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Special election set for Tuesday
SDN staff Tuesday is election day in the race for Oktibbeha County prosecutor and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The three-person race in the special election are Haley Brown, Brace Knox and Matthew Wilson, all of whom are vying to replace longtime county prosecutor Roy Carpenter who retired in June. Voting precincts and poll locations in District 1 are as follows: South Adaton at the Adaton Baptist Church; Double Springs/Self Creek at the fire station on Highway 82; North Longview at the Longview Community Center; and West Starkville at the National Guard Armory. Voting precincts and poll locations in District 2 are as follows: Osborn at the fire station; Hickory Grove at the Hickory Grove fire station; Northeast Starkville at Humphrey Coliseum; and North Starkville 2 at Boardtown Village. Voting precincts and poll locations in District 3 are as follows: East Starkville at Humphrey Coliseum; North Starkville at Fire Station 3; Bell Schoolhouse at the Bell Schoolhouse Fire Department; Maben at Maben City Hall; and Center Grove/North Adaton at the Adaton Fire Station. Voting precincts and poll locations in District 4 are as follows:
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South Starkville at the Starkville Sportsplex; South Longview at the Longview Community Center; Sturgis/North Bradley at the Sturgis Fire Station; and Craig Springs/South Bradley at the Craig Springs fire station. Voting precincts and poll locations in District 5 are as follows: Central Starkville at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex; Gillespie Street at the Gillespie Center; Sessums at the Sessums Fire Station; and Oktoc at the Oktoc Fire Station.
Miss. could rethink law on overdue taxes
JACK ELLIOTT JR. Associated Press JACKSON — State law currently requires the Mississippi Department of Revenue to garnish 100 percent of the wages of a government official or employee should that person become delinquent in paying taxes. Going back to September 2011, a legislative watchdog group recommended the law be changed to allow garnishment of 25 percent to 100 percent of wages until the tax obligation is met. But discussions on the recommendation have been few, and the Legislature has not acted. Employees of private companies and government entities are subject to wage garnishment, which is the practice of an employer deducting money from a worker’s paycheck before he or she receives it. The amount varies from state to state. Mississippi’s law dates back to the 1930s. It has been amended over the years, most recently to provide for garnishment of the wages in unpaid child support cases. “This is an old law,” said Kathy Waterbury, spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue. “As I understand, the idea behind this is that if you are on the public payroll, you should pay the taxes that support the government you work for.” And, Waterbury said, it would take an act of the Legislature to change it. James G. McGee Jr., a Jackson tax attorney, has filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court to have the law declared unconstitutional. In addition, McGee said he and client hope “somebody in the Legislature would take this thing seriously.” “I had never seen this 100 percent garnishment until the summer of 2011, when a policeman came to me after getting a paycheck with a zero on it. Now, I have seen a flood of these cases. It is absolutely mindboggling that we’d have a law on the books in 2013 that would have this effect,” McGee told The Associated Press. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Revenue suggested the law be changed. Bills were filed in the 2012 and 2013 sessions but died with little debate. One lawmaker says the law unfairly singles out state employers. “They can’t feed their family. They can’t pay their bills. They can’t do anything. That’s why so many of them have second jobs,” said Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon, D-Raymond, whose bill died this year. Dixon said she will refile the bill next year. “It is an injustice. I call these people victims,” Dixon said. “It is a shame this keeps happening. A lot of them have called me about this. The state employees ... we don’t treat anybody else like this.” Waterbury said garnishing 100 percent of state/county/municipal employees’ wages is the least preferred method of collecting tax debt. “It is utilized as a last resort when taxpayers, including public employees, do not respond to notices from the DOR,” she said. Waterbury said there are payment plan options available if the taxpayer doesn’t have another current payment plan and if the debt is not currently in collection case status. Collection case status is when non-paid tax is no longer subject to appeal and all due process rights are exhausted. The case has moved from voluntary payment to involuntary collections. Generally, such payment plans are for people who file on time and need to pay the taxes they owe over a period of time. Waterbury said the time for payment plans is not open-ended — there are time limits placed on how long a taxpayer has to pay his back taxes. The DOR’s new online system offers up to 24 months. Mississippi’s neighbors follow the federal rules for the amount of a garnishment, which allows up to 25 percent of a worker’s wages to be taken.
Emerson Reading To Succeed Parent-School liaison Kristen Burnett helps 7-year-old Ian Pickle and his mother Elizabeth Pickle select a book at Emerson Family Resource Center’s Family Literacy Day Saturday. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Emerson hosts Literacy Day
By STEVEN NALLEY They call themselves “Lemerson” — a portmanteau combining the Emerson Family Resource Center where they volunteer and the lemon-yellow color of the shirts that identify them as volunteers with Mississippi State University’s Day One Leadership Community. Day One challenges freshmen to build leadership skills by organizing events that give back to the community. Kelsey Huggins, a junior in MSU’s Montgomery Leadership program, said Day One was subdivided into multiple teams with their own nicknames, and the team she led chose the nickname Lemerson. On Saturday, Lemerson, other MSU volunteers, and other MSU organizations showed up in force to present Family Literacy Day at Emerson, a Halloween-themed fair where children could play games to earn tickets that they could cash in for books. Teaming with Lemerson and Emerson to present the program were Oktibbeha County Excel By 5 and Emerson’s Reading to Succeed program, with Kiwanis helping Emerson pay for the books. The carnival games children could play to earn books included pumpkin bowling, clothespin fishing, balloon stomping and more, all set up and staffed by the MSU volunteers. “I’m over a group of six, and last night, we met for five hours to finalize all the games,” Huggins said. “I think (the freshmen have) learned that events like this take a long time to plan, but everything comes together. I think it’s really rewarding to see the outcome. You get to see
kids that are happy and excited and ultimately see books go home with children. I like that the kids get so excited about the books ... because that’s our point ... to encourage literacy and encourage parents to read with their children.” Turnout at Family Literacy Day was strong, with dozens of families making rounds through the carnival. Huggins said it helped to have the event on a sunny, clear morning — everything Halloween itself was not, due to a powerful storm system. “We were worried about the outcome,” Huggins said. “We weren’t sure how many people would come out. It was raining on Halloween, so a lot of kids didn’t get to go trick-or-treating, so they were looking forward to coming to this.” Emerson Director Elmarie Brooks said because of the proximity to Halloween, Family Literacy Day was also known as “Read-or-Treat,” and it had been going on annually for the past three years. Day One had been a significant asset to Emerson for five years, she said, not only helping with Family Literacy Day but also volunteering in Emerson’s library. “Starkville is very fortunate to have those volunteers,” Elmarie said. “We felt this Read-or-Treat would be a good opportunity for them ... to learn leadership skills, organizational skills and all kinds of cooperation. It’s our way of encouraging familes to read at home to their children. It’s basically trying to encourage families to build their libraries at home.”
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Varco cares for hearts, souls
By STEVEN NALLEY The patients in OCH Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program have a nickname for the nurse in charge, Elizabeth Varco. They call her the “mother hen.” John Fondren said he became Varco’s patient about five weeks ago after having a heart valve replaced. He said he had been exercising at the OCH HealthPlex that houses Varco’s program before becoming her patient, so the two already knew each other, and he knew the nickname had been in place for some time. Having grown up on a farm himself, he said he had seen the way mother hens protect their chicks from any threats, and he found the nickname appropriate. “She loves every one of (her patients), treats them all the same, and it (makes no) difference who they are,” Fondren said. “She’s right on you all the time, and she knows everything about you.” Varco cares for her patients’ hearts and
Nurse Elizabeth Varco with the cardiac rehabilitation program at OCH Regional Medical Center has earned the nickname “Mother Hen” because of how she cares for her patients. (Submitted photo)
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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 Rotary — The current Rotary Youth Exchange student will speak at noon at the Starkville Country Club. He will be introduced by Keith Remy. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Rotary Club. u Civitan Club — Starkville Civitan Club will meet at noon at McAlister’s Deli. u Cemetery Association — The Starkville Cemetery Association, representing Odd Fellows Cemetery on University Drive, will host its annual meeting at 1 p.m. in the Applegate Building of First Baptist Church. Use the Washington Street entrance. u Starkville Public Library book sale — The Friends of the Starkville Public Library will hold its monthly book sale from noon to 6 p.m. In addition to a large selection of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, the price will be reduced on some groups. Revenue from the sale of books is used to support library projects. u Cemetery Association — The fall membership meeting for the cemetery association will be at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. u Volunteer Management Training — Volunteer Starkville is hosting a volunteer management training conducted by Harvey Gordon with the MSU Extension Service from 9 a.m. to noon in the 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. This training will focus on how to utilize volunteers at your nonprofit organization, recognize them for their efforts and evaluate their performance.
