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access benefits. Moreover, the costs associated with seeking alternative options have been and (remain) an unnecessary hardship and (are) not sustainable.” Mississippi law not only prohibits same-sex marriage but also does not recognize same-sex marriages established in other states. Perry contends in his letter that this does not have to prevent MSU from extending spousal benefits to samesex couples. “Even where marriage bans exist — i.e., Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and so on — many public universities in those states have offered varying types of benefits (to) same-sex couples, including full health care, family leave, financial and tuition assistance, counseling and campus-related services,” Perry said. “... It is particularly instructive that Section 25-15-303 of the Mississippi Code and the Board of Trustees of Insti-
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com The Mississippi State University Faculty Senate is weighing a resolution that seeks a feasibility study on extending domestic partnership benefits to same-sex husbands and wives of LGBT faculty and staff. Ravi Perry, an assistant professor of political science at MSU, proposed the resolution at the Faculty Senate’s meeting Friday. He also submitted a letter to Faculty Senate President Jerry Emison making a case for the resolution. “Upon accepting the position of assistant professor (at MSU), my spouse and I had to forego full benefits previously offered at our prior affiliated university, the most important of these being health insurance,” Perry said in his letter. “... Meanwhile, other affected MSU same-sex couples have been identified who are also not able to
Deborah Jackson, an assistant professor in MSU’s department of counseling and educational psychology, displays an office sticker for Safe Zone — a program that trains faculty, staff and students to lend their ears to students struggling with sexuality and gender issues and create environments where those students will not feel judged or threatened. Safe Zone membership has grown in the past few years, and now the MSU Faculty Senate is weighing the first step of an effort to extend benefits to same-sex partners of faculty. (Submitted photo)
tutions of Higher Learning in the State of Mississippi Policy 711.04 ‘Health and Life’ ... (do) not explicitly deny public institutions in Mississippi from providing health insurance to same sex couples.” The resolution itself asks MSU’s Department of Human Resources Management to launch an analysis that identifies and evaluates options for the university to extend health care and other spousal benefits to all spouses of MSU faculty and staff, including those in same-sex marriages. It also asks the department to work with other IHL schools to achieve the same goals there and end other forms of discrimination. Emison said the Faculty Senate referred this resolution to its university resources committee. Most Faculty Senate items are referred to committees before they are passed or denied, he said, and it could
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Starkville teen Thomas moves up SPD ladder pleads guilty to New assistant chief assumes post Wed. murder charge
SDN staff A Starkville man pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge for a shooting at a Lowndes County nightclub that occurred a little more than a year ago. Eighteen-year-old Ronagal Lamar Outlaw II pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court for the shooting death of 23-yearold Trumaine Macon, also of Starkville, last February, according to an Associated Press report. Outlaw’s sentencing is scheduled for Friday. According to Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-21, he could face 20-40 years in prison. The shooting incident occurred early in the morning of February 14, 2013 at the Crossroads Lounge on Miss. Highway 182 West. Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department responded to the incident, with assistance from Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s By ALEX HOLLOWAY reporter@starkvilledailynews.com
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John C. Thomas, a 25-year veteran of the Starkville Police Department took another step up the ladder when the Starkville Board of Aldermen promoted him to assistant police chief Tuesday. Thomas said he began working with SPD in March 1989. He was promoted to sergeant June 1995, to lieutenant August 1999 and captain December 2004. He said he was honored to receive the promotion, and said through it, he would continue carrying out some duties he’d already split with SPD Chief Frank Nichols. Assistant Police Chief John C. Thomas will help oversee the Nichols and Thomas served together as captains in Starkville Police Department’s day-to-day operations. Aldermen the department, and split the assistant chief’s duties afpromoted Thomas to his position Tuesday night. (Photo by Alex Holloway) See SPD | Page 5
Magnolia Film Festival screenings begin today
Event to include variety of films
By KAITLIN MULLINS life@starkvilledailynews.com Today marks the beginning of the 17th Annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival which will take place nightly from 7­ 10 p.m. through Saturday with a matinee from 1­ ­ -4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Hollywood Premier Cinemas. Tickets are $10 for each evening and $10 for the matinee, $20 for an all­ day Saturday pass or $25 for the entire festival, and are available at the Hollywood Premier box office. The Magnolia Independent Film Festival became the first film festival in Mississippi when it premiered under the direction of the late Ron Tibbett in 1997. Tibbett was a filmmaker who had moved to Mississippi, and after finishing his second film and finding no festival in the state to submit it to, he created his own. After Tibbett’s passing in 2004, the Magnolia Festival continues as his legacy. The 2014 Magnolia Independent Film Festival begins tonight and will screen multiple Festival Director Angella Baker said she and films over the weekend, including the first public screening of the documentary feature film, others who organize the event are very excited “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus.” by filmmaker Tim Mahone, pictured above. (Photo to share the accepted films and have been forcourtesy of Tim Mahoney/Karen Fullerton) tunate with this year’s entries that span a wide
variety of genres and subjects. “We were very lucky this year that we had a lot of entries and extremely high­ quality films submitted,” Baker said. “We will screen everything from foreign films to a horror short film to history films and comedies. It’s a really nice variety, and it’s going to be a great festival.” Baker said there will be seven awards presented at the conclusion of the festival on Saturday night: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Foreign and Best Documentary film awards, as well as the United Way Best Student Film award (sponsored by United Way), the Ron Tibbett Excellence in Film Award and a People’s Choice Award, which the audience will decide with ballots given at the start of each screening. Festival judges Jack Barbera, Gabe Smith and Carolyn Parson will make notes during each screening critiquing the films to decide which film earns which honor after deliberation. The Magnolia Independent Film Festival will debut the first public screening of filmmaker Tim Mahoney’s completed first documentary feature
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served. For more information go to starkvillereads.org. u Childbirth Class — Ellen McGuffey, CPNP with Starkville Pediatrics, will discuss Infant and Child Care. The class begins at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and is held at Emerson Family Resource Center.  Free childcare and snacks are provided, and to register please call 320-4607.
Today
u HEHC Meeting/Program — Home Economists in Home and Community (HEHC) will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Everlyn Johnson, 1179 Bobwhite Dr., Highland Estates Subdivision. Mrs. Liz Varco, Director, OCH Cardiac Rehab will present the program. For further information please call HelenSue Parrish at 324-1683. u MUW Alumni and Friends Luncheon — The February luncheon for Mississippi University for Women alumni and friends will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Oby’s. For information, please call 3240935. u Starkville Park Comission — Starkville Park Comission will hold its monthly meeting at noon. The public is welcome to attend. u Grief Support Group — A grief support group will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Emerson Family Resource Center with Polly Briggs and Jada Gardner, Legacy Hospice. Call 320-4607 to register. u Mission Mississippi Meeting — Mission Mississippi Starkville will meet at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Missionary Church, 314 Yeates St., Starkville (on the corner of Yeates and Gillespie Streets). The topic will be “Brainstorming Racial Issues.” Interested individuals are invited. For more information, contact Bill Chapman at 546-0010 in Starkville, or Mission Mississippi at 601-353-6477. u Financial Class — “Financial Peace University Building Strong Families” will be held at Emerson Family Resource Center from 6-8 p.m. with Ethen Gillespie. Call 7691723 to register. u Magnolia Film Festival — The 17 annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival will take place Feb. 20-22 at Hollywood Premier Cinemas as a showcase venue for independent filmmakers. For more information about the Magnolia Independent Film Festival visit www.magnoliafilmfest.com or please contact Angella Baker at magfilmfest@gmail.com. u Starkville Lions Club Meeting — The Starkville Lions Club will hold an Initiation of New Members at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church located at 200 Lampkin Street. Please enter the building through the ground floor entrance off Meigs Avenue across the fenced parking lot (traffic on Meigs Avenue is one-way due to construction
Recurring
Recently five generations from the same Oktibbeha County family gathered for a picture. The oldest is Neva Hutchinson, who is seated and holding the youngest, Emily Rose Smith. The others, from left, are Smith’s grandmother Angel Prisock, her great-grandmother Patsy Bock, and her mother Haylee Smith. (Submitted photo)
at corner of Main Street). All members and visiting Lions are welcome. Light refreshment will be served. u MOAA Meeting — The Golden Triangle Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will meet at the Hilton Garden Inn. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Major General Augustus L. Collins, Adjutant General of Mississippi, will be the speaker. Reservations are required by noon Feb. 18; phone 662-328-6020 or email fourarnolds@cableone.net.
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u Parenting Class — “Active Parenting - Tools to improve Parenting Skills” class will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Emerson Family Resource Center with Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project Care. u Magnolia Film Festival — The 17th annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival will take place Feb. 20-22 at Hollywood Premier Cinemas as a showcase venue for independent filmmakers. For more information about the Magnolia Independent Film Festival visit www.magnoliafilmfest.com or please contact Angella Baker at magfilmfest@gmail.com.
