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OCSD returns to full service
Cold snap hampered buses, heating units
By KAITLIN MULLINS and ALEX HOLLOWAY
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Oktibbeha County School District struggled through some problems brought on by low temperatures during a recent cold snap. The district experienced heating and bus troubles, though officials say things have improved since Tuesday, when the coldest weather moved through the area. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
Oktibbeha County School District is bouncing back from a cold snap that outright crippled some of its operations early this week. Temperatures that dipped into the single digits affected seven of the school district’s 19 buses on Tuesday, and one bus carrying students to East Oktibbeha High School arrived on campus several hours after school started, according to OCSD Conservator Margie Pulley. Additionally, Pulley said all four of OCSD’s campuses experienced heating problems on Tuesday, with East High’s crippled to the point that school officials had to move the students to the warmest parts of the building to hold classes. “My most important thing Tuesday was that I had (the students on campus) and had to keep them warm,” Pulley said. OCSD Maintenance and Transportation Director Charles Tillery said the district tested its buses on Monday and its heating systems twice during the holiday break, but issues the frigid temperatures brought on Tuesday blindsided OCSD staff. Since then, he said, OCSD has repaired the buses and the heating systems hopefully to a point where they could withstand another such cold snap. Pulley acknowledged that the cold temperatures and heating malfunctions at East High School required some shuffling. “We are doing everything possible to make sure every child is in a warm place,” she said. “If the heat is not working, move them to the next place. Classes were moved, certainly. If I had a cold class and I had to move, then certainly, I would. We had
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MSU students well represented in state art contest
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com Students from 11 colleges across the state submitted 767 works of art to the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition (MCAC), and of those, 124 pieces were chosen for display this week. Mississippi State University Interim Art Department Head Jamie Mixon said of those 124 pieces, 35 came from MSU, submitted by 22 students. She said this is the second straight year where MSU has had more entries selected for MCAC than any other school. “I would say it proves what we already know — that our students are excellent and out there competing,” Mixon said. “We’re pretty proud of that. (Our students) are also doing great nationally and internationally. We’re the biggest program in the state when you look at art in the state of Mississippi. It’s just wonderful to have it recognized. MSU will have a strong showing in the 2014 MCAC exhibit, which will have its opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Arts Center of Mississippi in Jackson. Categories featured in MCAC include clay arts, computer imagery, drawing, fiber arts, glass arts, graphic design, metal arts, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and time-based media. The exhibit will remain on display until Feb. 23, and the opening reception will feature an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. where the best of the best will
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Kemis Belew and her Austrailian Kelpie, Conor, enjoy a Thursday afternoon fetch session at Moncrief Park. The pair joined other dogs and dog owners that took advantage of warming weather to get out and play at the dog park. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
Mississippi Horse Park prepares to host Dog Show
By KAITLIN MULLINS life@starkvilledailynews.com The Golden Triangle Kennel Club will host its 8th annual All Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trials this weekend, starting 7 a.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Horse Park. Tim Boden, member of the kennel club, said while there are many activities for the community to enjoy throughout the weekend, the main event is Conformation. Judging during Conformation is comprised of two different competitions: Best of Show, awarded both days, and the Best of Each Breed. Different groups of breeds compete against their respective breed standards for the “Best Of” title, those winners compete within their group for the first round of Best in Show titles, and finally those seven winners compete for the overall “Best in Show” title. Boden said this weekend has something for everyone to enjoy, from the most knowledgeable breeders and handlers, to beginner dog-lovers. Boden said this event would be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the specifics of training or owning specific breeds from some of the most experienced in the field. “People are welcome to visit the grooming areas,” Boden said. “Owners and handlers really like talking to the spectators and answering questions.” Show Chairman on Sunday, Mary Morgan, said the event would be very spectator-friendly. “It’s really casual,” she said. “Admission is free so anyone is welcome to come walk around, watch the dogs being groomed, talk to the owners and breeders and check everything out.” While this show is equivalent in set-up to the prestigious Westminster event, Boden said he
appreciates the more accessible nature of the regional show. “Dog showing activities have a long history of being exclusive to the ‘upper crust,’ but in recent years has descended to us common folk,” Boden said. “This event is made up of people of all ages and social strata who love dogs.” Each year, Morgan said, the club sees a pretty good turnout. Some people travel from all over the country to attend these competitions, contributing to the large number of dogs entered in this
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Today
u MSU Women’s Club Meeting — MSU Women’s Club will host its meeting and presentation of “Working Together - Guide Dogs and Their Companions” presented by Beverly Hammett and Mazie Grace. Members will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Starkville Country Club, and are asked to RSVP by noon on Monday, Jan. 6 to katecovich@gmail. com.
Saturday
u Prayer Warriors SemiAnnual Prayer Breakfast— Prayer Warriors Semi-Annual Prayer Breakfast will begin at 9 a.m at Faith and Works Community Church. Join us for an old-fashioned prayer meeting with lots of prayer, praising, testifying and fellowship. u Male Choir Anniversary Celebration — Bethel M. B. Church Male Choir will celebrate their anniversary beginning today at 6 p.m. and culminating tomorrow at 3 p.m. For more information contact Bro. John T. Johnson at 769-0998.
A Starkville Electric Department truck carries Christmas wreaths taken down from downtown Starkville’s lamp posts Wednesday. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
its monthly meeting tonight at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post #240 Building at 3328 Pat Station Road. Commander asks that all members and prospective new members of post #240 attend. For more information, please contact Walter Zuber at 418-5614 or Curtis Snell at 648-0244.
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during the semester. Anyone with previous band experience is welcome to come, even if it’s been a few years since you’ve played. We also invite high school students who are at least 15 years old with one or more years of band experience to join us as well. For more information, contact Dr. Craig Aarhus (caarhus@colled.msstate.edu) at the MSU Band Hall (3252713).
u Northeast State Laymen Program Quarterly Program — The public is cordially invited to the State Laymen’s Quarterly Meeting that will begin at 10 a.m. at Stephen Chapel M. B. Church at 514 North 20th St, Columbus, Miss. The sermon will be delivered by Pastor Joe Lee Peoples, Pastor Of Stephen Chapel and NEMBSC President. For more information contact Orlando Trainer at 769-0071 or orlandotrainer@ hotmail.com. u Rust College Club Meeting — The Starkville area Rust College club will meet at 4 p.m. at Griffin United Methodist Church, 212 West Main St. in Starkville. For more informa-
u Starkville Rotary Meeting — MEC’s Scott Waller will speak at the Starkville Rotary club meeting, which will be held at noon at the Starkville Country Club. Waller’s presentation will inform the Starkville Rotary members about Mississippi’s economy and what’s ahead. We would love to have you in attendance. u Starkville/MSU Community Band — Starkville/ MSU Community Band is looking for Golden Triangle area residents with previous band experience to join. The first meeting will be today at 6:30 p.m., and the band will continue to meet on Monday evenings during spring semestion call 323-2418. u American Legion Post ter from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. #240 Meeting — American in the MSU Band Hall. The Legion Post #240 will hold band will perform two concerts
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u Kiwanis Meeting — Kiwanis will meet at The Hilton Garden Inn at noon. Field Brown, MSU’s latest Rhodes Scholar will describe the Rhodes Scholar competition. Visitors & prospective members are always welcome. u American Legion Post #240 Meeting — American Legion Post #240 will hold its monthly meeting tonight at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post #240 Building at 3328 Pat Station Road. Commander asks that all members and prospective new members of post #240 attend. For more information, please contact Walter Zuber at 418-5614 or Curtis Snell at 648-0244. u OCH Mothers Support Group and Class — OCH Regional Medical Center invites new and expectant mothers to join the Mother-to-Mother Support Group from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at OCH in the first floor classroom. This support group is free and is designed to encourage and educate expectant and new mothers as they care for the new addition to their family. For description
and more information, contact Paula Hamilton at 615-3364. u OCH Diabetes Support Group and Class — Learn more about the effects of diabetes and how to effectively manage diabetes on an ongoing basis. Join us for our upcoming meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the OCH Educational Facility. The class is led by Certified Diabetes Educator Nicky Yeatman and is free and open to the public. For more information, call Nicky Yeatman at 662-615-2668. u American Legion Post #13 Meeting — American Legion Post #13 will hold its monthly meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Building on Old West Point Road. All American Legion members and prospective members are urged to attend. Any questions, call Wayne Hemphill at 323-1693 or John Lee at 323-2539.
welcome! For more information contact Gloria Reeves at 662-418-7905. u Mission Mississippi Meeting — Mission Mississippi Starkville will meet Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Missionary Church, 314 Yeates St., Starkville (on the corner of Yeates and Gillespie Streets). “Brainstorming Racial Issues.” For more information, contact Bill Chapman at 546-0010 or Mission Mississippi at 601-3536477.
