted in the Health Chap-
ter and the Moore Community House in Biloxi featured in the Economic Well-Being Chapter. She said the book also highlights a 2013 Program of Promise, the Mississippi Childrenâs Museum. Anne Buffington, Success Stories program coordinator, said Emerson plays an important role in making Starkville and Oktibbeha County good places to live, and Mississippi Kids Count is proud to recognize Emersonâs effort. âSince 1994, (Emerson has) offered comprehensive multigenerational programming and services to strengthen and support the healthy development and economic futures of families,â Buffington said. âWe are excited to share their story with others from across the state.â
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thorities had been speaking with Dykes though a plastic pipe that went into the shelter. They also sent food, medicine and other items into the bunker, which apparently had running water, heat and cable television but no toilet. It was about 4 feet underground, with about 50 square feet of floor space. It was not immediately clear how authorities determined the man had a gun. At the request of law enforcement authorities, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had approved the provision of certain forms of equipment that could be employed to assist in the hostage situation, according to a U.S. official who requested anonymity in order to discuss a pending law enforcement matter. It is not clear whether the equipment was actually used. Authorities said the kindergartner appeared unharmed. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Dothan. Officials have
said he has Aspergerâs syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Melissa Knighton, city clerk in Midland City, said a woman had been praying in the town center Monday afternoon. Not long after, the mayor called with news that Dykes was dead and that the boy was safe. âShe must have had a direct line to God because shortly after she left, they heard the news,â Knighton said. Neighbors described Dykes as a menacing, unpredictable man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe. Government records indicate he served in the Navy from 1964 to 1969, earning several awards, including the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He had some scrapes with the law in Florida, including a 1995 arrest for improper exhibition of a weapon. The misdemeanor was dismissed. He also was arrested for marijuana possession in 2000. He returned to Alabama about two years ago, moving onto the rural tract about 100
yards from his nearest neighbors. Arnold recalled that, for a time, Dykes lived in his pickup truck in the parking lot of the apartment complex where Dykesâ sister lived. He would stay warm by building a fire in a can on the floorboard and kept boxes of letters he wrote to the president and the unspecified head of the Mafia, Arnold said. Dykes believed the government had control of many things, including a dog track he frequented in the Florida Panhandle. Arnold said that Dykes believed if a dog was getting too far ahead and wasnât supposed to win, the government would shock it. Ronda Wilbur, a neighbor of Dykes who said the man beat her dog to death last year with a pipe, said she was relieved to be done with the stress of knowing Dykes was patrolling his yard and willing to shoot at anyone or anything that trespassed. âThe nightmare is over,â she said. âItâs been a long couple of years of having constant stress.â
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Congressional members announced their determination to âuse all lawful meansâ to prevent the enforcement of Brown within their states. The vehicle for stating the reasons for this resistance was the Southern Manifesto. The Southern Manifesto had an immediate impact, and six states, including Mississippi, formally passed âinterpositionâ legislation stating their intent to refuse to implement directives of the courtâs opinion in Brown v. Board of Education. Ironically, the language used in these pieces of legislation is strikingly similar to that of Mississippi House Bill 490. It should be clearly pointed out that House Bill 490 is in no way reviving any issues related to racial desegregation, but rather it represents a modern attempt to reassert the superior power of state authority in contests between state and federal policies. Far from being a hastMarty Wiseman is director of MSUâs Stennis Instiily thrown together piece of legislation, House Bill 490 rather carefully describes the boundaries tute and professor of political science. Contact him at between State and Federal powers to act, and it firstname.lastname@example.org.
does so by addressing bedrock language in the U. S. Constitution that has been used in the past to assert federal supremacy. Of course, House Bill 490 depends heavily on the 10th amendment of the Constitution and its language reserving to the states and the people all powers not delegated to the federal government. All civics and government teachers should get a copy of the bill and use it as an excellent teaching tool. Like so many efforts at gaining acceptance of principles such as nullification and interposition before it, most observers are of the opinion that House Bill 490 has little chance of passing, and if it did it could never be put into force. But hopefully, it can come to the floor for a couple of hours of debate. Such a re-airing of the archaic principles of ânullification and interpositionâ and a renewed debate on state sovereignty would be worth a monthâs worth of lesson plans for educators.
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Rep. Harper refiles disabilities proposal
For Starkville Daily News WASHINGTON, D.C. â U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, RâMiss., reintroduced a legislative package Tuesday that aims to redesign federal programs for individuals living with intellectual disabilities as they transition from secondary school to the workforce. The three bills, collectively referred to as the âTransition toward Excellence, Achievement and Mobilityâ (TEAM Act), aim to support youth with significant disabilities from adolescence to adulthood and refocus federal resources on improved outcomes in post-secondary education and integrated employment. By promoting meaningful post-secondary educational and employment opportunities, this package intends for intellectually disabled citizens to gain full-time employment in an integrated setting at a livable wage. The plan also seeks to produce long-term career development and community inclusion through independent living and social engagement opportunities. âIn order for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their maximum potential, Congress must enact a systems change,â Harper, a third-term lawmaker and longtime champion for the disabilities community, said. âThe current federal disability laws are hopelessly outdated and will ultimately lead to
Traders Kenneth Polcari, left, and Gregory Rowe work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. Stocks are turning higher in early trading on Wall Street following a spike in home prices and strong earnings reports from Kellogg and other U.S. companies. (Photo by Richard Drew, AP)
Stocks rebound on home prices, earnings; Dow up 99
NEW YORK (AP) â The stock market bounced back Tuesday following a surge in U.S. home prices and signs of recovery in Europe's economy. Strong earnings reports also helped power the gains. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day 99.22 points higher at 13,979.30, erasing a large part of its loss from Monday. The index traded above 14,000 during the day before falling back in the last hour. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 15.59 points to 1,511.29. The Nasdaq composite was up 40.41 points to 3,171.58. The rise follows two days of whiplash. On Monday, the Dow dropped 129 points, its worst sell-off of the year so far, as fears about Europe's finances resurfaced. On Friday, the index gained 149 points, closing above 14,000 for the first time since 2007. The Dow is now 185 points below the record high of 14,164 it reached on Oct. 9, 2007. After strong gains for stocks this year, investors are wondering whether they should sell now, or wait and see if the rally still has legs, said Brad Reynolds, chief investment officer at LJPR, Inc. "The market is extremely skittish right now, that's why we're seeing such big moves," said Reynolds. Tuesday's advance was driven by new data showing that U.S. home prices rose in December at the fastest pace in more than six years. CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, reported that home prices rose 8.3 percent.
In Europe, a measure of manufacturing and service businesses rose to a 10-month high January. Estee Lauder rose $3.66, or 6 percent, to $64.71 after reporting earnings that beat analysts' expectations. Profits surged 13 percent at the beauty products company as sales in the U.S. and emerging markets rose. Computer Sciences Corp., an information technology services company, was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500. CSC rose $3.84, or 9.2 percent, to $45.75 after the company said it was raising its earnings outlook for the year because its cost-cutting efforts were yielding better results than it had expected. Stocks have gotten off to a strong start this year. The Dow advanced 5.8 percent in January, its best start to the year since 1994, according to data compiled to S&P Dow Jones indices. The S&P 500 rose 5 percent last month.
Lance Roberts, chief economist at Streettalk Advisors in Houston, Texas, said that's related more to the Federal Reserve's commitment to keep money cheap than to companies' performance. If earnings are beating estimates, he said, it's largely because expectations were so low. "If you lower the hurdles enough, companies can get over them," Roberts said. The fact that individual investors are starting to return to stocks, as they have in recent weeks, is another sign that the market is due for a correction, Roberts and other analysts have said. McGraw-Hill Cos., parent of the Standard & Poor's ratings agency, fell $5.38, or 10.7 percent, to $44.92, after the federal government sued S&P. The government said that S&P knowingly misled investors about the quality of the mortgage-backed securities it was rating in the run-up to the financial crisis that caused the Great Recession. The stock dropped 14 percent on Monday after early reports about the lawsuit leaked out. Traders sold bonds as they moved money into stocks. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to its price, climbed four basis points to 2 percent.
unemployment and poverty for these children.â The TEAM-Education Act ensures that schools are provided the necessary guidance and resources to proactively engage transition coordinators who assist Americaâs disabled children during their public education tenure. It creates an adult transition planning process and system of supports for youth and their families under the supervision of state disabilities agencies and seeks to stimulate a national system-change initiative, which will establish that agencies coordinate services better to produce the desired outcomes of integrated living and employment. âThis legislation helps promote an efficient blending of resources and coordination of services among federal and state agencies,â Harper said. âAs the father of a special needs child, I understand the need for these reforms and the urgency to act.â Harperâs 23-year-old son, Livingston, lives with Fragile X Syndrome. This disorder is the most commonly inherited form of intellectual disabilities and the only known genetic cause of autism. The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) has endorsed this legislation. This advocacy group is a network of eighteen national disability organizations committed to highimpact public policy reform to promote the economic advancement of citizens with significant disabilities.
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stateâs existing 30 commercial casinos that had gross gaming revenue of $2.25 billion in 2012. Records released recently by the Mississippi Department of Revenue showed that gaming revenue in 2012 showed an increase of $12 million over 2011 â that after a sour national econSid Salter is a syndicated omy helped fuel a streak of four consecutive years where columnist. Contact him at Mississippi gaming revenues 662-325-3442 or ssalter@ dropped by an average of ur.msstate.edu.
about $160 million per year. What is certain is that opponents of all forms of legal gambling will be against online gaming and most of the entrenched traditional casino operators with bricks-andmortar locations in the state will support it in Mississippi â just like last year. But at some point, the legislation is likely to gain traction.
FOR THE RECORD
The following are felony and DUI arrests residence; as reported by Oktibbeha County Sheriffâs u Victory Jefferson, 34, burglary of a residence, parole violation, burglary other than Department: a dwelling; JANUARY 28 u Javian R. Watt, 22, aggravated assault; u Michael Lydell Dennis, 21, felony u Will Otis Washington, 23, felony probation violation, resisting arrest; possession of marijuana, sale of marijuana; u Lijames Derez Halbert, 20, manslaughter; u Curtis Anderson, 52, aggravated assault; u Kimberly Nicole Ellenburg, 30, felony u Latroyia Kurtrell Jordan, 43, fraud, probation violation; probation violation. u Tony T. Armstead, 37, embezzlement; u Shaquina D. Anderson, 27, sale of cocaine; FEBRUARY 1 u Eileen Patricia Comer, 53, felony u Tamarris E. Gandy, 24, sale of marijuana; probation violation; u Fadi R. Rabah, 35, grand larceny; u Candice Nicole Banks, 30, DUI 3rd; u Christopher Tavarus Houston, 34, u Phillip L. Gaines, 45, tampering with a aggravated assault, burglary of a residence; u Brian Donathan Hartness, 36, harassment; witness, sexual battery; u Johnny D. Eaves, 38, aggravated DUI; JANUARY 29 u Marquette C. Arterberry, 25, DUI 2nd, u Michael D. Moore, 29, sale of marijuana; speeding, possession of beer in a dry county, u Jarrel Davonte Ward, 27, sale of marijuana, no insurance, driving with a suspended license. contempt of court; u Darius Evans Lenoir, 19, DUI 3rd; FEBRUARY 2 u Charles Cotrell Hogan, 24, aggravated u Abdural Futane Lee, 37, DUI 1st, domestic assault; disregarding traffic enforcement officer, careless u Gregory Agnew, 45, DUI 3rd; driving; u Andrew H. Jackson, 24, possession of a u Terrion Renardo Young, 23, DUI 1st, no controlled substance; insurance, driving with a suspended license; u Walter Shaquille Williams, 19, sale of u Kendrick Ladrell Jordan, 23, DUI 1st, marijuana, felony possession of marijuana; possession of marijuana in vehicle; u Beth Sykes Collum, 49, embezzlement, u Brennan H. Withers, 22, statutory rape, FEBRUARY 3 exploitation of a child; u Bradley Weston Lewis, 22, DUI 1st; u Amanda Nicole Lann, 22, DUI 1st; JANUARY 30 u Phillip Gregory Morgan, 39, DUI 1st, u Montricas D. Welch, 22, grand larceny; careless driving. u Alex Austin Fulgham, 26, earned release supervision violation; The following are felony and DUI arrests as u Jacob C. Beaden, 20, burglary of a vehicle; reported by Starkville Police Department: u Kiosho D. Addison, 19, fraudulent use of identity JANUARY 28 u Jamar Travone Chandler, 24, possession u Darae Martyl Tate, 35, DUI 1st; of a controlled substance; u Durell D. Hendricks, 21, possession of a u Jeffery Allen Jernagin, 22, felony possession controlled substance (warrant). of marijuana, tampering with evidence; u Terrance Lashawn Rogers, 35, burglary of JANUARY 29 u Tiffany Somerville, 37, burglary (warrant). a commercial building; u Mickie Deangelo Smith, 21, receiving FEBRUARY 2 stolen property. u Gerry Scott Dailey, 44, DUI 1st u Ladonna Riley, 37, DUI 1st, careless JANUARY 31 u Robert A. Beckett, 22, possession of a driving. controlled substance; u Thomas D. Johnson, 19, burglary of a FEBRUARY 3 u Rodrigues Marquez Hinton, 27, DUI vehicle; 2nd, driving with a suspended license, no u Zachary Swain Lyford, 25, DUI 3rd; u Eric Wayne Martin, 24, burglary of a insurance.
