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h.b. 716 now goes back to the house, where members can decide whether to accept the bill as amended or reject it and form a joint The Mississippi Senate passed an amended education committee with the Senate to furbill Tuesday that would authorize a study com- ther amend the legislation. mittee to review including outside territory in If the bill passes the house and is signed adjoining counties to a Starkville-Oktibbeha County school consolidation. The consideration of inclusion of other areas was the only change made to the bill passed last week by the Senate Education Committee, which initially tasked the potential seven-member advisory council to review structures of the city and county school districts and make recommendations on how a merger would imary ackson prove the quality and efficiency of education.
Senate passes consolidation bill
by governor phil bryant, the council, which would be named the Starkville-Oktibbeha County School District Structure, would form within 30 days of approval from the Department of Justice to review how consolidation could improve education as well as examine
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 72
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“ I just feel like the local people knowing the problem that is before them will come up with a better solution if they feel like they have ownership than they would if something was crammed down their throats.” G J | r-French camp
how a single member district board should be established to administer the newly consolidated district. The committee would also review capital facility needs of each school district and recommend methods of funding improvements, including the possibility of pledging Mississippi Adequate Education program funding for capital improvements. Though the bill allows for the formation of the committee and would order it to submit the recommendations by Jan. 1, 2014 if it becomes law, it still calls for the school systems to merge effective July 1, 2015, as initially presented by the house last month.
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Alternative spring break takes students to Delta
By STEVEN NALLEY This Sunday, several Mississippi State university students attended church twice. Cade Smith, assistant dean of students and director of MSu’s Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement, said the students first attended church at Leflore County’s North greenwood baptist Church, which has a historically Caucasian congregation. Later that day, he said, the students went to the historically African-American Salem Missionary baptist Church. “The really neat thing about the Delta is you have all these contrasting experiences around thematically similar things,” Smith said. MSu is holding its alternative spring break (ASb) program this week, bringing students to multiple Mississippi Delta locations to provide service and learn more about the region. This is the third consecutive ASb that MSu has held, and it is the second consecutive ASb to bring students to the Delta. Smith, one of the program’s coordinators, said a major change this year was the addition of 10 university of Mississippi students to the 28 MSu students taking part. he said the university of Southern Mississippi had planned to send students as well, but tornado damage to the uSM campus in February changed those plans. “The logistics are a little more complicated because of the size,” Smith said. “We’ve just about had to double the number of service locations, and we divided some of our tours into smaller groups as well.” Smith said one of the ASb’s goals was to not only let students serve Delta communities, but also to study the history and culture driving those communities. Other alternative spring break programs may let students serve communities, he said, but that week of service often stood in isolation. “They might work on a house-building project, but they don’t have the opportunity to put that service in the context of the history and broader aspirations of the region,” Smith said. “I think equally important is giving (volunteers) the opportunity to learn (more deeply) about the region’s history so they can put that service into context.”
On Monday, students from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi took a break from service during their alternative spring break and participated in a Delta Tour put on by Delta State University's Delta Center for Culture and Learning. Poor Monkey's Lounge was one of the final stops along the tour. Poor Monkey's Lounge, known as Po' Monkey's, is a jook joint outside of Merigold. It is considered to be one of the last known jook joints in the South. Historically, jook joints — not to be confused with juke joints — were music houses where farm workers could relax and listen to music. Po' Monkey's is operated by William See DELTA | Page A-3 Seaberry, and in 2009 was designated as a site on the Mississippi Blues Trail. (Submitted photo)
Commission OKs rezoning requests Lindley named
By STEVEN NALLEY The Starkville planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval for two rezoning requests at its meeting Tuesday at City hall, clearing hurdles for a 240-unit student housing project on highway 12 East and the relocation of Neblett’s Frame Outlet to Evergreen Street. pritchard Engineering president Clyde pritchard requested on behalf of Charles and Kenneth burns that the 10.67 acres currently zoned R-1 (single-family residential) be rezoned b-1 (buffer) to enable the student housing project. No members of the public commented during the public hearing, but commissioners deliberated extensively on implications of the rezoning and the proposed development. buffer zones typically permit a wide variety of land uses, but this deliberation led the commission to recommend the Starkville board of Aldermen prohibit mobile home use as a condition for this particular buffer re-zoning. This rezoning recommendation passed 4-1, with commission chair Jerry Emison absent, vice chair Dora herring acting as chair pro tempore and thus abstaining, and Jeremy Murdock casting the sole opposing vote. Murdock said he was concerned about the development
SACOp South region chairman
Caption: Carrie Copeland, owner of Neblett’s Frame Outlet, explains plans to relocate her store to Evergreen Street with illustrations at Tuesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) causing traffic safety issues on the bypass, particularly with students having to cross multiple lanes to exit the housing complex and travel toward campus. Commissioner James hicks asked pritchard if he envisioned the Mississippi Department of Transportation placing a traffic light at the complex entrance’s intersection with the bypass. pritchard said MDOT would not make this decision in advance of the project, but he considered a traffic signal a strong eventual possibility. Murdock said the city needed to seriously evaluate the implications of accelerating such developments along highway 12 East,
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By NATHAN GREGORY working with other SACOp colleagues to facilitate communication between the organizaCity police Chief David tion and its parent body and to Lindley was elected Southern discuss best uses of technology Region Chair for the Interna- to reduce operational expenses tional Association of Chiefs for departof police’s State Association ments afChiefs of police division (SAfiliated with COp), Starkville police DepartSACOp. ment officials said Tuesday. “We’ll Lindley, formerly chosen to have a discusrepresent all the police chiefs in sion of topics Mississippi as a SACOp memthat are of ber, will now represent AlaLindley interest and bama, Arkansas, Florida, georneed resogia, Louisiana, North Carolina, lutions and our ideas on and Oklahoma, South Carolina, present those to (IACp leaders) Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and for solutions and suggestions,” West Virginia as well as Missis- Lindley said. “We are also helpsippi. ing craft legislation to further he will serve as chair for the mission of law enforcement two years and communicate to to be as efficient, effective and the IACp president and the SA- professional as possible.” COp executive board. Lindley said he would be See LINDLEY | Page A-3
A-2: Around Town A-4: Forum
A-5: Obituaries A-5: Weather
B-1: Taste C-1: Sports
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Around Town
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership office recently held a ribbon cutting celebration for E Waste of Mississippi. This business is located at 501 Highway 12 West, Suite 410. Along with owner, Mohamed Aitali, and his employees, there were friends, GSDP Ambassadors and Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Membership, Austin Shaffer. This company collects old electronics such as computers, televisions, etc., to be recycled. For more information, please call 662-324-2003. (Submitted photo)
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
u Irish luncheon — The golden Triangle Celts Club will hold an Irish luncheon at 11 a.m. at Three generations Tea Room. Seating is limited and the cost is $12. To make a reservation, call 662-324-1507.
u Deacon and deaconess program — Sixteenth Section M.b. Church will hold its annual deacon and deaconess program at 3 p.m. guest preacher will be Rev. Larnzy L. Carpenter Jr. of First baptist Longview M.b. Church. For more information, call 662-323-7699. u St. Patrick’s Day celebration — The Starkville 175th birthday committee and the golden Triangle Celts Club will host a St. patrick’s Day celebration at 6 p.m. at Oby’s Restaurant in Starkville. The event will honor the 2013 Irish Rose, Dorothy Damm. For more information, call 662-324-1507. u Worship service — The blessing Missionary baptist Church will host worship services at 10:30 a.m. at the Sportsplex in Starkville. The church will hold services there on the first and third Sundays of each month. For more information, contact the Rev. Methonia or Mrs. Debra Martin at 662341-2278. u Spud & Salad Adaton united Methodist Church will host a “Spud & Salad” lunch following the 11 a.m. worship service. Cost is a donation and proceeds will benefit the AuMC Youth Camp Fund.
each night through March 20 at the church on bluefield Road. guest minister will be pastor Thomas Rogers of the Josey Creek M.b. Church. For more information, contact Rodney pope or the church at 662-3240701.
u Grief support group meeting — The grief Support group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center. guest speaker will be Jada gardner of Legacy hospice. For more information, call 662-615-0033. u Starkville Newcomers meeting — The Starkville Newcomers’ Club will meet 10 a.m. on location at SpROuT. All interested members of the Starkville community are invited. For more information, email
u Revival services — bethel baptist Church will hold revival services at 7 p.m. today and Thursday. guest speaker will be Rev. Edward Rogers of hopewell baptist Church in birmingham, Ala. For more information, call 662-324-0071. u Spring revival — New bell Zion Charge will hold its annual spring revival at 7 p.m. through Friday at bell Chapel u.M. Church. guest evangelist will be Rev. Joseph Long of True Vine M.b. Church. For more information, call Linda Ferguson at 662-617-3316.
u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper. net or call 662-323-8152. u Scholarship opportunity — The Starkville Civic League will offer the Camp-gaston Student Scholarship to an Oktibbeha County, Starkville high School, Starkville Academy or Oktibbeha County homeschool senior planning to enter college in the fall of 2013. Interested students should contact their respective guidance counselors as soon as possible. Deadline for applications is April 1. u Job training classes — Emerson Family Center will hold job training and career classes March 7, 21 and 28 from 10:30 to noon. For more information, call Megan with building Strong Families at 662-4187089. u BNI meetings — A chapter of business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays in the Modern Woodmen office on Lafayette Street. For more information, call barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-8003. 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 danzexplosion@yahoo.
u Books and Authors — The Friends of the Library’s sponsored books and Authors program will meet at noon at the Starkville public Library. guest speaker will be Michael Kardos discussing his novel “The Three-Day Affair.” For more information, call page Leftwich at 662-312-2296. u Football registration — The Starkville Cowboys 2013 football and cheerleading teams will hold early registration from 6-9 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. For more information, call Rodney Johnson at 662-312-7472.
u Family workshop — A “building good Relationship” family workshop will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at West Oktibbhea high School. The event is sponsored by The Controllers generation 4h Club. u Rotary banquet — The Starkville Rotary Club will hold its annual spring social and awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Starkville Country Club. u Spring revival — New prairie grove M.b. Church will hold its spring revival at 7 p.m.
u Celtic celebration — The Starkville Writer’s group will hold a Celtic celebration at noon at the bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville.
com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Jesus Lives” from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday 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 — North Miss. Medical Center in West point will host childbirth classes Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call 662-495-2292 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. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www. or call 662323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. Thursdays. The church is located at 607 hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — gentiva hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSu philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSu band hall at 72 hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players
must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard human at or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy phillips at or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activites room. beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662323-2294. u Square dancing — Square dancers are needed from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Starkville Sportsplex. The evening promises to be filled wtih good fun and fellowship. For more information, call Nelly Lang at 662-341-6259. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — gentiva hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on somone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-4185535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through September. To register, call 662-3204607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 university Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 university Drive, or Cb&S bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be
purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-323-3890, Margaret prisock at 662- 3244864, or Charlie Smith at 662324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock hill united Methodist Church at 4457 Rock hill Road. For more information, contact Donna poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email info@ and visit http://www.healingrooms. com u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The pEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. pEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host party bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To play, call 662-338-9442. Senior game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662-324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ
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Tupelo airport’s money Senate passes plan for education changes hurdles will increase
By JEFF AMY Associated Press TupELO (Ap) — An airline industry expert has renewed warnings to Tupelo officials that the local airport could lose federal subsidies if the number of commercial air travelers remains low. The comments from Mike Mooney of Sixel Consulting group came Monday during a meeting that gave stakeholders in the Tupelo Regional Airport a chance to get a progress report on operations, finances and a new marketing campaign. The airport has struggled since Delta airlines pulled out and was replaced by Silver Airways in October of 2012. Mooney was involved in the initial recruitment of Silver to take over commercial flight operations. Mooney was involved in the initial recruitment of Silver to take over commercial flight operations. Josh Abramson, executive director of Tupelo Regional Airport, said the grant the airport receives from the federally funded Airport Improvement plan fund will drop from $1 million in 2012 to $150,000 for 2013. An airport must have 10,000 boardings a year to qualify for the $1 million grant. Tupelo is on track to come in with less than 8,000 based on 2013's current levels. From October 2012 to January 2013, boardings were 51 percent lower than the same time the previous year, Abramson said. The combined effect of sequestration and low travel volume could also affect Essential Air Service subsidies. This per passenger subsidy directly impacts operational revenue. "basically we're looking for the businesses of Tupelo to drive in and pledge to make Tupelo their first consideration for air travel, not their only, but their first," said Abramson. Mooney said Tupelo has a strong industrial base that can support the airport and airlines are looking for that. JACKSON — In their latest plan to improve Mississippi public schools, state senators are offering a compromise on requirements to become a teacher and doing away with a proposal to make it easier for the state to take over troubled schools. The Senate voted 28-23 Tuesday to approve its version of house bill 890. It includes the latest Senate version of charter schools, an increase in standards to enter teacher preparation and a call to flunk third graders who can't read. The proposals appear headed for conference with the house, although it's not clear if the chambers will work on the combined bill, or less extensive bills that are still alive and contain individual proposals. before the bill passed, Senate Education Committee Chairman gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, stripped a provision calling for the state to take over any F-rated school that doesn't reach a C rating after two years. Tollison also softened requirements for students who want to become teachers. The original bill required them to score at least 21 on the ACT college test and a 3.0 gpA on earlier college courses. Tollison's amended version calls for 60 percent of teacher preparation applicants to meet that bar by 2015-2016. The level would rise to 70 percent by 2016-2017 and 80 percent by 2017-2018. The requirements would stay at 80 percent, allowing teacher programs to always admit 20 percent of students who don't reach the standards proposed by Republican gov. phil bryant. On Monday, the house amended another version of the teacher requirements to drop the ACT altogether. Tollison dropped a plan pushed by the
Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, explains the purpose of a proposal that makes it easier for the state to take over troubled schools during floor debate in Senate chambers at the Capitol in Jackson Tuesday. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP) state Department of Education to deal with failing schools. It would have required the state to take over any F-rated school that doesn't reach a C rating after two years, or any F-rated school that improves to C and then ever drops back to D or F. he said the proposal needed more study. Tuesday's Senate measure also contained the latest Senate proposal on charter schools. It would give a C-rated district a veto over such alternative public schools until 2016, while keeping a permanent veto for districts rated A and b. An independent authorizing board could
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Some discussions he’ll have with colleagues during SACOp meetings will involve improving such matters as police equipment, highway safety management, training and suppression of crime. Lindley said he looked forward to representing the Southern region and hoped to use the opportunity to participate in an organization designed to develop future leaders in law enforcement to improve law enforcement on a national level.
It’s an honor for me, Starkville police Department and Mississippi to use my experience and years of training at a national level,” I’m proud not only to have the opportunity for our department but for our city.” Starkville Mayor parker Wiseman said he’s pleased to see Starkville police Department represented in the association. “This is a high honor and Chief Lindley is well deserving of the honor,” Wiseman said. “It is a credit to his work in Starkville and in the law enforcement community at large.” tion of Oktibbeha County and voted in favor of the merger bill. Attempts to reach her for comment were unsuccessful. Russell Jolly, D-houston, also voted against the bill, saying it forces the committee to determine ways consolidation can improve the two districts when there may be none. “I think people that live in that district ought to have a better idea of what’s going on than we do, and they need to have a chance to make things right without a mandate.” he said. “What if this commission comes back and says (the districts) don’t need to consolidate?” giles Ward, R-Louisville, said he voted in favor of the full Senate’s amendment to the Senate Education Committee’s version of the bill but not for the bill itself. “(Jackson) made a passionate plea to the members to understand and recognize that the people of Oktibbeha County were certainly the best qualified and had a better understanding of the issues with all of this than the Senate did,” Ward said. “he made what I thought was a very reasonable and respectful request to this colleagues in the Senate to let the process play out.” A Senate vote count was not available as of press time.
approve no more than 15 charters per year and would have to give priority to charter proposals from historically black universities. house leaders, for their part, have proposed their own compromise which would let students cross district lines to enroll in charter schools, but would maintain a veto for C-rated school districts and ban for-profit organizations from managing nonprofit charter schools. bryant, Lt. gov. Tate Reeves and house Speaker philip gunn, all Republicans, are each pushing packages of educational changes this year.
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which functions as a bypass from highway 12 to highway 82, circumventing highway 182. “pretty soon, there’s going to be traffic signals all over the bypass,” Murdock said. “It defeats the purpose of having a bypass altogether.” Murdock recommended denying the request, but he withdrew it after City Attorney Chris Latimer asked him to cite a basis for denial. Latimer said the legal test for a rezoning’s legitimacy included changes of character in the zone and a public need for the developments the rezoning would allow. Murdock said he would favor the rezoning more if the new zoning were R-5 (multi-family, high density residential), but Latimer said that would change the test. pritchard was arguing that adjacent zones’ character was becoming more mixed and commercial, Latimer said. “If it switched from R-1 to R-5, the question would (instead) be, ‘Is it becoming more residentially dense?’” Latimer said. Commissioner Ira Loveless then recommended approving the rezoning request. “That area is not going back to residential,” Loveless said. “The university has already demonstrated that we need more housing around here.” Commissioner Jason Walker asked Loveless to amend his own motion to prohibit mobile homes and eating and drinking establishments in the
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The commission would consist of Mississippi’s state superintendent of education or a designee as the chairman, two SSD representatives to be appointed by the district’s board of trustees, two residents within the former county school district, the county school district’s conservator and a representative from Mississippi State university as appointed by MSu president Mark Keenum. Sen. gary Jackson, RFrench Camp, voted against the bill and said after the Senate voted that the amendments to the bill didn’t change the fact that it still mandated a merger. he added he felt more local input necessary to justify a state legislative body deciding on the merger. “I just feel like the local people knowing the problem that is before them will come up with a better solution if they feel like they have ownership than they would if something was crammed down their throats,” Jackson said. “We all know something has to be done but I think the local people can come up with a better solution than we can.” Angela Turner, D-West point, also represents a por-
buffer zone as conditions for the rezoning. Loveless agreed to the first condition but not the second, prompting Walker to put a condition prohibiting eating and drinking establishments up for a commission vote. hicks and Loveless were the only commissioners who voted against this extra condition at first, but Latimer said four votes were needed for the condition to carry, and
he prompted herring to vote. herring voted against Walker’s extra condition, which then died for lack of four votes. The recommendation of rezoning approval then passed with the mobile home prohibition condition only. The commission unanimously approved the rezoning from R-3 (multi-family residential) to C-1 (neighborhood commercial) to enable Neblett’s Frame Outlet to relo-
cate to 1011 Evergreen Street, the former location of the Copeland Family Medical Clinic. Former Starkville Alderman Frank Davis expressed support for this rezoning during the public hearing. “I have known this ... group of families for about 50 years, and I remember when Dr. Copeland put in the clinic,” Davis said. “I am certainly in favor of their clinic being turned into a nice art store.”
