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MSU braces for low temps
Crisis team enacts plan to prevent pipe bursts
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com MSU is bracing for the second round of a fight against freezing temperatures, and there hasn’t been time for the university to determine how it got hit as hard as it did in round one. On Jan. 7, after two consecutive days of temperatures staying below 32 degrees and often dipping into single digits, sprinkler system water pipes ruptured in Ruby Hall, impacting about 120 students and driving many into alternate housing for the spring semester. Similar but lesser damage hit Oak and Magnolia halls. MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said it’s the first time these residence halls, still less than a decade old, have faced temperatures this low, and the reasons they succumbed to freezing are still unknown.  “The process of evaluation and very thorough study of what caused the Jan. 7 problems and (determining) what we have to do to make sure we don’t have this problem next winter (is a process that) can’t really be completed until we have an extended period of temperatures above freezing and have the chance for all the stakeholders to do what they need to do,” Salter said. “We were sort of hit flat-footed with it Jan. 7, and it’s a fairly complex system. After Jan. 7, the first priority was to get the displaced students taken care of and then set about repairing the systems where you had damage to property. We’ve made good progress and are in many ways ahead of schedule, but having these single digits return ... you get to the point of trying very hard to anticipate not repeating it and balancing the dual responsibilities of protecting our folks and protecting property.”
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MSU’s Crisis Action Team (CAT) convened Thursday to develop a strategy for preventing further pipe damage to dorms. That plan includes draining sprinkler system water pipes on the top floors of seven MSU residence halls for the next seven days. Salter said MSU’s own meteorologists have predicted temperatures will fall below freezing today, remain below freezing until late Saturday morning, dip below freezing again Monday and stay there until mid-day Jan. 30. Nighttime lows are expected to reach single digits, he said, and when tonight’s forecast changed to a single-digit low, that spurred CAT to action. “I think next week, we have the potential to get to the lowest temperatures this month,” Salter said. The residence halls where sprinkler pipes on the top floors will be drained are Oak, Magnolia, Ruby, Hurst, Griffin, North and Moseley halls. In a press release, MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Kibler said Starkville Fire Department had vetted CAT’s plan. He said the fire alarm and heat detection systems in the residence halls would remain active, and the plan included extra measures to compensate for the lack of sprinkler water and bolster fire safety. “In addition, 24-hour fire-watch procedures have been implemented in these residence halls to heighten fire safety for all residence hall students during this time,” Kibler said in the release. “We have staff working around the clock to personally Wooden boards covered the window of a room Thursday at Ruby Hall, where repairs monitor these facilities, and that will continue uncontinue for damage from broken sprinkler system pipes Jan. 7. Meteorologists at MSU have til the fire suppression system is re-engaged. All forecast more single-digit lows like the ones believed to have frozen Ruby Hall’s pipes, but this safety measures to protect the university’s students time, MSU is preparing by shutting down the water supply to sprinklers on the top floors of See PIPES | Page 12 Ruby Hall and six other campus dormitories. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Honor Band students make friends, memories
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com MSU Director of Bands Elva Kaye Lance calls the university’s annual Honor Band Clinic “the Super Bulldog Weekend of the band program.” Super Bulldog Weekend, in addition to featuring MSU’s spring football game, a baseball series and other athletic events, is also one of MSU’s biggest athletic recruiting weekends, Kaye said. At the MSU Honor Band Clinic, she said, faculty make an effort to recruit high school students to the university’s Famous Maroon Band. “A big purpose of the clinic is to bring prospective students onto campus and have them meet our students, meet our staff, hear our ensembles and experience life on the MSU campus,” Lance said. “A lot of students see our marching band during football games, but they may not have the opportunity to hear and experience the concert groups.” MSU is hosting 226 students from six states at its 62nd annual Honor Band Clinic, which began Thursday and will continue through Saturday. In addition to learning from top music teachers from MSU and other universities, students participating in the clinic also give free performances for the public in the McComas Hall main theatre. The Honor Jazz Band and Honor Percussion Ensemble performed Thursday night, the MSU Wind Ensemble will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m., and the Honor Band’s final concert will be Saturday at 1 p.m. Lance said the clinic also gives students an opportunity to audition for the Famous Maroon Band, determine if they could meet their professional goals at MSU and decide if MSU is a good fit for them. “Every school has a personality, and this gives them a chance to experience MSU and get to know the personality of our school and our band program,” Lance said. “One of the reasons I chose MSU as an undergraduate was because of the experience I had at camps and clinics just like this. I don’t think anyone recruits for MSU better than our students. When (high school students) meet our students and interact with them, that is very positive.” In addition to MSU faculty, visiting clinicians include Robert Elliott and Jo Ann Hood, each of whom has close to 30 years of experience leading high school band programs; as well as Fred Allen, director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lance said 25 to 30 band directors were also attending to learn teaching techniques from clinicians. Originally, she said, the directors were central to the clinic, and so was band literature — the music high school bands play. “Its original purpose was to provide directors an opportunity to hear and study new band literature,”
John Ferguson of Somerville, Tenn., Courtney Conway of Oxford and Bethany Patterson of Olive Branch practice as part of the MSU Honor Band Clinic’s percussion ensemble Thursday at the MSU Band Hall. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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U.S. senator rips state program as ‘pork-barrel spending’
By ALEX HOLLOWAY reporter@starkvilledailynews.com United State Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain (RArizona) is taking aim at a Mississippi State University arboreal research program. McCain took to Twitter last week during U.S. Senate debate on $1.1 trillion spending bill to highlight what he described as the “Top 10 examples of pork barrel spending” in the bill. The senator topped the list with “A $600K program at #Mississippi State University to research how to grow trees faster.” The research program was the only item on McCain’s list with a specific cost associated with it that was less than $15 million. McCain placed the program above other examples, such as “$80 (million) in additional funding for #Amtrak which operates in the red year after year,” “$7.7 (million) increase for volunteer Civil Air Program, while US Air Force budget cut” and “$15 (million)/yr USDA office for #catfish inspection – which FDA already does – called wasteful & duplicative by (the U.S. Government Accountability Office).” While tree growth research may seem trivial at first glance, Mississippi State University Chief Communications Officer and Office of Public Affairs Director Sid Salter said the program helps the university continue research to assist in ongoing reforestation efforts in south Mississippi. “In 2005, Hurricane Katrina damaged approximately 1.5 million trees and killed some 500,000 in less than 24 hours is south Missis-
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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) recently targeted a Mississippi State University research program as an example of wasteful government spending. McCain put the program at the top of his list of the top 10 examples of wasteful spending in a $1.1 trillion spending bill. (SDN screenshot)
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u Consolidation Signing Ceremony — Starkville School District is hosting a Signing Ceremony for the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Center 2nd Level Mezzanine.
Saturday
u Piano Retreat and Student Concert — The MSU department of music will host the Third Annual Piano Retreat, a one-day introduction to university-level piano study for talented junior high and high school pianists beginning at 8:30 a.m. The retreat includes classes and private lessons and concludes with a concert. The concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Harrison Auditorium in the Giles Architecture building on MSU’s campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rosangela Sebba at 3252854 or rys3@colled.msstate. edu or Jackie Edwards-Henry at 325-2864 or jeh@ra.msstate. edu. u Public Viewing Night at MSU Howell Observatory — The MSU Physics & Astronomy Department will be hosting a public telescope viewing event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Howell observatory on MSU’s Southfarm. Up in the sky this time will be Jupiter, the Orion Nebula and a brand new supernova just discovered in the nearby galaxy, M82. Participants are asked to dress warmly, hats and gloves are a must. For more information contact Angelle Tanner at 662-325-4112.
