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MSU conducts emergency drill
By STEVEN NALLEY On Tuesday, a 12-year-old shot and critically injured two fellow students with a shotgun at a Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M. The next day, Mississippi State University held an active shooter drill for its Crisis Action Team (CAT), a coalition of staff trained for disaster response that includes administration, police, the MSU Division of Student Affairs, facilities management and more. MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said the exercise had been planned long before the Roswell shooting. “But the New Mexico shooting certainly brings to mind the necessity of having drills and exercises to prepare us to meet our No. 1 obligation, which is to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible,” Salter said. The CAT treated Wednesday’s active shooter drill at MSU like the real thing, with complications built in to test CAT’s capabilities and reveal ways for them to improve in the future. When the drill started, Salter said no one on CAT, even him, knew it was coming. Surprise was an important element of the drill, he said, and that was one reason why he could not reveal all the details of the drill or what CAT learned from it. Certain elements of the drill could be reused for future drills, he said, and
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future CAT members did not need to know those elements up front. “We also don’t want any of the materials used in the exercise to give people any ideas,” Salter said. “There was a similar drill in 2008 where a shooter on campus was the drill. There have been weatherrelated drills, and there have been fire-related drills. We try to anticipate the things that could confront the university. Obviously, the CAT primarily, on a regular basis, deals with weather emergencies (because) those are most frequently the problems that are confronting us.” Salter said he could disclose that the drill centered on two sites: the Joe Frank Sanderson Center and the A.B. McKay Food Research and Enology Lab. He said Division of Student Affairs staff helped plan and prepare the drill and evaluate its results. Salter said MSU personnel also took precautions to ensure no one on campus who was not part of the drill mistook it for the real thing. “We are very careful, on the radio, to precede everything we say with the words ‘drill, drill, drill’ so somebody who might be hearing (us) is not disturbed or unduly alarmed,” Salter said. “We have systems in place to make sure no one is frightened by this, and we’re fastidious in making sure everyone understands it’s a drill, but we also
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Starkville Academy Board Member Jud Skelton (fore) leads the new Starkville Academy Head of School Jeremy Nicholas (back) to an introduction ceremony for Starkville Academy staff and faculty on Wednesday. Nicholas will begin his duties as head of school on July 7. SA’s baord selected Nicholas to succeed John “Doc” Stephens, who announced his retirement from the position in October. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
Mixing it up
By KAITLIN MULLINS Philip Vanderleest, Starkville resident and MSU graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering, has forgone — at least for now — pursuing rocket science in favor of his hobby­ turned­ career: mixing music as a disc jockey. This was an unexpected turn of events, Vanderleest said, though his present position Philip Vanderleest, or “GLOtron,” will share the stage tonight with rapper 2Chainz at the has long been in the making. Better known Mississippi Horse Park. Doors open tonight at 7, and GLOtron will take the stage at 8. 2Chainz by the moniker “DJ GLOtron,” Vanderleest said he never could have imagined what would will preform at 9. (Submitted photo)
Local DJ to open tonight for popular rapper 2Chainz
come out of his passion for music. “When I started playing music for people, it wasn’t to become a DJ,” he said. “That just kind of happened along the way. Playing music in my dorm room and fraternity house, I never thought I would make a career out of it.” Yet he has. Tonight at 8, Vanderleest will take the stage as the opening act for popular rapper 2Chainz, who will go on around 9 p.m. at the Mississippi Horse Park. Music Makers Productions is presenting the
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Starkville sees continued sales tax growth
By ZACK PLAIR Starkville is on track to record its best sales tax collections year ever, and city officials say that is hardly a surprise. City sales tax collections totaled $498,011.57 in November, according to information the city released on Wednesday, which about 4.1 percent more than November 2012 collections. With December traditionally one of Starkville’s best months for sales tax collection each year, 2013’s annual total should easily best the record $5.64 million Starkville collected in 2012, said Mayor Parker Wiseman. “We project that growth,” Wiseman said. “Certainly, it’s a positive development, but it’s not a big surprise. It’s (indicative of) overall economic growth. That can be attributed to population growth, growth in the spending power of our residents and business growth. The city typically budgets for 2- to 3-percent sales tax growth each year, Wiseman said, but historically sees average sales tax growth between 3 and 4 percent. Through 11 months, Starkville’s 2013 collections total just more than $5.3 million, with a monthly average of $482,370, just shy of a 3-percent increase from 2012. August has accounted so far for Starkville’s best sales tax month of 2013, with $585,941 in collections, and Wiseman projects December will finish a close second. “Based on everything I’ve seen this year, December should come in at or above $500,000,” he said. “I doubt we’ll see $585,000 like we did in August (when Mississippi State University students arrived for the fall semester), but it would be great if we did.” Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory attributed No-
vember’s bump partially to home MSU football games against Southeast Conference opponents Alabama and Ole Miss, as well as “shop local” marketing strategies surrounding those events in which several businesses participated. Gregory said the Partnership’s Black Friday Bonanza, which followed the Bulldogs’ Thanksgiving Egg Bowl win over Ole Miss, accounted for record one-day sales for some local businesses. Overall, she said the upward sales tax trend showed Starkville had become a “destination,”
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Thursday, January 16, 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
u HEHC Meeting — Home Economists in Home and Community (HEHC) will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Starkville Enrichment Center, 106 Miley Dr. Dr. Gaea Wimmer, MSU Human Science professor will present the program on “Farming and Agriculture Today.” Anyone with a degree in Home Economics/ Human Science is encouraged to attend. Please call HelenSue Parrish at 324-1683 for further
information. u MUW Lunch and Meeting — The January meeting of the Mississippi University for Women Lunch Bunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16, at La Terraza Mexican restaurant on Eckford Drive (near Starkville High). All alumni and friends of MUW are cordially invited. For information, please call 324-0935. u NARFE Meeting — The National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will meet at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville. Dr. Van Lucas will be the guest speaker and will be addressing Glaucoma and eye health. u GSDP January Regional Business After Hours — The Greater Starkville Development Partnership will hold its Regional Bussines After Hours event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the GTR Airport. 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 601353-6477. u Friends Noxubee Refuge Meeting — The Friends of Noxubee Refuge will have a membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Refuge Visitor Center. Dr. Jeff Harris will discuss the state of bee keeping in Mississippi and the US. The
The master of ceremony will be Gary Jones and the speaker will be the executive producer of the Tammie Tubbs Show, Minister Tammie Tubbs of Charity Full Gospel Mission Church. For more information, contact Rose Coffey at 242-7962. u Modern Woodmen Dinner — Modern Woodmen members, please join us at 5:30 p.m. at Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in the 911 shopping center in Starkville. Meal cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child 12 and under. We will provide a special menu. Family, friends and non-members are welcome. All RSVP to Barbara Coats, Financial Representative, at 662-418-7957 or Modern Woodmen is a fraternal not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving its members and our communities.
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership celebrated the opening of the Starkville Pregnancy Care Center with a ribbon-cutting recently. The center will host an Open House from 2 -5 p.m. Sunday at 301 B Academy Road. (Submitted photo)
meeting is open to the public testifying and fellowship. and there is no charge. Light u MLK Service Day — refreshments and a social time Honor Dr. King’s legacy by follows the meeting. 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 Friday refuge’s Visitor Center. Volu Bridges out of Poverty unteers will help weed, mulch, Strategic Planning Meeting trim vegetation and complete — Taylor Adams will facilitate a minor repairs to the brick planning/brainstorming session walkways. To register to volunfrom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the teer, contact Jamey Bachman at Courthouse about what we’d like to see Starkville Bridges or 662-268-2865. u Male Choir Anniveraccomplish in 2014. Anyone is welcome to attend. We need to sary Celebration — Bethel M. know if you are attending, as B. Church Male Choir will cela box lunch will be provided. ebrate their anniversary beginContact Lynn Phillips-Gaines ning today at 6 p.m. and culmiat 662-324-2889 or starkvil- nating tomorrow at 3 p.m. For lebridgesoutofpoverty@gmail. more information contact Bro. John T. Johnson at 769-0998. com.
u Rust College Club Meeting — The Starkville area Rust College club will meet at 4 p.m. at Griffin United Methodist Church, 212 West Main St. in Starkville. For more information call 323-2418. 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 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 UCAC Meeting — Unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative will have its monthly meeting 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 issues and opportunities will be discussed. The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Orlando Trainer at 662-769-0071 or u Prayer Warriors SemiAnnual Prayer Breakfast— Prayer Warriors Semi-Annual Prayer Breakfast will begin at 9 a.m at Faith and Works Community Church. Join us for an old-fashioned prayer meeting with lots of prayer, praising,
u Northeast State Laymen Program Quarterly Program — The public is cordially invited to the State Laymen’s Quarterly Meeting that will begin at 10 a.m. at Stephen Chapel M. B. Church at 514 North 20th St, Columbus, Miss. The sermon will be delivered by Pastor Joe Lee Peoples, Pastor Of Stephen Chapel and NEMBSC President. For more information contact Orlando Trainer at 769-0071 or u Choir Anniversary — The Griffin Fellowship Choir will celebrate their 24th Year Choir Anniversary at 3 p.m. at 212 West Main Street, Starkville. Elder Eddie Lee Jones is the pastor. Area choirs have been invited to attend.
u Animal Shelter Closed — The Starkville Animal Shelter/Oktibbeha County Humane Society will be closed today for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The shelter will reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m.
for regular business. u Starkville Rotary Meeting Cancelled — The Starkville Rotary Club will not be meeting in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We will meet again on January 27. u Annual MLK Day Annual Unity Breakfast — Annual MLK Day Annual Unity
Breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. at the Colvard Student Union on MSU campus. u MLK Day of Service and Volunteer Fair — Volunteer Starkville will host a MLK Day of Service Program at 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex to benefit our Disaster Preparedness Kit Supply Drive. In addition to the volunteer fair, we will have kid-friendly activities include arts and crafts, a book reading corner, MLK and Civil Rights trivia and face painting. The event is free, but the public is encouraged to bring items for our Disaster Preparedness Kits such as: boxes of matches in water proof containers, small flash lights, bottled water and warm blankets. For more information or to volunteer, contact Volunteer Starkville at 662268-2865. u Civitan Club Meeting — Starkville Civitan Club will meet at noon at McAlister’s Deli. u NAACP MLK Jr. Annual March — The Oktibbeha County NAACP, MLK Jr. annual march will begin at 1:30 p.m. on starting at the North end of Dr. Douglas Conner Drive crossing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive at 182, to left on Jefferson Street to right on Lafayette Street to right on Main Street conclude at the Courthouse Annex, where the annual MLK Jr. Rally will be held. The speaker for the annual rally will be Dr. John Marszalek Professional Emeritus of History at MSU. For more information about the annual unity service, march and rally, contact local NAACP President Chris Taylor at 662617-3671 (t662-617-3671) or Rev Willie E. Thomas at 662418-9687 (662-418-9687) . u MLK Service at Oktibbeha County Fire Dept. — Volunteer for the MLK, Jr. National Day of Service on from 2 to 5 p.m. by volunteering at the Adaton-Self Creek’s Volunteer Fire Station. Volunteers will receive an overview of the Oktibbeha County Fire Department, about their role in disaster preparedness and response and a lesson on how they can be prepared for a disaster situation. Volunteers will then participate in a community service project at the fire station before departing. To register to volunteer, contact Jamey Bachman at Jamey@ u MLK Jr. Parade — The Controllers Generation II 4-H club will sponsor its second Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Insights from the Past” parade beginning at 3 p.m. at the Maben Public Library. The parade will end at West Oktibbeha County High School.
