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Sunday, May 4, 2014
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2A: Around Town
4A: Forum
5A: Weather
1B: Lifestyles
6B: Classifieds
1C: Sports
Tornado relief efforts continue
Tim McDill, a member of Evergreen Baptist Church in Winston County, removes
limbs from a tree damaged in Monday’s tornadoes to help a fellow member of his
church recover from the disaster. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Local residents, organizations
continue to lend helping hand
After a tornado hit Louisville
Monday, Katie Ruth was one of
several Cadence Bank employees
who took up donations, but she
didn’t stop there. Ruth went to
Louisville herself, helping unload
donated goods in the Louisville
Coliseum — but she didn’t stop
there, either. She brought several
members of her family to join the
volunteer relief effort, including
her mother, Merry Pennell, and her
daughter, Mary Ruth.
“We come from a family of
volunteering,” Katie said. “My
dad, my brothers, it’s just what
we do as a family collectively, so
we decided to come as a family
together, because this is really
about one family helping another
family. (We did it) mainly so that
my kids would see the community
service end of it, to be able to do
for others, because that’s the way
God intended. You have to teach
the next generation the right way
to do things. As much as you bless
somebody else, you’re also blessed
in return.”
Volunteers poured into
Louisville on Friday and Saturday,
and Starkville, Oktibbeha County
and Mississippi State University
had a strong contingent in the
volunteer force.
On Friday, Louisville opened
a volunteer registration center in
conjunction with NRG Energy,
one of the country’s largest power
generation businesses. The center’s
Community Market
of to booming start
Shoppers on Saturday enjoyed the first Starkville Community Market event of the 2014 season.
Market Manager Jennifer Prather said 17 vendors and more than 500 shoppers attended this year’s
opening day. The Starkville Community Market will be held every Saturday from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
through August. (Photo by Ariel, SDN)
From left, Mary Kathryn Kight, Katrina Yarbrough and Lauren Marconi peruse items available for
silent auction at the Junior Auxiliary’s Kentucky Derby Party at Magnolia Manor Saturday. (Photo by
Steven Nalley, SDN)
The Starkville Community Market kicked
off its 2014 season on Saturday at the corner
of Jackson and Lampkin streets in Downtown
The Starkville Community Market will
be held every Saturday from 7:30-10:30
a.m. from May to August. Saturday’s event
was a good indication of how the market
would perform this season. There were many
vendors at the market and they offered a
variety of goods. The Greater Starkville
Development Partnership’s Community
Market Manager Jennifer Prather said there
were more vendors at this year’s kick-off
community market than she expected. “We
had about 17 vendors,” Prather said. “So, we
started this year almost double (the vendors)
we started with last year.”
Prather said there were new vendors
present at the event as well. She said more
vendors would be added to the roster
throughout the season.
“Will Sanders with Mississippi Foodscapes
is selling this year,” Prather said. “He wasn’t
here last year. Pretty much everybody else has
returned. We have some new (vendors) but
they’ll be coming on later when their fruit
comes in.”
The market also brought out an impressive
number of shoppers, especially for the first
day of the market. Prather said the number of
attendees also exceeded her expectations. “It
was phenomenal,” Prather said. “We had
more shoppers than we thought we would
have. We had over 500 (shoppers), we know
for sure.”
DeRego’s Bread owner Troy DeRego
began selling his specialty breads during the
Starkville Community Market’s 2013 season.
DeRego said he didn’t bring enough product
Saturday to accommodate shoppers’ demand.
“It started kind of slow, but then there
was a nice big rush,” Troy DeRego “We sold
out before 9 o’clock.” Orene Thompson
with Lancaster Farms echoed DeRego’s
“It’s been good,” Thompson said. “We’re
well-pleased.” Starkville Community Market
shopper Carmen Rodgers has attended the
market in past years and said this year’s first
market offered a wider variety of products
JA Derby fundraiser
aims to help children
At the Starkville Junior Auxiliary’s Kentucky
Derby Party, huge summer hats are usually
the order of the day — but Tracy Broocks and
Elizabeth Casano went for smaller hats with
bigger punch.
The hats are called fascinators, Casano said,
and they gained popularity when many guests
wore them to the British royal wedding of
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate
Middleton. They accentuated these hats with
feathers, and Broocks’ feathers were peacock
“I got the peacock feathers at the zoo,”
Broocks said. “I have a green dress, and I found
these blue shoes, and I wanted to tie it together.”
Starkville Junior Auxiliary hosted its fourth
Kentucky Derby Party Saturday at Magnolia
Manor, using the traditions of the South’s
famed horse race to raise funds to help children
across Oktibbeha County.
Junior Auxiliary is an invitation-only group
of women who support enrichment activities
for area children through volunteer service.
Casano said she and Brooks came all the way
from Columbus to join the party, and they
found it worth the trip.
“We love a party no matter where it is,”
Casano said. “Tracy and I and our husbands, if
we find a charity event, no matter where it is,
we’ll buy a ticket. Columbus has a similar charity
ball, so we know what good this does over
there. The same good will happen over here.”
Another guest at the party was Larry Tabor,
who said he enjoyed its annual traditions,
including mint juleps and bourbon slushes.
“Everyone dresses up, and it’s great to see all
the pretty ladies with their hats and dresses on,”
Tabor said. “I’ve never been (to the Kentucky
Derby), but a lot of our friends say it’s as much
about the dress as it is about the horse races.”
Foley Holditch, chairperson for the
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uConfederate Memorial
Day Observance — Please join
Turner’s Battery of the First MS
Light Artillery and the Putnam
Darden Chapter of the UDC
as we observe Confederate
Memorial Day. We had to
cancel our program last Sunday
due to bad weather. We have
rescheduled the event for Sunday
at 2 p.m. at Oddfellows Cemetery
on Fellowship Drive.
uChoir Anniversary
Celebration — Zion Cypress
U. M. Church Gospel Choir will
be celebrating their anniversary
on Saturday at 7 p.m. and it will
climax on Sunday at 3 p.m. The
church is located at 3743 Hwy
25 South. The public is invited.
Rev. Eddie Hinton is the pastor.
uTaizé Service — Prayers
with the songs of Taizé will be
held at the Episcopal Church of
the Resurrection. Contemplative
and ecumenical in nature, the
candlelight service includes 40
minutes of, singing, prayers,
readings, and silence. Please
bring one item for food pantry
donation if possible. Casual attire.
uOCMA Community
Fellowship Worship Service
— The Oktibbeha County
Ministerial Alliance’s (OCMA)
next First Sunday Community
Fellowship Worship Service will
be on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Rev.
Nathanial Best of St. Matthew
M.B. Church will bring the
message. Chapel Hill M.B.
Church located at 2603 Harris
Rd. is the host church.
uRotary Meeting — Rotary
Club will meet Monday . The
speaker will be Dr. Rick Young,
President of East Mississippi
Community College. He will be
introduced by Bill Parrish. Rotary
meets every Monday at 11:45
a.m. at the Starkville Country
uCivitan Club Meeting —
Starkville Civitan Club will meet
Monday at noon at McAlister’s
u SOARS Grant —
Starkville Oktibbeha Achieving
Results (SOAR), a non-
profit community charitable
organization, is receiving grant
applications. If your organization
is tax exempt and involved in
civic & cultural, education &
human development, or health
& human services, SOAR will
consider support. The deadline
to submit a grant application is
May 15. Contact Jan Eastman,
Executive Director at jeastma1@ for forms and any
uYTA Summer Performing
Arts Program — Register for
Youth Taking Authority (YTA)
Summer Performing Arts
Program! Learn and rehearse skits,
dances, and musical productions
created just for you. Perform for
your family and friends, wear
and keep fabulous costumes and
do it all while gaining invaluable
performing experience!
Registration is open until May
1. Classes start Saturday, May 3
at 1 pm in the aerobics room of
Starkville Sportsplex. The group
will perform “Center Stage” at a
local festival event this summer.
For more information or to pre-
register for YTA Performing Arts
Summer Program at Starkville
Sportsplex, call Stefanie Ashford
at (662) 268-7747.
uClover 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. or 662-615-0021.
uStorytime — Maben Public
Library will have storytime at
10 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of fun
activities along with a story with
Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are
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@
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 662-323-6290.
u Samaritan Club meetings
— Starkville Samaritan Club
meets on the second and fourth
Monday of each month at
11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli
(Coach’s Corner). All potential
members and other guests are
invited to attend. The Samaritan
Club supports Americanism,
works to prevent child abuse,
provides community service
and supports youth programs.
For more information, email
or call 662-323-1338. Please
see our website: http://www.
uWorship 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
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
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
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 e-mail
u Noontime devotional
study — Join a group of
interdenominational ladies for
lunch and discussion about the
book “Streams in the Desert”
from noon to 1 p.m. resuming
Jan. 7 at the Book Mart Cafe in
downtown Starkville. For more
information, please call 662-312-
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 662-615-1519 or
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. or 662-
325-8021, and string players
should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662-325-
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-
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
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs
at Episcopal Church of the
Resurrection. Call 662-323-
1692, 662-418-5535 or 601-
uClothing 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
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@
Pierson Waring prepares to throw a frisbee for two dogs, both of whom belonged to friends of his, at
Moncrief Park Friday. While he was planning to throw it for Emma, at right, Samson didn’t wait for the toss,
instead trying to grab it from Waring’s clutches right away. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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Clifton Haynes shares information about the structures and animals he lost on his farm near Louisville with Mississippi State University Extension
Service disaster assessment team members Brandi Karisch (center) and Jane Parish, both of MSU’s Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences.
(Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
Extension Service teams assess ag disaster sites
By Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications
LOUISVILLE -- Disaster assessment
teams with the Mississippi State University
Extension Service are providing “boots on
the ground” as agricultural landowners
begin the process of recovering from the
April 28 storms.
“These trained teams can assess
immediate and long-term needs,” said
Elmo Collum, a disaster response
coordinator with the MSU Extension
Service. “They may discover issues that
need to be addressed immediately, such as
an injured animal, or they may see things
that will take weeks of effort, such as fence
The Mississippi Board of Animal Health
trained Extension teams to conduct these
official assessments. Extension assessors
submit their reports to the board and to
the Mississippi Emergency Management
Agency. Each team member has training
in the Incident Command System, which
is used for the command, control and
coordination of emergency response
Collum said 10 teams were requested
and deployed to Winston County after the
tornado to visit agricultural property and
discuss losses with farmers and landowners.
As of May 2, no requests had come from
Lee County, possibly because most of its
damage was not in an agricultural area.
The Winston County teams witnessed
significant property losses, including
residences, barns, poultry houses,
equipment, fences, poultry and animals.
Jane Parish, an Extension beef specialist,
was part of one team making visits near
Louisville three days after the tornado.
“I can see how it would be overwhelming
for any family to begin the recovery process.
One farmer said, ‘I don’t even know where
to begin,’” she said. “As much as anything,
we wanted to make sure they knew that the
county Extension office could be a helpful
resource during this process.”
Officially, the team filled out disaster
forms documenting losses, Parish said.
Unofficially, they listened to stories of
survival and loss.
“We had no idea the devastation
would be so widespread. Every farm had
some losses, such as missing or injured
animals,” she said. “The people are dealing
with so many things -- the loss of their
residences and family needs -- then you put
agricultural needs on top of that, and it was
just overwhelming.”
Parish said Extension’s goal is to help
families recover some sense of normalcy.
“We know from past disasters that it
takes a long time to recover from something
like this,” she said.
Tupelo residents say some storm sirens silent
From Wire Reports
TUPELO — Some people
in Tupelo are saying that
warning sirens failed to sound
before a tornado struck the
city Monday afternoon.
Resident LaShona
Jamison, who has a siren in
her backyard, told WTVA-TV
that the siren never activated.
“It never went off,”
Jamison said. “Normally the
least slight of wind or rain
makes that thing go off, but it
didn’t on Monday.”
Once a month the county
tests the siren, so she’s no
stranger to the noise.
“It’s loud,” she said. “It’s
very loud.”
However, Lee County
Emergency Management
Director Lee Bowdry said
a monitoring system shows
sirens did sound. People
in Tupelo’s downtown and
Crosstown sections said they
did hear sirens.
The tornado, with winds
of up to 150 mph, damaged
more than 200 homes and 16
businesses in Tupelo and Lee
County. One death from a
traffic accident was reported
in Lee County, out of 14
Tornado sirens are
supposed to activate as soon
as warnings are issued. Sirens
wail for three minutes, the
Northeast Mississippi Daily
Journal reports, then pause
and usually activate again.
“I did not hear them in
Oak Meadows and always
have been able to hear them
in the past,” said Bobby King
of Belden.
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We’re in trouble, now
“I hear hurricanes ablowin’.
I know the end is comin’ soon.
I fear rivers overflowin’.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.”
– John Fogerty
Oh, man, we’re in for it, now. As
I write this, it is just like that classic
moment in “Ghostbusters” when Dan
Akroyd in a tone positively pregnant
with impending doom, says, “It’s the
Staypuft Marshmallow Man.”
Except worse.
You see, I guess because I am
just special that way, I have received
personal correspondence, a warning,
really—addressed to “Ray” and
everything—from Melquisedec, “the
Lord himself in
his Veil,” and
I’m here to tell
you, he means
Old Mel ain’t
one of those
warm and fuzzy
deity-type dudes.
This cat is mad
and he is primed
and ready to do
some business—on us. It seems we
have been dissing his boy, and baby,
he has had enough.
Coming out of Houston Tex.,
and headlined “Final Warning to
All Human Beings,” it says that
this, “ALERT has been distributed
to all presidents, governors, media
and religious groups worldwide as
sentenced by the King of Salem on
March 25, 2014.”
Now, I know it was via email and
not brought down a mountain on
some tablets, but this is clearly golden
calf quality screwing up, here. “You
have insulted the Spirit of Grace and
despised He, who for 40 years (see,
like that lost in the wilderness thing)
exhorted you from the heavens, you
mocked Him and blasphemed against
my Anointed: Jose Luis De Jesus
(I’ve been telling y’all we need
to pay more attention to this
immigration deal.)
Now, folks, I want you to stay
with me here because (not at all unlike
dissociative personality disorder) it
gets a little hard occasionally to figure
out who—Melquisedec, Jose Luis
or the King of Salem—is taking us
to task at any given time, but in the
big scope of things I don’t think it
matters much because all of them are
apparently “disgusted, annoyed,” and
pretty much ready to rumble.
“You are cursed with Eternal
Damnation,” one of them writes. “You
have laughed at me; you believed you
would escape me. I will personally
give you what you deserve. For I will
mock you and laugh, I will play with
you as the lion plays with its prey.
It was at that point in reading
this really quite remarkable and
revealing document, that it occurred
to me: Jeez, if just being “disgusted”
and “annoyed” can get that kind of
reaction, what would happen if we
really ticked these dudes off?
But then I pretty much got my
answer. The big guy would take the
world away from us.
“I have NEWS for you. THE
TO YOU ANYMORE! (When gods
write stuff do they really need to use
exclamation points?) Because THE
Can we really
“sanitize” the death
penalty so as to avoid
pain and suffering by the
condemned inmate?
The botched execution
of an Oklahoma death
row inmate brings that
question front and center
- a question that is worthy
of public debate across
the U.S. and certainly in
states like Mississippi that
utilize the death penalty.
And since the goal of
execution is putting the
inmate to death, perhaps it’s wrong
to summarize Lockett’s execution as
“botched” – after all, Lockett was dead
at the end of the process. Officials
say he died of a heart attack after a
collapsed vein allegedly rendered
the chemical execution “cocktail”
ineffective and prison officials.
Witness said Lockett appeared
to be conscious and
that he appeared to
be experiencing pain
and suffering. Officials
attempted to interrupt the
execution after Lockett’s
veins collapsed, but he
died some 45 minutes
later of what those same
officials said was a heart
attack. An autopsy is
The problem of
unreliable results from
lethal injections as a
method of execution isn’t
limited to Oklahoma. While lethal
injection was first implemented in as a
means of doing away with supposedly
cruder and more painful methods of
taking the lives of death row inmates,
the process has been impeded by the
global politics of the death penalty.
At this juncture, 32 states allow
for lethal injections or other forms
of capital punishment. But European
pharmaceutical companies last year
stopped selling the three-drug mix
used for injections after public
criticism raised ethical issues. That
caused a supply-and-demand issue for
lethal injections chemicals
A dwindling supply of the
chemicals necessary to formulate
the “cocktail” combination of drugs
used in the lethal injection process
to execute condemned inmates -
coupled with legal challenges to both
the old and new chemicals used and
the various combinations of them as
used in executions - led a number
of U.S. states that utilize the death
penalty to reconsider bringing back
gas chambers, electrocutions or firing
Mississippi has evolved from
hanging to the electric chair to the
gas chamber since territorial days.
The electric chair was utilized until
1955, when Gov. Hugh White
called a special legislative session
to replace the portable chair with a
fixed gas chamber on the grounds of
the Mississippi State Penitentiary at
The gas chamber was utilized
from 1955 until 1989. In the 1980s,
Mississippi lawmakers changed
state law to adopt lethal injection
as the state’s method of execution.
Lawmakers saw the reform as one
that brought more humanity to
the process – and negated growing
criticism of the use of cyanide gas.
I covered two executions in the gas
chamber in the 1980s. I covered two
executions by lethal injection after
executions resumed under that process
in 2002. From those experiences, I
learned that it is one thing to discuss
the death penalty in the abstract. It
is quite another thing to witness the
actual implementation of it.
Death in the gas chamber is a
horrible death. I can’t fathom that
hanging or the electric chair or a
firing squad would be much better.
By contrast, lethal injection likely
carries with it all the psychological
punishments for the condemned
that does any other method, but as
a physical process with the original
chemicals it appeared to be a rather
passive process.
But the bottom line is that efforts
to sanitize the death penalty – to
make it painless and something that is
more palatable than the state putting
someone to death for a heinous crime
– is an exercise in futility.
For states that implement the
death penalty, the delivery system
may differ but the ultimate result
remains the same. There is no true
way to make the death penalty less
than it is.
Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist.
Contact him at 601-507-8004 or
Chemical shortages thwarting efforts to ‘sanitize’ the death penalty
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mid 80s and
lows in the
upper 50s.
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Helen Bailey
Helen Williams Bailey died early Friday morning in Starkville,
Mississippi. She was 86.
She was patient, kind, and a woman of tremendous personal
faith and tolerance for the views of others. It was quite common
to hear her say, “It takes all kinds to make a world.” She read
novels and biographies at a clip of 2-3 per week and could knock
down the New York Times Sunday Crossword in a New York ink, of course.
She grew up in Birmingham during the Great Depression,
one of five children. In her early career she worked for the FBI
in Washington, DC. She returned to Birmingham and later
married the choir director at her church. Together they raised
three children, and she eventually returned to the workforce as
a Human Resources manager at Brookwood Medical Center.
She was active in the churches she attended throughout her life,
taking great pleasure over the last several years in the friendships
she developed among the members of her Sunday School Class
at Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Elliott
Bailey, and a daughter, Elaine Bailey Miller. She is survived
by a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Ann Bailey of Starkville, MS, a
son, John Elliott “Jack” Bailey of Mill Valley, CA, and two
grandchildren: Michael Bailey Miller of Birmingham and Fiona
Colette Bailey of Mill Valley.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 6, at Elmwood Chapel
in Birmingham. Visitation at 1pm; service at 2pm with burial
immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
She will be missed. She already is.
Trader Andrew Silverman, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday U.S. stock futures are
up slightly after the U.S. unemployment rate hit its lowest level in more than five years. The government reported the
unemployment rate sank to 6.3 percent. (Photo by Richard Drew, AP)
Stocks finish lower
on mixed earnings,
stock market ended lower on
Friday as a surprisingly strong
report on job gains failed to
impress investors.
Stocks rose in the early
going after the government
reported that U.S. employers
hired at the fastest pace in
two years last month. The
Standard and Poor’s 500 index
briefly rose above its record
closing high.
The market started to
slump in late morning
trading on news of downed
helicopters and killed fighters
in eastern Ukraine. Early
Friday Ukrainian government
forces attacked pro-Russian
insurgents in the region.
All three major U.S. stock
indexes wavered between
gains and losses for most of
the day.
Among the biggest losers
was LinkedIn. The online
professional networking
service fell 8 percent after
reporting its largest quarterly
loss since going public.
Expedia, the online travel site,
fell nearly 4 percent, and Pfizer
fell 1.3 percent after the drug
company’s latest offer to buy
AstraZeneca was rejected by
its board.
In the jobs report, the
government said employers
added 288,000 jobs in April,
70,000 more than expected.
