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County schools show progress
By ALEX HOLLOWAY There are no failing schools in Oktibbeha County. The Mississippi Department of Education released its school accountability results for the 2012-13 school year today. A number of schools in the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school districts saw improvement in their Quality of Distribution Index scores, which are used to rate schools based on student performance on standardized testing. The State Board of Education is expected to approve the 2013 accountability results at its meeting today. QDI, according to the Mississippi Department of Education, is an analysis method that measures student performance on state standardized testing. QDI falls along a range of 0-300, with 300 being the highest possible score. The measurement rewards schools for high-achieving students on the standardized tests. For example, the formula does not award any points to students that score in minimum, the lowest category on state tests. Students that score in the basic category count for one point, proficient count for two, and those that score advanced count for three points. Oktibbeha County schools saw tremendous increases from last year’s QDI report. The district received an overall ranking of 126 in 2011-12, or a D, on the system’s A-F scale. Last year, the district improved 10 points to 136 and an overall C rating.
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The Mississippi Department of Education released its 2012-13 accountability report, which showed improvements in schools in the Oktibbeha County and Starkville school districts. Oktibbeha County schools showed marked improvement from their 2011-12 results. Indra Hamilton (pictured) is a fifth grader at West Oktibbeha Elementary School. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
Both East and West Oktibbeha County High Schools, the two lowest-performing schools in Oktibbeha County last year, improved by more than 15 points and a letter grade. East Oktibbeha High School improved its QDI to 113 from 94, an increase of 19 points. West Oktibbeha High School improved from 101 to 138, an increase of 37 points. Both schools now have D ratings, up from F ratings in 2011-12. West Oktibbeha Elementary school remained the highest performing school of any in the two districts, despite a 3-point drop in its QDI from 176 to 173 . The elementary school retained a B rating. East Oktibbeha Elementary School saw a slight increase in its QDI to 138 from 136 and maintained a C rating.\ OCSD Conservator Margie Pulley was pleased with her district’s progress but said it had to continue to improve. “We’re improving and moving in the right direction,” she said. “We worked to improve student achievement in Oktibbeha County School District and we have improved at both high schools, but there is still work to be done.” She said all schools met “growth,” which is a prediction for student achievement based on past state testing results. The district also saw less students score at the minimum level on tests and more scoring at proficient or above.
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Police seek suspect in abduction attempt
By ALEX HOLLOWAY Mississippi State University reported an attempted abduction late Wednesday night through its Maroon Alert messaging system. At 11:39 p.m., the university sent the alert, warning students and alert subscribers of the possible abduction attempt near Sessums Hall, an all-female residence hall. The university later said that at approximately 11 p.m. MSUPD responded to a report from an individual that said they were walking behind Sessums Hall when an unidentified black male — described only as wearing a grey shirt — reportedly jumped from between two cars and tried to grab them. The university said the victim called for help and a second male responded. The alleged abductor released the victim and fled toward Burger King. Mississippi State police responded immediately to the call and secured the scene, then carried out a preliminary search for the perpetrator. Mississippi State Police Chief Georgia Lindley said the department was continuing investigation into the matter as of Thursday morning. The university said Thursday morning that all students and personnel were present and accounted for, and that no injuries were reported due to the incident. The Maroon Alert remained posted on the university website’s main page and at, and the university operated under advisory conditions through the morning on Thursday. University Relations Director Sid Salter said the university had options for anyone on campus to travel safely at night, but wasn’t suggesting extra precautions in the aftermath of the reported incident. “All we have suggested is that if anyone feels unsafe or is concerned, to avail them-
Henry Isaac speaks at a ceremony honoring his 60 years of work for Mississippi State University. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN)
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MSU honors employee for 60 years of service
By MORGAN UPTON Henry Isaac has spent 60 of his 74 years working for Mississippi State University. Thursday, the Mississippi State dining program honored Isaac for his 60 years of service to the school. Isaac, who is simply known as “Mr. Henry,” was surrounded by family and friends honor the occasion. Isaac started as a dish washer at Perry Cafeteria in 1953, and later became a cook. Isaac said he came from a cooking family, so he began to cook, too. “They didn’t really know where I came from,” Isaac said. “I loved to feed students… to take care of them.” Isaac has seen it all through his years on campus. He saw Davis Wade Stadium and numerous other buildings built, as well as the fire “It’s just a spirit that he brings to our that destroyed Old Main. But, through it all, team,” Nall said. “He is so much a part of our cooking and feeding students has been Isaac’s See EMPLOYEE | Page 3 No. 1 goal even if they didn’t have money. “We used to feed students that would come see me and not have any money,” he said. “I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna let y’all go down the line today, but keep your mouths shut.’… I love students. I treat every one of them good.” The students love Isaac as much as he loves them. Marvin Hoskins is a student at Mississippi State and works in the dish room at Perry Cafeteria. He said Isaac is an inspiration to everyone around him. “Mr. Henry is the Perry,” Hoskins said. “He’s the oldest person here. He’s been here more than anyone. He knows more than anyone. Every time I see him, he always speaks. He never changes.” Jason Nall, the district manager for Aramark at Missisippi State, said Isaac was a leader to everyone at Perry Cafeteria.
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“On the Square” is an exhibit the Starkville Area Arts Council will display from SeptemberOctober in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Welcome Art Gallery. Pieces were required to be square in dimension with any subject matter. The Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN)
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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 Kol Nidre — Congregation B’nai Israel will hold Kol Nidre at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13. The address is 717 2nd Ave. N Columbus. u La Leche League — The La Leche League of Starkville will meet at 11 a.m. at the PlayPen at Emerson Family Center. The topic for the meeting is “Advantages of Breastfeeding.” Contact Jennifer at 662-3241596 or Mandi at 662-7911663 for more information.
u Garage Sale — Adaton United Methodist Church will hold its annual church-wide garage sale and bake from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The church is located at 303 Reed Street West. u Ministerial Alliance — The Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance’s (OCMA) monthly meeting will be at 7 a.m. at the Hilton Gardner Inn 975 Hwy 12 East. President Brown asks that all pastors and ministers be there, and on time, for our monthly meeting. u Girl Scouts — Peter’s Rock Girl Scout Troop 20426 will hold registration from 2-4 p.m. at the Frank Howard, Jr. Activity Center. K-12 girls are welcome to join and adults wishing to be leaders. Registration is open from all schools in Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Membership is $15. Financial assistance is possible. For more information contact Clara Ware @ 662-769-8461. u Y’om Kippur — Congregation B’nai Israel will hold Y’om Kippur services beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 14. There will be an afternoon service at 3 p.m., a memorial at 5:30 p.m. and a concluding service at 6:30 p.m. The address is 717 2nd Ave. N Columbus. u Class of ‘74 Cookout — Starkville High Class of ‘74 will have a meeting and cookout at 3 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Westside Park. For more information contact Tommie Sherman at 662-323-4832 or Jackie Skiuner at 662-251-1975. u Church Homecoming/ Anniversary — Bethel M. B. Church will hold its 142nd Homecoming and church anniversary at 6 p.m. with a choir musical on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. morning worship. Elder Cal R. Wiggins, assistant pastor of It’s A New Season Ministries Church, will speak. The public is invited. Rev. Rochester Young is pastor. For more information call 324-0790. u Howell Obesrvatory — MSU’s Howell Observatory will be open at 7:30 p.m. for a special viewing. There will be a public telescope viewing
OCH Regional MEdical Center EMT Morgan Clark and OCH Paramedic Francisco Ybarra read a story to children at the Starkville Public Library on Wednesday about how paramedics help others. (Submitted photo)
with university experts from the physics and astronomy department. The observatory is located on the MSU South Farm. Inclement weather will cancel the viewing. For more information, contact Angelle Tanner at 662-325-4112 or
u F.R.A.N.’s Day — Members of First Church of Christ (Holiness), USA invite all to F.R.A.N.’s Day beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. Rev. Ross Crawford of Griffen United Methodist Church will be the guest speaker. Lunch will be served after services. Pastor, Elder Jessie Johnson, Jr., encourages all to join. u Pastor Anniversary — The Piney Grove M.B. Church in Columbus will have its 15th anniversary  for Pastor Michael and Lady Koretta Reed at 11 a.m. on Sept. 15. The guest speaker will be Dr. James A Boyd, pastor of Zion Gate M.B. Church. The public is invited. u Women’s Day Program — Mt. Airy M.B. Church will hold its Women’s Day program at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Teresa Davis member of First Baptist Longview. Everyone is invited. Rev. Dennis W. Johnson is the pastor. u Pastor Anniversary — East Sandcreek M.B. Church will celebrate its pastor and First Lady’s 28th anniversary at 3 p.m. Pastor Tyrone Stallings will be the guest speaker from New Zion United Methodist Church. All visitors, friends and church family welcome. u Usher’s Day — Faith and Works Community Church will have its annual Usher’s Day Program at 3 p.m. The speaker for this event will be minister
Marcella Tipton of Pleasant Grove Roberson M.B. Church. We hope you adn your family will help su lift up the name of our Savior. Fore more information, contact Sister Kay Friersonat 617-1424. u Down Syndrome Support — The Golden Triangle Down Syndrome Support Group will meet from 3-4 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 320-4607 for more information. u Prince Hall Day — Rising Star Lodge #31 will celebrate its annual Prince Hall Day program at 3 p.m. on Sept 15 at Sand Creek Chapel M.B. Church at 3818 Rockhill Rd. Rev. Shalamark Simpson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Cedar Bluff and a member of Rising Star Lodge #31 will speak. The theme is “Brothers Dwelling in Unity” from Psalms 133. u Choral Colloquium — You’re invited to attend the 3rd Annual Choral Colloquium at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 9 a.m. Sept. 16. It features conductors and composers Andrea Ramsey and Tom Shelton. Our Teacher Seminars will be led by Professor Emeritus and former Director of Choral Activities at Louisiana State University, and more. More details including registration will be posted soon. For more information call 662325-3490. u Gospel Singers 40th Anniversary — The Angetettes Gospel Singers of The Golden Triangle will be hosting their 40th anniversary at 4 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Truevine M.B. Church on Artesia Road. Everyone is invited. For more information call 662-272-5888.
