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Burglary suspect sought
SDN staff Starkville Police Department is seeking public assistance in finding a man wanted in connection with an alleged burglary. Police are searching for 18-year-old Deangelo Dewayne Manning, who’s described as 6-foot-1and weighing approximately 175 pounds. A warrant has been issued for Manning’s arrest in connection with a reported burglary at 110 Catherine Street. Police say the incident was reported on Tuesday. According to an SPD press release, Manning also attacked residents with a knife before fleeing the scene. Manning’s bond has been set at $20,000. SPD requests that anyone with information about Manning’s whereabouts contact the department at 662-323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
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Brush fire endangers structures
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SDN staff Oktibbeha County firefighters stopped a large grass fire near Highway 12 from damaging other property Wednesday afternoon. Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said the firefighters dispatched at 1:46 p.m. to a grass fire near Lisa Lane off of Highway 12. He said the fire was spreading rapidly and threatening some structures and a tractor nearby. The first units to arrive came from the Central Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department’s Longview Station, Rosenhan said, and they quickly called for backup, including a bulldozer from the Mississippi Forestry Commission. He said additional manpower, a pumper, and a four-wheel drive brush truck came from the Adaton/Self Creek Volunteer Fire Department. More personnel came to assist throughout the fire, he said. Rosenhan said no structures burned and no one was injured, though winds caused the fire to spread rapidly in through the woods, grass and brush. He said the cause of the fire was unknown and county fire services personnel are still investigating.
Vehicle tags help OCHS
By ARIEL KING Henderson Intermediate School fifth-grader Paul Perez, center, launches the ball in a game of kickball on the Drill Field as part of a field trip to the Mississippi State University campus hosted by the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. To Perez’s left is Phi Beta Sigma Vice President David Jefferson, and to his right is PBS Secretary Lance Terry. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) The Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS) has been awarded a $5,000 “I Care for Animals” car tag grant. The “I Care for Animals” care tag grant will be used to financially assist the OCHS Pet Pals Spay/Neuter Program for low-income families. The car tag program gives Mississippians the opportunity to purchase a specialty license plate that benefits shelter animals within the state. The “I Care for Animals” specialty tag costs $31, and the funds raised through the program are distributed to animal shelters and welfare organizations across the state. To be considered for the grant, shelters must complete an application and meet the criteria required by the program. Since its inception 10 years ago, the program has awarded funds to more than 60 shelters and rescues. President of the OCHS Board of Directors Beth Nilsson said receiving the grant would help the shelter in its fight to reduce pet overpopulation. “We have the opportunity for people to get their animals spayed and neutered,” Nilsson said. “Hopefully, it will bring awareness to people about some of the animals issues in this area. Also, by getting more money to assist with our spay/neuter program, hopefully we can get more animals spayed and neutered. That’s definitely the key in fixing the pet overpopulation problem.” Nilsson said that pet overpopulation is a major problem in Oktibbeha County and she hopes that seeing the “I Care for Animals” car tag will make people think about the issues facing Mississippi’s homeless animals. “I think more than anything we need education, and I think people don’t understand the impact that their one unaltered animal has on the pet overpopulation problem,” Nilsson said. “They don’t realize that their one litter is going to produce thousands of animals over a 10 year period. I wish people could see the animals that come into the shelter and these litters upon litters that come into the shelter and have no home. If
Fraternity gives local students grand tour of Mississippi State
By STEVEN NALLEY Llanes Bradford has been to more than a few Mississippi State University sporting events, but she said she had never been to other locales on the MSU campus — until Wednesday. She’s a fifth-grader at Henderson Intermediate School, where her high scores on a nine-weeks benchmark assessments earned her and others in her grade a field trip to campus. “I’m glad I made proficient and advanced (scores) to be able to come out and do this,” Bradford said. “There are a lot of people represented at this (campus).” MSU’s Phi Beta Sigma fraternity hosted Kids on the Drill Field, a tour of the campus for high-scoring students from Henderson, as part of its Blue and White Week. David Jefferson, vice president of the fraternity, said Phi Beta Sigma had hosted campus tours like this one for more than a decade. He said the program was designed to give students incentive to work hard and reach college, whether at MSU or elsewhere. “We try to do different schools every year, so each time, different kids will have the experience,” Jefferson said. “They get an all-around college experience. We’ve had different organizations come to speak with them about higher learning. It creates a positive experience to get them to come to college.” Jefferson said students visited the Joe Frank Sanderson Center and the Colvard Student Union, finishing the day with lunch and games of kickball, tug-of-war, and more on the Drill Field. He said students also got a special visit from two MSU football players. “We had Taveze Calhoun and Gabriel Myles,” Jefferson said. “They got to meet them as well as tour the athletic facility. Gabe Myles came through fifth grade in Starkville, as well as I.” Jefferson said this year also marked the 100th anniversary of Phi Beta Sigma as a nationwide organization. He said Blue and White Week was the fraternity’s visibility week, and Kids on the Drill Field was not that week’s only event for Phi Beta Sigma. “Throughout the week, we have different events in community service, education and social action, as well as fundraisers,” Jefferson said. “Today went excellent. From the first facility, once they got off the bus, they were excited and they were pumped up. They were wowed by the structure of the facilities. They were excited by the chance to basically have recess outside of what they’re normally doing every day.” Jefferson said he initially pitched the idea of bringing Henderson students to Kids on the Drill Field to Nicole Hawkins, a fifthgrade math teacher at Henderson. She said she agreed that the event had been beneficial for students. “A lot of them have never been inside these facilities or even been to campus, period, even though they live in Starkville,” Hawkins said. “I had one child ask me, ‘Is this Mississippi State?’ We’re giving them an opportunity a lot of them haven’t been provided, something fun to do.” Jefferson said the nine-week benchmark assessments that determined if students got to participate in Kids on the Drill Field included subject tests in math, science, reading and language. To participate, she said students had to score proficient or advanced in all four of these subjects. It was a tough task, with an estimated 186 out of more than 300 students making the cut, but she said the field trip was successful as an incentive. “They try harder, because they really want to come to Mississippi State,” Hawkins said.” One student, Luke Altmyer, said while his father worked at MSU, he had never been on the drill field before. He said visiting the campus had inspired him to work even harder. “This campus is pretty big,” Altmyer said. “The football training center and all of their training centers and how nice they are just make me feel like I want to be a part of it and get (to college).”
