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3 charged with capital murder
SDN staff Starkville Police Department arrested three individuals on Saturday on suspicion of capital murder in connection with Friday’s death at the Dawg Wash car wash on Stark Road. Ellis Wade Bishop Jr., 24, was found dead Friday morning on the car wash premises. An SPD release reported that police had since arrested Phillip Thomas Mason, 24, Charleka Shanay Brooks, 24, and Milton Jamal Brown, 26, in connection with Friday’s alleged shooting death. “All three of the individuals charged with the crime were developed as suspects during the course of the investigation,” said SPD Chief David Lindley. “They were brought to the police department for interviewing, where they were subsequently arrested and charged.” Lindley said on Friday the police department believed the incident occurred between individuals, rather than as a random violent act. An earlier SPD release said police responded to a 911 call at 5:27 a.m. Friday. Officers reportedly found Bishop’s body upon arrival at the scene. Bishop was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds.
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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 195
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Loungers win cook-off
By STEVEN NALLEY Bobby Crosland almost didn't come to the Mississippi Championship Steak Cook-Off. His team, the Left Field Loungers, had built significant experience cooking steaks at Mississippi State University's baseball games. But Crosland said he still needed convincing twice before competing — first from cook-off organizer Hobie Hobart and then from Tyson Gair, a friend who ultimately became the team's assistant cook. "I just saw Hobie at the Veranda (Friday) night," Crosland said. "He was looking for some cooking teams. I wasn't even going to do it. This morning, Tyson, my friend, called me and said, 'Come on, let's do it.' I said, 'Naw, I'm going to work in the yard.' (But) you know, what the heck. We just gave it a try. We didn't do anything special. We just cooked the steak." The Left Field Loungers took first place in the cook-off, part of the Running of the Bulldogs held Saturday on Maxwell Street. Second place in the steak cook-off went to Bin 612, and third place went to the Juke Joint Boys, who also took first place in the appetizer competition, a new event for this year. Because Brother-In-Law Grillers and Brothers Grub tied for second place in the appetizer competition, no third-place award was given. Hobart said a total of 10 teams ultimately competed in the steak cook-off. He said he and his fellow members of the Mystic
Rachel Thibodeaux, left, and Kaitlyn Gary speak to a crowd at a (Re)claimed fundraiser Saturday night at First Baptist Church in Starkville. The pair will depart for Botswana on Monday to begin an orphan care center. (Photo by Mary Garrison, SDN)
Reclaimed event raises $25,000 for orphan care
By MARY GARRISON Rachel Thibodeaux and Kaitlyn Gary are preparing to enter the valley of the shadow of death, and they’re doing it with open arms. On Monday morning, Thibodeaux and Gary will board a plane bound for Botswana and spend the next year establishing a care center for children the world has otherwise forgotten — those infected and orphaned by AIDS. It’s just a small part of what (Re)claimed Project volunteers hope to accomplish in the life of a child. (Re)claimed — a Starkville-based initiative that seeks to provide financial assistance to families hoping to adopt in addition to establishing care for children in disease and poverty stricken corners of the world — hosted its first major fundraiser on Saturday night, welcoming “Duck
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Ali Browne, front, dons her gear for the Running of the Bulldawgs’ race as her Mississippi Brawl Stars roller derby teammate Shannon Haupt, left, talks with Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard, center, and his wife Sandy Maynard. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Locals seek adventure at Spain’s annual ‘running of the bulls’
By STEVEN NALLEY The idea began when Cody Adkins saw “City Slickers” several years ago. The movie centers on three friends experiencing mid-life crises. One of them, a successful businessman played by Bruno Kirby, invites the other two to join him on a two-week cattle drive. It is not the first time Bryan Howell, left, and Cody Adkins stand in the streets of Pamplona, Spain wearing traditional attire for the city’s annual running of the bulls, or Encierro. The two traveled to Pamplona to run with the bulls, but decided not to after several obstacles arose. (Submitted photo)
Kirby’s character has invited these friends to join an adventure. One of them, played by Billy Crystal, suffered a humiliating injury when he joined Kirby’s character in the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Adkins thought he and his close friend Bryan Howell, both alumni of Starkville Academy and Mississippi State University, might fare better. “(The Running of the Bulls) happened to be on Bryan’s 30th birthday, so it seemed like the perfect thing to do,” Adkins said. “We’ve done the Tough Mudders and Warrior Dashes and all those, and I thought it would be an intense run for us to do.” Howell and Adkins traveled to Spain this week with plans to participate in the running of the bulls, but many obstacles arose that led them to stay on the
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A-2: Around Town A-4: Forum A-5: Weather B-1: Lifestyles B-6: Classifieds C-1: Sports
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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
u Meeting — The Starkville Area Rust College Club will meet at 4 p.m. Today at Griffin United Methodist Church at 212 W. Main St. in Starkville. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 323-2418. u American Legion meeting — The American Legion Post No. 240 wull host its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Today at the American Legion Post No. 240 building at 3328 Pat Station Road. For more information, call Walter Zuber at 648-8758 or Curtis Snell at 648-0244.
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-yearolds: 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 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 invited to attend.
From left, Alison Greene holds her son Amos Ward, who pets a pitbull boxer mix named Cinnamon held by Abbygail Autry at the Grassroots Animal Rescue booth at the Starkville Farmer’s Market Saturday. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
MSU area in recent years.
u Church anniversary — Rock Hill United Methodist Church will celebrate the Pastor’s anniversary with the church at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21. The Rev. Tyrone Stallings of New Zion United Methodist Church will speak at the event. u Church homecoming — The Mt. Peiler Baptist Church will celebrate its 122nd Church Anniversary/Homecoming at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 21. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Larnzy Carpenter and the First Baptist Longview Church Family. The church will hold a family picnic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Moncrief Park. All former and present members are invited to attend.
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 888-397-5550. 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 or 615-9980. u Youth Revival — The Bethel Baptist Church youth ministry will hold its youth revival July 17 - 19 at 7 p.m. nightly The messengers will be Rev. Larnzy Carpenter on Wednesday, Rev. Joseph Stone on Thursday and Rev. Shalamark Simpson on Friday. The host pastor is Rev. Lee Brand Jr. Call 324-0071 for more information.
Elementary School until Saturday, Aug. 3. For more information, call (601) 2271283. 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 at 101 South Building 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@ 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 primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-323-6290. 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 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 662-3204607. u Writing group — The Group Starkville Writer’s meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at or call 662-323-8152. u 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 1018 year old group. For more information, call 662-6489333 or e-mail danzexplosion@ 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
u The Starkville Community 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 662-320-4607 to register. u Supply drive — Delta Upsilon Sigma Mississippi Alumni Golden Triangle Chapter will collect school supplies for Sudduth
u Kiwanis Club — Kiwanis will meet at noon July 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The speaker, Michael Hatcher, Owner, Michael Hatcher and Associates, Memphis, will discuss landscape projects he directed in the Starkville and
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.
attend. For more information, call Luanne Blankenship at 662-323-7597. 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 662-4952292 or 1-800-843-3375. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http:// or call 662-323-2652. 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 u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard.human@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662-323-2294. Square dancing u — This is fun for all age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers will close at the end of April and will open again in the fall. Enjoy our new caller and friendly help from experienced dancers.  Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covered walk to the small building. Hospice volunteer u opportunity — Gentiva Hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on someone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email carly.wheat@gentiva. com. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
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Lindley said SPD’s preparedness for incidents such as Friday’s paid off. “We’re fortunate in Starkville that violent crime is not common,” he said. “And when it does occur, all of the local law enforcement agencies work together to make sure that we can get it solved and arrest individuals responsible. Due to the fact that crimes like murder are rare, we have to train in order to prepare ourselves in dealing with these situations correctly and successfully. (Friday) was a good example of how preparing for the worst case scenario by proper training paid off.”
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Society of the Cowbellion Bulldogs that staged the event added the appetizer cookoff to make more use of the competitors' talents. "It doesn't take long to cook a steak," Hobart said. "They've got that grill out here. They might as well cook something else (as well)." Last year's steak cook-off winners, The Hungry Heifers, came up short this year, but Fred Mock, assistant chef with the team, said winning was not the most important thing. "The big thing is, it goes to Andrew's Mission," Mock said. "Any proceeds from this goes to help defray the cost for kids who go on mission trips. That's the most important thing." Former MSU quarterback John Bond is president of Andrew's Mission, named after his son who died in 2010 in an automobile accident. Bond said this was the second time the Running of the Bulldogs had raised funds for Andrew's Mission, and he said he felt it was a natural fit. "It's always been a great event, and I love the guys that put it on," Bond said. "I've known them for years. I love the music, especially given the fact that Andrew loved music and he loved steaks.
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sidelines — and after seeing the run up close, they decided that was perhaps for the best. The running of the bulls, known in Spanish as the Encierro, is part of Pamplona’s fiesta of San Fermin, held every year July 7-14. Each morning of the San Fermin festival brings its own Encierro, a tradition thought to date back as far as the 13th century as a method to bring bulls from Pamplona’s corral to its bullfighting ring. Howell said Cody first brought up the idea of taking part in the Encierro about a year ago, on a road trip. He said they arrived in Spain last Sunday and spent time in Madrid and Barcelona in addition to Pamplona, seeing soccer stadiums, Madrid’s Plaza Mayor and Museo Nacional del Prado and other museums and historic sites. “Neither of us speak the language, so that’s been interesting too,” Howell said. When the time came to travel to Pamplona, Adkins said, a significant issue arose. Hotel accommodations were sparse, he said, and the few rooms that were available were prohibitively expensive. “We didn’t even try,” Adkins said. “We looked at the hotel prices and saw that they were almost $450 euros (or about $588) just for one night. We had heard, reading reviews from other people on the web, that you can sleep in the park. We ended up having to take two different buses to get to Pamplona. That was about seven hours total.” Howell said the two arrived in Pamplona at midnight, with only the street clothes they were wearing and the backpacks on their backs. By that time, he said, the San Fermin festivities were in full swing, and they were happy to participate. “It was like Bulldog Bash times 1,000,” Howell said. “The thing lasts all night long, until the bulls run at eight in the morning. Everyone there was wearing white pants, white shirts and red bandanas or sashes.” This attire is traditional for the Encierro — the red sash is intended to attract the bulls — so Howell said he and Adkins also found a store where they could purchase such outfits. Knowing they would not be able to stay up all night and still run in the morning, he said, they then began looking for a place in the park to sleep. Adkins said the two settled on a grassy knoll near the arena. They fell asleep, resting their heads on their backpacks — and just two hours later, they awoke at 5:30, finding that people were already preparing for the run. “People were already drinking coffee,” Adkins said. “I thought it was interesting that the people were truly stretching and getting ready for the run, almost like it was a marathon. It was only (875) meters.” At about 6:30 a.m., Howell said, runners began lining up for the Encierro. He and Adkins wanted to run with their backpacks, he said, but police told them they could not, and they did not want to leave them behind for fear they might be stolen. The more people the two talked to, he said, the more reality set in. “After talking to people and understanding how this run actually works, we decided we’d be better off (watching the Encierro) and understanding how someone
else does it rather than doing it ourselves,” Howell said. Howell said he and Adkins watched the run from atop one of the walls used to block off streets for the Encierro. Pamplona’s buildings were tall enough that the view was limited, he said, and the run only lasted four minutes, but what he and Adkins did see was unforgettable. “People that were running with the bulls would bail off the run and climb under our wall, and they would have blood on them,” Howell said. “They would either crawl under our wall or jump over it. The emergency people were right next to us. They were there to care for people that were hurt during the run. I know there were at least four that looked like (they had) pretty serious injuries where we were standing that had to bail off the run.” Adkins said the people running away were visible well before the bulls, running faster as the bulls drew nearer and nearer. Crowds grew louder as the runners drew nearer, he said, and occasionally, the cheers would turn into screams when the bulls injured runners. Adkins said he and Howell got a clearer view of the run on television, learning that about 30 people suffered critical injuries in the Encierro. Reality then set in even more, he said. “The last thing we wanted to do was be two crazy Americans in Spain who ended up in a hospital,” Adkins said. “We just decided to play it safe.” With more Encierros coming the following mornings, Howell said, it was possible for them to try once more to stay in Pamplona and try to run again the next morning. But he said the two had already bought round-trip bus tickets that would take them back to Barcelona that day, and they both felt that was for the best. “There was no question,” Howell said. “The moment we realized we weren’t going to run with them, it was disappointing, but then when we saw these people walking off bloody, and then (watched) this guy on TV get straight up gored and stepped on ... once we saw that, we weren’t so disappointed anymore. It turned out to be a great experience, and we’re not in the hospital. You can’t be disappointed for staying out of the hospital.” Howell said the two plan to return today, and he is not certain if he will try the Encierro again in the future. Adkins said he hoped to do so. “There’s a good chance I’ll try to get a room in Pamplona for a period of maybe a couple of days, and then run it without any issues in the future,” Adkins said. “I definitely see myself doing it.” Cody Adkins’ mother, Barb Adkins, said she respected Cody’s desire to run with the bulls, because he and Howell had talked about doing it for a long time. However, she said it was a relief to hear Cody and Howell had backed out of the Encierro, and she was glad the two were still able to enjoy their time in Spain. “They were disappointed that they couldn’t run because they had backpacks, but I think the two mamas were glad they had their backpacks,” Adkins said. “God sends us little blessings in disguise. They still basically participated in the run as observers. I was relieved, and I hope they have a safe trip home.”
I think it's fantastic that they combined the two. We've sponsored a couple of kids from (funds raised here)." Hobart said he was happy to help Bond out. Not only was Andrew's Mission a good cause, he said, but he had always admired Bond. "My childhood hero has always been John Bond," Hobart said. "Everybody that's 45 years and under, their hero is John Bond. It was just a given, because this thing starts off football season, and because John Bond is known for MSU football, they go hand-in-hand together." Hobart said the Running of the Bulldawgs served as an opportunity to commemorate the upcoming year in all MSU athletics, not just football. The Cowbellion Bulldawgs profess love for five things, he said: God, family, Mississippi State, Starkville and having a good time. The event featured a blessing of all MSU's upcoming athletic seasons from Jim Ormond, a retired Methodist preacher from southern Mississippi. "When they called to ask me to do this, I said 'I don't know what I'm doing,'" Ormond said. "They asked, 'Are you willing to pray for Mississippi State?' I said, 'I pray for Mississippi State every day.'" Hobart said the blessing was one of his favorite parts of the festivities. "I love the blessing, the fact that as having served in Guatemala and on various other trips, but she knew something bigger lay in store for her. She crossed paths with Gary during volunteer work with another church, who was having difficulty deciding where life would take her upon graduation. “I had always planned on being a medical missionary,” Gary told the crowd during Saturday’s fundraiser. “I worked hard in school and graduated a year early. … Then when I got ready to take the MCATs (Medical College Admission Test) everything started to fall apart. But God kept whispering to me ‘Be patient, I have big plans for you … you don’t have to figure it all out, I’ll figure it out for you.’” Eventually Gary met with Jason Stoker, (Re)claimed board member and Pinelake Church college pastor, who told Gary about the opportunity to serve in Botswana. From there the pieces fell into place. “For me it was just conformation from the Lord that He crossed our paths,” Thibodeaux said. “And now we have the opportunity to do this together, and I know it’s what God wants.” Thibodeaux said she placed her security and that of the children she would help in God’s hands, and she had nothing to fear. The girls will train for two months with two women already at an orphan care center in Botswana before traveling to another city and setting up a new facility. In addition to care services and ministry, Thibodeaux said she and Gary would work with local adults to help establish a marketable skill so that the
MSU fans, we can have have such a faithbased MSU crowd," Hobart said. "We have to get all the help we can get. I (also) like the running of the Bulldawgs (itself). I think it's fun. The roller derby girls really take it up a notch." The Running of the Bulldawgs takes its name from a central event where members of the Mississippi Brawl Stars roller derby team dress as bulls, brandish foam weaponry and chase attendees up and down Maxwell Street. It draws inspiration from the running of the bulls held during the fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, but team member Shannon Haupt, named Shanaconda in the arena, said it also drew inspiration from San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, a New Orleans-based event where roller derby players also serve as "bulls." "A lot of derby girls travel down there to do that," Haupt said. "We've kind of been torn a few years, because we would like to go participate, but we've kind of become the Starkville bulls, and they do it on the same day (as Running of the Bulldawgs). So, we've always chosen to stay here and do it locally. it's kind of a tradition. Everybody decorates up their horns. We like to try to get out in the community ... do family-oriented things, let people know we're here, drum up a fan base and participate in some wholesome stuff for the town."
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Dynasty” personality Korie Robertson for a speaking engagement at First Baptist Church in Starkville. The effort proved successful, indeed. (Re)claimed board member and co-founder Shannon Stoker said coming into the evening, the organization had raised about $25,000 from business sponsorships and ticket sales. “We’ve still got donations coming in,” Stoker said. “It’s gone really well, we’re really pleased with the turnout. We had 250 for the sponsor dinner and around 800 (tickets sold) for the actual speech.” Money raised from the event goes to fund the group’s outreach efforts such as sending missionaries like Thibodeaux and Gary to Botswana. The pair will provide basic care for children, such as distributing vitamins and meals, in addition to playing games and teaching Christian philosophy. In a country where some 93,000 children have lost at least one parent to AIDS, Thibodeaux said perhaps their most important mission would be to restore hope. “The majority of these kids have contracted HIV from their parents,” she said. “For a lot of these children there is no hope there. … We have to point to Christ and show them their hope is in Jesus and they have a future to look forward to.” Thibodeaux said she had always known her path would take her to mission work,
effort could be self-sustaining. “We’ve already got a church there that’s agreed to let us set up there,” she said. “We want to teach them how to get on their feet so they’re not dependent on the missionaries to live.” Shannon Stoker said locals would be taught skills such as fishing and farming in an effort to help build an agricultural base. Money from Saturday’s fundraiser would help fund supplies and medicine, among the group’s other projects. In addition to the overseas care centers, the group provides grant assistance for families in the process of adoption. The organization has given one grant each month since November. Grants begin at $1,500 for single-child adoption; numbers vary for those adopting siblings. It was this mission of caring for the orphaned that spawned Robertson’s participation in the event. Robertson’s third child, Will, was adopted, and it’s something she said had always been on her heart. “Willie and I both grew up in homes where we always had someone staying with us,” Robertson said during her speech Saturday night. “People that needed help in some way. So that’s something that I had always wanted. We had talked about it and agreed it was something we wanted to do. … I think God calls us to do hard things, but most of the time we’re the ones that receive the blessings from it. And it is a blessing.” For more information about (Re)claimed and its projects, visit www.reclaimedproject. org.
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— The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-4185535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through September. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret Prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts
at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe
and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email info@worldaflameministries.
org and visit http://www. u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 327-8941 or visit www. for schedules and more information.