u Rotary Club — Guest speaker at the Sept. 16 weekly meeting of Starkville Rotary Club will be Col. James Sears, Jr., Commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Country Club. u Civitan Club — Starkville Civitan Club will meet at noon at McAlister’s Deli. u Common Core — Introducing Common Core will meet from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 320-4607 for more information. u Modern Woodsmen — Please join us at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in the 911 shopping center. Meal cost is $5 per adult, $3 per child 12 and under. We will provide a special menu. Family, friends and non-members are welcome. RSVP to Barbara Coats at 662418-7957 or barbara.r.coats@ Come see what we’re all about! u Federation of Democratic Women — The Oktibbeha County Federation of Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse, second floor courtroom. Brother Rogers of Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership at MSU will speak on proposal to change Starkville’s form of city government. Members are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. For more information, contact Patti Drapala at (662) 323-4655. u Prairie Opportunity Director’s meeting — Please advertise that Prairie Opportunity Board of Director’s monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Central Office located at 501 Hwy. 12 West, Suite 110, Starkville, MS 39760.  The public is invited to attend.
u Blood Drive — There will be a blood drive at Mississippi Highway Patrol station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The United Blood Services Bloodmobile will be there. Sign up online at u Kiwanis — Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Dr. Roy Ruby will have a program outlining his Reflections of MSU. Visitors & prospective members are always welcome. u Active Parenting — Active Parenting will meet from 5-7 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 3204607 for more information. u Fall Park Revival — Una Community Committee is inviting everyone to a fall park revival at 6:30 p.m. from Sept. 17-19 nightly. Our speaker will be Rev. Anthony McIntosh, pastor of Mt. Bell M.B. Church Louisville. Bring your lawn chairs. Contact Rev. Sylvester or Shirley Walker @662-456-4866, Sandra Wofford@662456-4034, or Rosie Vance@662456-3216. u Cafe Scientifique — Cafe Scientifique will meet at 6 p.m. at The Veranda. Dr. Sadic Artunc will speak on “How To Make a Successful Political Cocktail with Landscape, Culture, History, and Economy.”
— The Teen Parent Coalition: Parent Support Group will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 320-4607 for more information. u Friends of Noxubee Refuge — The Friends of Noxubee Refuge will hold a general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Refuge Visitor Center. Dr. Brian Davis will give a talk on wood duck management and research. The meeting is open to the public. u Friends of Noxubee Refuge — Mission Mississippi will meet at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Missionary Church. The topic is “Unanticipated consequences of racial language.” For more information, contact Bill Chapman at 546-0010 in Starkville, or Neddie Winters in Jackson at 601-665-5900. u Parenting session — A parenting session will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Reed’s Place, 114 Reed Ridge Circle. Call the Emerson Family Resource Center at 320-4607 or Reed’s Place at 320-2333 for more information. u Financial Peace University — Financial Peace University and Eight Habits of Successful Relationships will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 320-4607 for more information. — u Starkville Reads Starkville Reads will host a program at 7 p.m. on Mississippi native Natasha Trethewey’s poetry collection, Native Guard Starkville Public Library. Dr. Robert West, associate professor of English, MSU, will lead the discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. Starkville Reads programs are free and open to the public.
u Cigar Lounge — Memphis songwriter Chris Milam will perform at 10:30 p.m. at the Cigar Lounge
u Active Parenting — Active Parenting will meet from 11 a.m. to noon at J.L. King Center. Call 320-4607 for more information. u Wesley Foundation — It is the last day to purchase tickets for the MSU Wesley Foundation fundraiser, The History and Traditions of Southeastern Conference Football. The fundraiser is at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Wesley office, board members or the First United Methodist Church office.
u Oktibbeha County Excel by 5 — Oktibbeha County Excel by 5 will meet from 1-2 p.m. at Sudduth School. Call 320-4607 for more information. u Teen Parent Coalition
u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am until 3 pm. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at or 662-615-0021. u Teen Parenting Coalition classes — Teen Parenting Coalision Nuturing Parenting classes will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 662320-4607 to register. u Storytime — Maben Public Library will have storytime at 10:00 on Fridays. Lots of fun activities along with a story with Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are invited! u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday in the Starkville
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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 662-323-6290. 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 or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. 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) 3842200 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
Mississippi State University reported an attempted abduction late Wednesday night near Sessums Hall. The alleged perpetrator fled the scene and no injuries were reported due to the incident. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
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selves to the Bully Patrol or other safe or escort options on campus,” he said. “The library has personnel for that daily. Students or staff that have any safety concerns can do that, but beyond that, this appears to be an isolated incident.”
Shannon Mosley, a Mississippi State senior and Sessums Hall resident, said she was aware of the reported incident, but wasn’t too concerned. “I’m pretty much going to keep carrying on as always,” she said. “I might be a little more cautious at night, but not scared. I can pretty much
stand my ground and take care of myself. I might not win, but I’d go down swinging.” Salter declined to comment on what extra steps the university might take for security following the incident. “We feel better about just doing it and letting anybody who’s in the business of trying to harm people find out what
our law enforcement is doing on the back end,” he said. He did say, however, that the university would continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. “The main thing is the safety of our students and faculty and staff,” he said. “We take that very seriously 24/7, 365.”
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 662648-9333 or e-mail 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 662323-7597. 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 http://www. or call 662-323-2652.
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team still at his age. He’s still working four days a week at our busiest location on campus. He’s such a great leader
to our new employees. His presence is really the glue of our team.” Isaac’s daughter, Dorothy, said she was thankful Mississippi State honored her father. She said she had been taught
to love Mississippi State while growing up. “It’s a special honor,” Dorothy said. “It’s a school that we love. I’m 54 years old and my daddy has worked nowhere but Mississippi State.
There are some good memories.” Isaac has retired four times from Mississippi State, but he continues to come back. He works from Monday through Thursday at Perry Cafeteria.
While he said he knows the day will come when he has to stop, he doesn’t expect that day to be soon. “I’m going to have a few more good years,” he said. “I just don’t like to go home and
sit down. I’d rather be here. I don’t want to stay away. I know there’s going to come a time when I can’t work no more, but I’m still coming to Mississippi State. Even in a wheel chair.”
The students are commended— they did a good job. The teachFrom page 1 ers did an outstanding job of “We made data-driven deci- buying into the vision we have sions,” she said. “Our day-to-day for Oktibbeha County. We apinstructional practices improved preciate a very positive county.” throughout the district. We Starkville School District offered extended-day school, Saturday school, progress-monThe Starkville School District itored students on a regular bamaintained its C rating in this sis, and used that data to drive year’s results, keeping a QDI instruction.” score of 155, but showed signs Pulley also said Mississippi of progress at some schools. State University helped with the Ward Stewart Elementary district’s improvement. and Henderson School both in“Without a doubt, MSU has creased their QDI ratings by six embraced Oktibbeha County points — Ward Stewart rose to School District and is provid- 170 from 164 and Henderson to ing resources and technical as- 164 from 158. sistance,” she said. “We are “We’ve made great gains at appreciative of the university’s Ward Stewart and Henderson,” commitment.” said Starkville School District Pulley said the district set five Superintendent Lewis Holgoals as it worked to improve loway. “Ward Stewart moved — increase graduation rate, from a C to a B and Henderson improve student achievement, is only two points away from beimplement the Common Core ing a B.” State Standard, transition to The district saw setbacks at consolidation, and clear all stan- two other schools, however. dards of which the district was Starkville High School’s QDI previously in violation. rating dipped six points from So far, the district made 163 to 157, maintaining a C ratsound progress on at least two ing. Armstrong Middle School’s of those goals. QDI dropped three points from In addition to higher test 149 to 146. The school, which scores, the district-wide four-and had a D rating last year, held its five-year graduation rates im- rating. proved year-over-year. Holloway emphasized the OCSD had 59 percent five- need to see growth at the two year and 65.7 percent four-year schools and said the district was graduation rates in the 2011-12 making plans for action to imaccountability report. For 2012- prove the schools in the coming 13, the district’s five-year rate year. “One of the issues with AMS improved to 64.6 percent and is that over the past few years four-year rose to 67.2 percent. “Certainly we are pleased, but — even before I came here — we won’t rest,” Pulley said. “We they’d been having some turnwill continue to work hard. It’s over,” Holloway said. “It takes a important that all the boys and while for teachers to learn how girls receive a quality education. to teach and how to motivate
students and what gets them engaged and what gets results. We’re working with mentoring students and have a consultant that’s been coming in to work with classrooms and on how to engage with students.” Earlier this week, the SSD Board of Education approved an agreement with Common Sense Solutions for Educators, a consultation group out of Madison, to hire consultants to work with Starkville High School teachers to better prepare them to teach for SATP standardized tests. Holloway said the district made the decision to hire the consultants to address the high school’s test scores. He also said the district would implement a mentoring program, which it approved during the summer, to try to better retain quality teachers in the district. Starkville High School’s fiveyear graduatation rate improved year over year from 71.8 percent to 76.3 percent. The four-year rate dropped, however, from 76.8 percent to 66.6 percent. Despite the dips in the higher levels, Holloway said growth in the district’s lower grades could lead to a brighter future. “You’ve got the third-graders at Ward Stewart moving up to Henderson, and the ones at Henderson moving up to Armstrong and from there to the high school,” he said. “The scaffolding at the bottom is very strong and significant. I think it paints a brighter future for the district. We work to build a foundation so those students can work at higher levels when they move into middle school and high school.”
