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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Vo l u me No . 1 1 0 , I s s u e No . 1 3 4
5 0 Ce n t s
2A: Around Town
4A: Forum
5A: Weather
1B: Taste
6B: Classifieds
1C: Sports
POLICOM Corporation President William Fruth spoke to an audience in the Lyceum
Auditorium at East Mississippi Community College on Tuesday about the findings of an
economy development analysis of the Golden Triangle region he’d conducted. (Photo by
Alex Holloway, SDN)
Consultant gives
report to LINK
The Golden Triangle Region has an abun-
dance of economic development potential, but
the communities that comprise the region must
take certain steps to create and maintain a skilled
labor force to ensure that potential does not go
to waste.
That was POLICOM Corporation President
William Fruth’s message to Oktibbeha, Clay
and Lowndes county residents and officials at
a Golden Triangle Development LINK-hosted
event at East Mississippi Community College
on Tuesday to unveil the results of a regional
economic development assessment. POLICOM
Corporation is a Florida-based economic analy-
sis firm.
LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said Fruth has
worked with Clay and Lowndes counties on in-
dividual studies. He said Fruth’s regional study
was the first he’d conducted for the Golden Tri-
angle as a whole.
Higgins said the regional study’s purpose
was to look at the strengths and weaknesses of
the three counties that comprise it and to help
elected and economic development officials craft
a way to improve the region’s economic stand-
“Since we’ve added all three counties we’ve
been talking to him about analyzing all three
counties, telling us where MSU fits in, where
Crash logjams
traffic; driver
Charles Phillips of Phillips Towing and Auto helps his crew pull an overturned Honda Element onto a tow truck after an
accident on Highway 82 Tuesday morning. An ambulance transported the driver, Sylvia Carpenter of Carrollton, to OCH with
non-life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
A Carrollton motorist overturned and severely damaged her
vehicle in an accident on Highway 82 in Oktibbeha County
Tuesday morning but escaped without life-threatening injuries.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said the ac-
cident happened around 10 a.m. about one mile east of Highway
763. Sylvia Carpenter, 65, of was driving a silver 2008 Honda
Element east on Highway 82 when the vehicle ran off the high-
way, she lost control and it rolled over, landing upside down on
the highway.
“The highway was shut down for about 20 minutes in order
to clear the highway,” Turnipseed said. “The driver was trans-
ported to OCH (Regional Medical Center) with non-life-threat-
ening injuries.”
OCH spokesperson Mary Kathryn Kight said Carpenter was
subsequently airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Cen-
ter in Jackson. UMMC spokesperson Ruth Cummins said Car-
penter was in good condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
No other passengers were in Carpenter’s vehicle, Turnipseed
said, and no other vehicles were affected. He said MHP’s inves-
tigation of the wreck is ongoing.
Residents welcome progress
on Carver Dr. Ditch project
Work on a drainage project at Carver Drive Ditch is about 10 percent complete.
(Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Brenda McCoy has lived
on Carver Drive since 1990,
and she’s been waiting for the
flooding there to stop.
Her house is on the north
side of Carver Drive, and be-
hind her house and others lies
a storm water drainage culvert.
About once or twice a year, she
said, rain fell hard enough that
this culvert would overflow
and flood her backyard, some-
times bringing snakes into it. In
April, the city of Starkville and
contractors began to change
“I’m happy to see that
SSD board accepts
old bond money
Starkville School Board unani-
mously accepted funds from a
nearly 30-year-old bond during
its regular meeting Tuesday night
at the Greensboro Center.
The bond, which totals
$474,081.13, was left over from
tax money collected for a 1986
bond that was paid off in 2006.
City Clerk Lesa Hardin recently
discovered the money in a city ac-
count and notified school officials.
The board plans to transfer the
funds into a capital outlay fund
pending approval from the city.
Once in the capital outlay fund,
SSD plans to use the money for
building repairs, transportation
and buses, as well as updating
technology throughout the dis-
Also addressed was the recent
legislation regarding teacher sal-
ary increases. According to the
legislation passed in April by Gov.
Phil Bryant, all public school
teachers in the state will receive
a pay increase of $1,500 for the
2014 fiscal year and a $1,000 pay
increase for the 2015 fiscal year
in addition to normal annual sal-
ary raises. Superintendent Lewis
Holloway said that this would be
an 8.6-percent increase for first-
year teachers graduating with their
bachelor’s degrees.
“We have a lot of people who
deserve raises and who are doing a
great job,” Holloway said.
See LINK | Page 3A
See SSD | Page 3A
See PROGRESS | Page 3A
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uSenior Day at the Park
— Senior Day at the Park will
be Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1
p.m. at McKee Park Large Pa-
uCrusade Event — The
pastor and members of Plair
U.M. Church will be hosting a
4-night crusade from Monday
to Wednesday beginning at 7
p.m. nightly. There will be a
different speaker each night.
The public is invited to attend.
uLebanese Dinner — The
9th Annual Lebanese Dinner
sponsored by the Knights of
Columbus, a nonprofit Catho-
lic Men’s club will be Thursday
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the
Parish Hall. Dinner tickets are
by advance sale only and are
$12. Tickets can be obtained
by texting or calling 662-312-
2973 or emailing lebanesedin- or you can
stop by church office at 607
University Drive and purchase
tickets from office secretary.
uLions Club — Starkville
Lions Club will hold its annual
Spring Spouse Night Out on
Thursday, May 15, 2014. It
will be a family style picnic at
McKee Park pavilion at 5:30
pm. Guests are the three lo-
cal Mississippi Lions All-State
Band members — Jacob Easley,
Andrew Rogers, and Clifton
Taylor — and their families.
All Lions are cordially urged to
attend; visiting Lions are wel-
come. For more information,
please call club vice-president
Peter Infanger at 323-5722
ext. 13.
uAuthor Event — Book
Mart & Cafe will be hosting an
Author Event on Friday from
2-4 p.m. Merle Temple is the
featured guest. His book, A
Ghostly Shade of Pale, is a true,
Southern Gothic Mystery. Mr.
Temple is currently in nego-
tiations with Morgan Freeman
about the possibility of bring-
ing his story to the big screen.
uMaben Farmers’ Market
— The market will open this
saturday. This market will be
every Saturday from 7:30-10
a.m. and will be next door to
the post office in Maben. There
is a $5 fee per vendor each
market. Vendors may register
when they come to set up for
the market. For more infor-
mation call 263-8458 or 263-
uWomens’ Day Program
— Austin Church of Christ
(Hol) USA Women Day Pro-
gram will be Saturday at 10
a.m. Guest speakers will be Sis.
Pamela Wilson Booker of Mt.
Moriah M.B. Church of India-
napolis, IN and Sis. Jackie Rog-
ers of Black Jack M.B. Church
of Starkville. The theme is “A
Virtuous Woman.” For more
information contact Sis. Louise
Gandy at 662-323-6318. Elder
Chester Mangum is the pastor.
The public is invited to attend.
uAuthor Event — Book
Mart & Cafe will be hosting
an Author Event on Saturday
from 2-4 p.m. with Alexis He-
flin. Heflin has written a true
crime book based in Mississip-
pi in the 1960s. uAnni-
versary Celebration — The
Mighty Travelers Gospel Sing-
ers of Starkville will celebrate
their 39th Anniversary begin-
ning on Saturday at 7 p.m. at
True Vine M.B. Church, lo-
cated at 1719 Sessuems Rd. in
uMemorial Service — The
annual Craig Springs Memorial
service will be held at the Craig
Springs Community Church at
11 a.m. this Sunday. Rev. Jim-
my Smith will be preaching
and potluck lunch to follow.
All family and friends are en-
couraged to come. An offering
will be received for the mainte-
nance of the cemetery and the
church at this time, or can be
sent to 53B York Rd.
uScholarship Program —
The Sand Creek Chapel M. B.
Church, located at 3818 Rock
Hill Rd., invites the public to
come and share in their An-
nual Memorial Day Scholar-
ship Program on Sunday at
2:30 p.m. This program is
to generate funding for the
church scholarship fund. Guest
preacher will be Pastor Fred-
rick Orr of Christian Faith M.
B. Church. For more informa-
tion, call 662-323-8366.
uAnniversary Celebration
— The Mighty Travelers Gos-
pel Singers of Starkville will
continue their 39th Anniversa-
ry on Sunday with two perfor-
mances. The first performance
will be 2:30 p.m. at Brown-
ridge M.B. Church, located at
2013 Highway 45 South in
Crawford. The second perfor-
mance will be at 7 p.m. at Pine
Grove M.B. Church, located at
1355 Blufflake Starkville.
For more information, contact
Ann William at 662-418-3930.
uYouth Day Program —
The New Zion Youth Choir
will have a Youth Day Program
on Sunday at 3 p.m. at New
Zion U.M. Church, located at
2169 South Montgomery. The
public is invited to attend. For
more information, call 662-
uAmerican Legion Meet-
ing — The American Legion
Post #240 will hold their
monthly meeting on Sunday
at 5 p.m. The meeting will be
held at the American Legion
Post #240 Building located
at 3328 Pat Station Rd. The
meeting is open to prospective
members. For more informa-
tion, contact Walter Zuber at
662-418-5614 or Curtis Snell
at 662-648-0244.
uRotary Meeting — The
Starkville Rotary Club will
meet at 11:45 a.m. at the
Starkville Country Club. The
speaker will be Charles Sciple,
former Director of the Missis-
sippi Seed Testing Lab, who
will talk about his trip to Uz-
bekistan during the Reagan
Administration. He will be
introduced by John Robert Ar-
uRevival — The Travel-
er’s Rest M.B. Church Family
would like to invite the public
to their revival on Monday.
Dr. James A. Moore is the pas-
tor. The speaker of the revival
will be Rev. Roosevelt Wright
pastor of Union Grove M.B.
Church of Forest, MS. For
more information call 662-
u SOARS Grant —
Starkville Oktibbeha Achieving
Results (SOAR), a non-profit
community charitable organi-
zation, is receiving grant appli-
cations. 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 jeast- for forms
and any questions.
uNAACP Meeting — Ok-
tibbeha County Branch of the
NAACP monthly meeting are
held every second Thursday
at 6 pm at Oktibbeha County
Courthouse Main St. Contact
president Chris Taylor 662-
617-3671 or Willie E. Thomas
Sr. 662-418-9687 for informa-
uYTA Summer Perform-
ing Arts Program — Register
for Youth Taking Authority
(YTA) Summer Performing
Arts Program! Learn and re-
hearse skits, dances, and mu-
sical productions created just
for you. Perform for your fam-
ily and friends, wear and keep
fabulous costumes and do it
all while gaining invaluable
performing experience! Reg-
istration 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 infor-
mation or to pre-register for
YTA Performing Arts Sum-
mer Program at Starkville
Sportsplex, call Stefanie Ash-
ford at (662) 268-7747.
u Clover Leaf Garden
Club Meeting — The Clover
Leaf Garden Club meets the
first Wednesday of the month
at 1 p.m. at the Starkville
Sportsplex. For more informa-
tion, 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
u Starkville School Dis-
trict — SSD Lunch Applica-
tions for 2013-14 school year
now available. The Office of
Child Nutrition is now located
on the north end of the Hen-
derson Ward Stewart Com-
plex. 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 informa-
tion contact Nicole Thomas at
or 662-615-0021.
uStorytime — Maben Pub-
lic 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. ev-
ery 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 re-
ceive a free activity book which
reinforces the show’s safety
messages. To schedule a pup-
pet show, contact Lisa Long at
u Dulcimer and More
Society — The Dulcimer &
More Society will meet from
6:15-8 p.m. every first, second,
fourth and fifth Thursday in
the Starkville Sportsplex activi-
ties room and play at 3 p.m. on
the third Saturdays at the Car-
rington Nursing Home. Jam
sessions are held with the prima-
ry instruments being dulcimers,
but other acoustic instruments
are welcome to join in playing
folk music, traditional ballads
and hymns. For more informa-
tion, contact 662-323-6290.
u Samaritan Club meet-
ings — 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 Amer-
icanism, works to prevent child
abuse, provides community
service and supports youth pro-
grams. For more information,
email starkvillesamaritans@ or call 662-323-
1338. Please see our website:
uWorship services — Love
City Fellowship Church, at 305
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in
Starkville, will hold worship ser-
vices 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 emer-
gency 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 Fri-
day or stop by the offices at 100
Highway 12 East at South Jack-
son Street during those same
hours. Fees are assessed per
participant and include all nec-
essary training materials.
u Writing group — The
Starkville Writer’s Group meets
the first and third Saturday of
the month at 10 a.m. in the up-
stairs area of the Bookmart and
Cafe in downtown Starkville.
For more information, contact
Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper.
net or call 662-323-8152.
uSquare dancing — Danc-
ing 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 ex-
perienced dancers. Follow the
covered walk to the small build-
ing. Look us up on Facebook
“Jolly Squares”.
uDance 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 informa-
tion, call 662-648-9333 or e-
mail danzexplosion@yahoo.
u Noontime devotional
study — Join a group of inter-
denominational 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-
Alex Mobley and Marissa Williams, left, talk to Rollin Miller while deciding which peppers to purchase
at the Mid-week Market on Tuesday. Miller is the owner of the Tomato House located in Macon. (Photo by
Ariel King, SDN)
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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they’re doing something about
it, especially for the children’s
sake,” McCoy said. “I know a
lot of the other neighbors have
been complaining about ro-
dents and snakes.”
Starkville has launched a
$677,700 improvement project
to convert to convert Carver
Drive’s drainage ditch from a
covered culvert with a history
of flooding to an open concrete
ditch designed to meet Fed-
eral Emergency Management
Agency standards for flood
The project will install a box
culvert on the north side of the
channel adjacent to the residen-
tial area and overlay a portion
of the sides and bottom of the
channel with concrete. It’s a so-
lution to an issue that has come
before the Starkville Board of
Aldermen dozens of times in
the past few years. Starkville
Mayor Parker Wiseman said he
was glad the city could now an-
swer the call to action.
“I’m pleased with the pro-
gression of the project,” Wise-
man said. “Right now, it is on
course to be completed this fall.
It’s a big project, and it will be
a substantial improvement for
the neighborhood. I look for-
ward to its completion.”
Project Engineer Jason
Wooten of Pepper-Wooten
and Associates said the proj-
ect began around April 9 and
was about 10 percent com-
plete in terms of both budget
and the timetable. He said the
project would stretch across
1,680 feet, and the new chan-
nel is designed to handle what
FEMA calls a 100-year flood,
or a flood that has a 1 percent
chance of being equaled or ex-
ceeded during any given year.
“We projected late October
or early November (for com-
pletion),” Wooten said. “If the
weather holds out and we have
some decent, dry weather this
summer, we should meet that
goal. We’re looking at possibly
going all the way through the
City Engineer Edward
Kemp said the aldermen select-
ed the design currently being
implemented to meet FEMA’s
100-year storm requirements.
“The overarching goal here
was to provide improvement
to that drainage channel, and
since that area is within a spe-
cial flood hazard area, the de-
sign had to be tailored to meet
the requirements of FEMA,”
Kemp said. “Ultimately, the
board chose to do a concrete
channel, an open channel.”
The board approved Preci-
sion Construction’s contract
for the project in December,
with five aldermen in favor and
Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver
and Ward 4 Alderman Jason
Walker both opposed. Walker’s
opposition, dating back to No-
vember, centered on the use of
concrete, and he sought a less
costly solution that would leave
the channel open, citing con-
cerns that the concrete surface
would increase water veloc-
ity and cause erosion problems
further downstream.
Carver Drive resident Lou-
ise Williams said she had been
attending board meetings for
the past 18 raising awareness of
the issue with other residents.
Williams lives on the south
side of the street, but she
said up until a year ago, she
could still smell sewage dur-
ing heavy rainfall and during
the summer. She said she had
also advocated for change on
behalf of others more severely
“On the end of the road,
where all the trees are, there’s
so many mosquitoes to where
children cannot go outside
and play (because of the mois-
ture),” Williams said. “We
have more older people on
(the north) side. (The mos-
quitoes are) not good for old-
er people, because they’re sus-
ceptible to viruses and things.
They did come and reroute
some of the pipes last sum-
mer, so that’s helped so far.”
Wiseman said last year’s
rerouting Williams referred to
was a sewage project, whereas
the project now in progress
is a storm drainage project.
Williams said she was grate-
ful for both measures, and
while she wished the city had
found a way to increase drain-
age capacity while keeping the
drainage infrastructure cov-
ered, she was glad to see the
city taking action.
“We went to a lot of meet-
ings, finally we got some ap-
proval, and they finally came
out and started working,”
Williams said. “I’m pretty
happy with the results, (but)
I feel like if they had gone on
and covered it and put the
pipes through, then it might
stop a lot of the erosion that
was going on in people’s
backyards. Maybe this will.
Only time will tell. It could be
a good thing. We’ll just wait
and see.”
From page 1A
Lisa Thompson, principal of
Overstreet Alternative School,
shared with the board her goals
to increase alternative student
performance on MAP exami-
nations by two points in both
the reading and language arts
and math subject areas. Hollo-
way added that major changes
are underway to the alternative
school program to place more
emphasis on earning course
“Students who are behind
in school can work to recover
some of their lost credit, which
ultimately helps with the grad-
uation rate,” Holloway said.
Additionally, the board vot-
ed to amend its current policy
on school admissions. Stricter
policies will be enacted for the
requirements regarding docu-
mentation of parental custody
and guardianship before a stu-
dent can be admitted to SSD.
Holloway said that the current
state law is unclearly written,
but SSD’s current policy does
abide by all state-mandated
“There are a lot of things
to be worried about these days
[concerning custody issues],
and we are just trying to make
sure we protect ourselves legal-
ly,” Holloway added.
Plans were outlined for the
renovation of the cafeteria at
Starkville High School. Ar-
chitect Shelton Jones said that
adjustments will be made to ac-
commodate the growing num-
ber of students in the school’s
serving lines. An outdated
cooling system in the school’s
gymnasium will be removed to
make room storage and new
coolers. Assistant Superinten-
dent Toriano Holloway said
Starkville High School is one
of the last schools in the dis-
trict to have major renovations
made to its cafeteria.
In other business, the board;
u approved an athletic ad-
vertising and promotion agree-
ment between SSD and Mc-
Donald’s totaling $40,000; and
u approved the hiring of
a counselor intern at Starkville
High School effective for the
2014-15 school year.
From page 1A
EMCC fits in, what each coun-
ty’s pros and cons were and
kind of a snapshot of what we
needed to do in each county to
be successful,” Higgins said.
The LINK hired Fruth to
conduct a $50,000 study, half
of the cost of which C Spire
Fruth said the Golden Tri-
angle’s wide range of assets
— including Mississippi State
University and its research
park, the Golden Triangle Re-
gional Airport, and a number
of industrial parks and develop-
ments such as Yokohoma Tire
Corporation in Clay County
— gave the region the tools to
become the most dynamic mi-
cropolitan area in the United
States if officials can find a way
to incubate the skilled labor
force necessary to take advan-
tage of the region’s potential.
“One of the problems that
could prevent that is your in-
ability to provide a skilled
workforce,” Fruth said. “That
doesn’t have anything to do
with training, because you have
the training.”
Fruth said socio-economic,
educational and cultural issues
hampered the region’s ability
to provide sufficiently-skilled
workers to meet the needs of
companies that might want to
locate to the tri-county area.
The biggest problem, he said,
is an enormous percentage of
the region’s population is not
working. Fruth said 34,056, or
41 percent of the working-age
population in the region, is not
Figures he provided Tues-
day further broke down the
spread of non-working adults
as a percentage of each com-
munity to 15,152 (44 percent)
in Oktibbeha County, 6,209
(50 percent) in Clay County
and 12,695 (34 percent) in
Lowndes County.
“There are individuals in the
working-age population who
work,” Fruth said. “There are
individuals in the working-age
population that have been laid
off and are unemployed who
are looking for work. Then
there are people in the work-
ing-age population that are not
looking for work. There are
several reasons why they might
not be working. They might be
at home taking care of the kids,
which is a choice. They may be
wealthy individuals and have
some cash on hand and decide
to live off their cash. That’s a
choice. But we have this mas-
sive number of people who are
not working.”
Still, Fruth said the region
has an abnormally-high number
of out-of-work residents who
draw on welfare programs. He
said the challenge, and key to
moving forward economically,
would be finding some way to
pull those individuals into the
“I look at Columbus and
West Point and Starkville as
a region and say ‘My gosh,
you’ve more geographic–eco-
nomic assets than any small
economy in the country,’”
Fruth said. “Companies are
going to come here. They’re
going to create jobs. There’s
going to be opportunity. We
have to do something to in-
spire these individuals to leave
entitlements and participate in
this robust, exciting situation.”
To tackle the issue, Fruth
suggested the communities
in the region unite to create
a multi-county economic de-
velopment center that would
provide programs to encourage
economic participation and ad-
vancement for the region’s pop-
ulace. He said the facility could
provide programs to, among
other goals, provide guidance
on how to build a business,
show school-age children what
people do to earn money and
expose the community to the
region’s industry.
He said the region’s unique
assets and resources, which
would be a draw to businesses,
made the endeavor worth con-
“If I suggested something
like this in Greenville, it would
be a waste of money,” Fruth
said. “I’ve spoken in Greenville,
and I know the situation there.
Why would it be waste of
money? There’s no opportuni-
ty. They’re not going to create
the jobs you’re going to create
there. You could go to Detroit
and say ‘Oh gee, we’re going to
do inspirational programs for
people to get off of welfare and
go into the working world!’
It’d be a waste of money. Com-
panies aren’t going to Detroit
and they’re not going to for
20 years. But they’re going to
come here.”
Fruth said Mississippi State
University represented the re-
gion’s largest chance for eco-
nomic growth. He said the
university could act as the
catalyst for “explosive” eco-
nomic growth if it continues
to strengthen ties with private
enterprises for research, as
it has through its Center for
Advanced Vehicular Systems
(CAVS) and in areas of agri-
cultural and aerospace research.