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 3244183. These classes are also offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the J. L. King Center, 700 Long St.. For more information call 324-6913. u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at 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 662-3233890, Margaret Prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every first, second, fourth and fifth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room and play at 3 p.m. on the third Saturdays at the Carrington Nursing Home. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290.
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Oswald selected for Leadership Mississippi
For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State University College of Business Dean Sharon Oswald has been named to Leadership Mississippi's class of 2014. The Leadership Mississippi class will begin its journey on Jan. 30-31 at the Leadership Mississippi Opening Session in Jackson.  This year will mark Leadership Mississippi's 40th year. This year, the 52-member class will visit Jackson to discuss the state's government process; Corinth, where they will discuss infrastructure; the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which will focus on tourism; Oxford, which will highlight the state's creative economy; Cleveland, where they will discuss education and then they will return to Jackson, where the class will discuss Health Care and have its graduation. These sessions present exciting opportunities where the Leadership class can see the strategic, long-range planning and changes Oswald that are occurring in our state. Through this program, MEC continues to shrink the miles that divide us by broadening our understanding of life and leadership in communities throughout Mississippi. said. “I hadn’t even started deejaying back then, but me and a buddy sat together and made a 17­ -minute mixtape, created a Facebook group and ended up having more than 2,500 students come to the library during finals and dance for 17 minutes non­ stop. That memory will be with me forever.” Vanderleest said he has been very lucky to book gigs so regularly, including the weekly event at Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern known as “Dubstep Tuesday,” which is well into its second year. He got even luckier, he said, when he won the 2013 Red Bull Thre3Style University DJ competition in Oxford, receiving a check for $1,000 and a slot to perform during spring break at Club La Vela in Panama City, Fla. Vanderleest said that he has been humbled by his success, and feels lucky to be doing what he loves. “It is a blessing to be able to share the music I make and the music I love with people,” he said. “I want them to enjoy it as much as I do.” Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www.cityofstarkville. org or call 662-323-2652. 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.
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concert. Tickets are $35 and are available online at “This opportunity is very special to me,” Vanderleest said. “It’s the first time Music Makers Productions has booked me as an artist. I am absolutely stoked to be able to perform at my alma­ mater, and to be able to get the crowd ready for 2Chainz.” Olivia Munn Music Makers Productions artist relations, said MMP is looking forward to presenting this type of concert. “We’re really excited to bring a show of this more urban genre,” she said. “It’s one of the biggest shows we’ve been able to put on recently.” Munn also said MMP feels Vanderleest is a great choice for an opener. “We’re excited to have Phil, too, because it’ll really set the mood and pump everyone up,” she said. Vanderleest said tonight’s will be the first show in months for which he’s been u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees
nervous, and he has been preparing for this show more intensely than he usually does. “I really enjoy mash­ ups, and I make all of them on­ -the­ -fly; it’s something I’ve never done in front of a crowd and it’s making me nervous. So hopefully I don’t sound bad and kill the vibe,” he said. “There are so many variables that go into a show like this. I still don’t know what I’m going to play, but I’ll either mix as many good songs as I can in 60 minutes, or I may find a vibe that works for me and the crowd and keep that going.” Vanderleest said he was most inspired to pursue mixing music by the small niche of electronic music performers, events and those who attended them in Starkville around 2008. After making his way into the local music scene from years of attending shows and concerts, Vanderleest said he got his first shot at playing music for an actual crowd at the MSU finals week Library Rave of 2009. “The Library Rave I did back in 2009 was a really cool moment for me,” he
make sure everyone is playing their part as if it was a real emergency.” In a press release, Thomas Bourgeois, dean of students and one of CAT’s leaders, said team members began receiving calls to the CAT command center at about 10:30 a.m. “We had a detailed script, and we made the call to our police dispatchers at (that time),” Bourgeois said in the release. “Our full Crisis Action Team was then activated, and we treated the incident as though it were really happening.” Salter said this simulation went to the point of actually sending MSU police, housing staff and other personnel to the sites of the virtual crisis. An MSU press release sent out at the drill’s start said there were also role players involved in the exercise, portraying students, professors, media and concerned parents. “The drill was fairly complex,” Salter said. “We monitor this as it evolves. The people who designed the drill threw some curveballs and confusion into the simulation. We try to make it as real and difficult as possible. Given the complexity of the drill, it went surprisingly well, I think. The overall reaction was that perfection is unattainable in these exercises, given the curveballs the design of this exercise threw.” Salter said the estimated 50 MSU staff members involved in the drill met the challenge with grim determination and celebrated little when the drill concluded just before noon, followed by a debriefing where CAT convened to determine the results. CAT will hold a more formal evaluation at its February meeting, he said, but in the meantime, MSU leaders were pleased with the results. Among them was Bill Kibler, vice president for student affairs and incident commander for CAT, who spoke about the drill in a press release. “We tested all of our emergency communication channels,” Kibler said in the release.. “We learn something from each of these exercises and are able to spot weaknesses and refine procedures. Each time, we feel better prepared for a real emergency.”
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are assessed per participant and com. include all necessary training u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of inmaterials. terdenominational ladies for u GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louis- lunch and discussion about the ville in Starkville, will offer free book “Streams in the Desert” ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. from noon to 1 p.m. resuming to 7 p.m. Monday through Jan. 7 at the Book Mart Cafe Thursday and from 8 a.m. to in downtown Starkville. For noon on Friday. For more in- more information, please call formation call 662-320-4607. 662-312-0245. u Quilting Group Meetu Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets ing — The Golden Triangle the first and third Saturday of Quilt guild will meet Thursthe month at 10 a.m. in the up- day, January 16th, 5:30pm, at stairs area of the Bookmart and the Starkville Sportsplex ComCafe in downtown Starkville. munity building. The program For more information, contact will feature, Jenny Reid talking Debra Wolf at dkwolf@cop- about the proposed Oktibbeha or call 662-323-8152. County Barn Quilt Trail. Visiu Square dancing — tors are welcome! For more Dancing and instruction on information contact Gloria basic steps every Monday 7-9 Reeves at 662-418-7905. u Sanitation Department p.m. at the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Enjoy learn- schedules — A reminder of ing with our caller and friendly collection days for the City of help from experienced danc- Starkville Sanitation and Eners. Follow the covered walk to vironmental Services Departthe small building.  Look us up ment. Schedule 1: Household on Facebook “Jolly Squares”. garbage collection – Monday u Dance team applications and Thursday, rubbish col— KMG Creations children lection – Monday only, recydance company “The Dream cling collection - first and third Team” is currently accepting Wednesday of each month; dance applications for the 4-6 Schedule 2: Household garyear old group and 10-18 year bage collection – Tuesday old group. For more informa- and Friday, rubbish collection tion, call 662-648-9333 or e- – Tuesday only, recycling colmail danzexplosion@yahoo. lection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
and local businesses were thriving in that environment. “People are no longer coming to Starkville for a specific purpose and immediately leaving,” Gregory said. “Now, they’re staying longer, visiting our shops and eating at our restaurants. … (Also) we have more locally owned retailers than we’ve had in a long time. They’re spread out across the city and they are sustainable businesses.” Starkville’s 2-percent restaurant tax totals fell about 2.4 percent in November, coming in at $129,712. However, restaurant tax has already generated in 11 months ($1,520,663) almost $20,000 more than what it generated in all of 2012. Parks and Recreation receives 40 percent of restaurant tax revenues, with MSU receiving 20 percent, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority receiving 15 percent each, and the city getting 10 percent. Gregory said the November dip in restaurant tax collections did not worry her. “To me, that is steady,” Gregory said. “That’s not significant enough to concern me, especially considering we’re already ahead of last year’s total collections.” Two-percent hotel tax collections dropped 20 percent in November compared to 2012, coming in at about $12,543. Year-to-date, the hotel tax is tracking slightly behind 2012, and the monthly average for has fallen each year since the tax hit the books in September 2011, from $14,911.95 through five months of the initial year to $13,783.96 through 11 months of 2013.
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tion. He said his experience on his church search committee for a new pastor taught him you sometimes have to look outside your own box for leadership. He said they could not have found a qualified preacher within their own congregation; they had to look elsewhere. He said his committee had authority to look across the country to find a pastor and eventually called one from Georgia. “Likewise, Gunn said, our schools should not be limited to finding their education leadership by the county line” which is what electing superintendents requires. He said a school district should be able to look outside the county if necessary to bring in their superintendent. Gunn addressed spending and performance based budgeting. He said measuring a program’s success can provide legislators with the information on whether to increase or eliminate funding. As examples he gave drug courts which have been successful and the investment is paying off; and the ‘scared straight’ program many states have used which has not been effective and proved to be a waste of resources.
