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Monday, January 13, 2014
Volume No. 110, Issue No. 13
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Alligator suit before Miss. high court
JACK ELLIOTT JR. Associated Press JACKSON — State wildlife officials want the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corp. over an alleged alligator infestation. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the wildlife agency argues “because wild alligators are the property of the state, and not subject to private ownership, private landowners have no duty to prevent them from causing damage to the land of neighboring property owners.” Tom and Cassandra Christmas disagree. They will present their case to the Supreme Court in oral arguments scheduled for Feb. 4 in Jackson. The case began after the Christmases bought 35 acres be-
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Twin sisters, Lauren and Erin Moran, roommates and freshmen at Mississippi State University, return to campus Saturday from their holiday break and haul their belongings back to their dorm room to get settled before class begins today. (Photos by Kaitlin Mullins, SDN)
Camp Shelby looks to future in cyberspace and drones
HATTIESBURG (AP) — As Camp Shelby's role as the National Guard's largest mobilization center is winding down, its leaders are focusing now on a future in cyberspace and drones for the facility. Camp Shelby will be in the center of a research project just getting underway that will bring together the Army, Navy, Air Force and Department of Homeland Security to figure out the most efficient use of open source software for their unmanned aircraft systems. It's quite a leap for the historic Forrest County facility. "Camp Shelby has been here for almost a century," said Lt. Col. Rick Weaver, the operations officer. "We were built on tanks and Howitzers and now we're looking at the realm of cyberspace and the UAS market." A study in July by the Government Accounting Office urging agencies with unmanned aerial vehicles to share their best practices using open source systems prompted the research effort. The government's unmanned vehicles represent an industry valued at more than $8 billion. On Dec. 13, the multi-agency program was launched at Camp Shelby's Joint Forces Training Center. Col. William "Brad" Smith, Camp Shelby's commander, noted that the This Sept. 2013 file photo shows The Reaper drone, now known as a Global Hawk, at Edwards Air Open Source Unmanned Remote and AuForce Base in California. The leaders at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg focus on a future in cyberspace tonomous Vehicle Systems (OS-URAVS) is one of the first efforts to bring together unand drones for the facility. (Photo by Las Vegas Sun, Richard Velotta, AP)
manned vehicles technology with open source software. Camp Shelby's size, location, infrastructure and working relationships with various agencies as a Joint Forces Training Center were among the reasons it was selected for the program, Smith said. The Open Source Software Institute, a trade group headed by Hattiesburg resident John Weathersby, is coordinating the program, which begins with a yearlong research phase. The Defense Acquisition University, which teaches people how to navigate the Department of Defense's purchasing process, will conduct the research program. "We asked DAU as a neutral third party to come in and help answer questions the GAO report stated," Weathersby said. "Ultimately the goal is to have DAU clearly define what benefits the open software is to the government." He said participants from the Defense Department and Homeland Security are most interested in bottom line results from the software used in their different unmanned vehicles. Weathersby founded the Washingtonbased trade association in 2000 to promote the adoption of open software with federal,
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Dudley inspires through timeless service
By KAITLIN MULLINS Eleanor “Pinks” Dudley is a veteran of the Starkville volunteer circuit and has earned the highest of opinions from those with whom she has worked. Dudley, now in her 80s, has dedicated decades of her life to helping others, a purpose that still actively drives her many efforts. Dudley has an extensive history of charitable work with numerous institutions, which range from years of service overseas, where she taught English to housewives and also served in the Peace Corps, to work with the Mayor’s Biracial Advisory Committee, to being a front-running developer of the local Head Start program. Frank Davis, a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where Dudley is a charter member, an elder, member of the choir and has served on the service committee for years, said Dudley is one of the sweetest, nicest and giving people he has had the honor of knowing. Rev. Buren Blankenship of Trinity Church said he also admires Dudley, and that she has become an institution within the congregation. “She is the true embodiment of the volunteer spirit,” Blankenship said. “She has been very involved and super influential for over 30 years here.” Davis said, considering all of the work Dudley has done in the church and the community, it is hard to imagine anyone who has contributed to more lives. “You name it, she’s done it. If it was something good, most likely Pinks was involved,” Davis said. One cause Dudley has always held close to her heart, Davis said, is the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity, of which she is a founding member who helped form and incorporate in 1986. Since then, Dudley has maintained her passion for Habitat, currently serving on the board, as well as the Family Nurture and Family Selection committees. Joel Downey, current director of the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity, said though he has only been working closely with Dudley for several months, it’s obvious that her biggest motivation
Eleanor “Pinks” Dudley has volunteered for decades with several local organizations. (Submitted photo)
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Monday, January 13, 2014
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email life@
u Starkville Rotary Meeting — MEC’s Scott Waller will speak at the Starkville Rotary club meeting, which will be held at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn. 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 semester from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the MSU Band Hall. The band will perform two concerts 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. at the MSU Band
Hall (325-2713).
mation, 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 3232539.
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 3240935. 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 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.
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 infor-
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 3246913. 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 Of-
fice 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. 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 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 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 324-4864, 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. 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@ 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 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 email 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 662-3120245. 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:// or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard. or 662325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662323-2294. 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 Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-2950823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email info@ and visit http://www.healingrooms. com u Alcoholics Anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 327-8941 or visit for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For
more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662-324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville Church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 323-1499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-2427962. u Gentle Yoga — Gentle yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. Community call-in u prayer service — The Peter’s Rock Temple COGIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the Prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-5271553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie Guest or Cappe Hallberg at 662-324-2551. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-323-3322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy Sirens will host a Game Day at the Senior Citizens Building “Fun House.” RSVP to u Starkville Writer’s Group — The Starkville Writers’ Group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan Brown at u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of Christ Holiness (USA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship Hall (ground floor) of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662-312-2175. u Free childbirth classes — To pre-register, call 320-4607. Free childcare and snacks are provided. Space is limited. u Tutoring — New Century Mentoring & Tutoring Summer Program, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. For students pre-K through sixth grade. For more information, call 662-418 3930.
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tween Centreville and Woodville in December 2003. Next door to their property was a refinery waste disposal site owned and maintained by ExxonMobil — a site that’s home to dozens of alligators. The Christmases say they didn’t know what was across the fence until they cleared the property and moved there in 2007. The couple sued the oil company in August 2008, seeking damages for permanent depreciation of their land. A judge threw out the lawsuit in 2011. Exxon appealed a state Court of
Appeals ruling in May that returned the case to Wilkinson County Circuit Court. The Christmases argue that jurors should determine whether the alligators are a nuisance. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says between 32,000 and 38,000 wild alligators live in Mississippi, with about 408,000 acres of habitat. In its brief, the department argues that the Legislature gave it domain over wild alligators and, contrary to what the Christmases say, wild alligators living in their natural habitat do not constitute a nuisance that should be abated. “Rather, the wild alligator is a freely shared, customized and distributed. Google and Amazon are based on open source software, he said. "Camp Shelby is one of the most unique facilities in the government because it is a certified unmanned vehicle flight center, the only one in the National Guard," Weathersby said. "They are being set up as a command and control structure for this research project and it will have participants from all over the world. The folks at Shelby will have the oppor-
protected species that needs to be managed and regulated by the department, not private landowners,” the MDWFP said in court documents. The agency said allowing such broad private nuisance suits such as the Christmases’ creates a separation-of-powers issue. “Private nuisance suits are incompatible with the department’s exclusive authority to determine whether a wild alligator constitutes a nuisance and to take the appropriate action when it makes such a finding. Allowing such suits to proceed would result in a transfer the department’s regulatory authority over ‘nuisance’ alligators to the courts, which lack tunity to see the big picture and be able to identify other opportunities. From the business side, the UAV is a huge commercial market that is pent up right now." The military marketplace is huge and Camp Shelby will be "a significant player in the market," Weathersby said. "It's one of the few places you can come to test unmanned systems and train. They're already moving in that direction."
the expertise to make these types of decisions,” the agency said. A company had shipped refinery waste from Louisiana to the Wilkinson County disposal site beginning in 1980. The site stopped taking waste in the 1990s. Exxon bought the property in July 2001. Alligators were allegedly introduced to the site from Louisiana as early as 1984 as “canaries” to warn of hazardous contamination in the retention ponds. Exactly who put the reptiles there is a matter of dispute. ExxonMobil argues the Christmases’ real estate agent told the couple about the alligators as far back as 2003. Exxon says the couple waited Weaver said with the mobilization role winding down, "OSSI is a very good fit for us." He said as the home for the unmanned flight facility that trains all National Guard soldiers, "having that school with the software side is a perfect fit for us." The facility is under construction but training of soldiers from all states and U.S. territories including some active duty soldiers has been underway. "We're building bench strength."
too long to file a lawsuit claiming the gators robbed them of enjoyment of their land, and the three-year statute of limitations has passed. Court records say state wildlife officials conducted an alligator census of the property in 2007 and counted about 84 alligators but officials said not all may have been counted. The Christmases said they had occasionally seen alligators after they bought the land, according to the court records. The couple said they first learned where the alligators were coming from in 2007, when Tom Christmas was allowed on the ExxonMobil property to search for a lost hunting dog.
