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Update planned for state test prep
By STEVEN NALLEY Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley will update citizens on schools' state test preparation progress at the district's regular monthly meeting at noon Monday in the district's downtown offices. OCSD is under conservatorship primarily because the Mississippi Department of Education found in September that OCSD was in violation of 29 out of 30 accreditation standards it reviewed, but raising low state test scores at some district schools has also been a priority for Pulley and her predecessor as conservator, Jayne Sargent. Both county high schools received failing designations for their low growth and their low scores on the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2) with East Oktibbeha County High School receiving its third consecutive annual failing designation. "Teaching and learning is a priority with us every day. We are teaching the curriculum," Pulley said. "I'll have a report on that in the superintendent's report. We anticipate improvement." State tests take place near the end of the school year in May, with results reported in September. Pulley will also distribute awards for students and faculty of the month at the meeting, a program she inaugurated not long after becoming conservator. She said the program had been an effective incentive for improving academic achievement. "All of us like to be recognized when we do good things," Pulley said. Beyond that, Pulley said the agenda was fairly routine. "There's nothing out of the ordinary there,"
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Pulley said. "We have routine agenda items (like) personnel (and) approving the budget." Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer said he had recently been part of a parent group that met with Pulley, and he had seen the efforts she and OCSD staff had made to raise the district's academic achievement. "She's focusing on trying to improve the current state the district is in," Trainer said. "It's going to be a long road as far as a process to go through, but we're going to try to do all we can to support her."
Mississippi House likely headed for special session
LAURA TILLMAN The Associated Press JACKSON (AP) — The Mississippi House voted down a bill to fund the state’s Medicaid program on Sunday, creating the likelihood of a special session. State lawmakers met on Easter to ensure they would finish passing budget bills by the April 1 deadline and send the $5.5 billion budget to Gov. Phil Bryant. The Medicaid vote in the House was 58-49 in favor of the funding, but the body needed at least a couple more votes to pass. There is a possibility the bill could come up for debate again and another vote. The governor’s supporters have said he could run the program by executive order but some lawmakers disagreed. Without funding for the program, though, that would not be possible. If the vote stands, lawmakers will have to convene for a special session. “It is unfortunate that the Democrats in the Mississippi House are choosing political posturing to expand Obamacare at the expense of vulnerable citizens in nursing homes, aged, blind and disabled adults from losing services by not funding Medicaid,” Bryant said in a statement Sunday. Debate on the state’s voter ID law reignited Medicaid’s executive director David Dzielak, left, answers lawmakers questions during a hearing on Medicaid expansion and the Affordable in the House when a bill to fund the Secretary of Care Act before the House Medicaid Committee at the Capitol in State’s defense of the law came up for a vote. House Jackson, Monday, March 11, 2013. Dzielak was among several experts who appeared before the committee. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP) See BILL | Page 3
Reeves risks blame if charter bills fail
JEFF AMY The Associated Press JACKSON (AP) — Tate Reeves looked like a wizard after his first legislative session as Mississippi lieutenant governor. But the reputation of the Republican leader of the Senate could be in for a radical re-evaluation if a charter school expansion doesn’t make it into law in the closing days of the 2013 session. In 2012, Reeves stiffed the House in bond negotiations, surprising House leaders by deciding to go without a bond bill rather than agree to borrow more money than he wanted. House leaders failed in their attempts to get charter school expansion proposals through their chamber, with their last try dying embarrassingly on a committee vote. Reeves’ tight management style made it clear that all negotiations with the Senate were talks with him. Overall, the former state treasurer stamped himself as the most powerful figure in the legislative process. But this year, as Reeves as continued to push for his version of charter school proposals, it’s become possible that a failure will be blamed on him by many Republicans. Reeves’ my-way-or-thehighway approach has continued in 2013. For example, House leaders were dumbfounded by Reeves’ lack of warning on his decision to reject $60 million in additional revenue projected by estimators for the current budget year. And his decision to meet with House Democrats opposed to charter schools without going through the House leadership was also perceived as a slight. Already, there are signs that Republican factionalism is breaking into the open in the Senate. The divide between those who supported Reeves and those who supported his GOP primary opponent for lieutenant governor in 2011, then-Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport, had lingered and was reflected in committee appointments. But it was mainly kept out of sight, in part because redistricting gave
5 to receive Hamer Humanitarian Awards
From Wire Reports JACKSON (AP) — The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute will honor five people with its annual humanitarian awards on April 19 at Jackson State University. Those to be honored are: u Rev. John Earl Cameron of Jackson, a civil rights activist who ran for Congress in 1963. u Alvin O. Chambliss, an attorney who represented Jake Ayer Sr. in the landmark lawsuit over desegregation in Mississippi’s higher education system. u Jackson attorney Robert McDuff, whose work has include voting rights issues, civil rights and criminal law. u Nsombi Lambright, director of Resource Development and Communications for One Voice and former director of the Mississippi ACLU. u Euvester Simpson, who began her involvement in the Civil Rights movement as a high school student when she joined Mississippi civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer honored with statue (Photo by Gareth the Student Non-Violent CoorClary, AP) dinating Committee.
Reeves a club to hold over disgruntled members’ heads. In the last few weeks, though, a shifting group of Republican senators led by Chris McDaniel of Ellisville and Michael Watson of Pascagoula has begun voting against bills that many other senators consider noncontroversial. Their opposition has not yet coincided with a bill that Democrats are also opposed, so it hasn’t caused any measures to fail. But it could make Reeves more reliant on Democratic votes for some of his priorities over the long term, which won’t look good in a Republican primary. McDaniel, for one, has complained he has a hard time even getting a meeting with Reeves. At the same time, some Democrats are thrilled with Reeves’ willingness to listen to them, especially compared to how now-Gov. Phil Bryant treated them last term as lieutenant governor. After House Speaker Philip Gunn pushed a narrowlydrawn charter school bill through his chamber, the Clinton Republican clearly stated he didn’t think Reeves’ more expansive version would pass the House. Particularly, some representatives balk at voting for a bill that doesn’t give C-rated districts a permanent veto over charter schools in their district. Some House members also want a bill barring students from crossing district lines to attend a charter school elsewhere, and want to ensure a for-profit company can’t run a technically nonprofit school. Reeves offered again this year to give C-rated districts a three-year veto, and offered to limit charters to 15 a year, as the House had proposed. But it seems unlikely those compromises will grease the bill’s passage. If Reeves doesn’t give more in talks with the House, the whole thing could flop. Reeves’ refusal to compromise on bonds last year looked like strength. But refusing to take 80 percent of what he wants on charter schools could smack of pigheadedness. And Reeves’ internal GOP enemies are likely to pin the blame on him.
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Around Town
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 life@
u Sunrise services — The NewBellZion Charge will host Sunrise Service at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church located at 3909 Old Highway 12 West. District Superintendent Reverend Embra Jackson will be the guest for service that day. The service will begin with Sunday School at 6 a.m. and worship service at 7. A light breakfast will be served afterward. u Sunrise services — Plair United Methodist Church will have sunrise Easter services at 7 a.m. The church pastor, the Rev. Rochelle A. Minor, will deliver the message, and the children’s department Easter program will follow. The choir will provide the music. u Easter services — Maben Church of God will host special Easter services, starting with a church breakfast of fruit, donuts, juice, coffee and milk from 9-10 a.m. From 10-10:45, the church will host an Easter egg hunt for the kids, followed by an Easter musical at 11 with drama by the youth. The church is located at 3965 Crowley Drive. Pastor is Bro. Kerry Collins. Music director is Brandy Pennington. u Sunrise services — St. Paul M.B. Church will have sunrise service at 5 a.m. at 5707 Highway 389 North. Easter service will be at 10:30 a.m.