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u African American ReadIn — Starkville Public Library is holding its first ever African American Read-In from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This event, part of the 25th National African American Read-In, is organized as a drop-in event, and participants only need spend a
few minutes reading or listening to take part and be counted in the national tally. Participants can stop in anytime to read literature by AfricanAmerican authors and celebrate African-American literacy. u Exceptional Kids KickOff Party — Support Group - Parents of Exceptional Kids’ Kick-Off Party will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at Academy of Competitive & Performing Arts (ACPA) by Brittany Greer and Diana Outlaw with community volunteers. Call 3204607 to register. u Magnolia Film Festival — The 17th annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival will take place Feb. 20-22 at Hollywood Premier Cinemas as a showcase venue for independent filmmakers. For more information about the Magnolia Independent Film Festival visit www.magnoliafilmfest.com or please contact Angella Baker at magfilmfest@gmail.com. u Church Music Extravaganza — Sand Creek Chapel M.B. Church will be celebrating their second-annual Musical Extravaganza at 6 p.m. Reverend Christopher A. Mayes is the pastor, for more information call Tammy Baker 662418-8428. u Black History Celebration — Come join us at 6 p.m. for a Black History Celebration at Zion Cypress U. M. Church; located at 3743 Hwy 25 South. We will sing praise, read poems, have praise dance performances and black art showing. Bro. Phylonder Jones will do a brief speaking about our heritage. The special choir will be The Black Voices from Mississippi State University. For more information contact
Lena Smith at 662-324-4674 shop — “Introducing Comor Rev. Eddie Hinton at 662- mon Core” workshop for pre341-0084. school parents and teachers will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Emerson Family Resource Center Sunday with Lynn Phillips, community volunteer. Call 320-4607 to u A’capalla Choir Con- register. cert — Renowned Rust Colu Pinot and Paint — The lege A’capella Choir in Concert Starkville Area Arts Council is will be held at 3 p.m. at Griffin hosting “Pinot and Paint” from United Methodist Church at 7-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn 212 W. Main St. in Starkville. Express. This is a fun evening u Support Group — Gold- of painting, fellowship and en Triangle Down Syndrome light refreshments. Art supplies Support Group will meet from will be furnished and an in3-5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Emerson structor will guide you through Family Resource Center with the steps to produce your own Richard Davis, MS Dept. of painting by the end of the sesHealth. Call 320-4607 to reg- sion. The cost if $40 per perister. son. Limited space is available and reservations are required. Contact ellenboles@earthlink. Monday net u Rotary Meeting — Starkville Rotary Club will Tuesday meet at noon at The Starkville Country Club. u Civic League Meeting u Nurtition Class — “Im— Starkville Civic League will portance of Healthy Cooking” meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at using WIC Products and more from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Em- Renasant Bank Community erson Family Resource Center Room. Program will be prewith Sarah Smith and Frances sented by Sharon Duke from Page, MS State Extension Ser- Council on Aging. Hostesses vice. Call 320-4607 to register. will be Chris Emplaincourt, u Modern Woodmen — Carolyn Boatright, Maxine All Modern Woodmen Mem- Baird and Janey Stubbs. u Parenting Class — “Acbers are encouraged to join the group at 5:30 p.m. at the Mi tive Parenting - Tools to imHacienda Mexican Restaurant prove Parenting Skills” from in the 911 shopping center in 11-12 p.m. Feb. 25 at Emerson Starkville. Meal cost is $5 per Family Resource Center with adult and $3 per child 12 and Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project under. We will provide a spe- Care. Call 320-4607 to regiscial menu. Family, friends and ter. u Kiwanis Meeting — Kinon-members are welcome. All RSVP to Barbara Coats, Fi- wanis will meet at noon at The nancial Representative, at 662- Hilton Garden Inn. Presenting 418-7957 or barbara.r.coats@ the program will be Jim Britt, Oktibbeha County Emergency mwarep.org. u Common Core Work- Management Director. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. u Computer Class — A basic computer class will be held from 3-4p.m. at Emerson Family Resource Center with Erin Brown, MSU volunteer. Call 320-4607 to register. u Cup and Chaucer Event — Nancy D. Hargrove will lead a discussion of Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Virginia Woolf’s “The Legacy.” at 4 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library. The stories can be found online, at the library or at bookstores. Please join us for the third session of the Cup and Chaucer series on short stories. u Starkville Reads — Starkville Reads presents Mr. Kyle Veazey, author of “Champions for Change: How the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Their Bold Coach Defied Segregation,” discussing his book. The program will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Starkville Public Library. All Starkville Reads programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be
u Clover Leaf Garden Club Meeting — The Clover Leaf Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. For more information, call 323-3497. u ABE/GED Classes — Free ABE/GED classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville St. For more information call 324-4183. These classes are also offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the J. L. King Center, 700 Long St.. For more information call 324-6913. u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at nthomas@starkville.k12.ms.us or 662-615-0021. u Storytime — Maben Public Library will have storytime at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of fun activities along with a story with Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are invited! u Mini Moo Time — The Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. every Thursday. There are stories, activities, and crafts for kids six and under. The event is free. 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 LLLONG89@hotmail.com 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 programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail.com or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. starkvillesamaritanclub.org/ 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 —
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tire public school career. Every textbook I had was a used textbook. And most of those textbooks had names of children that I didn’t even know. And so you know what I’m talking about. It is the sum total of those experiences that has gotten me to where I am. “So when Rev. Smith says, just before collection, ‘Asbury, (United Methodist Church in Bolton) you know what you’re faced with. You need to reach in your pocket and dig deep and give liberally to Asbury.’  So if I can give liberally during collection time then that means on Monday if health care is out there to be for everybody then I’m going to do that. If on Tuesday then childcare is being voted, I’m gonna be that vote, because my foundation was at Asbury. That’s how I
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Bryant, Thompson talk faith, race
Gov. Phil Bryant and beliefs is all about. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thomp“Let’s talk a little bit son on stage together talkabout persecution. My ing to each other about faith school was named Bolton and race was quite interestColored School. I went past ing to watch. Bolton High School every As it turns out, they are day. Bolton High School both Methodists. Both are had a gymnasium. It had a lifelong churchgoers and cafeteria. It had a library. It professed Christians. Both WYATT EMMeRICH had everything that a school are intelligent, charismatic should have. But Bolton SYNDICATeD and passionate about their Colored School didn’t have COLUMNIsT beliefs. One is a white Rea gymnasium. It didn’t have publican. One is a black Democrat. a cafeteria. It didn’t have indoor plumbThompson talked about growing up ing. But it had dedicated teachers. We in Bolton. “I’m part of a generation that had prayers every morning. And I had a had some experiences that even Chris- community that said if you get a better tians at that time didn’t stand up for, so eduction, they can’t take that from you. I know what being persecuted for one’s “I never had a new textbook my enlive my faith. “If we are Christians, I believe we have a responsibility to address the conditions we live by. We have 278,000 people in our state who don’t have health care because they just can’t afford it. I try to live out that Christian mission as a member of Congress.” Phil Bryant responded: “I hope Bennie that my background and story, and we all have one, is common enough that there won’t be confusion or misunderstanding. “My dad was a diesel mechanic, a World War II veteran. We were raised in a household where there wasn’t everything we always wanted. I remember as a child, I would get excited when one of my brothers would get a new shirt be-
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cause I knew it was going to be mine one day. “My dad was a hard-working, bluecollar guy. My mom stayed home most of the time. She’d go back to work when she had to to keep things together. That has an affect on all of us as we appreciate where we came from. “My dad’s attitude was you were going to work when you were around him. He always had something for you to do. He was going to teach you the value and responsibility of taking care of a family, going to church and tithing. I have a story most Mississippians can relate to: hard work, determination, giving back. “My faith is much larger than the po-
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LETTER
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THE EDIToR
I could not agree more with a previous letter to the editor regarding a recent political cartoon titled “If Mother Nature Were A Republican” depicting Republicans in a politically charged, uncaring and negative manner. This particular cartoon is one in a pattern of many similar ones this paper has reprinted from the Chattanooga Times Free Press demeaning Republicans over the last several months.  In that same period, this paper has been interestingly devoid of cartoons depicting the Democratic Party in any negative manner for its questionable positions concerning the issues facing the country.       One can only conclude that this tilted, onesided treatment concerning the two parties is certainly not by accident or oversight.   This treatment of Republicans — or any one political party — represents very one-sided journalism, and there should be no place for that in a newspaper that should be neutral in its political criticisms.   In the interest of political fairness and equal coverage, may the fair-minded among us expect similar forthcoming cartoons reflecting the condition the Democratic Party has left this country in? Goodness knows, you have plenty of material to work with — and some catching up to do. Jimmy  Bonner Starkville Editor: The truth about what many citizens suspected has now been exposed: the Starkville Board of Aldermen formulates public policy outside of public meetings, in private and hidden from public scrutiny. After the meeting in which Lynn Spruill was fired, many citizens became convinced that the aldermen were making decisions outside of public board meetings. Now Alderman Wynn has let the cat out of the bag by publicly admitting it. At Tuesday night’s board meeting, members of the public criticized the board’s process in appointing a new school board member. Unlike the case of Lynn Spruill, this time Alderman Wynn gave an explanation about how the school board appointment occurred: “Sometimes as board members we have to make decisions behind the scenes that you all don’t understand. That’s what’s taken place tonight.” That our public officials are making critical decisions “behind the scenes” with no apparent regard for public input or participation does not make me feel better about Starkville. The Mississippi Open Meetings Act declares that it is “the policy of the State of Mississippi that the formation and determination of public policy is public business and shall be conducted at open meetings.” Evidently some members of the Board of Aldermen think that the law doesn’t apply to them. Once again, we are treated to the spectacle of public officials so indifferent to — or afraid of — the citizens of Starkville that they flout the law and hide from the public while deciding what is best for us and for our children. Too bad it’s such a long time until 2017. Dolton W. McAlpin Starkville
18 is too late for reaching teens
Sun Herald In one of its latest slaps to the forehead, the state Senate wants the state’s community colleges and universities to join the battle against teen pregnancy. It’s embarrassing. Our leaders, at least in the Senate, seem to believe if we could only reach 18- and 19-year-olds and give them the information and tools they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies, our teen pregnancy scandal would be over. It’s certainly scandalous behavior on the part of the leaders who insist abstinence is the only way to avoid pregnancy. That’s a very costly mistake – one that should be enough to make a fiscal conservative blush. Mississippi First, an activist group that believes “broken public policy has historically impeded progress in Mississippi,” says births to teens 17 and under account for more than 82 percent of the societal costs of teen pregnancy. Those 18- and 19-years-olds account for a little more than 17 percent of those costs. the Penn methodology. For that price, Harrison County could have hired 189 more teachers, Jackson County 140 more and Hancock County 38 more. Or they could have hired police officers, nurses, paid college tuition, any number of things. Across the state, the toll was more than $155 million. Think of what that infusion could do for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Perhaps we’d be better served if they stuck to creating a brighter future for Mississippians. A future that makes young people say, “We can have that if we don’t get pregnant.”
