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Taking kids to Safety Town
By STEVEN NALLEY OCH Regional Medical Center Director of Infection Control Kim Roberts wanted to help children see germs in a new light. She brought a device to the Starkville Sportsplex designed to let children place their hands under both ultraviolet light and the gaze of a camera, which fed footage to a nearby monitor. To represent germs, she had a hand cream that, once rubbed in, was invisible to the naked eye. Under ultraviolet light, the cream appeared bright blue on Roberts’ hands, as well as the hands of any children she shook hands with, until removed with sanitizing wipes. This cream, she said, symbolized germs, and it showed how communicable seemingly invisible germs could be. “We teach them virtually everything has germs on it,” Roberts said. “That doesn’t mean we don’t touch things. It just means we wash our hands before we eat or before we touch our faces. We can show how well they clean their hands, and they can see spots they missed.” Roberts was one of several exhibitors at Starkville Junior Auxiliary’s Safety Town program, which began Monday at the Starkville Sportsplex and will continue through today. Visitors from city and county schools rotated through seven displays, including a close look at one of Starkville Fire Department’s fire trucks and one of OCH’s ambulances. Leah Kemp, co-chair of Safety Town, said Junior Auxiliary had conducted the program for a number of years, but this might be the most successful yet. “We’ve got over 700 kindergartners and pre-k classes from our county that are participating in this,” Kemp said. “It’s the largest number of students we’ve ever had. We’ve really tried to create stations the kids will enjoy and benefit from. We’ve got a great group of volunteers here. The kids look forward to this every year. They love the fire truck, although I think the germ machine might be a new favorite.” Roberts said this was OCH’s first year bringing this germ machine to Safety Town, but the hospital had participated in Safety Town for sev-
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Jayden Bean, a kindergartner in Patricia Miller’s class at Sudduth Elementary, views his hands under an ultraviolet light, revealing the presence of a cream invisible to the naked eye designed to represent germs. To Bean’s right is OCH Regional Medical Center Director of Infection Control Kim Roberts, who ran this booth at Junior Auxiliary’s Safety Town Monday at the Starkville Sportsplex. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Noxubee Refuge head Meet the Blind speaks to Rotary club event aims to
By MORGAN UPTON As the product of an Army family, Steve Reagan has lived many places in his life, but after 14 months in Starkville as the director for the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, Reagan has found himself enjoying Starkville. “Everybody in the community has made me feel very welcome here,” Reagan said. “It’s been a very nice place for me to stay and it’s a very rewarding refuge for me to work at … this is one of the few places I’ve been where I’ve thought, ‘I can stay here I while.’ I see a potential for the refuge.” During his address to the Starkville Rotary Club Monday, Reagan spoke about the refuge’s part in the community. He said when he hears the word “community” he thinks of a more ecological community, where animal populations coexist. But that is quickly changing in his role at Noxubee. “A lot of the way refuges work is beyond wildlife,” Reagan said. “It really takes a community. What’s special about this area more than any other refuge I’ve been associated with is that this community really takes ownership of that refuge. It’s really considered part of the community.” Steve Reagan, director of the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife The refuge held a fishing day for the Refuge, spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club on Monday. Reagan Palmer Home children over the weekaddressed the Rotarians on plans for the refuge and the value it adds to See ROTARY | Page 3 Starkville. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN) By MORGAN UPTON
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The National Federation of the Blind has designated October as Meet the Blind Month and today the Starkville chapter is holding an event from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church offering information and resources to those affected by any capacity of blindness. Beverly Hammett, vice president of the Starkville chapter, has been blind for six and a half years. She became blind after an antibiotic for staph infection caused her blood sugar to rise so high her eye hemorrhaged. She said she wanted people to know life continues after going blind. “People tell me, ‘I don’t think I could go blind,’” Hammett said. “You can do what you have to do. There’s nothing to it, it’s just a physical limitation and nuisance. Once you have the skills and tools, you can live independent and free.” Meet the Blind is a recent nationwide campaign the National Federation for the Blind started, and it will be the first time the event is held in Starkville. More than 50,000 nationwide are involved with the organization, and Hammett said the federation is the leading authority for the blind. “We are the voice of the blind and we take great pride in that,” Hammett said. The event is full of numerous programs, including guest speaker Barbara Hadnott, an instructor at the Addie McBride School for the Blind in Jackson. Students from the school will also give demonstrations on how the blind carry out everyday tasks such as picking out clothing or putting on makeup. There will also be many booths with information on resources in the area. Freedom Scientific, a company with equipment for blind and low vision individuals will show its new equipment. Helping Hands, Lions Club and Care Ministries will also be available to share services they offer to the
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Project CARE program grads celebrate Monday at Emerson
By ALEX HOLLOWAY The Emerson Family Center celebrated touching more than 200 families through its Project CARE classes on Monday. Elmarie Brooks, project manager for Project CARE for the Department of Family Centered Programs with the Starkville School District, said the Project CARE was made up of a number of different classes to help parents strengthen their parenting skills. “It’s a child abuse prevention program,” she said. “We provide parenting classes, family activities and all kinds of information to the community so we all can save our children who are being hurt. We’re trying to inform our parents and give them skills to improve what they have.” Project CARE offered a number of different facets for teaching parents. Parents in the program learned about common parenting misconceptions. Parents also had access to support groups, home visitation and other resources through the program. About 20 class members were on hand for the celebration. Many more that went through the project weren’t able to attend Monday, for work or other purposes. “Our purpose today is to celebrate the fact that we have served over 200 families just in this program alone,” Brooks said. “We can’t even count how many we’ve served through the other programs.” Organizers gave away a number of door prizes at the celebration. Most were small gifts, like storybooks, binders or other school supplies. Two class members also won a tailgating tent and a 52-inch televi-
Tasha Hogan reacts to winning a new television at an Emerson Family School celebration on Monday. The school celebrated the more than 200 families that have gone through its Project CARE See CARE | Page 3 child abuse prevention program. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
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u Kiwanis — Kiwanis will meet at The Hilton Garden Inn at noon.  New Members will be inducted and Kiwanis Committees will meet to set this year’s budget. u Parent/Infant Bonding Class — Linda McGrath, PhD, MCHES, IBCLC, will discuss Parent/Infant Bonding and Breastfeeding at 5:30 p.m.  The class is held at Emerson Family Resource Center.  Free childcare and snacks are provided, and to register please call 320-4607. u America’s Music Series — The first film will be held at Starkville Public Library at David Smith, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Bubber 7 p.m. and will feature Swing Carnathan and Doss Brodnax stand with the items they will sell during a silent auction Friday at Cadence Jazz. Films viewed will include Bank. The auction will go through Friday at Cadence Bank. The proceeds will go to the National Alzheimer’s Ken Burns’ Jazz: “Episode 6: Association. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN) Swing, the Velocity of Celebration” and Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss’s 1986 film “International Sweethearts of you may contact Ginger De- Location is 3749 Hwy 25 tions for 2013-14 school year OSERVS is offering multiple now available. The Office of courses for the community and Weese at 662-323-5990. South. The public is invited. Rhythm.” Child Nutrition is now located for health care professionals to on the north end of the Hen- ensure readiness when an emerFriday Sunday Wednesday derson Ward Stewart Com- gency situation large or small plex. Office hours are Monday arises. If interested in having u Women’s Conference u Green Thumb Club — u Pastor Anniversary — through Friday from 7 a.m. OSERVS conduct one of these The Green Thumb Garden — Mt. Pleasant #1 M.B. Faith and Works Community to 3 p.m. The Office of Child courses, feel free to contact Club will meet at 2 p.m. in the Church located on 2058 Ev- Church will have a program nutrition has also completed the agency’s office by phone at Community Room of Renas- ergreen Road in Louisville honoring its pastor’s first an- the direct certification process (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. will be hosting their Women’s nivesrary at 3 p.m. Rev. Bruce ant Bank. Conference from Oct. 4-Oct. Guyton of Johnson Creek for families who automatically to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday 6 entitled, “Women Anointed M.B. Church of Pheba is the qualify for certain benefits and or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on services. For more informa- Friday or stop by the offices at for Kingdom Warfare.” There guest speaker. tion contact Nicole Thomas at 100 Highway 12 East at South Thursday will be many guest speakers, u Distinguished Young Jackson Street during those including Tammie Tubbs who Distinguished or 662-615-0021. same hours. Fees are assessed u Lions Club — There will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday. Woman — Young Women of Starkville u Teen Parenting Coali- per participant and include all will be a regular business meet- We are inviting the public to ing of the board and general what we believe will be an Scholarship program is hold- tion classes — Teen Parenting necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series membership at 11:45 a.m. anointed and life changing ing its annual “Get to Know Coalision Nuturing Parentat McAlister’s Deli. All mem- event. For more information Us” party at 3 p.m. at the First ing classes will be held 4:30-6 — A different speaker for Methodist Church fellowship p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Starkville’s 175th birthday celbers are requested to complete please contact First Lady Aret- hall. Junior girls and their Family Resource Center. Call ebration will speak at 7 p.m. and submit the survey form ina Daniels at 662-341-0916 parents who are interested in 662-320-4607 to register. every Thursday in the John received from the club secreor Sis. Katherine Eichelberg at learning more the program are u Storytime — Maben Pub- Grisham room at the Mitchell tary. Visiting Lions,  prospec662-361-0003. welcome to attend. lic Library will have storytime Memorial Library. tive members, and guests are u MSU Women’s Club u SCT Auditions — Au- at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. Lots welcome.  