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Board probation decision unclear
By MARY GARRISON news@starkvilledailynews.com Much the same way the Starkville Board of Aldermen has left its decision to terminate Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill’s employment with the city undefined, so has it left the reasons behind its decision to place City Personnel Officer Randy Boyd on a 90-day probationary period. At the July 2 meeting, Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn moved to evaluate Boyd’s performance at the end of a 90-day period, which passed unanimously. The board held no further discussion, nor was an executive session called to discuss personnel. All remaining department heads, other than Spruill, were reappointed without condition. In the week since, Boyd said he’d received no other communication from the board as to its expectations, though he declined to comment on why he felt he’d been selected for an evaluation. “I intend to do my job to the very best of my ability and to meet all the standards the board puts forth,” Boyd said. “I enjoy my job, and I enjoy working with the city.” Those standards, as outlined in Boyd’s job description, include responsibilities in “planning, organizing and coordinating
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Sturgis PD to undergo restructure
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com Sturgis Board of Aldermen will hold a called meeting at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss how it will organize Sturgis Police Department in the future as the town fills vacated positions for police chief and police officers. On July 2, Sturgis swore in three new aldermen — Billy Blankenship, John Jackson and Jim Morgan — and renewed appointments for all town officials except for police chief Will Hutchinson. The decision not to renew Hutchin-
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Renter leaves 9 large snakes in apartment
By ALEX HOLLOWAY reporter@starkvilledailynews.com A Chadwick Place maintenance supervisor could hardly believe his eyes when he went to clean an apartment on Tuesday. “I walked in, and I have a phobia of snakes,” he said. “I saw some skins in there and when I saw them I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t expect it, because we don’t allow snakes in apartments. I’d just walked up to them and when I saw the skins and I saw the snake raise its head up, it freaked me out.”
Grady (left) and Frances Graham are two of the team members for Saturday’s drive-thru prayer program at First Baptist Church’s Outreach Center. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Baptist church offers drive-thru prayers
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com Dozens of locales across town offer burgers, fries, chicken, hot dogs, biscuits and milkshakes with drive-thru service. This Saturday, members of First Baptist Church aim to feed locals’ souls with drive-thru prayers. First Baptist Church will host a Drive-Thru Prayers program from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at its Outreach Center, praying for and with any locals who drive through seeking help from above. One member of the FBC team putting on Drive-Thru Prayers is Margaret Gilmer, who said the program was designed to meet people’s spiritual needs in relative privacy. Because those seeking prayer would not need to leave their cars, she said, no one else in line would know who they were. “If you are in need of prayer or know someone
who is hurting or sick, just drive through and tell us,” Gilmer said. “We will lean in the car and pray for you. They don’t even have to tell us what’s going on in their life. They can just say, ‘I need prayer,’ ‘I’m hurting,’ or ‘I know someone that is sick. God knows what’s going on. He knows that situation. They don’t have to say any names. They don’t even have to tell us their name.”
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Starkville PD, sheriff’s department see summertime decrease in crime
By ALEX HOLLOWAY reporter@starkvilledailynews.com With nearly half its population gone for the summer, Starkville’s fallen quiet on many fronts, including crime. Starkville Police Chief David Lindley said Starkville’s crime pattern was similar to other college town around the nation. Lindley said the city experienced a reduction of criminal activity that usually began in June and lasted through the middle of August. “Crime patterns in university towns are somewhat predictable in the fact that you know certain special events are scheduled years in advance,” he said. “We plan around that, and the consistency of it affords us the opportunity to get a familiar pattern as far as what we need to do, as far as resources and priorities and available manpower.” Lindley said criminal activity was down across the board, including misdemeanors and traffic violations.
Local law enforcement has reported a summertime decrease in reported crimes, particularly felonies.
“Felonies are a little more unpredictable because of the direct effect a few people can have on your felony rate,” he said. “For instance, if you have someone breaking into cars, sometimes they can be very active and generate a lot of crimes. But most crime is population-driven. The more people you have, the more opportunity you have for things to occur.” Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Chad Garnett said felony rates in the county remained fairly consistent. He said the department averaged between 45-50 cases per month. Garnett said there was a chance rates might go up when Mississippi State University students return in August. “A lot of the kids will keep their apartments and then go home for the summer,” he said. “Then they come back and find somebody’s broken into their apartment. It’s a target-rich environment because people know the kids are gone. So in August, if we
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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@starkvilledailynews.com.
Today
u Peter’s Rock Temple Church of God in Christ VBS — Peter’s Rock Temple Church of God in Christ, located at 223 Martin Luther King Boulevard, is hosting its annual summer vacation Bible school from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today. For more information, please contact our office at 323-5119. u Fellowship Baptist Church VBS — Fellowship Baptist Church Vacation Bible School will be held from 6-8:15 p.m. today. Children in grades first through sixth are invited to come. The theme is “Kingdom Rock.” We are located at 545 Frye Road. Call 320-9988 for more information. u OSERVS — OSERVS will hold an American Heart Instructor certification class from 6-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Instructor candidates wishing to become AHA Instructors must complete an Instructor Essentials Heartsaver online course and attend both days of training. Before attending the instructor class today, these course candidates must have a current course completion print out for the online instructor prerequisite. To receive your instructor key for this online course you must prepay at the OSERVS office, 100 Highway 12 East. The cost for instructor certification is $225 per person. This will include the two days training and all instructor manuals. This will enable each participant who has successfully completed the course to teach standard CPR, first aid and AED training to the public. For more information contact Connie Malone at 662-384-2200 or email oservsdirector@gmal. com, or Bonnie Gammill at 662384-2200 or oservscpr@gmail. com. u Campbell reunion — The Campbell Larry family is planning their annual family reunion to be held in Starkville today through Sunday. If you would like to attend and find out more about your ancestry, please call Lisa Ingram at 662-769-8996. Descendants include Mildred Campbell, Lewis Larry, Ozella Larry and more. u Destiny Stone conert — Pastor Stone and SBC present A Night of Destiny where Destiny Stone will be live in concert at 6:30 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church.
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership office recently held a ribbon cutting for Starkville Properties at 100 Russell Street, Suite 19 where Melanie Mitchell is the principal broker and owner and Judy Webb is a broker and owner. (Submitted photo)
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Meeting — The Starkville Area Rust College Club will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday at Griffin United Methodist Church at 212 W. Main St. in Starkville. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 3232418.
invited to attend.
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u Public hearing — Prairie Opportunity, Inc.Community Action Agency will conduct a public hearing at 4 p.m. on July 17 in the Board Room of the Oktibbeha County Office located at 501 Hwy 12 West. This meeting is to inform the public of proposed funding and gather information regarding service needs in the area. For more information call Laura Marshall or Canary Williams at 888-3975550. u Lunch Bunch — The July Dutch treat luncheon of the Missisippi University for Women lunch bunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Little Dooey’s. All alumnae and friends of the W are invited to join in. For more information, call 324-0935. u The Big Healthy Habits Event — Starkville Boys and Girls Club is looking for a Zumba instructor to volunteer at the Big Healthy Habits Event Wednesday, July 17. They are also looking for other volunteers to assist with this event. For more information, contact Chassel Jenkins at chasselj.bgcgt@ gmail.com or 615-9980. u Youth Revival — The Bethel Baptist Church youth ministry will hold its youth revival on July 17 - 19 at 7 p.m. nightly The messengers will be Rev. Joseph Stone on Wednesday, Rev. Larnzy Carpenter on Thursday and Rev. Shalamark Simpson on Friday. The host pastor is Rev. Lee Brand Jr. Call 324-0071 for more information.
Monday
u Rotary Club — New projects underway or planned for Starkville’s Cotton District will be discussed at the meeting of Starkville Rotary Club. Guest speaker will be Cotton District Developer Dan Camp, who will be introduced by George Sherman. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Country Club. u Emerson Family School — Common Core (3-year-olds: Language) will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Lynn Phillips EFRC volunteer, will teach the class. Contact hours provided. Call 320-4607 to register. u Prairie Opportunity Board — The Prairie Opportunity Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the central office at 501 W. Hwy. 12 in Starkville. The public is invited to attend. u ‘Healthier You’ Summer Camp — Volunteer Starkville needs volunteers for the “Healthier You” Summer Camp July 15-19 from noon – 5 p.m. each day. Volunteers will need to attend the volunteer orientation at noon on July 12. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Lacy Jaudon at 654-0530 or lacy@volunteerstarkville.org. u Vacation Bible School — Bluff Creek MB Church will have Vacation Bible School July 15-17 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. nightly. All area youths are invited to attend. For more information, call Marietta Tate at 324-0610. u Summer revival services — Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Sturgis will host a summer revival from July 15-19 at 7 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Christopher Mays will speak. The public is
Friday
u New Light United Methodist — New Light United Methodist is having a Friend and Family Day on July 19 at 3 p.m. The Rev. Fred White will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to come and join in a very good message and food and drinks.
Saturday
u Prayer Breakfast —The Prayer Warriors of Faith and Works Community Church will host a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at 403 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. For more information, call Mary Johnson at 617-1460.