Hiring was stronger in the
prior two months than
initially estimated, too. The
unemployment rate for April
plunged to 6.3 percent, the
lowest since September 2008.
A few details of the report
were less encouraging. The
drop in the unemployment
rate likely reflected long-
term jobless who had been
out of work for six months
or more before finally giving
up looking for work. People
aren’t counted as unemployed
unless they’re looking for a
“Long-term unemployment
is higher than expected,
but overall (the report) is
positive,” said Brad Sorensen,
director of market and sector
research at Charles Schwab.
He added, “There isn’t a ton
of enthusiasm in the market.”
Among the stocks taking
big hits Friday was Madison
Square Garden, which fell
$3.62, or 6.6 percent, to
$51.47. The owner of sports
teams and entertainment
venues like Radio City Music
Hall said its earnings fell by
half in its fiscal third quarter,
partly due to a management
change and a costly delay for a
Rockettes production.
Among the gainers was
Wynn Resorts, which rose
$15.05, or 7 percent, to
$221.68 after reporting that its
first-quarter net income grew
12 percent. The company cited
strong gambling revenues
from its growing operations in
More than halfway through
the first-quarter reporting
season, earnings for all
companies in the S&P 500
are forecast to have grown
1.7 percent, according to S&P
Capital IQ, a data provider.
That compares with nearly 8
percent last quarter.
“We’ve got decent earnings
growth, but it’s not great,” said
Dan Morris, global investment
strategist at TIAA-CREF. “We
want the market to always hit
new highs, but it has to be
driven by earnings growth.”
On Friday, the S&P
500 fell 2.54 points, or 0.1
percent, to 1,881.14. The
Dow Jones industrial average
lost 45.98 points, or 0.3
percent, to 16,512.89. The
Nasdaq composite dropped
3.55 points, or 0.1 percent, to
In Ukraine, the government
sent armored vehicles and
troops to oust pro-Russian
insurgents in the eastern city
of Slovyansk. Two Ukrainian
helicopters were shot down,
and several people were
reported dead.
Russia said Ukraine’s
offensive “destroyed” a two-
week-old agreement on
defusing the crisis.
Investors sought safety in
U.S. Treasurys, pushing bond
prices higher. The yield on the
10-year Treasury note fell to
2.59 percent, near its lowest
level of the year.
The price of crude oil rose
34 cents to $99.76 per barrel
In other corporate news,
Estee Lauder rose $3.43, or
nearly 5 percent, to $75.62
after reporting quarterly results
that beat analysts’ estimates.
Earnings at the beauty
products company jumped 19
percent, helped by strength in
emerging markets.
Page 6A • Starkville Daily News • Sunday, May 4, 2014
By Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Ag Communications
Unseasonably cool
temperatures in the wake
of historic tornado activity
could be a boon for the state’s
strawberry growers.
“The weather over the past
few days has been tough, but
it’s still early in the strawberry
season,” said Brooks Brownlee
of Brownlee Farms in Red
Banks, Mississippi. “This year
has been the latest start we’ve
ever had -- we just started
picking on April 24. But the
cool weather that delayed the
crop may be a good thing and
prolong our season.”
In spite of the harsh
winter, delayed spring and
volatile weather, Brownlee is
optimistic about this season.
“Fungal issues have been
relatively mild, we haven’t had
a lot of pest issues, and we
manage diseases ahead of the
picking because most disease
goes in through the bloom,”
he said. “The temperatures
may drop into the 40s for
several nights, and that’s
good strawberry weather.
Everything seems to point to a
good strawberry year.”
Brownlee grows the
Chandler and Camarosa
varieties of strawberries on 7
acres in Marshall County, which
makes his farm the second-
largest strawberry operation in
the state. Only Eubanks Farms
of Lucedale, which grows 60
acres of strawberries for the
commercial market, is larger.
Eric Stafne, fruit specialist
with the Mississippi State
University Extension Service,
said that at one time, south
Mississippi produced enough
strawberries to ship to other
states, but over time that
number has dwindled in spite
of local demand.
He pointed to growing
challenges as the reason
many producers do not grow
“Strawberries are the
earliest fruit crop to ripen in
the spring and so have a strong
demand among consumers.
Even so, there are few growers
in the state,” Stafne said. “It is
a labor intensive and expensive
crop to grow. Strawberries are
usually grown in an annual
plasticulture system now,
whereas in the past they were
grown in a perennial matted
row system.”
Stafne said the soft fruit is
perishable, so growers need to
have a market ready.
Brownlee sells his berries
directly to consumers through
an on-farm market and two
off-farm locations. Because
the soft fruit is so perishable,
he does not have a u-pick
“Vine-ripened strawberries
are just better,” he said. “But
fresh, vine-ripened strawberries
have to be picked to maintain
the quality everyone wants. We
pick on a three-day rotation
and keep the fields picked so
the berries don’t spoil.”
When customers buy
large amounts of berries, he
encourages them to eat the
fruit or process it quickly.
“Whatever you’re not
going to eat in two days, go
ahead and process,” he said.
“Make jam, jelly, or ice cream
topping, or freeze the berries
for a future date. The trade-off
for a really good strawberry
is having a shorter amount of
time to use it.”
Brownlee Farms also
grows and sells warm-season
vegetables during the summer
and pumpkins in the fall. For
more information, visit http://
To help commercial
growers learn to produce
strawberries for local
markets, the MSU Extension
Service is hosting a free,
one-time workshop May 13
and 14 in Choctaw.
“With proper education
and experience, growers
can make strawberries a
profitable business,” Stafne
said. “The short course will
hopefully steer growers in the
right direction for creating
profitable enterprises.”
For more information,
crops/ssc/ or contact Rick
Snyder at rick.snyder@ or 601-892-
3731, or Eric Stafne at or
Local strawberries
are finally in season
Harvest began later than usual for Mississippi’s strawberries, such as these picked at Reyer
Farms in Leake County on April 29, but cooler weather may extend the season. (Submitted
‘May the 4th Be with You’ at MSU Howell Observatory
For Starkville Daily News
As “Star Wars” fans around the
world celebrate today’s informal
“May the 4th Be with You” holiday,
Mississippi State astronomers will
open the university’s observatory for
Sponsored by the physics and
astronomy department, the free
viewing at E.I. Howell Observatory
takes place 8-10 p.m. Clouds or
inclement weather will cancel the
Located on the Leveck Animal
Research Center, also known as South
Farm, the observatory may be reached
by taking Blackjack Road to the
intersection of Stone Boulevard, then
turning south onto Stone Boulevard
Extended and continuing for two
miles. Signs mark the route to the site.
Heavenly bodies on display will
include Jupiter, Mars and Earth’s
Angelle Tanner, assistant
professor of physics and astronomy,
is organizing the viewing. She and a
team of physics and astronomy majors
will be available to answer questions
and offer insights about planets and
For more information, contact
Tanner at 662-325-4112 or at876@
Private equity firm buys
majority of Bomgar
From Wire Reports
JACKSON — One of Mississippi’s small crop
of technology companies has been sold. Boston-
based private equity firm TA Associates has bought
a majority share of Ridgeland-based software maker
Bomgar, which provides remote technical support
for computers.
No price was disclosed in the transaction, which
was announced Thursday.
The company has more than 200 employees
worldwide, with a majority based in Ridgeland,
and yearly revenue of more than $50 million. The
company will keep its headquarters in Mississippi.
Founder Joel Bomgar, who founded the
company while he was in college, will remain as
chairman and keep a minority share. Bomgar said
other shareholders, including employees, were
bought out by TA Associates. He said that he
had already been transitioning out of day-to-day
management over the last couple of years, and his
role won’t change much.
“The value I have been adding I could add just
as chairman,” Bomgar said in a telephone interview
Matt Dircks has been named the company’s
The new CEO was vice president and general
manager of service support products at BMC
software, joining BMC through the acquisition of
Numara Software in February 2012 where he was
vice president of products since 2008. TA Associates
owned Numara beginning in 2005. Dircks said he
wants Bomgar to focus on expanding its software
to new markets. For example, he noted that
employees increasingly do work on mobile phones
and tablets that they personally own, but still need
support from their employer.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 7A
Moore named corporate fundraiser for MSU
For Starkville Daily News
Nathan A. Moore is being
named to the new position
of director of corporate and
foundation relations at the
Mississippi State University
In addition to leading
the coordination and
implementation of the major
gifts area, he will serve as a
liaison to various campus units while working to
secure funds for the ongoing capital campaign.
Known as “Infinite Impact,” the campaign
is nearing the $410 million mark of a $600
million goal.
“Nathan’s previous experience in cultivating,
soliciting, and stewarding gifts from
corporations and foundations will be invaluable
for Mississippi State in this newly created
role,” said Jack McCarty, the foundation’s
development director.
A two-degree MSU graduate, Moore has
served since 2008 as development director for
the College of Architecture, Art and Design.
In making the announcement Friday,
McCarty said Moore’s experience and
knowledge “will make him a great asset to our
development team in this specific capacity as he
works with internal and external constituents.”
He noted that Moore’s campus career has
involved considerable work with corporations
and foundations.
Prior to joining the foundation, Moore
directed orientation and on-campus events for
MSU’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships.
Also an enrollment counselor in that office, he
is a Starkville native who holds a bachelor’s
degree in political science and a master’s in
public policy and administration.
Last month, he was an inclusion in the
Mississippi Business Journal’s 2014 “Top 40
Under 40” program that annually recognizes
state residents who have established themselves
as community and business leaders before the
age of 40.
In addition to expressing appreciation and
excitement about his new duties, Moore said
the position has been designed to provide
“another avenue to engage with friends and
partners in the corporate and foundation
world to advance our university.”
McCarty said corporate and private
foundation support typically makes up a
sizeable portion of funds the MSU Foundation
raises annually. Many corporations also match
their employees’ gifts, he added.
Moore said one of his immediate goals
will be to initiate a more unified experience
for these groups in their interactions with the
For more on the MSU Foundation, visit For specifics on
the ongoing capital campaign, see www.
Complete details on MSU are available at
BASF eyes new propylene
plant along Gulf Coast
From Wire Reports
NEW ORLEANS — German chemical titan
BASF SE is evaluating plans to spend more
than $1.4 billion to build a propylene plant
somewhere along the Gulf Coast.
Kurt Bock, chairman of the company’s
board of executive directors, said Friday that
a feedstock of cheap natural gas would give
BASF a price advantage, and would allow it to
stop buying so much of the building block for
plastics and chemicals from others.
“We want to further process this basic product
in North America and significantly expand our
business,” Bock said in a speech to shareholders
at the company’s annual meeting in Mannheim,
Germany. “Propylene is needed, for example,
for coatings, detergents, or superabsorbents for
Bock said the plant would convert natural
gas to methanol and then to propylene, which
he described as a new technology.
The world’s largest chemical company said
the plant would be its single largest investment
ever. It didn’t give details about where it would
build, but chemical makers have flooded into
south Louisiana and the Texas coast to take
advantage of cheap natural gas being extracted
from shale formations through hydraulic
fracturing. Tens of billions of dollars’ worth
of projects have been announced in Louisiana,
although not all will be built.
“With shale gas and shale oil, we also have
access to cheap energy and raw materials for our
production,” Bock said.
In October, BASF made a similar
announcement that it and the Norwegian
company Yara were jointly exploring a “world
scale” ammonia plant along the Gulf Coast. Like
with the propylene announcement, BASF said it
would like to make its own ammonia for use in
chemicals rather than buy it from others.
BASF already has more than 2,000 employees
in Louisiana, with a major site at Geismar. It also
has plants with more than 100 employees in the
Texas cities of Beaumont, Freeport, Pasadena
and Port Arthur, as well as one in McIntosh,
Pike plans to build 2 new bridges
From Wire Reports
MCCOMB — Two planned
bridges over Topisaw Creek
will improve travel safety but
curtail public access to the
The Enterprise-Journal
reported Pike County
supervisors plan to replace the
bridge on Leatherwood Road
soon, followed by the bridge
on Brent Road.
The new bridges will do
away with narrow gravel
roads that lead underneath, so
people will no longer be able
to drive under the bridges to
launch kayaks, canoes or inner
tubes. Nor is parking feasible
on the narrow road shoulders
near the bridges.
County engineer Chad
Toles said supervisors will
open bids May 15 on the
Leatherwood bridge project.
The contractor will have about
a year to do the work.
Two other bridges over
Topisaw Creek, at Turnpike
Road and Mississippi
Highway 44, already lack
road access under the bridge
or available parking space
Supervisors plan to close
Leatherwood Road between
Pike Road 93 and Matthews
Road soon because of safety
issues, Toles said. The bridge
is posted at 10,000 pounds
but is still used by heavy
Currently, a narrow
gravel lane leads alongside
Leatherwood bridge to the
creek. At Brent’s Bridge, a
steep, narrow lane leads beside
the bridge but is severely
Board of supervisors
President Chuck Lambert said
those lanes were meant for
maintenance on the wooden
bridges, not boater access.
Since the new bridges will
be concrete, county workers
will no longer have to drive
underneath them.
“We won’t have wooden
pilings and we won’t need
it,” Lambert said of the access
roads. “We needed to make
sure emergency vehicles could
get under the bridge because
of the wooden pilings.”
Canoe rental companies
that use the Leatherwood
bridge can’t use the site during
After the bridge is
complete, they will have to
drop people off on the road
and let them walk down to the
creek, Lambert said.
Michele Ryals of Ryals
Canoe & Tube Rentals said
the restricted access will have
some impact on business.
Outfitters put customers
in at Leatherwood Road,
where they float half a mile to
the Bogue Chitto River and
another 21/2 miles to U.S.
Highway 98, where there is
a boat ramp, or two miles
farther to the Bogue Chitto
Water Park ramp.
An alternative float is
on the Bogue Chitto River
from Holmesville bridge to
U.S. Highway 98 four miles
downstream or on to the
water park.
“That’s going to hurt a
little bit because the float from
Holmesville to the water park
or 98 is a rather long float,
and Topisaw to the water park
is actually the perfect float,”
Ryals said, referring to tubers.
“People weren’t on there
long enough to get burned
out with it or, actually,
sunburned,” Ryals said.
Sheriff investigating four-wheeler thefts
From Wire Reports
Lincoln County Sheriff’s
Department is investigating
a string of six four-wheeler
thefts in the past two
Chief Investigator
John Whitaker tells The
Brookhaven Daily Leader
four thefts occurred in April.
“We had this same
problem months ago, but
then it stopped,” Whitaker
said. “We don’t know why
yet, but the exact same type
of thefts have started up
He said local thefts have
occurred in an area south of
U.S. Highway 84 and west
of Interstate 55.
Honda four-wheelers,
dating back to 2009 on
up, have been the primary
models stolen, he said.
Whitaker said authorities
believe the thieves could be
breaking the ATVs down for
“If you have a four
wheeler, especially a newer
model Honda, I advise
caution,” Whitaker said.
“Anything that looks out of
the ordinary or suspicious,
please let us know.’
He said in some cases,
the thieves have hitched
their vehicle up to trailers
with a four-wheeler on top
and driven off. He said the
thefts have occurred late at
night or in the day when the
owner wasn’t home.
Janus seeking delay on corruption plea
From Wire Reports
HATTIESBURG — Former D’Iberville
City Manager Michael Janus has asked to
have his sentencing on federal corruption
charges put off for 30 days.
Janus’ lawyer, Cliff Johnson, filed a
motion for the delay Friday in U.S. District
Court. Prosecutors don’t oppose the delay in
sentencing, which had been set for Tuesday.
Johnson wrote that Janus and prosecutors
are discussing sentencing issues and need
more time.
On April 28, U.S. District Judge Keith
Starrett agreed to delay the sentencing
of Janus’ business partner Scott Walker
from Tuesday until July 23.
Janus pleaded guilty in February to
one charge of defrauding the city of
$180,000 in grant money by steering a
6 percent commission on a $3 million
grant to a company Walker controlled.
The grant was to help build the planned
Ocean Expo.
Page 8A • Starkville Daily News • Sunday, May 4, 2014
WORLD IS MINE, including
all of you since I made vessels
of wrath for destruction and
vessels of honor for salvation.
Because the Inquisitor (? beats
me) shall NEVER reign again!
I will destroy the powers
of these heavens and the
declared it so. I will establish
my immovable Kingdom.
Well, I guess that about
wraps her up. We’re doomed.
Gloom, despair and agony on
Except, of course, that we
all recognize that every bit of
this nonsense is the ranting
and raving of some paranoid
joker with delusions of both
persecution and grandeur.
But I chose to write about
it, quote from it, poke a little
fun at it for a very sound and
serious reason, from which we
might all (another columnist
included) take something
The reason that what this
truly disturbed fellow believes
seems ridiculous to us is
because we believe something
else—with the key word being
believe. All religions contain
one or more elements of the
supernatural; most have their
holy texts which contain those
and other elements of the
respective beliefs and all must
be taken as matters of faith
rather than evidenced fact,
whether their adherents think
so or not.
That’s why the First
Amendment protects both
freedom of and freedom from
religion. Because to someone
who does not believe as we
do, our respective creeds can
sound every bit as far-fetched
as the one we laughed at
Ray Mosby is publisher of the
Deer Creek Pilot.
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than others she has attended.
“I thought it was great,”
Rodgers said. “What a great
turnout! And (there was) a
big variety of produce and
goods. Everyone seems to be
having a great time,” Rodgers
said. “I love the live music
too.” Music for the market
was provided by the Cedar
Creek Ramblers. Rodgers said
she noticed an increase in the
number of vendors present
this year. She particularly
enjoyed the increase in the
number of vendors providing
organic food. Also, Mississippi
Modern Homestead Center
demonstrated ways to collect
rainwater for gardening, and
kids enjoyed the opportunity
to start their own garden in a
latex glove.
“I would say there’s more
(vendors) this year,” Rodgers
said. “Especially more planting
and organic goods, which
is awesome. I bought some
organic kale from Bountiful
Harvest farms and some
pesticide free tomatoes (from
River Bend Farms).” The
Community Market’s midweek
event will kickoff from 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday at the same location.
Kentucky Derby Party, said she
estimated attendance between 300
and 350 people. What began with
a brainstorming session among
Junior Auxiliary leaders, she said,
had become Junior Auxiliary’s
primary fundraiser.
“The members of the
community seem to love the event,
and it’s something different,”
Holditch said. “It’s not just your
traditional party. It is uniquely
Southern. The ladies get to dress
up in fun hats, the guys get to
wear their seersucker and summer
suits and (everyone gets to) watch
the run for the roses.”
Jamie Elliott, former Junior
Auxiliary president, said one of
the largest projects the party will
fund is the Junior Auxiliary child
assistance program. She said this
includes a backpack program
that provides nutritious meals
to children in need on Fridays,
allowing them to take them home
over the weekend.
“(For this program, we also)
collect school supplies each year in
July at Wal-Mart, and we provide
needs to children throughout the
entire school year,” Elliott said.
“We’ll provide whatever needs
children might have. (If) their
home burned down, they might
need clothing or school supplies.
Schools may make specific
requests at the beginning of the
Elliott said another project
Junior Auxiliary has hosted for
a long time is Safety Town,
in which young children from
area schools meet with police,
firefighters, medical personnel and
more. The group also provides the
Cotton District Arts Festival with
its Children’s Art Village, she said.
“Another project we have
is Girl Talk, a project we do
with East Oktibbeha County
Elementary School,” Elliott said.
“We form relationships with
these sixth-grade girls, and we try
to serve as role models for them.
For the full school year, we focus
on hygiene, nutrition, health,
wellness, academics and manners.
This has been a really positive
project for our chapter.”
But city and county children
weren’t the only ones who
benefited from the derby.
Holditch said there was also a
betting pool where attendees
could bet on their favorite horse
to win — but only for bragging
rights. No one would take home
any cash winnings from the pool,
she said, because all the money
would go to help victims of the
tornadoes in Louisville.
“In past years, the proceeds
from the betting station have gone
back into Junior Auxiliary, but we
thought it was appropriate to help
our friends in Louisville in their
time of need,” Holditch said.
director is Gary Gist, also
a member of the Starkville-
based John P. Egan chapter
of the Knights of Columbus,
a Catholic volunteer program.
Gist said it was critical for
volunteers to register at this
center before joining the effort.
“In the long term,
FEMA (Federal Emergency
Management Agency) will
reimburse the county for these
volunteer hours,” Gist said.
“If they don’t register with us,
the hours don’t get counted.
We (also) wanted to know
where people were in case
they got hurt and make sure
the homeowners knew they
had permission to be on the
Gist estimated about 300
volunteers came on Saturday,
with about 100 of them
coming from MSU and many
more coming from other
parts of the Starkville area.