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state and local governments. "We have been working with all levels within the Department of Defense and with the Department of Homeland Security," he said. He said OSSI helped craft the Navy's open source policy which led to the Defense Department's policy. Weathersby said open source software has no license fees and can be
Said Weathersby, "This is one of several similar projects we're planning on rolling out at Shelby over next year few years. Weathersby said in along with the ongoing research, Camp Shelby will be recruiting commercial customers to use the military's training facility for testing their unmanned vehicles and their pilots. "We need to reach out and tell them this place is open for business," he said.
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is to help others. As part of selecting recipients of the habitat homes, he said, the committee has to ask some pretty hard questions of the families. He said Dudley acts with immense compassion, always giving the benefit of the doubt and always wanting to help. “She will pull money out of her own pocket to help somebody if she
feels it’s warranted. She has a great deal of integrity and compassion for people,” Downey said. “She reminds us what our mission is.” Dudley has received many accolades for her service, only some of which are: the Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow award, the 1997 “Governor’s Lifetime Achievement in Volunteer Service” award, the 2004 Blue Cross/Blue Shield Ageless Heroes award, the Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds award and the T.E. Veitch
Community Service Award” given by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership -- which “recognizes members of the community who have performed outstanding community service and civic contributions.” Lynn Phillips-Gaines, a local financial adviser and fellow recipient of the T.E. Veitch Community Service Award, said she has been personally inspired by the relentless giving spirit of Dudley and her late husband Sam. Gaines said she met the Dud-
leys in 1982, and what she witnessed the couple accomplish had always aimed to put others first. The Dudleys were always a team, she said, and she watched them retire and move to work in China, only to come back to Mississippi in full force to continue efforts to help whomever they could. Phillips-Gaines described Dudley as a lovely woman, whose warmth and compassion has always been visible. “She has these crystal blue eyes that
sparkle all the time,” she said. “And her smile ... I just really love her.” When Phillips-Gaines brought the Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty program to Starkville as an effort to battle the issue of poverty, she said she knew the first person to call to help her was Dudley. “I wouldn’t have done what I have with Bridges if she hadn’t inspired my life early on,” she said. That’s who I have to thank; the role models that (The Dudleys) have been to me.”
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u Longview Baptist Church — Longview Baptist Church, 991 Buckner St., Longview, has Sunday school at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., discipleship training at 5:15 p.m., evening worship at 6 p.m. and Wednesday prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more informatin, contact Pastor Larry W. Yarber at 662-769-4774, or email u Beth-el M.B. Church — Beth-el MB Church,1766 MS Highway 182 West, Starkville, has morning worship at 8 and 10:45 a.m., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., children’s church on second Sundays at 10:45 a.m., midmorning Bible study on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and a prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact 662-324-0071. u Volunteer Starkville — Have you been looking for the right volunteer opportunity for you? Or maybe you are a nonprofit organization needing help recruiting volunteers for your cause or event? We at Volunteer Starkville can help you find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and can assist your organization in your volunteer recruitment efforts at no cost.Contact us today by phone (662) 268-2865 or email at, and be sure to visit our website at u Volunteer with Gentiva Hospice — Gentiva Hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join our team. Areas of interest may include home visits, phone calls, letter or card writing, and crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or much more. Also, we are looking for Veteran volunteers for our “We Honor Veterans” program. Contact Dori Jenrette at 662-615-1519 or dori.jenrette@ u Disaster Action Team — American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to join the Disaster Action Teams (DAT) to respond to disasters as soon as possible in order to help anyone who has been affected. Training is required and provided by American Red Cross. Interested volunteers may contact Cheryl Kocurek at 842-6101 or cheryl. u Crisis line volunteer — Contact Helpline seeks volunteers to take phone line shifts in four- to eight-hour segments answering the Crisis lines. This is great for students learning in the psychology and family studies field and for elderly or retired individuals looking to give back to the community. Volunteers must attend a comprehensive crisis training class. For more information, contact Kat Speed
at 327-2968 or contactgtrvista@ u Food and clothing ministry — The Rock Hill United Methodist Church will hold a free clothing and canned food ministry from 8-11 a.m. each Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. For more information, call Donna Poe at 323-8871 or Pastor Jerome Wilson at 312-2935. u Knitting Guild —The Golden Triangle Knitting Guild meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room #204 of the First United Methodist Church in Starkville (200 Lampkin Street). Knitters of all skill levels are welcomed! For more information, contact GTKG President Emily Marett at marettemily@yahoo. com or visit u Healing Rooms — The Starkville Healing Rooms are open from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings (except holidays) at the Sportsplex for the public to receive prayer for physical healing, encouragement, or other needs. Our teams consist of Spirit-filled Christians from different local churches. Everyone is welcome. There is no appointment needed. u Homesteading Classes — The Mississippi Modern Homesteading Center offers classes in crochet, knitting and other fiber arts, including help on specific projects. Classes are held Fridays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Cost is $14, or $9 for MMHC members. For more information, call (713) 412-7026 or email u Bible Study — I Am Somebody Restoration Outreach Women/Children Destiny Foundation will begin a Bible study from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday at 2031/2 N. Lafayette St. The theme is “Get Up Woman.” Shavell Rice is the evangelist. Contact her at 662-418-7132 for more information. u Adult Piano Lessons — Mississippi State will offer a series of 10 evening classes for adults who want to learn the basics of piano. The one-hour sessions begin at 5:30 and are organized by Jackie Edwards-Henry. Only 10 spaces are available, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost is $150. For more information contact EdwardsHenry at 662-325-2864 or u OCH Childbirth Class — Now is the time for expectant mothers to sign up for OCH Regional Medical Center’s Stork Support classes. The class will meet Mondays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The Jan. 6 class will meet in the first floor classroom with all other classes taking place in the OCH Educational Facility. This is a childbirth class that
focuses on fetal development, prenatal care, relaxation techniques, labor and delivery, infant CPR, infant care, postpartum care and many other aspects of childbirth. The class fee is $70. To sign up or for questions, call Paula Hamilton, perinatal nurse manager at 662-615-3364.   u OCH Breastfeeding Class — OCH Regional Medical Center will host a ‘Breast Is Best’ class for expectant mothers who plan to or are considering breastfeeding. Classes will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30. The Jan. 9 class will meet in the first floor classroom with all other classes taking place in the OCH Educational Facility. All classes are instructed by a board certified lactation consultant and cover various topics such as breastfeeding positions, nutritional advantages, overcoming nursing challenges and breastfeeding while working. The class fee is $60. Mothers enrolled in the Stork Support class receive a $10 discount. Call Paula Hamilton, perinatal nurse manager, to register or for questions, at 662615-2840. u OCH CPR Class — OCH Regional Medical Center will host CPR classes each month, with the first class scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. The two-hour class is led by a certified CPR instructor and will take place in the OCH Community Room located across from the gift shop. OCH is an authorized training center for the American Heart Association, with the program covering basic life support for healthcare providers; however, non-healthcare persons are also welcome to attend. The class fee is $20 payable on the day of the class. You must pre-register by calling 6152820. For a complete list of the 2014 CPR class schedule, visit and click on “community outreach.”
issues and opportunities will be discussed. The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Orlando Trainer at 662769-0071 or orlandotrainer@ u MLK Service Day — Honor Dr. King’s legacy by joining us Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge to assist in the rehabilitation of the native plant garden located at the refuge’s Visitor Center. Volunteers will help weed, mulch, trim vegetation and complete minor
repairs to the brick walkways. To register to volunteer, contact Jamey Bachman at or 662-2682865. u NAACP MLK Jr. Church Service — Unity Church Service will be held on Sunday Jan. 19 starting at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Longview in Starkville with Rev. Larnzy Carpenter Jr. and Rev Bill Chapman will bring the words. u First Annual Volunteer Fair — Find meaningful ways
to volunteer during 2014 at Volunteer Starkville’s First Annual Volunteer Fair on Monday, Jan. 20 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. Local nonprofits will be organized based on their mission field (education, health, etc.) to make it easy for volunteers to find organizations that match their interests and skills! For More information contact Jamey Bachman at or 662-268-2865.
