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Transit system coming along
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
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 240
50 Cents
By ALEX HOLLOWAY “Our buses carry 35 people,” he said. “And we’re running two on the city circular route. If people ride it, University and city officials are that’s 70 cars off the road. And that making progress on implement- adds up to hundreds of cars over ing a new mass-transit system for time. We can get emissions down. It Starkville. reduces wear and tear on the highThe Starkville-MSU Area Rapid ways and streets, which helps the tax Transit, or SMART, system is cur- base that’s paying to resurface those rently planned to commence opera- streets. So it’s a win-win all around tion in January, according to Mike for the people embracing it.” Harris, director of parking services Harris also noted the transit sysfor Mississippi State. The new tran- tem will be completely free. sit system will add two new six-day “Anyone can ride,” he said. “You routes to the five fice-day routes the don’t have to show an MSU ID or university already operates. anything. We hope people will take The new routes, the City Circular advantage of that.” route and Campus/City Connector, The university and city officials will run year-round from 7 a.m.- announced plans for the joint opera6p.m. Monday-Friday. The five ex- tion last fall after receiving more than isting routes that serve the university $2 million in federal grant money for will continue to run 7 a.m.-6 p.m. funding. The grant, which the MisMonday-Friday during the nine- sissippi Department of Transportamonth school year. tion distributed, included $1.5 milHarris said the university routes lion for purchasing up to 12 shuttles currently average about 5,000-6,000 for the transit system and more than passengers per week. With the new $800,000 for transit operations. city routes, he hopes ridership will North Mississippi Department of rise to about 6,000-8,000 per week. Transportation Commissioner Mike He said the new routes, if they’re Tagert said the grant funding came Missisisppi State University and Starkville are working to implement the new Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit successful, could reduce congestion through the 5311 federal program. system. Once completed, the system will offer shuttle transportation around the city and to the university to local and be a general boon to the comSee TRANSIT | Page 3 residents. (Image courtesy Mississippi State University) munity.
There’s a train coming?
SPD searching for female credit card fraud suspect
SDN staff
Though lights flash, tracks empty
By STEVEN NALLEY Saturday afternoon brought a storm with it — a sudden torrent that emptied itself in about an hour and left downtown Starkville bathed in humid air and pale, pink twilight. Several motorists traveling on Jackson Street near Rosey Baby's and the First Baptist Church Outreach Center at that hour found red lights flashing and bells ringing on a railroad crossing traffic signal. Many motorists stopped, forming lines three or four cars long, assuming a train was coming. But no train came. No train has passed through Starkville for three or four years. Yet, it was not the first incident of its kind, and it was not the first such incident to follow a storm. On its face, it can sound a little like a
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Starkville police are asking for public assistance identifying a credit card fraud suspect. According to an SPD release, police are searching for a suspect, who they identified as a black female of medium build that wore glasses. The release said the suspect allegedly stole a driver's license, credit card and debit card from an individual at a business on Main Street, then went on to use the cards at different venues throughout the city. According to the release, the suspect drives a silver Dodge Challenger. The release said store video surveillance captured footage of the suspect on Aug. 20, wearing a burgundy and white knee-length dress and white slingback wedge shoes. SPD asks anyone with information on the suspect call the department at 662-323-4131 or the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151.
Trivia nights offer something different
By MORGAN UPTON People rarely juxtapose drinking and knowledge, but several Starkville bars combine those two on a weekly basis. On any given weeknight in Starkville, bars and restaurants are filled with trivia goers putting their knowledge to the test. Trivia nights happen from Mondays through Thursdays in Starkville and begin anywhere from 7-9 p.m., lasting one to two hours. Halfway House gets the week started with trivia at 9 p.m. on Mondays. Will Dixon, a regular at Halfway House's trivia, said he enjoys the competitive event. "I'm a competitive person," Dixon said. "I like to do different things. I like dart tournaments, trivia, any kind of tournament I want to play in and win. It gives you something to do." Trivia questions range from current events to history, and anything in between. There are typically five rounds of questions before the winner is announced. Rachael Kroot, a second year master's student in meteorology at Mississippi State University, said her favorite thing about trivia was knowing the answer to questions she didn't expect to know.
"I like to learn new things by playing, but I also love to remember things that I never knew I knew," Kroot said. "I'm sometimes impressed with myself about some things I didn't think I knew. It's just fun." Kroot and two friends were regulars at StaggerIn's trivia on Tuesday nights. Although one team member graduated and the other is unavailable, Kroot hopes to return to trivia night. Alex Dienes, Forrest Merrill and Wills White mull over what "It may not be a regular thing," she the correct answer is at trivia on Tuesday night at StaggerIn. said. "But I hope so." StaggerIn is one of many bars and restaurants in Starkville that See TRIVIA | Page A-8 offer trivia night. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN)
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 Active Parents — Elmarie Carr Brooks will host a meeting on Active Parents from 11 a.m. to noon at the J.L. King Center. Call 320-4607 for more information.
u Preschool Story Hour — Preschool story hour will start at 10 a.m at the Starkville Public Library for ages 3-6. The theme for the week is “Having a Picnic.” u Project Care — There will be a Project Care: Advisory meeting from 12-1 p.m. u Librarian Reception — A reception for Carolyn Reed, genealogy librarian who will be moving to Utah, will be held at the at 2 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library. Everyone is invited. u Teen Parent Coalition — The Teen Parent Coalition: Parent Support group will meet from 4:30-6 p.m. Call 320-4607 for more information. u Choir Workshop — Peter’s Rock Temple Musical Deptartment will host a choir workshop musical, Praising with a Purpose. Workshop classes are at 6 p.m. Aug. 2930 with a final rehearsal at 10 a.m. on Aug. 31, followed by a performance at 6 p.m., all at Peter’s Rock Temple Cogic. Registration is $15. u Sessums Cemetery meeting — Members of the Sessums Community Cemetery will hold its quartly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Austin Church of Christ Holiness USA in the Sessums community.
Nationally-known speaker and author Robert Little spoke to a crowd at a Marriage Enrichment Program Saturday night at the Hilton Garden Inn. Little spoke about learning hard work and discipline while growing up in Noxubee County. He also encouraged audience members to strengthen their relationships with their spouses and serve as role models for their children. The event was sponsored by the Building Strong Families program, a federally-funded grant awarded to Starkville School District. (Submitted photo)
u La Leche League — The local La Leche League will hold a special meeting, Grandparents and family support, at 11 a.m. in the Play Pen at the Emerson Family Center. Pregnant women and mothers will babies/young children are encouraged to attend. For breastfeeding support or meeting information call Mandi 662-791-1663 or Alicia at 662-694-9083.
u B.L. Moor Class Reunion — The B.L. Moor class of ‘73 will hold its 40th Reunion.. The reunion will close with a morning worship service Sept. 1. The Moor School Reunion will be on the same date and will be together. For more information Willie E. Thomas, Sr.662-418-9687 or Elizabeth Brook Kennard 662-617-9170
u Rosh HaShanah — Congregation B’nai Israel will hold a Rosh HaShanah evening service and Oneg at 7:30 p.m. The address is 717 2nd Ave. N u Springhill School Re- Columbus. union — Springhill School reunion will be at 10 a.m. in the Springhill School building. The Recurring school operated from 192757. Anyone who attended the u Starkville School Disschool is invited along with trict — SSD Lunch Applicatheir spouse. Potluck lunch will tions for 2013-14 school year be at noon; bring your favor- now available. The Office of ite dish. For more information Child Nutrition is now located call Thomas James at 662-226- on the north end of the Hen4393. derson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am unSunday til 3 pm. The Office of Child u Homecoming Program nutrition has also completed — Sand Creek Chapel MB the direct certification process Church at 3818 Rock Hill for families who automatically Road will celebrate its Friends qualify for certain benefits and and Family Homecoming services. For more informaprogram at 10:45 a.m. Pastor tion contact Nicole Thomas at Christopher Mayes will deliver the message. The public is in- or 662-615-0021. u Teen Parenting Coalivited to come out and share in this fellowship service. Dinner tion classes — Teen Parenting will be served after the service. Coalision Nuturing ParentContact deacon Curtis Moore ing classes will be held 4:30-6 at 312-0240 for more informa- p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call tion. u Pastor Anniversary — 662-320-4607 to register. u BrainMinders Puppet Greater Ebenezer MissionShow — Starkville Pilot Club ary Baptist Church will host a pastor anniversary service offers a BrainMinders Puppet at 11 a.m. Rev. Jeffery Kelly Show for groups of about 25 from Elizabeth Baptist Church or fewer children of pre-school in Tuscaloosa will bring the or lower elementary age. The morning message. At 3 p.m., show lasts about 15 minutes Rev. Michael Taylor from Lou- and teaches children about isville will bring the evening head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book message. u OVMS Meeting — The which reinforces the show’s Oktibbeha County Ministerial safety messages. To schedule Alliance’s (OCMA) First Sun- a puppet show, contact Lisa day Community Fellowship 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
u Parent Cafe Social — Join us for a Parent Cafe’ Social from 10-11 a.m. at Overstreet Elementary School. Parent Cafe’s are free, fun and supportive educational opportunities to receive new information, ask questions, share ideas and learn about resources that can help you raise stronger children based on a set of protective factors that help prevent child abuse and neglect.
Worship Service will be at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Thomas Rogers Jr. of Josey Creek M.B. Church will bring the message. Blackjack M.B. Church located at 4907 Blackjack Rd. is the host church.
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 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 Gentle 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, 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 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, 662418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through September. To register, call 662-320-4607. 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 Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S
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The program allocates funds used for general transit programs like the SMART system. Tagert noted the grant money couldn’t be used for other projects, like roads or bridges — it was exclusive to funding the transit system. He said Starkville’s unique nature as the home of a major university and the route’s implementation of the hospital helped it compete for the federal funding. “It certainly makes a difference because of the sheer numbers and unique needs in a college town with the influx of 20,000 students,” he said. “And it helps communities for these grants when you can incorporate health care and community welfare into it. It helps with the competitive nature of the grants.” Mayor Parker Wiseman said the
SMART system brought benefits for Starkville and its residents. “It offers additional transportation options to the community, and potentially offers better ease of access to or from campus and from point to point in the community,” he said. “It’s also good for individuals that don’t have reliable transportation — it provides a means of traveling within the city and on campus.” Tagert said the grant represented a commitment to fund the transit system for the 2013-14 fiscal year. He said future funding depended on ridership. “If the projected numbers hold true, I’d expect there would be continued funding,” he said. The university is still finalizing preparations for the new transit system. Harris said he expected five of ten new buses to arrive in September and another five in October. Two additional, specialized shuttles will
arrive in January or February. “We have two shuttles that look like old trolleys,” he said. “We’ll be using them on the campus connector to give it that historic feeling since it goes through the downtown and college part of the town. I think that will be another good plus for the system.” Work also continued to finalize exact locations for stops along the new routes and for setting up shelters for riders. Edward Kemp, city engineer, said the city hoped to begin construction on the shelters later in the fall. Harris said only five locations currently needed locations. Other stops, such as the Sportsplex or Kroger, had built in shelter or overhangs. Tagert noted the new shelters and shuttles were ADA compliant and designed to accommodate residents with disabilities. Like the on-campus routes, the new city routes will run based on the
university’s schedule. “If there’s a three-day weekend or something, the buses wouldn’t run, because these are university employees driving them,” Harris said. “Just like our regular routes, we’ll run them when we can, and we’ll try to get a calendar out of those dates when they might be closed for people to know.” Harris said the city circular route will begin at a “downtown east” stop near University Drive. From there, the route will go up Highway 389 to a stop at OCH Regional Medical Center, then along Reed Road to stop at the Brickfire Project. After that, a shuttle will stop at Chandler Apartments, the Imaging Center on Stark Road and Walmart. Then the route will go to Kroger and the post office, then down Industrial Road to stop at the Starkville Sportsplex along with another stop along Lynn Lane by the Collegiate Heights Apartments. After those stops, the route goes north
on Louisville Street to Highway 12 again so the shuttle can stop at Piggly Wiggly and then return to the starting point. Harris said the shuttles will run in opposite directions on the route — one will run counterclockwise while the other runs clockwise. The campus/city connector route will start at Giles Hall on the Misissippi State campus, until the new parking and classroom facility is completed. The route will go into town along University Drive with a stop at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and a stop at the downtown east location. He said the route will then go west on Main Street and stop near the new city hall construction site. The route circles onto Lampkin Street, then back to Main Street, heading east toward campus. On the way back, the shuttle will stop by Libby Story, Stromboli’s and near Bin 612 before returning to Giles Hall.
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ghost story, but city officials and officials who operate the railroad say citizens have nothing to fear. Officials say the errant railroad alarms result from a common glitch, and motorists do not necessarily have to wait through the alarms for trains that aren't there. Starkville Community Development Office Manager Bill Green said he had seen the glitch occur several times, and not only in Starkville. He said trains had traveled on Starkville's railroad as recently as three or four
years ago, and he was not aware of any plans for trains to travel through town again. He said the tracks were part of a rail system run by Kansas City Southern Railway, and he had spoken with KCSR officials about possible causes for the glitch. "Way out in advance of an intersection, you have a (transmitter) that is pushing a signal down the track," Green said. "The unit that's down at the intersection is listening for this sequence. (KCSR officials) did say there's the possibility of a bond coming loose. That is where a joint connects wiring to the track, and I believe this wiring could come from either the transmitter
or the receiver at the intersection." One of those KCSR officials, Terry Ray, said water flooding the train tracks, from a downpour like the one in Starkville Saturday, could short circuits and trigger the railroad traffic alarm. Even though no trains ran through the city anymore, Ray said he still inspected the tracks each month in case trains ever did return. "The federal government says as long as they're still accessible, I still have to inspect them," Ray said. "Otherwise, I'd turn them all off." Green said there was little KCSR could do to prevent the glitches. "It's just one of those things you
have to accept," Green said. "We're tickled that they work as well as they do." Starkville Police Department Capt. Chris Thomas said he, too, had seen the glitch several times, and motorists still needed to stop at train tracks when they saw the alarms going off and check to make sure nothing was coming. School bus drivers always stopped at train tracks whether their alarms were active or not, he said, and motorists should treat tracks the same if they saw the alarms active. He said motorists should not simply pass through and completely disregard the alarm. "Even though there hasn't been
(a train) in years, you never know," Thomas said. "If the red lights are flashing ... you don't know if there's one coming or not. (Motorists) need to stop, check and make sure there's nothing on the tracks. Then they can proceed ahead." Sometimes, motorists who know about Starkville's lack of train traffic might find themselves stuck behind motorists who don't, who remain stopped until the alarm stops. Thomas said motorists could carefully pass those stopped at the train tracks if it was safe to do so. He said he was not aware of any major traffic accidents resulting from the glitch.
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Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts
at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-3209988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:308:30 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@worldaflameministries. org and visit u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit for schedules and more information.
u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To play, call 662-338-9442. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662-324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to
encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 323-1499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. u Senior Yoga — Senior yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. u Community call-in prayer service — The Peter’s Rock Temple COGIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the Prayer Team
will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-527-1553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie Guest or Cappe Hallberg at 662-324-2551 or 662-418-3876. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-323-3322.
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centration camp. Either way, I’m glad to see public disgust for what Cyrus’ career has become. It gives me hope that soZack Plair ciety has not Editor yet reached the level where it will accept just anything. I think a lot of folks woke up in this moment and realized they had let their children watch her show, listen to her music and look up to her as an example of fame and success only to now have to determine the level of damage control is necessary to press the reset button. Fact is, Hannah Montana essentially babysat millions of children for
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Cyrus' bad decision should serve as wake-up call
These sad maxims of life have proven true time after time as the world has progressed and the commercial market has vied for mankind’s attention and the contents of its collective pocketbook. Successful marketers have long used shock value — namely through sex, vulgarity or some type of innuendo — to get us watching, talking about it and ultimately buying their product. As television and Internet accelerated this phenomenon to unprecedented speeds over the last few decades, our skin has gotten thicker and it now takes increasingly provocative things to shock us. It takes even more extreme things to truly appall us. Society’s attitude over that time has become so accepting of vulgarity that it has come to expect it as the norm. But as events following this year’s MTV Video Music Awards seem to suggest, the first step toward shedding that attitude was for Miley Cyrus to “twerk” it out. Apparently, an emaciated and nearly head-shaven version of Disney’s Hannah Montana making overt sexual advances through song and dance toward a stuffed teddy bear and Robin Thicke crossed people’s invisible line between too much and not enough. What spawned the outrage — from music fans, Cyrus’ contemporaries and the media — is hard to exactly put a finger on. Maybe her performance offended because the suddenly raunchy teen idol began her career in more wholesome character roles singing songs about bubble gum, going to the beach and having a “Party in the U.S.A.” Or maybe it was partly because the scantily-clad Cyrus committed all these absurdly suggestive acts in public while looking like something dragged alive from a con30 minutes at a time daily, and many fans of the show followed Cyrus into her adult career, where she now sings about popping ecstasy at different kinds of parties. There’s little way for a parent to have seen that coming because no one has a crystal ball. As it is, my daughter Zayley watches several of the Disney shows now, and I’d suspect I’d be as shocked as anybody if Zendaya from “Shake It Up” one day went off the rails.  It’s pretty scary, though, especially if you just look at Disney’s history of child stars gone wrong. Miley Cyrus is hardly the only one that’s delved into the dark side. She’s not even the first one to shave her head for no apparent reason. Remember Britney Spears? Just remember, those who feel they have to shock you to stay relevant — and those who try to sensationalize reality to maintain your interest — do so as a de facto admission they doubt
their ability to accomplish those things on their own merit. Those people tend to be truly miserable, and since misery loves company, they want to drag others down to their level rather than rise themselves to a more acceptable one. Right now, Cyrus’ antics are selling. That will change as her lifestyle takes it toll and people eventually get tired of “Miley being Miley.” Those who live by the sensational die by the same. Metaphorically, look at Courtney Love or Glenn Beck. For more literal examples, check out Jimi Hendrix or Michael Jackson. Cyrus, I think, once sang about “The Climb,” yet the route she’s chosen lately in that endeavor accounts little for the laws of gravity. What goes up must come down.
