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Series focuses on human trafficking
By MATT CRANE The secret atrocities of human trafficking are being brought to light as Mississippi State university’s holmes Cultural Diversity Center sponsors a week-long event schedule designed to bring visibility to this form of modern day slavery. hCDC program Coordinator brea Roth said the departments and student organizations participating had provided innumerable resources and encouragement to the cause. “It has been a tremendous encouragement to have people with the same amount of passion to expose the heinousness of this
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“There is a statistic that says every single person in their lifetime has seen a slave, but we don’t know what to look for.”
Brea roth | holmes Cultural Diversity Center Program CoorDinator
crime,” she said. “Our goal in partnering with different campus departments, organizations and ministries is bringing people together and showing that unity is needed to conquer this horrific problem.” Roth said the week would begin with a human trafficking awareness day Tuesday with more than 12 different student organizations showcasing their efforts on the drill field from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The department of counseling will be there focusing on the healing aspect of human trafficking while the Wesley Foundation will have over 60 signs showing facts and statistics on this crime,” she said. “burlaep will be selling T-shirts and 15 percent of their proceeds will
go toward the International Justice Mission.” Roth said drill field events would happen again Thursday and Monday, March 4 at the same times. To relate the international problem of human trafficking to Mississippi, Roth said she and her team had brought in Director of Advocates for Freedom Susie harvill to talk about modern day slavery at 6 p.m. Tuesday in McCool 100. “There is a statistic that says every single person in their lifetime has seen a slave, but we don’t know what to look for,” she said. “Susie will be there to help break down ways to spot
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Dog Dash supports Safe haven programs
By STEVEN NALLEY Those fleeing domestic abuse do not have to leave their pets behind. becky Telle, philanthropist with Mississippi State university’s Alpha psi veterinary medicine co-ed fraternity, said the local Safe haven for Women didn’t just help women escaping from domestic violence and sexual assault. It also had a subsidiary called Safe haven for Animals, she said, in recognition of the challenges taking care of a pet during such an escape presents. “Safe haven ... allows battered women to submit their pets while they try to set up a new life or get away from abusers,” Telle said. “We take care of them as long as they need.” MSu’s Alpha psi chapter and its College of Veterinary Medicine hosted the second Dog Dash 5K and fun run and walk at MSu’s North Farm Saturday to benefit Safe haven for Animals. participants were free to bring their dogs along with them for the run, and Telle said out of an estimated 80 participants, about 30 brought dogs. She said the cause was close to the hearts of all Alpha psi members. “One of our instructors, Dr. Sharon grace, created this (Safe haven for Animals) program with the shelter,” Telle said. “It’s a unique cause. Veterinary students really care, because we understand the importance of a family pet in situations like that.” Rachelle Stammen, MSu Alpha psi president, said while the Dog Dash was in
its second year, this was MSu’s first year inviting the public to the event. Last year, she said, the Alpha psi social chair primarily focused on getting word out about Dog Dash to MSu veterinary students and faculty, bringing out 25-30 people. The strategy for bringing in participants might have changed this year, Stammen said, but the locale did not. In future years, she said, larger Dog Dashes might relocate to campus, but for now, she said she considered North Farm the perfect location for participants and their pets. “We’re all really used to it,” Stammen said. “This is where a lot of veterinary students go to play with their dogs. plus, we didn’t have to close any roads.” Cass barbick said the Dog Dash was her first 5K race, but she appreciated the unique opportunity for her pet to race with her, as well as Safe haven programs. “It’s just for a good cause that’s very important to me, and I wanted to come support it,” barbick said. Chris Williams is the owner of peak Nutrition, one of the Dog Dash’s sponsors. he said he loved dogs and therefore could not say “no” to Alpha psi when members approached him about sponsoring. he said he, too, found the idea of dogs joining their owners in a 5K unique and fun, and he valued the work Safe haven did, particularly for MSu students. “A lot of my sponsorships have revolved around student life more so than corporate events,” Williams said. “If you haven’t been, you should go next year.”
Starkville Academy seniors Maggie Proffitt, from left, Tiffany Huddleston and Anna Lea Little sport the Class AAA State championship trophy after defeating Madison-Ridgeland Academy Saturday afternoon in Jackson. For coverage on the success of the Lady Volunteers, see sports section C. (Submitted photo)
City candidate qualifying deadline drawing near
Fewer than two weeks remain until the qualifying deadline for city elections. In total, 11 Starkville residents have filed to run for alderman seats as of 5 p.m. Friday. Three people have filed to run for mayor. The deadline to qualify is 5 p.m. March 8. The primary election will be held May 7, and the general election will be June 4. If necessary, a run-off will be held May 21. New terms begin July 1. Incumbent parker Wiseman and former alderman Mary Lee beal both filed to run as Democrats last month, as did Republican candidate Dan Moreland. Republican incumbent ben Carver is the only candidate in Ward 1. In Ward 2, two Democrats have qualified for the seat — incumbent Sandra Sistrunk and Lisa Wynn. Two Republicans qualified for Ward 3: incumbent Eric parker and David Little. In Ward 4, two Democrats have qualified — Jason Walker and John gaskin. Current Ward 4 alderman Richard Corey announced last year he
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Competitors in the the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dog Dash 5K race for the finish line Saturday at MSU’s North Farm. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
A-2: Around Town A-4: Forum
A-5: Weather B-1: Lifestyles
B-6: Classifieds C-1: Sports
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Around Town
OCH Regional Medical Center Employees who participated in the 2012 “Catch Me Caring Program” were honored at a luncheon on February 13 for their many hours of service to the Medical Center. The “Catch Me Caring” Volunteers assist with local health fairs, Relay for Life, Starkville’s Christmas Parade, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, Bunny Bash and numerous other events. Mrs. Cathy Brewster served as the guest speaker and spoke about the importance of altruism and shared stories from her many years of volunteerism. Pictured left to right (back row) OCH Associate Administrator/COO Mike Andrews, Cathy Brewster, Elaine Baker, Jennifer Malone, Elzena Neal, Flora Graise, Alice Neal, Hazel English and Kennedy Neal (middle row) Sarah Outlaw, Patsy Prisock, Pat Kelly, Terri Blake, Dana Brooks and Karen Tiffin (front row) Bridgett Sanford, Joni Weeks, Susan Self and Lynne Sizemore (Not Pictured) Steve Cochran, Paula Hamilton, Bella Oswalt, Chrissy Villavaso and Tamesha Waller. (Submitted photo)
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
u Fashion gala — pleasant grove M.b. Church of Crawford’s youth department will sponsor a Love Affair fashion gala Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. For more information, call 662-435-3515. u Football and cheerleading registration — Early registration for the Starkville Cowboys football and cheerleading teams will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Side park pavilion. The early registration fee is $100 and will go to $125 after this date. For more information, call Rodney Johnson at 662-312-7472. u Pastor benefit program — Mt. peiler baptist Church along with pastors Rayfield Evins Jr. and Nathaniel houston will hold a benefit program for Rev. Charlie F. barnes Sr. Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. at Mt. peiler. guest speaker will be Rev. bartholomew Orr of Southhaven. u Dance performance — The MSu Terpsichore dance company will perform “We All bleed Red” Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on the McComas hall main stage at MSu. For more
information, call 662-6179026. u PHHA meeting — The plantation homes homeowner Association will hold its annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at Trinity presbyterian Church on hospital Road. u Agape banquet — Faith and Works Community Church will hold its seventh annual Agape banquet Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. guest speaker will be Dannette purnell of Second baptist Church of Starkville. Adult tickets are $10 and tickets for children 7-17 are $5. For more information, call Mary Johnson at 662-6171460, gaile Smith at 662-3245153 or Terry Carlisle at 662323-9463. u Black History exhibit — Celebrating black history Month, the Oktibbeha County heritage Museum will be open Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. noon. for visitors to view a display of Elon Walker and Cool papa bell. u Choir musical — Sand Creek Chapel M.b. Church will host its Mass Choir musical Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. For more information, call Tina baker at 662-418-8428.
u College Day — Second baptist Church will host a College Day Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10:50 a.m. For more information, call 662-3236177. u Pastor anniversary — The grove Chapel M.b. Church of Maben will hold an anniversary celebration for Rev. Rufus C. harris and his wife Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. guest speaker will be Rev.
Dennis Johnson. u Black History program — The Rising Star Masonic Lodge No. 31 will host a black history program Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at Sixteenth Section M.b. Church in Starkville. guest speaker will be John Marszelak. For more information, contact Orlando Trainer at 662-769-0071 or u Choir performance — The Rust College a capella choir will perform Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at griffin united Methodist Church. For more information, call 662252-8000 or 662-323-2418. u Black History celebration — The Tibbee Development Club, Inc. will hold a black history celebration Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at Mt. pisgah M.b. Church. guest speaker will be Senator Angela Turner Lairy. For more information, call 662-769-1095. u NAACP Black History celebration — The Oktibbeha County NAACp Youth Council will host its annual black history celebration Sunday, Feb. 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the American Legion post No. 240 building on pat Station Road. guest speakers will be Fredrick White and pamela Roberts.
u Rotary meeting — The Starkville Rotary Club will meet Monday, Feb. 25 at noon at the Starkville Country Club. guest speaker will be Dean of MSu College of business Sharon Lyon Oswalk. u Relationships and finances meeting — Emerson Family Center will host an
eight habits of successful relationships and financial peace meeting Monday, Feb. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. guest speaker will be John Daniels. For more information, call 662-320-4607. u Active Parenting meeting — Emerson Family Center will host Active parenting meetings for parents with children ages 1-4 Monday, Feb. 25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. guest speaker will be Laura Thurmond. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Simplifying early learning guidelines — Emerson Family Center will hold a simplifying early learning guidelines class Monday, Feb. 25 from 5:306:30 p.m. Subjects will be English, math, nutrition, science, social and physical. Lynn phillips will lead the class. For more information, call 662-320-4607. u Foster and adoptive support group — Emerson Family center will host a DhS foster and adoptive support group meeting Monday, Feb. 25 from 6-8 p.m. Marlon Thomas will lead the class. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Revival services — Faith baptist Church in Maben will hold revival services Feb. 25-March 1 at 7 p.m. brother gene O’brian will bring the message and special music and a nursery will be provided. For more information, call 662341-2516. u Documentary showing — The documentary “Eyes on the prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985” will be shown Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at MSu’s McCool 128. hosted by Service Dawgs, the featured episode is “The
Keys to the Kingdom.” u MSU Women’s Club reservations — Reservations for the MSu Women’s Club monthly luncheon should be made by Monday, Feb. 25. The luncheon will be held Friday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Starkville Country Club with guest speaker Celia Thomason. To RSVp, email Marcia hendren at mhendren116@ or call 662-3255190.
president for Campus Services Amy Tuck.
u Childbirth class — Emerson Family School will host a free childbirth class Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. Ellen Mcguffey will lead the class. For more information and to pre-register, call 662320-4607. u Grief support group — Emerson Family Resource Center will have a grief support group meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Legacy hospice member Jada gardner will present the program. For more information, call 662615-0033. u Simplifying early learning guidelines — Emerson Family Center will hold a simplifying early learning guidelines class Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5:306:30 p.m. Subjects will be English, math, nutrition, science, social and physical. Lynn phillips will lead the class. For more information, call 662-320-4607. u Civic League meeting — The Starkville Civic League will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mississippi Room of Cadence bank. For more information, call 662323-9418. u Kiwanis meeting — The Starkville Kiwanis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26 at noon at the hilton garden Inn. guest speaker will by MSu Vice
u Active Parenting meeting — Emerson Family Center will host Active parenting meetings for parents with children ages 5-12 Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. guest speaker will be Laura Thurmond. To register, call 662-320-4607. u UDC meeting — The united Daughters of the Confederacy will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. at bankfirst on Russell Street. guest speaker will be Rachel Sykes presenting “Women of the South and their battles.” u Effective parenting class — Emerson Family Resource Center will host an effective parenting styles class Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. haylee hull will present the class. To register, call 662-320-4607.
u TPC meeting — Emerson Family Center will host a Teen parent Coalition meeting Thursday, Feb. 28 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. guest speakers will be Elmarie Carr brooks and Megan Artz. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Client appreciation dinner — Modern Woodmen will host a client appreciation dinner Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. at CJ’s pizza in Starkville. The cost is $5 per person. Special guest will be Rev. Larnzy Carpenter. RSVp to barbara Coats at 662-4187957 or barbara.r.coats@ u Documentary showing — The documentary “The Murder of Emmett Till” will
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2 Miss. colleges host National park cuts detailed in memo conversation on race
By TRACIE CONE Associated Press By LAURA TILLMAN Associated Press JACKSON — Last summer, Treshika Melvin read an essay that had her contacting everyone she knew. It was titled, "how to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance," and the writer, Jackson native Kiese Laymon, was an alumnus of Melvin's school, Millsaps College. In the early 1990s, Laymon spent a difficult year as a black freshman on the small college's mostly white campus. As he tried to grapple with the racial dynamics, he wrote essays for the school newspaper, only to watch then-president george harmon shut it down in response. Melvin, a senior majoring in psychology, saw her experiences at Millsaps mirrored in Laymon's alienation. Laymon struggled to make sense of a community in which white students seemed to break school rules without consequence, while he was punished for offenses as innocuous as improperly borrowing a library book. Laymon eventually was suspended for a year, and he transferred to Jackson State university. he ultimately completed his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Ohio in 1998. "My experiences were not as extreme as his," Melvin said, "but it's just the feeling of being an outsider in a place that's kind of supposed to be your new home." Melvin wasn't alone in her concerns. Administrators, conscious of the college's history of tense racial relations, also wanted culture changes at Millsaps, which is affiliated with the united Methodist Church. The timing was right for Laymon's return to Millsaps. Melvin and the college's black Students Association saw in Laymon's essay an opportunity for fresh discussions on race, and lobbied for support from administrators to place him at the center of the dialogue. predominantly AfricanAmerican Jackson State university also responded to the essay and wanted to bring home Laymon, who is now an associate professor of English at Vassar College in poughkeepsie, N.Y., and co-director of the school's Africana Studies program. This week, Laymon returned to lead a two-part discussion titled "Necessary Tension: An honest Conversation About Race, Art and Identity" at both campuses. The discussion at Jackson State featured hip-hop artists and cultural writers, and focused on the relationship between art and identity. The conversation at Millsaps tackled the complicated relationship minority students have with the college community, and explored ways the school can embrace diversity. It coincided with a renewed effort to increase minority enrollment at Millsaps, which is about 80 percent white, and to make minority students feel more at home. During Laymon's time at the college, it was about 93 percent white. A strategic development plan for the college, completed in May 2012, laid out the focus on diversity. Millsaps was founded in 1890, though minority students were not admitted until 1965. Its current enrollment is about 1,000. "We recognize that all our students must have the opportunity to interact meaningfully with faculty, staff, and peers," said Rob pearigen, the school's president since 2010. "If minority students fail to feel like full members of the Millsaps community, or if they do not form the meaningful relationships characteristic of a Millsaps education, it is all of us that suffer." Laymon said he didn't expect to be invited back to Millsaps, but when Melvin approached him, it felt right. "It made me realize that college as an experience is really there for students to try and fail and learn," Laymon said. he spent time with pearigen, faculty and the black Students Association, and taught a master class in creative writing. In Tuesday's discussion, students queried Laymon about race relationships on other college campuses. his answer: Millsaps is not alone in dealing with issues of inclusion; many small liberal arts colleges struggle with diversity, and no school serves as an example of handling it perfectly. but, he said, Millsaps is set apart by its location in a predominantly black neighborhood in a state scarred by a history of racial division. "I'll go to my deathbed saying that Mississippi is the richest cultural state in the union," Laymon said. "It's just got some big problems we haven't dealt with." At the end of the conversation at Jackson State on Wednesday, Melvin said she felt a bit envious of the students at the historically black college. perkins, a Democrat, is the only candidate who has qualified to run in Ward 6. If elected, he would become the first six-term alderman ever in Starkville. Two Democrats have qualified to run in Ward 7 — Incumbent henry Vaughn and former Ward 7 Alderman Janette Self. Vaughn defeated Self’s bid for a second consecutive term in 2009. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the great beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut. gettysburg would decrease by one-fifth the numbers of school children who learn about the historic pennsylvania battle that was a turning point in the Civil War. As America's financial clock ticks toward forced spending cuts to countless government agencies, The Associated press has obtained a National park Service memo that compiles a list of potential effects at the nation's most beautiful and historic places just as spring vacation season begins. "We're planning for this to happen and hoping that it doesn't," said park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson, who confirmed that the list is authentic and represents cuts the department is considering. park Service Director Jon Jarvis last month asked superintendents to show by Feb. 11 how they would absorb the 5 percent funding cuts. The memo includes some of those decisions. While not all 398 parks had submitted plans by the time the memo was written, a pattern of deep slashes that could harm resources and provide fewer protections for visitors has emerged. In Yosemite National park in California, for example, park administrators fear that less frequent trash pickup would potentially attract bears into campgrounds. The cuts will be challenging considering they would be implemented over the next seven months — peak season for national parks. That's especially true in Yellowstone, where the summertime crush of millions of visitors in cars and RVs dwarfs those who venture into the park on snowmobiles during the winter. More than 3 million people typically visit Yellowstone between May and September, 10 times as many as the park gets the rest of the year. "This is a big, complex park, and we provide a lot of services that people don't realize," Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said. "They don't realize we're also the water and wastewater treatment operators and that it's our job to patch potholes, for heaven's sake." The memo says that in anticipation of the cuts, a hiring freeze is in place and the furloughing of permanent staff is on the table. "Clear patterns are starting to emerge," the memo said. "In general, parks have very limited financial flexibility to respond to a 5 percent cut in operations." Most of the park Service's $2.9 billion budget is for permanent spending such as staff salaries, fuel, utilities and rent payments. Superintendents can use about 10 percent of their budgets on discretionary spending for things ranging from interpretive programs to historicartifact maintenance to trail repair, and they would lose half of that to the 5 percent cuts. "There's no fat left to trim in the park Service budget," said John garder of the nonprofit parks advocacy group the National park Conservation Association. "In the scope of a year of federal spending, these cuts would be permanently damaging and save 15 minutes of spending." For years Congress has been cutting funding to the National park Service, and in today's dollars it is 15 percent less than a decade ago, said garder, who is the nonprofit's budget and appropriations legislative representative in Washington, D.C. park spending amounts to onefourteenth of 1 percent of the federal budget, he said. One in five international tourists visits one of America's 398 national parks, research shows, and the parks are one-third of the top 25 domestic travel destinations. If the cuts go though, the memo shows national parks will notice fewer services, shorter hours and the placing of some sensitive areas completely off-limits to visitors when there are too few staff
members to protect resources. The park Service also writes that communities around parks that depend on tourism to fill their hotels and restaurants would suffer. Cape Cod National Seashore would close the province Land Visitor Center, shutting out 260,000 people from May through October. Without monitors to watch over nesting birds, large sections of the great beach would close to keep eggs from being trampled. The great Smoky Mountains National park will close five campgrounds and picnic areas, affecting 54,000 visitors. The more than 300,000 visitors who use grand Teton's Jenny Lake Visitor Center in Wyoming would be sent to other areas of the park. The park's nonprofit association would lose a quarter million dollars in sales. In Yosemite National park, maintenance reductions mean the 9,000-foot-high Tioga pass, the park's only entrance from the east, would open later in the year because there would be no gas for snow plows or staff to operate them. The town of Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierra depends on Yosemite traffic to fill its hotels and restaurants. Even programs important to the longterm environmental health of spectacular places are in jeopardy. In Yosemite, an ongoing project to remove invasive plants from the entire 761,000 acres would be cut. The end of guided ranger programs in the sequoia grove would leave 35,000 visitors unsupervised among the sensitive giants. And 3,500 volunteers who provide 40,000 hours on resource management duties would be eliminated for lack of anyone to run the program. glacier National park in Montana would delay the opening of the only road providing access to the entire park. When the going-to-the-Sun Road has closed previously, it meant $1 million daily in lost revenue, the memo said. Even Declaration house in pennsylvania, the place where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, wouldn't be spared. Nor would comfort stations on the Natchez Trace parkway in Mississippi.