Lindsay Sellers walks her dog, Darby, near the Renasant Bank on Montgomery Street. The two took advantage of the waning daylight on a chilly Wednesday afternoon to enjoy a bit of physical activity. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
phy, Gary Packwood, Peter Infanger, Linda Glover and Nancy Hargrove. It is free and open to the public. u Golden Triangle Down Syndrome Support Group — Golden Triangle Down Syndrome Support Group will meet at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 320-4607 to register. u Pastoral Anniversary — The St. Matthew M.B. Church family will celebrate the third anniversary of Rev. Nathaniel Best and First Lady Sherry at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26. This is a very special occasion for the Best and church families. the guest speaker will be Rev. Rayfield Evins, pastor of Southside M.B. Church of Columbus. The public is cordially invited. u Ordination Service — Sunday First John M B Church will hold a Deacon’s Ordination service u Golden Triangle Celts for Thomas J. Boyd Jr. at 5 p.m. Event — Golden Triangle Celts Dr. James A. Boyd will be the present a Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans guest Preacher. at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 607 Hospital Rd Monday in Starkville (just west of the Oktibbeha County Hospital) with a u Career Classes — EmScottish gathering in the fellow- erson Family Resource Center ship hall afterwards. Tim Gor- presents career classes from 5 don will be our piper again this p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and Jan. year. Everyone is welcome and 28, 29 and 30 at the Emerson encouraged to bring your family Family Resource Center. Call tartans (or even wear your kilts). 662-418-7089 to register. u Music Recital — Tenor Adam Webb will give a recital of the music of Benjamin BritTuesday ten, Francis Poulenc and Tom Cipullo at 3 p.m. in the Harrison u Kiwanis Meeting — KiAuditorium in the Giles Building wanis will meet at The Hilton at MSU, assisted by Karen Mur- Garden Inn at noon. The pro-
gram will be a tribute to long time Kiwanian Henry Nash. Visitors & prospective members are always welcome. u Oktibbeha County Democratic Executive Committee — Oktibbeha County Democratic Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the County Courthouse. The public is invited. For more information call Chris Taylor at 662-6173671. u Oktibbeha County VFW meeting — Oktibbeha County VFW meeting beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. and business meeting to follow at 7 p.m. For more information contact Bob Crabtree at 324-2298.
Thursday
u Project Care Advisory Meeting — Emerson Family Resource Center presents Project Care Advisory meeting from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 3204607 to register.
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formation call 324-6913. u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at nthomas@starkville. k12.ms.us or 662-615-0021. u Storytime — Maben 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 662323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head / brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which
reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at LLLONG89@hotmail.com u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every first, second, fourth and fifth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room and play at 3 p.m. on the third Saturdays at the Carrington Nursing Home. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail.com or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. starkvillesamaritanclub.org/ u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (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
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12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper.net or call 662-323-8152. u Square dancing — Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Enjoy learning with our caller and friendly help from experienced dancers. Follow the covered walk to the small building.  Look us up on Facebook “Jolly Squares”. u Dance team applications — KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Streams in the Desert” from noon to 1 p.m. resuming Jan. 7 at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, please call 662-3120245. u Quilting Group Meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilters Guild meets the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex Community Building. All levels of quilters are welcome. Contact Gloria Reeves at 418-7905 or Luanne Blankenship at 323-7597 for more information. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www. cityofstarkville.org or call 662323-2652. 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 662615-1519 or email carly.wheat@ gentiva.com. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard. human@msstate.edu or 662325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@msstate.edu or 662325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662323-2294. u Rule 62: Alcoholics
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Lance said. “With our concerts of university groups, we try to play not only new band literature but also some forgotten gems of band literature that might not be played as much.” Lance said students came to the clinic not only from across Mississippi but also from Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. John Ferguson, a junior from Whiteville, Tenn., said he was drawn to the clinic’s percussion ensemble because he is considering attending MSU, just like his older brother did. “I know some of the professors through my brother, and I know they’re excellent,” Ferguson said. “I think my brother definitely thought it was a very welcoming kind of place. Music is one of my things I’m thinking of majoring in, but I’m actually thinking more about engineering if I go (to MSU).” Colleen Piper, a senior from Marietta, Ga., said she had a best friend with family in Starkville, and she had already been accepted to MSU. She said she had enjoyed the clinic, particularly hearing MSU associate music professor Jason Baker talk about his musical performance philosophy. “Most of it is different from what I’ve heard, but it still makes sense,” Piper said. “It’s interesting to hear from different profes-
sors and get a new perspective on things.” In addition to young musicians from far away, the MSU Honor Band Clinic also has a strong contingent from Starkville itself. Starkville High School senior Matthew Reynolds said he had been to the clinic twice, and he may audition for the Maroon Band this time around. “(The clinic is) always a good program,” Reynolds said. “There’s a lot of people who graduate from SHS and go directly to MSU. That being the case, we know a lot of people here, and it’s very welcoming to us Starkville students.” Clifton Taylor, a senior home school student, said his father was one of MSU’s band directors, and he performed in a home school band program that met at MSU routinely. He said he would audition for the Famous Maroon Band but not during the clinic. While he was already familiar with the campus and its environment, the clinic gave him the chance to perform with a larger ensemble than his home school group. “It’s great to be able to get to know someone (at the MSU clinic) so you have that connection when you get to honor band or Lions Band,” Taylor said. “You meet at one thing, and you bump into them at another, and you already know each other. You’re not afraid of going to something and Clifton Taylor, associate director of bands at MSU, leads the Honor Band Clinic’s jazz band in preparation for a not knowing anybody.” performance Thursday at the MSU Band Hall. (Photos by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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sippi,” Salter said. “The federal funding to which Sen. McCain referred in his recent statements funded the work of the Replant South Mississippi effort led by the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain and the Sun Herald newspaper. Replant South Mississippi is an urban reforestation partnership with communities in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone and George counties.” Salter said the university provided scientific research and technical support for the project alongside the Mississippi Forestry Commission. In a statement issued to Starkville Daily News, U.S. Senator from Mississippi Thad Cochran (R-Pontotoc) said he believed the university’s work
filled an important role. “Timber restoration is an important aspect of disaster recovery, whether following hurricanes, forest fires or droughts,” Cochran said. “Developing better ways to reforest lands in the wake of catastrophic disasters like Katrina is good for the environment, good for local economic recovery and good for taxpayers.” Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain Executive Director Judy Steckler has been very involved in Replant South Mississippi, as the Land Trust has spearheaded the effort. She said the program planted 72,000-78,000 trees through six southern Mississippi counties in the years after Hurricane Katrina’s impact. She said the reforestation efforts were making a difference on the coast, and she could see the results still carry
over to today. “Bay St. Louis had a tremendous loss of trees,” she said. “As I’m going to meetings, I will travel to different areas and I will see that they’re still there and still alive. There’s a Biloxi-owned center two blocks from my office. We gave them five trees. All of them are living. It’s uplifting to us to see that the trees have survived and they’re adding to the clean air and water and all the other natural services that our trees provide.” Salter said the university also provided hands-on support through its extension service. “The MSU Extension Service helped plant several thousand trees as part of Replant South Mississippi and created 12 demonstration planting sites to help landowners learn how to replant 11 species of
native trees in their own areas. Many landowners applied to have their land become Replant South Mississippi demonstration sites. In return, those landowners granted MSU access to their property to study how the trees performed.” Steckler said the university’s research could play an important role not only in preparing the Mississippi Gulf Coast for future hurricane events, but in timber, which is a vital component of Mississippi’s economy. “Timbering is an economic engine for a lot of areas in Mississippi,” she said. “So any research that would help the landowners produce a better product and/or have a better survival (is a good thing). That storm was very damaging to the people in the foresting industry. I think the research that Mississippi State did, in
the long run, is going to be very valuable to our economy.” She also noted that many property owners who received trees through the project were very thankful and often told stories of how important the trees were to them. “What you will hear are stories after a major storm event where people talk about how their house is standing, but the one next to it wasn’t,” she said. “You look around, and they had particularly native tress and live oaks. The live oaks are very open trees and the branches are long and flowing, and air can flow through them. What happens is when these storm force winds are coming through and they come upon a large oak tree, it slows it down before it hits the house. You will find that houses with a lot of oak trees around them probably had less damage than
those that didn’t.” Beyond that, she said the reforestation work would go a long way toward restoring the coast’s character. “This area is known for its natural beauty,” she said. “The trees are what lots of people come in awe of, especially when they’re here in the winter. Especially with our oaks, because they stand out. They’re leaving an area where there’s snow and it’s icy and all the trees have dropped their leaves. Then they come here and it’s green and lush. Very often you will hear or read letters to the editor from visitors who talk about how much they enjoyed the natural beauty of the coast and that’s the trees that we have.” Starkville Daily News attempted to reach McCain’s office, but could not make contact by press time.
