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July 31, 2013

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Rep. Ellis hospitalized Sturgis hires police chief after apparent stroke
SDN staff District 38 Rep. Tyrone Ellis (DStarkville) suffered a stroke Monday evening and was taken to Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Further details on Ellis’ condition were not available as off press time. Ellis is the Democratic minority leader for the Mississippi House of Representatives, and represents parts of Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Clay and Noxubee counties. He began his elected service in 1980. District 37 Rep. Gary Chism (R-Columbus), who also represents a portion of Oktibbeha County, said he’d been notified for certain of Ellis’ condition Tuesday morning, when House Speaker Philip Gunn issued an email to legislators calling for prayer for Ellis’ family. Chism said despite their political differences, he felt Ellis an effective representative and hoped for his recovery. “We certainly came together on things that concerned the Golden Triangle,” Chism said. “He’s been the senior representative for this area for a long time. When he was Democratic majority leader, he served very well in that capacity in stopping a lot of our (Republican) initiatives … but we were always on the same side in By STEVEN NALLEY
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
Lee shares message with girls basketball camp
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 212
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Sturgis Board of Aldermen selected Doug Hamilton as the town’s new police chief after a series of interviews Monday evening at Sturgis Town Hall. Mayor Walter Turner swore Hamilton in Tuesday morning at the town hall, and he said Hamilton would officially begin his duties Thursday. He said Hamilton brought with him 30 years of experience with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and 22 seasons of
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Bull Ring to return to MSU
Even though it had a history dating back to 1933, Hart Bailey said he first heard of Mississippi State University’s Bull Ring in July 2009. Bailey was president of the MSU Faculty Senate at the time, and he was at a send-off party in Batesville for area students about to enter MSU as freshmen. He said a member of MSU’s class of 1961, Mike Clark, asked him what happened to the Bull Ring, and he didn’t know what he was talking about. Bailey said the Bull Ring was not in place when he attended MSU. Curious, Bailey spoke with Jimmy Abraham, now retired as executive director of the MSU Alumni Association. Before long, Bailey said, the topic came before MSU President Mark Keenum, who incorporated historical landmarks like the Bull Ring into the campus master plan. By 2012, he said, then-Student Association President Rhett Hobart expressed interest in reinstating a lost tradition — the class gift. The Bull Ring had been a gift from the Class of 1933, Bailey said, and he could hardly think of a better way to renew the tradition. Now, the revamped Bull Ring, a tree-shaded bench where MSU students went to “shoot the bull” for decades, is nearly ready for the fall 2013 semester and a new generation of students. Henry Jones, left, and Marlon Boyd put finishing touches on the restored Bull Ring near Mississippi State University’s Colvard Student Union Monday. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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Parents weather supply costs for upcoming year
By ALEX HOLLOWAY With the start of the new school year looming, parents have to consider the costs of school supplies as they continue preparations for sending their children back to school. School supply costs can vary based on school, grade, what classes a student takes and even from teacher to teacher. Starkville School District provides school supply lists for children through the eighth grade. Starkville Academy provides lists until seventh grade. Officials at both SSD and SA said class variation in high school makes it difficult to provide formal supply lists for those students. “It can really just depend on the teacher,” said Starkville Academy High School Principal Billy Wilbanks. “Teachers recommend what kind of supplies might be needed on the first days of classes. Most will prefer a 3-ring binder versus a wire bound notebook, for example. But it’s mostly your basic supplies. Notebooks, paper, they might need certain books for their English classes. They might need a certain calculator for their math classes.” Wilbanks noted that graphing calculators can be expensive — some Texas Instruments calculator models range from $90-150 — but said they were a one-time purchase that could
Budget meetings continue
By MARY GARRISON Starkville Board of Aldermen continued its series of budget meetings Tuesday night, hearing from department managers for the municipal court, airport and community development. And just as before, staffing and salaries were a concern for some departments. Municipal Court Administrator Tony Rook expressed concern at the high turnover rate within his department among clerks. Rook said the court employed one court clerk and four deputy clerks, and in the last two years four had resigned their positions to accept other offers. Of those who resigned, one had been in the office for 20 years and another for 16 years, he said. The driving factors, he said, centered around a growing workload compared with insufficient staff and low salaries. "The last time we hired a clerk was 2006," Rook said. "At that time we han-
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Leah Clark peruses school supplies for her child, who will be a sixth grade student when school resumes. Parents around Starkville and Oktibbeha County are finishing preparations for the new school year. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
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A-2: Around Town A-4: Forum A-5: Weather B-1: Taste B-6: Classifieds C-1: Sports
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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 Community Food Drive —There will be a ribbon cutting with the Partnership at Welch Floral Designs, located in Welch Funeral Home. Door prizes will be available to win all day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll be there accepting canned goods. Everyone that comes two or more nonperishable item gets a free flower and is entered to win a beautiful arrangement. u From the Tate family — The Tate family will charter a bus to the Fox family reunion in Detroit, Mich., Aug. 1-4. We have a few seats left to fill. If anyone would like to visit the family and friends, call Danny Tate at 272-8407 or 722-0598, Della Tate at 3230036 or Mary C. Tate at 3241480 or 418-5024. u Lions Club — The Board of Directors will meet at McAlister’s Deli at 11:45 a.m. Two important its of adminstrative business: proposed budget and annual calendar will be discussed and approved. Attendance to and logistics for the upcoming membership reception on Aug. 15 will be finalized. Project activities on eye screening, eyeglasses requests, and more are on the agenda. For more info call 662
Joshua Pruitt, Presley Glusenkamp, Morgan White and Eli Dale prepare pizzas Tuesday at Kids in the Kitchen, a 4-H program. The early morning workshop allowed children to follow a recipe and prepare the food. They created a recipe book that can be entered into 4-H’s Exhibit Days. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN) service Aug. 4-6 beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday and beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The speaker will be Bro. E.C. Pittman. The church invites you to come and be blessed.
Saint Matthew Road, will hold revival services Aug. 5-6 for prayer and at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7-9. The theme is “working together to be one.” Rev. R. L. Hairston of Erie, Penn., will be the special guest. For more information, contact Sarah B. Brooks at 272-8391 or 4187991.
u Oktibbeha County Youth Council — The Oktibbeha County Youth Council NAACP will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 324-1424. 5 at the IAS Restoratin Outreach, Inc. at 20312 N. LaSaturday fayette St. in Starkille, across from the Starkville Electric u The big latch on — Join Deptartment. The agenda for us at Nine-twentynine coffee the meeting includes electing bar at 10:30 a.m. for the officers for the president and big latch on. Let’s break the secretary positions. Contact record for the most mothers/ Shavell Rice at 662-418-7132 babies breastfeeding simulfor more information. taneously. Please arrive 30 u Public library book minutes before so we can sale — The Friends of the register and settle everyone in. Starkville Public Library will For more information email hold its monthly book sale us at from noon to 6 p.m. August 5. u Back to school bash — There are many new hardback Faith and Works Community and paperback additions to the Church Youth Ministry will saleroom collections. Revenue have a back to school bash from the sale of books is used at 9 a.m. Registratoin begins to support library projects. at 8:30 a.m. There will be u Revival — First Baptist various topcis from the impor- Pheba Church wishes to invite tance of education to bullyeveryone to their annual suming and self esteem. Lunch mer revival services at 7 p.m. will be provided and various nightly from Aug. 5-9. Guest school suplies handed out for speaker is Rev. Jack Vaughn, participation. Contact Mary pastor of Mt. Carmel M.B. Johnson for more information Church in Macon, Miss. His at 662-617-1460. choir and church family will u Family reunion —The accompany him. Everyone is Fulgham family reunion will invited to attend. take place from 10 a.m. to 3 u Civitan Club — p.m. at the Double Springs Starkville Civitan Club will Baptists Church Family Life meet at noon at McAlister’s Center in Maben. Deli.
u Saint Matthew M.B. Church — The Saint Matthew M.B. Church family extends an invitation to your pastor and church family to lend a hand in celebrating our Lord and Savior in our annual revival. Rev. R.L. Hairston of Erie, Pa., will be our special guest for this glorious occasion. We would appreciate your pastor and church family present at 7 p.m. from Aug. 7-9 nightly.
u The Starkville Community Market — The Starkville Community Market (corner of Jackson & Lampkin Streets) is in need of volunteers to assist in the setting up and taking down of the market every Saturday this summer. If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Jamey Matte by phone at 601-8885826 or by email at Jamey@ u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am until 3 pm. The Office of Child Sunday Tuesday nutrition has also completed u Revival service —Mt. u Saint Matthew M.B. the direct certification process Zion M.B. Church in Sturgis, Church — Saint Matthew for families who automatically will hosts its annual revival M.B. Church, located at 801 qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at or 662-615-0021. u Mayor’s Youth Council — The Starkville Mayor’s Youth Council is now accepting applications for membership for the upcoming year of 2013-14. To download the application, visit All applications may be mailed or delivered to Starkville City Hall, 101
Lampkin St., Starkville, MS 39759. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15. For more information, call the 3234583, ext. 100 u 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting — There will be a class on the 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting at the Emerson Family Resource Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in May. Barbara Culberson BSF Marriage Counselor and Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager will lead classes. All classes must be attended to complete the program. Call 662-320-4607 to register. 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 662-320-4607 to register. u Supply drive — Delta Upsilon Sigma Mississippi Alumni Golden Triangle Chapter will collect school supplies for Sudduth Elementary School until Saturday, Aug. 3. For more information, call (601) 227-1283. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at u Dulcimer and More Society — 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 or call 662-323-8152. u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District conference room. 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 Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Streams in the Desert” from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday, starting Aug. 20 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 662-323-7597. 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 662-4952292 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 or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard.human@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ 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,
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Bailey said the Bull Ring’s location in front of Colvard Student Union closely matched its original position dating back to 1933. In the Bull Ring’s heyday, he said, the street in front of the union was Highway 12, making the Bull Ring a bus stop and a hub of activity. But by the time he came to campus, he said, the bench had been removed. “It was put back in front of the union in the late 90s,” Bailey said. “At some point (after that), it was run into with a tractor, and it was broken and removed. It has people’s initials on it. The historical perspective is tremendous.” Hobart, now a graduate assistant in marketing with MSU athletics, said the Student Association consulted with Couvillion Design and Build to ensure that this effort to preserve the Bull Ring would last longer than two or three others before it. The solution they arrived at, he said, was to place the original Bull Ring atop brick backing for an entirely new bench. “The problem was, the structure of the Bull Ring itself was pretty weak,” Hobart said. “It was a concrete ring sitting on legs. We wanted to make sure it was there for years to come. Basically, we created a replica of the Bull Ring at the lower level. The top is the historical one, the one you can look at and see engravings on it from people from years past. It’s kind of symbolic, having them put together as we restore this class gift.” While an exact date had not been determined, Hobart said MSU planned a dedication ceremony for the Bull Ring in September. He said the Bull Ring’s construction was complete, and all that remained was landscaping, signage explaining the Bull Ring’s history, and a brick path surrounding the bench. Hobart said the Student
Association had been selling these bricks to donors to have their names engraved on them for $50 apiece with great success. About 100 of the 300 bricks had been sold, he said, and the remaining bricks could be purchased through the MSU Foundation. He said he was grateful for the support from students and alumni. “This is a special piece of the university to (our alumni),” Hobart said. “We feel like it was a really important piece of our history to have for our campus and for future generations to enjoy.” In the future, Bailey said he hoped for MSU to restore other campus landmarks that had been relegated to storage. For instance, he said, there was once a fountain on the west side of Lee Hall that listed several classes of MSU Roadrunners, students who guide incoming freshmen on tours of campus each year. He said there was also a fountain for veterans between McCool Hall and the Colvard Student Union that he wanted to see restored. “We have those, and we just have to look at them and try to find the best place for them, for people to see and utilize,” Bailey said. “We (have) tried to put things into a policy that would protect those types of things on campus. We did a master plan that looked at the whole campus expansion and all the things we wanted. In that process, we said we would always honor the historic heritage of the university, and the Bull Ring would be part of it.” Abraham said he, too, believed it was important to restore historic elements to campus using university resources as they became available. He said he was proud to have been part of bringing back the Bull Ring. “We knew it would help connect the current students and our alumni,” Abraham said. “It was literally a nobrainer for the alumni association to get involved, and I’m so glad we did.”
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experience providing security for Mississippi State University’s football team. Hamilton came out of retirement to pursue the Sturgis job, Turner said. “Being retired, he’s more flexible than someone that’s working a full-time job and trying to be (our police chief) part-time,” Turner said. “He can set up his schedule to work days, nights, evenings, whatever, so there’s a flexibility that points in his favor.” Hamilton said he was eager to begin working with town officials and citizens, and he didn’t mind returning to police work. “I’ve done it for 30 years, and it just gets in your blood, and you just enjoy doing it,” Hamilton said. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for the town of Sturgis and the people here. I used to run around with some of the people down here ... when I was in high school and college. I grew up in Maben, so it wasn’t that far. My college roommate was from here in Sturgis.” On July 2, three newly-elected aldermen voted not to renew Will Hutchinson’s appointment as police chief, and all three of the town’s other police officers resigned immediately afterward. The town board then held two specially called meetings to re-evaluate the police department’s structure. On July 18, aldermen voted to hire a police chief, assistant chief and officer, all part-time. Turner said the board voted 4-1 to select Hamilton, with Alderman Mike Collins casting the dissenting vote. He said current plans called for Hamilton to spend about a week acclimating to the job before helping the town select its assistant police chief and officer. “I would like to hire the next two officers at the next board meeting Aug. 6,” Turner said. “We want to give (Hamilton) a week or so to learn the town and get his office
Sturgis Mayor Walter Turner, left, swears in Doug Hamilton as the town's police chief Tuesday morning at Sturgis Town Hall. Sturgis Board of Aldermen selected Hamilton out of four candidates it interviewed Monday evening. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) organized, meet some new people and talk to them some. (We want to) let him get a few hours on the job before we bombard him with two new people. He’ll certainly be consulted for hiring the other two officers.” Billy Blankenship, one of the three new aldermen who ousted Hutchinson and one of the four who voted Hamilton in, said he was pleased to have Hamilton on board, particularly since Hamilton met benchmarks he had set earlier. At the July 18 meeting, Blankenship said he wanted someone with at least five years of experience who lived within 30 miles of Sturgis. Blankenship said he based his decision primarily on Hamilton’s experience, but a total of four candidates interviewed, and several had plenty of experience. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to employ some
of those guys as officers or assistant chiefs,” Blankenship said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a fully manned police force within a week or two.” Hamilton said he still had to give those hiring decisions more thought and consult with Turner about them. In the meantime, he said he hoped his experience would serve the citizens of Sturgis well. “I just hope out of all those years I’ve learned something that will help me in this job,” Hamilton said. “Highway patrol and police are a lot different. With highway patrol you’re dealing more with traffic than you are with people in general, as in the police department. I’m just going to do everything I can to be at (citizens’) assistance. Whatever they need me to help them do, I’ll be more than happy to try and help them.”
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dled about 10,000 cases a year. Last year we handled 13,700." For 2012-13, the court operated on a $397,060 total budget; $363,535 of that expense went to salary and benefits — $92,024 for hourly employees. Rook asked for no more in any area of the court's budget, though he said it was something he hoped the budget committee would consider. "This is a flat budget," Rook said. "No fluff, no fat, no wiggle room. This is bare bones, and specifically what we have to have to keep the court running." Rook said equipment presented a considerable challenge to the court, as well. Aging computers, he said, could not handle the standard software or generate forms from that software, preventing the department from moving to a more efficient efiling system. Rook estimated a cost of about $4,000 to replace computers alone. Committee chairman and Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard questioned if replacing equipment would help offset pressure on employees, to which Rook agreed that it would, particularly in terms of increasing efficiency to alleviate employee workload. Presently, clerks must pull paper files individually, he said, which sometimes caused problems
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economic development.” Chism said Ellis had been a strong proponent of education and served as a Baptist minister, as well, often holding prayer service or memorial for those in office. “Sometimes things would happen when we were in session, and it’s hard for us to get away to attend a service,” Chism said. “He would lead a ceremony there. He always did his other calling.” Calls to Ellis’ wife, Rena, for comment went unreturned on Tuesday.
with repeat offenders if a past file slipped through the cracks. New equipment could put the court on the way to cutting down on human error. Rook said he'd asked the previous board to consider new equipment before, though salary compensation was not a topic he had broached. "I was told that the Stennis Institute was putting together a comparative salary study and raises would come from the results of that," Rook said. Rodney Lincoln, manager for the municipal airport, presented a budget relatively close to last year's, as well. The airport, which is funded through a cooperative with the city, Oktibbeha County and Mississippi State University in a 45-45-10 percent split, respectively, operated on a $136,499 budget cumulative last year, which included intergovernmental revenues as well as outside streams such as hangar rental and tie-down fees. The city contributed about $31,928 to the fund. Lincoln said he expected all of the airport's needs to remain steady, however, he hoped to purchase a new tractor. "The only thing we're asking for outside of the budget is to replace the tractor," Lincoln said.
"We mow 170 acres every 10 days. The one we have is 31 years old. We need a new bush hog, too, but we think we can manage with the one we've got." Lincoln estimated a new machine to cost no more than $50,000, which would bring the city's contribution to as much as $22,500. It's a necessary expenditure, he said, as much of the navigational equipment necessary to land planes was hindered from working properly when grass grew too tall and obscured sensor visibility. The board also heard from Bill Snowden, director of community development, in a slightly new format. Community development was recently formed as one full department encompassing the city's engineering, code enforcement, planning and development services departments. Snowden, like Lincoln, asked for little to change from last year's budget for each department; however, he requested a $2,000 increase from $500 in professional services of economic development from the year before, as well $10,000 in capital outlay to purchase a used dump truck. Snowden said he hoped to travel to two retail trade seminars in furthering his efforts to pro-
mote development in Starkville. "Basically you go and sell yourself," Snowden said. "Starkville is a diamond in the rough. If it takes off the way I think it'll take off, it could really be big." Ward 6 Alderman Roy Perkins had reservations, however. Perkins said without speaking for or against the possibility, the board would have to examine each department's expenses closely, particularly travel. In addition, the board asked to consider striking unnecessary items from the community development budget, such as $40,729 salary marked for an assistant city planner's position, which Snowden said the department had no intention of filling. The board also touched on the Starkville Fire Department budget, however discussion was largely reserved, as Chief Rodger Mann was unavailable for the evening's meeting. Mann, who will be available to discuss his department budget at Thursday's session, requested a $32,122 increase in the SFD budget to accommodate equipment upgrades and $10,148 more for training expenses. Mann requested the board consider the purchase or lease of another pumper truck for the city, as well.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Road rage is the devil's mouthpiece
As many positive things as I have to say about Starkville, an experience I have at least twice daily would be among the few negatives. If I ever do succumb to a hypertension-induced stroke, it will be from my morning and evening commute on Highway 12. Since the work has begun on 182, Highway 12 has seen even more congestion and my once eight-minute commute has become more like 15 to 20 minutes. Being a victim of road rage — an apparent inherited condition in my family — things like traffic signals that don't adhere to present circumstances (e.g. traffic piles up at the red light for several minutes while there is no traffic on the sides of the intersection where the light is green) and drivers who travel at a whopping 12 miles-per-hour in the left driving lane while texting draw my very vocal ire as I strive to "cope" with my surroundings. I understand none of these people can even hear me, and my protests don't actually help the driving process. But expressing my distaste for the technological absence of a teleport makes me feel like I'm part of the solution rather than the problem. It used to be really bad before Zayley came along, but while the presence of a child in the back seat has forced me to dispense with profanely accosting or saluting fellow drivers — and my arch enemy, the traffic signal — I'm still just as loud, and the things I say are just as ridiculous. Yet, I didn't realize it until I heard them repeated back to me. Oh yes, if you've ever heard or read anything about Zack Plair my kid, you Editor know where this is going. I was trying to get her to school one day last week, and we came upon two drivers on Highway 12 traveling parallel in the right and left lane, respectively, at 22 milesper-hour in a 45. I opened my mouth to talk, but before any sound actually came from my own mouth, I heard these words from behind me: "Come on, you people! This is the fast lane. Somebody make a decision!" Then we came upon a red light and had to stop. "Uuuugghh! Don't you know we're in a hurry? We've got places to be. Green! I said green!" Admittedly, I thought it was as funny as it was scary. When I glanced back at her with a puzzled look on my face, she smiled and said, "See, I'm helping you drive." Ah, the monsters you create when you're so caught up in your own little world that you don't even notice. Because experience riding with me down Highway 12 has taught my child that yelling at traffic is part of
the driving process, her very loud, high-pitched voice now adds a degree of difficulty to the process because she wants to be like her daddy. Way to go, me! So out of self preservation, at the very least, I'm sticking a cork in it while I'm driving. It will help my health, my eardrums and possibly my sanity, and maybe one day Zayley's manifestation of road rage won't evolve into deliberately playing bumper cars with the unsuspecting elderly. My only concern is, I hope I'm not shutting the barn door after the cow's gotten out.