grams. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com 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) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the John Grisham room at Recent MSU graduates Justin Hillhouse, left, and Kyle Dickerson play catch in the front yard during a viewing party for Mississippi State University’s football game at the University of South Carolina. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
u Kiwanis — Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Hilton Garden Inn.  Mike Tagert, Northern District Transportation Commissioner, will be the speaker. Visitors & prospective members are always welcome. u Oktibbeha County School District — The Oktibbeha County School District will hold its regular meeting at noon in the Central Office, 106 West Main Street. u America’s Music — The fourth screening of MSU’s America’s Music series will be at 7 p.m. at the MSU Library Auditorium. The genre featured will be The History of Rock n’ Roll:Episode 6, Plugging In. Dr. Michael Brown will lead a discussion with the audience and Jason Baker will play the drums. For more in-
formation visit http://library. on Hwy. 25. There will be a Recurring $10,000 raffle at the event. Tickets are $100 each and can u Childbirth Classes — be purchased from a member of OCH Regional Medical CenWednesday the club. Contact 323-1338 for ter is holding childbirth classes during the month of October. u Green Thumb Graden more information. Classes will be held on MonClub — The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 2 Friday days from 6– 8:30 p.m. in the p.m. in the Mississippi Room OCH Ed Facility.  The class u Bridges Out of Poverty fee is $70.  To sign up or for at Cadence Bank. The speaker will be Dr. Alison Buehler from — Starkville Bridges Out of questions, call Paula Hamilton, Gaining Grounds Sustainability Poverty will meet at 10 a.m. perinatal nurse manager at 662at 929 Coffee Bar. The meet- 615-3364. Institute of Misssissippi. ing is open to all who are inu ABE/GED Classes — terested in learning more about ABE/GED classes are offered Thursday Starkville Bridges. There will from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monu AARP — The AARP be a briefing from those who days-Thursdays at the J.L. King monthly membership meeting attended the national confer- Center. For more information will be at 9 a.m. in the Fellow- ence and make plans for 2014. contact 324-6913. u Starkville School Disship Hall of the First Baptist Please be present at 9:45 a.m. if trict — SSD Lunch ApplicaChurch.  Program is “Self De- you plan to order tions for 2013-14 school year fense for Seniors” to be presentnow available. The Office of Saturday ed by Dr. Lynn McBroom and Child Nutrition is now located Mrs. Caryn Dampier. For more u Sweet Potato Drop — on the north end of the Heninformation call Marilyn Laird 323-6309 or Ruth de la Cruz Volunteer Starkville is hosting a derson Ward Stewart ComSweet Potato Drop from 9 a.m. plex. Office hours are Monday 324-1424. u Mini Moo Time — to noon for Family Volunteer through Friday from 7 a.m. Chick-Fil-A’s Mini Moo time Day at the Palmeiro Center on to 3 p.m. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed will be at 9 a.m. for children the MSU Campus. u Women’s Conference — the direct certification process ages 6 and under. The theme is The Antioch Church will have for families who automatically Noisy Noise Day! u Town and Country Gar- it’s women’s conference begin- qualify for certain benefits and den Club — The club will ning at 10 a.m. until the eve- services. For more information meet at 9:30 a.m. at the home ning. the conference continues contact Nicole Thomas at nthoor of Vicki Katz. Master gardener at 3 p.m. Nov. 10. For more Jim McKell will present a pro- info contact Betty Brown 341- 662-615-0021. u Storytime — Maben Pubgram on composting and give 6448. lic Library will have storytime at tips on how to use items to creu Gospel Singing — The 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of Angelic Voices and The Golden ate “gardening goodies.” u Lion’s Club — The Li- Echoes will be performing at fun activities along with a story on’s Club November business 6 p.m. at Lane Chapel CME with Ms. Mary. Children ages meeting will be at 11:45 a.m. Church in Tupelo. Admission is 3-6 are invited! u Mini Moo Time — The in McAlister Deli.  Two im- free, but a free will offering will Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds portant items in the agenda are be received. u SAAC Gala — The Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. evthe $10,000 giveaway and Eye glasses applications among oth- Starkville Area Arts Council will ery Thurday. There are stories, ers.  Visiting Lions and guests hold its 11th annual arts gala, activities, and crafts for kids six are welcome.  For information An Evning at the Louvre, at and under. The event is free. u Samaritan Club cheese call club president Armando de 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Henry — The Starkville Samaritan Center. Tickets are $75. For la Cruz at 324-1424. Club is selling mild, sharp, u Samaritan Club — The reservations call 662-324-3080 extra-sharp and round cheese. or visit Starkville Samaritan Clubwill Cheese may be purchased at meet at 6 p.m. at the VFW any of the following businesses
in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret Prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u 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 first, second, fourth and fifth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room and play at 3 p.m. on the third Saturdays at the Carrington Nursing Home. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth pro-
the Mitchell Memorial Library. u GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville in Starkville, will offer free ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information call 662-320-4607. u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper. net or call 662-323-8152. u 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 Square dancing — Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Enjoy learning with our caller and friendly help from experienced dancers. Follow the covered walk to the small building.  Look us up on Facebook “Jolly Squares”. u Dance team applications — KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Streams in the Desert” from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday, starting Aug. 20 at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Quilting group meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilt Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at
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of the Day Becca Keith
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James Brown biopic starts filming Monday in Miss.
From Wire Reports NATCHEZ — Filming begins Monday in Natchez, Miss., for “Get On Up,” a biopic about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Executive producer Trish Hoffman said extras are still needed for several scenes, including a Vietnam scene that will be filmed at the Natchez-Adams County Airport in December. “Slowly but surely, we’re getting all the cast together, and we’re almost fully cast,” Hoffman told The Natchez Democrat ( “Extras, extras, extras is sort of our big thing right now. “We really need a ton of extras for some of the concert sequences, and it’s been a real challenge to get the number we need for many of the scenes,” she said. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and seAnother patient, Bob Singletary, said Varco took great care with her patients, and before coming to see her, he had seen firsthand how important it was to take care of his heart, even if no condition was immediately apparent. He said he exhibited no symptoms of heart problems before he took advantage of a special offer in Columbus: a scan of the heart at the discounted price of $50. “They found a 4.6-centimeter aneurysm ... on my ascending aorta,” Singletary said. “I was lucky. It might have lasted a year, it might have lasted six months, or it could have gone on for five or six years before it burst. (After having it removed), I couldn’t pick up anything over 10 pounds. To be honest with you, for four weeks, I didn’t feel like doing anything. Now, after eight weeks, I feel like I can pick up anything I want to and do anything I feel like doing. They do a really good job up here. I’d recommend it to anyone that’s had open heart surgery or a stent.” OCH exercise instructor Chassidy Brazzle said helping Varco in the cardiac rehab program had opened her eyes to the importance of nutrition and exercise to take care of her own heart. But even though patients’ conditions were serious, she said Varco and her patients had also taught her how to keep the mood light. “I’ve always been kind of a shy person, (but I’ve learned) to open up,” Brazzle said. “(The patients) tell us about their days, and we know all about their lives. They know all about (Varco) and her family, (and I have been) opening up with letting them know what’s happening with my family. I just had a baby seven months ago, and they like to hear what’s goBy 5 has its Christmas Extravaganza coming up at noon Dec. 14 at Emerson, where Goodman said there would be crafts for families to build and Santa Claus for children to visit. Reading to Succeed Project Manager Janet Lomen said her program also had an event coming up: Mississippi author and motivational speaker Robert Little was coming to multiple Starkville schools, reading to children and talking to Reading to Succeed’s tutors this week. She said Family Literacy Day had let her raise awareness of these programs as well as the overall mission of Reading to Succeed. “Part of our grant is to increase literacy and home libraries,” Lomen said. “This gives us an opportunity to reach families and distribute books.” Hoffman said Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott and Craig Robinson have been added as cast members in the past few days, Hoffman said. Aykroyd, an original “Saturday Night Live” cast member known for roles in “The Blues Brothers” and “Ghostbusters,” will play Brown’s agent, Ben Bart. Scott, a Grammy-winning singer, will play Brown’s second wife, Deidre “Deedee” Jenkins. Robinson, who played Darryl Philbin on the NBC sitcom “The Office,” will play Maceo Parker, a funk and soul saxophonist who played with Brown in the 1960s. Movie makers announced weeks ago that Brown will be portrayed by Chadwick Boseman, who was Jackie Robinson in “42.” “Get On Up” is scheduled for release in
October 2014. It’s being directed by Tate Taylor, a Mississippi native who also directed “The Help.” Taylor said filming will take place in November and December in and around Natchez and in early 2014 in and around Jackson. “Once we start shooting, it’s like a speeding train,” Hoffman said. “We don’t advertise where or what day we’re going to shoot scenes, but we’ll be all over the area.” The movie will depict the life of Brown from about age 5 until 1993. He died in 2006. Hoffman said the movie makers recently started testing different looks for hair and makeup. “People may start seeing James Brown walking around Natchez,” she said.
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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 662323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. were times when she had found issues that his internal medicine doctor had not. “If something’s wrong with you, she calls your doctor and tells them,” Fondren said. “She finds out more about the patient than (his or her doctor) finds ... because she’s with you every day, and she’s monitoring you.” With help from Varco and her associates in cardiac rehab, Fondren said he has doubled the amount of time that he could spend exercising and increased the resistance on the cardiac rehab machines — table-mounted devices resembling bicycle pedals, but turned by hand. He said every decision to tackle a new challenge was one he and Varco made together, and the same was true for all her patients. “Every Friday is negotiation day,” Fondren said. “We tell her whether we can go on up or stay where we’re at and those kinds of things. If (patients) are not doing it right, she corrects them. She watches everything you’re doing.” Fellow patient Henry Fulgham said Varco also placed strong emphasis on nutrition to keep patients’ hearts healthy, routinely bringing in healthy foods for patients to sample and keeping track of everything patients ate. Sometimes, Fulgham said, when Varco showed her expertise on hearthealthy foods, it could be surprising. “I ate some liver one time and mentioned it to her, and she told me, ‘Don’t ever do that. Don’t eat liver more than once every two years,’” Fulgham said. “I thought I was helping myself. I was low on iron, and they say there’s a lot of iron in liver, but there’s too much of the carbohydrates in liver, (and) I’m diabetic too.” garten, Here We Come,” an event designed to prepare children and their families for the new school year. Attendance at that event was low, Goodman said, in part because multiple other events were going on in town at the same time, including Starkville’s 175th anniversary parade and the Lucky Dog Barrel Race at the Mississippi Horse Park. But she said Family Literacy Day had shown her that an event in the fall scheduled to avoid conflict with other events could have a major draw, and she was thinking of holding a kindergarten readiness event in the fall next year. “We’re hoping this time of year will be better,” Goodman said. “It seems to be working out better today.” In the nearer term, Excel
nior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662323-2294. ing on with her.” Henry Bock said he came to cardiac rehab after having a heart attack and getting three stents installed, and Varco was excellent at explaining everything he needed to know about his heart attack. He said building strength back up in his heart had been easier because of Varco’s talent for keeping the mood light.  “They try to keep you half entertained while you’re doing
u Square dancing — This is fun for all age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers will close at the end of April and will open again in the fall. Enjoy our new caller and friendly help from experienced dancers.  Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covered walk to the small building. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — Gentiva Hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little it,” Bock said. “It makes the time pass and makes it easier to do it. They come around and ask you how you’re doing. They have birthday parties for different (patients). They talk about stuff (like) how you feel, what you did over the weekends, and just more or less something to talk with you about and make time go by.” Jewel Fulton said she recently moved to Starkville from Brooksville and had come to
as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on someone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662418-1843.
