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March 21, 2014

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Wynn, Vaughn tops in travel
By ZACK PLAIR A pair of Starkville aldermen have racked up a combined $17,970.04 in taxpayer-funded travel since the new board took office on July 1, according to records Starkville Daily News obtained from the city. First-term Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn has logged $8,997.72 in travel expenses paid from city funds, leading all city officials — elected and non-elected — since July 1. Second-term Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn ranks a close second in that timeframe, logging $8,972.52 in city-paid travel expenses. Through an open records request, SDN obtained the dollar amounts for the 15 Starkville officials who have spent the most taxpayer money on travel since July 1. The newspaper has also requested travel expense information from Oktibbeha County. In Starkville, most of the travel deals with professional development conferences and certification training, Mayor Parker Wiseman said. In Wynn’s and Vaughn’s cases, the two logged their travel expenses through attending National League of Cities conferences in both Seattle and Washington, D.C., as well as Mississippi Municipal League (MML) conferences in Jackson, Biloxi and Tunica. They are the only two of the seven aldermen who attended all five of those conferences. Wiseman said the city sends representatives to those conferences each year, and each alderman has an opportunity to attend. “What we’re dealing with here is standard, scheduled trips,” Wiseman said. “There are not any specially scheduled trips where someone is going out of their way to find ways to travel. The biggest issue is scheduling. In a given year, some aldermen travel more than others, and that changes from year to year.” Wiseman said the Board of Aldermen approves all travel expenses, and those include event registration costs, hotel and airfare, a daily meal/inci-
S ervin G S tarkville , O kti B B e H a C o U nty and M ississi P P i S tate University since 1 9 0 3
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Volume No. 110, Issue No. 80
50 Cents
Travel expenses of city employees
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July 1, 2013 - March 18, 2014
lisa wynn
Alderman, Ward 2
$8,997.52 $8,972.52
henry vaughn
Alderman, Ward 7 Mayor
Chief Administrative Officer
Several of the guest speakers at the ground breaking ceremony for The Mill at MSU, including city, county, university, business and government leaders, ceremonially turn dirt at the E.E. Cooley Building Thursday. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Alderman, Ward 4 Mayor’s Admin. Assistant
CHANTEAU WILSON $2,370.15 BEN CARVER $2,172.13
Alderman, Ward 1
Mill at MSU breaks ground
By STEVEN NALLEY Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman describes himself as a dreamer. When he became mayor in 2009, the project that became The Mill at MSU was a dream he shared with Mark Keenum — who became president of Mississippi State University earlier that same year — and with several other local leaders. So when the time came to launch construction on that project on Thursday, when there were no clouds in the sky, Wiseman remarked that the day was just as he had dreamed. He said a tidbit MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw had mentioned earlier had helped: “According to the United Nations, this is the International Day of Happiness,” Shaw said. “I cannot think of a better day to declare that. This is truly a monumental day.” A coalition of public entities and private contractors led by Starkville, Mississippi State
scott maynard
Alderman, Ward 5
$1,630.19 $1,624.71 $1,079.57 $1,008.95 $864.69 $719.70 $675.78 $528.28
david little
Alderman, Ward 3
roy A. perkins
Alderman, Ward 6
lesa hardin
City Clerk
University and developer Mark Castleberry broke ground on The Mill at MSU Thursday, actualizing a planning process that has spanned several years. The Mill at MSU is a 10.89-acre, $40-million development that will convert the E.E. Cooley Building into a conference center with office space and an adjacent Courtyard By Marriott Hotel and 450-car parking garage. Wiseman said its construction marked nothing less than the dawn of a new era in Starkville. “This is the largest single private development project we have ever seen in this city,” Wiseman said. “That’s a vision that spans at least three different city boards, three different county boards and two university administrations. We have days ahead where we must once again join hands and fight together for what’s best for this community. Let’s enjoy our moment as a community, and let’s remember what it feels like to be here, because we’ve got a long
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edward kemp
City Engineer
Director of Sanitation
rodger mann
Fire Chief
Everything Garden Expo starts today at Horse Park
Joel Clements
Information Technology Manager
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Walk and Roll event slated to begin Saturday morning
By ALEX HOLLOWAY versity to City Bagel Café and back. The free event is open to anyone who wishes to participate, whether through walking, running or An upcoming Starkville in Motion event is riding a bicycle. aiming to get residents up, active and enjoying The main route is 2.4 miles, and particia little time outdoors. pants can take an optional loop on the path The group will hold a Walk and Roll event around Chadwick Lake to add about another at 10:30 a.m. Saturday that will run from the Sanderson Center at Mississippi State UniSee EVENT | Page 3
The Starkville Area Arts Council will host the 2014 Everything Garden Expo beginning today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Mississippi Horse Park. The 2014 Everything Garden Expo is an annual two-day event that provides hobby and professional gardeners with access to plants, supplies and guest speakers that share tips and tricks about successful gardening. This is the sixth year the Starkville Area Arts Council has put on the expo. It is one of three major spring gardening events held in March in Mississippi. This
The Everything Garden Expo begins today at Mississippi Horse Park and will focus on novice gardeners. (Submitted See EXPO | Page 3 photo)
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Friday, March 21, 2014
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
u Gospel Concert — KC Productions and the Golden Gates present in concert “Pilgrim Jubilees,” a family gospel fest. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the service starts 7 p.m. The concert will be located at Greensboro Center, 401 Greensboro Street in Starkville. u Gospel Music Workshop — There will be a Gospel Music Workshop sponsored by the Blackjack Mass Choir Friday at 6:30 p.m. with guest presenters Evangelist Jackie Rogers and Minister Maurico Clark. Saturday will begin with a prayer walk at 6:00 a.m in front of the church and classes will begin at 9:00 with guest speaker Pastor R.J. Matthews from Kingdom Vision International Church, Columbus, MS. This event will conclude with a closing concert Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at Blackjack M.B. Church with the workshop choir and special guest, Peter’s Rock Gospel Choir. u The Everything Garden Expo 2014 — The Everything Garden Expo 2014, sponsored by the Starkville Area Arts Council and the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will be held on Friday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Horse Park. The expo will feature a variety of garden and home vendors, speakers during both days, cooking and gardening demonstrations, plus a Backyard Gourmet Grill Off sponsored by Bell Building Supply and Thyme. u “Young at Heart” Dance — The first “Young at Heart” Dance will be hosted by Starkville Parks and Recreation Department on Friday from 7 - 10 p.m. at Sportsplex Activities Building, 405 Lynn Lane. Music by Bill Davis’ MUSIC 4 U. $5.00 per person admission. Complimentary coffee, soft drinks, light snacks. Door prizes. All ages. Come to dance, have fun and enjoy the music! Just Come! For More info: 662-312-9108 or 3231075 For more information, check out
businesses will be discussed. Contact Orlando Trainer 662769-0071 or orlandotrainer@ for more information. Public is invited to attend. u Health Fair — The MGTA Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be having their annual Community Health Fair on Saturday at the Starkville Sportsplex Activity Room from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  There will be health screenings, weight loss information, and physical activities for the public.  Admission is free and there will be giveaways! For more information contact Dovie Barnes at 662694-0599. u Seed, Plant and Bulb Swap — Mississippi Modern Homesteading Center will host a seed, plant and bulb swap from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Bring 10-20 labeled seeds in an envelope or bring a labeled container plant. The event is free for members of the Homestead and $5 for everyone else! For more information, contact Jessica Cheek at 662-312-0403.
meeting will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Bob Crabtree at 662-3242298.
u Blood Drive — First Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive on Thursday, March 27 from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. United Blood Services bloodmobile will be parked on the West side of the church at 307 University Drive. To schedule an appointment go to website, or call site coordinator, Jane Zitta at 662-312-0044. u The Gatsby Gala — The 2014 Charles Templeton Ragtime &  Jazz Festival will kick off with the addition of the Gatsby Gala, a 1920sinspired fashion show, on Thursday. Th event will be held in the Mitchell Memorial Library staring at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow. Every one is invited. u OCHGS Meeting — The Oktibbeha County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 pm on Thursday at 870 Wade Rd. which is about 7.4 miles north on HWY 389 at the home of Dennis “Denny” Daniels. Mr. Daniels will present the program, “The Aberdeen Sub Model Railroad Layout.” The public is invited.
u Appreciation Service — Finding Your Way Through Christ Church family will have an appreciation service for Pastor Kenyon F. Ashford on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Rev. Willie J. Ivy, pastor of New Providence Baptist Church in Macon, MS will be the guest minister. The public is invited to attend. The church is located on 1472 Blocker Road Starkville. u Ordaination services — Ordaination services for Rev Anthony Davis, Sr will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Columbus. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Dr. Charles Davidson pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Columbus. Pastor Michael Reed invites the public. u Dedication Service — The First Baptist Church of Longview will have their dedication service for the new fellowship hall, educational center, banquet hall and conference center on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Charles Brown of Pine Grove Baptist Church will be the guest speaker. Dr. Larnzy L. Carpenter is the Pastor.
