1 What’s the only common English
loanword from Finnish?
2 What radio personality left his “Air
America” radio show in 2007 to run
for the U.S. Senate?
3 Yawning, sneezing, or hiccuping —
according to Japanese superstition,
doing what twice in a row is a sign
that someone is gossiping about you?
4 What play did Agatha Christie write
as an 18th birthday present for
Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother,
Queen Mary?
5 What morbid structure traditionally
has 13 steps?
Answers, 6D
IStorytelling: The Possum Town
Tales Storytelling Festival concludes
with a lunch-and-story event for
“mothers, daughters, sisters and
friends” at the Rosenzweig Arts
Center, 1-3 p.m. Tickets required
($20); call the Columbus Arts
Council first for availability, 662-328-
IChoral Society: The Columbus
Choral Society’s fall concert begins
at 3 p.m., Poindexter Hall,
Mississippi University for Women.
Free. Info: Amy King, 662-328-2836.
ISunday at the Bluff: Pat Arinder
presents, “Hunting Wildlife with a
Camera,” at 2 p.m. at the Plymouth
Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point
Road. Info: 662-241-6214.
ITheatre MSU: Theatre MSU pres-
ents “The Amazing Adventures of
the Marvelous Monkey King” at 2
p.m. in McComas Hall on the MSU
campus. $10 at the door.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
ICountry Store bake sale: Get
baked goods, candies and more at
this annual sale at the S.D. Lee
Home, 316 Seventh St. N., 10 a.m.-
noon. Info: 662-328-8012, 662-327-
ITuesday Tunes: Take a musical
mid-day break with tunes by Lee Ann
Merritt at the grand piano in the
Rosenzweig Arts Center at noon.
Lunch by Zachary’s available; lunch
reservations requested Nov. 19. Info:
Lambert Williams
Second grade, West Lowndes
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Opinions 6,7A
MSU topples
Sports, 1B
No. 8 LSU 41, Ole Miss 35
Auburn 51, Alabama A&M 7
No. 3 Duke 38, Wake Forest 0
No. 4 Alabama 49, W. Carolina 0
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SUNDAY | NOVE MBE R 18, 2012
$ 1 . 2 5 NE WS S TAND / 4 0 ¢ HOME DE L I VE RY
German Smith, son of
Columbus Mayor Robert Smith,
appeared Friday in Lowndes
County Circuit Court for a bond
revocation hearing.
Smith was recently indicted in
federal court for possession of a
weapon by a convicted felon. As a
result of that
charge, his bond
from his 2008 rob-
bery conviction
was revoked.
Represented by
Columbus attor-
ney William
Starks, Smith
requested the hearing to defend
his assertion that he was not
guilty of the possession of a
weapon charge and therefore
did not violate the terms of his
Heavily-tattooed and dressed
in an orange jumpsuit, Smith
appeared in court with a Bible in
his left front pocket Friday.
Before the trial, and during a
brief recess, he continuously
talked with the dozen or so fam-
ily members who were present
to support him.
He pleaded guilty to a burgla-
ry charge in May 2008 and was
sentenced to serve three years
with the Mississippi
Department of Corrections and
five years of post-release super-
On May 28, 2012, he was
arrested by the Mississippi
Highway Patrol during a traffic
A Mississippi state trooper
pulled over a tan Grand Marquis
on Main Street in Columbus for
not having a license plate.
Travis Miller was the driver of
the vehicle. D’Mario Smith (no
relation to German Smith) was
Smith sentenced to five years for parole violation
Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
West Lowndes High School Interim Principal Charles Jackson sits at
his desk Friday afternoon. ABOVE: Students change classes Friday
he criticism was swift and biting — so
much so that several attendees of the
Lowndes County School Board meeting
last week said they inwardly cringed while con-
sultants ripped West Lowndes High School to
Yes, there are problems, district officials
and school administrators admit. The school
has languished on academic watch since the
Mississippi Department of Education imple-
mented its seven-tiered accountability system
in 2008, and this year, under a new “report
card” system, the school received an “F.”
But they weren’t the only school to fail
under the new system. Columbus High
School, West Point High School and East and
West Oktibbeha County high schools all
West Lowndes fights to recover from
“disheartening” state review
Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
Event organiz-
ers seeking
grants for festi-
vals taking place
January through
July of next year
will present their
p r o p o s a l s
Monday to the
C o l u m b u s -
L o w n d e s
Convention and
Visitors Bureau’s
Board of
The new
model is part of
an overhaul of
the board’s festi-
val grant guidelines. Five applications were
received by the deadline, which was Friday
at 4 p.m. The board will vote on funding lev-
els at the December meeting.
“We plan to do the same thing in March
and April for festivals that take place in the
second part of the year,” CVB Executive
Director Nancy Carpenter said. “We sent out
requests to those who have applied before,
and we actually have a new festival that is
seeking grant money. We are very excited
about that.”
Festivals submitted for Monday’s grant
review are Artesia Days, Juneteenth,
Market Street, Crawford Cotton Boll and
Memphis BBQ Network’s National
Invitational Contest.
In August, a festival guidelines commit-
tee voted to place festival funding into two
categories, quality of life events and tourism
“Quality of life events are good for the
neighborhood, and they don’t have to draw
people from a 100-mile radius,” Carpenter
said. “Any amount of the grant money can
be used for entertainment. Only nonprofit
groups may apply for these grants.”
CVB to vote on
first round of
festival funding
See CVB, 3A
festival organizers
to haggle over this.
He’s definitely
drawing the racial
CVB board member
Mark Castleberry
“It is imperative that we learn from our past mistakes ... that may
create the next invasive species catastrophe.”
Excerpt from a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency
from more than 200 scientists concerning a plant that could be
the next kudzu. Story, 10A.
record store owner has
found what he calls “the
holy grail of 78s” in a box of
old albums he picked up for
Jerry Weber said he dis-
covered a copy of the sec-
ond song ever recorded by
Mississippi blues legend
Robert Johnson, “I Believe
I’ll Dust My Broom,” put to
disc two years before
Johnson’s mysterious
death in 1938 at age 27.
The rarity, whose value
Weber pegged at $6,000 to
$12,000, was tucked in a
collection of otherwise
worthless, water-damaged
old platters that sat in a hall-
way at Jerry’s Records for
days before anyone looked
at them.
“I saw one 30 years ago
that was broke,” Weber told
the Pittsburgh Post-
Gazette, “and I saw one that
a friend of mine found and
let me hold before he sold
it. It’s the most expensive
record I’ve ever found, and
it’s in real nice shape.”
Johnson was an itinerant
singer and guitarist from
Hazlehurst, Miss., whose
landmark recordings
would influence a genera-
tion of rock ’n’ roll icons,
including Eric Clapton and
the Rolling Stones. Little is
known about his life and
death. In popular legend,
Johnson sold his soul to the
Devil at a Mississippi Delta
crossroads in return for an
extraordinary ability to
sing and play the blues.
Weber said the “I
Believe I’ll Dust My
Broom” record he found is
in good shape.
Collector John Tefteller,
who specializes in rare
blues and jazz records, esti-
mates there are perhaps 15
to 30 copies of the record in
existence in that condition.
“There’s not a huge mar-
ket for something like
that,” he said. “Yes, it’s rare,
but you could count on
your hands and toes the
number of people who
would buy it for a few thou-
sand dollars.”
Weber doesn’t plan to
sell it, at least not right
away. His son, Willie
Weber, will play it for cus-
tomers at 2 p.m. every
Saturday until the end of
the year at his adjacent
record store.
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Courtesy photo
A Choctaw woman carries a “pack basket” in this 1909 photo published by the Smithsonian Institution’s
Bureau of American Ethnology.
Pa. merchant finds rare
Robert Johnson record
AP photo
The Robert Johnson record
found in Pennsylvania.
think the
were, as a
people, gone
County after
the Indian
treaties of the
1820s and
1830s. That is
not the case,
and the long survival of
Choctaw baskets in the
area tells the story.
The Choctaw made
baskets from woven, split
cane, and the quality of
their baskets is still rec-
ognized by collectors
across the country.
In a 1968 book,
“Pattern in the Material
Folk Culture of the
Eastern United States,”
published by the
University of
Pennsylvania Press,
author Henry Glassie
tells of Choctaw baskets.