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“The overwhelming continue to increase and number of our teachers how much money is availare good,” Speaker of the able in the budget; inforHouse Philip Gunn told mation he said would not the Stennis-Capitol Press be ready until March. Corps luncheon on MonGunn said the leaderday, “If we?re going to deship of the House wants mand more we need to pay to put money in the classthem more.” Gunn said he room. He said he recently BRIAN PERRY knows there are bad teachread “Rumsfeld’s Rules: ers and doesn’t want to Leadership Lessons in SYNDICATED pay them, but there is no Business, Politics, War, COLUMNIsT mechanism to differentiate and Life” by former Dethem. “Tell me who they are and we fense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The won’t pay them,” Gunn said, “I wish book explains a ‘tooth to tail’ ratio in they would go do something else.” dispersing resources at the Pentagon Gunn said it would be two or three where the front line soldiers are the years before they could determine the teeth of the dog and the rest of the good from the bad teachers and by dog should be supporting the teeth. then, good teachers will have waited Gunn said education funding should ten years for a pay raise. He wants to be directed to the classroom with anyraise teachers’ base salary and also sup- thing else supporting the classroom ports performance pay to “retain our and “there is no guarantee the money best students and encourage them to reaches the classroom in MAEP.” go into education and reward our good In response to a question, Gunn teachers.” said he was not opposed to looking at a Gunn was not ready to put an state employee raise as well. amount on that raise. He said it deGunn also expressed support for pends on whether or not state revenues appointed superintendents of educa-
Gunn talks education at Stennis
He said the legislative budget office’s recommendation this year shows the legislature has changed its mindset on bonding, eliminated the use of one time money for reoccurring expenses and has suggested $540 million be placed in reserves. He said these are all items bonding agencies look at when considering the Mississippi bond rating. Gunn expressed disappointment that the Department of Public Safety was unable to answer budget questions last year posed by legislators and this year has recommended level funding for the agency and requested an audit. Gunn said the agency is cooperating with the audit. He also supports Governor Phil Bryant’s call for increased streamlining in corrections to save money and make the department more efficient. Gunn was questioned on whether the legislature would assist the City of Jackson with infrastructure needs. He said as a resident of Clinton “within the Jackson metro-area” he was very aware of the need for a strong capital city. “If the core rots, everything around it rots,” he said. But he said the issue of
government buildings “which are not on the tax rolls?” have not been a problem until just recently suggesting that the real problem is the city’s declining tax base. Gunn said appropriations and bonding requests by Jackson have not met with legislative success and said the solution is raising the tax base by bringing new residents into town and creating new jobs. Gunn said he was willing to work with Jackson leaders to explore solutions, but he joked that if Jackson did not want state government buildings, he would be happy to move them to Clinton. The luncheon at the Capital Club in Jackson is a program by the Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol Press Corps to facilitate dialogue between the press and government leaders. It is open to the public. Earlier this month, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves addressed the group as well.
Brian Perry is a columnist for the Madison County Journal and a partner with Capstone Public Affairs, LLC. Reach him at or @CapstonePerry on Twitter.
Be careful: Someone is watching!
In the wake of the 2013 NSA data spying controversy, last summer The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled “Phones Leave a Telltale Trail.” The authors note that everyone who owns a cell phone creates “metadata” that leaves a “digital trail.” While each individual crumb of data might seem insignificant, when it's combined and analyzed, it provides “one of the most powerful investigative tools ever devised.” By tracing our metadata, investigators can pinpoint where we were or where we are at this moment. Here's an example from an imaginary smartphone user named “Geoff”: u Geoff poses by a waterfall and snaps a self-portrait, which he immediately tweets, then emails to his grandmother. u Geoff's text, photo, and email ascend a series of remote servers, each dragging their own trails of metadata. u Once there, the metadata may be extracted and interpreted by any interested party with access. u Thanks to the above “digital trail,” without ever having met Geoff, we know he was at Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls, Idaho, at 3:57 P.M. on April 22nd, that he has a certain brand of smartphone, and that he speaks English. One of the facets of this little “digital trail” experiment that intrigued me was the fact that it illustrates perfectly a couple of principles right out of Psalm139:1-2, which says, “O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” The main thought that arises here is that everything about us leaves a trail. In this day and age of digital and social media, is it any wonder that our every movement is somehow traceable? It does not matter whether we use our credit cards, or our cell phones, or… well, whatever. Our every motion is somehow and somewhere on a record that someone else could find and follow. What a concept—take great care about how you live your life, because someone is watching. This is news to columnists and authors, but it's hardly a revelation to those who believe in a sovereign, all-seeing God. King David in Psalm 139 is expressing the fact that what is true for our physical lives is also true for our spiritual lives. God knows everything about us. Nothing we do or even think is hidden from His penetrating view. While, for some, that may be a hazard for living – that nothing we do or think is hidden from God – for others
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Mandatory minimums lead to mass incarceration
The Sun Herald Federal Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York says documents called “statements of reasons” are an optional way for a judge to express “views that might be of interest.” The one he issued two months ago is still reverberating. It expresses his dismay that although his vocation is the administration of justice, his function frequently is the infliction of injustice. The policy of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses has empowered the government to effectively nullify the constitutional right to a trial. As Lulzim Kupa learned. Born to Albanian immigrants, he was convicted in 1999 and 2007 of distributing marijuana. Released from prison in 2010, he again engaged in trafficking, this time with enough cocaine to earn him charges involving a sentence of 10 years to life. On March 5, 2013, prosecutors offered this: In exchange for a guilty plea, he would effectively be sentenced within the range of 110-137 months -- but the offer would expire the next day. Kupa rejected the offer, so on March 15 prosecutors filed a “prior felony information,” aka an 851 notice, citing the two marijuana convictions. So, 10 days after saying a sentence of perhaps less than eight years (assuming good time credits) would be appropriate, prosecutors were threatening a sentence of life without parole. This gave him no incentive to plead guilty. Then, however, they immediately proposed another plea agreement involving about nine years’ imprisonment. Given a day to decide, he acted too slowly, so prosecutors again increased the recommended sentence. Finally, Kupa caved: “I want to plead guilty, your Honor, before things get worse.” If, after the 851 notice, he had insisted on a trial and been found guilty, he would have died in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He is 37. Tyquan Midyett, a high-school dropout from a broken home and foster care, began using marijuana at 14. He was 26 when arrested for selling less than four ounces of crack. Because this was his second offense, the best he could do pleading guilty was a 10-year sentence. When he hesitated, the government gave him a date to agree or it would file an 851 notice, which would double the mandatory minimum to 20 years. He went to trial, was convicted and is serving 240 months for an offense that, without the escalating coercions aimed at a guilty plea, would have received a sentence of 46-57 months. Kenneth Harvey was 24 in 1989 when he committed a crack cocaine offense. He had two prior offenses that qualified as felony drug convictions even though they were not deemed serious enough for imprisonment. They, however, enabled the government to make an 851 filing. He will die in prison. Harvey is 48. Thousands of prisoners are serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes. Judge Gleeson, who is neither naive nor sentimental (as a prosecutor, he sent mobster John Gotti to die in a supermax prison), knows that most defendants who plead guilty are guilty. He is, however, dismayed at the use of the threat of mandatory minimums as “sledgehammers” to extort guilty
pleas, effectively vitiating the right to a trial. Ninety-seven percent of federal convictions are without trials, sparing the government the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Mere probable cause, and the meager presentation required for a grand jury indictment, suffices. “Judging is removed,” Gleeson says, “prosecutors become sentencers.” And when threats of draconian sentences compel guilty pleas, “some innocent people will plead guilty.” Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Sens. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are questioning the regime of mandatory minimum sentences, including recidivism enhancements, that began with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. Meanwhile, the human and financial costs of mass incarceration mount.