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 3246913. 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 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 u Dulcimer and More
u Rotary Meeting — Rotary Club will meet on Monday at 12 p.m.. Maren Romen-Naegel, art restorer and the mother of current Rotary Exchange student Philippa Romen-Naegel from Kalkar, Germany, will speak on art restoration. She will be introduced by her daughter.
u Agricultural Cooperative — Unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative will meet Saturday at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the BJ3 Center located at 5226 Old West Point Rd Starkville, MS. Agricultural programs and opportunities for Small
u Veterans of Foreign Wars Meeting — There will be a meeting for the Starkville chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the business
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 or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at or call 662-323-8152. u Square dancing — Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Enjoy learning with our caller and friendly help from experienced dancers. Follow the covered walk to the small building.  Look us up on Facebook “Jolly Squares”. u Dance team applications — KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Streams in the Desert” from noon to 1 p.m. 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 Environmental Services Depart-
ment. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard.human@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662-323-2294. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer for physical healing, encouragement, or other needs. Our teams consist of Spiritfilled Christians from different local churches. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email and visit http://
u Alcoholics Anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville Church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. u Gentle Yoga — Gentle yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. u Community call-in prayer service — The Peter’s Rock Temple COGIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the Prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-527-1553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie Guest or Cappe Hallberg at 662-324-2551. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-3233322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy Sirens will host a Game Day at the Senior Citizens Building “Fun House.” RSVP to Starkville Writer’s u Group — The Starkville Writers’ Group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan Brown at u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of Christ Holiness (USA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen —
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year’s event will be geared toward “the novice gardener,” and will have vendors, speakers and products that cater to an individual just starting out in the gardening world. The expo will include speakers on everything from planting raised bed gardens to keeping out fire ants. Everything Garden Expo Chairman Bekah Sparks is new to gardening and said that this year’s theme was inspired by her own struggles with starting a garden. “I’m a novice gardener,” Sparks said. “ My husband and I have tried to do pallet gardens, container gardens and have no idea what to do. And if we did, we would grow tomatoes and we’d have no idea what to do with so many tomatoes.” Sparks said she used contacts she had already made through gardening to get speakers and demonstrators for the event. “A lot of the people I talked to (for the event), I’ve called them before because I’ve had a problem or an issue and they helped me out,” Sparks said. “So I went back to them to see if they would help other people, like myself, out.” Sparks managed to snag two big names in the Southern gardening community. The main guest speakers for the event will be Felder Rushing on Friday and Rita Randolph on Saturday. According to Sparks, Rushing has his own radio show, “The Gestalt Gardener,” on MPB Think Radio, and he also writes a column for the Clarion Ledger in Jackson. As a testament to his talent as a gardener, Rushing is known for being
able to grow a garden in the bed of his truck. Randolph lives in Jackson, Tenn. and owns Randolph’s Green Houses. Randolph writes about gardening regularly in the City News of Jackson and hosts her own local gardening TV show. In addition to speakers, the expo will host cooking demonstrations. A new attraction, the “Backyard Gourmet Grill-Off,” was added this year also. The event will be a competition between two teams to make the best grilled dish with the mystery ingredients provided. Starkville Area Arts Council President Ellen Boles said the expo will have everything beginners need to get started with gardening. “We’ll have vendor booths, garden art, grilling… like the name says, it’s ‘Everything Garden Expo,’” Boles said. “There will be just about everything for the garden available, from the plants to other kinds of things to display in the garden.” Boles said having the Everything Garden Expo is important for local gardeners and will serve as a one-stop shop for gardeners to get everything they may need to get started. “It gives an opportunity for local gardeners and people from around the region to learn about gardening,” Boles said. “Gardening is kind of becoming a thing to do with the emphasis on ‘living green,’ ‘eating green’ and self-sustaining. I think more people are turning to starting to grow their own vegetables and so on. So they can get a lot of information, and there will be a lot of products to buy from the vendors. (There) will be a lot of things in one location without having to run from store-to-store to get different things.”
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The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship Hall (ground floor) of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662-312-2175.
u Free childbirth classes — To pre-register, call 3204607. Free childcare and snacks are provided. Space is limited. u Tutoring — New Century Mentoring & Tutoring Summer Program, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. For students preK through sixth grade. For more information, call 662418 3930. 3 Alderman David Little ($1,624.71) and Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins ($1,079.57). Wiseman said MML offered basic and advanced course programs that allowed elected officials to earn credentials. He said since many locally elected officials gained office without any previous legal training, it was critical for those officials to at least complete the basic course — which takes 3 to 4 years — to understand the proper functions of government. “The program’s purpose is to keep elected (city) officials in Mississippi up to date on the latest trends in municipal law, financial management, and economic and community development,” he said. “It’s vital for elected officials. The basic program provides training necessary for elected officials, such as rules for state procurement and finance practices, that we have to make decisions about on a regular basis.” From a public relations standpoint, Adams said Starkville needs elected officials to help comprise strong contingents. Specifically in the case of the National League of Cities Confer-
u Longview Baptist Church — Longview Baptist Church, 991 Buckner St., Longview, has Sunday school at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., discipleship training at 5:15 p.m., evening worship at 6 p.m. and Wednesday prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more informatin, contact Pastor Larry W. Yarber at 662-769-4774, or email ence in Washington, D.C. — a trip focused on meeting with congressmen and lobbying for local projects that Adams, Vaughn, Wiseman and Wynn attended last week — he said having a visible and active contingent would help Starkville better compete for federal dollars. Wynn said on Thursday that she considered the municipal training she had received on the trips invaluable to her role as an alderman. Those courses, she said, broached issues such as economic development, land use and even workplace interventions for at-risk high school students. “It is crucial that aldermen educate themselves with municipal coursework that is provided for them in the state for which they serve,” Wynn said. “The Mississippi Municipal League provides training in municipal government for Mississippi Elected Officials in municipal government at the local level and nationally it is provided through the National League of Cities. The issues that involve a municipality are complex. One must be knowledgeable about the issues that will involve the municipality he/ she serves.
u Beth-el M.B. Church — Beth-el MB Church,1766 MS Highway 182 West, Starkville, has morning worship at 8 and 10:45 a.m., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., children’s church on second Sundays at 10:45 a.m., midmorning Bible study on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and a prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact 662-3240071.
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dental travel allowance and mileage reimbursement if an employee or official takes a personal vehicle. In some cases, Wiseman said a government agency or private firm would reimburse the city travel expenses, such as instances where an agency administrating a grant required the travel in order for the city to receive the grant or if an official served as a speaker or panelist for an event. Wiseman ranks third on the list, having logged $7,899.64 in gross travel expenses for nine events since July 1. However, only $5,199.42 was charged to taxpayers. In the same respect, Chief Administrative Officer Taylor Adams, who ranks fourth, logged $7,847.91 for eight events with only $4,734.70 charged to city taxpayers. Rounding out the top 10 in city-paid travel are Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker ($4,072.85), Mayor’s Administrative Assistant Chanteau Wilson ($2,370.15), Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver ($2,172.13), Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard ($1,630.19), Ward
“For example, there are various financing sources in municipal government,” she added. “Two of many financing sources involve debt financial administration and debt administration (general obligation bonds / special assessment bonds). I have received coursework training in both of these areas at the state and national level.” Vaughn did not return calls for comment on Thursday. Wilson is the only official ranked in the top 10 who is neither an elected official nor a department head. Wiseman said, though, she had recently taken on the role as the city’s HOME grant administrator that funds new homes for lowincome homeowners, and she is seeking deputy clerk certification. All of Wilson’s city travel, he said, related to those two functions. The rest of the top 15 are City Clerk Lesa Hardin ($1,008.95), City Engineer Edward Kemp ($864.69), Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy ($719.70), Fire Chief Rodger Mann ($675.78) and Information and Technology Manager Joel Clements ($528.88).
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mile. Registration for the event will be held outside the Sanderson Center. Upon registering, participants will receive a Starkville in Motion card that can be used redeemed for 20-percent off any purchase at City Bagel Café. Starkville in Motion President Ronald Cossman said the group has hosted Walk and Rolls for a about a year in a
number of locations around town. He said most of the prior events were focused on neighborhoods, such as Greenbriar, Timbercove and Browning Creek. “On average, we had about two dozen people for each of those, which is really a terrific turnout,” he said. “It’s kids, dogs and families walking it’s an opportunity for them to get together with their neighbors and walk around their neighborhoods, and maybe find someone who likes walking ry said. “In mid-2015, you’re going to see this area transformed. You’re going to see many activities occurring on locations adjacent to us. I feel this will be a cornerstone project. I hope, at the end of this project, we’ve all done what we said we would do.” U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) spoke at the ceremony, and he said it was one of several examples of economic growth around the state and in Starkville, including the C Spire Data Center and synthetic materials company II-VI in MSU’s research and technology park that bears his name. “This is the latest illustration in our state of balancing business with academia,” Cochran said. “I’m glad I got to come here at such an auspicious time. I appreciate the opportunity to celebrate with you on this special occasion. I don’t remember
and discover a route.” Cossman said the idea to hold a Walk and Roll that spanned from Mississippi State University to the heart of Starkville developed among Starkville in Motion members, particularly as a way to attract student involvement. Starkville In Motion Treasurer and Associate Director of the Sanderson Center Jason Townsend said the event, to him, embodied the strengthening ties between the city and university, especially in health celebrating at a cotton mill before, but why not?” Joining Cochran was Dist. 1 U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.). Nunnelee said the groundbreaking was one of several signs of a bright future for students now graduating and entering the work force. “We’ve got an all-star team here that is working to maximize the opportunities for MSU graduates through university research,” Nunnelee said. “There’s
promotion endeavors. “It shows that progressive nature that we have with Starkville and the university in terms of making it more bikeable and walkable for people in the community,” he said. “We’re making it possible for people to use the new infrastructure in the new bike paths and changes we have around town or through the master plan for the campus. This is a way to shine a light on all the positive things going on around town.” nobody stronger to lead these efforts than Dr. Keenum and David Shaw. There is a direct link between research and economic development and jobs for the state of Mississippi.” Keenum said The Mill at MSU was a testament to the power of partnerships between public and private entities at local and statewide levels, and without them, the project would not be possible. He also credited the many entities
Townsend added that the event, which is untimed, will allow participants to progress along the route as quickly or slowly as they want. “We want all fitness levels and walks of life,” he said. “We want family and friends. This is to encourage active lifestyles, no matter what arena you’re from. Whether you’re just getting started with exercise or you’re a marathon runner, we want it to be open and enjoyable for everyone.” Cossman said the event involved for their patience with the project. “This horse was already out of the stable when I got here,” Keenum said. “I simply came on and started riding it, and it was bucking for quite a while. But I held on, and so did many of you here. This conference center will have a huge impact on our university, and I think it will have a major transformative effect not only for our campus but also for the city of
and Walk and Roll events in general aimed to give beginners a reason to participate. “This gives them a sort of reason or excuse to say ‘Oh, there’s an event,’” he said. “They can go to the event and discover what the route is in their neighborhood and if they want to, they can go back and go on.” Townsend said, in the event of inclement weather, the participants will be allowed to use the indoor track at the Sanderson Center.