Zack Plair is the editor of Starkville Daily News. Contact him at editor@
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Is this the environment we want to live in?
Editor: Ah, satire. Aristophanes, Swift and Twain were just a few of the practitioners of this subtle art. While the authors of the parody Twitter accounts of Mr. Little and Mr. Carver may never reach the cultural notoriety of the aforementioned authors, they are following in a long acceptable form of political and social criticism. I’m sorry that the targets of their satire seem to be so thin-skinned. Perhaps Mr. Little and Mr. Carver are not as cut out for public service as they thought. But I am concerned that Mr. Little believes that a police investigation is warranted. Is this the environment we want to live in? City employees fired with no justification? Commentators (tasteless as they may be) subjected to police inquiries? What happens when we see @Wynnwantsasteak? I believe the people of Starkville deserve better and perhaps should demand better. Jon Turner Starkville
A last Neshoba County Fair with my little girl
CABIN No. 16 — For 27 years now, I’ve spent the week of the Neshoba County Fair with my daughter and it is without question my favorite week of the year. From the time Kate was a baby, we shared the week and both seemed to squeeze as much joy out of the experience as possible. Our fair cabin walls are lined with photos that capture the changes that three decades bring — births, deaths, marriages, divorces — and that show the slow march of time on our faces, our waistlines and our tastes in clothes and hairstyles. There is the photo of Kate’s mother, Paula, who was only able to enjoy the cabin for about a decade before her health failed and she could no longer take part in the fair. There’s the photo of Gale Denley, who was a second father to Kate and who had such a profound influence on her life and mine. There are groups photos made each year in the same spot that show the growth of our extended families. And most of all, there are the smiling faces of kids who spent happy childhoods in the red clay and sawdust of the fairgrounds — replete with water balloon and Silly String fights, afternoons spent watching the harness races, evenings spent listening to the music on Square or riding the rides on the midway. My favorite photo is one made showing the front of the cabin from a distance. In the photo, there is a little girl with big brown Sid Salter eyes standing on the Syndicated top porch barely tall Columnist enough to see over the rails. She has a sun dress on and sandals and she’s blowing soap bubbles with all her might. For me and for Kate, there has always been the quintessential day at the Fair each year and it came on Friday. On Fridays at our cabin on the Square, the politicians have gone home to be with their families, we’re done doing much cooking or entertaining and it’s just family. We spend the afternoon at the races watching the Morris Therrell and Jim Dance invitational races. Some days we “chair-raced” for a good seat at the concert to be held at the grandstand and
some days we didn’t.  But on Friday night, we always tried to be together for the fireworks show. The fireworks show at the fair always signals the end of summer and the end of another week together with our fair family. This year, Kate and I will have our last of those wonderful Fridays together at Neshoba. My little girl — now at age 27 a very capable English instructor at Mississippi State — is engaged to be married this fall to a very nice young man from Senatobia. There’s symmetry to life, I’ve found. Kate’s late mother would have laughed to know that her daughter followed her lead in marrying a newspaper reporter. Nathan Gregory has joined our crew at Cabin 16 and we think he’s a very good fit. But it occurred to me while we enjoyed an engagement party for Kate at the fair over the weekend that this would be my last Friday with Kate in which I would be the fellow she sat beside at the races or the fireworks show and that next year, there would be another man who would be her companion for those events.
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Friends of the Museum to hold fundraiser
For Starkville Daily News The Friends of the Museum will hold its annual fundraising benefit, "Denim and Diamonds" at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Shrine Club. The informal event will again feature a western theme and attendees are encouraged to arrive in western attire in keeping with the ambiance of the evening. Little Dooey will cater a barbecue buffet that will include its famous fare of barbecue pork, chicken, beans, slaw, corn salad and dessert. Beverages will include water, iced tea, wine and beer. Dancing and entertainment will follow. During the evening there will be a raffle for a quality piece of jewelry and a silent auction of selected items will be held throughout the evening. Bill Cooke and his Kanna Wermz band will provide music for dancing, along with line and square dancing demonstrations. Denim and Diamonds in the only major fundraising event sponsored by the Friend of the Museum to support much needed improvements and program development of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum. Friends of the Museum encourages the community to purchase tickets early as the number is limited. A portion of each ticket is tax deductible and all proceeds of the
Board members from Friends of the Museum are, from left, Armando de la Cruz, Fairfax Montgomery, Wanda Thorn, Patsy Stuart, Ava Moore and Warren Housley. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN) benefit will go to the museum. Tickets are $35 and are available from any of the Denim and Diamond committee members. Tickets can also be purchased at the Book Mart and the Oktibbeha County Museum during regular operating hours of 1 - 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. Two legends will once again be pre-
sented by the Friends of the Museum Board of Directors and honored during the evening. The local citizens of past and present have left important footprints during their lifetimes and have contributed in many ways to the heritage of the county. For more information about the evening, contact Patsy Stuart at 662-3235551.
Waiting for Bernanke, stocks plod indecisively
NEW YORK (AP) — On the stock market Tuesday, it felt like late-summer inertia had already set in. U.S. stocks wandered between the tiniest of gains and losses before closing mixed. Traders were indecisive as companies reported disparate earnings news, and many were disinclined to make any big moves before getting direction from the Federal Reserve, which is scheduled to release an updated policy statement Wednesday. The calendar said late July, but on the stock exchange it seemed more like August, when many traders take off for vacation and fewer stocks trade hands. The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 72 points in early trading — less than 0.5 percent — before flickering lower. It dipped into the red for most of the afternoon and closed down 1.38 points, or 0.01 percent, at 15,520.59. "It seems like the doldrums of summer have set in," said Dave Abate, senior wealth adviser
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Trader Michael Conlon rushes across the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures rose modestly Tuesday with most investors taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of a two-day Fed policy meeting. (Photo by Richard Drew, AP)
Volunteer opportunities
For Starkville Daily News MSU Habitat House Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to help build the MSU Maroon Edition Habitat House from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. For more information, contact Joel Downey 324-7008 or hhumanity@ National Federation of the Blind National Federation of the Blind needs volunteers to help transport members to chapter meetings at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Montgomery Hall at MSU. For more information, contact Beverly Hammett at 323-6229. Girl Scouting in the School Day Volunteers are needed at select schools to assist with the Girl Scouting in the Day Cookie Program one day a month for at least one hour to express enthusiasm about Girl Scouts. Interested volunteers should contact Linda Zalesky at 713-2274 or Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi needs volunteers to assist with their Eco-Home. Interested volunteers may contact Alison Buehler to set up a time to volunteer at YMCA The YMCA of Columbus needs volunteers to act as clerical assistants. Interested volunteers may contact Cynthia Mutch at 328-7696 for more information. 
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Local artist featured in gallery in Columbus
By MORGAN UPTON COLUMBUS — Joe MacGown sees things differently from most people, and starting Thursday, patrons can take a look through MacGown's eyes at his art show at the Rosenzweig. MacGown works at at Mississippi State University as a research technician and scientific illustrator for the Mississippi Entomological Museum, and his focus on the unseeable parts of entomology influenced his artistic ways. "I look at things up close," MacGown said. "I see things at microscopic views. A chaotic complex-type of image or world. I tend to look down. The ground is always full of activity; of life, death, everything." It is evident throughout his artwork that MacGown is influenced by his work, but he said he has always enjoyed what may be considered odd to others. "I've been drawing weird stuff since I was three or four," he said. "I've always liked science fiction. I've always had these ideas on aliens. I see weird stuff everywhere I look. There's nothing I can draw that's weirder than what I can see." There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday for MacGown's art show, which is titled "The Mysterious Unseen World Around Us: Drawing and Mixed Media Paintings by Joe A. MacGown." After Thursday, his work will be available for viewing throughout the month of August. Renee Sheridan, a member of the gallery committee for the but surreal," MacGown said. "It's for more of my black and white stuff. It's a style of drawing I do that, to me, seemed a little gothic at the time but with a newer approach. I'm the other type of surrealism that's more pure and gets into my subconscious. It's more dream like, from your head and not thinking." While MacGown uses the term "weird" about his art often, to him it's not. "Everything is interrelated," he said. "I'm trying to show that in some way. Everything ties together. It ends up looking unusual to other people." Sheridan said the council was fortunate to have MacGown show his pieces and hoped his creative ways would influence others. "We're trying to reach a little further with the genre that we have," Sheridan said. "When you bring someone like Joe in, for an artist especially, it just inspires because you see something new and not just your regular pretty little painting. It stirs the creativity. We're always looking for inspiration. Artists that have gone a step or two beyond what we're used to and Joe has done that." MacGown hopes to illicit questions from the patrons who view his gallery. "I like people to see new things," he said. "I hope they find it interesting and something they've never seen before. I want to interact with the people and see if they get something out of it. I don't want them to walk by and just glance. I want them to look at it and ask questions. Why did he do that? What did it mean?"
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be used for future classes and even into college. Nicole Thomas, SSD public information officer, said Starkville High School teachers also tell students what specific supplies may be needed for a class, beyond the general need for notebooks, pencils and paper. “Some teachers prefer to use folders,” said Elizabeth Nicholson, Starkville High School administrative assistant. “For the most part, three-ring binders work best. If they’re taking a math course, they usually end up purchasing a calculator and that will be whatever type they need for the state test. They might need supplies for an art course. But for the most part, we’re relatively easy.” Tamara Gibson, a Starkville School District parent with a child at Sudduth Elementary, said though the high school supply lists tended to be shorter, the supplies generally cost more. “It’s less expensive at the lower grades,” she said. “You might need more, but the things you need are very basic things. Once you get to the higher grades, you need things like calculators and equipment and certain books they might need for their classes.” Kim Bennet, who has three children that attend Starkville Academy, said her oldest son, who’s in the academy high school, hadn’t reached the point where he needed an expensive graphing calculator yet, but she knew it was coming. She said buying supplies could be tough, but manageable. “Between all three of them, I think I spent $250 for everything,” she said. “It’s not horrible. Having to be it all at once can be tough, though. But some of the things you know are coming and can buy throughout the summer if you’re a good planner.” Starkville Daily News estimated costs for SSD and SA school supplies using districtprovided school supply lists. Estimated SA kindergarten costs for boys and girls came out to $78.57 and $80.52, respectively. The SSD kindergarten supplies estimate came out to $85.79. For first through sixth grade, SA supply list prices averaged between about $90-120. The SA Sixth Grade boys list at SA came was the highest estimated SA list, at $119.06. SSD estimated prices for first through sixth grades fell between $60-95. Fourth grade had the highest estimated cost, at $91.44. Starkville Daily News estimated the price for a school year in high school that includes a graphing calculator purchase to be around $168. However, due to the nature of class selections or even calculator modes, prices could fluctuate greatly. Starkville Daily News used Walmart’s online shopping catalogue to estimate supply prices. The estimates do not account for potential in-store sales, items a family might already have, taxes or brand price differences. Gibson, who’s had children go through the school district already, said she’s gotten used to the yearly supply shopping hit and that it was easy to absorb. Several organizations throughout town also host school supply drives for needy families in the community. One such drive was the Back to School Bash, which was hosted last Saturday. Joan Butler, director of Family-Centered Programs, said the bash was a success. “We gave away bags of school supplies and things like free books and other things students would find very helpful,” she said. “We had more than 800 people attend. It was a packed house for the two hours that we held it.” According to the US Census Bureau, 34.1 percent of Oktibbeha County’s population lives
"Garden of Unearthly Delights" will be featured in Joe MacGown's gallery exhibit at the Rosenzweig in Columbus. (Illustration courtesy of Joe MacGown) Columbus Arts council, said she was amazed at the works MacGown had produced. "We have 75 of his pieces up and it's just beautiful," Sheridan said. "I don't know how he gets that much out of his head. There's a lot of creativity and a lot of different shapes for him to be coming up with." Since this is his first time presenting in Columbus, MacGown has brought a large selection of pieces, ranging from old to new. "I wanted a good representation of the styles of art I do," he said. "Different series and different types of things. I wanted to include scientific drawings of insects and the way it's related to other art." MacGown has deemed his unique style "neogothic surrealism." "It's revisiting an older style,
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at Strategic Wealth Partners in Seven Hills, Ohio. The Nasdaq composite rose 17.33 points, or 0.5 percent, to 3,616.47, though even that gain was largely because Apple, its biggest component, was up
more than 1 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index plodded just a fraction higher, up 0.63 point, or 0.04 percent, to 1,685.96. Three of its industry sectors rose, led by technology stocks. Seven fell, dragged down by telecommunications companies. Company earnings were
equally inconclusive. Coach, the maker of upscale handbags, slumped 8 percent after reporting lower quarterly profit. But Goodyear Tire & Rubber jumped 9 percent after announcing that its quarterly earnings had doubled. This earnings season has presented a picture encourag-
ing on some fronts and troubling on others. Many companies, including big names like Apple and Visa, have posted better-than-expected results, and analysts predict that second-quarter earnings are up 4.7 percent for companies in the S&P 500, according to S&P Capital IQ. But the picture has its blemishes, including the fact that many of the gains are based not on business growth but on cost-cutting: Revenue is down about 0.5 percent. "There's a little bit of swapping chairs on the deck," Abate said. Outside of earnings reports, traders were keeping a close eye on the Federal Reserve, which began a two-day meeting Tuesday and will release an updated policy statement Wednesday. Conjectures about the central bank have had a powerful influence on the stock market in recent months. Traders have bought and sold stocks while hanging on to every word of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, looking for clues about when the Fed might pull back on its bond-buying program or start raising interest rates. The central bank has been buying bonds to try to prop up stocks and encourage borrowing. It has also been keeping interest rates low, all in an attempt to pump life into a lagging economy. "This week it's all about Bernanke and the Fed statement," said Bill Strazzullo, chief strategist of Bell Curve Trading. "Stocks need a supportive statement ... to go higher. That is the key driver." The Fed has said it might start to pull back on its bond purchases later this year if the economy continues to improve, but the timing remains uncertain. The Fed has also said it won't raise its benchmark short-term interest rate until the unemployment rate, which currently stands at 7.6 percent, dips below 6.5 percent. Crude oil fell $1.47 to $103.08 a barrel in New York. The price of gold inched down $4.80 to $1,324.80 an ounce. The dollar rose against the Japanese yen and fell against the euro.
below the federal poverty level. Butler said helping the needy was a primary focus of the supply drive and health fair in the Back to School Bash. “Economically, with the conditions there are in this county certainly anything we can do to help get our children get prepared to be better and more successful in school is worth the time and the effort,” she said. “So we think it’s a wonderful thing.” There are also some costsaving methods families can take to help ease the burden of buying school supplies. Some lists re-list supplies that can be used for multiple years, like scissors. The parents said saving lasting supplies and reusing them could lead to savings, but it depended on some variables. “With scissors, most of the time your children will either lose them or break them or want new pairs,” Gibson said. “Especially at the younger age levels.” Bennett said saving supplies depended on their condition. “It absolutely helps,” she said. “I’m not necessarily good with having my kids keep up with things through the summer, so we might have to buy new ones. But we can keep rulers or binders that are still in pretty good shape.” She added it helped having an older child who’s already been through the lower grades. “Every year it gets easier and more streamlined,” she said. “I know what’s going to be on the list every time, and what I need to get. I don’t feel like we buy anything that I feel they’ll never use. All the consumable things — the paper, the pencils, the crayons — they definitely go through that.” Elementary teachers also have supply preferences. Thomas said SSD elementary teachers will often modify the general lists for their own classes. Starkville Academy Elementary Principal Cherie Maynard said many SA elementary teachers specifically ask that students not have rolling backpacks due to noise and space constrains. “Sometimes veteran teachers don’t need the same supplies new teachers do when they’re starting out,” said Kristi Swift, a Sudduth Elementary first grade teacher. “Sometime they accumulate things so we don’t need as many as the district asks for, so we try to take those off. Sometimes there are things teachers might prefer over others. I prefer a certain brand of crayons because they last longer and the kids can get more use out of them, so I’ll specify with that.” Swift said she hadn’t seen a teacher ask for a supply list with major differences from the district standard, but said it was possible. She also noted the district favored a certain type of writing tablet for first grade students. “We ask for the Top Flight brand,” she said. “Their writing can be ginormous and we’re trying to transition them from writing very large to writing more naturally. The lines on that specific tablet aren’t as small as notebook paper, but not as big as some tablets you see at the dollar store. Most of my parents refer to them as blue line notebooks, because the lines are blue, which also helps with the transition to notebook paper.” Though technology has become a rising force in the classroom, Gibson said she hadn’t really noticed much change in that regard on the school lists. “It hasn’t really changed,” she said. “Especially in the lower grades, it’s still the same basic supplies that they need — their stencils, pencils, paper and things like that.” Swift also said supply lists stayed consistent through the years. “They haven’t changed much for several years,” she said. “Most of the tech we use, we have in the classroom, so they don’t have to provide anything.”
