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March 21, 2013

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MSU’s Abraham retiring in June
By NATHAN GREGORY After a 38-year career at Mississippi State University, Alumni Association Executive Director Jimmy Abraham announced this week that he would retire this summer. Abraham, who officially leaves June 30, served in his current post since 2005 after a long tenure the university’s student affairs department. He previously served as director of enrollment services, assistant vice president of student affairs and interim president of student affairs since he joined the department in 1977. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1975 and a master’s degree in student personnel and counselor education in 1977, both from MSU. Abraham said he enjoyed the opportunity to work for his alma mater. “All good things come to an end, and I knew this day would come at some point in my life. Although bittersweet, I am excited about spending more time with my family, including my father and my two new grandchildren. I have no specific plans, other than that, except to follow what God has in store for me,” Abraham said. “Because of the hard work of so many alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students, the MSU Alumni Association is vibrant and strong.  After nearly eight years being in this position, it is time for someone else to lead this great association at an Abraham outstanding university that means so much to over 125,000 alumni worldwide.” Abraham’s career at MSU began in 1975 when then-student affairs administrator Bill Foster hired him as a residence hall director while he was completing his master’s degree. Foster said Abraham  became an integral part of the founding and success of the MSU Roadrunners — a group of MSU students that provide tours of campus to potential students — during his time at the MSU Division of Student Affairs. “Whenever someone thinks of Jimmy Abraham they automatically think maroon and white. He just loves Mississippi State so much,” Foster said. “I noticed when Jimmy thanked Mississippi State for all it has given to him, but we should be thanking him for what he gave to us. “Jimmy keeps a list of every Roadrunner and keeps in touch with them even after they’ve graduated,” Foster added. “He had the first organized …
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well-developed system of recruiting students. It will be a difficult task to replace him.” Director of College of Education Emeritus and former interim president Roy Ruby said from the time Abraham was hired as a director of orientation, before his promotion to assistant director of college and school relations and later assistant vice president of enrollment services, he knew Abraham would be an asset in the effort to help the university grow and thrive. “(He) is at every level very competent, highly motivated and full of
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Cerebral palsy patient, author discusses faith with BSU audience
By STEVEN NALLEY Justin Fisher was born with cerebral palsy, a neuro-muscular condition that limits his abilities in terms of balance, walking and other motor skills. Sometimes, Fisher said, people asked him if he would relive his life without cerebral palsy given the chance. “I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’ve spent a lot more time thinking about what I should have done with what God has given me than what I would do with what he hasn’t given me,” Fisher said. Fisher spoke to audiences at Mississippi State University’s Baptist Student Union and at Meadowview Baptist Church Wednesday about living with cerebral palsy and the ways he believed this life had worked toward God’s purposes. Fisher earned his bachelor’s and masJustin Fisher, left, talks with Mississippi State University senior Emily Sullivan at a book signing for ter’s degrees in agricultural economics Fisher’s book “I Can’t Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand)” after he addressed BSU students from MSU and is currently an economics during their Noonday luncheon. Fisher was born with cerebral palsy, and Sullivan has a different form of instructor at Jefferson State Community the condition called schizencephaly. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) College. He has written a devotional book
called “I Can’t Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand),” which he signed for students after his speech at the BSU’s Noonday luncheon program. Fisher not only cited Bible verses but drew students’ attention to their nuances. One example was Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Fisher said it was important to not only recognize oneself as God’s handiwork, but also to use that handiwork to advance God’s causes. “I’ve got cerebral palsy. What’s your excuse? What are you using to say ‘I can’t?’” Fisher asked. “God can make lemonade out of anybody’s lemons.” Another verse Fisher said defined his life was Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Fisher said sometimes it could be difficult to see what
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‘Anything Goes’ returning to SHS
By STEVEN NALLEY Lacy Claire Whitten completely changes when she plays the role of Bonnie in “Anything Goes.” Offstage, she is a calm, poised senior at Starkville High School, but her character Bonnie is a bundle of energy, panicking the second her cover as a criminal runs the risk of being blown, swooning over main character Billy Crocker (played by SHS’s Matthew Reynolds) and even leaving the stage to interact with the audience during her own musical number. Even Whitten’s voice is different, morphing from her normal speaking voice to a high-pitched New Jersey squeal akin to a Warner Bros. cartoon. “I’m an alto, and I can sing a lot of tenor notes too,” Whitten said. “I even got home and I said, ‘Oh, Mom, I got this part,’ and she said, ‘You know this is a first soprano part.’ I didn’t believe they would put me in a first soprano part (at first), but it’s easy to hit those notes when you’re in that different voice.” Starkville High School will present its spring musical “Anything Goes” today through Sunday in the school’s theatre, taking audiences back in time to an age of jazz, swing, and Cole Porter. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7 and may be purchased at the door. “Anything Goes” begins when aforementioned main character Billy makes a last-minute decision to join his former girlfirend Hope Harcourt (Meghan Wolf) on a cruise when he finds out
Starkville High School students perform the musical number "Bon Voyage" as part of a dress rehearsal Tuesday evening for "Anything Goes," the school's spring musical. Up front, from left, are Victoria Hearn, playing Mrs. Harcourt, Meghan Wolf, See MUSICAL | Page 3 playing Hope Harcourt, and Louis Codling, playing Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
2: Around Town 3: Obituaries
4: Forum 5: Sports
10: Classifieds 12: Weather
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email life@
u Quilting Guild meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilters Guild will host national award winning quilter, Julia Graber, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sportsplex community building,. Her program will be a presentation on “Blocking Quilts and Showing Tips.” Graber will also show many of her quilts. Visitors are welcome. u Pancake dinner — Kappa Delta sorority at Mississippi State University will host a family late night pancake dinner from 5- 7 p.m. at the Kappa Delta House on campus. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America. u TEA Party meeting — Starkville Tea Party (STP) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, 1491 Frye Road. Local physician and firearms instructor Dr. Philip Pearson will be the speaker. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email or call 662546-0675. u Tolkien program — Starkville Public Library, Starkville Reads will present at 7 p.m. a program on the works of author J.R.R. Tolkien, with an emphasis on “The Hobbit,” to be given by Dr. Christopher Snyder, dean of the MSU Shackouls Honors College and an authority on Tolkien. The program is open to all free of charge, whether or not they have read “The Hobbit” or other works of the author.
The 2012 Frostbite High Powered Rifle Match was held recently at the Starkville Gun Club. Match director Jimmy Cole, center, is shown with the junior division winners — Austin Braswell, left, second place and Cade Jenkins, right, first place. Not pictured were the senior division winners:  Daniel Hayenga – first place, James Bryant – second place, and Colton Tally – third place. (Submitted photo)
be held Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at McKee Park in Starkville. For more information, call 662684-9099 or visit http://www.
