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Brown elected prosecutor
By ALEX HOLLOWAY Haley Brown cruised to an easy victory over two opposing candidates in Tuesday’s Oktibbeha County Prosecutor special election. Matthew Wilson and Brace Knox also ran in the race to replace former county prosecutor Roy Carpenter, who resigned in June after 30 years of service. Brown served as interim county prosecutor after Carpenter’s resignation. Brown won the unofficial tally with 1,946 votes, or 67 percent of the vote. Wilson placed second with 796 votes. Knox received 129 votes. The tally does not include about 45 affidavits and 169 absentee ballots. In all, 2,871 voters participated in the election, which was good for about 11-percent turnout among the county’s approximately 25,600 voters. Brown said she was extremely thankful of Haley Brown, left, speaks with Lydia Quarles at a celebration at Zorba’s following her announced her supporters for helping her to victory. victory in the Oktibbeha County prosecutor special election. Brown won the unofficial tally with 67 “I am honored and overwhelmed by the percent of the vote. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
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support from everybody,” Brown said. “I look forward to continuing service as the Oktibbeha County prosecutor. I’m so grateful that the voters have allowed me to continue doing this job that I love so very much.” Brown said Tuesday’s election was the first election she’d ever been a candidate forr. She said the experience, good and bad, was worth it. “It certainly had its ups and downs,” she said. “There were some scares. But I’m just overwhelmed by the support people gave me in this election. It was a good experience.” Brown credited her opponents for running a clean, fair race. “I feel honored to have run with two good candidates that have run a good clean race,” she said. “I really feel honored to have run with them.” Wilson thanked his backers for their support. “I want to first thank the approximately 800 people that came out to vote for me,” he said. “It was a special election — you don’t
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Twitter town hall to open dialogue on consolidation
By ALEX HOLLOWAY Parents for Public Schools Starkville and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership will team up tonight to host a Twitter Town Hall meeting to discuss the consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha Count school districts. The town hall, which will be held from 7-8 p.m. tonight, comes a day in advance of the second public forum on the consolidation, which the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure will facilitate at the at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Greensboro Center. Consolidation began earlier this year, when Gov. Phil Bryant approved House Bill 716, which called for the two districts to merge in July 2015. The bill created a seven-member commission to study the consolida-
Aldermen rebuff effort to create review group
By ZACK PLAIR Starkville Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker’s plan to create a committee to review a pair of city ordinances fell largely on deaf ears Tuesday evening during the Board of Aldermen’s regular meeting at City Hall. Walker’s motion to create a seven-person committee to review the city’s sidewalk and landscaping ordinances failed by a 5-2 vote with only Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard voting with Walker. Aldermen Ben Carver, Lisa Wynn, David Little, Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn, of Wards 1,2,3,6 and 7 respectively, opposed the measure. The board voted unanimously in October to order Community Developer Bill Snowden to conduct a comprehensive review of those ordinances and report his findings to the board in December. Since then, Snowden has taken six weeks Mississippi legislature by March.
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The public can watch the electronic forum by following the @PPSStarkville, @mscollegetown and @GSDPPartnership twitter accounts. Observers can also search for the #stkcsd hash tag. The Partnership previously hosted a Twitter town hall meeting in February 2012. Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory said she recommended that users use an outside platform to watch or take part in the town hall. “We recommend tweetchat. com,” she said. “If you go there, you log in, like with Twitter, and then you enter the hash tag we’re going to be using. That blocks everything out of Twitter except the tweets with that hash tag and kind of makes it like a
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Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker failed in his effort to establish a committee to review Starkville’s sidewalk and landscaping ordinances during the Board of Aldermen’s See ALDERMEN | Page A-5 regular meeting Tuesday. (Photo by Zack Plair, SDN)
Rearing workshop focuses on bugs’ nutritional value
By STEVEN NALLEY Eating insects might be a tough idea for many to swallow, but it’s an idea that showed signs of gaining momentum at Mississippi State University this week. Frank Davis, retired research entomologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the founder and coordinator for MSU’s annual Insect Rearing Workshop (IRW). He said the workshop was largely the same as in previous years, and the most notable change was the While giving a tour to students at the 2013 Insect Rearing Workshop at MSU’s growing interest in raising insects Clay Lyle Entomology Building, Frank Davis points to a picture of him with New York for protein to fight global hunger. Times writer Guy Gugliotta, who covered the workshop in 2007. (Photo by Steven “We’ve found insects like the Nalley, SDN) black soldier fly, (in which case) 40 to 50 percent of their body is protein when they mature,” Davis said. “When you look at the amino acids, it’s as much as, say, a steak. I’ve never seen the amount of excitement about (rearing) insects for their proteins as I have now.” MSU is hosting the 16th annual Insect Rearing Workshop through Friday, and a second workshop centered on rearing insects for human consumption could be coming to MSU next year. Davis said this new possibility arose when Santos Rojo, an associate professor of zoology at the University of Alicante in Spain, joined the team of lecturers for the workshop. Rojo said a key component of his workshop lecture was a
new type of insect rearing process that could produce insects in large quantities. “It’s not the same as captivity breeding,” Rojo said. “It’s mass production. It’s at the level of kilos or tons of biomass. It’s farming. It means that it’s a new livestock. This workshop is a very important workshop focused on the artificial rearing of insects. It’s the basis that is necessary to move from artificial to mass production. I hope that in the next edition, they’ll include this technique we use for farming insects.” Rojo said he also wanted MSU and the University of Alicante to
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A-2: Around Town A-4: Forum A-5: Weather
B-1: Taste B-6: Classifieds C-1: Sports
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AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
the Sportsplex. High schoolers grades 11 and 12 are eligible to particpate. All participants will receive an award and the winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Contact Walter Conley at 312-7378 or 3236715 for more information.
u Green Thumb Garden Club — The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 2 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at Cadence Bank. The speaker will be Dr. Alison Buehler from Gaining Grounds Sustainability Institute of Misssissippi.
u AARP — The AARP monthly membership meeting will be at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church.  Program is “Self Defense for Seniors” to be presented by Dr. Lynn McBroom and Mrs. Caryn Dampier. For more information call Marilyn Laird 323-6309 or Ruth de la Cruz 324-1424. u Mini Moo Time — Chick-Fil-A’s Mini Moo time will be at 9 a.m. for children ages 6 and under. The theme is Noisy Noise Day! u Town and Country Garden Club — The club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Sheila Flurry, 100 Heritage Place, Colonial Hills subdivision. Master gardener Jim McKell will present a program on composting and give tips on how to use items to create “gardening goodies.” u Preschool Story Hour — The Starkville Public Library will hold preschool story hour at 10 a.m. Kids ages 3-6 are welcome. The theme for the week is pajamas. Come in your pajamas adn bring a friend. u Lion’s Club — The Lion’s Club November business meeting will be at 11:45 a.m. in McAlister Deli.  Two important items in the agenda are the $10,000 giveaway and Eye glasses applications among others.  Visiting Lions and guests are welcome.  For information call club president Armando de la Cruz at 3241424. u Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha — The Hic-A-Sha-Ba-Ha chapter meeting of the NSDAR will be held at 2 p.m. at the Renasant Bank Community Room.  For more information please call 323-5244.
Erica Riddick, a student at Starkville High School, represented Oktibbeha County in the Miss Mississippi Teen USA Pageant over the weekend. Riddick was the third runner-up in the competition. (Submitted photo)
u Samaritan Club — The Starkville Samaritan Clubwill meet at 6 p.m. at the VFW on Hwy. 25. There will be a $10,000 raffle at the event. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased from a member of the club. Contact 323-1338 for more information.
Harrison Auditorium in Giles Architecture Building. Rosangela Yazbec Sebba, professor of music at Mississippi State University, will perform. Admission is free admission.
u Sweet Potato Drop — Volunteer Starkville is hosting a Sweet Potato Drop from 9 a.m. to noon for Family Volunteer Day at the Palmeiro Center on the MSU Campus. u Women’s Conference — The Antioch Church will have it’s women’s conference beginning at 10 a.m. until the evening. the conference continues at 3 p.m. Nov. 10. For more info contact Betty Brown 3416448. u Gospel Singing — The Angelic Voices and The Golden Echoes will be performing at 6 p.m. at Lane Chapel CME Church in Tupelo. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be received. u SAAC Gala — The Starkville Area Arts Council will hold its 11th annual arts gala, An Evning at the Louvre, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center. Tickets are $75. For reservations call 662-3243080 or visit
u Bridges Out of Poverty — Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty will meet at 10 a.m. at 929 Coffee Bar. The meeting is open to all who are interested in learning more about Starkville Bridges. There will be a briefing from those who attended the national conference and make plans for 2014. Please be present at 9:45 a.m. if you plan to order. u Barbecue plates — Maben Church of God will be selling $7 barbecue plates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 3965 Crowley Dr. in Maben. The plates consist of barbecue, slaw, baked beans, bun and tea. The money will go toward a tent revival coming to Maben in June with Bro. Gerald Crabb. For more information call 662-722-0531 or 662418-2859. Faculty Piano Recital — MSU is holding a Faculty Piano Recital at 7:30 p.m. at
u Pastor Appreciation — Sixteenth Section M.B. Church will honor Pastor Richardson with a 24th Year Appreciation Service at 11 a.m. Special guests for the service are Rev. Christopher Mays and the SandCreek Chapel church family. At 2 p.m. Rev. Rayfield Evins will speak. The publis is invited. Contact Mattie Duncan at 615-6021 for more in-
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formation. u First Year Anniversary — Abundant Life Ministries is having its first year church celebration at 2:30 p.m. at the Coco Center. Everyone is invited. u Symphony Chorus Performance — The StarkvilleMSU Symphony Orchestra Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. u Veteran’s Day program — New Zion United Methodist Church will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be Bishop James Austin. Pastor Tyrone Stallings, Sr. invites the public. Contact sponsor Mrs. Annie Dancer at 323-7406. u Trail Life meeting — Grace Presbyterian Church on Academy Road will host a Trail Life interest meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Speakers will provide a brief overview of this Christian scouting program, conduct a question and answer session and discuss possible next steps. Please visit u Military Charity Recital — KMG Creations’ 5th Annual Military Charity Dance Recital “Honoring Veterans” will be held at 3 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. Portion of proceeds benefit the Richard E. Holmes II Memorial Foundation. Keynote speaker is Mike Tagert, North Mississippi Transportation Commissioner. u American Legion — The American Legion Post #240 next Monthly Meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post #240 Building at 3328 Pat Station Road. Commander ask all the members and prospects of becoming members of Post #240 to be there; for more in-
formation, please contact Walter Zuber at 662-418-5614 or Curtis Snell at 662-648-0244 u Gospel Music Concert — The Greenes from Shallotte, N.C. will be in concert at 6 p.m. at Double Springs Baptist Church in Maben. Free admission, but a love loffering will be taken.
u Monument Unveiling — The Partnership Military Affairs Community will unveil the a new monument at 11:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn. u Rotary — Greg Dunaway, Dean of Arts and Sciences at MSU will speak at noon at the Starkville Country Club. He will be introduced by Ed Clynch. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Rotary Club.
u Kiwanis — Kiwanis will meet at noon at The Hilton Garden Inn. Jim Ellis, voice of the Bulldogs, will be our speaker.  Visitors & prospective members are always welcome. u Mother-to-Mother support group — The new Mother-to-Mother Support Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at OCH Regional Medical Center will meet in the OCH Community Room.  This one-hour meeting is designed to support expectant, breastfeeding and new mothers as they care for the new addition to their family. For more information, contact Paula Hamilton at 615-3364. u Cafe Scientifique — Cafe Scientifique will meet at 6 p.m. at The Veranda. The topic is about Safe Haven for Pets -compassionate care for animals in crisis and Sharon Grace will speak. u Talent Hunt Program — The Talent Hunt Program, hosted by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, will be at 7 p.m. at
u Childbirth Classes — OCH Regional Medical Center is holding childbirth classes during the month of October. Classes will be held on Mondays from 6– 8:30 p.m. in the OCH Ed Facility.  The class fee is $70.  To sign up or for questions, call Paula Hamilton, perinatal nurse manager at 662-615-3364. u ABE/GED Classes — ABE/GED classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays at the J.L. King Center. For more information contact 324-6913. u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at or 662-615-0021. u Storytime — Maben Public Library will have storytime at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of fun activities along with a story with Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are invited! u Mini Moo Time — The Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. every Thurday. There are stories, activities, and crafts for kids six and under. The event is free. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret Prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every first, second, fourth and fifth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room and play at 3 p.m. on the third Saturdays at the Carrington Nursing Home.
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of the Day Lexie Wise, Kristen Campbell
Tupelo and Flowood “We’re smiling because God is good and it feels like fall is finally here.”
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chat room. It lets you see everyone tweeting with that hash tag, not just the people you follow, and automatically adds that hash tag to your tweets.” Parents for Public Schools Starkville President Michelle Jones said the town hall meeting aimed to get information to parents ahead of Thursday’s public forum. “There’s a lot of information (in the consolidation process),” she said. “Unless you’ve been intimately involved with it, it can be easy to get lost. We want to have information available in a more condensed form to let people get information to help them learn about the consolidation before the hearing Thursday.” Jones said PPS chose to hold the town hall on Twitter because it allows users to participate in the conversation at their own convenience. The
electronic forum also allows interested parties to participate from all over Oktibbeha County and beyond. The commission has already facilitated one public forum, and will host a similar one Thursday. The public forums allow citizens to express thoughts or concerns about the consolidation to the commission, but does not allow for commissioners to speak back or answer questions. The Twitter forum will allow two-way conversation with at least two commission members ― Jones said Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway and Commissioner Rex Buffington had both confirmed their participation in the event. She said PPS invited every member of the commission. Holloway said tonight’s town hall will be his first foray onto the social media network. “To be honest, I’ve never even used Twitter,” he said. “It’s the first time doing any-
thing like this for me. Parents for Public Schools thought it would be a good way to get information out to the Twitterers of the world and answer their questions, since we can’t answer questions on Thursday night.” Holloway had a Twitter account of his own, @SuptHolloway, set up Wednesday, and while he said he was still learning the ins and outs of Twitter, he looks forward to the town hall. “I think it increases accessibility and transparency in the process for people who want to be involved,” he said. “It will be a good experience to communicate with the public to help people keep in touch with what’s going on.” Gregory said allowing a question-and-answer dialogue was important. “It’s a very complex issue,” she said. “I feel like everyone is behind it, but it can be hard there are a lot of moving parts. The commission has done a 2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly.wheat@gentiva. com. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard. or 662325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662-
great job especially through PPS of getting information out. But a lot of parents have questions and the traditional public forums don’t allow Q&A.” Jones said she believed the two-way conversation would help the community before the public hearing. She stressed that she wanted parents and the community at large to feel involved in the consolidation. “One of the main goals of PPS is to educate parents about their kids’ education,” she said. “We want them to feel involved, and I say that coming from how I felt this winter when the legislature was debating and passed this (HB 716). I felt like I had no input and the community felt very helpless about what was going on. We want to educate parents so they will understand the process and be supportive of efforts, or know where to criticize efforts. You have to be informed to really have a conversation and move us all forward.”
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collaborate in the future to further develop this new insect rearing method and expose it to the world at large. In addition to this joint research, Davis said he hoped to launch a new workshop centered on farming insects for protein that would rotate between MSU and the University of Alicante. “It will be modeled after the international insect rearing workshop we already have,” Rojo said. “So, we’re going to have two workshops next fall. I think it’s getting to the planning (stage), because we don’t have many more months to plan them. We have to jump on it right now to get everything organized and ready to go.” Davis said this new workshop could potentially host 100 or more students. By comparison, he said, the IRW hosted 27 students, and they came from across the U.S. and 11 other countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and the Philippines. “We teach them how to rear insects of very high quality,” Davis said. “We talk about the production system where you go from eggs to larvae to pupae to bugs and back to eggs again. We look at colony genetics. We’re also looking at things like diseases that can affect the production system.” Davis said there were many uses for raising insects, including feeding livestock. Insects can also break down plants, animal carcasses and waste products and convert them into fertilizer for farming. Cheri Abraham, an entomologist for MicroTech, LLC in Hargill, Texas, said he raised insects that prey on pests, preventing the pests from attacking orchards. Before working with MicroTech, he said, he earned a master’s degree in entomology at MSU, using wasps to control mole cricket populations on local golf courses. He said he was happy to return, and he was learning much from the workshop. “There’s a lot of information that’s being given,” Abraham said. “The instructors are like treasure troves. They’ve been doing this for a long time. What I’m trying to do is sift through as much as possible during the week I’m here. I’m looking forward to all of that.” Hannah Nadel is supervisory entomologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Center for Plant Health Science in Buzzard’s Bay, Mass. She said she had been trying to get into the IRW for the past four years, but this was the first time she had been able to get in before it filled up. “I have to be ready, because I’m with the federal government, and I could be handed a new insect to try to rear and a new project to work on,” Nadel said. “We want to be able to detect invasive insects coming in. We want to be able to lure them into traps, and we also want to be able to do research to try to control them. I am picking up things (at this workshop). No matter how much (you learn) there’s still more to learn.”
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Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-323-6290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7 p.m.
every Thursday in the John Desert” from noon to 1 p.m. Grisham room at the Mitchell each Tuesday, starting Aug. 20 at the Book Mart Cafe in Memorial Library. downtown Starkville. u GED classes — Emerson u Quilting group meeting Family School, 1504 Louisville in Starkville, will offer free — The Golden Triangle Quilt ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. Guild meets the third Thursday to 7 p.m. Monday through of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Thursday and from 8 a.m. to the Starkville Sportsplex. All noon on Friday. For more in- interested quilters are invited formation call 662-320-4607. to attend. For more informau Writing group — The tion, call Luanne Blankenship Starkville Writer’s Group at 662-323-7597. u Sanitation Department meets the first and third Saturschedules — A reminder of day of the month at 10 a.m. in collection days for the City of the upstairs area of the BookStarkville Sanitation and Enmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more informa- vironmental Services Departtion, contact Debra Wolf at ment. Schedule 1: Household or call garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish col662-323-8152. u BNI meetings — A lection – Monday only, recychapter of Business Network- cling collection - first and third ing International will meet Wednesday of each month; at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Schedule 2: Household garGolden Triangle Planning and bage collection – Tuesday Development District confer- and Friday, rubbish collection ence room. For more infor- – Tuesday only, recycling colmation, call Barbara Coats at lection – second and fourth 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesat 662-275-8003. u Square dancing — days in a month, there will be Dancing and instruction on no collections of recyclables basic steps every Monday 7-9 on the fifth Wednesday. Recyp.m. at the Sportplex Annex, cling bags can only be picked 405 Lynn Lane.  Enjoy learn- up in April and October of ing with our caller and friendly each year. For more informahelp from experienced danc- tion, visit http://www.cityofers. Follow the covered walk or call 662-323to the small building.  Look us up on Facebook “Jolly Squares”. u Dance team applications — KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or e-mail danzexplosion@ u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Streams in the
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.