Louisville residents also helped
each other, among them Tim
McDill, who joined fellow
members of Evergreen Baptist
Church in helping another
member remove debris from
his property.
“We’re a church family,”
McDill said. “When one of us
is hurting, all of us are, and
as blessed as we have been to
not have any damage to our
house, I think the least we can
do is help those that weren’t as
fortunate as we are.”
One of several MSU students
volunteering was Annie
Kovach, a freshman majoring
in biomedical engineering.
Even in the middle of final
exams, Kovach said she didn’t
mind joining the relief effort
because she had been in the
victims’ place before.
“I’m from Huntsville, Ala.,
and we get hit with tornadoes
a lot, so I know what it’s like,”
Kovach said. “I have sympathy
for them. We get tornadoes
every year, but the 2011
one was the biggest one that
affected us the most. MSU’s
doing a really good job of
telling people to come down
here to help.”
Kovach said she had
expected to be outdoors
picking up debris at damaged
properties, but she was
instead unpacking and sorting
donations. Carlos Walker,
business manager with the
Sundance Riders motorcycle
club in Starkville, said he and
his fellow Riders were in the
same situation, but they didn’t
“We came with our
chainsaws in the truck,” Walker
said. “Wherever they need us,
that’s where we’re going to be
Gist said when the relief
effort began, the supply of
volunteers grew faster than
his team could assess damaged
sites, develop work orders, and
match them with volunteers.
But he said that had changed,
and more volunteers with
tools like chainsaws would
be needed as the relief effort
spread. Meanwhile, he said
NRG had been a valuable ally,
and so had Team Rubicon,
which unites military veterans
for disaster response.
“The volunteer effort has
been phenomenal,” Gist said.
“I appreciate everybody who’s
come in here with a good
attitude. I wish we had work
for everybody that came in
early. We knew the jobs were
out there, it’s just that we didn’t
have them to where we could
marry them to volunteers.”
Residents affected by the
tornado expressed gratitude
for the wave of volunteers.
Marcus McCully and several
of his neighbors suffered
severe damage to their homes
in the tornado outbreak, but
volunteers have helped him
salvage items inside his home
so he can get his family out of
town, find a temporary place
to live, and begin rebuilding
his life. Many of them, he said,
were from MSU.
“I had enough people over
here to help me, bringing food
and water and things,” McCully
said. “We’re just trying to find
somewhere to stay. The kids
lost a lot of clothes and things.
We lost all our furniture. Other
than that, we’re still living.
We’re really just trying not to
worry about it.” and
visit http://www.healingrooms.
uAlcoholics Anonymous —
The Starkville A.A. Group meets
six days per week downstairs
at the Episcopal Church of the
Resurrection. Call 327-8941 or
visit for
schedules and more information.
uPEO 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.
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 323-1499.
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-
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-
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
It’s “The
Merry Month
of May,” 2014
in Starkville on
our 104-year-old
big wrap around
front porch at
501 Louisville
Street, “She’s
A Grand Ol’
Lady”/The Pear-
son Place built
by my own Great
Grand Daddy
Wiley Bartley
Pearson in 1911. Our porch suddenly
has become “The Stage” for 11 charac-
ters who are colorfully dressed as art-
ists and enjoy doing their thing they
love best of all in life, which is creating
a masterpiece with their pencils and
brushes on canvas as they sit and they
stand on the gray/blue wide planks of
our front porch.
They are so pretty, cute and sweet.
Their names are: “Tiny Miss Prissy,”
“Priscilla,” “Little Miss Bully Belle,”
“Silver Belle,” “Peter Rabbit, Jr.,” “Miss
Dottie,” “Cutie Pie,” “Miss Mollie
Golly,” “Mr. Mississippi State Universi-
ty Bulldawg,” “Miss Artist Palette,” and
“One Almost Invisible Artist.”
Now you, as “My Viewer” and “My
Reader,” look carefully at the colorful
details of my “Artistic Creation!” As an
artist I am constantly looking at shapes,
shadows and lights. To me every day is a
palette of colors blending and mingling
together. Let’s see and read about each
character. You’ll find on this ol’ porch
people, (portraits), places, (landscapes)
and everything, (still life).
We’ll read our story together as we
read a sentence in a book starting at the
left hand side going to the right hand
side, and ending at the edge of the front
porch. Our home was designed with
two bay windows in the front of the
home one downstairs and one upstairs.
See the downstairs entrance way and
the front door with matching windows
on both sides, and upstairs is the same
style bay window above it. White rock-
ing chairs are all over the porch and two
swings also because in our deep south in
our great state of Mississippi our front
porches become our “outside living
rooms!” We really enjoy sitting, swing-
ing and rocking on our porches watch-
ing the world pass us by each each day.
Sometimes a passenger will lower their
driver’s window and yell, “Hey y’all!
How are you doing today?” We’ll yell
back to the driver, “Just fine, and have
a happy great day ahead, and y’all come
see us soon!”
You’ll see a tall white rocking chair
in front of the first bay window, and
then look for a child’s white rocker with
“Tiny Miss Prissy” all dressed up in
her dark blue artist’s smock with a tiny
brown artist palette on the bottom of
it. She has on red slacks with here feet
crossed, and she is holding a hand full
of colorful brushes. Her hat is black and
white polka-dotted, and her two pig
tails have two red polka-dotted ribbons
tied to the ends. See her colorful brushes
in her hand. “Little Miss Bully Belle” is
sitting on the floor. She has a colorful
bow tied to one of her ears looking so
cute and sweet too! “Priscilla” is rock-
ing next to them in a brown child’s
Bentwood Rocker. She has on a col-
orful artist’s smock, a rainbow wig on
her brown mop like head of hair, color-
ful pencils in her hand and her crossed
feet with hot pink shoes. She looks so
“Miss Silver Belle” is the robot, and
she is sporting a wild, colorful red cap
with two long bows on the tip top of
her silver disco ball for her head. She is
the tallest of these four characters and
she is right by the original door bell.
There is a red glass gazing ball near her
metal shoulder. She was made of all
recycled materials. Her hands are tiny
child’s metal rakes, and her eyes are huge
black buttons and lips are a made out
Sunday, May 4, 2014
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Beverly Hammett and her guide dog Mazie Grace visited the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville on Friday to volunteer. Mazie Grace is dual-
certified as a service dog and therapy dog. (Photo by Ariel King, SDN)
Lifestyles Columnist
Sometimes paybacks are in order.
I occasionally write about my kids and
their endeavors. I do not feel as though
I have crossed any boundaries though.
I try to keep my subject matter focused
on random thoughts and not so much
on my family. They do not like to be
put in the glare of the spotlight. I fig-
ure they are young and it should thrill
them to be exploited in the media. It’s
kind of like having a reality show. They
would rather remain anonymous ap-
I have heard of pay it forward where
you are to do something nice for some-
one. It is a cycle that carries on the giv-
ing in a repetitive style. Contrary to
pay it forward would be the old fash-
ion pay back. This is when you want to
get someone back for doing unto you
what you plan on doing to them for
retribution. My eldest was given a writ-
ing assignment to read orally at a po-
etry reading in front of a live audience.
His short story was entitled, “Brent-
wood Mental Hospital.” I was not too
comfortable with his subject matter,
since it was obviously about my stay in
the “looney bin” back in May of 2012.
Is nothing sacred? I wanted to go and
observe what was said about me, but I
was never told when this event would
take place. I was the topic of conver-
sation for a brief moment in time. I
was not present for this assault on my
mentality. Hopefully, it was done with
taste and class. I’m all for humor, but
I feel a tad victimized as these strang-
ers sipping on wine and brew eaves-
dropped on some of my most private
and darkest moments. They probably
laughed and snickered as the punchline
was told. He probably talked about
the birdhouse that I painted for him
with the tiny hole only big enough for
a worm to crawl through. I know he
wrote that I was thin with no makeup
and did not look good and that my
hair was unwashed. I beg to differ
with that statement. I washed my hair
every day. It may have been unkempt
but it was clean. Do your research boy.
I know that he left me there in good
hands at the end of the story. His pro-
fessor had to ask if I was still there. No,
I am out in the real world amongst the
sane! When we make reference to that
place now, we refer to it as Disneyland.
It sounds more tourists like.
To make a long story short, when
your kid says that he does not want
you to write about him in the paper
and you do anyway, there are ramifica-
tions! You wind up being the talk of
the poetry reading while people get
intoxicated on words and wine. I only
wish he could have had some bongo
music in the background to add some
ambiance to the environment. At least
I was the motivation for an educational
activity. Anyway, it is what it is. If I am
being talked about at a poetry/ short
story college reading, then I have lived
an interesting life I suppose.
Service dogs becoming
key in citizens lives
For people with disabilities, service animals
make it possible to live a normal life. However,
there is a great need for more knowledge and
understanding from the general public regard-
ing service animals and the appropriate ways to
interact with and accommodate them and their
A service dog is a dog that has been trained
to perform tasks that assist people with disabili-
ties. Service dogs are used to assist the blind and
visually impaired and people who are deaf and
hard of hearing. They are also used to alert and
respond to seizures for handlers with epilepsy
and to assist individuals with autism and psychi-
atric disorders.
Service animals spend years training to learn
how to perform the tasks required to assist their
handler. Their training usually begins at a guide
dog or service animal school, like Guide Dogs
of America in Sylmar, Calif. Patty Elizondo,
admissions and Graduate Services director and
licensed instructor with Guide Dogs of America,
said dogs must meet many qualifications before
being selected for guide dog work.
“We’ve been breeding our own dogs here for
many, many years and over the years have been
able to breed out things such as medical issues,”
Elizondo said. “We look for a dog that has a
healthy history, without any kind of hip prob-
lems, eye problems or allergy issues that a han-
dler wouldn’t be able to deal with.”
Elizando added that temperament was the
most important deciding factor and many dogs
bred for service work don’t make the cut.
“Also, there’s the temperament side of breed-
ing — which is super complicated — but we’re
looking for dogs that have a good work ethic,
a higher drive for work and a inner willingness
to do the work,” Elizondo said. “In our breed-
ing, almost half of the dogs in the end that are
actually bred won’t make it because they may be
lacking one or two personality traits or they may
some medical issues that crop up.”
An art studio on our front porch
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Starkville First United Methodist church history
For Starkville Daily News
The Starkville Methodist
Church has seen many changes
in 179 years. It started with
seven charter members in 1835
and now stands at over 2,200
members and growing. Mrs.
Gene Ramsey Miller’s thesis,
“A History of the First Meth-
odist Church of Starkville, Mis-
sissippi,” written in 1962 pro-
vided most of the information
presented below.
The following account was
written by Jacob Matthews, a
visiting circuit rider, who held
the first service of the Method-
ist church in 1834: “On my
first visit to Starkville, there
was but one board cabin — the
beginning of a town and the
nucleus of a town. This was the
property of a brother Hogan,
who afterwards contributed
very much toward the build-
ing up of a large church in this
place…We collected a few fam-
ilies of the community under a
dense shade a few paces north
of where the brick church, the
first building erected was after-
wards located and preached to
them. My pulpit was a stump,
and my congregation was seat-
ed on a few rails arranged for
their accommodation. At an
early day a community was lo-
cated here, which I have never
seen excelled for intelligence,
morality, and religion.”
The first building to house
the Methodist congregation
was built in 1838, and it is
possible that the builders were
unaware of the shifting soil of
this area, which requires a good
It is known that the second
building was larger than the first
and that it was erected on the
same foundation as its prede-
cessor. The following account
gives a description of worship
in this second edifice built by
the Methodists of Starkville:
“During these days there were
no organs, the hymns were
‘lined’ and the singing led by a
solemn brother of very matter-
of-fact temperament. It is told
as true…that on the pastor’s
entering the pulpit on one oc-
casion to begin the service in-
stead of announcing the first
lines of a hymn as usual, he
said, ‘My eyes are dim, I cannot
see, I left my specs at home;
please sing.’ Whereupon the
tune-raiser thinking it a hymn,
began to sing the words, ‘My
eyes are dim,’ etc. We have no
record that the break caused
even a ripple of merriment for
those were serious days.
The First Methodist Church
of Starkville was organized in
1835 with the following char-
ter members: Elijah and Mary
Hogan, James and Louisa Wal-
ton, W. H. Wilson, and J.W.S.
Heath and wife.
For many years, J. W. S.
Heath served his church as sex-
ton, secretary, precentor, and
class leader. A member of the
family wrote of him: “He was
a very religious man. He went
into his closet three times a day
to pray. He requested that he
be buried as close to the church
as they could get his grave. He
was buried at the back of the
old Methodist Church. When
the second church was built,
the old brick tomb came un-
der the pulpit of the church
and when the third church was
built, his body was moved and
his bones were placed under
the cornerstone.
Prior to the erection of a
Methodist church building in
Starkville, private homes were
used for religious gatherings
upon the occasion of a visit
from a circuit rider. Also, the
Methodists, as well as other de-
nominations, used for their ser-
vices a community house that
was near the log-hewn court-
In 1839, as a result of the
Panic of 1837, the only bank
in Starkville closed its doors
in failure, and it was almost
impossible for businessmen
and farmers to get money. Be-
cause of the financial reverses
suffered, the population of
Starkville was decreasing as
residents moved to try to bet-
ter their condition. Methodist
people like others suffered fi-
nancially and yet they were able
to build a church in this time of
This year of 1839 when
the Methodist built was also
the year in which the “tipping
houses” (as the saloons were
called) of Starkville began to
have legal difficulties. Tavern-
keepers were allowed to sell
In 1840, Samuel Hankins
and A. M. Whitney were ap-
pointed to the Louisville Cir-
cuit that included Starkville.
Hankins had come from the
Georgia Conference. The fol-
lowing was said of him: “Sam-
uel W. Hankins was a man of
good preaching abilities, but
somewhat impulsive and in-
clined to take an ultra view of
the unfaithfulness of the min-
istry and membership of the
church. His mind seemed to
sympathize with a morbid and
dyspeptic body and he would
take a course in preaching
which gave unnecessary of-
One of the charter mem-
bers of the Starkville Method-
ist Church, James Walton, later
became a minister and thus has
the distinction of being as far
as is known, the first minister
to come from the Methodist
Church of Starkville. Walton
came from a religious fam-
ily. Of his parents, the follow-
ing was written: “His parents
were religious, and believed
that the problem of Christian
experience involved the entire
consecration of themselves
and family to God. Accord-
ingly, religion with them was a
blessed and beautiful life. The
toil of the fields, the service
of the sanctuary and the fam-
ily devotion, were all alike hal-
lowed by grace, and blended in
a perpetual offering and tribute
to God.”
When the county of Ok-
tibbeha was laid off, James
Walton was its representative
in the State Senate, where he
served for two consecutive
terms. While still in the Sen-
ate in 1838, he was licensed to
preach. The following was said
concerning him in a memorial
address at the Annual Confer-
ence of 1861: “He has been
known to preach at times with
more than ordinary power, and
with the stirring eloquence of
an earnest soul dealing honestly
with his auditors. As a pastor,
he was faithful to all the flock…
His sound judgment and ear-
nest piety eminently fitted him
for an administrative officer.”
In a revival held in 1839 in
Starkville, the fourteen-year-
old daughter of James Wal-
ton (the charter member who
later became a minister) was
converted and in later years
she married Edwin Phillips.
Dr. Jones writes, “She made
an excellent helpmeet for the
itinerant.” As far as is known,
she has the distinction of be-
ing the first woman from the
Starkville Methodist congre-
gation to become a minister’s
Of the early denominations
in the county, Methodists
were the most numerous. One
of the best-known Methodists
was Judge David Ames, who
was for thirty-four years, until
his death in 1870, a class leader
in the church. He was a gradu-
ate of Dartmouth College and
was “probably the best educat-
ed man in the county.”
In the 1850s, Starkville
Methodists erected a second
church building. The first
building did not last long.
An early newspaper account
explains the short life of the
building as follows: “In a few
years the walls of this building
became so badly cracked that
it was deemed unsafe, which
resulted in its being torn down
and replaced with a frame
building, the old foundation
being used. This church build-
ing was one of the first brick
buildings in Starkville.” The
walls of the brick church be-
coming unsafe, and having to
be propped by heavy timbers
leaning against the church as
An eye-witness, yet liv-
ing, tells it as true that one
of the ministers before the
war reported at a quarterly
conference that he had re-
ceived as his salary from the
Starkville Methodist Church
for the three months two pair
of woolen socks and 20 cents
in money; adding that he was
satisfied, for he believed the
people had done the best they
Ministers’ salaries were af-
fected in the latter stages of the
war by inflated currency. Af-
ter the Confederacy collapsed,
“The unfortunate preachers
were the victims, not of an
inflated currency, but usually
of no currency at all!” This
was certainly a time of finan-
cial hardship and sorrow for
Starkville church people.
Robert A. Lampkin, affec-
tionately called “Uncle Rob-
ert” had been prominent in the
early history of the church and
continued to be active through-
out his life. A beautiful stained
glass window in his memory
was placed over the front door
of the third church building
in 1885. His wife was “a zeal-
ous but modest worker in the
During these years, W. E.
Saunders and F. A. Critz were
“worthy superintendents of the
Sunday School. The organist,
Mrs. M. T. Sullivan was de-
scribed as follows: “Sister M.
T. Sullivan, the accomplished
accommodating and devoted
organist of the church for about
a score of years must not be
overlooked. No uneasiness was
felt when she was at the organ,
for she could play whether it
was in tune or not, and played
without a murmur whatever
she was asked whether it suit-
ed her or not. She could make
mistakes and not mind it, and
furthermore could always keep
a choir and never have a quar-
rel in it.
M. F. Ames was a church
trustee, chairman of the Board
of Stewards, and a district
steward. He represented the
church several times as a del-
egate to the Annual confer-
ence. The following was writ-
ten concerning him: “He it is
who brings things to pass in a
financial way, finds money for
the preacher where no one else
would think of looking for it,
and quietly, in his own inimi-
table way, rounds up the collec-
tions and assessments. Not less
important, he has raised a fami-
ly of sons and daughters to love
the church and gladly labor for
it.” Methodist ministers found
a friend in M. F. Ames. Trav-
eling ministers could knock on
the door of his home at any
hour of the day or night and be
welcomed. Countless ministers
visited in his home.
After 1870, the Starkville
Methodist Church was to be
influenced by the growth of
Starkville, the founding of the
Agricultural and Mechanical
College, and the social and in-
dustrial changes that were tak-
ing place.
This was a period of evan-
gelistic preaching and revival,
strong sermons against dancing
and card playing, denomina-
tional differences over doctrine,
epidemics and war. At the same
time a church and two parson-
ages were built, church proper-
ty was improved and member-
ship increased.
The doors of the Agricul-
tural and Mechanical College
were opened in 1880. From
that time to the present, college
faculty members and employees
have been active in the Meth-
odist Church. Other members
of the church can still recall
the excitement and enjoyment
connected with Commence-
ment in the early days of the
college’s history. Town people
rode the train to the campus,
where they spent Commence-
ment Day. The women of the
various churches took turns
in preparing great amounts
of food to serve to the large
gathering. However, the an-
nual Commencement Ball was
disturbing to certain preachers
and laymen who were opposed
to dancing. It was with great
pride that one pastor reported
that not a member of the Meth-
odist Church attended
In 1885, the third building
to house the Methodist congre-
gation was built during the pas-
torate of J. S. Oakley. It was a
“larger and more commodious
church built on the site of the
other two; but facing south (af-
ter much controversy) instead
of east, as the former church
had faced.” A present-day mem-
ber concerning the controversy
as to the facing of the building
tells an interesting incident.
This same controversy recurred
when the present (fourth build-
ing) was constructed in 1925.
At that time, the congregation
became involved in a lengthy
and emotional discussion at a
public service, and Mr. John
Wellborn stood up and re-
called the similar controversy in
1885. He again offered the so-
lution, given in 1885 by some
good brother, that the church
be placed on a giant turntable
so that it could be turned both
south and east to please all.
With that, the congregation
laughed, tensions were eased as
they had been in 1885 by the
same suggestion, and the con-
gregation agreed to have the
church face southward.
We will soon have some
handsome stained windows
and a beautiful chandelier in the
church made possible through
the zeal of our ladies in making
these possible.
In 1900 the pastor observed:
“With the exception of a half
dozen homes, I have completed
my first round of pastoral visi-
tation. I will go to these places
at the earliest day possible. But
for the epidemic of la grippe
which has been prevailing for
a month and which required
me to devote my entire time
to the sick, I should have been
through with my first round
long since.”