He also suggested officials
set aside at least 500 acres for
another research park, which
could draw private enterprise
as the university collaborates
with businesses, and identify an
additional 500 acres for future
If the university could draw
private businesses through its
research investments, Fruth
said more money could come
into the community, especially
in Oktibbeha County, which
would lead to further economic
However, he said Starkville
officials needed to make the
community more attractive to
help the odds of that.
“I don’t mean any offense to
Starkville, but I’ve been to hun-
dreds of communities and every
chamber of commerce believes
their town is the best in the
world,” Fruth said. “The best
quality of life, the best people,
the best schools, but everybody
can’t be the best. People have
community pride. Most of the
companies we envision coming
to this facility at the university
will not employ local people.
They will be highly sophisticat-
ed, $100,000 per-year, highly
trained and they will be asked
to locate to the facility.
“You will be competing
with Austin, Texas, Chapel
Hill, North Carolina… a lot
of different other communi-
ties,” Fruth added. “These in-
dividuals have choices. They
can work for a company in Ra-
leigh, North Carolina, or they
can work in Starkville. Do you
want to live in Starkville versus
Chapel Hill? That’s going to
be a major decision, and what
I’m suggesting for folks in Ok-
tibbeha County and Starkville
is you initiate a quality of life
program for the area.”
Fruth said local officials
could use the quality of life
program to lay out a master
plan for quality of life ameni-
ties that could benefit residents
and help draw highly-skilled
workers who might consider
moving to the area. He rec-
ommended allowing residents
to weigh in on how they want
Starkville to look in 20 years
and suggested city officials
communicate with their uni-
versity counterparts to find out
what obstacles in the commu-
nity had presented the most
challenge in drawing profes-
sors and other similar workers
to the area.
“Starkville is a good place,”
he said. “But compared to
some of these other places,
there’s a lot of work still left
to do.”
Starkville Mayor Parker
Wiseman said he appreciated
Fruth’s feedback on the issue
and that the city would look
into potential quality of life
“I think not only is that
valuable feedback from a
neutral observer of the com-
munity, but that’s something
that we already view internally
as a priority,” Wiseman said.
“When the board held a retreat
in January, one of the highest
priorities for the future that
was identified at that retreat
was comprehensive quality of
life planning for the future.
We are increasingly becom-
ing known as a quality of life
destination throughout the re-
gion and the state. But there
is opportunity to take that to
another level.”
Wiseman said he enjoyed
Fruth’s assessment of the re-
gion as a whole and backed
the belief that the community
would have to invest in its fu-
ture to reach its potential.
“The good news is there are
few communities in the United
States that are positioned as
well as we are to capitalize on
industrial development due to
our proximity to Mississippi
State University,” Wiseman
said. “It simply can’t be over-
stated in the knowledge-based
economy what a tremendous
asset it is for Starkville to be
the home of a top-100 research
Higgins said LINK officials
have had the results of Fruth’s
study for a few months and
were already working on imple-
menting some of them.
“We’ve had the luxury of
having this study, at least in
draft form, on our desk for the
last four months,” Higgins said.
“So if it seems like shortly here
after this report is made pub-
lic that things start going into
motion, it shouldn’t come as a
surprise, because we’ve already
known some of the things that
were going to be recommend-
ed and we’ve taken these four
months to go ahead and start
getting plans ready to do some
of the things he talks about.”
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Campaign shows Medicaid expansion remains a political non-starter
Whether it’s the heated
race between Mississippi’s
incumbent Republican
senior U.S. Sen. Thad
Cochran and state Sen.
Chris McDaniel in their
GOP primary or the rath-
er rematch between in-
cumbent Republican 4th
District U.S. Rep. Steven
Palazzo and the veteran
former Democratic U.S.
Rep. Gene Taylor that
Palazzo defeated to take the office,
Medicaid expansion under Obam-
acare remains a political non-starter in
Despite recent Associated Press
coverage of the fact that Medicaid
rolls in are growing in states like Mis-
sissippi that rejected Medicaid expan-
sion, it’s clear based on the campaign
rhetoric in both the Cochran-McDan-
iel race and in the Palazzo-Taylor race
that the candidates don’t believe vot-
ers will embrace Medic-
aid expansion despite the
claims of advocates that
rejecting Medicaid expan-
sion is against the state’s
economic interests.
The candidates have
struggled to get to the
right of each other on the
question of opposition
to Obamacare. While in
Congress, Taylor in 2010
voted against it and was
literally the first Democrat to sign Dis-
charge Petition #11, which sought to
force a vote on repealing the law.
Palazzo’s opposition to Obamacare
was the centerpiece of his campaign
to unseat Taylor and has never wa-
vered. Palazzo gained success in his
challenge to Taylor by tying him to
a vote for former Democratic House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The political bogeyman of Obam-
acare has dominated the Senate race as
well, but McDaniel has played the red
herring that refusing to vote to shut
down the government was the same
as “supporting” Obamacare. It’s not.
Proponents of expansion point to
the fact that the federal government
has pledged to pay all medical costs
for the newly eligible Medicaid en-
rollees in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and
no less than 90 percent of their costs
thereafter as evidence that Mississippi
can’t afford not to expand Medicaid.
But many Mississippi lawmakers
understand all too well the history
of Medicaid finance in this state. The
state has traditionally authorized a
more expansive Medicaid program
than the state actually funded - and
then in the latter stages of each legisla-
tive session scrambled to actually fund
Medicaid with one-time money plans
held together with political bubble
gum and bailing wire.
So politics aside, is Medicaid ex-
pansion as clear cut as proponents
would have us believe? In a word, no.
“From a social or humanitarian
perspective, you could argue Medic-
aid expansion is a winner. But from a
purely financial perspective, it’s clearly
a loser,” Charles Blahous, a senior re-
search fellow at the Mercatus Center,
a market-oriented research center at
George Mason University in Virginia,
said last year.
A Mississippi Institutions of High-
er Learning economic brief by state
economist Bob Neal made the nuts-
and-bolts of the Medicaid expansion
question clear when Mississippi law-
makers first confronted the expansion
question: “The results in each scenar-
io indicate that Medicaid expansion
will generate additional state Medic-
aid costs in years 2017-2025. From
2014-2020, cumulative state costs of
Medicaid expansion, minus additions
to state General Fund revenue, are
projected to range from $109 million
to $98 million. From 2014-2025, to-
tal state costs of Medicaid expansion,
minus additions to state General Fund
revenue, are projected to range from
$556 million to $497 million.”
The Kaiser Commission on Med-
icaid and the Uninsured observed:
“While some states will see net sav-
ings, others will need to weigh the
trade-offs between small increases
in state spending in return for large
gains in coverage supported by mostly
federal dollars.”
As the recession fades and the Af-
fordable Care Act generates more of a
track record in fact rather than in the-
ory, Democrats in the Legislature will
continue to push Medicaid expansion.
But a listen to the campaign rhetoric
makes clear that Medicaid expansion
and Obamacare remain potent flash-
points on the state’s campaign trail.
Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist.
Contact him at 601-507-8004 or sidsal-
Three Mississippi
Court of Appeals judges
stand for reelection this
year: Jimmy Maxwell,
Kenny Griffis and Vir-
ginia Carlton. All three
are unopposed follow-
ing the May 9 qualifying
deadline, not an unusual
situation. Four years ago,
five seats on the Court of
Appeals were up for elec-
tion, all five incumbents
ran and won, only two were opposed.
Of the 102 chancery and circuit
court judges on the ballot, over 75
percent will be re-elected without op-
position. The unopposed rate is down
slightly from 77 percent in 2010.
Forty of the 49 chancery judges
elected in Mississippi this year are un-
opposed incumbents. There are two
open seats and seven races featuring
incumbents challenged by
opponents. Here are the
contested chancery court
races; next week’s column
will highlight circuit court
The Eight Chancery
Court District (Hancock,
Harrison, Stone) features
two races. In Place 2, in-
cumbent Jennifer Schloe-
gel, daughter of former
Gulfport mayor George
Schloegel, is seeking a second term.
She defeated four opponents in 2010
with 51 percent to avoid a run-off.
She faces a challenge by civil litigation
attorney Stephen Benvenutti of Bay
St. Louis. Schloegel made headlines
this year presiding over the open re-
cords lawsuit against Auditor Stacey
Pickering by the Sun Herald seeking
documents from the Department of
Marine Resources that state and fed-
eral officials were using as part of their
In Place 3, incumbent Sandy
Steckler, a former state senator, faces
a challenge from former Biloxi city at-
torney Ronnie Cochran. Steckler was
appointed to the bench in 2001 by
Governor Ronnie Musgrove.
In the Eleventh District (Holmes,
Yazoo, Madison), three-term Judge
Janace Harvey Goree is retiring. The
open seat is being sought by Jackson
city prosecutor Barbara Ann Bluntson
and Robert G. Clark III, a Holmes
County youth court judge and Lex-
ington municipal judge. Bluntson is
the daughter-in-law of former Jack-
son Councilman Frank Bluntson who
was criticized for allegedly using two
city employees to help Barbara Ann
Bluntson’s campaign during her failed
run at Madison County Court Judge
in 2010. Clark also serves as attorney
for the town of Cruger and Holmes
County Board Attorney and is the law
partner and brother of state Represen-
tative Bryant Clark.
Thirteenth District (Simpson,
Smith, Covington, Jefferson Davis,
Lawrence) Judge David Shoemake
faces a rematch from Larry Buffing-
ton. Shoemake defeated Buffington
four years ago after the former judge
got into hot water by issuing improp-
er subpoenas to county supervisors
in an attempt to discover who passed
on public information to the media
regarding his appointment of former
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz
as an additional youth court public
defender. The Mississippi Judicial
Performance Commission reported,
“Judge Buffington admitted that he
had failed to comply with the law
when issuing the subpoenas, but did
not care.” The Mississippi Supreme
Court ordered a public reprimand and
assessed fines to Buffington.
Also in the Thirteenth District, in-
cumbent Judge Joe Dale Walker, fac-
ing his own complaint from the Judi-
cial Performance Commission, is not
seeking reelection. Collins attorney
Mary K. Burnham, Mississippi De-
partment of Human Services attorney
Deborah Kennedy, and Gerald Martin
of Taylorsville who has served there as
Board Attorney, are running for this
open seat.
Two of the three incumbents in the
Sixteenth District (Jackson, George,
Greene) face challenges. In Place 1,
incumbent Neil Harris, Sr. is being
opposed by Jackson County Board of
Supervisors Attorney Paula S. Yancey.
Last year, the Mississippi Supreme
Nine chancery court races in 2014
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more on how you can help,
please visit our Tornado Re-
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The Boys & Girls Club of
the Golden Triangle is seeking
motivated individuals (at least
20 years of age) to volunteer
as teaching interns in their
innovative summer program
for 6-18 year-old youth in
Starkville and Columbus from
June 9 – July 18. To volunteer,
contact Lucas Davenport at
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Starkville Bridges and the
Maroon Volunteer Center
are looking for volunteers
to serve as mentors in their
BB4K Summer Program
from June 2 – August 4.
BB4K is a program that helps
children K-12 that are living
in poverty build resources
for a better life. Volunteers
will need to attend a training
orientation beforehand. To
volunteer, contact Roderick
Holmes at rh108@msstate.
edu or 662.325.1821.
Christian World Missions
is hosting a free cookout
Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
for their neighbors at 1437
Fire Station Road. Twenty-
five volunteers are needed to
help coordinate activities and
help entertain the children.
To volunteer, contact Scott
Lipsey at 662.341.0947.
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Mississippi At A Glance
Area Cities
City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond.
Baton Rouge, LA 77 51 t-storm Memphis, TN 66 47 t-storm
Biloxi 79 58 t-storm Meridian 81 53 t-storm
Birmingham, AL 82 59 t-storm Mobile, AL 80 61 t-storm
Brookhavem 76 49 t-storm Montgomery, AL 83 63 t-storm
Cleveland 66 48 t-storm Natchez 71 48 t-storm
Columbus 83 53 t-storm New Albany 79 49 t-storm
Corinth 76 49 t-storm New Orleans, LA 82 57 t-storm
Greenville 66 49 t-storm Oxford 71 47 t-storm
Grenada 74 48 t-storm Philadelphia 81 50 t-storm
Gulfport 79 58 t-storm Senatobia 69 48 t-storm
Hattiesburg 80 54 t-storm Starkville 80 50 t-storm
Jackson 76 50 t-storm Tunica 65 47 t-storm
Laurel 79 53 t-storm Tupelo 81 50 t-storm
Little Rock, AR 57 45 rain Vicksburg 66 48 rain
Mc Comb 77 49 t-storm Yazoo City 70 49 t-storm
National Cities
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Atlanta 86 65 pt sunny Minneapolis 59 37 mst sunny
Boston 70 61 cloudy New York 65 60 rain
Chicago 56 44 rain Phoenix 91 61 sunny
Dallas 69 47 rain San Francisco 84 58 sunny
Denver 60 39 pt sunny Seattle 80 60 mst sunny
Houston 71 51 rain St. Louis 57 47 rain
Los Angeles 97 70 sunny Washington, DC 82 66 pt sunny
Miami 83 76 t-storm
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Margaret McMinn Hester
Margaret McMinn Hester, age 84, died on May 11, 2014.
She was born April 2, 1930, in Sturgis, MS to the late Shed and
Annie Lou McMinn.
She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Leslie R.
Hester, sons, Robert (Marion) Hester of Jackson, MS, Charles
(Sally) Hester and Richard (Felisha) Hester of Starkville, MS,
daughter Lynn (Mark) Moran of Tullahoma, TN, grandchil-
dren, Jacob and Jordan Hester of Jackson , Callie Hester, Bell
and Ethan Hester of Starkville, Alan Moran of Portland OR
and Matt Moran of Starkville, sister Neola (Carl) Hildreth of
Columbus, and brother William (Cynthia) McMinn of Doug-
lasville, GA.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 6:30 to
8:30 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 15,
2014 at Starkville First United Methodist Church with visita-
tion one hour before services. Interment will be at Memorial
Gardens. Officiating services will be Dr. Giles Lindley and Dr.
Prentiss Gordon.
Memorials may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home,
P.O. Box 66, Clinton, MS 39060 or to the Mississippi State
University Wesley Foundation, P. O. Drawer MY, MS State,
MS 39762.
You may go online and sign the guest register at: www.
Wall Street
S&P 500 flirts with 1,900, but falls short
Trader David Williams, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index crossed above 1,900 for the first time Tuesday as investors
assessed news on retail sales. DirecTV gained on reports that the AT&T is poised to buy the
company for nearly $50 billion. (AP Photo)
AP Markets Writer
Standard & Poor’s 500 index
is flirting with a new mile-
stone: 1,900.
The index briefly climbed
above that level on Tuesday
before dropping back to
close just below it. Still, it set
an all-time closing high by a
fraction of point.
Stocks have gained as
most investors remain opti-
mistic that the economy will
start to accelerate this year
following a cold winter that
stymied growth. First-quar-
ter corporate earnings came
in better than expected, giv-
ing stocks a lift.
Whether the S&P 500
climbs beyond the 1,900 lev-
el or falls back now depends
on the how the economy
develops, said John Canally,
chief market strategist for
LPL Financial. If growth fal-
ters, stocks will likely slide,
he said.
“But if the economy can
deliver ... and the global
economy can accelerate, we’ll
look back at 1,900 and say
‘Yes that was just a stop on
the way to 2,000,’” he said.
On Tuesday, the Standard
& Poor’s 500 index rose
0.8 points, or less than 0.1
percent, to 1,897.45, after
climbing as high as 1,902 in
early trading. The index first
closed above 1,800 on Nov.
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 19.97 points, or
0.1 percent, to 16,715.44.
The Nasdaq composite was
the laggard of the three. The
technology-focused index fell
13.7 points, or 0.3 percent,
to 4,130.17.
Keurig Green Mountain
was the biggest gainer in
the S&P 500 index. Its stock
surged $8.36, or 7.6 percent,
to $119.07 after Coca-Cola
raised its stake in the cof-
fee company. Coca-Cola,
the world’s biggest bever-
age company, disclosed in a
regulatory filing that a sub-
sidiary now has a 16 percent
stake in Keurig.
Investors were also assess-
ing corporate earnings.
McKesson jumped $5.77,
or 3.3 percent, to $180 after
the prescription drug dis-
tributor said Monday its net
income rose 43 percent in its
fiscal fourth quarter. Its over-
all earnings got a boost from
stronger results in North
America and lower costs.
Beauty products company
Elizabeth Arden plunged
$8.13, or 23 percent, to
$27.50 after it reported an
unexpected quarterly loss
and disclosed it has hired
Goldman Sachs to help it ex-
plore strategic alternatives.
Overall, though, first-
quarter earnings have come
in better than analysts ex-
Nearly all companies in
the S&P 500 have reported
results, and earnings are
forecast to grow by 3.3 per-
cent when final figures are
calculated, according to S&P
Capital IQ data. Three weeks
ago, analysts were expecting
earnings to fall 1.1 percent.
Another encouraging sign
was that company revenue
growth accelerated in the
quarter to 3.2 percent, from
1.6 percent in the fourth
Despite the positive back-
drop, the stock market’s
move higher this year has
been more of a grind com-
pared with last year’s surge.
Along with worries about
the U.S., there are concerns
about growth overseas, as
well as tensions with Rus-
sia after that country an-
nexed the Crimea region in
Another factor is that
stocks, having rallied for
more than five years, are also
no longer the bargain they
once were.
“In 2009 the market was
cheap. Now we’re fairly val-
ued, maybe a bit overval-
ued,” said Canally of LPL
The price-earnings ratio,
a measure of how expensive
stocks are compared with
next year’s expected earnings,
is 15.2 for companies in the
S&P 500. That is below their
average of 16.4 over the last
twenty years, according to
FactSet data, but above the
11.4 at the start of 2009.
In government bond trad-
ing, prices rose. The yield on
the 10-year Treasury note
dropped to 2.61 percent,
from 2.66 percent late Mon-
The 1,900 level for the
S&P 500 will likely prove
a psychological hurdle for
investors, as investors reas-
sess the stock market and
the economy, said Sean Mc-
Carthy, regional chief invest-
ment officer for Wells Fargo
private bank. More good
news on the economy should
push stocks higher.
“The pause we are seeing
today, is really just that, a
pause, with the market com-
ing to grips with where we
are,” McCarthy said.
Court ordered a public rep-
rimand and $2500 fine for
Harris for violating the due
process rights of three people
he charged with contempt.
Yancey has served as Jackson
County’s Board Attorney and
formerly as county adminis-
Place 3 incumbent Chuck
Bordis, IV is being chal-
lenged by Michael Fondren
and Gary Roberts. Bordis
was appointed by Governor
Haley Barbour in 2009 af-
ter his predecessor, Randy
Pierce, won election to the
Mississippi Supreme Court.
Bordis was unopposed in
2010. Fondren is an attorney
in Pascagoula and Roberts is
a Gautier city judge whose
now ex-wife was involved in
a scandal which resulted in
the resignation of American
Red Cross President Mark
Both incumbents in the
18th District (Lafayette,
Marshall, Benton, Tippah,
Calhoun) are being chal-
lenged. In Place 1, long-time
Judge Glenn Alderson faces
Carnelia Pettis Fondren, for-
mer Vice-Chairman of the
Mississippi Democratic Par-
ty; and Tina Duggard Scott,
who won with 54 percent a
special election for Calhoun
County Attorney in 2010.
In Place 2, Judge Robert
Whitwell faces Helen Ken-
nedy Robinson. Whitwell,
a former US Attorney, was
appointed by Governor Phil
Bryant last year. Robinson
lost a challenge to Chancery
Judge Edwin Roberts in
2010 with 31 percent of the
The election is Nov. 4 and
in any race where one candi-
date does not receive more
than 50 percent of the votes,
there will be a run-off elec-
tion on Nov.r 25. Only three
races could potentially go to
a run-off.
Brian Perry is a columnist for
the Madison County Journal and
a partner with Capstone Public
Affairs, LLC. Reach him at rea- or
@CapstonePerry on Twitter.
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MSU adviser receives
local, national awards
For Starkville Daily News
An academic advisor with the Mississippi
State University College of Veterinary Medi-
cine has received two awards for excellence
in student advising.
Julie “Missy” Hadaway, admissions and
student affairs coordinator, has been award-
ed the 2014 Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in
Advising award at MSU. She was also select-
ed for an Outstanding Advising Certificate of
Merit in the primary advising role category
by the National Academic Advising Associa-
Hadaway has guided the career paths of
thousands of undergraduate, graduate and
veterinary students since 2010. Students val-
ue her wisdom and seek her expertise as they
advance through their studies.
“Ms. Hadaway understands and accepts
the pivotal and influential role an adviser
can play in a student’s life,” said Richard W.
Meiring, assistant dean of admissions and
student affairs at the College of Veterinary
Medicine. “She embodies commitment to
students through her knowledge of academic
requirements and her ability to counsel stu-
dents through a rigorous academic pro-
gram while fostering personal and honest
relationships. Missy provides students with
time, attention, and a welcoming spirit be-
yond typical expectations.”
Both honors are based on an extensive
nomination procedure that included rec-
ommendations from current and former
students and letters of support from col-
leagues and administrators in the veteri-
nary college, as well as other MSU depart-
ments, to demonstrate her professional
contributions and accomplishments.
Hadaway received her bachelor’s degree
in business from Mississippi University for
Women in 1994. She joined MSU in April
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demic advising.
Chemical engineer earns
competitive NSF career grant
For Starkville Daily News
A chemical engineer at Mississippi State Uni-
versity has earned a top research-funding award
from one of the National Science Foundation’s
most prestigious programs.
Santanu Kundu, an assistant professor in the
Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineer-
ing, received an NSF Faculty Early Career De-
velopment (CAREER) award. The grant will
provide more than $500,000 of funding over
the next five years to support research into the
mechanical properties of polymer gels.
“We are proud of Dr. Santanu Kundu for
his efforts in learning, service and research at
Mississippi State University and especially his
proposed work on this project,” interim dean
Jason Keith said.
Polymer gels can be used in biological im-
plants, food materials, oil recovery, and drug
delivery. These and other applications can put
the material under strain that results in instabil-
ity and fracture.