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u The Starkville Commu-
nity Market — The Starkville Community Market (corner of Jackson & Lampkin Streets) is in need of volunteers to assist in the setting up and taking down of the market every Saturday this summer. If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Jamey Matte by phone at 601-888-5826 or by email at Jamey@volunteerstarkville.org. u 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting — There will be a class on the 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting at the Emerson Family Resource Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in May. Barbara Culberson BSF Marriage Counselor and Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager will lead classes. All classes must be attended to complete the program. Call 662-320-4607 to register. u Teen Parenting Coalition classes — Teen Parenting Coalision Nuturing Parenting classes will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 662320-4607 to register. u Starkville Area Arts Council Grants — Applications for the 2013-2014 Starkville Area Arts Council Grants are available through June 30. Application forms are available at the SAAC office, located in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Building at 101 South Lafayette Street, Suite 18, or online att www.starkvilleart. org. For more information, call 662-324-3080. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at LLLONG89@hotmail.com u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room. Jam sessions are held with the pri-
mary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the John Grisham room at the Mitchell Memorial Library. u GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville in Starkville, will offer free ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday 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 dkwolf@copper. net or call 662-323-8152. u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District conference room. 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 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. cityofstarkville.org or call 662323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 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. wheat@gentiva.com. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on
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BOYD
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the human resources function in the areas of employment, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management and evaluation, policy development, employee training and development, risk management, employee problems and grievances, employee discipline, drug screening/testing and the like.” Vaughn did not return calls for comment on the matter. Boyd has been employed with the city since 2007, having worked in human resources largely in the private sector prior to that time. He worked in HR since 1970, he said, in manufacturing plants in Mississippi, Tennessee and Pennsylvania before accepting his position with the city in Starkville. “After just a day or two on the job, having met Randy and the other department heads, I felt that everyone should have been reappointed,” said Ward 5 Alderman Jason Walker. “But I felt like it was a reasonable request to evaluate someone’s performance. Everyone there is with the city at the pleasure of the board, whether it’s 90 days or 180 days. So, really, everyone is in the same boat.” Walker said the board had held no further discussion on the matter. Ward 3 Alderman David Little said he, too, felt the motion was a reasonable request hence his decision to support the matter, though he would not discuss the details of Boyd’s job performance or employment. “I’m not going to comment on a personnel matter,” Little said. “Typically that sort of thing is dealt with in executive session. … I guess everyone had made up their minds, (because) no one called for an executive session.”
Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard, who initially moved for a blanket reappointment of all department heads, said the board ultimately had the right to evaluate any department head’s job performance, though he was unclear as to Vaughn’s motivation for targeting Boyd. “I haven’t had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Vaughn as to why he chose to do that,” Maynard said. “Certainly, I think that 90 days would be ample time to evaluate a department head’s performance, and as a new alderman, I deferred to his experience on the board.” The board will take time to examine Boyd’s performance and at the conclusion of the 90-day period will revisit the motion. Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver said he felt little action would be taken beyond the review, but he supported the opportunity to look over Boyd’s skills and practices. Still, Mayor Parker Wiseman disagreed with the board’s decision and said while it was appropriate for an incoming board to place all applicable personnel up for a probationary period to give new aldermen a chance to work with the city’s department heads, he felt singling out one member of personnel was unwarranted. “It came as a surprise to me,” Wiseman said. “My recommendation would have been to do it in all cases or none. … In my experience Randy Boyd has done nothing in the last four years where he should have been treated any differently than any of the other department heads. They were all deserving of reappointment, and he’s performed just as they have, in an exemplary manner.” Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn declined to comment on the matter, and Ward 6 Alderman Roy Perkins did not return calls for comment. “It said on the lease, in big, bold letters, ‘No Snakes,’” Hankins said. “And he had not one, but nine. People need to follow their leases. If you’re not supposed to have them, you’re not supposed to have them. Then you go out of town and we get called in and have to deal with them. We don’t really have anywhere to put snakes. The things we usually deal with go to the animal shelter, and the owner was not about to let any snakes in that building, ever.” The maintenance supervisor said that if he hadn’t already been in the process of moving, the resident with the snakes would have had a few hours to remove them, or likely would have been evicted. McKee said a city ordinance against dangerous animals included constrictors, which boas are. “One concern we have is that our area is subtropical,” he said. “And some of the more knowledgeable people on the subject say that these snakes can survive in our winters, and we don’t want to introduce non-indigenous species into the environment.” Hankins said many Starkville residents run into problems keeping their pets because they don’t know about ordinances the city has. “A lot of the times, people will come here from somewhere else and get in trouble because of an ordinance they don’t know about,” Hankins said. “And they’ll say it wasn’t a problem back where they were, but they don’t realize that rules are different here. For example, there are chain laws in Starkville. Some people will leave their dogs out on a chain all day, but they don’t realize that’s not okay here.” Hankins said people need to use caution when purchasing snakes as pets. “People can buy a boa constrictor or a Python without realizing how big they can get,” she said. “They don’t plan ahead. Then they get bored with it like you might with a dog. But when you get bored with a snake and don’t handle it for a while, it’s going to bite you.”
PRAYERS
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While anyone was welcome to attend, Gilmer said the program targeted traffic headed to the Starkville Farmers Market Saturday morning. In August or September, she said, FBC hoped to try the program again at night, targeting college students returning to town. “I would love to see this as an ongoing project that we could do, say, once a month, because there are people hurting out there each and every day,” Gilmer said. “I think it’s a wonderful idea for not necessarily just our church, but for other churches to also pick up and do.” Frances Graham, another member of the Drive-Thru Prayers team, said members of the team would also be giving visitors bottles of water. She said biblical teachings called for Christians to not only pray for people but also help meet their needs. And
people would need water on a hot Saturday morning, she said, especially if they were attending the farmer’s market. She said the idea for the program actually came from other churches. “I got it from a friend of mine that lives in Louisville,” Graham said. “She got it from a church in Memphis. She just saw the sign and said, ‘Hey, maybe we could try that.’ When our mission group started meeting, we threw that out as something we could do.” Clifton Curtis, FBC minister of education, said the Drive-Thru Prayers team was one of several teams from First Baptist Church that were launching service projects. He said these projects sprung from a church-wide Bible study group called Sent, named after and built around Ed Stetzer’s book “Sent: Living the Missional Nature of the Church.” “We feel like, as Christians, that Christ has in the Great Commission called us to go mer months for officers to go through extra training or take vacation time. He said alcohol-related crime rates stayed fairly consistent, even with students gone for the summer. “It used to be true more in the past than it is now because Starkville has become a destination point for about a 40-50 mile radius for people to come and socialize,” he said. “We don’t really see much of a decrease in alcohol-related rates.” Garnett said DUI arrests in the county remained fairly consistent during the summer months. Lindley and Garnett said neither department saw much increase in activity during the NCAA Baseball Regional that Mississippi State hosted last month. Garnett said most of the people that came to Starkville used state highways, which fall under the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s jurisdiction. Lindley said the type of people that were drawn to the university for events like the Regional usually didn’t commit felonies. ficers, the easiest thing to do is hire four more, but we want to be sure the board and the town are on board,” Turner said. “Do we want to continue the way we were doing, or do we want to go with something different?” Previously, Turner said, Hutchinson and his officers were all working with Sturgis part-time. Turner said the board might consider making one or more of those positions full-time. The only requirement, he said, was that the town must have a chief of police by law. “There are several different options,” Turner said. “We could go with a full-time chief with one or more full-time officers. Another (option) could be having a chief of police with a contract with the sheriff’s department. It’s just ironing out minor details before hiring a chief of police. After we come up with the plan, then we’ll take the appropriate route of setting up interviews, or whatever it takes.” In the meantime, OCSD Chief Dep-
out and share the love of God throughout the world,” Curtis said. “We feel like as a church, we need to be going out more, being more mission-minded.” Curtis said the Sent study lasted five weeks, and as the groups complete the study, they would each launch service projects of their own, continuing them throughout July and, ideally, throughout the year. “Some are having international students over for cookouts, where they’re going to introduce them to a lot of Mississippi-grown products,” Curtis said. “Another group (is) inviting single moms to bring their children for an afternoon of fishing and a fish fry. We’ve got another group that is going to have a children’s carnival at an apartment complex. We’ve got a group that’s having a meal for widows and widowers in the community. Then we’ve got another group that is going out into ... assisted living (facilities), and they will be doing a music program and visiting the guests there.”
CRIME
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see a rise in home burglaries, most of the time, we can say that’s part of it.” Arrests for felonies like parole violations and other court orders do remain fairly consistent through the summer, but Garnett said there was a small drop in reported crimes like burglaries “We don’t have a whole lot of those to begin with,” he said. “A part of that is that the county is the county, and the city has more people contained in a smaller area. But you do see a drop in things like auto burglaries simply because there are less cars in parking lots. When the students go home for Christmas, or a holiday, or the summer, there aren’t as many possible victims out there.” He added that part of the reason rates went down during the summer was that the call volume tended to go down. Lindley said SPD used the slower sum-
“Most of the time when we have an event that brings people in, the quality of the people that come to our community is exceptional,” he said. “They don’t tend to be problematic as far as felony crimes. Sometimes they’ll make mistakes like drink too much alcohol or traffic accidents because they might not be familiar with all the traffic laws and arteries.” All in all, Lindley said Starkville’s status as a university town presented different qualities than other cities. “For the most part, university towns, especially Starkville, have very low violent crime rates, because our citizens are here to get an education or work in the community to support the institution of higher learning,” he said. “It’s not like most typical cities. Each city seems to have its own unique problems. Ours are certainly traffic and alcohol. But there might be other cities that have problems with homicide or robberies are a problem, but not so much here.”
