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Officials ‘troubled’ by probations
By ZACK PLAIR editor@starkvilledailynews.com Starkville aldermen have sent a loud message to city department heads since the new board took office in July. But some city officials, including at least one alderman, think that loud message may not always be abundantly clear. The board placed City Engineer Edward Kemp on 6 months probation Tuesday, just two months after the aldermen promoted his position to “department head” status. He joined two other department heads already on active
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disciplinary probation, including Personnel Director Randy Boyd and Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy. Boyd’s probation began in July right after the new board took office, and aldermen extended
her probation. Mayor Parker Wiseman, who said he rarely publicly discusses disciplinary actions the board levies against employees, expressed concern on Wednesday about the Wiseman his probation for another 18 months during board’s recent actions of their March 18 meeting. Gandy’s 6-month pro- what he called, “reactionary discipline.” bation began in December in the wake of de“In the case of the three department heads layed garbage bag delivery to residents, though city officials never officially tied the bag issue to See ALDERMEN | Page 3
SPD offers ride-alongs to citizens
By ALEX HOLLOWAY reporter@starkvilledailynews.com Starkville Police Department is offering an opportunity for local leaders to get a taste of going out on patrol with officers through its ridea-long program. Assistant Chief John Thomas said the ride-a-long program itself isn’t new to the department. The program started several years ago, he said, when local officials wanted the opportunity to ride with officers to see what work in the police department was like. Mississippi State University Football Head Coach Dan Mullen took the opportunity to ride with SPD officers over the weekend through the ride-a-long program. Thomas said some department representatives went to Mississippi State last week to visit the football coaching staff. He said the visit helped set up Mullen’s chance to participate in the ride-a-long program. “We’ve always invited everybody in the past to ride with us,” he said. “Coach Mullen wanted to ride with us and last weekend was great timing for him.” Thomas said MSU coaches and players have participated in the program in the past. During the ride, he said participants have a chance to see what it’s like for officers who are out on patrol. “He got a chance to witness several of the calls that came up,” Thomas said. “Obviously, we don’t let anyone in the ride-a-long program actually participate in the calls — they have to stay in the car and monitor the situation. But any of the calls the officers went on that night, he would have gotten a chance to monitor them, and they had several different types of calls.” Thomas said Mullen’s ride with officers included a response to an accident on Highway 12 and stops at several establishments throughout Starkville where MSU football players were. Thomas said the department subjects applicants for the ride-along program to a background check, and allowing anyone to ride requires approval from Police Chief Frank Nichols. “We have to be selective right now,” Thomas said. “What we’re trying to do is get community leaders. We’ve invited the aldermen to participate. Anybody that wants to ride, we’ll try to get them in, but we just can’t accommodate everybody all at one time.”
SOUL SURFING
Band event tonight at McComas
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com
Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a shark attack at age 13 but still realized her dreams of surfing professionally, took the stage at Humphrey Coliseum Wednesday night as part of the Dorothy Garrett Martin Lectureship in Values and Ethics, sponsored by MSU’s Delta Gamma sorority. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Hamilton speaks at Hump about overcoming obstacles
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com At first, Bethany Hamilton wasn’t sure she would be able to surf again. It was 2003, and at 13 years old, she had lost her left arm and 60 percent of her blood to a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing in her home state of Hawaii, off the island of Kauai’s North Shore. Earlier that year, she had placed second in the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s National Championships, showing promise for a professional surfing career. When she was feeling doubt that this promise still remained, she said a surprise visitor restored it. “I got to meet this guy who had lost his leg to a shark,” Hamilton said. “He met me in the hospital, talked to me and encouraged me. He actually had learned to surf with one leg. That was my first sign of light toward surfing. I said ‘I want to get back in the ocean and do what I love to do. I don’t care about sharks anymore.’” Bethany shared the Christian faith that helped her get back on the surfboard with a crowd of hundreds Wednesday night at Mississippi State University’s Humphrey Coliseum. She was this year’s guest for the Dorothy Garrett Mar-
tin Lectureship in Values and Ethics, sponsored by MSU’s Delta Gamma sorority and held once every two years. Past Martin Lectureship speakers have included actress Patricia Heaton of “Everybody Loves Raymond” fame, and TOMS Shoes Inc. founder Blake Mycoskie. In introducing Hamilton, Delta Gamma Director of Special Events Bethany Keller said Hamilton not only remains a professional surfer but also now runs a foundation called Friends of Bethany that supports shark attack survivors and amputees and is involved in several other charitable efforts. “She has grown from a young teenage girl with aspirations of becoming a professional surfer into a 24-year-old professional surfer with aspirations of being a beacon of hope (for others),” Keller said. “Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions.” Hamilton said she was grateful to her parents for passing on their love of surfing to her, but she was more grateful to them for passing on their strong Christian faith. In the weeks between her NSSA second-place finish and the shark attack that changed her life, she said she and her mother had been repeatedly praying for her to find her purpose in life. That faith, she said, prepared her emotion-
The Mississippi State University Wind Ensemble greeted Anthony Maiello with a literal fanfare, a thundering, galloping piece by Jack Stamp called “Gavorkna.” Maiello is associate director for development and a professor of music at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and MSU Director of Bands Elva Kaye Lance said he has conducted some of the finest musicians in America. When Lance stepped down from the podium after directing the ensemble in its performance of “Gavorkna,” Maiello stepped up, and he said he liked what he heard. “I love the sound of your band,” Maiello said. “Your band has a wonderful sound to it. We don’t have a lot of rehearsal time, but after hearing you play, we won’t need a lot of rehearsal time.” Maiello is MSU’s special guest for its “Legends and Mentors Program: Honoring Those Who Have Influenced Us,” a clinic designed to help students and instructors at multiple levels improve their musical craft. During his visit, Maiello will clinic all four of the MSU concert bands and the Starkville High School band, and he will give presentations to MSU’s instrumental music education classes. The Legends and Mentors Program culminates with a free concert from the MSU Wind Ensemble tonight at 7:30 p.m. in McComas Hall, featuring Maiello as a special guest. Maiello was inducted into Music for All’s Bands of America Hall of Fame in March 2010, and he is founder, conductor and artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s American Festival Pops Orchestra. He conducts the GMU Repertory Orchestra and travels around the world teaching and conducting other ensembles. He holds GMU’s “University Professor” title, the highest honor GMU confers to faculty. Lance said Maiello’s 49 years of teaching experience would be invaluable for MSU and SHS students. “It’s wonderful to have such an expressive musician with that much experience who is also willing to work with students at all levels of excellence, and (it’s
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AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email life@starkvilledailynews.com.