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Thursday, March 27, 2014
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u Blood Drive — First Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive on Thursday, March 27 from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. United Blood Services bloodmobile will be parked on the West side of the church at 307 University Drive. To schedule an appointment go to website, or call site coordinator, Jane Zitta at 662-312-0044. u The Gatsby Gala — The 2014 Charles Templeton Ragtime &  Jazz Festival will kick off with the addition of the Gatsby Gala, a 1920sinspired fashion show, on Thursday. Th event will be held in the Mitchell Memorial Library staring at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow. Every one is invited. u OCHGS Meeting — The Oktibbeha County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 pm on Thursday at 870 Wade Rd. which is about 7.4 miles north on HWY 389 at the home of Dennis “Denny” Daniels. Mr. Daniels will present the program, “The Aberdeen Sub Model Railroad Layout.” The public is invited. u Preschool Story Time — Starkville Public Library will host Preschool Story Time at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Story time is for ages 3 to 6. The theme for this week is “farming.”
Montgomery Garden residents recently visited the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum. Lou Toler enjoyed seeing her grandson’s Little League jersey on display. (Submitted photo)
Director of the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership and member of the Starkville Rotary Club, will give a report on the work of the local School Consolidation Committee. He will be introduced by Bill Parrish.
u Clover Leaf Garden Club 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 323-3497. 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 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 u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every first, second, fourth and fifth Thurs-
u Ragtime and Jazz Festival — The Charles Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival will be Friday and Saturday at Mitchell Memorial Library. Features performers from around the country playing jazz, stride & ragtime music. 662-325-6634 or http:// festival/.
u Tea Party Meeting — The Starkville Tea Party will hold a meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Fellowship Baptist Church, 545 Frye Road, Starkville. Attorney and former Fifth District Circuit Judge, Henry Ross, will give a presentation addressing precedent setting rulings of the US Supreme Court. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, e-mail or call (662) 546-0675.
u Anniversary Celebration — Tribe Judah Ministries will hold a Third Year Anniversary Celebration at 11 a.m. on March 30. Guest speaker will be Pastor Isaac S. Pringle of Temple of Joy Church of God in Christ in Wichita Falls, Tx. The event will be held at 703 Whitfield St. in Starkville. For more information, call 662-617-3592. u Spring Musical — Pleasant Grove Youth Choir presents their annual Spring Musical, “A Family That Prays Together Stays Together,” on Sunday at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more info, contact Riley Forrest, Sr. Pastor at 662-324-3180.
day in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room and play at 3 p.m. on the third Saturdays at the Carrington Nursing Home. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-323-6290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http:// www.starkvillesamaritanclub. org/ u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 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 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 662-312-0245. 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 col-
lection – 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 or call 662-3232652. 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.human@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its
u Rotary Meeting — Rotary Club will meet on March 31. Rex Buffington, Executive
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, 662-418-5535 or 601-6635682. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 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 662320-9988 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 Spirit-filled 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 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 662-324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville Church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 323-1499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. 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.
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Lampkin St. section to undergo repairs
For Starkville Daily News Starkville’s Water and Sewer Department has advised that a section of Lampkin Street — from Miegs to Yeates streets — will at least be reduced to one lane traffic today for water leak repair. That section of road could also be closed to thru-traffic depending on the extent of the work. The work will is planned to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weather or any unforeseen event could delay the work. Residents in the work area can expect temporary interruption of water service throughout the day. For more information, contact the Water and Sewer Department at 323-3505 on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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Conservation specialist joins MSU Extension
For Starkville Daily News A new environmental biologist specializing in conservation has joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Jared Harris of Poplarville will serve as the lead contact for 23 southern counties as a coordinator for the Research and Education to Advance Conservation and Habitat, or REACH, program. His work is a new collaborative effort between the MSU Extension Service, REACH, EPA-Gulf of Mexico Program office, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Pearl River Community College. “Jared is a tremendous asset to the REACH program, and his collaborative effort with other agencies in south Mississippi will greatly assist in expanding the program in that region of the state,” said Joe Street, MSU Extension associate director. “He will help increase awareness and improve stewardship of our valuable natural resources.” The program will highlight the connection between uplands and the Gulf of Mexico by creating awareness and stewardship of shared resources. Harris will teach how effective management practices can be integrated into all commodity landscapes for the benefit of both commodity systems and the environment. “I’m excited to talk to producers about the benefits of conservation and best management practices,” Harris said. “REACH provides a great opportunity to showcase how producers in the southern part of the state are proactively addressing resource concerns at the farm level and changing the perception of agriculture using innovative outreach and educational methods.” For more information about REACH, visit http://
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James Michael Leonard died after a long illness on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at his home in the Oktoc community.  He was born on October 10, 1945 to George Bernard Leonard and Inez Marie Leonard in Lockport, New York.  As a youth, Jim satisfied his adventurous side by talking pilots at a local airport into allowing him to accompany them on short flights.  Later, he took advantage of the early enlistment program offered by the U.S. Marines, and boarded a train to Parris Island for boot camp.  As a field radio operator, he made 13 parachute jumps in preparation for combat duty in Santo Domingo and Vietnam from 1964 to 1966.  After returning to civilian life, Jim worked in various capacities for Lockport Felt in New York.  When the company expanded its operations in the South, he transferred to Starkville in 1981 and continued to work at what was later to be known as Weavexx until his retirement in 2008.  Jim always looked forward to spending time with his three sons.  He also enjoyed driving his vintage tractor and refinishing old furniture.  Over the years, he adopted and lovingly cared for a number of homeless animals.  He could often be seen relaxing in his front porch swing as the rest of the world hurried by.  He claimed to have satisfied his need for thrills as a young man, and enjoyed the serenity and beauty surrounding him in his country home.  Jim is survived by his brother, Robert W. Leonard of Lockport, New York, and three sons: Daniel J. Leonard (Amy) of Brooktondale, New York; David J. Leonard of Gresham, Oregon; and Dustin J. Leonard of Mooresville, North Carolina.  He also has two granddaughters, Emily Lowe and Brianna Leonard, and a special friend, Erin Scanlon.  Services for Jim Leonard will be held at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church on Saturday, March 29.  Visitation will start at 10:00 a.m. with a memorial service at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery at 12:00 noon.  A special thank you to the caregivers and staff of Gentiva Hospice for all their assistance in seeing Jim and his family through this trying time.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Homeward Bound Project of Mississippi, P. O. Box 2841, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
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they could see that, I think they would be more apt to act.” Nillson added that giving people the opportunity to have their animals spayed or neutered at an affordable cost would reduce the number of animals coming into the shelter. Chair of the OCHS Outreach Committee and Board Member Martha Thomas agreed the grant would help reduce the number of homeless animals in the area. “This grant will specifically fund probably around 83 spay and neuter surgeries,” Thomas said. “Those 83 surgeries have a great impact, not only on the number of animals in our shelter,
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but also on animals that are running loose in the community unwanted. If those critters have just one litter each, it would be hundreds and hundreds of animals. (The grant is) going to do a great thing for our community, and it will help in getting these animals fixed for people who otherwise couldn’t afford to do so.” Thomas said, in addition to helping reduce pet overpopulation, purchasing the “I Care for Animals” car tag is a great way for people to show their love of animals. “I always enjoy seeing the car tags myself,” Thomas said. “It’s a great way to show that you are an animal lover and that you support endeavors such as this that help the animals in our community.”
