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Fri day, June 6, 2014
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2: Around Town
4: Forum
5: Weather
6: Sports
9: Comics
10: Classifieds
County prepares
for runoff election
Mississippians will head to the polls again on
June 24 to vote in a statewide Republican U.S.
Senate primary runoff between incumbent U.S.
Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Mississippi
Sen. Chris McDaniel.
McDaniel narrowly edged Cochran Tues-
day with 49.5 percent of the vote to Cochran’s
49 percent, according to the Associated Press.
Thomas L. Carey, a third candidate, pulled in
1.5 percent of the vote.
Because neither Cochran nor McDaniel
gained a majority of the vote, they will face off
again in a June 24 runoff.
Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Glenn
Hamilton said the runoff could cost the county
about $4,000.
Cochran carried Oktibbeha County in Tues-
day’s primary election, with roughly 66 percent
of the vote compared to McDaniel’s nearly 33
Some Oktibbeha County voters can also cast
votes in the Third Congressional District Dem-
ocratic primary runoff between Doug Magee
and Dennis Quinn. Magee pulled in 47 percent
of the vote, while Quinn got 38 percent, accord-
ing to the Associated Press. Jim Liljeberg took
15 percent of the vote.
The Third Congressional District includes
portions of east and central Oktibbeha County,
Mississippians will head to the polls again on June 24 to vote in a runoff election. Local
officials are beginning preparations for a second wave of voting in Oktibbeha County. (Photo
by Alex Holloway, SDN)
From left, Maggie Rae Brown, Bronwynn Barrett and Betsy Gray Barrett play in the fountains of the splash pad at
J.L. King Sr. Memorial Park on Thursday. (Photo by Ariel King, SDN)
Competing GOP
wings map strategies
Associated Press
JACKSON — Republicans huddled Thursday over the slow-motion
showdown of the Mississippi Senate runoff, with allies of Sen. Thad Co-
chran aiming to sharpen his message and supporters of tea party-endorsed
challenger Chris McDaniel exploiting his opponent’s vulnerabilities.
Cash, campaign help and advice flowed into a titanic clash of the factions
splitting the GOP.
McDaniel, a state senator, led in Tuesday’s primary and had momen-
tum from a national patchwork of archconservative organizations looking
for their first incumbent scalp of the midterm election year. Cochran,
a six-term Senate veteran, was on the defensive amid a frenzy of anti-
Washington, anti-establishment fervor.
On Thursday afternoon, Cochran promised a fight throughout the
Told that the conservative Club for Growth, which spent $2.5 million
backing McDaniel before the primary, had called for him to drop out,
Cochran laughed. “Whoa,” he said after a stop at a Raytheon Co. facility
about 50 miles east of Jackson. “They can relax. ... I have no intention of
dropping out. I have every intention of winning the election.”
Alongside him was Stuart Stevens, a top strategist for Mitt Romney’s
failed presidential campaign in 2012. Romney hasn’t endorsed Cochran,
but Stevens’ presence was another reminder that Cochran has run as an
establishment Republican, backed by the national party’s Senate cam-
paign committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others.
McDaniel and his supporters maintain that those associations are Co-
chran’s greatest liability and make it impossible for him to win over con-
servatives who are angry about the nation’s direction.
“Sen. Cochran has had five decades in Washington and it’s clear that
The Starkville Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a trip to the Tuscany region of Italy next
March in partnership with Chamber Discoveries. The trip is designed to allow Greater Starkville
Development Partnership members, as well an any interested Starkville resident, to meet with
business owners in Tuscany while simultaneously exploring Italian art, architecture, cuisine and
culture. (Photo courtesy of Chamber Discoveries)
Local Chamber sponsoring
trip to Tuscany next spring
The Greater Starkville Development Partner-
ship (GSDP) has recently added a new member
to the organization that will offer local business
owners a chance to enhance their services by
traveling abroad.
As part of a new partnership between GDSP
and Chamber Discoveries, Starkville’s Chamber
of Commerce is sponsoring a trip to the Tus-
cany region of Italy set for March 10-18, 2015.
Chamber Discoveries is a travel agency based
out of Fresno, Calif. and works with chambers
of commerce across America, specializing in
providing international travel opportunities to
chamber members. Chris Brough, business de-
velopment manager at Chamber Discoveries,
said offering travel programs helps chambers
build camaraderie among members and also cre-
ates excitement for new members to join.
“These trips offer a unique value to chamber
membership,” Brough said. “Especially with the
Tuscany trip, members get a very rich cultural
experience. This area is very safe for tourists and
really is the cradle of Italian culture. Tuscany is
home to some of the world’s most famous art,
cuisine and architecture, so it’s a great trip for
chambers to choose as their first one.”
Brough added that Chamber Discoveries has
received an overwhelmingly positive response
from other chambers that have taken these trips
previously and hopes that Starkville’s chamber
will have an equally enjoyable experience.
The eight-day long trip will include tours of
Montecatini, Florence and Pisa, with optional
See CHAMBER | Page 3
See RUNOFF | Page 3
See GOP | Page 3
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uStarkville Commu-
nity Market — The Greater
Starkville Development Part-
nership will hold the Starkville
Community Market from
7:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The event will have vendors
selling fresh, local products,
cooking and gardening demon-
strations, activities for kids and
live music.
uHabitat Resale Store
— The Habitat Resale Store,
located at 1632 Rockhill Rd.,
will open Saturday from 8-11
a.m. The store will be selling
new and used doors, new win-
dows, appliances, kitchen cabi-
nets, kitchen items, dinettes,
sinks, sofas, toilets and more.
Call 662-617-2745 for more
uCompany Reunion —
American Bosch, AMBAC,
United Technologies, Johnson
Electric and former employees
will have a reunion and lunch,
beginning 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
on Saturday at Cattlemen’s
Steak and Fish at 301 Tusca-
loosa Rd., in Columbus.
uGospel Express Program
— Gospel Express 26th Home-
coming/Anniversary presents
“Still Shouting the Victory” at
6 p.m. on Saturday. The event
will be hosted by Jo Ann Reel.
Performers will be Original
Traveling Stars, Forrest Broth-
ers, Spiritual Harmoneers,
Mighty Voices, Original Gos-
pel Tones, Rev. Roney Strong
and Strong Fam, Set Apart,
Holy Aires and The Mighty
Gospel Warriors.
uUsher Ministry Program
— First Baptist Pheba Church
will present its Annual Usher
Ministry Program on Sunday
at 3 p.m. The gust speaker will
be Rev. Dr. Charlie F. Barnes,
Sr., Pastor of Mount Peiler
M.B. Church, Starkville. There
will be special musical selec-
tions by Mount Peiler’s Gospel
Choir. The public is invited to
uAnniversary Celebration
— Bradley Church of God,
located at 5327 Silver Ridge
Road, will celebrate its 6th An-
niversary on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The guest speaker for this oc-
casion will be the MS Church
of God State Overseer, Bishop
Joseph Mirkovich. The public
is invited to attend. For more
information, please call 662-
465-7307. Pastor is Minister
Patricia S. Pratt.
uAmerican Legion Meet-
ing — The American Legion
Post #240 next monthly meet-
ing will be held on Sunday at 5
p.m. The meeting will be held
at 3328 Pat Station Rd. Pro-
spective members are welcome
to attend. For more informa-
tion, please contact Walter Zu-
ber at 662-418-5614 or Curtis
Snell at 662-648-0244.
uRevival — The Light
Outreach of Holiness Temple,
Inc. will host a revival from
Sunday to Wednesday at 7
p.m. nightly. The speaker will
be Pastor Mary Meeks from
Bethesda World Ministries lo-
cated in Gary, Ind. For more
information, contact Pastor
Emma Austin at 662-323-
uFamily Reunion — Fam-
ily and friends of the late Sam-
uel and Sally Scarbrough Fam-
ily are invited to a reunion on
Sunday immediately following
the morning service at Friend-
ship Baptist Church in the
Fellowship Hall, 5491 Craig
Springs Road in Sturgis. Ev-
eryone is asked to bring their
favorite covered dish for a great
time of food and fellowship.
uVacation Bible School —
First Church of Christ (Hol.)
will hold its Vacation Bible
School Monday through Friday,
9-11:30 a.m. The theme will
be “Jungle Safari.” The church
is located at 609 Gillespie St.
Members and friends are invit-
ed to attend. For more informa-
tion, call 662-324-1034.
uRotary Meeting — The
Starkville Rotary Club will meet
at 11:45 a.m. at the Starkville
Country Club. The speaker will
be Tad Yamamoto, president of
the Yokahama Tire Manufactur-
ing Company Mississippi that is
building a new plant near West
Point. He will be introduced by
Stuart Vance.
uAmerican Legion Meet-
ing — American Legion Post
#13 will hold its monthly meet-
ing on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at
the American Legion Building
on Old West Point Road. All
American Legion members
and their families and prospec-
tive American Legion members
and their families are urged to
attend. We will recognize the
Boys’ State members along with
their families. The Post will fur-
nish a meal which will begin at
6 p.m., followed by the Legion
meeting a 7 p.m. Any ques-
tions, call Wayne Hemphil at
323-1693 or John Lee at 323-
uChildbirth Classes — The
childbirth classes are taught at
Emerson Family Resource Cen-
ter each Tuesday in June and
Tuesday July 1st, and the preg-
nant women/couples can reg-
ister with Emerson (662-320-
4606). This week’s instructor
will be Emily Waters, RD, LD,
WIC from MS Dept of Health.
She will speak on the topic “Nu-
trition for Mother and Baby.”
Free childcare and nutritious
snacks are provided. The classes
begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at
7:30 p.m.
uFUMC Summer Music
Camp — Starkville First Unit-
ed Methodist Church will host
a Summer Music Camp from
July 13-16. All children in the
community who have finished
grades 3 through 6 are wel-
come to attend! The camp fee
is $50. The campers will put on
a musical the final day of camp
after they have rehearsed and
created choreography, designed
and built the set, learned instru-
mentation, and songs. To sign
up for Summer Music Camp,
please visit the church office at
FUMC on Lampkin Street near
downtown Starkville. Registra-
tion closes June 5th. For ques-
tions please call: 662-323-5722.
uNAACP Meeting — Ok-
tibbeha County Branch of the
NAACP monthly meeting are
held every second Thursday
at 6 pm at Oktibbeha County
Courthouse Main St. Contact
president Chris Taylor 662-
617-3671 or Willie E. Thomas
Sr. 662-418-9687 for informa-
u YTA Summer Perform-
ing Arts Program — Regis-
ter for Youth Taking Author-
ity (YTA) Summer Performing
Arts Program! Learn and re-
hearse skits, dances, and musi-
cal productions created just for
you. Perform for your fam-
ily and friends, wear and keep
fabulous costumes and do it all
while gaining invaluable per-
forming experience! Registra-
tion is open until May 1. Classes
start Saturday, May 3 at 1 pm in
the aerobics room of Starkville
Sportsplex. The group will per-
form “Center Stage” at a local
festival event this summer. For
more information or to pre-reg-
ister for YTA Performing Arts
Summer Program at Starkville
Sportsplex, call Stefanie Ash-
ford at (662) 268-7747.