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souls with expertise, attention to detail, and a track record that nearly extends to the beginning of OCH’s cardiac rehab program. Varco joined the program in 1987, a year after OCH launched it. Eddie Myles, director of the Wellness Connection fitness program also housed at the HealthPlex, has been with OCH for 25 years and said Varco set a great example to follow. “The very reason I’m still here at the wellness center is (that when) you meet people like Liz Varco, it’s hard to leave,” Myles said. “A lot of folks just come to work and do their job, (but) she makes house calls, (and) she’s checking on members all the time. She really has a genuine concern about each member that comes to see her.” If Varco’s current or former patients were ever hospitalized, Myles said, Varco visited them in the hospital. Myles said he currently trained a client who went through Varco’s cardiac rehab, and that client was one of several patients that Varco continued to keep tabs with long after completing rehab. She also maintained synergy with OCH’s other programs, he said. “If we can’t do something (elsewhere in the HealthPlex) that cardiac rehab is equipped to do, then that door is always open for us,” Myles said. “(Wellness Connection) members who have transferred from her department to our department don’t have to speak to Liz Varco. She comes to speak to you.” Fondren said Varco also demonstrates considerable expertise. In fact, he said there
Varco after an aortic valve replacement. She said she had only visited Varco twice so far, but Varco had already left an impression on her. “She seems to be a really caring person,” Fulton said. “I feel she knows her job really well. I really enjoyed the two visits I’ve had with her. All of (Varco’s team members) have been very caring in taking care of the patients. I feel that it’s going to benefit me when I finish here.”
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Diana Outlaw brought her 3-year-old daughter Arya to Family Literacy Day, and she said Arya ended up picking out a princess puzzle book. Diana said she had worked together with Emerson to put on several events, so she wanted to show support. “Elmarie does an amazing job with things, so we wouldn’t miss it,” Diana said. “It’s just really well designed for little kids. It just made them all feel like they were included and could participate.” Excel By 5 County Certification Manager Ellen Goodman said Family Literacy Day was also a learning opportunity for her organization. In April, she said, Excel By 5 held “Kinder-
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Monday, November 4, 2013
Budget conference should yield results
edented $17 trillion, we must not lose sight of the urgency of a sustainable budget plan.  The latest long-term outlook from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) anticipates that spending for Social Security and the major federal health-care programs will rise to 14 percent of our economic output, or gross domestic product (GDP), by 2038 unless changes are made.  For the past 40 years, spending on these programs has averaged only half that number.  Likewise, in just the next 25 years, CBO expects federal debt held by the public to reach 100 percent of GDP.  That number today is approximately 73 percent.  An economy eclipsed by debt is a Heeding CBO Warnings recipe for financial disaster.  Economists have linked extremely high debt With the federal debt at an unprec- to weaker economic growth and lost
Roger Wicker
was part of the agreement to reopen is more economic growth. the government on October 16, is My remarks to the committee also Over the next several weeks, a bi- responsible for producing a spending emphasized the need to confront the partisan committee is tasked with find- plan by December 13. biggest driver of federal debt the skying practical solutions to America’s rocketing growth of important prodebt crisis.  The budget conference the Confronting the Debt Problem grams like Social Security, Medicare, first to convene between the House and Medicaid.  No one is suggesting of Representatives and the Senate in In my opening statement to the any cuts to benefits, nor should they, four years is a long-overdue step to- conference committee, I made it clear but bipartisan agreement exists for ward forging a financial blueprint that I would oppose tax increases in any modest structural reforms.  These prochanges our country’s current trajec- budget deal, urging my colleagues ingrams are important to Mississippians, tory of excessive debt and spending. stead to focus on Washington’s spend- and preserving them for future genAs a member of the budget con- ing problem.  Demanding more tax erations requires meaningful measures ference and the Senate Budget Com- dollars from job creators is the wrong mittee, I am hopeful that the process approach to deficit reduction and espe- to slow their growth.  Even President will yield achievable reforms and put cially harmful in an economy that des- Obama’s most recent budget embraces an end to paralyzing Washington grid- perately needs job creation.  There are sensible changes for lasting savings. lock.  Americans expect results, and this is an occasion for Republicans and Democrats to work as problemsolvers.  The budget conference, which ways to lower the debt without asking Americans to send more of their hardearned paychecks to Washington.  Increased revenues will come when there
jobs.  Without confidence that the government can repay what it owes, businesses are discouraged from critical investment and hiring, putting the country’s future prosperity at risk.
Seizing a Golden Opportunity
America’s budget problems are real and somber, demanding leadership from both political parties.  The budget conference is a golden opportunity to restore faith among the public if lawmakers are willing to roll up their sleeves and make tough decisions.  The recent government shutdown left no victors in its wake.  Ultimately, turning the corner on our debt challenges means governing toward solutions not another crisis.
More chatter than needed
By DAVID IGNATIUS Washington Post Several years ago, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, an in-house think tank for the intelligence community, launched what is known as the “Good Judgment Project.” The idea is to test through forecasting competitions the factors that lead analysts to make good predictions. One of the most interesting findings, according to a participant in the project, is that forecasting accuracy doesn’t necessarily improve when analysts have access to highly classified signals intelligence of the sort the National Security Agency has been collecting secretly from the phones and messages of world leaders and, it sometimes seems, nearly everyone else. In fact, the top forecasters, drawn from universities and elsewhere, performed about 30 percent better than the average for intelligence community analysts who could read intercepts and other secret data. Good predictions don’t necessarily correlate with access to secret data, in other words. Indeed, according to Philip Tetlock, a University of Pennsylvania professor who heads the project, too much information can sometimes overwhelm analysts and decrease their forecasting accuracy. The NSA obviously operates on the theory that more data is better. Reading the daily revelations of NSA electronic surveillance, some people have likened the situation to George Orwell’s all-seeing “Big Brother” in his novel “1984.” That image doesn’t match my own impression of the egghead military leaders of the NSA. Rather, I think of the “sorcerer’s apprentice” in Walt Disney’s movie “Fantasia,” who created a disaster by using tools and spells whose consequences he didn’t understand.
Realizing there’s a blueprint in the universe
By TIM WILDMON Do you believe that there is an intelligent mind behind life on earth and our universe? Or do you believe that the world and human existence is a matter of chance or happenstance? And do you believe “happenstance” is even a word or do you believe – as I do – that it is a word that has slowly evolved over time? A few years back I wrote about a book titled “Who Built the Moon?”, written by British researchers Christopher Knight and Alan Butler. But the information bears repeating. These gentlemen say that their field of study had no religious component and both describe themselves as “dyed in the wool agnostics.” What these guys did was study everything about the moon. “Our first realization,” said Butler, “is that all experts agree that the Moon is a highly improbable object and it has been nothing less than an incubator for life on Earth. Quite simply, we humans would not be here if the Moon had not been exactly the size it is in the various positions it has held over the last four-and-a-half billion years.” (Note to reader: I don’t know how the gents got the number “four-and-half-billion years,” but it is not germane to what they discovered.) Knight and Butler then noticed some very odd mathematical relationships between the size of the Moon, Earth and Sun. The orbital characteristics of the Moon and the Earth, they say, are unlikely to exist by chance alone. For example, the Earth revolves 366 times in one orbit of the Sun and the Earth is 366 percent larger than the Moon. Conversely, the Moon takes 27.32 days to orbit the Earth and is 27.32 percent of Earth’s size. “There is no possible relationship between the relative size of the Earth and the Moon and their orbital characteristics, yet the numbers are the same. And that was just the first of many such underlying patterns,” said Knight. “The number 366 was the basis of the ancient measuring system we have reconstructed, and that number keeps popping up along with a small group of round numbers such as 400 and 10,000. For example, the Moon is 400 times closer to the Earth than the Sun and exactly 400 times smaller than the Sun. And in 366 orbits of the Moon, the Earth experiences 10,000 days.” “We were confused at first,” admitted Butler. “Where there should have been random, disconnected numbers there were beautifully harmonious relationships and repeating patterns. It struck us as though we were looking at some kind of engineering blueprint involving the Earth and the Moon’s interaction around the Sun.” As if this weren’t enough, Knight and Butler made an even more surprising discovery. The metric system, which is now universally adopted across the world for scientific measurement, appears to have been created specifically to highlight the peculiarities of the Moon. For example, the Earth is 109.3 times smaller than
the Sun, while the circumference of the Moon when measured in kilometers is 10,930 km! Also, the Moon is turning at exactly 1 percent of the Earth’s spin, which gives a speed at the lunar equator of precisely 400 kilometers per hour. According to the authors, there can be only one logical explanation: Some agency saw the life-bearing potential of the Earth/Sun system and added the Moon as a means to create and nurture life. But the same agency did much more. It made certain that the resulting mathematics would be particularly relevant to a species with 10 fingers and also in the absolute knowledge of the eventual use of the metric system. My interpretation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.”