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A geography lesson for Fightin’ Phil
What I learned from a proud Mississippian, yet Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of elements of his speech sugthe State address Wednesgest he doesn’t believe he’s day, which he delivered actually in Mississippi at all. before a joint session at the He might think, in fact, that Capitol in Jackson, covered he’s the governor of Utopia. quite a range. This is a common pheFor one, he’s a Southnomenon among groundern gentlemen with strong breaking leaders, no doubt, ZACK PLAIR conservative roots, who beeven dating back to the Eulieves in God, job growth ropean explorers of the 15th EDITOR and fighting crime. There’s century. Take Christopher certainly nothing wrong with any of that. Columbus, for example, who insisted so Though the thing that struck me strongly when he first landed in the new most about Gov. Bryant’s speech contin- world that he was in India that we still ues to concern me that he’s a little lost … refer to any culture of people native to that, maybe, he took a wrong turn. You the Western Hemisphere as “American see, the governor touts often that he’s Indians,” despite Columbus’ obvious later revelation that he wasn’t in India at all. Proof that Bryant has simply named the Utopian universe where he thinks he lives “Mississippi” came through very clearly in three specific segments of his speech — dealing with two-parent homes, abortion and the state seal, respectively. On Wednesday, Bryant listed “our third objective for success” as being “for every Mississippian to be born into a mature, two-parent family.” That’s all well and good in theory. Yet, it’s wholly unrealistic to think any state will eliminate the issues of teen pregnancy and single parents forced to go-it-alone. Bryant’s point spoke to efforts through the Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi program that have worked to reduce the teen pregnancy rate drastically in recent years through communitybased awareness programs. These are positive results, to be sure, and education/communication are key components of making a difference in that very important battle. But from a governor who is already on record as blaming Mississippi’s poor educational performance partly on there being too many children coming from single-parent homes, what guarantees do teen mothers or adult single parents have that the government isn’t going to actively make it harder for them or their children to live in this state since the governor has clearly identified “their kind” as the problem? Or maybe,
since I’m also a single parent, I should say, “our kind.” No one, including Utopia Gov. Bryant can simply eliminate a problem like teen pregnancy, or single-parenthood, altogether. Nor should the governor seek to marginalize, brush aside or chastise an element of the citizenry that lives outside of what he believes ought to be. That’s not his job, or the government’s either. Which brings me to Bryant’s thoughts on abortion. The governor lauded Mississippi legislators’ efforts to reduce abortion in the state, particularly requiring through the Child Protection Act that “abortionists” obtain admitting privi-
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GOPers join ‘punish the poor’ brigade
Sun Herald It seems our legislative GOPers down here have joined the “punish the poor” Republican brigade in Congress, and even added another wrinkle to punish low-income folks. Having already visited several hurtful woes on the state’s teeming poor citizens, Mississippi House Republicans last week added the threat of drug testing for working poor who apply for welfare benefits under what is called TANF. Another instance of using extreme measures to cure a problem that doesn’t exist. Brief history: TANF stands for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. It began in the 1990s when President Bill Clinton passed his Welfare Reform Act, which he said would “end welfare as we know it.” TANF converted welfare to a semi-jobs program with minimal benefits on a timelimited basis. Led by state Rep. Sam Mims of McComb, the Public Health Committee chairman, House Repubs pushed through a bill on party lines requiring new TANF applicants to take a drug test if they don’t give satisfactory answers on their application. Who would decide if the answers were satisfactory? They would be hired hands contracted by the state, naturally at federal expense. That’s contract No. l. Contract No. 2 would be hired drug testers. Democrats proposed requiring competitive bids to get a state contract, certainly de rigueur with Republicans. But GOPers turned it down. Neither Mims nor any of his supporters offered any proof that the measure was needed to stop a rash of drug abuse among applicants (usually single mothers) for TANF benefits. Only 10,000 are now on TANF rolls, with benefits averaging a handsome $87 per month. Mims, who is a salesman for a home health-care outfit, merely argued that the drug testing idea was “good public policy” which could make “better parents and community members.” Gov. Phil Bryant was quick to chime in with a similar statement. House Democrats could have made the GOPers squirm if they had proposed an amendment requiring drug testing for legislators. Instead, Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, offered an amendment requiring drug testing for corporate or business executives who seek cash or subsidies from the state for an industrial venture. Can’t you see Japanese auto industry brass from Yokohama Tire Corp. or Toyota having to put up with drug tests by these drawling Mississippi yokels in order to get a state handout to build plants to employ hundreds of locals? New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a Nobel laureate in economics, recently ticked off a series of instances in the Republican track record of inflicting damage on the poor. His list starts, of course, with the refusal of some 25 Republican-controlled states to implement Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, thereby denying health care coverage to some 5 million poor Americans. As Krugman points out, the federal government would pick up virtually all the tab of expansion. As we know quite well here in Mississippi, Republicans who now control state policy have adamantly refused to logically discuss why they oppose Medicaid expansion. No matter that ours is regarded as the nation’s poorest
state, and has some 300,000 working poor without health coverage. Krugman further points out that these same Republican-controlled states are the ones slashing unemployment benefits and, generally, cutting education funding. We fit very comfortably into both categories. Gov. Bryant and his Republican allies have not been without editorial criticism from Mississippi newspapers. Both the Greenwood Commonwealth and the McComb Enterprise-Journal (Mims’ hometown paper) have editorially branded the GOP’s recent drugtesting measure as “pandering to conservative voters who look down on anyone who gets government help,” excepting “if their corporate friends are recipients of it.” Pull yourself up by your bootstraps GOPers say. And if you don’t have boots to pull up, too bad.
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2014 Relay for Life date, theme announced; kickoff party set
For Starkville Daily News “Cruising ahead” toward a cure for cancer will be a primary focus of the 2014 Oktibbeha County Relay for Life when the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is held in mid-May. Held again at the Starkville Sportsplex, this year’s Relay for Life theme is “Cruisin’ for a Cure, ‘50s-Style,” organizers say. The Relay is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. May 9. This year’s classic car theme is designed to raise awareness about the fight against cancer, said Brian Hawkins, chair of the Relay for Life Steering Committee. “With this year’s event, we want to encourage and remind the public of why it is so important to continue moving forward toward a cure. Every day, people across our community are affected by cancer, whether directly or indirectly,” Hawkins said. “With the classic car theme and 1950s motif, we believe the event will not only raise awareness about continuing the fight toward a cure, but will allow us to do some new and enjoyable activities during the event. The fundraising goal for the 2014 Relay is $100,000, which the event’s organizers believe is reachable, said Christy Vaughn-Kelly, luminary and Torch of Hope chair for the Relay Steering Committee. “With the dedication and hard work of our Relay teams and the support of the public, the $100,000 goal is reachable. Now more than ever, the work of the Cancer Society is making great strides toward finding a cure and making treatments easier for patients,” Vaughn-Kelly said. “Any money we can raise just brings us that much closer to a cure.” The 2013 Relay for Life event raised more than $72,000 for the Cancer Society. From 2007 to 2013, the Oktibbeha County event has raised a combined total of more than $504,000, making the Relay for Life one of the largest charity fundraisers held locally each year. A kickoff party for new and returning team captains and individuals interested becoming involved with the Relay will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the second-floor meeting area of the Central Station Grill on South Montgomery at Lampkin streets. “We greatly appreciate the Central Station Grill for hosting our kickoff party on Jan. 28,” Hawkins said. “The kickoff party promises to be an enjoyable event for all who attend.”
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What the Relay for Life involves
The Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money to support the research, education, advocacy and patient assistance programs of the American Cancer Society. Teams of people from businesses, schools, civic groups, churches, neighborhoods and more begin raising money several months leading up to the actual event and raise money the night of the event itself. The Relay is held over a 12-hour period on a site centered around a track where each team tries to keep walkers on the track at all times throughout the event to symbolize the battle faced by a cancer patient during treatment. Kicking off the Relay will be laps by cancer survivors and their caregivers. Each participating team has a campsite around the Relay track. Games, food, music and live entertainment are a big part of the event, which also includes times of recognition and a special service to light luminaries and Torches of Hope to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their battles with cancer. This year’s Relay will also include efforts to greater recognize those who have cared for cancer patients through the purchase and lighting of sky lanterns in their honor. Though fundraising activities take place on site during the Relay for Life, the participating teams also conduct numerous fundraisers in the months leading up to the event.
Organizing Relay teams and a call for volunteers
“Individuals or groups interested in organizing a Relay for Life team can register fairly easily, via the Relay for Life website at www.relayforlife.org/oktibbeha. A representative from your team — preferably the team captain — can handle that task,” Hawkins said. All team captains/representatives have to do is go to the website link listed above and click the “sign up” button. The website will then list the options for registering as a new team or as a returning team. “All teams must be registered online in accordance with American Cancer Society requests. The ACS has gone paperless in their registration and in much of their record-keeping, and the online registration is a big part of this effort,” Hawkins said. In addition to registration, teams can use the website as a resource to promote fundraising efforts and keep up with local Relay events. Those interested in learning more about the Relay or forming teams are encouraged to attend the kickoff social on Jan. 28, or they can visit the website at the address above and visit and “like” the Oktibbeha Relay page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OktibbehaRelay. Volunteers are also needed to help fill some key positions on the Relay Steering Committee. If interested in serving on the Relay committee, contact Hawkins by email at hawkins39759@gmail.com or by phone at (662) 418-4905 or VaughnKelly by e-mail at thekellys04@gmail. com.