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 informa-
tion, call 323-3497. u ABE/
GED Classes — Free ABE/
GED classes are offered at the
Emerson Family School and
the J.L. King Center. Emerson
classes are from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and are
held at 1504 Louisville Street.
J.L King classes are from 8 a.m.
- 2:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday
and are held at 700 Long Street.
Call 324-4183 or 324-6913 re-
spectively for more information.
u Starkville School District
— SSD Lunch Applications for
2013-14 school year now avail-
able. The Office of Child Nu-
trition is now located on the
north end of the Henderson
Ward Stewart Complex. Office
hours are Monday through Fri-
day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The
Office of Child nutrition has
also completed the direct certi-
fication process for families who
automatically qualify for certain
benefits and services. For more
information contact Nicole
Thomas at nthomas@starkville. or 662-615-0021.
uStorytime — Maben Pub-
lic Library will have storytime at
10 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of fun
activities along with a story with
Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are
u Mini Moo Time — The
Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds
Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. ev-
ery 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 re-
ceive a free activity book which
reinforces the show’s safety
messages. To schedule a pup-
pet show, contact Lisa Long at
u Dulcimer and More
Society — The Dulcimer &
More Society will meet from
6:15-8 p.m. every first, second,
fourth and fifth Thursday in
the Starkville Sportsplex activi-
ties room and play at 3 p.m. on
the third Saturdays at the Car-
rington Nursing Home. Jam
sessions are held with the pri-
mary instruments being dulci-
mers, but other acoustic instru-
ments are welcome to join in
playing folk music, traditional
ballads and hymns. For more
information, contact 662-323-
u Samaritan Club meet-
ings — 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 Amer-
icanism, works to prevent child
abuse, provides community
service and supports youth pro-
grams. For more information,
email starkvillesamaritans@ or call 662-323-
1338. Please see our website:
uWorship services — Love
City Fellowship Church, at 305
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in
Starkville, will hold worship ser-
vices at 11 a.m. every Sunday.
Apostle Lamorris Richardson is
u OSERVS classes —
OSERVS is offering multiple
courses for the community and
for health care professionals to
ensure readiness when an emer-
gency 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 Thurs-
day or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on Friday or stop by the offices
at OSERVS, 501 Highway 12
West, Suite 130 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 up-
stairs area of the Bookmart and
Cafe in downtown Starkville.
For more information, contact
Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper.
net or call 662-323-8152.
uSquare dancing — Danc-
ing 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 ex-
perienced dancers. Follow the
covered walk to the small build-
ing. Look us up on Facebook
“Jolly Squares”.
uDance 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 informa-
tion, call 662-648-9333 or e-
mail danzexplosion@yahoo.
u Noontime devotional
study — Join a group of inter-
denominational 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-
u Quilting Group Meet-
ing — 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. Con-
tact Gloria Reeves at 418-7905
or Luanne Blankenship at 323-
7597 for more information.
The Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library has hosted youth programs this summer that will continue
throughout the season. The library offers programs for both children and adolescents, and this year’s
programs feature science and discovery themed projects. Pictured, the Tree of Thoughts allows participants
to write anonymous dreams, wishes or quotes to be displayed publicly on the tree. (Photo by Kayleigh
Swisher Few, SDN)
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Fri day, June 6, 2014
Saturday • June 7 • 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Synergetics Parking Lot • 501 Highway 12 West
Sweet Potato Vine
Odds and Ends
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Friday, June 6, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3
excursions to Carrara, Porti-
fino, Venice, Siena and San
Gimignano available, as well.
The $2,649 price includes
roundtrip airfare, daily break-
fast, four dinners, hotel costs,
transportation between the
hotel and airport and also a
wine tasting. A two-night ex-
tension trip to Rome can be
added to the travel package
for an extra $599. In addition
to sight-seeing, each city tour
includes a chamber experience
where meetings are arranged
with chamber members from
the local area.
Heath Barret, director of
membership for GSDP, said
the program is geared toward
chamber members, but any
Starkville resident can register
for the trip at an additional
Barret added that, although
this trip covers multiple areas,
all cities are relatively close to-
gether, so members can spend
the day exploring but still re-
turn to the same hotel every
night, as opposed to relocat-
ing each day.
Barret also said he believes
this trip will be a good op-
portunity for local business
owners to meet entrepreneurs
from abroad and possibly
translate their experiences
into the services they provide
here in Starkville.
“Italy definitely has a dif-
ferent culture and way of
life than we are used to here
in Mississippi,” Barret said.
“Meeting with local restaurant
and shop owners in the area
will broaden our members’
horizons both in a cultural
and a business sense. Who
knows? Our members could
maybe get news ideas that
they have never considered
before but could really end up
helping their businesses.”
Barret said no limits are
placed on the number of peo-
ple who can register for the
trip, but members who sign
up before Sept. 15 will receive
a $100 discount.
“This is going to be an in-
credible trip, and the price re-
ally is a great deal, especially
considering everything that
it includes,” Barret said. “We
are excited to be able to offer
this wonderful opportunity
to our members and our resi-
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uSenior Yoga — Trinity
Presbyterian Church offers free
senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays. The
church is located at 607 Hos-
pital Road in Starkville.
uVeteran volunteering —
Gentiva Hospice is looking for
veteran volunteers for its newly
established “We Honor Veter-
ans” program. Volunteers can
donate as little as one hour per
week or more. For more in-
formation, 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 play-
ers must be able to read mu-
sic 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 con-
tact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070.
u Line dancing — The
Starkville Sportsplex will host
afternoon line dancing in its
activities room. Beginners-1
Line dancing is held 11 a.m.
to noon, and Beginners-2 Line
dancing is held noon to 1 p.m.
For more information, call
Lisa at 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. Tues-
days at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church. Participants are en-
couraged to use the office en-
trance off the rear parking lot.
Anyone with a desire to stop
drinking is welcome to attend.
For more information, call
u Al-Anon meeting —
The Starkville group meets at
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at
Episcopal Church of the Res-
urrection. Call 662-323-1692,
662-418-5535 or 601-663-
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 ser-
vices 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 re-
ceive healing prayer for physi-
cal healing, encouragement, or
other needs. Our teams con-
sist 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 informa-
tion, call 662-418-5596 or
email info@worldaflamemi- and visit http://
uAlcoholics Anonymous
— The Starkville A.A. Group
meets six days per week down-
stairs at the Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection. Call 327-
8941 or visit www.starkvil- for schedules and
more information.
u PEO Chapter N meet-
ing — The PEO Chapter N
meeting is held 9 a.m. the sec-
ond Thursday of each month.
PEO is an organization of
women helping women reach
for the stars. For more infor-
mation about monthly meet-
ings contact Bobbie Walton at
u Senior Center activi-
ties — 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-
u Alzheimer’s meetings
— The Starkville Church of
Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.)
will host the monthly meet-
ing 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 informa-
tion, 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
u Gentle Yoga — Gentle
yoga will be held Tuesdays and
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trin-
ity Presbyterian Church at 607
Hospital Road in Starkville.
The course is free and tailored
to beginners.
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six more years of the same
won’t have any impact on the
direction of our country,” Club
for Growth President Chris
Chocola said in calling for Co-
chran to drop out of the June
24 runoff.
Chocola’s group led the
spending among third-party
organizations whose combined
effort topped $8.4 million, a
staggering sum for a state with
3 million residents and relative-
ly inexpensive television adver-
tising rates.
Groups on both sides have
promised they’ll stay engaged
in coming weeks, though Mc-
Daniel’s supporters have thus
far seemed more eager.
“The message to them is:
1,300 votes,” FreedomWorks
President Matt Kibbe said in
an interview in his Washington
office, referring to Tuesday’s
margin. “Insurgents win on the
FreedomWorks spent about
$350,000 in the primary, and
Kibbe promised more. The
group’s biggest efforts will be
on voter turnout. Freedom-
Works has ordered 20,000
more yard signs and another
40,000 pro-McDaniel fliers
to leave at voters’ doors. The
group is planning to keep its
volunteers and organizers in
the state for the runoff. And an
eight-city bus tour is scheduled
for next weekend. McDaniel
lost six of the nine counties that
hold those cities; Hattiesburg
straddles two counties.
Kibbe said the message will
stay focused on Cochran’s role
in Washington.
“The people that we’re
fighting with are self-anointed
Republican strategists whose
day jobs is lobbying,” he said.
It was a not-so-subtle jab at
Haley Barbour, the former na-
tional GOP chairman and two-
term Mississippi governor who,
along with several of his family
members, is backing Cochran.
After leaving the governor’s of-
fice in 2012, Barbour returned
to the Washington-based lob-
bying shop he founded.
Barbour has repeatedly
warned Republicans that nom-
inating doctrinaire conserva-
tives leads to general election
losses in winnable races, such
as the GOP’s Senate losses in
Nevada and Delaware in 2010,
followed by Indiana and Mis-
souri in 2012. For the most
part, Republicans have steered
clear of tea party aligned can-
didates this year, intensifying
the movement’s focus on Mc-
Cochran, who once said he
didn’t “know a lot about” the
tea party, said he would reach
out to all voters, including Afri-
can-Americans and Democrats.
“Voting rights has been an
issue of great importance in
Mississippi,” he said, adding, “I
think democracy works better
when all people participate.”
Out of Mississippi’s 1.9 mil-
lion registered voters, only the
85,000 who cast Democratic
primary ballots Tuesday are
ineligible to vote in the GOP
The senator’s supporters,
meanwhile, continue to paint
the McDaniel team as extreme,
using as their latest argu-
ment that one of McDaniel’s
prominent backers and two
companions went to a county
courthouse in Jackson long af-
ter officials had finished count-
ing ballots for the night. Janis
Lane, a Central Mississippi
Tea Party leader, said she went
only to observe ballots being
counted, but she and her com-
panions ended up locked inside
the Hinds County Courthouse
after entering around 2 a.m.