u Health fair — Mississippi Golden Triangle Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will sponsor a health fair from 9 a.m. to noon at the Starkville Sportsplex. The public is invited. For more information call 662-418-2217. u Mass choir concert — The Greater Ebenezer M.B. Church Mass Choir will hold its Friday annual spring musical at 3 p.m. Local choirs will participate. The u Garden Expo — Starkville Rev. Gregory Jones is pastor. Area Arts Council’s fifth annual Ev- The public is invited. erything Garden Expo is happening u Church event — Meadfrom 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and owview Baptist Church, located 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the at 300 Linden Circle in Starkville, Mississippi Horse Park. Fill your will host a “Heaven’s Gates and day with shopping with garden Hell’s Flames: Where Will You vendors from around the South, Be When Reality Strikes” event visit and learn from garden experts, at 7 p.m. March 24-26. Call listen to wonderful garden speakers, (662) 323-2963 to get a free adenjoy the children’s area with your mission ticket. Childcare will be children, sit and talk with friends provided. over great food from Sneaky Pete’s and so much more.  Admission is Monday $5 a day and free for children under u Rotary meeting — 6 year old. For more information, Starkville Rotary Club will meet call 662-324-3080.  at noon at the Starkville Counu Line dancing perfortry Club. Guest speaker will be mance — The Starkville Line Golden Triangle Boys and Girls Dancers will perform Friday, Club Director Joyce Ellenwood. March 22 at 10:15 a.m. at the u Passover dinner — ConCarrington nursing home in gregation B’Nai Israel in ColumStarkville. For more informabus will host its annual Passover tion, call 662-615-9963. Seder at Temple B’Nai at 717 u Violin recital — Starkville Second Avenue North. The PassArea Strings School will present over holiday begins at sundown Abigail Musser’s Suzuki vioand the dinner and program will lin recital at 7 p.m. at Starkville begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is Church of God, 100 Locksley invited and inquiries will be anWay. All are welcome. swered promptly. To reserve a place at the dinner, contact EmiSaturday lie White at 662-328-7084 by MArch 19. Cost is $36 per adult u Pet adoption rally — A and $12 per student. Come to the Rescue Rally for pet adoption will be held from Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oktibu Grief support group beha County Co-Op. Local resmeeting — The Grief Support cue groups and the Oktibbeha Group will meet from 5:30-6:30 County Humane Society will p.m. at the Emerson Family have adoptable animals as well as Resource Center. Guest speaker face painting and rescue baskets. will be Jada Gardner of Legacy u Resident to be honHospice. For more information, ored — The Greater Ebenezer call 662-615-0033. M.B. Church family will honor Mrs. Martha Rice Vaughn for Wednesday her many years of service to u Seven Last Words Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Mrs. Vaughn taught school revival — The Youth Ministry for 39 years. She retired from of Pleasant Grove M.B.Church Ward Elementary in 1986 and of Crawford will host its youth has enjoyed 27 years of retire- revival services during holy ment. All former students, co- week, March 27-29 starting at workers, family and friends are 7 nightly. The Rev . Riley Forinvited to the Baptist Student rest Sr. is pastor. The public is Union, MSU campus from 2-4 invited. For more information p.m. March 23. Rev. G. W. call 662-435-3515. Jones is pastor. u JA special guest — JA of Starkville is excited about bringRecurring ing special guest, Patrick house, winner of NBC’s Biggest Loser, u GED classes — Emerson season 10, from 10 a.m. to noon Family School, 1504 Louisville to Starkville Sportsplex. in Starkville, will offer free ABE/ u Community Easter egg GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 hunt — The annual Life Church p.m. Monday through Thursday community Easter egg hunt will
and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information call 662-320-4607. 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 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 662-418-7089. u Scholarship opportunity — David Rogers Memorial Scholarship applications are now available for graduating high school seniors.  The deadline for submission is April 15.  Applications can be obtained by calling 662-323-3977 or visit the web at 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. com. u Recycling bags available — Recycling bags are now available for pick-up at the Sanitation and Environmental Services Department, located at 506 D.L. Conner Drive. You make pick-up your supply of bags now through April 30, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the recycling program may sign up at any time. 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 Richard. or 662325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662325-3070. 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 — This is fun for all ages, singles or couples. New dancers will find patient instruction by the new caller and friendly help from other dancers. Come from 7-9 p.m. every Monday to the Sportplex Annex at 405 Lynn Lane. Follow the covered walkway to the
small building. 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 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, 662-418-5535 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 662-320-4607. 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 662323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. 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 662-3238871 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 662-2950823. 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 327-8941 or visit 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 (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 323-1499. 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 662-2427962. 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. Community call-in u 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 — This is fun for all age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers will close at the end of April and will open again in the fall.  Enjoy our new caller and friendly help from experienced dancers.  Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covered walk to the small building. 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 662-324-2551 or 662-4183876. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a 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
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Health in Miss. Gulf lease sale draws $1.2B in high bids counties: DeSoto 1st, Quitman last
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — In Mississippi's healthiest county, many residents have easy access to bicycle paths and walking trails. In the least healthy county, there are few places to exercise and people on limited budgets might have to drive long distances to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. New rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute show fast-growing and relatively prosperous DeSoto County, just south of Memphis, Tenn., is the healthiest county in Mississippi, while rural and low-income Quitman County, in the north Delta, is the least healthy. This is the fourth year for the groups to assess nearly every county in the United States. They look at health behaviors such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and sexually transmitted infections. They also look at the percentage of uninsured residents and social and economic factors such as education levels and unemployment rates. The five healthiest Mississippi counties, in order, are DeSoto, Lamar, Lafayette, Rankin and Madison. The five least healthy, starting at the bottom, are Quitman, Coahoma, Wilkinson, Holmes and Claiborne. One Mississippi county, Issaquena, was not ranked because of its small population size and limited information available about health indicators, said state Department of Health spokeswoman Liz Sharlot. Valmadge Towner, owner of the Dining Room restaurant in Marks, said Wednesday that Quitman County has few gyms or health clubs, and people often must drive long distances to buy fresh produce. He said there's only one grocery store in Marks, so people rely on convenience stores for much of their shopping. The nearest supermarkets are 20 miles to the west in Batesville or 20 miles to the east in Clarksdale. Towner, 43, is a lifelong Quitman County resident and he acknowledged with a laugh that his restaurant isn't a place people go for low-fat, low-calorie dishes. "We are a splurging restaurant," Towner said. "We sell soul food. We are not health conscious." NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A nearly 39 million-acre oil and gas lease sale Wednesday for the central Gulf of Mexico drew $1.2 billion in high bids by offshore energy producers. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said 52 companies submitted 407 bids on 320 tracts, three to 230 miles off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. The tracts, covering more than 1.7 million acres, are in water depths of nine to more than 11,115 feet. “Today’s sale reflects strong, continuing industry interest in the Gulf of Mexico,” said U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who opened the sale. “Developing public energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico is good for the Gulf’s economy, and reflects President (Barack) Obama’s commitment to expand oil and natural gas production safely and responsibly, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and supporting American energy jobs.” BOEM estimates the sale could lead to the production of up to 890 million barrels of oil and 3.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The sum of all bids received totaled $1.5 billion. The sale builds on a number of recent offshore lease sales, in-
cluding one last November in the western Gulf that made more than 20 million acres available, and a sale last June in the central Gulf that made more than 39 million acres available. It’s also the second under the Obama Administration’s new Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the first of that program’s five scheduled sales in the central Gulf. Salazar’s office, in a statement after the sale, said domestic oil and gas production has grown each year Obama has been in office, with domestic oil production currently higher than any time in two decades and natural gas production at its highest level ever. “The central Gulf of Mexico is one of the cornerstones of the United States’ domestic energy portfolio and is central to meeting the nation’s energy needs and fueling the economy,” said BOEM Director Tommy Beaudreau, who is also acting assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management. After the sale, Salazar visited Louisiana’s Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge to see the progress of a marsh restoration project.