They are the only bas-
kets illustrated in the
book. He describes them
as “split cane
baskets (that)
follow the
patterns of
Indians of the
of the early
the Native
American bas-
kets they found. The
Choctaw baskets were
among the most-often
English naturalist
Mark Catesby in 1743
commented on Choctaw
baskets in the second
volume of his “Natural
History of Carolina,
Florida and the Bahama
He wrote: “The bas-
kets made by the more
southern Indians, partic-
ularly the Choctaugas
and Chigasaws, are
exceeding neat and
strong, and is one of
their masterpieces in
mechanicks. These are
made of cane in different
forms and sizes ...”
The baskets were of
all sizes and shapes,
made for every use imag-
inable. Because of their
strength, function and
beauty, they also became
popular with the Euro-
American settlers in
Mississippi and Alabama.
The cane for the bas-
kets was cut in the
swamps or along creeks.
It was then split, soaked
in water to make it pli-
able, and dyed yellow,
red or black. The yellow
dye was produced by
pounding, and then boil-
ing in water, the roots of
the yellow dock. Black
(or dark brown) dye was
made from the bark of
the black walnut tree.
Red was made from the
bark of the wild peach or
red oak tree.
Choctaw women wove
the cane into either a sin-
gle or double-weave bas-
The base color was
yellowish, with the slick
exterior of the cane strips
showing on the basket’s
exterior. Designs were
created by using the
darker colors with the
rough interior of the cane
strips showing on the
exterior of the basket.
The reason for the differ-
ent cane usage was said
to be that the rough tex-
ture of the cane’s interior
showed and retained the
color of the darker dye
Though Choctaws still
make and sell baskets,
the modern dyes that are
often used just don’t have
the mellow beauty of the
old, natural dyes.
After all this, you are
probably wondering what
this has to do with the
survival of Choctaw tradi-
tions in the more recent
past of the Golden
John Bailey Hardy Sr.
once told me that until
World War I, he recalled
groups of Choctaws peri-
odically coming to his
family’s farm and asking
permission to temporari-
ly camp. While there, the
men hunted and helped
with work on the farm.
He recalled how they all
wore brightly colored
clothes. The women
made baskets from split
cane and traded them for
chickens they could
Hardy said he did not
remember seeing
Choctaws pass through
after World War I. His
farm was in southern
Lowndes County north-
east of Brooksville.
Years ago, in the attic
of my great aunt’s house
in Columbus, I found an
old Choctaw basket. It
was not a tourist-trade
basket but a well-made,
reinforced work basket.
It had probably been
traded by a Choctaw for
some item on the family
farm around 1900. I also
recall seeing another old
Choctaw basket in an old
house in West Point. It,
too, was a well-made bas-
ket that was functional,
not decorative, and had
been in that family for
several generations.
Sometimes in local
antique shops you can
run across Choctaw bas-
kets. Once you have seen
both new ones made for
decorative use and the
old ones made for heavy
use, it is relatively easy to
tell the difference.
Sometimes, on the old
baskets, the four corners
of the bottom are worn
or rotted off. Several
years ago, an anthropolo-
gist told me that such
rotten or damaged cor-
ners usually are a result
of either heavy use or
long exposure on a dirt
Family groups of
Choctaws continued to
travel about the Golden
Triangle area setting up
temporary camps, hunt-
ing or working on farms
and trading baskets until
about 1917.
The story of Choctaws
living here into the 20th
century, in a mostly tradi-
tional lifestyle, is told by
the baskets they made
and traded to area fami-
Rufus Ward is a local
historian. Email your
questions about local his-
tory to him at rufushisto-
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Baskets hold story of early Choctaws
Rufus Ward
Courtesy photo
A late 1800s or early 1900s Choctaw basket, made
for heavy use, was found in the attic of a Victorian
house in Columbus.

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The Associated Press
the top enforcers of the nation’s
civil rights laws said Friday gov-
ernment should be responsible
for automatically registering cit-
izens to vote by using existing
databases to compile lists of all
eligible residents in each juris-
The proposal by Assistant
Attorney General Thomas
Perez, chief of the Justice
Department’s civil rights divi-
sion, follows an election with
breakdowns that forced voters
in many states to wait in line for
In remarks at George
Washington University law
school, Perez said census data
shows that of 75 million adult
citizens who failed to vote in the
2008 presidential election, 60
million were not registered and
therefore ineligible to cast a bal-
Perez says one of the biggest
barriers to voting in this coun-
try is an antiquated registration
President Barack Obama has
said the problem must be dealt
with and “we in the Justice
Department ... have already
begun discussing ways to
address long lines and other
election administration prob-
lems, whether through pro-
posed legislation, executive
action and other policy meas-
ures,” Perez said in prepared
remarks. He welcomed his audi-
ence to contribute suggestions.
“For too many people in our
democracy, the act of voting
has become an endurance con-
test,” said Perez. “I used to run
marathons; you should not feel
like you have endured a
marathon when you vote.”
Perez said the current reg-
istration system is needlessly
complex and forces state and
local of ficials to manually
process a crush of new regis-
trations, most handwritten,
ever y election season. This
leaves “the system riddled
with errors, too often, creating
chaos at the polls,” Perez said.
“That’s exactly what we saw at
a number of polling places on
Election Day last week.”
“Fortunately, modern tech-
nology provides a straightfor-
ward fix for these problems —
if we have the political will to
bring our election systems into
the 21st century,” Perez said.
“It should be the government’s
responsibility to automatically
register citizens to vote, by
compiling — from databases
that already exist — a list of all
eligible residents in each juris-
diction. Of course, these lists
would be used solely to admin-
ister elections — and would
protect essential privacy
rights.” He did not say which
level of government should be
responsible for implementing
such changes.
Perez said the nation also
must address the problem that
1 in 9 Americans moves every
year, but voter registration
often does not move with peo-
ple who move.
Election of ficials should
work together to establish a
program of “permanent,
portable registration so that
voters who move can vote at
their new polling place on
Election Day,” Perez said. In
the meantime, he said states
should implement fail-safe pro-
cedures to correct voter-roll
errors and omissions by allow-
ing every voter to cast a regu-
lar, nonprovisional ballot on
Election Day.
Perez supported allowing
voters to register and cast
their ballots on the same day.
He called same-day registra-
tion “a reform we should be
considering seriously”
because it would promote
voter participation.
Justice official: Register voters automatically
Emergency personnel tend
Jacques Mullen, 29, who
was struck by a truck
while riding his bicycle
Friday afternoon on Main
Street. Columbus Police
Department Public
Information Officer Glenda
Buckhalter said Mullen
failed to yield to Richard
Johnson, who was driving
a 2007 Chevrolet C-1500
and pulling a trailer on
Eighth Street. Mullen told
police his bicycle’s brakes
failed. He was taken to
Baptist Memorial Hospital-
Golden Triangle, where he
was treated and released.
Continued from Page 1A
sitting in the back seat and
German Smith was sitting
in the front passenger seat.
The trooper testified in
court Friday that when he
approached the vehicle, he
saw German Smith lean to
the left. As the trooper
approached the vehicle’s
passenger side, he saw a
clip to a Hi-Point .40 caliber
handgun sitting on German
Smith’s lap.
He ordered the three
men to get out of the vehicle
and handcuffed Travis
Miller and D’Mario Smith
while he radioed for back-
The trooper testified that
he only had two sets of
handcuffs with him at the
time and, having dealt with
German Smith on prior inci-
dents, did not feel threat-
ened by him.
When Miller was ques-
tioned, he admitted there
was a Smith & Wesson .40
caliber handgun in the
glove compartment. But the
clip in German Smith’s lap
did not fit the Smith &
Wesson, leading the trooper
to believe another gun was
inside the vehicle.
An officer with the
Columbus Police
Department arrived on the
scene, shined a flashlight
inside the vehicle and saw
the handle of a gun sticking
out near the passenger
The trooper testified that
the gun, a Hi-Point .40 cal-
iber matching the clip on
German Smith’s lap, was
wedged between the seat
and the console and would
have been directly under
German Smith’s left knee.
The gun was not regis-
tered, but investigators
determined it was pur-
chased by German Smith’s
identical twin, Sherman
Smith, approximately two
months before the May inci-
When questioned on the
scene about the owner of
the gun, German Smith
reportedly told the trooper,
“God must have put it
Both Travis Miller and
Sherman Smith testified on
German Smith’s behalf.
German Smith was
found guilty of violating his
parole by possession of a
weapon by a felon.
