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Gilbert to take on dual roles during interim
By STEVEN NALLEY accelerate the process
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 41
beginning in late February, Mississippi State university provost Jerry gilbert will pull double duty as interim dean of MSu’s bagley College of Engineering. During this interim, MSu will search nationwide to replace former bagley College dean Sarah Rajala, selected as dean of Iowa State university’s College of Engineering in December. Don Zant, MSu vice president for budget and planning, is leading a 16-member university search committee working in conjunction with parker Executive Search in Atlanta to find Rajala’s successor. gilbert said in a press release he is confident the search will be quick, and he will personally ensure a smooth transition. “Don has excellent experience with searches and brings strong institutional commitment to the search process,” gilbert said in the release. “I am confident that the stellar reputation of the bagley College of Engineering will attract a large number of highly qualified candidates and that we can move quickly in identifying an outstanding leader for the college.” MSu university Relations director Sid Salter said searches like this typically take four to six months, but gilbert believes parker Executive Search’s assistance can
to 3.5 months. “Dr. gilbert has said that MSu is Gilbert looking for a visionary leader who can build on the successes of the past and take the College of Engineering to new levels of excellence,” Salter said. “having a search firm assist in the search will help develop a stronger pool of candidates and will help us move faster in the process. parker Executive Search ... (is) confident that we can stay on task with the goal of having candidates identified and interviewed by mid-May.” previously in his career, gilbert served for eight years as MSu’s agricultural and biological engineering department head, and he founded MSu’s graduate program in biomedical engineering. Salter said these and other experiences have equipped gilbert well to step into the interim dean role. “Dr. gilbert has an engineering degree from MSu and one from Duke university,” Salter said. “his involvement in engineering education for over 30 years, including being an academic department head at MSu for eight years, gives him great
Oktoc District 5 firefighters were called to Williams Road at 10:31 p.m. Friday to respond to a one-vehicle collision between a car and a tree, shown above. Upon arrival they found the driver left the scene. At 12:32 a.m. Saturday, East Oktibbeha County Fire Department was dispatched to Turkey Creek Road after a one-vehicle collision. The incident was reported from a passerby on a cellphone. Upon arrival responders found the driver and any passengers had left the scene. (Submitted photo, Oktibbeha County Fire Services)
“I think (Mississippi State university is to be commended for reaching out and recognizing the fact that young women of color have a different dynamic from others.”
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Sistrunk qualifies to run for re-election
Women of Color Summit educates, aids MSu students
Ward 2 Alderman Sandra Sistrunk qualified late last week to run for re-election as a Democrat. Sistrunk, who also serves as the vice-mayor, said she’s pleased with the progress the current board has made during its term to maximize the city’s potential going forward and wants to remain an advocate for economic development and capital improvements. If elected for a second term, Sistrunk said she would use the knowledge she gained in her first term to push for several objectives, including protecting traditional residential neighborhoods. “part of that would be … developing a plan for systematic improvement of our aging infrastructure, whether that’s streets or drainage or water areas we have issues with every day,” she said. “It could also take the form of developing a
program that you would do … through student groups at Sistrunk Mississippi State (university) so that if renters move into a residential neighborhood they have some idea of what it is to live in a family neighborhood.” Sistrunk voiced support of the city’s decision to join the golden Triangle Regional Development Authority — a three-county consortium between Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Clay Counties designed to attract industry that will eventually transition into the golden Triangle Development LINK. Another objective of hers in a second term would be to push for more retail development. “There are some things we can do in the economic
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Felecia M. Nave has a name for life as an American minority female: the “double bind.” Nave, associate provost and associate vice president at prairie View (Texas) A&M university, said women only hold 25 percent of America’s jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Meanwhile, she said, minority students are graduating at rates 25 percent lower than the national average. So, she said, women who are also minorities face a “double bind.” “For women of color, you pull issues from both the gender category and the ethnic category,” Nave said. “There are some issues that are unique to women of color that are not always addressed.” Nave was one of several speakers and panelists visiting Mississippi State university’s Colvard Student union for the Women of Color Summit Friday, aimed at helping minority women break the double bind. MSu provost Jerry gilbert said he welcomed the panelists and speakers as role
From left to right, MSU Women of Color panelist Lashell Vaughn, speaks with guests Maya Luster, Debra Prince and Shelbie Gordon. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) models for MSu’s minority female students. he said the conference also continues a dialogue about ways that MSu faculty and staff can facilitate minority students’ success, begun with a Men of Color Conference in August. “I think it’s valuable any time you can take success stories, put them in front of a group of people and let people be inspired by that,” gilbert said. “That’s what we saw this morning, people that have left Mississippi State and gone on and done really exciting things and the students can sit in the audience and say, ‘That could be me.’”
Nave is originally from prentiss, and she said she is one of very few AfricanAmerican female professors in the country. Specifically, she said only 2 percent of tenured full professors in America are women of color; 8 percent
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email life@
u Valentine party — The Oktibbeha County heritage Museum will host a valentine party for children 12 years and under Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can create personalized valentine cards and see a vintage display of 19th and 20th century valentines. For more information, call 662323-0211. u Anniversary celebration — The Voices of New Found Faith will hold a ninth anniversary celebration Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information, call Keela Clark at 662-418-4231. u Rainbow tea — First Lady Tameria Johnson of St. paul M.b. Church will host a rainbow tea Sunday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. at the church. u Home buyers education class — Emerson Family Center will host a home buyers education class Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dorothy hairston will lead the class. The class requires a $20 fee and a minimum of six participants. To register, call 662-3204607. u Black History celebration — Emerson Family Center will host a black history celebration Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon for children and their families. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Car seat education — Emerson Family Center will host a car seat education and inspection installation Saturday, Feb. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. for the first 20 participants. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Tramautic Brain Injury Support Group — The Tramautic brain Injury Support group will meet Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at Wendie Woods Counseling on Lampkin Street. u Seed and bulb exchange — The Mississippi Modern homesteading Center will host a seed and bulb exchange Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. at 402 Lake Valley Drive. For more information, visit http:// www.msmodernhomestead. com.
auditorium. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and faculty. For more information, call 662325-3070. u Road to a Healthier Starkville meeting — The Road to a healthier Starkville committee will meet Friday, Feb. 15 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the OCh Regional Medical Center Education Room. Register by contacting Angela Cruise at 662-3256640 or angelac@fsnhp. or bonnie Carew at 662-325-1321. u Church celebration — New Zion u.M. Church in Starkville will host a night of legends and birthday celebration for Alisa baker Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Minister John baker at 662769-6028.
OCEDA President Jack Wallace and his wife Mary Jo Wallace enjoy dinner during the annual Greater Starkville Development Partnership Banquet Thursday at the Hunter Henry Center. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
u UCAC meeting — unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative will meet Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. in the American Legion post No. 240 building on pat Station Road. For more information, contact Orlando Trainer at 662-769-0071 or orlandotrainer@hotmail. com.
u Men’s conference — KC productions presents a men’s conference Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. in the greensboro Center auditorium. guest speaker will be Jessie hutton of Rose of Sharon COgIC. u Black history program
— Zion Cypress u.M. Church will have its black history program Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. u Church anniversary — Faith and Works Community Church will celebrate its seventh anniversary Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. guest speaker will be Rev. William A. headd. u Rust College meeting — The Starkville area Rust College will meet Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. at griffin united Methodist Church. For more information, call 662-323-2418. u American Legion meeting — The American Legion post No. 240 will meet Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. For more information, call Walter Zuber at 662648-8758 or Curtis Snell at 662-648-0244. u Church lunch sale — First united Methodist Church will be selling lunches for dine-in or take-out Sunday, Feb. 10 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. proceeds will benefit building a church in Abuachichie, Nigeria in Africa. For more information, call 662-323-5722. u Sunday at the Bluff — Richard brown will lead a program on Charles Darwin Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the plymouth bluff Center on Old West point Road in Columbus. u Theater auditions — Starkville Community Theatre will hold auditions for its next production “par for the Corpse” Sunday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Starkville. The show will be directed by Thomas La Foe. For more information, call 62-323-6855.
Starkville. The show will be directed by Thomas La Foe. For more information, call u Rotary meeting — 62-323-6855. The Starkville Rotary Club will meet Monday, Feb. 11 at noon at the Starkville Country Club. guest speaker Tuesday will be Starkville police Chief David Lindley. u Compassionate u Relationships and finances meeting — Friends meeting — The Emerson Family Center Compassionate Friends will will host an eight habits meet Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 of successful relationships p.m. at North Miss. Medical and financial peace meeting Center in West point. The Monday, Feb. 11 from 5:30- group is for families who have 7:30 p.m. guest speaker will experienced the death of a be John Daniels. For more child. For more information, information, call 662-320- call Michele Rowe at 662495-2337. 4607. u Childbirth class — u Active Parenting meeting — Emerson Family Emerson Family School will Center will host Active host a free childbirth class meetings for Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 5:30-7 parenting parents with children ages 1-4 p.m. Nancy ball will lead the Monday, Feb. 11 from 10:30- class. For more information 11:30 a.m. guest speaker and to pre-register, call 662will be Laura Thurmond. To 320-4607. u Community register, call 662-320-4607. u CPR and first aid class evaluations — AmeriCorps — Emerson Family Center VISTA at MSu is looking for will host a CpR and first aid Oktibbeha County residents class Monday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 to take part in a community p.m. Charles Yarborough will evaluation Tuesday, Feb. 12 lead the class. The fee is $30. from 6-7 p.m. at the J.L. To register, call 662-320- King Center in Starkville. For more information, 4607. u Revival services — contact Lacy Jaudon at lacy@ Liberty Church A house of u Civil War round table god will hold revival services Feb. 11-13 at 7 p.m. guest — The golden Triangle Civil speaker will be Minister War round table will meet Armondo Adams with music Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at by the Sturdivant family, St. the golden Triangle planning paul praise team, MVp Choir and Development building and MSu black Voices. For on Miley Road. guest speaker more information, call John will be Aaron Crawford. Refreshments begin at 6:30 baker at 662-769-6028. u Republican party p.m. u Kiwanis meeting — meeting — The Oktibbeha County Republican party will Starkville Kiwanis will meet meet Monday, Feb. 11 at 6 Tuesday, Feb. 12 at noon p.m. at the golden Triangle at the hilton garden Inn. planning and Development guest speaker will be Anne District building’s conference buffington from teh Social Science Research Center at room. u Theater auditions MSu. u American Legion — Starkville Community — American Theatre will hold auditions meeting for its next production “par Legion post No. 13 will for the Corpse” Monday, Feb. meet Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 11 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown p.m. in the American Legion
Sunday building on Old West point Road. For more information, call Wayne hemphill at 662u Deacon ordination 323-1693 or John Lee at services — The grove Chapel 662-323-2539. M.b. Church of Maben will hold deacon ordination services Sunday, Feb. 17 at Wednesday 3 p.m. guest speaker will be Rev. Carlton Fisher. u Active Parenting u Black History service meeting — Emerson Family — beth-el baptist Church Center will host Active will observe black history parenting meetings for Month Sunday, Feb. 17 at 4 parents with children ages p.m. For more information, 5-12 Wednesday, Feb. 13 call 66-324-0071. from 10:30-11:30 a.m. u Pastor appreciation guest speaker will be Laura — First baptist Cedar bluff Thurmond. To register, call Church in Cedar bluff will 662-320-4607. hold a pastor appreciation u Ash Wednesday program Sunday, Feb. 17 service — Aldersgate united at 3 p.m. guest speaker will Methodist Church will hold be Rev. James A. boyd of an Imposition of Ashes Zion gate M.b. Church in service Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Columbus. 6 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 662Monday 323-4657. Thursday
u Books and Authors — The Friends of the Starkville public Library will host author Claire Spradling Thursdsay, Feb. 14 at noon at the library for its next books and Authors series. u NAACP meeting — The Oktibbeha County branch of the NAACp will meet Thursday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse. For more information, contact president Chris Taylor at 662-617-3671. u TPC meeting — Emerson Family Center will host a Teen parent Coalition meeting Thursday, Feb. 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. guest speakers will be Elmarie Carr brooks and Megan Artz. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Theatre MSU production — Theatre MSu will present “Love Letters from Shakespeare: A Night of Music, Dance and Sonnets” Feb. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. on the McComas hall main stage. Admission is $10. For more information, call 662325-4034.
u Student showcase — The MSu Department of Music will host its annual student showcase concert Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Robert and Freda harrison
u MHV interest meeting — An interest meeting for Mississippi homemaker Volunteers will be held Monday, Feb. 18 at noon at the Oktibbeha County Extension Office. For more information, call 662-3235916. u Rotary meeting — The Starkville Rotary Club will meet Monday, Feb. 18 at noon at the Starkville Country Club. guest speaker will be State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. Relationships and u finances meeting — Emerson Family Center will host an eight habits of successful relationships and financial peace meeting Monday, Feb. 18 from 5:307:30 p.m. guest speaker will be John Daniels. For more information, call 662-3204607. Active Parenting u meeting — Emerson Family Center will host Active parenting meetings for parents with children ages 1-4 Monday, Feb. 18 from 10:3011:30 a.m. guest speaker will be Laura Thurmond. To register, call 662-320-4607. Simplifying early u learning guidelines — Emerson Family Center will hold a simplifying early learning guidelines class Monday, Feb. 18 from 5:306:30 p.m. Subjects will be English, math, nutrition, science, social and physical.
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Confederate flag mistakenly raised over court
STATe Briefly
JACKSON (Ap) — Officials say a mistake is to blame for the Confederate flag being raised over the Mississippi Supreme Court building on Friday. Kym Wiggins, public information officer for the state Department of Finance and Administration, tells The ClarionLedger that the flag was put up accidentally when workers were replacing a worn Mississippi state flag. Wiggins says workers had gone to a local vendor to get state flags and were given two boxes labeled “Mississippi State Flag.” She says that unknown to the workers the boxes actually contained Confederate flags. The flag was up for about two hours. Wiggins says the vendor has been notified to make sure no future problems take place.
New England begins the big dig-out after epic snow
By JAY LINDSAY and MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press pROVIDENCE, R.I. — New Englanders began the back-breaking job of digging out from as much as 3 feet of snow Saturday and emergency crews used snowmobiles to reach shivering motorists stranded overnight on New York's Long Island after a howling storm swept through the Northeast. About 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity, and some could be cold and dark for days. Roads across the New York-to-boston corridor of roughly 25 million people were impassable. Cars were entombed by drifts. Some people found the wet, heavy snow packed so high against their homes they couldn't get their doors open. "It's like lifting cement. They say it's 2 feet, but I think it's more like 3 feet," said Michael Levesque, who was shoveling snow in Quincy, Mass., for a landscaping company. In providence, where the drifts were 5 feet high and telephone lines encrusted with ice and snow drooped under the weight, Jason harrison labored for nearly three hours to clear his blocked driveway and front walk and still had more work to do. his snowblower, he said, "has already paid for itself." At least five deaths in the u.S. were blamed on the overnight snowstorm, including an 11-year-old boy in boston who was overcome by carbon monoxide as he sat in a running car to keep warm while his father shoveled Saturday morning. Rhode Island gov. Lincoln Chafee cautioned that while the snow had stopped, the danger hadn't passed: "people need to take this storm seriously, even after it's over. If you have any kind of heart condition, be careful with the shoveling." blowing with hurricaneforce winds of more than 80 mph in places, the storm hit hard along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between New York City and Maine. Milford., Conn., got 38 inches of snow, and portland, Maine, recorded 31.9, shattering a 1979 record. Several communities in New
percy Quin park dam repairs under way
MCCOMb (Ap) — About $5 million is being spent to repair damage caused by hurricane Isaac to a dam at percy Quin State park, according to a Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality engineer. The Enterprise-Journal reports that Dusty Myers, a MDEQ dam safety engineer, told a city club this week that costs will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency because of the hurricane. The cost includes during Isaac and after. Myers said says Lake Tangipahoa has been drained and repairs to the dam and spillway are under way. Myers said the slopes are being made flatter, the lake drain is being replaced and a steel sheet pile wall is being installed on top of the dam core to prevent future seepage. The lake’s earthen dam — a 2,300-foot levee on which a two-lane roadway runs — was not breached during Isaac last September. The lake impounds water from the Tangipahoa River. It is located about 15 miles north of the Louisiana line. Nine homes are located below the dam and several others were nearby.
April Palmieri digs out her car in front of her home, background left, on 17th Street after a snow storm on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Bayville, N.Y. Palmieri had five feet of water in her basement as result of the rains from Superstorm Sandy. A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. (Photo by Kathy Kmonicek, AP) York and across New England got more than 2 feet. Still, the storm was not as bad as some of the forecasts led many to fear, and not as dire as the blizzard of '78, used by longtime New Englanders as the benchmark by which all other winter storms are measured. by midday Saturday, the National Weather Service reported preliminary snowfall totals of 24.9 inches in boston, or fifth on the city's all-time list. bradley Airport near hartford, Conn., got 22 inches, for the No. 2 spot in the record books there. Concord, N.h., got 24 inches of snow, the secondhighest amount on record and a few inches short of the reading from the great blizzard of 1888. In New York, where Central park recorded 11 inches, not even enough to make the Top 10 list, Mayor Michael bloomberg said the city "dodged a bullet" and its streets were "in great shape." The three major airports — Laguardia, Kennedy and Newark, N.J. — were up and running by late morning after shutting down the evening before. Most of the power outages
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development world. There are some things we cannot do, but we can certainly help build a community where people want to live,” she said. “As part of supporting economic development, we can make sure we have reasonable ordinances that are consistently enforced and lead to a better community appearance. “In supporting economic development, I want to be an advocate for retail development. While the partnership we’ve entered into with the LINK provides us an avenue for industrial recruitment, it’s not as focused on retail recruitment,” Sistrunk added. “To really be in the game of recruiting industry, you’ve got to have enough of a retail base that people want to come and live in this community. We can work with (greater Starkville Development) partnership and local developers to try to provide the support the city
can provide to advocate for retail development.” Communication between city leadership and constituents must be improved in future administrations, she said. “I’m sure if this board had a do-over, one of the things that we would do over is that we would communicate more with the public in various ways. hands down the biggest thing I want to … refine next time is to increase our communication with other groups and to continue to build relationships. We also need to focus on communicating between the city and the residents of the city in a better fashion to be more open and more transparent in what we’re doing as a government,” she said. “Much like anybody who takes a new job … I have learned over the last three and a half years how critical it is just to talk to people, whether it’s a fellow board member or someone in the community. It’s critical to keep those lines of communication open.”
were in Massachusetts, where more than 400,000 homes and businesses were left in the dark. In Rhode Island, a peak of around 180,000 customers lost power, or about one-third of the state. by nightfall, utility crews had started to make significant progress in restoring power and bringing those numbers down. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island imposed travel bans until 4 p.m. to keep cars off the road and let plows do their work, and the
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insight into the unique challenges associated with a college of engineering.” gilbert will not be handling his dual roles alone, Salter said. Engineering associate deans Lori bruce and Royce bowden will assist gilbert with his duties as interim engineering dean, he said, and associate vice presidents peter Ryan and Julia hodges will assist with his duties as MSu provost and executive vice president. gilbert said a colleague from another university has shown him that a provost can handle a second job. before being named the university of Alabama’s first female president in November, Judy bonner served as both interim president and provost at Alabama for six months, gilbert said.