Recurring
u ABE/GED Classes — Free ABE/GED classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville St. For more information call 324-4183. These classes are also offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the J. L. King Center, 700 Long St.. For more information call 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 nthomas@starkville.k12.ms.us or 662-615-0021. u Storytime — Maben Pub-
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u MUW Lunch and Meeting — The January meeting of the Mississippi University for Women Lunch Bunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16, at La Terraza Mexican restaurant on Eckford Drive (near Starkville High). All alumni and friends of MUW are cordially invited. For information, please call 324-0935. u Quilting Group Meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilt guild will meet Jan. 16, 5:30pm, at the Starkville Sportsplex Community building. The program will feature, Jenny Reid talking about the proposed Oktibbeha County Barn Quilt Trail. Visitors are
lic 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 Thursday. 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 LLLONG89@hotmail.com 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. 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 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. starkvillesamaritanclub.org/ 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
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New Year, New You!
OCH DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Support goes a long way! Learn more about how diabetes affects you or loved ones and how you can effectively manage diabetes on an ongoing basis. If you or someone you love is living with diabetes, join us for our upcoming meeting.
Tuesday, January 14 • 5:30 p.m.
OCH Educational Facility Nicky Yeatman, RD, LD, CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator & DSMT Program Coordinator
Please call (662)615-2668 for more information.
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(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 GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville in Starkville, will offer free ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information call 662-320-4607. u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper.net or call 662-323-8152. u Square dancing — Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Enjoy learning with our caller and friendly help from experienced dancers. Follow the covered walk to 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@yahoo.com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Streams in the Desert” from noon to 1 p.m. resuming Jan. 7 at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, please call 662-312-0245. u Quilting Group Meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilt guild will meet Thursday, January 16th, 5:30pm, at the Starkville Sportsplex Community building. The program will feature, Jenny Reid talking about the proposed Oktibbeha County Barn Quilt Trail. Visitors are welcome! For more information contact Gloria Reeves at 662-418-7905. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www. cityofstarkville.org or call 662-3232652.
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receive further recognition. “Last year, we won Best of Show, and we won three Awards of Excellence, which are like best of show awards in a category,” Mixon said. “The quality (at MCAC) is always extremely high. Last year, I believe the show had 190 works, and this year there were 124.” The juror for MCAC 2014 is Kathryn Jill Johnson, an associate professor of painting, drawing and multimedia at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Robert Ring, exhibit coordinator for MSU’s art department, said Jackson State University was MCAC’s host school, and the categories were a survey of all art forms taught at all the universities participating. “(For instance), we don’t teach fiber arts, but Mississippi University for Women teaches it,” Ring said. “Our faculty feel (MCAC) is a measure of their teaching performance. They use it as a measure of how well they’re doing in their classrooms (as well as other) kinds of awards the students receive. Students aren’t required to enter, but they’re encouraged by their professors. It’s an incredible show, seeing the kind of talent spread around the state and what students are really interested in. It’s really a reflection of what they are motivated by.” The competition is open to not only undergraduate and graduate students but also to anyone who has been enrolled in a degree program in the year before the submission deadline. That’s how Whitten Sabbatini earned earn a spot in MCAC despite graduating from MSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and an emphasis in photography. Since then, he said, he has moved to Memphis, Tenn. to focus on applying for graduate school, doing freelance work and developing as a photographer. It was there, he said, that he shot his winning photograph, “Josh and Jevon,” which features two youths riding bicycles on neighborhood streets. “What I do is just kind of wander and meet strangers (to take pictures of, and) they happened to be two guys I stumbled upon,” Sabbatini said. “(MCAC 2014) is my last opportunity to be part of an undergraduate competition. It’s reaffirming (to know) what I decide to create is in some way successful. I had some really great teachers, such as (MSU assistant art professor) Dominic Lippillo) I owe a
DOG SHOW
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year’s — totaling 550. “We usually have dogs from most states, most of the time 25 to 30 states are represented,” she said. Although the bulk of the competition deals with dogs being well-behaved, Boden and Morgan agreed that perhaps the most entertaining part of the show is the 4-to-6-month puppy competition at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. “People are really going to enjoy watching the puppies,” Boden said. “Its a lot of fun.” In addition to concessions, the horse park will also host a multitude
of vendors for various dog-related products. “They sell practically everything you can think of that has to do with dogs,” Morgan said. Most spectators, Morgan said, usually are interested in one specific breed and look forward to their competitions. “Most people who come out want to see a certain group or breed,” she said. “They compete at different times, though, so people should check the schedule to make sure they don’t miss their favorite.” The judging schedule can be found at www.onofrio.com/jp/GTMS1JP. pdf.
“The Void,” a mixed media piece, was one of four submissions from MSU art student Dominique Belcher selected for the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition. Of the 124 pieces selected from across the state for MCAC, MSU had 35, more than any other school. (Submitted photo) lot to what he taught me (and the) really passionate teachers guiding me.” Another winning entrant in photography who credited Lippillo and other MSU teachers for his success was John Yerger, a senior majoring in photography and minoring in journalism. He said his winning photo, “Larry,” was part of his thesis, a series of photographs designed to document Mississippi’s gun culture. “I’m not really trying to make any statements (with the series) specifically,” Yerger said. “At first, I thought it was going to be more of a documentary about gun culture, but it’s more of an
iconography, just kind of a study of people through interpreting symbols. It’s a broad look into a specific type of people. The conclusions people make are based on their own interpretation and their views of the people in the photographs. “It’s been a difficult project, getting out of my comfort zone,” Yerger added. “(But I had) really supportive teachers. The photography department at State’s really great. We had a lot of opportunities to explore and grow through this whole process. Now that I’m getting toward the end of it all, I was more than prepared to take this on.”
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to adjust.” Pulley said the district’s difficulties, while unfortunate, were due to the extraordinary cold, rather than any larger infrastructural issues in the school district. Tillery said Pulley dispatched him to the east campuses on Tuesday to address heating problems as quickly as possible. He said she also dispatched maintenance workers to the west schools for the same purpose. The district also enlisted outside assistance to help repair efforts, with its maintenance crews already spread thin. Pulley said the district is still awaiting a final invoice for costs for repairs across the district. A group of students arrived to East High School late Tuesday due to a bus breaking down while out on its route. Pulley said the district pulled another driver from the east side of the
county to drive another bus, because the other bus driver was not certified to drive a bus with air brakes. “When the bus broke down, we had to get it fixed,” she said. “(Tillery) got the bus into the shop. I sent a driver personally — we got the bus driver from East Elementary and put the bus driver from East High on the bus because the knew the route. We got them to school. They may have been late, but with as cold as it was on Tuesday, we were doing the best that we could. That’s never happened before. That’s the only time I’ve dealt with the bus breaking down and kids getting there late.” Tillery said the district experienced further issues with some busses arriving at schools late on Tuesday morning due to their diesel fuel freezing. Pulley said a maintenance worker contacted her Tuesday and said temperatures were so cold that the fuel was “like jelly.” Pulley said that while the
buses do not break down often, rural roads cause more wear and tear, and some buses could be replaced to help address and prevent future issues. She added the district would look next week into purchasing three buses to add to the fleet and allow some of the older buses to phase out. “They’ll be used,” she said. “They might not be brand new, but they’ll be new to us, and that’s better than some of the aging buses we’ve had to use. There is a need for additional buses, and we’ll be inquiring next week into purchasing.” Tillery and Pulley explained that the district took steps to get students to school in as timely a fashion as possible, including double loading buses. Tillery said the district’s buses often had room for additional riders. “Most of our buses are over their normal capacity,” Tillery said. “When we double-load a bus, it’s not overloaded. Say we have 50 kids on a bus and it’s a 71 passenger bus. We have
21 more kids that we can put on that bus without it being overloaded. It’s still within the safety law.” Pulley said maintenance workers continued efforts to ensure the issues remained
resolved as of Thursday afternoon. She noted, however, that the district had not experienced any further difficulties since Tuesday. “We have not had any of the kid of issues that we had
Tuesday,” she said. “We are working to resolve any lingering issues. We can’t control the weather, but we’re taking every preventative measure that we can to keep this from happening again.”