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have a very high turnout in special elections, but the way I see it, 800 people went out of their way to put in a good word for me and I appreciate it.” Wilson also expressed thanks to all voters that participated in the election.
Though he didn’t emerge the winner, he said he enjoyed the race and wished Brown well. “It was fun,” he said. “It was a wonderful time for me and my family. All I can say is thank you, and I wish Haley the best.” The Starkville Daily News could not reach Knox for comment.
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bour began again. Barbour commissioned Scott Reed (Dole’s 1996 campaign manager) to conduct self BRIAN PERRY opposition SYNDICATED research and COLUMNIsT see if a run would be feasible and whether he could win the nomination over those considering a run, like former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The authors write, “To say Barbour and Romney were oil and water severely understated the case. Romney respected Barbour’s political mind and instincts but was astonished by how
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
‘Double Down’ examines Barbour presidential run
was enjoyable to read. So while I know how their new book ends as well, I still look forward to reading the behind-thescenes intrigue of “Double Down.” One chapter in particular describes the plans behind former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s consideration of running for president in 2012. According to the authors, “Barbour had considered entering the 2008 field. Less than halfway through his first term as governor, he convened a secret meeting in Jackson of his closest advisers and his wife, Marsha, to start planning a White house run. But then Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005 and blew it all away. Barbour realized he had no choice but to seek a second gubernatorial term to complete the recovery efforts.” Those efforts “won wide praise” and four years later talk about a Barmuch Haley drank. Barbour, meanwhile, respected almost nothing about Romney professionally, considered him self-centered, tin-eared, and inauthentic. ‘The guy’s never said a sentence to me that’s spontaneous,’ Barbour told his people.” Barbour believed Romney’s weakness would “attract a large, unruly field, and that’ll be bad for the party.” The book describes conversations among Barbour, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Daniels and Barbour wanted Bush to run. Absent his entrance to the race, Daniels and Barbour each tried to convince the other to get in the race. Several governors were hesitant about Romney running including Texas Governor Rick Perry, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich. When Barbour told Kasich he was considering the run,
On Tuesday, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann released “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” an expose on happened behind the scenes during the 2012 presidential election and primaries. The sort-of sequel to their 2010 book, “Game Change” on the 2008 campaign, brings to the reader the same high-level sources and trove of insider strategy that shows politicians on the highest level of competition have the same second-guessing, fears and dumb luck (good and bad) that most professionals on every level face in their careers. The 2008 book was an enjoyable read for this Republican, at least the first two-thirds which focused mainly on the battles, insults and machinations between Democrats seeking the nomination: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I knew how it ended, but it
Kasich signed up for Team Barbour “on the spot.” The book notes Barbour conducted a meet and greet on April 14 in New Hampshire, followed the next night by a speech to the Charleston County Republican Party in South Carolina (and winning their straw poll), had already stumped in Iowa, raised money in California, and presented a presidential style economic speech in Chicago.  He looked primed to announce in May of 2011. “He laid off the bourbon, losing twenty pounds, and slipped away to the Mayo Clinic in April to secure a clean bill of health,” the authors write, “His trips to the early states were going well; he was receiving a warm reception for his stances on three big issues on which
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Miss. budget writers increase revenue estimates
EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON — Top lawmakers on Tuesday increased the estimate of how much money Mississippi can spend on state government programs this budget year and next. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted to increase the revenue estimate from just under $5.1 billion to just over $5.2 billion for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30. They also set an estimate of nearly $5.4 billion for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. Lawmakers said the new numbers reflect experts’ predictions that the economy will continue growing at a modest pace. “I think we’re going to have a very solid budget,” said House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. With the new estimates, the revenue growth from last year to this year will be 2 percent, and the growth from this year to next will be another 2.7 percent. That compares to 5.1 percent growth from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant was out of state Tuesday, but was put on a speaker phone to participate in the Budget Committee meeting. He said he agrees with the new estimates.
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Taxing marijuana: Strange bedfellows emerge in debate
After voters in the states of Colorado and Washington legalized the sale of marijuana in their states, the public debates there moved on next to the obvious conflicts between state laws legalizing pot sales and the prevailing federal laws that prohibit the sale of weed. But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder cleared that up rather quickly by loudly informing pot smokers, growers and dealers that the Obama administration was not willing to sue Colorado and Washington in their efforts to legalize and regulate the sale and use of recreational marijuana. The marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington allow the recreational use of marijuana and require that the states set up a bureaucracy to license, regulate and tax those sales. That’s where the whole discussion gets downright amusing. Couple that with the fact that now the District of Columbia and 20 states – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington – all have legalized so-called “medical” marijuana and the tax-and-spend antics take on the paranoid intensity of a Cheech and Chong movie. Colorado voters are considering Proposition AA.  If passed, legal recreational marijuana would be taxed twice: First, by way of a 15 percent tax on the wholesale price of retail marijuana – with the first $40 million earmarked for education. Second would be a retail 10 percent sales tax levy, in addition to the state’s existing 2.9 percent sales tax, with proceeds more broadly earmarked for marijuana regulation, public health and law enforcement. Of the retail sales tax proceeds, 15 percent would go back to the cities and counties where the sales occur. The Colorado pot tax debate is producing a really weird set of political bedfellows in that liberal stoners and no-new-taxes conservatives are finding agreement in opposition to what some are calling the largest tax increase in Colorado state history. Marijuana users there are whining that they are being victimized by the proposed tax. Proponents of marijuana legalization there say the new tax will drive Colorado’s portion of the nation’s estimated $30 billion SID SALTER marijuana market back underground. SYNDICATED Mississippians will COLUMNIsT see many similarities here. First and foremost, the laughable promise that “sin” taxes will provide the funding foundation for public education. That didn’t happen when Mississippi legalized whiskey sales or when the state embraced casino gaming – and it won’t happen in Colorado or Washington with the legalization of marijuana. Second, the attraction of strange bedfellows to arguments about state regulation and taxation of things like alcohol and gaming has always been present. In Mississippi, local option alcohol elections usually put the clergy and the bootleggers in political league with each other. But more than anything else, the taxand-toke public policy debates in Colorado point up the absolute lunacy of the decision of the Obama administration to recognize “state’s right” on marijuana and absolutely nothing else. President Obama and Attorney General Holder see mischief in states trying to regulate ballot security through voter identification despite the fact that federal election law provides for it. But they see nothing wrong with allowing states to make their own laws regarding the sale of weed despite existing federal laws the clearly prohibit the sale of the stuff. Of course, if the feds see Colorado enjoy any success in taxing marijuana, can federal marijuana taxes be far behind? Mississippi mastered that concept years ago with a black market tax on illegal whiskey sales. Everything old, as they say, is new again. Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at 601-507-8004 or
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he planned to run on Romney’s (and much of the party’s) left: immigration reform, a fairly quick exit from Afghanistan, and cutting defense spending.” But Barbour himself wasn’t convinced. He had seen former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson’s 2008 campaign implode; didn’t want to run based on ego like former Speaker of the
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House Newt Gingrich, and considered even a successful run a “life sentence” with two years to run, and potentially eight years to govern. He was concerned about his family and their lives. “It would be hard for anybody from Mississippi to beat the first black president, Barbour told Daniels, who didn’t disagree,” the book recounts, “Barbour thought back to 2008 and how Katrina had dashed his plans. In presidential politics, he
believed, your time only comes around once, and maybe that was it – maybe, Haley thought, he’d missed his moment.” On April 25, Barbour convened a conference call with his campaign and told them he didn’t “have the fire in my belly to make this race.” There is more on Barbour’s insights and impact on the 2012 campaign including his work on a “white-knight scenario” to recruit Daniels or Christie or
another Republican to enter the race late, sweep the final states, and take the battle to the convention in Tampa to select the nominee. For those details and other juicy tidbits, you’ve got to read the book.
Brian Perry is a columnist for the Madison County Journal and a partner with Capstone Public Affairs, LLC.  Reach him at or @CapstonePerry on Twitter.
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of medical leave set to expire at the end of November, so the board moved the reporting deadline to Feb. 4. Prior to the board’s vote denying Walker’s request to form the committee, Walker offered to table the matter if the board would extend the deadline to receive the report on the review until its March 4 meeting. That motion also failed by the same margin. Little and Wynn brought forward the motion for a Snowden-led review of the sidewalk and landscape ordinances — laws that require most developments and redevelopments in the Starkville to include a sidewalk and adhere to certain landscaping requirements — in October after receiving complaints from local developers that the ordinances were too strict and businessunfriendly. Though Walker voted in October to allow Snowden to conduct the review, he argued Tuesday that the board had not provided Snowden any guidelines by which to do so and while he was taking leave, the city would accomplish nothing. He added that placing that level of responsibility on one city staff member also exposed him to possible repercussions if his findings failed to please all board members. “An individual acting alone is not a comprehensive review, especially when that person’s job is to keep the board happy,” Walker said. “… I believe we should set forth a process where a holistic and comprehensive review can actually occur.” To do this, Walker proposed a review committee to include
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two aldermen, two local builders/developers, and a member each from the city’s transportation commission, the Tree Advisory Board and Starkville in Motion. He said the committee would also seek guidance from Snowden, as well as city planning professionals in peer cities. Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory read the aldermen a letter during Tuesday’s meeting that the GSDP Executive Board put forth endorsing a committee review. The letter said the ordinances needed reviewing but called on the city to “look beyond politics and controversy and focus on the betterment and advancement of our community.” Walker repeatedly called the approach proven and replicable and one that would guarantee input from stakeholders. After little discussion led to what Walker perceived would be the proposal’s obvious defeat, he sharply criticized some of his fellow board members. “When this motion is clearly about to be defeated, I certainly think it would be courteous … to explain why,” a clearly frustrated Walker said during the meeting. “What are we afraid of? Are we concerned about being a transparent board that keeps the public’s best interest in mind, or are we looking to do back room deals? … I certainly don’t think that’s the board’s intent, but actions like what is about to take place make me question this, and the public has the right to question it too.” That statement sparked some explanation from Little, Wynn and Carver reiterating the board’s unanimous vote in October to order Snowden to lead the review. Carver said he
didn’t outright oppose forming a committee, but he first wanted to hear Snowden’s report. Then, if necessary, he wanted to revisit who would comprise a review committee to ensure it would be unbiased. “I want to hear what the man has to say,” Carver said of Snowden. “I want to give him the benefit of the doubt.” Little suggested, and Maynard agreed, that since the board had given Snowden no direct guidance as to how to conduct his review, Snowden could actually form such a committee to assist him. Walker said he didn’t feel that would happen because he didn’t think Snowden “had been told” to do that. Walker added he was willing to compromise on who would make up the committee. “This was meant to be a way to get the discussion started,” he said after the meeting. “As you could see, no one was interested in having that discussion.” Gregory also expressed her disappointment with the board’s vote after the meeting. “What is most disappointing is that the process that the board clearly stated is their preference doesn’t give any opportunity for developer input,” she said. “Those individuals who have invested millions of dollars into our community deserve an opportunity for input.” Walker’s woes Tuesday weren’t limited to the ordinance review either. His motion to appoint Bonn Camp to the Ward 4 position on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals initially failed 4-3 with Carver, Walker and Maynard in favor and Wynn, Little, Perkins and Vaughn opposed. After the four who opposed
offered no discussion, Mayor Parker Wiseman told the board “at the bare minimum,” it owed Camp a public explanation since he was the only applicant. The board eventually reconsidered the measure and appointed Camp to serve through June 30, 2017 by a 4-3 margin, with Little changing his vote. Walker said he wasn’t surprised his motions met such resistance Tuesday, even joking that the stars had warned him of such. “I sort of knew it was coming. I read my horoscope this morning and it said ‘Others will let you know they’re in charge today,’” Walker said after the meeting. “Indeed.” In other business, the board: n declined all bids received for Carver Drive drainage improvements and opted to request new bids for the project after the city completed its own work at the site; n approved installing a fourway stop sign at the intersection of Jackson Street and Yelowjacket Drive; n appointed Shalonda Sykes as interim Municipal Court clerk; n appointed James Henley to a five-year term on the Starkville Housing Authority; n reappointed Brian Portera to a three-year term on the Municipal Airport Board; n appointed Kristen Dechert to an unexpired term on the Library Board through Sept. 30, 2015; n appointed Zach Herrington to an unexpired term on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals to represent Ward 7 through June 30, 2014; and n appointed Claudette Jones to a three-year term on the Stormwater Hearing Board.
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MSU forestry professor NJ mall shooting baffles named a society fellow relatives of gunman
For Starkville Daily News A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently named a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters. Emily Schultz was honored by the professional forestry organization for her contributions to the society and the forestry profession. Schultz is a professor in the MSU College of Forest Resources and Forest and WildSchultz life Research Center. Her areas of research include computer forest modeling, forest inventory, and hardwood growth and yield While at MSU, Schultz and colleague Tom Matney developed the Mississippi Forestry Inventory System, a software program that estimates the volume of timber in the state. Bioenergy and forest products companies have used the program to determine the optimum locations for mills based on the availability and distribution of raw resources. “Dr. Schultz is an outstanding teacher, adviser and researcher,” said Andy Ezell, head of the MSU Department of Forestry. “She has also served as a member of the Educational Policy Review Committee and chaired the Committee on Accreditation for the Society of American Foresters.” The Society of American Foresters is the accrediting body for the forestry degree. Ezell said Schultz’s experience on the Educational Policy Review Committee is valuable as MSU prepares its accreditation package. Schultz obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of the South and master’s and doctoral degrees from North Carolina State University. She also earned a master’s degree in computer science from MSU. Schultz is a member of Xi Sigma Pi, Gamma Sigma Delta, the Walnut Council, the Southern Hardwood Group, the Society of American Foresters and the Mississippi Forestry Association. She is a registered forester in Mississippi. The Society of American Foresters is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world. TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — Relatives and friends of a young man who fired shots in New Jersey's largest mall, trapping terrified shoppers for hours before killing himself, struggled Tuesday to reconcile those actions with a person they described as pleasant and well-liked. Investigators don't believe the gunman, identified as 20-year-old Richard Shoop, intended to shoot anyone when he began firing at the ceiling and elsewhere at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, about 15 miles northwest of New York City, shortly before the mall closed Monday night. There were no other injuries. "We think he went in with the intent that he was not going to come out alive," Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said. News of Shoop's suicide stunned friends and relatives. As recently as last week, Shoop had spoken about a potential new job and seemed especially happy about it, according to a woman who said she had known him since they were little. "He told me that he was going to get a new job at this TV place and he was going to make good money," Madison Barbarini said. "He told me that he was doing really well and it seemed like he was really happy. Things just don't add up. Why would he do this? It doesn't make sense." The friend she knew "honestly would never hurt a fly," Barbarini added. The suspect's brother, Kevin Shoop, told reporters outside their home on a quiet suburban block in Teaneck that his brother was "a great person" who was liked by friends and family and gave no advance warning about what he intended to do. "He just sadly decided to make an act of — an act of, I guess, self-indulgence — by taking his own life publicly," Kevin Shoop said. "And it's a tragedy to us all. And we're going to now handle matters and deal with them." Dod Geges, the owner of a pizzeria in Teaneck where Shoop worked for several years, said Shoop didn't show violent tendencies and "was always sad" when he heard about shootings on TV.
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The following are felony arrests as reported by court order; u Jamella Leigh Lucious, 24, probation vioOktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department: lation; u Natasha N. Lester, 35, circuit court order; OCT. 28 u Shawn Darnell Rogers, 34, circuit court u Noel O. Garcia, 23, assault on a law enforceorder. ment officer; u Antrell Demond Holbrook, 30, circuit court NOV. 1 order; u Ayric Jance Bradley, 24, robbery; u Cody Allen Evans, 21, 6 months; u Jerry Jermaine Payne, 36, robbery; u Vince Davis, 46, sale of schedule IV drugs; u Kendre Jones, 25, 48 hours; u Javian R. Watt, 23, house arrest violation. u Antonio Leshaun Hill, 28, circuit court order; OCT. 29 u Patrick W. Hudson, 23, parole violation; u Paul Thompson, 49, sexual battery; u Kenneth W. Criddle, probation violation, u Walter Roberson Jr, 53, burglary of a resiDUI 3rd, driving with a suspended license and dence and contempt of court (five counts); u Jonathan Jeffery Emerson, 19, auto theft careless driving; u Ashley Nicole McCoy, 26, circuit court and sale of cocaine. order. OCT. 30 NOV. 2 u Christopher James Emerson, 26, possesuLasang Kemp, 29, circuit court order. sion of cocaine; u Betty Jean Logan, 30, probation violation; The following are felony arrests as reported u Andy Lamar Johnson, 33, circuit court by Starkville Police Department: order; u Ed Cortez Hart, 25, sale of cocaine; OCT. 31 u Lascandra Nicole Watkins, 29, aggravated u Camron Dearius Brown, 21, manufacassualt. ture/sell/possession of drug paraphernalia; n Antonia Devonte Bardwell, 20, possession OCT. 31 u Audreana Charmane Higgins, 22, circuit of marijuana in a motor vehicle.
Shoop left an ambiguous note with his family that raised concern, however. Molinelli, the prosecutor, would not call it a suicide note, but he said it did "express that an end is coming. It could have been prison. ... It could have been what he did last night. It gave his family reason to reach out to us." Gov. Chris Christie called the shooting a wake-up call for lawmakers to focus on mental health issues as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce gun violence. "Obviously that young man went there to end his own life. We may not be that lucky next time," Christie said. "We need to get to the root causes of what drives a young man like that to drive to Garden State Plaza in that condition." It is not known whether Shoop had any mental health problems. Authorities said he had a known drug problem. Chaos erupted shortly before the mall's 9:30 p.m. closing time Monday when authorities said a man dressed in black and wearing a motorcycle helmet fired six shots. Molinelli said the gun, which was modified to look like an AK-47 assault rifle, belonged to Richard Shoop's brother, who owned it legally and did not give the shooter permission to take it. At the mall Monday night, witnesses said the sound of gunfire sent customers and employees rushing hysterically for the exits and hiding places at the mall, which remained closed Tuesday. Officials said the mall would reopen Wednesday morning. Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the 2.2 million-square-foot mall, which was put on lockdown. New Jersey State Police landed a helicopter in the parking lot and SWAT teams with dogs initially went through the mall and started evacuating people. Shoop's body was discovered around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in a back corridor, deep within a lower level of the mall in an area not accessible to the public, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said. Shoop did not work at the mall, he said, and investigators were still trying to determine why he went there.