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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Crime turnaround didn’t come cheap
One of the few nice things about Indeed, the United States contains growing old is historical perspective. 25 percent of all the prisoners in the It’s one thing to read about history. It’s world. Since 1990, the United States another to live through it. has doubled its number of imprisoned I vividly remember the skyrocketing people. One in 50 American males are crime of the early 1990s and the huge in prison or jail. debate about how to battle it. Jackson crime statistics are 4,479 It was the high-point of the domiper 100,000, about 50 percent higher nation of mass mainstream media. The than the national average. Mississippi verdict of the mass media was clear: WYATT EMMeRICH as a whole has about 3,250 crimes per Incarceration would not reduce crime. 100,000 - about six percent higher SYNDICATeD Only education and rehabilitation than the national average. Like the COLUMNIsT could lower crime rates. nation, Mississippi’s incarceration rate Twenty years later, the verdict is has doubled since 1990. During this indisputable. Locking criminals up worked. Crime period Mississippi has seen crime rates drop about 25 rates are about half today what they were 20 years percent - about half the national drop. ago. These statistics should give pause to Mississippi’s In 1991, the national violent crime rate was 758 surprising turnaround on incarceration. per 100,000 people. Jackson was a hotbed. Crime Gov. Phil Bryant’s commission on prison reform was simply out of control. Today, violent crime rates has introduced a variety of reforms to reduce incarare 403 per 100,000. Jackson has followed the trend. ceration. The reforms have been passed by the state The national murder rate in 1991 was 9.8 per Legislature and will soon be signed into law. 100,000. Today it is 4.8 per 100,000. The property Highlights of the reform include expanding pacrime rate in 1991 was 5,140 per 100,000. Today it role, giving judges more sentencing discretion, exis 2,941. panding drug courts and raising the felony theft This is a phenomenal turnaround. It didn’t come threshold from $500 to $1,000. The net effect is to cheap. Today, over 2.2 million Americans are behind reduce the number of Mississippi criminals who are bars, giving the United States - by far - the highest behind bars. incarceration rate in the world. In comparison, China Several DAs and sheriffs, include Madison-Rankin has the second highest number of prisoners. China DA Mike Guest, have objected to this turn toward has 1.5 million prisoners despite a population four leniency. times greater than the United States. Mississippi politics are always unpredictable. With Put another way, the U.S. incarceration rate is the first Republican government monopoly in over 753 per 100,000. After the United States, Poland a hundred years, who could have predicted one of has the second highest incarceration rate of 224 per their biggest policy changes would be to soften Mis100,000. sissippi’s 20-year crackdown on crime. It’s the money. The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) budget has risen from $276 million in 2003 to $362 million today. Our Republican leadership would rather reduce incarceration than increase taxes. Let’s hope our state leaders are right. There are numerous studies that argue the cost of incarceration is far less than the economic cost of a criminal on the loose. One study by the Connecticut Office of Legislative Research concluded that in 2008 the average cost to imprison a criminal was $44,165 annually compared to $165,000 in annual victim costs. A criminal commits around 15 property crimes a year. If each property crime does $2,000 in damage, we are breaking even. When you factor in the psychological damage caused by a burglary, we are coming out ahead. It costs $15,000 to incarcerate a Mississippi criminal. If a free criminal commits one property crime per week causing $2,000 in property damage, the social cost of release would be more than $100,000. Not a good deal for the law abiding citizens of our state. Let’s hope our judges and prison officials can figure out which prisoners to release and which ones to keep locked up. Otherwise, prison reform will lead to more crime and a quick voter backlash. One ironic last-minute amendment to the prison reform bill perpetuates Mississippi’s reputation for knee-jerk reactions to national trends. Just as the rest of the nation is busy legalizing marijuana, state legislators increased the penalty for selling two pounds of pot to a mandatory 10-year sentence with no chance of parole. This underscores the schizophrenic nature of the issue. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates violent
crimes cost the country over $250 billion a year. Insurance payments related to property crimes are $72 billion a year. Other studies show the cost of crime to be up to 10 times that. Using the federal stats, Mississippi’s pro rata annual cost of crime is an estimated $3.2 billion, 3.5 percent of our state’s GDP. This exceeds by a factor of 10 the cost of incarceration. Using those figures, just a three percent increase in crime would wipe out a 30 percent savings in the MDOC budget. Lock ’em up or let ’em go? Trends on grand public policy issues are cyclical. We are now entering an era of leniency and prison reduction. Let’s hope it works.  *    *    * I recently had a chance to attend Jackson’s St. Paddy’s Day parade. My 11-year-old girl and her friends greatly enjoyed watching the floats and catching the beads. As a parent, I was concerned over the emphasis on alcohol consumption. It was hard to ignore the fact that many revelers were drinking heavily. Many of the floats made reference to beer and drinking. There was booze everywhere and children everywhere as well. I am no teetotaler, but if this parade is to be a family event maybe we could figure out a way to be less brazen about the alcohol. I hope parade organizers could work to encourage more discretion in the future. I didn’t hear a single Irish reel. The music was all rap and hip hop. Looking on the bright side, I suppose that shows great progress in Jackson’s cultural inclusiveness. Wyatt Emmerich is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at