Children at New Covenant Church hunt for Easter eggs on the playground and grove on the church grounds Saturday. The Easter egg hunt was one of several held Saturday and throughout the weekend. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
u Rotary meeting — The Starkville Rotary Club will meet at noon at the Starkville Country Club. Guest speaker will be KIOR representative Ralph Stewart. u OCSD meeting — The Oktibbeha County School District will hold its regular meeting at noon in the Central Office, 106 West Main Street, Starkville. u Book sale —The Friends of the Starkville Public Library will hold its monthly book sale on from noon-6 p.m. There will be a 25-cent special on hardback fiction and nonfiction. Revenue from the sale of books is used to support library projects. u Reunion planning — All graduates of OCTS and Henderson High School are asked to meet to plan its Biennial Scholarship Reunion. Scholarships are awarded to graduates of Starkville High, East and West Oktibbeha County Schools. The next meeting is April 1 at the Greensboro Center. Contact any member of the committee for details or Emil Lovely, president, or Charlene Minor at 3126211. u Civitan Club Meeting — The Starville Civitan Club will meet at noon at McAlister’s Deli.
u Town and Country Garden Club meeting — The Starkville Town and Country Garden Club will will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the home of master garderner Susan Street. The Streets will provide a tour of their gardens at the meeting. u Speaker series — The Starkville 175th birthday speaker series will be held Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the John Grisham room at the MSU library. Guest speaker will be Michelle Weaver Jones presenting “Starkville’s Architecture Over the Years.” u MVSU Alumni Meeting — The Mississippi Valley State University Oktibbeha County alumni chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m. on April 4 at Second Baptist Church. For more details, call 662-323-8895. u DAR Meeting — HicA-Sha-Ba-Ha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 2 p.m. April 4 in the Mississippi Room of Cadence Bank. The program will be “Chapter Members’ Ancestor History” by Kay Evans, Susan Street and Suzie Walters. For more information, contact Maxine Hamilton at 324-0149 or maxine_hamilton@ymail. com for more information.
u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7p.m. every Thursday in the John Grisham room at the Mitchell Memorial Library. u Art Exhibit — A Mississippi State University exhibition featuring artist-in-residence is being held thorugh April 5 at the Cullis Wade Depot. The exhibition will feature 16 works that were completed between 19711995 by the artist. Admission is free and open to the public. u GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville in Starkville, will offer free ABE/ GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information call 662-320-4607. u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper. net or call 662-323-8152. u SOAR grant application — SOAR, the local community foundation, announces its 2013 grant application process. Application forms for Starkville area non profits applying for a startup project grant or for the expansion of ongoing projects may be obtained by email from Jan Eastman ( Application deadline is April 30. u Scholarship opportunity — The Starkville Civic League will offer the Camp-Gaston Student Scholarship to an Oktibbeha County, Starkville High School, Starkville Academy or Oktibbeha County Homeschool senior planning to enter college in the fall of 2013. Interested students should contact their respective guidance counselors as soon as possible. Deadline for applications is April 1. u Job training classes — Emerson Family Center will hold job training and career classes March 7, 21 and 28 from 10:30 to noon. For more information, call Megan with Building Strong Families at 662-4187089. u Scholarship opportunity — David Rogers Memorial Scholarship applications are now available for graduating high school seniors.  The deadline for submission is April 15.  Applications can be obtained by calling 662-323-3977 or visit the web at u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Comfort Inn and Suites. For more information, call Barbara Coats at 662418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662275-8003. u Dance team applications — KMG Creations children
u Touch-A-Truck — Volunteer Starkville will host its first annual Touch-A-Truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. A $4 wristband will provide access to the event, which will feature more than 20 big trucks. For more information, call Volunteer Starkville at 662-268-2865. u 175-year celebration — The city of Starkville will celebrate its 175th birthday with a parade at 9 a.m. followed by a block party. u Kindergarten readiness event — The Oktibbeha County Excel by 5 Coaliation will host a kindergarten preparation program from 10 a.m. to noon at Starkville First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center at 200 West Lampkin Street. The event is open to all Oktibbeha County families with children that will be attending kindergarten in the fall or in years to come. For more information call Emerson Family Resource Center at 662-320-4607 or Ellen Goodman at 662-617-9748.
u Bridges Out of Poverty meeting — Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty is hosting its Getting Ahead Inquiry Meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Center at 1504 Louisville Street. u Alzheimer’s Support Group — The Starkville Church of Christ will be hosting an Alzeheimer’s support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 662-323-1499 u MSU Faculty Golf Meeting — The MSU Faculty Staff Golf League will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the classroom at the MSU Golf Course clubhouse. The league is open to all MSU faculty and staff, active or retired, and graduate students. For more information, contact Richard Switzer at 662-615-1461. u Kiwanis Meeting— Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn. Jimmy Cole from Boardtown Trading Post will be the speaker.
u FUMC 5K — First United Methodist Church will host a Stop Hunger 5K run/walk at 3:30 p.m. April 7. Awards will be at 4:40 p.m. with dinner at 5 in the church’s Christian Life Center. Youth led worship will follow.
dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Recycling bags available — Recycling bags are now available for pick-up at the Sanitation and Environmental Services Department, located at 506 D.L. Conner Drive. You make pickup your supply of bags now through April 30, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the recycling program may sign up at any time. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Jesus Lives” from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Quilting group meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilt Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. All interested quilters are invited to attend. For more information, call Luanne Blankenship at 662323-7597. u Childbirth classes — North Miss. Medical Center in West Point will host childbirth classes Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call 662-495-2292 or 1-800-843-3375. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http:// or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia
— Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activites room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662323-2294. u Square dancing — This is fun for all age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers will close at the end of April and will open again in the fall.  Enjoy our new caller and friendly help from experienced dancers.  Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covered walk to the small building. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — Gentiva Hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on somone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-6151519 or email carly.wheat@ u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through September. To register, call 662-3204607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville:
John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-3122935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email info@ and visit http://www.healingrooms. com u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 327-8941 or visit for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To play, call 662-338-9442. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662-324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-2427962. u Senior Yoga — Senior yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. Community call-in u prayer service — The Peter’s Rock Temple COGIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the Prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-5271553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded
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project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie Guest or Cappe Hallberg at 662-3242551 or 662-418-3876. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-323-3322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy Sirens will host a Game Day at the Senior Citizens Building “Fun House.” RSVP to u Starkville Writer’s Group — The Starkville Writers’ Group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan Brown at u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of
Christ Holiness (USA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship Hall (ground floor) of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662-312-2175.