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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Choctaw Books, Smith family’s gift to Miss., to close Sept. 30
Given our relatively small population, Mississippi is fortunate to have a number of really great book stores — established places like Oxford’s Square Books, Lemuria in Jackson, and Reed’s Gum Tree in Tupelo and emerging new stores like Turnrow Book Company in Greenwood. But as I learned while selling and signing my own book, those great stores don’t become great without the people who own and operate them — the bookmen. People like Richard Howorth, John Evans, the Reed clan, and many others. There are also some wonderful book women in the business as well. Yet if a Mississippian has a love of old and rare books — and a particular affinity for Mississippi literature, history and culture — they have had no better friends than the Smith family at Jackson’s venerable Choctaw Books at 926 North Street in Jackson. The store specializes in the history of Mississippi, the South, and the Civil War, along with Mississippi literature. Sadly, Choctaw Books will close its doors on Sept. 30, 2013. The owner said Web-based rare book sites, general sales sites like EBay and Craigslist, the entry of Amazon into the used book business, and technological changes like print-on-demand books caused foot traffic to steadily decrease over the last six years. What began in Ridgeland’s Old Town Square on Feb. 1, 1982, as the private library of former Mississippi U.S. Rep. Frank Ellis Smith grew over three decades to a book store filled with over 110,000 mostly hardback volumes with an additional selection of maps, historical papers, documents and “ephemera” (everyday documents intended for one-time or short-term use). The Smiths would relocate the store to Manship Street in Jackson in 1984 and finally to the present location at 926 North Street in Jackson Frank Smith was a fascinating man — a World War II U.S. Army field artillery officer, former newspaper editor, former state legislator, Sid Salter former aide Syndicated to U.S. Columnist Sen. John C. Stennis, and former five-term Mississippi congressman — whose moderate views on race eventually cost him his seat in Congress. He would later be appointed by President John F. Kennedy as a director of the Tennessee Valley Authority. With his son and partner, Fred, the Smiths built a used and rare book store that attracted a staggeringly wide range of people interested in literature, government and politics. Prowling the crowded, dusty rows of books, one might encounter a current congressman, a Jackson television anchor, doctors, lawyers, professors, journalists, ministers, political operatives, and historians. Choctaw Books helped build a lot of quality home libraries and was a refuge for writers and researchers who could not locate rare or out-ofprint books in libraries. If you needed a book, Fred could usually get it. It never felt like shopping — it felting like visiting. Fred Smith became the “go-to” guy in the state for appraisals of rare books, maps, documents, and “ephemera” – program, matchbooks, menus, political signage, buttons, you name it. Fred’s work was and is the basis of insurance policy values and income tax returns. Along the way, Fred met a lot of Mississippi literary royalty in the persons of writers like Eudora Welty and Willie Morris. “I’m closing the store, but I’ll still be around the book world,” said Fred. “I’m proud to be a bookman. I’ll sell books on the Internet. I just won’t
enjoy it as much. I’ll still do appraisals and I’ll still find rare Mississippi materials for special collections.” After 31 years of being open six days a week, Smith admits to looking forward to time with his family. But in many ways, Fred Smith cherishes these final weeks in the life of Choctaw Books. “I’m looking forward to seeing folks who I think have a connection to the place make their last visits,” said Smith. “It will be a little like going to your own funeral, I suppose.” For the eclectic mix of Choctaw Books customers and friends, most will be happy for Fred but sad about the closing of a Mississippi institution — and they will visit one more time to close their eyes and feel the Mississippi history and talent that surrounds them in the comfortable oasis that Frank and Fred Smith created.
Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at 601-507-8004 or
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Something seems amiss with the recent firing of Ms. Spruill
Editor: This letter is in reference to the recent firing of Ms Lynn Spruill. I am contacting each member of the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor. Only two years ago Ms. Spruill was honored with an employee award.  Why does she now deserve the treatment she is receiving?  As far as the public is concerned there have been no infractions reported. Has she made bad decisions?  If so, what were they?  If there was no reason then why was she fired? All the citizens of Starkville should be told why this sudden action was taken.  As it stands, the board’s vote smells of collusion, pettiness and outright deceit!  My husband and I have been residents of Starkville for almost 43 years. The city has grown and prospered during some of these years, but it sometimes has fallen back into a small town attitude that barely recognizes the power of having a major university, and that reflects the interest and determination of the voters of Starkville. Nearly always those bad times have been because city government has not been open-minded enough to grow and utilize the talent and resources within this progressive small city. In the last two city administrations, Starkville has begun to look and act as the city it could have been for 60 years. Ms. Spruill is one of the reasons that change has begun to happen!  This city needs to stand firm and insist that the alderpersons who fired such a competent employee reconsider and reinstate her. They need to remember that the voters who elected all of them are watching closely for the next term. We spoke out as a group when we re-elected Mayor Parker Wiseman. We like the way the city has progressed during the last four years. Sincerely, Diane Dexter Ellis Voter, Ward 5 Starkville
Summerall: Sometimes you need to say thank you
I had several complimentary emails from readers last week about my column on “Catching Flies.” One was from Lewise Jackson who had mentioned her time as an educator. It made me think of what a thankless job that can be. You are stuck in a small room with a bunch of kids that aren’t yours and you are expected to get some knowledge and intelligence into those thick skulls. Good luck! Some things thankfully never change. A few of them arrive in your classroom knowing what is expected of them. They are relatively quiet, pay attention, hand their work in on time and are prepared for tests. There aren’t very many of these so educators cherish the ones they have. Then there are the rest of them. These are the ones I always remember when I went to school and I imagine they were pretty unforgettable to any of the school staff as well. From talking to teachers, I know it hasn’t changed much. There were always at least two kids in every grade that bear a remarkable resemblance to Mowgli and Tarzan. Mowgli was raised by a pack of wolves while Tarzan swung through the trees naked. Ask any teacher, Mowgli and Tarzan are not characters from a book. They exist. They come to school. They are probably in their classroom and they make friends ... lots of friends. Think about how Donna Summerall DTL Reporter much more fun it is to hang around with Mowgli and Tarzan than the good kids! Its time for recess, the few minutes where kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers get a break. Unless its the day they get playground duty. Tarzan climbs to the highest place he can and jumps or swings to the ground. Now, he dares all the other kids to try. You have 20 or 30 kids all lining up to try a suicide mission because Tarzan is calling them chicken. The teacher runs in to put a stop to the madness and now Mowgli has tunneled under the fence while Tarzan created the diversion. He and a few other wolf cubs are howling, barking and chasing cars. After getting everyone out of traffic and back into the classroom, you have to teach them to sit still, read, write, add, subtract and help them learn what they need to
become anything they want to be. You have to guide them, make sure they understand how special and gifted they are. You have to inspire them to be more than they ever dreamed they could. I don’t think anyone makes enough money for that. Thank you teachers! Enjoy your Summer Vacation, you earned it! Thank you from all of us who without you, would still be swinging naked in the trees or howling at the moon.
Donna Summerall is the lifestyles reporter for the Daily Times Leader. She can be emailed at life@
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Nursing student completes program one-handed
Seven Starkville students earn practical nursing degrees
For Starkville Daily News MAYHEW — The Practical Nursing program at East Mississippi Community College is thoroughly difficult, but Chase Kyle of Columbus completed the program with one hand tied behind his back. Well actually, one hand at his side. Kyle, who lost the use of his left arm in a dirt bike accident 12 years ago, was one of 30 Practical Nursing students who graduated Thursday evening in a pinning ceremony at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. “Nursing school is a challenge regardless of my arm and everything,” said Kyle. “I’m extremely proud of myself.” And so are his instructors. “Chase is an amazing young man. He doesn’t let anything hold him back. He’s so inventive,” said Pat Clowers, director of Nursing and Allied Health at EMCC. Kyle, who graduated from Columbus High School in 2009, wasn’t even sure if he was going to get a chance to complete the program. He had applied to nursing programs at multiple schools and it wasn’t until he was just a few credit hours shy of an associate’s degree from EMCC that he received word he’d been accepted to the PN program. He knew what he was getting into since his mother, Linda Kyle, had been a nurse for more than 20 years at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus and teaches a nursing course, which Kyle took, at McKellar Vocational Center in Columbus. The pair worked together the summer before Kyle began classes perfecting techniques. However, since Kyle had been forced to live with just one functioning arm since middle school, he was an experienced
Chase Kyle of Columbus, center, stands with his family after the Practical Nursing pinning ceremony Thursday at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus. Kyle, who lost the use of his left arm in an accident 12 years ago, was one of 30 Practical Nursing graduates. (Submitted photo)
problem-solver. For instance, latex gloves are a necessity for most medical professionals, but can be tricky to put on with two working hands. Kyle devised an apparatus that holds a latex glove open, allowing him to place his right hand snugly inside. “I anticipated it would be fairly hard to do some things. I had to be extra creative to come up with ways of doing certain procedures. And there were times I got so mad I wanted to chuck stuff across the room,” said Kyle. “Most things I can do with just my right hand. And for some things I seek assistance. Nursing is all about teamwork anyway.” Since his accident, Kyle has never been one to shy away from doing everything he wanted to do. He started small, learning how to operate a PlayStation controller with one
hand. Then he taught himself to shoot and hunt with one arm. And just as his family and friends in school helped him then, Kyle credits his PN instructors and classmates with supporting his efforts to chase his dream of becoming a nurse. “We cautioned him that he would be held to the same standards as everyone else. Now, I’m happy that the PN program took a chance on Chase and any employer will be lucky to have him,” said Clowers. The Practical Nursing students from Starkville who graduated on Thursday were Melissa Carr, Jessica Floyd, Shannika Gibson, Tiera Gillespie, Latoya Hollingshed, Alexis McGee and Kayla Riekhof. For more information on the nursing programs at EMCC, visit
MSU flower gardens test new varieties, conditions
By BONNIE COBLENTZ For Starkville Daily News Many frustrated gardeners have noted how plants often look their best on retail shelves, but ongoing tests at Mississippi State University helps these gardeners figure out which flowers will meet expectations. Gary Bachman, horticulturist with the MSU Extension Service at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the university currently tests flower selections at two sites. Plans are underway to conduct flower variety testing at five locations around the state soon. “Mississippi State is one of the organizations that companies across the country send plants to for testing,” Bachman said. “These selections are planted according to specific guidelines, and we follow strict criteria in evaluating the plants.” Data collected from test sites is compiled to present an accurate picture of the plants’ performance in various settings. These carefully monitored experiments are called variety trials. Information from variety trials is used to determine the best zones and conditions for the plants. It is also used to confer honors such as AllAmerica Selection status or Mississippi Medallion winner. Bachman said MSU has been conducting plant trials at Poplarville for the longest, and it has conducted variety trials at Crystal Springs for at least 37 years. “The test site at the South Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Poplarville is designed more for commercial growers and is part of the All-America Selections system,” Bachman said. “The Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station at Crystal Springs is the home of the very popular Fall Flower and Garden Fest, and it is designed more for consumers.” Both sites take in plants given to them by plant companies and evaluate them over the years. The Mississippi Medallion designations use data from both these MSU locations. Bachman has a goal of establishing flower trial locations at each of the state’s four Research and Extension Centers and on MSU’s main campus in Starkville. These locations will cover the state’s four U.S. Department of Agriculture planting zones, which range from 9a on the Gulf Coast to 7b in north Mississippi. In addition to Poplarville and Biloxi, MSU has Research and Extension
Centers in Verona and Raymond. “This will give us some replicated data for how plants perform across Mississippi, and this information can be used anytime a plant is evaluated,” Bachman said. In addition to gathering careful research data, these trial gardens give gardeners — both professional and casual — a chance to see the plants in action. Visitors can
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MSU student wins microscopy award
For Starkville Daily News Groundbreaking research by a Mississippi State University student has garnered prestigious recognition from the Southeastern Microscopy Society. For biomedical engineering doctoral candidate Sourav Patnaik, winning the 2013 Ruska Award is additional confirmation to move forward with his work examining a reproductive disorder affecting hundreds of thousands of women around the world. Patnaik's presentation during the association's annual meeting in May, "Structural and Ultrastructure Analysis of Decellularized Sheep Vaginal Tissues," reflects months of work on engineering microscopic sheep tissue to treat Mayer-RokitanskyKuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome in sheep. In humans, the condition impacts about one in 5,000 women, whose pelvic organ development is incomplete. "The organs develop differently, so females have all these problems: pain, they cannot conceive and they don't have proper hormone development, so that leads to secondary problems," Patnaik explained. The most common surgical treatment is the McIndoe vaginoplasty, where a skin or muscle graft from the patient's leg is used to create a tissue engineered vaginal patch (TEVP), he said. Alternatively, Patnaik proposed using select components from the reproductive tissue of female sheep, the most similar to human tissue, and make it suitable for human use. His study used decellularized vaginal sheep tissue to create a graft. The approach is unique in that Patnaik's approach is to harvest and repurpose the extracellular matrix to create a scaffold, or frame, to support tissue regeneration from
As school starts back, parents and other adults should be on the lookout for signs that a child could be involved in bullying. Bullying can cause lasting effects for bullies, victims of bullies and bystanders. (Submitted photo)
Bullying has lasting effects on all involved
By SUSAN COLLINS-SMITH For Starkville Daily News If the harassment has been going on for a while or a child has been injured or threatened with violence, Stanford said Playground antics, such as teasing, parents should act immediately. hitting, or name-calling, may seem just “Find out all you can about the a harmless rite of passage, but when situation and then take the appropriate playing turns into bullying, it can cause action,” Stanford said. “Do not waste a serious, long-term effects for everyone minute. Go to the school, police, anyone involved. until you get sensible and effective Bullying is a dangerous form of results.” youth violence that involves repeated, All types of bullying are prohibited by aggressive behavior with a real or law in Mississippi, and all public schools perceived imbalance of have policies prohibiting power between the bully bullying or harassing and the victim. Bullies create behavior. “Children who show chronic patterns of this imbalance of power The U.S. Department of by using their popularity, Health and Human Services aggression by age 8 are more likely to be recommends talking to physical strength or embarrassing information involved in criminal behavior and family multiple sources, including to manipulate or harm the adults and kids, to try to violence later in life. They are also more determine what happened. victim. Carla Stanford, child State law and school policy likely to abuse their own children.” and family development can help determine if the agent with Mississippi State incident can be classified Jennifer Russel | MSU Extension University’s Extension as bullying. Parents should Service in Pontotoc County, document all incidents and said this type of harassment should not cyberbullying can be hard to detect. attempts to resolve the issue. be ignored. Russell said parents should be on the Stanford said if the incident happened “Bullying can cause emotional lookout for behavior that may indicate on school property or at a school damage, and not just for those who are their child is being harassed at school or function, contact school authorities, bullied,” Stanford said. “It can affect online. beginning with the teacher or principal. parents, teachers and peers indirectly. “An unexplained reluctance to go to If the incident happened on social media Even kids who bully are affected in many school is a key sign that a child could be or on an electronic device, report it to ways.” experiencing bullying,” she said. local law enforcement. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Other signs include unexplained “The school could have some Control now considers bullying a public bruises, lost or torn clothing, fearfulness responsibility in addressing cyberbulling, health problem because of its prevalence or anxiety, lack of friends, a sudden but the police department or sheriff’s among young people. A 2011 nationwide change in typical behavior or personality, department are the primary places to survey by the CDC found 20 percent complaints of physical ailments, loss of report these types of crimes,” Stanford of high school students said they were appetite, difficulty sleeping, and a sudden said. “Sometimes, the Federal Bureau of bullied on school property, 16 percent and significant drop in grades. Investigation will even become involved.” said they were bullied electronically and If parents catch harassment early, they For more information on 23 percent reported witnessing bullying can teach their children how to respond cyberbullying, refer to Extension on a daily or weekly basis. More middle to aggression. Preventing publication 2587, school students reported bullying than “Children should be assertive to Cyberbullying: A Resource Guide for did high school students. the bully and leave the scene without Parents and Teachers. More information Bullying can begin in elementary violence,” Russell said. “Role playing on all types of bullying can be found at school, and timely intervention is is always a good way to show children, a website important, said Jennifer Russell, MSU how to respond to situations. Never tell managed by the U.S. Department of Extension child and family agent in children to strike back.” Health and Human Services. Leflore County. “Children who show chronic patterns of aggression by age 8 are more likely to be involved in criminal behavior and family violence later in life,” Russell said. “They are also more likely to abuse their own children.” Because of the negative effects bullying can have on all involved, it is important to stop the behavior early. But bullying doesn’t always happen in front of other children or adults, and
human cells. The engineered tissue underwent a variety of tests to determine whether it can live. The preliminary results, which Patnaik presented at the conference, suggest that the bioengineered vaginal tissue can work as a treatment. However, further research must be conducted to determine the biocompatibility and cell-support capability of these grafts. Patnaik said this project will lead researchers to quantify the mechanical property of the pelvic floor tissues. After further animal treatments, it could be introduced for human study, he added. The work was made possible by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Strategic Research Initiative (MAFESSRI). Patnaik credited his research team as another critical component of the study's success. It included Amanda Lawrence, outreach coordinator for the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies; David Christiansen, assistant professor in pathobiology and population medicine for MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine; Peter Ryan, associate provost for academic affairs; and Jun Liao, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering. Fellow doctoral candidates Bryn Brazile, of Baldwyn, and Benjamin Weed, of Huntsville, Ala., also played important roles in the study, Patnaik said. "After two painstaking months, we got something presentable together. If they don't find a candidate, they don't give the award," Patnaik said. "I'm the sixth person from Mississipppi State to have received the award from Mississippi State." Patnaik expects to complete his doctoral degree in 2014.
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see firsthand how big plants get, what colors they produce in blooms, what their foliage looks like and even how the plants will look when grown in combination with others. “Once we have trial gardens at MSU in Starkville and at the Research and Extension Centers in Verona, Crystal Springs, Biloxi and Poplarville, we’ll be able to trial all the same plants in each of these places in the same year,” Bachman said. Guihong Bi, an associate research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, said the test sites help bridge the gaps between companies, producers and consumers. “Throughout the year, a lot of people come here to visit our site, including commercial growers, company representatives and the public,” Bi said. “Over the years, I have seen growers take notes and use this information to schedule production and make an order once they have seen the plant in action.” Those interested in seeing the variety trials at the Truck Crops Branch in Crystal Springs can come to the Mid-South Green Industry Conference in June or the Fall Flower and Garden Fest in October. In addition to these events, the trials are open to the public during regular business hours. Those interested in seeing the variety trials at Poplarville can come to the Ornamental Horticulture Field Day in October or visit the station during business hours. The Mississippi Medallion winners, which are named by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association, can be found online at
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OSSC beginning Zimmerman cleared in shooting to pay dividends
By KYLE HIGHTOWER, and MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press By WARREN KULO OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi — Fifty-two teams from five states converged on the Ocean Springs Sports Complex this weekend for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) baseball championship. Those teams represented roughly 800 kids playing on the five baseball fields of the complex, which opened about a year ago. But it's not the kids who generate the greatest interest from city officials. It's the adults. With some 800 on hand, it's safe to assume there were probably double that number of family members, coaches and others attending. When city officials pitched the idea of a 2 percent food & beverage tax to fund a new Public Safety Complex and sports complex, that was one of the key arguments in favor of the proposal -- bringing in large tournaments which in turn would generate new tax dollars for the city. "That's our goal — to get people to come here to our community and bring additional tax revenue to the city," said Parks & Leisure Director Geri Straight. This weekend's tournament was the fourth time the USSSA has brought an event to Ocean Springs, which is sharing hosting duties this weekend with the Gulfport Sports Complex. Another 60 teams are competing there. "Events like this are huge for us," said Mayor Connie Moran. "That was one of the selling points of the referendum for the food & beverage levy in 2007, that the complex would bring families to Ocean Springs. "Having these types of events bolsters our ability to bring in hotels, more restaurants — particularly along the Highway 57 corridor. Water and sewer service has already been extended to that area and we are more than ready to embrace tournaments as an economic driver for Ocean Springs, Gautier and Jackson County." Those attending had positive reviews for the complex and Ocean Springs. "It's beautiful," said Eric Kincke of the complex. Kincke was in Ocean Springs to watch his son's team, the Carrollton Boosters from New Orleans, compete. "Everyone here has been really nice," he said. "The fields are beautiful, the facilities are clean. It's been really nice. We'd love to come back." Kincke said he and his family were staying at the Comfort Suites near exit 50 and had eaten at Ocean Springs restaurants. He did mention one negative — parking. No so much the lack of it, which has been a problem with previous large events at the complex, but with recent heavy rains, the grass parking area was more mud than grass. "It's a little messy getting to and from your car," he said. Moran, however, said the city cannot pave that second of the parking area without additional permitting from the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The city agreed to leave that area as green space as part of the permitting process to build the complex on wetlands. "To pave it we'd have to go through the permitting process again," she said. "Perhaps we could address that at the same time we look at acquiring additional property to increase parking." Moran said she has spoken with Gautier Mayor Gordon Gollott about working together, along with the county, about bringing development to the Highway 57 corridor. SANFORD, Fla. — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Zimmerman, 29, blinked and barely smiled when the verdict was announced. He could have been convicted of seconddegree murder or manslaughter. But the jury of six women, all but one of them white, reached a verdict of not guilty after deliberating well into the night. Their names have not been made public, and they declined to speak to the media. Martin’s mother and father were not in the courtroom when the verdict was read; supporters of his family who had gathered outside yelled “No! No!” upon learning of the not guilty verdict. The teen’s father, Tracy, reacted on Twitter: “Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY.” His mother also said on Twitter that she appreciated the prayers from supporters. “Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have,” she wrote. The jurors considered nearly three weeks of often wildly conflicting testimony over who was the aggressor on the rainy night the 17-year-old was shot while walking through the gated townhouse community where he was staying. Defense attorneys said the case was classic self-defense, claiming Martin knocked Zimmerman down and was slamming the older man’s head against the concrete sidewalk when Zimmerman fired his gun. “We’re ecstatic with the results,” defense attorney Mark O’Mara after the verdict. “George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in selfdefense.” Another member of his defense team, Don West, said he was pleased the jury “kept this tragedy from becoming a travesty.” Prosecutors called Zimmerman a liar and portrayed him was a “wannabe cop” vigilante who had grown frustrated by break-ins in his neighborhood committed primarily by young black men. Zimmerman assumed Martin was up to no good and took the law into his own hands, prosecutors said. State Attorney Angela Corey said after the verdict that she believed second-degree
George Zimmerman, right, is congratulated by his defense team after being found not guilty during Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla. on Saturday. Jurors found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (Photo by Gary W. Green, AP) murder was the appropriate charge because Zimmerman’s mindset “fit the bill of second-degree murder.” “We charged what we believed we could prove,” Corey said. As the verdict drew near, police and city leaders in the Orlando suburb of Sanford and other parts of Florida said they were taking precautions against the possibility of mass protests or unrest in the event of an acquittal. “There is no party in this case who wants to see any violence,” Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said immediately after jurors began deliberating. “We have an expectation upon this announcement that our community will continue to act peacefully.” O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, said his client is aware he has to be cautious and protective of his safety. “There still is a fringe element that wants revenge,” O’Mara said. “They won’t listen to a verdict of not guilty.” The verdict came a year and a half after civil rights protesters angrily demanded Zimmerman be prosecuted. That anger appeared to return Saturday night outside the courthouse, at least for some who had been following the case. Rosie Barron, 50, and Andrew Perkins, 55, both black residents of Sanford, stood in the parking lot of the courthouse and wept. “I at least thought he was going to get something, something,” Barron said. Added her brother: “How the hell did
they find him not guilty?” Perkins was so upset he was shaking. “He killed somebody and got away with murder,” Perkins shouted, looking in the direction of the courthouse. “He ain’t getting no probation or nothing.” Several Zimmerman supporters also were outside the courthouse, including a brother and sister quietly rejoicing that Zimmerman was acquitted. Both thought the jury made the right decision in finding Zimmerman not guilty — they felt that Zimmerman killed Martin in self-defense. Cindy Lenzen, 50, of Casslebury, and her brother, 52-year-old Chris Bay, stood watching the protesters chant slogans such as, “the whole system’s guilty.” Lenzen and Bay — who are white — called the entire case “a tragedy,” especially for Zimmerman. “It’s a tragedy that he’s going to suffer for the rest of his life,” Bay said. “No one wins either way. This is going to be a recurring nightmare in his mind every night.” Meanwhile, authorities in Martin’s hometown of Miami said the streets were quiet, with no indication of problems. The neighborhood where Martin’s father lives in Miami Gardens was equally quiet. Zimmerman wasn’t arrested for 44 days after the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting as police in Sanford insisted that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law on self-defense prohibited them from bringing charges. Florida gives people wide latitude to use deadly force if they fear death or bodily harm.