The Hinds County Sheriff’s
Office said late Thursday after-
noon that it had completed an
investigation of the incident
and found no criminal wrong-
The McDaniel campaign al-
ready has had to distance itself
from supporters who have been
arrested on charges that they
plotted to illegally take photo-
graphs of Cochran’s wife, Rose
Cochran, who has dementia
and has lived for 13 years in a
Mississippi nursing home.
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as well as the Double Springs
and Self Creek precincts in the
western portion of the county.
Third-term U.S. Representa-
tive Greg Harper (R-Jackson)
currently holds the seat for Mis-
sissippi’s Third Congressional
District and advanced through
the Republican primary with
92 percent of the vote against
challenger Hardy Caraway.
With the runoff less than
three weeks away, Oktibbeha
County election officials are
hard at work preparing for an-
other round of voting.
Oktibbeha County Election
Deputy Sheryl Elmore said sev-
eral rules come into play for
a runoff, and she had already
fielded some calls from voters
who were unsure about their
eligibility to vote.
While voters can still regis-
ter for the November general
election, only voters who were
eligible to vote in Tuesday’s
election can vote in the runoff.
“You had to be registered
30 days prior to the primary,”
Elmore said. “The primary and
the runoff are considered the
same race, so even though you
might have registered on May
7, that doesn’t count for the
Mississippi uses an open pri-
mary system that allows voters,
regardless of party affiliation, to
vote in whatever primary they
choose. However, after a voter
casts a ballot in a primary, they
must vote in the same party’s
runoff. Registered voters who
didn’t cast ballots on Tuesday
still have the option to vote in
either runoff.
“If you voted in the Demo-
cratic primary then you have to
vote in the Democratic runoff
if you vote again,” Elmore said.
“It’s the same with the Repub-
lic primary. You can’t cross the
line. If you didn’t vote in the
primary, you can still vote in
the runoff.”
Elmore said which runoff
to vote in and whether voters
can vote in the primary at all
has been a common concern
among those who call in.
“People have been calling
and saying they heard on the
radio that if you didn’t vote in
the primary, you can’t vote in
the runoff,” Elmore said. “I just
want to reiterate that that is ab-
solutely not true.”
Elmore said voters who
need a voter ID to vote in the
primary runoff can go to the
circuit clerk’s office at the Ok-
tibbeha County Circuit Court
Annex on Main Street to apply.
“They have to be a regis-
tered voter to get the ID,” El-
more said. “I’ll get them a tem-
porary one and the main card
will come to them in the mail
in about business days.”
Elmore said absentee vot-
ing would be available for the
runoff after the Secretary of
State’s office finalizes Tuesday’s
results. She said the office will
issue ballots she could use for
any voters who need to absen-
tee vote. However, she noted
the wait for the office to finalize
election and quick turnaround
between the first election and
runoff would leave absentee
voters a very narrow window
in which to cast their ballots.
She said she will be at the
circuit clerk’s office from 8 a.m.
to noon on June 14 and 20, the
two Saturdays before the run-
off election, to accept absentee
Though voter turnout usu-
ally falls in a runoff election,
Hamilton encouraged as many
voters as possible to participate
in the June 24 election.
“Go out and vote,” he said.
“Encourage your friends and
your neighbors and family
members to vote. I know peo-
ple can forget because every-
one might not feel like they’re
as involved and it’s easy to get
distracted. But it’s important to
vote and try to look beyond the
campaign rhetoric and vote for
who you think can do the bet-
ter job.”
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Ray Mosby: This will change us
“If a politician found
he had cannibals among
his constituents, he would
promise them missionar-
ies for dinner.”—H.L.
It is always true that elec-
tions have consequences,
but it is also sometimes
true that mere political
races do too.
Newspaper schedules being what
they are, as this is written, I do not
know who has won the Republican
nomination for United States Senate.
But what I do know is that the race
for that nomination between long-
time incumbent Thad Cochran and his
brash challenger Chris McDaniel has
changed Mississippi politics, particu-
larly Miss. Republican politics for the
foreseeable future.
Regardless of who wins, things will
simply not be the same
after this campaign as
they were before it.
The great schism, the
divide between tradi-
tional Republicans and
the anger-ridden, venom-
dripping, take no pris-
oners Tea Party wing of
that party which has had
such a profound effect
on politics at the national
level, has now worked its way down to
Mississippi and has grown wider with
every day of what has been one of the
meanest, nastiest and downright bi-
zarre political races in the entire coun-
The battle lines were drawn early
and openly. Blood has been drawn
which cannot be transfused; wounds
have been inflicted which will not heal.
People, even friends and relatives, have
punched their tickets and when this is
over, among winners and losers, there
will literally be hell to pay.
There has been some and there
will be more talk of “party unity” and
“supporting the nominee” among the
GOP, but don’t you believe it. Don’t
you even believe that for one minute.
The Hatfield and McCoy feud will
look like child’s play compared to the
one that’s going to play out in this
state in the years ahead. Some of it will
be publicly visible, most of it won’t.
There are going to be a lot of political
bodies in a lot of very shallow graves,
and while the suspects may seem obvi-
ous, the fingerprints will be few and
far between.
Barring scandal (of the sort that
ended Trent Lott’s career), Mississippi
has a history of essentially electing its
U.S. Senators for life, or as long they
want to serve. But depending upon
who wins the Cochran/McDaniel war,
that could change.
Another longtime observer and
reporter on Mississippi politics and I
have had several conversations in re-
sent days about the Cochran/McDaniel
race, the impact of its twists and turns
and how it stood in advance of election
day, with our views differing slightly
as to this and that, but dovetailing into
essentially the same opinion of how it
would turn out.
But what we both, completely in-
dependently of each other, had come
to conclude was that it has been a very
long time since Mississippi had seen
one that was anything at all like it and
that the state had never before seen
anything exactly like it.
And what we had also concluded,
again totally independently, is that
what we have witnessed, are witness-
ing, is that future observers and histo-
rians will look back on this as having
been a transformative election, not just
in Republican politics, but because of
what in recent years has become the
strength of the GOP in this conserva-
tive state, of overall politics in Missis-
And neither of us think—again, to
some degree dependent upon Tues-
day’s result—that is necessarily a good
And finally, there is this: Missis-
sippi, when all is said and done this
November, may well end up deciding
which party controls what was once
known (I’m not so sure, now) as “the
greatest deliberative body on Earth”—
the U.S. Senate. And in so doing, it
just might be that which Republicans
in this state, in which numbers showed
up at the polls on Tuesday, will have
been the determining factor in what
course is charted for this nation’s ship
of state in the years ahead.
Elections always have consequenc-
es, but sometimes even individual races
themselves, do too.
Ray Mosby is publisher of the Deer
Creek Pilot.
Life insurance for children
Many parents look
at their children and
see young, healthy boys
and girls. They don’t
think of outliving their
children or of needing
life insurance protec-
tion for their children.
I hear comments such
as “That’s morbid” or
“They don’t have any-
thing to protect.” There
are, of course, valid ar-
guments against those statements,
but who wants to argue? I ask you to
consider three benefits to children’s
life insurance: legacy benefits, living
benefits and future insurability.
The truth is accidents do happen,
and each year some children become
terminally ill. When a child dies, in
this most horrible time of a parent’s
life, there are still expenses that must
be paid. Grief doesn’t
override the medical
bills and funeral costs.
One of my clients lost
a child a number of
years ago. She told me,
“I didn’t have to ask
ANYONE to help me
bury my son. Because
of life insurance, I was
able to give him the
funeral he would have
wanted, without hav-
ing to worry about how I was using
someone else’s money.” Because she
was able to focus on her child’s life,
the legacy she provided for him with
the purchase of life insurance at his
birth, was one of happy memories,
not debt. And what of those parents
who say, “I don’t want to profit from
the death of my child?” A child’s leg-
acy can be furthered by a memorial
fund to a church, school or perhaps a
youth organization.
Life insurance policies also pro-
vide living benefits. Remember, life
insurance premiums are based partly
on the insured’s age and health con-
dition. Purchasing permanent life
insurance for a young, healthy child
can mean lower insurance premiums
throughout the child’s life. If you
purchase life insurance that accumu-
lates a cash value, your child can bor-
row against this cash value later in
life to help fund a college education,
put a down payment on a home or
perhaps start a business.
Finally, when you protect a child’s
life with life insurance, you can also
protect that child’s future insurabil-
ity. In other words, the decision you
make as a parent helps to ensure
that your child will one day be able
to protect his or her family. One of
the beauties of life insurance is that
it cannot be canceled for changes in
health. Let’s say a child who has life
insurance is diagnosed with diabetes,
cancer, or some other life-altering
condition. Not only will his or her
life insurance remain in place, assum-
ing premiums are paid, but also if
that child’s parent purchased a policy
with a guaranteed offer of future in-
surability, the child is promised the
opportunity to increase his or her life
insurance benefit at specified intervals
in the future when he or she is an
adult and likely needs greater cover-
I recently received a call from a
client whose child was in an acci-
dent and is not likely to walk again.
My client was concerned about what
would happen when his daughter
wanted to increase her coverage.
Would she be insurable? I smiled as I
brightened his day by reminding him
that he had chosen a policy with a
Guaranteed Purchase Option, which
promises that his daughter can, in-
deed, add coverage to her policy
at specified intervals, regardless of
health status. It’s situations like this
that make purchasing children’s life
insurance NOT morbid and, in fact,
a selfless, wise decision.
Children are not able to plan for
their futures. It is the responsibility
of parents to make wise decisions on
their behalf, and purchasing life in-
surance for the children’s future use,
whether to leave behind a positive
legacy, to use as a living benefit, or to
guarantee protection of their future
families is simply smart planning.