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Megargee to lead United Way, fellow volunteer program at MSU groups team up for food drive
For Starkville Daily News A public program exploring World War II crimes of the German army will be held Thursday at Mississippi State University. Open to all, the address by Geoffrey Megargee, titled "The Crimes of the Wehrmacht," will get under way at 3:30 p.m. in 232 McCool Hall. He is visiting the university as part of the history department's International Security/Internal Safety Speaker Series. Megargee is a senior applied research scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A member of the center's research team since 2000, Megargee currently is organizing and editing a multivolume encyclopedic history of Nazi-run concentration camps and ghettos throughout Europe. A military history doctoral graduate of Ohio State University, he is the author of "Inside Hitler's High Command" (2002, University Press of Kansas), winner of the Society of Military History's Distinguished Book Award. He also wrote "War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide at the Eastern Front, 1941" (2007, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). Megargee is a 1981 St. Lawrence University graduate. Following military service and work in the business world, he attended San Jose State University, where he received his master's degree in European history. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org/research/center/. For additional information on Megargee's address, contact associate professor Mary Kathryn Barbier at 662-325-3604 or email@example.com. For Starkville Daily News Three local service organizations are teaming up for a major food drive aimed at helping local food pantries be better able to feed hungry families in the community. Sponsored by the United Way of North Central Mississippi, the Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State University and Volunteer Starkville, what has been dubbed the âUnited We Feedâ initiative will involve a two-week canned food/boxed food drive kicking off Feb. 9 â this Saturday â and continuing through Feb. 23. The âUnited We Feedâ effort is aimed at helping to restock eight local food pantries operating in Starkville and Oktibbeha County in conjunction with the âMillion Meals Challengeâ being conducted across the state through the Mississippi Food Network. Also serving as local partners in the project are Synergetics DCS, Kroger, Walmart and Piggly Wiggly. The two-week food drive will kick off Saturday with a special collection day at the Kroger and Walmart stores in Starkville, said Nikki Rives, United Way executive director. Collection stations will be set up at both stores from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. âVolunteers will have red storage bins for people to give donated canned and non-perishable foods,â said Rives. âFlyers with information about âUnited We Feedâ will also be given out so people will know exactly what is needed.â Subsequent food collection days for the âUnited We Feedâ project will be held at Kroger and Walmart from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 and at Kroger from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23. Cans and jars will be placed at the âUnited We Feedâ collection points for those who would like to make monetary donations toward the project, Rives said. In addition to the specified collection days, multiple collection points around the community will also be accepting dona-
Those interested in making donations of canned and boxed food for the âUnited We Feedâ food drive can drop them in the red bins at collection stations set up at Kroger and Walmart from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 16 and at Kroger from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, as well as at Cadence Bank, M&F Bank, Sitel, Synergetics DCS and at First Presbyterian Church on weekdays. The âUnited We Feedâ drive is sponsored by the United Way of North Central Mississippi, the Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State University and Volunteer Starkville. (Submitted photo) tions of food on weekdays, Rives said. Red bins for food donations will be stationed at the Synergetics DCS offices at 501 Highway 12 West, First Presbyterian Church and at Cadence Bank on University Drive, the M&F Bank branches on University Drive and Highway 12 and at the Sitel Call Center on Research Boulevard in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. Food items being sought for donation include canned vegetables or fruit, pasta, rice, dry beans, canned meats (chicken, tuna or ham), macaroni and cheese dinners, peanut butter and other non-perishable food items/packaged dinners. âVolunteers will be making regular pickups of the donated food and take it to Synergetics, which has graciously donated the use of office space for the âUnited We Feedâ project to use as a clearinghouse to sort and inventory the donated food before distribution to the food pantries,â Rives said. Mandy Smith, a United Way student worker from the Maroon Volunteer Center, will coordinate sorting and inventory of all food at the Synergetics clearinghouse, Rives said. Multiple Starkville neighborhoods are also being targeted by the Maroon Volunteer Center and Volunteer Starkville for donations during the two-week drive. Donation bags with information about the âUnited We Feedâ initiative will be delivered to every home in the selected neighborhoods on a specific date, with pickup of the donated food by volunteers also set for a specific date. In addition to the food drive, an âEat Wings, Raise Fundsâ event is being planned at Buffalo Wild Wings of Starkville beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 to raise additional money and awareness during the second week of the âUnited We Feedâ drive, Rives said. During the food collection days at Kroger and Walmart on Saturday and on Feb. 16, volunteers will be distributing a
CVM researcher has hopes of aiding in flu vaccine development
For Starkville Daily News In the midst of one of the countryâs worst flu seasons in recent history, work is already well under way to develop next seasonâs influenza vaccines. Seasonal flu causes approximately 24,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year. Dr. Henry Wan, an assistant professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, wants to make the development of vaccines a more efficient and economical process. âThe flu looks different every year, and we have to have a new vaccine ready for that seasonâs viruses,â said CDC spokesperson Curtis Allen. âResearchers are now studying the strains that weâll likely see in our next flu season. They are gathering information and making predictions about what will be needed.â Determining what seasonal flu viruses to vaccinate against is a long, time-consuming process that depends on samples analyzed at laboratories around the world. Each year, thousands of scientists in about 136 influenza centers in 106 countries, along with numerous vaccine companies and surveillance programs, generate data to develop influenza vaccines. The vaccines developed through this process are generally effective and are considered the worldâs best defense against the flu. Dr. Wan uses a computerized system to map antigens, the substances that cause antibody production in response to different viruses. His system, called AntigenMap, sounds complicated, but it offers a clear visual of flu viruses over time and populations. AntigenMap allows users to âseeâ viruses on two- or three-dimensional maps. âVaccine development is expensive and depends on many laboratories around the world. It also involves the use of live viruses,â Wan said. âAntigenMap involves looking at the changes of viruses through history and over geographic regions. It is basically mapping out viruses and showing their actual antigenic distance from each other,â Wan said. Researchers begin the mapping process by ranking each virus. Wan likens this process to the way users rank movies on Netflix. âWhen you rank movies on Netflix, the program is able to build recommendations that suit your tastes,â Wan said. âWe build the same sort of table for flu viruses, and what results is the virusesâ activity and behavior. Using a computer program, that table gets turned into a map, and we can actually see the different viruses and how they are related to each other.â In addition to knowing where viruses are and how they may change, the system shows researchers what populations the viruses are close to, which gives insight into how they may mutate throughout a flu season. âFlu is notoriously unpredictable, and scientists at the World Health Organization and others work year-round in reviewing viruses and developing effective vaccines,â said Allen, with the CDC. âWeâll have a decision in February about what strains need to be included in the next vaccine.â These decisions need to made early because it can take five to six months to develop the first batch of vaccinations. Wan hopes his teamâs work with AntigenMap will shorten this decision-making process. âWithout depending on waiting for virus characterization in laboratories, we can get vaccine strain selection quickly,â Wan said. âBeing ahead is a good thing in fighting seasonal flu. But for now the bottom line remains the same: everyone should get vaccinated. It is our best bet.â
special coupon that donors can present to the wait staff when they visit Buffalo Wild Wings on Feb. 20. The coupon will allow Buffalo Wild Wings to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the coupon holderâs meal to the United Way for the âUnited We Feedâ initiative. âWe are excited and grateful that Buffalo Wild Wings is supporting this effort,â said Rives. Coupons for the Buffalo Wild Wings âEat Wings, Raise Fundsâ event for the âUnited We Feedâ can also be obtained by calling the United Way office at 662323-3830 or by e-mailing Rives at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brian Hawkins, United Way public relations and outreach coordinator, at email@example.com. The coupons are also available from Maroon Volunteer Center and Volunteer Starkville staff members and volunteers. More information about the âUnited We Feedâ drive can be obtained by calling the United Way office at 662-323-3830 or e-mailing the staff at the addresses listed above.
MSU celebrates Arbor Day by planting trees
For Starkville Daily News An air quality-enhancing event dating back to the 1880s will be celebrated Friday on the Mississippi State campus. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. and open to all, students in the university's Society of American Foresters chapter formally will recognize Arbor Day 2013 with the planting of a tree donated by the Oktibbeha County Co-Op. The planting takes place just west of the Bost Extension Center parking lot. A recognition of the importance of trees and the many benefits they provide, Arbor Day was designed to give people a day set aside specifically for planting and caring for trees. This year's celebration also is part of the university's application to become a Tree Campus USA certified campus. A program of the Nebraskabased Arbor Day Foundation, the Tree Campus USA program recognizes excellence in tree care and management at institutions of higher learning. "Mississippi State has a beautiful campus and takes great pride in our variety of trees in the landscape," said Jason Gordon, assistant extension professor. "Acknowledgement of the campus as a Tree Campus USA program is justified given the outstanding job our campus landscape management has done planting and caring for trees," the MSU campus tree
advisory committee member added. For additional details on the event, contact Gordon at 662325-8851 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Mississippi State University, see http://www.msstate.edu.
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EMCC Scholars' Olympiad held
Students from Columbus High School show off the first-place trophy at East Mississippi Community Collegeâs Golden Triangle campus following EMCCâs annual Scholarsâ Olympiad. The competition was held Friday and awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships. (Submitted photo) For Starkville Daily News to introduce itself to future college students and vice versa. âItâs exciting for the students because they get out of regular class for the day, but for an academic competition where they can earn money for college. And itâs exciting for us because we get to bring the brightest students in the area to our campus, show them what we have to offer and make a good impression with the hope that theyâll choose to begin their college careers at EMCC,â he said. First place finishers were awarded $2,000 scholarships to be distributed over four semesters at EMCC. Second place earned $1,000 over four semesters. And third place earned $400 over four semesters. Winners from Starkville are listed below:
MAYHEW â The contingent from Columbus High School racked up enough awards Friday to earn the Overall School Award at East Mississippi Community Collegeâs annual Scholarsâ Olympiad. Hundreds of students from area schools gathered to test in a broad range of subjects including both academic and career-technical categories. Scholarships to EMCC were awarded to students who placed in the top three in each test. Columbus High School earned overall honors with 13 top-three placements. Participating high schools included: Caledonia High School, Central Academy, Columbus High School and McKellar Technology Center, Heritage Academy, New Hope High School, Oak Hill Academy, Starkville High School and Millsaps Career Electronics & Technology Center and West Point Career and First place: Kyle Bolin Technology Center. Second place: Purcell Hinton Michael Black, head recruiter for EMCCâs Nursing Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew, said the Second place: China Amistead Scholarsâ Olympiad is an ideal way for EMCC Third place: Stacie Young
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Food adventures during birthdays
This week was Daughterâs birthday. Sheâs a groundhog girl, so to speak. As has been well documented throughout the history of this column, my personal birthday celebrations are really just a food-fest, or a series of such. Shame on me if I eat my birthday breakfast, birthday lunch and birthday dinner all on the same day. This year, Daughter introduced some culinary adventures into her birthday as well, some of which triggered some very fond memories. If she didnât look just like me (but with more hair), and if I had not been standing right there when she arrived, I might wonder if this one had been switched on us at the hospital. Parallel to my evolution into an eater ever-seeking the most exciting elements on the menu, rarely ordering or preparing the same thing twice and pursuing the freshest produce, she has charged headlong down her own palate towards duplication of dishes that contain the most highly-processed food-like substances known to mankind. Those who know her will agree â in all other facets of her life she could never be accused of being boring. But when it comes to food choices, predictability and single-ingredient meals rule her day. When I asked The Wife what Daughter had chosen for her in-home birthday eve dinner, I was already confident what the answer would be, and was not disappointed. (Disappointed that it would be my supper, too, but not disappointed in my prediction of the outcome). Birthdays in my formative years were very much like Christmas â not in the quantity of gifts, but in the menu selection. The main dish was fried chicken, prepared by Mama in the electric skillet that she still uses. Sides varied, but were likely biscuits and gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy and whatever green vegetable she thought best counterbalanced all the starches â also covered in gravy. I can almost taste it now, were it not for the lingering memory of the baked chicken nugget, not long out of the freezer section, that was the centerpiece of Daughterâs dinner. In lieu of mashed potatoes, we had frozen fries. Instead of thick, sawmill gravy I resorted to horseradish sauce to give some semblance of life to the nugget. For snacks, she went directly to the hot fries. With apologies to Chester the Cheetah, these evoke images of red, spicy Styrofoam. I know it ainât easy being cheesy, but please. I have nothing against spice in moderation, but I would much prefer to dip a pretzel rod into the Three Chilies Chocolate Sauce that The Wife gave me for Christmas. Breakfast the next morning was as predictable as dinner. She would eat at Shipleyâs every day if she could. She even offered to pay. (She didnât, by the way. Iâm not against that, but it was her birthday, after all). We Jay Reed called ahead to make sure eats One ate they had plenty of donut holes left, as we are wont to do, because those are her favorite. She was satisfied with a dozen holes and a chocolate glazed, with an apple juice chaser. I went way out of the box and tried a sweet potato muffin, washed down with 100 percent natural spring water. I enjoyed it â but that was an adult choice. When I was closer to her age, I was taught by Papa Bear that the ideal breakfast combination was a glazed cruller and cold chocolate milk. Plain glazed donuts (which are not plain at all, especially when fresh and hot) and apple fritters were also acceptable companions. Leftovers would sometimes be heated, for a whole new taste experience â today I nuke them for a few seconds and get a similar result. Of course, there was no Shipleyâs at that time. Kelleyâs Bakery is the place The Folks and I remember picking up our boxes of sugary goodness. There was no birthday cake per se. Instead we made tie-dyed cupcakes from a recipe a friend of hers found on Pinterest. They were great fun to make and the results were pretty cool. I ate my share without hesitation or complaint. I do, however, prefer a cupcake whose flash comes from flavor rather than color. In the summer, I put together a banana bread cupcake with peanut butter frosting and sprinkles of chopped peanut butter log â I even found paper liners with monkey dĂŠcor the first time I made them. For Sunday School breakfast soon afterwards, I attempted a savory biscuit-like cupcake with gravy icing. (I call it Version 1.0, because there will be an upgrade eventually). Daughter doesnât even like icing, while at her age I was happy with a tub of it and a spoon â skip the cake. Sigh. I donât know what she ate for dinner. Doc and Gran took her to Applebeeâs and The Wife and I were not invited. My guess is that she ate mozzarella sticks, which at least have dairy protein. It was her birthday, after all, so there was no need to hop on my plant-based soapbox. The upside of the un-invitation? With Son out of town and Daughter out with grandparents, the two of us (who were ultimately responsible for this birthday, after all) got a couple of hours alone, and thoroughly enjoyed a Greek salad, Sweet Whitney pizza and a couple of canolis at C.J.âs Pizza. I will confess, however, that Applebeeâs does hold a sentimental place in my heart, and itâs not just because of the Bourbon Street Steak that was once my go-to meal. It also happens to be the first place I took The Wife when she was just The Hottie I was trying to woo. Winner, winner, steak dinner! As a groundhog girl, I asked Daughter if she thought we ought to put some of the featured beast on the grill to celebrate her special day. She opted out. Maybe next year.
A SWEET TREAT
Whether you are married, dating or single, prepare for Valentine's Day with these delicious chocolate raspberry truffles. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
Preparing for Valentineâs Day with decadent dessert
By MATT CRANE email@example.com
scary movie. There is no sense in crying over perfectly good chocolate because it is not fair to you, and it is certainly not fair to the chocolate. Once again, Valentine's Day is almost upon us. This "holiday" of Whether you make a date with that special someone or just make sorts is the perfect time to show your significant other how much a date with yourself and the couch, enjoy your night and save yourhe or she means to you and what better place to do that than in the self some extra truffles for Feb. 15. kitchen. Many couples will take this day as an opportunity to dine out at CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TRUFFLES their favorite restaurant in town. While spending some extra money Recipe courtesy of http://candy.about.com. on your significant other at a restaurant in town allows for break from the kitchen and helps out the local economy, you can put a Ingredients: personal touch to everyone's favorite course: dessert. This recipe for 1 package (10 oz.) frozen raspberries, thawed chocolate raspberry truffles is decadent and delicious, and while the 1/4 cup powdered sugar process is longer and more involved, the result is certainly worth it. 1 lb semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped Because these delectable dessert bites can last up to two weeks in 3/4 cup cream an airtight container in the refrigerator, prepare them ahead of time 2 Tbsp. light corn syrup so you can enjoy a night out with that special someone have your 1 lb. chocolate candy coating, for dipping own homemade dessert waiting for the perfect date nightcap. Mak- 1/4 cup red candy coating, for decoration (optional) ing something from scratch in the kitchen shows that you put time and effort into creating something for your date, which makes the Preparation: evening that much more special. Place the raspberries in a blender or food processor, and process However, everyone is not going to have a date on Valentine's them until they are liquid. Pour the raspberry puree into a small Day or have someone with which to share these truffles. Never fear, saucepan through a strainer or cheesecloth to remove the seeds. Add the powdered sugar to the raspberry puree and heat it over single citizens. In my experience, the only thing that should be bitmedium heat, stirring frequently, until it is thick and syrupy and tersweet on Valentine's Day is your chocolate. Go ahead and make these wonderful truffles ahead of time and reduced by about half. Remove the puree from heat and set aside when Single Awareness Day approaches, plate these desserts and for now. Place the chopped chocolate into a large bowl. Place the cream scroll those DVR records you have been meaning to get to and take some time for yourself. Beware getting down on yourself, though. See VALENTINE | Page B-3 Instead of "The Notebook," maybe watch a bawdy comedy or even a
Beef: Itâs whatâs for healthy dinner
For Starkville Daily News February is Beef Month. The Mississippi Beef Council, along with Mississippi Farm Bureau has chosen this month to promote beef to the consumers of Mississippi. As the Starks Womenâs Chair and a member of the Agriculture Promotion Committee for the Oktibbeha County Farm Bureau, I will be highlighting beef as a food and as an industry during the month of February. Beef production is a significant component of Mississippi agriculture. In fact, beef is the only commodity that is produced commercially in all 82 counties. The total value from the production of cattle and calves in Mississippi ranked 6th among the stateâs agricultural commodities in 2012 for an estimated $329 million. Total cattle inventory in Mississippi in 2012 was 950,000 head including 486,000 head of beef cows and 82,000 head of beef cow replacements. Stocker cattle production is also very prominent with 400,000 head of stocker cattle residing in the state annually. Beef cattle operations in Mississippi currently total approximately 18,000 operations. Here in Oktibbeha County, there are over 200 beef producers. Some have only few head and others have large herds. The average cattle operation has about 18 cows to 100 acres. Most of these operations are family owned and operated. These beef producers are committed to thoughtfully raising cattle to provide consumers with tender, delicious and healthful beef. They are also very responsible stewards of the land and are properly caring for their cattle. We also have a very active Cattlemenâs Association in Oktibbeha County. Cattle serve a valuable role in the ecosystem by converting plant materials humans cannot consume into a food rich in nutrients. Cattle producers are supported by research and development at the university and industry level to produce beef that is most acceptable to the consumer. Food safety and consumer health are factors which drive this research to assure that American beef producers provide a safe and abundant beef supply at a reasonable cost. Beef plays an important role in our diet because of its protein content which is necessary for growth and development of body tissues. Few foods offer so many nutrients in so few calories. An important source of 10 essential nutrients, including several B vitamins (Niacin, Vitamin B6 and B12) Iron, Zinc, and protein, a 3 oz.