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Parsons to lead new Morsi gets a visit, but crisis stalemated MSU safety office
By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press For Starkville Daily News A veteran Mississippi State research professional has been named director of the new EnParsons vironmental Health and Safety Office at the land-grant institution. Michael S. Parsons of Eupora began his new duties earlier this month. In the role, he will lead the university's environmental and occupational safety efforts. Most recently, he worked as a research associate at MSU's Institute for Clean Energy Technology for the past 12 years. He also served as campus hazardous waste officer for 11 years. "These two positions have afforded me the opportunity to view environmental health and safety compliance from both the enforcement and administrative perspective, as well as the compliance requirement side of a university researcher," Parsons said. Parsons holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Millsaps College, and earned a master's degree in chemistry from Mississippi State in 1989. Additionally, he holds the certified hazardous materials manager designation from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. The new EH&S office is charged with developing, managing and implementing policies and programs related to occupational safety, environmental management and fire protection. It will oversee programs designed to monitor, inspect and ensure compliance with corrective or preventative actions taken to reduce or remove exposure to potentially hazardous materials and environments. "My top priority as director is to ensure that the entire university is emphasizing best practices in environmental health and safety. My staff and I will serve to assist all MSU units in this endeavor," Parsons said. The EH&S team will advise others on issues related to lab safety, fire safety, biological safety, radiation safety, occupational safety and health issues relevant to their operations, as well as coordinate development and implementation of educational programs to provide faculty, staff and students opportunities to understand their respective roles in safety. The EH&S director reports to MSU's vice president for research and economic development, David Shaw, with additional reporting responsibilities to Vice President for Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Greg Bohach and Vice President for Campus Services Amy Tuck. With campus-wide environmental compliance issues and safety-related activities consolidated into EH&S, the former Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety is now the Office of Research Compliance with Kacey Strickland continuing as director. "We will be responsible for facilitating the approval of campus research activities, and helping researchers maintain compliance with applicable regulations," she said. Examples include the use of human subjects, laboratory animals, and biological and radiological materials, she explained. The research compliance office, which reports to Shaw, will also have oversight of financial conflicts of interest related to the university's research enterprise, Strickland said. CAIRO — Egypt's military gave the ousted president his first contact with the outside world since removing him from office, allowing Europe's top diplomat Tuesday to meet with Mohammed Morsi in his secret detention. She emerged from her twohour talks with him urging all sides to move on toward a peaceful transition. Despite the military's gesture, two days of efforts by the EU's Catherine Ashton to find a solution to Egypt's crisis hit a brick wall. Some voices in the military-backed government, including Vice President Mohammed ElBaradei, have arisen hoping to avert a security crackdown on Morsi's supporters, but neither side has budged in their positions, which leave no visible room for compromise. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and his Islamist allies say the only solution is for Egypt's first freely elected president to be restored to office, and they have vowed to continue their street rallies until that happens. Tuesday evening, they held new marches in Cairo outside the military intelligence offices, and in other cities around the country. The military and interim government, in turn, have rejected releasing Morsi or other detained Brotherhood leaders, a step the Europeans have called for and that Islamists have said could improve the atmosphere. Instead, they appear determined to prosecute detained Brotherhood members for crimes purportedly committed during Morsi's presidency and for violence after his fall. Looming over the deadlock is the possibility of security forces acting to clear the main pro-Morsi sit-in in Cairo, where a crowd of his supporters have been camped out for nearly a month — a move that would almost certainly bring bloodshed. Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, was invited by several parties in the standoff, including ElBaradei, in what appeared to be a last ditch attempt to use her good offices with the Brotherhood to find a way to avert a showdown. The invite came after at least 80 protesters, mostly Morsi supporters, were killed Saturday in clashes with security forces in one of the worst single crackdowns on a protest in Egypt's nearly three years of turbulence. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with the head of Egypt's military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, on
This image released by the Egyptian Presidency shows interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, right, making remarks at a joint news conference with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt Tuesday. The European Union's top diplomat said Tuesday that deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is "well" and that the two had a "friendly, open and very frank" discussion about the country's political crisis and the need to move forward. (Photo by Egyptian Presidency, AP) Tuesday to "urge restraint by Egyptian security forces in dealing with ongoing protests," the Defense Department said. Secretary of State John Kerry also spoke to Ashton by phone and backed her call for an "inclusive political process." Ashton gave the first outsider's look on the situation of Morsi, who remains at the center of the standoff. Morsi has been held incommunicado in unknown locations by the military since he was ousted on July 3. Ashton said she was able to see the facilities where Morsi is being held, but she does not know his location. Local media said she flew to see him in a military helicopter, and EU officials said she was not blindfolded. Ashton said Morsi was well and was keeping up with the latest developments in the country through television and newspapers. "So we were able to talk about the situation, and we were able to talk about the need to move forward." She refused to divulge any of their conversations' details. She underlined that "I am not here to ask people to do things," but to try to find common ground. She sounded a sober tone about Egypt's divisions. "My message to everyone is the same: This great nation needs to go forward peacefully," she told reporters. "And the challenge
really is to find the way in which you can bring people together and go forward, bearing in mind the starting points are far apart. This is what leadership is about." Security officials and pro-military media have increasingly depicted the Islamists' protests as a threat to public safety, saying protesters are stocking weapons, blocking roads and threatening army and police installations. That has hiked calls among security agencies and in pro-military media for the rallies to be cleared. Morsi's supporters insist their protests are peaceful. Standing next to Ashton at the press conference, ElBaradei sounded a note against a crackdown, appealing broadly for an end to violence. "The political solution must have priority. We hope that there is a political solution, before there is a security solution," he said. Still, he made clear that disbanding the pro-Morsi protests was necessary, saying that if "terrorizing people and threatening their lives" continues, "there will be violence and there will victims. This is the last thing we wish to see as Egyptians." He also appeared to rule out releasing Morsi, saying that he is under criminal investigation. But he added that while "Morsi
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Synergetics DCS welcomes Milner as marketing manager
For Starkville Daily News Darren Milner has joined Synergetics Diversified Computer Services as the company's new marketing manager in Starkville. Milner, a native of Kosciusko is a 1993 graduate of Mississippi State University, where he earned his B.B.A. in Marketing. Prior to his hire at Synergetics, he worked as vice president director of marketing at M&F Bank. Darren Milner brings over 14 years of marketing experience to the company. His major responsibility will be to maintain and build the company’s brand, while driving sales through marketing an array of technical product and service solutions. Established in 1992, Synergetics DCS serves clients throughout Mississippi and Alabama. Synergetics DCS has been named by Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s top 100 privately held companies and was recognized on Inc. Magazine’s INC5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in 2012.
Manning found guilty of 20 charges
By DAVID DISHNEAU, and PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press FORT MEADE, Md. — In a split decision, U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted Tuesday of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and nearly every other count for giving secrets to WikiLeaks, a verdict that could see him spend the rest of his life in prison. The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, deliberated over three days before delivering a decision that denied the government a precedent that freedom of press advocates had warned could have broad implications for leak cases and investigative journalism about national security issues. From the courtroom to world capitals, people struggled to absorb the meaning of a ruling that cleared the soldier of a charge of aiding the enemy, which would have carried a potential life sentence, but convicted him of 20 of 22 counts that, together, could also mean life behind bars. Manning faces up to 136 years in prison if given maximum penalties in a sentencing hearing that starts Wednesday. It is expected to last most of August. The 25-year-old soldier stood quietly at attention in his dress uniform, flanked by his attorneys, as the verdict was delivered. He appeared not to react, though his attorney, David Coombs, smiled faintly when he heard "not guilty" on the aiding the enemy charge. When the judge was done, Coombs put his hand on Manning's back and whispered something to him, bringing a slight smile to the soldier's face. "We won the battle, now we need to go win the war," Coombs said later, outside the courtroom. "Today is a good day, but Bradley is by no means out of the fire." Transparency advocates and legal experts had mixed opinions on the implications for the future of leak cases and investigative journalism in the Internet age. The advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said the verdict was a chilling warning to whistleblowers, "against whom the Obama administration has been waging an unprecedented offensive," and threatens the future of investigative journalism because intimidated sources might fall quiet. However, another advocate of less government secrecy, Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, questioned whether the implications will be so dire, given the extraordinary nature of the Manning case. "This was a massive hemorrhage of government records, and it's not too surprising that it elicited a strong reaction from the government," Aftergood said.
"Most journalists are not in the business of publishing classified documents, they're in the business of reporting the news, which is not the same thing," he said. "This is not good news for journalism, but it's not the end of the world, either." Glenn Greenwald, the journalist, commentator and former civil rights lawyer who first reported Edward Snowden's leaks of National Security Agency surveillance programs, said Manning's acquittal on the charge of aiding the enemy represented a "tiny sliver of justice." But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website exposed Manning's spilled U.S. secrets to the world, saw nothing to cheer in the mixed verdict. "It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism," he told reporters at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, which is
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Ernets Sanford Griggs
Ernest Sanford Griggs, 88, passed away on July 29, 2013 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS.   He was preceded in death by his parents, John F. Griggs and Mable Barnes Griggs; sister, Virginia Witherspoon and brother, John Griggs.  He is survived by his wife, Jean Redding Griggs of Starkville, MS; daughters, Suzanne Buckner and husband Joe of Brandon, MS and Holly Reeves and husband Dick of Monticello, MS; sons, David Griggs of Mathiston, MS and Ken Griggs of Shreveport, La.; sister, Lois Jennett of Brentwood, TN; grandchildren, Bryna Martin, Corrie Murphy, Joshua Buckner, Matthew Buckner, Lydia Buckner, Chad Griggs, and Kelli Griggs, David Ryan Griggs, Jamie, Jonathan and Leigh Ann Reeves; and 10 great grandchildren.  Mr. Griggs loved his family. He was an avid coon hunter and was very proud to have been a founding member of the TALKUM-WARRIOR Coon Hunting Club.   At Mississippi State University he managed the Mississippi Artificial Breeding Association for Cattle and he was with the Mid South Animal Breeding Select Sire Group for 36 1/2 years. He was a Navy veteran and served on the U.S.S. Ticondaroga in the Pacific during World War II.  Graveside services are scheduled for August 1, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Memorial Garden Park Cemetery in Starkville, MS.  Rev. Bob Whiteside will conduct the service.  Memorial donations may be to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  You can go online and sign the guest register at: www.
Southern Co. taking $450M charge for Miss. plant
By RAY HENRY Associated Press ATLANTA — Southern Co. shareholders will absorb $450 million in losses incurred while building a new coal-fired power plant in Mississippi, raising the total write-offs on the construction project to nearly $1 billion, utility officials said Tuesday. The utility announced the pre-tax write-off on its massive project in Mississippi's Kemper County before releasing its second-quarter earnings Wednesday. Company officials had earlier estimated the most recent charge would be around $160 million or more, significantly less than the losses announced late Tuesday. After taxes, the loss is estimated at $278 million. Those losses on Plant Ratcliffe may not be the last. "I cannot guarantee, will not guarantee, that there won't be further increases, but, again, feel good about the process that we are going through to forecast, estimate what we have left to spend to complete the project," Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland told The Associated Press in an interview. Project costs have stung the company, its owners and its customers. Southern Co. earlier absorbed a $540 million pretax loss on the plant, which Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning described in May as a "bitter pill for us to swallow." That month, the firm abruptly named Holland as its president of the Mississippi subsidiary. A state regulator has publicly accused the subsidiary's former president, Ed Day, of withholding documents from regulators relating to cost increases. Opponents of the project have long criticized the company's use of coal and its costs. "I think if I were a Southern Co. shareholder, I'd be very concerned," said Jenna Garland, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. "And if I were a Mississippi Power ratepayer, I'd be even more concerned about how much my power bills are going to go up." Company officials said the latest writeoff was the result of an ongoing review of the spending necessary to finish the coal-fired power plant. Southern Co. subsidiary Mississippi Power said it may experience additional construction costs or schedule delays, according to a federal disclosure report. Mississippi Power also cautioned there were additional risks building a plant with first-of-its-kind technology. Southern Co. officials have struggled
to contain building costs, which have grown to more than $4.3 billion when the power plant, a lignite mine and carbon dioxide pipeline are included. In a settlement with Mississippi utility regulators, the company agreed to only charge its customers for $2.4 billion in plant construction costs. Customers will also have to pay off as much as $1 billion in bonds needed to finance the project, though Southern Co. will not make a profit off that borrowed money. When finished, Plant Ratcliffe is supposed to capture much of the carbon dioxide that is produced while burning coal to make electricity. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas blamed for causing global warming. The captured gas will then be sold to companies that use it to extract oil from the ground. If successful, company executives have hoped the project will demonstrate that the United States can still rely on coal even if the country limits greenhouse gas emissions. Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power is also having trouble keeping another building project under control. The firm has asked regulators to raise its construction budget on a nuclear plant in eastern Georgia by $737 million to roughly $6.85 billion. The company has cautioned those costs may also rise.
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Gun found on MSU campus
SDN staff Detective Brad Massey with MSU police said officers recovered the abandoned gun Mississippi State University police are on Friday morning in a classroom. He said trying to identify who owns a firearm of- the gun's serial number was intact and he ficers found at the College of Veterinary had requested information on the firearm Sciences. to determine to whom it was registered. Massey said it was a felony for nonlaw enforcement to possess a weapon on educational property. The offense carries a penalty of up to three years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and up to a $5,000 fine upon conviction.
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Massive explosions rock Fla. gas plant
By MIKE SCHNEIDER, and TAMARA LUSH Associated Press TAVARES, Fla. — After hearing two explosions, maintenance worker Gene Williams looked outside to see a 20-by-20 foot fireball rising above an outdoor storage area at the Blue Rhino propane plant. Moments later, a forklift worker stumbled into the building with flesh hanging off his hands. His legs and face were burned. Exploding 20-pound canisters of propane began raining down around them during the series of explosions late Monday night. Bright orange flames would grow as high as 200 feet, fueled by the exploding canisters that shot through the air like fireworks. Houses nearby shook and residents awakened to the sound of "boom after boom after boom." No one died, but eight workers were injured, including one worker who was hit by a car on a nearby road while fleeing the explosions. Officials said the damage could have been significantly worse if three 30,000-pound propane storage containers had caught fire at the plant that refills propane tanks for gas grills and other home uses. About 50 nearby houses were temporarily evacuated, though none was ultimately damaged. If the large tanks had exploded, "it would have wiped us out," said Lake County Battalion Chief Chris Croughwell, one of the first responders to the explosions in the town northwest of Orlando. The cause of the explosion was under investigation by federal and state authorities. Williams said it appeared to begin about 100 yards from the loading dock in an area where some of the plant's 53,000 20-pound propane canisters are stored on plastic pallets. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said possible causes of the explosion may be either equipment malfunction or human error. Sabotage was not suspected. The plant's two-dozen workers were preparing to go home when the explosions started Monday night, said Williams, who works the third shift. Based on what the forklift operator told him, the explosion was likely caused by a "combination of human error and bad practices, possibly. I don't want to speculate any further, that's what the forklift driver was telling me." Williams said the forklift driver told him, "'I did what they told me to do, I did what they told me to do, and then this happened.'" "Something in that area must have triggered it. I don't know if he did something or something else triggered it," Williams said. Williams said they were able to remotely shut the valves to the three big tanks. But they weren't able to turn on water sprays meant to keep the tanks cool during a fire. "It was too violent, too hot, to get in
That’s the way of things and I am so happy that she’s found a young man who thinks as much of her as I do. That’s what every father wants for his daughter. But I find myself wondering where the time went and what happened to that little girl with the big brown eyes blowing soap bubbles from the top porch of the cabin. If I could define the Neshoba County Fair in one concept, it would be continuity. So much in life changes, but the annual campground fair remains surprisingly the same. Not even cell phones, iPads, air conditioners or satellite TV reception had led to really fundamental changes in the routines there. Friday night, Kate and I will watch the annual fireworks show together — father and daughter — with fond memories and with more than a little trepidation about what the future brings as she begins her life with her new husband. But we will also know that in a year, we will have a chance to return to the cabin and see what changes a year brings to “Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty” on its 125th anniversary.
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Firefighters walk through an area of exploded propane cylinders in the aftermath of an explosion and fire at a propane gas company Tuesday in Tavares, Fla. Eight people were injured, with at least three in critical condition. (Photo by John Raoux, AP) there and turn them on," he said. Croughwell said the hoses designed to spray water on the large tanks didn't go off because they had to be manually activated — requiring someone to brave dangerous conditions. "Most sane people don't stick around for an event like this," he added. Tavares Mayor Robert Wolfe said Tuesday that he was surprised to learn the hoses at the plant had to be manually activated. If Blue Rhino reopens the plant, Wolfe said he plans to ask that the hoses be activated automatically by computer. "That way, it's fail-safe," Wolfe said. "We're lucky those tanks didn't explode." Blue Rhino is a subsidiary of Kansasbased national propane provider Ferrellgas. Spokesman Scott Brockelmeyer said Tuesday he didn't have specific information available about the safety water hoses but added that the company follows industry standards. "It's as sobering a situation as you can possibly imagine," Brockelmeyer said. "We have folks who are injured, and we've got Blue Rhino and Ferrellgas employees across the country who are keeping them in their prayers and sending good vibes their way." Ferrellgas paid a $2,295 fine in November 2011 following an OSHA inspection that found a component at the end of an air hose used in the consumer tank refurbishing process was not present. Brockelmeyer said the company corrected the issue and added that "the process is performed in area away from where the tanks are no product was being processed in that area." Four workers were listed in critical conditions at area hospitals. Tavares Fire Department Battalion Commander Eric Wages said five workers walked up to a command center firefighters set up near the plant Monday night with skin hanging off their arms, torso and faces. He said their arms were outstretched and they were in complete shock. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that 29-year-old Leesburg resident Kaghy Sam was struck by an SUV driven by 72-year-old Gene Batson on a road near the Blue Rhino plant. A statement from the FHP said that Sam was running on the road "due to a large fire and several explosions" just before 11 p.m. Monday and "ran into the direct path" of Batson's vehicle. Sam was flown to Ocala Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. No charges were filed in the auto accident. Croughwell said firefighters who responded to the fire had to wait to enter the plant site because conditions were so dangerous. Just as they were finally about to go in, four tractor-trailers parked next to the large propane tanks caught fire. Keith said the explosions shook his house several miles from the plant. "It truly sounded like a car hit our house," he said. By early Tuesday, the plant's concrete lot was littered with thousands of charred 20-pound canisters. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation, as did the Florida State Fire Marshal's office. About 50 homes were evacuated overnight, but they were allowed to return after four hours. Marni Whitehead, 33, who lives less es of the WikiLeaks case on press freedoms. "American democracy just dodged a bullet, a possibly fatal bullet," Ellsberg said. "I'm talking about the free press that I think is the life's blood of the democracy." The material WikiLeaks began publishing in 2010 documented complaints of abuses against Iraqi detainees, a U.S. tally of civilian deaths in Iraq, and America's weak support for the government of Tunisia — a disclosure that Manning supporters said helped trigger the Middle Eastern prodemocracy uprisings known as the Arab Spring.
failed," the Muslim Brotherhood "very much continues to be part of the political process and we would like them to be part of the political process." Authorities originally said they were holding Morsi for his own safety, but last week prosecutors announced he was under investigation into allegations he conspired with the Palestinian militant group Hamas to break him and other Brotherhood members out of prison during the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Leading Brotherhood member Essam el-Erian said Ashton's meeting with Morsi was "a positive step." But he said it had no impact on the crisis. "As time passes, more people will jump off this coup ship," he said defiantly. Seif Abdel-Fattah, a former adviser to Morsi , said Ashton's visit and ElBaradei's comments were part of a "public relations campaign to beautify the coup." He said it is the military that calls the shots on how to deal with the crisis. Abdel-Fattah and other Morsi allies have offered political initiatives to resolve the crisis — but all involve returning Morsi to office at least briefly, which for the rival camp is out of the question. Abdel-Fattah's proposal would have Morsi resume the presidency to appoint a prime minister agreed on by all sides to lead a transition to new elections. Reflecting the continued tension, el-Erian said Monday that by getting involved in politics, the armed forces has lost "its legal immunity," suggesting protests will continue outside military installations. On his Facebook page, the military spokesman Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali quickly warned against such protests, accusing el-Erian of "incitement."
