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S ervin g S tarkville , O kti b b e h a C o u nty and M ississi p p i S tate University since 1 9 0 3
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 120
50 Cents
Forum sparks idea exchange
question to a different candidate as a starting point, and all had a chance to respond after. Every candidate received one minute to answer. The questions presented to the candidates covered a range of issues for the city of Starkville, from annexation and the food and beverage tax to ways to make the city a more attractive place to young, creative professionals. Fittingly, though there was a degree of agreement between them, the candidates displayed a range of opinion on the topics presented. Economic development proved to be a dominant theme throughout the course of the forum. Candidates generally agreed that to grow and better prepare itself for the future, Starkville had to make itself more attractive for businesses and professionals. The differences typically proved to be in the details of how they wanted to do that. “I’m in favor of adding more development where we already are,” Walker said. “We have the potential to distinguish Starkville from other communities, to give Starkville an identity. If you want to distinguish yourself from West Point or Columbus, you better not look like West Point or Columbus.”
Seven of the candidates vying for seats on the Starkville Board of Aldermen attended an alderman forum at the Greensboro Center Monday night. Six of the candidates actively participated in the forum—Scott Maynard, who is running unopposed in Ward 5, only had to give an opening statement. Contested races were represented through Sandra Sistrunk (Ward 2), Eric Parker and David Little (Ward 3), John Gaskin and Jason Walker (Ward 4) and Lisa Self (Ward 7). Lisa Wynn (Ward 2) and Henry Vaughn (Ward 7) did not attend the forum, though their opponents did. Neither Roy Perkins nor Lerin Pruitt, both running in the contested Ward 6 race, attended the forum. Ben Carver, who’s running unopposed for Ward 1, was not at the event to provide an opening statement. The forum was joint-hosted by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and Starkville High School. Eight prepared questions were presented to the candidates. Kristal Vowell, the forum moderator, presented each
From left: Sandra Sistrunk, Eric Parker, David Little, John Gaskin, Jason Walker, and Janette Self participated in Monday’s alderman forum at the Greensboro Center. Scott Maynard was also in attendance, but only had to give an opening statement due to running unopposed. A mayoral debate, the second event for the partnership between the GDSP and Starkville High School, will be held at the Greensboro Center tonight at 6:30. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN) Gaskin said Starkville needed to court big-box retailers and to open itself to other commercial ventures and opportunities that were common in other SEC towns or towns of similar size. But he said the city also had to remain open to and support small businesses. He said he firmly supported joining the Golden Triangle Link, a regional economic development group that will also include both Lowndes and Clay counties. Parker said the city had to be creative to draw new business and needed to resist sprawling out. “So many times development has gone way outside,” he said. “The city’s
ultimately responsible for getting that infrastructure out there. Having things more centrally located so we can utilize existing infrastructure is very important. We can’t sprawl out everywhere.” Self, like several of the other candi-
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makin g h istory
MWA assists local teachers
Jim West, dean of Mississippi State University's College of Architecture, Art and Design, gives a presentation on the college's statewide impact at the Starkville Rotary Club's Monday meeting at the Starkville Country Club. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
West touts MSU architecture college's statewide impact
By STEVEN NALLEY Mississippi State University's College of Architecture, Art and Design has a history of making history. Jim West, dean of the college, said back in 1991, when it was called the MSU School of Architecture, it became the first architecture program in the country to require all of its students to have laptop computers. This fall, he said his college would roll out another national first. "We will be the first program in the country that has (all the) architecture students, a whole year's worth, and all the construction students, a whole year's worth, in the same studio with faculty from both groups teamteaching in that studio over two semesters," West said. "It is going to be a mess, but it is going to be fun." West addressed members of the Starkville Rotary Club Monday, discussing the past and future of his college and the difference it had made in small town renovation and disaster intervention across the state. West centered his discussion on two research centers within the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD): The Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) in Biloxi. Between 2009 and 2012, he said, CAAD's research centers received 100 funded grants and contracts valued at $4 million, reaching 45 communities and 119 organizations to help generate 730 jobs. "We've worked in communities all over the state. In architecture in particular, we pay attention to the civic nature of our work," West said. "You plop a building down on the corner of Main Street and 13th Avenue, and it's there for 50 to 100 years. It has a real civic nature to it. We try to educate our students, in architecture in particular, about the importance of civic responsibility." West said the CSTC had done significant work with the city of Greenwood, renovating 14 buildings. Students had played a significant role in these renovations, he said, and the state as a whole was rich with opportunities to bring a new shine to old
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Modern Woodmen of America (MWA) doesn't just insure the lives of its members — it also works to ensure promising futures for children. Barbara Coats is a financial representative with MWA, which she said was a nationwide, non-profit, fraternal financial services organization that offers life insurance, annuity and investment products for families. Only a small percentage of the money MWA made went toward expenses, Coats said, and everything else went back to MWA members and into communities. "One of the ways we give back is through donating Youth Education Programs (YEP). When you think 'program,' think 'curriculum,'" Coats said. "We donate these curricular programs anywhere there are children ... schools, day cares, church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts." Coats is working to raise local teachers' awareness of the free YEP curriculum materials MWA offers, giving teachers an extra tool before the current school year ends and preparation for the next one begins. Coats said YEP had five curriculum categories: ecology awareness, exercise and nutrition, safety and life skills, financial literacy and patriotic civics. Each of these categories stretched from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, she said. "Our fraternal department has worked with the U.S. Department of Education. (For) three of the five programs (financial literacy, patriotic civics and exercise and nutrition) we have paperwork that we provide that tells them which of the Common Core (standards) are being met by which of the
lessons within these curricula," Coats said. "Teachers and principals are not having to figure out how to rework this (so that it fits Common Core). They're able to take it and say, 'Hey, here's a free tool, it comes with free takeaway items for us, the lesson plans (are) already done for us and here's exactly the core curriculum requirements that they meet.'" MWA also sponsors Youth Service Clubs, Coats said, and many of these clubs use YEP curricula. YEP dates back to 1948, but Coats has only brought YEP to local schools since spring 2012. She said a different MWA representative brought YEP to the Oktibbeha County Head Start Center before she began working with it. Head Start teacher Kyla Evans said the center primarily used the safety and life skills curriculum, which teaches children to learn their home phone numbers, to dial 911 in the event of an emergency, and to stay safe on boats, in the water, on playgrounds and more. She said the fact that YEP lessons came with their own lesson plans saved her time. "You get a teaching manual, and in the manual it tells you everything you need to talk about," Evans said. "They give the students workbooks, and they also give them materials they can use like jump ropes that coincide with the lessons. In (the financial literacy curriculum), they received piggy banks for children to learn about savings. It's very beneficial. I would recommend it to anyone." Maggie Cooks, a teacher in Sudduth Elementary's PEAK program in the Starkviile School District, said she used a
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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
u Sponsorship interest meetings — Adaton United Methodist Church has interest to sponsor an American Heritage Girls Troop for Starkville and the surrounding areas and will host interest meetings on April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. at 303 West Reed Road. u Kiwanis meeting — The Kiwanis Club will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn. Bob Clay and Ellen Goodman will speak. The major emphasis program will be Excel by 5.
u Clover Leaf Garden Club field trip — The Clover Leaf Gard Club will take a trip to the WCBI studios and facility. Members will meet at 10 a.m. at Second Baptist Church and ride the church van to Columbus. The club will also sit in on a live broadcast of WCBI News Midday. All members are urged to attend. For more information call Dora Williams at 662-323-3497 or Charlene Minor at 662-312-6211.
operative will hold its monthly landowner and farmer meeting at 8 a.m. at the BJ3 Center at 5226 Old West Point Road. This meeting will consist of information on USDA programs and other items of interest for farmers and landowners. For more information, contact Orlando Trainer at 662-769-0071 or orlandotrainer@hotmail. com. u Mathiston Mayfest — The Civic League of Mathiston will be hosting its first ever Mayfest in the Park beginning at 9 a.m. in Mathiston. Organizers are looking for local vendors, artisans and food to participate. Vender spots are $10 and are granted on a first come first serve basis. Live music will behosted, and any performers are encouraged to contact organizers. There will be an inflatable slide for children and a dunking booth. In the evening, there will be a silent auction and a raffle giveaway. For more information, call Betty Jeffcoats at 662-312-8724. To get a vendor form, please email u Church concert — Southern Gospel Trio The Greenes will perform at 7 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Sturgis. For more information call 662-312-1415 or visit u May the 4th Be With You Howell Public Observing — A public observing will be hosted from 8-10 p.m. at the Howell Observatory on the South Farm at Mississippi State. The event is open to all ages.
u School District meeting — The Oktibbeha County School Districtwill hold a meeting at noon in the Central Office at 106 West Main Street.