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u AARP Meeting — The Starkville Chapter No. 165 of AARP will meet on Thursday at 9:00 A.M. in Room 114115 of the Applegate Hall of the First Baptist Church on the corner of Lafayette and S. Washington Streets. Program speaker is Eddie Myles, Director of the Wellness Connection at OCH Rehab Center. For more info, call Marilyn Laird at 323-6309 or AARP chapter president Ruth M. de la Cruz at 324-1424. u Lions Club Meeting — The Starkville Lions Club will meet on Thursday at McAlister’s Deli at 11:45 a.m. Item agenda to be acted on during the business meeting are revision of budget, service activities, election officers for 201415. For more info, please call club president Armando de la Cruz at 324-1424.Visiting Lions are welcome. u NSDAR Meeting — The Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha Chapter of the NSDAR will meet on Thursday at 2:00 P.M. in the Community Room of the Renasant Bank. For more information please call 323-5244. uEmmaus Community Meeting — The Starkville Emmaus Community monthly gathering is scheduled for Thursday night in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church. We’ll start with our pot-luck supper at 6:00 pm. Please plan to come if possible. If you have any questions, please contact Pete Grace at (662) 574-3434, or peterjohngrace@aol.com.
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership recently held a ribbon-cutting for STAGgerIN Sports Grill, located at 106 Maxwell St. in the Cotton District. Owner is Jason Roden. (Submitted photo)
u Habitat for Humanity Store — The Habitat Resale Store located at 1632 Rockhill Rd. will be open Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The store will have new and used doors, new windows, appliances, kitchen items, dinettes, sinks, sofas, toilets and more. Call 617-2745 for more information.
CPR instructor and will take place in the OCH Community Room located across from the gift shop. The class fee is $20 payable on the day of the class.  You must pre-register by calling 615-2820.  For a complete list of the 2014 CPR class schedule, visit och.org and click on “community outreach.”
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u Symphony Concert — The MSU/Starkville Symphony Chorus will be presenting a free concert at 3p.m. on Sunday, April 6 at the First Methodist Church in Starkville. Doug Browning will be conducting. The program is entitled: ” What’s Baroque..... Doesn’t Need Fixing”. Everyone is welcome u OCMA Meeting — The Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance’s (OCMA) next First Sunday Community Fellowship Worship Service will be on 6 April 2014 at 6:30 p.m., Rev. James Covington Jr., of Mt. Olives M.B. Church will bring the message. St. Matthews M.B. Church, 801St. Matthews St., Starkville, MS is the host church. We excitingly anticipate your presence and support of this Community Worship Service.
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u FUMC Fundraiser — First United Methodist Church, Starkville is sponsoring a Dinner, Silent Auction and presentation “Heated Rivalry Within The SEC” by Dr. Mark Windham at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Silent Auction starts at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00pm and Dr. Windham’s presentation at 7. Dinner is $25.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. For tickets please come by the church office or call 662.323.5722 for more information.
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u Gospel Choir Anniversary — True Vine Missionary Baptist Church will hold a Gospel Choir Anniversary on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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u CPR Class — OCH Regional Medical Center will host a CPR class on Monday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the OCH Community Room. The twohour class is led by a certified
uGardening Cless — A container gardening/window box combination session will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at the Dorman greenhouses on the MSU campus. The session will include information about choosing containers correctly in addition to dealing with soil mixes and amendments. Proper watering and fertilization will also be discussed. Interested person should RSVP by April 6 by emailing ekg19@msstate. edu or calling 662-325-2701. u OCH Regional Medical Center Diabetes Support Group Meeting — Come learn through fun, educational games about how living with diabetes can affect you and those surrounding you. If you or someone you love is living with diabetes, join us for our upcoming meeting on Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the OCH Educational Facility. The class is led by Certified Diabetes Educator Nicky Yeatman and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Yeatman at (662) 615-2668. u Mother-to-Mother Support Group — OCH Regional Medical Center invites new and expectant mothers to join the Mother-to-Mother Support Group at OCH Tuesday, April 8 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the OCH Community Room. This support group is free and is designed to encourage and educate expectant and new mothers as they care for the new addition to their family. Mothers will have the chance to speak with professionals on several topics, with the April meeting focusing on exercising with your baby! Light refreshments are provided and siblings are welcome! For more information, contact Paula Hamilton at 615-3364.
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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 at the
Emerson Family School and the J.L. King Center. Emerson classes are from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and are held at 1504 Louisville Street. J.L King classes are from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday Thursday and are held at 700 Long Street. Call 324-4183 or 324-6913 respectively for more information. u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at nthomas@starkville.k12.ms.us or 662-615-0021. u Storytime — Maben Public Library will have storytime at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of fun activities along with a story with Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are invited! u Mini Moo Time — The Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. every Thursday. There are stories, activities, and crafts for kids six and under. The event is free. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at LLLONG89@hotmail.com u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every first, second, fourth and fifth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room and play at 3 p.m. on the third Saturdays at the Carrington Nursing Home. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides com-
munity service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail.com or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. starkvillesamaritanclub.org/ u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — 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 dkwolf@copper.net 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 662-3120245. 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 323-7597 for more information. 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 662615-1519 or email carly.wheat@ gentiva.com. 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@msstate.edu or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@msstate.edu 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 662-3232294. 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, 662-418-5535 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 Spirit-filled 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 info@worldaflameministries.org and visit http://www. healingrooms.com u Alcoholics Anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 327-8941 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 662-324-1965.
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Dr. Charles Aiken
Dr. Charles “Chuck” R. Aiken, Johnson City, TN, passed away peacefully at home on March 22, 2014. For over 20 years, he and his wife have been residents of Johnson City, celAiken ebrating 70 years of marriage this year. Born in Cleveland, OH on January 20, 1918, Chuck grew up in Salem, OH on the family farm with his parents, Clifford and Anna Morton Aiken, and his three brothers, Warren, Robert and Cliff, Jr. Chuck graduated from Ohio State University in 1943, then immediately enlisted in the US Army at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. After attending Officers Training School in Fort Sill, OK, he was stationed at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, MS, and while there married Betty Jane Foster of Thornville, OH on April 9, 1944, before being sent to the Pacific Theatre. He served in New Guinea, the Philippine Islands, and Japan. After completing his military service, Chuck enrolled at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where he earned a Master’s Degree and a Ph. D. in Education. In 1952 Chuck moved to Des Moines, IA to become the Education Director at the Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative Association, then in 1960 moved to Washington, DC to become the Associate Power Use Director for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. In 1963, the Aiken family moved to Starkville, MS, where Chuck became the Head of Staff Devel-
Obituaries
opment at the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service, and a Full Professor at Mississippi State University. Chuck was active in Kiwanis, American Legion, and Toastmasters International, and he served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church. For many years, Chuck diligently tended a very prolific garden. His peach orchard regularly produced over 250 bushels of peaches. His huge strawberry patch was a favorite place for he and his father to spend time together. Vegetables were in abundance every year and his joy was to share them with friends and family. He loved the game of golf and played with the Mississippi and Tennessee Senior Leagues well into his 90’s. He had a fabulous short game and routinely pitched one into the cup from off of the green. In addition to his wife, Jane, survivors include his brother Cliff, and Robert’s wife Ruth, his three children, Dr. Marc Aiken (Laura) of Johnson City, Dr. Nancy Varian (Reed) of East Canton, OH, and Dr. Carol Aiken (Brian Ramer) of Baltimore, MD, four grandchildren, Cliff Varian (Megan), Scott Varian (Samantha), Emily Aiken Anderson (Brett), and Alan Aiken, and three great-grandchildren, Foster and Frances Varian (son and daughter of Cliff), and Eloise Varian (daughter of Scott). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Zernickow-Aiken Foundation for medical missions at 2216 Lakeland Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601 or to your favorite charity. A Celebration of Life Service for the family will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences can be viewed and shared with the family at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for the Aiken family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City, TN 37604 (423)610-7171.