“I know it’s possible to do the provost’s job and to do another job at the same time, particularly if you have people that are working in the offices that can help you, and they’ve all agreed to ... support me and help me,” gilbert said. “We want to go through the interim process very quickly and identify a dean that will keep the playing field level and open for a lot of candidates from the outside, so ... they don’t think that there’s any preconceived ideas about who’s going to be the next dean.” gilbert said the dual duties also give him a chance to communicate closely with bagley College faculty during the search for a new dean. “I think it’s really going to be to their benefit to have me as the interim for a short period of time,” gilbert said. “The shorter the period of time, the better.” just women of color.” Lashell Vaughn, vice president and chief technology officer for Memphis Light, gas and Water, said she discussed work-life balance during her panel at the summit, encouraging students to take their education seriously but also enjoy life in college. She said she encourages women of color to live unafraid of the statistics. “Know who you are and be very confident in who you are,” Vaughn said. “You don’t have to be loud to be seen. You can be soft-spoken, because you’re always a lady, but understand who you are. Don’t be afraid to express your opinion with whomever you’re talking with. “I think this summit is fantastic,” Vaughn added. “I think that the university is to be commended for reaching out and recognizing the fact that young women of color have a different dynamic from others. This is a very good start, and (it’s a summit) that I look forward to seeing year after year.”
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of them are men of color and 17 percent of them are white women. “by all standards and accounts ... I didn’t follow what most people would say are things that dictate success,” Nave said. “I’m black, I’m a woman, I’m from a small town in Mississippi (and) I’m from a single-parent home. I have not changed. I have some degrees, but who I am is not what my degrees are.” To counteract the statistics, Nave said it is important for women of color to take personal responsibility for their education and careers by planning, being informed and building social networks. These networks need to include minorities and non-minorities and men and women, she said, and once a minority woman does attain prominence, she has a responsibility to help others. “be a change agent. be there to make a difference not
only in your own life but in others’ lives as well,” Nave said. “Whereas the data is where it is, it doesn’t have to be that way for you. You are an individual. You need to be knowledgeable about the challenges you face, but you need to look at what you can do as a student or as a corporate employee to make your situation better.” Lakiesha Williams, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, said she appreciated Nave’s efforts to encourage more minority women to pursue STEM careers. She said the turnout for the Women of Color Summit was strong, with students receiving invaluable information and engaging with speakers by asking questions. “I wish we could do this every year for our students, because the information is priceless,” Williams said. “We’re (also) talking about being healthy, eating healthy, just living a healthy lifestyle coupled with working. It’s relevant for every woman, not
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Consolidation efforts likely to gain momentum
State Rep. Toby barker’s house bill 716 calling for creation of a new Starkville Consolidated School District from a merger of the existing Starkville School District and the Oktibbeha County School District is likely the first salvo in a more systematic battle to reduce the number of school districts in the state after decades of the issue of school consolidation being a political planet killer to politicians who dared mention it. It’s accurate to say that barker, a Republican second-term lawmaker who represents Forrest and Lamar counties, rocked both the Starkville and Oktibbeha districts when hb 716 was filed and even more when it cruised to passage in the house Education Committee. Reaction locally has been a mixed bag, but in broad strokes there have been expressions of both opposition and support for the measure in public discourse. To be fair, there has been some local grousing that barker introduced consolidation legislation that didn’t impact his own constituents, but districts far upstate. but barker’s bill has received the public support of local house members including Democratic Rep. Tyrone until the last few years. Ellis and Republican Rep. gary In 2011, gov. haley barbour’s Chism. Commission on Mississippi That’s a far cry from what the Education Structure talked about school consolidation issue used giving the state board of Education to represent for state lawmakers. authority to implement barbour’s back in the 1980s, when businessdesire to consolidate the state’s oriented lawmakers looked at the 152 school districts down to 100 number of school districts in the districts. but a consultant to that state and saw opportunities for ad hoc group recommended that sid saLter both savings in terms of funding 21 school districts be merged with syndicated public education and opportunities other districts. coLuMnist to improve academic performance, One of the hitches that stalled they spoke publicly in support of consolidation the barbour commission’s work was the very at their own political peril. question being played out in barker’s legislation I watched a number of veteran state between the Starkville and Oktibbeha County lawmakers lose their seats in the Legislature in schools – the notion of whether a “successful” that era for even daring to entertain their idea. school district could be forced to consolidate Their opponents in the next elected used those with a poor-performing district. contemplations to paint incumbent lawmakers as but by 2012, the Legislature’s Republican “the guy who wants to close your community’s leadership had begun to deal with consolidation school.” in a piecemeal fashion — passing a bill to That sad fact of practical politics made school consolidate the six school districts in bolivar consolidation a dirty phrase in the legislature County down to no more than three districts. Late last year, the u.S. Justice Department approved that plan. Despite Mississippi’s historical recalcitrance in addressing the politically sensitive issue of school consolidation, most lawmakers and a couple of statewide officials have told me in recent days the they expect more consolidation legislation to be introduced – and passed – in the Mississippi Legislature. It seems that the “perfect storm” of hard economic times, strained local government coffers, dissatisfaction from chronically failing school districts and other bedrock influences have overcome the old political truism that school consolidation is a sure political ticket home for lawmakers who advocate it as a means to save money and improve school performance. but for stakeholders in Starkville and Oktibbeha County, many of the old concerns remain real in terms of resistance to change and loyalty. Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at 601-507-8004 or
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What is interest of Jackson residents in our city election?
EDITOR: It has come to my attention that Mayor parker Wiseman held the first fundraiser of his re-election campaign a few days ago in the Jackson area. This is something all Starkville voters should know. What is the interest of Jackson area residents in our city elections? Curiosity caused me to check the 2009 local newspaper archives for Mayor Wiseman’s funding from his election 4 years ago. A website in a local publication had an article titled “Wiseman’s Funding Dwarfs Mayoral Opponents” on June 27, 2009. It reported that lots of donations for parker Wiseman’s election in 2009 came from out-of-Starkville sources. In that 2009 campaign many donations came from the Jackson area including: $1,000 from Roy and Ann Smith, bill Smith $500, William C. Reeves $500, Sean Cupit $250, WM Yeager $250, McLaurin Law Firm $250, Stephen Edds $200. A few other money sources for Wiseman to note were from: Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Va., Atlanta, ga., homewood, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn. It was also reported that in the 2009 mayoral campaign, candidates raised the following amounts (as of June, 2009): Mayor Wiseman raised $43,165, Democratic challengers Matt Cox and Dan Camp raised $24,250 and $21,474 respectively and Republican Marnita henderson raised $7,178. All donations for Cox and henderson were from Starkville or Oktibbeha County, while there were also several out-of-town donations to Camp’s campaign. Starkville voters should realize that Wiseman and perhaps other candidates are getting campaign funds from outside Starkville and candidates should be asked to explain this in the upcoming debates and public forums when the election gets closer. Bob Daniels Starkville
KIDS COUNT honors former Gov. Winter
Mississippi KIDS COuNT helped former governor William Winter celebrate his 90th birthday recently and honored him with their inaugural Luminary Award. The dinner, held in Jackson at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, lauded the accomplishments of his career and recognized the Starkville School District’s Emerson Family School, the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation’s Childhood Obesity program and biloxi’s Moore Community house as its 2013 “Success Story” recipients and the Mississippi Children’s Museum as its “program of promise.” part of a state-based network of grantees sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Mississippi KIDS COuNT is the leading resource for information on the overall wellbeing of our state’s children. It provides reliable, relevant statistics on families and children to policymakers, educators and the general public. It is housed within the Family & Children Research unit at the Social Science Research Center on the campus of Mississippi State university. Each year they publish and disseminate a fact book and host well economically…We have found a summit to find solutions to out the hard way that the only the problems facing Mississippi’s effective solution to our economic children and communities. problems is to raise the education of Winter has a nationwide all our people to a more acceptable reputation for championing level.” education reform and racial Still a visionary at age 90, the reconciliation. It is hard to father of public kindergartens in imagine two issues in the 20th Mississippi wrote, “The creation and century that could have had a Brother rogers implementation of a state supported more important impact on the pre-K program in every community guest coLuMnist economic and social well-being is not only desirable but necessary if of all Mississippians, especially this state is to ensure the adequate children. intellectual development of all our children.” Winter wrote the foreword for the Mississippi As a veteran of World War II and after a KIDS COuNT 2013 Data book. As our lifetime of public service, Winter also emphasized state’s most recognized advocate for universal the value of civic education. “It is not enough,” public education, he was an inspired choice. he wrote, “that we give kids the right tools to he observed, “Too much formal education compete in the workplace. We must also teach was looked at suspiciously by many people lest them how to live as caring and responsible it produce too many young people dissatisfied citizens…who contribute to the well-being of with the local surroundings and thus cause them their community. Not enough of this is being to leave home. The result was that with an taught on a regular basis and in an effective way.” undereducated citizenry we were not competing Dr. Andy Mullins, executive assistant to the
chancellor of the university of Mississippi and one of the “boys of Spring” who helped craft the landmark Education Reform Act of 1982, joined in celebrating Winter’s birthday by reciting passages from Winter’s speeches in the 1960s that are still relevant today. For example, in 1966 Winter told an audience at the Fondren presbyterian Church in Jackson, “There is no one of us who has such a monopoly on truth that we can stand on our little one square foot of earth and be assured of the eternal and everlasting righteousness of our position.” Who among us in 2013, from president Obama to governor bryant to each of us as citizens, would not benefit from such advice? We are fortunate in our state and in our nation to have the lasting words and example of William Winter. No political leader has been a better friend to the children of Mississippi. happy birthday governor Winter, and many more!
William “Brother” Rogers lives in Starkville and works with the Stennis Center for Public Service. Contact him at
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Buy a lunch, build a church
For Starkville Daily News For many of us and for our ancestors before us, our church has been where we gather as a community. It provides a place to come together and worship, pray, hear god’s Word proclaimed, fellowship and support one another. It is where our children grow, learn the stories of the bible, develop friendships and learn from mentors. For us, the church is so many things, but for many people, there is no church, no place to gather. What if just by enjoying a Sunday meal, you could help someone else build a church? Well, you can. On Sunday, February 10, Circle Sarah and the New beginnings Sunday School Class at Starkville First united Methodist Church will be selling a wonderful lunch with the proceeds going to build a church in Abuachichie, Nigeria, Africa. Lunches will be available for dine-in or take-out beginning at 10:30am in the Fellowship hall at FuMC. If you are not familiar with the church layout, signs will make it easy to find. You can also shop for baked goods that will be perfect for Valentine’s Day. In March, 2013, the staff of Christian World Missions will be visiting with the people in Abuachichie to share with them in person how you will be providing the funds for their new church. So join us and make an eternal difference in the lives of men, women, children and youth in this village. Call the church office at 662-323-5722 for more information about the lunch and how you can assist Lunches benefitting the church building program through Christian World Missions will be sold Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First in building a church. United Methodist Church in Starkville. (Submitted photo)
Meredith presents black history program Sunday
By MATT CRANE of what the history is and helps us to appreciate where being informed helps to keep we are now and how we all things from repeating.” can continue to grow in the John bush said all community truth.” howard members are invited to attend The black history program Meredith, the program which will featuring John howard son of Civil provide a time of reflection Meredith begins at 2 p.m. Rights and education. Sunday, Feb. 17 at griffin leader and “If someone had not united Methodist Church in icon James wanted to make a change Starkville. Meredith, and make a better life, we For more information, will be committee Meredith would not enjoy the freedoms contact the guest that we do today,” she said. chairperson Marlene Simpson speaker Sunday, Feb. 17 “understanding the culture at 662-323-5368. at 2 p.m. as griffin united Methodist Church presents its annual black history program. program committee member geri Jones said music will be provided by the gospel choir from the First Church of Christ (holiness) uSA and the message of the event reflects on a particular verse in the scriptures. “In all of the history that we will be speaking about, the program is based on hebrews For business owners the new 13:8 which says ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’” are an uncharted course. Committee member Machaunda bush said it is an The experienced professionals at Gallowayhonor to have Meredith speak Chandler-McKinney Insurance can assist you at the program, highlighting in steering your business forward. Let us the love of service instilled in him by his father. consult with you and your team of legal and “I think it’s important to see nancial advisors to develop a plan that will the legacy with Mr. Meredith,” navigate this murky and evolving environment. she said. “his father was a significant in the Civil Rights Please feel free to contact us at any of movements and it is inspiring our locations. We’re here to serve you. to see his son cementing those things that he instilled in him.” bush said she feels the program is important for all community members, but the younger generation in particular. “We were raised to look at certain icons like Martin Aberdeen 662-369-8681 Columbus 662-328-0492 Luther King Jr. and others, Amory 662-256-1100 Starkville 662-323-3332 but there are children now who do not know about these West Point 662-494-4781 great men and women,” she said. “It’s important for them to understand the significance
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Mildred Tollison
Mrs. Mildred holmes Tollison, 88, died Friday, Feb. 8 at Crystal health and Rehab in greenwood. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at First presbyterian Church in Winona with Rev. Rusty Douglas officiating. burial will follow in bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery near Winona. Visitation will be held noon to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Oliver Funeral home in Winona. Oliver Funeral home of Winona is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Tollison was the daughter of the late Joseph Clyde and Ruth Spivey holmes and the widow of the late James p. Tollison. She was a retired purchasing agent for Screw Conveyor Corp. in Winona and a former employee of Winona Elementary School. Mrs. Tollison was a member of First presbyterian Church in Winona. Survivors include one daughter, Judy
Tollison Volker (Jim) of Winona; two sons, Thomas h. Tollison (Nancy) of greenwood and Richard Tollison (Janie) of Starkville; one sister, Rosalie brown of Indianola; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. pallbearers will be Chris Tollison, Michael Nelson, Thomas holmes Tollison II, Joey Cain, Robbie Cain and Thomas Caffey. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine place, French Camp, MS 39745. An online register is available at
Elondrie O’Bannon
Elondrie O’bannon, 78, died Feb. 9th 2013, at baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at First baptist Church in Maben. Rev. Tommy Temple will officiate. burial will follow in Clear Springs primitive baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. at Welch Funeral home in Maben. Elondrie was born on Aug. 1, 1934 and graduated from Maben high School in 1953 where he played on the basketball team. After graduation he worked in the family farm in his early career, then worked for over 20 years at the Monte glove Co. plant in pheba. he enjoyed outdoor sports as a lifelong hunter and fisherman and a perennial member of the hatcher hunting Club. he was a member of Double Springs baptist church and was known throughout the community as a faithful friend, companion and aid to those in need. Mr. O’bannon is survived by his brother, Morris O’bannon of Ackerman, and sisters, Edris O’bannon of Ridgeland and helen Tollison of Starkville, and his many adoring nieces and nephews. he was preceded in death by his mother, Ella Reed O’bannon, father, Summer S. O’bannon, brother, M. Mizell O’bannon, and sister, Clannis V. Turner. Memorial donations may be made to charity of choice.
MSu partners with Tillman foundation
For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State university is again proud to partner with the pat Tillman Foundation to seek applicants for the Tillman Military Scholarships. Tillman Military Scholarships are national university scholarships awarded in memory of NFL player and late Army Ranger pat Tillman. Mississippi State was one of only four schools in the nation who worked with the pat Tillman Foundation to initially identify scholars. The inaugural scholarships began at MSu in 2009, and have continued each subsequent year. The application process extends through Feb. 15, 2013 for the 2013-2014 financial awards. Applications are available online at www.pattillmanfoundation. org/tillman-military-scholars/apply and will be forwarded to the MSu selection committee. “The recipients who are linked to these awards will carry the imprint of pat Tillman with them as they pursue their academic goals, and we are extremely proud to continue our association with the pat Tillman Foundation,” said Ken McRae, director of the Center for America’s Veterans. “It is our hope that applicants selected will successfully complete their education at Mississippi State.” The Arizona-based pat Tillman Foundation was created by family and friends following his death. Tillman was a starting safety with the Arizona Cardinals from 1998-2001. In mid-2002, he placed his professional football career on hold to become a u.S. Army Ranger. Two years later, the San Jose, Calif., native was killed on active duty in Eastern Afghanistan. Tillman Military Scholarships support the education of veterans, service members and spouses. Amounts for the MSu scholarships typically vary between $2,000 and $10,000 per academic year.
Applicants must reapply annually to be eligible for undergraduate and graduate assistance. Tillman Military Scholar candidates may be affiliated with any u.S. Armed Forces branch. Those selected must be enrolled fulltime, maintain a 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) and demonstrate financial need, among other criteria. Scholars also are required to perform a public service of choice and report that service to the Tillman community. For more information on the MSu Tillman Military Scholarships, contact g.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans Scholarship Coordinator Ronnie White at 662325-6719 or rwhite@saffairs.msstate. edu. MSu currently enrolls more than 2,000 student veterans, service members, dependents and survivors and is known as one of the premier veteran-friendly campuses across the nation.