The house where Richard Shoop lived is seen in Teaneck, N.J. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Shoop fired multiple shots inside New Jersey’s largest shopping mall Monday, trapping hundreds of customers and employees for hours as police scoured stores for the shooter, who was found dead early Tuesday of a self-inflicted wound, authorities said. (Photo by Bill Kostroun, AP)
In this May 30, 2011 photo taken by Chelsea Barbarini and provided to The AP, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Richard Shoop, right, poses for a photo with friends Jordan Conahan and Maddison Barbarini. Shoop opened fire inside the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J., late Monday, trapping shoppers for hours before killing himself. (Photo by Chelsea Barbarini)
Authorities: Miss. woman offered to sell her baby
MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A Mississippi woman has been arrested for allegedly offering to sell her infant son to another woman she met through an online classified ad. Bobbie Jo Stojic, 23, of Bay St. Louis was freed on $5,000 bond after her Oct. 29 arrest on a felony charge of offering to sell a child, authorities said. Stojic allegedly offered to sell her 4-monthold son for $5,000 in a text message that she sent last month to a woman from Kenner, La., who had answered her Craigslist ad for baby clothes, according to a court filing. "They kind of formed somewhat of a friendship, a loosely based friendship, over text messages," said Hancock County Sheriff's Office Detective Brandon Normand. Normand said the women had been discussing the costs associated with legally adopting a child before Stojic allegedly offered to sell her son in an Oct. 9 text message. "That kind of planted the seed for Stojic
to either sell her child or attempt to scam the woman in Louisiana out of something," Normand said. "She basically told her if you want him, you can have him for $5,000." Normand said Stojic denied the allegations. A phone number for her that is listed on a court document wasn't in service Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear whether she has an attorney. Stojic had mentioned in the text messages that she was having money problems and was in danger of being evicted from her home, according to Normand. Normand said the Louisiana woman reported the allegations to the Mississippi Department of Human Services, which notified the sheriff's office and took custody of the child. A department spokeswoman declined to answer questions about the case, saying Tuesday that she could not comment on an open investigation. A Mississippi law that took effect in July 2009 made it a crime to sell or buy a child or offer to buy or sell a child. A conviction is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
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MSU alumna named first African American female U.S. District Judge in Miss.
For Starkville Daily News The U.S. Senate today appointed 1987 Mississippi State alumna Debra M. Brown as Mississippi's first African-American female U.S. District Judge. Brown graduated with the top architecture award, and her perseverance, diligence and focus were obvious to the School of Brown Architecture's faculty and administration. "MSU alumni have enjoyed growing success in their judicial careers at both the state and federal levels," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. "The confirmation of MSU alumna Debra M. Brown to the bench of the U.S. District Court in Mississippi's Northern District is an honor for MSU and for the state of Mississippi. She will do a marvelous job." Michael Fazio, retired MSU professor emeritus, has been a member of the architecture faculty since the school's inception in 1973. "I knew her quite well. She was a serious student and worked hard," he said. "Her sense of focus, diligence and improvement -- I always saw her as someone who had a plan." Brown's work ethic and determination served her through architectural associate jobs, then law school. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was a shareholder with Wise Carter Child & Caraway in Jackson. "She has remained on the Architecture Advisory Council, and that speaks volumes to what we do here," said Michael Berk, director of MSU's School of Architecture. "You can relate your education in architecture to almost anything in terms of what you want do, and that's what Brown has done." After graduating from MSU, Brown worked in Washington, D.C. Not only was she involved in several construction projects for residential and commercial properties, Brown also renovated historic and municipal buildings. In 1994, she entered the University of Mississippi School of Law. In the years since her graduation in 1997, her practice has focused on civil litigation, especially commercial litigation and construction-related issues. Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, said Brown's architecture experiences in Washington, D.C., probably influenced her decision to pursue a legal career. "There is a whole area of law related to building and construction law and construction litigation," he said. "Somebody who has a degree in arch as well as a degree in law would be exceptionally well prepared to understand that practice." In Brown's July response to questions from U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking member of the judiciary committee, she emphasized respect is the most important attri-
bute of a judge. "When a judge truly respects the position, I believe the judge will necessarily execute all judicial duties with impartiality, fairness, integrity and discipline, and apply the law to the facts of each case or controversy in an even-handed manner consistend with judicial precedent and applicable procedural rules," Brown said. She's the only attorney in the state who also has a degree in architecture, West said. "She is unique in the state of Mississippi, and she's been very successful professionally," he said. "Brown has stayed active in the community, and that commitment began in the school of architecture." In addition to serving on the advisory board, Brown is a member of various bar groups, including the National Bar Association, American Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association and Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association, serving in various leadership positions.
3 bodies found in Miss. believed to be family
GALLMAN, Miss. (AP) — The bodies of a man, woman and young boy believed to be members of a family that went missing were found Tuesday in Mississippi, not far from where investigators found their burned car over the weekend, authorities said. Sheriff Harold Jones in Copiah County said the bodies were discovered in an abandoned house about a mile from where the family's vehicle was located Saturday in a remote area southwest of Jackson. Jones says the man who led authorities to the bodies, 42-year-old Timothy Lydell Burns, is being charged with arson of a vehicle. The sheriff said other charges are likely. "We're going to be questioning him about that probably in the morning," Jones said. "Everyone's got to have some rest. We've been at this for probably 48 hours." Jones said he's not sure why Burns, who was booked into the county jail in Gallman on Tuesday, led authorities to the bodies on Tuesday morning at the wood frame house. Copiah County Coroner Ellis Stuart said the bodies matched the descriptions of Jaidon Hill, 7, Atira Hill-Smith, 30, and Laterry Smith, 34. He said all three had been shot. The bodies will undergo identification and autopsies in Jackson, Stuart added. The three were reported missing Friday. Their vehicle was found wrecked and burning around dawn Saturday by a motorist on a local road off Mississippi Highway 18 in the county. The motorist's husband put out the small fire with a bucket of water, Jones said. On Monday, Jackson police recovered items linked to the family, including clothing and Atira Hill-Smith's ID card for the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she worked. Authorities say the items were recovered from a garbage bin at a gas station in south Jackson. Jones said he believes the three where abducted in south Jackson. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, said investigators determined that Burns was a suspect, but didn't say how. Strain said authorities began watching Burns at a south Jackson motel Monday and arrested him around 11:30 p.m. that night when he went to a gas station. Strain said Burns was questioned at MBI headquarters in Jackson and he took authorities to the bodies by 4 a.m. Tuesday. Jones said investigators don't know of any connection at this point between the family and Burns, a Jackson resident. Jones said Burns has a criminal history, but he wouldn't elaborate. The sheriff said cars are sometimes abandoned and burned in the rural, wooded area, but authorities became alarmed when they found the car overturned. Jones said he believed Burns was driving the vehicle and had an accident. "We do believe he tried to burn the vehicle," Jones said of Burns. "The accident was not staged. He had an actual wreck." Jones said authorities aren't sure if the Smiths and Hill were in the car at the time of the crash. On Saturday, someone tried to use an ATM card that belonged to the family in Port Gibson, a town just across the county line from where the vehicle and bodies were found, Jones said. He added authorities had yet to collect surveillance video or other evidence in that.
An investigator carries items from the wooded area along Shelby Road in rural Copiah County on Tuesday, where the bodies believed to be of a missing Jackson-area family where discovered in an abandoned house. Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones says the bodies were found in an abandoned house about a mile from where the family's vehicle was located Saturday. (Photo by Joe Ellis, The Clarion-Ledger, AP)
The three bodies believed to be of a missing Jackson-area family were discovered in this abandoned house in rural Copiah County on Tuesday. The site is so overgrown that the house is barely visible from nearby Shelby Road. (Photo by Joe Ellis, The Clarion-Ledger, AP)
Campus to celebrate annual International Education Week
For Starkville Daily News Diversity will be celebrated this month during International Education Week at Mississippi State University. To begin Nov. 11, activities are sponsored by the university's Richard Holmes Cultural Diversity Center. The national observance was launched in 2000 by the U.S. Education and State departments and is now marked annually in more than 100 countries. "With more than 80 countries represented at MSU, we are proud to celebrate the great diversity within our student population," said HCDC program coordinator Timothy Fair. "International education is important because, in an increasingly globalized world, it prepares our students to become active participants in the world," he said. "We will join universities across the United States in giving students the opportunity to immerse themselves in international issues." Free and open to all, the campus events begin on the 11th in the Colvard Student Union with an 11 a.m.-1 p.m. flag painting activity on the first floor. Also that day will be a 5 p.m. presentation in 331 Montgomery Hall by Career Services titled "Getting the Gig: Interview Tips for International Students" and, at 6 p.m. in the union's thirdfloor Fowlkes Auditorium, a Muslim Student Association film screening of "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet." Other events during the week include: Nov. 12 — International Dress Day throughout; 4-5:30 p.m., union Starbucks outlet, "Lecture Out Loud with Lokesh: Coffee, Culture, and Conversation. Also, at 6 p.m. in Union Room 231, a Muslim Student Associationsponsored presentation by national motivational speaker Hanif J. Williams titled "Discussion of Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet." For more, visit www.hanifjwilliams. com. Nov. 13 — 2 p.m., Union Room 325, Study Abroad Photo Contest reception; and 6 p.m., Union's Foster Ballroom, Models of Distinction presentation of "In Beauty I Walk: Tribute to Native American Fashion." Nov. 14 — 5-6 p.m., Drill Field, cricket clinic led by members of the Sri Lankan Association and MSU Softball Cricket Club; 5-6:30 p.m., Union Room 227, MSU German Club presentation of "Fasching"; and 7 p.m., union Fowlkes Auditorium, Nepalese Student Association film screening of "Kathmandu Lullaby." Nov. 15 — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., union first floor, classical and modern languages and literatures department presentation of "Taste of Language." For more information, contact fair at 662-325-2033 or
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Authorities look at LAX shooter's government view
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators probing what motivated a gunman to shoot security checkpoint workers at Los Angeles International airport are looking for connections to a long-circulated conspiracy theory that the U.S. government is preparing to oppress citizens under a totalitarian state. The FBI got a warrant Monday to search the cellphone of alleged gunman Paul Ciancia for materials reflecting his "views on the legitimacy or activities of the United States Government, including the existence of a plot to impose a New World Order," according to court documents. Ciancia, a 23-year-old unemployed motorcycle mechanic, got a ride to LAX on Friday morning with a roommate, walked into the airport and began targeting Transportation Security Administration officers, according to authorities. By the time LAX police officers subdued him with several gunshots, one TSA officer had been killed and two others injured. On Monday, Ciancia's family offered sympathy to the family of slain TSA screener Gerardo I. Hernandez. In a brief statement read by a family attorney in Ciancia's hometown of in Pennsville, N.J., family members also expressed shock at the rampage and hope for the recovery of the surviving victims. One of those officers, Tony Grigsby, spoke for the first time publicly, saying he was trying to help an elderly man get to safety when the gunman shot him in the right foot. He hobbled with a cane outside his South Los Angeles home, where he fought back tears recalling Hernandez as a wonderful person who will be missed. "Only now it has hit me that I will never see him again," Grigsby said. The other wounded TSA officer has been released from the hospital, the agency said, and on Monday the condition of high school teacher
Brian Ludmer, who was shot in the calf, was upgraded from fair to good. Why airport security officers apparently came to personify oppression to Ciancia is still unclear. Both the assault rifle that Ciancia allegedly used and a handwritten note found in a bag he brought had TSA inspection stickers on them, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The rant spoke of how Ciancia believed TSA searches were a violation of constitutional rights and he used a vulgar term to refer to Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees TSA. The screed also mentioned the "NWO," an apparent reference to the new world order belief that holds an international cabal of elites is planning to take away the guns and personal freedoms of Americans. Perceived masterminds behind the conspiracy have shifted over several generations, among them bankers, communists and the government itself. The TSA does not regularly feature as a target of the theory's ire, according to Mark Potok, who has studied extremist groups for the Southern Poverty Law Center. More typically, believers focus on another homeland security agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which according to the theory plans to build camps to detain resisters to the new order, Potok said. Potok said he has seen no evidence that Ciancia was personally involved in hate groups. The alleged gunman remained in critical condition Monday and any court appearance on Lawyer John Jordan gives a statement on behalf of the father and siblings of Paul Ciancia charges of first-degree murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international on Monday, in Pennsville, N.J. Ciancia is accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International airport will depend on when his doctors say he's Airport on Nov. 1, killing a Transportation Security Administration officer. (Photo by Geoff Mulvihill, AP) ready, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
Design, construction collaborative studio takes shape at MSU
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but gaining real-world experience is preparing the Mississippi State Unientire group for the workversity's College of Archiforce, said junior building tecture, Art and Design is construction science major offering a unique collaboraBrent M. Gaude' of Natchez, tive studio for architecture the son of David and Ann and building construction Gaude'. science majors. As the class began the "It's the only one of its project by sculpting clay kind in the country," said models of the proposed CAAD Dean Jim West. shelters, differences be"The architecture students tween architectural and BCS and the construction stumindsets were obvious, said dents are in the same stusophomore Rashidat L. dio with faculty from both "Mo" Momoh, an architecgroups team-teaching over ture major and the daughter two semesters." of Khadijat Momoh of CorThe university course ofdova, Tenn. fers a special learning op"After the first rounds portunity, and collaboraof models were completed, tion is key to the students' you could easily tell which success, said Tom Leathem, ones were done by architecBCS assistant professor. ture majors and which ones While the nearly 50 stuwere done by building condents are working together struction science majors," in the classroom, they will Momoh said. "Even though construct two bus shelters there was a distinction befor the Mississippi Band tween the majors, neither of Choctaw Indians in Newas right. shoba County. The shelters "The architecture majors will be delivered to Philadid not consider how their delphia at the semester's models would be made out end. of real-world building ma"The students have to terials, and the building work together hand-inconstruction science majors In the only course of its kind in the nation, a Mississippi State University collaborative studio includes building construction did not consider how playhand the entire time," Leathem said. "The archi- science and architecture majors. From left are sophomore architecture majors Ria Bennett and Walt Carter, both of Birmingham, ful and inviting a bus stop tecture students are being Ala.; BCS major Tim Sullivan of Madison, Ala.; and architecture major Rachel Patronas, also of Madison, Ala. (Photo by Megan should be," she said. challenged with learning Bean, MSU University Relations) When the design phase and executing architecture was completed, both stu"The studio is very much fo- gral part of their professional ca- struction science programs and practices, and the BCS students cused on a non-traditional set of reers, he said. students are just different," said dents and faculty members critiqued have to be conscious of the im- issues for beginning students," Several architecture majors said sophomore Ryan M. Fierro, an the models, and teams composed of pacts that they could make on the Herrmann explained. "Engaging in they initially thought the biggest architecture major from Madison, both disciplines were asked to credesign when they're trying to ex- the study and practical application challenge they will face will be to Ala. and the son of Mario and ate new models. As the students ecute their construction portion of the effects of building materials consider the construction aspects Sheila Fierro. "I know I'm going to discover how to learn from one anof the project." and methods at this level in their of their designs. Likewise, BCS ma- leave this studio still having my de- other, they will be better prepared Architecture assistant professor education is highly unusual." jors anticipated their biggest strug- sign sense, but I'll understand how for the workforce, Herrmann said. Hans Herrmann said the course "The intent of our work this seBy designing and building the gle will be adherence to the design it will be affected and changed by offers the perfect opportunity to bus shelters together, the students while realizing it with construction the construction aspects." mester is to form a foundational introduce architecture majors to are learning how to make the com- materials. Finding pragmatic ways to real- understanding of integrated project fundamental building construc- promises that will become an inte"Architecture and building con- ize the designs will be a challenge, delivery as a way of realizing buildtion and design materials. ings in the world," he said.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Section B
Biscuit sundaes and Guinea hens