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those signs and open our eyes to things like that.” Titled “In Our Own backyard,” harvill said her presentation highlighted the fact that many Americans only thought human trafficking occurred in third world countries overseas, but in reality it had become an increasingly dangerous problem for Americans as well. “Children across America are trafficked every day, and human trafficking is currently the No. 2 crime in American today — predicted to be the No. 1 crime at 2014,” she said. “While Mississippi is below the radar compared to bigger cities, traffickers prey on areas like ours, and this is why we need education about it and how to be aware to protect our kids.” At 6 p.m. Monday, March 4 in Colvard Student union Foster ballroom, Roth said former human trafficking victim Shamere McKenzie would speak to those gathered about her experience in that sordid world. “She caught my attention when looking into booking speakers with an incredible story and relatability,” she said. “I want their eyes to be open to what is going on around them. She was trafficked in college and she says that every time she speaks, she has someone come up who has experience a similar situation and talks about the healing that came after those
years in slavery.” Roth said Mississippi only had three of the seven laws concerning human trafficking on the books, and her main goal in coordinating these awareness events was to give a platform for students and community
members to stand up and become an advocate for change. “There is so much evil out there that we just don’t see, and one of the biggest things that we just don’t know, so you have to start talking about it,” she said. “One of the campaign slogans is
‘Now you know. What are you going to do,’ That’s why I am doing this.” For a complete list of events concerning MSu’s human trafficking awareness, call 662325-2033 or visit http://www.
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would not seek a third term. Scott Maynard is the only candidate who has qualified for the Ward 5 seat. Jeremiah Dumas, who currently holds that post, announced he would not seek a second term earlier this year. Five-term Alderman Roy A.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Nevada gets lead position in online gaming markets
Las Vegas now offers it. Atlantic City will begin to offer it in days. Will biloxi or Tunica be threatened by the lack of it? I’m talking about legal online poker. Nevada this week became the first state in the nation to authorize interactive gaming – giving the state the jump on other destination gaming states like New Jersey and Mississippi in the competition for online poker business. Nevada leaders said the legislation was critical to Nevada’s economy because it enable existing licensed gaming companies in their state to take the lead in making online poker available around the country, potentially giving them a competitive advantage over operators in other states where such companies are domiciled. As noted in my column two weeks ago, Mississippi State Rep. bobby Moak, D-bogue Chitto, tried again in 2013 to get the Mississippi Legislature to vote on his online gaming legislation that would have put Mississippi in the lead on this initiative. Moak’s 2013 house bill 254 met the same fate this week as did Moak’s hb 1372 did in 2012. The Moak bills — virtually the same legislation as adopted in Nevada — died in Mississippi legislative committees both years after being double-referred. Moak’s bill proposed to regulate, license and tax online gaming at 5 percent of gross revenues. The bill would have restricted online gaming licenses to those companies already holding land licenses to operate in the state. When Moak introduced hb 1372 during the 2012 session, religious critics of any expansion of legal gaming of any kind in Mississippi reacted. but because the bill protected them from competition siD salter from new synDiCateD online-only Columnist gaming companies, many of the big casino operations supported Moak’s play. Moak is a former chairman of the house gaming Committee and knows the industry well. Moak’s Mississippi Lawful Internet gaming Act was a reaction to a 2011 u.S. Justice Department ruling that held that the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 – a federal law that has complicated efforts to legalize online gaming. It 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. 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 state’s boundaries, even if out-of-state credit cards are used to finance the gambling. Moak argued that the legislation was necessary to allow Mississippi’s 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 – and to tax it. The bill – which died in committee after being double-
referred to gaming and Ways and Means – included a measure to allow the state’s 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. New Jersey gov. Chris Christie vetoed online gaming legislation passed in 2011 by the New Jersey Legislature, but is expected to sign the 2013 new online gaming bill days after Nevada beat New Jersey to the political punch. 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
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SNL: Where is your spoof on Mohammad?
EDITOR: On Feb. 16, Saturday Night Live (SNL) broadcast a trailer for a fictitious movie named, “Djesus uncrossed.” The trailer shows the movie is about the resurrected Christ, who rolls away the stone of his tomb and exits on a bloody mission of vengeance against the Romans who killed him. The makers of this trailer and all others associated with its production and broadcast are not in any way to be commended, for they clearly intended to offend and mock Christ, Christianity and Christians. but once again we see that people who do such things merely support — if not actually confirm — the very thing they mock. For this reason, and this reason alone, I recommend watching this trailer just to be reminded, in a reverse psychology sort of way, of how profoundly unique and wonderful Christ is. The trailer, in portraying Christ as wreaking bloody vengeance on the Romans, had shock value and was only “humorous,” because it is in such obvious stark contrast to the person we know Christ was. The trailer depicts the very thing Christ did not do. being god, he could have taken the gory vengeance the trailer depicted. No one could have stopped him. but being the long-suffering patient loving god that he is, he chose to let his murderers live their lives out, giving them thereby more time to repent and hopefully someday accept his offer of forgiveness and eternal life. On the cross he asked not, “Father, strike them dead for what they are doing to Me,” but, “forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Most of us realize that SNL, and all other liberal so-called comedy acts, do not and never will, produce and broadcast such mockery against Mohammad. They fear physical retaliation from Muslims. This refusal exposes the pathetic cowardice of SNL and all those who take such cheap shots against the easy target of turn-the-other-cheek, peace-loving Christians. We Christians are just as offended as are Moslems by what hostiles say and do against our Lord. but we don’t hijack planes and fly them into buildings killing thousands of innocent people; we don’t bomb offices, subways and buses full of innocent people; and we don’t behead people because they don’t believe as we do. Like our Savior and example, “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not” (1 peter 2:2123), we patently endure and tolerate inexcusable intolerable public abuse such as this trailer commits; along with other blasphemous examples of so-called “art” that is (often with tax-funded support) paraded throughout our nation. It is not apathy or weakness that leads us to do this. It is obedience to and love of god: and hope that the foolish who do these things will realize, and turn from, their error in time. All of this makes it easy and safe for cowardly bullies to criticize and mock us and our Christ. What motivates these people to be so spiteful of Christ? All he did is love them and die for them. They seem resentful of that. Christ is their only hope of getting out of this world alive, and they not only reject him for themselves but, with the things they write and film, try to persuade others to reject him too. We do well to avoid these people and the things they produce. Robert J. Allen Sturgis
America’s poop deck politics
It’s the ultimate stomach turner: how Carnival’s 893-foot long cruise ship Triumph, along with its 4,200 passengers, was stranded due to a fuel engine leak for five days with no food, little water and few working bathrooms. passenger cell phone photos showed slews of plastic bags brimming with human waste, and lumpy, raw sewage floating in big puddles. It gave a new meaning to the phrase “poop deck.” You have to now wonder: is that a metaphor for what’s now happening in American politics? Folks, it ain’t getting better. Shortly after the 2008 presidential election, pundits wrote all kinds of columns about how America was entering a new “post-partisan” era. W-r-o-n-g. And after the 2012 election, pundits suggested Republicans would re-evaluate and no longer be the party constantly opposed to everything barack Obama proposed. Why, they’d surely temper over the-top, breathless political polemics. W-r-o-n-g. In the frenzied effort by some gOpers to scuttle the nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck hagel, Sen. John McCain finally articulated what all the gOpers’ political huffing and puffing, all the evident personal anger and near-rage displayed during hagel’s confirmation hearings was really about. McCain told Fox News: “but to be honest with you... it goes back to there’s a lot of ill will towards Senator hagel because when he was a Republican, he attacked president bush mercilessly and [said] he was the worst president since herbert hoover and said the surge was the worst blunder since the Vietnam War, which was nonsense,” McCain explained. Joe ganDelman “he was anti-his own synDiCateD party and people — Columnist people don’t forget that. You can disagree but if you’re disagreeable, then people don’t forget that.” So hagel was mean to gWb and he must pay the price with a Republican filibuster that Republicans insist isn’t a filibuster (like “preowned cars” are not “used cars”). Meanwhile, if McCain was doing his best Michael Corleone impression, Texas’ Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was doing his best Joseph McCarthy imitation, demanding hagel reveal where $200,000 income came from, declaring: “It is at a minimum relevant to know if that $200,000 that he deposited in his bank account came directly from Saudi Arabia, came directly from North Korea. I have no evidence that it is or isn’t.” Although hagel is likely to be confirmed, this shows how political waste is now our politics’ motor. A Washington post-AbC News
poll found that six in 10 Republican voters would support a pathway for undocumented immigrants’ citizenship. That is, unless Obama proposes it — which would reduce gOp support by 21 percent. This view was confirmed by former house Speaker Newt gingrich, who noted: “An Obama [immigration] plan led and driven by Obama in this atmosphere with the level of hostility towards the president and the way he goads the hostility I think is very hard to imagine that bill, that his bill is going to pass the house.” but a bill originating in the Senate, gingrich said, “could actually get to the president’s desk.” Once upon a time, American politics was about issues; now it’s about hyper-partisans and hyper-ideologists having issues. American politics was once about politicians studying problems and acting; now it’s about politicians and partisans acting out. American politics is increasingly less about governance and taking sound policy positions than determining a political response based on hate, revenge or partisan spite. What will it take to change this? A newer, smarter generation? gridlock that leads to catastrophe? Can this trend be reversed? If not, America’s poop deck politics will continue to flow.
Joe Gandelman is Editor-in-Chief of The Moderate Voice. He can be reached at jgandelman@
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Denise and John Peeples (second and third from left) are crowned as the 2013 Bully Gras Ball queen and king by 2012 queen Kim Moreland (far left) and 2012 king Dan Moreland (far right) during the Bully Gras Ball on Jan. 26 at the Starkville Country Club. The ball raised more than $19,000 to support the work of Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS). Pictured with the 2013 and 2012 Bully Gras kings and queens is Mississippi State mascot Bully. (Courtesy photo, Jim Henson)
bully gras ball nets more than $19,000 for OSERVS
For Starkville Daily News Last month’s bully gras ball raised more than $19,000 to benefit one local organization’s efforts in disaster and emergency preparedness and response. The third annual bully gras ball, held Jan. 26 at the Starkville Country Club, generated more than $25,000, and, after expenses, $19,325 of that amount will go to support the work of OktibbehaStarkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS). billed as a Mardi gras celebration with Mississippi State flair, the bully gras ball is one of the major fundraisers held each year to support the work of OSERVS. The bully gras ball featured four couples who competed to be crowned king and queen by raising money to support OSERVS. The dukes and duchesses on the 2013 bully gras ball Court were Lee beck and Rebecca Tabb, Jay and Amy Yates, Jesse and Anne McDonald and John and Denise peeples. The court members collectively raised more than $18,000 to support OSERVS. Raising the most money were John and Denise peeples, who were crowned bully gras King and Queen during the Jan. 26 ball. “We are so grateful to John and Denise peeples and all of our bully gras ball Court members for their efforts to help support
“The money raised will go a long way in helping to provide assistance to local families who need help in times of emergency and in providing a source of funds for OSERVS to be able to respond should a large-scale disaster ever occur in our community.” amanDa eDwarDs | oservs BoarD of DireCtors
the work of OSERVS,” said Amanda Edwards, chair of the OSERVS board of Directors. “The money raised will go a long way in helping to provide assistance to local families who need help in times of emergency and in providing a source of funds for OSERVS to be able to respond should a large-scale disaster ever occur in our community.” The bully gras ball Court members began raising money on Jan. 6 following a “12th Night party” that served to kick off the bully gras season in conjunction with similar Mardi gras traditions. The court members then raised money up to and during the actual bully gras ball on Jan. 26. Established in July 2010 as a non-profit agency, OSERVS provides assistance to victims of residential fires and other disasters; offers training courses in CpR, First Aid and other life-saving techniques; and works to raise awareness in the community about the importance of disaster/emergency
preparedness. Several OSERVs board members and volunteers recently completed training to establish a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) within the City of Starkville. CERT members are trained through a specific curriculum established by the u.S. Department of homeland Security working in conjunction with state and federal emergency response agencies. With the completion of the initial training, the OSERVS CERT becomes the second team operating in Oktibbeha County; the first team was established and operates at Mississippi State university. For more information about OSERVS, visit the organization’s website at http:// or visit the OSERVS office at 100 highway 12 East at South Jackson Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The OSERVS office may be reached by calling 662-384-2200.
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internet gaming. Maine has altered their gaming statute in response to the Department of Justice ruling. Mississippi lawmakers haven’t heard the last of the online gaming issue as certain competition for the state’s existing 30 commercial casinos that had gross gaming revenue of $2.25 billion in 2012. With major competitors Nevada and New Jersey now on legally on board with online poker, Mississippi gaming companies will face increasing pressure to be able to offer the online games as well. Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at 601-5078004 or
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be shown Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at MSu’s South hall 407. hosted by I.D.E.A.L. Woman. u Speaker series — The Starkville 175th birthday speaker series will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the John grisham room at the MSu library. guest speakers will be Dero Ramsey, pat Lane, parker Wiseman and Ruby Nash Davis discussing Friday “growing up in Starkville.” u Historical and u Movie showing — Genealogical Society Springs baptist meeting — The Oktibbeha Double County historical and Church will show “Last Ounce
genealogical Society will meet Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Starkville public Library. bring family tree information. For more information, call 662-323-2766. u NARFE meeting — The National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association will meet Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the hilton garden Inn. guest speaker will be Martin brunson with the Catch A Dream Foundation.
of Courage” Friday, March 1 el baptist Church will hold its at 7 p.m. Concessions will be gospel Choir musical Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m. For more available. information, call 662-3240071.