ASIAN CRANBERRY GINGER SLOPPY POCKETS
Total preparation and cooking time: 25-30 minutes
1 lb. lean ground beef 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) whole cranberry sauce 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste 2 Tbsp. honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground ginger 3 cups coleslaw mix 6 whole wheat pita pockets (6 inch diameter) cut in half, crosswise, warmed
Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef up into 3/4-inch crumbles; drain. Add cranberry sauce, tomato sauce, honey, garlic, salt and ginger to skillet with beef; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring often.Stir in coleslaw mix. Fill warm pita pocket halves with beef mixture. Serve immediately. Makes six servings (two pita halves). Variation: For a really good party dip, prepare the meat mixture as directed. Instead of putting the mixture in pita pockets, serve with pita chips â either the commercial bagged ones or you can use the pita pockets and make your own by cutting See BEEF | Page B-3 into wedges and baking until crisp.
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pdating familiar family recipes is a great way to turn them into new family favorites. âCooking with broth, in place of water, is a quick way to boost flavor in a dish,â said Chef Amanda Freitag, judge on the Food Network series âChopped.â âWhen giving recipes a makeover, I like to use College Inn Broths, which are made from premium ingredients like plump chicken, tender beef, and farm-grown vegetables.â
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup
Submitted by Pamela V. Servings: 4 to 6 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Soup: 4 to 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (1 pound) 1/2 cup canola oil, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 2 soft corn tortillas, sliced into 1/4-inch strips 1 small onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 cup lime juice 1/4 teaspoon lime zest 1 quart College InnÂŽ Chicken Broth 1 can (14.5 ounces) Del MonteÂŽ Diced Tomatoes, undrained 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies, drained 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese Toppings: Fried tortilla strips 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2 green onions, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces 1. Preheat oven to 350Â°F. 2. Place chicken in 8x8-inch glass baking dish. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Shred cooked chicken meat with 2 forks and set aside. 3. Heat remaining oil in small skillet. Add tortilla strips in 2 batches; fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes each batch. Drain on paper towellined plate. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon oil for Step 4. 4. Heat reserved 1 tablespoon oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 to 60 seconds, stirring constantly. Do not brown garlic. Add chili powder and cumin; stir and cook 15 to 30 seconds. 5. Quickly stir in lime juice, lime zest, broth, tomatoes, and diced chilies. Bring mixture to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer. Add cream cheese. Simmer until cream cheese is melted. 6. Stir in shredded chicken, cook about 5 minutes. 7. Ladle into individual soup bowls, and garnish with tortilla strips, cheddar cheese and green onion.
Savory Honey Mustard Poached Pears and Figs
Submitted by Pamela V. Servings: 4 to 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes 2 cups College InnÂŽ Chicken Broth 1 cup dry white wine 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons honey, divided 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 bay leaves 4 pears (firm variety such as Bosc), peeled, halved and cored 6 ounces dried figs, stems removed 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese 1. Trace diameter of large saucepan onto parchment paper. Cut out and set aside. 2. Combine broth, white wine, water, mustard, 2 tablespoons honey, lemon juice and bay leaves in large saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. 3. Add pears, core-side-up, and figs; cover with vented parchment paper so pears stay fully submerged. 4. Simmer 20 minutes until pears are forktender. 5. Toast hazelnuts in small, non-stick sautĂŠ pan over medium high heat, about 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Quickly remove nuts from pan onto a separate plate. 6. To serve, remove pears from poaching liquid and place onto individual salad plates. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon honey and sprinkle with nuts and cheese.
Amanda Freitagâs Tips on Cooking with Broth cream and butter.
n Lighten up mashed potatoes by substituting College InnÂŽ Chicken Broth for milk or n Add flavor to rice and couscous by cooking with broth, instead of water. n Freeze unused broth in an ice cube tray for future use.
These recipes were winners in the College Inn Ultimate Recipe Challenge contest, and are sure to be a hit at your family table. For more recipes, visit www.collegeinn.com. College InnÂŽ Broth can be found at all major grocery retail stores.
Cherry Bomb Meatloaf Sliders
Submitted by Richard S. Servings: 4 to 6 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 55 minutes Sauce: 1 cup chopped dried cherries 1 cup College InnÂŽ Chicken Broth 4 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon Del MonteÂŽ Tomato Paste 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon hot sauce Salt, to taste Meatloaf: 1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons minced onion 2 tablespoons pickle relish 1 clove garlic, crushed Salt and ground pepper, to taste 1/2 cup College InnÂŽ Beef Broth 1 egg, lightly beaten Spread: 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 4 slices smoked provolone, chopped 2 teaspoons chopped chives 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 12 Hawaiian or Portuguese sweet dinner rolls, sliced 1. Preheat oven to 350Â°F. 2. To prepare sauce, combine cherries, chicken broth, garlic, balsamic vinegar and tomato paste in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat 15 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and pour into food processor; process 2 minutes, drizzling in olive oil and hot sauce until fully emulsified. Season with salt, if desired. Set aside. 3. To prepare meatloaf, break up ground beef into large chunks in medium bowl. Mix in the bread crumbs, parsley, onion, relish and garlic; season with salt and pepper, if desired. Add beef broth and egg, mixing until combined. 4. Place meatloaf mixture diagonally into a 9x13-inch baking pan, making a long log (15 inches long x 2 inches wide). Smooth the top and bake 30 minutes. Brush with 2 tablespoons of sauce to glaze. Bake an additional 15 minutes and remove from oven. Let meatloaf rest 10 minutes before slicing. 5. To prepare spread, combine cream cheese, provolone, chives and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl, stirring to create a thick spread. 6. To serve, cut meatloaf into twelve, 1-inch-thick slices. Place each slice onto an open roll and top with 1 teaspoon each sauce and spread.
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Sharing Hometown Recipes, Cooking Tips and Coupons
By MATT CRANE firstname.lastname@example.org
By Janet Tharpe
Happy birthday to my mom
Sinfully Sweet: Decadent Chocolate Truffle Cake
âI made this cake for my sisterâs birthday she thought I bought it at a bakery!â
You are in for a treat today, dear readers. I was skeptical about running one of my favorite recipes in the Taste section because I wanted to keep this one to myself, but on such a special occasion, I must acknowledge this delicious dish passed on to me by my mother who celebrates a birthday today, Feb. 6. In honor of my mom turning 72 today, I present to you one of my favorite recipes of all time, her classic homemade lasagna. (Okay, my mom is not really turning 72, but she and I made pact years ago that we would always say she is much older than she really is so she could respond with,"I know, I look good for my age." She really is not that vain, by the way). My mom used to work really long hours as a nurse when my brother and I were growing up, but she always managed to have food prepared for us almost every night. (This is no slight to my father, by the way, who is a virtuoso in the kitchen himself. If I am feeling up to it, I might just feature his banana pudding recipe in a future article). When it comes time for any family gathering, I am usually right by mom's side in the kitchen trying to help in whatever way that I can, and learning by watching her work her way through the meals she has planned. I am Ingredients: thankful she allowed me to stand by and do 1 lb. ground beef what I could while she cooked throughout the 1 lb. sausage years, because this allowed us a lot of bonding 2 can petite diced tomatoes with basil and gartime as we juggled busy schedules with work and school. My mom is much more patient than I am in the kitchen and does not freak out if something goes wrong in a step or two during the cooking process. Me on the other hand? I am searching for the nearest Xanax prescription if the crescent rolls are not baked to perfection. And if you happen to be invited over for dinner at my house, stand clear if I â God forbid â over-cook a spaghetti noodle. LIke any child-parent relationship, mom and I have been through our ups and downs, but I am still, to this day, pretty obsessed with that lady. She is warm and kind and has a pretty wicked sense of humor once you get to know her. I can pinpoint her exact location from backstage at Starkville Community Theatre just by the sound of her laugh, which is one of my favorite things in the entire world. If I were Oprah, I would give the entire studio audience a personal recording of Holly's greatest laugh-hits in my favorite things episode, because it is that awesome and infectious. But most of all, through thick and thin, I have always known that my mom loves me, and the feeling is extremely mutual. So here's to you, Holly Hodges Crane. Happy birthday, mom. Hollyâs Homemade Lasagna lic seasoning 2 cans tomato paste with garlic and basil Oregano Basil Garlic chopped 1 box Lasagna noodles 1 - 24 oz. container small curd cottage cheese 1 egg 2 Tbsp. Parsley
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hen is a cake not just a cake? When itâs spiked with orange zest, topped with chocolate truffles and frosted with the silkiest chocolate frosting EVER! This chocolate masterpiece was the creation of home cook Angela Gray. Perfect for Valentineâs Day, or any special occasion, show your sweetie you care with this delightful chocolate confection. See step-by-step photos of Angelaâs recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at: www.justapinch.com/truffle Youâll also find a meal planner, coupons and contests! Enjoy and remember, use âjust a pinchâ...
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Cake 1 c cocoa, unsweetened 2 c boiling water 1 c butter, softened 2 1/2 c sugar 4 lg eggs, room temp 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 3/4 c all purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt Ganache 9 oz semi-sweet choc. chips 1 c heavy cream 1/2 tbsp Grand Marnier 2 tsp grated orange zest Frosting 6 oz semisweet choc. chips 1/2 c milk 1 c (2 sticks) butter 2 1/2 c powdered sugar What You Need
â˘ Combine boiling water and cocoa, stir until smooth. â˘ Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla with electric mixer on high until light and fluffy. â˘ In separate bowl combine flour, soda, powder and salt. â˘ Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture. Beat on low, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Do not over beat. â˘ Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 25-30 or until top springs back. Cool in pans 10 min then flip out onto large plate and place in freezer. â˘ For Ganache, place chocolate in medium bowl. Heat cream in small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, and pour over chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the Grand Marnier and orange zest. â˘ Transfer hot chocolate to deep stainless steel bowl and immerse in ice water. Whip with a hand mixer until fluffy. Once it is to desired consistency remove from ice bath. â˘ For frosting, combine chips, milk and butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. â˘ Remove from heat; blend in powdered sugar. Set pan into ice bath; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until Directions frosting is fluffy and holds its shape. Remove from ice bath. â˘ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, â˘ From freezer, place cakes on platter lined with wax paper. grease 3 9-inch cake pans, and â˘ Top first two cakes with ganache. Ice sides and top of cake line with waxed paper. with frosting. **Visit justapinch.com/truffle for decorating suggestions!
Directions: Brown ground beef and sausage and drain. Return meat to large skillet and add tomatoes and tomato paste. Add oregano, basil and chopped garlic (this can be fresh or dried) to lightly cover the entire top of the skillet (sorry, I donât measure this; add however much you feel like). Mix well and simmer for about 25 minutes. In large bowl, mix 1 egg, cottage cheese and 2 Tbsp. Parsley, and salt and pepper (set aside). Cook noodles about 8 minutes (donât over cook because they will cook more when you bake). Drain noodle and lay them out in layers with wax paper in between layers (I always put mine on a cookie sheet; this helps dry them a little so the lasagna wonât be runny). Once meat has simmered, start layering (I do two layers, so the last one can be thick with sauce). Layers: Half the noodles; half the cottage cheese mix(on the thinner side so last layer is thick); half the cheese; half the sauce (on the thinner side so last layer is thick); repeat. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes. You can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top after baking if you like.
CHIPOTLE BLACK BEAN BEEF STEW
Total Preparation and Cooking time: 25 minutes 1 medium sweet potato, peeled 3/4 lb. lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes, undrained 2 minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice Pierce sweet potato with fork and place on paper towel. Microwave on HIGH 4-6 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Meanwhile, spray large non-stick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add ground beef and onion; brown over medium heat 8-10 minutes, breaking beef into crumbles, stirring occasionally; drain. Add black beans, tomatoes, and peppers. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered 15 minutes. Add sweet potato; cook 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Sprinkle with cilantro and lime juice. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
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serving of lean beef has only 150 calories. Animal proteins â such as lean beef â are complete, high quality proteins that contain all the essential amino acids your body needs. Although beef does contain fat and cholesterol, beef can be a part of a balanced diet that does not exceed the dietary guideline limits for total fat, saturated fat or cholesterol, when care is taken to choose the leaner cuts of beef. Beef is also one of the top sources of heart healthy monounsaturated fat, the kind of fat found in olive oil. Todayâs beef is actually 20 percent leaner than it was 15 years ago. There are 29 cuts of beef that meet USDA guidelines for lean, which means each cut has less than 10 grams of total fat, 4 1/2 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3-ounce serving. (See chart at http://www.beefnutrition.org/CMDocs/BeefNutrition/ManyOfAmericasFavoriteCutsAreLeanWebFinal. ppd). Lean beef can easily fit into a heart-healthy diet. Since February is also Heart Month, this might be the right time to try some of these tips for creating heart-healthy meals that include beef: u As a general rule, look for the words âroundâ or âloinâ in the name of the cut. u Choose lean ground beef. Ground beef is usually sold in 3 categories according to USDA standards: ground beef or hamburger is 75 percent lean; ground chuck is 80-85 percent lean; ground round or sirloin is 90-95 percent lean. u If cost is a factor with ground beef, choose the leanest you can afford, but remove as much fat as you can when cooking. A good way to do this is to brown the meat to be used in casseroles, meat sauces, chili, tacos, etc. and drain the cooking liquid and place the cooked meat in a colander and run hot water over the meat to remove additional fat. Grill or broil hamburgers instead of frying them. u Use low-fat cooking methods, such as grilling, broiling, roasting, pan-broiling, stir-frying (using a minimal amount of oil), and braising. Less tender cuts of lean beef should be marinated in a tenderizing marinade before cooking. u Trim visible fat away from beef prior to cooking. u Cook with fresh ingredients that add flavor but do not contribute extra fat. Some examples include lemon juice, hot and sweet peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and ginger. u Also, remember appropriate servings. An occasional 8-12 oz. steak for a special occasion is okay, but normally a serving should be 3 oz. This is size of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards. For more beef information and recipes, come by the Oktibbeha County Farm Bureau office on Stark Road. Also join us for a beef demonstration Friday, Feb. 22 at noon at the Farm Bureau office, where I will be demonstrating some beef recipes. Watch the Around Town events for more details or give us a call at 323-5656.
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in a small saucepan until bubbles start to form around the edges, but do not allow it to come to a full boil. Once simmering, pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and allow it to sit for a minute or two to soften and melt the chocolate. Whisk the chocolate and cream together gently, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and homogenous. This is your âganache.â Add the corn syrup and raspberry puree to the chocolate mixture, and whisk it all together. Cover the surface of the ganache with cling wrap, and refrigerate until it is thick enough to scoop, at least 3 hours. Cover a baking sheet with foil or waxed paper. Using a candy scoop or teaspoon, scoop the ganache into small balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Once all of the ganache is scooped, freeze the balls for 2 hours or until firm. Place the candy coating in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in one-minute increments until melted, stirring after every minute to prevent overheating. Stir until the coating is completely smooth. Allow the coating to cool until it is barely warm. Do not let it start setting up, but let it cool down so that it does not melt the truffle fillings. Using dipping tools or a fork, dip a truffle into the chocolate. Bring it out of the chocolate and allow the excess to drip back into the bowl. Place the dipped truffle back onto the baking sheet and repeat with remaining truffles and chocolate. Place the truffles in the refrigerator to set the candy coating for about 30 minutes. If desired, you can melt red candy coating (or tint white coating with red candy coloring) and drizzle a small amount over the truffles decoratively. Chocolate Raspberry Truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
SUMPTUOUS STEAK STIR FRY
Total preparation and cooking time: 20-30 minutes 1 lb. beef top round steak, cut 1-inch thick 1 small yellow or red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1 cup broccoli florets 2 medium carrots, sliced 1/2 cup fresh snow peas, trimmed 1 rib celery, sliced 1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame, defrosted 2 cloves, garlic, minced, divide 1/4 cup water Salt 1/3 cup sesame-ginger stir-fry sauce 1/4-1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper 3 cups hot cooked brown rice, prepared without salt or butter
Combine vegetables, half of garlic and water in a large nonstick skillet, cover and cook over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender, adding additional water if pan becomes dry. Remove vegetables; keep warm. Meanwhile cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4 inch strips. Combine with remaining half garlic.Heat same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add half the beef mixture; stir fry 1-2 minutes or until outside surface of meat is no longer pink. (Do not overcook). Remove from skillet; season with salt, as desired. Keep warm. Repeat with remaining mixture.Return all beef and vegetables to skillet. Add stir fry sauce and crushed red pepper, as desired; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.
