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March 15, 2014

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New hotel, retail center planned
By ZACK PLAIR A public hearing Tuesday evening before the Board of Aldermen will address the prospect of changing the city’s tax increment financing (TIF) plan for the area that includes the Mill at MSU to recognize a second development. Mark Nicholas of Nicholas Properties plans to develop a seven-unit retail center with a hotel on six acres of his property on Highway 12. The planned development is east of Chick-fil-A and Buffalo Wild Wings and south of the planned Mill at MSU hotel/conference center project slated for groundbreaking later this month. “We’re trying to create a front door to MSU,” Nicholas said. “What we have on the plans is a 15,000 square foot retail center that will include shops and restaurants, as well as a hotel that will bring it all together. This is a $20-million investment on our part that will bring a lot of jobs to Starkville.”
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Nicholas declined on Friday to identify the hotel chain or other businesses that would occupy the development, saying that he planned to close those deals on Monday. The city approved a TIF plan in 2008 that includes a 39.4-acre district along High-
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SFD suspects arson in grass fire lit Thursday
SDN staff The Starkville Fire and Police departments are investigating a Thursday grass fire and the possibility that the incident may have been arson. Starkville Fire Marshal Mark McCurdy said SFD dispatched at 2:32 p.m. Thursday to an out-of-control grass fire at a dead end on Day Lily Drive in the Greenbriar subdivision. He said the fire had the potential to be much more serious than it was, but the weather helped SFD douse it before that could happen. “The fire was somewhere in the range of about 100 feet wide and 100 feet long,” McCurdy said. “It wasn’t a huge fire, but it was in an area that had great potential for it to be a much larger fire. If the wind hadn’t been blowing yesterday, we would have had a serious fire on our hands, but thank goodness, the weather cooperated, and we were able to contain it fairly easily. What little wind we did have was blowing the fire toward the road.” McCurdy said SFD and SPD were still investigating the cause of the fire, but a strong clue arose from talking to several witnesses in the area. “We found out that there were juvenile-age children that apparently use this particular area for a hangout spot,” McCurdy said. “Right before the fire was reported, the witnesses saw some
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Starkville Fire Department officials say this grass fire, which happened Thursday on Day Lily Drive in the Greenbriar
City firefighters to burn down Homestead tax vacant house in training exercise exemption filing deadline April 1
By STEVEN NALLEY This morning, a house is going to burn down in Starkville — but if all goes as planned, no one should need to call 911. The Starkville Fire Department will already be there. Their firefighters will be the ones who start the fire. SFD is conducting a training exercise at an abandoned, dilapidated, vacant house at 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive this morning before destroying the house in a controlled burn. SFD Chief Rodger Mann said his team had been using the property for training for the past three months. He said the training exercises typically consist of putting fake smoke in certain areas of the house for firefighters to extinguish, and that’s how this morning’s exercise will begin at around 6:30 or 7 a.m. Then, he said, the exercise will go to the next level. “Now it’s time to finalize it, to bring it all to a conclusion, to burn the house down,” Mann said. “We will actually do a couple of brief scenarios inside while the structure is in the early stages of burning. Once it gets to where it’s no longer safe for firefighters, we’ll let the building burn.” Because the house’s windows are boarded up, Mann said, it will contain the initial smoke, and few will realize the exercise is taking place at first until
Starkville Fire Department will hold a controlled burn destroying this house at 500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive as part of a training exercise this morning. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) they see firefighters going in and out. But once the blaze begins in earnest, Mann said he did not want anyone to be alarmed. SFD has completed paperwork with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for this controlled burn, he said, and it has chosen a day where the weather is not expected to make the fire a threat to nearby structures. “We’re doing it on a Saturday because there is a day care next to it, and we wanted to do it on a date when the
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By STEVEN NALLEY before Jan. 1 of the current year, and given that the courthouse is not open on New Year’s Day, he One of said that deadline was really Dec. the largest 31 of the previous year. He said tax savings the deed for the home must be available to recorded in the chancery clerk’s Starkville office by Jan. 7. homeownOnce a homestead exempers has a tion is filed, he said, it stays in deadline effect until the deed to the home two weeks changes for any reason, after earlier than which it must be renewed to reMorgan main in effect. He said possible other tax forms. reasons a homestead exemption The deadline to file for a might need renewal include the homestead exemption is April 1, death of a spouse, changes in and Oktibbeha County Tax As- marital status, and selling all or a sessor and Collector Allen Mor- portion of a homestead exemptgan wants to make sure no one ed property. who has the opportunity misses Homeowners should also reit. file if they turned 65 or became “(The homestead exemption) 100 percent disabled before Jan. was first created by the Missis- 1 of the current year, Morgan sippi legislature to encourage said. Under those circumstances, people to build and buy homes he said, homeowners qualify to years ago, to create home owner- have the first $7,500 of the assessed value of their home exship,” Morgan said. Morgan said those who qual- empt from tax. Assessed value is ify for homestead exemptions 10 percent of the total value of a receive a $300 tax credit each home, he said, so if a home cost year. He said to qualify, someone must own a home on or See HOMESTEAD | Page 3
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Saturday, March 15, 2014
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email life@
u Clothing Drive — Second Baptist Church Boomer Generation will sponsor a free clothing drive Saturday March 15, 2014 beginning at 7am in the church parking lot. In the event of rain, the drive will move inside to the basement. For more information call 648-7284. u OCMA Meeting — The Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance’s (OCMA) monthly meeting will be Saturday 15 March 2014, at 7 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn 975 Hwy 12 East. President Brown asks that all pastors and ministers be there, and on time, for our monthly meeting. u Women’s Empowerment Summit 2014 — Woman II Woman Empowerment Summit 2014 with Tammie Tubbs will be March 15 at 9:00 a.m. For more information contact Brandy Malone 662-418-9442 or visit u Irish Story/Luncheon — “Dreams and Songs to Sing” the often-misquoted, hardlybelieved history of the Irish will be held at 11 a.m. March 15 at Three Generations Tea Room located at 217 North Jackson St., Starkville, Miss. Tickets are $12 per person and include an Irish luncheon buffet. Reservations are required contact Pagie Lawes at 662-324-1507. u Starkville Writers Group meeting — The Starkville Writers Group will meet at The Book Mart & Café located at 120 E. Main Street on March 15 at 12:00 p.m. for a free Performance & Readings of Irish Influence to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. u Benefit — A benefit program for Sister Gaile PurnellSmith will be held on March 15 at 5p.m. at Faith and Works Community Church. u Anniversary Celebration — The Mississippi Traveling Stars will be celebrating their anniversary on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Antioch Church.
Tina H. Volmer competes in the Mississippi State University American Quarter Horse Association show Friday with her horse “Take the Last Luke.” (Photo by Ariel King, SDN)
more information.
u Irish Rose/St. Patrick’s Day Celebration — St. Paddy’s Day Celebration at Oby’s and the Crowning of the Irish Rose by Mayor Parker Wiseman on March 17. Festivities will be held at Oby’s Restaurant at 502 Academy Rd, Starkville and begin at 6 p.m. with bagpipes, live music, dancing and “carrying on.” At 8:45 p.m., “The Party Blarney” continues at Buffalo Wild Wings, 703 Spring Street, Starkville, where the Celts join Hobie Hobart’s Mystic Society of the Cowbellion Bulldogs. u Documentary screening — Mississippi State University Libraries and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library will host a special preview of the new PBS documentary series “Civil War: The Untold Story” on Sunday.Special guest will be director and producer Chris Wheeler. Episode 1, “Bloody Shiloh,” will show at 1:00 p.m. in the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum at Mitchell Memorial Library. Episode 2, “A Beacon of Hope,” will show at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Simrall Hall. Admission is free. Panel discussions will follow each preview. For More information u Rotary Meeting — Jack Vaughn, retired NFL official and currently the NCAA Collegiate Replay Review Official, will speak on the NCAA review system at noon March 17. He will be introduced by Jack Forbus. The Starkville Rotary Club meets each Monday at noon at the Starkville Country Club. u Civitan Meeting — Starkville Civitan Club will meet Monday at noon at McAlister’s Deli.
u Usher program — St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 5707 HWY 389 N., will have its Usher Program March 16 at 3 p.m. Special guest will be Rev. Christopher Mays and the Sand Creek Church family. u Deacons and Deaconesses Annual Day — Deacons and Deaconesses Annual Day will be observed at Sixteenth Section Missionary Baptist Church on March 16 at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Lee E. Brand, Jr. and the Beth-el M.B. Church will be the special guest for the occasion. Rev.William A. Richardson is pastor of the church. u Women’s Day Program — The Antioch Church will be ­ holding its Women’s Day Program on Sunday at 3 p.m.The Tuesday public is invited to attend. The guest speaker will be Rev. Josie u Tai Chi Classes — The Sturdivant of Liberty House of Wellness Connection at OCH God in Starkville. Contact 662Regional Medical Center will of418-1962 or 662-312-5840 for
fer an eight-week Tai Chi class beginning Tuesday, March 18. The class, which is taught by Dr. Armando de la Cruz and is suitable for those with arthritis, osteoporosis and other such bone and joint problems, will meet from 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays. Participants will learn fundamental poses and moves of basic Tai Chi for beginners and the more advanced moves of Chi Kung and Sun styles. Cost is $30 for Wellness Connection members and $40 for non-members. For more information, call 323WELL (9355). u Youth Fitness Program — OCH’s Wellness Connection is offering afternoon youth fitness programs for 7 to 13-year-olds. Youth can enjoy activities such as zumba, swimming, kickboxing and much more! Activities will be held March 18 through April 24 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Classes will be led by OCH Wellness Director Eddie Myles, Wellness Connection Personal Trainer Heather Ballard, and OCH Sports Nutritionist Kelly White. The class fee for members is $40 and $55 for non-members. Sign up by March 17 to guarantee a spot for your child! For more information, contact the Wellness Connection at 662-323-WELL (9355). u Kiwanis meeting — Kiwanis will meet at The Hilton Garden Inn at noon Tuesday. Todd Hunt, Executive Director of BancorpSouth Arena will be present the program. Visitors & prospective members are always welcome. u Revival — On Tuesday March 18, 2014 thru Friday March 21, 2014 New Saint Mark COGIC will be having Spring Revival at 7:00 p m nightly, located at 1632 St. Mark Drive Starkville, MS Elder Franklin Koonce will be the speaker for this wonderful occasion. Call 662-323-3818 for more information.