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Area Cities
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Baton Rouge, LA 92 72 mst sunny Memphis, TN 85 71 t-storm
Biloxi 86 74 sunny Meridian 91 71 t-storm
Birmingham, AL 87 70 t-storm Mobile, AL 89 74 mst sunny
Brookhavem 91 71 pt sunny Montgomery, AL 91 72 t-storm
Cleveland 86 73 t-storm Natchez 91 72 pt sunny
Columbus 88 71 t-storm New Albany 83 71 t-storm
Corinth 82 69 t-storm New Orleans, LA 91 73 pt sunny
Greenville 87 74 t-storm Oxford 82 70 t-storm
Grenada 85 72 t-storm Philadelphia 90 71 t-storm
Gulfport 88 74 sunny Senatobia 83 70 t-storm
Hattiesburg 93 73 pt sunny Starkville 85 70 t-storm
Jackson 92 73 pt sunny Tunica 80 71 t-storm
Laurel 92 72 pt sunny Tupelo 84 71 t-storm
Little Rock, AR 86 71 t-storm Vicksburg 84 72 t-storm
Mc Comb 91 71 pt sunny Yazoo City 90 74 pt sunny
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Boston 75 59 pt sunny New York 80 62 mst sunny
Chicago 82 63 pt sunny Phoenix 103 69 sunny
Dallas 97 74 pt sunny San Francisco 67 53 pt sunny
Denver 78 54 t-storm Seattle 74 54 sunny
Houston 93 73 pt sunny St. Louis 84 66 t-storm
Los Angeles 76 61 sunny Washington, DC 81 63 mst sunny
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Michael Love
Reverend Michael Love, 48, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014
in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 Noon, Saturday, June
7, 2014 at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev-
erend David Mark, Officiating.
Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pine Bluff,
You may sign the online memorial register @ westmemo-
Charles H. McMinn
MSgt. Charles H. McMinn, USAF,
Ret., age 84, of Biloxi, passed away on
June 4, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Lonnie H. McMinn and Emma
McMinn, a brother, L.H. (Jessie) Mc-
Minn, and a sister, Jenny (Tommy)
Survivors include his loving wife of
61 years, Mattie McMinn, 2 sons, Mike
(Barbara) McMinn, and Mark D. (Ren-
di) McMinn, 5 grandchildren, Michelle, Mandy, Emma, Jack-
son, and Halie, 3 great-grandchildren, Morgan, Ashton, and
Camille, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Mr. McMinn served in the U.S. Air Force during Korea
and Vietnam and retired as a Master Sergeant. He attend-
ed Trinity United Methodist Church and was a member of
the American Legion, Joe Graham Post 119, and the BPOE
#1205, Gulfport. He enjoyed working in his yard and was
always ready to go somewhere.
Visitation will be on Monday, June 9, 2014, from 9 – 10
Beauvoir Rd., Biloxi. The funeral service will be at 10 am in
the funeral home chapel.
Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at
KAFB Medical Center for their care and concern of Mr. Mc-
Memorials may be sent to Trinity UMC, 5007 Lawson
Ave., Gulfport, MS 39507.
Memories may be shared at
Jessie A. Smith
Mr. Jessie A. Smith, 83, of Starkville, MS; passed away at
Waverly Personal Care Home in West Point, MS on Thurs-
day, June 5, 2014.
Jessie was a self employed painter and a member of Adaton
Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn S. Smith of Starkville,
MS; son, Gary A. Smith of Starkville, MS daughters, Sheila
Harvey (Mike) of Aberdeen, MS; Andrea Winston (Pat) of
Starkville, MS: Debbie Stafford of West Point, MS; and Mary
Catherine Miller (Jim) of Columbus, GA; sisters, Louise
Ming, Shirley Adams and Bonnie Yessech; brother, Charles
Smith and numerous grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Clyde
Smith and Ruby Kendrick Smith.
Visitation for Mr. Smith is Saturday, June 7, 2014 from
9-10 a.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. A private
graveside will be conducted by Rev. Ben Butler. Burial will
follow in Adaton United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family request memorial donations be made to Adaton
United Methodist Church.
You can go online and sign our guest register at www.
Charles Howard Tice
Charles Howard Tice, 79, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 in
Starkville, Mississippi.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 7,
2014 at Truevine Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend
Eddie Clayborn, Officiating.
Visitation will be Friday, June 6, 2014: 12:00 -6:00 p.m.
at West Memorial Chapel, Starkville, Mississippi.
Burial will follow at Truevine Church Ceme-
tery, Starkville, Mississippi.
West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrange-
You may sign the online memorial register @ westmemo-
West Bolivar superintendent announced
From Wire Reports
CLEVELAND — Pallascene Cole has been named super-
intendent of the newly formed North Bolivar Consolidated
School District.
Cole is currently employed as an education consultant at
the Magnolia Training Center in Canton. She has worked
as a principal, teacher, counselor and was superintendent in
West Tallahatchie School District.
School board chairman Evereth Stanton said there were
eight applicants for the position.
Stanton said the school board was looking for an indi-
vidual who possessed a strong educational background, lead-
ership abilities, knowledge of financial budgeting and cur-
“My first order of business is to work on merging our re-
sources. I want to bring all of our resources together under
one umbrella. I am already working on some things,” Cole
told The Bolivar Commercial.
She said she is looking forward to working with the dis-
tricts involved in the consolidation.
“I have already spoken with the superintendents that are
in place now and they have all pledged their support. I am
looking forward to going in the various communities and
meeting the parents, clergy and the students,” said Cole.
State law directed the five Bolivar County school districts
be combined into two. The new school boards were elected
in 2013.
The Benoit, West Bolivar and Shaw districts became the
new West Bolivar district based in Rosedale. Mound Bayou
and North Bolivar will become a new North Bolivar district
based in Mound Bayou. The Cleveland city district was left
The North Bolivar School District will have about 1,265
students and the West Bolivar School District will have
about 1,689 students.
McHenry man sentenced for DUI deaths
From Wire Reports
BILOX — A 27-year-old McHenry man will spend 28
years in prison for drinking, driving, and killing a man and
his daughter.
Andrew James Good pleaded guilty Tuesday in Harri-
son County Circuit Court to two counts of driving under
the influence causing death.
The accident happened in January 2013 on the Inter-
state 110 in Biloxi, south of the drawbridge. Police said
Good was driving more than 90 miles per hour when he
rear ended a car driven by Alex Hernandez, 28. Hernan-
dez, and his 5-year-old daughter, Ashlin, were killed in the
Prosecutors said Good told investigators he drank four
or five beers along with four or five shots of alcohol after
getting off from work. He was driving from a bar in Gulf-
port to a casino in Biloxi when the wreck occurred just
after 5 a.m.
Assistant District Attorney Scott Lusk said Good had a
blood-alcohol concentration of 0.18 percent — more than
twice the legal limit — at the time of the crash.
Judge Lisa P. Dodson sentenced Good to 14 years on
each count with the sentences to run consecutively.
Corinth ‘quiet zone’ proposal moves forward
From Wire Reports
CORINTH — The city of Corinth wants to hear from
the public on turning the railroad crossings into a quiet
Dave Huwe, city director of community planning and
development, said the quiet zone would apply to cross-
ings for Norfolk Southern Railway that operates east-west
freight train traffic through. He said the zone won’t affect
the Kansas City Southern rail yard.
Officials told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal a
hearing date will be set after conferring with state transpor-
tation and railroad officials.
Federal law requires trains to sound their horns at all
public crossings, 24 hours a day, as a warning signal.
Huwe said the quiet zone would not be prevent engi-
neers from sounding the train’s horn during an emergency
or if an obstruction is seen on the rails.
Huwe says Corinth has six crossings that could be in-
cluded in the quiet zone.
Huwe said the transition would cost about $74,000, part
of which would be paid by Norfolk Southern.
New signage and traffic control devices would be in-
stalled, including crossing arms that extend all the way
across both sides of the road to prevent vehicles from driv-
ing around them, said Huwe.
Other Mississippi cities have quiet zones under consid-
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College Athletics
MSU, Arizona to meet
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, center, celebrates during a game last season. The Bulldogs
reached a home-and-home deal with Arizona for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams)
The Bulldogs and Cats
reach home-and-home deal
Mississippi State is starting to ad-
here to the new Southeastern Con-
ference rule of scheduling opponents
from power conferences.
The MSU administration showed
that on Thursday.
It was announced that the Bulldog
foorball team will play a home-and-
home series with Arizona for the 2022
and 2023 seasons.
The first meeting will take place on
Sept. 10, 2022 at Arizona Stadium in
Tucson, Ariz. The two teams play on
Sept. 9, 2023 at Davis Wade Stadium.
“We’re very excited to announce
this series with a Pac-12 program the
caliber of Arizona,” MSU athletic di-
rector Scott Stricklin said in a school
release. “It will bolster our non-con-
ference schedule. We haven’t played in
that part of the country since 2002, so
it gives our fans a chance to see anoth-
er part of the country while supporting
the Bulldogs.”
The league wants its teams to play
teams from power conferences on a
yearly basis starting in 2016.
This will be the first meeting be-
tween the two programs. It will also
be the first meeting for the Bulldogs
against a Pac-12 team since 2003.
They opened the season against Or-
egon that year and played in Eugene,
Ore. in 2002.
Arizona’s athletic director is former
MSU athletic director Greg Byrne.
“We’re excited to announce this
competitive series for our future foot-
ball schedules,” Byrne said in an Ari-
zona release. “The opportunity to play
an SEC opponent will be a great addi-
tion to our schedule for our program
and our fans.”
Lindgren finalists
for national award
MSU junior left hander Jacob Lind-
gren was selected as a finalist for the
2014 National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association Stopper of the
Year Award as announced on Thurs-
The award is given to the nation’s
top relief pitcher in college baseball.
The winner will be announced on the
morning of June 14.
Other finalists include Sam Moore
of UC Irvine, Nick Burdi of Louisville,
Michael Cederoth of San Diego State
College Softball
MSU signee Ward earns
Player of the Year Award
For Starkville Daily News
Mississippi State
signee Holly Ward
was selected as the
Alabama Gatorade
Softball Player of
the Year according
to an announcement
from the organiza-
tion on Thursday.
Ward, who played for
the Haleyville High
School varsity squad
since seventh grade,
signed with the Bulldogs in November and
will begin her MSU career in August of
“I am thrilled for Holly,” Mississippi
State head coach Vann Stuedeman said.
“This a big-time achievement and she is
an elite player. We are extremely excited
to have her wearing the Bulldog jersey the
next four years.”
Ward, who carried the Lions to back-to-
back Alabama High School Athletic Asso-
ciation Class 4A state championships as a
sophomore and junior, guided the team to
a third-place finish this spring. During her
final campaign, she posted a 25-9 record
to go along with a 0.80 earned-run average
and 335 strikeouts in 219.1 innings. She
surrendered only 66 hits.
Not limiting her skills to just the pitch-
ing circle, Ward hit .432 with eight home
runs and 64 runs batted in during her se-
nior year.
“Ward is a terrific presence on the field
and on the mound,” Hamilton coach Pat-
rick Sutton said. “She has a lot of veloc-
ity and multiple pitches. She hits her spots
and she never gets rattled.”