u Town & Country Garden Club meeting — The Starkville Town & Country Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. at the home of Jennifer Blackbourn. The program will include a summary of the year’s accomplishments by club president Lynn Black. Elaine Thompson of the National Garden Club will install new officers. Hostesses for the May meeting include Genevieve Swartzberg, Sara Wilson and Janie Stubbs. u Preschool story hour — The Starkville Public Library will hold preschool story hour at 10 a.m. The theme for the week is “Firefighters.”
ciety — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the John Grisham room at the Mitchell Memorial Library. 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 — 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 www.cococenter. org. u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at the Comfort Inn and Suites. For more information, call Barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-8003. u Dance team applications — KMG Creations children 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 pick-up 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
u Teen Parenting Coalition classes — Teen Parenting Coalision Nuturing Parenting classes will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 662320-4607 to register. u Starkville Area Arts Council Grants — Applicaitons for the 2013-2014 Starkville Area Arts Council Grants are available through June 30. Application forms are available at the SAAC office, located in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Saturday Building at 101 South Lafayette Street, Suite 18, or online u Dawghouse Deals — att For The MSU Student Association more information, call 662will host its annual Dawghouse 324-3080. Deals from 7-11 a.m. This is a u BrainMinders Puppet community-wide rummage sale Show — Starkville Pilot Club to benefit the MSU Student offers a BrainMinders Puppet Relief Fund and Habitat for Show for groups of about 25 Humanity. Please donate un- or fewer children of pre-school wanted furniture, clothing and or lower elementary age. The non-perishable food. Collection show lasts about 15 minutes sites were set up on April 24 and teaches children about head by all residence halls, at soror- /brain safety. Children also reity row, The Pointe, Campus ceive a free activity book which Trails, Starkville Sportsplex and reinforces the show’s safety the MSU building across from messages. To schedule a pupLenny’s Subs. pet show, contact Lisa Long at u Landowner and farmer meeting — The Unlimited u Dulcimer and More SoCommunity Agricultural Co-
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://www. or call 662323-2652. 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 activities 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 662-323-2294. 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 someone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email carly. 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 662418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-4185535 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 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret Prisock at 662324-4864, 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 662-312-2935. 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 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org 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 662-3235108. 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 662-242-7962. 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. u Community call-in 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 601527-1553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded 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 662-3233322. 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 Starkville Writer’s u 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 Early Learning Guidelines — There will be Early Learning Guideline Classes from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center on May 7 and 28. Barbara Culberson, BSF Marriage Counselor, and Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager, will lead the classes. All classes must be attended to complete the program. Call 662-320-4607
to register. u DHS Foster/Adoptive support group — There will be a DHS Foster/Adoptive support group classes from 5-7 p.m. on May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager and Marlon Thomas, BA Permanency Specialist, will lead the class. Call 662-320-4607 to register. u La Leche League of Starkville and Columbus monthly meeting — The La Leche League of Starkville and Columbus will meet at 11 a.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center on May 10. Linda McGrath and Jennifer Collins will lead the class. Call 662-320-4607 to register. u Gospel Explosion — A gospel explosion will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 11 in Pittsboro. For more information call Dorothy Petty at 662-6281565 or 662-417-8601 u Cheer Tryouts — North Mississippi Elite Cheer will host cheer tryouts on May 11 in Ackerman. A cheer clinic will be held at 5 p.m. May 7 for anyone interested in trying out. Boys and girls ages 3-18 are welcome to try out. For more information, contact Paige Perrigin at 662-552-9825 or Lauren Tidwell at 662-769-3033.
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dates, proposed tax incentives to new businesses. “I think we should offer tax incentives for new industries and businesses,” Self said. “But, those industries and businesses should have an impact on our city. They should create jobs — it’s the only way we will reap the benefits of those tax incentives. We must have shovel ready jobs. We can’t afford to have new businesses looking at us and say we’re not ready.” When the issue of the 2-percent food and beverage tax came up, the candidates all agreed that it was worth keeping. Parker supported renewing the tax and noted that Starkville wouldn’t have many of the things it enjoyed without it. “What I do think we should take a look at is how it’s allocated,” he said. “I think MSU gets 20 percent … and I absolutely think they should get a cut of it … but it should maybe be a bit reduced or limited in some way.” Little cited the Sportsplex as an example of the good the tax had done for the city. He pointed out improvements to it that could be made with additional funds from the tax, including better drainage, additional lighting, more sidewalks. “We need better ingress and egress. Have you ever tried to get out of that place after a big soccer or baseball game?” he said. “ We need better parking. I’ve seen visitors from out of town come here and get frustrated because there’s no room for them and they have to park in the mud.” Sistrunk said Starkville should continue to build a sense of community to help draw and keep young professionals. “One of the things we can do to help keep those creative minds in Starkville is to build a community where they want to live,” she said. “(The city should) improve community appearance, transportation options, continue to connect the community and the university ... develop a sense of place. What sets Starkville apart? How do we build on it so we can make it a place where people want to live?” Walker said Starkville needed to develop more living options downtown. “We have to build a little differently,” he said. “We need to have more housing that’s attractive to young professionals. We need to have more housing downtown and in the MSU corridor.” Self said maintaining the schools would help draw new minds and businesses to Starkville. She added that more
affordable housing would help draw young professionals. Walker was wary of any short-term annexation by the city when the topic was raised. “The answer is no. Not in the immediate future,” he said. “We’re just now finishing paying for what we annexed in 1998. Never take it off the table, but the immediate answer is no. We should look at expanding infrastructure in areas we already have. If we want to be smart about building our economy, we have to build in instead of out.” Sistrunk, however, was more open to the idea. “One of the most important things the board does is plan for the future,” she said. “Annexation must always be part of those plans. That doesn’t mean we should always be preparing to annex, but we should be always be looking at it. When we do, we should determine where we’re going to annex based on why we’re annexing. If we’re looking at growing our population or demographics, we look at one area. If we’re looking for commercial growth, we look at another.” The candidates were asked about alternate funding sources for Starkville, and largely agreed that expanding the tax base and creating growth were the two main options the city had, along with potential use of grants. When asked about what they liked about the past administration and what they would change, candidates called for better transparency and openness, and better communication between the mayor and the board of aldermen. Jennifer Gregory, CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership said she was pleased with the forum. “We’re very appreciative of the candidates for spending time with us,” she said. “I think they agreed more than expected, so that bodes well for the future. I think it went very well.” After the forum, Parker said that he enjoyed the event and the opportunity it gave the community. “I thought it went well. I thought people got a hear some differing views and got to see some differentiation between the candidates,” he said. “I think it’s very important to get both candidates in front of the public so you can see their views.” Walker agreed. “I think anytime you can get people running for office to talk about their visions and ideas, it’s good for the community,” he said. “I think there are some clear distinctions between the candidates, and it’s ultimately up to the voters to decide who they want to represent them.”
Lawyer: Former ricin suspect's home is unlivable
By HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press OXFORD — A Mississippi man's house is uninhabitable after investigators searched it but failed to find evidence of the deadly poison ricin, a lawyer said Monday, arguing that the government should repair the home. Kevin Curtis was once charged in the mailing of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge, but the charges were later dropped. The investigation shifted last week to another man who had a falling out with Curtis, and that suspect appeared in court Monday on a charge of making ricin. Curtis' lawyer, Christi McCoy, has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams demanding that Curtis be provided temporary housing and the government repair his Corinth, Miss., home and possessions. She also wants the government to pay his legal bills. "To be specific, Mr. Curtis' home is uninhabitable. I have seen a lot of post search residences but this one is quite disturbing. The agents removed art from the walls, broke the frames and tore the artwork. Mr. Curtis offered his keys but agents chose to break the lock. Mr. Curtis' garbage was scheduled to be picked up Thursday, the day after he was snatched from his life. A week later, the garbage remains in his home, along with millions of insects it attracted," the letter says. Though attorneys for Curtis say their client was framed, McCoy believes whoever sent the letters had a primary goal of targeting the public officials. Curtis has said that he feuded with the man now charged in the case, James Everett Dutschke. "I think Kevin was just an afterthought or a scapegoat," McCoy said. Some of the language in the letters was similar to posts on Curtis' Facebook page and they were signed, "I am KC and I approve this message." Curtis often used a similar online signoff. Had damaging Curtis been the point of the scheme, McCoy said she believes that whoever set up her client could have done a better job of implicating him, such as planting evidence at his home. McCoy said in an interview Monday that she still believes the FBI acted on the best information available at the time, but it's time to make her client whole. The letter said Curtis' life was "ruined." Curtis, a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator, was arrested on April 17. The charges were dropped six days later and Curtis was released from jail. A message left seeking comment about McCoy's letter at the federal prosecutor's office in Oxford wasn't immediately returned. After Curtis was released, the focus turned to Dutschke. In court Monday, a judge ordered that Dutschke be held without bond until a preliminary and detention hearing on Thursday. More details are likely to emerge at that hearing, when prosecutors have to show they have enough evidence to hold him. Dutschke made a brief appearance wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled. The 41-year-old suspect
In this April 23 file photo, Kevin Curtis speaks to reporters as his brother Jack Curtis looks on in Oxford. Kevin Curtis' house is uninhabitable after investigators searched it but failed to find evidence of the deadly poison ricin, a lawyer said Monday arguing that the government should repair the home. (Photo by Bert Mohr, AP) said little during his hearing other than answering affirmatively to the judge's questions about whether he understood the charges against him. Dutschke (pronounced DUHS'-kee) has denied involvement in the mailing of the letters, saying he's a patriot with no grudges against anyone. He has previously run for political office and was known to frequent political rallies in northern Mississippi. An attorney from the public defender's office appointed to represent Dutschke declined to comment after Monday's hearing. Another attorney of Dutschke's, Lori Nail Basham, said she will continue to represent him in other matters but not the federal case. Dutschke's house, business and vehicles in Tupelo, Miss., were searched last week, often by crews in hazardous materials suits, and he had been under surveillance. He faces up to life in prison if convicted. A news release from federal authorities said Dutschke was charged with "knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin." He already had legal problems. Earlier this month, he pleaded not guilty in state court to two child molestation charges involving three girls younger than 16, at least one of whom was a student at his martial arts studio. He also was appealing a conviction on a different charge of indecent exposure. He told The Associated Press last week that his lawyer told him not to comment on those cases. Earlier in the week, as investigators
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YEP exercise and nutrition curriculum called "Food, Fitness and Fun" to teach students about the human skeleton last week. She said materials like the jump rope had dual uses. Not only did children boost their physical health by jumping rope, she said, but they could also learn early mathematics by counting their jumps. "Everything is all planned. They have a 'My Healthy Heart' booklet where they can color," Cooks said. "They have a language arts (curriculum) called 'The Three Healthy Pigs' where you can do a little puppet show and different things. I'll use some of the websites where you can go in and it shows the fun fitness videos. It's kid-friendly. It's got everything that you need."