The Heart of the Matter
OCH DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Support goes a long way! Learn more about how diabetes affects you or loved ones and how you can effectively manage diabetes on an ongoing basis. If you or someone you love is living with diabetes, join us for our upcoming meeting.
Tuesday, February 12 â˘ 5:30 p.m.
OCH Educational Facility Nicky Yeatman, RD, LD, CDE
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TasTe Sweeten up Valentine's Day the red velvet way
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Valentine's Day is the perfect day to show someone how much you care. Whether you want to say "xoxo" to family or "be mine" to a new Valentine, red velvet is the flavor that says it best. "Amid a sea of pink holiday confections, red velvet stands alone with its vibrant hue and rich taste. It has a unique flavor that is not quite vanilla and not quite chocolate," said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. "Red velvet is also surprisingly versatile, inspiring a range of creative presentations, from creamy hot chocolate to decadent breakfast pancakes to creamfilled cupcakes. Simply said, people love it." These Red Velvet Brownie Conversation Hearts are a perfect project for the whole family. You can easily vary the number of drops of red food color to make icing in every shade, from puppy-love pink to ravishing rose. Add the final sweet touch with edible words of love. For a simplified version, glaze the brownie hearts and decorate with red and pink sprinkles. For colorful images and instructions on how to create more festive sweet treats like these, visit http://www.mccormick.com or http://www. facebook.com/mccormickspice. Visit the "Red Velvet, My Way" board at http://www.pinterest. Tips com/mccormickspices to find inspiration for a Test Kitchen Tip: For easy clean-up, line pan personalized take on red velvet. with foil with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Use foil handles to remove brownie from Red Velvet Brownie Conversation Hearts pan. Place on cutting board and cut out with Makes about 24 servings cookie cutters. Prep Time: 30 minutes Easy Pink Frosting: Brownie may frosted Cook Time: 25 minutes with Easy Pink Frosting instead of prepared icing. Stir 6 drops desired McCormick Assorted Ingredients: Food Color & Egg Dye into 1 container (16 1 package (family-size) fudge brownie mix oz.) white frosting until well blended. Add ad1/2 cup sour cream ditional drops of food color until desired shade 2 eggs is reached. Spread on cooled brownie. Cut out 1 bottle (1 oz.) McCormick Red Food Color with heart-shaped cookie cutters.
8 cups confectioners' sugar (2 pounds) 1/2 cup water 2 Tbsp. light corn syrup 2 tsp. McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract McCormick Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye Decorating gel or 1 oz. white baking chocolate Directions: Prepare brownie mix as directed on package with sour cream, eggs and red food color. Spoon batter in greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake and cool and directed on package. Cut out cooled brownie with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Place brownies on wire rack set over baking sheet. For the icing, mix confectioners' sugar, water and corn syrup in medium saucepan. Cook on medium-low heat until sugar is melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla. Tint with desired food color. Spoon or pour icing over top and sides of brownies. (If icing becomes too stiff, gently reheat to pouring consistency.) Let stand until icing is set. Use decorating gel to write on brownies. Or melt white chocolate as directed on package. Pour into small resealable plastic bag. Snip off a tiny piece of the corner. Squeeze chocolate through hole in plastic bag to write on brownies.
The Maben Methodist Church held a Soup-er Bowl lunch in the church's fellowship hall Sunday. Members brought canned good and money saved in jars to be donated to the Society of Saint Andrews. (Submitted photos)
Pat Harpole, Levenia Yeatman, Pierce Fondren, Zach Gordon and Coy Burgess.
Rev. Scarlett Shepperd, Pat Harpole.
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Figuring out todayâs wine trends
Take a look at cars nowadays and you'll quickly distinguish the differences in what appeals to certain generations. Senior drivers wouldn't be caught dead driving a Scion, but few millennials would want to be seen behind the wheel of a Buick Regal. Can the same be said about wine? Like cars, wine has its traditions. Some people drive Fords all their lives; some drink nothing but chardonnay. Traditionalists like stately labels with images of chateaus and verdant valleys. The younger generation is attracted to wild blends and avant-garde labels. Corks and glass bottles â who needs them? According to a recent article in the New York Times, winemakers are ramping up sales of box wines in an attempt to attract consumers between ages 21 and 34. The theory is that millennials and even younger drinkers did not grow up with bottled wines so they are more open to non-traditional containers. The same can be said for corks - if you haven't been drinking from corked bottles for decades you don't have preconceived opinions of them. Not only do young consumers find box wines more convenient, so do producers. They are easier and cheaper to fill, suffer no damage from contaminated cork and have a higher profit margin. According to a Wine Market Council survey in 2011, 50 percent of millennials drink wine at least once a week. And, 18 percent of older millennials drink wine daily. However comfortable they are in drinking wines, this age group is not beholden to traditional grape blends, labels or containers. In fact, Stacked Wines of California are now selling individual servings of wine in stemless plastic cups. And it's not just wine that is being made in eco-friendly pouches. Go the supermarket and you'll see the refrigerator. baby food, soups Sampling box and entire meals wines isn't practibeing sold in concal because of the venient pouches. size - it would be The quality of wasteful to take a wine sold in colsip and dump the lapsible pouches rest as we often has improved tredo with bottled mendously over tOm maRquaRdt wines. However, the last decade. over the years we Unlike jug wines and PatRick daRR have conducted the Wine Guys that were noticea number of tastably poorer in ings and find the quality, box wines are gener- following brands most reliable: ally well made. They may not Black Box, Octavin, Bodegas define a particular terroir or Osborne, French Rabbit. region, but for the price they are drinkable. Wine Picks But bag-in-the-box wines Pierre Sparr Riesling 2011 are more susceptible to heat. ($15). This Alsace producer According to researchers at the makes several value wines, but University of California, Da- we like the quality of the riesvis, found that box wines spoil ling the most. Citrus and apfaster than bottled wines when ple aromas give way to austere exposed to warm tempera- apple and mineral flavors with tures. Box wines do best when a dash of spice. stored at temperatures around Pierre Sparr Alsace One 50 degrees. You should store 2010 ($15). This was a very even your boxed red wine in interesting and delicious blend of muscat, riesling and pinot grigio. It has a nice mineral thread with soft tropical fruit and pineapple flavors. Delicious for spring drinking. Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2008 ($30). This is a very nice cabernet sauvignon that is aged in both American and French oak. A plum and cassis nose leads to black cherries and a bit of oak in the mouth. Great now but should age well for at least 3-5 years. Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon Chalk Hill 2009 ($25). According to the label a âmossbackâ is an old fashioned term for a farmer. This wine is a delicious rendition of what California cabernet sauvignon is all about. A nose full of cherry and cassis fruit along with like flavors in the mouth with a perfectly accented oak frame. A really delicious glass of wine. Amici Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($40). Fruit forward quali-
ties of this juicy cabernet will please those of you looking for a delicious blend. Using grapes from Howell Mountain and St. Helena, talented winemaker Joel Aiken, formerly of Beaulieu Vineyards, has created an aromatic wine with dark berry flavors and hints of mocha. Not much to criticize here. Trefethen Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 ($30). This reputable Napa Valley producer makes a consistently wellbalanced chardonnay that is a good match to food. We loved the almond notes on the nose and the minerality on the palate. Good apple and citrus flavors make it a delicious chardonnay.
Check out the authorsâ blog at http://www.wine-guys.com. Some of the wines recommended in our column may have been provided for review by their producers. The authors can be reached at email@example.com.
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Kid-friendly snacks the whole family will love
For Starkville Daily News farmers and their families. For more information about Whether it's kids hanging out Borden Cheese or to check out with friends after school or you some more cheesy recipes, visit watching the game with neigh- http://www.friendsofelsie.com. bors, there are plenty of reasons to have kid-friendly snacks that Pizza Bagel Snacks grown-ups will enjoy, too. One way to keep everybody happy is Ingredients: to bring cheese into the mix. 2 bagels, halved Cheese is versatile, nutritious 1/3 cup pasta sauce and can add zest to snacks and 1 cup Borden Mozzarella Partfamily-friendly dishes. And with Skim Regular Shredded Cheese a broad array of appetizing fla- Toppings of your choice vors such as Gouda, Provolone and Pepper Jack, available from Directions: Borden Cheese, the options are Preheat oven to 350 degrees. boundless. Halve two bagels, and top them Here are a few cheesy snack with the pasta sauce, cheese and ideas that you and the kids will toppings of your choice. Bake 8 enjoy making as much as you en- to 10 minutes until the cheese is joy eating. bubbly and melted. -Walking tacos â Layer taco Suggestions for toppings are meat, tomatoes, lettuce and thin slices of hot dogs, sliced shredded cheese in individual ham or any lunch meat, pepserving-sized bags of corn chips. peroni, browned hamburger, Top them off with sour cream, mushrooms, diced green peppers, guacamole or salsa, then eat them chopped onions and black olive with a fork, right out of the bag. slices. Be creative with toppings -Baked mac and cheese bites that your family likes. â Spoon your favorite baked macaroni and cheese recipe into Italian Rosemary Cheese mini-muffin tins and bake. Straws -Kebabs â Alternate chunks of ham, grapes, and cheese cut Ingredients: into shapes with a small cookie 1/2 package puff pastry cutter. 1 egg -String cheese dippers â Roll 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary string cheese in breadcrumbs and 1/2 tsp. garlic salt with parsley bake. Serve warm with marinara 1 cup Borden Colby and Monsauce for dipping. terey Jack Cheese, shredded -Mini quesadillas â Sandwich cheese, shredded chicken and salDirections: sa in between two tortillas. Bake Preheat oven to 450 degrees. until cheese has melted. Slice into Unfold pastry sheet; cut into 1/2triangles with a pizza cutter, and inch strips. Combine egg, roseserve with salsa and sour cream. mary and seasoning; whisk to -Pinwheel wraps â Spread a blend. Brush evenly over pastry thin layer of ranch dressing on a strips. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese flour tortilla. Layer sliced cheese over the top, and press into and ham on top. Roll up, and cut dough with rolling pin. Twist into bite-sized pinwheels. strips; place on greased baking You can also try these Pizza Ba- sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or gel Snacks and Italian Rosemary until light golden. Top with reCheese Straws. Both recipes use maining cheese; bake 2 minutes Borden Cheese, which is made by or until cheese melts. a cooperative that is 100 percent Top: Pizza bagel snacks farmer-owned. This means that for every product purchased, 100 Bottom: Italian rosemary cheese percent of its proceeds go back straws. (Photos courtesy of to hard-working American dairy Getty Images)
Lady Wolverines pull out victory on senior night over Lady Eagles
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Bulldogs look to grab top 25 national class
By BEN WAIT firstname.lastname@example.org Mississippi State fans have much to be excited about on National Signing Day. The Bulldogs have their sights set on a top 25 class nationally. HailState TV will stream a live broadcast of MSUâs signing day from the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex starting at 8 a.m. today. Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt and Bart Gregory will host the event with MSU head coach Dan Mullen joining them throughout the broadcast. Mullen will address the media this afternoon inside the football complex. â(Recruits see) the great direction the programâs headed and the great direction the universityâs headed,â Mullen said in early January. âWith facilities, stadium expansion, sold out crowds, unbelievable game day atmosphere and we are averaging eight wins a year over the last three years. Hopefully, we keep striving to get better. I want to increase that total. I want to get that average up to nine, 10, 11, 12 wins a year as we move forward. I think guys see that and I think there is a lot of excitement around the program with players choosing to come play for us.â The biggest target for the Bulldogs whoâs decision is still in the air is Chris Jones. The Houston defensive lineman is the No. 2 ranked prospect by 247 Sports. The No. 2 ranked defense end will make his decision known at 9 a.m. He is choosing between MSU and Ole Miss. Jones spent the last weekend at both universities, but he told Bulldawgs 247 that his mind was already made up and the weekend wasnât going to change that. The Bulldogs lost a commitment from Deon Mix a couple of weeks ago. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman from South Panola is still pretty high on the Bulldogs, but his decommitment has some people rattled. Mix would be a big pickup for MSU. âOffensive line obviously is a big need for us this year,â Mullen said. Immokalee, Fla. native MacKensie Alexander will make his decision known at 10 a.m. on ESPNU. The No. 4 ranked cornerback by 247 Sports will choose between MSU, Auburn, Clemson and Texas A&M. MacKensieâs twin brother Mackenro also has Mississippi State in his sights. The Alexanders only made one visit to one school at the same time. That school was MSU. Mackenro will not be announcing his decision on national TV. The Bulldogs lost a walk-on quarterback in Jamil Golden before the spring semester started. That leaves them two scholarship signal callers in Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott. MSU has a handful of walk-ons but they want
Starkville High Schoolâs Gabe Myles is expected to sign with Mississippi State this morning. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Local prep players take next step
By JASON EDWARDS email@example.com Most high school football players went to bed Tuesday night knowing for sure where the next stop would be to continue their high school football careers. There were some who slept on it. As National Signing Day takes place across the nation, there are several local schools taking part. Starkville High School has eight football players taking their talents to the next level. Along with Gabe Myles going to Mississippi State expected to be the biggest signing, the Yellowjackets also have Jacoby Smith heading to Alcorn State, Kentrell Spencer and Raphael McClain going to Northwest Community College, Jimmy Saulberry joining East Central Community College, Johnny Smith attending Northeast Community College, and Preston Baker and Juwon Johnson inking with East Mississippi Community College. Stanley Higgins will be making a decision between East Mississippi Community College and Pearl River Community College possibly this morning. âThose played for State championships two out of three year in their high school career and thatâs
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High School Basketball
By DANNY P. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org Starkville Academyâs Tiffany Huddleston plans to sign a scholarship to play soccer at Mississippi State today. On the even of one of the biggest moments of her life, Huddleston showed she is pretty good on the basketball court as well. Huddleston led the Lady Volunteers with 16 points and six steals during a 74-36 victory over the rival Heritage Academy Lady Patriots Tuesday night. âThis is a big week for Tiffany,â Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt said. âSheâs
Huddleston leads SA to win over Heritage
playing her last two basketball games in front of her home crowd and sheâs signing a national letter of intent to play soccer at Mississippi State, but to be honest, every week is a big week for Tiffany Huddleston. Everything she does, she does Huddleston big. Whether itâs representing school at student council, reading announcements or studying, itâs just her. âShe was out of the starting blocks (Tuesday night). She got us going.â The Lady Vols, who improved their record to 33-0, jumped out to a 31-4 lead against the Lady Patriots at the end of the first quarter with Huddleston scoring eight points. Starkville Academy increased the margin to 4517 by halftime. âThe last time we played them it took a lot longer to get the flow going,â Huddleston said. âI just wanted to jump out early and end the game before it started.â Huddleston was one of four Lady Vols to score in double digits. Maggie Proffitt added 14 points, while Anna Lea Little chipped in 13 points and Nora Kathryn Carroll contributed 10 points. Post players Sallie Kate Richardson and Janiece Pigg had eight points each. âWe ended up having a well-balanced offensive
night,â Schmidt said. âThe defense was good.â Little and Richardson had seven rebounds each to lead SA, while Pigg and Proffitt pulled down six boards each. The Lady Vols shot 49 percent (33-of-67) from the field and out-rebounded Heritage 36-20. Schmidt was pleased to see SA play well in the next to last home game of the season. âIt was just a good opportunity for the seniors,â Schmidt said. âWe play Jackson Academy Friday in a non-conference game, but itâs a huge game with it being JA and itâs our seniors last home game. Weâd like for as many people to come out and cheer them on. We sure appreciate what they do.â
Bulldogs, Rebels face off on court
By BEN WAIT email@example.com Rick Ray is pretty familiar with in-state rivalries. The first-year Mississippi State head coach spent three years at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The rivalry between the Boilermakers and the Indiana Hoosiers is one of the biggest rivalries in college basketball. âIn Indiana, you had the Purdue-Indiana rivalry,â Ray said. âBasketball is so important in that state so it meant so much to so many people.â Ray gets his first taste of the Mississippi State-Ole Miss basketball rivalry today. The Bulldogs travel to Oxford for an 8 p.m. tipoff. It can be seen on CSS. âWe canât get wrapped up in the rivalry over what we need to do to win the rivalry,â Ray said. MSU and Ole Miss are meeting for the 246th time. The Bulldogs have beaten the Rebels 139 times and 43 times on the road. MSU has won seven out of the last 10 and 21 out of the last 28 in the series. For many Bulldogs on the roster, this will be their first time to play the Rebels. âI told them âprobably the number one game we are going to play this year is Ole Miss,â MSU sophomore forward Roquez Johnson said. âThe atmosphere is crazy. Thatâs our rival.â I told them âhave their heads up, be prepared because itâs going to be rough.ââ The Bulldogs (7-13, 2-6) come in on a six-game losing streak. MSU hasnât lost seven in a row since 2006.