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High School Basketball
Jackets to host North 6A event
By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledailynews.com   It can be a huge advantage to be able to host a tournament in the postseason. The Starkville Yellowjackets have the opportunity to do that at the end of February. In an announcement by the Mississippi High School Activities Association on Thursday, SHS was awarded a host site for the Class 6A North State Tournament. The Jackets, who take a 16-2 overall record into tonight’s Class 6A, Region 3 matchup with Madison Central, were listed ahead of Southaven, Horn Lake, Tupelo, Clinton, Grenada and Madison Central. “It’s such an honor for our boys basketball program for an outstanding season to be selected as the North State 6A host,” SHS athletic director Stan Miller said. “It’s truly an advantage that we know to be able to host that in our high school gymnasium. To be in the Beehive for the 6A State North is tremendous. It’s a credit to Greg Carter and the players for their accomplishments.” Having the chance to be at home at the end of February is a plus for any team. The Jackets had to make the trip to Vicksburg two years ago for the Class 5A North Tournament and coach Greg Carter remembers how tough it was. “We had a three and three and a half hour drive and we played that night,” Carter said. “That’s a tough trip. To be able to host and have it here at home is going to be a great opportunity.” To be able to take advantage of that opportunity, Starkville has to advance to the semifinal round of the North Class 6A Tournament on Feb. 27. Carter knows the Jackets have to keep playing well down the stretch of the season. “We can’t hang our hat on that right now,” Carter said. “We’ve got to continue to take care Coach Greg Carter, middle, and the Starkville Yellowjackets have an opportunity to host the of business on our end and make sure we’re Class 6A North Tournament at the end of February. (SDN file photo) playing in it.”
Women’s College Basketball
Bulldogs don’t hit boards, lose to rival Rebels
By BEN WAIT sports@starkvilledailynews.com   OXFORD – Ole Miss got eight more offensive rebounds that Mississippi State did Thursday night. The 19th was the biggest of the night. Ole Miss’ Kenyotta Jenkins put back a miss with 0.8 seconds left in overtime that proved to be the game-winner as the Bulldogs fell 87-85 at Tad Smith Coliseum. “As I told my team, in hindsight that one’s on me,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. Valencia McFarland missed a layup, but Jenkins had a wide open run at the offensive rebound. She got control of it and tipped it back in to give the Rebels the lead. MSU had a chance on the possession before. The Bulldogs took control of the basketball with 21 seconds left with the game tied at 85-85. State had used freshman Ketara Chapel several times in overtime. The Bulldogs went back to the well one more time, but she couldn’t handle the ball and stepped out of bounds. The Rebels took over with 8 seconds left. “We’d obviously gone to Ketara two to three times down the stretch,” Schaefer said. “We tried to go to her one more time and just didn’t quite get the pass there. “We probably should have held it and ran something basic we’re a little more comfortable with.” MSU (14-6, 1-5) outscored Ole Miss 36-6 off the bench. The Bulldogs were led by Kendra Grant’s 20 points off the bench. The junior guard fouled out with 3:24 left in overtime. Freshman Breanna Richardson scored 16 points in the first half, but finished with just 18. She fouled out with 3:54 left in regulation. “Coach just told us to come and attack,” Richardson said. “He said there was no one out there who could guard us, so he said attack, create a train wreck, foul and score in the post. “It was sad that I got into foul trouble. Some tick-tacky fouls, but if I stay out of foul trouble, I stay in the game.” Martha Alwal registered her 25th career double-double and sixth of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Chapel added 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Mississippi State’s Martha Alwal (10) defends against Diara Moore of Ole Miss Thursday night. (Photo by Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle, AP)
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Simmons’ layup lifts Alabama past No. 9 Kentucky
From Wire Reports LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Daisha Simmons scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half, including a layup with 2.3 seconds remaining that lifted Alabama to a 57-55 win over No. 9 Kentucky on Thursday night. Kentucky (15-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), tied the score at 55-all on two free throws by Jennifer O’Neill with 14.9 seconds to go. However, the Crimson Tide (9-10, 2-4) had plenty of time to set up for the last shot by Simmons. A desperation attempt by Kastine Evans bounced off the back of the rim as time expired, giving Alabama its first win in Lexington since 2002. In the first meeting between the two teams, Kentucky defeated Alabama in the conference Tennessee 89, Florida 69 opener on Jan. 2 in Tuscaloosa. Brianna Hutchen added 10 points to help the KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Meighan Simmons Tide end a two game skid. Alabama was with- scored 21 points as No. 11 Tennessee capitalout leading scorer Shafontaye Myers but Sim- ized on its 3-point accuracy to beat Florida 89mons picked up the slack in her absence. Samarie Walker scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half for Kentucky before she fouled out with 1:46 left. Bria Gross added 14 points. Walker scored Kentucky’s first 10 points of the second half as the Wildcats led 39-31 with 14 minutes left. Because of foul trouble, Walker played just 6 minutes in the first half. After Walker’s scoring burst, the Crimson Tide went on a 16-2 run to take a 47-41 lead with 8:41 remaining. Simmons had two 3-pointers and scored eight points during the spurt. Kentucky pulled to 52-51 with 3:59 remaining on a bucket by Walker, but a clutch 3 by Alabama’s Sharin Rivers pushed the margin to four and kept Alabama in the lead. 69 on a night dedicated to honoring former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt. Bashaara Graves added 17 points and eight rebounds for Tennessee (15-4, 4-2 SEC), which shot 10 of 21 from 3-point range and handed Florida (13-6, 3-3) its third consecutive loss.
Texas A&M 62, Missouri 57
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Courtney Walker scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 17 Texas A&M to its ninth straight win. The Aggies remain undefeated in Southeastern Conference play, and have not lost since Dec. 22. The Aggies (16-4, 6-0 SEC) trailed by seven midway through the first half and by two at the break, but outscored the Tigers (13-6, 2-4) in the final frame to nail down the victory. Missouri, who ranked second in the nation in 3-pointers made entering the game, hit seven 3-pointers in the first half, closing the period on
a 10-2 run to take a 33-31 lead into the break. Texas A&M responded quick to their first halftime deficit since Dec. 22, starting the half on a 16-6 run to take a 47-39 lead. The Aggies, showing off their second-ranked 3-point field goal defense, held the Tigers without a 3-pointer for the entire second half.
LSU 71, Auburn 60
BATON ROUGE – After trailing by four late in the first half, the 15th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team used a 9-0 run and pulled away from Auburn midway through the second half to earn a victory at the Maravich Center. Theresa Plaisance led the way with her fourth double double of the season – 19 points and 11 rebounds – as LSU (15-4, 4-2 SEC) bounced back from a nine-point defeat at Vanderbilt on Sunday. Auburn, which was led by Brandy Montgomery’s 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting, fell to 11-8 overall and 2-4 in SEC play.
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High School Bowling SHS sharpens its skill with Neshoba match
By JASON EDWARDS sports@starkvilledailynews.com   The Starkville High School bowling team took to the lanes and a tough opponent was there to meet it it in the Neshoba Central Rockets. It was another challenge to help get the Yellowjackets in shape for the postseason. “Games like this get you ready for competition like when we go to regionals,” Starkville coach Jim Philamlee said. “One thing I’ve noticed in the last four or five weeks is experience coming out. With experience, you are more consistent and we are leaning more that way.” Despite Ryan Picard leading the series with a combined score of 599, the Yellowjackets ultimately ended the match with a split against Neshoba Central. Joining Picard in his efforts were fellow bowlers Nathan Smith, Tyler Dawkins, Ethan Tucker, James May and Seth Prewitt. On the girls side, the Lady Rockets took the match 2-0. Skyler Runnels was the leading scorer for the Lady Jackets. With a high game of 180, Runnels ended her night with a series score of 460. Just behind her was Carly Daniewicz, who after bowling for just a few short months, had her highest game and series on Thursday. In her very first game, Daniewicz bowled 169 en route to finishing competition with a score of 420. Competing alongside Runnels and Daniewicz was Jessica Rowe, Savannah Lee, Autumn Lowe and Sierra McKinley. Thursday’s action was highlighted by strong scores from some of the younger Starkville bowlers which gets Philamlee excited as he looks toward the future. “Overall, I am real pleased, especially when I see the younger bowlers doing like did (Thursday night),” Philamlee said. Philamlee’s assistant Cindy Prewitt credits the improvement to the head coach’s attention at the beginning of the season to making sure everyone was on the same page when it came to technique. “He had the bowlers that just started and didn’t know anything about bowling go through conditioning classes to learn some techniques and how to adjust to the lanes,” Prewitt said. “Seeing Carly’s score proves that if you are persistent and listen to the coaches, you will improve.” Starkville has a couple more matches down the stretch of the regular season for continuing that improvement as it prepares for regional competition on February 15 in Philadelphia.