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OTHER VIEWS
Better numbers come out for Obamacare
Enterprise Journal Republicans are counting on the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act to give them momentum in the 2014 congressional midterm elections. The latest numbers from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services indicate, though, that as sizable as the public’s frustration was after the federal health insurance exchange opened disastrously on Oct. 1, it may be dissipating. The December enrollment numbers and anecdotal reports indicate that the Obama administration’s full-court press to work out the bugs with the enrollment website has been generally successful. Average daily enrollments on HealthCare.gov have gone from less than 1,000 in October to 3,800 in November to 40,000 in December. Of the 1.1 million Americans who have signed up for health insurance through the exchange as of Dec. 24, almost a million did so in December. The totals are still only about a third of what the administration projected by this time, and the pace will have to pick up considerably to meet the goal of 7 million before the March 31 deadline. Still, the trends, after a dismal start, are headed in the right direction. A major question is whether the young and healthy, who are being counted on under Obamacare to subsidize the cost of covering the old and unhealthy, will sign up. If these “healthies” do the math alone, it’s a lot cheaper, at least initially, to pay the penalty: $95 or 1 percent of
taxable income, whichever is greater. By 2016, the penalties become much more of a deterrent — $695 or 2.5 percent of taxable income. But that’s another election away. How people feel about Obamacare two years from now may be much different than they feel about it in 2014. It’s how they feel about it in 2014, though, that will matter at the voting booth next November.
OTHER VIEWS
PC police just stirring up trouble
Greenwood Commonwealth I have had it up to here (picture my hand held 2 feet above my head) with everyone in the country being such a spineless bunch of whiney crybabies. Everyone is afraid to say “Boo” out loud for fear of hurting someone’s delicate little feelings. We must all be careful to remain, at all times, politically correct. Whoever invented that expression should have been shot the first time he uttered it. Personally, I think “PC” stands for “purely childish.” Two prime examples, of course, come immediately to mind. Paula Deen, as I understand what I have read, was fired because she admitted to having used the infamous N-word in the past. Although I do not condone the use of that word, I realize she is from the South. I am
almost willing to bet that at least 75 percent of Mississippians over the age of 10 have used that word at least once. The question becomes, When and where did she say it? Did she go on national television and rail against African-Americans? Did she make a personal appearance and tell degrading jokes about them? Or was she sitting around chatting with family and friends? How long ago was it? A year ago? Five years ago? Or back before anyone knew her name? If she no longer makes a habit of saying it, why persecute her for past sins? We each have things in our past we are not proud of. But how long should these things be held against us? I shoplifted a couple of times as a teenager. I am not proud of it, but it cannot be undone. Should I
be persecuted for it 40 years later? I am not employed, but if I were, should I expect to lose my job over it tomorrow? Then we have Phil Robertson. Anyone who knows anything at all about him knows his values and knows he has no problem sharing his opinions. I do not read GQ. I have not read the article in question. But anyone who has not been living under a rock lately knows at least a bit about it. But I have a few questions. First, did the interviewer bring up the subjects of homosexuality or African-Americans? If so, why? If Phil brought them up himself, what made the interviewer think he had to print them? Did he print them just to start trouble? Personally, I think including these things constitutes bad journalism. Second, it is Phil’s opinion that
homosexuality is a sin. That is one man’s opinion. Opinions are not illegal, are they? Personally, I share his feelings about the subject, as do the Bible and the God who inspired it. But we do not go around committing violent crimes against homosexuals. We merely share our feelings and pray that we might help someone understand them. Should we be fired for caring? Then he dared to say that the African-Americans he worked with seemed content. They did not spend their days complaining about their difficulties in front of him. I grew up dirt poor, then attended high school where I was hated, ridiculed and sometimes even feared for my safety. At home, I cried a lot. Yet in public around others, the few who cared to talk to me found a nice, pleasant girl who was not given
to complaining and whining about her problems. I am now disabled, recovering from a badly broken back. ?There is a lot of pain, and sometimes in the privacy of my own home I get despondent. But around others I try to keep a positive attitude, and there is little or no talk of my problems. The apostle Paul was content, no matter what situation he found himself in. So why is it inconceivable — and so offensive — to think Phil might have worked with a group of strong, positive people? The point is, Things do not always go exactly as you would have them go, and not everyone is going to see eye to eye with you. So put on your big girl or big boy panties, take your thumb out of your mouth and get over yourself. Life is tough. Deal with it.
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Obituaries
Naomi Rising
Naomi Hobbs Rising, 97, family matriarch, born October 27, 1916 in Ellenburg Center, NY, passed away January 9, 2014 at Starkville Manor Nursing Home in Starkville, MS.  She and husband, Bert Rising (Married 67 years) lived in Plattsburgh, NY until their retirement then moved to Beverly Hills, FL. After her husband’s passing she moved to Starkville to be near family. She was preceded in death by her husband Bert Rising; and daughter, Sandra Rising Pickersgill. Survivors include her son, Keith (Cindy) Rising; granddaughters, Dawn Rising Lambert and Tanya Rising Dinning (Carl); great granddaughters, Shalyn Dinning, Madison Dinning, Tori Dinning, and Kennedy Lambert; “special” niece, Pam Sutton; brother, Carl Hobbs; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held in Florida.
Cora “Lucille” Wordlaw
Mississippi State University staff members and professional environmental response workers made significant progress in restoring Oak and Magnolia residence halls after both facilities had water damage from frozen pipes during the recent arctic blast. Students began returning to the residence halls on Thursday. Many were able to return to their rooms, while students in rooms with major damage were assisted by MSU in finding alternate housing. (Photo by Megan Bean, MSU Public Affairs)
  Cora “Lucille” Wordlaw, 77, died January 5, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Maben, Mississippi with Reverend Nelson Forrest, officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 10, 2014 from 12-6:00 p.m. at West Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Spring Valley Cemetery, Mathiston, Mississippi. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the online memorial register @ westmemorialfunerals.com
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Mississippi State University officials provided assistance to students returning to Ruby Hall on Thursday after some rooms in the residence hall received water damage from frozen pipes during the recent arctic blast that produced single-digit temperatures on the Starkville campus. Show preparing to greet students at the university’s claims assistance desk in Ruby Hall were, left-to-right: MSU Dean of Students Thomas Bourgeois; MSU Coordinator of Football Recruiting Rockey Felker; MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Kibler, and MSU Director of Housing and Residence Life Ann Bailey. (Photo by Megan Bean, MSU Public Affairs)
Pay lags for Mississippi government employees
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON — Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, said the Mississippi State Personnel Board director Thursday. Deanna Mosley told lawmakers that for the budget year that ended June 30, the average in Mississippi was $34,506. The four states’ average for equivalent jobs during that time was $43,614. Mississippi government employees’ most recent across-the-board pay raise was approved during the election-year legislative session of 2007. It’s unclear whether lawmakers will consider a raise this year. The next election is in 2015. The Personnel Board oversees 34 percent of Mississippi government employees, including those who work for the Division of Medicaid, and the departments of health, transportation, human services and marine resources. Employees not covered by the Personnel Board work for schools, community colleges, universities, the Legislature and the governor’s office. That means some of the higher salaries in state government - those of university football coaches and physicians at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, for example - are not calculated in the average of $34,506. Mosley said 62 percent of the employees overseen by the Personnel Board earn less than the average. She also said state government has a relatively high turnover rate, particularly among employees younger than 40. She said 67 percent of employees left state jobs after less than five years, and training new employees can be expensive.