Parker: Salvation’s latest photo-op
By KATHLEEN PARKER This week’s meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope. In anticipation of the meeting, everyone seems to want a piece of the pope. The head of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good has posted a petition on the White House’s “We the People” website that makes a religious case for action on climate change. Activists pushing for immigration reform are seeking an audience with Pope Francis the day before he meets with Obama. The president has said he wants to discuss his own agenda of tackling poverty and income inequality, the focus of the pope’s ministry. None of these issues can be characterized as hard sells to the leader of the Catholic Church, a man who has eschewed the papal palace for more modest accommodations and strolls the streets of Rome in sensible shoes; who has said we have a duty to protect God’s creation; and who is, by the way, South American. Thus, getting the pope to voice concern about poverty, immigration and environmental conservatism is not likely to require much sweat in the exercise of persuasive powers. Getting to how one accomplishes such things through policy isn’t in the pope’s wheelhouse. Getting people to examine their own souls is something else. When the pope and the president look into each other’s eyes, they may not see each other’s souls, but we know that one of them will be focused intently on its discovery. What happens next is known to no one. But it is inconceivable that the president will not be moved in the presence of such grace. Equally likely is that Pope Francis will discover the pilgrim in Obama. The rest of the world will see what it needs. In the U.S., both left and right have projected onto the pope the image they wish to see -- that is, a reflection of themselves -- rather than the man he truly is. My own observations are gleaned not from a crystal ball but from many conversations with people close to the Vatican and from each man’s actions. From these we may infer the verities each holds dear. We know our president well enough at this point, but our view of the pope has been only a partial image conveyed by commentaries and cameras. He is the pontiff who pats a stray boy’s head when the child tries to keep the pope’s attention to himself. He’s the leader who wants the church to focus less harshly on the social issues that divide. He is the most unusual pope who organizes a fast and leads a peace vigil opposing U.S. military action in Syria. And he is the one who asks, “Who am I to judge?” on the subject of gays. He is beloved because he makes us feel good, pointing us in the direction of our better angels. But he is also human and we should not infer that because he is benevolent, he is also benign. This would be to misunderstand and underestimate him. In his daily homilies, Pope Francis talks frequently about the struggle between good and evil. He quotes from Robert Hugh Benson’s 1907 novel “Lord of the World,” a story of the antiChrist. His earthly concerns may be the least of these, but his primary business is souls. He is also a cagey, worldly-wise Jesuit -- keenly aware of human nature and motivations. In other words, he knows full well that he is the object of a presidential photo-op. But the man whose kind smile reminds us all that we were children once will play his part because, let’s face it, he’s the pope. His smile for the camera may be interpreted as pleasure with present company, but more likely it will be for
the good it might do. Beneath that kind countenance is a sharp mind well versed in the conflicts between his church and this president. For certain, he will have been thoroughly briefed on the several dozen lawsuits against the Obama administration related to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Obviously, not all Americans see the point in all the fuss about contraception, to the extent they care about it at all. The principles in dispute may seem esoteric, but at the end of the day, yes, the Pope is Catholic. And though he may bless our president and beam that knowing smile, his prayer for humanity’s salvation has no political party affiliation and should be construed by none as such.
Kathleen Parker is a columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group, 1150 15th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20071. Email:
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Women’s College Basketball
SEC rivals meet again
Bulldogs, Tigers play in third round of WNIT
Newcomers continue development for State
There’s a saying that goes “it’s difficult to beat the same team three times in the same season.” When it comes to the Southeastern Conference in women’s basketball, it’s tough to beat a team once, twice, three times or 50 times. The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers will meet for the third time tonight in the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The tip is set for 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum. Auburn swept both meetings with an 82-74 early January win in Starkville and a 51-43 home victory in early February. Now, it’s March and another opportunity for the Bulldogs is presented in the postseason. “For us, we look at it as the third time is the charm,” MSU freshman forward Breanna Richardson said. “We’ve played them two times already so we should know what to expect.” The Bulldogs are going into the matchup with a tremendous amount of confidence after two WNIT wins already under their belt. After defeating Tulane 77-68 one week ago, MSU came back to outlast rival Southern Miss 7466 in double overtime on Monday and improved its record to 21-13. As far as the path of the Tigers to the WNIT Mississippi State’s Savannah Carter, left photo, and Breanna Richardson (3) continue Sweet 16, they have knocked off Furman 78-64 and to develop as the season continues. (Photos by Lee Adams) Old Dominion 82-59. There will be no need for lengthy introductions prior to tonight’s All-SEC WNIT encounter. “Obviously, there is some familiarity with our next opponent.” State coach Vic Schaefer said. “They’ve done a good job against us twice. They are awfully talented, long and athletic. They play a
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7 p.m.