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To that end, the ASb is part of a three-hour academic course taught by MSu assistant history professor Jason Ward. The other component, Ward said, was a one-hour class each week, and the course applied toward advanced history credits, making it an attractive option for MSu students. “It’s a chance for the history department to do something creative and public-service-oriented for the university as well,” Ward said. “Really, the course is about bringing together history and contemporary issues, which is something you don’t always get to do in the history department. We talk about the past, but we don’t talk about the present very often. Ward said the classes’ structure prepared students to get the most out of the ASb itself. The course’s first half focused on historical context for the Delta’s culture and challenges, he said, and the second half brought in experts on Delta public health, public policy, education and more. “I lived in the Delta 10 years ago, (so) my connection is somewhat personal,” Ward said. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity (in ASb for) people who have never really engaged with the Delta (and possibly) never heard of the Delta. because we’re a national and international university, people who come from outside the state are particularly surprised with the amount of diversity in the state. I think they’re surprised by some of the poverty they see, the seriousness of
some of the problems folks in the Delta face. I think the Delta is worth a visit if you’re going to be invested in this state.” The students visited Delta State university in Cleveland Monday to meet with Delta Center for Culture and Learning Director Luther brown, and they also took a tour centered around one of the books they read for the course, James C. Cobb’s “The Most Southern place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity.” On Tuesday, they traveled to Clarksdale for a service learning project along the Mississippi River. The students’ ASb itinerary for the remainder of the week includes a visit to the Monsanto Company’s Delta and pine Land Company Learning Center in bolivar County, a gardening service project at Clarksdale high School, and a return to bolivar County to work with the regional center for Mississippians Engaged in greener Agriculture. On the trip’s final night, Smith said students would visit the ground Zero blues Club, owned by Memphis entertainment executive howard Stovall, local attorney bill Luckett and actor Morgan Freeman. Smith said MSu looked to expand the Delta ASb’s reach to many more schools. Meggan Franks, program coordinator for the MSu Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement, said Americorps VISTA planned to launch a Mississippi Delta Alternative break Network website at either the end of this week or the start of next week to get more schools involved. The site’s address will be http://www.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Congress Has Munchausen by Proxy
later crave. For the gOp it’s probably September 11, 2001. It was on that day the then-leader of the Republican party (the same dude the gOp no longer acknowledges exists, they’ll even listen to Mitt Romney speak before uttering his name) finally got to do everything he wanted without question — all with an over (and brief) 80 percent approval rating. he preemptively invaded Iraq without paying for it, flattened wages, made the rich richer and transformed higher education into a profit-driven industry. More importantly he got Democrats to shut up while he pretended drunken-sailor-spending was compassionate conservatism. So the idea was planted: The country in peril equals Republicans to the rescue! Even more important: Republican ideas — no matter how unsound — getting implemented. “My child is SICK — quick cut taxes!!” And when deregulating the banking industry led to widespread fraud and abuse that ended up buckling our economy Tina Dupuy — causing synDicaTeD another crisis columnisT — again Republicans got to do what they’ve always wanted; privatize profits and nationalize losses. The Republican-president-whowill-not-be-named bailed out the banks — those bastions (bastards) of the alleged and largely make-believe free market, saying famously, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” Which is akin to saying you’ve abandoned religion to save the church. “My baby is running a fever! hurry up and give wealthy white-collar criminals money and immunity!!” After Republicans lost the White house in 2008 they decided if Obama succeeds, it’ll be bad for them. It was about getting back those glorious notspoken-about-gOp-president years when they could rack up debt and use the word “liberal” like it means skin lice. And as soon as the gOp got control of the house the government has been on the verge of a shutdown virtually every month. Republicans get to hold vigils (press conferences) lamenting the suffering of the country they’ve sworn to protect, while we all stare at our televisions with a creepy feeling and a suspicion we’re not quite able to place. Republican Factious Disorder by proxy: “We love our country; we’re the unsung heroes of this inexplicable illness (we’re inducing). All we ask is
Munchausen Syndrome by proxy, now referred to as Factious Disorder by proxy or FDbp, is where a parent or caretaker enjoys the attention of having a sick child so they exaggerate and sometimes induce their victim’s symptoms. Children are made to be sick; parents are given sympathy for their seeming stoicism. It’s adulation-seeking via child abuse. In this case the caretaker is Congress (specifically the Republican-controlled house) and the thing they’re enjoying making unwell is, well, us: the country, our economy, postal services, meat inspections, air traffic control, infrastructure, law enforcement, military, credit rating, commerce, and every other part of a country thought of around the globe as a super power. This disorder can sometimes be traced to an early legit emergency, where the caregiver with FDbp first experiences the rush of admiration they’ll
that you’ll make our monument on the National Mall tasteful.” Our ailments are fabricated by Republicans and the antidotes are also fabricated by Republicans. Our spending problem? They made it and now only they can fix it. Our deficit? “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter,” said Veep Dick Cheney. Now? They matter. Especially to Republicans who like to use the word “Reagan.” They’ve shown their willingness to shut down the government (downgrading our credit in the process) to reduce the deficit. They’re basically sabotaging the country and calling it, laughably, patriotism. Or even worse — common sense. Obama, for his part, keeps on trying to govern by consensus with a Republican party that waits for consensus so they can oppose it. They have to, in effect, abandon
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Citizens best watchdogs over public associations
Rep. Jerry Turner’s effort to require open meetings of water associations and notice of meetings in which members of boards of directors will be elected remains alive in the Legislature. It should be enacted in the interests of transparency in the running of the nonprofit associations providing water for a significant percentage of Mississippi’s population. Turner, a Republican who represents District 18 (Lee and prentiss counties), amended Senate bill 2322, which in original form simply would have removed water associations from any oversight by the public Service Commission. Turner, who represents an area that includes at least part of the North Lee County Water Association, was instrumental in reorganizing the water association after internal mismanagement and criminality by a staff member led to its board’s resignation in 2011 and re-election of a new board. North Lee’s new leadership sends notice of its annual directors election meeting, and its regular meetings are open. however, Turner has said transparency is the key to keeping water associations on the straight and narrow. We agree. house Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency chairman Turner amended the legislation before it passed his committee to require that all rural water associations’ meetings be open to their customers and to require that the customers receive notice of meetings where boards of directors are elected. “I am a firm believer that as long as you have transparency that will solve just about any problem you have,” Turner said. “If you have open meetings and the members are informed, they will sort out the problems.” Informed citizens and consumers often are the best watchdogs over the affairs of public associations, including those classified as nonprofits. The bill will be taken up by the full house, and if it passes there, it would go back to the Senate. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
The many woes of telecommuting
Last week, best buy joined Yahoo to ban employees from telecommuting — a subject on which I am becoming an expert. As a self-employed writer, I telecommute every day. Thanks to the Internet and my cell phone, I can work for clients from anywhere — my home office, a coffee shop, a campsite in the woods. And it’s starting to get to me. Initially, I thought I’d achieved a dream. I wear blue jeans every day. I set my own schedule. No longer do I waste time in rush-hour traffic or sit in office meetings as colleagues lick the boss’s boots. but it can sure be isolating at times. A year ago, I moved back to a house I own in the country. Sometimes, I spend long mornings and afternoons alone there — just me and my computer. I find myself craving basic human interaction. Last week, for instance, a telemarketer called. In the past, I rushed such people off the phone, but no longer. Telemarketer: “Would you like to buy the Acme security service?” Me: “No, but how’s the weather where you are? I hear spring is coming late this year.” Working from home has also caused me grief from my neighbors. I overheard them talking about me one day. Neighbor 1: “Do you think he’s in the witness protection program?” Neighbor 2: “I don’t know, but he should get a pet.” They think a dog would give me needed company during the day, but I don’t want the responsibility, as I am often not home. I did try to hire a 24-year-old Swedish Tom purcell nanny, but, regrettably, the nanny agency assynDicaTeD sured me I had to have columnisT a family to hire one. A month ago, some religious fanatics knocked on my door to give me pamphlets and magazines. Religious fanatic: “You are doomed to hell if you do not read our pamphlets. Will you support us with a donation?” Me: “No, but I hear it’s going to rain tomorrow. Would you like some coffee? Do you think I should put rose bushes in the planter?” There are other problems caused by working alone out of one’s home. On the rare occasions when local clients visit my home office, I’m embarrassed to give them directions. Me: “Make a sharp left at homer’s bug zapper.” Client: “OK?” Me: “Then turn right at Orville’s compost pile.” So, I’m not so enamored with the homeoffice concept anymore.
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humans don’t like to be alone. We are social animals — so social, in fact, that I’m beginning to think best buy and Yahoo are onto something: that it is better to spend long days confined to corporate cubicles than it is to work in total freedom, isolated at home. but both companies are bucking a trend that is surely here to stay. According to a recent Census bureau report, more workers are telecommuting than ever before — some 13.4 million in 2010, compared to 9.2 million in 1997. With fewer employees taking up costly office space, more companies are boosting productivity and reducing costs — and they don’t want to give up such gains. And like every issue these days, telecommuting has become a political issue. The less you drive your car to the office, the fewer carbon emissions you put into the air. Thus, the telecommuting trend will likely continue. So, if you still dream about working from home, be careful what you wish for. before long, you’ll be craving conversations with telemarketers, religious fanatics and anyone else who will listen. Which reminds me: The postal carrier will be at my house soon. I need to get the coffee started. Tom Purcell is a syndicated columnist. Email him at
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Rabel Eugene Jones
Mr. Rabel Eugene Jones, 89, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, in the Mississippi State Veterans Nursing home in Kosciusko. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Nowell-Massey Funeral home in Louisville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral home Chapel. Interment will be in beth Eden Lutheran Church Cemetery. Mr. Jones was born on September 17, 1923, to butler and Alma Froshour Jones. he was a Christian affiliated with the First baptist Church of Kosciusko. he was a welder retiring from Taylor Machine Works of Louisville. Mr. Jones answered the call to serve his country during World War II by serving in the united States Army in the philippine and Solomon Islands campaigns. Mr. Jones is survived by his daughters, Faye Flake and husband, Jimmie, and JoAnne harsh and husband, Dan, all of
Louisville. he is also survived by three grandsons: Stephen Flake and wife, Ann; Chris Flake and wife, Quintina; and Eddie harsh and wife, Crystal. Also, Mr. Jones is survived by his sister, pauline gazaway and his sister-in-law, Carlene Jones, both of Sturgis. Mr. Jones has three great-granddaughters: Josie Cate Flake, Jenna breeland Flake, and Lilly grace harsh, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Laura Mae hamill Jones; his grandson, Ken harsh; his parents; and two brothers, Fred and Robert Jones. Serving as pallbearers will be Eddie harsh, Stephen Flake, Chris Flake, Junior Jones, Ricky Jones, and Josh Massey. Memorials may be given to Mississippi State Veterans home, 310 Autumn Ridge Drive, Kosciusko, MS 39090. Arrangements are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at
Dow ekes out eight straight advance
NEW YORK (Ap) — The Dow Jones industrial average logged its longest winning streak in two years — barely. A tiny gain gave the Dow its eighth straight increase Tuesday, long enough to match its longest series of gains since February 2011. The Dow rose 2.77 points, or 0.02 percent, to 14,450.06, having wavered between small gains and losses for most of the day. The broader Standard & poor's 500 ended down 3.74 points, or 0.2 percent, at 1,552.48. The Nasdaq composite dropped 10.55 points, or 0.32 percent, to 3,242.32 Stocks have surged this year as investors became encouraged by a recovery in the housing market and a pickup in hiring. Strong corporate earnings and continuing economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve are also supporting demand for stocks. The Dow has gained 10.3 percent so far in 2013, and last week it surpassed its previous all-time high of 14,164.53. The S&p 500 has risen 8.9 percent this year and is less than 1 percentage point away from its record close of 1,565.15 set in October 2007. David bianco, chief u.S. equity strategist at Deutsche bank, said the S&p 500 index will likely maintain its momentum in the coming weeks and surpass its all-time high. Strong first-quarter corporate earnings reports could also push the market higher. "I wouldn't be surprised if the market has a typical five percent pullback in the summer," said bianco. "but I think we go higher before that happens." The last significant downturn for stocks started before the presidential elections in November, when the Dow fell 8 percent between Oct. 5 and Nov. 15 on concern that a divided government wouldn't be able to reach a budget deal to stop the u.S. going over the "fiscal cliff" of sweeping tax hikes and deep spending cuts. Stocks haven't had a correction, typically defined as a decline of between 10 and 20 percent, since November 2011. That sell-off came after talks on cutting the u.S. deficit broke down in Washington. Merck was the biggest gainer in the Dow, advancing $1.38, or 3.2 percent, to $45.04 after the drugmaker said a data safety monitoring board recommended that a study of its cholesterol drug Vytorin should continue. peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell global Capital, was also among those saying investors should expect a pause in the market's advance. "Nothing goes up forever," Cardillo said. "We will be headed for a correction somewhere along the line." Markets were mixed in Europe. Italy easily sold 7.75 billion euros ($10 billion) in 12-month bonds, though at slightly higher interest rates. It was the first test of market sentiment since Fitch downgraded the country's credit rating on Friday due to political uncertainty there. The Dow's biggest wobble this year came on Feb. 25, when it lost 1.6 percent after inconclusive results from Italian elections pushed the country toward political gridlock, threatening its ability to follow through on unpopular budget cuts demanded by its European neighbors. That gave investors a flashback to last spring, when a flare-up in Europe's debt crisis sent markets spiraling lower in the u.S. and Europe. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to its price, fell to 2.02 percent from 2.06 percent. Among stocks making big moves: u Yum brands Inc. rose 89 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $68.73 after the owner of KFC, pizza hut and Taco bell announced a smaller-than-expected drop in its sales in China for the months of January and February following a food scare over its chicken suppliers. u Diamond Foods slumped $1.71, or 9.7 percent, to $15.89 after the snack maker reported disappointing second-quarter sales and offered an estimate for the rest of the fiscal year that also fell short of Wall Street estimates. u VeriFone Systems gained $1.22, or 6 percent, to $21.68 after the company, a leading maker of terminals for electronic payments, said late Monday that its CEO is stepping down after recent stumbles cut the company's stock price nearly in half. u Costco rose $1.31 to
Trader Edward Schreier works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets edged off recent highs in uneven trading Tuesday as worries grew about China's recovery and Europe's doldrums. (Photo by Richard Drew, AP) $103.75 after reporting that its fiscal second-quarter net income climbed 39 percent. The discount retailer pulled in more money from membership fees, its sales improved and it also recorded a large tax benefit. Even without the tax benefit the re-
sults were better than analysts had expected. u Cabela's soared $6.75, or 12.5 percent, to $60.65 after the fishing, hunting and outdoors retailer said that it expects first-quarter profit will come in above market expectations.
The following are felony and DUI arrests as reported by Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department: MARCH 4 u Christopher Lee Willhite, 32, felony indictment; u John D. bell, 45, felony indictment. MARCH 5 uTarius Marand Williams, 25, grand larceny and probation violation; ugeremy Ray Reese, 26, DuI 1st, failure to yield right of way and no insurance. MARCH 6 u Roger baptist, 38, probation violation; u Joey Lee McClain, 52, DuI 3rd. MARCH 7 u gregory Lamont Ware, 26, sale of marijuana more than 30 grams. MARCH 8 u phillip T. Mason, 23, aggravated assault. MARCH 9 u Jesse Ira Morrison, 30, DuI 1st and running a red light; u Sunni Sherae Daffon, DuI 1st, careless driving and running a red light; u Steven C. Randolph Jr., 21, DuI 1st. MARCH 10 uSeneca A. Tutor, 35, DuI 1st and speeding. The following are felony and DUI arrests as reported by Starkville Police Department: MARCH 6 u John hampton hughes III, 21, manufacture/sell/possession of drug paraphernalia. MARCH 7 u Laderius Jacolby Cain, 20, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; u Terika blair, 21, aggravated assault; u Daryl Cornelius gatheright, 20, domestic violence/aggravated assault. MARCH 8 u Dexter James Ingram, 18, manufacture/sell/possession of drug paraphernalia.
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their principles in order to save their principles (see: the individual mandate; Chuck hagel; the DREAM Act etc.). Make sense? Of course not. It’s still a guiding ideology for the party of bush, post-bush. Tina Dupuy is a syndicated We have a factious disorder columnist. Contact her at tinadubecause of our factually dys-
functional opposition party. budget showdown, debt-ceiling, fiscal cliff, sequestration — these are all symptoms of grand scale Munchausen by proxy Syndrome. Yes, it’s twisted. And yes, we’re sick ... and tired of it.