On the horizon
u Spring Revival — The Mt. Zion M.B. Church of Sturgis will be hosting a three day spring revival beginning at 6 p.m. April 7. Meeting times will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 8-9. Rev. James Howell will speak on April 7, and Rev. Roosevelt Gage will speak on April 8-9. For more information , contact Debra Martin at 662-341-2278. u Civil War Round Table meeting — The Golden Triangle Cival War Round Table will have its final meeting of the
2012-2013 campaign at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Stephen D. Lee Home, 316 7th Street North in Columbus. Nationally-recognized speaker Parker Hills will discuss “Grierson’s Raid,” which occurred in the spring of 1863 and included the Golden Triangle. u Volunteer training — Starkville Bridges is holding a one-day Facilitator Training event on from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11 at the South Hall Classroom (Room 407) on the MSU campus. The workshop will be presented by Phil DeVol, a co-author of the book Bridges out of Poverty. The Facilitator Training event will qualify participants to lead the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World class as well as to mentor and serve as an ally to an individual in poverty. The cost of the training event for participants that have attended a prior community training event is $35, which covers the costs of workbooks. The registration fee for a participant that has not attended a training event with Starkville Bridges in the past is $90. For additional information about Starkville Bridges or registration, please visit the Starkville Bridges website at,
contact Lynn Phillips-Gaines at 662-418-3100, or email the organization at . u Gluten-free event – Mississippi State University’s Montgomery Leadership Program, ARAMARK and MSU Health Education and Wellness will sponsor a gluten-free symposium from 7-8 p.m. April 11 in the Colvard Student Union Ballroom M. Admission is free. u Medical Health Forum and Fair – The Council of Community Organizations of Oktibbeha County will sponsor a health fair from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Center located at 1408 Old Highway 82 East, Starkville.  The health fair will feature OCH Regional Medical Center Services and will be moderated by Dr. Fenton Peters.  Invited physicians are Dr. Everett McKibben, Dr. Charles Lott, Dr. Richard Hilton, and Dr. Mark Noble. For more information call 662-3233977 or visit the web at www. u Line dancing performance — The Starkville Line Dancers will perform Friday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity nursing home in Columbus. For more information, call 662615-9963.
Rep. Willie Bailey, D-Greenville, spoke against the bill. From page 1 “We’re not willing to spend one dollar to expand Medicaid, to help poor people and Democrats say the laws will make it more difficult for certain groups to vote, including sick people, but yet we’re willing to spend minorities. over half a million dollars to suppress the
vote,” Bailey said. Most of the appropriations bills passed with little debate. Several bills were recommitted Sunday, but it appeared that all were for technical reasons. Recommitted bills will come up for a vote on Monday.
Margaret Templeton
Margaret Russell Templeton, 86, died March 30, 2013 at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko. Visitation will be held at noon Tuesday at Welch’s Funeral Home in Starkville beginning with funeral services beginning at 1 p.m. Mrs. Templeton was born on August 1, 1926 in West Point. She was a graduate of West Point High School. On June 1, 1946, she married Charles Edward (Buddy) Templeton.They made their home in Starkville, where they raised their three boys. Mrs. Templeton worked for Dr. Emmett Black as a dental hygienist and secretary for many years. Mrs. Templeton was a devoted wife and a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was a strong woman in her faith and she was the heart of the Templeton family. She was very active in her church, First United Methodist serving on various committees. Mrs. Templeton was a charter member of the Junior Auxiliary of Starkville. She loved playing bridge with her friends and most of all, loved spending time with her family. Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and simple spirit that won the hearts and trust of many. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Margueritte Wyland,her sister Suzanne Russell, her husband,Buddy and a son, Andy Templeton. Mrs. Templeton is survived by her sons Art (Deborah) of Kosciusko and Tim (Beth) of Ridgeland. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Kevin Templeton of Jackson, Stokes Templeton and Abby Templeton of Kosciusko, and Anna Rose and Luke Templeton of Ridgeland. You can go online and sign our guest register at
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The cast of Armstrong Middle School’s “Fame Jr.” enact one of the play’s ensemble scenes on the Starkville High School theatre stage. “Fame Jr.” tracks its characters through four years of fine arts school in New York, punctuating the action with class photos taken for freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year, one of which is depicted here. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
AMS students adapt ‘80s classic “Fame” to theatre
By STEVEN NALLEY More than a few Armstrong Middle School students were singing bits and pieces of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” as they tried on costumes for this year’s AMS musical. That’s because the costumes were fashions from the 1980s: fluffy coats, feathered wigs, neon pants and striped sweaters. Sarah Staggers, who is co-directing the play with her husband John Staggers, said some of the costumes came from MSU’s theatre department, and she did not doubt some of those had come from thrift shops. However, she said she picked many of the costumes herself directly from Walmart. “One of the big reasons we wanted to bring the ‘80s to the stage was because (John and I) were both children of the ‘80s,” Sarah said. “To be honest, some ‘80s fashions are in style right now. This is a weird time period when it seems like all styles are in style.” AMS will present “Fame Jr.,” a stage adaptation of the 1980 film, at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Starkville High School’s theatre. John Staggers said the “Jr.” in the title denoted that some mature elements of the original movie and its Broadway adaptation had been cut or changed to better suit the play to younger performers and audiences. He said he and Sarah selected the play because it was about high school students in a performing arts school, which Sarah said helped students get into their roles. “A lot of them can relate to the story, because a lot of them love the arts as much as the characters do,” Sarah said. “We also really like the music. Two of the strongest vocalists in this play are in the sixth grade.” “Fame Jr.” tracks a group of students with diverse talents, backgrounds and attitudes through four years at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts in the early 1980s. AMS eighth grader Vinny Brocato plays Nick Piazza, who he said stood out from the other actors, dancers, singers and performers. Where other characters were at the school to have fun and pursue the eponymous fame, he said, Nick Piazza was serious about his studies. “He’s there to get more specifically into his education ... wanting to be a thespian,” Brocato said. “It’s a lot different than other plays. In others, you’re playing a character who doesn’t know they’re an actor. In this play ... on stage, I am a person who is an actor, so it’s kind of like playing myself in a way.” Brocato said he liked this blending of fiction and real life “Fame Jr.” offered, but seventh grader Sarah Heard said she preferred to step into the role of someone completely different
than her. As Mrs. Sherman, the school’s English teacher, she said she got to do exactly that. “She’s kind of like the enemy throughout the play, so it’s fun, because I get to be mad at people,” Heard said. “It’s different than how I normally act, so it lets me go all out. I prefer to be able to know who my character is and try to change who I am in the play. It’s more fun to be someone different, because I get to be myself every day. Sixth grader Samantha Turner plays shy actress Serena Katz, and while this is her first AMS musical, she said she had appeared in several Starkville Community Theatre productions. Turner said she liked the many musical numbers the play had and the sheer number of characters who had significant roles. “Everybody gets to showcase some of their own talents,” Turner said. “I’m so thankful to have a part in this production.”