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College Basketball SEC Standings Team Florida Kentucky Georgia Ole Miss Miss. State LSU Texas A&M Tennessee Missouri Alabama Arkansas Vanderbilt Auburn S. Carolina SEC Pct. Overall Pct. 5-0 1.000 16-2 .889 4-1 .800 14-4 .778 4-1 .800 10-7 .588 4-1 .800 13-5 .722 3-2 .600 13-5 .722 3-2 .600 12-5 .706 3-2 .600 12-6 .667 3-2 .600 12-6 .667 2-3 .400 14-4 .778 2-3 .400 8-10 .444 1-4 .200 12-6 .667 1-4 .200 9-8 .529 0-5 .000 8-8 .500 0-5 .000 7-11 .389 Tuesday’s Games LSU 77, Missouri 71 Kentucky 68, Texas A&M 51 Wednesday’s Games Miss. State 82, Auburn 74 Tennessee 81, Arkansas 74 Georgia 97, S. Carolina 76 Ole Miss 63, Vanderbilt 52 Thursday’s Game Florida 68, Alabama 62 Saturday’s Games Miss. State at Ole Miss, 3 p.m. Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, noon Georgia at Kentucky, 12:30 p.m. S. Carolina at Missouri, 3 p.m. Tennessee at Florida, 3 p.m. Auburn at Arkansas, 5 p.m. LSU at Alabama, 7 p.m. Men’s Top 25 Fared Thursday 1. Arizona (18-0) vs. Colorado, late. Next: vs. Utah, Sunday. 2. Syracuse (18-0) did not play. Next: at Miami, Saturday. 3. Michigan State (18-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 21 Michigan, Saturday. 4. Villanova (16-2) did not play. Next: at Marquette, Saturday. 5. Wichita State (20-0) did not play. Next: at Drake, Saturday. 6. Florida (16-2) beat Alabama 68-62. Next: vs. Tennessee, Saturday. 7. San Diego State (17-1) did not play. Next: at Utah State, Saturday. 8. Kansas (14-4) did not play. Next: at TCU, Saturday. 9. Wisconsin (16-3) did not play. Next: at Purdue, Saturday. 10. Iowa (15-4) did not play. Next: at Northwestern, Saturday. 11. Oklahoma State (15-3) did not play. Next: vs. West Virginia, Saturday. 12. Louisville (17-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 15 Cincinnati, Thursday. 13. UMass (16-2) did not play. Next: vs. Fordham, Sunday. 14. Kentucky (14-4) did not play. Next: vs. Georgia, Saturday. 15. Cincinnati (17-2) vs. UCF, late. Next: at Temple, Sunday. 16. Iowa State (14-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 22 Kansas State, Saturday. 17. Ohio State (16-4) beat Illinois 62-55. Next: vs. Penn State, Wednesday. 18. Duke (15-4) did not play. Next: vs. Florida State, Saturday. 19. Saint Louis (18-2) did not play. Next: vs. Richmond, Wednesday. 20. Pittsburgh (17-2) did not play. Next: at Maryland, Saturday. 21. Michigan (14-4) did not play. Next: at No. 3 Michigan State, Saturday. 22. Kansas State (14-5) did not play. Next: at No. 16 Iowa State, Saturday. 23. Memphis (14-4) beat Houston 82-59. Next: vs. South Florida, Sunday. 24. Baylor (13-5) did not play. Next: vs. Texas, Saturday. 25. Oklahoma (15-4) did not play. Next: at Texas Tech, Saturday. Wooden Award Watch List LOS ANGELES (AP) — The midseason top 25 watch list for the John R. Wooden Award presented by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The award will be presented April 12, 2014: Kyle Anderson, g/f, UCLA; Keith Appling, g, Michigan State; Cameron Bairstow, f, New Mexico; Jordan Clarkson, g, Missouri; Aaron Craft, g, Ohio State. Sam Dekker, f, Wisconsin; Cleanthony Early, f, Wichita State; Tyler Ennis, g, Syracuse; C.J. Fair, f, Syracuse; Aaron Gordon, f, Arizona. Rodney Hood, f, Duke; Nick Johnson, g, Arizona; DeAndre Kane, g, Iowa State; Doug McDermott, f, Creighton; Shabazz Napier, g, UConn. Jabari Parker, f, Duke; Adreian Payne, c, Michigan State; Casey Prather, f, Florida; Julius Randle, f, Kentucky; Marcus Smart, g, Oklahoma State. Russ Smith, g, Louisville; T.J. Warren, f, N.C. State; Andrew Wiggins, g, Kansas; Chaz Williams, g, UMass; Joseph Young, g, Oregon. Women’s College Basketball SEC Standings Team Texas A&M S. Carolina Vanderbilt Tennessee LSU Kentucky Florida Arkansas Georgia Missouri Auburn Alabama Miss. State SEC Pct. Overall Pct. 6-0 1.000 16-4 .800 5-1 .833 17-2 .895 5-1 .833 16-3 .842 4-2 .667 15-4 .789 4-2 .667 15-4 .789 3-3 .500 15-4 .789 3-3 .500 13-6 .684 2-4 .333 15-4 .789 2-4 .333 14-5 .737 2-4 .333 13-6 .684 2-4 .333 11-8 .579 2-4 .333 9-10 .474 1-5 .167 14-6 .700
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Quoteworthy
“I want to be here ‘til they rip this jersey off my back.”
Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who is eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, said about taking a discount to stay in Boston until he retires.
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THE AREA SLAtE
Today High School Basketball Madison Central at Starkville, 5 p.m. Starkville Academy at Winston Academy, 4 p.m. Bruce at East Webster, 6 p.m. West Oktibbeha at Eupora, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Choctaw County, 6 p.m. High School Soccer Northwest Rankin at Starkville, 4 p.m.
Phoenix 24 17 .585 3½ L.A. Lakers 16 27 .372 12½ Sacramento 15 26 .366 12½ Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 112, Orlando 109 Boston 113, Washington 111, OT Chicago 98, Cleveland 87 Charlotte 95, L.A. Clippers 91 Toronto 93, Dallas 85 Philadelphia 110, New York 106 Houston 119, Sacramento 98 Milwaukee 104, Detroit 101 Oklahoma City 111, San Antonio 105 Phoenix 124, Indiana 100 Thursday’s Games Miami 109, L.A. Lakers 102 Denver at Portland, late Today’s Games L.A. Lakers at Orlando, 7 p.m. Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Dallas at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at New York, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Chicago, 8 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 8 p.m. Washington at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Indiana at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Minnesota at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Toronto, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Indiana at Denver, 9 p.m. Washington at Utah, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 10 p.m. NBA All-Star Voting Game: Feb. 16 at New Orleans Released Jan. 23 EASTERN CONFERENCE Frontcourt 1. LeBron James (Mia) 1,416,419 2. Paul George (Ind) 1,211,318 3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 935,702 4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 524,809 5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 406,867 6. Kevin Garnett (Bkn) 209,398 7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 181,145 8. Andre Drummond (Det) 163,798 9. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 137,512 10. Luol Deng (Cle) 121,754 11. Jeff Green (Bos) 121,040 12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 103,502 13. David West (Ind) 95,363 14. Paul Pierce (Bkn) 95,034 15. Josh Smith (Det) 75,433 Backcourt 1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 929,542 2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 860,221 3. John Wall (Was) 393,129 4. Derrick Rose (Chi) 359,546 5. Ray Allen (Mia) 250,909 6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 174,654 7. Lance Stephenson (Ind) 148,382 8. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 131,228 9. George Hill (Ind) 129,533 10. Deron Williams (Bkn) 126,423 WESTERN CONFERENCE Frontcourt 1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,396,294 2. Blake Griffin (LAC) 688,466 3. Kevin Love (Min) 661,246 4. Dwight Howard (Hou) 653,318 5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 609,172 6. Tim Duncan (SA) 492,657 7. Anthony Davis (NO) 286,247 8. Andre Iguodala (GS) 266,611 9. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 255,005 10. Pau Gasol (LAL) 247,323 11. David Lee (GS) 232,210 12. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 201,873 13. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 174,512 14. Omer Asik (Hou) 130,344 15. Andrew Bogut (GS) 127,947 Backcourt 1. Stephen Curry (GS) 1,047,281 2. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 988,884 3. Chris Paul (LAC) 804,309 4. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 628,818 5. James Harden (Hou) 470,381 6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 317,338 7. Damian Lillard (Por) 280,966 8. Tony Parker (SA) 258,751 9. Klay Thompson (GS) 162,984 10. Ricky Rubio (Min) 124,230 College Football Bowl Glance Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Transactions
WHAT’S ON TV