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Prevention pays
Using methods developed at the University of Pennsylvania, Mississippi First estimates every $1 invested in teen pregnancy prevention saves $4.34 in the first year and $17.23 over five years. In 2009, teen pregnancy cost Harrison County $7,964,235, Jackson County 5,894,865 and Hancock County $1,621,170, Mississippi First estimated using
at risk are already having sex by then; prevention has to begin much earlier. The way to solve this problem is to reach them early in life and teach them the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy. The lost opportunities, the tougher road to a good education, the greater chance of living a life in poverty. And they need to know about contraceptives, because thousands of them aren’t going to say no. It’s the job of parents to arm their children with this knowledge. But too many children don’t have parents, they merely have “adults” living with them. Can’t wait As a society, we can’t let these We can’t afford to wait until children suffer the consequences our children are 18. Those most of bad parenting.
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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 as-
sessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. 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 662323-8152. 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 transitional stage with minimal trouble. “Working with him has been like working with a brother,” Nichols said. “He’s somebody who has high moral character, high integrity, loyalty which he’s displayed because he’s been here for 25 years.” Nichols said Thomas has worked in every unit or department in SPD. He said Thomas even trained him early in his career. Thomas spoke further on the many hats he’s worn during his years with the department. “I think I have been in every squad at every level you can think of at the police department,” Thomas said. “Everybody starts out on patrol, then investigation, crime prevention officer, terror officer, and I’ve been on the SWAT team. When I was sergeant, I was actually the 911 coordinator when 911 was here.” Nichols said Thomas will have a larger role in running the day-to-day operations — something Thomas said he’s already familiar with from times when former police chief David Lindley would take time off or be otherwise away from the department. He said he hopes to be involved in hiring two new police captains. Nichols said Thomas’ overall familiarity with the departshow it to a new group of people and to see how they receive the film,” Mahoney said. “The film company is called ‘Thinking Man,’ and I think it will cause a lot of people to think and has in smaller tests private showings. It takes a whole different look at stories from the Bible for the evidence. “A lot of people today are suggesting that these stories are based upon myths, that there’s no evidence for those stories,” he added. “And that was my question. I wondered if there is any truth to them. And as a filmmaker, what if I pursued that question. It was sort of a personal journey and an excit-
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” ment and ease of comfort in working with the community made tapping him for the position an easy choice. “It’s imperative to me that I have a second-in-command who is familiar with the inner workings of the police staff, as well as the outer workings of the community,” Nichols said. “Assistant Chief Thomas is going to bring great leadership. He’s well-respected by the employees here. He’s well-liked, and that means a lot to me. I think it was pretty much a nobrainer for him to be appointed to this position.” Thomas said he hopes to continue serving the community and department as best he can in his new position, which he’ll be officially sworn in to 9 a.m. Friday. The carryover of some of his duties to his role as assistant chief didn’t diminish the rank’s value in his eyes. “It means the world to me,” he said. “Growing up, I’ve spent more time in Starkville than I have anywhere else, so this is home. Just being able to work up through the ranks and make it to where I’m at is just an enjoyable experience. It’s something me and my family have grown used to, every day, getting up and coming to work at the Starkville Police Department. It’s as enjoyable now as it was the first day when I started.” ing thing to do. ... What’s more interesting than searching for ancient stories of the past?” Publicist Karen Fullerton said “Patterns” is a really exciting film to watch because you’re trying to figure out what you think about the answers to these questions throughout. Fullerton said one of the main strengths is that the subject has been so well researched, with interviews with egyptologists and archaeologists, and shows so many different viewpoints to really enhance the way the film is presented. Mahoney said the film lets the viewer decide and is broad enough to interest both skeptics and believers. “Anybody can watch this ... we’ve had the full spectrum of people see it and they all found it very fascinating,” he said. “I’ve heard from some egyptologists (while filming) that this is one of the biggest investigations (into Exodus) that
from noon to 1 p.m. resuming Jan. 7 at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, please call 662-312-0245. u Quilting Group Meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilters Guild meets the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex Community Building. All levels of quilters are welcome. Contact Gloria Reeves at 418-7905 or Luanne Blankenship at 3237597 for more information. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and En-
vironmental 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.cityofstarkville.org or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. wheat@gentiva.com.
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ter former assistant police chief John Outlaw retired in 2010 and left the position vacant. Aldermen hired Nichols as police chief at their Feb. 4 board meeting. Nichols took the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony last Friday. “It’s just something that, truthfully, Chief Nichols and I have been doing for the last four years,” Thomas said. “Ever since Assistant Chief Outlaw retired, we split the duties. It’s not a job I’m not familiar with, because we’ve been doing it. It’s just official now.” Thomas hails from Noxapater but said his time in and dedication to Starkville have made the community home for him and his wife and two children. “I’ve had two kids born here,” he said. “My oldest was born in December of 1989. He’s grown up in Starkville and is a graduate at MSU now. It’s just been amazing watching the kids grow up here, and it’s been my home now for 25 years.” Nichols lauded Thomas’ character and said he has every confidence that Thomas’ new position will help the department move through its current
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Macon into a vehicle to take him to OCH Regional MediFrom page 1 cal Center. A second vehicle Department. transported Macon the rest of After the shooting, others the way to the hospital, but he at the club reportedly loaded died after repeated attempts to
resuscitate him failed. Lowndes County deputies arrested Outlaw Feb. 15, 2013 and booked him into Lowndes County Jail on $200,000 bond.
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take time for the university resources committee to bring it back before the Faculty Senate. “There was no action on the petition,” Emison said. “That was part of a number of actions that were referred to the relevant committees.” Ted Dobson, chair of the university resources committee, said committee members had a separate issue queued ahead of Perry’s resolution, an item pertaining to medical leave for faculty and other related matters. As such, he said the committee had not yet had the chance to develop even initial impressions regarding the resolution, and it was unlikely to come back before the Faculty Senate in time for its next monthly meeting in March. “March, I think, may be pushing it a little bit because of this other issue,” Dobson said. “I will email the committee about it relatively soon, but you don’t want to pile too they’ve seen on film. And we’re bringing it to Mississippi.” Baker said it is the incredible team effort from dedicated people who have worked to make the Film Festival such a success. “We are so thankful to the Starkville Area Arts Council, they give so much to Starkville. They are responsible for the CDAF and so many wonderful events, and we are so appreciative to them for putting this on and sponsoring,” Baker said. “The United Way has also been a great sponsor and have been a big help with festival preparations. Nikki Rives, the United Way director, has done an amazing job and we’re thankful to her. “With all of this support we’re happy to host the 12 filmmakers attending, along with some producers and crew — some of whom have never been to Starkville,” she continis where it should be? “I’m very pro-life for example. Some people aren’t. I pray that I can understand that your personal faith, your personal relationship with the Lord and Savior, is yours. I’m not going to use that relationship for my political positions and say ‘If you don’t believe the way I believe then you’re not a good enough Christian.’ If we are started down that road, it’s a treacherous path. To judge one another and how our faith might affect the decisions we make every day. The best thing to do is say,
much on them at once.” Even if the Faculty Senate passes the resolution and the MSU Human Resources Department launched the study it proposed, Emison said he had no way to know what steps would need to be taken after that to establish same-sex benefits. But Deborah Jackson, an assistant professor of clinical mental health counseling at MSU, said she believes the campus would be receptive to this change if it happened. Jackson is advisory board chair for MSU’s Safe Zone program, which trains faculty, staff and students to lend their ears to students struggling with sexuality and gender issues and create environments where those students will not feel judged or threatened. Through that program, she said, support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people on campus is growing, with MSU Safe Zone now including 350 allies, or trainees who identify as heterosexual. “I think (same-sex faculty benefits) would be a fantastic
next step,” Jackson said. “The campus as a whole is fairly progressive in comparison to the general population of the state of Mississippi. I’ve been to schools where faculty have been offered these benefits, and frankly, it hasn’t been an issue for faculty or staff. It’s been a non-issue.” Daniel Gardner is a communications lecturer at MSU, a conservative newspaper columnist, and a retired staff member with the MSU Extension Service who receives MSU benefits. He said while he opposes same-sex marriage on principle, he is not opposed to same-sex partners receiving the same benefits as heterosexual married couples. “I have absolutely no problem with benefits being extended to LGBT partners,” Gardner said. “To me, it doesn’t have anything to do with marriage. I don’t believe in same-sex marriage. I don’t think it’s moral, but as far as partners receiving benefits, I believe (partners of MSU faculty), whether heterosexual or homosexual, should receive benefits from their partners.”