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Starkville schools’ string program concerts coming
For the Daily News Starkville Public Schools’ String Program will be presenting its annual Spring Concert on Friday, April 19th, at 5:00 PM in the Greensboro Center Auditorium. Students in grades 6-12 will be participating and the concert is free and open to the public. In concluding the year, the high school orchestra will also perform for the SHS Showcase on Monday, April 22nd from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. The string orchestra of the Starkville Public Schools is having a busy year with the many activities that were planned by Mr. Mellin, the string teacher for the Starkville Public Schools. The year began with starting a new group of beginners in the 6th grade who are progressing extremely well. In October, all of the students in the string program grades six through twelve went on a field trip to the Templeton Museum at Mitchell Memorial Library to explore the scientific concepts behind the early recording techniques of music on wax cylinders and old 78rpm records. In addition, the students witnessed the performance of music on mechanical instruments such as pneumatically run player pianos and organs and elaborate music boxes. In November, students in grades 7-12 participated in the annual North MS Regioanal Orchestra festival held at the Tupelo Civic Center involving the string programs from Starkville, Tupelo and Oxford. Students from all three school districts were combined into one large festival string orchestra of 90 students for the enjoyment of making music together. Portions of the festival were videotaped and broadcasted by WTVA Studios in Tupelo, MS. January marked the beginning of recruiting new students for the string program as Mr. Mellin spent three days demonstrating and allowing fifth grade students at Henderson to try out the violin, viola, cello and bass. Many students have already signed up and more are welcome to join the string program. Registration forms are available from the Henderson office or from Mr. Mellin at Starkville High School. (Call 324-
Andrew Rogers: Starkville Public Schools string teacher Norman Mellin, provides guitar accompaniment for student Andrew Rogers. (Submitted photo) 4130) In March, the high school orchestra performed for the Starkville High School Beauty Review. Coming soon on Saturday, April 6th, the string students in grades 7-12 will participate in the annual Oxford String Clinic, held at
the University of Mississippi’s Music Department. Master classes will be given on each of the string instruments by the faculty at Ole Miss in the morning then the string students from Starkville, Oxford and Tupelo will be combined into a large string orchestra to rehearse and perform together.
A rts at t h e A cademy
District Winners: Starkville Academy recently participated in the MAIS District II East Upper Elementary Art contest early February at Calhoun Academy for 4th through 6th grades. First place winners from Starkville Academy will advance to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Overall Contest for District II East held in Jackson at the Hinds Community College campus. Pictured left to right: Front row: Laura Martin, first place, painting; Erin Lyle, second place, crayon; Madeline Kelly, second place, mixed media; and Eden Cain, second place, All Other Paper Art. Back row: Brayden Coleman, second place, painting; Katelyn Peeples, first place, crayon; Rebecca Breckenridge, second place, All Other Paper Art;  Katelyn Daniewicz, first place, single drawing media; Sadie Higginbotham, second place, All Other Paper Art;  and Bryonie Mandal, second place, painting. (Submitted photo)
The Starkville Academy Art Club visited the latest exhibition at the Greater Partnership Development office for their March meeting.  Afterwards the members met at Strange Brew Coffee House for a surprise birthday party honoring Mrs. Pigg.  SA members present at the March meeting were Jamie Anthony, Amber Chamblee, Tiffany Evans, Mary Helen Porter, Janiece Pigg and sponsor Mrs. Pigg. (Submitted photo)
S tarkville C h ristian S c h ool h onor roll
First grade, A honor roll Claire Chi Abbi Crump Micah King Seth Lockhart Ava Loving Sarah Matthews MacKenzie McCleod Eric Mellin Caroline Murphy Makenzie Scarbrough Carli Jo Wells First grade, B honor roll Walker Bruce James Cumbee Joelle Lindner Laura Beth Shepheris Second grade, A honor roll Lana Adams Lana Ballard Rylee Barksdale Robert Barnes Abigail Cumbee J. D. Eaves Lilly Eaves Rachael Farris Hailey Fortenberry Riley Gillham Cole Hood Wyatt Johnson Carter McClelland Craig Morris Paisly Prisock Skyler Rahim Gabe Templeton Gracieann Williams Trey Williamson Second grade, B honor roll Trukyra Lawrence Ethan Stone Third grade, A honor roll Eigen Ballard Wilson Graham Denton Jenkins Tessa Loving Jackson Ruth Lisa Smith Jon Paul Yates Third grade, B honor roll Gabriel Foxx Jayden Green Amory Hunt Samuel Matthews Anderson Rendon Kenny Dean Smith Emma Thornton Seth Woolington Fourth grade, A honor roll Luke Baravik Zachary Mord Andrew Reeves Kendall Willeford Fourth grade, B honor roll Kathryn Bell Jordan Butler Hayden Peeples Jayden Rahim Evelyn Smith Fifth grade, A honor roll Kristina Eaves Cole Gernaat Jordan Womack Fifth grade, B honor roll Brandon Beavers Jacob Butler Raelynn Rosamund Erin Ruth Sixth grade, A honor roll Andrew Baravik Isaac Buckner Meagan Grace Mord Sixth grade, B honor roll Alissa Creely Hannah Farris Marlee Jones Owen King Carson Loving Bailey McKinney Mary Katherine Munn Ethan Prather Ethan Smith Mattilyn Thornton Foster Yates Seventh grade, A honor roll Lily Burgreen Mary Katherine Sanders Emly Simmons Seventh grade, B honor roll Sarah Grace Bisson Whitney Graham Drew Latham Savannah Munn Sarah Rives Eighth grade, A honor roll Candace Bolden Anna Lauren Carr Victoria Sanders Eighth grade, B honor roll Erin Butler Cecelia Smith Austin Wylie Ninth grade, A honor roll Heather Koehn Ninth grade, B honor roll Susanna Bowman Kennedy Burgreen Austin Kibler Jared Loper Truitt McKinney 10th grade, A honor roll Hannah Buckner Austin Lawrence Carson Lawrence 10th grade, B honor roll Tyler Blanton Jazlyn Douglas Maggie Hollister Rose Morris Jordan Prather 11th grade, A honor roll Beka Bisson Zach Meints Trey Wallace 11th grade, B honor roll Austin Foxx 12th grade, A honor roll Caleb Jordan 12th grade, B honor roll Laken Buckner Katie Carr Chris Horstemeyer Sydney Whitehead
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Monday, April 1, 2013
College Football
Getting use to Gonzales
MSU wide receivers learn ways of new coach on staff
By BEN WAIT There will be several new faces at the wide receiver position next fall for Mississippi State. Maybe the one that will have the most impact will not be wearing shoulder pads or a helmet on Saturday. He will be wearing a headset. Billy Gonzales is getting acquainted with his players in his first spring as the Bulldog wide receiver coach. “I’m excited to be here,” Gonzales said. “I kind of have a heartbeat on the offense already, as far as what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. A lot of the terminology’s changed, but it’s football.” Gonzales is the third wide receivers coach for MSU in the last year. Angelo Mirando started fall camp last year as the receivers coach. He resigned days before the 2012 season started. Tim Brewster was hired to replace Mirando, but was moved to tight ends coach to make room for Gonzales. Brewster has since left the Bulldogs for a job at Florida State. “Billy coming in with wide receivers is new, but the great thing Billy knows our expectations, (and) knows our offense to a point,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. “Obviously in the last four years, there’s been some tweaks and changes,
Mississippi State receiver Jameon Lewis (4) looks to break into the open field last season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
but also knows what we expect, how we coach, how we practice, (and) all of those things. That’s an easy transition.” The players will also have a transition period. Seeing three wide receivers in one year, brings a lot of changes. Early on, the Bulldogs are embracing Gonzales. “Every coach is different in their own unique way, but I feel like coach Gonzales is going to push us to the limit,” junior Jameon Lewis said. “He’s going to work on the small things. All of the other coaches did that too, but coach Gonzales brings something new to the table. He’s got a different burst of energy that makes you go get it.” Gonzales takes over a wide receiver group that doesn’t return a ton of experience. MSU lost record-setting Chad Bumphis, Arceto Clark, Brandon Heavens and Chris Smith to graduation.  Gonzales does have a little bit of experience with his group, but there is more inexperience.  “Some of these guys have playing experience — a little bit,” Gonzales said. “They’ve got parttime playing time, but we’ve got a long way to go. First and foremost, in order to play fast and be effective, you got to understand what you have
Billy Gonzales is the new receivers coach for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
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McDonald establishes place with Lady Bulldog golf team
By BEN WAIT When Ally McDonald leaves Mississippi State, her name will be found all over the school’s record book. As a sophomore, McDonald has already established herself as one of the best Lady Bulldog golfers.  “It’s amazing,” the Fulton native said. “Mississippi State’s always been the university that’s close to my heart. My family’s always been State fans. Just to take so much pride in a university before I even got here, now I’m here and to see my name in the record book is amazing.”  Last year as a freshman McDonald averaged 74.33 strokes per round. It was good for second best in a MSU season. McDonald is on pace this year to set the record. McDonald’s round of 69 is seventh best in Lady Bulldog history. She has shot 69 six times in her career.  Although McDonald has found her groove in her sophomore season, she had a lot to learn when she arrived in Starkville.