Zack Plair is the editor of Starkville Daily News. Contact him at editor@
Mississippi’s history remains far more than a clash of symbols
The gentleman from Lucedale never uttered a word of profanity, but his phone call was intended to chew me out for daring to suggest in a positive review of former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat’s new book that he showed courage in trying to change the image of the university and by extension our state. He repeated stated that Khayat’s efforts in addressing some of the university’s more controversial symbols were an attack on the state’s “history and heritage.” Four times, he returned to those phrases because I refused to agree with his point of view. I reminded him of Mississippi’s long battle over symbolism and the utter futility of trying to find a solution that pleased everyone. Three years ago, the state’s NAACP was trying to convince the Southeastern Conference not to hold tournaments in Mississippi because Mississippi’s state’s 1894 flag contains Confederate emblems. There were similar efforts in South Carolina. Former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove led a controversial 2001 statewide referendum that gave Mississippi voters an opportunity to change the state flag’s 1894 design to a new one which deleted the Confederate battle flag’s “stars and bars.” Mississippi voters rejected the proposition of changing the state flag at the ballot box on April 17, 2001 by a 2-1 margin - 65 percent to 35 percent. Black Mississippi voters were conspicuously absent and apathetic on the flag issue in 2001. Need evidence? Look at the Mississippi Delta region — the heart of our state’s black voter population. In those counties, the 1894 flag won a 60 percent margin of approval. Statewide, the 1894 Sid Salter flag won Syndicated 494,223 Columnist votes or 64.52 percent of the vote to 271,728 votes or 35.48 percent of the vote for the proposed “new” design. Records in the secretary of state’s office show that voter participation in the 2001 flag referendum in black majority counties was significantly down from prior elections. That fact suggests two conclusions: Black voters didn’t find the flag issue as compelling as predicted and there was an undeniable failure of pro-flag change forces to get those voters to the ballot box. Now, as Khayat’s book debuts, Ole Miss is having another debate over symbolism as the current student’s debate whether the male student elected each fall should be called — as he traditionally has been — “Colonel Rebel” or whether that named should change to “Mr. Ole Miss.” Here’s a novel idea. Let the kids work it out among themselves. Let the current crop of students who actually comprise the school in 2013 decide what value they play on “history and heritage” and how strongly they feel about symbolisms. Mississippi’s “history and heri-
tage” is about far more than flags and songs and titles. It’s a complex history filled with stories of great honor and courage and at the same time with truths that are hard to confront. The story of our state can’t be told in old songs and symbols. Mississippi’s great bewildering story can best be told in the evolution of our people — all of our people — and that story relies first on the certain knowledge that our symbols mean different things to different people. The mistake comes when some of us refuse to embrace all of our “history and heritage” — not just the parts that make us feel either pride or shame.
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The Lost Pizza Company Starkville franchise co-owner Emily Elliott picks up a pepperoni pizza from the kitchen to deliver to guests at lunchtime Tuesday, the franchise's first day of business. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Lost Pizza Company now open
By STEVEN NALLEY Preston Lott and Brooks Roberts cofounded The Lost Pizza Company in Indianola and Cleveland in 2007, but they are both graduates of Mississippi State University, and Lott said they remained big fans. "We come to the games still on the weekends, and we're always back and forth through here," Lott said. "The campus is completely different than it used to be. Coming back brings back a lot of good memories." Now, after six years, Lott and Roberts have brought their franchise to Starkville. What the city once lost has now been found. The Lost Pizza Company opened its doors in Starkville Tuesday, bringing fresh ingredients and an environment straight from the Delta to the Middleton Court Shopping Center. Franchise co-owner John Mark Elliott said the Starkville location marked the sixth in the franchise, and he and his wife Emily Elliott had also owned the Tupelo location for the past three years. Before becoming owners, John Mark said, he and his wife were fans of The Lost Pizza Company. "My wife and I are both from Cleveland, (and) we just ate and loved the food," John Mark said. "We love the food, and we love the atmosphere. We had the Lenny's Sub Shop franchise in Tupelo for nine years. We just sold the Lenny's about two months ago. We were looking for another concept to expand with." John Mark said one facet that attracted him to The Lost Pizza Company franchise was the emphasis it placed on homemade ingredients. Lott said where most pizza restaurants used pre-packaged, frozen ingredients, The Lost Pizza Company kept things fresh. "We make our dough from scratch every morning," Lott said. "We make our sauce from scratch every morning. We start with whole vegetables every morning (and chop them). We blend our own cheese. Our (meat) toppings are 100 percent meat,
(and) there's no filler in any of them. As much as we can make in-house, every morning, we make it in-house." Another attraction, John Mark said, was the atmosphere. The decorations feature memorabilia from across Mississippi, including concert fliers, guitars, records and more. "Our atmosphere is very bluesy, very comfortable," John Mark said. "We sell beer, but we're not a bar, so it's very familyoriented. Just the whole package is what I fell in love with when I came to Lost Pizza." Parked outside the restaurant was a Lost Pizza Company truck covered with license plates from Mississippi and other states. Lott said he and Roberts bought the truck a week before the Starkville store opened, and they decorated the truck during that week. "Indianola is famous for B.B. King and blues music, and that's where the theme came from," Lott said. "Me and Brooks have always been hoarders. If we run across something, we'll pick it up and turn it into something else."
Mounting tensions with Syria sink US stocks
NEW YORK (AP) — Fears of an escalating conflict in Syria rippled across financial markets on Tuesday, sinking stocks, lifting gold and pushing the price of oil to the highest in a year and a half. The increasing possibility of U.S. military strikes raised worries on Wall Street that energy trade in the region could be disrupted, raising fuel costs for consumers and business. "If Syria becomes drawn out and becomes a long-term issue, it's going to show up in things like gas prices," said Chris Costanzo, investment officer with Tanglewood Wealth Management. Traders gather at a post on the floor of the New York Stock The Dow Jones industrial average fell 170.33 points, or 1.1 Exchange Tuesday. Stocks declined broadly in early Tuesday percent, to 14,776.13, the lowest in two months. trading as investors feared that the possibility of a U.S. military The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 26.30 points, or 1.6 intervention in Syria could become a reality. (Photo by Richard See STOCKS | Page A-7 Drew, AP)
Volunteer opportunities
OSERVS Blood Drive OSERVS is hosting their annual blood drive through United Blood Services on Thursday, August 29th beginning at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are looking for people to come, donate a little of their time and their blood! As everyone knows, donating blood helps save lives. According to statistics, about one out of every seven people that enter a hospital need blood and there is someone in the world that needs blood about every two seconds. No matter your reason, we hope that you come and donate blood at our drive! Serving Those Who Serve US Volunteer Starkville and the Maroon Volunteer Center are partnering together to serve the service men and women of Starkville and Oktibbeha County, MS by volunteering at the local fire stations, police department, and sheriff’s office to “serve those who serve us” in honor of the September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance on Tuesday, September 10, from 3-5:30 p.m. Volunteers will be dispersed among three different service sites and will perform tasks such as washing fire trucks, sweeping and mopping the stations’ floors, and any other cleaning tasks needed to assist our local first responders. All volunteers need to arrive to their assigned service site no later than 3:30 p.m. Remembering 9/11...Story Time with Local Heroes Volunteer Starkville and the Maroon Volunteer Center are partnering with the Starkville Public Library to host a Story Time with local heroes for children in the community on Wednesday, September 11th from 3:30-5 p.m. A local fireman, policeman, and EMT will be talking to kids about what they do each day and then read a book to them. Afterwards, children will be able to take part in our 9/11 Postcard Project coloring activity. Volunteers will assist at this event welcoming and directing parents/children upon arrival and interacting with children during the coloring activity after story time. 9/11 Ceremony and Awareness Fair Volunteer Starkville and the Maroon Volunteer Center are hosting our annual 9/11 Ceremony and Awareness Fair in honor of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fire Station One and to create awareness of the local resources we have in our community. Volunteers are needed to assist with event set up/take down and several kid-friendly activity tables from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Volunteers will be blowing up and passing out balloons, assisting children coloring 9/11 post cards, and taking pictures at our 9/11 “I WILL” Tribute Table. Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation prior to the event. Get Swept Up! Join Volunteer Starkville and the Maroon Volunteer Center’s Get Swept Up! team on Wednesday, September 4th, to beautify the Starkville community and help it look its best for our friends from around the Southeast visiting for gridiron action.
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MSU artist-in-residence program welcomes printmaker
MSU University Relations As Mississippi State's newest artist-in-residence, Louisiana printmaker Kathryn Hunter will participate in a partnership between the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge and the university's art department. Hunter, operator of Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge, is a printmaking graduate of Montana State University who also holds a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from Louisiana State University. A native of Decatur, Ala., she is currently represented by Le Mieux Galleries in New Orleans. The MSU art department artist-in-residence program was launched in January with Mississippi native William "Bill" Dunlap. While on campus, he helped coordinate a number of well-received guest artist demonstrations and presentations. "The public benefited from Mr. Dunlap's time here in Starkville," said Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for the department's art galleries and outreach programs. "Not only did people have one-on-one time with successful artists, they experienced how important the arts are to society. "We want to continue inviting more artists to become part of this community where they can interact and inspire everyone from children to adults," A free public reception for Hunter will take place 5:307:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the gallery. As part of the one-of-a-kind program, Hunter will be staying at the refuge's Bluff Lake Residential Unit during late September. She will be working with staff and on her own to create art inspired by the environment and wildlife she encounters. She also will be donating to the refuge an original piece of artwork representative of her residency. "Through collaboration with different supporters, we are seeing that many people from all walks of life are touched and inspired by art," Neuenfeldt said. "Whether it's enhancing our learning experience, introducing us to new concepts and cultures, or giving us a sense of peace, we all benefit by bringing art to the community." Located 12 miles south of the MSU campus, the Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge is located across Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Winston counties. Established in 1940, the 48,000-acre federal land reserve serves as a feeding and resting area for migratory birds and resident wildlife, including white-tailed deer, alligators and beaver. Wetlands, cypress groves, prairie grasslands, and forest are among its many features. For more, visit
Betty Jean Evans
Mrs. Betty Jean Evans (77) was granted her heavenly wings on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Betty was born March 6, 1936 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Mandy Rieves. Betty was the fourth of six children. After graduating from Oktibbeha County Training School, Betty attended MI College in West Point. At the age of 35, Betty began her career in banking where she spent nearly 30 years helping and servicing customers and friends. Betty was very active in her church and in the community. Betty served on the Hospital Board for OCH, treasurer of the United Methodist Women and Member of the Women’s Democratic Party. At Griffin, Betty served as past chair and current co-chair of the Trustee Committee, Building Fund and the Finance Committee and was the church auditor. Betty is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Thomas Rieves Jr. and Sammy Rieves (Cora); one sister: Evelyn Williams (David). Betty leaves to cherish her memories: a loving husband of 58 years, Lawrence Evans Sr.; three children: Sharon Boyd (Maurice/deceased) of Starkville, Sinetra Shelton (Danny Sr.) of North Carolina and Lawrence Evans Jr. (Angelica) of Texas; nine grandchildren: Amanda Collins (Kent) of Arkansas, El’ Freda Agboka (Joseph Jr.) of Switzerland, Joni Acuff (Jason) of Ohio, Christina Humphrey (Jason) of North Carolina, Danny Jr. Shelton (Taisha) of Texas, Matthew Evans of BVI; Sabrina Evans of BVI; Lawrence Evans III of California and Ethan Evans of Texas; 15 great-grandchildren, one brother, Robert Rieves (Joyce) of Starkville; one sister, Lucille Haynes (Michael) of Illinois; five sister-in-laws, six brother-in-laws and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Griffin United Methodist Church in Starkville. Visitation will be Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 12-5 p.m. at Century Hairston Funeral Home in Starkville.
MSU has welcomed artist-in-residence Kathryn Hunter. (Photo courtesy of MSU University Relations) she added. Hunter's current works provide visual comments on animal and human relationships, often focusing on their relationship to water. Through the use of printmaking, paper cutting and mixed media, her works illustrate the patterning of life, interdependence, autonomy, and the narrative between the animal and human worlds. An exhibition titled "Kathryn Hunter: Confluence," will be on display in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery Sept. 23-Nov. 1. The exhibit will be part of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine's Human-Animal Bond Week observance.
Cecil Clinton Gray, Sr.
Sierra fires left forest ready to burn
By BRIAN SKOLOFF, and TRACIE CONE Associated Press GROVELAND, Calif. — Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say. The fire had ravaged 282 square miles by Tuesday, the biggest in the Sierra's recorded history and one of the largest on record in California. Containment increased to 20 percent but the number of destroyed structures rose to 101 and some 4,500 structures remained threatened. The types of lost buildings were not specified. Firefighters were making stands at Tuolumne City and other mountain communities. The blaze was just 40 acres when it was discovered near a road in Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17, but firefighters had no chance of stopping it in the early days. Fueled by thick forest floor vegetation in steep river canyons, it exploded to 10,000 acres 36 hours later, then to 54,000 acres and 105,620 acres within the next two days. On its 11th day it had surpassed 179,400 acres, becoming the seventh-largest California wildfire in records dating to 1932. Federal forest ecologists say that historic policies of fire suppression to protect Sierra timber interests left a century's worth of fuel in the fire's path. "That's called making the woodpile bigger," said Hugh Safford, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service in California. Two years of drought and a constant slow warming across the Sierra Nevada also worked to turn the Rim Fire into an inferno. For years forest ecologists have warned that Western wildfires will only get worse. "Every year the summer temperatures are a little warmer, hence the conditions for burning are a little more auspicious," said Safford. "People can deny it all they want but it's happening. Every year the fuels are a little bit drier." The Rim Fire's exponential growth slowed only after hitting areas that had burned in the past two decades, and Safford says that shows the utility of prescribed and natural burns that clear brush and allow wildfires to move rapidly without killing trees. "If you look at the Sierra Nevada as a whole, by far the largest portion hasn't seen a fire since the 1910s and 1920s, which is very unnatural," said Safford, who has authored several papers on the increasing wildlife severity across California's mountain ranges. "This one isn't stopping for a while." Since a 1988 fire impacted nearly one third of Yellowstone National Park, forestry officials have begun rethinking suppression policies. Yosemite has adopted an aggressive plan of prescribed burns while allowing backcountry fires caused by lightning strikes to burn unimpeded as long as they don't threaten park facilities.
Cecil Clinton Gray, Sr. of Starkville proudly wore his gold jersey with the black No. 46. He was a football player for Starkville High School and served in the Navy. He did beautiful cabinets and worked at the Starkville Daily News as a route carrier. He requested his body be given to science, with no funeral or memorial. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Gray Jamie Karolyn Kinard Gray and two children, son, Cecil Clinton Gray, Jr. and daughter, Elaine Gifford, both of Starkville. He also had six grandchildren: Meghan Gray, Tiffany Gray, Cody Gray, Amber Morrow, Tori Gifford and Jeffery Pickle, along with two great grandchildren, Kaylee and Joseph Morrow. He also had left six brothers and sister. He attended Midway Church of Christ in Maben. He was a loving father and grandfather.
For the Record
The following are felony arrests as reported by Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department AUG. 19 n Tavaris Antonion Farr, 21, probation violation. AUG. 20 n Spenson Brian Bennet, 30, DUI 3rd.
AUG. 21 n Wallace L. Townsel, 30, probation violation, DUI 1st, false information, no driver's license and no insurance; n Christopher J. Strong, 22, possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana; n Noel O. Garcia, 23, assault on law enforcement officer.
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AUG. 22 n Spencer Rivers Ratcliff, 22, sale of controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or church; n n Austin E. Martindale, 21, manufacturing marijuana with intent to distribute; n Miller C. Martindale, 20, manufacturng marijuana with intent to distribute; n Kevin George Mederos, 23, sale of more than 30 grams of marijuana; n Brian Douglas Baughman, 36, possession of a controlled substance; n Matthew M. Bacon, 19, sale of more than 30 grams of marijuana. AUG. 23 n Eric Wilson, 42, ERS violation.
AUG. 24 n Adam Legan Richardson, 29, DUI 3rd, driving on wrong side of the road and driving with no headlights; n Kenneth Teraile Potts, 29, probation violation and domestic violence.
AUG. 25 n Christopher O. Burnett, 30, contraband in jail, no driver's licence, improper passing and DUI 2nd. The following are felony arrests as reported by Starkville Police Department: AUG. 21 n Rosalynn Sophia Deloach, 20, robbery and use of a deadly weapon; n Christopher J. Strong, 22, possession of more than 250 but less than 500 grams of marijuana; n Shelly Lewis Gordon, Jr., 21, robbery. AUG. 22 n Jamel Ford, 22, robbery and use of a deadly weapon.
AUG. 23 n Jahwajawon Desean Christian, 19, robbery and use of a deadly weapon; n Demarco Billups, 23, manufacture/sell/possessing drug paraphernalia, DUI, possession of marijuana. AUG. 24 n Henry Lee Wilson, 22, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana.