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson. (Photo by Rogelio Solis, AP)
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Mississippi State forward Roquez Johnson. (Photo by Kim
The number of points Rion Brown scored off the bench in Miamiâs 72-50 victory over Boston College Tuesday night.
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College Basketball Menâs SEC Glance All Times CT Florida Ole Miss Kentucky Alabama Missouri Arkansas Georgia LSU Texas A&M Tennessee S. Carolina Vanderbilt Auburn Miss. State SEC 8-1 6-2 6-2 6-2 5-3 5-4 4-4 3-5 3-5 3-5 2-6 2-6 2-6 2-6 Pct. Ovr. Pct. .889 18-3 .857 .750 17-4 .810 .750 15-6 .714 .750 14-7 .667 .625 16-5 .762 .556 14-8 .636 .500 10-11 .476 .375 12-7 .632 .375 13-8 .619 .375 11-9 .550 .250 12-9 .571 .250 8-12 .400 .250 8-13 .381 .250 7-13 .350 Saturdayâs Games LSU 69, Miss. State 68 Missouri 91, Auburn 77 Georgia 67, S. Carolina 56 Alabama 58, Vanderbilt 54 Arkansas 73, Tennessee 60 Kentucky 72, Texas A&M 68, OT Florida 78, Ole Miss 64 Tuesdayâs Games Arkansas 80, Florida 69 S. Carolina at Kentucky, late Todayâs Games Miss. State at Ole Miss, 8 p.m. Alabama at Auburn, 7 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee, 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU, 7 p.m. Menâs Top 25 Fared Tuesday 1. Indiana (20-2) did not play. Next: at Illinois, Thursday. 2. Florida (18-3) lost to Arkansas 80-69. Next: vs. Mississippi State, Saturday. 3. Michigan (20-2) vs. No. 10 Ohio State. Next: at Wisconsin, Saturday. 4. Duke (19-2) did not play. Next: vs. N.C. State, Thursday. 5. Kansas (19-2) did not play. Next: at TCU, Wednesday. 6. Gonzaga (21-2) did not play. Next: vs. Pepperdine, Thursday. 7. Arizona (19-2) did not play. Next: vs. Stanford, Wednesday. 8. Miami (18-3) beat Boston College 7250. Next: vs. North Carolina, Saturday. 9. Syracuse (19-3) did not play. Next: vs. St. Johnâs, Sunday. 10. Ohio State (17-4) did not play. Next: at No. 3 Michigan, Tuesday. 11. Louisville (18-4) did not play. Next: at Rutgers, Wednesday. 12. Michigan State (18-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 18 Minnesota, Wednesday. 13. Kansas State (18-4) beat Texas Tech 68-59. Next: vs. Iowa State, Saturday. 14. Butler (18-4) did not play. Next: vs. St. Bonaventure, Wednesday. 15. New Mexico (19-3) did not play. Next: vs. Air Force, Wednesday. 16. Creighton (20-3) did not play. Next: at Indiana State, Wednesday. 17. Cincinnati (18-4) did not play. Next: at Providence, Wednesday. 18. Minnesota (17-5) did not play. Next: at No. 12 Michigan State, Wednesday. 19. Oregon (18-4) did not play. Next: vs. Colorado, Thursday. 20. Georgetown (16-4) did not play. Next: at Rutgers, Saturday. 21. Missouri (16-5) did not play. Next: at Texas A&M, Thursday. 22. Oklahoma State (15-5) did not play. Next: vs. Baylor, Wednesday. 23. Pittsburgh (19-5) did not play. Next: at No. 17 Cincinnati, Saturday. 24. Marquette (15-5) did not play. Next: at South Florida, Wednesday. 25. Notre Dame (18-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 11 Louisville, Saturday. Womenâs SEC Glance All Times CT Texas A&M Tennessee Georgia Kentucky S. Carolina Vanderbilt Missouri LSU Arkansas Florida Auburn Alabama Miss. State Ole Miss SEC 8-1 8-1 7-2 7-2 7-2 5-4 4-5 4-5 3-6 3-6 2-7 2-7 2-7 1-8 Pct. Ovr. Pct. .889 18-5 .783 .889 17-5 .773 .778 19-3 .864 .778 19-3 .864 .778 19-3 .864 .556 15-7 .682 .444 15-8 .652 .444 13-9 .591 .333 15-7 .682 .333 14-9 .609 .222 13-9 .591 .222 12-10 .545 .222 10-12 .455 .111 8-14 .364
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âItâs just silly what goes on.â
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of the recent trade rumors surrounding his team.
SPRD girls softball holds registration
The Starkville Park and Recreation Departmentâs girls youth fastpitch softball online registration has begun. Anyone interested may register at the Sportsplex from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Onsite registration dates will be held on Feb. 19 and Feb. 25 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Board Room at the Sportsplex. Girls ages 5-18 are welcome to sign up and the registration fee is $45. For any questions, contact Danielle Riley at intern@ starkvilleparks.com
THE ArEA SlATE
59. Next: at No. 23 Oklahoma, Sunday. 23. Oklahoma (16-5) did not play. Next: at Kansas State, Wednesday. 24. Syracuse (19-3) beat Cincinnati 7248. Next: at Georgetown, Tuesday. 25. Iowa State (15-5) did not play. Next: at Texas, Wednesday. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB 31 15 .674 â New York Brooklyn 28 20 .583 4 Boston 24 23 .511 7Â˝ Philadelphia 21 26 .447 10Â˝ Toronto 17 31 .354 15 Southeast Division W L Pct GB 31 14 .689 â Miami Atlanta 26 21 .553 6 Orlando 14 34 .292 18Â˝ 12 35 .255 20 Washington Charlotte 11 36 .234 21 Central Division W L GB Pct Indiana 30 19 .612 â 29 19 .604 Â˝ Chicago Milwaukee 25 21 .543 3Â˝ Detroit 18 31 .367 12 Cleveland 14 34 .292 15Â˝ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct 11 .776 San Antonio 38 Memphis 30 17 .638 Houston 27 23 .540 Dallas 20 28 .417 New Orleans 15 33 .313 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 36 12 .750 Denver 30 18 .625 Utah 27 22 .551 Portland 25 23 .521 Minnesota 18 27 .400 Pacific Division W L Pct 16 .680 L.A. Clippers 34 Golden State 30 18 .625 L.A. Lakers 23 26 .469 17 32 .347 Phoenix Sacramento 17 33 .340 Mondayâs Games Philadelphia 78, Orlando 61 Washington 98, L.A. Clippers 90 Indiana 111, Chicago 101 New York 99, Detroit 85 Miami 99, Charlotte 94 Portland 100, Minnesota 98 Oklahoma City 112, Dallas 91 Utah 98, Sacramento 91, OT Tuesdayâs Games Indiana 114, Atlanta 103 L.A. Lakers 92, Brooklyn 83 Houston 140, Golden State 109 Phoenix 96, Memphis 90 Milwaukee at Denver, late Todayâs Games Charlotte at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Indiana at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Orlando, 7 p.m. New York at Washington, 7 p.m. Memphis at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Portland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Utah, 9 p.m. San Antonio at Minnesota, 9 p.m. Thursdayâs Games L.A. Lakers at Boston, 8 p.m. Chicago at Denver, 10:30 p.m. College Football MIssissippi State 2013 commitments
SHS bumper stickers on sale
Starkville High School is selling bumper stickers commemorating the football teamâs Class 5A State championship. The bumper stickers cost $3 each, or two for $5, and are available at the SHS school office or the athletic department at the Greensboro Center.
Stuedeman speaks at luncheon
HailState Hoopsâ Feb. 12 luncheon promises to be Vanntastic as the Bulldog womenâs basketball team welcomes Mississippi State head softball coach Vann Stuedeman as the guest speaker. The luncheon, which will be held in Mize Pavilion, is open to the public with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. Cost for each luncheon is $12 at the door, and includes Stuedeman talking about the upcoming softball season, a meal, game highlights and question and answer sessions with head coach Vic Schaefer and players. For more information on the HailState Hoops luncheons, contact the MSU womenâs basketball office at 662-325-0198 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Stuedemanâs second Bulldog edition kicks off the season Feb. 7, hosting South Alabama at 6 p.m. in the opening game of the Kickoff Classic. She returns six starters on offense and two starting pitchers from her inaugural squad that went 3324 and advanced to the NCAA Eugene (Ore.) Regional. Schaeferâs squad returns to action Sunday, traveling to Missouri for a 1 p.m. tip on the SEC Network. State remains on the road Feb. 14, heading to Oxford for a 7 p.m. showdown against in-state rival Ole Miss. State hosts LSU in its âThink Pinkâ game Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m. and Alabama on Feb. 21. Following a Feb. 24 roadtrip to South Carolina, the Bulldogs host the seasonâs final luncheon on Feb. 27, the day before Georgia comes to town for a 7 p.m. contest.
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Tyson Cunningham (24) and the Mississippi State Bulldogs travel to Oxford today to meet the Ole Miss Rebels. The game between rivals tips at 8 p.m. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Today College Basketball Mississippi State at Ole Miss, 8 p.m.
MSU First Pitch tickets on sale
Tickets for the 2013 First Pitch/Fan Day baseball celebration set Saturday at Mississippi State are on sale now through the Mississippi State Athletic Ticket Office in the Bryan Athletic Administration Building. Ticket price is $12 per person. The Bulldogs, sporting their highest preseason national ranking (13th) since 2003, open their 123rd season of baseball Feb. 15-17 with a four-game weekend series against first-time foe Portland. This yearâs meet the team baseball celebration opens at 11 a.m. in the Griffis Boardroom with a hamburger/hot dog lunch and an autograph session with members of the 2013 Mississippi State baseball team in the adjoining Palmeiro Center. The âFirst Pitchâ program, emceed by MSU head baseball coach John Cohen, follows at 12:45 p.m. The Bulldog Baseball-filled program a formal introduction of the MSU team and staff and an appearance by former Mississippi State standout and current Washington Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore. Baseball fan day activities conclude at Dudy Noble Field with a 2:15 p.m. âopening day dress rehearsalâ scrimmage, open to the public. Moore, a native of Brandon, was drafted by and signed with the Washington Nationals following the 2008 season and last April became the 49th athlete from Mississippi State to advance to play or coach on the Major League level of professional baseball. The list of guest speakers at Stateâs past âFirst Pitchâ events reads like a whoâs who of Mississippi State baseball. Moore joins a group that includes former MSU baseball standouts Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, head coach John Cohen, Dave âBooâ Ferriss, Dave Klipstein, Alex Grammas, Paul Maholm, Burke Masters, Joel Matthews, Mitch Moreland, Jonathan Papelbon, Jay Powell, Jim Robinson, Nat Showalter, Bobby Thigpen and Dan Van Cleve. Best-selling author and MSU alumnus John Grisham and MLB Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, the longtime manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have also served as âFirst Pitchâ guest speakers at MSU. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the MSU Athletic Ticket Office (662-325-2600) and online at www.HailState. com/tickets and Saturday at the Griffis Boardroom door. For additional information contact the MSU Baseball Office (662325-3597).
WHATâS ON TV
Today MENâS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN â Baylor at Oklahoma St. ESPN2 â Marquette at South Florida NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. ESPN â San Antonio at Minnesota NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN â Boston at Montreal SOCCER 1:55 p.m. ESPN2 â Menâs national teams, exhibition, France vs. Germany, at Paris 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 â Menâs national teams, World Cup qualifier, Mexico vs. Jamaica, at Mexico City Thursday. 9. Georgia (19-3) did not play. Next: vs. Auburn, Thursday. 10. Kentucky (19-3) did not play. Next: at Arkansas, Thursday. 11. Louisville (19-4) did not play. Next: vs. Pittsburgh, Saturday. 12. Tennessee (17-5) did not play. Next: at LSU, Thursday. 13. Purdue (18-4) did not play. Next: vs. Michigan, Sunday. 14. Texas A&M (18-5) did not play. Next: at No. 15 South Carolina, Sunday. 15. South Carolina (19-3) did not play. Next: at Alabama, Thursday. 16. North Carolina (20-3) did not play. Next: at Boston College, Thursday. 17. UCLA (17-4) did not play. Next: at Washington, Friday. 18. Dayton (19-1) did not play. Next: vs. Xavier, Thursday. 19. Florida State (18-4) did not play. Next: at Miami, Sunday. 20. Delaware (18-3) did not play. Next: at Towson, Thursday. 21. Colorado (16-5) did not play. Next: vs. Oregon State, Friday. 22. Oklahoma State (16-5) beat TCU 76-
Mondayâs Game Texas A&M 74, LSU 57 Thursdayâs Games Auburn at Georgia, 6 p.m. S. Carolina at Alabama, 6:30 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas, 7 p.m. Tennessee at LSU, 8 p.m. Womenâs Top 25 Fared Tuesday 1. Baylor (20-1) did not play. Next: vs. Kansas, Wednesday. 2. Notre Dame (21-1) beat Villanova 5952. Next: at Seton Hall, Saturday. 3. UConn (21-1) beat Marquette 94-37. Next: vs. DePaul, Sunday. 4. Stanford (20-2) did not play. Next: vs. Arizona, Friday. 5. Duke (20-1) did not play. Next: at Virginia, Friday. 6. California (19-2) did not play. Next: vs. Arizona State, Friday. 7. Maryland (18-3) did not play. Next: at Wake Forest, Friday. 8. Penn State (18-3) Next: at Indiana,
Sundayâs Games Miss. State 47, Arkansas 44 Florida 87, Alabama 54 Georgia 75, Kentucky 71 Missouri 80, Tennessee 63 S. Carolina 59, Auburn 51 Vanderbilt 79, Ole Miss 53
Jeremey Chappelle, WR, Tyler, Texas Shelby Christy, WR, Geismar, La. Jamaal Clayborn, OG, Flowood, Miss. Tolando Cleveland, DB, Powder Springs, Ga. Kivon Coman, S, Chatham, Va. Justin Cox, S, Scooba, Miss. Kent Flowers, OT, Hollandale, Miss. Donald Gray, WR, Memphis, Tenn. B.J. Hammond, WR, Gadsden, Ala. Dezmond Harris, ATH, Mccalla, Ala. Chris Jones, DE, Houston, Miss. Ulric Jones, DE, Oxford, Ala. Gabe Myles, CB, Starkville, Miss. Fred Ross, WR, Tyler, Texas Artimas Samuel, TE, Chatham, Va. Cord Sandberg, QB, Bradenton, Fla. Trent Simpson, TE, Oxford, Ala. Ashton Shumpert, RB, Tupelo, Miss. Jake Thomas, OT, Columbus, Miss. Brandon Wells, ATH, Bogue Chitto, Miss. Damian Williams, QB, Metarie, La. DeâRunnya Wilson WR, Birmingham, Ala.