In 1911 the pastor reported:
“Since the opening of the col-
lege, the attendance has been so
large that it was found neces-
sary to move part of the classes
to the old United Presbyterian
Church of which property was
tendered us without cost upon
the official disorganization
of that body. The removal of
these classes is to relieve the im-
mediate congested conditions
obtaining in our school.”
The year 1914 proved to be
busy. At this time the Sunday
School Annex was built; a new
parsonage was erected at a cost
of $5,000.
J. S. Oakley stands out as
one of the most popular minis-
ters Starkville ever had. He was
born in Sheffield, England and
Pictured is the Methodist Church in 1912. (Submitted photos)
Pictured is the Character Builders Sunday School Class (college class) in 1930 of the Methodist Church. (Submitted photos)
See CHURCH | Page 3B
Sunday, May 4, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3B
What’s a word that’s made up of three three-letter words? The first
of the three is a synonym for “automobile” and the third is a synonym
for “attempt”? What did Bertram, Count of Rousillon, tell Lafeu that
he had not heard of? What’s a word that appears twice in the title of
the Shakespeare play in which Bertram and Lafeu are characters? What
are two words that contain the letters of springtime months for their
last syllables? One word is a verb and a noun. The other is an adjective
that means naïve, simplistic, and superficial. This adjective I have in
mind is what I hope my column never is.
Let me know your answers to these “coDondrums.” Now that
we have those out of the way, here is this week’s word quiz.
A. a morbid, threatening influence or atmosphere that tends to corrupt or deplete
B. murky, dark, gloomy
C. a support system especially of helpful ideas
D. None of the above
miasma (mi-AS-muh)
A. a laser light
B. reason or justification for existence
C. a statement in which you admit that something is your fault
D. something that is done without reason or cause
raison d’etre (RAY-zohn-DEH-truh)
A. practicality
B. inventiveness
C. shrewdness
D. positivity
ingenuity (in-juh-NEW-uh-te)
A. a reptile found in various parts of Europe
B. a bird found in various parts of Europe
C. a light scarf with pinstripes (usually worn by British men)
D. a sleeveless apron that encircles and protects clothing worn by a child
A. aberration.
B. anomaly.
C. banality.
D. quidnunc.
pinafore (PIN-uh-for)
Something that differs from the norm is a/an?
Numbers 1 through 3 were last week’s “coDondrums.” Boucle is B. Ubiquitous is D and invidious is A.
Numbers 1 through 4 are the answers to last week’s “CoDondrums.” Miasma is A. Raison d’etre is B. Ingenuity is B.
Pinafore is D.
I love the noun quidnunc, someone who is eager to tell the latest news (or gossip). Both A and B are correct
for No. 5.
Last week’s mystery word is quixotic.
This week’s mystery to solve can be found in the name of a character in All’s Well that Ends Well. Just take the
“a” away and you have an adjective whose synonyms are brutal, vicious, ferocious.
older members speak of him as
have a striking appearance and
as being “so English.”
In 1917 the Sunday School
was handicapped by an epi-
demic of measles. The min-
utes of 1918 recorded a large
number of absences because of
influenza throughout the coun-
The Methodists moved into
their new building in May of
1926 and on the first Sunday
of May 20, the other congre-
gations of the town cancelled
their services and worshipped
with the Methodists both in the
morning and evening.
By 1930 the church was
in a difficult financial condi-
tion because of the depression.
Finding themselves unable to
pay $15,000 on bonds and in-
terest due, they made applica-
tion for a loan because they had
not received this from the War
Fund of which they had been
assured. Because many church-
es were in similar circum-
stances, the General Board of
Church Extension was not able
to grant a loan. In ten months,
the church paid off the entire
indebtedness and the pastor
said: “The Board of Stewards
have done a monumental piece
of work in liquidating the debts
on the church and parsonage.
It was done without pressure
or begging. Large credit is due
to Dr. C. Q. Sheely, president
of the board of stewards and to
Dr. G. D. Humphrey, Chair-
man of Finance.”
An air-conditioning system
was installed in the church in
the winter of 1950-51 at a cost
of $10,000. The balcony in the
sanctuary was remodeled to
provide much-needed space for
the Intermediate Department.
Partitions were changed in or-
der to convert closet space into
a new nursery and to enlarge
both the Senior Department
and the Junior Department.
This was a “stop-gap” situation
and plans were already under-
way for an annex in the near
In 1958 an expansion pro-
gram was launched under the
leadership of pastor W. R. Lott
and the Official Board. A goal
of $50,00 should be recom-
mended with the first $20,000
being set aside for the purchase
of the Gunn property adja-
cent to church annex building
and payment of interest and
purchase of chairs and equip-
ment needed in the new church
school classrooms; and the
remaining $30,000 to be set
aside for the purchase of a new
pipe organ and for redecorat-
ing the Sanctuary.
The Gunn property was
purchased in 1956 for $18,000
and one of the two residences
on the acquired property was
put into use immediately as
temporary church school space.
Dr. John Longest, Chairman of
the Music Committee, recom-
mended the purchase of an Ae-
olian-Skinner organ at a cost of
$23,350 with delivery to take
place in two years. The official
board approved the purchase.
As membership grew and
activities increased, the Church
School Building was complet-
ed in 1964; the building was
dedicated in 1973 after the fi-
nal payments were made. The
Christian Life Center was
added in 1996. In 2005, the
church’s response to Hurricane
Katrina became a rally point for
relief efforts and the fellowship
hall turned into a staging cen-
ter. And this year the Connec-
tion Building where Contem-
porary Worship Services are
held is located at 100 Lampkin
Street was added.
It is interesting how all of the
early churches worked together
and used each other’s churches
as needs presented themselves
and at no cost. What a spirit of
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Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D. in Mass Communication,
is a professor at East Miss. Community College.
Contact him at
Make summer
sensational fun
For Starkville Daily News
Celebrate unlimited sunshine and bask in
those carefree summer days with kid-friendly ac-
tivities that bring the family together.
For many parents, it’s the same routine each
and every year. After weeks of anticipation for the
end of the school year, those lazy summer days
finally arrive for your children. But soon after,
the newness wears off, leaving behind sad faces
and the dreaded phrase heard by parents across
the country, “I’m bored.” But all it takes to battle
summer boredom is a little preparedness and a
few clever ideas to make this summer the best one
Kid-approved activities
The summer fun experts at Bomb Pop serve
up these awesome, fresh ideas to bring loads of
memorable moments to your family all season
Go on a Park Crawl
Research all of the parks in your town and
visit each one. Your kids will love pointing out
their favorite attractions at each location. When
the activity is over, have each child pick their fa-
vorite park so you can visit regularly.
Be sure to load up on sunscreen, drinking wa-
ter and bug spray. Also, make sure you have a
map or smartphone handy to help you navigate
to the next park.
Make it memorable by taking a picture at each
stop. Those treasured moments can be printed
and pieced together into a summer scrapbook
they’ll cherish for years.
Make a Splash
Backyard water games are synonymous with
smiles. Enjoy the classic warm weather activities
of water balloon fights, squirt gun wars, playing
on a slip and slide and, as always, swimming in an
outdoor pool. Younger kids will love ice excavat-
ing, too. Simply freeze plastic toys in a large bowl
and let them chip away at the ice.
Be sure to have everyone wearing swimsuits
and plenty of sunscreen. Backyard fun also means
your freezer is just a few steps away, so stock
it with cool treats, such as the six fins of fun in
Bomb Pops frozen treats. Your kids will love the
waves of flavor in the Original Bomb Pop, or the
new Watermelon flavor.
Make it memorable by making a game of
your water activities. Whether it’s a water balloon
toss or squirt gun tag, kids will be more involved
when you throw in some friendly competition.
Be sure to have a lot of summer-themed prizes,
such as cool beach towels, sunglasses or splash
Catch a Cool Movie by Car
Relive the nostalgia and simplicity of seeing a
movie at a drive-in theater. Your kids will love the
experience of catching a movie under the stars,
and because many allow you to pack your own
summertime snacks and beverages, you’ll love the
savings. Your family can view a movie that’s just
to their liking, with many venues offering block-
buster hits, while some even bring back the big
screen classics from your own youth.
Be sure to bring plenty of lawn chairs, pillows,
blankets and bug repellent for the whole gang.
Make it memorable with each family member
dressed in their favorite 50s or 60s drive-in attire,
or in a costume that represents the movie.
Score a Home Run
A visit to the local baseball field is a wonder-
ful way to teach your little ones about America’s
favorite pastime, while also encouraging an ac-
tive lifestyle. Invite their buddies along so you
can have a whole team, or just practice catching,
pitching or batting with a couple of players.
Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, drink-
ing water, hats, baseball gear and a cooler packed
with delicious treats, such as Bomb Pops, the of-
ficial sponsor of Little League Baseball and Soft-
Make it memorable by creating your own
cheer section. Some kids may be too young to
play, but they can still participate as cheerleaders
for their brothers or sisters. Make sure your squad
is complete with handmade cheer signs and pom-
poms for them to wave about proudly.
Create a Family Masterpiece
Get crafty with the kids and let them create
their own giant mural - on a bed sheet. Simply lay
an old one out on the lawn and let the kids paint
away. They will love to proudly hang up their cre-
ation in the basement rec room or any other place
where they play.
Be sure to supply kid-safe paints, brushes,
sponges and other items around the home for trac-
ing shapes and designs. Also, make sure everyone
lathers on plenty of sunscreen so they don’t get
burned while making their art.
Make it memorable and encourage your kids to
tell a summer story through their artwork. Allow
them to draw inspiration from a recent trip to the
lake, the mountains or a family reunion.
With a few kid-friendly ideas, you can create
memories that will last a lifetime. For other fun
ways to enjoy summer, visit
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Gluten: Wheat Protein Explained
Gluten is a protein matrix in wheat formed by gliadin and
glutenin. It’s also present in barley and rye, and their many
ancient grain ancestors. Gluten’s structure forms pockets
that trap carbon dioxide released by leavening agents, such
as yeast, baking powder or baking soda, giving bread and
baked goods their texture. Gluten-free breads and products
are denser and heavier because they can’t form air pockets
without gluten.
Wheat and Gluten Facts
Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease, is very real and
affects about 1 in 141 people — less than 1 percent of the
population. For people who have celiac, even a small amount
of gluten is unsafe. When they eat it, their bodies immediately
react, damaging the lining of their intestinal tract. The damage
allows many proteins and other substances to enter the blood
stream that should not, setting up physical reactions and digestive
problems with serious health consequences.
Incidences of all autoimmune diseases are on the increase, with
CD four times more common than it was 60 years ago. Research
is being conducted by a number of leading medical and scientific
insti tutions to investigate if changes in our gut bacteria might be
the cause.
“It’s very important that people who have celiac get diagnosed
and tested so that they can begin following a gluten-free diet as
soon as possible. And, it’s something they have to stay on for the
rest of their lives,” said Dr. Joseph Murray, celiac disease researcher
at the Mayo Clinic.
ARare Condition
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is the other condition that
proponents of a wheat-free life style say affects everyone when in
fact, research indicates that it, too, is quite rare. According to Dr.
Guandalini, “Around 0.5 percent of people react to gluten in a way
that is not a food allergy but is also not celiac.”
Dr. Alessio Fasano, one of the world’s top scientists in celiac
disease and director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massa -
chusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., explained, “Some
people simply don’t react well to gluten and feel better when it’s
removed from the diet. Unfortunately, there is no test for NCGS
and this is part of why going gluten-free has become ‘the’ answer
to all that ails us digestively and other wise. It’s unfortunate because
there are a lot of causes besides gluten for digestive issues.”
Understanding Gluten-Free Diets
“Following a gluten-free diet is very difficult and one must know
how to read labels. Foods such as broths, soups, gravies, sauces,
seasoned rice mixes and seasoned tortilla or potato chips may con -
tain small amounts of gluten,” said Tricia Thompson, registered
dietitian and founder of the Gluten Free Watch Dog. “The new
FDA labeling rules define ‘gluten-free’ foods as having less than
20 parts per million of gluten. This is extremely helpful for people
with celiac disease or NCGS who must avoid all gluten, even in
tiny amounts.”
The Topic of Weight Management
According to the NPD Group, a leading market research firm
that has followed nutrition trends for more than 20 years, the
biggest driver behind the gluten-free trend is weight loss. In
addition, gluten-free products can be significantly more
expensive — one study showed an average of 242 percent
higher in cost.
“Eliminating wheat products (bread, rolls, cereals, pasta,
tortillas, cakes, cookies, crackers) will result in fewer
calories, but important nutrients like B-vitamins (thiamin,
riboflavin, niacin and folic acid), and iron and fiber will
also be lost,” said Pam Cureton with Boston’s Center for
Celiac Research and chair of the Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics’ sub-practice group, Dietitians in Gluten Intolerance
Diseases (DIGID). “Grains provide 43 percent of the fiber in
the U.S. diet and wheat is approximately three-quarters of the
grains eaten in the U.S. Nutri tionally, many gluten-free products
are not equal replacements for their wheat-containing counterparts.”
Cureton recommends that anyone thinking about starting a gluten-
free diet see a skilled dietitian first to be sure it is nutritionally
sound and to help guide them through the difficulties of the diet.
Facts About Wheat Breeding
Some promoters of the gluten-free lifestyle say that recent wheat
breeding practices have led to higher, more “toxic” types of wheat.
They believe that such practices are increasing the rates of celiac
and gluten sensitivity, even though you must have a gene to develop
celiac disease.
“Wheat, like all other food plants we eat, has undergone farmer
selection and traditional breeding over the years,” states Brett
Carver, PhD, wheat genetics chair in Agriculture at Oklahoma State
University. “The hybridization that led to bread wheat occurred
8,000 to 10,000 years ago. All cultivated wheat varieties, both
modern and heirloom varieties, have these hybridization events in
common, so the kinds of protein (and gluten) present in today’s
varieties reflect the proteins present throughout the domestication
process of wheat.”
In case there is any doubt of this, scientists have carefully reviewed
available data back to 1925 and have not found any evidence support -
ing increased gluten content due to wheat breeding over the past
century. Dr. Guandalini, like many other celiac speci al ists, is frus -
trated by the myths about wheat that are promoted by talk show
hosts, articles and websites.
“Genetically modified wheat is not commercially available any -
where in the world,” said Guandalini. “Wheat has been, and con -
tinues to be, a life-saving and nutritious grain for most people.”
Gluten-Free: The Bottom Line
Most of us can eat and enjoy the many varieties of wheat foods
available to us. And, luckily, for the few of us who can’t, there are
gluten-free options.
“The increased awareness by the food industry of the need for
gluten-free foods has helped provide many options for those on
gluten-free diets. There are more choices and better tasting products
every day,” said Amy Jones, dietitian at Mary Rutan Hospital,
Bellefontaine, Ohio, and chair-elect of DIGID.
But for the vast majority of us, going gluten-free can be expen -
sive, less nutritious and just plain unnecessary. The bottom line:
gluten is a complex plant protein found in some of our favorite
foods, and most of us have been tolerating it for thousands of years.
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elebrities, athletes, talk show hosts and nearly 30 percent of people say they are turning to gluten-free
diets to solve health issues from “foggy mind” to bloating and obesity.
But before you throw out the flour or start embracing all things non-wheat, barley and rye, it’s important to
consider that nutrition experts do not advocate a gluten-free diet for most people. In fact, at least 93 percent of
people — and probably many more — are completely healthy and happy following a diet that includes wheat
and its protein, gluten.
According to Dr. Stephano Guandalini, founder and director of the Center for Celiac Disease at the Univer -
sity of Chicago, “There is a popular belief that gluten is bad for everyone. This is not the case. There is no
evidence to show that anyone who does not suffer from celiac disease (CD) or non-celiac gluten sensitivity
(NCGS) benefits from following a gluten-free diet.”
“Grains provide 43 percent of the
fiber in the U.S. diet and wheat
is approximately three-quarters
of the grains eaten in the U.S.”
“There is a popular belief that
gluten is bad for everyone. This
is not the case.”
Everyday chores made easy
For Starkville Daily News
Chores are an important part of teaching
children about responsibility. By encourag-
ing kids to be accountable for completing
everyday chores, even at an early age, you
might be surprised at their willingness to
share in the household duties.
Here are some tips from the Walgreens
Ology(tm) team on how to get the kids in-
volved in creating a happy, healthy and clean
Stick to a routine:
Consistency is a key component in mo-
tivating children to follow through with
chores. Make sure to stay on schedule so
your kids don’t get into the habit of procras-
tinating until the following week.
Keep expectations
Go in knowing that your kids aren’t going
to clean in the same way you would. Be sure
to encourage them along the way for their
efforts and resist the urge to criticize or redo
the chores they’ve completed.
Request specific actions:
Make sure you give them clear and specific
tasks to complete. For example, rather than
telling your kids to put their clothes away,
ask them to fold their clothes and put them
in the dresser drawers or hang them in the
Use family-friendly cleaners:
Fight everyday household messes with a
cleaner that’s safer for your family and paper
towels that are better for the environment,
like Ology All-Purpose Cleaner and 100
percent tree-free paper towels. The cleaner’s
plant-based formula is free of harsh solvents,
dyes, ammonia and artificial fragrances. Even
if your child is too young to clean the coun-
tertops themselves, you can feel good about
using these cleaners that contain no harmful
chemicals when you children are close by.
Use a reward chart:
For kids, especially the younger ones, a
visual reward chart is a great motivational
tool and helps children to feel a sense of ac-
complishment. Purchase a set of gold stars or
fun stickers, and allow them to mark off each
chore on the chart once finished. After a cer-
tain number of chores are completed, offer a
small reward for their hard work, such as a
movie of their choosing or a special dessert.
Give ample praise:
Even more important than material re-
wards, is the satisfaction of a job well done.
Make sure to give lots of encouragement
along the way as well as positive feedback
once the chore is complete.
Chores by age group:
As children grow older, their abilities
change and their responsibilities should ad-
just accordingly. Here are some examples
of chores that are appropriate for each age
Children 2 to 3 years old:
u Put toys away
u Stack books and magazines
u Place dirty clothes in hamper
u Fold washcloths
Children 4 to 5 years old:
u Feed pets
u Make the bed
u Water houseplants
u Empty wastebaskets
Children 6 to 7 years old:
u Sweep floors
u Set the table
u Replace toilet paper roll
u Rake leaves
Children 8 to 9 years old:
u Load dishwasher
u Put groceries away
u Walk the dog
u Vacuum
Children 10 and older:
u Mow lawn
u Prepare a simple meal
u Clean countertops
u Do the laundry
For more information on Ology house-
hold, cleaning and personal care products,
available exclusively at Walgreens, visit www.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 5B
of an old piece of jewelry that
resembles red lips. Above her is
the house number and two tiny
baskets for notes to be left by our
front door if we are not at home.
Go back and see a painting
between “Tiny Miss Prissy,”
“Priscilla” and “Little Miss Bully
Belle.” I was only 7 years old
when I painted it. It is a still
life of my art palette, art box, a
“How To Draw” green book. A
turquoise paint rag hung over the
top of the box with an opened
tube of paint on the little table.
We are seeing a finished real
painting in their art studio.
In the front door entrance
way is “Peter Rabbit, Jr.” riding
almost off the porch on his three
wheeler white bike. He is holding
on for “dear life!” He is holding a
huge red brush in his hands and
sporting a real artist black felt hat
with colorful bows in the tip top
of his sporty hat. Look at his tie
died colorful baggy t-shirt over
his green and white plaid overalls.
He is definitely thinking about
riding off to find a landscape to
paint today!
“Miss Dottie” is “The Queen”
of our front porch, and she is
the oldest of the “Porch Char-
acters!” She looks so beautiful
in her white painter’s jump suit.
I bought it at East Mississippi
Lumber Company, and then de-
signed it especially for “Miss Dot-
tie” to wear to go out and paint.
It is a white plastic jump suit, and
I used strips of tape to “splatter”
all over it for color. She is wear-
ing a large Pink straw cowboy
hat on her head with lots of col-
orful bows dangling down on
one side. She is sporting her large
red glasses on the tip end of her
nose. A huge very big paint bag
filled with lots of colors to carry
all of her art supplies inside. The
big bag becomes her paint box!
She has two large brushes in her
hand. See her big pink flower in
the tip top of her bag. She has on
red canvas sandals, a paint paint
sketch book diary, and standing
in her lap is her tiny grand daugh-
ter, “Miss Cutie Pie” dressed up
in a red artist’s hat, back top and
red shirt. She is sporting a tiny
pair of glasses, and is tagging
along with her “Granny” today!