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Caroline Fyke
Caroline Hollis Fyke, 91, passed away on March 31, 2014 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS.  She was a retired Administrative Secretary with Computer Science at Mississippi State University and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Starkville, MS.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Fyke, I; parents, C. J. (Boyd) Hollis and Vera Bell Shaw Hollis; sisters, Evelyn Hollis Crumpton and Mildred Hollis Stacy. She is survived by her daughters, Vera Jones of Montgomery, TX, Mary Bob Buckner (Donald) of Starkville, MS, Malinda Fyke Forest (Ron) of Newton, MS; sons, Robert Henry Fyke, II (Patty) of Clinton, MS, Mark Fyke (Debbie) of Florence, MS; 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Visitation for Mrs. Fyke is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014 from 9:3011:30 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Starkville, MS, with the funeral service immediately following in the church sanctuary.  Dr. Grant Arinder will conduct the service.  Burial will be in Memorial Garden Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. You may go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomes.com said. “If you want to get rid of somebody and you’ve got the votes to do it, then just do it.” Still, Walker said he didn’t feel aldermen served their true purpose when their hands were so often handling departmental and employee issues. “I don’t believe we have been elected to micromanage the day-to-day operations of the city,” Walker said. “I see our role as looking out for the greater vision of Starkville and having the right people in place to execute the board’s policies.” Wiseman said a consequence of so rapidly placing so many department heads on probation is that it could make them more guarded with respect to how they approach their jobs. That’s why, he said, the board should use that disciplinary tool cautiously and sparingly. “My hope is that the longer our department heads work with the board, the more we’ll see issues related to reactionary discipline cease,” he said. “There is a time and a place for discipline issues to be addressed, and in my opinion, the manner in which discipline decisions are being made by this board right now are too fast and loose. The net effect is not only dampening employee morale but also watering down the effect of disciplinary measures when they are needed.” create a safer community. “I think understanding is the best tool for bridging the gap between us and the community,” Nichols said. “I think if they get a chance to see what we’re doing, they can better understand what our philosophy and our role is to the community.” Starkville Daily News could not reach Mullen by press time Wednesday. and Mentors Program, but this time, it was SHS’ turn. She said Maiello’s clinic with them, set for 8:30 a.m. today, is open to any other band directors in the area hoping to learn from Maiello’s technique. “We hope directors in the region will attend and watch him work with high school students,” Lance said. “I think it’s always interesting for us as teachers. The Starkville-MSU Community Band will also get the opportunity to work with Professor Maiello.”
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who have now been placed on probation by the board for disciplinary reasons, I can tell you that, were it my decision, none of them would be on probation,” Wiseman said. “I can also tell you that, in some of those cases, Walker it has still not been made clear to me why those employees have been placed on probation. That Carver is concerning to me.” Wiseman said, at minimum, he felt the board should have clearly communicated to the employees the reasons it placed them on probation, as well as give them a clearly defined corrective course of action. “The net effect is that it’s not good for employee morale,” he said. “We are a large organization with over 250 employees, and harsh disciplinary decisions like this send shockwaves through our workforce.” Those shockwaves, said
Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker, could weaken the city’s ability to hire quality people for other openings, namely community development director — the city’s only current department head vacancy. Walker said he supported Gandy’s probation, but he did not support Boyd’s and Kemp’s because he didn’t see any evidence that would warrant such action based on their performances. He said the rate at which the board was handing out discipline worried him. “I think it has the opportunity to create an uncomfortable work environment at City Hall,” Walker said. “I can’t imagine it’s very pleasant for them to come to work every day wondering if they’re next. From a morale standpoint, I think it’s troubling.” In total, six city department heads are on active probation, with Chief Administrative Officer Taylor Adams, City Clerk Lesa Hardin and Police Chief Frank Nichols, all newly hired, all serving standard, non-disciplinary stints. Since taking office nine months ago, the board has also terminated former CAO Lynn Spruill, accepted former SPD Chief David Lindley’s retirement after placing him on administrative leave during an internal department investigation and fired former Municipal Court Clerk “We are working on implementing that and hopefully will kick it off next spring,” Nichols said. “People will be able to apply and once background checks are done, we’ll make selections. Those people will go through probably about a 10-week — we’re not exactly sure how many weeks yet — program where once a week, they’ll go through some kind of classroom training at our firepeople in it were not music majors. Most of the students in the ensemble raised their hands. “I love that,” Maiello said. “That tells me you’re here because you love music.” Lance said many excellent students in other ensembles were music majors, and the variety of students engaged in MSU’s bands spoke to the interdisciplinary nature of the program. She said the Legends and Mentors program was in its second year, and little had changed since last year.
Debra Wood. Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver said the probations and terminations were part of a “refinement process” for the city. As for how often the board has dealt employee discipline, Carver credited a philosophical difference between the sitting board and the previous board. “For each and every one of those (employee discipline/ termination decisions), there were issues that needed to be addressed,” said Carver, one of three sitting board members who also served on the previous board. “There wasn’t a consensus on the last board to deal with these issues, and maybe this board has settled in and is willing to make those tough decisions. This board is willing to make executive decisions, and they’re not afraid to take initiative.” Carver said probation was not tantamount to termination, nor did he believe it should be used as a tool to set up an employee for termination, especially since Mississippi is an atwill work state. Instead, he said he believes probation provided a “heads-up” for the employee and a way for the employee to improve under supervision on issues that needed to be addressed. “It doesn’t serve any purpose to use probation to try to terminate someone,” Carver arm range. Upon completion, they’ll be award a certificate as a graduate of the Starkville Citizen’s Police Academy.” Nichols added that the motivation behind the department’s efforts were to reach out to build understanding within the community about what the department does. He said through that, he believed the department can develop stronger ties with Starkville, and hopefully, “It’s a new program we began last year in an effort to expose our students to the true legends of our profession, to honor them and also honor teachers of present students by having a teacher appreciation concert,” Lance said. “These students go to band clinics when they’re in high school, but they rarely have the opportunity to attend collegiate band clinics. So, we decided to host our own.” Last year, Lance said the Pontotoc High School band took part in the Legends
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ally for the loss of her arm. “I said, “Lord, I want to be more than a surfer. Just use me in one way or another,’” Hamilton said. “Then one day, I went out surfing, and my arm was gone in a flash. I felt like my hopes and dreams were taken. God kept me alive for his purpose. He’s there and able to help us struggle through that. Even in the hospital, within a week, I still had a smile on my face, and I had a sense of peace that God was in control. He can do that for you, in whatever you’re going through.” With this faith, and the encouragement of the fellow shark attack victim who had learned to surf with one leg, Bethany was back on her board 26 days after losing her arm. She recounted for audiences the first time she was caught a wave after the attack. Before surfers stand up on their boards, Hamilton said, they swim toward the waves laying on the board, and as they catch the wave, they must push off the board to stand up. Without two arms to push off from each side of the board, she said, she learned to use her one arm to push off from the center. “It felt like the best wave I ever caught, even though it was just a little beginner wave,” Hamilton said. also spoke Hamilton about her experiences working with filmmakers for “Soul Surfer,” a 2011 release based on her 2004 autobiography of the same name. She said she helped choose AnnaSo-
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Nichols, who was sworn in to his current position in February, has said that one of his goals is to make SPD a more communityoriented department. He said the ride-a-long program is one aspect of a broader Citizen’s Police Academy program the department hopes to launch in spring 2015.