Consignment sale — Starkville Swap will host a spring and summer consignment sale Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cotton Crossing Shopping Center. A half-off sale will be held 2:30-4 p.m. the same day. This event is cash only. u
u Family workshop — A “building good Relationship” family workshop will be held Monday, March 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at West Oktibbhea high School. The event is sponsored by The Controllers generation 4h Club. u Book sale — The Friends of the Starkville public Library will hold its monthly book sale Monday, March 4 from noon
u Choir musical — beth- to 6 p.m. at the library.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Tupelo churches receive new leaders
From the Associated Press Two of Tupelo's biggest congregations found a new face preaching from the pulpit this month. One comes after a long absence of a head pastor, the other on the heels of the unexpected departure of another, but both said god has put them right where they need to be in Tupelo. pastor Keith Cochran West Jackson Street baptist Church has a knack for choosing pastors who truly fit the church, as evidenced by their pastors longevity. In its 50-year history, the church has hosted only two. When the Rev. bert harper left the church after nearly 30 years in 2011, the congregation was prepared to wait for the right man, no matter how long it took. Walter billingsley served on the church s pastor search committee, and said the process was meticulous and prayerful. "The committee was elected by the congregation, so it was really humbling to be trusted with this grand task. We wanted to make sure we got it right," he said. The committee patiently sifted through endless resumes and interviews for the rest of 2011 and all of 2012. "We wanted someone who seemed called to West Jackson baptist Church in particular, not someone who was just looking to make a move anywhere," he said. They found their man in the Rev. Keith Cochran, then associate pastor of a baptist congregation in germantown, Tenn. West Jackson Street will be the Memphis-native's first time serving as head pastor. "If asked four years ago if I was planning on being a head pastor, I would have laughed at you," Cochran said. "but god started pulling on me and when I came for my interview and stood in the pulpit, I knew this was the right thing." Cochran said he first felt the call to ministry in high school as possibly a youth leader, a role he pursued in his undergraduate studies at the university of Memphis. A skilled basketball player, Cochran got the opportunity during his senior year to travel the globe doing basketball mission work. his travels took him to the phillipines, Russia, China, and Iceland, where the American team would put on demonstrations and play against local teams. During half time, the team shared the gospel with onlookers. "My favorite place was Russia," he said. "growing up
Proverbs 17:17 — "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
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Finding faith through life’s friendships
By MATT CRANE perspective, I think god puts these friends in our live for many reasons. I have been thinking about The buddy System my friends a lot lately. Not C.S. Lewis describes in the sense of needing to friendship as being “born at call them or return that long- that moment when one person forgotten email or signing says to another: “What! You up to bring hummus (again) too? I thought I was the only to the dinner party, but of one.” I think definition because what they bring to my life. I I think it points to the fact do not believe in coincidence, that friendship is god’s way of and I think the people that saying we are not alone in all have come in and out of my of this. These people come into life have done so for a reason our lives and offers us lessons beyond my comprehension, about the world and ourselves. but I am sure glad they are We gain perspectives from there. our friends about both our From a somewhat religious best and worst attributes and through those friendships we try to adjust and accentuate accordingly. I had this Lewisrelated epiphany about one of my oldest and dearest friends, bryan. bryan and I grew up together and we have known legitimately known each other for 24 years. bryan was the first friend who “got” me and understood and liked my personality, a validation that made me feel less alone in the world. I have been blessed with many similar friends over the years who have reminded me that, although I may be one of the most awkward human beings on the planet, I am supposed to here. For the sake of full disclosure, I also try very hard to make my friends laugh because when (if) they do, I have proof that at least in that moment, I am funny. Accountability being accountable in this world can be difficult. Left to our own devices, humans can be kind of terrible and lazy. Through our friendships — true friendships — we can rely on our friends to make sure that we are staying on the path to make ourselves better. Our friends are our safety nets — ready and willing to catch us when we fall, and not so intrusive that we don’t take some risks along the way. brotherly (or Sisterly) Love “philia” is a word from the greek language that describes the love we share as friends. I love my friends. They truly mean the world to me and I thank god for their presence in my life every single day. This kind of brotherly love is
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in the 80s, all those movies like Rocky IV and Red Dawn made us very afraid of Russians. but there we were in Red Square, the place we feared, sharing the gospel. It's funny, the Russians we met who were our age were just as afraid of us. Cochran returned home, sidelined with knee and shoulder injuries." Though he missed basketball, he met his wife and realized god had been preparing his heart for ministry through his favorite sport. he soon took on a recreation ministry role at his home church in Memphis, but left for Florida for a position in student ministry. Cochran shifted churches over the years, each time gaining more responsibility. Cochran said he never had an endgame, only to keep himself open to god's direction. "If god told us where he wanted us to be in 20 years, we'd mess it up trying to get there," he said. Father Lincoln Dall unlike most Catholic priests, Father Lincoln Dall came to the priesthood from another profession. "I worked as a [certified public accountant] for six years before entering the ministry," the Chicago native said. "There was a point where I just felt it was not where god was leading me, so I joined the peace Corps." Dall said his family was shocked, but supportive, so he packed his bags and moved to Canada to serve in a food bank for two years before moving to Ecuador for mission work. The conditions of Ecuador proved crucial in shaping Dall's ministry, as he learned first hand how much first world societies take for granted. he lived in a cluster of villages along a river. Though electricity was usually available, there were no phones or direct access to mail. For three years, Dall did not speak directly to his family, and learned to wash his clothes in the river, to dry them on the rocks. They ate guinea pig, boar, whatever they could catch in the jungle. "because food was not guaranteed, sharing a dinner table with a guest was the most welcoming thing a family could do, and to waste that food by not eating all of it would have been very rude," he said. "I guess overall I was struck by how few choices they have there, compared to all the opportunities available in America." Through his experience in Ecuador and his seminary studies at Sacred heart School of Theology, Dall found himself drawn to the liberation theology of South American thinker gustavo gutierrez. "The theology of liberation is based on Exodus and basically means that god liberates us on all levels," he said. "It really resonated with my experiences in Ecuador because it stresses the dignity of those pushed to the margins." When he graduated seminary in 2008 at age 42, he took this attitude with him to his first assignment as assistant pastor at St. Richard parish in Jackson. During his 21 twoyear tenure there, Dall became very involved with prison ministry, and continued to do so when he took up his next post in Yazoo City, at St. Mary parish, where he served for the past two years. "I'm very excited to be in Tupelo," Dall said. "St. James is a super active church with a great youth presence and lots of activity." Kristy Ivancic, president of St. James pastoral council, said Dall is meshing well with the congregation. "he has a great enthusiasm as well as a very gentle and compassionate nature," she said. "he is very fluent in Spanish from his years in Ecuador, so he is connecting with our Spanish ministry as well."
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practitioner awarded pERS meeting discusses retirement future internship in DC
For Starkville Daily News For Starkville Daily News Starkville nurse practitioner, Mary Atkinson Smith, DNp, FNpbC, has Smith been named the sole recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) held by the Nursing Organizations Alliance (The Alliance) in Washington, DC, March 17-19. This is the only scholarship of this type awarded nationally by The Alliance. Smith will join more than 70 conference attendees, including registered nurses and nursing students from several different states. NIWI provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. She will have the opportunity to attend informative and educational sessions, learn from expert nursing advocates and government officials and network with other nurses. All of these activities will culminate with visits to her members of Congress on Capitol hill. “Attending the 2013 Nurse in Washington Internship will be a valuable experience for me personally and professionally. This dynamic setting will be ideal for educational activities and networking with other nurses from across the nation,” says Smith. “I’m also looking forward to utilizing the knowledge I gain from this internship to further enhance my influence on health care legislation.” Smith is a board certified family nurse practitioner and surgical first assistant. She also has additional certifications in orthopaedics and perioperative nursing. Smith is the Director of health Care Services for the golden Triangle planning and Development District in Starkville where she has recently incorporated her house call and transitional program that serves elderly and disabled homebound patients across a seven county area. Smith is also an assistant professor of nursing in the graduate nursing department at the Mississippi university for Women in Columbus, MS, in addition to being adjunct faculty with the university of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Smith is an active member of several professional nursing organizations and has successfully published in various nursing journals. She has served as the past Mississippi Nurses Association District 18 president and is currently chair of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Evidence-based practice and Research Committee and a member of the Mississippi Nurses Foundation board of Trustees. Smith received her bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Mississippi university for Women, her Master of Science in Nursing from the university of Mississippi School of Nursing, and her Doctor of Nursing practice from the university of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Nursing Organizations Alliance is a coalition of nursing organizations united to create a strong voice for nurses. The Alliance provides a forum for identification, education, and collaboration, building on issues of common interest to advance the nursing profession.
2013 Officers of the Association of Retired Faculty (ARF) plan an upcoming meeting of the association that is open to any member of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Pictured from left to right are Doug Feig, PastPresident and Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Lynn Reinschmiedt, VicePresident and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics; Joe Ray Underwood, President and Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Educational Psychology; Ed Clynch, Treasurer and Professor Emeritus of Public Policies and Political Science; and Margo Swain, Secretary and Professor Emerita of Social Work. (Submitted photo)
Every spring, retirees are concerned about proposed legislation that could impact the public Employees Retirement System (pERS). The officers of ARF fear that consideration is being given to legislation that could change the composition of the pERS board of Trustees and possible legislation that could dramatically change the COLA for each retiree receiving benefits. On Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. in the small auditorium of the bost Extension building, the public is invited to a presentation about the future of Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) and the pERS system in general. guest speaker Sam Valentine is president of the Mississippi Retired public Employees Association and is a resident of Jackson where he keeps a keen eye on legislative proposals that could impact Mississippi retirees. The meeting will be open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. Anyone who is a member of pERS is encouraged to attend. Open dialogue is encouraged and the officers of ARF look forward to a lively meeting.
WhENM celebrates leadership in higher ed
For Starkville Daily News About 200 women gathered to discuss the qualities that make great leaders during the 2013 Women in higher Education Mississippi Network Spring Leadership Conference held at Mississippi State university on Thursday and Friday. Relatability, integrity, courage, accessibility, passion and composure were among the traits speakers emphasized that can help people succeed in their careers. While Mississippi faces a host of challenges related to education, strong leadership will be the catalyst underlying the development of long-term solutions. “Our goal is to provide the opportunity to network, to share ideas and to learn from some of our finest leaders,” said WhEMN coordinator Amy Tuck, vice president for campus services at MSu. The conference offered panel discussions, interactive workshops and individual presentations. Each speaker explored the qualities of leadership and success while focusing on the importance of postsecondary education, both in community colleges and universities. Four higher education presidents spoke at a keynote panel discussion on Friday: MSu president Mark E. Keenum, Jackson State university president Carolyn Meyers, Jones County Junior College president Jesse Smith, and Mississippi gulf Coast Community College president Mary graham. Their remarks were focused on inspiring and motivating attendees and encouraging leadership traits. “You’ve got to have the patience of Job. You’ve got to have the courage of David. You’ve got to have the wisdom of Solomon. You’ve got to have the stomach of a billy goat,” Keenum said, quoting gov. former Mississippi William Winter. “What he meant by that: To be a leader, you’ve got to eat, literally and figuratively, things that you never thought you’d have to deal with.” he emphasized that the
Jackson State University Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement Loretta A. Moore, center, accepts the 2013 Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network Leadership Award from conference coordinator Amy Tuck, left, of Mississippi State University, and coordinator-elect Jan Reid-Bunch of Itawamba Community College. (Courtesy photo, MSU University Relations) way to change poverty rates in Mississippi is through education. The only way to change economic dependency is through education. The only way to compete in the 21st-century global society is through education. “Education is the key to success in Mississippi,” he said. Meyers emphasized the time for change is now: Women in higher education must network and learn from one another, she said. Numerous opportunities, as well as massive challenges face postsecondary administrators, faculty and staff, but by focusing on successes, remaining bold and courageous, and maintaining balance, students will get
the leadership they need to exemplify those same qualities as they become adults. “It’s not the money you share with people, it’s the encouragement,” graham said. “Focus on the things that matter.’ With a strong work ethic, ability to learn from others,
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strong because it is pure and not muddled with the trappings of any kind of romantic love. This love allows for us to truly welcome our friends into our extended family as we were related by blood. While Jay is my only biological brother, I am fortunate to count many people as other brothers and sisters. If you have the time today, think about your friends. Think about the many things they contribute to your life and be thankful for them. Maybe you have a lot of friends and this might take a few hours. If so, good for you. Maybe you feel like you only have one friend and the inventory process might only take a few minutes. If so, good for you. And maybe you feel like you don’t have any friends at all. If so, my name is Matt. It is nice to meet you. Let’s be friends.
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Keisha Walters, associate professor and graduate coordinator at the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University, speaks to 250 female high school students Friday at the East Mississippi Community College Golden Triangle campus Lyceum. Walters was the guest speaker at EMCC’s annual Women In Science and Technology conference. Ten high schools in EMCC’s district attended including West Point High School, Columbus High School, Heritage Academy, New Hope High School, West Lowndes High School, Noxubee County High School, Starkville High School, West Oktibbeha High School, John C. Stennis Vocational Complex and Holmes County Career and Technical Center. (Submitted photos)
Mississippi watercolor painter Wyatt Waters demonstrated his techniques and discussed his life as an artist during a free event at Mississippi State Thursday. (Courtesy photo, MSU University Relations)
Artist gives insight during presentation
For Starkville Daily News Mississippi watercolor painter Wyatt Waters demonstrated his techniques and discussed his life as an artist during a free event at Mississippi State Thursday. Sponsored by the MSu Artistin-Residency program featuring William "bill" Dunlap, Waters shared stories, musings and techniques with an audience that included students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Waters brought copies of many of his watercolors and gave insight into his painting style while painting a portrait of Dunlap. Waters said that for him, the real appeal of art is connecting with one person. "You do this for yourself, but you do it to connect with people too. And you have to have a generosity of spirit," he said. "You have to connect with people somehow and sometimes its strange ways that makes those connections." The Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel have hosted solo shows of Waters'
Brooklynn Mauss, 1st Lt. USAF AETC 14 FTW/CCE, and Lauren Hickerson, 2nd Lt. USAF AETC 37 FTS/DOT, of Columbus Air Force Base lead a question-and-answer session on transportation and aerospace engineering Friday at the Women In Science and Technology conference at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus. Around 250 female high school students from ten high schools in EMCC’s district attended. Participating schools included West Point High School, Columbus High School, Heritage Academy, New Hope High School, West Lowndes High School, Noxubee County High School, Starkville High School, West Oktibbeha High School, John C. Stennis Vocational Complex and Holmes County Career and Technical Center. Dr. Keisha Walters, associate professor and graduate coordinator at the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University, was the guest speaker.
work and two books of his paintings have been published. he is currently represented by gallery 119 in Jackson and Southside gallery in Oxford. The artist is a past president and signature member of the Mississippi Watercolor society and his work has been featured in numerous magazine articles including American Artists Special Watercolor Issues, Art and Antiques, and Mississippi Magazine. Waters studied painting and drawing at Mississippi College in Clinton, receiving his bachelor's degree in art with a minor in English and later a Master of Fine Arts. The university's art department recently established the artist-in-residence program to enhance its mission of preparing students for careers or advanced studies. The program emphasizes studio practice, liberal arts, visual language and exposure to regional, national and international artists. For more information about the artist-in-residency program, contact the MSu art department at 662-325-2202.
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and remaining passionate about the call to educate students, female higher education leaders can be on the front lines of creating a shift in national trend in education reform and improvement. Following the presidential panel, Tuck presented the 2013 WhEMN Leadership Award to Jackson State university’s Loretta A. Moore, associate vice president for research and scholarly engagement. “She is a mentor and role model for all ages,” Tuck said. Additional speakers emphasized leadership qualities to WhEMN representatives. Camille Scales Young, MSu National Alumni Association president opened the two-day conference by encouraging the attendees to look for opportunities to impact individuals through leadership. “You can’t reach everyone, but you can make a difference for someone,” she said. Likewise, Amy Whitten, former board of Trustees member for the Institutions of higher Learning, encouraged her audience to become more effective leaders by finding ways to think outside the box and influence their colleagues, supervisors and assistants. “If we begin with all the layers of influence that everyone in this room has and
begin to introduce the idea that positions don’t matter, we’re going to unleash potential in people who are natural born leaders,” she said. Sam haskell, former worldwide head of TV at William Morris Agency, also offered an inspirational presentation based on his book, “promises I Made My Mother.” “I spend every day of my life looking at what’s positive,” he said. “If you can look at the world that way, people will start looking back and see what’s positive about you.” blake Wilson, president and CEO of Mississippi Economic Council, echoed haskell’s upbeat speech. “You can make all the difference if you take the road less traveled,” he said. “Think about the communities that you want to make a difference in. If you will make that commitment to the community, you can and will make all the difference. All your dreams really can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” MSu’s First Lady Rhonda Keenum also was among the conference’s speakers, emphasizing that, no matter what WhEMN members’ differences in background, coming together in the spirit of fellowship allowed them to expand their individual identities.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Section B
Good news for lollygaggers
Well, strike me pretty and call me Sophia Loren. A new book, destined to become a best seller, claims that procrastination may be a good thing. That sound you hear is me clicking my heels as I dump my tax forms in the waste can where I keep all Emily JonEs the important stuff. It’s my DEluDED Diva personal filing system and I typically deal with it when the can gets full. Being a world class slacker and habitual tarrier myself, I decided to order the book. Hopefully, I’ll get around to it next week if it doesn’t rain. This is great news for all of us slackers, lollygaggers, dawdlers, piddlers and stallers who can proudly come out of the closet and procrastinate without guilt. It can make you a better person according to John Perry, author of “The Art of Procrastination.” You can safely put off everything that can wait until tomorrow and engage in whatever it is that floats your boat at the moment. The key idea is that procrastination does not mean doing absolutely nothing. Procrastinators do all kinds of useful things. We sharpen our pencils and make diagrams of how we will reorganize our closet when we get around to it. We make endless lists of what we need to do and pick out the easy ones to do first. But be aware that if all the procrastinator had left to do was to sharpen some pencils, no force on earth could get him do it. So why do some people (me included) behave this way? Because there’s something we would rather do even if it’s just a catnap. The book reveals that the chronic procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely and important tasks, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important. Did you follow that? You will finally make an appointment for your annual physical when faced with a deadline to get your taxes done. You’ll finally do your taxes when faced with the need to paint the house etc., etc., etc. Apparently, mild procrastination can produce a latent energy that can lead you in new and more effective directions. So I submit that procrastination fosters creativity. This week I decided to test the theory. I was committed to cleaning up my back court yard which has taken on a dump-like quality, the result of collecting too many things I found on the side of the road or picked up at garage sales. There’s a plethora of ravaged stuff — like that three-legged iron chair. But it was so cute and I figured I could get someone to make a forth leg for it. It’s been eight years and I haven’t found anyone yet. So, I did what I could. I put it on the street for someone else to pick up and keep for another eight years. I figure this is how antiques survive into the next century, and I feel I have perform a service for future generations. In a nutshell I have become a “structured procrastinator” — a person who gets a lot done by not doing other things. The best part about procrastination is that you are never bored, because you have all kinds of things that you could be doing to avoid things you should be doing. Besides, you’d be really hacked off it you got your taxes paid and the house painted, only to have a wayward asteroid crash onto your corner of the world. Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a website for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement. She welcomes comments at
As a part of the Starkville Reads program series, Dean Christopher Snyder at Mississippi State University will present a discussion on his book “The Making of Middle Earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Starkville Public Library. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
SPL programs, groups foster love of reading
By MATT CRANE The love and need for reading is alive and well at the Starkville Public Library and one of its many supportive organizations, Starkville Reads, is gearing up for a new series of presentations beginning Thursday, March 21at 7 p.m. as Dean Chris Snyder from Mississippi State University presents on his book "The Making of Middle Earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien." SPL Director ginny Holtcamp said she is grateful for groups like Starkville Reads for continuing to foster the love of reading in the city's residents, both young and old. "It's a wonderful way to promote reading with a specific book that brings people into the library for these meetings and activities," she said. "It really promotes community literacy." Holtcamp said that traffic in and out of the library has been gaining momentum lately, a development she and her co-workers are thrilled about. "It's been huge and so many people are coming in doing all kinds of things," she said. "We have been busy, busy." With strong children and teen reading programs, Holtcamp said it is still important to nourish that love of books in all of Starkville's citizens. "What would our lives be like if we didn't have a book to read," she said. "For our older, younger and in between readers, books foster our love of adventure, new resources and new ideas." With the spring season around the corner, Holtcamp said she and her team are always trying to keep up with the latest book trends and catering to seasonal readers.