By DANNY P. SMITH email@example.com It felt like home. Thatâs why Logan Foulks decided to transfer to Mississippi State to play softball. While growing up in Douglasville, Ga., Foulks remembers seeing some of the same things that are in Starkville. âYou come in and see the ponds, pastures and lakes,â Foulks said. âI fell in love even before I saw the campus.â Foulks was also Foulks welcomed quickly by the coaches and players. âTheyâre awesome,â Foulks said. âI canât get enough of it.â When the Bulldogs open the season Thursday against South Alabama, Foulks will get her first time to help the program. MSU head coach Van Stuedeman said Foulks fits right in and was like a relative that had only been out of touch for a long time. Stuedeman has already noticed the spark in Foulksâ eyes and the commitment shown to contribute. âLogan fell in love with our facilities and knew some of the players, which was definitely a huge positive,â Stuedeman said. âShe spent the fall working on her GPA, got here in January and here we are. We were very fortunate that she was available in the summer. Sheâs great personality-wise, academic-wise and she loves Mississippi State and our players.â Foulks comes to the Bulldogs from North Carolina, where she finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year with a .596 slugging percentage. MSU assistant coach Alan Reach believes he can identify the characteristics that make a good hitter and Foulks has those. âYou can see whoâs a hitter by their body language and the way they approach batting practice,â Reach said. âShe approaches hitting with a strong mentality. She has a really good swing and experience in the ACC and experience in the SEC just playing out of conference. You can tell a
Vonn out for the season
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) â Lindsey Vonn will miss the rest of the ski season after tearing ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in her leg in a high-speed crash Tuesday at the world championships. Vonn lost balance on her right leg while landing a jump in the super-G, flipped over in the air and landed on her back as she smashed through a gate before coming to a halt. Although she will miss the rest of this season, the U.S. ski team said the 28-year-old Vonn is expected to return in time for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The four-time overall World Cup winner and 2010 Olympic downhill champion received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being taken by helicopter to a hospital in Schladming. âVonn suffered a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament) in her right knee and a lateral tibial plateau fracture,â U.S. Ski Team medical director Kyle Wilkens said in a statement. Christian Kaulfersch, the assistant medical director at the worlds, said Vonn left the Schladming hospital on Tuesday afternoon and will undergo surgery in another hospital. âShe first wanted to go back to the team hotel to mentally deal with all what has happened,â Kaulfersch said. Team physician William Sterett, who was with Vonn, declined to offer any more information when contacted by The Associated Press.
Mississippi State reminds transfer of home
lot about a hitter if they have more walks than strikeouts; if they take good pitches and know which pitches they are going to crush.â Stuedeman is anxious to get all three transfers, Foulks, Julia Echols and Alison Owens, into the loop with the squad. âAll three of them were very well connected with players on our team, so it was a pretty easy transition for them,â Stuedeman said. âI think probably the hardest part was getting to know the coaching staff. Alison and Julia came just one semester after me, so weâre all very eager to get them into their uniform and on the field.â Foulks said the transition for her was easy because of the energy that Stuedeman puts into the program. âI love her enthusiasm and excitement for every player individually and for the team,â Foulks said. âEverything she does is 110 percent and sheâs always enthused at everything she does from tying her shoes to winning the World Series. I love that and the whole team feeds off that. I know I do.â
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High School Basketball
Volunteers take 46-40 win at home
By BEN WAIT firstname.lastname@example.org The goal for the Starkville Academy boys basketballâs team all season has been to finish with a winning record. They took one step closer Tuesday night. Starkville Academy hung to a 46-40 victory over the Heritage Academy Patriots inside the Starkville Academy Gymnasium. The Volunteers moved their record to 15-13 for the season. âAs soon as I went into the locker room, I erased 14 and put 15 up there,â SA head coach Mark Alexander said. âThat is one of our big goals. We want a winning season. That doesnât guarantee us one, but itâs pretty close.â The Vols outlasted the Patriots 56-49 in double overtime a week ago in Columbus. Both games played out the same. âAbout the only difference, it didnât go into double overtime,â Alexander said. âOther than that, everything was about the same. I didnât think either team deserved to lose that game. Both teams fought hard. We were very, very fortunate to make a few more shots than they did.â SA took a 36-30 lead into the final quarter. The Patriots opened the quarter on an 8-1 run and took a 38-37 lead on Walker Brownâs 3-pointer. âItâs like same song, different verse,â Alexander said. âI keep telling them âone of these games donât need to be this close.â Every single game is like this. I think all these close games help us. We have been in this situations so many times that we kind of have this calmness about us at the end.â SAâs Carnail Minor answered on the very next possession with his own 3-pointer to give the Volunteers a 40-38 lead. The Patriots tied it up at 40-40. It came down to the Volunteers making free throws. Brandon Sharp made four free throws down the stretch to ice the game. âWe were 11-of-24 from the free-throw line,â Alexander said. âBrandon Sharp stepped up and made those when it counted the most. That says a lot about him to be able to step up and make those. âEven though heâs not a great free-throw shooter, there is nobody I would rather have the ball in their hands at the end of the game. Heâs very smart, heâs going to make a good decision nine times out of 10 and I feel very confident with the ball in his hands.â Heritage was led by Cade Lott and Hudson Bean who each scored nine points. Sharp led the Vols with 15 points. Minor added 11 and Caleb Merchant chipped in 10 points. The Vols are back in action Friday night when Jackson Academy comes calling. Starkville Academy will honor its seniors as it is the last regular home game of the season.
East Webster senior Katesa Dear (13) breaks away with the basketball against Eupora Tuesday night. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Lady Wolverine seniors sent out with victory
By JASON EDWARDS email@example.com MATHISTON â It was senior night under the lights basketball for the East Webster Wolverines Tuesday. was the star as the Wolverines welcomed area rival Eupora to town for senior night. The Lady Wolverines and Lady Eagles took the court first and East Webster scored the double digit victory 43-28. âWe lost to Eupora the first time, but I knew if we ever got them here we could beat them,â Lady Wolverine coach Mandy Jewell said. âThe last two games we have been in a slump, so a good solid win gives us enthusiasm to have something to play for. We know we can play well and hopefully, they will show up in the district tournament just like that.â While Jewell and her team were celebrating the win, Eupora coach Bryant Thomas was contemplating what went wrong and what his team needs to do as they head toward the district tournament. âWell basically, we didnât play our best game (Tuesday),â Thomas said. âWe split this year with them, but (Tuesday) hands down to the East Webster girls. They played better than we did. They got more plays than we did. We have to get better heading into the tournament.â The Lady Eagles might not have won the game, but Eupora did claim the first period. Outscoring East Webster by one, the Lady Eagles held a 12-11 lead after one. The first period was the only one that Eupora would lead as the Lady Wolverines turned their game up a notch throughout the rest of the game. Second period action was full of defense as both teams remained in the single digits with East Webster scoring six to Euporaâs single basket. As the teams left the court for the halftime break, the Lady Wolverines clung to a threepoint lead 17-14. Offensively, things widened as the teams returned to the court with East Webster doubling up Eupora 14-5 to take a 31-19 lead into the final period. With Quantesha Patterson leading the way, East Webster continued their winning run as concluded the final 8-minute period with 12 points to walk away with the victory. Patterson ended her night with 19 points, while Jaliquah Patterson was the leading Lady Eagle with 10 points. Following the game East Webster honored a trio of seniors including Katesa Dear, Jada Washington and Kayla Warnock, whom Jewell spoke of fondly. âThose seniors, I am going to miss them,â Jewell said. âI am losing two of my best ball handlers and one of my better passers who was hurt and did not get to play (Tuesday). We have some big shoes to fill next year.â With the win, both teams begin preparations for the district tournament, where East Webster enters ranked No. 1 in the division.
Boys Game Eupora 66, East Webster 58
MATHISTON â In the same ceremony that honored the Lady Wolverines, the East Webster boys celebrated their lone senior Malik Jones. âMalik has been with me since the very beginning,â East Webster coach Corey Stidham said. âHe is a classy guy with some talent. He loves the game of basketball. This year he has taken that senior leadership role whereas in the past, he was kind of timid. I just canât say enough about him. I love the guy and appreciate all he has done for us.â After senior night festivities were complete,
the Eagles and Wolverines took to the hardwood for battle. This time the tables were turned as Eupora pulled off a victory over the hosting Wolverines. Thomas knew upon entering East Websterâs gym Tuesday, his Eagles were in for a challenge with it being senior night for their rivals. âHonestly, when you come over here on senior night and itâs a cross-county rivalry, it is tough,â Thomas said. âThey played hardnosed and we played hard-nosed. In the end, we both played hard and we ended up getting the victory.â The tough play started with the opening tip as the two teams found themselves separated by two points as Eupora held a 13-11 lead. Things were reversed in the second period as East Webster took control outscoring the Eagles 13-10 as the halftime buzzer sounded with the Wolverines leading 24-23. Coming out of the half, Eupora stepped up to the challenge as it scored more points in one period than in the previous two combined. Posting 25 points to East Websterâs 11 points, the Eagles led 48-35 as the game entered the final period. East Webster embarked on a comeback during the fourth period, but it would prove to be unsuccessful as they were eight points shy of topping the Eagles at gameâs end. âWe hurt ourselves too much in the beginning of the second half,â Stidham said. âWe just dug ourselves a bigger and bigger hole, and we just couldnât get over it.â Malik Jones concluded his senior campaign on East Websterâs home court by leading the Wolverines with 18 points. Just behind the senior was Derek Jones who scored nine points to close Tuesdayâs action. Leading the way for Eupora was Marquez Wofford with 14 points, followed by Trey Pittman and Derrick Jones with 11 points each.
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The Rebels (17-4, 6-2) started out 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference. They suffered two losses to Kentucky at home and Florida on the road last week to come into the matchup with a two-game losing streak. âThis week marks the midpoint of league play,â Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. âWeâre coming off a tough week, two tough losses to two good teams and had to deal with some personnel issues as it relates to injuries. Iâm looking forward to getting back home (today) and hosting our instate rival.â The Rebels will be without sophomore forward
Aaron Jones who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Senior guard Nick Williams suffered a foot injury against Kentucky and had his cast removed Monday. It is unsure when he will be back. The Rebels lead the SEC in scoring with 79.2 points per game. Ole Miss also has the leagueâs top scorer in junior guard Marshall Henderson. Henderson is averaging 19.5 points per game. Henderson has garnered a good amount of media attention with his intensity on the court. âWe donât want any incidents on the court or off the court,â Ray said. âMarshall Henderson is a combustable young man, so we need to make sure we keep our cool.â his high school ball at Manatee. He also plays baseball and there has been talk off him playing baseball for MSU, but he is also considering going professional. Williams was committed to the University of Southern Mississippi, but visited the Bulldogs the weekend of Jan. 25. He was offered a scholarship at the end of the visit and committed on the spot. MSU is also looking for some help at wide College, respectively. It has been a long journey for the pair, but one that West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey is glad he got to witness it. âBoth athletes did whatever I asked of them,â Lowrey said. âVon made sure everybody did it the right way. He was a coach on field. He was unselfish in everything he did. Lampkin is a hard worker and 100 percent dedicated to football.â
Henderson also leads the SEC in 3-pointers made with 83. Thatâs 32 better than Georgiaâs Kentavious Cladwell-Pope. âWhat makes Marshall Henderson so good is his ability to cut,â Ray said. âThereâs very few people in college basketball that can make shots on a cut. Thereâs a lot of guys that can make shots standing still on drive and kick. The way we guard him when he has the ball doesnât really change much because weâre always on the basketball, but what will change is the way we guard him off the ball because of all the screens they set. âThe only way you can frustrate him is with your defense. How we talk about what he does and how he acts has no barring on his shot selection. We have to contest all his shots that leads the SEC receiver. Most of the targets on the outside for the Bulldogs in 2012 were seniors. State already has one receiver enrolled in school in Tyler (Texas) Junior College product Jeremey Chappelle. Shelby Christy of Geismar, La., DeâRunnya Wilson of Birmingham, Ala. and B.J. Hammond of Gadsden, Ala. have all committed to MSU. With five wide receivers in the class, the Bulldogs are still after one more.
in scoring. Heâs going to get looks but you have to limit his good looks.â The Bulldogs feel confident that they can stop Henderson and are not worried about his attitude on the court. âHe is a great scorer,â Johnson said. âI think we are going to be able to contain him. I think weâll be alright. I watched him play on TV. He has a lot of jawing. We are not going to pay attention to that.â Ole Miss also sports the top rebounder in the SEC. Senior Murphy Holloway leads the league with 10.1 boards per game. MSU freshman guard Fred Thomas leads the Bulldogs with 10.5 points per game. Johnson and freshman guard Craig Sword each average 9.6 points per outing.
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more support at the most important position. âQuarterback is a big need for us this year,â Mullen said. The Bulldogs have gotten commits from Cord Sandberg and Damian Williams. Sandberg is rated a 3-star recruit by 247 Sports. He is from Bradenton, Fla. and played
Fred Ross of Tyler High School (Texas) has been committed to Oklahoma State since Feb. 2, 2012. He visited Mississippi State on the weekend of Jan. 25. Late Tuesday night he switched his commitment to Mississippi State. Along with Chappelle, MSU has three others already enrolled. East Mississippi Community College safety Justin Cox and two Hargrave Military Academy players Kivon Coman and Artimas Samuel are already on campus.
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incredible,â Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell said. âThat makes since Iâve been here the 22nd player to move on different places.â For example, SHS has Chris Prater at Louisiana-Lafayette, Quez Johnson at Florida Atlantic, Martavious Foster at Colorado State, Eric Rogers at Delta State and D.J. Jordan at UT-Martin. East Webster âWeâve got kids all over the place playing, which I think is outstanding,â Mitchell said. âWe Austin Cunningham is the lone Wolverine will add to all of that (today).â signing today. Any commitments were made prior to todayâs With his days at East Webster complete, the signing day were verbal and could change before defensive end will be spending the next few years they put their names on the scholarship papers. playing for the Milsaps Majors. As Cunningham prepares to embark on the West Oktibbeha next step in life, his coach spoke on the growth he has witnessed during the seniorâs career with Von Smith and Tiberias Lampkin of the the Wolverines. Timberwolves will make official later this morning âAustin is a very smart student,â East Webster their decisions to play for East Mississippi coach Doug Wilson said. âHe played middle Community College and Coahoma Community linebacker last year and moved to defensive end
for his senior year and still has a lot of potential stuck with it,â Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger said. âThey kept working hard through to grow as he continues in his career.â high school and continued applying themselves the entire way.â Ackerman The Indians have four players who will ink national letter of intents this morning. Included in the group are Alex Faust who will reveal his decision between Millsaps and Belhaven, followed by Trent Furr and Lenny Taylor who plan to sign with Co-lin and Northwest Community Colleges. respectively. Ackerman fans will have to wait until today to see where Quinton Lane will spend his college days as the senior is holding his decision until signing time. Itâs not hard to see the progress of the group since beginning its playing days with the Indians. During their 7th and 8th seasons combined, Ackerman picked up one win, but that all changed as they entered the later years. During the junior campaign, the squad posted 10 wins, while this past season, the Indians picked up nine victories. âThese players have come a long way and
The Eagles have known that star wide receiver and defensive back Derrick Jones will spend his days with the Ole Miss Rebels, but the fans will have to wait until early this morning to see where running back Lazerick Davis is taking his talents. On the eve of signing day, Jones and Davisâ coach Junior Graham talked about just how much the pair have meant to Eupora. âDerrick and Lazerick have been consistent,â Graham said. âThey did everything we ever asked of them. We are going to miss these guys, because they do a lot behind the scenes that helped this program grow.â (Editorâs Note: Starkville Daily News sports editor Danny P. Smith contributed to this story.)