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"Yosemite is one of the biggest experimental landscapes for prescribed fire and it's going to pay off," Safford said. "The Rim Fire is starting to hit all those old fire scars." The 350-mile-long Sierra Nevada is a unique mountain system in the U.S. with its Mediterranean climate, which means four-to-six months of drought every summer. California's mountain flora is designed to burn and even flourish and regenerate healthier after a fast-moving fire. Instead the Rim Fire is killing everything in its path. The understory ignites trees, and wind is sweeping the fire from treetop-to-treetop in 300-foot walls of flame. Scientists also expect the impact on wildlife to be severe. The fire has encompassed nearly the entire migratory range of deer in the region, and the burning treetops likely displaced many of the remaining 300 members of a subset of Great Gray Owl along the Yosemite border, said Daniel Applebee of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Because their population is so small, any loss is significant," Applebee said. The fire also cut through habitat of the Pacific fisher,
a weasel-like animal that is listed for state and federal protections. The fire has fragmented its range, likely leaving it nowhere to expand, Applebee said. The Rim Fire is the first of any ecological significance in about a decade in the area stretching from the Sequoia National Forest south of Yosemite to north of Lake Tahoe, said Chad Hanson, a forest ecologist and environmental activist who has published a number of papers on the significance and increasing rarity of post-fire habitat in the Sierra Nevada. Eventually the forest will come back. "Because we are in such tremendous deficit of this post-fire habitat type, especially in this area, the Rim Fire is a good thing ecologically," Hanson said. "This is not destruction, this is ecological restoration." The fire approached the main reservoir serving San Francisco, but fears that the inferno could disrupt water or hydroelectric power to the city diminished. On Tuesday the fire moved into the watershed, which increases the chances of sediment runoff this winter. Yosemite crews continue to keep water on two groves of giant sequoias less than 10 miles from the fire's front lines. could lead to higher fuel costs. United Continental Holdings, the world's largest airline by revenue, dropped $2.15, or 7.2 percent, to $27.71 and Delta Air Lines lost $1.16, or 5.7 percent, to $19.11. Stone said oil prices could start weighing on consumer spending down the road, but it is still too early to gauge the longer-term impact. The average price for a gallon of gasoline remained unchanged in the U.S. at $3.54 a gallon. Prices have held steady over the past week, and are down 9 cents from a month ago. In corporate news, discount shoe seller DSW jumped $6.43, or 7.9 percent, to $87.75 after the company reported an adjusted profit of 97 cents per share, easily beating analysts' estimate of 80 cents per share, according to FactSet. J.C. Penney fell 18 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $13.17 after the company's biggest investor, Bill Ackman, said he plans to sell his entire stake in the discount department store chain. The tensions with Syria overshadowed two positive reports on the economy. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 81.5 in August, up from 80.3 the month before. Economists had expected 79, according to FactSet. The Standard & Poor's/ Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 12.1 percent in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high. But month-over-month price gains slowed in most markets, a sign that higher mortgage rates may be weighing on the housing recovery.
EcoCAR starts up
Achille Messac, newly appointed dean of Mississippi State University's Bagley College of Engineering, addresses students at the MSU EcoCAR 2 team kickoff and interest meeting Tuesday in Carpenter Hall. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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percent, to 1,630.48 and the Nasdaq composite fell 79.05 points, or 2.2 percent, to 3,578.52. "The law of unintended consequences and the history of previous military interventions in the region is not a recipe for political and economic stability," said Neil MacKinnon, global macro strategist at VTB Capital. The sell-off in U.S. stocks was broad. All 10 industry sectors in the S&P 500 index were in the red, and only 31 of the index's 500 stocks rose. Utilities and other high dividend-paying stocks mostly escaped the selling. The impact wasn't just in stocks. Gold prices advanced and government bond prices jumped because traders see those investments holding their value better in times of uncertainty. Gold rose $27, or 2 percent, to $1,420 an ounce while the yield on the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.71 percent from 2.79 percent. While Syria itself has little oil, traders feared an intervention in Syria could cause further instability in the Middle East and possibly disrupt the flow of oil from the region. Oil surged $3.09, or 2.9 percent, to close at $109.01 a barrel, the highest closing price since February 2012. "People worry about this becoming a worst-case scenario and turning into a regional conflict," said Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Asset Management. Energy prices dragged down the airline industry on concerns that higher oil prices
Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival to begin Friday
Blues aficionados are solidifying plans to make the journey to the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival Friday night at the Community Counseling Services Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. “We are counting the days to one of the biggest weekends in West Point,” said Richard Ramsey program director of the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival. “Howlin’ Wolf Festival Friday night at the old Mary Holmes Gymnasium and the Prairie Arts Festival downtown all day Saturday.” Ramsey said he was very excited to announce that Backstage Music of Starkville donated an Epiphone Les Paul Jr. guitar autographed by all the bands, and Jeremy Klutts of Black Prairie Blues CGB donated a custom Cigar Box Guitar, both to be raffled during the blues festival. Performances by Mark “Muleman” Massey will start at 6:45, followed by Ben Prestage at 8 p.m., Bryan Lee at 9:30, and headlining for the event is Homemade Jamz at 10:30. Ramsey said ticket sales for the Howlin’ Wolf Festival come from as far away as Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and all over Mississippi. Hundreds of blues fans will be eating in local restaurants, staying in hotels and spending an extra day in West Point for the Prairie Arts Festival. Cynthia Wilson, director of Community Development with the Growth Alliance, estimates the economic impact during the two-day event to be between $20,000 and $30,000. “We are expecting a good turn out and beautiful weather this Saturday. We have excellent artists and crafts people, vendors of all types to appeal to everyone,” said Cynthia Wilson,. “We have lots of runners pre-registered for the 5k run, they can register up until 7 a.m. Saturday and the race starts at 7:30. The Classic Car Show at Mossy Oak has registration until 8 a.m. and judging at noon. There will be a shuttle going back to the festival every 30 minutes.” According to Ramsey and Wilson, for the first time, volunteers from the Stennis Institute will be implementing a marketing survey to study the economic impact of the Howlin’ Wolf and Prairie Arts Festivals that are uniquely part of West Point. Richard Ramsey stands tall at the Community Counseling Services Ramsey said music lovers and festival goers look Auditorium with the new Howlin’ Wolf sign. Preparations have started to have forward all year to spending Labor Day weekend with the Wolf in West Point. the auditorium ready for Friday night. (Photo by Donna Summerall, DTL)
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US readies rationale for possible Syria strike
By JULIE PACE, and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press All of the officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the internal deliberations. Even before releasing that information, U.S. officials said they had very little doubt that Assad was culpable in the attack based on witness reports, information on the number of victims and the symptoms of those killed or injured, and intelligence showing the Syrian government has not lost control of its chemical weapons stockpiles. Other administration officials echoed Biden's comments, which marked a subtle shift in the administration's rhetoric on who bears responsibility for the attack. Earlier in the week officials would say only that there was "very little doubt" Assad was responsible. Obama, Biden and other senior administration officials have spent much of the week seeking to rally international support for an aggressive response to the chemical weapons attack. The president spoke Tuesday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, a NATO ally, and has also talked to French President Francois Hollande and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Along with Britain, France appears poised to back the U.S. response. In Paris, Hollande said Tuesday that France was "ready to punish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents." The Arab League, a 22-member body dominated by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, also called for justice, laying blame for the attack on the Syrian government. Italy, meanwhile, was insisting that any strike should be authorized by the U.N. Security Council. The flurry of action was in stark contrast to Obama's previously restrained approach to Syria's civil war, which has left more than 100,000 people dead, according to U.N. estimates. He has resisted calls for a more robust U.S. response, underscoring the scant appetite among the American public for a long involvement in another Middle East war.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said. The U.S. and international partners were unlikely to undertake military action before Thursday. That's when British Prime Minister David Cameron will convene an emergency meeting of Parliament where lawmakers are expected to vote on a motion clearing the way for a British response to the alleged chemical weapons attack. President Barack Obama and Cameron conferred on response plans Tuesday, their second known conversation in recent days. Administration officials argued that Assad's actions posed a direct threat to U.S. national security, providing Obama with a potential legal justification for launching a strike without authorization from the United Nations or Congress. However, officials did not detail how the U.S. was directly threatened by an attack contained within Syria's borders. Nor did they present concrete proof that Assad was responsible. "Allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place without a response would present a significant challenge to, threat to the United States' national security," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Assad has denied using chemical weapons, calling the allegations "preposterous." Obama is weighing a response focused narrowly on punishing Assad for violating international agreements that ban the use of chemical weapons, an act the president repeatedly has said would cross a "red line." Officials
Grady Bennett picks trivia questions for Tuesday night trivia at StaggerIn. Trivia nights are common during the week for Starkville bars and restaurants. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN)
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Vice President Joe Biden speaks during The American Legion's annual convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Tuesday. Biden says there is no doubt that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is responsible for the heinous use of chemical weapons. Biden's comments make him the highest-ranking U.S. official to say the Syrian regime is the culprit in a large-scale chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21. (Photo by Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle) said the goal was not to drive the Syrian leader from power or impact the broader trajectory of Syria's bloody civil war, which is now in its third year. "The options we are considering are not about regime change," Carney told reporters. According to U.S. officials, the most likely operation would be largely sea-based, with the strikes coming primarily from Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea. Fighter jets often are deployed to monitor the area and protect the ships, but Syria's robust air defense system makes air strikes more difficult and risky. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said military forces stand ready to strike Syria immediately if the commander in chief gives the order. The Navy has four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean within range of targets inside Syria and also has warplanes in the region. "We are ready to go," Hagel said during a television interview while traveling in Asia. Ahead of any strike, the U.S. also plans to release additional intelligence it says will directly link Assad to the Aug. 21 attack in the Damascus suburbs. Syrian activists say hundreds of people were killed in the attack. A U.S. official said the intelligence report is expected to include "signals intelligence" — information gathered from intercepted communications.
Tuesday is the biggest night for trivia. CJ's Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings and StaggerIn each have trivia on Tuesday night while Dave's Dark Horse Tavern and Rosey Baby's offers trivia on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Trivia goers vie for different prizes at each location. Halfway House offers pitchers of beer for the winning trivia team and also for funniest team name. Dixon has won trivia several times for both categories. "I've won more for team names than actual trivia," he said. CJ's Pizza offers everything from beer signs to t-shirts and gift cards. Rosey Baby's offers growlers to first place winners. A growler is a container filled with beer that is taken home. Second place teams receive a pitcher of $1 mystery beer. While the night offers fun for patrons, it also brings big business for the restaurants and bars. Matt Trenary, owner of CJ's Pizza, said they began trivia to help speed up a typically slow night of business. "We put it in on Tuesday nights and it's helped us out," he said. "We have anywhere from 50-75 folks. Our biggest draw is our beer specials. It's 2-for-1 on all beers." Kurt Crissey, part of management at Rosey Baby, discontinued trivia during the summer, but plans to bring it back beginning next Thursday. He said it added a different dynamic to bars. "It's entertainment for the bar scene," he said. "You're able to group up with your friends and figure out the right answers to the questions. It's just a good group activity."
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Section B
Birthday Season
Some birthdays require a party. The Wife turned 40 in May: that’s a party-worthy milestone. My birthday was last week. Forty-six just doesn’t have the same pizzazz as 40. It did not require a party, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t eat. Usually birthdays in our household generate a dinner out. I finagled Jay Reed two this year. But I also Eats One Ate view birthdays like WalMart views Christmas – it’s not just a one-day event, it’s a season.  The terrible truth is that I woke up on birthday morn feeling a little less than 100 percent. Talk about disappointing. This is a day when I want to be able to eat with abandon. That doesn’t mean I will – doesn’t mean I ought to– but I should have the freedom to make that choice. So I started off the day with only a cup of coffee. But it was a really good cup of coffee. I had secured a bag of King Cotton Coffee Roasters Ethiopian Sidama coffee beans at the Community Market a few weeks ago, and like so many other good ideas that have fallen prey to procrastination, they were still sitting in my cupboard unopened and unground. It was a good day to break them out. I added a little brown sugar and some caramel creamer, and it was truly one of the best cups of coffee I have had in a while. What makes it even more fun is that the beans were roasted right here in Starkville. Off to a good start.  By lunchtime I was on the upswing but still not ready to tackle a big meal. Back at home I wandered out to the back corner of the yard (dotted with Lowe’s five-gallon buckets) that The Wife lets me call a garden. I remembered seeing a couple of Orange Jubilee tomatoes that had pushed their way out of the blooms despite my neglect. Much to my surprise, they were perfectly ripe – small, but enough to make a sandwich. Oddly, these specimens were a bit tart compared to their sweet sisters that appeared earlier in the season. But they made a great BLT birthday sandwich, hold the L.  That evening we had a lot going on at the hacienda, Son was in Noxubee County at the ballgame, and The Folks were on their way to a family reunion in Tishomingo County. No big family dinner was in store. But Daughter had requested waffles earlier in the week, and it seemed like a good time for breakfast for dinner. I made normal waffles for my ladies, but for myself I added some pre-cooked Beaverdam Farms pork sausage to the batter. I knew I liked sausage with my waffles – why not put sausage inside my waffles and skip the middleman?  It worked. Saturday morning I was up early and at the Community Market – the last of the season. What a bummer. But I made the most of it. Ms. Orene, the neighbor and secret weapon of Lancaster Farms, had posted on Facebook the night before that she’d made a chocolate cobbler. I suggested to her that she bring some to the market the next morning. And she did! You have not because you ask not, people: words to live by. Next on my agenda was a glazed chocolate chip scone from B’s Sweets and Treats, who later provided me with my last glass of mint lemonade for the summer and a loaf of cream cheese blueberry bread we nibbled on all weekend.  The culinary demo was put on by Chef Carnelle and his crew from Harvey’s: cheddar grits topped with grilled vegetables, tasso ham, bacon and a tomato cream sauce. It was only 9 a.m., and I had made my own birthday breakfast buffet.  The fam had lots of home projects to accomplish on Saturday and I’m quite certain I worked off all the calories I had consumed in the last 36 hours. A fresh start was in order. Daughter had another great idea – Stromboli’s for birthday dinner. At heart I am a pizza and ice cream guy, so I didn’t need much arm-twisting. And since it was the heart of birthday season I was allowed to order for the table. We started with toasted ravioli (an all-time favorite) then moved on to barbecue pork pizza, Brooklyn stromboli, and a Chicken Ranchero calzone. Daughter’s meal was an order of pepperoni-and-cheese bites, but she let me have one. And the famous cookie-dough bites closed it all out. Still livin’ large and I fear the scale will show it, because the night wasn’t over. Bops helped us fulfill the ice cream portion of the dream dinner. (I know, I know, it’s custard). Bop’s Favorite (a concrete with chocolate flakes and strawberries) is my go-to order there, but I had seen a tweet earlier in the week about lemon icebox. It was a very tasty diversion.  The Folks were back on Sunday, which meant it was time for the second dinner out. I had satisfied my pizza cravings the night before, but now I had steak on the brain. We went to Harvey’s and I think we had every steak on the menu.  Half our party got the special, the gourmet hamburger steak, Son got the prime rib, and I got my longtime favorite, the marinated ribeye. Daughter got the filet mignon. Yes, “Picky Chick” has moved from the kids menu to the fancy steak in a single bound. Of course I had some of everybody’s. I’m the birthday boy, see?? Dessert was provided by the one who birthed me – a giant decorated cookie, which we shared with the server.    Someone asked me Saturday why I was not one thousand pounds (which is twice the usual five hundred that accompanies that question, by the way). I guess it’s because it’s not birthday season every week.  Jay Reed is a local foodie and pharmacist. The culinary tastes expressed here are his and do not necessarily reflect the appetites of the Starkville Daily News or individual members of its staff. He welcomes your comments at
Above: Blackledge has eaten at The Little Dooey many times while in Starkville. He not only enjoys the food that is featured in the book, but his friendship with the owner, Barry Wood. On the right: Restaurant Tyler is featured in Blackledge’s new book “Taste of the Town.” The bison meat loaf was Blackledge’s favorite. (Photos by Morgan Upton, SDN)
Local restaurants get national recognition from ESPN analyst
By MORGAN UPTON For five years, ESPN’s football analyst Todd Blackledge featured local restaurants on “Todd’s Taste of the Town” once a week during football games. He toured local eateries at college towns, and Starkville was no exception. Blackledge has now documented his tour of the best eats in a book, “Taste of the Town: A Guided Tour of College Football’s Best Places to Eat.” Mississippi State University has a 14-page section in the book about The Little Dooey and Restaurant Tyler. Blackledge said Starkville had more to offer than many people, especially television personalities, realize. “The people are incredibly friendly,” he said. “It’s not the easiest place to get to or home from … it’s a pretty campus and very friendly. Blackledge was first introduced to The
Little Dooey when another ESPN analyst, Kirk Herbstreit, took him to the restaurant. Blackledge formed a friendship with owner Barry Wood, while enjoying the food as well. “Barry is such an incredibly nice guy,” Blackledge said. “He rolls out the red carpet for you.” In the book, Blackledge mentions ordering catfish and barbecue. He dubbed it
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The boll-weevil: cotton’s enemy
Since the early 20th centhe insects don’t happen. tury cotton farmers have Hurricane winds have been been plagued with an enemy known to bring them in to to their crops. Anthonomus the cotton states, and they grandis or the boll weecan hitch a ride on motorvil migrated from Mexico ized vehicles coming into the to the United States and United States from Mexico. spread rapidly throughout Also, roadside cotton and orthe Cotton Belt. Since then, namental cotton, not reached it has cost America’s cotton by the eradication program producers more than $15 have created problems. Howbillion - from yield losses ever, the National Boll Weeand costs to control the inNelda Starks vil Eradication Program resect pest. Fortunately, these Guest Columnist mains vigilant in its efforts to long-snouted insects, which monitor these developments pierce cotton squares (buds) and to continue operations of or developing bolls in search of food or eradication. egg-laying sites, thus damaging cotton In 1958, the National Cotton Council plants in its path, have almost been elim- officially recognized the economic havinated due to the Boll Weevil Eradica- oc the boll weevil had brought to U.S. tion Program. The National Boll Weevil cotton production. With Congressional Eradication Program ranks close to Eli leadership and support, a USDA Boll Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin as Weevil Research Lab was created, folone of the greatest advancements ever lowed by eradication experiments, a trial for the U.S. cotton industry. This fed- eradication program and an area wide eral-state-grower cost share program has boll weevil control program on Texas’ helped thousands of U.S. cotton growers High Plains and Rolling Plains to prebecome more competitive and has been a vent the weevil’s migration. In the late plus for the environment. 1970s, the National Boll Weevil EradicaBoll weevils are not native to Missis- tion Program was launched by USDA’s sippi. The insects first entered the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Seraround 1892 near Brownsville, Texas vice (APHIS) along the Virginia-North from Mexico. By 1907, boll weevils had Carolina border. Grower referendums traveled an impressive distance and were were initiated to continue the advancedamaging cotton grown in the Natchez ment of the Boll Weevil Eradication Proarea. By 1914, the weevil was present in gram. Growers funds with some state northeast Mississippi, and by 1922, it support accounted for over 70 percent had spread throughout the eastern cot- of the program operation budget with ton-growing states, all the way to Vir- less than 30 percent of funds provided ginia. Therefore, from the time the wee- by Federal cost share. The program vil first entered the U.S. until it infested later expanded into other Southeastern the entire eastern cotton belt, it spread states followed by southwestern Arizoat a rate of about 55 miles per year. The na, southern California and a portion of fact that it only took seven years for the northwest Mexico. Later programs were boll weevil to spread throughout Missis- launched in Oklahoma, New Mexico, the sippi indicates how quickly re-infestation Mid-South, and Texas. could occur. Historically, producers have paid 70 According to the National Cotton percent or more of the eradication proCouncil, boll weevils have been eradicat- gram’s operational costs. Some states ed in all the Southeastern states, as well have contributed to assist this producas the far west cotton growing states. er-led effort. Federal funds covered the That’s not to say that reoccurrences of remaining expenses, including overhead
and capital equipment. Operations, oversight and administrative services of the eradication programs are provided by various regional/ grower or state/grower managed eradication foundations. APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) manages federal program activities and provides technical assistance for cooperating grower organizations. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, APHIS’ Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, state universities and experiment stations develop technology to maximize program effectiveness and efficiency. In Mississippi, the state boll weevil eradication program is housed at Mississippi State University. Dr. Jeannine K. Smith serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation. Dr. Smith served as the office administration until Dr. George Mulledore retired and was responsible for boll weevil trapping data management, which she continues to do. Many people have had a part in the Mississippi Boll Weevil Eradication Program. A complete story of boll weevil eradication history, contributions from researchers, educators and growers in Mississippi and other pertinent information, go to http://www.bollweevil. Here you will find 3 publications, “The Boll Weevil in Mississippi: Gone, But Not Forgotten,” “A Field Guide to Boll Weevil Identification” and “Mississippi People: Contributors to Boll Weevil Eradication.” Through its Boll Weevil Action Committee, the National Cotton Council provides coordination to the efforts of state and federal agencies and grower organizations with the goal of seeing a weevilfree U.S. Cotton Belt during this decade. Boll weevil eradication is accomplished by a combination of tactics, including insecticide applications, destruction of harvested plants and trapping with the use of pheromones. Trapping also is the key element in monitoring determining which fields require chemical
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veryone wants to serve their guests a delicious, memorable meal, especially during the holidays. This year, bring dishes to the table that put an easy, elegant and flavorful twist on the traditional. Whether you’re a first time host or a seasoned pro, there are certain secrets to help ensure a holiday meal that is both elegant and effortless. One such secret is using dressings and sauces to enhance savory flavors and add zest to your meals. One taste and your guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen. Start with a salad of Baby Greens with Roasted Pears, Feta and Walnuts. The heart-healthy walnuts and olive oil are combined with feta cheese, baby greens and firm, ripe pears. Toss in your favorite dressing for a quick, easy salad that will have your guests lining up for more. Not only is the salad good for you, the healthy oils found in salad dressings help the body to better absorb key nutrients. Your guests will love having a healthy dish on the table. Your guests will also love Grilled Shrimp with Remoulade Sauce. Whisk together a spicy sauce with savory ingredients, such as Dijon mustard, hot sauce, capers, parsley and mayonnaise, which is made with healthy oils and contains Omega 3 fatty acids. Baste sauces on skewered shrimp as they grill for a zesty and spicy dish that can be used as an appetizer or tasty side item. Make a BBQ Roast Turkey the centerpiece of your table. Start with your favorite barbecue sauce and add a few additional ingredients to give it an extra kick of flavor. The finished sauce is then basted on the turkey as it roasts to create a spicy glaze. This holiday season, experiment with your favorite dressings and sauces to create meals for your family. You can also visit for more holiday meal recipe ideas.