searched his primary residence in Tupelo, Dutschke told the AP, "I don't know how much more of this I can take." "I'm a patriotic American. I don't have any grudges against anybody. ... I did not send the letters," Dutschke said. Dutschke and Curtis were acquainted. Curtis said they had talked about possibly publishing a book on a conspiracy that Curtis says he uncovered about the blackmarket sale of body parts. But he said they later had a feud. Curtis's attorney Hal Neilson said the legal team gave authorities a list of people who may have had a reason to hurt Curtis and Dutschke's came up. The Mississippi judge who received one of the letters, Sadie Holland, is part of a family that has had political skirmishes with Dutschke. Her son, Steve Holland, a Democratic state representative, said his mother encountered Dutschke at a rally in the town of Verona in 2007, when Dutschke ran as a Republican against Steve Holland. Holland said his mother confronted Dutschke after he made a derogatory speech about the Holland family. She demanded that he apologize, which Holland says he did. Dutschke's MySpace page has several pictures with him and Wicker, though he's never worked for Wicker's campaign. Republicans in north Mississippi say Dutschke used to frequently show up at GOP events and mingle with people, usually finding a way to get a snapshot of himself with the headliner. "He would always hand his camera to somebody to get his picture made," longtime Republican Mike Armour of Tupelo said by phone Monday.
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buildings. "What our centers do is help people recognize what they have and capitalize," West said. West said Greenwood also indirectly helped CSTC help another town. When film crews went to Greenwood to adapt Kathryn Stockett's novel "The Help" for the screen, he said, the filmmakers left behind a $100,000 fund to start a community center in nearby Baptist Town, later augmented by 23 Katrina Cottages brought up from the Gulf Coast to replace Baptist Town's dilapidated housing. West said the CSTC had also been a partner in Smithville's recovery from an EF-5 tornado that struck in 2011. Similarly, he said, the GCCDS was launched to assist recovery from Hurricane Katrina. "We started it in east Biloxi, (where) 95 percent of the residential houses were gone totally or underwater. We decided we would plant there and focus in there," West said. "(In) the first 4-5 years, in that little neighborhood of east Biloxi, (we had) 300 new houses." Other GCCDS initiatives,
West said, included restoring local homesteads, restoring wetlands, and development planning research. He said GCCDS was also trying to launch a center for scholarly research on the art of Walter Anderson. "He was an incredible observer of nature," West said. "There are people in the biology department (at MSU) that are just as excited about Walter Anderson ... as the art department." Starkville Rotary Club President Debra Hicks said she found the program informative. West explained how the MSU School of Architecture pulled its current departments from other MSU colleges to become CAAD, and she said she had never heard that history before. Hicks said she also enjoyed learning about CAAD's statewide initiatives, particularly in service. Rotary International had a strong focus on service, she said, and she was glad to see that focus imparted in MSU's classrooms. "I think it's so important to see where what you learn in the classroom applies to the real world," Hicks said. "They do a great job, from what he's told us of tying what they learn in the classroom to people's everyday lives."
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Five presidents, an enduring constitution
The United States, though still a young country by comparison, has the oldest continuous constitution of any country in existence in the world today. On rare occasions an event takes place that reminds us of the uniqueness of our country. Such an event took place two weeks ago in Texas.  Although we had very little practice at forming an enduring government, we took a shot at it and got it right. We defined, in writing, the structure of a government for a free people and that structure has stood the test of time and numerous crises from global and regional wars to economic calamities and the steady but certain evolution of social conditions.  Two weeks ago we were given pause to consider for a moment the march of recent history as we arrive at this juncture in the life of this Constitutional Democracy called the United States of America. The event making this possible was the dedication of the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. I will confess that I had no special plans to watch the dedication ceremonies, but I passed the television just as the festivities were beginning. Five first ladies of the United States were introduced, followed by four former presidents and current President Barack Obama. That scene of five presidents arrayed across the front steps of the Bush Library was plenty breathtaking.  Several thoughts occurred to me. First, often the transfer of power in other countries is the cause for great tension and in many cases it serves as the stimulant for violent adventurism for those wishing to take advantage of what they perceive as a momentary power vacuum. Secondly, it hit me that never have I had the occasion to see five heads of state from each of the two major parties from the same country standing arm-in-arm. Thirdly, a quick flood of memories of dilemmas and crises spanning the times in office of these five presidents proved to be mind-boggling.  There was the Georgia peanut farmer, Democrat Jimmy Carter, who came to office somewhat by surprise and perhaps overly imbued with idealism about the way things ought to work. He suffered through the Iranian hostage crisis that went a long way toward spelling doom for his administration. Yet it was President Carter who mediated the Middle-East peace accords – The Camp David Accords -- between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt’s Marty Wiseman Anwar El Sadat. Syndicated   RepubColumnist lican George Herbert Walker Bush like Carter served only one term. But it was during that term that the elder Bush presided over the fall of the Berlin Wall and demise of Soviet style Communism in Eastern Europe. This was an event that most of us assumed we would never see in our lifetimes, and to many it signaled the beginning of the end of the Cold War.  Then there was, and for that matter still is, the Democrat from Arkansas, Bill Clinton. He will be remembered for numerous domestic efforts as well as the protracted Balkans conflagration in Eastern Europe. And yes, there is the incident of the Monica Lewinsky affair and the illfated attempt of the rival Republicans to remove Clinton from office following his impeachment. Clinton has clearly been rehabilitated and now is most often remembered for producing the first, and perhaps the last period of budget surpluses in all of our lifetimes.  The honoree, Republican George W. Bush, upon reflection, was called upon to deal with many issues and threats to national security. The events of September 11, 2001 remain indelibly imprinted on our nation’s psyche. Then there were the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and of course the historically-disputed 2000 election in which Democratic Party challenger Al Gore polled over a half million votes more than the ultimate winner Bush, who won via the electoral college.  Finally there was the appearance of current President, Democrat Barack Obama – the nation’s first African-American President. No doubt his accomplishment of an approach to the provision of health care to virtually all Americans after so many others had tried and failed will be a hallmark of the Obama Presidency. So too will numerous battles fought over social issues and the constant partisan
headwinds in his face from the worst recession since the great depression.  The only missing link at the festivities, but one that would have most certainly further enlivened the largely partisan Republican crowd, was the late President and Republican icon Ronald Reagan.     It was good to see the angry bickering among the partisans of these philosophical opposites shoved out of site for a few hours. Four decades of the orderly transition of power and representative government were on display.     As might have been expected, as the words of the benediction faded into the Texas afternoon, the talking heads reloaded their verbal arsenals and resumed combat. Fox News refocused its sights on President Obama and its claims that the President had reopened the door to terrorism. MSNBC began dismantling the accolades spoken during the Bush Library dedication as mere revisionist history.  Here we go again.
Marty Wiseman is director of MSU’s Stennis Institute and professor of political science. Contact him at marty@sig.