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Frances Coburn McReynolds
Frances Coburn McReynolds, 68, died January 12, 2014 at her home in Charlotte, NC. Frances was a long-time resident of Starkville, MS. Frances was born in Courtland, AL on December 19, 1945, the daughter of Frank Bullock Coburn and Kathryn Falls Coburn. She graduated from Decatur High School in Decatur, AL, and attended Mississippi State College for Women where she was a Lockhart and a member of The Blacklist. After marrying Samuel Swan McReynolds in 1967, Frances spent several years in Yazoo City, where she made lifelong friends and started raising a family. After moving to Starkville, she became a founding member of Grace Presbyterian Church, as well as being very active in her husband's business and school activities with her children. She retired from the Mississippi State University Library. Other passions included her Bible Study, Book Club, MSU Baseball, her front porch, dear lifelong friends, deep conversation, and a good game of cards. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Samuel Swan McReynolds; daughter Pauline (Polly) McReynolds Stone and husband Bob, Charlotte, NC; son Frank Sage McReynolds, Albany, NY; two grandchildren Amanda Coburn Stone and Robert Samuel Stone, Charlotte, NC; and her sister Jane Coburn McManus and husband Jerry, Dallas, TX. Visitation will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church from 12:30pm-2:30pm on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The funeral service will follow, also at Grace Presbyterian Church at 2:30pm with the Rev. Ford Williams officiating. Immediately following the service, the burial will be held at Oddfellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in her name to either Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), 5422 Clinton Boulevard, Jackson, MS 39209; or The Mary Quincy Parsons and Kelsey Louise Wright Professorship in Mitochondrial Research Fund, UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, 3963 Maple Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75219. An online guestbook is available at
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that is a powerfully comforting statement. For you see, the fact that God knows exactly where we are, where we have been and what we have been doing, and yet, He is a Father who loves us in spite of all that He knows about us, for those who follow Christ, is a peace-giving, and assuring truth. The truth of the matter is that God loved each one of us before and in spite of our lack of love for Him. He provided in His Son a payment for our sins and the promise of His love, acceptance, and forgiveness, no matter what the digital and spiritual trails may reveal. What this also demonstrates is that there are no coincidences with God. He knows what is going to happen. He is in control of what is going to happen. And if He so desired, He could change what is going to happen. God is in the business of demonstrating His faithfulness on a daily basis. He wants us to consistently see the events that happen as His demonstrations of His love and care for us. He indeed is watching over us! Listen to one man's testimony about this very fact: “Shortly after my wife and I became Christians, the IRS asked me to defend a tax return from years earlier. Unfortunately, I couldn't defend it. I hadn't
Mr. James T. Lewis
Mr. James T. Lewis, 88, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at North Ms. Medical Center in Eupora. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday at Center Grove Baptist Church with burial in Clear Springs Cemetery in Oktibbeha County. Rev. Joel Hudson and Rev Danny Woods will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Mr. Lewis was retired from Babcock and Wilcox in West Point after 35 years of service. He was also a Deacon for over 40 years and Sunday School Director for 35 years at Center Grove Baptist Church where he was a member. He was a veteran in the US Marines. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Conaway Lewis. He is survived by his wife, Jimmie Holloway Lewis, 3 sons, James Ronald (Jane) Lewis of Maben, Michael Thomas (Julie) Lewis of Maben, William Scott (Shelia) Lewis of Mathiston, sister, Elizabeth (John) DeLuca of The Villages, FL, sister in law, Ruby Conaway (Talton) Doss of Maben. 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
been honest. So I began months of painful meetings with the IRS. “The day came for my last meeting. After parking, I discovered the meter wouldn't take my few remaining pennies, and I was already late. I nearly cried. Instead I prayed, 'Lord, we're trusting you with a huge tax problem. It's dumb not to ask you for help with this little meter.' “When I came out later, I saw what looked like a ticket on my car window. I was stunned! Hadn't I asked God to help me? I yanked the paper from under the wiper blade and read these words: 'Mike, your time was expired. I took care of it. Chuck.' “Incredibly, a friend 'happened' to recognize my car and noticed the expired meter. Happened? No. God had used my friend to speak to me that day with a promise of forgiveness and healing, just as he spoke in the months following by resolving our tax debt.” The point: God is watching over you, and there are no coincidences with God. No matter what your circumstances, God cares for you. The great tragedies of life are not tragedies with God. They are simply His calls to each of us to recognize His care and compassion for us and His love for us, and most of all His desire for us to love Him! So be careful about your digital and spiritual trails – Someone is watching! God bless…
For the Record
The following are felony arrests as reported by Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department: JAN. 6 u Kevin D. Meritt, 20, burglary of a residence; u Sean Brown, 42, probation violation, false information and post-release violation. JAN. 8 u Kodi Devonte Ellis, 35, probation violation and disturbing the peace; u Kollin N. Kelly, 23, DUI 3rd; u Jeremy Lamicheal Hinton, 20, house arrest violation. JAN. 9 u Stephen Daniel Clark, 27, shooting into a dwelling, possession of a weapon by a felon and headlighting deer; u John C. Bass Jr., 31, circuit court order; u Robert Adam Cox, 25, grand larceny and probation violation; u Lasang Kemp, 29, sale of more than 30 grams of marijuana; JAN. 10 u Anthony Cortez Childs, 23, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; u Johnny D. Eaves, 39, aggravated DUI. JAN. 12 u David Lee Rush, 57, probation violation, possession of cocaine, receiving stolen property and driving on suspended license. The following are felony arrest reports as reported by Starkville Police Department: JAN. 10 u Christopher L. Jones, 21, statutory rape, driving without a seatbelt (two counts) and no insurance (two counts). JAN. 13 u Deangelo Dewayne Manning, 18, drive by shooting.
Thirteen year old Kimberly Macias cries as she sees schoolmates at a vigil for the victims, Tuesday, in Roswell, N.M. A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. (Photo by The Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales, AP)
Suspect's family ‘heartbroken' over NM shooting
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The 12-year-old boy who opened fire on a crowd of students in a New Mexico middle school gym had planned the attack and warned some classmates to stay away moments before the gunfire rang out, investigators said Wednesday. State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said it appeared the victims in Tuesday's shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell — an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl — were chosen randomly. The shotgun used by the boy came from his family's home, and he had three rounds of ammunition, Kassetas said at a news conference. "All three rounds were expended during the incident," the police chief said. "There was no indication that he had any ammunition other than what was loaded in the gun." He declined to speculate on a motive. The 11-year-old boy who was shot in the face and neck remained in critical condition Wednesday at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. The 13-year-old girl, identified Kendal Sanders, was in satisfactory condition with injuries to the right shoulder. The family of the injured boy has asked that his name be withheld while he recovers. Meanwhile, the suspected shooter's family issued a statement Wednesday saying they were heartbroken and that their remorse could not be put into words. They said the two children who were injured have been in their thoughts and prayers. "We are horribly sad over this tragedy on so many levels," the family stated. "We are praying that God will be with everyone who has been affected." The family added it will cooperate with law enforcement to "piece together how this awful tragedy occurred." Police have not released the boy's name, and The Associated Press typically doesn't identify juveniles who are accused of crimes. Police didn't say when charges would be filed, only that they were working with the district attorney's office. Kassetas described the case as complex. He said investigators worked through the night executing search warrants at the school, and determined through those searches that the attack was planned. They examined the boy's locker and the duffel bag the seventh-grader used to transport the .20 gauge shotgun to school. Kassetas said the handle of the gun was sawed off so it had "more of a pistol grip." He added authorities had some indication that the boy verbally warned "select students" about the attack as he arrived at the school. Kassetas didn't elaborate. The shooting spurred a flood of 911 calls from students Tuesday morning. In some, screaming could be heard in the background. The shooting was over in 10 seconds, officials said, after the boy fired at the ceiling, the floor and then the students. An eighth-grade social studies teacher, John Masterson, then stepped in and talked the boy into dropping his weapon. Masterson and other teachers were lauded for taking quick action that authorities said would've saved lives had the boy had more ammunition, or had there been another gunman. Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon said all the schools in the county, public and private, undergo regular training for dealing with "active shooters." "The teachers and the staff at Berrendo knew exactly what to do," Coon said. "They went into their lockdown. They followed the way they were taught. If there would have been more than one young man roaming the halls, there would have been minimal damage because they locked that down so quick." Andrea Leon, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Berrendo, said students have completed so many drills that some started laughing when the shots first rang out "because they thought it was fake." Police and schools nationwide adopted "active shooter" policies after Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates and a teacher, and wounded 26 others before killing themselves in the Littleton, Colo., school's library in 1999. Police waited 45 minutes for a SWAT team to arrive before entering the school. Officers now are trained to confront a shooter immediately. The boy accused in the Roswell shooting was transferred to an Albuquerque psychiatric hospital following a hearing Tuesday. His family said they were thankful the judge ordered that he receive an evaluation and mental health treatment.
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Thursday, January 16, 2014
College Football
Koenning leaves MSU for Texas
By BEN WAIT   Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen will have to search for another coach. After filling his strength and conditioning head coaching position with Rick Court on Tuesday, it was learned late Tuesday night that Bulldog offensive coordinator Les Koenning was accepting the wide receiver coaching job at Texas under new head coach Charlie Strong. Koenning was introduced on Wednesday afternoon. Koenning “I have known Charlie for a long time and am thoroughly, thoroughly impressed with the way he coaches football,” Koenning said in a press release. “I’m just happy to be a part of this because he is a very successful coach, and being able to help him at The University of Texas was really exciting for me.” Koenning played wide receiver at Texas from 1977-80. He spent the last five seasons as the Bulldog offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. During three of those seasons, MSU had some of the best offensive numbers in school history. In 2013, the Bulldogs set the yards per game average with 434.4. The old mark was set in 1982 at 422 yards per game. He was instrumental in the development of Tyler Russell, who leaves MSU with a handful of school records. Dak Prescott also learned a great deal from Koenning. Prescott has been regarded as many around the nation as a “dark horse” for the Heisman Trophy this coming season. Koenning has been an offensive coordinator since 1998. He was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Duke that season. Since then, he has been the offensive coordinator for Houston, TCU, Alabama, Texas A&M and the Bulldogs. With the hiring of Koenning, Strong’s first staff at Texas is complete. Koenning was also the running backs coach at MSU from 1986-89 under head coach Rockey Felker. Strong and Mullen spent time together from 2005-08 when they were assistants at Florida under current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. With the departure of Koenning, that leaves only tight ends coach Scott Sallach, offensive line coach John Hevesy and safeties coach Tony Hughes as the only remaining coaches from Mullen’s original staff. This is the second coordinator the Bulldogs have lost to the Longhorns. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz left for Texas after the 2010 season. Koenning is the second coach from last season’s team to leave. Strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis left for the same position at Connecticut. Court was hired from Ohio State, where he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach.  McKinney
  Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney flirted with going pro, but announced Wednesday afternoon that he was returning to school. It was learned during bowl practices that McKinney was considering forgoing his final two years at MSU and go pro. After evaluation, McKinney decided against it. “I just want everybody to know I’m staying for one more year,” McKinney said in a video released by the athletic department. McKinney led the Bulldogs with 71 tackles and 3 ½ sacks last season as the Bulldogs went on to a 7-6 record and a blowout 44-7 win of Rice in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. McKinney will be redshirt junior this upcoming season. “I wanted to stay another year to better myself as a man and better myself as an athlete,” McKinney said.
decides to return to MSU
College Basketball
Bulldogs drop game to Tide on the road
By BEN WAIT   TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray sensed something wasn’t right with his team during the early morning walk through Wednesday morning. It seemed to show on the court. The Bulldogs dropped an 80-61 decision to the Alabama Crimson Tide inside Coleman Coliseum. “I’m really disappointed in the way we came out and played,” Ray said. “I thought we weren’t very good in our shoot around (Wednesday). I thought we were a little loose, wasn’t tied down and it carried over into the game.” The Bulldogs (11-5, 1-2) were already shorthanded and lost another player early in the game. True freshman point guard I.J. Ready left early in the game after a collision. Ray assumes it’s a concussion, but won’t know anything until he talks to the doctors. “We need him out on the court because he’s a steadying influence on our team,” Ray said. “He’s a guy that can also make a shot and he’s our best passer. Not having him out there was also a probAlabama’s Trevor Releford (12) takes the basketball to the basket as Mississippi State’s Fred lem, but it shouldn’t be a reason why you lose by Thomas defends on Wednesday night. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter, The Tuscaloosa 20-something points.” News, AP) MSU was led by sophomore center and former
Starkville High School standout Gavin Ware with his 18 points. Sophomore guard Craig Sword added 12 points. “We didn’t go all out early (Wednesday),” Sword a native of Montgomery, Ala., said. “Nobody came prepared and we just weren’t prepared for this game.” The Tide got a game-high 28 points from Trevor Releford. He tied a career-high with six 3-point field goals. Shannon Hale added 12 points, Retin Obasohan had 11 and Rodney Cooper chipped in 10 points. With the loss, State has lost four-straight to Alabama for the first time since a similar stretch from 1993-95. The Bulldogs have now lost six-consecutive inside Coleman Coliseum. True freshman De’Runnya Wilson made his MSU basketball debut. Wilson showed his talent at wide receiver for the football team last fall. Wilson checked into the ballgame with 8:28 left in the second half. He played four minutes in two different stints and didn’t record any stats of note. “It’s unfair to him because he has no idea of what he’s doing,” Ray said. “I just wanted some guys to go out there and play hard. It’s really hard to evaluate or say what he did.”