“Miss Cutie Pie” was an extra
special gift to me recently by my
own 9-year-old granddaughter,
Mallory Ann Williams. They are
both rocking in an antique white
Victorian Rocker sitting under-
neath a big clock and tiny framed
picture by the other side of the
front door across from “Miss Sil-
ver Belle.”
“Mollie Golly” has on a very
colorful tie died art art, a paint
splattered neck scarf around her
neck, colorful top and blue jean
shirt and a colorful hem line with
multicolored sandals on her feet.
She is a standing “wo-manne-
Sporting huge sunglasses is
our number one mascot, “Mr.
Mississippi State University Bull-
dawg.” He has a colorful bow
tied on one of his ears to match
“Little Miss Bully Belle’s” bow tie
at the other end of the porch. See
our MSU colors of a Maroon and
White fluffy bow tied around his
neck also matching “Little Miss
Bully Belle’s” bows!
Look at the huge tall wooden
easel with “Miss Artist Palette”
standing “pretty as please” hov-
ering over the top of the entire
porch artistic scene. It was paint-
ed on a cut out palette with the
hole we use to put our thumb
into the palette and rest it on our
left arm in to squirt out all of our
paints on it. She has on her own
artist’s tam with red fluffy pom-
pom along with multicolored
bows on the tip top. See her big
red tie around her neck and red
and white artist smock as her top,
red legging as her pants and black
shoes on her feet. The tall easel
adds height to this porch scene!
Look through the second bay
window down stairs at an an-
tique lamp burning and then spot
another smaller antique Victo-
rian Rocker on the porch. Look
closely, and you’ll see a tip end of
a little replica of our home’s roof
that Mr. Buck Swain designed
and made for us in 2006. It sits
on the porch too. We treasure
this little house because Buck
made it for us. We love both
Buck and his wife and Margaret
Swain very much!
I was the suppose to be the
“Invisible Artist” who created
this scene, but I could not re-
sist getting out my old palette,
which is the same wooden palette
I painted on when I was only 7
years old, and slipping my left
thumb in the hole and picking
up my own brush to join all 10
characters. We as artist use the
odd numbers, and to be perfectly
honest, I needed the number 11
to make the people, places and
everything else have odd number
which as an artist is most eye ap-
pealing. I am sitting on the edge
of the front porch dangling my
feet off to the ground. I have on
a huge red hat with a tie dyed
colorful top, with fringe on the
bottom of it, and a white long
sleeved tee shirt. See the red
brush in my hand dipping into
my old now “antique” wooden
palette. I want to hug and say
“Thanks” to my sweet husband
for 50 years, Frank for snapping
this photo for me!
I hope as an artist I can lift up
one human being’s spirit. I hope
I can make them smile,l augh and
giggle, by creating a new scene
on the porch each month as they
drive by our family home for 6
generations. I know for sure that
I have shared my own life and my
artistic talents with someone else.
This is “The Merry Month of
May,” 2014, and promise me to
live your life each day with GUS-
TO! It’s a very colorful world.
Drive by, wave to us, and we’ll
wave back to you from...
Carole McReynolds Davis, A Lo-
cal Artist who is “Free-Spirited” and
@ “Artistic Creation” and Story
Contact me at carole davis
fc64@ ms. (dot) metrocast. (dot) net
Starkville resident Beverly
Hammett, who is visually
impaired, received her guide
dog, Mazie Grace, from Guide
Dogs of America and said she
was matched with Mazie based
on her lifestyle and individual
“What they do is, before
you go to the school, they ask
you about your interests, they
ask about things you are doing
at home, what the purpose is
for the dog, if you are going to
have it just in your home or if
you are going to be out in the
community, if you have a job
and what exactly you are going
to do,” Hammett said. “Then
from there you do your video
and they observe your video.”
Hammett said applicants
are required to submit a video
displaying how they navigate
through unknown areas and
their gait as they walk. After
a handler is matched with a
dog, Hammett said the biggest
challenge of having a service
animal is encounters with peo-
ple who don’t understand or
respect her dog and questions
her need for a service dog.
“The biggest thing that I
would like people to know is
that where (people with dis-
abilities) go, service dogs are
supposed to go,” Hammett
said. “A lot of our businesses
and a lot of our industries,
they do not see it that way.
People in our community are
unaware that service dogs
are to be with us at all times.
They are not to be separated
and they are not to be taken
away. These dogs are here for
a purpose and their purpose
is to keep us to where we can
navigate safely, but also get to
our destinations.”
Under the American with
Disabilities Act, entities must
permit service animals to ac-
company people with disabili-
ties in all areas where members
of the public are allowed to go.
Hammett said that dogs of
any breed can be service ani-
mals, even shelter and rescue
dogs, and neither service dogs
nor their handlers should not
be discriminated against based
on the dog’s appearance. She
said service dogs will be rec-
ognizable by the vests or har-
nesses they wear and most
handlers will carry the dog’s
registration documents with
them at all times. Hammett
said approaching a service ani-
mal is distracting and can be
extremely dangerous for the
“The next thing is, we need
to educate our community
as to how they need to treat
these dogs,” Hammett said.
“They are service dogs and
they are only attentive to us.
People don’t need to walk up
when we’re working the dogs
and not ask permission (to pet
the dog). When the harness is
up, they’re working. They are
paying total attention to us
and when you distract them
and they lose their train of
thought, it makes us lose our
train of thought and can cause
us to run into a pipe, a wall,
step off a curb or whatever.
For that reason, we need them
to be courteous to us when-
ever they see the dogs.”
Fellow Starkville resident
and service dog handler, Ar-
netta Bradford, has had her
service dog Tessa for six
months. She said people in
our area are not accustomed
to seeing service animals and
often react in inappropriate
“People have the knack
when they see a service dog to
get all panicky,” Bradford said.
“They want to scream and get
all upset by the dog.”
In spite of attracting nega-
tive attention every now and
then, Bradford said owning a
service animal has drastically
changed her life and increased
her independence.
“Now that I have (Tessa)
I love her to death,” Bradford
said. “I wouldn’t take anything
for her. She is wonderful. If it
weren’t for Tessa, I don’t think
I would be able to get around
and be independent. I just
adore her and people like her.”
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Learning all summer long fun, brain-boosting activities for kids
For Starkville Daily News
Lazy summer days may sound refreshing
to parents, however, they may be detrimental
to their children’s educational advancement.
A study by Dr. Harris Cooper, a professor
of psychology at the University of Missouri-
Columbia, reveals that students can lose an
average of one to three months of what they
learned upon returning back to school after
summer break.
Parents can help their children avoid this
“summer slide” by reinvigorating creativity,
innovation and education during the summer.
When you provide your kids with brain-stim-
ulating experiences during the summer, you
can help them to retain what they spent all
year learning. This could help them begin the
new school year with higher aptitude and give
them a competitive educational edge. After all,
knowledge is power.
Brain-boosting activities
When looking for activities for your kids
during their break, think beyond the pool.
There are many ways to get those brain juic-
es flowing throughout the warmer weather
months. Here are several engaging activities
your kids will think are so fun they won’t even
know they’re learning.
Use books for family bonding
A family book club is a great way to get in
more bonding time while also encouraging a
love of reading. The children’s section of the
local library or bookstore is a great place to
find books that also tie in scientific lessons.
Kids will love digging into tales about di-
nosaurs, exploring new galaxies in space and
reading about the biology of deep-sea crea-
tures. Discuss any characters, plot and theme
ideas in an interactive fashion that allows ev-
ery family member to take part in a stimulat-
ing literary discussion.
Celebrate the curious mind
Does your child have a curious mind? En-
courage inquisitiveness by enrolling them in
a specialized summer camp, such as those of-
fered by Camp Invention, which is supported
by the United States Patent and Trademark
Office with curriculum developed by inductees
of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Led
by local educators, this weeklong experience
immerses elementary school children in engag-
ing real-world challenges where they can turn
wonder into discoveries. Each themed module
uses connections between science, technology,
engineering and math to inspire innovation.
Use your community’s resources
Check your local museums, libraries and
other community centers for classes, work-
shops and other great learning opportunities
for your kids. Give them a journal to help
them keep track of all the things that they are
Talk to their teachers
Figure out what kind of lessons they will
be covering in the upcoming school year and
incorporate it into your summer schedule.
For example, plan local field trips to historic
monuments that they may be learning about
in next year’s history class.
Give them a journal
Every child loves having a special spot
to keep a record of their wonderful summer
trips, times with friends and even drawings.
Encourage them to keep a journal where they
can tap into their scientific side by jotting
down different discoveries - from tracking
plant growth in the garden to drawing bugs
in the backyard.
Questions to Consider
When Finding a Camp
Many parents fondly look back on spending
their own childhood summer days at camp.
And because today’s camps offer a much larg-
er spectrum of specialty programs, while also
featuring a more individualized experience for
youngsters, Camp Invention, a premier sum-
mer enrichment day camp program, suggests
asking these questions to help select the per-
fect summertime program:
u Does your child have special interests or
talents that they would like to build on or de-
u Is your child willing to try or learn new
u What goals do you have for your child
while they attend summer camp?
u How much can you afford for a camp
Building Science Skills at Home
Because science is everywhere, it’s easy to
make every day a learning experience that in-
spires curiosity for your little one. Here are a
few ways to incorporate this important sub-
ject into your family’s daily summer routine:
Family Vacations
Vacations are a great way to expand sci-
entific knowledge through exploration. Point
out the rock formations while visiting a na-
tional park, discuss animal tracks while taking
a hike or check out the natural history mu-
seum in the town you are visiting.
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Treat mom to Knockout, hybrid tea roses at home
Flowers are al-
ways high on the
gift list for Moth-
er’s Day, and rose
plants for the
garden are a great
way to remember
the day year after
There are lots
of roses from
which to choose.
Shrub roses are
really popular
and pretty easy
to grow and maintain in the
landscape. Knockouts may be
the most well-known of this
Knockout roses produce
flower clusters nonstop in
huge numbers. Flower colors
range from red to pink and
yellow; blooms can be 3 1/2
inches in diameter. This plant
has multiseason interest. The
foliage is a dark, glossy green
in the spring and summer, and
it puts on a deep maroon-pur-
ple show in the fall.
Knockouts can grow into
large shrubs that need to be
cut back for the best landscape
performance. Prune them ear-
ly each spring, cutting them
back by about 50 percent. Cut
the canes at a 45-degree angle
facing out to prevent them
from holding water. In late
July or early August, prune
again by about one third. This
pruning stimulates vigorous
growth the next spring and
maintains abundant flowering
through the first hard frost.
If your Mom is an experi-
enced gardener, then she may
appreciate receiving a hybrid
tea rose. Unlike the shrub-
type roses, hybrid tea roses
typically produce a single
flower at the end of each stem
and are perfect for cutting
and enjoying in a vase. One
of the most attractive features
of these roses is the number of
petals on each flower. Some
selections can have up to 60
petals per flower.
There is a dizzying array of
tea rose colors to bring home
from the garden center. In
Mississippi, hybrid
tea roses can suf-
fer from soil-borne
problems, but there
is a solution. Hy-
brid tea roses that
have been grafted
onto a fortuniana
rootstock display
improved vigor
and survivability.
Hybrid tea roses
are susceptible to
leaf diseases such as
black spot and Cer-
cospora leaf spot in the spring
and fall. Controlling these
diseases is essential for high-
quality roses. Commercial for-
mulations with either propi-
conazole or chlorothalonil can
provide effective control. Al-
ways follow label instructions.
Plant roses in a location
that receives at least five hours
of full sun each day. Morn-
ing sun is most beneficial.
Incorporate good organic
matter into the landscape bed
at planting, raising the bed
above the normal grade to
improve drainage around the
plant crown. Keep the soil
moisture consistent using drip
irrigation or soaker hoses, and
try to avoid overhead water-
Pruning roses is actually
very easy, but the hard part
is getting over the feeling
that it’s necessary. Always use
bypass pruners because they
produce the best and cleanest
cut, like scissors cutting pa-
per. Anvil pruners, while less
expensive, do a great deal of
damage by crushing the stem
of the rose. Crushed stems are
not attractive and can let dis-
ease organisms into the plant.
Always protect yourself
when pruning roses. Heavy-
duty leather gloves are a must,
along with long sleeves to
keep those pesky thorns at
A rosarian friend of mine
has told me on numerous oc-
casions that growing roses
should be an enjoyable hobby.
Don’t make it a job. And have
a happy Mother’s Day!
Knockout roses produce nonstop clusters of huge flowers and are popular and easy to grow in the landscape. (Photo by
MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
Hybrid tea roses come in a dizzying array of colors and typically produce a single flower at the end of each stem, making
them perfect for cutting and enjoying in a vase indoors. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
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6c Inside
California Chrome
wins Kentucky Derby
College Baseball
MSU devotes
time, effort
to help need
he people of Mississippi
know and understand
how to step up to the
plate when it comes to helping
someone who is in need.
It has been a very difficult
time for our state with the
destructive tornadoes that hit
Louisville in Winston County,
Tupelo in Lee County, part of
Lowndes County and other
areas last Monday.
As has been the case in
the past, there has not been a
shortage of generosity shown in
situations such as this.
Assistance this week has
come from many places, but it
was good to see the Mississippi
State athletic department take
an active role in the relief effort.
While walking up the hill
to attend Wednesday night’s
baseball game between MSU
and Jacksonville State, it was
impressive to see and hard not
to notice all of the tents located
to the right of the Palmeiro
Center. The tents were a part of
a relief center and shelter so first
responders would have a place
to stay.
The relief center is being
coordinated by the Mississippi
Emergency Management
Bulldog baseball players
were front and center in the
construction effort despite
being right in the middle of
their season with some very
important games coming
up. There are also exams to
The football, softball,
volleyball and soccer players
were also involved in setting up
tents. Several teams are making
plans to get involved in other
areas around the state.
It wasn’t just the MSU
athletes that were present, but
also members of the athletic
department staff, graduate
assistant coaches, weight room
staff and equipment staff were
there to lend a hand.
The families of Bulldog
football coach Dan Mullen and
men’s basketball coach Rick
Ray have volunteered their
Ray went as far as loading
a bus of items and took it to
Tupelo. His family stepped
up their spring cleaning and
donated clothes to the victims.
Mississippi is a strong and
proud state. The act of serving
has never been a problem for
those who live here.
Even rivals come together in
times such as this.
Louisville baseball coach
Charlie Smith lost his home
in the tornado and wasn’t sure
what his team was going to do
initially as far as hosting a first
round playoff series.
The Wildcats were able to
play at home and it was good
for them to be able to do that,
but it is my understanding that
Starkville High School coach
Travis Garner was making
plans to have Yellowjacket
Stadium/Carlisle Field available
if Louisville needed a place to
have a game.
It was a tough and tense
couple of days while the storms
rumbled through the area,
but Mississippi is strong and
there’s no doubt in my mind
that Louisville and Tupelo
will bounce back better than
ever like other cities and
communities have over the
years that have faced similar
Danny P. Smith is sports editor
and columnist for the Starkville
Daily News. The opinions in
this column are his and do not
necessarily refect the views of
the Daily News or its staff.
Mississippi State infielder Matthew Britton (15) throws an
Auburn player out at first base Saturday. (Photo by Julie
Bennett,, AP)
Mississippi State’s Ross Mitchell (48) pitches against Auburn on Saturday. (Photo by Julie
Bennett,, AP)
MSU beats Auburn again 3-0
For Starkville Daily News
AUBURN, Ala. – Another night at Plainsman Park and another shutout.
Ross Mitchell threw his fourth complete game of the season as the Mississippi
State baseball team made it back-to-back shutouts with a 3-0 win over Auburn
in a Southeastern Conference game played before a regional television audience
Saturday night.
Mitchell has thrown all four complete games in league play. The back-to-back
shutouts have occurred twice this season and the team has now five shutouts
overall. MSU clinched its fifth conference series win.
MSU improved to 30-18 overall and 13-10 in league play. The Bulldogs
are now tied with Alabama for third place in the Western Division standings.
Auburn slipped to 25-22 and 9-14.
Mitchell was pitching with a heavy heart as his grandfather passed away this
past week.
“Ross had 10 ground ball outs,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Auburn
had more balls in the air than usual. We defended well enough. Brett Pirtle made
two great defensive plays. Alex Detz has played well at first base this weekend.
“We are doing what we do. We are negotiating pitches, defending and scoring
enough runs.”
In the series opener, Trevor Fitts, Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder
combined for a 3-0 shutout victory. Mitchell (7-4) went at it alone on Saturday
as he threw for 132 pitches and allowed four total hits.
In the third inning, the Bulldogs scored all of their runs. Jake Vickerson and
Derrick Armstrong started things with walks. C.T. Bradford followed with a RBI
single, giving him three of the team’s six RBI for the weekend. A ground ball out
by Detz scored another run, while a RBI double by Pirtle capped the scoring in
that inning and for the game.
“Timely hitting is the key,” Cohen said. “I look at the scores around the league
and the teams that can put together one big inning will win. Pitching and defense
are important. Our kids believe they are going to win. It is important to believe.
We are finding a way to score enough runs.”
MSU finished with six hitters, including no multiple hitters. Auburn, which
left the bases loaded in the ninth inning, finished with four hits and no multiple
hitters. Keegan Thompson (5-3) took the loss for the Tigers.
The series finale is at 1 p.m. today.
3 0
High School Baseball
High School Softball
East Webster pitcher Cody Boland (16) works against East Union on Saturday, while Jack
Wilson defends his second base position. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)
East Webster
uses five-run
fifth for win
MABEN – The East Webster Wolverines liked the number
five to keep them alive in the Class 2A postseason.
With five runs in the fifth inning, East Webster was able
to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat East Union 8-3 on
The Wolverines won the series 2-1 and advanced to meet
Mantachie next weekend with the first game being at home on
Bailie Springfield
Lady Wolverines complete sweep
MABEN – After taking game one
in Baldwyn, the East Webster Lady
Wolverines returned home to Nikki Jones
Memorial Field on Saturday where they
picked up a 9-5 win over Baldwyn to
sweep the series and move one step closer
to the Class 2A State championship.
“You have to take it one round at
a time,” East Webster head coach Lee
Berryhill said. “Of course, Baldwyn is a
great team. They are very athletic and have
good pitching. They are a solid, quality
ball team. We were fortunate to get passed
them. I am happy for us to move on
because it is all about moving on to the
next round. It is not about the opponents
you play, but it is about what we do. We
have to do our job, (and) what we are
capable of doing.”
The Lady Wolverines struck first with
a Madison Flemings triple to right center
scoring Jennah Pate from first. Kendall
Wilkinson followed up with a single to
right to score Flemings.
Mamie Hollenhead kept the momentum
going for East Webster as she drove in
Wilkinson with a line drive hit to left
field. Baldwyn’s throw got away allowing
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MSU Brown
The number of consectuve scoreless in-
nings the Mississippi State pitching staff
has tossed against Auburn this weekend.
“The NCAA is probably the most
reprehensible organization God
ever created.”
Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown said.
College Baseball
Southeastern Conference Glance
SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct.
Florida 17-6 .740 32-15 .681
S. Carolina 13-10 .565 35-12 .745
Vanderbilt 13-10 .565 35-12 .745
Tennessee 10-14 .417 28-17 .622
Kentucky 10-14 .417 28-19 .596
Georgia 8-14-1 .370 22-23-1 .489
Missouri 6-17 .261 20-26 .435
SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct.
Ole Miss 15-8 .652 35-13 .729
LSU 13-9-1 .587 35-12-1 .740
Alabama 13-10 .565 30-17 .638
Miss. State 13-10 .565 30-18 .625
Texas A&M 11-12 .478 29-19 .604
Arkansas 10-13 .435 29-20 .592
Auburn 9-14 .391 25-22 .532
Tuesday’s Games
Arkansas 4, Missouri State 1
Tennessee at Middle Tennessee, ccd.
LSU 9, Alcorn State 7
Missouri 6, SE Missouri St. 5, 11 innings
Texas A&M 9, Texas State 2
Wednesday’s Games
Jacksonville St. 2, Miss. State 1
Southern Miss 7, Ole Miss 6
Alabama 9, Samford 5
Thursday’s Game
Kentucky 15, Tennessee 1
Friday’s Games
Miss. State 3, Auburn 0
Ole Miss 3, Arkansas 2
Florida 7, Alabama 3
LSU 5 Texas A&M 4, 10 innings
Tennessee 8, Kentucky 2
Georgia 3, S. Carolina 1
Vanderbilt 8, Missouri 3
Saturday’s Games
MSU 3, Auburn 0
Ole Miss 7, Arkansas 4
Florida 4, Alabama 3
Texas A&M 3, LSU 2
Tennessee 5, Kentucky 1
S. Carolina 5, Georgia 2
Vanderbilt 5, Missouri 1
Today’s Games
Miss. State at Auburn, 1 p.m.