Regionalism Good for Golden Triangle
Just 15 months after they affiliated with his highly successful development team, Joe Max Higgins landed major Japanese tire manufacturer, Yokohama, and hundreds of high paying jobs for unemployBill Crawford ment ravaged West Point and Clay County. Syndicated Friday, the LegislaColumnist ture approved a $130 million investment package plus millions in tax abatements for the project.  “This is an historic day for Mississippi,” said Governor Phil Bryant, “and we are proud to welcome this world-leader in tire manufacturing to our great state. The passing of this legislation will result initially in 500 new jobs, with the potential to create up to 2,000 total jobs, and it will have a positive impact on the state’s economy for years to come.” It was a year ago January that West Point and Clay County made the decision to turn over economic development efforts to the ColumbusLowndes Development LINK managed by Higgins. “The LINK has had the kind of success that we want our county to experience,” Jackie Edwards, president of the West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance, said at the time. That success was $4.4 billion in investments and 5,600 jobs created in Lowndes County over a five-year period and included companies such as Severstal, American Eurocopter, PACCAR, Stark Aerospace, Aurora Flight Services, and KiOR. “We decided that with their proven track record and similarities between our two communities, we should make a proposal to join forces instead of searching for a new executive director,” said Edwards. Six months ago Starkville and Oktibbeha County made a similar decision, signing a
Playing politics with crisis inevitable
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after the Boston Marathon bombings, President Barack Obama gave the standard presidential line following a tragedy: “On days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats — we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.” And, as usual, Republicans and Democrats alike quickly ignored his don’t-politicize-this plea. This was inevitable. Our leaders always play politics after catastrophe, whether made by man or Mother Nature. The Newtown shootings and Superstorm Sandy. The financial crisis and Hurricane Katrina. Our history is filled with moments when something big happens and elected officials maneuver quickly to take advantage of the changing public mindset — or at least the more intense media spotlight — on a specific issue. Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress leveraged public angst over the Depression and a worldwide war in the 1930s to enact the New Deal, overhauling financial systems, funding public works projects and creating Social Security. Some three decades later, Lyndon B. Johnson and his Democrats seized on social unrest to pass the Great Society, anti-poverty and civil rights measures, education and transportation initiatives, Medicare and Medicaid. During the 1980s, Ronald Reagan and his GOP used the moment of sky-high inflation and a growing Soviet threat to win support for boosting the military, trimming government and cutting taxes. And, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Republican George W. Bush rallied a fearful America behind expanding the government’s terroristtracking powers, streamlining intelligence gathering and toppling Saddam Hussein. Most recently, when he took office amid the worst economic conditions in a generation, Obama saw an opportunity to advance an audacious agenda that included ending
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the costly war in Iraq, improving crumbling transportation arteries and overhauling the health care system. As his first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was fond of saying back then: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” A gray area exists in all cases. To some people, politicians who press for new legislation after a tragedy are seizing the perfect time to make needed changes, using typically fleeting we-are-one moments to reach consensus on an issue that long had been languishing behind more pressing priorities or struggling to get the necessary votes. To other people, these politicians are exploiting a tragedy in a blatant attempt to enact their pet, partisan policies. These days, Republicans and Democrats alike accuse each other of politicizing tragedy — even as they do the same. And, in this season of political gridlock, both parties
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S&P 500 reaches new high, led by tech
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies led the Standard & Poor's 500 index to an all-time closing high Monday. The stock market has recovered all the ground it lost over the previous two weeks, when worries over slower economic growth, falling commodity prices and disappointing quarterly earnings battered financial markets. The S&P 500 index rose 11.37 points to close at 1,593.61. The 0.7 percent increase nudged the index above its previous closing high of 1,593.36, reached on April 11. "The market has had a terrific run," said Philip Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors, noting that the S&P 500 is up 12 percent since the start of 2013. "At the beginning of the year, I thought we were going to 1,660 (for the whole year). We're only about 5 percent from that." A pair of better economic reports gave investors some encouragement. Wages and spending rose in the U.S. last month, and pending home sales hit their highest level in three years. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 106.20 points to 14,818.75, up 0.7 percent. Microsoft and IBM were among the Dow's best performers, rising more than 2 percent each. IBM, which rose $4.84 to $199.15, accounted for a third of the Dow's increase. The index is just 46 points below its own record high of 14,865 reached on April 11. Tech's popularity Monday was a change from earlier this month, when it lagged the rest of the market. Concerns about weak business spending and slower overseas sales have cast a shadow over big tech firms, said Marty Leclerc, the managing partner of Barrack Yard Advisors, an investment firm in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Revenue misses from IBM and other big tech companies have highlighted the industry's vulnerability to the world economy. But Leclerc thinks tech companies with steady revenue and plenty of cash look appealing over the long term. Information technology stocks rose the most of the 10 in-
Specialist Meric Greenbaum, left, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday. A pair of encouraging economic reports helped propel the stock market up in early trading on Monday. (Photo by Richard Drew, AP) dustry groups in the S&P 500 on Monday, up 1.6 percent. It's the only group that remains lower over the past year, down 2 percent, versus the S&P 500's gain of 14 percent. Federated's Orlando thinks tech stocks could continue to rally as investors shift money from companies that pay big dividends and have rallied recently — utilities, healthcare and consumer staples. "They've been buying these companies, but four months into this year they've gotten expensive," Orlando said. 9/11 attacks, the realignment of America’s national security sectors, which had a history of not communicating with one another. So it was to be expected that within hours of the Boston bombings, Democrats and Republicans would seek to use the tragedy to their advantage on a host of issues. Politicians on Twitter referenced the bombings to make points — and press their positions — on everything from guns to torture, illustrating how seemingly separate issues get intertwined as all sides seize on tragedy to score political points. The most high-profile example occurred during the start of Senate debate over legislation to remake the U.S. immigration system. Republicans argued that the role of two immigrant suspects in bombing raised questions about gaps in the system even though there was no suggestion that the two suspects, brothers from Russia, had entered the U.S. illegally. “Given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the Judiciary Committee’s senior Republican, said as he began a hearing. That prompted this from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.: “I’d like to ask that all of us not jump to conclusions regarding the events in Boston or try to conflate those events with this legislation.” Of course, there’s a flip side. It’s a good bet that the Boston bombings will prompt local officials and state lawmakers to ensure that law enforcement officers and first responders have the resources they need should terrorism come to their towns. It’s also likely that the United States will use this moment to continue to refine its terroristtracking methods. And, if terrorism becomes more important to the public than it is now, it’s possible that lawmakers could be compelled to act on any number of national security matters that have been languishing. If that happens, this may end up being the lesson we draw: That playing politics not only is inevitable — but it’s also necessary to govern, particularly in an era of stalemate.
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typically use such moments to dig in on their polarizing positions, rally their core supporters and pressure the public to see it their respective ways. In doing so, they waste opportunities to find common ground to address a problem that a calamity illuminated, like the failed effort by a bipartisan group of senators to close gun law loopholes in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. They couldn’t persuade enough lawmakers to buck their core backers and campaign donors in the name of compromise. And when today’s lawmakers do find solutions in the midst of crisis, those accords usually are forged at the last minute and only after intense partisan wrangling, such as when the country was about to head over the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and budget cuts. Blame the far wings of the political parties that control the system; blame a media that feeds on conflict; blame special interests that threaten to work to fire lawmakers who capitulate. And, to some extent, blame the reactive nature of Congress. It doesn’t do a good job anticipating problems, and rather appears to be in a constant crisis management mode, dealing with the biggest issues only when they demand the most attention — and making them catnip for partisans look-
ing to push their pet positions just when public opinion is changing. This has been the case in the seemingly never-ending cycle of fiscal emergencies recently. Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader from South Dakota, sees parallels between Congress and a fire department that responds to five-alarm blazes but doesn’t focus enough on prevention, saying, “We’re responding to the fires because, partly, that’s where the media is, that’s where the people are demanding that we respond to these things.” He says it’s difficult to reach common ground proactively, adding: “It may even be impossible in some cases because they don’t have the pressure to reach that consensus. So you often times kick around ideas but never really get to a critical tipping point to bring about the change required.” Tragedy creates such a tipping point — and triggers the political maneuvering. This, of course, is not always a bad thing, and it can result in quick attention to problems that long have gone unaddressed. Sometimes, this is how the big stuff gets done in our country. Think back to the government money that poured into the Gulf Coast to fix inadequate levees in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Or the reining in of an under-regulated Wall Street after the housing bubble burst, sending the nation into recession. Or, following the
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three year agreement with the LINK. Higgins says he already has a major prospect looking at Starkville and his team is working to identify new development sites in the area. Meanwhile, the LINK renamed itself the Golden Triangle Regional Development LINK and expanded its board of directors to better reflect its new footprint.  But, a more significant change is envisioned. “We will propose legislation to the Mississippi Leg-
islature to create the Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority,” said Higgins. “This will be a new organization that will replace the GTR Development LINK. It will become the permanent organization responsible for recruiting and doing all the things associated with landing business and industry in the three counties.” The LINK executive committee is charged with accomplishing this final transition. TVA, the North Mississippi Industrial Development Authority, and MDA encouraged local leaders to pursue a
regional approach. “This … is a new beginning of regionalism that will ensure a smart future for our area,” said Jim McAlexander, past chairman of the LINK board. “Together we will become stronger as we capitalize on a larger economic base, more diversified assets and the resulting economies of scale we create.” Going regional is hard for local officials. Good to see it paying off. Bill Crawford is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at
O b it u ary
Starkville Daily News has published the following obituary exactly as the funeral home submitted it.