Tolkien's wildly popular novels have spawned enormously successful movie versions of both "The Lord of the Rings" See SPL | Page B-5 trilogy and "The Hobbit." (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
All aboard the orange red box car caboose
Let's take a ride down the railroad came good friends. She will live and be tracks in Starkville today if only in our enjoyed as a painting forever. imagination. I grew up with a train track only On Oct. 5, 1976, I was out on four doors down on Louisville Street. the Starkville railroad tracks next to I loved to hear the train whistle blowFleming Building and Supply — later ing, and I could actually feel the vibrabought and renamed Bell Building and tions of the train moving along several CarolE Supply. I was behind this big building, times a day and during the night. I hidden and tucked away from every- mCrEynolDs have sweet memories of this very faone and everything for about 10-12 miliar sound and surroundings of a Davis hours, sketching and painting to my train so near our old home. I long for heart's delight. There was the cutest Contributing the sounds and the vibrations of this single little orange red box car caboose old train, and I just know that this very Columnist that seemed to be living or placed in orange red box car caboose use to be this one spot all alone without any other train cars a part of the line of cars. She was abandoned and anywhere in sight. I suppose this little orange red dropped off in her spot. She definitely needed to box car caboose might enjoy a little company for be recognized as becoming a real portrait on my a few hours, and I was to be that “special guest.” canvas. My very favorite color is red, and I love the color When my brother Johnny and I were growof orange too. This was the perfect subject to ing up, he asked Santa Claus one Christmas to paint using my favorite colors of this gorgeous bring him a train set. Every little boy wanted a orange red box car caboose. She was absolutely train back in the 1940s, and Johnny was no exgorgeous, a train caboose who had found a per- ception. Secretly, I was prompting Johnny to ask manent home just sitting and waiting for some for a train set, telling him I would play along with artist to come along and paint her portrait. him. He agreed to follow his big sister's suggesDid she not belong to some train? Why did tion, and we both could hardly wait until Dec. the main black head box car up front just leave 25 arrived that year. Johnny opened up his big her behind? I suppose she was lonesome, and I box with tracks, and we had to put it together knew that I was here today to keep her company. one by one. It was a wind-up train set, and the She would for sure be a very still subject, and big black engine car at the beginning of the line she would not squirm and move one little bit. was followed by all the other cars that fit together She would become one of my most beloved, fun with hooks. Together, the two of us had so much and carefree subjects I have ever placed on my fun sprawling down on the floor, carefully putblank piece of canvas. I was soon to become lost ting the train together. in my own “bubble world.” blocking out everySeveral years later when I had my own family thing around me for hours as the two of us be- of three children, Frank and I decided to go to
the nearby town of Amory to the Amory Mississippi Railroad Art Festival. We let our children board a real train. They would ride down the track just a few miles from Amory, and turn and head back to the beginning of their very first train ride. To be honest, this was the very first time I had ever ridden on a real train myself. When our children were all grown up, Frank and I ventured to Canada, taking a long train ride to the remote and inaccessible western Canadian Rocky Moun-
tains. What a very glorious adventure we took up and down and all around these great and beautiful mountains. It was a once in a life time trip all experienced on a train. What a very special day I spent painting this orange red box car caboose. Look at all the details in her portrait. I did not want to leave out one little detail of her body. I suppose we could
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The Maben Home and Garden Club's Yard of the Month Committee selected the home of Ms. Betty Peck for the February yard of the month sign. Yards are chosen for this recognition for various reasons: beauty, landscape improvement, curb appeal, high degree of maintenance, etc. This yard has always been well maintained and has always displayed curb appeal. Congratulations, Ms. Peck. The Yard of the Month Committee includes Suretha Brooks, Joyce Holt and Gladys Hendrix, who do an excellent job selecting homes to receive this honor. (Submitted photo)
SAAC presents the fifth annual EgE
For Starkville Daily News The Starkville Area Arts Council will present the fifth annual Everything Garden Expo on March 22-23. The event will be held at the Mississippi Horse Park and takes place from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. both days. The general admission price is $5 and children under 6 years old are free. In order to attract more people to the event, Everything garden Expo chair Ali Jones said, "For the fifth anniversary of the EgE, the Steering Committee decided to move the event to a Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday. We took the advice from our vendors, speakers and customers." The Everything garden Expo has much to offer to people of all ages and levels of gardening. Along with many garden vendors, there will be all types of gardening information booths and noted speakers hosting seminars each day. Educational exhibits and children's programs are also part of the many activities. The Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC) is proud to bring this expo to Starkville and appreciates the support of the greater Starkville Development Partnership, the National
Mr. and Mrs. Michael g. Savage of Caledonia are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Katherine Elaine Savage, to Mr. John Daniel gillon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brad Pinnix and Mr. and Mrs. John gillon of grenada. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Henry of Sturgis and Mr. and Mrs. Bill g. Savage of Southhaven. A 2006 honor graduate of Caledonia High School, she earned an AAS degree in Business and Management Technology from Itawamba Community College in 2009 and is currently attending Mississippi State University. She will graduate in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. At MSU, she is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Society and Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clark of Coffeeville and Mrs. Shirley gillon and the late Mr. Bobby gillon of grenada. A 2004 graduate of grenada High School, he earned an AA degree in Business Management from Mississippi Delta Community College in 2007 and graduated from MSU in 2011 with a BBA degree in Management and a minor in Leadership Studies. He is currently employed with the U.S. Army National guard. He is a combat engineer with the 288th Sapper Unit from Houston and combat veteran having served a year in Afghanistan performing route clearance in support of the global war on terrorism. The couple will exchange vows Saturday, March 9, 2013 at six o' clock in the evening at Carrier Chapel on the Mississippi University for Women campus in Columbus. A reception will follow at Trotter Convention Center in Columbus.
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Bernie and Cathy White of Starkville are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Mary grace White, to Mr. Christopher John Koehn, son of Wesley and Becky Koehn of Starkville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late B.F. and Billie White of Starkville and Sue Jones and the late Ervin Jones of Sturgis. A 2011 graduate of Starkville Christian School, she is currently attend East Mississippi Community College. She is currently employed with the OCH Regional Medical Center Pharmacy. The prospective groom is the grandson of Arlin and Ellen Koehn of Macon and the late John Edwin and Christina Dunbar. A 2010 graduate of Starkville Christian School, he graduated with honors from the Paramedic Program at East Mississippi Community College in 2012. He is currently employed with Baptist Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health. The couple will exchange vows on March, 9, 2013 at two o’ clock in the afternoon at Meadowview Baptist Church in Starkville. A reception will follow at the church.
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The nemsia Juicy Fruits series has almost gaudy colors, such as those found on this Papaya Nemesia. (Photo by Gary Bachman, MSU Extension Service)
Spring brings garden shows across the state
Cabin fever seems to hit me earlier each year, and it doesn’t help that we haven’t had much of a winter the past couple of years. I already have tomato transplants ready to put in the ground even though it’s still two months from the traditional last frost date here on the coast. I saw blooming annuals for sale this weekend at a local garden center. I think I’m feeling a little warm. Every time I find a new catalog in the gary baChman mailbox, the pictures look so good that I msu hortiCulturist start to feel a little guilty that I don’t have Costal rEsEarCh & at least one of everything. Now if I’m feelExtEnsion CEntEr ing this way and I’m a professional gardener, what’s the casual gardener supposed to do? In case you’re feeling overwhelmed by the options already showing up in stores, I’d like to recommend a few colorful annual plants that will hold up well until the warmer days of spring are upon us. These are the snapdragon, nemesia and diascia, all available at local garden centers. The snapdragon is an old standby, and you can’t go wrong with the Sonnet variety. These plants have colorful flower spikes available in a kaleidoscope of colors that include orange, scarlet, pink, white and yellow. It’s easy to see why Sonnet snapdragons are so popular. Nemesia is a colorful annual native to South Africa that is related to snapdragon. Flowers are up to an inch in diameter, and the interior is bearded like an Iris. Blue Bird is an old standby variety that offers some of the best bright blue flowers, each having a white and yellow throat. A newer series of nemesia called Juicy Fruit put on a colorful flower display. Their delicious-sounding names — like Papaya, Kumquat and Watermelon — come in almost gaudy colors. Diascia is another snapdragon-like favorite that is vigorous and cold tolerant. This plant is commonly called twin spur because of the
Anna Joy Skaggs
Heather and Trey Skaggs of Columbus are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Joy Skaggs, on Jan. 8, 2013 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. She weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Melita and Tommy Tomlinson of Starkville. Welcoming Anna home was big brother Jones Edward Skaggs.
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Gardeners can’t go wrong with the colorful flower spikes of these Sonnet snapdragons. (Photo by Gary See BACHMAN | Page B-4 Bachman, MSU Extension Service)
Joseph W. and Tiffany K. Butler of Hawk Point, Mo. would like to announce the birth of their first child, Melody Ann Butler. She was born at home on Jan. 17, 2013 at 3:23 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Jerry and Tina Burney of Warrenton, Mo., Christina Kendrick of Omaha, Neb., and Jim and Heidi Butler of Millerton, Pa. Her great-grandparents are Joyce Burney of Coffeeville, T. Layne and Dorothy Livingston of Starkville, Norm and Ann Butler of Millerton, Pa., and Chet and Kathy gebhards of Elizabeth, Colo. Her great-great-grandparents are Thelma Williams of Starkville and Chester gebhards of Elizabeth, Colo.
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The rise of industry in Starkville
By RUTH MORGAN For Starkville Daily News The first factory in the United States began after george Washington became President. According to U.S.http://www.history. org, in 1790, Samuel Slater, a cotton spinner's apprentice who left England the year before with the secrets of textile machinery, built a factory from memory to produce spindles of yarn. America’s first textile college was founded in 1884 as the Philadelphia Textile School providing needed technical education to improve the manufacture and quality of domestic fabrics. Some of the professors at Mississippi A&M College (now Mississippi State University) School of Textile were previously employed there. governor Andrew Longino was the first governor of the 20th century known as the “Century of Light,” he warned the people of Mississippi to brace themselves for the enormous changes to come in this new age of technology that could revolutionize the state’s economy and provide thousands of new jobs. It was during governor Longino’s administration that a textile school was startCotton Mill on Russell Street operated from 1902-1962. ed at Mississippi A & M College in 1900. (Photos courtesy of Mississippi State University Archives It followed North Carolina and georgia to Digital Collection) become the third textile school in the South
Textile Building (Twin Towers) served as the School of Textile from 1900-1914.
Cotton was “king” in the South and a mill in another town for many years. Assistmajor crop in Mississippi and still brings in ing him in the department were Professors almost $598 million of revenue produced Abbott and Wier. During the first year of operation (1901each year. gilbert L. Oliver reporting in The Reflec- 1902) there were 30 students enrolled in this tor said, “Our fathers looked on with a great department. Two courses were offered, condeal of pride on that bright spring day in May sisting of practical and theoretical work; one as the cornerstone was swung into place in a special course which might be finished in the textile building which was built at a cost two years, the other a four year course, to of almost $75,000. It was a two-story brick Governor Longino warned of the new age of structure and mearevolutionized technology and its probable impacts sured 230x79. It was equipped with steam on certain facets of life in Mississippi heat and an automatic fire sprinkler system, a blower and a humidifying system. In ad- be taken along with other college work. Studition to being a fine building, the equip- dents might specialize in designing, dyeing ment placed in this building was the most and in weaving. In the spring of 1903 after two years as modern available, being donated by different manufacturers. The power was furnished director and graduating a class of seven, Mr. by electric motors operating off the power Whittam resigned directorship and Mr. W.E. plant. Also, there was a supplementary steam Winchester of Philadelphia Textile School was elected. power system. In the report that year by the president of It was through the untiring efforts of the D.A. Tompkins, who introduced the bill to the college to the Mississippi Legislature, he the legislature to make an appropriation for stated that many more of the students wantthe School of Textiles. Many others were in- ed to enroll in the textile school than could be strumental in its establishment, but to Mr. taken care of on account of a lack of facilities. Tompkins, most of the credit is given. By It seems that the school was gaining much 1910, Tompkins had helped build at least popularity and recognition at that time. Between 1900-1904, there were more 250 cotton oil mills, 150 electric plants and 100 cotton mills. He owned a controlling cotton mills built in the State of Mississippi interest in three newspapers: the Charlotte than ever before in its entire history. This Daily Observer (formerly the Charlotte great increase was attributed to the work Chronicle), Charlotte Evening News and of the graduates of the textile school. There greenville (S.C.) News. The Observer Print- were 13 graduates in 1904. By 1905 with a graduating class of three ing House, also owned by Tompkins, published many pamphlets and speeches under that year, there had been certain divisions his name, as well as several books. Tomp- made in courses offered. Yarn manufacture kins's newspapers and publishing firm served included a study of the processes and mahim as mouthpieces in his role as a major chines, picking, carding, combining, drawspokesman for the industrial New South. ing, etc. A special two-year course was His biographer, george T. Winston, said, offered in textile chemistry and dyeing. Stu"Anything, everything, and everybody — dents were taught the fundamental principles all the world — was grist in the voracious of hand weaving and then how to operate Tompkins mill of industrialism. The Atlanta the power loom. From 1906 to 1910, Mr. W.R. Meadows Constitution said of Tompkins, "He perhaps has done more to stimulate the cotton mill served as director of the school. graduatdevelopment of the South than any living ing four in 1906, three in 1907 and one in man." The public library in Edgefield, S.C., 1908. The last named date having an enrolland the former textile building at North Car- ment of 45 which was the largest in its hisolina State University were named for him. tory. The school seemed to be growing fast. The organization and directorship of the In his report that year, Mr. Meadows stated A&M Textile School was assigned to Profes- that the school had graduates in mills in every sor Arthur Whittam, a former Professor of See MORGAN | Page B-8 Technology and superintendent of a cotton
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Adventures in modern day texting
By LISA HARRIS For Starkville Daily News Communication has come a long way since the days of carrier pigeons and Morse Code. People send emails and text messages in an instant. It amazes me how a person miles away can get your message instantly. I remember the old days of sending a letter. That has become a lost art form. The phone we used when I was a kid had a circle ring dial and the caller had to wait on the number to wind back before you could place your finger in the next number to dial. Now, people have contact numbers programmed into their phone to save time. They also communicate through Facebook messages and status updates. Even we older folks have jumped on the Facebook bandwagon. I enjoy texting more than talking on the phone. It makes it easier to communicate without tying yourself to a long drawn-out conversation. Although, I have had some pretty long text conversations, too. I don’t have a fancy phone with the keypad. Mine is the cheap kind that requires several taps of the button to type a letter. It is divided into ABC, DEF, gHI, JKL, MNO, PQRS, TUV and WXYZ. Obviously two taps of the B, three taps of the O and three taps of the Y would spell out boy. It takes a minute, but I’m not in need of fancy. I cannot talk on my cell due to an obvious malfunction. It is only used for texting. Well, lately even my text letters have gone on the fritz. I am missing my S, P and R. You would be amazed how many words contain these 3 letters. I keep texting though. My BFF said that she was glad that she watched a lot of Wheel of Fortune or she would not be able to communicate with me at all. She even decided to text me with missing letters just to show me how annoying it was. I actually thought it was kind of fun. Our messages look something like: I am F_ _ L _N_ K I_D O F B_D. I would respond with my limited letters, I HO_E YOU FEEL BETTE_ _OON. WHAT W_ONg WITH YOU? It kind of makes me sound as if a have a speech impediment. I have even had to change my dialect to avoid using the letters R, S and P. “What are you up to?” has to be changed to “What be you doing?” Whatever works is my new motto. I’m too cheap to get another one as of yet. It still has a few miles left. They say great ideas come from strange circumstances. After sending and receiving numerous partial messages, I got the idea for an app that lets you play Wheel of Fortune as you text. My phone malfunction could be an ingenious idea for a game where you have to figure out what the heck your friends are trying to say. guess a letter. Buy a vowel & solve the puzzle. There is already a Wheel of Fortune app, but not one that pertains to your personal text messages. Do you receive a prize? That part hasn’t been ironed out yet. The real prize is just being on the same page as your friends and realizing what in the world they are talking about. You know in the whole scheme of life, having someone understand you is priceless. You haven’t experienced a true friend until you sent a message with most of the letters missing and they actually understand you. That is being of one mind. In the app, you could spin the wheel and guess letters and vowels to guess your friend’s secret messages. If you guess the puzzle or the secret text message you earn points. The points could be cashed in for prizes. It’s kind of like a “token economy.” (Hey, I did learn something in school. Hail State.) There could be more than one player like the old fashion “party line.” This is either a brilliant idea or borderline ridiculous. You will have to be the judge of that, but you know what they say about judging folks. In conclusion, I am still using my old jacked up phone, but I will probably get a new one soon since my mom got annoyed recently and text me to speak English. Now, she won’t text back. geez, my BFF understands me, so why can’t my mom? A word to the wise would be to not steal my app idea or I’ll come after you. I’m kidding, relax. No, really don’t steal it or else. I’ll leave you with this thought. In life you must g_ H_R_, or _O H_ _ E! If you have an idea, then go after it even if it seems ridiculous! Just remember there is a fine line between ridiculous and ingenious. I like to straddle that line like a tightrope artist. When straddling this line, make sure there is a net to catch you when you fall. tio Show, March 15-17 u Everything garden Expo, Starkville, March 22-23 u New Albany Home and garden Show, April 5-6 These events are great opportunities for home gardeners to get inspired to plant the newest trees, shrubs, and flowering annuals and perennials for the home landscape and garden. Local garden centers and landscape professionals will have vendor displays, and some of the leading horticulture and landscape professionals in the Southeast will present seminars. So come to a garden show if you’re ready for spring and want to catch a glimpse of how these beautiful plants could look in your landscape or learn how to grow them successfully. Gary Bachman is an assistant Extension research professor of horticulture at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Locate Southern Gardening columns and television and radio programs on the Internet at
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descending spurs on the back of the flower. Wink garnet is a bright magenta, while Whisper Pumpkin is a glowing orange. Diascia are cheerful plants especially well-suited for combination containers. There are several really good gardening shows coming up in the next several weeks that will help give Mississippi gardeners ideas for their own landscapes and scratch those gardening itches. No matter where you live in Mississippi, you will be fairly close to one of these: Gardeners can’t go wrong with the colorful flower spikes of u gulf Coast garden and these Sonnet snapdragons. (Photo by Gary Bachman, MSU Patio Show, Biloxi, March 1-3 Extension Service) u Jackson garden and Pa-
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In the Interpersonal Communication class we have recently considered that just as we can use our words to solace others, we can also use words to solace ourselves. Kory Floyd, the author of our textbook, has cited psychologist James Pennebaker’s studies which show that when people write about a trauma they’ve gone through, they often experience abated levels of stress hormones, Don vaughan strengthened immune systems and fewvaughan’s voCabulary er visits to a physician. Pennebaker’s theory is that holding in negative emotions requires effort that we might otherwise use to support our health. For that reason, expressing those emotions (even on paper) allows us to put that energy to better use. I encourage my students to engage in expressive writing about their traumatic event on at least four separate occasions for a minimum of 20 minutes each. The writing activities are more efficacious when they are spread over time, recurrent days rather than consecutive days. Lastly, and this isn’t bilge, writing about the event on the day of the week that it happened (however long ago it was) for four recurrent days is more effective than writing about it for four or more consecutive days.