His bond from the May
2008 robbery was revoked,
and he was sentenced to
serve five years with
Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff
Continued from Page 1A
Quality of life events
can be funded up to $8,000
and tourism events can be
funded up to $12,000 with
a majority vote by the
Tourism events, accord-
ing to the revised guide-
lines, must be at least a
two-day event with a signif-
icant economic impact on
the area. A quarter of the
grant must be spent on
advertising and promotion
to those who live more
than 100 miles from
Columbus, and in-kind
expenses can count
toward the total. A maxi-
mum of 25 percent of the
grant can be used for
Only nonprofit organi-
zations registered with the
Mississippi Secretary of
State’s office, or govern-
mental organizations, may
apply for a tourism event
The grant money is dis-
tributed in two incre-
ments. The first round is
given with board approval
after the application has
been processed. The sec-
ond round is given after
the event has taken place
and the board has voted to
accept a clearance report
from the festival organizer.
The guidelines also
state the board’s wishes
when it comes to cash
“Cash payments and
receipts are not reim-
bursable,” the guidelines
state. “This document is
mandatory for considera-
tion of future funding and
any remaining grant pay-
ment. The use of CVB
forms is mandatory.”
The new guidelines
have been met with criti-
cism by some festival
organizers, including
District 5 Supervisor and
Juneteenth organizer
Leroy Brooks, who
declined to be inter-
“I don’t know why elect-
ed officials fight to retain
cash or lack of reporting
— by far they are the most
vocal,” board member
Mark Castleberry said.
“Leroy leads that. He can
definitely be singled out.
He always brings black
festival organizers to hag-
gle over this. He’s definite-
ly drawing the racial lines.
He’s also threatened not to
support any more of my
economic development
projects. I think elected
officials who appoint mem-
bers to this board and
receive grant money is an
ethics question.”
Festival grant awards
have also become an
expensive business for the
CVB. Carpenter said the
grant budget has
increased from $90,000 in
2010 to $130,000 for 2013,
even with the previous fes-
tival cap of $15,000 that
was implemented in 2012.
“We went over budget
in 2010 and again in 2011
because of the Legends
Concert,” Carpenter said.
“We were over budget
$56,000 in 2011 but only
$6,500 in 2012.”
Carpenter said she will
recommend the board
award the second round of
funding for the Seventh
Avenue Heritage Festival,
Artesia Days and
Crawford Cotton Boll dur-
ing Monday’s meeting,
which begins at 4 p.m.
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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard
on Saturday evening called off its search
for two workers missing after a fire broke
out on an oil platform in the Gulf of
Mexico, sending an ominous black plume
of smoke into the air reminiscent of the
2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that
transformed the oil industry and life
along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash told
The Associated Press that the search was
ended at about 5:25 p.m. CST.
Coast Guard officials said in a news
release Saturday that helicopters were
searching for the missing workers from
the air, while a cutter searched the sea.
The blaze, which started Friday while
workers were using a torch to cut an oil
line, severely burned at least four work-
ers. Their burns were not as extensive as
initially reported, said Leslie Hoffman, a
spokeswoman for Black Elk Energy,
which owned the platform.
Of ficials at Baton Rouge General
Medical Center said Saturday that two
men remained in critical condition, while
two men remained in serious condition.
All four, who are being treated in a burn
unit, are employees of oilfield contractor
Grand Isle Shipyard and are from the
Philippines. The hospital said it and
Grand Isle Shipyard are trying to reach
the men’s families in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, officials said no oil was
leaking from the charred platform, a
relief for Gulf Coast residents still weary
two years after the BP oil spill illustrated
the risk that offshore drilling poses to the
region’s ecosystem and economy.
It’s unclear whether the missing men
worked for a contractor. Grand Isle
Shipyard employed 14 of the 22 workers
on the platform at the time of the incident,
WWL-TV in New Orleans reported. A
man who answered the phone at the com-
pany’s Galliano, La., office on Saturday
said no one was available to comment.
The images Friday were eerily similar
to the Deepwater Horizon blaze that
killed 11 workers and led to an oil spill
that took months to bring under control.
The fire came a day after BP PLC agreed
to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the
2010 spill and pay a record $4.5 billion in
There were a few important differ-
ences between this latest blaze and the
one that touched off the worst offshore
spill in U.S. history: Friday’s fire at an oil
platform about 25 miles (40 kilometers)
southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, was
put out within hours, while the
Deepwater Horizon burned for more than
a day, collapsed and sank.
The site of Friday’s blaze is a produc-
tion platform in shallow water, rather than
an exploratory drilling rig like the
Deepwater Horizon looking for new oil on
the seafloor almost a mile (1.6 kilome-
ters) deep.
Search ends for 2 after oil rig fire
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
In this aerial photograph, a supply ves-
sel moves near an oil rig damaged by
an explosion and fire Friday in the Gulf
of Mexico, about 25 miles southeast of
Grand Isle, La.
— A south-
w e s t
Mi s s o u r i
man who
c o n f e s s e d
this week to
plotting to
shoot up a “Twilight” show-
ing and a Walmart store was
detained in 2009 after threat-
ening a store clerk, police
said Saturday.
Bolivar Police Chief
Steve Hamilton said
Saturday that Blaec
Lammers, 20, of Bolivar, fol-
lowed a female clerk around
a Walmart store in 2009,
threatening her. He wasn’t
charged, but was committed
for 96 hours for a mental
health examination.
Lammers, whose own moth-
er turned him in Thursday,
faces three felony charges
in the alleged shooting plot.
In Missouri, hospitals,
law enforcement officials
and private citizens can
request a person be held
against their will for up to 96
hours if he or she appears to
be a threat to themselves or
“It looks like everything
was done appropriately at
that time,” Hamilton said.
“The average person will
look at it and say ‘Why was
he not charged criminally?’
And the reality is the law
only allows so much when a
person is having some men-
tal issues.”
Lammers was charged
Friday with first-degree
assault, making a terroristic
threat and armed criminal
action. He is jailed in Polk
County on $500,000 bond.
Those charges focus on the
alleged Walmart plot.
Polk County prosecutor
Ken Ashlock said Friday
that his office would file a
motion asking for a mental
exam of Lammers.
Phone messages left by
The Associated Press at
Lammers’ home weren’t
returned Friday or
Saturday. No attorney is list-
ed for him in online court
The investigation into
the shooting plot began
Thursday, when Lammers’
mother contacted authori-
ties, saying she worried that
her son “may have inten-
tions of shooting people”
during the opening week-
end for the final film in the
popular vampire series,
police wrote in the probable
cause statement.
She said her son recently
had purchased weapons —
two assault rifles and hun-
dreds of bullets — that were
similar to those used by a
gunman who opened fire
inside a theater in Aurora,
Colo., during the latest
Batman movie in July. That
attack killed 12 people.
Police wrote in the prob-
able cause statement that
Lammers was “off of his
Hamilton said Saturday
he didn’t have details about
Lammers’ mental condition,
although he said Friday that
Lammers was under a doc-
tor’s care.
Lammers was ques-
tioned Thursday afternoon
and told authorities he
bought tickets to a Sunday
“Twilight” screening in
Bolivar and planned to
shoot people inside. The
town of roughly 10,000 peo-
ple is about 130 miles south-
east of Kansas City.
According to the proba-
ble cause statement,
Lammers also said he
planned to “just start shoot-
ing people at random” at a
Walmart store less than a
mile away. He said he’d pur-
chased two assault rifles and
400 rounds of ammunition,
and if he ran out of bullets,
he would “just break the
glass where the ammunition
is being stored and get
some more and keep shoot-
ing until police arrived,”
investigators wrote.
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Smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Saturday.
ONE — The White House
on Saturday defended
Israel’s right to defend itself
against attack and decide
how to respond to rocket fire
from the Gaza Strip, blaming
the ruling Islamic militant
Hamas group for starting
the conflict.
Obama and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu are in agreement
that a de-escalation of the
violence is preferred, provid-
ed that Hamas stops send-
ing rocket into Israel, deputy
national security adviser
Ben Rhodes told reporters
during the president’s flight
on Air Force One to Asia.
Israel launched the offen-
sive on Wednesday by assas-
sinating Hamas’ military
commander, but Rhodes
said the U.S. believes “the
precipitating factor for the
conflict was the rocket fire
coming out of Gaza. We
believe Israel has a right to
defend itself, and they’ll
make their own decisions
about the tactics they use in
that regard.”