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The African Student Association (ASA) at Mississippi State University will present its annual “African Night” cultural program on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union Ballroom. Admission is free and all are welcome. This year’s theme is “Unbowed” in connection with the Maroon Edition Book by Mangari Maathai. The concert will include a variety of songs, poems, dances and speeches in recognition of the important role of women in Africa. Stephen Middleton, Director of African American Studies at MSU, will serve as master of ceremonies. Kayla Gilmore. Director of KMG Creations Dance and Fitness in Starkville, will perform a dance inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem entitled “Phenomenal Woman.” Toni Copeland, assistant professor of anthropology at MSU, will give a speech about her experience with women in Kenya. The program will feature music and dance of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South America. The event will also include a fashion show and a complementary meal. For more information, contact Robert J. Damm, professor of music and ASA faculty advisor at 662-325-7728. Pictured above is KMG Creations Dance and Fitness Director Kayla Gilmore performing an African dance during a previous drum concert directed by Robert Damm. (Submitted photo)
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CDAF juried art call Students win StudyMississippi honors for artists, juror
For Starkville Daily News For Starkville Daily News preparations for the 2013 Cotton District Arts Festival are underway. Scheduled for Saturday, April 20, this year looks to be one for the history books. Last year there were over 42,000 attendees making last year’s festival one of the best yet. The Juried Arts Competition has always been a very important part of the Cotton District Arts Festival drawing artists from around the country. If you are interested in entering artwork you must have your completed entry form with the appropriate fee and CD and prints postmarked on or before March 4. Late Entries will not be accepted. guidelines and applications can be found on the festival’s website For questions please call Linda Lee Lodato at 662-6488245 or email her at This year’s esteemed Juror is Nan Cunningham. Nan is an Alabama native. She started her artistic career under the mulberry tree as a child. She made dyes from berries and nuts & began painting right away. She never stopped and has been a fulltime painter for many years. A superb colorist, Cunningham uses her loose painterly style on a wide range of subjects, gathering numerous awards and honors along the way. She currently serves on the board of the Alabama Art Colony, and is a past board Member of the Mississippi Art Colony and the Montgomery Arts Council An Auburn university graduate and faculty member of Arrowmont School, Tennessee, John C.Campell, North Carolina and The Alabama Art Education Center, Cunningham is in high demand for her creative workshops and expressive presentations. She happily shares the knowledge gathered in over 50 years before the easel and judges art competitions throughout the region. Jean Cocteau expressed Nan’s philosophy nicely. “Art is not a past time but a priesthood.” her work has been featured in Southern Living, Veranda, Society South, prime and house beautiful magazines. She is represented in corporate and private collections throughout the world. Nan lives in Auburn, Alabama with her Italian peacock hound, Renzo piano. She paints every day. both of her children are artists though they have other careers. For more information about Nan, go to her website address at http:// Each year at the Cotton District Arts Festival, the Juried Arts Committee makes available two opportunities for supporters of the arts to be more involved in this venue. purchase prize: This is a pledge by an individual or business to purchase a piece of art from the exhibit at a private reception prior to the exhibit being opened to the public. The artist is paid the asking price on the piece and the check is made payable directly to them. Merit Award: This is a monetary award given either by an individual, in honor of someone, or in memory of someone. When the “First”, “Second”, and “best in Show” prizes are awarded, the juror will choose artwork that is worthy of honorable mention and award each of them a Merit Award. The artist retains their artwork and receives the amount of the award as a prize. The recipient and the donor will find out on Saturday, at the awards ceremony, who was the recipient of their Merit Award. both of these prizes are an incentive for an artist to enter the competition and receive compensation for their work. There are labels placed on the pieces or art designating who purchased them or who sponsored a Merit Award and are displayed during the exhibit on Saturday. For further information, please contact betty Jane Chatham at 662-3233382. The Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC) is proud to bring this festival to Starkville and appreciates the support of the City of Starkville, the greater Starkville Development partnership, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mississippi Arts Commission. All registration forms and applications are available on the festival’s website at http://www.cdafestival. com. Additional information about the SAAC can be found at Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are still available. Contact the SAAC office at 662.324.3080. For even more weekend activities, check out MSu’s Super bulldog Weekend at The 2013 Cotton District Arts Festival Committee and the SAAC appreciate the support of the following: gate Sponsors — Starkville Main Street Association, Mississippi State university, Strangebrew/Coldstone Creamery; Village Sponsors — gSDp Artisan’s Village, Rotary Club of Starkville Writer’s Village, Starkville Kiwanis Club International Village, Starkville bank Association Celtic Village; Stages — CVb Main Stage; Events — OCh Regional Medical Center Old Cotton Mill 5K Run, gSDp Juried and Student Art, Spruill property Management, LLC and Animal Medical Center pet parade; prizes and Awards — Chalet Arts poster Competition, McReynolds Orthodontics pA Songwriter’s Competition; Services — Crecink Law Firm, pLLC, prudential Real Estate and Watermark printers Shuttle Stoppers; In Kind Sponsors — Eat With us group, East Mississippi Lumber Company, Morgan Construction Co. and Wal-Mart. Two Mississippi State students have received top honors by the international education consortium StudyMississippi. Senior Katja Walter and doctoral student Aparna Krishnavajhala were named the 2012 StudyMississippi International Students of the Year in the undergraduate and graduate categories, respectively. Established in 2011, StudyMississippi is a network of educational institutions throughout the state working to connect international students and professionals with educational and training opportunities in Mississippi. Walter is a graphic design major and a native of Wasserburg Am bodensee, germany. She is president of the german Club, a member of the Montgomery Leadership program, in addition to other clubs, councils and honor societies on campus. Walter also works with the holmes Cultural Diversity Center to develop new programs for international students at MSu. Walter said the award came as a pleasant surprise. “There are so many great international students here, so I did not expect this,” Walter said. “but I am really thankful for StudyMississippi and this award. It’s encouraging to know that international students can be recognized for their hard work, and it pushes me to work even harder.” Krishnavajhala, a doctoral student in Veterinary Medicine Science, is a native of Chandavaram, India -- a small village which she continues to impact through her service. She supports Krishnavajhala Mallikharjuna Vara prasad Sarma Rural India Education Fund, which provides uniforms, books, and other supplies to local students. Krishnavajhala said her passion to help others motivates her to succeed so that she can have the most impact. “I will make my village different. My vision is 100 percent literacy in my village,” Krishnavajhala said. Krishnavajhala also was named the best doctoral student for the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She is a member of the International Lion’s Club.
MSU International Institute Director Benjy Mikel, from left, congratulates Aparna Krishnavajhala of India and Katja Walter of Germany for their honors as StudyMississippi Students of the Year. Both honorees received iPads at a reception in their honor. (Submitted photo, Russ Houston) “Mississippi State university is honored that we have not one but both students to be selected for this accolade,” said MSu International Institute Director benjy Mikel. “They have represented MSu well and it is a testament to the quality of all the students who make up the bulldog Nation.” “All the credit goes to Katja and Aparna for their hard work and extraordinary services to our campus and local community,” added Lokesh Shivakumaraiah, interim manager of MSu international education. For more information on StudyMississippi, visit http://www.
Sale of Champions hits $5M milestone
For Starkville Daily News After a week of intense competition, 42 animals and their exhibitors qualified for the 44th annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, Mississippi’s premier youth livestock auction. Thirteen hogs, 12 lambs, nine goats and eight steers were auctioned off at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds’ Trade Mart. For the first time, the animals were sold by the head instead of by the pound to make it easier to calculate multiple buyers’ bids. The 2013 sale brought in bids with a preliminary total of $316,914. This figure included about $88,000 for the steers, $72,250 for the hogs, $61,750 for the lambs and $49,500 for the goats. Donors added more than $45,000 to animals in the sale and in scholarship contributions after bidding closed. Two new sales records were set: the highest price paid for a goat at $15,500 and $25,000 for a steer. This year the sale hit a major milestone when it passed the $5 million mark in funds raised over the sale’s 44-year history. “Many people have contributed to this accomplishment,” said Dean Jousan, Mississippi State university Extension Service 4-h livestock specialist. “The committee members, sponsors, buyers, Extension agents and FFA advisors, and families across the state work hard to instill in our youth a sense of pride in being involved in agriculture. “We rely on an extensive network of supporters to make an event of this size happen. passing the $5 million mark is a huge compliment to the state’s youth and agriculture industry,” he said. 4-h and FFA participants brought their winning animals into the sale ring before an audience of included family members, business owners, agricultural leaders, mentors and friends. The buyers’ purpose is to show their support of these future leaders. “This is a way for the business community to honor the hard work these kids have done,” said harry Dendy, chair of the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions promotion committee. “They have a lot of support from their families, but at the end of the day, they’re the ones who walk into the ring. They show, they win and they make the sale.” Volunteers started the Dixie National Junior Sale of Champions in 1970 to encourage youth to continue investing their time and effort into livestock projects. “Raising livestock, keeping detailed records and traveling to competitions, in addition to school work, family commitments, jobs and other extracurricular activities, requires serious dedication from the youth and their families,” said paula Threadgill, associate Extension director. “It’s more than simply taking care of an animal; it’s time management, organization, responsibility, patience, determination and just plain hard work.” Eleven-year-old twins Jillian and James Roberts of belzoni qualified for the sale for the first time with their Mississippi-bred Chester hog, bossy bessie, named after their great-aunt. “Aunt bessie is a force to be reckoned with, and so is that hog,” said Crystal Roberts, the twins’ mother. The twins spend three hours a day taking care of their animals. “We get up at 6 o’clock in the morning and feed them before we go to school,” said Jillian. “We walk them in the afternoon and feed them at night.” Sharing responsibility for bossy bessie has not been a problem, and they have taken turns showing her. “Jillian was showing the pig, and when we found out she was going to be in the sale I jumped out of the bleachers,” James said. “Aunt bessie was there with us, and she loves it that bossy bessie won.” Since 1993, the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions promotion committee has also raised funds for scholarships based on academic achievement and livestock showmanship. To date, they have awarded 467 scholarships totaling $551,200. Donors contributed funds for 25 academic scholarships worth $1,500 each awarded to outstanding seniors; five premier exhibitor scholarships worth $2,000 each given to top beef, dairy, swine, lamb and goat competitors; and three supreme exhibitor scholarships worth $1,500 each for beef, dairy cattle, and dairy goat exhibitors.
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u Dance team applications — KMg Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Jesus Lives” every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Quilting group meeting — The golden Triangle Quilt guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. All interested quilters are invited to attend. For more information, call Luanne blankenship at 662323-7597. u Childbirth classes — OCh Regional Medical Center will hold childbirth classes Mondays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 6 p.m. The fee is $70. For more information,
call paula hamilton at 662615-3364. u Childbirth classes — North Miss. Medical Center in West point will childbirth classes Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call 662-4952292 or 1-800-843-3375. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www.cityofstarkville. org or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. The church is located at 607 hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — gentiva hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-6151519 or email carly.wheat@
MbF names hearts for heroes winners
For Starkville Daily News JACKSON — The Mississippi burn Foundation recently honored outstanding firefighters for exemplary job performance in 2012-2013. Top firefighters and fire departments were recognized during “hearts for heroes,” a special awards gala presented by the Joseph M. Still burn Centers, Inc., and Emergency Equipment professionals. held at The Country Club of Jackson, the Valentine-themed event featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music by songwriter and firefighter Shannon Sandridge. Finalists and winners received awards sponsored by Colonial pipeline. Nominations were received from across the state in the following categories — Fire Chief of the Year, Fire Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year and Fire Department of the Year. Fire Officer of the Year nominees must have demonstrated outstanding and heroic service to the community. Lieutenant brian Arnett of the Starkville Fire Department, Training Officer Jeff blackledge of the Clinton Fire Department, Captain Tommy Sudduth, Jr. of the Tupelo Fire Department and Senior Advanced Instructor Mike Word of the Mississippi Fire Academy were selected as finalists. The 2012-2013 Fire Officer of the Year was awarded to Captain brian bishop and Captain Ron McNeer of the Cleveland Volunteer Fire
(Front Row L-R): Jeff Kuntz, Emergency Equipment Professionals, Ann Lott, Colonial Pipeline, Lieutenant Brian Arnett, Starkville Fire Department, Amanda Fontaine, Mississippi Burn Foundation and Dr. William C. Lineaweaver, Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital. (Submitted Photo) Department. Lieutenant brian Arnett of Starkville Fire Department, a finalist, demonstrates the definition of teamwork and passion for his fellow firefighters on a daily basis. by holding himself to the highest physical and academic standards in the fire service, his work ethic on duty drives the firefighters around him to be successful. While serving the Starkville
Fire Department for the last nine years, Lt. Arnett holds the record at the State Fire Academy for the fastest mile and half mile run ever performed on campus at a pace of 7 minutes and 43 seconds, a record that still stands. his passion for fire service and fitness has led him to organize memorial runs and stair climbs at Mississippi State university to honor the heroes of 9/11.
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National guard helped clear highways in Connecticut, where more than 240 auto accidents were reported. The guardsmen rescued about 90 motorists, including a few who had hypothermia and were taken to hospitals. On Long Island, which got more than 2 feet of snow, hundreds of drivers spent a cold and scary night stuck on the highways. Even snowplows got bogged down or were blocked by stuck cars, so emergency workers used snowmobiles to try to reach motorists, many of whom were still waiting to be rescued hours after the snow had stopped. One of those who was rescued, priscilla Arena, prayed as she waited, took out a sheet of loose-leaf paper and wrote what she thought might be her last words to her husband and children, ages 5 and 9. Among her advice: "Remember all the things that mommy taught you. Never say you hate someone you love." Richard Ebbrecht, a chiropractor, left his office in brooklyn at 3 p.m. on Friday and headed for home in Middle Island, N.Y., but got stuck six or seven times on the Long Island Expressway and other roads. "There was a bunch of us Long Islanders. We were all helping each other, shoveling, pushing," he said. he finally gave up and settled in for the night in his car just two miles from his destination. At 8 a.m., when it was light out, he walked home. "I could run my car and keep the heat on and listen to the radio a little bit," he said. "It was very icy under my car. That's why my car is still there." Around the New York metropolitan area, many victims of Superstorm Sandy were mercifully spared another round of flooding, property damage and power failures. "I was very lucky and I never even lost power," said Susan
Kelly of bayville. "We were dry as anything. My new roof was fantastic. Other than digging out, this storm was a nice storm." As for the shoveling, "I got two hours of exercise." At New York's Fashion Week, women tottered on 4-inch heels through the snow to get to the tents to see designers' newest collections. Across much of New England, streets were empty of cars and dotted instead with children who had never seen so much snow and were jumping into snowbanks and making forts. Snow was waist-high in the streets of boston. plows made some thoroughfares passable but piled even more snow on cars parked on the city's narrow streets. boston's Logan Airport was not expected to resume operations until late Saturday night. Life went on as usual for some. In portland, Karen Willis beal got her dream wedding on Saturday — complete with a snowstorm just like the one that hit before her parents married in December 1970. "I have always wanted a snowstorm for my wedding, and my wish has come true to the max," she said. In Massachusetts, the National guard and Worcester emergency workers teamed up to deliver a baby at the height of the storm at the family's home. Everyone was fine. Some spots in Massachusetts had to be evacuated because of coastal flooding, including Salisbury beach, where around 40 people were ordered out. Among them were Ed and Nancy bemis, who heard waves crashing and rolling underneath their home, which sits on stilts. At one point, Ed bemis went outside to take pictures, and a wave came up, blew out their door and knocked down his wife. "The objects were flying everywhere. If you went in there, it looks like ... two big guys got in a big, big fight. It tore the doors right off their hinges. It's a mess," he said.
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My take on Super Bowl
I’m still mulling over the messages delivered by television advertising during the big game on Super Bowl Sunday. Seems to me television advertising is supposed to encourage us to buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have. I would do it merrily Emily JonEs if I could identify which DEluDED Diva products they were pushing. For me, the Super Bowl stopped being about football a long time ago — well, except for that year the Saints finally showed up. It’s become an excuse to consume artery-clogging food, and laugh it up at “clever” commercials, half of which I didn’t understand. The room got quiet as we watched some guy chasing a cheetah chasing a gazelle. At the conclusion, everyone roared gleefully including the woman sitting next to me. “I don’t get it,” I whispered to her. We were sitting in the back of the room where we could secretly pick the icing off an entire King Cake. I’ve been on a sugar fast for six weeks and the relapse delivered a buzz equal to a half bottle of Jack Daniels. “I didn’t get it either,” she admitted, but she was still chuckling along with everyone else in the roomful of folks who seemed to “get it.” But laughter is so much fun, who cares? So I laughed too — only a little too loud, and a little too late. Everyone looked at me like I was a dumb blond, a role I have perfected over the years. Naturally, the most panned commercial was my favorite. It featured a bunch of senior citizens sneaking out of the “home” to perform some sophomoric pranks, loiter at a fast food restaurant and party down at a night club. Ah, what memories flooded my mind. I recall climbing out of my dorm room more than four decades ago and having the time of my life. It was heart warming to know I can have those times again when my children plunk me into the “home.” On sleepless nights, I’ll be the one to grab my Hurrycane, climb out the window and steal an old Plymouth to go joy riding. Once, long ago, we drove our parents crazy and now its “payback time” for our children. Thank you Mr. Unknown Advertiser for reminding me that crazy wicked fun isn’t reserved for the young. Most of the ads left me cold. But to tell the truth, I forgot my glasses and could only see a big blur on the screen. Paul Harvey did get my attention when the radio host delivered a poignant ode to the American farmer. I’m not sure what he was advertising, but our farmers got a well earned and overdue plug and I got a lump in my throat. Bravo. My biggest regret is that I missed Masterpiece Theater’s “Downton Abby” which the Super Bowl had the gall to eclipse. Everyone knows that men rule the remote and an English epic doesn’t stand a chance against a testosterone overload and hot wings. Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a website for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement. She welcomes comments at
The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum gets into the Valentine’s Day spirit with a vintage exhibit of Valentines from the 19th and 20th centuries. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
Celebrate loves of life during Valentine’s Day
By MATT CRANE One of two things is going to happen this Thursday: you will either be sitting across from the person you love enjoying a lovely, candlelit meal or you will be curled up on the couch with a gallon of Ben and Jerry's watching "The Notebook" for the 17th time. Why will either of things be happening? Thursday is Valentine's Day — a day for love and chocolate or bitterness and chocolate, depending on your particular romantic situation. In my research, I came across an article highlighting the four words the ancient Greeks used to use when describing love: Agape, Philia, Storge and Eros. Agape is used to describe those feelings of deep affection and true love, like when actually say to another human, "I love you." Agape is what we all strive for in this world. Sure there are things like success or shelter or food and water that we all cannot live without, but true love is one of the most important things that we associate with being a complete person. We all want to be loved, whether we deny it or not. Some of us will spend our entire lives looking for a soul mate. Some of us have found that soul mate and lost him or her to a death. If you have found that person, hold on tight and do not let him or her get away. If you are still looking, do not give up. I am foolish optimist who believes love is out there for everyone. Philia is probably my favorite iteration of love in the Greek language because it describes the intense love of friendship. I am a loyal friend to those in my life. While my adventures in the romantic realm have never been too successful, I am always comforted and encouraged by the deep love I have for my friends, and I am lucky enough
to have that love reciprocated. If you happen to be alone this Valentine's Day, go out with your friends. Who says this valentine hoopla has to be about couples? Gather several of your closest single friends and have a night out. No one ever said your friends cannot be your soul mates. Storge is the kind of love you feel towards your family. I have a lot of storge in my heart. My family has a saying — "We don't leave our people." In essence, it means we are always there no matter what. Thick or thin, right or wrong, the Cranes and Hodges are a tight knit group who might fight and yell at each other from time to time, but the second an outsider messes with one of our own — watch out. Family love is a fierce love, and even if the only Valentine's Day card you get is from your mom — who cares. It's the thought that
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Davis: Mickey, Minnie Mouse are in love
Saint Valentine's Day Swain in 2006. It is really a is February 14, but Valenmail box in the middle with tine's can be every day of the home built around the the year. box. It is filled with tiny Visual artists have crepeople in our family, bedative ways to express themrooms, beds, tiny magaselves when they suddenly zines, antique living room CarolE become inspired within furniture, a cozy kitchen their hearts and souls. I felt mCrEynolDs and an upstairs art studio. inspired to suddenly creLook right behind “woDavis ate and design a very freemannequin” Mollie Golly's spirited and very whimsical Contributing black mouse ears and red painting on a most unlikely bow on her head. See it? Columnist canvas. This time the canvas Find the red glazing ball would be our big wrap-around front on a black stand, touches of green ivy porch. and the white wooden swing built by Our winter months in the deep Papa Pearson with red soft pillows in south of Mississippi is usually dull, both the seat and the arms of the white gloomy, and cold so I thought that swing. Find on the walls on the south this February, it would be fun to create side of our home an antique rail road something red which is a warm, toasty light and paintings on the white woodcolor, and white to tone down this dar- en walls of the porch. ing red color. The whole porch would Now go back and see cute “wobe framed in a bright true red color. mannequin” Mollie Golly” and loo at Every day we live can be a fascinat- her two furry black ears and a red pokeing, delightful day because, today is a a-dotted big fat bow in the middle of wonderful world to be just yourself and her head this is her special hat. She has do your thing that makes you the hap- on white stockings on her legs and red piest human being alive. This is exactly shiny Mary Jane shoes on her feet. To how I feel when I play dress-up on the the far left you will see one foot exporch. Let us all just be Peter Pan for- tended of our “wo-mannequin,” Dotever, then we won't have to ever grow tie, with her one ed shoe and Minnie up. Mouse socks on her toes. Underneath Miss Minnie Mouse and Mr. Mickey Mollie Golly's arm is a red small heart Mouse are the cutest little mice in the shaped “ lady bug” box filled with whole wide world, and they are deeply chocolate candy. You can see the tip in love with each other. Let's share this end of one side of this box. Now on creation together as we read it from left the small portable easel is his official to right. portrait I did of him years ago. He is There are seven "live" characters. At absolutely handsome. the very top you will see a replica of The second scene is Priscilla who our home designed and built by Buck is their stuffed best girlfriend as she
is rocking in an old child's bent wood rocker. Priscilla is really a cutey-pie. Her messy hair is tied with two red and white bows curled at the ends. She has on a stripped long sleeve tee shirt. On the side of the front of her shirt is a tiny Mickey Mouse emblem. Look at her over-sized Mickey Mouse flannel pants and “dig” her hot pink big shoes on her feet. To be honest, she looks so sloppy that she is just plain darling looking. She is clutching a medium sized heart
shaped box filled with creamy chocolates. Next to Priscilla is stuffed very flirty Minnie Mouse dressed in a red and black polka-dotted prissy dress big red shoes and one big red bow on the top of her head that also has black polka dots on it too. She is standing up in a white wooden child's rocking chair with her hands out-stretched waiting to just give each one of you a big hug. Look and find the colorful, pre-
cious, one of a kind child's antique deacon's bench which suddenly has become a “Love Seat.” See a smaller Minnie holding hands with Mickey with her red dress and Mickey with his red shirt on and both have on bright yellow shoes. Right above them they are singing the song printed on a white canvas in red lettering, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” as they look at each
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LifestyLes Peanuts gain popularity as state ag commodity
By SUSAN ColliNS-SMiTh MSU Ag Communications HATTIESBURG — Mississippi producers expect peanuts to remain a strong commodity in years to come with a steady global demand and new marketing opportunities. “The demand for peanuts will stay in place because of global economics and population,” said Mike Phillips, plant and soil sciences department head at Mississippi State University. “International markets rely on the United States for this product. And a global population that is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050 will drive this commodity to be successful.” Since 2008, peanut production in the state has increased steadily; Mississippi became the No. 7 peanut-producing state in 2012. Mississippi producers grew 47,000 acres in 2012, up from 14,000 acres in 2011. Peanut production is expanding in the Delta due to good prices and the need for crop rotation. Existing irrigation systems in the Delta ensure peanuts get enough moisture and at the right intervals. North Mississippi farmers are also adding the crop. Their surge in popularity has scientists at MSU busy studying the latest research to improve crop characteristics and production methods. MSU researchers performed five variety trials across the state in 2012 with a combine and digger donated by The National Peanut Lab and Kelly Manufacturing Company. Brad Burgess, di-
More Mississippi producers are growing peanuts as global demand remains steady and new marketing opportunities open up in the state. (Photo by Kat Lawrence, MSU Ag Communications) rector of peanut variety testing at MSU, said five test plots are planned for this year and will include commercially available varieties, as well as some experimental varieties. Alan Henn, a plant pathologist in MSU’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, said he doesn’t expect to see any new pressures from disease in 2013. “Crop rotation is the best defense against early and late leaf spot and southern stem rot, the most prevalent diseases for Mississippi-grown peanuts,” Henn said. “Chemical controls do exist, and they are successful. But the frequent sprayings that peanuts require can add a huge amount of expense. So I hope our growers will continue to do good crop rotation that will help Mississippi remain competitive.” Growers in southeast Mississippi have grown peanuts for many years as a rotation crop. Other producers are adding peanuts to help diversify crop rotation and increase their profits. Peanuts are drought-tolerant and resistant to nematodes common in the state’s soil, which makes them compatible for alternating with corn and cotton. Peanuts are also unlikely to suffer hurricane damage because they grow
low to the ground. “Peanuts are a good fit for growers down here,” said Joe H. Morgan, a Forrest County producer who has grown peanuts for 22 years. “Peanuts are good for keeping the soil healthy, and they can have a high profit potential. But each farmer has to consider his or her individual farm and how or if peanuts will fit.” Although growing peanuts requires expensive specialized equipment and more maintenance than traditional Mississippi crops, many producers understand the value peanuts add to a farming operation. Stone County growers Dale Parden and his son, Arizona, produced their first crop of peanuts in 2012. They grow soybeans and wheat and added peanuts as a rotation crop. “We had a really good experience,” Arizona Parden said. “We didn’t have any problems, but it was a little challenging. Learning to run the digger was the most difficult.” Industry leaders do not expect another record-breaking year for 2013, but anticipate a solid demand that will lead to an increase in peanut production over the next several years. “Three large buying and shelling companies have established four buying points in the state,” said Malcolm Broome, executive director of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association. “We may also get a shelling plant in the future. That would be great for Mississippi’s economy and the growers.”