Kundu’s research will develop a unifying de-
sign principle for these soft polymeric gels that
will link the molecular structure of the gels to
its behavior under stress and strain, which could
lead to the creation of more efficient, longer
lasting gels. He also plans to incorporate the
concepts of polymeric gels and this research into
undergraduate and graduate classes.
“The contradictory behavior of polymer
gels--soft but fragile at
the same time--makes
them very interesting
to study,” Kundu said.
“Although an increas-
ing number of gels, with
interesting functionality
are being developed, our
knowledge of their me-
chanical properties is in-
complete. We aim to un-
derstand their complex
behavior through experiments and modeling.”
Kundu joined the Bagley College of Engi-
neering in 2012 following postdoctoral ap-
pointments at the National Institute of Stan-
dards and Technology and the University of
Massachusetts-Amherst. He holds a doctoral
degree from Clemson University and a bach-
elor’s from Jadavpur University, India, both in
chemical engineering.
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agency devoted to promoting the advancement
of science and technology for the nation’s wel-
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prestigious award programs for early-career fac-
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Renasant announces officer promotion
For Starkville Daily News
TUPELO — Following a recent meet-
ing of the Board of Directors of Renas-
ant Bank, E. Robinson McGraw, chairman
and chief executive officer, announced that
Yolanda Wooten has been promoted to
first vice president in Renasant’s Starkville
banking office.
Wooten is a native of Carthage and at-
tended the Mississippi School of Banking
in Oxford and the School of Bank Man-
agement and Marketing in Boulder, Colo.
She joined Renasant Bank in 2011 and has
more than 40 years of
experience in banking.
Wooten is a mem-
ber of Starkville Main
Street Association
and the Committee
of 100. She has pre-
viously served on the
Chamber Board of
the Greater Starkville
Development Partner-
ship. She is married to
Melvin and they have two grown children
and five grandchildren.
From Wire Reports
ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke is not
going easily.
The Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in
January to sending poison-laced letters to President
Barack Obama and others changed his mind Tues-
day, asking a judge to withdraw his plea just before
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock did not rule
immediately on the request, telling the defense and
prosecutors to lay out arguments about whether
she should hold Dutschke (DUHS’-kee) to his plea,
which she repeatedly described as a “contract.”
“Your filing the motion to withdraw does not
necessarily mean the court will grant it,” Aycock
told Dutschke. “I do want you to understand that
your withdrawal is in the discretion of the court.”
Dutschke’s withdrawal came at the end of a
hearing meant to determine his sentence on one
count of making ricin and three counts of send-
ing it through the mail. His targets were Obama;
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; and Mississippi
judge Sadie Holland. Poisoned letters addressed to
Obama and Wicker were intercepted before deliv-
ery, but one letter reached Holland. She was not
Aycock repeatedly rejected arguments from
Dutschke’s lawyer, Ken Coghlan, aimed at less-
ening his sentence. Court officials recommended
Dutschke should serve from 20 years to life.
Aycock was about to sentence Dutschke when
she let him speak. The former martial arts instruc-
tor, animated throughout the hearing, launched a
half-hour speech that left Aycock holding her head
in her hand. She called a recess so Dutschke could
consult with Coghlan. At the end, Dutschke asked
to withdraw his plea, possibly setting him up for
Dutschke said federal prosecutors lied when
they said he made the poison and about finding his
DNA on a dust mask. Dutschke said he was guilty
only of using castor beans to make a fertilizer that
couldn’t hurt anyone.
“There is no poison, there is no ricin and my
DNA was not on that mask,” Dutschke said.
He was so confident that the powder was harm-
less that he offered prosecutors the “ultimate free
shot” at killing him by letting him eat the remaining
substance in evidence.
“I will dump the contents of the two remaining
letters on a peanut and butter sandwich and eat it
and wash it down with a glass of chocolate milk,”
said Dutschke, who was eventually cut short by
The defendant turned accusations back at Paul
Kevin Curtis, the Elvis impersonator and Corinth,
Mississippi, performer who federal officials origi-
nally arrested.
Dutschke also denied guilt on state fondling
charges to which he has pleaded guilty. Prosecutors
recommended he serve his sentence in the unrelated
fondling case at the same time he served any penalty
on the federal charges.
While jailed, Dutschke claimed, he was enticed
by another inmate to write a letter that federal
prosecutors said was evidence he was still trying to
frame Curtis.
Curtis has sued Dutschke and is also seeking to
sue the federal government over his arrest in the
case. Curtis wasn’t present Tuesday, but his lawyer
“That’s just silly,” said lawyer Christi McCoy,
dismissing Dutschke’s claims against Curtis.
Federal prosecutor Chad Lamar said an FBI
agent didn’t lie and he did not encourage perjury.
Lamar said that while the mask tested negative for
one form of DNA, another form was found.
“The defendant is simply mistaken,” Lamar told
Aycock. “The mask he threw in the coffee grinder
box was the mask that tested positive.”
Lamar argued earlier that the level of poison
didn’t matter if Dutschke meant harm, an argu-
ment Aycock ruled in favor of.
Poison-letters defendant
wants to withdraw plea
James Everett Dutschke, center, is lead into the Federal Building in Aberdeen by U.S.
Marshalls on Tuesday for a sentencing hearing, but instead Dutschke withdrew guilty plea. The
42-year-old Tupelo man pleaded guilty in January to charges of making ricin and sending letters
dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and
Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. At the sentencing, he told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock
that he was innocent and wanted a chance to prove it. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi
Daily Journal, Thomas Wells)
Jackson Co. supports
restoring Sunset Limited
From Wire Reports
PASCAGOULA — Jackson County su-
pervisors have voted to support the South-
ern Rail Commission’s effort to study
whether expanding passenger rail service
along the northern Gulf Coast is feasible or
The Sun Herald reports the board of su-
pervisors voted Monday to send a letter of
support for the commission’s plans to ap-
ply for a $1 million federal planning grant
through the Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recovery program.
Before Hurricane Katrina, the Sunset
Limited ran from Los Angeles to Orlando,
Fla., through New Orleans. Now it stops in
New Orleans. The Rail Commission hopes
to restore passenger service to Orlando.
The study would determine what stations
along routes should be opened and how
they might be restored in Louisiana, Missis-
sippi and Alabama.
Jackson County Supervisor Mike Mang-
um proposed the county send a letter of
support. He said Pascagoula and perhaps
Ocean Springs, both with depots, might
benefit. But he also believes in rail travel.
“When you fly everywhere, you don’t see
any of the country,” he said after the meet-
The commission’s mission is to advo-
cate for “comprehensive rail throughout the
Southeast,” according to the new website
it launched to feature updates on its initia-
It has hired a strategic consulting com-
pany to help advocate and identify opportu-
nities for funding. It also is looking at op-
portunities for Texas, Georgia and Florida.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 7A
Virginia Mathews and her husband, Hugh Leigh Mathews III, have a farming operation in Yazoo
County that includes horses, cows and pastureland. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/
Kat Lawrence)
Love of horses sustains
woman’s ag enterprise
MSU Ag Communications
Virginia Mathews enjoys horses so much
that she gladly took on a full-time job to allow
her to keep them.
Mathews, known as Gigi to her friends and
family, is a Yazoo County woman who owns
Mathews Farms in Benton with her husband,
Hugh Leigh Mathews III. She now cares for
11 horses and teaches riding lessons, but at one
time she had as many as 76 mares.
“One time I added up all the time I spent
working with the horses and figured I was mak-
ing 2 cents an hour,” Mathews said. “I went to
work full time with the U.S. Postal Service to
support my habit.”
Although both are retired from outside em-
ployment today, she and her husband originally
were row crop farmers. They got out of that
business in the mid-1980s but then returned to
it in the mid-1990s. Horses have been her pas-
sion for much longer.
“My daddy started me out with a horse when
I was 2 years old. When I turned 20, he said,
‘I thought you’d outgrow these, but I see you
aren’t going to,’” she said. “That’s when I went
into the business.
“I just love a horse: the bad ones, the good
ones,” Mathews said. “I love the smell of them.
I love cleaning the barn.”
Mathews earned a degree in animal science
from Mississippi State University and worked
one summer for a veterinarian in Memphis.
That’s when she learned what side of the animal
business she needed to be on. She has had an
equine enterprise since 1979.
“I love horses, but people I can’t always han-
dle,” she said.
Although her love for horses has never wa-
vered, the equine industry has had some prob-
lems, and the value of horses dropped dramati-
cally from what it had been. About the same
time the industry began hurting, Mathews
developed Graves’ eye disease and was legally
blind for seven months.
Her husband cared for her horses while she
had three eye surgeries and regained her sight,
but Mathews permanently lost her peripheral vi-
sion and is prone to vertigo.
“I could still ride a horse, but the young ones
are harder, and I started falling off and breaking
bones,” Mathews said. “In 1996, my husband
said no more young horses.”
Horse prices fell so low that it was difficult
or even impossible to make money on these ani-
mals, so Mathews switched gears with her agri-
cultural enterprise.
“I realized in 2006 that the only thing I
could do to make money was board horses and
give lessons,” she said. “I quit breeding horses
at that time. There were so many excess horses
and colts bringing nothing in sales in the state.”
Today she has eight of her own horses,
boards three others and teaches riding lessons,
mostly to children.
“Most children have the idea of jumping
on a horse and riding off into the sunset,”
Mathews said. “I teach them there is a whole
lot you have to do to care for the horse, like
clean the stalls and wash the horse. I teach
them the parts of the horse and some basics of
“I make them work on the ground a good
while before they ride, and I teach them safe-
ty, including how to fall off right and not get
hurt,” she said. “Then I turn them over to
somebody else for more lessons depending on
what they want to do.”
Very familiar with the hard work of owning
and operating a farm, Mathews is diligent in
doing her part to help others, especially wom-
en, in similar fields.
In 2007, she completed Annie’s Project, an
educational workshop for women in agricul-
ture-related fields. Mathews now is a member
of Women for Agriculture, an organization op-
erated by the MSU Extension Service, to edu-
cate, encourage and support women who are
involved in agricultural enterprises.
“Women in agriculture have mountains they
have to surpass that men don’t always have,”
she said. “It’s good to network with other
women who are farming.”
Phillip Vandevere, Yazoo County coor-
dinator with the MSU Extension Service, is
Mathews’ cousin. Each year he puts on his Ex-
tension Service hat to collect hay samples from
her pasture for analysis.
“She produces hay for her own horses, and
she has to know what to feed them and what to
supplement with,” Vandevere said.
With Mathews’ involvement, Yazoo County
has a strong contingent of members in Women
for Agriculture and women participating in
Annie’s Project training. Vandevere said the
organization supports women in their agricul-
tural professions.
“Some ladies choose to go into farming or
were raised on farms and understand how to
operate an agricultural enterprise, but others
come into the business with little knowledge of
agriculture,” he said. “They have married into
farming or inherited land or had some event
cause them to need to step up and be a part of
what is going on. Women for Agriculture can
give them the tools to become even better at
what they are doing.”
Virginia Mathews’ lifelong love of horses launched her career with the animals. The
Yazoo County entrepreneur is a member of Women for Agriculture. (Photo by MSU Ag
Communications/Kat Lawrence)
For Starkville Daily News
Because Mississippi State prioritizes global
food-security research and outreach, the uni-
versity will honor two international famine-
relief leaders with honorary degrees.
During the university’s Friday and Saturday
spring commencements, approximately 2,800
students will receive academic degrees during
the Humphrey Coliseum ceremonies.
Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the
United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP) and one of Time’s 100 Most Influen-
tial People this year, is the featured speaker for
both programs. She also will receive an honor-
ary Doctor of Public Service degree at the 10
a.m. Saturday graduation.
MSU alumnus and Brazilian native
Sebastião Barbosa will receive an honorary
Doctor of Science degree at the 7 p.m. Friday
commencement. After he received master’s and
doctoral degrees in entomology from MSU, he
helped lead eradication of the Mediterranean
fruit fly in South America.
In his current role as head of the cotton
unit for the Brazilian equivalent of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture — the Brazilian
Agricultural Research Corp., or EMBRAPA
—Barbosa has implemented agricultural re-
search-cooperation agreements with the U.S.
and numerous other nations.
President Mark E. Keenum and other
university leaders have worked directly with
Cousin and Barbosa as the land-grant institu-
tion continues to strengthen ties with WFP
and EMBRAPA, as well as the U.N.’s Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
“The problem of
food security is one
that will be solved by
research universities
like Mississippi State,”
Keenum said. “If food
production does not
increase significantly,
the number of people
living in poverty will
increase greatly.
“We are compelled
to help feed the word
and alleviate suffering,
first, because it’s the
right thing to do, but
also because it is im-
portant to our national
security,” he empha-
As a former USDA
under secretary, Kee-
num has applied his
professional experi-
ence, as well as three MSU agricultural eco-
nomics degrees, to guide MSU’s expanding
focus on the latest developments in crop
production, resource distribution and food
“Ms. Cousin has more than 25 years of
national and international nonprofit, govern-
ment and corporate leadership experience
focused on hunger, food and resilience strat-
egies,” Keenum said. “In her current role,
she guides the WFP in meeting urgent food
needs while promoting long-term solutions
to food security and hunger.
Tornado clean-up causes blood drive to
relocate to OCH Regional Medical Center
For Starkville Daily News
OCH Regional Medical Center is stepping
up to a host a United Blood Services Blood
Drive after a Louisville church had to cancel
its blood drive because of the recent tornado.
Eligible donors are encouraged to give blood
regularly, three times a year, to keep hospital
shelves stocked with lifesaving blood. Blood
type O negative is the universal donor and can
be given to any person; however, all blood
types are still needed.
On the day of the blood drive, donors are
also encouraged to complete a quick and easy
self-interview as part of the new, faster inter-
view process. Simply visit www.unitedblood- and click on “Health History
Questionnaire” link to complete your self-in-
The blood drive will take place in the UBS
Blood Mobile located outside the Medical
Center from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. today. Donors
must bring a photo ID. For questions, con-
tact OCH Public Relations Coordinator Mary
Kathryn Kight at 662-615-3067 or mkight@
MSU to confer two
honorary degrees
Page 8A • Starkville Daily News • Wednesday, May 14, 2014
West Virginia mine had history of safety problems
From Wire Reports
WHARTON, W.Va. — Two
miners who were killed on the job
Monday night worked in a coalfield
that had so many safety problems
federal officials deemed it a “pat-
tern violator,” a rare designation
reserved for the industry’s worst of-
Brody Mine No. 1 was one of
only three mines last year to earn
the label that regulators have put
greater emphasis on since the 2010
Upper Big Branch explosion killed
29 miners about 10 miles away.
The designation subjects the
mine to greater scrutiny from regu-
lators, and it’s the strongest tool the
Mine Safety and Health Adminis-
tration has, said Kevin Stricklin, the
agency’s administrator of coal mine
safety and health.
“We just do not have the abil-
ity or authority to shut a mine just
because it has so many violations,”
Stricklin told The Associated Press
on Tuesday.
Brody No. 1 is owned by a sub-
sidiary of St. Louis-based Patriot
Coal, which in its annual report last
December blamed the problems on
a previous owner and said it was
“vigorously contesting” the desig-
The company said the work-
ers were killed during a severe coal
burst, where high-speed coal is shot
at anyone in the way. The burst oc-
curred as they were doing retreat
mining, a risky method that involves
yanking supporting pillars of coal
from inside the mine and letting the
roof collapse as miners and equip-
ment work their way out.
“Preliminarily, it looks like it was
a rock outburst from the wall of the
mine, which basically inundated the
entries with coal and debris,” said
Stricklin. “That’s what caused the
two fatalities.”
In August 2007, six miners do-
ing retreat mining at Utah’s Cran-
dall Canyon died in a collapse and
10 days later, three rescue workers
were killed in another cave-in.
In October, Brody No. 1 was one
of three coal mines added to a Pat-
tern of Violations list for repeatedly
breaking federal health and safety
regulations over the previous year.
It was cited for 253 serious viola-
The designation is for opera-
tions that pose the greatest threat to
workers’ lives. It also meant that if
a federal inspector were to find an-
other significant violation, an order
would be issued to withdraw miners
from a specific area, effectively ceas-
ing operations until the problem is
corrected there.
Asked for comment on its safety
record, a Patriot Coal spokeswoman
referred to the company’s latest an-
nual report. Patriot’s subsidiary pur-
chased the mine Dec. 31, 2012.
But from April 1, 2013, to March
31 of this year, the mine was cited
for 192 safety violations, including
33 for high or reckless disregard for
miners’ health and safety.
It wasn’t immediately clear
whether any of the violations could
have had anything to do with a coal
Since January, six accidents have
occurred at Brody No. 1, including
one in which a miner’s finger was
caught in machinery and a portion
had to be amputated, according to
online federal records.
Stricklin said that since October,
the company was slapped with 69
violations that required at least par-
tial closure of the mine each time.
The Mine Safety and Health Ad-
ministration has taken several steps
to improve its enforcement of safe-
ty regulations after the Upper Big
Branch explosion, the worst U.S.
coal mining disaster in 40 years.
Among them: impact inspections of
problem mines, such as Brody No.
1, and “Rules to Live By.”
In January, the agency announced
it had addressed the 100 recommen-
dations published in a 2012 report
by a team of experts appointed by
then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
and the National Institute for Oc-
cupational Safety and Health.
Last week, MSHA reported that
eight miners died in accidents in the
first three months of 2014.
Brody No. 1 is located off a two-
lane road that winds through lush,
tree-covered mountains. Pockets of
modest one-story houses and mo-
bile homes sit in clusters on small
patches of flat land along the road.
While the mine is about 10 miles
away from the shuttered Upper Big
Branch, it would take more than an
hour to drive from one to the other.
Brody No. 1 employs about 270
workers. Killed were Gary P. Hens-
ley, 46, of Chapmanville, and Eric
D. Legg, 48, of Twilight.
Legg became a coal miner after
he graduated from high school, ac-
cording to Robert Rash, chief of
the Wharton-Barrett Volunteer Fire
“That’s all that’s around here, ac-
tually. Deep mine and strip mine,”
Rash said.
Both men liked to hunt and fish,
and Hensley was always working on
an old car in his garage, said his son.
“I always tell people he had a
happy-go-lucky attitude,” Caleb
Hensley told The Associated Press.
“He took the good with the bad.
He understood that bad things hap-
pened, but when they did, he’d keep
his chin up, that no matter what,
things would be OK.”
The entrance to Brody Mine No.1 in Wharton, W.Va., is closed on Tuesday. Two workers died after they were
trapped as the ground failed at the West Virginia coal mine. The ground failure occurred just about 8:45 p.m.
Monday, trapping the workers, safety agency officials said. The miners’ bodies were recovered, and safety
personnel were on the site of Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, about 50 miles south of Charleston. Preliminary
indications show that a coal burst was responsible, according to state officials and mine owner Patriot Coal. (AP
Photo/Charleston Daily Mail, Craig Cunningham)
Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans
Associated Press
MIAMI — The first thing
Michelle Pool did before pick-
ing a plan under President
Barack Obama’s health insur-
ance law was check whether her
longtime primary care doctor
was covered. Pool, a 60-year-
old diabetic who has had back
surgery and a hip replacement,
purchased the plan only to find
that the insurer was mistaken.
Pool’s $352 a month gold
plan through Covered Califor-
nia’s exchange was cheaper than
what she’d paid under her hus-
band’s insurance and seemed
like a good deal because of her
numerous pre-existing condi-
tions. But after her insurance
card came in the mail, the Vis-
ta, California resident learned
her doctor wasn’t taking her
new insurance.
“It’s not fun when you’ve
had a doctor for years and years
that you can confide in and he
knows you,” Pool said. “I’m
extremely discouraged. I’m
Stories like Pool’s are emerg-
ing as more consumers realize
they bought plans with limited
doctor and hospital networks,
some after websites that mis-
takenly said their doctors were
Before the law took effect,
experts warned that narrow
networks could impact patient’s
access to care, especially in
cheaper plans. But with insur-
ance cards now in hand, con-
sumers are finding their access
limited across all price ranges.
The dilemma undercuts
President Obama’s 2009 pledge
that: “If you like your doctor,
you will be able to keep your
doctor, period.” Consumer
frustration over losing doctors
comes as the Obama adminis-
tration is still celebrating a vic-
tory with more than 8 million
enrollees in its first year.
Narrow networks are part
of the economic trade-off for
keeping premiums under con-
trol and preventing insurers
from turning away those with
pre-existing conditions. Even
before the Affordable Care Act,
doctors and hospitals would
choose to leave a network —
or be pushed out — over re-
imbursement issues as insurers
tried to contain costs.
Insurance trade group
America’s Health Insurance
Plans says studies show the
biggest factor influencing con-
sumer choice is price. Insurers
say that if consumers want low
premiums, their choices may be
Insurance companies also
argue there’s wide variation
in what doctors and hospitals
charge, with some increas-
ing prices every year. Insurers
say there’s little evidence that
higher-priced hospitals or doc-
tors are actually delivering bet-
ter care.
Further complicating mat-
ters, the trade group says that
doctors and health plans often
renegotiate throughout the
year, meaning a doctor listed in
a network at the time of enroll-
ment may not be there a few
months later.
Insurance agents Craig Gus-
sin in San Diego and Kelly Fris-
toe in Texas helped dozens of
clients switch plans just before
the enrollment deadline when
clients realized their doctors
weren’t covered. Now, they’re
struggling to help clients who
realized they were in that posi-
tion after the March 31 enroll-
ment deadline, when consum-
ers are locked into plans for
one year.
Gussin says that even after
his mad-dash to make switches
before the deadline, he still has
a half-dozen clients who are
stuck — and he expects the
number to grow as more try to
schedule with doctors. He and
other agents fear it will be one
of their most serious issues in
“Everybody I talk to is hav-
ing the same issue. It’s prob-
ably the number one item that
we’re seeing right now,” said
Gussin, who is petitioning
Covered California for special
enrollment status to help cli-
ents change plans.
Health counselor Nathalie
Milias, who helped enroll near-
ly 300 Miami-area residents in
ACA plans, says most of them
chose a plan with $0 monthly
premiums and deductibles —
but with much more limited
choices. She says tax credits
could have allowed them more
robust plans if they were will-
ing to spend more, but many
are working poor who didn’t
want to pay another bill.