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Catching the train on the reading railroad
Teaching has never been my calling, and you should probably hug your child a little tighter each day in appreciation for the fact I didn’t want it to be. For one, patience is something that I don’t come by naturally. What little I have is acquired, and it’s fleeting as it is. Two, I process information differently than most, though I can often draw the same conclusion as others. So sometimes, especially when I’m speaking … or doing math … it’s hard for me to both understand and be understood. I have lately discovered that even when someone processes information similarly to me, we don’t always understand each other. As I was driving my 4-year-old daughter to school late last week, she reached a critical moment in her maturity for which I’ve been hoping. And she reached it in the way only Zayley would. From the back seat, she growled in an accusatory tone, “Dadtion and First Baptist dy, why can’t I read?” I Church. I instead agreed said, “Darlin’ you haven’t to help her every evening learned to read yet.” She at home. then pointed her finger at On the first evening of me, gave me her best serithese “reading lessons,” ous look and said, “I want both her fascinating way to read. You will teach of accomplishing someme.” thing and my under qualiZack Plair It excites me that fication to teach anybody Zayley wants to join the anything came through Editor ranks of the literate, even loud and clear. She knows though I know it will still be a while all of her letters and their sounds, so yet before she’s reading indepen- I tried to get her to sound out words dently. But every step in the process in a book we already read every night. is important, and Zayley as a willing That worked OK, but she’s memoparticipant — and as someone actually rized most of the book, so she was initiating the process — learns more just telling me the word she already than a captive Zayley ever will. knew was there. Zayley and I, however, run on the “OK, let’s try sight words,” I same type of operating system, which thought, reaching for the next logical she evidenced when she demanded step. So I pointed to the each word in I complete the monumental task of a story she knew, and made her say teaching her to read while I was driv- them one at a time in order. Then I ing the remaining two blocks between started pointing at random words in the Gillespie/Washington intersec- the same story and she started getting it wrong. That’s when I realized she hadn’t been looking at the book when I was pointing out words. She was instead looking at the ceiling and reciting the story by memory. When I got her to look at the book finally, this is when she did the most extraordinary thing of all. I pointed to a word in the middle of the nursery rhyme. Instead of sounding it out … or even looking at the letter it started with and guessing … she counted the words and discovered it was the 11th word. Then she recited the story in her head while counting the words on her fingers, ultimately giving the correct answer. That’s when I started to realize where this was going, but at Zayley’s behest, I pressed on. I found a piece of paper with my name on it, and showed it to her. “What’s this word?” I asked. “That’s your name, Zack,” she said. “That’s right. Now how do you know that?” “Because I’m smart.”
“Yes, Zayley, I know you’re smart, but you know this is my name because you know what it looks like, and no matter what piece of paper it’s on, you can recognize it.” Then I wrote her name on a piece of paper with much the same result. She recognized it, too, without any trouble. “OK, good,” I said. “What I want you to do is be able to recognize the other word in the book no matter where you see it, the same way you recognize mine and your names.” She shook her head and looked at me as if I had just burned dinner on the stove. “But Daddy, that word doesn’t start with a Z.” On behalf of everyone who has ever tried to teach me anything, I so deserve this.
Zack Plair is the editor of Starkville Daily News. Contact him at editor@ starkvilledailynews.
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PEER finally lifts veil on port report
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On Tuesday, members of the Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review finally agreed to release a report on the state Port of Gulfport they had kept under wraps since June. As this editorial is being written, the Sun Herald does not yet have a copy. What we do have is the impression of a governor trying to exert undue influence by the executive branch on PEER, traditionally one of the most independent components of the legislative branch. PEER's mandate is "to provide timely, reliable information to the Legislature." It has the authority to review the work of any state or local entity that receives public funds. It even has subpoena power. Its work is not and should not be subject to gubernatorial veto or whim. Yet Gov. Phil Bryant's spokesman, Mick Bullock, told the Sun Herald on Tuesday, "We've never had a problem with the release of the report as long as it is accurate. We have pointed out what we believe to be inaccurate information contained in this report. To our knowledge, we don't believe it's been corrected." A lot could be read into the word "corrected," but let us suppose all the governor wants is accuracy. That ought to be achieved by releasing the report and the responses to it by both the Mississippi Development Authority and state port officials. As PEER Director Max Arinder has said, when disagreement has persisted in the past, the PEER report and a response have been released together. But for some reason, this particular report has defied normal PEER procedures since June. It will be interesting to see what the
slowly, but their tips can spin at speeds of fuss and delay have been about. What we hope not to see again is PEER 150 mph or higher. taking months to finally get around to If the industry keeps expanding as anticipated, that figure could rise to 1 million a doing its duty in a timely manner. year by 2030. Government biologists, meanwhile, reported the wind-power deaths of at least 100 bald eagles and golden eagles in Wind power expansion the last few years. They suspect many more have died. leads to bird death That’s a pretty high death toll for alternaEnterprise-Journal tive energy. There may be ways to reduce the collisions, but it would be foolhardy to It’s no surprise that the continued expan- restrict wind power because of these accision of wind power is resulting in the death dents. After all, thousands of deer, dogs and of more birds, including some federally pro- other animals die each year in highway collitected ones like the bald eagle. sions with vehicles. The Wildlife Society Bulletin recently estiThe bald eagle and other majestic birds mated that 573,000 birds are being killed nearly got wiped out 40 years ago by the each year when they collide with the moving man-made chemical DDT. If they can surblades of electricity-generating turbine vive that threat, they can survive wind rotors. Those giant blades appear to move power, too.
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Maggie Lou Young-Walker
Visitation will be held Friday, September 13, 2013 from 12-6 p.m. at West Memorial Funeral Home, Starkville. Burial will follow at Hairston Cemetery of Crawford, MisMaggie Lou Young-Walker, 90,  died September 7, 2013 sissippi. at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangeFuneral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sep- ments. tember 14, 2013 at Charity Full Gospel Church, Crawford, You may sign the online memorial register @ westmemowith Bishop Bobby McCarter, officiating.
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Twitter tweets it’ll go public
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter finally has decided to go public, but it’s taking a route that will keep most of the details about its business private for a while longer. The company aptly used its own news-making short messaging service Thursday afternoon to announce that it has filed documents for an initial public offering of stock. But the information filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is sealed because Twitter is taking advantage of federal legislation passed last year that allows companies with less than $1 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year to avoid submitting public IPO documents. The secrecy will likely help Twitter minimize the public hoopla and intense scrutiny that surrounded the initial public offerings of other high-profile social networking companies, including Facebook Inc., which went public in May 2012. The 7-year-old company posted on its official Twitter account that it has “confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO.” A subsequent tweet said simply: “Now, back to work.” It’s accompanied by a blurry photo of people working in the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Under the law, Twitter’s financial statements and other sensitive information contained in the IPO filing must become publicly available at least 21 days before company’s executives begin traveling around the country to meet with potential investors — a process known as a “road show.” Those presentations will be orchestrated by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, a former stand-up comedian who will now get an opportunity to take his act to Wall Street. Twitter’s IPO has been long expected. The company has been ramping up its advertising products and working to boost ad revenue in preparation. But it is still tiny compared with Facebook, which saw its hotly anticipated IPO implode last year amid worries about its ability to grow mobile ad revenue. Since it was founded within another startup and named after the sound of chirping birds in 2006, Twitter has established itself as a cultural touchstone while growing from a few thousand geeky users to more than 200 million today. Its users include heads of state, celebrities, revolutionaries and journalists. Unlike Facebook, which insists that its users go by their real names, Twitter leaves room for parody and anonymity. As such, there are accounts for Jesus Christ and Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter’s mortal enemy. Twitter’s main appeal is in its simplicity and its ability to distribute information quickly. Users can send short messages — either public or private — that consist of up to 140 characters. Anyone can “follow” anyone else, but the relationship doesn’t have to be reciprocal. This has made the service especially appealing for celebrities and companies that use it to communicate directly with customers. Most of Twitter’s revenue comes from advertising. Research firm eMarketer estimates that Twitter will generate $582.8 million in worldwide ad revenue this year, up from $288.3 million in 2012. By comparison, Facebook had ad revenue of $1.6 billion in the April-June quarter of this year. By 2015, Twitter’s annual ad revenue is expected to hit $1.33 billion. Twitter’s moneymaking potential has minted the company with an estimated market value of $10 billion, based on the appraisals of venture capitalists and other early investors who have been helping to fund the business so far. PrivCo analyst Sam Hamadeh said he expects Twitter to aim for a market value of about $15 billion when it prices its IPO. The public offering comes at a time of heightened investor interest in the IPO market. There have been 131 IPOs that have priced so far this year, according to IPO tracking firm Renaissance Capital. That’s a 44 percent increase from the same period the year before. If the momentum continues, 2013 will have the most IPO pricings since 2007 — a year before the financial crisis. The law that allowed Twitter to file its initial IPO documents confidentially is called the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS. President Barack Obama signed the law in 2012. It is designed to make it easier for small businesses and startups to grow and create jobs. The law includes a provision that allows a company with revenue below $1 billion to file its registration statement for an initial public offering of stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission confidentially. This allows the paperwork to remain private until 21 days before the company starts marketing the deal to investors. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes Twitter’s decision to tweet about the confidential filing signals the company’s intention to complete the IPO fairly quickly. “The market is hot and the end of the year is usually is a good time to go public,” Pachter said. “I think we will get to see the documents by Halloween and the IPO will be done by Thanksgiving.” SEC regulators ultimately dictate the timing of IPOs because they must sign off on all the documents before the stock can be sold. Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams while they were working at a podcasting service called Odeo that never gained traction. Dorsey went on to found Square, a mobile payments company, and serves as Twitter’s chairman. Williams, who previously sold a blogging service to Google, stepped down as Twitter’s CEO in 2010 and is now working on a publishing platform called Medium. Stone left Twitter in 2011. His latest startup, announced in May, is called Jelly Industries.