Solace (SOL-is)
A. to comfort B. to console C. to cheer D. all of the above E. all except C
Traumatic (truh-MAHY-tic)
A. causing trauma B. relating to an event or situation that causes distress and disruption C. execrable (EK-si-kruh-bul) D. all of the above
A. sad B. meaningful C. having the power to bring about a desired effect D. all of the above
A. harmful B. solace C. stale or worthless remarks or ideas D. none of the above
No. 1 is D. Aside from C, Merriam-Webster’s definition is “1. the bulging part of a cask or barrel. 2. the part of the underwater body of a ship between the flat of the bottom and the vertical topsides. The lowest part of the ship’s inner hull.” Last week’s mystery word is peacemaker. This week’s mystery word to solve is a beautiful sounding word. You can give its second syllable either a kuh or chuh sound. Madeira is an example. Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D. in Mass Communication, is a professor at East Miss. Community College. Contact him at:
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call the far left of the car her face, and the far right hand side her body. Look at all the colors of the wonderful orange red tin metal that makes up both her face and her body. Underneath, her first little window are the letters and numbers, ICX 3383. The next little windows are almost inviting you to come on inside to peep around. The big old door even has a tiny black window at the top and a huge slanted handle that looks slightly crooked and maybe broken. Look at the wonderful heavy black wheels. Can you not just hear them rolling along? The wheels must each weigh a ton or more. All the parts and pieces that hold these heavy wheels together underneath the car are very interesting . There is a cute little ladder at the end of the car to the right of this painting. Look for the piece of the black railroad sign at the far right. Look at the little smoke stack near the door to the right that sticks up from the top of the car, and find a round water tank right in the middle and behind this smoke stack. There are three train tracks, and that odd number that now is my very own “Orange Red Box Car Caboose” as she has found a permanent home. I decided to talk to her, but she did not answer me back. She is merely an old Carole McReynolds Davis is box car caboose, but to me as a local artist. Email her at fc64@ an artist, she was suddenly tak-
ing on a life of her very own. I loved her very much. The blue sky above, the hint of the trees surrounding her and especially the green grass beginning to grow underneath her wheels give you a very sad feeling of abandonment. I sincerely miss the train whistle blowing with its mournful sound and the feeling of the vibrations and the shaking of this 'ole family home on Louisville Street. I long for the time that maybe — just maybe — our train route will be recreated once again, before the grass takes over the tracks. It has been way too long since a train ran this route. We can wish and dream of one day hearing, seeing and feeling a train running once again down the old rusted tracks chugging through our little city. This orange red box car caboose was finally picked up and taken on down the tracks by some big black box car. She is gone and I miss her. I would like to think she is supremely happy now, chugging along with her other box car friends. I want to believe in my own heart and soul that she is the prettiest, most beautiful orange red box car caboose in the whole wide world. I can hear the train conductor calling with happy enthusiasm, “Round 'em up, move 'em out, let's roll and all aboard. Our destination is Starkville."
The children's book "The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog" was the featured story this week at the Maben Public Library's children's story time. Pictured from left to right are Kali Huffman, Jacob Woodard, Grace and Emily Owen, Khloei and Kayla Earley, Avery Hazard, Dale Britt and Ms. Mary. (Submitted photo)
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"Our goal is to be on top of what is happening in the publishing world — what are people learning and talking about, what's in the news and who has published recently," she said. "We pull out displays all the time for readers when it comes to specific holidays and seasons." gearing up for Starkville Reads's program on Tolkien, Holtcamp said the library already has a display celebrating the famed author of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit," special worlds that still resonate with readers today. "No matter how many times you read it, you will always get something out of it," she said. "The books are just excellent and it's that special world of fantasy that is filled with all kinds of philosophy and things to gather from it." "The Making of Middle Earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien" program begins 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Starkville Public Library and is sponsored by Starkville Reads. For more information, visit http://www.starkvillereads. org.
Dottie Dewberry shows off some of her rabbit and Easter display at the Maben Public Library. Dewberry said the collection began when her daughter, Deirdre, saved a tiny bunny when she was younger. Display books included selections from authors like Beatrix Potter, Joel Chandler Harris and Margery Williams. (Submitted photo)
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For Starkville Daily News “A single rose can be my garden ... a single friend, my world.” - Leo Buscaglia. The grand old historic home of the late Miss Laura Thomas was the setting for the February meeting of the Maben Home and garden Club. Mrs. gladys Hendrix is the present owner of this remarkably preserved house. Before the luscious meal of casseroles, salads, meats, assorted vegetables, and desserts, Ms. Dottie Dewberry took the devotion from Mountain Wings, which was about a young woman who encouraged all before their demise to “Keep the Fork For the Best is Yet to Come”. She concluded with a blessing. The hostesses for the noon meal were gladys Hendrix, Dora Moucha and Barbara McCants, who are to be commended for doing an excellent job of feeding everyone. The afternoon’s program was one of floral designs made naturally from the garden by Mrs. Faye Fulgham, a long-time member of the club. Ms. Dottie Dewberry introduced the speaker, who really did not need an introduction, but the group was reminded of Faye’s flower shop in Maben and the one out on MS Hwy 50 near Pheba, and later when she worked with Stewart’s Flower Shop in Starkville. The group reminisced about their personal relationship with Faye, who had either fixed a bride’s bouquet, a funeral piece or maybe a corsage for a baby’s birth. It was a time of remembering fondly days gone by, back when things were pretty. Mrs. Fulgham chose a variety of vases: urns, tea cups, medicine jars, perfume bottles, crystal vases, shot glasses, miniature vases, bowls and others. One particular pot came from Mrs. gloria Poss, a deceased beloved club member. She then showed how to used water crystals, liquid marbles, water picks, carpet moss and spragram moss for covering the tops of the vase in the urn or other container one might be using. Some pots don’t hold water, so one could put a tall slender vase inside to hold the water and the stems. The program was titled “Doing It Naturally,” which meant gathering whatever was growing outside in the yard. Most of the flowers came from the gardens of Ms. Dottie Dewberry, Mrs. Jeffie Hester and Mrs. Margaret Shuffield. There was an ABC collection of plants: Aspidistra, Boston Ivy, Carolina Jasmine, Camellia, Cabbage (ornamental), Daffodils (various varieties) , Fatsia Japonica leaves and fruit (berries), Forsythia, Fern leaves, Horsetail stalks (Equisetum), Iris ( Bearded and Dixie) Foliage, Japanese Magnolia blooms, Kalancheo blooms, Looped Pampas grass, Magnolia grandiflora, Nandina foliage, Spirea, Winged Elm and Yoshina Cherry blossoms. Faye showcased beautiful design after design for over forty minutes — some so simple as blooms in shot glasses or towering three or four foot tall horsetail (Equisetum) mixed with fatsia leaves, trailing ivy and a few daffodils for a focal point. She introduced the show with sliced lemons in water crystals and daffodils in a round crystal bowl, which was featured next to a tall cylindrical crystal vase filled with water crystals, Spirea and Forsythia branches, and trailing Carolina jasmine wrapped around the vase. Then she fixed a daffodil in a shot glass that coordinated with the other two vases. She shared some tricks of the trade like: use duct tape to keep tall slender stalks together; use floral wire up the center of hollow stems to keep them upright; wrap wet oasis in foil and keep in the refrigerator till you need it again; liquid marbles can be purchased at Dollar Tree; and use tall slender vases inside large urns to hold flowers, plus many more tips. After cleaning up, President Anne Earnest presided over the afternoon’s meeting. The nominating committee read out the 20131014 officers: President, Anne Earnest, Vice-President, Sandra Bishop, Treasurer, Martha McMinn and Secretary, Dottie Dewberry. They will be voted on next month, and installed in May. Next month, the club will tour the garden of Lee Shuffield on March 19, 2013. The afternoon’s door prizes, which were donated by Dora Moucha and Barbara McCants, were won by Sylvia Templeton, Kathy Lollar and June Turner. Sylvia Faye Fulgham shows off her flower display skills at the February meeting of the Maben Templeton also won the water crystals donated by Home and Garden Club. (Submitted photo) Faye Fulgham. and Mrs. Lillian Alston (possibly others) taught at the mill school with the city paying the teacher’s salary which was $35 a month in 1910. The school closed in 1948 when the school bond issue passed. Sanborn maps also show a church located on Mill Street just west of the mill that served as a community center in which their Boy Scout Troop 14 met and where many singings and talent shows were held. The mill village also had their own doctor, Dr. F.E. Barr who made home visits. The Sanders Beacon states that Dr. Barr gave each mill school child a physical and the information was sent home to the parents with their grades. The mill operated for 60 years and employed more people than any industry ever located in Starkville with employees traveling sixty miles to work. Mississippi State University purchased the building in 1965. Today, the building stands as a substantial and well-preserved material representative of an important phase in the rise of industry and economic development in Starkville and Mississippi by providing hundreds of jobs. The Textile Building (Twin Towers) and the Starkville Cotton Mill (E.E. Cooley Building) are both on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum has an industrial exhibit which contains the fol-
Flowers on display at Maben garden Club meeting
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section of the United States. But in 1909 the enrollment declined to 27, the decrease being attributed to the general decline in the prosperity of the cotton mill business. In 1910, three graduated from the School of Textiles. Mr. Meadows stated in his report that the graduates of the school had been worth several million dollars to the state of Mississippi. In 1911, Professor J.g. Coman, a former graduate of the college and a graduate of Lowell Textile School was elected director. In 1912 and 1913, there were no graduates. In his report to the legislature in 1913, the president of the college said that there was very little demand for the work offered in the School of Textiles due to the fact that this type of industry had not proved profitable in Mississippi and recommended that the school be abolished by act of the legislature so that the building might be used for some other purpose, therefore the legislature abolished the Textile School as requested in September 1914. Most speculate the machinery and equipment of the textile school was loaded onto wagons and carted to the Stone Cotton Mill, which had been built in the shadows of the college in 1902. The John M. Stone Cotton Mill, designed by Stewart W. Cramer was named for former governor John Marshall Stone who had been serving as the second president of the college at the time of his death. Stone had been instrumental in the establishment of the Textile School but the connections between its academic training program and the commercial venture represented by the mill extended beyond mere nomenclature. Although the Stone Mill was neither constructed on the campus nor supported with college funds, its early connection with the textile school is undeniable. Arthur Whittam, the first director of the Textile School, resigned his position there to become the first president of the Stone Cotton Mill and the membership of the mill’s founding board of directors consisted almost entirely of men with close ties to the college — J.C. Hardy and R. C. King, the college’s president and secretary, respectively. Directors in Starkville included W.O. Page, W.W. Scales Jr., W.B. Montgomery, R A. Lampkin and W.W. Magruder. Even the builder of the mill, W.T. Christopher of Columbus, was also responsible for a number of the college building projects during the years immediately surround-
ing the construction of the mill. The mill name changed from John M. Stone to J.W. Sanders, Sanders, Buck Creek to Starkville Mills and closed in 1962. As a docent at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum for many years, I loved to read the old newspapers which contained so much history of our town and county. I jotted notes from which many of the articles I have written were taken. The following information comes from notes pertaining to the cotton mill. Mississippi newspapers were filled with reports and the local newspaper contained a “Cotton Mill Column” in the beginning and by 1940s, the weekly newspaper contained a half page section of mill news with a courtesy line, which read, “a contribution toward the advancement of industry in Oktibbeha County and the State of Mississippi.” In 1948, the mill and its people had grown so large employing over 400 people, that they began publishing their own newspaper titled Sanderscope. The mill had an excellent baseball team called the Starkville Semi Pros that played their home games on Duty Noble Field at the college. The winner of the Mrs. America Contest modeled dresses from coast to coast and from New York to Paris annually designed by Sanders Industries. The dresses were made from the fine chambray cloth manufactured at the Starkville mill. Sanders, owner of the mill and a member the college varsity football team in 1916, gave outstanding four-star Jersey bulls for breeding to the college. The mill had a major economic impact not only on the town of Starkville but also on the entire section of the State. It increased profits for other Starkville businesses as well as cotton farmers by purchasing the entire locally grown cotton crops, which were used to make the cloth. The mill had 470 looms and 15,800 spindles that turned about 25,000 bales of cotton into the highest grade of cloth annually. According to the newspaper, it was the city’s largest contributor to the March of Dimes, Polio Drive and Salvation Army for many years. The Starkville cotton mill history is very different from most cotton mill towns according to Strickland's research. Narvell Strickland’s History of Cotton Mills states, “The houses and people were upper class in comparison to others." Sanborn maps show a mill school was located at the corner of gillespie and Mill Street. Newspapers stated the school was for grades 1 and 2 and that about 50 students attended. According to some school records, Mrs. Maggie Miller, Ms Mary Mosley
lowing artifacts from the mill: large architectural illustration of the cotton mill, chambray cloth manufactured at the mill, handmade tools used by workers, and an instrument used to determine the grade of the cloth among other things. Visit the museum to rediscover other industrial happenings in our county and enjoy the many other exhibits. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 pm.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Clanton hurls no-hitter for the Yellowjackets during Saturday win
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Class AAA State Championship - Saturday, Feb. 23 Jackson Academy - Jackson
“I’m just going to say I’ve enjoyed this. This has been fun coaching. I don’t know any other word to describe it. To see the results of everything (the players) have worked for. This is all for them.” – Starkville Academy coach Glenn Schmidt
AAA - Div II Champ
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The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers receive their championship medals for a member of the Jackson Academy administration on Saturday. (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News)
Starkville Academy improves record with another state title
Name recognition can be way of paying respect
Heading into the final game of the Class AAA State Tournament, the pressure was on for coach Glenn Schmidt and the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers. “Everybody has asked me what kind of pressure do you feel to repeat with these great players and I’m just going to say I’ve enjoyed this,” Schmidt said. “This has been fun coaching. I don’t know any other word to describe it. To see the results of everything they have worked for. This is all for them.” After playing what Tiffany Huddleston calls a “barn burner” on Friday, the team and their coach was ready to get back on the court and play their game. “I wanted us to play that way so badly because people come to see you and I wanted them to see them go wide open and play like they can,” Schmidt said. Anna Lea Little echoed her teammate and coach on the toughness of Friday’s game and how important it was to return to the hardwood. “We were just glad to escape with a win (Friday) that we were more relaxed today,” Anna Lea Little said. “We just always have to play our game and that was our mentality coming in.” Tipping off against Madison-Ridgeland Academy on Saturday, the Lady Vols got that chance to play the Starkville Academy way as it claimed a 64-29 victory.
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t’s easy these days to strike SMITh ON SpORTS up a conversation about the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers and their accomplishments this season. While attending the Diamond Classic at Mississippi State on Friday, one of the topics of conversation was Starkville Academy girls basketball. For those who don’t know, the Diamond Classic is a baseball Danny P. Smith event and hoops was the subject SPortS EDitor being talked about. All an individual has to do these days is mention the first and sometimes middle names of Sallie Kate, Nora Kathryn, Maggie and Anna Lea and even part of a first name Tiff, and people know exactly who those young ladies play for and that they are doing something special right now. The interest that the Lady Vols are creating in Starkville right now is amazing and it’s good to see the community rallying around their success. On Saturday, Starkville Academy captured the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA State championship Starkville Academy’s Tiffany Huddleston pulls up to take by defeating Madison-Ridgeland Academy 64-29. The Lady Vols a shot against Madison-Ridgeland Academy on Saturday. See SMITH | Page C-3 (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News)
The record for the Miami Heat in the month of February, which is best in the National Basketball Association.