phia Robb to portray her in the movie, but when the time came to film the surfing scenes, there was no feasible way to erase Robb’s left arm with CGI as in other scenes. The solution, Hamilton said, was for her to do her own stunts. “If you watch ‘Soul Surfer,’ that’s me surfing,” Hamilton said. While college students turned out in force for Hamilton’s address, there was also a significant contingent of families, some with children close to the same age Hamilton was when she lost her arm. Molly Covin was part of a group of Armstrong Middle School seventh-graders who came with their families to the program. She said she was a big fan of the movie “Soul Surfer,” and she was impressed when Hamilton spoke about how calm she remained when attacked by the shark. “I would be freaking out,” Covin said. “(Hamilton’s story) was inspiring and encouraged me to follow my dreams. My dream is to go to Notre Dame and be a doctor. I thought (her story) was something that kids can relate to when they have hard times, and it also (reminds them) to be strong in her faith.” Another of the AMS seventh-graders was Chylar Gibson, who said Hamilton’s Christian message resonated with her. “I liked that she kept emphasizing how her faith came first through all of it, and her faith kept her strong,” Gibson said. “If we keep our faith first, we’ll be able to survive anything.”
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wonderful) to allow our students to play under someone who is that much of a legend in the music education field,” Lance said. “For those of us who are band directors, it’s always wonderful to watch a master work at his craft.” Maiello said it was important to him to treat students with respect and understand their needs. While getting to know the MSU Wind Ensemble, Maiello asked how many
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Remembering Bryan Baker
About 10 years ago, Bryan spoke to my son Andrew’s Cub Scout den about life as a boy during the Great Depression. Bryan brought a photograph of himself with an African-American boy, arm in arm, both smiling on his front porch in the 1930s. Bryan said they were inseparable playmates. Andrew innocently asked if they went to school together. Bryan’s eyes got moist and his voice choked as he recounted how his path led him to a Ph.D., but his boyhood friend’s opportunities for education were limited. He told the boys that racial segregation was wrong and that it had hurt our state. On a lighter note, Bryan also educated them about something they knew nothing about:  an outhouse in rural Mississippi. This group of unruly boys sat silent and still as Bryan recalled the utility of corn cobs, especially the part about saving the light-colored cobs to ensure the job was done. Perhaps the time I’ll cherish most is a day trip in 2010 when Bryan took Andrew and me to see his boyhood home and hunting camp in the Delta. Beside him in his truck and over lunch at the Crystal Grill in Greenwood, he regaled us with tales that were etched in his memory. But he also made a point to stop in Money at the infamous sight of the dilapidated building that had housed the store where Emmett Till had whistled at a white woman, with fatal results. This white man in his late eighties wanted Andrew to see it and know about our state’s civil rights history. Bryan was a major patron of the Starkville Theater and active in First
Starkville lost one of Bryan when I joined the its finest citizens this week club. Bryan was a brilwith the passing of Dr. liant man who never took Bryan Baker, former head himself too seriously. of the Department of AniOne of the most mal Science at Mississippi memorable Kiwanis proState University. His ofgrams ever was when ficial portrait hangs in the Bryan told about landVet School to recognize his ing in Normandy on many professional achieve- BROTHER ROGERs June 12, 1944, six days ments. The large crowd at D-Day, seeing body GUEsT COLUMNIsT after its dedication in 2011 is a bags and carnage on the testament to how beloved beach. He did his part as he was. one of the greatest generation. Dr. Baker taught my father endocriWe had a mutual friend in Governor nology, but I didn’t know him profes- William Winter, who Bryan described sionally. He was simply my friend, de- as “my closest white neighbor growspite an age difference of more than 40 ing up in Grenada County.” They were years. He was a charter member of the lifelong friends, and both were early Kiwanis Club of Starkville, established advocates of public education and racial in 1964, and he insisted that I call him reconciliation.
United Methodist Church. He had numerous friends and countless students who could all tell admiring stories about his character and his influence. The ripple effect of his life lives on through them. Charlie Weatherly, another charter member of Kiwanis, spoke at the portrait dedication in 2011 and used a fitting quote from Albert Schweitzer to describe Bryan Baker. “So many people gave me something or were something to me without knowing it ... I always think that we all live, spiritually, by what others have given us in the significant hours of our life. These significant hours do not announce themselves coming but arrive unexpected.” Bryan Baker lived a life of significance that made our community, our university and our state a better place.
Liberal Thompson on track for reelection
U.S. Representative Benthe vote with 55 percent. nie Thompson represents In 2010, Thompson won Mississippi’s Second Conwith 62 percent and in 2012 gressional District as the sole with 67 percent, both over Democrat in the state’s fedthen Republican Bill Marcy. eral delegation. Thompson Marcy of Vicksburg, is now was first elected to Congress running for the U.S. Senate in 1993 during a special as a Democrat, despite comBRIAN PERRY paring the Democratic Party election to fill the seat vacated by Congressman Mike SYNDICATED to the Nazi Party in his book, Espy who was appointed “Don’t Let Me Confuse You COLUMNIsT With The Truth.” by President Bill Clinton to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  Thompson reported $1,345,846 Prior to that election, Thompson had cash-on-hand to close out 2013 and served on the Hinds County Board of faces little opposition this year; none Supervisors and earlier, as alderman of his opponents have reported any then mayor of Bolton. Before Re- campaign contributions. publicans retook the majority of the Thompson faces fellow Democrat House of Representatives following Damien Fairconetue of Clinton in the 2010 elections, Thompson served the June 3 Primary. Fairconetue supas Chairman of the House Homeland ports traditional marriage, reduced Security Committee. sentences for inmates in prison for life Thompson won his first election or on death row, is in favor of gun to Congress in 1993 with 55 per- control and opposes “the idea to use cent.  In Thompson’s subsequent ten computers and computer properties to elections, his closest race was against control the human brain; thus putting Republican Bill Jordan in 1994 who mankind in submission to a machine.” held Thompson to just under 54 per- He describes himself as a “Democratic cent. Republicans hoped to narrow Conservative with Christian values” that advantage in 2002 with Clinton and has written a number of e-books Lesueur, but Thompson still carried including “Armageddon: Arm-ABroken Man,” “The Uplifting of the Black Man and His Family,” and “A Walk Through Palestine with Jesus Christ” in which he laments the efforts of white supremacists to use white Palestinians to oppress black Palestinians. Fairconetue has criticized black conservative Jackson radio talk show host Kim Wade, comparing him to a house slave of white masters. After winning the primary, Thompson faces independent Troy Ray and Shelley Shoemake of the Reform Party in the general election. Ray, of Lexington, is an accountant who notes work for companies including Arthur Anderson, Apple Computer and CAFB Federal Credit Union. He has also assisted New Tribes Missions in Papua New Guinea and worked on staff with the Holmes County Herald. Shoemake is a chiropractor in Seminary, which is not in the Second District. She opposes vaccinations and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Between the two, they should garner more than 30 percent of the vote; not by the actions of their campaigns but by virtue of being on the ballot where a number of voters will vote for anyone but Thompson. Republicans in the district will cast their votes for one of these individuals, as there is no Republican on the ballot. This week, Thompson endorsed City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. for his run in the special election to be mayor of Jackson. Thompson supported Priester last year in the Democratic Primary in his successful bid for the council, while endorsing the ultimate winner in the mayor’s race, Chowke Lumumba.  Lumumba’s son is now running to finish out his late father’s term, but Thompson sided with Priester, whose own father, Hinds County Judge Melvin Priester, Sr., is a longtime friend and ally of Thompson. Thompson is secure in his reelection.  His district has become an even stronger Democratic district due to redistricting. He has fought to maintain the district’s high BVAP (black voting age population) which traditionally means a solid Democratic vote. While that diminishes the opportunity for Republicans to challenge him, it also has strengthened the Republican majority in Mississippi’s First and Third Districts which benefits the GOP Congressmen there: Alan Nunnelee