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This Feb. 2, 2013, file photo shows a Twitter icon on the display of a smartphone in Berlin. The company tweeted Thursday that it has “confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO.” Twitter is taking advantage of federal legislation passed last year that allows companies with less than $1 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year to avoid submitting public IPO documents. (Photo by Soeren Stache, AP file)
CIA delivering light weapons to Syria
By KIMBERLY DOZIER AP Intelligence Writer WASHINGTON — The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials said Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly. The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal first reported the lethal aid. Top rebel commander Gen. Salim Idris told NPR on Thursday that rebels had received no such aid from the U.S. The CIA declined to comment. The officials said the aid has been arriving for more than a month, much of it delivered through a third party, which could explain why the rebel commander Idris does not believe the U.S. directly delivered the aid. The officials said the aid is delivered to commanders who have been vetted by the CIA, and the path of the weaponry is tracked through trusted parties within the country — though eventually, once they’re in the hands of fighters, the U.S. loses sight of where the weapons go. The rebels continue to request sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry to take out the Syrian regime’s helicopters, but the officials said neither the U.S. nor Syria’s neighboring countries, like Jordan or Israel, wants the rebels to have weaponry that may fall into the hands of the alQaida-linked rebel group al-Nusra, or captured by Hezbollah fighters who are bolstering the Syrian army’s effort. The CIA program is classified as covert, which means it would be briefed to Congress’s intelligence committees but not its defense committees. That explains why some senior lawmakers on the defense committees have complained the lethal aid was not arriving, two of the officials said.
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Friday, September 13, 2013
High School Football
Game for Vols carries weight
By JASON EDWARDS   Games are starting to count for the Starkville Academy Volunteers. The team will take the field tonight for its first Division II game which coach Jeff Terrill says “carries more weight” than previous games. “What you want to get out of it is a win because it is a Division II game,” Terrill said. “If you win those games, you stand a better shot at getting in so that it makes it more important than any games we have played. We hope to come out and play our best game.” Having three games under their belt certainly gives the Vols a bit of confidence as they enter tonight’s contest with Hillcrest Christian. Despite a couple losses, Terrill says the team continues to fight and gets better each time it steps on the field. “We don’t ever like losing a game, but I thought our kids fought hard last Friday,” Terrill said. “They didn’t quit. We made more plays in the beginning offensively and defensively. The biggest thing is we gave up too many big plays and we have to work on containing those.” One player that has been stepping up to lead the team as it works on fixing those little things is Tripp Janssen. Despite not “getting much of a break” and having “a lot asked of him,” Janssen
has continued to be a leader and make great plays on both sides of the ball. Janssen is one of only a handful of veteran Vols on this year’s roster, but youth is never an excuse for Starkville Academy. In fact through the first three games, Terrill has seen the younger players make some great plays and huge strides towards maturity on the football field. “The younger players are doing well,” Terrill said. “I say that because our first three opponents have been very good football teams so we have been thrown to the fire. They have continued to compete. They are overcoming adversity and are moving right along.” One of those younger athletes is Starkville Academy quarterback Houston Clark, who is demonstrating “great signs of improvement” after providing a couple of scores in last week’s game against Washington. The competition level is not easing up any for the Vols who play host to a tough Hillcrest Christian squad tonight and after traveling for two of the last three weeks, Terrill and his team are more than ready to play in front of the Starkville Academy fans. “We have a good atmosphere,” Terrill said. “There is a good home crowd that always shows up. We have already been on the road twice so we Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill, right, has a discussion with Kirby Cox during a are road weary and excited to be at home.” game. (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News)
Jackets look for better play against Chargers
By DANNY P. SMITH Starkville High School head football coach Jamie Mitchell is a man on a mission. Frustrated by the way the Yellowjackets have played the last two weeks, Mitchell is determined to find out what the problems are and fix those. The inability to stop offenses the last two weeks has Mitchell the most concerned. Through three games, Starkville has given up 90 points, an average of 30 points per game, has surrendered 1,128 total yards, an average of 376 yards per game, and has watched opponents gain 693 yards rushing, an average of 231 yards per game. After shutting out Noxubee County 17-0 to open the season, SHS has lost to Oxford 35-24 and West Point 55-33. “It’s not our standard of defense by any stretch,” Mitchell said. “Defensively, we felt like we had a good group coming back, but we just haven’t played well over there. I can’t put my finger on it. We’ve tried to push our kids a little bit harder and hopefully that will show (tonight). “We know if we’re going to win games, we’ve got to stop people. You start on that side of the ball and the kicking game. If you’re going to be successful, it starts in those two areas and it gives your offense a chance to come along. That’s been our recipe for a long time and we’re just not playing good defense right now. We’ve just have to get better.” The Yellowjackets look for a marked improvement when they host Southaven tonight. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Starkville only has two returning players on offense from a squad that won the Class 5A State championship last year. Mitchell said that shouldn’t be an excuse for making the types of mistakes that are happening on offense. The Jackets have lost four fumbles and thrown six interceptions in three games, plus penalties have been an issue. “We’re doing things to beat ourself,” MitchStarkville’s TruMichael Johnson (47) tries to get a handle on West Point running back Aeris ell said. “The hard part of that is you place a lot of responsibility on yourself that some of Williams last week. (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News)
those things shouldn’t happen. I know it sounds like a broken record, but we’re really trying to work on getting some of those things fixed and not worrying about Southaven. We continue to make mistakes that we shouldn’t be making. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but there are better days ahead.” Even though there have been some poor moments on both sides of the football for SHS, Mitchell has reminded everyone that Class 6A, Region 2 play doesn’t start for another two weeks. The Jackets had a 1-2 record at this point last season and lost to West Point to close the non-division schedule before making their run to the state title. “The thing we keep emphasizing with our kids is we are 0-0 in the division, no matter what happens,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been here before and our backs have been against the wall. Our kids are resilient and they are embarrassed. This is not the way we want to play football here. “We certainly have expectations to be successful (tonight), but absolutely in two weeks when we go to Columbus is what matters the most. In order to do that, we’ve got to show some growth and I think (tonight) will be a great test for us.” Starkville faces a Southaven team that has won all three of its games. The Chargers defeated Christian Brothers (Memphis) in a wild 45-42 outcome. With Shea Chism at quarterback, Mitchell knows that won’t make the next challenge of dealing with Southaven any easier. He also looks forward to the opportunity. “We’re cautiously optimistic that we’ve made some strides this week,” Mitchell said. “I’m probably as excited and eager to play this one as any of the first three we’ve played. We’re ready to get back out there. That bad taste you can’t get rid of quick enough. The only way to get rid of it is to get back out there and see where you are.” Two Jackets who were not able to help in the last game were Darius Grayer and Tyler Rogers,
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Oktibbeha County teams open season on the road
By JASON EDWARDS   The county schools from Oktibbeha County start getting in on the football fun tonight. After having the first three weeks off, the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves and East Oktibbeha Titans will be taking the field for the first time this season. Both are on the road. For first year West Oktibbeha head coach Danny Crawford, the break has allowed his team the opportunity to continue to gel and prepare for the upcoming season. “Those three weeks helped our players get ready for competition,” Crawford said. “It also gave the coaches time to get together, make game plans and look at who we are going to be playing.” The extra preparation time certainly aided everyone associated with the Timberwolves, but Crawford in particular welcomed the opportunity. After spending around 20 years coaching basketball, Crawford will make his debut coaching football tonight as West Oktibbeha travels to face Sebastopol.