The Mississippi State women’s basketball starting lineup continues to take shape in Vic Schaefer’s second season as the head coach. Veterans like junior All-Southeastern Conference center Martha Alwal and senior point guard Katia May are providing the leadership needed to start games, but newcomers like freshman forward Breanna Richardson, freshman guard Dominique Dillingham and junior college transfer guard Savannah Carter have also emerged. Schaefer said the development of the returning players and the progress of the recruiting class coming in have been key in turning around a 13-17 record of last year into a 21-13 season that’s still going in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Bulldogs take on the Auburn Tigers in the third round of the event tonight at Humphrey Coliseum. “It shows that our coaching staff did a good job of evaluating these young ladies that came in and injected what we needed, but you have to give our returners some credit for what they did starting about this time last year,” Schaefer said. “We lost on about the 5th of March last year, took two weeks off, then went back to work. The work they put in individually really has paid off and there’s no question that each and every one of them is better in a certain way.” Richardson and Dillingham were both chosen SEC Freshmen of the Week during the season, while Richardson made the All-SEC Freshman team. In Monday’s 77-68 double-overtime win over Southern Mississippi, Richardson had a seasonhigh 20 points. Richardson said the secret to success was buying
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Youth Baseball
SBA prepares for another season
By JASON EDWARDS   Almost 45 years ago the city of Starkville saw it could no longer finance baseball in the community. In response, a group of dads got together and out of their desire to continue baseball for the city’s youth the Starkville Baseball Association was born. Today, the SBA is run by a group of 12 volunteer board members along with Randy Carlisle, who serves as president. “SBA is a 100 percent, non-profit, privately run system away from the Parks and Recreation program,” Carlisle said. “We rent the fields from Parks and Rec, but it is not a city-sponsored program. It is all done by volunteers and board members. It survives because those volunteers, coaches and parents want to have youth baseball.” SBA has come a long way from its roots 45-years ago and on Saturday participants will take part in the second annual opening day festivities. “We thought it went good last year,” Carlisle said. “It is something we have wanted to do for a while. They make a big deal in major league stadiums all across the country on opening day so we wanted to provide the same atmosphere for our kids.” While many of the activities from last year will be once again present, there will be a few new additions, including an appearance
by the Chik-fil-A cows. Saturday will get started at 9 a.m., with all six leagues taking part in games. At 10 a.m., another round of competition will take place while at 11 a.m., the festivities will get underway. “At that point, we will be halfway done with some of the leagues so we will stop and all go to one field to have a league-wide prayer, national anthem performance and the first pitch will be thrown out,” Carlisle said. The combination of all groups will also provide SBA the opportunity to publicly thank its sponsors as well as recognizing a
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College Golf
Ramey see improvement with every swing for MSU
By BEN WAIT Golf is a game of many different factors that allows it change in an instant. For Mississippi State senior Chad Ramey, he’s well aware of this. Ramey’s first three years on the Bulldog golf team saw him improve with every swing of the club. His senior season has taught him that circumstances on the links can change quickly. “As a whole, I kind of felt like I improved each and every year,” Ramey said. “I just kind of expected to do the same thing coming into (my senior season). “Over the summer, I worked on a lot things and I think I improved a lot. I definitely expected to see an improvement.” The Fulton native won the Tiger Invitational hosted by professional Jason Dufner last year at Auburn. He entered the final round of this year’s tournament four strokes behind, but in a good position to make a move to win back-to-back titles. Ramey shot a 4-under on the final day, but lost by one stroke to finish as runner-up at 5-under. “It doesn’t bring me down any,” Ramey said. “It just lets me know that I’m still there. I had a great chance to win it and I couldn’t hold it out. I just have to work on closing it out.” He followed that up by carding a 3-under, 213 at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla., to
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Chad Ramey shows his follow through on a golf swing for Mississippi State. (Photo submitted by MSU athletic media relations)
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The Mississippi State women’s basketball team all-time record at home in the WNIT.
SA edged by Hillcrest in baseball
The Starkville Academy Volunteers were edged at home by Hillcrest Christian School 6-5 in Tuesday night baseball action. Starkville Academy jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but could not hold onto the advantage. Drake Gordman had two hits and was hit by a pitch in the leadoff position for the Vols. Everyone in the SA lineup, but one spot was able to get a base hit. Landon Rogers pitched 4 1/3 innings and only gave up two runs with neither earned. He had six strikeouts. Starkville Academy travels to Hillcrest for a varsity doubleheader today at 4 p.m.
College Basketball Women’s National Invitation Tournament Glance All Times EDT First Round Wednesday, March 19 Villanova 74, Quinnipiac 66 George Washington 86, East Carolina 68 Minnesota 62, Green Bay 60 Colorado 78, TCU 71 Montana 90, Washington State 78 Thursday, March 20 IUPUI 72, Central Michigan 66 Bowling Green 72, High Point 62 Indiana 48, Belmont 47 Auburn 78, Furman 64 Harvard 90, Iona 89 Rutgers 65, Delaware 61 Princeton 94, VCU 76 Seton Hall 63, American 60 Old Dominion 68, Navy 60 Stetson 70, Miami 63 Marquette 63, Indiana State 61 SMU 84, Texas Southern 72 South Dakota State 78, Butler 61 Creighton 77, Missouri 51 Northwestern 69, Ball State 65 Mississippi State 77, Tulane 68 Southern Miss. 75, Lamar 60 San Diego 82, Cal Poly 59 Southern Utah 71, Colorado State 56 Oregon 90, Pacific 63 Friday, March 21 Michigan 86, Stony Brook 48 Duquesne 62, Mount St. Mary’s 52 St. Bonaventure 81, Charlotte 62 South Florida 56, North Carolina A&T 50 Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 75, Cal State Bakersfield 68 UTEP 74, Arkansas State 64 Washington 67, Hawaii 50 Second Round Saturday, March 22 Indiana 72, Marquette 69 Colorado 79, Southern Utah 68 Sunday, March 23 George Washington 76, Villanova 66 South Florida 75, Stetson 56 Northwestern 88, IUPUI 52 South Dakota State 62, Creighton 51 Seton Hall 75, Princeton 74 Minnesota 77, SMU 70 Monday, March 24 Michigan 68, Duquesne 52 Rutgers 63, Harvard 52 Auburn 82, Old Dominion 59 Bowling Green 76, St. Bonaventure 65 Mississipi State 74, Southern Miss. 66, 2OT San Diego 60, Montana 57 UTEP 76, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 64 Washington 93, Oregon 85 Third Round Wednesday, March 26 San Diego (24-8) vs. Washington (19-13), late Today
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“That’s the first thing I thought of. Oh, my gosh, someone won a flatscreen TV.”
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman about the game-day promotion that had a lucky fan winning a TV with Heidi Shape’s grand slam home run.
Today Women’s College Basketball Women’s National Invitational Tournament Auburn at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. High School Baseball Starkville at Greenwood, 4:30 p.m. Starkville Academy at Hillcrest Christian, 4 p.m. Starkville Christian at Victory Christian, 4 p.m. High School Softball Calvary Christian at Starkville Christian, 5 p.m. East Webster at Winona, 5 p.m. Bruce at Eupora, 5 p.m. Choctaw Central at Choctaw County, 5 p.m.