STURGIS
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son’s appointment came in a 3-0 vote from the three new aldermen in executive session, with Alderman James Eric Jackson absent and Alderman Mike Collins recusing himself. Immediately afterward, all three of the town’s other police officers — Justin Livingston, Kenny Rivers and Fred Grammer — resigned, leading the town to enter an agreement with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department for OCSD deputies to provide police service for the town while it sought replacements for Hutchinson and his officers. Mayor Walter Turner said he called the meeting because the departure of Sturgis’ entire police force opened the opportunity for that force to be reorganized, and he wanted the aldermen and the citizens to have the chance to weigh in on that possibility. “When you’ve lost all your police of-
SNAKES
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The employee, who didn’t want to be identified, found nine boa constrictors inside the apartment of a tenant who was in the process of moving out. Needless to say, he didn’t enjoy the experience. “I got out and went outside and called the manager and she took it from there,” he said. “I didn’t go back in. If I’d known they were in there, I never would’ve gone in there to start with.” Chadwick staff called an Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who in turn called Starkville Police Department Animal Control officers Rich McKee and Sarah Hankins. Hankins and McKee confirmed the maintenance supervisor’s account. “We got called to assist the county,” McKee said. “There was somebody that had an apartment that had snakes. They weren’t allowed at that residence. We were asked to remove the snakes and we did.” McKee said the officers spoke to the snakes’ owner and arranged for them to be returned. He said the snakes had been there for the resident’s friend to pick up when the maintenance supervisor happened upon them. Officers did not issue the snakes’ owner a citation. Hankins said the original call said the snakes — which she said were rosy boas — were in boxes, but she noted that they were kept in aquariums and tanks and seemed to be cared for. “He was a boa collector, without a doubt,” she said. “They were beautiful animals.” Hankins said it wasn’t the first time they’d had to respond to animals left behind during a move. “We’ve had a lot of problems with people moving off and leaving their pets,” she said. “This past year, we haven’t had as much, but normally we get a few calls.” McKee said they’d seen owner leave behind dogs, cats, snakes and fish after moving.
uty Chadd Garnett said the department’s agreement with Sturgis had been running smoothly, without major incidents. He said OCSD had always taken calls from Sturgis in the event that the town’s own police were busy or could not take the calls for any other reason. “The only difference is that they don’t have a police department to dispatch first at this time,” Garnett said. “We’re going to do whatever we need to do to assist the town of Sturgis. It hasn’t caused us any problems to assist them until they get their police department (back to full staff).” Attempts to reach Hutchinson and Blankenship by phone by press time were unsuccessful. Morgan declined to comment on either the upcoming meeting or his vote to remove Hutchinson. Jackson said he could not comment on the police department’s future structure either. “We’ll have to decide that,” Jackson said. “What we’re going to do is not anybody’s business but ours until we do it.”
TOWN
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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.human@msstate.edu or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ms-
every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex state.edu or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covSportsplex will host afternoon line danc- ered walk to the small building. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — ing in its activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Be- Gentiva Hospice is looking for dynamic ginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 volunteers to join their team. Areas of p.m. For more information, call Lisa at service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. 662-323-2294. u Square dancing — This is fun for all Volunteers can donate as little as one hour age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers per week or more. This is an opportunity will close at the end of April and will open to have a wonderful impact on someone’s again in the fall. Enjoy our new caller and life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volfriendly help from experienced dancers.  unteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email Dancing and instruction on basic steps carly.wheat@gentiva.com.
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Internet anonymity breeds deceit, maliciousness
I rarely find anything of value on T.V. At the risk of sounding a little too old for my 33 years, I generally find most of what’s on the air in adult programming to be smut and garbage. I can’t stomach most reality shows, and think the vast majority of programs in this arena are staged. Those that aren’t are experiments in brain rot and hardly qualify as realistic. That said, I still have my guilty pleasures. I think “Duck Dynasty” is hysterical, and I still indulge my morbid fascination with serial killers by watching “Criminal Minds” as often as I can find the time (I’m not certain how much of this revolves around the plot or the fact that I think the character of Dr. Spencer Reid is unbelievably attractive — either way, it’s good stuff). A number of other shows have captured my attention from time to time as well. However, as profoundly mindless as many programs seem to be, most are harmless in the respect that a vast majority of the populous realize these shows simply are what they are: make believe. The Internet, however, is a far more dangerous and obscene playground. Thanks to media attention on Internet predators, many users are far more cautious about visiting the dark corners of the web. Chat rooms and questionable sites have come screaming to the forefront of parental concern, and those with Internet access will often take measures to protect themselves from intrusion and deceit (though sometimes to no Mary Garrison avail). News Editor The thing is this: While several of us have sense enough to realize the prince of Nigeria has no reason to bequeath his fortune to us via email, there are far more subtle things we fall victim to daily. The line between real and make believe is decidedly harder to define. For instance, how many times have Eddie Murphy and Jackie Chan died on Facebook in the last couple of months? Several, I can tell you that. It is important to note that both Eddie Murphy and Jackie Chan are very much alive. These things are the slightly less harmful sorts of lies that weave through us regularly. Celebrities are subject to the tabloid-like gossip that surrounds persons of their particular notoriety. It happens. What troubles me about these particular instances is the method by which they are spread — through the fingertips of our friends. We’re trusting creatures when we often shouldn’t be, and I know I’m less likely to stop
and question what is communicated to me by someone I know and care about. Celebrity gossip aside, how many rumors do we perpetuate by sharing posts or retweeting? Granted, I’d venture to say that often, these too are harmless, but what happens when they’re not? What happens when those whispers become more than celebrity speculation and political sounding boards and falsities? I’ll tell you what happens. Those “harmless” untruths turn into cesspools of maliciousness. They collect and fester and boil over into online forums like those found on Topix. Forums where anyone can say anything
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Former alderman laments board decision on Spruill
Editor: Although I willingly chose to not run for a third term on the Starkville Board of Aldermen, I have a vested interest in the future of Starkville. Therefore, I was excited to see the prospect of progress of a new board. However, I am dismayed and puzzled by the decision of the five members of that board who chose to fire Lynn Spruill, one of Starkville’s most experienced and talented city employees. Not only was no notice given, but also no explanation was provided and the requests of fellow aldermen who wanted to discuss the matter in executive session or provide a 90-day probationary period was ignored. This has had a negative effect on the morale of our city employees, who wonder if they could also be fired without warning or explanation, and the colleagues on the board who had their requests ignored in their first meeting. This is not the start of a new term that Starkville deserves. I cannot urge the board enough to reconsider their action and allow the mayoral veto to stand. Lynn carries more institutional knowledge than anyone currently on the board except for Roy Perkins, and is able to provide continued insight into existing and upcoming ordinances. At the very least, the board should give themselves the time to get to know her in a professional capacity before passing judgment. Lastly, it is has been widely rumored that the board of aldermen will have a special called meeting during working hours to resolve the issue by overriding the veto. Doing so would further lower the bar by robbing many outraged citizens the opportunity to have their voice heard during citizen comments in a regularly scheduled meeting. That would fly in the face of any comments made by our currently elected board over their commitment to transparency in government. Starkville deserves better. Richard Corey Starkville
Opinion
Stevens talks Romney campaign at Ole Miss
Jackson, Mississippi native Stuart Stevens — author, television writer, political ad creator and senior advisor to Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign — addressed the Overby Center for Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi in April.  If you missed it, like I did, the video is now available online courtesy of Ole Miss. Stevens agreed the high point in the campaign against President Barack Obama was the first debate.  But Hurricane Sandy slowed Romney’s progress — internal polls on momentum shifted 40 points in three days – and the campaign went from huge rallies and driving a message to sitting in a hotel room.  He says you can’t blame the storm, but it had a major impact and like in a competitive basketball game, it all comes down to control at the end and the storm prevented control. Meanwhile, Obama was able to control the message by virtue of being an incumbent president during a crisis, in addition to his fundraising and spending advantage. “Incumbent presidents usually win,” Steven said, “It’s very difficult. Now, I think we made a lot of mistakes in the campaign but every campaign I’ve ever been involved in has a lot of mistakes, both Bush campaigns had a lot of mistakes. When you win you look smarter, when you lose you look Brian Perry dumber.” Syndicated Stevens Columnist said he believes candidates opting out of federal funding for presidential campaigns will be a major negative on Obama’s legacy.  During Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008, despite his promise to stay within the federal funding program, he opted out because his campaign knew it could do so and raise more money.  Once elected, he was able to raise money as President for his reelection beyond federal funding limits, something not done since Richard Nixon’s 1972 reelection.  Stevens said Obama raised $1.2 billion and he expects the next incumbent to raise $2 billion.  “We’ve come close to abolishing a four year term under this system,” said Stevens who noted any challenger coming out of a competitive primary is unlikely to be able to compete financially with
an incumbent president.  Over sixty percent of Romney’s time between the nomination and Election Day was spent on raising money, Stevens said.  “Super PAC” ads can’t drive a message that requires events, speeches and the candidate because they can’t coordinate with campaigns. Stevens argued that makes “super PAC” ads less effective.  About 40 percent of pro-Romney ads were campaign generated with 60 percent by outside PACs.  Meanwhile, the Obama campaign produced 80 percent of its ads: creating a more effective message. 
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The Salvation Army of Starkville gathered the top fundraisers of its annual Red Kettle Campaign at its offices Tuesday. From left: First place winner Southwire representatives Dan Bickford, Meggie Devine, Larry Moore, Mona Childs, Casey Helms, Vernita Wynn, Dewayne Hunt and Jennie Beth Chance; second place winner Starvkille Police Department Officer Scott Lomax and Captain Frank Nichols; Certificate of Appreciation recipient Gary Allen with Statewide Federal Credit Union; Third place winner Rotary Club Community Services Chairman Allan Tucker; and Certificate of Appreciation recipients Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department, Carrie M. Young with the Starkville High School Junior Historical Society and Nancy Fox with Statewide Federal Credit Union.