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Bulldog Bits
There’s no place like home. The Mississippi State soccer team will play on the home pitch for just the second time this season when the squad hosts the Bulldog Classic today and Sunday at the MSU Soccer Field. The tournament gets underway at 5 p.m. today, with Southern Miss taking on Jackson State. The Bulldogs take the field at 7:30 p.m. against Furman. Aaron Gordon’s squad wraps the Bulldog Classic at 1 p.m. Sunday, taking on Jackson State. Furman and Southern Miss open the final day with a 10:30 a.m. kickoff. Free live video streams for the Bulldogs’ matches will be available at  Admission to all Bulldog home matches is free, and the first 100 fans at today’s match receive a free MSU frisbee. In addition to a number of giveaways, today is also Residence Life Night. The residence hall with the highest attendance will receive a free pizza party. All season, Mississippi State is hosting a Greek Life Challenge. The Fraternity and Sorority with the largest turnout all season will be recognized on the Davis Wade Stadium videoboard during the Nov. 28 Egg Bowl. On Sunday, fathers are encouraged to bring their daughters to the game for Daddy-Daughter Day and Sundae Sunday. The first 60 fans receive free MSU ice cream, and free Bulldog sunglasses will be given away to the first 100 in attendance. Mississippi State, 2-3 this season, comes back to Starkville looking to close the non-conference slate by winning the Bulldog Classic for the third-straight year. The Bulldogs are paced offensively by Elisabeth Sullivan, who enters the weekend tied for third in the SEC with five goals. Sullivan, State’s career goals and points leader, had a school-record six-match goal streak halted last Sunday in a 3-0 road setback at Southern Miss, the fourth team in this weekend’s Bulldog Classic. Freshman Annebel ten Broeke has also been solid in the opening phase of her career, tying for fifth overall and second among freshmen in the SEC with three assists. CJ Winship has played full time in goal the last two matches, and has responded with a pair of stellar efforts. After stopping seven shots against Florida Gulf Coast two weeks ago, the Ridgeland native turned in a season-high eight saves against the Golden Eagles. Winship is tied for seventh in the SEC with 18 saves, while her 3.60 per-game average rates sixth. Furman comes to Starkville with a 2-2 record. The Paladins have scored four goals this season, with a different player tallying each goal.
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College Football Southeastern Conference Standings Western Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Ole Miss 1-0 1.000 2-0 1.000 Arkansas 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000 Auburn 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000 LSU 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000 Texas A&M 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000 Alabama 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000 Miss. State 0-0 .000 1-1 .500 Eastern Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Georgia 1-0 1.000 1-1 .500 Missouri 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000 Tennessee 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000 Florida 0-0 .000 1-1 .500 Kentucky 0-0 .000 1-1 .500 S. Carolina 0-1 .000 1-1 .500 Vanderbilt 0-1 .000 1-1 .500 Saturday’s Games Miss. State at Auburn, 6 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas, 7 p.m. Alabama at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at S. Carolina, 6 p.m. Southern Miss. at Arkansas, 11:21 a.m. Tennessee at Oregon, 3:30 p.m. Kent State at LSU, 6 p.m. AP Top 25 Poll 1. Alabama (57) 2. Oregon (1) 3. Clemson (1) 4. Ohio St. (1) 5. Stanford 6. Texas A&M 7. Louisville 8. LSU 9. Georgia 10. Florida St. 11. Michigan 12. Oklahoma St. 13. South Carolina 14. Oklahoma 15. Miami 16. UCLA 17. Northwestern 18. Florida 19. Washington 20. Wisconsin 21. Notre Dame 22. Baylor 23. Nebraska 24. TCU 25. Mississippi Record Pts Pv 1-0 1,494 1 2-0 1,385 2 2-0 1,332 4 2-0 1,327 3 1-0 1,271 5 2-0 1,133 7 2-0 1,105 8 2-0 1,075 9 1-1 1,036 11 1-0 1,011 10 2-0 872 17 2-0 834 13 1-1 829 6 2-0 675 16 2-0 615 NR 1-0 488 18 2-0 452 19 1-1 405 12 1-0 392 20 2-0 378 21 1-1 333 14 2-0 295 23 2-0 277 22 1-1 170 24 2-0 78 NR
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Calvin’s the best. I mean look at his numbers. It is what it is.
Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald said about Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson being the best wide receiver in the NFL.
The Area Slate
Today High School Football Southaven at Starkville, 7 p.m. Hillcrest Christian at Starkville Academy, 7 p.m. East Oktibbeha at Nanih Waiya, 7 p.m. West Oktibbeha at Sebastopol, 7 p.m. East Webster at Houston, 7 p.m. Eupora at Coahoma AHS, 7 p.m. Choctaw County at Union, 7 p.m. French Camp at Noxapater, 7 p.m. College Soccer Bulldog Classic Mississippi State vs. Furman, 7:30 p.m. College Volleyball Bulldog Invitational Mississippi State vs. Niagara, 12:30 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Wofford, 6:30 p.m.
West Division W L Pct Los Angeles 85 60 .586 Arizona 73 72 .503 San Diego 66 78 .458 Colorado 67 80 .456 San Francisco 66 80 .452
GB — 12 18½ 19 19½
Thursday’s Games Atlanta 6, Miami 1 Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 2 Pittsburgh 3, Chicago Cubs 1 San Diego at Philadelphia, late Milwaukee at St. Louis, late San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, late
Today’s Games Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 2-2) at Pittsburgh (Morton 7-4), 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 10-12) at Washington (Strasburg 7-9), 7:05 p.m. Miami (B.Hand 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 6-7), 7:10 p.m. San Diego (Kennedy 6-9) at Atlanta (Hale 0-0), 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati (Latos 14-5) at Milwaukee (Lohse 9-9), 8:10 p.m. Seattle (Iwakuma 12-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 16-9), 8:15 p.m. Colorado (Chatwood 7-4) at Arizona (McCarthy 4-9), 9:40 p.m. San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-9) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 14-8), 10:10 p.m. Saturday’s Games Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 1:05 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m., 1st game Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:45 p.m., 2nd game Colorado at Arizona, 8:10 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Miami at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 1:35 p.m. San Diego at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 4:10 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct Boston 89 59 .601 Tampa Bay 79 66 .545 New York 78 68 .534 Baltimore 77 68 .531 Toronto 67 79 .459 Central Division W L Pct Detroit 84 62 .575 Cleveland 77 68 .531 Kansas City 77 69 .527 Minnesota 63 82 .434 Chicago 58 87 .400 West Division W L Pct Oakland 85 61 .582 Texas 81 64 .559 Los Angeles 70 76 .479 Seattle 65 81 .445 Houston 50 96 .342
Today AUTO RACING 9 a.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, practice for 225, at Joliet, Ill. 11 a.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, final practice for 225, at Joliet, Ill. Noon FS1 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for GEICO 400, at Joliet, Ill. 1:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for Dollar General 300, at Joliet, Ill. 3 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, pole qualifying for 225, at Joliet, Ill. 4 p.m. ESPN2 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for GEICO 400, at Joliet, Ill. 7:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, 225, at Joliet, Ill. COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Air Force at Boise St. GOLF 6:30 a.m. TGC — LPGA, The Evian Championship, second round, at Evian-les-Bains, France 11:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, KLM Open, second round, at Zandvoort, Netherlands (same-day tape) 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, BMW Championship, second round, at Lake Forest, Ill. 5:30 p.m. TGC — Tour, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, second round, at Columbus, Ohio (same-day tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. WGN — Cleveland at Chicago White Sox 6 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, N.Y. Yankees at Boston or Baltimore at Toronto PREP FOOTBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 — Stillwater (Minn.) at CretinDerham Hall (Minn.) 9 p.m. FSN — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) vs. John Curtis (La.), at New Orleans SOCCER 9 p.m. NBCSN — MLS, Real Salt Lake at Seattle
Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 64, Fresno St. 26, Michigan St. 26, Texas 26, N. Illinois 21, Virginia Tech 15, BYU 14, Georgia Tech 10, Arizona 9, Illinois 9, Bowling Green 7, Penn St. 7, Boise St. 3, Tennessee 1. USA Today Top 25 Poll 1. Alabama (58) 2. Oregon (1) 3. Ohio St. (2) 4. Stanford 5. Clemson 6. Texas A&M (1) 7. Louisville 8. LSU 9. Florida St. 10. Georgia 11. Oklahoma St. 12. Michigan 13. Oklahoma 14. South Carolina 15. Nebraska 16. Northwestern 17. UCLA 18. Wisconsin 18. Miami 20. Florida 21. Notre Dame 22. Baylor 23. Washington 24. TCU 25. Mississippi Record Pts 1-0 1,545 2-0 1,447 2-0 1,429 1-0 1,327 2-0 1,307 2-0 1,242 2-0 1,121 2-0 1,067 1-0 1,040 1-1 1,021 2-0 866 2-0 860 2-0 800 1-1 788 2-0 478 2-0 473 1-0 471 2-0 455 2-0 455 1-1 410 1-1 348 2-0 297 1-0 253 1-1 195 2-0 91 Pvs 1 3 2 4 5 7 8 11 10 12 14 17 15 6 19 20 18 21 24 9 13 NR 23 24 NR
GB — 8½ 10 10½ 21 GB — 6½ 7 20½ 25½ GB — 3½ 15 20 35
To cap off the home nonconference slate, the Mississippi State volleyball team (3-4) is set to host first-time foes Niagara (0-6) and Wofford (2-4) today and Saturday in the Bulldog Invitational. The Bulldogs will play at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day beginning with Niagara (0-6) first today and Wofford (2-4) in the nightcap. Niagara and Wofford will face each other at 3:30 p.m. each day. “We are looking forward to hosting two teams that we’ve never played this weekend,” fifth-year MSU coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “It’s an opportunity for us to focus on our technique and prepare for SEC play. We need to make sure we take care of our controllables and build some momentum going forward.” MSU’s attack continues to be paced by freshman Kimmy Gardiner, who is averaging an SEC third-best 4.48 kills/set. She is also the only SEC rookie ranked in the top 20 in both kills/set and digs/set (2.96). The sophomore duo of Roxanne McVey and Taylor Scott continue to bolster the Bulldog defense. The pair has combined for 52 percent of MSU’s total digs, while Scott is also second on the team with 79 kills. Admission to all volleyball matches is free. Schedule posters and cards will also be available at each of this weekend’s matches. 100 MSU Frisbees will also be given away at the 6:30 match tonight. All matches in the Bulldog Invitational will also be available on HailStateTV free of charge and there is no need to register. Fans should simply visit and click on the video link that appears at match time for each contest. Following the Bulldog Invitational, MSU will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the Belmont Bruin Classic on Sept. 20 and 21 before returning home to the Newell-Grissom Building for opening weekend of SEC-play against No. 5 Florida and Arkansas.