He added, “These rock-
ets have been fired into
Israeli civilian areas and ter-
ritory for some time now. So
Israelis have endured far too
much of a threat from these
rockets for far too long.”
White House: Israel has right to defend itself
QUITO, Ecuador — The demand
of dozens of citizens has been denied
in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil:
There will be no jackass running for
the legislature.
At least 40 people paraded their
candidate through the city’s streets to
the electoral council of fices. Mr.
Donkey even wore a tie. But officials
refused to let them in the door on
Thursday, though backers had dum-
mied up a mock voter registration
card showing the candidate’s photo
superimposed on a man wearing a
business suit.
Donkey backer Daniel Molina told
local television stations the goal was
to call voters’ attention to the serious-
ness of the February election, not to
insult any party.
Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate
AP Photo/Diario Expreso
People lead a donkey named “Mr. Donkey”
to the National Electoral Council in hopes
of registering him to run for a seat on the
National Assembly in Guayaquil, Ecuador,
Thursday. Daniel Molina, leader of the Mr.
Donkey support group, said his group's
goal was to raise awareness among voters
about the seriousness of the National
Assembly elections and the importance of
choosing effective candidates.

It was admittedly heavy-handed of Mississippi
House Speaker Philip Gunn to boot Rep. Linda
Whittington, D-Schlater, off that chamber’s
Education Committee.
Although Gunn called her reassignment to the
vice chairmanship of the Senate Tourism Committee
a “promotion of sorts,” it’s not hard to see what’s
going on.
One of the top priorities of Gunn and the
Republican leadership is to get a “real” charter
school law in place during the 2013 legislative ses-
sion, instead of the imposter that’s presently on the
Whittington was a major obstacle to that effort
during the 2012 session. She helped orchestrate the
bipartisan opposition that narrowly killed a bill to
strengthen the charter school law, sometimes by as
little as one-vote margins.
She is being replaced on the Education
Committee by a Republican who supports fashioning
a charter school law that might actually result in
some charter schools being created.
With all that said, and in all due respect to
Whittington, she has been on the wrong side of this
issue, not just politically but educationally.
The public is tired of the repeated failure of too
many schools in this state - including a number of
those in Whittington’s own Delta-dominated district -
to educate their students. It wants a publicly funded
alternative for families that can’t afford private edu-
According to a report this week from the National
Alliance for Public Schools, enrollment in charter
schools nationwide increased by 200,000 students
last year and now tops 2 million. Mississippi is years
behind the trend with no charter schools.
That’s because Whittington and some of her clos-
est Democratic colleagues, most notably former
Education Chairman Cecil Brown, have gutted past
efforts. They passed a meaningless charter school
law in 2010 that first made it unlikely that one would
ever be created under its rules; and even if propo-
nents could overcome all the obstacles, they would
have limited autonomy to innovate, which is the hall-
mark of successful charter schools.
Gunn and the Republican leadership want to fix
that. More power to them. Whittington had become
a major impediment to that needed reform. She got
moved out of the way.
That may be hardball politics, but when you’re
swimming against the tide of public opinion, some-
times you get swamped.
Gunn, meanwhile, needs to work on his argument
on the need for a meaningful charter school law in
Mississippi. He recently said, “You get to pick what
doctor you want to go to. You get to pick the
mechanic. You get to pick the dry cleaners. You get
to pick your church. But yet we tell our children,
’You’ve got to go to this particular school, and if that
school doesn’t provide what you need, you have no
other choice.’ ”
That’s comparing apples and oranges. Almost all
of these other decisions Gunn cites as parallels to
education options are not funded by taxpayers, as
public schools are. In the only area where some con-
sumers receive public funding - health care for
Medicare and Medicaid recipients - choice is limited.
The patient is restricted to doctors who accept the
government-funded insurance.
Enterprise Journal, McComb
I love the catalog
covers with yellow
dogs marching
through the woods
with their Marlboro
Man owners, a
Christmas tree in tow.
The catalogs have
begun to build their
annual hill on my din-
ing-room table, and,
yes, I know I should
take the trouble to
save a tree and get off
some mailing lists.
But my glossy wish
books go from here to
my friend Barbara’s
house, then to her
cousin’s home, then
who knows where
else, so they are “recy-
cled” in a sense. None
of us order anything
much. We get ideas.
Barbara actually fol-
lows through on some
of them.
I mostly like to see
these visions of sugar plums and
know that even for really rich
folks – people for whom money is
no object, who order from Neiman
Marcus, not the Vermont Country
Store – the simple joys are hard to
beat. Yellow dogs. Cutting your
own Christmas tree. Tramping
through the woods on a snowy
day. Antique, if you will, joys.
Madison Avenue never sold
anything with a photograph of a
man online studying
his stocks. Or a
woman staring at her
telephone and the
Dow Jones.
I am thankful in
this special season of
thanks for verities,
things that do not
come and go with the
wind and fashion, but
endure. A friend’s loy-
alty. An old dog’s
snore. A letter written
on paper that comes in
the mail. A book with
real pages.
I’m thankful that
there are still a few
folks around who’d
rather have a real con-
versation than a
Facebook exchange,
that not all telephones
take photographs, that
a hard-copy newspaper
remains available for a
few hard cases.
Speaking of technol-
ogy and my Luddite ways, a friend
emailed me – ironies abound –
this Albert Einstein quote: “It has
become appallingly obvious that
our technology has exceeded our
Imagine what Einstein would
think of us now.
This is about thanks, however,
not “advances” that I consider to
be without appeal. Is it my fault
that for some reason I prefer
small, chunky TVs, black-and-
white photos, porches with
screens, cars with keys and stoves
with three-dimensional burners?
I’m thankful that all of the above,
to some extent, still exist. Let
freedom ring.
Speaking of which, I am thank-
ful the presidential election is
over and done, and that health
care for all our citizens remains a
possibility. I’m grateful for old
newsman Bob Schief fer, who
clings to the quaint notion of
reporting the news reasonably
straight. If I want commentary,
however, I’m thankful for Rachel
Maddow, who with brains and
charm has been given dominion
over some male cohorts, and who
is openly liberal. Another quaint
I am most grateful to be alive
in this whiz-bang age of Tweets
and Twitters, but to have the per-
spective of age and to know that
the more things change, the more
they stay the same. I remember
the eight-track tapes, good for
goodness sake and stereo speak-
ers the size of small condos. I
have learned this much in life:
Don’t get too attached to anything
with a knob; it will, sooner or
later, be replaced, eclipsed,
declared obsolete.
I’m thankful to share that wee
bit of insight with youth.
Rheta Grimsley Johnson, a
nationally syndicated columnist,
lives near Iuka.
A rose to Beverly
Norris of the
Columbus Arts
Council for her role
in organizing the
Possum Town Tales storytelling
festival, which began Thursday
and ends today. The trio of
accomplished award-winning
storytellers — Sheila Kay
Adams of North Carolina, Len
Cabral of Rhode Island and
Dolores Hydock of Alabama —
as well as local yarn spinners
Brenda Pritchett and Edwina
Williams, captivated audiences
with their variety of colorful
and compelling tales. Roses also
to CAC Executive Director Tina
Sweeten, the organization’s
board, staff and sponsors for
bringing this significant art
form to the Golden Triangle for
the first time. Storytellers not
only entertain, but they present
life lessons in ways that force
us to think for ourselves.
Stories also inspire us to read
and imagine and use the cre-
ativity locked away in our minds
and hearts. It is a message that
is especially important to our
children and the Columbus Arts
Council deserves kudos for
organizing this event. Let’s
make it a tradition, shall we?
A rose to Mike
Hainsey, executive
director of the
Golden Triangle
Regional Airport.
We were reminded of Hainsey’s
contributions to our community
during his Tuesday visit to the
Columbus Rotary Club.
Hainsey’s report on the state of
the airport confirms that
Hainsey’s leadership continues
to produce great dividends. If
ever there were a list of “What
Our Community Does Right,”
the airport would certainly rank
high on the list. Without ques-
tion, much of that credit goes to
the tireless work and innovation
of the airport’s director.