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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.wheat@gentiva. com. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-418-5535 or 601-6635682. 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 662-320-4607. 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
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sheltering him. "This has never been a fair trial." To prove aiding the enemy, prosecutors had to show Manning had "actual knowledge" the material he leaked would be seen by al-Qaida and that he had "general evil intent." They presented evidence the material fell into the hands of the terrorist group and its former leader, Osama bin Laden, but struggled to prove their assertion that Manning was an anarchist computer hacker and attention-seeking traitor. Coombs said during trial that Manning had no way of knowing whether al-Qaida would access the secret-spilling website and a 2008 counterintelligence report showed the government itself did not know much about WikiLeaks at the time. An aiding the enemy charge for someone who didn't directly give an adversary information is extremely rare, and prosecutors had to cite a Civil War-era court-martial of a Union soldier when they brought the charge against Manning. "I think certainly that a conviction on that charge would have had a ripple effect," said Lisa Windsor, a retired Army colonel and former judge advocate. "I think it would have had certainly a chilling effect on anyone in the military who might decide that this is some sort of freedom of speech or
whistleblower thing that they needed to engage in." The judge did not give any reasons for her verdict from the bench, but said she would release detailed written findings. She did not say when. Manning acknowledged giving WikiLeaks more than 700,000 battlefield reports and diplomatic cables, and video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed civilians in Iraq, including a Reuters news photographer and his driver. Prosecutors branded him an anarchist and traitor. The defense portrayed the Crescent, Okla., native as a "young, naive but goodintentioned" figure. Manning said during a pretrial hearing he leaked the material to expose U.S military "bloodlust" and diplomatic deceitfulness, but did not believe his actions would harm the country. Besides the aiding the enemy acquittal, Manning was found not guilty of one espionage count involving his acknowledged leak of a video from a 2009 airstrike in Afghanistan. The judge found that prosecutors had not proved Manning leaked the video in late 2009. Manning said he started the leaks in February the following year. Manning pleaded guilty earlier this year to lesser offenses that could have brought him 20 years behind bars, yet the government continued to pursue all but one of the original, more serious charges. Rep. Howard "Buck"
McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, welcomed Tuesday's verdict. "Bradley Manning endangered the security of the United States and the lives of his own comrades in uniform when he intentionally disclosed vast amounts of classified data," he said. "His conviction should stand as an example to those who are tempted to violate a sacred public trust in pursuit of notoriety, fame, or their own political agenda." Some of Manning's supporters attended nearly every day of the two-month trial, protesting outside the Fort Meade gates wearing T-shirts with the word "truth" on them. "I never in my heart ever thought that he was a traitor and I never thought he was trying to aid the enemy," Joe Brown of Silver Spring, Md., said outside the courtroom. "He's an American hero who saw things we did that he didn't think were right ... The killing of people unnecessarily." The WikiLeaks case is by far the most voluminous release of classified material in U.S. history. Manning's supporters included Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, whose sensational leak of 7,000 pages of documents in the early 1970s exposed U.S. government lies about the Vietnam War. Reacting to Tuesday's verdict, Ellsberg said Manning's acquittal on aiding the enemy limits the chilling consequenc-
Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-3242989. 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 662320-9988 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@
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Forks and Corks dishes modern takes on old favorites
By MORGAN UPTON Leon Jefferson didn’t need experience competing in Forks and Corks, a fundraiser held by the Starkville Area Arts Council. In his first year of competing at the culinary event, he took home awards for both taste and originality for his dish. Jefferson, chef at the Central Station Grill, served pan seared dry scallops wrapped with smoked brisket with a balsamic infused white barbecue sauce accompanied by Florentine roasted potatoes. He said the idea was born through the many specials he made daily. “I definitely put some thought into it,” Jefferson said. “I tried to put a spin on the classic surf and turf. Normally people do steak, fish or shrimp. I said, ‘You know what, brisket doesn’t get enough love. Everybody loves scallops. Let’s marry the two and see what happens.’” His idea paid off in the end, taking home two of the four awards. He said he couldn’t have done it without the help of his team. “I couldn’t have done it without my two sous (assistant) chefs,”Jefferson said. “My right hand and my left hand, Brandon Hall and Wilma Spencer. Without them, I’m just a mere orchestrator. They do all the grunt work.” Taste buds salivated and palates were appeased as event goers snaked their way through Magnolia Manor tasting dishes from six of Starkville’s finest chefs. Each chef put their own spin into the dishes, which ranged from a modern take on meat and potatoes to a lightweight cheesecake parfait. Restaurant Tyler chef, John Fitzgerald took home the patronvoted “Best of Forks and Corks” for his smoked catfish tamale cakes. The cakes were served over green tomato salsa verde and topped with house-smoked bacon confit, herb crème fiaîche and Vardaman sweet potato chips. “It’s a nontraditional tamale,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s got a tangy, smoky flavor with no heat.” Jay Yates, owner of the Veranda, also created a dish using green tomatoes. Yates added a spin to the old Southern favorite. Yates used fried green tomatoes as a base that were topped with King crab and avocado salad and created a cilantro lime hollandaise and sriracha honey aioli sauce to dip with. Yates said the cilantro lime hollandaise was rich and buttery while the sriracha honey aioli was sweet and spicy. “Everything went together,” Yates said. “The flavor and texture, cold to hot, is something I’m into.” Matt Bronski, the corporate chef for Eat With Us represented Harvey’s on Saturday. Bronski took the seafood route, expanding on the shrimp and creating a dish he called Mississippi Gulf Seafood and low country cheese grits. Bronski said this was a twist on shrimp and grits. “There’s three-cheese grits with
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Jay Yates, chef at the Veranda, prepares his dish for Saturday’s Forks and Corks, a fundraiser put on by the Starkville Area Arts Council. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN) tasso ham and andouille sauces. It has a southern flair with spices from New Orleans.” Two chefs opted to create a dessert for Saturday’s competition. Paul Brasfield, chef at BIN 612, took advantage of fig season, creating fig ice cream with candied pecans and caramel that was served over lemon cake and furnished with local berry coulis. His dish won for presentation. Brasfield said the under-appreciation for figs pushed him to create the dish. “Figs are not expressed anymore,” Brasfield said. “I wanted to bring Mississippi history into food in a good way to taste. People are used to having figs in jam, but they’re not used to it being brought out in my way.” For a lighter dessert, patrons sampled Barbara Vasser of Aramark’s cheesecake parfait. Vasser said she chose to create a dessert based on her loved for cheesecake. “Dessert is my niche,” Vasser said. “I wanted to make something light and cool because it is summer time and it’s a family favorite.” The dish featured a bottom layer sponge cake, followed with what Vasser called “cheesecake mousse” and finished with a drizzling of strawberry daiquiri sauce.
Cheesecake Parfait with strawberry daiquiri sauce
Cheesecake ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup sugar tsp. vanilla extract strawberries Sauce ingredients: pint of puréed strawberries 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup Bacardi rum (optional) Directions: The first layer is spongecake, any kind (boxed or homemade) is acceptable. Place in serving cups or bowls.
For the cheesecake: soften the cream cheese, then mix with sugar, vanilla and a small amount of the heavy whipping cream. In another bowl, whisk the remaining amount of heavy whipping cream to create whipped cream. Next, gently fold the two together. Place in the serving cups the spongecake was placed in and chill for a minimum of three hours. Drizzle sauce over the chilled product. (optional) For the sauce: Mix all ingredients together and heat on medium-high until it has thickened. Serve on cheesecake parfait.
Tomato time Fava beans on ‘must-have list’
By Jean Kressy Relish the American Table We can remember when roasted tomatoes listed as an ingredient in a recipe would have sent cooks scurrying to their cookbooks for an explanation. “Roast’’ and “tomato” were not words they were used to hearing in the same sentence. Even if they were compatible, they sounded like something best left in the hands of professional chefs. As it turns out, roasting tomatoes is so simple it can barely be called “cooking.” If you can cut tomatoes into halves, arrange the pieces comfortably in a baking pan, and drizzle them with a little oil, you can roast tomatoes. Still, for cooks who are in the habit of steaming and stir-frying vegetables, we were curious about what we might be missing. For more about roasting, we went to Shirley O. Corriher, a culinary guru who has spent years studying the ins-and-outs of cooking. In her book CookI don’t know about the rest that someone wants to sell to of you but I have a shortish list me ... yup. of things I am allowed to buy Also on my UAFSL is fresh under any circumstance. Like fava beans. They’re like the in that episode of Friends but wood nymph of the farmer’s instead of a laminated card of market.  You see a flash of them five famous people I can pursue out of the corner of your eye even though I’m in a commitand then when you turn to look ted relationship (my partner directly, they’re gone. Or mayAlix Hui would be allowed something be I’m just bad at finding them Guest Columnist similar, because, equality!), this or don’t pay attention to when is for, like, buying things. This they’re in season. In any event, Universal-And-Forever shopping list (UAF- the few times I’ve stumbled across them, SL)includes such items as “jeans that fit,”  I’ve grabbed them up because they’re so “those adorable little succulent plants they wonderfully nutty and precious and predictsell by the checkout at the hardware store,” ably lead someone nearby to make a joke “XO sauce,” and “a reasonably-priced taxi- about finding a nice Chianti in a creepy Andermied swordfish.”   thony Hopkins voice.   An example: if I am shopping for my So I’m in Chicago right now on the final brother’s Christmas present, or, say, bagels, leg of my Dank Library Bowels World Tour and I come across a taxidermied swordfish (Five cities in four weeks! I need another
archive like I need a taxidermied swordfish!). On Saturday I tagged along with a friend and his kids to the local farmer’s market. In a city this size there are of course many wonderful things to be found at the farmer’s market, from fresh local cheese to buckets and buckets of raspberries to the most beautiful beets I’ve ever seen. To my great surprise and delight there were also fresh fava beans!   Boughten. Preparation for my friend’s family required a bit of tooling around. Turns out kids under four don’t like mushy things? Which seems strange to me. Their entire lives are mushy. Maybe it was just these kids. And to be fair, these kids are wonderful. Smart, happy, remarkably un-sticky. Their antimush position meant, however, in the end,
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Ultimate Peanut Butter Brownies Buddy Valastro
ou might have a favorite cookie or brownie recipe — but did you know you could make it even better by
adding a simple, familiar ingredient? With a few expert tips from Buddy Valastro, author and star of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” you can take your sweet treats from good to great in no time.
Start with Quality Ingredients — When you start with better ingredients, you end up with a better cookie or brownie. Use real butter, high-quality vanilla and great tasting chocolate. Here, Buddy shares some of his favorite recipes that use M&M’S candies to add an extra special touch to family favorites — making them even better. Chill the Dough — Leaving cookie dough in the refrigerator gives it more body and results in a fuller and better tasting cookie. Plan ahead so you can refrigerate your dough at least one hour — or, even better, overnight. Keep It Uniform — Use a small ice cream scoop to keep your cookies the same size. This not only helps them look professional, but bake up evenly and consistently. Pans Matter — Bake cookies on light-colored, non-insulated cookie sheets without sides. Metal pans will cook brownies faster than glass pans, which means cooking times will vary. Start checking your brownies early to test if they’re ready and prevent over baking. You can find more sweet baking tips and recipes at
Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Bake time: 30 to 40 minutes Yield: 32 brownies 4 ounces semisweet chocolate 1 cup canola or vegetable oil 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups M&M’S Peanut Butter Candies, divided Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a rectangular 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan In 3-quart saucepan, gently combine the semisweet chocolate and oil over very low heat until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In separate bowl, combine sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until blended. Add in chocolate mixture. Slowly sift in remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in 1 1/2 cups candies. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup candies and press lightly. Bake until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan, about 30 to 40 minutes.
Ultimate Peanut Butter Brownies
Amazing M&M’S Cookies
Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Chill time: 1 hour to overnight Bake time: 7 to 12 minutes Yield: 24 to 30 cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups M&M’S Milk Chocolate Minis Candies 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix to combine. In separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture, and stir until combined. Fold in candies and walnuts, if desired. Chill dough 1 hour, or overnight. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased tray, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes for chewy cookies, or 10 to 12 minutes for crispy cookies.
Milk Chocolate Minis Cookies
Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes Chill time: 1 hour to overnight Bake time: 8 to 14 minutes Yield: 24 to 30 cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 2/3 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups flour 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until well blended. Add egg and vanilla extract, and mix to combine. In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Slowly add dry ingredients into butter mixture and stir until combined. Fold in candies and chill dough for 1 hour or overnight. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased tray, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 12 to 14 minutes for crispy cookies.
Amazing M&M’S Cookies
Simply Sweet Cannoli
Prep time: 20 minutes Yield: 24 1 cup Snickers Bars, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups part skim milk ricotta 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 resealable plastic bag 24 mini cannoli shells, unfilled 1/2 cup M&M’S Chocolate Candies Combine chopped candy bars with ricotta, sugar and orange zest. Spoon mixture into resealable bag and snip off a 1/2-inch corner. Fill cannoli shells by squeezing in filling from each end. Decorate both ends with chocolate candies.
Simply Sweet Cannoli
Milk Chocolate Minis Cookie
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Catfish meals in minutes
We are all busy and looking for quick and easy solutions for dinner. This week, my focus is still on U.S. farm raised catfish as we close out the month of July. The following recipes offer some wonderful, flavorful meals that can be prepared in a short amount of time. These are great fish recipes that can be paired with fresh summer vegetables for an added nutrition bonus. Don’t forget to choose only U.S. Farm Raised Catfish and support our American Catfish industry.
Egypt Ridge Catfish
Makes 4 Servings Ingredients: 1 pound catfish filets 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 tablespoon salt ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/3 cup flour 1 large red onion, sliced 1/3 cup raisins 1/3 cup hones 1/3 cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup vegetables oil 2 tablespoons peanuts 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Oven-fried Catfish with Pineapple Chutney
Makes 4 Servings Ingredients: 1 pound catfish filets 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ cup milk 2/3 cups corn flake crumbs 2 teaspoons oil Directions: Heat oven to 450 degrees. Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. Sprinkle fish with lemon juice. Dip filets in milk, then roll in crumbs. Arrange filets in prepared pan; drizzles with oil. Bake about 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Garnish with Pineapple Chutney.
Guest Columnist
Nelda Starks
Spicy Grilled Catfish
Makes 4 Servings
Directions: Unwrap catfish and place on paper towels. Assemble ingrePineapple Chutney dients, measuring dry ingredients into a plastic bag. Heat oil in Ingredients: skillet to high heat. 1 tablespoon olive oil Ingredients: Slice catfish into 3-inch lengths. Shake in bag to coat with 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple or 1 cup fresh diced pineflour mixture. Brown catfish on both sides, about three minutes ½ cup Chardonnay wine apple preside. Drain on fresh paper towels. 1 tablespoon dry mustard ½ cup chopped green apple Add onion to pan, stirring to distribute oil. Turn heat to low and 1 tablespoon chili powder ½ cup chopped red pepper cook until softened, about two minutes. Stir in raisins, cook two 1 teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons sugar minutes. Add vinegar, cook two minutes. Add honey, cook until ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tablespoons cider vinegar mixture comes to a boil, about 2-3 minutes. ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons minced onion Return catfish to pan, coat with sauce, cover and warm the 1 pound catfish filets ¾ teaspoon curry powder catfish or wait and reheat later. Serve catfish with sauce, along ¾ teaspoon mustard seeds with steamed rice and a salad or green vegetable. Garnish with Directions: Mix first eight ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add cat- peanuts and parsley, if desired. Directions: fish to bowl, marinate for 15 minutes. Drain filets; place on lightly In small sauce pan, combine all the ingredients; simmer, stiroiled grill 4 inches above hot coals. Grill about five minutes per Grilled Catfish with Black Bean Relish ring five minutes. side or until fish flakes when tested with a fork. Baste with marinade while cooking. Makes 4 Servings Serve with buttered rice and green beans. Notes: Ingredients: Serve with roasted veggies (squash, peppers, onions, aspara4 catfish filets gus), and cole slaw. ½ teaspoon garlic salt ½ teaspoon pepper
Orange Rosemary Poached Catfish
Makes 4 Servings
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oil 2 tablespoons diced red onion Black Bean Relish ½ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper Ingredients: ¼ cup orange juice ¼ cup chopped onion ¼ teaspoon orange zest ¼ cup chopped celery ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed or 1 teaspoon fresh ¼ cup chopped carrot 3 gloves garlic, minced chopped rosemary 3 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1 ¼ pounds catfish filets 2 tablespoons butter Orange slices 1 15 ounce can black beans, undrained ¼ cup diced ham Directions: ¼ cup chopped cilantro In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook onion for ½ teaspoon salt five minutes, until soft, but not brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and add orange juice, orange zest and rosemary; stir and Directions: cook for one minute. Add catfish. Lower heat to medium-low. In a medium saucepan, cook onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and Cover tightly and cook 8-10 minutes or until fish is opaque. Re- peppers in butter until onion is tender. Stir in black beans, ham, move catfish to serving plate and spoon sauce over filets. Gar- cilantro and salt. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, nish with orange slices, if desired. for 10 minutes or until desired consistency. Makes two cups. Notes: Serve with roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli and rolls. Notes: Serve with roasted corn on the cob and a tossed salad.
Directions: Sprinkle fish filets with garlic salt and pepper. Place in a well oiled grill basket or on a well-oiled grill rack. Grill, uncovered, over medium hot coals about five minutes per side or until fish flakes easily. Serve with Black Bean Relish.
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Forks and Corks
Sharing Hometown Recipes, Cooking Tips and Coupons
Tantalize your Taste Buds with Citrus Coconut Cake
“This takes a coconut milk cake and citrus-izes it!”
aving a few friends over and looking for an easy, flavorful dessert everyone will love? This Citrus Coconut Milk Cake is so moist and jam packed with citrus flavors it’s perfect for a summer get together. If kumquats are hard to find, you can substitute oranges to maintain the fabulous citrus taste. See step-by-step photos of Maggie’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at: You’ll also find a meal planner, coupons and chances to win! Enjoy and remember, use “just a pinch”...
By Janet Tharpe
Maggie Schill
Jacksonville, FL (pop. 821,784)
What You Need For Cake 2 c cake flour 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp baking powder 2 1/4 c sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp orange juice Zest of 1 lemon Zest of 1 orange 3/4 c pureed kumquats, (remove seeds, do not peel) 3 oz packet of instant vanilla pudding mix 4 large eggs, room temperature 1 c sweetened shredded coconut 1 c coconut milk, unsweetened 5 tbsp butter, unsalted 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract For Glaze 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp orange juice
Citrus Coconut Milk Cake
2 1/2 c confectioners sugar 3 tbsp coconut milk 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Add flour mixture to egg mixture in thirds completely incorporating the flour mixture before adding more. Mix until just incorporated. Directions • Fold in shredded coconut. • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a • Pour batter into Bundt pan and 9-10 inch Bundt pan. Set aside. bake on center rack for 35-45 min, • In sauce pan add coconut milk or until a toothpick comes out and butter. Heat the coconut milk, barely clean. slowly, until butter is completely • Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. melted. Take off heat and cool. • In a bowl sift flour, instant vanilla For Glaze: pudding, salt, and baking powder. • Combine lemon and orange juice Set aside. and whisk in confectioners sugar. • In another bowl, cream eggs and Whisk in vanilla and coconut milk. sugar. Beat on high for 2 min. • If the glaze is too thick add coconut • Beat vanilla into egg mixture. milk 1/2 a tbsp at a time; if it is too • Add kumquat puree, lemon zest, thin add confectioners sugar 1/2 a orange zest, lemon juice, and tbsp at a time. Glaze should be the orange juice to the egg mixture. consistency of table syrup. Beat until incorporated. • Once cake has cooled drizzle glaze • Slowly beat coconut milk into egg over cake. mixture.