On the horizon
u Bridges out of Poverty Strategic Planning Meeting — Taylor Adams will facilitate a planning/brainstorming session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Courthouse about what we’d like to see Starkville Bridges accomplish in 2014. Anyone is welcome to attend. We need to know if you are attending, as a box lunch will be provided. Contact Lynn Phillips-Gaines at 662-324-2889 or starkvillebridgesoutofpoverty@gmail. com. u UCAC Meeting — Unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative will have its monthly meeting Jan. 18 at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the BJ3 Center located at 5226 Old West Point Rd. in Starkville. Farm-related and small business
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Monday, January 13, 2014
America’s job creators need more certainty
has At the end of last year, a Gallup Congress poll surveyed small business owners an opportunity about their outlook for 2014. Nearly to shift the moand half said they were no more optimis- mentum tic than a year ago, while more than send a signal to a fourth said they were even less op- Americans that timistic. The economy, Obamacare, the lessons of and the government were named as 2013 have been major challenges. heeded. AlIt is not difficult to see why the though flawed past year failed to inspire much con- in many ways, ROGEr WICKEr fidence. Budget battles in Washing- the bipartisan U.S. SENATOr ton and the disastrous rollout of the agreement to President’s health care law caused un- fund the government through the certainty and worry among consum- rest of the fiscal year had the effect ers, businesses, and investors alike.  of avoiding another government In Congress, gridlock replaced lead- shutdown and replacing last-minute ership. Dysfunction eclipsed regular stopgap measures. This framework order. should underscore the need to return to a normal appropriations process, in Avoiding Another Shut- which the House of Representatives and the Senate consider spending bills down before the start of each fiscal year. It is appalling that Senate Majority Leader Now, only a few weeks into 2014, Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not allow a single appropriations bill to come to for the future. In the CEO Economic the floor for consideration before the Outlook Survey released by Business Roundtable in December, 39 percent end of fiscal year 2013. of CEOs said regulations were their Planning for the Future biggest cost concern – topping responses for the third year in a row.  America’s job creators understand the importance of a budget frameBig Government Eroding work and long-term planning. Part Confidence of this involves assessing how government policy will affect them over According to some economists, the coming year and beyond. Taxes this uncertainty is not only affectand regulation, in particular, can have a big impact and have already raised ing individuals and businesses but concerns this year. Many small busi- also having a significant impact on nesses, for example, are wondering the entire economy. Academics from whether Congress will renew dozens Stanford University, Princeton Uniof tax provisions that expired at the versity, and the University of Chicago end of the year, such as credits for argue that uncertainty about regularesearch and development. Others tion, taxes, and political partisanship are dealing with the excessive regula- is contributing to sluggish economic tions as well as compliance costs as- growth. In a paper presented at the resociated with the health-care law. In cent annual meeting of the American each case, uncertainty is hampering Economic Association, these experts how individuals and businesses plan contend that political polarization pro-
duces the “expectation of more extreme policies, less policy stability, and less capacity of policy makers to address pressing problems.” Power grabs from the executive branch add to the problem, as unelected bureaucrats make decisions affecting American lives. The Obama Administration’s habit of bypassing Congress has certainly not improved expectations, instead allowing a big-government agenda to suppress private-sector solutions. Encouraging more certainty and confidence among job creators would be a crucial step toward reviving the economy and keeping U.S. business competitive in the year ahead. Congress should focus on policies that empower Americans – not the government – to fuel economic growth, while working to remove the negative effects of the President’s health-care law and curbing regulatory overreach. Until the current climate of uncertainty changes, a lasting economic recovery will remain elusive. 
A faulty health care assumption
Enterprise-Journal Add this to the probably incorrect claims that President Obama has made about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. One of the cost savings of covering the previously uninsured, said the president when he was pushing for the law now commonly known as Obamacare, was that low-income Americans would be less likely to go to the emergency room for non-emergency care. Intuitively, the claim made sense. By law, the nation’s emergency rooms have to treat whoever shows up, whether the patient can pay for the treatment or not. The belief was that the uninsured knew this, so that’s why they would run to the emergency room for routine ailments rather than a primarycare physician’s office. Even though the “sticker price” was much higher in an emergency room, for the uninsured patient who couldn’t pay for the care anyway, it didn’t matter. Once they had insurance coverage, the reasoning went, they would naturally gravitate away from emergency rooms to doctor’s offices. To be fair to the president, he wasn’t the only one who assumed this. We thought the same. A recent study published in the journal Science, however, has cast considerable doubt on that assumption. Expanding insurance coverage for the poor, the study found, actually increased the number of visits they made to the emergency room. The study compared thousands of low-income people in the Portland, Ore., area who were randomly selected in a 2008 lottery to get Medicaid coverage with those who entered the lottery but missed out. The results: Those who gained coverage made 40 percent more visits to the emergency room than their uninsured counterparts during their first 18 months of coverage. The study’s authors and other health researchers gave several explanations for why that might be, including: u Old habits are hard to break. It takes a while to educate people about being wise consumers of anything, especially something as complex as health care. u When services get less expensive, people use them more. Medicaid coverage reduces the costs for all care, whether at an emergency room or a physician’s office. In fact, an earlier analysis of the Portland data showed that visits to primary care doctors also increased. What might be most enlightening, though, is an observation one of the authors shared with The New York Times. She said that many of the patients she interviewed sought non-urgent care at an emergency room because they could not get same-day appointments with their primary-care doctors. That tells us two things: First, there are not enough primarycare physicians to handle the increased demand that adding millions to the government insurance roll is going to bring. Second, Medicaid doesn’t shift enough of the cost to the patient for
seeking emergency room care for nonemergency ailments. Greater financial disincentives need to be created — such as the co-pays and deductibles in the private insurance market — to forcibly educate low-income consumers of health care to seek the most reasonably priced options. Expanding insurance coverage to the uninsured — whether through Medicaid or subsidizing private policies — is the right thing to do. But with that taxpayer help needs to come a personal obligation not to abuse the system. And that’s not just for emergency room visits, which account for less than 5 percent of overall health care spending, but for all kinds of other care — from elective operations to unnecessary tests — that drive up the price tag to taxpayers.
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In this Jan. 8 photo, Yolanda Madrid of Miami, left, talks with navigator Daniela Campos, right, while signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, in Miami. Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties. (Photo by Lynne Sladky, AP)
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Federal health care website frustrates Spanish speakers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties. The site, CuidadoDeSalud. gov, launched more than two months late. A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form. And the translations were so clunky and full of grammatical mistakes that critics say they must have been computer-generated — the name of the site itself can literally be read "for the caution of health." "When you get into the details of the plans, it's not all written in Spanish. It's written in Spanglish, so we end up having to translate it for them," said Adrian Madriz, a health care navigator who helps with enrollment in Miami. The issues with the site underscore the halting efforts across the nation to get Spanish-speakers enrolled under the federal health care law. Critics say that as a result of various problems, including those related to the website, many people whom the law was designed to help have been left out of the first wave of coverage. Federal officials say they have been working to make the site better and plan further improvements soon. Also, administrators say they welcome feedback and try to fix typos or other errors quickly. "We launched consumerfriendly Spanish online enrollment tools on in December which represents one more way for Latinos to enroll in Marketplace plans," said Health and Human Services Department spokesman Richard Olague in an email to The Associated Press. "Since the soft-launch, we continue to work closely with key stakeholders to get feedback in order to improve the experience for those consumers that use the website." Still, efforts to enroll Spanishspeakers have fallen short in several states with large Hispanic populations, and critics say the translated version of could have helped boost those numbers. In California, officials have acknowledged the need for improvements, saying fewer than 5,500 people signed up for health care in Spanish in October and November, the most recent period for which records are available. About 4.3 million California residents speak only Spanish, according to census data. It's not clear how many of these residents are without health insurance, but observers say few groups are more vulnerable. "Spanish speakers are typically the ones who need to sign up for health insurance," said Veronica Plaza, a professor who teaches medical Spanish at the University of New Mexico. "They are the ones who could use the support." In New Mexico, the state with the nation's highest percentage of Latino residents and where more than 20 percent of the state's population goes without health insurance, fewer than 1,000 people total signed up for coverage in October and November. In Florida, federal health officials have not said how many of the state's nearly 18,000 enrollees for October and November were Latino, but that group accounts for about one-third of the roughly 3.5 million uninsured people in the state. About 1.2 million people in the state speak only Spanish. Across the U.S., about 12 percent of the 317 million people in the country speak only Spanish, but federal officials have said less than 4 percent of calls to a national hotline were Spanish-only as of last month. Many blame at least some of the enrollment problems on the trouble-plagued site. "In my opinion, the website doesn't work," said Grettl Diaz, a 37-year-old Miami gas station cashier who is originally from Cuba. Diaz said she tried to sign up at home using After she couldn't get the website to accept a scanned document, she called the government's Spanish hotline seeking help. However, she was repeatedly told to call back because the site was down. She got through days later and waited over an hour for an operator before she was ultimately disconnected. "I'm very frustrated," she said through a translator this month. "I've spent at least one week on the phone, and I couldn't get it done." Diaz, who speaks very little English, finally went to a counselor for help and is now waiting for an email from health officials saying she can proceed with her application. Diaz hasn't had insurance since moving to Florida two years ago. She will likely qualify for a tax subsidy to help pay her monthly premiums and has said she wants insurance mostly for peace of mind. "Now, I am healthy," she said. "But I don't know what will happen tomorrow." Such stories have frustrated Latino advocates, especially since the problems with the site come after an unprecedented collaboration between competing Spanishlanguage media outlets and Latino businesses, urging members of their communities to sign up for health care on Oct. 1. But advocates say despite promises from federal officials, the Spanish-language site was not up until Dec. 6. "In many states, groups were cooperating and ready to go," said Patricia Perez, a partner of the VPE Public Relations, a Pasadena, Calif.-based firm that focuses on U.S. Latinos. "It was a missed opportunity." Univision Communications Inc., which runs the largest Spanish-language media network, has been airing daily public service announcements about the health care overhaul. It hosted and aired a live town hall meeting out of Los Angeles last month to discuss the law, and another such event has been planned for February. The network frequently airs segments about the Affordable Care Act on its weekend health shows, and it produced a documentary exploring obstacles Latinos face signing up for health insurance, network spokesman Jose Zamora said. The film, featuring a 19-yearold Mexican-American whose father suffered three heart attacks with no insurance aired Dec. 1 — five days before CuidadoDeSalud. gov went live. Since the site has been active, users have reported disappointment and frustration in both the functionality and language. For example, links comparing insurance plans took users to the English version of the options. That glitch was fixed last week after The Associated Press contacted Health and Human Services to ask about the problem. As for the language, Plaza, the New Mexico professor, said a recent examination by her research students concluded that the translations were done "by a computer-generated process" and came across as awkward. "There are problems with the verbs and word order that make sentences hard to understand," said Plaza, who helped develop an audio version to help residents in New Mexico sign up. "Sometimes," she added, "it's just the terms they use." The website translates "premium" into "prima," but that Spanish word is more commonly used to mean a female cousin, Plaza said. A more accurate translation, she said, would be "cuotas," ''couta mensual" or "costo annual." According to Health and Human Services, the website was translated with the same methods and team used to translate content into Spanish for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But health care workers in Miami also have reported technical problems that don't exist on the English version of HealthCare. gov. Nini Hadwen, a health care navigator, said she also prefers to use the English website even when she's enrolling Spanish-language applicants. "doesn't navigate as smoothly from page to page," she said. "It takes longer." Also, navigators say Spanishlanguage applicants must provide income and immigration documentation. Frequently, applicants are required to scan and fax supplemental documents, which can also be challenging, as Diaz's case shows. However, Jane Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in Washington, D.C., defends the site, saying Friday that delays were merely "part of the process" and that she was confident federal officials would get it running better soon. "Insurance is way complicated. It's not like paying for a cellphone," she said. "Technology is only part of the answer." Overall, Delgado said Spanishspeaking Latinos will benefit from the federal overhaul in the longterm because the population is less likely to be insured compared with other groups. Still, Gabriel Sanchez, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico, said the problems hurt the credibility of federal officials and reinforce the belief held by some that authorities are indifferent to the plight of Latinos. Sanchez said, "They will look at this, and think, 'Man, they really don't care about us.'"