Is it over already?  Do I have to go home now?  I mean, I love Son and Daughter and all (though I’m not 100 percent sure we are missed when they are under the care of Doc and Gran), and there was that reality of our moving all our earthly belongings from one house to another the following day, not to mention JAY REED the imminent arrival of EATS ONE ATE Maw-and-Paw-in-Law – all important reasons to re-enter life, I grant you. But I was not ready to leave Oxford. I know that is a challenging idea for some of the cowbell-inclined to get your heads around – just try to see it from my point of view. The Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium is the weekend for which I deposit my birthday money, bank my vacation days, and yes: exercise. We had a half day and two meals left. There was some sadness. That sadness, however, was rather quickly abated with something happy: a biscuit sundae. If I have never had a biscuit sundae before, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that most of you haven’t either. Vishwesh Bhatt, chef at Oxford’s Snackbar, served us bright red takeout boxes full of crumbled chunks of biscuit tossed with shrimp, tomato gravy and crisp pieces of chicken skin (the second time it was featured that weekend.) It was a box full of unique bites.  ome with shrimp, some without. Some with the gravy soaked into the biscuit crumbs, some with the crunch of chicken skin. I don’t eat shrimp for breakfast very much at home, but I have learned that’s mostly because I’m a landlubber. Folks who live near the coast and make their living from the water often work from a different morning menu. So I’m more open to that now, and the more I ate this, the more I liked it. The Wife opted out. She wanted to try it, but told me her stomach said “No” in anticipation of the brunch to come. My stomach spoke a different language. After cleaning up mine, I just wanted another bite or two out of her box. I took those bites and then, mysteriously, it was gone.  Most of the rest of the morning was focused on the late chef Edna Lewis. Miss Lewis, granddaughter of freed slaves, went north to New York from her home in Virginia, eventually becoming chef of Café Nicholson in NYC. Many years and four seminal cookbooks later, she is well-known in the culinary community (and highly-awarded) as a major influence in the genre of true Southern cooking.  Between the sundae and lunch we got to know her a little bit via Shay Youngblood’s one-woman play: “Edna Lewis Requests the Pleasure of Your Company.” One of the many fascinating things we heard about was her menu for an Emancipation Day celebration, which was included in her cookbook, “The Taste of Country Cooking.” Shortly after the play, we all celebrated with an interpretation of that meal.    At the outset, the plate looked like a simple meal that one might come across at a church banquet. Now I know I’ve probably gone to meddlin’ here, potentially upsetting the fine chefs that put this together, church banquet committees across the South, and the memory of Edna Lewis – so hear me out. A quick first glance (without any foreknowledge of menu) would indicate we were about to eat chicken, rice pilaf, green beans and rolls. Are you feeling the excitement yet? A closer look – still observation only – revealed that the bird was prepared several different ways, the pilaf had pecans in it and the green beans had an entirely different vibe – not cut beans dumped out of a can and boiled to oblivion. Now we’re getting somewhere. The first thing I noticed when I picked up my plate and got in line was that the chicken seemed a little small. But small is relative. Chickens that graze and truly run free on the farm aren’t as chubby as the ones we commonly see on sale at the grocery, but they tend to have more flavor. In this case, however, I found out it wasn’t a chicken at all! We were eating griddled, braised and grilled guinea hens from White Oak Pastures. This was my first guinea hen, and I thought it was delicious in all three forms. “Guinea some more!” I cried. (Not really.) The pilaf was wild rice and Carolina Gold with watercress and a healthy portion of pecans. Still a relatively recent convert to the pecan, I was somewhat suspicious, but the flavor and texture it added to the rice was quite nice. The green beans with cherry tomatoes in herb vinaigrette, as the name suggests, was more of a green bean salad than anything else, an interesting diversion from the norm and a burst of color on the plate.  My sadness returned when it was time to fetch dessert. This was it. The last few bites and it would be time to exit, back to reality. But it was hard to stay sad with this little plate full of sweets. First was pound cake. Again, simple. Served in a small jelly jar with a dollop of preserves (pear, I think) and whipped cream, it was hard to beat. But they tried. A purple plum tart was alongside, a circle of pastry anchoring a pinwheel arrangement of plum slices. Butter cookies with stewed quince filling. Quince. Wow. To go along with dessert, of course, was coffee. Eggshell coffee. At the time I just trusted my chefs and drank it. Since then I’ve learned that the alkaline properties of the eggshell counteract the acidity of the coffee. Makes sense.  Lots to ponder, lots to try at home, and lots of calories to work off. No, I did not want it to end so soon, but we left happy. Amen. Jay Reed is a local foodie and pharmacist. The culinary tastes expressed here are his and do not necessarily reflect the appetites of the Starkville Daily News or individual members of its staff. He welcomes your comments at
Grace Ward stands with one of the frozen casseroles waiting to be sold at First United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas Handworks Bazaar. Women from the churches Priscilla circle prepared more than 180 casseroles for the bazaar. (Photo by Morgan Upton, SDN)
FUMC’s Priscilla Circle perfects frozen casseroles
By MORGAN UPTON Two weeks before First United Methodist Church held its annual Christmas Handworks Bazaar, members from one of the United Methodist women’s group, the Priscilla Circle, busied themselves preparing casseroles for the bazaar. For years, women from the group have given their time and talents baking the casseroles in the kitchen. The casseroles are frozen so they can be used immediately upon purchase or can be saved for a later date, such as Thanksgiving. This year, seven women prepared more than 180 casseroles in a span of 48 hours. Casseroles ranged from different chicken dishes to sweet potato casserole. Grace Ward said they began around 8 a.m. one Thursday and ended around 11 p.m. and continued from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the next day. Although it’s a long two days in FUMC’s kitchen, the women of the group thoroughly enjoy their time in the kitchen. Ward said she enjoyed the camaraderie of the work. “It’s a good, fun time,” Ward said. “It’s sort of like when you get together at a family gathering. You gather together in the kitchen and talk. It’s the fact that everybody’s working for a common goal, and you’re building relationships with that goal in mind.” The group has the work down to a science. In the early portion of the day, women come in and prepare the food. They cook
the chicken and potatoes, cut and chop vegetables and other preparation steps. In the evening, Ward and others come in and combine all the ingredients for the casserole before freezing them. Ward said it wasn’t always that easy. She said they have learned from past experiences and would continue to do so. “Each year we’re looking at what happened last year and what we can do to make it better next year,” she said. Ward said the chicken spaghetti and Mexican chicken casseroles were the first gone at Friday’s bazaar. The chicken spaghetti sold out by 9:30 a.m., just 30 minutes after the bazaar opened. By 11 a.m. she said there
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Horses – for work and play
The month of NovemTwo million people own ber has been dedicated to the horses. promotion of two agricultural The horse industry has a dicommodities by the Mississippi rect economic effect on the U.S. Farm Bureau Federation. They of $39 billion annually. are horses and swine. Today’s The industry has a $102 bilarticle will give you some inlion impact on the U.S. econosight into the horse industry. my when the multiplier effect of And don’t worry, I’m not gospending by industry suppliers ing to include recipes. Next and employees is taken into acweek, however I’ll be sharing count. Including off-site spendsome pork recipes as we proing of spectators would result in mote the swine industry. an even higher figure. The horse industry is a very The industry directly proNELDA STArKS vides 460,000 full-time equivalarge and important part of our national, state and local econoGUEST CoLUMNIST lent (FTE) jobs. mies. It is diverse; involving Spending by suppliers and agriculture, business, sport, employees generates additional gaming, entertainment and recreation. In jobs for a total employment impact of 1.4 Mississippi there are 126,000 horses. The million FTE jobs. horse industry in the state has an economic The horse industry pays $1.9 billion in impact of 1.15 billion dollars annually, pri- taxes to all levels of government. marily due to equestrian events, which are Approximately 34 percent of horse ownamong the largest in the U.S. There are 72 ers have a household income of less than public arenas available for horse enthusiasts. $50,000 and 28 percent have an annual inThe following information was taken come of over $100,000. Forty-six percent from a study done by Deloitte Consulting of horse owners have an income of between LLP for the American Horse Council Foun- $25,000 to $75,000. dation in 2005. Over 70 percent of horse owners live in There are 9.2 million horses in the Unit- communities of 50,000 or less. ed States. There are horses in every state. Forty-five Around 4.6 million Americans are in- states have at least 20,000 horses each. volved in the industry as horse owners, serThe study concludes that there are 9.2 vice providers, employees and volunteers. million horses in the U.S., including horsTens of millions more participate as specta- es used for racing, showing, competition, tors. sport, breeding, recreation and work. This
includes horses used both commercially and for pleasure. Specifically, the number of horses by activity is: Racing - 844,531  Showing - 2,718,954  Recreation - 3,906,923  Other - 1,752,439  Total - 9,222,847  “Other” activities include farm and ranch work, rodeo, carriage horses, polo, police work, informal competitions, etc. 4.6 million people are involved in the horse industry in some way, either as owners, employees, service providers or volunteers. This includes 2 million horse owners, of which 238,000 are involved in breeding, 481,000 in competing, 1.1 million involved in other activities, 119,000 service providers and 702,000 employees, full- and part-time and 2 million family members and volunteers. That means that one out of every 63 Americans is involved with horses.  The study dispels the misperception that the horse industry is an activity only for wealthy individuals. In fact, the horse industry is a diverse activity with stakeholders including recreational and show horse riders, and moderate-income track, show and stable employees and volunteers. Approximately 34 percent of horse owners have a household income of less than $50,000 and 28 percent have an annual income of over $100,000. Forty-six percent
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aking the decision to eat better doesn’t mean you have to stock your fridge exclusively with carrot sticks and lettuce leaves. There are plenty of healthy and delicious meal options that will have your taste buds cheering. Fill up your fridge How many times have you raided the fridge, only to eat the first thing you could find? Arrange your fridge so everything at eye level is packed with nutritional benefits. The top shelf is prime space for fresh fruits, berries, vegetable sticks, string cheese and hard boiled eggs. Keeping lean proteins on hand is another way to take proactive steps towards creating healthy meals. Lean proteins, like the protein found in soy, can help families feel fuller longer and can also help lower the chances of childhood obesity. Pick the perfect protein During dinnertime, entrées featuring beef, pork or chicken are often the star of the plate. However, meat proteins can supply your recipes with unwanted saturated fats and cholesterol. Instead of asking your family to forego their favorite meat dishes, try swapping out meat proteins with meat alternatives, using soy protein. Soy is a high-quality vegetable protein that is easy to incorporate into your family’s diet. It can support muscle strength and is an especially good choice for managing healthy weight for the entire family. MATCH® premium meat alternatives provide the taste, texture and nutrition meat lovers want, without the saturated fats and cholesterol. Look for great flavor matches like ground pork, Italian sausage, ground chicken, crab and ground beef at Find recipes for family favorites Quick, easy and delicious have to be a part of every family’s meal on busy weekdays. Breakfast Burritos are sure to be a family favorite. Simply fill tortillas with MATCH® Italian Sausage, eggs, cheese, salsa and fresh herbs for a hot, tasty start to your morning. Another sure crowd pleaser is Beef Tacos. Just swap out traditional ground beef for MATCH® Ground Beef and spoon your favorite taco ingredients into soft or hard shells. Homemade Beef Sloppy Joes are equally as easy to make. This recipe is a tasty way to get your whole family fed and out the door in time for evening activities. Once you’ve picked the perfect recipes and filled your fridge with lean proteins, like soy protein, eating well will become a healthy habit the whole family will love.
Makes: 6 to 8 tacos 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cups yellow onion, diced 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped 1 pound MATCH® Ground Beef 4 tablespoons taco seasoning 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 jalapeno, diced with seeds 6 to 8 hard or soft taco shells Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, taco sauce or your other favorite toppings Add olive oil to saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until clear but not brown. Add garlic. Sauté for one minute. Add MATCH® ground beef and break apart with fork. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add taco seasoning and cumin. Increase heat to medium/high and continue browning MATCH® ground beef until outside is crispy. Add black beans and reduce heat to medium. Add jalapeno. Serve with your favorite taco shells and your favorite toppings.
Beef Tacos
Beef Sloppy Joes
Makes: 6 3 tablespoons canola oil 1 pound MATCH® Ground Beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup zucchini, chopped 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced 3/4 cups green pepper, chopped 1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce 1 teaspoon basil, dried 1 teaspoon thyme, dried Salt and pepper, to taste 8 buns Heat oil in large skillet. Sauté MATCH® ground beef, onion and garlic over mediumhigh heat until browned. Add zucchini, mushrooms and green pepper. Cover and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomato sauce, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered until most of the liquid has evaporated. Serve on toasted buns. Can freeze for future use.
Makes: 6 burritos 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 pound MATCH® Italian Sausage 4 eggs 1/2 cup green onion, chopped Salt and pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 6 to 10 flour tortillas 3/4 cup salsa Sour cream (optional) In non-stick skillet, heat canola oil. Sauté MATCH® Italian sausage and break up as you cook. Cook until golden. Add whipped eggs, green onion, salt and pepper. Cook eggs through. Sprinkle with cilantro and cheddar cheese. Fill tortillas with egg mixture, spoon salsa over filling and wrap. Serve with side of sour cream.
Italian Sausage Breakfast Burrito
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Wine consumption around the world
When we first started writing about wine, Italy consumed more wine per capita than any other country. France wasn’t far behind.  Not only was it tradition to drink wine every day, but it was more healthy than the local water.​ How times have changed. Wine consumption in Italy is at an all-time low. In France, water is the preferred beverage of younger generations. Fingers are pointed to Europe’s economic downturn, but we think it’s much more than that.​ Italians consume nearly 11 gallons a person per year; it was 29 gallons in the 1970s. For comparison, U.S. consumers drank 2.7 gallons a person in 2012 -- up from 1.7 gallons in 1975. So while wine consumption in Italy is on the wane, it’s on the rise in this country.​But it is still a fraction of what Italians consume. American consumers are drinking more wine with their home-cooked meals and certainly while dining out. Even more important to the wine industry, the younger generation is drinking wine too. Go to a local watering hole and note the younger people -- particularly the women -- who are sipping wine. Wine consumption never took a hit when the U.S,. economy plummeted in 2008. It steadily rose in even the worst of times. Maybe Italy’s higher unemployment caused people to cut back their wine consumption, but we think younger generations just aren’t wine drinktion for reasonably priced wine from ers.  That must come at great despair Spain, South America and Australia is for older generations weaned on wine.​ stiff.​ In fact, while wine sales have dropped, beer sales in Italy have douWorldwide Wine Shortage? bled since the 1970s. A recent study by Morgan Stanley As a result of this trend, Italian that predicts a worldwide wine shortwinemakers are putting a greater emage has been making the rounds on phasis on exports. More than half the internet. The report said that of its wine is consumed outside of 2012 demand for wine exceeded ToM MArQUArDT in Italy and the U.S. is one of its top supply by 300 million cases and AND PATrIcK DArr markets.​ if the trend continues -- we exagTHE WINE GUYS We’ve seen a lot more wine from gerate here -- people will kill for a Italian wine producers -- and not all bottle of wine. of it is good. We tasted a couple of Admittedly, wine production in awful wines from Sicily that used obscure grape Europe is down 10 percent because of bad weathvarieties that you normally wouldn’t see on the er and fewer vineyards. However, Europe’s loss U.S. market.​No wonder Italians aren’t drinking will be the gain of other wine growing regions them. -- Australia in particular has a glut of wine they The shift to foreign markets, particularly the can’t sell. U.S., may explain why traditionally bold wines The report is nonsense. Wine growing regions like barolo are more approachable. Remember like Washington have room to grow and even if the time you couldn’t drink these tannic monsters China steps up demand, there will be someone for 20 years? Not anymore.​Barolo producers are able to fill it. making fruit-forward wines to appeal to the mass market -- and American critics. Wine Recommendations Can American consumers help sop up Italy’s Flora Springs Trilogy 2010 ($75). Flora consumption woes? There are a lot of tasty wines Springs has made a hit of this blend of cabernet from Piedmonte and Umbria to compete with sauvignon, merlot, malbec and cabernet franc. It the ever-popular Tuscany. However, competi- has the depth and complexity to command the
price. Its richness makes you beg for more yet is versatile to pair up with serious meat dishes. Very lush mouthfeel, loads of dark berries and cassis. Tin Roof Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ($9). If you like your SB tart, you’ll like this easy drink. Grassy with classic grapefruit and citrus notes. Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ($22). What’s not to like in this very aromatic and delicious sauvignon blanc from New Zealand? Once you take in the bouquet, you can enjoy the classic grapefruit and lemon flavors with a hint of mineral. Good balanced acidity. Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2011 ($35). You get a lot of complexity and richness for your money here. Broad aromas, creamy texture and a long finish. Terre de Trinci Montefalco Sagrantino 2004 ($21). From Umbria, this wonderful sagrantino is not for the faint of heart. It has big tannins, but a delightful richness that makes it more approachable than many sagrantinos we have tasted in the past. Terre de Trinci was founded in 1992 by growers intent on raising the quality of the Montefalco region. Yunguerra Blanco de Albilo 2012 ($22). Often added to a blend for its aromatics, the albilo grape can be found mostly in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. We liked this unusual grape variety for its simplicity. Perfume like nose with a delicate richness on the palate.
Beyond Stuffing: celebrate with sage all season long
For Starkville Daily News
Everyone loves the flavor sage brings to turkey and stuffing - yet there are so many great ways to enjoy this holiday flavor beyond its traditional use. “Sage has that special aroma we all crave this time of year, which is why I love adding it in my potato gratin with creamy cheddar cheese for a dish that immediately says ‘holiday’,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “You can use sage in your everyday favorites because it’s such a versatile spice.” Make every moment of the season a little more savory by: u Stirring sage into softened butter for green beans, broccoli and rolls. u Sprinkling sage on sweet potatoes, butternut squash or other roasted harvest vegetables. u Mixing sage into meatloaf for a festive family meal.
SaGe and CHeddar POtatO Gratin
Makes 12 (1/2 cup) servings Ingredients: 2 teaspoons Sage 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 1 large onion, thinly sliced 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup heavy cream Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400∞F. Mix sage, salt and pepper in small bowl. Layer 1/3 of the potatoes and 1/2 of the onion in lightly greased 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the sage mixture and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining potatoes, sage mixture and cheese. 2. Stir broth and cream in medium bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Pour evenly over potatoes. 3. Bake 1 hour or until potatoes are tender and top is golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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Perfect Pie
By JEAN KRESSY Relish the American Table Before stepping into the kitchen to make Sour Cream Raisin Pie, we decided to telephone P.J. Hamel at the King Arthur flour company in Norwich, Vt., for pie baking tips. Hamel, senior writer and editor for the company since 1990, has baked hundreds of pies. She swears by every recipe that comes out of the King Arthur test kitchen and has been known to bake a single pie six times before she’s satisfied. Our primary interest in making the call was to talk about Sour Cream Raisin Pie, an adaptation of the Pennsylvania Dutch Raisin Pie called Funeral Pie, served at funerals, and a Midwestern custard pie with sour cream. As often happens when the subject is pies, the conversation quickly turned to making flaky crusts, a perennial problem for even the most experienced home bakers. To make a flaky crust, it helps to understand what happens when a pie bakes. The fat, which is cut into the flour, coats the flour. As the fat melts, the flour forms flakes or layers, and the spaces left by the melted fat separate the flakes. To prevent the fat from melting before the flour network has a chance to set, the fat should be cold. Cutting the fat into pea-size pieces and chilling the crust before baking also promote flakiness. Cooks have been so intimated by warnings to avoid adding too much water, they don’t add enough and end up struggling with dry and crumbly mixtures that are impossible to roll. Hamel recommends adding the amount of water called for and an extra tablespoon. If the pastry is too moist, the flour on the rolling board will absorb the extra liquid. Hamel has one last tip. Don’t cut into a hot pie, she says. It will be “a lava flow.”
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Trust Me — Try This Turtle Cake
“We LOVE this cake!”
By Janet Tharpe
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aramel, chocolate and nuts—oh my! Home Cook Charlotte Barrett’s Turtle Cake is one decadent dessert. The wonderful flavor combinations in this one will have you cleaning your plate. Be quick when grabbing a piece ... it’ll be gone before you know it. See step-by-step photos of Charlotte’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at: You’ll also find a meal planner, coupons and chances to win! Enjoy and remember, use “just a pinch”...
Turtle Cake
What You Need 1 box German chocolate or plain chocolate cake mix 1 (8 oz.) bag caramels 1 stick butter 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 small bag walnuts or pecans (opt.)
bake for 20 minutes (temperature based on your cake mix instructions). • Mix butter and caramels together in small cooker, let caramels melt. Then, add sweetened condensed milk Directions and stir well. Stir • Prepare cake mix as often and do not let directed on box. burn. Cook and stir • Pour half of the batter this for about 1-2 minutes. into a 9x13 pan and
• Remove from heat and pour the caramel mixture over first layer of cake. Then pour remaining cake mix batter on top of the caramel mixture and spread gently and evenly.
• Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until done. • Let cool before serving.
Piecrust Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour  1/2 teaspoon salt  1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces  1/4 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature, cut into pieces  3 to 4 tablespoons ice water  3/4 teaspoon cider vinegar  Filling Ingredients: 2 eggs  1 cup sugar  1 teaspoon grated orange rind  1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg  2 cups sour cream  1 1/2 cups raisins, divided  Whipped cream, optional Directions: To prepare piecrust, stir together flour and salt in a large bowl. Add cold butter pieces and work into flour using a pastry blender or two knives. Add shortening and work into flour. Combine ice water and vinegar in a small cup. Add to flour mixture, about 1 tablespoon at a time, while tossing with a fork. Continue mixing until dough just gathers into a ball. Flatten into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate about 2 hours. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface into an 11-inch circle and fit into a 9-inch pie plate (ovenproof glass preferable). Crimp edges.  Preheat oven to 375F.  To prepare filling, beat eggs in a medium bowl; brush rim of pie crust with 1 teaspoon beaten egg. To remaining egg, add sugar, orange rind, nutmeg and sour cream; beat until evenly blended.  Sprinkle 1 cup raisins over bottom of piecrust; pour sour cream mixture over top. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup raisins on top. Bake 30 minutes or until filling is set. The filling puffs up as it bakes and settles as it cools. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve with whipped cream, if using.
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of horse owners have an income of between $25,000 to $75,000. Over 70 percent of horse owners live in communities of 50,000 or less. We in Oktibbeha County are fortunate enough to enjoy the horse events close by at the Mississippi Horse Park. This arena schedules a number of horse shows and activities throughout the year. Not only do we enjoy these events as spectators and participants, the county reaps the economic benefits of this tourist attraction. In closing, I would like to
invite everyone to come out to the Horse Park this Saturday, November 9 for public day of FARMtastic, an agriculture education event. All this week, FARMtastic will be entertaining and educating third grade students in basic agriculture concepts. More than 800 third grade classes from Oktibbeha and four surrounding counties will participate in fun handson learning activities related to agriculture in six focus areas – Barnyard Bonanza (livestock and poultry), Mighty Crops (agronomy), Wonder Plants (horticulture), The Enchanted Forest (forestry and wildlife), Farm Toys (games from agriculture), Farm Village (the market place) and the My Plate
Theater (nutrition and fitness). The students and teachers will receive goody bags filled with additional agriculture resources to enhance the field trip. FARMtastic is a program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service with Oktibbeha County taking the leadership role. The Oktibbeha County Farm Bureau and the Oktibbeha County Co-Op are also making contributions to the event. Other county agriculture related organizations and civic groups will also offer their services for this event as volunteers. On Saturday, families are invited to see this interactive exhibition from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.
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were only 20 total casseroles left. She said because cooking has become an afterthought for many, the frozen casseroles were a big hit for people who visited the bazaar. “There are less people cooking now,” she said. “Many older women of the church like it too. It’s cheaper to pay the $15 for the casserole than for the ingredients.” During this year’s casserole cooking, the women realized the cans for certain ingredients were smaller than in years past and they had to convert the recipes to ounces so they would be the same size as in years past. “Things are smaller but appear to be the same size,” Ward
said. “The can of green beans was six ounces less but the can looks the same size. These recipes are 20-plus years old. Green beans were 16 ounces, now they’re 14.5 ounces.” Ward said the recipes were tried and true, and are held in what Priscilla circle member Barbara Tucker called the “Little Bible.” The Little Bible contains all the casserole recipes collected throughout the years, but don’t expect to ever see the recipes unless you’re a member of the Priscilla circle. The women keep the recipes secret from others. Tucker said at one point, even members of the group were kept in the dark about some recipes. “When we started out we were given one recipe and sworn to secrecy on that one
recipe,” she said. “We didn’t even know what the others were making.” That was when the group members made the casseroles out of their homes. Now the women are required to bake the casseroles at the church after Starkville put new guidelines in place on selling food. The women enjoy their time in the kitchen during those two days. The ingredients for the casserole are bought with money donated by members of the church. Because of that, the money raised from the casseroles goes straight to Habitat for Humanity. This year, the Priscilla circle made around $2,300 from their casseroles and Ward said the women enjoy giving back. “It’s a sweet group,” she said. “Everybody wants to do something to give back.”
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Be direct in your dealings. Know that change is very possible if you share what your objective is with others. A partner or loved one will understand what is going on. Listen to your inner voice. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Keep reaching out to someone at a distance. You could be dealing with a loved one far differently from how you had intended because of a vagueness that surrounds this person. Until you are a little surer of yourself, hold off on making a decision. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You could be more in sync with someone than you might realize. You’ll need to think through an offer longer than you might have anticipated. Investigate alternatives before you commit to one course of action over another. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Someone around you could be very controlling and serious. You know that this person has good intentions, despite all the flak you are receiving. Understand what is happening. He or she might want more control, and is unlikely to admit it. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Pace yourself; you have a lot of ground to cover. You might want to revise your schedule, and approach a situation with more sensitivity and direction. You’ll see a personal matter differently after a conversation with a partner. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Allow your creativity to emerge in your dealings with a fun, childlike person. A partner could add some magic to your day. This person might be unusually romantic and/or sentimental. Enjoy this phase, for it won’t last forever. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You might feel out of sync with a personal issue, and you could be viewing your finances with an eye to costs. You might not be able to talk sense into someone else right now. This person can see only what his or her rose-colored glasses permit. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Say what you think, as others might not understand where you are coming from otherwise. Be direct, and drop all manipulation. Understand your choices and explain your logic. Others will agree or disagree; you have no control here. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You express yourself through your body language and expressions. Without intending to, you could be building your personal life on rocky foundations. Even in a talk, you might not choose to reveal your thoughts. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You know what to say, but you might prefer to say nothing right now. You rarely reveal your more emotional side. Others are drawn to you; they can’t seem to stay away. Don’t be shy. Discuss what you think is a great idea. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You might not be comfortable with a project, a key person and/or yourself. You’ll need to take some time to sort through what is bothering you. Follow through, and take care of yourself first. Only then will you be able to be helpful to others.
November 6, 1973
President Nixon will make a broadcast address to the nation Wednesday evening on what was called a “very acute” energy crisis heightened by the Middle East conflict and prospects for a cold winter, White House aides said Tuesday. An official said the speech will be carried on television and radio, but no exact time has been set. Nixon was expected to ask Congress for broad emergency powers to institute a rationing program if it is needed. Aides to the President said he was expected to request a lowering of automobile speed limits, temporary modification of clean air standards to allow wider use of coal, a cutback on airline schedules and other conservational measures. Presidential spokesman Gerald L. Warren said the proposal would include “a series of both administrative and legislative actions to deal with the very acute problem that this nation faces.” European Common Market nations, faced with Arab oil cutbacks, called on Israel Tuesday to “end its territorial occupation” of Arab lands. A resolution worked out by nine Common Market foreign ministers Monday night and refined in private talks Tuesday, was immediately sent to Israel, the Arab capitals, Moscow, Washington and the United Nations. It was expected to widen the U.S. - European gap over Middle East policy. The resolution does little more than endorse earlier U.N. resolutions on the Middle East. But it added a slight pro-Arab tilt by condemning “the acquisition of territory by force,” and stressing “the need for Israel to end the territorial occupation which it has maintained” since the 1967 war. An Israeli source said the Israeli government felt that the Europeans have given it to “Arab blackmail,” which only encouraged the Arabs to make more demands. The Arab petroleum producing nations have cut oil production in a move aimed primarily at getting the United States to stop its support of Israel, but Europe has been hit worse than the U.S. Nixon called his cabinet in Tuesday afternoon to discuss the problem and scheduled a 9:30 a.m. EST meeting Wednesday with both Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to outline his proposals.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) A meeting might prove to be more important than you initially thought. You might want to bring others together to get the ball rolling. Don’t hesitate to take better care of yourself first. You often do too much for others and not enough for yourself.
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Fall Baking Remix: Apple Cider Doughnuts
Ingredients: 3 3/4 to 4 cups flour 1 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 4 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1/2 cup whole buttermilk 2 large eggs 2 Tbsp apple cider 2 Tbsp honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 quarts frying oil 1 recipe Spiced Sugar 1 recipe Apple Cider Glaze Directions: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 3 3/4 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Beat at low speed until blended. Add butter, beating at low speed until mixture forms fine crumbs. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, apple cider, honey and vanilla until combined. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, beating at low speed until a soft dough forms. If dough is tick, add up to 1/4 cup remaining flour. Turn dough out onto a sheet of parchment paper dusted with flour. Knead until smooth. Dust dough with flour and place another sheet of parchment paper on top. Roll dough out to 1/2-inch thickness. Slide parchment paper onto a baking sheet and place in freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. Fill a dutch oven with frying oil to a depth of 3 inches. Heat over medium-high heat until oil registers 350 on a thermometer. While oil is heating, set up a doughnut frying station. Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels, and set a wire rack on top. Place baking sheet near the stove. Set Spiced Sugar and Apple Cider Glaze next to baking sheet. Remove dough from freezer and side parchment paper onto a work surface. Using a doughnut cutter dipped in flour, cut out as many doughnuts as possibly. Reroll scraps once. Using a slotted metal spoon, carefully lower doughnuts and holes into hot oil in batches. Cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side, turning once during cooking. Drain on prepared baking rack. Dredge warm doughnuts and holes in Spiced Sugar or dip in Apple Cider Glaze. Let cool before enjoying.
While we were at the New oven. (I use corn oil because it’s what I like. You could just as easYork City Wine and Food Festiily use peanut oil or any kind of val, one of the events we went to vegetable oil that doesn’t have a had the most delicious Warm Apstrong flavor.) ple Cider Doughnut. It was heavAfter the dough froze for enly. My taste buds were screamabout 30 minutes, I took it out of ing “This is what fall tastes like!” the freezer and cut out my doughThis weekend, I set out to nuts and doughnut holes. I remake my own apple cider doughnuts - and they were a success. CoNNor GUYToN rolled the dough once in order to the most out of it, but more In addition to the apple cider FooD CoLUMNIST make than that and the dough would be flavor, I added pumpkin pie spice too sticky to use very easily. as well to give it the nice, warm, The most difficult part of making doughspicy feeling that comes from nutmeg, cinnanuts is having your oil at the right temperature. mon, cloves and allspice. Growing up, my mom would sometimes I shot for 350 degree oil, but I’m sure it got make us homemade doughnuts. The method close to 400 degrees at some points. If your was easy - take a can of biscuits, cut a hole out dough is rolled extremely thick or thin, your oil of the center of each one and fry them until temperature will have to adjust accordingly to they’re golden brown. Then, dunk them into ensure that your doughnuts don’t burn on the a glaze, generally made from powdered sugar, outside before cooking in the center. When your oil is up to temp, carefully set water and vanilla. I loved those homemade doughnuts, even though now I realize that a doughnut down into it. It should cook one they weren’t really all that homemade. And to two minutes per side, flipping them over in I remember getting to pour glaze over them the oil midway through, before they are golden once they came out of the hot oil. Those were brown. Carefully remove your doughnut from the oil and transfer it to whichever topping wonderful Saturday mornings. But the doughnuts I made this weekend you’re using. I liked the spiced sugar topping were more difficult and more homemade. I better, personally. Repeat until all of your doughnuts and started by making the dough, rolling it out and freezing it. While it was in the freezer, I made holes are fried and allow them to cool slightly two doughnut toppings, a glaze made from before enjoying! powdered sugar, water and apple cider, and a Connor Guyton is a graphic artist and foodie sugar coating made from granulated sugar and in Starkville, MS. Check out her website for even pumpkin pie spice. I also heated up some corn oil in my dutch more recipes and articles:
Ingredients: 2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup apple cider 1/4 cup water Directions: In a small bowl, whisk together all three ingredients to make a glaze.
Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice Directions: In a shallow bowl, combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
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Section C
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
MSU’s Alwal honored second team All-SEC
High School Football
Getting in kicks
Region title still within SHS’ grasp
Godley becomes difference maker for Yellowjackets
ll of a sudden, Class 6A, Region 2 in Mississippi high school football got much more complicated. The Starkville Yellowjackets knew going into last Friday’s game against Warren Central that all they had to do was defeat the Vikings and the region championship would be in the bag. With the 12-9 loss, the Jackets now have a must tougher path to the title. For Starkville to win the region now, it has to defeat Clinton on Friday and Columbus must pull off a win against Warren Central. If Warren Central tops Columbus and SHS gets a win against Clinton, the Jackets finish No. 2 in the region with the three-way tie point system. SHS football coach Jamie Mitchell said “he doesn’t even want to think about” the result if his team loses to Clinton. If that happens, the Jackets will finish third in the region and will go on the road to play somewhere like Tupelo. That would be a tough way to open the Class 6A playoffs. As the regular season wraps up on Friday, the Jackets are looking to win and become Falcon fans for one night. “We’re pulling for Columbus and we hope to take care of our business,” Mitchell said. Starkville ran up against a very tough defense and one of the best in the state last week against Warren Central. It’s going to be very difficult for Columbus to score enough points against the Vikings to enjoy very much success. It’s also going to be very hard for the Falcons to be motivated because they are already
Starkville High School’s Michael Godley (91) gets a kick off during the season. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams)
Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell is very much aware of the value of kicker Michael Godley. When Godley sends a kickoff out of the end zone and an opponent has to begin an offensive drive at its own 20-yard line, it gives the Yellowjackets an advantage in field position. Mitchell sees that often from Godley and knows it makes a difference. “He’s arguably one of the most valuable players on the team,” Mitchell said. “In looking at the numbers, we’ve kicked off now 60 times and 45 of those have been touchbacks, which more than doubles the next best numbers in Mississippi as far as touchback-kickoff
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Burton rides the emotions with the Vols
By JASON EDWARDS   Being a kicker is fickle position. If they make a game-winning field goal, they are the hero. If they miss one, suddenly, they are the loneliest man on the team. As the kicker for Starkville Academy, Jonathon Burton knows both of those emotions and that is exactly what he loves about his role. “I like all the attention because everybody is watching you in that one moment,” Burton said. “It is an awesome feeling once you make the kick. There is also a down side to that because if you mess up, then everybody is like it was the kicker’s fault.” This season the spotlight that has shown on Burton has been fairly kind. Burton did not start the season as a punter, but when called upon, he stepped right into the role. Thus far he has punted 14 times for 502 yards. Burton averages 35.9 yards per punt and has a long of 49 yards. On kickoffs, the senior places it in the end zone for a touchback 70 percent of the time which gives the defense plenty of yards for a chance to make stops. While he has not had a lot of opportunities for field goals, Burton has a long of 44 yards, which was achieved in the very first game at Lamar. He might not have been able to provide many points off field goals, but he has given the
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Starkville Academy kicker Jonathon Burton (64) approaches the football to kid as Houston Massey, left, prepares to get down the field in coverage. (Submitted photo)
College Football
Kicking situation for MSU on a week-to-week basis
By BEN WAIT that's what we do, but we always evaluate practice." Sobiesk has kicked just two field goals this year, but has only attempted two. He made a 38-yard kick last Saturday against South Carolina on the road. "I did good in practice," Sobiesk said. "Coach came up to me in practice and said 'you had the best percentages. You ready to go? I was like 'well yeah.'" Sobiesk earned the job during the week of practice, like Mullen has said. On Thursday, before the flight to Columbia, S.C., he went 5-for-5. The Hattiesburg native doesn't have the mind of an elephant when it comes to his performance on the field. Although he has yet to miss a field goal this season, the first time he does, Sobiesk doesn't think it will rattle him. "I try not to think about percentages," he said. "I just go out there and do my thing. If I make it, I make it. If I don't, then I'll worry about the next kick." Bell has punted nine times this season and is averaging 44.9 yards per boot. His long was tracked at 62 yards and he has kicked two over 50 yards. He has also downed five inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Senior Baker Swedenburg, who made
When it comes to kicking for Mississippi State, it's on a week-to-week basis. Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen, also the special teams coach, charts his kickers during the week's practice and then makes a decision on who will kick in the next game based on the Sobiesk stats. There have been two kickers who have kicked field goals this season, two who have punted and three who have had a chance at kickoffs. Over the last few weeks, Mullen has been consistent with his kicking selections. Sophomore Devon Bell, who was kicking field goals early in the season, has been punting and redshirt freshman Evan Sobiesk has been giving the duty of kicking field goals. "I like being successful," Mullen said. "I like big, long punts with great hang time, I like field goals that go through the uprights Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, right, greets and kickoffs that go through the back of the end zone. If that's the recipe for it, then kicker Devon Bell as he leaves the field. (SDN file photo)
the Ray Guy Award watch list, was the main punter earlier in the season, but he has not seen the gridiron as of late. He has punted 18 times this season with an average of 43.7 per kick. He has kicked five of 50 or more yards and put three inside the other team's 20-yard line.  Sobiesk, along with the other kickers embrace the competition in practice because it's not the typical competition.  "It's very friendly, but it's competitive," Sobiesk said. "We definitely battle with each other, but it's not anything opponent wise. It's us just trying to help each other out." Bell has struggled in kicking field goals this season. He is just 5-for-11 (45.5 percent), but is a perfect 3-3 from 20-29 yards and has struggled from 30-49 yards. Bell is only 2-for-8 from beyond 29 yards this season. "I was there for moral support," Sobiesk said of Bell's struggles. "I was working every day, and if they put me in the game, I was just going to get ready for my shot." Bell, a Vicksburg native, has gotten to kick a majority of the kickoffs and has been really good. He has kicked 43 times, with an average of 63 yards. He has also kicked 21 through the end zone for touchbacks. 
The number of quarterbacks that have started for the Green Bay Packers since 1993 an NFL-low. (Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn)
Robertson to address QB Club
Steve Robertson, recruiting analyst for,/Fox Sports, will be the guest speaker at the Starkville Quarterback Club on Thursday night. “Steve is well known for his “Bones” articles on Gene’s Page as well as his radio program on,” said Quarterback Club president Daniel Bryant. “The club is eager to hear him talk about 2013 recruits and 2014 prospects.” The club meets at the Starkville Country Club. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. John Hevesy, MSU’s offensive line-running game coordinator, will update members on the MSU football team and provide a scouting report on the Texas A&M Aggies, the Bulldog’s opponent in College Station, Texas, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CBS. Cadence Bank and McAlister’s Deli are sponsoring this week’s featured speaker. The dinner for the evening will be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, salad bar, dessert and tea. Quarterback Club information is available online at www. or by phone at 662-323-6546.