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Women’s College Basketball
MSU, Tennessee meet at Humphrey Coliseum
By DANNY P. SMITH Tennessee women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick doesn’t take any team for granted in the Southeastern Conference. That especially goes for when the Lady Volunteers have to play at any of the 13 other venues of the league. Tennessee plays at Mississippi State tonight and Warlick is very worried about the potential the Bulldogs have of turning Humphrey Coliseum into a home court advantage. “I’m concerned about going to Mississippi State and playing on their home court.,” Warlick said during Wednesday’s SEC women’s coaches teleconference. “They are in the SEC below us, but that doesn’t even enter my mind. I just look at how teams play, how many games have come down to last second shots and come down to the wire. This is a very tough conference.” The tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. for the CSS telecast. The radio broadcast in the Golden Triangle will be on WKBB-FM 100.9. The Bulldogs have played on the road twice in the SEC and have split those matchups. After starting the conference schedule with losses to Florida on the road and Auburn at home, MSU was able to knock off Arkansas in Fayetteville 54-50. Coach Vic Schaefer knows his Bulldogs haven’t gotten to 14-3 overall by accident. “They’ve worked awfully hard and continue to embrace the change that’s happening here,” Schaefer said. “Our goal every week is to get better and we’ve done that. We’ve done that through work ethic, through commitment and just learning to be competitive and tough every day. Competitiveness and toughness is something we’ve had to teach every day because this is a league of monsters. If you have a bad Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick directs her team during a game earlier this season. (Photo by John Bazemore, AP)
See WOMEN | Page 12 ing and rebounding. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams)
Mississippi State’s Martha Alwal (10) leads the team in scor-
The number of minutes that D’Runnya Wilson had in his debut with the Mississippi State men’s basketball team Wednesday night at Alabama.
Youth volleyball registration open
  Registration is now open for the Starkville Youth Volleyball program offered through Starkville Parks and Recreation. The program is designed for girls and boys in grades 5-8 interested in learning the sport of volleyball and improving their skills. The program will involve drills, games, and other volleyball activities. The cost of participation is $10 and registration is due by Jan. 24. Registration forms can be picked up at the Starkville Sportsplex.
College Basketball SEC Standings Team Florida Texas A&M Kentucky Ole Miss Tennessee Georgia Alabama Missouri Arkansas Miss. State LSU Vanderbilt Auburn S. Carolina SEC Pct. Overall Pct. 3-0 1.000 14-2 .875 3-0 1.000 12-4 .750 2-1 .667 12-4 .750 2-1 .667 11-5 .688 2-1 .667 11-5 .688 2-1 .667 8-7 .533 2-1 .667 8-8 .500 1-1 .500 13-2 .867 1-2 .333 12-4 .750 1-2 .333 11-5 .688 1-2 .333 10-5 .667 0-2 .000 8-6 .571 0-3 .000 8-6 .571 0-3 .000 7-9 .438 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 Florida 72, Georgia 50 Arkansas 87, Kentucky 85 OT Wednesday’s Games Alabama 80, Miss. State 61 Ole Miss 88, LSU 74 Tennessee 78, Auburn 67 Texas A&M 75, S. Carolina 67 Today’s Game Missouri at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. College Boxscore Alabama 80, MSU 61 MISSISSIPPI ST. (11-5) Thomas 3-8 0-0 8, Borchert 3-10 1-2 7, Ready 0-1 0-0 0, Ware 7-8 4-5 18, Sword 4-8 4-6 12, Bloodman 2-5 2-2 6, Davis 1-3 0-0 3, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 0-2 3-3 3, Johnson 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 22-50 14-18 61. ALABAMA (8-8) Engstrom 1-2 0-0 2, Hale 5-9 1-2 12, Releford 10-13 2-2 28, Randolph 2-6 2-3 6, Obasohan 4-10 3-7 11, Key 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Jacobs 4-6 0-0 8, Cooper 3-8 2-2 10, Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Slaughter 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 30-57 10-16 80. Halftime_Alabama 38-26. 3-Point Goals_ Mississippi St. 3-10 (Thomas 2-4, Davis 1-2, Cunningham 0-1, Borchert 0-3), Alabama 10-25 (Releford 6-9, Cooper 2-6, Slaughter 1-1, Hale 1-3, Key 0-1, Randolph 0-2, Obasohan 0-3). Fouled Out_Taylor. Rebounds_Mississippi St. 28 (Borchert, Ware 6), Alabama 33 (Cooper, Obasohan, Randolph, Releford 4). Assists_Mississippi St. 11 (Bloodman 5), Alabama 17 (Releford 4). Total Fouls_Mississippi St. 17, Alabama 18. Technical_Releford. A_10,112. Men’s Top 25 Fared Wednesday 1. Arizona (17-0) did not play. Next: vs. Arizona State, Thursday. 2. Syracuse (17-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 22 Pittsburgh, Saturday. 3. Wisconsin (16-1) did not play. Next: vs. Michigan, Saturday. 4. Michigan State (16-1) beat Northwestern 54-40. Next: at Illinois, Saturday. 5. Wichita State (18-0) did not play. Next: vs. Indiana State, Saturday. 6. Villanova (15-1) did not play. Next: vs. DePaul, Saturday. 7. Florida (14-2) did not play. Next: at Auburn, Saturday. 8. Iowa State (14-2) did not play. Next: at Texas, Saturday. 9. Oklahoma State (15-2) beat TCU 82-50. Next: at No. 15 Kansas, Saturday. 10. San Diego State (14-1) vs. Fresno State. Next: vs. UNLV, Saturday. 11. Ohio State (15-2) did not play. Next: at Minnesota, Thursday. 12. Baylor (13-2) at Texas Tech. Next: vs. No. 25 Oklahoma, Saturday. 13. Kentucky (12-4) did not play. Next: vs. Tennessee, Saturday. 14. Iowa (14-3) did not play. Next: vs. Minnesota, Sunday. 15. Kansas (12-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State, Saturday. 16. UMass (15-1) beat George Mason 8887. Next: at Elon, Saturday. 17. Memphis (12-3) did not play. Next: vs. UConn, Thursday. 18. Louisville (14-3) did not play. Next: vs. Houston, Thursday. 19. Cincinnati (16-2) did not play. Next: at South Florida, Saturday. 20. Creighton (15-2) did not play. Next: at Providence, Saturday. 21. Colorado (14-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 25 UCLA, Thursday. 22. Pittsburgh (16-1) did not play. Next: at No. 2 Syracuse, Saturday. 23. Duke (13-4) did not play. Next: vs. N.C. State, Saturday. 24. Saint Louis (16-2) beat St. Bonaventure 66-60. Next: vs. Fordham, Saturday. 25. Oklahoma (13-4) did not play. Next:
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“We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach.”
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said about the search for a new football coach.
Today Women’s College Basketball Tennessee at Mississippi State, 8 p.m. Junior High Basketball Armstrong vs. West Point, 5 p.m. Choctaw County at East Webster, 6 p.m.
Wright may play for Seattle
RENTON, Wash. (AP) —The Seattle Seahawks are waiting to see if former Mississippi State linebacker K.J. Wright will play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. If he does, it will be the first time for Wright to see game action since suffering a fracture in his right foot against San Francisco in Week 14. Wright had surgery after the injury and was back running last week. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he would be tested on Wednesday to see where he is at in his recovery. “We ran well today and over the weekend,” Carroll said. “He’ll come back out on Wednesday and we’ll see where he is. He has a chance and we’re excited for him.”