Submitted by: Maggie Schill, Jacksonville, FL (pop. 821,784)
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During the first twentyof Lancaster Farms green tomato, battered and fried as God insomething years of my life in tended. On top of that was a little Starkville we certainly ate at resmound of king crab and avocado taurants from time to time. But salad, adding a rich, creamy elethere are not a lot of vivid taste ment to the tart crispiness of the memories from the first decade, tomato. Then on the sides were particularly of dishes that were two different sauces: cilantro lime especially good. I guess that’s hollandaise and sriracha honey normal for a kid. Bad memories aioli. I’m the kind of person who are few and far between as well, likes having choices, but doesn’t save that one oyster at Shoney’s particularly like choosing. So I and a spoiled carton of chocoappreciated having both sauces – late milk at the Ward ElemenJay Reed tary cafeteria that still inspires Eats One Ate with the salad on top, I could create all kinds of unique bites, all full body shivers.  good. My comment to the wife As I progressed through high school the scene began to change. Early was that this was something I would defiprom dates were honored with the cafete- nitely order at the Veranda.  On the other side of the room, Chef Matt ria trays of the Western Sizzlin’; later ones got treated to the original location of Har- Bronski was dishing out the Harvey’s intervey’s. (Thank you Mr. Beam. Thank you so pretation of one of my favorite dishes of all much.) Aside from the mainstay of Starkville time. They called it Mississippi Gulf Seafood Café, other places with memorable food be- and Low Country Cheese Grits, but even gan to pop up - Oby’s, Little Dooey, Bull- that long name doesn’t begin to describe dog Deli – places that I looked forward to the plate. The grits were simple, cheesy and coming back to over the next two decades creamy, topped with butter-poached shrimp when I lived far, far away. Four years ago, and lump crabmeat. But there was also a when we moved back to Starkville the scene touch of cherry tomato salad with cucumber and fennel, and a little baby spinach on the had changed again. We got chefs. I know I’m probably going to get in side – all that in a pool of tasso ham, andouille some trouble saying this, so allow me this sausage, and bacon gravy. But wait! There’s disclaimer. There were bound to be some more! The grits were surrounded by a ring chefs in Starkville in the seventies and eight- of flaky phyllo dough with dill pressed beies. Surely. But I wasn’t aware of them, and tween the layers. As the wife noted, there though good restaurants were discussed, was a lot happening on this plate, and it was individual chefs were not. Now, however, all right up my alley.  Down the hall we found Chef John American culture has evolved from Julia Child and Yan Can Cook to the Food Net- Fitzgerald of Restaurant Tyler, who won work and Cooking Channel. Chefs have be- the Best of Forks and Corks (chosen by come celebrities and our taste buds are the the guests) for his Smoked Catfish Tamale Cakes served over tomatillo salsa verde and beneficiaries.   Beyond the celebrity aspect, chefs have topped with house-smoked bacon confit, become competitors, and it’s not limited to herb crème fraiche and Vardaman sweet poTop Chef, Man Vs. Food, or the Next Food tato chips. I’m not a big tamale guy, but I Network Star. Since my return to Mississip- could surely come to love them if they were pi I have been involved as a judge, coordina- all made like this. Bacon confit: French techtor, describer or eater in at least seven differ- nique, meet Southern goodness.  The last savory dish was prepared by ent cooking competitions in Starkville alone. The most recent was the Starkville Area Arts Chef Leon Jefferson from Central Station Council’s Forks and Corks event at Magno- Grill, who won the medals for Best Taste lia Manor. And let me just say...we got chefs. and Originality. It was surf and turf like I’ve There were prizes, and I’ll tell you who never seen before. Pan-seared bay scallops won what as we go along. But for the sake wrapped with smoked brisket, a balsamic-inof fairness, I’ll describe everything the order fused white barbecue sauce, and Florentine potatoes. I hate to say it, bacon, but your in which we received each dish.  The first dish we chose was the fig ice days of monopolizing the scallop-wrapping cream from Chef Paul Brasfield at BIN 612. business might be over. This worked. We started with dessert; We ended with Dessert first, you say? Oh yes we did. We are adults. And it didn’t ruin our dinner one little dessert. Chef Barbara Vasser from Aramark bit. (Kids, don’t try this at home.) Chef Paul began with a base of sponge cake, added won the Presentation medal for this one: lo- a thick layer of what she called cheesecake cal fig ice cream with caramel and candied mousse, another layer of strawberry cheesepecans, served over lemon sponge cake and cake mousse, and  finished it with a drizzle finished with a local berry coulis. I’m not of strawberry daiquiri sauce. Cool, creamy, sure I’ve ever had fig ice cream before, but and just right for the warm summer night.  We are Starkville. And we got chefs. by golly if I ever have a chance again I’m   going for it. People were still talking about Jay Reed is a local foodie and pharmacist. it the next day. Hopefully, if there is a next time, Chef Paul will let me bring my Jethro The culinary tastes expressed here are his and Bodine-sized ice cream bowl and fill ‘er up.  do not necessarily reflect the appetites of the Next up was the Veranda. Chef Jay Yates Starkville Daily News or individual members of took a simple Southern staple and gave it its staff. He welcomes your comments at eatsoserious pizzazz. The base was a thick slice
Fava Beans & Arugula Two Ways
based on a recipe by Kay Chun Serves: 6-8 as a crostini, 4 as a pasta dish Time: 25 minutes, mostly active
Ingredients ~ 1 cup shelled fresh fava beans (~ 1 lb in their pods) or lima or edamame/soy beans 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1-2 cups baby arugula zest of half a lemon juice of ~ 1/4 a lemon, to taste 1 garlic clove, minced 16 mint leaves salt and pepper 3 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese If making crostini, 1 bagette If making pasta, 1/2 lb dried small shape pasta Directions: If you are making the crostini, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the bread into 1/3-inch slices and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. If you are making the pasta, put on a pot of water to boil. If you’re using frozen beans, thaw them.  If using fresh, cook the fava beans in boiling water until tender, about three minutes.  Strain, then cover with ice water to stop the cooking. If you’re using fava bean, gently peal off the skins of the beans.   (Yes, I’ve noticed that every sentence begins with “if.” Think of it as choosing your own adventure.) If you’re making the crostini, put the bread in the oven and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. If you like, peel any additional garlic clove and rub it on the toasts for an additional garlicky punch. Pulse the beans in a food processor until they are very coarsely chopped.  Remove about half of them. Add the olive oil, garlic, half the arugula, the cheese (if you’re using it), the lemon zest and juice and a few grinds of black pepper to the food processor. Blend until smooth. Chop up the remaining arugula and stir it, along with the removed chopped fava beans, into the rest of the mixture. Taste for salt, pepper, and lemon juice. If you’re making the pasta, add the pasta to the water to cook. Coarsely chop all the ingredients and mix in a bowl. When the pasta is done, strain it and toss with the bean mixture. Taste for salt and pepper. You may need to add a little more olive oil so that the noodles aren’t sticky.
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that my plans for a fava bean and arugula crostini spread were out. Instead I finely chopped all the ingredients (instead of pureeing them) and tossed them with shell pasta. Turns out the scale of kids’ food preferences is relative to how similar a dish is to mac and cheese. Since this dish included shape pasta, it was close enough to keep them from screaming. So what follows below is the same recipe two ways, as a spread and as a pasta topping. Both are light and refreshing.  Both are quick.  If you leave out the parmesan cheese, it’s vegan. If you can’t find fresh fava beans (which I have never ever seen in any form in Mississippi), try some other large bean like limas or edamame. Frozen is okay. Alix Hui is an assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University. She can be contacted at
Of course, roasting tomatoes is a natural for the peak of the tomato season, but even From page B-1 in the dead of winter, when decent tomatoes Wise (Morrow, 1997), Corriher explains seem impossible to find, roasting is the way that when vegetables are roasted, the liquid to go. released by their cells immediately evaporates, Look for Relish magazine, celebrating Amerleaving behind a deliciously concentrated flaica’s love of food, each month in (name of pavor. Add roasted tomatoes to salads and pizzas, per). For more Relish recipes and to sign up for toss in pasta, or serve on top of bruschetta. our newsletters, log on to To downAlso try them right out of the oven, eased load our new tablet app for the iPad and our free onto individual plates and sprinkled with Par- mobile app, Relish Daily Dish, go to mobile migiano Reggiano.
Roasted tomatoes
Roasting concentrates tomatoes’ natural sugars and flavors and gives them a buttery rich texture Serves 6 Ingredients: 12 Roma tomatoes or round red tomatoes  1 tablespoon olive oil  1/2 teaspoon coarse salt  Freshly ground black pepper  3 garlic cloves, sliced Directions: Preheat oven to 400F.  Slice and core tomatoes. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle with salt, pepper and sliced garlic. Bake 30 to 60 minutes, until juices have evaporated. Store in a plastic ziptop bag in refrigerator or freezer. You can also slow roast tomatoes in a 250F oven 3 to 4 hours. Nutritional Information per Serving: 45 calories, 3g fat, 0mg chol., 1g prot., 5g carbs., 2g fiber, 200mg sodium.
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Reinvest in Napa Valley
It is no secret that in the last several years wine sales have suffered from a depressed economy. But the wine industry is bouncing back. Not only are consumers buying more wine at higher price points, but producers are reinvesting money in their properties -- a trend Tom witnessed during a visit earlier this month to Napa Valley. Vines are being replanted, vineyards are being bought and producers are putting more money into barrels and equipment. As Napa Valley goes, so goes the nation. The vines are full of plump grapes are turning color -- the start of what the French call veraison. Not only does harvest promise to be early this year, but it looks like Napa growers will enjoy another big crop. Things are looking up for California wine producers. Surprisingly, Napa County produces only 4 percent of California’s grapes, but its revenue represents 33 percent of the money generated from grape production. With that you would think there is room for expansion, but what little suitable land remains is located on steep hillsides that are expensive to plant -- if you can get past strict conservation laws enacted in the early 1990s. It’s not surprising that the scarcity of land has lead to higher property costs -- an acre of planted grapes can cost more than $300,000. Prices like that knock out most farmers, so the typical upstart winery owner is well-heeled -- a movie star,a star athlete, a former partner of some tech company or a successful investor. Unfortunately, there isn’t much Colgin Cellars, which Tom recenthope for vineyard expansion. Acly visited, is a good example. Ann Colcording to Jennifer Putnam, execugin, is an art collector and philanthrotive director of Napa Valley Grapepist who donates generously to local growers, grape production varies charities. She and her husband built a according to the quality of the crop, spectacular facility on hillside property but planted acres have not changed near St. Helena in the early 1990s. much over the last several years. But Colgin wines have been deservedly there are more grapes, thanks to rated among the nation’s best -- five and vineyard management. Tom Marquardt yield got 100-point scores from the Wine “The success story is how well we Advocate. This didn’t come from and Patrick Darr have managed pests,” she said. The Wine Guys luck. It was a result of an incredible There are always grapes availattention to detail and a significant able to producers, but the price investment of capital. Who could replicate this in for quality is steep. Several producers, includNapa Valley today? ing the renown Bernard Portet who left Clos Colgin’s meticulous attention to detail and du Val to launch a new winery, depend entirely demand has resulted in wine that ranges from on purchased grapes. The competition drives up $230 to $480 a bottle. They have a waiting list the price of grapes -- and eventually the price of of 2,000 people salivating at the chance to pay. wine. His wine costs a lot and some producers You probably are not among them. question whether his sourcing will last. Success for Napa’s wine producers leads to Rich Frank, owner of Frank Family Vinesuccess for the county’s economic climate too. yards, is bullish on Napa Valley and feels good On an average day, about 13,500 people tour about its future --- he just bought 87 acres of Napa Valley, according to 2012 statistics from planted vines. He says ships rise together with Visit Napa Valley. They spend on average $714 the tide. If his wines sell out, as they often do, he a day and generate $1.4 billion in direct visitor says consumers will turn to another Napa prospending in the county. The young people piling ducer. cases of wine into the trunks of their cars and Napa Valley is known for its cabernet sauvidining in lavish restaurants symbolize the impor- gnon and ones Tom tasted last week proved that tance of wine tourism as an economic engine. it is still king of the hill. Those who look exclusively to France for collectible cabernet sauvignon are fools to overlook Napa Valley.
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WINES OF THE WEEK Gallo Signature Series Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2011 ($30). Gallo makes three premium wines in its Signature Series that manages to represent good values in today’s market. This chardonnay is a wonderfully fruity wine with apple notes and a dash of ginger. The cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir in the Signature Series are equally good. XYZinfandel 2011 ($16). Drawing wines from mostly Sonoma County, this producer has blended a bit of petite sirah, tannat and syrah to make a multi-dimensional and well-rounded zinfandel that aims to please. Its juicy fruit flavors and spice would make it a good match to barbecued foods, such as ribs and burgers. Talbott Logan Pinot Noir 2011 ($25). One of the best values on the market in pinot noir, this simple but lush pinot noir offers ripe berry flavors and a broad nose of cinnamon, blueberry and vanilla aromas. The Talbott Kali Hart at $21 is another great buy.
Check out the authors’ blog at Some of the wines recommended in our column may have been provided for review by their producers. The authors can be reached at
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Taste Smoke, spice takes summer grilling to new heights
For Starkville Daily News This summer, think inside the box — the smoke box, that is — and turn your grill into a backyard smoker by adding wood chips to impart flavorful depth to meats, seafood and vegetables. Pairing the right spice with the right wood quickly turns an ordinary cookout into an extraordinarily tasty outdoor feast. “When you combine different spices and seasonings with various types of wood, you can add distinctive layers of flavor to all kinds of grilled foods,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of McCormick. “If you’re grilling fish - like salmon, for example - a great way to give the meal a unique, smoky flavor is to use pecan or mesquite wood chips. Then add a complementary seasoning like McCormick Grill Mates Fiery 5 Pepper Seasoning.” Serve up this spicy, smoky recipe for Five Pepper Salmon, which pairs perfectly with a grilled corn succotash. For more smoke and spice pairings and tips to turn your gas or charcoal grill into a smoker, visit To connect with other grilling enthusiasts, join The Grillerhood at
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 14 minutes Makes: 6 servings Ingredients: 1 cup pecan or mesquite wood chips 4 teaspoons McCormick Grill Mates Fiery 5 Pepper Seasoning 4 teaspoons firmly packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 pounds of salmon fillets Olive oil Directions: Soak wood chips in enough water to cover for 1 hour. Drain wood chips. Fill smoker box with wet wood chips. Place smoker box under grill rack on one side of grill. Close lid. Heat grill on high heat about 10 minutes until smoke appears from chips. Reduce heat to medium. Mix seasoning and sugar in small bowl. Brush salmon lightly with oil. Rub generously with seasoning mixture. Place salmon on grill. Close lid. Grill salmon 6 to 7 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Five Pepper Salmon
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Section C
Smith on sports
High School Soccer
Danny P. Smith
Sports Editor
Encouraging start
Gridiron Gold gets the mind set on football
Andrews sees the potential in SA after 2-1 loss to Lamar
t’s a little less than a month before the high school football fields in this area and across the state have the Friday night lights turned on. There are only a few more days before teams hit the practice field for the first time to prepare for the season. Starkville Academy starts Thursday by the way. For those who purchased a movie ticket in Starkville to check out the movie Mississippi Gridiron Gold on Monday or Tuesday, they were treated to a history lesson of high school football in the state. From the very first game between Yazoo City and Winona on Dec. 9, 1905, the rich in tradition of high school football was spelled out accurately and adequately in the film. Listening to the words coming from legendary high school football coaches of Mississippi, it created a sense of pride for anyone touched by prep football. If there had been a set of pads located close by my seat at the theater, it would have been difficult to resist the urge of putting them on to get ready for a game. That’s just the type of impact watching the movie had on me and I didn’t even come close to playing high school football. August 23, which the night that high school football season is scheduled to begin here, can’t get here fast enough now. Based on the popular book with the same name, the 80-minute documentary explains how a state with less than 3 million residents has gained national respect. Sometimes it’s taken for granted that some of the greatest football players who ever lived, like Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Archie Manning and Brett Favre, played high school football in Mississippi. Rice performed his talents right down the road at B.L. Moor, now known as East Oktibbeha, before heading to Mississippi Valley State and on to becoming the greatest receiver in National Football League history. Mississippi Gridiron Gold does a good job of bringing out the importance of being in the Bible Belt, having blue-collar attitudes, the role of junior college football, displaying coaches as being ministers with whistles, having old-fashioned ways, showing Mississippi pride and establishing legacies. Coaches like Bobby Hall, Mike Justice, Willis Wright and Eupora’s Junior Graham talked about what they do, why they do it and what it means for the communities in which they work. Graham shared his love of being a football coach and how he’s never really considered it work. “This is the only thing I’ve ever dreamed about doing,” Graham said in the movie. “I’ve never considered this being a job. If it ever becomes a job to me, then it’s time for me to get an application and look into becoming a greeter at Wal-Mart or something.” One of the great communities in our coverage area that show a passion for football is Eupora. The Eagles made it all of the way to the Class 2A State championship game last year and are poised to make another run this season. The fans of Eupora should be glad that Graham hasn’t pursued being a greeter at Wal-Mart just yet. Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
Anna McKell scored the lone goal for Starkville Academy on Tuesday. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)
Tuesday marked a series of firsts for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers soccer team. Not only was it the first game of the season for the Lady Vols, it was their first time playing under new coach Cole Andrews and the first time taking the field after losing a strong senior class from last season. Despite starting the season with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Lamar School, Andrews and his team are still excited to be back on the field and the issues present on Tuesday are easy fixes according to the coach. “It was very, very exciting,” Andrews said. “I was nervous like everyone else, but overall, I’m pleased with the team’s efforts. “Like I was telling them, we had seven or eight chances to put goals away. It is unfortunate we didn’t convert, but it is easier to coach with them getting scoring opportunities.” Lamar got the first scoring opportunity of the game as Rachel Lee scored at the 5-minute mark from inside the box in front of the goal to make it 1-0. Towards the end of the half, Starkville Academy answered back with Anna McKell providing a goal from inside the box at the 26-minute mark to tie the game at 1-1 before halftime. “That first goal was crucial,” Andrews said. “That is what we
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Girl’s Basketball
Lee shares the message of hard work at camp
By DANNY P. SMITH   Tyson Lee may be a football player and a former quarterback for Mississippi State, but he still had a message to share at a girls basketball camp. Whether it’s throwing a football or shooting a basketball, Lee told the girls at the Sportsplex on Tuesday that it’s important to use hard work to go after dreams and goals. “You need to have dreams and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t be anything,” Lee said. “At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is you believing in yourself. “That was my thing growing up. I try to tell kids now to have a goal, have a dream and put in the work that it takes. A lot of times we want the results, but don’t want to put in the work.” During his visit, Lee gave his story of how he grew up in Columbus, moved on to Itawamba Community College and got his chance in the Southeastern Conference with the Bulldogs. Even though there were people who tried to tell Lee that he was too short to be an effective signal caller, he worked hard to prove the doubters wrong. “I try to let people know that even though I was able to achieve my goals and dreams, there’s a whole lot of work that people don’t know about that went into it,” Lee said. “I want them to understand the importance of putting in that work so that one day they can achieve the dreams and goals they have.”
Former Mississippi State quarterback Tyson Lee speaks to a girls basketball camp on Tuesday. (Photo by Jason Edwards, See LEE | Page C-8 SDN)
College Football
Bulldogs continue building with Mullen
By BEN WAIT When Dan Mullen took over the Mississippi State football program, his main goal was to win and win in bunches. Heading into his fifth season, the Bulldog head man is continuing to build a program that is accepting winning more than losing. Mullen has reenergized a fan base that hadn’t had much to cheer about and given the Bulldog players a reason to work hard. Mullen is molding the football program into a team that doesn’t accept losing. “What we’ve tried to do in building a program at Mississippi State is build consistency,” Mullen said recently at Southeastern Conference Media Days. “(We want to) build a team that can consistently win.” Mullen is no stranger to winning. He spent several years with Urban Meyer at various places along the way. He started with Meyer in 2001 at Bowling Green.  From there, Mullen and Meyer headed to Utah and then to Florida where they won two national championships.  Mullen was excited when he was hired in 2008 by the Bulldogs for his first head coaching job. In his first four seasons he is 29-22 and he has led MSU to three-straight bowl games for the first time in school history. Although many might consider Mullen a trailblazer for the Bulldogs, there are still places Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen gives Mullen wants to go that he has not gotten to yet. One of those being the Southeastern former cornerback Johnthan Banks (13) a hug during last year’s senior day ceremonies. (Photo by Kim Murrell, For Conference Championship Game in Atlanta in early December. Starkville Daily News)
Bulldogs under Mullen
The year, the record and bowl appearance for the Bulldogs since Dan Mullen was hired as coach. 2012 8-5 (Gator) 2011 7-6 (Music City) 2010 9-4 (Gator) 2009 5-7
“As you consistently win, at that point you’re going to have the opportunity to go and continue to take those next steps and go compete, which our ultimate goal is to find a way to get to Atlanta and compete for an SEC Championship,” Mullen said. “Every year, that is always (the) number one goal. (We want to) try to find a way to get to Atlanta in December.” MSU finished last season at 8-5 and made it to a New Year’s Day bowl for the second time in three seasons. Many Bulldog fans might consider that a good year, but senior quarterback Tyler Russell does not. “Going 8-5, going to a bowl game isn’t good enough anymore,” Russell said at SEC Media Days. “A few years ago, you win five games and
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The number of complete games Tampa Bay Rays starting pitching had in the month of July, which leads Major League baseball.