College Football Southeastern Conference Standings Western Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. 1.000 Alabama 5-0 1.00 8-0 Auburn 4-1 .800 8-1 .889 LSU 3-2 .600 7-2 .778 .778 Texas A&M 3-2 .600 7-2 Ole Miss 2-3 .400 5-3 .625 .500 Miss. State 1-3 .250 4-4 Arkansas 0-5 .000 3-6 .333 Eastern Division SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Team Missouri 4-1 .800 8-1 .889 S. Carolina 5-2 .714 7-2 .778 Georgia 4-2 .667 5-3 .625 Florida 3-3 .500 4-4 .500 .500 Vanderbilt 1-4 .200 4-4 Tennessee 1-4 .200 4-5 .444 Kentucky 0-4 .000 2-6 .250 Saturday, Nov. 2 S. Carolina 34, Miss. State 16 Georgia 23, Florida 20 Auburn 35, Arkansas 17 Missouri 31, Tennessee 3 Kentucky 48, Alabama State 14 Texas A&M 57, UTEP 7 Saturday, Nov. 9 Miss. State at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee, 11 a.m. Vanderbilt at Florida, 11 a.m. Missouri at Kentucky, 11 a.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss, 11:21 a.m. Appalachian St. at Georgia, 11:30 a.m. LSU at Alabama, 7 p.m. AP Top 25 1. Alabama (52) 2. Oregon (2) 3. Florida St. (6) 4. Ohio St. 5. Baylor 6. Stanford 7. Auburn 8. Clemson 9. Missouri 10. LSU 11. Texas A&M 12. Oklahoma 13. South Carolina 14. Miami 15. Oklahoma St. 16. UCLA 17. Fresno St. 18. Michigan St. 19. UCF 20. Louisville 21. Wisconsin 22. N. Illinois 23. Arizona St. 24. Notre Dame 25. Texas Tech Record Pts 8-0 1,491 8-0 1,418 8-0 1,409 9-0 1,315 7-0 1,234 7-1 1,214 8-1 1,082 8-1 1,059 8-1 956 7-2 863 7-2 861 7-1 816 7-2 769 7-1 737 7-1 662 6-2 515 8-0 493 8-1 478 6-1 472 7-1 385 6-2 342 9-0 322 6-2 197 7-2 164 7-2 102 Pv 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 7 18 17 16 24 19 20 22 21 25 NR 15 Today COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 — Cent. Michigan at Ball St. GOLF 3 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Turkish Airlines Open, first round, at Antalya, Turkey NBA BASKETBALL 6 p.m.
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“I feel like, this team, we should at least put up 40.”
Oregon Ducks running back De’Anthony Thomas said about this weekends matchup with Stanford Cardinal. Last year Stanford won 17-14.
Today College Volleyball Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn 104, Utah 88 Indiana 99, Detroit 91 Charlotte 102, New York 97 Phoenix 104, New Orleans 98 L.A. Lakers at Dallas,late San Antonio at Denver, late Houston at Portland, late Atlanta at Sacramento, late Today’s Games L.A. Clippers at Orlando, 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m. Toronto at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Utah at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m. Phoenix at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Miami, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Denver, 9 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 9:30 p.m. Transactions
ESPN — Chicago at Indiana 8:30 p.m. ESPN — Dallas at Oklahoma City NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers SOCCER 1:30 p.m. FSN — UEFA Champions League, Celtic at Ajax FS1 — UEFA Champions League, AC Milan at Barcelona (same-day tape)
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19. UCLA 20. Louisville 21. Central Florida 22. Arizona State 23. Notre Dame 24. Wisconsin 25. Texas Tech Junior College Football NJCAA Football Ranking Nov. 5 Record Pts Pvs 1. Georgia Military (6) 10-0 208 1 2. EMCC (3) 10-0 201½ 2 10-1 188 3 3. Iowa Western CC 4. Jones County JC 9-1 175 4 8-1 160 7 5. Scottsdale CC 6. Butler CC (Kan.) 8-1 145 8 7. Mesa CC 8-1 119½ 11 8-2 114 10 8. Trinity Valley CC 9. MGCCC 8-2 111½ 5 7-2 109 9 10. Co-Lin CC 11. Central Lakes 9-1 108½ 12 12. Rochester CTC 9-1 97½ 13 8-2 93½ 15 13. Navarro 14. Tyler JC 8-2 86½ 6 9-1 85½ 14 15. Nassau CC 16. ASA 7-1 62 17 17. Hinds CC 7-2 51 16 7-3 35 19 18. Hutchinson CC 19. Dodge City CC 6-3 14 18 20. Minnesota West CTC 6-3 10½ — Mississippi Prep Polls Class Overall School W-L Pts Prv 1. South Panola (15) (10-1) 150 1 2. Brandon (9-1) 131 2 3. Oxford (10-0) 106 3 (9-1) 96 4 4. Oak Grove 5. Louisville (11-0) 73 5 (9-1) 64 6 6. Tupelo 7. Petal (8-2) 55 7 8. Pascagoula (9-1) 43 8 (8-2) 25 9 9. Pearl 10. Wayne County (8-2) 18 10 Others receiving votes: Bassfield 12, Grenada 10, St. Stanislaus 8, Picayune 5, Corinth 5, Laurel 5, Callaway 3, Madison Central 3, Hazlehurst 3, Gulfport 2, Meridian 2, Jackson Aca. 2, Jackson Prep 1, West Jones 1, J.F. Kennedy 1, D’Iberville 1. Class 6A School W-L Pts Prv 1. S. Panola (15) (10-1) 150 1 (9-1) 134 2 2. Brandon 3. Oak Grove (9-1) 119 3 4. Tupelo (9-1) 96 4 (8-2) 89 5 5. Petal Others receiving votes: Grenada 6, Madison Central 6. Class 5A School W-L Pts Prv 1. Oxford (14) (10-0) 149 1 2. Pascagoula (9-1) 119 2 3. Pearl (8-2) 111 3 4. Wayne County (8-2) 86 4 5. Callaway (1) (11-0) 61 5 Others receiving votes: Picayune 47, Laurel 20, West Jones 7. School 1. St. Stan. (15) 2. Corinth 3. Ripley 4. Greenwood 5. Rosa Fort Class 4A W-L Pts Prv (10-0) 150 1 (10-1) 129 2 (10-1) 106 3 (9-1) 99 4 (9-1) 67 5
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Others receiving votes: None Class 2A School W-L Pts Prv 1. Bassfield (14) (10-1) 149 1 (10-0) 134 2 2. Lake (1) 3. Taylorsville (9-2) 103 4 4. East Marion (9-2) 78 3 (10-0) 60 NR 5. H. W. Byers Others receiving votes: Calhoun City 56, Leake County 20. Class 1A W-L Pts Prv School 1. Stringer (13) (9-1) 147 2 125 1 2. Bogue Chitto (1) (9-1) 3. Pelahatchie (8-2) 90 4 58 NR 4. J.F. Kennedy (1) (8-2) 5. Noxapater (7-3) 52 5 Others receiving votes: Coffeeville 50, Lumberton 50, Salem 12, Broad Street 9, Hamilton 7. Class Private Schools School W-L Pts Prv 140 1 1. Jackson Aca. (14) (8-2) 2. Jackson Prep (9-2) 126 2 (7-3) 105 3 3. MRA. 4. Simpson Aca. (1) (10-1) 87 4 5. Lamar School (9-2) 64 5 Others receiving votes: Magnolia Heights 29, Centreville Aca. 14, Trinity Episcopal 13, Indianola Aca. 8, Sylva-Bay Aca. 8, Tri-County Aca. 6. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 3 1 .750 — Toronto 2 2 .500 1 Brooklyn 2 2 .500 1 1 3 .250 2 New York Boston 0 4 .000 3 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 3 2 .600 — Charlotte 2 2 .500 ½ Orlando 2 2 .500 ½ Atlanta 1 2 .333 1 Washington 0 3 .000 2 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 4 0 1.000 — Cleveland 2 2 .500 2 2 2 .500 2 Detroit Chicago 1 2 .333 2½ Milwaukee 1 2 .333 2½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Houston 3 1 .750 — 1 .667 ½ San Antonio 2 Dallas 2 1 .667 ½ Memphis 2 2 .500 1 New Orleans 1 3 .250 2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Minnesota 3 1 .750 — Portland 2 1 .667 ½ Oklahoma City 2 1 .667 ½ Denver 0 2 .000 2 Utah 0 4 .000 3 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 3 1 .750 — Golden State 3 1 .750 — Phoenix 3 1 .750 — L.A. Lakers 2 2 .500 1 Sacramento 1 2 .333 1½ Monday’s Games Golden State 110, Philadelphia 90 Cleveland 93, Minnesota 92 Memphis 95, Boston 88 L.A. Clippers 137, Houston 118 Tuesday’s Games Miami 104, Toronto 95
SPRD hosts SAY hoops league
The Starkville Parks and Recreation Department will host the 2014 Starkville Area Youth Basketball League open to boys and girls ages 7 (2nd grade) and 15 (9th grade). The registration fee is $50 per player with $5 off each additional registrant. Cash, check or credit card is accepted at the time of register at the Sportsplex. Credit cards can only be used for online registration. Dates for registration are through Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Sportsplex. Online registration is available 24 hours at http://starkville. The website can be accessed from any computer and computers will be available at the Sportsplex for registration. Players, coaches, sponsors and any other volunteers may sign up online. For onside registration, those wanting to participate must come to the Sportsplex at 405 Lynn Lane on Thursday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 2 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for onsite registration and skills testing. Coaches are asked to find a team sponsor before hand and the sponsorship fee is $175 for each team sponsored. The 2014 season is scheduled to begin Jan. 13 and end approximately March 1. For more information, visit or contact William Pochop by phone at 662-323-2294 and by email at
Others receiving votes: Texas 34, Georgia 32, BYU 28, Mississippi 17, Houston 9, Minnesota 7, Michigan 6, Washington 6, Ball St. 4, Duke 1. USA Today Top 25 Poll 1. Alabama (54) 2. Oregon (5) 3. Florida State (3) 4. Ohio State 5. Baylor 6. Stanford 7. Clemson 8. Oklahoma 9. Missouri 10. Auburn 11. Oklahoma State 12. LSU 13. Texas A&M 14. Miami (Fla.) 15. South Carolina 16. Louisville 17. Fresno State 18. UCLA 19. Michigan State 20. Northern Illinois 21. Central Florida 22. Wisconsin 23. Texas Tech 24. Arizona State 25. Notre Dame Record Pts 8-0 1,540 8-0 1,475 8-0 1,436 9-0 1,369 7-0 1,299 7-1 1,222 8-1 1,121 7-1 971 8-1 961 8-1 959 7-1 864 7-2 835 7-2 800 7-1 747 7-2 722 7-1 569 8-0 567 6-2 494 8-1 446 9-0 409 6-1 340 6-2 333 7-2 217 6-2 130 7-2 108 Pvs 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 6 16 17 18 19 24 20 22 23 15 NR 25
Veterans to be honored at SHS game
There will be a time to recognize the veterans when Starkville hosts Clinton in the final regular season football game on Friday. The band will put on a special halftime show and military in uniform or with a identification of being in the military will be admitted free through the pass gate. The Yellowjackets and Arrows kick off at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs hold baseball scrimmages
In preparation of the Bulldog World Series to be held next week, the Mississippi State baseball team will scrimmage four times this week at Dudy Noble Field. The 2013 national finalists will play intrasquad exhibitions today at 5 p.m., Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at noon and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. All scrimmages are free to attend and open to the public with all times being subject to change. 
Others receiving votes: Texas 77; Georgia 25; Houston 24; Brigham Young 19; Minnesota 18; Michigan 14; Nebraska 12; Duke 11; Louisiana-Lafayette 5; Ball State 4; Mississippi 3; Oregon State 2; Arizona 1; Southern California 1. BCS Standings 1. Alabama 2. Florida St. 3. Oregon 4. Ohio St. 5. Stanford 6. Baylor 7. Clemson 8. Missouri 9. Auburn 10. Oklahoma 11. Miami 12. South Carolina 13. LSU 14. Oklahoma State 15. Texas A&M 16. Fresno State 17. Michigan State 18. Northern Illinois
MSU baseball sets camp dates
Coming off the most successful season in the history of its rich program, Mississippi State baseball announced Monday the dates for its 2014 summer team camps for high school and travel squads. The first 16-team camp will be held June 2-5, 2014, with the second one taking place June 9-12, 2014. To register for the camps, which cost $275 per player, visit baseball. For questions on the camp, please contact MSU coordinator of camps Jake Wells at 662-325-2740 or email him at JWells@
Others receiving votes: Noxubee County 22, Yazoo City 13, Forrest Co. AHS 8, Quitman 6. Class 3A School W-L Pts Prv 1. Louisville (15) (11-0) 150 1 2. Hazlehurst (10-1) 131 2 3. Philadelphia (10-1) 116 3
BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS — Reinstated LHP Scott Barnes, RHP Frank Herrmann, C Lou Marson and INF Cord Phelps from the 60-day DL. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Named Gary DiSarcina third base coach. TEXAS RANGERS — Agreed to terms with C Geovany Soto on a one-year contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Assigned LHP Juan Perez outright to Buffalo (IL) and agreed to terms with him on a minor league contract. American Association GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS — Released RHP Marco Gonzalez and LHP Chuck Fontana. KANSAS CITY T-BONES — Traded RHP Ryan Fennell to New Jersey (Can-Am) to complete an earler trade. BASKETBALL USA BASKETBALL — Named Jay Demings youth program director. National Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETS — Named Nevada Smith coach and Gianluca Pascucci general manager of Rio Grande Valley (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League CAROLINA PANTHERS — Re-signed OL Geoff Hangartner. CHICAGO BEARS — Released DT Zach Minter. Placed WR Joe Anderson on injured reserve. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed DT Kheeston Randall. CLEVELAND BRONWS — Activated OL Jason Pinkston from injured reserve. Released OL Rashad Butler. DALLAS COWBOYS — Placed DT Marvin Austin on the waived/injured list. DENVER BRONCOS — Activated C J.D. Walton from the PUP list. Placed G John Moffitt on the reserve/left squad list. DETROIT LIONS — Signed DE Austen Lane. Signed TE Martell Webb to the practice squad. Released T Barry Richardson. Released RB Steven Miller from the practice squad. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Activated T Derek Sherrod from the PUP list. Placed LB Sam Barrington and TE Jermichael Finley on injured reserve. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Activated DB Sanders Commings from injured reserve. Released S Bradley McDougald. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed WR LaQuan Williams. Released WR Austin Collie. Signed RB Cierre Wood to the practice squad. TENNESSEE TITANS — Signed WR Devon Wylie to the practice squad. Released LB Brandon Copeland from the practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION — Announced the retirement of C Jason Arnott. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Signed F Josh Anderson to a three-year, entrylevel contract. Recalled F Sean Collins from Springfield (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned G Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids (AHL). Recalled G Jared Coreau from Grand Rapids. NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Recalled G Marek Mazanec from Milwaukee (AHL). Reassigneed G Magnus Hellberg to Milwaukee. NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Assigned LW Rostislav Olesz to Albany (AHL). Reassigned D Raman Hrabarenka from Elmira (ECHL) to Albany and G Maxime Clermont from Albany to Elmira. NEW YORK RANGERS — Reassigned F Michael Kantor from Greenville (ECHL) to Hartford (AHL). American Hockey League CHICAGO WOLVES — Traded F Tim Miller to Springfield for future considerations. HARTFORD WOLF PACK — Released D Sam Klassen from a professional tryout agreement. HERSHEY BEARS — Loaned F Tyler Ruegsegger to Reading (ECHL). MANCHESTER MONARCHS — Signed F Ian O’Connor to a professional tryout agreement.
College Volleyball
MSU, Ole Miss meet for 80th time tonight
For Starkville Daily News For the 80th meeting on the volleyball court between the two schools, Mississippi State is set to renew its rivalry with the Ole Miss Rebels tonight at 7 p.m. in the Newell-Grissom Building. The match will also be broadcast nationally on ESPNU and will be available via “Rivalries are always exciting and mean a lot to each program,” fifth-year Bulldog head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “Our players understand the importance of this match and are ready to play. We are thrilled to have ESPNU here and ready for our student section to show the country why Mississippi State has the best fans in America.” Sophomore libero Roxanne McVey recorded her 1,000thcareer dig against Alabama Friday night. The defensive standout broke the Southeastern Conference digs per set record a season ago with 5.64 and is just off that pace this season. On the offensive side of the ball, freshman Kimmy Gardiner has taken the conference by storm and leads all SEC non-seniors with 4.03 kills per set and 4.57 points per set. Gardiner also leads all SEC freshmen with 10 double-doubles, which ties for third-most nationally among NCAA freshmen. MSU brings records of 11-13 overall and 2-8 in the Southeastern Conference into the match, while Ole Miss stands 11-12 overall and 1-9 in the league. “They’re very similar to us statistically and record-wise, as well,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “It doesn’t really matter when you play your instate rival. It’s always going to be a tough match. We’re also really excited to play on national TV (tonight).” The Bulldogs will remain at home for a Friday-night fight with Texas A&M (11-10, 3-7) at 7 p.m. MSU and TAMU met earlier this season in College Station with the Aggies taking a three-set victory. Admission to the match is
free and the first 300 students in attendance will receive a free Adidas t-shirt or a free Hail State soft cooler. One lucky student will be chosen to compete in the $10,000 Perfect Serve Challenge and a host of other prizes will be given away. Hail State Rewards will also be offering its first “Prize Pickup” of the semester as well as offering two Hail State Reward points to students in attendance. To check your Hail State Rewards points, visit
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LSU’s Hill looks to be better against Alabama
By BRETT MARTEL Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — As Jeremy Hill prepares for this week's eagerly awaited visit to top-ranked Alabama, the LSU running back is spending considerable time reflecting on his performance in last year's memorable clash — and on how disappointed he was with himself afterward. If LSU hadn't lost a lead in the final minute of a 21-17 setback, Hill might have taken some pride in the trouble he caused the Crimson Tide's normally suffocating 2012 defense. With 107 yards and a touchdown, Hill was the first of only two running backs all of last season to rush for 100 yards against the national champs. (Georgia's Todd Gurley was the other in the Southeastern Conference title game). Hill, however, has spent a year dwelling on the yards he failed to get — yards which could have helped LSU run out the clock or at least set up an easier field goal than the 45-yarder Drew Alleman missed with 1:34 to go. "It haunts me all the time," Hill said, pointing specifically to a 3-yard loss on a second-and-7 play from the Alabama 29 with about 2:30 left. The play design called for Hill to cut back left, toward the wide side of the field, LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33) carries against Florida. after taking the handoff. Instead, he tried (Photo by Gerald Herbert, AP) to bounce outside to his right and was swarmed under. Looking back at video of that play, Hill saw there was probably room for a modest gain where he was supposed to run. "If I had just gotten maybe 4 or 5 (yards), it might have changed the complexion of the game," Hill said. "I was trying to do way too much. ... You can't do those kinds of things on Alabama. They're way too well coached, way too assignment sound. So it's just getting what's there. If it's 3 yards on a play, take that 3." Hill pledged he'd be more disciplined and trusting of his teammates when No. 10 LSU meets the Crimson Tide on Saturday night. Alabama, meanwhile, expects Hill to be a handful again. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban emphasized the 6-foot-2, 235-pound running back's "really good balance and body control." "He's got great speed for his size," Saban said. "We obviously thought he was an outstanding player in high school. We recruited him very, very hard." Hill, who grew up around Baton Rouge, decided to stay close to home, in part because of the patience LSU coach Les Miles showed with Hill's legal trouble following his arrest for a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in his high school, when Hill was 18. Hill's freshman season of college football should have been 2011, but he could not enroll
until 2012, when his charges were reduced to a misdemeanor. Hill wound up leading the Tigers in rushing in 2012 with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns, but landed in more trouble last offseason, when he was caught on video landing a punch outside a bar. Hill pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery, and while that violated his earlier probation, a judge allowed him to stay out of jail on further restrictions, including a curfew and bar-ban. Hill says he's embraced a new lifestyle in which his social life is largely on hold, and his focus is almost exclusively on school and football. On the field, at least, the results bear that out. He has 922 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games this season, averaging a whopping 7.2 yards per carry. And while Hill remains bothered by some of his runs from his last meeting with 'Bama, he also will enter Tuscaloosa with abundant confidence, given his previous numbers against the Tide. "I never get intimidated by anyone. I never let anyone put fear in me. I play with the same intensity level and the same passion every game," Hill said. "I think I did a good job of that last year, I just kind of, in situations — I tried to do too much. "Those guys will be ready for me this year and I can't even sit here and act like they're not," Hill added. "It's going to be exciting. I'm looking forward to it."