A thorn to Silicor
Materials, which
admitted this week
that they will not
meet their Dec. 31
deadline to begin phase one of
the construction process for a
highly-touted silicon metal pro-
duction and purification facility
to be built on 258 acres of land
east of Industrial Park Road,
directly behind Mitchell Beer
Since September 2011, when
the company chose Lowndes
County for the project — which
promised 951 jobs and an influx
of more than 1,000 construction
workers — the only thing
Silicor has done consistently is
miss deadlines.
Now, it appears, patience is
at its end. Columbus-Lowndes
Development Link CEO Joe
Max Higgins will report to the
Lowndes County Board of
Supervisors Dec. 3 and give his
recommendation on the course
of action that should be taken.
No word yet on what that rec-
ommendation will be, but they
would be within their rights to
cut ties with the company.
A rose to the
Columbus High
School Frontline
Show Choir for their
outstanding per-
formance at the Columbus
Municipal School District’s
board meeting Thursday night
and earlier this week at a
statewide dropout prevention
conference in Jackson. The pro-
gram, “Believe in Yourself,”
deserves accolades for its pitch-
perfect melodies, costumes and
choreographer, too. It is cus-
tomary to throw bouquets onto
the stage after an outstanding
performance. So we shower the
choir with literary blooms for a
job well done.
A rose of congrat-
ulations to Gill
Harris, who has
been inducted into
the Metal
Construction Hall of Fame, for
his pioneering use of computers
in building design. At Ceco,
where he has worked for 35
years, Harris and coworkers
developed pioneering computer
programs to automate engineer-
ing and drafting processes.
Though well known in the
metal building industry, Harris
is best known locally as a musi-
cian and conductor of Gill
Harris’ Big Band Theory.
Harris is one of eight inaugural
inductees into this newly estab-
lished institution.
Congratulations, Gill.
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Wrong side of
charter effort
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Jazmine Tracy, 9, listens to Dolores Hydock during a storytelling workshop Saturday at the Rosenzweig Art
Center in Columbus. Jazmine's parents are James and Rachel Tracy from Columbus.
Thankful for things that don’t change
Rheta Johnson
I have learned this
much in life: Don’t
get too attached
to anything with a
knob; it will, soon-
er or later, be
replaced, eclipsed,
declared obsolete.

America, you are an
You are a moocher, a
zombie, soulless,
mouth-breathing, igno-
rant, greedy, self-indul-
gent, envious, shallow
and lazy.
The foregoing is a
summation of "analysis"
from conservative pun-
dits and media figures --
Cal Thomas, Ted
Nugent, Bill O'Reilly
and etcetera -- seeking
to explain Mitt
Romney's emphatic
defeat. They seem to
have settled on a strate-
gy of blaming the vot-
ers for not being smart
enough or good
enough to vote as they
should have. Because
America wasn't smart
enough or good
enough, say these con-
servatives, it shredded
the constitution, bear
hugged chaos, French
kissed socialism, and
In other words, the apocalypse is coming.
Granted, such thinking does not represent
the totality of conservative response to the elec-
tion. The reliably sensible columnist Kathleen
Parker offered a, well . . . reliably sensible take
on what's wrong with the Republican Party.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke thoughtfully
to Politico about how conservatism must change
to meet the challenges of the future.
Unfortunately, for every Parker or Jindal,
there is a Donald Trump urging revolution or a
petition drive advocating secession from the
Union. And just when you think you've heard it
all, just when you think you could not possibly
be more astonished at how panic-stricken and
estranged from reality much of the political right
now is, there comes word of Henry Hamilton’s
He was the 64-year-old owner of a tanning
salon in Key West, Fla. As recently reported in
The Miami Herald, he was found dead two days
after the election with empty prescription bottles
next to him, one for a drug to treat anxiety,
another for a drug to treat schizophrenia.
Hamilton, according to his partner, Michael
Cossey, was stressed about his business and had
said that if President Obama were re-elected,
“I’m not going to be around.” Police found his
will, upon which was scrawled “F--- Obama.”
Sometimes, they act -- the Hannitys, the
O'Reillys, the Trumps, the Limbaughs, the
whole conservative political infotainment com-
plex -- as if this were all a game, as if their non-
stop litany of half truths, untruths and fear mon-
gering, their echo chamber of studied outrage,
practiced panic, intellectual incoherence and
unadulterated equine feculence, had no human
consequences. Sometimes, they behave as if it
were morally permissible -- indeed, morally
required -- to say whatever asinine, indefensible,
coarse or outrageous thing comes to mind in the
name of defeating or diminishing the dreaded
left. And never mind that vulnerable people
might hear this and shape their beliefs accord-
Did the conservative political infotainment
complex kill Henry Hamilton? No.
But were they the water in which he swam, a
Greek chorus echoing and magnifying the out-
sized panic that troubled his unwell mind? It
seems quite likely.
One hopes, without any real expectation, that
Hamilton’s death will give pause to the flame
throwers on the right. One hopes, without any
real expectation, that somebody will feel a
twinge of conscience. Or shame.
But that will not happen.
Because, what you see here is not the behav-
ior of calculating showmen who don't believe
half the garbage they say. If it were, we might
have hope.
But these, I have come to believe, are not
showmen. They are zealots. They do believe half
the garbage they say, and they have micro-
phones to say it with. That is infinitely more
So one can only hope, with slightly more
expectation, that the GOP will finally disenthrall
itself from this ongoing affront to decency and
intelligence and thereby render it moot.
Until it does, we can only absorb the impact
of these regularly scheduled meltdowns. And
pity the likes of Henry Hamilton.
For him, the apocalypse already came.
Leonard Pitts is a columnist for the Miami
Herald. His e-mail address is lpitts@miamiher-
There can be
unseemly exposure of
the mind as well as of
the body, as the pro-
gressive mind is
exposed in the
Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau
(CFPB), a creature of
the labyrinthine Dodd-
Frank legislation.
Judicial dismantling of
the CFPB would
affirm the rule of law
and Congress’s consti-
tutional role.
The CFPB’s direc-
tor, Richard Cordray,
was installed by one of
Barack Obama’s spuri-
ous recess appoint-
ments when the
Senate was not in
recess. Vitiating the
Senate’s power to
advise and consent to
presidential appoint-
ments is congruent
with the CFPB’s gen-
eral lawlessness.
The CFPB nullifies
Congress’s power to
use the power of the
purse to control
bureaucracies because
its funding – “deter-
mined by the director”
comes not from con-
gressional appropria-
tions but from the
Federal Reserve.
Untethered from all
three branches of gov-
ernment, unlike anything created
since 1789, the CFPB is uniquely
sovereign: The president
appoints the director for a five-
year term – he can stay indefi-
nitely, if no successor is con-
firmed – and the director can be
removed, but not for policy rea-
One CFPB request for $94 mil-
lion in Federal Reserve funds
was made on a single sheet of
paper. Its 2012 budget estimated
$130 million for – this is the full
explanation – “other services.” So
it has been hiring promiscuously
and paying its hires lavishly: As
of three months ago, approxi-
mately 60 percent of its then 958
employees were making more
than $100,000 a year. Five per-
cent were making $200,000 or
more. (A Cabinet sec-
retary makes
The CFPB’s mis-
sion is to prevent
practices it is empow-
ered to “declare” are
“unfair, deceptive, or
abusive.” Law is sup-
posed to give people
due notice of what is
proscribed or pre-
scribed, and devel-
oped law does so con-
cerning “unfair” and
“deceptive” practices.
Not so, “abusive.”
The term, Cordray
concedes, is “a little
bit of a puzzle. An
“abusive” practice
may not be unfair or
deceptive yet
nonetheless may be
illegal. It is illegal, the
law says, if it “inter-
feres with” a con-
sumer’s ability to
“understand” a finan-
cial product, or takes
“unreasonable” advan-
tage of a consumer’s
lack of understanding,
or exploits “the inabil-
ity of the consumer to
protect” his or her
interests regarding a
financial product.
This fog of indetermi-
nate liabilities is caus-
ing some banks to
exit the consumer
mortgage business.
C. Boyden Gray and Adam J.
White, lawyers representing a
community bank challenging the
constitutionality of the CFPB’s
“formation and operation,” note
in the Weekly Standard: “By writ-
ing new law through case-by-case
enforcement, and by asserting
‘exception authority’ to effectively
rewrite statutes, the CFPB is sub-
stantially increasing bankers’
compliance costs. The absence of
clear, simple, up-front rules will
force banks to hire ever more
lawyers and regulatory compli-
ance officers to keep up with
changing laws – an outcome that
inherently favors big banks over
smaller ones.” This exacerbates
the favoritism inherent in the
substantial implicit subsidy
Dodd-Frank confers on some
banks by designating “systemi-
cally important financial institu-
tions that are “too big to fail.