Arkansas at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m.
Florida at Alabama, 2:05 p.m.
LSU at Texas A&M, 1 p.m.
S. Carolina at Georgia, noon
Vanderbilt at Missouri, 1 p.m.
Major League Baseball
At A Glance
All Times EDT
National League
East Division
W L Pct GB
Atlanta 17 12 .586 —
Washington 17 13 .567 ½
New York 15 13 .536 1½
Miami 15 14 .517 2
Philadelphia 14 14 .500 2½
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 21 10 .677 —
St. Louis 15 16 .484 6
Cincinnati 14 16 .467 6½
Pittsburgh 12 18 .400 8½
Chicago 11 17 .393 8½
West Division
W L Pct GB
San Francisco 19 11 .633 —
Colorado 18 13 .581 1½
Los Angeles 17 13 .567 2
San Diego 13 17 .433 6
Arizona 10 22 .313 10
Friday’s Games
Chicago Cubs 6, St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 6, Toronto 5
Washington 5, Philadelphia 3
Miami 6, L.A. Dodgers 3
Milwaukee 2, Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 2, Atlanta 1
Colorado 10, N.Y. Mets 3
Arizona 2, San Diego 0
Saturday’s Games
Chicago Cubs 3, St. Louis 0
Pittsburgh 8, Toronto 6
Philadelphia 7, Washington 2
Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 2
San Francisco 3, Atlanta 1
L.A. Dodgers at Miami, late
N.Y. Mets at Colorado, late
Arizona at San Diego, late
Today’s Games
L.A. Dodgers (Undecided) at Miami
(Fernandez 4-1), 1:10 p.m.
San Francisco (Bumgarner 2-3) at
Atlanta (A.Wood 2-4), 1:35 p.m.
Toronto (McGowan 1-1) at Pittsburgh
(Volquez 1-2), 1:35 p.m.
Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-1) at
Philadelphia (R.Hernandez 1-1), 3:05
Arizona (Miley 2-3) at San Diego (T.Ross
3-3), 4:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (Lohse 4-1) at Cincinnati
(Simon 4-1), 4:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Gee 2-1) at Colorado
(Undecided), 4:10 p.m.
St. Louis (Lynn 4-1) at Chicago Cubs
(Hammel 4-1), 8:05 p.m.
Monday’s Games
L.A. Dodgers at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Toronto at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs,
8:05 p.m.
Arizona at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
Texas at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Kansas City at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
American League
East Division
W L Pct GB
New York 16 13 .552 —
Baltimore 15 13 .536 ½
Boston 15 16 .484 2
Tampa Bay 14 17 .452 3
Toronto 13 17 .433 3½
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Detroit 16 9 .640 —
Kansas City 14 15 .483 4
Minnesota 13 15 .464 4½
Chicago 14 17 .452 5
Cleveland 13 17 .433 5½
West Division
W L Pct GB
Oakland 18 12 .600 —
Texas 16 13 .552 1½
Los Angeles 14 14 .500 3
Seattle 13 15 .464 4
Houston 10 20 .333 8
Friday’s Games
Cleveland 12, Chicago White Sox 5
Tampa Bay 10, N.Y. Yankees 5, 14
Pittsburgh 6, Toronto 5
Boston 7, Oakland 1
Baltimore 3, Minnesota 0
Detroit 8, Kansas City 2
Houston 5, Seattle 4, 11 innings
Texas 5, L.A. Angels 2
Saturday’s Games
N.Y. Yankees 9, Tampa Bay 3
Boston 6, Oakland 3
Minnesota 6, Baltimore 1
Seattle 9, Houston 8
Cleveland 2, Chicago White Sox 0
Pittsburgh 8, Toronto 6
Detroit 9, Kansas City 2
Texas at L.A. Angels, late
Today’s Games
Chicago White Sox (Rienzo 2-0) at
Cleveland (Kluber 2-3), 1:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Bedard 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees
(Sabathia 3-3), 1:05 p.m.
Oakland (Gray 4-1) at Boston (Lackey
4-2), 1:35 p.m.
Toronto (McGowan 1-1) at Pittsburgh
(Volquez 1-2), 1:35 p.m.
Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 1-2) at
Minnesota (P.Hughes 2-1), 2:10 p.m.
Detroit (Verlander 3-1) at Kansas City
(Vargas 2-0), 2:10 p.m.
Seattle (Maurer 0-0) at Houston
(McHugh 2-0), 2:10 p.m.
Texas (Darvish 1-1) at L.A. Angels
(Skaggs 2-0), 3:35 p.m.
Monday’s Games
Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.
Toronto at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs,
8:05 p.m.
Texas at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Kansas City at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
National Basketball Association
Daily Playoff Glance
All Times EDT
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
Saturday, May 3
Indiana 92, Atlanta 80, Indiana wins
series 4-3
Oklahoma City 120, Memphis 109,
Oklahoma City wins series 4-3
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, late
Today, May 4
Brooklyn at Toronto, 1 p.m.
Dallas at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m.
NFL Draft Order
At New York
May 8-10
First Round
1. Houston
2. St. Louis (from Was.)
3. Jacksonville
4. Cleveland
5. Oakland
6. Atlanta
7. Tampa Bay
8. Minnesota
9. Buffalo
10. Detroit
11. Tennessee
12. N.Y. Giants
13. St. Louis
14. Chicago
15. Pittsburgh
16. Dallas
17. Baltimore
18. N.Y. Jets
19. Miami
20. Arizona
21. Green Bay
22. Philadelphia
23. Kansas City
24. Cincinnati
25. San Diego
26. Cleveland (from Ind.)
27. New Orleans
28. Carolina
29. New England
30. San Francisco
31. Denver
32. Seattle
Horse Racing
Kentucky Derby Finish
1. California Chrome
2. Commanding Curve
3. Danza
4. Wicked Strong
5. Samraat
6. Dance With Fate
7. Ride On Curlin
8. Medal Count
9. Chitu
10. We Miss Artie
11. General a Rod
12. Intense Holiday
13. Candy Boy
14. Uncle Sigh
15. Tapiture
16. Harry’s Holiday
17. Vinceremos
18. Wildcat Red
19. Vicar’s in Trouble
College Baseball
Mississippi State at Auburn, 1 p.m.
College Softball
Mississippi State at LSU, 1 p.m.
Brett Pirtle and the Mississippi State Bulldogs looks to
complete a series sweep at Auburn with today’s 1 p.m.
game. (Photo by Lee Adams)
6 p.m.
ESPN2 — Spokane at Los Angeles
FOX — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Aaron’s
499, at Talladega, Ala.
FS1 — USCC, Prototype Challenge/
GT Daytona, Monterey Grand Prix, at
Monterey, Calif.
4:30 p.m.
FS1 — USCC, Prototype/GT Le Mans,
Monterey Grand Prix, at Monterey,
1 p.m.
ESPNU — LSU at Texas A&M
ESPN — Florida at Arkansas
2 p.m.
ESPN — Stanford at UCLA
5:30 a.m.
TGC — European PGA Tour, The
Championship at Laguna National,
final round, at Singapore (same-day
TGC — PGA Tour, Wells Fargo Cham-
pionship, final round, at Charlotte,
2 p.m.
CBS — PGA Tour, Wells Fargo Cham-
pionship, final round, at Charlotte,
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6 p.m.
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cisco at Atlanta or Tampa Bay at N.Y.
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7 p.m.
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FS1 — MotoGP World Championship,
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2 p.m.
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9:55 a.m.
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College Baseball
For Starkville Daily News
TUSCALOOSA, Fla. – Freshman A.J. Puk delivered the
game-winning RBI single and earned the victory as No. 12
Florida came from behind to defeat No. 20 Alabama 4-3 on
Saturday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
With their 10th league win in a row, the Gators (32-
15, 17-6) secured their fourth-straight series triumph and
maintained their two-game advantage over No. 16 Ole Miss
in the standings. Trailing by a run in the sixth, UF tied the
game on a solo shot by junior Taylor Gushue and Puk moved
the visitors in front with a base-hit that scored freshman
Peter Alonso.
Puk (4-2) worked 2.2 scoreless innings and was followed
to the mound by freshman Dane Dunning (2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K)
and freshman Kirby Snead (inning-ending strikeout in the
eighth) before junior Ryan Harris tossed a perfect ninth to
collect his team-leading fifth save. The Gators notched their
13th one-run victory, the most in the country, and earned
their 13th win when trailing this season. The Crimson Tide
fell to 30-17 overall and 13-10 in league action.
Florida opened the scoring in the third inning when
junior Casey Turgeon scored on a wild pitch from junior
Justin Kamplain (4-3). Turgeon had drawn a one-out walk
and moved to third base on a base-hit into right field by
sophomore Richie Martin.
Alabama erupted for three runs on three hits in the
bottom of the frame to take a 3-1 lead. Sophomore Mikey
White was hit by a pitch, sophomore Georgie Salem walked
and junior Ben Moore bunted to load the bases with none
out. Redshirt junior Wade Wass had an RBI single into right
field, a fielder’s choice by senior Austen Smith scored Salem
and sophomore Kyle Overstreet had a RBI single into left
center to end the afternoon for sophomore Aaron Rhodes.
Puk notched a strikeout and freshman left fielder Ryan Larson
gunned down Smith at the plate to complete the frame.
After Larson singled with one down in the fifth, Turgeon
roped a double into right center to narrow the Gators’ deficit
to 3-2. Kamplain induced consecutive fly-outs by Martin and
sophomore Harrison Bader to keep the hosts ahead.
Gushue began the sixth with his team-leading fifth homer
that slammed the scoreboard overlooking left center field. It
was Gushue’s first dinger since April 5 at Kentucky. After
Alonso walked and went to second on a wild pitch from
sophomore Ray Castillo, Puk delivered an RBI single into
left center to put the Gators on top, 4-3.
Ole Miss 7, Arkansas 4
OXFORD – The Rebels fell behind early, but the pitching
staff settled in as the offense heated up and No. 10 Ole Miss
(35-13, 15-8 SEC) rallied to clinch the weekend series with
a win over Arkansas (29-20, 10-13 SEC) at Swayze Field.
After surrendering four runs in the top of the first, the
Rebels rallied with three runs in the bottom of the first and
the pitching staff took over from there to put zeros on the
board in the next eight innings as Ole Miss rallied for the
Christian Trent (7-0) picked up the win, allowing four
runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.
The southpaw allowed only two baserunners in the next 15
batters faced after surrendering the four runs in the first with
one out to keep the Rebels alive in the game.
Ole Miss’ Josh Laxer picked up his fifth save of the season,
allowing one hit as he worked the ninth. He was one of
four pitchers used on the afternoon as the Rebels ‘ bullpen
allowed only three hits and tallied 4.0 scoreless innings of
work down the stretch.
Jalen Beeks (5-4) took the loss for the Razorbacks,
allowing six runs – five earned – on 10 hits with two walks
and a strikeout in 3.2 innings of work.
Texas A&M 3, LSU 2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Cole Lankford delivered
the endgame in the ninth inning, allowing the Texas A&M
Aggies to capitalize on a complete-game effort by Daniel
Mengden in a win over No. 5 LSU.
The victory came on the heels of a 10-inning, 5-4 win
by LSU in the series opener Friday evening. Texas A&M
improved to 29-19 on the year and 11-12 in SEC play. The
Tigers dropped to 35-12-1 overall and 13-9-1 in SEC action.
Tennessee 5, Kentucky 1
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore southpaw Andy Cox
finished off Tennessee’s series win over No. 25 Kentucky
with an exclamation mark, carrying a no-hitter into the
seventh inning to lead the Vols to a series-clinching win over
the Wildcats.
A day after senior right-hander Nick Williams carried the
Puk pitches Florida
to a win over Bama
Florida’s Ryan Larson, Buddy Reed and Harrison
Bader celebrate their win over Alabama on Saturday in
Tuscaloosa. (Photo by Vasha Hunt,, AP)
See SEC | Page 8C
Sunday, May 4, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3C
The Starkville Soccer Association Under-10 girls, sponsored by Starkville Samaritan Club.
claimed the gold medial at the Northern District championships. The members of the team
are coach Andrew Martin, from left, Zoe Elder, Kirsten Monk, Parker Martin, Anna Claire Heflin,
Avery Gordon, Emma Wilson, Julia McPherson, Libby Mattox, Laighton Green and coach
Doug Heflin. (Submitted photo)
The Starkville Soccer Association Under-10 boys, sponsored by Synergetics DCS Inc.,
captured the gold medal at the Northern District championships. The members of the team
are Henry Zimmerman, front from left, Griffin Davis, Briggs Bennett, Brayden Green, Caleb
Butler; and coach Stephen Green, back from left, Elvin Sabanadzovic, Max Buehler, Andrew
Pollan, Jackson Powney, Isaac Lepard, Oscar Rezek, Ashton Staton and coach Brian Bennett.
(Submitted photo)
The Starkville Soccer Association Under-12 boys Callaway Orthodontics Inferno captured
first place at the Northern District championships. The members of the team are Xavier Petty,
from left, Dawson Green, Christian Leach, Ahmed Hassan, Ryan Leach, Brandon Gandy,
Maverick Brasher, Tanner Moore, coach Rob Leach, and Lawson Dale (Columbus). (Submitted
The Starkville Soccer Association Under-12 girls, sponsored by Callaway Orthodontics,
finished third at the Northern District championships. The members of the team are Abigayle
Green, from left, Karlie Brooks, Skyler Miller, Shannon Dewberry, Hannah Pickle, Nadia
Borazjani, Audrey McReynolds, Bella Page, Carlyn Reed, Mary Driskill, Isabell Brabham and
Rachel Adair. (Submitted photo)
The Starkville Soccer Association Under-14 boys, sponsored by Callaway Orthodontics, won
the gold medal at the Northern District championships. The members of the team are Nathan
Pollan, from from left, Tristan Morris, Joseph Houston, Stephon Kreigal, Garrett Smith, Manuel
Martinez, Montana Brasher, Brandon Gilliland, Sean Mackin, coach Michael Lindsay; and Bates
Bennett, back from left, Alex Mulrooney, Joshua Gwaltney, Reese Dunne, Gray Easterling,
Nestor Bonilla, Jordan Monk and Chris Taylor. (Submitted photo)
For Starkville Daily News
Four Starkville teams captured championships
at the Mississippi Soccer Association’s Northern
District Tournament, while a fifth team captured
bronze medals despite stormy weather last
weekend in Oxford. The teams will represent
Starkville Soccer Association at the American
Kohl’s Cup state championships May 10-11, in
Champions for SSA included Under-10 boys
Synergetics, Under-10 girls Starkville Samaritan
Club, Under-12 boys Callaway Orthodontics,
and Under-14 boys Callaway Orthodontics.
Under-12 girls Callaway Orthodontics captured
third place at the event. Due to stormy weather
that delayed regular action all day Sunday, the
actual championship games were all decided by
penalty kick shoot-outs early Sunday night. In
soccer, shoot-out victories are scored 1-0.
In Under-10 girls play the Starkville
Samaritan Club won their bracket with 25
points after edging Tupelo Engineers 4-3,
thrashing Hernando Moore 11-0, and drawing
with Saltillow Futbol Club 4-4. In semi-final
action they thrashed Columbus Calloway 6-0,
and Tupelo Pain Management conceded the
championship based on points.
The Under-10 boys side, not to be out done,
won their bracket with 6-1 stomping of Tupelo
Kiwanis, and a 9-0 thrashing of Tupelo Mercier,
despite falling to Columbus Bancorp 3-2 Sunday
morning. The boys earned a wildcard into the
semifinals where they beat Caledonia 3-0. In
the PK shoot-out for the championship against
Columbus Bancorp, after five kicks the sides
were tied at two each. In the sudden death that
followed, Isaac Lepard scored what would be
the winning shot, when Keeper Briggs Bennett
made the save of the Columbus shot.
Under-12 girls Callaway Orthodontics
opened with a close 4-3 victory over the
Caledonia Knight team, before thrashing
Hernando Safley 9-0, and winning their bracket
with a convincing 4-0 shutout over Tupelo
BNA. In semifinal play, however, Callaway fell
to eventual tournament champions Columbus
Eurocopter 5-0, while Caledonia conceded the
championship based on points.
In Under-12 boys action Callaway
Orthodontics Inferno opened bracket play by
throttling Tupelo Magic 11-0, before beating a
scrappy Hernando Edge team 8-2, and winning
their bracket with a 4-0 shutout victory over
Oxford Galaxy. Inferno advanced to semifinal
play where they shut out Oxford Futbol Club
4-0 in a game called just after the half due to
stormy weather. In their PK shootout final,
Starkville was tied with DeSoto County SA 3-3
after four kicks before winning with a shot to
the left upper 90 by Ryan Leach.
In Under-14 boys play the match-up with
DeSoto County resulted in 9-0 and 10-0 shut-
outs by Starkville Callaway Orthodontics to
capture top seeding for the state tournament.
This week the Starkville recreational teams
hold their final week of practice in preparation
for the American Kohl’s Cup, even as challenge
teams in Starkville prepare for President’s Cup
and State Games of Mississippi, among other
tournaments in their final two months of action.
SSA President Sean Owen was proud of the
progress made by Starkville teams this year.
Past president Rob Leach said he could not
remember the last time there were four district
champions from Starkville in the same year.
Sponsor manager Jimmy McPherson thanked
Platinum sponsor Callaway Orthodontics and
partners Coever Coaching, Dick’s Sporting
Goods, and Starkville Parks & Recreation
Department, Tournament sponsors Coca-Cola,
Dasani, Powerade, and the Greater Starkville
Development Project, Diamond Sponsors
Oktibbeha County Hospital, Rotary, Starkville
Radiology, Tutti Frutti, William Wells, and
Zaxby’s, Silver Sponsors BankFirst, Cadence
and Synergetics, as well as the many Bronze
level sponsors that together helped the league
provide low player fees, host three soccer
tournaments in Starkville, and provide the
player development that has propelled these
teams to postseason success.
SSA captures four titles
at Northern District event
Youth Soccer
Track and Field
Jacket athletes
bring home five
North State titles
SDN Staff
MADISON – The Starkville
Yellowjackets claimed five first-
place finishes at the Class 6A
North State track meet hosted
by Madison Central High
School on Saturday.
Kate Mattox picked up two
of those wins with a personal
best of 5:05 in the 1600-meter
run and also came out on top
in the 3200-meter run with a
time of 10:58.
Alex Ross became the
North State champion in the
1600-meter run with a time of
4:37 and finished third in the
3200-meter run with a time of
Charlie Henderson won
the pole vault with a throw
of 13 feet, while Raleshia Gee
captured the long jump with a
leap of 17 feet and 8.5 inches.
Also punching their tickets
to next week’s State meet
were Emily Woomer, who
placed second in the 400
meters, Christian Kingery,
won finished fourth in the 400
meters, and Walker Mattox
was third in the 1600 meters
run with a personal best 5:23
and was fourth in the 3200
meters with a time of 11:52.7.
Bulldogs capture second at Lacoste
For Starkville Daily News
On day two of the Jace Lacoste
Invitational, Mississippi State track and
field captured second-place team finishes
in front of a home crowd at W.O. Spencer
“Competing in front of the hometown
fans energizes athletes,” MSU coach
Steve Dudley said. “(On Saturday) we
capitalized on that energy and used it to
our advantage to post a successful meet. It
especially feels good to have this success at
this particular meet, since its purpose is to
honor one of our own.”
In its final regular season meet, MSU
tallied six wins en route to earning 156
points on the men’s side and 109.5 on the
women’s side.
Rochelle Farquaharson claimed a first-
place finish in the women’s long jump
with a mark of 20-10.50, while Ebony
Brinker won the women’s triple jump at
40-00.50. The duo’s top finishes weren’t
the only highlight of the Bulldogs’ field
action, as State posted eight more top-5
finishes off the track.
Winning the men’s javelin, Piotr
Antosik threw for 215-00. Following him
in second was Austin Britton with a mark
of 196-04. Tautvydas Kieras, who tossed
a school-record 186-05 last weekend
at the Golden Eagle Classic, turned in
a throw of 184-07 to finish third in the
men’s discus.
Haley Reynolds posted two personal-
bests on the day, a 45-02.50 in the
women’s shot put to finish third, coupled
with a fifth-place score of 145-03 in the
discus throw.