The 2012 and 2013 state tournament
most valuable player, Ward earned a spot
on the 2013 Alabama Sports Writers Asso-
ciation (ASWA) Super All-State Team and
was the only non-senior of the 10-member
squad after going 27-9 with a 0.89 ERA in
250.2 innings.
A First-Team ASWA All-State selection
as a sophomore and junior after earning
an honorable mention nod as a freshman,
Ward also received 2013 MaxPreps First
Team Medium Schools All-America hon-
ors. She proved to be a dual threat as a
junior, batting .419 with 67 hits, 50 runs
batted in, 27 doubles and five home runs
while also fanning 310 batters from the
pitching circle.
Away from softball, Ward has main-
tained a 3.82 grade-point average. She has
assisted as the co-editor of her school’s
yearbook, volunteered locally on behalf
of the Red Cross, the U.S. Marine Corps
Toys for Tots program and served as a
youth softball instructor.
The Gatorade Player of the Year recog-
nizes not only outstanding athletic excel-
lence, but also high standards of academic
achievement and exemplary character dem-
onstrated on and off the field.
Ward is now a finalist for the Gatorade
National Softball Player of the Year Award
announced in June.
Former Mississippi State offensive lineman Gabe Jackson signed with the Oakland Raiders
on Thursday. (AP file photo)
Former Bulldog Jackson
signs with the Raiders
From Wire, Staff Reports
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raid-
ers have their entire draft class under contract
after signing a deal with third-round pick guard
Gabe Jackson.
Jackson became the eighth draftee to sign
when he finalized his deal Thursday. Jackson
was taken 81st overall out of Mississippi State
and is expected to compete for a starting job.
“I’m ready to go to work,” Jackson said in a
video tweeted out by the Oakland Raiders on
Thursday afternoon.
Jackson started all 52 games at left guard for
the bulldog. He was a two-time All-American
selection two-time All-Southeastern Confer-
ence First Team selection.
He won the Conerly Trophy, given to Mis-
sissippi’s top college player, in his last year with
the Bulldogs. He also won the inaugural Kent
Hull Award, given to the state’s top offensive
The Raiders also signed free agent receiv-
ers David Gilreath and Rahsaan Vaughn and
undrafted free agent kicker/punter Michael
Gilreath played three games with Pittsburgh
in 2012 and set Big Ten records for kickoff
returns (135) and yards returning (3,025) at
Vaughn spent time last season on the New
York Jets practice squad.
Oakland waived receivers Jared Green and
Noel Grigsby and punter Daniel Zychlinski.
High School Football
Davis leaves East Oktibbeha for position at Noxapater
Change is an inevitable part of life.
East Oktibbeha knows that more than most as
not only does the school face consolidation, but
recently it was announced that football coach John
Davis is departing to take the offensive coordina-
tor job at Noxapater.
“When we played them last year they seemed
like they were well-coached and well-disciplined,”
Davis said. “When coach (Casey) Orr called me
and we talked we had a lot of the same philoso-
phies. It felt like the right decision for me.”
Davis’ time with the Titans may be over, but
the coach certainly has
some great memories he
will carry with him for a
long time. The greatest of
which might just be from
his team’s lone win last
“Probably my biggest
moment was beating West
Oktibbeha especially with
that being the first time in
the last seven years,” Davis
said. “The main thing that
stands out about winning was Justin (Williams)
being unstoppable and the kids pushing through.
You could tell they wanted to win that game more
than anything. It was like their Super Bowl.”
From the time the ball was put in play it was
clear that East Oktibbeha had come to play. A
spark was certainly present in the Titans, but hav-
ing been their coach all year seeing his players fight
was nothing new for Davis.
“The kids were willing to work and learn,” Da-
vis said. “It was a little struggle with the consolida-
tion and being on probation, but I felt like the kids
fought hard and learned a lot. The football players
are what I enjoyed most and what I will miss the
most when I leave.”
Looking back it is clear the Titans have left
a mark on their former coach and as he moves
forward, Davis only hopes that he has somehow
impacted those he coached.
“I hope that I have taught them some other
things in life, not just about football,” Davis said.
“Things like how to strive through adversity and
become better men. At least I hope I did. We
made some strides that they can build on and they
should have about everybody coming back.”
Davis does not have to wonder long about
how his time at East Oktibbeha mattered because
all he has to do is simply ask those around him.
“He was very knowledgeable and very orga-
nized,” Titan athletic director Randy Brooks said.
“The kids really responded to his coaching style
very well.”
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Friday, June 6, 2014 • Page 7
Athletics Calipari
The number of consecutive games the
Oakland Athletics have hit a home run
in. They have hit 23 during that span.
“We still have lofty goals for the
Kentucky head coach John Calipari said
after signing a seven-year, $52.5 million
contract with the school on Thursday.
Youth Baseball
Starkville Baseball Association
2014 Tournament Brackets
Coach Pitch 7
Game 1: OCH Sports Medicine 18, US
Lawns 17
Game 2: Galloway Chandler McKinney
28, Jones Home Design 10
Game 3: Snap Fitness 15, Starkville Vet-
erinary Clinic 8
Game 4: OCH Sports Medicine 6,
Starkville Clinic for Women 0
Game 5: Snap Fitness 15, Galloway
Chandler McKinney 9
Game 6: OCH Sports Medicine vs. Snap
Fitness, 6 p.m. today
Coach Pitch 8
Game 1: Starkville Orthopaedic 16, Per-
ry, Windfield & Wolfe 13
Game 2: Overstreet Construction 27,
Starkville Orthopaedic 19
Game 3: OCH Sports Medicene 23, Bil-
ly’s Trucking 2
Game 4: Overstreet Construction 9,
OCH Sports Medicene 1
Game 1: McReynold’s Orthodontics 8,
Northeast Exterminating 6
Game 2: OCH Sports Medicine 10, Farm
Bureau 6
Game 3: Columbus Orthopaedic 9, Wil-
liams Lawn Maintenance 5
Game 4: JR Cleaning 9, Man Caves 7
Game 5: McReynold’s Orthodontics 10,
OCH Sports Medicine 6
Game 6: Columbus Orthopaedic 10, JR
Cleaning 3
Game 7: McReynold’s Orthodontics vs.
Columbus Orthopaedic, 6 p.m. today
Game 1: OCH Sports Medicine 11, Dill’s
Plumbing 9
Game 2: W.I.L.D. Bunch 8, Eye and Laser
Clinic 7
Game 3: Ivy Auto Parts 5, OCH Sports
Medicine 4
Game 4: Cubby Harris Painting 10,
W.I.L.D. Bunch 2
Game 5: Cubby Harris Painting 10, Ivy
Auto Parts 9
Youth Baseball
Final SBA Standings
7 Coach Pitch
Team W L T
Snap Fitness 11 4 0
Starkville Clinic for W. 9 3 2
Galloway Chandler Mc 9 3 2
OCH Sports Medicine 9 5 0
US Lawns 5 8 1
Starkville Vet. Clinic 2 11 0
Jones Home Design 1 12 1
8 Coach Pitch
Team W L T
Overstreet Construction 10 3 1
Billy’s Trucking 6 5 1
OCH Sports Medicine 7 7 1
Perry, Windfield, Wolfe 4 7 2
Starkville Orthopedic C. 4 9 1
Team W L T
Ivy Auto Parts 10 2 2
Cubby Harris Painting 10 4 0
W.I.L.D Bunch 7 6 0
Dill’s Plumbing 5 6 1
OCH Sports Medicine 4 8 2
Eye and Laser Clinic 2 12 1
Team W L T
McReynold’s Orthodo. 12 0 0
Columbus Orthopaedic 11 2 0
Man Caves 5 5 1
OCH Sports Medicine 6 7 0
Farm Bureau 6 7 0
JR Cleaning 4 8 0
Northeast Exterminating 2 9 1
William Lawn Main. 2 9 2
(Editor’s Note: Standings as they appeared on
the Starkville Baseball Association website
as of June 5, 2014)
All-Star Tournament
CP 7 State Tournament – Starkville July
CP 7 World Series – Southaven July 18
CP8 State Tournament – West Point
July 11-13
CP8 World Series – Southaven July 23
9 State Tournament – Grenada July 4-6
9 World Series – Southaven July 18
10 State Tournament – Eupora July 11-
10 World Series – Southaven July 25
11 State Tournament – Winston County
July 4-6
11 World Series – Southaven July 18
12 State Tournament – Starkville July
12 World Series – Southaven July 25
(10-year-old and 12-year-old 1st place
advances to World Series)
(Any team participating in other state
tournaments are eligible to compete in
World Series)
Youth Softball
SPRD Girls Standings
Team W L T
Parker Home Builders 10 0 0
Farmhouse 5 2 3
Prisock Construction 5 5 1
McReynolds Orthodontics 4 6 1
Starkville Smiles 3 7 2
CB&S Bank 1 8 1
Team W L
New York Life 8 0
Synergetics 4 4
A. Parrish LLC 3 6
Colors of Life Flowers, Gifts 2 7
Team W L
Exquisitely Unique 7 3
D. Mitchell 6 4
VWB Divas 6 4
Trinity Sports & Fitness 1 9
(Editor’s Note: Standings as they appeared on
the Starkville Parks of Recreation website as
of June 5, 2014)
College Baseball
Super Regional Glance
All Times EDT
Best-of-3; x-if necessary
Host school is Game 1 home team; visit-
ing school is Game 2 home team; coin
flip determines Game 3 home team
At Jim Patterson Stadium
Louisville, Ky.
Today: Kennesaw State (40-22) at Louis-
ville (48-15), 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Kennesaw State vs. Louisville,
7 p.m.
x-Sunday: Kennesaw State vs. Louisville,
6 p.m.
At Hawkins Field
Nashville, Tenn.
Today: Stanford (34-24) at Vanderbilt
(44-18), 1 p.m.
Saturday: Stanford vs. Vanderbilt, 3 p.m.
x-Sunday: Stanford vs. Vanderbilt, 3 p.m.
At Allie P. Reynolds Stadium
Stillwater, Okla.
Today: UC Irvine (38-23) at Oklahoma
State (48-16), 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: UC Irvine vs. Oklahoma State,
10 p.m.
x-Sunday: UC Irvine vs. Oklahoma State,
9 p.m.
At UFCU Disch-Falk Field
Austin, Texas
Today: Houston (48-16) at Texas (41-19),
4 p.m.
Saturday: Houston vs. Texas, 2 p.m.
x-Sunday: Houston vs. Texas 2 p.m.