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and Gregg Harper respectively. Thompson also provides Republicans a foil in Mississippi politics. He is a true liberal with a 100 percent rating by NARAL (abortion rights) and conversely a zero percent score with National Right to Life. The National Rifle Association also scored him zero percent, while the Gun Owners of America thought him a little better with a 17 percent score. During the previous congress, National Journal ranked him with a 68.2 percent liberal score. Republicans use his support as a rallying cry in contested races against Democrats including Ronnie Musgrove in the 2008 U.S. Senate campaign and John Arthur Eaves, Jr. in the 2007 gubernatorial campaign. Thompson is a key get-outthe-vote politician for both Democrats and Republicans, and it appears likely he will continue that role for at least the next two years following November’s election. Brian Perry is a columnist for the Madison County Journal and a partner with Capstone Public Affairs, LLC. Reach him at reasonablyright@ brianperry.ms or @CapstonePerry on Twitter.
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MSU’s Lindgren settles into role
By BEN WAIT sports@starkvilledailynews.com Jacob Lindgren’s journey to his current role has been a long one. The Mississippi State junior left hander is pitching out of the bullpen this season, but he didn’t always come into a ballgame in the late innings. The Bay St. Louis native has made 16 starts in his Bulldog career, including nine in Southeastern Conference games. He struggled down the stretch last season and was used seldom, but this season head coach John Cohen and pitching coach Butch Thompson decided they could get the best out of him if he came out of the pen. Lindgren, who has been told his stuff is better out of the pen, has accepted the new role. “It’s a little different, but I’m embracing my role,” Lindgren said. “(It’s about) doing whatever I can to help the team.” Lindgren has made 10 appearances this season and owns a 3-0 record with two saves. He leads the team with a 0.93 earned run average and has given up just four runs, two earned, this season. He has 37 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings pitched and opponents are hitting just .149 off of him. “I don’t think Lindgren’s close, (but) he’s there,” Cohen said. “It takes a lot to stay there, but I don’t think he’s had a poor outing in terms of his stuff this year. It’s a real luxury to have a guy like Lindgren in our bullpen. He’s just grown up so much, really understands his role and what he can do for our club.” Maybe the biggest change for Lindgren is the uncertainty. When a starting pitcher warms up, he knows he is going to pitch that day. For a relief pitcher, it’s a little different. They may warm up and not enter the ballgame at all.
“You always have to be ready, (and) ready for anything,” Lindgren said. “(it’s) just whenever they call my name, I try to do my job.” Lindgren was the opening day starter last season, but suffered a couple of injuries that set him back. He is healthy now and that was evident last Sunday. Lindgren pitched four innings in relief against Arkansas to pick up the win and help the Bulldogs take the series from the Razorbacks. He retired 12 in a row, including sixstraight strikeouts. “Anytime you can spot up with all your pitches, it’s a plus for sure,” Lindgren said. Chad Girado was the left hander last year that was turned to quite a bit in big situations late in games. He ended up throwing several innings in those relief outings, but it proved to be a good move. Lindgren hasn’t pitched more than four innings during a stint this season, but he feels he could pitch more because of his background. “I have started before, so I can throw longer innings,” Lindgren said. “They kind of want me to throw multiple times on the weekend, so it just kind of depends on the game, the situation and when they want to bring me in.” His teammates are happy to see him back on the mound and contributing, especially those that are from the coast like Lindgren. There are five Bulldogs hailing from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including Lindgren. “I grew up with the kid, so I’ve seen it for a very long time,” first baseman Wes Rea said, who is from Gulfport, about 20 minutes from Bay St. Louis. “You get to college and things are different for you. Things speed up, things are a little different and the game’s different. This year he’s just slowed the game down and done what he’s done his whole life. It’s unbelievable to watch that guy when he’s on like Mississippi State pitcher Jacob Lindgren picked up his third win of the season Sunday that.” against Arkansas. (Photo by Lee Adams)
High School Baseball
Cougars make much progress in second year
By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledailynews.com
The Starkville Christian Cougars have made quite a bit of progress over the last two years. On Tuesday in Louisville, the Cougars came within one play of getting the first win in the history of the program. Starkville Christian School coach Brandon Frazier knows now that his team is doing the right things even though it has yet to taste victory. He believes it’s just a matter of time. The Cougars lost to Grace Christian 7-6, but Frazier was encourage and said, “it was a moral victory for all of us.” “Halfway into the second season of our program, I have seen these young men develop immensely and I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they put forth (Tuesday night),” Frazier said after the game. “Our team is young and inexperienced, but (Tuesday The Starkville Christian School Cougars were edged by Grace Christian 7-6 Tuesday night, which was the closest they’ve come to a victory in the two-year history of the program. (Submitted photo)
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High School Golf
Jackets begin to find more consistency in game
By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledailynews.com Consistency is a key when it comes to the game of golf. On Tuesday, Jace Hobart provided that consistency for the Starkville High School boys golf team. Hobart shot a 41 on the first nine holes and backed that up with the identical number on the second nine for a total of 82 to help the Yellowjackets win a tournament at the Mississippi State Golf Course. “This will help Jace build some confidence,” SHS coach Sam Bryant said. “He wants to go lower and I want him to go lower. I need some 30s when we have nine-hole golf.” Starkville High School junior Jace Hobart tees off at Hobart said making putts was what hole No. 1 at the Tupelo Country Club. (Submitted photo) seemed to put him in the best position to success. It was surprising since he hadn’t really worked on his putting game going into the tournament. “I actually sunk more putts than I thought I was going to,” Hobart said. “I didn’t practice putting when I came out here. I didn’t putt at all. “I usually hit big fades, but (Tuesday) I was hitting everything straight.” Following Hobart on the Jacket scorecard was Cameron Maddox with an 83, while Brooks Jenkins had an 84, Ethan Chastain added an 89 and Braxton Jenkins carded a 93. Starkville scored a 338 as a team, which was six strokes better than Cleveland’s 344. Grenada, Columbus and New Hope also participated in the event. Bryant said it has “been an up and down” season for the Jackets so far, but hopes for