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film, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus.” This documentary culminates 12 years of investigation into whether there is archaeological evidence to support the biblical story of the Exodus, and follows Mahoney as he seeks answers abroad. Mahoney will travel from Minnesota to accompany his film to the Magnolia Festival. He said he and those who worked on the film are excited to show the film to a new audience in Mississippi. “We’re excited to be able to come to Mississippi and
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ued. “So we want to extend a special welcome to them.” Other films to be shown during the 2014 Magnolia Independent Film Festival include: At 7 p.m. Thursday — “Nicky,” directed by Dom Portalla; “Walking Against the Wind,” directed by student Gulliver Moore; “L’Ombra Interior,” (The inner shadow) directed by Arnau Segarra Braunstein of Spain; “Kane,” directed by Michael Williams; “Cupcake,” directed by Kelly Buckholdt; “Better in Bad Company,” directed by Beatriz Gutierrez Aguado of Spain; and “Zipper,” directed by Amy Nicholson. At 7 p.m. Friday — “Landscapes of the Heart,” directed by Rebecca Cerese; “Ceramic Tango,” directed by Patricia Chica; and “Meanwhile in Memphis,” directed by Robert Allen Parker and Nan Hack‘My Lord and Savior, lead me where I have to go.’ ” So there you have it: A very concise framing of a huge issue today in Mississippi by two important political figures. As Jesus said, “Render unto Rome what is Rome. Render unto God what is God’s.” Christ is more concerned with the nature of our hearts than our public policy preferences. What Christian does not care about the poor? But how we address the problem of poverty is grounds for reasonable disagree-
man. At 1 p.m. Saturday — “A Mutual Friend,” directed by Glenn Payne;”The Fall” directed by Kristof Hoornaert of Belgium; “The Organizer,” directed by student Susan Hippen; “Godka Cirka,” directed by Alex Lora and Antonio Tibaldi from Spain, France and U.S.; “Truman,” directed by student Laura Leigh Hicks; “Money 1955: The Emmitt Till Murder Trial,” directed by Rob Underhill; “Baby Chicken,” directed by Azod Abedikichi; “Patatas,” directed by David Barreiro of Spain; and “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,” directed by Tim Mahoney. At 7 p.m. Saturday — “Butterfly Dreams,” directed by Venkat Krishnan; “Push Up,” directed by David Galan Galindo of Spain; and special feature “As I Lay Dying,” by writer/ director/actor James Franco. ment. Is a huge government bureaucracy the right solution? Or should the government tax us less so we can tithe more? Could churches and individuals better spend charitable money than the government? I don’t know the answer to these great questions but I believe both Rep. Thompson and Gov. Bryant have their hearts in the right place. That’s the important thing. Kudos to Mission Mississippi for getting us to focus on these profound issues.
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litical world we live in. It’s personal. I depend on it each and every day. To me saying we’re going to take religion and say, ‘Well if you’re a Christian, you need to do this or you need to be able to vote for that.’ I think we got a lot of that instruction from someone who wasn’t in government about 2,000 years ago. First it was the Ten Commandments, then it was the Sermon on the Mount. So rather than looking to any political position I may have to determine if that’s the Christian way, I’ve got to look back to the Bible and look at what Jesus instructed us to do and how we should treat one another. “If we start dividing ourselves, not only politically but also blend in religion, ‘OK, you’re not religious on this or your religion should support that.’ I worry where do we end that? Who is the arbiter of whether or not Christian behavior in the political world
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
College Baseball
Bulldogs fail to close, drop outing to Tigers
By BEN WAIT sports@starkvilledailynews.com Jonathan Holder has been the kind of shut down closer a ball club likes to have. On Wednesday night, Memphis got to him. The Mississippi State junior right hander gave up three runs, two earned, in the top of the ninth inning as the Tigers went on to beat the No. 2 Bulldogs 6-4 at Dudy Noble Field.  It is the fourth time in his Bulldog career that Holder (0-1) has given up three runs in a relief appearance. It is also his second-career loss.  The Bulldogs (2-2) held a slim 4-3 lead entering the top of ninth inning. Cohen immediately went to the AllAmerican Holder. He got the first batter to fly out to left field, then struck the next batter out, but the ball bounced by catcher Zack Randolph and Kane Barrow reached first base. Bryce Beeler singled to left field to drive in pinch runner Ford Wilson to tie the game at 4-4. An error by shortstop Matthew Britton allowed another runner to score and the Tigers (4-0) added another on a RBIgroundout.  MSU got the first two batters on in the ninth inning, but a flyout, a caught stealing and a strikeout ended the game. Memphis left hander Jacob Moody (0-1) pitched one inning plus and picked up the win. Beeler came in after Moody walked the first two batters and picked up his third save of the season.  The Bulldogs committed three errors in the game that gave up three runs.  “Our kids just ran away from who we are (Wednesday),” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Our identity is pitching and defense. I thought we pitched it pretty well. We did not defend the field well.” MSU struggled to push runs across in the first five innings. The Bulldogs stranded eight base runners in the first five innings. State loaded the bases in the first inning with one out. C.T. Bradford swung at the first pitch and popped out to the first baseman. Designated hitter Daniel Garner followed him and struck out swinging to leave the bases loaded. “We’re taking softball swings early in the ballgame when it matters the most,” Cohen said. “It’s a real lack of maturity.”  The Bulldogs stranded 12 runners for the game. Cohen decided to shuffle things around and used four pinch hitters in the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 6-1. Demarcus Henderson was issued a one-out walk. Pinch hitters Jacob Robson and Randolph were also walked to load the bases. Cohen decided to let redshirt freshman Cody Brown pinch hit for leadoff batter
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Mississippi State’s C.T. Bradford swings the bat against
McNickle returns to MSU as part of Memphis staff
By JASON EDWARDS sports@starkvilledailynews.com   A past relationship was rekindled when Memphis and Mississippi State faced off on the baseball field on Wednesday. Bulldog head coach John Cohen was on the MSU roster as a player in the late 80’s and standing across the field from him Wednesday was a blast from the past in the form of Memphis associate head coach Russ McNickle. During Cohen’s playing days, the Tigers coach served as graduate assistant for State. “I threw a lot of BP to John Cohen when he played because he always wanted to hit,” McNickle said. “He was a tireless worker. I remember that when he was a player. He always wanted to work and do extra stuff. You can see that in his coaching career in the fact that he is a grinder. He is a guy that puts his head down and goes to work every day. I respect that with him. I am very happy for him and what he has done.” The 1989-90 seasons were not the only Memphis pitching coach and former Mississippi State assistant coach Russ McNickle, right, ones McNickle spent at MSU. After departing visits with one of his players during Wednesday’s game. (Photo by Lee Adams) Starkville for stints at Central Florida Commu-
nity College, Florida Southern College, University of South Florida and Meridian Community College, the Mobile, Ala., native returned back to Dudy Noble in 2002. McNickle’s second tenure with the Bulldogs ran until 2008 and afforded the coach numerous opportunities for success including a 2007 trip to the College World Series as well as helping lead the team to a Southeastern Conference Tournament title in 2005. “It is pretty emotional for me to be back,” McNickle said. “To be a part of over 500 games here, getting a chance to go to Omaha twice, to play in SEC tournaments, it was pretty special to drive back in here. It is just a special place.” Not only were the successes on the field memorable for McNickle what really lingers in his mind are the bonds formed during his time in Starkville and the “passion” that exists within MSU baseball fans. “The thing that stuck out for me was just the relationships that we built,” McNickle said. “What Larry Templeton did for me when my mom tragically passed away spoke volumes of
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High School Basketball
SDN Staff MADISON – The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers continue to perform well during the 2014 postseason. After winning the Class AAA, Division II Tournament championship on Saturday, the Lady Vols opened the Class AAA Tournament on Wednesday with a 48-38 victory over Jackson Prep at Madison Ridgeland Academy. Starkville Academy, which improved to 27-11 overall, took an 18-12 lead after the first quarter and extended the margin to 31-20 at halftime. Despite being outscored by one point 18-17 in the second half, the Lady Vols held on for the win. “Tough one,” Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt said. “Young kids came through. Sallie Kate Richardson, Nora Kathryn Carroll and Anna McKell were super.” McKell had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Vols, while Carroll also scored in double digits with 14 points. Starkville Academy advanced to Friday’s semifinals and will play at 2:15 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
Starkville Academy girls win at AAA Tournament
Women’s College Basketball
MSU makes the trip to Alabama
By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledailynews.com The Mississippi State women’s basketball team has not won two or more consecutive games in the Southeastern Conference this season. If the Bulldogs can pull off a victory at Alabama tonight, they will own backto-back conference triumphs for the first time since the league slate began. MSU (17-9) has gotten into this position after upsetting No. 16 Vanderbilt 64-62 at home last Sunday. As much as defeating the Commodores excited the Bulldogs, they know it’s not a wise thing to dwell on that success too long. “We know we have seven more games to go,” MSU junior point guard Jerica James said. “We loved the win and we are enjoying it (Sunday night and Monday), but when it comes time to focus on other teams, we will do that. We know winning a couple of games puts us in a good position. It’s a big win for us, but we are definitely looking forward to the next game.” The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide are tied in the SEC standings with 4-8 records. MSU head coach Vic Schaefer wants his squad to take advantage of another opportunity to play well. “You just want to see them be rewarded,” Schaefer said. “It helps them buy into something and believe in something if they see it working. It’s hard to sell something when you don’t see it working. “For these young ladies, they are seeing the fruits of their labor. There’s not a lot of standing around at our workouts. These kids pay a price and it does your heart good to see them reap the benefits of it and continue to develop.” MSU junior center Martha Alwal used a 23-point effort against Vanderbilt, which tied a high for a SEC game, to improve her scoring average to 15.4 points per game. Alwal knows if she gives the type of
effort necessary on the court, then her offensive game will take care of itself. “I don’t focus on points,” Alwal said. “I just try to come out every night to do the best I can. I know the points will come if I’m playing well. I’ve just got to play hard night in and night out. I know people are going to start doubling, but the way to counter that is to just play hard.” Alwal will start on the front line for the Bulldogs, along with SEC Freshman of the Week Breanna Richardson. Dominique Dillingham, another freshman, junior Savannah Carter and senior Katia May are expected to be the guards for tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting with the Tide. When considering what Alwal and James meant to the team against Vanderbilt, Schaefer said they have matured beyond their junior standing. “They have been through the wars,” Schaefer said. “They are not juniors anymore in my mind. They are already into their senior years. They are playing and Mississippi State women’s coach Vic Schaefer, right, talks are impacting the game.” with junior point guard Jerica James. (Photo by Lee Adams)
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The number of points for Mississippi State basketball player Craig Sword against LSU, which was a career high.