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offensive end, with a 6-of-10 night from the field and 3-of-5 night at the free-throw line. For Richardson, the point total was a career high, while her rebounding total gives her 34 boards in the last four games. “We had an inside presence this game,” Ricahardson said. “We started out slow. Sometimes the guards missed us in the first half. In the second half, they did a better job of getting us the ball and our job then was to finish.” The Bulldogs quickly built a 10-3 lead with a 10-1 run in the early stages of the half. The Razorbacks slowly received and grabbed their first lead at 19-17 with 4:38 left in the half. From there, the teams were virtually even with Arkansas easing into halftime with a 25-23 lead. “In the first half, I started out terrible, like 0-of-6 from the field,” Alwal said.. “In the second half, I wanted to play harder and finish my shots. The key to the game was Bre-
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Monday, January 13, 2014
Women’s College Basketball
MSU wins 54-50 at Arkansas
For Starkville Daily News FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mississippi State erased a nine-point second-half deficit to win its first Southeastern Conference game of the season Sunday afternoon. Behind Martha Alwal’s 24th career double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) and a standout performance from Breanna Richardson (15 points, nine rebounds), MSU knocked off Arkansas 54-50 in women’s basketball action at the Bud Walton Arena. With the win, MSU improved to 14-3 overall and 1-2 in league play. MSU’s first win in Fayetteville since 2010 also topped the Bulldogs’ win total from last season. Arkansas fell to 14-3 and 1-3. “It was a heck of a basketball game,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “I was really proud of my kids. They are so competitive. They really compete on most nights. We did an unbelievable job on Jessica Jackson. She is really one of the best players in our league. “I told my freshmen before the game, it was freshman versus freshman. Breanna did a great job on one of their best players. We have been rebounding so poorly. However, we hold Arkansas to three offensive rebounds.” Jackson was averaging 19.7 points per game in conference play but was held to four points, with Richardson being her primary defensive responsibility. Ketara Chapel also assisted on the defense. “All week it was Jessica Jackson this, Jessica Jackson that,” Richardson said. “Coach told us the key to winning the game was to control her. We really took that as a personal challenge. Coach told me if I wanted to impact the game, the best way I could do that was by stopping her.” Richardson also delivered on the anna’s defense. She did a great job of stopping (Jackson). “In the second half, I wanted to make up for a really horrible first half.” Alwal did just that as she helped spark a 10-0 run which erased a 3728 Arkansas lead. Dominique Dillingham also had a couple of huge defensive plays during the run. Still, the Razorbacks recovered again and enjoyed a 42-38 lead with 9:58 left. From there, MSU took over for good. A layup by Richardson gave the Bulldogs a 44-43 lead. The game’s last tie was broken when Dillingham drained a back-breaking 3-point basket with 1:47 left in regulation. “We really responded after Arkansas went up nine,” Schaefer said. “We had a 10-0 run. We are still a young, inexperienced, immature team. That is just the way it is. We grew up a little bit last week against
Auburn. We grew up more. Our competitiveness was great (Sunday). Winning on the road in this league is almost impossible to do.” For the contest, MSU hit 21 of 51 shots from the field (41.2 percent), 2 of 5 shots from 3-point range (40.0 percent) and 10 of 21 shots from the foul line (47.6 percent). The Razorbacks hit 14 of 45 shots from the field (31.1 percent), 1 of 12 shots from 3-point range (8.3 percent) and 21 of 28 shots from the foul line (75.0 percent). State held a 42-29 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 15 assists and 15 turnovers, while Arkansas had eight assists and eight turnovers. The Razorbacks received 18 points from McKenzie Adams and 10 points from Keira Peak. MSU hosts No. 8 Tennessee at 8 p.m. Thursday. Comcast Sports Southeast will have the regional telecast from Humphrey Coliseum.
Men’s College Basketball
Bulldogs look to Tide after win over Rebels
By BEN WAIT   Rick Ray is only focused on the present. After beating in-state rival Ole Miss 76-72 inside Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday, the Mississippi State head coach was asked about his team’s upcoming game. Ray honestly had no clue who the Bulldogs played next. “It won’t even be 24 hours that we get a chance to enjoy it,” Ray said. “There’s just not enough time. I’ll watch our game (Saturday night) and break that down. We’ll show our guys the film (today) before practice. After I watch us, I’ll start watching our next opponent.” State (11-4, 1-1) will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Wednesday to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-8, 1-1). The Tide split in their first week of Southeastern Conference play. They beat Vanderbilt 68-63 at home in the opening game and lost at Georgia 66-58 on Saturday. “We are just going to go over the scouting report the next day in practice,” MSU junior forward Roquez Johnson said, who led the Bulldogs with 20 points against Ole Miss. “We’re just going to work hard and do everything we can do to win the next game.” This will be the only game MSU and Crimson Tide play this year. When the divisions were still in play, both teams were in the Western Division and played each other twice.
The Bulldogs dropped both games to the Crimson Tide last season. Alabama won 75-43 in Starkville and 64-56 in Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa. MSU will enter this game with some momentum after beating the Rebels. After beating Ole Miss last season, the Bulldogs went on to win two out of three games down the stretch. After getting a win, State is 6-4 this season. However, the Bulldogs are 0-2 in true road games this season. Ray and his team had a big surprise during the Ole Miss game. True freshman De’Runnya Wilson, who plays on the football team, showed up and helped players warm up during pregame festivities. He was also in the locker room and sat on the bench with the team. “This was our first day seeing him since they won the Liberty Bowl,” MSU sophomore guard Craig Sword said. “He’s going to be a big help to us though.” Wilson was recruited to play both football and basketball, but Ray says he has yet to talk to football coach Dan Mullen or Wilson about that possibility. He was a little surprised to see Wilson in the locker room. “I come in there to meet with the team and talk with them like I normally do, and Bear (Wilson) is sitting down,” Ray said. “I don’t know the status. I just know that he was there. We had no communication. I haven’t talked to Dan. I just walk in there, and there’s a Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray, right, and assistant Chris Hollender keep a close eye on the action guy with dreads sitting down in one of during Saturday's game against Ole Miss. (Photo by Jim Lytle) our warmups.”
Youth Soccer
SSA-hosted Frostbite called a ‘great’ event
Starkville Soccer Association president Sean Owen calls soccer the “universal sport.” Over the weekend, it was just that as kids from all across the state descended on Starkville for the Frostbite Tournament. “It was great,” Owen said. “We ended up having 60 teams that came from everywhere from Oxford to Flowood to Meridian to Greenwood. Overall, it was great. It was what we wanted the Frostbite to be. It met all the goals we are trying to do and really highlighted what Starkville has to offer.” Even Mother Nature was on board for the tournament. Despite a little setback from Friday’s overnight rains, the skies cleared and temperatures rose providing what Owen refers to as “good soccer weather.” “It was a little wet on the first day, but we had Coach Ben Harvey, left, talks with his Starkville Soccer Association Under-8 Dawgs Maroon a lot of volunteers and board members working team during Saturday action of the Frostbite Tournament. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)
to put fans out all over the place to try and dry it up,” Owen said. “The kids loved it because they got muddy. It was a little windy, but overall, it was good soccer weather for championship Sunday as everybody came out.” The Starkville teams put on quite the show during Sunday’s final. In a “hard fought” game, the Under-10 SSA boys ended up second in their division while Starkville’s Under-12 boys were at the top of the field when the division championship concluded. The outstanding play from participating Starkville teams is a true testament to the work of Owen and the other members of the SSA in promoting soccer throughout the community. More and more kids are coming out to participate and soccer is continuing to grow into one of the more popular sports in Starkville. “The biggest thing is the kids are learning about soccer and we are putting together great
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The record for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. The win total already betters last year’s 13-17 mark.