Meeting — The Clover Leaf Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. For more information, call 3233497. u ABE/GED Classes — Free ABE/GED classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville St. For more information call 324-4183. These classes are also offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the J. L. King Center, 700 Long St.. For more information call 324-6913. u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at nthomas@starkville. 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 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 LLRecurring u Dulcimer and More Sociu Clover Leaf Garden Club ety — The Dulcimer & More So-
ciety 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 or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u 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. 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 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard. or 662325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662325-3070. u Line dancing — The
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Jackson-area officials seek change in justice bill
EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS torney for Madison and Rankin Associated Press counties. “We believe that House Bill JACKSON — More than a 585 will substantially impede dozen Jackson-area officials say our ability to keep our comthey’re concerned that proposed munities safe and (it) places too changes to Mississippi’s criminal much emphasis on cost saving justice system could jeopardize without taking into account the public safety and push bigger effect this bill will have on public expenses onto city and county safety,” they wrote in the letter, governments. which was dated Thursday and In a letter to Gov. Phil Bry- publicly released Friday. “This ant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, legislation will impact our abilthey’re asking for changes to ity to protect our children from House Bill 585, which awaits those that would sell drugs, final negotiations between the our hard working citizens who House and Senate. would be victims of theft and The bill was filed after judges, local merchants from those who prosecutors and lawmakers spent would steal.” months studying Mississippi’s The bill says anyone concriminal justice system. Support- victed of a violent offense would ers say it could make the system be required to serve at least 50 more efficient and cut prison percent of a sentence, and anycosts by $266 million spread one convicted of a nonviolent ofover 10 years. fense would have to serve at least Among those signing the 25 percent. The bill would give concern letter are sheriffs Brian judges more flexibility to give Bailey of Rankin County, Randy alternative sentences, such as Tucker of Madison County and ordering treatment for drug usTyrone Lewis of Hinds County; ers. It would strengthen requireand Michael Guest, district at- ments that victims be notified
In this Dec. 18, 2013 photograph, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant speaks during an exclusive pre-legislative session interview with The Associated Press at his office in the Capitol in Jackson. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
before an inmate is released from prison. It would also, for the first time in Mississippi law, specify which crimes are classified as violent, for sentencing purposes. The three sheriffs and other officials said the list of violent crimes should be expanded to include carjacking, robbery, fondling, felony child abuse, thirdoffense domestic violence and assault on a law-enforcement officer. They’re also requesting stronger penalties for some drug crimes. Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, told senators March 6 that the package of proposed changes has been endorsed by the Mississippi Bar Association, the state prosecutors’ association, the state Baptist association and the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council. Some senators expressed concern that the changes could save the state money but increase costs for local governments. Wiggins said local governments would be reimbursed for any additional expenses.
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$75,000, no taxes would be owed on a property’s assessed value. To file for homestead exemption, Morgan said homeowners need to visit the Oktibbeha County Courthouse’s home-
stead exemption office with several items. These include a recorded copy of the warranty deed, a copy of the closing or settlement statement for the home with the purchase price, the amount of the down payment, Social Security numbers for both the homeowner and the spouse if any and tag numpeople driving on Highway 182 are going to see it and smell the smoke. We just wanted people to be aware that 2e’re doing it and they don’t have to call 911 to report a fire.” Mann said the property itself was donated to SFD by its prior owner. He said it fit several stringent requirements necessary for exercises such as this. “For us to get water to it, we try not to block any street,” Mann said. “The flooring has to be stable enough for us to get quality training hours out of it. There’s also proximity to homes (to consider). We can’t afford to let somebody else’s home get damaged. We try to inconvenience the public as little as we can.” at 323-4134. “We’re just asking people in the neighborhood, if they know anything, to call us or call Starkville police,” McCurdy said. “If anybody lives in that area and notices kids up to no good, doing stuff they shouldn’t, let us know so we can follow up on the investigation and see if we can’t find out how this fire started.” repay the debt over 15 years. The Mill at MSU — which Mark Castleberry is developing in conjunction with the city, Oktibbeha County and Mississipi State University — will occupy about 12 acres of the TIF area, while Chick-filA, Buffalo Wild Wings and the planned Nicholas development occupy 11.2 acres. Ergon owns 16.2 acres that the TIF plan designates for “future development.” Following a public hearing
bers for all vehicles registered in the name of the homeowner and spouse. If applying for the extra $7,500, homeowners over 65 must bring a valid Mississippi driver’s license or birth certificate. Those applying for that extra exemption through disability must bring either a copy of the TPQY form with
entitlement date from the Social Security Administration office or statements of disability from two doctors. Sarah Flake, a part-time employee in the county homestead exemption office, said a total of 800 residents filed for homestead exemptions last year, and by this time last year, 677
of those applications had come in. This year, she said, 608 had come in so far, so registration appeared to be behind pace. Flake also said she and Morgan would take any steps needed to accommodate disabled homeowners. “Most of those who are not able to get out and come in have meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville Church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from
(someone with) power of attorney, like their spouse or child ... (who) can come in and sign for them,” Flake said. “(Otherwise), we run out to their car. Usually, a family member will come in, we’ll get all their information, print their form and come out (to the homeowner in the car) and let them sign it.”
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day care was vacant,” Mann said. “Also, if the weather changes during the day and the night, and that window of opportunity closes on us, then we will not burn it tomorrow.” To ensure that the exercise does not alarm adjacent residents, Starkville Fire Marshal Mark McCurdy said personnel made rounds in the area to give them advance notice. He said this includes knocking on the doors of home and businesses and leaving flyers in doors where no one answers.” “Obviously, we’re going to be burning a house, so it will create a large amount of smoke and a pretty big fireball, and
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Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662-323-2294. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662418-5535 or 601-663-5682. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock on the matter at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, the Board of Aldermen will consider updating the TIF plan to acknowledge a second active development. “It really doesn’t change anything,” Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said. “The only thing that is a significant change is that we are acknowledging the (Cotton Mill Marketplace). That’s a practical necessity, from a legal standpoint, because now we have
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kids running from that area, and they also saw an SUV-type vehicle speeding away with a bunch of kids in the vehicle from that area.” McCurdy urged anyone with further information that could assist the investigation to call SFD at 323-1845 or SPD
Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer for physical healing, encouragement, or other needs. Our teams consist of Spiritfilled Christians from different local churches. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email and visit http:// u Alcoholics Anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group
Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. u Gentle Yoga — Gentle yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. u Community call-in prayer service — The Peter’s Rock Temple COGIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the Prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-527-1553.
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way 12 between Russell and Spring streets. The plan allows the city to issue up to $8.5 million in bonds for developments within the TIF district to pay for public infrastructure associated with the projects, such as streets, sewer and water. The city can then dedicate 75 percent of sales and property taxes generated from those developments to
two active developers (in the TIF district) instead of one.” Nicholas was initially the contracted developer with MSU for the Cotton Mill hotel/conference center project, but his contract expired with the university in September 2012 after his $100 million proposal could not be financed. That made way for Castleberry’s $50 million Mill at MSU development. Though Nicholas did not see the Mill project to frui-
tion, he said he felt satisfied that his six years of work to build a “front door to MSU” would ultimately help accomplish that very goal. “It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people over time,” he said.
“It’s very satisfying on my end to be able to bring this to Starkville, and I’m appreciative of the mayor, the Board of Aldermen and the (county) Board of Supervisors. Without their support, we couldn’t have gotten this done.”
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Are you doing what the Lord wants you to do?
By Gary Andrews And Jesus said unto him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God,” Luke 9:62. How many times in our lifetime have we questioned ourselves on what we are doing? I have been in the media business for over 34 years and one day my wife asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s one of those thought provoking questions. Have I been doing what the Lord wanted me to do for these past years? I have to say I have been truly blessed in this career field, not so much monetarily, but by the blessings of working with and meeting so many people. When I was in high school I thought I wanted to be an electrical engineer, however, in those days, I wasn’t sure I wanted to put the amount of study and work into becoming an engineer. It was a hard career field for someone that only wanted to play ball and put school behind that. I have met so many people over my lifetime that isn’t happy in what they are doing. One of the first things I tell my co-workers is that, “if you are not happy doing what you are doing, then quit and do something else. Life is too short to be unhappy in your career field.” So many of us will pick out certain things and say to ourselves or to someone else, “I wish I had gone a different direction with my life.” Most of the time this is a career path, a marriage, etc. that we chose on our own and didn’t talk with God about. In today’s world we are dictated what we should do, how much money we should try to make, or if it feels good do it now and worry about the consequences later. These are bad decisions. Anything we do we should first talk it over with God and then our family. Our Heavenly Father will definitely lead us in the right direction if we will listen to Him and obey His commands. Even though I had no idea I would end up in the media business, it has been the right decision, and I firmly believe God put me where I am to do what I am doing. I sincerely hope that you are listening to our Lord on what direction you need to be traveling. Prayer: Thank you Lord for your love and your guidance. Continue to lead me in your way and help me to get myself out of the way. Amen. (Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday - Matthew 7:7-12; Monday - Philippians 4:1-7; Tuesday - 2 Chronicles 7:14; Wednesday - Psalm 17:1-2; Thursday - 2 Peter 1:3-4; Friday Isaiah 40:31; Saturday - Luke 11:10-13.) A099-10 Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website