See MCDONALD | Page 12 women’s golf team. (Photo submitted by MSU athletic media relations)
Ally McDonald measures up a putt while competing for Mississippi State’s
Lady Volunteers
The record for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in NCAA basketball regional semifinals.
College Baseball
Early pitching difficulties hurt Bulldogs in 3-1 loss
For Starkville Daily News FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – First-inning pitching difficulties did in the Mississippi State baseball team again Sunday afternoon. The 16th-ranked Bulldogs walked three in the first inning and allowed three runs before recording an out at Baum Stadium. The early cushion would be enough for No. 11 Arkansas to take a 3-1 Southeastern Conference victory on Easter Sunday. With the series-clinching victory, Arkansas improved to 21-8 overall and 6-3 in league play, while MSU fell to 23-8 and 3-6. The Razorbacks have now five straight series from the Bulldogs. “We are not pitching well enough in the first inning,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Our bullpen is as great as anybody in the nation. We will find the right guy. (Regular starter) Jacob Lindgren not being able to start (due to injury) really hurt us (Sunday). We were also without (catcher) Mitch Slauter (due to illness). “That is not an excuse. We just simply have to keep people from scoring in the first inning. We have to find a way to get off to better starts.” MSU pitching has allowed 35 runs in nine conference games this season. Of those 35 runs, 10 have scored in the first inning. In five of their last six conference games, the Bulldogs have allowed a first-inning score by the opponent. Ben Bracewell drew his first start of the season for MSU. Bracewell (0-1) failed to get an out, allowing two walks and two hits in the first inning. Ross Mitchell entered in relief. Mitchell walked in a run and then got a double play ball, which pushed the Razorbacks’ lead to 3-0. The early offense would be more than enough for the Arkansas trio of Randall Fant, Jalen Beeks and Colby Suggs. Fant (2-0) allowed four hits over six innings of work. Beeks threw two innings, while Suggs (three saves) worked around a leadoff error to record a scoreless ninth inning. “It is really disappointing,” Cohen said. “The defense did an exceptional job. Nobody in the country played any better defense than we did this week. You just can’t walk people. We have to manufacture things and find pitchers who will challenge the strike zone.” Mitchell threw 6.1 innings in relief, allowing four hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Chad Girodo retired the only batter he faced, while Jonathan Holder faced four batters in 1.1 innings of relief work. The Bulldogs broke up the shutout on Wes Rea’s second home run of the season in the fourth inning. Rea had two of MSU’s five hits. Hunter Renfroe was hitless as his 15-game hit streak ended. MSU remains on the road for a 6:30 p.m. start Tuesday against South Alabama. Conference play returns to Dudy Noble Field next weekend when Florida comes to town. The Bulldogs and Gators are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday (Cox Sports and CSS) and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
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Men’s College Basketball NCAA Tournament Glance All Times EDT EAST REGIONAL Regional Semifinals Thursday, March 28 At The Verizon Center Washington Marquette 71, Miami 61 Syracuse 61, Indiana 50 Regional Championship Saturday, March 30 Syracuse 55, Marquette 39 SOUTH REGIONAL Regional Semifinals Michigan 87, Kansas 85, OT Florida 62, Florida Gulf Coast 50 Regional Championship Sunday, March 31 Michigan 79, Florida 59 MIDWEST REGIONAL Regional Semifinals Friday, March 29 At Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis Louisville 77, Oregon 69 Duke 71, Michigan State 61 Regional Championship Sunday, March 31 Louisville 85, Duke 63 WEST REGIONAL Regional Semifinals Thursday, March 28 At The Staples Center Los Angeles Ohio State 73, Arizona 70 Wichita State 72, La Salle 58 Regional Championship Saturday, March 30 Wichita State 70, Ohio State 66 FINAL FOUR At The Georgia Dome Atlanta National Semifinals Saturday, April 6 Louisville (33-5) vs. Wichita State (30-8), 6 or 8:30 p.m. Michigan (30-7) vs. Syracuse (30-9), 6 or 8:30 p.m. National Championship Monday, April 8 Semifinal winners, 9 p.m. National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB x-New York 45 26 .634 — x-Brooklyn 42 31 .575 4 Boston 38 34 .528 7½ Philadelphia 30 43 .411 16 Toronto 27 46 .370 19 Southeast Division W L Pct GB z-Miami 58 15 .795 — x-Atlanta 41 33 .554 17½ Washington 27 46 .370 31 Orlando 19 55 .257 39½ Charlotte 17 56 .233 41 Central Division W L Pct GB x-Indiana 47 27 .635 — x-Chicago 39 32 .549 6½ Milwaukee 35 37 .486 11 Detroit 24 49 .329 22½ Cleveland 22 50 .306 24 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB x-San Antonio 55 18 .753 — x-Memphis 49 24 .671 6 Houston 40 33 .548 15 Dallas 36 37 .493 19 New Orleans 26 48 .351 29½ Northwest Division W L Pct GB x-Oklahoma City 54 20 .730 — x-Denver 50 24 .676 4 Utah 38 36 .514 16 Portland 33 40 .452 20½ Minnesota 26 46 .361 27 Pacific Division W L Pct GB x-L.A. Clippers 49 25 .662 — Golden State 42 32 .568 7 L.A. Lakers 38 36 .514 11 Sacramento 27 47 .365 22 Phoenix 23 51 .311 26 x-clinched playoff spot z-clinched conference Saturday’s Games Dallas 100, Chicago 98 Atlanta 97, Orlando 88 Houston 98, L.A. Clippers 81 Memphis 99, Minnesota 86 Philadelphia 100, Charlotte 92 Oklahoma City 109, Milwaukee 99 Utah 116, Brooklyn 107 Indiana 112, Phoenix 104 L.A. Lakers 103, Sacramento 98 Golden State 125, Portland 98 Sunday’s Games New Orleans 112, Cleveland 92 Washington 109, Toronto 92 Miami 88, San Antonio 86 Detroit at Chicago, late Boston at New York, late Today’s Games Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Houston, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Charlotte at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Portland at Utah, 9 p.m. Indiana at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance All Times CT EASTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Vanderbilt 8-1 .889 25-4 Kentucky 6-3 .667 21-6 So. Carolina 5-4 .556 22-6 Tennessee 3-6 .333 13-13 Florida 4-5 .444 13-16 Missouri 2-7 .222 8-15 Georgia 1-8 .111 10-19 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. LSU 8-1 .889 26-2 Alabama 7-2 .778 18-11 Arkansas 6-3 .667 21-8 Texas A&M 5-4 .556 18-11 Ole Miss 4-5 .444 23-6 Miss. State 3-6 .333 23-8 Auburn 1-8 .111 16-12 Thursday’s Games Alabama 6, Auburn 2 S. Carolina 3, Texas A&M 2 Friday’s Games Arkansas 5, Miss. State 4 Pct. .862 .778 .786 .500 .448 .348 .345 Pct. .929 .621 .724 .621 .821 .793 .571
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“There’s no reason we shouldn’t be better. How much better that is? I’m not a mind reader. I’m not a projector.” Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals said about the prospects for the season.