Mississippi At A Glance
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Youth Soccer
Frostbite Tourney growing
Officials expect young soccer players like these to have “a great time” when the Starkville Frostbite Tournament takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Starkville Sportsplex. (Submitted photo)
By JASON EDWARDS sports@starkvilledailynews.com   The Starkville Soccer Association set out to create a tournament six years ago which would allow area teams to compete against grade A talent while still staying close to home. That idea blossomed into the Starkville Frostbite Tournament. “We are extremely excited to produce local tournaments which not only benefit the local economy, but provide a boost to our local teams,” SSA past president Dr. Rob Leach said. “Teams get to play high quality competition from Memphis to the Gulf Coast right here at home, so grandparents, moms and dads all get to see. It is a real boost to our local program and we are proud to do this for the city of Starkville.” This year’s tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Starkville Sportsplex with approximately 60 teams ranging for under-8 to under-12 set to compete. “This just really highlights the level of play we have in Starkville, but it also shows off the offerings here in town,” current SSA president Sean Owen said. “Teams get to see the Sportsplex and what the parks and recreation department has done with it. It is just a win-win all the way around.” For some of the children competing in the Frostbite, this will be the only chance they get to play away from their home field. With that in mind, Owen and his crew and are deter-
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High School Soccer
McKee’s hat trick helps SA beat Heritage
By BEN WAIT sports@starkvilledailynews.com   Jamison McKee’s first opportunity against rival Heritage Academy didn’t turn out how he would have liked. He corrected all that on Thursday. The Starkville Academy senior scored three goals as the Volunteers shut out the Patriots 3-0 at the Starkville Sportsplex. McKee suffered an injury against Heritage in the first few minutes of a match in December in Columbus. “I sprained my ankle in the first minute and a half,” McKee said of the first match with Heritage. “I just came out here and played. I was a bit nervous coming into the game, and then coach (Cole Andrews) talked to me. He told me how he had 100 percent confidence in me, my family did and everybody. That really helped out and I put three goals in the back of the net to help my team out.” McKee has been sidelined ever since and this was his first action since the ankle injury. He made it memorable as he matched his seasonhigh in goals. He scored three against Magnolia Heights in the first match of the season. He now has six goals for the young season. The Volunteers dropped a 1-0 decision to the Patriots the first time around, mainly because McKee was sitting on the sideline. “We’ve really rested him a lot since then,” SA head coach Cole Andrews said. “Once the ball gets to him, we really do have a lot of attacking power. Without him, we kind of struggled to get things going that game. We went down one and weren’t able to come back. A good result (Thursday) for sure.” The match was scoreless as halftime was fast approaching. McKee had found himself offsides three times in the first half. “I kept getting caught behind the defense,” McKee said. “They were kind of strategizing to keep me from getting outside because they knew my speed and everything.” He shook it off and scored right before the half on an assist from Jack Burton. “That was definitely a big goal to get ahead
before the second half,” McKee said.   McKee struck two more times in the second half. He scored on another assist from Burton and cleaned up a shot on goal by Jake Goodwin to finish the scoring. He was only offsides once in the second half. “We’re working on all those guys,” Andrews said. “They have such tremendous speed that we really have to work on anticipating passes coming from the midfield or elsewhere because we get caught ball watching. All of a sudden Jamison takes off and he’s in an offsides position. We work on it a lot.” The Volunteers saw their record move to 2-1 and will be back in action today at MadisonRidgeland Academy.
High School Basketball
High School Bowling
SCS girls work double overtime for 57-49 victory
By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledailynews.com The Starkville Christian Lady Cougars were not going to be denied on Thursday night. After jumping out to a big lead in the first half against the Victory Christian Academy Lady Eagles, Starkville Christian saw its opponent come back to tie the game and even take a lead in the fourth quarter. It took double overtime, but the Lady Cougars made the plays they had to make to win a 57-49 decision at home over Victory. “All of them did a great job,” Starkville Christian girls coach Luke Buckner said. “There are still things we need to work on, but they did a great job.” Both teams got off to a slow start in getting points in the first quarter. The Lady Cougars found the most with a 7-6 lead as Charity Morris had five points on a 3-point field goal and another basket, while Mia Wells scored the other two. In the second quarter, Starkville Christian stretched its advantage to 22-12 on a bucket by Carley Wells with 40 seconds left before the intermission. The Lady Cougars led 25-15 at halftime. Behind the scoring of Rebecca Smith, the visiting Lady Eagles came back to cut the margin to 31-29 after three quarters.
SHS boys, girls get home sweep of East Webster
Charity Morris scored 19 points for the Starkville Christian girls basketball team Thursday night. (SDN file See SCS | Page 8 photo)
By JASON EDWARDS sports@starkvilledailynews.com   The area sports two of the better high school bowling teams in the state as the Starkville Yellowjackets and East Webster Wolverines were in competition Thursday at Bulldog Lane in Starkville. As the last pin fell, the Starkville boys and girls walked away victorious. The combined bowling of Seth Prewitt, Nathan Smith, Tyler Dawkins, Ethan Tucker and Ryan Picard, who had the day’s highest score at 205, led the Jackets to match scores of 776, 812 and 794. When combined, SHS knocked down a total of 2,382 pins to East Webster’s 2,172 allowing the Jackets to leave their home lanes with a “confidence boosting” 4-0 win. On the girls’ side, it was all about consistency. With Skyler Runnels leading the day with a high game of 188, the Lady Jackets, who along with Runnels consisted of Jessica Rowe, Savan-
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Noteworthy
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The number of players Memphis had in double digits in a 73-67 win over Louisville on the road.
BRIEFLY
SHS basketball airs on radio
The Starkville High School boys and girls basketball teams host Northwest Rankin tonight and the games will be aired on the radio. Beginning with the Lady Yellowjackets, the action can be heard beginning at 6 p.m. on 100.9.
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StaRKVILLE DaILY NEWs
College Basketball SEC Standings Team Florida Kentucky Tennessee Texas A&M Ole Miss Georgia Alabama Missouri Arkansas Miss. State LSU Auburn Vanderbilt S. Carolina SEC Pct. Overall Pct. 1-0 1.000 12-2 .857 1-0 1.000 11-3 .786 1-0 1.000 10-4 .714 1-0 1.000 10-4 .714 1-0 1.000 10-4 .714 1-0 1.000 7-6 .538 1-0 1.000 7-7 .500 0-1 .000 12-2 .857 0-1 .000 11-3 .786 0-1 .000 10-4 .714 0-1 .000 9-4 .692 0-1 .000 8-4 .667 0-1 .000 8-5 .615 0-1 .000 7-7 .500 Tuesday’s Games Tennessee 68, LSU 50 Alabama 68, Vanderbilt 63 Wednesday’s Games Kentucky 85, Miss. State 63 Florida 74, S. Carolina 58 Georgia 70, Missouri 64, OT Texas A&M 69, Arkansas 53 Thursday’s Game Ole Miss 65, Auburn 62 Saturday’s Games Ole Miss at Miss. State, 3 p.m. Florida at Arkansas, noon LSU at S. Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Missouri at Auburn, 1 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 2:30 p.m. Alabama at Georgia, 3 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee, 5 p.m. Top 25 Fared Thursday 1. Arizona (16-0) beat UCLA 70-75. Next: at Southern Cal, Sunday. 2. Syracuse (15-0) did not play. Next: vs. North Carolina, Saturday. 3. Ohio State (15-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 20 Iowa, Saturday. 4. Wisconsin (16-0) did not play. Next: at Indiana, Tuesday. 5. Michigan State (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. Minnesota, Saturday. 6. Wichita State (16-0) did not play. Next: at Missouri State, Saturday. 7. Baylor (12-2) did not play. Next: vs. TCU, Saturday. 8. Villanova (14-1) did not play. Next: at St. John’s, Saturday. 9. Iowa State (14-0) did not play. Next: at Oklahoma, Saturday. 10. Florida (12-2) did not play. Next: at Arkansas, Saturday. 11. Oklahoma State (13-2) did not play. Next: at West Virginia, Saturday. 12. Louisville (13-3) lost to No. 24 Memphis 73-67. Next: vs. SMU, Sunday. 13. San Diego State (13-1) did not play. Next: at Air Force, Sunday. 14. Kentucky (11-3) did not play. Next: at Vanderbilt, Saturday. 15. Colorado (14-2) did not play. Next: at Washington, Sunday. 16. Duke (12-3) did not play. Next: at Clemson, Saturday. 17. Oregon (13-1) vs. California. Next: vs. Stanford, Sunday. 18. Kansas (10-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 25 Kansas State, Saturday. 19. UMass (13-1) did not play. Next: vs. St. Bonaventure, Saturday. 20. Iowa (13-3) beat Northwestern 9367. Next: at No. 3 Ohio State, Sunday. 21. Missouri (12-2) did not play. Next: at Auburn, Saturday. 22. Gonzaga (14-2) at Portland. Next: at Pepperdine, Thursday, Jan. 16. 23. Illinois (13-3) did not play. Next: at Northwestern, Sunday. 24. Memphis (11-3) beat No. 12 Louisville 73-67. Next: at Temple, Saturday. 25. Kansas State (12-3) did not play. Next: at No. 18 Kansas, Saturday. Women’s College Basketball SEC Standings Team S. Carolina Florida Texas A&M Tennessee Missouri SEC Pct. Overall Pct. 3-0 1.000 15-1 .938 3-0 1.000 13-3 .813 2-0 1.000 12-4 .750 2-1 .667 13-2 .867 2-1 .667 13-3 .813
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Quoteworthy
“I don’t know what happened last year. All I care about is next year moving forward.”