At Davenport Field
Charlottesville, Va.
Saturday: Maryland (39-21) at Virginia
(47-13), Noon
Sunday: Maryland vs. Virginia, Noon
x-Monday: Maryland vs. Virginia, 4 p.m.
At M.L. ‘Tigue’ Moore Field
Lafayette, La.
Saturday: Mississippi (44-18) at Louisi-
ana-Lafayette (57-8), 8 p.m.
Sunday: Mississippi vs. Louisiana-Lafay-
ette, 9 p.m.
x-Monday: Mississippi vs. Louisiana-La-
fayette, 7 p.m.
At Charlie and Marie Lupton Stadium
Fort Worth, Texas
Saturday: Pepperdine at TCU, 4 p.m.
Sunday: Pepperdine vs. TCU, 6 p.m.
x-Monday: Pepperdine vs. TCU, 7 p.m.
At Rip Griffin Park
Lubbock, Texas
Saturday: College of Charleston (44-17)
at Texas Tech (43-19), 1 p.m.
Sunday: College of Charleston vs. Texas
Tech, 3 p.m.
x-Monday: College of Charleston vs.
Texas Tech, 1 p.m.
Major League Baseball
National League
At A Glance
All Times EDT
East Division
W L Pct GB
Atlanta 31 27 .534 —
Miami 32 28 .533 —
Washington 30 28 .517 1
New York 28 32 .467 4
Philadelphia 24 34 .414 7
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 35 25 .583 —
St. Louis 31 29 .517 4
Pittsburgh 28 31 .475 6½
Cincinnati 27 31 .466 7
Chicago 23 34 .404 10½
West Division
W L Pct GB
San Francisco 39 21 .650 —
Los Angeles 31 30 .508 8½
Colorado 28 30 .483 10
San Diego 27 33 .450 12
Arizona 25 36 .410 14½
Thursday’s Games
San Francisco 6, Cincinnati 1
Washington 4, Philadelphia 2
Miami 11, Tampa Bay 6
Chicago Cubs 7, N.Y. Mets 4
Milwaukee at Minnesota, late
St. Louis at Kansas City, late
Arizona at Colorado, late
Today’s Games
Miami (Eovaldi 4-2) at Chicago Cubs
(Hammel 6-3), 4:05 p.m.
Milwaukee (Lohse 7-1) at Pittsburgh
(Cumpton 0-2), 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis (Lynn 6-3) at Toronto (Stroman
2-0), 7:07 p.m.
Philadelphia (Hamels 1-3) at Cincinnati
(Cueto 5-4), 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 6-2) at Colorado
(E.Butler 0-0), 8:40 p.m.
Atlanta (Teheran 5-3) at Arizona (McCar-
thy 1-7), 9:40 p.m.
Washington (Roark 3-4) at San Diego
(T.Ross 6-4), 10:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Niese 3-3) at San Francisco
(M.Cain 1-3), 10:15 p.m.
American League
At A Glance
All Times EDT
East Division
W L Pct GB
Toronto 37 24 .607 —
Baltimore 30 27 .526 5
New York 30 29 .508 6
Boston 27 32 .458 9
Tampa Bay 23 38 .377 14
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Detroit 31 25 .554 —
Chicago 31 30 .508 2½
Cleveland 30 30 .500 3
Minnesota 28 29 .491 3½
Kansas City 29 31 .483 4
West Division
W L Pct GB
Oakland 37 23 .617 —
Los Angeles 31 28 .525 5½
Seattle 31 28 .525 5½
Texas 29 30 .492 7½
Houston 26 35 .426 11½
Thursday’s Games
N.Y. Yankees 2, Oakland 1
Toronto 7, Detroit 3
Miami 11, Tampa Bay 6
Houston 8, L.A. Angels 5
Baltimore at Texas, late
Kansas City 3, St. Louis 2
Milwaukee at Minnesota, late
Today’s Games
Oakland (Milone 3-3) at Baltimore
(W.Chen 6-2), 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis (Lynn 6-3) at Toronto (Stroman
2-0), 7:07 p.m.
Boston (R.De La Rosa 1-0) at Detroit
(Smyly 2-4), 7:08 p.m.
Seattle (C.Young 5-2) at Tampa Bay (Be-
dard 2-4), 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland (Bauer 1-2) at Texas (Darvish
5-2), 8:05 p.m.
Houston (Keuchel 6-3) at Minnesota
(P.Hughes 6-1), 8:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Whitley 0-0) at Kansas City
(Guthrie 2-5), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Rienzo 4-2) at L.A.
Angels (Weaver 6-4), 10:05 p.m.
No games scheduled.
Vanderbilt’s Bryan Reynolds bats in the regional last
weekend. The Volunteers host Stanford at noon today in
a super regional on ESPN2. (Photo by Mark Humphrey,
ESPN2 — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
super regionals, Stanford at Vanderbilt
ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
super regionals, College of Charleston
at Texas Tech
3 p.m.
ESPN2 — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
super regionals, Houston at Texas
ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
super regionals, Pepperdine at TCU
6 p.m.
ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
super regionals, Kennesaw State at
9 p.m.
ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
super regionals, UC Irvine at Okla-
homa State
7 p.m.
ESPN — X Games, at Austin, Texas
8 a.m.
TGC — European PGA Tour, Lyoness
Open, second round, part II, at Atzen-
brugg, Austria
9:30 a.m.
TGC — Champions Tour, Legends of
Golf, first round, at Ridgedale, Mo.
11:30 a.m.
TGC — LPGA, Manulife Financial
Classic, second round, at Waterloo,
2 p.m.
TGC — PGA Tour, St. Jude Classic,
second round, at Memphis, Tenn.
5:30 p.m.
TGC — Tour, Cleveland
Open, second round, at Westlake,
Ohio (same-day tape)
11 p.m.
TGC — USGA, Curtis Cup, first round
matches, at St. Louis (same-day tape)
6 p.m.
MLB — Regional coverage, Boston at
Detroit or Oakland at Baltimore
7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 — Men’s national teams, exhi-
bition, Mexico vs. Portugal, at Foxbor-
ough, Mass.
10 a.m.
NBC — French Open, men’s semifi-
nals, at Paris
UK, Calipari reach $52.5 million deal
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky gave coach
John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension
that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and
$8 million over each of the final three seasons.
Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches,
Calipari led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship
and is coming off his third Final Four appearance in five
years with Kentucky, a 60-54 title-game loss to Connecticut
in April. He has often been rumored as a potential candidate
for NBA coaching openings, most recently this spring with
the Los Angeles Lakers.
Calipari quickly reiterated his happiness with Kentucky,
later using social media to state his commitment after Los
Angeles fired coach Mike D’Antoni. He continued that
theme with his new contract that pays more than most pro
“I’ve said over and over that I have the best job in the coun-
try,” Calipari said in a release Thursday night. “With the contin-
ued support from our administration and the greatest, craziest,
fans in college basketball, we have accomplished a lot in our five
quick years, but we still have lofty goals for the future.
“We want to continue to help young people and their fami-
lies reach their dreams, while at the same time maintaining our
success on the basketball court, in the classroom and in the
Besides building a 152-37 record at Kentucky, Calipari has
established himself as a master recruiter in landing top-three
freshman classes annually. That includes next year’s group
which figures to make the Wildcats a title contender again, and
with this contract the school appears to have locked him in for
the long term.
“It has long been our goal over the last three to five years
that Cal enjoy this as his final stop in coaching,” athletic di-
rector Mitch Barnhart said in the release, “and that he has an
opportunity to finish his career at the University of Kentucky
and hopefully set standards and win championships that will be
remembered for many, many years to come.”
Mickelson shoots 67 at St. Jude
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Phil Mickelson talked about fin-
ishing off rounds coming into the St. Jude Classic, and he did
just that Thursday with a 3-under 67 at TPC Southwind.
Mickelson birdied three of his final four holes for his first
round in the 60s since the third round at the Wells Fargo
Championship. He hadn’t shot below 70 since then, missing
the cut at The Players Championship and tying for 49th at Me-
morial last week following a visit from FBI agents and lingering
questions about an insider-trading investigation.
He hasn’t won in 19 events dating to the British Open and
is among the players in Tennessee tuning up for the U.S. Open
next week at Pinehurst.
College Golf
MSU’s McDonald starts
Curtis Cup play today
For Starkville Daily News
For the second time this season, Ally McDonald will rep-
resent the United States as she competes in the 2014 Curtis
Cup Match starting today until Saturday in St. Louis, Mo. at
St. Louis Country Club.
The illustrious Curtis Cup Match is one of the top ama-
teur events that pairs two amateur female teams, one from
the United States and one from Great Britain and Ireland.
The two teams will square off in six foursome (alternate-
shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight single matches
over the next three days.
“I am so excited about representing the United States,”
All-American McDonald said. “This weekend is going to be
great, and I can not wait to experience it with this great
McDonald is one of eight players on the Team USA
squad, including Emma Talley from the University of Ala-
bama and previous teammate Ashlan Ramsey from Clem-
son. Ramsey and McDonald teamed up to help the U.S.
claim gold at the Spirit International Amateur Champion-
ships in November of last year.
“It’s a great time for Ally in the progression of her game,”
fourth-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “She
is playing very well and continues to represent Mississippi
State golf and our state with the highest performance and
integrity. Now we get to share her with the U.S.”
Team USA leads the overall series, 27-7-3, but will be
looking to bounce back from defeat in 2012.
McDonald and Team USA will begin the opening four-
ball round at 8:00 a.m. CST Friday, followed by a foursome
match in the afternoon round.
Full coverage of the Curtis Cup Match can be found at
Fans can follow the Mississippi State women’s golf pro-
gram on Twitter @HailStateWG, Instagram @HailStateWG
and Facebook at .
Sharapova awaits Halep in French final
From Wire Reports
PARIS — Might be easier said than done.
Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy apho-
rism to sum up the formula that’s carried her
to a third consecutive French Open final.
“It’s not how you finish a first set,”
Sharapova said, “it’s how you finish the last
Right now, no one is a better closer than
she is on clay. Nearing a second champion-
ship at Roland Garros, and fifth Grand Slam
trophy overall, Sharapova gritted her way to
yet another comeback victory, beating 18th-
seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6,
7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals Thursday.
“If some things are not working out, I
don’t just want to quit in the middle. Because
when you lose the first set or a few games or
you’re down a break, that’s not the end of the
match,” Sharapova said. “That’s the type of
philosophy that I play with.”