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 2005-07 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. Previous First Pitch speakers read like a who’s who of Bulldog baseball history. Last year, Major League Baseball player Tyler Moore joined a group which includes Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Dave “Boo” Ferriss, Dave Klipstein, Alex Grammas, Paul Maholm, Burke Masters, Joel Matthews, Mitch Moreland, Jonathan Papelbon, Jay Powell, Jim Robinson, Nat Showalter, Bobby Thigpen and Cohen. Best-selling author and MSU alumnus John Grisham and MLB Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, the longtime manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have also served in the guest speaker role. This season’s festivities start at 11:30 a.m. in the Griffis Boardroom with a hamburger/hot dog lunch, with fans receiving a 2014 schedule poster and schedule card at the event. At the same time, attendees can take part in an autograph session with members of the 2014 ballclub in the adjoining Palmeiro Center. The First Pitch program, emceed by head coach John Cohen, follows at 12:45 p.m. and features a formal introduction of the Diamond Dawgs and staff as well as a speaking appearance by Oswalt. Following Oswalt, fans can stroll over to Dudy Noble Field for a 2:15 p.m. intrasquad scrimmage. The seven-inning affair, which will be open to the public, will act as an Opening Day dress rehearsal and will conclude fan day. State, which was ranked No. 2 in the 2014 Collegiate Baseball preseason poll, begins its 124th season with a 4 p.m. against Hofstra on Friday, Feb. 14.
College Basketball SEC Standings Team SEC Florida 2-0 Kentucky 2-0 Texas A&M 2-0 Georgia 2-0 Missouri 1-1 Miss. State 1-1 LSU 1-1 Tennessee 1-1 Ole Miss 1-1 Alabama 1-1 Arkansas 0-2 Auburn 0-2 Vanderbilt 0-2 S. Carolina 0-2 Pct. Overall Pct. 1.000 13-2 .867 1.000 12-3 .800 1.000 11-4 .733 1.000 8-6 .571 .500 13-2 .867 .500 11-4 .733 .500 10-4 .714 .500 10-5 .667 .500 10-5 .667 .500 7-8 .467 .000 11-4 .733 .000 8-5 .615 .000 8-6 .571 .000 7-8 .467 Saturday’s Games Miss. State 76, Ole Miss 72 Florida 84, Arkansas 82, OT LSU 71, S. Carolina 68 Missouri 70, Auburn 68 Kentucky 71, Vanderbilt 62 Georgia 66, Alabama 58 Texas A&M 57, Tennessee 56 Tuesday’s Games Georgia at Florida, 6 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas, 8 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Miss. State at Alabama, 7 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss, 8 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee, 6 p.m. S. Carolina at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. Thursday’s Game Missouri at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. Men’s Top 25 Fared Sunday 1. Arizona (16-0) at Southern Cal. Next: vs. Arizona State, Thursday. 2. Syracuse (16-0) did not play. Next: at Boston College, Monday. 3. Ohio State (15-2) lost to No. 20 Iowa 84-74. Next: at Minnesota, Thursday. 4. Wisconsin (16-0) did not play. Next: at Indiana, Tuesday. 5. Michigan State (15-1) did not play. Next: at Northwestern, Wednesday. 6. Wichita State (17-0) did not play. Next: vs. Bradley, Tuesday. 7. Baylor (13-2) did not play. Next: at Texas Tech, Wednesday. 8. Villanova (15-1) did not play. Next: vs. DePaul, Saturday. 9. Iowa State (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 18 Kansas, Monday. 10. Florida (13-2) did not play. Next: vs. Georgia, Tuesday. 11. Oklahoma State (14-2) did not play. Next: vs. TCU, Wednesday. 12. Louisville (14-3) beat SMU 71-63. Next: vs. Houston, Thursday. 13. San Diego State (14-1) beat Air Force 79-72. Next: vs. Fresno State, Wednesday. 14. Kentucky (12-3) did not play. Next: at Arkansas, Tuesday. 15. Colorado (14-3) lost to Washington 71-54. Next: vs. UCLA, Thursday. 16. Duke (12-4) did not play. Next: vs. Virginia, Monday. 17. Oregon (13-3) lost to Stanford 82-80. Next: at Oregon State, Sunday. 18. Kansas (11-4) did not play. Next: at No. 9 Iowa State, Monday. 19. UMass (14-1) did not play. Next: at George Mason, Wednesday. 20. Iowa (14-3) beat No. 3 Ohio State 8474. Next: vs. Minnesota, Sunday. 21. Missouri (13-2) did not play. Next: at Vanderbilt, Thursday. 22. Gonzaga (14-3) did not play. Next: at Pepperdine, Thursday. 23. Illinois (13-3) at Northwestern. Next: vs. Purdue, Wednesday. 24. Memphis (12-3) did not play. Next: vs. UConn, Thursday. 25. Kansas State (12-4) did not play. Next: vs. Oklahoma, Tuesday. Women’s College Basketball SEC Standings Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. S. Carolina 4-0 1.000 16-1 .941 Texas A&M 3-0 1.000 13-4 .765 Vanderbilt 3-1 .750 14-3 .823 Florida 3-1 .750 13-4 .765 LSU 2-1 .667 13-3 .813 Kentucky 2-2 .500 14-3 .823 Tennessee 2-2 .500 13-3 .813 Missouri 2-2 .500 13-4 .765 Miss. State 1-2 .333 14-3 .824 Auburn 1-2 .333 10-6 .625 Alabama 1-2 .333 8-8 .500 Arkansas 1-3 .250 14-3 .824 Ole Miss 0-3 .000 9-8 .529 Georgia 0-4 .000 12-5 .706 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 54, Arkansas 50 Alabama 93, Ole Miss 79 LSU 82, Florida 68
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“We need to improve in all areas defensively and that will be a focal point for us this offseason.”
The Chicago Bears coach Marc Tresman said after the team announced of two defensive coaches not returning for 2014.
Today High School Basketball Kemper Academy at Starkville Christian, 4 p.m. Hebron Christian at East Webster, 6 p.m. Junior High Basketball Armstrong vs. Noxubee County, 5 p.m. High School Soccer Starkville Academy at Hillcrest Christian, 4 p.m.