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way to go.” These leaders used the ceremony as a platform to give credit and gratitude to each other and to many others who made the project possible. Wiseman, for instance, called Castleberry Starkville’s “hero,” and Castleberry thanked several public and private entities. These included the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle Development LINK. Castleberry thanked his development team, and he said while they had worked on similar projects across America, they considered this one of the most complex ones they had tackled. He became emotional at the end, when he thanked his wife. “She’s put up with a lot of absence on my part,” Castleber-
Starkville. “Our success in attracting students, faculty and staff is directly related to the attractiveness of the community to potential visitors and residents,” Keenum said. “Our curb appeal, our entertainment, our dining options, our schools, our streets, our hospitality — any of these can make a huge difference in whether newcomers choose us to bring their talents and their dollars.”
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Returning to Disney World
I just returned from Half the people were forDisney World where I eigners. escorted my 11-yearMy first Disney trip old daughter Ruth, her was right after 9/11. I 13-year-old cousin Sheriread that Disney World dan from San Antonio was empty. This was my and my wife Ginny. chance, I thought, and We did all six major off we went. Lawrence theme parks: The four and John were four and Disney parks — Magic WYATT EMMeRICH three.  After a relatively SYNDICATeD Kingdom, Epcot,  Holempty first day, the resort lywood Studios and the was soon packed as usual. COLUMNIsT Animal Kingdom — plus I encountered the dreaded the two Universal parks — Universal one-two Disney punch, long lines in Studios Hollywood and Islands of the blazing heat. Adventure. Four years later, we returned with We did 40 rides and shows in four careful planning. Ruth was four. The 12-hour days. I am exhausted. I have boys were older. We went just before now completed my Disney parental Thanksgiving, supposedly the low obligation. All three kids have gone season. The weather was cool and the twice — once when young and anoth- lines were not awful. Much better. er time as an older child. I am done. I thought I was done, but about Not that Disney will miss me. With two years ago, Ruth started asking 55 million visitors a year, it is the big- to go back to Disney World. The gest tourist attraction in the world. boys had no more interest, but Ruth persisted. When the boys went on a church trip for spring break, Ruth did a full court press. There was no way to resist her charm. Ruth is very people oriented and insisted on going with a friend, which I thought was my out. But when Ginny found a cousin to go with, who happened to have the same spring break, I knew my number was up. The first thing I did was research spring break dates around the country. As it turns out, very few school districts have such an early spring break, so I figured the lines should be tolerable. Plus the mid-March weather is excellent with highs in the upper 70s. I was right on both counts. We flew down in my little single engine Cessna, which I share with another pilot. It was packed to the gills with four people and luggage, but we made it non-stop in beautiful spring weather. Small planes rarely make financial sense, but a trip to Disney from Jackson is a rare sweet spot of usefulness. We stayed at the Holiday Inn near Downtown Disney. Using Trip Advisor, Ginny careful reviewed the 36 hotels. The Holiday Inn ranked seventh but was only $200 a night. Indeed, it was an excellent choice. The first night we walked to Downtown Disney and had a great meal. The inclusive breakfast was excellent and the big beds were comfy, even though the four of us were in one room. You can spend $500 a night staying closer to the parks in an official Disney resort, but it is not a good deal. The buses are almost as efficient as the monorail. Better to save the room rate and splurge on a late-night $20 taxi. The first day we went to Universal. I was upbeat because this was a first. When I arrived at the ticket booth, the ticket lady pitched the “express” ticket which allows you to skip all lines for double price. “Sold,” I said immedi-
ately. It was the best $400 I have ever spent. Avoiding lines allowed us to do the two Universal parks in one day, so we saved money on an extra day of tickets plus an extra day of hotel fare and meals. Another complaint of mine about Disney is the food. The restaurant decor is incredibly exotic while the food is bland, mainly cheeseburgers and fries. Ginny went out of her way to make dinner reservations at good restaurants. Ending the day with a fine meal and a glass of wine made all the difference in the world. The food has improved over the years. As luck would have it, three of us fought a mild cold for the first three days. By the fourth day, my cold was gone but my back was out, caused either by the endless time on my feet or the jerking of all the roller coasters
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Hard to get clear picture of McDaniel’s candidacy
Sun Herald
Unless there is a last minute entry today in the Republican Primary, the candidates vying for the GOP nomination for U.S. senator on June 3 will be Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel. Cochran is as well known as a candidate for statewide office could hope to be. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972, he became the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978. McDaniel, the challenger, is serving his second term in the state Senate. In terms of resumes, there is no contest. So McDaniel is trying to turn Cochran’s congressional record into a disadvantage. Of particular interest to South Mississippians should be McDaniel’s odd evaluation of Cochran’s support for federal disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina. According to, McDaniel told an audience in Oxford, “I’m not going to do anything for you. I’m going to get the government off your back, then I’m gonna let you do it for yourself.” Afterwards, a reporter asked McDaniel if he would have voted for Katrina disaster relief. “I would have to see the details of it. I really would,” said McDaniel. “I probably would have supported it, but I don’t know enough about it. That’s just it.” After a quick course in disaster relief or damage control, or both, McDaniel issued this clarification: “Just to be perfectly clear, I support disaster relief efforts for massive tragedies like Katrina, and I’ve told the media that on several occasions. However, fraud, waste, abuse and misspent funds must never be allowed.” So one minute McDaniel tells potential constituents he won’t do anything for them. Then he underscores that promise by questioning the federal response to one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history. And then he backs down and says, well, he would support disaster relief as long as, you know, it’s not wasted. That rhetoric may please McDaniel’s Club for Growth supporters, but it left many Mississippians “flabbergasted,” as former-Gov. Haley Barbour said. For his part, Cochran issued a statement saying “it is critical that Mississippians can count on their elected representatives to help them in times of crisis.” “I was fortunate to be in a position to help
us recover from Hurricane Katrina, the worst natural disaster in our state’s history. Our delegation worked together in a bipartisan manner to make sure Katrina relief legislation was passed. I was very pleased to have been a part of the successful effort, which was supported by our colleagues across the country.” And as we have made clear in earlier editorials, Mississippi was fortunate to have Cochran in that position. Cochran and McDaniel now have less than 100 days to make their case for which of them is best suited to serve in the U.S. Senate until 2020. Neither should leave that task to surrogates or advocacy groups After more than 40 years in Congress, Mississippians have a clear picture of Cochran. But it is difficult to get a clear image of McDaniel.
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Lavenia Ray Miles
  A Memorial Service for Lavenia Ray Miles will be held Saturday March 22, 2014 2:30 PM at Emmanuel Baptist Church 4211 Old Hwy 12 Starkville MS. Lavenia Miles, the daughter of Lonnie Mac and Atlie Ray, was born on February 25, 1923. She attended Self Creek School until the age of 12 when she graduated from the 8th grade. She then attended Starkville High School and graduated in 1939 at the age of 16. Her next stop for education was MSCW where she majored in Home Economics earning her BS at the age of 19. After graduating from the “W” she began her working career at the shell loading plant in Prairie, MS as a chemical analyst. Lavenia met and fell in love with a dashing young man named Wallace Miles who was, at the time, attending radio school at MS State College. The two were married at Camp Pickett, VA after Wallace joined the United States Army Air Corps. Lavenia went on to become the first female civilian ambulance driver at Camp Pickett. She was awarded the position due to her ability to “double clutch” (a skill her father, Lonnie Ray, had taught her). Lavenia and Wallace returned home to Starkville after his tour in the Philippines.  Lavenia taught General Science at Starkville High School in 1956 and 1957. Though her term at SHS was short, she is still to this day revered by many as “the best teacher I ever had.” Lavenia entered into a career working for the USDA at the Boll Weevil Lab on the campus of MS State University. She continued her education while working and rearing seven children and eventually earned her Master’s degree at MSU in Entomology at the age of 52. She authored multiple publications on ‘Boll Weevil Eradication’ and also produced a patent. Her work carried her to the Mississippi Delta where she aided in research toward containing and eliminating the sugarcane borer, along with several other crop invading pests at the Stoneville, MS USDA Lab. Her last stop on her USDA tour of duty was the Fire Ant Research Laboratory in Gulfport, MS. After several years of research there, she retired from the federal government. Not one to sit idly by, Lavenia went on to obtain her license in real estate and worked as an agent on the Gulf Coast for several years. She also returned to the public school system and taught elementary school before returning to Starkville in 1996 to finally retire at the age of 73. Upon her return to Starkville in, she resumed painting which yielded countless paintings that the family will treasure. Her accomplishments were many and her talents overflowed; however, she will best be remembered for her exceptional ability to find the best in everyone. Even though she was a woman of high moral fiber, she was fair, nonjudgmental, and accepting of others. She touched many lives, and those who have experienced her kindness are honored to call her “Sisi.” She had a hand in raising so many more children than her own seven. It was seldom that family members were the only ones present at the supper table. Her last years in Starkville were spent surrounded by family, friends and loving care givers: Eddie Pearl Gibbs, Virginia Boyd, JoAnne Howard, Mary Purnell, and Betty Skinner. There are not enough words to express our gratitude to these wonderful, caring, and loving ladies!  She leaves behind seven children who loved her dearly: Wally Miles Starkville, MS, John Ray Miles Starkville, MS, Rita (David) McReynolds Starkville, MS, Esther (Chuck) Berman Woodinville, WA, Dicye (Billy) Murphy Cedar Bluff, MS, Kim Miles (Harley) Burke Watsonville, CA and Lonnice (Rex) Fields Starkville, MS. Eighteen Grandchildren: Denise Miles, Molly Jennings, Michael Miles, Joe Miles, Wade Miles, Lauren Miles, Connie McReynolds, Davey McReynolds, Dustin Berman, Chelsea Berman, Melanie Jennings, Caleb Murphy, MaryEsther Elam, Mark Murphy, Craig Burke, Jennifer Burke, Chris Burke, Dalton Fields. Nine greatgrandchildren : Austin Miles, Brittany Miles, Jennifer Miles, Emily Jennings, Lucy Jennings, Laura Jennings, Mackenzie Murphy, Cole Elam, Logan Murphy. A loving brother: Eugene “L.E.” Ray Bay St. Louis, MS and loving sister Rita Joyce (Larry) Futral Starkville, MS. Numerous nieces and nephews. Special “adopted” daughters: Renea Bowles, Cynthia Crosswhite, Patsy McLemore. A very special friend Ben Smith.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Wallace Miles, her parents Lonnie and Atlie Ray, sister Agnes Lambert and daughter-in-law Brenda Wade Miles.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Adaton Methodist Church cemetery fund, Adaton Baptist Church building fund, Elizabeth Chapter 73 OES.