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panola County cattle farm practices conservation
MSu student seeks to impact agriculture
For Starkville Daily News A Mississippi State university senior is combining unique course opportunities and farm experience to prepare for a future in agriculture. Dallas O’bryant of West point has owned and operated Double D Farms, a vegetable production farm, on 10 acres of his family’s land in Clay County since 2010. he sells a variety of vegetables, such as onions, cabbage, potatoes, green beans, corn and eggplant, as well as flowers and homemade pasta, directly to consumers at several local farmers’ markets. To help gain new insight on techniques to improve his business, O’bryant enrolled in MSu’s new food production course. The course allows students to work on a student-run farm on about 24 acres of the h.h. Leveck Animal Research Center, commonly called South Farm. O’bryant said maintaining the student farm is a collaborative effort by classmates. “I may have more experience, but I don’t see a need to lead everything at the student farm,” he said. “We are a tight group, and the class makes decisions as a group. My expectations for the student farm are that current students will recruit new students each semester, and the farm will be fully functioning in several years.” O’bryant said he tries to find the balance between business and school. “being a student, my studies are very important,” he said. “I try to keep my studies first, but with this being planting season, I’m in a time crunch to get things planted. I have to keep my farm running be-
Cows at Gordon Farms in Panola County drink from water fountains placed at the fences between paddocks in Durwood Gordon’s intensive grazing cattle operation. (Photos by Scott Corey, MSU Ag Communications) For Starkville Daily News A panola County cattleman is using native grasses in a 200-acre intensive grazing operation that is both efficient and environmentally friendly. Durwood gordon owns gordon Farms, a pasture and cattle farm near batesville. he is experiencing the kind of success that is the goal of the Research and Education to Advance Conservation and habitat, or REACh, initiative coordinated by Mississippi State university. “I have quite a bit of native grasses that I put in because it was good for agriculture and good for business,” gordon said. “Native grasses require very little fertilization, and since their root systems grow very deep, they are drought tolerant. “These native forages don’t show as high food protein when you send them off for a nutrient analysis, but the cattle just thrive on it,” Durwood Gordon, left, and Judd Gentry examine the he said. native-grass pasture in Gordon’s intensive grazing operation Each of these factors is imin Panola County. Gordon Farms is participating in Mississippi portant in an intensive grazState University’s REACH program. ing operation. gordon fenced off 23 paddocks of about five acres each through which he rotates his cattle every one to three days, depending on the condition of the forage. because he moves his cattle frequently, he can check on their health as he handles them. The cows are accustomed to his presence and know what to expect when he arrives. “Lots of days, I just open the gap and the cows walk right through into the next paddock,” gordon said. “When you have contented cows handled in a low-stress situation, you’re going to have fewer health problems.” Another benefit of his setup is the fresh drinking water sources available in the paddocks. “I put a water fountain under the cross fences so I have one water fountain for two paddocks,” gordon said. “Since the cows don’t have to go very far for water, it’s not a social event to go get a drink.” gordon said this benefits the whole pasture because the cows do not congregate in a limited area, leaving a high buildup of manure and therefore nutrients in one spot. When cows congregate at a water hole, they also tear up the ground, which can lead to erosion. “In this system, the cow’s manure and urine is spaced out uniformly over the paddock, and that cuts down on the amount of fertilizer I
cause it’s my business, but I also make time for the student farm and have really enjoyed helping my classmates make decisions about the farm.” After graduating from MSu in May with a degree in agribusiness, O’bryant said he intends to return to his farming operation full time. “When it comes to my longterm goals for agriculture, I plan to feed the golden Triangle with healthy and nutritious vegetables,” he said. Kim Morgan, assistant Extension professor of agricultural economics, said O’bryant participates in the Market Ready Training program designed to assist Mississippi growers who want to sell food products directly to customers. She said O’bryant visits her office at least once a week to discuss new business opportunities or look for better ways to position his farm-grown items in the market. “Dallas is an extremely curious individual with a high level of self-motivation that drives him to find bigger, better, more profitable ways to maximize his farm’s success and, likewise, his customers’ satisfaction levels,” Morgan said. Morgan said O’bryant’s ingenuity and drive for success will help him become a leader among local producers. “Dallas is a perfect example of the young entrepreneur who uses his given set of resources to make a good living by providing a healthy product to consumers who want high-quality food from a grower with whom they have a personal relationship,” she said. “Dallas is well on his way to taking a leadership role among producers in our community.”
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MSu Community bCC opens new chemotherapy center service efforts gain national spotlight
For Starkville Daily News For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State continues to be recognized nationally for community service activities-this time as one of only 14 in a major category. The university is a presidential Award Finalist in the 2013 president's higher Education Community Service honor Roll program. The institution was among only three in the Southeast to be named, including Florida Stetson university in Deland and Spelman College in Atlanta, ga. The recognition program is administered by the Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National and Community Service that Congress created in 1993 to connect citizens of all ages with opportunities to give back to their communities and the nation. The current recognition is the highest ranked of Mississippi State's four consecutive honor roll inclusions since 2009. The presidential Award Finalist category specifically recognizes higher education institutions whose efforts "reflect the value of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities," according to the organization's website. Formal announcement of all national winners was made March 6. Meggan Franks said specific projects highlighted for MSu's 2013 application included the Day One Leadership Community, Campus-Community Emergency Response Team, Mississippi Delta Alternative break, Early Childhood Institute, Summer Engineering Academies and Learning programs, and leaderSTATE: Summer Residential Leadership and STEM program. Franks serves both as campus program coordinator of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement and project supervisor of the Maroon Volunteer Center AmeriCorps VISTA project. "We reported a total of nearly 8,300 students involved last year in academic service and learning projects," Franks said. "We also had more than 2,500 taking part in unduplicated community service activities, bringing our grand total of involved students to more than 10,800." Cade Smith, director of student leadership and community engagement, joined Franks in expressing appreciation to all whose hard work and dedication had enabled MSu to be among "only 14 colleges and universities nationwide selected as 2013 presidential honor Roll finalists. "Mississippi State was founded in 1878 on the principle of providing life-changing service, and being selected as an honor roll finalist formally recognizes the university's deep and continuing commitment to this principle," Smith continued. Smith, who also is assistant dean of students, said the honor "would not have been possible without the selfless service and dedication of thousands of students from around the globe and MSu employees working in every county of the state. "We also are especially thankful for our community partners who welcome collaborative partnerships with our students, faculty, and staff," he added. Other 2013 honor roll finalists include the Dominguez hills and Monterey bay campuses of California State university; Empire College, also in California; Collin and paul Quinn colleges in Texas; Defiance College and John Carroll university in Ohio; Kalamazoo College in Michigan; university of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; university of Northern Iowa; and Widener university in pennsylvania. For additional information about the MSu projects, contact Smith at 662-325-0244 or; Franks, at 662-325-2208 or difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-323-3322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy Sirens will host a game Day at the Senior Citizens building “Fun house.” RSVp to u Starkville Writer’s Group — The Starkville Writers’ group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan brown at u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of Christ holiness (uSA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie COLuMbuS — baptist Cancer Center – golden Triangle opened its new chemotherapy infusion center to employees and physicians during an open house on March 7. The newly renovated space, on the third floor of baptist Memorial hospital-golden Triangle’s Outpatient pavilion, officially opened to patients on Feb. 25. The new center more than doubles the square footage of the old chemotherapy infusion area and can accommodate up to 23 chemotherapy patients. It includes four private patient areas and four isolation rooms. The old space could only accommodate up to eight patients and included only two private rooms, according to Cancer Center Director Tom bailey. “The center is more inviting for patients and allows for more room for staff and patients. It also allows for each patient to have a family member come with them to treatment if they want,” said bailey. “We encourage our chemotherapy patients to bring a family member with them,” he added. Regular medical oncology and radiation patients will continue to be seen in the baptist Cancer Center — golden Triangle. Existing oncology clinic services will expand into the space formerly used for chemotherapy infusion in the first floor center, bailey explained. The new chemotherapy infusion center follows another expansion in oncology services by baptist golden Triangle. In late 2012, the hospital and baptist Medical group, the physician practice arm of the baptist system, opened a cancer and cardiology clinic in Starkville. The clinic offers chemotherapy for up to eight patients at one time, oncology and cardiac clinic services by a staff medical oncologist and cardiologist. The clinic is located at 104 hospital Drive in Starkville. The Starkville clinic makes oncology and cardiac services more convenient for patients who live west of Columbus, according to baptist golden Triangle Administrator paul Cade. “It is especially better physically for those patients taking weekly chemotherapy treatments to be able to take their treatments in Starkville
than to have to come to Columbus,” Cade added. With 315 beds, baptist golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based baptist Memorial health Care system. With physicians and surgeons representing almost every medical specialty practicing at the hospital and more than 1,000 health care employees, baptist golden Triangle offers a wide range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. In addition to the baptist Centers for Cancer Care – golden Triangle, the hospital offers a variety of services to the community, including baptist behavioral health Care for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service, an extensive rehabilitation department including cardiac rehab and educational programs. For more information, please call 662244-1000 or visit http://goldentriangle. or follow us on Facebook at
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For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State is opening the doors to its observatory twice this month for public viewings of the comet pANSTARRS as it enters the Northern hemisphere. From 7-9 p.m. March 15 and 20, the university's E.I. howell Observatory will be open for seeing the celestial traveler discovered in June 2011. The howell Observatory is located on MSu's South Farm, just south of campus. Inclement weather will cancel the viewing. The comet's name is an acronym for the hawaii-based telescopic survey that found it: panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System. Even though pANSTARRS is not very bright and will appear quite low on the western horizon, the observatory's 14inch telescope should provide a relatively unobstructed view to the southwest and enable viewers to appreciate details of the icy dirtball. "The comet is visible to the west at sunset for about an hour," said Angelle Tanner, assistant professor of astronomy. "The telescope will remain open until 9 p.m." To reach the observatory, turn south off blackjack Road
at the Stone boulevard intersection (just east of the College of Veterinary Medicine), then travel on Stone boulevard Extended for two miles. Follow the signs to the observatory site. For more information, contact Tanner at 662-3254112 or To learn more about MSu's physics and astronomy department, visit http://www.
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need to apply to that pasture,” gordon said. Judd gentry, MSu Extension Service panola County agent with ag and natural resources responsibilities, said another benefit of gordon’s intensive grazing system is it forces the cattle to graze edible material they would normally avoid. “In open pasture, the cattle pick and choose what they want to graze, and they leave or graze around some of the taller, tougher grasses or weeds,” gentry said. “In an intensive system, you end up with a better pasture that has less weed pressure.” Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship hall (ground floor) of First presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662-312-2175.
gentry said the REACh program provides gordon another platform on which to showcase his success as a cattle producer and environmental steward. “Durwood has had a lot of people come in and look at his setup and design,” gentry said. Robbie Kroger, assistant professor of aquatic sciences in the MSu Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, leads the REACh initiative, which is a collaboration of the MSu Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Forest and Wildlife Research Center. he said producers benefit from sharing information with each other, and the REACh initiative allows them an op-
portunity to meet and learn from each other. “Through the REACh program, we’ll have success stories scattered throughout the state,” Kroger said. “This will give participating farmers access to MSu research and expertise, and accountability in their conservation efforts.” Kroger said about 30 farmers have 96,000 acres enrolled in the stakeholderdriven program currently, and more are signing up. “We are approaching the farmer and asking, ‘What do you need help with?’” Kroger said. “We are trying to help them with agriculture and conservation, then showcase how good a job they are doing with land stewardship.”
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(1107 East Lee blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County high School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662242-7962. u Senior Yoga — Senior Yoga will be held Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity presbyterian Church at 607 hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. u Community call-in prayer service — The peter’s Rock Temple COgIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u Line dancing classes — beginners’ line dancing will be held on Mondays in the Activity Room of the Starkville Sportsplex at 405 Lynn Ln. from noon-1 p.m. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-5271553. u Project HELP — project hELp with Family Centered programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie guest or Cappe hallberg at 662-3242551 or 662-418-3876. u PROJECT CLASS — pROJECT CLASS is seeking
On the horizon
u Line dancing performance — The Starkville Line Dancers will perform Friday, March 22 at 10:15 a.m. at the Carrington nursing home in Starkville. For more information, call 662-615-9963. u Community Easter egg hunt — The annual Life Church community Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at McKee park in Starkville. For more information, call 662-684-9099 or visit u Rotary meeting — The Starkville Rotary Club will meet
Monday, March 24 at noon at the Starkville Country Club. guest speaker will be golden Triangle boys and girls Club Director Joyce Ellenwood. u Church event — Meadowview baptist Church, located at 300 Linden Circle in Starkville, will host a “heaven’s gates and hell’s Flames: Where Will You be When Reality Strikes” event at 7 p.m. March 24-26. Call (662) 323-2963 to get a free admission ticket. Childcare will be provided. u Grief support group meeting — The grief Support group will meet Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center. guest speaker will be Jada gardner of Legacy hospice. For more information, call 662-615-0033. u Speaker series — The Starkville 175th birthday speaker series will be held Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the John grisham room at the MSu library. guest speaker will be Willie harvey Johnson presenting “The Starkville I Knew.”
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MSu vet to use remote teaching at conference
The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s staff and students use two mobile veterinary clinics for outreach, education and hands-on learning. One of the clinics was featured in the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (pictured), and this week, the other will use video technology to teach veterinarians gathered for the annual American Animal Hospital Association meeting in Phoenix. (Photo by Megan Bean, MSU University Relations) For Starkville Daily News hundreds of veterinary professionals will gather in phoenix for the annual American Animal hospital Association meeting, but part of the conference will originate at Mississippi State university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. During a March 15 AAhA pediatric spay and neuter session sponsored by petSmart Charities, Dr. phil bushby will demonstrate surgeries and share his surgical expertise. bushby, the MSu-CVM Marcia Lane Endowed Chair in humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, will operate on shelter dogs and cats to help them become more adoptable. The procedures will be broadcast live from one of the college’s mobile veterinary clinics to conference attendees. “It is important to focus on pediatric spay/ neuter surgeries as those are the animals most frequently adopted from shelters. Sterilization prior to adoption significantly reduces the pet overpopulation problem,” bushby said. “This session will help veterinarians at other colleges and veterinary hospitals who wish to assist local shelters in making their animals more adoptable.” MSu’s veterinary college has two mobile clinics that serve as surgical facilities. Faculty and students travel to North Mississippi shelters to spay and neuter un-owned animals. Students gain surgical experience and get to play a role in solving the pet overpopulation issue. “Many of the animal shelters we work with have as high as a 70 percent euthanasia rate, but more than an 80 percent adoption rate for the animals that are spayed or neutered,” bushby said. “This is what we see not only in Mississippi, but in many other states.” The newest mobile clinic was funded by petSmart Charities as a result of fund-raising
activities by students in the classes of 2013 and 2014. It will be the venue for the remote teaching experience for the AAhA conference. MSu’s College of Veterinary Medicine works with the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association to educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering pets and taking them to a local veterinarian twice a year. The conference in phoenix will be held March 14-17. The AAhA conference focuses exclusively on companion animal care and provides attendees with top-of-the-line education on the latest developments in pet care and surgery.