All Times EST Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44 New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24 Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 Seattle 23, New Orleans 15 New England 43, Indianpolis 22 Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco 23, Carolina 10 Denver 24, San Diego 17 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 New England vs. Denver, 3 p.m. (CBS) San Francisco at Seattle, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Tennis
Today MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — Virginia at Duke NBCSN — Charleston at Northeastern 8 p.m. ESPN — Kansas at Iowa St. SOCCER 2 p.m. NBCSN — Premier League, Arsenal at S. Carolina 72, Auburn 66 Texas A&M 58, Georgia 44 Vanderbilt 74, Tennessee 63 Kentucky 80, Missouri 69 Women’s Top 25 Fared Sunday 1. UConn (17-0) did not play. Next: at No. 7 Baylor, Monday. 2. Notre Dame (15-0) beat Virginia 7972. Next: at Pittsburgh, Thursday. 3. Duke (16-1) beat Boston College 7857. Next: vs. Virginia, Thursday. 4. Stanford (15-1) beat No. 17 Colorado 87-77. Next: at Arizona, Friday. 5. Louisville (16-1) beat South Florida 6254. Next: vs. UCF, Wednesday. 6. Maryland (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. Syracuse, Thursday. 7. Baylor (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 1 UConn, Monday. 8. Tennessee (13-3) lost to Vanderbilt 7463. Next: at Mississippi State, Thursday. 9. Kentucky (14-3) beat Missouri 80-69. Next: at Auburn, Sunday. 10. South Carolina (16-1) beat Auburn 72-66. Next: at Texas A&M, Thursday. 11. Iowa State (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. West Virginia, Wednesday. 12. LSU (13-3) beat Florida 82-68. Next: at Missouri, Thursday. 13. North Carolina (14-3) beat No. 18 Florida State 65-61. Next: vs. Clemson, Thursday. 14. Penn State (11-4) lost to No. 21 Purdue 84-74. Next: vs. Ohio State, Thursday. 15. Oklahoma State (15-1) did not play. Next: vs. TCU, Tuesday. 16. Nebraska (12-3) beat Illinois 75-56. Next: vs. Minnesota, Thursday. 17. Colorado (11-4) lost to No. 4 Stanford 87-77. Next: at Washington State, Friday. 18. Florida State (14-2) lost to No. 13 North Carolina 65-61. Next: at No. 20 N.C. State, Thursday. 19. California (12-3) beat Utah 68-59. Next: at No. 23 Arizona State, Friday. 20. N.C. State (15-2) beat Wake Forest 62-54. Next: vs. No. 18 Florida State, Thursday. 21. Purdue (11-4) beat No. 14 Penn State 84-74. Next: vs. Michigan, Wednesday. 22. Indiana (14-1) did not play. Next: at Wisconsin, Wednesday. 23. Arizona State (14-2) beat UCLA 5957. Next: vs. No. 19 California, Friday. 24. San Diego (15-2) did not play. Next: vs. BYU, Saturday. 25. Georgia (12-5) lost Texas A&M 5844. Next: vs. Arkansas, Thursday. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Toronto 18 17 .514 Brooklyn 15 22 .405 New York 14 22 .389 Boston 13 25 .342 Philadelphia 12 25 .324 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 27 10 .730 Atlanta 20 18 .526 Washington 16 19 .457 Charlotte 15 23 .395 Orlando 10 27 .270 TENNIS 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, first round, at Melbourne, Australia 2 a.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, first round, at Melbourne, Australia WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN2 — UConn at Baylor Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 29 7 .806 — Chicago 17 18 .486 11½ Detroit 16 22 .421 14 Cleveland 13 24 .351 16½ Milwaukee 7 29 .194 22 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 29 8 .784 — Houston 24 14 .632 5½ Dallas 22 16 .579 7½ Memphis 17 19 .472 11½ New Orleans 15 21 .417 13½ Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 28 9 .757 — Oklahoma City 28 9 .757 — Denver 19 17 .528 8½ Minnesota 18 19 .486 10 Utah 12 26 .316 16½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 26 13 .667 — Golden State 25 14 .641 1 Phoenix 21 15 .583 3½ L.A. Lakers 14 23 .378 11 Sacramento 13 22 .371 11 Saturday’s Games Houston 114, Washington 107 Toronto 96, Brooklyn 80 New York 102, Philadelphia 92 Detroit 110, Phoenix 108 Chicago 103, Charlotte 97 Oklahoma City 101, Milwaukee 85 Dallas 110, New Orleans 107 Denver 120, Orlando 94 Portland 112, Boston 104 Sunday’s Games Sacramento 124, Cleveland 80 Memphis 108, Atlanta 101 San Antonio 104, Minnesota 86 Today’s Games Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m. Houston at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at New York, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 8 p.m. San Antonio at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Orlando at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Denver at Utah, 9 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Sacramento at Indiana, 7 p.m. New York at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. College Football Bowl Glance 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 Aston Villa
Australian Open Results Monday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia Purse: $29.72 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Hard-Outdoor
Men First Round Stanislas Wawrinka (8), Switzerland, def. Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan, 6-4, 4-1, retired. Mikhail Youzhny (14), Russia, def. JanLennard Struff, Germany, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. Ivan Dodig (32), Croatia, def. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, 7-6 (8), 6-3, 7-6 (4). Sam Querrey, United States, def. Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
Wagner makes Unitd States team
BOSTON (AP) — Two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner has made the Olympic team despite finishing a distant fourth at the national championships. U.S. Figure Skating officials took into account past performances Sunday in picking the three women who will go to Sochi, not just their showing at this week’s event. Mirai Nagasu, a 2010 Olympian, didn’t make the team despite finishing third Saturday at the U.S. Championships. Fifteen-year-old Polina Edmunds, who was second, was selected even though she has no major international experience at the senior level. New U.S. champ Gracie Gold was a no-brainer after winning Saturday. Wagner finished fifth at the world championships and won the bronze medal at the Grand Prix Final, but she fell twice and failed to cleanly land two other triple jumps in Saturday’s free skate.
Women First Round Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, def. Pauline Parmentier, France, 6-0, 6-1. Kirsten Flipkens (18), Belgium, def. Laura Robson, Britain, 6-3, 6-0. Irina Falconi, United States, def. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, 6-3, 6-1. Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, def. Anna Tatishvili, Georgia, 6-2, 6-4. Angelique Kerber (9), Germany, def. Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia, def. Caroline Garcia, France, 6-2, 7-6 (7). Belinda Bencic, Switzerland, def. Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Casey Dellacqua, Australia, def. Vera Zvonareva, Russia, 6-2, 6-2. Ekaterina Makarova (22), Russia, def. Venus Williams, United States, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Daniela Hantuchova (31), Slovakia, def. Heather Watson, Britain, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Golf Sony Open Scores Sunday At Waialae Country Club Honolulu Purse: $5.6 million Yardage: 7,044; Par: 70 Final Jimmy Walker 66-67-67-63—263 Chris Kirk 64-69-65-66—264 Jerry Kelly 67-67-66-65—265 Harris English 66-66-67-67—266 Marc Leishman 67-64-71-65—267 Brian Stuard 65-65-71-67—268 Jeff Overton 68-68-65-68—269 Charles Howell III 71-67-66-66—270 Adam Scott 67-66-71-66—270 Matt Kuchar 68-68-68-66—270 Kevin Na 70-67-67-66—270 Matt Every 69-65-69-67—270 Hudson Swafford 70-64-69-67—270 Ryan Palmer 65-70-67-68—270 Zach Johnson 68-67-66-69—270 Hideto Tanihara 66-65-70-69—270 Retief Goosen 66-69-66-69—270 Pat Perez 68-67-66-69—270 Will Wilcox 69-66-64-71—270 Ryuji Imada 67-69-68-67—271 Stewart Cink 69-69-66-67—271 Jason Kokrak 66-67-70-68—271 K.J. Choi 67-69-69-66—271 Chris Stroud 68-65-70-68—271 Heath Slocum 69-69-65-68—271 John Peterson 68-69-65-69—271 Brendon Todd 70-66-66-69—271 Robert Allenby 68-68-65-70—271 Boo Weekley 67-67-70-68—272 Spencer Levin 69-69-66-68—272 Jason Dufner 67-68-67-70—272 Brian Harman 69-66-69-69—273 John Daly 66-73-64-70—273 Michael Putnam 70-68-68-67—273 Sang-Moon Bae 63-70-70-70—273 Justin Leonard 68-66-69-70—273 Brian Gay 71-68-67-67—273 Ben Martin 67-69-68-70—274 David Hearn 68-70-67-69—274 Ricky Barnes 68-69-68-69—274 Billy Hurley III 67-69-69-69—274 Brice Garnett 67-71-67-69—274 Charlie Beljan 68-70-69-67—274 Charlie Wi 69-70-68-67—274
Eagles’ Jackson offers $50K reward
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the burglary of his Philadelphia home. A statement from a spokeswoman for the receiver said Sunday the burglary happened while Jackson was out of town on vacation. Police say at least $250,000 in cash and jewelry was taken from the home, along with a handgun. Jackson’s statement says a small amount of money was taken and stolen items make up the bulk of the loss. The statement says Jackson is upset about the break-in but confident police will find those responsible. Jackson was the Eagles’ leading receiver this season with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. He signed a five-year, $51 million contract before the 2012 season.
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teams,” Owen said. “At the U8 boys level, we have three teams and have two at the girls’ level so that is as much as any other association in the state and speaks a lot to how much we have grown. As we grow, we are going to be looking for more funds to have scholarships for kids to play because soccer is supposed to be the universal sport where it doesn’t matter who you are, you should be able to play. We want to be representative of that.” On top of the work put in by the SSA, one of the biggest contributors to the success of soccer in Starkville is the Sportsplex. Having a great location to not only play home games, but to host tournaments, only enhances the work by Owen and his fellow board members. Visitors are starting to take notice of, not only the top-notch facilities, but also the improved quality of play in Starkville. “One of the guys who coaches for Oxford said he has been coming for years to tournaments in Starkville and this one was one of the best he has participated in, not just in Starkville, but all over,” Owen said. It was not just soccer and the Sportsplex that were on display this weekend. With so many in town, it was a great opportunity to share what else the community has to offer. Judging from the response he saw, Owen says the Frostbite was a boost to the economy. “We went around and talked to a lot of the restaurants like Firehouse and Mugshots,” Owen said. “Both said they saw tons of kids in soccer uniforms and I know at least five of the hotels were booked for the whole weekend so it was a good weekend for everyone.” With this year’s tournament in the books, Owen and his team are already looking forward to future tournaments this year and next to see how they can improve on them as well as the overall perception of soccer in Starkville.
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College Football
By CHARLES ODUM Associated Press ATLANTA — Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has accepted a similar position on Bobby Petrino’s staff at Louisville. Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday night that Grantham had accepted an offer from the Cardinals. Grantham was Georgia’s defensive coordinator for four years. Grantham, who was given the additional title of associate head coach in 2012, was earning $850,000 per year at Georgia. ESPN reported Grantham will earn $1 million per year in his five-year deal at Louisville. Grantham produced mixed results at Georgia. In 2011, the Bulldogs ranked fifth in the nation in total defense. His 2012 defense struggled at times despite having seven players selected in the 2013 NFL draft. The Bulldogs then ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and 78th in the nation in scoring defense in 2013. They finished 8-5 while giving up 29 points per game. The signature play of the 2013 season for Georgia and its defense came in the final minute of the Bulldogs’ 43-38 loss to Auburn. Nick Marshall’s 73-yard pass was deflected by Georgia defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons and then caught by Ricardo Louis for the go-ahead touchdown with 25 seconds remaining. Richt said he already has heard from possible candidates to replace Grantham. “We are appreciative of all the contributions Todd has made to our program and wish him nothing but the best,” Richt said. “But at the same time the opportunity to work at Georgia is extremely attractive and there already is, and
Grantham leaves Georgia to join Louisville staff
will be, interest from some very, very outstanding coaches. “We have a lot of defensive players coming back, as well as some outstanding defensive recruits, and there’s going to be plenty of interest in coaching them. I’m excited about the prospects of a great defensive coordinator being on board as quickly as possible.” Georgia expects to return 10 starters on defense. Grantham is the second defensive assistant to leave Richt’s staff. Secondary coach Scott Lakatos resigned on Thursday, citing undisclosed personal reasons.