better performances as the weather continues to improve. “We had a really good match in our second match of the season which got me real optimistic,” Bryant said. “We got in some real cold weather and our scores escalated. They are out here working and working hard. They are coming out here quite a bit. “If the weather keeps being like this, we’ll see massive improvements.” Hobart said one of the bright spots of the SHS squad has been the progress of the Jenkins twins. “Last year, they were around the 50s, but this year, they’ve been around the low 40s and mid 40s,” Hobart said. “They are doing pretty good.” The Lady Jackets also participated in Tues-
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College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance EASTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. S. Carolina 6-3 .667 25-3 Florida 6-3 .667 19-10 Vanderbilt 5-4 .556 24-6 Kentucky 4-5 .444 20-9 Georgia 3-5-1 .412 16-12-1 Tennessee 3-6 .333 19-8 Missouri 3-6 .333 13-14 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Alabama 6-3 .667 20-8 Miss. State 6-3 .667 20-10 Auburn 5-4 .556 19-11 Ole Miss 4-5 .444 22-8 Arkansas 4-5 .444 18-10 LSU 3-5-1 .412 20-8-1 Texas A&M 3-6 .333 18-12 Thursday’s Game S. Carolina at Arkansas, 7 p.m. Friday’s Games Miss. State at LSU, 6:30 p.m. Auburn at Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Alabama at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 5 p.m. Florida at Kentucky, 5:30 p.m. Georgia at Missouri, 6 p.m. S. Carolina at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m. Collegiate Baseball Poll 1. South Carolina 2. Louisiana-Lafayette 3. Virginia 4. Florida St. 5. Vanderbilt 6. Oregon St. 7. Cal Poly 8. Louisville 9. Texas 10. Mississippi St. 11. Washington 12. Florida 13. U.C. Santa Barbara 14. Oregon 15. Alabama 16. LSU 17. Houston 18. Rice 19. Cal St. Fullerton 20. Mississippi 21. Kentucky 22. Seton Hall Record Pts Prv 24-3 493 2 26-3 492 1 23-4 490 4 22-5 488 3 23-6 486 5 21-6 483 8 23-4 481 9 21-6 479 11 22-7 476 15 20-10 473 16 20-5-1 470 19 19-9 467 NR 19-5 465 10 19-8 462 7 19-8 460 NR 20-8-1 458 6 22-5 456 18 21-9 453 14 14-10 450 13 21-8 447 12 19-9 444 17 18-5 442 22 Pct. .893 .655 .800 .690 .579 .704 .481 Pct. .714 .667 .633 .733 .630 .695 .621
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“I thought we stayed poised (Wednesday night). It’s tough to play a doubleheader against your rival.”
Starkville Academy baseball coach Jody Britt said after his team defeated Heritage Academy 10-0 Wednesday night.
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Volunteers split pair with Patriots
By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledailynews.com The Starkville Academy Volunteers didn’t let the disappointment of being shut out in the first game of a doubleheader against a rival distract them from taking care of business in the second outing. After being limited to one hit in the first game on Wednesday against Heritage Academy, Starkville Academy generated 11 hits and defeated the visiting Patriots 10-0 in the nightcap at Volunteer Field. “I thought we stayed poised (Wednesday night),” Starkville Academy coach Jody Britt said. “It’s tough to play a doubleheader against your rival. I thought we came back, played well and really competed.” The Vols stand 5-14 overall and 3-6 in Class AAA-Division II. Hunter Peeples, who drove in the first three runs of the second game with a pair of hits, knew how important winning game two was against Heritage. “We were hungry to win and knew we didn’t want to get swept,” Peeples said. “Against our rival, we knew we needed at least one game. “This was really important going into the next series and if we can get some sweeps, it will get us into the playoffs. This was a big win for us.” A two-run single by Peeples put SA up 2-0 in the first inning, then he delivered another single in the third frame to increase the lead by one run. “My mindset was to just go up to the plate, hit the ball and score some runs,” Peeples said. The Vols had a big fourth inning when 10 batters went to the plate and produced six runs. Colt Chrestman had a single in the inning and Billy McGee added a RBI single. The two players were at it again in the fifth inning as the game ended when McGee doubled in Chrestman with the 10th run. Chrestman said it was just important to keep focus at the plate. “In hitting, 90 percent of it is mental and 10 percent physical,” Chrestman said. “You’ve just got to keep thinking about what you are doing up there.” The Vols split up the pitching duties in the first game as Harper Arnold started and was relieved in the middle innings by Hunter Tranum. Harper came back in to pitch the fifth inning.
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Today High School Baseball Starkville Christian at Immanuel Christian, 4 p.m. High School Softball Immanuel Christian at Starkville Christian, 5 p.m. Eupora at East Webster, 5 p.m.
Baseball America Top 25 1. Florida State 2. South Carolina 3. Virginia 4. Louisiana-Lafayette 5. Cal Poly 6. Oregon State 7. Vanderbilt 8. Texas 9. Mississippi State 10. Houston 11. Louisville 12. Rice 13. Florida 14. Washington 15. Alabama 16. Clemson 17. UC Santa Barbara 18. Cal State Fullerton 19. Oregon 20. Louisiana State 21. UCLA 22. Kentucky 23. Mississippi 24. Indiana 25. UNLV Record Pvs 22-5 1 24-3 2 23-4 3 26-3 4 22-4 5 21-6 6 23-6 7 22-7 12 20-10 16 22-5 17 21-6 14 21-9 10 19-9 NR 20-5 NR 19-8 NR 17-9 20 19-5 15 14-10 9 19-8 11 20-8 8 16-10 18 19-9 19 21-8 13 15-10 NR 19-8 NR
WHAT’S ON TV
Today BOXING 9 p.m. FS1 — Card TBA, at Indio, Calif. COLLEGE BASEBALL 7 p.m. ESPNU — South Carolina at Arkansas GOLF 11 a.m. TGC — LPGA, Kraft Nabisco Championship, first round, part I, at Rancho Mirage, Calif. 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Houston Open, first round, at Humble, Texas 5 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Kraft Nabisco Championship, first round, part II, at Rancho Mirage, Calif. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11:30 a.m. MLB — Regional coverage, St. Louis at Cincinnati or Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. WGN — Minnesota at Chicago White Sox 23. Clemson 24. Miami, Fla. 25. Arizona St. 26. UCLA 17-9 17-12 15-11 16-10 441 28 438 NR 436 NR 434 23 6 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, Boston at Baltimore or Toronto at Tampa Bay MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — NIT, championship, SMU vs. Minnesota, at New York 8 p.m. ESPN — Exhibition, Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships, at Dallas NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. TNT — San Antonio at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m. TNT — Dallas at L.A. Clippers NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. NBCSN — Minnesota at Chicago 9:30 p.m. NBCSN — Los Angeles at San Jose SOCCER 2 p.m. FS1 — UEFA Europa League, quarterfinal, first leg, Juventus at Lyon TENNIS Noon ESPN2 — WTA, Family Circle Cup, round of 16, at Charleston, S.C. 27. Auburn 28. Indiana 29. Pepperdine 30. Oklahoma 19-10 15-10 20-7 20-9 432 20 428 NR 426 NR 424 NR
College Football 2014 MSU spring football Practice dates (open to the public) ** times are tentative and subject to change, follow @HailStateFB for updates ** All practices at Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex unless otherwise indicated Thursday, April 3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5 (Scrimmage, location TBA) – 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8 – 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10 – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12 (Maroon and White Spring Game in Davis Wade Stadium) – Noon College Athletics Road Dawgs Tour 2014 Monday, May 5: Hattiesburg (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); Biloxi (6-8 p.m.) Tuesday, May 6: Vicksburg (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); Greenwood (6-8 p.m.) Wednesday, May 7: Huntsville, Ala. (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); Memphis, Tenn. (6-8 p.m.)