ANGLIZCAN ST. DAVID’S AT MAYHEW 549 Mayhew Rd. Mayhew 1928-BCP Sunday Worship 10 am • 312-5366 • 386-8481 APOSTOLIC APOSTOLIC ASSEMBLY OF JESUS CHRIST 113 N. Lafayette St. • 324-1741 Sunday School 9:45 am • Worship 11:15 am VICTORY APOSTOLIC FAITH CHURCH 1230 Boyd Rd. • 324-1788 Sunday School 9:45 am • Worship 11:30 am ASSEMBLY OF GOD FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD 218 Louisville • 323-6207 • Pastor Scott Riley Worship 10:45 am & 6 pm BAPTIST ADATON BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday Morning Worship: 9:15am Fellowship & Refreshment: 10:25am Sunday School: 10:45am • Evening Worship: 6:00pm Wednesday night Worship: 6:15pm 2872 Hwy 182 West • 662-323-3735 Website: ANTIOCH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Worship 11 am BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 2501 Bethel Road • 324-0790 Sunday School 9:45 am • Sunday Worship 11 am BETHEL M.B. CHURCH Hwy 82 West • 324-0071 Sunday School 9:30 am • Worship 8 am & 10:45 am Wed. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm BETHESDA BAPTIST CHURCH (SBC) 2096 Bethesda Road, Crawford •272-8734 • Pastor Allen Dees Sunday Bible Study 10 am, Worship 11 am & 7 pm Wed. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting 7 pm BROADMOOR BAPTIST CHURCH Horseshoe Drive (off Hwy. 12 W.) Sunday Services 10:30 am & 6:30 pm • 323-4026 CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 405 North Jackson • 323-1448 • Sundays: Bible Communities at 9:15 am Morning Worship 10:30 am, Serving & Taining 5-7 pm Wed. Celebration Service at 6:30 pm CENTER GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 1784 Center Grove Rd., Maben • 323-4811 Bible Communities 9:15 am • Worship 10:30 am Ministry & Training 5 pm • Youth @ House 5 pm CHRISTIAN FAITH M.B. CHURCH 701 Whitfield St. • 320-4208 • Sunday School 10 am Morning Worship 11 am • Bible Study Wednesday 7 pm CROSSPOINT Worship 10:30 am • Sportsplex - 405 Lynn Lane Pastor Scott Cappleman • DAYSTAR CHURCH Worship: Sunday 4 pm & Thursday 6:30 pm 305 Lynn Lane • Pastor Charles Smith • 341-1983 EAST SAND CREEK M.B. CHURCH 324-3454 • Sunday School 9:45 am • Wed. Bible Study 7 pm EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH 1350 Old Hwy 12 • 324-1000 Sunday School 10 am • Worship 11 am FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 1804 South Montgomery Street • 323-9333 Sunday School 10am • Worship 11 am FAITH BAPTIST AT PUGH’S MILL Pugh’s Mill Church Road • Hwy 25 S • 662-779-2797 Minister Rev. Albert Bisson • Sunday Worship 10:45am & 6:30pm FAITH & WORKS COMMUNITY CHURCH Rev. Dr. William A. Headd • 403 W. MLK Dr. Sunday School 9:30 am • Sunday Worship 11 am Wed. Prayer Meeting 6 pm • Bible Study 6:30 pm FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 1491 Frye Rd. • 320-9988 • Pastor R. C. "Dickie" Bryan Sunday School 9:15 am • Worship 10:30 am & 6 pm Wed. Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm • Monthly Family Night Supper 6 pm FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, LONGVIEW Longview Road • 324-6191 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 106 E. Lampkin Street • 323-5633 • Pastor, Chip Stevens • Sunday School 9:00 and 10:30 am Worship 9:00 and 10:30 am • Evening Worship 5:00 pm Wed. Supper 5:00 pm • Wed. Youth 5:30 pm Wed. Discipleship 5:45 pm FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Tommy Temple • Maben • 263-4214 FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH Craig Springs Road, Stugis • 465-8806 • Sunday School 10am Worship 11am & 7pm • Disciple Training 6pm GRACE TEMPLE M.B. CHURCH Hwy 82 East, Starkville • 323-1003 GREATER EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH Oktoc Road • 323-7838 • Worship 11am & 6pm JOSEY CREEK M.B. CHURCH 4821 MS Highway 182 • Starkville • 662-323-6415 Sunday School 9:30am • Worship 11am LIFE RENEWAL COMMUNITY CHURCH 300 Yeates Street • Bibles Study Tuesday 6:30 Sunday School 9:30am • Worship 11am LONGVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH Larry W. Yarber, Pastor, 662-769-4774 2016 Buckner St. • 323-4470 • Kay Verral, Pianist Sunday School 10am • Sun. Worship 11am & 6pm Discipleship Training 5:15pm • Wed. Bible Study 6:30pm MEADOWVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH 300 Linden Circle • 323-2963 • Sunday School 9am Worship 10:15am & 6pm • Disciple Training 4:45 pm MOUNT PELIER M.B. CHURCH 840 N. Jackson Street • 323-7407 MOUNT OLIVET M.B CHURCH 1011 Mount Olive Road • 323-9173 MORGAN CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH Route 2, Box 138-A, Sturgis • Sunday School 10 am Preaching 11 am & 7 pm • Church Training 6 pm Wed. Night Meeting 7 pm • Youth Organizations 7 pm MULDROW FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Osborn Road • Worship Service 11 am 1st & 4th Sundays NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH David Fedrick, Pastor • 662-323-7989 1541 New Hope Church Road, Starkville Sunday School 10 am • Sunday Worship 11am • Wed Night 6pm
PILGRIM’S REST BAPTIST CHURCH Longview Rd., Route 5, Box 367 • 323-1214 PINE GROVE M.B. CHURCH 1090 Bluff Lake • 323-7039 Sunday School 9:30 am • Worship 11 am PLEASANT GROVE M.B. CHURCH 1914 Moor High Road • 272-8740 Sunday School 9:45 am • Worship 11 am PLEASANT RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday School 10 am • Worship 11 am & 6 pm Wed. 6 pm • Pleasant Ridge Road, Sturgis NEW PRAIRIE GROVE M.B. CHURCH 1491 Bluefield Road • Sam Bonner, Sr., Pastor Church: 324-0701 • Van Ministry: 418-1401 Sunday School 9:00 am • Worship 10:15 am SAND CREEK CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH OF ROCKHILL 2234 Rockhill Road 283-4069 • 323-3268 SECOND BAPTIST M.B. CHURCH 314 Yeates St• 323-6177 • Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:50 • Pastor Joseph Stone SELF CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH Brown Rd. • 324-1120 • Sunday School 10 am Worship 11 am & 6:00 pm SPRING HILL M.B. CHURCH 323-3154 • Sun School 9:45 am • Worship 11 am Wed Prayer Service 6:30 pm STARKVILLE COMMUNITY CHURCH 1004 Lynn Lane • 324-6009 • Pastor Dr. Lloyd Humphrey Bible Study 9:30 am • Worship 10:45 am & 6 pm ST. PAUL M.B. CHURCH 2231 Hwy 389 N. Sunday School 9:30 am • Worship 10:30 am • Wed 6:30 pm Boys and Girls Club Columbus Bible Study Tuesdays 7 pm STURGIS BAPTIST CHURCH 827 Main Street, Rt 1, Sturgis • 465-7420, 465-7558 TRAVELERS REST M.B. CHURCH Hwy 82 E, Mathiston• 263-4542 • Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am & 5 pm • Wed. Night 7 pm UNION HILL BAPTIST CHURCH 1147 Marion Rd. • 323-4308 WAKE FOREST BAPTIST CHURCH 2460 Sturgis-Maben Road South, Sturgis • Worship 11 am & 7 pm UNIVERSITY BAPTIST Wesley Foundation-E. Lee Blvd • 323-8805 Sunday Bible Study 9:30 am • Worship 10:45 am CATHOLIC ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH 607 University Drive • 323-2257 Sun. Worship 9am, 11:30 am & 5:30 pm • Sun. School 10:15 am CHURCH OF CHRIST AUSTIN CHURCH OF CHRIST HOLINESS USA 2298 Turkey Creek Rd • 323-5473 Sunday School 9:30 am • Worship 11 am STARKVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST 1107 East Lee Boulevard • Sun. Worship 10 am & 5 pm Sun. School 9 am • Wed. Bible Study 7 pm FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST HOLINESS 609 Gillespie Street • 324-1034 NORTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 1200 N. Montgomery • Wed. Bible Study 7 pm Sunday Bible Study 9:30 am • Worship 10:30 am & 6 pm NORTH MONTGOMERY CHURCH OF CHRIST Sunday 9:30 am, 3 pm • Wed. 7 pm • 324-9598 PINE GROVE CHURCH OF CHRIST HOLINESS, USA Elder George Miller • Highway 25 South • 324-3850 CHURCH OF GOD CHURCH OF GOD 701 S. Montgomery • 323-0352, 323-4709 CHURCH OF GOD 1999 Silver Ridge Road, Starkville • 465-9900 Worship Services 10 am & 5:30 pm PETERS ROCK CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST 223 Martin Luther King Dr. • 323-5119 STARKVILLE CHURCH OF GOD 100 Locksley Way • Starkville • 323.0352 Worship Services 8:30 am & 10:00 am 9:45 am Sunday School ST. MARK CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST Highway 25 South • 324-0317, 494-4794 EPISCOPAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION 105 N. Montgomery 323-3483 • Sunday School 9:15 am Sunday 8 AM, 10:30 AM • Noon on Thursdays INTERDENOMINATIONAL NEW HORIZONS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 1010 Victory Lane, Starkville • 662-648-9007 Sunday 10:30 am • ISLAMIC MOSQUE OF STARKVILLE 204 Herbert St.• Jumuah (prayer) Friday 1-2 pm Ta'leem (service) Sunday 1 pm Iman Oda - prayer leader • 662-722-2955 JEWISH CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL (URJ) 717 2nd Avenue North , Columbus 324-1273 Friday evening 7:30 pm • LUTHERAN ST. LUKE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1104 Louisville Street • 323-3050 Sunday School 9:30 am • Worship 10:30 am METHODIST ADATON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2128 Reed Rd. • 320-4010 Worship 11 am • Sunday School 9:45 am ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 820 Evergreen • 323-4657 • Sunday School 9 am • Sunday Worship 10 am ARTESIA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Reverend Walt Porter Sunday School 10 am • Sunday Worship 11 am BELL CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Eddie J. Hinton • 323-4871 • 1450 Old Hwy. 12 Sunday School 10 am • Worship 1st & 3rd Sundays 11 am BIG CREEK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH & STURGIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sturgis • 258-7072 • Sunday School 9:30 am • Worship 10:30 am CHURCH OF BOYD CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST Route 2, Sturgis FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 200 West Lampkin • 323-5722 • 8:30am Traditional Worship 9:30am Gathering Place • 10am Sunday School 11 am Contemporary Worship • 11 am Traditional Worship
6 pm Evening Worship GRIFFEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 323-1363 • Elder Eddie Lee Jones, Pastor Sunday School 8:30 am • Worship Service 9:30 am LINDSEY CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1670 Old West Point Road at Section Road • 323-4057 LONGVIEW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1948 Longview Road • 324-2308 Worship 9:30 am • Sunday School 10:30 am JONES CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2627 East Tibbee Rd, West Point • 494-3020 Worship 2nd, 4th Sundays 11:30 am Sunday School 10 am • Bible Study Tuesday 6 pm MABEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Maben • 263-8168 NEW LIGHT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Eddie Hinton • 323-4871 • 2866 New Light Rd. • 312-5402 NEW ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2169 S. Montgomery St. • 324-0789 • Rev. Tyrone Stallings, Sr Sunday School 9:30 am, Worship 11 am, 3rd Sunday Worship 8 am PLAIR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1673 Finley Dr. • 324-0036 • Pastor Kenny Casey PLEASANT HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Hwy 82 W. 11 miles outside Starkville • 1st Sunday of month 11 am PUGH’S MILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1948 Longview Road • 324-2308 • Worship 2:30 pm ROCKHILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rockhill Road • 323-7047, 323-5696 ZION CYPRUS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Hwy 25 South • Sunday School 10 am • Worship 11 am NAZARINE WESLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Sunday 10 am • 305 Lynn Lane • 323-7453 • Pastor Randy Witbeck NON-DENOMINATIONAL ANOTHER DIMENSION CHRISTIAN CENTER Pastors Maurice & Stacy Peterson • 610 Yellow Jacket Drive 662-324-1050 • Sunday Worship 10:30 am • Wednesday 7 pm CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD 305 Jarnigan Street • 323-8839, 323-6471 FINDING YOUR WAY THROUGH CHRIST MINISTRIES Pastor Ken Ashford • 783 Blocker Rd Sunday Worship 11am • Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm FULL GOSPEL INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES INC. Dr. Maxine Hall, Pastor 1504 19th St. North, Columbus • 328-9231 Sunday School 9:30 am • Sunday Service 10:30 am Tuesday Bible Study or Intercessory Prayer at 6:30 pm Wednesday Children's Church 6 pm GRACE EMMANUEL FULL GOSPEL Maben-Sturgis Road, Maben 324-1141 • Worship 11 am & 7 pm GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH 11am & 7pm on Sundays Holiday Inn Express, Hwy 12, Starkville HOUSE OF LIFE FREEDOM MINISTRY CHURCH 1742 Old West Point Rd • 662.324.3100 Donnell Wicks, Pastor • Sunday Worship 8 am & 11 am Sunday School 9:45 am • Wed. Bible Study 6 pm THE HEART OF COMPASSION MINISTRIES 231 Weatherspoon Dr., Hwy 45 N, Crawford 662-769-7567 or 662-646-0060 Rev. George S. Datson, Pastor • Sunday Worship 11 am Sunday School 10 am am • Thurs. Bible Study 7 pm JESUS OF NAZARETH Rockhill Road • Worship 11:30 am • 324-3493 KINGDOM VISION INTERNATIONAL CHURCH 3193 Hwy 69 S, Columbus • 327-1960 • Elder R.J. Matthews, Pastor Tue. Bible Study 7 pm • Worship 8:30 & 11 am Sun. School 10 am LIFE CHURCH Sunday 10 am Hollywood Premier Cinemas • 684-9099 • John & Laura Daniels, pastor LOVE CITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. • Starkville • 601-553-8150 Apostle Lamorris Richardson Pastor NEW COVENANT CHURCH 200 W. Garrard Road • 323-4555, 323-4789 • Worship 10:45 am NEW LIFE WORSHIP CENTER Corner Old West Point Road & Pleasant Ridge Road 465-6418 • Sunday 10 am & 6 pm THE CHAPEL Boys & Girls Club • 911 Lynn Lane Sunday 10:30 am • Danny Gardner 662-312-6317 WORD IN ACTION MINISTRIES CHRISTIAN CENTER 2648 Tom St., Sturgis • 242-7235 Wed. Bible study 7 pm • Sunday School 10 am • Worship 11 am LIFE RENEWAL COMMUNITY CHURCH FELLOWSHIP 300 Yeates St. • Worship 11 am • Tue. Bible Study 6:30 pm VICTORY CENTER CHURCH Hwy 23 S, Linden Circle • Bishop Michael Boyd & Dr. Retha Boyd Sunday 9 am • Wed. Bible Study 7 pm • Joy Night Fri. 7 pm TV Broadcast, Channel 5: Sat 7 pm, Sun 9 am WORD IN ACTION MINISTRY CHRISTIAN CENTER 2648 Tom St. • Sturgis, MS 39769 • 662-230-3182 Sunday School-10:00 AM • Morning Service-11:00 AM Wednesday Bible Study-7:00 PM Pastor Curtis Davis • PENTECOSTAL FAITH TEMPLE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH Hwy. 12 East, Sturgis • Sunday School 9:45 am • Service 11 am THE GOOD STEWARD PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 1599 Hwy. 25 South • 494-6661, 295-5207 TRUTH TABERNACLE 1410 Hwy 182 East • Pastor Kenny Childers • 323-6892 Sunday 3 pm • Wed. 7:30 pm PRESBYTERIAN FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) 307 University Drive • 323-1994 • Worship 8:30 am & 11 am GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (PCA) Academy Rd • 324-0180 • Worship 11 am • Sun. School 9:45 am TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) 607 Hospital Road • 323-9340 • Worship 9:30 am • Sunday School 11 am QUAKER STARKVILLE FRIENDS MEETING (FGC) 10:30 - 2nd & 4th Sundays • 323-5277 • 312-1052