Karen Young
Mrs. Karen Rogers Young, 52, of Kosciusko passed away April 26, 2013 at her residence. Services were held at 10 am Monday, April 29, 2013 at the South Huntington Street Church of Christ, with burial following at Parkway Cemetery. Pallbearers were Blake Trussell, Matt Trussell, Andrew Hardin, Mike Trussell, Shane Clark, Randolph Cheek and Jimmy Vines. Rev. Les Ferguson officiated the services. Mrs. Young was a member of the South Huntington Street Church of Christ. She was a Kindergarten Teacher with the Kosciusko
School System for approximately 25 years. She is survived by husband, Bubba Young, daughters, Christy Gordon, Kaitlin Young both of Kosciusko and Corley (Shane) Clark of Philadelphia; son, Ryan Young of Oxford; parents, Jerry & Barbara Rogers of Starkville; sister, Teresa (Dean) Stewart of Starkville; brother, Mark Rogers of Huntsville, AL; 7 grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the University Christian Student Center (UCSC) at the Starkville Church of Christ 613 East Lee Blvd. Starkville, MS 39759. Phone 662-323-1499. For online condolences visit
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Caps for the cause Over $25K raised by MSU
during auction for Boston
By BEN WAIT Over two weeks ago, America was rocked with the news of the tragedy that struck Boston. The bombings at the Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 15, killed three people and injured 264. The tragedy brought out the best in people. Mississippi State had an idea to show its support for the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings. “Our kids are like anybody else, (because) they were moved by the tragedy in Boston and anything they can do to help they are into,” MSU head baseball coach John Cohen said. “Anything that’s new, different and fresh, they love that also. It’s kind of a combination of both of those things. I know our kids considered it just a tremendous honor just to do something as small as that because those folks in Boston are real heroes.” The Bulldogs baseball team and adidas worked together to come up with a way to honor those affected by the tragedy in Boston. MSU coordinator of baseball operations Tyler Bratton came up with an idea for the team to wear Boston Red Sox hats for game one against Auburn. After the game, the Bulldogs made several of the hats available for a week-long online auction. On Monday, it was announced that the 24 hats made available for the auction raised $25,441. Cohen said the production and auction of the hats is an example of an idea that was put into motion and made into a success. “The folks at adidas really just made it happen and I can’t thank them enough,” Cohen said. “None of this would have happened without the folks at adidas.” Mississippi State and adidas worked to make it happened and came up with a maroon hat with a Boston “B” on the front. Adidas was able to turn the hats around in 36 hours.  “I got a text from John Cohen saying ‘Tyler had an idea to where Red Sox hats for our Thursday night game,’” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “I told John, that’s a great idea, but I didn’t want to wear red and blue. I would like for it to be something to match what we have and what we wear. They started working with Adidas to see what we could do and Adidas worked up the maroon hats with the “B.” It’s not a Red Sox hat, but it’s obviously
something that they attribute to the city of Boston.  “Great job by Tyler coming up with the original idea and a great job by our friends from adidas to come up with something that worked and turning it around as quickly as they did.” The Bulldogs wore the hats against Auburn on a game televised by ESPNU. The same night Stricklin tweeted out that several of the hats were going to be up for auction. The proceeds would go to the One Boston Fund started by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help those affected by the bombings. “Obviously it’s pretty neat to be able to see the Mississippi State community kind of give back to the city of Boston and those who have suffered from the tragedy up there,” Stricklin said. “We were able to get enough to where we thought this was a nice way we could get some of them out there to people and at the same time make sure the proceeds were going to those who need the money.” The fact that MSU raised over $25,000 does not surprise Cohen. “Every time I hear that, I am just amazed,” Cohen said. “I shouldn’t be amazed because a majority of those hats were bid by Mississippi State people and Mississippi State people are among the most selfless, most giving people in this country.” Mississippi State has several connections to the city of Boston. Former Bulldog pitcher Jonathan Papelbon played for the Boston Red Sox from 2005-11. Papelbon currently plays for the Philadelphia Phillies and was in Cincinnati when he heard the news about Boston. “Hopefully, the city can rally and make things better, but it’s going to be tough,” Papelbon said after hearing about the tragedy in Boston. “It’s hard to put in words.” Dave Meadow “Boo” Ferriss played for both the Bulldogs and Red Sox in the 1940s and Bailey Howell played basketball for MSU and the Boston Celtics. “Mississippi State has quite a few connections to the city of Boston,” Stricklin said. “Jonathan’s one, Boo Ferriss is another one and Bailey Howell played in Boston. We’ve had a number of ties to the city of Boston with some of our formal athletes. I think it’s kind of neat to be able to show Luis Pollorena wears one of the Mississippi State “B” caps while pitching our respect in that way for a place that has taken care of against Auburn on April 18. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN) some of our Bulldogs in professional ball.”
Bolin takes multi skills to Mississippi College
By DANNY P. SMITH It didn’t take Starkville Academy baseball coach Neal Henry long to figure out three years ago that he had a 9th grader who could play the game pretty well. A young Hunter Bolin stepped up to the plate and got two doubles against a pitcher that was throwing in the 90-mile per hour range and that caught Henry’s attention. “When I finally realized what he could do, he’s been in the lineup ever since,” Henry said. “He makes it easy on me because all I had to do was write his name in the lineup.” After getting four years of quality playing time with the Volunteers, Bolin took the next step in his career on Monday when he signed a scholarship to play baseball at Mississippi College on Monday. Family, friends and school officials looked on as Bolin made it officials at the school’s media center. Bolin has quite a bit on his mind this week as Starkville Academy’s Hunter Bolin, seated right, signs a baseball scholarship with Mississippi he took time out to sign with the Choctaws before College as his parents Missy Bolin, seated left, Jimmy Bolin, standing left, and Volunteer baseball getting back on the mound for Starkville Academy tonight to begin the Class AAA playoffs against coach Neal Henry show their support. (Photo by Sandra Gladney, For Starkville Daily News)
Washington School. Henry said if there is anyone on the team that can handle such a schedule, it’s Bolin. After all, Bolin has the responsibility of pitching, hitting and playing the infield for the Vols. “You can tell when he goes out there on the mound, he knows exactly what to do and when he goes to the plate, I only have to say one or two things because he knows how to fix himself and that’s the ultimate thing for a coach,” Henry said. “You have to separate pitching and hitting.” Henry said Bolin does a good job of that. In one particular game against Jackson Prep, Henry remembers Bolin striking out with the bases loaded, but went right back to the mound, worked and kept SA in the game. “If you are not mentally and physically mature enough, you could go up there and blow up on the mound, but he kept us in the ballgame and pitched all six innings,” Henry said. “When adversity hits, he can still keep his cool on the mound or at the plate.” Bolin acknowledged that it’s a difficult task bal-
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Starkville-Oxford series moved up
By JASON EDWARDS   Starkville High had planned on having a few more days to prepare for its game against Oxford, but Mother Nature and the board of education had other things in mind. With potential threats looming, the two teams made the decision to move their portion of the second round of playoffs up. “We are moving the game up because of threat of thunderstorms moving in at the end of the week, then we have state testing at the end of the week and you can’t play during that
Experienced Vols ready for playoffs
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Tanner Clanton prepares to swing the bat for Starkville
The Starkville Academy Volunteers shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the big stage as the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA postseason begins today. A group of experienced Vols make the trip to Greenville to take on the Washington School Generals in game one of the best-of-three series beginning at 5:30 p.m. There are seven seniors on the SA roster and head coach Neal Henry expects all of them to have an impact on the post-
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The amount of money raised by Mississippi State baseball on online auction with the proceeds going to One Boston Fund to help those affected by the marathon bombing.
SHS fast pitch sets fundraiser
The Starkville High School fast pitch softball team will be holding a bar-b-cue dinner fundraiser on Friday to support specific needs for the program. The plates will cost $10 each and will be available to be picked up on the visitor’s side of the SHS football stadium. Members of the softball team will be selling tickets, but anyone having trouble obtaining a ticket can contact Donna Bishop at 662-769-0636 to make arrangements.