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Minister Undra Williams
Minister Undra Williams, 49, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Columbus, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Mt. Peiler M.B. Church, Starkville, Mississippi with Reverend Dr. Charlie F. Barnes, Sr., officiating.  Visitation will be Friday, March 21, 2014: 1-6:00 p.m. at West Memorial Chapel, Starkville, Mississippi. Burial will follow at Crigler Cemetery, Crawford, Mississippi. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the online memorial register @
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Anderson Scholarship apps due April 15
For Starkville Daily News Applications for the 2014-15 Robert G. And Mary Eleanor Anderson Scholarship are due on April 15. Sponsored by the Starkville Community Theatre, the scholarship honors two charter members of SCT, now in its 36th year.  The late Dr. And Mrs. Anderson were long-time members of the MSU Department of Communication faculty.  Starkville and Obtibbeha County high school students who graduate during the spring or summer 2014 (or previous graduates) and who major (or will major) in theatre performance, technical theatre or theatre education are eligible to apply.  Full information about the scholarship and application and reference forms have been provided to high school counselors throughout the county and at the circulation desk of the Starkville Public Library.  They can also be obtained by calling Anderson Scholarship Committee chair Paula Mabry at 662323-6855 or writing to her at SCT, P. O. Box 1254, Starkville, MS 39760.  Serving on the Committee are Alice Carol Caldwell and Marsha Williams.  They will announce this year’s winner(s) in late April.  The Anderson Scholarship has been awarded annually since 2007.  “From SCTs inception in 1978 to Mary Eleanor Anderson’s death in 2005, the Theatre and the community benefitted enormously from her energy, her insights, her knowledge of and love of theatre and the spoken word,” former SCT president Alison Stamps said.   “Her optimism, vision, and persistence have been instrumental in SCT’s growth and success and crucial for its presence downtown in the Playhouse on Main, a factor which has provided SCT with a ‘home’ for the past 18 years,” she added.  Following his death last November, SCT included Dr. Anderson as an honoree on the scholarship.  “In addition to his service as a director and performer, Bob Anderson was SCT treasurer for the past dozen
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and rides. The girls did Tower of Terror and Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Disney Hollywood Studios four times each. They rated each day a “10.” The best rides combined motion simulators with high definition videos displayed on walls in rooms with physical props. These rides were so real and mind boggling, it was hard to imagine anything better. You wonder how in the world they can top that. They were all so perfect, they kind of blended together. There is something mildly disturbing about this. The only negative was the Harry Potter ride at Universal. The latest and greatest, there was no express line for this one. After waiting for an hour, the ride experienced a mechanical failure just as we
were about to load. Hearing the sounds of electric machine tools  repairing a motion lunging apparatus unnerved Ginny. As soon as we bailed, the ride started up again. Oh well. Unlike Universal, where you can pay to skip lines, Disney is more egalitarian. Everybody gets three “fast passes” per day. As soon as you get to the park, you go to a booth to set up your fast passes. This works reasonably well and means only two or three really long waits per day. The funniest moment was when we were awakened to a fire alarm in the hotel early one morning. Ruth ran out so fast it made my head spin. Ginny and Sheridan were close behind, leaving me fumbling to find my shoes and incinerate in the process. Of course, it was a false alarm prank, but we teased Ruth endlessly
about her survival instinct. During the entire four days, I encountered perhaps a hundred thousand people. Not once did I see a tense moment. Everyone was so well behaved. As Ginny put it, people together enough to get to Disney have learned good manners. Next step, learning to eat right. At least 80 percent of the people were overweight. One night we saw an amazing water and light musical show called Fantasmic. In the end, Mickey Mouse vanquishes the evil forces and wins. The crowd cheered and roared. We all want good over evil. Happiness over darkness. In a troubled world, that is the great attraction of Disney. It is my prayer that one day, every child will get to go to Disney World. I believe my grandchildren will see that day. Go Mickey!
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Women’s College Basketball
Bulldogs advance
By DANNY P. SMITH The Mississippi State Bulldogs performed much better with the doors open and in front of a crowd Thursday night against the Tulane Green Wave. After not doing well against Tulane during closed scrimmages in the last two preseasons, MSU was able to defeat the Green Wave 77-68 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament at Humphrey Coliseum. The Bulldogs, who won their 20th game of the season in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 1,059, had five players to score in double digits, led by the 15 points each of Martha Alwal and Savannah Carter. “I’m awfully proud of our team,” MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. “Give Tulane a lot of credit because coach (Lisa) Stockton does a great job. This is the third time we’ve played them in two years. We talked about throwing the first punch (Thursday night) and I thought we did in the first half. That’s where the game stayed. We punched them the first couple of times and basically it stayed there. I’m so proud about win No. 20 against a quality opponent. “To God be the glory because He has blessed us and these young ladies to play their heart out like they did.” In the first half, the Bulldogs took their largest lead of the game at 25-10 after a basket by Carter. Tulane made a run at State late in the first
MSU women knock off Tulane to move on in WNIT
half and cut the halftime margin to 41-33. MSU freshman Dominique Dillingham had 10 of her 11 points in the first half. “I just wanted to pull the trigger and have confidence in shooting,” Dillingham said. The Bulldogs built their lead by making 15 of 35 shots from the field in the first half for 43 percent. “Mississippi State did a tremendous job in the first 10 minutes of the game,” Stockton said. “We certainly knew they were a quality team. You don’t really get a feel for each other (in scrimmages), but I do remember their rebounding and they showed that (Thursday). Their confidence on the perimeter has developed. “I was proud of how we battled and got back into it.” The Green Wave cut MSU’s lead to 43-41 with an 8-0 run early in the second half, but a basket by Alwal ended the Tulane charge and put the Bulldogs up 45-41. Carter followed that up with another basket before a timeout was called. “I thought we answered the bell like a champ,” Schaefer said. “I think we’re growing up.” With less than 4 minutes to play, the Green Wave made one last push and got to within 6659. A 3-point field goal by Kendra Grant and another basket by Carter expanded the margin to 71-59 for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State freshman Dominique Dillingham (00) shoots a 3-pointer. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams)
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College Baseball
A dream comes true, Brown starts for MSU
By BEN WAIT Preston Brown came to Mississippi State with the dream of being the Friday night starter. The redshirt sophomore right hander will get to see that dream come to fruition. The Germantown, Tenn., native will be making his first start on a Friday night and first Southeastern Conference start when he takes the mound tonight to kick off a series against No. 4 Vanderbilt (19-3, 2-1). “I’m just going to try Brown and treat it like every other start,” Brown said. “It’s just another game. I’m just going to try to get some ground balls and let my defense play.” The No. 24 Bulldogs (15-8, 2-1) have not had a consistent weekend rotation and game one of weekend series has been thrown by two different pitchers. Brown hasn’t pitched in 10 days. He threw eight solid innings against Southern Illinois on March 11 his last time out.  “We kept thinking about him on Sunday, (but) the more days you add to him, the worst it is for him,” MSU head coach John Cohen said.  Brown owns a 2-0 record and 0.75 earned run average this season. After the long layoff, he is ready to get back on the mound. “I feel fresh,” Brown said. “I haven’t pitched in a while and the arm feels good. “I’m ready to go out there and pound it.” Brown will face Commodore ace Tyler Beede. The junior is 4-1 with a 0.84 ERA. Saturday’s game will feature MSU junior left hander and last week’s SEC Pitcher of the Week Ross Mitchell (3-1, 1.50 ERA) against Vanderbilt junior lefty Jared Miller (5-0, 0.57 ERA). Sunday’s finale will have Bulldog junior right hander Trevor Fitts (20, 3.55 ERA) and Commodore sophomore righty Tyler Ferguson (3-0, 1.63 ERA) on the mound. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on CSS. Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on ES-
Vanderbilt (19-3, 2-1) at Mississippi State (15-8, 2-1)
Pitching Rotation
Today: Tyler Beede (4-1, 0.84 ERA) Saturday: Jared Miller (5-0, 0.57 ERA) Sunday: Tyler Ferguson (3-0, 1.63 ERA)
PNU, while Sunday’s finale is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. first pitch.  MSU may be without senior center fielder C.T. Bradford. He had a minor hip injury earlier this season and may have re-aggravated it against Georgia last weekend.  “I don’t know if he’ll be able to go full speed this weekend,” Cohen said. “It might be a DH and it might be a wait and see.” Bradford has already missed five games this season and he leads the Bulldogs with a .323 batting average. Cohen said he expects either senior Derrick Armstrong or sophomore Jacob Robson
Today: Preston Brown (2-0, 0.75 ERA) Saturday: Ross Mitchell (3-1, 1.50 ERA) Sunday: Trevor Fitts (2-0, 3.55 ERA)
to start in Bradford’s stead. Senior outfielder Demarcus Henderson is second behind Bradford with a .319 batting average. Senior second baseman Brett Pirtle is batting .300 with 12 RBI and junior first baseman Wes Rea leads MSU with 21 RBI. Vanderbilt is led by freshman outfielder Bryan Reynolds at the plate. He is batting .361 with team-high 21 RBI. Junior shortstop Vince Conde is the reigning SEC Player of the Week. He went 9-for-14 with two three-hit games in a series win against LSU last weekend.