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In this Feb. 4, file photo, Peter Swire, of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Recommendations to Reform FISA Authorities, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A massive data breach at Target Corp. that exposed tens of millions of credit card numbers has focused attention on a patchwork of state consumer notification laws and renewed a push for a single national standard. “We’re stuck with the stateby-state approach unless some compromise gets done at the federal level,” said Swire, a privacy expert at Georgia Tech and a former White House privacy official. (Photo by Cliff Owen, AP File)
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Target says it ignored early signs of data breach
From Wire Reports NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. said in its annual report that a massive security breach has hurt its image and business, while spawning dozens of legal actions, and it noted it can’t estimate how big the financial tab will end up being. The disclosure Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission came as the nation’s second-largest discounter said separately that security software picked up on suspicious activity after a cyberattack was launched, but it decided not to take immediate action. The acknowledgement comes after Bloomberg Newsweek reported Thursday that Target’s security team in Bangalore received security alerts on Nov. 30 that indicated malicious software had appeared in its network. It then flagged the security team at its home office in Minneapolis. “Like any large company, each week at Target there are a vast number of technical events that take place and are logged,” said Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder in a statement. “Through our investigation, we learned after these criminals entered our network, a small amount of their activity was logged and surfaced to our team. That activity was evaluated and acted upon. Based on their interpretation and evaluation of that activity, the team determined that it did not warrant immediate follow up. “ She added, “With the benefit of hindsight, we are investigating whether, if different judgments had been made, the outcome may have been different.” Target continues to grapple with the fallout of its massive breach since it revealed in mid-December that hackers stole credit card numbers and personal data of millions of its customers. Target announced last week that its chief information officer, Beth Jacob, had resigned and it was searching for an interim CIO. It also said it was working to overhaul some of its divisions that handle security and technology. Target’s sales, profit and stock prices have dropped in the wake of the massive breach. The retailer reported late last month that its fourth-quarter profit fell 46 percent on a revenue decline of 5.3 percent as the breach scared off customers. Target’s sales have been recovering as more time passes, but it expects business to be muted for some time: It issued a profit outlook for the current quarter and full year that missed Wall Street estimates because it faces hefty costs related to the breach. In Target’s annual filing Friday, the discounter said, “We know our guests’ confidence in Target and the broader U.S. payment system has been shaken. We are committed to, and actively engaged in, activities to restore their confidence.” But it said it can’t predict the length or extent of any ongoing impact to sales. State and federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and the SEC, are investigating the breach.
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Target noted that over 80 actions have been filed in courts in many states, and more may be filed. It said it expects to dispute any claims from payment card networks that Target was not in compliance with security industry standards and said it’s likely that such disputes will lead to settlements in those cases. Target disclosed on Dec. 19 that a data breach compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Then on Jan. 10 it said hackers also stole personal information — including names, phone numbers, and email and mailing addresses — from as many as 70 million customers. When the final tally is in, Target’s breach could eclipse the biggest-known data theft at a retailer: TJX Cos. in 2007 disclosed a breach of customer information that compromised more than 90 million records at its T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores. Target has said it believes hackers broke into its network by infiltrating the computers of a vendor. Then the hackers installed malicious software in the checkout system for Target’s approximately 1,800 U.S. stores. In the wake of the breach, Target has been working to make changes. The company is accelerating a $100 million plan to roll out chip-based credit card technology, which experts say is more secure than traditional magnetic stripe cards. Shares of Target closed down 37 cents at $59.36. Shares are down 6 percent since the breach was disclosed.
Obama to sign relief from flood insurance hikes
ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills. The legislation, which cleared Congress on Thursday, reverses much of a 2012 overhaul of the government’s much-criticized flood insurance program after angry homeowners facing sharp premium hikes protested. The Senate’s 72-22 vote sent the Housedrafted measure to Obama. White House officials said he’ll sign it. The bill would scale back big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The measure also would allow below-market insurance rates to be passed on to people buying homes in flood zones with taxpayer-subsidized policies. Critics say Washington is caving to political pressure to undo one of the few recent overhauls it has managed to pass. “While politically expedient today, this abdication of responsibility by Congress is going to come back and bite them and taxpayers when the next disaster strikes,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based watchdog group. “Everyone knows this program is not fiscally sound or even viable in the near term.” The hard-fought 2012 rewrite of the federal flood insurance program was aimed at weaning hundreds of thousands of homeowners off of subsidized rates and required extensive updating of the flood maps used to set premiums. But its implementation stirred anxiety among many homeowners along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and in flood plains, many of whom are threatened with unaffordable rate increases. The legislation offers its greatest relief to owners of properties that were originally built to code but subsequently were found to be at greater flood risk. Such “grandfathered” homeowners currently benefit from belowmarket rates that are subsidized by other policyholders, and the new legislation would preserve that status and cap premium increases at 18 percent a year. The 2012 overhaul required premiums to increase to actuarially sound rates over five years and required extensive remapping. Many homeowners faulted the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s implementation of the 2012 law. In some instances, homeowners from areas that had never been flooded were shocked and frightened by warnings of huge, unaffordable premium increases. The resulting uproar quickly got the attention of lawmakers and peppered them with complaints. “In many cases, these are people with $100,000 homes that are getting (flood insurance) bills that are more than their mortgage payments,” said Rep. John Fleming, R-La. “You had certainly a significant number of people who were really going to be hurt seriously through no fault of their own.” The top leaders of both parties came on board, overcoming resistance from defenders of the 2012 overhaul like House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, RTexas, whose turf was trampled along the way. “Members on both sides of the aisle and a broad geographic distribution got involved. And when you get enough members involved, it’s going to get the attention of the leadership, and that was a major factor,” said Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La. Another provision, eagerly sought by the real estate industry, would allow sellers of older homes built before original flood insurance risk maps were drafted to pass taxpayersubsidized policies on to the people buying their homes instead of requiring purchasers to pay actuarially sound rates immediately, as required by the 2012 law. The new rates are particularly high in older coastal communities in states like Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey, and have put a damper on home sales as prospective buyers recoil at the higher, multifold premium increases. The measure also would give relief to people who bought homes after the changes
were enacted in July 2012 and therefore faced sharp, immediate jumps in their premiums; they would see those increases rolled back and receive rebates. Separate legislation by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, would make sure that rebates would not go to recent buyers of beach houses and other second homes. It passed the Senate Thursday and is likely to get a vote in the House. “While it is important to put this program on sound financial footing, middle-class families should be able to afford the insurance they need to stay in their homes,” White House spokesman Bobby Whithorne said. Thursday’s bill was written by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., with input from Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters of California, whose votes were critical to House passage last week. “We’ve solved a very short-term problem and made it a long-term problem,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “We didn’t really do our work because we were in such a hurry to take the political pressure off of the increases in the flood insurance rates.” People whose second home is in a flood zone and those whose properties have flooded repeatedly would continue to see their premiums go up by 25 percent a year until reaching a level consistent with their real risk of flooding.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014
High School Baseball
Starkville wins in 10 innings
By DANNY P. SMITH The Starkville Yellowjackets showed on Friday afternoon that if there’s a ‘Will’, there’s a way. Will Murphree scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and Will Prewitt pitched three innings of scoreless relief as the Jackets defeated the Gordo (Ala.) Green Wave 2-1. “The team never gives up,” Murphree said. “It’s all about my teammates never giving up and keep fighting.” The victory over Gordo for Starkville comes on the heels of two come-from-behind wins against Horn Lake on Wednesday. Although the Jackets haven’t done everything right in the early season, they have an 8-2 record after the first 10 games and that’s enough to make coach Travis Garner proud. “I’m impressed by the toughness of them,” Garner said. “I’ve done this for a while and as many chances as they had to win it, the kids just kept competing and kept competing.” Starkville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Tanner Clanton reached on a walk and came home on a RBI single by J.D. Taylor. After the Green Wave tied the game with a run in the second inning, the game stayed that way until the 10th. Murphree and Clanton had back-toback singles to start the frame, then A.J. Brown walked to load the bases. Following a Taylor pop out, Murphree sprinted home with the winning run on the wild pitch with Rashon Tate at the plate. The Jackets had the same exact situation in the eighth inning with Murphree, Clanton and Brown on base after a single, single and walk, but were left stranded. Despite struggling in the middle innings to score, Starkville got good enough pitching from Prewitt and starter Colbey Rivers to keep Gordo from getting runs. Rivers worked into the eighth inning, scattered six hits and struck out one. Garner went back to Rivers after he threw 52 pitches on Wednesday. “He’s been really good since I’ve been here,” Garner said. “He’s not overpowering and gives up hits, but the joker hits the mitt and that’s what it’s about with these bats at this level. “Rivers is in shape, he wants to pitch and takes care of his arm. We gave him (Thursday) off and he was out here doing everything he could to
make sure he was ready to start. His pitch count was low and around 80 pitches when we took him out. He’s been a bulldog for us and you can’t say enough good things about him.” Prewitt entered the game in the eighth and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th to leave three runners on. He recorded a pair of strikeouts. Garner has watched as Rivers and Prewitt have gotten the job done on the mound. “Our pitchers for the most part are not flashy and are not going to go sign Division I any time soon, but they throw strikes and throw multiple pitches for strikes,” Garner said. “They compete their tails off and that’s half the battle.” Murphree and Clanton had the two singles each to lead the six-hit attack for SHS. The Jackets play at Northwest Rankin on Tuesday.