Marie Bien-Aime, a 59-year-
old cook at a Miami restaurant,
enrolled in that plan to avoid a
monthly payment, but she real-
ized her longtime health clinic
didn’t take the plan. Shortly
before the enrollment deadline,
Bien-Aime upgraded to a plan
that costs $37 per month.
“Paying $37 isn’t good for
me, but I had to do it because I
wanted to keep my doctor be-
cause he’s so good,” said Bien-
Aime, who was previously un-
Many consumers are still
learning. They hear “Obam-
acare” and think it’s free like
Medicaid or Medicare, said
John Foley, an attorney and
“They don’t expect to pay
anything,” said Foley. “For a
couple more dollars a month
you can get a really good plan
and they’re like, ‘This is free. I
don’t want to pay for this.’”
Even with pricier plans,
some consumers have access
James Potts’ $647-per-
month silver plan was issued by
the same company that had in-
sured him with a different plan
cancelled under the Affordable
Care Act. The 64-year-old prop-
erty insurance agent assumed
his doctors would remain the
same under the insurer’s new
plan, but didn’t double check.
When Potts got a nasty cold,
he called three facilities near his
home in Wichita Falls, Texas,
and was shocked to find none
took the insurance, including
his primary care doctor.
“It was a waste of money for
me,” he said. “I couldn’t find
doctors that would talk to me.”
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Sect i on B
A visit with
the BFFFF’s
In February last year, I
took a trip to Gainesville,
Florida to take a course
related to my day job.
It was evident from the
first breakfast together
that there were people
there from all over, and
I eventually met people
from Canada, Nebraska,
New York, India, Florida
and all points in between.
It was also at that first
breakfast that I met the
When these two gentlemen rounded the corner in
the hotel lobby, I knew they were my kind of people as
soon as I heard them speak. Amongst all the other ac-
cents floating around in the room that morning, theirs
was one I could relate to. I learned that they were from
Alabama — Florence in particular — not far from the
little North Mississippi town where my mother grew
up. So it was that in Gainesville my friendship with
Both Fine Fellows From Florence began.
That weekend and several times since then the
BFFFF’s had invited me to visit them in Florence, and
a couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to make
it happen. The trip was work-related, but they knew
of my proclivity for hunting down good eats wher-
ever I go. Even as born and bred Alabamians, they
are subscribers to the Mississippi food magazine that I
showed them between classes at the conference. Thus,
it was no surprise as we were setting up the visit that
the first question they asked me was, “Where do you
want to eat?”
I assured them I would bring my list of “100 Dish-
es to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” — I’ve even
got the app on my phone now — but also asserted
that I trusted them to take me someplace unique and
local that may not have made the list. I arrived in mid-
morning, we talked shop for a little while, then the
lunch discussion began.
They didn’t have to twist my arm very much to get
me to agree to barbecue. But because we had much
to cover and not much time, they sent someone to
Bunyan’s Bar-B-Q to fetch our lunch. The order was
simple — three barbecue sandwiches and three hot
dogs. Hot dogs? Yep. Then they asked about drinks.
Because I like to properly pair drinks with my meals, I
said, “If we’re going to have barbecue, we need sweet
tea.” I think I heard an amen. BFFFF The Younger
asked if Milo’s was okay, and of course it was, so he
hollered (politely), “Bring some Milo’s Sweet Tea —
and not the fake sweet, the real stuff — the red top,
not the yellow top.” I told you these guys were alright.
The food arrived just the way it should have — each
sandwich wrapped tightly in wax paper, the sauce and
steam softening it just a bit. I tackled the pulled pork
sandwich first. It was not soaked in barbecue sauce
(thank the good Lord), but was instead slathered with
a vinegary orangish-colored slaw that reminded me just
a little of the red slaw native to some parts of North
Carolina. In the opinion of BFFFF the Younger, the
slaw was the thing that made the sandwich. I would
be hard pressed to disagree. In earlier days, before my
palate was reformed, I would decline the opportunity
to get slaw on my barbecue sandwiches, but that was
mostly because I just didn’t like slaw at all. Now I love
slaw of all kinds, and even on a pulled pork plate I
encourage mingling.
As I approached the last bite of barbecue, I un-
wrapped the hot dog. I do on occasion enjoy a big,
fat, beefy dog — the kind so big that it requires an
extra big bun to hold it. The Bunyan’s’ dog was not
one of those. This was the old-fashioned kind — thin,
unnaturally red, and with a springy casing that slightly
resists the teeth before giving in to the juicy good-
ness within. There was also some of that good slaw
on the hot dog, and oddly enough, the wiener was
sliced lengthwise. I’m not sure why they do that, but
it made no difference — it was still pretty doggone
good. (Sorry.)
After lunch we hammered out some more real
work, then got down to my list. Most of the dishes
listed in Florence were a little bit out of reach for that
time of day: Bread, herbs and olive oil at Ricatoni’s
and Crab Cakes at the Marriott Hotel and Spa. It was
Wednesday at 3 p.m., so Sunday Brunch at The Sweet
Magnolia Café was out. Dale’s Steakhouse (of Dale’s
seasoning fame) had changed hands. But there was
one I knew we could handle. Orange-Pineapple ice
cream at Trowbridge’s.
Trowbridge’s is the kind of place where I like to
linger and soak in the atmosphere. And given that it’s
been there since 1918, I think I have a shot at it being
there a while longer. On that day, however, BFFFF
the Elder and I stepped just inside, ordered our fa-
mous (and delicious) ice cream, and headed back to
work. But I am told that they have a way with sand-
wiches, too — a trademark egg and olive, and an offer
of mayo on the peanut butter and banana. (I thought
I was the only one in the world who did that, though
for me it was Miracle Whip.)
Since the day began with barbecue and ice cream,
I decided I might as well stick to that pattern on the
trip home. I stopped in three different cities, search-
ing for a milkshake, banana pudding, caramel cake and
more barbecue. Instead I found each place on my list
dark and locked. Closed, closed and closed. Thankfully
I had a granola bar leftover from breakfast. I definitely
need to go back to see the BFFFF’s, but next time I
make my stops on the way.
Jay Reed is a local foodie and pharmacist. The culinary
tastes expressed here are his and do not necessarily re-
fect the appetites of the Starkville Daily News or individual
members of its staff. He welcomes your comments at eat-
Egg-citement for your table
May is National Egg Month
and the Mississippi Farm Bureau
is also promoting Eggs, along
with Poultry as the agricultural
commodity of the month. So,
plan some Egg-citing meals for
your family today.
Mississippi commercial lay-
ing hens produce an estimated
1.4 million eggs annually. Mis-
sissippi exports 57 % of its egg
production to other states and
consumes 43% of its production.
The state ranks 17th in the nation
in egg production. The total farm
value of production of commer-
cial eggs is approximately $160
million. A laying hen produces
between 230 and 250 eggs per year on aver-
Mississippi is home to the largest egg
producer and distributor of shell eggs in the
United States. Cal-Maine Foods with its head-
quarters in Jackson, Mississippi sold approxi-
mately 884.3 million dozen shell eggs, which
represented approximately 19% of domestic
shell egg consumption in 2012.
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. operates farms,
processing plants, hatcheries, feed mills, ware-
houses, offices and other properties located in
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kan-
sas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New
Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The facilities currently include 3 breeding fa-
cilities, 2 hatcheries, 4 wholesale distribution
centers, 19 feed mills, 36 shell egg production
facilities, 26 pullet growing facilities and 34
processing and packing facilities. Cal-Maine
owns interests in two egg products facilities.
Presently, Cal-Maine owns
approximately 19,900 acres of
land in various locations through-
out our geographic market area.
This company has the ability to
hatch 21.2 million pullet chicks
annually, grow 17 million pullets
annually, house 30 million laying
hens and control the production
of an aggregate total of 29 mil-
lion layers, with the remainder
controlled by contract growers.
Cal-Maine also owns or controls
mills that can produce 650 tons
per hour of feed, and processing
facilities capable of processing
12,200 cases of shell eggs per
hour (with each case containing
30 dozen shell eggs). The facilities are well-
maintained and operate at a high level of ef-
Eggs are all-natural and packed with a
number of nutrients. One egg has 13 essen-
tial vitamins and minerals in varying amounts,
high-quality protein, unsaturated fats and anti-
oxidants. All these nutrients are packed into an
egg, all for 70 calories. Egg nutrients can help
with weight management, muscle strength,
eye health, brain function and healthy preg-
nancies. Particularly important for aiding
healthy brain function in pregnancy is choline
which is amply present in eggs.
Many Americans are limiting their egg
consumption – despite their taste, value, con-
venience and nutrition – for fear of dietary
cholesterol. However, more than 40 years of
research have shown that healthy adults can
eat eggs without significantly impacting their
See STARKS | Page 4B
Serves 10
1 tablespoon. butter
2 cups asparagus pieces (1-inch)
½ cup chopped onion
1 cup grape tomato halves
1 cup (5 oz.) diced cooked ham (1/2-inch)
10 cups French or Italian bread pieces (3/4-
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Italian cheese blend
2-1/2 cups half-and-half
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Heat butter in large nonstick skillet over
medium heat until hot. Add asparagus and on-
ion, cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes and ham.
Place 1/2 of the bread in greased 13x9-inch bak-
ing dish. Top evenly with layers of 1/2 of the as-
paragus mixture and cheese. Cover with remain-
ing bread, asparagus mixture and cheese. Beat
eggs, half-and-half, salt and pepper in medium
bowl until blended. Pour over layers in baking
dish. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Heat oven to 350°F. Bake 45 to 50 minutes
or until puffed, golden and knife inserted near
center comes out clean.
The “Buy Local” movement
encourages consumers to buy
from local businesses and produc-
ers. Proponents of the “buy local”
movement claim keeping money lo-
cal is good for the economy.
According to website eLocal, a
popular search engine for finding
local products and services, when
purchases are made at local busi-
nesses, about 65 percent of revenue
is reinvested in the local commu-
nity, as opposed to 34 percent of
revenue when purchases are made
at national chains.
Dallas O’Bryant, owner of Dou-
ble D Farms, is a local farmer who
grows and sells vegetables like to-
matoes, okra and potatoes. He
also makes canned goods like salsa,
sauerkraut and homemade pasta.
O’Bryant said it is important to
support local producers because it
helps people within the community
and it provides the opportunity to
find out how your food is made.
“If you buy from local producers,
your money stays local,” O’Bryant
said. “When you go the grocery
store … you don’t really know where
your produce is coming from, No.
1, and you really don’t know where
that money is going. If you go to
the farmer’s market or buy straight
from the producer on the farm, you
know that your money is staying lo-
cal and you get the chance to visit
with the producer and find out how
things are grown.”
In addition to helping the local
economy, O’Bryant said the dif-
ference between local produce and
produce purchased from non-local
big-box chains is evident in both
quality and taste.
“The taste and quality is com-
pletely different,” O’Bryant said.
“For instance, strawberries are in
season right now. If you go to the
grocery store and pick up some
strawberries, you really need to
look to see where they are from.
There are some grocery stores in
our area that are carrying straw-
berries from south Mississippi, but
they are picked (while still) green.
If you bite into one, they aren’t all
the way through. There’s a white
spot. If you pick up local strawber-
ries and bite into one, they are solid
red. They’re picked when they are
ripe and are ready for consumption
now, not in three or four weeks.”
O’Bryant said some chain gro-
cery stores that use non-local prod-
ucts will inject their produce, spe-
cifically tomatoes, with additives
or preservatives that alter the color
of vegetables and extend their shelf
Owner of Lancaster Farms, Eric
Lancaster, agreed with O’Bryant
that it is easier to find organic pro-
duce when shopping with local pro-
“The stores spray (chemicals)
more than we do,” Lancaster said.
“We’re a low-spray farm.”
Lancaster sells a wide variety of
vegetables and also sells homemade
“chow chow,” salsa, jellies and jams.
He said he prefers eating fresh fruits
and vegetables.
“I can taste when something
is store bought,” Lancaster said.
“There’s no comparison. I can just
tell when something is fresh and it’s
much better.”
O’Bryant and Lancaster both
provided recipes that incorporate
fresh, local and homemade ingre-
dients and make them even more
Farmers pushing
fresh produce sales
See RECIPES | Page 3B
Page 2B • Starkville Daily News • Wednesday, May 14, 2014
ou can turn any summer day into a special occasion with
a cool ice cream treat. From classic favorites to innova -
tive new flavors, it only takes a scoop or two to bring
out plenty of smiles.
For kids, summertime is about chilling out, and there’s no better
way to enjoy this slowed down pace than with a refreshing, frosty
treat. Celebrate birthday parties, holiday gatherings or days that
end in “y” with special ice cream concoctions that are destined to
create sweet memories.
Celebrate summer
Grab a spoon and dig into these scrumptious recipes, featuring
delicious Blue Bunny ice cream flavors. These treats make it easy
for everyone to customize to their own sweet preference, whether
it’s pairing creamy Blue Bunny ice cream with the gooey goodness
of freshly-baked chocolate cake, the buttery finish of a flaky pie
crust or in a classic, richly adorned parfait.
For other great ideas to cool down your summer days and nights,
Ice Cream Cupcakes
Yield: 18 to 20 cupcakes
Cupcake liners
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup brewed coffee
1 container Blue Bunny Caramel Fudge Brownie
Sundae, Vanilla or your favorite Blue Bunny flavor
Decorations (such as sprinkles, cupcake skewers,
To make cupcakes, preheat oven to 350°F. Place cupcake liners in
cupcake pan. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set
aside. In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and
fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add flour mixture, alter -
nating with coffee. Beat until just incorporated. Fill cupcake liners
about 1/3 full to allow for ice cream. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or
until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool. Using
round ice cream scoop, scoop out rounds of ice cream and set on
baking sheet in freezer. Once ice cream scoops are frozen, care -
fully place one into each cupcake and top with fun decorations.
Note: Though the recipe calls for brewed coffee, the cupcakes
won’t take on its strong flavor.
Peanut Butter Sundae Parfaits
Yield: 10 to 12 sundae parfaits
6 waffle or sugar cones
Chocolate cake or brownies
Chocolate chip cookies
Blue Bunny Peanut Butter
Panic Ice Cream
Maraschino cherries,
sprinkles or cupcake
pompom topper for garnish
Break up waffle cones, chocolate cake
or brownies and chocolate chip cookies
into bite-size pieces and place in
individual containers or cupcake cups.
Or use favorite cake or cookie flavors
to customize. Layer ice cream, waffle
cone pieces, cake pieces and cookie
pieces into mini parfait glasses, or any
small glass or bowl. Garnish with Maras -
chino cherry, sprinkles or cupcake pom -
pom topper.
Tip: Other fun mix-in ideas include
pretzels, chocolate candies, marsh -
mallows, graham crackers, fudge sauce
or caramel sauce.
Mini Ice Cream Pies
Yield: 10 mini pies
2 round pie crusts, thawed
1 3 1/2-inch round cookie cutter
10 2- to 3-inch scalloped tart
3 cups chocolate chips
Blue Bunny Bunny Tracks
Ice Cream
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
Preheat oven to 425°F. Roll out round
pie crusts and use round 3 1/2-inch
cookie cutter to cut out circles from pie
dough. Round cookie cutter should be
slightly larger than top of tart shell. Cut
out 5 rounds from each pie crust. Grease
tart shells and place pie dough rounds
down into tart shells, carefully pressing
dough into scalloped edges and bottom
of tart shell. Pierce bottom of tart shell
with fork to prevent it from baking too
high. Bake tartlet shells for 8 to 9 min -
utes or until golden brown. Remove
from oven and allow to cool before
flipping out onto work surface. Melt
chocolate chips in microwave-safe
bowl or double broiler. Carefully dip
scalloped edges of tart shells into
chocolate and flip over to let cool.
Scoop mini balls of ice cream into
shells. Top with drizzle of warm,
melted chocolate chips and garnish
with chopped peanuts.
Layer Up with a
Topping Station
The sky’s the limit when it
comes to the finishing touches
of your favorite ice cream
treats. Whether you’re indulg -
ing in a decadent parfait or
simply dishing out a couple of
scoops, it’s easy to get every -
one involved in a topping
A topping station is the
perfect activity for birthday
parties or other kid-oriented
summer celebrations. Just
make sure the station is easily
accessible — at their level —
and place each topping in its
own special bowl or serving
dish along with a spoon. Also,
be sure to label each topping
in case anyone has a food
allergy, especially when serv -
ing nuts and fruits.
The little ones will have a
blast mixing different tastes
for the perfect sweet combina -
tion. Here are some tasty top -
ping ideas to take your ice
cream topping bar to a whole
new level:
n Colorful sprinkles
n Maraschino cherries
n Icing
n Mini chocolate chips
n Gummy bears
n Chocolate candies
n Strawberry slices
n Pineapple chunks
n Banana chunks
n Chopped pecans, peanuts
or almonds
n Crushed cookies
n Crushed mint candies
n Fruit preserves
n Whipped cream
n Hot fudge or caramel
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3B
From Double D Farms
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1/2 bag of Double D Farms Homemade Regular pasta (whole
wheat works great too) - cooked and strained
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup milk
3 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 small onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large, saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add
onion, sauté until near translucent. Stirring frequently, add garlic
and red pepper flakes, cook for two mintues more. Stir in flour
and cook until the flour is absorbed. Slowly add milk and 2 cups
of cheese. Reserve 1 cup of cheese for topping. Once cheese
is melted, add salt and pepper to taste. Combine chicken, sour
cream, noodles into cheese mixture. Stir until noodles are com-
pletely coated with mixture.
Pour mixture into a prepared baking dish. Top with remaining
cheese. Bake casserole for 30 mins or until cheese is melted and
sauce is bubbling.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.
From Lancaster Farms
10 cups grate squash
4 onions chopped
1 cup hot pepper chopped
1 large bellpepper (green)
1 large red bellpepper
4 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 1/2 cups vinegar
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp celery seeds
Mix first 5 ingredients well and sprinkle 3 tablespoons salt
over it and let set covered overnight. Next morning rinse in cold
water twice. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 20 min-
Fill jars and process in hot water bath for 15 minutes. Makes
approximately 4 pints.
Good-for-you grilling ideas:
Celebrate grilling season with heart-healthy tofu skewers
For Starkville Daily News
As you stoke the flames of your grill this sea-
son, choose a versatile canvas that allows you to
build on flavors and textures, lending itself to a
wide range of cuisine and preparation methods.
Tofu is a perfect grilling companion - a com-
plete protein that’s low in fat, cholesterol-free
and tasty, too.
The benefits of soy
From teriyaki to Buffalo to vinegar-based
barbecue sauces, tofu perfectly absorbs your fa-
vorite bold flavors from the grill. This easy-to-
prepare meat alternative also boasts many heart-
healthy benefits.
“The nice thing is that the soybean, by its
nature, is a complete food,” said Peter Golbitz,
director of International Business Development
at SunOpta, who touts the better-for-you ben-
efits of soyfoods. “It’s a complete protein, it’s
very high in protein, it contains valuable oils,
essential fatty acids, fiber - even the sugars in it
are considered to be prebiotics, in terms of they
are good for the gut.”
Recent findings from the 2013 Consumer
Attitudes About Nutrition study also reveal that
interest in soy foods is on the rise. “The study
has found that 50 percent of consumers are very
interested in their diet and are attempting to
lose weight or maintain their weight,” said Steve
Poole, director of Soybean Oil and Protein Pro-
grams for United Soybean Board. “They want
to know that soy is good for them, particularly
the saturated fat content, and it is. And they also
see some heart health benefits associated with
soy and protein.”
Tips for grilling tofu
Even seasoned masters of the flame can use
some tips for properly preparing tofu. Use these
tricks to make your grilling experience a success:
u Weigh it down
Use firm or extra-firm tofu and always press
it well before grilling to get extra moisture out.
Simply place it between several layers of paper
towels, place a plate on top and then weigh
down the plate.
u Clean and coat
To keep tofu from sticking to the grates of
your grill, make sure the grates are clean and
coat them with cooking spray or oil.
u Enjoy a skewer
Place tofu on skewers to keep it from stick-
ing to the grill and to make it easier to handle
when turning and serving. Tofu kabobs are fun
and easy to prepare. Just marinate chunks of
tofu with your favorite flavorings and grill with
vegetables or fruit, such as pineapple.
Yield: 14 servings
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
1/2 cup soynut butter
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon soybean oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup fresh green onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, grated
1 package (20 ounces) extra firm tofu,
drained and cut into 42 cubes
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon soybean oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
14 bamboo skewers
To prepare sauce, pulse all ingredients in
food processor until smooth. Place in small
bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
To prepare skewers, marinate tofu cubes
with lime juice, oil and soy sauce in large bowl;
gently stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for
two hours or overnight; stir occasionally.
Assemble three tofu cubes on each skewer.
Brush grill with oil. Preheat grill to medium.
Grill over medium heat 3 minutes, turning
frequently and brushing with soy sauce and oil
until golden brown. Serve with prepared sauce.
Cool Bread Salads
read salads” may sound a bit odd, but they couldn’t make
more sense. Nothing more than extra-large croutons nes-
tled alongside vegetables, they’re perfect for showcasing
juicy tomatoes, summer vegetables and a tasty vinaigrette. You may
know them by their Italian name, panzanella, which typically contain
onions, tomatoes and basil. But whatever you call them, they’re hearty
and refreshing at the same time.
Chewy artisan breads work best for these salads—spongy white
bread or soft rolls will become mushy in the vinaigrette and fall apart.
Use a bread with some heft, such as Italian or French, baguettes, ciabatta
loaves, boules or even pita bread from the bakery section of your super-
Any kind of vegetables will do for bread salads, but the super juicy
vegetables of summer work best—bell peppers (any color), onions, toma-
toes (any variety) and cucumber.
Add some grilled shrimp, chicken or beef, and you have dinner—cool,
smoky and hearty all at once. Nothing odd about that.
Italian Beef and Bread Salad
Leftovers of this sturdy saladmake goodbrown-bag lunches.