Call club president u GED classes — Emerson — The MSU Women’s Club ditions for Starkville Commuof fun activities along with a Armando de la Cruz (324will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the nity Theatre’s MTA competi- story with Ms. Mary. Children Family School, 1504 Louis1424) for program and venue ville in Starkville, will offer free Starkville Country Club. . The tion play, Collected Stories by ages 3-6 are invited! information. ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. topic for the meeting is the Donald Margulies, will be held u Mini Moo Time — The to 7 p.m. Monday through u DAR Meeting — The G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery at 6:30 and at 7 p.m. on Oct. Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha Chapter Center for America’s Veterans. 7 at the Playhouse on Main. Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. ev- Thursday and from 8 a.m. to NSDAR will meet at 2 p.m. Presenter is Ken McRae. At- Christopher Walrath will di- ery Thurday. There are stories, noon on Friday. For more inat the Renasant Bank in the tendants are asked to bring a rect. Women interested in au- activities, and crafts for kids six formation call 662-320-4607. Community Room located at u Writing group — The photo of a veteran from their ditioning should come with a and under. The event is free. 100 Russell Street. For more Starkville Writer’s Group meets family. u BrainMinders Puppet memorized monologue. For information call 323-5244. u Shabbat Service — more information, please con- Show — Starkville Pilot Club the first and third Saturday of u Book Reading — Local the month at 10 a.m. in the upauthor Adele Elliot will read Congregatio B’nai Israel in tact the director at clw_73@ offers a BrainMinders Puppet stairs area of the Bookmart and Show for groups of about 25 Cafe in downtown Starkville. and sign copies of her debut Columbus is holding a shabbat or fewer children of pre-school For more information, contact novel, Friendship Cemetery at service and oneg at 7:30 p.m. or lower elementary age. The Debra Wolf at dkwolf@cop5 p.m. at Hollyhocks in Co- Visitors will be welcomed. Monday show lasts about 15 minutes or call 662-323-8152. lumbus. and teaches children about Saturday u MVSU Alumni — u BNI meetings — A MVSU Oktibbeha County u Public Library Sale — head /brain safety. Children chapter of Business Networkalso receive a free activity book ing International will meet Alumni Chapter will meet at u Mass Choir — Zion The Friends of the Starkville 5:30 p.m. at Second Baptist Cypress Mass Choir will have Public Library will hold its which reinforces the show’s at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Church. All alumni and friends their choir anniversary on at monthly book sale from noon safety messages. To schedule Golden Triangle Planning and are welcome. Contact Francine 7:00 p.m. and it will end with to 6 p.m. Books by Missis- a puppet show, contact Lisa Development District conferor Terry Miller at 662-323- a service at 3.m. on Oct. 6. sippi authors, a large group of Long at LLLONG89@hot- ence room. For more 8895. mation, call Barbara Coats at Come and help us lift up the paperbacks, children’s vintage u Dulcimer and More So- 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at u Picnic — The Starkville name of Jesus through song classics, and a collection of 45 Emmaus Community will have and praise. Rev. Eddie Hinton and 78 rpm records will be fea- ciety — The Dulcimer & More 662-275-8003. a picnic at 6 p.m. at Doss and is the pastor. For additional in- tured. There will be a 25¢ spe- Society will meet from 6:15-8 u Square dancing — Martha Brodnax’s Farm.  All formation please contact Ear- cial on books in the Anytime p.m. every second and fourth Dancing and instruction on members are encouraged to lean Rogers at 662-324-4674.  Sale Room. Revenue from the Thursday in the Starkville basic steps every Monday 7-9 attend.  For more information sale of books is used to support Sportsplex activities room. Jam p.m. at the Sportplex Annex, sessions are held with the pri- 405 Lynn Lane.  Enjoy learnlibrary projects. mary instruments being dulci- ing with our caller and friendly mers, but other acoustic instru- help from experienced dancments are welcome to join in ers. Follow the covered walk to Tuesday playing folk music, traditional the small building.  Look us up u Pregnancy/Chilbirth ballads and hymns. For more on Facebook “Jolly Squares”. u Dance team applications Class — Nancy Ball, RN, information, contact 662-323— KMG Creations children BSN with Starkville Clinic 6290. u Samaritan Club meet- dance company “The Dream for Women, will discuss Pregings — Starkville Samaritan Club Team” is currently accepting nancy and Childbirth ata 5:30 meets on the second and fourth dance applications for the 4-6 p.m. at Emerson Family ReMonday of each month at 11:30 year old group and 10-18 year source Center.  Free childcare a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s old group. For more informaand snacks are provided, and Corner). All potential members tion, call 662-648-9333 or eto register please call 320and other guests are invited to mail danzexplosion@yahoo. 4607. attend. The Samaritan Club sup- com. ports Americanism, works to preu Noontime devotional Recurring vent child abuse, provides com- study — Join a group of inmunity service and supports youth terdenominational ladies for u Childbirth Classes — programs. For more information, lunch and discussion about OCH Regional Medical Cen- email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. the book “Streams in the Dester is holding childbirth classes com or call 662-323-1338. Please ert” from noon to 1 p.m. each during the month of October. see our website: http://www. Tuesday, starting Aug. 20 at Classes will be held on Mon- the Book Mart Cafe in downu Worship services — town Starkville. days from 6– 8:30 p.m. in the OCH Ed Facility.  The class Love City Fellowship Church, at u Quilting group meeting fee is $70.  To sign up or for 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive — The Golden Triangle Quilt questions, call Paula Hamil- in Starkville, will hold worship Guild meets the third Thursday ton, perinatal nurse manager services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Apostle Lamorris Richardson is the Starkville Sportsplex. All at 662-615-3364. u Starkville School Dis- pastor. interested quilters are invited u OSERVS classes — to attend. For more informatrict — SSD Lunch Applica-
tion, call Luanne Blankenship at 662-323-7597. 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 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 carly. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard.human@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070. 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. u Square dancing — This is fun for all age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers will close at the end of April and will open again in the fall. Enjoy our new caller and friendly help from experienced dancers.  Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covered walk to the small building. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — Gentiva Hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on 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 — 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 Tai Chi — The Wellness Connection at OCH Regional Medical Center will offer a six-week Tai Chi class beginning Tuesday, October 1 from 5:15–6:15 p.m. in the OCH Aerobic Room. The fee for the class is $30 for Wellness Connection members and $40 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. Call 323-WELL (9355) for more information. u Al-Anon meeting —
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of the Day Eric Mellin
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“I’m smiling because I like books.”
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The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-3231692, 662-418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through September. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 3244864, 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 662-3122935. 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 662295-0823. 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 and visit http://www.healingrooms. com u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 327-8941 or visit for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-3235108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To play, call 662338-9442. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662-324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-2427962.
Starkville Fire Department firefighter Brian Clark, left, shows a SFD fire truck to Toby Remy’s Sudduth Elementary School kindergarten class at Junior Auxiliary’s Safety Town Monday at the Starkville Sportsplex. Remy can be seen to Clark’s right, and her teaching assistant Ada Hudson can be seen to Remy’s right. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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eral years and often used the machine to train health care workers on proper hand-washing. OCH Public Relations Coordinator Mary Kathryn Kight said the ambulance tour at Safety Town was designed to relieve children’s fears about ambulances. “If there’s ever a time where an ambulance has to come get them or someone they know, we don’t want them to be afraid of it or (emergency medical technicians),” Kight said. Kemp said Safety Town offered not only education for students but also free gifts. Each student received a free
bicycle helmet donated by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services and a bag of informational materials, stickers, pencils, bottled water and safety bracelets they built themselves at a craft station, she said. “We’re also doing a station called Kinderprint, where we get the children’s fingerprints,” Kemp said. “In case they’re ever abducted or in any sort of danger, they’ll have a record of their fingerprints.” To further protect children from danger, Starkville Police Department Sgt. Laura Hines spoke to students about the dangers of strangers. She told students not to take candy from strangers at Halloween, and she gave a brief lesson
designed to prevent child molestation by having children report it to parents or police. “It’s a tough thing to talk about, but it needs to be talked about,” Hines said. Gene Merkl, a landscape architect with Phillips Design Group, ran a booth at Safety Town designed to teach children about poison safety. Some items that could be poisonous to children looked dangerously similar to candy or other foods, he said, and he wanted to teach children the differences between them by showing such items side by side in plastic bags. For instance, he had one bag containing a jawbreaker and one bag containing a bath fizzy, both of which were white,
spherical, speckled, and a little smaller than a tennis ball. “I hold these up and ask which one is candy and which one is poison,” Merkl said. “If I didn’t know the difference (beforehand), I couldn’t tell. I show them that so they can understand that just because something looks safe doesn’t mean it is safe.” Merkl said he also compared bags of poison ivy and poison oak with sprigs of chocolate mint, letting students smell the latter to accentuate the difference. Other exhibits at Merkl’s booth included fertilizer pellets paired with candy Nerds of roughly the same size. “Except for the color, they look remarkably alike,” Merkl said.
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end, and he said there were 4050 volunteers helping run the event. Noxubee has downsized over the years. It once had more than 15 workers, but now has 11. Despite having a small staff, Reagan said the community has supported the refuge significantly. “You all, the community again, is stepping up for showing how important the refuge is by coming down there and helping us doing what is important,” he said. Reagan said the refuge has 160,000 visits annually from almost every state and five different nations are represented. He said realizing the draw the refuge has is not always easy.