Claims against BP contractors dismissed
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge conducting a trial to assign fault for the nation's worst offshore oil spill dismissed claims Wednesday against a BP contractor and the company that made a key safety device on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, triggering the disaster. After plaintiffs' attorneys rested their case Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled there was no evidence that BP's drilling fluids contractor M-I LLC made any decision that led to the blowout of BP's Macondo well. Barbier dismissed all claims against M-I on the 15th day of the trial. The judge also agreed to rule out punitive damages against Cameron International, the manufacturer of the blowout preventer on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig, which was rocked by an explosion and fire in 2010 that killed 11 workers and touched off the enormous spill. "I have not heard or seen evidence that would in any way support a finding of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of Cameron," Barbier said. The judge was acting on requests by M-I and Cameron to have claims against them dismissed. The two Houston-based companies have been bit players at the trial, which has centered on the actions and decisions of employees of energy giant BP, rig owner Transocean Ltd. and cement contractor Halliburton. M-I is a wholly owned subsidiary of oil field services firm Schlumberger. Two M-I employees, Gordon Jones and Blair Manuel, were among the 11 workers killed in the blast. BP, Transocean and Halliburton made similar requests Wednesday for Barbier to dismiss gross negligence and punitive damage claims against them, but the judge said he wasn't ready to rule on them at this stage of trial. Barbier is hearing testimony without a jury. Barring a settlement, he could decide how much more money the companies owe for their roles in the disaster. BP could be on the hook for nearly $18 billion in penalties under the Clean Water Act if the judge finds that it acted with gross negligence. After Barbier's rulings, the trial's fourth week continued with more testimony by witnesses for Transocean, whose chief had executive testified Tuesday. BP and Halliburton also will call their own witnesses later in the proceedings. Barbier has heard testimony by more than a dozen witnesses called by the Justice Department and private attorneys for Gulf Coast residents and businesses. The plaintiffs' lawyers rested Wednesday after their last witness, a former Halliburton laboratory manager, finished testifying. Earlier Wednesday, well control expert Calvin Barnhill testified he didn't see any evidence that rig workers sacrificed
Francis Oakley
Francis Warren Oakley passed away on March 20, 2013 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Visitation is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday in the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church with the funeral following at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may go online and sign the guest register at
safety in a rush to complete a job that was behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget. Transocean president and CEO Steven Newman had testified Tuesday that he believes his company's employees on the rig should have done more to detect signs of trouble before the blowout. However, he said the Swiss-based drilling company didn't identify any internal "management failures" that led to the disaster. Also on Wednesday, a federal grand jury handed up an indictment containing new allegations against former BP engineer Kurt Mix. Mix was charged last year with deleting text messages about the company's response to the Gulf oil spill. Wednesday's new indictment accuses him of also deleting about 40 voicemails from a supervisor and roughly 15 voicemails from a BP contractor. Mix, of Katy, Texas, pleaded not guilty in May to two counts of obstruction of justice after he was charged with deliberately deleting more than 200 text messages to and from the supervisor and more than 100 to and from the contractor. Mix doesn't face any new counts in the superseding indictment. Prosecutors claim he deleted the messages to prevent them from being used in a grand jury's probe of the spill. Mix's attorney didn't immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment.
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ideas. His values to the university became evident very quickly,” Ruby said. “Students absolutely worship him and have quite an affection for Jimmy, and he for them. He was quite an inspiration to them … and he added to our recruiting program immensely.” Alumni Association Associate Director Libba Andrews said Abraham treated her and her colleagues “like family” during their time working together. “There is nobody on this campus that loves Mississippi State more than Jimmy Abraham. He loves the students and loves to make sure the students have a good experience,” Andrews said. “He’s probably one of the most detailed people I’ve ever known. One of the things he’s done here in the alumni office … is he’s raised the bar for alumni involvement in student recruiting. He knew recruiting inside and out because of the relationships he had and he was able to strengthen the bond between the Alumni Association and admissions, and therefore we were better able
to help the university achieve its goal of growing the student population.” Ruby said during his time as interim president, he observed Abraham’s work and noticed many alumni were appreciative of his efforts.  “His communication with alumni is superb. It was obvious that he was giving a new shot of energy to the Alumni Association that was already in good shape before,” Ruby said. Abraham said he felt “blessed” to have worked at MSU for nearly four decades. “The people that have come into my life as a student affairs professional and as a staff member in the Alumni Association have touched my life in ways they will never know. I came as a student in 1973 with no direction in my life, trying to find myself, and I leave as a person, because of MSU, with the greatest career anyone could have ever asked for. I am grateful and will forever be grateful,” Abraham said. “I am taking all of my MSU ‘things’ with me from my office and plan to put them all in a room at my home.  Although I am leaving MSU after nearly four decades, MSU will never, ever leave me.”
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she is engaged to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Louis Codling). As Billy tries to win back Hope, he also finds himself entangled in the schemes of gangster Moonface Martin (Steve Jones), and Evelyn finds himself won over by jazz songstress Reno Sweeney (Mary Kate Hughes). In addition to the Jazz Age, Whitten said “Anything Goes” also showcased an age of intergenerational conflict between older, sterner social mores and a new generation of flappers. The title song embodies this conflict: “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now, God knows, anything goes.” That conflict, Whitten said, repeated from generation to generation, including her own. In that way, she said, it became easy to relate to the play even though it is more than four times as old as she is. “The age was all about things that were once seen as risque (being) out in the open,” Whitten said. “Flappers were seen as scandalous. Older generations (were) challenging that, and that’s similar to what
happens (today).” Whitten said she also liked the play because she considered it a classic. “It’s hard not to like it,” Whitten said. “It has some really good songs. I really like my character, specifically.” Whitten said her character Bonnie gets mistaken for part of a song and dance troupe known as the “Angels” early in the play, and Bonnie spends much of the play trying to become a real “Angel.” Chandler Buntin plays one of these “Angels,” and she said she found the show hilarious. “It’s a really fun show to be a part of,” Buntin said. “There’s nothing boring about it. The music’s phenomenal. I love it.” This is not the first time
SHS has produced “Anything Goes.” Becky Whitten, Lacy Claire’s mother, said SHS performed the play in the 1990s. “So, it’s been over a decade since people have seen this show,” Becky said. The play does mark the first time Jessica Taylor has directed one of SHS’s musicals, having joined SHS’s staff as theatre teacher this year. Prior to joining SHS’s staff, Taylor was a fixture in Starkville Community Theatre, but she said the perspective was different from the director’s chair. “As a director, you kind of have to see the whole picture and not just focus on one single character, so that’s been different, having to keep track of 40 different characters instead of
one,” Taylor said. “It always helps to have dedicated people ... that are excited about being involved. They’re very anxious to do this. They’re very dedicated.” “Anything Goes” recently had a revival on Broadway, Taylor said, and she had heard SHS’s first production of the play was very successful, leading her to choose it for this year. Many of the students were familiar with the revival, she said, and they needed little convincing to embrace the play despite its age. “Oddly enough, they requested it,” Taylor said. “I had a lot of students (asking if I could) look into ‘Anything Goes.’ It’s kind of becoming popular again.”
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this purpose was and how everything, including life’s difficulties and disappointments, worked toward it. “I was taught at a young age that you should never question God, but I believe an honest question from an honest heart will be honored,” Fisher said. “It’s all working together for his purposes, not yours. He’s more concerned about your character than he is your comfort. He’s a lot more concerned with your heart than he is your happiness.” Fisher interlaced his speech with anecdotes from his life, including stories about his family and friends. One of his friends is Houston Everett, a fellow cerebral palsy patient Fisher said he had known since Everett was 10 years old. Both of them loved to attend baseball games, he said, and both of them often had choice words for umpires when they believed those umpires missed a call. Once, Fisher asked Everett why he believed an umpire’s call was mistaken. “(Everett) says, ‘I know he got it wrong because he called it against us,’” Fisher said. Fisher focused in on the word ‘know,’ and he said it was not the same type of knowing the apostle Paul presents in Romans 8:28.