Rachel Stout Evans, a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, takes soil samples on Feb. 1, 2013, at the newly established Mississippi State University student farm to show students how soil types drive decision-making for land use. (Photo by Scott Corey, MSU Ag Communications)
MSU establishes farm for students
By KERi ColliNS lEwiS MSU Ag Communications Some Mississippi State University students may be able to eat their own homework as they transform a hayfield into a student farm. MSU’s newly established student farm is located on about 24 acres of the H. H. Leveck Animal Research Center, commonly called South Farm. The student farm is a project guided by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture. “Over the past few months, we’ve met with a steering committee of students, faculty and staff to brainstorm the founding principles for the farm, to develop a mission statement and to envision the possible uses for this unique piece of land,” said Billy Kingery, a MAFES soil scientist and professor and an advisor for the student farm. Kingery and Joe Massey, also a MAFES scientist and professor, put together a new course to get the farm up and running: Hands-on Design and Food Production Practices for Small Farm Sustainability. “We have students in this course ranging from freshmen to seniors, and from a variety of majors, including geoscience, architecture, forestry, agribusiness, agronomy, horticulture, landscape architecture and animal and dairy science,” Kingery said. “There is a critical and widely acknowledged need for new, young farmers to replace an aging farm population and a significant interest in local, sustainable agriculture.” The inaugural small-scale farming class is structured to provide students with handson experience designing and implementing farming practices, growing food, living in harmony with the earth, and conserving natural resources. The farm’s master plan includes high tunnels and production fields, an outdoor classroom, beehives, composting areas, restored prairie and more to be developed over time. “The farm will be a place for student-led activities, for addressing 21st-century issues, and for experimenting with design and land use that enhances local ecosystems,” Massey said. Project participants will also care for the riparian buffer along the edge of Turkey Creek. “We want to maintain the stream bank areas to prevent erosion and encourage habitat for pollinators and other wildlife,” he said. By the end of January, students had planted a variety of seeds to develop their first high tunnel crops. They take turns watering and caring for the seedlings. “They selected peppers and Swiss chard to start with and later will add tomatoes, lettuce, squash, zinnias and sunflowers,” Kingery said. “A few students brought in some other seeds they wanted to try on their own — jalapenos, basil and cilantro. Eventually, students hope to divide their harvest in three ways: produce to eat, to sell and to donate to charity.” Kingery and Massey plan to take the students on field trips to give them a firsthand look at local food production. They have also lined up an extensive list of speakers from the Extension Service, MAFES, the National Resources Conservation Service and Mississippi Solar. Each presenter’s topic ties in with important farm elements: soil, water, energy and production. All of the educational sessions will lead up to a Spring Break work week. Dallas O’Bryant, a senior from West Point studying agribusiness, took the class to learn strategies to help his existing business. “I grow produce on about 10 acres of family land and sell at the different local farmers’ markets,” O’Bryant said. “I don’t have a high tunnel, so this course will help me figure out if it’s an investment I want to make.” O’Bryant said MSU needs an on-campus farmers’ market for the students to have close access to fresh fruits and vegetables. “I think having a farm here that can sell produce to students and teach students more about where their food comes from is something that’s been needed for a while,” he said. “It’s exciting to be part of getting the student farm started."
On Friday, Feb. 1, friends and family celebrated the 90th birthday of Thelma "Granny" Williams. A surprise birthday party was given for Granny by her children, Joe Williams, Dot Livingston, Roy Williams all of Starkville, and Diann Dale of Columbus. Approximately 50 friends and family gathered to celebrate with Granny. (Submitted photo)
Happy early Valentine’s Day from the staff at the Starkville Daily News. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
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counts and it cannot be worse than the year my mom sent me a card and the chocolate she included in the envelope was too heavy and the regular mailing cost did not cover the extra weight. That is right, dear readers. One particular Valentine's Day, I had to pay $.20 to the United State Postal Service for a Valentine's Day card…from my mom. The last one is Eros which means erotic love. You can all write your own stories for this one. No matter what or who comes into your life this year for Valentine's Day, love yourself. And eat chocolate. Happy early Valentine's Day.
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Two of my theatre students, Joanna Frye and Jillian Hatcher, and I have been rehearsing for a skit in which we will act out a scene from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at a high school counselors retreat at East Miss. Community College. We will be performing the excerpt from Act II in which Nora Helmer is trying to persuade her husband, TorDon vaughan vald Helmer, not to terminate Nils vaughan’s voCabulary Krogstad from his position at the bank, where Helmer will be the new manager. Krogstad is holding a document on which Nora has forged her father’s signature three days after his death, and has convinced Nora that he will produce the document in court if he loses his job. I encourage you to Google “Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to Post No.1 of 10” and begin watching this three-act drama with Juliet Stevenson as Nora and Trevor Eve as Torvald. Before you watch, see how many of these you get correct.
Bald cypress, Japanese maple, magnolias excel in landscapes
On 27 June 1879 Ibsen wrote from Rome to Marcus Gronvold, “It is now rather hot in Rome, so in about a week we are going to Amalfi, which, being close to the sea, is cooler, and offers opportunity for bathing. I intend to complete there a new dramatic work on which I am now engaged.” No. 2 is both A and B.
Nora performs the tarantella for a New Year’s even party at the Helmers’ home. D is the answer.
Of the character Torvald, Ian Johnston writes that “he is full of sententious moralizing about social issues, but we know those are irrelevant to Nora.” Aside from A, says that sententious means “abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.”
If you know three of the above five under no. 5, you earn 20 points. A score of 80 or 100 is an A. Be sure to look up the ones, if any, that you did not know. Last week’s mystery word is palpable. This week’s mystery word to solve can be used as an adjective for Nora’s departure at the end of the play. Its first two letters are Forster’s initials. Forster was a British writer who was born the year Ibsen wrote A Doll’s House. Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D. in Mass Communication, is a professor at East Miss. Community College. Contact him at:
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A. England. B. Switzerland. C. Norway. D. Germany. E. Scotland.
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Hundreds of varieties of Japanese maple, such as this laceleaf variety, mean there is a selection for nearly every landscape use. Fall colors range from flaming orange to blood red and harvest gold. (Photo by Gary Bachman, MSU Extension Service) look like lace with intricate patterns. Generally, these are more shrub-like and low growing. Japanese maples’ fall colors range from flaming orange to blood red and harvest gold. Dry weather in late summer can stress Japanese maples and enhance their fall color. It is best to plant them in the fall to allow their roots to get established and be ready for new growth in the spring. Mulch after planting to save moisture and insulate the roots. Feed Japanese maples with a fertilizer for acid-loving plants on Memorial Day and Labor Day. Japanese maples prefer well-drained, moist, slightly acidic soils with morning sun and afternoon shade. Provide supplemental water during the summer and wind protection to keep the trees looking their best. Leaves exposed to hot, windy conditions can get scorched edges. The last tree I want you to consider today is the magnolia. Some magnolias that surprise people are the deciduous varieties that bloom in the spring with beautiful flowers and fragrance. Star magnolia is one of the earliest spring bloomers. It is a small, shrub-like tree with primarily white flowers that are tinged with pink. The narrowlooking petals are actually called tepals, and flowers can be up to 4 inches in diameter. These flowers frequently start opening after a few warm spring days only to be damaged by frost. Even with the frost risk, it is worthwhile to have this small tree in the landscape. Saucer magnolia is by far the most popular of the flower-
tarantella (tare-rin-TELL-ah)
A. a large wolf spider of southern Europe, having a bite once thought to be the cause of tarantism. B. a pie loved by Norwegians. C. a party. D. a lively Italian folk dance.
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Even though fall is the ideal time, it’s still not too late to plant nice trees into our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. Of course I can’t list every tree in this column, but I want to draw your attention to a few I’m sure you won’t be disappointed to have in your yard. The first is the bald cypress. You may think it has to be planted in soggy locations, but this tree is very adaptable. Some of the best specimens I have seen were being grown in very high and dry locations such as islands in parking lots and planting wells in sidewalks. Bald cypress foliage is feathery and light green. In the fall, it turns a golden to rusty brown before falling off in the winter. Yes, bald cypress is deciduous. The tree has a characteristic conical form. Be careful where you plant your bald cypress. It will eventually become a large tree, so don’t plant where its size will become a problem. Japanese maple is another sure winner for your landscape. Currently, there are literally hundreds of Japanese maple selections available, the result of hundreds of years of selection development in their native Japan. While there is a Japanese maple for nearly every landscape use, I really like the laceleaf, or dissected form, for the landscape. Dissected types have deeply divided leaves that can
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ing magnolias. It flowers in the middle of spring after the risk of late frosts has passed. The flowers are huge, spanning up to 10 inches. The colors vary from white to pink to bold purple, depending on the variety. There are many selections and cultivars to choose from, making it difficult to decide which saucer magnolia to purchase. Other good tree selections include crape myrtle, trident maple and of course, live oak. These trees will make great statements wherever they are planted.
sententious (sen-TEN-chus)
A. given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous B. being careful not to become judgmental C. reticent D. None of the above.
Gary Bachman is an assistant Extension research professor of horticulture at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Locate Southern Gardening columns and television and radio programs on the Internet at http://
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An amazing find: Welch, Megathlin
By RUTh MoRGAN For Starkville Daily News This is a story that adds to those involving the J.W. Eckford Memorial Clinic on Washington Street which has been leveled. It concerns one of Dr. Feddy Eckford’s first employees named Fred Welch and an oil painting that hung in a prominent place therein. Fred went to work for Dr. Feddy in 1947 shortly after the clinic opened. He died of a sudden heart attack in 1971 at the site where they were just finishing the sidewalk to his home on Yellow Jacket Drive. His only child, a son named Jim, said “my dad wrote the date in the concrete while it was still wet and remarked to the workers that the new concrete walk would last a lifetime but he died shortly after.” Jim said, “his dad loved children!” Like Dr. Feddy, he always carried a pocket full of Juicy Fruit gum to give a child who came to the clinic frightened or crying. His dad’s constant advice to parents with children was to advise them not to swing their children by the arms when they were small and not to let the older children do so because it would pull their joints out of place. Jim’s mother told him that when he was born that he did not cry like babies usually do, so Dr. Feddy rubbed his foot with a needle and he cried and everyone knew he was okay.” It was a funeral in South Bend, Indiana that started this "amazing find." Terry Harpole from Maben sent me an email and said, “Miss Ruth, a few weeks ago, in the Starkville Daily, there was an obituary of James Welch, Sr. from South Bend, Ind. I emailed the funeral home there that had his services a note to make a copy and give to the family. James Welch Jr. just emailed me and I just finished talking with him on the phone. James Welch Sr. was the son of Jeff and Lilly Ross Welch, here in Maben. Their other son, Fred Welch, worked for years at The Eckford Clinic, and there was an oil painting of him in the clinic. Do you know if the painting might be in the museum in Starkville, or where? I would like to make a picture of it and send to James Welch Jr. He told me he never knew his Uncle Fred worked there. James Welch Jr.'s wife is from Booneville and they do come there to see them some, but he has not been to Maben since his grandmother died. Thanks. Terry Harpole” Thus, my search began. I called many people who had worked at the clinic to see if anyone could be of after his dad’s death assistance. I emailed and after her time, it Dr. Feddy Eckford’s has been hanging in daughter, Adele his home. This was an Smith, and asked if "amazing find!" she remembered the I explained to him painting and what that we would love had happened to it to have an image of but she didn’t. She it at the museum and emailed, “I remember that a relative of his in what a wonderful perSouth Bend also wantson Fred was and how ed a copy. Jim was much my daddy devery kind and generpended on him at the ous and brought the clinic. He helped keep painting to my home the clinic germ free as for me to get a copy possible, ran errands, to share. As I viewed helped with patients the painting, I saw and whatever needed a similar likeness of to be done and to Jim to his father. The tell his relatives that name of the artist puzdidn’t know Fred, zled me for it was one that they would have that I had never seen been proud to have or heard. The painting known him. Fred was was signed Megathlin a fine man!!” 1970. So, my search The Eckford Clinic began anew. was moved to HosI sat down at my pital Road and the computer and typed in name changed to the the words, “MegathLaird Clinic many lin, artist.” A number years ago. Dr. Laird of choices appeared had purchased the but one in Savannah, clinic several years beGa. caught my eye. At fore but had retained 12:48 pm, I sent an the name while in that email asking if the artbuilding. I called the ist might have lived in Laird Clinic and inStarkville, Mississippi quired if the painting in 1970 and might happened to be there possibly have painted but it wasn’t. I was a portrait of an Aftold that the subject rican American man of the painting, Fred that hung in the EckWelch, had a son in ford Clinic. town and he frequentTo my utmost surly came by his father’s prise, another "amazAbove: Artist, Carol Megathlin Below: ing find," I received house on Yellow JackFred Welch (Submitted photos) et Drive to check on an email in exactly 30 things. One day as I was driving down Yel- minutes (1:18 pm), which read: low Jacket Drive from the high school, I no“Ruth...I AM the artist! Fred worked for a ticed someone standing on the porch of Fred’s doctor in Starkville at the time. I was a young home. I let my window down and asked “are professor's wife and was deeply into painting. I you the son of Fred,” and he said, “Yes.” I in- was on the lookout for a black man with white troduced myself to him and asked, “Do you hair to paint in a half-light. As I was driving have the oil painting of your dad that hung in town one day, Fred passed me going in the in the Eckford Clinic waiting room.” He said, other direction. He was driving an old gray “Yes.” Someone had given it to his mother car. I made a U-turn and followed him until he parked at the doctor's office. I asked him if he would mind meeting me at a photographer's office to have his picture made for a painting. He said okay and if I remember correctly, we went immediately to a local professional photographer and had the photo made. I painted the picture and entered in the Starkville/Mississippi State University Art Show. It won first place and "purchase prize" status. The doctor, whose name I don't re-
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member, bought it and hung it in his office. The doctor also had an African American nurse named Bessie who, when she saw the painting, wanted her portrait painted, too, but not in "that half-face way." I had her sit for a photo, painted her exactly as she appeared in the photo, but she said she looked too old. I also painted a second portrait from the Fred photo which I gave to another doctor in the practice (I think). It was much better, I thought, than the first in that his hair looked more realistic. I kept Bessie's portrait with me for years after we moved to Savannah. A neighbor loved it and asked if he could have it. I gave it to him but have lost touch with him and his wife. I could try to track it down if that's of any interest. I am delighted to hear the painting is still in existence. I have lived in Savannah, Ga., for many years. My husband's name is Bill Megathlin.” The next "amazing find" was discovering the outstanding contributions that Carol and her husband, Bill have made and are making to society. Dr. William (Bill) Megathlin launched his academic career at Mississippi State University as an assistant professor of counselor education. During his tenure at MSU, he also worked as a consultant with state and federal criminal justice agencies. Bill has had an outstanding career and is now the Assistant to the President, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Carol Megathlin is a local columnist of the Savannah Morning News and recently was featured on NBC Nightly News (1-7-2013). NBC weekend anchor, Lester Holt, featured her and the Adopt-A-Soldier program in its “Making a Difference” segment. She is also the writer and founder of the Adopt-a-Soldier program, headquartered in Savannah, Ga. which has paired about 15,000 soldiers from the Third Infantry Division at Fort Stewart with civilians since its inception in 2007. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she served as the public information officer at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. In addition to her work with the Adopt-a-Soldier program, she serves on the board of directors for Honor Flight Savannah, an organization dedicated to providing all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C., for local World War II veterans. Megathlin’s columns have been published in major newspapers in the Southeast including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Birmingham News, the Charlotte Observer and many more. She resides in Savannah with her husband Bill. Her website is It was truly "an amazing find" to locate the oil painting of Fred Welch and to make acquaintance with former residents of Starkville/ Mississippi State University and to learn of their outreach. And, just maybe one day the Welch family in South Bend, Indiana may come to Starkville to see the oil painting of "Fred" which hung in the J.W. Eckford Memorial Clinic many years ago.