“This little dot on the map is recognized across the world,” he said. “It’s really hard to comprehend that sometimes.” Brent Fountain, president of Rotary, said Starkville should take more advantage of Noxubee and what it offers. “It doesn’t look like the rest of Starkville,” he said. “It’s out there and a part of our community and we should be taking more advantage of it.” As director, Reagan said he had read the annual narratives past directors wrote about the state of the refuge and it helped him connect to Noxubee. Reagan recognizes the refuge’s past and that many areas of Noxubee are connected to a family, farm, livelihood or heritage. He said Noxubee was created in 1940, after the Dust Bowl era, to help waterfowl.
“We really didn’t understand we could have long-term impacts on the land,” Reagan said. “There’s a lot of history, a lot of heritage.” He said that makes the refuge what it is, but he is also looking to the future. Reagan is currently working on the comprehensive conservation plan, a 15-year plan for the refuge. Although it creates a lot of worry, Reagan said he understood the value of the plan. “Your fingerprints are going to be on the refuge for the next 15 years,” he said. “You’re going to help define where the refuge goes.” It is his goal to implement Noxubee even further into the community than it already is. Reagan discussed plans to help the handicapped and implement more children’s activities.
A draft of the plan will be released to the public and he said he wants the community to be involved in the conservation plan. “We have a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s about community. Noxubee should fit into the community. It’s all our refuge. We should take ownership of that.” Spreading the word about the refuge is something Fountain hopes Rotarians will do. “A lot of us know about the refuge,” he said. “A lot of us have been out to the refuge, but for the community as a whole there’s probably a lot of people who have never been to the refuge or know how to get there. It’s a good opportunity for our members here to say, ‘Hey, the refuge is there and is valuable.”
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sion, respectively. Joan Butler, director of Family-Centered Programs at Emerson Family School, welcomed the class to the celebration. She said she didn’t want the celebration to mark only the end of their time with Project CARE, but a new phase of involvement with the programs and resources Emerson offered. “I don’t want this to be the end of our celebration, but just the beginning of your involvement from here on out,” she said. “We want you to continue to come to Emerson and look at the resource center as a very powerful tool for you to have access to. Of course, the people here are very, very welcoming and encouraging to you, so they provide you with additional support. And if
they can’t help you, they know somebody in the community who can help you — they can refer you to an individual who can get you the support that you need.” Tasha Hogan, a class member and Team Parenting Coalition president, said she personally benefitted from going through Project Class. “This class helped me by training and teaching my child how to stay focused in school and not do stuff that she’s supposed to not do,” she said. “I went through some challenges with my little girl. She was getting into so much trouble, and I had to just tell her to not do what other kids do. Be better. Don’t let them influence you, because when you let them influence you the devil (will) be really busy. So it’s just best that you stay on God’s side.” Butler said she was pleased to see the program touch so
many lives. “It’s very gratifying to see the involvement in (the students’) enthusiasm and their participation in trying to learn new ideas and skills and activities that they can do as a family,” she said. “It’s very satisfying and exhilarating to see that happen.” Wade Mitchell, co-manager of the Starkville Wal-Mart, attended the event. Wal-Mart helped sponsor the program. “We have a lot of traffic in our store, so we thought it would be a good idea to get awareness out in the community by posting some stuff in the store and working with Ms. Brooks to get awareness out in the community,” he said. “We’ve also helped out the Emerson school with some other things, but we fill that this is one of the ones we felt needed to be out there for the local community.”
Mitchell said the program’s mission made it a partner worth supporting. “They do a lot here that a lot of folks don’t know about,” he said. “It’s a real blessing for the community — not only for us, but the whole community. Anytime you can prevent anything dealing with children, it’s a blessing.” Brooks said the program’s point was to make the community aware of ways to prevent child abuse and of the educational resources available at Emerson to help in that goal. “We want to bring awareness,” Brooks said. “That’s our main focus — bringing awareness to prevent child abuse. We want families to come down to Emerson. We have lots of resources they can use. We have CDs on parenting skills. We have puzzles. We have manipulatives. We have all types of resources that parents can
read on. We have classes about three times a week and they’re all free and we welcome the community to come in and participate with us.” Brooks said knowing Project Care touched lives made all the hard work worthwhile. “To see a mom come to
you and say ‘Things are running smoother in my household since I started taking the parenting classes, and I really appreciate your support and encouragement,’ and so forth is very rewarding,” she said. “It makes it worth getting up every morning.”
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area. Jamie Cirlot-New, director of the T.K. Martin Center, will also be on hand to discuss how the center works with children from birth to five years. CirlotNew said the main goal was to inform the audience.
“People always laugh and say the T.K. Martin Center is one of the best-kept secrets in Starkville,” Cirlot-New said. “A lot of times when people especially acquire a disability or are born with disability, you don’t automatically know where to go to get help. It’s always good for us to get out and show in the community what kind of work
we do.” Hammett said many people are uneducated about blindness, and the National Federation for the Blind and the Starkville chapter are working to educate the public. “We need to put a face to blindness,” Hammett said. “We need to let people know there are different shades of blind.
There is a misunderstanding and misconception of what blindness is. People seem to think blind people are not capable or are invalids, or we’re just not able to perform the tasks. We’re very capable, we just do it in different ways. “We want people to know that we can do things,” she added.
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An issue Sunday evethe regular soda selecning in the grocery store tion, the store displayed drove the point further bottles of Jolly Rancher home that I’m not the Soda — green apple flaman I used to be. vor to be precise. I went to the soda In my younger days, aisle to pick up a box of probably even just a few canned Cokes, and as I years ago, I would have turned to walk toward bought at least one bottle Zack Plair the check-out lane, someof this, drank it just to say thing caught my eye and I did, and would have beEditor compelled me to turn come a regular consumer around and take a closer look. if I’d liked it. Instead, Sunday’s disAt first, I thought I had imagined covery of Jolly Rancher’s delve into what I saw or saw it incorrectly. But the the beverage industry drew from upon further review, it was what I me a “Yuck! What were these guys had feared. On the shelf adjacent thinking? Why would anybody drink
I’m not the man I used to be
that?” My 5-year-old daughter, Zayley, was with me. She heard me read the label in disbelief, and she wanted me to buy her a bottle. “Zayley, it’s just candy Coke. That’s all it is.” That didn’t help at all. She really wanted it then. That’s when I said the sentence of doom, the words that as they escaped my lips, I realized exactly how I sounded and who I sounded like. “I’m not wasting my money on junk that’s probably going to make you sick and give you cavities. Sorry, but that’s (roughly) $2 we can spend on something else.” Feeling the spirit of my father run through me in that moment felt like the flu vaccine does when it first enters your veins from the syringe — like a plastic car just a tad wider than the blood vessel is driving up and down your arm. Out of sheer protest, I almost went and bought a six pack of the stuff and split it with Zayley just so I could delay my total “Bob”ination just one more day. I didn’t, though, because that would’ve been silly, and I really do believe that stuff is probably nasty. The moment conjured up many memories, especially of times when
my father and I disagreed on things like food, movies or television shows. I would often try to convince him to try something or watch something I thought would be cool. To his credit, sometimes he gave it a shot. Other times he would say, “I’m not going to waste my time or money because I already know I’m not going to like it.” I want to say we once had a conversation to that effect about Red Bull, which I imagine tastes a lot like Jolly Rancher soda. The most prevalent of my father’s closed-minded idiosyncrasies involve
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Obamacare incentives hurt little guys
nately, the Constitution has built-in It takes at least two out of three ways of dealing with terrible laws, to shut down the government. The and make no mistake Obamacare is three are the President, Senate, and a terrible law. House. Who’s to blame for shutting down the government? A betRemember when President ter question: Who cares? Only those Obama continually campaigned who play political blame games care, for the law saying if you liked your because a government shutdown doctor, you could keep him? If you won’t affect the rest of us. liked your insurance, you could keep House Republicans are taking a Daniel Gardner it? Well, now that we’ve had time to Contributing stand to delay or defund the Affordsee what’s in Obamacare we know able Care Act aka Obamacare, and those promises are false. Shocker! Columnist have tied that stand to the CR (conPolitician Obama lied in order to tinuing resolution) which allows Washington to sell his namesake law! It was for our own good keep spending money. During Obama’s reign as though, right? Yeah. Right. President, the U.S. has never passed a budget. So, millions of working Americans are losThus, the best we can hope for out of Congress ing their employer provided health insurance is a CR that approves increasing spending every because Obamacare gives employers financial so often. incentives to dump their employees off comSo, why take a stand now against Obamacare? pany-provided insurance and onto government It’s already law, right? Like slavery was the law insurance exchanges. Doctors are refusing to acuntil the 1860s, and only men could vote before cept the many of the insurance policies provided the women’s suffrage movement. Heaven knows through these exchanges because Obamacare reWashington has a bevy of terrible laws. Fortu- duces payments to doctors for services rendered. Thus, millions of Americans cannot keep their health insurance or their doctors because of all the incentives Obamacare provides. Not only that, but employers nationwide have been cutting back work hours and hiring only part-time employees. Why? Obamacare gives employers financial incentives for cutting employees’ workweek to 30 hours or fewer. Over the last couple of years 90-percent of new jobs created have been part-time. Welcome to the new economy. President Obama is saying he’s seen no evidence employers are cutting workers’ hours. I don’t doubt that. Believe what you want to believe and disregard the rest. Investors Business Daily documented 313 employers and counting who have cut back workweek hours. See the results at: According to the U.S. Labor Department, low-wage workweek hours are at a historic low,
27.4 hours per week for those making $14.50/ hour or less. Why this downward trend? Obamacare says employers don’t have to provide health insurance for workers who work fewer than 30 hours per week. Oops! Didn’t see that coming! For those Chicken Little’s who live to panic over those nasty, mean politicians who don’t care about the little guys, don’t worry about a government shutdown. Worry about the battle to raise the debt limit well above $17 trillion. That’s coming October 17. Failing to raise the debt ceiling means Washington can’t borrow any more money! That’s much worse than not being able to spend money. What happens when politicians lose their authority to dig us deeper into debt? Brace yourself. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at, or visit his website at http:// Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.