High School Baseball
Starkville Academy drops home game to JA
By JASON EDWARDS   The little things were the story of the Volunteers first game against Jackson Academy on Thursday. In the end, the “mistakes” were too much to overcome as Starkville Academy dropped a 13‑2 contest. “It was one of those things where they came out and hit it well,” Starkville Academy coach Jody Britt said. “We hit a lot of baseballs right at people. It is hard to win when you let people score every inning. We made little mistakes and they are one of the teams where if you make mistakes, they are going to beat you.” After walking on four straight balls, Will Ford made his way around the bases compliments of a Davis Simmons sacrifice fly, giving the Raiders a 1‑0 lead. Starkville Academy started its first turn at bat with John McReynolds reaching by error followed by Colt Chrestman, who reached via a single to short. Harper Arnold was then intentionally walked thereby loading the bases. Drake Gordman brought McReynolds across the plate creating a tie game after one complete inning. Jackson Academy tacked on two more runs in the top of the second as both Peyton Richards and James Brister rounded the bases. The Vols were retired in a row sending the game to the third inning with Jackson Academy leading 3‑1. After a run by Ford Gordon in the top of the inning, Jackson Academy’s pitching dominance continued through the bottom of the inning to once again retire SA in order. Doubles from Colin Welsh and Gordon brought in four more Raiders making the score 8‑1. Starkville Academy got a little bit of a rally started in the bottom of the fourth. Starting off with an Arnold single, the Vols managed to load the bases following Gordman being hit by pitch and Moorehead walking. Despite getting three on, Starkville Academy was unable to bring anyone home as the Raiders continued to lead by seven. Wes Crockett, Richards and Ford all made their way around the bases in the top of the fifth extending Jackson Academy’s advantage to 11‑1.
The bottom of the fifth for the Vols began with Chrestman singling to left. A Billy McGee grounder advanced Chrestman to second. Chrestman made his way to third following a Josh Holtcamp groundout before scoring the final Vols run a few minutes later. As the game came to an end, Jackson Academy tacked on a couple more to secure the victory. Starkville Academy’s loss drops its record to 3‑10 heading into a Tuesday contest against Hillcrest Christian at Volunteer Field.
7 p.m.
The time Mississippi State will host Southern Miss in the Women’s NIT Monday night.
Bulldog Bits
Men’s Tennis
With a four-match road trip in the rearview mirror, the 22nd-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-7, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) return home to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre for a three-match home stand, starting against the LSU Tigers (9-8, 0-5) today at 2 p.m. State enters the LSU affair after taking a 4-3 comeback victory against the 23rd-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville, Tenn., to close out its lengthy road swing this past Sunday. Leading the way for the Bulldogs will be the one-two punch of senior Malte Stropp, ranked 91st in the nation, and freshman Florian Lakat, ranked 69th nationally. Stropp, who has 13 wins for the overall season, is looking to rebound after a tough start to SEC play, while Lakat has 17 wins on the year, which ties for the team lead. In the middle of the MSU lineup is another combo of experience and youth, with senior Zach White and sophomore Jordan Angus. White has 10 wins for dual match play while splitting time between the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. Angus, who won his last two matches in the road stretch, has picked up 12 of his 17 overall victories in the spring. Anchoring the Bulldogs’ order is a combination of newcomers, with freshmen Rishab Agarwal and Robin Haden, and junior Tassilo Schmid, all spending time between the fifth and sixth spots. Agarwal has had an impressive rookie campaign to date, going 11-5 since joining the Maroon and White in January. Haden has put together six victories for the 2013-14 campaign, while Schmid has picked up seven of his eight triumphs in the spring. In doubles play, the 40th-ranked squad of Angus and Stropp, who have won eight matches for the dual match slate, leads MSU into the weekend. The tandems of Lakat and Schmid (7-8 for the spring) and Agarwal and White (8-4 for the spring) round out doubles for the Bulldogs. Chris Simpson, who has been a solid No. 1 for LSU and is ranked 62nd nationally, leads the visiting Tigers into the weekend. He is 10-5 in dual matches. The Bulldogs will round out the weekend with a Sunday doubleheader at the Pitts Tennis Centre. State will host No. 71 Arkansas (8-6, 1-4 SEC) at 1 p.m. CT, and will close out the day against Southland Conference foe Nicholls State (9-7) at 5.
AP Top Twenty Five The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ final 2013-14 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 16, total points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25thplace vote and last week’s ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Florida (50) 32-2 1,610 1 2. Wichita St. (15) 34-0 1,571 2 3. Virginia 28-6 1,430 6 4. Arizona 30-4 1,422 4 5. Louisville 29-5 1,412 5 6. Villanova 28-4 1,231 3 7. Michigan 25-8 1,162 8 8. Duke 26-8 1,121 7 9. Iowa St. 26-7 1,055 16 10. Kansas 24-9 1,045 10 11. Michigan St. 26-8 950 22 12. Wisconsin 26-7 892 12 13. San Diego St. 29-4 890 8 14. Syracuse 27-5 757 11 15. Cincinnati 27-6 720 13 16. Creighton 26-7 658 14 17. New Mexico 27-6 623 20 18. UConn 26-8 503 21 19. North Carolina 23-9 424 15 20. UCLA 26-8 413 — 21. Oklahoma 23-9 265 17 22. Ohio St. 25-9 167 24 23. Baylor 24-11 148 — 24. VCU 26-8 140 23 25. Saint Louis 26-6 131 18 Others receiving votes: Memphis 101, Gonzaga 83, Kentucky 77, Stephen F. Austin 46, Harvard 30, Saint Joseph’s 14, Texas 13, Oregon 8, Providence 6, UMass 3, Tennessee 2, NC Central 1, W. Michigan 1. NCAA Tournament Glance All Times EDT EAST REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 At First Niagara Center Buffalo, N.Y. UConn 89, Saint Joseph’s 81, OT Villanova (28-4) vs. Milwaukee (21-13), late At Spokane Arena Spokane, Wash. Harvard 61, Cincinnati 57 Michigan State 93, Delaware 78 Today, March 21 At PNC Arena Raleigh, N.C. Memphis (23-9) vs. George Washington (24-8), 6:55 p.m. Virginia (28-6) vs. Coastal Carolina (2112), 30 minutes following At The AT&T Center San Antonio North Carolina (23-9) vs. Providence (2311), 7:20 p.m. Iowa State (26-7) vs. North Carolina Central (28-5), 30 minutes following SOUTH REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 At First Niagara Center Buffalo, N.Y. Dayton 60, Ohio State 59 Syracuse 77, Western Michigan 53 At The Amway Center Orlando, Fla. Pittsburgh 77, Colorado 48 Florida 67, Albany (N.Y.) 55 Today, March 21 At Scottrade Center St. Louis New Mexico (27-6) vs. Stanford (21-12), 1:40 p.m. Kansas (24-9) vs. Eastern Kentucky (249), 30 minutes following At Viejas Arena San Diego VCU (26-8) vs. Stephen F. Austin (31-2), 7:27 p.m. UCLA (26-8) vs. Tulsa (21-12), 30 minutes following MIDWEST REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 At The Amway Center Orlando, Fla. Saint Louis 83, N.C. State 80, OT Louisville (29-5) vs. Manhattan (25-7), late At BMO Harris Bradley Center Milwaukee Michigan 57, Wofford 40 Texas (23-10) vs. Arizona State (21-11), 30 minutes following Today, March 21 At PNC Arena Raleigh, N.C. Duke (26-8) vs. Mercer (26-8), 12:15 p.m. UMass (24-8) vs. Tennessee (22-12), 30 minutes following At Scottrade Center St. Louis Wichita State (34-0) vs. Cal Poly (14-19), 7:10 p.m. Kentucky (24-10) vs. Kansas State (2012), 30 minutes following WEST REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 At BMO Harris Bradley Center Milwaukee Wisconsin 75, American 35 Oregon 87, BYU 68 At Spokane Arena Spokane, Wash. North Dakota State 80, Oklahoma 75, OT San Diego State (29-4) vs. New Mexico State (26-9), late Today, March 21 At The AT&T Center San Antonio Baylor (24-11) vs. Nebraska (19-12), 12:40 p.m. Creighton (26-7) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (23-11), 30 minutes following At Viejas Arena San Diego Arizona (30-4) vs. Weber State (19-11), 2:10 p.m. Gonzaga (28-6) vs. Oklahoma State (2112), 30 minutes following Women’s College Basketball NIT Glance
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“I guess they called us the little brother. We can’t be called that anymore.”
Dayton guard Jordan Sibert said after beating in-state foe Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament. Sibert played for the Buckeyes before transferring.
Today College Baseball Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. College Softball Mississippi State at Auburn 6 p.m. High School Baseball Northwest Rankin at Starkville, 4 p.m. East Webster at French Camp, 4:30 p.m. Choctaw County at Southeast Lauderdale, 4:30 p.m. Eupora at Calhoun City, 5 p.m. High School Softball Starkville at Tupelo Jamboree, TBA Forest at Choctaw County, 5 p.m.