Thursday’s Games Oakland 8, Minnesota 2 N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, late L.A. Angels 4, Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3 Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, late
Jacksonville 0 1 0 .000 2 28 North W L T Pct PF PA Cincinnati 0 1 0 .000 21 24 Pittsburgh 0 1 0 .000 9 16 Baltimore 0 1 0 .000 27 49 Cleveland 0 1 0 .000 10 23 West W L T Pct PF PA Kansas City 1 0 0 1.000 28 2 Denver 1 0 0 1.000 49 27 San Diego 0 1 0 .000 28 31 Oakland 0 1 0 .000 17 21 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State W L T Pct PF PA 74; Fresno State 59; Arizona State 48; Philadelphia 1 0 0 1.000 33 27 Texas 38; Northern Illinois 27; Arizona Dallas 1 0 0 1.000 36 31 21; Brigham Young 18; Arkansas 16; Washington 0 1 0 .000 27 33 Georgia Tech 12; Virginia Tech 8; Texas N.Y. Giants 0 1 0 .000 31 36 Tech 7; Central Florida 6; East Carolina South 6; Southern California 5; Bowling Green W L T Pct PF PA 3; Illinois 3; Kansas State 3; Boise State New Orleans 1 0 0 1.000 23 17 2; Tennessee 2; Utah 2; Utah State 2; Tampa Bay 0 1 0 .000 17 18 Boston College 1. Carolina 0 1 0 .000 7 12 Atlanta 0 1 0 .000 17 23 National Football League North All Times EDT W L T Pct PF PA Detroit 1 0 0 1.000 34 24 AMERICAN CONFERENCE Chicago 1 0 0 1.000 24 21 East Green Bay 0 1 0 .000 28 34 W L T Pct PF PA Minnesota 0 1 0 .000 24 34 New England 1 0 0 1.000 23 21 West Miami 1 0 0 1.000 23 10 W L T Pct PF PA N.Y. Jets 1 0 0 1.000 18 17 St. Louis 1 0 0 1.000 27 24 Buffalo 0 1 0 .000 21 23 San Francisco 1 0 0 1.000 34 28 South Seattle 1 0 0 1.000 12 7 W L T Pct PF PA Arizona 0 1 0 .000 24 27 Indianapolis 1 0 0 1.000 21 17 Houston 1 0 0 1.000 31 28 Thursday’s Game Tennessee 1 0 0 1.000 16 9
N.Y. Jets at New England, late Sunday’s Games Dallas at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. Washington at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Diego at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Miami at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Carolina at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Detroit at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Denver at N.Y. Giants, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s Game Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:40 p.m. Major League Baseball At A Glance All Times EDT National League East Division W L Pct Atlanta 88 58 .603 Washington 77 69 .527 Philadelphia 67 78 .462 New York 64 81 .441 Miami 54 91 .372 Central Division W L Pct St. Louis 85 60 .586 Pittsburgh 85 61 .582 Cincinnati 83 64 .565 Milwaukee 62 82 .431 Chicago 62 84 .425
Today’s Games Cleveland (Salazar 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 4-8), 2:10 p.m. Baltimore (Hammel 7-8) at Toronto (Redmond 3-2), 7:07 p.m. Kansas City (B.Chen 7-2) at Detroit (Verlander 12-11), 7:08 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 11-10) at Boston (Lackey 9-12), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (Straily 9-7) at Texas (D.Holland 9-8), 8:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Vargas 8-6) at Houston (Keuchel 5-9), 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Archer 8-7) at Minnesota (Correia 9-11), 8:10 p.m. Seattle (Iwakuma 12-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 16-9), 8:15 p.m. Saturday’s Games N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 1:05 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 1:05 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto, 4:07 p.m. Kansas City at Detroit, 7:08 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Houston, 7:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m. Sunday’s Games Baltimore at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Kansas City at Detroit, 1:08 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Houston, 2:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 8:05 p.m.
GB — 11 20½ 23½ 33½ GB — ½ 3 22½ 23½
SHS takes volleyball decision
HORN LAKE – The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets went on the road Thursday night and picked up another Class 6A, Region 2 victory by sweeping Horn Lake 25-15, 25-20, 25-19. Starkville improved its region record to 2-1. Khris Carr had 20 digs for the Lady Jackets and added 10 kills and one block. Vicky Vo had 20 assists and five digs for SHS, while April Reese contributed two aces, four kills, two blocks and 13 digs, Allie Wilson and Vivian Barksdale chipped in four digs each, Tanita Thompson had three kills, two blocks and five digs, Kayla Minor had two kills and one block, Courtney Wilson had two aces, two kills and 18 digs, and Michelle Li added two aces. Starkville plays Heritage Academy next on Tuesday with junior varsity action beginning at 5 p.m.
Major League Baseball
Garcia pitches Braves past Marlins
From Wire Reports lead over idle Texas in the American League West. It is Oakland’s largest lead MIAMI (AP) — Freddy Garcia earned over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams his second NL victory since 2007, and his are to scheduled play a three-game series first since joining the Atlanta Braves last this weekend in the Lone Star State. month, pitching six innings to help beat Miami 6-1. Nationals 7, Mets 2 Freddie Freeman had three hits on his 24th birthday, including his 20th home NEW YORK — Ryan Zimmerman, run. Chris Johnson also had three hits to Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homraise his average to .330. ered off Aaron Harang in his Mets debut, Garcia (1-1) allowed five hits and one and the Washington beat New York to run. He was making a spot start in place of complete a four-game sweep. rookie left-hander Alex Wood, whose turn Anthony Rendon also connected for was skipped to give him a breather. Washington, which outhomered the Mets
first victory in nearly two months and the Pittsburgh beat Chicago. Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates win their fourth straight as they try to catch first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth for his 14th save.
Angels 4, Blue Jays 3
Starkville Raiders thank supporters
The Starkville Raiders football organization, coaches, and parents/guardians issued a statement of appreciation to Elizabeth Mosley-AMS, Kiwanis Club, James “Cubby” and Jackie Harris, and Southwire for their continuous support. The Raiders acknowledge that it’s the support of those people that has tremendous benefits for the youth of our area and the are extremely grateful.
13-0 in a series that helped the Nationals remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race. They moved within 5 with the rainMINNEAPOLIS — A.J. Griffin al- interrupted win. lowed just two hits in seven innings and the Oakland beat Minnesota to increase Pirates 3, Cubs 1 their division lead heading into a crucial weekend series. PITTSBURGH — Jeff Locke allowed Josh Reddick homered and had three three hits over seven innings to earn his RBIs for Oakland, which has a 3 game
Athletics 8, Twins 2
TORONTO — Garrett Richards pitched 6 2-3 innings for his third straight win, Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run and the Los Angeles beat Toronto to complete a three-game sweep. Erick Aybar had two hits and scored twice as the Angels won for the 15th time in 20 games and improved to 12-2 in their past 14 road contests. Calhoun went 2 for 3 with a walk to help the Angels win for the 10th time in 13 meetings with the Blue Jays. Los Angeles recorded its first sweep in Toronto since April 16-18, 2010.