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Mississippi drug courts are growing but short on money
From Wire Reports JACKSON — Mississippi drug courts are handling a growing number of cases, and officials say they help people improve their lives through treatment and accountability rather than imprisonment. But funding for the courts remains stagnant. The Clarion-Ledger reports ( ) that since 2008, the number of drug courts has grown 76 percent and participants have climbed from 1,821 to about 3,300. The courts’ $4 million funding has not changed; it comes from $10 assessments on criminal convictions, including traffic tickets. Legislators set the assessments a decade ago. Advocates say the drug courts are $3.6 million short of full funding, and officials cut back on money for felony adult drug courts and juvenile drug courts. No money was appropriated this budget year for municipal, justice court and family drug courts. During the 2013 legislative session, increased funding for drug courts was added to two bills, but both bills died. “We can find money for everything else,” said state Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, who has pushed to create and expand drug courts. “It makes no sense to me that we aren’t adequately funding drug courts.” Mississippi has the second-highest incarceration rate in the nation, only behind Louisiana. Mississippi is one of only six states with felony drug courts stretching statewide. Before the reductions, there were 46 drug courts, including 22 felony level drug courts — one in every Circuit Court district — and 15 juvenile drug courts; two pilot family drug courts; four municipal drug courts; and three in justice courts. Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said it costs $41.51 per day to house an inmate in the state prison system. That compares to $7.89 per day for a person to be in the drug court program. Also, adult drug court participants who can afford it must pay a monthly fee for their participation. Advocates say drug court programs allow participants the chance to break free from addiction, and criminal actions, and to transform their lives to become productive members of society. “Anytime we can offer treatment rather than incarceration you will be successful. Drug courts offer treatment and accountability. They have better monitoring systems, including routine drug testing,” says Trost Friedler, executive director of Harbor House, one of the treatment programs used in the drug court program in Hinds County. People with cases in drug courts are monitored and drug tested two or three times weekly. They’re required to appear before a drug counselor weekly and provide an update status to the judge. Participants are often required to participate in General Education Development classes to work toward a high school equivalency degree and/or keep a job. They undergo short-term and long-term alcohol and drug treatment. The Administrative Office of Courts said that last fiscal year, 58 babies were born to drug-free mothers who’ve been through drug court. That saved about $2.9 million in first-year health costs. Circuit Judge Vernon Cotten of Carthage and his district’s drug court coordinator, Marcus Ellis Jr., said the court system locking up drug offenders for 40 years and it hasn’t worked. “We take first-time, nonviolent offenders, drug addicted, place them in prison with no chance of recovering from their drug habit, place them so that they learn to be professional criminals, and then release them to return to the same place, with the same people, in the same situation, and expect change,” Ellis said. “They have no tools to stay sober.” Drug court provides the tools to help a person who wants to get off drugs, said Cotten, whose 8th Judicial District Circuit Court of Leake, Neshoba, Newton and Scott counties had 185 drug court program participants as of Oct. 1. It was the first felony drug court certified by the Administrative Office of Courts. That drug court program takes five years to complete and includes alcohol and drug treatment, monitoring as many as three times a week for alcohol and drug use, aftercare and other services, Ellis said.
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Appeals court to review approval of BP settlement
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill. On Monday, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That’s because several months after U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier approved the settlement, BP started complaining that the judge and court-appointed claims administrator were misinterpreting it. The London-based oil giant is worried it could be forced to pay billions of dollars more for bogus or inflated claims by businesses. Plaintiffs’ attorneys who brokered the deal want the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the classaction settlement. As of Friday, payments have been made to more than 38,000 people and businesses for an estimated $3.7 billion. Tens of thousands more could file claims in the coming months. The settlement doesn’t have a cap, but BP initially estimated that it would pay roughly $7.8 billion to resolve the claims. Later, as it started to challenge the business payouts, the company said it no longer could give a reliable estimate for how much the deal will cost. The dispute centers on money for businesses, not individuals. Awards are based on a comparison of revenues and expenses before and after the spill. BP says a “policy decision” that claims administrator Patrick Juneau announced in January has allowed businesses to manipulate those figures in a way that leads to errors in calculating their actual lost profits. Last month, a different 5th Circuit panel threw out Barbier’s rulings on the dispute and ordered him to craft a “narrowly-tailored” injunction that modifies the damage calculations. The lead plaintiffs’ attorneys said the panel’s decision has no effect on the separate appeal of Barbier’s December 2012 approval of the settlement. “The processing and pay-
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In this April 21, 2010 file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. British oil company BP said Thursday Nov. 15, 2012 it is in advanced talks with U.S. agencies about settling criminal and other claims from the Gulf of Mexico well blowout two years ago. In a statement, BP said “no final agreement has yet been reached” and that any such deal would still be subject to court approvals. (Photo by US Coast Guard, AP File) ment of (business) claims has not in any way affected the fair, reasonable and adequate compensation paid under the Settlement Agreement’s transparent and objective criteria to any Objector or any other member of the class,” they wrote. BP wants the court to adopt its interpretation of the settlement terms for businesses. If it does, the “otherwise fatal obstacles” would be eliminated and the entire settlement could be upheld, the company told the 5th Circuit. BP is not the only one questioning Barbier’s December 2012 approval of the settlement. Attorney Brent Coon, of Beaumont, Texas, argued that a rush to “close the deal” resulted in a settlement program “mired in implementation problems.” He did not have a role in negotiating the settlement but filed one of several formal objections, seeking revisions to the agreement. “Too much random guess work was needed to determine whether an individual’s claim was eligible for settlement funds or not,” he wrote. Juneau’s office began issuing settlement payments on July 31, 2012. As of Friday, tens of thousands of claimants have received settlement offers worth more than $4.9 billion. BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said the 5th Circuit’s ruling last month concluded that Juneau’s interpretations of the settlement “do not withstand scrutiny under the law.” “If they are not corrected, the settlement class cannot be certified and the settlement should be set aside, ending what once promised to be an historic effort to benefit those who experienced losses as a result of the spill,” he said in a statement.
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Monday, November 4, 2013
College Basketball
Bulldogs play well in exhibition
By BEN WAIT “Obviously, it was for our guys to get out and play some different competition,” Ray said. “They’ve been beating up on each other If there is going to be a in practice for quite some time.” vast improvement with the Last year the Bulldogs had to come from Mississippi State Bulldogs behind in the second half to beat William Carthis basketball season, Sunday ey. was a good start. This year it was a different story. MSU rolled over AuburnThe Bulldogs led from start to finish and Montgomery 86-57 in an exnever really struggled. hibition outing. “We practice, go on and close teams out,” Borchert sophomore guard Craig Sword said. “When The Bulldogs struggled in last year’s preseason game, as we scrimmaged the other day, we didn’t close they only beat William Carey 80-74. out very well. That’s all we’ve been working MSU head coach Rick Ray was happy with on, (and) close teams out in the second half.” the effort he saw from his team in Humphrey MSU got a big game out of senior forward Coliseum on the lazy fall afternoon. Colin Borchert. Borchert led all scorers with 23 points. He played just 25 minutes. “I’m really pleased with the way Colin Borchert played,” Ray said. “I thought he took good shots. He played through the offense, (and) didn’t force anything.”  Near the end of last season, Borchert really came on strong and he has carried that over to this season. “I think it was just confidence,” Borchert said. “Last year, I came out firing, but I would miss some shots. My confidence went from 100 (percent) to maybe 32 quick.” Sword had 12 points along with redshirt freshman Dre Applewhite. Applewhite missed last season after injuring his knee in practice. He made two 3-pointers and had three assists.
His teammates were glad to finally get him on the hardwood. “The biggest thing about him is just going out there and not worrying about his knee,” Borchert said. “Just to go out there and be Dre. We see it all day in practice, but when it comes out to a game, it’s a little different. You don’t know really what’s going to happen.” Starkville native Gavin Ware had a doubledouble with 10 points and 11 rebounds.  The Bulldogs led 44-22 at halftime and outscored the Warhawks 42-35 in the second half. MSU shot 51.7 percent from the field (30for-58), while the held Auburn-Montgomery to just 36.5 percent (23-for-63). The Bulldogs open the season at home Friday against Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m.