8 p.m. Minnesota (22-12) at South Dakota State (249), 8 p.m. Friday, March 28 Colorado (19-14) vs. UTEP (26-7), 9 p.m. Quarterfinals March 29-31 Colorado-UTEP winner vs. San Diego-Washington winner,TBA Minnesota-South Dakota State winner vs. Northwestern-Indiana winner, TBA Michigan-Bowling Green winner vs. Seton Hall-Rutgers winner, TBA Auburn-Mississipi State winner vs. George Washington-South Florida winner, TBA College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance EASTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. S. Carolina 3-3 .500 20-3 .870 Tennessee 3-3 .500 19-4 .826 Vanderbilt 3-3 .500 21-5 .808 Kentucky 3-3 .500 18-7 .720 Florida 3-3 .500 16-9 .640 Georgia 1-4-1 .250 14-11-1 .569 Missouri 1-5 .167 11-12 .478 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Ole Miss 4-2 .667 21-5 Auburn 4-2 .667 18-8 Miss. State 4-2 .667 18-9 LSU 3-2-1 .583 20-5-1 Texas A&M 3-3 .500 17-9 Alabama 3-3 .500 16-8 Arkansas 3-3 .500 15-8 Today’s Game Missouri at Auburn, 6:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Arkansas at Miss. State, 6:30 p.m. Missouri at Auburn, 6 p.m. Texas A&M at Georgia, 6 p.m. Tennessee at S. Carolina, 6 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. LSU at Florida, 6:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama, 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Arkansas at Miss. State, 2 p.m. Missouri at Auburn, Noon Texas A&M at Georgia, Noon LSU at Florida, Noon Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 2 p.m. Tennessee at S. Carolina, 3 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama, 6 p.m. Sunday’s Games Arkansas at Miss. State, 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Georgia, Noon LSU at Florida, Noon Tennessee at S. Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama, 1 p.m. Pct. .808 .692 .667 .804 .654 .667 .652
Union’s Philamlee honored in title run
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Union University women’s basketball team is just days removed from their 2014 National Christian College Athletic Association national championship. For their efforts, two Union players and the head coach have been honored by the NCCAA. Philamlee Junior guard Amy Philamlee, from Jonesboro, Ark., and granddaughter of Starkville High School bowling coach Jim Philamlee, was chosen NCCAA first team All-American for the second straight season. She also made the NCCAA National AllTournament team. Philamlee led Union with 17.8 points per game this season, a career best for her. She was second on the team with 123 assists (4.2 per game) and 32 steals. In the shooting department, Philamlee led Union with 67 made 3-point field goals, shooting 43 percent (67-of-156) from long range. She also led Union with 163 free throws made, shooting 87 percent (163-187) from the line. Philamlee passed 1,000 career points this season. She ended her junior season with 1,336 points, 399 assists, 341 rebounds, and 163 made 3-pointers. She recorded a gamehigh 24 points in the national title game, highlighted by a 10-for-10 effort from the free-throw line. Also honored for Union were LaTesa McLaughlin, a senior guard from Millington, Tenn., as NCCAA National Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and was an honorable mention All-American, while coach Mark Campbell was picked the NCCAA Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs won the national championship after defeating Lee University 73-64 last Saturday. 
Today COLLEGE BASEBALL 6:30 p.m. ESPNU — Missouri at Auburn GOLF 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Texas Open, first round, at San Antonio 5:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Kia Classic, first round, at Carlsbad, Calif. 11 p.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Eurasia Cup, second round, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11 a.m. ESPN — Preseason, Washington vs. N.Y. Mets, at Port St. Lucie, Fla. George Washington (23-10) at South Florida (21-12), 7 p.m. Northwestern (17-15) at Indiana (20-12), 7 p.m. 2 p.m. WGN — Preseason, Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs, at Mesa, Ariz. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6:15 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, regional semifinal, Stanford vs. Dayton, at Memphis, Tenn. 6:47 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, regional semifinal, Wisconsin vs. Baylor, at Anaheim, Calif. 8:45 p.m. CBS — NCAA Division I tournament, regional semifinal, Florida vs. UCLA, at Memphis, Tenn. 9:07 p.m. TBS — NCAA Division I tournament, regional semifinal, Arizona vs. San Diego State, at Anaheim, Calif. Michigan (20-13) at Bowling Green (29-4), 7 p.m. Seton Hall (20-13) at Rutgers (24-9), 7 p.m. Auburn (19-14) at Mississipi State (21-13),
MSU’s Lakat honored again by SEC
Behind solid play at the No. 1 singles position this past weekend, Mississippi State freshman Florian Lakat has tied a school record with his fourth Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honor, the league announced Wednesday. Lakat’s fourth FOW award for the year ties the record held by current senior Malte Stropp, who earned the honor four times during his freshman campaign in 2011, when he was later named SEC Freshman of the Year. Lakat, who is ranked 67th in the latest ITA Singles Rankings, was also chosen the conference’s freshman of the week on Jan. 22, Feb. 11 and March 5 of this spring. The Paris, France, native received the award after going 2-0 in singles play at the No. 1 position, while also teaming up with MSU junior Tassilo Schmid for a doubles win at the top spot against Nicholls State on Sunday. With the singles wins, Lakat has now won three of his last four matches. Also of note is the freshman’s Friday win against LSU’s Chris Simpson, who was ranked 62nd nationally, which gave him six ranked victories for the 2013-14 season, a team-leading five of those coming in the spring. Lakat has also put together a 9-1 record at home this season, which stands one win behind sophomore Jordan Angus for the best home record on the team. In doubles play, Lakat paired up with Schmid for the weekend, with the highlighting victory coming against Nicholls State’s top duo of Lukas Clemens and Kieran Cronin. The win moves the duo to 3-0 this season when playing at the No. 1 doubles position. Lakat’s victories helped propel Mississippi State to a sweep of last weekend’s home stand, including SEC wins against LSU and Arkansas. The wins moved MSU to 11-0 at home for the 2014 season, matching the best home start since the 1998 squad went 11-0 in Starkville. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs return to action Sunday as they travel to Oxford, for a Magnolia State showdown against the No. 48 Ole Miss Rebels. The in-state rivalry is set to begin at 1 p.m. For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateMT), Facebook (HailStateMT) and Instagram (HailStateMT).