College Rodeo
EMCC men place third at West Point event
For Starkville Daily News WEST POINT – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team placed third this past weekend at the fourth event of the Ozark Region’s spring rodeo schedule. The three-day rodeo, hosted for the second straight year by EMCC, concluded Saturday evening at West Point’s Eagle Ranch. EMCC’s 370 total team points on the men’s side stood behind the University of Tennessee at Martin (665 points) and Missouri Valley College (573.33 points), who rank first and fifth, respectively, among the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s top men’s rodeo teams in the current national standings.    For the East Mississippi men, transfer cowboys Colt Fisher (Sulphur, La.) and Justin Pruitt (Greenbrier, Ark.) totaled 260 points for their second-place finish with a 13.3-second cumulative clocking in the team roping competition. Including their back-to-back team roping titles during the first two rodeos of the spring slate, Fisher and Pruitt presently rank second re-
Heritage 8, Starkville Academy 0
The Vols were faced with having to find some offense against one of the best pitchers of the Patriots after losing a 10-5 decision on Tuesday night. Cody Mordicai worked a one-hitter for Heritage and never allowed Starkville Academy to get back into the game. “It was a tough game last night and in the first game, there was a low strike zone and that makes a guy like Mordicai seem even tougher,” Britt said. “It was a tough game. We hit some baseballs hard, but right at somebody.” The Patriots scored the first run in the first inning, then added two in the third and one in the fourth to take control of the game. The next scheduled game for the Vols will be at home Tuesday against Madison-Ridgeland Academy.
gionally with 450 cumulative points apiece in their respective team roping header and heeler categories. Tucker Evans (Ocala, Fla.) accounted for EMCC’s other 110 men’s points in the saddle bronc riding and team roping events. He finished in a third-place tie (70 points) in saddle bronc riding and added 40 more points pairing with teammate A.J. Pennington in team roping. Competing individually for the Lions, sophomore cowboy Shane Overby placed third in the men’s all-around by collecting 255 total points. 
COUGARS
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night) I saw a group of young men that were determined to get their first win. “We have five more games on our schedule and I am convinced by the end of the season, there will be a mark in the victory column. I saw signs of great things to come for this to be only the ninth game played in Starkville Christian baseball history. I am proud to be a part of what we’re doing here with Starkville Christian baseball.” Starkville Christian played on five dates last season and increased that number to 12 this year with some doubleheaders thrown in. Frazier sees the added games as a good experience for his young team.
College Basketball Registration underway for MSU women’s camp
For Starkville Daily News Following a sensational 2013-14 season that ended in the WNIT quarterfinals, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team has announced that registration is underway for its 2013-14 summer camps. The camp slate kicks off June 2-5 with the Day Camp and concludes with the Team Shoot Out Camp June 20 or 21. Registration for the camps is underway online at www. hailstate.com/camps.  More information on the camps is available at the site or by calling 662-325-0198. Campers will have the opportunity to learn and develop their skills from head coach Vic Schaefer, the MSU coaching staff and players and other coaches from around the state. The Day Camp is open to players in grades 2-7 and runs from 8 a.m.-noon each day. The camp, which costs $65, is designed to teach fundamental skills to aspiring players through drills and other fun competitions. Grades 9-12 can develop the skills that will help them prepare for the college game with the Bulldogs’ Elite Camp, which will be held June 13-14 and costs $125 for commuters and $150 for residents. During the 24-hour camp, players will have the opportunity to experience the typical day of an elite student-athlete with time spent on the practice floor, in the film room, learning academic requirements and getting instruction on how to refuel with proper nutrition. Mississippi State will hold its Skills Camp June 15-17. During the camp, which costs $200 for commuters and $275 for residents and is open to grades 5-12, players will receive personalized instruction from Schaefer and his staff. The camp is a great way to develop an all-round game, with sessions focusing on position work, shooting, fast breaks, team practice and games. State’s final camp session is the popular Team Shoot Out Camp. Teams can attend June 20 or 21, and cost for the camp is $250 per team (12 players and two coaches) and $25 for each addition player or coach. The Shoot Out Camp is a great way for teams to begin preparing for a championship season by having the opportunity to play three games in one day against quality competition.
“Some of them, not all of them, haven’t played organized baseball before,” Frazier said. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how the kids have learned the game of baseball, worked together and just progressed. This may be only their second year to play organized baseball, but they are still getting base hits in the games, they are fielding ground balls and catching outs in the outfield. It’s been pleasing to see how they’ve picked it up.” Even before Tuesday’s near win, Frazier has watched the Cougars make progress. The most runs SCS scored in the inaugural season were three or four. Against Central Academy last week, the Cougars generated eight runs of offense. Frazier considered that “a big step.” “Even though we lost the
game, we are starting to see the kids put some things together that they’ve learned in practice with base running and just working together as a team,” Frazier said. “Last week we played Victory Christian and we lost that game as well, but there were some things I saw that were good. We turned a double play and it was the first double play we turned since we started the program. That was a big deal. Just little stuff like that has meant a big improvement from last year to this year.” Starkville Christian has to play all of its games on the road because at the present time, there is no home field. Frazier said the search is on to help the Cougars find a place to play in Starkville. “We just haven’t had the property or found a place to
play, so everything is away,” Frazier said. “We’re looking to next year to find a place we can utilize as a home facility and maintain it, while we look for future options.” The support given to the SCS program has been noticed by Frazier. He values the help of head of school Randy Witbeck, Lynn Witbeck, and Jim and Paula Yates. “Paula works there at the school as a teacher and Jim works at First Baptist Church,” Frazier said. “They have probably been the biggest assets to the program. They’ve really pushed the organizing. The key has been arranging transportation to and from games, our uniforms and equipment purchased and order. They’ve just been a blessing.”