MSU women take their turn on court
For Starkville Daily News Coach Vic Schaefer’s second season as head coach of the Mississippi State women’s basketball team begins tonight as the Bulldogs host Shorter in a 7 p.m. exhibition contest at Humphrey Coliseum. Admission to the games is free, and fans are encouraged to bring cans of food as the Mississippi State M-Club begins its annual Thanksgiving food drive. The contest will be streamed to HailStateTV subscribers at Mississippi State welcomes eight players, including four starters, back to the squad along with five heralded newcomers. Junior Martha Alwal looks to build on a sensational sophomore campaign that saw her earn All-Southeastern Conference accolades and the Gillom Trophy after averaging a team-high 12.1 points per game and leading the SEC with 9.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest and 16 double-doubles. State also returns junior Kendra Grant following a banner season that saw her average a personal-best 11.8 points per game. Monday’s contest will be the secondstraight year the Bulldogs have met Shorter for their exhibition. State opened the Schaefer era with a 55-49 win against the Lady Hawks last season, using stifling defense and 13 points each from Carnecia Williams and Katia May to rally for the win. Williams had a breakout season for the Bulldogs, posting a career-best 8.3 points per game. May, one of two seniors along with Candace Foster, scored at a 5.1 clip a year ago while topping the team with 3.2 assists per game. The returning Bulldogs will get a boost from a talented group of newcomers that includes junior Savannah Carter, a member of Trinity Valley Community College’s 2012-13 national championship team; Texas All-State standouts Ketara Chapel and Dominique Dillingham; Georgia All-State selection Breanna Richardson; and Nigeria native Chinwe Okorie, who averaged a double-double last season at Stoneleigh-Burnham (Mass.) School. The Bulldogs open the regular season on the road Friday, heading to Houston for a 5 p.m. tip. State begins the home slate WednesMississippi State’s women and junior Martha Alwal, right, play exhibition action tonight at day, Nov. 13 against Jackson State at 7 p.m. Humphrey Coliseum. (SDN file photo)
High School Basketball
Lady Vols open season at tourney
Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt is anxious to find out if the moves she has made with her team recently are the correct ones. The East Rankin Academy Tournament will provide the situation Schmidt needs. The Lady Volunteers open the season against Bowling Green (La.). The junior high game takes place at 4 p.m. with the varsity game following. “It gives you a chance to put them out there early, make sure you have the right people in the right places and that you are doing the right things for your team,” Schmidt said about the tournament opportunity. Starkville Academy comes off a season where it finished 43-0 and swept the Mississippi Association of Independenct Schools District 1-AAA, AAA and Overall State championships for the second consecutive season. Schmidt already knew the Lady Vols were going to be without three players that were vitally important to that state title run in Tiffany Huddleston, Maggie Proffitt and Anna Lea Little. After five or six weeks of practice, Starkville Academy comNora Kathryn Carroll (33) focuses on defense for the peted at a jamboree at Jackson Prep and scrimmaged against Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers last season. (Photo by Copiah Academy and Madison-Ridgeland Academy. The Lady Vols came away from that experience feeling pretJason Edwards, SDN)
ty good about what they had, then senior point guard Maridee Higginbotham went down in practice the next day after the jamboree with a knee injury. “We’ve been uncertain for two weeks and have been playing some people in positions where we never considered having to play them in,” Schmidt said. “We are doing a little readjusting until we can get (Higginbtham) in a brace and we have a chance to see what she can do. “She is a very valuable part of our puzzle and the last two years, she played behind two pretty good point guards and played a very important reserve role for us. We hope she can get some action. It’s too late to have surgery and get back before (the season) is over, so she is going to make the sacrifice and get fitted for a customed-made brace and try to make a contribution. Our hearts are heavy for her because it’s her senior year, but we are moving some people around into certain positions and see how we can play with a different look.” The Lady Vols look to returning seniors Sallie Kate Richardson and Nora Kathryn Carroll for leadership on the court. It will be a tough opener for SA as Bowling Green won the 2A State championship last season. This will be the second-straight season the Lady Vols have opened with Bowling Green. They ended Bowling Green’s season at the Overall State Tournament last season in Clinton. “They are a really quality program with their varsity and junior high, so I would rather open with a team like that to find out where we are,” Schmidt said.
National Football League
Rex Ryan bests brother at expense of the Saints
By BARRY WILNER Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan found plenty of things to brag about after his New York Jets upset the Saints 26-20 Sunday. His impressive string of wins over his twin wasn’t the main one. Oh, Rex mentioned beating brother Rob, the New Orleans defensive coordinator, for the seventh time in 10 matchups. How could he not, given the competitive nature of the twins, something they got from their father, Buddy, who went 55-55-1 as an NFL head coach? The 79-year-old Buddy was at the game. But there were so many other aspects of yet another victory in an odd-numbered game that thrilled the Jets boss.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, visits with his brother Rob, the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints before Sunday’s game in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo See BROTHERS | Page 12 by Bill Kostroun, AP)
The number of touchdown passes for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles against Oakland on Sunday that tied a National Football League record.
Gray wins MSU baseball scrimmage
Eight different Mississippi State players tallied hits and scored runs for Gray in an 8-2 victory against Black in Mississippi State baseball’s 15th fall scrimmage Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. In all, 14 different Bulldogs registered a hit in the seveninning scrimmage. Junior transfer Jake Vickerson led the way, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. Also collecting two hits were senior C.T. Bradford (2-for4, run), redshirt freshman Daniel Garner (2-for-2, RBI, run, walk) and true freshman Reid Humphreys (2-for-3, RBI). On the mound, All-American right-handed junior closer Jonathan Holder finished the game with two strikeouts in a scoreless seventh. Sophomore righty John Marc Shelly pitched for both teams, combining for 2 1/3 shutout stanzas. Southpaw Jacob Lindgren (1.1 IP) and righty Levi Mintz (1.0 IP) also had scoreless outings out of the bullpen. The victors plated the first two runs of the game thanks to a bases-loaded walk by Garner, followed by freshman Dylan Ingram driving in Vickerson on a ground ball. Black tied the game in the top of the third with an RBI single the other way by sophomore Jacob Robson and a sacrifice fly by junior Matthew Britton which scored senior Demarcus Henderson. As quickly as the game was tied, Gray jumped right back up to a two run-lead in the bottom of the third courtesy of sacrifice flies by true freshman Brent Rooker and junior transfer Cody Walker. Leading 4-2, the home team put the game away with a four-run fifth. Following a double by Garner, Rooker recorded an RBI single and advanced to third on the throw home. With a runner on third, Walker and Hann drew base on balls to load the bases. Next, Vickerson drilled a twoRBI single to left, scoring Rooker and Walker. Hann then scored the final run of the game on a single to right by freshman Reid Humphreys.
College Football Southeastern Conference Standings Western Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Alabama 5-0 1.00 8-0 1.000 Auburn 4-1 .800 8-1 .889 LSU 3-2 .600 7-2 .778 Texas A&M 3-2 .600 7-2 .778 Ole Miss 2-3 .400 5-3 .625 Miss. State 1-3 .250 4-4 .500 Arkansas 0-5 .000 3-6 .333 Eastern Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Missouri 4-1 .800 8-1 .889 S. Carolina 5-2 .714 7-2 .778 Georgia 4-2 .667 5-3 .625 Florida 3-3 .500 4-4 .500 Vanderbilt 1-4 .200 4-4 .500 Tennessee 1-4 .200 4-5 .444 Kentucky 0-4 .000 2-6 .250 Saturday, Nov. 2 S. Carolina 34, Miss. State 16 Georgia 23, Florida 20 Auburn 35, Arkansas 17 Missouri 31, Tennessee 3 Kentucky 48, Alabama State 14 Texas A&M 57, UTEP 7 Saturday, Nov. 9 Miss. State at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee, 11 a.m. Vanderbilt at Florida, 11 a.m. Missouri at Kentucky, 11 a.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss, 11:21 a.m. Appalachian St. at Georgia, 11:30 a.m. LSU at Alabama, 7 p.m. AP Top 25 1. Alabama (52) 2. Oregon (2) 3. Florida St. (6) 4. Ohio St. 5. Baylor 6. Stanford 7. Auburn 8. Clemson 9. Missouri 10. LSU 11. Texas A&M 12. Oklahoma 13. South Carolina 14. Miami 15. Oklahoma St. 16. UCLA 17. Fresno St. 18. Michigan St. 19. UCF 20. Louisville 21. Wisconsin 22. N. Illinois 23. Arizona St. 24. Notre Dame 25. Texas Tech Record Pts 8-0 1,491 8-0 1,418 8-0 1,409 9-0 1,315 7-0 1,234 7-1 1,214 8-1 1,082 8-1 1,059 8-1 956 7-2 863 7-2 861 7-1 816 7-2 769 7-1 737 7-1 662 6-2 515 8-0 493 8-1 478 6-1 472 7-1 385 6-2 342 9-0 322 6-2 197 7-2 164 7-2 102 Pv 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 7 18 17 16 24 19 20 22 21 25 NR 15
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“I think it would be foolish to come in here and try to make sweeping changes.”
Brad Ausmus said Sunday after being introduced at the next manager of the Detroit Tigers.
Today Women’s College Basketball Shorter College at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (exhibition) High School Basketball East Rankin Girls Tournament Starkville Academy vs. Bowling Green (La.), 4 p.m.