1 pound flank steak
½ teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
½ red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and
1 yellow, orange or red bell pepper,
seeded and chopped
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and
½ cup Nicoise or Kalamata olives, pitted
and cut into halves
12 basil leaves, shredded
1 large round loaf peasant bread, cut
into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups) and
lightly toasted
1. Prepare grill.
2. Sprinkle steak with ¼teaspoon salt and
pepper. Grill 10 minutes on each side, or
until desired doneness.
3. Combine onion, garlic, lemon rind, vin-
egar, remaining salt and pepper in a large
bowl. Add oil in a stream, whisking con-
stantly until well combined. Add tomatoes,
bell peppers, cucumber, olives and basil.
4. Cut steak into thin slices. Add to tomato
5. Add bread cubes 30 to 45 minutes before
serving, tossing to coat. Let stand at room
temperature until serving time. Serves 8.
Per serving: 240 calories, 12g fat, 30mg chol.,
13g prot., 20g carbs., 2g fiber, 430mg sodium
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Make One Great Dish
From the editors
of Relish Magazine
Grilled Shrimp and Bread Salad
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional
for brushing
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh
1 garlic clove, minced
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
½ English cucumber, peeled and cut into
½-inch pieces
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and
2 (8-inch) pita breads
1 yellowbell pepper, cut into wide strips
3 ounces feta cheese, cut into ½-inch
6 (8-inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in
water 15 minutes
1. Prepare grill.
2. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, oregano,
garlic, ½teaspoon salt and pepper in a bowl.
Pour half the dressing into a second bowl.
3. Add tomatoes, cucumber and onion to
dressing in one bowl.
4. Add shrimp to dressing in second bowl.
Stir until well coated; let marinate at room
temperature 10 minutes.
5. Lightly brush pitas and bell pepper on
both sides with oil and sprinkle with ¼
teaspoon salt and pepper. Grill pitas until
browned and slightly crisp, about 2 minutes
on each side, then transfer to a rack to cool.
(Pitas will continue to crisp as they cool).
Grill bell pepper until just softened, about
1 ½minutes on each side. Thread shrimp on
skewers without crowding. Grill until just
cooked, about 2 minutes on each side.
6. Break pitas into bite-size pieces. Remove
shrimp fromskewers and gently stir into
tomato mixture with pitas, bell pepper and
feta. Serves 4.
Per serving: 240 calories, 13g fat, 105mg chol.,
16g prot., 15g carbs., 1g fiber, 670mg sodium
Cool Bread Salads
read salads” may sound a bit odd, but they couldn’t make
more sense. Nothing more than extra-large croutons nes-
tled alongside vegetables, they’re perfect for showcasing
juicy tomatoes, summer vegetables and a tasty vinaigrette. You may
know them by their Italian name, panzanella, which typically contain
onions, tomatoes and basil. But whatever you call them, they’re hearty
and refreshing at the same time.
Chewy artisan breads work best for these salads—spongy white
bread or soft rolls will become mushy in the vinaigrette and fall apart.
Use a bread with some heft, such as Italian or French, baguettes, ciabatta
loaves, boules or even pita bread from the bakery section of your super-
Any kind of vegetables will do for bread salads, but the super juicy
vegetables of summer work best—bell peppers (any color), onions, toma-
toes (any variety) and cucumber.
Add some grilled shrimp, chicken or beef, and you have dinner—cool,
smoky and hearty all at once. Nothing odd about that.
Italian Beef and Bread Salad
Leftovers of this sturdy salad make good brown-bag lunches.
1  pound flank steak
½  teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
½  red onion, chopped
1  garlic clove, pressed
2  teaspoons grated lemon rind
¼  cup balsamic vinegar
¼  cup extra-virgin olive oil
5  ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1  green bell pepper, seeded and
1  yellow, orange or red bell pepper,
seeded and chopped
1  cucumber, peeled, seeded and
½  cup Nicoise or Kalamata olives, pitted
and cut into halves
12  basil leaves, shredded
1  large round loaf peasant bread, cut
into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups) and
lightly toasted
1. Prepare grill.
2. Sprinkle steak with ¼ teaspoon salt and
pepper. Grill 10 minutes on each side, or
until desired doneness.
3. Combine onion, garlic, lemon rind, vin-
egar, remaining salt and pepper in a large
bowl. Add oil in a stream, whisking con-
stantly until well combined. Add tomatoes,
bell peppers, cucumber, olives and basil.
4. Cut steak into thin slices. Add to tomato
5. Add bread cubes 30 to 45 minutes before
serving, tossing to coat. Let stand at room
temperature until serving time. Serves 8.
Per serving: 240 calories, 12g fat, 30mg chol.,
13g prot., 20g carbs., 2g fiber, 430mg sodium
Make One Great Dish
From the editors
of Relish Magazine
Grilled Shrimp and Bread Salad
4  tablespoons lemon juice
4  tablespoons olive oil, plus additional
for brushing
1  tablespoon finely chopped fresh
1  garlic clove, minced
¾  teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1  pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
½  English cucumber, peeled and cut into
½-inch pieces
½  small red onion, thinly sliced
1  pound large shrimp, peeled and
2  (8-inch) pita breads
1  yellow bell pepper, cut into wide strips
3  ounces feta cheese, cut into ½-inch
6  (8-inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in
water 15 minutes
1. Prepare grill.
2. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, oregano,
garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper in a bowl.
Pour half the dressing into a second bowl.
3. Add tomatoes, cucumber and onion to
dressing in one bowl.
4. Add shrimp to dressing in second bowl.
Stir until well coated; let marinate at room
temperature 10 minutes.
5. Lightly brush pitas and bell pepper on
both sides with oil and sprinkle with ¼
teaspoon salt and pepper. Grill pitas until
browned and slightly crisp, about 2 minutes
on each side, then transfer to a rack to cool.
(Pitas will continue to crisp as they cool).
Grill bell pepper until just softened, about
1 ½ minutes on each side. Thread shrimp on
skewers without crowding. Grill until just
cooked, about 2 minutes on each side.
6. Break pitas into bite-size pieces. Remove
shrimp from skewers and gently stir into
tomato mixture with pitas, bell pepper and
feta. Serves 4.
Per serving: 240 calories, 13g fat, 105mg chol.,
16g prot., 15g carbs., 1g fiber, 670mg sodium
Leftovers of this sturdy salad make good
brown-bag lunches.
1 pound flank steak
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 yellow, orange or red bell pepper, seed-
ed and chopped
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and cut
into halves
12 basil leaves, shredded
1 large round loaf peasant bread, cut
into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups) and lightly
1. Prepare grill.
2. Sprinkle steak with 1/4 teaspoon salt
and pepper. Grill 10 minutes on each side,
or until desired doneness.
3. Combine onion, garlic, lemon rind, vin-
egar, remaining salt and pepper in a large
bowl. Add oil in a stream, whisking constant-
ly until well combined. Add tomatoes, bell
peppers, cucumber, olives and basil.
4. Cut steak into thin slices. Add to to-
mato mixture.
5. Add bread cubes 30 to 45 minutes
before serving, tossing to coat. Let stand at
room temperature until serving time.
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risk of heart disease. And now, ac-
cording to new United States De-
partment of Agriculture (USDA)
nutrition data1, eggs are lower
in cholesterol than previously re-
corded. The USDA recently re-
viewed the nutrient composition
of standard large eggs and results
show the average amount of cho-
lesterol in one large egg is 185 mg,
a 14 percent decrease. The analysis
also revealed that large eggs now
contain 41 IU of Vitamin D, an
increase of 64 percent. Studies
demonstrate that healthy adults
can enjoy an egg a day without in-
creasing their risk for heart disease,
particularly if individuals opt for
low cholesterol foods throughout
the day. The Dietary Guidelines
for Americans and the American
Heart Association recommend
that individuals consume, on aver-
age, less than 300 mg of choles-
terol per day. A single large egg
contains 185 mg cholesterol.
Eggs are the perfect choice
for breakfast. The protein in eggs
provides steady and sustained en-
ergy that starts your day off right.
However, eggs are not just for
breakfast. Check out the recipes
below for breakfast and for other
meals. All these recipes are cour-
tesy of the
From page 1B
Serves 6
1 pkg. (12 oz.) English muffins
6 slices Canadian-style bacon, chopped (4 oz.)
6 eggs
1-1/2cups milk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
Split muffins; cut into 1-inch pieces. Place 1/2 of the
pieces in single layer in greased 8-inch square baking
dish. Top with 1/2 of the bacon. Repeat layers with re-
maining muffin pieces and bacon.
Beat eggs, milk, mayonnaise, lemon juice and lemon
peel in large bowl until blended. Slowly pour over lay-
ers in baking dish. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or
overnight. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove strata from re-
frigerator; uncover and let stand while oven heats. Bake
in center of 350°F oven until puffed, golden and knife
inserted near center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.
Serves 6
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped broccoli
1 small carrot, diced
¼ cup water
8 eggs
¼ cup milk
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (3 oz.)
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
Combine broccoli, carrot, if desired, and water
in 10-inch nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat
until tender, stirring occasionally to break up broc-
coli, about 10 minutes; drain well. Beat eggs, milk,
mustard, salt and pepper in large bowl until blended.
Add broccoli mixture, cheese and green onion; mix
Coat same skillet with cooking spray; heat over
medium heat until hot. Pour in egg mixture; cook
over low to medium heat until eggs are almost set,
8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let
stand until eggs are completely set and no visible liq-
uid egg remains, 8 to 10 minutes. Cut into wedges.
Serves 4
1 tablespoon butter
12 eggs, beaten
1 cup salsa
8 spinach or whole wheat flour tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
Heat butter in large nonstick skillet over medium
heat until hot; pour in eggs. As eggs begin to set, gen-
tly pull the eggs across the pan with an inverted turner,
forming large soft curds. Add salsa. Continue cook-
ing, pulling, lifting and folding eggs, until thickened and
no liquid remains. Spoon eggs onto 4 tortillas, dividing
evenly. Sprinkle with cheese, cover with remaining torti-
llas. Clean skillet and coat with cooking spray; heat over
medium-low heat until hot. Toast quesadillas in heated
skillet, one at a time, just until cheese is melted, 1 to 2
minutes per side. Cut into quarters to serve.
Note: Add spinach, broccoli, red peppers, carrots,
etc. for even more nutrition. Add vegetables to skillet
first and cook until tender, then add eggs.
Serves 8
1 jar (16 oz) beets
1-3/4 cups white vinegar
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 Tablespoon whole allspice
1 stick cinnamon, halved
8 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
Drain beets, reserving juice. Set beets aside for
another use. Combine beet juice, vinegar, sugar
and spices in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; Stir
until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and simmer 5
minutes. Arrange eggs in 1-quart jar with tight fit-
ting lid. Pour hot mixture over eggs. Cover tightly.
Allow to cool to room temperature 1 hour. Refriger-
ate to blend flavors, at least several hours or up to
one week.
Makes 12
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup applesauce
½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz.)
¼ cup finely-chopped crisp-cooked bacon
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Heat oven to 375°F. Mix flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon
and pepper in large bowl. Beat eggs and applesauce in medium bowl
until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in
cheese, bacon and parsley. Spoon evenly into 12 greased 3-inch muf-
fin cups. Bake in 375°F oven until tops are lightly browned and spring
back when tapped with finger, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in pan on wire
rack 5 minutes; remove from pan. Serve warm or cool completely.
Custard base ingredients:
6 eggs
1-1/3 cup sugar
2 cups milk
Ice cream ingredients:
3 cups fresh pineapple puree or canned crushed pineapple*
2 cups whipping cream
¼ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, defrosted
2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
Crushed ice
Rock salt
Custard base directions:
Beat eggs and sugar in medium heavy saucepan until blended;
stir in milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is just
thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film and temperature
reaches 160°F, about 15 minutes. Do not allow to boil. Remove from
heat immediately.
Cool quickly: Set pan in larger pan of ice water; stir occasionally
and gently for a few minutes to hasten cooling. Press piece of plastic
wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at
least 1 hour.
Ice cream directions:
Pour chilled custard, pineapple puree, whipping cream, juice con-
centrate, orange peel and vanilla into 1-gallon ice cream freezer can.
Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions, using 6 parts crushed
ice to 1 part rock salt. Transfer to freezer containers, allowing head
space for expansion; freeze until firm.
*Fresh pineapple puree – peel, core and chop fresh pineapple into
1 inch chunks; process in food processor until pureed.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 5B
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Optimism flows among your peers with the
exception of one person. You might feel as
if others are testy, especially when the issue
is money! You have a lot to share, but a
boss or respected associate might not listen
to your ideas.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You might need to go along with someone
else’s ideas and leadership, even if just for
today. If you stop and think about it, both
of you have the same bottom-line issue;
you simply have very different approaches.
Feelings run high at the moment.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Pace yourself, and follow through on what
you must do. If you start overthinking your
words and actions, you could stall out and
create a problem. You’ll need to call upon
your self-discipline to complete what you
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
You seem to have an answer when others
are flustered. Friends could be as demand-
ing as a loved one usually is. If you don’t
know how to juggle, you are doing a mas-
terful act. A partner could become quite
determined. Listen to this person’s news.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Pressure builds where you least anticipat-
ed it would. Someone close to you, like a
roommate or a partner, could be singing
the blues. A problem might surround your
home or an investment. Your priorities are
likely to change as a result.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Choose your words with care. You might
not be ready for a fast change that a state-
ment could trigger. Tap into your creativ-
ity as well as your communication skills. A
loved one might be quite smitten when it
comes to you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You might feel as if you have much to learn
before you can feel competent in a certain
area of your life. Your domestic situation
might be transforming in front of your
eyes. News comes in from a distance that
might put you in a more amorous mood.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You will see a way of bypassing a problem.
Be open to possibilities that you normally
would not come up with on your own.
You’ll see how differently others think and
how there are no answers written in stone.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You might be keeping certain personal
matters to yourself and refusing to share
them. Some of you could be depressed. A
risk around money will be unusually tempt-
ing, but how are you going to handle it if it
should backfire?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Emphasize what you want and expect from
certain friends in your life. Be more upbeat
in how you approach a friendship, even if
the person is difficult or remote at times.
For that matter, understand that you have
similar moods at times.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You might want to take a stand and han-
dle a personal matter far differently from
how you have in the past. You’ll have your
hands full with work and your personal life.
A relationship likely will add high-voltage
energy to your life.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Keep seeking a different vision or a new
understanding of what might be workable.
A friendship is in the process of developing
into a much deeper bond. Indulge a female
pal who makes your life easier.
by Jacqueline Bigar
1. Each row and column must contain
the numbers 1 through 6 without re-
2. The numbers within the heavily out-
lined set of squares, called cages, must
combine (in any order) to produce the
target number in the top corner of the
cage using the mathematical opera-
tion indicated.
3. Cages with just one box should be
filled in with the
target number
in the top cor-
ner. A number
can be repeat-
ed within a cage
as long as it is
not in the same
row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers
1 through 9 must fill each row,
column and box. Each number
can appear only once in each
row, column and box.
The House Judiciary Committee listened to its first recording
Tuesday - President Nixon’s recollections of a talk with John N.
Mitchell - as another subpoena of impeachment evidence seemed
headed for the White House.
For 30 seconds, the 38 members listened to a “very clear”
voice of President Nixon dictating a memo about an unrecorded
telephone conversation on June 20, 1972 - three days after the
Watergate break-in.
Tuesday was the committee’s first full day of closed-door hear-
ings, and they are expected to continue through this week as the
committee hears six or seven hours of taped presidential conver-
The committee prepared to vote in public Wednesday on a
subpoena for 11 more tapes before going back to executive ses-
sion. Nixon’s attorney, James D. St. Clair, opposed the propos-
al, saying the committee already had enough evidence to do its
St. Clair’s five-page brief was rejected by the committee and
there seemed to be support for the new subpoena. The White
House lawyer will not be permitted to speak Wednesday. Chair-
man Peter W. Rodino, D-N.J., said St. Clair has a role in the
proceedings but only to discuss evidence and not to speak on
procedural matters such as the committee subpoena.
The White House Dictabelt was also silent for 42 seconds. “It
sounded like something was missing,” said one member, and
another described it as “a mishmash of sound.”
For the rest of the 5 1/2 hour session special counsel John
M. Doar took the committee chronologically from the June 17,
1972 break-in through June 28, 1972.
The Dictabelt was only a 30-second recollection of what Nix-
on told Mitchell, one congressman said, “but as I think it over
- the gap and all - you wonder if there wasn’t something more.”
May 14, 1974
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New spin on a classic sandwich
A traditional grilled
cheese, reimagined
For Starkville Daily News
The classic grilled cheese sandwich has been an American fa-
vorite for generations. It’s hard to resist toasted, buttery bread
and melted cheese. The best way to upgrade a grilled cheese and
prevent flavor fatigue is to experiment with new cheeses, spreads
and sandwich fillers.
Give your taste buds something new with these tips:
u Use fresh ingredients - Whether it’s tomato, avocado or
hearty bread slices, fresh is best. Roman Meal whole grain bread
is baked fresh, locally by bakeries across the country. This en-
sures the freshest loaves are delivered to your grocery store.
u Try new flavors - Choose a less common cheese, like
Gruyere or Gouda. Or layer an unconventional spread, like fresh
cranberry sauce, onto slices of bread before cooking.
u Boost nutritional value with healthy ingredient swaps - Use
fresh produce, like apples or spinach, to add nutrients to your
sandwich. Maximize fiber intake by cooking with whole grain
bread instead of white bread.
This recipe for Turkey & Brie Grilled Cheese is perfect for an
al fresco lunch or a light and healthy dinner. Serve with locally-
sourced vegetables, hummus and a glass of freshly squeezed lem-
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Ready In: 12 Minutes
Servings: 2
4 slices Roman Meal bread
Nonstick cooking spray
2 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
1 small green pear, cored, halved and thinly sliced
4 ounces roasted turkey breast, thinly sliced
Spray medium pan with nonstick spray. Preheat over medium heat.
Layer cheese, pear and turkey between slices of bread, creating 2
Cook sandwiches 3-4 minutes, or until bottom slices of bread are gold-
en brown. Flip sandwiches over and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until
golden brown and cheese is melted.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 360; Total Fat: 12g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 460mg; Total
Carbs: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Protein: 28g; Whole Grains: 21g
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Sect i on C
4c Inside
MSU men’s golf looking
for redemption at
High School Football
he Mississippi State
Bulldogs should be
ready as any team in the
country for the NCAA Softball
After playing seven ranked
Southeastern Conference teams
out of a possible eight weekend
series, the Bulldogs have been
competing against the best all
The only SEC team that
wasn’t ranked when MSU
played it was Arkansas in the
next to last series of the regular
When the Bulldogs take on
the Texas Longhorns on Friday
in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament at the Lafayette
(La.) Regional, they shouldn’t
feel intimidated in the least.
MSU softball coach Vann
Stuedeman has said all season
that playing in the SEC is like
competing in a super regional
every weekend.
With the NCAA selection
committee fitting 11 out of 14
SEC squads into the bracket,
there’s no denying what it
thought of the strength of the
league. The next closest picks
were five each from the Pac-12
and Big 10.
“If that doesn’t solidify my
statements all along, I don’t
know what would,” Stuedeman
said. “It takes three games if
you stay in the winners bracket
and we play three games every
weekend, then you go into
the best of three for super
The strength of softball in
the SEC is developing a similar
reputation as football, baseball
and women’s basketball.
It does seem like the
Bulldogs have gotten better
and better as the season has
progressed through the tough
SEC slate.
The MSU program has
been progressing nicely under
Stuedeman’s leadership.
This is the third-straight
season that the Bulldogs
have reached the NCAA
Tournament and all three have
been with Stuedeman as coach.
The last time the State program
has made it to three-consecutive
NCAA appearances were from
MSU’s 38-19 record is the
second-best 57-game mark
in school history and is one
victory behind the 2008 team.
The 38 wins, including eight
against opponents within the
top 25, are tied for the fourth
most by any Bulldog squad.
By winning two out of three
games from top five ranked
opponents such as Alabama at
home and Tennessee on the
road, MSU proves that it can
have success against some of the
best teams in the country. Even
the 4-3 loss to No. 15 Kentucky
in nine innings at the SEC
Tournament last week should
serve as an encouragement for
State to some degree.
Texas will not be an easy
Texas tough, but MSU should not be intimidated
See SMITH | Page 3C
College Softball
Boykin, Farmer
provide Jackets
with experience
Starkville High School football coach
Jamie Mitchell believes getting a pair of
assistant coaches with 23 total years of
experience will help his program’s surge
into the future.
David Boykin joins the Yellowjackets
as offensive coordinator, while Kevin
Farmer will work with the cornerbacks.
The hiring of Boykin and Farmer
was made official by the school board
at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Boykin came to Starkville from
Louisville, where he served as offensive
coordinator for M.C. Miller, but he held
the same position at Noxubee County.
He was the head coach at Caledonia
High School and also was an assistant
on the staff of Mark Hudspeth at the
University of North Alabama.
“I’ve got to believe we’re more excited
to get him than he is to come,” Mitchell
said. “We’re just tickled to death. He’s a
guy who has coached on the collegiate
level and has been very successful on the
high school level. You look at what he’s
done offensively and he’s certainly a guy
that gives me a big asset to bounce ideas
off of and create new ideas. If this spring
is any indication of how this is going to
go, it’s going to be a great partnership
between he and us.
“When you talk about a guy with 15
years in the business, that’s a real plus for
us to get a guy with those credentials.”
The opportunity to work on the
Class 6A level with Mitchell and the
Jackets was very attractive for Boykin.
Boykin has been able to adjust to
his new surroundings during spring
“We’ve got some good players and
good players make ballclubs,” Boykin
said. “We have a chance to have a really
good football team.”
Farmer, a former defensive back at
South Panola High School and Ole
Miss, was the defensive coordinator at
He has been making the drive back
and forth from Coahoma County each
day to get a plan established for summer
workouts and help any way he can in
the spring.
“It’s a new experience for me,”
Farmer said. “So far, I really like it and I
appreciate coach Mitchell for giving me
a chance and opportunity to be able to
be here.”