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Marion Willson Corey
  Services for Marion Willson Corey will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Moriah and Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, with the Reverend John Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Dr. Corey, 81, of Kansas City, Missouri, died Saturday, September 28, 2013, at home after a long battle with cancer. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Auburn University in 1954, where he was also a member of the National Society of Scabbard and Blade, a college military honor society; Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society; and Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He went on to earn his Master of Science from Mississippi State University in 1960, and Doctor of Philosophy from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1968, both in Civil Engineering. He was an officer on active duty in the United States Navy for three years, where he served on the USS Tallahatchie and earned the National Defense Service Ribbon. He continued his service to his country with 20 years in reserve duty where he advanced to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After completing his active Navy duty, he became a professor of Civil Engineering at Mississippi State University, where he taught for 37 years. During this time he influenced numerous students through the classes he taught which focused on structural engineering and computer applications. He was a registered professional engineer in Mississippi. He worked with Gulf States Manufacturers and was a business owner in Systek, Inc., and Enviro-Labs, Inc., in Starkville, Mississippi. He did extensive research and consulting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He received the Bronze Medal for Commendable Service from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the development of CAPDET, a computer-assisted procedure for the design and evaluation of wastewater treatment facilities, which was produced for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Following his years at Mississippi State University, he retired to Kansas City, Missouri. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and teacher.  He was kindhearted and loved helping people.  Survivors include his wife, Kathi McCormick Corey of Kansas City; sons, Mark Corey and his wife Margaret of
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Niskayna, New York, Scott Corey and his wife Leslie of Starkville, Mississippi; a daughter, Nannette Woods and her husband David of Boca Raton, Florida; grandchildren, Michael and Mary Corey and Cody and Cory Woods; brothers, Lyle Corey II and Robert Corey; and a sister, Rachel Hardee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Nema Corey, his wife Nancy Miner Corey, and his brother Alfred Corey. Pallbearers will be Michael Corey, Justin Hardee, Dennis Mullaly, Pat Dwyer, Kevin O’Brien, Charlie Glatz, and Kevin McConnell. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in lieu of flowers.
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Stephen Mann
Mississippi At A Glance
Tupelo 85/64
Greenville 86/67
Starkville 85/65 Meridian 85/64
Jackson 85/66
Dr. Stephen Mann, age 52, recent resident of Columbus, Georgia, and former resident of Griffin, Georgia,  died on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Columbus.  Graveside services are scheduled at Oddfellows Cemetery, Starkville, Mississippi on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 2 p.m., according to Welch Funeral Home, 201 West Lampkin Street, Starkville, Mississippi.  A visitation will be held at StrifflerHamby, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 5-7 p.m.  He was born son of Roslyn Mann and the late Leon Mann June 28, 1961 in New York.  Dr. Mann became a physician by the age of 22, completing his graduate and doctoral work at City College of New York.  He then started and completed his residency at Mount Sinai and later transferred his practice as an Anesthesiologist at Spaulding Regional Hospital, Griffin, Georgia.  He recently transferred to Columbus and served many facilities within the area.  Dr. Mann was a member of the American Medical Association; Mensa International Society; Porsche Club of America; and Griffin Gun Club.  He was a Master Gardner and attended Cascade Hills Church.  Dr. Mann was preceded in death by a brother.  He is survived by his wife, Aimee Mann of Columbus; his mother, Roslyn Mann of Atlanta, Georgia; one niece; one nephew; other relatives and friends.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Muscogee County Humane Society, 4900 Milgen Road, Columbus, Georgia 31907.  Condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus. com.
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Starkville High School selected its homecoming court. The school will crown the 2013 Homecoming Queen on Friday during halftime of the football game against Northwest Rankin. Pictured, from left, are (front): Jamie Coleman, Blair Schaefer, Jaylon Davis, Alex Ward-Knight and Skylar Buford. Back: Erica Davis, Toni Gillespie, Khris Carr, Megan Wolf, Jalessa Mobley, Jasmine Carter, Katelyn Jackson, Acacia McBride and Aubreonna Mitchell. (Submitted photo)
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watching movies. He will summarily dismiss movies if certain actors are in the cast. It could be the greatest movie ever, but if it has Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Jim Carrey, Russell Brand or Jonah Hill in it, he won’t watch it. I’ve been trying to get him to watch “Moneyball,” but he refuses because Jonah Hill plays a role in the film. I think this is silly, and I tell him all the time. But alas, I have again fallen into the same trap. Channing Tatum is the target of my boycott because, in my estimation, he ruined “G.I. Joe” for an entire generation. Lately, though, there’s lots of things I used to enjoy that time has suddenly made less Zack Plair is the editor of appealing. In the not-too-dis- Starkville Daily News. Contact him tant past, I could play video at editor@starkvilledailynews.
games for hours, regularly firing up my Playstation to simulate whatever sport was in season. Yet, now, I can’t imagine spending money on a game system — or a game for that matter — because I hardly ever play anymore. My priorities are starting to shift away from things that entertain or “look cool” to things that have function, or at least the appearance thereof. People say this is a good thing, and it may very well be. I’ll kind of miss the guy who spent $7 as a high-schooler to watch “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in theaters, but really, it’s for the best. So, I’m not the man I used to be and that’s OK, I guess. If it keeps me from drinking Jolly Rancher soda, I’ll chalk it up to self preservation.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
College Football
Mullen says Miles ‘very good coach’
By BEN WAIT Les Miles has come to be known as a quirky head football coach. The LSU head coach has been seen eating grass on national television and unusually handling postgame press conferences. Mississippi State head Mullen coach Dan Mullen sees many coaches with different personalties and various-type attitudes, and he has great respect for the man referred to as “The Mad Hatter.” “He’s a very good coach,” Mullen said. “He’s got a lot of personality. Sometimes that can come off in a different way. We all have our quirks. I chew my gameplan sometimes, I wear a visor so I guess I have my quirks. Everybody has though. You look at the success he’s had, obviously to be in this league as long as he’s been, it shows the type of coach that he is.” Miles brings his No. 10 Tigers (4-1, 0-1) to Starkville this Saturday to play Mullen’s Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 6:06 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.
Quarterback  situation 
Tyler Russell hasn’t played since week one.  He suffered a concussion against Oklahoma State and hadn’t been cleared to play until last week’s win over Troy. Russell wasn’t cleared until late in the practice week, so Mullen decided to stick with backup Dak Prescott. After the win over Troy, Mullen said Russell would be the quarterback moving forward and
University of Georgia coach Mark Richt, left, shares a laugh with Louisiana State University coach Les Miles before last Saturday’s game. (Photo by Jason Getz, Atlanta JournalSee MULLEN | Page 12 Constitution, AP)
Youth Football
Powerhouse league offers fundamentals
By JASON EDWARDS   Football teams around the Starkville area have enjoyed quite the success over the last few years. One reason for that might just be the Powerhouse Youth Football Association which takes kids between the ages of 6 and 12 and teaches them the fundamentals of the game. “This is the second year for Powerhouse, but the league has been established for about 10 years and has really picked up every year it has been established,” Starkville Raiders coach Keith Lawrence said. “Most of the kids in the area have played in the league. The big thing is when they come through this league, you KJ Lawrence carries the football for the Starkville Raiders youth tackle team this season. (Submitted photo) don’t have to teach them how to get in a
three-point stance, how to run a route or the right way to tackle. All of the coaches are certified through heads up football so we can properly teach the kids the fundamentals of tackle football.” The strength of the league can be seen by simply a few of its recent alumni. First up is recent Starkville High quarterback and current Mississippi State redshirt Gabe Myles. Joining Myles on the list of former league players is current Florida Atlantic University starting quarterback Quez Johnson. With products like Myles and Johnson, the coaches in Starkville must be doing something right, but for Lawrence, Powerhouse is not simply about preparing kids for what takes place on the grid-
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High School Soccer
Lady Vols set for playoff road trip
By DANNY P. SMITH The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers enter the Class AAA playoffs with some momentum. With victories against Washington School and Heritage Academy last week, the Lady Vols have a 7-6 record and like where they stand. Starkville Academy soccer coach Cole Andrews said his team identified a style of play that best fit and has been comfortable with it. “We just had to regather and revisit what we need to do and I think we definitely have a good chance (in the playoffs),” Andrews said. The Lady Vols travel to Jackson Prep today for the first round match. The first kick is set for 5 p.m. Starkville Academy is led by lone senior Sallie Kate Richardson, but other players like Jacey Williams, Anna McKell, Shelton Spivey, Sydney Passons, Jordan Jackson have a knack to put the soccer ball in the opposing net. There is also Lady Vol goal keeper Janiece Pigg, who gives the team a chance to win by limiting scores by the other squad. Andrews said that SA has improved with its passing and that has been a key to recent success. “Usually when we get flustered, we
See SOCCER | Page 7 soccer begins. (Photos by Jason Edwards, SDN)
Starkville Academy’s Anna McKell, left photo, will be one of the players that coach Cole Andrews, right, will be looking to help today as postseason
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The scheduled kickoff time for Mississippi State’s Oct. 12 homecoming football game against Bowling Green.