Identification of third girl to die in plane crash emerges
By MARTHA MENDOZA and TERRY COLLINS Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The name of a girl who died of injuries suffered in the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco emerged on Saturday. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault confirmed 15-year-old Liu Yipeng's identity and said the girl was still in her seat when she was rescued last week. Chinese state media said she went to school with the other two victims killed in last week's accident, a pair of 16-year-old girls. Foucrault said Liu Yipeng was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with head injuries after the July 6 crash. She died Friday morning at San Francisco General Hospital where she had been in critical condition. An autopsy was being conducted on Saturday, the coroner said. Liu Yipeng's identification comes a day after her death was announced amid the official confirmation that one of the other girls who died in the disaster had been covered on the runway in flame-retardant foam and hit by a fire truck speeding to the crash site, a disclosure that raised the tragic possibility she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath. Police and fire officials confirmed Friday that Ye Meng Yuan was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777. "The fire truck did go over the victim at least one time. Now the other question is, 'What was the cause of death?'" San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said. "That's what we are trying to determine right now." All three girls killed were from China. Ye Meng Yuan's close friend Wang Linjia was among a group of injured passengers who did not get immediate medical help. Rescuers did not spot her until 14 minutes after the crash. Wang Linjia's body was found along with three flight attendants who were flung onto the tarmac. Moments after the crash, while rescuers tried to help passengers near the burning fuselage, Wang Linjia and some flight attendants lay in the rubble almost 2,000 feet away. A group of survivors called 911 and tried to help them. Survivors said that after escaping the plane, they sat with at least four victims who appeared to be seriously hurt. They believe one of them was one of the girls who died. Cindy Stone, who was in that group, was recorded by California Highway Patrol dispatchers calling in for help: "There are no ambulances here. We've been on the ground 20 minutes. There are people lying on the tarmac with critical injuries, head injuries. We're almost losing a woman here. We're trying to keep her alive." San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said Friday that when airport personnel reached the group near the seawall, Linjia was dead. She did not know when the girl had died. Several flight attendants remain hospitalized. Talmadge also confirmed that an Associated Press photograph of a body under a yellow tarp near the burned-out jet was Ye Meng Yuan. The photo, taken from above, shows firefighters looking down at the tarp, and there are truck track marks leading up to it. Police said the teenager was covered in foam that rescuers had sprayed on the burning wreckage. When the truck moved while battling the flames, rescuers discovered her body, Esparza said. "The driver may not have seen the young lady in the blanket of foam," said Ken Willette of the National Firefighter Protection Agency, which sets national standards for training airfield firefighters. "These could be factors contributing to this tragic event." He said fire trucks that responded to the Asiana crash would have started shooting foam while approaching the fuselage from 80 or 100 feet away. The foam was sprayed from a cannon on the top of the truck across the ground to clear a safe path for evacuees. That was supposed to create a layer of foam on the ground that is several inches high before the truck gets to the plane. The victims were close friends and top students, looking forward to spending a few weeks at a Christian summer camp in California, where they planned to practice English and boosting their chances of attending a U.S. college. Their parents were flown to San Francisco after their deaths where the Chinese consulate was caring for them. The crash-landing occurred after the airliner collided with a rocky seawall just short the runway. Dozens of passengers were hurt. There were 182 survivors taken to hospitals, though most suffered only minor injuries. So far, an investigation indicates the pilots, a trainee and his instructor, failed to realize until too late that the aircraft was dangerously low and flying too slow. Nothing disclosed so far by the National Transportation Safety Board investigators indicates any problems with the Boeing 777's engines, computers or automated systems. Also, San Francisco airport officials said that the runway where the jet crashed was reopened Friday evening, and all airlines would resume normal schedules immediately.
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Sometimes you’ve got to ‘play hurt’
Back in June, my very athletic friend, Marie, asked me to go bike riding on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  She had asked before and I’d used up every excuse in my extensive book of viable and mostly bogus excuses, so I said what the heck, why not? I Emily Jones guess a miracle could hapD eluded Diva pen and we could actually have fun. No such luck. I drove out to Walmart and plunked down $32.99 for a helmet which turned out to be designed for a child, but hey I have a small head. If my biking career doesn’t work out, I can always wear the thing during the next tornado. To tell you the truth, I would rather die a slow and painful death in private than to be forced to do it publicly on city streets wearing spandex and a helmet with Dark Vader’s picture on the top. But I am nothing if not a good sport. I’ll tell you another thing. Whoever coined the phrase “It’s like riding a bike,” meaning that something, once learned, is difficult to forget, flat out lied.   Our friend, Marc, picked us up in his truck and hauled us and our bikes out to the Mississippi State campus because I was petrified of crossing over Highway 12 - a requirement if you want to get anywhere in our town from anywhere else.  I mounted my borrowed bike and made it all the way to the first corner where I promptly turned over and hit the pavement…hard.  Bloody and shaken, I was more embarrassed than anything, and it was beginning to look like an afternoon from hell.  It took me two more falls before we realized my seat was so high I couldn’t touch the ground — the only way to stop was to fall off! On the last fall, the seat of my bike turned around backwards and it was really uncomfortable trying to keep up with my companions. I didn’t give up and continued to peddle, wearing that ridiculous costume, facing the wrong direction, with a skinned knee and dislocated shoulder. I tell you all this because it reminded me of a piece of sage advice given me on by a fellow cancer patient I met on New Year’s Day in Jackson. We were both preparing for our first chemotherapy treatments which were not nearly as scary as wearing spandex, a really ugly hat, sitting on a bike seat which was roughly the size of a small t-bone steak. “Sometimes you’ve just got to play hurt,” advised my new friend, Chick. “When I was in the 11th Grade during football practice I broke my left shoulder socket. As I was rolling around on the ground in a great deal of pain our coach asked what was wrong.” “I told him ‘Coach, I don’t know, but my shoulder hurts really bad’!  Coach looked down on me said, ‘McGhee sometimes you have to ‘play hurt’.” “I later came to see that statement in a different light,” Chick said. “I was looking for understanding, tender loving care, anything but that….What kind of statement was that? Coach taught me that we have to continue forward when we are hurt. Illness, financial difficulties, accidents, divorce, even death of a relative or friend never seem to come when we are ready. Life’s curve balls seem to come at the worst of times, but when they do, we have to get up, dust ourselves off, and continue to play.” I needed to hear that message. I’d been feeling extremely inconvenienced by this disease, but he challenged me to stay in the game. I fully intend to do that, although I won’t be riding a bike again unless it has training wheels.    Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a blog for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement. She welcomes you to stop by at
Marilyn Epperson has turned her lawn on Banyon Road in Starkville into a beautiful, planned flower and shrub garden. She started with a poster board sketch, and after 21 years, she now can see fruits of her labor from every window of her home. (Photos by Zack Plair, SDN)
A labor of love results in beautiful scene
By ZACK PLAIR Any good project starts with a good plan. For Marilyn Epperson of Starkville, a project that’s made her yard bloom into the envy of Banyon Road began as a magicmarker sketch on plain, white poster board. The journey between Epperson’s crude sketch and her dream lawn took 21 years of hard work mingled with trial-and-error, all of it done without the amenities of a greenhouse or a tiller. Still, Epperson’s carefully planned garden sanctuary allows her to look out any window of her home and see the beautiful fruits of her labor. “The idea wasn’t for people to see it from the road,” Epperson said. “It was designed so we could look out and see the beauty. I did all this with my foot and a shovel. I’m on my third shovel.” Epperson moved to Starkville with her husband, Edward “Cookie” Epperson, in 1991. Already an accomplished gardener, Marilyn saw a sparsely landscaped yard that included a few dogwoods, some shrubs and a handful of crape myrtles as a canvas on which she would make her mark. She said she planned what she wanted to do for about a year and then tactically executed that plan a section at a time, starting with the west corner of the front yard. Twenty-one years later, she has made her original sketch, with minor tweaking, into reality, using a circular, symmetric design that includes 26 crape myrtles, a variety of shrubs and hedges, along with annual and perennial flowers. She accents the organic side of the garden with a frog pond and stone passageway in the backyard, and cul de sacs that include places to sit and enjoy the wildlife. She and Cookie, a retired auto
dealer in Amory, even converted an old chrome pickup bumper bearing the dealership’s name into a backyard bench. In the front, Marilyn used a pink and green color scheme, while the backyard sports a color scheme of pink, blue and white with yellow accent. Two of Marilyn’s favorite places in the garden, both of which are nestled next to a privacy fence in the backyard, are Marcia’s Nest and Jess’ Nook. Marcia’s Nest, named for Marilyn’s late mother, includes crape myrtles, pink and white begonias and blue angelonias. Its centerpiece is a chase lounge Marilyn said belonged to her mother. Adjacent is Jess’ Nook, named for Cookie’s late mother, which boasts pink flocks, shasta daisies, yellow black-eyed Su-
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Our trip to the Delta
For months we have been planning a trip to the Mississippi delta. Our mission at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 was to take a memorable journey to show and share my sweet husband, Dr. Frank Marvin Davis Sr.’s hometown to our friend Dr. Greg Bohach, vice president of agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine Carole here at Mississippi State University. We would leave the hills of Oktibbeha County, and make McReynolds our way down towards the flat lands of Leflore Davis County. Frank wanted to show Greg his homeC ontributing town, Money, which is 10 miles out of Greenwood. Columnist It was a perfectly beautiful sunshiny early morning, and Greg wanted to drive his white big van. He became the designated driver for the day, and Frank would be our guide and story teller. I sat in the big back seat with my notebook as I became the artist and writer. So we each in our own ways assumed different roles: A driver, a story teller/guide and an artist and writer. We wanted to take all the back roads, and Frank chose Highway 12 heading toward Ackerman, passing though the sleepy wonderful town of Sturgis. We turned off the highway, and we headed toward Wier. We turned right on the highway to French Camp. We went across the Natchez Trace, and if we had gone west we would have been in Winona. Turning off this highway we wanted to go toward the quaint, friendly and wonderful little town named Vaiden. As we were “riding along and singing a song,” Frank suddenly began to tell his stories of his growing up life in the delta. He told us about his love and admiration for his daddy, Mallory Coleman Davis
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The Hardware Store on Main
By RUTH MORGAN For Starkville Daily News Not long ago I was getting the mail from my mailbox when a car drove into my driveway. It was none other than Pat Stacy.  She said, “Ruth, I have a question for you. My husband, Bill, was having coffee with a group of men at the Starkville Café recently.  They were discussing what stores were on Main Street when they first came to town around 1950 or so, and they all remembered a hardware store but could not remember the name and it’s exact location but it was in the block where Kleban’s Shoe Store (now Restaurant Tyler) was located.” I said, “Burdine and Sheely Hardware was located in that block.” So, the search started to find that old hardware store of which these men were reminiscing. You could go in and find just about anything you needed. You just walked through a small door and entered into a magical land of hardware merchandise. Crammed into this small space were several narrow aisles of hardware items. The merchandize was stacked on shelves that went almost all the way to the ceilbrain full of love and memories of the old hardware street on Main Street. The employees took great pride in helping each customer find what he or she was looking for. They took a personal interest in what customers were doing. You got the feeling they considered this store to be their true calling in life to be of service to their customers. People who shopped at this store tended to linger longer than they would at a modern hardware store today. There were many interesting shelves to browse through. If you used your imagination, the merchandise on those shelves could be used for a thousand different purposes. It was the type of store where strangers could easily strike up a conversation. For example, if someone was having a conversation about a plumbing project and you knew anything at all about plumbing, you might jump in and offer your advice.  People would just stand around talking hardware. I remember Rachel Turner and Joe Edwards who were clerks at the hardware store and both were excellent conversationalists and knew everyone in town.  Is it any wonder that these men were reminiscing
Burdine and Sheely Hardware Store was located at 106 Main St. Pictured are customers Rachel Turner (corsage), employee at first desk and Joe Edwards (boutonnière), employee at second desk. (Submitted photos) ing. Things that didn’t fit on the shelves hardware store because of the smell of just dangled around all over the place.  hardware, which greeted your nostrils Theses men may have remembered the like fresh cut grass bringing back a big
about this hardware store? From 1906 to 1960 the name of the hardware store changed names from Turner and Pierce, Pierce and Burdine, Burdine and Sheely to Smith Hardware. The hardware store started out as Turner and Pierce and was one of the oldest hardware stores in Starkville. An ad in the 1906 Reveille showed them as a wholesale and Retail dealer in hardware, buggies, wagons, harness saddles, and agricultural implements. They were also the agent for Jewel stoves and Majestic ranges.  The ad in the 1908 yearbook showed hardware, base-ball goods, Clauss razors, mowing machines, buggy harness, enders ($1) safety razor and Shumate razor which was “Men’s Glory” for a clean shaven face. Burdine & Sheely in 1950 simply advertised the hardware store with their compliments. In 1960 Smith Hardware advertised ”Quality” hardware, the home of famous brands. The hardware store based on the Goodman map of 1937 was the fourth store east of Washington Street with the
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Sr., his mama, Josephene Holloman Davis, his older sister, Mary Potts Davis Miller, and his older brother, Mallory Jr. Frank told us what a fierce competitor his daddy always seemed to be. His daddy wanted to be a “winner” and not a “loser” in this thing called life. He wanted all three of their children to be winners as well. Frank was born in the Greenwood Hospital on Sept. 15, 1939, and at the age of 25 he became the youngest Ph.D. obtaining all three degrees from MSU. Frank is an entomologist. He played and lettered in tennis for MSU. Greg told us that he was born in Pennsylvania near Gettysburg, Pa. He played football and ran track in high school. He is interested in Civil War history being born so close to Gettysburg. He ran track and marathons. He still enjoys running in his Sherwood Forest neighborhood early in the mornings. He also lived in Idaho. He is a microbiologist, and taught for 16 years in a medical university. He use to have a paper route, and he would deliver newspapers to his customers right to their front door. Greg still treasures his two cloth newspaper bags that he kept to remind him of his boyhood growing up life in Pennsylvania. They both talked about their growing up days and their college years, too. Frank suddenly told us that he received $130 per month for being a teaching assistant. When he was getting his master’s degree he taught entomology labs, and did anything the professors ask him to do. One hot summer time, Dr. Leon Hepner and his entire family were heading out west to collect leaf hopper insects for Dr. Hepner’s research. Frank lived in the downstairs apartment with several other graduate school entomology students. Dr. Hepner said, “Frank if you will water my wife’s 100 African violets, and take care of the family cat while we are away, you do not have to pay for this month’s rent.” Frank agreed, and off the Hepners went in their camper. Frank said ,”Mrs. Hepner seemed to have a million African violets instead of 100!” The day or so before the family would be returning, the cat suddenly disappeared. Frank searched the entire neighborhood on University Drive where they lived, but the cat was nowhere to be found. The Hepners returned, and Frank dreaded to tell them the cat completely disappeared, and he had looked everywhere calling, “Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty” and knocked on all the neighbor’s doors. The Hepner children cried and so did Mrs. Hepner. Several hours went by, and Dr. Hepner tapped on Frank’s downstairs apartment and he quietly said, “Frank, to be honest that is the best news ever about the cat’s sudden disappearance, and I did not like that cat at all!” We talked about our Sam D. Hamilton’s Noxubee Wildlife Refuge and about the gigantic alligator, “Big Al.” Frank told us as
an undergraduate student minoring in wildlife management, he used to go down to the refuge, and he helped with the Canadian Geese banning, clipping, and sexing each one of them. Our refuge is a shining diamond for all of us to go and take a canoe ride on canoe day at the refuge. A few weeks ago Frank, Mallory Ann Williams, our 8-year-old granddaughter and I went canoeing. We saw the Rookery of the White Cattle Egrets where they were making their nests and two very large alligators swimming closely by us. Greg’s steering wheel made a turn, and there we were in Vaiden. We parked right in front of the Piggly Wiggly Express and next door was Linda’s Cafe. The friendliest gentleman came walking toward us on the wavy/grassy old sidewalk saying, “Welcome to Vaiden, and I’m Mr. Warren Burrell, Manager of Piggy Wiggly Express.” Out popped a larger gentleman with a huge red bib apron tied around his waist and over his neck, and he said, “I’m Mr. John Lowe the assistant manager, and I drive over from Koscuisko.” I then said, “Do y’all know someone who might tell us about the history of this lovely town?” “Yes,” they both said, “we do, and he is 84-year-old representative Clarence Pierce, a native Vaiden citizen. You are lucky because he is there right inside that cafe,” they said, pointing their fingers to Linda’s Cafe, where he was having breakfast. We went inside to meet and chatted with him for a few minutes, and then waved “Good Bye” to our three new Vaiden friends. Frank was taking us on our way to Black Hawk, which is on the very edge of the Delta. We were going west down a country highway when Frank said, “Let me tell you about my favorite bird dog named Spot. “A couple of very wealthy gentleman came to Westley Plantation to go quail hunting. They had brought along their very expensive dogs for the hunt. I was too little to tag along with Daddy, but my brother, Mallory Jr. (we called, him, ‘Bubber’) was 5 years older than I was, and he could go. I was too little, and I would be left at home with my mama. Daddy saw me wipe the tears off my cheeks, and he said to me, ‘Frank you are going to go to the back yard, and pick out the bird dog you think will do the very best job pointing for those birds for us, as we’ll be hunting today.’” Frank went and brought back Spot. At the end of the hunt, Spot had outshined and beat those two rich gentlemen’s very expensive, fine, wonderful bird dogs. He said, “I remember the dust being thrown up into the air when they left our plantation heading back toward Alabama. I think they might have been very disappointed about their expensive dogs because Ol’ Spot was the winning bird dog that day!” Our wonderful memorable delta trip continued, and all three of us were caught up in the magi-