Mitchell met Farmer when the two
were together at Charleston under
coach Tony Vance.
With the 15 years of experience for
Boykin and the eight years for Farmer,
Mitchell is excited about what both men
can give the Jackets.
Farmer’s time as a player and a coach
Starkville High School offensive coordinator David Boykin, right, watches the technique of quarterback
Brady Davis. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)
Coach Kevin Farmer, left, visits with Yellowjacket players during Tuesday’s practice. (Photo by Danny P.
Smith, SDN) See COACHES | Page 2C
Youth Softball
Youth softball coach Britney Ditzig and her team helped Louisville residents clean up after the tornado that came through on April
28. (Submitted photo)
Starkville team
volunteers time
to help Louisville
While most kids are watching Saturday morning
cartoons, one group of Starkville youth were busy
helping their neighbors in need.
That desire to help the community was sparked
by area youth softball coach Britney Ditzig, who
originally came to Starkville to attend Mississippi State
University. Now the Illinois native is employed full-
time with New York Life as well as serving as coach
for the company’s two youth softball teams.
While her title might be coach, the role is about so
much more.
“When I started coaching these girls, the big
Page 2C • Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Lundqvist Sandberg
The number of shots New York Ranger
goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped out of
105 as the Rangers rallied from down
3-1 to win the series against Pittsburgh.
“I had one piece of toast in two
Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg
said after getting food poisoning at Citi Field.
College Baseball
Southeastern Conference Glance
SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct.
Florida 19-8 .704 35-18 .660
S. Carolina 16-11 .593 40-13 .755
Vanderbilt 16-11 .593 39-14 .736
Tennessee 11-16 .407 30-20 .600
Kentucky 12-15 .444 30-21 .588
Georgia 10-16-1 .382 25-26-1.490
Missouri 6-21 .222 20-30 .400
SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct.
Ole Miss 17-10 .630 38-15 .717
Miss. State 16-11 .593 33-19 .635
LSU 14-11-1 .547 37-14-1 .721
Alabama 14-12 .538 33-19 .635
Arkansas 13-14 .481 32-21 .604
Texas A&M 13-14 .481 32-21 .604
Auburn 10-17 .370 28-25 .528
Tuesday’s Games
Florida 8, South Florida 2
Tennessee 14, Morehead State 13, 12
Alabama 15, Jacksonville State 10
Auburn 6, UAB 5
Georgia Tech 2, Georgia 0
Murray State 4, Kentucky 3, 12 innings
S. Carolina 10, The Citadel 1
Ole Miss 16, Arkansas State 9
Vanderbilt 10, SE Missouri State 4
Texas A&M 3, Sam Houston State 1
LSU 27, Northwestern State 0, 6 innings
Thursday’s Games
Miss. State at Alabama, 6:30 p.m.
LSU at Auburn, 6 p.m.
S. Carolina at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m.
Florida at Tennessee, 5 p.m.
Ole Miss at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas at Missouri, 6 p.m.
Kentucky at Georgia, 6 p.m.
Friday’s Games
Miss. State at Alabama, 6 p.m.
LSU at Auburn, 6 p.m.
S. Carolina at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m.
Florida at Tennessee, 5 p.m.
Ole Miss at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.
Arkansas at Missouri, 6 p.m.
Kentucky at Georgia, 6 p.m.
Saturday’s Games
Miss. State at Alabama, 3 p.m.
LSU at Auburn, 1 p.m.
Florida at Tennessee, noon
Ole Miss at Texas A&M, 2 p.m.
Arkansas at Missouri, 3 p.m.
Kentucky at Georgia, noon
Collegiate Baseball Poll
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Collegiate
Baseball poll with records through May
11. Voting is done by coaches, sports
writers and sports information directors:
Record Pts Prv
1. Oregon St. 38-8 494 1
2. Virginia 41-9 492 2
3. Louisiana-Lafayette 46-7 489 3
4. Miami, Fla. 38-14 486 5
5. Washington 36-11-1 484 7
6. Florida St. 39-12 483 6
7. Oklahoma St. 38-13 480 9
8. Indiana 35-12 477 8
9. Texas Christian 36-14 474 10
10. Florida 34-18 472 4
11. Louisville 40-12 468 12
12. Cal Poly 41-10 466 11
13. Mississippi 37-15 464 13
14. Vanderbilt 38-14 462 17
15. Louisiana St. 36-14-1 460 15
16. Mississippi St. 33-19 457 18
17. South Carolina 39-13 455 19
18. Oregon 36-16 452 14
19. Houston 39-13 450 25
20. Rice 34-16 447 21
21. U.C. Irvine 34-16 445 16
22. Alabama 32-19 442 20
23. Liberty 38-11 439 29
24. Pepperdine 34-14 436 22
25. Sam Houston St. 37-14 433 —
26. Nebraska 34-17 431 —
27. Texas Tech 37-16 427 27
28. Texas 34-15 426 28
29. Stony Brook 31-15 425 —
30. Creighton 27-15-1 422 —
Baseball America Top 25
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The top 25
teams in the Baseball America poll with
records through May 11 and previous
ranking (voting by the staff of Baseball
Record Pvs
1. Virginia 41-9 1
2. Oregon State 38-8 2
3. Louisiana-Lafayette 46-7 3
4. Florida State 39-12 4
5. Washington 36-11 6
6. Cal Poly 41-10 7
7. Miami 38-14 8
8. Florida 34-18 4
9. Indiana 35-12 9
10. Louisville 40-12 10
11. Mississippi 37-15 11
12. Oklahoma State 35-13 13
13. Texas Christian 36-14 12
14. Rice 34-16 14
15. Louisiana State 36-14 15
16. Houston 39-13 16
17. South Carolina 39-13 17
18. Vanderbilt 38-14 18
19. Alabama 32-19 19
20. Mississippi State 33-19 21
21. Liberty 38-11 22
22. Kansas 33-21 NR
23. Pepperdine 34-14 NR
24. UC Irvine 34-16 23
25. Texas 34-15 25
Major League Baseball
National League
At A Glance
All Times EDT
East Division
W L Pct GB
Atlanta 21 16 .568 —
Washington 20 18 .526 1½
Miami 20 19 .513 2
New York 19 19 .500 2½
Philadelphia 17 20 .459 4
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 24 14 .632 —
St. Louis 19 20 .487 5½
Cincinnati 17 20 .459 6½
Pittsburgh 16 21 .432 7½
Chicago 13 24 .351 10½
West Division
W L Pct GB
San Francisco 25 14 .641 —
Colorado 23 18 .561 3
Los Angeles 21 19 .525 4½
San Diego 19 21 .475 6½
Arizona 15 26 .366 11
Monday’s Games
N.Y. Mets 9, N.Y. Yankees 7
Chicago Cubs 17, St. Louis 5
Washington 6, Arizona 5
L.A. Dodgers 6, Miami 5
San Francisco 4, Atlanta 2
Tuesday’s Games
L.A. Angels 4, Philadelphia 3
N.Y. Mets 12, N.Y. Yankees 7
San Diego 2, Cincinnati 1
Kansas City 5, Colorado 1
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, late
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, late
Washington at Arizona, late
Miami at L.A. Dodgers, late
Atlanta at San Francisco, late
Today’s Games
L.A. Angels (Richards 3-0) at
Philadelphia (Burnett 2-2), 1:05 p.m.
Colorado (Chacin 0-1) at Kansas City
(Vargas 3-1), 2:10 p.m.
Washington (Fister 0-1) at Arizona
(McCarthy 1-6), 3:40 p.m.
Atlanta (Teheran 2-2) at San Francisco
(Bumgarner 4-3), 3:45 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 5-0) at N.Y. Mets
(Montero 0-0), 7:10 p.m.
San Diego (Kennedy 2-4) at Cincinnati
(Cueto 3-2), 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Liriano 0-3) at Milwaukee
(W.Peralta 4-2), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 4-1) at St. Louis
(Wacha 2-3), 8:15 p.m.
Miami (DeSclafani 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers
(Maholm 1-3), 10:10 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
San Diego at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Miami at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
American League
At A Glance
All Times EDT
East Division
W L Pct GB
Baltimore 20 17 .541 —
Boston 19 18 .514 1
Toronto 20 20 .500 1½
New York 19 19 .500 1½
Tampa Bay 16 23 .410 5
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Detroit 23 12 .657 —
Kansas City 19 19 .500 5½
Chicago 19 21 .475 6½
Minnesota 17 19 .472 6½
Cleveland 18 21 .462 7
West Division
W L Pct GB
Oakland 24 15 .615 —
Los Angeles 20 18 .526 3½
Seattle 20 18 .526 3½
Texas 20 20 .500 4½
Houston 13 27 .325 11½
Monday’s Games
Detroit 4, Baltimore 1
N.Y. Mets 9, N.Y. Yankees 7
Toronto 7, L.A. Angels 3
Texas 4, Houston 0
Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 4
Seattle 12, Tampa Bay 5
Tuesday’s Games
Detroit 4, Baltimore 1
L.A. Angels 4, Philadelphia 3
N.Y. Mets 12, N.Y. Yankees 7
Toronto 5, Cleveland 4
Kansas City 5, Colorado 1
Houston 8, Texas 0
Boston at Minnesota, late
Chicago White Sox at Oakland, late
Tampa Bay at Seattle, late
Today’s Games
Detroit (Verlander 4-2) at Baltimore
(Gausman 0-0), 12:35 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Richards 3-0) at
Philadelphia (Burnett 2-2), 1:05 p.m.
Colorado (Chacin 0-1) at Kansas City
(Vargas 3-1), 2:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Rienzo 3-0) at
Oakland (Milone 1-3), 3:35 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 1-3) at Seattle
(Maurer 1-1), 3:40 p.m.
Cleveland (Kluber 3-3) at Toronto
(McGowan 2-1), 7:07 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 5-0) at N.Y. Mets
(Montero 0-0), 7:10 p.m.
Boston (Doubront 1-3) at Minnesota
(Correia 1-4), 8:10 p.m.
Texas (Tepesch 0-0) at Houston
(Feldman 2-1), 8:10 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
Boston at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Remaining Free Agents
BOSTON (1) — Stephen Drew, ss.
CLEVELAND (1) — Kelly Shoppach, c.
DETROIT (2) — Jeremy Bonderman,
rhp; Octavio Dotel, rhp.
KANSAS CITY (1) — Miguel Tejada, 2b.
NEW YORK (3) — Travis Hafner, dh;
Andy Pettitte, lhp; Mariano Rivera, rhp.
SEATTLE (1) — Kendrys Morales, dh.
TEXAS (1) — Lance Berkman, dh.
TORONTO (2) — Darren Oliver, lhp;
Ramon Ortiz, rhp.
CHICAGO (1) — Kevin Gregg, rhp.
COLORADO (2) — Todd Helton, 1b;
Roy Oswalt, rhp.
LOS ANGELES (2) — Jerry Hairston Jr.,
3b; Michael Young, 3b.
MIAMI (4) — Matt Diaz, of; Austin
Kearns, of; Juan Pierre, of; Placido
Polanco, 3b.
NEW YORK (2) — Tim Byrdak, lhp;
Pedro Feliciano, lhp.
PHILADELPHIA (1) — Roy Halladay, rhp.
PITTSBURGH (1) — Jeff Karstens, rhp.
ST. LOUIS (2) — Chris Carpenter, rhp;
Jake Westbrook, rhp.
SAN DIEGO (2) — Mark Kotsay, of;
Jason Marquis, rhp.
SAN FRANCISCO (2) — Andres Torres,
of; Barry Zito, lhp.
National Basketball Association
Daily Playoff Glance
All Times EDT
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
Tuesday, May 13
Washington 102, Indiana 79, Indiana
leads series 3-2
L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, late
Today, May 14
Brooklyn at Miami, 7 p.m.
Portland at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Indiana at Washington, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 10:30
Friday, May 16
x-Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.
x-San Antonio at Portland, 9:30 or 10:30
Sunday, May 18
x-Brooklyn at Miami, TBA
x-Washington at Indiana, TBA
x-L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, TBA
Monday, May 19
x-Portland at San Antonio, TBA
American League
RHP Maikel Cleto outright to Charlotte
INF Omar Infante on the 15-day DL,
retroactive to May 7. Selected the
contract of INF Pedro Ciriaco from
Omaha (PCL).
LHP Buddy Boshers outright to Salt
Lake (PCL). Optioned RHP Cory
Rasmus to Salt Lake. Recalled RHP Matt
Shoemaker from Salt Lake.
RHP Shawn Kelley on the 15-day DL,
retroactive to May 7. Recalled OF Zoilo
Almonte from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Jonathan Diaz to Buffalo (IL). Recalled
OF Kevin Pillar from Buffalo.
National League
Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day DL.
Optioned OF Caleb Gindl to Nashville
(PCL). Recalled UT Elian Herrera from
Nashville. Reinstated OF Ryan Braun
from the 15-day DL.
Jacob deGrom from Las Vegas (PCL).
Placed RHP Gonzalez Germen on the
15-day DL, retroactive to May 6.
INF Jayson Nix outright to Lehigh Valley
Tyler Lyons on the 15-day DL. Optioned
RHP Eric Fornataro to Memphis (PCL).
Recalled LHP Sam Freeman and RH
Jorge Rondon from Memphis.
Casey Kelly to San Antonio (TL) for a
rehab assignment. Activated OF Carlos
Quentin from the 15-day DL. Recalled
RHP Kevin Quackenbush from El Paso
OF Juan Perez to Fresno (PCL).
Reinstated LHP David Huff from the 15-
day DL.
American Association
Smith. Released LHP Kevin Rogers and
RHP Wes Alsup.
Traded 1B Chase Burch to Sioux Falls
for a player to be named. Released RHP
Henry Mabee
Claimed RHP Stephen Boughner off
waivers from Lincoln.
Released LHP Yuki Sakama and RHPs
Jakob Cunningham, Kyle Wahl and
David Teasley.
Tracey and INF Josh Scheffert. Released
1B Gerard Avila.
Ryan Mitchell.
LHP Mike Blake, RHP John Holdzkom
and INF Greg Rohan.
ST. PAUL SAINTS — Signed INF Devin
Thaut and RHP Drew Gay. Released
RHPs Paul Burnside and Dustin
Klabunde and OFs Buddy Sosnoskie
and Andy Henkmeyer.
Alex Hinshaw. Released RHPs Michael
Schlact, Nelson Curry and Erik Lambe;
INFs Chad Kruse and Jose Roman; and
C Mike McCarthy.
Chase Johnson. Released INF Amos
Ramon and RHP David Hatt.
Can-Am League
Joe Dunigan.
Frontier League
Cory Urquhart.
Conner to Evansville. Signed OF Tre-
Von Johnson.
Signed RHPs Tyler Lavigne and Britt
Robertshaw and LHP Rick Teasley. Sold
the contract of RHP Zach Cooper to
the Tampa Bay Rays. Released LHP Eric
Fredrick and 1B Kelvin Freeman.
Released RHP Gardner Adams and INF
Kevin Taylor.
Urbano digital director.
National Basketball Association
NBA — Promoted Amy Brooks
to executive vice president, team
marketing and business operations
and Emilio Collins to executive
vice president, global marketing
interim general manager David Griffin
to general manager.
PHOENIX SUNS — Entered into a
single-affiliation relationship with
Bakersfield (NBADL).
National Football League
BUFFALO BILLS — Released OL Jamaal
Johnson-Webb. Signed DBs Deon
Broomfield and Kenny Ladler, LBs Darrin
Kitchens and James Gaines, DT Damien
Jacobs, CB Darius Robinson and DE
Bryan Johnson. Agreed to terms with
DB Derek Brim and DT Colby Way.
CHICAGO BEARS — Agreed to terms
with T Charles Leno Jr., RB Ka’Deem
Carey, DT Ego Ferguson and P Patrick
O’Donnell on four-year contracts.
DB Joe Haden to a five-year contract
Whaley, RB Ben Malena, QB Dustin
Vaughan and CB Dashaun Phillips.
LB Allen Bradford off waivers from the
New York Giants.
Zach Fulton.
Simoni Lawrence and Terrell Manning,
RB Bradley Randle and G Josh
Samuda. Signed G Conor Boffeli; OTs
Pierce Burton, Matt Hall and Antonio
Richardson; WRs Kain Colter, Donte
Foster and Erik Lora; DEs Rakim Cox,
Tyler Scott and Jake Snyder; DT Isame
Faciane; C Zac Kerin; TE A.C. Leonard;
QB Travis Partridge; and Dominique
Chaz Powell. Signed LB Dan Fox, S
Charles Barnett and DEs Emmanuel
Dieke and Jordan Stanton.
Aaron Lynch and DT Kaleb Ramsey to
four-year contracts.
LB Steven Jenkins. Waived RB Michael
Canadian Football League
CFL — Fined Calgary WR Maurice Price
for making inappropriate negative
comments on social media.
LB Ejiro Kuale.
National Hockey League
their affiliation agreement with Hershey
(AHL) through the 2014-15 season.
Signed F Garrett Mitchell to a one-year
American Hockey League
AHL — Suspended Providence RW
Bobby Robins three games.
Agreed to terms with F Chris Langkow
to a one-year contract.
FINA — Banned Russian swimmer
Yuliya Efimova 16 months for doping,
retroactive to Oct. 31, 2013, and voided
her 50-meter breaststroke world record.
Ryan Shimabukuro sprint coach has
Major League Soccer
CHIVAS USA — Released F Adolfo
Blake Smith to Indy Eleven (NASL).
F Fanendo Adi on loan from FC
Copenhagen (Denmark). Waived F
Frederic Piquionne.
National Women’s Soccer League
Cecilie Sandvej.
CALDWELL — Named Kristina Danella
associate director of athletics and
women’s basketball coach.
CINCINNATI — Announced men’s
basketball F Jermaine Lawrence will
GEORGIA — Announced WR Uriah
LeMay will transfer.
GEORGIA TECH — Announced F
Robert Carter Jr. will transfer.
ILLINOIS — Suspended F Darius Paul
for the 2014-15 basketball season.
Daniels Sams a conditional release from
his scholarship.
LSU — Granted releases to men’s
basketball Gs Anthony Hickey and Malil
Morgan and F Shane Hammink.
MISSOURI – Named Brad Loos men’s
assistant basketball coach.
MOUNT OLIVE — Announced the
resignation of softball coach Jaime
PENNSYLVANIA — Named Nat Graham
men’s assistant basketball coach.
RUTGERS — Dismissed QB Philip
Nelson from the football team.
TCU — Named Edwina Brown women’s
assistant basketball coach and
recruiting coordinator, Hanna Howard
women’s associate head basketball
coach and defensive coordinator and
Crystal Robinson women’s assistant
basketball coach.
YALE — Announced the resignation
of women’s tennis coach Danielle
No area game scheduled
4 p.m.
NBCSN — Tour of California, stage 4,
Monterey to Cambria, Calif.
MLB — Regional coverage, L.A. An-
gels at Philadelphia or Detroit at Bal-
timore (12:30 p.m.)
6 p.m.
ESPN — N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets
6 p.m.
TNT — Playoffs, conference semifi-
nals, game 5, Brooklyn at Miami
8:30 p.m.
TNT — Playoffs, conference semifi-
nals, game 5, Portland at San Antonio
6 p.m.
NBCSN — Playoffs, conference semifi-
nals, game 7, Montreal at Boston
8:30 p.m.
NBCSN — Playoffs, conference semifi-
nals, game 6, Anaheim at Los Angeles
1:30 p.m.
FS1 — UEFA Europa League, cham-
pionship, Sevilla vs. Benfica, at Turin,
MBA extends registration
The Mississippi Basketball Association has extended its
registration to Monday, May 19.
The league encourages more girls from ages 7-14 to sign
The registration fee is set for $30.
For more information, contact Fred Tate at 662-769-
Van Gundy set to coach Pistons
DETROIT (AP) — A person with knowledge of the
details says Stan Van Gundy has agreed to a $35-million, five-
year contract to be the Detroit Pistons’ coach and president
of basketball operations.
Detroit gave Van Gundy the powerful combination
of jobs on Tuesday, the person told The Associated Press
on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been
are considered a plus in Mitchell’s mind for his cornerbacks.
“That is so valuable to us,” Mitchell said. “He’s a guy that
has played the position at an extremely high level. I am very
impressed with his professionalism and the way he conducts
himself. He’s a guy who will be a great add for our staff as
Spring practice continues for one more day in Starkville
as the jamboree has been scheduled for Thursday at Davis
Wade Stadium on the campus of Mississippi State.
The action starts with a scrimmage between the junior
varsity teams of West Point and Meridian at 4 p.m. Following
the varsity action between West Point and Meridian,
Starkville and Brandon will play varsity and junior varsity
action beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.
From page 1C
thing was I wanted to be more of an influence rather than a
coach,” Ditzig said. “You have good coaches and you have
bad coaches, but the ones that impact you are the ones you
Recently Ditzig put that desire into practice as she took
seven of her 12-year-olds to Louisville in order to volunteer
for tornado relief. After researching areas for youth to assist
and waiting it out to let much of the initial cleanup take
place, Ditzig and her team embarked on what became an
unforgettable journey.
“After seeing everything that happened, our first thought
was we could help and this is going to be an awesome
opportunity,” Ditzig said. “(From) the moment, we hit
Louisville my car got silent and they were like this could
have been us. To just drive around with them, because they
are young, and seeing that first hand and helping first hand
really changed the situation for them.”
Upon arriving in Louisville, the New York Life team
visited a local church to search out volunteer opportunities.
The group was assigned to a small neighborhood where
they assisted residents with debris pickup and it was that
opportunity to be away from the other “ruckus” that Ditzig
said truly impacted her girls.
“Everyone was very, very grateful and it was cool because
we weren’t in the ruckus of the other volunteers,” Ditzig said.
“They really got to see the destruction first hand, like picking
up pictures of people and just seeing the little things.”
Many would say that Ditzig was out of her mind to take a
group of 12-year-olds to Louisville and the coach somewhat
agrees, but after seeing her girls faces and the pride they felt
in helping others out, made it all worth it.
“I don’t think if I had a group of people in their 20’s,
they would have worked as hard as those girls,” Ditzig said.