She famously described herself years ago
as feeling like a “cow on ice” on clay, but
Sharapova now has won her past 19 matches
that went to three sets on the demanding sur-
In Saturday’s final, the No. 7-seeded
Sharapova will face No. 4 Simona Halep, a
22-year-old Romanian who never before had
been past the quarterfinals at a major. Halep
turned in a much more straightforward vic-
tory than Sharapova, eliminating No. 28 An-
drea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (4).
“I have a lot of confidence in myself now,”
said Halep, who a year ago was ranked only
57th and lost in the first round in Paris for
the third time since 2010. “I played really well
here; a few good matches. But next round
will be very tough. I know Maria. She’s a
great champion.”
She is 0-3 against Sharapova. But Halep
has claimed seven titles since the start of last
season — “Impressive 12 months,” she called
it — and used her smooth movement and
smart angles to win all 12 sets she’s played
these two weeks.
Sharapova took a more difficult route to
her ninth Grand Slam final.
In the fourth round against 2011 U.S.
Open champion Samantha Stosur, Sharapova
trailed 6-3, 4-3, then won the last nine games.
In the quarterfinals against 20-year-old
Garbine Muguruza, the woman who stunned
Serena Williams last week, Sharapova trailed
6-1, 5-4, then won nine of the last 10 games.
That pattern continued against another
20-year-old, Bouchard. After dropping the
first set, then standing two games from defeat
at 5-all in the second, Sharapova won eight of
the last 10 games.
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Lindgren taken 55th
overall by Yankees
SDN staff
Mississippi State junior left hander Jacob Lindgren was
taken 55th overall by the New York Yankees in Thursday’s
First-Year Player Draft.
The Bay St. Louis native was moved to the bullpen this
season where he was a dominant force and recorded 100
strike outs in 55 1/3 innings pitched.
The junior is expected to take the money and not return
to Starkville for his senior season.
Page 8 • Starkville Daily News • Friday, June 6, 2014
Baseball fixture
Zimmer dies at 83
From Wire Reports
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Don Zim-
mer wasn’t a fixture in baseball forever. It just
seemed that way.
He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the
only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World
Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New
York Yankees’ latest dynasty. And his manager
once was the illustrious Casey Stengel.
For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popu-
lar presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw
often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game
seemed to know him, and love him.
Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay
Rays as a senior adviser when he died Wednes-
day at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin. He
had been in a rehabilitation center since having
seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.
“Great baseball man. A baseball lifer. Was
a mentor to me,” teary-eyed Yankees manager
Joe Girardi said.
Zimmer started out as a minor league in-
fielder in 1949, hitting powerful shots that
earned him the nickname “Popeye.” He went
on to enjoy one of the longest-lasting careers
in baseball history.
Zimmer played on the original New York
Mets, saw his Boston Red Sox beaten by Bucky
Dent’s playoff homer and got tossed to the
ground by Pedro Martinez during a brawl.
Oh, the tales he could tell.
“Zim was around when I first came up. He
was someone that taught me a lot about the
game — he’s been around, he’s pretty much
seen everything,” Jeter said after the Yankees
lost to Oakland 7-4. “His stories, his experi-
With the champion Yankees, Zimmer was
Joe Torre’s right-hand man as the bench coach.
“I hired him as a coach, and he became like
a family member to me. He has certainly been
a terrific credit to the game,” Torre said in a
“The game was his life. And his passing is
going to create a void in my life ... We loved
him. The game of baseball lost a special person
tonight. He was a good man,” he said.
A career .235 hitter in the big leagues, num-
bers could never define all that Zimmer meant
to the game. He had tremendous success, too
— his teams won six World Series rings and
went to the postseason 19 times.
Zimmer’s No. 66 Rays jersey had been
worn recently by longtime Tampa Bay third
base coach Tom Foley in tribute — the team
wanted that, and MLB decided a coach should
wear it.
Foley was crying in the dugout Wednes-
day night during a 5-4 loss to Miami. He later
remembered the Rays going as a team to see
“42,” the movie about Robinson.
“He would talk about it. He had a lot of
stories, a lot of history coming out of him,”
Foley said. “He had a lot to give, a lot to offer
and he did.”
Earlier this season, the Rays hung a banner
in the front of the press box at Tropicana Field
that simply read “ZIM.”
“Today we all lost a national treasure and a
wonderful man,” Rays principal owner Stuart
Sternberg said in a statement.
There was a moment of silence at Dodg-
er Stadium for Zimmer before Los Angeles
played the Chicago White Sox.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball and
the many clubs that ‘Popeye’ served in a dis-
tinguished baseball life, I extend my deepest
condolences to Don’s family, friends and his
many admirers throughout our game,” Com-
missioner Bud Selig said in a statement.
Zimmer’s biggest admirer was his wife
“Soot” — they were married at home plate
during a minor league game in 1951. Two
years later in the minors, Zimmer’s path took
a frightening turn — he was beaned by a fast-
ball and left in a coma, and doctors had to put
metal screws in his head.
Zimmer recovered well enough to wear a
lot of uniforms during his 56 years in the ma-
jors. He played for the Dodgers, Mets, Cubs,
Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators. He
managed San Diego, Boston, Texas and the
“I loved Zim. I loved his passion. He was a
great, great guy. He was a great baseball guy,”
Yankees executive Hank Steinbrenner told The
Associated Press. “Everybody loved him.”
Zimmer hit 91 home runs and had 352
RBIs in 12 seasons. He started Game 7 when
Brooklyn beat the Yankees for the 1955 crown
and was an All-Star in 1961.
The next year, he played under Stengel on
the 1962 expansion Mets, who famously went
“Don’t blame them all on me,” Zimmer
once said. “I got traded after the first 30 days.”
Zimmer was the 1989 NL Manager of the
Year with the Cubs and was at Yankee Stadium
for three perfect games, by Don Larsen in the
1956 World Series and by David Cone and
David Wells in the late 1990s.
“Zim was a great man, and there are no
words to explain what he brought to us and
what he meant to me,” Rays star Evan Longo-
ria said.
“He taught me a lot of things, and those
days of sitting in the dugout with him will be
missed,” he said.
Said Rays pitcher David Price: “Zim was a
very special person to all of us. A very special
person in baseball, period.”
“He always lit everybody’s faces up when-
ever he’d walk in,” he said. “Zim had a passion
for baseball that rubs off on everybody.”
Zimmer is survived by his wife; son Thom-
as, a scout with the San Francisco Giants;
daughter Donna, and four grandchildren.
In this July 14, 2007 file photo, New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, left, talks with Tampa
Bay Devil Rays special advisor Don Zimmer before the start of a baseball game. He passed
away on Wednesday. (Photo by Chris O’Meara, AP file photo)
Astros draft California HS lefty Aiken at No. 1
From Wire Reports
SECAUCUS, N.J. — The Houston Astros had
the No. 1 pick again, and this time, they took a
pitcher polished beyond his years.
California high school left-hander Brady Aiken
was the first selection in the Major League Baseball
draft Thursday night.
“It’s the most advanced high school pitcher I’ve
ever seen in my entire career,” Astros general man-
ager Jeff Luhnow said. “He has command like I’ve
never seen before of his stuff.”
The 17-year-old from San Diego’s Cathedral
Catholic High School is just the third prep pitch-
er to be selected first overall, joining fellow lefties
Brien Taylor (1991, Yankees) and David Clyde
(1973, Rangers).
The Miami Marlins made it the first time high
school pitchers were the top two picks in the draft
when they selected Tyler Kolek, a hard-throwing
right-hander from Shepherd High School in Texas.
The Astros are the first team to select first in
three consecutive drafts, having picked shortstop
Carlos Correa in 2012 and right-hander Mark
Appel last year. Aiken is in line to receive a huge
contract. The allotted slot bonus for the top pick is
nearly $8 million.
“Unbelievable. It’s really a dream come true,”
Aiken said. “This is something that I’ve wanted ever
since I was a young kid. I’m at a loss for words.
This is my dream and it’s finally starting to come
Aiken is also the first high school lefty to be
drafted in the first five picks since Adam Loewen
went fourth overall to Baltimore in 2002. The
UCLA recruit, who compared himself to Clayton
Kershaw and David Price, has terrific control of a
fastball that hits 96-97 mph, a knee-buckling curve
and a tough changeup that sits in the low- to mid-
The 6-foot-5 Kolek has a fastball that sits in the
high-90s and touched 100-102 mph several times,
causing many to compare him to fellow Texas
flamethrowers such as Nolan Ryan, Kerry Wood
and Josh Beckett.
“How do you pass up a guy throwing 100?”
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said after Miami’s
11-6 win at Tampa Bay. “So, I’m happy with the
pick. It’s a big, old, country strong right-hander.”
The Chicago White Sox selected North Caro-
lina State left-hander Carlos Rodon with the
third overall pick. The 6-3, 235-pound junior was
widely regarded as the top college pitcher available
and had been in the mix to go No. 1 overall. He
followed a dominant sophomore year with a solid
but not spectacular junior season.
Indiana slugger Kyle Schwarber went No.
4 overall to the Chicago Cubs as the first posi-
tion player selected. He is a finalist for the Johnny
Bench Award as the best catcher in Division I, al-
though he could move to third base or the outfield
in the pros.
“We’ll let that play out,” Cubs senior vice presi-
dent of scouting and player development Jason
McLeod said.
Nick Gordon, the son of former big league
pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of Dodgers sec-
ond baseman Dee Gordon, went fifth overall to
Minnesota. The Florida high school slick-fielding
shortstop was the first of the seven prospects in
attendance at MLB Network Studios to have his
name called by Commissioner Bud Selig, who is
retiring in January and presiding over the draft for
the final time.
After a few interviews, Gordon breathed a big
sigh of relief and gave his father a huge hug.
“This is a proud moment. It’s hard to describe,”
Tom Gordon said. “I have nothing but pride and
pure joy for my boys.”
Gordon, from Orlando’s Olympia High
School, also has some family bragging rights now:
His father was a sixth-rounder by Kansas City in
1986, while his brother was a fourth-rounder by
Los Angeles in 2008.
“We’re pretty much the same player,” Nick
Gordon said of the brothers. “You know, he’s got
a little bit more speed than I do, I’ve got a little bit
more pop than he does. But, you know, we model
our game after each other.”
A few other players followed in the footsteps of
famous family members. Wichita State first base-
man Casey Gillaspie, the son of former Mississippi
State Bulldog Mark Gillaspie, went 20th overall to
Tampa Bay, 17 spots ahead of where his brother
Conor, the White Sox’s third baseman, was picked
in 2008.