San Antonio 51 16 .761 — Houston 46 22 .676 5½ Memphis 40 27 .597 11 Dallas 41 28 .594 11 New Orleans 27 40 .403 24 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 50 18 .735 — Portland 44 24 .647 6 Minnesota 34 33 .507 15½ Denver 31 37 .456 19 Utah 22 47 .319 28½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 48 21 .696 — Golden State 43 26 .623 5 Phoenix 39 29 .574 8½ Sacramento 24 44 .353 23½ L.A. Lakers 22 45 .328 25 x-clinched playoff spot Wednesday’s Games Chicago 102, Philadelphia 94 Brooklyn 104, Charlotte 99 Boston 101, Miami 96 Memphis 96, Utah 86 Toronto 107, New Orleans 100 New York 92, Indiana 86 Minnesota 123, Dallas 122, OT Denver 118, Detroit 109 Phoenix 109, Orlando 93 San Antonio 125, L.A. Lakers 109 Thursday’s Games Oklahoma City 102, Cleveland 95 Houston 129, Minnesota 106 Washington at Portland, late Milwaukee at Golden State, late Today’s Games Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m. New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7 p.m. Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Miami, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Phoenix, 10 p.m. San Antonio at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Washington at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Today AUTO RACING 2 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Auto Club 400, at Fontana, Calif. 3:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for March Auto Club race, at Fontana, Calif. 5 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, final practice for March Auto Club race, at Fontana, Calif. 6:30 p.m. FS1 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Auto Club 400, at Fontana, Calif. BOXING 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Junior middleweights, Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1) vs. Mario Alberto Lozano (27-4-0), at Cabazon, Calif. COLLEGE BASEBALL 5:30 p.m. ESPNU — Missouri St. at Wichita St. COLLEGE WRESTLING 7 p.m. ESPN — NCAA Division I Championships, semifinals, schools TBD, at Oklahoma City GOLF 11:30 a.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, first round, at Saucier, Miss. 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational, second round, at Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Founders Cup, second round, at Phoenix MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 a.m. MLB — L.A. Dodgers vs. Arizona, at Sydney MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11:15 a.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Duke vs. Mercer at Raleigh, N.C. 11:40 a.m. TRUTV — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Baylor vs. Nebraska at San Antonio 12:40 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, New Mexico vs. Stanford at St. Louis 1:10 p.m. TNT — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Arizona vs. Weber St. at San Diego 1:45 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, UMass vs. Tennessee at Raleigh, N.C. 2:10 p.m. TRUTV — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Creighton vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at San Antonio 3:10 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Kansas vs. E. Kentucky at St. Louis 3:40 p.m. TNT — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma St. at San Diego 5:55 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Memphis vs. George Washington at Raleigh, N.C. 6:10 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Wichita St. vs. Cal Poly at St. Louis 6:20 p.m. TNT — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, North Carolina vs. Providence at San Antonio 6:27 p.m. TRUTV — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, VCU vs. Stephen F. Austin at San Diego 8:25 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Virginia vs. Coastal Carolina at Raleigh, N.C. 8:30 p.m. ESPNU — NIT, second round, Robert Morris at Belmont 8:40 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Kentucky vs. Kansas St. at St. Louis 8:50 p.m. TNT — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Iowa St. vs. NC Central at San Antonio 9:02 p.m. TRUTV — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, UCLA vs. Tulsa at San Diego MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY 4 p.m. NBCSN — Hockey East Tournament, semifinal, UMass Lowell vs. Notre Dame, at Boston 7 p.m. NBCSN — Hockey East Tournament, semifinal, Providence vs. New Hampshire, at Boston NBA 6 p.m. WGN — Chicago at Indiana p.m. Hawaii (17-13) at Washington (17-13), 10 p.m. Second Round Sunday, March 23 Villanova (23-8) vs. George Washington (22-10), 1 p.m. Monday, March 24 Southern Mississippi (27-6) at Mississippi State (20-13), 8 p.m. National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 38 29 .567 — Brooklyn 35 31 .530 2½ New York 28 40 .412 10½ Boston 23 46 .333 16 Philadelphia 15 53 .221 23½ Southeast Division W L Pct GB x-Miami 46 20 .697 — Washington 35 32 .522 11½ Charlotte 33 36 .478 14½ Atlanta 31 35 .470 15 Orlando 19 50 .275 28½ Central Division W L Pct GB x-Indiana 50 18 .735 — Chicago 38 30 .559 12 Cleveland 26 43 .377 24½ Detroit 25 42 .373 24½ Milwaukee 13 55 .191 37 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB
Saturday’s Games Portland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Houston at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Indiana at Memphis, 8 p.m. Miami at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Orlando at Utah, 9 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Detroit at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance EASTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. S. Carolina 2-1 .667 18-1 .947 Tennessee 2-1 .667 18-2 .900 Vanderbilt 2-1 .667 19-3 .864 Florida 2-1 .667 14-7 .667 Kentucky 1-2 .333 14-6 .700 Georgia 1-2 .333 14-8 .636 Missouri 1-2 .333 11-9 .550 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Alabama 2-1 .667 14-6 Auburn 2-1 .667 15-7 Miss. State 2-1 .667 15-8 LSU 1-2 .333 18-4 Ole Miss 1-2 .333 18-4 Texas A&M 1-2 .333 15-7 Arkansas 1-2 .333 11-7 Pct. .700 .682 .652 .818 .818 .682 .611
After a brief Southeastern Conference break Tuesday at Memphis, Mississippi State jumps back into league play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 21/21 Auburn. Today’s contest begins at 6 p.m. and the Saturday and Sunday tilts are set for 1 p.m. starts. The Bulldogs enter this weekend’s three-game series at Auburn with a 22-8 record. The team is off to the third-best 30-game start by an MSU club, just one win behind the 2006 and the 2000 squads’ program-best 23-7 mark. Mississippi State owns a 29-25 record in the all-time series against Auburn. The teams have played nearly even softball in the last 11 games as the Tigers have taken six and the Bulldogs five. MSU is 12-13 in true road games versus the Tigers with the team going 1-2 in the 2012 trip to Auburn. A year ago in Starkville, MSU lost the first two contests before taking the third game. In the opener, the Bulldogs held a 2-0 lead going to the top of the fifth before Auburn scored five runs in the fifth and three in the seventh to win 8-3. A bases-loaded walk to Brooke Lathan provided the game-winning run and Branndi Melero followed with a tworun single for the insurance runs. Game two had the Bulldogs up 5-0 after two innings, but Auburn plated three in the third and four in the seventh to win 7-5. MSU’s Logan Foulks went three-for-four with all five RBI and scored twice to lead the offense. Loryn Nichols and Sam Lenahan each chipped in with two hits. Lathan tied the score in the seventh with a two-run double and a Caitlin Schultze two-run double drove in the game-winning run. On Sunday, MSU bounced back with a 4-3 victory with three runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win. The Bulldogs trailed 3-1 going into the frame, but a one-out Lenahan two-run homer to right evened the score. With two down, Foulks walked and pinch runner Ashley Phillips scored on a Briana Bell single to right field. Tuesday at Memphis, a key stolen base by junior Julia Echols and a critical fielding error by Memphis allowed Mississippi State to come away with a 2-1 victory. With two outs in the top of the seventh and the score tied 1-1, Echols walked, stole second and scored on a fielding error by Tiger shortstop Brittany Vaughn to account for the game-winning run. The trip to Auburn ends MSU’s extended road trip. The Bulldogs are back in Starkville Tuesday to take on Southeastern Louisiana at 5 p.m. and host Samford on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Today’s Games Vanderbilt at Miss. State, 6:30 p.m. Missouri at Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. Georgia at LSU, 7 p.m. S. Carolina at Kentucky, 5:30 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee, 5 p.m. Saturday’s Games Vanderbilt at Miss. State, 7:30 p.m. Missouri at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas, 2 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M, 2 p.m. Georgia at LSU, 6:30 p.m. S. Carolina at Kentucky, 1 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee, 3 p.m. Sunday’s Games Vanderbilt at Miss. State, 1:30 p.m. Missouri at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas, 1 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M, 1 p.m. Georgia at LSU, noon S. Carolina at Kentucky, noon Auburn at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Transactions Baseball American League BOSTON RED SOX — Optioned RHP Rubby De La Rosa and INF Brock Holt to Pawtucket (IL). Reassigned INF Brandon Snyder to their minor league camp. HOUSTON ASTROS — Optioned 1B Jon Singleton to Oklahoma City (PCL). Reassigned SS Carlos Correa, RHPs Mark Appel and Mike Foltynewicz and OFs George Springer and Delino DeShields to their minor league camp. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Traded 1B Matt Scioscia to the Chicago Cubs for OF Trevor Gretzky. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Claimed OF Kent Matthes off waivers from Colorado and optioned him to Sacramento (PCL). Placed RHP Jarrod Parker on the 60-day DL. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Claimed OF Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from Arizona. Released LHP Luis Perez. National League CINCINNATI REDS — Reassigned RHP Drew Hayes, LHP Lee Hyde, RHP ChienMing Wang and INF Argenis Diaz to their minor league camp. COLORADO ROCKIES — Selected the contract of C Mike McKenry from Colorado Springs (PCL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Granted RHP Luis Ayala his unconditional release. Optioned RHP Ross Ohlendorf, C Jhonatan Solano, INF Zach Walters and RHP Christian Garcia to Syracuse (IL). Reassigned RHP Manny Delcarmen, 1B Brock Peterson and INF Will Rhymes to their minor league camp.
Women’s Tennis
After concluding a four-match Southeastern Conference home stand last Sunday, the Mississippi State women’s tennis team will hit the road this weekend, as the Bulldogs travel to No. 55 LSU today (4 p.m.) and No. 46 Arkansas on Sunday (noon). Sophomore and No. 65-ranked Georgiana Patrasc enters the weekend with a 4-1 SEC record and an 11-3 dual match mark. Patrasc has picked up three victories over ranked SEC opponents this spring, and could earn her fourth this weekend. Senior Alexandra Perper and freshman Timea Guibe have also been playing solid as of late, with both players holding two SEC victories. Perper picked up her last victory on Sunday, defeating Frances Altick on Vanderbilt at the No. 2 position. In doubles, State is led by the 40th-ranked duo of Perper and Naomi Tran. LSU is led by freshman Joanna Vale Costa, who is ranked at No. 69 in the ITA singles rankings. Vale Costa is 8-5 overall and 1-4 in SEC play, and picked up a big win over No. 29 Pleun Bergmans from Auburn earlier this year. Freshman Abigail Owens is also playing well, winning six of her last 10 singles matches. Arkansas does not have any players ranked in singles or doubles, but the team is presently ranked at No. 46 in the country. The Razorbacks just earned their first SEC win of the season, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Missouri 4-3 on Sunday. “We’ve been competing better than ever this year,” said MSU head coach Daryl Greenan. “I expect a couple battles this weekend.”