cal moments that continued. “A painting and a picture says a million words!” I am sharing with each one of you, my viewer and my reader, through my photography my artistic creation of that trip that Greg, Frank and I will never forget for the rest of our lives. We have all three circled this world of ours, but the best trip of all was right here in the flat lands of the Mississippi Delta underneath our very feet! We’ll start at the left hand side at the top, and make our way to the bottom as we read our memories as if we are reading a sentence in a book. It’s our extra special book, and we share this colorful visual account of our adventure. Greg Bohach is dressed in a blue soft cotton shirt and with a maroon MSU over his side pocket. Frank is showing him a family photo before we hit the road in parlor of our family home, 501 Louisville St. Frank has on his favorite color, dark green mixed in with white plaid sport’s shirt. The next and largest picture was the highlight of our trip. Dinner (lunch) served at the most famous restaurant in all of Mississippi, The Crystal Grill which is located on an old brick street at 423 Carrollton Avenue in Greenwood. Mr. Johnny Ballas, the owner, is deeply loyal, affectionate and sincerely loves being a very proud Mississippi State University graduate honored us with a royal dinner for two kings and a queen! I had called a day or so before and told Debbie, his managing assistant that we would be at The Crystal Gill around 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15. I asked her if we might reserve our favorite table up front for us and for MSU’s vice president. She said, “Yes!” We walked into the restaurant, and saw only one table covered with a starched white table cloth, and in the middle was a wooden MSU “ bulldawg” house, a tiny “bulldawg,” and we felt most honored indeed. Johnny greeted us in his nice maroon T-shirt with a collar, and his black chef’s apron around his neck and tied at his waist. We hugged him, and within minutes he returned with warm tamales wrapped in corn shucks, and a huge platter of onion rings. He then said, “You know I have a place near Carrollton Mississippi with wildlife roaming around everywhere — deer, turkeys and a huge lake where I go fishing all the time. I just caught a huge Mississippi Bass fish. Would you like to have it for dinner today? ...fried or broiled?” We answered, “Yes, indeed, and we’ll, take it broiled.” He went back to his kitchen and prepared our meat himself. He served us fresh turnip greens, and other wonderful vegetables, cornbread, tea, plus a sample of all his dessert varieties appeared on three separate plates for each of us to taste and enjoy. We could not believe the sweet, kind and thoughtful and sweet hospitality that Johnny and his staff literally showered on us for dinner in Greenwood. It was if we were family. At the end of our meal, Frank
turned to Johnny and said, “May I have my bill?” Johnny said, “Well, let’s look and see, it is not underneath this reserved card, it is not underneath a plate. Where is it? … Frank, there is no bill!” Thank you so much, Johnny Ballas for the most wonderful dinner we have ever tasted in our lives. You are the best of the very best, and we love and appreciate your very Mississippi Delta gracious hospitality. We’ll never forget this day for the rest of our lives. How can we ever repay you? Johnny just smiled. The third picture is Greg and Frank admiring Frank’s beautiful roses in our front yard right before we left on our trip. In the second row you’ll spot Frank, myself and Johnny sitting at the beautifully set table before our dinner time meal In our deep south, we serve Breakfast early in the mornings, Dinner is high noon time, and Supper is our night time meal. I had to dress up in a fancy small straw hat covered with bows and a matching outfit for our extra special day trip. The 84-year-old gentleman from Vaiden is representative, Clarence Pierce who knew all the history of Vaiden, is the small picture at the end of this row. He looks very distinguished and, he has made his own contributions in helping mold and make many of our Mississippi laws in the House of Representatives. He leaves his work as a legacy to our great state with the laws he helped pass for us. The third row and first picture is Frank hugging his favorite teacher, Mrs. Laura Truitt who is 96 years old, and she is a regular customer for dinner at The Crystal Grill. Mrs. Truitt ignited within Frank in the 5th grade at Davis Elementary School, Greenwood, a very deep desire to love learning and going to school. She is so proud of Frank today, and she always says, “I am so happy to see you all grown up, Dr, Frank Davis!” He was so happy to see her again, and to have the distinct pleasure and joy of introducing Greg and me to Mrs. Truitt. She looked so pretty. It was wonderful for Frank to share a few moments and memories with her. Second of the four pictures shows Greg and Frank standing in what is left of Money. This is the “First Freedom Sign” on the National Historical Markers of America. The year was 1953 and on both sides of this marker tell us of the brutal murder of 14-yearold Emmitt Till who was from “up north’” in Chicago, Ill. He had come “down south to visit family in Money. He was brutally killed because he whistled at Mr. Bryant’s pretty white wife in Bryant’s Grocery Store. This began our Civil Rights movement here in the “Deep South” and in the whole United States of America. Today, we have made tremendous progress in better race reconciliation, but we still have miles to go before we stop! Mr. Roy Bryant and Mr. J.W. Milum who were also both white men killed Till. Both men were acquitted. They
confessed to “Look Magazine” and made money doing so about the story of how they brutally killed Emmitt, who was only visiting relatives. Justice was never served in this Till case. We stood there and read every word on this National Historical Marker which stands up very tall in Frank’s hometown of Money. We had tears in our eyes as we remembered a very sad, tragic and awful chapter in our Mississippi history. This is so sad. I wonder today if we will ever be able to completely erase this very tragic hatefulness, and the murder that happened and the citizens of this tiny Delta town experienced in 1953 in Money, of the brutal and horrible death of a visiting 14-year-old black boy from Chicago, Ill.? I don’t think so. May God help us all. The third picture is a scene of the very last remnants a shell of his family farm is left, and one large tree that is not visible in this photo of Frank’s old cotton farm called Westley Plantation. For many years it was so beautiful and large too. Look carefully at the Silt Loam which is the tan dirt and the clumps of pig weed which are both native Mississippi soil and weeds found in our Delta. Frank and I are standing by the bits and pieces of this old barn. Greg snapped this photo for us. The fourth and final picture in this collage of made back in Vaiden in front of Linda’s Cafe. Left to Right you’ll see “Welcoming Committee,” Mr. Warren Burell with his red suspenders on his shoulders and waist, (on the far left hand side) and Mr. John Lowe “sporting” his big red apron both men are dressed for work at the next door, Piggly Wiggly Express. (I love this name for a grocery store. It is a chain of stores all around in smaller towns in Mississippi.) Spot Frank and myself standing here with them, too. Our journey was coming to an end, and our last stop would be at The Greenwood Cemetery to honor and show our love and deep respect at the grave sites of Frank’s parents, Mallory, Josephene, and his brother, George Wright who died at child birth in 1937 and his 8-year-old sister, Martha Jo, who died from an tragic injury on the Davis Elementary School grounds before Penicillin had been discovered in 1938. Frank was the youngest child, born in 1939. Sadness and happiness were experienced by his precious parents, who were also native Mississippi Delta folks from Morgan City and Itta Bena. Frank’s maternal Granddaddy was Dr. Frank Marvin Holloman, M.D., for whom Frank is named. Frank’s fraternal Granddaddy was Mallory Davis had a very successful lumber business and bottling company business in Memphis, Tenn., and later he came to the Delta town of Morgan City becoming a very successful cotton farmer. As we drove out of the cemetery, I thought of the words written words of the number one “Hit Parade “ song, written and sung by the famous singer Miss Bobby Gentry, who happened to
be Frank’s third-grade classmate, in Greenwood’s Davis Elementary School, “Billy Joe McAlister jumped off The Tallahachie Bridge” and on this pleasant, pretty, delightful and beautiful June summer afternoon in Money we had just driven over the that same Tallahachie Bridge that Billy Joe McAlister jumped to his eternal death. We were making our way heading back home as we began traveling up the hill called, Valley Hill on Hwy. 82. We had traveled down from our north east Mississippi world into the very flat lands of our Delta taking the back roads to see the sights and sounds of a romantic part of our great state of Mississippi. We chose the scenic route. We had been in the flat lands of our great Mississippi Delta where much of the famous recent and academy award winning movie, “The Help” was filmed. We kept going up into the hill country heading back home again. . Then we turned and looked backward, and we suddenly saw the tall corn stalks waving gently in the breeze, and I heard them whispering softly in their very southern drawl, “Good Bye,”... and “Y’all come back to see us again real soon now!’” We suddenly begin to see various shades of greens (dark, medium and lime colors ) of the thick Kudzu Vines on the banks of the beginning of our hillsides as we climbed on and toward our home in the distance. Our ears popped as we got higher and higher away from the flat lands of the great Delta.The radio was turned on to the French Camp Station 107.9 Mississippi’s famous radio station, and in a way we were rejoining our own world again in the hills of Mississippi. What a wonderful ending to our day as we heard the final score and a win for Mississippi State University 5 to 4 as we won against Oregon State University in the College World Series in Baseball at Omaha! We decided to take a detour, and see what Kilmichael looked like. What a name for a town. We did not know the origin of this town’s name. It was a very neat, attractive, sleepy and pretty little town on the hill sides of Mississippi. We quickly passed through, leaving Kilmichael, and we hit the main Hwy. 82 heading straight toward our home sweet home of Starkvillle, Oktibbeha and Mississippi State University. Dr. Greg Bohach, MSU”S vice president of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine who grew up in Pennsylvania near Gettysburg, Pa., had finally really seen our great and beautiful Mississippi Delta through the eyes and stories of my sweet husband, a native of Money, Dr. Frank Marvin Davis Sr. entomologist / professor emeritus at MSU, an insect rearing expert, and myself a native Starkvillian an artist and writer, as well as “a tag along.” Greg slowed down his driving, turned around and said, “Frank and Carole, this has indeed been such a wonderful, magical and fantastic day that we all three spent together as good and dear friends, and it was.
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Vaughan’s vocabulary
I visited a website titled “Building a Better Vocabulary,” which pointed out that everyone, from beginning English students to veterans in journalism, knows the frustration of not having the right word immediately available in that lexicon one carries between one’s ears. Sometimes it’s a matter of not being able to recall Don Vaughan the right word; sometimes we never knew it. Vaughan’s Vocabulary One of the best ways to build a vocabulary is by doing something the website pointed out. When you hear or read words that you cannot define, write them down. When you have access to a dictionary, look up the word and write a common definition, followed by a sentence in which the word is used and underscored. Take your list with you and review it during “the pauses of your busy day.” Study them to the point to where you feel comfortable using the words. When you read each of the following five, categorize the word within one of these three categories. I am sure I can define it, I have seen the word but cannot define it, or I cannot recall ever seeing or hearing that word.
MSU appoints new forest resources associate dean
For Starkville Daily News A veteran Mississippi State University faculty member is the new associate dean in the College of Forest Resources. Ian Munn, a forest resource economist and professor, will lead the university’s natural resources program. MSU is the only university in the state that offers a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a bachelor’s degree and wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. As associate dean, Munn will coordinate all aspects of these undergraduate programs, including curriculum, student advising and scholarships. The college is home to the departments of forestry, forest products, and wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. It offers eleven academic concentrations within two majors. The college also offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in each department. “We are so glad to have someone with Ian Munn’s experience to fill the associate dean position in the college,”
wincing (WING-sing)
A. singing off key B. giving a slight involuntary shrinking motion because of pain or distress C. closing and opening one eye quickly to indicate something is a joke or secret D. cutting up food into tiny pieces
Ian Munn
said George Hopper, dean of MSU’s College of Forest Resources. “Dr. Munn is extremely dedicated to the success of our students and will pro-
vide outstanding leadership for our college.” Munn has a distinguished career at MSU and has served as a forestry professor for more than twenty years. His course on professional practices is considered the capstone class of the forestry curriculum. Over time he has transformed the course to enable students to work directly with landowners to develop management plans for their properties. Munn’s research interest includes natural resource economics. He currently serves in an elected position on the Society of American Foresters’ national Council representing members in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. In 2008, Munn was named a fellow in the Society of American Foresters. Munn is a native of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina, master’s degrees from Syracuse and Louisiana Tech universities, and a doctorate from North Carolina State University.
interlocutor (in-tur-LA-kyu-tur)
A. someone who takes part in a dialogue or a conversation B. a locksmith C. one who intrudes D. a skilled speaker
Leadership program taps 16 MSU faculty
For Starkville Daily News Sixteen Mississippi State faculty members are new selections for the competitive 2013-2014 Hugh Critz Faculty Leadership Program. Sponsored by the university’s Office of Research and Economic Development and Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the program works to develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, among other goals. It honors the memory of the land-grant institution’s eighth president (1930-34), a Starkville native and an MSU alumnus. “Mississippi State has a tradition of strong and effective leadership on our campus and in the communities we serve,” said David Shaw, the university’s vice president for research and economic development. “The Faculty Leadership Program builds on that foundation and helps outstanding faculty members further develop the skills needed to lead the university forward in its mission of teaching, research and service in the future,” he explained. During the 10-month program set to begin in September, participants will be part of various presentations and roundtable discussions with top administrators. Session topics include leadership styles, organizational change, diversity, building winning research teams, and organizational evaluation and assessment. This year’s participants include: n Tom Allen, Extension/ research professor, Delta Research and Extension Center; n Kari Babski-Reeves, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering; n Ron Cossman, research professor, Social Science Research Center; n Michael Cox, professor of plant and soil sciences; n Jeremiah Davis, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering; n Dipangkar Dutta, associate professor of physics and astronomy; n Hans Herrmann, assistant professor of architecture; n Mark Hersey, associate professor of history; n Brenda Kirkland, associate professor of geosciences; n Yaroslav Koshka, professor of electrical and computer engineering; n Rebecca Long, associate professor of management; n Michele McDonnall, research professor, National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision;
I recently came upon the present participle of wince in the preface to Turn of the Screw by Henry James. James also used the noun interlocutor in Turn. No. 1 is B and No. 2 is A.  
oenophile (E-nuh-file)
4 5
A. a tool for smoothing rough edges of wood B. one who interrupts someone speaking C. one who chooses to remain single D. a lover or connoisseur of wine
n Zhaohua Peng; professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology; n Rani Sullivan, associate professor of aerospace engineering; n Kenneth Willeford, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology; and, n Kevin Williams, associate professor of communication.
An oenophile loves wine and knows a lot about it. (D)
insidious (in-SI-de-us)
For more on the program, contact Teresa Gammill, assistant vice president for research, at tgammill@research. or 325-3570.
A. awaiting a chance to entrap B. harmful but enticing C. having a gradual and cumulative effect D. developing so gradually as to be well established before becoming apparent
invidious (in-VI-dee-us)
A. something resentful, discriminatory or envious B. playful C. innocuous D. taking inventory for space
Insidious and invidious are confused. If something is gradually and secretly causing harm, it is insidious. All are correct for No. 4. Something invidious often involves envy (you almost hear the word envy within the first two syllables of invidious). The word envious came from the Latin word “invidiosus.” Insidious describes something hidden that is harmful to you; invidious describes something that doesn’t hide (it is mean right away). No. 5 is A.      Last week’s mystery word was microcosm. This week’s mystery word is found in the first scene of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well. The word and the character’s name that the word is spoken to start with the same letter.
Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D. in Mass Communication, is a professor at East Miss. Community College. Contact him at
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MSU forestry professor named society fellow
For Starkville Daily News A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently honored by the Society of American Foresters. The professional forestry organization named Donald Grebner a fellow for his contributions to the society and the forestry profession. Grebner is a professor in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. His areas of research include bioenergy, carbon sequestration, forest protection and international forestry. “Dr. Grebner is an exceptional leader in forestry, having served in the past as president of the Mississippi chapter of the Society of American Foresters and as advisor to for the last 15 years.” Grebner obtained his bachelor’s in forestry from the University of Maine, a master’s in forestry from Yale University, a master’s in economics from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in forest economics from Virginia Tech. Grebner is also a member of the Mississippi Forestry Association, Southern Forest Economics Workers and Phi Kappa Phi. He serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 27 in Starkville. The Society of American Foresters is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world.
MSU student takes small steps to make a big difference
By Brandi Van Ormer For Starkville Daily News
Donald Grebner
the MSU student chapter,” said Andy Ezell, MSU forestry department head. “Under his leadership, our student chapter has placed in the top three student chapters in the nation
Field day showcases the White Sand Unit
For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State University’s beef cattle research unit in Pearl River County is hosting a summer field day Aug. 13 to display results of ongoing research projects. The White Sand Unit of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is hosting the halfday event specifically designed for cattle and forage producers. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a provided lunch. The MSU Extension Service is also helping make this event possible. Participants will be given a tour of the summer forage crops being grown on the research station and will have a chance to examine the herbicide and fertilizer test plots. Researchers will give an overview of the current projects at the station. A highlight of the event will be the annual hay evaluation contest. Participants will evaluate weight and quality of two bales of hay from the Experiment Station’s supply. Winners will receive prizes donated by Circle T Fertilizer and Seed Co. in Poplarville. The White Sand Unit is MSU’s primary beef cattle research unit with about 150 mature cows. The beef cattle research is based on cowcalf production, which is the most common beef cattle enterprise in south Mississippi. The White Sand Unit is located about 10 miles west of Poplarville on Highway 26. Contact Daniel Rivera at (601) 403-8777 or Larry Fitzgerald or Elsie Davis at (601) 795-4525 for more information.