BRIEFLY
SHS juniors travel to jamboree
The Starkville High School junior high football program will be participating in a jamboree in Koscuisko on Feb. 25. The action for the 7th grade Yellowjackets will be against host Kosciusko at 3:30 p.m., Columbus at 4 p.m. and Louisville at 5:30 p.m. Starkville’s 8th grade squad will play Columbus at 4 p.m., West Point at 5 p.m. and Louisviille at 6 p.m.
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College Basketball SEC Standings Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Florida 13-0 1.000 24-2 .923 Kentucky 10-3 .769 20-6 .769 Georgia 8-5 .615 14-11 .560 Ole Miss 7-6 .538 16-10 .615 Tennessee 7-6 .538 16-10 .615 Missouri 7-6 .538 19-7 .731 LSU 7-6 .538 16-9 .640 Vanderbilt 6-7 .462 14-11 .560 Arkansas 6-7 .462 17-9 .654 Texas A&M 5-7 .417 14-11 .560 Auburn 4-9 .308 12-12 .500 Alabama 4-8 .333 10-15 .400 Miss. State 3-10 .231 13-13 .500 S. Carolina 3-10 .231 10-16 .385 Saturday’s Games Auburn 92, Miss. State 82 Georgia 61, Ole Miss 60 Vanderbilt 57, Texas A&M 54 S. Carolina 67, Alabama 66 Missouri 75, Tennessee 70 Arkansas 81, LSU 70 Florida 69, Kentucky 59 Tuesday’s Games Kentucky 84, Ole Miss 70 Tennessee 67, Georgia 48 Wednesday’s Games LSU 92, Miss. State 81 Florida 71, Auburn 66 Missouri 67, Vanderbilt 64 Arkansas 71, S. Carolina 64 Today’s Game Alabama at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. Men’s Top 25 Fared Wednesday 1. Syracuse (25-1) lost to Boston College 62-59, OT. Next: at No. 5 Duke, Saturday. 2. Florida (24-2) beat Auburn 71-66. Next: at Mississippi, Saturday. 3. Wichita State (28-0) beat Loyola of Chicago 88-74. Next: vs. Drake, Saturday. 4. Arizona (23-2) at Utah, next. Next: at Colorado, Saturday. 5. Duke (21-5) did not play. Next: at North Carolina, Thursday. 6. San Diego State (23-2) did not play. Next: at New Mexico, Saturday. 7. Cincinnati (24-3) beat UCF 77-49. Next: vs. No. 11 Louisville, Saturday. 8. Kansas (20-6) did not play. Next: vs. No. 19 Texas, Saturday. 9. Villanova (23-3) did not play. Next: vs. St. John’s, Saturday. 10. Saint Louis (24-2) beat George Mason 89-85, OT. Next: vs. George Washington, Saturday. 11. Creighton (22-4) beat Marquette 8570. Next: vs. Seton Hall, Sunday. 11. Louisville (22-4) did not play. Next: at No. 7 Cincinnati, Saturday. 13. Michigan State (21-5) did not play. Next: at Purdue, Thursday. 14. Virginia (22-5) did not play. Next: vs. Notre Dame, Saturday. 15. Iowa (19-6) did not play. Next: vs. No. 16 Wisconsin, Saturday. 16. Wisconsin (21-5) did not play. Next: at No. 15 Iowa, Saturday. 17. Iowa State (20-5) did not play. Next: at TCU, Saturday. 18. Kentucky (20-6) did not play. Next: vs. LSU, Saturday. 19. Texas (20-6) did not play. Next: at No. 8 Kansas, Saturday. 20. Michigan (18-7) did not play. Next: vs. No. 13 Michigan State, Sunday. 21. UConn (20-5) did not play. Next: at Temple, Thursday. 22. Memphis (19-6) did not play. Next: at Rutgers, Thursday. 23. UCLA (20-5) at California, next. Next: at Stanford, Saturday. 24. Ohio State (21-6) beat Northwestern 76-60. Next: vs. Minnesota, Saturday. 25. Gonzaga (23-4) did not play. Next: at BYU, Thursday. College Boxscore LSU 92, MISS. STATE 81 MISSISSIPPI ST. (13-13) Borchert 0-2 0-0 0, Ware 4-7 2-2 10, Thomas 0-0 1-2 1, Bloodman 4-7 2-4 11, Sword 11-16 10-14 33, Davis 1-3 0-0 3, Wilson 0-2 4-4 4, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Ready 4-10 0-0 8, Cunningham 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 2-4 7-10 11. Totals 26-52 26-36 81. LSU (16-9) O’Bryant III 2-11 2-2 6, Coleman 6-11 5-7 18, Martin 8-11 2-2 20, Mickey 4-6 11-12 19, Hickey 5-8 0-2 13, Shortess 0-0 0-0 0, Stringer 4-7 3-4 14, Hammink 0-0 0-0 0, Malone 0-1 0-0 0, Odo 0-0 0-0 0, Eddlestone 0-0 0-0 0, Quarterman 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 30-59 23-29 92. Halftime–LSU 42-31. 3-Point Goals–Mississippi St. 3-8 (Bloodman 1-2, Davis 1-2, Sword 1-2, Wilson 0-1, Ready 0-1), LSU 9-21 (Stringer 3-5, Hickey 3-6, Martin 2-3, Coleman 1-4, Malone 0-1, Quarterman 0-2). Fouled Out–Borchert, O’Bryant III, Sword. Rebounds–Mississippi St. 30 (Ware 11), LSU 34 (Martin 8). Assists–Mississippi St. 8 (Sword 3), LSU 17 (O’Bryant III 5). Total Fouls–Mississippi St. 22, LSU 25. Technical–Borchert. A–7,689. Women’s College Basketball SEC Standings
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Quoteworthy
“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start my senior year.”
Mississippi State softball player Sam Lenahan said about the team’s 11-0 start.
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THE AREA SLAtE
Today Women’s College Basketball Mississippi State at Alabama, 7 p.m. High School Basketball Class 2A, Region 4 Tournament At Bruce Girls: Eupora vs. Calhoun City, 4 p.m. Girls: East Webster vs. Okolona, 7 p.m. Boys: Eupora vs. Bruce, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday’s Games Miss. State 64, Vanderbilt 62 Texas A&M 71, Alabama 46 Georgia 67, Florida 58 Kentucky 75, Tennessee 71 Missouri 68, Auburn 58 S. Carolina 73, LSU 57 Today’s Games Miss. State at Alabama, 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee, 6 p.m. LSU at Georgia, 6 p.m. Missouri at Florida, 6 p.m. S. Carolina at Kentucky, 6 p.m. Vanderbilt at Arkansas, 7 p.m. Collegiate Baseball Poll Record Pts 1. Cal. St. Fullerton 2-1 494 2. Mississippi St. 2-1 492 3. Louisiana St. 3-0 490 4. Oregon St. 3-0 487 5. Florida St. 3-0 484 6. Oregon 3-0 483 7. Louisville 2-1 480 8. Vanderbilt 3-0 479 9. Virginia 2-1 476 10. South Carolina 3-0 473 11. Miami, Fla. 2-1 471 12. North Carolina 1-1 467 13. N.C. State 0-1 465 14. UCLA 2-1 462 15. Indiana 1-3 460 16. Florida 2-1 456 17. Rice 2-1 455 18. Oklahoma St. 3-0 454 19. Texas Christian 2-1 451 20. Clemson 2-1 450 21. Arizona St. 2-1 447 22. Louisiana-Lafayette 3-1 445 23. Arizona 2-1 443 24. Texas A&M 3-0 441 25. Texas 2-2 437 26. Cal Poly 3-0 435 27. Mississippi 3-0 432 28. Alabama 2-1 430 29. Nevada-Las Vegas 4-0 422 30. Texas Tech 3-1 421 Winter Olympic Medals Table At Sochi, Russia Through Wednesday, Feb. 19 (75 of 98 events) Nation G S B Tot United States 7 5 11 23 Russia 6 9 7 22 Netherlands 6 7 9 22 Norway 9 4 7 20 Canada 5 9 4 18 Germany 8 3 4 15 France 3 2 6 11 Sweden 2 5 4 11 Switzerland 6 3 1 10 Austria 2 6 1 9 Czech Republic 2 4 2 8 Slovenia 2 1 4 7 Japan 1 4 2 7 Italy 0 2 5 7 Belarus 5 0 1 6 China 3 2 1 6 Poland 4 0 0 4 South Korea 2 1 1 4 Finland 1 3 0 4 Australia 0 2 1 3 Latvia 0 1 2 3 Britain 1 0 1 2 Slovakia 1 0 0 1 Croatia 0 1 0 1 Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1 Ukraine 0 0 1 1
Starkville Raiders set registration
The Starkville Raiders football and cheerleading registration will be held Saturday at the Travis Outlaw Center at the Sportsplex from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For registration done in February and March, the fee will be $100, after March, it will be $125 for kids ages 6-12. For more information, contact Bobby Morris at 662312-4291 or Keith Lawrence at 662-418-1730.