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Major League Baseball National League At A Glance All Times EDT East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 62 45 .579 — Washington 52 55 .486 10 Philadelphia 50 56 .472 11½ New York 48 56 .462 12½ 40 65 .381 21 Miami Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 63 42 .600 — St. Louis 62 42 .596 ½ Cincinnati 59 48 .551 5 Chicago 48 57 .457 15 Milwaukee 45 61 .425 18½ West Division W L Pct GB 56 48 .538 — Los Angeles Arizona 54 52 .509 3 Colorado 51 57 .472 7 San Diego 49 58 .458 8½ San Francisco 46 59 .438 10½ Monday’s Games Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 2 Atlanta 9, Colorado 8, 10 innings N.Y. Mets 6, Miami 5 Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 0 San Diego 2, Cincinnati 1 Tuesday’s Games Milwaukee 6, Chicago Cubs 5, 1st game Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 1, 11 innings, 1st game Philadelphia 7, San Francisco 3 Detroit 5, Washington 1 Tampa Bay 5, Arizona 2 Atlanta 11, Colorado 3 N.Y. Mets 4, Miami 2, 10 innings St. Louis at Pittsburgh, late, 2nd game Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, late, 2nd game Cincinnati at San Diego, late N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Dodgers, late Today’s Games Washington (G.Gonzalez 7-3) at Detroit (Verlander 10-8), 1:08 p.m. Cincinnati (H.Bailey 5-10) at San Diego (Stults 8-9), 3:40 p.m. San Francisco (Gaudin 4-2) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 9-7), 7:05 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 13-6) at Pittsburgh (Locke 9-3), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (Miley 7-8) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 10-3), 7:10 p.m. Colorado (Chatwood 7-3) at Atlanta (Minor 10-5), 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Mejia 1-0) at Miami (H.Alvarez 1-1), 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee (W.Peralta 7-10) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 6-11), 8:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 10-6) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 10-6), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games N.Y. Mets at Miami, 12:40 p.m. Arizona at Texas, 7:05 p.m. San Francisco at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Colorado at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Tampa Bay 64 43 .598 — Boston 64 44 .593 ½ 59 48 .551 5 Baltimore New York 55 50 .524 8 Toronto 48 57 .457 15 Central Division W L Pct GB 60 45 .571 — Detroit Cleveland 58 48 .547 2½ Kansas City 51 51 .500 7½ Minnesota 45 57 .441 13½ Chicago 40 64 .385 19½ West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 63 43 .594 — 57 49 .538 6 Texas Seattle 50 56 .472 13 48 56 .462 14 Los Angeles Houston 35 70 .333 27½ Monday’s Games Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1 Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 2 Texas 4, L.A. Angels 3 Oakland 9, Toronto 4 Tuesday’s Games Cleveland 7, Chicago White Sox 4 Baltimore 4, Houston 3 Detroit 5, Washington 1 Tampa Bay 5, Arizona 2 Boston 8, Seattle 2 L.A. Angels at Texas, late Kansas City at Minnesota, late Toronto at Oakland, late N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Dodgers, late Today’s Games Washington (G.Gonzalez 7-3) at Detroit (Verlander 10-8), 1:08 p.m. Toronto (Dickey 8-11) at Oakland (Colon 14-3), 3:35 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Peavy 8-4) at Cleveland (Kluber 7-5), 7:05 p.m. Houston (Bedard 3-8) at Baltimore (Mig. Gonzalez 8-4), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (Miley 7-8) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 10-3), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Iwakuma 10-4) at Boston (Lackey 7-8), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Williams 5-7) at Texas (M.Perez 3-3), 8:05 p.m. Kansas City (Guthrie 10-7) at Minnesota (Correia 7-7), 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 10-6) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 10-6), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 12:05 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. Arizona at Texas, 7:05 p.m. Houston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. League Leaders National League BATTING – CJohnson, Atlanta, .341; YMolina, St. Louis, .331; Cuddyer, Colorado, .331; Craig, St. Louis, .321; Votto, Cincinnati, .318; Segura, Milwaukee, .315; MCarpenter, St. Louis, .314; Scutaro, San Francisco, .314. RUNS – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 79; CGonzalez, Colorado, 72; Votto, Cincinnati, 72; Choo, Cincinnati, 71; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 66; Holliday, St. Louis, 65; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 65. RBI – Goldschmidt, Arizona, 85; Phillips, Cincinnati, 81; Craig, St. Louis, 79; Bruce, Cincinnati, 73; CGonzalez, Colorado, 70; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 69; DBrown, Phila-
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“That’s kind of mind-boggling a little bit, but that’s in his DNA and what he wants to do.”
Los Angeles Laker coach Mike D’Antoni said about Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets.
What’s on tv
Sunday, Aug. 18 Indianapolis at NY Giants, 8 p.m. (FOX) Monday, Aug. 19 Pittsburgh at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN) WEEK 3 Thursday, Aug. 22 New England at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Baltimore, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Aug. 23 Seattle at Green Bay, 8 p.m. (CBS) Chicago at Oakland, 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 Buffalo at Washington, 4:30 p.m. Cleveland at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. NY Jets at NY Giants, 7 p.m. Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Tennessee, 8 p.m. Cincinnati at Dallas, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Denver, 8 p.m. (CBS) San Diego at Arizona, 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 New Orleans at Houston, 4 p.m. (FOX) Minnesota at San Francisco, 8 p.m. (NBC) WEEK 4 Thursday, Aug. 29 Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at NY Jets, 7 p.m. Jacksonville at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Miami, 7:30 p.m. NY Giants at New England, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Baltimore at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. Green Bay at Kansas City, 8 p.m. Houston at Dallas, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Arizona at Denver, 9 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 10 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 10 p.m. Golf MSU schedule
Old Waverly tourney highlights MSU slate
For Starkville Daily News For the second-consecutive year, the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship headlines the Mississippi State men’s golf schedule as coach Clay Homan aims to replicate one of the program’s most successful seasons from a year ago. The Old Waverly Collegiate Championship will be held April 7-8 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point after making its debut during the 2012-13 season. “It’s great that we get to a host an event at Old Waverly,” Homan said. “It is an unbelievable facility and we cannot thank their staff enough for letting us use it. Last year we had a nice turnout and an exciting finish with the playoff. We hope to continue to grow the event and this year should be another great tournament.” For the fifth year in row, the Bulldogs will open the season at Hattiesburg Country Club in the Southern Miss-hosted Sam Hall Intercollegiate on Sept. 9-10. In last season’s edition, MSU posted its best finish (second) in the event. The following week on Sept. 20-22 State will travel to Kingston Springs, Tenn., for the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge hosted by the Music City Bowl at The Golf Club of Tennessee. The Bulldogs will again appear in a tournament for the first time on Sept. 29-30 as Ohio State hosts the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on the university’s Scarlett Course in Columbus, Ohio. Returning to a traditional tournament, MSU will head to the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at the Old Overton Club in Birmingham, Ala. This will be the fifth-consecutive appearance in the Jerry Pate by the Maroon and White and eighth overall. To conclude the fall slate on Oct. 26-27, the Bulldogs will travel to the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., for the UNCG-hosted Bridgestone Golf Collegiate where they picked up their first of four wins during the 2012-13 season. “We’ve gone to Grandover for a few years now,” Homan said. “It is always nice to end the fall with a place you are familiar with and especially coming off a win last season, it will give us a chance to go into Christmas break on a good note if we play well.” The Bayou City Collegiate Championship at Redstone Golf Club in Houston, Texas, will get the spring schedule rolling on Feb. 21-23. It is another new event on the State schedule. For a mid-spring matchup with Southeastern Conference foes on March 10-11, MSU will play in the Auburn-hosted Tiger Invitational presented by PGA Tour member and Auburn graduate Jason Dufner at the Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Ala. State won the event to kick off a hot streak, winning three of four tournaments to end the 2012-13 season. For the 28th time, the Bulldogs will play in a Florida Statehosted event as the Seminole Intercollegiate will be held at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., on March 14-16. MSU will return home for the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship where the Bulldogs defeated the UAB Blazers in a playoff a season ago. The Bulldogs will remain in the Magnolia State to close out the regular season with the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate hosted by Ole Miss at the Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison on April 14-15. MSU claimed a dominating 15-stroke win in last year’s tournament, its third win of that season. “We ended the regular season playing very well last season,” Homan said. “We won three of the last four and were runner-up in the other tournament. This year we will end with those same four events so hopefully our lineup will have the confidence and can end that well again. With less downtime between the SEC’s and regionals, a nice run can held us in the postseason.” Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., will again play host to the SEC Championships, which will be held one week later than usual on April 25-27. Postseason play will begin May 15-17 at various regionals around the country and the NCAA Championships will be held at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., on June 1-7.
Catcher Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals play at Pittsburgh again tonight. ESPN’s coverage begins at 6 p.m. (Photo by Gene J. Puskar, AP)
Today LITTLE LEAGUE 5:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Big League World Series, championship, teams TBD, at Easley, S.C. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — St. Louis at Pittsburgh 7 p.m. WGN — Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs SOCCER 11 a.m. ESPN2 — Audi Cup, semifinal, Manchester City vs. AC Milan, at Munich 1:15 p.m. ESPN2 — Audi Cup, semifinal, Sao Paulo at Bayern Munich 8 p.m. ESPN2 — MLS, All-Star Game, MLS AllStars vs. AS Roma, at Kansas City, Kan.
the area slate
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delphia, 69; FFreeman, Atlanta, 69. HITS – Segura, Milwaukee, 131; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 126; Votto, Cincinnati, 126; Craig, St. Louis, 124; DanMurphy, New York, 122; DWright, New York, 122; YMolina, St. Louis, 119. DOUBLES – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 32; Bruce, Cincinnati, 31; YMolina, St. Louis, 30; Rizzo, Chicago, 30; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 28; Posey, San Francisco, 28; Desmond, Washington, 27; GParra, Arizona, 27. TRIPLES – CGomez, Milwaukee, 9; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 8; Segura, Milwaukee, 8; Span, Washington, 7; CGonzalez, Colorado, 6; DWright, New York, 6; Hechavarria, Miami, 5. HOME RUNS – PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 27; CGonzalez, Colorado, 26; DBrown, Philadelphia, 24; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 23; Bruce, Cincinnati, 22; Uggla, Atlanta, 21; Beltran, St. Louis, 19; Tulowitzki, Colorado, 19. STOLEN BASES – ECabrera, San Diego, 36; Segura, Milwaukee, 31; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 30; CGomez, Milwaukee, 26; Revere, Philadelphia, 22; EYoung, New York, 22; CGonzalez, Colorado, 21; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 21. PITCHING – Wainwright, St. Louis, 136; Corbin, Arizona, 12-2; Lynn, St. Louis, 12-5; Zimmermann, Washington, 12-6; Liriano, Pittsburgh, 11-4; 8 tied at 10. ERA – Kershaw, Los Angeles, 1.96; Harvey, New York, 2.11; Locke, Pittsburgh, 2.15; Corbin, Arizona, 2.24; Wainwright, St. Louis, 2.51; Leake, Cincinnati, 2.59; Fernandez, Miami, 2.71. STRIKEOUTS – Harvey, New York, 164; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 156; Samardzija, Chicago, 146; Wainwright, St. Louis, 145; HBailey, Cincinnati, 138; Lincecum, San Francisco, 137; Latos, Cincinnati, 136; GGonzalez, Washington, 136. SAVES – Kimbrel, Atlanta, 31; Grilli, Pittsburgh, 30; Mujica, St. Louis, 30; RSoriano, Washington, 26; Chapman, Cincinnati, 24; Romo, San Francisco, 24; Gregg, Chicago, 22; Parnell, New York, 22; Cishek, Miami, 22. American League BATTING – MiCabrera, Detroit, .359; DOrtiz, Boston, .328; Trout, Los Angeles, .324; Mauer, Minnesota, .324; Loney, Tampa Bay, .316; TorHunter, Detroit, .310; ABeltre, Texas, .309. RUNS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 78; CDavis, Baltimore, 76; AJones, Baltimore, 73; Trout, Los Angeles, 70; Bautista, Toronto, 68; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 68; Encarnacion, Toronto, 67. RBI – MiCabrera, Detroit, 99; CDavis, Baltimore, 99; Encarnacion, Toronto, 84; Fielder, Detroit, 75; AJones, Baltimore, 74; NCruz, Texas, 71; Cano, New York, 70. HITS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 137; Machado, Baltimore, 135; Trout, Los Angeles, 133; ABeltre, Texas, 129; AJones, Baltimore, 129; Ellsbury, Boston, 126; Pedroia, Boston, 124. DOUBLES – Machado, Baltimore, 39; Mauer, Minnesota, 31; CDavis, Baltimore, 30; Trout, Los Angeles, 30; Napoli, Boston, 28; JhPeralta, Detroit, 28; JCastro, Houston, 27. TRIPLES – Trout, Los Angeles, 8; Ellsbury, Boston, 7; Drew, Boston, 6; Gardner, New York, 5; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 5; LMartin, Texas, 5; Kawasaki, Toronto, 4; HKendrick, Los Angeles, 4; McLouth, Baltimore, 4. HOME RUNS – CDavis, Baltimore, 38; MiCabrera, Detroit, 32; Encarnacion, Toronto, 29; ADunn, Chicago, 25; Bautista, Toronto, 24; NCruz, Texas, 24; Ibanez, Seattle, 24. STOLEN BASES – Ellsbury, Boston, 39; RDavis, Toronto, 31; Altuve, Houston, 26; McLouth, Baltimore, 25; Andrus, Texas, 23; AlRamirez, Chicago, 23; Trout, Los Angeles, 23. PITCHING – Scherzer, Detroit, 15-1; MMoore, Tampa Bay, 14-3; Colon, Oakland, 14-3; Tillman, Baltimore, 13-3; Masterson, Cleveland, 12-7; FHernandez, Seattle, 11-4; CWilson, Los Angeles, 11-6. ERA – FHernandez, Seattle, 2.34; Kuroda, New York, 2.51; Colon, Oakland, 2.54; AniSanchez, Detroit, 2.59; Sale, Chicago, 2.69; Darvish, Texas, 2.80; Iwakuma, Seattle, 2.87. STRIKEOUTS – Darvish, Texas, 172; Scherzer, Detroit, 164; FHernandez, Seattle, 158; Masterson, Cleveland, 153; Sale, Chicago, 149; Verlander, Detroit, 132; DHolland, Texas, 129; Iwakuma, Seattle, 129. SAVES – JiJohnson, Baltimore, 36; MRivera, New York, 33; Nathan, Texas, 32; Balfour, Oakland, 28; GHolland, Kansas City, 27; AReed, Chicago, 26; Rodney, Tampa Bay, 26. National Football League 2013 Preseason Schedule All Times EDT Sunday, Aug. 4 Dallas vs. Miami at Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. (NBC) WEEK 1 Thursday, Aug. 8 Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta, 8 p.m. (ESPN) St. Louis at Cleveland, 8 p.m. Washington at Tennessee, 8 p.m. Denver at San Francisco, 9 p.m. Seattle at San Diego, 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 NY Jets at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. New England at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Arizona at Green Bay, 8 p.m. Chicago at Carolina, 8 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Kansas City at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Dallas at Oakland, 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 NY Giants at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1:30 p.m. WEEK 2 Thursday, Aug. 15 Atlanta at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. San Diego at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Aug. 16 Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Oakland at New Orleans, 8 p.m. San Francisco at Kansas City, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at New England, 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Aug. 17 Dallas at Arizona, 4:30 p.m. Tennessee at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. Jacksonville at NY Jets, 7:30 p.m. Green Bay at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Miami at Houston, 8 p.m. Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m.
SA softball falls to Central Academy
MACON – The Starkville Academy softball team dropped a 10-3 decision to Central Academy on Monday. The Lady Volunteers, who saw their record evened at 1-1, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the homestanding Lady Vikings tied the game in the home half of the frame. Starkville Academy scored its final run in the second inning to gain a 3-2 advantage, then Central Academy got three runs to take a 5-3 lead and did not give it back up from that point. Andrienne Futral had two singles and scored twice for the Lady Vols, while Sara Morgan Pellum also had a pair of singles. Starkville Academy hosts Pillow Academy in its home opener on Thursday. The varsity game starts at 4 p.m.
Sept. 9-10 Sam Hall Intercollegiate Hattiesburg Country Club Hattiesburg, Miss.   Sept. 20-22 Dick’s Sporting Goods ACC/SEC Challenge The Golf Club of Tennessee Kingston Springs, Tenn.   Sept. 29-30 Jack Nicklaus Invitational Scarlett Course Columbus, Ohio   Oct. 7-8 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate Old Overton Club Birmingham, Ala.   Oct. 26-27 Bridgestone Golf Collegiate Grandover Resort Greensboro, N.C.   Feb. 21-23 Bayou City Collegiate Championship Redstone Golf Club Houston, Texas   March 10-11 Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner Robert Trent Jones - Grand National Golf Club Opelika, Ala.   March 14-16 Seminole Intercollegiate Southwood Golf Club Tallahassee, Fla.   April 7-8 Old Waverly Collegiate Championship Old Waverly Golf Club West Point, Miss.   April 14-15 BancorpSouth Intercollegiate Reunion Golf & Country Club Madison, Miss.   April 25-27 SEC Championships Sea Island Golf Club St. Simons Island, Ga.   May 15-17 NCAA Regional Championships Various Sites Various Locations   June 1-7 NCAA Championships Prairie Dunes Country Club Hutchinson, Kan. Transaction
SHS softball schedules tryouts
Starkville High School will conduct slow-pitch softball tryouts on August 5-6 at the SHS softball field. The times of the tryout will be from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. each day. Potential participants must have a signed parent permission form and a current physical available at the tryout. The parent permission form is available on the school website at starkville.
Jackets set bowling tryouts
Starkville High School had scheduled a pair of tryouts for its bowling team on August 15 and August 22 at Bulldog Lanes. The tryouts, which begin at 4 p.m. on those two Thursdays, are open to Armstrong Middle School and Starkville High School bowlers (grades 7-12). SHS bowling coach Jim Philamlee says there’s only room for 24 bowlers on the team with eight varsity boys, eight varsity girls and eight junior varsity participants. Philamlee is encouraged that the varsity boys did not graduate any athletes from last year. The varsity boys won the regional championship last season.
BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Sent 1B Steve Pearce to Frederick (Carolina) for a rehab assignment. BOSTON RED SOX — Sent RHP Alex Wilson to Pawtucket (IL) for a rehab assignment. CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Recalled RHP Andre Rienzo from Charlotte (IL). Optioned OF Blake Tekotte to Charlotte. CLEVELAND INDIANS_Traded SS Juan Herrera to St. Louis for LHP Marc Rzepczynski. HOUSTON ASTROS — Optioned RHP Hector Ambriz to Oklahoma City (PCL). Recalled OF Che-Hsuan Lin from Oklahoma City. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Designated OF Brad Hawpe for assignment. Optioned RHP Cory Rasmus to Salt Lake (PCL). Selected the contract of RHP Daniel Stange from Salt Lake. NEW YORK YANKEES — Reinstated INF Jayson Nix from the 15-day DL. Sent OF Curtis Granderson to Trenton (EL) for a rehab assignment. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Agreed to terms with RHP Brody Greer to a minor league contract. ATLANTA BRAVES — Placed OF Reed Johnson on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday. Selected the contract of OF Todd Cunningham from Gwinnett (IL). CHICAGO CUBS — Recalled RHP Jake Arrieta from Iowa (PCL). CINCINNATI REDS — Sent RHP Jonathan Broxton to Louisville (IL) on a rehabilitation assignment. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Sent RHP Marco Estrada to the AZL Brewers for a rehab assignment. Recalled INF Scooter Gennett from Nashville (PCL). NEW YORK METS — Sent OF Lucas Duda to St. Lucie (FSL) for a rehab assignment.
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College Football
Car crash kills Texas A&M’s freshman lineman, Utah teen
By KRISTIE RIEKEN, RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press Texas A&M said Tuesday that redshirt freshman Polo Manukainiu and a friend who was joining the Utah football team this fall were among three people killed in a single-car rollover crash in the high desert of northern New Mexico, stunning both schools just days before fall practices begin. Manukainiu, a 19-year-old defensive lineman for the Aggies, and 18-year-old Utah recruit Gaius “Keio” Vaenuku were killed, officials from both schools said. The wreck happened Monday evening on U.S. 550 near Cuba, about 85 miles north of Albuquerque, apparently as the group was returning to suburban Dallas, where three of them had ties to prep football power Trinity High School in Euless. New Mexico state police said Manukainiu and Vaenuku were passengers in a southbound 2002 Toyota Sequoia that drifted off the sagebrush-lined highway, according to Texas A&M. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle rolled several times. Alcohol wasn’t involved and it appeared that the driver, who was not immediately identified, was the only one wearing a seatbelt, authorities said. Manukainiu and passenger Andrew “Lolo” Uhatafe died at the scene after they were ejected from the vehicle, the Texas A&M statement said. Vaenuku was pronounced dead in an ambulance that responded to the accident. Survivors included Salesi Uhatafe and his son Salesi Uhatafe Jr., an incoming freshman football player for Utah and a stepbrother of Manukainiu. Both suffered only minor injuries, authorities said. Manukainiu had apparently traveled to Salt Lake City for some relaxation, tweeting Sunday: “It’s always good to get away from the Texas Heat for the weekend. Utah got that breezeeeeeee.” On Monday, hours before the accident, he tweeted: “22 hour drive back to Texas on no sleep. Oh my.” Manukainiu played football at Trinity High School in Euless, west of Dallas, and was part of the Aggies’ 2012 signing class. He was a recreation, parks and tourism science major, the school said, and is survived by his mother, Lima Uhatafe of Euless. “We lost a terrific young man,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Polo was loved by his teammates and coaches. Anyone who came in contact with him was struck by his sense of humor and smile. My heart aches for his mom and family members.” Texas A&M finished last season ranked No. 5 after an 11-2 season, their first in the Southeastern Conference. They were led by quarterback Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and are expected to be highly ranked again this year. “Heart hurts waking up to news about Polo,” Manziel tweeted on Tuesday. “I think I speak for everyone on our team when I say we love you brother you will be missed.” It is the second such tragedy for Texas A&M in less than two years: Senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, 22, was killed in a December 2011 car accident after veering head-on into the path of an 18-wheeler 40 miles from College Station. He had spent part of that day delivering gifts to families at a local shelter. Manziel mentioned Villavisencio during his Heisman acceptance speech last year. Vaenuku was a defensive tackle who had planned to play one year at Utah before going on a two-year Mormon mission, the Deseret News of Salt Lake City reported in January when he committed. “Everyone who knew Gaius is heartbroken today,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “He was the kind of young man who lit up a room and his future in football and life had no boundaries. Words cannot express our devastation over the loss of Gaius.” Vaenuku was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and considered playing at church-owned Brigham Young but he said he felt more at home in Salt Lake City playing for the Utes. His bio on the Utah website says Vaenuku he had three brothers and three sisters and enjoyed acting and singing. The news stunned Trinity High in Euless, where Manukainiu, Vaenuku and Uhatafe Jr. all played football. The team has been one of the best in Texas in recent years, with three state titles in a span of five seasons from 2005-09 and a trip to the championship game in 2010. Principal Mike Harris said the deaths have affected a majority of the Euless community, where there is a tight-knit Polynesian
This Aug 22, 2012 photo provided by Texas A&M University shows Polo Manukainiu. Texas A&M officials say the freshman defensive lineman died in a rollover crash on Monday. (Photo submitted by Texas A&M, AP)
community. “They were students with bright smiles that everybody knew and everybody loved,” the principal said. Texas A&M associate athletic director Alan Cannon said Manukainiu was known for his sense of humor and “will be sorely missed as a person you enjoyed being around.” He said the football staff was working Tuesday to notify teammates of his death. Players are scheduled to report to campus Sunday to begin practicing for the upcoming season. Cannon said Manukainiu was to wear jersey No. 90 and that it was too early to determine if players will affix the number to their uniforms as a tribute. The NCAA must approve any such recognition, Cannon said.