College Golf
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College Football Southeastern Conference Standings Western Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Alabama 2-0 1.00 4-0 1.000 LSU 1-1 .500 4-1 .800 Texas A&M 1-1 .500 4-1 .800 Auburn 1-1 .500 3-1 .750 Ole Miss 1-1 .500 3-1 .750 Arkansas 0-1 .000 3-2 .600 Miss. State 0-1 .000 2-2 .500 Eastern Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Georgia 2-0 1.000 3-1 .750 Florida 2-0 1.000 3-1 .750 S. Carolina 1-1 .500 3-1 .750 Missouri 0-0 .000 4-0 1.000 Tennessee 0-1 .000 3-2 .600 Kentucky 0-1 .000 1-3 .250 Vanderbilt 0-2 .000 3-2 .600 Saturday, Sept. 28 Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0 S. Carolina 28, Central Florida 25 Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24 Georgia 44, LSU 41 Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 33 Vanderbilt 52, UAB 24 Missouri 41, Arkansas State 19 Florida 24, Kentucky 7 Saturday, Oct. 5 LSU at Miss. State, 6 p.m. Ole Miss at Auburn, 6 p.m. Georgia State at Alabama, 11:21 a.m. Georgia at Tennessee, 2:30 p.m. Arkansas at Florida, 6 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. Kentucky at S. Carolina, 6:30 p.m. AP Top 25 Poll Record Pts 1. Alabama (55) 4-0 1,495 2. Oregon (5) 4-0 1,422 3. Clemson 4-0 1,354 4. Ohio St. 5-0 1,305 5. Stanford 4-0 1,280 6. Georgia 3-1 1,171 7. Louisville 4-0 1,091 8. Florida St. 4-0 1,069 9. Texas A&M 4-1 1,012 10. LSU 4-1 979 11. Oklahoma 4-0 838 12. UCLA 3-0 834 13. South Carolina 3-1 812 14. Miami 4-0 753 15. Washington 4-0 665 16. Northwestern 4-0 550 17. Baylor 3-0 536 18. Florida 3-1 481 19. Michigan 4-0 471 20. Texas Tech 4-0 264 21. Oklahoma St. 3-1 230 22. Arizona St. 3-1 192 23. Fresno St. 4-0 187 24. Mississippi 3-1 132 25. Maryland 4-0 119 Pv 1 2 3 4 5 9 7 8 10 6 14 13 12 15 16 17 19 20 18 24 11 NR 25 21 NR
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“All of our coaches are in the winning business. When you’re a coach at a place like USC, we have winning championships in our DNA around here.”
Southern California athletic director Pat Haden said Monday after the firing of football coach Lane Kiffin.
MSU women lead Old Waverly event
For Starkville Daily News   WEST POINT – With home field advantage on its side, the Mississippi State women’s golf team sprinted out to a commanding eight-stroke lead after the first round of the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational played Monday afternoon at Old Waverly Golf Club. Ginger Brown-Lemm’s squad posted a tournament-record 7-under-par 281, while Ally McDonald also notched a tournament-best 5-under-par 67. MSU’s 281 also matched the second-lowest single-round tally in program history, set during its magical run through the 2012 NCAA Central Regional. “This team was ready (Monday),” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “They did as well as I’ve ever seen them. Our plan is to go out and play (today) with the same ownership and resilience that we had (Monday).” Finishing only one shot off her career best, the All-American McDonald has a two-shot lead over fellow Bulldog Jessica Peng heading into today’s second round. McDonald notched five straight birdies from holes four through eight and finished with six total birdies on the day. Peng’s 3-under-par 69 tied the school record for lowest round by a freshman in recorded history. The newcomer carded back-to-back birdies on holes five and six before adding another on hole 11. After rebounding from an over-par front nine with birdies on holes 13 and 15,  Mary Langdon Gallagher finished tied for eighth at even par.   Ji Eun Baik and Rica Tse rounded out the MSU lineup with 1-over-par 73’s. Baik had a great start with birdies on the opening two holes and her first career eagle on hole 15.   Redshirt freshman Blaise Carabello holds a share of 18th after firing her lowest score of her young career with an openinground 74. Logan Chaney and Gabi Oubre’ posted an 80 and 81, respectively, while Izel Pieters shot a 82 in her career debut. Brown-Lemm’s squad will tee off the second round at 9:25 a.m. today on hole No. 1 alongside East Carolina and Georgia State. Pieters will open the MSU individuals at 8:30 a.m. on hole No. 10. Admission to the event is free, and MSU students can earn Hail State Reward points for attending each round. Live stats and post-round results will be available through
The Area Slate
Today High School Soccer MAIS Class AAA Playoffs Starkville Academy at Jackson Prep, 5 p.m. High School Softball Starkville at Columbus, 5 p.m. Eupora at Calhoun City, 5 p.m. High School Volleyball Columbus at Starkville, 5 p.m. West Lowndes at Choctaw County, 5 p.m. Junior High Football Choctaw County at Eupora, 5:30 p.m.
x-Thursday, Oct. 10: Detroit at Oakland National League St. Louis vs. Cincinnati-Pittsburgh winner Thursday, Oct. 3: Cincinnati-Pittsburgh winner at St. Louis, 5:07 p.m. (TBS) Friday, Oct. 4: Cincinnati-Pittsburgh winner at St. Louis, 1:07 p.m. (MLB) Sunday, Oct. 6: St. Louis at CincinnatiPittsburgh winner x-Monday, Oct. 7: St. Louis at CincinnatiPittsburgh winner x-Wednesday Oct. 9: Cincinnati-Pittsburgh winner at St. Louis Atlanta vs. Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 3: Los Angeles at Atlanta, 8:37 p.m. (TBS) Friday, Oct. 4: Los Angeles at Atlanta, 6:07 p.m. (TBS) Sunday, Oct. 6: Atlanta at Los Angeles x-Monday, Oct. 7: Atlanta at Los Angeles x-Wednesday Oct. 9: Los Angeles at Atlanta Golf
Today MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. TBS — Playoffs, NL Wild Card game, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. NBCSN — Washington at Chicago SOCCER 1:30 p.m. FSN — UEFA Champions League, AC Milan at Ajax Amsterdam FS1 — UEFA Champions League, Barcelona at Glasgow Celtic 6 p.m. FS1 — UEFA Champions League, Steaua vs. Chelsea, at Bucharest, Romania (same-day tape) WNBA BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Playoffs, conference finals, game 3, Indiana at Atlanta (if necessary) 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Playoffs, conference finals, game 3 Phoenix at Minnesota (if necessary) Sunday’s Games Kansas City 31, N.Y. Giants 7 Seattle 23, Houston 20, OT Buffalo 23, Baltimore 20 Arizona 13, Tampa Bay 10 Indianapolis 37, Jacksonville 3 Cleveland 17, Cincinnati 6 Detroit 40, Chicago 32 Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27 Tennessee 38, N.Y. Jets 13 Washington 24, Oakland 14 San Diego 30, Dallas 21 Denver 52, Philadelphia 20 New England 30, Atlanta 23 Open: Carolina, Green Bay Monday’s Game Miami at New Orleans, late Thursday, Oct. 3 Buffalo at Cleveland, 8:25 p.m. Major League Baseball Postseason Glance All Times EDT WILD CARD Both games televised by TBS Tuesday, Oct. 1: NL: Cincinnati (Cueto 5-2) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 16-8), 8:07 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2: AL: Tampa Bay (Cobb 11-9) at Cleveland (Salazar 2-3), 8:07 p.m. DIVISION SERIES (Best-of-5; x-if necessary) American League Boston vs. Cleveland-Tampa Bay winner Friday, Oct. 4: Cleveland-Tampa Bay winner at Boston, 3:07 p.m. (TBS) Saturday, Oct. 5: Cleveland-Tampa Bay winner at Boston, 5:37 p.m. (TBS) Monday, Oct. 7: Boston at ClevelandTampa Bay winner x-Tuesday, Oct. 8: Boston at ClevelandTampa Bay winner x-Thursday, Oct. 10: Cleveland-Tampa Bay winner at Boston Oakland vs. Detroit Friday, Oct. 4: Detroit at Oakland, 9:37 p.m. (TBS) Saturday, Oct. 5: Detroit at Oakland, 9:07 p.m. (TBS) Monday, Oct. 7: Oakland at Detroit x-Tuesday, Oct. 8: Oakland at Detroit
COLUMBUS, Ohio. – Senior Chad Ramey posted his second-consecutive Top 15 finish, as Mississippi State took sixth place at the Ohio State-hosted Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Monday. The Bulldogs shot a 15-over-par 299 Monday, giving them a three-round score of 39-over 891 at the Scarlett Course. Ramey posted a 5-over 218 to tie for 11th, capping another stellar performance. “I thought it was poor performance in general and we have to get much better,” MSU coach Clay Homan said. “We are just not where we need to be, particularly in the short game. We are not saving enough shots around and on the greens to be competitive with the best teams in the country.  Playing the Scarlet Course at Ohio State was good for us because it is a different look than what we normally see and it really exposed some of our weaknesses.” Sophomore Ben Wood notched his second Top 25 of the season, firing off a 9-over 222 to tie for 24th overall. Seniors Joe Sakulpolphaisan (12-over 225) and Barrett Edens (17-over 230) each shot a 79 Monday to finish 31st and 41st, respectively. True freshman Jackson Dick improved his score each round at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. The Australian native fired a final round 4-over 75 after shooting a 9-over 80 and 6-over 77 on Sunday. No.1 ranked California won the tournament with a 10-under 842. Homan’s squad returns to action Monday, Oct. 7, for the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala.