WHAT’S ON TV
Today GOLF Noon TGC — PGA Tour-WGC, Accenture Match Play Championship, second round matches, at Marana, Ariz. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — Michigan St. at Purdue ESPN2 — Alabama at Texas A&M ESPNU — Penn St. at Nebraska 8 p.m. ESPN — Duke at North Carolina ESPN2 — UConn at Temple ESPNU — Toledo at Bowling Green 10 p.m. ESPN2 — Gonzaga at BYU ESPNU — Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. TNT — Miami at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m. TNT — Houston at Golden State SOCCER Noon FSN — UEFA Europa League, Valencia at Dynamo Kiev 2 p.m. FSN — UEFA Europa League, Eintracht Frankfurt at Porto WINTER OLYMPICS At Sochi, Russia All events taped unless noted as Live NBC 11 a.m. Women’s Hockey - Gold Medal Final Team S. Carolina Texas A&M Tennessee LSU Florida Kentucky Vanderbilt SEC Pct. Overall Pct. 11-1 .917 23-2 .920 10-2 .833 20-6 .769 9-3 .750 20-5 .800 7-5 .583 18-7 .720 7-5 .583 17-8 .680 7-5 .583 19-6 .760 6-6 .500 17-8 .680 (LIVE IN ALL TIME ZONES) 7 p.m. Ladies’ Figure Skating - Gold Medal Final; Women’s Freestyle Skiing - Halfpipe Gold Medal Final; Men’s Freestyle Skiing - Cross Gold Medal Final 12 a.m. Men’s Nordic Combined - Team K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal Final NBCSN 2 a.m. Men’s Nordic Combined - Team K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women’s Curling - Bronze Medal Game, Britain vs. Switzerland (LIVE) 6 a.m. Women’s Hockey - Bronze Medal Game, Sweden vs. Switzerland (LIVE) 8:30 a.m. Ladies’ Figure Skating - Gold Medal Final Preview 9 a.m. Ladies’ Figure Skating - Gold Medal Final (LIVE) 1 p.m. Men’s Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross Competition 2 p.m. Game of the Day: Hockey 2 a.m. Men’s Curling - Bronze Medal Game, Sweden-Britain loser vs. Canada-China loser (LIVE); Women’s Freestyle Skiing - Cross Competition CNBC 4 p.m. Women’s Curling - Gold Medal Final, Canada vs. Sweden
Starkville Cowboys wrap registration
The Starkville Cowboys 2014 youth football and cheerleaders will have the final early season registration at the Travis Outlaw Center at the Starkville Sportsplex. The times of the registration will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the classroom upstairs. The registration fee of $100 is for a limited time and potential participants are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to sign up. For more information, call Rodney Johnson at 662312-7472.  
Registration for SBA begins
Registration for the Starkville Baseball Association season has begun. Schools were to have registration forms made available this week and they can also be picked up at the Starkville Sportsplex. They can also be found at www.sbabaseball. com. Completed forms may be dropped off in the box located inside the Travis Outlaw Center at the Sporsplex before Feb. 28. There are other important dates to consider. There will be SBA evaluations for ages 7 and 9 on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m., SBA evaluations for ages 7 and 9 on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8-10 a.m., SBA evaluations for ages 7 and 9 on March 1 with times to be announced. All evaluations will be held at The Starkville Swing at 407A Industrial Park Road in Starkville. Open day is set for Saturday, March 29. For the most current information about the league and to answer any questions, visit www.sbabaseball.com. There is also an SBA Facebook page and a twitter account (@starkville_sba).
Auburn Georgia Arkansas Miss. State Missouri Alabama Ole Miss
5-7 .417 14-11 5-7 .417 17-8 4-8 .333 17-8 4-8 .333 17-9 4-8 .333 15-10 4-8 .333 11-14 1-11 .083 10-16
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State baseball added to TV
Mississippi State baseball’s Senior Day baseball game against Tennessee May 11 and its final Friday regular-season game at Alabama May 16 will both be televised by CBS Sports Network, the media outlet announced Wednesday. The scheduled start times of 1:30 p.m. (May 11) and 6 p.m. (May 16) remain the same. The newly added games give MSU a total of 13 on television so far in 2014, beginning with an 11 a.m. first pitch March 15 at Georgia on FSN. With Wednesday’s announcement, five of the last eight MSU regular-season games will be televised. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
MSU women win twice in tennis
After falling to Houston on Sunday, the Mississippi State women’s team was able to rebound nicely on Wednesday, picking up a pair of shutout victories over visiting Jackson State at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. With the wins, Mississippi State improves to 6-2 on the season, 4-0 at home. The Bulldogs started the first match with a sweep in doubles action. Georgiana Patrasc and Naomi Tran were the first to finish on court 1, defeating Jackson State’s Akshatha Ananth and Angie Condorelli 8-0. The duo of Timea Guibe and Alexandra Perper would clinch the doubles point on court 2, as they took an 8-0 decision over Kesica Jayapalan and Harshini Reddy. Rosalinda Calderon and Rosie Dion also picked up an 8-2 win on No. 3, over JSU’s Julia Angermann and Anastasila Zviahintseva. Mississippi State carried its momentum into singles play, as the 72nd-ranked Patrasc defeated Condorelli 6-0, 6-0 on court 1. After Reddy retired on court 4 to Guibe, the Bulldogs were able to clinch the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory on No. 2 by Dion. Calderon and Petra Ferancova would also pick up wins on courts 5 and 6, respectively, while Tran closed out the match with a 3-6, 6-1, 1-0(7) comeback victory at No. 4. The second match got off to a slightly different start, as singles was played first. Scoring would begin on No. 3, as Angermann retired to Guibe, trailing 5-0 in the first set. State’s Patrasc followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ananth on court 2 for a 2-0 MSU lead. Calderon picked up an impressive 6-2, 6-3 win on No. 6 over Rebekah Adewumi and Ferancova would then clinch the match for the Bulldogs on court 5, taking a 6-3, 6-2 win over JSU’s Jayapalan. Dion and Tran picked up victories to close out the second match. The senior Dion improved to 8-0 on the season with a 6-0, 6-3 win in her first-ever match at the No. 1 position as a Bulldog. Tran once again came from behind for victory, taking a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(3) win at No. 3. The Bulldogs will next host Alabama A&M (Noon) and Alcorn State (3 p.m.) Saturday, in the final non-conference matches for MSU before entering Southeastern Conference play next weekend. Live stats will be available on hailstate.com.
College Softball
By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledailynews.com
MSU improves mark to 11-0
Sam Lenahan has been around Mississippi State softball for several seasons now. She hasn’t seen anything like what’s been happening lately. With Wednesday’s 6-0 victory over the Central Arkansas Bears, the Bulldogs improved their record to 11-0. It ties the 2008 year for the second-best start in school history. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start my senior season,” Lenahan said. “I’m extremely excited to see how the rest of the season goes.” Lenahan contributed in a big way to the MSU effort with a career high four runs batted in. It was Lenahan’s three-run home run in the fifth inning that broke open a close game and gave the Bulldogs the final 6-0 edge. She has driven at least one run in four of the last five games and has clubbed three home runs in five games. “I kind of struggled this past weekend, but the last couple of days of practice (coach) Vann (Stuedeman) has been preaching on focusing on the process, having quality at-bats and not worrying about the outcome. “If we have quality at-bats, it will turn into barrels and that will turn into runs. I’m really trying to focus on my approach at the plate and really trying to see the ball and put swings on good pitches.” MSU established a 3-0 lead in the third inning on RBI singles by Lenahan and Heidi Shape.
In the first inning, Jessica Offutt singled and came home for the Bulldogs on a single by Logan Foulks. Three MSU pitchers held Central Arkansas to no runs and two hits. Starter Jacey Punches, who improved to 4-0, worked five innings in the circle and gave up one of the hits. “All of the pitches were working well,” Punches said. “The defense definitely had my back and were making all of the routine outs. It was a good day.” Shana Sherrod and Mackenzie Toler hurled one scoreless inning of relief each. Offensively for the Bulldogs, Lenahan and Caroline Seitz had two hits each. One of the hits for Seitz was a double. MSU turns its attention to a weekend home series with Big Ten opponent Iowa. The first game takes place Friday at 3 p.m.