Even worse, say Gray and
White (in their complaint for the
community bank), Dodd-Frank
“delegates effectively unbounded
power to the CFPB, and couples
that power with provisions insu-
lating CFPB against meaningful
checks” by the other branches of
government. This nullifies the
checks and balances of the sys-
tem of separation of powers.
Courts are too reluctant to
restrict Congress’s power to dele-
gate quasi-legislative powers, but
the CFPB is an especially gross
violation of the Constitution’s
Article I, Section 1: “All legisla-
tive powers herein granted shall
be vested” in Congress. By creat-
ing a CFPB that floats above the
Constitution’s tripartite design of
government, Congress did not
merely degrade itself, it injured
all Americans.
Like the Independent Payment
Advisory Board, Obamacare’s
health-care rationing panel, the
CFPB embodies progressivism’s
authoritarianism r emoving
much policymaking from elected
representatives and entrusting it
to unaccountable “experts” exer-
cising an unfettered discretion
incompatible with the rule of law.
Similarly, when Obama allows
states to waive work require-
ments that the 1996 welfare
reform law explicitly made non-
waivable, he evades the
Constitution’s provision confer-
ring a conditional presidential
veto power ignoring the law
becomes preferable to a veto
Congress can override. And the
waivers make a mockery of the
Constitution enjoining the presi-
dent to “take care that the laws
be faithfully executed.”
Philander Knox should be the
Obama administration’s patron
saint. When Theodore Roosevelt
asked Attorney General Knox to
concoct a defense for American
behavior in acquiring the Panama
Canal Zone, Knox replied: “Oh,
Mr. President, do not let so great
an achievement suffer from any
taint of legality.”
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column on politics and domestic
af fairs. His email address is
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every Parker or
Jindal, there is a
Donald Trump urg-
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petition drive
advocating seces-
sion from the
When Theodore
Roosevelt asked
Attorney General
Knox to concoct a
defense for
American behavior
in acquiring the
Panama Canal
Zone, Knox
replied: “Oh, Mr.
President, do not
let so great an
suffer from any
taint of legality.”
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zealots with
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received “F’s.”
It’s a moot point for a
staff and student body still
reeling from the public
review — billed as a
“three-day snapshot” —
by MDE-hired independ-
ent consultant Dr. Velma
Jenkins and Lillia Jones,
from MDE’s Office of
School Improvement.
Now, as they look to the
future, they’re examining
what they do well, where
they need to improve and
how their strengths and
weaknesses fit into the
overall mix.
They walked into the
school year knowing they
had a lot of work to do.
They didn’t realize they
would be fighting to rise
with a proverbial albatross
around their necks.
A blow to morale
A chief sticking point
for the consultants was a
lack of “functional” leader-
The school’s leadership
has been in a state of flux
since the July retirement
of former principal Cliff
Reynolds. Last month, for-
mer 18-year WLHS assis-
tant principal Charles
Jackson was appointed
interim principal after
serving as acting principal
since Reynolds’ departure.
He met his successor,
new interim assistant prin-
cipal Dr. Greg Stephens,
on the first day of school.
Jackson’s expectations
for himself are far higher
than those of the consult-
ants, he says, but he still
wishes he had been given
more time to prepare for
the review.
Water under the bridge
Along with trying to
turn the school around, he
has a new task — restor-
ing teacher morale.
The consultants painted
a picture of a disconnected
staff that has low expecta-
tions for students and
presents dull, teacher-cen-
tered monologues that fail
to address students’ indi-
vidual learning styles.
But Jackson refutes the
claims, saying his staff is
dedicated to providing the
best education possible for
West Lowndes children.
“Our people are busting
their backsides every day,
trying to do everything
they can,” Jackson says.
“We’re leaving no stone
unturned to try to get
scores up.”
Of his 25 teachers on
staff, many have been at
West Lowndes more than
25 years.
William Gates has
taught U.S. History at
WLHS for 14 years. He
challenges students to
give their best in his class
daily, he says. But with
teenagers, sometimes
their “best” has to be
drawn out of them, and he
tries to do that.
Sweeping changes in
education make it chal-
lenging, he says. It’s not
enough to teach anymore;
teachers must be “enter-
tainers,” figuratively stand-
ing on their heads to cap-
ture teenagers’ short
attention spans.
“I think it’s just the age
we’re living in,” Gates
says. “Everything can be
instantly gratified with the
click of a button, and
instead of being able to do
that in school, it’s some-
thing (students) have to
work for. Sometimes the
kids get bored in school. I
think we have to change
that mindset.”
One student at a time
Test scores reflect the
growing student ennui, but
all is not as it seems on the
surface, Jackson says.
Under the seven-tiered
state accountability sys-
tem, West Lowndes would
have been considered low-
performing this year — a
rung higher than its previ-
ous year on academic
But the new state
“report cards” combined
low-performing, at risk of
failing and failing beneath
one broad umbrella — “F.”
The school raised its
Quality of Distribution
Index from 116 in 2008-
2009 to 119 the following
year. On the 2011-2012
report, their QDI was 121.
The lowest possible QDI is
zero and the highest score
is 300.
And before the consult-
ants arrived, the school
was already implementing
measures intended to
increase their gains,
Jackson says. An extra 80
minutes of tutoring per
week was carved out
incrementally, shaving a
few minutes from the
lunch period, beginning
school five minutes earlier,
shortening school break-
fast by five minutes.
And Jackson is hoping
to find an additional 20
minutes per week by
shortening the time
between class changes.
One minute taken from
each change would result
in an extra seven or eight
minutes per day. Staff
members have walked the
halls, timing themselves.
It’s feasible, they say.
For high achievers, the
extra time is used as an
advisory period, where
they can work on ACT
preparation or other skills.
Struggling students use
the time to practice the
four subject area tests —
Algebra I, Biology I,
English II and U.S.
History — required to
obtain a diploma.
There was a time when
West Lowndes students
excelled at history, Gates
recalls. But with the
advent of the No Child
Left Behind Act, and the
increased rigor being
incorporated into class-
rooms, the tests are more
difficult than ever.
A particular weakness
is reading proficiency,
making the test even more
But there’s something
else to factor when exam-
ining West Lowndes’ dis-
mal academic perform-
ance — basic math.
While Caledonia and
New Hope high schools
have between 700 and 800
students, West Lowndes
has 178. A handful of low
performers can dramatical-
ly impact the overall QDI.
Each child’s score
counts roughly two to
three percent at WLHS,
whereas a Caledonia or
New Hope student’s
scores count less than one
To solve the school’s
academic woes, they will
have to do it one student
at a time.
“One of things we’ve
done, and we’re not there
yet — we’re changing the
culture, the way the teach-
ers and kids look at test,”
Gates says. “You have to
work on that part of it, too.
It’s not all reading, writing
and arithmetic. You have
to work on a student’s atti-
tude, desire, heart.”
Parents and school pride
Parents factor into the
success equation as well.
And though there is some
parental involvement, it’s
nowhere near what it
needs to be, Jackson says.
A few weeks ago,
school officials held a par-
ent-teacher organization
meeting. Not one parent
attended. Last year,
Jackson says, the PTO did-
n’t meet at all.
Next year, he plans to
require parents to accom-
pany students picking up
class schedules. A parent
coordinator works with the
community to try to raise
Statistics show that
involved parents result in
academically successful
students, Jackson says. So
why are parents so unin-
Part of the problem
may lie in geography and
Whereas Caledonia
and New Hope high
schools benefit from a
tight community nucleus,
WLHS students are drawn
from the Artesia, Crawford
and Plum Grove communi-
Some students live so
far from the school that
the bus picks them up at
5:15 a.m.
Whereas years ago,
each community had its
own schools, school con-
solidation has resulted in
students and communities
that have no firm sense of
connection with their near-
by counterparts.
“With Caledonia and
New Hope, when you’ve
got people that are that
close to each other, that
makes it easier,” Jackson
says. “They go to church
together. A lot of them
have been together since
Instead of seeing them-
selves as Lowndes County
residents or West
Lowndes High School stu-
dents, they identify them-
selves as being from the
community where they
were raised.