New Orleans 105, Charlotte 84 Dallas 111, Memphis 99 Toronto 97, Milwaukee 90 Houston 104, Utah 93 Portland 115, San Antonio 105 Golden State 98, Sacramento 87 Sunday’s Games Orlando 107, Brooklyn 86 Miami 103, Washington 93 Detroit 87, Boston 77 Oklahoma City 103, Phoenix 96 Minnesota at New York, late Atlanta at L.A. Lakers, late Today’s Games Golden State at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m. Houston at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Miami at Toronto, 7 p.m. Utah at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at New York, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. San Antonio at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Portland, 10 p.m. Atlanta at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Kings Schedule All Times Eastern (Travis Outlaw’s scoring located at right) Kings 90, Nuggets 88 (Outlaw 5) Clippers 110, Kings 101 (Outlaw 2) Warriors 98, Kings 87 (Outlaw 15) Nov. 5 Atlanta, 10 p.m. Nov. 8 at Portland, 10 p.m. Nov. 9 Portland, 10 p.m. Nov. 13 Brooklyn, 10 p.m. Nov. 15 Detroit, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 17 Memphis, 6 p.m. Nov. 19 Phoenix, 10 p.m. Nov. 20 at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Nov. 23 at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29 L.A. Clippers, 10 p.m. Dec. 1 Golden State, 6 p.m. Dec. 3 Oklahoma City, 10 p.m. Dec. 6 L.A. Lakers, 10 p.m. Dec. 7 at Utah, 9 p.m. Dec. 9 Dallas, 10 p.m. Dec. 11 Utah, 10 p.m. Dec. 13 at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Dec. 15 Houston, 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Orlando, 7 p.m. Dec. 23 New Orleans, 10 p.m. Dec. 27 Miami, 10 p.m. Dec. 29 at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Houston, 7 p.m. Jan. 2 Philadelphia, 10 p.m. Jan. 4 Charlotte, 10 p.m. Jan. 7 Portland, 10 p.m. Jan. 10 Orlando, 10 p.m. Jan. 12 Cleveland, 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at Indiana, 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Memphis, 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at Houston, 8 p.m. Jan. 24 Indiana, 10 p.m. Jan. 26 Denver, 9 p.m. Jan. 27 at Utah, 9 p.m. Jan. 29 Memphis, 10 p.m. Jan. 31 at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3 Chicago, 10 p.m. Feb. 5 Toronto, 10 p.m. Feb. 7 at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Washington, 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at New York, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 Golden State, 10 p.m. Feb. 22 Boston, 10 p.m. Feb. 23 23¢ Denver, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 Houston, 10 p.m. Feb. 28 at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. March 1 Minnesota, 10 p.m. March 3 New Orleans, 10 p.m. March 5 h 5¢ Milwaukee, 8 p.m. March 7 at Toronto, 7 p.m. March 9 at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. March 11 at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. March 15 at Chicago, 8 p.m. March 16 at Minnesota, 7 p.m. March 18 Washington, 10 p.m. March 21 San Antonio, 10 p.m. March 23 Milwaukee, 6 p.m. March 26 New York, 10 p.m. March 28 at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. March 29 at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. March 31 at New Orleans, 8 p.m. April 2 L.A. Lakers, 10 p.m. April 4 at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. April 6 Dallas, 6 p.m. April 8 Oklahoma City, 10 p.m. April 9 at Portland, 10 p.m. April 12 at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. April 13 Minnesota, 9 p.m. April 16 Phoenix, 10:30 p.m.
Today NFL FOOTBALL 7:25 p.m. 6. Baylor 7. Clemson 8. Missouri 9. Auburn 10. Oklahoma 11. Miami 12. South Carolina 13. LSU 14. Oklahoma State 15. Texas A&M 16. Fresno State 17. Michigan State 18. Northern Illinois 19. UCLA 20. Louisville 21. Central Florida 22. Arizona State 23. Notre Dame 24. Wisconsin 25. Texas Tech National Football League All Times EST AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 7 2 0 .778 234 175 N.Y. Jets 5 4 0 .556 169 231 Miami 4 4 0 .500 174 187 Buffalo 3 6 0 .333 189 236 South W L T Pct PF PA Indianapolis 5 2 0 .714 187 131 Tennessee 4 4 0 .500 173 167 Houston 2 5 0 .286 122 194 Jacksonville 0 8 0 .000 86 264 North W L T Pct PF PA Cincinnati 6 3 0 .667 217 166 Cleveland 4 5 0 .444 172 197 Baltimore 3 5 0 .375 168 172 Pittsburgh 2 6 0 .250 156 208 West W L T Pct PF PA Kansas City 9 0 0 1.000 215 111 Denver 7 1 0 .875 343 218 San Diego 4 4 0 .500 192 174 Oakland 3 5 0 .375 146 199 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 5 4 0 .556 257 209 Philadelphia 4 5 0 .444 225 231 Washington 3 5 0 .375 203 253 N.Y. Giants 2 6 0 .250 141 223 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 6 2 0 .750 216 146 Carolina 5 3 0 .625 204 106 Atlanta 2 6 0 .250 176 218 Tampa Bay 0 8 0 .000 124 190 North W L T Pct PF PA Green Bay 5 2 0 .714 212 158 Detroit 5 3 0 .625 217 197 Chicago 4 3 0 .571 213 206 Minnesota 1 7 0 .125 186 252 West W L T Pct PF PA Seattle 8 1 0 .889 232 149 San Francisco 6 2 0 .750 218 145 Arizona 4 4 0 .500 160 174 St. Louis 3 6 0 .333 186 226 Thursday’s Game Miami 22, Cincinnati 20, OT Sunday’s Games Dallas 27, Minnesota 23 Tennessee 28, St. Louis 21 Carolina 34, Atlanta 10 N.Y. Jets 26, New Orleans 20 Kansas City 23, Buffalo 13 ESPN — Chicago at Green Bay NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Anaheim at N.Y. Rangers Washington 30, San Diego 24, OT Philadelphia 49, Oakland 20 Seattle 27, Tampa Bay 24, OT Cleveland 24, Baltimore 18 New England 55, Pittsburgh 31 Indianapolis at Houston, late Open: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco Today’s Game Chicago at Green Bay, 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 Washington at Minnesota, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Oakland at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Carolina at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Denver at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Houston at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Open: Cleveland, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, New England Monday, Nov. 11 Miami at Tampa Bay, 8:40 p.m. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 3 0 1.000 — Toronto 2 1 .667 1 New York 1 1 .500 1½ Brooklyn 1 2 .333 2 Boston 0 3 .000 3 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 2 2 .500 — Atlanta 1 1 .500 — Orlando 2 2 .500 — Charlotte 1 2 .333 ½ Washington 0 3 .000 1½ Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 3 0 1.000 — Detroit 2 1 .667 1 Chicago 1 2 .333 2 Milwaukee 1 2 .333 2 Cleveland 1 2 .333 2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Houston 3 0 1.000 — San Antonio 2 1 .667 1 Dallas 2 1 .667 1 New Orleans 1 2 .333 2 Memphis 1 2 .333 2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Minnesota 2 0 1.000 — Portland 2 1 .667 ½ Oklahoma City 2 1 .667 ½ Denver 0 2 .000 2 Utah 0 3 .000 2½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 2 1 .667 — Golden State 2 1 .667 — Phoenix 2 1 .667 — L.A. Lakers 1 2 .333 1 Sacramento 1 2 .333 1 Saturday’s Games Indiana 89, Cleveland 74 Philadelphia 107, Chicago 104
Bulldogs play golf in Hawaii
Mississippi State wraps the fall slate 4,314 miles from home as the Bulldogs take their clubs to Hawaii for the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. The three-day, 54-hole tournament from the par-72 7,223 yard Princeville Makai Golf Course will feature a crowded field of 18 teams. Joining MSU from the Aloha State will be No. 27 Arizona State, No. 15 Baylor, Boise State, Cal Poly State, Cal State, No. 43 East Tennessee State, Idaho, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, Pepperdine, San Francisco, San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Utah. Host school Hawaii will put two squads on the course. MSU will have the senior quartet of Chad Ramey, Joe Sakulpolphaisan, Barrett Edens and Axel Boasson on the team card, along with sophomore Ben Wood. Boasson is making his first appearance since the Sept. 21 Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup. Propelled by a 1-under 143, Wood turned in the best finish of his Bulldog career with a tie for sixth place at last week’s Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. The Bulldogs have not competed in Hawaii since the 2008 Turtle Bay Resort College Intercollegiate. Homan’s squad will play 18 holes today beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Others receiving votes: Texas 34, Georgia 32, BYU 28, Mississippi 17, Houston 9, Minnesota 7, Michigan 6, Washington 6, Ball St. 4, Duke 1. USA Today Top 25 Poll 1. Alabama (54) 2. Oregon (5) 3. Florida State (3) 4. Ohio State 5. Baylor 6. Stanford 7. Clemson 8. Oklahoma 9. Missouri 10. Auburn 11. Oklahoma State 12. LSU 13. Texas A&M 14. Miami (Fla.) 15. South Carolina 16. Louisville 17. Fresno State 18. UCLA 19. Michigan State 20. Northern Illinois 21. Central Florida 22. Wisconsin 23. Texas Tech 24. Arizona State 25. Notre Dame Record Pts 8-0 1,540 8-0 1,475 8-0 1,436 9-0 1,369 7-0 1,299 7-1 1,222 8-1 1,121 7-1 971 8-1 961 8-1 959 7-1 864 7-2 835 7-2 800 7-1 747 7-2 722 7-1 569 8-0 567 6-2 494 8-1 446 9-0 409 6-1 340 6-2 333 7-2 217 6-2 130 7-2 108 Pvs 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 6 16 17 18 19 24 20 22 23 15 NR 25
State loses to Auburn in volleyball
AUBURN, Ala. – To cap a two-week road swing, the Mississippi State volleyball team (11-13, 2-8) dropped a three-set match to the Auburn Tigers (15-8, 6-5) Sunday afternoon on the Plains. The Bulldogs looked to be off to a good start after freshman Suzanne Horner notched an ace on the first serve of the match and followed it up by forcing Auburn out of system on the next. The Tigers would recover to take the second point and eventually pull ahead 8-3 to force an MSU timeout. State was out-blocked 4.0 to zero and dropped the first frame 25-17. Auburn never gave the Bulldogs any momentum in the second set, again jumping out to an 8-3 lead to force Hazelwood into a timeout. The Tigers would go on to build a 16-6 advantage and never let up, clinching the second set 25-16. MSU challenged Auburn early in the third set but it was not meant to be as the Tigers pulled away in the clincher to win 25-16. Freshman Kimmy Gardiner turned in another 11 kills after posting 23 against Alabama Friday night. She also notched seven digs and a block, while Taylor Scott contributed eight kills and six digs. Junior transfer Kelsey Stommes made her first-career start and SEC debut in the match. The Cold Spring, Minn., native posted three kills, three service aces and a dig. Freshman Kaitlyn Schoeppner also made her SEC debut in the second set and recorded a block. Roxanne McVey led all Bulldogs with eight digs and Katlyn Mataya paced the way with 15 assists. Horner also added 12 assists. MSU returns home Wednesday to face Ole Miss (1112, 1-9) in the 80th meeting between the two schools. The match will be televised nationally on ESPNU and a many promotional giveaways will take place. It will also mark the 200th match in the Newell-Grissom Building’s history.