College Softball
Mississippi State slams Samford
There’s not much more of a quality atbat a batter can have than a grand slam home run. Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman said the focus for her team each game is to have 50 percent quality at-bats. The Bulldogs made the most of those opportunities on Wednesday night. MSU scored nine runs on nine hits with one of those being a grand slam by Heidi Shape in the fifth inning during a 9-1 victory over the Samford Bulldogs. Stuedeman charted 18 quality at-bats out of 25 total for State, which met the goal. “We believe the timely hit will come if we put up the quality at-bats,” Stuedeman said. “We were getting the quality at-bats early and finally Heidi Shape gets a big timely hit to solidify things.” After being held scoreless the first three innings, the homestanding Bulldogs broke through with three runs on four hits in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 advantage. Jessica Offutt, Kayla Winfield and Loryn Nichols had consecutive singles during the frame and Sam Lenahan delivered a RBI double. In the fifth inning, Caroline Seitz walked, Logan Foulks singled, and Mackenzie Toler walked to load the bases, then Shape stepped up to the dish and uncorked a long fly ball to left that got out of the park to put MSU up 7-1. Shape was glad to be able to produce in that situation, but knew her teammates had to do their job first. “It first starts off with teammates getting on,” Shape said. “They gave me the opportunity, then just put a good swing on a good pitch and was able to score the runners that were on.” State scored two more times in the sixth
as Katie Anne Bailey drove home Lenahan and Olivia Golden with a double to end the game on the eight-run rule. Lenahan had a single and double to lead MSU at the plate. The pitching was split by Alexis Silkwood and Alison Owen. Silkwood went the first five innings to get the victory by only giving up one hit and one run that was unearned. She struck out five and walked two. Owen worked the sixth and struck out the side. Mississippi State improved its record to 25-10 and host Marshall in a weekend series. Even though the Bulldogs are taking a break from Southeastern Conference play, it doesn’t mean there’s time to rest. “These wins are as important to our postseason so we need to come out and play as if it’s an SEC series,” Shape said.
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finish in a tie for third place. The two top five finishes over spring break were good enough for Ramey to earn Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. “He’s playing as well, if not better this year, than he was last year,” MSU head coach Clay Homan said. “Sometimes in golf you just can’t control what the other guys do out there. Sometimes it’s not a matter of what you do, it’s about being in the right place at the right time.  “I feel like he’s got an excellent chance to win from here on out, any tournament he plays in.” Ramey will have a shot in professional golf, but before that happens he still has a few things to do at MSU. The Bulldogs are ranked
Bulldog athletes compete in Texas
It has been said that everything is bigger in Texas, and the Mississippi State track and field team hopes to rise to the occasion on the big stage as it heads to Austin for the historic 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on March 27-29. A total of 6,552 athletes from 32 states and nine countries are expected to compete at the Texas Longhorns’ Mike A. Myers Stadium for one of the largest meets in the nation. There are 12 other Southeastern Conference squads to join MSU at the event. MSU captured 27 top-10 finishes and four wins last weekend at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa to begin its outdoor campaign. Nearly 20 Bulldogs are slated to compete in a total of 18 events across the four-day meet. Action is scheduled to begin for MSU today at 5 p.m. as Javon Davis races in the 400-meter hurdles prelims. Later that evening, the Bulldog distance runners will hit the track for the 1500-meter run, 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000-meter run. Friday’s session will showcase field events, as well as relays for MSU with competitors in the triple jump, long jump, women’s 4x400-meter relay and distance medley relay. On Saturday, members of Dudley’s squad will compete in the 110-meter hurdles, Jerry Thompson Mile Invitational and the men’s 4x400-meter relay.   The complete meet schedule and further information on this year’s Texas Relays can be found by visiting
57th by Golfweek, and have their sights on a SEC championship and a berth into a regional. MSU will also play in its own tournament, the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship in early April, and then compete in Ole Miss’ BancorpSouth Intercollegiate at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison. After that, the postseason arrives and Ramey feels he and his teammates are coming together at the right time. “I expect us to finish off pretty strong with our home tournament and the one at Reunion, we always play pretty well at Reunion,” Ramey said, who is the 45th ranked collegiate golfer. “I definitely see us making it to regionals. Maybe if we can get it all going together at the right time, we can have a good showing at SECs.” If Ramey and the Bulldogs that had sponsorships run out. We’ve got three new businesses in town that agreed to sponsor a field and make some substantial donations to make the facilities better for our children.” In addition to the opening day festivities at 11 a.m., a few sponsors will be on board to make sure the athletes are taken care of after they come off the field. “Each t-ball child will receive a free Chik-fil-A strip meal and
make it to the NCAA Championships, his collegiate golf career will come to an end in early June. After that, he will turn his focus to his professional career. Ramey, who is the 95th ranked amateur player in the world, has given professional golf some thought, but doesn’t know what he is going to do. He plans on turning pro this summer, but his plans are still in the air. The Canadian Tour is a real possibility for him. If he decides against that, he will stay in the states and play on some mini tours or try to Monday qualify for some PGA Tour events. “I guess kind of indifferent,” Ramey said of how he feels about turning pro. “You’re out on your own. I’m excited, I’m looking forward to it and I’m ready to get out there and try it. I guess now’s a good time as ever.” Powerade from Clark Beverage Group when they finish their game,” Carlisle said. “These things are just to say this is what SBA is all about. We want people to come out to the ball park, play a game and then sit back and enjoy the rest of the games.” Opening day is certainly poised to be full of excitement, but Carlisle hopes to see the passion surrounding baseball continue throughout the season as for him, baseball is more
Ramey and Homan have talked about the young golfer turning professional, and Homan is behind him 100 percent. He sees a good bit of promise in Ramey. “He certainly has the ability to do that (turn pro),” Homan said. “He knows what it’s going to take, and I guarantee you he believes he’s got what it takes. Chad’s a confident person, although he doesn’t outwardly show it.” As it has been pointed out numerous times, golf is an individual sport, but you play as a team in college. That may be the biggest adjustment for Ramey to make. “It’s definitely going to be different because you’re not going to have your teammates around, going to workouts with them,” Ramey said. “It’s definitely going to be a whole different thing.”
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few groups who have taken on field naming rights. “We have one sponsor who has had a team for 45 years in a row so we want to recognize them along with all of our sponsors,” Carlisle said. “We also want to introduce some improvements, including an ad campaign on the outfield fences and renaming some fields
than just what takes place on the field. “Kids that play baseball learn at an early age how every day you get a chance to redeem yourself,” Carlisle said. “In baseball, every inning and every game is a new chance to go back and redeem yourself. You might miss the pitch, but you got a chance to hit the next one. You just have to concentrate one pitch or one at-bat or one day at a time.”