Today BOXING 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Light heavyweights, Thomas Williams Jr. (15-0-0) vs. Cornelius White (21-2-0), at Shelton, Wash. 9 p.m. FS1 — Heavyweights, Dominic Breazeale (8-0-0) vs. Homer Fonseca (10-6-3); featherweights, Julian Ramirez (9-0-0) vs. Derrick Wilson (105-2); welterweights, Antonio Orozco (18-0-0) vs. Miguel Angel Huerta (2711-1), at Indio, Calif. NBCSN — Thabiso Mchunu (14-1-0) vs. Olanrewaju Durodola (15-1-0), for vacant NABF cruiserweight title; middleweights, Curtis Stevens (25-4-0) vs. Patrick Majewski (21-2-0), at Atlantic City, N.J. EXTREME SPORTS 9:30 p.m. ESPN — X Games, at Aspen, Colo. GOLF 10:30 a.m. TGC — LPGA, Bahamas Classic, second round, at Paradise Island, BahaOle Miss 1-5 .167 10-10 .500 mas 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open, second round, at San Diego 3:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Qatar Masters, third round, at Doha, Qatar MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPNU — Rider at Manhattan 8 p.m. ESPNU — Vermont at Stony Brook MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Northeastern at Notre Dame NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — L.A. Clippers at Chicago SOCCER 1:30 p.m. FS1 — FA Cup, fourth round, Coventry at Arsenal TENNIS 2 a.m. ESPN — Australian Open, women’s championship, at Melbourne, Australia Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN) National Football League Playoff Glance All Times EST Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44 New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24 Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 Seattle 23, New Orleans 15 New England 43, Indianpolis 22 Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco 23, Carolina 10 Denver 24, San Diego 17 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 Denver 26, New England 16 Seattle 23, San Francisco 17 Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu Team Rice vs. Team Sanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBC) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. Denver vs. Seattle, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 21 20 .512 — Brooklyn 18 22 .450 2½ New York 15 27 .357 6½ Boston 15 29 .341 7½ Philadelphia 14 28 .333 7½ Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 31 12 .721 — Atlanta 22 19 .537 8 Washington 20 21 .488 10 Charlotte 19 25 .432 12½ Orlando 11 32 .256 20 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 33 8 .805 — Chicago 21 20 .512 12 Detroit 17 25 .405 16½ Cleveland 15 27 .357 18½ Milwaukee 8 33 .195 25 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 32 10 .762 Houston 29 15 .659 Dallas 25 19 .568 Memphis 20 20 .500 New Orleans 16 25 .390 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 33 10 .767 Portland 31 11 .738 Denver 20 20 .500 Minnesota 20 21 .488 Utah 14 29 .326 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 29 15 .659 Golden State 26 17 .605
Monday’s Game Notre Dame 86, Tennessee 70 Thursday’s Games Ole Miss 87, Miss. State 85, OT Alabama 57, Kentucky 55 Tennessee 89, Florida 69 LSU 71 Auburn 60 Texas A&M 62, Missouri 57 Sunday’s Games Missouri at Miss. State, 3 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky, noon S. Carolina at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. Auburn at Florida, 2 p.m. Georgia at Alabama, 2 p.m. Tennessee at Texas A&M, 3 p.m. Women’s Top 25 Fared 1. UConn (20-0) did not play. Next: vs. South Florida, Sunday. 2. Notre Dame (18-0) beat Miami 79-52. Next: at No. 6 Maryland, Monday. 3. Duke (19-1) beat No. 24 Florida State 85-77, OT. Next: vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday. 4. Stanford (17-1) did not play. Next: vs. UCLA, Friday. 5. Louisville (19-1) did not play. Next: vs. Memphis, Sunday. 6. Maryland (16-2) lost to Virginia 86-72. Next: vs. No. 2 Notre Dame, Monday. 7. North Carolina (17-3) beat Wake Forest 83-65. Next: vs. Syracuse, Thursday. 8. Oklahoma State (17-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 12 Baylor, Sunday. 9. Kentucky (15-4) lost to Alabama 5755. Next: vs. Arkansas, Sunday. 10. South Carolina (17-2) did not play. Next: at No. 16 Vanderbilt, Sunday. 11. Tennessee (15-4) beat Florida 89-69. Next: at No. 17 Texas A&M, Sunday. 12. Baylor (15-3) did not play. Next: at No. 8 Oklahoma State, Sunday. 13. Penn State (14-4) did not play. Next: vs. Minnesota, Sunday. 14. Arizona State (15-3) did not play. Next: at Utah, Friday. 15. LSU (15-4) beat Auburn 71-60. Next: at Mississippi, Sunday. 16. Vanderbilt (16-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 10 South Carolina, Sunday. 17. Texas A&M (16-4) beat Missouri 6257. Next: vs. No. 11 Tennessee, Sunday. 18. West Virginia (17-2) did not play. Next: at Texas, Saturday. 19. California (13-4) did not play. Next: vs. Southern Cal, Friday. 20. Iowa State (14-4) did not play. Next: at Texas Tech, Saturday. 21. Nebraska (13-4) did not play. Next: at Northwestern, Sunday. 22. Purdue (14-5) beat Northwestern 9065. Next: at Illinois, Monday. 23. N.C. State (17-3) beat Boston College 85-76. Next: at Georgia Tech, Sunday. 24. Florida State (14-5) lost to No. 3 Duke 85-77, OT. Next: vs. Virginia Tech, Sunday. 25. Gonzaga (16-3) at Loyola Marymount. Next: at Pepperdine, Saturday. College Football Bowl Glance Saturday, Jan. 25
College Basketball
Frazier leads Florida past Alabama 68-62
By JOHN ZENOR Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 6 Florida was limping into halftime of a close game when Michael Frazier II nailed a 3-pointer and a foul shot. Frazier’s back-to-back 3s later gave the Gators a double-digit cushion midway through the second half of Thursday night’s 68-62 win over Alabama. He finished with 18 points and five 3-pointers, including those timely long-range shots. “We struggled to get it going in the first half, but they just told me to keep shooting,” Frazier said. “So I did.” The result was a 10th consecutive win for the Gators (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), matching last season’s longest streak. The Crimson Tide (8-10, 2-3) had its league-best 14-game SEC home winning streak snapped. Florida went 8 of 10 from the free throw line over the final 47 seconds to halt any Alabama threat. Frazier shot 5 of 13, all from 3-point range. Casey Prather scored 14 points despite just 6-of-16 shooting for the Gators. Scottie Wilbekin had 10 points and four assists. Frazier’s four-point play with 5 seconds left in the opening half gave the Gators a 33-26 lead. He hit a 3 from the right corner, his third of the half, and was fouled by Shannon Hale. Frazier made the free throw. Florida struggled shooting at times but did make 10 3-pointers to take advantage of what Alabama’s zone defense left available. “We got the ball several times into the middle of the floor and we got the ball around the basket and they did a really good job collapsing on (Patric) Young and our guys in the front court,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said. “What was open was from the perimeter, and we made some shots and moved the ball pretty well.” Trevor Releford led Alabama with 14 points and four assists. Nick Jacobs scored 12, Levi Randolph 11 and Hale 10. The Tide was without No. 2 scorer Retin Obasohan, who strained his left hip flexor in Tuesday’s practice. Alabama struggled to get into an offensive rhythm in his absence, allowing the Gators to focus more on Releford defensively. The Gators earned win No. 100 for the four-man senior class, all starters. “It’s a great accomplishment,” Prather said. “It humbles us knowing that we have so far to go, but we have also come so far since our freshman year.” They have won the last eight meetings with the Tide and 10 of 11. Florida also had handed Alabama its last home SEC loss on Feb. 14, 2012. Alabama has lost three of four games, despite holding six straight opponents below 70 points. Randolph hit a pair of free throws on back-to-back possessions to cut Florida’s lead to 62-57 with 1:07 left. Florida ran 20 seconds off the clock before forcing the Tide to foul, and then the free throw parade began. The Gators didn’t make a field goal over the last 4 minutes. Frazier hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Florida its first double-digit lead, 53-43, with 9:28 left.
GB — 4 8 11 15½ GB — 1½ 11½ 12 19 GB — 2½
BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed to terms with RHP David Aardsma on a minor league contract. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Jon Rauch on a minor league contract. SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with OF Endy Chavez on a minor league contract. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Agreed to terms with RHP Grant Balfour on a two-year contract. National League SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with INF Joaquin Arias on two-year contract. American Association SIOUX FALLS CANARIES — Signed RHP Kyle Ruwe. WICHITA WINGNUTS — Signed RHPs Tim Brown, Justin Klipp and Erik Lambe; C Johnny Bowden; INF Jake Kahaulelio; and OF David Amberson.