JACKETS
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day’s tournament and shot a 222. K.B. Hobart had the best score for SHS at 109, while Paige Lemm added a 113 and Kristen Lacy had a 115. “The scores were kind of high, but we have a young team,” Starkville girls coach Angela Hobart said. “This is the first time that one of them has ever played 18 holes, which was K.B. and she actually had the lowest score. Kristen needs to work more on her driving. Paige just had a long day (Tuesday). Sometimes she was on and sometimes she was off. “They are coming out more than they used to and they seem a lot more dedicated this year, so I feel like they are going to improve. If we can get them out here in the summer that will be the key, but I’m not disappointed with their scores. They are did a little bit better on at least one of Kristen Lacy, from left, Paige Lemm and K.B. Hobart make up the SHS girls golf team. their nine.” (Submitted photo)
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CROSSWORD
COMICS
HOROSCOPE
by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You might have decided to stay mum about a certain subject, but today you might completely reverse your decision. Pressure is likely to build. An adjustment needs to be made, especially if the situation involves a work-related matter. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’ll want to manage your finances a certain way, but a loved one seems to have a very different idea about what is acceptable. You could find yourself in a very difficult situation. Others unintentionally might add to the confusion. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You are all smiles when dealing with a difficult partner. Realize that you could be making the situation even more difficult. Understand your limits when it comes to handling this person. The only way to win a control game is not to play. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Play it low-key, and don’t accept any more responsibility than you need to. If someone wants to take on more responsibility, let him or her do it! Otherwise, if you can, do some delegating. You need some free time for yourself. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You might want to try a different approach to the same end. Brainstorm with a friend before deciding. Listen to your sixth sense with a personal matter. Think positively. Know what you want to strive for with this bond. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You could feel pressured to change pace and do something in a totally unique way. You have an unusual amount of imagination. When you mix that with your practical side, it is a winning combination. Remain open to others’ ideas. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You might want to think before you leap into action. There are so many options in front of you, so you should check out which destination or goal intrigues you the most. A family member could try to push you in a certain direction. The choice is yours. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Little goes on that you aren’t aware of, and you also are able to read between the lines. However, you might decide not to allow someone else to know just how aware you are. Holding back will let you see what this person will reveal naturally. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You use your ingenuity a lot, as this ability is one of the foundations of your success. Reach into your bag of tricks, but know that there could be a backfire. The costs might be high. Hold out, if you can, and you might see another path. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Be careful with how much you protest verbally or through your actions. Inadvertently, you could corner yourself into a decision that you do not want to make. Work on being more laissez faire. In the long run, it could add to your success. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You have a way about you that attracts many different people and opinions. Choose to take a step back and spend some time alone to assess the possibilities. Finding your center, rather than being so driven, might be a more powerful course for you.
ON THIS DAY...
April 3, 1974
WALLACE: EXCELLENT CHANCE FOR PRESIDENCY
Gov. George C. Wallace said Tuesday he thinks he has an “excellent” chance of being elected President in 1976 if he decides to seek the Democratic nomination. He said he has not decided whether to run but “somebody with the philosophy I represent will have a good chance” even if he doesn’t. “I believe Gov. Wallace will have an excellent chance,” Wallace, currently running for re-election as Alabama governor, told newsmen. “I would decide to run if I didn’t think my chances are excellent.” Wallace is running for an unprecedented third term as governor in Alabama’s May 7 Democratic primary. He predicted a majority of the delegates to the Democrats’ miniconvention at Kansas City next December will be loyal to him. “I would like to have a majority at Kansas City espousing the viewpoint I have,” Wallace said. “I expect and I believe that will be the case. I don’t expect a great deal of new left people to be sent to that convention.”
STENNIS NOTIFIES NASA OF HEARINGS
Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Miss., said Tuesday he has notified the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), of his plans to conduct special congressional hearings into the “under-utilization” of the Mississippi test facility in Hancock County. “It seems that several NASA policies, procedures and decisions have been directly contradictory to a sound fiscal policy,” Stennis said after making a statement before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations committee. Stennis said the hearings will be conducted “to fully and exclusively explore the under-utilization of the Mississippi test facility in Hancock County.” The Mississippi Democrat spoke at a session of the subcommittee at a session of the subcommittee which oversees NASA funding, and said he chose “not to question NASA witnesses appearing before the subcommittee today because of the complexity of the NASA budget request under consideration.
THE LOGIC PUZZLE THAT MAKES YOU SMARTER.
Rules:
SUDOKU
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 3 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
BEETLE BAILEY
POPEYE
BLONDIE
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You often speak your mind and open up discussions. Unfortunately, this approach could have others closing down right now. You might find that saying little will spark a brainstorming session and bring the most diverse ideas forward.
CRYPTOQUIP
DENNIS THE MENACE
HAGAR THE HORRIBLE
BARNEY GOOGLE & SNUFFY SMITH
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Celtic Games
Successful event held by GT Celts
By JASON EDWARDS sports@starkvilledailynews.com   A sign of a successful event is the anticipation of those involved for the next opportunity to hold it again. That’s how members of the Golden Triangle Celts Clan felt about the first-ever Central Mississippi Scottish Heritage Games that was hosted in Starkville last weekend. Despite a bit of inclement weather on Saturday morning, Hal Bullock, one of the Gray Beards or elder advisors, said the group could not have asked for a better time. “We had really successful games,” Bullock said. “The spectators that came out seemed to enjoy the games and we had quite a few first timers participate. We are actually send ing some of those to compete in the games in Hattiesburg in April. Obviously we had some weather issues, but it was not enough to dampen our spirits and we kept on through it.” Bullock is not the only one who felt the event was a suc cess. In order to make sure things ran smoothly, the Golden Triangle Celts Clan brought in an athletic director to run the game portion of the event. “The athletic director for the event, who is very experienced, said he has seen a lot of first time games and ours was one of the best he has ever seen,” Bullock said. In particular, Bullock said the group was pleased with the ladies competition which featured five “very enthusiastic” athletes including three of which were first timers. Including the three ladies, there was a host of first timers competing in this year’s event, but moving forward, Bullock said they are hoping to constantly increase that number as well as increasing the number of participants from the sur rounding area. “We would like to recruit more athletes from the Golden Triangle,” Bullock said. “We had about 10 from the local area and we would like to double that number if we can. We particularly want to get people who have some interest, but might be cautious about competing.” In order to assist with getting people comfortable around
Kevin Miller, left, throws a caber during the Caber toss at the Scottish Gathering and Highland Games on Saturday at the Starkville Sportsplex. The caber toss is a traditional Scottish athletic event that involves taking a tall, tapered pole and throwing it end over end. The games were hosted by the Golden Triangle Cellts. (Photo by Ariel King, SDN) the games, Bullock said the group is planning to host a few exhibitions throughout the next year. One of those exhibi tions has already been scheduled and looks to bring a new touch to an already established Starkville event. “We are looking at doing some exhibitions between now and then that will give the community the chance to come out and see a bit of it at least in a formal way,” Bullock said. “Right now we have been asked to do an exhibition as part of the Outlaw Weekend in August, which is held at
the Starkville Sportsplex. We just really want to give people some opportunities to come out and join us ahead of time so they will feel comfortable and ready to go for next year.” Those interested in competing in next year’s games can contact  starkvillescottishgames@gmail.com  for more information on practice sessions while also going ahead and marking their calendars as Bullock said the group is planning of the last weekend of March for the second annual Heritage Games.
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