gTpDD awarded Employer of the Year at Nightingale gala
For Starkville Daily News The golden Triangle planning and Development District was awarded Employer of the Year (other than a hospital) at the eighth annual Nightingale Awards gala that was held on March 4 in Jackson. The Employer of the Year (other than a hospital) award recognizes an employer of registered nurses that demonstrates recognition for professional nursing and innovation in leadership. The Nightingale Awards gala is black-tie event sponsored by the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Foundation, and is held yearly at the Marriott in downtown Jackson. Marshall Ramsey, editorial cartoonist for the statewide newspaper, The ClarionLedger, served as the Master of Ceremonies. The Nightingale Awards gala honors those who have exceptionally contributed to the nursing and health care industry in Mississippi. The evening serves as a tribute to recognize the remarkable nurses across the state, in addition to the individuals and organizations that support them. Nurses and organizations are nominated for various awards based on the presence of applicable criteria that pertains to the individual award that the nurse or organization is being nominated for. The nominations are sent to out of state judges for evaluation and ranking. The nurse or organization nominee, with the highest ranking from the out of state judges’ evaluation, receives the corresponding award. The golden Triangle planning and Developing District, is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, that offers an Elderly & Disabled (E & D) Medicaid Waiver program through the State of Mississippi under the Social Security Act, in addition to a separate elderly and disabled home call program and transitional care program staffed by three nurse practitioners that spans a seven county area. The seven counties served by the gTpDD include Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Winston and Webster. Fifteen registered nurses, who are experienced in case management, staff the E & D Medicaid Waiver program. Through the E & D Medicaid Waiver program, the gTpDD provides services to elderly and disabled individuals who, without these services, would require skilled care in a nursing home setting. The nurse practitioner home call program focuses on transitional care, nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, and residential care. Florence Nightingale, who was an English nurse, is considered the founder of modern nursing. The foundation for nursing was created during the Crimean War (1854-1856) when Florence Nightingale was determined to improve the conditions of injured soldiers. The gTpDD truly represents the legacy and spirit of Florence Nightingale. This is evident, in that during the year of 2012, the gTpDD delivered over 600,000 home meals through the Meals on Wheels program, provided over 21,000 hours of homemaker services through 120 personal care attendants, an average of 45 hours per month
for in-home respite care to 73 caregivers, and escorted transportation for the elderly. The services provided by gTpDD to the general public, who have nutritional and social needs that are not being met, are exemplary of the actual application of Florence Nightingale’s beliefs and concepts pertaining to nursing, person, health, and the environment.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Section B
Gainesville road trip: Final chapter
Gainesville was great — practical meeting, good eating, and interesting folks — but now it was time to go. I had a full day of freedom of choice ahead of me: no appointments to make, no deadlines to meet, and no persons in the car to convince how good the food in some odd, hole-in-the-wall joint would be. But by the time I got ready to leave that last morning, I still felt stuffed. Though eating was on my mind, that’s as far down as the idea traveled — my tummy would have no part of it. For breakfast I could only manage an orange that I carried with me from Starkville, which I suppose was ironic given that I was in one of America’s major orange-producing states. Aside from that, I filled my travel mug with hotel coffee, packed the last bites of the tangerine chess pie I had picked up in Alabama on the trip down (more citrus irony), and began my journey. My first travel goal was not even food-related. I had pennies to press in Tallahassee, then my plan was to seek out a machine in Fort Rucker, Ala. that had eluded me on my last trip that direction. So I nibbled my way to Ozark, not out of hunger but for purposes of alertness behind the wheel. The usual suspects were involved: Jay Reed Skittles, Nerds, and flavored sunflower eats One ate seeds. Eventually I got to the pie, and I pressed all the pennies I would find that day. By then it was afternoon and I could finally turn my attentions to the one culinary quest of the day: a turkey sandwich. When my new buddies from Florence (the BFFFFs) heard that I had more than a passing interest in food, they asked if I had ever heard of Bates Turkey Farm. I had not. I soon learned that it was a true-blue turkey farm in Fort Deposit, Ala., where the turkeys grow “in a stress-free environment in the cool shade of pecan groves by the shores of a small lake.” After reading that in the brochure, I was ready to ditch all that “flying with eagles” mumbo-jumbo and go hang with those turkeys. In reality, though, I was most interested in the Bates House of Turkey, the restaurant just a few miles down I-65 in Greenville. If you’re following the map at home, you will have realized that MapQuest does not send one through Greenville on the way from Gainesville to Starkville. On the other hand, if one sets the GPS to Greenville, one still gets to Starkville eventually. Plus, the Smoked Turkey Sandwich at Bates was on the list of 100 Things to Eat in Alabama Before You Die, so it was an important detour. You never know. It was one of the most simple turkey sandwiches I’ve ever had: a tall pile of thinly sliced hickory-smoked turkey, a little mayo, shredded lettuce and a couple of bread and butter pickles in the bag. That’s it. The accompanying potato chips were plain and had also clearly inhabited the bottom of the bag — not a whole chip amongst them. Yet even today, weeks later, I can still bring back the smoky-sweet flavor that left me wanting more. The nice lady who took my order was very enthusiastic about it as well — said she could eat one every day. (And even in small pieces, the chips provided the salty contrast to the sandwich, just like they were supposed to.) If you find yourself in Greenville and have a hankering for stress-free turkey, but want something more than a sandwich, do not fear, there is much, much more: turkey and dressing, barbecue turkey, turkey salad, turkey wraps, turkey sausage, turkey casseroles, turkey soups and even turkey jerky. I guess people in Greenville take a lot of naps, but I was driving so I moved on towards home. By the time I got to Tuscaloosa I was a little hungry, but was too close to home and too tired to find a place on the 100 Things list. I actually had a craving for something sweet, so I tuned my taste buds to Krispy Kreme. I knew right where it was supposed to be. I even turned off my GPS (because I knew enough to follow McFarland Avenue home), yet still — for the first time in my adult life — I made a wrong turn in T-town and missed the Hot Donuts sign. Oh well — maybe this was a sign that I didn’t need to eat, anyway. On to Reform. It was getting to be the time of night past which eating leads to regret. But I’d really only eaten one meal that day and could justify the calories if I found something worth stopping for. As I was putting on the brakes and looking around for the next speed limit sign (because that’s what I do when I drive through Gordo and Reform), I passed by Jack’s. In fact, I had passed both parking-lot entrances when I noticed, at the very last minute, a sign that said “Red Velvet Shake.” Cha-ching! Found something worth stopping for. With the shake I felt like I should get something a bit more savory, if not substantial, and I recalled the days when one of my favorite fast-food combos was a shake and fries — sweet and salty at its best. The shake was made from hand-dipped scoops of Blue Bell ice cream with chunks of red velvet cake throughout. The fries were of the thick, crinkle-cut variety, perfectly cooked (crispy outside, creamy inside) and very hot. Cold-hot. Sweet-salty. I was very happy. An hour later I was home and even happier. Jay Reed is a local foodie and pharmacist. The culinary tastes expressed here are his and do not necessarily reflect the appetites of the Starkville Daily News or individual members of its staff. He welcomes your comments at
Blueberry, Apple, Gorgonzola Paninis
Consider these health-inspired brunch recipes if you’ve grown tired of your ordinary definition of breakfast for lunch. (Submitted photo)
For fresh brunch, fill plates with healthy fruits
For Starkville Daily News Sweeter breads and casseroles are popular brunch foods, but they can be heavy and full of fats, sugar and calories. For a lighter, fresher brunch that still leaves guests satisfied, fill their plates with delicious and healthy fresh fruits. Fresh fruits help satisfy a sweet tooth without filling you up with unhealthy ingredients. And fresh fruits are available year-round thanks to an abundance of fruits available from Chile. Here are a few delicious ways to make your brunch fresh and tasty with fruit: u Slice up a variety of fresh fruits and serve them in fruit-based containers. Carve a basket from a watermelon, hollow out the center of halved cantaloupes or honeydew melons, or make individual servings in orange peel cups. u Set up a yogurt bar so guests can customize their own yogurt parfaits. Include creamy yogurt, fresh Chilean blueberries, plums, grapes, kiwis and apples. Have a selection of homemade granolas, toasted nuts and coconut flakes with honey or agave nectar for drizzling. u Set out fresh fruit skewers stacked with chunks of your favorite fresh fruits. For an added layer of flavor, lightly grill the skewers over smoky coals or in a grill pan on the stove. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes. Another way to enjoy fresh fruit is to incorporate it into your brunch recipes. This recipe for Sweet Potato Waffles tops fluffy waffles with fresh Chilean peaches, plums and grapes; and this recipe for Blueberry, Apple and Gorgonzola Paninis uses fresh Chilean blueberries for little bursts of sweet flavor in a savory sandwich. For more brunch recipes like these, visit http://www.fruitsfromchile. com.
Sweet Potato Waffles
Sweet Potato Waffles 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt 4 large eggs 1/2 cup sugar 2 1/2 cups flour 3/4 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 cup cooked sweet potato puree (canned or fresh) 3 tablespoons melted butter 2 peaches, sliced 2 plums, sliced 1 cup grapes, halved 1/4 cup pecans Maple syrup Blueberry, Apple, Gorgonzola Paninis 8 Italian bread slices 8 ounces Gorgonzola, crumbled 1/2 cup blueberries 1 crisp apples, thinly sliced 8 ounces thinly sliced ham or smoked turkey 1 cup arugula 2 tablespoons red pepper jelly, divided 2 tablespoons olive oil
Layer 4 bread slices evenly with Gorgonzola, blueberries, apples, ham and arugula. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper jelly on side of each of the remaining 4 bread slices; place bread slices, jelly sides down, on top of Blend the first 7 ingredients well and let arugula. Brush sandwiches with olive oil. Cook sandwiches in batches in a preheated rest for 20 minutes. Panini press or grill pan 2 to 3 minutes or Make waffles in a waffle maker. until golden brown. Top with fruits and toasted pecans.
Peanuts: A good choice for nutrition, value
As I mentioned last week, March is Peanut Month. Today, our article will focus on the nutritive value of peanuts and peanut products. Whether you are young or old, or if you are overweight or underweight, peanuts and peanut nelda staRks butter can work for FaRm tO Plate all ages and fit into a healthy dietary plan. Scientific research shows that peanuts can improve your health. Whether they help you lose weight, enhance the nutritional quality of your diet, or prevent the onset of disease, peanuts provide benefits to everyone. With 7 grams per serving, peanuts contain more protein than any other nut, making them a powerhouse of protein. Protein is an essential nutrient for maintaining muscles, bones and skin throughout life. Peanuts are a natural source of plant-based protein. Many health experts recommend choosing more plant-based proteins as part of a healthy lifestyle. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans specifically point out the need for a shift in food intake to a more plant-based diet; one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. Besides protein, peanuts and peanut butter contribute more than 30 essential vitamins and minerals and can be part of a varied balanced diet that promotes good health. The major nutrients include vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, folate, niacin (Vitamin B3) and healthy fats. Benefits of peanut nutrients: u Vitamin E is a dietary antioxidant that helps to protect cells from oxidative stress, a normal, yet damaging, physiological process. u Magnesium is required for the proper growth and maintenance of bones; for the proper function of nerves, muscles, digestive system, and many other parts of the body. u Dietary fiber is important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. u Folate is needed for cell division, which means that adequate folate intake is especially important during pregnancy and childhood
when tissues are growing rapidly. u Niacin helps to convert food to energy and can boost HDL (good) cholesterol levels. u Both monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat contribute to a healthful diet when they replace saturated fat in the diet. Peanuts and peanut butter contains 4.5 grams polyunsaturated and 8 grams monounsaturated fat per serving. Peanuts make eating healthy easy. They taste good, have crunch and are versatile. When used in cooking, the unique flavor of peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut oil adds depth and fulfillment in addition to quality nutrients. Peanuts are also an economic value for the amount of nutrition that they provide per serving. For just under 200 calories, you’re getting a highly nutrient dense food. The best part is you won’t break the bank! The affordability of this long-loved nut is unrivalled. Peanut Butter is the most popular peanut product and is a staple in most homes. Americans consume about 700 million pounds of it each year. More than 50 percent of all peanuts
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Sharing Hometown Recipes, Cooking Tips and Coupons
Chocolate Mousse Pie With A Touch o’ Irish
“This pie is so simple ... your guests will think you went to great lengths to make it!”
weet or savory - the ultimate snacking question. Recipe creator Scott Anderson has the answer with his Chocolate Moussecarpone Pie. Anderson layers a chocolatey Irish liqueur mousse made of chocolate chips and mascarpone (a mild, creamy cheese) on top of savory crunched up pretzels with divine results. Now the only question is one slice or two! See step-by-step photos of Anderson’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at: You’ll also find a meal planner, coupons and chances to win! Enjoy and remember, use “just a pinch”...
By Janet Tharpe
Scott Anderson
Shepherdstown, WV (Pop. 1,734)
Moussecarpone Pie
4 c pretzels 1/3 c brown sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 4 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided 4 c mascarpone cheese, room temp 1/4 c Irish cream liqueur 1 tsp pure vanilla extract whipped topping • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Directions What You Need
mix until incorporated. • Pulse pretzels in a Gradually add in melted blender or crunch up chocolate and whisk in resealable bag until together or use a hand they are in very small particles, then place into mixer on low until smooth. pie plate. Add brown sugar and melted butter • Spread mixture into and blend together. the still warm pie crust, Press crumb mixture pressing lightly to bind. evenly into pie plate. Bake for 6 minutes; set • Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and aside. refrigerate for 1-2 • Meanwhile, melt 4 hours. cups of chocolate until • Slice, and serve with smooth and creamy. whipped topping. • Blend liqueur and vanilla into mascarpone,
Submitted by: Scott Anderson, Shepherdstown, WV (pop. 1,734)
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Spiced Grilled Ham with Citrus Glaze
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours Yield: 12 to 14 (4-ounce) servings 6 to 7-pound fully-cooked bone-in ham, trimmed 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon ground paprika 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 cup lemon marmalade (or other citrus marmalade) 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar Preheat gas or charcoal grill to mediumhot (375°F to 425°F). Prepare grill for indirect cooking: For gas grill, turn off center burner; for charcoal grill, bank coals on either side; place a drip pan under grate between heat sources. Score a diamond pattern into ham, about 1/8 inch deep into any fat. In small bowl, combine coriander, paprika, cumin, cinnamon and cloves. Rub spice mixture over all sides of ham. Place ham, flat side down, in center of grill over drip pan. Cover and cook, adding briquettes as necessary to maintain heat, until internal temperature of ham reaches 140°F, 1 1/2 to 2 hours or 15 to 18 minutes per pound. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine marmalade, orange juice and sugar. Brush marmalade mixture over ham. Cover and grill 5 minutes, until glaze is lightly caramelized. Remove ham from grill, transfer to cutting board, and let rest 15 to 30 minutes. (Oven-roasting instructions can be found at
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Grill over indirect heat. This allows the ham to heat evenly, without burning. Score the ham. Scoring (diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart on the surface of the ham) not only looks more appealing, but it allows both the natural juices and the glaze to penetrate and flavor the meat. Use an instant-read thermometer. Heat pre-cooked (or cured) ham until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. Cook fresh uncooked ham until the internal temperature reaches 145°F, followed by a 3-minute rest. When inserted into the thickest part of the meat (without touching any bone), the temperature should register within a few seconds.
ooking to put a delicious twist on your Easter meal? Try cooking ham on the grill. It’s easy to fire up your feast with this Spiced Grilled Ham with Citrus Glaze recipe. A flavor powerhouse, ham can be prepared in multiple ways, complementing a variety of dishes and flavors that fit into any Easter celebration and beyond. Surround it with savory sides like Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Goat Cheese or Ham and Peas with Mint and Tarragon for a truly mouthwatering meal. And, don’t turn that grill off just yet, because no firedup Easter feast would be complete without a sweet and smoky dessert that’s also fresh off the grill — Caramel Frozen Yogurt Pie with Grilled Peaches. You can find more Easter recipes, helpful tips and nutrition information at
Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Goat Cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 6 servings 1/2 pound bacon, sliced 12 small red potatoes, halved Olive oil 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup goat cheese, plain 4 tablespoons green onions, sliced 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 3 tablespoons dill, snipped, plus dill for garnish 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Heat oven to 450°F. In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, turning to brown evenly, until crisp. Blot bacon on paper towels, mince and set aside. Brush cut surfaces of potatoes lightly with olive oil. Place potato halves cut side up on a shallow rimmed baking pan; bake until potatoes are tender and faces of potatoes are lightly browned, about 20 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl mash together sour cream and goat cheese, stir in minced bacon, onion, Parmesan, dill, salt and pepper. Top each potato with a spoonful, about 2 teaspoons, of sour cream mixture. Serve warm. Make-Ahead Tip: Roast potatoes before guests arrive; keep warm in the oven. Top with cheese mixture before serving.
Caramel Frozen Yogurt Pie with Grilled Peaches
Ham and Peas with Mint and Tarragon
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 to 6 servings 4 ounces cooked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice 3 cups peas, fresh or frozen 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick) cut into 4 to 6 pieces 1/4 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped, plus sprigs for garnish 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, coarsely chopped, plus sprigs for garnish Salt and pepper to taste Bring medium saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Add peas and cook until tender, 3 to 8 minutes depending on size of peas. Drain peas, reserving 2 tablespoons cooking water. Return peas and cooking water to saucepan. Add ham, butter, mint, and tarragon, stirring until butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl, garnish with mint and tarragon sprigs, and serve.
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 8 to 10 servings 2 pints premium vanilla frozen yogurt 1 9-inch prepared graham cracker pie crust, or 8 individual graham cracker pie crusts 1 1/4 cups caramel sauce, store-bought 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 6 ripe medium sized peaches, halved and pitted Transfer 1 pint of frozen yogurt from freezer to refrigerator to soften for 30 to 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake pie crust until lightly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. To assemble pie, spread softened yogurt evenly over pie crust. Place in freezer and chill about 1 hour. When firm, spread about 3/4 cup caramel evenly over frozen yogurt. Return pie to the freezer, and transfer second pint of frozen yogurt to refrigerator. Allow pint to soften for 30 to 40 minutes. Spread second pint of yogurt evenly over caramel, making decorative swirls, if possible. Freeze until firm. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving. To grill peaches, prepare medium fire in a charcoal grill or preheat gas grill on medium. Melt butter and stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Toss peaches with butter mixture until well coated. Grill peaches directly over medium fire, cut-side up, until grill marks are visible, about 5 minutes. Turn peaches over and grill until grill marks show and peaches are tender, about 4 minutes longer. Set aside to cool. When cool, cut peaches into thick wedges. When ready to serve, cut pie into wedges and serve with peaches on the side. Drizzle a little of remaining caramel sauce over top.
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Surprising ingredient that makes favorite recipes tastier
For Starkville Daily News
Modern or current may not be the word that comes to mind when you think of cottage cheese but this dairy case classic is experiencing a resurgence that is taking it beyond the diet plate to a starring role in how consumers eat today. Low-fat cottage cheese is high in protein, low in calories and fat and minimally processed. Its versatility, price and nutritional profile make it a must have in any healthy kitchen and its popularity is on the rise. In fact, Health magazine named it one of the "flashback foods of the year." Today, cottage cheese is anything but plain. With its light flavor and creamy texture, cottage cheese makes a delicious and healthy base for a host of dishes. Have a favorite high-fat dip? Swap out the mayo for low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese. You'll add calcium and protein without compromising flavor. In the mood for a creamy dressing? Blend cottage cheese, herbs and spices for a rich-tasting, low calorie dressing for salads from greens to pasta. The Modern Cottage Cheese Plate: Italian
It's also a perfect addition to your morning pancake mix. Mild, creamy cottage cheese mixed with lightly sweetened batter forms tender, delicious California Cottage Cheese Pancakes with the added bonus of a healthy dose of protein. While people tend to add fruit and other "sweet" additions to cottage cheese, don't overlook savory ingredients like chopped artichoke hearts, olives, nuts or even salsa. The dairy experts at the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) have developed two Mediterranean-inspired modern cottage cheese plate recipes that will suit any palate or occasion. Go Greek with fresh, flavorful ingredients like cucumbers, red peppers, herbs and olives. And, when you're craving the rich flavors of Italy, look no further than the Modern Italian Cottage Cheese Plate. Dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, lemon and pine nuts mixed with cottage cheese combine for a guest-worthy salad or dip when served with baguette slices or multi-grain crackers.
Ingredients: 1 cup California low-fat cottage cheese 1 tablespoon finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 2 cups baby arugula 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted 3/4 cup red and yellow grape tomatoes 1/2 cup mixed olives 6 whole grain baguette slices 3 teaspoons Real California butter Directions: Spread butter lightly on baguette slices and toast. Stir together cottage cheese, tomatoes, basil, garlic and lemon zest in a small bowl. Place arugula onto two plates and top with cottage cheese. Sprinkle with pine nuts and surround with tomatoes, olives and baguette slices. Makes two servings. A cup of cottage cheese is a high protein choice that provides calcium and is available in low-fat and fat-free varieties. It's an excellent
source of satiating protein, which means it keeps you full and may prevent you from overeating. Which is why putting cottage cheese or other dairy products on that "diet" plate or any plate isn't off the mark. According to registered dietitians with Dairy Council of California -people who consume more calcium and dairy foods as part of a balanced diet tend to weigh less and/ or have less body fat than those who consume less dairy. Plus, this dairy original is convenient, versatile and readily-available. Try mixing cottage cheese with fresh fruit or cucumber for a refreshing snack. Real California milk is used in a variety of quality dairy products from cottage cheese to yogurt. Make sure to look for the Real California Milk and Cheese seals to guarantee you're getting products made with 100 percent California milk from California dairy farmers. For more recipes and entertaining ideas, visit RealCaliforniaMilk. com, like RCM at RealCalifMilk or follow at http://www.Twitter. com/RealCalifMilk and Pinterest at http://www.