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College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance All Times CT EASTERN SEC Vanderbilt 19-2 So. Carolina 13-8 Florida 12-9 Kentucky 9-12 Missouri 7-14 Tennessee 6-15 Georgia 4-16 DIVISION Pct. Ovr. Pct. .905 39-6 .867 .619 33-12 .733 .571 25-20 .556 .429 26-17 .605 .333 15-24 .385 .286 18-24 .409 .200 16-28 .364 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. LSU 16-5 .762 39-6 .867 Arkansas 13-7 .650 29-15 .659 Alabama 11-9 .550 27-18 .600 Ole Miss 11-10 .524 31-14 .689 Miss. State 10-11 .476 33-13 .717 Auburn 7-14 .333 25-18 .581 Texas A&M 7-13 .350 22-22 .500 Today Middle Tennessee at Tennessee, 5 p.m. SE Missouri St. at Missouri, 6 p.m. McNeese St. at LSU, 6:30 p.m. Grambling at Texas A&M, 6:35 p.m. Missouri St. at Arkansas, 6:35 p.m. Wednesday Saint Louis at Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Thursday Flordia at LSU, 6:30 p.m. Friday Alabama at Mississippi St., 6:30 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee, 5 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky, 5:30 p.m. Florida at LSU, 6 p.m. Ole Miss at Auburn, 6 p.m. Vanderbilt at South Carolina. 6 p.m. Missouri at Texas A&M, 6:35 p.m. Saturday Alabama at Mississippi St., 2 p.m. Florida at LSU, noon Missouri at Texas A&M, 2:05 p.m. Ole Miss at Auburn, 2:15 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee, 3 p.m. Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 3 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky, 6 p.m. Sunday Alabama at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky, noon Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Ole Miss at Auburn, 1 p.m. Missouri at Texas A&M, 1:05 p.m. Baseball America Top 25 1. North Carolina 2. Vanderbilt 3. LSU 4. Cal State Fullerton 5. N.C. State 6. Oregon State 7. Virginia 8. Arizona State 9. UCLA 10. Florida State 11. Oregon 12. Oklahoma 13. Louisville 14. Arkansas 15. South Carolina 16. Indiana 17. New Mexico 18. Clemson 19. Rice 20. South Alabama 21. Florida 22. Mississippi State 23. Kentucky 24. Mississippi 25. Virginia Tech Record Pvs 41-4 1 39-6 3 39-6 2 36-7 4 34-11 6 34-8 7 38-8 5 28-12 8 27-13 9 35-9 10 33-10 13 33-11 11 33-10 12 29-15 14 33-12 15 34-8 17 27-16 24 30-14 25 28-14 19 34-12 — 25-20 — 33-13 16 26-17 — 31-14 18 27-18 —
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“I felt like it was a learning opportunity for me.”
National Football player Tim Tebow said after learning he was cut by the New York Jets.
The Area Slate
Cincinnati at St. Louis, late San Francisco at Arizona, late Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, late
Coca-Cola Classic 10K nears
The 32nd annual Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K race is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Almost 1,400 participants last year helped keep this race as one of the largest foot-races in Mississippi, according to Running Times, one of the “100 great” short races. Each finisher will receive a high quality, technical t-shirt with a fantastic design and a one-of-a-kind keepsake medallion. In addition, there will be trophies for the various winning age groups. Prize money will be awarded to the top three places in eight different categories, and in age groups 25 and over. More than $6,000 in cash prizes will be given away. The Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k is honored to have been chosen for the fourth year as the 10k championship for the state of Mississippi by Roadrunners Club of America. The race also announces that the “Coke 10k for Kids Get Fit” charity initiative has been very well received by the Corinth and Alcorn County elementary schools this year. The entry fee is $25 for the remainder of race week. As a reminder, there is no race day registration, but online registration at will remain open until 7 p.m. Friday. For more information, write Coca-Cola Classic, P.O. Box 239, Corinth, MS 38835-0239, visit, like it Facebook, phone at 662-284-4858, or email to coke10k@
Today’s Games N.Y. Mets (Hefner 0-2) at Miami (Slowey 0-2), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 2-2) at Cleveland (McAllister 1-3), 7:10 p.m. Washington (G.Gonzalez 2-1) at Atlanta (Hudson 2-1), 7:10 p.m. San Diego (Volquez 1-3) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 0-3), 8:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 2-2) at Milwaukee (Estrada 2-1), 8:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-2) at St. Louis (J.Garcia 2-1), 8:15 p.m. San Francisco (Bumgarner 3-0) at Arizona (Cahill 1-3), 9:40 p.m. Colorado (J.De La Rosa 2-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1), 10:10 p.m. Wednesday’s Games N.Y. Mets at Miami, 12:40 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m. Philadelphia at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 18 7 .720 — Baltimore 15 10 .600 3 New York 15 10 .600 3 Tampa Bay 12 13 .480 6 Toronto 9 17 .346 9½ Central Division W L Pct GB Kansas City 13 9 .591 — Detroit 14 10 .583 — Minnesota 11 11 .500 2 Chicago 10 14 .417 4 Cleveland 9 13 .409 4 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 16 9 .640 — Oakland 14 12 .538 2½ Seattle 11 16 .407 6 Los Angeles 9 15 .375 6½ Houston 8 18 .308 8½ Sunday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 3, Toronto 2 Boston 6, Houston 1 Kansas City 9, Cleveland 0, 1st game Tampa Bay 8, Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota 5, Texas 0 Oakland 9, Baltimore 8, 10 innings Seattle 2, L.A. Angels 1 Detroit 8, Atlanta 3 Cleveland 10, Kansas City 3, 2nd game Monday’s Games Houston 9, N.Y. Yankees 1 Detroit 4, Minnesota 3 Cleveland at Kansas City, late L.A. Angels at Oakland, late Baltimore at Seattle, late
Kirby Cox and the Starkville Academy Volunteers begin postseason action today at Washington School. The start time in Greenville is set for 5 p.m. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Today High School Baseball MHSAA Class 5A Playoffs Starkville at Oxford, 6 p.m. MAIS Class AAA Playoffs Starkville Academy at Washington School, 5 p.m.
Avs win draft lottery, pick first
TORONTO (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery on Monday. The Florida Panthers own the second pick for June’s draft, while the Tampa Bay Lightning have the third selection. Colorado had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, worst in the Western Conference. The Panthers, who finished last in the NHL with a 15-27-6 mark, had the best odds of winning the lottery at 25 percent but had to settle for the No. 2 pick. Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones is the No. 1 ranked North American skater according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. Jones is the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones. The lottery adopted a different format this year, with all of the 14 non-playoff teams having a shot at the first overall pick. The remaining 13 squads will be slotted in reverse order of their regular-season points. In previous years, the lottery-winning team could move up no more than four spots in the draft order. Edmonton picked first overall in each of the past three years, becoming the first team to do so since Quebec (19891991). The Nordiques franchise went on to capture the Stanley Cup five years later after moving to Denver.
Today MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, Cincinnati at St. Louis or San Diego at Chicago Cubs NBA 7 p.m. TNT — Playoffs, first round, Game 5, Golden State at Denver 9:30 p.m. TNT — Playoffs, first round, Game 5, Memphis at L.A. Clippers NHL 7 p.m. CNBC — Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, game 1, Los Angeles at St. Louis NBCSN — Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, game 1, Minnesota at Chicago 9:30 p.m. NBCSN — Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, game 1, Detroit at Anaheim
Kings may stay put in California
(AP) — After an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years, the Sacramento Kings finally appear to be staying put in California’s capital city. The NBA’s relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle, the latest — and by far the strongest — in a long line of cities that almost landed the franchise. The committee made the decision over a conference call and forwarded the recommendation to the NBA Board of Governors. The board, which consists of all 30 owners, will convene during the week of May 13 to vote on the matter. While the recommendation doesn’t guarantee the Kings will stay put, it’s difficult at this point to imagine how they don’t. Moments after the league announced the committee’s recommendation, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnston wrote on Twitter: “That’s what I’m talking about SACRAMENTO!!!!! WE DID IT!!!!!” TIBCO software chairman Vivek Ranadive, the head of the Sacramento investor group Johnson assembled to mount a competing bid to keep the Kings, also expressed excitement.