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Youth Basketball
SAY RESULTS
Boys 2nd-3rd Grade T-Law 35, Powerade 13
KOA’s points. and Luke Altmyer added seven points.
Cappe’s Steakhouse 17, Latham Ballers 6
McReynolds Orthodontics 17, Coca-Cola 16
11 points for Crosspoint. Justin Banks contributed seven points. Jatavion Clark had nine points for Coca-Cola. He was followed by Corey Simmons with eight points and Jalen Bell with six points.
Billy Petty and Donovan Johnson-Griffin scored six points each and Sylvarius Sherman Chipper Hornburger led a balanced scoring contributed five points in the victory for Cappe’s attack for T-Law with seven points. Steakhouse. Jaden Thomas, Evrett Keenum and Daejon Jaycin Moore led Latham Ballers with four Johnson added six points each for T-Law. points and Jaden Potlow contributed two For Powerade, Dequan Jefferson and Jour- points. dan Conley scored six points each, while Ashton Bogard chipped in one point. 5th Grade
Synergetics 16, Wet & Wild KOA 10
Powerade 23, Columbus Orthopaedic 18
McReynolds Orthodontics edged Coca-Cola Columbus Orthopaedic 37, by one point. Powerade 17 Randall Futral and Harris McReynolds scored seven points each for McReynolds OrSteele Altmyer scored in double figures with thodontics, while Will McReynolds chipped in 16 points in the Columbus Orthopaedic victory. a pair of points. Presley Longford had seven points, while Amariyon Howard led Coca-Cola with six points. He was followed by Blake Williams and Jordan Monk and Lazyane Nichols chipped in four points each for Columbus Orthopaedic. Alonzo Neal with four points each. For Powerade, Wesley Banks scored eight points, Forte Prater added five points, and Der7th Grade win Ferguson and Josh Arnett contributed two points each.
Synergetics got the win as Jonathan Baker (The Starkville Area Youth basketball results are Cedric Hines and Nyjal Johnson put up six Coca-Cola 29 led the way with eight points. made available to the Starkville Daily News by the Jaquavin Jenkins had four points for Syner- points each to power Powerade’s effort. Starkville Park and Recreation Department. It’s the Cameron Bell and Jarmarrion Brown Joshua Lanier contributed five points to the getics, while Marcus Bell Jr. and Markeveen Elresponsibility of the SAY coaches to provide the each had a double-digit scoring effort to lead winners. lis added two points each. correct information and spelling of names to the For Columbus Orthopaedic, Kylen Arm- Crosspoint. Connor Rogers scored all 10 of Wet & Wild SPRD scorekeepers so there is no confusion.) Bell scored 17 points, while Brown put up stead scored in double figures with 11 points
Crosspoint 45,
College Basketball
MSU doesn’t overcome slow start in loss to LSU
For Starkville Daily News BATON ROUGE, La. – Mississippi State could not overcome a slow start Wednesday night as it dropped a 92-81 decision to LSU in a Southeastern Conference men’s basketball game at the Maravich Assembly Center. Craig Sword led the offensive attack with 33 points, becoming the first Bulldog player to score 30 or more points since Ravern Johnson did it Nov. 26, 2010 against Troy. Sword hit 11-of-16 shots from the field, 10-of-14 shots from the foul line, while also having three assists and three rebounds, before fouling out with less than 3 minutes remaining. LSU improved to 16-9 overall and 7-6 in league play, while MSU fell to 13-13 and 3-10. The Bulldogs have now dropped eight straight games in league play. In the opening stages of the game, LSU quickly built a 16-1 advantage. The lead grew to 24-4 before MSU made its push. The Bulldogs closed within single digits down the stretch but could not get over the hump. “We spotted them 15 points to start the game,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said. “We would have been better off giving them the points and not playing the actual game because of the fouls we were collecting. You can’t beat a quality on the road with that kind of start. “Beyond that, we just have to look at how we are defending people. We have way too much foul trouble. We have to guard without fouling. I think guys are moving their feet well. We were not having a lot of fouls called early in league play so we
just have to look at what we are doing.” After falling down 24-4, the Bulldogs got six straight points from Sword. The Bulldogs closed within six points on two free throws by De’Runnya Wilson 7:28 left in the half. With a lot of reserves in the lineup, due in part to the foul trouble, the Bulldogs trailed 42-31 at the intermission. “I am really proud of the guys we brought in and how far they fought,” Ray said. “Bear (Wilson) is out there and he doesn’t know everything we are doing right now, but he is flying around being competitive. Trivante (Bloodman) and I.J. (Ready) have no size and yet they are competing against bigger guys and fighting hard.” The Bulldogs were back within seven in the early stages of the second half at 47-40 after a 3-point play by Sword. LSU followed with a 12-4 run to push the lead back out to 15 points. MSU fell back down by 19 points but the strong play of Gavin Ware and Roquez Johnson kept the Bulldogs a float late. Ware posted his seventh double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Still, the Bulldogs were plagued by 16 turnovers, which led to 20 points for LSU. “Past two games, we have simply given the ball away too many times,” Ray said. “For the most part, they have been unforced turnovers because we have played two teams that have not pressured us much. We have to stop fouling and hang on to possession. Last two games, we have played well enough offensively to win.” MSU returns home to host Arkansas at 3 p.m. Mississippi State’s Gavin Ware (20) and I.J. Ready, right, struggle to get the basketball from Saturday. That contest will be televised regionally LSU’s John Odo on Wednesday night. (Photo by Heather McClelland, The Baton Rouge by SEC TV. Advocate, AP)
Florida has eye on No. 1 spot after beating Auburn
From Wire Reports GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patric Young made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping the second-ranked Gators to a 71-66 victory on Wednesday night. With No. 1 Syracuse losing to Boston College 62-59 in overtime, Florida could move into the top spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The victory was Florida’s school-record 18th in a row and it kept the Gators (24-2, 13-0) perfect in Southeastern Conference play. It was also Florida’s 31st consecutive home victory. Young led the Gators with 17 points, all in the second half, and had seven rebounds. Casey Prather scored 16 points and Scottie Wilbekin had 15. Tahj Shamsid-Deen led Auburn (12-12, 4-9) with 17 points. Chris Denson had 15 and K.T. Harrell 14. After Young’s free throws put the Gators ahead 68-66, Harrell glanced up-court and never saw Allen Payne’s inbounds pass. The ball bounced out of bounds and the Gators sealed the victory from the free throw line. Auburn nearly pulled the upset because of its 3-point shooting. The Tigers made 10 of 19 3-point shots, although they cooled off somewhat in the second half and made only 4 of attempts, as Missouri held off Vanderbilt. Earnest Ross added 16 points for the Tigers (19-7, 7-6 SEC), who survived an off-game from top scorer Jabari Brown in a matchup of schools tied for fifth place in the conference. Brown, held to nine points on 3 for 11 shooting, averaged 23.9 points the previous 10 games including 22 the first meeting at Vanderbilt last month. Damian Jones had 19 points and seven rebounds for Vanderbilt (14-11, 6-7). Down eight points with just over two minutes to go, the Commodores shaved the deficit to two on Kyle Moats’ 3-pointer with 19.4 seconds to go. Kyle Fuller’s bid to force overtime on a shot that drew iron from beyond midcourt came after the buzzer. Fuller made just one of 12 shots and had four points, eight below his average. Missouri helped make the finish exciting by going 6 for 12 at the free throw line the final 1:31. Clarkson scored nine points in the final six minutes, including three baskets in a 13-2 run that put the Tigers up 61-53. Vanderbilt led 21-20 at the half with both teams shooting 33 percent and enduring lengthy dry spells. Missouri went nearly seven minutes without a point and Vanderbilt was scoreless more than 4 1/2 minutes before Jones’s tip-in Missouri 67, Vanderbilt 64 to end the half for the lead. The first-half scoring total was a seasonCOLUMBIA, Mo. — Jordan Clarkson worst by five points for Missouri. Vanderbilt’s scored 21 points, including all 11 free throw 10. Auburn led 38-30 at halftime thanks to six 3-pointers. The eight-point deficit was Florida’s largest halftime deficit of the season. The Gators’ previous largest deficit was three points against Missouri, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Auburn led by as much as eight points early in the second half but the Gators worked their way back and the teams traded the lead into the final minute. Florida took a 66-65 lead on Michael Frazier’s 3-pointer with 40.5 seconds to play, but the Tigers tied the game on a free throw by Denson with 20 seconds remaining. Young grabbed the rebound on the missed foul shot and was immediately fouled. Young, a 55.9 percent career free throw shooter, hit his two free throws to give the Gators the lead for good. He added another free throw with four seconds to play to cap a monster second half. Young grabbed six of his seven rebounds in the final 20 minutes. He missed his only shot from the floor in the first half and made 5 of 6 shots in the second half. The 17 points tied a season high. Florida’s last loss came on Dec. 2, 2013, against Connecticut.
season low was 19 points its last time out against Texas A&M. A half-dozen football players, including quarterback Maty Mauk, signed autographs the hour before the game. Fans also got a chance to pose for photos with the Cotton Bowl trophy and two of the school’s Golden Girls cheerleader team.