“He’s not looking through Christian-colored glasses. He means we have experienced it. We have been through it,” Fisher said. “I could sit up here all day and tell you what it’s like to have cerebral palsy. I could tell you how difficult it is ... but you wouldn’t know, because you’ve never experienced it.” Emily Sullivan, a senior at MSU who was in Fisher’s audience, said she did know what cerebral palsy was like, because she lived with a different form of it called schizencephaly. She was diagnosed with the condition at nine months old, she said, when her parents noticed she had much more limited motor functions on her right side than on her left. Thanks in part to several years of therapy when she was young, Sullivan is able to walk, albeit with a limp. Fisher uses a motorized wheelchair, and Sullivan said she had learned to put her own challenges in perspective not only from Fisher, but also from others she had met at MSU’s Disability Support Services office. “(Fisher) just inspired me, because I’ve had battles all my life,” Sullivan said. “I’ve even had people in middle school and high school tell me to get out of the way just (for) walking with a limp. I know how he feels, and I know how Houston (Everett) feels. It was more like an emotional connection.”
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ment those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” He also said, “Every govern- Daniel Gardner ment degenContributing erates when Columnist trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”  We have elected politicians as our rulers, and they have perverted intentions clearly written in our Constitution by passing oppressive laws and regulations limiting more and more of our freedoms … our independence from tyrannical governors.
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Jefferson sought freedom from big gov’t
given rights. The rights (not needs or privileges) listed there are for individuals.  I love Thomas Jefferson quotes. He was not only highly intelligent, but also highly articulate. “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.”  Who today — besides Washington politicians or mainstream media elite — professes Americans enjoy “a wise and frugal government”? Does the business sector today feel “free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement”?  You think the founders had “experience” with tyrannical governors? Jefferson said, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of govern Reading not only the Declaration of Independence (to learn the precise complaints against King George, and to learn what our founders believed to be basic human and civil rights) and the Constitution (to learn precisely how the branches of government at federal, state, and local levels should check and balance powers), but also the Federalist Papers (to further understand the intent of founders to protect individual rights from tyrannical governors) we should all realize just how far our government has usurped powers neither granted nor intended for the federal government.  Jefferson said, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Do we have too much government today? Yes, way too much government particularly in Washington!
If you don’t fear the federal government, you’re not paying attention. Our Founding Fathers — because they were also fallible human beings — knew intimately how tyrannical power could wreak havoc in every area of citizens’ lives. After declaring their independence from that tyrannical power and winning the war for independence, they endeavored to create a different kind of governance with checks and balances on human nature to insure independence could survive as long as possible. Independence from what? From overwhelming governance. We find ourselves today in much the same situation our founders faced when dealing with ornery taxes and laws violating basic human and civil rights. After the war was won these same founders drafted the Constitution along with the Bill of Rights to insure individuals certain God-
 Looking into the future, Jefferson said, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” For decades progressives in government, media, and academia have promised Americans the government would take care of them, would provide for all of their needs if we’d only trust them to do the right and fair thing.  It’s time for a change in Washington. Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” We the people need to lead political elite back to our independent roots.
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville. Contact him at
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Understanding firearms issues
There seems to be much public interest in all issues related to gun ownership these days. At the State level in Mississippi, some measures made it into law during this legislative session and some died in the legislative process. However, there was considerable public interest and legislative activity. Recently passed and approved by Governor Bryant, House Bill 2 clarifies state legislation concerning concealed carry law. House Bill 485 to exempt information regarding persons with a weapon permit from the Mississippi public records act of 1983 passed and was approved by Governor Bryant. Other submissions were not successful. House Bill 958 concerning concealed firearms on school premises and requiring local school boards to adopt policy authorizing certain school employees to carry concealed weapons dies in Senate. However, the interest in finding solutions to the dangers of gun-free zones as targets of criminals and the right to keep and bear arms has only heightened. This is a non-partisan issue. However, too few citizens have a working knowledge of firearms and the laws that regulate their ownership and use. Firearms classes and instructors are in high demand to help educate folks on the use of firearms. Due to the misunderstanding about many firearms related issues, Starkville TEA Party has invited Dr. Philip Pearson, a respected local physician and certified firearms instructor, to address some of these issues in a meeting tonight. The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church on Frye Road in Starkville. Starkville TEA Party has invited all who are interested. For information, contact STP at 662-546-0675. Gary Chesser Starkville TEA Party
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Economic signs point to bright future
It’s been a long time coming, but finally there are bright economic signs nationally that seem here to stay a while. America’s economy, which sputtered in recovery the past couple of years since the “Great Recession” of 2008 officially ended is now humming with some real momentum. Consider only that America’s unemployment rate for February fell to 7.7 percent — the lowest national level since December 2008 — and that the long-suffering housing market continues building momentum. Home prices are rising nationally, and home starts are up substantially. Inventory is shrinking in most areas, and interest rates are low — creating a win/win housing market for both buyers and sellers. ... So while the economy is heating up nationally, it continues to lag a bit here. “The economy is obviously still very weak. That’s not a big surprise,” said state economist Darren Webb. “We’ve been pretty well flat to declining since the recovery began.” There are positives, of course. Rankin County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 6.6 percent in January. Also, most economists expected Mississippi’s recovery to lag a bit behind the rest of the nation, especially since the state was hit by the recession after the rest of the country. Because it did not have the same exposure to financial services and a housing bubble like the rest of the country in 2008, Mississippi wasn’t thrust into recession as rapidly. Naturally, its recovery may be a bit behind for similar reasons.
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There’s also this: Mississippi relies heavily upon low-skill jobs and federal money, which don’t respond to economic stimulation the way industries do. So while numbers are turning positive nationally Mississippi still has some catching up to do. The good news, though, is that if history stays on course, the improving economy nationally is a sign of future improvement for the state.
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College Football
Spring has sprung
MSU anxious to get work done in practice
With the 2013 football season about six months away, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are getting ready to lay a foundation. The Bulldogs opened spring practice on Wednesday and head coach Dan Mullen's squad have been anxious to get back on the gridiron. “I know we’re excited to get back out on the field," Mullen said in a press conference Wednesday before practice. "Our guys are excited to get back out on the field."  MSU finished 8-5 last season with a 4-4 Southeastern Conference record. Heading into the 2013 season, the Bulldogs have only 12 scholarship seniors. There will be a good amount of teaching going in the 15 spring practices. Mullen and his coaching staff will use these next couple of weeks to do quite a bit of teaching. "You really look at what the best way to teach is," Mullen said. "Spring is about teaching for our guys. It’s a lot of teaching. At the end of spring, we’re 0-0. We’re not preparing for a game right now. We’re developing and teaching and becom-
ing better football players. You look for what the best way to teach is and that’s what especially spreading out spring allows you. You’ll see (that) we’ll have some more back-to-back practices as spring goes on, (and) as installation gets less.” Mississippi State had been preparing for spring practice well before spring break. The Bulldogs underwent a nearly seven week program with head strength coach Matt Balis. "We thought it went really well," Balis said Tuesday. "We met (Monday) as a strength staff and discussed some of the things we liked, (and) the positives of our program. We thought a lot of our younger guys stepped up, and had some of their better off-seasons that they’ve ever had, which is really good for us as a team. “In terms of numbers, we always strive to overload each week to get stronger in some way, (and) to get improvement, whether it’s through heavier weight or through more repetitions, but again as a whole, one of our goals was our younger guys had to stepup and get better. I thought they did that.” 