“I can’t really compare myself to him because
he’s in the big leagues,” Casey said. “It was cool
when it happened, but now I’m just ready and fo-
New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a
pitch during the first inning. (Photo by Frank Franklin II, AP)
Tanaka, Yankees tame Athletics 2-1
From Wire Reports
NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka
tamed the highest-scoring team in the ma-
jors and the New York Yankees stopped
a four-game skid, beating Oakland 2-1
Thursday and ending the Athletics’ five-
game winning streak.
Facing the A’s for the first time, Tanaka
(9-1) got an early jolt when John Jaso hom-
ered as the second batter in the game. But
that was the only run Tanaka allowed in
six innings, and he left with an AL-leading
2.02 ERA.
David Robertson worked the ninth for
his 13th save in 15 chances, helped by a
lucky bounce.
Stephen Vogt singled with one out and
pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second.
Alberto Callaspo followed with a hard
grounder that deflected off Robertson’s leg,
and first baseman Mark Teixeira corralled
the carom and flipped to the pitcher cover-
ing the bag for an out. Pinch-hitter Derek
Norris looked at strike three for the final
Brett Gardner hit a leadoff homer in the
third against Drew Pomeranz (5-3) for a
2-1 lead.
Blue Jays 7, Tigers 3
DETROIT — Juan Francisco and Brett
Lawrie hit consecutive home runs in the
sixth inning off Justin Verlander, and the
Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game
sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a victory.
The AL East-leading Blue Jays have
won 19 of 23, including sweeps of defend-
ing champion Boston, AL West-leading
Oakland and AL Central-leading Detroit.
Giants 6, Reds 1
CINCINNATI — Left-hander Madi-
son Bumgarner got his career-high sixth
straight win, and the San Francisco Giants
beat the Reds, taking a series in Cincinnati
for the first time in five years.
San Francisco moved a season-high 18
games over .500 with its 11th win in 14
games. The Giants have the best record in
the majors at 39-21.
Bumgarner (8-3) gave up three hits in
eight innings, including Todd Frazier’s
homer, and retired the last 16 batters he
faced. He’s 6-0 in his last seven starts, the
best such streak of his career.
Nationals 4, Phillies 2
WASHINGTON — Doug Fister kept
himself and his club on a roll, allowing two
runs and four hits over seven innings as the
Washington Nationals capped a sweep of
the Philadelphia Phillies with a victory.
Fister (4-1) struck out five and didn’t
walk any as he won his fourth consecu-
tive start for what’s starting to look like the
tough-act-to-follow rotation expected from
the Nationals this season.
Marlins 11, Rays 6
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — J.T. Real-
muto had three RBIs in his major league
debut, Marcell Ozuna homered and drove
in four runs, and the Miami Marlins hand-
ed Tampa Bay its 10th consecutive loss by
beating the Rays.
Realmuto drove in two runs on his first
big league hit, a fourth-inning single, and
added a sixth-inning RBI single.
Cubs 7, Mets 4
CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo hit a tie-
breaking homer, Travis Wood went deep
and drove in three runs, and the Chicago
Cubs beat the New York Mets to complete
the three-game sweep.
Rizzo’s solo drive off Vic Black (1-1)
with one out in the seventh gave Chicago
a lead after New York’s Andrew Brown
capped a four-run comeback with a two-
run shot in the top half.
Junior Lake added a two-run triple in
the eighth, and the Cubs came away with
their first series sweep since they took three
at San Francisco last July 26-28.
Friday, June 6, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 9
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Follow your sixth sense, and good results
will arise. Your emotions might be the key
to opening up a pal who has been with-
drawn. The effect that you have on this per-
son will make you smile. No wonder you
miss this facet of his or her personality!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
No one can deny your innate resourceful-
ness. Your smile suggests to a friend or an
associate that you will come up with an
appropriate response or solution. Others
would be wise not to cross you right now.
Take a hard look at those who do.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Stay centered and maintain a sense of hu-
mor. You might feel as if you are driving
through the twists and turns of life. You
will emerge feeling successful and full of
energy. Others admire your resilience and
your creativity.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Communication flourishes -- so much so
that you might need to screen your calls.
You will have a job to do or an errand to
run. Dig your heels in, with the full expec-
tation that you will enter the weekend feel-
ing this task was done well.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
You’ll observe others carefully. Hold up a
mirror today, and look at what is happen-
ing in your own life from a detached point
of view. Honestly assess your responses, es-
pecially if you feel as if others are not doing
their share.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Gain strength by taking a walk, potting a
plant or sitting outside. Though you might
need to ground yourself at times, you are a
powerhouse to deal with. An associate still
might try to get you to join his or her way
of thinking.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
If it weren’t Friday, you probably would
consider running away! The more nonreac-
tive you become, the less a difficult situa-
tion will matter. Do not get involved with
any power struggles. Know what you want.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You might prefer to pave your own path
and go it alone. If you look over your
shoulder, you’ll see a group of friends be-
hind you cheering you on. Recognize that
the support of others means a lot to you,
and be sure to acknowledge it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You might zig and zag when trying to find
the right path out of a problem. You have
taken responsibility by looking for the solu-
tion, so be sure to check out all the different
angles. First, look at it from your perspec-
tive, then try to see it from others’ point
of view.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You will be full of new ideas. As you il-
luminate your immediate surroundings
with bright solutions, you will reinforce the
positive attitudes of others. They believe
you can handle it all. Has the time come to
express a little more vulnerability?
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your mind is not focused on the here-and-
now. You could be distracted by an unex-
pected event, or you might be daydreaming
about the weekend. Discipline yourself, and
stop listening to the tom toms of faraway
lands. Your presence counts.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Don’t kid yourself into thinking that others
should be at your beck and call. Separate
your needs from your desires. Ask yourself
whether you would prefer someone who
needs you or someone who wants to be
with you.
by Jacqueline Bigar
1. Each row and column must contain
the numbers 1 through 5 without re-
2. The numbers within the heavily out-
lined 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 opera-
tion indicated.
3. Cages with just one box should be
filled in with the
target number
in the top cor-
ner. A number
can be repeat-
ed 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.
Evidence presented to the House Judiciary Committee by its impeach-
ment inquiry staff Wednesday showed no tie between President Nixon’s
decision to increase dairy price supports and a $2 million campaign
pledge, committee members generally agreed.
After emerging from their 10th day of closed hearings, a majority of the
38 members concluded they heard nothing on three White House tapes
to incriminate Nixon in any wrongdoing associated with the administra-
tion price support decision and a dairy industry pledge in 1971 to contrib-
ute $2 million to his re-election campaign.
Whether Nixon’s decision to raise federal support for dairy products
was made in exchange for the industry pledge is one of the areas the panel
is studying in its impeachment inquiry.
Rep. Wiley Mayne, R-Iowa, said it was a coincidence that the two mat-
ters happened at the same time and that that was “not enough to sustain
an impeachable offense.”
Some Democrats said, however, they still feel free to draw an inference
of a connection between the two actions, especially since Nixon has re-
fused to surrender other materials relating to the matter.
Rep. Hamilton Fish, R-N.Y., pronounced the day Nixon’s best in the
hearings to date. “There was nothing there to get the President on dairy,”
he said.
According to information supplied individually by several members, a
taped conversation on March 23, 1971, between Nixon and seven advis-
ers disclosed that the President directed someone after the decision to
increase price supports was made to “tell Colson.”
Charles W. Colson, a former Nixon aide who pleaded guilty this week
to a charge of obstruction of justice and who will be interviewed by the
impeachment inquiry staff, has been described as a link in the chain of
command allegedly used to inform the dairy industry of the decision at
the same time a reaffirmation of the $2 million pledge was sought.
An earlier staff report said that during the meeting at which the decision
was made, “the political and financial support of dairy interests, as well as
congressional pressure for an increase in support levels, was discussed.”
June 6, 1974
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and Brendan McCurry of Okla-
homa State.
Lindgren was selected to the
All-Southeastern Conference
First Team in May. The Bay St.
Louis native led the Bulldogs
with a 0.81 earned run average.
He had 100 strike outs in 55 1/3
innings pitched along with a 6-1
“Jacob put together one
the best seasons by any relief
pitcher in college baseball this
year,” Mississippi State pitching
coach Butch Thompson said in a
school release. “He is a deserving
candidate both on and off the
field and we are extremely proud
to say he is a Mississippi State
baseball player.”
Lindgren is also a semifinal-
ist for the 2014 Gregg Olson
Award for college baseball’s
breakout player of the year. He
was also a finalists for the C Spire
Ferriss Trophy given to Missis-
sippi’s top college player.
From page 6
She did it by playing aggres-
sively in crunch time, risking
more but also coming through
more. After Bouchard’s abil-
ity to take the ball early helped
her build a 13-8 edge in winners
in the first set, Sharapova had a
25-16 edge in that category over
the last two, celebrating most by
shaking her left fist and crying,
“Come on!”
“She kind of elevated her
game a little bit,” said Boucha-
rd, who had been 9-0 in Grand
Slam matches when winning the
opening set.
This was only Bouchard’s
fifth major tournament, her sec-
ond in a row reaching the semi-
Less than two years ago,
Bouchard was at the junior level,
winning the Wimbledon girls’
“She is literally just scratching
the surface,” said Nick Saviano,
Bouchard’s coach. “She can play
a much, much higher level as she
goes along. She’s going to get
faster. She’s going to get stron-
The 27-year-old Sharapova
already owns a career Grand
Slam, with titles at Wimbledon
in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006,
the Australian Open in 2008,
and the French Open two years
ago. And for someone who used
to have a hard time on clay,
she is 53-4 with six titles on it
since the start of 2012; three of
those losses came against Wil-
liams, including in the 2013
French Open final.
“Sharapova does a good job
of trying to stay in the moment,”
Saviano said. “She’s got a lot of
experience and a lot of fight. And
she’s been around a long time.”
Sharapova put aside various
problems she had Thursday, in-
cluding nine double-faults, two
that wasted set points at 5-3
in the second. She showed ter-
rific defense and court coverage
when it counted most, forcing
Bouchard to hit extra shots.
Most important, at 2-1 in
both the second and third sets,
Bouchard raced to 40-love
leads on her serve, only to have
Sharapova steel herself and wind
up breaking.
“I didn’t feel that I was play-
ing my best,” Sharapova said. “I
fought, I scrambled, and I found
a way to win.”
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