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You’ll be feisty and might want to push back, which could cause someone to cop an attitude. You are on top of what is happening with a partner and others in general. You happen to be in a better position to see the big picture. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A higher-up demands a lot of you, yet because you do deliver, you will succeed. Don’t allow someone else to undermine you simply because you lose sight of your main objective. Listen to your inner voice. Take gratitude in the manner in which it is meant. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Reach out for a new insight by asking questions that don’t make someone feel ill at ease. You could be surprised by what is going on below the surface. Weigh the pros and cons of making a comment -- it might not be worth the effort. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Keep reaching out to someone you care about. Listen to news that surrounds a child or loved one carefully. You’ll have a lot of commitments, so you need to choose your priorities with care. You might have difficulty coming up with solutions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You could be more forthright with a situation than you have been in the past. Make a point of listening to a family member about what is happening. If you are not careful, you could become a bit difficult. Allow others to dominate. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You might want to move in a new direction or change your speed when dealing with a personal matter. How you handle this issue could change your plans. Focus on completion rather than taking on anything new. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You might want to understand what is happening with a loved one. Know that you won’t get information by pushing this person. Remain open and relaxed. You are at your best when working with individuals rather than groups today. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Be more forthright and direct in your dealings. Honor a change of pace, and follow through on your long-desired results. Keep conversations to yourself, especially one you have had recently, and you’ll gain a new perspective. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You could be in a situation that allows more give-and-take between others. You might laugh when you see how comical a situation is. There is no need to close down. You will say what you think some other time, when it is more appropriate. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You will find that you have an opportunity to make a difference by responding to someone’s inquiries. You might not even think that this person is being serious, but what he or she is indicating is what little knowledge he or she has. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Relate to others directly. You have the energy and wherewithal to find a resolution. Be clear about your choices, even when dealing with a very difficult person. You likely will want to understand more about a financial commitment.
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Rejecting arguments that it goes too far and may be unconstitutional, the House approved Tuesday a strong antibusing amendment to the $7 billion federal aid to education bill. On a vote of 293 to 117, the House adopted the amendment sponsored by four Michigan congressmen. It would prohibit busing beyond the second nearest school to achieve a racial balance in classrooms. Rep. Marvin L. Esch, R-Mich., the chief sponsor, urged approval of the amendment on the grounds “busing in neither good educational policy nor good social policy.” The amendment, originally proposed by the administration and passed by the House in 1972, lists seven acceptable remedies - excluding busing - that could be ordered by the courts to overcome segregation. The amendment also prescribes a standard definition of what constitutes a denial of equal educational opportunities. The definition includes all forms of discrimination in and out of classrooms, in curriculum, and in the assignment of teachers. It prohibits busing from one school district into another unless it was proved the district intentionally was drawn to preserve segregation. Rep. Bella Abzug, D-N.Y., who opposed the amendment, called it an “assault upon our children... this is not benefitting the children, this is a game we grownups are playing - inflaming group against group.” Other opponents argued that the bill is an unconstitutional attempt to restrict court-ordered remedies to school segregation. Minutes before, the House rejected on a voice vote a milder antibusing amendment offered by Rep. John B. Anderson, R-Ill., that would have made busing the lowest priority to achieving racial balance in schools. The Anderson amendment, written partly by constitutional law expert Alexander Bickel of Yale University, would have permitted states to set up 10-year plans to bring about compliance with equal educational opportunity standards which he also would write. The amendment also would have limited busing to be the remedy of last resort for achieving racial integration.
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 3 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) In the daylight hours, you might want to play it low-key, as you will be gaining information about a potential legal matter or a situation that you want documented. As the sun sets, you might question the relevancy of this idea.
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different style that’s hard to deal with. You are not used to going against that all of the time. It’s something they are committed to and their staff does a great job in how hard they play. It’s very similar to how hard we play defensively, so it’s another great challenge, but we are excited to have that challenge at home. “The familiarity helps, especially with the way they play. It’s just a unique way to play. It’s something that has worked for their coach for a long time. The players have really bought into it, but the familiarity is a bonus.” Auburn’s Tyrese Tanner was tough on the Bulldogs in both games this season as she combined for 45 points. Tanner had 24 points in the first meeting, then she had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the second game. MSU is led by junior center Martha Alwal with her 15.4 points per game
and 8.8 rebounds per outing. Alwal and Richardson, who scores 9.6 points per game, will start on the front line for MSU against the Tigers, while senior Katia May, junior Savannah Carter and freshman Dominique Dillingham are expected to be the guards. After grinding through a doubleovertime decision only three days ago, Schaefer said he was “very careful” in getting the Bulldogs ready for the next test. “We worked 40 minutes against the press and that was it,” Schaefer said. “We watched an hour and 45 minutes of film. They needed to see some of the mistakes that we made against the press.” The price for tickets is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Those are available at the door, online at www., or by phone at 1-888-GO-DAWGS. The first 250 MSU students get a free ticket and students get free pizza while supplies last.
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into Schaefer’s system and the way to do things. “Offensively, I had to understand my role and where I need to play,” Richardson said. “Defensively was my biggest adjustment. Coach Schaefer’s defensive style is hard and once you buy in, learn and you listen, it becomes something easy. It helps overall in your game.” Richardson said Schaefer expects leadership and it doesn’t always has to come from a senior or junior. Even though she came into the program as a junior, following her transfer from Trinity Valley Community College, Carter had to learn to become the right leader for the Bulldogs. “It’s learning every day on how to be a leader and when to be a leader at the right time,” Carter said. “Even at the wrong time, someone has to step up.” Both Richardson and Carter point Mississippi State’s Dominique Dillingham, left in both photos, shows her determination by going after the loose to the “maturity” of the team as a big basketball against Tennessee in an earlier game this season. (Photos by Lee Adams)
development throughout the season. Carter has been amazed at the growth of freshmen like Dillingham and Richardson in a short amount of time. “It’s great to see how far they’ve come from the summertime (last) June to now,” Carter said. “It’s something to see Breanna get on the AllSEC Freshman team and (Richardson and Carter) both get Freshman of the Week.” The freshmen are inching toward that 10-point mark in scoring average. Richardson averages 9.6 points per game, while Dillingham scores 8.9 points per outing. Schaefer continues to help the young players continue to work on their “limitations” and make them even better players down the line. “It’s easy for players to work on something they are good at, but it’s hard to work on something you are not good at,” Schaefer said. “It’s just human nature. “With these kids, they understand that and they will get in there, work on those things and get better.”
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