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Kaepernick lifts 49ers to victory
By STEVE REED Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Colin Kaepernick raced into the end zone, then pretended to rip open his shirt with both hands imitating Cam Newton’s Superman touchdown celebration. Three years of frustration had come to a head. “Just a little shoutout,” Kaepernick said. To whom? “I think you know the answer,” Kaepernick said with a grin. Kaepernick said he “will never forget” that he was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, 35 spots behind Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner and the top pick that season. On Sunday, he outplayed his quarterback counterpart, throwing one touchdown pass and running for another score as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-10 to advance to the NFC title game for the third straight season. Kaepernick completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards in the divisional playoff win, avenging his worst statistical performance of the season two months ago against the Panthers. “That’s not the first, nor will it be the last time somebody does that,” Newton said of Kaepernick’s copycat display before leaving the postgame podium. Anquan Boldin had eight catches for 136 yards and Frank Gore ran for 84 yards on 17 carries for the 49ers (14-4), who will visit Seattle next Sunday looking for a return trip to the Super Bowl. “I think we’re the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning,” Kaepernick said. “It’s going to be a knockdown, drag-out game.” The 49ers will have their hands full. San Francisco (14-4) split two games with the Seahawks this season, but lost 29-3 at CenturyLink Field in September. The 49ers were missing receiver Michael Crabtree in that lopsided loss. Crabtree only had three
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) scores as an official begins to go up with a touchdown signal on Sunday. (Photo by John Bazemore, AP)
catches for 26 yards against Carolina, but Boldin said he drew plenty of double teams that allowed him to get open. “That’s the great thing about our team — we have weapons all around,” Boldin said. “You try to take one guy out and you still have two or three guys left who can make big plays.” The 49ers held Newton in check, intercepting him twice and sacking him five times while stopping the Panthers (12-5) twice on the 1-yard line in the first half. Newton finished with 267 yards passing and had 54 yards on 10 carries, but the Panthers only found the end zone once — on a 31-yard TD strike to Steve Smith. It was a rough playoff debut for Newton. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks stopped Newton on a fourth-down sneak early in the second. Later, Brooks vaulted over the line and past Newton — he was called for offsides, but the 49ers showed the Panthers it wouldn’t be easy. “Terrible ending to a great season,” Newton said. Almost fittingly, he misfired into the end zone on the final play of the game. Kaepernick was held to 91 yards passing, 16 yards rushing and sacked six times in the first meeting with Carolina, a 10-9 loss at Candlestick Park. But he played efficient football Sunday. “We had to get settled down,” Kaepernick said. “We came out, they did some unorthodox things against us. We settled down, we got into our rhythm, we started making plays.” San Francisco led 13-10 at the half when Kaepernick scored midway through in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run off a read option. The Panthers couldn’t answer, failing to score in the second half. The 49ers took a 13-10 lead into the locker room after Vernon Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone from Kaepernick with 5 seconds left in the first half.
Broncos beat Chargers 24-17
By ARNIE STAPLETON Associated Press DENVER — Peyton Manning welcomed Wes Welker back into the lineup with a touchdown toss and the Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a repeat of their playoff slip from last year, advancing to the AFC championship game with a win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The Broncos (14-3) controlled the game for 3½ quarters before Philip Rivers capitalized on an injury to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to stage a comeback reminiscent of Baltimore’s shocking win at Denver exactly a year earlier. This time, however, Manning rescued the Broncos from the brink of another crushing collapse and sent them into the title game for the first time in eight seasons. They’ll host the New England Patriots (13-4) on Sunday. Get ready for Brady vs. Manning once more. In the most recent matchup of QBs with Hall of Fame credentials, Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied past Manning and the visiting Broncos 34-31 in overtime on Nov. 24. “It’s the Broncos versus the Patriots and certainly Tom and I have played against each other a lot,” Manning said after beating San Diego. “But when you get to the AFC championship, it’s about two good teams that have been through a lot to get there.” Manning, in the playoffs for a record 13 seasons as a quarterback, ended a personal three-game postseason skid in winning for the first time since leading Indianapolis over the Jets 30-17 in the AFC championship game on Jan. 24, 2010. Manning completed 25 of 36 passes for 230 yards and two TDs, numbers
that weren’t quite up to the standards he set during a record-breaking regular season when he established new benchmarks with 55 TD throws and 5,447 yards through the air. But it was windy and the Broncos were intent on establishing the run and controlling the clock after San Diego had Manning and his high octane offense cooling their cleats on the sideline for more than 38 minutes in both of their meetings during the regular season. After gaining just 18 yards on the ground against San Diego last month, the Broncos ran for 133 yards, including 82 by Knowshon Moreno, whose 3-yard TD run put them ahead 24-7 with 8:12 left. After that, things got interesting. The Chargers got close, but ManDenver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) slips away ning completed a pair of key third-down passes in the final minutes to prevent San from San Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres (5) on a return in Denver. (Photo by Jack Dempsey, AP) Diego from getting a final chance.
Legal challenge delays Vikings stadium bond sale
From Wire Reports MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A legal challenge has forced the state to de lay a $468 million bond sale to finance the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, state officials announced Sunday, saying the lawsuit jeopardizes plans to open the facility for the 2016 season as well as plans for a nearby $400 million development. The bond sale had been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Showalter said Sunday that he hoped the delay would be brief but that officials decided it was “appropriate and prudent” to postpone the sale until the Minnesota Supreme Court can sort out the legal issues. “This is not a long-term delay. This is a decision not to offer bonds on Monday,” Showalter said. Federal law requires that any pending legal actions be disclosed when bonds are sold, he explained. Former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Doug Mann filed the challenge with the Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday. He and two other citizens asked the high court for a restraining order to block the bond sale, saying the financing arrangements were designed to circumvent a city charter provision that would have triggered a referendum. Mann told The Associated Press on Sunday he believes that Minneapolis voters should have been allowed to decide whether to finance the stadium and that the bond sale violates the state constitution because city sales tax money would be used to finance a state debt. A Hennepin County judge dismissed an earlier challenge from Mann in November. “I’m opposed to this financing being done in ways that are illegal,” Mann said. The bonds will cover the state’s and city’s share of the $1 billion stadium on the site of the old Metrodome. The Vikings are paying for the rest. Various delays have led to tight construction and financing schedules. “We will not be able to pay our bills if we don’t have cash from the bond sale at the end of the month,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. “We will be about $28 million short to pay the architects and all the Minnesota companies that have done work throughout the past month on the stadium and have submitted bills that are due at the end of the month.” Kelm-Helgen also said the Vikings might not get to open play in the new stadium at the start of the 2016 season “if this goes on for more than a couple of days.” Contractors may not continue to work if the state can’t pay its bills, she said. The delay could also impact the Wells FargoRyan Cos. mixed-use development known as Downtown East that’s planned to go up near the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Some of the bond money is needed to buy land for the project. The bonds must be sold ahead of the Jan. 23 closing date for the land, Kelm-Helgen said. “We are looking at jeopardizing $400 million in their investment, along with the 5,000 jobs that they are bringing to this community,” she said. Showalter said a short delay shouldn’t add significantly to the stadium costs if current bondmarket conditions hold. He said the attorney general’s office was looking at the state’s legal options for when the Supreme Court opens Monday. He said they were also looking into whether any shortterm financing could keep the project moving. Mann, who filed the challenge, drew 779 firstchoice votes in the city’s mayoral election in November, which was the city’s first use of rankedchoice voting.
Defensive coordinator Tucker to return to Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will have two new coaches on his staff for next season. Tucker is keeping his job after Chicago’s porous defense played a key role in its 8-8 season, but the Bears announced Sunday that defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar had been dismissed. Hit hard by injuries, Tucker’s unit allowed 29.9 points and 394.6 yards per game in his first year in the position. “Our team evaluation remains ongoing. We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said in a statement. “He fully understands where we need to improve, has the skill set and leadership to oversee the changes that need to be made and to execute our plan to get the results we know are necessary.” Phair was a holdover from Lovie Smith’s tenure as Bears coach, joining the team in 2011 as an assistant defensive line coach. Tibesar was hired a year ago from Purdue, where he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The rest of the coaching staff is expected to return for next season. “Our search for a defensive line and linebackers coach has begun and we will be looking for the best candidates whose experience can bring the most out of our veteran and young players in both areas,” Trestman said. Chicago’s trouble on defense was due in part to a rash of injuries on that side of the ball. Starters Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, D.J. Williams and Henry Melton each missed big chunks of the season.
