January 6th, 2012
CRAWFORD â€“ 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
â€śI 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,â€ť said Mississippi Stateâ€™s head coach Rick Stansbury. â€śSome other teams I've taken into this time of the year, you didn't have that level of improvement left.
The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs held LSU to its lowest point total ever in Starkville.
Unfortunately, the the Lady Bulldogs couldn't take advantage of the off night offensively by the Lady Tigers.
LSU out-scored MSU 14-2 down the stretch and earned a 53-48 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Tigers to 32 percent shooting (20-of-62) from the field, but could only manage a little bit better at 35 percent (20-of-58).
"We were passive offensively," MSU coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. "We had a long talk that Diamber needs to drive more and make some things happen. We didn't attack."
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors approved more than $950,000 for second quarter budget allocations to the sheriffâ€™s department, county jail and tax collectorâ€™s office Tuesday.
Each departmentâ€™s budget is divided into four categories: personnel services, contractual services, consumable supplies and capital outlay. County Administrator Don Posey said capital funds are for buying departmental equipment and inventory while consumable supplies include small-ticket items. Personnel services, he said, covers payroll, insurance, retirement and workers compensation, and contractual services pay for a wide range of binding agreements.
A Starkville police officer was involved in an automobile accident Thursday at 12:30 p.m. during what was believed to be a traffic stop on Garrard Road.
Officer Derek Nelson was transported to OCH Regional Hospital for observation after he hit a telephone pole and ran off an embankment, causing the vehicle to roll over and flip.
Starkville Police Chief David Lindley confirmed Nelson suffered a concussion but no other serious injuries, and a neurologist will soon be monitoring him.
At its meeting Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen approved revisions to the cityâ€™s drug and alcohol personnel policy.
Starkville Personnel Officer Randy Boyd said he has spent the last year reviewing policies from other municipalities and organizations to revise the policy. He said he wants to keep Starkvilleâ€™s work force drug-free to make services to citizens safe and reliable.
The previous version of the policy limited neutral selection testing to safety-sensitive positions, such as firefighters, law enforcers, medical technicians and city machinery operators. Neutral selection is a random testing policy which not only ensures random selection, but also prevents the employer from waiving the selection.
The driver who hit a local cyclist last May, causing a number of broken bones and a brain injury, is appealing her guilty verdict and $50 fine.
Robbie Norton was found guilty of simple assault with a deadly weapon by the Clay County Justice Court in November for her role in the May 22, 2011 accident that left cyclist Jan Morgan critically injured.
Morgan and her friend Kim Richardson were on a training ride that morning when Nortonâ€™s car struck Morganâ€™s bicycle from behind, sending her flying. Morganâ€™s body landed on the hood of the car and slid to the ground, landing near the passenger-side tire.
Witnesses testified Norton was panicking when she got back into her car and in an attempt to move the car out of the way, ran Morgan over and stopped with the wheel still on Morganâ€™s head.