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE BASKETBALL
Foster brings toughness to the court for Bulldogs
By DANNY P. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org Mississippi State junior guard Candace Foster had an expected reaction when she learned that womenâs basketball coach Vic Schaefer was pleased with her effort on the court. âPraise the Lord,â Foster said. For anyone who knows Foster, those words are not surprising coming from her. Schaefer said Foster relies on her faith and is the reason why she plays with the âtoughnessâ that she does. âYou talk about a tough, aggressive, (and) physical kid,â Schaefer said. â(She) has a great frame (and) plays with a passion. She plays with God in her heart. Sheâs a good Christian kid. âSheâs everything I want in a basketball player. She needs a better jump shot, but I play her because of the other things. At the end of the day, thatâs more important than her skill set right now. Thatâs what she brings to my team and Iâve got to have that with this team.â Foster isnât going to score a great amount of points. She didnât score at all for the Bulldogs in her freshman season, had only two points last season and has 17 points so far this season. Instead of spending most of her time concentrating on offense, Foster chooses to focus on her defense. Foster knows thatâs the main point of emphasis for Schaefer. âWe work on it every day in practice,â Foster said. âDefense is a part of everything we do. He is a big defensive coach. Itâs all about denying the ball, putting pressure on the ball, being help side and working on several techniques. He wants us to be the type of team heâs coached before.
âI love they are a defensive-minded staff. Thatâs something I harp on. I enjoy defense. I try to create offense off my defense. Playing hard and working hard is just who I am. Itâs part of how I was raised and brought up. (I) donât lay down for anything and put it all on the line. (Itâs about doing) whatâs asked of you and do your best.â Foster is an inspiration for other MSU players like junior guard Kendra Grant. âIf you know the type of person Candace is, you can see it on the court,â Grant said. âShe lays it on the line, whether itâs in practice or in games and however many minutes sheâs in. Whatever it is, sheâs going to go hard. Thatâs something that has been placed in her by God. I love being around her on and off the court. Thatâs her personality and it transfers over to the court.â Foster, a Jackson native, was a part of three Class 5A State championship teams at Murrah High School. Schaefer said Foster is someone who âloves being a Bulldogâ and âembraces Mississippi State.â Foster wants to do everything she can to help the Bulldogs be successful. âI donât know any other way to be,â Foster said. âI want to come out, work hard and do what it takes to get everybody going. Iâm not the best player on the team, but I bring what I can and I do what I can. I come out every day in practice, work hard and lead by example in that manner.â Schaefer isnât looking forward to the next time Foster misses a practice. âShe missed practice one day and the whole practice was terrible because she brings a level of intensity that we desperately need,â Schaefer said. âThatâs how important Mississippi State junior guard Candace Foster looks to drive into the lane she is for our team. Iâm glad I have her and love her with the basketball. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN) intensity. I love everything about that kid.â
Hot-shooting Arkansas surprises Florida 80-69
By KURT VOIGT Associated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â Arkansas finally gave second-year coach Mike Anderson the signature win he had been looking for. BJ Young led three players in double figures with 13 points as the Razorbacks opened quickly and never let up in a shocking 80-69 victory over No. 2 Florida on Tuesday night. The win improves the Razorbacks (14-8, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) to 14-1 at home this season, and it snaps a 10-game winning streak for the Gators â who had ascended to the No. 2 spot in The AP Top 25 one day earlier. Arkansas opened the game 15 of 20 from the field. Michael Qualls and Marshawn Powell added 11 points each and all 11 players scored for the Razorbacks in their first win over a top 10 team since early in 2008-09. Mike Rosario led Florida (18-3, 8-1) with 15 points, while Scottie Wilbekin had 14. After trailing by as many as 23 points in the first half, the Gators cut the lead to 43-26 at halftime. The Razorbacks didnât give Florida a chance to come up for air to open the second half, forcing turnovers on two straight possessions to open the second half and extending the lead 49-26 Arkansasâ Mardracus Wade (1) smiles after a made free-throw against Florida Tuesday night. following a jumper by Qualls. (Photo by Gareth Patterson, AP) Florida had one final run in it â responding
with an 11-2 stretch to cut the deficit to 51-37 after an inside basket by Michael Frazier. The Gators did close the lead to 11 points, but by then it was too late against an Arkansas team in desperate need of a signature win, one that hasnât reached the NCAA tournament since 2008. The Razorbacks were then coached by current Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey, who entered Bud Walton Arena to handshakes and hugs Tuesday night before walking off the court with a stunning loss in his second return to his former home. The win was Arkansasâ first over a team ranked in the top 10 since victories over No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 7 Texas early in 2008-09, Pelphreyâs second season. Anderson took over last season, and his previous best win was over then-No. 15 Mississippi State. Hunter Mickelson responded to Floridaâs second-half run with a putback for the Razorbacks, beginning a 16-3 run that opened the lead to 67-40 and put the game well out of reach. Coty Clarke closed out the run in emphatic fashion for Arkansas, flying high on the fast break to put down a one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass from Ky Madden. Arkansas, whose only home loss this season was to No. 9 Syracuse, owned the first half. The Razorbacks entered the game 12th in the SEC in 3-point shooting at 29.8 percent, but they opened the game 5 of 6 from behind the arc and built a 36-13 lead midway through the half.
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NATIONAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 8 Miami tops Boston College
By STEVEN WINE Associated Press CORAL GABLES, Fla. â Kenny Kadji scored 10 points during a span of four possessions to start a second-half surge Tuesday night, and No. 8 Miami remained unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 72-50 victory over Boston College. Reserve junior Rion Brown tied a career high with 22 points, and Kadji had 16 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes for the Hurricanes, who went 11 for 22 from 3-point range. They held an ACC opponent to 50 points or less for the fourth time. The Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won 10 consecutive games and are 10-0 in their on-campus arena, winning each of the past three home games by at least 22 points. Nine victories in the ACC matches their highest total ever and they are the last unbeaten team in league play among the major conferences. Boston College (10-12, 2-7) lost to Miami for the second time in three weeks, and for the sixth straight time. The Hurricanesâ ranking this week is their highest since 1960. But their streak of sellouts â a rarity for the perennially overlooked program â ended at two games. Attendance was 5,149. Durand Scott had 11 points and seven rebounds for Miami while Shane Larkin added 10 points and five assists. Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points for the Eagles and Ryan Anderson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, but Miami outrebounded Boston College 42-30. The Eagles shot only 37 percent, including 5 for 23 from 3-point range. Joe Rahon, averaging 10.8 points per game, did not score. When Boston College reduced its deficit to six points early in the second half, Miami responded with a 17-4 run to put the game away. The spurt started with the 6-foot-11 Kadji. He sank a runner, hit a 3-pointer, converted a four-point play and then made one of two free throws for a 43-29 lead. Soon the margin was 50Miamiâs Kenny Kadji (35) drives against Boston College forward 31, and then 61-36. Ryan Anderson (12) Tuesday. (Photo by Wilfredo Lee, AP)
Miami head coach Jim Larranaga calls out a play during the first half Tuesdayâs game. (Photo by Wilfredo Lee, AP)
Mosqueda-Lewis leads UConn over Marquette
From Wire Reports STORRS, Conn. (AP) â Connecticut guard Bria Hartley hopes she's finally rounding into form. The junior guard, who missed much of the preseason and the first two games of the year with an ankle injury, had 20 points Tuesday night, to help the third-ranked Huskies to a 94-37 rout of Marquette. "It has felt like I was a step behind, being out for that long and then coming back and not being able to play the way I wanted to â not improving, note getting better at certain things," Hartley said. "The only thing you can do is just work hard, keep pushing yourself. I tell myself; eventually it's going to get better." Hartley, who was 0 for 7 from 3-point range Saturday in a six-point win over St. John's. She hit 5-of-7 against the Golden Eagles, tying a career high. She came in averaging just over 8 points a game after putting up 14 a game last season. "She played hard," said Kaleena MosquedaLewis, who led the Huskies with 24 points. "She was the Bria Hartley I remember. We need Bria Hartley to play like the old her. We need her to score in double digits every night. We need her to be aggressive on defense and make sure she's penetrating and making things happen for our team." Mosqueda-Lewis also made some things happen, hitting her first eight shots and her first five 3-point attempts. Six Huskies scored in double figures, including all five starters. Caroline Doty added 12 points, making all four of her 3-pointers for the Huskies (21-1, 8-1 Big East), who were coming off a lackluster six-point win at St. John's. Brookly Pumroy had 11 points to lead Marquette (11-11, 3-6), which has never beaten UConn in nine attempts. Marquette opened the game with a 3-point basket from Chelsie Butler, but that was the only lead the Golden Eagles would enjoy. UConn responded with a 19-0 run, capped by Doty's third 3-pointer of the game. A pair of free throws from Kelly Faris gave the Huskies their first 30-point lead at 38-8 midway through the first half and the rout was on. Coach Geno Auriemma had criticized Mosqueda-Lewis recently for not looking for her shot as much as she should. She responded by hitting all seven of her attempts in the first half Tuesday, including five from behind the arc. Mosqueda-Lewis now leads the nation with 67 3-pointers. She came into the game ranked second in accuracy from behind the arc hitting just under 50 percent of her attempts. "I never want her out of the game, ever," Auriemma said. "Tonight she didn't commit one foul. I want it to be like that all year. I don't want her to even think about fouling anybody. Because I know that in a three-minute stretch, she's going to blow the game open. That's how much confidence we have in her." Marquette, meanwhile, made just six baskets as a team in the first half, shooting 20 percent from the floor. They went into the locker room trailing 62-17 at halftime. UConn did not let up much in the second half, leading by as many as 58 points. The Huskies were 15 of 23 from 3-point range and shot 55 percent from the floor.
McGraw became the 13th coach in Division I history to reach the 700-victory plateau with No. 2 Notre Dame's victory over Villanova. Her career record is now 700-257 in 31 years coaching (612216 in 26 years at Notre Dame). Natalie Achonwa scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Irish (21-1, 9-0 Big East).
No. 24 Syracuse 72, Cincinnati 48
CINCINNATI â Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall tallied 23 points apiece as No. 24 Syracuse defeated Cincinnati in Big East play for its third straight win. Alexander went 8 of 12 from the field and added five blocks. Hall made 7 of 13 shots and scored eight straight points to give the Orange (19-3, 7-2) its biggest lead of the game, 69-46, with 2:42 left to play. Cincinnati (8-11, 0-6) opened the second half with a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 31-30 but No. 2 Notre Dame 59, Villanova 52 Syracuse used a 10-0 run to pull away. The Orange, who have won their last three VILLANOVA, Pa. â Muffet McGraw games by a combined 71 points, shot 49 percent fittingly earned another milestone victory close to (25 of 51) while holding Cincinnati to 31.5 percent (17 of 54). where she grew up.
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
George scores 29, Pacers beat Hawks
By JIM JOHNSON Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS â Paul George scored 29 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to their 15th straight home win, 114-103 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. David West had 15 points and seven rebounds and George Hill added 15 points and eight assists to help the Pacers to their fourth straight victory overall and their longest home win streak in 13 years. Jeff Teague had 24 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hawks, who have lost three of their last four. The Pacers went on a 7-2 run midway through the fourth quarter. Lance Stephenson scored on a layup before Hill hit a 3-pointer with 6:28 left to play to give the Pacers a 10084 lead, their largest advantage of the game. George made two free throws to give the Pacers a 93-80 lead before Johan Petro scored for Atlanta. Then George scored two more free throws to put the Pacers up 13 again with 7:17 left to play. The Pacers then pulled away for good when
Hillâs 3 gave Indiana its 16-point lead. George hit a 3 with 2:39 left in the third quarter to put the Pacers up 75-67. The Hawks missed a layup and D.J. Augustin, who had 10 points, drove to the basket and the officials spend eight minutes reviewing the play to determine that Horford committed a flagrant foul on the play and Augustin was called for a technical. Augustin scored two free throws and John Jenkins scored the technical free throw to give the Pacers a 79-68 lead. The Pacers led 81-70 at the end of the third quarter. Teague dunked off a steal at the start of the fourth quarter and George answered with a 3 to extend the lead again and Mike Scott scored on a putback to make it 84-76. Later, Stephenson hit a 3 to give the Pacers an 89-78 lead with 9:20 left in the game. After the Hawks jumped out to a 7-3 lead, the Pacers scored the next eight points. Hibbert scored in the paint and later hit a jumper. Then when George missed a jumper, Hibbert grabbed the rebound and passed it under the basket to George, who scored on a reverse dunk to give the Pacers the 11-7 lead with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, left, fouls Indiana Pacers forward Paul George as he shoots in the second half of Tuesdayâs game. (Photo by Michael Conroy, AP) Kyle Korverâs 3 gave the Hawks a 43-31 lead with 5:15 left in the second quarter. The Pacers then went on an 13-2 run. Stephenson scored a layup and later a 3, and Hill made two free throws and a jumper. Stephenson scored two more free throws to pull Indiana to 45-44 with 2:48 left in the second quarter. Later, Hill made 1 of 2 from the line to tie the score at 47. The Hawks missed a shot and then George hit a 3 to give the Pacers a 50-47 lead with 1:10 left in the first half. The Pacers led 50-49 at halftime.
Short-handed Lakers defeat Nets 92-83 in Brooklyn
By BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press NEW YORK â Kobe Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absences of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, and the loss of Pau Gasol to beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-83 on Tuesday night. Antawn Jamison, starting for the suspended World Peace, made the go-ahead basket during a closing 14-3 run for the Lakers, who have won three straight and six of their last seven games. Howard missed his third consecutive game with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Gasol, his replacement, injured his right foot with a little more than 4 minutes remaining. He was examined by Nets doctors and diagnosed with a plantar fasciitis strain, and will undergo an MRI exam Wednesday in Boston. Brook Lopez capitalized on the Lakersâ center woes to finish with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but he was the Netsâ only offense down the stretch in their fourth loss in six games. Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists, and Earl Clark added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat the Nets for the 10th straight time. Gasol scored 15 points. The Lakers improved to 3-0 on the road in February after going 0-7 in January, seizing control in the final minutes without many of the players who were expected to make them a top contender this season. Bryantâs attacking drive and slam between Lopez and Gerald Wallace snapped an 80-all tie, but Lopez answered quickly with a threepoint play to give the Nets their last lead with 2:33 to play. Jamison scored, Bryant drove for another basket and Clark hit a jumper to give the Lakers an 88-83 lead with 1:11 remaining. The Nets couldnât score again, and Nash closed it out with four free throws. The NBA penalized World Peace for grabbing the Pistonsâ Brandon Knight around the neck and striking him in the jaw with the knuckles of his mostly open hand on Sunday with 1:43
left in the first half of the Lakersâ 98-97 win. The former Ron Artest has been in trouble with the league throughout his career, and Lakers coach Mike DâAntoni, while not disputing the suspension, said he assumed World Peaceâs history played a role in the leagueâs decision. The decision on Howardâs status belonged to the center, and it was revealed under unusual circumstances. In whatâs been a strange and stormy season for the Lakers, DâAntoni pronounced Howard doubtful at the morning shootaround, either unaware that Howard had already decided he wouldnât play or unwilling to announce it. Howard spoke to reporters just minutes later, ruling himself out.