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Wine Guys: Appreciating grenache
We've developed a growing fondness for everything grenache. Not always does it score well among critics, and historically many winemakers have considered it only as a blending grape. In fact, burgundians were said to have once blended grenache in their pinot noirs, even though the practice was illegal. Made poorly, grenache can be one-dimensional. But well made, it can offer lots of fruit flavors and complexity. If you disagree, explain to us the grenache made by stellar producers like France's Chateau Rayas ($600 a bottle) or California's Sine Qua Non ($500 a bottle). Not all grenache is expensive and not all of it requires cellaring. Grenache's style ranges from the jammy Australian versions to the dense, complex grenache from the Rhone Valley. Finding the one that fits your palate is an adventure worth taking. Often light in color and medium in body, grenache generally has strawberry and raspberry flavors. Depending on its region and soil, it also can show hints of herbs, anise, raisins, currants, citrus and cinnamon. The most respected region for grenache is the southern Rhone Valley. It comprises 70 percent of the grapes grown in Chateauneuf du Pape. These wines have more finesse with cherry and herbal notes. Other grape varieties are often blended in the wine to add depth, color and acidity. The grape is thought to have its origin in Spain where it is called "garnacha." Because the region experiences hot temperatures, grenache can be alcoholic. We find more cherry and tOm maRquaRdt licorice character and PatRick daRR from Spanish garnathe Wine Guys cha. Some great grenache is now being made by California producers, particularly those in the Santa Barbara region. These wines can be tannic so syrah is often added to round off the texture. These wines are commonly fruit forward with floral and herbal aromas. Here is some excellent grenache from around the world to get you started: Las Rocas. This wine from the hot region of Catalyud, Spain, is one of the most popular on the market. The ripe grapes provide the basis for the wine's body. It shows off lots of cherry and licorice flavors. Tablas Creek. This highly respected producer in the Paso Robles region of California has perfected grenache more than any other producer. Partnering with Chateau Beaucastel, it has made grenache a science by carefully selecting the right clones and waiting for its vines to age. This grenache is a powerful wine with sturdy tannins and cherry, cocoa flavors. The Cotes du Tablas is primarily grenache and modeled after France's Cotes du Rhone. Although grenache is less than half of the Espirit de Beaucastel, it is a wine worthy of attention and shows how well grenache pairs with mourvedre. These wines can be expensive, but they are worth the price and fairly easy to find. Qupé Sawyer Linquist Vineyard Edna Valley Grenache. Qupe specializes in Rhone grape varieties and tends to favor the syrah for its body. But it makes an elegant grenache for about $35. Beckmen Vineyards. This Santa Ynez Valley producer makes several great grenaches starting with its reasonably price estate wine. It's Purisima Mountain Vineyard version at about $45 is a stellar rendition of a classic Rhone. Clarendon Hills. The wines of this Australian producer are not for everyone, especially since their prices start around $70 a bottle. Even if you can afford it, the wines are high in alcohol, jammy and dense. However, they are to Australia what Chateau Rayas is to France. Other Australian grenache: We like the grenache from d'Arenberg, Torbeck and John Duval. But for value, try Yalumba. Their blends are terrific values, but they also make a Bush Vine Grenache that is outstanding.
Wine picks u Artesa Estates Reserve Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2009 ($40). using grapes from the Carneros region, Artesa has crafted a wellbalanced, delicate and classy pinot noir. Bright raspberry and cherry notes with a good dose of cloves and vanilla. u Tower 15 Petite Sirah 2010 ($19). Typically opaque in color, this tasty petite sirah has abundant, jammy blackberry and plum notes on the nose and palate with a dash of kirsch and black pepper. Soft but full-bodied. Check out the authors’ blog at http://www. Some of the wines recommended in our column may have been provided for review by their producers. The authors can be reached at
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Secrets to slow-cooked pork perfection St. Patrick’s Day is
no excuse to indulge in unhealthy habits
For Starkville Daily News St. Patrick's Day is often an excuse to enjoy a little too much rich, calorie-heavy food. But there's no reason you can't enjoy celebrating with healthier food and drinks. Since green is the color of St. Patrick's Day, add some naturally green foods to your menu. Green fruits and vegetables give you important nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, fiber and phytochemicals. A diet rich in green produce can help reduce the risk of some types of cancer, promote healthy vision, and keep your bones and teeth strong. Some great greens to try fresh, in a new dish, or in a healthy beverage: u Kiwi u Edamame u Arugula u Avocado u Broccoli and broccolini u Leeks u Spinach u Kale Whether it's a nourishing morning pick-me-up or a mid-day energy and immunity boost, these nutritious and delicious recipes from NutriBullet will help you raise your glass to some healthier options. The NutriBullet emulsifies healthy foods
such as fruits, vegetables and grains into their most easily digestible state, which allows your body to absorb up to 95 percent of the vitamins and minerals. Get more information and great tasting recipes at http://www.nutribullet. com. Shamrock Shake Large handful of kale 1/4 avocado 1/2 banana 1/2 cup green grapes 1 green apple (cored and seeds removed) 1 teaspoon chlorella powder Dash of cinnamon (optional) Add coconut water or plain filtered water up to the MAX line Place all ingredients in the NutriBullet large cup, screw on Extractor blade, and blast. Breakfast Tea Time
For Starkville Daily News There's nothing better than a juicy, flavorful rack of pork ribs hot off the grill. Whether saucy or spicy, wet or dry, ribs are a versatile pork cut that can take on many of your favorite flavors. But if standing over a grill isn't an option or appealing this time of year, there's good news. The perfect rack of pork ribs isn't exclusive to hot grates over an open flame. You can also whip them up in your oven or utilize a trusty slow cooker. The path to perfect ribs is simplified with some easy slow-cooking techniques. Slow Cooker Hawaiian-Style Ribs add another layer of ease as this Asian-infused recipe boasts a citrus-filled flavor while simmering away in your counter-top slow cooker. What is your favorite way to prep ribs? Share your recipes and discover others from
across the country on Pork Social at http:// remaining sauce aside in refrigerator. About 1/2 hour before ribs are done, remove sauce from refrigerator, to bring it to Slow Cooker Hawaiian-Style Ribs room temperature. Arrange ribs on plates or a platter and 2 racks pork back ribs (2 1/2 to 3 pounds brush both sides with some of the remaineach), cut into 3- or 4-rib sections ing sauce. Sprinkle with scallions and sesame 2 cups hoisin sauce* seeds, if using. Serve remaining sauce at the 1 cup pineapple juice table. 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 3 tablespoons sesame oil* Serving Suggestions: 3 scallions, thinly sliced (optional) Serve these ribs in the Hawaiian plate 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted* (op- lunch style, with a scoop of white rice, mactional) aroni salad, or slaw on the side. They'd also be good alongside a simple carrot salad or a In medium bowl, combine hoisin sauce, few slices of grilled pineapple. pineapple juice, ginger and sesame oil. ArNutritional Information per Serving: range ribs in a slow cooker and pour half of Calories: 770; Fat: 48g; Saturated Fat: 16g; the sauce mixture over ribs. Cover and cook Cholesterol: 135mg; Sodium: 3590mg; on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 Carbohydrates: 65g; Protein: 27g; Fiber: 1/2 to 4 hours, until ribs are very tender. Set 0g. or preservatives. This includes the chunky version. Commercial peanut butters are blended or homogenized for convenience and for creaminess, whereas “natural” peanut butters require stirring and are not as smooth in texture. To stabilize commercial peanut butter blends and eliminate separation, manufacturers may add a small amount (less than 1-2%) of partially hydrogenated, or fully hydrogenated oil. For added flavor, some com-
Handful of spinach 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup Irish breakfast tea (brewed and chilled) 1/4 cup almond milk 1 tablespoon raw honey 1 banana Place all ingredients in the NutriBullet large cup, screw on Extractor blade, and blast.
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harvested are made into peanut butter. Peanut butter is a great substitution or alternative to meat products because it is much less expensive, it is filling, and it contains fiber. Finally, peanut butter is jam-packed with hard-to-get nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, zinc, folate, and the antioxidant vitamin E. Even phytochemicals — specifically, resvera-
trol, which helps with cholesterol levels — can be found in peanut butter. Peanut butter has been an inexpensive favorite for many years, but recently confusion has arisen concerning the types of peanut butter that we eat — what is the difference between commercial and “natural” peanut butter? And are both types healthy? To be called peanut butter, both traditional and “natural” types must contain a minimum of 90% peanuts, with no artificial sweeteners, colors,
mercial brands may also add small amounts of sugar or salt. According to The Peanut Institute, even with these additions, changes in macronutrient content per serving compared to “natural” peanut butter are minimal. Whether, it’s a mid-afternoon snack of roasted peanuts, or a PB and J sandwich for lunch, rest assured, these are nutritious and delicious food choices for anyone, regardless of age. Try these recipes that feature pea-
nuts or peanut butter. Because of the fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, in addition to the peanuts or peanut butter and a minimum amount of sugars and fats, they fit into a healthy diet. For more peanut recipes, go to or
Nelda Starks is the Oktibbeha County Farm Bureau Women’s chair. Email Starks at
Makes: 8 serving Ingredients: 8 cups sliced, peeled apples (about 8) 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons water 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 cup peanut butter 2 tablespoon butter or margarine Directions: Toss apples, sugar, corn starch and cinnamon until evenly coated. Place water in 8-inch square baking dish. Add apple mixture. For topping, combine oats, brown sugar and flour. Cut in peanut butter and margarine until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake in 350 degree oven 45 to 50 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden.
Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients: 3 ea. Sweet potatoes, medium to large (about 1 1/2 pounds total) 1 ea. onion, medium, coarsely chopped 1 ea. green pepper, medium, seeded and diced 1/2 tsp. dried hot peppers, crushed 2 tbsp. peanut oil 1 cup canned, crushed tomatoes 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. curry powder 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, finely chopped Directions: Bake the sweet potatoes in a preheated 400°F oven for about 45 – 55 minutes, or until they are fork-tender. Remove from the oven and let cool. In a medium skillet, sauté the onion, the green pepper, and the hot peppers in the oil over moderate heat, stirring until the onion wilts and begins to turn golden. Add the tomatoes, the salt, and the curry powder, mix well and cook over low heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 15 – 20 minutes, until the mixture is thick and most of the liquid has cooked away. Pveel the cooked sweet potatoes; mash in a bowl. Add the tomato mixture and the chopped peanuts and mix well. Spoon the sweet potatoes into a lightly oiled shallow casserole. Cover lightly and bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 20 – 25 minutes, just enough to heat through.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Section C
College Basketball
Ware, Sword make All-Freshman team
By BEN WAIT The Mississippi State Bulldogs have played most of the season with underclassmen in key positions. On Tuesday, two of those underclassmen were rewarded. Gavin Ware and Craig Sword were selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team. “I just want to give special recognition to Gavin Ware and Craig Sword for being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said. “I tell you I would have been surprised if two of our guys didn’t make it.” Ware, a 6-9, 270-pound forward from Starkville, played his high school ball for the Yellowjackets of Starkville High School. He averaged 8.6 points and teamhigh 6.4 rebounds during the regular season. He had back-to-back doubledoubles in the month of December
with a 22-point, 13-board performance against Central Arkansas and 12 points and 11 rebounds against Alabama A&M. “It’s just a privilege to have such an honor put upon me,” Ware said. “We play well and I work with my teammates every single day. They work to get me better and I do the same thing. It’s just an honor and a privilege.” Sword, a 6-foot-3, 189-pound Montgomery, Ala. native, led the team with 10.3 points per game during the regular season. His 11.6-point clip in SEC games is second among SEC freshman. His 48 steals is fourth all-time for a Mississippi State freshman. “I feel honored to make the AllFreshman team,” Sword said in a school release. “This was one of my goals when I came here, but a lot of credit has to go to my coaches and teammates.” The Bulldogs could have very well
See ALL-SEC | Page C-3 Team. Ware played his high school basketball at Starkville High School. (Photos by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Mississippi State’s Gavin Ware, left photo, and Craig Sword made the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman
MSU seeks long stay at SEC Tournament
By BEN WAIT This season is not over in the eyes of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Bulldog freshman forward Gavin Ware has packed his bags for the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. and they’re pretty full. “In my mind, when I started packing, coach said pack for a few days and so that’s what I did,” Ware said, who is averaging 8.6 points per game. “I don’t plan on coming home any time soon. I want to make this opportunity last and play all the game we can. I packed for however many (days) we need to be down there.” The No. 13 seed Bulldogs (9-21, 4-14) open the
South Carolina’s Brenton Williams, right, reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against Mississippi State one week ago. (Photo by Mary Ann Chastain, AP)
tournament today at Bridgestone Arena with a first round game against No. 12 seed South Carolina (1417, 4-14). Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. can be seen on the SEC Network or locally on WCBI’s CW. It can also be seen online at ESPN3. “I’ve been extremely excited because I’ve never been able to play this caliber of basketball in the SEC Tournament,” MSU junior forward Colin Borchert said. “I’m kind of ready to see how the outcome will be because coach says the games will be physical because this is the end. We’re all new and have never experienced this before. We’ll have a lot of energy (today).” The Bulldogs will be playing the Gamecocks for
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College Baseball
Renfroe's performance something to remember in Mississippi State win
By BEN WAIT PEARL – Hunter Renfroe made sure the 6,948 fans at Trustmark Park would remember who he is. The Mississippi State junior outfielder went 3-for-5 with six RBI as the No. 8 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs belted their way to a 13-5 win over Southern Mississippi at the home of the Mississippi Braves. "The key is (Renfroe) kind of figured himself Renfroe out," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "He's the great athlete who's becoming a great baseball player. Those two things don't always collide. That's a collision that's happening right now." It is Renfroe's fifth-straight multiplehit game and his seventh in the last eight games. The three hits matches a careerhigh and the six RBI is a career-high for Renfroe. "I always enjoy playing here," the Crystal Springs native said. "It's where I grew up. It's really close to where I grew up, (and) all my family and friend are here. It's a great crowd. It's a great atmosphere here." The Bulldogs (18-2) pounded out 15 hits to snap a two-game losing streak with the victory. "We had a good talk about that," Cohen said. "It's good timing for us because we are on spring break. We spent a little bit more time talking about it than we normally would." MSU sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scored four runs. Renfroe and Mitch Slauter had backto-back RBI doubles. Renfroe drove in Adam Frazier who led the game off with a walk and Slauter drove in Alex Detz who singled and Renfroe. "That got us kick-started and that's all we need," Renfroe said. "We hit the ball really well." Slauter was driven home by a two-out RBI single by freshman second baseman Kyle Hann. It was Hann's first career RBI. "I need a lot more confidence I think," Hann said. "Confidence is a big thing to have. especially when you get into SEC
See BASEBALL | Page C-3 (Photo by Charles Smith, AP)
Mississippi State's Luis Pollorena pitches against Southern Mississippi during Tuesday's game in Pearl.
The winning streak now for the Miami Heat after Tuesday night’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
College Golf
Starkville daily NewS
College Basketball Men’s SEC Glance All Times CT Florida Ole Miss Kentucky Alabama Tennessee Missouri Arkansas LSU Georgia Vanderbilt Texas A&M S. Carolina Miss. State Auburn SEC 14-4 12-6 12-6 12-6 11-7 11-7 10-8 9-9 9-9 8-10 7-11 4-14 4-14 3-15 Pct. .778 .667 .667 .667 .611 .611 .556 .500 .500 .444 ,389 .222 .222 .167 Ovr. Pct. 24-6 .800 23-8 .742 21-10 .677 20-11 .645 19-11 .633 22-9 .710 19-12 .613 18-11 .621 15-16 .484 14-16 .467 17-14 .548 14-17 .452 9-21 .300 9-22 .290
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“Southern Miss is a great club. They’re absolutely going to comeback, have a big inning somewhere and they did.”
Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen said about Tuesday’s opponent in Pearl.
MSU takes GN by seven strokes
From Wire Reports OPELIKA, Ala., – For 54 holes, Mississippi State and junior Chad Ramey dominated the field at the Grand National Golf Course, both capturing a win from the Tiger Invitational. The No. 41-ranked Bulldogs turned in a 889, 9-over-par to run away with the Tiger Invitational crown on Tuesday, beating out five other ranked squads. State won at Grand National by seven strokes. MSU lost to No. 21 Auburn at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, but this time around the Bulldogs caught the Tigers’ tail; two tiger tails to be exact, as State held off Memphis and host Auburn to win at Opelika. The win improved the Maroon and White to 74-25-1 this year. “This was a super win for our program,” MSU coach Clay Homan said of the victory. “When you can go to Auburn and beat them on their home course says a lot about what kind of team we are developing into. I’m so proud of the maturity level of this group, because it wasn’t easy today. We had to battle for 36 holes under some very tough conditions.” The win from Grand National was the Bulldogs second on the year, giving coach Homan nine career-event wins at State. Homan is now in first-place all-time in career wins, passing former coach Greg Martin. Fulton native Ramey picked up his first-career win at MSU with his 3-under par, 213. “It was just a matter of time before Chad got his muchdeserved first win. This will only be the first of many wins for him, because he is a complete player,” Homan said of the junior’s play. Ramey overtook the top spot after finishing tied for sixth on Monday, but the Bulldog righty climbed up the leader board on Tuesday to capture his first tournament win. The junior knocked in 13 birdies on his way to victory. Fellow juniors Joe Sakulpolphaisan and Axel Boasson both posted a top-15 performance. Sakulpolphaisan has a team leading seven top-25 finishes this year after his 8-overpar, 224 14th-place performance. Boasson turned in a 7-over-par, 223 to finish with a 10th-place tie. Rounding out MSU scoring from the Tiger Invitational was senior Robi Calvesbert and sophomore Fletcher Johnson. Calvesbert turned in a 13-over-par, 229 from Opelika to finish tied for 35th. The Tupelo native Johnson fired off a 24-over-par, 240 at the Grand National course, finishing toed for 71 overall. Homan’s squad will head south to Tallahassee for the Seminole Intercollegiate to wrap up their spring break on March 15-17. Live stats will be available through Fans can also follow the men’s golf program through Facebook at and on Twitter at @mstateMG.