Rate cuts aim to ease Entergy worries
By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — Opposition continues to grow among state regulators to Entergy Corp.’s plans to spin off its transmission system to ITC Holdings Corp. Regulators say customers would pay hundreds of millions of dollars more to maintain high-voltage wires in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas while receiving mostly fuzzy benefits. But Entergy and ITC are now offering to offset rate increases for the first five years of ITC ownership in exchange for states approving the deal. They say after that, they won’t impose rate increases unless they can prove the benefits of the deal outweigh the costs. “It really transfers that risk from the customers back to the companies,” Entergy CEO Leo Denault said in a phone interview Wednesday. The concessions are aimed at getting regulators in the four states and the city of New Orleans to approve the transaction. Announced in December 2011, New Orleansbased Entergy said it would transfer its highvoltage lines to ITC of Novi, Mich. That company would issue Entergy shareholders enough stock to give them a majority of ITC shares worth more than $2 billion, and ITC would also assume $1.78 billion in debt. Entergy and ITC won approval for the plan from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in June. But regulatory staff in the states has been highly critical of the proposal, saying they can’t add up cost benefits for virtues like ITC’s sole focus on transmission or its ability to plan across regions. On Monday, two administrative law judges in Texas recommended the Public Utility Commission there reject the spin-off, which is up for a vote at an Aug. 9 meeting. “The benefits are almost entirely unquantifiable,” wrote Texas administrative law judges Craig Bennett and Rebecca Smith. On Wednesday, Mississippi’s Public Service Commission also received recommendations to reject the deal. “The transaction will give Entergy shareholders a multi-billion dollar net benefit at ratepayers’ expense,” outside expert Seth Parker testified on behalf of the Mississippi staff. Staff in Arkansas and Louisiana recommended rejection in April. The proposal followed Entergy winning approval last year to join the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, a regional
group that directs electricity movement. MISO is supposed to save Entergy customers $1.4 billion over 10 years, ensuring they get the cheapest possible electricity, even if it’s generated at a faraway plant. Regulatory staffs say they think MISO membership will bring most of the same benefits ITC has promised. But Entergy has another reason to push through the transaction. The Justice Department, after a long investigation into whether Entergy used its transmission system to strangle competing power generators, announced last November that it wouldn’t take action as long as Entergy went through with joining MISO and spinning off its wires to ITC. It said if Entergy didn’t take those steps to “restore competition,” Justice officials could still take action against the company. Transmission costs a relatively small sliver of a power bill, compared to the money that goes to pay for fuel, for power plant construction and for the smaller lines that carry juice from a substation to a home. Before the concessions, residential customers could expect to pay roughly $1 more a month if ITC took over transmission. But with more than 2.8 million Entergy customers across the four states, the numbers could add up.
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Stocks little changed after Fed releases minutes
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market turned quiet Wednesday and just managed to notch a fifth straight day of gains. Even the release of minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve didn't jolt stocks. Two major U.S. stock indexes were barely changed. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose a fraction of a point to 1,652.62. The Dow Jones industrial average eased 8.68 points, or 0.1 percent, to 15,291.66. Every move the Fed has made in recent months has been analyzed. Wednesday's minutes from the June policy meeting were no exception. But the minutes offered no surprises. The report showed many Fed members want to see further job gains before cutting back on the central bank's stimulus measures. It also showed some divisions among officials over when the Fed should slow that stimulus. "I don't think the minutes offered anything that would change (my) view of the market's direction or the Fed's intentions," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist for Prudential Annuities. The small gain in the S&P 500 kept alive its winning streak. The index has now risen five days, its best streak in two months. Investors have become more confident about the economy after the strong June jobs report. The index is up 2.9 percent in July after falling 1.5 percent in June, its first monthly decline since October. In another sign of confidence, small-company stocks continued their surge. The Russell 2000, which represents 2,000 publicly traded companies with small market valuations, rose 2.4 points, or 0.2 percent, to a record 1,020.42. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, is at its highest level since October 2000. The Nasdaq gained 16.5 points, or 0.5 percent, to 3,520.76. Despite its rise, the index would still have to rise 43 percent to match its all-time high of 5,048 reached March 10, 2000, the peak of the dot-com bubble. Investors are watching earnings results for the second quarter, which ended 10 days ago. Analysts expect earnings growth to average 2.8 percent for companies in the S&P 500, according to data from S&P Capital IQ. The expected growth isn't spectacular and that makes it more likely that companies could beat analysts' estimates, said Eric Wiegand, senior portfolio manager at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. "We have very low expectations," Wiegand said. Family Dollar Stores was a case in point. The discount retailer
PERRY
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That message, Stevens believes, has been undersold because of the turnout narrative.  While Democrats get a lot of credit for their turnout machine, they turned out fewer voters than they did four years earlier, more people voted for Romney than John McCain, and only among Hispanic and African American voters did Obama’s turnout increase: Democrats got fewer younger voters and fewer senior voters. Meanwhile the Romney campaign metrics far exceeded any other Republican campaign. Unfortunately, Stevens said, Obama’s message doesn’t fit the nation’s need from a leader, “[Obama] is very much a cause politician. He didn’t go into politics to get two point five economic growth; he went into politics to bend history’s arc – very compelling to some people, but I think it’s fair to ask, ‘does the moment demand a different focus?’” Stevens continued, “We live in a very Dickensian moment of the best and worst of times. The stock market is at an all time high and we have levels of poverty not seen since the 1970s. The number of people that have gone on food stamps in the last four and half years has increased by 16 million - 16 million people and its continuing to rise. A
new study came out last week that showed that 46 percent of the people living in New York City are under the poverty level. This is extraordinary.” Stevens believes a Republican renaissance will be driven by policy and candidates who can speak to the great economic stress Americans are feeling with the most compelling message, will win. Stevens doesn’t blame reporters and said there is no liberal conspiracy in the press, but the nature of the news business has decreased the number of experienced reporters and many current political reporters lack context for coverage.  Couple that with more and more reporters based in Washington DC and New York City – where wealth in centralizing – and coverage is necessarily affected.  Less isolated reporters in major papers in Iowa and Florida, Stevens said, are doing better reporting. Stevens plans to continue in politics and writing.  He said there is a thrill and honor to “being involved in something bigger than yourself” although “the pain of losing is much greater than the pleasure of winning.” Brian Perry is a columnist for the Madison County Journal and a partner with Capstone Public Affairs, LLC.  Reach him at reasonablyright@brianperry.ms or @CapstonePerry on Twitter.
Specialist Jason Hardzewicz, left, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday. Stocks nudged higher in early trading Wednesday before the Federal Reserve releases minutes from its most recent meeting. (Photo by Richard Drew, AP)
said Wednesday that its quarterly earnings fell 3 percent. But the earnings topped analysts' estimates, and the stock surged $4.55, or 7.1 percent, to $68.50, making it the biggest gainer in the S&P 500. Dollar General was the second-biggest gainer in the index, rising $2.98, or 5.75 percent, to $54.78. In government bond trading, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.68 percent from 2.64 percent late Tuesday. As recently as early May, the yield was 1.63 percent. The price of crude oil jumped almost 3 percent to the highest level in 16 months after the U.S. government reported another steep decline in the nation's supplies. Oil rose $2.99 to $105.71 a barrel in New York. The price of gold rose $1.5, or 0.1 percent, to $1,247.40 an ounce. Among stocks making big moves: n Hewlett-Packard rose 46 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $25.93 after a Citigroup analyst raised his rating on the company. The analyst doubled his price target for the stock, saying the PC maker's turnaround efforts are taking hold. n Fastenal, an industrial and construction supplies distributor, fell $1.33, or 2.8 percent, to $45.77 after the company reported that its second-quarter revenue fell short of analysts' estimates.
GARRISON
From page 4
about anyone else under the protective veil of anonymity. Participants have the power to destroy reputations and homes. Marriages and families. There’s a certain power that comes with no identity. And people do and say horrible things when they don’t have a face. Just ask the family of Nikki Catsourus, otherwise known as the “Porsche girl.” On Halloween night in 2006, following
an argument with her parents, 16-year-old Nikki Catsourus nabbed the keys to her father’s Porsche and took off down a California freeway at 110 mph. She clipped a car and hit a toll booth head-on. The accident scene photos were nothing short of gruesome and horrific. And they’re all over the Internet. Cruel, nameless cowards — the worst specimens of humankind — took to emailing them to her grief-stricken parents, and to my knowledge still do, purely because they could. As a parent, I could not imagine a
more painful existence. Is this highlighting the extreme? Yes. Am I saying you should stop using the Internet or you’ll all burn? No, of course not. I don’t have any plans to unplug anytime soon, why should you? Certainly gives you something to consider the next time you hit “Share” though, doesn’t it? Mary Garrison is the news editor at Starkville Daily News. She can be contacted at news@starkvilledailynews.com
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MSU team honored