Saban’s agent says the coach faces ‘pressure’
By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — The agent for coach Nick Saban told Texas officials in January that Texas was the only school he would consider leaving Alabama for, and his success with the Crimson Tide had put him under "special pressure," The Associated Press has learned. The agent, Jimmy Sexton, made the comments during a 45-minute call with former Texas Regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall. Hicks detailed the call in a Sept. 24 email that was obtained Tuesday by the AP through an open-records request. "Sexton confirmed that UT is the only job Nick would possibly consider leaving Alabama for, and that his success there created special pressure for him," Hicks wrote. The pressure was not further explained in the email and Sexton declined comment Tuesday. Saban was not available after practice. Two days after the call, Hicks approached Texas coach Mack Brown about the possibility of retiring. Brown, who is under contract until 2020, said he wanted to stay. Hicks sent the email to his brother and current Regent Steve Hicks five days after the AP first reported that the call took place. Saban has said he didn't know anything about the meeting, and he's too old to start over someplace else. The Tide has won the last two national titles and his team is currently ranked No. 1. Brown, who will be paid $5.4 million this year, won the 2005 national title and lost to Saban's Alabama team in the 2010 championship game. The Longhorns are 2818 since that defeat. Brown has said he plans to coach through his contract. But three sub-par seasons and two consecutive losses to start this one raised intense speculation about his future. Some of that pressure has eased after a five-game winning streak that has Texas in first place in the Big 12, but Saban is often mentioned as a potential replacement. Saban has won four national championships, one with LSU in 2003 and three with Alabama after the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Saban earns $5.6 million per year, but Texas — the nation's wealthiest athletic program — certainly could afford him. On Tuesday, Texas announced it had hired Steve Patterson to be the school's new athletic director. He replaces DeLoss Dodds, a staunch Brown ally who is leaving after 32 years.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban runs out onto the field with his team prior to a game this season. (Photo by Dave Martin, AP) It is still unclear who initiated the contact between Sexton and the Texas representatives, although Tom Hicks' email suggests it was Sexton. Hicks wrote that Steve Hicks had told him "an agent had made contact to say Saban could have interest in UT." Tom Hicks also wrote that Wallace Hall had told him that a "very confidential friend (of Hall) had heard from Jimmy Sexton, Saban's agent, and that he was willing to have a call." Hall told the AP in September that a person he would not identify called him, unsolicited, and proposed an introduction to Sexton. Hall, who is under impeachment investigation by state lawmakers, could be asked to detail the meeting and identify the go-between if questioned under oath next week. Steve Hicks, who initially told the AP he had never "authorized anyone" to talk to Sexton but later acknowledged his involvement, traded several emails and texts with the brother about setting up the meeting, Tom Hicks wrote. Tom Hicks and Hall spoke with Sexton by speakerphone at Hall's home. "We told Sexton that Mack had leadership's support to stay and that I would go talk to him as a friend to see if Mack had any interest in retiring," Tom Hicks wrote. "I told him it would have to be Mack's idea," he wrote. Tom Hicks met Brown over lunch to tell Brown about Saban and "wanted him to know of Saban's interest if Mack wanted to make it his idea," Hicks wrote. "Mack was adamant that he had no interest, and that he wanted to go out on top and leave UT in great place," Hicks wrote.
Hicks wrote that Brown was upset at Hall "for initiating the process" and called his lawyer Joe Jamail for legal advice. Jamail has threatened to sue anyone outside of the university system if they try to meddle with Brown's contract or job status. Hicks said he assured Jamail he had gone to see Brown as a friend and not as a representative of the board of regents. "I told Mack I was pleased to see his competitive instincts aroused and recommended he share his enthusiasm more with the fans," Hicks wrote.
Running game fueling No. 7 Auburn’s rise
By JOHN ZENOR Associated Press AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers have plowed their way into Southeastern Conference, and maybe national title, contention with a running game that has lately been making the forward pass more luxury than necessity. The run-heavy formula is working well so far for the seventh-ranked Tigers, who attempted nine passes against Arkansas and still won 35-17. "We just feel like we're a big freight train and once we get started, it's hard to stop us," tailback Tre Mason said Tuesday. Mason and speedy quarterback Nick Marshall have helped the Tigers (8-1, 4-1 SEC) continue barreling down the tracks with a running game that leads the league and ranks sixth nationally, averaging 306 yards a game. Auburn's offense didn't slow down much against the Razorbacks when Marshall was nursing a shoulder injury that limited him in practice leading up to the game, helping contribute to the minimal passing. Now, the Tigers face the SEC's worst run defense statistically Saturday against Tennessee, which just allowed 339 rushing yards to Missouri. That apparent matchup advantage doesn't require much change in philosophy. "We're going to run the ball," center Reese Dismukes said. "I don't think that's really going to change week in and week out. We've got the mind-set that we're going to run the football and that's the goal here. We're going to run the football." They're also going to run it with a number of different players normally. Auburn has four of the SEC's top 18 rushers, including Marshall. Mason has emerged as the star of the deep backfield, and was the workhorse against the Razorbacks when he ran 32 times among Auburn's 55 plays. He produced 168 yards and four touchdowns to earn SEC offensive player of the week honors. The runs have typically been more divvied up among Mason, betweenthe-tackles rusher Cameron Artis-Payne and speedster Corey Grant, along with Marshall. Mason, though, is now the SEC's No. 3 rusher with 921 yards and a league-best 13 touchdowns. "He wanted the ball the other night," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "You could tell he was really explosive, he was breaking tackles. He's a veteran guy and
was wanting the football and we just kept giving it to him. "Moving forward, we'll spread the ball around. We've got two other very talented running backs, but he was hot, and that's what we go with." That backfield depth has enabled the Tigers to log easily the most rushes of any SEC team and attempt the fewest passes. Marshall and receiver Sammie Coates have combined for big plays, including an 88-yard touchdown against Arkansas, but the running game has been far more consistent, especially lately. Auburn has averaged 17 passes and 55 runs the past three games.
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Oregon's defense wary of Stanford
By ANNE M. PETERSON Associated Press EUGENE, Ore. — Stanford's physical, oldschool offense is something Oregon's defense isn't used to seeing. The Ducks are well aware of the trouble that can cause. Last year, Oregon was ranked No. 1 and was within grasp of a national championship bid when the then-No. 14 Cardinal staged a 17-14 overtime victory over the Ducks. Stepfan Taylor ran for 161 yards on 33 carries and redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan threw for 211 yards and a touchdown while running for another score in the win. Stanford is known for a more traditional offense while Oregon, of course, has perfected the uptempo spread-option that has become all the rage in college football. As a result, the Ducks' D is much more accustomed to facing teams that look a lot like, well, Oregon. "They are unique in this conference. I don't know about across the country how many teams are like them in terms of what they do," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said about Stanford. "There's a little bit of everything when you're getting ready for them." Oregon (8-0, 5-0) is ranked No. 2 this season Stanford head coach David Shaw argues a call with an official against San Jose State in and again vying for a shot at the championship Stanford, Calif. (Photo by Tony Avelar, AP) heading into Thursday night's game against No.
6 Stanford (7-1, 5-1) in Palo Alto. Because Stanford figured out a way to stymie Oregon's prolific offense last season, the outcome of the game for the Ducks may very well depend on the defense. Oregon is ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of 16.9 points a game. The Ducks are ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in total defense, allowing offenses just over 359 yards a game. "So far I think we're averaging 16 points a game or something like that, I'd say that's pretty good. Any time in today's game you can hold a team — in my opinion — under 24 points, particularly with our offense, you have a chance to win those games," Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. The Ducks, who were off this past weekend, are coming off a strong defensive effort in a 4214 victory over UCLA on Oct. 26. With the score knotted at 14 at the half, Oregon's D shutout the Bruins the rest of the way. Oregon held UCLA's Brett Hundley to just 64 yards passing and a touchdown, intercepted him twice and sacked him three times. The Bruins had 283 total offensive yards, with only 94 in the second half. Safety Avery Patterson said the defense has become accustomed to seeing a point in every game where they know they've done the job.
Close games no problem for Irish
By TOM COYNE Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 24 Notre Dame has shown a flair for winning close games of late. Since the start of the 2012 season, the Fighting Irish (7-2) have won 10 straight games decided by a touchdown or less, tying coach Brian Kelly with Knute Rockne for the secondlongest such streak in school history. But Notre Dame was favored by two or more touchdowns for half of those close ones. "So you're saying I haven't covered and you're upset about that?" Kelly quipped Tuesday. Kelly said he understands the perception that perhaps the Irish haven't won some games by as large a margin as expected, but doesn't agree with the premise. "Winning in college football is hard to do each and every week," he said. "Teams play us so hard. Guys from Navy in tears, grown men crying after a game they put so much effort and their soul into the game. It's hard to win." But not all teams are having as much difficulty as Notre Dame has experienced with some of its lesser opponents. The Irish were favored by 20½ points at Purdue on Sept. 14, and then scored 21 points early in the fourth quarter to win 3124. The Boilermakers are 1-7 this season, with five of the losses by 31 points or more. The other loss was 14-0 to Michigan State. So Notre Dame's come-from-behind victory against Purdue doesn't look particularly impressive. Next up for the Irish is Pittsburgh (4-4) on Saturday night. The Panthers have lost two in a row. Kelly said when he arrived at Notre Dame
he had heard that one of the challenges for the iconic program was that opponents were usually more excited about playing the Irish than the Irish were about facing the opponent. He said he doesn't believe that's true, pointing to last week's game when Notre Dame was fortunate to hang on for a 38-34 victory against Navy, a game where the Irish were favored by 15.5 points. "There is a lot of pressure at Notre Dame, a lot of scrutiny, there were nine lead changes in that game against Navy, they were down in the fourth quarter, they had to come back in the fourth quarter, and they had to hold the lead," he said. "Those kids can take that with them because that takes a lot to do those things. I'm proud of the way they competed and won that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks to the officials in a game football game. More so than what they were supposed to do. What they did do was more against Navy in South Bend, Ind. (Photo by Joe Raymond, AP) important to me."
Fifth-ranked Baylor ready for big tests
By STEPHEN HAWKINS Associated Press This is when the fifth-ranked Baylor Bears — and everybody else — find out if they are for real. For all their ridiculous offensive numbers, their highest ranking in 60 years and reaching November as the Big 12's only undefeated team, coach Art Briles and the Bears (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) feel as if their season is really just getting started. Here come the big tests. Up next for Baylor is its first ranked opponent this season, at home Thursday night against No. 12 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1). That starts a season-ending stretch of games that includes playing every other team in the top half of the conference standings. "We're in a proving business, and this is our job to once again prove where we stand as a football team," said quarterback Bryce Petty, the fourth-year junior in his first season starting. "A challenge for us, but a challenge that we've been waiting for a while. I think everybody's going to embrace that." Arguably the most anticipated game in Baylor history starts a five-week span when the Bears also play 25th-ranked Texas Tech, at No. 15 Oklahoma State and then later their regular-season finale against Texas, the only other team that hasn't lost a Big 12 game. They also have to go to rival TCU. "We're ready and willing and anxious to get into the grind time," said Briles, in his sixth season after taking over a program coming off 12 consecutive losing seasons. "Get into where we're fighting and scraping for every single thing that's out there." Baylor has won a school-record 11 games in a row since its 42-34 loss at Oklahoma last season. The Bears, outscoring teams by an average margin of 48 points this season, are listed as a two-touchdown favorite even though they have lost 21 of 22 games in their series against Oklahoma. They are the national leader with 718 total yards and 64 points a game. The lone Baylor victory against Oklahoma was another prime-time game two years ago, when Robert Griffin III threw the winning TD pass with 8 seconds left for a 45-38 win that denied the Sooners
a national title shot. "It started to open a lot of people's eyes to what Baylor could do and what we are capable of," said receiver Tevin Reese, whose eight TD catches match teammate Antwan Goodley for the Big 12 lead. "It has changed a lot in the past few years. I'm pretty sure Baylor was never the favorite in a lot of games. ... Being the favorite in a big game like this a good thing for this team. It helps build our confidence and makes it hard to stop us." It also helps that the Bears are 4-0 against Top 25 teams at home the past two seasons. They started the 2011 season with a win over then-defending Rose Bowl champion TCU, more than three months before Griffin's signature victory that likely clinched his Heisman Trophy. "I definitely think that this game was huge for him, so I want to carry that on," said Petty, the Big 12 passing leader with 350 yards a game, along with 18 TDs and only one interception. "I want to do whatever I need to do to help my team be successful and come out of this thing with a win." Petty was still on the sideline last November when Kansas State arrived in Waco as the No. 1 team in the BCS standings. Nick Florence was in the middle of his own record-setting season for Baylor, which beat the Wildcats 52-24 to wipe out their championship chance. Before the Bears can even think about a national title shot, they have to take care of their Big 12 business. Baylor hasn't won an outright conference championship since Mike Singletary was a linebacker in 1980 for a Southwest Conference title team. It shared the SWC title in 1994, only because unbeaten Texas A&M was ineligible and the Bears were among five teams with a 4-3 SWC marks. Still, Baylor was getting plenty of attention last weekend without playing a game. "It was awesome, something that hasn't been in the past," linebacker Sam Noll said about what he heard and saw watching other games. "It kind of showed us how big this game is, and how important it is. It makes you want to prepare to your maximum ability so you can go out and win that big game."
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High School Football
Starkville Yellowjackets (Class 6A, Region 2) (7-3, 5-1)
Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Noxubee Co. 17-0 Oxford 24-35 West Point 33-55 Southaven 34-14 Open Columbus 35-13 Northwest Rankin 35-0 Greenville-Weston 39-6 Madison Central 45-42 Murrah 48-28 Warren Central 9-12 Clinton Home Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
Starkville Academy Volunteers (Class AAA-District 2, Division II) (3-7, 1-5)
Lamar East Rankin A. Washington Hillcrest C. Magnolia Heights Winston A. MRA French Camp Open Heritage A. Jackson A. Pillow A. 3-35 28-7 21-32 49-8 8-20 14-0 0-40 13-17 10-14 3-49 Home
East Oktibbeha Titans (Class A, Region 3) (1-6, 1-6)
Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Nanih Waiya Sebastopol Noxapater French Camp West Oktibbeha West Lowndes Open Pelahatchie Ethel 13-47 0-37 0-43 0-43 20-18 20-40 0-41 Home Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
West Oktibbeha Tiberwolves (Class A, Region 3) (0-7, 0-7)
Sebastopol Noxapater French Camp West Lowndes East Oktibbeha Open Pelahatchie Ethel Nanih Waiya 0-47 0-42 6-49 8-54 18-20 12-48 0-40 Away
East Webster Wolverines (Class 2A, Region 4) (6-4, 0-4)
Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Vardaman Noxapater Nettleton Houston Caledonia J.Z. George Okolona Calhoun City Bruce Open Eupora 53-6 20-19 35-27 21-13 25-13 33-20 24-32 31-42 3-7 18-35 Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
French Camp Panthers (Class A, Region 3) (6-5, 5-2)
Choctaw County Eupora Kemper County Noxapater West Lowndes West Oktibbeha East Oktibbeha Starkville Academy Pelahatchie Ethel Nanih Waiya Sebastopol 16-21 21-51 24-26 13-20 32-6 49-6 43-0 17-13 21-50 36-0 54-6 Away
Hebron Christian Eagles (MAIS Class A, 8-Man District 7A) (7-3, 4-0)
Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Victory Christian Humphreys A. Sharkey-Iss. A. Calvary Christian Open Delta Academy Strider Academy Kemper Academy Central Academy Friendship Calhoun Academy Class A 8-Man Playoffs Delta Academy 14-26 34-14 0-44 46-0 16-22 36-0 18-12 50-0 52-6 20-14 Home Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
Eupora Eagles (Class 2A, Region 4) (7-2, 2-2)
Noxapater French Camp Winona Coahoma Co. Byhailia Houston Open Bruce Okolona Calhoun City East Webster Class 2A Playoffs South Delta 34-6 51-21 49-14 42-8 ccd. 23-16 20-25 34-12 31-42 35-18 Home
Choctaw County Chargers (Class 3A, Region 5) (8-3, 3-2)
Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Choctaw County Winona North Pontotoc Union Houston Caledonia Raleigh Choctaw Central SE Lauderdale Forest Philadelphia Class 3A Playoffs Collins 21-16 41-20 21-31 51-16 12-8 49-42 48-25 35-6 45-0 14-27 6-41 Away
G ame of the week
South Delta at Eupora
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Coaches receive scary wake-up calls with health
By ROB MAADDI Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — For Chip Kelly, work is not an excuse to neglect your health. NFL coaches received a scary wakeup call over the weekend when Denver’s John Fox and Houston’s Gary Kubiak were hospitalized. Naturally, everyone blames the hazards of the profession. Long hours, pressure to win and intense scrutiny make it a high-stress job. It’s difficult for coaches to maintain a healthy balance when they have one of the 32 most coveted jobs in the world in a profession where being a workaholic is glorified. That doesn’t mean coaches should reserve a spot at the nearest emergency room and wait for the ambulance ride. “I don’t say: ‘Hey, it could happen to anybody because I understand what goes on because I do it,’” Kelly said. “I also know there’s a lot of people that have stressful jobs. There’s firemen, policemen, doctors. There’s everybody. Whether you’re a football coach or anybody, you should take notice of what happened and just make sure that you can be preventive in what goes on. “You have to have balance and take care of yourself.” Kelly, a rookie coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, and his staff make sure to get their annual physical
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, right, and quarterback Michael Vick run during practice. Kelly realizes there are plenty of stressful jobs besides being an NFL coach – police officers, firefighters, doctors to name a few. The Eagles’ coach and his staff have regular physicals, a practice assuming more importance now that two NFL coaches had health scares in the same weekend. (Photo by Matt Rourke, AP File)
examinations. It’s not mandatory around the league, but common practice for many teams. “The organization is pretty proactive in terms of that aspect of it, but it’s something I think everybody should be aware of,” Kelly said. The importance of a routine checkup can’t be understated. Some coaches may not be aware they have a health issue until they see a doctor. Longtime Redskins trainer Bubba Tyer said there was one instance a few years ago when an assistant coach had a heart ailment and was gaining weight. Tyer and the team doctor were so concerned about the coach’s health that he went to owner Dan Snyder, who encouraged the coach to retire. Snyder even paid the coach his salary for another year rather than have him stay on and risk having a heart attack. Getting a complete physical is only the first step, however. Exercise and proper nutrition are necessary for everyone to maintain good health. Many coaches have the luxury of working at a place that has world-class fitness equipment, dietitians on staff and chefs preparing meals. “We encourage guys to work out during the season because again it helps you mentally and physically when guys work out,” Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “It’s important to take care of yourself no matter what your profession is.”