Others receiving votes: N. Illinois 104, Virginia Tech 49, Wisconsin 46, Nebraska 20, Missouri 14, Notre Dame 12, UCF 6, Michigan St. 5, Rutgers 2. USA Today Top 25 Poll Record Pts 1. Alabama (59) 4-0 1546 2. Oregon (2) 4-0 1479 3. Ohio State 5-0 1397 4. Clemson (1) 4-0 1352 5. Stanford 4-0 1325 6. Georgia 3-1 1148 7. Louisville 4-0 1147 8. Florida State 4-0 1129 9. Texas A&M 4-1 1072 10. Oklahoma 4-0 964 11. LSU 4-1 931 12. South Carolina 3-1 860 13. UCLA 3-0 812 14. Miami 4-0 727 15. Northwestern 4-0 620 16. Baylor 3-0 573 17. Michigan 4-0 546 18. Washington 4-0 545 19. Florida 3-1 515 20. Oklahoma State 3-1 330 21. Fresno State 4-0 270 22. Texas Tech 4-0 231 23. Northern Illinois 4-0 131 24. Arizona State 3-1 118 25. Nebraska 3-1 71 Pvs 1 2 3 4 5 10 7 8 9 12 6 13 14 15 16 18 17 20 19 11 23 25 NR NR NR
All Times EDT AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 4 0 0 1.000 89 57 Miami 3 0 0 1.000 74 53 N.Y. Jets 2 2 0 .500 68 88 Buffalo 2 2 0 .500 88 93 South W L T Pct PF PA Indianapolis 3 1 0 .750 105 51 Tennessee 3 1 0 .750 98 69 Houston 2 2 0 .500 90 105 Jacksonville 0 4 0 .000 31 129 North W L T Pct PF PA Baltimore 2 2 0 .500 91 87 Cleveland 2 2 0 .500 64 70 Cincinnati 2 2 0 .500 81 81 Pittsburgh 0 4 0 .000 69 110 West W L T Pct PF PA Denver 4 0 0 1.000 179 91 Kansas City 4 0 0 1.000 102 41 San Diego 2 2 0 .500 108 102 Oakland 1 3 0 .250 71 91 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 2 2 0 .500 104 85 Philadelphia 1 3 0 .250 99 138 Washington 1 3 0 .250 91 112 N.Y. Giants 0 4 0 .000 61 146 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 3 0 0 1.000 70 38 Carolina 1 2 0 .333 68 36 Atlanta 1 3 0 .250 94 104 Tampa Bay 0 4 0 .000 44 70 North W L T Pct PF PA Detroit 3 1 0 .750 122 101 Chicago 3 1 0 .750 127 114 Green Bay 1 2 0 .333 96 88 Minnesota 1 3 0 .250 115 123 West W L T Pct PF PA Seattle 4 0 0 1.000 109 47 San Francisco 2 2 0 .500 79 95 Arizona 2 2 0 .500 69 89 St. Louis 1 3 0 .250 69 121 Thursday’s Game San Francisco 35, St. Louis 11
Hebron loses road decision
MARKS – The Hebron Christian School Eagles lost a 2216 decision on the road against Delta Academy Friday night. Hebron (2-3) scored a pair of touchdowns with the first coming on a 22-yard return of an offensive fumble by Andrew Myatt, then Justin Gordon had a 65-yard scoring run. Landon Hill ran in both two-point conversions. Gordon had 125 yards on 19 carries, while Hill added 72 yards on 14 attempts. Hill added 28 yards in kick returns to have an even 100 yards total. Defensively, Troy Arnold had 19 tackles for the Eagles, while Brandon England added 10 tackles and Hill and Collin Moore had eight tackles each. Hebron hosts Strider Academy on Friday.
Others receiving votes: Mississippi 69, Virginia Tech 54, Wisconsin 47, Maryland 45, Notre Dame 29, Missouri 21, UCF 15, Michigan State 10, Rutgers 9, Oregon State 7, Arizona 1, Cincinnati 1, East Carolina 1, Iowa 1, Utah 1. National Football League
PGA Tour Schedule Jan. 4-7 — Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Dustin Johnson) Jan. 10-13 — Sony Open (Russell Henley) Jan. 17-20 — Humana Challenge (Brian Day) Jan. 24-27 — Farmers Insurance Open (Tiger Woods) Jan. 31-Feb. 3 — Waste Management Phoenix Open (Phil Mickelson) Feb. 7-10 — AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Brandt Snedeker) Feb. 14-17 — Northern Trust Open (John Merrick) Feb. 20-24 — WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Matt Kuchar) Feb. 28-March 3 — Honda Classic (Michael Thompson) March 7-10 — WGC-Cadillac Championship (Tiger Woods) March 7-10 — Puerto Rico Open (Scott Brown) March 14-17 — Tampa Bay Championship (Kevin Streelman) March 21-24 — Arnold Palmer Invitational (Tiger Woods) March 28-31 — Shell Houston Open (D.A. Points) April 4-7 — Valero Texas Open (Martin Laird) April 11-14 — The Masters (Adam Scott) April 18-21 — RBC Heritage (Graeme McDowell) April 25-28 — Zurich Classic (Billy Horschel) May 2-5 — Wells Fargo Championship (Derek Ernst) May 9-12 — The Players Championship (Tiger Woods) May 16-19 — HP Byron Nelson Championship (Sang-Moon Bae) May 23-26 — Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (Boo Weekley) May 30-June 2 — Memorial Tournament (Matt Kuchar) June 6-9 — FedEx St. Jude Classic (Harris English) June 13-16 — U.S. Open (Justin Rose) June 20-23 — Travelers Championship (Ken Duke) June 27-30 — AT&T National (Bill Haas) July 4-7 — The Greenbrier Classic (Jonas Blixt) July 11-14 — John Deere Classic (Jordan Spieth) July 18-21 — The Open Championship (Phil Mickelson) July 18-21 — Sanderson Farms Championship (Woody Austin) July 25-28 — RBC Canadian Open (Brandt Snedeker) Aug. 1-4 — WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (Tiger Woods) Aug. 1-4 — Reno-Tahoe Open (Gary Woodland) Aug. 8-11 — PGA Championship (Jason Dufner) Aug. 15-18 — Wyndham Championship (Patrick Reed) Aug. 22-25 — The Barclays (Adam Scott) Aug. 30-Sept. 2 — Deutsche Bank Championship (Henrik Stenson) Sept. 12-15 — BMW Championship (Zach Johnson) Sept. 19-22 — Tour Championship, Atlanta (Henrik Stenson) Oct. 3-6 — Presidents Cup, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio Oct. 10-13 — Open, CordeValle GC, San Martin, Calif. Oct. 17-20 — Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas Oct. 24-27 — CIMB Classic, The MINES Resort & GC, Selangor, Malaysia Oct. 31-Nov. 3 — WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai Nov. 7-10 — The McGladrey Classic, Sea Island Resort (Seaside), St. Simons Island, Ga.
Major League Baseball
By STEPHEN HAWKINS Associated Press
Rays make playoffs with good Price
ARLINGTON, Texas — David Price, Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays are going to playoffs again, getting there with a victory in their final regular-season game for the second time in three years. They needed an extra game this time. Price threw his fourth complete game of the season, Longoria had a two-run homer and the Rays beat the Texasw Rangers 5-2 in the AL wild-card tiebreaker game Monday night, the 163rd game for both teams. Luckily for manager Joe Maddon and the Rays, they weren’t done in by another blown call in Texas — though this one did cost them at least one run. The Rays face another must-win situation Wednesday night at Cleveland in the AL wild-card game — the winner faces Boston in the division series. Tampa Bay, in the playoffs for the fourth time in six years, won four of six from the Indians during the regular season. Price (10-8), the reigning AL Cy Young winner, had a 10.26 ERA in four previous starts at Rangers Ballpark. He was superb in this one, striking out four and walking one. He picked off two runners while allowing seven hits and throwing 81 of 118 pitches for strikes. The 28-year-old lefty reached 10 wins for the fifth straight season. He missed more than six weeks because of a triceps strain but is 9-4 in his 13 starts since returning July 2 from his first career stint on the disabled list. Texas had won seven in a row, needing every one of those wins just to force the majors’ first wild-card tiebreaker since 2007. Even with the return of All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz from his
Association holds bowling event
The Pink Robbon Bowl, sponsored by Tri-Cities Bowling Association, is a fundraiser to help strike out breast cancer. The event takes place on Saturday, October 26 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Bulldog Lanes in Starkville on Highway 12 West. The format will be bowl three games with nine-pin no tap and the entry fee is $10 to be payed on the day of competition. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For more information, contact Sue White at 662-3127308 or Tina Noah at 662-684-9952.