Servings: 4 to 6 4 firm, ripe pears (Bosc or Bartlett) peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices 1 teaspoon olive oil 8 cups baby greens 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted Salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Choice of salad dressing Preheat oven to 400°F. On a parchment lined baking sheet, drizzle pears with olive oil. Roast in oven until edges of pears begin to brown, but still firm. Cool. Gently toss baby greens and cooled pears in salad bowl. Sprinkle feta and walnuts over salad. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with choice of dressing. Suggested dressings: Ranch, Champagne Vinaigrette or Strawberry Poppy Seed.
Baby Greens with Roasted Pears, Feta and Walnuts
Grilled Shrimp with Remoulade Sauce
BBQ Roast Turkey
Servings: 4 to 6 3/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons ketchup 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons hot sauce 2 teaspoons capers, chopped 1 teaspoon parsley, chopped Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 4 cups water 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, minced 6 whole peppercorns 24 shrimp (8 to 10 count) peeled and deveined For remoulade sauce, whisk mayonnaise, ketchup, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, capers and parsley in small bowl. Season to taste with black pepper. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Combine water, salt, sugar, lemon juice, garlic and peppercorns in gallon size ziplock bag. Add shrimp to brine and chill 15 to 20 minutes. Drain shrimp and rinse with cold water. Place shrimp on skewers. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Spray grill grates with cooking spray and grill shrimp 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve immediately with remoulade sauce or other sauce options below. Additional sauce options: Blend 1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise with 2 teaspoons Sriracha. May also be served with prepared Mango Chipotle Sauce.
Servings: 6 1 10 to 12-pound turkey 1/4 cup butter, softened 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 lemons 2 small onions, quartered 3 cups prepared BBQ sauce 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 bay leaf Preheat oven to 400°F. Rinse turkey inside and out. Pat dry. In small bowl, combine butter, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Loosen skin of turkey and rub butter between skin and meat. Place lemons and onion inside cavity of turkey. Tie legs with kitchen string. Combine BBQ sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaf in saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors. Discard bay leaf. Set aside until ready to use, 2 cups for basting and one cup for serving. Place turkey on rack in heavy, large roasting pan. Roast one hour, then reduce heat to 325°F. Brush turkey with 2 cups of BBQ sauce mixture. Roast 20 minutes. Brush with BBQ sauce every 20 minutes, about 1 hour 10 minutes longer, for a total of 2 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175°F. If turkey begins to get too brown, cover with foil while roasting. Transfer turkey to platter. Cover loosely with foil and let rest 30 minutes before slicing. Serve immediately with remaining cup of BBQ sauce mixture.
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Farmhouse Chowder
By Jean Kressy Relish the American Table Before deciding that summer is not the right time for a pot of hot soup, forget for a moment the business of sauteing and simmering and read what Jasper White has to say about corn chowder. White is the chef and owner of the Summer Shack, a popular restaurant in Cambridge, Mass., specializing in New England seafood. Not surprisingly, there is always fish chowder on the menu, but when fresh corn is in season, corn chowder is a special. “It’s the king of farmhouse chowders,” writes White. “The flavor of corn combines so naturally and beautifully with other chowder ingredients.” Although we think of chowders as soups, early chowders were more like puddings. They were thick and stewy concoctions of mostly fish and vegetables. Indeed, there is not even a hint of the word “soup” in the history of the word “chowder.” Chowder comes from the English jowter, or “fishmonger” and has been linked to the French chaudron, or “large pot.” White’s corn chowder is a version of a Shaker recipe and could almost be called summer in a bowl. It has ample amounts of fresh corn and potatoes, so that with each spoonful, you get a mouthful of vegetables. For a tad more thickening, White adds a cornstarch slurry; for brighter color, he stirs in a small amount of turmeric; and for interesting flavor he uses a little ground cumin. With sliced tomatoes and hunks of whole-grain bread, the chowder makes a perfect meal. Pay no attention to the thermometer!
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ooking for a dessert that packs a punch in the taste department? Give home cook Jan Knowles’s Luscious Lemonade Cake a try. Combining the freshness of lemonade with the sweetness of homemade cake, this recipe is the perfect addition to your Labor Day barbecue. Get ready to make some great summertime memories! See step-by-step photos of Jan’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
Corn chowder
Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 medium ears fresh corn 1 (4-ounce) piece unsliced bacon, rind discarded and bacon diced 2 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, diced 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon turmeric 1 pound all-purpose potatoes, peeled and diced 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water Minced fresh chives or thinly sliced green onions, for garnish Directions: 1. Cut kernels off cobs and scrape off milky bits. You should have about 2 cups corn. 2. Cook bacon until crisp in a large pot. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat. Add butter, onion, bell pepper, thyme, cumin and turmeric; cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add corn, potatoes, broth, salt and pepper. 3. Cover and bring to a boil. Adjust heat and boil 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in cornstarch mixture and cook until chowder is lightly thickened. Stir in cream. Garnish with chives or green onions.
Jan Knowles
Sandy, UT (pop. 87,461)
Luscious Lemonade Cake
What You Need CAKE: 1 box moist lemon cake mix 1 small vanilla yogurt (individual size) 2 tbsp real lemon juice, not concentrated FROSTING: 1 lb powdered sugar, plus 2 cups 1/2 stick real butter, either salted or unsalted 1/4 c softened cream cheese 1/4 c milk (approx.) 1 1/4 tbsp real lemon
Look for Relish magazine, celebrating America’s love of food, each month in Starkville Daily News. For more Relish recipes and to sign up for our newsletters, log on to To download our new tablet app for the iPad and our free mobile app, Nutrition Information per Serving: Relish Daily Dish, go to relish. 410 calories, 20g fat, 45mg chol., 19g prot., 43g carbs., 4g com/mobile fiber, 1000mg sodium
• Make frosting by juice Food coloring, if desired creaming together butter and cream cheese. Add about 2 Directions cups of powdered sugar • Follow cake mix at a time, alternating directions and add with a small amount of 1 small container of milk. vanilla yogurt. Add 2 • When frosting is stiff, tbsp of lemon juice. add the lemon juice. • Pour cake mix into 2 If desired, add food round cake pans, and coloring to make a follow directions on color. (I take small cups the box. You may also and put the plain color use 9x13 pan (adjust frosting in, then add time according to box a bit of food coloring directions). to each cup to make • Cool cake completely. decorating colors.) For round cake, “dust” • Decorate as desired. off any loose crumbs.
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“Surf and turf … Starkville style.” “It’s a place I’ve always liked to go to,” Blackledge said. “I love catfish and Mississippi is about as good as it gets.” Wood said his relationship with Blackledge is what made his part in the book so special. “We’ve been mentioned in other books,” Wood said. “Because Todd and I have built a personal relationship, it means so much to us to not be recognized by a commercial entity, but recognized as a very close, personal friend.” For Ty Thames, owner of Restaurant Tyler, being mentioned in the book was special because “Taste of the Town” rarely features a fine dining restaurant. “We were very fortunate to be one of the only, if not the only, fine dining restaurants that he featured,” Thames said. “For me, it’s an honor. I’m very fortunate and grateful to be a part of it.” Blackledge came to Restaurant Tyler to eat,
and after enjoying his bison meat loaf dish, decided he wanted to feature the restaurant in a “Taste of the Town” segment. “He chose us just because he came in and ate and liked what he ate,” Thames said. “That’s awesome.” Although the bison meat loaf is not currently on the menu, Thames said he might have to make it a special now. “I don’t like to keep things on my menu for too long,” Thames said. “I like to change things. I’m probably going to have to bring it back until the book dies down.” Blackledge has recipes for other dishes from both The Little Dooey and Restaurant Tyler, such as catfish cakes with red papper sauce, smoked gouda cheese grits and Gannie Dooey’s corn pudding. The book also features Blackledge’s favorite things about Mississippi State, which include cowbells and Bully. “Mississippi State makes it a big deal when ESPN comes there,” he said. “I enjoy my time there.”
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Rich Frank doesn’t do anything in life without making a production of it. His name is behind such television productions and movies as “Ellen,” “Cheers,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Good Morning Vietnam.” But today his name is proudly behind the production of Frank Family Vineyards, an historic property near Calistoga in Napa Valley. Local zoning restrictions prohibit him from putting up signs to identify the property once occupied by Larkmead Winery. Too bad, because we can envision a movie marquee with “Great wine/Good prices/Starring Cabernet Sauvignon.” For a short time, Frank was content to own a weekend retreat in Rutherford to escape the mayhem of Los Angeles. Then, in 1992 he got a midnight call from a friend who told him Kornell Champagne was for sale in a bankruptcy proceeding. On a whim, he offered the bank half of the asking price -- and got himself a winery with vineyards and a National Historic landmark dating back to 1884. Frank wasn’t short of cash nor was he short of enthusiasm. An avid collector of classic cars and a hulking figure with a tireless joie de vivre, Frank didn’t want to be ashamed of mediocre wines. He wisely found competent help in winemaker Todd Graff, who worked previously at Stag’s Leap Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards and Sonoma Creek Winery. Graff’s training in sparkling wine helped him introduce some great sparkling wines to the Frank portfolio. But worry about sitting on huge inventhe best wines are the reds -- it is tories. The producer’s sparkling what Napa Valley is deservedly fawine, for instance, is a homerun. So mous for. Today, Frank is content is the sangiovese and petit sirah, but to enjoy his wines and participate in they are harder to find. the blending panel each year. Frank recently outbid a number There were challenges and setof eager wineries to get an additionbacks. Frank had to tangle with loal 70 acres of vineyards that will alcal zoning authorities to remodel low him to expand his production the historic barn, which can be meet a growing demand for Tom Marquardt and used only occasionally for gathhis wines. erings. Then there was a fire in and Patrick Darr The Wine Guys 2000 that destroyed 85,000 cases It’s no longer unusual to find of wine, including expensive wines Hollywood tycoons making wine stored there by renown producers -- among others, Drew Barrylike Pride Mountain and Rombauer. But Frank more, Johnny Depp, Francis Ford Coppola, Maisn’t a guy who backs down from a challenge, so donna, Fess Parker, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. the winery was rebuilt and improved. Unfortunately, few others can afford it. His zest for life is contagious, which was Frank Family Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay clearly felt on a recent visit to the winery. Frank 2011 ($55). Barrel fermented in new oak for 10 had hired a catering crew who specializes in months, this chardonnay shows off an opulent, making an awesome paella and steamed mussels tasty texture with stone-fruit flavors and pinefor a crowd. Behind the winery, Frank and his apple notes. wife, Leslie Miller, and Riley, the friendly family Frank Family Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 dog, regaled a media party in stories about Hol- ($35). The wine manages to be fruity without lywood and Napa Valley. He remains involved being overly ripe -- a challenge for zinfandel. We in Hollywood with his son, Paul -- both are ex- liked the raspberry flavors and notes of spice, ecutive producers of television hits “Royal Pains” cloves and black pepper. and “Wilfred.” Frank Family Vineyard Rutherford Reserve The winery is known for its small-lot wines, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($85). From Ruthmany of which are hard to find. Small produc- erford bench, arguably the best region in Napa tions enable Frank to sell out his wines and not Valley for this grape variety, this wine has a mas-
Wine Guys: Frank Family Vineyards
culine personality with loads of tannins, dark berries and complexity. Yet it is balanced and sports hints of black pepper, pencil, bell pepper and mineral. It appeals to the umani taste in all of us.
Wine Recommendations Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($44). One of California’s most historic wineries produces consistently good cabernet sauvignon from excellent vineyards in Rutherford, Mt. Veeder and Atlas Peak. This one is no less in quality. It shows off an opulent nose of dark berry, spice, oak and clove. There is an abundance of rich dark cherry fruit and long finish. Louis M. Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($30). You would be hard pressed to find a cabernet sauvignon of this caliber for $30. Alexander Valley is one of the best regions in Sonoma County for cabernet sauvignon. This one shows off herbal aromas with a dash of licorice. Richly structured, it has black cherry flavors and fine tannins. Luce Della Vite Luce 2009 ($93). The price will scare off a lot of consumers, but have no fear that the wine lives up to the expectations. A blend of sangiovese and merlot, it has excellent structure and concentration. There are layers of aromas, ranging from plum to nutmeg and licorice. The palate is generous in round cherry and plum flavors.