Others receiving votes: Texas 77; Georgia 25; Houston 24; Brigham Young 19; Minnesota 18; Michigan 14; Nebraska 12; Duke 11; Louisiana-Lafayette 5; Ball State 4; Mississippi 3; Oregon State 2; Arizona 1; Southern California 1. BCS Standings 1. Alabama 2. Florida St. 3. Oregon 4. Ohio St. 5. Stanford
National Basketball Association
From Wire Reports ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Orlando Magic routed the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 on Sunday in Jason Kidd’s coaching debut. Magic rookie Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, 14 in the second half, as Orlando won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 19, 2012. Andrew Nicholson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who beat New Orleans 110-90 at home last Friday night. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 21 points. Paul Pierce was the only other Net to score in double figures with 16 points and he grabbed seven rebounds. The Nets (1-2) shot 38.2 percent for the game. The Magic (2-2) used a 17-4 run early in the third quarter to break open a close game. They led by 15 points after three quarters, then Oladipo scored six straight points at the start of the fourth. His last basket was a steal off Nets’ AllStar guard Deron Williams and a breakaway dunk that put Orlando up 82-61 with 10:11 left. The Nets never got closer than
Magic rout Nets 107-86
16 points after that. Kidd was suspended two regular-season games by the NBA after pleading guilty in a drunken driving case. His presence didn’t do much to inspire the Nets, who kept it close for a half, but got run out of the building by a more aggressive and energetic Magic team the second half. Orlando outscored New Jersey 66-48 over the last two periods. The Magic’s reserves outscored Brooklyn’s 45-30. Neither team was able to sustain momentum for more than a few possessions in the first half. The Magic started the game with a 5-0 run and that was the biggest lead of the first half for either team. There were five ties and 12 lead changes in the first 24 minutes that ended with Orlando squeezing out a 41-28 lead. Kidd made good on his pre-game promise to closely monitor playing time, pulling all five starters by the 2-minute mark of the first period. Pierce was the only starter to play more than 27 minutes in the game. The revolving door made it difficult to get into a flow offensively, but Brooklyn still managed a 22-22 standoff with scor-
Kenya pair wins NYC Marathon
NEW YORK (AP) — Geoffrey Mutai ran by himself through Central Park, the same scene as the last New York City Marathon. The race’s return to the five boroughs looked no different from the past in many ways, yet much had changed. The streets were still crammed with runners and the sidewalks with fans, undaunted by the tight security. Mutai successfully defended his title Sunday, while fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo came from behind to win the women’s race. Mutai broke the course record in New York two years ago, then the 2012 race never happened because of the destruction from Superstorm Sandy. The April bombings at the Boston Marathon bared the vulnerability of an event that packs city streets with people. So barricades blocked off much of the park, and fans waited in bag-check lines to get in.
ing contributions from seven of the 10 who played. Vucevic hit a hot streak late in the second quarter, scoring 10 straight Magic points. The center was the only Orlando player in double figures at halftime with 13 points and seven rebounds. Lopez was the only Net to hit double figures, getting 10 first-half points, including a run of eight straight that coincided with Vucevic’s 10 straight.
Pistons 87, Celtics 77
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith scored 15 points each Sunday night and the Detroit Pistons kept the Boston Celtics and first-year coach Brad Stevens winless. The Pistons (2-1) trailed 65-63 early in the fourth quarter but went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good and win their second home game in as many tries. Drummond added 12 rebounds and Brandon Jennings had 14 points in his Detroit debut. Rookie Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points and Jordan Crawford added 13 for the Celtics (0-3).
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High School Football
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Eagles battle to defeat rival, reach playoffs
good bit of emotion was seen from the Eupora Eagles last Friday night. Not only was it a rivalry game, the winner received a playoff berth and kept their season alive. The Eagles were able to hold off Webster county rival East Webster to earn the No. 2 seed out of Class 2A, Region 4.  They will play host to South Delta this Friday night in the first round of the playoffs. The one word to describe how the Eagles played against the Wolverines is resilient.  After falling behind 7-0 early in the ballgame, Eupora responded. The Eagles scored 21-straight points and seemed to take control of the game at halftime. The Wolverines fought back and made it a 3-point game. The Eagles responded again. A 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Chance Cooper extended the lead and was all the Eagles needed to pick up the win. Entering the playoffs, Eupora fans have to be happy about their team. The Eagles have played well all season long, as they’ve only lost twice. Both of those defeats came in district play, one of the toughest in the state. Quarterback Trey Pittman is playing well and had two passing touchdowns last Friday night. The rushing attack is led by
Lamontae Salley and Javoris Draine. Both players are capable of running it up the middle or bouncing it outside. The Eagle defense forced three turnovers against the Wolverines and kept one of the best playmakers, Deangelo Liggins, in check for the most part. Eupora, which was state runner-up last season, looked poised to make another deep run in the playoffs. If the Eagles can get the offense and defense to show up on the same night, they could be very dangerous. I also feel confident in Pittman’s decision-making. If he continues to play at a high level, Eupora will play a few more games. Ben Wait is a sports writer and Mississippi State beat writer for The Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this story are his and not necessarily the views of The Eupora running back Lamontae Salley (34) makes a cut against East Webster on Friday night. (Photo by Jim Lytle, Starkville Daily News or its staff. Mediagraphix Photography)
East Webster shows promise for future
ight until the end East Webster’s football team was in the mix. Had Friday evenings game flip-flopped, then the Wolverines would be the ones in the playoffs. Instead East Webster saw its season come to a close, but there a few things to take away from the 2013 campaign. First there is a fight in this pack of Wolverines that can’t be beaten. In every contest, East Webster never gave up. The Wolveriners might be down, but they battled until the final whistle blew. That fight began at the beginning of the season when in multiple games East Webster East Webster football coach Doug Wilson encourages his team from the sideline Friday victories came from behind. night. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams) The never-give-up-attitude
continued throughout the whole season and is poised to run right into the next. With so many young athletes on the roster, there will be plenty to carry the fight. All season the Wolverines were one of the youngest
teams and while it caused some issues at times, looking ahead to a new season youth will simply be another bonus. East Webster plays in one of the toughest divisions in Class 2A and that is not going to change. In that situation, the youth of the Wolverines will only benefit the team once again. East Webster will have a veteran roster ready to carry on all the lessons from this year right into the next.
Jason Edwards is the high school writer for Starkville Daily News. The opinions expressed in this story are his and not necessarily the views of the Starkville Daily News or its staff.
National Football League
From Wire Reports OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nick Foles tied an NFL mark with seven touchdown passes and threw for 406 yards to revitalize Philadelphia in a 49-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The backup quarterback connected three times with Riley Cooper to become the seventh passer in NFL history with seven TD tosses in a game. Peyton Manning did it for Denver on opening night this season against Baltimore. Foles also threw scoring passes to Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (4-5) looked nothing like the offense that failed to score a touchdown in each of the past two weeks. Foles completed 22 of 28 passes as he frequently exploited mismatches and blown coverages, starting with a 42-yard screen pass to Cooper on the opening drive when the Raiders (3-5) had
Foles ties record as Eagles crush Raiders
and the Seahawks overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers for their greatest comeback in franchise history. Trailing 21-0, Russell Wilson rallied Seattle (8-1). He threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to pull the Seahawks even. Wilson then led Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime capped by Hauschka’s winner. Tampa Bay fell to 0-8 for the first time since 1985 when the Buccaneers started the season 0-9. Mike James rush for a career-best 158 yards for the Buccaneers. Former Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox (91) of the Philadelphia Eagles assists on a sack of Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, bottom, on Sunday. (Photo by Ben Margot, AP) two defenders trying to match up by Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, Buccaneers 24, OT with three receivers. George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Foles tied the record with a Joe Kapp. SEATTLE — Steven Haus5-yard pass to Cooper with 4:28 chka kicked a 27-yard field remaining in the third quarter, goal with 8:11 left in overtime, Seahawks 27, matching the mark also held
Chiefs 23, Bills 13
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Sean Smith returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Tamba Hali scored on an 11-yard fumble return in the Chiefs’ win over Buffalo.
The defense made up for a sputtering offense that managed just 210 yards, and for its own deficiencies. The Chiefs gave up a seasonworst 470 yards to a Bills (3-6) offense that was led by undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, making his first career start. Tuel finished 18 of 39 for 229 yards passing, including a 59-yard touchdown to Marquise Goodwin. Tuel, however, threw two interceptions that led to 10 points for the Chiefs. Kansas City (9-0) remained the NFL’s only undefeated team and matched the best start in franchise history set in 2003. The Chiefs held an opponent to 17 points or fewer for the ninth straight time — matching the NFL record set by the Atlanta Falcons in 1977.