Comparing Big Ten to SEC depend on question
By JAY COHEN Associated Press CHICAGO — Nebraska has won at least nine games in each of the last five seasons. Only Alabama, Boise State and Oregon can say the same. The Cornhuskers have won four AP national championships. Their honor roll includes three Heisman Trophy winners. They play in front of packed houses every week, often on national television. So coach Bo Pelini isn’t too fond of those questions about the Big Ten versus the Southeastern Conference. “I guarantee there are a lot of teams in the SEC that aren’t Alabama that wish they were Nebraska, that wish they were Michigan, wish they were Ohio State,” Pelini said at Big Ten Media Days, “so don’t talk to me about the SEC. Talk to me about, let’s compare specific programs. “The whole SEC isn’t Alabama, isn’t LSU and isn’t Georgia. Every year is different.” Like it or not, right now the comparison point for the major college football conferences is the powerful SEC, and the business is quite good in the home of Nick Saban, Les Miles and Mark Richt. The Crimson Tide trounced Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS championship last January, earning the SEC’s seventh consecutive national title. Newcomer Texas A&M (Cotton), South Carolina (Outback), Georgia (Capital One) and Mississippi (BBVA Compass) helped the SEC to a 6-3 bowl record, the highest win total for any conference. The SEC won two of its three bowl matchups against the Big Ten, with the lone loss going to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl against — gasp — Northwestern. The improving Wildcats, once one of the Big Ten’s worst programs, beat the Bulldogs 34-
The National Championship Coaches Trophy was displayed during the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., earlier this month. (Photo by Dave Martin, AP) 20 for their first bowl victory since 1949 and one of two for the conference’s seven bowl teams. Looking back a bit further, the strength of the SEC compared to the Big Ten is a more slight advantage. The SEC is 21-16 against the Big Ten since 2003, according to STATS. “There’s definitely some programs that stand out in the SEC. There’s definitely some programs that stand out in the Big Ten,” said Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who threw for 76 yards and rushed for 74 in the bowl win. “It’s hard to compare conference to conference but we have a lot of tradition. We’ve done a lot of good things academically and athletically, so that’s something to be proud of.” It’s crystal clear which conference is the NFL’s favorite. The SEC produced an astounding 63 selections in the April draft, more than double the next highest total of 31 for the ACC. The Big Ten had 22 selections. So on the eve of the 2013 season, it looks as if everyone is looking up at the SEC. And Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has an idea why.
“We’ve had fast guys in our conference. We’ve had a lot of skill players get drafted throughout the years,” he said. “But if you just study recruiting, I mean I think of the population swing right now to California, the South, warm weather states. “There’s differences, and there’s a lot of ways to be effective and to be successful and you have to figure out what’s best for you at your school or conference and then just try to maximize it.” While high school football is strong in the South, some of the traditional recruiting corridors for the Big Ten aren’t what they used to be. “When you go out and recruit now, I remember northeast Ohio, Western PA, still great football, fantastic football, but a perfect example (is) where I’m from,” said Urban Meyer, who coached Florida to two national titles before taking over at Ohio State. “I’m from Ashtabula, Ohio, and my high school class, graduating class, I think had 15 people this year.” Sitting at a table in a downtown Chicago hotel, Meyer then began to move his hands together in a constricting motion. “That’s alarming because it’s great people, great communities and really great athletes in that part of the state, but it’s just dried up a little bit,” he said. Meyer and the Buckeyes could have the best chance this year of ending the SEC’s run of national championships. Quarterback Braxton Miller leads a strong group of returning players on offense, and the defense also should be solid. Miller, a former prep star in Ohio, said it’s difficult to draw any general comparisons between the SEC and Big Ten, but he likes his team. “I feel like our competition on the Ohio State level, we can compete with anybody,” Miller said.
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that’s a pretty good year. Now, we’ve changed everything, (and) we continually get better. Our goals is to go 7-0, to continue on through the season undefeated and ultimately make it to the championship. If you don’t have those goals, you shouldn’t really be playing football.” Mullen believes that this year’s team has a chance to break through the glass ceiling that has been hanging over the Bulldogs’ heads. MSU returns quarterback Russell who broke several school records last year. It also has senior running back LaDarius Perkins, who rushed for over 1,000 yards
last season, back as well. The Bulldogs lost most of the secondary and wide receiving corp, but there are several players that are ready to break onto the scene this season. “If you look at this year’s team, excited about the guys that are coming back, guys that worked hard to put themselves in a position to go continue building and pushing towards that SEC championship,” Mullen said. MSU has an early chance to prove to the nation that it shouldn’t be taken lightly. The Bulldogs open the season in Houston, Texas, against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a game that will be televised nationally. A win there will give the
Bulldogs some confidence and maybe some praise from all over the nation.  MSU proved that it could consistently win last season, but faltered down the stretch. The Bulldogs started 7-0, but lost five of their last six games down the stretch. This year the Bulldogs want to build off of last year’s success and continue toward their goal. “We’re going into this season with a huge chip on our shoulders, but we’re just going to be stronger every day,” sophomore linebacker Benardrick McKinney said at SEC Media days. “Every day in (the) offseason, we worked hard and tried to fix the mistakes we made in games last year.”
MSU sells out of season tickets
For Starkville Daily News For the fourth-consecutive year, Mississippi State University has sold out of its season football tickets, the athletic department announced Monday. At the close of business Monday, 43,300 season tickets for football had been sold, including a student allotment of 11,000 which will be sold on August 24. Less than 1,700 three-game ticket plans, which include games against Alcorn State, LSU and Kentucky and priced at $99, remain for sale through the Bryan Building Ticket Office and online at Tickets. Individual home game tickets are on sale now to members of the Bulldog Club, and will go on sale to the general
public on Monday, Aug. 5. Fans interested in purchasing the threegame package or who wish to add their name to the waiting list for future seasons may contact the MSU Ticket Office at 888-GO-DAWGS or online at HailState. com/tickets. Entering the 2013 season, the Bulldogs have sold out 23 consecutive football games, and under fifth-year head coach Dan Mullen, Mississippi State has gathered 19 of its 20 largest crowds. The Bulldogs open the 2013 football season on Aug. 31 in Houston against Oklahoma State in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. Tickets for the season lidlifter remain on sale through the Mississippi State Athletic Department Ticket Office.
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Pirates outlast Cardinals 2-1
By WILL GRAVES Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Alex Presley hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Presley hit a sharp bouncer that deflected off the glove of pitcher Kevin Siegrist (0-1) and away from shortstop Pete Kozma, who was moving toward second base. Kozma could not recover and the ball rolled into the outfield, allowing Russell Martin to sprint all the way home from second base. With the win, the Pirates moved into first-place in the NL Central, at least briefly. The Cardinals have lost a season-high five straight. Vin Mazzarro (6-2) picked up the win as starter A.J. Burnett and five relievers held the Cardinals to just six hits. St. Louis has scored five runs in its last 47 innings. Lance Lynn was dominant in six innings for the Cardinals but was long gone by the time Presley came through against Siegrist. Pittsburgh has won the first two games of an important five-game set that could shape the pennant race. The Pirates did it the way they’ve done it for most of the first four months of the season, riding another stellar effort from baseball’s top pitching staff and getting just enough offense to win. The Cardinals had a chance to take the lead in the 10th but Matt Holliday hit into his NL-leading 24th double play with two on and one out. St. Louis went just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Presley’s slapper capped a 3-hour, 52-minute marathon that had all the makings of playoff baseball. A packed PNC Park — on a Tuesday afternoon no less — buzzed as Burnett and Lynn
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. (Photo by Gene J. Puskar, AP)
matched each other for the better part of two hours. Burnett received a bit of help with two on and one out in the first when center fielder Andrew McCutchen made a diving grab in on a sinking liner by Carlos Beltran. The Gold Glover then hopped to his feet and alertly doubled up Holliday. Jay struck out swinging leading off the sixth but moved all the way to second when the ball slipped away from Martin, the Pirates’ catcher, and rolled toward the backstop. Martin strolled to pick up the ball, thinking it was foul, allowing Jay to reach second base. Martin, Burnett and manager Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle began an animated discussion with home plate umpire Eric Cooper that spilled over into Matt Holliday’s at bat. At one point Cooper came out from behind the plate and walked toward Burnett, pointing at the pitcher and yelling. The call, however, seemed only to fire up Burnett. The emotional ace struck out Holliday got Beltran to fly out to left and knocked down a grounder by Mike Adams before emphatically firing to first to beat the lumbering Adams to the bag to get out of the inning. The histrionics were even louder in the seventh when Burnett struck out pinchhitter Allen Craig with the 113th and final pitch of his day. Burnett let loose an elaborate fist-pump before making his way to the dugout following arguably his sharpest outing of the season. Lynn was just as spectacular. He needed to be on a day when he didn’t receive the kind of backing that’s allowed him to enter the game with 12 victories, the second-highest total in the National League. Pittsburgh scratched across a run in the first when Alvarez doubled home McCutchen, but the Pirates didn’t get a runner to third over Lynn’s final five innings. He allowed one run on three hits, striking out seven and walking just two.
Brewers beat Cubs 6-5 after Gallardo injured
From Wire Reports CHICAGO (AP) — Yovani Gallardo clutched his leg and hobbled off the field, the latest blow in a brutal season for the Milwaukee Brewers. An injury to one of their top trade chips with the non-waiver deadline approaching was the big news on a day when they built an early lead and then came back to beat the Cubs. Jean Segura hit a solo homer and the go-ahead double, Khris Davis added a three-run shot, and the Brewers rallied for a 6-5 victory over Chicago after Gallardo left with a hamstring problem in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday. Gallardo’s status is up in the air after he left with tightness in his left hamstring in the fifth inning. Manager Ron Roenicke said the team will know more after Gallardo is examined by team physician Dr. William Raasch on Wednesday. Davis’ homer in the seventh on the first pitch from reliever James Russell (1-3) wiped out a 5-2 deficit, and Segura capped the four-run rally with an RBI double, giving the Brewers a 6-5 lead. Milwaukee survived a major scare after Jim Henderson came on in the ninth. Pinch hitter Dioner Navarro walked with two out and Welington Castillo barely missed a winning homer, driving a 2-0 pitch just foul beyond the left-field wall. He wound up walking before pinch hitter Cody Ransom flied to center, giving Henderson 13 saves in 16 chances. Segura and Yuniesky Betancourt hit solo homers as Milwaukee built a 2-0 lead, but that unraveled in the fifth. The Cubs tied season highs with five runs and six hits in the inning, while Gallardo limped off the field with tightness in his left hamstring. He came up clutching his leg after delivering a 1-2 pitch to Darwin Barney with two out and the bases loaded and immediately left the game. Barney delivered a tying two-run single off John Axford, and Castillo, Carlos Villanueva and David DeJesus followed with run-scoring singles to make it 5-2. Gallardo, whose name has come up in trade rumors with Wednesday’s non-waiver deadline approaching, allowed three runs and six hits. He first felt pain in the hamstring in the fourth, when he made a diving catch on Villanueva’s bunt. After Axford got knocked around, Rob Wooten (1-0), Brandon Kintzler and Michael Gonzalez each pitched a scoreless inning before the Cubs threatened against Henderson.
Braves 11, Rockies 3
ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit two home runs, Brian McCann added a three-run shot and Atlanta won its fifth straight game. The Braves, who scored 10 unanswered runs, moved 10 games ahead of second-place Washington on the NL East. They lead the majors with a 36-15 home record. Freeman had four RBIs with his first multihomer game this season and fourth of his career. Rookie Alex Wood (1-2) earned his first career victory after allowing six hits, three runs, one walk while striking out seven in seven innings. Juan Nicasio (6-5) allowed 10 hits, a seasonhigh eight runs, three walks and struck out four in four innings. Colorado has lost 16 of 19 series games against Atlanta.
Phillies 7, Giants 3
PHILADELPHIA — Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young hit two-run homers to back John Lannan, and Philadelphia beat San Francisco to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Phillies beat the New York Mets 13-8 in their first game after the All-Star break, but scored a total of 14 in the next eight losses to drop out of contention. The defending World Series champion Giants have lost five in a row and eight of nine. They came off a 3-7 homestand that left them in last place in the NL West. Lannan (3-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. Barry Zito (4-8) gave up four runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-7 with a 9.97 ERA on the road.
Mets 4, Marlins 2
MIAMI — Marlins reliever Chad Qualls took a tumble after escaping late trouble, but Miami stumbled in the 10th inning when John Buck hit a tiebreaking two-run single that lifted the New York Mets to a win. Zack Wheeler took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Juan Lagares had three hits and two RBIs for the Mets. Donovan Solano and Jake Marisnick had consecutive RBI singles after Ed Lucas got Miami’s first hit with one out in the seventh to tie it 2-all.
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Orioles defeat Astros
By DAVID GINSBURG Associated Press BALTIMORE — It’s safe to say the media covering the Baltimore Orioles was more concerned about Chris Davis’ homerun dry spell than the slugger himself. After Davis hit his major league-leading 38th homer to give the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, someone asked him how happy he was to end a 10-game, long ball drought. “Oh, I’m so happy,” he said, quite sarcastically. “I can go home and sleep tonight. Just eat food again. I don’t have to wake up every three hours and cry.” Davis came in with a .205 batting average since the All-Star break and was without a homer since July 14. The sixth-inning drive off Lucas Harrell (5-11) was his first extrabase hit in seven games and gave Baltimore its first lead. “It was big because of when it happened,” Davis said. Later, Davis acknowledged he was trying too hard and swinging at too many bad pitches. “It’s not like I felt terrible,” he said. “I’ve been way too aggressive on balls out of the zone. ... That was my goal today, just to be a little more patient. It obviously paid off.” J.J. Hardy hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to start Baltimore’s comeback from a three-run deficit. The Orioles got only three hits in winning for the second time in seven games. Wei-Yin Chen (6-3) allowed three runs, seven hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings for his fourth straight win. The left-hander had a season-high nine strikeouts and threw a career-high 119 pitches. “To be honest with you, I’m a little tired right now,” he said through an interpreter. “This was the first time I threw that many in the U.S., but I definitely felt really strong and really good.” Darren O’Day got two outs in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his 36th save. Jonathan Villar stole home and Robbie Grossman had a career-high three hits for the Astros, who are 2-9 since the break. Bud Norris was scratched as Houston’s starting pitcher amid rumors he would be dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline of Wednesday at 4 p.m. “You have a guy that has attracted a lot of interest from other ballclubs,” manager Bo Porter said before the game. “It just made more sense to not risk injury at this juncture of the conversation.” Making his first start since July 5, Harrell gave up only two hits but issued five walks — three of which turned into runs. In his defense, he found out he was starting early in the afternoon.
“I felt like I made a lot of really close misses, pitching in and out to guys,” he said. “It’s just one of those things where even when guys are on base you’ve got to keep attacking. I nibbled a little bit, I didn’t want to give up the runs. (But) you can’t be walking guys like that. Any time a guy like me walks guys, because I don’t strike out a lot, it’s going to be a long night.” Chen retired the first seven batters he faced before running into trouble in the third. Three straight singles loaded the bases for Jose Altuve, who bounced a two-run single to left. With the bases full and two outs, Chen went to the stretch with his back toward Villar, who danced halfway down the baseline before breaking for home. He made it easily for a 3-0 lead. “For me it was easy,” Villar said. “Because sometimes when the pitcher doesn’t look at me, that’s easy for me.” Chen said, “That was embarrassing and that’s a lesson I need to learn. I looked down and I had no clue he was going to home.” Baltimore got two runs back in the fourth. After Harrell walked the bases loaded, Hardy got the Orioles’ first hit, a single up the middle. After Nick Markakis drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, Davis hit an opposite-field drive Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen delivers to left. “I got the ball down, and he hit the ball against the Houston Astros in the first inning in Baltimore. (Photo by Gail Burton, AP) out,” Harrell said.
Workman gets first win as Red Sox top Mariners
From Wire Reports BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Brandon Workman struck out nine while picking up his first major league win, allowing one run over six innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 8-2 on Tuesday night. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia homered in the second, giving Workman a cushy 5-1 lead that the young right-hander never squandered in just his third start in the big leagues. He allowed six hits, three of them in the sixth when Seattle loaded the bases with one out before Workman (1-1) ended the threat with back-to-back strikeouts. Joe Saunders (9-10) allowed six runs over five innings for Seattle, including two in the first as the Mariners set themselves back with an error and a passed ball. Pedroia drove in three runs, Shane Victorino had three hits and scored three runs, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia added a two-run homer in the eighth for Boston, which left just three runners on base. The Red Sox led 2-1 after the first, before breaking broke it open with three more runs. Ellsbury hit a one-out homer into the Mariners’ bullpen, which appeared to be in for a busy night. It was Boston’s fifth hit off Saunders, who was lucky Ellsbury’s fifth homer of the season was a solo shot. Jose Iglesias led off the inning with a single, but tried to stretch it into a double and got caught in a long rundown. Victorino followed with a single, then Pedroia hit one out to left for a 5-1 lead. Saunders allowed one more run in the fourth when Victorino doubled and scored on a single by Pedroia. Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the first when Nick Franklin doubled with one out and scored on a single by Kendrys Morales. The Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the sixth on consecutive singles by Kyle Seager, Morales and Raul Ibanez. Workman struck out Michael Morse for the second out, then got Justin Smoak swinging on his 103rd pitch of the night to end the threat. Workman’s previous high for strikeouts was five against Oakland in his first career start on July 14, when he left with the score tied at 2 in the seventh and didn’t figure in the decision. His only other start was last Monday against Tampa Bay, when he allowed two runs in six innings but got absolutely no offensive support in the 3-0 victory for the Rays. stormed back and won for the 11th time in 15 games. Yan Gomes added a two-run single in the eighth as the Indians stayed within 2 1-2 game of firstplace Detroit in the AL Central. The Indians were in danger of losing to Brazilian rookie Andre Rienzo in his debut before coming back against Donnie Veal (1-2), who started the eighth. the ninth inning. Strasburg (5-9) allowed five runs, six hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings. Strasburg is winless in his last four starts and has given up at least four earned runs in three of his last five outings.