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Junior High Football
Starkville’s 8th graders get victory
The Starkville 8th grade football team was looking for a big play in the closing minute of Thursday afternoon’s game against Tupelo at home. With the score tied at 6-6 and overtime a possibility, Starkville had the football on the 46-yard line. That’s when Jacket 8th grade coach Steve Denson pulled a play out of the book that’s seldom used to get in a position to score. Jalen Ware took a pitch and tossed a 37-yard pass to Natrone Brooks to the 9-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Demetrius Petty found Darius Brooks with the touchdown pass with 5 seconds remaining. Andreus Swanigan added the two-point conversion run and Starkville defeated Tupelo 14-6. Denson knew Tupelo’s defense was keying on the running game at a crucial time of the game, so he thought it would be good to sneak the pass into the plan. “They were loading up on the toss sweep and I would too with Andreus and the way he runs the football,” Denson said. “They were coming in and closing real good, so we had a quick substitution in, put our backup quarterback in there to throw one and they didn’t see him come in,” Denson said. “That helped us out on that. With the way they were loading on the toss, we figured it would be there.” The eight points the Jackets got at the end of the fourth quarter was the only scoring they were able to get in the second half. Swanigan, who rushed for over 100 yards in the game, scored on a 45-yard touchdown run with 2:23 left in the second quarter to put Starkville on top 6-0. Petty threw the football to Swanigan, but it was behind the line of scrimmage. The Golden Wave tied the game in the third quarter with a 16-yard pass. Denson knew the capability of the Tupelo team, so that’s why he was extremely pleased that the Jackets were able to pull off the victory. “They gave a maximum effort,” Denson said about his team. “We knew Tupelo was good coming in because they had beaten Louisville last week and (Louisville) was the team that beat this bunch that I had in 7th grade last year. We knew for them to go to Louisville and beat them that they had a good football team. They certainly proved that (Thursday night) with a quarterback that looks like a senior in high school standing back there, but I thought our defense stepped up and played very hard at some crucial times, especially in the second half. The offense put a championship drive together. “We had playmakers all over the field. We talk about with our team that a team doesn’t rely on one person. Different people step up and (Thursday night) we had that. Every soul was into it, even the ones on the sideline that didn’t get in, and that led to the victory for sure.” Starkville had won all three games so far this season and return home next Thursday to take on New Hope. “We’ve got another big one here so come out and support the Starkville 8th grade running back Andreus Swanigan (28) tries to break the tackle of Tupelo’s Dylan Cary during Thursday Jackets,” Denson said. afternoon’s game. (Photo by Jim Lytle, Mediagraphix Photography, For Starkville Daily News)
Junior College Football
By BEN WAIT SCOOBA – Preston Baker turned 19 on Thursday. It turned out to be a bittersweet birthday. The East Mississippi Community Baker College freshman running back accounted for two touchdowns but was injured on the last play of the game as the No. 5 Lions rolled past Southwest Mississippi Community College 69-0. “I had a great birthday, got some presents at lunch, had a nap in the afternoon and I’m on a 3-0 football team, so I’m happy,” Baker said. EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens
Baker, EMCC cruise to 69-0 win at home
didn’t have an update on Baker’s status after the game. It appeared that he suffered an injury to his right leg. Baker, a former Starkville High School standout, finished the night with 61 yards on 10 carries. He caught three balls for 57 yards and two scores.  His first touchdown came on an 8-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt with 7:34 left in the first quarter to push the lead to 210.  Baker made his way into the end zone for the second time when he was on the other end of a 36-yard pass from Pruitt with 10:34 left in the second quarter. The Lions’ lead expanded to 41-0.  “Preston played really, really well,” Stephens said. “(He) did a great job.” Pruitt had the best night of any Lion, accounting for eight touchdowns. He was 22-of-27 passing for 314 yards and seven touchdowns. He rushed the ball eight times for 83 yards with one more score.  “I thought Dontreal had a really good night,” Stephens said. “Since we’ve been here, the most touchdown passes has been seven. I think Bo (Wallace) had that. I don’t know if Randall (Mackey) had that or not and (Thursday) Dontreal had seven. “(It) was a very good game by him. He was on, he played really well and that’s a tribute to his preparation.” EMCC finished the game with 658 total yards – 335 passing and 323 rushing – and 30 first downs. They held Southwest to just 87 total yards – 49 rushing and 38 passing – and 10 first downs.  The EMCC defense has given up just six points this season and have shutout opponents in the last nine quarters.  “I think our defense is really good,” Stephens said. “We’re a very stout team, very good defensively. We haven’t even hit our stride yet defensively. We had a lot of missed assignments.” The win was the first for the Lions (3-0) over the Bears (1-2) at home since 1995. Southwest had won the last three games played at SullivanWindham Field and had won five of the past seven meetings in the series. The Lions led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter and 55-0 at halftime. The first quarter points tie the most ever in the Stephens era and the 55 points is the most ever in a single half for a Stephens’ -coached Lion team. Of the 10 Lion scoring drives, six were under a minute.
“We’re trying to play fast,” Stephens said. “That’s a very big thing for us. I think it says a lot for our execution, as far as efficiency goes.” The Lions didn’t waste much time as they scored on their first offensive possession of the game. Pruitt found Brandon Bell for an 11-yard passing touchdown with 13:27 left in the opening quarter. Bell finished the game with five catches, 56 yards and two touchdowns.  EMCC sophomore running back Lakenderic Thomas accounted for 111 rushing yards on 10 attempts. It was his first-career 100-yard rushing game. He scored on a 4-yard rushing touchdown late in the second quarter.  The Lions travel to Moorhead to take on the Trojans of Mississippi Delta Community College next Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
College Football
Texas Tech upsets TCU in Lubbock
From Wire Reports LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Marquez with 3:48 remaining to lead Texas Tech to a 20-10 victory over No. 24 TCU on Thursday night. The score came after the Red Raiders (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) thought they’d scored on a 49-yard TD pass from Webb to DeAndre Washington, but he dropped the ball at the half-yard line. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty took them back to the TCU 14. Two plays later, Webb hit Marquez. TCU (1-2, 0-1) scored its only touchdown when B. J. Catalon ran in from 17 yards to make it 10-all with 6:28 remaining TCU’s Trevone Boykin went 23 for 36 for 194 yards and two interceptions. Texas Tech’s starting quarterback Baker Mayfield left the game in the fourth quarter with what appeared to Texas Tech’s Baker Mayfield, left, is tackled by TCU’s Sam Carter, center, and Derrick Kindred during be a leg injury. Thursday’s game. (Photo by Scott Mac Watters, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, AP)
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Confusion surrounds your immediate plans. Many last-minute changes could emerge, but you will handle them well. The unexpected will occur in your daily life. Enjoy it rather than fight it. You also might want to rethink a project you’ve been working on. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Take news with a grain a salt, and consider the source of the information. You might want to do some fact-checking and speak with the parties involved. As a result, you will see the situation differently from how your source does. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You finally will be able to make headway with a key person in your life. Seize the moment, and have the conversation that you feel is necessary. If you eliminate the theatrics, this person might surprise you with his or her response. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Someone who wants to dominate will emerge. If you are tired of this trend, walk away and refuse to respond to his or her power plays. Otherwise, you could be enmeshed in this situation for quite a while. Note that a boss or parent continues to be unpredictable. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You might want to do something very differently. Fortunately, the prevailing winds of fate will encourage you on this path. Whether you are reorganizing your daily routine or adding a new element, you will feel more fulfilled. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You like excitement, and you like to express your creativity. Revise your thoughts about a child or new person in your life. You might want to get a broader perspective. You could feel shaky or a little off in how you deal with this matter. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Evaluate a problem that involves a personal matter. Confusion could make a decision harder to make. Listen to your inner voice before heading in any direction. Know what you need and want. Negotiate from that point, and don’t settle.
on This Day...
September 13, 1973
enthusiasm is password into msu welcome rally
The annual Welcoming Program and Pep Rally for Mississippi State University students and faculty will “kick off” the fall football season at 7:15 tonight on the patio of the MSU Union. The event, sponsored by the Oktibbeha County Chamber of Commerce, is expected to draw a crowd of students and loyal MSU fans anticipating State’s first football game Saturday on Scott Field with Northeast Louisiana University. Special guests for the occasion will be Head Football Coach Bob Tyler and the entire State football team. A welcoming delegation of campus beauties, university officials and Chamber of Commerce officers will appear on the Pep Rally program. The program will begin with a short band concert under the direction of Dr. Peyton Crowder and State’s famous Maroon Band. Master of ceremonies for the program will be Albert Clark of Starkville, president of the Oktibbeha County Chamber of Commerce. The invocation will be led by Bobby Walden of Jackson, president of the MSU Fellowship of Christian Athletes and defensive tackle for the Bulldogs. Welcoming speeches will be made by Dr. W.L. Giles, president of MSU; Franklin Myers of Petal, president of the Student Association; Henry P. Davis, mayor of Starkville; Bob Tyler; and Chris Longest of Starkville, Oktibbeha County’s Miss Hospitality. Joining Miss Longest on the program will be a group of other campus beauties including Karen Mitchell of Ripley, Miss MSU; Dianne Bounds of Biloxi, first alternate Miss Mississippi; Karen Clements of Jackson, Miss Universe - Mississippi; Hattie Flowers of Winona, District Five - Miss Hospitality; and Suzanne Parrott of Starkville, Miss Oktibbeha County. The program will be concluded with a giant pep rally led by the Maroon Band majorettes and cheerleaders. MSU’s bulldog mascot “Bully” will also be on hand to meet the crowd. Program and arrangements chairman is Charles Weatherly, MSU alumni director.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You tend to deal with others in a unique way. Sometimes your self-discipline comes across as a stern attitude. You might want to loosen up a bit with your close friends and loved ones. People in general are unpredictable, including you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Splurging happens easily with you, so make an effort to rein in your natural inclinations. A situation could develop that might shock you. If you can, stay conservative and do not push a matter any further. Trust something is going on. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Reach out to a friend or loved one at a distance. You might want to make special plans to visit this person. Keep paperwork and calls moving in an efficient manner, because you won’t want to deal with any lastminute snafus during the weekend. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The less said the better. You might want to discuss a situation privately with someone before bringing it up with others who are involved. Clear your mind of details, and home in on what is needed. Open up to a trusted friend or two.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 6 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.