College Baseball
Georgia defeats Mississippi State 7-1
For Starkville Daily News ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia sophomore left-handed pitcher Ryan Lawlor proved too much for the Mississippi State baseball team Friday night. Lawlor pitched 7.2 innings, allowing eight hits but only one run, as Georgia knocked off MSU 7-1 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams at Foley Field. MSU (13-8 overall, 0-1 SEC) dropped its conference opener for a fifth straight season. Georgia (13-6, 1-0) won its 11th straight game. MSU starting pitcher Ben Bracewell (2-2) lasted two innings and left the contest with his team down 3-0. Georgia tacked on two more scores in the third inning and single scores in the fifth and sixth innings. MSU finally broke up the shutout in the eighth inning. “We didn’t play well (Friday night),” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Our seniors didn’t lead us. Our freshman players got attacked a little bit. We got to find someone who can step out there on a Friday night and be competitive. We have to do that offensively, but really on the mound. We got to figure it out.” MSU collected nine hits, stranded seven base runners but had few threats. The Magnolia State Bulldogs had back-to-back hits in the fifth inning but a base running mistake snuffed that threat. In the eighth inning, an RBI-single by Wes Rea broke up the shutout. The Bulldogs left two runners on base in that at-bat. Georgia built the early lead on a misplay in the outfield, an RBI-double by Jess Posey and a sacrifice fly by Stephen Wrenn. Austin Sexton followed Bracewell and was touched for two runs on only one base hit over two innings of work.
Vance Tatum (1.2 innings) and Myles Gentry (2.1 innings) also pitched for State. Alex Detz was the lone multiple hitter for MSU as he had three of his team’s nine hits. “We got to put more pressure on them,” Cohen said. “They pressured us but we did not attack back. We did not attack the game offensively. On
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High School Basketball
Schaefer of SHS selected for Miss.-Ala. All-Star Game
By JASON EDWARDS Schaefer said. “Just to see all your hard work is paying off and being noticed is a great feeling.” In its 24th year, the all-star contest pits the best from each state against the other with a twin state rivalry on the line. When Schaefer suits up, not only will she will be joined by a roster full of of the state’s top talent, the team will be looking to bring the trophy back to Mississippi after last year’s game ended with Alabama on top 64-54. In total, Alabama holds a 12-11 record over the Mississippi AllStars.
Blair Schaefer began the season as a Mississippi Dandy Dozen basketball player. Later in the year, she signed on to play for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. Now the Lady Yellowjacket senior has added another accolade by being selected Starkville High School standout and Mississippi State to participate in the Mississippi/Alabama signee Blair Schaefer will play in the Mississippi/Alabama All- All-Star Game. “It’s a great honor to be selected,” Star Game. (Submitted photo)
“I am super excited to play with great players, including many I will be playing with at Mississippi State,” Schaefer said. This year’s game will be held March 21, and brings with it quite a big change. After an 11 year stint in Alabama, the 2014 game will be held in the Magnolia State. Playing host for Friday’s game will be the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center on the campus of Jackson State University. Tipoff for the girls game is set for 5 p.m., with the boys set to play afterwards at 7 p.m.
Women’s Athletics
Franklin, York-Strickland are honored MSU, SEC legends
For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Aqua Franklin and former volleyball standout Aimee York-Strickland stood among some of the top names in the Southeastern Conference last weekend as part of the league’s 2014 legends class that was honored during the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Duluth, Ga. Franklin was selected for the honor following a stellar playing career at Texas A&M and the WNBA. YorkStrickland (1989-92) earned All-SEC, GTE Academic All-America and SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors while setting the school’s season and singlegame kills records. She finished her career in the Bulldogs’ top five in career attempts, digs, block solos and block assists. “It’s an honor hands down,” Franklin said. “I was joking with some because I was probably one of the youngest ones out there. It’s an honor to be out there with the legends from the other schools because they paved the way for me to be able to play the game. It’s truly an honor coach (Gary) Blair and coach (Kelly) Bond-White thought of me enough to make me their legend.” Franklin started at point guard as a freshman and led the team to its first winning season in eight years and a 93-32 four-year record. “Aqua is a legend to me and I am very proud of her,” head coach Vic Schaefer said. “She was a tremendous player for us at Texas A&M and is very deserving to receive this honor.” Franklin, who rated third in school history with 627 assists, was a two-time All-American and two-time AllBig 12 selection after guiding the Aggies to the postseason all four years, including the program’s first Elite Eight run. “I came in with a great class that wasn’t highly ranked but was highly motivated. We thought we were all under the radar players. It really taught me how to start building a program and the type of players you need. It also showed me toughness,” Franklin said. “We went to the WNIT my first year, and we got better each year after that, making the NCAA Tournament every season. It’s very similar to our program here at Mississippi State. Coach Schaefer always talks about having the blueprint, and it’s great to be able to get both sides of it then as a player and now as a coach.” In addition to knowing what it takes to build a championship college program, she also has first-hand experience of what it takes for a player to realize their dreams and play in the sport’s highest level. Franklin was drafted 38th by the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA, and in her rookie season, helped the Monarchs to the opening round of the playoffs while developing her knowledge of the game alongside some of the world’s best players. “I played behind Ticha Penicheiro, one of the greatest point guards to play the game, and Kara Lawson, who moved to the two and played some point,” Franklin said. “Being around them and seeing their will to win and the work ethic they had was unbelievable. I learned so much about how to think about the game on the floor,” Franklin said. “I couldn’t have asked for a bet-
Mississippi State women’s assistant coach Aqua Franklin was recognized as a Southeastern Conference legend last week at the SEC Women’s Tournament. See LEGENDS | Page 12 (Submitted photo)
The number of points Starkville native Ed Townsel scored as Arkansas State beat Arkansas-Little Rock 116-114 in four overtimes. Townsel played all 60 minutes.
Bulldog Bits
Men’s Golf
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On pace to pick up the 16th Top 10 of his career, Mississippi State senior Chad Ramey finished Friday’s opening round of the Seminole Intercollegiate tied for sixth. Ramey (1-under-par 71) put together a stellar day on the course, shooting for at least par on 17 of the 18 holes at Southwood. With that performance, the Fulton native is only two shots behind tourney-leader Trey Rule of Mercer.   Propelled by Ramey’s play, Mississippi State (9-over-par 297) finished Friday in seventh place. The Bulldogs are 15 strokes behind first-place Mercer, but only four shots back of another Top-5 card. “We didn’t get off to the start we were looking for,” Bulldog head coach Clay Homan said. “Our ball striking was more than good enough to post a respectable score, but we threw away too many shots on and around the greens. This course rewards good short game and today we weren’t close. Tomorrow we play 36 holes, so we need to play at a higher level from start to finish.” Due to the threat of rain in the Tallahassee area on Sunday, the third round of the Seminole Intercollegiate will be played on Saturday afternoon. The final 36 holes will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Sophomore Ben Wood (1-over-par 73) moved into a tie for 19th overall on Friday, the Florence, Ala., native is seeking his sixth Top-25 card of the season. The trio of Barrett Edens (t41st), Ben Follett-Smith (t51st) and Joe Sakulpolphaisan (t54th) were only separated by one stroke each during the opening round. The three Bulldogs finished 4, 5 and 6-over-par respectively. Homan’s squad will tee off at 8:30 a.m., for a shotgun start. The Bulldogs will be vying for their second Top 5 of the spring.  
College Basketball SEC Tournament At Atlanta Wednesday’s Games S. Carolina 74, Auburn 56 Miss. State 82, Vanderbilt 68 Thursday’s Games Missouri 91, Texas A&M 83, 2OT S. Carolina 71, Arkansas 69 LSU 68, Alabama 56 Ole Miss 78, Miss. State 66 Friday’s Games Florida 72, Missouri 49 Tennessee 59, S. Carolina 44 Kentucky 85, LSU 67 Georgia 75, Ole Miss 73 Today’s Games Tennessee vs. Florida, noon Kentucky vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m. (approx.) Top 25 Fared Friday 1. Florida (30-2) beat Missouri 72-49. Next: vs. Tennessee, Saturday. 2. Wichita State (34-0) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 3. Villanova (28-4) did not play. Next: TBA. 4. Arizona (30-3) beat Colorado 63-43. Next: vs. UCLA or Stanford, Saturday. 5. Louisville (28-5) beat Houston 94-65. Next: vs. No. 21 UConn, Saturday. 6. Virginia (26-6) beat Florida State 6451. Next: vs. Pittsburgh, Saturday. 7. Duke (25-7) beat Clemson 63-62. Next: vs. N.C. State, Saturday. 8. Michigan (24-7) beat Illinois 64-63. Next: vs. No. 24 Ohio State, Saturday. 8. San Diego State (29-3) beat UNLV 59-51. Next: vs. No. 20 New Mexico or Boise State, Saturday. 10. Kansas (24-9) lost to No. 16 Iowa State 94-83. Next: TBA. 11. Syracuse (27-5) lost to N.C. State 66-63. Next: TBA. 12. Wisconsin (26-6) beat Minnesota 83-57. Next: vs. No. 22 Michigan State, Saturday. 13. Cincinnati (27-6) lost to No. 21 UConn 58-56. Next: TBA. 14. Creighton (26-6) beat Xavier 86-78. Next: vs. Providence, Saturday. 15. North Carolina (23-9) lost to Pittsburgh 80-75. Next: TBA. 16. Iowa State (25-7) beat No. 10 Kansas 94-83. Next: vs. Baylor, Saturday. 17. Oklahoma (23-9) did not play. Next: TBA. 18. Saint Louis (26-6) lost to St. Bonaventure 71-68. Next: TBA. 19. Memphis (23-9) did not play. Next: TBA. 20. New Mexico (25-6) vs. Boise State. Next: vs. No. 8 San Diego State, Saturday. 21. UConn (26-7) beat No. 13 Cincinnati 58-56. Next: vs. No. 5 Louisville, Saturday. 22. Michigan State (24-8) beat Northwestern 67-51. Next: vs. No. 12 Wisconsin, Saturday. 23. VCU (25-7) beat Richmond 71-53. Next: vs. George Washington, Saturday. 24. Ohio State (25-8) beat Nebraska 7167. Next: vs. No. 8 Michigan, Saturday. 25. SMU (23-9) did not play. Next: TBA. Women’s College Basketball Top 25 Fared Friday 1. UConn (34-0) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 2. Notre Dame (32-0) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 3. Louisville (30-4) did not play. Next: TBA. 4. Tennessee (26-5) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 5. West Virginia (29-4) did not play. Next: TBA. 6. Stanford (28-3) did not play. Next: TBA. 7. Baylor (29-4) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 8. South Carolina (27-4) did not play. Next: TBA. 9. Duke (27-6) did not play. Next: TBA. 10. Kentucky (24-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 11. Maryland (24-6) did not play. Next: TBA. 12. North Carolina (24-9) did not play. Next: TBA. 13. Nebraska (25-6) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 14. Penn State (22-7) did not play. Next: TBA. 15. Texas A&M (24-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 16. N.C. State (25-7) did not play. Next: TBA. 17. Purdue (21-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 18. Gonzaga (29-4) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 19. Iowa (26-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 20. Michigan State (22-9) did not play. Next: TBA. 21. Oklahoma State (23-8) did not play. Next: TBA. 22. Middle Tennessee (28-4) beat FIU 6457. Next: vs. Southern Miss., Saturday. 23. DePaul (27-6) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 24. California (21-9) did not play. Next: TBA. 25. Bowling Green (27-4) lost to Ball State 73-55. Next: TBA. National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 37 27 .578 — Brooklyn 33 30 .524 3½ New York 26 40 .394 12 Boston 22 44 .333 16 Philadelphia 15 50 .231 22½ Southeast Division W L Pct GB x-Miami 44 19 .698 — Washington 34 31 .523 11 Charlotte 32 34 .485 13½ Atlanta 28 35 .444 16 Orlando 19 48 .284 27 Central Division W L Pct GB x-Indiana 48 17 .738 — Chicago 36 29 .554 12 Detroit 25 40 .385 23 Cleveland 25 40 .385 23 Milwaukee 13 52 .200 35 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 49 16 .754 —
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“You’re going to have big scores on holes.”