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applications and monitoring for re-infestations. Chemicals are applied as needed from late summer until harvest to kill the maximum number of weevils before they achieve diapause, a biological state essential to their winter survival. Defoliation of plants and stalk destruction as soon as possible after harvest effectively eliminate food and shelter for surviving weevils. Much of the success of eradication operations can be attributed to the synthetic pheromone trap. The traps capture weevils that have survived stalk destruction and spraying as well as
help protect eradicated areas by detecting individual weevils that find their way into the area. Once a state has completely eradicated the boll weevil, the activities shift to post eradication efforts. Pheromone traps are utilized to continue monitoring for boll weevil re-infestations. Areas must maintain an active monitoring program to prevent rare incidental reintroduction from becoming a reproducing expanding population. The information below is from the “The Boll Weevil in Mississippi: Gone, But Not Forgotten” by Dr. Blake Leyton, an entomologist at MSU. Historically, Mississippi cotton growers
controlled boll weevils by applying repeated insecticide sprays on a 3-to-5 day schedule. It was common for growers in heavily infested areas to make as many as 8-to-12 sprays specifically to control boll weevils. These repeated treatments were necessary because only adult boll weevils are exposed to control. The immature stages are protected inside squares or bolls. The 3-to-5day schedule was necessary because adult female weevils will begin depositing eggs within three to five days after emerging as adults. If they are not controlled before they lay eggs, the infestation cycle will continue. These insecticides were highly effective against boll weevils but had the undesirable effect of destroying beneficial insects. This destruction of beneficial insects often allowed populations of other cotton pests to increase at a faster rate than they would have under normal beneficial insect populations. Dr. Leyton states, “Therefore, the boll weevil was considered a “key pest” of Mississippi cotton because the insecticide treatments applied for its control often “unlocked” the potential for greater problems with other pests.” According to the National Cotton Council, significant economic and environmental impacts have occurred with eradication of the boll
weevil. The following information is taken from their website: Southeastern land grant universities, which have studied eradication program economics extensively, conservatively estimate that weevils can cause a loss of 10 percent of expected yield in a cotton crop. Significantly greater yield losses occur where weevil infestations are historically high. In the Southeast, where the weevil has been eradicated, the combined annual direct economic benefits from increased yeilds, reduced insect damage and lower insect control costs are more than $80 million. The value of this permanent stream of benefits exceeds $1.2 billion - a significant boost to those rural economies. A sound cotton economy is healthy for the U.S. because: 1. Annual business revenue stimulated by cotton in the U.S. economy exceeds $120 billion and 2. The production and processing of America’s No. 1 value added crop employs more than 235,000 Americans. Economists estimate that by eradicating the boll weevil from the remaining infested areas, cotton growers in those states will see annual insect control costs reduced by $30 per acre and yield increases of more than 10 percent. Georgia farmers, for example, decreased their overall insect control costs
from $125 per acre (preeradication) to $66 per acre (post-eradication). The boll weevil did account for most of the chemical use on cotton, so eradication is fully compatible with the Administration’s pesticide/food safety legislation reform proposals. These call for reduced pesticide use and increased use of integrated pest management such as the use of synthetic pheromones (sex attractants), genetically resistant plant varieties and beneficial insects. Eradicated areas have realized a 40 percent to 90 percent reduction in insecticide use on cotton. The reduced spraying has enabled “beneficial” insects to multiply and prey on other cotton insect pests. This lessens further the need for insecticides - a significant enhancement to rural environments. Here in Mississippi, the economic and environmental issues have been revolved significantly because of eradication. Mississippi cotton growers spent many years and more than $160 million to eradicate the boll weevil. In the five years before boll weevil eradication began, Mississippi growers spent an average of $21 million annually just to control boll weevils; yet despite this heavy cost of treatment, they still sustained a 2.6 percent average annual yield loss to boll weevils. Statewide yield losses to boll weevils exceeded five percent in some years, and losses of more than 10 percent have been recorded for the hill region of the state. Yield losses to boll weevil were especially high in years following mild winters. In such years, some growers may have had to apply as many as eight to 12
boll weevil sprays per field. In addition, these treatments for boll weevils had the undesirable effect of destroying beneficial insects that helped keep other cotton pests in check, such as tobacco budworms, bollworms, armyworms, and aphids. Consequently, the need to treat for boll weevils resulted in an increased number of treatments to control secondary pests and increased yield losses caused by these pests. Eradication of the boll weevil has greatly simplified cotton insect management in Mississippi. Absence of the boll weevil provides growers with better opportunities to use naturally occurring beneficial insects to suppress populations of other pests. Absence of the boll weevil also enhances the value of new pest control technologies, such as transgenic Bt cotton or new, more targetspecific insecticides. Boll weevil eradication provides tremendous economic benefit to Mississippi cotton producers, and it is important to all producers that this benefit be preserved. Next time you drive by a cotton field, you may notice some yellow green cylinder shaped plastic attachment on posts. These are boll weevil traps. These traps with a screen-wire insert and dispenser holding a weevil attractant are checked each week from early spring to killing frost to monitor boll weevil populations. Seeing these traps does not mean the field has boll weevils, but it is a precaution to assure that the field will not be attacked by undetected weevils. Next week, I will return with recipes for the commodity of the month, Rice.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Mixed messages will come through despite your best efforts to be as clear as possible. You’ll be holding something back, and it could result in conflict between you and a friend. You might decide to spill the beans; choose your words with care. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) It would be a mistake to become too materialistic. You easily could have a misunderstanding about your finances. Recognize that the argument has more to do with your actions than with your feelings. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You could hit a few obstacles today. The first one might be the result of a misunderstanding. You’ll want to clear up the problem; it might not have as much do with the words exchanged as it does with an assumption the other party makes. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Know when to pull back, as it can make a great deal of difference. Understand what is happening within yourself first, and you likely will decide to say much less than you originally intended as a result. Don’t expect a reaction to be forthcoming. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Zero in on what you want. Listen to your instincts with an associate. There could be an innate misunderstanding that could be difficult to sort out. Start accepting your differences and work from that premise. Exciting news will head your way. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You enjoy yourself, no matter what you do. You will come to an understanding with a boss. Evaluate a decision with care that could take you in a new direction and jolt a partner. Once his or her initial reaction has passed, you can have a discussion. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your mind might not be present in the moment, which is one of the reasons a disagreement could start. Make it a point to share more of what is on your mind, and listen to others’ feedback. You can’t always be right about everything. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) A partner will have a lot to share, and he or she wants your attention. You are likely to hear more if you don’t focus too much on the importance of what’s being said. The end result will be much better for everyone involved. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Let others make the first move, as their proposals carry more weight. You might need to weigh the pros and cons of a situation carefully. Others could feel insecure when questioned. Be gracious in how you handle their qualms. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Focus on getting your must-do responsibilities done. Honor someone’s misgivings by noting how this person might have misinterpreted what has occurred. A call from someone at a distance involving a personal matter could encourage a schedule change. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Everyone else’s mind might be on more practical matters. A flirtation could be overwhelming. It will seem nearly impossible to finish your to-do list. Be willing to enjoy your personal life more, whether it is with a child or a new flirtation.
on This Day...
August 28, 1973
An undetermined amount of diamonds, watchers and other jewelry was stolen from Binghams Jewelry Inc. sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The jewelry store, located on Main Street, is owned and operated by Thomas Bingham of Starkville. Material loss had not been determined Monday as an inventory of the items stolen was incomplete. “They cleaned out the safe completely,” Mr. Bingham said. Entry was gained through the wall at the rear of the store where the thief pried away concrete blocks making a one and one half foot hole, Police Chief Boyce C Shook stated, Although burglar alarms were installed on the doors of the jewelry store, they were not affected by entry though the wall, Shook commented. “Everything was smeared which indicates they wore gloves,” Chief Shook pointed out. He labeled the theft as a professional job, noting that the burglar chose a way to enter the building without triggering an alarm. The police chief theorized that a crowbar was used to pry open the safe once entry was gained. “Safes are mainly for fire protection and are easily peeled opened by professionals,” he said. “No customer merchandise was stolen. Watchers and rings left to be repaired were not taken and customers may come by Binghams and claim their merchandise. We will be open,” the jeweler noted. “I will assume total loss for everything stolen,” Mr. Bingham said, stating that his business was not insured against theft. Merchandise was stolen from the counters as well and some change taken from the cash register, the jeweler explained. The burglar also took checks and receipts which were kept in the safe. Starkville Police reported they have no suspects concerning the theft, although they had alerted other law enforcement agencies in the state.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 4 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
BeeTle Bailey
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Be careful with a family member. This person could be off-kilter, which you might have noticed. Avoid an unnecessary argument, but do what you must to help keep this person focused. You could pull the wild card financially.
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Fresh tips for game day dips
For Starkville Daily News When family and friends gather together to watch the game, loading up the table with a variety of easy-to-grab, flavorful appetizers is a winning plan. After all, casual food and good times are what game day is all about. In the world of appetizers, dip is king. From savory to sweet, this simple tailgating party addition can take on flavors that span the globe, or that are as American and as beloved as the gridiron game itself. u Keep it light - A tailgating scene can seem overwhelming for those who don’t want to splurge all their day’s calories, so be sure to have lots of fresh, crunchy vegetables on hand. Start with your standard dippers - like sliced carrots, broccoli and cucumbers - or score big with unique vegetable dipper options - like snap peas, asparagus spears and radishes. This recipe for Cucumber Cups creates simple and crunchy bite-sized noshes with a delicious dip of Sabra Hummus in the center. For more great game day recipes, visit u Serve Delightful Dippers - Potato and tortilla chips go hand-in-hand with tailgating festivities, but beyond these standards is a whole world of other dipping options. For a Mediterranean touch, go with flatbread, pita bread or pita chips. Instead of plain old butter rounds, opt for more texture with multi-grain crackers that include raw flax, chia or sesame seeds. Or, serve up a warm batch of buffalo wings with this smoky and spicy recipe for Hummus Buffalo Wing Dip. u Offer Variety - A large spread of dippers calls for a wide assortment of scrumptious dips. As an alternative to sour cream or cheese-based dips which are loaded with fat, preservatives and sodium - serve up an assortment of delicious Sabra Hummus. Hummus offers up the protein, iron and fiber that other dips lack. Incorporate a few of these dip tips into your game day strategy and watch as fans huddle up to fill their plates.
Ingredients: 2 English cucumbers 1 container Sabra hummus 1 teaspoon paprika 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped Directions: Peel cucumbers and slice lengthwise into 1 1/4-inch pieces. Using melon baller, carve out seeds to create a vessel, making sure to leave bottom intact. Using piping bag or small spoon, fill each with hummus, about 1 teaspoon each. Sprinkle with paprika and finely chopped parsley.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 cup Sabra hummus Directions: Whisk first seven ingredients together (vinegar through paprika). Add Sabra hummus and combine thoroughly.
Section C
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
MSU releases women’s SEC basketball slate
Smith on sports
College Football
MSU receivers confident
Danny P. Smith
Sports Editor
SHS, Oxford has the making of good rivalry
Lewis believes Bulldogs will be able to make plays
By BEN WAIT One of the biggest questions coming into the season for Mississippi State, was what were the wide receivers going to look like? With just days before the Bulldogs kick off the season against the No. 13 (Associated Press) Oklahoma State Cowboys in Houston, Tex., one receiver feels very confident in himself, the receivers and the entire offense. “I feel real good,” junior wideout Jameon Lewis said Tuesday after practice. “I feel comfortable and I feel confident. I think we are going to go out there, make plays and we’ll get a W.” The Bulldog defense has adopted a new persona this year. The word “juice” is thrown around all the time. Lewis and the offense have tried to pick up the same intensity as the defense. “We’ve been having the juice,” Lewis said. “I think we’ve been having the juice all through camp. It’s game week. Everybody’s been turning it up a notch.” The Bulldogs lost seven receivers from last season, three of those led the team in receiving. Chad Bumphis, Chris Smith and Arceto Clark have since moved on after graduating. That leaves Lewis, junior Robert Johnson and sophomore Joe Morrow
here’s a little rivalry brewing early in the high school football season. It’s only week two and there’s already a game on the schedule that has a chance to capture the interest of the two schools participating. As if Starkville High School didn’t have enough games on the schedule that cause fans to get especially excited to see their team compete well and have the chance to beat an opponent, here comes another in Oxford. The matchup between the Yellowjackets and Chargers Friday in Starkville has been promoted as “The Little Egg Bowl.” On the college level, Mississippi State and Ole Miss play every year for the Golden Egg Trophy. It’s officially called the Battle for the Golden Egg and some refer to it as the Egg Bowl. The idea of the Little Egg Bowl between SHS and Oxford is something the Jackets and Chargers hope catches on and becomes an annual event. Starkville defeated Oxford in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs last season, but with the Jackets moving into the 6A classification, the only way for the two programs to continue playing would be to schedule a non-division game early in the season. The two schools met, put together a series and established a trophy for the winner. It’s the hope of officials that a good, competitive situation can develop with good sportsmanship to go with it. The Chargers have a chance to be a factor once again in Class 5A, while Starkville wants to make an impact in Class 6A after winning the Class 5A State championship last season. After starting the season with a 17-0 victory over the defending Class 4A champ Noxubee County Tigers, the Jackets are certainly off to a good start. Starkville lost some good players off last year’s state
Mississippi State wide receiver Jameon Lewis reaches to make a catch during practice. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
as the only receivers with any playing time, although it’s not much. MSU does return starting quarterback Tyler Russell. The senior signal caller has seen a good attitude from the three veterans. “Those guys have done a great job of leading the younger guys,” Russell said. “I don’t have to say much to RoJo, Jameon or Joe. They pretty much know what I expect.” Johnson leads the returning receivers with 17 catches from a year ago for 164 yards. He also caught two touchdowns. Lewis is coming off a 10-catch season for 108 yards. His lone career touchdown came in 2011. Morrow played in eight games last season as a redshirt freshman. He made just eight catches for 53 yards.  The Bulldogs added junior college transfer Jeremey Chappelle in the offseason and has been working with MSU since the spring. Although he has not gotten his feet wet in Division I football, much less the Southeastern Conference, Chappelle feels the same as Lewis does. “We have a lot of potential,” Chappelle said. “(Saturday) we can show the world what we can do. I have the utmost confidence in our offense.” Chappelle stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 210 pounds.
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Buckner made history at Houston Astrodome
By BEN WAIT The Houston Colt .45s got a new home in 1965. The Astrodome was erected as the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium. The baseball team changed its name from the .45s to the Astros because of the Astrodome. In that same year, Mississippi State traveled to Houston to take on the Houston Cougars in football. The game was played at the Astrodome to start the college football season. The Bulldogs walked off the field as 36-0 winners. There were several firsts for the Astrodome in that collegiate matchup. The first collegiate points ever scored in the Astrodome came on a 35-yard field goal by the Bulldogs' James Neill.  Marcus Rhoden scored the first touchdown in the Astrodome on an 89-yard punt return. On that Bulldog team was quarterback William "Bill" Buckner. Buckner's youngest brother Johnny, who is the current pastor at New Horizons Christian Fellowship Church in Starkville, recalled being 8-years-old and on hand of the game. "Mississippi State had more of a running game," Johnny said. "Occasionally, they would put (Bill) in. He was not their No. 1 quarterback. When they put him in at the Astrodome, he threw two touchdown passes." Bill, who was used in the last 2 minutes of the game, found Don Saget for a 25-yard passing touchdown in the fourth quarter. That was the first scoring pass ever at the Astrodome. "I remember people shouting out 'Buckner, Buckner, Buckner' to get him in because they loved to see him throw," Johnny said. Bill threw another passing touchdown, an 8-yard strike to Dave Nugent, to cap off his day in relief. At the time. the significance of Buckner's performance was not processed by his family or fans of the Bulldogs. It wasn't until years later that it was realized. The legend goes that former MSU athletic director, Larry Templeton, pointed out what Bill had done.
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Former Mississippi State quarterback William "Bill" Buckner threw the first touchdown pass at the Houston Astrodome. See BUCKNER | Page C-7 (Submitted photo)
High School Volleyball
SHS ‘stays focused’ beats Choctaw County
Starkville High School demonstrated the proper way to play volleyball Tuesday as the Lady Yellowjackets powered past the Chargers of Choctaw County in three straight sets 25-5, 25-18, 259. “I was proud we were able to stay focused for each point,” SHS coach Lauren Love said. “We struggled with that earlier this season. Anytime you can come out and completely finish is a good thing. I’m proud of the girls because they were able to focus and finish.” Starkville’s April Reece, right, spikes the volleyball between Junior Khris Carr led the arms of Choctaw County defender Tatum Southern Starkville with 10 aces, 16 on Tuesday night. (Photo by Jim Lytle, Mediagraphix points and seven kills, while Photography, For Starkville Daily News) fellow junior Courtney Wilson
was right on her heels with two kills, five aces and 11 points. Rounding out the Lady Jacket leaders were juniors Vicky Vo with two aces, three points and 17 assists, April Reese with two aces, four kills and 14 points and Kayla Minor who had six kills on Tuesday. Seeing tough competitors like the Lady Jackets in action makes the loss a little easier for Choctaw County coach Gary Beals to swallow. With only one senior on the roster and one of their top players out with injury, Beals said many of these early matches are just about improvement and learning the Choctaw County defender Keirra Fair sets the volleyball game. “We are young so we are during Tuesday’s match against Starkville. (Photo by Jim Lytle, Mediagraphix Photography, For Starkville Daily See VOLLEYBALL | Page C-7 News)
Mississippi State’s record in the state of Texas. The Bulldogs start the season with Oklahoma State in Houston, Tex.
In the list of names of Starkville Academy football players at the top of page 5 of the Starkville Daily News football preview last Friday, one of the names was misspelled. The player should have been listed as Skylar Roberson and not how it appeared in the cutline. The original information was taken from a roster provided by the school. The Starkville Daily News attempts to report the news accurately and apologizes for any confusion this has caused readers.