MSU
From page 6
The Rebels (10-10, 1-5) had two players with 25-plus points. Tia Faleru led Ole Miss with 29 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double. McFarland had 27 points and 12 assists for her own doubledouble. With the win, the Rebels snapped a 10-game losing streak in conference play. Their last win was a 65-51 victory over the Bulldogs in Oxford on
Valentine’s Day a season ago. Ole Miss out-rebounded MSU 44-38 and 19-11 on the offensive end. The Bulldogs made 30-of63 field goals for 47.6 percent. The Rebels made 30-of-67 field goals for 44.8 percent. Ole Miss took a 24-23 lead with 8:37 left in the first half. That was the last time it led until the second half. MSU freshman Dominique Dillingham hit a shot with 15 seconds left in the opening half and the Bulldogs took a 41-39
lead into the locker room at halftime. The Rebels tied the game at 43-43 early in the second half. The Bulldogs then went on a 12-1 run to take a 55-44 lead with 12:13 left in the second half. “(In the) second half, we didn’t play really good offensively,” Schaefer said. “We still found a way to get 35, but I didn’t think it was as near as fluid as the first half.” Ole Miss battled its way back and tied it up at 73-73
with 3:16 left in regulation. The Rebels took their first lead since the first half on a 3-point field goal by McFarland to put them up 76-75. MSU’s Savannah Carter shot two free throws with 1:04 left, but only made one to tie it up at 76-76. Neither team scored in the final minute forcing the game to overtime. The Bulldogs will be back in action Sunday when they hosts Missouri. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and can be seen on SportsSouth.
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High School Football
SHS honors 2013 team at banquet
By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledailynews.com It was about celebrating the present and looking forward to the future on Wednesday night during the Starkville High School football banquet. The Yellowjackets were recognized by the coaching staff and several awards were given out during the event held at the Travis Outlaw Center at the Starkville Sportsplex. The banquet is one of the highlights of the year for the SHS program and something head coach Jamie Mitchell takes great pride in. “We put a lot of money into this and we want a banquet that shows our guys that we appreciate what they’ve done,” Mitchell said. “We want to show them what first class is all about.” Each class was introduced by an assistant coach and when it became the seniors turn, coach Tate Fischer made sure the crowd knew about their accomplishments. The Jacket seniors had a combined overall record of 33-10 and were 8-2 in the playoffs. “If you think about it, they could have only played 12 games in their high school career,” Mitchell said. “They’ve been in 10 and won eight of those. You figure 33 wins over a three-year period, that’s crazy. It’s a group we’re definitely going to miss for sure.” The SHS senior who received the highest honor was quarterback Princeton Jones, who was given the Most Valuable Player. Jones, who was also the Starkville Daily News All-Area Player of the Year, made the successful transition from wide receiver to signal caller to help the Jackets reach the semifinals of the Class 6A North playoffs. “To have no experience, walk into the top ranked league and
Members of the Starkville High School football team show off their awards following the Starkville High School football banquet Wednesday night at the Travis Outlaw Center. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN) contribute the way he did was really special,” Mitchell said. Other awards that were voted on by the coaches were Offensive Scout Team (Jacory McCarter), Defensive Scout Team (Joshua Reed) and Captains (Ladorrious Pittman and Taylor Johnston). As far as awards that were voted on by the players, Best Offensive Lineman went to Tyler Barnes, Best Receiver went to Raphael Leonard, Best Offensive Back went to Jaquez Horsley, Most Improved Offensive Player went to Bradley Roberson, Most Valuable Offensive Player went to Horsley, Best Defensive Lineman went to Maleke Bell, Best Linebacker went to Marlow Rogers, Best Defensive Back went to Tyler Rogers, Most Improve Defensive Player went to Jordan Bowlin, Most Valuable Defensive Player went to Rogers, and Most Valuable Special Teams Player
went to Michael Godley. Mitchell also recognized the players who made All-Class 6A, Region 2 with Jones being the All-Region quarterback, Horsley being the All-Region running back and Godley being the AllRegion kicker. The first team All-Region members were Barnes, Rogers, Darius Grayer, Leonard, Bell, Johnston and Kobe Jones. The players that made All-State were Leonard and Godley. Leonard and Godley were among about 70 underclassmen in attendance for the banquet. With that kind of number to work with, it made Mitchell anxious to begin spring practice that much faster. “We’re excited and looking forward to great things in the future,” Mitchell said.
College Football
Jackson, Norwood chasing NFL dream
By JAMES JONES For Associated Press MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A player with Coast ties has been picked in the National Football League Draft for the last four years. Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood, a D’Iberville resident, plans on extending the Coast streak to five in this year’s NFL Draft on May 8-10. Norwood and Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson are at the Senior Bowl trying to impress NFL scouts and prove they’re worthy of being on a roster spot. “The process is crazy,” Norwood said. “You’ve got people talking to you every night. I’m out here competing and showing teams I belong in the NFL.” Norwood is considered a mid- to late- round selection, meaning he could get picked between Rounds 5 and 7. Fifth-round picks earn an annual salary of $600,000, a sixth-rounder gets $500,000 and seventh-round picks receive $420,000. Those numbers are based on last year’s NFL rookie scale. “We ran a pro-style offense at Alabama,” Norwood said. “The only thing different this week is the terminology. I had a great career at Alabama, and it’s time to move onto the NFL.” The 6-foot-3 Norwood showed a knack for making clutch catches in two seasons as a starter and played on three BCS title teams. During his final year at Alabama, Norwood had 38 receptions for 568 yards and seven touchdowns. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has produced the last four local draftees: Nose tackle Terrance Cody (Baltimore Ravens, 2010), linebacker Chris White (Buffalo Bills, 2011), run-
Offensive lineman Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State waits for a drill during Senior Bowl practice with the South squad this week. (Photo by G.M. Andrews, AP)
ning back Vick Ballard (Indianapolis Colts, 2012) and defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins (New Orleans Saints, 2013). Jackson is considered a solid secondround pick. NFL teams love the skill and quickness of the 6-4, 325-pound Jackson. Second-round picks usually earn over $900,000 a year. “Jackson is a lot like the Titans’ Chance Warmack, the No. 10 overall pick last year out of Alabama,” former Dallas Cowboys personnel director Gil Brandt wrote on NFL.com. The Conerly Trophy winner has enjoyed the week being interviewed by different coaches and pro personnel. “I’ve had a good week,” Jackson said. “I’m getting used to everything for the NFL. I came out and did the best I could. Playing at Mississippi State, I learned how to compete every week in the SEC.”
National Football League
Browns hire Pettine after twisting search
By TOM WITHERS Associated Press BEREA, Ohio — Mike Pettine knows he might not have been Cleveland’s first choice or even the Browns’ second pick. All that matters to the son of a high school coaching legend is that he’s the one Pettine they selected. “It’s been my life-long dream to be an NFL head coach,” Pettine said Thursday, “and however that opportunity presents itself, it’s fine with me.” After nearly a month of twists, turns and talk, the Browns found their man. Buffalo’s defensive coordinator, who didn’t seem to be on Cleveland’s radar when the team began a coaching search last month, signed a five-year contract Thursday and was named the Browns’ seventh full-time coach since 1999. Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, fired on Dec. 29 after just one season. The Browns interviewed 10 candidates before deciding on the 47-year-old Pettine, who has built a solid reputation with a no-nonsense approach with his players. “I have been nicknamed BFT — Blunt Force Trauma,” he said. “The days are too short to dance around subjects some time and I think guys appreciate that.” His straight-forward style attracted Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who set out to find a “strong winner” and feels the clean-shaven Pettine can lead Cleveland’s resurgence.
“He’s very smart,” Haslam said. “He’s aggressive. He’s innovative. You can see he’s tough. He’s going to be very demanding. He’s going to set high standards for our organization.” Pettine spent one year with the Bills after four as Rex Ryan’s defensive coordinator with the New York Jets. Before that, Pettine was an assistant coach in Baltimore, giving him some familiarity in Cleveland’s division. Pettine understands there are challenges in turning around the Browns, who have lost at least 11 games in each of the past six seasons and made the playoffs once in their expansion era. Pettine believes the Browns have talent — as evidenced by their six Pro Bowlers — and wants to be the one to return them to glory. “There’s only 32 of these jobs and they don’t come along often,” Pettine said. “People ask me, ‘Why didn’t you wait? There will be chances next year?’ I don’t know if I believe in that. When you put all the factors together, this franchise is in position, given the right leadership, to win.” Pettine emerged as the favorite to become Cleveland’s fourth coach in six years as the Browns eliminated candidates and Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, considered the front-runner when the search started, told the team to move on without him. His hiring ends a 25-day odyssey for the Browns. It was a quest filled with rumors, denials, withdrawals and far too much drama for a franchise seeking stability. At the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, Browns tight end Jordan Cameron echoed the sentiments of most Cleveland fans. “I’m just happy to have a coach,” he said.