Browns 24, Ravens 18
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You’ll want to be more in sync with someone. Realize that you might have to initiate a conversation with this person. It could seem as though neither of you is getting the whole story. Maintain a sense of humor, and the process will be a lot easier. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Deal with a partner or key person directly in the afternoon. You tend to be on different pages, and you need to bridge the gap. Try to understand the logic behind his or her thinking. This person might wonder where you are coming from, too. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Listen to others, but ultimately know that you need to make your own decision. How you handle a personal matter could change once you clear up an assumption that you and someone else made. If need be, bring in an expert for another opinion. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Your creativity soars early in the day. Funnel your high energy into some task that could be made better through an infusion of this trait. Detaching from a situation will help you choose the right direction for you to head in. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You might move slowly, but once you get going, your creativity seems to soar. Apply some of your imagination to the tasks at hand. You will find that they are more interesting and allow greater flexibility. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Go with the flow, and honor what is happening with someone in your daily life. You might want to stay close to home or make contact with that special person in your life. Don’t assume that you know what a close friend or loved one is feeling. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Handle a financial matter in the morning. Later, you will want to check in with a key person you really care about. You might be confused or overwhelmed by everything this person shares. Encourage a discussion with a new associate in the afternoon. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are in your element in the morning, so use that time to do anything important. In the afternoon, you will not have the same energy or charisma to argue your case or make a good impression. You also will be more biased. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Know that your strong suit is not dealing with real estate or any matter involving your home. There is an underlying theme of confusion present in one of the abovementioned areas. It would be best to play it low-key today. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Though you might feel you are being clear and receptive, you will find out otherwise. You easily could misread someone’s message as well. Use care in your conversations. You don’t want to be misunderstood or misunderstand someone else. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Friendship is more important to you than nearly anything else. Use care if you find yourself mixing money and friendship in an unconventional manner. Pull back and try to separate the two. This disengagement could be touchy.
November 4, 1973
A White House aide testified Friday that President Nixon knew that two crucial conversations on his subpoenaed Watergate tapes were missing at least five weeks ago - well before he agreed to surrender the tapes to the courts - and that other recordings of presidential conversations could not be found. Stephen Bull, a special assistant to Nixon, told a U.S. District Court hearing the President himself told him on Sept. 29 at Camp David, Md., that the two conversations were missing from the tapes. Under questioning by White House lawyer Douglas Parker, Bull said that “perhaps two or three, perhaps more” other taped presidential conversations might be missing. But he said he did not know whether they, too, were among the nine tapes which U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica ordered turned over. The two Nixon allegedly said were missing were a June 20, 1972 telephone conversation with former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and an April 15, 1973 meeting with former White House counsel John W. Dean III. In Key Biscayne, Fla., presidential spokesman Gerald L. Warren confirmed that Nixon had dictated on tape a memorandum of his crucial, 55-minute meeting with Dean on April 15, and that he would make it available to Sirica in lieu of an actual tape of the meeting. It was not clear whether Nixon would turn over the tape of his memorandum or merely submit a summary of its contents. Warren said this would be arranged at a meeting between Sirica and White House lawyers. Bull said White House Chief of Staff Alexander M. Haig asked him to find tapes of 20 conversations that Nixon wanted to listen to, and to play them for the President at Camp David last Sept. 29. Bull said he took the tapes to the presidential retreat and “I would physically pick up the tape playing machine, take it to the President’s office, place it on a table and leave the room.” Bull said it took Nixon 10 or 12 hours to listen to them, but that one conversation with Dean was not among them. “At that time,” he testified, “it appeared that two of the conversations requested were not contained on the tapes that had been provided to me.” Bull said the tape of Nixon’s April 15 meeting with Dean “ran out midsentence” during another meeting held several hours earlier in the day.
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.
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) Getting a clear vision, much less being able to verbalize the idea, takes talent. You could feel as if you have to take a stand and lead others with a project. If you can’t establish clear communication, let the chips fall as they may.
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CLEVELAND — Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes — two to Davone Bess — and the Browns ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore. Campbell’s 3-yard pass to Bess on fourth down with three minutes left helped the Browns (4-5) seal their first win over Baltimore since 2007. The Ravens (3-5) lost their third straight and didn’t win in the week following a bye for the first time in six tries under coach John Harbaugh. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco had a pair of TD passes to rookie Marlon Brown. Flacco finished 24 of 41 for 250 yards.
Patriots 55, Steelers 31
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw for season highs of 432 yards and four touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski had a career-high nine receptions and the Patriots racked up the most points ever scored against Pittsburgh. Brady had 252 yards passing in the first half, more than he had in five of his other eight games for New England (7-2).
the go-ahead score to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left, and the Cowboys beat the Vikings. Romo’s 7-yard pass to Harris answered an 11-yard touchdown by Adrian Peterson that had given Minnesota a 23-20 lead. The East Texas kid raised on the Cowboys (5-4) had 140 yards rushing in his first game at their $1.2 billion stadium.
Newton had two first half interceptions and wasn’t sharp on his deep balls, regularly overthrowing his receivers. Yet he bounced back to throw for 249 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown for the Panthers (53).
Panthers 34, Falcons 10
Redskins 30, Chargers 24, OT
LANDOVER, Md. — Darrel Young scored three times, including a 4-yard run in overtime that gave the Redskins a win over the Chargers.
ST. LOUIS — Chris Johnson ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and the Titans got the best of Jeff Fisher, who coached them for 16 seasons, and the Rams. Johnson’s 19-yard scoring run snapped a tie with 2:54 to go and came a snap after Jurrell Casey sacked and stripped quarterback Kellen Clemens, and Derrick Morgan recovered.
The Rams (3-6) got a second straight 100-yard game from rookie Zac Stacy, who had 127 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. The Titans (4-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and won after their bye against a team on short rest. The 100-yard game was Johnson’s first since Week 7 last season against Buffalo.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw for one Cowboys 27, touchdown and ran for another Vikings 23 to overcome a shaky start, the defense intercepted Matt Ryan ARLINGTON, Texas — three times and Carolina beat the Tony Romo threw for 337 yards Falcons for its fourth straight vicand two touchdowns, including tory. seven plays of at least 19 yards against Rob Ryan’s D. Rob was not made available to reporters by the Saints after the defeat. Interceptions by Demario Davis and Antonio Cromartie and a fourth-and-inches stop highlighted New York’s solid defensive performance, and former Saints running back Chris Ivory rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown. “They did a really good job scheming us and figuring out how to get those runs on us, how to get Ivory the ball and get some positive plays on us,” said Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who made his 2013 debut after recovering from a knee injury. “They did a very good job and deserved to win this game. Ivory got the ball and had 9 or 10 yards before someone touches him.” Folk is 23 for 23 on field goals and 14 of 14 on extra points. “Guys, how about that year?” Ryan said. “It’s not that it’s a given, but you think, ‘OK, Folk Hero, knock it through. Let’s go.’” New Orleans got two touchdown catches from Jimmy Graham, giving him 10 this season, but did little in the second half, even resorting to a reverse to rookie tight end Josh Hill on fourth-and-inches in the final period. The brothers hugged at midfield after the game. The Jets’ offense was opportunistic after getting two takeaways. The second was not Brees’ fault: Nick Toon, son of former Jets star receiver Al Toon, had the ball pop off his hands late in the first half and high in the air, where Cromartie snagged it. That pick soothed the crowd that was getting on Cromartie for two major gaffes earlier in the second period. Cromartie fell down on Robert Meachem’s 60-yard catch and run. Graham capped that 80-yard drive when he outmuscled Cromartie in the end zone for a 10-yard score. Brees, who lost one of his favorite targets when Darren Sproles left early with a concussion, shook off a first-quarter interception by Davis with a 51-yard throw to Graham. The
Titans 28, Rams 21
powerful tight end beat Jaiquawn Jarrett down the right sideline and dragged the safety the final 5 yards to the goal line. Often, though, the Saints were out of sync, including using three timeouts on offense in the opening quarter. That cost them when they couldn’t challenge Cromartie’s interception, which led to Geno Smith’s 3-yard touchdown run. Davis’ interception came on a ball tipped by teammate Dawan Landry, and led to Folk’s 39yard field goal. Ivory gave New York’s offense its biggest boost with first-half runs of 27 and 52 yards. The second burst came from the Jets 2 and sparked a 93-yard drive to Folk’s second field goal, from 21 yards. Ivory added a 3-yard TD run in the second quarter, and Folk hit a 47-yarder that barely sneaked over the crossbar, to start the second half. Garrett Hartley, who missed earlier from 43, made a careerlong 55-yarder, drawing the Saints within 23-17. Folk nailed another one, from 45 yards, in the fourth period, and Hartley countered with a 43-yarder.
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“All right, I beat my brother again. Just kidding,” Rex said with a laugh. “Yeah, there’s a little extra, but at the end of the day, now you realize that your bro just took a loss, so that’s the tough thing. I pull for them every single week except one.” The Jets (5-4) win every other week. They tied the 2005 New England Patriots for the longest such string to begin a season, according to STATS. This win was built on big plays by Rex’s pride and joy, the defense. The offense and special teams came up with some huge plays, too. “We didn’t know how we’d win and all that, but we told our team, ‘All I know is we’ve got a team that believes and fights until the end and we find a way,’ “ Rex Ryan said. “And that’s really what we did.” Nick Folk remained perfect this season by kicking four field goals, the defense held Drew Brees and the high-scoring Saints (6-2) to six points in the second half, and New York had
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