It occasionally creates
“We have the same
challenges as everybody
does, but the lack of a real
strong community in one
area, like Columbus — I
think that is a problem we
have to overcome,”
Jackson says. “You don’t
have that overall identity.
A lot of students feel like,
‘I’m from Artesia,’ or ‘I’m
from Crawford.’ I tell the
students every year,
‘You’re from West
The road ahead
In the future, school
officials will have a road
map for helping students
succeed. This year, they
began universal screening,
allowing them to compare
and track individual stu-
dent results — and aca-
demic growth — through-
out the year.
Tutoring, along with an
incentives system, will
hopefully raise test scores.
Everyone is working
toward the same goal,
Jackson says. Teachers
are so committed to stu-
dent success that they are
staying after school to
tutor. Jackson is paying
from his school budget to
allow school buses to
make an additional trip in
the evening for the stu-
dents who stayed for extra
“What you’ve got now is
a faculty committed to get-
ting the scores up,” he
says. “I am real, real proud
of that. (The consultants’
review) is not like the kiss
of death. I think Ms.
Jenkins made it sound like
we hadn’t done anything.”
Lowndes County
School District
Superintendent Lynn
Wright says the central
office and community sup-
port West Lowndes’
efforts to improve.
“We have some good
people at West Lowndes,”
Wright says. “We are striv-
ing to move West Lowndes
High School forward and
provide the students with
every opportunity.”
Jackson is as concerned
about his staff as he is
about his students.
“I’m not going to tell
you they weren’t upset and
hurt (by the review),” he
says. “That would be a lie.
Dr. Stephens and I are
working hard to get the
level of confidence back
Gates said he and his
colleagues are focused on
the future.
“Our faculty was a little
bit disheartened by what
was said but that’s (the
consultants’) findings, and
we have to deal with it,”
Gates says. “I love West
Lowndes; I love the kids,
the faculty, the staff. It is
what it is and we just have
to move forward.”
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GUIN, Ala. — Shirley
Perkins, 72, died Nov.
15, 2012, at Northwest
Medical Center in
Winfield, Ala.
Graveside services
were Saturday at Guin
City Cemetery with Dr.
Kenny Hatcher officiat-
ing. Norwood Funeral
Home was in charge of
Mrs. Perkins was of
the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in
death by her parents,
Houston and Jewell
Sizemore Jones; and
husband, Richard E.
Perkins; sons, Tony and
Troy Perkins; and three
Survivors include her
daughter, Kristal P.
Chaffin of Guin; son,
Travon Perkins of Guin;
sister, Barbara Williams
of Savannah, S.C.
Juanita Franks
VERNON, Ala. —
Juanita Maxine Franks,
56, died Nov. 15, 2012,
at her residence.
Services are today at
2 p.m. at Bethel Church
of Christ with Carolyn
Flippo officiating. Burial
will follow in the church
cemetery. Norwood
Funeral Home is in
charge of arrange-
Mrs. Franks was
born Jan. 8, 1956, to the
late Harold Max Hood
Sr., and Ollie Lunelle
Allen Hood. She was a
member of Bethel
Church of Christ.
Survivors include her
husbands, Earl Franks
and Eddie Brock, both
of Vernon; daughter,
Sandra Lunelle
Hawkins of Vernon;
sons, Kenneth Franks
of Vernon, Wayne
Brock of Beaverton,
Ala., and Stephen Brock
of Pontchartrain, La.;
sisters, Jackie Taylor of
Belk, Ala., Mable Frost
of Sulligent, Ala., Diane
Brock of Brilliant, Ala.,
and Ann Tuggle of
Columbus; brother,
Henry Hood Sr., of
Vernon; and 12 grand-
Joyce Montbriand
Joyce Walters
Montbriand, 84, died
Nov. 16, 2012, at the
Carolinas Medical
Center in Charlotte,
Arrangements are
incomplete and will be
announced by
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Mildred Moore
Mildred W. Moore, 77,
died Nov. 16, 2012, at
her residence.
Services are
Saturday, Nov. 24, at 1
p.m. at Memorial
Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in
Pine Rest Cemetery in
Foley, Ala. Visitation is
Friday from 5-7 p.m. at
the funeral home.
Otis Winter
Otis Leon Winter, 74,
died Nov. 16, 201, at his
Services are today at
3 p.m. at Lowndes
Funeral Home Chapel
with Bro. Randy
Holmes officiating and
Bro. Mike Dalton assist-
ing. Burial will follow in
Furnace Hill. Visitation
is today at Lowndes
Funeral Home.
Mr. Winters was
born May 29, 1938, to
the late Otis Preston
Winter and Mary
Severe Sigler Winter.
He attended church at
the Caledonia Open
Door Worship Center.
He is survived by his
wife, Dixie Winter of
Caledonia; daughter,
Roxanne McMillian of
California; brother,
Jerry Winter of
California; sister,
Harriet Zornes of
California; 17 grandchil-
dren and 21 great-
Pallbearers are
Roger Jinks and the
men of the Caledonia
Open Door Worship
Mary Lyon
Mary Rose Lyon, 88,
died Nov. 17, 2012, at
North Mississippi
Medical Center in West
Services are Monday
at 2 p.m. at Calvert
Funeral Home Chapel
with the Rev. Dale
Funderburg officiating
and the Rev. Todd
Chesser assisting.
Burial will follow in
Cedar Bluff Methodist
Cemetery. Visitation is
today from 5-8 p.m. at
the funeral home.
Ms. Lyon was born
July 21, 1924, in Cedar
Bluff, to the late Cora
Lee Davis Lyon and
George Wilbur Lyon.
She was a corporate
secretary for Mitchell
Automotive and a mem-
ber of First Baptist
In addition to her
parents, she was pre-
ceded in death by her
brother, George Davis
Lyon Sr.
She is survived by
her brother, James
Roland Lyon of Cedar
Pallbearers will be
David Waide, Henry
Applewhite, Chuck
Howell, Roland Moody,
Matthew Raff and Cliff
Memorials may be
made to Cedar Bluff
Methodist Care Fund,
c/o Mrs. Janet Watkins,
135 Mhoon Valley
Road, West Point, MS
James Rogers
James Harold Rogers
died Nov. 16, 2012.
Services are Monday
at 11 a.m. at North
Chapel George A.
Smith Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in
Walnut Grove
Cemetery in Trenton,
Tenn. Visitation is today
from 5-8 p.m. and
Monday one hour prior
at the funeral home.
Mr. Rogers was born
in Corinth to the late
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Rogers. He served in
the U.S. Navy and
worked in the billboard
business for 43 years.
He retired in 2004 as an
account executive for
Communications, Inc.,
and Lamar Advertising
in Columbus. He was
an active member of
Fairview Baptist
Church and West
Jackson Baptist
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in death by his first
wife, Shirley Wilburn.
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wife, Peggy Rogers;
daughters, Cindy
Goldman of
Birmingham, Ala., and
Eve Silverstein of
Paducah, Ky.; son, Paul
Perkins of Knoxville,
Tenn.; brother, Kenneth
Rogers; sisters, Sue
Purvis and Marie
Smith; and six grand-
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Scott Taylor, Trey
Goldsby, Joey
Davidson, Anson
Burch, Remington
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OXFORD, N.C. — It’s
fast-growing and drought-
tolerant, producing tons of
biomass per acre. It thrives
even in poor soil and is a
self-propagating perennial,
so it requires little invest-
ment once established.
To people in the renew-
able fuels industry,
Arundo donax — also
known as “giant reed” — is
nothing short of a miracle
plant. An Oregon power
plant is looking at it as a
potential substitute for
coal, and North Carolina
boosters are salivating
over the prospect of an
ethanol bio-refinery that
would bring millions of dol-
lars in investment and
dozens of high-paying jobs
to hog country.
But to many scientists
and environmentalists,
Arundo looks less like a
miracle than a nightmare
waiting to happen.
Officials in at least three
states have banned the
bamboo-like grass as a
“noxious weed”; California
has spent more than $70
million trying to eradicate
it. The federal government
has labeled it a “high risk”
for invasiveness.
Many are comparing
Arundo, which can reach
heights of 30 feet in a sin-
gle season, to another
aggressive Asian trans-
plant — the voracious
kudzu vine.