Rays 5, Diamondbacks 2
Indians 7, White Sox 4
CLEVELAND — Pinchhitter Ryan Raburn’s two-run single in the eighth inning rallied the Cleveland Indians to their sixth straight win over the freefalling Chicago White Sox. Raburn, batting for Jason Giambi, who won Monday night’s game with a pinch-hit homer in the ninth, singled off Matt Lindstrom as the Indians
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Roberto Hernandez came within one out of a completegame shutout, and Yunel DETROIT — Alex Avila Escobar and Ben Zobrist drove hit a tiebreaking grand slam in two runs each as the Tampa in the sixth inning off Stephen Bay Rays opened a five-game Strasburg and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals. Anibal Sanchez (9-7) gave up one run, five hits and two walks over seven innings for Detroit. Jose Veras, a day after being acquired from Houston, was perfect in the eighth in his Tigers debut. Joaquin Benoit, who will keep his job as the team’s closer, gave up one hit in
Interleague Tigers 5, Nationals 1
homestand with a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rays won for the 21st time in 25 games this month and maintained their half-game lead over Boston in the AL East. Hernandez (6-11) opened the game by hitting Gerardo Parra with a pitch and giving up a single to Aaron Hill. He then retired 22 of the next 25 batters before Parra singled leading off the ninth. Eric Chavez ended Hernandez’s shutout bid with a two-out home run. Ian Kennedy (3-8) gave up six hits and three runs while striking out seven in five innings for Arizona.
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Rookie Eifert turning heads with Bengals
By JOE KAY Associated Press CINCINNATI — No question who’s one of the early stars of filming for the Cincinnati Bengals’ latest appearance on “Hard Knocks.” Whenever the camera crews shoot footage of people catching the ball, rookie tight end Tyler Eifert is in the frame often. Just as planned. The 21st overall pick out of Notre Dame was expected to add another dimension to Cincinnati’s run-of-the-mill passing game, which ranked only 17th in the league last season. With All-Pro receiver A.J. Green sidelined by a knee injury in camp, Eifert has been getting the ball more than many others with a lot more experience. Cincinnati may have found someone to take the defense’s focus off Green. “He’s done everything we thought and more,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. “He’s just one of those guys that when he makes a play, you kind of look around and see if anybody else saw what he just did. “He’s running routes and catching the ball. He’s very natural at what he does. He can beat man coverage no problem. He can beat zones. He’s got a great feel for the game.” Those who have covered him the first five days of camp have been impressed. Eifert comes up with the ball even when there’s someone right on top of him. “He’s got a different skill-set than a lot of tight ends, I think, as far as the way he runs routes,” cornerback Terence Newman said. “He’s a big guy, but he moves kind of like he could be a big wideout. It’s kind of like the 49ers, what they do with Vernon Davis. He’s versatile and he can do anything they ask him to do. “He’s going to be somebody to be reckoned with this year, for sure.” That was the plan. Green emerged into one of the NFL’s best receivers during his first two seasons, but Cincinnati hasn’t been able to develop a consistent complement. Green had 97 catches for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. The Bengals’ next-best receiver was Andrew Hawkins with only 51 catches for 533 yards and four touchdowns. No other receiver had more than 18 catches. Eifert was a dependable receiver at Notre Dame, where he lined up in the slot and at wide receiver positions. The Bengals plan to use him more like a receiver in two tight-end formations with Jermaine Gresham. Given his progress in camp, it looks like that will be an option from the outset.
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Seattle Seahawks’ and former Mississippi State player K.J. Wright (50) signs autographs for fans during training camp recently in Renton, Wash. (Photo by Ted S. Warren, AP)
Charles expects to shine for Chiefs
By DAVE SKRETTA Associated Press ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs will call some running plays eventually, even if it doesn’t happen until the last week of training camp. Jamaal Charles has been assured of it. That doesn’t mean the Pro Bowl running back hasn’t been busy the first week of practice. After running for more than 1,500 yards in his return from a devastating knee injury last season, Charles now is getting a chance to showcase his versatility. He’s been catching plenty of balls out of the backfield while also lining up at wide receiver for new coach Andy Reid. “I’m not even worrying running right now,” Charles said after Tuesday’s practice. “We’re focused on getting the chemistry down with the quarterback.” That may be more important for Charles than ever before. He’s always had good hands, but he’s never been called on to catch a lot of passes. The most that Charles ever hauled in during a single season was 45 a few years ago, and most of those were dump-offs and passes into the flat after he had lined up behind Matt Cassel. Now, Charles is running plays that are designed for him to catch passes from new QB Alex Smith, which means a whole lot more studying. He no longer has to learn only the blocking schemes and when to pick up blitzes
— like he would if he lined up exclusively in the backfield — but he also must read pass coverages and find open spaces down the field. “Yeah, it’s the most plays I’ve had to learn my whole life in football. It’s a lot of studying, a lot of focus, a lot of hearing what the quarterbacks are saying,” Charles said. “I have to learn coverage, man, cover 2, and all that stuff learning to play wide receiver.” Reid clearly thinks that Charles can handle the load. The longtime Eagles coach helped pioneer the use of the running back in the passing game, first with Westbrook and later with McCoy. In fact, Westbrook went five consecutive seasons with at least 50 grabs, and in 2007 caught 90 passes for 771 yards and five touchdowns.
Morris plays second fiddle to Griffin III with Redskins
By JOSEPH WHITE Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — Alfred Morris is best known for 1,613 yards and a 22-year-old car. In another time and place, he would be the undisputed rising star on his team. He set the franchise rushing record last season — as a rookie sixth-round draft pick from a school whose highlights you’ve probably never watched. Only Adrian Peterson ran for more yards in the NFL. In the world of the Washington Redskins, Morris is squarely No. 2 — as in second banana to Robert Griffin III. It’s a role that suits him perfectly. “Robert gets all the attention — I love it,” Morris said. “It’s kind of hilarious. I can be in the middle of signing (autographs) and they go, ‘Oh, there’s Robert!’ and take off running. And I’m like, ‘Oh, you’re welcome!’ ‘OK, bye!’ I don’t mind it at all. I’m enjoying it.” No sign of jealously. None of the trappings of stardom. Morris insists he hasn’t splurged on anything special during his transition from roster hopeful out of Florida Atlantic to breakout NFL player. “Eventually when it comes time, I might get a TV or something like that,” he said. “But I need a house for type that of stuff. I’m renting right now. I’m trying to keep it as little as possible, so when I have to move it’s not, like, overwhelming.” But he could be a marketer’s dream. For instance, he often pronounces his first name as if it were two words — “Al Fred” — because that’s how his mother says it. Imagine if that caught on. Then there’s his beloved “Bentley,” his nickname for the 1991 Mazda that he proudly drives — whenever it’s actually running. Grateful for the publicity the car has received, Mazda is helping Morris out. “She’s getting refurb,” Morris said. “Mazda’s
going to pretty much make her like new, like she came off the floor in ‘91.” Morris said it will take six to eight weeks for the makeover and beamed: “I’m going to get my baby back on the road, so I’m excited about that.” “It’s not like ‘Pimp My Ride’ or anything like that,” Morris said. “I’m not into that type of stuff anyways. It’s kind of — just had a crack on my dash, so fixing things like that. Make sure the engine is in tiptop condition. Maybe if the transmission is not so good, rebuilding the transmission. Just making sure that it can run 20 more years so that I don’t have to worry about it: ‘Oh, man, I don’t know if I want to put it on the road. It might break down and I’ll be stranded.’” “They might update it a bit, like maybe put in a navigation system or something in it,” he said. “But nothing like big rims and fish tanks in the back, nothing like that.” Morris gave the Bentley update last week on the opening day of training camp. It’s a great story, but naturally it was swallowed whole, news-wise, by the practice debut of Griffin in the quarterback’s return from knee surgery. Once again, that was fine with Morris. “He puts a different spin on the superstar role,” guard Kory Lichtensteiger said. “He’s an extremely humble guy. And I think that just adds to the likeability even more. He’s happy playing the backseat role and just eating up yards while he’s at it.” Morris takes the humbleness as far as he can go, even saying he doesn’t consider himself the starting running back. Contrast that with coach Mike Shanahan, who says Morris is already “an elite running back.” There is room for improvement. Morris wants the coaches to have enough confidence in him to leave him in the game on passing downs — he had only 11 receptions last year — and, like Griffin, he needs to learn to avoid the extra hits when the yards don’t mean much.
Bills coach frustrated over questions regarding the health of defensive end
From Wire Reports PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has grown frustrated answering questions regarding defensive end Mario Williams’ continued absence from practice due to a sore foot. After saying Williams was having his foot evaluated for a second consecutive day, Marrone announced Tuesday he would no longer answer questions about the player until he receives a
medical report from team doctors. Marrone provided no other update on the injury. Williams has missed the Bills’ first three days of training camp after complaining of a sore foot before the team’s opening practice Sunday night. The first-year coach refuses to speculate on the severity of the injury or how much time Williams might miss. Marrone added, he’s not spoken to anyone, including Williams, regarding the player’s status.
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This Nov. 20, 2005 photo shows Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen celebrating a touchdown by running back Marion Barber. Allen will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday. (Photo by Tom Fox, The Dallas Morning News, AP)
Cowboys’ Allen takes quiet route to Hall
By SCHUYLER DIXON Associated Press DALLAS — Larry Allen had just been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys when he found himself standing in front of a couple of hundred kids attending a football camp at Sonoma State, the alma mater that made his future Hall of Fame career possible. His coach, Frank Scalercio, knew he was testing the best player he ever coached, coaxing the soft spoken but massive offensive lineman into a few words. “Just say no,” Allen blurted out. That was it. “I can see that nothing’s going to happen, so then I jump in and kind of close it out for him real quick,” Scalercio said. “Some of the guys still laugh about it today when they’re around. They talk about the first speech he made.” Allen is getting ready for another one. A big one. After 12 dominant seasons and a Super Bowl title with the Cowboys — and two final years closer to home with San Francisco — Allen’s Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement speech Saturday night will be on national television in front of thousands of people at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Plenty of family and friends will be there — but not his mother, Vera Allen. The woman responsible for steering him away from gangs as a kid in the Los Angeles area died a year ago. The biggest public speaking gig of his life would have been the perfect time to have her around. “I miss her,” Allen said. “Whenever I’d get nervous or had a big game and got nervous, I’d give her a call, and she’d start making me laugh.” The six-time All-Pro has already cried once over the Hall of Fame — the day his name was announced. He’s not ashamed to say he’ll probably cry again. “She was one of the biggest reasons I’ll be up there, and I know she’ll be looking down on me,” Allen said. The soft side of Allen isn’t a familiar one to former teammates and opponents. This is a man who silently bench-pressed 700 pounds — “absurd,” says former teammate Daryl Johnston — in the Cowboys’ locker room while players screamed and mobbed him. This was a player who made notorious trash-talker John Randle of Minnesota keep to himself when he faced the Cowboys, for fear of making Allen mad. “He never said nothin’,” said Nate Newton, one of Allen’s mentors on Dallas’ offensive line. “Every now and then you’d hear him utter a cuss word or hear him laugh that old funny laugh he had. “Other than that ...” Newtown said, trailing off. Allen just played, which is how Scalercio discovered him at Butte College. That’s the junior college where the lineman landed after attending four high schools in part because his mom moved him around to keep him away from gangs. Then an assistant for Sonoma, Scalercio was recruiting another player when he saw Allen throw an opponent to the ground for the first time. “I kinda forgot about the guy I was actually recruiting,” Scalercio said. Allen ended up tiny Sonoma, a Division II school, because his academic progress wasn’t fast enough to get him to Division I, where he probably belonged. He was out of football and living in Los Angeles when Scalercio sent some of his LA-area players looking for him. They tracked him down on a basketball court, the same place Sonoma coach Tim Walsh took Allen when he showed up on campus. Walsh wanted to see the 6-foot-3 Allen lift his 320-pound frame for a dunk. “You could have heard a pin drop when he slammed the ball,” Scalercio said. “It was like in the movies where it just goes ‘tick, tick, tick, tick’ and stops.” The Cowboys were coming off consecutive Super Bowl wins when they drafted Allen in the middle of the second round in 1994. He was surrounded by Pro Bowl offensive linemen but didn’t take long to get noticed. Late in his rookie season, Allen saved a touchdown by running down Darion Conner when it looked like the New Orleans linebacker only had Troy Aikman to beat down the sideline. Most of the rest of his career was defined by power — first as a tackle, where the Cowboys figured he would be a mainstay, and ultimately as a guard. “He has to be one of the strongest guys to play the game,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “I think Larry would have been a Hall of Famer at guard or tackle, and either side. He was special like that.” True to his personality as a player, Allen retired to a quiet life in Northern California, with a wife and three kids. He’s helping coach his son, Larry Allen III, who will be a senior offensive lineman at high school power De La Salle and is getting Division I looks. He shows up at Sonoma basketball games — the football program was dropped a couple of years after Allen left — and happily signs autographs and poses for pictures. “He’s even bigger now than he ever was on
campus,” said Tim Burrell, a friend of Allen’s. “Everybody loves him.” He still doesn’t talk much, which explains why Cowboys tight end Jason Witten walked by reporters at training camp last week and asked — unsolicited — how long Allen was going to speak after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones introduces him. That’s generally the first thing his old Dallas comrades want to know. The answer? About 7 minutes, Allen says. And his oldest daughter, Jayla, has been coaching him. “It’s going to be a little rough,” Allen said. At least it will be longer than his first speech.
New Texan Reed hopes to play in opening game
From Wire Reports HOUSTON (AP) — Texans safety Ed Reed isn’t making any promises that he’ll be ready to go Sept. 9 against San Diego. Houston’s biggest off-season acquisition spoke on Tuesday for the first time since he started training camp on the physically unable to perform list after surgery to repair a partly torn labrum on April 30. The nine-time Pro Bowler says he’s feeling better and: “I can tell you that it is close, but I can’t say that it is the first game because I don’t know.” Texans receiver Andre Johnson said last week that Reed told him he planned to play in Week 1. Reed joked a bit when asked about those comments on Tuesday, laughing and saying: “I guess I’ve got to do it. This is his team.”
Less buzz without Tebow at New York Jets camp
CORTLAND, N.Y. — With fans showing up by the thousands every day to catch a glimpse of Tim Tebow, the New York Jets were the talk of NFL training camps a year ago. The stands and press box at SUNY Cortland were packed, and the town overflowed with visitors. Tebow is gone this summer, and so is some of the buzz. And that’s not a bad thing for the Jets, whose focus is solely on football these days. While Tebow is now in New England after a disappointing year with the Jets, the crowds in Cortland are still respectable. But the backup quarterback’s presence last summer was an overwhelming success for the city, helping generate $2.7 million in spending by visitors, according to a study by SUNY Cortland professors.
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By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Miller had several teams interested in his 3-point shooting as a possible missing link for a long playoff run. It didn’t take him long to figure out where he wanted to be: Memphis. The sharp-shooting Miller said Tuesday that the Grizzlies are “right there” when it comes to winning a championship with what he calls the NBA’s two best big men in Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, an underrated point guard in Mike Conley and a lockdown defender in Tony Allen. So one of Miller’s first calls after the Miami Heat decided to amnesty him was to the Grizzlies’ chief executive officer Jason Levien. Miller said the two had same idea, “It was a perfect fit and how can we make this work to get back here.” The two got it done. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday morning that they had signed the best 3-point shooter in franchise history as part of their efforts to improve a team coming off its first Western Conference final. Memphis did not disclose details of the contract. Miller was introduced at a midday news conference at the FedExForum, where Miller drew applause from backers as he walked out with new head coach Dave Joerger and a standing ovation after the event. “We are extraordinarily pleased to welcome Mike Miller back to Memphis,” Levien said in a statement announcing the signing. “Mike is a special figure in our community both on and off the court. Mike is an elite 3-point shooter, as Grizzlies fans know firsthand, and we expect his shooting, playmaking, hustle and leadership to be a key component in our team competing with the best in the NBA next season.” Miller still holds eight franchise records with the Grizzlies, including 3-point shooting percentage and the most 3s made and attempted.
Miller back with Grizzlies
Former Mississippi State quarterback Tyson Lee, left, is introduced by girls basketball camp coordinator Alliesha Easley on Tuesday. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)
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Basketball camp director Alliesha Easley knew about Lee and said the encouragement that he can offer is just what she wants the girls to hear. Candace Foster of the Mississippi State women’s basketball team is expected to touch on the same subject when she addresses the campers today. “Girls and guys for whatever sport they play needs to know the importance of hard work,” Easley said. “Tyson and his story is the epitome of hard work. He’s a hard-working guy overall.” Lee has been speaking about hard work and faith in many situations, especially in his new role at MSU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “It’s just a blessing each time,” Lee said. “I love different age groups and settings. This is a sports camp and I’ve spoken at churches, but so many times, it’s the same message. I want the same life off the court as on the court. The same amount of work I put in sports is the same work I want to put in for the Lord. You must understand there’s no compartmentalizing those things. If we work for the Lord, at the end of the day, we’re going to be just fine.”
In this April 2, 2013 file photo, Mike Miller takes a threepoint shot for the Miami Heat. Miller has returned to the Memphis Grizzlies. (Photo by Wilfredo Lee, AP File) He spent parts of six seasons with the Grizzlies from 2003 through 2008. He helped the Heat win the past two NBA titles, and has shot 41 percent from 3-point range in his 13 NBA seasons. He will collect more than $12 million in salary from the Heat over the next two seasons. For Miller, money was a consideration along with the opportunity to return to a familiar place with the added bonus of trying put the Grizzlies into the NBA Finals. “We missed y’all,” Miller told fans at the news conference. “I am so happy to be back. Ten years ago, when I came here, me and my family fell in love with this community and these people. ... You guys made the decision real easy to come back here.” In his previous tenure with the Grizzlies, Miller averaged 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists. He shot 47.7 percent from the field, including 41.5 percent from outside the arc. The 6-foot-8 guard, will be entering his 14th season after being selected out of Florida by Orlando with the fifth overall pick in the 2000 draft. He earned Rookie of the Year honors in his first season with the Magic and also was voted Sixth Man of the Year while with the Grizzlies. The theme of Tuesday’s announcement was steps to a championship — a different approach from Miller’s first stop in Memphis where the goal was simply to make the playoffs. Miller was part of those Grizzlies’ teams that set the NBA record for most playoff
games lost at 12 straight. Miller now knows what it takes to make the Finals and win a title. “The difference between making the playoffs and making the Western Conference finals and making the Finals is a huge step,” Miller said. “For this team to make that step ... is big. The next step is even harder, and it’s got to be commitment.” The Grizzlies took nothing for granted pursuing Miller. Levien said he was willing to throw in “the kitchen sink” to secure him. Joerger even went to South Dakota where Miller was attending a charity event. Levien said he told Joerger “don’t come back until you bring Mike with you.” Joerger said Miller provides not only leadership, but the ability to stretch the floor with his long-range shooting. That should loosen up the inside for the Grizzlies’ low post tandem of Randolph and Gasol. “Maybe for other teams in the NBA, he’s a hired gun,” Joerger said. “For us, he’s not a hired gun. He’s a part of the fabric of our organization for a long time. He’s part of the community for a long, long time, and it runs a lot deeper than standing out there making some 3-point shots.” Miller, who has a history of back problems, said he feels better now than he has in years. He went through last season with no problems at all, and will do whatever necessary to help the team win “whether it’s to fill up (Joerger’s) glass of water or make shots.” “After being a part of a championship team and seeing how hard it is to win, it takes all of that,” Miller said. Miller held up his Grizzlies jersey without a number. He wore 33 when he was in Memphis before, but Gasol — the defensive player of the year — will be keeping that number. Miller said Gasol is too good to give up a number, and buying it from Gasol doesn’t seem to be an option either. “I can’t afford Marc’s number,” Miller said.
Cole Andrews coached his first soccer game at Starkville Academy on Tuesday. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)
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have been working on. It was mainly a defensive formation of 4-5-1, so she has to hold the ball up really well. She is very physical so I expect that all year from her.” McKell’s physicality came into play one more time shortly after she scored. With Janiece Pigg leaving the game, McKell proved how “versatile” she was by taking her spot at goalie. Things were relatively calm in the early minutes of the second half until Lamar found the net at the 41-minute mark. With a goal from the left side, Mary Love Hodge gave Lamar a 2-1 advantage. The Lady Vols had plenty of shots on goal throughout the end of the game with one even hitting the right cross bar and bouncing out, but the team never could convert as they picked up their first loss. The game may not have ended in Starkville Academy’s favor, but Andrews saw much potential as well as “a lot of little things to improve upon.” “We didn’t communicate very well,” Andrews said. “We worked on defense for a week straight. (It’s) just simple pressure and balance and we stabbed a lot at the ball which was not good, so that is something we can easily work on.” The Lady Vols will have a little time to work on the “little things” as they prepare for their next game on Monday at Jackson Academy which will be followed by a Tuesday game at home against Madison-Ridgeland.
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