See MSU | Page 9 has gone so far for the Bulldogs. (Photos by Kim Murrell and submitted)
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen, left photo, and head strength coach Matt Balis like the way the offseason
College Rodeo
East Mississippi Community College rodeo participant Kaleb Driggers of Albany, Ga., is the reigning reserve (runner-up) world champion team roping leader. EMCC is hosting a collegiate rodeo at West Point's Eagle Ranch today through Saturday. (Photo submitted by EMCC)
EMCC hosted event brings college rodeo to West Point
By JASON EDWARDS   SCOOBA — West Point will be hooked on an 8-second ride as collegiate rodeo comes to town beginning today. Approximately 350 competitors will descend upon West Point from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee to compete through Saturday. Held at Eagle Ranch, the East Mississippi Community College hosted event marks the third of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2013 Ozark Region spring schedule. “This is the first rodeo we are hosting,” EMCC coach Morgan Goodrich said. “Hopefully, it will be beneficial for us since it provides less time on the road and not as much wear on our horses and students.” Along with the EMCC men’s and women’s teams, the Ozark Region is full of stiff competitors including Troy University, the University of Tennessee at Martin, Murray State University as well as Southern Arkansas University, the University of West Alabama, Missouri Valley College, Cossatot Community College, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and fellow Magnolia State team Northwest Mississippi Community College. The three-day rodeo features long-go and short-go competition including bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping for the men. The women’s competition has barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. EMCC has a few tricks up its sleeve for those that venture out to Eagle Ranch. For the children, the rodeo provides a pig scramble for kids aged 5 and under, a calf scramble for those ranging in age from 6-10 and a chicken scramble for those between 11-15. Hoping to repeat success from the fall campaign which saw the EMCC men claim their second team rodeo title in the team’s threeyear history, the Lions enter today’s competition ranked third in the 2012-2013 Ozark Region men’s standings behind UT Martin and Missouri Valley College. EMCC is already off to a solid start as the teams Goodrich opened the season last month at a rodeo hosted by Cossatot Community College. As the dust settled in Texarkana, Ark., the men’s team finished third while the women were fifth. Most recently both Lions teams took part in regional rodeo action held at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Looking at the recent success, Goodrich is pleased with how far the team has come since its humble beginnings and excited for where the team is headed in the future. “We have a really competitive team this year,” Goodrich said. “Every year we progress more and more. This is our fourth year and
our third year competing. This year we finished our arena and our team has really grown. We started with 12 and next year we are looking at about 30 kids on the team. Our name is really starting to grow in the rodeo circuit so that growth is only going to continue.” Returning back to their home state, the Lions see action in West Point beginning at 7 p.m. today and Friday, while things will heat up at 2 p.m. on Saturday. It is unusual for a rodeo to start so early on Saturday, but Goodrich explains the reason behind EMCC’s departure from the norm. “(Today) and Friday start at 7 p.m., and then the short-go will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday," Goodrich said. "Most rodeos they have it at 7 or 7:30, then you don’t get done until 9:30 or 10 then people have to drive home. We are trying to do something different in starting early so the visiting schools can get back on the road a little earlier.”
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According to STATS, the number of points per game that men’s college basketball teams average this season, the lowest since 1951-52.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Kentucky Wilddcats 6-3 in college baseball action Tuesday night, but a headline in the Starkville Daily News sports section did not reflect that. Even though the recap did indicate that Kentucky had lost the game, the headline did not. The Starkville Daily News attempts to report news accurately and is sorry for any confusion the headline may have caused our readers.
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College Basketball NCAA Tournament Glance All Times EDT FIRST ROUND At UD Arena Dayton, Ohio Tuesday, March 19 N.C. A&T 73, Liberty 72 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 67, Middle Tennessee 54 Wednesday, March 20 James Madison 68, LIU Brooklyn 55 Boise State (21-10) vs. La Salle (21-9), late EAST REGIONAL Second Round Today, March 21 At Rupp Arena Lexington, Ky. Butler (26-8) vs. Bucknell (28-5), 12:40 p.m. Marquette (23-8) vs. Davidson (26-7), 30 minutes following At HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif. UNLV (25-9) vs. California (20-11), 7:27 p.m. Syracuse (26-9) vs. Montana (25-6), 30 minutes following Friday, March 22 At UD Arena Dayton, Ohio N.C. State (24-10) vs. Temple (23-9), 1:40 p.m. Indiana (27-6) vs. James Madison (21-14), 30 minutes following At The Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas Miami (27-6) vs. Pacific (22-12), 2:10 p.m. Illinois (22-12) vs. Colorado (21-11), 30 minutes following SOUTH REGIONAL Second Round Today, March 21 At The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan (26-7) vs. South Dakota State (25-9), 7:15 p.m. VCU (26-8) vs. Akron (26-6), 30 minutes following Friday, March 22 At Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia Georgetown (25-6) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (24-10), 6:50 p.m. San Diego State (22-10) vs. Oklahoma (20-11), 30 minutes following At The Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. North Carolina (24-10) vs. Villanova (2013), 7:20 p.m. Kansas (29-5) vs. Western Kentucky (2015), 30 minutes following At The Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas Florida (26-7) vs. Northwestern State (238), 7:27 p.m. UCLA (25-9) vs. Minnesota (20-12), 30 minutes following MIDWEST REGIONAL Second Round Today, March 21 At Rupp Arena Lexington, Ky. Louisville (29-5) vs. N.C. A&T (20-16), 6:50 p.m. Colorado State (25-8) vs. Missouri (23-10), 30 minutes following At The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan State (25-8) vs. Valparaiso (267), 12:15 p.m Memphis (30-4) vs. Saint Mary’s (Cal) (286), 30 minutes following At HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif. Saint Louis (27-6) vs. New Mexico State (24-10), 2:10 p.m. Oklahoma State (24-8) vs. Oregon (26-8), 30 minutes following Friday, March 22 At Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia Duke (27-5) vs. Albany (N.Y.) (24-10), 12:15 p.m. Creighton (27-7) vs. Cincinnati (22-11), 30 minutes following WEST REGIONAL Second Round Today, March 21 At EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City Pittsburgh (24-8) vs. Wichita State (26-8), 1:40 p.m. Gonzaga (31-2) vs. Southern (23-9), 30 minutes following Arizona (25-7) vs. Belmont (26-6), 7:20 p.m. New Mexico (29-5) vs. Harvard (19-9), 30 minutes following Friday, March 22 At UD Arena Dayton, Ohio Ohio State (26-7) vs. Iona (20-13), 7:15 p.m. Notre Dame (25-9) vs. Iowa State (22-11), 30 minutes following At The Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo.
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“Awesome to be around young men who want to be the Best! Maximum Effort!”
The statement that Mississippi State wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales sent out on Twitter Wednesday afternoon following practice.
The Area Slate
Denver 61, Ohio 57 BYU 90, Washington 79 Stanford 58, Stephen F. Austin 57 Wednesday, March 20 Iowa 65, Indiana State 52 Providence 69, Charlotte 61 Stony Brook 71, Massachusetts 58 Mercer (23-11) at Tennessee (20-12), late Long Beach State (19-13) at Baylor (1814), late Charleston Southern (19-12) at Southern Mississippi (25-9), late Detroit (20-12) at Arizona State (21-12), late Second Round Today, March 21 Denver (22-9) at Maryland (23-12), 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23 Stanford (19-14) at Alabama (22-12), Noon Women’s College Basketball NCAA Basketball Tournament Glance
SBA registration ends today
The Starkville Baseball Association extended registration through today. There will be no late fees for anyone registering before this date. Go to for registration information. Coaches were notified Wednesday. Monday will be Draft Day for Coach Pitch 7 and Minor league (9-10), while Tuesday will be Draft Day for Coach Pitch 8 and Freshman league (11-12) An “Opening Day” Cermony is planned for Saturday, April 13, and every team will have a three-inning scrimmage that day beginning that morning tentatively at 9 a.m. and ending by 2 p.m. There will be an opening ceremony 11 a.m. and an opening pitch by a special guest to be announced. The regular season will begin on the following Monday.