High School Baseball
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College Basketball Men’s SEC Glance All Times CT SEC Florida 12-2 10-4 Kentucky Alabama 10-4 Ole Miss 9-5 8-6 Missouri Arkansas 8-6 8-6 Tennessee LSU 7-7 Georgia 7-7 Texas A&M 6-8 Vanderbilt 5-9 S. Carolina 3-11 Auburn 3-11 Miss. State 2-12 Pct. .857 .714 .714 .643 .615 .571 .571 .500 .500 ,429 .357 .214 .214 .143 Ovr. Pct. 22-4 .846 19-8 .704 18-9 .667 20-7 .741 19-8 .731 17-10 .630 16-10 .615 16-9 .640 13-14 .481 16-11 .593 11-15 .423 13-14 .481 9-18 .333 7-19 .269 Wednesday’s Games Alabama 64, Miss. State 56 S. Carolina 63, Ole Miss 62 Texas A&M 65, Auburn 56 Kentucky 74, Vanderbilt 70 Thursday’s Game Arkansas 62, Georgia 60 Saturday’s Games Vanderbilt 72, Miss. State 31 LSU 97, Alabama 94 Georgia 62, S. Carolina 54 Tennessee 93, Texas A&M 85 Ole Miss 88, Auburn 55 Florida 71, Arkansas 54 Kentucky 90, Missouri 83 Tuesday’s Games Auburn at Alabama, 6 p.m. Florida at Tennessee, 8 p.m. Men’s Top 25 Fared Saturday 1. Indiana (24-3) did not play. Next: at Minnesota, Tuesday. 2. Miami (22-4) lost to Wake Forest 80-65. Next: vs. Virginia Tech, Wednesday. 3. Gonzaga (27-2) beat San Diego 81-50. Next: at BYU, Thursday. 4. Michigan State (22-5) did not play. Next: at No. 18 Ohio State, Sunday. 5. Florida (22-4) beat Arkansas 71-54. Next: at Tennessee, Tuesday. 6. Duke (23-3) did not play. Next: vs. Boston College, Sunday. 7. Michigan (22-4) did not play. Next: vs. Illinois, Sunday. 8. Syracuse (22-5) lost to No. 11 Georgetown 57-46. Next: at No. 17 Marquette, Monday. 9. Kansas (23-4) beat TCU 74-48. Next: at Iowa State, Monday. 10. Louisville (22-5) beat Seton Hall 79-61. Next: at DePaul, Wednesday. 11. Georgetown (21-4) beat No. 8 Syracuse 57-46. Next: at UConn, Wednesday. 12. Arizona (23-4) beat Washington State 73-56. Next: at Southern Cal, Wednesday. 13. Kansas State (22-5) beat Texas 81-69. Next: vs. Texas Tech, Monday. 14. Oklahoma State (20-6) beat West Virginia 73-57. Next: at TCU, Wednesday. 15. Butler (22-6) did not play. Next: at No. 24 VCU, Saturday, March 2. 16. New Mexico (23-4) beat No. 22 Colorado State 91-82. Next: vs. San Diego State, Wednesday. 17. Marquette (19-7) lost to Villanova 6056. Next: vs. No. 8 Syracuse, Monday. 18. Ohio State (19-7) did not play. Next: vs. No. 4 Michigan State, Sunday. 19. Wisconsin (19-8) did not play. Next: vs. Nebraska, Tuesday. 20. Pittsburgh (20-7) did not play. Next: at St. John’s, Sunday. 21. Memphis (25-3) beat Southern Mississippi 89-73. Next: at Xavier, Tuesday. 22. Colorado State (21-6) lost to No. 16 New Mexico 91-82. Next: vs. Fresno State, Wednesday. 23. Oregon (22-6) beat Stanford 77-66. Next: vs. Oregon State, Thursday. 24. VCU (22-6) beat Xavier 75-71. Next: vs. No. 15 Butler, Saturday, March 2. 25. Notre Dame (21-6) did not play. Next: vs. Cincinnati, Sunday. Women’s SEC Glance All Times CT Tennessee Kentucky Texas A&M Georgia S. Carolina Vanderbilt SEC 12-1 11-2 11-2 10-3 9-4 7-6 Pct. .923 .846 .846 .769 .692 .538 Ovr. 21-5 23-3 21-6 22-4 21-5 17-9 Pct. .808 .885 .778 .846 .808 .654
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“I’ll definitely be back sometime this year.”
Philadelphia 76ers player Anthony Bynum said about returning this season for the team.
Clanton pitches no-hitter for ShS
By JASON EDWARDS Tanner Clanton was the story of the night for Starkville High School’s baseball team. In the midst of the Yellowjackets 8-1 victory over Greenville-Weston, the junior managed to produce a nohitter featuring 11 strikeouts. “(Saturday night) was absolutely fantastic,” SHS coach Brian Jones said. “That is what you always want to do. We could have done a few things better. You are never satisfied and always want to get better at things. “Clanton did a phenomenal job with pitching. He absolutely poured it into the zone. He came out and did a fantastic job and I really could not ask for more out of him or the team.” The eight runs for SHS came off seven hits dispersed throughout the game, while the Hornets lone run came in the final inning of competition. The Jackets first run came in the bottom of the first off an RBI fielder’s choice from Jalen Campbell which scored Bryton Conley. SHS had to wait until the bottom of the third to cross the plate again. A two-run double compliments of Max Bartlett brought Kyle Thrasher and Jalen Campbell home to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead. Later that inning, Clanton had an RBI single to score Bartlett ending the scoring with SHS leading 4-0. The Jackets mimicked the three runs from the third during in their portion of the fourth inning, highlighted by an RBI double from Conley to score Tanner Jones. As the game wound down, SHS tacked on one more run to end its night victorious. Although the Jackets gave up one run to GreenvilleWeston which prevented the shutout, Jones is pleased with the effort of his team. “We had a couple of plays throughout the game that were big-time plays that you have to have in those no-hitter games,” Jones said. “I wish we could have preserved the shutout, but in the end, it’s no big deal.” Clanton ended his night with a no-hitter comprised of 83 pitches including 24 balls and 59 strikes. “Early on, Clanton was really dominate,” Jones said. “Later in the game, he began to rely on the defense. He gave up maybe two walks all night so it was a superb effort on his part.” Jones knows that anytime you can start a season 2-0 it is a confidence booster for the players and he is anxious to see where they go from here. “One of our things is we are not going to back down from anybody,” Jones said. “We are going to come out and we are going to fight until the last out every time. The kids have bought in and they are excited. Being 2-0, certainly helps with that excitement.” SHS welcomes Columbus to town on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game.
Today Women’s College Basketball Mississippi State at South Carolina, 2 p.m. College Baseball Diamond Classic Samford at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m. College Softball Memphis Tiger Invitational At Southaven Mississippi State vs. Southeast Missouri State, 9 a.m. Mississippi State vs. SIU-Edwardsville, 11 a.m.
82-62. Next: at Texas Tech, Wednesday. 24. Nebraska (20-6) did not play. Next: vs. Iowa, Sunday. 25. Green Bay (22-2) beat Valparaiso 8038. Next: at Detroit, Thursday. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 32 20 .615 New York Brooklyn 33 23 .589 Boston 29 26 .527 Philadelphia 22 31 .415 Toronto 23 33 .411 Southeast Division W L Pct 39 14 .736 Miami Atlanta 31 23 .574 Washington 17 37 .315 15 41 .268 Orlando Charlotte 13 43 .232 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 35 21 .625 32 23 .582 Chicago Milwaukee 26 28 .481 Detroit 22 36 .379 Cleveland 18 37 .327 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct 44 13 .772 San Antonio Memphis 36 18 .667 Houston 31 27 .534 Dallas 25 29 .463 New Orleans 19 37 .339 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 40 15 .727 Denver 35 22 .614 Utah 31 24 .564 25 30 .455 Portland Minnesota 20 32 .385 Pacific Division W L Pct 18 .684 L.A. Clippers 39 Golden State 32 23 .582 L.A. Lakers 27 29 .482 19 37 .339 Sacramento Phoenix 18 38 .321
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Today AUTO RACING 11 a.m. FOX — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Daytona 500, at Daytona Beach, Fla. 7 p.m. ESPN2 — NHRA, Arizona Nationals, at Chandler, Ariz. (same-day tape) BOWLING 2 p.m. ESPN — PBA, USBC Masters, at North Brunswick, N.J. GOLF 8 a.m. TGC — PGA Tour-WGC, Accenture Match Play Championship, semifinal matches, at Marana, Ariz. 12:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA Thailand, final round, at Chonburi, Thailand (same-day tape) 1 p.m. NBC — PGA Tour-WGC, Accenture Match Play Championship, championship match, at Marana, Ariz. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon ESPN — Illinois at Michigan 1 p.m. LSU Arkansas Florida Missouri Miss. State Auburn Alabama Ole Miss 7-6 5-8 4-9 4-9 4-9 3-10 2-11 2-11 .538 16-10 .615 .385 17-9 .654 .308 15-12 .556 .308 15-12 .556 .308 12-14 .462 .231 14-12 .538 .154 12-14 .462 .154 9-17 .346 CBS — Cincinnati at Notre Dame 2:30 p.m. FSN — UCLA at Southern Cal 3 p.m. CBS — Michigan St. at Ohio St. NBA BASKETBALL Noon ABC — L.A. Lakers at Dallas 6 p.m. ESPN — Memphis at Brooklyn 8:30 p.m. ESPN — Chicago at Oklahoma City NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh RODEO Noon CBS — PBR, Built Ford Tough Invitational, at Kansas City, Mo. (previous and same-day tape) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon ESPN2 — Purdue at Minnesota FSN — Texas Tech at Kansas 2 p.m. ESPN2 — Duke at Maryland 4 p.m. ESPN2 — Texas A&M at Vanderbilt
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Friday’s Games Chicago 105, Charlotte 75 Toronto 100, New York 98 Indiana 114, Detroit 82 Washington 119, Denver 113 Atlanta 122, Sacramento 108 Houston 106, Brooklyn 96 Memphis 88, Orlando 82 Dallas 104, New Orleans 100 Oklahoma City 127, Minnesota 111 Boston 113, Phoenix 88 Golden State 107, San Antonio 101, OT L.A. Lakers 111, Portland 107 Saturday’s Games Denver 113, Charlotte 99 Cleveland 118, Orlando 94 Washington 105, Houston 103 Miami 114, Philadelphia 90 Indiana 90, Detroit 72 Atlanta 103, Milwaukee 102 Utah at L.A. Clippers, late Today’s Games L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 1 p.m. Golden State at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Sacramento at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at New York, 7 p.m. Memphis at Brooklyn, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Boston at Portland, 9 p.m. Chicago at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Denver, 9 p.m. Boston at Utah, 9 p.m. Transactions
Monday’s Game Kentucky 70, Texas A&M 66 Thursday’s Games Miss. State 75, Alabama 51 Texas A&M 82, Ole Miss 53 LSU at Missouri, ppd. snow Tennessee 83, Auburn 61 Georgia 66, Arkansas 34 Vanderbilt 68, Florida 57 Friday’s Score LSU 78, Missouri 74 Today’s Games Miss. State at S. Carolina, 2 p.m. Georgia at Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Arkansas, 1 p.m. Kentucky at LSU, 2 p.m. Florida at Alabama, 2 p.m. Missouri at Auburn, 2 p.m. Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. Women’s Top 25 Fared Saturday 1. Baylor (26-1) beat Texas 67-47. Next: at Oklahoma, Monday. 2. Notre Dame (24-1) did not play. Next: at DePaul, Sunday. 3. UConn (25-2) beat Seton Hall 90-30.
SBA registration takes place
The Starkville Baseball Association is holding registration with forms available at the Starkville Sportsplex through March 15. Beginning Monday forms will be delivered at the schools. There will be onsite registration at the Swing on Industrial Park Road today from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. with player evaluation for ages 7-9. Next Saturday, there will be another onsite registration from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Swing with another player evaluation for ages 7 and 9.
Next: vs. Pittsburgh, Tuesday. 4. Stanford (25-2) did not play. Next: vs. Oregon, Sunday. 5. Duke (25-1) did not play. Next: at No. 8 Maryland, Sunday. 6. California (24-2) did not play. Next: vs. Oregon State, Sunday. 7. Penn State (22-3) did not play. Next: vs. Michigan, Sunday. 8. Kentucky (23-3) did not play. Next: at LSU, Sunday. 8. Maryland (22-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 5 Duke, Sunday. 10. Texas A&M (21-6) did not play. Next: at Vanderbilt, Sunday. 11. Tennessee (21-5) did not play. Next: at Arkansas, Sunday. 12. Louisville (21-6) did not play. Next: at Villanova, Sunday. 13. Georgia (22-4) did not play. Next: at Mississippi, Sunday. 14. Dayton (23-1) did not play. Next: vs. Temple, Sunday. 15. South Carolina (21-5) did not play. Next: vs. Mississippi State, Sunday. 16. North Carolina (24-4) did not play. Next: vs. N.C. State, Sunday. 17. UCLA (20-6) did not play. Next: vs. Southern Cal, Sunday. 18. Delaware (23-3) did not play. Next: vs. James Madison, Sunday. 19. Florida State (20-6) did not play. Next: at Virginia Tech, Sunday. 20. Colorado (21-5) did not play. Next: vs. Washington, Sunday. 21. Syracuse (22-4) lost to South Florida 6866. Next: at No. 2 Notre Dame, Tuesday. 22. Purdue (19-7) did not play. Next: at Minnesota, Sunday. 23. Oklahoma State (19-7) beat Oklahoma
BASEBALL American League TORONTO BLUE JAYS – Acquired RHP Michael Schwimer from Philadelphia for 1B Art Charles. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NEW YORK KNICKS – Signed F Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS – Signed assistant general manager Doug Whaley to a contract extension.
MSU men earn tennis shutout
For the fourth time this season, the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad shutout an opponent Saturday, this time blanking the Samford Bulldogs 7-0 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Saturday. MSU improved to 10-3 all-time against the visiting Bulldogs. State (9-2) jumped out early on Samford, with wins on courts two and three to claim the doubles point. The MSU duo of Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson claimed victory first, with an 8-5 win against Samford’s Austin Akers and Elliot Barnwell on court two. Samford leveled the playing field when Zac Dunkle and Garrison Laduca upset the MSU No. 13 duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp 8-6. The doubles point came down to court three, where the MSU freshmen duo of Romain Bogaerts and Pedro Dumont defeated Samford’s Fares Kilani and Alex Sajonz 8-6 to give State the early lead. The Bulldogs return to action today, as they face No. 47 Middle Tennessee at noon at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (www.twitter. com/mstatemt) and on Facebook ( mstatemt).
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Owen breaks school record for MSU
SOUTHAVEN – Mississippi State softball’s Alison Owen broke the singlegame school record with 15 strikeouts in a 4-0 complete-game shutout against Wichita State. In their opening game at the Blues City Classic, the Bulldogs fell in a 4-3 nail-biter to Belmont. With the split, MSU moved to 7-4 this season. “It was so important to bounce back from a tough loss in game one and earn the win in game two,” State coach Vann Stuedeman said. “The biggest thing from (Saturday) were all the Bulldog fans that came out. It was five and six deep and they were all cheering for the Maroon and White. That meant the world.” Stuedeman coached her 229th career shutout in game two, marking the third time in the first 11 games her pitching staff blanked its opponents on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs had five total shutouts in 57 games last season. Senior Stephanie Becker tied a career high with a season-best 10 strikeouts, but it wasn’t enough, as the Bulldogs fell by a score of 4-3 to Belmont in MSU’s first game at the Blues City Classic. Becker took the no decision in the start, fanning 10 Bruins’ batters and walking none in 4.2 innings of work. From the first to the third inning, the lefty struck out six-consecutive batters, becoming the second Bulldog pitcher in the last decade to accomplish the feat. Fellow senior southpaw Kylie Vry was the hard-luck loser in relief, falling to 1-2 in 2013 after giving up an unearned run in one inning inside the circle. Belmont righty Taylor Moon improved to 2-0 on the season, while the Bruins moved to 6-3 this season. At the plate, juniors Sam Lenahan (1-for-2, walk) and Heidi Shape (1-for4) both hit solo home runs. Sophomore Ashley Phillips reached base safely for the 10th-consecutive game with a base hit in the first inning, eventually scoring on an RBI sacrifice fly by junior Logan Foulks. It was the sac fly by Foulks in the top of the first that put MSU on the scoreboard first. Lenahan followed Foulks as the cleanup hitter and crushed a 3-2 pitch well over the wall in centerfield for a 2-0 lead in favor of the Bulldogs.
Lady Bulldogs get tennis win
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Mississippi State’s Lady Bulldog tennis squad finished off its first weekend of 2013 road play with an impressive 4-3 win against the Lady Badgers of Wisconsin Saturday in a neutral site matchup. To begin doubles play, MSU’s duo of Petra Ferancova and Georgina Patrasc defeated Wisconsin’s pair of Hannah Berner and Helen Rabot at the No. 3 position in an 8-0 decision. Wisconsin’s pair of Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich evened the doubles score, taking down the Bulldog pair of Lien Van Geel and Sarai Flores 8-2 on court 2. The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action at the A,J, Pitts Tennis Centre Wednesday at 3 p.m. as they host Samford. Updates for Lady Bulldog tennis can be found at hailstate. com or through Twitter (@mstateWT).
First Game Mississippi State 4, Wichita State 0
SOUTHAVEN – Owen moved to 4-1 for the year with a record-breaking performance against WSU, striking out a career-best and school-record 15 strikeouts. The right-hander finally issued her first walk in her debut season
in Starkville (one walk in 33.1 innings pitched), while giving up just two hits in her second-straight complete-game shutout as a starter. This past Sunday vs. Lipscomb, Owen tied the previous school record with 14 strikeouts, and now has fanned 29 batters in her last 13 innings of work. “Alison was Vanntastic (Saturday),” Stuedeman explained. “She continued to work her spin and had great command all game long.” Phillips continued her hot hitting, reaching base safely for the 11th-straight game with a 2-for-4 performance. Lenahan, who is hitting .533 over her last six games (8-of-15), went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Junior Jessica Offutt (1for-3, RBI), senior Jessica Cooley (1-for3, RBI) and redshirt sophomore Briana Bell (1-for-1, RBI) also tallied hits. State scored its first run of the game off an RBI double to the gap in left by Lenahan, scoring Phillips. The Bulldogs tacked on one more in the third with a bases loaded suicide squeeze bunt by Cooley, plating a safe-sliding Shape. Leading 2-0 one inning later, Offutt cranked a standup double to straightaway center, allowing sophomore Julia Echols to tap the dish. Bell’s pinch-hit RBI single pushed pinch-runner Loryn Nichols across the plate for the fourth and final run. The RBI by Bell was her first since May 8, 2011.