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The Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a program for its essay contest winners Thursday in the Mississippi Room of Cadence Bank. Local students grades 5-12 competed in two separate essay contests. Winners of the "Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence" essay included William Garrison Walker of Starkville Academy, Kennedy Pugh of Starkville Academy and Clay M. Turner of Armstrong Middle School. The winner of the "How Did the Faith and Courage of Christopher Columbus Give to Mankind a New World" essay was Melinda Xu of Starkville High School. Parents, teachers, school officials and DAR members gathered to hear the award-winning entires. Pictured above are Maxine Hamilton, Libby Gill, William Garrison Walker, Shanna Walker, Will Walker and Beverly Catchot. (Photos by Matt Crane, SDN)
other deeply in love, sneaking a kiss on each other's cheeks. Love is wonderful. See the dozen roses that Mickey has brought to Minnie in a attractive red and white poke-a-dotted wicker basket which is right below the antique colorful deacon's bench, now a real love seat for the two sweethearts. Next. you will see the same portrait of Mickey now framed in one of the big glittery shiny hearts. This is the second time you view Mickey, and then look on inside middle the heart itself to the end of the porch towards the South side of our home. You see a hint of a MSU child's rocker and a red watering can. This one heart frames this entire scene itself. The second sentence is “wo-mannquin.” Dottie who is so beautiful. Her blue eyes and white complexion are just stunning along with her tasteful makeup on her cheeks and red lipstick on her pretty shaped lips. Not only is she lovely, but she looks so cute too. Her pig tails are tied with red and white ribbons. She is wearing a Minnie Mouse tee shirt with white and navy blue/jean colors mixed in. She has a Mickey Mouse long scarf around her neck. Red leather shoes on her feet and Mickey Mouse red bobby socks on her toes to keep her warm when the February cold winds blow. She has the largest red heart shaped
box filled with varieties of candy inside. Her hat takes the cake. Look at her human like Mickey Mouse ears. They look real, don't they? The ears are on top of a black felt beanie of the 1950's or maybe 1940's. She sports those red turned down bobby socks with Mickey Mouse on them, and she rocks, rocks and rocks in the largest Victorian rocker on the porch. As I now look back at this creation, it seems as if the darkness of the middle and late afternoon gives this piece of art a feeling of warmly inviting your eyes to the sudden brightness of the late afternoon sunshine as it high lights the bottom of the front porch area of the top of the front screened in door and glass main door way. The bright rays of warm sunshine spot lights all of the seven characters. Suddenly I hear tiny noises of seven mice — squeak, squeak, squeak. This is definitely the unique language of precious little mice, softly saying, "I love you." From me as an artist to each of you, I sincerely say the greatest thing in all my life is loving you and I am 100 percent certain that Mickey and Minnie Mouse are truly in love for life.
Carole McReynolds Davis is a local artist. Email her at
Hamilton, Gill, Kennedy Pugh, John Copeland, Carrie Copeland and Beverly Catchot.
The Town and Country Garden Club met Thursday at the home of Nell Husbands. Jack Forbus, local leader and State Farm business owner, treated the members to a historical review of the founding of 175 year old city of Starkville by the pioneers of the Mayhew Mission. The garden club has committed to help with the restoration of the Louisville Presbyterian Cemetery. The local cemetery is rich in history as many of Starkville's founding fathers and mothers are buried there. (Submitted photo)
Hamilton, Gill, Clay M. Turner, Elizabeth Moseley, Jenny Turner and Steve Turner.
Hamilton, Gill, Melinda Xu, Keith Fennell, Norma Cole, Ruiping Yuan and Jianzhong Xu.
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By ShANNoN VoGES-hAUPT For Starkville Daily News Greetings fellow Starkvillians. My name is Shannon Voges-Haupt. I am a married mother of six who recently moved in across the street from the Starkville Community Garden. “The what”, you say? Exactly. I have lived in Starkville for 14 years and was completely unaware we even had a community garden. I believe most people don’t know that it exists either. My recent experience with the garden was so positive that I have agreed to manage it and write a quarterly article about it. I am doing this because it is a wonderful resource, and I want to get the word out so others can utilize it. Let me give you a little background: the Starkville Community Garden is centrally located in a small, quiet, neighborhood park near the bowling alley. It was the brainchild of the Parks Commission and was built by MSU landscape architect students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a public service project for $5,000 in April 2009. It was the first community garden in the state of Mississippi and has served as a model for other communities. It consists of 30 raised beds (with some built higher for easier accessibility for older folks who want to save their backs or the disabled), full sun, it’s own water source, wonderful fertile soil, a compost bin and a 6 foothigh, locked fence around it. Each plot is available for rent through Parks and Recreation. Plots sizes vary slightly and average at a bargain price of $25 to rent from Jan. 1-Dec. 31. Last year was my first attempt at growing anything ever (I am hardpressed to keep a houseplant alive) and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. It’s one of those, “If I can do it, so can you!” kind of things. I made some new friends while working in the garden too. Like expert gardener Sam McClemore of Bountiful Harvest Farm, who is an urban gardener that runs a small fresh produce co-op down the street from the community garden. His and other’s willingness to share their knowledge and enthusiasm was pivotal to my learning and success. My kids enjoyed helping me water, weed, watch things grow and learn where food really comes from (not to mention eating most of gracious “Mr. Sam’s” sugar snap peas right off of his plants). The things we grew and ate were so much tastier than store bought items, contained no pesticides, and I saved quite a bit of money on food (which, when you have a family of eight, is great). It wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns though. Yes, a few times a critter beat me to a tomato I was going to let ripen just one more day, and my red bell pepper plant produced exactly one golf ball-sized pepper, but I learned to deal with a little disappointment and how to do it better next time. Who knew this little garden plot was going to grow my character too? Even though we were making snow angels recently, now is the time to start planning and starting a Spring garden. Since I am new to gardening, I spent a little time on Google researching how difficult or easy different plants
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are to grow and am opting for some that seemed harder for me to mess up, and that my family would actually eat. Turnips sound cool to grow in theory, but realistically they would probably go to waste at our house. Some of my personal choices for my Spring garden are: broccoli, spinach, white potatoes, Bibb lettuce and onions. I based the potato choice on two things: No. 1 — Did you know you can start a potato crop from an old potato from your pantry that has gone bad and grown “eyes”? I sure didn’t (city girl….). No. 2 — advice Mr. Sam shared with me from his great-grandpa, which was, “If you plant potatoes by Valentine’s Day, you can be eating them by Mother’s Day. But don’t waste time planting them after St. Patrick’s Day.” Now that’s some solid information I can wrap my head around. If you’ve ever had an inkling that you might like to try a little gardening, this is the perfect opportunity. The soil is all ready to grow (see the pun I made there?), the plots are of manageable size and you have resources available for consultation. You can find a home food production garden chart that shows what to plant in each of the three garden seasons, how to create and take care of your soil, how often to water, and how to fertilize for optimum productivity. It is available online at and at the Book Mart in downtown Starkville. Above: An overview of The Starkville Community Garden's plots and their Plots are limited so contact Parks and Recreation today at 662-323- dimensions and prices. Below: The Starkville Community Garden hibernating 2294. We hope to see you in the gar- under a blanket of rare winter snow and waiting for the Spring. (Submitted photos) den.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Shorthanded Bulldogs lose road decision to No. 2 Gators
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Section C
High School Bowling
SHS captures North Regional title
From Staff Reports TUPELO – The Starkville High School boys bowling team qualified for the State Tournament for the second-straight year by defeating Tupelo to claim the North Regional championship on Saturday. SHS and Tupelo were locked in a 2-2 encounter until the Yellowjackets won the last game and the title. “The boys got tremendous experience,” SHS bowling coach Jim Philamlee said. “I was real pleased. They really earned it by winning three out of five (games).” The Jackets also had to go through Neshoba Central, Northwest Rankin and Olive Branch on the way to the championship. The state is broken down into three regions (North, Central and South). The SHS bowlers are Tyler Dawkins, Daniel Montgomery, Alex Newman, Cody Prewitt, Seth Prewitt, Nathan Smith and Hugh Stone. Next for the Jackets will be the State Tournament at Fannin Lanes in Jackson on Feb. 22. The SHS girls also competed in the North Regional and finished in third place. It was not good enough to advance to State.
SmitH oN SpoRtS
Moore visits MSU, sees changes
Danny P. Smith
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MSU baseball has a chance to be special
here’s potential for Mississippi State to have a very special baseball season. Over the last couple of years, the Bulldogs have experienced more and more success under coach John Cohen. MSU won the Atlanta Regional two years ago and got within one win of making the school’s ninth trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Last season, the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference Tournament before having their postseason come to an end at the Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional. The momentum from the past two years has created quite a buzz this preseason and State has been ranked as high as No. 5 by Baseball America. It remains to be seen whether this year’s Bulldog edition will meet those type of expectations. If MSU is good enough to be ranked fifth in the country, then it will be one of the teams that have a chance to make it to the CWS in June. Between now and then, there will be 55 regular season games played and however many postseason outings it takes for the Bulldogs to accomplish their goal. MSU held its Fast Pitch/ Fan Day celebration at the Palmeiro Center Saturday and the interest the program has generated is evident. There were hundreds of fans in attendance for the event. Cohen introduced various aspects of the baseball team and support staff, then he had a visit with former Bulldog Tyler Moore of the Washington Nationals. Following the festivities inside the Palmeiro Center, the fans were treated with a scrimmage. Even though the weather was a little cool, it turned out to be a nice day for MSU to be showcased. The key for the Bulldogs to be successful this season will be how the coaches mold this collection of very good talent and find a way to get consistency throughout the squad. There must be a measure of confidence brought by the players every single day. The baseball season is a grind and there can’t be many off days. If one person had a bad day, then it can throw the entire operation off course. At this time, there does not appear to be a Bulldog like Chris Stratton did last year, that will take the baseball as a Friday night pitcher and have a chance to be dominant. There’s a nice collection of arms available, but it remains
It wasn’t too long ago when Tyler Moore was getting ready for his only season with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Moore was preparing to talk to a room full of people excited for the upcoming baseball season on Saturday as he was the special guest for MSU’s First Pitch/Fan Day celebration at the Palmeiro Center. “It’s a huge honor for me,” the current Washington National said. “Whenever (coach John) Cohen called me or text me, it was crazy that he even considered my name. I’m very, very blessed to be in this spot.” Fellow major leaguers Mitch Mooreland and Paul Maholm have been the speakers at the last two events. Moore was born in Brandon and played high school ball at Northwest Rankin. He played two seasons at Meridian Community College before coming to MSU in 2008 for his only season with the Bulldogs. Coming back to campus has given Moore a chance to see all the changes the university has undergone. “It feels good,” Moore said. “We were actually driving up thinking about a bunch of memories coming in, (and) laughed a lot. It was pretty cool. It looks like they’ve done some changes to the some of the facilities. I think the basketball complex is new. It feels kind of like home still and it was awesome coming in.” Moore was drafted three times by the Nationals three times before taking them up in 2008 after being drafted in the 16th round. It took Moore four years to make it the big leagues and even then it wasn’t simple to stay up there. “I got called up I think after 25 games in AAA,” Moore said. “I stayed up there for about a month, but I was only getting about 15 at-bats off the bench. One of our catchers went down. We needed a catcher bad, so they sent me down for I think three days. Our catcher got well and they sent me back up. The second time I came back up, I was able to get my groove up under me and it felt more like myself.” Moore took advantage of his second chance with the Nationals. Moore hit .263 with 10 home runs in 75 games. He also had 29 RBI. “It’s great,” Moore said of being in the major leagues. “It’s definitely a different experience. It’s everything and more that Former Mississippi State player Tyler Moore of the Washington Nationals speaks during you expect it to be. It’s a business up there and they’re all about Saturday’s First Pitch/Fan Day program at the Palmeiro Center. (Photo by Bill Simmonds, For Starkville Daily News) See MOORE | Page C-8
Bulldog Frazier learns from USA experience
By BEN WAIT The summer was spent playing baseball games at various places in the United States for many of the Mississippi State baseball players. For junior shortstop Adam Frazier, it was spent playing all over the world. Frazier played for Team USA during the summer and found himself playing in Europe. Frazier and Team USA played in Haarlem, Netherlands and Cuba. Frazier learned a good bit during the summer. “(I learned) how to stay focused on all these long road trips,” Frazier said. “This summer we were traveling every day. They referred to it as the ‘minor league life’ a lot and I think they’re exactly right about that. You understand what it takes to travel every day like that, then stay focused and still be able to play baseball.” Frazier didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked. He did get some rest that was needed after a long season with the Bulldogs. “I wanted to play, but there was a time the body was just fatigued,” Frazier said. “That’s part of the reason I felt like I just wasn’t playing as well as before. It happens. You’re in and out and it is a streaky game.” Frazier was playing with some of the best college baseball players. It was a good time for him to learn some things from some of his counterparts. “I got to pick some brains of some of the best players in the country,” Frazier said. “I thought it was a good experience just to add to my preparation and skills.” The Bulldogs enter the 2013 season with a great deal of buzz. After winning the 2012 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Ala., the Bulldogs are ranked in nearly every preseason poll. Frazier was a big reason for the tournament win and the preseason recognition. The 2012 SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player has also picked up some preseason recognition. Frazier was selected as a preseason first team All-American by College Sports Madness. He was selected as a second teamer by Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball and National College Baseball Writers Association. He was a third teamer by Baseball America. College Sports Madness also picked Frazier as a All-SEC first team player. “I like it,” Frazier said. “The recognitions are nice, but it’s the preseason. The postseason is what matters, so I don’t really get too excited about it all.” Frazier started all 64 games for the Bulldogs a season ago. He led the team with a .371 batting average. He had 16 doubles and drove in 26 runs. “Frazier is certainly somebody who is a great baseball player,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “He just really understands the game. Mentally, he just shows up every day, and he’s a hit guy. He can get hits, he can score runs, and he plays above his tools all the time, which is a real credit to who he is and his mentality.” The Bulldogs weren’t the best offensive club last year. The Bulldogs only hit .251 as a team. This season
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Mississippi State shortstop Adam Frazier throws the baseball last season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The record of top five teams rank in NCAA men’s basketball playing on the road this week.
Starkville daily NewS
College Basketball Men’s SEC Glance All Times CT Florida Kentucky Ole Miss Alabama Missouri Georgia Arkansas LSU Texas A&M Tennessee Vanderbilt Auburn S. Carolina Miss. State SEC 9-1 8-2 7-3 7-3 6-4 6-4 5-5 4-6 4-6 3-6 3-7 3-7 2-7 2-8 Pct. .900 .800 .700 .700 .600 .600 .500 .400 ,400 .333 .300 .300 .222 .200 Ovr. Pct. 19-3 .864 17-6 .739 18-5 .783 15-8 .652 17-6 .739 12-11 .522 14-9 .609 13-8 .619 14-9 .609 11-10 .524 9-13 .409 9-14 .391 12-10 .545 7-15 .318 Wednesday’s Games Ole Miss 93, Miss. State 75 Auburn 49, Alabama 37 Georgia 68, Tennessee 62 LSU 57, Vanderbilt 56 Thursday’s Game Texas A&M 70, Missouri 68 Today’s Games Florida 83, Miss. State 58 Missouri 98, Ole Miss 79 Vanderbilt 67, Arkansas 49 Kentucky 72, Auburn 62 Georgia 52, Texas A&M 46 Alabama 60, LSU 57 Today’s Game Tennessee at S. Carolina, noon Tuesday’s Games Kentucky at Florida, 6 p.m. Alabama at Georgia, 8 p.m. Top 25 Fared Saturday 1. Indiana (20-3) did not play. Next: at No. 10 Ohio State, Sunday. 2. Florida (19-3) beat Mississippi State 83-58. Next: vs. Kentucky, Tuesday. 3. Michigan (21-3) lost to Wisconsin 6562, OT. Next: at No. 12 Michigan State, Tuesday. 4. Duke (20-2) did not play. Next: at Boston College, Sunday. 5. Kansas (19-4) lost to Oklahoma 72-66. Next: vs. No. 13 Kansas State, Monday. 6. Gonzaga (23-2) beat Loyola Marymount 74-55. Next: at Saint Mary’s (Cal), Thursday. 7. Arizona (20-2) did not play. Next: vs. California, Sunday. 8. Miami (19-3) beat North Carolina 8761. Next: at Florida State, Wednesday. 9. Syracuse (19-3) did not play. Next: vs. St. John’s, Sunday. 10. Ohio State (17-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 1 Indiana, Sunday. 11. Louisville (19-4) at No. 25 Notre Dame. Next: vs. St. John’s, Thursday. 12. Michigan State (20-4) beat Purdue 78-65. Next: at No. 3 Michigan, Tuesday, 13. Kansas State (19-4) beat Iowa State 79-70. Next: at No. 5 Kansas, Monday. 14. Butler (20-4) beat George Washington 59-56. Next: vs. Charlotte, Wednesday. 15. New Mexico (20-3) at UNLV. Next: at Fresno State, Wednesday. 16. Creighton (20-4) vs. Illinois State. Next: at Northern Iowa, Wednesday. 17. Cincinnati (18-6) lost to No. 23 Pittsurgh 62-52. Next: vs. Villanova, Tuesday. 18. Minnesota (17-6) did not play. Next: vs. Illinois, Sunday. 19. Oregon (19-5) beat Utah 73-64. Next: at Washington, Wednesday. 20. Georgetown (17-4) beat Rutgers 6963. Next: vs. No. 24 Marquette, Monday. 21. Missouri (17-6) beat Mississippi 98-79. Next: at Mississippi State, Wednesday. 22. Oklahoma State (17-5) beat Texas 72-59. Next: at Texas Tech, Wednesday. 23. Pittsburgh (20-5) beat No. 17 Cincinnati 62-52. Next: at No. 24 Marquette. 24. Marquette (17-5) beat DePaul 89-78. Next: at No. 20 Georgetown, Monday. 25. Notre Dame (18-5) vs. No. 11
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“I won’t play in another uniform.”