New Washington Redskin head coach Jay Gruden said of his new team.
Orlando
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ThE AREa SLaTE
Today High School Basketball Northwest Rankin at Starkville, 6 p.m. West Okibbeha at West Lowndes, 6 p.m. East Oktibbeha at Noxapater, 6 p.m. Choctaw County at Nanih Waiya, 6 p.m. Okolona at Eupora, 6 p.m. East Webster at Montgomery County Tournament, TBA High School Soccer Columbus at Starkville, 5 p.m. Starkville Academy at Madison-Ridgeland Academy, 5 p.m.
10 25 .286 16½ Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 28 7 .800 — Chicago 15 18 .455 12 Detroit 14 22 .389 14½ Cleveland 12 23 .343 16 Milwaukee 7 27 .206 20½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 28 8 .778 — Houston 23 13 .639 5 Dallas 20 16 .556 8 New Orleans 15 19 .441 12 Memphis 15 19 .441 12 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 27 8 .771 — Portland 27 9 .750 ½ Denver 17 17 .500 9½ Minnesota 17 18 .486 10 Utah 12 25 .324 16 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 25 13 .658 — Golden State 24 14 .632 1 Phoenix 21 13 .618 2 L.A. Lakers 14 22 .389 10 Sacramento 11 22 .333 11½ Wednesday’s Games San Antonio 112, Dallas 90 Toronto 112, Detroit 91 Brooklyn 102, Golden State 98 Atlanta 97, Indiana 87 Houston 113, L.A. Lakers 99 Washington 102, New Orleans 96 Phoenix 104, Minnesota 103 Portland 110, Orlando 94 L.A. Clippers 111, Boston 105 Thursday’s Games New York 102, Miami 92 Oklahoma City at Denver, late Today’s Games Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m Houston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Memphis, 8 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Miami at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Cleveland at Utah, 9 p.m. Orlando at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Boston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Houston at Washington, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Toronto, 7 p.m. New York at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Chicago, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Orlando at Denver, 9 p.m. Boston at Portland, 10 p.m. College Football Bowl Glance All Times EST Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) NFLPA Collegiate Bowl At Los Angeles American vs. National, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN) National Football League Playoff Glance
Balis leaves MSU for UConn
Mississippi State strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis has left to take the same position with the Connecticut football team confirmed by a team’s spokesperson Thursday. Balis spent five years with the Bulldog football team. He was a part of head coach Dan Mullen’s original coaching staff when Mullen got the job in December of 2008. Balis was the first hire Mullen made when he got the job. That leaves just four assistant coaches from that original staff. Offensive coordinator Les Koenning, tight ends coach Scott Sallach, offensive line coach John Hevesy and safeties coach Tony Hughes are the only four that remain. Running backs coach Greg Knox was hired after original running backs coach Frank Wilson was hired by Tennessee 20 days after taking the job at MSU. Balis was with Mullen when he was an assistant coach at both Utah and Florida under current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Connecticut just hired Bob Diaco to be its new head coach. Balis and Diaco met during the 2007-08 season when they were a part of the coaching staff at Virginia.
WHAT’S ON TV
Today BOXING 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Junior lightweights, Arash Usmanee (20-1-1) vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez (24-4-0), at Tacoma, Wash. GOLF 10 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Volvo Champions, second round, at Durban, South Africa (same-day tape) Vanderbilt LSU Auburn Arkansas Kentucky Miss. State Ole Miss Alabama Georgia 2-1 .667 13-3 1-1 .500 12-3 1-1 .500 10-5 1-2 .333 14-2 1-2 .333 13-3 0-2 .000 13-3 0-2 .000 9-7 0-2 .000 7-8 0-3 .000 12-4 .813 .800 .667 .875 .813 .813 .563 .467 .750 6 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Sony Open, second round, at Honolulu MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Alabama Huntsville at Notre Dame NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Miami at Brooklyn 9:30 p.m. ESPN — L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers day. 11. Iowa State (14-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 15 Oklahoma State, Saturday. 12. LSU (12-3) lost to Texas A&M 52-48. Next: vs. Florida, Sunday. 13. North Carolina (13-3) beat No. 20 N.C. State 79-70. Next: at No. 18 Florida State, Sunday. 14. Penn State (11-3) beat Illinois 82-76. Next: vs. No. 21 Purdue, Sunday. 15. Oklahoma State (13-1) did not play. Next: at No. 11 Iowa State, Saturday. 16. Nebraska (11-3) lost to Michigan State 70-57. Next: at Illinois, Sunday. 17. Colorado (11-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 19 California, Friday. 18. Florida State (14-1) beat Miami 6863. Next: vs. No. 13 North Carolina, Sunday. 19. California (10-3) did not play. Next: at No. 17 Colorado, Friday. 20. N.C. State (14-2) lost to No. 13 North Carolina 79-70. Next: at Wake Forest, Sunday. 21. Purdue (10-4) lost to Northwestern 70-68. Next: at No. 14 Penn State, Sunday. 22. Indiana (14-0) did not play. Next: vs. Ohio State, Saturday. 23. Arizona State (12-2) did not play. Next: vs. Southern Cal, Friday. 24. San Diego (15-1) did not play. Next: at Gonzaga, Saturday. 25. Georgia (12-4) lost to Missouri 66-56. Next: vs. Texas A&M, Sunday. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 17 17 .500 — Brooklyn 14 21 .400 3½ New York 13 22 .371 4½ Boston 13 23 .361 5 Philadelphia 12 23 .343 5½ Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 27 9 .750 — Atlanta 19 17 .528 8 Washington 16 17 .485 9½ Charlotte 15 21 .417 12
MSU Experience set for hoops
Mississippi State and Experience (expapp.com) have partnered to deliver fan experience technology for Mississippi State basketball fans.  Beginning with Saturday’s men’s home game versus Ole Miss, fans will be able to use their smartphones to purchase in-venue seat upgrades and game day experiences, branded “Maroon Memories,” which will include a visit to the fan’s seat from the MSU Spirit Group, standing with the team on court during the National Anthem, and an opportunity to participate in on-court contests for cash prizes. Prior to the game, fans may visit hailstate.expapp. com to register and opt-in to receive notifications via text message when seat upgrades and Maroon Memories become available.  Credits for Maroon Memories will be given gratis to exclusive fans groups including Bulldog Club members and Hail State Rewards members. Single game buyers will also be able to purchase via their smartphone on the day of the game. “At Mississippi State, our goal is to make every game a special event for fans,” MSU athletics director Scott Stricklin said. “With Experience, MSU supporters, both current students and alumni, gain a quick and easy way to enhance their visit to Humphrey Coliseum. And, with this value-added service, our faithful fans can create special memories at each and every game.” Experience President Ben Ackerman said Experience works with colleges and universities across the country like MSU to make more enjoyable events for fans. “(They are) seeing the benefits, including increased ticket sales and an overwhelming spike in enthusiasm for their favorite team,” Ackerman said. “Together with Mississippi State, we are able to bring a superb experience for men’s basketball fans, including Bulldog Club members.” For the current MSU basketball schedule, please visit hailstate.com. Experience is the fan experience technology company dedicated to making sure fans have fun at live events. With Experience, fans can create a memory by upgrading their seats or participate in other unique experiences all from their mobile device. Experience is the official upgrade partner of MLB.com. Additionally, Experience is the preferred partner for Live Nation Entertainment and Ticketmaster, enabling their millions of fans access to upgrades and experiences at live events. Learn more by visiting expapp.com; follow on Twitter @ExpApp or Facebook at facebook.com/ExpApp. #makeitmemorable.