Coach Wendy Jolly and the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets play at home today against Meridian. The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
MSU women’s banquet nears
Fans can join the Mississippi State women’s basketball team at its awards banquet Wednesday, March 27. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State campus. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through 5 p.m. Monday by calling the Bulldog basketball office at 662-325-0198 or e-mailing Fans will enjoy a great meal, highlight video, remarks from head coach Vic Schaefer and players, and the awards presentations. Mississippi State capped its first season under Schaefer with an upset of No. 11 Georgia that was the program’s first victory against a ranked team since 2010. State won three of its final four home games and finished the year with 12 home wins, the most since the 2009-10 campaign. State finished the campaign first in the Southeastern Conference and No. 14 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.8 percent). The squad also rated second in the SEC, No. 21 in the nation, in blocks with 5.1 per game, and fourth in the league at the free-throw line with 70.7 percent, its highest tally since the 2003-04 season. The team claimed the most rebounds in the SEC this season with 65 in the season-opening win against Houston. In addition to setting a school record with a perfect 18-for-18 showing at the free-throw line against UC Santa Barbara in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Bulldogs also blocked the most shots by an SEC team this season with 13 against Florida Atlantic.
Today High School Baseball East Rankin Academy at Starkville Academy, 4:30 p.m. (DH) High School Softball Meridian at Starkville, 5 p.m. (JV) Immanuel Christian School at Starkville Christian, 4 p.m. (JV) East Webster at South Pontotoc, 5 p.m. (JV) Eupora at Vardaman, 5 p.m. (JV) Hamilton at Ackerman, 5 p.m. (JV)
All Times EDT OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Columbus, Ohio Oklahoma (22-10) vs. Central Michigan (21-11), 11:10 a.m. UCLA (25-7) vs. Stetson (24-8), 30 minutes following Knoxville, Tenn. Syracuse (24-7) vs. Creighton (24-7), 11:20 a.m. Tennessee (24-7) vs. Oral Roberts (18-12), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 Waco, Texas Florida State (22-9) vs. Princeton (22-6), 5:10 p.m. Baylor (32-1) vs. Prairie View (17-14), 30 minutes following Louisville, Ky. Purdue (24-8) vs. Liberty (27-6), 12:10 p.m. Louisville (24-8) vs. Middle Tennessee (257), 30 minutes following
Today EXTREME SPORTS Noon ESPN — X Games, at Tignes, France 6 p.m. ESPN — X Games, at Tignes, France (same-day tape) GOLF 8 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Malaysian Open, first round, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (same-day tape) 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational, first round, at Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Kia Classic, first round, at Carlsbad, Calif. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Valparaiso vs. Michigan State, at Auburn Hills, Mich. 11:30 a.m. TRUTV — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Bucknell vs. Butler, at Lexington, Ky. 12:30 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Wichita St. vs. Pittsburgh, at Salt Lake City 1 p.m. TNT — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, New Mexico St. vs. Saint Louis at San Jose, Calif. 1:30 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, St. Mary’s (Cal) vs. Memphis, at Auburn Hills, Mich. 2 p.m. TRUTV — NCAA Division I tournaWisconsin (23-11) vs. Mississippi (26-8), 12:40 p.m. Kansas State (27-7) vs. Boise State-La Salle winner, 30 minutes following National Invitation Tournament Glance All Times EDT ment, second round, Davidson vs. Marquette, at Lexington, Ky. 3 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Southern U. vs. Gonzaga, at Salt Lake City 3:30 p.m. TNT — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Oregon vs. Oklahoma St., San Jose, Calif. 5:45 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, N.C. A&T vs. Louisville at Lexington, Ky. 6 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, South Dakota St. vs. Michigan, at Auburn Hills, Mich. 6:15 p.m. TNT — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Belmont vs. Arizona, at Salt Lake City TRUTV — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, California vs. UNLV, at San Jose, Calif. 8:15 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Missouri vs. Colorado St., at Lexington, Ky. 8:30 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Akron vs. VCU, at Auburn Hills, Mich. 8:45 p.m. TNT — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Harvard vs. New Mexico, at Salt Lake City 8:55 p.m. TRUTV — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Montana vs. Syracuse, at San Jose, Calif.
SPOKANE REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Spokane, Wash. Iowa State (23-8) vs. Gonzaga (27-5), 4:15 p.m. Georgia (25-6) vs. Montana (23-7), 30 minutes following Lubbock, Texas California (28-3) vs. Fresno State (24-8), 4:20 p.m. Texas Tech (21-10) vs. South Florida (2110), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 Stanford, Calif. Stanford (31-2) vs. Tulsa (16-16), 5:20 p.m. Michigan (21-10) vs. Villanova (21-10), 30 minutes following Baton Rouge, La. Penn State (25-5) vs. Cal Poly (21-10), 5:15 p.m. LSU (20-11) vs. Green Bay (29-2), 30 minutes following
Bulldogs host track meet Friday
The Mississippi State track and field team will kick off its outdoor campaign on Friday as it hosts the 2013 Conference Challenge, featuring six teams in a conference showdown at the Bulldogs’ Carl Maddox Track Facility. MSU created and hosted the SEC-Big Ten Challenge for the previous two years and is now expanding the competition. This year, SEC foes Ole Miss and Tennessee will join the Bulldogs to battle Illinois and Purdue from the Big Ten, as well as Missouri State (women only) and Louisiana Tech, representing the Missouri Valley Conference and the Western Athletic Conference, respectively. The Ole Miss men are ranked 11th in the country, while the Illinois women boast the No. 16 spot. Scoring at the meet will follow the international system and will be as follows: in each event, first place will be awarded 10 points, second will denote eight points, third receives six points, fourth gains four points, fifth equals two points, and sixth place will receive one point. At the end of the day, all points will be pooled together by conference, and both a men’s and women’s team champion will be crowned. Action in Starkville begins on Friday at 4 p.m. with the hammer throw and resumes on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the women’s javelin. All running events will begin at noon on Saturday, starting with the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase.
NORFOLK REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Boulder, Colo. South Carolina (24-7) vs. South Dakota State (25-7), 4:10 p.m. Colorado (25-6) vs. Kansas (18-13), 30 minutes following College Station, Texas Texas A&M (24-9) vs. Wichita State (24-9), 4:05 p.m. Nebraska (23-8) vs. Chattanooga (29-3), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 Iowa City Notre Dame (31-1) vs. UT-Martin (19-14), 5:05 p.m. Miami (21-10) vs. Iowa (20-12), 30 minutes following Durham, N.C. Duke (30-2) vs. Hampton (28-5), 12:05 p.m. Oklahoma State (21-10) vs. DePaul (2111), 30 minutes following
Jackets begin region with victory
YAZOO CITY — The Starkville Yellowjackets opened Class 5A, Region 3, District 4 play on the road Tuesday and defeated the Yazoo City Indians 5-4. The Jackets opened the game with a double from Tanner Clanton followed by an RBI shot to deep left by Tyler Barnes. The third inning provided more scoring opportunities when Max Bartlett reached when hit by pitch, then Tanner Jones laid down a perfect bunt, and Clanton reached on an Indian error scoring one. Subsequently, Barnes was given first base free after also being hit by pitch. A.J. Brown had a timely hit up the middle scoring two more. With a full count, Harper Day was the next Jacket given a free base due to another hit by pitch, loading the bases again. Timothy Johnson as well as Bartlett were yet again hit by a pitch, gifting two additional runs for a total of five for the frame. The third inning also was kind to Yazoo City as it was able to plate three runs, two of which were earned. The only other scoring occurred in the bottom of the seventh as the Indians tried gnaw back with a spark of hope when catcher Sam Henry Campbell hit a home run. His brother and pitcher, Gabriel Campbell, hit a hot shot up the middle for a single that seemed to have Yazoo City on a roll, however, a long fly ball caught by Brown in center and a routine ground ball fielded by Bartlett and sent sharply across the diamond to first baseman Justin Conner ended the hopes of the Indians. Clanton had three hits to go along with his RBI for SHS, while Jones added a pair of hits. The Jackets (7-8 overall) host Yazoo City on Friday.