“They went above and beyond and didn’t complain. They
are amazing and I would absolutely take them again in a
While this weekend’s experience took place off the field,
the coach said she knows the bonding which took place will
more than benefit her team on the field.
“Currently we are undefeated and are doing better than I
could ever have asked,” Ditzig said. “Not only are we a team
on the field, but I have a group of girls that go above and
beyond off the field for the community as well.”
From page 1C
High School Baseball
For Starkville Daily News
BALDWYN – The Eupora Eagles and Baldwyn saw the
lead go back and forth eight times on Tuesday, but in the
end, Eupora pulled out a 10-7 win in seven innings.
With the win, the stage is set for an all-Webster County
Class 2A North final between East Webster and Eupora.
The Eagles finally managed to grab the lead after a strong
sixth inning. A two-run error scored Lamarcus Caradine and
Rusty Johnson and gave Eupora the lead for good.
Corson Gunn got a hit in each of his four at bats. He
singled in the first, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
Johnson got the win in relief for the Eagles. He pitched
three innings and allowed three runs.
The Eagles’ Corson, Lamarcus, Johnson and Lawson
Stewart combined for 11 hits and four RBI.
The top of the first saw Eupora take an early lead at 2-0.
The Eagles threat began with a single by Johnson. A stolen
base then moved Johnson from first to second. More runs
came home for Eupora when Pittman scored on an RBI
single by Joshua Rollins.
Baldwyn answered the Eagles top inning with three runs
of its own in the first. Baldwyn scored on an error and a
sacrifice fly by Ryan Wesson.
Baldwyn quickly matched Eupora’s strong inning with a
one-run inning of its own in the fourth. Baldwyn scored on
an RBI single by Dustin Kirk.
Baldwyn scored two runs of its own in the fifth. Baldwyn
scored on a fielder’s choice and a groundout by Jacob Turner.
Eupora advances
with 10-7 victory
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3C
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are looking
for a shot at redemption this week.
Last year the Bulldogs finished 10th at a
regional in Baton Rouge, La., and missed out
on an appearance in the NCAA Championship.
This year MSU is led by four seniors with
mindset of proving themselves.
“For them to have a chance to kind of redeem
themselves after last year at regionals, I think is
very gratifying,” MSU head coach Clay Homan
said. “I know it kind of left a sour taste in their
The Bulldogs are the No. 9 seed in the Rich
Harvest Farms regional in Sugar Grove, Ill. The
54-hole tournament will start Thursday and
end Saturday. The low five teams will move on
to the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes
Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
California is the top seed in the regional and
the Bulldogs are the lone participant from the
Southeastern Conference.
The Bulldogs had to wait nearly a month
last year from the SEC Championship to the
regional. This year it’s just two weeks so the
focus should still be there.
“Last year at this time, we had about a
month lay over between the SEC Tournament
and regionals,” Homan said. “This time we’ve
got a little less, which I think will benefit us.”
Mississippi State has played well in its last
three tournaments. The Bulldogs took first place
in their own tournament at Old Waverly. They
won the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate hosted
by Ole Miss at Reunion Golf and Country Club
in Madison.
The Bulldogs finished ninth at the SEC
“I feel like we’re starting to play better,”
Homan said. “We got off to kind of a rough
start earlier in the year. We’re starting to kind
of hit our stride a little bit. Hopefully, that will
carry on over.”
MSU shot a 1-over, 281 during the final
two days to finish strong after opening the
tournament with a 7-over, 287.
The last three events have inspired the
seniors, especially Chad Ramey.
“The last two rounds we played well,” Ramey
said of SEC Championship. “It’s definitely
going to give us a little bit of confidence going
into Illinois. We know we’re capable of finishing
top five if not win the whole thing.”
With the four seniors anchoring things,
Homan feels like his squad has experience.
Ramey has played in three-straight regionals,
while the other three seniors, Axel Boasson,
Barrett Edens and Joe Sakulpolphaisan, will
play in their second-straight regional.
“All those experiences can only help you,”
Homan said. “Being through that before,
knowing what we did wrong and knowing what
we did right.”
Ramey leads the Bulldogs with a 71.00
scoring average. Sakulpolphaisan has a scoring
average of 72.21, while sophomore Ben Wood
owns a 72.79 scoring average.
Ramey owns three top fives, five top 10s and
seven top 25s. Sakulpolphaisan has finished in
the top five two times this season.
The par-72, 7,735-yard course will be only
the second time the Bulldogs have played out of
the southeast regional this season.
“We’ll go ahead and prepare like any other
tournament, but maybe our expectation levels
(are) a little bit higher this year,” Homan said.
Bulldogs looking
for redemption
at regional event
Senior Chad Ramey leads the Bulldogs with a 71.00 scoring average. (Photo submitted by
MSU athletic media relations)
Men’s Golf
opponent and no one expects
that. The Longhorns were in
the NCAA Women’s College
World Series last year and
have put together a nice 33-
21 mark after a slow start this
The host Ragin’ Cajuns
(44-8-1) and Texas Southern
(31-18) also make it a very
quality Lafayette Regional
Even though the Bulldogs
were able to see their name
pop on the television screen
for the third season in a row
for the NCAA Tournament,
the opportunity never gets
old for them.
Stuedeman was very
happy to be able to discuss
the possibilities of the
postseason with the media
gathering inside the MSU
Softball Complex on Tuesday
“There are 290 softball
teams and only 64 get to talk
to the media,” Stuedeman
said. “We are really excited
and everybody is good from
this point forward.”
Danny P. Smith is sports
editor and columnist for the
Starkville Daily News. The
opinions in this column are his
and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the Daily News or
its staff.
From page 1C
Bulldog Bits
Mississippi State junior left-handed pitcher
Jacob Lindgren has been selected to the watch
list for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award, given
annually to college baseball’s breakout player of
the year. College Baseball Lineup released the
list Tuesday for the honor named after former
Auburn pitcher Gregg Olson.
After lowering his Southeastern Conference
ERA from 5.20 in 2013 to a league-low 0.60
this season, the southpaw has used 2014 to
almost match his career strikeout total (89)
entering this season. Lindgren leads all relief
pitchers nationally with 82 K’s and leads the
country overall with 16.8 strikeouts per nine
Following a January ranking of 138, Perfect
Game named Lindgren the 45th-best prospect
in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft this
past Monday. In addition, the lefty Monday was
picked a finalist for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy,
given to the top collegiate player in the state
of Mississippi. Tuesday, MLB selected him the
41st-best prospect in this June’s draft, saying it’s
“unlikely that he’ll last past the second round of
the Draft.”
Also a candidate for the NCBWA Stopper of
the Year Award, Lindgren leads the team with a
1.02 ERA and a .125 opponent batting average,
while owning a 4-1 record on the season. In
SEC games only, the lefty ranks first in the
SEC in ERA (0.60), opponent batting average
(.115), fewest hits allowed (12), fewest runs
allowed (4) and fewest earned runs allowed (2).
The Bay St. Louis native is currently riding
a streak of 14.1-consecutive innings without an
earned run allowed, including 5.1 innings of
shutout relief Sunday in a 4-3 victory against
Lindgren tied a career-high in relief with
eight strikeouts and no walks in his fourth
victory of the season.
Men’s Tennis
Behind strong performances on the
court which led to the Mississippi State
Bulldogs earning their fourth-straight NCAA
Championship appearance, assistant coach Matt
Roberts and freshman Florian Lakat have both
earned 2014 ITA Southern Region honors, the
ITA announced Tuesday.
Lakat continues his stellar freshman campaign
by being chosen the ITA Southern Region
Rookie of the Year. Lakat is the fifth Bulldog
to receive the honor all-time and gives State the
award for the third time in the last four seasons.
“I am really proud to receive this award,”
Lakat said. “It is the result of all the hard
work I’ve put in all year, but it would not have
been possible without my teammates and my
The Paris, France, native, who was also
chosen 2014 SEC Freshman of the Year, has
put together 22 wins for the season, with 16
coming in dual match play. Lakat downed a
total of seven ranked foes on the year, while
also earning an 11-2 record against Southern
Region opponents, tying fellow Bulldog Jordan
Angus for most regional wins on the year.
In doubles, Lakat garnered 14 wins, with 10
of those coming in the spring with teammate
Tassilo Schmid. Seven of those 14 wins came
at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, while the duo
was also a perfect 3-0 in matches played at the
top spot this spring. The Bulldog team also
clinched a team-leading nine doubles points for
the Bulldogs this season.
Roberts was selected the ITA Southern
Region Assistant Coach of the Year, making
him the third assistant in MSU history to earn
the award. The second-year assistant joins
former Bulldog coaches Michael Metz and Matt
Hill, who earned the honor in 2005 and 2011,
“I’m extremely honored to receive this award,
but all the credit goes to this team for making it
easy to coach them,” Roberts said. “All the hard
work they put in, from practice to the actual
matches, is unreal. They have a great approach
to learning new things on and off the court and
consistently show desire for improvement.”
Coming to State last season after three
seasons as an assistant at Michigan State,
Roberts has been instrumental in the Bulldogs
maintaining their position in the national
spotlight of collegiate tennis. For the 2014
campaign, Roberts assisted head coach Per
Nilsson in leading the Bulldogs to their fourth-
straight NCAA Championship appearance,
while also earning 19 wins on the season, which
ties for seventh all time in overall season wins.
Under the former All-SEC star’s leadership,
MSU defeated 13 ranked opponents, including
their first win against Georgia since 2005.
Individually, Roberts’ coaching and
developmental skills has been crucial in State
sending the doubles team of Jordan Angus
and Malte Stropp to the NCAA Doubles
Championship for the second-straight year,
while also landing Lakat as a first alternate
for the NCAA Singles Championship. He
also assists with making sure MSU’s tennis
student-athletes are doing the right things in the
classroom. The Bulldog tennis squad continues
to excel with numerous ITA Scholar Athlete and
Academic All-SEC honors each season. Roberts
has also assisted with the MSU “Breakfast for
Champions” community service initiative.
“Matt (Roberts) and Florian (Lakat) have
both played a major role in helping our team
continue to progress,” Nilsson said. “I’m
extremely grateful for the hard work Matt puts
in every day and he is well deserving of this
award. As for Florian, he is getting better every
week and we are excited about his potential to
become a top college player. ”
Despite the team’s season coming to a close
last weekend in the NCAA second round, 2014
is not finished for the Bulldogs.
MSU will head to Athens, Ga., for the 2014
NCAA Individual Championships. The 17th-
ranked duo of Jordan Angus and Matle Stropp
will compete in doubles play, while Lakat is
a first alternate for the singles draw. Singles
play will begin on Wednesday, May 21, while
doubles competition will start on Thursday,
May 22. The draws for both brackets will be
announced following the 2014 NCAA Team
Championship finals this weekend.
Track and Field
With the 2014 Southeastern Conference
Championships approaching, Mississippi State
women’s track and field ranks 19th in the latest
USTFCCCA Team Rankings announced on
The Bulldogs have remained in the Top 25
for four consecutive weeks now, donning their
highest ranking at No. 12 during Week 4.
The Southeastern Conference has a nation-
leading 17 men’s and women’s teams in the
rankings, with nine on the men’s side and eight
on the women’s.
Paced by newcomers Rhianwedd Price and
Cornelia Griesche, MSU continues to boast
numerous athletes at the top of the individual
rankings as well.
“I have always said we have some of the best
athletes in the nation competing here at MSU,”
coach Steve Dudley said. “Seeing them ranked
in a multitude of individual categories and
together as a team only reinforces that claim.”
Griesche ranks ninth in the nation in the
women’s 3000-meter steeplechase (10:04.05),
while Price ranks 10th in the women’s
1500-meter run (4:16.11).
Long jump standout Rochelle Farquharson
keeps her spot at No. 4 this week with a
personal-best 21-03.25.
There are 24 Bulldog athletes are set to
compete on May 15-18 in Lexington as the
University of Kentucky hosts this year’s SEC
Women’s Tennis
After a standout sophomore campaign
that landed her a first-team All-Southeastern
Conference selection, Mississippi State women’s
tennis star Georgiana Patrasc was chosen the
ITA Southern Region Player to Watch on
Tuesday, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
Patrasc, who is currently ranked a career-
high 49th nationally, has put together a 23-9
record for the 2014 campaign, with 13 of
those wins coming in the spring. The Bacau,
Romania, native has been a mainstay atop the
MSU order, playing all of her contests at the top
two positions.
The sophomore has been a regular in the ITA
rankings for the year. She has put together seven
wins against ranked opponents this season, with
three coming against competition in the top 60.
The sophomore’s impact can also be seen in
the record books, as she continues to establish
herself as one of the greats in MSU tennis
history. Patrasc currently sits at 41-23 for
her career in singles, and added to her stellar
sophomore season by breaking into several top
10 school record categories, including standing
fifth all-time in singles winning percentage at
.631. She is also in a four-way tie for 10th in
single-season wins (23) and sits at eighth in
single-season singles win percentage (.742).
Due to her impressive play throughout the
year, Patrasc earned an at-large selection to the
2014 NCAA Singles Championship, which
will be held May 21-26 in Athens, Ga. Patrasc
became the seventh player in MSU women’s
tennis history to garner a selection to the singles
field of 64, and the first since 2007.
Mississippi State left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren has been selected to the watch list for
the 2014 Gregg Olson Award. (Photo by Lee Adams)
Page 4C • Starkville Daily News • Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Savage isn’t writing off
UCLA’s season just yet
From Wire Reports
UCLA coach John Savage probably
is the only person left in college baseball
who believes the Bruins have a chance to
make the NCAA tournament and defend
their national championship.
“I might be dreaming,” Savage said
Monday after returning to Los Angeles
from Oregon State, where his team was
swept over the weekend.
The Bruins (23-25-1, 10-14) are 1-9-1
in their last 11 games and head into the
final two weekends of the regular season
in eighth place in the Pac-12 and with an
RPI in the 100s. Their remaining three-
game series are at home against third-place
Oregon and at second-place Washington,
a consensus top-five team.
“We’re 10-14, but what happens if we
finish 16-14?” Savage said. “It’s unlikely
it’ll happen, but let’s just say it does. Then
we’re sitting there with 29-30 wins. So
we don’t feel like we’re out of it. People
probably think we are. We’re not in any
NCAA bracket projections. That’s for
sure. And we shouldn’t be.”
If the Bruins had a charmed existence in
2013, they’ve been cursed in 2014.
Last year they overcame a lack of
offense with the timely hit, dominant
pitching and strong defense. This year
they’ve been unable to overcome a run of
injuries that have kept right fielder Eric
Filia and shortstop Kevin Kramer out,
limited second baseman Kevin Williams
to the designated hitter’s role, and forced
center fielder Brian Carroll and third
baseman Chris Keck to miss time. Star
reliever David Berg hasn’t pitched for the
better part of a month because of a bicep
“That’s been the story of our season,”
Savage said. “We’ve had a different lineup
just about every game and have played a
lot of guys who have little experience, so
we’re treading water.”
Road warriors
ACC-leading Miami’s sweep of Duke
marked its fourth straight conference
road sweep and extended the Hurricanes’
nation-best road winning streak to 15
games. The Hurricanes (38-14, 22-5) won
their 12th one-run game with Sunday’s
4-3 victory. Miami has won 25 of its last
Pokes on roll
Oklahoma State (38-13, 16-5) goes
into the last week of the Big 12’s regular
season with a one-game lead over TCU.
The Cowboys, who have won nine straight,
defeated Kansas State 17-5 Sunday in a
game shortened to seven innings by the
mercy rule. Their 17 runs tied a season
high and were their most against a Big
12 opponent since they put up 19 against
Nebraska in 2008.
Big Ten champs
Indiana clinched a share of its
second straight Big Ten regular-season
championship with its 9-2 win over Penn
State on Sunday. The Hoosiers (35-12,
19-2) set a school record for regular-season
conference wins. Sam Travis homered in
each of the three games against the Nittany
Lions and leads the Big Ten with 10.
Fantastic finishes in SEC
Four of Sunday’s five games in the
SEC were won in walk-off fashion. South
Carolina beat Missouri in the bottom of
the ninth, Mississippi defeated Georgia
and Kentucky beat Auburn in 10 innings
and Mississippi State defeated Tennessee
in the 12th. There was drama in the other
game, too, as Texas A&M scored in the
top of the 10th to win at Arkansas.
Lafayette’s school record
With its sweep of South Alabama,
Louisiana-Lafayette (46-7, 23-4 Sun
Belt) set a school record for wins against
Division I opponents. The Ragin’ Cajuns
are winning with one of the nation’s most
prolific offenses. They’re third nationally
with 56 home runs, and they’re averaging
7.9 runs a game.
Miami’s head coach Jim Morris, right, has watched his team
sweep fourth-straight conference road sweep. (Photo by Phil
Sandlin, AP file)
Ole Miss jumps out to fast start to beat Arkansas State
For Starkville Daily News
JONESBORO, Ark. – The No. 11 Ole Miss
Rebels jumped out to a quick start with a four-run
first inning and raced past the Arkansas State Red
Wolves with three big innings 16-9.
Ole Miss (38-15) put at least four runs on
the board in the first, fifth and seventh innings to
run past the Red Wolves (29-23). Colby Bortles
delivered the knockout blow in the seventh, hitting
his first career home run with a grand slam.
Arkansas State rallied with a five-run eighth
inning, but Ole Miss had put the game out of reach
and held on for the win to close out non-conference
Evan Anderson (2-0) picked up the win as
he worked 4.0 innings in a predetermined start,
allowing two runs – one earned – on three hits with
a walk and a career-high six strikeouts. He was one
of six pitchers used on the night.
Tanner Gaines (4-1) took the loss for the Red
Wolves, allowing four runs on four hits with a walk
in 1.0 inning of work.
“I’m really proud of the guys and the offense
for showing that toughness and coming out and
getting those runs early,” said Ole Miss head coach
Mike Bianco. “It was just a tough night with the
weather and the rain. It makes it tough to pitch and
to defend. I was glad to get those runs and then
to see the grand slam from Colby (Bortles). You’re
happy to see a kid hit his first home run, but then as
the game went on it was an important one.
“Evan (Anderson) was terrific (Tuesday night)
as he continues to work,” Bianco said. “He hasn’t
been able to log a lot of innings, but he’s been solid
for us when he’s pitched.”
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 5C
National League
Headley, Padres down Reds
San Diego Padres’ Chase Headley, left, is congratulated after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher
Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning. (AP Photo)
From Wire Reports
Chase Headley homered in
the ninth inning off Aroldis
Chapman, the first hit the
hard-throwing lefty allowed
since his return from being
hit in the head by a line drive,
and the San Diego Padres beat
the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on
Tuesday night.
The Padres got their
season-high fourth straight
win despite managing only
three hits. Seth Smith had
the only two hits that Mike
Leake allowed in the first eight
Headley connected on a 99
mph fastball from Chapman
(0-1), who was making his
second appearance since
undergoing surgery to repair
damage after being struck in
the left eye and nose during a
spring training game.
Joaquin Benoit (1-0)
allowed a walk in the eighth.
Huston Street got the last
three outs for his 12th save in
as many chances. Street hasn’t
allowed a run in his last 10
Smith was the NL’s most
recent player of the week and
extended his hitting streak
to nine games, matching his
career high. He’s 19 for 34
during the streak.
The rest of San Diego’s
lowly offense didn’t do much
until Headley connected with
two outs in the top of the
ninth. The Padres came in last
in the league in batting average
and scoring.
Brandon Phillips had three
of Cincinnati’s seven hits,
including an RBI single in the
first inning. Cincinnati has 12
one-run losses, most in the
The Padres activated Carlos
Quentin off the disabled list
for the start of the series,
moving their lineup closer to
full strength. The outfielder
missed the first 39 games with
a bruised left knee. He went 3
for 18 during a minor league
rehab stint and was 0 for 3 with
a walk in his return.
Andrew Cashner got a no-
decision despite allowing only
one run over seven innings, a
common theme to his season.
The right-hander has pitched
well, but gotten little support
from his offense.
The Padres have scored only
one run in the last 25 innings
while he’s been on the mound.
They managed only one
Tuesday night. Cashner gave
up seven hits and one walk
while striking out six.
Cashner pitched out of a
bases-loaded, one-out threat
in the sixth by getting Chris
Heisey to hit into a forceout at
home and Zack Cozart to pop
Smith doubled in the fourth
and scored on Jedd Gyorko’s
sacrifice fly that tied it at 1. The
right fielder also prevented the
Reds from putting together a
big inning in the first.
Billy Hamilton led off with
a triple and scored on Phillips’
single. Joey Votto followed
with a single to right, but
Smith threw him out as he
tried for second on the play.
Todd Frazier extended his
hitting streak to a career-high
12 games, the longest by a
Red this season.
Mets 12,
Yankees 7
NEW YORK — Curtis
Granderson and Daniel
Murphy each hit a three-run
homer and the New York Mets
roughed up fill-in starter Vidal
Nuno to beat the Yankees for a
two-game sweep in the Bronx.
Granderson connected for
the second consecutive game
in his old home ballpark,
helping the Mets jump out to
a quick lead after they used
four homers to rally for a 9-7
victory a night earlier.
David Wright had three hits
and two RBIs, and Daisuke
Matsuzaka (1-0) pitched 3
2-3 innings in relief of a wild
Zack Wheeler as the Mets won
their sixth straight against their
crosstown rivals, including a
4-0 mark last year.
Eric Young Jr. scored three
runs without a hit, and the
Mets won their third in a row
overall to return to .500 after
losing eight of nine.
American League
Dickey, Francisco lead Blue Jays over Indians
From Wire Reports
TORONTO (AP) — R.A. Dickey won for
the third time in four starts, Juan Francisco
homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the
Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera threw
out Carlos Santana at the plate to end the eighth
inning, preserving Toronto’s one-run lead.
Dickey (4-3) allowed two earned runs and
four hits in six-plus innings. He walked two and
struck out six.
Casey Janssen, activated off the disabled list
Sunday, finished for his first save.
Justin Masterson (2-2) matched a season
high by allowing five runs and six hits in 5 1-3
Dickey set down the first eight batters before
the Indians opened the scoring in the third.