Today GOLF 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Humana Challenge, first round, at La Quinta, Calif. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — UConn at Memphis ESPN2 — Missouri at Vanderbilt FS1 — Providence at St. John’s 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Ohio State at Minnesota at No. 12 Baylor, Saturday. 25. UCLA (13-3) did not play. Next: at No. 21 Colorado, Thursday. 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 Today’s Games Tennessee at Miss. State, 8 p.m. Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia, 6 p.m. Auburn at Alabama, 7 p.m. S. Carolina at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. LSU at Missouri, 7 p.m. Sunday’s Games Miss. State at Texas A&M, 2 p.m. Ole Miss at Arkansas, 2 p.m. Georgia at Auburn, noon LSU at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. Kentucky at Auburn, 1 p.m. Alabama at S. Carolina, 2 p.m. Monday’s Game Notre Dame at Tennessee, 6 p.m. Women’s Top 25 Fared Wednesday 1. UConn (18-0) did not play. Next: at No. 23 Rutgers, Sunday. 2. Notre Dame (15-0) did not play. Next: at Pittsburgh, Thursday. 3. Duke (16-1) did not play. Next: vs. Virginia, Thursday. 4. Stanford (15-1) did not play. Next: at Arizona, Friday. 5. Louisville (17-1) beat UCF 75-56. Next: at SMU, Sunday. 6. Maryland (14-1) did not play. Next: vs. Syracuse, Thursday. 7. Baylor (14-2) did not play. Next: at Kansas, Sunday. 8. South Carolina (16-1) did not play. Next: at No. 25 Texas A&M, Thursday. 9. North Carolina (14-3) did not play. Next: vs. Clemson, Thursday. 10. Kentucky (14-3) did not play. Next: at Auburn, Sunday. 11. Oklahoma State (15-1) did not play. Next: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday. 12. Tennessee (13-3) did not play. Next: at Mississippi State, Thursday. 13. Iowa State (14-2) lost to West Virginia 73-59. Next: at Kansas State, Saturday. 14. LSU (13-3) did not play. Next: at Missouri, Thursday. 15. California (12-3) did not play. Next: at No. 19 Arizona State, Friday. 16. Penn State (11-4) did not play. Next: vs. Ohio State, Thursday. 17. Florida State (14-2) did not play. Next: at No. 20 N.C. State, Thursday. 18. Nebraska (12-3) did not play. Next: vs. Minnesota, Thursday. FS1 — Arizona State at Arizona NBA BASKETBALL 6 p.m. TNT — New York at Indiana 8:30 p.m. TNT — Oklahoma City at Houston TENNIS 10 p.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, third round, at Melbourne, Australia 2 a.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, third round, at Melbourne, Australia 19. Arizona State (14-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 15 California, Friday. 20. NC State (15-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 17 Florida State, Thursday. 21. Colorado (11-4) did not play. Next: at Washington State, Friday. 22. Purdue (11-5) lost to Michigan 65-49. Next: vs. Indiana, Friday. 23. Rutgers (13-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 1 UConn, Sunday. 24. Vanderbilt (14-3) did not play. Next: at Mississippi, Thursday. 25. Texas A&M (13-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 8 South Carolina, Thursday. National Basketball Association All Times EST Wednesday’s Games Chicago 128, Orlando 125,3OT Philadelphia 95, Charlotte 92 Washington 114, Miami 97 Boston 88, Toronto 83 Sacramento 111, Minnesota 108 Memphis 82, Milwaukee 77 Houston 103, New Orleans 100 San Antonio 109, Utah 105 L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, late Cleveland at Portland, late Denver at Golden State, late Dallas at L.A. Clippers, late Today’s Games Brooklyn vs. Atlanta at London, England, 3 p.m. New York at Indiana, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Houston, 9:30 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)
26 Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke 27 LaDarius Perkins, RB, Mississippi St. 29 Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville 30 Steven Clark, P, Auburn 34 DeDe Lattimore, LB, South Florida 40 Glenn Carson, LB, Penn St. 41 Johnny Millard, LB, Cal Poly 46 Derrell Johnson, LB, East Carolina 52 Justin Britt, OT, Missouri 52 Donald Hawkins, OT, Texas 53 Cody Peterson, LB, Navy 56 Garrison Smith, DL, Georgia 57 Kerry Wynn, DL, Richmond 63 John Urschel, G, Penn St. 64 James Stone, C, Tennessee 66 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill 67 Zac Kerin, C, Toledo 71 Kyle Bryant, OT, Youngstown St. 72 Matt Feiler, OT, Bloomsburg 73 Zach Fulton, G, Tennessee 74 Chris Elkins, C, Youngstown St. 76 Matt Hall, OT, Belhaven 77 Antwan Lowery, G, Rutgers 80 Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan 81 Patrick Laird, WR, Army 82 Alex Bayer, TE, Bowling Green 84 Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina 85 Ja’mes Logan, WR, Mississippi 88 Erik Lora, WR Eastern Illinois 90 Bruce Gaston, Jr., DL, Purdue 94 Zachariah Kerr, DL, Delaware 96 Jason Bromley, DL, Syracuse 97 Demonte McAllister, DL, Florida St. 98 Will Clarke, DL, West Virginia 99 Ethan Westbrooks, DL, West Texas A&M
Vikings pick Zimmer as new coach
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Zimmer is finally a head coach in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings think now is the time for the veteran defensive coordinator. The Vikings announced on Twitter on Wednesday night that they had hired Zimmer for their top coaching job. “I’m extremely excited to bring a championship to the state of Minnesota and to the great fan base of the Vikings,” Zimmer said in a video posted on the team’s Twitter account. “I can’t wait to get to work.” Long after reports first surfaced about the hire, the Vikings remained quiet. Their silence was strange, considering a report by ESPN that they had already requested and received permission from Cleveland to interview offensive coordinator Norv Turner for the same position in Minnesota. The top headline on the team website touted an area winner in the annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick contest.
Lacy replaces Peterson in Pro Bowl
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy will replace Adrian Peterson at the Pro Bowl later this month. The Minnesota Vikings running back can’t participate because of an injury. Lacy set franchise rookie records this season for rushing yards (1,178), rushing touchdowns (11) and rushing attempts (284). He tied the team’s rookie mark for 100yard rushing games at four. Lacy is the first Packers running back since Ahman Green in 2004 to go to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and the first Green Bay rookie running back since John Brockington in 1971. Lacy says he sees the Pro Bowl as an opportunity to thank his teammates and coaches for helping with his accomplishments on the field this past season.
Malzahn wins Bryant Award
HOUSTON (AP) — Auburn’s Gus Malzahn has won the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year Award. Malzahn led a remarkable turnaround in his first year at Auburn, taking the Tigers to the national title game a year after they went 3-9. Auburn came up just short in the national championship, with Florida State scoring a touchdown with 13 seconds left to pick up a 34-31 win. Malzahn, who like Bryant is from Arkansas, says that growing up Bryant was “the man” and he is honored to be associated with an award with his name. Malzahn beat out Baylor’s Art Briles, David Bailiff of Rice, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and David Shaw of Stanford for the honor. Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum was the ceremony’s other honoree, receiving the Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.
WEST 1 Sean Parker, S, Washington 2 John Brown, WR, Pitt St. 3 Alden Darby, S, Arizona St. 4 Anthony Fera, K, Texas 5 Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona 6 Bernard Reedy, WR, Toledo 7 TJ Jones, WR, Notre Dame 8 Daytawion Lowe, S, Oklahoma St. 9 Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU 10 Keith Wenning, QB, Ball St. 11 Tommy Rees, QB, Notre Dame 12 Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame 15 Richie Leone, P, Houston 16 Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon St. 17 Keith Price, QB, Washington 18 Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska 20 Timothy Flanders, RB, Sam Houston St. 21 Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota 22 Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose St. 23 Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas 24 Brennan Clay, RB, Oklahoma 25 Marcus Williams, CB, North Dakota St. 27 Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, FS, Penn St. 31 Ben Malena, RB, Texas A&M 32 E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri 37 Anthony LaCoste, RB, Air Force 40 Nate Dreiling, LB, Pittsburgh St. 41 Tyler Starr, LB, South Dakota 42 Devon Kennard, LB, Southern Cal 44 Max Bullough, LB, Michigan St. 48 Jordan Najvar, TE, Baylor 55 Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame 56 Shaquil Barrett, LB, Colorado St. 58 Khalil Wilkes, C, Stanford 63 Dillon Farrell, C, New Mexico 64 Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma 68 Christopher Burnette, G, Georgia 70 Justin Ellis, DL, Louisiana Tech 71 Jeremiah Sirles, OT, Nebraska 72 Austin Wentworth, G, Fresno St. 75 Ryan Groy, G, Wisconsin 76 Danny Kistler Jr., OT, Montana 77 Kevin Graf, OT, Southern Cal 78 Charles Leno, Jr., OT, Boise St. 79 Dakota Dozier, G, Furman 81 Seantavius Jones, WR, Valdosta St. 82 Kaneakua Friel, TE, BYU 83 Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana 89 Chandler Jones, WR, San Jose St. 90 Josh Mauro, DL, Stanford 92 Zach Moore, DL, Concordia (Minn.) 93 Cassius Marsh, DL, UCLA 95 Evan Gill, DL, Manitoba 96 Chidera Uzo-Diribe, DL, Colorado 97 Beau Allen, DL, Wisconsin 98 Derrick Hopkins, DL, Virginia Tech 99 Larry Webster III, DL, Bloomsburg National Football League Playoff Glance
Kings get 4th win in 5 games
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 111-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Gay hit 12 of 19 shots and Derrick Williams had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in his first game at Target Center since the Timberwolves traded him to the Kings in November. DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 11 boards, and the Kings shot 55 percent to win for the fourth time in five games. Kevin Love had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota. But Ricky Rubio committed five of Minnesota’s 12 turnovers and the Wolves fell to 0-11 in games decided by four points or less.
All Times EST Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 At St. Petersburg, Fla. Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44 Saturday, Jan. 18 New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24 EAST Sunday, Jan. 5 1 Allen Hurns, WR, Miami San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 2 Preston Brown, LB, Louisville San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20 3 Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood Divisional Playoffs 4 Andrew Jackson, LB, Western KenSaturday, Jan. 11 tucky Seattle 23, New Orleans 15 5 Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah St. New England 43, Indianpolis 22 6 Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois Sunday, Jan. 12 8 Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado St. San Francisco 23, Carolina 10 9 Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell Denver 24, San Diego 17 10 Tre Boston, S, North Carolina Conference Championships 11 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern IlSunday, Jan. 19 linois New England at Denver, 3 p.m. (CBS) 12 Dezmen Southward, S, Wisconsin San Francisco at Seattle, 6:30 p.m. 13 Xavius Boyd, LB, Western Kentucky (FOX) 14 Jemea Thomas, S, Georgia Tech Pro Bowl 15 Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice Sunday, Jan. 26 16 Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas At Honolulu 17 A.J. Marshall, S, Wake Forest TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC) 18 Blake Jackson, TE, Oklahoma St. Super Bowl 20 Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee Sunday, Feb. 2 21 Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue At East Rutherford, N.J. 22 Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 23 Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt p.m. (FOX) 24 Zach Bauman, RB, Northern Arizona East-West Shrine Classic Rosters
Sharapova reaches 3rd round at AO
By JOHN PYE Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Maria Sharapova survived the searing heat and an intense challenge from Karin Knapp to advance to the third round of the Australian Open with a grueling 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 win in 3 hours, 28 minutes. The temperature was forecast to spike at 44 Celsius (111) Thursday, on the third straight day of a heat wave. It was already 39C (102F) when Sharapova’s match started and increased to 42.5C (108.5), forcing organizers to enact the Extreme Heat Policy and suspend matches on outside courts. Sharapova wasted three match points on serve at 5-4 in the third set, and then had to save break points and serve to stay in the match before getting the crucial break in the 17th game of the deciding set. Despite serving three double-faults in the last game, the third-seeded Sharapova held on to win on her fourth match point 50 minutes later when Knapp made consecutive errors at deuce. “It’s tough for both of us. We fought as hard as we could,” Sharapova said. “She played some of the best tennis I’ve seen her play.” Sharapova, playing her second tournament back from extended time off for a right shoulder injury, wore ice vests in every changeover after the third game, draped ice bags over shoulders and poured water over her head. Sharapova recalled a first-round match in sauna-like conditions in Australia in 2007 that she won 9-7 in the third against Camille Pin and where “I remember being really close to passing out.” “I’m feeling much better now,” she said. She’ll next meet No. 25 Alize Cornet of France, who sobbed on court after coming back to beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in 2 1/2 hours. “I think I spent enough time on this court
Grizzlies earn 4th straight victory
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Conley and James Johnson each scored 15 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their season-high fourth straight game, 82-77 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Ed Davis added 14 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, which improved to 19-19 and returned to the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 9 (10-10). The Grizzlies also won for the ninth time in 13 games despite no points in 14 minutes from Marc Gasol. It was the second game in two days for the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year after he missed 23 contests with a left MCL sprain. He had 12 points in 24 minutes Tuesday against Oklahoma City. Brandon Knight scored 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting for Milwaukee, which lost its seventh consecutive game.
for today,” Cornet said in her on-court interview. “I went really further than my limits. It was really hot, that’s why I’m so emotional.” “Doing something physical in this heat it’s just unbelievable.” No. 29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also complained about the heat after her 6-2, 6-2 win over Mandy Minella. Pavlyuchenkova finished in 1 hour, 17 minutes, but said it still took a toll. She said she nearly passed out on court in her firstround match. “It’s really tough to play your best,” she said. “When you get a little bit of heat stroke your body feels really heavy. “My body was really hot, you feel sluggish, and you get frustrated because you can’t play your good tennis.” No. 11 Simona Halep had a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over American Varvara Lepchenko, who only won one game after needing treatment for heat-related problems late in the second set.