4-H winners learn business on tour
For Starkville Daily News Some of Mississippi’s top young people will experience the business world through a four-day state tour known as the 2013 4-H Cooperative Business Leadership Conference. The conference involves the state’s 4-H Leadership Team members and this year’s 4-H Congress first-place, seniorlevel competition winners. In a July 16-19 bus tour that begins and ends at Mississippi State University, participants will stop along the way at business cooperatives in Mayhew, Meridian, Jackson, Greenville, Scott and Greenwood. “We plan this tour each year to take some of Mississippi’s finest young people on a fun and educational tour of the some of the state’s businesses,” said Harvey Gordon, MSU Extension Service 4-H youth development specialist. “These young people have succeeded in 4-H, and we organize this leadership conference to broaden their horizons even further.” The 4-H’ers will spend the first day of the conference learning about the structure and goals of business cooperatives. Participants will gain firsthand experience when they establish their own soft drink cooperative. The next two days will be spent touring eight cooperative businesses, including an electric power association, a farmers’ supply, a grain terminal and a cotton gin. They will spend half a day in the Mississippi capital, a visit that includes an intensive legislative insight session and a tour of MSU’s Mississippi Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory. “This conference is packed with opportunities for the young people to see working cooperatives firsthand and also to get a glimpse at how state government works,” Gordon said. 4-H is the youth development program of the MSU Extension Service, open to students who are 5 to 18. 4-H youth development opportunities are available in all 82 counties.
being named the CVM’s “Best PhD Student,” back to India to fund the education of another student from her village. Her Aparna Krishnavajhala has spent a large donations have seen the student through portion of her time as a Mississippi State his undergraduate studies and into a masUniversity College Veterinary Medicine ter’s program. graduate student injecting tiny zebrafish But she didn’t stop there. with even smaller amounts of bacteria. Krishnavajhala and her sister teamed up Her research, part of a study conducted to found the KMVP Rural India Education by Dr. Lora Petrie-Hanson, MSU-CVM as- Fund in 2009. The charity was established sociate professor, has implications for hu- in memory of their father, whom Krishman health. With each tiny bit of bacteria navajhala remembers as a generous giver. Krishnavajhala injects into the zebrafish, “He had a lot of property, and he sold it she hopes to identify responsive cells; this and spent the money on our village: buildresponsiveness will indicate a finding that ing roads, whatever needed to be done. I could translate into help for humans with remember walking with him, talking to immunodeficiency diseases people about their needs, and he would “I didn’t plan to work with immunology give them money,” she said. or zebrafish,” she Krishnavasaid, “but when jhala has made I got to MSU, I educating the found out that children in her Dr. Petrie-Hanvillage of Chanson was working davaram a priority. She and her on this project, husband have and my backmade the arground in morangement that lecular biology his income is for suited the needs their family, and she had.” parna rishnavajhala hers is for charShe just finity because, as ished her doctoral degree in Veterinary Medical Science she says, she has “enough stuff.” As a result of these efforts by Krishnavaand will move on to a post-doctoral position in Biological Sciences at MSU. The jhala and her sister, the schools in ChanCollege of Veterinary Medicine research davaram have more “stuff,” too: KMVP project will continue without her. She said Rural India Education Fund has provided her contribution to this important study desks, chairs, uniforms, shoes, book bags, has been building a strong foundation for and other supplies. The enrollment of the school has increased and is now equally difuture work. “I have not reached the cellular level just vided between girls and boys. This was a yet, but I am leaving some strong places major milestone, as poor girls from rural that others can build on, so we can reach India usually don’t have access to educaa better understanding of the processes at tion. With Krishnavajhala and her sister as that cellular level, where we want to be,” role models, however, the female students have been more than inspired—70 percent she said. She has found her work on the project of the top students in the school for the to be rewarding because, while she wants past two years have been female. Krishnavajhala has enlisted the support to help animals, she feels it is very important that humans will benefit in the end. It of Starkville Multi-Culture, or SMC, Lions is her efforts to improve others’ lives that Club, of which she and her husband are acprompted Todd Pharr, a MSU-CVM asso- tive members, and she started a web and ciate professor, to nominate her for a 2013 Facebook campaign to help reach her goal for the school in Chandavaram. MSU Outstanding Woman award. “When I get my first salary here in AmerKrishnavajhala’s concern for humanity is evident in areas outside of her research ica, I am going to personally hire an Engat MSU-CVM. She has spent the last few lish teacher for the village school so that the years working here and in her native India students in Chandavaram can be prepared to leave a contribution to the greater good. for their higher education. I want to make Hailing from a very rural part of India, my entire village totally educated,” she said. Krishnavajhala has always placed a premi- “I know that is a very big goal.” But as Krishnavjhala learned in her um on education. “I struggled just to get my high school MSU-CVM research, all very big journeys education and college degree,” she said. “I are undertaken a step at a time, whether knew that in America, education was much those steps are toward finding cures for more available, and I could do my research human immunodeficiency diseases, helpbetter over here. That became my driving ing students acclimate to a new country, or providing education for the underpriviforce,” she said. Once in America, she pursued her educa- leged. In addition to supporting education in tion with passion, working to attain a PhD to add to the two master’s degrees she al- rural India, she supports and volunteers for ready had. She chose Mississippi over more numerous women’s issues organizations in urban areas on the advice of her sister, who America and India. She has participated as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army’s annual lives in Atlanta. “My sister felt it would be easier for me Red Kettle Campaign and helped the SMC to adjust to life in America here in Missis- Lions Club with several projects locally. Krishnavajhala is determined to make a sippi,” she said. She has used her experience to counsel difference: one village school at a time, one other young female students arriving from student at a time, one dollar, one zebrafish, India, helping them to balance the dizzying one cell responding to one certain bacteria. “One step at a time. If there is no beginarray of social and academic choices they ning, nothing happens. This is the begindidn’t have before. She is also helping students in In- ning,” she said. For more information on Krishnavajhadia. While she has pursued her studies in America, Krishnavajhala has been sending la’s charity, visit money, even the funds awarded to her for causes/4269
“I knew that in America, education was much more available, and I could do my research better over here. That became my driving force,” A K
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address as 106 Main Street which is that of Tokros today. A search concerning the proprietors of the hardware store through the years revealed the following. It was not possible to locate as much information on some proprietors as others due to limited resources. Turner and Pierce was one of the leading mercantile establishments according to many sources such as newspapers and historical documents. When the James P. Hartness house, a demonstration house, was built on University Drive in 1929, The Heatorla Heater came from this hardware store. The father of Will Pierce who had the hardware store was Simeon Pierce who served as county treasurer from 1882-1884.  Judge T.B. Carroll, wrote, “Simeon Pierce was a good man, a devout Baptist. Some of the older citizens remember his prayers, always beautiful and usually concluding with the petition “When done with the time and fellowship of earth, save us with an everlasting salvation, Amen.” Pierce married Lucy, daughter of Churchill Carpenter, a slave owner of 1837.  A storm wrecked Will Pierce’s house as the family was fleeing for life found safety in a storm pit in April 1909. Ida Pierce came to Oktibbeha County in 1900 and married
Will F. Pierce in 1902. They had two children, a son, Simeon Pierce and a daughter Margaret Pierce.” George Smith Turner lived in the large house next to the Loui Wier home on Main Street adjacent to the library. He succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 77 having been in ill health for several months. He was a highly respected citizen who was prominent in the civil and religious life of Starkville. For many years, he had served as a Steward of the Methodist church of which he was a lifelong member. He had been engaged in the hardware business 40 years.  He had one daughter, Mrs. Charles B. Flora of Danville, Virginia, and a sister, Mrs. R.K. Wier of Starkville. N. D. Burdine lived at 403 Myrtle Avenue in Starkville. He was very active in the Boy Scout program of Troop 14 and was a member of the Starkville Rotary Club. Dr. Clyde Q Sheely was one of the most famous former professors of Mississippi State University for whom the Clyde Quitman Sheely Circle is named. Sheely Circle serves nine of the 12 oncampus fraternity houses. Its entrance/ exit points are accessible from Bully Boulevard, the major thoroughfare from the Five Points intersection near Scott Field to its merger with the state Highway 12 bypass, and from the Russell Street entrance to campus. Dr. Sheely, who died in 1983 at age
79, was the first to receive the MSU Alumni Association’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching. An active researcher, he held five patents for chemical and technical processes and wrote more than 20 scientific papers. A Rankin County native and Pelahatchie High School graduate, Sheely taught chemistry from 1929 until his retirement in 1970. He also served for many years as the supervisor of the College of Arts and Sciences’ general chemistry program. In addition to faculty duties, Sheely was alumni adviser for the campus chapter of Kappa Sigma social fraternity, where he was a charter member and recipient of its highest honor. For more than a quarter century, Sheely led the MSU commencement procession as grand marshal. William H. Smith lived on the Old West Point Road. Everyone called him by his nickname, “Smitty.”  He was the last person to have the hardware store on Main Street. To Bill Stacy, our former mayor, now your friends can gather at the Starkville Café and have coffee and remember this old hardware store on Starkville’s Main Street, which is “gone but not forgotten.”  You all probably remembered this store because Dr. Sheely, a man of many tales, was likely your professor or you had heard the tales. You can “thank” Pat Stacy for this information. 
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sans, begonias and a surprise lily that popped up and bloomed near the center. Given the maintenance the garden requires, and Marilyn’s critical eye, she said pure spectator enjoyment often eluded her. “I’ll sit and look and think ‘this needs to be changed’ or ‘this could be better,’” she said. “It’s an ongoing process.” Marilyn inherited her green thumb from two grandmothers who maintained flower gardens. While living in Amory, which she also did for 21 years, she completed a Garden Clubs of Mississippi landscaping course to become a certified “landscape critic.” That’s when she said she got into landscape design, and soon she was designing and maintaining a caladium garden at her Amory home. When Cookie retired and the two moved to Starkville to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren, Marilyn first had to strike a deal with Cookie to let him have a dog in return for his blessing to convert much of the yard into a flower garden. Then she had to deal with the clay and lime soil that lent itself poorly to her plans. She “double-dug” the soil by hand, added pete moss and sand and waited
for the rain to soften the soil to where she could plant successfully. “I had to start from scratch because I knew what would grow in the shade (caladiums), but I had to find out what would grow in the sunshine,” she said. “It took me two years to do a bed because I had to work with what nature gave me.” Cookie said he pretty much just left Marilyn to it. “I just sit in the house and watch her work,” he said. “I do mow the yard, but I’ve never picked up a spade full of dirt for it. It is a pleasure to walk out here and see this, though.” Now a member of M’Lady Garden Club in Starkville, she has faithfully kept pictorial scrapbooks and records of the garden’s life, documenting each summer and fall. Cookie even finagled a way to get her an aerial shot of the whole garden in bloom in July 2006. While Marilyn knows that age will one day catch up to her and disallow her to continue with her passion, she said she rarely worried about that because the day had not yet come. For now, she says, she works. And it’s all been worth it. “I enjoy every minute of it,” she said. “God gave me this feeling of wanting to work with my hands, so I just have to have my hands in dirt. Then one thing leads to another.”
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Simple, helpful kitchen tips
For Starkville Daily News So much of life happens in the kitchen - from hurried morning breakfasts to after school snacks with the kids - it’s likely to be the most travelled room of the home. Unfortunately, all this activity in one room can cause many messes and much required upkeep. By following a few simple steps, you can keep this important space tidy, clean and smelling great. Here are some simple tips to keep your kitchen clean and inviting: dishes by hand said their skin is usually dry afterwards.
E ngagements
Keep Up With Countertops.
The kitchen countertop is the easiest place to collect a mess so it’s important to keep it tidy. Because so many countertops are made with fine woods, stones and other specialty materials, it is important to know what cleaning products you can use on them so they keep their beautiful appearance. In general, avoid abrasive cleaners and never use steel wool or other Add Some Citrus. harsh brushes which can scratch the surface. Invest in protectors such as trivets for Does your garbage disposal have an hot cookware, or trays for oil bottles and uninviting stench? Here’s one simple solu- other cooking items that keep permanent tion - use orange or lemon peels to freshen residence on countertop space. the drain or disposal. Simply run cool water from your faucet, turn on the disposal, Love Your Oven. throw in the peels and take in the fresh citrus scent. This is a perfect way to use old Ovens are often the most neglected apfruit that is no longer good enough to eat. pliance in the kitchen. Open them up to
Make Dishes Sparkle.
Dirty plates, pots, pans, glasses and utensils pile up quickly in busy kitchens. Get dishes sparkling clean with a dish liquid that leaves your hands feeling touchably soft, such as Palmolive Soft Touch dish liquid. In a recent survey conducted by Kelton, 33 percent of those who wash
find baked-on spills, burnt-on food, as well as splatters covering the exterior. Be sure you’re giving your oven the maintenance it needs by cleaning it at least once each season. Whether you’re using a homemade cleaning concoction or a heavy-duty storebought brand, it is important to scour every nook and cranny. Also, give attention to the range top and ensure all extra food debris has been removed and cleaned.
Reed - Vail
Mr. & Mrs. Dayle Reed of Starkville announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather SueZann Reed, to William Morris Vail, son of Betty Jo Vail and Kenneth Vail, both of Montpelier. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wardlaw of Okolona, and Mrs. Margaret James and the late Mr. Gerald James of Starkville. Ms. Reed is a 2007 graduate of Starkville Academy and a 2013graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. The prospective groom is a 2004 graduate of West Point High School in West Point. Mr. Vail is currently employed with BK Edwards of Cumberland. The couple will exchange vows on August 31, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Stables at 804 Woodside Drive in Starkville. A reception will follow at the same location.
Stubbs - Richardson
Mr. Richard and Mrs. Lori Stubbs of Starkville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Stubbs to Josh Richardson of Ripley, MS. Megan is the granddaughter of Suzanne Larison of Starkville and the late John Larison, and Janey Stubbs of Starkville and the late Richard Stubbs Sr. Josh is the son of Paul and Lisa Richardson of Ripley and the grandson of the late William and Lula Hall of Ripley, JD and Ann Richardson of Ripley, and Jack Batastini and the late Elizabeth Batastini of Ripley. Megan is a 2007 graduate of Starkville Academy, a 2011 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and will graduate with a Masters in Sociology in 2013. Megan is currently attending Mississippi State University to obtain a Ph.D in Sociology, while working at the Social Science Research Center. Josh is a 2005 graduate of Ripley High School, and a 2011 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Computer Science and Engineering. Josh is currently the Systems Administrator at the Social Science Research Center. Megan and Josh met three years ago at the Social Science Research Center. The wedding will take place the 10th of August at the Islander Resort Beach in Destin, Fla. ,with Rev. Bob Whiteside presiding. After the wedding, the couple will return to their home in Starkville.
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Consider recovery options for storm-damaged trees
Mississippi landtop down toward the scapers often see fasecond cut. vorite trees fall victim Never cut flush with to lightning, strong the trunk or branch winds and other elefrom which you are ments, especially durpruning. Removing ing tropical storm tree limbs is dangerous season, leaving the work. If you’re unsure owners to make hard about your ability to Gary Bachman perform the proper redecisions on the trees’ future health. MSU Horticulturist pairs, hire a certified arTypical damage in- Costal Research & borist for the job. These cludes wounds, split Extension Center trained professionals can branches, exposed treat and repair many roots, various degrees types of damage and can of leaning trunks, and broken and save many trees. torn limbs. In many cases, a damBecause of the twisting and aged tree must be removed and re- bending caused by high winds, placed. many branches and trunks will split. Limb damage affects the shape Certified arborists can repair this and general health of the tree. It damage using mechanical means must be pruned properly to avoid such as bolts and cables. I know it additional damage. Small branches sounds pretty easy, but because of and limbs, typically one inch or less the danger involved, certified arin diameter, can be removed with borists must perform these repairs. a single cut. Remove them at the Continue to care for all trees branch collar to help the tree heal. after repairs are completed. Check The branch collar is a slightly raised soil moisture. Mulching may be area around the point where the needed to conserve moisture as the branch connects to the trunk. dry fall months approach. Avoid seMany homeowners don’t believe vere pruning. Prune a damaged tree that trees can heal after storm dam- just enough to balance any loss of age. Trees don’t heal in the same roots. Cut out broken, diseased and sense that we do after an injury. malformed branches, and give the Bandages play no role in a tree’s tree a desirable shape. healing process. A process called During the stormy summer compartmentalization occurs in a months, keep drainage areas clear tree’s response to injury, strength- to keep the landscape in good ening and sealing off the area shape. These pathways keep water around the injury. flowing and draining away from Never use a treatment such as gardens and landscapes. Many mupaint, caulk, cement or any other nicipalities keep these easements material to cover a tree wound. clear because grasses and trees will These attempts to bandage the grow in them throughout the year. wound will trap disease organ- Some cities won’t remove trees isms. Always trim damaged, jagged from drainage easements. In these branches to an even surface, using cases, don’t allow small trees to a wood chisel if needed. This pre- become established. If left alone, caution will allow the tree to form they will grow into large trees and callus tissue around the edges of the become potential landscape and wound and eventually seal off the property liabilities during extreme damaged area. weather. To remove large, heavy limbs greater than one inch in diameter, Gary Bachman is an assistant Exuse the drop-cut method (1-2-3 tension research professor of hortitechnique) to avoid ripping bark culture at the Coastal Research and and wood. This method involves Extension Center in Biloxi. Locate first removing the bulk of the dam- Southern Gardening columns and aged limb, then making a cut on television and radio programs on the underside of the limb near the the Internet at trunk, and finally cutting from the news/.
This damaged maple tree survives but provides less shade after Hurricane Gustav blew through in 2002. (Photo by Gary Bachman, MSU Extension Service)
This ditch is an extreme example of a drainage easement that has been neglected, allowing small trees to become large problems. (Photo by Gary Bachman, MSU Extension Service)
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Section C
Smith on sports
High School Athletics
Danny P. Smith
Sports Editor
Renfroe off and running for Emeralds
he projection for former Mississippi State baseball player Hunter Renfroe to make the major leagues will be by 2015. If he continues on the pace that he's shown to begin his professional career, don't expect it to be that long. Renfroe has gotten off to a good start for the Eugene Emeralds in the San Diego Padres' organization. In his first two games, he has gotten four hits in seven atbats. "Hunter can beat you in so many different ways," MSU baseball coach John Cohen said in a statement released by the school. "The Padres are getting such a dynamic five-tool player." Renfroe had a 2-for4 outing in his pro debut, including a double. His first hit was an infield single. "It was really interesting that his first hit last night was an infield hit," Cohen said. "He is such a physical guy who can really run. It surprises people sometimes at just how fast he really is." In the second game, an 8-0 victory for Eugene, Renfroe went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. One of his hits was a broken bat single. It's just the first of many experiences Renfroe will have with the wooden bat. The Emeralds of the Class A Northwest League must certainly be glad to have Renfroe on the roster right now. With two wins in two games, Eugene has improved its record from 9-18 to reaching the doubledigit mark in wins column at 11-18. Friday night's performance caused the Emeralds to tweet this message, "It's the Hunter Renfroe hit parade. His very next AB, he promptly sends one down the line for a double. So...this kid is pretty good, eh?" The unusual green jersey of Eugene, which resemble the bright Oregon Duck colors, may be a little difficult to look upon, but the swing of No. 35 has been something fans of the Bulldogs have grown to love. It was quite an impressive
Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell encourages his team during a game Kate Mattox participates in a cross country meet for SHS last season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, For Starkville Daily News) last season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, For Starkville Daily News)
Maintaining standard
SHS looks to remain strong even with move to Class 6A
By JASON EDWARDS   There have been some major accomplishments in the past year for Starkville High athletics. SHS athletic director Stan Miller also is excited about the future. Miller and the Yellowjackets are focused on the move up to Class 6A, then there is the addition of several new coaches as well as the bringing in of a completely new sport. Before SHS embarks on the new territory, Miller assessed the current state of the athletic program. “Looking at the last two years, Starkville school district athletic program rates in the top 5 in the state,” Miller said. “There is no doubt and anybody you talk to will tell you where we are. We won the 5A All-Sports trophy last year. I love that as an athletic director because I look at it as not that I did it, but I’ve got tremendous athletes, tremendous facilities and tremendous coaches. There are schools that have great football or basketball, but we put the whole package on the table and I Volleyball coach Lauren Love has many veterans returning that should am real excited about that.” keep the Lady Jackets in the playoff hunt going into next season. (Photo by Part of what attributes to that top 5 Kim Murrell, For Starkville Daily News) rating are sports like volleyball, tennis,
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swimming and football that all competed for or won a state championship last season. With volleyball, many of the veterans return so Miller looks for the Lady Jackets to pick right back up where they left off in 2012. Tennis may have lost a few seniors, but they have a strong junior class coming up that is ready to take up any slack left by departing players. Starkville’s swimming team has been strong for many years and with no
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Parks doesn’t pass up opportunity to coach with Rose, EMCC Lions
By BEN WAIT something I wanted to do. I wanted to give myself at least a shot to start out with older guys.” Another coaching offer presented itself and this one he couldn’t turn down. Parks was hired by East Mississippi Community College to be an assistant coach last week. “I did tell myself that if a college coaching opportunity came, that would be the only way I would consider it,” Parks said. “When (Chris) Coach Rose called me, asking me if I wanted to coach here, I didn’t pass it up. It’s been awesome already. It’s just be an easy transition.”  Rose coached Parks at Meridian Community College for two years before he headed to Starkville. Parks’ primary coaching
Jarrod Parks told himself that he was never going to coach, unless the right offer came along.  The former Mississippi State Bulldog was released by the Los Angeles Angels organization last September. He returned to his hometown, Madison, where several coaching offers presented themselves. Most were high school jobs and that’s not want he wanted to do. He decided to start giving private lessons to young players, but knew that wasn’t going to last for long. Jarrod Parks follows through on a swing during his playing “I was in Madison just doing baseball days at Mississippi State. (Photo submitted by MSU athletic stuff, private lessons and stuff like that media relations) by myself,” Parks said. “That’s just not
responsibilities will be with the Lions’ infield and also day-to-day instruction of EMCC’s hitters. “I’m very excited to be able to bring in someone with Jarrod’s knowledge of the game, energy level and overall character,” Rose said in a school release. “He’s been around some of the best instructors in the game with Coach (John) Cohen and his staff at Mississippi State as well as with the Los Angeles Angels franchise. Jarrod’s SEC connections and experience factor can’t be measured, and we look forward to having him make an impact on our baseball program here at EMCC.” Parks is excited to be reunited with Rose. Parks came to respect Rose while
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The number of come-from-behind wins the Atlanta Braves have this season. It is tied for the most in the MLB.
SHS preps for football season
Starkville High School officials encourages the public to be ready for football Friday nights this fall as the Yellowjackets seek to defend their State championship. SHS has five home dates against Oxford, that has been labeled as “Little Egg Bowl” on August 30, Southaven on Sept. 13, Northwest Rankin on Oct. 4, Madison Central on Oct. 18 and Clinton on Nov. 8. The ticket prices are adult all-sports for $60 and student all-sports for $50, while general admission is $6, reserve seating and parking is $45, chair back reserve ticket and parking is $50, one-time only chair back is $10, and season parking is $10. Tickets go on sale July 29 at 401 Greensboro Center room 212 beginning at 9 a.m.