First Round Tuesday, March 19 Maryland 86, Niagara 70 St. John’s 63, Saint Joseph’s 61 Louisiana Tech 71, Florida State 66 Robert Morris 59, Kentucky 57 Alabama 62, Northeastern 43 Virginia 67, Norfolk State 56
BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Storrs, Conn. Vanderbilt (20-11) vs. Saint Joseph’s (238), 11:05 a.m. Connecticut (29-4) vs. Idaho (17-15), 30 minutes following College Park, Md. Maryland (24-7) vs. Quinnipiac (30-2), 11:15 a.m. Michigan State (24-8) vs. Marist (26-6), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 Newark, Del. Delaware (30-3) vs. West Virginia (17-13), 12:15 p.m. North Carolina (28-6) vs. Albany (NY) (273), 30 minutes following Queens, N.Y. Kentucky (27-5) vs. Navy (21-11), 12:05 p.m. Dayton (27-2) vs. St. John’s (18-12), 30 minutes following
College Golf
For Starkville Daily News
MSU's McDonald honored by SEC
On the heels of her third Top 5 finish in four events, Mississippi State women’s golfer Ally McDonald garnered Player of the Week honors from the Southeastern Conference. "I'm honored to recognized by the SEC," McDonald said. "We've put together a couple of solid tournaments and have really made strides over the last few weeks. As a team, we are continually improving and I'm excited to be part of the program we are building here at Mississippi State. I can't thank my teammates and coaches enough for pushing me along the way." The sophomore fired a 4-over-par 214 in the SunTrust Gator Invitational, tying the sixth-ranked player in the nation for fourthplace. McDonald paced the Lady Bulldogs to a share of eighth-place alongside No. 6 North Carolina and to a win against No. 18 Baylor. One week prior to the Gator Invitational, McDonald posted a runner-up finish in the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational behind a 1-under-par 215; leading MSU to a seasonbest second-place finish behind 36th-ranked Campbell. Earlier this season, McDonald claimed her first-career tournament title to wrap up fall action at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. After posting a 1-over-par 145 through the first two rounds, she vaulted up the leaderboard with a final-round 3-underpar 69, one of five 69’s thus far on the season. The Fulton native owns a 72.24 average clip this season, which ranks fourth-best in the SEC and 13th in the nation. The average card is on pace to shatter the Lady Bulldogs’ current single-season scoring average record held by Amanda Mathis at 74.20. McDonald is also currently rewriting the numerous other MSU records with 38 entries and three events remaining in her soph-
SA wins baseball game over ERA
PELAHATCHIE — Hunter Bolin pitched seven innings and struck out nine batters and he also drove in a run as the Starkville Academy Volunteers defeated East Rankin Academy 7-1 on the road Tuesday. Houston Clark had two of the eight hits for the Vols in the game. The two teams meet today in Starkville for a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.
omore year. She owns the school record for sub-70 rounds (6), second-best first-round score (69), third-best 36-hole score (141) and second-lowest 54-hole score (212, twice). "This is a tremendous honor for Ally," MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "She's been on a tear lately and really battled some of the top individuals in the nation during the Gator. For her to be recognized a second time by the strongest golf conference in the nation is very impressive. She is our leader on and off the course and epitomizes what we are trying to do with women's golf at Mississippi State." This is the second weekly conference recognition received by McDonald as she was named SEC Freshman of the Week on March 28, 2012. She also garnered SEC AllFreshman team laurels following last season. The Lady Bulldogs return to action Monday in the Briar’s Creek Invitational in John’s Island, S.C.
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College Athletics
By JOHN ZENOR Associated Press
Moore stepping down as Bama AD
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama athletic director Mal Moore is stepping down to become special assistant to the president because of health problems after a lengthy reign at his alma mater that ended with the Crimson Tide's football program back on top nationally. The university announced the move on Wednesday. The 73-year-old Moore, who played and coached for Paul "Bear" Bryant" and then hired football coach Nick Saban, has been hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center since March 13 with pulmonary problems. He has been the Tide's athletic director since 1999, and will work under university President Dr. Judy Bonner. "As many of you may know, due to factors related to my health, I am at a point that I can no longer fulfill my duties as athletics director in the true championship manner the position requires," Moore said in a statement released by the university. "While I have to focus on my health issue, I look forward to maintaining an ongoing working relationship with this great university as special assistant to Dr. Bonner. "I cannot adequately express what the university means to me. It has been a part of my life for more than 50 years, and I feel honored to have "He’ll be sitting on a box with his foot still in a cast," Mullen said. "He’ll be on a box with his foot up in a chair throwing. He won’t be very mobile in that position, but that’s why he won’t be doing any team stuff." Prescott was on the sidelines during part of the practice throwing from the chair. He also was on the field sitting on the chair passing to running backs coming out of the backfield. This leaves the Bulldogs with only one healthy scholarship quarterback in senior Tyler Russell. Russell will be backed up by walk-ons Josh Hand and Sam Cowart during spring.  Offensive lineman Tobias Smith applied for a sixth year and got it, but at this time, he doesn't know if he is going to use it. served the Crimson Tide as a player, coach and administrator." Moore has been part of 10 national championship football teams in those various capacities. His biggest move as athletic director was hiring Saban away from the Miami Dolphins in January 2007 after a failed attempt to hire Rich Rodriguez. Saban has led the Tide to three of the last four national titles. Alabama said it would hire a replacement as AD "as quickly as possible." Moore oversaw an athletic department that made more than $200 million in facilities improvements — including two expansions of Bryant-Denny Stadium totaling about $112 million. For now, he will be in a new role. “Tobias, as of now, won’t practice in spring, not that a decision has been made," Mullen said. "He’s going to be more in a coaching capacity right now in the spring with the o-linemen than the playing capacity. Again the final decision on him won’t be made until the summer." The only position change seen in the spring is Christian Holmes being moved from linebacker to tight end. The junior practiced at the tight end position during last season's bowl practice. Mullen and the coaching staff are going to see what he brings to the tight ends this spring. "We did that in the bowl deal," Mullen said. "Having a little bit more depth at tight end, (and) a little less depth at receiver, you’re going
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Admission is set at $10 for adults and $5 for students with those 5 and under admitted free of charge. Today will feature a special deal as all EMCC students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a valid EMCC ID. With the team competing so close to home, Goodrich is looking forward to people coming out to support not only EMCC but all the cowboys and cowgirls that will be there. “We invite everyone to come out and support EMCC,” Goodrich said. “While we are certainly competitive and we want to win, we are all one big family, so we encourage people to come out and see all these colleges come together and experience the excitement of over 350 competitors from all over the region.”
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MSU will have several players sitting out due to injury. Running backs Nick Griffin and John Long, wide receiver Michael Hodges and cornerback Taveze Calhoun will all miss spring practice with injuries. Griffin tore his ACL in his right knee during bowl practice last December and had surgery the very same month. Sophomore backup quarterback Dak Prescott will not participate in team events this spring. Prescott injured his left big toe and it required surgery recently. He will be working on his arm though.
to see a little bit more of the tight ends being used out there on the field. That’s really the only big change you’re going to see.” A big position MSU is looking to fill this spring is the secondary. The Bulldogs lost Jim Thorpe winner Johnthan Banks, Darius Slay and Corey Broomfield.  The Bulldogs are bringing in East Mississippi Community College transfer Justin Cox. The West Point native will have an immediate impact. That’s why we recruit those guys and have them come in," Mullen said. "He’s one of those guys in that mode that we expect to come in and make an immediate impact for us.” MSU's next practice is this Saturday at noon. 