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High School Basketball
From Courtside
A look at Starkville Academy’s girls game against MRA
By Jason Edwards
By the numbers
Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt smiles at courtside during Saturday’s Class AAA State championship game. (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News)
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This victory was no ordinary win as it brought with it the Class AAA State championship and the Lady Vols also improved to 40-0. Having won the same title last season, Starkville Academy knew what it would take to repeat this The people who watched Starkville fast-paced offense was present from the year and according to Nora Kathryn Carroll, the Academy for the first time Saturday very beginning. That hustle of getting up team has been putting in the work. witnessed what Lady Volunteers fans and down the floor really gave MRA fits “We have been working for this ever since the have seen all season. the entire game because as a coach, you beginning of the season and the summer,” Carroll The defensive pressure displayed and go into a game trying to stop one or two said. “This is all we wanted to do. We have just seeing some shots falling early was all SA players offensively, but against the Lady worked really hard and took it one game at a time needed to relax and play like it has all year. Vols you have to pick your poison as they and this is what we have been working for.” Defense and team basketball have say. Starkville Academy put that hard work to been the keys to the Lady Vols’ success. Starkville Academy had one more ace practice early. When somebody is off their game or not up its sleeve on Saturday – the crowd. With 3:11 to play in the first period, Little having their best night, there was always Showing up and cheering for the Lady sunk a 3-pointer to place the Lady Vols up 11-6 someone to step up wherever needed. Vols from opening tip until the buzzard and force MRA to call a timeout to regroup. Even rarer is that on any given night, it ended the game, a crowd of blue and Starkville Academy continued the domination could have been any member of the SA orange was present for it all. as it outscored the Lady Patriots 6-2 to end the squad. What I saw after the game is what I period with a 17-8 lead. Friday night this was more than found most impressive. The camaraderie Taking the early lead was all part of the evident as a tough Presbyterian Christian you see in this team should be nothing Lady Vols game plan according to Sallie Kate team pushed the Lady Vols to the limit to write off. You can have the talent, but Richardson. and seemingly almost jeopardized the many teams lack the chemistry. Starkville “I guess from (Friday) we had a lot of pressure, perfect record and state championship. Academy has both. They demonstrated but coming out (Saturday), we knew it was the Saturday, that game was a distant that all night against MRA and will get championship game and we knew exactly what memory as the Lady Vols showed no sign to put their skills to use one more time as we needed to do and we got the job done early,” of playing uptight in the championship they compete next week for the Overall Richardson said. game against Madison-Ridgeland. The State championship. The Lady Vols continued the offensive performance right into the second quarter with Maggie Proffitt hitting a 3-pointer to give a Starkville Academy a 22-10 lead with 5:23 remaining in the period. Tiffany SA with her pressure up top which gave Again MRA was forced to take a timeout as the Huddleston Madison-Ridgeland problems setting up Lady Vols defense stepped up allowing the team started the game their offense. to engage in an 11-0 run to take a 28-10 lead with for Starkville In the end, Huddleston poured in 15 3:30 left to play before halftime. Academy, exactly points offensively, hitting 7-of-15 from Defense continued to be the theme for the as coach Glenn the field and 1-1 from 3-point range. remainder of the half as the Lady Patriots were Schmidt would Huddleston’s athleticism was just as held to a single basket. have drawn it up vital as her scoring, helping her pull down “It takes defense to win a game,” Carroll said. – with a defensive five rebounds to get the fast break offense “Offense isn’t everything. We have to guard the play. going for the Lady Vols. baseline and all the drives. Our plan was just to The point guard Demonstrating her unselfishness, stay on defense and play our best.” stole the basketball Huddleston consistently looked for her Carroll and the team’s strategy worked as and going coast- Huddleston teammates Saturday as she had six assists Starkville Academy entered halftime leading 32to-coast for the though the course of action. 12. easy lay-up to give the Lady Volunteers Though the senior had solid numbers in Holding a 20-point lead at the half indicated a 2-0 lead. After the first forced turnover, the boxscore, it was her length and defense that the Lady Vols had clearly put Friday’s close Huddleston went on to steal another three that really told the story of just how much game behind them and were playing with a new in the game. Huddleston helped Starkville Academy energy and excitement. All night long, Huddleston sparked bring home another title. “(Friday) was definitely a rough game and we knew (Saturday) that really we couldn’t play any worse,” Proffitt said. “We were just excited to compete and our energy really showed in the first half.” Sometimes it can be hard for a team to continue the momentum from a standout performance into the second half, but that was not the case for Starkville Academy, which returned to the court with an aura of determination and drive to win. If you are wondering where that drive comes from, Huddleston says the credit goes to Schmidt. “(Schmidt) said we were prepared for this,” Huddleston said. “We had done all we could to get ready for this game and all we had to do was get out there and play.” Carroll reinforced her teammate’s statement adding that Schmidt spoke with the girls the night before about “getting some rest and being prepared to come out, play defense and just focus on this one game.” Starkville Academy put its coach’s words into practice during the third period by extending their lead to 25 points. Outscoring the Lady Patriots 18-13, the Lady Vols carried a 50-25 lead into the Nora Kathryn Carroll, left, takes a shot for the Lady Vols on Saturday. (Photo by Lee Adams, final period. For Starkville Daily News) With a championship in sight, SA kicked things
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Starkville Academy's Maggie Proffitt (23) looks to get around Tavyn Lovitt of MadisonRidgeland Academy on Saturday. (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News)
into a higher gear producing a “very exciting ending” according to Huddleston. Holding MRA to only four points, the Lady Vols proved why they have remained undefeated as they scored 14 points to leave the court as champions. Starkville Academy ended the game with three players in double digits. Proffitt posted 19 points, while Huddleston and Little scored 15 and 11 points, respectively. Richardson was big on the boards as she pulled down 20 rebounds in the game. The Lady Vols may have earned one state championship on Saturday, but the season does not stop there. Next week the team will enter into yet another tournament where they will compete against the best of the best for the Overall championship title. “There is just one week left and that is what we have been working for, so we are ready for it,” Huddleston said. Turning around to face tough competition so quickly can be tough, but Little says the team “can find enough energy” while Richardson assures fans Starkville Academy is prepared to “go for it all.” “That’s our goal,” Schmidt said. “(The goal) is to win another tournament and we’ll take them one game at a time.” Being Class AAA State champions after a 35-point victory and earning a spot in the Overall tournament is certainly thrilling, but the excitement did not stop there for a few Lady Vols. As action wrapped up, Little, Richardson, Huddleston and Proffitt found themselves as members of the AllTournament team. Saturday was a big day for Starkville Academy and it still has a big hurdle before the season ends, but for Schmidt this is not about the end result instead she is focusing on the ride and the memories made along the way. “No matter what happens, I have had the time of my life,” Schmidt said. “No question, I will never forget this team and I am blessed to be a part of this.”
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improved their record to 40-0. SA’s Class AAA title came on the heels of getting the AAA-Division II State trophy last week at Hillcrest Christian School. Winning the latest championship did not come without a challenge as the Lady Vols were pushed to the limit by Presbyterian Christian in the semifinals on Friday afternoon. Starkville Academy trailed 33-21 before coming back to take a 40-37 decision. Anna Lea Little of the Lady Vols said it was just a matter of getting back to playing their game.
“We really didn’t play our game for the first three quarters, but we were able to get it together and just come back,” Little said. “We believed in ourselves in that fourth quarter that we could come back and win. (Saturday), we were just so relieved that we came out here, played and relaxed.” Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt cares about her players and the effort they put in for the good of the team. When the AAA All-Tournament Team was announced and one of her five starters was left off, Schmidt made sure she went to that player and made sure she knew how valuable she was. Schmidt said the Lady Vols are in the position
they are because of the way the players go about their business. “It’s the people that are doing it,” Schmidt said. “Everybody kept saying, how in the world did you make the comeback? It’s the people that are playing. It’s the work they put in and everything in their life that’s built them up to this point. They just won’t quit. To come back (Saturday), I knew if we could find a way to play our game, it would help us get past some of our jitters.” Little, Maggie Proffitt, Tiffany Huddleston, Nora Kathryn Carroll and Sallie Kate Richardson are five solid starters for SA that seem to feed off each other.
Richardson likes the chemistry the Lady Vols have on the court. “If one person is hitting, it gets everyone else going,” Richardson said. “It’s really good and we connect really good as a team.” It’s been quite a run for the Starkville Academy girls program over the past couple of years and there’s only one more week remaining at the MAIS Overall State Tournament in Clinton to cap a repeat of last year’s three-peat.
Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
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Shots do not fall for State in home loss
Bulldogs make trip in league
By BEN WAIT first 11 field goals to start the game. Trivante Bloodman’s
The Mississippi State men’s basketball team had trouble getting its shots to fall on Saturday. It showed up once again on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs (7-19, 2-12) fell to the Vanderbilt Commodores (11-15, 5-9) 72-31 Saturday afternoon inside Humphrey Coliseum to extend their 12-game losing streak. “Every time we come back home, it’s a struggle,” MSU junior guard Jalen Steele said. “When you come back home, a team’s supposed to play better at home, but for some reason for us, it just goes down.” The Bulldogs hadn’t lost 12-straight games since 1955 when they lost 14 and they haven’t lost 12-straight Southeastern Conference games since losing 16 from Feb. 4, 1981-Jan. 23 1982. The 31 points by MSU is the lowest of the season. The Bulldogs only scored 36 against Missouri earlier in the season. It is also the lowest point total for MSU since the shot clock was introduced during the 1985-86 season. “This has happened to us twice now here against Vanderbilt and at home against Missouri,” State head coach Rick Ray said. The Bulldogs missed their
layup with 8:50 remaining in the opening half was the first field goal of the day for MSU. “Our guys get wrapped up with their own shots and when their shots are not going down then we just don’t do a very good job with the rest of the game,” Ray said. MSU made a season-low seven field goals for the whole game. They shot just under 20 precent for the contest. “It boils down to the fact that Vanderbilt and Missouri make open shots,” Ray said. “We fail to knock down open shots.” The Bulldogs were 6-of-6 from the free-throw line before hitting their first field goal. MSU tied it up at 2-2 early in the game on two Gavin Ware free throws. The Commodores then went on a 13-0 run to take the lead for good. Kevin Bright knocked down a 3-pointer at the 17:04 mark to spark the run for Vanderbilt. Fred Thomas of the Bulldogs knocked down a pair of free throws with 10:49 remaining in the first half to end the run. The Commodores took a 37-17 halftime lead. MSU shot only 4-of-22 from the field for 18 percent in the first half. “That was simply a case of us getting off to a good start and really never giving them
Mississippi State’s Craig Sword (32) gets caught in the middle of the Vanderbilt defense on Saturday night. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN) an opportunity to recover,” Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said. “I thought our guys were very sharp with our attention to the game plan.” The Bulldogs were 0-of11 from behind the 3-point line, and didn’t hit their first 3-pointer until Bloodman knocked down a shot behind the arc with 17:39 left in the second half. Vanderbilt out-rebounded Mississippi State 51-17. The Commodores also grabbed 21 offensive boards to three for the Bulldogs. “They just did an unbelievable job on the offensive glass,” Ray said. “The 20 offensive rebounds are totally unacceptable.” The 17 rebounds are the fewest for MSU this season and the minus-34 rebounding deficit is the worst of the season. “They just out hustled and played us,” Ware said. “We weren’t very competitive. As we continue to play, something’s got to change. We have to develop more.” Vanderbilt increased its lead in the second half and held a 39-point lead at 67-28 with 4:45 left in the game. It was Vanderbilt’s biggest lead of the game at the time. The Bulldogs were coming off a 64-56 loss to Alabama where they had a chance to win the ballgame in the late going. “I really thought that we would come here and play well after our performance against Alabama,” Ray said. “I thought we really played well against Alabama in all facets of the games except the turnovers. To come out here and play this way against Vanderbilt is disappointing.” The Commodores were led by Bright’s 15 points. Rod Odom scored 13 and Sheldon Jeter scored 11 off the bench. Steele led MSU with nine points. The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Lexington, Ken. Tipoff for the Kentucky game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.
The Mississippi State women’s basketball team has won four of its last seven games in the Southeastern Conference and have turned some heads in the process. As the league heads down the stretch run of the season, seeding in the SEC Tournament will be determined. The Bulldogs (12-14 overall and 4-9 SEC) are trying to inch their way into the middle of the pack of the conference. “We’ve put ourselves in a position, so we’ve just got to keep playing and find that next win,” MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. “Where it is, I don’t know, but we’ve got to keep hunting and pecking for it.” The next opportunity for the Bulldogs comes today on the road against South Carolina. The tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. MSU lost a 60-46 decision to the Gamecocks at home in January, but Schaefer knows what his team must do to pull off a victory in Columbia, S.C. The Bulldogs found the formula in the last time they played in a Columbia - a 61-56 win at Missouri. “To win on the road, you’ve got to steal somebody’s spirit, (and) you’ve got to dominate them with your heart,” Schaefer said. “That’s what we did when we went to Missouri.” MSU gained confidence with victories over Missouri on the road and Ole Miss, Arkansas and Alabama at home. Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 12.2 points per game each.
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Gator goes down during win
By FRED GOODALL Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just as No. 5 Florida was regaining a key element of its success, the Gators lost another. Patric Young scored 14 points, giving the Southeastern Conference leaders the strong inside presence they have missed lately. However, Saturday night’s 71-54 victory over Arkansas came with a heavy price. Freshman Michael Frazier II, one of the team’s top reserves, sustained a concussion in the second half and will be sidelined indefinitely. The Gators already have been playing without forward Will Yeguette, who’s been out since early February after undergoing surgery on his right knee. Frazier’s loss means coach Billy Donovan’s preferred rotation of eight players is down to six. “I don’t know how severe it is,” Donovan said, adding that Frazier may have struck his head on a teammate’s knee when he fell to the court. He was helped off the court with 11:42 remaining. “Obviously, there are baseline tests that they will do on him,” Donovan added. “I don’t know how long he will be out for.” With Young having his way posting up Arkansas’ frontcourt, and Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton having success driving to the basket and making timely shots from the perimeter, Florida (22-4, 12-2 SEC) had matters well in hand when Frazier left. Rosario scored 15 points and Boynton and Erik Murphy had 12 each for the first-place Gators, who avenged one of their two losses in conference play. Donovan insisted before the game that his team, beaten 8069 by Arkansas in Fayetteville on Feb. 5, was not seeking revenge. Nevertheless, Saturday night’s rout was satisfying. “I’m not Coach Donovan. He says it’s not a revenge (game), but I wanted to get them back. Everyone on that team wanted to get them back because the way they acted after they beat us was a little ridiculous,” Young said. “But, you know, I guess that’s what happens when someone beats the Florida Gators. When we get wins, it’s not that much publicized, but when we lose everyone wants to know about it. We just really wanted to get that win tonight.” In addition to getting some payback, the Gators also bounced back from squandering a 13-point lead over the final 11 minutes of a 63-60 loss at Missouri to regain a two-game lead in the SEC over Alabama, which lost on the road earlier in the day to LSU in tripleovertime. Florida arguably played its worst game of the season in falling behind early and losing to Arkansas, but never trailed in this one. Boynton made a 3-pointer to open the game, Rosario scored on a fast break and Young followed up a miss by Boynton with a rim-shaking dunk for a 7-0 lead. The putback and a capacity crowd in the O’Connell Center seemed to energize the 6-foot9 Young, who took just seven shots and scored four points in Florida’s previous two games. Boynton made a layup and a runner in the lane to put the Gators up 23-13 before the Razorbacks settled and gradually chipped away at the deficit. Donovan said Young set the tone for a successful night by demanding the ball, something the junior center doesn’t always do. “It’s a total choice by him. It is a mentality. It is a commitment. ... If he gives that kind of effort and plays like that all the time he’s going to have 10 rebounds, he’s going to have 12, 14 points,” Donovan said. “It’s not like Patric’s not getting the ball. You know what, as big and as strong as he is, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t demand the ball every single time when he gets down inside,” Donovan added. “Now, are there times our guys miss him? Yes. Is there times he should get the ball and he doesn’t get it? Yes. But there’s also — like tonight, my daughter could have thrown the ball inside to him tonight. He was open. He made himself available and he wanted it and he had a presence.” Arkansas trailed 32-28 at halftime, despite only getting three points from leading scorer BJ Young — all on free throws — and playing the final 10:45 before the break without Marshawn Powell, who made three of his first four shots before picking up two offensive fouls that sent him to the bench. The Gators pulled away for good with an 11-1 spurt to begin the second half. Rosario began the surge with a reverse layup, Boynton fueled it with a long a 3-pointer and Young finished with a jump hook and another rebound dunk that left the Gators in control at 41-29 with just under 17 minutes to go. Frazier’s second 3-pointer hiked the lead to 17, and the closest Arkansas got the rest of the way was 16 points with 31 seconds remaining. Coty Clarke made all eight of his field goal attempts and led the Razorbacks with 18 points, while Anthlon Bell finished with 14. Powell had seven points — none in the second-half — and Young also was scoreless after halftime, finishing 0 for 8 from the field. “When you don’t make shots, you see the result,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “You can get behind really early with
Florida athletic trainer Dave Werner, right, help guard Michael Frazier II (20) from the floor after he was injured against Arkansas Saturday. (Photo by Phil Sandlin, AP) those guys because they’re pretty potent with all the double-figure scorers they have.” Arkansas shot 36.2 percent. 21-58. 6-27 on 3-pointers It was unclear how Frazier was injured at the end of a play in which Rosario leaped over press row to go after a loose ball on the defensive end. Donovan thought the freshman guard
might have hit his head on guard Scottie Wilbekin’s head. “From what I can gather, I think he hit Scottie’s knee. He’s having some neck pain and I think his neck got jerked forward pretty well,” Donovan said. “So, I think he’s dealing with some neck issues, but again I have no idea the severity of the concussion.”