Collegiate Baseball Poll Record Pts 1. Vanderbilt 39-6 497 2. North Carolina 41-4 496 3. LSU 39-6 494 4. Cal State Fullerton 36-7 492 5. Oregon State 34-8 489 6. Oregon 33-10 488 7. N.C. State 34-11 485 8. Virginia 38-8 484 9. Florida State 35-9 481 10. Oklahoma 33-11 478 11. Louisville 33-10 474 12. UCLA 27-13 471 13. Arizona State 28-12-1 469 14. Clemson 30-14 466 15. South Carolina 33-12 464 16. Arkansas 29-15 462 Pvs 4 1 2 3 6 8 9 5 10 11 12 7 26 13 15 16
17. Pittsburgh 18. New Mexico 19. Florida 20. South Florida 21. Indiana 22. Stanford 23. Arizona 24. Cal Poly 25. South Alabama 26. Mississippi 27. Rice 28. Mississippi St. 29. Campbell 30. UCF
32-10 27-16 25-20 29-15 34-8 23-15 28-14 28-13 34-12 31-14 28-14 33-13 37-8 25-19
459 455 451 448 445 443 439 438 436 434 429 426 423 419
23 28 19 25 — 14 24 18 — 20 27 17 29 —
Pittsburgh 15 10 .600 — St. Louis 14 10 .583 ½ Cincinnati 14 12 .538 1½ Milwaukee 12 11 .522 2 Chicago 9 15 .375 5½ West Division W L Pct GB Arizona 15 10 .600 — Colorado 15 10 .600 — San Francisco 13 12 .520 2 Los Angeles 12 12 .500 2½ San Diego 9 15 .375 5½ Sunday’s Games Miami 6, Chicago Cubs 4 Philadelphia 5, N.Y. Mets 1 Cincinnati 5, Washington 2 Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 0 Arizona 4, Colorado 2 L.A. Dodgers 2, Milwaukee 0 San Diego 6, San Francisco 4 Detroit 8, Atlanta 3 Monday’s Games Atlanta 3, Washington 2 N.Y. Mets at Miami, late San Diego at Chicago Cubs, late Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, late
Today’s Games Houston (Humber 0-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 3-1), 7:05 p.m. Minnesota (Worley 0-3) at Detroit (Verlander 2-2), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Lester 4-0) at Toronto (Morrow 0-2), 7:07 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 2-2) at Cleveland (McAllister 1-3), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 2-0) at Texas (Darvish 4-1), 8:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Cobb 3-1) at Kansas City (Shields 1-2), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Richards 1-1) at Oakland (Parker 0-4), 10:05 p.m. Baltimore (Hammel 3-1) at Seattle (Maurer 2-3), 10:10 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Minnesota at Detroit, 1:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Oakland, 3:35 p.m. Houston at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. Transactions
Major League National League East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 16 9 .640 — Washington 13 13 .500 3½ Philadelphia 12 14 .462 4½ New York 10 13 .435 5 Miami 6 19 .240 10 Central Division W L Pct GB
COLLEGE CREIGHTON — Promoted Steve Merfeld to director of player development for men’s basketball. Named Patrick Sellers men’s assistant basketball coach. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN — Named Brandon Troutman men’s graduate assistant basketball coach.
High School Softball
By DANNY P. SMITH Another season of Starkville Christian School softball came to a close on Monday afternoon and thus the final game for three Lady Cougars. Rachel Bowman, Katie Carr and Kera Young were recognized prior to the final game against Central Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex. Even though Young was injured and not able to play, she was still able to take part in the pre-game salute. "I've said that Kera is 'the quarterback' (of the team), then she got hurt the last game and has not been back in since," Starkville Christian coach and headmaster Randy Witbeck said. "Her leadership is a big miss for us, but Evey (Lowrimore) stepped up, covered shortstop and did a fantastic job. "We had a lot of young players that kind of got in and got the ball rolling. Katie Carr has played for us, done a good job and improved every year. Rachel (Bowman) ended up taking first base and had that covered for us. I've been very proud of the way those girls have been playing." The Lady Cougars lost their final game 20-0 to the Lady Vikings, but it was an-
NBA veteran Collins comes out
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the simplest of sentences, NBA veteran Jason Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. In a first-person article posted Monday on Sports Illustrated’s website, Collins begins: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, most recently as a reserve with the Washington Wizards after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics. He is now a free agent and wants to keep playing in the NBA. “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different,’” Collins writes. “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.” Saying he had “endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie,” Collins immediately drew support for his announcement from the White House — President Barack Obama called him — along with former President Bill Clinton, the NBA, current and former teammates, a sponsor, and athletes in other sports. Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeted that he was proud of Collins, writing: “Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others,” followed by the words “courage” and “support.” “We’ve got to get rid of the shame. That’s the main thing. And Jason’s going to help that. He’s going to help give people courage to come out,” said Billie Jean King, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame who confirmed she was gay after being outed in the early 1980s.
Starkville Christian finishes up season
Starkville Christian School senior softball players Rachel Bowman, from left, Kera Young and Katie Carr were recognized prior to Monday's final home game at the Starkville Sportsplex. (Submitted photo) other year for the young SCS program to come along with the seniors being a part of that growth. Carr was able to get an infield single in her final game and she was joined by April Burkis, Kayla Williamson, Charity Morris and Jill Jackson with one single each. Witbeck was assisted by other coaches
who volunteered their time toward the end of the season. "I kind of moved out a little bit," Witbeck said. "Rachel (Witbeck) and Eric Lowrimore took ahold of the team and Cynthia Jefferson came in the last couple of games and helped out. I'm very thankful for the help from those coaches."
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Smith scores 29 to lead Hawks past Pacers 102-91
PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press ATLANTA — Josh Smith scored 29 points as the Atlanta Hawks built a 17-point lead at halftime, then withstood an Indiana comeback over the final two quarters to even the series with a victory in Game 4 on Monday night. After struggling much of the second half, Smith made every big play down the stretch. He swished a rare 3-pointer, came up with an offensive rebound to set up a 3 by Kyle Korver, then finished off a fast break with a right-handed dunk. Paul George scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half as the Pacers made a game of it but couldn't come back from a 57-40 deficit at the break. Tied at two wins apiece, the series returns to Indianapolis for Game 5 on Wednesday night. Korver added 19 points off the bench, most of them coming on his specialty: the 3-pointer. He knocked down five from outside the arc, including the biggest one with 2:33 remaining after Al Horford threw up a wild shot that missed. Smith snatched one of his 11 rebounds and spotted Korver lurking all alone on the outside. Horford chipped in with 18 points. Indiana was better offensively but still struggled to make shots, finishing at 38 percent on a 32-of-84 performance. George came alive after halftime, connecting
Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith reacts in the closing seconds during the second half in Game 4 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series game against the Indiana Pacers. (Photo by John Bazemore, AP)
three times from beyond the stripe, while every other starter was in double figures. It wasn't enough. The Hawks beat Indiana for the 13th straight time at Philips Arena, a streak that dates to 2006. But the Pacers can take solace with not having to win in Atlanta, as long as they take care of business on their home court. Then again, Indiana must be wondering how the series got to this point after the Pacers dominated the first two games in their building, averaging 110 points and a 16-point margin of victory. The Hawks turned the momentum with a 90-69 blowout in Game 3, then did enough good things in the first half to get the series back where it started as they return to the heartland. The Pacers played with much more effort than they did Saturday, but it didn't matter in the second quarter. Not with the Hawks gunning away from the outside — they went 7 of 8 from 3-point range in the period — and running the court with so much abandon that coach Larry Drew had to call a 20-second timeout late in the first half just to allow his players to catch their breath. Atlanta appeared on the way to a second straight blowout. Not so fast. Indiana turned up the defensive pressure and the Hawks began playing a little too loose with the ball. The Pacers ripped off a 15-1 spurt that nearly wiped out an 18-point deficit, holding Atlanta without a field goal for a good chunk of the third quarter.
Nets win 110-91, cut Bulls' lead to 3-2
By BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press NEW YORK — Flourishing instead of fading in the fourth quarter, the Brooklyn Nets extended their first season in Brooklyn. They need one more victory to set up the biggest game here yet. Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Nets beat Chicago on Monday night, cutting the Bulls' lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series. Recovering from a collapse two days earlier that sent them home on the brink of elimination instead of tied, the Nets battered the Bulls on the boards and forced Chicago into being the team that wilted down the stretch. "We came out very aggressive, as we have the past few games. I think the difference was just we sustained it for essentially a full 48 minutes tonight," Lopez said. Andray Blatche scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and Gerald Wallace had consecutive baskets in the finishing surge as the Nets finally pulled away in a game they led most of the way, but never by too much. Two days after rallying for a 142-134 tripleovertime victory, the Bulls were outscored 15-1 at the finish and failed to set up a second-round series with Miami. Instead they will host Game 6 on Thursday. "It was just a lot of mental mistakes. A lot of mental mistakes," Bulls center Joakim Noah said. "I feel like we had our chances. We beat ourselves. They played well. You've got to give credit when credit is due and now it's on us to come back and be ready for Game 6." If the Nets win that one, they would host Game 7 on Saturday. Nate Robinson had 20 points and eight assists starting in place of point guard Kirk Hinrich, who bruised his left calf in Saturday's game. "For us, I knew it was going to be tough; it was going to be a challenge," Robinson said. "At the same time, we've been here before playing with a guy short. It's something we've got to do. We've just got to muster something and bring that energy and continue to play like we've been playing." Only eight NBA teams have overcome a 3-1 deficit, but the Nets remained confident after Saturday's collapse, feeling they had outplayed the Bulls for long stretches during the series. They have led by double digits in four of the five games. "I believed that we would respond," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We've bounced back all year too well, and as disheartening a loss as that was on Saturday, there's still been enough good minutes in this series. Neither of us are getting away from each other." But they need two more wins against a Bulls franchise that is 12-0 all-time when holding a 3-1 lead. Robinson scored 29 of his 34 points after the third quarter Saturday in a game the Nets led by 14 late in regulation. Coming off his big game and agitating to opposing fans even when he's struggling, Robinson was loudly booed during introductions, and each time he touched the ball early on.