John Daly said after carding a 90 at the Valspar Championship, which included a 12 on the par-4 16th.
Today College Baseball Mississippi State at Georgia, 11 a.m. College Softball Mississippi State at Georgia, 1 p.m. (DH) High School Softball Eupora at South Pontotoc Tournament, TBA
Sacramento at Chicago, 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games Charlotte at Milwaukee, 1 p.m. Phoenix at Toronto, 1 p.m. Houston at Miami, 3:30 p.m. Boston at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Utah at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Golden State at Portland, 9 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. College Baseball Southeastern Conference Weekend Schedule Today’s Games Georgia 7, Miss. State 1 Ole Miss 6, S. Carolina 4 Alabama 3, Kentucky 0 Florida 2, Arkansas 1 Auburn 4, Texas A&M 0 LSU 4, Vanderbilt 2 Missouri 5, Tennessee 2 Today’s Games Miss. State at Georgia, 11 a.m. Ole Miss at S. Carolina, 3 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama, 6 p.m. Arkansas at Florida, 6 p.m. Texas A&M at Auburn, 3 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt, 2:15 p.m. Tennessee at Missouri, 2 p.m. Sunday’s Games Miss. State at Georgia, noon Ole Miss at S. Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama, 1 p.m. Arkansas at Florida, noon Texas A&M at Auburn, 1 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Missouri, 2 p.m. Transactions Baseball American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Optioned RHP Dylan Bundy to Bowie (EL). CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Optioned LHP Frank De Los Santos, RHP Nestor Molina and INF Carlos Sanchez to Charlotte (IL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Optioned LHP Justin Marks to Omaha (PCL). Assigned LHP Scott Alexander and LHP Everett Teaford to their minor league camp. Signed RHP Brett Tomko and RHP Ramon Troncoso to minor league contracts. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Reassgined LHP Robert Carson, 1B C.J. Cron, C Anderson De La Rosa, 2B Taylor Lindsey and SS Shawn O’Malley to their minor league camp. MINNESOTA TWINS — Agreed to terms with LHP Glen Perkins on a fouryear contract. SEATTLE MARINERS — Optioned C Jesus Montero, OF Xavier Avery and OF James Jones to Tacoma (PCL). Reassigned INF Chris Taylor to their minor league camp. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Optioned RHP Aaron Northcraft, LHP Carlos Perez and RHP Wirfin Obispo to Gwinnett (IL). Reassigned LHP Daniel Rodriguez; RHPs J.R. Graham, Jason Hursh, Mark Lamm, Lay Batista, Shae Simmons, Cody Martin and Yunesky Maya; Cs Matt Kennelly, Braeden Schlehuber, Jose Yepez; INFs Mark Hamilton, Edward Salcedo and OF Matt Lipka to their minor league camp. CHICAGO CUBS — Optioned INF Arismendy Alcantara, INF Logan Watkins, OF Matt Szczur and RHP Dallas Beeler to Iowa (PCL) and OF Jorge Soler to Tennessee (SL). Assigned RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Carlos Pimentel, LHP Eric Jokisch, INF Kris Bryant, INF Jeudy Valdez and OF Albert Almora to their minor league camp. Granted OF Aaron Cunningham his release. COLORADO ROCKIES — Reassigned LHP Christian Friedrich, INF Cristhian Adames, INF Kyle Parker and OF Kent Matthes to their minor league camp. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Released C Louis Marson. Optioned LHP Jeremy Horst, C Tommy Joseph, OF Tyson Gillies and OF Zach Collier to their minor league camp. Reassigned LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Ken Giles, INF Andres Blanco and C Sebastian Valle to their minor league camp. PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Optioned OF Gregory Polanco and RHP Duke Welker to Indianapolis (IL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Reassigned RHP Sam Gaviglio to their minor league camp.
Today AUTO RACING 1 p.m. ESPN2 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Drive to Stop Diabetes 300, at Bristol, Tenn. COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon FS1 — Texas Tech at Baylor GOLF Noon TGC — PGA Tour, Valspar Championship, third round, at Palm Harbor, Fla. 2 p.m. NBC — PGA Tour, Valspar Championship, third round, at Palm Harbor, Fla. 6 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Toshiba Classic, second round, at Newport Beach, Calif. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m. WGN — Preseason, Chicago Cubs vs. N.Y. Mets, at Las Vegas MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 10:30 a.m. CBS — Conference USA, championship, teams TBD, at El Paso, Texas ESPN2 — America East Conference, championship, teams and site TBD Noon ABC — Southeastern Conference, semifinal, teams TBD, at Atlanta ESPN — Atlantic Coast Conference, semifinal, teams TBD, at Greensboro, N.C. 12:40 p.m. CBS — Big Ten Conference, doubleheader, semifinals, teams TBD, at Indianapolis 2 p.m. ABC — Southeastern Conference, semifinal, teams TBD, at Atlanta ESPN — Atlantic Coast Conference, semifinal, teams TBD, at Greensboro, N.C. 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Southwestern Athletic Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Houston 5 p.m. CBS — Mountain West Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Las Vegas Houston 44 21 .677 5 Dallas 39 27 .591 10½ Memphis 38 27 .585 11 New Orleans 26 39 .400 23 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 48 17 .738 — Portland 43 23 .652 5½ Minnesota 32 32 .500 15½ Denver 29 36 .446 19 Utah 22 44 .333 26½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 47 20 .701 — Golden State 41 25 .621 5½ Phoenix 37 28 .569 9 Sacramento 23 42 .354 23 L.A. Lakers 22 44 .333 24½ x-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Games ESPN — American Athletic Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Memphis, Tenn. ESPNU — Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Norfolk, Va. FS1 — Pacific-12 Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Las Vegas 5:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Mid-American Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Cleveland 7 p.m. ESPNU — Big Sky Conference, championship, teams and site TBD 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Southland Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Katy, Texas FS1 — Big East Conference, championship, teams TBD, at New York 8 p.m. ESPN — Big 12 Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Kansas City, Mo. 9 p.m. ESPNU — Western Athletic Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Las Vegas 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Big West Conference, championship, teams TBD, at Anaheim, Calif. MOTORSPORTS 10 p.m. FS1 — AMA Supercross, at Detroit (same-day tape) NBA 7 p.m. WGN — Sacramento at Chicago SOCCER 9:55 a.m. NBCSN — Premier League, Cardiff at Everton 12:25 p.m. NBCSN — Premier League, Chelsea at Aston Villa 3 p.m. NBCSN — MLS, Toronto at Seattle TENNIS 2 p.m. ESPNEWS — ATP World Tour/WTA, BNP Paribas Open, men’s semifinals, at Indian Wells, Calif.
Men’s Tennis
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Starting up the second half of a fourmatch Southeastern Conference road trip, the 21st-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-7, 2-3 SEC) fell in a tightly-contested 4-2 match at No. 15 Kentucky (11-4, 4-0) on Friday. The SEC road battle was moved indoors at the four-court Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex due to high winds plaguing the outdoor courts. The doubles point again proved to be crucial, as Kentucky took the early 1-0 advantage with wins on courts two and three. UK’s Beck Pennington and Alejandro Gomez defeated MSU’s tandem of Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid 8-2 at the two spot to begin play. The Wildcats clinched the point with an 8-4 victory on court three from their No. 76 duo of Nils Ellefsen and Ryuji Hirooka against State’s Rishab Agarwal and Zach White. Play on court one was suspended at the clinch, with UK’s No. 26 team of Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai leading MSU’s 40th-ranked squad of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp 7-6, with the match on serve. Singles play began with the top four spots going first. UK increased its lead to 2-0 after the 10th-ranked Jomby defeated No. 91 Stropp of MSU 6-0, 6-4 on court one. State answered back with an impressive straight-sets win from Angus, as he defeated the Wildcats’ Jerry Lopez 6-2, 6-4 on court four. Continuing the back-and-forth trend, UK fired back with a 6-1, 7-5 victory at the three position from No. 67 Pennington against State’s White. The win gave Kentucky a 3-1 lead and put them a point away from victory. All eyes then shifted to courts two, five and six, where the Bulldogs needed wins in all three to take the match. The MSU freshman Lakat, ranked 69th, earned a hard-fought, three-set victory at the No. 2 position, as he defeated UK’s Gomez 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 to pull the Bulldogs within one at 3-2. However, the Wildcats put away the victory with the next match to finish, taking a 6-3, 7-5 decision on court five from Grant Roberts against State’s Agarwal. Play on court six was suspended at the clinch, with MSU’s Schmid up a set and break against UK’s Hirooka 6-4, 4-2. The Bulldogs close out their four-match road swing this Sunday against No. 23 Vanderbilt in Nashville. The match is slated to begin at noon.