NFL looking to sell TV package of Thursday games
NEW YORK — The NFL is talking to television networks about selling a package of Thursday night games. “NFL Network has done a tremendous job building Thursday night and will retain games, but we are in discussions to air a part of the package with existing and potentially new broadcast and cable partners,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Sunday. NFL Network began airing an eight-game package in 2006, which increased to 13 in 2012. The league could sell some of those games to an outside network, starting as soon as next season. As the NFL keeps drawing monster TV ratings, any additional games are hugely appealing to networks. The competition for a potential package is even greater with the recent addition of cable channel Fox Sports 1 and NBC’s attempts to grow NBCSN. Turner Sports also could be among the potential suitors. While the viewership for Thursday night games has been significantly lower than for other packages, live sports are increasingly valuable in an age of DVRs and splintered audiences — and none more so than the NFL. The Thursday night games averaged 8 million viewers on NFL Network this past season, the day’s most-watched program on cable TV each week. “We want to accelerate the growth, quality and promotion of Thursday night NFL football,” McCarthy said. “Bringing on a partner can help us accelerate our success across all the games.” The news was first reported by SportsBusiness Daily.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You could be set on having certain results, most likely involving your finances. You will communicate your determination, but there are others involved who might be less enthusiastic. This conversation could continue for several days. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Others will want to have a discussion with you involving your funds. You might need to distance yourself a bit, but still be aware of where they are coming from. Try not to cut off the parties involved; instead, just change the topic. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You will turn whatever is going on into a social happening. Be aware of what you are doing and why. In this case, you might want to help someone lighten up. However, keep in mind that sometimes your actions could backfire. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Take a back seat until you gain a greater perspective and a better sense of direction. You might not be as tuned in to a situation as you think you are. Do some research, and keep your judgments to yourself for now. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Use the daylight hours to the max. You could feel as if a family member is holding you back. Listen to your inner voice in this situation. Your ability to go for what you want will be unfettered by this person. That strength comes from within. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Others will follow, once they understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. You might feel as if you have taken on too much. You need to emphasize what you want from others. Understand that they will be more responsive later in the evening. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Reach out for new information. If you don’t, you won’t be able to make a solid decision. There will be a lot going on around you; sort through as much of it as you can. You might note that a common thread runs through these different issues. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your instincts will kick in when dealing with a partner and/or a financial matter. Your sixth sense could go against your logic, but it likely is right-on. Detach some, and revisit this issue later. You will understand a lot more at that time. Let go for now. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Others really want you to hear what they think. Your knee-jerk response might not be positive. Stop, and get to the bottom of what is happening with you first. Try not to give feedback until you clear up your feelings. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Pace yourself. Stop and visit with someone in your daily life who could seem off. You have the capacity and organization to make time for this person. You might decide to return calls and schedule a meeting toward the end of the day. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Your playfulness might be endearing to some, but it won’t be to a boss, who might be quite stern and difficult to deal with. Stop, take a deep breath and adjust to the moment. How you see a situation could change radically as a result.
January 13, 1974
Mississippi State, off to one of its best starts in years, jumps into the middle of the Southeastern Conference basketball race tonight when the Bulldogs meet nationally-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 7:30 p.m. Coach Kermitt Davis’ Bulldogs, fresh from a 86-82 victory over South Florida Thursday night, has a 9-1 record for the season and a 1-1 mark inside the SEC along with an exhibition win over the touring Australian Olympic team earlier this season. The Crimson Tide, under Coach C. M. Newton, is presently 7-2 for the year and like the Bulldogs are 1-1 in conference play. Both teams lost to Vanderbilt in Nashville, State dropping a 75-69 decision last Monday night while the Tide lost to the Commodores 73-72 last Saturday night. The Bulldogs opened SEC play last Saturday night with a convincing 91-70 victory over Florida in the MSU Gym and Alabama shocked Tennessee in Knoxville Monday night, 79-73 in the Tide’s late action. A pair of Bulldog performers, Bill Singletary and Jerry Jenkins, carry individual national ranking statistics into the Alabama contest. Singetary, 6-6 center from Florence, leads the nation in field goal percentage connecting on 75.0 percent of his shots from the floor. The ace pivot has bucketed 66 of 87 shots from the field. He sank six of seven shots against South Florida after making seven of eight against Vanderbilt on Monday night. Jenkins, 6-7 forward from Gulfport, is the third best free throw shooter in America. He hit 33 of his first 37 shots from the line for 89.5 percent. Jenkins, who bucketed 24 points against South Florida, continued to lead the Bulldogs in scoring through the first ten games with a 18.3 average. Rich Knarr, who leads the team in assists, is averaging 17.0 points a game. Singletary is scoring 16.6 points a game while forward Larry Fry has a 14.2 mark. The Bulldogs have the second best free throw percentage mark in the country, hitting 78.4 of their charity tosses. Following tonight’s battle with the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs return home to host LSU in the Bulldog Gym Monday night.
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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) Realize that it is OK if you have a difficult time starting the day. If you can take a personal day, you could enjoy some extra time at home. Know that you will lighten up in either case; you just have a case of the Monday blues. This, too, will pass.
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Vanderbilt upsets No. 8 Tennessee
Samarie Walker finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jasmine Lister Bri Kulas led the Tigers (13-4, 2-2) with 27 scored 22 points and Christina Foggie added 21 as points and 14 rebounds. Morgan Eye finished with Vanderbilt upset No. 8 Tennessee 74-63 Sunday 14 points. giving the Commodores a very rare win over their in-state rival. South Carolina 72, Auburn 66 Vanderbilt (14-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a three-game skid against Tennessee with AUBURN, Ala. — Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 its first win in the series since Feb. 9, 2012. The points to lead South Carolina to a comeback victory Commodores now have nine victories in the 70 over Auburn. games they count having played against Tennessee. Mitchell had six steals for South Carolina (16Marqu’es Webb added 12 for Vanderbilt, which 1, 3-0 SEC), which entered the game ranked No. now has won 11 of its last 12. 3 nationally in scoring defense. Freshman center Tennessee (13-3, 2-2) now has matched the two Alaina Coates scored all 14 of her points in the first SEC losses from all last season. Isabelle Harrison half and shot 4-for-5 from the field in the victory. snapped a school-record streak of double-doubles Auburn (10-6, 1-2) led by as many as 12 points at seven as she scored 10 points and had only five in the first half before a late rally from the Gamerebounds before fouling out. cocks. Meighan Simmons led the Lady Vols with 19 points. Jasmine Jones had 13 and Cierra Burdick Alabama 93, Ole Miss 79 11. The Commodores had the seats at Memorial TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s Gym filled with a majority of black and gold instead basketball team (8-8, 1-2 SEC) captured its first of the usual Tennessee orange. They looked very Southeastern Conference win of the season. comfortable from the start as they outhustled and Four Alabama players turned in double-digit outplayed Tennessee most of the game. scoring performances, as the Tide set a season-high for points in a regulation game and the most points Kentucky 80, Missouri 69 against an SEC opponent since Feb. 21, 1999, when Alabama had 102 against Vanderbilt. Senior LEXINGTON — Bria Goss scored 20 points to Shafontaye Myers (28) and junior Daisha Simmons lead Kentucky to a win over Missouri. (23) combined for 51 points. Freshman Ashley WilGoss had a clutch three-point play with 3:34 left liams scored 14 points, while junior Briana Hutchen that helped the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Southeastern chipped in 13. Conference) snap a two-game losing streak. It was the 700th victory for the program. LSU 82, Florida 68 Kentucky had five players score in double figures. Janee Thompson scored 16, Jennifer O’Neill BATON ROUGE, La. — Theresa Plaisance and DeNesha Stallworth had 11 points apiece and scored 19 points and Danielle Ballard got her first From Wire Reports
Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale, center, finds the going tough against Vanderbilt guard Kylee Smith (23) on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Humphrey, AP) double-double of the season as LSU handed Florida its only conference defeat. The Lady Tigers (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) opened with a 14-2 burst sparked by a Jeanne Kenney 3-pointer to build a lead it never lost, but later had to quell a Florida drive midway through the second half to secure the win. Ballard contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds for LSU, while Shanece McKinney added 10 points. Trailing by as many as 19 points, Florida (134, 3-1) shaved the deficit to single-digits in the second half with a 7-0 run that included a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Kayla Lewis, making it 62-55 with 8:23 to go. The Lady Tigers responded with an 11-4 run to keep the game out of reach.
Texas A&M 58, Georgia 44
ATHENS, Ga. — Courtney Walker scored 16 points to lead Texas A&M to its second straight win over a ranked team, beating Georgia. The Aggies (13-4, 3-0 SEC) took an early lead and never lost it, controlling the boards 50-35 and holding the Lady Bulldogs to 16-for-55 shooting (29 percent). Both teams shot poorly from 3-point range, with Texas A&M hitting just 1 of 10 and Georgia faring even worse, making 1 of 15. Jordan Jones contributed 13 points for the Aggies, while Tori Scott added 11, including the team’s only 3-pointer to cap a 14-5 run early in the second half that kept the game out of reach.
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