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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 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 East Division W L Pct GB 54 40 .574 — Atlanta Washington 47 47 .500 7 Philadelphia 46 48 .489 8 New York 40 50 .444 12 Miami 35 57 .380 18 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 56 36 .609 — Today AUTO RACING Noon TNT — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, New Hampshire 300, at Loudon, N.H. 2 p.m. NBCSN — IRL, IndyCar, Indy Toronto, race 2 10 p.m. NBCSN — IRL, Indy Lights, at Toronto (same-day tape) CYCLING 7 a.m. NBCSN — Tour de France, stage 15, Givors to Mont Ventoux, France GOLF 8:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Scottish Open, final round, at Inverness, Scotland 11 a.m. NBC — European PGA Tour, Scottish Open, final round, at Inverness, Scotland Noon TGC — PGA Tour, John Deere Classic, final round, at Silvis, Ill. 1:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Manulife Financial Classic, final round, at Waterloo, Ontario 2 p.m. CBS — PGA Tour, John Deere Classic, final round, at Silvis, Ill.
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“I’m full go for the British Open.”
Tiger Woods put that statement on his website Saturday. He has been battling through an elbow strain. The Open starts Thursday.
what’s on tv
NBC — USGA, U.S. Senior Open Championship, final round, at Omaha, Neb. 6 p.m. TGC — Tour, Utah Championship, final round, at Sandy, Utah MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon TBS — Texas at Detroit 12:30 p.m. WGN — Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia 7 p.m. ESPN — St. Louis at Chicago Cubs MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m. ESPN2 — Exhibition, All-Star Futures Game, at New York MOTORSPORTS 6:30 a.m. SPEED — MotoGP World Championship, German Grand Prix, at Hohenstein, Germany 2 p.m. SPEED — MotoGP Moto2, German Grand Prix, at Hohenstein, Germany (same-day tape) SOFTBALL Noon ESPN — World Cup, round robin, United States vs. Puerto Rico, at Oklahoma City 8 p.m. ESPN2 — World Cup, championship, teams TBD, at Oklahoma City
RDavis, Toronto, 24; McLouth, Baltimore, 24; Altuve, Houston, 21; Kipnis, Cleveland, 21; Trout, Los Angeles, 21; Andrus, Texas, 19; LMartin, Texas, 19; AlRamirez, Chicago, 19; Rios, Chicago, 19. PITCHING – Scherzer, Detroit, 13-1; MMoore, Tampa Bay, 13-3; Colon, Oakland, 12-3; Tillman, Baltimore, 11-3; Masterson, Cleveland, 10-7; FHernandez, Seattle, 9-4; Verlander, Detroit, 9-6; CWilson, Los Angeles, 9-6; Sabathia, New York, 9-7. STRIKEOUTS – Darvish, Texas, 157; Scherzer, Detroit, 152; Masterson, Cleveland, 137; FHernandez, Seattle, 136; Sale, Chicago, 131; Verlander, Detroit, 122; DHolland, Texas, 121. SAVES – JiJohnson, Baltimore, 32; Nathan, Texas, 30; MRivera, New York, 30; Balfour, Oakland, 24; AReed, Chicago, 24; Frieri, Los Angeles, 22; Rodney, Tampa Bay, 22; GHolland, Kansas City, 22.
SPRD hosts flag football
The Starkville Parks and Recreation Department presents youth flag football league for girls and boys ages 6-12. Registration opens August 5 and ends on August 23. The times are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Starkville Sportsplex front office. The registration fee is $45 per player. There will be an onsite registration on Thursday, August 15 from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday, August 22 from 5-7 p.m. inside the multi-purpose facility at the Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane. Potential participants must attend one of these two onsite registrations to complete a timed 30-yard dash and to measure his/her height. The 2013 season is scheduled to begin Sept. 16 and end approximately Nov. 12. Sponsorships are available for a fee of $175 per team. For more information, contact William Pochop at 662323-2294, or visit
the area slate
Today No area games scheduled
56 36 .609 — St. Louis Cincinnati 52 42 .553 5 Chicago 42 50 .457 14 Milwaukee 37 55 .402 19 West Division W L Pct GB Arizona 49 44 .527 — Los Angeles 47 46 .505 2 Colorado 45 50 .474 5 San Francisco 42 50 .457 6½ San Diego 41 53 .436 8½ Friday’s Games St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 2 Pittsburgh 3, N.Y. Mets 2, 11 innings Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia, ppd., rain Miami 8, Washington 3 Cincinnati 4, Atlanta 2 Arizona 2, Milwaukee 1 Colorado 3, L.A. Dodgers 0 San Francisco 10, San Diego 1 Saturday’s Games Chicago White Sox 5, Philadelphia 4, 11 innings, 1st game Atlanta 5, Cincinnati 2 L.A. Dodgers 1, Colorado 0 Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Mets 2 Chicago Cubs 6, St. Louis 4 Miami 2, Washington 1, 10 innings Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia, late, 2nd game Milwaukee at Arizona, late San Francisco at San Diego, late Today’s Games Washington (Jordan 0-2) at Miami (H.Alvarez 0-1), 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 4-2) at Philadelphia (Hamels 4-11), 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati (Cingrani 3-1) at Atlanta (Teheran 7-4), 1:35 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Gee 6-7) at Pittsburgh (Cole 4-2), 1:35 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 8-4) at L.A. Dodgers (Nolasco 6-8), 4:10 p.m. Milwaukee (W.Peralta 6-9) at Arizona (Kennedy 3-5), 4:10 p.m. San Francisco (Zito 4-6) at San Diego (Stults 7-7), 4:10 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 12-5) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 6-6), 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Game All-Star Game at New York (Mets), 8 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 58 37 .611 — Tampa Bay 54 41 .568 4 Baltimore 52 43 .547 6 New York 51 43 .543 6½ Toronto 45 48 .484 12 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 51 42 .548 — Cleveland 50 44 .532 1½ Kansas City 43 48 .473 7 Minnesota 38 53 .418 12 Chicago 37 53 .411 12½ West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 54 39 .581 — Texas 54 40 .574 ½ Los Angeles 44 47 .484 9 Seattle 41 52 .441 13 Houston 33 60 .355 21 Friday’s Games Cleveland 3, Kansas City 0 N.Y. Yankees 2, Minnesota 0 Baltimore 8, Toronto 5 Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia, ppd., rain Detroit 7, Texas 2 Houston 2, Tampa Bay 1 Boston 4, Oakland 2 Seattle 8, L.A. Angels 3 Saturday’s Games Minnesota 4, N.Y. Yankees 1 Chicago White Sox 5, Philadelphia 4, 11 innings, 1st game Toronto 7, Baltimore 3 Tampa Bay 4, Houston 3 Cleveland 5, Kansas City 3 Texas 7, Detroit 1 Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia, late, 2nd game Boston at Oakland, late L.A. Angels at Seattle, late Today’s Games Kansas City (Shields 4-6) at Cleveland (U.Jimenez 7-4), 1:05 p.m. Minnesota (Gibson 1-2) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 9-7), 1:05 p.m. Texas (M.Perez 3-1) at Detroit (Verlander 9-6), 1:08 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 4-2) at Philadelphia (Hamels 4-11), 1:35 p.m. Toronto (Jo.Johnson 1-4) at Baltimore (Feldman 0-1), 1:35 p.m. Houston (Bedard 3-5) at Tampa Bay (Archer 3-3), 1:40 p.m. Boston (Workman 0-0) at Oakland (Colon 12-3), 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Blanton 2-11) at Seattle (Iwakuma 7-4), 4:10 p.m. Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Game All-Star Game at New York (Mets), 8 p.m. League Leaders National League BATTING – YMolina, St. Louis, .334; Cuddyer, Colorado, .329; Craig, St. Louis, .327; Segura, Milwaukee, .321; MCarpenter, St. Louis, .320; Posey, San Francisco, .320; Scutaro, San Francisco, .318; Votto, Cincinnati, .318. RUNS – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 72; CGonzalez, Colorado, 67; Holliday, St. Louis, 64; Votto, Cincinnati, 64; Choo, Cincinnati, 63; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 60; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 59; JUpton, Atlanta, 59. RBI – Goldschmidt, Arizona, 77; Craig, St. Louis, 73; Phillips, Cincinnati, 71; DBrown, Philadelphia, 65; Bruce, Cincinnati, 64; CGonzalez, Colorado, 64; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 62. HITS – Segura, Milwaukee, 117; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 113; Craig, St. Louis, 112; Votto, Cincinnati, 111; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 108; CGonzalez, Colorado, 106; YMolina, St. Louis, 106. DOUBLES – MCarpenter, St. Louis, 28; Bruce, Cincinnati, 27; Rizzo, Chicago, 27; YMolina, St. Louis, 26; GParra, Arizona, 26; Posey, San Francisco, 26; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 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, 25; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 24; DBrown, Philadelphia, 23; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 21; Beltran, St. Louis, 19; Bruce, Cincinnati, 18; Uggla, Atlanta, 17. STOLEN BASES – ECabrera, San Diego, 32; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 28; Segura, Milwaukee, 27; Revere, Philadelphia, 22; CGomez, Milwaukee, 21; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 20; Pierre, Miami, 18. PITCHING – Zimmermann, Washington, 12-4; Wainwright, St. Louis, 12-5; Corbin, Arizona, 11-1; Lynn, St. Louis, 11-4; Lee, Philadelphia, 10-3; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 10-5; 6 tied at 9. STRIKEOUTS – Harvey, New York, 147; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 139; Samardzija, Chicago, 128; Latos, Cincinnati, 127; Wainwright, St. Louis, 126; Lee, Philadelphia, 125; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 122. SAVES – Grilli, Pittsburgh, 29; Mujica, St. Louis, 26; Kimbrel, Atlanta, 26; RSoriano, Washington, 24; Chapman, Cincinnati, 21; Romo, San Francisco, 21; Papelbon, Philadelphia, 20. American League BATTING – MiCabrera, Detroit, .367; Trout, Los Angeles, .323; DOrtiz, Boston, .323; Mauer, Minnesota, .321; ABeltre, Texas, .318; Pedroia, Boston, .318; Loney, Tampa Bay, .316. RUNS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 72; CDavis, Baltimore, 68; AJones, Baltimore, 64; Trout, Los Angeles, 64; Bautista, Toronto, 61; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 61; Encarnacion, Toronto, 59. RBI – MiCabrera, Detroit, 95; CDavis, Baltimore, 89; Encarnacion, Toronto, 71; NCruz, Texas, 69; Fielder, Detroit, 69; AJones, Baltimore, 65; DOrtiz, Boston, 65. HITS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 132; Machado, Baltimore, 127; ABeltre, Texas, 118; Pedroia, Boston, 117; Trout, Los Angeles, 117; AJones, Baltimore, 115; Ellsbury, Boston, 112; Mauer, Minnesota, 112. DOUBLES – Machado, Baltimore, 39; Mauer, Minnesota, 29; Trout, Los Angeles, 29; CDavis, Baltimore, 26; JCastro, Houston, 25; JhPeralta, Detroit, 25; 6 tied at 24. TRIPLES – Ellsbury, Boston, 7; Trout, Los Angeles, 7; Drew, Boston, 6; Gardner, New York, 5; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 5; LMartin, Texas, 5; Kawasaki, Toronto, 4; HKendrick, Los Angeles, 4. HOME RUNS – CDavis, Baltimore, 36; MiCabrera, Detroit, 30; Encarnacion, Toronto, 25; ADunn, Chicago, 24; Ibanez, Seattle, 24; NCruz, Texas, 22; ABeltre, Texas, 21; Cano, New York, 21. STOLEN BASES – Ellsbury, Boston, 36;
EMCC football tickets available
SCOOBA – Season tickets are currently available for East Mississippi Community College’s five-game 2013 home football schedule. Available at a cost of $150, EMCC’s 2013 season football tickets are for chair back reserved seating, which also includes preferential parking located near Sullivan-Windham Field for all Lion home football games. As an added feature, EMCC’s 2013 season football ticket orders would also include tickets to any postseason football games to possibly be hosted by the Lions during the first two Saturdays of November. East Mississippi football fans may order their season tickets online at or by contacting Ginnie Cody of the EMCC athletic office by calling 662-476-5728 or e-mailing In addition to purchasing season tickets online via PayPal, EMCC fans may also order season tickets over the phone by using MasterCard or Visa. EMCC’s five-game home football schedule kicks off Thursday, Sept. 5 against traditional rival East Central Community College. Southwest Mississippi, another MACJC South Division foe, invades Sullivan-Windham Field the following week on Sept. 12. Homecoming 2013 will have the Coahoma Tigers visiting the Scooba campus for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Lions’ MACJC North Division home slate also features the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi on Thursday, Oct. 10 and the Itawamba Indians for the regular-season finale on Thursday, Oct. 24. Ranked sixth nationally in this year’s Dirty 30 preseason rankings, the EMCC Lions will kick off their 2013 football slate on the road versus Pearl River Community College on Thursday, Aug. 29 in Poplarville. The EMCC Lions, guided by sixth-year head coach Buddy Stephens, are two-time reigning MACJC North Division champions and 2011 NJCAA national champions. Under Stephens’ direction, EMCC has also claimed two MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 football championships along with four division titles over the past five seasons.
All-Star Rosters Rosters for the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York (x-injured, will not play; y-injury replacement; f-final player fan vote): National League Starters Catcher — Yadier Molina, St. Louis First Base — Joey Votto, Cincinnati Second Base — Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Third Base — David Wright, New York Shortstop — Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Outfield — Carlos Beltran, St. Louis; Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado; Bryce Harper, Washington Reserves Catcher — Buster Posey, San Francisco Infielders — Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Pittsburgh; Everth Cabrera, ss, San Diego; Matt Carpenter, 2b, St. Louis; Allen Craig, 1b, St. Louis; f-Freddie Freeman, 1b, Atlanta; Paul Goldschmidt, 1b, Arizona; Marco Scutaro, 2b, San Francisco; Jean Segura, ss, Milwaukee Outfielders — Domonic Brown, Philadelphia; Michael Cuddyer, Colorado; Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pitchers Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco; Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati; Patrick Corbin, Arizona; Jose Fernandez, Miami; Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh; Matt Harvey, New York; Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles; Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta; Cliff Lee, Philadelphia; Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh; Adam Wainwright, St. Louis; Travis Wood, Chicago; Jordan Zimmermann, Washington.
American League Starters Catcher — Joe Mauer, Minnesota First Base — Chris Davis, Baltimore Second Base — Robinson Cano, New York Third Base — Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Shortstop — J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Outfield — Mike Trout, Los Angeles; Adam Jones, Baltimore; Jose Bautista, Toronto Designated Hitter — David Ortiz, Boston Reserves Catcher — Jason Castro, Houston; Salvador Perez, Kansas City Infielders — Prince Fielder, 1b, Detroit; Jason Kipnis, 2b, Cleveland; Manny Machado, 3b, Baltimore; Dustin Pedroia, 2b, Boston; Jhonny Peralta, ss, Detroit; Ben Zobrist, 2b, Tampa Bay Outfielders — Nelson Cruz, Texas; Alex Gordon, Kansas City, Torii Hunter, Detroit Designated Hitter — Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Pitchers x-Clay Buchholz, Boston; Brett Cecil, Toronto; y-Bartolo Colon, Oakland; x-Jesse Crain, Chicago; x-Yu Darvish, Texas; fSteve Delabar, Toronto; Felix Hernandez, Seattle; Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle; Justin Masterson, Cleveland; y-Matt Moore, Tampa Bay; Joe Nathan, Texas; y-Glen Perkins, Minnesota; Mariano Rivera, New York; Chris Sale, Chicago; Max Scherzer, Detroit; Justin Verlander, Detroit Transactions
MAC hosts coaches clinic
CLINTON – The Mississippi Association of Coaches will conduct the 58th All-Sports Clinic to Mississippi Coaches on July 17-19 at the Hilton Hotel located at I-55 North at County Line Road in Jackson. Several coaches are scheduled to attend the event, including Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen. A complete schedule is available on the MAC website. For more information, contact the MAC at 601-924-3020 or or visit the MAC officials at the registration desk at the Hilton Hotel.
Bucks sign Mayo to 3-year deal
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard O.J. Mayo. The Bucks agreed to terms on a three-year, $24 million contract with Mayo last week. But thanks to a series of moves that general manager John Hammond has in the works, the Bucks had to wait until Saturday to make the contract official. The 25-year-old Mayo averaged 15.3 points for the Dallas Mavericks last season. His signing should help the Bucks deal with the loss of J.J. Redick to the Clippers and the expected departure of Monta Ellis. With Dirk Nowitzki out with a knee injury, Mayo averaged 20.9 points and shot 52.9 percent from 3-point range in the first month last season. He tied a career high with 40 points against the Rockets on Dec. 8.
Sharapova hires Connors as new coach
Maria Sharapova has hired Jimmy Connors as her new coach. A day after announcing she was parting with Thomas Hogstedt, Sharapova posted on her website Saturday that she would work with the eight-time major champion. Connors coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. He briefly worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open. Hogstedt coached Sharapova for nearly three years. She said Friday he wouldn’t be able to travel in the near future and they agreed she should find a new coach. A winner of the career Grand Slam, the second-ranked Sharapova was upset in the second round at Wimbledon this year. She says “I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments.”
Baseball American League BOSTON RED SOX – Transferred LHP Andrew Miller from the 15- to the 60-day DL. Added LHP Matt Thornton to the active major league roster. Optioned RHP Steven Wright to Pawtucket (IL). CHICAGO WHITE SOX – Recalled LHP Donnie Veal from Charlotte (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS – Agreed to terms with 2B Jose Altuve on a four-year contract through 2017. Activated CF Justin Maxwell from the 7-day DL. Optioned RHP Jarred Cosart to Oklahoma City (PCL). MINNESOTA TWINS – Optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Rochester (IL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS – Activated INF Brett Lawrie from the 15-day DL. Optioned INF Munenori Kawasaki to Buffalo (IL). Sent LHP J.A. Happ on a rehab assignment to GCL Blue Jays. National League ATLANTA BRAVES – Recalled OF Jose Constanza from Gwinnett (IL). Optioned LHP Alex Wood to Gwinnett. CHICAGO CUBS – Claimed OF Cole Gillespie off waivers from San Francisco. MIAMI MARLINS – Recalled RHP Tom Koehler from New Orleans (PCL). Placed RHP Chad Qualls on the paternity list. NEW YORK METS – Sent 1B Justin Turner on a rehab assignment to GCL Mets. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES – Sent C Erik Kratz on a rehab assignment to Reading (EL) WASHINGTON NATIONALS – Sent RHP Ryan Mattheus on a rehab assignment to Hagerstown (SAL). American Association GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS – Signed LHP Josh Biggs. LINCOLN SALTDOGS – Announced CF Daniel Carroll signed with Atlanta (NL). Can-Am League NEWARK BEARS – Released RHP Ryan Fennell and INF Ryan DiMascio. Frontier League EVANSVILLE OTTERS – Signed LHP Christian Kowalchuk. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS – Signed LHP Matt Crim. Basketball National Basketball Association DALLAS MAVERICKS – Agreed to terms with G Monta Ellis. HOUSTON ROCKETS – Signed C Dwight Howard to a four-year contract. MILWAUKEE BUCKS – Signed G O.J. Mayo. to a three-year contract. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS – Acquired the rights to F Royce White, C-F Furkan Aldemir additional consideration and from Houston for future draft considerations. SAN ANTONIO SPURS – Re-signed C Tiago Splitter.
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Camp Corner
Girls Basketball
There will be a girls basketball camp held at the Starkville Sportsplex on July 29-31. Girls ages 7-15 can participate in the event that will run from 8 a.m. until noon each day. The registration fee is $35 per child. For more information, call 662-4182552 or email nextleveltraining32@ with the Little Dawg Camp and Half Day/Full Day Camps. Open to ages 4-6 and running from 9-11:30 a.m. each day, the Little Dawg Camp’s goal is to develop each player’s passion for the game while teaching agility, coordination and individual skills through fun games. Gordon and his staff wrap the first week of the camp slate with the Half Day Camp (9 a.m.-noon) and the Full Day Camp (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Under the guidance of Gordon, Casella, fellow assistants Ashley Gordon and Robbie Kroger, and the rest of the camp staff, campers will receive instruction in the individual skills, tactics and fundamentals of team play. Gordon wraps his inaugural camp slate with the July 26-28 Elite College Prep Camp. Open to girls age 1418, the Elite College Prep Camp is structured to expose players to the demands of the college game. Camp sessions focus on developing technical and tactical abilities through position-specific training. Participants also get to experience the speed and agility training used by the Bulldog soccer team to prepare for competition in the SEC.