Thursday’s Games Tennessee 94, Ole Miss 70 Vanderbilt 74, Auburn 65 Florida 59, Arkansas 52 Texas A&M 52, LSU 48 S. Carolina 68, Kentucky 59 Missouri 66, Georgia 56 Sunday’s Games Miss. State at Arkansas, 2 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama, 2 p.m. Florida at LSU, 2 p.m. S. Carolina at Auburn, 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Georgia, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. Missouri at Kentucky, 4 p.m. Women’s College Basketball Top 25 Fared Thursday 1. UConn (16-0) did not play. Next: vs. Temple, Saturday. 2. Notre Dame (14-0) beat Boston College 95-53. Next: at Virginia, Sunday. 3. Duke (15-1) beat Syracuse 86-53. Next: vs. Boston College, Sunday. 4. Stanford (13-1) did not play. Next: at Utah, Friday. 5. Louisville (15-1) did not play. Next: at South Florida, Sunday. 6. Maryland (14-1) beat Wake Forest 7649. Next: vs. Syracuse, Thursday, Jan. 16. 7. Baylor (13-1) did not play. Next: vs. TCU, Saturday. 8. Tennessee (13-2) beat Mississippi 9470. Next: at Vanderbilt, Sunday. 9. Kentucky (13-3) lost to No. 10 South Carolina 68-59. Next: vs. Missouri, Sunday. 10. South Carolina (15-1) beat No. 9 Kentucky 68-59. Next: at Auburn, Sun-
All Times EST Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Indianpolis at New England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX) San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. (CBS)
Football
MSU men set alumni week
For the second year in a row, Mississippi State coach Rick Ray is inviting all former players and coaches back to campus to participate in Bulldog Alumni Weekend festivities. This year’s event is slated for Feb. 21-22, when MSU takes on long-time rival Arkansas. The weekend will start with a social gathering at Buffalo Wild Wings, beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, then at the 3 p.m. game on Saturday, everyone will be recognized. Following the game with the Razorbacks, MSU’s current team will hold a brief reception with all the former players and coaches at the Mize Pavilion. For more information or to RSVP, please call Suzanne Cook at 662-325-3800.
Franklin has Penn State,Vanderbilt as choices
From Wire Reports NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — James Franklin appears to have a decision to make. Stay at Vanderbilt or take over as coach at Penn State. Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams said Thursday night he exchanged text messages with his football coach and Franklin “basically said that he is our coach. He hasn’t made a decision.” Williams would not confirm Franklin has an offer from Penn State, but has indicated Nittany Lions officials have been in contact with the coach. CBS.com was first among several media outlets to report Franklin is expected to be Penn State’s replacement for Bill O’Brien, who left for the Houston Texans. “He just wanted me to know that the things that are being said that he has made a decision to leave are not true,” Williams said Penn State had no official comment, but the university did announce Thursday night that a new compensation committee is scheduled to meet Saturday morning in a closed session to discuss a contract for someone not yet being identified by the school. The school also said there will be a brief public session Saturday morning. Earlier in the day Williams said Franklin had called “to let me know the reports that he had accepted another job were inaccurate. And I didn’t ask anything more than that nor did he volunteer anything more than that.” Williams said he met with Franklin on Tuesday night and spoke with him Wednesday, too. Penn State interim coach Larry Johnson said Thursday night he hasn’t been told anything about his future. “I’m still the interim coach until a new coach is named,” Johnson said. “As of right now, I’m continuing to do my part.” Vanderbilt had only one winning season since 1982 before Williams hired Franklin in December 2010. The Commodores also had only four bowl berths before Franklin arrived, and he
now has taken them to three straight bowls. The 41-year-old Pennsylvania native is 24-15 in his three seasons as Vanderbilt’s head coach, matching Dan McGugin for the most wins in school history over a coach’s first three seasons. The Commodores are 16-4 over the past 20 games, second in the SEC only to Alabama. Vanderbilt won the final seven games of 2012 and the final five of 2013 in a stretch that also includes back-to-back bowl wins.
Louisville hires Petrino again
Oswalt to speak at MSU’s First Pitch
Three-time Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt will be the guest speaker for the 2014 Mississippi State baseball First Pitch Banquet, head coach John Cohen announced Monday. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1 in the Palmeiro Center on campus. Advanced tickets are on sale now for $12 at HailState. com/tickets or by calling 1-888-GO-DAWGS. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for $17 at the Palmeiro Center front entrance. For additional information, contact the MSU Baseball Office at 662-325-3597. A 13-year veteran on the mound, Oswalt has pitched for Houston (2001-2010), Philadelphia (2010-2011), Texas (2012) and most recently Colorado (2013). The Weir native was a National League All-Star from 200507 with the Astros, and has finished in the top six in NL Cy Young voting six times in his career. Oswalt led the Astros to their only World Series appearance in 2005, when he was selected NLCS Most Valuable Player.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bobby Petrino is back for a second stint as Louisville’s football coach, returning to the school he calls home. And Louisville’s athletic director insists the school is getting a “changed person.” Petrino coached Western Kentucky to an 8-4 record last season in his only year with the team. He led the Cardinals to a 41-9 mark from 2003-06. He succeeds Charlie Strong, who left last weekend after four years to accept the Texas job. “It’s great to get the opportunity to come back here,” Petrino said during a news conference Thursday. “This is our home.” Petrino inherits a team coming off a 12-1 finish and gearing up to join the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
Jay Gruden hired to coach Redskins
WASHINGTON — Jay Gruden has agreed to become the head coach of the Washington Redskins. The Redskins confirmed Thursday that Gruden has accepted the job and will be introduced at an afternoon news conference. The 46-year-old Gruden has spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he helped develop Andy Dalton.
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College Basketball
Mississippi tops Auburn in Tad Pad
By DAVID BRANDT Associated Press OXFORD — Playing without its leading scorer, Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy worked hard at crafting an offensive strategy that would still allow his team to compete. Not much of it worked, but the Rebels figured out a way to win anyway. Derrick Millinghaus scored 16 points, Jarvis Summers added 14 and Ole Miss rallied to beat Auburn 65-62 on Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. It wasn’t particularly pretty. The Rebels were outrebounded by a large margin, had a rough night from the free-throw line and struggled to get defensive stops in the final few minutes. But the win is all that matters. Ole Miss had lost four of its last seven games coming into Thursday. “The result is ultimately what shows progress,” Kennedy said. “We’re in a results-oriented business, so for that I’m excited.” Aaron Jones added 12 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and five steals for the Rebels (10-4), who were playing without suspended leading scorer Marshall Henderson. LaDarius White added 10. Ole Miss has won five straight in the series against the Tigers. The Rebels won despite being outrebounded 40-30 and giving up 19 offensive rebounds. Auburn (8-4) was led by Chris Denson’s 28 points while KT Harrell added 11. Harrell missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game on the final possession. The loss snapped the Tigers’ four-game winning streak. “I’m really proud of this group for battling, battling and battling to find a way to win a hard-fought game,” Kennedy said. Henderson was suspended a total of three games — the season opener on Nov. 8 against Troy, the Auburn game and Saturday’s Mississippi State game — for on-and off-the-court issues during and following last season. It was quickly apparent that the Rebels would miss Henderson’s scoring ability — especially from the perimeter. Ole Miss did enough to take a 31-28 halftime lead, but lost it early in the second half after a stretch of just two points in seven minutes. Auburn’s backcourt of Harrell and Denson ranked onetwo in the SEC in scoring coming into Thursday’s game, but foul trouble kept Harrell off the floor for a big chunk of the second half, so the offensive load fell to Denson. The 6-foot-2 guard responded brilliantly, pouring in points from all over the court, though he missed his final five shots in a 10-of-25 performance. The problem was he didn’t have much help. That allowed the Rebels to stay close. Ole Miss pushed ahead on back-to-back buckets by Jones — one on a 15-foot
Missouri women upset Georgia at home 66-56
From Wire Reports
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Brianna Kulas scored 24 points and gathered 13 rebounds to lead Missouri in a mild upset of No. 25 Georgia 66-56 on Thursday night. The teams had the same number of field goals for the game, but Missouri (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) hit two more 3-pointers and eight more free throws than Georgia (12-4, 0-3).