Dudley’s squads also showcased their
speed, garnering three wins from a set of
hurdlers. Keisha Wallace (13.70) took first
in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, while
Javon Davis (14.14) and Scottie Hearn
(51.04) won the men’s 110-meter hurdles
and 400-meter hurdles, respectively. Davis
followed Hearn in the 400-meter hurdles
with a second-place time of 51.61.
Charles Taylor (10.70) and Marshall
Nunn (10.74) clocked personal bests to
finish third and fifth, respectively, in the
men’s 100-meter dash.
With a personal-best 2:05.73,
Rhianwedd Price crossed the line second
in the women’s 800-meter run.
MSU also boasted a pair of second-
place finishes in the 3000-meter
steeplechase, as Emma Neigel turned in a
time of 11:25.52 and Curtis Kelly posted
a season-best 9:41.01.
To close out this year’s Jace Lacoste
Invitational, both Bulldog 4x400-meter
relay teams earned commendable finishes.
The men’s quartet of Brandon McBride,
Hearn, Alistair Moona and Dustin James
II ran a 3:10.00 for a spot in second.
The women’s foursome of Ocian Archer,
Wallace, Ste’yce McNeil and Peli Alzola
clocked a 3:43.37 to finish third.
The Bulldogs will now turn their focus
to the 2014 Southeastern Conference
Outdoor Championships, slated for May
15-18 in Lexington.
Page 4C • Starkville Daily News • Sunday, May 4, 2014
National League
Chicago Cubs’ Junior Lake celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth
inning. (Photo by Andrew A. Nelles, AP)
Associated Press
CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta tried to tamper
his pregame butterflies.
Making his big league season debut following
shoulder stiffness, Arrieta struck out seven in 5
1/3 shutout innings Saturday as the Cubs beat
the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 for their first three-
game winning streak this season.
Arrieta said pitching at Wrigley Field has
become a special experience for him dating to
his Cubs debut last season, also was against the
Arrieta walked two and threw 82 pitches.
The Cardinals put five runners on base through
the first three innings.
“Command of my sinker down in the zone
was working really good, establishing the
curveball early in the game,” he said. “The more
you do that with secondary stuff, the less they
can eliminate certain pitches later in the game.
That’s kind of what we had going for us.”
Chicago’s bullpen combined for three-hit
relief, finishing a seven-hitter. Brian Schlitter
(1-0) got two outs for the win, and Hector
Rondon worked around a pair of leadoff singles
in the ninth for his third save.
Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo homered for
the Cubs, who hadn’t won three straight a series
sweep at San Francisco last July 26-28.
A day after the Cubs defeated Adam
Wainwright, Michael Wacha (2-3) allowed two
runs, five hits and three walks in six innings.
Lake hit a two-run homer in the sixth
for a 2-0 lead. He also doubled on a 3-for-3
“It’s just frustrating, really,” Wacha said. “I
served one up there, and they go up two runs.
You just can’t afford that in that situation.”
Rizzo led off the eighth with sixth home run,
and third in three games. He connected on the
first pitch he saw from Randy Choate.
“We know we’re a good team,” Rizzo said.
“It’s just about getting the wins. Today we got
the win. The last few days we’ve gotten a win.
It’s just about staying with it, keep battling.”
Yadier Molina and Jhonny Peralta opened
the ninth with singles off Rondon. But he got
Jon Jay to hit into a double play and struck out
Mark Ellis.
St. Louis, which stranded eight runners, has
scored two runs or fewer in seven of its last 13
Arrieta struck out Molina to strand runners
on the corners in first. The Cardinals put two on
with no outs in the second before Greg Garcia
struck out, Wacha grounded out and shortstop
Starlin Castro made an over-the-shoulder catch
on Matt Carpenter’s popup.
“Right now, it’s not looking like what we
want it to look like,” Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny. “Whatever we’re doing is not working,
so we have to figure it out and figure it out fast.”
Cubs beat Cards,
extend win streak
Cueto leads Reds in victory over Brewers
Associated Press
CINCINNATI — Johnny Cueto
gave up three hits over eight innings,
including two solo homers, and singled
home a run on Saturday night, leading
the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory over
the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Reds have won two of the first
three in the series, leaving Milwaukee
with a six-game lead in the NL Central.
Cueto (3-2) gave up homers by
Aramis Ramirez and Mark Reynolds
and an infield single by Jean Segura. He
walked one and struck out 10. The right-
hander has allowed only three runs in his
last 38 innings.
The Reds piled up the singles against
Yovani Gallardo (2-1), who failed to
produce a quality start for the first time
this season. Cincinnati had nine singles in
Gallardo’s six innings, including Cueto’s
RBI hit the sixth inning for a 4-2 lead.
Ryan Ludwick singled home a run,
and Brayan Pena drove in two more
with a single in a three-run fourth inning.
Todd Frazier doubled home a run as the
Reds pulled away against the bullpen.
The game matched two of the NL’s
stingiest pitchers. Cueto got the better
of it, leaving his league-leading ERA at
Cueto is the first Red to throw at least
seven innings in each of his first seven
starts in a season since Bucky Walters in
1944. He’s the first Red to throw at least
eight innings in four straight starts since
Jose Rijo in 1990.
One curiosity with Cueto: He has
given up six homers, accounting for
seven of the eight runs he has allowed
this season. He gave up two homers in a
game for the first time this season.
Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton
was out of the lineup for the second
consecutive game because of sprained
knuckles on his left hand.
The Brewers’ offense has struggled
and been in flux for the past week
because of slumps and injuries. It took
a significant hit on Saturday when Ryan
Braun went on the disabled list with a
strained right oblique.
Braun had missed the last six games
with the injury. He’s eligible to return
on May 12. Outfielder Logan Schafer,
who had been disabled by a strained
right hamstring injury, was activated in
Braun’s spot.
Giants hit 3 home runs,
defeat slumping Braves
From Wire Reports
Brandon Belt, Buster Posey
and Michael Morse hit home
runs, each to lead off an
inning, and the streaking
San Francisco Giants beat the
slumping Atlanta Braves 3-1
on Saturday night in a matchup
of first-place teams.
The NL West-leading
Giants have won four straight
and eight of nine. The Braves,
who lead the NL East, have
lost five straight, their longest
skid in two years.
The Giants have hit homers
in 10 straight games, matching
their longest run in almost four
The Giants got only four
hits. They scored all their runs
on homers for the second
straight night after hitting two
homers in Friday night’s 2-1
Ryan Vogelsong (1-1)
allowed one run on five hits
and four walks in six innings.
Julio Teheran (2-2) gave up
just four hits with no walks in
seven innings, but allowed a
season-high three runs.
Sergio Romo pitched a
perfect ninth for his ninth save.
Jeremy Affeldt and Jean Machi
also pitched scoreless innings in
Belt did not start in Friday
night’s game and was in a 1-for-
21 slump with 12 strikeouts
before he led off the second
inning with his eighth homer.
The Braves’ only run came
in the third. Jason Heyward
walked, stole second and scored
on B.J. Upton’s double to the
left-field wall.
Posey homered in the fourth
for a 2-1 lead. His seventh
homer landed in the first row
behind the left-field wall.
Morse led off the seventh
with a towering drive into the
seats in left-center. He has five
homers in his last 10 games,
including back-to-back games
against the Braves.
The Braves’ hitting woes
continued. They were held to
one run by Giants pitching
for the second straight game
and have scored no more than
one run in 11 of 29 games this
Phillies 7,
Nationals 2
Howard and Cody Asche
homered, and A.J. Burnett
threw six solid innings to lead
the Philadelphia Phillies over
the Washington Nationals.
Jimmy Rollins had four
hits and Marlon Byrd doubled
and drove in a pair of runs for
Philadelphia. The Phillies won
for just the third time in 11
games against the Nationals.
Adam LaRoche and
Zach Walters homered for
Burnett (2-1) gave up one
run on three hits. The right-
hander struck out seven to
up his career total to 2,215,
moving past Jim Palmer into
52nd all-time.
Tanner Roark (2-1) had
the worst start of his two-year
career, allowing seven runs and
seven hits in four-plus innings.
Pirates 8,
Blue Jays 6
Walker hit a tiebreaking, two-
run double on the eighth
inning, capping a comeback
from a five-run deficit to lead
the Pittsburgh Pirates over the
Toronto Blue Jays.
A night after wasting a 5-3,
ninth-inning lead in a 6-5 loss,
Toronto surged ahead 5-0
in the fourth and 6-2 in the
Aaron Loup relieved R.A.
Dickey after Clint Barmes’
leadoff double in the seventh,
and the Pirates tied the score
on Josh Harrison’s RBI
double, Pedro Alvarez’s run-
scoring groundout and pinch-
hitter Jordy Mercer’s two-run
Sunday, May 4, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 5C
American League
Boston Red Sox’s Jon Lester smiles as he walks off the
field after retiring the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning.
(Photo by Michael Dwyer, AP)
Lester, Red Sox top A’s
Associated Press
BOSTON — Jon Lester didn’t feel very good warming up
before the game. He couldn’t have done much better once it
The lefty struck out a career-high 15, allowing one hit over
eight scoreless innings and pitching the Boston Red Sox over the
Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Saturday.
“It’s probably the worst cutter I’ve thrown in a bullpen in a
long time, but I don’t take much stock in my bullpens anymore,”
Lester said. “You’re down there to get loose. I think the biggest
thing for me is just getting on the mound and getting that
adrenaline going.”
He faced 26 batters and just nine hit the ball in fair territory.
The only A’s to reach base against him were Craig Gentry on a
leadoff single in the third and Derek Norris on walks to start the
fifth and eighth.
“Just the combination of power and command was
impressive,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “He was locked
in seemingly from the first pitch.”
Lester (3-4) got plenty of support on a grand slam by
Jonny Gomes and solo homers by David Ortiz and David
Ross in Boston’s second straight win after losing a day-night
doubleheader to Tampa Bay on Thursday.
But Oakland scored three runs off Chris Capuano in the ninth
and had the tying run at the plate before Koji Uehara struck out
Alberto Callaspo and retired Brandon Moss on a fly to right,
securing his seventh save in seven opportunities.
“I knew we had it the whole way,” Lester said. “We’ve got the
best closer in baseball out there.”
The only hit off Lester was Gentry’s bloop single in the third
over the head of second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
“That’s the best performance I’ve seen him have,” Oakland’s
Nick Punto said.
Lester rebounded from taking the loss in his previous two
games by striking out nine of his first 13 batters. His previous
strikeout best was 13 on July 24, 2010, in a 5-1 loss at Seattle.
“He looked pretty cozy out there,” Gomes said.
Lester, who threw a no-hitter on May 19, 2008 against Kansas
City, struck out every hitter in the Oakland lineup, fanning Josh
Reddick three times and Punto, Callaspo, Coco Crisp and Josh
Donaldson twice each.
Gomes hit the fifth slam of his career one day after Pedroia
hit one. Tommy Milone (0-3) allowed Gomes’ homer after Pedroia
walked, Xander Bogaerts singled and Ortiz walked.
“It always seems that every time you walk somebody they have
a tendency of scoring,” Milone said, “so it just took that one big hit
from Gomes to set the tone.”
Milone struck out the next four batters but ran into trouble again
in the third when Ortiz led off with his sixth homer of the year. Ross
started the fourth with his third homer.
Lester threw 119 pitches before being replaced by Capuano to
start the ninth. In his previous two starts, Lester threw 118 pitches in
a 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees on April 22 and 122 in a 4-1 loss
at Toronto last Sunday.
Punto started the ninth with a double and took third on a single by
Crisp. Both scored when Jed Lowrie doubled and left fielder Gomes
threw wildly to the plate for an error. After Donaldson was hit by a
pitch, Uehara walked Yoenis Cespedes.
Norris hit into a forceout at home, but catcher Ross’ throw to first
went wild, allowing a run to score before Uehara ended the threat.
“It’s easy to just cash it in after you’ve struck out 15 times in eight
innings and hadn’t had too many good swings and you’re frustrated,”
Oakland manager Bob Melvin said, “and then to get those kind of
at-bats in the ninth inning, it’s good.”
Yankees rally from behind, beat Rays
From Wire Reports
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro
Tanaka extended his regular-season
unbeaten streak to 40 starts, and Mark
Teixeira homered and drove in three
runs to help the Yankees rally past the
Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 Saturday and
end a season-high, three-game losing
Kelly Johnson hit a tiebreaking
solo homer in the sixth inning off
Josh Lueke (0-2), who also gave up
a run-scoring single to Teixeira and
a sacrifice fly to Alfonso Soriano in a
two-run seventh.
Tanaka (4-0) gave up solo
homers to Desmond Jennings and
Wil Myers around an RBI single by
Ryan Hanigan, falling behind 3-0 by
the fourth and looking shaky by the
standard he set over his first five big
league starts.
But the Yankees’ offense bailed him
out. Teixeira hit a two-run homer in
the fourth, and Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI
single in the fifth tied it at 3.
Tanaka, signed by the Yankees from
Japan’s the Rakuten Golden Eagles
during the offseason, allowed three
runs and eight hits in seven innings,
striking out his two batters to give
him five or the day. He is 32-0 in the
regular season since losing to Seibu on
Aug. 19, 2012. He did lose Game 6 of
last year’s Japan Series.
Jake Odorizzi retired the first nine
Yankees in order, then allowed New
York to go 4 for 8 with two walks
before he was replaced by Cesar
Ramos. Opponents are batting .140
(7 for 50) against Odorizzi in his first
time through the batting order, .442
(19 for 43) his second time through
and .500 (9 for 18) the third.
Ellsbury led off the fourth with a
single to start the Yankees’ offense,
and Texeira followed with his fourth
homer in five games. Brett Gardner
added a two-run single in a three-run
eighth inning.
Twins 6,
Orioles 1
MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer and
Brian Dozier homered, Kevin Correia
earned his first win of the season and
Minnesota ended its four-game losing
Mauer had three hits and four
RBIs, including a three-run homer off
Brad Brach in the seventh that broke
open the game. Dozier’s eighth homer,
a solo shot off Wei-Yin Chen (3-2) in
the third, gave the Twins the lead for
Correia (1-3) gave up one run and
five hits in seven innings, retiring 13 of
his final 14 batters. He had been 0-6 in
nine starts since winning at Texas on
Sept. 1.
Mariners 9,
Astros 8
HOUSTON — Justin Smoak hit
a two-run homer off Raul Valdes that
capped an eight-run seventh inning
that built a 9-2 lead.
Dallas Keuchel (2-2) left after
walking the first three batters of the
seventh, and Jose Cisneros forced in the
run that made it 2-2 when he walked
Mike Zunino. Michael Saunders
followed with a two-run double.
Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) made his
first appearance after starting the
season on the disabled list because of
a sprained middle finger and allowed
four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Fernando Rodney pitched 1 1-3
innings for his seventh save.
Indians 2,
White Sox 0
CLEVELAND — Justin Masterson
pitched neatly into the eighth inning
and the Cleveland Indians beat the
White Sox in a game highlighted by
Chicago rookie Jose Abreu’s snazzy
glove toss.
Abreu, who leads the majors in
homers and RBIs, struck out with
two runners on base to end the eighth.
Earlier, the Cuban first baseman made
the play of the day.
Abreu fielded Lonnie Chisenhall’s
grounder in the sixth and, unable to
get the ball out of his mitt, flipped the
glove about 10 feet to pitcher Scott
Carroll covering the bag for the out.
Masterson (1-1) held the AL’s
highest-scoring offense in check,
allowing four hits and striking out six
in his seventh start of the season. The
right-hander won for the first time
since last Aug. 21.
Tigers 9,
Royals 2
Smyly picked up where fellow Tigers
starter Rick Porcello left off, tossing
seven shutout innings and leading
Detroit to a rout of the Kansas City
Porcello and the Tigers bullpen
retired the final 18 hitters in an 8-2
victory the previous night, and Smyly
(2-1) retired the first four he faced.
After a issuing a walk to Alex Gordon,
the former reliever then retired the
next six in a dominant performance.
Smyly wound up allowing two
hits and two walks before giving way
to Joba Chamberlain, who threw a
perfect eighth. Phil Coke allowed two
runs in the ninth to lose the shutout.
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Horse Racing
Auto Racing
California Chrome breaks away
to capture Kentucky Derby win
Associated Press
horse with a humble pedigree.
A couple of working stiff
owners. A 77-year-old trainer
with his first Kentucky Derby
Even Hollywood couldn’t
have made this up.
California Chrome made it
look easy on Saturday, pulling
away down the stretch to win
the Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.
In a sport dominated by
wealthy owners and regally
bred horses from Kentucky’s
bluegrass country, this was
a victory for the little guys.
Owners Perry Martin and
Steve Coburn bred an $8,000
mare to a $2,500 stallion to
produce the winner of the
world’s most famous race with
their one-horse stable.
“This is just a dream come
true and a great birthday
present,’” said Coburn, who
turned 61 on Saturday.
California Chrome ran 1 
miles in 2:03.66 and paid $7,
$5.60 and $4.20. The chestnut
colt was sent off as the 5-2
favorite by the crowd of
164,906, the second-largest in
the Derby’s 140-year history.
His trainer, Art Sherman,
became the oldest trainer to
win the Derby, 59 years after
he traveled from California
as an exercise rider for Derby
winner Swaps. He watched
that race from the barn area;
this time he smelled red roses
in the winner’s circle.
Sherman was all smiles
after the race. “He gave me the
biggest thrill I ever had in my
life,” he said.
California Chrome has the
unlikeliest pedigree for a Derby
champion. His mother, named
Love the Chase, won just one
race. She was purchased by
Coburn and Martin.
Coburn lives near Reno,
Nevada, rising at 4:30 a.m.
for his job as a press operator
at a 13-employee company
that makes magnetic strips for
credit cards and driver licenses.
Martin lives on the
California side of the border
near Reno, running a
laboratory that tests high-
reliability equipment, like
car air bags and medical
Coburn and Martin’s
partnership is based on a
handshake, and their wives are
friends who enjoy the sport,
too. The group came up with
California Chrome’s name by
drawing it out of a hat. The
horse hadn’t even been out of
his home state until this week.
“Sometimes you don’t get
a lot of respect,” Sherman
said. “We’re in Kentucky and
you know most of the Derby
winners are bred here and few
outside of Kentucky.”
Sherman visited Swaps’
grave near the Derby museum
earlier in the week and
whispered a prayer: “I hope
he’s another Swaps.”
He sure was.
California Chrome
extended his winning streak to
five races, won by a combined
26 lengths. It was the second
Derby win for Espinoza, who
rode War Emblem to victory
in 2002.
“I thought he rode him
perfect,” said Sherman, a
former jockey. “I was riding
the last 70 yards with Victor,
so I think he was riding two.
He had a lot of weight on him,
I can tell you that.”
Espinoza had California
Chrome sitting comfortably in
third in the 19-horse field as
Uncle Sigh and Chitu set the
early pace.
California Chrome made
his move on the final turn
in tandem with Samraat. It
looked like those two would
decide the outcome, until
California Chrome sped away
to become the first California-
bred to win the Derby since
Decidedly in 1962.
“This horse has so much
talent,” Espinoza said. “By the
three-eighths pole I knew that
was it. I could see other horses
struggling a little bit, and he
was just smooth.”
Dale Romans, who trained
eighth-place Medal Count,
quickly changed his tune
about California Chrome
after believing the colt had no
chance to win.
“I’m very impressed the
way he came into it, the way
he looked, the way he was
prepared and the way he ran,”
Romans said. “Now he has a
new fan.”
Commanding Curve, a
37-1 shot, rallied for second,
with Danza third. Wicked
Strong was fourth and Samraat
finished fifth.
Commanding Curve
returned $31.80 and $15.40,
giving trainer Dallas Stewart
his second straight runner-
up finish with a double-digit
longshot. Danza, named for
actor Tony Danza of “Who’s
the Boss?” fame, paid $6 to
show as the 8-1 third choice.
Trainer Todd Pletcher
came up empty with his four
starters, finishing third with
Danza, 10th with We Miss
Artie, 12th with Intense
Holiday, and 17th with
Wicked Strong, the 6-1
second choice, was fourth.
Samraat was fifth, followed
by Dance With Fate, Ride On
Curlin, Medal Count, Chitu,
We Miss Artie, General a
Rod, Intense Holiday, Candy
Boy, Uncle Sigh, Tapiture,
Harry’s Holiday, Vinceremos,
and Wildcat Red. Vicar’s In
Trouble, ridden by Rosie
Napravnik, finished last.
Before the Derby, Coburn
had told anyone who would
listen that California Chrome
“would go down in history.”