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High School Bowling
East Webster gets support, on the lanes
By JASON EDWARDS   East Webster is known for its tremendous support. No matter whether it is academics or athletics, the school, families and community members are always behind the kids 100 percent, even if it involves a sport that many might not be familiar with. “When you are in 2A and you say you have a bowling team, everybody gives you a weird look, but East Webster has always been behind its programs so we are blessed,” Wolverines bowling coach Christian “Boo” Jones said. “We do fundraisers and it doesn’t matter if we are selling picture frames or chicken plates, everybody is going to buy something because they support East Webster. We have a lot of support not just from parents, but occasionally you will get people who have nothing to do with bowling coming to watch so it is good.” There is one little fact that helps draw attention to the Wolverine bowling program and it comes in the form of back-to-back state championships. Two years ago, the East Webster boys came back from two down against Kossuth to win three straight while last year the Wolverines took East Union to five games in order to pick up their second championship. Those championships were hard fought especially considering bowling does not follow the normal class breakdowns. Instead of competing solely in Class 2A, the Wolverines find themselves in Class One, which consists of schools ranging in size from single A all the way to 4A. The East Webster girls basketball team won the Montgomery County Tournament last weekend. The Lady Wolverines defeated Montgomery County, Winona and French Camp on the way to the title. (Submitted photo)
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Boys 7th Grade Cross Point 24, Rising Star Lodge 18
Beno Bell and Jarmarrion Brown scored eight points each to lead Cross Point to a win. Justin Banks contributed four points for Cross Point. Ryan Johnson Jr. and Lance Trainer had five points each and Jhitwan Rogers added four points to the Rising Star Lodge effort. points and Caston Clanton chipped in one point. Chipper Hornburger and Everett Keenum had four points each for T-Law. Ashton Bogard had the point for Powerade.
Coca-Cola 20, McReynolds Orthodontics 19
Coca-Cola edged McReynolds Orthodontics behind the 10 points of Alonzo Neal. Blake Williams had seven points and Amarlyon Howard contributed three points for Coca-Cola. For McReynolds Orthodontics, Randall Futral scored in double digits with 10 points, while Graham Stevens had four points, Jackson Montjoy added three points and Harris McReynolds chipped in two points.
McReynolds Orthodontics 19, Bank First 18
McReynolds Orthodontics edged Bank First behind the seven points of Makhi Myles. Also for McReynolds Orthodontics, Cameron Ellis, Justin Green and Jaylon Ware had four points each. Wyatt Barnes scored in double figures for Bank First with 10 points and was followed by Christopher Hayes with four points, and Morgan Barnes and Mekih Young with two points each.
McRae, Stokes help Tennessee defeat Auburn
From Wire Reports
Starkville Saints 25, Express Oil 13
The Starkville Saints found their way to victory and were led by Landon Carpenter’s eight points. Alexis Stallings had six points, Tyson Tate contributed four points and Zavier Armstread added three points for the winners. For Express Oil, Arlo Williams paced the scoring with seven points, while Titus Rogers had three points and Laham Blake chipped in two points.
Sports Specialty 19, Garan 15
Cornelius Hendrix had an 11-point outing to help Sports Specialty. Idalis Suell scored in double digits with 10 Also for Sports Specialty, Keyshawn Lawrence scored four points, and Joshua Alford and Brooks points as Shep’s Cleaners defeated Synergetics. Milla Davis and Sarah Morgan Pellum had Brand added two points each. Keyvon Pearson had seven points, Fred Rice eight points each for Shep’s Cleaners. Bonner Hughes had 14 points for Synergetadded six points and Justin Addison had two ics, while Karlee McNeel added three points and points for Garan. Demetria Bell collected two points.
Girls 7th-9th Grade
With nine points each from James Dooley III and Tylan Townsend, Powerade was able to beat T-Law. Callaway Orthodontics 34, Cole Gonzales scored six points for Powerade and Reece McReynolds added two points. Dynamic Fire 17 Ladarien McKinney had four points for TRufus Harvey and Jatavious Lucious scored Law, while Narkez Bell contributed three points, 13 points each to provide Callaway Orthodontics and Fredrick Bankhead, Justin Jenkins, Ja’Quaylen Woods, and Johnathan Lampkin had two points some offensive punch. Jawan Gibson had four points for Callaway each. Orthodontics. Jaden James had 14 of the 17 points for DyBoys namic Fire, while Lawson McReynolds had the 2nd-3rd Grade other three points.
Boys 6th Grade
Powerade 26, T-Law 15
Bank First 46, Williams Wells Tire & Auto 8
Tabreea Gandy poured in 23 points as Bank First earned the victory. Gandy was helped by the eight points of Jariyah Covington and the seven points of Kirsten Thompson. For Williams Wells Tire & Auto, Aubree Campbell had four points, while Rush Brown and Kailynn Minor added two points each.
Girls 2nd-4th Grade New York Life 15, Insurance Associates 7
Nakeria Scales had eight points as New York Life defeated Insurance Associates. Taylor Hevesy added seven points for New York Life. Diamond Brooks scored four points, Madison Perkins had two points and Joni Banks chipped in one point for Insurance Associates.
Bancorp South 25, Latham Ballers 19
Synergetics 15, Wet & Wild Koa 11
A trio of six-point performances by Austin Jonathan Baker and Markevean Ellis scored six Hudson, Cameron Skinner and Jaylon Webb car- points each to lead Synergetics to the win. ried Bancorp South. Jacquarin Jenkins added two points and MarFor Latham Ballers, Jaquan Jenkins had eight cus Bell, Jr. contributed one point for the winners. points, Tylor Latham contributed six points and For Wet & Wild Koa, Connor Rogers scored Jaylon Webb chipped in five points. eight points and Luke Stansbury added three points.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan McRae scored 21 points and Jarnell Stokes had a double-double Wednesday as Tennessee beat Auburn 78-67 to hand the Tigers their third consecutive loss. McRae scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half as Tennessee (11-5, 2-1 SEC) never trailed and won for the fifth time in its last six games. Stokes scored 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Josh Richardson had 15 points. Antonio Barton and Jeronne Maymon added 11 points each. Chris Denson had 24 points to lead Auburn (8-6, 0-3), which lost to Tennessee for the sixth straight time. KT Harrell had 15 points and Tahj Shamsid-Deen added 10. Tennessee bounced back after blowing a 14-point halftime lead Saturday in a 57-56 home loss to Texas A&M, which made a game-winning 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds remaining. The Vols avoided the mistakes down the stretch that haunted them Saturday. Auburn faced an early dilemma when Harrell, who entered the night with an SEC-leading 19.3 points per game, picked up his second foul barely two minutes into the game. With Harrell on the bench, Auburn seemed out of sorts as Tennessee raced to an 11-4 lead. That’s when Auburn coach Tony Barbee put Harrell back in the game and gambled that his star guard wouldn’t pick up a third foul. The move paid off. Although Tennessee eventually extended its lead to 16-6, Harrell scored eight points and sank consecutive 3-pointers in a span of just over two minutes as Auburn got back into the game. Harrell went on to play 11 minutes in the first half without getting that third foul as Auburn continued to stay within striking distance. Tennessee led 33-28 at halftime thanks largely to Richardson and Stokes. Richardson scored 13 points in the first half while Stokes had eight points and eight rebounds.
Texas A&M 75, S. Carolina 67
Boys 4th-5th Grade
Cappe’s Steakhouse 12, Latham Ballers 4
T-Law 26, McReynolds Orthodontics 6
Keirstin Scales had eight points in the T-Law victory. Also scoring for T-Law were Darja Spencer with seven points, Skylynn Townsend with four points, Myia Davis with three points, and Zaria Prater and Ciara Warren with two points each. Evelyn Clark had all six points for McReynolds Orthodontics. (Editor’s note: The Starkville Area Youth basketball results is made available to the Starkville Daily News by the Starkville Park and Recreation Department. It’s the responsibility of the SAY coaches to provide the correct information and spelling of names to the SPRD scorekeepers so there is no confusion.)
Cy Hallberg and Jadon Spencer had four points each as Cappe’s Steakhouse captured the victory. Donovan Johnson-Griffin and Billy Petty Jarius Jordan had an eight-point outing to give William Wells Tire & Auto a win over Calloway chipped in two points each for Cappe’s. Matthew-Robert Latham had all four points Orthodontics. Following Jordan in the scoring column for for Latham Ballers. Williams Wells were Zy Ford with six points, Emory James, Cooper McNeel and Will Wells IV T-Law 18, with four points each, and Gregory Yarbrough Powerade 1 with two points. Bo Carter had six points for Calloway OrthoT-Law got six points from Daejon Johnson on dontics, while Martez Goss added four points, Kylan Baggett and Alvin Rogers Jr. scored two the way to a successful game.