Baltimore Raven wide receiver Anquan Boldin said he will retire if he is release by the team.
Starkville Saints registration set
The Starkville Saints youth tackle football team will have registration Monday. Registration begins at 6 p.m. in the downstairs area of the Starkville Sportsplex multi-purpose building. The fee to register is $125. Ages range from 6-12. For more information, contact Fred Tate at 662-7699733.
Today Women’s College Basketball Mississippi State at Missouri, 1 p.m. College Softball Bulldog Kickoff Classic South Alabama at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m.
James Madison, Sunday. 21. Colorado (17-5) did not play. Next: vs. Oregon, Sunday. 22. Oklahoma State (16-5) did not play. Next: at No. 23 Oklahoma, Sunday. 23. Oklahoma (17-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 22 Oklahoma State, Sunday. 24. Syracuse (19-3) did not play. Next: at Georgetown, Tuesday. 25. Iowa State (17-5) beat Kansas State 87-71. Next: at No. 23 Oklahoma, Thursday. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 32 16 .667 — Brooklyn 29 21 .580 4 Boston 26 23 .531 6½ Philadelphia 22 27 .449 10½ Toronto 18 32 .360 15 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 33 14 .702 — Atlanta 27 22 .551 7 Washington 14 35 .286 20 Orlando 14 36 .280 20½ Charlotte 11 39 .220 23½ Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 31 20 .608 — Chicago 30 20 .600 ½ Milwaukee 25 24 .510 5 Detroit 20 32 .385 11½ Cleveland 16 35 .314 15 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 39 12 .765 — 31 18 .633 7 Memphis Houston 28 24 .538 11½ Dallas 22 28 .440 16½ New Orleans 17 33 .340 21½ Northwest Division W L Pct GB .760 — Oklahoma City 38 12 Denver 33 18 .647 5½ 28 23 .549 10½ Utah Portland 25 25 .500 13 Minnesota 18 29 .383 18½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 35 17 .673 — Golden State 30 21 .588 4½ 24 27 .471 10½ L.A. Lakers Sacramento 17 33 .340 17 Phoenix 17 34 .333 17½ Friday’s Games L.A. Lakers 100, Charlotte 93 Toronto 100, Indiana 98, OT Washington 89, Brooklyn 74 New Orleans 111, Atlanta 100 Cleveland 119, Orlando 108 Detroit 119, San Antonio 109 Houston 118, Portland 103 Memphis 99, Golden State 93 New York 100, Minnesota 94 Oklahoma City 127, Phoenix 96 Miami 111, L.A. Clippers 89 Chicago 93, Utah 89 Saturday’s Games Denver 111, Cleveland 103 Philadelphia 87, Charlotte 76 Dallas 116, Golden State 91 Detroit 105, Milwaukee 100 Utah at Sacramento, late . Today’s Games L.A. Clippers at New York, 1 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Miami, 3:30 p.m. Minnesota at Memphis, 6 p.m. Denver at Boston, 6 p.m. New Orleans at Toronto, 6 p.m. Portland at Orlando, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at Phoenix, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Monday’s Games Minnesota at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Boston at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Indiana, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Chicago, 8 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
MSU men host tennis DH
Coming off an impressive 4-2 victory against in-state rival No. 12 Ole Miss in the River Hills Cup Thursday night, the 10th-ranked Mississippi State men’s tennis squad will face a quick turnaround with a doubleheader today. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the start time for today’s first match against No. 53 South Alabama (2-2) has been moved up an hour to 10 a.m., with the second match against Tennessee Tech (0-7) still slated to start at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs (5-0) enter today’s play having posted five ranked wins this season, four of them over top 30 opponents, with four true freshmen in the lineup. State has found great success in singles play this season, with three players holding 5-0 records. No. 25 Romain Bogaerts, one of the rookies, has won four of those matches from the top spot in the lineup, including top 75 wins. Also with 5-0 records are No. 81 junior Malte Stropp and freshman Jordan Angus. Stropp, who upset fifthranked Jonas Lutjen of Ole Miss Thursday, has won four of his matches in straight sets. Angus has also won four of his matches in straight sets, with the lone three-setter coming Thursday to clinch the Bulldogs’ victory. Rounding out singles play is senior James Chaudry and freshmen Stefan Vinti and Pedro Dumont. In doubles, the Bulldogs bolster the 28th-ranked doubles squad in the nation of Angus and Stropp. The two have defeated two top 50 duos so far this season and hold a 4-1 record. State’s freshman doubles team of Bogaerts and Dumont stands at 3-0 in dual match play, including a doubles point clinching victory Thursday against the Ole Miss duo of Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark. MSU’s Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson have rounded out doubles play for the Bulldogs this season. South Alabama’s Daniel Leitner will lead the Jaguars into Starkville. The sophomore is 3-1 this season, with all wins coming at the No. 1 position. Tennessee Tech will be led by senior Syrym Abdukhalikov, who has posted a 5-0 record in singles. The Golden Eagles’ duo of Artem Tarasov and Vasily Eremeev own a 4-2 record in doubles for the 2013 campaign.
Today GOLF 8 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Joburg Open, final round, at Johannesburg (same-day tape) Noon TGC — PGA Tour, Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, final round, at Pebble Beach, Calif. 2 p.m. CBS — PGA Tour, Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, final round, at Pebble Beach, Calif. 6 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Allianz Championship, final round, at Boca Raton, Fla. (same-day tape) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon CBS — Indiana at Ohio St. 2 p.m. ESPN — St. John’s at Syracuse 9 p.m. FSN — Washington at Southern Cal NBA BASKETBALL Noon ABC — L.A. Clippers at New York 2:30 p.m. ABC — L.A. Lakers at Miami Louisville. Next: vs. DePaul, Wednesday. Women’s SEC Glance All Times CT Tennessee Texas A&M Georgia Kentucky S. Carolina Vanderbilt Missouri LSU Florida Arkansas Miss. State Auburn Alabama Ole Miss SEC 9-1 8-1 8-2 8-2 8-2 5-4 4-5 4-6 3-6 3-7 2-7 2-8 2-8 1-8 Pct. .900 .889 .800 .800 .800 .556 .444 .400 .333 .300 .222 .200 .200 .111 Ovr. Pct. 18-5 .783 18-5 .783 20-3 .870 20-3 .870 20-3 .870 15-7 .682 15-8 .652 13-10 .565 14-9 .609 15-8 .652 10-12 .455 13-10 .565 12-11 .522 8-14 .364 7 p.m. ESPN — San Antonio at Brooklyn NHL HOCKEY 11:30 a.m. NBC — Los Angeles at Detroit 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — New Jersey at Pittsburgh PREP BASKETBALL 5 p.m. ESPN2 — Chester (Pa.) at NeumannGoretti (Pa.) 3 p.m. NBC — USA Sevens, consolation games and championship, teams TBD, at Las Vegas WINTER SPORTS 5 p.m. NBCSN — Biathlon World Championships, men’s pursuit, at Nove Mesto, Czech Republic (same-day tape) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon FSN — Houston at Rice 1 p.m. ESPN2 — Michigan St. at Penn St. 2 p.m. FSN — Tulane at Tulsa 3 p.m. ESPN2 — Kentucky at Vanderbilt 4 p.m. FSN — Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma
Track brings top finishes for Bulldogs
FAYETTEVIILE, Ark. – Splitting talents across the South, the Mississippi State indoor track and field team continued to build on Friday’s action at the Tyson Invitational at Arkansas, while others started weekend action in Birmingham at the Samford Multi and Invitational. The Bulldogs completed their stint Saturday at the Razorbacks’ Randal Tyson Track Center with five top five finishes, highlighted by the MSU men’s distance medley team’s second-place finish. The foursome, which included twins Andrew and Patrick Monaghan, Jarrett Samuels, and Brandon McBride, turned in a time of 9.52 seconds to find themselves at the top of the board. The Lady Bulldogs also captured attention with Erica Bougrad’s third-place performance in the high jump (507.75), coupled with action by the 4x400-meter relay team of Ocian Archer, Jody-Ann Muir, Erica Bougard and Kanisha Carey. The quartet raced in 3:41.21 seconds to give the MSU women a fourth-place finish. Meanwhile in Alabama, MSU dominated the competition with top field performances. Sojourner Ewing (18-10.75) posted a third-place finish in the long jump, and Megan Walker (11-11.75) saw a Top 10 finish in the pole vault, as she earned a spot in eighth. Antavius McGhee (23-02.50) stood out for the MSU men, finishing fifth in the long jump, followed by A.J. Ward’s (23-00.50) seventh-place jump. Later in the day, Nathan Lewis ran the 3000-meter run in 8:31.47 seconds to reach a spot in fourth. The Bulldogs take a week’s rest before heading to Baton Rouge for the LSU Twilight Invitational on Feb. 15.
Monday’s Game Texas A&M 74, LSU 57 Thursday’s Games Georgia 61, Auburn 58 S. Carolina 65, Alabama 53 Kentucky 79, Arkansas 74, OT Tennessee 64, LSU 62 Today’s Games Miss. State at Missouri, 1 p.m. Georgia at LSU, 12:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama, 2 p.m. Florida at Auburn, 2 p.m. Texas A&M at S. Carolina, 2:30 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. Women’s Top 25 Fared
Saturday 1. Baylor (22-1) beat Texas 75-48. Next: vs. Texas Tech, Tuesday. 2. Notre Dame (22-1) beat Seton Hall 6950. Next: vs. No. 11 Louisville, Monday. 3. UConn (21-1) did not play. Next: vs. DePaul, Sunday. 4. Stanford (21-2) did not play. Next: vs. Arizona State, Sunday. 5. Duke (21-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 7 Maryland, Monday. 6. California (20-2) did not play. Next: Next: vs. Arizona, Sunday. 7. Maryland (19-3) did not play. Next: at No. 5 Duke, Monday. 8. Penn State (19-3) did not play. Next: vs. Michigan State, Sunday. 9. Georgia (20-3) did not play. Next: at LSU, Sunday. 10. Kentucky (20-3) did not play. Next: at Vanderbilt, Sunday. 11. Louisville (20-4) beat Pittsburgh 7845. Next: at No. 2 Notre Dame, Monday. 12. Tennessee (18-5) did not play. Next: vs. Mississippi, Sunday. 13. Purdue (18-4) did not play. Next: vs. Michigan, Sunday. 14. Texas A&M (18-5) did not play. Next: at No. 15 South Carolina, Sunday. 15. South Carolina (20-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 14 Texas A&M, Sunday. 16. North Carolina (21-3) did not play. Next: at Georgia Tech, Sunday. 17. UCLA (18-4) did not play. Next: at Washington, Sunday. 18. Dayton (20-1) did not play. Next: at Fordham, Sunday. 19. Florida State (18-4) did not play. Next: at Miami, Sunday. 20. Delaware (19-3) did not play. Next: at
College Softball
By BEN WAIT The Mississippi State softball team wants to win the late innings. That’s exactly what they did Saturday night. The Bulldogs (3-1) beat Georgia State 9-1 in five innings on the third day of Bulldog Kickoff Classic. MSU entered the fifth inning with a 3-1 lead after the Panther’s MeQuilia Franklin Cooley stole home on a double steal. The Bulldogs entered the bottom of the fifth with an offensive mindset. Senior outfielder Jessica Cooley took an 0-1 pitch out of the park for her third career grand slam to give MSU a 7-1 lead with no outs. “We just want to fast start and finish the game, so fifth inning, that’s the first of late innings,” Cooley said. “That’s kind of our motto, ‘late innings are our innings.’ We just wanted to come back out, fight and finish.” A few batters later, sophomore outfielder Ashley Phillips hit a two-run double to center field to end the game. “I just want to give credit to my teammates for getting on base in front of me and giving me the opportunity to win the game,” Phillips said. The Bulldogs got four solid innings out of redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Alison Owen. Owen who sat out last year after transferring from Georgia has been anxious to get back in the circle. She lets her nervousness fuel her. “I like to take the nervousness and make it more excitement,” Owen said. “I was so excited to get back (in the circle).” After pitching seven innings and recording nine strikeouts in a loss to open the year, Owen bounced back with another good outing. She gave up one hit and struck out five in four innings of work. It has been a long time coming for Owen, but it doesn’t seem like she is missing a beat. “I tribute a lot of that to coach (Vann Stuedeman),” Owen said. “She has just been working with me. We have fixed a lot of things, we’ve worked on a lot of things and we’ve constantly been in the bullpen. I’m just really thankful to be here and really blessed to have a coach that is willing to work as much as she does
Bulldogs thrive late to beat Panthers
EMCC splits pair in baseball
SELMA, Ala. – The visiting Lions of East Mississippi Community College split a pair of low-scoring baseball contests Saturday afternoon against Wallace Community College Selma, claiming a 2-1 win in the opener before falling 3-1 in the nightcap at Bloch Park. The Lions struggled offensively on the day with a total of only six hits – four in the opener and just two hits in the second game. Three of those hits were by freshman outfielder Colton Caver in the victory. The former Gulfport High School product had an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth to go along with an additional two-base hit in the first inning of the opener. His fifthinning RBI provided the winning margin after WCCS’s Brent McFarland reached EMCC starter Austin Braddock for a solo home run to knot the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Braddock, out of Columbus’ Heritage Academy, went 4.2 innings allowing just the one run on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Freshman right-hander Brock McKnight was solid in relief for the Lions, finishing the final 2.1 innings and giving up just one hit en route to recording his second save. The Kosciusko native is also 2-0 out of the bullpen for the young season. The Lions’ bats were virtually silenced in the nightcap, as WCCS starter Jordon Welch only allowed secondinning singles to sophomores Jason Yarbor and Jake Upton. EMCC actually loaded the bases in the second, but Philip Tice lined out to second base to end the threat. The Lions also left two runners stranded in the third. Redshirt freshman KC Abney started on the mound for the Lions in the second game but couldn’t make it out of the second inning. The Memphis native surrendered a pair of runs in the opening frame and another tally in the second before giving way to sophomore Tyler Jones.
with me and the other pitchers as well.” Stuedeman says it easy to coach a player like Owen. “She is so much fun to coach and so easy going,” Stuedeman said. “One thing that’s really special about Alison is that she has very good command of her pitches and really limits walks.” Senior lefty Stephanie Becker came in relief of Owen to pick up the win. She pitched one inning, gave up one run on two hits and struck out the side. The Bulldogs took advantage of an error by the third baseman in the bottom of the third inning to get on the board first. Junior catcher Sam Lenahan reached on the error and drove in freshman outfielder Loryn Nichols in the process. Redshirt junior third baseman and North Carolina transfer Logan Foulks, hit a two-run homer to cap the scoring in the third. Phillips and Cooley each had two hits to lead MSU. The Bulldogs are back in action today when they play South Alabama in the tournament finale at 3:30 p.m.
Game One Mississippi State 8, Tennessee State 0
The Bulldogs struck out 12 batters for a combined one-hitter and scored six runs in the fifth inning to knock off the Tigers in six innings in MSU’s first game of the day. It is the 15th time in 21 years the Bulldogs have struck out more than 12 batters. Four of those have come in Stuedeman’s tenure as head coach. Kylie Vry pitched four innings, gave up one hit, and struck out nine. Freshman righty Jacey Punches accounted for two innings in the circle, no hits and three Ks to get the win. “Kylie did a great job,” Owen said. “Her balls were moving. Jacey got her first win which is a really big deal.” The Bulldogs held a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. Kayla Winfield stole home and Lenahan walked with the bases loaded to force home Jessica Offutt for the game winning run. “Really excited about the offense,” Stuedeman said. Offutt led the Bulldogs with two hits and two RBI. Ashley Phillips had a double for the Bulldogs.
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Shorthanded Bulldogs fall to the Gators
By MARK LONG Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mississippi State’s lineup told the story. The Bulldogs played with six scholarship players and two walk-ons at No. 2 Florida on Saturday. The result was predictable. Mike Rosario scored 18 points, Erik Murphy added 17 and the Gators bounced back from a humbling loss earlier in the week to thump shorthanded Mississippi State 8358. The game looked every bit like a matchup of the Southeastern Conference’s best and worst teams. Then again, it wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the 35-point beatdown Florida handed Mississippi State on its home court two weeks ago. “We gave them too many points off turnovers; that continues to be a problem for us,” said Bulldogs coach Rick Ray, whose team has lost eight in a row. “I thought we were a lot better in the second half.” Mississippi State (7-15, 2-8) played without guard Jalen Steele, who didn’t make the trip after being suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. It was a big blow for a team already down three players. Freshmen Andre Applewhite and Jacoby Davis are out for the season with knee injuries, and senior Wendell Lewis is sidelined with a fractured right patella. So the Bulldogs came to Gainesville with a less-thanideal roster, not the best scenario when you’re trying to upset the league’s highestranked team. It showed on the scoreboard. Florida took a double-digit lead midway through the first half. Michael Frazier II had a lot to do with it, hitting his first three 3-pointers. The Gators made it 36-18 on Murphy’s baseline hook shot with 4:27 remaining before halftime. Murphy finished 7-of-10 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. The game really got out of hand after the break. Florida, which led 42-26 after 20 minutes, scored the first 10 points of the second half. Scottie Wilbekin hit a 3, Kenny Boynton made a layup, Rosario hit a pull-up jumper and Murphy drained another from behind the arc.
Florida guard Mike Rosario (3) tries to get past Mississippi State forward Roquez Johnson (25) on a drive to the basket on Saturday. (Photo by Phil Sandlin, AP) Everything went right for the Gators. Gavin Ware led the Bulldogs, who have lost eight in a row, with 16 points. Colin Borchert added 14 and Trivante Bloodman chipped in 10. “It’s really hard to take a loss,” Borchert said. “We fought hard and we are a noexcuse team.” After the game, Ray praised walk-ons Baxter Price and Tyson Cunningham. They combined to miss all four shots, but gave the Bulldogs valuable minutes. “You look at their stat line and it doesn’t look very appealing,” Ray said. “But Baxter Price goes out there and he’s constantly moving and cutting and getting the ball to Gavin. And then Tyson Cunningham did the same thing. We just need more guys willing to accept a role like that and get the ball inside and just move the basketball. “We’re so much better when we do that.”