Tennessee outlasts Texas A&M 93-85 in 4 OTs
From Wire Reports Baylor on Jan. 23, 2008. The most overtimes the Volunteers had COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — played before Saturday was three, which Tennessee’s Trae Golden watched Notre happened three times with the last one coming Dame’s five-overtime victory against Louisville in a win over Alabama on Dec. 12, 1979. earlier this month and thought there was no way he’d ever be involved in a game like that. LSU 97, Alabama 94, 3OT Boy, was the star point guard wrong. Golden scored a career-high 32 points to BATON ROUGE, La. — As fate would lead Tennessee to its fifth straight win, a 93- have it, LSU chose this weekend to honor its 85 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday in a 1978 team, which memorably outlasted thenmarathon four-overtime game. No. 1 Kentucky in a thrilling overtime upset “To come out here and play something like despite all five Tigers starters fouling out. that is crazy,” Golden said. “It got to a point LSU coach Johnny Jones thought such in the second or third overtime where I was an example of perseverance would make an asking guys: ‘What number of overtime is appropriate subject for a pregame speech this?’ It was crazy, but just something we had before his Tigers hosted Alabama on Saturday. to push through.” He sure looks clairvoyant now. The Volunteers were up by one point in After LSU climbed out of a 10-point hole the fourth overtime when Golden scored four late in regulation, Johnny O’Bryant capped a straight points to make it 85-80. 24-point, 10-rebound performance by hitting “It was huge for us,” Golden said of finally two free throws in the final seconds of the pulling away. “My teammates were telling me third overtime, and the Tigers held on for a to take the game over and finish it. I was just victory that snapped the Crimson Tide’s fourtrying to do that. Get us a win and get us back game winning streak. to Knoxville.” “I had an opportunity to speak to the Elston Turner missed a shot for A&M ‘78 team prior to the game and told them before Skylar McBee’s 3-pointer pushed that my message to our players was about Tennessee’s lead to 88-80. McBee made a pair that (Kentucky) game, how the guys fought of free throws with less than a minute left to through a lot of things, how resilient they pad the lead, and the Volunteers held on for were,” Jones said. “This game somewhat the win. played out like that. It wasn’t five guys fouling It was the first four-overtime game out, but going three overtimes after being for Tennessee (16-10, 8-6 Southeastern down by 10 with less than three minutes or so Conference), and the most extra periods to play ... I thought it somewhat rivaled that.” the Aggies (16-11, 6-8) have played since O’Bryant’s strong inside basket gave the dropping a 116-110 five-overtime game to Tigers the lead for good at 91-90 with 2:18 to go in the last extra session, and Anthony Hickey added a clutch 3 from the right corner to make it 94-90 with 1:19 left. That allowed LSU (16-9, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) to finally capitalize on its 10-point comeback inside the final three minutes of regulation and hand Alabama (18-9, 10-4) only the third loss in its last 13 games. For the Crimson Tide, the loss spoiled Trevor Releford’s career-best 36-point performance on 14-of-18 shooting, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range. The junior also had three steals, making him the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in that department with 178, two more than the previous mark Senario Hillman set in four seasons.
a midseason swoon and make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002. Derrick Millinghaus scored 14 points and LaDarius White added 13. Murphy Holloway scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Rebels (20-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) dominated in nearly every facet. Henderson scored 19 of his points in the first half — hitting five 3-pointers along the way — as the Rebels built a 44-27 halftime lead. The second half was just as lopsided. The Rebels shot 27 of 50 (54 percent) from the field, 13 of 25 (52 percent) from 3-point range and 21 of 26 (80.8 percent) from the free-throw line. Ole Miss also had a 38-22 advantage on rebounds.
Ole Miss 88, Auburn 55
OXFORD — Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy decided the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer could use a change of scenery, so Marshall Henderson started Saturday’s game on the bench. A few minutes later, the 6-foot-2 guard’s exile was over. And boy, did he make up for lost time. Henderson scored 28 points — and tied a school record with eight 3-pointers — as Ole Miss easily beat Auburn 88-55 on Saturday night at Tad Smith Coliseum. It was the first game all season that Henderson came off the bench, and he responded with an 8-for13 shooting night, including 8 for 12 from 3-point range. And the performance might have saved the Rebels’ season as they try to recover from
Georgia 62, South Carolina 54, OT
ATHENS, Ga. — Kentavious CaldwellPope didn’t want to save his best for last, but he had no choice after struggling in the first half. The two Bulldogs gave their team reason to celebrate as Caldwell-Pope overcame a scoreless first half to finish with 18 points in Georgia’s overtime victory over South Carolina. Mann finished with 14 points, Nemanja Djurisic added 11 points and Brandon Morris pulled down 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Georgia (13-14, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak. Bruce Ellington scored 11 points and was the only player to finish in double digits for South Carolina (13-14, 3-11).
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Bulldogs come back to edge Boilermakers
The Mississippi State baseball hasn’t had to climb a mountain in the early going of the 2013 season. Saturday night the Bulldogs found themselves down three runs in the middle of the ballgame, but found a way to win down the stretch. “There is going to be plenty of times the rest of the season that we’re down,” MSU junior center fielder C.T. Bradford said. “It’s just a matter of how we handle that and we did a great job (Saturday).” The Bulldogs (8-0) knocked off Purdue (3-4) 7-6 in comeback fashion in the second game of Saturday’s Diamond Classic presented by Polk’s Meat Products. “I’m really proud of our club,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “We fell behind early in this ballgame and found a way to get back in the middle of this. Kids didn’t stop competing even though we did some things that are uncharacteristic.” The Bulldogs committed four errors in the game, but overcame the miscues to claim the victory. “This game was a little ugly for us in some ways, but it’s a character builder in some ways,” Cohen said. “Good teams can play poorly at times, still find a way to win and I think that’s what happened (Saturday).” The Bulldogs found themselves down 5-2 going to the bottom of the fifth inning. They started chipping away. MSU junior shortstop Adam Frazier led off the inning with a single to left field. He scored on Trey Porter’s fielder’s choice. Tyler Fullerton came into pinch run for Porter. He scored on a RBI single by Alex Detz to make it 5-4. The Bulldogs added three more in the sixth inning highlighted by Hunter Renfroe’s tworun triple to deep right field to make it 7-5. “Our offense came to play (Saturday) I thought,” Renfroe said. “We hit the ball really well.” MSU scored with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Daryl Norris doubled down the left field line to score Detz and freshman Jacob Robson. Purdue scored four runs four runs in the top of the fourth inning thanks to two Bulldog errors. They added one more on Kyle Wood’s solo home run to right field to take a 5-2 lead. MSU sophomore right hander Jonathan Holder came into pitch the ninth inning. He ran into some trouble. Holder gave up his first hit of the season to leadoff batter and pinch hitter Michael Mullen. He got the next two batters, a Kyle Hann threw the possible last out into right field allowing Mullen to score. Holder got Wood to ground to him for the final out and his third save of the season. He is now tied for 10th all time at Mississippi State with 12 saves. He is tied with Mike Martin, Jon Harden and Caleb Reed. MSU starter Kendall Graveman pitched 3.1 innings. He gave up four runs on six hits. He walked one batter and struck out another in the no decision. “Kendall did not have the stuff he is going to normally have,” Cohen said. “He’s coming along slowly after his surgery.” MSU senior left hander Chad Girodo (10) was credited with the win. He pitched 1.1 innings. He gave up no runs, no hits and struck out two batters.
Brett Andrzejewski (0-1) took the loss for the Boilermakers. He pitched 0.2 of an inning. He gave up two runs on three hits. Purdue was led offensively by Josh Estill’s three hits. The Bulldogs got three hits from Renfroe. They got two hits from both Bradford and Norris. “That was an awesome win,” Bradford said. “It’s awesome. (It was a) team effort and we did a great job.”
First Game Mississippi State 8, Samford 2
The Bulldogs opened the day with a revenge win over the Samford Bulldogs. Samford beat Mississippi State twice last year in the Tallahassee Regional to end MSU’s season. “We came out here (Saturday) with just wanting to put it on them,” Bulldog redshirt sophomore left hander Ross Mitchell said. “They really disappointed us last year. We threw our best against them and they still beat us. We wanted to attack them early and we were able to do that.” Ross Mitchell (2-0) came in relief of junior right hander Evan Mitchell to get the win. “Ross just pitched outstanding,” Cohen said. “Our guys in inner squads don’t like facing Ross Mitchell at 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon dealing with all the shadows and things of that nature.” Ross pitched six innings in relief. He gave up one run on four hits. He struck out four batters and only walked one. Ross retired 11 batters in a row at one point. “Just wanted to go outside on them pretty much and then I’d go in late,” Ross Mitchell said. “They were hitting ground balls and we were making plays. I was able to get under their bats.” Evan Mitchell pitched the first three innings. He gave up one run on no hits. The Bulldogs got things going with three runs in both the first and second innings. Hunter Renfroe hit his second home run of the weekend to deep left field in the fourth inning to give MSU a 7-1 lead. “He left it up,” Renfroe said. “That’s what I was waiting on. I was ready for something dying over the plate and that’s what he left me, a fastball and I hit it really hard.” They added one more in the seventh inning. Samford’s C.K. Irby (1-1) pitched two innings and gave up six runs on seven hits to get the loss. MSU was led offensively with Adam Frazier who had three hits. Samford (4-2) plays Purdue at 11 a.m. today. Mississippi State takes on Samford at around 2 p.m. MSU will either go with sophomore right hander Will Cox or sophomore righty Trevor Fitts today on the mound.
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Auto racing
For Starkville Daily News JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks fisheries biologists are excited about the upcoming fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. The fall 2012 population sampling on state lakes revealed high catch rates of small bass in Elvis Presley Lake, Tippah County Lake, Lake Monroe, and Tombigbee State Park. “To help promote a healthier bass population, creel limits on bass remain at 30 fish per day to encourage folks to harvest these smaller bass” MDWFP fisheries biologist Tyler Stubbs said. “Quality crappie and bream populations were also seen at these lakes, especially in Lake Monroe.” Anglers targeting catfish in the state lakes should look at Tippah County Lake or Elvis Presley Lake, as both lakes boast healthy populations of quality sized catfish. Lake Lamar Bruce, near Saltillo, is still under renovation and closed to the public. The dam has been completed, and some bream and catfish have been stocked. “We are very excited about this lake, and think that the anglers will be impressed with the improvements we have made” Stubbs said. The lake is not expected to open until 2015, allowing the fish a chance to spawn a couple of times. The 2013 fishing season is also underway along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Pickwick Lake in Tishomingo County has become one of the hottest bass lakes in the country in recent years, and remains a prime destination for bass fishing today. Spotted bass and crappie populations remain in good shape at Bay Springs Lake. The “river lakes,” Aberdeen, Columbus, and Aliceville, currently support healthy populations of catfish and crappie, with common reports of crappie from Columbus rivaling those of the flood control reservoirs. For more information regarding fish or fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at or call 601-432-2400. Also, MDWFP fisheries biologists are predicting a banner year for fishing during the upcoming fishing season in East Central Mississippi. Bass anglers who like to catch a lot of 1 to 2 pound fish should travel to Prentiss Walker Lake, Simpson County Lake or Lake Claude Bennett. During fall 2012 population sampling, small bass were abundant in these lakes. If larger bass are the desired target then fish at Neshoba County Lake or Ross Barnett Reservoir. Neshoba County Lake has produced many bass over 10 pounds the last few years and biologists expect this to continue. At Ross Barnett Reservoir, the bass are in great shape. According to MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Larry Bull, the bass we saw this fall on the Reservoir are the fattest and healthiest he’s seen in the last 10 years. “We picked up quite a few bass over 5 pounds, and the Twin Sisters area produced three bass over 6 pounds and two over 5 pounds in one sample,” Bull said. Panfishing will also be good at area lakes. Quality crappie populations are present in Ross Barnett Reservoir, Okatibbee Reservoir, Kemper County Lake, and Lake Tom Bailey. “Crappie will spawn earlier at the smaller, shallow lakes like Lake Tom Bailey because it warms up quickly in the spring. Anglers should fish around the willow trees in early March”, Bull said. Big bluegill and redear sunfish can be found at Lakes Claude Bennett, Prentiss Walker, and Simpson County. For more information regarding wildlife or hunting in Mississippi, visit http://www. or call 601-4322212. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at www.twitter. com/MDWFPonline.
State’s fishing forecast encouraging
Wildlife Mississippi applauds Bounds
hunting opportunities are also in the works. For more information regarding Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi, visit www. or call 601432-2199.
Reforestation project developed at Mahannah WMA
JACKSON – After recent changes in farming operations at Mahannah Wildlife Management Area, a reforestation plan has been developed and implemented to improve wildlife habitat on lessdesirable farm lands. Approximately 100 hundred acres of poorly drained and marginal farm land at Mahannah WMA has recently been reforested with a mixture of bottomland hardwoods species. To ensure a healthy stand, species of trees were selected by matching characteristics of their natural sites with similar sites at Mahannah WMA. Seedlings were mixed in this new forest to ensure a 50/50 ratio between red oak species and other mast producing species. Species planted consisted of Nuttall oak, willow oak, persimmon, American elm, sugarberry, green ash, sweet pecan, sweet gum, and cedar elm. Seedlings were planted on a 7’x10’ spacing to promote faster growth and to ensure healthy, well-formed trees. Improvements to waterfowl habitat, as well as additional reforestation, and other habitat management activities are planned for the next few years at Mahannah WMA. Specifically, plans to install two new wells and construct levees to create additional waterfowl impoundments and public
Dale Earnhardt Jr. watches members of the crew work on his car during practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Photo by Terry Renna, AP)
Despite struggles, Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains confident
By MARK LONG Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It’s been years since Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a non-factor during Speedweeks. He finished second in the Budweiser Shootout and the Daytona 500 last year. He was the pole-sitter for the 500 in 2011, the 10-year year anniversary of his father’s death at Daytona International Speedway. He started second and finished second in 2010, weaving his way through traffic in a frantic final lap. He typically garners headlines and the majority of the attention leading up to NASCAR’s “Great American Race,” an event forever linked to his family name because of triumph and tragedy. This year, Earnhardt has been a mere footnote. He qualified 19th for today’s Daytona 500, his lowest starting spot in 14 years at NASCAR’s premier event. His confidence remains high, possibly because he’s glad to be rid of the clunky Car of Tomorrow and the tricky tandem racing that came with it at repaved Daytona. “We’ve got a good car,” Earnhardt said. “Anybody can win, but we’ve got a good piece. If we get that balance right and get the thing to turning good, we’ll have a great shot.” Early results say otherwise. Earnhardt wrecked several cars during a Daytona test in January. He didn’t lead a lap in the exhibition Sprint Unlimited last week and finished eighth in what boiled down to a 12-car field. He was off the leaders’ pace in his 150-mile qualifying race Thursday and came home ninth. Those race results tend to be an indicator of who’s the one to beat in the Daytona 500. So it’s no surprise that Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and even Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick have gotten more hype than Earnhardt. Then again, anything can and often does happen in the Daytona 500. With a completely revamped race car for 2013, the same could be said for the season. Earnhardt made the Chase for the championship last year, but finished 12th after missing two of the final six races because of post-concussion symptoms. But running in the top five in points most of the season, and even spending a few weeks atop the standings, provided a big boost for a ultra-popular driver trying to win his first Cup championship. “I think we were in the conversation last year,” Earnhardt said. “Really excited about how consistent we were last year. We’ve been able to improve as we’ve worked together. We’ve been able to improve steadily over the last couple years. I hope that’s able to continue. “I hope we haven’t realized our true potential. Maybe this year, if we can step it up another notch, we’d be right there where we’ve been striving to be the last couple years. It isn’t going to take much to improve over last year and be one of the top teams. We were pretty close last year and feel pretty good about that.” It could be weeks, maybe months, before Junior knows how his No. 88 Chevrolet will stack up in 2013. This much he understands: the team has made strides on the field, but he needs some luck to come out on top after 36 races. “No matter how close it is or far off it is, it’s hard to really put your finger on exactly what you’re missing, especially when you work with a company like I do that’s got all the parts, pieces, all the personnel,” he said. “It really comes down to the minds that are in control of everything, making the right calls and decisions on the racetrack.”
STONEVILLE – Wildlife Mississippi has recognized Representative Scott Bounds (R-Neshoba) for his efforts in the passage of House Bill 1139. Bounds is Chairman of the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee of Mississippi’s House of Representatives. The bill states that as of July 1, 2013, Mississippians hunting on private land will have the opportunity to use the weapon of their choice. The bill does not apply to public lands, such as wildlife management areas, national forests and national wildlife refuges. With the passage of this bill, “during any regular or special season for taking deer by means of a primitive weapon, it shall be lawful for a hunter to use a weapon of his or her choice, upon private lands, title to which is vested in the hunter, and/or upon private lands upon which the hunting rights have been leased by the hunter, or a hunting club, of which the hunter is a member. The hunter, if required by law to purchase and possess a hunting license, must purchase either a valid primitive weapon permit or Sportsman’s license. On February 12, 2013, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 1139 with a vote of 113 yeas and three nays. “Wildlife Mississippi is deeply appreciative to Chairman Bounds for his common sense approach to legislation,” Bill Hough, president of Wildlife Mississippi said.
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High School Basketball
Class AAA State Championship - Saturday, Feb. 23 Jackson Academy - Jackson
AAA - Div II Champ
3rd Place
ss AAA Tournament
The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers, coaches and support staff celebrate winning the Class AAA State championship on Saturday at Jackson Academy. (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News)
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