Chicago 111, Houston 87 Atlanta 102, Milwaukee 97 Oklahoma City 131, L.A. Lakers 102 Friday’s Games Washington 105, Orlando 101, OT Indiana 101, Philadelphia 94 Toronto 99, Memphis 86 Charlotte 105, Minnesota 93 Phoenix 87, Boston 80 Denver 111, Miami 107 Portland 111, New Orleans 103 San Antonio 119, L.A. Lakers 85 L.A. Clippers 96, Utah 87 Cleveland at Golden State, late Today’s Games Milwaukee at New York, 12 p.m. Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m. Memphis at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
ATHENS, Ga. – A leadoff home run from Alex Hugo in the bottom of the fifth inning was enough for No. 15 Georgia to top Mississippi State 1-0 in the opener of the three-game series on Friday night at Jack Turner Stadium.  MSU put the tying run on second base in the top of the seventh inning but could not even the score. Georgia improves to 23-2 and 1-0 in Southeastern Conference action while MSU dips to 21-6, 1-3 in the SEC. Freshman Mackenzie Toler led the Mississippi State offense with a career-high-tying two hits. Senior Alison Owen (10-5) suffered the tough-luck loss for MSU, allowing five hits and one run while fanning five. She hit one and threw one wild pitch. Georgia’s Chelsea Wilkinson (132) went the distance, yielding just three hits and one walk. She struck out 14, the most whiffs by Mississippi State this season. In the first inning, each team had a one-out base runner as MSU junior Julia Echols drew a walk and Georgia’s Paige Wilson singled to right field. Wilkinson struck out the next two Mississippi State batters and Owen got out of trouble with an inning-ending double play. Neither team had another threat until the top of the third, when Mississippi State tallied its first hit. After a strikeout, senior Jessica Offutt singled to right field. Following the frame’s second strikeout, Echols reached on a Wilkinson fielding error. A third whiff ended the threat. Both squads went quietly until the top of the fifth when MSU put its leadoff batter on but could not score. Toler led off with a single up the middle over Wilkinson’s head. Sophomore Loryn Nichols entered to pinch run at first and, after a strikeout, stole second base. A fly out advanced Nichols to third, but a foul out to deep left field left Nichols on third. After the defensive hold, Georgia’s Hugo hit the second pitch of the bottom of the fifth over the wall and just inside the left-field foul pole to put UGA ahead 1-0. Kaylee Puailoa followed with a single to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. Niaja Griffin entered to pinch run. After a strikeout, Griffin moved to third on a fly out to center field. Owen avoided further damage with a strikeout. Georgia had one more scoring chance in the bottom of the sixth but was held off the board. Samantha LaZear led off with an infield single and, after a foul out, Wilson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one down. Owen recovered with a lineout and pop out to strand the pair.
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No. 1 Gators rise above Tigers 72-49
By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press ATLANTA — With just over 10 minutes remaining, top-ranked Florida found itself in a dogfight, looking very much like it could be headed for its first loss against a Southeastern Conference team. Not to worry. Scottie Wilbekin and the Gators suddenly turned this one into a laugher with one of their customary spurts. Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II scored 15 points apiece, and Florida dominated down the stretch for a 72-49 rout of Missouri in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament Friday, giving the Gators their 24th consecutive victory and likely erasing any question about whether they’ll be a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs. Florida, as always, found a way to seize control. As usual, it came down to defense and 3-point shooting. “We’ve got a group that’s pretty cerebral and they’re pretty good at making adjustments,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. The Gators (30-2) went 12-of-21 from 3-point range, making their final five attempts. And the swarming defense forced 14 turnovers, leading to 19 points. The final score was hardly indicative of how it went most of the game. Missouri sprinted to the locker room on a high — tied at 29 after Ryan Rosburg’s buzzer-beating dunk — and the Tigers were still in it approaching the midway point of the second half. “I was disappointed in our first half,” Donovan said. “I thought we looked a little it out of it and didn’t play as well as we’d hoped to.” But any thoughts of a major upset against the first team to go 18-0 in the SEC during the regular season quickly faded away. Wilbekin made sure of that. After Will Yeguete laid one in off a nifty pass from Kasey Hill, Florida pressed the inbounds pass, Wilbekin came up with a steal, then got free in the corner for a 3-pointer. Missouri missed at the other end, Patric Young connected on a short hook and just like that, the Gators had stretched a two-point lead to 45-36. It only got worse from there for the Tigers (22-11). During a wild scramble on the floor after Keanau Post lost control, Wilbekin Florida head coach Billy Donovan watches play against Missouri during the first half. (Photo by John Bazemore, AP) yanked the ball away from a Missouri player and smartly called a timeout to ensure the Gators kept possession. Then, coming out of the break, he knocked down another trey to put the Gators ahead 50-36, capping a 12-0 run. Wilbekin finished 5 of 6 beyond the arc and Frazier was 5 of 7. Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in with 10 points, but this was the usual team effort by the Gators. Eight Florida players scored at least four points. Hill had five assists. FinneySmith grabbed nine rebounds. As the closing seconds ticked off the clock, Donovan was able to clear his bench— even sending in his son. “It’s hard to get 30 wins,” the coach said. The Gators outscored Missouri 3413 over the final 10:06, advancing to face fourth-seeded Tennessee in today’s semifinals. The Volunteers defeated South Carolina 59-44. “They play in tandem with each other well,” Missouri’s Jabari Brown said. “They always know where their teammates are going to be at. They’re a disciplined team.” In some ways, this game mirrored Florida’s 68-58 victory over the Tigers in early February. The teams went backand-forth in that contest, but Frazier knocked down a trio of 3-pointers in a two-minute span, giving the Gators some breathing room. More of the same in the rematch. “They made a couple in transition,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “They move the ball so well. They really share the ball.” Brown scored 18 points to lead Missouri, but Jordan Clarkson with 11 was the only other player in double figures. The Tigers shot just 36 percent (16 of 44) from the field, including a dismal
1-of-13 performance from outside the stripe — which looked even worse next to Florida’s dead-eye shooting from the outside. Also, Missouri managed just six points off Florida’s nine turnovers. “They were getting second shots,” Haith said. “I thought that was the difference in the game.” With Florida, everything plays off their effort at the defensive end. “It starts with getting stops,” Wilbekin said. “Because if we score and they score, it won’t be a run.” Now, Missouri will have to hope it’s done enough to land a spot in the NCAA tournament, but its performance in the league may keep the Tigers out. After starting 12-1 and claiming a spot in the Top 25, they went 9-9 in the SEC and split their two games at the Georgia Dome. “We’ll see,” Brown said.
Kentucky romps LSU 85-67
By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press ATLANTA — The Kentucky Wildcats knocked each other around in practice. Then they did the same thing to LSU. Heeding coach John Calipari’s plea to find their “mojo,” the talented young Wildcats pulled away to beat LSU 85-67 in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday night, their most impressive performance in nearly two months. James Young scored 21 points, Julius Randle had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Willie Cauley-Stein led a dominating performance in the middle with six of Kentucky’s 11 blocks. This looked more like the team that started the season ranked No. 1 and led to some to project it might be capable of a perfect season. “We’ve always got a target on our backs,” Cauley-Stein said. “When other teams play us, they play like it’s their last game. That’s the way we have to play.” To emphasize that point, Calipari changed up his practice routine heading into the tournament. He had his team go longer and harder that it normally does at this time of year. In particular, he implored his players to get more physical, believing the referees were not clamping down on rough play as much as they did earlier in the season. “We had three days of football,” Calipari quipped, “and they responded.” The day before, while LSU was beating Alabama in the second round of the tournaKentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein celebrates his dunk against LSU during the second half. (Photo by Steve Helber, ment, the Wildcats went hard for nearly an hour at the Atlanta Hawks’ NBA practice AP) facility. “That was our game. We got after it,” Calipari said. “Now, what if someone had gotten hurt? Well, I decided to roll the dice. We weren’t going to play the way we needed to play unless we did something like that.” The Wildcats (23-9) came into the tournament with three losses in their last four games, and they were facing a team they split with during the regular season — losing in Baton Rouge and barely pulling out an overtime victory at Rupp Arena. But this time, Kentucky took control with a 23-3 run in the first half, withstood a rally by the LSU (19-13), and pulled away down the stretch. Finally, the Wildcats looked like a team capable of making a lengthy run in the NCAA tournament. “Let’s see if we can continue on this path,” Calipari said, knowing how much his one-and-done recruiting approach has irked hoops purists, “and really make some people mad.” Cauley-Stein teamed with fellow 7-footer Dakari Johnson to give the Wildcats a presence in the lane the Tigers simply could not match. Johnson had 9 points, 11 rebounds and three of Kentucky’s 11 blocks. Johnny O’Bryant III led LSU with 18 points, while Andre Stringer added 14. But the Tigers hurt themselves by making just 12 of 24 free throws, surely ruining any hopes of pulling out an NCAA bid. “Right now, I don’t really know,” O’Bryant said. “Things didn’t turn out the way we wanted to.” For Kentucky, Aaron Harrison had 14 points, while twin brother Andrew Harrison contributed 11 points and eight assists.
Off the opening tip, LSU’s Shavon Coleman quickly silenced the Kentuckydominated crowd at the Georgia Dome by knocking down two straight 3-pointers, leading Calipari to call a timeout just 61 seconds into the game. The Tigers built their biggest lead when Stringer’s layup made it 22-14 approaching the midway point of the first half. The enigmatic Wildcats took control from there, running the court with abandon and controlling with lane at both ends. They ripped off 12 straight points to start the run. Cauley-Stein sparked the outburst with three blocks, each one drawing an even louder reaction from the crowd. Young scored seven points, including a thunderous dunk and a long 3-pointer, grabbed a couple of rebounds and doled out an assist. Rotating in with Cauley-Stein, Johnson did his part by pulling down four rebounds — two of them at the offensive end. LSU couldn’t do anything right during these decisive minutes, making just 1 of 11 shots and turning the ball over five times to compound their offensive woes. Kentucky led 42-32 at halftime, but the youthful Wildcats have a way of making any game interesting. Down by 16 points in the second half, LSU got back in the game with a 14-3 run of its own. But O’Bryant picked up with his fourth foul with more than 13 minutes remaining and went to the bench for an extended period, making it that much tougher for LSU to complete the comeback. Kentucky was soon rolling again, pulling away from the Tigers to set up a matchup against Georgia in the semifinals today.