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MSU Baseball
Though the Mississippi State baseball team has concluded their historic run to the 2013 NCAA College World Series, baseball activity is set to heat up on the Mississippi State campus with two more sessions of the Bulldog Baseball Summer Camp. The High School All-Skills Exposure Camp has concluded and the High School Pitcher/Catcher/ Infield Camp is currently underway. This summer’s camp offerings, directed by MSU baseball camps coordinator Jake Wells, conclude with a pair of Youth Day Camp sessions (Monday through Thursday and July 22-25). These sessions are geared toward baseball athletes in grades 1-8 and provide a wide array of baseball training and competition during each day’s session and Dudy Noble Field and the nearby Palmeiro Center. For additional camp details or to register online, visit www.hailstate. com/baseball camps or call the MSU baseball office at 662-325-3597.
Ole Miss Baseball
The Ole Miss baseball program will host two more summer baseball camps in the coming weeks and spots remain available for campers in both sessions. The first of the two camp sessions runs July 15-18, while the second camp session runs from July 22-25. Both camps are open to campers from first through 12th grade. The Ole Miss Summer Baseball Camps are geared to provide coaching, competition, and the facilities necessary for rapid improvement through fundamental drills and game situations. Through lectures, information is provided on positive thinking, goal setting and other skills designed to help campers fulfill their potential on and off the baseball field. The week-long camps feature: primary and secondary position fundamentals, hitting mechanics, throwing and fielding, bunting and sliding, team offensive and defensive strategies, and instructional games. For more detailed information on costs and accommodations, go to or call camp director Fuller Smith at 662-915-1348. (Editor’s Note: To have information included in the SDN’s Camp Corner, either fax to 662-323-6586 or email to sports@ Camp Corner will be included in future edition’s during the remainder of the summer months as space allows.)
In this photo that appeared in the Starkville Daily News on June 26, it showed members of the Starkville 10-year-old All-Stars that competed in Pontotoc and won a trophy in a warm-up tournament. T.J. Kent was misidentified as a coach in the original cutline, but is actually a player, while coach Stuart Davis' name, second from left on top row, was misspelled. The Starkville Daily News attempts to report the news accurately and regrets any confusion this has caused readers. (Submitted photo)
College Football
MSU Soccer
Mississippi State head coach Aaron Gordon’s first summer soccer camp slate in underway. The camps began with the Little Dawg and Half Day/Full Day camps and conclude with the July 26-28 Elite College Prep Camp. Registration for the camps can be found at camps. For more information on the camps, contact assistant coach Phil Casella (pcasella@athletics.msstate. edu or 662-418-4303. “During our short time at Mississippi State, our staff has seen how hard Mississippi is working to grow the sport of soccer. As proud members of the Mississippi soccer community, we strive to be a vital source of soccer development in Our State,” Gordon said. “With our soccer camps, our goal is to provide every camper, regardless of skill level, with a fun and challenging experience here at Mississippi State University.” The camp slate kicks off Monday
Penn State raises money for charity during work
By ANDY ELDER Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Some may view the Penn State football team’s signature charity event — Lift for Life — as a simple fundraiser, but the Nittany Lions aren’t among them. The players saw it as a chance to help beat kidney cancer and show off some of the grueling workouts they endure to get a leg up on the competition heading into the start of fall drills on Aug. 4. “Lift for Life a lot of people see as an event. But for us, and Fitz (Director of Strength and Conditioning for Football Craig Fitzgerald), it’s a workout,” said offensive lineman Ty Howle, who serves as the Penn State Uplifting Athletes’ director of operations. “We’re going to lift hard. It’s not something that’s chalked up; it’s still a hard workout for us.” Fellow offensive linemen Eric Shrive (president) and Adam Gress (vice president) and Howle form the leadership of Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a national organization that raises funds for research into rare diseases, those that affect fewer than 200,000 Americans. All three agree that the Nittany Lions’
offseason conditioning program gives the team an edge. “It absolutely makes all the difference. Games are won on Saturdays, but the work is put in during the summer and winter. That all comes back to Fitz and how he pushes us through the workouts,” Gress said. “It’s definitely satisfying. It’s definitely a confidence boost. To see yourself get the kind of results that we do from doing the work we do through summer, through the winter, it’s definitely something that makes you more confident in the way you’ll play overall.” With the season opener against Syracuse on Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., fewer than 50 days away, several hundred fans turned out Friday to the Penn State lacrosse field. Three offensive squads competed against three from the defense in six different tests of strength and speed. Through the start of the event, Shrive said more than $113,000 had been raised. When the final total is announced early next week, Shrive said the total raised in the 11 years of the event will approach $850,000. For Shrive, the event has taken on personal significance. His uncle — Marty King of Scranton — was diagnosed with kidney cancer two years ago. He’s doing well now, Shrive said.
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designation between 5A and 6A, Miller expects the tough competition to continue. Last but certainly not least among the list of championship contenders is the SHS football team, which not only played for but won the Class 5A State championship in 2012. A good majority of the team will be back for 2013, but there are some holes that coach Jamie Mitchell and his staff will have to fill before opening day. “Coach Mitchell is looking for a good thing and I believe we are going to go deep into the playoffs if not play for a state championship," Miller said. When Miller begins to talk about basketball, a smile breaks out across his face displaying just how excited he is about Starkville’s future on the hardwood. According to Miller, Kristie Williams has the girls team “coming along” thanks to a “great feeder system.” The plan is to move Blair Schaefer to the two position where Miller says she is going to be “dynamic” due to not having to handle the ball all of the time. After that, the Lady Jackets have a new girl coming in to play post as well as a couple of point guards so Miller is “looking for really good things there.” With the boys, Miller says they “ought to do
really well.” “Greg’s kids have been working hard all summer,” Miller said. “Much of the same group is back and we have some big stuff coming into the program so I am looking for good results in a year or so.” Looking towards sports like soccer, track and field and cross country, Miller is expecting nothing but the best. “What can you say about cross country and track and field,” Miller said. “Steven Griffin and Caroline Woomer have about 60 strong kids who have been going all summer. They will compete no matter whether 5A or 6A. “In soccer, we played for North State the past two years. Going to 6A is going to be tough, but our boys are loaded. In both girls and boys, we have several players coming back and we will compete well.” Sports like golf, power lifting and bowling have been solid at Starkville over the last few years and in 2013, Miller expects them all to continue to be among the “top echelon” in the state. Miller is also looking ahead with the progress of softball, where the school already has a plan in place. “Coach (Wendy) Jolly is doing a good job and she taken over both fast- and slow-pitch," Miller said. "To combat the weakness in slow-
pitch, we will probably play a limited schedule in the fall while really focusing on the fast-pitch program. I really want to advertise fast-pitch and what we are going to do there in the spring. (We) just really (need to) work on building up the program.” New to the Jackets this season will be archery. After deciding to field a team, Miller says he was surprised to see just how many archers there were at Starkville, so he thinks the team “can jump right in and do a good job with it.” Also new to Starkville High is Travis Gardner, who joins the athletic staff as the head baseball coach. Gardner will take over a relatively young club that only graduated three last year. “We have a lot of talent coming in,” Miller said. “We had a great junior high program, so we are looking in a couple of years to be very competitive. We are excited about our new coach. He is a proven winner. He is a local and we think in a few years, we are going to have a solid program.” Joining Gardner in the new coach ranks are Robert Byrd and Troy Barton, who are both coming in to assist in basketball and Cynthia Millons who will also be joining the hardwood team as she arrives to take the girls 9th grade program as well as assisting with the varsity
program. Holly Schaefer is still on board to work with the girls’ basketball team. Miller hopes to have a new tumbling coach for the cheerleaders and a new assistant baseball coach in place by the time the respective seasons start. Along with the changes in coaching, Starkville High has some exciting changes coming in the facilities area thanks to a “great summer with the booster clubs.” Baseball and softball will both be getting new black windscreens as well as improvements to the dugouts and installation of new and improved hitting cages. The biggest story for Starkville athletics might be the planned installation of a new football and track surface which is set to begin construction following the end of football season. If all goes as planned, Miller is counting on his track and field seniors being able to finally run a meet at home. Along with the new track surface, the old 9th grade fields will be transformed into discus and shot put areas so that once spring hits, all the pieces will be in place to host a meet. Miller has much on his plate as athletic director for Starkville High, but he is ready for the job and if all goes as planned, the school should have no trouble maintaining that top 5 rating.
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two-year run for Renfroe at MSU. After Renfroe won the C Spire Boo Ferriss Trophy, signifying the best college baseball player in Mississippi, he became a Louisville Slugger All-American, an All-Southeastern Conference selection, a member of the SEC All-Defensive Team, and a part of the SEC AllTournament and NCAA Starkville Regional AllTournament Teams. The Bulldogs will certainly miss Renfroe's bat in the middle of the batting order. It won't be easy to replace the 16 home runs, 65 runs batted in and a .345 batting average of last season. As much as it would have
been nice to see Renfroe return in MSU colors next season, there's no way he could have turned down the first-round money to play pro baseball. The No. 13 overall selection got a $2.678 million bonus for officially joining the Padres. There is a photo series on the back of this section that shows the time Renfroe spent in San Diego on Tuesday. He looks much better in a Padres' jersey. It shouldn't be much longer before he's back in that uniform. 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.
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playing for him for two years.  “I absolutely love Coach Rose,” Parks said. “My family loves Coach Rose, my mom cries every time she sees him and I love Coach Rose’s family. He’s just an awesome guy. He’s what you call in the baseball world a player’s coach and he knows a lot about the game. He is just so in touch with his players and former players. I couldn’t be happier to start out with him.” After two years at Meridian Community College, Parks got an offer to come play for Cohen and the MSU Bulldogs. Parks primarily played third base for the Bulldogs. In his senior season of 2011, Parks was one of three finalists for the Cellular South (C Spire Wireless) Ferriss Trophy. He started 62 games for MSU that year. He batted a team-high .363 and led the Southeastern Conference in batting
average for the regular season. He also led the Bulldogs with 77 hits, three triples, 44 walks, 20 hit by pitches and a .507 on-base percentage. Parks helped MSU win the Atlanta Regional before falling in three games to Florida in the Gainesville Super Regional that season.  The two years spent with the Bulldogs gave Parks time to get to know Cohen and the rest of the MSU coaching staff in Lane Burroughs and Nick Mingione.  “Coach Cohen has obviously had the biggest impact on my life as a player and already starting out as a coach,” Parks said. “Coach Mingione and Coach Burroughs, I’ve already taken a lot of stuff that they’ve taught me. I’m having to write down all this offensive stuff and in-fielding stuff. Most of the stuff I’m writing down is the stuff I’ve been taught at Mississippi State. Coach Cohen has had a huge impact on me already.” Parks is excited about his new career and hopes it last a very long time. He also wouldn’t mind returning to a place that is
close to his heart. “Being as young as I am, I would like to one day have that opportunity to coach with Coach Cohen, or if he gets way old and retires, hopefully I will be in that talk,” Parks said. “I would love to come home to Mississippi State, whether that be 20 years from now, five years from now or two years from now. I would love to have that opportunity like Coach Cohen did to come back home.” Parks was taken in the 24th round by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2011 FirstYear Player draft. His last stop was at the Angels’ Class A Advanced affiliate with the Inland Empire 66ers before being released.  Although his playing days are over, Parks is happy to be back in the game of baseball. “Thanks to everybody who has supported me all the way, thanks to the Mississippi State family and thanks to all the coaches up there at State helping me out to get to where I am today,” Parks said.
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Minor contribution gets Braves victory
By CHARLES ODUM Associated Press ATLANTA — Mike Minor took advantage of support from unexpected sources — a combined seven hits by three fill-in outfielders and, in an even bigger surprise, his own two-run double. Minor struggled early before recovering to throw seven strong innings, and also hit a go-ahead double that led the Atlanta Braves over Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Saturday. The Braves, who lost starting outfielders Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton to injuries in the first two games of the series, found success with their fill-ins. Jose Constanza, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, started in left field and hit leadoff with Reed Johnson in center and rookie Joey Terdoslavich in right. The patchwork outfield combined for seven hits, including three by Constanza. “I feel bad for them to be hurt,” Constanza said through a translator. “It’s a bad way to be called up, but I was ready to come up here and help the team win.” Brian McCann and Dan Uggla hit home runs, but the second-string outfielders stole the show. “I think Vegas lost a lot of money today when they saw our lineup,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “But you know what, you can’t judge and you can’t handicap heart.” Minor’s two-run double in the fifth inning gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead and provided the pitcher a rare opportunity to brag about his batting skills, even though he was hitting only .086 before the at-bat. “Oh yeah, every time I go up there I think I’m going to hit the ball,” Minor said with a slight smile. “No, actually I thought it was a fastball and it was a slider.” Minor (9-4) snapped a streak of five straight starts without a win. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits and one walk — including only one hit in his last five innings. Minor’s two-run double in the fifth gave the Braves a 3-2 lead. Bailey (5-8) lost his second straight start since throwing his second career no-hitter on July 2. He faded after being given an early 2-0 lead, allowing Atlanta Braves' Mike Minor hits a go-ahead double against the Cincinnati Reds during the four runs on 10 hits in six innings. fifth inning of Saturday's game. (Photo by John Amis, AP) Bailey said he was hurt by infield singles and
ground balls, including Minor’s double, that skipped down the line. “It was just one of those days,” Bailey said. “It just seems like I’ve had a lot of one-of-those days.” Minor appeared headed toward a short outing when he threw 51 pitches in the first two innings. He gave up singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto and walked Brandon Phillips to load the bases with one out in the first. Minor escaped by striking out Jay Bruce and ending the inning on Todd Frazier’s liner to third base. “It’s disheartening to see it happening over and over again,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of the wasted scoring opportunity. “(Minor) wasn’t sharp. We had him on the ropes and then we came out with nothing. His pitch count was high, then he settled down in the middle innings and was extremely tough on us.” The Reds took a 2-0 lead in the second. Zack Cozart tripled, Chris Heisey doubled and Choo hit an RBI single. Minor then recorded 11 consecutive outs, providing his teammates an opportunity to rally. After McCann’s 12th homer in the fourth, the Braves took the lead with two runs in the fifth. Johnson singled, Terdoslavich hit his first career double and Minor followed with a sharp grounder down the left-field line that drove in both runners. Constanza hit an RBI single in the sixth. Uggla hit his 17th homer off Alfredo Simon in the seventh. Braves reliever Luis Avilan walked Votto and gave up a single to Phillips with two outs in the eighth. Bruce ended the inning with a fly ball. Craig Kimbrel struck out Frazier, Cozart and pinch-hitter Xavier Paul in the ninth for his 26th save. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the game he is confident Heyward can recover from his strained right hamstring by resting through the All-Star break. Gonzalez said the “trickiest” injury is Justin Upton’s left calf strain. He said calf injuries can be nagging. B.J. Upton, who has strained right adductor (upper leg, inside), said he felt “a little better” Saturday but couldn’t predict if he expects to be ready after the All-Star break. The Braves plan to delay decisions on possibly placing the Upton brothers on the disabled list until after the break.
Greinke, Dodgers gain win
From Wire Reports LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke retired his first 13 batters before finishing a twohitter to win his fifth straight start and lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 1-0 Saturday night. The Dodgers won for the 14th time in 17 games despite the absence of rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, who missed his first game since his promotion on June 3 because of a sore left hip. He was removed during the previous two games of this series for precautionary reasons. Greinke (8-2) struck out nine, walked one and got 14 groundball outs while recording his fourth shutout and 13th complete game in 245 career starts. He outpitched Tyler Chatwood (5-3), who gave up a run in the first inning then nothing the rest of the way.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws to the plate during the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against Colorado. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill, AP)
bullpen faltered in relief of spot in his second-shortest outing of the season. starter Carlos Torres.
Cubs 6, Cardinals 4
CHICAGO — Matt Garza pitched into the seventh inning for his fifth consecutive win and Alfonso Soriano homered again, leading Chicago over St. Louis. Garza allowed a season-high 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, but held the NL’s highest scoring offense to two runs while improving to 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts. The right-hander struck out four and walked two. Soriano is batting .350 (21 for 60) with nine homers and 19 RBIs in his last 15 games. Jon Jay had four hits and Matt Adams went 2 for 4 for St. Louis, which had won six of seven, including a 3-2 victory in the second game of the four-game series on Friday night. Kevin Gregg allowed Jay’s two-out RBI single in the ninth before retiring Pete Kozma with runners on the corners for his 17th save in 19 chances. Lance Lynn (11-4) was knocked out in the fifth inning
Marlins 2, Nationals 1, 10 innings
Pirates 4, Mets 2
PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen hit a tying home run and delivered a go-ahead single the next inning to rally Pittsburgh past New York for the Pirates’ third straight win. McCutchen’s 10th homer made it 2-all in the sixth. He added an RBI single in the seventh off Greg Burke (0-2). Justin Wilson (6-1) earned the victory in relief of starter A.J. Burnett. All-Star closer Jason Grilli worked a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 29th save. The victory assured Pittsburgh (56-36) of its best record at the All-Star break since 1975. Marlon Byrd and Eric Young had two hits apiece for the Mets, but New York’s
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton homered leading off the ninth inning to tie it and Ed Lucas beat out double-play relay in the 10th to lift Miami over Washington. Stanton connected against Rafael Soriano. Steve Cishek (3-4) struck out Scott Hairston and Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third to end the Washington 10th. Adeiny Hechavarria opened the Miami 10th by reaching second when third baseman Chad Tracy fielded his chopper but threw the ball into stands. Craig Stammen (4-4) walked Jeff Mathis and Placido Polanco sacrificed both runners over. Justin Ruggiano was intentionally walked to load the bases. Lucas grounded to second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, who threw to shortstop Ian Desmond for the forceout at second. Lucas beat the throw to first as the winning run scored.
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Rays rally, edge Astros
From Wire Reports ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Luke Scott downplayed his contribution to Tampa Bay’s win. Scott hit a two-run homer and a goahead RBI single Saturday but he credited the efforts of his Rays’ teammates in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Trailing 3-0, Scott hit a two-run homer off Houston starter Dallas Keuchel in the fifth. Yunel Escobar then had a two-out double, stole third and scored on Desmond Jennings’ RBI bunt single. In the sixth, Wil Myers singled with two outs then stole second before scoring on Scott’s hit. “They’re little things that mount up in the course of a game, and I think that’s indicative of what we’ve been doing as a lineup,” Scott said. “Guys up and down the lineup contributing all sorts of things with the bat, with the legs.” After Scott’s eighth homer got the Rays on the board, Escobar doubled with two outs and stole third base on a very close — and risky — play. “That’s got to be almost a 100 percent play if you’re going to try that,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “Why do that? Because then Desmond can do what he did.” Jennings beat out a bunt down the first base line and Escobar scored to make it 3-3. “The pitcher was lifting his leg and he gave me just one look,” Escobar explained through an interpreter. “I thought I could get a jump and get to third base. After that, a wild pitch or anything could score me, so I took a chance.” Roberto Hernandez survived a shaky first inning to post the Rays’ 14th straight quality start, going six innings and giving up three runs and six hits. He won for the first time in six starts since June 11. Hernandez (5-10) struck out six. Myers had two hits and scored twice for the Rays, who have won 13 of 15. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 22nd save. The Astros jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind Brett Wallace’s two-run homer and J.D. Martinez’s RBI groundout. Houston had four hits in the first but only two the rest of the way and never got a runner to second base in the final eight innings. The Rays tied it in the fifth against Keuchel, who gave up six hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. Scott’s single in the sixth came off Lucas Harrell (5-10), who relieved with one out. “When you’re called on, you have to go up there and get people out,” Harrell said. “It doesn’t matter what the situation is, you have to go out there and make pitches.” Scott, who extended his hitting streak to nine games, is hitting .373 with five home runs in his last 23 games. “I’ve had some moments in my career like this and even better, where the baseball slows down for me and the swing feels good and I’m not missing the pitches I’ve been getting Tampa Bay Rays Luke Scott celebrates after hitting a home to hit,” he said. “It’s familiar territory, but it’s run. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz, AP) been a long time and I’m enjoying it.”