Missouri manhandles Ole Miss 98-79 in rematch
From Wire Reports COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Alex Oriakhi’s temper got the best of him when he reached up from the court and pulled down Reginald Buckner. After a minute on the bench, the senior forward returned with just as much fire but much better focus. Oriakhi had a career-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds, three blocks and a central role in a second-half fracas of No. 21 Missouri’s easy 98-79 victory over Mississippi on Saturday. Five of the rebounds and four points came in a span of 2:35 after he returned. “As long as he channels it and gets 18 boards and 22 points, I don’t think I’ll be unhappy with that,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “I just don’t want him doing anything crazy to hurt our team, and I think that’s what he’s got to understand. “He gets so excited. All you’ve got to do is just do it on the court, nothing to talk about.” Phil Pressey had four assists to break Anthony Peeler’s career school record and had 22 points for Missouri (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference), which bounced back nicely from its latest discouraging road loss, a 1-point setback at Texas A&M on Thursday. The Tigers are 14-0 at home and 0-5 on the road. Haith said the disparity is the “$50 million question.” “We know we have to get our stuff together and get it going,” Pressey said. “This is when we really need to start kicking into our stride to be the best team we can be.” Marshall Henderson had 16 points on 4-for15 shooting for Mississippi (18-5, 7-3), which was on the verge of cracking the Top 25 last week but has lost three of four. Jarvis Summers also had 16 points while Murphy Holloway, coming off a career-best 24 points, was held to seven points and one rebounds in 30 minutes. Ole Miss whipped then-No. 10 Missouri 64-49 at home on Jan. 12, but gave up 50 points in the first half of the rematch and was outrebounded 50-32. “It was just one of those nights,” Crawford said with a grin. Geron Johnson scored 25 points, Chris Crawford added 16 and Memphis beat Southern Miss to stay unbeaten in Conference USA. Memphis (20-3, 9-0 C-USA) won its 14th straight game and its 10th straight on the road, turning a tight game into a comfortable win during the final minutes. Johnson made 8 of 11 shots from the field and had a terrific all-around game, adding eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Johnson and Crawford were the headliners, but really, the entire Memphis team was hot. The Tigers shot 55.9 percent from the field to silence a packed Reed Green Coliseum. Crawford made all four of his 3-pointers in the first half, helping Memphis break out to a 47-39 halftime lead it never relinquished. The Tigers led just 58-55 with 13 minutes remaining, but hit shot after shot down the stretch to slowly put some separation between them and the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss (18-6, 7-2) has lost two straight following a 10-game winning streak. Dwayne Davis led the Golden Eagles with 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Daveon Boardingham added 14 points while Jonathan Mills scored seven points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Mississippi Valley St. 80, Alcorn State 75
Memphis 89, Southern Miss 76
HATTIESBURG — Chris Crawford was feeling so good midway through the first half he stepped back about five feet behind the 3-point line and let one fly. A “heat check” was what he called it. His other three had been true, so why not a fourth? To no one’s surprise, the ball swished through the net.
ITTA BENA – Rival games seem to bring out the best in Davon Usher. Saturday night was no exception. The junior guard, who scored 26 at Jackson State last month, scorched Alcorn State with 30 points as the Delta Devils rolled over the visiting Braves at the Harrison HPER Complex. It marked the sixth straight game that Usher has scored in double-figures and his fifth time putting up at least 20 points. It was the second time this season he has reached the 30-point mark. Valley (4-18, 4-8 SWAC) controlled the game throughout the first half and only trailed once. The Delta Devils held a 34-21 lead over the Braves (9-18, 7-5 SWAC) at halftime. Despite Valley holding a 20-point lead with just over 4 minutes left, the Braves stormed back with a host of 3-pointers to cut the lead to single digits the final seconds. Alcorn went on a 18-7 run in the final 3:38. Devonte Hampton led the Braves with 21 points while LeAntwan Luckett added 15. Anthony Evans and Marquiz Baker chipped in 12 points each. Baker, Luckett and Anthony Nieves all fouled out during the game.
Bulldogs face Tigers on road
By DANNY P. SMITH challenge we have to be ready for.” The Bulldogs look to continue the type of defense they showed in pulling off a 47-44 victory over Arkansas at home last Sunday. MSU held the Razorbacks to 14 points on five field goals in the first half. Arkansas only shot 32.1 percent from the field for the game. There have been times where the Bulldogs have given Schaefer the type of defensive effort he’s been desiring, but he knows with a young team, there will continue to be bumps in the road as it learns and grows. “It’s like being a plumber,” Schaefer said. “You get two or three of those leaks fixed and you have a fourth leak. It might be Martha (Alwal) standing behind in the post. It’s a leak and I feel like a plumber on some days. “(Against Arkansas) We got the ball pressure, got the wing denial back to the point, then we have a post player standing behind down there. It’s a process. “We agonized over every defensive possession because that’s just the way we are. We might stub our toe, but that’s who
The Missouri women’s basketball team has a player that certainly has an “Eye” for the basket. Sophomore Morgan Eye leads the Tigers by scoring 13.9 points per game and is the best 3-point field goal shooter in the nation by hitting 3.9 per outing from long range. Defending Eye is the next challenge for the Mississippi State Bulldogs today as they have made the trip to Columbia, Mo., for a game against one of the newcomers of the Southeastern Conference. One week ago, Missouri made a statement of how tough it can be in the SEC, especially at home, by knocking off the Tennessee Lady Volunteers 80-63 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers have records of 15-8 overall and 4-5 in the league. “They have a lot of confidence right now and also had a week off like us,” MSU women’s coach Vic Schaefer said. MSU women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer shouts from “(Missouri coach) Robin (Pingeton) has done a great job with that team, and it’s a court side. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
we are.” With the success against the Razorbacks, Schaefer now has the proof that what he and his staff are trying to instill at MSU can work. “It gives you some credibility when you are out there trying to teach them to play that hard and they’ve never played that hard before,” Schaefer said. “It’s not what we do, but how we do it. That’s what will separate us. “(Last Sunday) they put it into action and they can see it. For a day, they’ve got to see it and know this is why my staff and I prepare 15-page scouting reports, talk and go through things for three days on how to guard and what (opponents) are going to do. This is why we do what we do.” It won’t take Schaefer and his staff long to find our the strength of Missouri in the scouting report. Not only does Eye shoot well, but the Tigers are fourth in the SEC at 34 percent from 3-point range and pace the conference by hitting 9.1 shots from long
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Vanderbilt snaps 4-game loss skid, defeats Arkansas
By TERESA M. WALKER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt Commodores finally found a way to finish off a big lead with a win, and coach Kevin Stallings hopes this can be a stepping stone. Rod Odom scored 15 points, and Vanderbilt beat Arkansas 67-49 Saturday to snap a four-game losing skid. The Commodores, who had lost seven of their last nine, lost one in overtime, two others by a single point, another by two and another by four after blowing an 11-point lead with 7 minutes left. Stallings said he was certainly fired up for his young Commodores after being kicked in the “you know whats” several times in the past few weeks. “At some point, human nature or common sense says their confidence is going to waver if they don’t win,” Stallings said. “They’re going to lose faith, lose hope, lose confidence, lose trust, lose something, so you need something good to happen. They haven’t shown any signs of that.” The Commodores also got a bit of payback for one of their ugliest losses this season. Vanderbilt (9-13, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) managed only 11 points by halftime and matched a season-low in points while losing 56-33 to Arkansas on Jan. 12 in Fayetteville. This time, the Commodores held Arkansas to a season low in scoring. They also built their biggest halftime lead in SEC play at 35-24 and finally protected a lead by finishing off the win. “How they performed when we went down to Arkansas gave us motivation to play harder and try to take it to them like they took it to us,” Odom said. Sheldon Jeter added 13 points and Josh Henderson had 11 for a team that hadn’t won since Jan. 23 against Auburn. “We’ve had some close losses that kind of hurt us, but at the same time that was just making us stronger and hungrier to get a win,” Henderson said. “So we definitely needed this and happy we finally got it.” Arkansas (14-9, 5-5) failed to follow up its 80-69 upset of No. 2 Florida on Tuesday night, and the Razorbacks still remain winless this season in true road games. They’ve lost all six, including their first four league games. Coach Mike Anderson took the blame for not getting his Razorbacks ready after the big win over Florida. “Sometimes you play a team such as Florida and people are patting you on the back and you start believing it and I think we got caught up in that as a young team,” Anderson said. Mardracus Wade led Arkansas with 13 points. Marshawn Powell played only three minutes of the first half after picking up two quick fouls, and the junior forward who had been averaging 15.1 points a game finished with five points before fouling out with 3:20 to go. “Powell going out kind of threw us out of rhythm,” Anderson said. “That’s when you have guys step up and make plays for us.” That didn’t happen. This was the Razorbacks’ worst shooting game this season, too, hitting just 30.8 percent (16 of 52). They managed only one field goal after Rashad Madden’s layup with 5:52 left, and Kikko Haydar’s 3 came way too late with 31.8 seconds left. Vanderbilt hit 50 percent (21 of 42) in building its lead to as much as 21 in the final minute. The Commodores also outrebounded Arkansas (35-30). The Razorbacks led only briefly and early. When Odom hit Vandy’s first field goal at the 13:47 mark on a jumper off his own miss, that gave the Commodores their first lead at 7-6. Hunter Mickelson hit two free throws to put Arkansas back up before Henderson scored back-to-back buckets. Haydar’s 3 tied it up at 11, and that was the closest the Razorbacks would get the rest of the way. Vandy scored the next 10 as Jeter put the Commodores ahead to stay with consecutive 3s and a pair of free throws. This time, it was the Razorbacks’ turn to struggle shooting. They missed eight straight shots early in the half and went more than five minutes between field goals before Michael Qualls finally connected on a layup with 6:28 remaining. Kyle Fuller pushed Vandy’s lead to as much as 15 twice late in the first half.
Vanderbilt’s Kyle Fuller (11) and Josh Henderson (40) celebrate during Vanderbilt’s win against Arkansas on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Humphrey, AP)
Kentucky pulls away from Auburn 72-62
From Wire Reports LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kyle Wiltjer’s 14 points led five Kentucky players in double figures as the Wildcats outlasted Auburn 72-62 Saturday for their fifth straight win. Though tighter than the Wildcats’ 75-53 beating of the Tigers three weeks ago at Auburn, the victory provided their longest winning streak this season and some momentum before Tuesday’s Southeastern Conference showdown at first-place Florida. The Wildcats (17-6, 8-2) began the day a game behind the Gators. Kentucky survived physical and sometimes chippy play by Auburn, which saw center Rob Chubb and backup Asauhn Dixon-Tatum foul out. The Wildcats made 26 of 38 free throws to beat Auburn for the 15th straight time. Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein each added 12 points, while Julius Mays and Nerlens Noel had 10 apiece. Noel added 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double but blocked his only shot in the final minutes. Chris Denson’s 15 points led Auburn (9-14, 3-7). average of 17.8 points per game, had only 10 points — all on free throws. He preserved his streak of scoring in double figures in every game when he sank two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to help hold off a late comeback attempt by the Aggies. Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia (12-11, 6-4) with 13 points. The Bulldogs have won five straight SEC games for the first time since winning six straight in 2001. Fabyon Harris led Texas A&M (14-9, 4-6) with 17 points. Elston Turner had 13 points despite making only 2 of 14 shots from the field. The Aggies, who lost 59-52 at home to Georgia on Jan. 26, were swept in the season series.
Alabama 60, LSU 57
Georgia 52, Texas A&M 46
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia overcame a rare low-scoring game from Kentavious CaldwellPope and beat cold-shooting Texas A&M, giving the Bulldogs five straight Southeastern Conference wins for the first time in 12 years. Caldwell-Pope, second in the SEC with his
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Jacobs scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 46 seconds left to help Alabama secure a victory over LSU. The rest of the Crimson Tide (15-8, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) missed five straight free throws down the stretch to keep giving the Tigers (13-8, 4-6) chances to at least tie. LSU missed all three 3-pointers in the final minute after pulling out three straight wins by a collective five points. Jacobs made 7 of 8 foul shots and blocked three shots for Alabama, which was coming off an anemic 49-37 loss at Auburn when the Tide scored 14 points in the second half.
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Wisconsin upsets No. 3 michigan
From Wire Reports MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Ben Brust tied the game at the end of regulation with a shot just from just inside midcourt, his teammate Mike Bruesewitz looked over at Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and saw something unusual. His coach had both his arms in the air. “You know when he shows some emotion, you’ve done something pretty special,” Bruesewitz said. Brust hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with less than 40 seconds left in overtime as Wisconsin beat No. 3 Michigan 65-62 on Saturday. “It was awesome, something I’ll remember forever, and I’m sure a lot of people will,” Brust said of the game, which ended with students storming the court and Bruesewitz taking the public address announcer’s microphone to thank the crowd as students celebrated around him. The Wolverines became the third top three team to lose this week as No. 1 Indiana lost to Illinois and No. 2 Florida was beaten by Arkansas. This should be the sixth straight week with a different No. 1 in The Associated Press’ Top 25. Brust’s shot at the end of regulation was a dramatic turn of events for Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) and a soul crusher for Michigan (21-3, 8-3). Just moments earlier, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a contested 3-pointer to put the Wolverines up 65-52 with less than 3 seconds left in regulation. Following a timeout, Bruesewitz passed up his first option in the inbounds play and hit Brust in stride. The guard took one dribble across
Wisconsin Ben Brust, right, celebrates with his brother, Jonathan, after Wisconsin defeated Michigan 65-62 in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Madison, Wis. Brust had team-high 14 points. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) halfcourt and launched the shot, which hit nothing but net. Ryan said the play was drawn up to see how Michigan defended the first cutter, Brust read the defense and reacted. “The best thing was Mike’s pass on the dime on the run, didn’t have to reach back for it, able to catch it all in one motion,” Ryan said. Michigan still had fouls to give before the shot, and coach John Beilein said the order coming out of the timeout was to foul. He also put Caris LeVert on Brust to bolster the defense. “We were definitely fouling, wanted to keep everyone in front of us and (Brust) turned the corner on (LeVert) just enough that he couldn’t foul him,” Beilein said. “I thought we had them once they couldn’t get their initial guy. “With Caris’ quickness, we thought he could get there, but he didn’t.” For all the fireworks in the final 3 seconds, the teams only managed seven points in overtime, including Brust’s winning 3-pointer. Following Brust’s shot, Hardaway couldn’t connect on his drive to the hoop on the next Michigan possession, and Glenn Robinson III fouled Jared Berggren on the rebound. The Wolverines went to a full-court press with two more fouls to give. But the Badgers broke the press, and Michigan had to foul twice more to finally put Ryan Evans on the free throw line. Evans, who shoots less than 43 percent from the line, missed the front end of a 1-and1, and Burke couldn’t connect in a rushed final possession for the Wolverines. It was another grinding win for the Badgers keyed by their defense. Michigan came in as one of the top scoring teams in the country at almost 78 points per game. But Wisconsin
held Michigan to less than 40 percent shooting from the field, including 5 of 18 from beyond the 3-point line. Michigan was 1 for 7 from the field in overtime, and the offensive futility was highlighted by one sequence in which Mitch McGary stole the ball outside the 3-point line and drove the other way only to miss the layup with Berggren defending the rim. Beilein said the Wolverines missed out on 14 points thanks to missed layups. “I’m not talking about when they’re really contesting,” Beilein said. “I’m talking about we had the ball, the basket and us, and it didn’t go in.” Brust scored 14 points for the Badgers, while Berggren added 13 and eight rebounds. Sam Dekker scored 12 points, while Evans finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Burke scored 19 points to lead Michigan, but needed 21 shots to do it. Hardaway added 18, and McGary had 12 points and eight rebounds. It was the second straight game for both teams to go past regulation after the Badgers beat Iowa 74-70 in double overtime on Wednesday and Michigan downed Ohio State 76-74 in overtime on Tuesday. Several Wisconsin players said consecutive overtime games exemplified their will to win even as critics contend they’re not talented enough, not fast enough and, as Bruesewitz said he’s seen on Twitter, not good-looking enough. “We have a group of guys in that locker room that believe and is going to fight until the end until you tell us we can’t play any more basketball,” Berggren said. “We just find a way to get it done.”
Osby leads Sooners past Jayhawks 72-66
From Wire Reports NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and Oklahoma held off Kansas to give the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in eight years. The Sooners (15-7, 6-4 Big 12) snapped a 10game losing streak in the series and took down a top 5 opponent for the first time since beating then-No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006. Freshman Je’lon Hornbeak went 4 for 6 at the free throw line in the final minute, just enough to keep the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3) at bay.
No. 13 Kansas St. 79, Iowa St. 70
No. 6 Gonzaga 74, Loyola-Marymount 55
SPOKANE, Wash. — Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk each scored 20 points, and Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount to put itself on the brink of cracking the top 5. Elias Harris added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (23-2, 10-0 West Coast), which should benefit from this week’s losses by No. 1 Indiana, No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Kansas. Anthony Ireland tied a career high with 30 points to lead cold-shooting Loyola Marymount (8-16, 1-10), which has lost eight straight games and is last in the league.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Rodney McGruder scored 22 points and Angel Rodriguez added 20 as Kansas State knocked off Iowa State to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12. Korie Lucious led the Cyclones (16-7, 6-4) with 16 points and reserve Tyrus McGee had 15. The Wildcats (19-4, 8-2) held a slim 33-32 lead at the break in a game that remained close most of the way. With 9:10 remaining, Kansas State led 61-52.
No. 14 Butler 59, George Washington 56
WASHINGTON — Rotnei Clark scored 14 points and Butler nearly blew a 17-point lead, going the last 7 minutes without a field goal, before holding on for a victory over George Washington. Roosevelt Jones added 12 points for the Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10), who broke a two-game road losing streak. Isaiah Armwood had 14 points and 11 rebounds for George Washington (11-11, 5-4).
No. 8 Miami 87, North Carolina 61
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists, and Miami hit a school record-tying 15 3-pointers to beat North Carolina for its 11th straight victory. Such success is unprecedented for the Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a school record for ACC victories in a season with eight games to go. Reggie Bullock had 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4).
No. 23 Pittsburgh 62, No. 17 Cincinnati 52
No. 12 Michigan St. 78, Purdue 65
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Branden Dawson scored 20 points and Keith Appling added 17, leading Michigan State past Purdue. The Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) have won nine of their last 10 and will have at least a share of the league lead regardless of the result Sunday when No. 1 Indiana visits No. 10 Ohio State. Purdue (12-12, 5-6) was led by Terone Johnson with 20 points and Ronnie Johnson with 15, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a fourth loss in five games or a fifth straight loss in the series.
CINCINNATI — Tray Woodall scored 14 points and led a late surge that sent Pittsburgh to a victory over Cincinnati, keeping the momentum going for one of the Big East’s hottest teams. The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) have won seven of their last eight games overall and four of their last five on the road. They beat No. 6 Syracuse 65-55 a week ago, vaulting them into the Top 25. Woodall hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run that put Pitt ahead to stay with 3:21 left. The conference’s stingiest defense held Cincinnati (18-6, 6-5) without a field goal over the final 9 minutes, 21 seconds.