Starkville Daily News
College Football SEC schedule Thursday’s Games North Carolina at South Carolina, 5 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 8:15 p.m. Saturday’s Games Toledo at Florida, 11:21 a.m. Rice at Texas A&M, Noon Mississippi State vs Oklahoma State at Houston, 2:30 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas, 3 p.m. Alabama vs Virginia Tech at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m. Austin Peay at Tennessee, 5 p.m. Washington State at Auburn, 6 p.m. Western Kentucky at Kentucky, 6 p.m. Murray State at Missouri, 6 p.m. Georgia at Clemson, 7 p.m. LSU vs TCU at Arlington, 8 p.m. Associated Press Top 25 Poll Record Pts Pv 1. Alabama (58) 13-1 1,498 1 12-0 1,365 3 2. Ohio St. (1) 3. Oregon 12-1 1,335 2 4. Stanford 12-2 1,294 7 12-2 1,249 t5 5. Georgia (1) 6. South Carolina 11-2 1,154 8 7. Texas A&M 11-2 1,104 t5 8. Clemson 11-2 1,083 11 9. Louisville 11-2 1,042 13 11-2 894 9 10. Florida 11. Florida St. 12-2 845 10 12. LSU 10-3 802 14 13. Oklahoma St. 8-5 755 NR 14. Notre Dame 12-1 748 4 9-4 677 19 15. Texas 16. Oklahoma 10-3 579 15 17. Michigan 8-5 531 24 18. Nebraska 10-4 382 25 19. Boise St. 11-2 328 18 7-6 323 NR 20. TCU 21. UCLA 9-5 286 NR 22. Northwestern 10-3 199 NR 23. Wisconsin 8-6 185 NR 7-6 134 NR 24. Southern Cal 25. Oregon St. 9-4 129 20 Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami 85, Arizona St. 53, Kansas St. 43, Fresno St. 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, N. Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah St. 8, Georgia Tech 6, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, North Carolina 3, Penn St. 2, BYU 1. USA Today Top 25 Poll Record Pts Pvs 13-1 1,545 1 1. Alabama (58) 2. Ohio State (3) 12-0 1,427 NR 3. Oregon 12-1 1,397 2 12-2 1,262 6 4. Stanford 5. Georgia 12-2 1,250 4 11-2 1,215 5 6. Texas A&M (1) 7. South Carolina 11-2 1,136 7 8. Clemson 11-2 1,047 9 11-2 1,010 13 9. Louisville 10. Florida 11-2 930 10 12-1 872 3 11. Notre Dame 12. Florida State 12-2 844 8 13. LSU 10-3 797 12 726 NR 14. Oklahoma State 8-5 15. Texas 9-4 622 18 10-3 620 15 16. Oklahoma 17. Michigan 8-5 589 NR 18. Nebraska 10-4 426 23 11-2 420 14 19. Boise State 20. TCU 7-6 400 NR 9-5 202 NR 21. UCLA 22. Northwestern 10-3 186 16 23. Wisconsin 8-6 172 NR 7-6 165 NR 24. Southern Cal 25. Oregon State 9-4 135 19 Others receiving votes: Kansas State 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt 29; Utah State 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois 19; Tulsa 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1. High School Football Mississippi Prep Polls Class Overall School W-L Pts Prv 1. South Panola (5) (1-0) 110 2. Brandon (5) (1-0) 109 3. Olive Branch (1-0) 90 4. Petal (1) (1-0) 58 5. West Point (0-0) 55 6. Picayune (1) (0-0) 44 7. Oak Grove (0-0) 36 8. Meridian (1-0) 28 9. Bassfield (1-0) 17 10. Pascagoula (1-0) 16 Others receiving votes: Wayne County 15, Oxford 13, Greene County 12, Louisville 11, Starkville 8, Philadelphia 7, Pearl River Central 7, McComb 5, Biloxi 4, Port Gibson 4, Neshoba Central 3, Noxubee County 3, Gulfport 2, Wilkinson County 1, Bogue Chitto 1, Madison Central 1. Class 6A School W-L Pts Prv 1. South Panola (7) (1-0) 112 2. Brandon (4) (1-0) 111 3. Olive Branch (1-0) 80 4. Petal (1) (1-0) 65 5. Oak Grove (0-0) 47 Others receiving votes: Starkville 19, Madison Central 18, Meridian 15, Tupelo 7, Biloxi 6. Class 5A School W-L Pts Prv 1. Pascagoula (3) (1-0) 90 2. West Point (5) (0-0) 84 3. Picayune (2) (0-0) 79 4. Wayne County (1) (0-0) 78 5. Oxford (1) (1-0) 48 Others receiving votes: Pearl River Central 27, Germantown 15, Laurel 13, Pearl 9, Ridgeland 8, West Jones 8, Callaway 8, Brookhaven 7, Vicksburg 6. Class 4A School W-L Pts Prv 1. Greene County (8) (1-0) 106 2. Forrest Co. AHS (1) (0-0) 83 3. Noxubee County (3) (0-1) 81 4. McComb (1-0) 74 5. Corinth (1-0) 40 Others receiving votes: Newton County 16, Lafayette 14, Quitman 12, Port Gibson 9, Houston 8, Pontotoc 7, Greenwood 6, Yazoo County 6, Purvis 6, St. Stanislaus 6, Byhalia 6. School Class 3A W-L Pts Prv
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“I would say I’m 100 percent, but you can’t put a number on it.”
Washington Redskin quarterback Robert Griffin III said about his surgically repaired knee.
what’s on tv
Oakland at Detroit, 1:08 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m. Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m. League Leaders
SSA extends youth registration
Starkville Soccer Association has extended registration for youth soccer until Friday. Registration is available at the league website, www. or by going to the Administration Building at the Sportsplex on Lynn Lane in Starkville between now and Friday. New players to the league must attach or submit a birth certificate with their registration form. Fall league play begins the second week of September and ends in November, while spring league play extends from February through March or April for most teams. Questions about registration may be forwarded to registrar Glenna Sullivan at
Former Mississippi State player and Baltimore Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter has his team in Bost tonight to take on the Red Sox. ESPN’s coverage begins at 6 p.m. (Photo by Gail Burton, AP)
Today MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — Baltimore at Boston SAILING 4 p.m. NBCSN — Louis Vuitton Cup, finals, races 11 and 12, at San Francisco (if necessary, same-day tape) SOCCER 1:30 p.m. FSN — UEFA Champions League, Plzen at Maribor FS1 — UEFA Champions League, Eindhoven at AC Milan TENNIS Noon ESPN2 — U.S. Open, men’s first and women’s second round, at New York 6 p.m. ESPN2 — U.S. Open, men’s first and women’s second round, at New York
Mullen to speak at QB Club
The Starkville Quarterback Club is launching its 48th season Thursday night at the Starkville Country Club. The social hour and registration begin at 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30 p. m. and the program getting underway by 7:45 p.m. Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen will be the featured speaker. He’ll provide scouting information on Oklahoma State, MSU’s opponent on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas in the inaugural Texas Kickoff Classic. Mullen will also talk about his team and the upcoming 2013 football season. BancorpSouth is sponsoring Mullen as the first meeting’s speaker. The dinner for the evening will be fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, salad, dessert and tea. “We have more than 100 pre-paid memberships already, and we expect another great membership this year,” QB Club president Daniel Bryant said. “Anyone who would like to join the Starkville Quarterback Club can come to the first meeting Thursday and pay their dues then.” The club dues are $185 for the season. All members are provided a meal that includes a meat (a weekly rotation of fried catfish filets, fried chicken, hamburger steaks and pork chops), two vegetables, salad, bread, drink and dessert for each of the 12 meetings. The club’s guest fee is $25. Bryant said potential members can get more QB club information by going online at www. or calling him at 662-3236546.
the area slate
Today No area games scheduled
1. Hazlehurst (5) 2. Louisville (5) 3. Philadelphia (1) 4. East Side 5. Charleston (1-0) (1-0) (1-0) (1-0) (1-0) 107 101 93 58 29 St. Louis 8, Cincinnati 6 Philadelphia 2, N.Y. Mets 1 Colorado 6, San Francisco 1 Arizona 6, San Diego 1 L.A. Dodgers 6, Chicago Cubs 2 Tuesday’s Games Washington 2, Miami 1 Milwaukee 7, Pittsburgh 6 Atlanta 2, Cleveland 0 N.Y. Mets 5, Philadelphia 0 Cincinnati at St. Louis, late San Francisco at Colorado, late San Diego at Arizona, late Chicago Cubs at L.A. Dodgers, late Today’s Games Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 7-13) at L.A. Dodgers (Nolasco 10-9), 3:10 p.m. Miami (H.Alvarez 2-3) at Washington (Strasburg 6-9), 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Gorzelanny 3-5) at Pittsburgh (Morton 5-3), 7:05 p.m. Cleveland (Masterson 14-9) at Atlanta (Maholm 9-10), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Hamels 5-13) at N.Y. Mets (Matsuzaka 0-1), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (H.Bailey 8-10) at St. Louis (Wainwright 15-7), 8:15 p.m. San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-8) at Colorado (Chacin 12-7), 8:40 p.m. San Diego (Erlin 1-2) at Arizona (Miley 9-8), 9:40 p.m. Thursday’s Games Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB 78 55 .586 — 74 56 .569 2½ 70 60 .538 6½ 70 62 .530 7½ 59 74 .444 19 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 77 55 .583 — Cleveland 71 60 .542 5½ Kansas City 66 64 .508 10 Minnesota 57 72 .442 18½ Chicago 54 76 .415 22 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 76 55 .580 — Oakland 74 57 .565 2 Los Angeles 59 71 .454 16½ Seattle 59 71 .454 16½ Houston 44 86 .338 31½ Boston Tampa Bay Baltimore New York Toronto Monday’s Games Kansas City 11, Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 5, N.Y. Yankees 2 Oakland 8, Detroit 6 Houston 10, Chicago White Sox 8 Texas 8, Seattle 3 Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 7, Toronto 1 Oakland 6, Detroit 3, 6 innings Boston 13, Baltimore 2 Atlanta 2, Cleveland 0 L.A. Angels 6, Tampa Bay 5 Houston at Chicago White Sox, late Kansas City at Minnesota, late Texas at Seattle, late Today’s Games Texas (M.Perez 7-3) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 12-7), 3:40 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 11-9) at Toronto (Redmond 1-2), 7:07 p.m. Oakland (Straily 6-7) at Detroit (Fister 11-6), 7:08 p.m. Baltimore (B.Norris 9-10) at Boston (Lackey 8-11), 7:10 p.m. Cleveland (Masterson 14-9) at Atlanta (Maholm 9-10), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Richards 4-5) at Tampa Bay (Archer 7-5), 7:10 p.m. Houston (Cosart 1-1) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 9-12), 8:10 p.m. Kansas City (Duffy 1-0) at Minnesota (A.Albers 2-1), 8:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games
National League BATTING – YMolina, St. Louis, .333; CJohnson, Atlanta, .331; Cuddyer, Colorado, .328; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, .322; Craig, St. Louis, .316; MCarpenter, St. Louis, .313; Beltran, St. Louis, .312. RUNS – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 100; Choo, Cincinnati, 86; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 86; Votto, Cincinnati, 86; Holliday, St. Louis, 85; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 80; JUpton, Atlanta, 80. RBI – Goldschmidt, Arizona, 103; Craig, St. Louis, 96; Phillips, Cincinnati, 95; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 86; FFreeman, Atlanta, 85; Bruce, Cincinnati, 82; AdGonzalez, Los Angeles, 81. HITS – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 159; Segura, Milwaukee, 156; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 155; Craig, St. Louis, 153; Votto, Cincinnati, 150; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 145; DanMurphy, New York, 145. DOUBLES – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 43; YMolina, St. Louis, 37; Bruce, Cincinnati, 35; Desmond, Washington, 33; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 33; Rizzo, Chicago, 33; GParra, Arizona, 32. TRIPLES – SMarte, Pittsburgh, 10; CGomez, Milwaukee, 9; Segura, Milwaukee, 9; Span, Washington, 9; Hechavarria, Miami, 7; Venable, San Diego, 7; CGonzalez, Colorado, 6; DWright, New York, 6. HOME RUNS – PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 32; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 31; DBrown, Philadelphia, 27; CGonzalez, Colorado, 26; Bruce, Cincinnati, 25; JUpton, Atlanta, 24; Beltran, St. Louis, 23. STOLEN BASES – Segura, Milwaukee, 38; ECabrera, San Diego, 37; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 35; CGomez, Milwaukee, 30; EYoung, New York, 29; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 26; Revere, Philadelphia, 22. PITCHING – Zimmermann, Washington, 15-7; Wainwright, St. Louis, 15-7; Liriano, Pittsburgh, 14-6; JDe La Rosa, Colorado, 14-6; 7 tied at 13. ERA – Kershaw, Los Angeles, 1.72; Harvey, New York, 2.27; Fernandez, Miami, 2.30; Wainwright, St. Louis, 2.58; Corbin, Arizona, 2.79; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 2.84; Greinke, Los Angeles, 2.86. STRIKEOUTS – Harvey, New York, 191; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 188; Wainwright, St. Louis, 182; Samardzija, Chicago, 175; Latos, Cincinnati, 170; HBailey, Cincinnati, 166; AJBurnett, Pittsburgh, 166. SAVES – Kimbrel, Atlanta, 42; Mujica, St. Louis, 35; RSoriano, Washington, 34; AChapman, Cincinnati, 33; Romo, San Francisco, 31; Grilli, Pittsburgh, 30; Cishek, Miami, 28.
Others receiving votes: Water Valley 27, Aberdeen 20, Forest 10 (1), Wilkinson County 9, Kemper County 8, Booneville 6, Sumrall 6, West Marion 6. School 1. Bassfield (11) 2. Taylorsville 3. Calhoun City 4. Bruce 5. Lake Class 2A W-L Pts Prv (1-0) 110 (1-0) 95 (1-0) 73 (1-0) 62 (1-0) 33 -
‘DawgTalk’ radio show back
Back for the second-consecutive year at Buffalo Wild Wings is “DawgTalk With Dan Mullen.” The hour-long call-in radio show, hosted by veteran broadcaster Jim Ellis and carried live on most radio affiliates, can be heard each Thursday during the season from 7-8 p.m., beginning this week. Fans are encouraged to attend the show in person at the Starkville Buffalo Wild Wings, where Hobie Hobart will roam the crowd fielding questions and offering trivia. Fans who can’t make the show can call 1-866-998-4893 to ask their questions for Coach Dan Mullen, who is now in his fifth season at the helm. Mississippi State opens its 2013 season Saturday in Houston, Texas, at Reliant Stadium against Oklahoma State. The Texas Kickoff Classic is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised live nationally on either ABC or ESPN2. For more information on the Bulldogs, follow the program on Twitter at @HailStateFBall, like team on Facebook at and join the squad on Instagram at
Others receiving votes: East Marion 25, Bay Springs 20, Mize 13, East Webster 10 (1), Leake County 7, Richton 7, Amite County 7, Eupora 6, Coahoma Co. 6, West Bolivar 6. Class 1A School W-L Pts Prv 1. Stringer (8) (0-0) 102 2. Lumberton (1) (0-0) 85 (0-1) 58 3. Shaw 4. Falkner (2) (1-0) 54 (1-0) 50 5. Bogue Chitto (1) Others receiving votes: French Camp 41, Broad Street 26, Cathedral 21, Hinds AHS 12, Pelahatchie 9, St. Joseph, Greenville 8, Sebastopol 8, Hamilton 6. Class Private Schools School W-L Pts Prv 1. Jackson Aca. (10) (1-0) 117 2. Jackson Prep (1) (0-1) 89 (1-0) 88 3. MRA (1) 4. Presbyterian Christian (1-0) 61 5. Centreville Aca. (1-0) 27 Others receiving votes: Simpson Aca. 26, Lamar School 19, Tri-County Aca. 13, Sylva-Bay Aca. 8, Heritage Aca. 7, Central Hinds Aca. 7, Adams Christian 6, Heidelberg Academy 6, East Rankin Aca. 6. National Football League Thursday’s Games Detroit at Buffalo, 6 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets, 6 p.m. Jacksonville at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. New Orleans at Miami, 6:30 p.m. N.Y. Giants at New England, 6:30 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 6:30 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 7 p.m. Houston at Dallas, 7 p.m. Green Bay at Kansas City, 7 p.m. Baltimore at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Tennessee at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Arizona at Denver, 8 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 9 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 9 p.m. Major League Baseball National League At A Glance All Times EDT East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 79 52 .603 — Washington 66 65 .504 13 Philadelphia 60 72 .455 19½ New York 59 71 .454 19½ Miami 49 81 .377 29½ Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 77 54 .588 — Pittsburgh 76 55 .580 1 Cincinnati 74 58 .561 3½ Milwaukee 58 73 .443 19 Chicago 55 76 .420 22 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 77 54 .588 — Arizona 67 63 .515 9½ Colorado 62 71 .466 16 San Diego 59 72 .450 18 San Francisco 58 73 .443 19 Monday’s Games
Major League Baseball
Braves stay hot beat Indians 2-0
From Wire Reports ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Alex Wood pitched five-plus strong innings, Elliot Johnson had a two-run triple and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 on Tuesday night. The Braves have won two straight, improving the majors' best record to 79-52. They have won 14 of 17 at Turner Field and own baseball's home mark at 45-18. Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 42nd save, most in the majors, in 45 chances. He struck out Drew Stubbs and retired pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Bourn on groundouts. Atlanta took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Brian McCann walked with one out, advanced to third on Joey Terdoslavich's single to right field, and both runners scored when Johnson tripled over Stubbs near the wall in right.