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Starkville Reads to present program on author Tolkien
For Starkville Daily News Starkville Reads will present a program on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, with special emphasis on “The Hobbit,” at the Starkville Public Library today at 7 p.m. Christopher Snyder, Dean of the MSU Shackouls Honors College and an authority on Tolkien, will be the speaker. While those attending are encouraged to have read one or more of Tolkien’s works, it is not necessary to enjoy and learn from the program, which is open to all free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. Snyder is a specialist in medieval history, having published a number of books and essays on the subjects. One of his most popular books is “The World of King Arthur.” In October 2013 his latest book entitled “The Making of Middle-Earth: A New Look inside the World of J.R. R. Tolkien,” will be published. He has given talks at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and has appeared on the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel. Starkville Reads, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization devoted to promoting books and reading, is grateful to numerous individual contributors as well as to the Starkville Area Arts Council and the Starkville Rotary Club for grants in support of their programs. The Starkville Public Library has consistently been supportive by offering an ideal location for these programs, where the audience is surrounded by books. Those wishing to make contributions may mail them to Starkville Reads, Box 80100, Starkville, MS 39759. For further information please see the website http://
Garden Expo to be held at horse park
For Starkville Daily News The Starkville Area Arts Council will host the Everything Garden Expo on Friday and Saturday at the Mississippi Horse Park. On Friday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., a wide variety of vendors and exhibits will be available. Milo Burnham will speak at 1 p.m. on gardening, and visitors can take pictures with Mississippi State University mascot Bully from 6-7 p.m. On Saturday, "Garden Mama" Nellie Neal will host her weekly radio show on Supertalk Radio live on location at the Expo from 8 -10 a.m. and will give a presentation at 11 a.m. on tropical gardening. Children's activities will include a photo opportunity with Buly from 10-11 a.m., 4-H Junior Gardners' "Garden in a Glove" from 10 a.m.-noon and a booth sponsored by Farm Bureau where they can make seed necklaces. The Expo will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On both days, children can watch baby chicks hatch live with the MSU Brooders and make build-to-grow kits and newspaper pots. There will also be a scavenger hunt with prizes awarded. The indoor event will have golf carts available to get everyone to and from their cars. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 6 and under.
Stocks rise as Federal Reserve stands by stimulus
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two days of worrying about Europe, the stock market got a boost from the Federal Reserve Wednesday. The Fed said the U.S. economy has strengthened but still needs support from the central bank. The Dow Jones industrial average touched an all-time high after the Fed said it plans to continue buying bonds and keep interest rates low, at least until unemployment eases. The blue-chip index eased off its peak but still ended 55 points higher for the day. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke also said that the financial crisis in the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus posed no major risk to the U.S. The Dow was up 44 points shortly before the Fed announcement at 2 p.m. It rose as much as 91 points shortly after the Fed released its policy statement, touching an all-time high of 14,546 at 2:25 p.m. "We are seeing improvement," Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said at a news conference. "One thing we would need is to see this is not temporary improvement." The Fed plans to keep buying $85 billion in bonds a month indefinitely to keep long-term borrowing costs down and spur investment. It also said it would keep short-term interest rates low, at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 percent. Unemployment fell last month to 7.7 percent, the lowest in four years. The Fed doesn't expect the rate to reach its target until 2015. Investor attention returned to Europe earlier this week after several months' respite. The reason is Cyprus. The nation is negotiating with international lenders, seeking support for its ailing financial system. Without a bailout deal, Cyprus' banks could collapse, devastating the country's economy and potentially forcing it to exit the euro currency group. That could roil global financial markets. Stocks fell Monday on concerns about Cyprus. Stock markets were little changed Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Dow closed up 55.91 points, or 0.4 percent, to 14,511.73. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 10.37 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,558.71.
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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 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 662312-2175.
On the horizon
u Historical Society meeting — The Oktibbeha County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. March 28 at the Starkville Public Library.  Leota Cardwell will present a program on Ancestors. 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.” u Passion play — Kosciusko First United Methodist Church presents its 28th annual Passion Play, “His Last Days,” a live one-hour outdoor drama, at 8 p.m. March 28-30 on the church’s lawn at the corner of Washington & North Natchez streets. Free admission, convenient parking, nursery provided. Bring lawn chairs. For further information, contact First United Methodist Church, 662-289-1412; email kosyfumc@att. net, or; FAX 662-289-1418. u Boston butt fundraiser — First Baptist Church Longview Laymen’s Ministry will hold a Boston butt fundraiser Friday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rick’s parking lot on Hwy. 82 in Starkville. For more information, call Deebo at 662-617-0388. u Easter egg hunt — Adaton United Methodist Church will host a community Easter egg hunt from 1-3 p.m. March 30. Children, ages infant through sixth grade, are invited to join the fun and games, fellowship, and egg hunting. The church is located at 303 Reed Road West, Starkville. u Counter-violence training — The Downtown Martial Arts Academy will host “CounterViolence for Teachers” Saturday, March 30 from 1-4 p.m. on South Lafayette Street in Starkville. The cost is $40. For more information, call 662268-8208. u Agri cooperative meeting — Unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative will have its monthly meeting at 8 a.m. March 30 at American Legion Post 213 located at 3328 Pat Station Rd Starkville. All small farmers, landowners and other interested persons are invited. For more information contact Orlando Trainer at 662-7690071 or u Easter services — Maben Church of God will host special Easter services March 31, starting with a church breakfast of fruit, donuts, juice, coffee and milk from 9-10 a.m. From 10-10:45,
the church will host an Easter egg hunt for the kids, followed by an Easter musical at 11 with drama by the youth. The church is located at 3965 Crowley Drive. Pastor is Bro. Kerry Collins. Music director is Brandy Pennington. u Rotary meeting — The Starkville Rotary Club will meet Monday, April 1 at noon at the Starkville Country Club. Guest speaker will be KIOR representative Ralph Stewart. u Reunion planning — All graduates of OCTS and Henderson High School are asked to meet to plan its Biennial Scholarship Reunion. Scholarships are awarded to graduates of Starkville High, East and West Oktibbeha County Schools. The next meeting is April 1 at the Greensboro Center. Contact any member of the committee for details or Emil Lovely, president, or Charlene Minor at 312-6211. u Bridges Out of Poverty meeting — Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty is hosting its Getting Ahead Inquiry Meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 2 at the Emerson Family Center at 1504 Louisville Street. u Speaker series — The Starkville 175th birthday speaker series will be held Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the John Grisham room at the MSU library. Guest speaker will be Michelle Weaver Jones presenting “Starkville’s Architecture Over the Years.” u Volunteer training — Starkville Bridges is holding a one-day Facilitator Training event on from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11 at the South Hall Classroom (Room 407) on the MSU campus. The workshop will be presented by Phil DeVol, a co-author of the book Bridges out of Poverty. The Facilitator Training event will qualify participants to lead the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World class as well as to mentor and serve as an ally to an individual in poverty. The cost of the training event for participants that have attended a prior community training event is $35, which covers the costs of workbooks. The registration fee for a participant that has not attended a training event with Starkville Bridges in the past is $90. For additional information about Starkville Bridges or registration, please visit the Starkville Bridges website at , contact Lynn Phillips-Gaines at 662-418-3100, or email the organization at . u Gluten-free event – Mississippi State University’s Montgomery Leadership Program, ARAMARK and MSU Health Education and Wellness will sponsor a gluten-free symposium from 7-8 p.m. April 11 in the Colvard Student Union Ballroom M. Admission is free. u Medical Health Forum and Fair – The Council of Community Organizations of Oktibbeha County will sponsor a health fair from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Center located at 1408 Old Highway 82 East, Starkville.  The health fair will feature OCH Regional Medical Center Services and will be moderated by Dr. Fenton Peters.  Invited physicians are Dr. Everett McKibben, Dr. Charles Lott, Dr. Richard Hilton, and Dr. Mark Noble. For more information call 662-323-3977 or visit the web at
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