All Times EDT First Round Wednesday, March 19 Villanova 74, Quinnipiac 66 George Washington 86, East Carolina 68 Minnesota 62, Green Bay 60 Colorado 78, TCU 71 Montana 90, Washington State 78 Thursday, March 20 IUPUI 72, Central Michigan 66 Bowling Green 72, High Point 62 Indiana 48, Belmont 47 Auburn 78, Furman 64 Harvard 90, Iona 89 Rutgers 65, Delaware 61 Princeton 94, VCU 76 Seton Hall 63, American 60 Old Dominion 68, Navy 60 Stetson 70, Miami 63 Marquette 63, Indiana State 61 SMU 84, Texas Southern 72 South Dakota State 78, Butler 61 Creighton 77, Missouri 51 Northwestern 69, Ball State 65 Mississipi State 77, Tulane 68 Southern Miss. 75, Lamar 60 San Diego 82, Cal Poly 59 Southern Utah 71, Colorado State 56 Pacific (18-12) at Oregon (15-15), late Today, March 21 Stony Brook (24-8) at Michigan (18-13), 7 p.m. Mount St. Mary’s (19-13) at Duquesne (19-12), 7 p.m. Charlotte (15-15) at St. Bonaventure (2310), 7 p.m. North Carolina A&T (24-6) at South Florida (19-12), 7 p.m. Cal State Bakersfield (19-11) at Saint Mary’s (Calif.) (22-9), 9 p.m. Arkansas State (22-11) at UTEP (24-7), 9
Alwal, who added a WNIT record five blocked shots to her From page 6 stat line, celebrated a postseaGrant finished with 10 son victory and her birthday. “I’m so happy,” Alwal said. points, while Breanna Richardson had a double-double of “Since I’ve been here, we haven’t been to the postsea13 points and 10 rebounds.
son so this is new for me too. I’m really proud of the way we played.” MSU, which improved to 20-13 overall, will host in-state rival Southern Mississippi on Monday night. The Bulldogs
defeated the Golden Eagles 7161 last December. “We have the opportuity to host again and it’s a blessing,” Schaefer said. “I’m thankful to the administration for supporting us in that way.”
Page 8 • Starkville Daily News • Friday, March 21, 2014
No. 1 Florida survives test from Albany
By MARK LONG Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida coach Billy Donovan gathered his team in a solemn locker room and delivered the harsh truth: “This isn’t going to be enough to keep our season going.” The players shook their heads in agreement — and vowed to respond. The top-seeded Gators sleepwalked early and still looked vulnerable late. Luckily for Florida, Donovan’s bench came up big and bailed out the team in a tight game against what was supposed to be an overmatched opponent. Sixth man Dorian FinneySmith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and Florida used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 6755 in the NCAA tournament Thursday. “We know that there’s more inside of us, more that we need to give,” said center Patric Young, who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. “Hopefully we can come in the next game, Saturday, with a better mindset, better focus.” Kasey Hill added 10 points off the bench for Florida (332), which extended its schoolrecord winning streak to 27 games and advanced to face ninth-seeded Pittsburgh in the South Region on Saturday. But the Gators know they’ll have to play better to advance to the Sweet 16. “It was good enough to win, but is it good enough to play against a team like Pittsburgh? Probably not,” Donovan said. “But I’m proud of our guys because they found a way to win when they didn’t play their best. And you know what? They’ve always been really good at being able to learn valuable lessons in a lot of ways. So hopefully they’ll be able to come back and correct that and do a little bit better.” Florida’s win made No. 1 seeds 117-0 against 16 seeds since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. So many of those were over by halftime. This one, though, was far from a lopsided affair. The first half couldn’t have gone much better for Albany, which was back on the court less than 48 hours after the program’s first NCAA tournament win. The Great Danes (19-15), who beat Mount St. Mary’s in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, made 10 of their first 15 shots and hung with Florida. Albany did an impressive job breaking Florida’s press.
Albany center John Puk, left, goes up for a rebound against Florida center Patric Young in the second half. (Photo by John Raoux, AP) And coach Will Brown had a clear game plan on defense: Don’t let Michael Frazier II get any clean looks from 3-point range, beg Prather to take jumpers, sag in the post on center Young and mix up defenses from possession to possession. Box and one. Triangle and two. Zone. Man. Albany used it all. It worked — nearly to perfection. “I knew they were going to junk the game up,” Donovan said. Frazier was scoreless in the first half, Prather turned into a jump shooter and Young was missing early on. But Donovan adjusted, like he’s done so many other times this season, and got Florida rolling. Wilbekin started driving and dishing, creating easy baskets for Young and FinneySmith at the rim. Finney-Smith had six consecutive points that seemed to get the Southeastern Conference champs going, and Prather followed with a three-point play that riled up the pro-Florida crowd. Florida’s final 10 baskets of the first half were in the paint. Still, Donovan was livid at halftime and ripped his players for a lack of defense. “We were not as connected as a group defensively as we’ve been up to this point in time, and we’ve been a great defensive team,” Donovan said. “Today we were not a great defensive team.” Florida finally responded with a 9-0 run early in the second half — spearheaded by defense, of course — that turned out to be the difference. Young started it with a three-point play. Hill followed with a driving layup and then added two free throws after a turnover. Will Yeguete got another steal, and FinneySmith’s emphatic dunk capped the spurt. It was exactly what Florida needed, and it probably kept Albany from pulling off the most elusive upset in college hoops. “Very few people gave us a chance,” said Brown, whose 11-year-old son even asked if the team was going to get killed. “If we didn’t come here to win, we should have got on that plane in Dayton and went right back to Albany. A 16 is going to beat a 1 at some point, and we wanted to be that team.” DJ Evans led Albany with
21 points and seven rebounds. He set the tone for the Great Danes early, but couldn’t do enough to keep them close late. Finney-Smith was 6-of-10 shooting and tough to handle in the post. Hill, who wasn’t sure he would be able to play because of turf toe, was dynamic on the open floor. Casey Prather (16 points) and Scottie Wilbekin (10) also reached double figures for Florida, which left Donovan and bracket managers everywhere shaking their heads. Will the Gators respond? “I feel like we can,” FinneySmith said. “We’ve been doing it all year. It was just a tough game. We didn’t come out with a lot of energy like we prepared to, but we’ve just got to move on to the next game.”
Dayton downs Ohio State
By JOHN WAWROW Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dayton is re-configuring the college basketball map in Ohio. It no longer runs through Columbus after Vee Sanford’s layup with 3.8 seconds left secured 11th-seeded Dayton’s 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. “I guess they called us the little brother, or whatever,” Flyers guard Jordan Sibert said. “We can’t be called that anymore.” Sibert has seen it from both sides after transferring to Dayton following two seasons at Ohio State. “To be able to go out there and play with this group of guys, to be able to come up with this win, it’s unbelievable,” Sibert said. Leave it to another transfer, Sanford, to secure the victory in a back-and-forth game that featured 15 lead changes between two schools separated by some 75 miles. After Ohio State’s Aaron Craft hit a reverse layup
Dayton celebrates their 60-59 victory over Ohio State in a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament. (Photo by Sharon Cantillon, The Buffalo News, AP)
with 15.5 seconds remaining, the Flyers set up a play during a timeout with 10.8 seconds left. Dayton inbounded the ball and worked it to Sanford on the right wing. Driving the lane without hesitation, he got a step on Craft and laid in a shot from about 4 feet away. “No, I wasn’t nervous,” said Sanford, who transferred to Dayton from Georgetown. “We’ve drawn up a play like that, and I messed it up previously. But (coach Archie Miller) just kept his trust in me, and I’m just thankful that the shot went in.” Sanford finished with 10 points, while Dyshawn Pierre led Dayton with 12 points. For Miller, in his third year, the win came against his former mentor, Thad Matta. The Flyers (24-10), of the Atlantic-10 Conference, who have won 11 of 13, advance to play Syracuse, the South Region’s third seed on Saturday. The Orange routed Western Michigan 77-53 in their second-round game. It’s one and done for the Big Ten Conference Buckeyes (25-10), who were eliminated in the first game for only the third time in 26th tournament appearances.
Harvard upsets 5th-seed Cincinnati 61-57
From Wire Reports SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final two minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting Cincinnati 61-57 Thursday. Wesley Saunders led the Crimson (27-4) with 12 points as Harvard pulled off an upset for the second straight year. Last year, Harvard upset New Mexico as a 14 seed. The Crimson became the first Ivy League school with NCAA tournament wins in consecutive years since Princeton in 1983-84. Harvard never trailed after the opening moments.