Mike Aviles singled, Michael Bourn walked and
Nick Swisher hit an RBI single that dropped
just in front of a charging Jose Bautista in right.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out
to argue the call by first base umpire Jerry Meals
that Bautista had trapped the ball, but didn’t
challenge it.
Masterson was perfect through three innings
before giving a leadoff triple to Jose Reyes in
the fourth. Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly
to the warning track in center.
Francisco put the Blue Jays in front with
a one-out homer in the fifth, a drive into the
second deck.
Toronto chased Masterson and added three
more runs in the sixth. Adam Lind hit a two-run
double and scored on Francisco’s double. Josh
Outman came on after Masterson walked Brett
Lawrie but got out of it by retiring Josh Thole
on a grounder and striking out Kevin Pillar.
Tigers 4, Orioles 1
BALTIMORE — Miguel Cabrera hit a three-
run homer off Tommy Hunter with two outs in
the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers, down
to their last strike, rallied past the Baltimore
After being held scoreless on three hits over
the first eight innings, the Tigers used a reversed
call to win. Detroit was 0-12 when trailing going
into the ninth before mounting the improbable
Hunter held a 1-0 lead before giving up a
leadoff single to Alex Avila. Pinch-runner Rajai
Davis was called out trying to steal, but Detroit
manager Brad Ausmus challenged the call and
after looking at the replay, umpires overturned
the call.
Hunter (1-1) got two straight outs before
working the count on Torii Hunter to 1-2. The
at-bat ended in a walk, and Cabrera hit an 0-1
curveball over the center-field wall for his sixth
home run.
Victor Martinez then homered, too.
Angels 4, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA — Luis Jimenez hit a
tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning,
Matt Shoemaker tossed five effective innings and
the Los Angeles Angels beat the Philadelphia
Mike Trout went 1 for 5 with more than
4,000 fans from his hometown of Millville,
New Jersey in the crowd. The two-time All-
Star centerfielder grew up in the small town 45
minutes south of Philadelphia.
Shoemaker (1-1) allowed two runs and three
hits to beat Cliff Lee (3-4). Shoemaker made
his second career start and first this season. The
righty was called up to replace Hector Santiago,
who was sent to the bullpen after going 0-6
with a 5.19 ERA in seven starts.
Lee allowed four unearned runs and six hits,
striking out seven in seven innings. He was hurt
by three errors by third baseman Cody Asche.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his fifth
save in seven tries.
Royals 5, Rockies 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Shields
cooled down hot-hitting Colorado over seven
sharp innings, Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez
both homered and the Kansas City Royals beat
the Rockies.
Page 6C • Starkville Daily News • Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Cavaliers GM says Irving not behind Brown firing
From Wire Reports
— Mike Brown’s relationship with All-
Star point guard Kyrie Irving didn’t
grow. They got along, but had their
However, any differences Brown
had with his best player didn’t get him
fired for a second time by the Cavaliers.
That’s the point made by general
manager David Griffin on Tuesday,
strongly denying that Irving had any
direct involvement in the decision
to replace Brown. The coach was
dismissed on Monday — nearly
a month after the Cavs finished a
disappointing 33-49 season.
“Any, any insinuation that Kyrie
had anything to do with this decision
is patently false,” Griffin said, his
voice rising. “It’s unfair. He was not
counseled on this decision, nor was he
counseled on the previous coaching
decision. It’s a completely unfair
assertion and one that I want everyone
to understand very clearly.”
Griffin then pounded his hand on
the table for effect.
“That is not a narrative that we are
going to go with,” he said.
Irving, who will be playing for his
third coach in four NBA seasons, and
Brown rarely seemed on the same page
in their year together. While Irving’s
defense improved, there were too
many times when he was a liability.
Also, Irving and guard Dion Waiters
struggled during their time on the
court and the pair had some off-court
issues under Brown’s watch.
It’s understandable that Griffin
defended Irving. After all, the 21-year-
old is Cleveland’s top player — a
potential superstar in the making —
and the Cavs can offer him a maximum
contract extension this summer.
The team doesn’t want to create any
unnecessary turmoil with Irving,
who has repeatedly sidestepped any
questions about whether he intends to
accept a long-term deal in Cleveland.
Brown’s first stint with Cleveland
ended in 2010, the summer when the
Cavs were knocked out in early the
playoffs and LeBron James left for
Miami. And while Brown isn’t solely
to blame for the Cavs missing the
playoffs for the fourth straight year
despite being in the top-heavy Eastern
Conference, he took the fall.
Griffin, who was promoted by
owner Dan Gilbert after serving as the
club’s interim GM since Feb. 6, said
the decision to fire Brown was made
Brown did improve the Cavs’
record and they made a major leap
defensively, jumping from last in the
league to 12th in defensive field-goal
percentage. But he couldn’t get them
back into the postseason, and players
grumbled about his offense.
Griffin said Brown wasn’t solely to
“Nothing’s all one person’s fault,” he
said. “I do think there’s accountability to
be shared everywhere. When we came
into the season there were probably
things we could have done better as a
front office to set the table as well. This
was a collective approach this season.
We made progress collectively in some
ways toward the end of the year and
we fell short collectively in some ways.
So this was absolutely not the blame of
anyone. It’s shared by everybody.”
Griffin has already begun the search
to find Brown’s replacement. He did
not reveal the names of any possible
candidates and said there is not a clear
A few names have already emerged
as candidates, including former Phoenix
executive Steve Kerr, Los Angeles
Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry, former
Golden State coach Mark Jackson and
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.
Griffin said the search will not be
limited to pro coaches and there is no
timetable to find Brown’s successor.
“We’re not going to rule out any
coach at any level,” he said. “College
experience will not be something that
is ruled out. Being a head coach in the
NBA in the past will not be something
that is ruled out. We’re going to be
very open-minded in that way.”
Griffin said Gilbert, who has fired
four coaches and replaced three GMs
since buying the Cavs in 2005, will be
heavily involved in the coaching search.
“Dan does have a reputation as a
very hands-on owner, because our
ownership group is very involved,”
he said. “This will be a collaborative
effort. I will not make any decision
alone. But I will absolutely be leading
this process, and I’m really excited
about building a relationship with that
“As I’ve said before, you’re only as
strong as that relationship. That bond
is going to be very strong.”
Cleveland Cavaliers general
manager David Griffin talks about
the direction of his team following
the firing of coach Mike Brown. (AP
Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, left, battles for a rebound with Indiana Pacers guard George
Hill during the first half of Tuesday’s game. (Photo by AJ Mast, AP)
Wizards defeat
Pacers 102-79
From Wire Reports
Wizards were tired of getting shoved
around in the Eastern Conference
So on Tuesday night, Marcin Gortat
and his teammates pushed back hard.
Gortat delivered the best playoff
game of his career, 31 points and 16
rebounds, and John Wall scored a
playoff-best 27 points as Washington
routed the Indiana Pacers 102-79 to cut
the Eastern Conference semifinals deficit
to 3-2.
“We don’t have anything to lose
now,” Gortat said. “We play desperate.
At the end of the day, we might lose.
We have to play every minute of every
game like it’s the last one of the season.”
The Wizards made a stunning
turnaround after losing three straight,
two on their home court in incredibly
demoralizing fashion. Washington
scored a franchise-low 63 points in
Game 3 and then blew a 19-point,
second-half lead in Game 4.
Washington refused to let it happen
again this time, earning a trip home for
Game 6 on Thursday.
The difference was obvious.
Wall broke free, Gortat dominated
the middle and the motivated Wizards
were simply overwhelming inside with a
62-23 rebounding edge.
Gortat produced more points and
rebounds in 36 minutes than he had in
the previous two games combined (six
points and 13 rebounds). He was 13 of
15 from the field, 5 of 7 from the free-
throw line, tied his career-best point
total and finished with playoff career
bests for points and rebounds.
“I was a decoy in Game 3 and Game
4,” the 30-year-old Polish native said.
“(Tuesday) was the time for me to
perform. At some point in the second
half, it was just fun to be in the game.”
Wall seemed to enjoy himself, too.
The much more aggressive point
guard went 11 of 20 from the field and 3
of 6 on 3s, finishing with five rebounds,
five assists and five turnovers as he sliced
through the Pacers’ defense.
“They didn’t stop me from being
aggressive on both ends,” Wall said.
“But the biggest thing was just the way
we played in the third quarter. They
outscored us by like 40 in the other four
games, so the third quarter was big for
us tonight.”
The 31-14 disparity during those
12 minutes completely changed the
game, putting talk about the presumed
conference finals rematch between
Indiana and two-time defending NBA
champ Miami temporarily on hold.
One possible explanation for what
happened to the Pacers was fatigue.
Four of Indiana’s five starters played
at least 39 minutes in Game 4. Coach
Frank Vogel was concerned enough that
he gave the Pacers a day off Monday.
David West led Indiana with 17
points and six rebounds, but Paul George
struggled after playing 46 minutes in
Game 4. He was 5 of 15 from the field
with 15 points, one rebound, two assists
and four turnovers.
But the problems went much deeper
that weariness. West was only the
starter to grab more than two rebounds,
Washington held Indiana to 39 percent
shooting and they continually beat the
Pacers to loose balls.
This was not what Indiana expected.
“We didn’t show up to play. I don’t
know if we just thought we were going
to come in here and these guys were
going to roll over or what. They just
played at a different level than we did all
night,” West said after Indiana’s second-
worst home playoff loss in its NBA
“It’s a tough situation. We have to be
able to handle these moments. We had
no zip. We have to play. If we want this
series, we have to take it.”
Washington was the team doing that
The Wizards used a 15-6 run to close
the half, turning a 32-30 deficit into a 45-
38 lead.
In the disastrous third quarter,
Indiana was outrebounded 18-4 and the
Wizards made them pay time after time.
Washington’s 6-0 run extended the lead
to 11, a 9-2 spurt pushed the margin to
60-45, and when the Wizards closed the
third on a 10-3 charge, it was 76-52.
Washington led by as much as 30 in
the fourth, and the Pacers didn’t even start
cutting into the deficit until Vogel pulled
his starters midway through the quarter.
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George dives for a loose
ball on Tuesday. (Photo by Darron Cummings, AP)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 7C
Pro Bowl DE,
former Rebel
gets arrested
From Wire Reports
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end
Greg Hardy has been arrested for assault on a female and
communicating threats, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg
Police said in a press release Hardy turned himself in Tuesday
and was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County
Sheriff’s Office.
The Panthers said in a statement, “We are very disappointed
to learn of the allegations involving Greg and are concerned for
all parties as we continue to investigate.”
Hardy, a former Ole Miss player, signed the team’s franchise
tag tender in March and will make $13.116 million this season
if he doesn’t sign an extension before July 15.
Hardy’s agent Drew Rosenhaus declined comment to The
Associated Press.
The 25-year-old Hardy has 26 sacks over the past two
seasons with the Panthers, including a franchise-tying 15 in
According to the police report, patrol office responded to a
domestic violence assault call for service at 4:18 a.m. Tuesday
in Charlotte.
The report states that upon arrival officers spoke to the
victim, who advised that she had been physically assaulted and
threatened by Hardy. The victim also stated that she and Hardy
had been in a relationship since September 2013.
Police obtained warrants for an arrest on Hardy.
Hardy turned himself into Mecklenburg County police on
Tuesday morning.
The Panthers recently agreed to give Hardy a $1.3 million
advance on his franchise tag if he attends the team’s voluntary
offseason workouts.
Hardy has been a flamboyant personality since joining the
Panthers and regularly refers to himself as the “Kraken,” after a
mythical sea creature.
A motorcycle accident before his second season with the
team left Hardy with severe skin burns and prevented him from
participating in the team’s training camp.
But he was still able to make it back for the season.
He has long been one of the outspoken players in the locker
The past two seasons have been two of the most productive
ever by a Panthers defensive end, earning him the franchise tag
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, shown here sacking the Saints’ Drew Brees, was arrested for assault. (Photo
by Mike McCarn, AP)
Browns sign cornerback
Haden to five-year deal
From Wire Reports
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns aren’t
letting lockdown cornerback Joe Haden get away.
Haden signed a five-year, $68 million extension
with Cleveland on Monday,
the total value of the contract
surpassing cornerback Richard
Sherman’s four-year, $57
million agreement last week
with the Seattle Seahawks.
Haden’s contract runs
through the 2019 season
and includes $45 million
guaranteed, agent Drew
Rosenhaus told The Associated Press.
One of the AFC’s top defensive backs and one
of Cleveland’s most popular athletes, Haden made
his first Pro Bowl last season, his fourth with the
team. The Browns selected him with the No. 7
overall pick in 2010.
“Joe’s a good, young player who’s made
a commitment to our organization, and he’s
somebody with whom we want to move forward
in order to advance our football team,” general
manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. “He’s a
great person. He’s the right guy to both build with
and build around as we attempt to become an elite
football team.”
Signing Haden to a long-term deal was a priority
for Cleveland this offseason. During the draft, the
team selected Oklahoma State cornerback Justin
Gilbert early in the first round to play opposite
Last season, Haden had 60 tackles and was
credited with 21 passes defensed. He had his first
career multiple-interception game and scored his
first touchdown, returning an interception 29 yards
at Cincinnati on Nov. 17.
He was suspended for the first four games in
2012 for violating the league’s substance abuse
policy. He tested positive for the stimulant Adderall.
First-year Browns coach Mike Pettine is thrilled
to have Haden for several years.
“It’s important for us to extend our core
players and continue to grow with guys that
represent everything we want this team to be:
tough, hard-working and passionate,” Pettine said.
“Joe obviously loves his teammates, and he loves
this city. I know he wants to keep growing and
improving as a player. That’s what we need, and
that’s what we want.”
Ravens sign Jones
as linebacker
BUTTE, Mont. — The Baltimore Ravens have
signed former Montana Tech linebacker Ryan
Jones to a free-agent contract.
The Montana Standard reports (
the Reno, Nevada, native signed with the Ravens
on Tuesday.
Jones played with the Orediggers for two
seasons after transferring from Sierra College in
Sacramento, California.
He made 127 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 16 tackles for
losses and an interception in his two seasons with
Montana Tech.
Orediggers coach Chuck Morrell says the new
contract is something Jones worked really hard for
and is a great opportunity for him to continue his
playing career.
Bills focus on signing
undrafted defensive rookies
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo
Bills’ undrafted rookie free-agent class is made up
exclusively of defensive players.
The Bills signed seven defenders, including
Vanderbilt defensive back Kenny Ladler, and
agreed to contracts with two others on Tuesday,
three days after the NFL draft concluded. Ladler
was projected to be a mid-range draft pick after
starting 39 of 50 games at Vanderbilt.
The Bills signed two other defensive backs, Iowa
State’s Deon Broomfield and Clemson’s Darius
Robinson. They also signed two linebackers,
Florida’s Darrin Kitchens and Miami’s James
Gaines, as well as Florida defensive tackle Damien
Jacobs and West Texas A&M defensive end Bryan
The Bills reached deals to sign University at
Buffalo defensive back Derek Brim and defensive
tackle Colby Way.
Buffalo also announced it release offensive
lineman Jamaal Johnson-Webb.
Wofford honors owner
of Panthers with statue
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Wofford has
honored former player, alumnus and NFL owner
Jerry Richardson with a statue on campus.
The school dedicated the statue this week.
Richardson played football and graduated Wofford
in 1959. He went on to own the Carolina Panthers
and has held summer training camp at Wofford’s
facilities since before its inaugural season in 1995.
Wofford says about 375,000 people have attended
Panthers’ practices in those 19 years.
Sculptor Todd Andrews fashioned a likeness of
Richardson in stride. It stands on a patio between
the football stadium and the Richardson Physical
Activities Building.
Associated Press
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Here’s a suggestion
for how Adam Scott should spend Sunday afternoon in
the Bahamas.
Go out to the practice green and throw a ball down
about 10 feet from the cup, maybe longer if he wants
to add some drama. And then whisper to himself, as so
many young golfers have done over the years, with one
minor change in the wording.
“This putt to go to No. 1 in the world.”
The alternative is to follow what Nick Faldo, Ian
Woosnam and Lee Westwood did the first time they
reached the top of the world ranking.
This is the official nightmare of the Official World
Golf Ranking.
Scott had four mathematical chances over the last two
months to replace Tiger Woods at No. 1 in the world.
His best chance was to win at Bay Hill, only he couldn’t
hold a seven-shot lead on the weekend. His most recent
opportunity was The Players Championship, where he
would have needed a 68 on Sunday. He closed with a 73.
And now that he has a week off, Scott will go to No.
It won’t be official until next week, but here’s what
we know. Woods keeps losing points without being
able to replace them because he is recovering from back
surgery and has not played a tournament in more than
two months. Scott will move past Woods this week, and
the field at the Byron Nelson Championship is not strong
enough that Matt Kuchar could surpass them even if he
were to win.
Is it awkward? Sure.
Unprecedented? Not even close.
Of the 17 players who reached No. 1 for the first time,
Scott will be the fifth who did not play that week. The
list includes Bernhard Langer, who was No. 1 in the
inaugural world ranking on April 6, 1986.
This will be the 57th change at the top, and the 13th
time that a new No. 1 didn’t play the week before he got
there. That includes Woods — twice.
Faldo won the Masters and British Open, and tied for
third in the U.S. Open in 1990. He still didn’t get to No.
1, back when the formula was different and the ranking
moved at the speed of Kevin Na. Faldo injured his wrist
at the PGA Championship, where he shot 80 in the third
round and tied for 19th. He took off three weeks to let
it heal, and when he showed up at the European Open,
he was No. 1.
And don’t forget about Westwood. He completed
only two tournaments in a three-month stretch in 2010
because of a calf injury. Coming off the Ryder Cup, he
took off three weeks and went to No. 1 while watching
TV at home in England.
The most confounding of all was in 1999, the summer
when Woods and David Duval were the best two players
in golf. They were so good that IMG created a made-for-
TV exhibition on Monday night called the “Showdown
at Sherwood,” a battle between No. 1 and No. 2.
Woods was ranked No. 1 and on the course, closing
out Duval on the 17th hole. Both took the rest of the
week off, and thanks to the mathematical wonder of the
world ranking, Duval went back to No. 1.
Not that Duval cared how he got there.
“I guess that’s the story right there,” he said Monday
on his way to Dallas. “I don’t remember.”
He remembers the first time he got to No. 1. In front
of a hometown crowd, and on the same day his father
won on the Champions Tour, Duval won The Players
Championship to replace Woods atop the ranking.
That’s a lot more fun than being at home.
Rory McIlroy reached No. 1 for the first time by
winning the Honda Classic. Luke Donald made his debut
at No. 1 when he won the BMW PGA Championship
at Wentworth in a playoff over Westwood, whom he
replaced at No. 1. Donald has gone to No. 1 four times,
three of them by winning.
Greg Norman won five times out of the 11 occasions
he got to No. 1 — with four of those wins on different
continents. Woods won six times to get to No. 1,
including two majors, the ideal way to reach the top of
the ranking. Then again, he first reached No. 1 with a tie
for 19th in the 1997 U.S. Open. Pretty riveting.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how a player gets to No.
And ultimately, all of them would just as soon win a
major than be No. 1. Scott, a former Masters champion,
said as much before leaving the TPC Sawgrass.
“I think it’s a nice feather in the cap,” Scott said. “I
mean, if I was never world No. 1 when I’m this close, I’d
be disappointed. But I’d also much rather win the U.S.
Open and not be No. 1 at all this year. That’s what it
comes down to.”
Even so, being No. 1 should not be dismissed. It
doesn’t define the best player in the world, rather who
has performed the best over the most recent two-year
period. And as Westwood correctly noted when he got to
No. 1, “It’s a fairly elite list.”
So lace up your shoes, grab a putter and head to the
practice green, Adam. Make a putt. Pretend it’s to be No.
1 in the world.
And then take a bow.
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Adam Scott waves after making a birdie putt on the 14th hole during
the The Players championship. (Photo by John Raoux, AP)
Federer’s schedule won’t
change as family grows
Associated Press
ROME — Roger Federer’s
decision to return to tennis a
week after the birth of his second
set of twins has the full support
of his wife Mirka. And don’t
expect his schedule to change
much now that he has four kids.
When the boys were born
earlier than expected, Federer
consulted with his wife and team
about playing the Italian Open.
“And they all said I should
quickly come and play here. So
I was like, ‘OK, if you don’t
want me around I’ll go away,’”
Federer recounted Tuesday.
“That was basically it.
“Things went well, the boys
are healthy. Mirka’s good,
too,” the 17-time Grand Slam
champion added. “So it’s a great
time in our lives right now.”
The boys’ names are Leo and
“Boys names are hard. It
was all last minute,” Federer
said. “Girls, I feel like there’s so
many nice names and they’re all
cute but with boys it’s totally a
different story.
“I miss them a lot already
and also the girls,” the fourth-
ranked Swiss player said. “It’s a
different type of week but I’ll get
through it and I hope I can still
play some good tennis.”
The couple’s twin girls, Myla
Rose and Charlene Riva, will
turn 5 in July.
“This time around, we kind
of know how to handle kids
on the road,” the 32-year-old
Federer said. “I’m aware it’s
going to be a lot of work but at
the same time I know what I’m
getting into. So it’s something
I’m very much looking forward
to. ... There will be a long time
without any traveling after the
tennis is over, so I’m looking
forward to the next couple of
years now.”
Federer had a strong start
to the clay-court season by
reaching the final of the Monte
Carlo Masters. The Italian Open
is the last key warmup for the
French Open, which starts in
less than two weeks.
“I expect a lot from myself
but then after what happened I
come here a bit more laid back,
just enjoy it,” Federer said. “I’ve
had such a good start to the
season that I want to just keep
momentum on my side.
“I didn’t want too big a
break. And it doesn’t matter
whether I play five matches or
one match here, as long as I
stay with the pulse of things on
tour. Of course I hope I can win
my first-round match but at the
moment I have totally different
A three-time finalist in Rome,
including last year, Federer
opens Wednesday against
47th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of
Roger Federer of Switzerland acknowledges applause from
the crowd during a quarterfinal match at the Monte Carlo
Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco. (Photo by Michel
Euler, AP file)
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