Rockets set mark for the 3
From Wire Reports HOUSTON (AP) â The Houston Rockets tied an NBA record and set a franchise mark with 23 3-pointers in a 140109 win over Golden State on Tuesday night. Jeremy Lin sank five 3-pointers, a career high, and Chandler Parsons and James Harden hit four apiece as the Rockets reached a season-high point total. They also tied an NBA record with 14 3-pointers in the first half and dished out a season-high 35 assists on 46 field goals overall. Lin scored 28 points, Harden added 18 and Parsons scored 16 for Houston. The Rockets put on the shooting display without their best 3-point shooter â Carlos Delfino sat out with a right elbow injury. Jarrett Jack scored 20 points and David Lee had 18 for the Warriors. Houston tied the single-game record for 3s set by Orlando in a 139-107 win over Sacramento on Jan. 13, 2009. The Rockets were 18 of 27 from 3-point range through three quarters, and they also bottled up Golden Stateâs leading scorer, limiting Stephen Curry to seven points on 3-for-12 shooting. Houston finally hit a dry spell early in the fourth, missing its first three 3-point attempts. Marcus Morris then hit one from the wing, and Parsons flashed him a smile as the two trotted back down the court. With the outcome decided, Rockets coach Kevin McHale
Golden Stateâs Andrew Bogut, right, blocks a shot by Houstonâs James Harden (13) during Tuesdayâs game. (Photo by Dave Einsel, AP) pulled his starters with about six minutes left, leaving the pursuit of the NBA record to the reserves. Newcomer Patrick Beverley sank one from the corner for No. 22 and seldom-used Donatas Motiejunas swished another to tie Orlandoâs mark.
Suns 96, Grizzlies 90
MEMPHIS, Tenn. â Goran Dragic scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead Phoenix past Memphis. Dragic, who had just two
points on 1-for-6 shooting through three quarters, was 5 for 6 in the fourth, including converting three three-point plays to help the Suns snap a two-game losing streak. After the score was tied at 88, Dragic scored six straight points to put the game away. Marcin Gortat led the Suns with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field, while Jermaine OâNeal had 14 points. Kendall Marshall added 11 points and Luis Scola finished with 10.
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Fans march with Ravens to celebrate
By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press BALTIMORE â Baltimore celebrated with its Super Bowl champion Ravens on Tuesday, with thousands of fans in purple lining the streets and packing the teamâs stadium for a celebration. Fans filled the square in front of City Hall and cheered when the team arrived and when players held the silver Lombardi trophy aloft. The Mayorâs Office of Emergency Management estimated that 200,000 people took part in the celebration in Charm City, including at City Hall, along the parade route and at the stadium. Coach John Harbaugh thanked the fans for their support, and safety Ed Reed sang the melody of Eddie Moneyâs âTwo Tickets to Paradise.â Retiring middle linebacker Ray Lewis, the only current player to have started with the team when it came to the city from Cleveland in 1996, told fans the team had fulfilled a promise to go to New Orleans and win. âThe city of Baltimore â I love you for ever and ever and ever and ever,â Lewis told fans in front of City Hall. The players were about an hour late arriving, but fans waited to see them pile into military vehicles and set off on their drive to the stadium. The city shot off purple and white confetti as the parade started and the Queen song âWe Are the Championsâ played over a loudspeaker. Quarterback Joe Flacco and several other players rode in their own camouflage-colored military vehicles, while others stood on a float decorated like a football field with a yellow goal post. Lewis had a position of honor in a military vehicle that brought up the end of the procession. He touched his hand to his heart and gave fans a double thumbs-up as he started on the parade route. Fans followed behind, surrounding the back of the vehicle. Fans wore every article of purple clothing imaginable. In addition to team jerseys, people were dressed in purple hats and scarves, purple Mardi Gras beads, purple wigs. One man wore a Ravens flag as a cape, and many women came wearing purple lipstick and eye shadow. Lewis Neal, 59, who was born and raised in Baltimore, was decked out in a purple tie and vest to purple pants and shoes. He said he went to the parade after the team won its first Super Bowl championship in 2001. This time was smaller, he said, but still special. âMy heart goes out for them,â said Lewis, who said he had
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy, speaks to fans at a celebration at City Hall at the start of a Super Bowl victory parade Tuesday. (Photo by Gail Burton, AP) tears in his eyes Sunday when the team beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. Nancy Monseaux, 63, a Baltimore resident for nearly four decades, cheered the team on Pratt Street, where fans lined the sidewalk five or more people deep in some places. Monseaux, who held a sign that said âDoubt the Ravens nevermore,â said she wanted to come to show her support for the team. âThese boys earned it,â she said of the victory, cheering as members of the team passed. Some fans along the parade route said they also planned to go to the teamâs M&T Bank Stadium. But the stadium, which usually seats 71,000, reached capacity around 12:30 p.m., a
police spokesman said, and late-arriving fans were turned away. When the team did arrive, they treated fans to a thank-you celebration that lasted just over a half an hour. Lewis emerged from a tunnel onto the field, handed off the Lombardi trophy and did his signature dance, âThe Squirrel.â He thanked fans for their love of the team and said he wanted to win the Super Bowl to repay Baltimore for everything itâs done for him. âThere is no place on this earth thatâs better than Baltimore,â he told the crowd. Flacco, the Super Bowlâs most valuable player, also addressed fans. âBaltimore, we did it. Super Bowl champs, baby,â he said.
Outside experts to probe Super Bowl power outage
By KEVIN McGILL. MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS â Officials of the Superdome and its utility company said Tuesday that they will hire outside experts to investigate the cause of a 34-minute power failure that halted the Super Bowl. The announcement by the stadiumâs management company, SMG, and Entergy New Orleans came two days after the outage halted play in the third quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The companiesâ joint written statement did not explain the decision, but Entergy spokesman Chanel Lagarde told The Associated Press they had not been able to reach a conclusion on the cause of the outage and wanted a third-party analysis. âWe wanted to leave no stone unturned,â Lagarde said. âBoth us and SMG thought it was important to get another party looking at this to make sure we were looking at everything that we need to examine.â SMG spokesman Eric Eagan declined to comment Tuesday when asked specifically whether the two parties had been unable to determine a cause of Sundayâs outage or whether they had been unable to agree on one. Records obtained by the AP on Monday show that Superdome officials were worried months ago about losing power during the NFL championship. Tests on the electrical feeders that connect incoming power from utility lines to the stadium showed decay and âa chance of failure,â state officials warned in a memo dated Oct. 15. The documents, obtained through a records request by The Associated Press, also show the utility that supplies the stadium expressed concern about the reliability of the service before the Super Bowl. The memo said utility Entergy New Orleans and the Superdomeâs engineering staff âhad concerns regarding the reliability of the Dome service from Entergyâs connection point to the Dome.â The memo was prepared for the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, the state body responsible for the Superdome. Authorities subsequently authorized spending nearly $1 million on Superdome improvements, including more than $600,000 for upgrading the domeâs electrical feeder cable system, work that was done in December. âAs discussed in previous board meetings, this enhancement is necessary to maintain both the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena as top tier facilities, and to ensure that we do not experience any electrical issues during the Super Bowl,â said an LSED document dated Dec. 19. Superdome commission records show a $513,250 contract to replace feeder cables was awarded to Allstar Electric, a company based in suburban New Orleans. Arthur Westbrook, Allstarâs project manager for the job, referred all questions about possible causes of the outage to the management company that runs the stadium. A lawyer for the LSED, Larry Roedel, said Monday a preliminary investigation found the replacement work done in December did not appear to have caused Sundayâs outage. Entergy and the company that manages the Superdome, SMG, said Sunday that an âabnormalityâ occurred where stadium equipment intersects with an Entergy electric feed, causing a breaker to create the outage. It remained unclear Monday exactly what the abnormality was or why it occurred. The lights-out championship game proved an embarrassment for New Orleans just when it was hoping to show the rest of the world how far it has come since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But many fans were forgiving, and officials expressed confidence that the episode wouldnât hurt the cityâs hopes of hosting the championship again. To New Orleansâ relief, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the city did a âterrificâ job hosting its first pro-football championship in the post-Katrina era. âI fully expect that we will be back here for Super Bowls,â he said, noting a backup power system was poised to kick in but wasnât needed once the lights came back. City leaders were also expected to be positive in a briefing planned for later Tuesday on the cityâs overall performance during Super Bowl week. Fans watching from home werenât deterred, either. An estimated 108.4 million television viewers saw the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31, making it the third-mostviewed program in television history. Both the 2010 and 2011 games hit the 111 million mark. As for possible culprits, it couldnât be blamed on a case of too much demand for power. Meters showed the 76,000-seat stadium was drawing no more electricity than it does during a typical New Orleans Saints game, according to Doug Thornton, the Superdome manager. He also ruled out Beyonceâs electrifying halftime performance. She brought along her own generator. Officials with the utility and the Superdome were quick to note that an NFL game, the Sugar Bowl and another bowl game were played there in recent weeks with no apparent problems. Determining the cause will probably take days, according to Dennis Dawsey, a vice president for distribution and transmission for Entergy. He said the makers of some of the switching gear have been brought in to help figure out what happened.
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL
Ole Miss poised to land big class
From Wire Reports OXFORD (AP) â Second-year Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze is poised to haul in a big recruiting class on todayâs national signing day. The list of potential names is stunning for a program the caliber of Ole Miss, which isnât known for its ability to attract big-time prospects. A perfect storm of family ties, momentum and Freezeâs recruiting experience has brought the Rebels to this point. If Ole Miss lands all of its targets â which include many who are highly regarded by national recruiting analysts â it would be the most celebrated class in school history. But in the Southeastern Conference, Freeze is well aware thereâs no time to celebrate until those names are written on a National Letter of Intent and faxed to the football office today. âCertainly, in this conference, there is no one thatâs bad at recruiting,â Freeze said last week during halftime of an Ole Miss basketball game. âEveryone is very good at it. It gets ratcheted up a little tougher this week. Weâre certainly in on the right guys. We just need to be able to close on a good number of them.â Among the prospects strongly considering Ole Miss is defensive end Robert Nkemdiche â the top-rated recruit in the country according to almost every major media outlet that covers recruiting. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder from Loganville, Ga., might not normally look at the Rebels, but family could play a strong factor in his decision. His brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, had a breakout season for the Rebels in 2012, leading the team with 82 tackles, including 13 for a loss. And with the younger Nkemdiche considering the Rebels, a host of other highly-rated prospects have followed his lead. Receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.) has already verbally committed to the Rebels, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, while other highly-rated recruits like offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla.), safety Antonio Conner (Batesville, Miss.), defensive end Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind.), offensive tackle Austin Golson (Prattville, Ala.) and defensive end Chris Jones (Houston) are all reportedly considering the program. Itâs helped that Ole Miss had an unexpected amount of success under Freeze in his first season. The Rebels recovered from a disastrous 2-10 season in 2011 to finish 7-6, including a win over rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl and Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl. âI donât think we would be sitting here talking about this class that weâre hopefully going to bring in without the momentum that was created by the end of the season,â Freeze said. âWinning the Egg Bowl and being competitive in the big games â Alabama, LSU, A&M â and then winning our bowl game, certainly gave some credibility to our message to these recruits and their families.â Itâs also helpful that Freeze knows how to sell Ole Miss. The Senatobia native grew up just 45 minutes from the school, coached high school football in Memphis, Tenn., and was an assistant coach for the Rebels under Ed Orgeron from 2005-07.
Grayson High School (Atlanta, Ga.) defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is the consensus No. 1 high school recruit in the nation and is being compared to such former greats as Reggie White and current stars as Jadeveon Clowney. (Photo by Jason Getz, Atlanta-Journal, Constitution, AP) contacted LSU coaches on Monday to tell them he still fully intends to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday. Central coach Brian Williams confirmed the decision, Dixon said. Meanwhile, Miami has been putting a major press on Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely athlete Rashard Robinson (6-2, 161), committed to LSU since the end of July, to stay in South Florida. Ely sent former All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson and his younger brother Avery Johnson (an early enrollee in January) to LSU in recent years, and Ely coach Charles Hafley said he expects the same to be true of Robinson.
LSU trying to hang on to 27 commitments
BATON ROUGE, La. â The LSU Tigers went into the last weekend of the 2013 recruiting season with some concerns about a repeat of last yearâs 11th-hour flip by long-time commitment Torshiro Davis to Texas. But LSU appeared to weather the potential storm with its recruiting class intact as the Tigers try to hold onto the 27 pledges (plus one early signee) they have and possibly turn the Texas-like tables on someone else. Of chief concern was defensive end Frank Herron (6-foot-4, 236 pounds) of Memphis (Tenn.) Central, a nationally ranked prospect at a need position for LSU. In a potentially Davis-like scenario, Herron took an official visit over the weekend to Texas, where he is being recruited by former LSU assistant Larry Porter. However, according to recruiting analyst Shea Dixon of 24/7 Sports site Geaux24/7, Herron
Linebacker prospect commits to Bama, with Auburn tattoo
ATLANTA â Five-star linebacker prospect Reuben Foster says heâll play for Alabama after a recruiting process that left him torn between the stateâs two rivals â and sporting an Auburn tattoo. The Auburn (Ala.) High School star said Monday night on Fox SportsSouth that he plans
to sign with the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide over the Tigers â where he had committed at one point â and Georgia. Foster is rated the nationâs No. 2 prospect by Scout.com and a five-star player by each of the major recruiting services. He said he made his decision âon my way up here. âI was just confused,â Foster said on âThe New College Football Showâ with daughter AâZiya perched on his lap. âI went on the air and just came out with the heart.â Foster, regarded as the nationâs top inside linebacker prospect, says he has been an Alabama fan âsince I was a pup.â That didnât make the recruiting process simpler, though. He had switched his initial commitment from Alabama to rival Auburn, and then withdrew his pledge to the Tigers after the firing of coach Gene Chizik. Before flipping, though, he got an Auburn tattoo etched onto his right forearm. Foster left his visit to Auburn on the final recruiting weekend and headed to Tuscaloosa. His indecision had led some fans to express their ire on social media. âItâs crazy how fans blow up your Twitter and call you names and it hurt,â Foster said.
Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema speaks during a time out of a basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark. (Photo by Gareth Patterson, AP)
Bielema taking head-on approach with Arkansas
By KURT VOIGT Associated Press FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â Bret Bielema wasted little time in playing to the eager crowd. The new Arkansas football coach picked up the microphone at halftime of the Razorbacksâ basketball game against Tennessee, said some kind words about his first few months in Fayetteville and then laid down the gauntlet â for himself and his coaching staff â to a state hanging on his every word. âWe came to Arkansas for all the same reason,â Bielema said. âWe didnât come here to play in the (Southeastern Conference); we came here to win the SEC. And thatâs what weâre going to do.â The roar of approval was deafening inside Bud Walton Arena. It was exactly the kind of moment, and bravado, that a program still smarting from a season gone south was craving. So far, it appears the masses couldnât be happier with a coach who prides himself on directness, one who feels like he has plenty left to prove even after leading the Badgers to three straight Rose Bowl appearances. For Bielema, his new job represents an opportunity to step out of his comfort zone for the first time in his career. The former Iowa walkon who cut his coaching teeth under the likes of Hayden Fry, Kirk Ferentz, Bill Snyder and Barry Alvarez finally has a program all his own. âIn my mind, the reason I made the jump was I wanted to prove something more,â Bielema told The Associated Press. âI came here to win an SEC championship.â Arkansas has yet to win a conference championship since leaving the former Southwest Conference for the SEC in 1992, falling three times (1995, 2002 and â06) in the championship game. The Razorbacks appeared on the cusp of joining the SECâs elite under former coach Bobby Petrino, finishing No. 5 in the country following the 2011 season, but that was before Petrinoâs infamous motorcycle accident with his mistress aboard that led to his downfall. Enter Bielema, who was hired on Dec. 4 to pick up the pieces of a 4-8 season under interim coach John L. Smith. What Arkansas has discovered in the first two months under its new leader is a coach seemingly unafraid of just about anything or anyone. That includes the rugged SEC, home of the last seven national championships, and critics of his departure from Wisconsin. Bielema has simultaneously engaged his fans and dismissed his critics on Twitter, one keystroke at a time. âEnjoy life alone,â Bielema responded to one online heckler. âHope your children donât follow you on Twitter,â he wrote to another. âWhy hate? Life is too short,â was still another tweet. âIf someone says something to me, Iâm not going to hold back,â Bielema explains. âThatâs just how I am in person. If someone comes up to me one-on-one in an airport or a restaurant and says something to me, Iâm not going to ... Iâm not going to shy away from that.â
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