By BEN WAIT sports@starkvilledailynews.com It has been over 50 years since the Mississippi State men’s basketball team snuck out of Starkville and headed north. On Tuesday, that 1963 MSU team was recognized by Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund at the 42nd Annual International Convention at the Chicago Hilton. The Rainbow Coalition was honoring the 1963 MSU team that took part in what has become known as the “Game of Change.” MSU, an all white team, played the Loyola Ramblers which starting lineup featured four black players.  The Ramblers beat the Maroons, the mascot at the time for MSU, that night on their way to a national championship. “There has been more of a national interest in this story and obviously it is a very positive story for Mississippi State and for the state of Mississippi,” MSU director of the Office of University Relations Sid Salter said, who was there on behalf of the university. It was during a time when playing was infused with politics. MSU head coach Babe McCarthy and president Dean W. Colvard put more than a loss on the line when they conspired to get the Maroons to East Lansing, Mich.  “It was a time during the Civil Rights era when people in position of leadership, president Colvard and Coach Babe McCarthy, took some significant risks to do the right thing,” Salter said. “(They wanted) to do the right thing when it required courage and when it could have cost them certainly their jobs and possibly even harm to them.” MSU and Loyola played this last December in Chicago for the 50th anniversary. The Ramblers will travel to Starkville for a Dec. 1 matchup this year.  There have been two documentaries made on the game that took place on March 15, 1963. Both were screened during a panel Tuesday afternoon. Starkville’s own Robbie Coblentz’s documentary “One Night in March” and Jerald Harkness’, the son of 1963 Loyola captain Jerry Harkness, “Game of Change” were screened during the panel. Coblentz got the idea for his documentary during MSU’s 1996 run to the Final Four.  “(In) the week leading up to the national semifinal game that State played against Syracuse, I started to hear a lot about the ‘63 Mississippi State team, the drama surrounding them having to leave and the issues with them playing in the NCCA Tournament,” Coblentz said. “I thought that’s a story I haven’t heard. I’m an alum of State, I’m a native of Mississippi and that story needs to be told.” Coblentz first released his documentary in 2001. Early last fall, he updated his documentary for the 50th anniver-
Danny P. Smith
Sports Editor
1963 squad recognized for ‘Game of Change’
Mitchell one of the best for Bulldogs
L
eland Mitchell was one of the best players ever to step onto the basketball court for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Even though Mitchell was performing his skill for the Bulldogs from 1961-63 and slightly before my time, all a person has Mitchell to do is look through the record book to realize the impact he made at MSU. Mitchell, 72, passed away on Saturday and his funeral will be held today at the Welch Funeral Home chapel. The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with burial after at Memorial Garden Park Cemetery. In 1963, Mitchell was part of a Bulldogs basketball team that defied an unwritten rule that prohibited it from going against another squad with African-American players. MSU risked safety and its future by sneaking out of state to participate in the NCAA Tournament to play against Loyola-Chicago, which started four AfricanAmerican players, on March 15, 1963 in East Lansing, Mich. That game has become known as “Game of Change.” Mitchell’s memory was honored in Chicago on Tuesday night during the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s recognition of the 50th anniversary of that game. Upon learning of Mitchell’s death, Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Ray sent out a message via Twitter to family, friends and supporters of Mitchell and the Bulldogs. “Sad to hear about the passing of one of the best players ever to play here at
sary of the game.  The panel discussion was emceed by WGN-TV news anchor Robert Jordan. The panel also featured 1963 MSU player Bobby Shows, Salter, Jerry Harkness and Dr. Richard Lapchick the director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. The discussion was about the historical ramifications of the game and what it meant to both schools and to the players. “The Game of Change in 1963, without question, changed the trajectory of the university in terms of how people think about Mississippi State and how they think about Mississippi,” Salter said. “Those changes were obviously very positive.”  There was also a banquet that night to honor the two teams. It was called Athletic Banquet: Life Beyond the Playing Field. “Our focus on athletics recognizes the importance of a life of an athlete, (and) lives beyond the playing field,” The Rainbow Push Coalition released in a statement. “This year we celebrate those who have impacted both their respective sports and the world beyond the playing field.” Speakers included the former Executive Director of Black Coaches and Administrators Floyd Keith, DeMario Simmons, an attorney, professor and former professional athlete and Myron Rolle, a former National Football
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Heritage Museum receives a replica of Howell Trophy
By ZACK PLAIR editor@starkvilledailynews.com
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Yet another piece of Mississippi athletic lore found a home in Starkville Wednesday afternoon. Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum received a replica of a Bailey Howell Award to display amid its exhibit dedicated to the former Mississippi State and National Basketball Association hardwood star. The Bailey Howell Award is given annually to the best collegiate basketball player in Mississippi. Its namesake played center for four years at MSU, leading the basketball team to its first Southeastern Conference title in his senior year of 1959. Howell then enjoyed a 12-year career in the NBA, where he played stints with the Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. A six-time All-Star and 1959-60 runner-up to Wilt Chamberlain for NBA Rookie of the Year, Howell played on two NBA championship teams in Boston. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. "Certainly anytime anyone has anything nice to say about you, you appreciate it, and you hope that whatever was said was earned, so to speak," Howell said on Wednesday. "Anytime you are honored, it's a special thing to you. You may wonder why they did it, and you may not think you deserve it, but you always appreciate it." The museum's Howell Award, which is an exact replica of the trophies the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in JackDrew Cristo, a runner for the Mississippi State Athletic Department, left, helps Bill Poe, son presents annually, joins the museum's growing collection of right, a board member for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, place a Howell Trophy memorabilia honoring Howell and two other legendary athletes replica in a display for former Mississippi State basketball standout Bailey Howell. The Howell with Oktibbeha County ties. Howell's exhibit sits between exhibdisplay is one of three works in progress the museum will have to honor sports Hall of Famers See TROPHY | Page 7 from Starkville. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
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Participants commend Starkville on 8-year-old South State tournament
By JASON EDWARDS sports@starkvilledailynews.com   The city of Starkville and its baseball association got a good rating from participants of the Dizzy Dean 8-year-old South State Tournament for how it ran the event Saturday through Tuesday. Except for Mother Nature deciding to rain on everyone’s parade on Friday, the State Tournament went off without much incident. “We came into a big road bump on the first day with the rain and it pushed us back some in scheduling, but with all the volunteers and the park being in such good shape, we got back on schedule,” Starkville Baseball Association president Randy Carlisle said. Columbus National coach Aubrey Adair commends the tournament directors on their ability to work with the unexpected circumstances. “The tournament went very well,” Adair said. “Mr. (Ron) Mitchell did a great job. We had some unfortunate circumstances with the weather, but they kept it on track and it just flowed very well.” In order to get back on track, Mitchell, the tournament director, says the team decided to play on three fields Saturday instead of two as originally planned. This change in format allowed for them to make up all but two games which in the end were covered as the tournament ultimately lasted until Tuesday. The reason for the extra day was Mathiston fought its way out of the loser’s bracket by winning three games to qualify for the championship game against Starkville. The game was originally scheduled for Monday evening,
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Coaches discuss strategy with their Starkville American team during the Dizzy Dean 8-year-old South State Tournament. Starkville won the tournament and will participate in the World Series. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)
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The number of stolen bases for San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence without being caught, which leads Major League Baseball.
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Bulldog softball recognized
Following its second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and first tournament win since 2008, the Mississippi State Softball team was chosen as one of three teams picked 2013 Easton Team of the Year, the organization announced. In addition, Easton selected rising MSU senior catcher Sam Lenahan a second-team All-American, the first Bulldog Easton All-America accolade in over a decade. “We are so proud to be named an Easton Team of the Year and to have such a wonderful relationship with them,” MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman said. “We had some great victories this year and look forward to even bigger ones next season.” Joining the University of Florida and the University of Texas, Stuedeman’s squad earned the yearly team honor after posting a 33-24 record and reaching the NCAA Mobile Regional. A tremendous part of the Bulldogs’ success in 2013 came from Lenahan, who earned second-team All-America honors following a junior campaign where she hit .327 in 57 starts with 10 home runs, 12 doubles and 40 RBIs. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native became the first Easton All-American Bulldog since Kellie Wilkerson and Iyhia McMichael earned the honors in 2001. “Sam worked so hard for this accolade,” Stuedeman said. “The Southeastern Conference respected her, and Easton recognized that. She is part of a great group of seniors coming back for 2014.”
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Youth Baseball Starkville Baseball Association All-Stars 7-year-old roster Coach: Brent DeWeese Coach: Chris Brooks Coach: Brian Bennett Coach: Shelby Tidwell Briggs Bennett Torin Brooks John Steven Card Cohen DeWeese Cameron Ellis Kardarius Isaac Seth Lockhart Trey Petty Parker Simpson Elijah Stovall Carson Tidwell 8-year-old roster Americans Coach: Charles Williamson Coach: Jason Williams Coach: Chris Pulliam Coach: Eric Hallberg Garrett Matthew Carson Elijah Harper Dale Cyrus Brehm Hallberg Cooper McNeel Mac McReynolds Justin Wilson Ming Xavier Amir Prater Ethan Christopher Pulliam Karsten Rivers Upchurch Trey Williamson Brennon Tyler Wright Drew Todd Williams 8-year-old roster Nationals Coach: Ryan Taylor Coach: David Edmonds Coach: Brantley Johnson Coach: Trent Smith Ashton Bogard Caston Clanton TJ Edmonds Khywon Gray Zackery Harris Cole Hood Wyatt Johnson Kade Smith Logan Taylor Newton Thomas Gavin Tomlinson Jackson Walters 9-year-old roster Coach: Robert Buckner Coach: Charlie Hornburger Brody Bennett John Paul Buckner Bo Carter Hayes Davis Stewart Davis Chipper Hornburger TJ Kent Koby Livingston Harris McReynolds Will McReynolds Xavier Shreman Porter Skelton Graham Stevens Jon Paul Yates 10-year-old roster Coach: Ben Knight Coach: Ronnie Betts Coach: Russ Lyle Coach: Robert Clark Brice Baker Carson Betts Sam Clark Will Davis Jack Hevesy Stephen Louis Knight Sam Lyle Lawson McReynolds Matt Miller Ahmir Taylor Thomas Henry Tucker Dash Turman 11-year-old roster Coach: Randy Carlisle Ben Brown Braden Carlisle John Thomas Cox Tanner Graves Izak Hansan Jaden James Zak Kelly Garrett Lewis Justin Rook Jon Spearmon Kamden Upchurch Jermaine Williams 12-year-old roster Coach: Jim Yates Today CYCLING 7 a.m. NBCSN — Tour de France, stage 12, Fougeres to Tours, France GOLF 4:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Scottish Open, first round, at Inverness, Scotland 11:30 a.m. TGC — LPGA, Manulife Financial Classic, first round, at Waterloo, Ontario 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, John Deere Classic, first round, at Silvis, Ill. 3 p.m. ESPN2 — USGA, U.S. Senior Open Championship, first round, at Omaha,
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Quoteworthy
“I’d rather skip a start than push it through.”
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said after being place on the 15-day disabled list for mild strain in the upper back.