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start losing the ball and losing possession,” Andrews said. “In the last couple of games, we’ve really kept the ball, been patient, made good passes, moved quickly and it
really pays off. We’ll have to pass well against Prep.” The Lady Vols are put in a tough situation of going on the road, but Andrews said those are the cards that have been dealt. “That’s part of it,” Andrews said.
50-game drug suspension, the Rangers missed a chance to get to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Cruz, who had 27 homers and 76 RBIs in 108 games before his suspension, was 0 for 4 with a strikeout while hitting sixth as the designated hitter. His groundout to shortstop ended the game. The Rays had runners at first and second with two outs in the seventh when Delmon Young, who put the Rays ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in the first, hit a soft flyball. Center fielder Leonys Martin made a running, diving play to catch the ball. Replays showed clearly that the ball bounced into Martin’s glove. But third base umpire Ron Kulpa, looking at the play from the side, ruled it an inning-ending catch. Young rounded first base with his arms spread out signaling safe. Maddon went out to talk to Kulpa, though the conversation didn’t appear heated. When the Rays played at Texas on April 8, the fourth game of the season for both teams, their 5-4 loss ended when plate umpire Marty Foster called a third strike against Ben Zobrist on a pitch low and outside. The ump later admitted the 2-2 curveball wasn’t a strike and he wouldn’t call that pitch a strike if he could do it again. The Texas win and closer Joe Nathan’s 300th career save stood. Maddon said after that game that such calls “can’t be made in a Major League Baseball game.” The Rays still had a runner on base and Longoria on deck when Zobrist was called out. MLB intends to use expanded video review next year. The Rangers had beaten Tampa Bay in the AL division series in 2010 and 2011 on way to their only two World Series. It was the second year in a row their season ended in a do-or-die game at home — they lost to Baltimore in the first AL wild-card game last October. Tampa Bay and Texas are the only teams in the majors to win at least 90 games in each of the last four seasons.
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College Basketball
Ray watches good work from MSU
Rick Ray was expecting to see a good opening practice. The Mississippi State men’s basketball coach had his wish to come true. He described the Bulldogs’ first practice of 30 in 42 days as “spirited.” “I wanted guys to come in with some exuberance about practice,” Ray said. “I want them excited about the first day of practice because it’s a long haul, like a marathon. If the guys come in there first day kind of dreading practice, then you have no chance. The guys came in with a lot of excitement and a lot of enthusiasm.” MSU has a full roster now, but two Bulldogs worked on the sidelines with trainers and didn’t participate in practice. Senior big man Wendell Lewis and freshman guard Jacoby Davis did not practice with the team. Lewis is coming off of surgery and Davis sat out last season with a knee injury. Although Ray was pleased with the practice, he did see a couple of low points. He said veteran players corrected that. “There are some times in a two-hour practice, that’s going to happen where it drags down a little bit,” Ray said. “There was always somebody that was a veteran, like Tyson (Cunningham), Fred (Thomas), Roquez (Johnson) or Colin (Borchert) that got it going again. I thought the practice was really spirited. The thing I liked the most about it was when we competed and guys went at each other. That’s what you need.” Ray said practices in the future will run smoother and quicker if his team follows to basic principles. “I told them there are two components to us having shorter practices,” Ray said. “One is playing hard. For the most part, our guys do that, so that’s not a problem. The second component is listening. Sometimes we have re-explain drills and re-explain cuts over and over again. That’s what drives practices on. We want to have shorter, crisp practices. Right now, we did a pretty good Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Ray said the first practice for his team on Monday was “spirited.” (SDN file job of it, but we have to open our ears and listen so we don’t photo) have to re-explain things.”
Schaefer pleased with Bulldog women
For Starkville Daily News Year two of the coach Vic Schaefer era officially got underway Sunday night as the Mississippi State women’s basketball team held its first practice in preparation for the 2013-14 season. “I was very pleased,” Schaefer said of the opening practice. “I loved the energy and effort. I really like our youthfulness. Our young kids really bring something to the table, and our older kids sense that and are excited about it. It was a good night.” The Bulldogs worked out for just over two hours, going through a number of drills to work on conditioning, pushing the ball up and down the court and fundamentals. Schaefer also said that he used Sunday night’s first practice as a teaching time for his squad, especially for a group of five talented newcomers. “They bring something to the table, (and) that’s why we brought them here to Starkville,” Schaefer said of the first-year Bulldogs. “They bring what we need, and we are excited about them being here.” For the returnees, it was a chance to teach the rookies what to expect after being the ones learning from the new coaching staff last season. “I think all of us coming back are more accustomed to what to expect,” MSU junior Kendra Grant said of entering the second year under Schaefer’s leadership. “The first year we didn’t really know how it was going to be. The first practice this year was better because we knew what was going to happen.” Grant is one of four starters and eight letterwinners back for
Mississippi State this season. She joins seniors Katia May and Candace Foster and junior Jerica James in the Bulldogs’ backcourt returnees. Inside, the Bulldogs return All-Southeastern Conference center and Gillom Trophy winner Martha Alwal following a sophomore campaign that saw her lead the conference with 9.7 rebounds per game and 16 double-doubles. Alwal will be joined down low by junior Carnecia Williams, who averaged a career-best 8.3 points per game last season, sophomore forward Sherise Williams and junior J’Net Wash. Junior Savannah Carter, who won a national championship at Trinity Valley Community College last season, joins MSU along with Texas all-state standouts Dominique Dillingham and Ketara Chapel, Georgia Super 64 selection Breanna Richardson and Lagos, Nigeria, center Chinwe Okorie. State hosts Shorter in a Nov. 4 exhibition before heading to Houston on Nov. 8 to open the regular season. The Bulldogs begin the home slate Nov. 13, hosting Jackson State in a 7 p.m. tip at Humphrey Coliseum. Season tickets for MSU are available now online at or by calling 1-888-GO-DAWGS. Reserved season tickets cost $80, and general admission tickets are a great deal at $25. Individual game tickets are $5 for adults and free for youth high school age and younger. Fans can follow Hail State Hoops on Twitter (@HailStateWBK), Facebook (HailStateWBK) and Instagram (HailCoach Vic Schaefer used the first practice for the MSU StateWBK). women’s basketball team as a teaching time. (SDN file photo)
College Football
Southern Cal’s slide to mediocrity costs Kiffin his job
By GREG BEACHAM Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Less than two years after Southern California finished a 10-2 season with a 50-point win over UCLA, coach Lane Kiffin is unemployed. Thirteen months after the Trojans were the nation’s top-ranked team, they’ve lost seven of their past 11 games. They haven’t looked good in many of their victories, either. Orgeron An elite football program has descended into mediocrity, and the slide culminated in Kiffin’s firing by athletic director Pat Haden on Sunday. Haden believes the right coach can put USC (3-2, 0-2 Pac12) right back among the nation’s best, and he wanted to start the hunt while interim coach Ed Orgeron, a former Ole Miss head coach, and the Trojans finish this season. “All our coaches are in the winning business,” Haden said. “When you’re a coach at a place like USC, we have winning championships in our DNA around here. You have to do the other things as well. You have to play by the rules. You have to care about players. You have to graduate your kids. (But) at the end of the day, we’re all in the winning business at USC.” Under the weight of NCAA sanctions and enormous expectations, Kiffin never lived up to the USC standard set by Pete Carroll, who won national championships and captivated L.A. before abruptly leaving for the Seattle Seahawks nearly four years ago. Carroll is still mightily fond of USC, and he’ll be watching the developments closely. “It’s been a hard time for the Trojan family,” Carroll said Monday. “It’s been a hard couple of years. This is difficult, too. Transitions like this, they are huge. ... I’ve known Lane since he Lane Kiffin was fired at USC after the Trojans dropped seven was a little kid. I feel for him in this situation. They’ve made a of their last 11 games overall and is winless in a pair of Pac-12 decisive move, and they’re going to move forward, and they’ll make a good choice and get the thing going the way they want games so far this year. (Photo by Rick Scuteri, AP)
to go. But it’s very difficult.” It’s mostly difficult for Kiffin, who went 28-15 into his fourth season at USC. The mark is either a solid achievement given the Trojans’ scholarship restrictions and depth problems, or it’s an embarrassment to a school laden with NFL-caliber talent that accepts nothing but annual title contention. It isn’t tough to see what Haden thinks, and most USC alumni seem to agree. In Kiffin’s successor, Haden must find a coach who can handle USC’s expectations while maximizing the school’s many strengths. Kiffin briefly appeared to be that coach, but former athletic director Mike Garrett’s choice for the job never got there. Kiffin was on top of the game in late 2011, when the Trojans finished atop the Pac-12 South with wins over Oregon and UCLA. Quarterback Matt Barkley then announced he would return for his senior season, passing up NFL millions for a year to stick with his beloved school, which got that preseason No. 1 ranking. Numerically, the Trojans’ current slide began after a 6-1 start to that season. But even Kiffin acknowledged USC hasn’t looked consistently good for two seasons, playing some of the worst defensive games in USC history while failing to score enough points to make up for it. Oregon and Stanford surpassed USC atop the Pac-12, while UCLA, Washington and even Arizona State appear poised to move in front this season. Combined with the Trojans’ uninspiring performances even in victory, it’s more than Haden could take. “We just weren’t making the progress I felt we needed to make,” Haden said. Haden will keep his coaching search private, but that didn’t stop anybody from speculating Monday. Washington’s Steve Sarkisian immediately heard questions about his interest in the school where he worked alongside Kiffin as Carroll’s co-offensive coordinators. Sarkisian, a Los Angeles-area native, welcomed the chance to “get the giant elephant out of the room,” saying he was very happy with the Huskies.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Others desire your precision and your ability to handle details. Your compassion comes across through your semi-businesslike attitude. When you express your feelings, the other party gets the message. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) The morning might be the most important part of your day. Your follow-through counts with a boss or with someone you would like to impress. Your creativity will inspire others, especially a close friend. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You will flow with ease in the morning. Make important calls at that time, and/or handle any dealings involving others. By afternoon, you will be best served by cocooning at home. Know that you will get a lot done once you emerge, and quickly at that. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Try to be more in sync with others, and know full well what you need to do. Honor a change that is going on, even if you do not necessarily feel comfortable with it. Let someone know how much you care. Plan to visit this person soon. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Move forward with a project that has been on the back burner. You might not be as sure of yourself as you would like to be in the afternoon. Realize that there is a good reason for this lack of confidence, as someone could be trying to sabotage your plans. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You might sense a change of energy midday. Use the high energy of the afternoon to forge ahead with an important cause; otherwise, a loved one could become very difficult. Understand that this person is set on having things go his or her way. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Use the morning to the fullest, when networking is favored and getting along with others is highlighted. You will have your way, as long as you use the time well. By the afternoon, you could feel overwhelmed and be in need of some personal time. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Be aware of the fact that you are about to accept yet another responsibility. If you don’t want to take on this task, make yourself more aware of the nuances in your conversations. A meeting in the afternoon could be your major concern. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’ll have a limited amount of time to proceed in a certain direction or to blaze a new trail. Allow your innate leadership qualities to emerge. Know that the possibility exists that you no longer will have the same freedom to explore alternatives. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) A partner might demand more of your attention than you willingly want to give him or her this morning. Do not be surprised if this behavior resurges later today. Detach, and perhaps distance yourself, in order to see how to integrate what you must do. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You might feel as if you are a social director on a cruise, as so many people want to see you and speak with you. You give a sense of direction to many people’s dreams. Someone might want to isolate you in order to monopolize your time.