No. 19 Oregon 73, Utah 64
EUGENE, Ore. — E.J. Singler had 21 points and Oregon overcame a poor start to end its three-game losing streak with a victory over Utah. Damyean Dotson added 16 points for the Ducks (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12), who had been on a slide after opening conference play with seven straight victories.
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James could be playing his best
By TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press MIAMI — After a recent Miami Heat practice in Washington, Ray Allen told the coaching staff he was skipping the bus ride and running back to the hotel. LeBron James’ ears perked up. With that, the three-time NBA MVP went looking for his running shoes. “LeBron said, ‘If you’re going to do that, I’m going to do that too. I’m not going to be outdone by somebody else. I’m going to run,’” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “So he gets very competitive with things like that. If other people are working on their game, he takes notice.” That approach must be working. James’ game — already considered among the best in the NBA — might be better than ever right now. He’s made 37 of his last 47 shots over his last 111 minutes, a torrid 79-percent clip. For the season, he’s shooting a career-best 56 percent so far, easily on pace for the sixth straight season of improvement in that department. His 3-point shooting, at 42 percent this season, is much improved. He’s shooting 70 percent inside the paint. “I want to continue to push the button, continue to get better, maximize my potential and not waste an opportunity,” James said. The numbers go on and on. He’s averaging 26.9 points this season. According to STATS LLC, only five players in NBA history have averaged that many points while shooting at least 56 percent over a full season. Maybe that’s why Heat guard Dwyane Wade marvels when talking about James these days, saying “every year, it seems like he does the amazing.” “Numbers don’t lie,” James said. At least, they don’t in this case. After winning his third MVP award, second Olympic gold medal and first NBA championship, James said he wanted to get even better. “It’s kind of like, where is the bar for this guy? Does he have a bar?” Wade said. “And I’m glad that he’s doing all this while he’s in a Miami Heat uniform.” Miami continues its homestand on Sunday, playing host to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won seven of their last nine games. While he’s been sensational all season — sweeping the Eastern Conference player of the month awards so far, almost certainly moving to the front of the class in the MVP balloting once again and once again averaging more combined points, assists and rebounds (42.0) than anyone else in the league — James has been particularly hot of late. Starting in the fourth quarter of Miami’s game last weekend at Toronto, James has generated 102 points on 47 shots. How off-the-charts effective is that? Remember, if he went 47-for47 on 2-pointers alone and did nothing else, that would only add up to 94 points. His “bad” game in the past week was an 11for-18 showing against Houston. He shot 13 for 14 against Charlotte on Monday, the lone miss coming on a layup attempt where he appeared to get fouled. Against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, he shot 9 for 11 — and probably had a case that one of the two misses he was charged with really wasn’t a shot attempt at all. Nonetheless, it all adds up to James missing 10 shots in the last 12-1/2 quarters of Heat basketball. Across the NBA, 14 different players missed at least 10 shots on Friday night alone. “I mean, come on. We try to come up with new superlatives every single game,” Spoelstra said. “He’s the best player in the game and he’s continuing to reinvent himself. This guy isn’t trying to shy away from work ethic or preparation. He’s getting after it. Our film sessions, he treats them like he’s a coach. He sees something, he’ll point it out to the guys. He’s continuing to improve. And quite frankly, we need it.” James said he’s done nothing out of the ordinary to raise his shooting numbers. Hard work, he said, has been the difference. The Heat added one of the game’s all-time elite shooters in Allen last summer, and James is typically involved in some sort of shooting session with the NBA’s career 3-point leader after every practice. He hits the practice court to take game-situation jumpers when his legs are fresh. He does it again when his legs are tired. His confidence might be higher than his shooting percentage. And it’s showing. “When I’m able to go out there on the floor, I Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers’ Matt Barnes (22) Friday just try to make things happen,” James said. “But night. (Photo by Alan Diaz, AP) I want to continue to get better.”
Nuggets top Cavs on road
From Wire Reports CLEVELAND (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and the Denver Nuggets won their ninth straight game with a 111-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. The Nuggets, who have won 15 of 17, are on their longest winning streak since posting 10 straight victories from March 30-April 15, 2005. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points, but was plagued by foul trouble. The All-Star guard picked up his fourth foul with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter and went to the bench with the Nuggets leading 72-61. Irving returned to start the fourth quarter with Denver ahead 8473. He scored 12 points in the period, but Cleveland’s rally fell short. The loss ended Cleveland’s three-game winning streak that matched a season high. The Cavaliers haven’t won four games in a row since March 17-24, 2010, which was LeBron James’ final season with the franchise. Alonzo Gee scored 20 points for Cleveland with 16 coming in the first quarter. The Nuggets built a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers cut the gap to 105-99 with 1:40 remaining, but Gallinari’s two free throws and Faried’s dunk put the game away. Denver outscored Cleveland 19-5 in fast-break points. The Nuggets also had 62 points in the paint compared to 32 for the Cavaliers. The Nuggets committed 20 turnovers, leading to 24 points for the Cavaliers. The game featured physical
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dion Waiters shoots between Denver Nuggets in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. (Photo by Mark Duncan, AP) play by both teams, particularly in the second half. Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller was given a technical foul in the third quarter for shoving Nuggets center JaVale McGee while Faried and Cleveland forward Tristan Thompson got tangled up on a couple of occasions. Denver coach George Karl had to be restrained by his assistants for going after the officials in the third quarter. Karl was angry about a foul call that went against his team. Denver took a quick 8-0 lead, but Gee, who had scored 14 points his last two games
combined, kept Cleveland in the game by scoring 15 of the Cavaliers’ first 17 points. Cleveland led 46-41 late in the second quarter, but Denver finished the half on a 17-6 run. The Nuggets scored the last six points of the half over the final 41.9 seconds to take a 5852 lead into the locker room. Irving picked up two fouls in a span of 20 seconds late in the quarter, giving him three for the half. Faried appeared to injure his knee in the first quarter, but still had 13 points and five rebounds in the half.
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Workshop to cover easements
easement conveyance, monitoring and compliance, tax preparation and conservation easements, an update on farm bill conservation programs and carbon sequestration, financial assistance for waterfowl habitat improvement, restoring land between the levees with the wetlands reserve program, and the Yale Model: an economic decision tool for comparing agriculture vs. land retirement conservation programs. Mississippi’s private citizens own approximately 75 percent of the state’s land. For many Mississippi landowners, their property is more than a financial asset, it is part of their family’s history and their sense of community and their state pride. But the Mississippi landscape is changing. Today about 80 percent of all Mississippians live in cities and towns, compared to about 25 percent 50 years ago. As our urban population grows, natural habitats and scenic open spaces are displaced. One of the most significant factors affecting our landscape is the continued disappearance of family-owned farms. Familyowned farms, plantations and recreational lands are affected by changing economics and the increasing tax burden on property owners. Passing on a family farm or plantation to the next generation is a time-honored tradition in Mississippi. However, the costs of maintaining these lands may force heirs to sell all or part of a family property. This workshop is intended to help Mississippi landowners understand some of the programs available to them as a means of conserving, restoring and enhancing their property. The cost for the workshop will be $35 which covers registration, lunch and all handout materials.
ildlife Mississippi is hosting a one-day workshop to enable attendees to fully understand the benefits of conservation easements and the financial assistance conservation programs that are available to private landowners. Persons owning land in Mississippi can attend our upcoming workshop that will be held at the Jackson Country JamES CumminS Club in Jackson, Mississippi WilDlifE on March 13. Topics for the workshops miSSiSSiPPPi are an overview of conservation easements, their use, tax how conservation easements benefits and application, are valued, preparation of baseline documentation, a conservation easement,
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please call us at 662-256-4486 to get a registration form. The registration deadline for the workshop is March 7.
James L. Cummins is executive director of Wildlife Mississippi, a non-profit, conservation organization founded to conserve, restore and enhance fish, wildlife and plant resources throughout Mississippi. Their web site is The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
Neshoba County Lake expected to produce more bass
For Starkville Daily News JACKSON – During the past several years, Neshoba County Lake has been one of the most productive big bass lakes in the State, producing numerous bass over 10 pounds and two bass over 14 pounds. Fisheries biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are predicting another great year during 2013. “The bass were stocked in 2005, and we usually see the catch of big bass peak eight to 10 years after a lake is drained and restocked,” MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Larry Bull said. In addition to the length of time since restocking, the bass population is managed with a slot limit (all bass must be released between 16 and 20 inches, with only one bass allowed over 20 inches) that has kept the lake from becoming overpopulated with small, stunted bass. “Anglers should plan on getting on the water soon,” Lake Manager Chuck Hazelwood said. “Big bass will start showing up as early as mid-February.” Anglers looking to catch a lunker should fish in 4 to 5 feet of water near channel dropoffs. Artificial baits like lizards and flukes or live shiners are the baits most likely to produce a trophy early in the season. “Anglers must be patient and persistent; a slow presentation is best,” Hazelwood said. Later in the spring, after the aquatic vegetation starts growing, snagless topwater lures such as frogs are the best baits to use. In addition to fishing, Neshoba County Lake offers camping and picnicking. The lake is located in Neshoba County, 7 miles southeast of Philadelphia off of Highway 486. For information about Neshoba County Lake, call 601-656-7376. For more information regarding wildlife or hunting in Mississippi, visit http://www. or call 601-4322400. Follow on Facebook at or on Twitter at www.twitter. com/MDWFPonline. will be more conducive to the school year and logistically better for coaches, teams, and schools. The location for the 4th AIMS State Invitational Championship, Now the 2013 AIMS State Archery Championship, is the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson Mississippi. The address for the Equine center is 1207 Mississippi Street, Jackson MS 39202. The date for the 2013 State Championship will be April 16-17. The competition range will be in the main arena area; additional rooms will be available for practice ranges, exhibitors, and other activities. There will be several exhibitors set up throughout this event. We expect approximately 1500 student archers to participate in the 2013 AIMS State Championship. In addition to the location change there will also be a qualification change to the 2013 AIMS state rules. This change will establish a minimum score for qualification. Teams and individuals must to achieve these minimum scores to participate in the 2013 AIMS State Championship. Details and information regarding qualification will be released at a later date. personnel stocked 30,000 bluegill sunfish fingerlings in Deer Creek at Leland on January 30. This fish stocking addresses the fish kill that occurred during the summer of 2011. “Low oxygen and water levels contributed to a major fish kill in July of 2011, Deer Creek lost thousands of fish,” Delta fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock said. “Once water levels returned to normal, we found very low numbers of sport fish in the areas where the fish kill occurred.” Last year, MDWFP hatcheries stocked largemouth bass and crappie in Deer Creek to boost the numbers of these important fish species. The bluegill (also known as bream) stocking was a combined effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pvt. John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, which produced the fish and the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery which maintained and delivered them. They should begin spawning this spring or summer and quickly re-populate this area of Deer Creek with bluegill. “We plan to continue monitoring the fish population and do whatever is necessary to fully restore Deer Creek for the residents of our state,” Aycock said. For more information regarding wildlife or hunting in Mississippi, visit http://www. or call 601-4322400.
in recovery effort
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks staff accompanied Mr. Charlie Hogue of Warmwater Pond Management, Inc. to the Pearl River near The Stennis Space Center where he released about 1,100 harvestable-sized blue catfish on January 29. These fish were donated by Mr. Chat Phillips of Phillips Brothers Farms in Yazoo City. The blue catfish are part of a continuing recovery effort for the area of the Pearl River affected by a discharge of black liquor from the Temple-Inland Paper Mill in Bogalusa, La. The discharge resulted in a massive fish kill in August 2011. The kill stretched along 80 miles of the Pearl River including about 40 miles bordering An estimated Mississippi. 219,000 fish and mussels were killed according to Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and MDWFP staff.
Archery in Mississippi Schools announces new location for 2013 State Championship
JACKSON – Since 2008 the AIMS State Championship has been held in Jackson at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Archery Center. This event has enjoyed great participation by archers from over 35 counties. AIMS has decided to relocate the State Championship to the Kirk Fordice Equine Center, adjacent to the Coliseum in Jackson. After seeking input and guidance from our coaches MDWFP continues and teachers we determined that the new location will be fish stocking efforts accessible for our attendees, on Deer Creek provide plenty of off-site attractions, and financially JACKSON – Mississippi friendly to all attendees. The Department of Wildlife, new location also allows for a scheduling adjustment that Fisheries, and Parks hatchery
Wildlife habitat projects on South Mississippi WMAs began this month
JACKSON – As deer season comes to an end each year in South Mississippi, the season for wildlife habitat improvements is beginning. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks personnel will start prescribed burning on selected areas of state-owned WMAs in early February. The seasonal, controlled use of
Farmer donates blue catfish to assist
fire is essential to enhancing and maintaining habitat for numerous game and non-game species of wildlife. Prescribed burning reduces competition from undesirable woody plant species, reduces potential of wildfire, reduces disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species. Once the spring growing season begins, MDWFP personnel will also begin treating non-native invasive plant species such as cogongrass. Spot treatments with selective chemical herbicides helps control many invasive species. These invasive species often have little to no wildlife habitat value, spread aggressively, and out-compete desirable native vegetation. Additionally, timber harvest activities are planned for some state-owned WMAs. During the fall and winter, MDWFP personnel conduct timber inventory cruises and prioritize areas that need forest management. Selective timber thinning not only improves tree health but improves wildlife habitat as well by opening the forest canopy and allowing sunlight to reach the ground. Sunlight along with soil disturbance promotes the growth of desirable vegetation that provides food and cover for many wildlife species. For more information regarding Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi, visit www. or call 601432-2199.
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Major league Baseball
Marlins set to turn page for this year
By TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press MIAMI — The Miami Marlins will gather their staff for baseball operations president Larry Beinfest’s first meeting of spring training this morning. In past years, his program began with a review of the previous season. Not this time. The Marlins are simply tired of hearing about all that went wrong in 2012 — and the fallout that followed. They changed managers, traded players, sliced off a huge percentage of payroll and are bracing to play in front of sparse crowds once again in a ballpark that has only hosted the team for one season. So on Sunday, Beinfest will try to usher in a new beginning. “It is time to turn the page,” Beinfest said. “Organizationally, we have. My preamble to the staff will not include anything about last season. Generally, when I open things up with our field staff, we talk a little bit about the previous season and how the winter went and my plan is not to talk about it at all. I think it’s kind of done. I think we need to talk about our young players, talk about the 2013 Marlins and move forward.” Really, they have little choice. The Marlins are starting over in many respects, with a new manager in Mike Redmond, a slew of new players — so many that even a veteran like Juan Pierre, who is returning for his second stint with the franchise, acknowledged Saturday that he spent some time leaning backward to check out the names on the backs of the jerseys of teammates he was meeting for the first time. “When spring training starts, it’s a rebirth,” Marlins president David Samson said. “And we’re starting over. We acknowledged our mistakes and we’re starting over and we’re happy it’s time now.” The starting-over process really started last summer, when the Marlins traded away Hanley Ramirez, the first step in a salary purge. After the season, Miami sent former NL batting champion Jose Reyes, former NL ERA leader Josh Johnson and left-hander Mark Buehrle to Toronto. Their openingday payroll in 2012 was $112 million — this year, it will be about two-fifths of that. Samson, who spoke for nearly an hour about a variety of topics — including what he called erroneous reporting and perceptions about funding matters for the $515 million ballpark — said when he met with fans on Saturday, the conversations were positive.
Fans go around to greet and get autographs from members of the 2013 Mississippi State baseball team during the First Pitch/Fan Day event on Saturday. (Photo by Bill Simmonds, For Starkville Daily News)
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Frazier sees the Bulldogs’ offense coming along. “It’s experience,” Frazier said of why the hitting has improved. “Last year, everybody knows it really
wasn’t there but this year, it is. I know I experienced a big jump from my first year in the league to my second year. Everybody last year, it was their first year. You’re going to see that same thing with a lot of guys. For six or seven guys, it was their first year in the lineup. They really
showed some progress this fall from spring and it’s going to carry over.” With the balance of offense, pitching, defense and chemistry the Bulldogs have this season, Frazier believes it will take them a long way. “Everybody gets along
great on the team,” Frazier said. “We’ve got really great chemistry. (It’s) a lot better than any other team I’ve been a part of since I’ve been here. All of that combined we’ve got a good shot to get to Omaha and take of what we want to take care of.”
Friday with the first of three games against Portland. From page C-1 Cohen believes this will to be seen if someone can be a great early test for the emerge to be the No. 1 guy Bulldogs and may provide an for MSU. indication of just how good Cohen likes what Kendall they can be. Graveman, Evan Mitchell, Jacob Lindgren, Brandon Danny P. Smith is sports editor Woodruff and others bring to and columnist for the Starkville the mound. As of yet, he has Daily News. The opinions in not announced what a starting this column are his and do not rotation will look like. necessarily reflect the views of The 2013 season begins on the Daily News or its staff.
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winning. It’s great to compete and it’s a fun time. It really is a dream come true.” The Nationals won the National League East and were the No. 1 seed on the NL side of the bracket. Moore’s experience in the playoffs was something he has wanted for a long time. “It was an unbelievable feeling,” Moore said. “The veteran guys use to tell me that’s what you play for. Seeing it last year, that was literally what you want to play for everyday. It’s just an unbelievable feeling. People on their feet from the first inning on. It’s crazy.” Down the stretch, Washington D.C. rallied behind the Nationals and made Nationals Park the place to be every night. “It was electric. It really was,” Moore said. “We have a bunch of young, good players. They’re fun to play with too. The city wrapped around us. It was just a bunch of energy
every single night. It felt like we were playing in a huge baseball town, which I feel like D.C. can get to.” Although Moore is pretty focused on his career, he still takes time to keep up with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. MSU has seen a good amount of preseason hype. Moore has paid attention to the Bulldogs this offseason and thinks things are heading in the right direction in Starkville under Cohen. “I’m excited for them,” Moore said. “I think they’re ranked No. 5. It was special what they did last year. I’ve seen them a couple years before that when Cohen came in. It seems like they have done nothing but get better and better. It feels like baseball’s back in Starkville where it should be. I’m excited for the season.” Moore reports to spring training on Monday. His expectations for the Nationals in the upcoming season are simple. “Hopefully (we can) win a World Series,” Moore said. practiced Thursday, Friday and Saturday in getting ready for Missouri. MSU, which stands at 10-12 overall and 2-7 in the SEC, was able to feed off the positive result of last weekend and Schaefer said it’s much deserved. “There’s not anybody in the country that works harder than those kids,” Schaefer said. “They work their tail off at practice every day. I’m proud to be their coach. I’m happy they are earning some credibility and some victories with their hard work.”
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range per outing. MSU will try to counter that with its inside-outside sophomore duo of Kendra Grant and Martha Alwal. Grant scores 12.4 points per game to lead the Bulldogs, while Alwal achieved her league-leading 11th doubledouble of the season against Arkansas with 14 points and 12 rebounds. After Schaefer gave his players a couple of days off during the midweek, they
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