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January 6th, 2012

County Dem chair eyes US Senate seat, declares candidacy

January 7, 2012

Oktibbeha County Democratic Party Chairman Albert N. Gore Jr. says America’s political system is broken and he aims to do something about it.

On Tuesday, Gore qualified to run for incumbent Republican Sen. Roger Wicker’s U.S. Senate seat. Wicker, who has yet to qualify, is expected to do so in seeking his first full term as Mississippi’s junior senator. Wicker was appointed to Sen. Trent Lott’s seat in 2007 when he retired.

Gore, 81, is originally from Webster County and has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Millsaps College and a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University. He joined the U.S. Army, served in Vietnam and retired as a colonel in 1988. For his service, Gore received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Gore was wounded by enemy mortar fire in Vietnam on July 4, 1967.

Garnett eager to serve as Oktibbeha’s chief deputy

January 7, 2012

New Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett said he feels honored and lucky to serve in his new role.

“I consider it a privilege to be able to serve the citizens of Oktibbeha County,” he said. “I want all of them to know everybody at the sheriff’s department is out there working hard and making sure their community is a safe place to live and raise their kids.”

Garnett is no stranger to Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Before beginning work at his current position this week he served in multiple positions at Starkville Police Department for a decade.

“I’m a Golden Triangle boy,” he said. “I was born in Starkville, grew up in West Point, lived in Columbus and now I’m back here.”

Bulldogs set to open SEC play against Hogs

January 7, 2012

Coach Rick Stansbury enters his 14th Southeastern Conference opener tonight as his 15th-ranked Bulldogs square off against Arkansas.

State carries a 13-2 record into the outing looking for its fourth opening conference win against the 11-3 Razorbacks.

Recent history shows the Bulldogs have learned how to win in Fayetteville, Ark. as the Bulldogs have won three of their last four trips to the Natural State.

However, Stansbury knows that has nothing to do with this year’s matchup.

“Every year's different," Stansbury said. "We take a different team up there; they've got a different team. There's no question, they're better in a lot of ways than they've been, because they've got so many guards that can play.

Sykes excited about Rutgers

January 7, 2012

April is very important for the Rutgers women's basketball program right now.

The Scarlet Knights want to be competing for a national championship in April and they are looking to former East Oktibbeha player April Sykes to get them there.

In her preseason basketball press conference, Rutgers women's coach C. Vivan Stringer made no secret about what the goals were for her team.

"We want to win a national championship," Stringer said. "We say it. We profess it. It's the highest level so why wouldn't we. All things have to be right, but we're not trying to hide. We would like to do that.

Lady Volunteers use defense to win

January 7, 2012

The Hillcrest Christian Lady Cougars got off to a good start against the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers by hitting the first basket of the game Friday night.

After that point, the SA defense only allowed 40 more points to visiting Hillcrest Christian.

The Lady Vols kept the the Lady Cougars in check during a 60-42 victory at home.

Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt was happy to see her squad contest shots.

"(Hillcrest) made some shots after five or six passes and we stopped a couple of things they wanted to do," Schmidt said.

Titans show might in second half to beat Tigers

January 7, 2012

CRAWFORD – The East Oktibbeha Titans were able to show their might in the second half Friday night.

Even though Ethel held its own for the first half in boys basketball action against East Oktibbeha, the Titans dominated in the second half on their way to a 64-50 victory.

The Tigers took a 31-28 lead into the locker room at halftime and East Oktibbeha coach Barnett Robinson lit a fire under his squad during the intermission.

"I told them we just needed to do better than what we were doing," Robinson said. "We were playing very flat at halftime. I told them at halftime we just needed to pick it up, slow down and cut down on our mistakes. Do what we were supposed to do."

Curtis Hamill

January 6, 2012

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Curtis O. Hamill, 88, of Louisville, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville.
Interment will follow at Bevill Hill Cemetery.

Ronald Paepke

January 6, 2012

Mr. Ronald W. Paepke, 63, died Thursday Jan. 5, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of Adaton United Methodist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Mildred Edmonds

January 6, 2012

Ms. Mildred McLaughlin Edmonds, 88, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Neshoba County General Hospital in Philadelphia. She was a homemaker and member of New Hope Baptist Church.

MSU looking to improve after 13-2 start to season

January 6, 2012

The Mississippi State Bulldogs will launch the Southeastern Conference portion of their schedule on Saturday.

MSU, which has started 13-2 this season, travels to Arkansas to face the 11-3 Razorbacks, and unlike the recent past, the Bulldogs have positioned themselves nicely heading into their so-called second season with room for improvement.

“I think there's a lot of room for improvement with this (team), probably a lot more than some of the other teams I've had going into this time,” said Mississippi State’s head coach Rick Stansbury. “Some other teams I've taken into this time of the year, you didn't have that level of improvement left.

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