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October 1, 1973
Gas station dealers in growing numbers locked their pumps and talked of a possible nationwide shutdown Monday while others hiked their prices the maximum allowed and some chanced increases about the 2.5 cent limit. Some 50 percent of the 2,000 dealers in Houston, Tex. shutdown at the start of a scheduled three day protest, claiming the 2.5 cent a gallon price hike allowed under a complex Cost of Living Council formula wasn’t enough to meet higher wholesale prices charged by oil companies. “We were two cents down and we are still a cent down after the ruling - that’s no relief,” said Regan Couch, a Houston dealer. In Michigan, the state’s 5,500 stations raised prices 1.5 to 3.5 cents a gallon, said Charles Shipley, executive director of the Michigan Service Station Dealers Association. Shipley denied the 3.5 cent hiked were illegal, and declared: There is no limit. There was just a suggestion by somebody that 2.5 cents was a good idea as a maximum increase.” However, Treasury Department officials charged with enforcing the CLC guidelines have said it would be highly unlikely that price increases over 2.5 cents would be legal. Stations suspected of illegal price boosts, the officials have said, would be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service. CLC officials have said such hikes would be investigated on a case-by-case basis. Independent service station owners met in Las Vegas over the weekend to map strategy for a nationwide shutdown. At the same time, gas stations were closed in St. Louis and Fresno, Calif. Service stations owners in several states scheduled meetings within the next few days to decide on possible lockups. In New York state, the 1,500 member Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association urged dealers to close down Wednesday and Thursday. The group scheduled a mass meeting for Wednesday. Around the county, hundreds of dealers increased prices by 2.5 cents. But a survey of New England owners by the Automobile Legal Association showed most raised prices 0.7 cents a gallon, with another jump of 0.5 cents expected by the end of the week.
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Get an early start, if possible, and handle the most important matters first. You could find that you won’t be able to concentrate to the same degree, come afternoon. A meeting with a boss or parent might steal the scene. Listen to what this person says.
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against LSU. LSU game week is upon us and that still seems to be Mullen’s plan. As for Russell’s lack of experience this year, Mullen isn’t worried. “He’s played a lot of football,” Mullen said. “He’s been here for a while, he’s played a lot of football and he’s been in big games. Obviously, I would see it very differently than if he was an inexperienced quarterback.” Prescott has done a good job of stepping in for Russell. He has passed for 709 yards and thrown for three touchdowns. He has 215 rushing yards and five scores. As for reps in practice, Mullen will treat his two quarterbacks like he does other position battles on the team. “We’ll figure it out as we go,” Mullen said. “(It’s the) same way that we do (Ladarius) Perkins and Josh Robinson and how we do Preston Smith and Ryan Brown. To me, it’s all the same. Guys have to be ready to play. As you saw, we’re one snap away from being the guy. It doesn’t matter if it’s the quarterback position, (but) it’s every position.”
The Bulldogs have been banged up for most of the season. Mullen says he expects everyone who has been injured minus the guys who are for the season to be healthy for this week. “We expect everybody to be healthy for this game,” Mullen said. “Coming off the bye week, everybody that could be healthy should be healthy.” Junior linebacker Ferlando Bohanna has not played all this season due to a concussion.  Mullen expects him to be on the field against LSU. “(Trainers) have been saying now (that) it’s been about two or three weeks since he’s had a symptom,” Mullen said. “He’s going to do contact (Monday). He should be cleared and good to go.”
Targeting rule
The NCAA’s first-year targeting rule has fallen under scrutiny just five weeks into the season. There are pundits who are for it and others who are not. The rule calls for an automatic ejection for targeting, but it is reviewable. An ejection can be overturned, but the penalty stands with a review. Mullen gave his thoughts on the rule at his weekly press conference. “Some of the officials are put ommend they not play football, but rather focus on their schoolwork.” Lawrence knows that not every athlete that comes through the program is going to play high school football and not every one of them is going to be like Myles and Johnson, who end up playing college football. There will be those players, but the league understands life is about more than football so the coaches want to prepare the kids for life. Outside of the education and
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will evaluate quarterbacks Tyler Russell, left photo, and Dak Prescott through reps in practice this week like he does any other position. (Photos by Rogelio V. Solis, AP) in a tough position with that because it is a point of emphasis,” Mullen said. “I got to watch some football on Saturday and there may have been some calls that were targeting, that were called targeting, and the ejection was overturned, but it still was a 15-yard penalty. Whether it be a late hit or something of that nature that you could still see.  behavioral aspects, other benefits of the league are they get players “active” and involved with other kids their age. “It is a learning experience,” Lawrence said. “We have kids that are overweight and this gets them active and in shape. Not all of our kids have athletic ability. Some are just out here to be a part of a team so there are many benefits that stretch beyond the confines of football.” There may be bonuses in the off-the-field areas, but look at “When you put an emphasis on any rule, you’re going to see that rule called a whole bunch. Ejection from a game is such a severe penalty for not just the team, but for a young man. All the work you put in and the little opportunities you have. I think it is right to have that ability to overturn.”
Bowling Green game time announced
MSU’s homecoming game against Bowling Green on Oct. 12 will be at 6:30 p.m. on FSN the Southeastern Conference announced. Other games featuring SEC teams on that day will be Misdivision, the Starkville Cowboys are on top with a perfect 5-0 record. Right on their heels are the Starkville Raiders, who are 4-1 thus far in the season. In the Powerhouse 10-under, it is the Starkville Saints in the driver’s seat with a 6-0 mark while the Starkville Raiders are second with a perfect 5-0 record. The Macon Broncos are leading the Powerhouse 12-under division at 6-0, but the Starkville Cowboys are next in line with a
Bulldogs  healthy
souri at Georgia at 11 a.m. on ESPN, Arkansas hosting South Carolina at 11:21 a.m. on SECTV, Auburn hosting Western Carolina at 1 p.m., Florida travels to LSU for the 2:30 p.m. CBS game, Kentucky will host Alabama at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and Texas A&M travels to Ole Miss for a 6:30 p.m. game on ESPN.
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iron. “For me, it is about giving back to the community and being a part of these kids’ lives,” Lawrence said. “Not only do we teach them the proper ways of tackle football, but we strive to develop them in life. We keep up with their grades and behavior issues. If they are struggling in those areas, we will often rec-
what takes place on-the-field and the Starkville teams are excelling there as well. The Southeastern Youth Football Conference is the umbrella under which the Powerhouse league operates and it includes teams from places like Tupelo, Ackerman, Columbus, Kosciusko, Macon and Winston County. The competition is stiff and in each of the three age brackets, Starkville is listed among the top. In the Powerhouse 8-under
5-0 record. Thursday will mark the end of regular season competition and as playoffs get underway, the Starkville teams are in good position as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams each get a first round bye. Should the teams be one of the last teams standing, it will be eligible to compete in this year’s Super Bowl which is scheduled to take place on the field at East Mississippi Community College and will be televised throughout Mississippi.
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