No. 4 Michigan State 93, No. 14 Delaware 78
SPOKANE, Wash. — Adreian Payne scored a careerhigh 41 points to get Michigan State off to a solid start in the NCAA tournament with a victory over Delaware. Payne, a 6-foot-10 senior, scored 12 straight points in the first half to help the fourthseeded Spartans (27-8) to an 18-point lead. He set an NCAA tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws and broke the program’s tournament scoring record, set previ-
ously by Greg Kelser in 1979. back to beat the Cougars 100-96 in overtime in December. There was no comeback No. 2 Wisconsin 75, needed this time, with Oregon No. 15 American 35 turning away every charge by BYU in the second half. MILWAUKEE — Ben Brust scored 17 points and No. 3 Syracuse 77, Wisconsin devastated American with a 22-5 run to close No. 14 W. Michigan 53 the first half in a victory before a friendly crowd in the NCAA BUFFALO, N.Y. — Syratournament. cuse’s backcourt of Trevor The second-seeded Bad- Cooney and Tyler Ennis comgers (27-7) recovered from a bined for 34 points and the brief first-half rut and seven- Orange defense clamped down point deficit to extinguish the in a victory over Western dreams of the15th-seeded Ea- Michigan in the second round gles (20-13), champions of the of the NCAA tournament. Patriot League. Syracuse (28-5), the third
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seed in the South Regional, will play 11th-seeded Dayton (24-10) on Saturday. Dayton beat Ohio State 60-59 on MILWAUKEE — Elgin Thursday. Cook scored a career-high 23 No. 9 Pittsburgh 77, points in a very happy homecoming, helping seventh-seedNo. 8 Colorado 48 ed Oregon beat 10th-seeded BYU in the NCAA tournaORLANDO, Fla. — Talib ment. Zanna scored 16 of his 18 Joseph Young had 19 points in the opening half, points for the Ducks (24-9), helping Pittsburgh build a who had to stage a big come- 28-point on the way to a rout
No. 7 Oregon 87, No. 10 BYU 68
of Colorado in the second and second-seeded Michigan round of the NCAA tourna- started their quest for a second straight trip to the Final Four ment. by beating 15th-seeded Wofford. No. 7 UConn 89, The Wolverines (26-8) capNo. 10 St. Joseph’s 81 italized on their decisive edge in athleticism on the underBUFFALO, N.Y. — Sha- sized Terriers (20-13). bazz Napier shook off a miss at the second-half buzzer to No. 5 St. Louis 83, score nine of his 24 points No. 12 NC State 80 in overtime and lead seventhseeded Connecticut to a win ORLANDO, Fla. — Rob over Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the NCAA tour- Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helpnament. DeAndre Daniels scored 18 ing St. Louis wipe out a late while freshman center Amida 14-point deficit and pull away Brimah forced overtime by in overtime to beat North completing a three-point play Carolina State in the NCAA in the final minute for UConn tournament. (27-8). The Huskies won their first tournament game under No. 12 ND State 80, coach Kevin Ollie, who took No. 5 Oklahoma 75 over two years ago after Jim Calhoun stepped down due to SPOKANE, Wash. — Lawhealth issues. rence Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to force No. 2 Michigan 57, overtime and freshman Carlin No. 15 Wofford 40 Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds as No. MILWAUKEE — Glenn 12 seed North Dakota State Robinson III scored 14 points knocked off Oklahoma.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Handle a personal matter in the morning. You will want to take off or schedule some time out of town in the afternoon. If you have been considering signing up for a class or sprucing up your resume, the evening is the perfect time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Others steal the stage right now. In the morning, everyone will want your time. The good news is that, by the afternoon, you will have isolated the one person you choose to share your time with. Your relationship could build to a new level. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Ask for more information regarding a health or work-related matter. Honor a change with a certain issue, and a relationship will flourish as a result. By the afternoon, you could discover the importance of taking the lead with a relationship. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Allow your imagination to come out in the morning. Your focus might be on making plans, but confusion seems to surround an important matter involving a foreigner, legal matters and/or communication. Your ability to read between the lines will emerge. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You could have a difficult time leaving your home, yet once you do, your more playful side will emerge. Use your ability to discuss a heavy issue while making light of it. Depending on the outcome, you might want to change direction. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Tension builds to a new level. Others could find you confusing at best. Recognize what is happening behind the scenes, as you might not have a clear vision of an interaction right now. A discussion might be a moot issue today if you can’t see eye to eye. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You are likely to have little choice in a work-related matter. A superior could play out his or her role in the problem. Communication will flourish, but everyone seems to be speaking a different language. Maintain your sense of humor, and everything will work out. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your imagination could carry you far; however, getting concrete results might be more important right now. A matter involving a child or loved one could be costly. When it comes to a financial demand, you might feel quite tense. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You beam and draw many people to you. Listen to your instincts, and you will be more on target than you could have imagined. Your strength of personality and need for freedom could directly conflict with someone else’s demands; try to minimize the problem. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You could hear from others how much you might be needed by a loved one. The person in question seems to be unable to share his or her feelings. Your sixth sense is generally right, but you can’t depend solely on that right now. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) How you manage a problem could be very different from how you anticipated handling it this morning. Look to your long-term goals, and you will succeed. Use caution with your finances, as it might be difficult to rectify a mistake after it happens.
March 21, 1974
For the third time in its 90-year history, the state-supported institution of higher learning for women in Mississippi has changed its name. Founded in 1884, the school was first known as Mississippi Industrial Institute and College. The name was changed to Mississippi State College for Women in 1920, 36 years later. Now, 54 years after that, MSCW has become Mississippi University for Women. The name change took place Friday afternoon (Mar. 15) on the Columbus campus attended by Governor William L. Waller. Governor Waller signed NB 298, the bill elevating The W to university status, in a ceremony held in the “W” Room of the Hogarth Student Center. Attending were students, faculty, administration, alumnae and friends of The W. Following the bill signing, Governor Waller presented the ceremonial pen to Miss Susan Burgin, a senior at The W from Columbus and chairman of the Committee of 82. The Committee of 82, made up of students from each county in Mississippi, works with the legislature in the promotion and development of The W. The Committee of 82 has worked on the university name change bill for the past two years. The governor also presented a facsimile of the bill. President Charles P. Hogarth, in his first official at as president of the university, presented the governor with a certificate of appreciation and silver Revere bowl commemorating the day’s activities. Dr. Hogarth has also sent a personal letter to each member of the legislature thanking them of behalf of the administration, faculty and students for their vote in changing the name of the institution to Mississippi University for Women. In a statement of the changing of the name, President Hogarth said, “We have updated just about everything at MSCW except the name. Now we are changing the name to Mississippi University for Women, and it will continue to be known as The W. The name MSCW has served well for 54 years.” In describing what the change of name to Mississippi University for Women will mean, Dr. Hogarth said, “It will more accurately describe what is being down at this institution.”
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’ll go with the flow in the morning; however, you might appear to have a problem seeing the big picture in the afternoon. Perhaps what is stressing you out is what a boss or older relative wants from you. You could feel conflicted.
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Women’s Golf
Ally McDonald represents Mississippi State at events Old Waverly, left photo, and the United State at events such as the Spirit International Tournament. She has been invited to do the same at the Curtis Cup in June. (Photos submitted by MSU athletic media relations)
MSU’s McDonald to play Curtis Cup
By BEN WAIT Ally McDonald has been one of the most successful women’s golfers in Mississippi State history. Now the junior will add another milestone to her already great resume. It was learned earlier this month that the Fulton native was selected to represent the United States of America in the Curtis Cup, a biennial team even between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland. “I’m obviously very excited,” McDonald said humbly. “It’s just something I’ve dreamed about playing in and it’s just crazy that it’s happening now.” This year’s matches will be held at St. Louis Country Club in Laude, Mo., on June 6-8 and Ellen Port will captain the American squad.  McDonald was with her MSU team in Hawaii when she got the news that she was selected to the team. The Bulldogs had just finished off a 21-shot victory at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. “I picked up the phone and it was obviously an unfamiliar number,” McDonald said. “He said he was with the USGA, so I knew it was either going to be good or bad. I had been waiting on this phone call. As soon as I heard him invite me to play on the U.S. Curtis Cup team, I just kind of dropped to my knees in disbelief.” She then told assistant coach Leigh Phillips, head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm and finally her family that made the trip with her to the islands. McDonald has already made a splash in the amateur golf world. She won the 2013 North & South Women’s Amateur Championship with a 3-and-2 victory over 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Yueer Cindy Feng at Pinehurst.  She has also captured the 2013 Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational, the 2013 NCAA Central Regional and the 2012 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.  Brown-Lemm was not surprised when she found out her top golfer made the team. “It’s really a body of work over time,” BrownLemm said. “She’s played so good and so steady for so long. She deserves it and she works hard every single day. Ally certainly will represent our state and our country with the highest of integrity and competitive spirit.” Brown-Lemm felt confident that McDonald had a realistic chance of making the team when they came back from summer break last August. Even so, Brown-Lemm wasn’t sure until they got the notice. “It really looked, statistically speaking, very solid for her, but you don’t know until you get a phone call,” she said. McDonald will more than likely return to Starkville for her senior season, but there is life in golf for her after college. This is just one more step to her becoming a professional. “When it comes to sponsorships and endorsements, things such as All-American and making the Curtis Cup (help),” McDonald said. “All those things kind of factor in to making it on tour. “It’s more than just making it because you have to have the money and the needs to fulfill and pursue your dream on tour. To an extent, it will help me.” McDonald, the ninth ranked women’s amateur in the world and fourth in the country, has a good bit of familiarity with her teammates. McDonald and Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey teamed up last October to represent the U.S. at the Spirit International in Texas. The USA won the event, with McDonald and Ramsey finishing second to France in the women’s division. Both will represent the U.S. again in this event.  McDonald has also played alongside Alabama’s Emma Talley. The team will also include Southern California’s Kyung Kim and Annie Park, UCLA’s Alison Lee and Erynne Lee and Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse.  “When the USGA contacted us, I knew it was going to be close because there were so many girls this year that could have been on the team,” McDonald said. “Narrowing it down to eight is tough and I’m very, very blessed to be a part of that group. “I have played with Ashlan and we’ve played really well together. I know Emma Talley very well. I had played against several of the girls from the west coast.” The U.S. won the event seven consecutive times from 1998-2010. Great Britain and Ireland won the event the last time it was held in 2012 in Scotland to snap the U.S. streak. The USA hasn’t lost on American soil since 1994. Great Britain and Ireland retained the Curtis Cup at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., that year. McDonald knows how important the Curtis Cup is, especially when it’s played in this country. “No matter where you are, you want to win, but to protect the cup playing at home, is definitely something that will be in the back of everybody’s mind,” McDonald said. “Everyone on the team has a lot of competitive drive.” McDonald and the No. 29 Bulldogs will be back in action at the Liz Murphey Invitational at the University of Georgia Golf Course on April 4-6.
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