What’s on tv
Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves open the season today against the Philadelphia Phillies at home. ESPN2 has the coverage beginning at 6 p.m. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
Today MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon ESPN — Boston at N.Y. Yankees 12:30 p.m. WGN — Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh 3 p.m. ESPN — San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Philadelphia at Atlanta 9 p.m. ESPN2 — St. Louis at Arizona NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Colorado at Detroit WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. ESPN — NCAA Division I tournament, regional final, Kentucky vs. Connecticut, at Bridgeport, Conn. 8:30 p.m. ESPN — NCAA Division I tournament, regional final, Georgia vs. California, at Spokane, Wash.
Today High School Softball Grenada at Eupora, 5 p.m.
Ole Miss 4, Florida 3, 11 innings LSU 2, Missouri 0 Auburn 6, Alabama 3 S. Carolina 6, Texas A&M 4 Kentucky 3, Georgia 2 Vanderbilt 4, Tennessee 3, 11 innings Saturday’s Games Miss. State 4, Arkansas 1 Florida 7, Ole Miss 0 LSU 8, Missouri 0 Alabama 2, Auburn 0 S. Carolina 6, Texas A&M 3 Georgia 7, Kentucky 6 Vanderbilt 8, Tennessee 3 Sunday’s Games Arkansas 3, Miss. State 1 Florida 4, Ole Miss 0 LSU 6, Missouri 5 Kentucky 5, Georgia 0 Vanderbilt 12, Tennessee 8 Major League Baseball All Times EST AMERICAN LEAGUE Sunday’s Games Texas at Houston, late Today’s Games Boston (Lester 0-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 0-0), 1:05 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 0-0) at Minnesota (Worley 0-0), 4:10 p.m. Kansas City (Shields 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 0-0), 4:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Weaver 0-0) at Cincinnati (Cueto 0-0), 4:10 p.m. Seattle (Hernandez 0-0) at Oakland (Anderson 0-0), 10:05 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE Sunday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games Miami (Nolasco 0-0) at Washington (Strasburg 0-0), 1:05 p.m. San Diego (Volquez 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 0-0), 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-0) at Pittsburgh (Burnett 0-0), 1:35 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 0-0) at Milwaukee (Gallardo 0-0), 2:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Weaver 0-0) at Cincinnati (Cueto 0-0), 4:10 p.m. San Francisco (Cain 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 0-0), 4:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Hamels 0-0) at Atlanta (Hudson 0-0), 7:05 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 0-0) at Arizona (Kennedy 0-0), 10:05 p.m. Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES–Placed RHP Steve Johnson, INF Wilson Betemit and LHP Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day DL; Wada retroactive to March 22, Johnson to March 23 and Betemit to March 26. Selected the contract of INF/OF Steve Pearce. BOSTON RED SOX–Placed LHP Craig Breslow, LHP Franklin Morales and DH David Ortiz on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22. Selected the contract of OF Jackie Bradley Jr. from Pawtucket (IL). Designated INF Mauro Gomez for assignment. CHICAGO WHITE SOX–Optioned RHP Brian Omogrosso to Charlotte (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS–Placed RHP Frank Herrmann on the 15-day DL. Reassigned RHP Matt Capps, RHP Jerry Gil, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, C Omir Santos, INF Luis Hernandez and OF Matt Carson to Columbus (IL). Selected the contract of INF Ryan Raburn from Columbus. Designated LHP David Huff for assignment. DETROIT TIGERS–Selected the contracts of OF Don Kelly and INF Matt Tuiasosopo from Toledo (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS–Selected the contracts of OF Rick Ankiel, LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Edgar Gonzalez from Oklahoma City (PCL). Recalled OF J.D. Martinez from Oklahoma City (PCL). Placed OF Fernando Martinez on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27, and RHP Alex
Starkville Saints to hold registration
The Starkville Saints youth tackle football team will have registration today at 6 p.m. downstairs at the Starkville Sportsplex. Registration fee is $125 and the age range is from 6-12. For more information, contact Fred Tate at 662-769-9733 or Leonardo Thompson at 662-341-1830. There will also be a mandatory parent meeting as well. Cheerleading tryouts will also take place.
Starkville Raiders set registration
The Starkville Raiders youth tackle football registration will be held on April 6 at the Sportsplex meeting room No. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days. The fee to participate will be $125. For more information, contact Bobby Morris at 662-3124291 or Keith Lawrence at 662-418-1730.
Bulldogs take hot clubs to Madison
  MADISON – April Fool’s Day will be spent on the greens for No. 34 ranked Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs head to the par-72, 6,670-yard Reunion Golf Country and Club for the 2013 BancorpSouth Intercollegiate. The Ole Miss-hosted two-day event will feature 14 teams today and Tuesday, three of which are from the Magnolia State. Southern Miss and Jackson State join the Bulldogs and Rebels in Madison. “We look forward to getting back to competing after two weeks off,” MSU men’s golf coach Clay Homan said. “Our goal is to get better each week and learn from our previous tournaments. In our last event, we were in the lead group, so we got another taste of what it takes to win. We have been in the final group in five out of nine tournaments this year. By putting ourselves in those situations, good things continue to happen.” Despite going 18-under-par, Homan’s squad came up short to host Florida State at the Seminole Intercollegiate last time out. The Bulldogs did however post their seventh Top-five finish of the year, which is tied with the 2007-2008 club’s total. MSU finished with seven Top fives in the regular season on their way to a NCAA Championship berth that season. Former SEC Player of the Week and junior Bulldog Chad Ramey will look to bounce back from his sluggish 26th-place finish at Southwood. The Fulton native will gun for his fifth top-five finish of the year going into the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate. After turning in the best finish of his short-Bulldog career, junior Joe Sakulpolphaisan is coming into Madison on a high note. The junior’s 10-under-par, 206 propelled him to a second-place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate. Sakulpolphaisan has a team-best eight Top-25 finishes in his first season with Mississippi State. Live stats will be available through Fans can also follow the men’s golf program through Facebook at and on Twitter at @mstateMG.