William Wells Tire & Auto 28, Calloway Orthodontics 15
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M overcame a double-digit first half deficit to defeat South Carolina. Jamal Jones scored 22 points for the Aggies, who trailed 14-3 six minutes into the contest before getting their act together before their largest home crowd of the season. Guard Brenton Williams scored 14 points for the Gamecocks (7-9, 0-3), who shot 42.9 percent (9 of 21) from the field in the second half - after making 14 of 28 in the first half - en route to their third consecutive setback to start Southeastern Conference play. The Aggies (12-4, 3-0) under third-year coach Billy Kennedy are 3-0 in league play for the first time since 2010-11 under then-coach Mark Turgeon, now at Maryland, and as members of the Big 12 at the time. The Aggies snagged their first lead of the second half at 58-57 on two free throws by Jones with 6:59 remaining. Following a missed 3-pointer  by Jaylen Shaw on South Carolina’s ensuing possession, A&M guard Shawn Smith responded with a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner in lifting the Aggies to a 61-57 lead.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Nearly everyone you meet today will be in a great mood. The one exception might be an important partner who seems to get easily aggravated. You’ll want to consider helping this person change his or her mood. If that doesn’t work, just let it go. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You might be inordinately tense right now. It would be wise to go out and get some exercise or choose some other type of stressbuster. You know what works best for you. A misunderstanding could emerge. Don’t let this happen. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You speak your mind, and others seem to get the authenticity of your words. You could feel a bit awkward dealing with someone of importance. Don’t worry -your wit will carry you through any problem you might encounter. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Your possessive side emerges, which could leave you feeling extremely vulnerable. If possible, detach as quickly as you can. The sooner you do, the better you will feel. A challenge comes from an unexpected interaction. Worry less. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) An effort to communicate on a more cordial basis with a loved one will be well received. An unexpected call could result in a lot of talk and excitement. The other party is extremely dynamic, and he or she enjoys that same quality in you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Stop pushing so hard. Be aware of your limits, and consider taking a few days off. Take another look at what might be weighing you down. Plan to visit someone at a distance. When you return, you will be at your best. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You can’t help but go for what you want. Someone’s path could be confusing, so you will opt to become more independent. Others are bound to react. You might anticipate this, yet you still could be shocked by one person’s response.
January 16, 1974
Now Melvin J. Grayson knows what they mean when they talk about the fury of a woman scorned. He asked for a feminine backlash, however, when he set out after the nation’s secretaries. Grayson charged them with a scope of inefficiency as broad as the proverbial stenographer spread. He said the inefficiency covers the most basic skills from typing to spelling, grammar and punctuation. “There are in the United States, according to government sources, more than 4 million full-time secretaries,” Grayson said. “I feel sure than many of them - perhaps as many as 150 - are quite good.” Grayson first criticized in a humorous book called “Executive Sweeties” (Cordovan Press, Houston) and then expanded from there in an interview. Now a marketing consultant, our brave Mr. Grayson was a speech writer for Spiro Agnew and promotion director for the defunct Look magazine. This column spelled our Grayson’s lambaste and invited secretaries to answer him. They did. Mostly in irate tones, sometimes with humor. Even three bosses (in support of secretaries) were heard from. Letters came from such assorted towns as Pennsauken, N.J., Collidge, Ariz., League City, Tex., and Houma, La. The replies came from the big cities, too, from New York to Houston and San Francisco. Some charged Grayson with being the model of the male chauvinist. One said he had about “as much warmth as a dill pickle” (she’d seen him on a local television show), several said there was something wrong with the executive efficiency of a boss who’d run through 28 secretaries in 20 years. Grayson said he’d done just that and most “... at one time or another contrived to propel me right straight up the office wall.” “C’mon now, Melvin, 28 secretaries in 20 years! Bluebeard didn’t go through that many wives,” wrote Mrs. Barbara Doll, vice president, Executive Secretaries, Inc., Boston chapter. “The impression seeps through that anyone who wandered into your office in a miniskirt was hired. (I get a clear picture of anyone wearing support-hose being quickly ushered out, out, out.)”
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Use your intuition to see how far you can push someone. The person you are dealing with could be unusually difficult or complex. Be careful to not let anger become a component in this struggle. Encourage conversation and brainstorming. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’ll have an opportunity to learn a lot more about a situation. Explore your options. Tap into information that seems to have considerable validity. In the process, you will see that a new perspective could point to different paths. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) A partner’s responses will remind you to spend more one-on-one time with this person. A financial matter could demand quick thinking. Understand that you have a choice as to how to handle the issue. Reach out for feedback. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Others will come forward with surprising requests. A blast from the past might call you out of the blue. Maintain a sense of humor, and be willing to do your part to make a situation work.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 8 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Dedicate your time and attention to completing a project and getting past a problem. Your sense of humor will emerge with a partner who might be on the warpath. You have the ability to help this person gain a new perspective.
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French Camp duo signs with ICC
For Starkville Daily News
Itawamba Community College head baseball coach Rick Collier announced the signing of Hagan Box and Cole Henson of French Camp Academy on Wednesday. Box, a pitcher and shortstop, batted a team-high .406 and had a second-best .494 on-base percentage and .492 slugging percentage while leading the team in hits, triples, and runs scored during his junior season and finishing second on the team with 12 steals. On the mound, he had a 4-2 record in 40.2 innings pitched with team-highs 0.34 ERA and 68 strike outs while finishing third on the team with a .924 fielding percentage along with leading the team in putouts and double plays. Henson, a utility player, was second with a .364 batting average with team-highs .507 on-base percentage and .581 slugging percentage while leading the Panthers in RBI, doubles, and homeruns to go along with his 1.71 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 45 innings of work. French Camp Academy head baseball coach Nathan Wright, middle, joins Hagan Box, left, and Cole Henson as they sign National Box and Henson helped guide the Panthers to the Letters of Intent to play baseball at Itawamba Community College. (Photo by Hannah O’Brien, For Starkville Daily News) 2013 MHSAA Class A State championship in football.
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“It has definitely not been an easy road at all,” Jones said. “We have fought for some comebacks to win back-to-back years.” On the boys side, East Webster is gearing up for another standout year as it boasts a relatively young team that is looking to keep the championship streak alive. “This year we come back with a bit of a younger team,” Jones said. “A lot of the guys have stepped up. We are still searching for that fifth spot, but it is a real good possibility we will be back in Jackson this year. We will face some good competition at regionals on Feb. 10., and it is going to be a challenge, but hopefully we will get back down to Jackson.” While the boys have claimed the top prize the past two years, the Lady Wolverines have been just outside the final game both years. Knowing what it feels like to be right outside the fire has sparked a hunger in this season’s team. “Our girls the past two years have made it to Jackson,” Jones said. “They came up short the first year and placed third last year which was right out of the championship. I’ve got a lot of seniors that this is their last shot and they want it bad.” In order to prepare for the upcoming regionals and hopefully championship matches, both East Webster teams have been putting in a lot of hours working on technique. Having a top-notch facility
like Bulldog Lanes in Starkville to practice in and hold matches has definitely aided in that process. “It is great,” Jones said. “We are so thankful we can come up here. We enjoy coming up here and everybody here is good to us. We are able to practice here once a week and have a match almost once a week. We enjoy these lanes and the kids really like it.” Even with all the practice time in Starkville, when the team takes to the road for competition, the Wolverines are faced with different lane conditions and environments, but Jones says “they always make the right changes and do well on those lanes too.” East Webster will put its ability to adjust to the test when they begin the final push towards a state championship with regional competition Feb. 10 at Rebel Lanes in Tupelo which features real wood lanes. With only a few matches remaining before the end of the season, Jones and his team are beginning to look toward the future, and as far as the coach can see, things are moving in the right direction for bowling at East Webster. “We definitely have a lot of kids that are interested,” Jones said. “Two state championships bring a lot of people out, but we get a lot of interested athletes that don’t play any other sports. This gives them the chance to come out and do something. If you win that’s great, but if not, the kids still have a good time. We definitely have a bright future.” it,” Ray said. Alabama built on its lead in the second half. The Tide took a 65-42 lead, their biggest of the game, with 9:24 left in the ballgame. “We have to find a way to handle adversity,” Ware said. “(By) just not doing some of the stuff before the game and at halftime, we weren’t able to come in as a team and jump over that hill.” The only lead for MSU came on Sword’s bucket for the first points of the game to make it 2-0. The Bulldogs return home on Saturday. They will play Texas A&M. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:47 p.m. inside Humphrey Coliseum and can be seen on SEC-TV. the week we had off and felt like we got better in some areas where we really had some problems. “The next game can show you some more problems in this league. It’s a work in progress. I’m really proud with the way we responded last week and how hard our kids worked.” The next challenge comes against the 12th-ranked Lady Vols. Tennessee has a 13-3 record overall and a 2-2 mark in the SEC. The Lady Vols lost to Vanderbilt in their last action 74-63. The recent result has Warlick scratching her head a little bit. “We’ve hit a little lull right now, but we’ve gone back to practice and trying to get better as I’m sure everyone else is,” Warlick said. “If you watch one segment, our defending penetration has been lacking. It has put us in some bad situations where we’ve had to rotate our defense. It’s a huge part of where we’ve got to get better. We’re working on it every day and will continue to do that.”
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With the game tied 5-5 early on, Alabama went on a 7-0 run to give it a 12-5 lead. The Crimson Tide kept pushing out the lead and found themselves up by 10. Alabama took a 29-19 lead on a Rodney Cooper 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the opening half. Ray called a quick timeout. The Bulldogs responded out of the break and went on a 6-0 run to cut Bama’s lead to 29-25 with 3:56 left in the first half. The Tide ended the half on a 9-4 run to take a 38-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. “I thought it was huge and we really didn’t have a way to stop
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night in this league, you’re not going to lose – you are going to get embarrassed.” Junior center Martha Alwal continues to lead MSU in scoring and rebounding with 16.5 points and 8.5 boards per game. She collected her 24th career doubledouble with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Razorbacks. With 15 points against Arkansas, freshman Breanna Richardson increased her scoring average to 13.7 points for the three SEC games. Schaefer said the Bulldogs “are pretty resilient” during the ups and downs of the early conference season. “We are good at embracing whatever the thought for the day is or whatever our focus is for the day defensively,” Schaefer said. “We gave up a lot of points to Florida and Auburn. Some of that was my fault, but we had to fix some things. We went to work
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