Deduno pitches slumping Twins past Yankees 4-1
From Wire Reports NEW YORK (AP) — Samuel Deduno pitched seven impressive innings and the slumping Minnesota Twins finally figured out a way to beat the New York Yankees, hitting three home runs off Phil Hughes in a 4-1 win Saturday. Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon connected against Hughes — all on 2-2 pitches. Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak with its second victory in 14 games, winning for the first time in six meetings with the Yankees this year. New York won 32 of the previous 39 matchups, including a pair of playoff sweeps. Beaten by Hughes earlier this month, Deduno (5-4) scattered six hits in his first start at Yankee Stadium. He struck out three, walked three and matched the longest outing of his career. Casey Fien pitched a scoreless eighth and All-Star closer Glen Perkins, making his first appearance in a week, got three outs for his 21st save in 23 chances. Hughes (4-9) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings but gave up three homers in a game for the second time this season. He has allowed 18 long balls in as many starts. The Yankees, who swept four games in Minnesota from July 1-4, had won three straight and nine of 12. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire missed the finish after he was ejected in the eighth for arguing a call at first base. About 13 hours after the Yankees finished a rain-delayed shutout Friday night, the teams were back on the field. New York jumped on top in the first inning when Ichiro Suzuki doubled and scored on Robinson Cano’s single, but Deduno got Vernon Wells to ground into an inning-ending double play and settled in from there. The right-hander, who pitched the Dominican Republic to the World Baseball Classic championship in March, got some help when Zoilo Almonte was caught stealing second with a runner on third to end the fourth. Deduno struck out Suzuki with two on to finish the fifth and worked around a oneout double in the seventh. Plouffe tied it in the second, and Doumit put the Twins ahead in the seventh. Gardenhire was ejected by plate umpire Vic Carapazza in the eighth after Clete Thomas was called out for interference while running to first on a slow roller that was picked up by Hughes. His throw to first got away from Lyle Overbay as the runner arrived almost simultaneously, but Thomas was called out by Carapazza and Aaron Hicks was sent back to first base. striking out six. It was Scherzer’s first regularseason loss since Sept. 23, a span of 21 starts. The defeat came in his final start before the All-Star game — he could start the event next Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York. Former Mississippi State Bulldog Mitch Moreland’s two-run homer in the fourth gave Texas a 3-0 lead, and for once, the AL Central-leading Tigers didn’t back Scherzer with much offensive support. Derek Holland (8-4) allowed a run and five hits in seven innings. Adrian Beltre added a tworun homer in a three-run ninth for Texas. Scherzer entered the day leading the majors in run support, and that was no small reason for his unblemished record. He struck out three in the first. Jurickson Profar’s line drive in the second appeared to catch Scherzer just above the belt, but the Detroit pitcher threw to first for the out and was able to keep going. The Rangers finally put his streak in jeopardy in the fourth. Nelson Cruz led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pierzynski. Scherzer then issued a walk to Elvis Andrus, and that came back to haunt him when Moreland lifted a drive to leftcenter for his 13th homer of the season. Hernan Perez hit an RBI single in the bottom of the inning, but Pierzynski’s RBI bloop double in the fifth made it 4-1. Scherzer did extend one streak. He’s struck out at least six hitters in all 19 starts this year. When he walked off the mound after the third out of the sixth, a few fans behind the Detroit dugout gave him a nice ovation, presumably sensing his night was done. Scherzer threw a season-high 122 pitches. Holland, meanwhile, lowered his ERA to 3.08, which is actually better than Scherzer’s mark of 3.19. Holland started the Rangers’ 11-8 victory over Detroit on May 19, allowing two of Miguel Cabrera’s three homers in that game. He kept the Tigers quiet Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 44,061 at Comerica Park. Texas starters are only 1013 since the beginning of June, even after Holland’s solid performance. had three hits to help the Blue Jays secure their fourth win in 11 games. Davis increased his majorleague leading home run total to 36 with his third long ball in three games, a solo shot in the second inning. Reggie Jackson is the only player in AL history with more home runs before the All-Star break, hitting 37 in 1969. infield hit with the bases loaded added two runs in the inning.
Interleague White Sox 5, Phillies 4
Indians 5, Royals 3
CLEVELAND — Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first career grand slam, Scott Kazmir pitched into the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals. Chisenhall’s homer in the sixth broke open a 1-0 game and hit off the facing of the second deck in right field, landing in Kansas City’s bullpen. Kazmir (5-4) allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings for his first victory since June 21 as the Indians won for the fifth time in seven games. Miguel Tejada’s RBI single in the seventh broke a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings for Kansas City, which has lost four in a row. Alcides Escobar’s
Blue Jays 7, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE — J.P. Arencibia put Toronto ahead with a two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Blue Jays overcame home runs by Chris Davis and Adam Jones in a victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Edwin Encarnacion hit his 25th homer, and Maicer Izturis
PHILADELPHIA — Alexei Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. After a 41-minute rain delay following the top of the ninth, White Sox righty Nate Jones escaped a no-out, second-andthird jam in the bottom half. The teams were forced to play two after Friday night’s interleague game was rained out. John Lannan faces Chicago’s Hector Santiago in the nightcap.
Rangers 7, Tigers 1
DETROIT — Max Scherzer’s unbeaten run ended when the Texas Rangers tagged the Detroit All-Star with his first loss of the season, defeating the Tigers. Scherzer (13-1) was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to start 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and
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Auto Racing
Busch contends for Chase spot
By DAN GELSTON Associated Press LOUDON, N.H. — Kurt Busch has lost rides with top teams. He’s paid the price for losing his cool more times than anyone in NASCAR can count. Busch, though, has never lost his ability to drive. He’s kept his composure, kept that superior skill behind the wheel and kept pace this season with the best in the Cup series. Yes, Jimmie Johnson is again the driver to beat. Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth are primed to be in the thick of championships contention. But look who’s lurking not too far behind. Just the 2004 Cup champion who’s found a home at Furniture Row Racing and found a regular spot running up front to put NASCAR on notice that he can still be as good as it gets in a stock car. Busch is ninth in the points standings entering today’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He’ll start second in the No. 78 Chevrolet at a track where he has three career victories — and he has win No. 1 of this season in sight. Busch has reeled off three straight top-six finishes and has five top 10s in his last seven races to storm into contention and up the standings. “For us to be in the Chase is a huge accomplishment for a single-car organization,” Busch said. “For me, it’s great to be back in the Chase and the fraternity of guys I’m accustomed to hanging out with over the years.” With 24 career Cup wins, Busch had long proven himself as one of the top drivers in the sport. But he’s had more teams (2) than wins (0) the last two seasons and hasn’t pulled into Victory Lane since winning the
Kurt Busch talks with his crew after the final practice before today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Photo by Jim Cole, AP) fall 2011 race at Dover. He has plenty of time to take the checkered flag this season — not that he necessarily needs a win to make the Chase. With eight races left until the 12-driver field is set for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Busch just needs to keep the steady top 10s coming to stick around. “You don’t have to win, but you have to stay away from those bad finishes,” Busch said. “If you do just nice, consistent runs, then you control your own destiny going to Richmond.” Busch knows how easy it is to lose control. He blew rides at multicar teams owned by Jack Roush and Roger Penske because of a lengthy list of confrontations and bad behavior. Out of elite ride options, he hitched a ride last year with James Finch’s underfunded racing team before making a late-season switch to Furniture Row. He finished 28th in the season-opening Daytona 500 and sprinkled two top-fives in with five finishes of 20th or worse over the first seven races. He was doing well in April at Martinsville until a bad fuel pump and then a brake issue caused his race to end in a fiery crash. The car that had been seventh was dumped to 37th place. Busch and crew chief Todd Berrier have found the right combination over the last month. Busch has gone from 20th to 17th to 14th to ninth in the standings and suddenly looks like the driver who was always a threat to win at any track. “Kurt was always hands down to me the guy that I
looked to and said, ‘Wow, how did he do that? How did he go that fast? How did he make that happen?’” former teammate Brad Keselowski said. “I always walked away and said that guy was talented.” While his behavior will always be scrutinized, his outbursts at the media and dustups with other drivers that once landed him on probation have fallen by the wayside this season. No one’s really waiting for that next high-profile incident — just the next win. “We can’t force it,” Busch said. “I keep saying it and then I go out there and I try a little bit harder and drive that 101 percent and it steps over the line.” Busch’s Furniture Row team has been bolstered by a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. He’s a free agent again at the end of the season and could be in the mix to take Harvick’s spot at RCR in 2014. Busch stayed at Berrier’s house in Colorado in the offseason and bonded with the pit crew in North Carolina, calling those visits the “best way” to build a team. But if another top organization like RCR makes a pitch, Busch will listen. “There are a lot of irons in the fire,” he said. “It’s good to run well. Being in the top 10 in points is an accomplishment. Now we’ve just got to close the door behind us and make sure we are part of the group that is in it.” And if they do make the Chase? “If I accomplish something and check that off the box, what’s next,” he asked. It could mean Busch will be back with a deep-pocketed team where the big boys play. But take a look at the standings and it’s like he never left.
Summerhays gains control with 2-shot lead at Classic
From Wire Reports SILVIS, Ill. — Calm skies and a near-perfect course gave every golfer at the John Deere Classic the chance to shoot a really low number on Saturday. Daniel Summerhays went lower than everyone else, seizing firm control heading into Sunday's final round. Summerhays shot a 9-under 62 for a two-stroke lead following third-round play. Summerhays, whose previous best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for fourth, enters the final round at 19-under 194 and in position for his first career win. He notched 10 birdies while matching the lowest third-round score in tournament history. "I think when I'm playing well the mentality is make as many birdies as you can," Summerhays said. "I'm really looking forward to (Sunday). I'm playing really well." Canadian David Hearn (64) is second at 17 under. Defending champion Zach Johnson held a share of the lead after each of the first two rounds, but he's now alone in third after shooting a 67. J.J. Henry and Jerry Kelly are tied for fourth at 15 under, while Nicholas Thompson leads three golfers at 14 under. Summerhays had missed three straight cuts — failing to shoot a round under 70 in those events — before finishing ninth last week at the Greenbrier Classic. He's been hot all weekend at Deere Run, though, and Saturday marked the lowest round of his career. Summerhays blew a 2-shot lead during the final round of the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last year and finished fifth, but he insists that he'll take an easygoing approach into Sunday. "I know there's going to be obstacles and challenges, as there always are. There are always things that stand in your way. But I'm just excited to see what those are and deal with them," Summerhays said. Hearn finished with three birdies in four holes to pull within two shots of Summerhays. After matching 66s, Hearn went two strokes lower to give himself a chance today. Johnson had been remarkably consistent over his last six rounds at Deere Run, but for the first time in a long time, Johnson found himself battling just to hang close to the leaders. He eagled No. 2 with a 60-foot putt to grab the lead outright but a bogey at the par-4 6th was his first here in 62 holes, and he picked up another one five holes later. Still, Johnson likes his chances heading into the finale.
U.S. Senior Open
OMAHA, Neb. — Kenny Perry went for broke, and now he is back in contention for a second straight win in a senior major. Perry shot a 6-under-par 64 at the Omaha Country Club on Saturday and, along with Fred Funk, will go into the final round of the U.S. Senior Open two shots behind leader Michael Allen. Perry, who was 10 shots off the lead after a 73 on Friday, figured he would need to halve the deficit to have a chance Sunday. He posted nines of 32-32 and got some help from Allen, who went from 63 on Friday to 72 on Saturday and was at 8-under 202. It looked as if Funk, the 2009 champion, might fade after taking a double-bogey on No. 10. But he birdied the last two holes for a 67, rolling in a 35-foot putt on the 18th. Suddenly, he was right back in the tournament, too. Allen, a journeyman on the regular tour and a four-time winner since joining the senior tour in 2009, started with a 5-shot lead — the largest after 36 holes in the tournament's 34-year history. He went out in even-par 35, but he bogeyed three holes on the back nine and came in with a 37. The 54-year-old Allen has been playing through neck pain. He rubbed the right side of his neck Saturday as he walked up the last two fairways. He saved par on the 17th but bogeyed No. 18 to set the stage for a dramatic finish.
Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
WATERLOO, Ontario — The course was dry yet the greens remained soft at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Saturday. Players aimed straight at the pins for a third straight day and the scoreboard was loaded with low numbers as a result. South Korea's Hee Young Park shot a careerlow 61 to move into sole possession of the lead at Grey Silo Golf Course. Her 20-under 193 total left her one shot up on American Angela Stanford and two strokes ahead of Scotland's Catriona Matthew. With 21 players already in double digits at 10 under or better and course conditions likely to remain the same, expect a shootout today. Park's three-round score was the best 54-hole total on tour this year and it was just the 11th time a player has shot 61 in tour history. She almost went one better — nearly chipping in for eagle on the 18th before tapping in a short putt for her sixth birdie on the back nine alone.
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Grenada Lake presents challenge
ach day of our lives we often find ourselves in a situation where we are challenged. It could be our jobs, our family life, or even dealing with the challenge of growing older. Yes, our lives are filled with challenges. The challenge of fishing a different lake each month has the boys in the Starkville Bass Club trying to figure out a game plan for each individual lake. We ask ourselves, what will the weather be like? Should I fish shallow are deep? What will the water temperature be? Will my boat’s electronics and motor guide all be in
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good working order? The greatest challenge for most of us may be the question, “Honey is it OK if I fish the monthly tournament with
the boys?” Fortunately for me, my wife, LaNell, is right there in the back of the boat with me each tournament and I enjoy her presence and company along with our K9 companions French Fry and Pepper. Yes, it is also a challenge getting up at 3 a.m. and driving to the lake of choice for a 5:30 a.m. blast off, then fishing until 3:30 p.m. weighin time and driving back home after an eight plus hours on the water. So you see you have truly got to love the challenges of a day on the lake and putting a good five bass limit in the boat. For the next several
months, the temperatures are on the rise, and the summer patterns for catching bass depend on catching an early top water bite and then fishing deep as the air and water temperatures heat up.  Our June tournament found us fishing an old familiar lake just 65 miles northwest of Starkville. Grenada Lake was built back in 1952, and was the only place Starkville folks used to fish until the Tenn-Tom waterway was completed. Yes, many of us have fond memories of Grenada Lake when she was in her glory days. As for our June tournament,
she was a hard lake to figure out and needless to say a big challenge. As a matter of fact, there was only one five fish limit weighed in during the two day tournament. First place honors went to Bo Bell with five bass weighing 8.32 pounds. Wesley Westbrook took second place for two bass weighing 4.82 pounds. Third place honors went to Heinz Davis with two bass weighing 4.7 pounds. Congratulations Bo for a good catch on a rough weekend. Maybe next month’s tournament will be less of a challenge as we journey south to Ross Barnett Reservoir to hopefully catch a few more
fish and get a lot more bites. However, as I said earlier, it’s all about having a good challenge. Until next month, “Keep a tight line” and “May God bless you and your family.” In the month when we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and our nation’s birthday, special thanks and prayers go out to all our service men and women who fight to keep our country free. Bill Kellum is a contributing outdoor writer 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.
July celebrated as National Park and Recreation Month
ince 1985, America has celebrated July as National Park and Recreation Month, celebrating unbridled outdoor recreation and encouraging everyone to explore their local recreational facilities and parks in honor of summer and the beauty of nature. The beginning of July marked a time of celebration, and often leads into a great summer of activities and programs for groups of all ages, such as hiking and fishing, educational and innovative fairs and festivals, park tours and much more. Designated in 1985 as National Park and Recreation Month by the
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National Recreation and Park Association, the month of July is ideal for groups and families to rediscover their local parks and visit new ones. Encouraging outdoor physical activity and
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actively promoting parks and recreation in communities across the country, the NRPA actively supports and promotes creative celebrations through their magazine Parks & Recreation, and encourages communities and townships to submit their own celebration and activity information. The object of the NRPA and National Park and Recreation Month isn’t just to encourage outdoor recreational activity and increase park visitation, but also to recognize and salute those who work in the parks system to make our park experience enjoyable and unforgettable. The beauty of a park can reside within our hearts and minds long after
we have left, and children and adults alike will certainly enjoy the tranquility and peace of such natural serenity. We should consider the care and effort that goes into maintaining our parks by the vast number of park employees who dedicate themselves to the difficult but rewarding task of park maintenance. You can check your park websites to find out what programs, festivals and activities may be occurring in your area in honor of National Park and Recreation Month. Many communities celebrate enthusiastically with park pride days, nature festivals, park picnics, group hikes, community sports events, park
beautification activities, and much more. Outdoor recreation is a key factor of National Recreation and Parks Month, focusing on the need for physical activity, and what better place to enjoy physical activity than during the many beautiful summer days in the month of July. Although the many activities and celebrations can be overwhelmingly fun, the importance of physical activity should not be forgotten, and should especially be instilled in children and young adults. The NRPA website, nrpa. org, contains more information and tools for communities to utilize in order to create their own list of activities
and celebrations. Samples of proclamations and press releases are available for download, as well as a sample calendar of activities and important information to let everyone in the community know that July is National Recreation and Parks Month. James L. Cummins is executive director of Wildlife Mississippi, a non-profit, conservation organization founded to conserve, restore and enhance fish, wildlife and plant resources throughout Mississippi. Their web site is The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
The undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Sumatran tiger skin/California confiscated by the USFWS. More than 150 people face federal and state charges after authorities disrupted wildlife trafficking operations involving tiger and leopard pelts, elephant ivory and live birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the arrests Thursday an undercover operation that included officers from 16 states, three federal agencies and three Asian countries. (Photo by USFWS, AP)
Service announces arrests in online trafficking operation
By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON — More than 150 people face federal and state charges after authorities disrupted online wildlife trafficking operations involving tiger, leopard and jaguar pelts, elephant ivory and live birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the arrests Thursday after an undercover operation that included officers from 16 states, three federal agencies and three Asian countries. Items seized under “Operation Wild Web” include the pelts of endangered big cats such as the Sumatran tiger, leopard and jaguar; live migratory birds such as the California scrub jay; whale teeth; elephant and walrus ivory; and a zebra pelt. “Our message is clear and simple: The Internet is not an open marketplace for protected species,” said Edward Grace, deputy assistant director for law enforcement for the Fish and Wildlife Service. Working with counterparts in California, Texas, New York, Florida and Alaska and other states, federal officials targeted illegal wildlife sellers who operate through Craigslist, eBay and other Internet marketplaces and classified ads. Wildlife officers in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia ran similar operations at the same time. The items were seized last August, although charges are still being brought in many cases. Six Southern California residents were charged Thursday with selling endangered species and animal parts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said. “As a major platform for the illicit trade in wildlife, the Internet has become a dangerous place for animals,” said Jeff Flocken, North American regional director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, an advocacy group that worked with the federal task force. “Wildlife crimes are not only harmful to endangered species, they also pose serious threats to national and global security,” Flocken said. Illegal wildlife trade generates an estimated $19 billion a year worldwide and ranks fourth on the list of the most lucrative global illegal activities behind narcotics, counterfeiting and human trafficking, the animal welfare group said in a report last year. Federal laws regulating the sale of wildlife include the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act; the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in wildlife, fish and plants that have been illegally taken, transported or sold. Other states involved in “Operation Wild Web” were Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
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R ed carpet f or R en f roe
San Diego Padres first-round draft choice Hunter Renfroe, right, from Mississippi State walks onto the field at Petco Park Former Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe and first-round pick of the San Diego Padres takes batting practice with the team’s executive vice-president and general manager Josh Byrnes. Renfroe signed a contract with the Padres this week that included a signing bonus of $2.678 million. (Photo by Lenny Ignelzi, AP) at Petco Park on Tuesday. (Photo by Lenny Ignelzi, AP)
Former Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe, left, is greeted by San Diego rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko on Tuesday. (Photo by Lenny Ignelzi, AP)
Hunter Renfroe, left, San Diego’s first-round draft pick out of Mississippi State, meets Padre shortstop Everth Cabrera and catcher Rene Rivera, right. (Photo by Lenny Ignelzi, AP)
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