Darvish
what’s on tv
5 p.m. TGC — Web.com Tour, Utah Championship, first round, at Sandy, Utah MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon MLB — Regional coverage, Chicago White Sox at Detroit or Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees 6 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, Cincinnati at Atlanta or Texas at Baltimore SOFTBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — World Cup, round robin, United States vs. Canada, at Oklahoma City WNBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Los Angeles at Tulsa Neb.
the area slate
Today No area games scheduled
Coach: Larry Graves Coach: Robert Poole Bates Bennett Jonathan Evans Wesley Graves Ben Guest Nason Heflin Peyton Poole Ethan Prather Jay Stewart Garrett Smith Lance Trainer Walker Tranum Cade Vickers Foster Yates (Editor’s Note: All-Star coaches are encouraged to send in their rosters so they can be published by The Starkville Daily News. Those will also be helpful in the coverage of the teams. Rosters can be faxed to 662-323-6586 or emailed to sports@starkvilledailynews.com) Major League Baseball National League At A Glance All Times EDT East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 52 39 .571 — Washington 47 44 .516 5 Philadelphia 45 47 .489 7½ New York 40 48 .455 10½ 33 57 .367 18½ Miami Central Division W L Pct GB 54 34 .614 — St. Louis Pittsburgh 53 36 .596 1½ Cincinnati 51 40 .560 4½ Chicago 40 48 .455 14 Milwaukee 37 53 .411 18 West Division W L Pct GB 47 43 .522 — Arizona Los Angeles 44 45 .494 2½ Colorado 43 48 .473 4½ 41 50 .451 6½ San Diego San Francisco 40 50 .444 7 Tuesday’s Games Oakland 2, Pittsburgh 1 Philadelphia 4, Washington 2 Atlanta 6, Miami 4 Chicago Cubs 7, L.A. Angels 2 Milwaukee 2, Cincinnati 0 St. Louis 9, Houston 5 L.A. Dodgers 6, Arizona 1 San Diego 2, Colorado 1 N.Y. Mets 10, San Francisco 6 Wednesday’s Games Miami 6, Atlanta 2 Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 2 N.Y. Mets 7, San Francisco 2 Washington 5, Philadelphia 1 Oakland at Pittsburgh, late L.A. Angels at Chicago Cubs, late Houston at St. Louis, late L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, late Colorado at San Diego, late Today’s Games Washington (Zimmermann 12-3) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 7-6), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Latos 8-2) at Atlanta (Hudson 5-7), 7:10 p.m. St. Louis (Westbrook 5-3) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 5-10), 8:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 7-8) at Arizona (Miley 5-7), 9:40 p.m. Colorado (Pomeranz 0-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 2-6), 10:10 p.m. San Francisco (Bumgarner 9-5) at San Diego (Marquis 9-4), 10:10 p.m. Friday’s Games St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Washington at Miami, 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 55 37 .598 — Tampa Bay 51 40 .560 3½ Baltimore 50 42 .543 5 New York 49 42 .538 5½ 44 46 .489 10 Toronto Central Division W L Pct GB 50 40 .556 — Detroit Cleveland 47 44 .516 3½ 45 .489 6 Kansas City 43 Minnesota 37 50 .425 11½ Chicago 35 53 .398 14 West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 54 37 .593 — Texas 53 38 .582 1 Los Angeles 43 46 .483 10 40 50 .444 13½ Seattle Houston 32 58 .356 21½ Tuesday’s Games Kansas City 3, N.Y. Yankees 1 Oakland 2, Pittsburgh 1 Texas 8, Baltimore 4 Cleveland 3, Toronto 0 Chicago White Sox 11, Detroit 4 Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 1 Chicago Cubs 7, L.A. Angels 2 St. Louis 9, Houston 5 Boston 11, Seattle 8 Wednesday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 8, Kansas City 1 Baltimore 6, Texas 1 Toronto 5, Cleveland 4 Oakland at Pittsburgh, late Detroit 8, Chicago White Sox 5 Minnesota at Tampa Bay, late L.A. Angels at Chicago Cubs, late Houston at St. Louis, late Boston at Seattle, late Today’s Games Toronto (Dickey 8-9) at Cleveland (Salazar 0-0), 12:05 p.m. Minnesota (Pelfrey 4-6) at Tampa Bay (M.Moore 12-3), 12:10 p.m. Kansas City (E.Santana 5-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 6-6), 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Sale 5-8) at Detroit (Ani.Sanchez 7-5), 1:08 p.m. Boston (Dempster 5-8) at Seattle (E.Ramirez 0-0), 3:40 p.m. Texas (Undecided) at Baltimore (Mig. Gonzalez 6-3), 7:05 p.m. Friday’s Games Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Kansas City at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Texas at Detroit, 7:08 p.m. Houston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Boston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. Major League Leaders National League BATTING – YMolina, St. Louis, .344; Cuddyer, Colorado, .336; Craig, St. Louis, .329; MCarpenter, St. Louis, .322; Segura, Milwaukee, .319; Votto, Cincinnati, .318; Posey, San Francisco, .316. RUNS – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 69; CGonzalez, Colorado, 66; Holliday, St.
MSU men’s golf signs Morgan
T.J. Morgan will join the Mississippi State men’s golf team for the 2013-14 season, as announced by coach Clay Homan Wednesday. Originally from Calhoun City, Morgan transfers to MSU after playing the last two seasons at Meridian Community College. “We are excited to welcome T.J. to our team,” Homan said. “He is a talented player that has great experience playing at a championship level with MCC. He’s a solid addition that adds talent and depth to our lineup.” The two-time All-America selection fired a 7-under-par 281 at the 2013 NJCAA DI National Championship to tie for medalist but eventually bowed out to eventual national champion Akse Olsen of Wallace State Community College in a playoff. Morgan also posted nine top-10 finishes and led the Eagles to their fifth-consecutive NJCAA DI National Championship appearance during his sophomore campaign. He was also selected to the GCAA All-Region Team in 2012 as a freshman. Morgan was a two-time MHSAA Class 2A State Champion at Bruce High School before signing with then-MCC head coach and current MSU assistant coach Sean Covich. He will join incoming freshmen Ben Follett Smith, Jackson Dick and Johnny Newnham as newcomers on the 2013-14 Bulldog roster.
Louis, 64; Votto, Cincinnati, 62; Choo, Cincinnati, 59; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 58; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 57; JUpton, Atlanta, 57. RBI – Goldschmidt, Arizona, 74; Craig, St. Louis, 71; Phillips, Cincinnati, 67; DBrown, Philadelphia, 64; CGonzalez, Colorado, 63; Bruce, Cincinnati, 62; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 58. HITS – Segura, Milwaukee, 114; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 109; Craig, St. Louis, 108; Votto, Cincinnati, 108; YMolina, St. Louis, 106; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 104; GParra, Arizona, 103. DOUBLES – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 27; Bruce, Cincinnati, 26; YMolina, St. Louis, 26; GParra, Arizona, 26; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 25; Posey, San Francisco, 25; Rizzo, Chicago, 25. TRIPLES – CGomez, Milwaukee, 9; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 8; Segura, Milwaukee, 8; Span, Washington, 7; CGonzalez, Colorado, 6; Hechavarria, Miami, 5; DWright, New York, 5. HOME RUNS – CGonzalez, Colorado, 24; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 23; DBrown, Philadelphia, 23; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 21; Beltran, St. Louis, 19; Bruce, Cincinnati, 18; Tulowitzki, Colorado, 16; Uggla, Atlanta, 16; JUpton, Atlanta, 16. STOLEN BASES – ECabrera, San Diego, 31; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 28; Segura, Milwaukee, 27; CGomez, Milwaukee, 21; Revere, Philadelphia, 21; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 18; Pierre, Miami, 18. PITCHING – Zimmermann, Washington, 12-3; Wainwright, St. Louis, 12-5; Lynn, St. Louis, 11-3; Corbin, Arizona, 10-1; Lee, Philadelphia, 10-2; Marquis, San Diego, 9-4; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 9-5; SMiller, St. Louis, 9-6; Maholm, Atlanta, 9-8. STRIKEOUTS – Harvey, New York, 147; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 129; Wainwright, St. Louis, 126; Samardzija, Chicago, 123; Latos, Cincinnati, 120; Lee, Philadelphia, 119; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 116. SAVES – Grilli, Pittsburgh, 28; RSoriano, Washington, 24; Mujica, St. Louis, 24; Kimbrel, Atlanta, 24; Romo, San Francisco, 20; Chapman, Cincinnati, 20; Papelbon, Philadelphia, 19. American League
Ole Miss suspends Henderson
OXFORD – Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules, the school announced Wednesday. “Since the season ended, we have talked a lot about Marshall taking a greater leadership role with our team,” Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. “With that comes greater responsibility, and he must do a better job of living up to the high standard we expect from him and he desires from himself.” A senior from Hurst, Texas, Henderson started 33 games for the Rebels in 2012-13, averaging 20.1 points per game.
TROPHY
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its for baseball Hall of Famer James "Cool Papa" Bell and National Football League legendary receiver Jerry Rice. "Starkville is unique in that for a town this size, we have (connections to) three national hall of famers in three major sports," said Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum Board member Bill Poe. "Being next door to a university, sports is a big part of this community and has been for a long time. People who are interested in museums would be interested in any sports exhibit." Poe said the museum used Starkville-Oktibbeha Achieving Results (SOAR) Foundation money to purchase the Howell Award replica through the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He said Howell had actually visited the museum a few times and had personally endorsed the exhibit. Usually the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame only provides Howell trophies for the winning athletes and their schools, but because of Howell's involvement with the museum effort and his continued involvement with the Starkville community, Hall of Fame Administrator Margaret Ferriss White said the organization made an incredibly rare exception. "We don't want replicas popping up everywhere because that's ours (the trophy), and we're very protective of it," White said. "In this instance, it seemed like a good fit. We did it in the interest of Mr. Howell." Howell married his wife, Mary Lou, the summer after he graduated from MSU. After completing his first season
in the NBA, the two returned to Starkville where Bailey worked as a MSU Alumni Association field representative and Mary Lou completed her studies at the university. Howell said the two liked Starkville so much that they returned each summer. After he retired from the NBA in 1971, the Howells returned to make Starkville their home and raise their three daughters. "My college years here were very happy years, very productive years and very rewarding years," Howell said. "… The people here have always been very kind, and they continued to be interested in my basketball career (after college). "This is a community where people are concerned about others and aren't all for themselves. It's a community where religion and family means something, and it's a great place to raise children." As for how the game of basketball had changed since his playing days, Howell contended the introduction of the 3-point line in the 1980s had been the most fundamental adjustment. He added the more emphasized role of money on the professional level had possibly been a detriment to the pureness of the sport, and the game on every skill level had shifted more focus from the "team" to the individual. "When I was growing up, we couldn't even get a (pickup) game up without two players to a side," Howell said. "Today, of course, everyone is practicing one-on-one." Oktibbeha County Museum is located at 206 Fellowship St. in Starkville. For more information on the museum and its exhibits, call 662-3230211.