Arkansas 71, South Carolina 64
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Michael Qualls scored 20 points as Arkansas held off a secondhalf rally by South Carolina. The sophomore, who struggled mightily with his shooting to start conference play, finished 7 of 14 from the field — including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers — for the Razorbacks (17-9, 6-7 Southeastern Conference). Coty Clarke added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Arkansas, which has won two straight games and four of five overall. Brenton Williams led the Gamecocks (1016, 3-10) with 29 points, finishing 11 of 20 from the field — including 6 of 13 on 3-pointers. South Carolina, which finished 22 of 59 (37.3 percent) from the field, is now 0-10 on the road this season and has lost 17 straight road games. The Gamecocks haven’t won on the road since an overtime win at LSU on Jan. 16, 2013.
about Mississippi State baseball so when I left here after I was From page 6 a GA, I had that passion in me what this place really was and and it is still in me.” what it is. It is a unique place in The Bulldogs left a lasting terms that people have passion impression on their former
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coach, but they did something else by introducing him to the man he assists everyday on the field – Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock. From 2004-05, both men lead.  The Bulldogs got a solid outing out of senior right hander Ben Bracewell who drew the start. He pitched six innings have gave up just one run, unearned, on three hits. 
donned Maroon and White with Schoenrock serving as pitching coach while McNickle worked with the catchers and hitters. It took a few years, but The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning when MSU second baseman couldn’t handle an in between hop allowing Barrow to score from third.  Memphis scored two more
Schoenrock and McNickle rejoined forces and as the pair returned to their former stomping grounds emotions ran high. “My family and I spent 10 years here,” McNickle said. in the seventh inning to make it 4-3. Britton had sure double play, but threw the ball by Pirtle who was covering second base allowing two runs to score.  The Bulldogs will be back
“It is always special when you come back. It is nice to get a chance to see some great friends and spend some quality time here even though we have business to take care of.”
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and Robson to put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1.  From page 6 Alex Detz followed him Derrick Armstrong. Brown with a infield single driving made the move look brilliant. home a run, and Wes Rea folHe singled to right center lowed with with a run-scoring bringing home Henderson double to give MSU a 4-3
in action this weekend when they host Holy Cross for a four-game homestand. Single games will be played on Friday and Sunday, while a double header is scheduled for Saturday.
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CROSSWORD
COMICS
HOROSCOPE
by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You have much to think about and consider. You might need to mellow out a bit. You will have an important and longoverdue discussion with a loved one or an associate. The less that is said to others, the better off you will be. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You seem ready to make a dream a reality. A partner or several other people might want to pitch in, especially if this idea could affect them too. An upbeat attitude will help you feel more connected to others than you have in the past. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Take news with a grain of salt. A boss might have a lot to say, and will talk openly if you seem interested in what he or she has to share. Use caution with your finances. A risk might not pay off in the way you’d hoped it would. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Events could put you more in touch with your dynamic energy. Look at the longterm implications when looking at the big picture. A situation might not evolve as you might wish it would. Do more listening and sharing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You might want to spend more time at home. Use your instincts to achieve a better sense of harmony with a loved one. Indulge in more time together. A change in your schedule could force changes to happen elsewhere in your life. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You might want to examine what is happening in your immediate environment. Make calls, catch up on news and clear your desk. You will come up with a more efficient way of handling key matters. Others will come through for you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Listen to what is being shared, but hold back for now on sharing what you know. A partner might do the unexpected. You could be upset, but you also do enjoy the excitement that this person brings to your life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You might be in the middle of all the action. Take the lead, prioritize and delegate; otherwise, too many key details could be missed. You understand the implications of what is going on better than most people do. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You move through details quickly, yet one could slip past you and ultimately sabotage your plans. Slow down or recheck your work. You also might need to consider getting a second person to work with you on this project. Maintain your sense of humor. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Call on your self-discipline. Use your sixth sense to tune in to the obvious dynamics of a particular matter. Someone could appear to be almost too generous. Pull back while you can, and see what is happening with this person. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You might feel as if you have an additional responsibility weighing you down. Stop and look at what is happening instead of continuing as you have been. Look at the big picture to see your options more clearly. Choose a more easygoing pace.
ON THIS DAY...
February 20, 1974
EMERGENCY GAS ALLOCATION SET FOR 20 ‘HARDEST HIT’ STATES
Emergency Director William E. Simon, saying President Nixon had ordered him to reduce long lines at service stations, announced Tuesday an “emergency injection” of gasoline to the 20 states hit hardest by the crisis. Simon said the move should give consumers relief from the long waits “within a matter of days.” Leaving the White House after a meeting with the President, Simon told reporters that 2 million barrels (84 million gallons) will be drawn from the current reserves of refiners - not from other states’ allocations - to provide a 5 percent increase to 10 of the states and 2 percent to the remainder. Simon said the extra fuel would be provided to the states during the remaining days of February. But that he would not hesitate to take the same action in March if the situation does not improve - again drawing on the estimated 219 million barrels of gasoline in producers’ storage tanks. “The President directed me to find way to cut down these long lines,” Simon said, explaining his latest action to deal with fuel shortages. He said Nixon last week “expressed deep concern about long lines and the inconvenience the American people are experiencing at gasoline stations for a very basic need.” Getting a 5 percent increase are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The 2 percent boosts go to Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Noting that he has asked refiners to shift emphasis from home heating oil to gasoline now that the worst of winter weather is over, Simon said the “emergency injection” was intended to help gasoline-short areas until longer-range nationwide changes can be made in allocation regulations. He urged states and localities in the interim to adopt, as needed, the growing practice of allowing drivers with license plates ending in odd digits to buy gasoline on odd-numbered days and vice versa.
THE LOGIC PUZZLE THAT MAKES YOU SMARTER.
Rules:
SUDOKU
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 7 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
BEETLE BAILEY
POPEYE
BLONDIE
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You see life very differently from how many of the people around you see it. As a result, others often are inspired and/or confused by you. At the moment, use your instincts to proceed with an important matter. You will land on your feet.
CRYPTOQUIP
DENNIS THE MENACE
HAGAR THE HORRIBLE
BARNEY GOOGLE & SNUFFY SMITH
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Olympics
USA hockey beats Czech, makes semis
From Wire Reports SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The United States’ hockey team is getting exactly what it wanted. Another shot at Canada. Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the Americans went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 Wednesday to earn a spot in the semifinals for the third time in four Olympics. The U.S. went on to play in the gold-medal game in 2010 and 2002 and lost each time to the Canadians. When the Americans’ coach, Dan Bylsma, was asked to look ahead to the matchup, he took a deep breath and paused for several seconds to gather his thoughts. “We knew we were going to have some big games prior to this point in time, but you were looking forward to the possibility of this rematch,” he said. After a day off, the countries that share a long border in North America and generally friendly relations will meet on Friday for the chance to become hockey champions of the Sochi Games. “It’s a great opportunity,” American forward Max Pacioretty said. “They’re obviously the favorite coming into the tournament, and we’ve opened up a lot of eyes with our play, but we have more in the tank to give and to show.” While the Canadians had to hold off Latvia 2-1, the U.S. might be peaking at the right time to improve its chances to win Olympic hockey gold for the first time since the “Miracle on Ice,” in 1980. A Russian hockey team with immense expectations lost its shot at an Olympic title at a Winter Games tempered by violence both in the host city and in nearby Ukraine. Finland beat the Russians 3-1, knocking them out of the quarterfinals and ending their chances of winning a hockey gold medal in front of their own fans. Defending Olympic champion Canada had a scare from upstart Latvia before a late goal sealed a 2-1 win. Another Russian with great expectations, 15-year-old figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia, fell during the women’s short program and finished fifth. Defending gold medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea led the competition, which finishes Thursday. Ted Ligety of the U.S. won gold in men’s giant slalom, the first American man to win two Olympic medals in Alpine skiing. American-turned Russian snowboarder Vic Wild won the men’s parallel giant slalom, minutes after his Russian wife, Alexa Zavarzina, won bronze in the women’s competition.
Alpine Skiing
Ligety was 21 when he won his first gold medal in the combined at the 2006 Turin Games. The only other American to win two Olympic golds in Alpine skiing was Andrea Mead Lawrence, who took the women’s slalom and giant slalom at the 1952 Oslo Games. On Wednesday, Steve Missillier of France took the silver and teammate Alexis Pinturault the bronze.
Snowboarding
Wild grew up in White Salmon, Wash., and applied for Russian citizenship after marrying Zavarzina in 2011. He then joined the Russian snowboarding team. Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland finished second for silver, and Zan Kosir of Slovenia took the bronze. In the women’s race, Patrizia Kummer cruised to victory — and Switzerland’s sixth gold medal of the games — when Japan’s Tomoka Takeuchi missed a gate midway through the second run of the finals.
Bobsled
The Canadian team of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won their second straight Olympic women’s bobsled gold. Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams of the U.S. took silver, and teammates Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans the bronze. Williams became the fifth Olympian to medal at both the Summer and Winter Games. She has gold and silver medals from three Olympic appearances as a sprinter.
Curling
Canada and Sweden will play for the gold medal in women’s curling after winning semifinal games that went to the final shot. In the men’s tournament, Canada will meet Britain for gold. (Editor’s Note: For more information on Sochi Winter Olympics, visit starkvilledailynews.com)
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