White on the 60-day DL. KANSAS CITY ROYALS–Selected the contract of INF Miguel Tejada from Omaha (PCL). Placed LHP Danny Duffy on the 15-day DL. MINNESOTA TWINS–Selected the contract of OF Wilkin Ramirez from Rochester (IL). NEW YORK YANKEES–Placed OF Curtis Granderson, SS Derek Jeter, RHP Phil Hughes and 1B Mark Teixeira on the 15day DL, retroactive to March 22. Selected the contract of 1B Lyle Overbay from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Recalled RHP Adam Warren from Scranton/WilkesBarre. Designated LHP Clay Rapada for assignment. OAKLAND ATHLETICS–Placed SS Hiroyuki Nakajima on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27. Optioned LHP Pedro Figueroa and INF Andy Parrino to Sacramento (PCL). SEATTLE MARINERS–Selected and optioned the contract of RHP D.J. Mitchell to Tacoma (PCL). Designated OF Casper Wells for assignment. Reassigned RHP Danny Farquhar, C Jesus Sucre, INF Brad Miller and OF Endy Chavez to their minor league camp. TEXAS RANGERS–Placed RHP Colby Lewis, RHP Joakim Soria and LHP Martin Perez on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22. Optioned RHP Cory Burns, RHP Josh Lindblom and INF Jurickson Profar to Round Rock (PCL). Selected the contracts of INF Jeff Baker and RHP Derek Lowe from Round Rock. Released INF Brandon Allen from Round Rock. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS–Optioned RHP Randall Delgado to Reno (PCL). Recalled OF Alfredo Marte from Reno. Selected the contract of INF Josh Wilson from Reno. Placed INF Willie Bloomquist, OF Adam Eaton, INF Didi Gregorius and OF Cody Ross on the 15day DL; Eaton and Ross retroactive to March 22, Bloomquist to March 27 and Gregorius to March 30. ATLANTA BRAVES–Selected the contract of C Evan Gattis from Gwinnett (IL). Placed LHP Jonny Venters on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27. CHICAGO CUBS–Placed RHP RHP Matt Garza and INF Ian Stewart on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22, and RHP Scott Baker on the 60-day DL. Optioned OF Brett Jackson to Iowa (PCL). Selected the contracts of INF Brent Lillibridge and LHP Hisanori Takahashi from Iowa. CINCINNATI REDS–Optioned RHP Logan Ondrusek to Pensacola (SL). Placed RHP Nick Masset on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22. Assigned RHP Jose Arredondo outright to Louisville (IL). Designated INF Jason Donald for assignment. Selected the contract of INF Cesar Izturis from Louisville. Reassigned INF Emmanuel Burriss, C Corky Miller, OF Denis Phipps and OF Derrick Robinson to their minor league camp. LOS ANGELES DODGERS–Placed RHP Chad Billingsley, LHP Scott Elbert and INF Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22, and LHP Ted Lilly on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 28. MIAMI MARLINS–Placed RHP Jose Ceda, 1B Logan Morrison and OF Alfredo Silverio on the 60-day DL. Placed RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Joe Mahoney and C Jeff Mathis on the 15-day DL; Alvarez retroactive to March 27, Eovaldi to March 24 and Mahoney and Mathis to March 22. Designated 3B Zack Cox, LHP Scott Maine, RHP Evan Reed and OF Gorkys Hernandez for assignment. Recalled RHP Alex Sanabria from New Orleans (PCL). Selected the contracts of RHP John Maine, RHP Chad Qualls, RHP Kevin Slowey, INF Chris Valaika, OF Austin Kearns, 1B Casey Kotchman and RHP Jose Fernandez. MILWAUKEE BREWERS–Selected the contract of RHP Alfredo Figaro from Nashville (PCL). NEW YORK METS–Optioned INF Zach Lutz to Las Vegas (PCL). PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES–Optioned RHP Michael Stutes to Lehigh Valley (IL). Selected the contract of C Humberto Quintero from Lehigh Valley. PITTSBURGH PIRATES–Placed INF Brandon Inge, RHP Jeff Karstens, LHP Francisco Liriano and RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day DL; Inge retroactive to March 26 and the rest to March 22. SAN DIEGO PADRES–Selected the contracts of INF Jeff Gyorko and INF Cody Ransom from Tucson (PCL). Placed INF James Darnell, INF Logan Forsythe and INF Chase Headley on the 15-day DL; Darnell and Headley retroactive to March 22 and Forsythe to March 27. Placed LHP Cory Luebke and RHP Casey Kelly on the 60-day DL. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS–Placed 2B Tony Abreu, LHP Eric Surkamp and 1B Brett Pill on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22. Optioned RHP Jean Machi and OF Francisco Peguero to Fresno (PCL). Recalled INF Nick Noonan from Fresno. WASHINGTON NATIONALS–Reassigned LHP J.C. Romero to their minor league camp.
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Rick Pitino Louisville
John Beilein Michigan
Georgia Dome Atlanta
Gregg Marshall Wichita State
Jim Boeheim Syracuse
Another group of young Wolverines crush Gators
From Wire Reports ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Trey Burke and Michigan had the perfect response for everyone who said they were too young or not tough enough to make it all the way to Atlanta. The championship trophy for the South Region is headed back to Ann Arbor, while another fabulous group of young Wolverines is going to the Final Four. Led by Burke and sharp-shooting guard Nik Stauskas, one of three freshmen starters, Michigan controlled Florida from start to finish in a 79-59 win Sunday. “It means the world — 20 years has passed and we haven’t been on that stage yet,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., the junior elder statesman in the starting lineup. The last time Michigan made it this far was the Fab Five era of the early 1990s, what until now had been considered the program’s glory years. Might be time to start rethinking that. Once they got ahead Sunday, the Wolverines (30-7) maintained a double-digit lead against the experienced Gators (29-8), who won the regular-season title in the Southeastern Conference, but lost in a regional final for the third straight year. “We’ve almost become numb to it now. Been here before,” Gators junior center Patric Young said. “I just really wish we were out there cutting the nets down.” Stauskas scored 22 points while making all six of his 3-pointers. Burke, the South Region’s most outstanding player, scored 15 points, and 6-foot-10 freshman Mitch McGary had 11 points and nine rebounds. When the game ended, Burke and several of his teammates went to the opposite side of the court toward Michigan fans behind press row with fingers raised. Fans were chanting, “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine!” And great to be young. “Seeing it all come together, I don’t what to say,” sixth-year Wolverines coach John Beilein said. “I’m a little bit speechless.” Michigan hadn’t reached the Final Four since consecutive finals appearances in 1992 and 1993, the freshman and sophomore seasons of the Fab Five — Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King. Webber was gone before that team’s 1994 regional final loss to Arkansas played in the now-demolished Reunion Arena in Dallas, and Howard followed him to the NBA after that. With four wins in this NCAA tourney, the Wolverines already have more tournament victories than their total from the end of the Fab Five era to this season. They had one win in 1998, and then didn’t even make the field again until 2009.