Texas A&M 52, LSU 48
BATON ROUGE, La. — Courtney Williams led Texas A&M with 17 points as the Aggies climbed back in the final 40 seconds to beat No. 12 LSU in Southeastern Conference play. LSU went ahead for the first time in the second half at 36-34 with 8:19 left to play and led until Texas A&M’s Jordan Jones made a layup to tie the game with 1:08 left to play.
South Carolina 68, Kentucky 59
Mississippi forward Aaron Jones (34) dunks a basket against Auburn in the first half. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP) jumper and the other on a dunk — to give the Rebels a 6257 lead with 1:42 remaining. Jones also had a huge block with 25 seconds left, swatting away Malcolm Canada’s layup attempt that would have made it a one-possession game. “It’s a big sigh of relief,” Jones said. “We’ve been losing a lot of (close) games.” Ole Miss’ offensive performance without Henderson was a mixed bag. The Rebels were 7 of 14 (50 percent) from 3-point range, but just 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) on free throws. It’s a disappointing loss for the Tigers, who had played their best basketball of the season coming into the Ole Miss game. Their four-game winning streak included victories over Boston College and Clemson. Denson and Harrell combined for 39 of the team’s 62 points. Barbee said he’d like to see more balance, but he was encouraged by the team’s toughness in a hostile environment. “We played hard and we played tough,” Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. “I’m proud of the guys because they fought their tails off tonight and we gave ourselves a chance. We’ve just got to be more efficient on the offensive end of the floor. We had 18 turnovers and too many of them are unforced.”
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Aleighsa Welch had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and freshman Alaina Coates added 10 points and 17 rebounds to lead No. 10 South Carolina to a win over No. 9 Kentucky. The Gamecocks (15-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) held the SEC’s highest-scoring team 33 points below their average. The Wildcats shot just 32 percent and had 14 shots blocked.
Tennessee 94, Ole Miss 70
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ariel Massengale had 23 points and a career-high seven rebounds as No. 8 Tennessee defeated Mississippi on a night when the Lady Vols surpassed 5 million in all-time home attendance. Tennessee (13-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) beat Mississippi (9-7, 0-2) for the 25th consecutive time.
Vanderbilt 74, Auburn 65
AUBURN, Ala. - It has become a tradition for Vanderbilt to beat Auburn, and seniors Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister made sure the Commodores continued the custom.
Florida 59, Arkansas 52
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jessica Jackson led a furious comeback with 19 points in the second half,, but it was not enough as the No. 25 University of Arkansas women’s basketball team fell to Florida at The O’Connell Center.
No. 24 Memphis upends No. 12 Louisville 73-67
From Wire Reports LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin each scored 15 points and No. 24 Memphis rallied late for a 73-67 upset of No. 12 Louisville on Thursday night. Geron Johnson added 13 points, Chris Crawford 12 and Austin Nichols 10 as all five starters scored in double figures to help the Tigers end a four-game losing streak to the defending national champions. Memphis (11-3, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) shot 51 percent and outrebounded the Cardinals 37-35 in a victory that almost slipped away in the second half. Trailing 61-55 with 5:26 remaining, the Tigers closed with an 18-6 run led by Jackson, who scored 11 second-half points. His layup on goaltending by Montrezl Harrell put Memphis up 70-67 with 40 seconds left, Crawford added a free throw and Goodwin followed with a dunk in the final second to seal the hard-fought win. Luke Hancock had a season-high 20 points to lead Louisville (13-3, 2-1). Memphis was more physical and more aggressive for most of the game but saved its best play for the stretch run to reclaim the lead for good. The Tigers made several big defensive stops to hold the Cardinals scoreless for the final 2:12 and seal a win against their longtime rivals. Memphis coach Josh Pastner delayed his postgame radio interview while jawing with fans who taunted him about his players’ behavior and the program’s Academic Progress Rate. The Cardinals missed their third chance to beat a ranked opponent. Louisville shot just 39 percent (25 of 64) and was outscored 42-34 inside. Russ Smith scored 19 points and Harrell 14 of their consistency. If you have a big first game, (and) a lousy second, that knocks the first one down. In bowling, average is what counts.” Four games remain before the Jacket teams enter the playoffs. points, while Mia Wells added 11 points and Carley Wells also scored in double digits with 10 points. Even though the scoring of Mia Wells was valuable to the Lady Cougars, Buckner said her defense was also impressive. “Mia Wells stepped up big time and I couldn’t have had a better defender than Mia Wells,” Buckner said. “She locked her player down, was very physical and even her sister Carley (was the younger children to witness top-notch talent from all around the state. Many of the kids he says are used to only playing in Starkville and participating in these types of tournaments gives them a true understanding of the sport. Being able to provide children with those types of experiences is what keeps Owen invested in soccer and what he for Louisville, which seemed out of sync after 23 days away from the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals’ annual ‘White-Out’ game featured 21,988 dressed in a bright sea of light T-shirts and clothing.
who snapped a three-game skid against the Bruins in the lone regular-season meeting between the longtime conference powers. The 1931-32 Wildcats also began the season 16-0.
No. 1 Arizona 79, UCLA 75
LOS ANGELES — Nick Johnson scored 22 points and No. 1 Arizona withstood UCLA’s late 15-1 run to beat the Bruins, equaling the best start in school history at 16-0. The Wildcats (3-0 Pac-12) held on despite blowing a 13-point lead with 6:16 to play and committing a season-worst 17 turnovers. Kaleb Tarczewski made all six of his field goal attempts and scored 16 points for the Wildcats,
No. 20 Iowa 93, Northwestern 67
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Aaron White had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Melsahn Basabe added 16 points with 10 boards and No. 20 Iowa routed Northwestern. Devyn Marble scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who never trailed despite playing without coach Fran McCaffery. He was suspended one game by the Big Ten for an outburst directed at officials during last weekend’s loss at Wisconsin.
SHS
bowled a combined 1,583 with each game separated by less than From page 6 three pins at 529, 526 and 528. nah Lee, Autumn Lowe and Car“Bowling 520-something evly Daniewicz, walked away with ery game is a confidence builder,” a 3-1 victory over East Webster. Starkville coach Jim Philamlee For the day, the SHS girls said. “I will brag on them because
Starkville travels to Kossuth on Jan. 16, then return to Bulldog Lanes for a pair of matches against Neshoba Central and Tupelo on Jan. 23 and 30, respectively. The Jackets and Lady Jackets will conclude the reguphysical).” Koehn and Douglas provided some key scoring in the second half with eight and seven points respectively as SCS evened its record at 4-4. “Everybody played good,” Buckner said. “Heather, Charity, Jaz, Jo Beth (Dodds) all of them did a great job. “We have five good starters and four other players who can come off the bench. It’s been a blessing to have a little deeper considers his greatest reward when it comes to serving as SSA president. “For me, it is an honor,” Owen said. “I grew up playing soccer in Vicksburg. Just having the opportunity to give back to the community and Mississippi is a great thing. I attribute a lot of things I have learned in life with playing soccer. I played all the way from
lar season with a repeat contest against the Rockets of Neshoba Central on Feb. 6 in Starkville. The Jackets and Lady Jackets will take part in the Class II North playoffs on Feb. 8 with a trip to regionals on the line.
Should Starkville advance, it would compete for a regional title in Philadelphia on Feb. 15. The state championship tournament takes place at the annual site of Fannin Lanes in Flowood on Feb. 28.
SCS
From page 6
Victory Christian was able to tie the game at 33-33 and 42-42 in the fourth quarter, then took a 44-42 lead with 44 seconds left in regulation. Morris was able to score for SCS with 14.8 showing on the clock to send the contest into the first overtime. The two teams traded four points in the first extra session
with Heather Koehn and Mia Wells getting the job done for the Lady Cougars to force a second overtime with a 48-48 tie. In the second overtime, Starkville Christian put the distance it was looking for against the Lady Eagle by going on an 8-0 run to close out the game. Two baskets by Jazlyn Douglas and one each by Koehn and Carley Wells gave the Lady Cougars the victory over Victory. Morris led SCS with 19 towns are small so they can’t do a tournament like this or they can’t go all the way down to Jackson, but they can come here and they can experience something like a state tournament. That is what we are trying to do even it is slightly smaller.” One of the biggest bonuses Owen says the tournament offers is the chance for
SCS fell behind 21-3 in the squad.” The Cougars lost both junior first quarter, but was able to cut varsity games in girls 19-15 and Victory’s lead to eight points twice in the second quarter on boys 49-23. 3-point field goals by Josh Coggins and Isaac Jamerson. Boys Game The Eagles held a 38-27 adVictory Christian 70, vantage at halftime. Starkville Christian was able Starkville Christian 66 to come back and tie the game at The Cougars were not able to 66-66 late in the game, but Vicrecover from a poor start as the tory scored the final four points Eagles soared in the varsity boys to take the win back to Columbus. game. when I was little, like them, all the way through college. I love the game itself, but getting to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and getting to provide them opportunities like this means the world to me.” There is a slight chance of rain for Saturday, but do not think that is going to stop the SSA or the Frostbite Tournament.