Today College Basketball Southeastern Conference Tournament At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi State vs. South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. High School Baseball Smith-Wills Tournament At Jackson Starkville Academy vs. TBA, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday’s Games Miss. State 74, Auburn 71, OT Kentucky 61, Florida 57 Ole Miss 81, LSU 67 Vanderbilt 74, S. Carolina 64 Arkansas 73, Texas A&M 62 Alabama 61, Georgia 58 Tennessee 64, Missouri 62 SEC Tournament At Nashville, Tenn. Today’s Games South Carolina vs. Miss. State, 6:30 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Auburn, 9 p.m. Men’s Associated Press Top 25 1. Gonzaga (51) 2. Indiana (7) 3. Duke (5) 4. Kansas 5. Georgetown (2) 6. Miami 7. Michigan 8. Louisville 9. Kansas St. 10. Michigan St. 11. Florida 12. New Mexico 13. Oklahoma St. 14. Ohio St. 15. Marquette 16. Saint Louis 17. Syracuse 18. Arizona 19. Oregon 20. Pittsburgh 21. VCU 22. Wisconsin 23. UCLA 24. Notre Dame 25. Memphis Record 29-2 25-4 25-4 25-4 23-4 23-5 24-5 24-5 24-5 22-7 23-5 25-4 22-6 21-7 21-7 23-5 22-7 23-6 23-6 23-7 23-6 20-9 22-7 22-7 25-4 Pts 1,607 1,517 1,471 1,433 1,384 1,245 1,240 1,217 1,040 1,006 993 950 833 763 687 675 589 394 332 326 277 217 196 164 149 Prv 2 1 3 6 7 5 4 10 13 9 8 14 15 16 22 18 12 11 24 23 — 17 — 21 19
Today BASEBALL 6 p.m. MLB — World Baseball Classic, second round, teams TBD, at Miami MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. ESPN — Big East Conference, second round, Providence vs. Cincinnati, at New York 1 p.m. ESPN — Big East Conference, second round, Syracuse vs. Seton Hall-South Florida winner, at New York 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Big East Conference, second round, Villanova vs. St. John’s, at New York 49 16 .754 San Antonio Memphis 42 19 .689 Houston 34 30 .531 Dallas 30 33 .476 New Orleans 22 43 .338 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 47 17 .734 43 22 .662 Denver Utah 33 31 .516 29 33 .468 Portland Minnesota 22 39 .361 Pacific Division W L Pct 45 20 .692 L.A. Clippers 36 29 .554 Golden State L.A. Lakers 34 31 .523 Phoenix 22 42 .344 22 43 .338 Sacramento x-clinched playoff spot Monday’s Games Philadelphia 106, Brooklyn 97 San Antonio 105, Oklahoma City 93 Utah 103, Detroit 90 Denver 108, Phoenix 93 Golden State 92, New York 63 Tuesday’s Games Cleveland 95, Washington 90 Charlotte 100, Boston 74 L.A. Lakers 106, Orlando 97 Brooklyn 108, New Orleans 98 Miami 98, Atlanta 81 Minnesota 107, San Antonio 83 Dallas 115, Milwaukee 108 Memphis at Portland, late Today’s Games Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Indiana, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Washington, 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Houston, 8 p.m. Utah at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Chicago at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Detroit at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. New York at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Dallas at San Antonio, 8 p.m. New York at Portland, 10:30 p.m. College Baseball Baseball America Top 25 1. North Carolina 2. Vanderbilt 3. Oregon State Record 14-0 15-2 15-0 Pvs 1 2 4 — 5 14½ 18 27 GB — 4½ 14 17 23½ GB — 9 11 22½ 23 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Big East Conference, second round, Notre Dame vs. Rutgers-DePaul winner, at New York NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Utah at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m. ESPN — New York at Denver NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Philadelphia at New Jersey SOCCER 2:30 p.m. FSN — UEFA Champions League, Porto at Malaga 7 p.m. FSN — UEFA Champions League, Arsenal at Bayern Munich (same-day tape) 4. Louisville 5. South Carolina 6. Mississippi 7. Louisiana State 8. Cal State Fullerton 9. Georgia Tech 10. Kentucky 11. UCLA 12. Florida State 13. Mississippi State 14. Arizona State 15. Arkansas 16. Oregon 17. Notre Dame 18. North Carolina St. 19. Rice 20. Arizona 21. Nevada-Las Vegas 22. Virginia 23. Oklahoma 24. Indiana 25. Florida Gulf Coast 12-2 13-2 16-1 15-1 13-3 14-2 13-2 11-3 15-0 17-2 10-2 11-5 11-5 10-3 12-4 9-7 13-5 13-3 14-1 12-4 8-3 13-3 5 6 7 8 10 14 11 12 18 3 23 16 15 22 9 19 20 NR 25 17 NR NR
Others receiving votes: North Carolina 109, Louisiana Tech 103, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 47, UNLV 43, California 33, Butler 26, Illinois 25, Minnesota 10, Creighton 7, Middle Tennessee 5, Akron 4, Missouri 4, Belmont 3, Colorado St. 1. Women’s College Basketball Southeastern Conference At The Arena at Gwinnett Center Duluth, Ga. All Times EST First Round Wednesday, March 6 Alabama 63, Mississippi State 36 Second Round Thursday, March 7 Florida 64, Arkansas 59 South Carolina 77, Alabama 35 Vanderbilt 53, Missouri 40 LSU 65, Auburn 62 Quarterfinals Friday, March 8 Tennessee 82, Florida 73 Texas A&M 61, South Carolina 52 Kentucky 76, Vanderbilt 65 Georgia 71, LSU 53 Semifinals Saturday, March 9 Semifinals Texas A&M 66, Tennessee 62 Kentucky 60, Georgia 38 Championship Sunday, March 10 Texas A&M 76, Kentucky 67 Women’s Associated Press Top 25 1. Baylor (40) 2. Notre Dame 3. UConn 4. Stanford 5. Duke 6. California 7. Kentucky 8. Penn St. 9. Texas A&M 10. Tennessee 11. UCLA 12. Maryland 13. North Carolina 14. Georgia 15. Delaware 16. Louisville 17. South Carolina 18. Dayton 19. Colorado 20. Green Bay 21. Purdue 22. Syracuse 23. Iowa St. 24. Nebraska 25. Florida St. Record Pts Prv 31-1 1,000 1 29-1 959 2 28-3 909 3 31-2 884 4 30-2 846 6 28-3 777 5 27-5 738 7 25-5 659 8 24-9 646 19 24-7 645 9 25-7 582 14 24-7 574 10 28-6 467 15 25-6 461 12 27-3 405 16 24-7 397 13 24-7 334 17 27-2 325 11 25-6 279 18 26-2 230 20 24-8 193 — 24-6 160 24 23-7 128 — 23-8 86 21 22-9 82 23
Collegiate Baseball Poll Record 14-0 15-0 15-1 15-2 13-2 16-1 15-0 17-2 13-2 11-3 14-2 14-1 13-3 12-2 10-2-1 11-5 12-4 10-5 12-4 13-2 10-3 11-5 13-3 13-5 9-3 9-5 12-3 12-4 13-4 14-2 Pts 497 494 492 491 489 486 482 480 479 476 474 473 467 465 462 458 456 453 451 448 445 443 442 440 439 437 436 433 430 427 Pvs 1 3 4 2 6 11 15 5 7 13 16 17 12 19 20 14 8 9 10 22 25 29 23 18 — — 26 22 24 —
SBA registration underway
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SA picks up win in baseball
JACKSON – The Starkville Academy Volunteers traveled to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson and defeated Tri-County 7-4 to improve their record to 6-2. Scoring started for the Vols in the first inning when Kirby Cox doubled to centerfield to score Hunter Bolin and Stephen Robertson to take a 2-0 lead. Starkville Academy tacked on three more runs in the second inning to go up 5-0. The Vols were scheduled to wrap up their time at the threeday event today.
1. North Carolina 2. Oregon St. 3. Louisiana St. 4. Vanderbilt 5. South Carolina 6. Mississippi 7. Florida St. 8. Mississippi St. 9. Kentucky 10. UCLA 11. Georgia Tech 12. Virginia 13. Cal St. Fullerton 14. Louisville 15. Arizona St. 16. Oregon 17. N.C. State 18. Stanford 19. Oklahoma 20. Cal Poly 21. Notre Dame 22. Arkansas 23. Florida Gulf Coast 24. Arizona 25. Nevada-Las Vegas 26. Clemson 27. Oklahoma St. 28. U.C. Irvine 29. Miami, Fla. 30. Central Arkansas
Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Named Nelson Norman director of baseball operations for the Dominican Republic.
MSU women play road tennis
Mississippi State Lady Bulldog tennis will continue its current five-match road swing today, taking on the Lady Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee in a contest beginning at 2 p.m. on the MT campus. MSU (5-6) fell in two consecutive matches to No. 62 Tennessee and No. 9 ranked Georgia in the team’s first weekend of Southeastern Conference road play. Although MSU went 0-2 on the weekend, several Lady Bulldogs notched closely contested matches against impressive opponents. Georgia Patrasc and Alexandra Perper continue to lead the top of the MSU lineup. The rookie Patrasc is 6-5 in dual matches this spring while Perper is 5-5. Another newcomer, Sarai Flores, is 5-3 in her initial campaign. Perper and Naomi Tran, ranked 46th nationally in doubles, led State in doubles with a 6-2 mark at the No. 1 position. Middle Tennessee took down Southern Mississippi in a 6-1 decision in the team’s last competition on Sunday. Senior Yuiri Nomoto has represented MTSU at the No. 1 position for the majority of the 2013 season, holding a 4-8 record at the top spot. In doubles play Carla Nava and Nomoto pair up to hold the No. 1 doubles position for the Lady Blue Raiders. The duo holds a 4-7 record on the season. Following today’s action, State will return to SEC play this weekend, meeting No. 13 Vanderbilt on Friday and No. 38 Kentucky on Sunday, both on the road. Updates for this match will be available through twitter @ mstateWT or through
BOSTON RED SOX — Optioned OF Alex Hassan and RHP Steven Wright to Pawtucket (IL). Reassigned RHP Pedro Beato, 1B/OF Mark Hamilton, OF Jeremy Hazelbaker and OF Juan Carlos Linares to their minor league camp. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Optioned LHP Chris Dwyer and LHP Justin Marks to Omaha (PCL) and LHP John Lamb to Northwest Arkansas (TL). SEATTLE MARINERS — Optioned LHP Anthony Fernandez to Jackson (SL). National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Optioned RHP Cory Rasmus to Gwinnett (IL) and RHP Juan Jaime and RHP Aaron Northcraft to Mississippi (SL). Reassigned LHP Ryan Buchter, LHP Yohan Flande, RHP Gus Schlosser, C Luis De La Cruz, C Braeden Schlehuber, C Jose Yepez and INF Joe Leonard to their minor league camp. CINCINNATI REDS_Optioned LHP Tony Cingrani and RHP Daniel Corcino to Louisville (IL). Optioned RHP Kyle Lotzkar and RHP Josh Ravin to Double-A (SL). Optioned RHP Carlos Contreras and OF Yorman Rodriguez to Bakersfield (Calif.). Optioned LHP Ismael Guillon to Dayton (MW). Reassigned RHP Nick Christiani, RHP Chad Rogers, C Nevin Ashley, INF Kristopher Negron and OF Ryan LaMarre to their minor league camp. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Optioned LHP Kevin Siegrist to Memphis (PCL). Reassigned LHP Barret Browning and C Cody Stanley to their minor league camp. American Association KANSAS CITY T-BONES — Signed INF Jairo Perez. LINCOLN SALTDOGS — Signed RHP Stayton Thomas. SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS — Released RHP Andrew Snowdon. SIOUX FALLS PHEASANTS — Signed OF Chandler Laurent. WINNIPEG GOLDEYES — Signed RHP Chris Kissock. Atlantic League SUGAR LAND SKEETERS — Signed OF Dustin Martin, OF Steve Moss, OF Fernando Perez and RHP Matt Wright. Chinese Professional Baseball League (Taiwan) EDA RHINOS — Signed Manny Ramirez. BASKETBALL USA BASKETBALL — Named Davidson coach Bob McKillop coach and South Carolina coach Frank Martin and Michigan coach John Beilein assistant coaches of the men’s World University Games team and Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale coach and Marist coach Brian Giorgis and Penn State coach Coquese Washington assistant coaches of the women’s World University Games team. National Basketball Association GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS — Assigned G Kent Bazemore and F Malcolm Thomas to Santa Cruz (NBADL). MIAMI HEAT — Signed F Juwan Howard to a second 10-day contract. NEW ORLEANS HORNETS — Signed F Lou Amundson for the remainder of the season. Released F/C Henry Sims. Women’s National Basketball Association NEW YORK LIBERTY — Agreed to terms with F Cheryl Ford. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Agreed to terms with S Rashad Johnson on a three-year contract. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Signed LS Morgan Cox and WR/KR David Reed to two-year contracts. BUFFALO BILLS — Released QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed DE Wallace Gilberry to a contract extension. DETROIT LIONS — Agreed to terms with S Amari Spievey on a one-year contract. HOUSTON TEXANS — Released WR Kevin Walter. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Traded WR Percy Harvin to Seattle for 2013 first- and seventhround draft picks and a 2014 third-round draft pick. Terminated the contract of CB Antoine Winfield. Re-signed T Phil Loadholt. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Released CB Nnamdi Asomugha. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS — Released TE Randy McMichael. TENNESSEE TITANS — Announced the retirement of G Steve Hutchinson. COLLEGE BIG EAST CONFERENCE — Reached a definitive agreement for Notre Dame to leave the conference, effective July 1. LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE — Named Robert Dowd interim commissioner. EAST TENNESSEE STATE — Announced the retirement of women’s basketball coach Karen Kemp. GEORGIA SOUTHERN — Announced men’s basketball coach Charlton “C.Y.” Young will not return. SIENA — Fired men’s basketball coach Mitch Buonaguro. UMKC — Fired men’s basketball coach Matt Brown.
Others receiving votes: Toledo 78, LSU 59, Michigan St. 36, Gonzaga 24, Oklahoma St. 17, San Diego St. 13, Oklahoma 5, Chattanooga 1, Quinnipiac 1. National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 38 23 .623 New York Brooklyn 38 27 .585 Boston 34 29 .540 Toronto 25 39 .391 Philadelphia 24 39 .381 Southeast Division W L Pct x-Miami 48 14 .774 Atlanta 34 29 .540 Washington 20 42 .323 Orlando 18 47 .277 14 50 .219 Charlotte Central Division W L Pct 39 24 .619 Indiana Chicago 35 28 .556 Milwaukee 32 30 .516 Detroit 23 43 .348 Cleveland 22 42 .344 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct
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Wallace joins the Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — Receiver Mike Wallace was the Miami Dolphins’ No. 1 offseason target, and they moved quickly Tuesday to seal a deal. Wallace, a former Ole Miss player, agreed to a multiyear contract on the first day of NFL free agency. In four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wallace caught 32 touchdown passes.
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high School Baseball
Wolverines defeat Tigers twice
By DANNY P. SMITH MABEN – The East Webster Wolverines weren’t originally scheduled to play three baseball games on Tuesday. They were supposed to only have two. However, when one team indicated it would not be making the trip to the Cumberland community to participate in the East Webster Classic, the Wolverines learned they were going to get some extra playing time. East Webster head coach Wes Johnson told his squad to hold on and not go anywhere after defeating Noxapater 14-1 in the first game of the day. Once Johnson found out for sure that Noxapater would need an opponent in the second game, it was time for the Wolverines to get back out on the field for competition. On a nice spring afternoon, Johnson wasn’t about to complain. East Webster continued to play well against the visiting Tigers from Winston County and won a 17-2 decision in three innings. The opener went five innings. “We had some kids that needed some playing time and the way it worked out, I was proud and glad to see them get a lot of at-bats in,” Johnson said. In the first game, the Wolverines sent 13 batters to the plate and built a 10-0 lead on just two hits. They were issued six walks and were hit by a pitch once in the frame. East Webster scored three more runs in the third inning with the big blow being a two-run double by Chase Keller. The Wolverines added one more run in the fourth. Keller and Cody McKee led East Webster at the plate with a single and a double each. Spencer Carden was the starting pitcher for the Wolverines and worked two innings. He was followed to the mound by Luke Wilson, LT Powell and Hayden Pate. “What we get out of spring break is get some guys some playing time,” Johnson said. “To be honest, we were in a high-pressure game and very competitive game Friday, then both games Saturday were that way, so it was good these guys were able to relax a little bit and play ball.”
East Webster’s Jack Wilson turns to make a throw to first base during action against Noxapater on Tuesday. (Photo by Beth Hendrix, For Starkville Daily News)
“Pate is a knuckleball pitcher and he can throw every day,” Johnson said. “It was a good thing because this was our fifth game since Friday, so we needed somebody to eat up some innings.” Pate, who had five strikeouts in the outing, fell behind 2-0 in the first inning before the Wolverines came back to touch the Tigers for five runs in the bottom of the frame. East Webster scored six runs in the second and six more in the third to bring the 15-run rule after three innings into effect. Tyler Doss and Colby Crowley had two singles each for the Wolverines, while Brock East Webster 17, Flemings had an RBI double for the only extra Noxapater 2 base hit. East Webster also played Hebron Christian Pate went back to work as East Webster’s in a late night game on Tuesday to close its pitcher in the second game and went all three classic. The results of that game were not available at press time. innings.