Louisville 85, Duke 63
INDIANAPOLIS — With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game. Russ Smith scored 23, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and top-seeded Louisville put aside the shock from Ware’s gruesome leg injury to earn a second straight trip to the Final Four with an 85-63 victory over Duke on Sunday afternoon. As the final seconds ticked down, Chane Behanan put Ware’s jersey on and stood at the end of the Louisville bench, screaming. Cardinals fans chanted “Kevin Ware! Kevin Ware!” “We won this for him,” coach Rick Pitino said. “We were all choked up with emotion for him. We’ll get him back to normal. We’ve got great doctors, great trainers.” Ware played his high-school ball in Georgia and the Final Four is in Atlanta, just adding to the emotion for the victorious Cardinals. “We talked about it every timeout, ‘Get Kevin home,’” Pitino said. This was the first time Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski had met in the regional finals since that 1992 classic that ended with Christian Laettner’s improbable buzzer-beater, a game now considered one of the best in NCAA tournament history. This game will be remembered, too, but for a very different — and much more somber — reason. With 6:33 left in the first half, Ware, who has played a key role in Louisville’s 14-game winning streak, jumped to try and block Tyler Thornton’s 3-point shot. When he landed, his right leg snapped midway between his ankle and knee, the bone skewing almost at a right angle. Ware dropped to the floor right in front of the Louisville bench and, almost in unison, his teammates turned away in horror. Thornton grimaced, putting his hand to his mouth as he turned around. Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear fell to the floor and Behanan looked as if he was going to be sick on the court, kneeling on his hands and feet. Luke Hancock patted Ware’s chest as doctors worked on the sophomore and Smith walked away, pulling his jersey over his eyes. The arena was silent, and several fans wept and bowed their heads. Pitino had tears in his eyes as he tried to console his players. Dieng draped an arm around the shoulders of Smith, who repeatedly wiped at his eyes and shook his head. The Cardinals (33-5) gathered at halfcourt to try and regroup before Pitino called them over to the sideline.
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Lady Vols reach regional final
From Wire Reports OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kamiko Williams scored 15 points, Cierre Burdick had 13 and second-seeded Tennessee routed Oklahoma 74-59 in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women’s tournament on Sunday. The Lady Vols (27-7) opened a 20-point lead in the first half and never let Oklahoma make a comeback, improving to 26-5 in regional semifinals. Tennessee will face either top-ranked Baylor or No. 5 seed Louisville on Tuesday night in the round of eight. The Lady Vols have lost in the regional finals the past two seasons and haven’t made it to the Final Four since winning the national title in 2008. Tennessee also went through an Oklahoma City regional on its way to the championship that season, with Candace Parker leading the way. Sharane Campbell scored 22 points and Joanna McFarland had 14 for No. 6 seed Oklahoma (24-11), which got an upset to make it to the round of 16, but couldn’t capitalize on a friendly home environment in the Oklahoma City regional. McFarland also matched her career best with 16 rebounds. The Lady Vols dissected Oklahoma’s defense early on, getting easy baskets right under the hoop and putting together a 20-3 Tennessee guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over run to take control while keeping the Sooners’ hometown crowd Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman (45) on Sunday. (Photo by from getting involved. Williams hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get the run Sue Ogrocki, AP) going, and her second layup in the stretch pushed Tennessee’s advantage to 36-16 with 4:54 to go before the half.
Duke 53, Nebraska 45
NORFOLK, Va. — The Duke Blue Devils struggled offensively but used a solid defensive effort for a victory over Nebraska in the Norfolk Regional. Duke will play top-seeded Notre Dame on Tuesday night for a berth in the Final Four. Tricia Liston had 17 points and eight rebounds and Alexis Jones had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Blue Devils shook off another slow start by using a 12-0 run to take the lead by halftime and then hang on with their defense. The Cornhuskers (25-9), in the round of 16 for just the second time in school history, shot 30.3 percent and hit just 3 of 24 3-point tries.
Notre Dame 93, Kansas 63
NORFOLK, Va. — Skylar Diggins was already having such a great day, her coach figured she might as well make it historic. The Notre Dame point guard scored 22 of her 27 points by halftime Sunday and became the school’s career scoring leader, leading the top-seeded Fighting Irish against Kansas in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional.
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McDonald had to go through the adjustments of being a college student and playing golf. “She is just talented,” MSU head coach Ginger BrownLemm said. “Experience goes a long way. (In) her freshman year, she was exceptional as well. She just had to learn some lessons that a freshman learns. She is playing against the best in the nation. There could have been some adjustment issues where you go from being a high schooler, playing high school golf and junior golf and she played it very well.You have to be here a little while to figure it all out. I expected her to knock on the door of an All-American status her freshman year. We’re real excited here being so consistence and reliable.” For many people, golf is a hobby or something that is done to relax. For people like McDonald, it’s more than just a sport. Because it is so serious for McDonald, she had to learn how to handle adversity. “One of the biggest things I learned (was) just to have patience,” McDonald said. “It’s very easy to get frustrating in golf, especially when the beginning of the round may not be going your way. (It was about) developing the experience my freshman year. “The first couple of tournaments I played in my freshman year, it was a different feeling. (It was) to have the confidence to step on the first tee and just have the attitude you can compete with anybody.”
Ally McDonald swings the golf club for the Lady Bulldogs. (Photo submitted by MSU athletic media relations)
McDonald has used what she’s learned from her freshman year in her sophomore year. In her second year with Mississippi State, McDonald has logged five top 10s and eight top 25s.  “Her putting is probably the biggest piece that’s improved from last year to this year,” Brown-Lemm said. “Her up and downs have also improved which is where you score in golf. Her driver’s always been great, (and) length has never been an issue.” McDonald won her first tournament last October. She finished 2-under to win the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on the Stallion Mountain course. McDonald shot a 3-under, 69 in the final round to take the victory. “It was really cool,” McDonald said. “I knew it was coming down to the wire. Our assistant coach, Leigh Phillips, walked with me for most of the final round. She was trying to read body language. I knew that I was still in pretty good contention and had a chance.” McDonald was honored with Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after firing a 4-over, 214 in the SunTrust Gator Invitational and tying for fourth place. “Here recently, I’ve just been patient, shots have been happening and putts have been falling,” McDonald said. McDonald and the women’s golf team will be back in action Friday when they travel to Oxford to take part in the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate at the Ole Miss Golf Course. 
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and what you’re doing. I have to continue to do a better job explaining to my guys what we’re doing.” The leading returning receiver is junior Robert Johnson.
Johnson caught 17 balls for 164 yards last season. He has pulled in two touchdowns. “We’re real young, (and) just trying to get in the pace of things,” Johnson said. “Me, Joe (Morrow) and Jameon have got to be guys to look up to at the receiver position.”
Gonzales will need Johnson’s leadership this spring and in the fall. There are no senior wide receivers, so there is no one Gonzales to point to as an example. “Guys usually embrace that leadership when they’re out there making plays,” Gonzales said. “If you’re not making
plays, it’s kind of hard to step in and say ‘I’m the guy.’ You’ve got to lead and set the tone by example of the football field. We need some guys to step up and start making some plays.” Junior college transfer Jeremy Chappelle may see immediate playing time in the fall.
As a sophomore, Morrow is raw, but brings talent to the Bulldogs. Gonzales wants him to step up this spring and play to his potential. “I’ve seen some good things about him,” Gonzales said. “He’s got to learn to play confident. He’s got to work on man-
to-man press coverage about getting off the line of scrimmage. He’s big and strong. He’s got to play like a big 6-foot-4, 200-pound plus wide receiver. Right now he’s playing a little bit shy, (and) a little bit tentative. We’ve got to get that out of him.”
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