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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) You have the capacity to excite and inspire many people. Listen carefully to your peers in a meeting. You might wonder why they are proceeding as they are. Perhaps you’ll want to seek out some clarification. Ask a question rather than give a lecture.
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High School Football
V ols p artici p ate
Hebron gets win on road over Calvary
From Staff Reports MERIDIAN – The Hebron Christian Eagles got a very good outing from their running game and the defense earned its first shutout of the season in getting a 46-0 road victory over Calvary Christian Thursday night. Hebron (2-2) had 376 yards rushing as a team as four different running backs had at least 77 yards on the ground. Justin Gordon scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns for the Eagles with a 27-yard run and a 16-yard run. With a twopoint conversion run by Channing Tapley, Hebron had a 14-0 lead. In the second quarter, the Eagles added to their lead with a 32-yard run by Landon Hill. The two-point conversion pass from Tapley to Hayden Carty put Hebron up 22-0 at the half. The Eagles scored three more times in the second half as Collin Moore had a 15-yard touchdown run, Trey Chism added a 12-yard touchdown run and Gordon got his third touchdown on a 4-yard run. Two-point conversion plays were run by Moore, Hill and Tapley. Moore was the leading rusher for Hebron with 112 yards on nine carries, while Hill added 89 yards on six carries, Gordon contributed 78 yards on eight carries, and Chism chipped in 77 yards on five carries. Defensively for the Eagles, Collin Moore and Troy Arnold had six tackles each, while Hill and Brandon England recorded five tackles each, and Jesse Moore chipped in four tackles. Following an open date, Hebron travels to Delta Academy on Sept. 27.
Starkville Academy Athletes along with football coach Jeff Terrill and cheer sponsor Lisa Atwell carry a cross down Highway 12. As part of a Fellowship of Christian Athletes action, students-athletes and coaches from Mississippi took part in helping make sure the cross moved across the state. (Submitted photo)
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who were out due to injury. Grayer is the leading receiver for SHS with 11 catches for 125 yards, but Mitchell said “he was very limited” and “a complete non-factor” against West Point.
“He may be our most dangerous player on offense,” Mitchell said of Grayer. “He’s still hobbled a little bit, but was able to do some things at practice the last couple of days so we have our fingers crossed. He’s our home-run hitter and need him to be ready to go. “Tyler is still doubtful.
With an open date next week and division starting the next, that’s what really matters and you don’t want to run any risk of those guys (getting hurt worse). Even though we want to win, we’ve got to be smart about our kids. We’ll evaluate Tyler a little closer to game time, but I’d say doubtful on
him.” Without Grayer again possibly, the Jackets seek contributions offensively from running back Jaquez Horsley, who has 274 yards rushing on 63 carries, and quarterback Princeton Jones, who has completed 33of-69 pass attempts for 491 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, Taylor Johnston had 29 total tackles for SHS and Marlow Rogers adds 26 stops. Even though the Jackets are searching for answers, it’s comforting for Mitchell to know they get to do that at home. “We love playing here,” Mitchell said. “With the new
facility we’ve got (athletic complex) and the stadium, it’s breath of fresh air every day to come to work. Our kids love being at home and your routine is just so much better when you get a chance to play at home. We enjoy it and want to defend our territory more than anything.”
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Crawford is not the only new face for West Oktibbeha. Of the 27 names on the roster, only four represent returning starters. “We are almost starting from scratch this season, but we have 27 athletes who are excited to play football and to be on the field,” Crawford said. “We have more players suited up than ever before and with that many men, you are able to do so many more things in practice. We can actually practice both sides of the ball and it just gives you more options when game time rolls around.” Fans will get to see those options and just what this season’s Timberwolves are made of when they kick off against the 1-1 Bobcats of Sebastopol at 7 p.m.  
will travel to Nanih Waiya to face the Warriors at 7 p.m. “Of course, you always want to play at home if you can, but at this point these kids are just excited to be playing,” Davis said.
Eupora (3-0) at Coahoma AHS (2-0)
The Eagles of Eupora are entering unfamiliar territory tonight as they face the Coahoma Agricultural High School Tigers. “Obviously, we have never played them so they are unknown,” Eupora coach Junior Graham said. “From what we have been able to see, they run a simple scheme on offense and they execute well. They have a big running back, big quarterback and a big wideout so size in those positions will cause some matchup issues. They are also 2-0 so they have a lot of confidence coming in.” Adding to the Tigers’ mystique is the fact they were a late addition to the schedule, which poses many “concerns for the coaching staff.” There may be questions looming about this week’s opponent, but that has not changed the way the Eagles have approached practice. Instead of focusing on what Coahoma AHS brings to the table, Eupora has been going about things as usual. “We take it one game at a time,” Graham said. “We emphasize all the good things from the previous Friday. We emphasize the things we didn’t do well. Our kids want to perform better so we just focus on that week and what Eupora needs to do to be successful.”
East Oktibbeha (0-0) at Nanih Waiya (1-2)
Under first year head coach John Davis, East Oktibbeha will make its season debut tonight. “We are looking forward to actually getting on the field,” Davis said. “The kids have been working hard. They are anxious to get out there and hit somebody new rather than hit on each other. We should do pretty well as long as we can keep the mistakes to a minimum and execute our game plan.” The Titans have had the past three weeks off. That extra preparation time has certainly come in handy for a team that is welcoming not only a new coach, but several new players and a new scheme on both sides of the ball. “It has helped because it gave us time to install the new offense and defense,” Davis said. “They are doing things that they aren’t used to, so it has given us time to get everything down pat.” As the team works to install a new system, there are a few players standing out to Davis. Justin Williams and Marquise Brooks will be taking snaps on both sides of the ball tonight and are poised for some big plays if all goes as planned for East Oktibbeha. While the Titans are prepared and ready to take the field, unfortunately their fans will have to wait another week before they get to see the guys in person. Tonight, the team
went wrong the previous Friday and correcting those missteps. “We are trying to be a better team this week,” Dillinger said. “That is what I want them to remember. If we don’t fix things and we don’t work to get better, then we won’t get better. We just have to keep working.” One task during this week’s practice for the Chargers has been to focus on coming out the gate strong and playing an entire game. “I want to see them start well and with intensity,” Dillinger said. “For the last three quarters, we feel like we outplayed North Pontotoc, but you don’t play three-quarter games. “It is hard to climb out after you have dug a hole, so we just need to start the ballgame well with some enthusiasm from the opening kickoff.” Choctaw County will have to be on top of its game from the beginning tonight as Union packs several challenges. “Union is a good team,” Dillinger said. “They are wellcoached. They are 3-0 for a reason. They will run the ball very well. They play good defense. We expect it to be a good game.” Tonight’s game is slated to start at 7 p.m. in Union.  
you on your toes. They can give you some trouble because you just never know what direction they are coming from.” To combat the defensive threats, East Webster is turning to its strong offense who has
properly demonstrated how to win games the last two weeks. “Our offense has stayed in control of the games,” Wilson said. “They really set the momentum for us and give our defense a little extra momentum
on that side of the ball.” There is a little extra motivation for the Wolverines in tonight’s game. With the schools in such close proximity, Wilson says it has become “somewhat of a good rivalry.”
East Webster (3-0) at Houston (0-3)
Choctaw County (2-1) at Union (3-0)
When the Chargers of Choctaw County take the field tonight, they will be looking to rebound off a hard fought loss at North Pontotoc. “You don’t want to necessarily forget the losses,” Chargers coach Adam Dillinger said. “Instead, you want to learn a lesson and that is what we want to do. We want to learn from our mistakes.” With each week Choctaw County takes the field they want to be a better team. To insure that takes place the past week has been spent looking at what
Undefeated is where the Wolverines stand after the first three games of the season. Coach Doug Wilson says the team is “fortunate” to be where they are, but the games have “definitely taken a lot out of the team.” The team has little time to regroup as it is scheduled to kick off against a tough Houston team tonight at 7 p.m. “Houston has a big offensive line,” Wilson said. “They can line up and run right down the field on us. Being Houston, they are always going to have good kids and coaching. Both of their running backs run real hard. They have good receivers and their quarterback is a big tall kid. They are just a wellrounded team that works real hard. Houston certainly brings a good bit to the table offensively, but on the other side of the ball, they have some strengths that are set to give the Wolverines “trouble.” “The defense blitzes a lot,” Wilson said. “They just keep
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