BATTING – MiCabrera, Detroit, .363; DOrtiz, Boston, .327; Pedroia, Boston, .321; ABeltre, Texas, .319; Donaldson, Oakland, .316; Loney, Tampa Bay, .316; Trout, Los Angeles, .315; Machado, Baltimore, .315. RUNS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 69; CDavis, Baltimore, 63; Trout, Los Angeles, 61; Bautista, Toronto, 60; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 60; AJones, Baltimore, 60; Encarnacion, Toronto, 56. RBI – MiCabrera, Detroit, 92; CDavis, Baltimore, 85; NCruz, Texas, 68; Encarnacion, Toronto, 68; Fielder, Detroit, 66; Cano, New York, 62; DOrtiz, Boston, 62. HITS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 126; Machado, Baltimore, 123; Pedroia, Boston, 114; ABeltre, Texas, 113; Trout, Los Angeles, 112; AJones, Baltimore, 109; Ellsbury, Boston, 107. DOUBLES – Machado, Baltimore, 39; Mauer, Minnesota, 27; Trout, Los Angeles, 27; CDavis, Baltimore, 26; Pedroia, Boston, 24; JhPeralta, Detroit, 24; Saltalamacchia, Boston, 24; Seager, Seattle, 24. TRIPLES – Ellsbury, Boston, 7; Drew, Boston, 6; Trout, Los Angeles, 6; Gardner, New York, 5; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 5; LMartin, Texas, 5; Kawasaki, Toronto, 4; HKendrick, Los Angeles, 4. HOME RUNS – CDavis, Baltimore, 33; MiCabrera, Detroit, 29; ADunn, Chicago, 24; Encarnacion, Toronto, 23; NCruz, Texas, 22; Ibanez, Seattle, 22; Cano, New York, 21. STOLEN BASES – Ellsbury, Boston, 36; McLouth, Baltimore, 24; RDavis, Toronto, 23; Altuve, Houston, 21; Kipnis, Cleveland, 20; Trout, Los Angeles, 20; AlRamirez, Chicago, 19; Rios, Chicago, 19. PITCHING – Scherzer, Detroit, 13-0; Colon, Oakland, 12-3; MMoore, Tampa Bay, 12-3; Tillman, Baltimore, 10-3; Masterson, Cleveland, 10-7; Buchholz, Boston, 9-0; FHernandez, Seattle, 9-4; Verlander, Detroit, 9-6; Sabathia, New York, 9-7. STRIKEOUTS – Darvish, Texas, 157; Scherzer, Detroit, 146; FHernandez, Seattle, 136; Masterson, Cleveland, 131; Sale, Chicago, 123; Verlander, Detroit, 122; DHolland, Texas, 114. SAVES – Nathan, Texas, 30; JiJohnson, Baltimore, 30; MRivera, New York, 29; Balfour, Oakland, 24; GHolland, Kansas City, 22; AReed, Chicago, 22; Frieri, Los Angeles, 22. Transactions
BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES – Reinstated LHP Wei-Yin Chen from the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Josh Stinson from Norfolk (IL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS – Selected the contract of RHP Sonny Gray from Sacramento (PCL). Optioned RHP Dan Straily to Sacramento.
Junior College Football
EMCC earns No. 6 preseason ranking
For Starkville Daily News SCOOBA – The two-time reigning MACJC North Division football champions of East Mississippi Community College have earned a No. 6 preseason ranking by JCGridiron.com in its annual Dirty 30 national junior college rankings. Including all junior college football programs affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association as well as from the highly acclaimed California Community College Athletic Association, the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 preseason rankings annually reflect team performances on the field from the previous year, the overall strength of the teams’ conferences and predicted impact players in key positions for the various teams under consideration. This year marks the ninth consecutive season that widely respected junior college football expert Brad Hoiseth has published the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 preseason junior college football rankings. Perennial MACJC powerhouse Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College hails as this year’s preseason No. 1 team, according to the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30. The Bulldogs are followed by Riverside (Calif.) CC at No. 2, Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) CC, reigning NJCAA national champion Iowa Western CC, and Snow College (Utah) rounding out the preseason Top 5. Guided by sixth-year head coach Buddy Stephens, the EMCC Lions bring back 10 offensive lettermen as well as 10 defensive returnees from last year’s 8-2 squad that had stretched the program’s two-year winning streak to 20 consecutive games before dropping back-to-back, one-point decisions at the end of the 2012 campaign. With a 44-10 composite record un-
der Stephens’ leadership, East Mississippi claimed the school’s first-ever national championship in 2011 along with earning MACJC/NJCAA Region 23 titles in 2011 and 2009. The Lions, who are collectively 27-3 in division play dating back to 2008, have also captured four MACJC North Division regular-season crowns during that span. East Mississippi Community College kicks off its upcoming 2013 football schedule on Thursday, Aug. 29 against the Wildcats of Pearl River Community College in Poplarville. The Lions’ five-game home slate begins with consecutive Thursday dates versus MACJC South Division opponents East Central Community College and Southwest Mississippi Community College on Sept. 5 and 12, respectively, at EMCC’s 5,000-seat Sullivan-Windham Field.
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Marlins beat Maholm, Braves
By STEVEN WINE Associated Press
MIAMI — Saddled with a five-game losing streak, the Miami Marlins were in the market for an early lead Wednesday, and Giancarlo Stanton gave them one. The Marlins slugger hit a two-run double in the first inning to end a 10-game RBI drought and help beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2. Stanton had been in a 3-for-26 slump before he gave the Marlins the lead in their four-run first against former Mississippi State pitcher Paul Maholm. “It put us on top, and we stayed on top the whole game,” Stanton said. “It was a good jump start.” Stanton was also pleased that he walked in his next three atbats, laying off tempting pitches that he had been flailing at of late. “They threw some good pitches at me, and I took,” he said. “So it was a good day.” Placido Polanco added three hits and three RBIs. Jacob Turner (3-1) allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings, and Steve Cishek allowed two singles in the ninth to complete a six-hitter. The Braves won two of three games in the series but missed a chance for their first road sweep since April 12-14 at Washington. “It was a tough day,” said Maholm (9-8). “Obviously we would have liked to have gotten the sweep, but we won the series.” Miami improved to 3-12 against the Braves at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012. With thousands of youngsters in the stands on camp day, the announced attendance was 23,921 — the Marlins’ largest home crowd since April 27. Miami is last in the major leagues in attendance. Atlanta came into the game with a 1.87 ERA this season against the Marlins, but Miami batted around in the first inning. “We needed that,” manager Mike Redmond said. “We needed to jump out to a quick start and settle everyone down, especially Jacob, and gives ourselves a little room to breathe.” Stanton showed the impact his bat can make with a line drive that reached the wall on one hop for a 2-0 lead. “That ball was a laser beam, and he had great at-bats after that. That’s a great sign,” Redmond said. “He’s such a big presence in that lineup. You can see how in situations they start pitching around him, but when he stays in the zone and handles the pitches he knows he’s capable of handling, he can dominate a game.” Last year’s NL slugging leader has had a subpar first half of the season, in part because he missed 36 games with a strained right hamstring. He’s batting only .246 with eight homers and 24 RBIs, and the Marlins have the NL’s worst record. Stanton has tried to temper his frustration. “I’m kind of taking a little different approach,” he said. “Before, I would just get furious, but then I feel like I’m a bad teammate, and I don’t want to have that influence. You can get mad every once in a while, with how much of a failure sport this is, but it’s how you handle it. Get mad for a few minutes, and then leave it.” Stanton’s double came on a changeup. He scored on a double by Polanco, and Jeff Mathis added a two-out RBI single. “Obviously in the first inning I wasn’t in rhythm,” Maholm said. “But Stanton is the only one that hit the ball hard, and it wasn’t even supposed to be a strike.” Maholm gave up no runs after the first but lasted only 4 1-3 innings, throwing 103 pitches. Three times this year he has failed to pitch five innings. Poor base-running hurt Atlanta in the second inning. Dan Uggla doubled home a run, then was thrown out trying to go from second to third when a pitch rolled away from catcher Mathis. B.J. Upton reached first on the play because the pitch was strike three, but he was promptly picked off by Turner. Freddie Freeman, contending for the final spot on the NL AllStar team, doubled in the sixth and scored on Chris Johnson’s groundout to make the score 4-2. But that’s all the Braves could Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird, left, talks to former Mississippi State pitcher Paul Maholm on Wednesday. (Photo by muster against Turner, who improved to 4-0 in his past six home Alan Diaz, AP) starts with an ERA of 1.41.
Gonzalez, Nats use the long ball to defeat Phillies
By ROB MAADDI Associated Press delphia. The Phillies are 2 1/2 behind Washington. PHILADELPHIA — Gio Gonzalez tossed seven sharp innings, the Nationals hit a pair of consecutive homers off Cliff Lee and Washington beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Wednesday night. Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back shots off Lee to start the fifth and Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth did it to open the sixth. Gonzalez (7-3) gave up one run and six hits, striking out five to win his fourth straight start. The lefty has eight quality starts in a row. Lee (10-3) had allowed nine homers in his first 135 2-3 innings this year before yielding four in a span of eight batters. Darin Ruf hit a solo shot for the Phillies, who failed to reach .500 for the first time since June 7. Lee allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings. The All-Star lefty gave up multiple homers in a game once before this season in a 4-2 win over Washington on June 18. The defending NL East champion Nationals, who moved within five games of firstplace Atlanta, lost the first two of this four-game set against Phila-
Mets 7, Giants 2
SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Wheeler used to have long talks with Sergio Romo when they were teammates in the Giants organization, and the young pitcher is good pals with Mike Kickham. None of that mattered when Wheeler took the mound at AT&T Park for the first time. He just wanted to pitch well.