College Softball
For Starkville Daily News JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Mississippi State senior left-hander Stephanie Becker showed why she leads the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts per seven innings, fanning 11 batters in a 7-2 victory
Becker’s 11 strikeouts help MSU cruise to 7-2 win
at Jacksonville State Tuesday night. The Bulldogs improved to 17-6 and won their 10th-consecutive nonconference game, while the host Gamecocks dropped to 13-10 this year. “I was pleased with the way our offense came out and tallied double-digit hits,” MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman said. “We need to continue this momentum as we head east to Charleston (S.C.).” Becker earned her 10th starting assignment this year at University Field, moving to 5-1 for her senior campaign with masterful performance inside the circle. The lefty struck out 11, walked two and surrendered only two base hits. Jacksonville State starter Hilary Phillips, who entered the game 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA, took her first loss of the season with four runs allowed on six hits and four walks in 1.2 innings of work.
Mississippi State travels next to Charleston, S.C., for the conclusion of its four-game spring break road trip. The Bulldogs play a doubleheader at the College of Charleston starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, before wrapping up the roadstand Friday, as State plays at Charleston Southern at noon.
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(play)." USM starter Mason Robbins didn't make it out of the first inning. He gave up four runs on four hits in 0.2 innings of work. The Golden Eagles brought in Boomer Scarborough in relief. He retired the only batter he faced in the first inning, but was pulled after two walks and two runs in the second inning. MSU's two runs in the second inning came on Renfroe's two-run double. The Bulldogs added one more in the third inning when Frazier drove in Hann, who reached on a one-out infield single for his first-career multi-hit game, with a sacrifice fly.
"I'm getting use to everything I guess," Hann said. "The first couple of games were pretty tough to get use to, but I'm getting better with it." Renfroe hit his fifth home run of the season and ninth of his career in the sixth inning. He belted one over the left field fence for a three-run home run and to give State a 10-1 lead. "It was a fastball, (and) a two-seamer down in the zone," Renfroe said. "That's what he had been throwing all night. He was trying to keep it down in the zone. I got under it." The Golden Eagles struggled early at the plate and MSU senior lefty Luis Pollorena breezed through the first five innings. "I thought Pollo did a great job of getting us going," Cohen said. "He really threw it in the strike zone with two pitches, his fastball and his too,” Ray said. Ray sees these two honors as something MSU can build on for next year and the year after that. He also can see Ware and Sword being AllConference performers in the future. “For two of our guys to make that shows that we have a bright future here at Mississippi State,” Ray said. “Those guys can, hopefully, job of that in the second game. I thought he got a lot of baseline drives. We’ve got to do a better job of keeping him off the baseline drives.” Brenton Williams was the difference in the second game as he scored 38 points off the bench for the Gamecocks. In the first game, the Bulldogs limited him to only two points. “The second thing is obviously our defense on Brenton Williams,” Ray said. “He’s starting to turn the corner as far as being a scorer for them, and I thought that we weren’t very sound guarding him – obviously, (because) he got 38 points.” MSU will bring only eight players to Nashville with four players out for the season with knee injuries. “They’ve never given in to adversity, whether it be a player getting injured – and they’ve had their slew of injuries this year,” South Carolina
changeup." USM did manage to score a run in the fourth inning when Blake Brown doubled to left field to bring home Isaac Rodriguez. With the hit, Brown extended his hitting streak to 10 games. The Golden Eagles attempted a comeback in the sixth inning. USM started the inning with five straight hits. Pollorena was pulled for sophomore left hander Ross Mitchell. Detz committed an error, but a double play and a strikeout got the Bulldogs out of the inning, leading 10-5. "Southern Miss is a great club," Cohen said. "They're absolutely going to comeback, have a big inning somewhere and they did. They put up the four-spot right in the middle." The four runs given up by MSU was the most this season. It is also the first time an opponent come from being SEC All-Freshman guys to All-SEC guys in their future.” The Bulldogs were one of two teams to have more than two players selected to the team. Kentucky had Willie Cauley-Stein, Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel who was also the SEC Freshman of the Year and Alex Poythress. Others making the team were Florida’s Michael Frazier, Georgia’s Charles Mann and head coach Frank Martin said. “It’s unbelievable that he’s been able to keep those young kids together playing so hard, where they’re fighting their tails off, losing a couple of games and being deflated because of a score or the result of a game. They play with tremendous resolve, tremendous energy, and they’re doing it with a bunch of young kids, which is the most impressive part. They compete. Anytime you get your kids competing, you give yourself a chance.” Although the Bulldogs dropped the road decision to the Gamecocks, they finished the season winning two out of the last three games. MSU beat in-state rival Ole Miss two weeks ago and beat Auburn last Saturday to earn the No. 13 seed. “That helped us a lot to know that even though we had a lot of adversity, we know that
has batted through the order against the Bulldogs this season. Pollorena (4-0) pitched five innings to get the win. He have up five runs, four unearned, on nine hits. He struck out four. Mississippi State finished out the scoring with three runs in the top of the ninth. Robbins (1-2) took the loss for the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss got three hits from Chase Fowler and two from both Rodriguez and Breck Kline. Frazier, Detz and Sam Frost each had two hits to give MSU five players with multiple hits. The Bulldogs are back in action this weekend for a three-game Southeastern Conference series against No. 3 LSU.
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had another freshman make the team in Fred Thomas. Thomas is second not third on the team with a 9.3 points per game scoring clip. “I think Fred Thomas can probably receive serious consideration for that honor as well,
South Carolina’s Michael Carrera. The first and second teams were also released. Ole Miss’s Marshall Henderson and Murphy Holloway were selected to the second team. Florida led the way with four players on the first and second team. Florida’s Billy Donovan was selected as SEC Coach of the Year, while Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was SEC Player of the Year.
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a third time this season. A week ago, MSU dropped a 79-72 decision to South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. In the first game of the SEC season, the Bulldogs took a 56-54 victory over the Gamecocks in Starkville. One of the more explosive South Carolina players, Bruce Ellington, has had average games against MSU. In the first game, he scored 11 points and only nine in the second game. The Bulldogs focused on him for both of the matchups. “The first thing is containing Bruce Ellington,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said. “He does a really good job of getting into the paint, not just in transition, but also in their halfcourt set. I thought we did a pretty decent
we can still find some good out of it,” Ware said. “If we can find that chemistry going into the tournament, we’ll have confidence and motivation in each other to trust our teammates to complete every single roll on the court in order to get the job done.” Williams and LaShay Page are both scoring over 11 points for the Gamecocks. Freshman Craig Sword leads the Bulldogs with 10.3 points per game average. Freshman Fred Thomas is second with 9.3 points per contest. If Mississippi State wins, it will play No. 5 Tennessee 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. “There is no next game if you don’t win the game in front of you,” Ray said. “It’s been proven that South Carolina can beat us, but it’s also been proven we can beat South Carolina, so I don’t think we can look past South Carolina.”
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari instructs his team from the sidelines during a game earlier this season. (Photo by AJ Reynolds, Athens BannerHerald, AP)
Florida head coach Billy Donovan tugs on the net as he cuts it down following Florida’s win over Vanderbilt. (Photo by Phil Sandlin, AP)
Florida favorite for wide-open tournament
By TERESA M. WALKER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Almost every team in the Southeastern Conference has at least some hope of taking home the tournament championship after a wild season in this league. Florida. Tennessee. Kentucky. Mississippi. Alabama. Shoot, maybe even Vanderbilt playing a couple miles away from home has a shot. “There’s a lot of teams out there that are very, very capable,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “And when you’re dealing with a onegame situation and a one-game tournament, I think anything can happen. I would agree. I think the tournament’s wide open.” Some see the SEC as being down this season, but coaches around the conference see a league where almost any team can win on any night. “There’s just great parity in our league right now,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. Well, maybe not across the board. Auburn, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Mississippi State face the toughest task of trying to become the first SEC team to win five games in five days starting tonight to open this expanded tournament. Vanderbilt avoided joining those teams by winning four of their last five games to earn the No. 10 seed. Commodores coach Kevin Stallings, who won this title a year ago in New Orleans with six players no longer on his roster, said logic suggests it’s easier to win four games in four days than five in five. “The tournament is a little bit more wide open this year than it’s been in other years,” Stallings said. “I’m certainly not going to sit here and say we can or cannot or Arkansas can or cannot. I’m no prognosticator other than to think our tournament will be very interesting, and I think a lot of teams are good enough to win it. And so we’ll just see what happens.” No. 13 Florida (24-6) is the SEC’s only ranked team and the only team whose NCAA tournament berth seems secure as the regular season champ. The Gators have not won this tournament since wrapping up a three-year run in 2007, and they have lost four of five away from Gainesville. Defending national champion Kentucky (2110), Mississippi (23-8) and Alabama (20-11) also earned byes. Wildcats coach John Calipari may be praising his fellow SEC coaches for their hard work this season, but all three teams likely need at least one win — or more — to clinch an NCAA tournament berth with only the tournament title and its automatic berth a sure thing Sunday. Kentucky is a very short drive from Bridgestone Arena where lots of Wildcats’ blue is expected to help fill seats. Calipari said their fans helped his young team last weekend as Kentucky beat Florida. “At the end of the day, you have to play basketball, and the second thing is you’ve got to battle and fight,” Calipari said. “If they come at you, you can’t quit.” No SEC team is hotter than Tennessee (19-11) with the Vols winning eight of their last nine going into Thursday’s game with either South Carolina or Mississippi State. But the Vols took the same streak into the SEC tournament a year ago only to get bounced by Ole Miss in overtime, a loss Jarnell Stokes said they remember that well. “It definitely motivates us, just knowing what happened,” Stokes said. “Watching Selection Sunday last year as a team, not making it, then waking up the next morning and finding out you’re in the NIT, that’s probably one of the worst feelings as a player. That’s still in the back of our minds.” Only Kentucky (27) and Alabama (6) have won more SEC tournament titles than Tennessee (4), but the Vols haven’t won this championship
since 1979 in the first year that it resumed. Coach Cuonzo Martin is telling his Vols to take care of their own business. “Let’s not leave this in anybody’s hands,” Martin said. Missouri (22-9) has a chance to win a second straight tournament championship in a different league after winning the Big 12 tournament title last year. The Tigers play the late game Thursday night against either Auburn or Texas A&M, trying to improve after going 3-8 away from home in their new league. “That would be a neat thing,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said of the opportunity. “Obviously, we’re excited about getting into tournament play. I look at our league ... our league has gotten so much better as the year’s gone on.” Nashville is hosting the SEC tournament for the fourth time since 2001, and the league plans to get make itself at home in the Bridgestone Arena with this tournament the first of five here over the next seven years. Stallings doesn’t see any advantages for his Commodores playing so close to Memorial Gym, but he sees this as a nice spot for the SEC. South Carolina coach Frank Martin pointed out playing in Kansas City didn’t help him when his Kansas State teams lost twice in the first round. “Will their fans have more access to attend the game? Probably,” the Gamecocks coach said. “But heck, you can put Kentucky to play overseas, they’ll probably outdraw whoever they play against.”
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Notre Dame to join ACC next season
By TOM COYNE Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Goodbye Madison Square Garden, Georgetown and Villanova. Hello Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina and Duke. A year from now, Notre Dame men's basketball team will be preparing for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament instead of its annual trip to New York, where the Irish are a frustrating 9-17 all-time in the Big East tournament and have never made it to the league title game. The school announced Tuesday it is leaving the fractured Big East a year sooner than originally anticipated for the ACC in all sports except football and hockey. The switch was approved in a vote by Big East university presidents in the wake of a split announced last week of the league's football schools and seven other Catholic schools that next season are forming their own basketballfocused conference with the Big East name. The vote means Notre Dame coaches can move forward with scheduling for the 201314 school year. "It removes the uncertainty that made it hard for our coaches and athletes, so we're very happy to resolve that for them," athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a telephone interview. The move means stability for all Notre Dame sports and has some familiarity to Irish fans, with Syracuse and Pittsburgh joining the Irish in moving to the ACC next season and former Big East teams Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech already part of the ACC. If the Irish had opted to stay in the football-centric league, they would have faced some not-so-familiar opponents in Memphis, Central Florida, Houston, Tulane and SMU, along with returning members Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Florida, Louisville and Rutgers. Louisville joins the ACC after next season, while Rutgers joins the Big Ten. If the Irish had chosen to align with the Catholic schools, they would have faced DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, St. John's, Seton Hall, Providence and Villanova. Butler, Xavier and Creighton have been mentioned as potential members. The ACC will provide some Notre Dame's non-revenue sports with more challenging opponents. North Carolina's women's soccer team has won 21 national championships; four different men's soccer teams from the conference have won national championships in the past six years; Virginia and Maryland played for the national title in men's lacrosse in 2011; and Duke has won four national championships in golf in the past 11 years. "It's a better situation than the consequence of having the Catholic 7 and the Big East split," Swarbrick said. The move comes six months after Notre Dame announced it was opting to join the ACC in all sports except football and hockey. Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said the move made sense for the league. "The Big East can now focus fully on its future alignment and rebranding efforts," he said. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said the league welcomed the early arrival of the Irish, saying the additions of Syracuse and Pitt this year and Louisville next year will make the league's basketball schedule "brutal, which is a great thing for our league and fans." Swarbrick said the decision to join the ACC early evolved over time, saying Notre Dame had been in constant touch with the ACC. At a news conference later, before the Big East women's basketball title game, he gave few details of the financial deal that made Notre dame's early exit possible. "The easiest way for me to describe it is that the deal struck by the Catholic 7 did provide a template that made a lot of sense to follow," he said. "We're a school that's essentially the same. Our participation in the league was under the same terms. Our withdrawal under the mutual commitment agreement was the same, so it made sense to follow their deal in form." As recently as last month it appeared Notre Dame would remain in the Big East for one more season, with Swarbrick telling coaches to proceed with scheduling for next season under the assumption the Irish would be in the Big East for a 19th season. That was based on the assumption the seven Catholic schools would not be able to form their own league in time for next season. Last week, Aresco said the seven Catholic schools were leaving effective July 1 and
taking the Big East name with them. A person familiar with the negotiations last week told The Associated Press the football members, which do not include Notre Dame, will receive a payment of about $100 million from the conference and NCAA men's basketball tournament funds, with the bulk of the money going to holdover members Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Florida. Swarbrick said it was best for Notre Dame to join the ACC as soon as possible. "Once we made a decision like we made, everybody psychologically moves on. You're better off getting there," he said. The ACC has already announced a basketball scheduling model for Notre Dame's arrival. In October, the league said the men would stay with an 18-game slate that would pair each team with two scheduling partners that each team played twice a year. Notre Dame's scheduling partners are Boston College and Georgia Tech. On the women's side, the league is going back to a 16-game schedule. Scheduling partners have yet to be determined. The decision to join the ACC early had no impact on Notre Dame's commitment to play five games a year against ACC teams starting in 2014, when it also will have access to the league's non-BCS bowl tie-ins. For the 2013 season, Notre Dame has no bowl tie-ins, meaning that if the Irish don't earn a BCS berth and are bowl eligible they will have to wait to see what bowls have unused spots to see where they will play.
Irish beats Huskies in the Big East final
By DOUG FEINBERG Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. — Natalie Achonwa's layup with 1.8 seconds left lifted No. 2 Notre Dame to its first Big East tournament championship with a 61-59 victory over third-ranked Connecticut on Tuesday night. Skylar Diggins stole an errant pass from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with 8 seconds left, and after dribbling through a few defenders, found Achonwa for the uncontested lay-in. Kelly Faris then heaved a desperation attempt from 65 feet that fell harmlessly off the backboard, setting off a wild celebration for the Irish, who have won 26 straight games. The Fighting Irish players, wearing championship hats and T-shirts, set up a dance line to celebrate and did an Irish jig in front of the school band. Notre Dame (31-1) had been in the title game six previous times, including the last two, and lost to the Huskies in each one. The Irish weren't going to be denied in their final chance to win an elusive Big East championship. Earlier in the day, Notre Dame announced it would be joining the ACC starting next season — a year earlier than expected. Kayla McBride, named the tournament's most outstanding player, scored 23 points to lead the Irish. Jewell Loyd finished with 16 and Diggins had 12. Notre Dame celebrates their Big East Conference women's tournament championship win Stefanie Dolson scored 18 points and Breanna over Connecticut. (Photo by Jessica Hill, AP) Stewart had 16 for UConn (29-4), which had
won the last five Big East tournament titles but fell to Notre Dame for the third time this season. The Huskies trailed 59-53 with 2:55 left before tying it at 59. They had a chance to take the lead but Faris missed a layup. She got her own rebound and after calling a timeout, the Huskies had a chance before Mosqueda-Lewis got caught in the corner and threw the ball away to Diggins, setting up the finish. The Irish have dominated the series recently with seven victories in the last eight meetings. No team has ever dominated the Huskies like that since UConn won its first national championship in 1995. The loss ended a run of 19 straight seasons that Connecticut had won either the regular season or postseason conference title. These two teams could potentially meet for a fourth time in the NCAA tournament. It would be the third straight season that they would meet four times in one year. They met eight days earlier and the Irish came away with a triple-overtime victory that clinched them their second straight conference regularseason title. This one — while it didn't go three overtimes — was thrilling nonetheless. A fitting finale for a conference that has been arguably the best in women's basketball over the past decade. This was the last game under its current configuration as the basketball schools will break away from the football schools next season. That new basketball conference will keep the Big East name.