American League BATTING – MiCabrera, Detroit, .357; Trout, Los Angeles, .331; ABeltre, Texas, .327; Mauer, Minnesota, .324; DOrtiz, Boston, .316; Cano, New York, .305; JhPeralta, Detroit, .305; TorHunter, Detroit, .305. RUNS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 95; CDavis, Baltimore, 94; Trout, Los Angeles, 90; AJones, Baltimore, 87; AJackson, Detroit, 85; Bautista, Toronto, 82; Ellsbury, Boston, 82. RBI – MiCabrera, Detroit, 130; CDavis, Baltimore, 118; Encarnacion, Toronto, 97; AJones, Baltimore, 95; Fielder, Detroit, 90; Cano, New York, 85; Trumbo, Los Angeles, 84. HITS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 170; ABeltre, Texas, 166; Machado, Baltimore, 163; Trout, Los Angeles, 161; AJones, Baltimore, 159; Pedroia, Boston, 159; Ellsbury, Boston, 157. DOUBLES – Machado, Baltimore, 44; Lowrie, Oakland, 37; CDavis, Baltimore, 36; AlRamirez, Chicago, 36; Mauer, Minnesota, 35; Pedroia, Boston, 34; Saltalamacchia, Boston, 34; Trout, Los Angeles, 34. TRIPLES – Ellsbury, Boston, 8; Gardner, New York, 8; Trout, Los Angeles, 8; Drew, Boston, 6; AGordon, Kansas City, 6; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 5; Kawasaki, Toronto, 5; LMartin, Texas, 5; BMiller, Seattle, 5. HOME RUNS – CDavis, Baltimore, 46; MiCabrera, Detroit, 43; Encarnacion, Toronto, 33; ADunn, Chicago, 30; Trumbo, Los Angeles, 29; Bautista, Toronto, 28; Longoria, Tampa Bay, 28. STOLEN BASES – Ellsbury, Boston, 47; RDavis, Toronto, 40; Andrus, Texas, 35; Altuve, Houston, 30; Rios, Texas, 30; LMartin, Texas, 29; McLouth, Baltimore, 29. PITCHING – Scherzer, Detroit, 19-1; MMoore, Tampa Bay, 14-3; Tillman, Baltimore, 14-4; Colon, Oakland, 14-5; Masterson, Cleveland, 14-9; CWilson, Los Angeles, 13-6; Guthrie, Kansas City, 13-10. ERA – AniSanchez, Detroit, 2.61; FHernandez, Seattle, 2.63; Darvish, Texas, 2.68; Kuroda, New York, 2.71; Scherzer, Detroit, 2.73; DHolland, Texas, 2.95; Colon, Oakland, 2.97. STRIKEOUTS – Darvish, Texas, 225; Scherzer, Detroit, 196; FHernandez, Seattle, 192; Masterson, Cleveland, 182; Sale, Chicago, 181; Verlander, Detroit, 169; DHolland, Texas, 162. SAVES – JiJohnson, Baltimore, 40; MRivera, New York, 38; Nathan, Texas, 37; AReed, Chicago, 36; GHolland, Kansas City, 35; Balfour, Oakland, 33; Perkins, Minnesota, 30; Rodney, Tampa Bay, 30. Tennis US Open Results
Mets 5, Phillies 0
NEW YORK — Jonathon Niese pitched a three-hitter and lined a game-breaking three-run double as the New York Mets ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies. Niese struck out five and walked one in his second career shutout in 112 major league starts. The Mets took advantage of several poor throws to win several hours after trading veterans Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh.
Tuesday At The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center New York Purse: $34.3 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles Men First Round Philipp Kohlschreiber (22), Germany, def. Collin Altamirano, United States, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. Milos Raonic (10), Canada, def. Thomas Fabbiano, Italy, 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-3. Pablo Andujar, Spain, def. Thiemo de Bakker, Netherlands, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Julien Benneteau (31), France, def. Michal Przysiezny, Poland, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, France, def. Albert Montanes, Spain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, def. Lukasz Kubot, Poland, 7-5, 7-5, 6-2. Maximo Gonzalez, Argentina, def. Jerzy Janowicz (14), Poland, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Adrian Mannarino, France, def. Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.
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High School Football
high school football schedules
Starkville Yellowjackets (Class 6A, Region 2) (1-0)
Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Noxubee Co. 17-0 Oxford Home West Point Away Southaven Home Open Columbus Away Northwest Rankin Home Greenville-Weston Away Madison Central Home Murrah Away Warren Central Away Clinton Home Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
Starkville Academy Volunteers (Class AAA-District 2, Division II) (0-1)
Lamar East Rankin A. Washington Hillcrest C. Magnolia Heights Winston A. MRA TCPS Open Heritage A. Jackson A. Pillow A. 3-35 Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Away Home
East Oktibbeha Titans (Class A, Region 3) (0-0)
Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Nanih Waiya Sebastopol Noxapater French Camp West Oktibbeha West Lowndes Open Pelahatchie Ethel Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
West Oktibbeha Tiberwolves (Class A, Region 3) (0-0)
Sebastopol Noxapater French Camp West Lowndes East Oktibbeha Open Pelahatchie Ethel Nanih Waiya Away Home Away Home Home Home Away Away
East Webster Wolverines (Class 2A, Region 4) (1-0)
Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Vardaman Noxapater Nettleton Houston Caledonia J.Z. George Okolona Calhoun City Bruce Open Eupora 53-6 Away Home Away Away Away Away Home Home Home Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1
Eupora Eagles (Class 2A, Region 4) (1-0)
Noxapater French Camp Winona Open Byhailia Houston Open Bruce Okolona Calhoun City East Webster 34-6 Home Away Away Away Home Home Away Away
Hebron Christian Eagles (MAIS Class A, 8-Man District 7A) (0-1)
Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Victory Christian Humphreys A. Sharkey-Iss. A. Calvary Christian Open Delta Academy Strider Academy Kemper Academy Central Academy Friendship Calhoun Academy 14-26 Away Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Away Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
French Camp Panthers (Class A, Region 3) (0-1)
Choctaw County Eupora Kemper County Noxapater West Lowndes West Oktibbeha East Oktibbeha Open Pelahatchie Ethel Nanih Waiya Sebastopol 16-21 Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Away Home Away
Choctaw County Chargers (Class 3A, Region 5) (1-0)
Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Choctaw County Winona North Pontotoc Union Houston Caledonia Raleigh Choctaw Central SE Lauderdale Forest Philadelphia 21-16 Home Away Away Home Home Home Away Home Away Away
G ame of the week
French Camp at Eupora
Women’s College Basketball
MSU’s conference slate announced
For Starkville Daily News Eight home games, five against NCAA Tournament squads from a year ago, highlight Mississippi State’s 2013-14 Southeastern Conference basketball schedule that was announced by the league on Tuesday. Second-year coach Vic Schaefer takes his team on the road to open league play, venturing to Gainesville for a Jan. 2 showdown with WNIT semifinalist Florida. For the Bulldogs, it will be the seventh time in the last eight seasons to start the SEC slate on the road. “We open at Florida, which will not be an easy place to play for the first conference game of the year, and opening two of our first three on the road will be a challenge,” Schaefer said. “The home schedule will be equally as tough with five NCAA Tournament teams (Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee) coming to The Hump. It will be a tough schedule as it always is with a league that has the best players and coaches in the country. This schedule doesn’t disappoint in those terms.” State begins the eight-game home slate three days later, hosting WNIT quarterfinalist Auburn in the first of two meetings this season. Following an open date and a trip to Arkansas on Jan. 12, Schaefer’s squad returns to Humphrey Coliseum Jan. 16 for a meeting with a Tennessee squad that went to the Elite Eight in 2013. Schaefer and his staff returns to Texas A&M for the first time on Jan. 19, and stay on the road the following Thursday for the first of two meetings at Ole Miss. The instate rivals collide in Starkville on Feb. 23. Mississippi State wraps the opening month of league play with a home contest against Missouri (Jan. 26) and a road trip to LSU
(Jan. 30). February opens with a battle of the Bulldogs as NCAA Elite Eight participant Georgia comes to Humphrey Coliseum for the first of two regular-season meetings. It will be the second-straight showdown in Starkville after MSU upset an 11thranked Georgia squad 50-38 to wrap the 2012-13 home slate. The teams meet again in Athens in the March 2 regular-season finale. MSU stays at home Feb. 6 to meet another NCAA Tournament squad in South Carolina. Following a Feb. 9 trip to Auburn and the season’s final open date, the Bulldogs return home to face Vanderbilt on Feb. 16 before heading to Tuscaloosa for a Feb. 20 contest against the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs wrap the home slate against Ole Miss and Elite Eight participant, Kentucky on Feb. 27. Coach Vic Schaefer’s Mississippi State women’s team will open Southeastern The 2013-14 SEC Tournament returns to Duluth, Ga., March 5-9. Conference play at Florida. (SDN file photo)
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Texas A&M mum about Manziel
By KRISTIE RIEKEN Associated Press COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Johnny Football was the elephant in the room Tuesday at Texas A&M. The seventh-ranked Aggies head into Saturday’s home opener against Rice with questions still swirling about whether Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will play against the Owls. The NCAA is investigating whether he was paid for his autograph, a potential violation of amateurism rules that could threaten his eligibility. It was the only thing anyone really wanted to talk about on Tuesday when the Aggies addressed the media. The topic, however, was off limits. Athletic director Eric Hyman said Monday night that he’d instructed everyone in the program not to talk about Manziel. And if that wasn’t clear enough, a member of the sports information department slowly and sternly read the statement, not once, but twice during the session. Reporters asked anyway, and coach Kevin Sumlin did what Hyman asked. In this Aug. 5, 2013, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback “We’re not discussing that,” he said. “I Johnny Manziel throws during practice in College Station, thought we went over that right from the Texas. (Photo by Patric Schneider, AP file photo) beginning.” He later added that they have a plan for any number of situations that could happen with their players and team, and that they plan for the possible absence of players every week. ESPN, citing an anonymous source, reported that Manziel met with NCAA investigators over the weekend. CBSSports. com, also citing anonymous sources, reported that Manziel told the investigators he didn’t take money for his autograph. While Sumlin wouldn’t discuss Manziel’s availability for Week 1, he had no problem talking about whether football has helped the quarterback deal with everything going on off the field. “I know he likes to play football,” Sumlin said. “I think the structure that he has had since Aug. 4 has been nothing but helpful.” If Manziel doesn’t play against the Owls, the Aggies will use either junior Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill. Joeckel is more of a pocket passer and Hill is a dualthreat quarterback. Joeckel has thrown just 11 passes in his college career. Hill, who starred at Texas high school powerhouse Southlake Carroll, threw for 2,291 yards and 20 TDs and ran for 905 yards and 22 more scores as a senior last season. Sumlin said the competition between
the two is ongoing, and that he’s been pleased with the progress of both players. He said it helps his team because they’ve always allowed all quarterbacks to get work with the first team. “Anybody who has been around knows that we rotate players with the first team, has seen us rotate snaps with the first team and because of that I think it gives your team a chance to develop a relationship or camaraderie with that first team if something happens,” Sumlin said. Sumlin is confident that Texas A&M’s offense will be OK no matter who’s running the show because of his offensive line. The group, led by left tackle Jake Matthews, is expected to be a strength despite losing Matt’s twin brother, Luke Joeckel, when he was selected second overall in the draft. Matthews, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, will be joined on the line this season by little brother Mike Matthews at center. “We’ve got a really solid offensive line which takes a little bit of the pressure off Matt and Kenny,” Sumlin said. “When Johnny’s taking snaps, when he’s in there he’s really trying to help the perimeter guys. Our offensive line gives us an opportunity to rotate those quarterbacks and have them be successful.”
Malzahn, Auburn hoping for strong first impression
By JOHN ZENOR Associated Press AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers are hoping to make a distinctly better first impression than the one they left fans with last season. The Tigers open the Gus Malzahn coaching era Saturday night against Washington State desperate not only to show they’re improved from last year’s debacle but that they have better character and chemistry. “Our effort, our attitude, how we handle adversity, how we handle success — that’s what I’m most curious about,” Malzahn said Tuesday. “And that’s my expectations for our team. We have put last year behind us and we’re moving forward. That’s kind of been our theme and our motto and definitely this will be our first chance to see how our guys react against an opponent.” Last year’s dysfunctional team collapsed late in a 3-9 season two years after winning a national title, dropping the final three games by a collective score of 138-7. This team has a different coaching staff, led by former offensive coordinator Malzahn, and a new quarterback in junior college transfer Nick Marshall. The Tigers also presumably have rebuilt psyches, but a little early boost would be welcome. “The biggest thing for us right now is, these kids have not been successful,” defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said. “You’ve got to change that. The sooner we’re successful together, the easier the transition is going to be. It’s just human nature — until we have success together, there’s always going to be that little lack of trust or lack of buying in. That’s human nature. The earlier we have success, that obviously will enhance everything.” Most of the preseason talk has centered on the team’s improved disposition, not promises of an instant turnaround and contention in the brutal Southeastern Conference Western Division. Marshall is the biggest name among the newcomers, but Malzahn said most of them will play. The biggest difference, cornerback Jonathan Mincy said, is “a new sense of urgency.” “Everybody is confident with each other and we know we’ve been training and we can look over to the next guy beside us and that person is ready to go to war with us,” Mincy said. “That’s something you look for as a team, just that chemistry and bond that you have with each other.” The Tigers have already sustained injuries for the opener at positions that are thin on depth or experience. Defensive end Dee Ford (knee), the top returning pass rusher, and backup cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle) are sidelined with injuries. Safety Demetruce McNeal, last year’s No. 2 tackler, was dismissed midway through preseason camp following an arrest. Even Malzahn says he’s not sure what to expect, while praising the team’s progress and willingness to buy into the coaching staff’s methods. The Tigers will start with home games against Washington State, Arkansas State and Mississippi State. “I’m really looking forward to in
person watching our guys play and really seeing where we’re at,” Malzahn said. “I told our players the other day, ‘I’m excited to watch you guys.’ I’m curious to see how we respond to certain situations. “I think we’ll learn a whole lot about our team, so I’m very excited about that.” Johnson, the new staff’s elder statesman, doesn’t think Malzahn or the Tigers will go into a panic mode even if the debut doesn’t go off well. “Gus isn’t going to change his standards,” Johnson said. “He knows what he believes in. It’s going to be the standard. If they meet it? Fine. If they don’t? Fine. If we have success? Fine. If we don’t, he’s not going to change, he’s not going to meander. He’s going to stay on course.”
Georgia’s Damian Swann (5) runs for yardage last season against Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Roberson, AP file photo)
Georgia’s new DBs to prove themselves
By CHARLES ODUM Associated Press ATHENS, Ga. — Connor Norman said Tuesday he understands if fans are nervous about No. 5 Georgia’s secondary. Georgia is listing two freshmen and Norman, a former walk-on, with junior Damian Swann as the starting defensive backs against No. 8 Clemson on Saturday night. Georgia had seven NFL draft picks on its 2012 defense, leaving little returning experience. That makes for a scary opener for a mostly untested secondary against Clemson, which returns star quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins. Free safety Tray Matthews and cornerback Brendan Langley will start as freshmen. Scary? “I’m not surprised about that just because of all the great players we lost to the NFL,” Norman said when asked about the perception of the secondary. “I know people are looking at us, but we’ve
been working hard just like everybody else and we’re ready to prove ourselves.” Norman is a senior strong safety. The projected starter, Josh Harvey-Clemons, is suspended for the game for an unspecified violation of team rules. Another candidate to fill in for HarveyClemons was junior Corey Moore, who has been held out of practice with a sprained knee. Coach Mark Richt said Tuesday he doesn’t expect Moore to play against Clemson. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday he’s not buying the reports of Georgia’s depleted defense. “Don’t buy the lie or feel sorry for Georgia,” Swinney said. “They’ve got a lot of great players.” Georgia players agree with the Clemson coach. They also say no sympathy is necessary, because the defense will be fine. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said he is “very confident” in the defense. “Coach (Todd) Grantham has done a great job over the last few years of recruiting guys that fit his scheme,” Murray said of the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator.
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Oklahoma State defense has added new wrinkles
By JOHN TRANCHINA Associated Press STILLWATER, Okla. — Don’t call Oklahoma State’s revamped defense “aggressive.” New defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has added some new wrinkles, and many observers have been using that word to describe the changes. But Spencer, now preparing for Saturday’s opener against Mississippi State in Houston, doesn’t like labeling his particular brand of football. “I haven’t said (the word aggressive), that’s being said a lot,” said Spencer, who was promoted after four years as the Cowboys’ linebackers coach, replacing Bill Young. “All I know is, we just try to get them to play hard every snap. We try to get them to know situations and to execute what we want them to. We’re demanding on them, we try to get them to be accountable to each other, and until you do that on a Saturday afternoon when the scoreboard’s on, all the talk doesn’t mean anything.” As far as coach Mike Gundy is concerned, the Oklahoma State defense won’t be dramatically different from the unit that ranked sixth among the 10 Big 12 schools last season as the Cowboys went 8-5. “Glenn has been here for a number of years, so he was very familiar with our personnel,” Gundy said. “We really haven’t adjusted very
much on defense, it’s more of an attitude and a little bit of an approach.” Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, a senior who was All-Big 12 last season, feels that there is a greater sense of camaraderie in the group. “He’s really helped us come together as a defense,” Barnett said of Spencer. “A lot of us hang out even more. There’s always going to be groups within the team, but the groups have gotten bigger. We do a lot more together and that’s really helped our defense a lot. He wants to be more aggressive, but at the same time, he’s not letting us forget that we still are a family.” There’s that word again. Senior cornerback Justin Gilbert also used it. “From my point of view, that’s pretty much how you can describe our defense,” said Gilbert, who also serves as the team’s top kick returner. “He might have another word for aggressive as to how he’s saying it, but we’re pretty aggressive on defense right now. We’re playing tighter coverage at the back end, as opposed to playing soft, to allow those little five-yard gain plays.” Senior safety Daytawion Lowe agreed. “We’ve been playing aggressively,” Lowe said. “We’re challenging the receivers to catch the ball and making the quarterbacks put it in a tight window. That’s what every defensive player wants. You get turnovers that way.” Mississippi State knows that the defense they face Saturday will not exactly match the one they’re watching on film from last year, and that makes preparing for them a little more difficult. “They’re going to have a new personality this
Oklahoma State safety Daytawion Lowe, center, leads the defense while running across the field. (Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman, AP) year because of a new coordinator, so part of it is you don’t know exactly what you’re going to see out of this year’s team,” said coach Dan Mullen. “But from what you’ve seen in the past, you see sound fundamentals, a sound team schematically and they really force you to earn things.” Spencer will admit that he has made several adjustments, emphasizing specific aspects of the game he would not divulge. “We’re stressing a lot of things that I personally wanted to improve on from last year, that I wanted to see different,” he said. “Without pinpointing anything, that’s left to be seen by what we do when we line up.”