Reds 6, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE — Mike Leake scattered four hits over 8 1-3 innings and Brandon Phillips had three RBI, lifting Cincinnati to a win over Milwaukee. The Reds put the leadoff runner on base in each of the first seven innings and snapped a three-game losing streak. Leake (8-4) bounced back from a rare rough start in his last outing and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. He allowed four walks while striking out two.
Washington Nationals’ Anthony Rendon follows through with a swing after hitting a double against Philadelphia Wednesday night. (Photo by Matt Slocum, AP) hander allowed one run, walked impressive pitching performance and the Yankees, held to one run three and struck out four. each of the previous three days, stopped a three-game slide. Yankees 8, Royals 1 They watched two more players NEW YORK — Robinson get banged up, though, when Cano hit a three-run homer, slumping Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay added a grand speedy Brett Gardner left with slam and the New York Yankees injuries. snapped out of their offensive Tigers 8, White Sox 5 funk with a victory over Kansas City. DETROIT — Prince FieldIvan Nova delivered another
list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball, and Baltimore got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold in a victory over Texas. Manny Machado had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who won for only the third time in nine games. Baltimore will seek a split of the four-game seOrioles 6, Rangers 1 ries on Thursday night. Chen (4-3) had not pitched BALTIMORE — Wei-Yin since May 12 because of a Chen returned from the disabled strained right oblique. The left-
er homered, Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings and Detroit bounced back with a victory over the Chicago White Sox. Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, but it was the Tigers who did the slugging early on in this game. Fielder lined a two-run shot to right field in the first inning for his 16th homer of the year.
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College Football
Russell of MSU set to participate in Manning event
For Starkville Daily News Surrounded by some of the best quarterbacks on the planet, Mississippi State senior quarterback Tyler Russell will participate as a counselor at the eighth annual Manning Passing Academy, to be held today through Sunday in Thibodaux, La. The Meridian native is the first Bulldog to be invited to the camp since its inception. “I am honored to be asked by the Manning family to participate in the Manning Passing Academy,” Russell said. “I look forward to working with knowledgeable NFL coaches and elite National Football League quarterbacks, and applying what I learn toward a successful senior season back in Starkville.” Russell will be joined by five former No. 1 overall picks in the NFL draft, including three of the last four: Mat-
Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell (17) will participate in the eighth annual Manning Passing Academy this week. (Photo by Kim Murrell, For Starkville Daily News)
thew Stafford (2009), Sam Bradford (2010) and Andrew Luck (2012). A member of the 2013 preseason Maxwell Award watch list, MSU’s senior signal caller broke 11 singleseason school records as a junior, completing 231 passes for 2,897 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 6-4, 220-pounder currently stands as the school’s all-time leader in passing efficiency (136.38), and is only one passing touchdown away from the tying the school record for passing touchdowns (38), held by Derrick Taite (1993-96). Russell, along with sophomore linebacker Benardrick McKinney and junior defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls, will represent the Bulldogs next Wednesday at 2013 Southeastern Conference Media Days. The trio and the rest of their teammates begin their
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1963
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League player and Rhodes Scholar.  The honorees included both MSU and Loyola University. There were several former players from both teams on hand for the afternoon panel discussion and the banquet. “It was a pretty exciting time to recall all we’ve been through and even what Loyola went through to actually
get this thing off,” former MSU player Jackie Wofford of Starkville said. “It was a wonderful time visiting with the guys, to see them again, to be able to share old memories and to be able to be recognized.”  Along with Wofford and Shows, Stan Brinker, Larry Lee and Don Posey represented the 1963 Maroon squad. MSU team captain Joe Dan Gold passed away a couple of years ago, but his widow, Rosemarie Gold, was there championship for the third-straight season with a 12-2 mark. Even though MSU lost a 61-51 decision to Loyola, Mitchell played well and had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 6-of-10 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free-throw line. Mitchell finished his college career with a 23-point effort as the Bulldogs defeated Bowling Green 65-60 in the consolation game. He hit 13 free throws out of 16 attempts to go along with his five made shots from commodating with scheduling and said that overall, he was “happy with everything.” That ability to roll with whatever happens is what makes Starkville one of the premier sites for hosting tournaments like Dizzy Dean. Not only is the town centrally located and possesses top-notch facilities, the tournament featured a staff of volunteers who worked relentlessly to keep things running smoothly. “We had a lot of help from a lot of people,” Mitchell said. “Will Carter was fantastic keeping everything picked up. Rick Wright was out here lining the fields and Randy Carlisle drug the fields every day. They, along with many
in his place. Loyola players on hand included Jerry Harkness, Ron Miller, Rick Rochelle and Jack Egan.  The last 50 years has seen several milestones to Civil Rights. The players from both Mississippi State and Loyola had a hand in the present day landscape of college sports. “I certainly think we do, especially from a sports standpoint in terms of what we did,” Wofford said. “We didn’t the field. As a consistent scorer during his time with MSU, Mitchell is tied for second all-time with 1,219 points and averaged 15.6 points for his career. He led the Bulldogs for two-straight seasons at 16.7 points per game in 1962 and 17.1 points per outing in 1963. Mitchell also showed a knack of pulling down rebounds as he stands 11th in MSU history with 705 boards. He led the Bulldogs with 8.9 rebounds per game in 1962 and 9.8 others, insured everything went really well.” The “hospitality” of the staff is one thing that stood out to Louisville coach Greg Wright. “The rain was aggravating, but the fields were great and the workers did fine,” Wright said. “The kids really enjoyed playing here.” West Point coach Junior Ray echoed Wright in complimenting the tournament team’s ability to “keep things on time” even mentioning that at one point he thinks things ran so smoothly they “got a little ahead of time.” Ray also mentioned the great job by the umpires and the “good sportsmanship” that was demonstrated by all participants. Trent Simpson began their Mississippi State academic careers as second summer term classes began on campus Wednesday. Jones of Houston enrolls after earning accolades as the consensus top rated player in the state of Mississippi for the 2013 class. He was also rated the No. 2 prospect (regard-
think about it at the time. As a team and maybe even as both teams, we have a lingering impact on what will be happening in the future of sports.”  Since that fateful 1963 March night, Mississippi State has strived to be one of the most diverse higher learning institutions in the country. The Bulldog football team made history in 2004 by hiring the first African-American Southeastern Conference football head coach in Sylvester boards per outing in 1963. With that production, Mitchell made the All-Southeastern Conference first team by The Associated Press and Coaches in 1961-62 and 1962-63, and was an All-American honorable mention selection by Converse in 1962-63. The NABC All-District Team included Mitchell on the third team in 1961-62 and the second team in 1962-63. Mitchell was drafted to play basketball by the St. Louis Hawks, but was a For others, the highlight of the tournament was the chance to play so close to home which provided nearly full stands for each and every game. “The facilities are outstanding and then the community support made for a great, great tournament,” Eupora coach Beau Powell said. “It was like a home game in that is just complete community support and we enjoyed that.” Ackerman coach Woody Vowell said that his teams always have a “good time with the Dizzy Dean tournaments,” but added that with the tournament being so close to home that during one of the team’s breaks he was “able to go home and kick back for a while.” less of position) by 247Sports.com. Simpson, a two-sport star at Oxford High School in Oxford, Ala., missed the second half of the 2012 football season with a knee injury but finished the 2013 baseball campaign with a .420 batting average and 10 home runs. Jones and Simpson are the most
Croom. Rick Ray became the first black head men’s basketball coach at MSU in 2012. “It sort of bolsters the fact that Mississippi State is the most diverse institution in the Southeastern Conference,” Salter said. “We have about a 24 percent African-American enrollment, which puts us significantly ahead of other institutions. We’re the most diverse, predominately white, land grant institution in the country.”
SMITH
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MSU, Leland Mitchell,” Ray wrote. “He was a part of the 1963 ‘Game of Change.’” Mitchell was not only part of history, but it was his play on the court that helped MSU get in position to be considered for the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs took a 21-5 record into the postseason and had already won the Southeastern Conference
pretty good football player as well as he was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League draft. With his accomplishments and just being associated with one of the greatest periods in MSU basketball history, Mitchell deserves to be remembered fondly.
Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
BASEBALL
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but due to the team not being able to play four games in one day, the decision was made to play the championship on Tuesday. “We ran into a situation where we had to stretch it one day, but it worked out well because it was two local teams playing each other,” Carlisle said. “It was good for us and them. It ended up being a very good ballgame between very good teams. We had a really good turnout and it was a great way to end the tournament.” Mathiston coach Ken Norwood commended the staff on being so ac-
Shannon Cooley’s Newton County team did have a little farther to travel than many of the others, but the chance to bring his boys to Starkville and Mississippi State University was well worth the extra miles. “The tournament has been great,” Cooley said. “The hospitality is great. It is an awesome ballpark. The kids have had fun playing, but being able to go to the State campus and look at the baseball field, the Hump and going to the football field is what they also enjoyed.” With all of the positive response, it seems the Dizzy Dean South State Tournament was a success and Mitchell hopes it will mean that more tournaments will be considered for Starkville.
FOOTBALL
For more information on MSU, follow the program on Twitter at @ From page 9 MStateFB and like the team on Face2013 season on August 31 in Hous- book at Facebook.com/MStateFB. ton, Texas, at Reliant Stadium against Jones, Simpson Oklahoma State. The Texas Kickoff Classic is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff join MSU roster and will be televised live nationally of   ABC and ESPN2. Defensive linemen Chris Jones and
recent  freshmen now enrolled in class and participating in summer workouts. They join Shelby Christy, Jamaal Clayborn, Tolando Cleveland, Kent Flowers, Dezmond Harris, Jahmere Irvin-Sills, Gabe Myles, Fred Ross, Ashton Shumpert, Jake Thomas, Brandon Wells, Damian Williams and De’Runnya Wilson.
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