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CROSSWORD
COMICS
HOROSCOPE
by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) No one questions your drive or energy right now. A friend might be delighted by your company, especially as the two of you head off on an adventure of some sort. You also could choose to get involved in a project with a loved one. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Others keep piling more on your plate, but only because they want to spend more time with you. Make plans to head off to a flea market, movie, game -- you name it! Make yourself more available to someone. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Make a point to tackle your to-do list, which hopefully involves a little exercise. You seem to be a whirlwind of activity as of late, so be sure to accomplish as much as you can. Invite a child or dear friend to join you and to visit with you at the same time. CANCER (June 21-July 22) How you handle a loved one could bring him or her much closer. If you have a criticism, step back and think about where you are coming from before you say anything. If you are single, you easily could meet someone of significance in the next few days. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You are full of energy, especially in regard to a family member. You seem to draw many people to you, so be willing to listen to their perspectives. Stay close to home, and enjoy what is happening around you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You might want to return some calls and initiate some of your own before solidifying your plans. You could change your mind at the last minute. Finances also could play a role in your decision. A friendship will prove to be lucky for you once again. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You could become more argumentative than you have been. In fact, if you notice others backing away, you will know why. A call from a neighbor or relative could catch you off guard. You might be forced to deal with a difficult situation.
ON THIS DAY...
January 24, 1974
JACKSON, SIMON DISAGREE OVER WHETHER OIL PROFITS JUSTIFIED
Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., called today for rollbacks and a freeze of prices of many petroleum products in this country, contending the “seven sisters” of the oil hierarchy admitted prices were too high. Jackson, chairman of the Senate investigation subcommittee which questioned executives of the top seven oil companies for three days, said he was introducing a bill calling for a rollback. Federal Energy Chief William E. Simon promptly opposed such a move. He said last year’s price freezes on food - marked by such things as drowning of baby chicks because of low prices - showed that “an uneconomic price” is paid for such restraints. Jackson and Simon appeared together in an interview on the CBS-TV Morning News program. Simon for the second day in a row urged against hasty legislative remedies that might aggravate rather than improve the energy crisis by discouraging the oil companies from searching for new oil sources in this country. In President Nixon’s energy message to Congress Wednesday, he served notice that “private, profiteering at public expense” would not be permitted in the energy crunch. Jackson said after the third day of his hearings Wednesday- with a one day recess today before he calls in Simon Friday morning - that there was no hard evidence that the oil companies contrived to produce the crisis. But he said they had profited from it. Jackson questioned today the effect of some of Nixon’s proposals to hold down profiteering - such as the administration’s brand of legislation to cope with windfall profits. “This is not adequate, frankly,” he said. Jackson said those dealing with the crisis should take the approach: “protect the consumer.” “I want them (oil companies) to make reasonable profits, but what’s going on there is consumers are being gouged and the companies are making unreasonable profits... “I would prefer to see some benefit to the 200-odd million Americans that are directly affected by, for example, gasoline by rolling back and freezing the prices. This is where the major reform must come. Jackson said the present “new oil” price of $10.35 a barrel was unreasonable.
THE LOGIC PUZZLE THAT MAKES YOU SMARTER.
Rules:
SUDOKU
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your personality is on full display. Resist expressing any negativity for now, as it might stem from you and how you are seeing a situation. Keep it light and nonjudgmental, and others will be delighted. News from a distance will please you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Remain sensitive to your needs. You are often so busy running around, you let your needs go. Eventually, this lack of attention will catch up with you. Just wait and see. It would be a good idea to take some time just for you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You will be pleased that your friends made plans around you; however, it might appear as though you have not been informed of some sort of change. An older relative or friend could become demanding. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You won’t be able to escape a previously agreed-upon commitment. This activity involves a certain amount of responsibility, which could take away from the fun spirit of the weekend. Just clear up this task, and you will free yourself up. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Your mind seems to drift to someone at a distance whom you care about. You could be tired and need a break. Why not meet this person halfway? Your sense of humor emerges with a child or loved one.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 3 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
BEETLE BAILEY
POPEYE
BLONDIE
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
CRYPTOQUIP
DENNIS THE MENACE
HAGAR THE HORRIBLE
BARNEY GOOGLE & SNUFFY SMITH
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TOWN
From page 2
Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tues-
days at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. any fire that could occur during CAT’s planned measures. “A lot of employees will be coming in at four in the morning,” Salter said. “I don’t think our fire safety has been reduced. I think it’s actually been enhanced by the addition of the fire watch.” Salter said no pipes were more vulnerable to freezing this week because of damage from Jan. 7. Lower floors on each hall unrealistic, as well as a waste of whatever time it took him at the podium to say it. Then there’s the “bold step for God and country” he proposed through adding the words, “In God We Trust” to the state seal. While again, I have no problem with the idea all people should trust God (or with those words being on the seal, for that matter), there are plenty of lawabiding Mississippians who, unfortunately, do not share that belief. Considering Bryant called this “bold step” a stand for “our
u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Clothing ministry — will retain sprinkler system water, he said, and there would be no interruption for domestic water pipes for showers, sinks and other such appliances. “The fire suppression piping is separate from that,” Salter said. “The pipes that we perceive to be particularly vulnerable at extremely low temperatures are the ones we drained to avoid the kind of damage we had Jan. 7. beliefs, our faith, our families and our nation,” he again is either suggesting he thinks he’s in Utopia or that he’s only interested in representing people who share his viewpoints. I figure the latter is more like it. His speech didn’t have a thing to do with honoring God or showing God’s values to Mississippi’s citizens. If it did, he would have suggested along with placing “In God We Trust” on the state seal that we also remove from the corner of the state flag the stars and bars reviled by nearly half of
Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill We did that strictly because we’re not entirely sure of the cause of the Jan. 7 problems, but that was the best action we could take. The fire marshal has approved (CAT’s plan), and we believe it to be sound.” Salter said having students and MSU’s full personnel on campus might provide MSU with an advantage against the cold that it did not have last time, Mississippi’s population as a racist symbol. Bryant’s faith-based initiatives — especially the issue of changing the state seal — are meant solely to be acts of vocal belligerence against the federal government and anyone who disagrees with his very narrow political agenda. It says to Mississippians that they can either ride the Phil-Mobile or they can walk — preferably to Alabama or one of them northern states. It says to teen mothers, single parents and women who have had abortions that Bryant
Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-3238871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in as the pipe damage struck during winter break. He said students did not need to actively take measures to prevent frozen pipes, but their presence could offer passive assistance. “They’ll be adjusting the heat to their comfort, and they’ll keep the entire building warmer,” Salter said. “There’s been a decision on campus that for the next week, a lot of our energy sysbelieves them to be less, therefore entitled to fewer legal protections than the pure, godly and morallyupright Mississippian. More importantly to Fightin’ Phil, Wednesday’s speech provided him a platform to use terms like “abortionist” and passionately invoke the name of God like a televangelist before an audience willing to stand up and clap for him every time he did it. Simply slapping the name of God on something and calling it good has no actual moral value, therefore I don’t believe prosely-
Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-2950823.
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remain in place.” Salter said the personnel engaging in the fire watch would include housing personnel, employees of the MSU Division of Student Affairs, the MSU Police Department and facilities management staff. This watch would bolster immediate response to
tems are set to try to maximize efficiency. We’re now in a sevenday mode of trying to keep the heat on 24 hours a day. We can avoid a lot of problems that way. If there’s any potential problems, and you have (students’) presence here along with staff, I think the biggest thing is (having) their eyes and ears to report this during a period where you’re sort of at full occupancy.”
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leges at local hospitals. His real goal, though, he said, was to “end abortion in Mississippi.” Again, I agree with the governor on this point. I’d wager — further I’d guarantee — that I’m every bit as pro-life as Bryant. Yet, when federal law via a 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizes abortion, Bryant declaring an end to abortion in Mississippi as an achievable goal during his tenure as governor seems a bit lofty and
tizing actual morality is Bryant’s goal at all. Even if it is, it’s not the government’s job to legislate morality; it is rather our leaders’ job to govern everyone under the umbrella of equal rights and protections under the law. Then again, if Bryant can rid Mississippi of all the so-called riffraff and engineer a state where everyone’s a Republican and every baby is born to married couples as part of nuclear households, then maybe he can truly be where he apparently already thinks he is. Let’s call it “Philtopia.”
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