Packers’ Rodgers suffers fractured left collarbone
By GENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mr. Reliable is taking a seat. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he has a fractured left collarbone and has no idea yet how long he will be out. The 2011 NFL MVP offered details of the injury on his weekly radio show on 540-AM ESPN. He got hurt after getting sacked by Shea McClellin on a third-down play during the Packers’ first series while he was scrambling outside the pocket. He hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder. “I do have a fractured collarbone. That’s a significant injury,” Rodgers said. “We’ll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.” Rodgers said he was holding out hope he would heal quickly. “In this case, it was considerably more pain than I’ve felt in a long time,” he added. That collective groan you heard came from the state of Wisconsin. On a team rocked all season by injuries, Rodgers had been the constant and the Packers had reeled off four straight wins despite being without top players like linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), Randall Cobb (leg) and Jermichael Finley (neck). Losing Rodgers might be the most devastating blow of all. His timing, accuracy and footwork have been typically top-notch. Protected by an improved offensive line, and complemented by a rejuvenated running game, the Packers looked to be serious NFC contenders again considering guys like Matthews and Cobb were expected to return. Rodgers entered Monday night having completed 67 percent of his 249 pass attempts for 2,191 yards and a 108.0 quarterback rating. He has 15 touchdown passes and four interceptions.
And since taking over for the equally dependable Brett Favre in 2008, Rodgers has only missed a game due to injury once — on Dec. 19, 2010, for a concussion. Now he’s out and the offense is in the hands of backup Seneca Wallace, who finished 11 for 19 for 114 yards and an interception against the Bears. The 2720 loss left Green Bay in a three-way tie atop the NFC North with Chicago and the Detroit Lions, who were idle last week. The Packers host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Rodgers got emotional at one point during his 15-minute radio appearance when he described the reception he got from fans as he walked back to sideline in green warmups in the third quarter. “We put our bodies on the line. We do it because we love this game. But when I walked back out on that field — I’m getting Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers walks back onto the a little choked up here just thinking about it,” Rodgers said, “that was one of the top field during the second half of Monday night’s game against Chicago. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps, AP) five moments of my career there.”
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National Basketball Association
Heat beat Raptors
By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO — LeBron James scored a seasonhigh 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Tuesday for their first road victory in three tries this season. Ray Allen scored 14 points for Miami, which lost at Philadelphia on Oct. 30 and was beaten 101-100 at Brooklyn on Nov. 1. James also had a season-high eight rebounds and eight assists as Miami topped 100 points for the fifth straight game, extending their team-record run to begin the season. With a putback dunk at 2:31 of the first quarter, James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 10 points or more in 500 consecutive games. A four-time MVP, James joined Kareem AbdulJabbar (with streaks of 787 and 508 games), Michael Jordan (866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the only players to accomplish the feat. It was the 162nd time during the streak that James has reached 10 points in the opening quarter. James has reached double figures in every game since being held to eight points at Milwaukee on Jan. 5, 2007. He scored 19 at New Jersey the following night. James has more regular-season games of scoring at least 50 points (nine) than nights where he's scored less than 10 (eight). Factor playoff games into the mix, and he's reached double figures 898 times in 907 career games. The Heat have won 12 straight against the Raptors since a 111-103 road loss on Jan. 27, 2010, when Miami forward Chris Bosh played for Toronto. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 21 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 18. Rudy Gay had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Leading 78-74, Miami took control by opening the fourth with a 12-0 run as Toronto went scoreless for the first 4:28, a drought that ended when Tyler Hansbrough converted a pair of free throws. Bosh was unavailable following the birth Monday of his daughter, Dylan Skye Bosh. Shane Battier started in place of Bosh, who is expected to return when the Heat host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. With Bosh out, Toronto took advantage of Miami's small lineup early. Valanciunas had 10 points midway through the first as the Raptors opened a 17-8 lead. After a Heat timeout, James scored four straight baskets as Miami cut the gap to 25-23 after one quarter. Toronto led 45-34 after Valanciunas made a hook shot at 4:56 of the second, but James scored seven points as the Heat closed the half on a 18-5 run to take a 52-50 lead. Mario Chalmers hit a 3 with less than a second left, giving Miami the lead for the first time. Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives through Toronto Raptors Wade scored 10 points in the third and James had forward Rudy Gay on his way to the hoop in Toronto. (Photo by Frank Gunn, eight as the Heat took a four-point lead into the final The Canadian Press, AP) quarter.
Pacers still unbeaten after beating Pistons
From Wire Reports AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Paul George scored 31 points, and the Indiana Pacers remained the NBA's only unbeaten team with a 99-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. The Pacers matched their best start in franchise history. They are 4-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Indiana blew a 15-point lead in the first half but took control again with a strong third quarter. C.J. Watson had 15 points and David West finished with 12 for the Pacers. Brandon Jennings scored 17 points for the Pistons, who were done in by their 5-for-25 shooting from 3-point range. Detroit led 44-40 early in the third quarter before the Pacers went on a 15-2 run capped by an alley-oop to George. He scored 14 points in the quarter, and Indiana led 74-63 entering the fourth. Detroit cut the deficit to four early in the final period, but Indiana responded with six straight points to lead 82-72. The Pacers stretched the lead to 19 at 9475 before the Pistons rallied in the final minutes to make the final score more respectable. It was 96-91 after Detroit's Kyle Singler made two free throws with 32.6 seconds left, but the Pacers broke Detroit's pressure and the Pistons didn't foul. West made a layup with 16.6 seconds left. The Pacers have won six straight over the Pistons, and the previous three wins had been lopsided, by 19, 32 and 18 points. The Pacers were without George Hill (sore left hip) for a second straight game, and Danny Granger is still out with a strained left calf, but they've been holding teams to progressively lower field-goal percentages through this undefeated start. Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) tries to stay with Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, Detroit finished at 38 percent and could right, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (Photo by Duane Burleson, AP) not overcome its poor showing from the perimeter. helping the Pacers to a 29-14 lead. Then Pistons in his second game with his new George made his first five shots and they were outscored 27-9 in the second. team. He was injured for the first two games finished the first quarter with 12 points, Jennings made his first start for the of the season, and Detroit looked out of
sorts offensively Tuesday. Josh Smith, another new acquisition this season for Detroit, scored 16 points but shot 5 of 16. He went 1 of 6 from beyond the arc. Indiana will try to extend its unbeaten run Wednesday night against Chicago.
Nets 104, Jazz 88
NEW YORK — Brook Lopez scored a game-high 27 points, Deron Williams had 10 points and eight assists and Brooklyn ended its four-game losing streak to Utah. There were several firsts for Brooklyn, who beat the Jazz for the first time since January 2011. Williams got his first victory over the team that traded him to the Nets in February 2011, and it was first-year coach Jason Kidd's first regular-season game on their home court. He missed the homeopening win over Miami because of a twogame suspension. Joe Johnson had 12 points for the Nets, and Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston each had 11. Gordon Hayward led Utah with 22 points. The Jazz have lost four straight to start the season. They had lost their first three games by an average of 3.6 points.
Suns 104, Pelicans 98
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Eric Bledsoe had 25 points, Gerald Green tied a career high with six 3-pointers and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat the Pelicans. Trailing 60-50, the Suns scored 28 points in the last 6:23 of the third quarter to go ahead 78-69 and led the rest of the way. The Pelicans cut the deficit to 87-85 in the fourth, but Bledsoe finished them off with three driving layups. Green scored 18, Markieff Morris had 17 points and twin brother Marcus Morris added 16 points for the Suns. Eric Gordon led New Orleans with 20 points but had only six in the second half. Anthony Davis had a quiet first half before finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
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ratio. There’s no way to start talking about how important that is because another team is going 80 yards.” Godley has gone from strictly punting as a sophomore to having the added responsibility of kickoffs and attempting long field goals. Mitchell said Godley handles any field goal tries outside of
20 yards. During the spring, Godley knew he had to get stronger if he was going to be the kicker that SHS needed him to be. “They really emphasized the weight room to me,” Godley said. “(It’s important for me) getting in there to get stronger and adding weight because I’m not the biggest guy. After getting in the weight room, that really helped my kickoff yardage. They stress that and truly believe that is what leads to their success, but not Burton. For him it is all about “instinct.” “I mainly go out there on instinct because if I think too much, I am going to mess up,” Burton said. “I try not to think about it and just kick it.” Whatever Burton does
every time I kick the ball into the end zone. That’s a chance (opponents) don’t get to run the ball back.” The Jackets are excited about the possibilities with Godley as the main kicker moving forward and Mitchell went as far to say that “I don’t think there is a better kicker in the state.” Godley said he is “slowly progressing” in becoming the placekicker he needs to be. before he sends the football flying works and it was enough to make Starkville Academy’s coach take notice. “Jonathon has a really strong leg and he is really a competitor so part of it he has had to sacrifice because he was valuable enough that we didn’t let him play another starting the postseason this week. The one-and-done games takes place with Eupora, Choctaw County and Hebron Christian School. The Hebron Eagles won all four of their district games in the
“I’ve been working on some form,” Godley said. “They believe in me. They say I’ve got the distance, but I’ve just got to work on the aim.” Starkville has been good in other areas of special teams, including the return game. “Our return game has been phenomenal,” Mitchell said. “Both our punt and kickoff returns have been good. Our average starting line of scrimmage and opponents position,” SA coach Jeff Terrill said. “He does a great job of putting the ball where you want it. I wish we gave him a few more opportunities for some field goals. Hopefully in this last game, he will get those opportunities.” As a senior, only precious time remains before Burton 7A 8-Man league. Coach David Foster has done a very good job at the Clay County Christian school. Hebron is led offensively by Starkville resident Justin Gordon, who Foster said appeared to be
average line of scrimmage is a huge difference.” The Jackets were able to also block an extra point in last Friday’s 12-9 loss to Warren Central. Even though SHS ultimately lost the game, the blocked extra point kept it a 9-9 game at one point. “The blocked extra point was a huge thing in that game for special teams play and we work very hard at blocking hangs up his Vols jersey. While he is ready for the next chapter in life, the realization that he is leaving Starkville Academy is “bittersweet.” “I have been kicking all my life so I am honored to be doing it my senior year,” Burton said. “We want to go out with a bang so we just all fine after taking a big hit in the last game, hosts Delta Academy to open the playoffs. As the temperatures get cooler and the sun sets sooner, high school football has reached the serious stage.
extra points,” Mitchell said. “Every week there seems to be six to eight special teams plays and we’ve been winning games because of that.” Godley knows he’s part of a unit that can make a difference in winning games for the Jackets. “(Mitchell) said special teams is going to win the game for us and makes huge plays when we need them,” Godley said.
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Volunteers points as he has hit 16 of the 19 extra points attempted. Many kickers have special routines that go through before touching the ball. They hold those routines sacred
have to go out there and try our hardest, do our best and make plays. “It is kind of sentimental and bittersweet. You are ending your high school career and you are not going to be with the same group of guys that you have been around for most of your life.”
just trying to get the best seeding as possible at this point. From page C-1 It’s still amazing to think eliminated from postseason that this all comes down to the consideration. final Friday night of the regular At least the Jackets do know season. they are in the playoffs. They are Some teams are actually
Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
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Women’s College Basketball
Coaches give Bulldog Alwal All-SEC honor
For Starkville Daily News Fresh off a stellar sophomore campaign, Mississippi State junior Martha Alwal was selected second team preseason All-Southeastern Conference by the league coaches on Tuesday. Alwal’s recognition followed a 2012-13 season that saw her claim second team All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive Team honors along with the C Spire Gillom Trophy as Mississippi’s top female college basketball player. “I’m proud of Martha," MSU women's coach Vic Schaefer said. "We appreciate the confidence the voting members have in her ability, and now it’s time for her to go earn it again after earning it last season. "There’s some responsibility that comes with receiving a preseason award. It’s a prediction, so Martha has to embrace that and live up to the expectations we have for her at Mississippi State. We want her
Mississippi State women's basketball player Martha Alwal, left, was selected second-team All-Southeastern Conference by the league coaches. (SDN file photo)
to improve on the numbers she put up last season, because for our team’s success, she has to play well night in and night out.” The Worthington, Minn., native posted career highs with 12.1 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game a year ago. She topped the league in rebounding, blocked shots (2.6 per game) and doubledoubles (16). During her first two seasons in Starkville, Alwal has scored 525 points and pulled down 507 rebounds. Her 160-career blocked shots rate second in MSU history, 20 shy of Chanel Mokango’s school record. Alwal also posted her best season at the free-throw line, connecting on a 78.9-percent tally that rated second in the league. Alwal and the Bulldogs open the 2013-14 season Friday, traveling to Houston for a 5:30 p.m. tip that will be broadcast live on WMXU 106.1.
Ogwumike chosen preseason All-America
By DOUG FEINBERG Associated Press Chiney Ogwumike now has family bragging rights. She accomplished something her older sister never could by becoming a unanimous preseason All-American. "As old ladies maybe I'll hold it over her," said a laughing Ogwumike, who joined sister Nneka as a two-time preseason All-American. "But for now I'm proud to be part of this select group." Ogwumike received all 36 votes from a national media panel Tuesday, becoming the ninth player to be a unanimous selection on The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins were all unanimous selections last year. The Stanford forward was joined on the team by Baylor's Odyssey Sims and Maryland's Alyssa Thomas. All three seniors were on the preseason squad last season. UConn teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart rounded out the team. "It means a lot to be on this team," Ogwumike said. "I'm truly honored to be considered one of the best players in the country. It's so hard to fulfill expectations." It's going to be hard for Ogwumike to improve on the season she had last year. Already in the school's top 10 in both scoring and rebounding, the 6-foot-3 star averaged 22.4 points, 12.9 rebounds and shot 58.6 percent from the field last season. She was the only player in the country to rank in the top seven in all three of those categories, and she led the country with 28 double-doubles. She's worked this offseason to improve her outside game. "I was passing up perimeter opportunities and the evolution of my game needs to be inside-out," she said. "I need to be more of a playmaker and facilitator." Sims could take a page from Ogwumike, since she will have to do a lot more this year for Baylor with the loss of Griner and four other seniors to graduation. "Odyssey is by far the most experienced player we have. She understands what it takes to win championships, she understands the work ethic," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "She's going to be asked to do more than ever before, both in her play and in the leadership capacity, and I think she's ready for it." Sims averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 assists and 2.8 steals last season. "I am so honored to be named a preseason AP All-American for the second time. That's a pretty select group to be included in and I am humbled by the recognition." Thomas was selected for the second straight year to the preseason team. The Maryland star had a great year last season averaging 18.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists. "It's pretty special to be named a preseason All-American again because there's a lot of really good players out there," Thomas said. "I know we all just work hard and try to be the best we can. It's great to be in that group again." While Ogwumike, Sims and Thomas are making their second straight appearance on the preseason team, Stewart and MosquedaLewis are making their first. They are the seventh set of teammates to be preseason AllAmericans, and the duo helped UConn win its eighth national championship in April. UConn is back at No. 1 in the preseason Top 25 poll. "I feel like a lot of people on our team could be named All-Americans with Bria (Hartley) and Stef (Dolson) and me and Stewie and how well our other teammates have been playing, with Tuck and Kia and all them," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "It's just an honor to play with such great people all around me." Along with Stewart and MosquedaLewis, UConn seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley received votes marking the first time a team has four players earn All-America honors. Tennessee has had three players twice and UConn did it in 2008. "I think the fact that we had such a great year last year and won the national championship has a lot to do with that," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Sometimes these things just kind of converge and everything happens all at one time. It is unusual, though. I've had a lot players and a lot of great teams come through here and for this to be the first time this has happened shows how special it is." Ogwumike and Sims were both on the postseason All-America team last spring, Stanford 's Chiney Ogwumike (13) dribbles past Arizona's with Thomas and Mosqueda-Lewis earning Nyre Harris last season. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez, second team honors. AP)
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