He remains just as unabashed.
“I believe this horse will
win the Triple Crown,” he
said, something that hasn’t
been done since 1978, when
Affirmed swept the Derby,
Preakness and Belmont in a
five-week span.
“That’s where we’re going.”
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
Saturday. (Photo by David J. Phillip, AP)
Associated Press
group decision for all of the cars
powered by Earnhardt Childress
engines to work together at
Talladega Superspeedway proved
the correct call in NASCAR’s
new knockout qualifying format.
Richard Childress Racing
drivers and their affiliates swept
the first three rows on the starting
grid for today’s race, with the
pole going to Brian Scott, who
will lead the field to the green flag
in just his fifth career Sprint Cup
Series start.
“Who would have thought
that, huh?” Scott asked after
Saturday’s qualifying session.
Cars with ECR engines took
six of the 12 spots in the third
and final round of knockout
qualifying, and they all waited
patiently on pit road for someone
to make a move. It came with
roughly 2 minutes, 20 seconds
remaining in the 5-minute
session, when all 12 drivers made
their way onto the track.
Tony Stewart posted the
fastest lap as he worked with the
other three Stewart-Haas Racing
drivers, and as the clock neared
the final buzzer, it appeared the
three-time NASCAR champion
had the pole locked up.
Then came the ECR pack of
cars, with Ryan Newman leading,
Scott somewhere in the middle
and Paul Menard bringing up the
rear. Team owner Childress had
designated Newman as the driver
to decide when the pack should
go, and Menard was charged
with pushing them along.
Just as time expired, the entire
group shot past Stewart’s speed
and moved to the top of the
It was Scott on the pole,
followed by Menard and then AJ
Allmendinger, an RCR-affiliated
Casey Mears, also an affiliated
driver, qualified fourth and was
followed by Daytona 500 pole-
sitter Austin Dillon and Newman.
“It was just a great plan
by RCR, getting all the RCR
alliance cars working together,”
Allmendinger said. “We worked
on that (in practice) and felt like
we all had great speed. Ryan
was the guinea pig for all of us
and timed it right, and that last
session, it was just basically who
was going to wait the longest to
go out there.”
It was the first time NASCAR
has used its new knockout format
on a restrictor-plate track in the
Sprint Cup Series. Daytona 500
qualifying in February was done
with traditional single-car runs.
“The qualifying format, I
think there are good tracks for
it and bad tracks for it, and this
is definitely a great track for it,”
Menard said. “We had a plan and
we tried to stick to the plan as
best we could. Ryan, we put the
burden on him to decide when
to go and where to go, and the
rest of us held it in line. ECR top-
six and RCR cars all up there is
pretty exciting.”
Now Scott gets to show
what he’s made of on one of
NASCAR’s fastest tracks. A
Nationwide Series regular, he’s
got three previous starts this
season and finished 25th in the
Daytona 500.
Scott leads RCR to get
pole for Talladega race
Brian Scott (33) leaves his car after taking the pole during
qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega
Superspeedway Saturday. (Photo by Butch Dill, AP)
Sunday, May 4, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 7C
he Conservation Fund
and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service recently
announced the completion of
a multi-year effort to add 724
acres of restored forest to Holt
Collier National Wildlife Ref-
uge southeast of Greenville.
Reforested with native bot-
tomland hardwood tree spe-
cies, the land will provide ideal
habitat for the federally threat-
ened Louisiana black bear as
well as breeding and replenish-
ing grounds for large numbers
of resident and migratory birds.
TCF, with help from Wild-
life Mississippi, acquired the
properties in 2006 and secured
private funds for most of the
restoration and acquisition
costs. The restored lands, in
three tracts, are in the process
of being transferred to the US-
FWS, which utilized the Land
and Water Conservation Fund
to acquire the land at a consid-
erable bargain. TCF saved the
USFWS around $1.5 million
in restoration and acquisition
costs. Over the past three de-
cades, TCF has helped the US-
FWS add more than 160,000
acres to national wildlife refug-
es in the Southeast and along
the Mississippi River as well as
restore approximately 26,000
acres with more than 10 mil-
lion trees.
With support from the Mis-
sissippi Congressional Delega-
tion for passage of the 2014
omnibus appropriations bill,
Congress provided funding
for LWCF, a visionary and bi-
partisan federal program that
uses a percentage of proceeds
from offshore oil and gas royal-
ties – not taxpayer dollars – for
the protection of irreplaceable
lands and improvement of out-
door recreation opportunities
across the country.
“I am pleased that The Con-
servation Fund and the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service have
been able to complete this ef-
fort,” Congressman Bennie
Thompson said. “The addi-
tional 724 acres Holt Collier
National Wildlife Refuge of
Greenville has received will
have a significant economic im-
pact on our state, and foster the
interests of hunters and anglers
alike. I applaud this effort and
look forward to a continued
Established in 2004 through
legislation sponsored by Sena-
tor Thad Cochran and Con-
gressman Thompson, the Ref-
uge was named after former
slave Holt Collier.
When President Theodore
Roosevelt, a passionate sports-
man, traveled to Mississippi for
a bear hunt in 1902, Collier
was tasked with locating a bear
for the President. When Presi-
dent Roosevelt arrived, he, like
any hunter of honor, would
not shoot the restrained ani-
mal. The event was publicized
nationwide and resulted in the
creation of the first stuffed toy
bear called “Teddy’s bear.”
President Roosevelt told Col-
lier during the trip that he, “…
was the best guide and hunter
he’d ever seen.”
“The conservation success
we celebrate today further
ensures that wildlife, includ-
ing the iconic black bear, will
always have a home in Mis-
sissippi,” said Ray Herndon,
director of The Conservation
Fund’s Lower Mississippi re-
gion. “We are thankful to our
dedicated partners – the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, Sen-
ator Cochran, Senator Wicker,
Congressman Thompson and
Wildlife Mississippi – for their
support and endurance in this
long-term effort.”
James L. Cummins is execu-
tive director of Wildlife Mississip-
pi, a non-proft, conservation or-
ganization founded to conserve,
restore and enhance fsh, wildlife
and plant resources throughout
Mississippi. Their web site is The opin-
ions in this column are his and do
not necessarily refect the views
of the Daily News or its staff.
Most snakes in Mississippi, like this ringneck snake, are non-venomous and help to keep
rodents and other nuisance wildlife populations under control. (Submitted photo)
Most venomous snakes, like the copperhead, shown here, can be identified by a flattened,
triangular head and vertical pupils. The exception is the coral snake. (Submitted photo)
Safety, prevention important around snakes
espite most people’s
fears, snakes are an
important part of our
natural world and are also help-
ful to us in many ways.
All snakes are predators,
meaning they feed on other an-
imals. Snakes kill and eat rats,
mice, moles, insects and other
pests that can damage crops
and property or spread disease.
Since snakes can get into places
that other predators cannot or
will not go, they can capture
rodents that threaten livestock
feeds or farming equipment
and supplies. Some snakes, like
king snakes, milk snakes and
black racers, commonly eat oth-
er snakes, including venomous
Snake venom is also being
studied for its possible medi-
cal uses in treating blood and
heart problems and controlling
harmful bacteria.
When people encounter a
snake in or around their home,
they are understandably con-
cerned about whether it is dan-
gerous. Mississippi has about
50 different species of snakes,
but in most cases, snakes that
live near people -- like garter,
ringneck, or rat snakes – are
harmless. Only six species
found in the state are venom-
ous – sometimes incorrectly
called “poisonous.” These are
the copperhead, cottonmouth
or water moccasin, coral snake,
canebrake or timber rattlesnake,
pygmy rattlesnake and eastern
diamondback rattlesnake.
In Mississippi, all but one
of these venomous snakes has
a flat, triangular shaped head
with vertical, cat-like pupils in
their eyes. The exception to this
rule is the coral snake, which
has round pupils and an oval
There are several non-ven-
omous snakes that have colors
and patterns similar to those of
venomous snakes, so the best
way to avoid a possible nega-
tive outcome is to avoid the
encounter altogether. It may be
hard to believe, but the major-
ity of people hospitalized with
a snake bite got bitten while
trying to kill the snake. Had
they simply taken two steps
backward and given the animal
some space, it is likely that the
whole unpleasant – and expen-
sive – experience could have
been prevented.
Preventing and discouraging
snakes and their prey from liv-
ing near or in your home is the
best option for their control.
There are no repellents, poisons
or other chemical potions ap-
proved for snake control. There
is no documented evidence that
home remedies like moth balls,
sulfur or cayenne pepper spray
are effective.
In early spring, the cool
weather drives snakes to seek
warm spots, such as metal
cans, black surfaces or other
heat-conducting items. During
warm summer months, they are
attracted to cool, damp shelter.
Remove these hiding places
around your home and out-
buildings, including stacks of
boards or firewood, rock piles,
and weedy growth. Seal off gaps
around foundations or porches
with packed soil or rigid ma-
terials such as bricks or small-
mesh metal hardware cloth.
Snakes may push through loose
soil and will use holes made by
rodents, but they cannot dig.
Secure animal food in closed
containers to discourage ro-
dents and thus, their reptilian
Sometimes, in spite of pre-
vention, a snake will still find a
way to enter a house. One way
to remove a snake is to sweep
it with a broom into a box that
can be closed and sealed. Re-
lease the unwanted visitor at a
site far away from other houses.
You can also capture snakes
using rodent glue boards. Tack
or glue two to four rodent glue
traps on one side of a 1/4-inch
plywood board measuring 16 x
24 inches. Drill a 3/4-inch di-
ameter hole in one corner and
insert a rope though the hole to
provide a safe way to handle the
board and trapped snake. Place
the board against an open sec-
tion of wall where the snake is
likely to travel.
Remove live captured snakes
by pouring common cooking
oil on them. The oil breaks
down the glue, so you can then
remove the snake gently with a
stick or pole. Use glue boards
indoors or under outdoor
structures. Be sure that chil-
dren, pets or other wild animals
cannot reach them. The glue is
messy and difficult to remove
from snakes and other animals.
Do not attempt to grab a
snake by the tail, because it can
still easily and quickly strike the
hand that is holding it.
The state’s regulatory au-
thority ensures that no native
snake or snake part is bought
or sold. The black pine, eastern
indigo, rainbow and southern
hognose snakes are listed as
endangered in Mississippi and
receive special protection. Legal
status of species may change, so
check with the Mississippi De-
partment of Wildlife, Fisheries
and Parks’ Museum of Natural
Science in Jackson if you have
questions or concerns.
Except in the rare cases in-
volving venomous snakes, it
serves very little practical pur-
pose to kill snakes found on
your property or lying on road-
ways. Even though most snakes
in Mississippi are not legally
protected, it is better for you
and them to leave them alone if
they are not causing a problem.
After all, they do have an im-
portant job to do in nature.
If you would like more in-
formation about snakes, consult
Mississippi State University’s
Extension Information Sheet
No. 0641, Snakes Alive! How
to Identify Snakes.
Leslie Burger is a wildlife biol-
ogist and Extension Instructor in
the Department of Wildlife, Fisher-
ies and Aquaculture at Mississip-
pi State University. The opinions
in this column are hers and are
not necessarily the views of The
Starkville Daily News or its staff.
Acres added to Holt Collier
National Wildlife Refuge
Page 8C • Starkville Daily News • Sunday, May 4, 2014
Vols (28-17, 10-14) to victory
with a gutsy performance, Cox
gave up just two singles and
one run while striking out seven
over 7 2/3 innings. Kentucky
(28-19, 10-14) broke up his
no-hit bid with a bunt single in
the seventh.
South Carolina 5,
Georgia 2
Sophomore left-hander Jack
Wynkoop limited Georgia to
just two runs on five hits in six
innings of work and was backed
by an offense that generated
nine hits and nine walks as
seventh ranked South Carolina
defeated the Bulldogs.
South Carolina improves to
35-12 and 13-10 in the SEC
with Georgia falling to 22-23-1
and 8-14-1 in the league.
Vanderbilt 5,
Missouri 1
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Five
runs in the third inning was
enough for No. 20 Vanderbilt
to top Missouri to clinch the
The series victory is
the second straight for the
Commodores and eighth of the
season. The Dores’ six-game
winning streak is the team’s
longest since winning a season-
best nine in a row in early
From page 2C
Kandler Flora to come home to
give the Lady Wolverines a 4-0
advantage after two complete.
The Lady Bearcats were
quick to answer with three runs
in the top of the third to cut the
East Webster lead to one run at
After a brief break in the
offense, the Lady Wolverines
loaded up the bases in the
bottom of the fourth for
Hollenhead. The junior
delivered with a bases-clearing
double to put East Webster up
Bailie Springfield singled up
the middle to bring Hollenhead
home to place the Lady
Wolverines on top 8-3 heading
into the fifth inning.
After holding Baldwyn
scoreless in the top of the
inning, East Webster used its
turn at the plate wisely as a
Jessica Davis single brought
home Wilkinson making it 9-3.
In the top of the sixth, it
seemed things were starting
to come together for the Lady
Bearcats. With no outs, the
team loaded the bases, but
proper handling of two ground
balls allowed East Webster to
gun down a couple runners at
the plate.
While that put Baldwyn
down two outs, the Lady
Bearcats were not done. With
bases still loaded, a base hit
brought two home to bring
the team within four of East
Webster at 9-5.
Those runs were the final
ones of the game as the Lady
Wolverines clinched the series
in two games to advance
forward to the Class 2A North
fast pitch championship final,
where they will face Hatley
“All year long, we have just
found ways,” Berryhill said. “It
is not about any one person in
our lineup or any one person
on defense. We have found
ways no matter who it is. It
may be at the top of the lineup,
(or) it may be at the bottom,
but somebody will start it and
everybody falls in. That is what
I tell them it is all about the
A major component of the
Lady Wolverines team dynamic
all season long has been the girl
in the circle, where Springfield
spends her time.
On Saturday, the sophomore
went the distance to once again
help her team in a two-game
“Pitching was key in the
previous series Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, (and)
Saturday,” Berryhill said. “It
was key that we finish in two
“It could have gone three
games, but that puts your
pitcher having to throw more
pitches. We knew coming
against Baldwyn that we needed
to win the first game. If it went
three games, it could go either
way, but to our advantage, we
got the win.”
From page 1C
“I kept telling the guys to
keep putting the ball in play on
the ground and that’s what we
did,” East Webster coach Wes
Johnson said. “We were able
to get some key hits late in the
The Wolverines were able to
get four of their five hits for the
game in the fifth inning.
Miller Hancock and Derek
Jones opened the fifth inning
with back-to-back singles for
East Webster. After John W.
Williams reached on a fielder’s
choice, Chase Keller drove
home Hancock with a single,
then Jones came home on a
single by Jack Wilson. Keller
and Wilson scored on an error.
Wolverine pitcher Cody
Boland liked getting the run
“That was very important,”
Boland said. “Our guys are
always able to get it up one
Boland went the distance
on the mound. He gave up six
hits, walked one, hit one batter
and had four strikeouts.
Those are the types of
numbers a veteran hurler would
like to see, but the impressive
aspect of it for Boland is he’s
just a freshman.
“What can you say about
that 9th grader?” Johnson
said. “He came in and hadn’t
pitched in a while. To throw
a complete game like that is
pretty big. We knew he was
Boland, who retired the
side in order during the first
and seventh frames, had a plan
going into the outing.
He said the main thing was
making sure the first pitch was
a strike.
“To get first-pitch strikes,
you are going to get ahead
of them early,” Boland
said. “Usually that gets (an
opponent) down early and that
cuts down on our errors. That
gets us up too.”
East Webster struck first
in the game with a run in the
first inning. Jones singled and
scored when Wilson reached
on an error.
After East Union tied the
game in the second inning, the
Wolverines got the run back
when Shelton Tillery walked
and scored on an error.
East Union tied the game
again at 2-2 with a run in
the third, then East Webster
exploded with the five-run fifth.
Jones had two singles,
reached base three times and
scored twice to lead the East
Webster offense.
The Wolverines improved
their record to 20-8.
From page 1C
College Football
College Softball
Scheduling provides
SEC new challenge
Southeastern Conference
football has been the gold
standard in college sports the
last decade.
The SEC has won numerous
national championships on the
gridiron, including seven in a
row from 2006-12. The SEC
has also changed with the
landscape of college football,
including the addition of Texas
A&M and Missouri.
The league is instituting
a new change. This time it
involves scheduling.
All 14 SEC schools will
be required to schedule an
opponent from the ACC, Big
12, Big Ten or Pac-12 on an
annual basis starting in 2016.
“We’re working to find
schools beginning in 2016,”
Mississippi State athletic
director Scott Stricklin said.
The change in scheduling
will be noticed by all SEC
schools, but maybe more so for
teams like Mississippi State and
Ole Miss.
The Bulldogs and Rebels are
each others rival, unlike South
Carolina, Georgia and Florida,
who have rivals in the ACC.
MSU played a Big 12
opponent last year in Oklahoma
State, but it was at a neutral
“We’ve tried to schedule
teams from all the five major
conferences in the past,” MSU
head coach Dan Mullen said.
“We haven’t had a lot of luck
in teams wanting to schedule
games with us. Obviously now
it’s demanding. We’re going to
continue to try to do that.”
The Bulldogs already
play a tough schedule due to
being in the SEC Western
Division, but adding another
power conference school on
the schedule will boost their
strength of schedule even more.
“The concept of strength-
of-schedule is based on an
entire 12-game schedule,
(and) a combination of both
conference games together
with non-conference games,”
SEC Commissioner Mike
Slive said. “Given the strength
of our conference schedule
supplemented by at least one
major non-conference game,
our teams will boast of a strong
resume’ of opponents each and
every year.”
MSU opens the 2014 season
against in-state foe Southern
Mississippi at Davis Wade
Mullen likes playing teams
in the Magnolia State, just to
keep rivalries alive and keep the
state of Mississippi engaged.
With the new scheduling,
that rivalry may be put on hold.
“We don’t have that local
rival to do that with,” Mullen
said. “Playing Southern Miss,
we went out and said ‘hey this
is a big rivalry in the state of
Mississippi, let’s try to do
something with that.’ In the
future, that may come off the
table then.”
The new change will make
for some interesting football
games early in the season, but
it also might put a few teams
on the road earlier in the year.
“We want to try to maintain
being able to play seven home
games a year like we’ve done,”
Mullen said. “There’s some
teams in the league that are
playing up to eight. Our goal
is to have seven home games a
year moving forward.”
The league also kicked
around the idea to play nine
conference games, but the
SEC will stay with eight league
games. The league will also
stay with the 6-1-1 format,
meaning teams will stick with
a permanent non-division
“Tradition matters in the
SEC, and there is no denying
that tradition was a significant
factor in this decision because it
protects several long-standing
cross-division conference
rivalries,” Slive said. “It has
been a hallmark of the SEC
over our history to be able to
make continued progress while
also maintaining traditions
important to our institutions.”
MSU will keep Kentucky
as its permanent cross-division
rival. Mullen, who was an
assistant coach at Florida,
has been in the league for a
while and didn’t see a need
in changing this part of the
“I’ve been involved in 5-1-
2 and 6-1-1 in my time in the
league,” Mullen said. “The 6-1-
1 and the 5-1-2 that we had
prior to that has put a lot of
teams in national championship
games. I’m in favor of that as
we continue to move forward
until we think that we need
to do something to change to
make things better.”
Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said
his school is working to comply with the required football
scheduling of an opponent from ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-
12 by 2016. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
LSU uses home runs to knock off MSU 8-0
For Starkville Daily News
BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 23 LSU used the home run ball
to power past Mississippi State 8-0 in six innings on Saturday
inside Tiger Park. LSU hit two long balls with Bianka Bell
driving in four runs.
The Tigers scored their first seven runs within the first two
innings as senior Shana Sherrod threw a career-high 4 2/3 frames
and kept the Bulldogs in the contest. Sophomore Loryn Nichols
led MSU (37-18, 9-14 SEC) with two hits.
Senior Alison Owen (18-11) took the loss, yielding five runs
on four hits, two walks and one hit batter in one inning of work.
Sherrod allowed three runs on six hits. Baylee Corbello (17-
7) earned the win for the Tigers, limiting MSU to four singles
and two walks while striking out eight in the complete-game
For the second-straight game LSU took an early lead, going
ahead 5-0 in the bottom of the first. A.J. Andrews led off with
an infield single to shortstop Kayla Winkfield, who threw wide
to first, allowing Andrews to get to second. After a pop out on
a bunt attempt, Sahvanna Jaquish walked and Bell homered to
give LSU a 3-0 advantage.
The clubs finish the series today with a 1 p.m. contest.
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