Stokes, Tennessee beat South Carolina 59-44
From Wire Reports ATLANTA (AP) — Tennessee’s defense is peaking for the postseason, just as coach Cuonzo Martin asked at the beginning of the season. Jarnell Stokes scored 22 points, matching his season high, and Tennessee beat South Carolina 59-44 on Friday in the SEC tournament quarterfinals, adding a strong defensive effort to the Vols’ NCAA tournament hopes. The Vols (21-11) will carry a five-game winning streak into today’s semifinal against No. 1 Florida. “We didn’t come to Atlanta to win one game,” Martin said. “We came to win the tournament. I told my guys if you’re not coming to win the tournament, don’t get on the bus.” Tennessee has not trailed in the winning streak and kept its lead over the Gamecocks in double digits for most of the game. Martin said the Vols have played defense in the winning streak “the way we wanted to, the way we talked about at the beginning of the season.” “It’s been fun to watch,” Martin said. Tennessee is No. 44 in the NCAA RPI and may have needed at least one Southeastern Conference tournament win to bolster its NCAA hopes. South Carolina (14-20) didn’t score in the first six minutes, setting the mold for its offensive struggles. No South Carolina player scored in double figures. Brenton Williams led the Gamecocks with nine points but made only 3 of 13 shots in his final college game. Jordan McRae had 14 points for Tennessee. Stokes had 15 rebounds, three below his career high. South Carolina, the No. 13 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Auburn and Arkansas but struggled in the matchups against the Vols. “I told our assistants last night I think they’re playing better than anyone in our league right now,” said South Carolina coach Frank Martin of Tennessee. “And I think Florida is real good. (The Vols) are a very good basketball team. They’re playing their best at the right time of year.” Frank Martin said Tennessee’s perimeter size “really bothers us” and could give the Vols a chance against the Gators. Stokes made nine of 14 shots, most coming near the basket. “You’ve got to pick your poison with them,” said Frank Martin. “You start committing to Jarnell Stokes too much, and then their baskets start counting as 3s, not 2s.” The Gamecocks, playing their third game in three days, made only 16 of 59 shots (27.1 percent). “I think it was tough on us playing our third game in a row,” said South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell, who had seven points. “We just didn’t have the energy and, like coach said, the oomph, to get things going. That hurt us against a good team.” It was only the latest in an impressive string of smothering defensive efforts for the Vols. Tennessee led 28-18 at halftime, marking the fourth straight game the Vols have held opponents to no more than 20 points in the first half. Defense has been the constant in the Vols’ winning streak. Tennessee has allowed an average of only 49.8 points in the five straight wins. It won its last three regular-season games by a combined margin of 93 points and was in command against the Gamecocks despite an unimpressive offensive showing. “I’m excited because I feel like we didn’t have a good offensive game but our defense still let us win by” 15, Stokes said. “I’m excited because we still won off defense.” South Carolina didn’t score in the opening six minutes. Following seven missed shots, the Gamecocks’ first points came on a jumper by Laimonas
Chatkevicius with 13:54 remaining in the half. A three-point play by Darius Thomas gave Tennessee its first double-digit lead at 12-2. The Gamecocks pulled to within seven points at 30-23 on a three-point play by Chatkevicius early in the second half. McRae answered with a powerful jam, sparking a 13-2 run that stretched the lead to 18 points at 43-25. Tennessee wore the white uniforms with neon orange trim that it debuted in its final regular-season game against Missouri.
Georgia 75, Ole Miss 73
ATLANTA — Charles Mann scored 16 points, including a go-ahead basket with 17 seconds remaining, and Georgia edged Mississippi in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals. Marshall Henderson scored 19 points for Ole Miss but made only 5 of 21 shots, including 2 of 16 3-pointers. Jarvis Summers led the Rebels with 26 points but missed a last-second jumper. Georgia (19-12) will play Kentucky in the second SEC semifinal game today, following No. 1 Florida’s game against Tennessee.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You might experience a lot of optimism throughout the day. You’ll feel good about those in your immediate circle, as you know full well what will happen during your interactions. You could feel inspired to head in your own direction. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Your romantic nature emerges. You also might have the energy to do your taxes or some spring cleaning. You will head in a direction where you feel comfortable to enjoy those you love. You could be shocked by someone’s reaction. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You will be much happier dealing with a family member than you have been in a while, as this person seems to be extra attentive, caring and open. A friend could have a strong reaction to this person, but don’t let it bother you. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You’ll speak your mind loud and clear. Others will hear you and respond. You could be shocked by someone who you look up to. You might not like what you hear, but your smile, positive attitude and a touch of sorrow will win the day. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Curb a need to be self-indulgent. Today you will be able to back away from a touchy situation. You might have to contend with a family member or someone in your personal life who decides to show you how powerful he or she is. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Good luck, logic and compassion seem to surround you today. This is not surprising, as you tend to be sincere and modest. Sometimes people don’t get to see the big picture or who you really are because of your demeanor. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You might be uncomfortable with someone’s brash actions. The closer this person is to you, the more discomfort you will experience. A family member could try to show you who is in control, but you will show this person that he or she is in for a shock.
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Vice President Gerald R. Ford said Thursday he expected that Arab oil embargo to be lifted in a day or two. Middle East oil sources said the relief might be announced Sunday on a two-month trial basis. But a White House official said “we’re taking a wait and see attitude” in the absence of any official announcement and other sources also hedged the optimistic predictions with cautious qualifiers: u Ford’s press secretary said the vice president had based his forecast “merely on news reports he had heard.” u Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger told newsmen “we actually know no more than you ladies and gentlemen” about the reported Arab decision to lift the five-month-old embargo. u In Tripoli, Libya, the oil sources warned that Libya and Syria might refuse to support the trial lifting of the embargo if, as expected, the oil nations announce it officially Sunday at a conference in Vienna. u Energy officials said there would be no dramatic drop in gasoline or other petroleum product prices even if the embargo is lifted, although gas pump supplies might increase fairly soon through the release of stockpiled fuel reserves. Praising “the end of the oil embargo by President Nixon and Secretary Kissinger,” Ford said: “I think there’s no question about it... “It’s my understanding that the oil embargo has been lifted. The official announcement will come at some later date, a day or two from now.” Ford made his comments on CBS-TV Morning News. Some sources predicted the nine Arab oil ministers would officially announce an end to the embargo, a move urged by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, at the Tripoli conference that ended Wednesday. No such official announcement emerged, but the oil sources said the Arabs - possibly still opposed by Libya and Syria - decided to endorse Algeria’s compromise plan for a two-month trial. This trial period would be linked to the satisfaction of Arab political objectives, principally including successful U.S. mediation of disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces along the Golan Heights.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You will succeed, especially if you are involved in an important engagement or project. Worry less and just be yourself. Your friends support you far more than you might realize, so be sure to join them later on in the day. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You are full of energy and dynamic ideas; however, you might feel as if someone is raining on your parade by mentioning what you must do. Do what you want, and try not to take this person to heart. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You might want to defer plans to take off spontaneously. You know what is good for you. A change in scenery can revive you and give you a fresh perspective on nearly any life matter. Make a call to a loved one, and ask him or her to join you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Understand what a partner wants from you. Ask questions -- don’t make assumptions. You will be very uncomfortable if you make judgments before you get the facts. It will be your pleasure to follow through on a request.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 7 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.
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To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Others come toward you. Touch base with a loved one, even if he or she seems off-kilter. You can show caring without supporting behavior that does not work for you. Use care when taking any risks, especially with your finances.
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ter way to learn the game and it helped mold my career along with working with the coaches at Texas A&M.” The opportunity to be a graduate assistant at her alma mater prepared her for coaching stints at Stephen F. Austin and Kansas. Then the opportunity came for her to be reunited with Schaefer and associate head coach Johnnie Harris in Starkville. “Johnnie has been a mentor to me, teaching me all I needed to know about coaching and recruiting,” she said. “Coach Schaefer had a hand in recruiting me and has watched me grow. He had a hand in me getting my first job and every one until now. I looked up to him as a father figure and the one I went to when I needed a straightforward answer. He’s the one I always called on whether it was playing in the WNBA, overseas or now in coaching.” Working alongside her mentors, Franklin has helped the Bulldogs to their most successful season since the 2009-10 campaign. Earlier this season she took on the role of recruit-
ing coordinator and helped the Bulldogs sign the nation’s 18th-ranked class. “What we’re doing here at Mississippi Sate compares a lot to what we did at Texas A&M,” Schaefer said. “What Aqua brought from a leadership role is really an intangible and something we’re looking for from our first recruiting class here. It probably wasn’t easy for her early in her career, but as she developed, she became a tremendous floor general. “She will be a great head coach one day. She has been a tremendous assistant coach for several coaches in her young career. She’s already had many experiences in her career and had a lot of success. We’re blessed to have her here at Mississippi State and really proud of her.” Her impact has also been seen with the growth of point guards Katia May and Jerica James. A year after combining for 157 assists and 197 turnovers last season, the duo has 246 assists against 148 turnovers this season while compiling personal-best offensive campaigns. “They’ve grown tremendously, and they want to be better,” Franklin said. “They are passionate about winning
and wanting to get better. Their stat lines speak for their improvement. They are willing to sacrifice everything for their team, and that’s what you ask out of your point guards. They’ve taken on that ownership of the position, and they continue to work to get better day in and day out.” Franklin knows the blueprint Schaefer has in place at Mississippi State can work because nearly a decade after stepping onto the college court for the first time she was back on the court as an SEC Legend. “We continue to get better year in and year out,” Franklin said. “That’s how you know your program is growing and you’re doing the right thing. Every year you have to get better and take a step up. “The kids here now and our five signees in the 2014 class believe that. That’s what you have to have, and that helps you with the next set of recruiting classes. You have to recruit kids that fit your system and go put the blueprint in action. It’s how you build a Top 10 program. With the start we’ve had, people are recognizing what we’re doing here and the pasFormer Mississippi State volleyball player Aimee York-Strickland was recognized as a Southsion and heart coach Schaefer eastern Conference legend last week at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. (Submitted has.” photo) women’s tennis team gave itself a chance to pick up a big Southeastern Conference win on Friday, but this time came up just short, falling in a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 24 Kentucky at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 9-6 overall and 1-4 in SEC play. Kentucky improved to 14-3 and 4-1. MSU will be back in action on Sunday, as it wraps up a four-match homestand against No. 11 Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at On Friday against UK, the 40th-ranked MSU duo of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran began doubles play by earning their third SEC win on court 1, taking a solid 8-5 decision over UK’s No. 56 Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten. The Wildcats responded with an 8-4 win on court 3 over Ferancova and Georgiana Patrasc, and claimed the doubles point, as State’s Rosie Dion and Timea Guibe fell in a tough 8-7(5) tiebreaker to Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi at No. 2. Despite the close loss in doubles, State came out firing in singles and put significant pressure on UK by claiming the first set in three matches. In fact, the Bulldogs claimed all three of those contests to take a 3-1 lead in the match. MSU’s Tran began the scoring in singles by earning an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over McGraw on court 6. The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead when No. 65 Patrasc earned her third dual match win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 54 Nadia Ravita 6-2, 6-4 on court 1. The State freshman Guibe then earned her second straight SEC victory, taking her match in convincing fashion on No. 4, 6-2, 6-2 over Edmee Morin. But UK pulled out the three matches where it held one-set leads to claim the win. Sutjiadi
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defense, we didn’t make some plays. Brett Pirtle was absolutely great, but we have some outfielders not getting to some balls. We have the players. We just have to figure it out.” Lawlor (2-1) was followed by Dylan Cole on the mound. Connor Welton and Posey each had three of Georgia’s 10 hits. The series resumes with an 11 a.m. start today. That contest will be televised regionally by Fox Sports Net South and will also be available on ESPN3.
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Wilkinson retired the first two MSU batters in the seventh before Toler doubled to left center. Wilkinson bounced back with a strikeout to end the contest. The two teams continue the series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader today. The twinbill was scheduled with rain in the forecast for Sunday.
Women’s Tennis
For the second straight match, the Mississippi State
held off MSU’s Perper 6-3, 7-5 on court 2 and State’s Dion fell 6-4, 6-3 to Dieters on No. 3 to make the score 3-3. And despite her best efforts for a comeback, MSU’s Petra Ferancova then fell 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in a hard-fought affair to UK’s Kirsten Lewis at No. 5 in the deciding match. “It was an exciting college match,” said head coach Daryl Greenan. “I think it was a match we should have won. We can take some positives away from the close loss against such a strong team, but we need to learn quickly from our mistakes or else we will just keep coming close.”
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