He made a jumper with 4:17 remaining to cut Brooklyn's lead to 95-90, but there would be no charge this time. Lopez converted a three-point play, and after a free throw by Jimmy Butler, Wallace nailed a 3-pointer, then came up with a steal and dunk to give the Nets a 103-91 advantage with 2 minutes to go. The Nets finished it off with ease, prolonging their first season since moving from New Jersey. Butler scored 18 points for the Bulls, who were outrebounded 44-33 and gave up 24 second-chance points. "That's the difference in the game, the rebounding," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "If you defend fairly well and then you give a team a second and a third crack at it, it's hard to win like that." The Nets ran off seven straight points late in the first quarter, five from Lopez, to turn a 17-17 tie into a 24-17 lead. Brooklyn got eight second-quarter points from Kris Humphries, then opened its biggest lead when Johnson and Wallace made consecutive 3-pointers before Lopez made two free throws to make it 50-40. The Nets led 52-44 at the break.
Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) looks to shoot around Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans (30) in the second half of Game 5 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series n New York. (Photo by Kathy Willens, AP)
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Lady Bulldog back in the postseason
By BEN WAIT The Mississippi State women's golf team hadn't sniffed the postseason in nearly six years. Monday night that all changed. The Lady Bulldogs gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the NCAA Selection Show. At just after 8 p.m. they saw their name come up and a loud roar was heard inside the restaurant. MSU will be the No. 19 seed Central Regional held at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.  "I'm pretty excited about the opportunity to represent Mississippi State in my first NCAA Championship," MSU coach Ginger BrownLemm said. "The future is as exciting as the immediate gain of playing now. It's a rush I won't soon forget." The regional take place May 9-11. The top eight teams from the regional will advance.  The Lady Bulldogs hadn't competed as a team in the NCAAs since 2006. Last year Ally McDonald competed as an individual in the West Regional. She finished in a tie for 49th. "Last year whenever I was in Colorado for the regional, it was a very different kind of thing playing as an individual," McDonald said. "Gaining that experience, there are top teams there and there are top individuals, so what I can tell everybody is just like any other tournament. "This year is going to be a lot more fun and a Mississippi State women's golf coach Ginger Brown-Lemm, right, helps Ally McDonald size up her putt during the season. (Photo submitted by MSU athletic Media Relations) lot more routine. It's going to be a comfort level for me, as well as everyone else." Brown-Lemm is in her third year as the coach of the MSU women. Coming into the season, she wanted here squad to zero in on itself and the things that it could control. Her Lady Bulldogs have bought in. "The amazing thing about this year (is) we have focused on what our job is," Brown-Lemm said. "Our theme was control what you can control. It didn't matter where you played, who you played with or if you were playing against the No. 1 team in the nation, we've really embraced that concept." MSU was in the mix on the final day of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Greyston Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., but they stumbled down the stretch. The Lady Bulldogs finished in a tie for fifth, which was tied for the best finish by any State team. "There are certain positive things you can take and there are certain negative things," McDonald said. "I think it's crucial in golf to forget anything that happens that is negative because it can weigh so hard on your mind." Brown-Lemm, a graduate of Texas, has played the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. Her team has never seen the course. "(It's) the excitement of seeing a new place," Brown-Lemm said. "Oklahoma is a huge school. They have a reputation of everything is great. We deserve to be there. We have worked hard enough to earn our spot."
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Major League Baseball
Braves end 4-game skid, beat Nationals
By CHARLES ODUM Associated Press
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves, who began the night with the most home runs in the majors, showed they can win playing small ball. Now Washington's Stephen Strasburg must show his right arm is completely healthy. Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as Atlanta beat the Nationals 3-2 on Monday night and ended their four-game losing streak. "We battled and did the little things right," said Simmons, the second-year shortstop. "We got the bunt down. We got the sacrifice fly to get the run in." Washington manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg, who was pulled after six innings, has "a little tightness" in his right forearm. Johnson said Strasburg was seen by a doctor after the game. "That was a tough one," said Johnson of the loss. "But the main thing I was a little concerned about Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons hits a sacrifice fly to bring in Gerald Laird for the go was Strasburg." Strasburg, who had lost a career-worst fourahead run against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning of a baseball game in straight starts leading up to the game, said he'll be Atlanta. (Photo by John Amis, AP)
able to make his next scheduled start. He is 1-4 with a 3.13 ERA. Strasburg appeared to struggle to get comfortable on the mound. Johnson also noticed, saying Strasburg "doesn't look right to me." "He was shaking his elbow more frequently," Johnson said, adding Strasburg didn't complain "but he was irritable." "I was really concerned," Johnson said. "Any other time, I might have let him continue. Hopefully, it's no more than a tired arm or something." Strasburg gave up six hits, four walks and two runs in six innings, striking out eight. Strasburg insisted he "felt good" but struggled with his control. "I couldn't throw strikes early on," Strasburg said. "I was able to kind of battle through it and keep it close." Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at Washington earlier this month. Ian Desmond off the ninth with a slow grounder that Simmons charged. Simmons slipped as he fielded the ball and fell on his backside, but somehow fired a strike from the seat of his pants that first baseman Freddie Freeman caught by making a long stretch.
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season. “It’s a senior-laden team,” Henry said. “We have a bunch of guys coming back from last year that played in the playoffs and know what to expect. I expect a great crowd at Washington. It’s going to be tough to take game one,
but with Hunter (Bolin) on the mound, we expect to be in the game and I’m excited about being in the playoffs again as the No. 1 seed.” Bolin, who signed a scholarship to play collegiately at Mississippi College on Monday, was ready to take the baseball for another playoff run with the Vols. “I’m pumped to go over to Greenville,” Bolin said. “Hopefully, we can go and get a big
win, then come back home and get a win, then take the winner of Magnolia Heights and East Rankin.” Starkville Academy, which has an overall record of 16-9, captured the top seed out of Division II. After Washington hosts the first game, game two takes place in Starkville on Thursday at 5 p.m. with a third game following if
necessary. The Vols and Generals have not played this season for Henry doesn’t have much information on the opponent. “They are one of the few teams I have not seen this year, but we talked to some guys about them,” Henry said. “I expect them to be scrappy and expect them to be in the game. It’s playoff time so anything can happen.”
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time,” Yellowjackets coach Brian Jones said. “Basically the way it was, if you got rained out on Thursday and you have to wait until end of next week to play, it puts you behind the eight ball for the next series.” The change in schedule places Oxford as the host tonight while things will return to Starkville on Thursday. Even with the shake up in timing, Jones is confident his team
is prepared after sweeping Provine in the first round. “Anytime you have a playoff round, it doesn’t matter who your opponent is,” said Jones. “All the games count the same, but getting the first win was big for us. It was big for our kids and our team morale to win. They are going into this week versus Oxford even more excited and ready to go.” No matter how excited and prepared the Jackets are, Jones knows that Oxford is a “perennial star baseball school” and will be no easy opponent. “They’re well-coached,” Jones said. “They may not be over-
powering in any one aspect. They just do everything. They are going to play well and we are going to have to do everything right.” There is one more factor playing into this week’s series between Starkville and Oxford – the atmosphere. “We are a young team and a lot of these guys have never experienced playoffs,” Jones said. “It is just a different atmosphere than in the regular season. I don’t care what you are or what you are doing, it makes a huge difference. The atmosphere will be intense this week.”
and trying to help your team at the plate too,” Bolin said. “I try to do a good job of it. Sometimes From page 6 it get out of alignment, but I just try to do what ancing hitting and pitching, but tries his best to my team needs me to do. Hopefully, it leads to a stay consistent in both areas. victory.” “It’s hard to focus on pitching for seven innings There were several factors that led Bolin to Mis-
sissippi College. He saw that the Clinton-based school was strong in academics and the coaching staff made him feel welcome. “They reached out to me and I got to visit the campus,” Bolin said. “I love the coaching staff. They have warmed up to me and helped me feel
like family. That was what my decision was based on and why I chose MC. “I’m excited and ready. Being a four-year school, it is a big opportunity for me. I’m looking forward to the challenge of going there and playing some big-time baseball.”
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