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Heat streak now 19, top Hawks 98-81
From Wire Reports MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 19 games, leading wire-to-wire in beating the Atlanta Hawks 98-81 on Tuesday night. LeBron James scored 15 and Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers added 14 apiece for the Heat, who matched the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. They will try for their 20th straight win on Wednesday at Philadelphia, the start of a five-game trip. Only three teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20). The Washington Capitols also won 20 straight, spanning the end of the 1947-48 season and the start of the 1948-49 campaign. Josh Smith scored 15 for the Hawks, who got 12 apiece from Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Ray Allen scored 12 and Udonis Haslem grabbed 11 rebounds for the Heat, which won easily even with James — who shot 3 for 11 — scoring less than 20 points for the second straight game. James did finish with seven rebounds and seven assists. The crowd was 20,350, a record at AmericanAirlines Arena for a regular-season game. Miami has the best overall record in the NBA and now leads the Eastern Conference race by 9 1/2 games over Indiana and New York, who were both idle Tuesday. The Heat (48-14) have 20 games left, while the Pacers have 19 and the Knicks 21. It was the first game where the Heat went without trailing since Feb. 14, when they won at Oklahoma City in a surprisingly one-sided NBA Finals rematch. They've needed buzzer-beaters and double-overtimes and big rallies to win several times since, often against opponents who won't be headed to the playoffs, teams like Orlando and Cleveland and Sacramento. The Hawks are headed to the postseason — barring a most improbable collapse, anyway — but this one was never in doubt. Seven Miami players logged more than 3 1/2 minutes of time in the first quarter, all seven of them scored, and the snowball started rolling. James was falling down near the 3-point line on one possession, yet still had the sense to just tap the ball to Wade for a layup that gave Miami an early 17-8 lead. And later, after Haslem missed inside, he got the rebound and fed Allen for a step-back corner 3-pointer that swished. Yes, it's going that well for
Atlanta Hawks' Ivan Johnson (44) charges with a loose ball foul against Miami Heat's Ray Allen (34) during the first half in Miami. (Photo by J Pat Carter, AP) Miami right now. The Hawks closed to 41-40 midway through the second quarter, the third — and last — time they were within a point. Miami needed just over two minutes to score the next 10 points, the run both starting and ending with 3-pointers from Chalmers, and the margin was 51-40. As if the Heat needed any more help late in the first half, the often-enigmatic Smith gave them a little boost. For no apparent reason, Smith fouled Bosh with 0.1 seconds left until intermission — doing so about 80 feet from the Heat basket. Miami was in the bonus, so Bosh took two free throws, made both, and
the Heat went into the break with a 57-44 lead. Hawks legend, broadcaster and executive Dominique Wilkins simply shook his head when asked about the play at halftime. Miami's lead grew to as much as 22 in the fourth, and the Heat emptied the bench with 5:58 remaining.
Howard scores 39, leads Lakers past Magic 106-97
By KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard scored a season-high 39 points, had 16 rebounds and was sent to the free throw line 39 times by his former team as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic, 10697 on Tuesday night. The victory came in Howard’s first return to Orlando since his dramafilled offseason trade to the Lakers. He endured a chorus of boos throughout, and tied his own NBA record for free throw attempts. The majority of them came as the Magic tried to employ an intentional foul strategy. It backfired, though, as the All-Star center hit on 16 of 20 attempts in the second half. The victory was the Lakers’ fourth straight. Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 21 points. The Magic have lost three of their last four and haven’t won back-to-back games since December. After a week of back-and-forth in the media following some perceived negative comments made about his former team during a television interview, Howard and Nelson spoke briefly just after the final buzzer and shook hands. It was a light moment in what was mostly a hostile atmosphere. Homemade signs jeering Howard with sentiments that said everything from “Coward” to “Kobe’s Kid” were sprinkled throughout the Amway Center stands. Boos rained down on the All-Star center almost every time he touched the basketball. They were followed by louder cheers when he missed a free throw. The intensity was also ramped up at times, too. Howard got tangled up in a verbal back-and-forth with the Magic bench at one point during the first half, and Kobe Bryant left briefly in the first quarter, bleeding from his right eye after a collision. The Lakers led 76-68 entering the final period and scored the first eight points of the quarter to push it out to a 16-point lead. The Magic battled back and closed to 91-82 on a 3-pointer by E’Twaun Moore with 6 minutes to play in the game. Howard made four straight at one point and the Lakers got their lead back up to 102-88 on a 3-pointer by Jodie Meeks with 2:25 left. The Magic kept up the strategy, but Howard — who was shooting
47.8 percent before the game — hit his final eight attempts to help close out the victory. Howard embraced the negative environment from the outset and was the main reason the Lakers had a 5046 halftime lead. He had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the opening 24 minutes, and would have had more if not for his 9-for-19 effort at the line. Howard started just 2 for 9 from the foul line, prompting the Magic to try fouling him intentionally three times late in the second quarter. He had found his touch by then, though, hitting five of six on those occasions.
Henderson lifts Charlotte over lackluster Boston
By STEVE REED Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Paul Pierce rested while Gerald Henderson went to work. Henderson scored a career-high 35 points and Charlotte Bobcats snapped a 10-game losing streak by pounding the lackluster Boston Celtics 100-74 on Tuesday night. It was Charlotte's biggest margin of victory since beating the Miami Heat 104-65 on Jan. 20, 2010. "I was just trying to be aggressive from the start and just attack," said Henderson, who was 11 of 19 from the field and knocked down all 12 of his foul shots. Ben Gordon scored 17 points and new starting forward Josh McRoberts had his first double-double for Charlotte with 13 points and 10 rebounds. When asked if the Bobcats took Doc Rivers' decision to rest Pierce as a slap in the face, Gordon simply shrugged his shoulders. "Hopefully he rests when we play them again on Saturday" in Boston, Gordon said. "Tell him to go get more rest." The Bobcats (14-50) doubled last season's win total. The Celtics looked every bit like a team that has played nine of its last 11 games on the road. Kevin Garnett needed nine points to pass Jerry West and move into 15th place on the NBA's career scoring list, but was held to just five on 2-of-10 shooting. Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each had 14 points for the Celtics, who were outrebounded 48-29 by a Bobcats team not known for its prowess on the glass. Henderson got off to a fast start, scoring 21 points to help Charlotte to a 49-46 halftime lead. The fourth-year guard stayed with his biggest strength while playing against Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, driving to the hole and drawing contact. He was 8 of 13 from the field in the first half and made all five of his freethrow attempts. Henderson also was able to create shots from the low post. "We got into a groove in the first quarter and just kept it going," he said. He continued his solid play in the third, knocking down a 3-pointer from the wing and then coming up with a huge effort play to give the Bobcats a double-digit lead. He drove the lane and got blocked, but corralled the rebound after put it back in while drawing a foul. The Bobcats poured it on in the fourth quarter. Gordon threw an alley-oop pass to McRoberts, who slammed it home with his
Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) and Kemba Walker celebrate against the Boston Celtics during the second half in Charlotte. (Photo by Bob Leverone, AP)
right hand to give Charlotte a 24-point lead with six minutes remaining. "Gerald Henderson, I just thought he looked at whoever was guarding him and said, ‘I am better than you tonight,'" Rivers said. "And he proved that." Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap was simply happy to put another long losing streak behind him. "Our guys can sleep soundly tonight," Dunlap said. The Celtics probably should have been expecting more of a game from the Bobcats after losing in Charlotte earlier in the season. But Rivers decided to sit the 35-year-old Pierce with Boston in the midst of a difficult part of the schedule. He pondered sitting Pierce, Garnett or Terry while on the flight to Charlotte from Oklahoma City. He chose Pierce. Rivers thought the loss was more about his team approaching the game with the wrong mentality than the absence of Pierce. "They were so much more competitive than us the entire night and I thought it felt like we had a Band-Aid on a dam the first half and then it came off and blew us open," Rivers said. Despite the loss, Rivers said giving Pierce the night off was the right thing to do.
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Gonzalez back to Falcons, Fitzpatrick gets cut by Bills
By BARRY WILNER Associated Press Ryan Fitzpatrick is out in Buffalo, the first major move as NFL free agency began Tuesday. The Bills’ starting quarterback was cut 1½ years after getting a six-year, $59 million contract extension. Fitzpatrick struggled after signing the new deal, and the Bills went 6-10 in 2011 and in 2012. Buffalo has not made the playoffs since 1999, the longest active streak in the NFL. For now, the Bills’ No. 1 quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson. Earlier in the day, Tony Gonzalez changed his mind, deciding wants to play football again. The NFL’s career leader among tight ends with 1,242 receptions and 103 touchdowns, is still with the Atlanta Falcons. After saying he was 95 percent certain he would retire after 2012, the Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has more other 5 percent won out. Hours before free agency began catches than any tight end in NFL history, announced Tuesday Thursday, Gonzalez tweeted: that he is returning to the Falcons for the 2013 season. (Photo “The lure of being on such a great by David Goldman, AP) team and organization, along with unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up,” Gonzalez tweeted. His return was applauded by coach Mike Smith. “Tony is one of the hardest working players I have ever been around and it will be good to have his leadership and work ethic back in our locker room,” Smith said. Also Thursday, Philadelphia released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who just two years ago got a five-year, $60 million contract, $24 million guaranteed, when he left Oakland as a free agent. Asomugha was a flop in Philly, often victimized in single coverage. Asomugha was scheduled to make $15 million next season, with $4 million guaranteed. San Diego released 11-year veteran tight end Randy McMichael; the New York Jets cut nose tackle Sione Po’uha; Cincinnati re-signed defensive end Wallace Gilberry; Arizona re-signed safety Rashad Johnson to a three-year contract; and Tennessee guard Steve Hutchinson
retired after 12 seasons. McMichael would have counted $1.5 million against the Chargers’ cap. Po’uha was due to make $4.9 million in base salary this season, which would have become guaranteed if he remained on the roster Thursday. The move saved the Jets about $3.8 million on the salary cap. Gilberry was signed as a free agent last September by Cincinnati and had 6½ sacks in 2012, with three fumbles recoveries, one for a touchdown. Johnson is expected to start at strong safety after taking the job from Adrian Wilson late last season. Wilson, a fivetime Pro Bowl selection, was released by the Cardinals last week. Carolina cut linebacker James Anderson, a seven-year veteran who set a franchise record in 2011 with 174 tackles. The Houston Texans released receiver Kevin Walter, who was due to make $2 million in salary. Walter never became the threat opposite Andre Johnson that the team hoped for. He caught 41 passes for 518 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.
Steelers sticking with Burress, Foote
By WILL GRAVES Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are sticking with what they know. The Steelers re-signed linebacker Larry Foote and wide receiver Plaxico Burress on Tuesday while also tendering offers to four restricted free agents. Foote, 32, agreed to a three-year deal while the 35-year-old Burress will stick around for 2013. Foote and Burress join offensive lineman Ramon Foster as potential free agents who opted to remain in Pittsburgh rather than test the open market. Foster agreed to a three-year contract on Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed. The signings give the Steelers some stability in key spots. Foote started all 16 games at inside linebacker last season and his return allows the Steelers to bring former third-round pick Sean Spence back slowly from a devastating knee injury suffered at the end of the 2012 preseason. The 11-year veteran was his typically steady self for the NFL’s topranked defense, finishing with four sacks and 113 tackles. Foote made $3 million in 2012 and expressed a desire to return to Pittsburgh at the end of a disappointing 8-8 season. If he had chosen to play elsewhere, the Steelers would have to find two new starting linebackers after they cut 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison on Saturday. Burress should provide depth with the Steelers expected to lose Mike Wallace via free agency. Burress struggled to get onto the field after returning to the Steelers last November. The hope he would quickly regain his rapport with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger never materialized. He caught just three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in three games and was made inactive three times. There should be more opportunities for Burress to get onto the field if he can remain healthy. Pittsburgh is not expected to re-sign Wallace, opening up at least one spot on the depth chart. The Steelers did tender an offer to Emmanuel Sanders on Tuesday, who will likely move to the team’s No. 2 receiver behind Antonio Brown. Sanders had 44 receptions for 626 yards and a touchdown in 2012 while working mostly out of the slot. The Steelers also tendered offers to running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, who will likely battle for the starting running back spot next season. Veteran running back Rashard Mendenhall, a free agent, will almost certainly not return to the Steelers. Dwyer and Redman combined for 1,033 yards rushing and four touchdowns in 2012 but had trouble staying on the field
due to injury problems. The only notable free agent signing through the first day of the new league year remains cornerback William Gay, who agreed to a three-year contract last week. The Steelers are unlikely to make a major splash during the signing period due to salary cap concerns. The team has little wiggle room under the $123 million ceiling, though several players reportedly agreed to restructure deals, including Roethlisberger. The cap problems will likely cost Pittsburgh a handful of starters, including Harrison, Wallace, Mendenhall and cornerback Keenan Lewis, who led the AFC with 23 passes defensed in 2012.
Smith, Vilma get new contracts with Saints
From Wire Reports NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People familiar with the situation say defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have agreed to restructure their contracts in order to remain with the New Orleans Saints. Meanwhile, one person says reserve linebacker Will Herring is being released. The people spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because contract details have not been announced by the team or the players’ representatives, though Herring said on Twitter that he appreciated his time in New Orleans. The 31-year-old Smith and 30-year-old Vilma, both veteran defensive captains who were implicated in the NFL’s bounty probe, would have consumed about $23 million combined in salary cap space had they not agreed to new deals before the new league year — and free agency — began Tuesday afternoon. with 174 tackles. “I would like to thank James for what he has meant not only to our organization but also to this community,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “James went about his business in a professional manner and did everything we asked. We wish him the best.” Anderson was a third-round draft choice (88th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft from Virginia Tech and played 94 games for the Panthers, the most by a linebacker in team history. Anderson started 53 of his 94 career regular season games and also saw action in one postseason contest. He has career totals of 523 tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. The Panthers have also re-signed backup tight end Ben Hartsock, according to his agent Mike McCarthy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hartsock is the second free agent to re-sign, joining linebacker Jordan Senn.
Titans waive Babineaux, Petrus
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have started free agency by waiving safety Jordan Babineaux and guard Mitch Petrus. The Titans announced the moves Tuesday afternoon just after NFL free agency began. Babineaux had signed a two-year deal in March 2012 after joining the Titans just after the NFL lockout ended for the 2011 season. The safety played in all 16 games but started only 12. He was due to earn $1.6 million this season but became expendable when the Titans signed George Wilson last month. Petrus was signed when the Titans’ offensive line was hit by injuries late last season and played in two games with one start.
Cowboys’ Spencer signs $10.6 million tender
IRVING, Texas — Dallas linebacker Anthony Spencer has signed a $10.6 million one-year tender, securing his return to the Cowboys while he seeks a long-term deal. The Cowboys put the franchise tag on Spencer for the second straight year, guaranteeing him a raise from the $8.8 million he made as the team’s leading tackler in 2012. Spencer is moving to defensive end with Dallas’ switch to the 4-3 defense. The 29-year-old Spencer was the biggest question for Dallas in free agency, which opened Tuesday. The six-year pro, who had a careerbest 11 sacks last season, was set to become an unrestricted free agent. The Cowboys are less than $200,000 under the salary cap and unlikely to make any big moves in free agency unless they restructure more contracts.
Panthers release starting linebacker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers announced they released linebacker James Anderson, a three-year starter, on Tuesday. Anderson had three years left on a five-year, $22 million contract that included a $7 million signing bonus. A veteran of seven NFL seasons, all with the Panthers, Anderson started the first 12 games of the 2012 season before missing the final four with a back injury. His 84 tackles ranked second on the team. In 2011, Anderson set a then-franchise record
Texans cut Walter
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans released receiver Kevin Walter as free agency opened on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Walter signed with the Texans in March 2006 after playing his first three NFL seasons in Cincinnati. He caught 326 passes for 4,093 yards in his seven seasons with the Texans. Walter made 41 catches for 518 yards and two touchdowns and was the Texans’ third-leading receiver in 2012.
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Teheran works gem in outing for Braves
From Wire Reports KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Julio Teheran took another step into winning the fifth spot in the Atlanta Braves’ rotation, extending the St. Louis Cardinals’ offensive woes. Teheran struck out six in five hitless innings and lowered his ERA to 1.29 on Tuesday in the Braves’ 12-3 victory. “He’s been great,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the 22-year-old right-hander. “He’s matured. He’s polished himself up a little bit and he’s looking good.” St. Louis went 29 consecutive innings without a run before scoring three times in the seventh against reliever Luis Avilan. Teheran has allowed four hits in 14 innings over four starts and has 18 strikeouts and four walks. Of his 64 pitches against the Cardinals, 44 were strikes. “Julio’s got some weapons,” Gonzalez said. “The more he goes out there the more he’s impressing me with his changeup and a twoseamer that comes back on the lefties.” Teheran struggled last spring training when given a chance to win a rotation spot and then went 7-9 with a 5.08 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett. “He’s up to three, maybe 3 1-2 pitches now,” Gonzalez said. “I wouldn’t have called him more than a one-pitch pitcher last year.” Still, Gonzalez wasn’t prepared to announce a decision on his fifth starter. He’s too young for me to say that,” the manager said. St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook struggled Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran delivers a pitch in the first inning against the St. Louis with his control, and relievers Edward Mujica and Cardinals on Tuesday. (Photo by Evan Vucci, AP) Jason Motte allowed eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Yankees 3, Rays 1
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Ivan Nova is more concerned with showing improvement than where he stands in his bid to be the New York Yankees’ fifth starter. The right-hander continued to make a case to begin the season in the rotation by pitching four scoreless innings Tuesday during a victory over Tampa Bay.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Clay Buchholz is showing signs that he is ready for the season. Mike Napoli is proving to his new Red Sox teammates that he can be a durable addition. Buchholz pitched four scoreless innings, and Napoli played in consecutive games for first time this spring training and had a run-scoring single and a double, helping Boston over Toronto.
Tigers 10, Phillies 6
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Roy Halladay used two meaningful words to alleviate concern over a terrible outing. “Nothing hurts,” Halladay said. Considering he’s coming off an injury-plagued year, that’s important news for the Philadelphia Phillies. Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam and Don Kelly also homered off Halladay, leading Detroit to a win over Philadelphia.
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