FROSTBITE
From page 6
mined to produce one of the finest tournaments to date. “I want them to recognize this is a community that embraces sports and (where) children get to play sports while also trying to form relationships with other towns,” Owen said. “Some of these
“Traditionally, we have played on,” Owen said. “I have heard stories of when it sleeted during Frostbite and they kept playing so if it is raining, we are going to keep right on playing.” With the weather question out of the way, Owen says action will get started at 8 a.m. each day and is slated to wrap up between 2 and 3 p.m.
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CROSSWORD
COMICS
HOROSCOPE
by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) A positive attitude helps, but you might need to seize the pulpit in order to be heard. Others tend to respond to your way of thinking, and most likely that will be the case again. When push comes to shove, people will be on your side. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You will know exactly what you want to do. A complication from someone else or from your schedule could force you to change your plans. Try not to be a perfectionist; be willing to accommodate the alterations in your life. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Know when to pull back and do some much-needed thinking. You don’t always need to have the right answer at the right time. Realize the power in allowing others to come up with solutions, too. You might reach a consensus that way. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Zero in on what you want. When sharing your plans with family members, you might meet some resistance. Don’t assume that others want the same things you do. You have time to make an adjustment and keep everyone happy. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You could be overwhelmed by what you need to do in order to have a situation go the way you want. You can come up with a solution if you tap into your creativity. You might have little choice but to go with the most obvious answer. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) When others’ frustrations take over, you will try to find a solution. What you arrive at might not please everyone, but it certainly will be a lot better than the present problem. Make it OK if someone wants to add his or her two cents. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Deal with someone special in your life on a one-on-one level. This person can be quite difficult at times, but you can handle his or her energy. Relate individually and not in crowds. Your perspective on this person seems to be quite accurate.
ON THIS DAY...
January 10, 1974
STENNIS ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO RUN
Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Miss., emphasized Thursday that he will be a candidate for reelection in 1976 and that his health is “good with no complications.” The 73-year-old Stennis met news reporters for his annual “hour of accountability” - his first news conference since being critically wounded in a robbery-shooting outside his Washington home almost a year ago. “One of my purposes in being over here is to show the people of Mississippi that I am on my feet and am already working on 1974,” Stennis said. “My health is good with no complications,” he said in reference to his critical wounds and over 7 months of convalescence. Stennis discussed a wide spectrum of topics, including the Watergate matter and the possibilities of President Nixon resigning or being impeached. “I do not think he will resign under any circumstances,” he said, “and I don’t think he will be impeached on the evidence that is available now.” He said he did not think Nixon “had an ounce of that kind of stuff (resignation) in him - I would rather see him fight it out and lose” than resign. But Stennis said he would vote for impeachment “If the facts justified it. I do not want us to have to go through with it.” Stennis, who was named by Nixon last fall to review the controversial presidential tapes, said he had thought impeachment was probable if there had been a confrontation between Nixon and the courts over release of the documents. “I think if the tapes matter had gone to the Supreme court and had they ordered him to release them and he hadn’t done so, that would have been an impeachable offense,” Stennis said. He said he felt impeachable offenses were those involving “moral turpitude, or dishonesty or fraud.” Stennis said he would favor “effective reform” in the wake of Watergate, particularly having “about three or five of the closest to him (The President) being confirmed by the Senate after an in-depth hearing about their capacities and motives.” Stennis told reporters he believes the energy crisis in “very real” and said he wanted the U.S. “in the next 10 years to make ourselves totally independent of other nations as far as energy is concerned.”
THE LOGIC PUZZLE THAT MAKES YOU SMARTER.
Rules:
SUDOKU
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your intensity is met by a partner’s endurance. You are equals, but you both demand control. Make a point to juggle different aspects of your personalities, and realize that you will have to meet this person halfway. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Pace yourself, and if you screen calls from friends, you might be able to have your day go as you had planned. You might have mixed feelings about someone close to you, as the issue of trust keeps arising. Try to remain levelheaded. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Your imagination tends to be quite active, but rarely do you express it fully. You could find opposition from others, as they likely will catch on that you are holding back. Try to express this facet of your personality more often. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Listen to news more openly. You could feel like you are dealing with someone who is a stick in the mud. Changing your attitude might make your interactions with this person a little easier.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 5 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.
BEETLE BAILEY
POPEYE
BLONDIE
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) You might wonder what the results would be if you were to remain positive no matter what. Add a comment or two to enrich a project or an interaction. Others might be more receptive than you realize. Your sunny disposition means a lot.
CRYPTOQUIP
DENNIS THE MENACE
HAGAR THE HORRIBLE
BARNEY GOOGLE & SNUFFY SMITH
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Junior College Football
EMCC’s Stephens gets AFM JUCO Coach of the Year
For Starkville Daily News
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – For the second time in three seasons after leading the Lions of East Mississippi Community College to the NJCAA National Championship, EMCC head football coach Buddy Stephens has been selected the 2013 Junior College National Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly magazine, a nationally renowned football coaches’ publication. American Football Monthly, a leading resource for football coaches since 1997, has annually selected college and high school coaches of the year since the publication’s inception. Along with EMCC’s Stephens at the junior college level, other AFM Coach of the Year recipients among the collegiate ranks for 2013 include: Jimbo Fisher of Florida State (FBS); North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl (FCS); Adam Dorrel of Northwest Missouri State (Division II); Pete Fredenburg of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Division III); and Grand View University’s Mike Woodley (NAIA). All of the 2013 AFM Coach of the Year collegiate recipients will be featured in the February issue of American Football Monthly magazine, which is slated to be available during the first week of February. Fans can purchase the issue by calling the AFM offices at 1-800-537-4271, ext. 329 or by e-mailing Rex Lardner at rlardner@afmmedia.com. Having also claimed the NJCAA Region 23 as well as Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges MACJC North Division Coach of the Year honors this past season, Stephens guided the 2013 EMCC Lions to the school’s second NJCAA National Championship in three years with a 52-32 win over top-ranked Georgia Military ColEast Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens, left, is honored as lege a month ago at the Mississippi Bowl in BiJunior College National Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons. (Photo sub- loxi. EMCC also claimed a third NJCAA Region 23/MACJC State Championship in five years with mitted by EMCC)
victories over top-five teams Mississippi Gulf Coast (45-28) and Jones County (61-24) in the semifinals and championship game, respectively, of the 2013 MACJC State Playoffs. This year’s unbeaten (12-0) East Mississippi squad led the NJCAA in scoring offense with an average of 62.2 points per game while setting a new NJCAA single-season standard by compiling 7,327 yards of total offense on the year. Defensively this past season, EMCC recorded an NJCAA-best 67 sacks and finished second nationally with 30 pass interceptions. The 2013 Lions also ranked second nationally by allowing an average of only 9.8 points per game defensively, which included a dominant stretch with five shutout victories during a six-week span. With a composite six-year overall record of 5610 (.848) since taking over EMCC’s football coaching duties beginning with the 2008 campaign, Stephens has elevated East Mississippi’s football program to rank as the fourth-winningest NJCAA member school over the past six seasons, including a 32-2 collective mark dating back to the Lions’ 2011 national championship season. Along with the pair of national titles, Stephens’ EMCC Lions have captured three NJCAA Region 23/MACJC State Championships in five years as well as earning five MACJC North Division regularseason titles in his six seasons on the Scooba campus. Stephens, a native of Huntsville, Ala., previously gotten American Football Monthly’s Junior College National Coach of the Year recognition in 2011 after leading the undefeated (12-0) EMCC Lions to the school’s first-ever NJCAA National Championship. That same year, the former Delta State University and Pearl River Community College offensive line standout also collected the prestigious American Community College Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year honor.  
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