Senior linebacker Shaun Lewis wouldn’t categorize Oklahoma State’s defense either, but he does believe they will be more effective than last season. “The guys are more aware of what’s going on as a unit,” said Lewis, who enters 2013 with a streak of 32 consecutive starts. “They understand that the defense works together, we’re all interconnected. The DBs work off the linemen, the linemen work off the linebackers, it all fits together. Guys are more aware of their job titles.” And as long the Cowboys’ defense can keep the ball out of their end zone, they don’t really care what you call it.
Hokies relishing role as the underdogs
From Wire Reports BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Quarterback Logan Thomas and his teammates at Virginia Tech love being underdogs. Coming off their worst season in two decades, even though they finished 7-6 and went to their 20th consecutive bowl game, the Hokies have never been counted out more in those 20 years than they are in their season-opener against top-ranked, two-time defending national champion Alabama. Oddmakers have installed the Crimson Tide as 19½-point favorites in Saturday’s game. That’s fine with the Hokies, who relish the chance to turn some heads. “Obviously a little bit of the pressure is taken off of us,” Thomas said. “We’re the ones expected to get beat by 21 or whatever it is, so that makes it a little bit easier in that aspect, but I think it will be even. We don’t expect any Alabama team to come out dead or expecting us to be under the radar at all.” The Crimson Tide will be focusing on Thomas, at least for starters, defensively. The Hokies have a new offensive coordinator in Scot Loeffler, who spent last season at Auburn, but Tide coach Nick Saban said Thomas has shown that he can take over a game, and not letting him do it is their top priority. “We know he’s capable of playing well if we don’t do the things we need to do,” Saban said. The Hokies, meantime, have been talking about this game, and seething about their perceived lack of respect, throughout the summer, linebacker Jack Tyler said. The game in Atlanta is the kind of stage they all crave, he said. “Football’s football. I think everybody’s here for a reason. They wanted to play prime-time college football, and that’s what this game’s going to be,” Tyler said Tuesday. “I don’t think I see intimidation in anyone’s eyes. I think I see a dog that’s ready to pounce and to win a game.” The Hokies have used the stinging memories of last season, when they started 2-0, lost six of eight and then needed to close with three straight victories to finish with a winning record, as motivation. The offseason, he said, has been “one of the best we’ve had since I’ve been here, and I think that comes from last season. It’s not acceptable what we’ve done, so everybody in the locker room has a whole different attitude. We’re holding each other accountable, and the excitement to get better, in the weight room, on the field, working technique, has just changed completely.” Now comes the harder part for the Hokies: earning a place again among the elite in college football, and doing it against the most elite team of all, winner of three of the last four national titles. “I don’t think there’s any other option,” offensive lineman Andrew Miller said. “I don’t want to be a team that’s a joke, considered a joke in the ACC or the league. I want to be a team that’s going to be competing, that everyone has to watch out for because they know they’re about to play Virginia Tech and they know we’re going to go out there and compete and ... they’re going to have to be ready.” defensive end. And when Gary Patterson was asked Tuesday if Fields was still suspended, the coach initially responded, “find out at game time.” Even with all that, though, it is still unlikely that the reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year will get into the game at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. TCU announced in May that Fields, who as freshman last season had 10 sacks, would be suspended for the first two games this season for an unspecified violation of “university and team policy.” That would keep him out of the LSU game and the Sept. 7 home opener against Southeastern Louisiana. He would be eligible to return for the Big 12 opener Sept. 12 at Texas Tech. “You guys know how I stick by my guns, so take that (for)
what it’s worth,” Patterson told reporters during his weekly availability. Patterson still didn’t elaborate on the reason for Fields’ suspension, but indicated the player has done everything required of him so far. “A three-month ordeal where he’s already been embarrassed. He’s already done everything that the university has asked him to do,” the coach said.
TCU’s Fields will dress but unlikely to play
FORT WORTH, Texas — Suspended TCU defensive end Devonte Fields will be in uniform when the 20th-ranked Horned Frogs open the season against No. 12 LSU. The depth chart for Saturday night’s game released by TCU lists sophomore Fields or junior Matt Anderson starting at right
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49ers confirm Haralson deal to join Saints
From Wire Reports
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have confirmed they have traded outside linebacker Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints and will receive an undisclosed 2014 draft pick in return. Haralson must pass a physical in New Orleans for the trade to become official. While leaving 49ers headquarters Monday afternoon, Haralson said he’d been traded and planned to join his new team Tuesday. A fifth-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2006, Haralson has played in 86 games with 68 starts. He’s been credited with 295 tackles, 21.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. The Saints, who run a 3-4 defense, have lost both projected starting outside linebackers to knee injuries. Will Smith is out for the year, while Victor Butler will miss most or all of the season.
Seattle places Harvin on reserve PUP list
RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks have made their last roster moves to reach the 75-man limit, including putting wide receiver Percy Harvin on the reserve physically unable to perform list. He will miss the first six weeks of the season. The Seahawks announced the moves Tuesday before the league deadline. Along with Harvin, the Seahawks placed defensive end Greg Scruggs and cornerback Tharold Simon on the reserve PUP list and linebacker Korey Toomer on the reserve, non-football injury list. Additionally, the Seahawks waived wide receiver Donavon Kemp and terminated the contract of veteran defensive back Will Blackmon.
Browns’ Mingo improving from bruised lung
San Francisco 49ers running back and Mississippi State all-time leading rusher Anthony Dixon (24) dives into the end zone past Minnesota Vikings defensive back Mistral Raymond (41) to score Sunday night. (Photo by Ben Margot, AP)
BEREA, Ohio — Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo rode a stationary bike and is expected to do some running as he recovers from a bruised lung Mingo sustained the unusual injury in an exhibition game on Aug. 15 against Detroit. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Mingo was going to “run a little bit” on Tuesday. Mingo did not do any running during the portion of practice open to the media. Mingo will not play in Thursday’s exhibition finale against Chicago and it’s not yet known if the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft will play in the Sept. 8 season opener against Miami. Chudzinski reiterated there was no timetable on Mingo’s return. Chudzinski said the Browns have ruled out placing Mingo on the short-term injured reserve list.
Jordan returns to Dolphins, could play in season opener
From Wire Reports DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker Dion Jordan returned to practice Tuesday after being sidelined by a lingering shoulder injury, improving his chances of playing in the season opener next week. “Physically, I felt good,” he said. “Mostly it was a matter of brushing up on fundamentals.” Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, suffered a setback early this month in his recovery from shoulder surgery last winter. He has missed the past two exhibition games and most of practice the past two weeks. Coach Joe Philbin declined to say how limited Jordan was in practice Tuesday but gave the rookie a favorable review. “He looked good,” Philbin said. “He moved well and worked on some of the basic fundamentals and techniques.” When asked whether Jordan might play in the final exhibition game Thursday against the New Orleans Saints, Philbin said: “We’ll see. I wouldn’t rule anything out.” More likely is Jordan’s return for the season opener Sept. 8 at Cleveland, although last week the former Oregon star said he wouldn’t be surprised if he missed that game. Jordan underwent surgery Feb. 28 for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) watches from the sideline during a preseason game. (Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP file photo) and must be done,” said Harris, who appeared to be in good spirits at his locker given the prognosis. The knee appeared to bother Harris after he was flipped over near the sideline by a defender during the 17-10 preseason loss Friday night to Seattle. Harris said the knee was troubling him before that play. “I kind of knew it. But I didn’t think it was going to be seasonover trouble,” he said. “But it’s for the best. If it’s for the best and better long-term, hey, I’m all for it.” Coach Mike McCarthy was a big supporter after the running back secured the starting job down the stretch last season with 157 yards and two touchdowns
Harris of Packers out for the year with knee injury
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers starting running back DuJuan Harris is out for the year after injuring his right knee last week against the Seahawks. Harris said Tuesday he hurt the patella tendon and hoped to have surgery soon as he heads to injured reserve status. He hurt the same knee during the offseason. “It is what it is, you know? It’s something I’ve got to go through
in four games. Harris was signed to the practice squad in October and joined the active roster in December following a slew of injuries in the backfield. But 2013 has been tough without Harris ever seeing a regular season snap. In June, a team physical revealed Harris had a fist-sized cyst on his lung. It was drained and removed the next day, and Harris returned home the following day. It was the only other time he had undergone surgery in his career. The loss of Harris potentially means more carries for secondround draft pick Eddie Lacy out of Alabama. He and Harris were being counted on to solidify the running game.
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Federer starts well, gets US Open win
By HOWARD FENDRICH Associated Press NEW YORK — At this point in his career, Roger Federer recognizes the importance of a little extra work. That's why the owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, and the man who spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other, was out there on a U.S. Open practice court late Tuesday afternoon, putting in some training time shortly after finishing off a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over 62nd-ranked Grega Zemlja of Slovenia in the first round. At 32, at his lowest ranking, No. 7, in more than a decade, and coming off a stunningly early exit at the previous major tournament — one of a series of newsworthy losses lately — Federer is OK with making some concessions. He insists his passion for tennis is still there. "I'm in a good spot right now," Federer said. "I want to enjoy it as long as it lasts." He made it sound, though, as if it isn't as easy to enjoy things the way his results have been going. Federer entered Tuesday 32-11, a .744 winning percentage that doesn't sound too bad, until you consider his career mark at the start of this season was .816, and he's had years where he went 81-4 (.953). and 92-5 (.948). He's only won one tournament in 2013, which would be great for some guys, but Federer topped 10 titles three times, and hasn't won fewer than three in any season since 2001. "Clearly, when you win everything, it's fun. That doesn't necessarily mean you love the game more. You just like winning, being on the front page, lifting trophies, doing comfortable press conferences. It's nice. But that doesn't mean you really, actually love it, love it," said Federer, whose streak of 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals ended with a second-round defeat at Wimbledon against an opponent ranked 116th. "That maybe shines through maybe more in times when you don't play that well. For me, I knew it — winning or losing, practice court or match court — that I love it." As fan favorite, Federer took the first step toward a possible quarterfinal meeting with nemesis Rafael Nadal, an unknown teen from the United States made a Grand Slam breakthrough Tuesday. Victoria Duval, a 17-year-old qualifier who is ranked 296th, pulled off quite an upset, eliminating 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Duval jumped up and down with arms aloft after pounding a forehand winner to convert her fourth match point. And why not? Duval had never beaten a player ranked higher than 69th, never even faced one in the top 20, and never won a Grand Slam match. "I know she didn't play her best today, and this is the best I've played in my career, so I'm really excited," Duval told the Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd. "I just tried to stay in the moment." Other seeded women joining the No. 11 Stosur on the way out were No. 17 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 20 Nadia Petrova and No. 31 Klara Zakopalova. No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, the 2012 U.S. Open runner-up and a two-time Australian Open winner, was to play in the night session. Her match in Arthur Ashe Stadium came after top-seeded Novak Djokovic began his bid for a second U.S. Open title, and seventh major trophy overall, by beating 112th-ranked Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. "I played every point like it's a match point," Djokovic said after needing less than 1½ hours to win. No. 5 Tomas Berdych and No. 10 Milos Raonic also picked up straight-set victories. On a day that American men went 5-2, led by No. 13 John Isner and No. 26 Sam Querrey, a handful of seeded players made quick departures. No. 14 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month, was the most surprising to go, although he was treated by a trainer for a painful back during a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 loss to 247thranked qualifier Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina. "It was like someone puts a knife through your lower back," Janowicz said. Janowicz is a volatile character, and that was on full display Tuesday. He pounded two balls in anger into the stands. He swatted one serve underhand. He chucked his racket. He argued with the chair umpire. Other losers included No. 15 Nicolas Almagro, No. 25 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 28 Juan Monaco. Federer, who required about the same amount of time for his victory, says he doesn't fret about being seeded seventh at Flushing Meadows, a year after being seeded No. 1. Not since 2002, when he was 13th, had Federer been so low at the U.S. Open. That didn't really affect Tuesday's opponent in Arthur Ashe Stadium. All that mattered to Zemlja, who owns fewer Grand Slam match wins, eight, than Federer owns Grand Slam titles, was that he was facing what he considered an impossible task. "If he's the seventh seed or fourth seed or first seed, for me, that's totally irrelevant," Zemlja said. "He achieved so much. He's the best player of all time. So I don't think people can actually say something (negative) about the way he's playing. You're losing matches, you're winning matches — that's just tennis, and I'm sure he's going to perform better than maybe he has done in the last few tournaments." Difficult as things have been for Federer, he certainly remains capable of summoning his best strokes. A bad lower back has bothered him this season, and he's experimented with a larger racket head, but with his old equipment in hand Tuesday, a healthy-looking Federer collected 35 winners and only 16 unforced errors. Wearing neon-pink-and-gray shoes with a "5'' etched inside a silhouette of the U.S. Open trophy on the right heel — the number of titles he's won in New York from 2004-08 — Federer won 20 of the 21 points he played at the net and 62 of the 80 points he served. To cap the first set, Federer spun a 95 mph ace into a corner. To cap the second, he hit a 118 mph service winner that forced Zemlja into a backhand return so wild that it sailed directly into a guest box in the stands, where Federer's agent happened to catch the ball on the fly. And to cap the third, Federer pressed forward for a swinging forehand volley winner.
Former Starkville Academy soccer player Tiffany Huddleston of Mississippi State spends some time with Waydlee Belle Jones, 4, of Mathiston during an autograph session following Sunday's home match against Arkansas State. (Photo by Jim Lytle, Mediagraphix Photography, For Starkville Daily News)
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"I didn't realize the significance of it until only maybe a few years ago," Johnny said. Johnny doesn't remember who exactly told him, but Templeton does remember telling one of the brothers. Bill transferred to Delta State that next season. The 2013 version of the Bulldogs make the trip to Houston Saturday. This time they will play at Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans. MSU will battle the No. 13 (Associated Press) Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Texas Kickoff Classic. Before he played for the Bulldogs, Bill was a standout signal caller at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba. He played under legendary coach Bob "Bull" (Cyclone) Sullivan at EMCC. Bill threw 47 career touchdown passes for the Lions. "There was a lot of excitement because of his career that he had at East Mississippi Community College," Templeton said. Templeton and Bill were students at Starkville High School. Templeton went on to Mississippi State where he worked as a student in the sports information office.
Templeton was a big reason for Bill coming to MSU for one season. "Because I was working in sports information at Mississippi State, I was kind of involved in helping, back in those days, recruiting (people) to come to Mississippi State," Templeton said. "He was a big-time signee for us." Bill was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons out of Delta State. After his playing days, he went into coaching. He coached at Kosciusko and Starkville, then he was the head coach at his alma mater EMCC. Before becoming the head coach at Hinds Community College, Bill was an assistant at MSU and Delta State. He left coaching to become the director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He did that for 25 years. Bill, who was diagnosed with leukemia, was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame this year. "I was tickled to death for him," Templeton said. "It's not only for him and his family, but it was a big honor for a player that came through the junior college ranks and had a lot of success. He was a very good high school quarterback, but he made his mark at East Mississippi Junior College."
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just trying to get better with each game,” Beals said. “Games like this teach them that it is about playing offense. Our kids can see that volleyball is an offensive sport and they got to see that (Tuesday).” Beals calls Carr “the real deal” and was equally excited his girls got to “see somebody like her play.” Beals is not the only one impressed by Carr’s
performance on the court. Her coach sees the hard work put in every day and is proud to see that “testimony” play out during the game. “She hits a heavy ball, but she has a really good work ethic,” Love said. “She plays year round with a club so she puts a lot of time in the gym and that’s a testimony to how well she is playing.” Starkville returns to action Thursday as it travels to New Hope for a 6:30 p.m. contest while the Chargers will visit Caledonia for a district matchup.
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He has been worked at all three wide receiver positions. “There pretty much the same as long as I get the ball and make something happen,” Chappelle said. Along with Chappelle, the Bulldogs brought in several new receivers, all of which are freshmen. One true freshman stood out this fall. De’Runnya Wilson found his name on the 1-2 depth chart. He is listed behind Morrow.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound wideout has been using his size in practice. “He makes plays,” Lewis said. “He knows how to play with his size, go up big and protect the football. That’s what it takes for a guy like him to make plays.” Russell has also been impressed with Wilson. He is also excited to see where he will be at the end of the season. “He’s a big, tall, physical receiver,” Russell said. “He goes up there and makes plays for you. For him, it’s just learning everything we’re trying to do. He’s done a great job with that, so I’m looking forward to him to keep improving.” of points as long as the defense plays well. The Jackets are going to be in most games they play because of their defense. Going back to last season, Starkville has really been stingy in giving opponents anything. Oxford is going to be a pretty good test for SHS this week. The Chargers were able to pick up a 3220 victory over private school power Jackson Prep, so they are capable of doing some good things. If the Jackets are able to beat Oxford and win the Little Egg Bowl trophy on Friday, it may lead to more hardware for them at the end of the season.
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title squad and its performance in the jamboree at Mississippi State against New Hope had moments of sloppiness. There was nothing sloppy about the Jackets in the opening victory against the Tigers. It was a very impressive performance. In his first game in taking over for Gabe Myles at quarterback, Princeton Jones was very good for Starkville by completing 7-of-17 pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. It’s going to be very interesting to follow his progress this season. Jones doesn’t have to be extremely flashy for the Jackets. All he has to do is manage the Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist game and avoid making very many mistakes. for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this It looks as if SHS isn’t going to need for column are his and do not necessarily reflect the Jones and the offense to put up a great amount views of the Daily News or its staff.
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