More than 200 scien-
tists recently sent a letter
to the heads of federal
agencies including the
Environmental Protection
Agency and the
Departments of
Agriculture and Energy,
urging them not to encour-
age the commercial plant-
ing of known invasives like
“Many of today’s most
problematic invasive plants
— from kudzu to purple
loosestrife — were inten-
tionally imported and
released into the environ-
ment for horticultural,
agricultural, conservation,
and forestry purposes,”
they wrote Oct. 22. “It is
imperative that we learn
from our past mistakes by
preventing intentional
introduction of energy
crops that may create the
next invasive species catas-
trophe particularly when
introductions are funded
by taxpayer dollars.”
Mark Conlon, vice pres-
ident for sector develop-
ment at the nonprofit
Biofuels Center of North
Carolina in Oxford, hates
the comparison with “the
weed that ate the South.”
“There’s no market for
kudzu,” says Conlon, who
is among those promoting
a proposed $170 million, 20
mi l l i on- ga l l on- a - yea r
ethanol project here —
and Arundo’s role in it.
“There’s no reason to man-
age it. It was thrown out in
the worst places you can
think of and left there.”
His message about
Arundo: It’ll be different
this time. We can control it.
But Mark Newhouser,
who has spent nearly 20
years hacking this “nasty
plant” from California’s
riverbanks and wetlands,
has his doubts.
“Why take a chance?”
he asks.
The back wall of the
North Carolina biofuels
center’s lobby is dominat-
ed by a large timeline,
beginning with the
General Assembly’s 2006
recognition of the state’s
potential as a biofuels
The display ends with a
panel declaring “10% in 10
Years” — meaning that by
2017, a decade after the
center’s creation, officials
hope companies here will
be producing the equiva-
lent of a tenth of the liquid
transportation fuels con-
sumed in the state annual-
ly, or 600 million gallons of
renewable biofuel a year.
“An extraordinarily
audacious goal,” W. Steven
Burke, the center’s presi-
dent and CEO, says proud-
Near the middle of the
timeline is this:
“November 2011: 50-acre
energy grass propagation
nursery established with
Arundo donax.”
The center’s staff has
explored a variety of biofu-
el raw materials, from food
crops like corn, sugar
beets and industrial sweet
potatoes, to cottonwood
and loblolly pine trees.
Even pond scum — or
duckweed. All were either
hard to raise in quantity,
too expensive or more
valuable for other uses.
The staff also studied
so-called “energy grasses”
— giant Miscanthus,
coastal Bermudagrass,
switchgrass. Out behind
the center, farming direc-
tor Sam Brake planted test
plots of four varieties of
But for hardiness, ease
of cultivation and mainte-
nance, and, above all, yield
per acre, none comes even
close to Arundo donax.
“Wow! Exclamation
point,” says Burke, who, in
his matching gray suit and
shirt and with his snow-
white hair and beard,
evokes the evangelical
Believed to have sprung
from the Indian subconti-
nent, Arundo has spread
around the globe.
Europeans have been
using it for centuries in the
production of reeds for
woodwind instruments.
Like kudzu, which came
to the United States as part
of Japan’s exhibit at the
1876 Centennial
Exposition in Philadelphia,
Arundo arrived here in the
mid- to late 19th century.
And also like kudzu,
Arundo was once touted as
a perfect crop to help stem
erosion. In California and
Texas, farmers, ranchers
and government workers
enthusiastically planted it
along waterways and
drainage ditches. Shallow
rooted, the canes would
break off and move down-
stream, starting new
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Dora Morrow
GUIN, Ala. —Dora
Modine Morrow, 84,
died Nov. 15, 2012, at
Northwest Medical
Center in Winfield, Ala.
Services are today at
2 p.m. at Norwood
Funeral Home Chapel
with Bro. Roger Aker
officiating. Burial will
follow in Green Springs
Ms. Morrow was
born in Marion County,
Ala., to the late Henry
Floyd and Alice Ava
Ackers Pollard. She
lived in the Pea Ridge
community all her life
and retired from Reltoc
Manufacturing. She was
a member of Green
Springs Baptist Church
for 70 years.
In addition to her par-
ents, she was preceded
in death by her hus-
band, Morgan Morrow;
brother, Floyd Pollard;
sisters, Lou Nell and
Alene Pollard.
She is survived by
her daughters, Virginia
Emerson of Tuscaloosa,
Ala., Janice Ray of
Brandon, and Nelda
Bobo of Montevallo,
Ala.; six grandchildren
and 10 great-grandchil-
Richard Walters
REFORM, Ala. —
Richard Walters, 76,
died Nov. 17, 2012, at
Salem Nursing Home in
Services are Monday
at 11 a.m. at Skelton
Funeral Home Chapel
with the Revs. James A.
Woodin and Rayford
Etherton officiating.
Burial will follow in
Greenhill Memorial
Gardens. Visitation is
Monday, immediately
following the service at
the funeral home.
Mr. Walters was born
April 27, 1936, in
Pickens County, Ala., to
the late Neura Walters
and Lela Lowe. He
attended Pickens County
High School. He was the
owner of Reform
Furniture Mart and a
member of First United
Methodist Church of
Reform. He was actively
involved as District One
Commissioner for
Reform for 14 years. He
was an organizer of the
Reform Area Chamber
of Commerce and
served in various offices.
He was chosen as
Citizen of the Year in
1984 by the Chamber of
In addition to his par-
ents, he was preceded in
death by his brother,
William O. Walters; and
first wife, Sue Cash
He is survived by his
wife, Doris Windle
Walters; stepson, Victor
Parker of Mobile, Ala.;
one step-grandchild and
two step great-grandchil-
Pallbearers will be
Justin Oglesby, Terry
Walters, Jeremy Taylor,
Kerry Windle, Dennis
Windle, Ronnie Poole,
Wayne Nicholson and
Jimmy Bonner.
Memorials may be
made to United
Methodist Church of
Reform, 807 Third St.,
N.E., Reform, AL 35481;
or Hospice Complete,
3064 Palisades Court,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405.
Milaree Romerill
Milaree Ezell Butler
Romerill, 80, died Nov.
13, 2012, in Shelbyville,
Services were Friday
at Fellowship Baptist
Church. Burial followed
in the church cemetery.
Otts Funeral Home was
in charge of arrange-
Mrs. Romerill was for-
merly employed with
Standard Grocery for 33
years and was a member
of Acton Baptist Church.
She was preceded in
death by her parents,
Lou and Clatie Butler;
brothers, Rollie, Bank
and Glenn Butler.
Survivors include her
husband, Charles L.
Romerill; son, Neil Ezell;
sisters, Lavelle Patrick
and Wynelle Turner;
brother, Hubert Butler;
stepdaughter, Claudia
Earnest; stepson, Curt
Romerill; and two grand-
Is giant reed a ‘miracle plant’ or the next kudzu?
AP Photo/Allen Breed
In this Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 photo, farming director Sam Brake bends a stalk of Arundo donax toward the
ground in a test plot behind the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford, N.C. The center is promoting the
Asian transplant, but at least three states have already banned “giant reed” as invasive.
STARKVILLE — When LaDarius Perkins
returned from Baton Rouge, La., last weekend, he
immediately went to the training room for a treat-
ment session.
Perkins wasn’t going to miss another game
when it was clear the
Mississippi State University
football team needed him.
After a right quad injury
forced him to miss the first
game of his college career last
week, Perkins went to the MSU
coaches and demanded to play
Saturday in the team’s home
finale against the University of Arkansas.
It was clear from Perkins’ performance what the
Bulldogs missed.
Perkins had 147 all-purpose yards and helped
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State
University football team’s home finale Saturday at
Davis Wade Stadium marked the end of one
squad’s bad month and the continuation of the
other’s season-long suffering.
MSU showed its problems are easier to fix.
Coming in riding a three-game losing streak, a
motivated and humbled MSU forced a season-high
five turnovers en route to a 45-14 victory against
the University of Arkansas at Davis Wade Stadium.
MSU (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) had
lost the turnover battle in losses to the University
of Alabama, Texas A&M University, and LSU by a
combined minus-4. The Bulldogs changed that sta-
tistic by going plus-4 against the Razorbacks (4-7,
2-5), who were eliminated from bowl considera-
tion. The Bulldogs have won 23 of 24 games when
they have the advantage in the turnover column.
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Mississippi State University’s Chad Bumphis celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter of a 45-14 victory against the University of Arkansas on Saturday.
MSU: Tyler
Russell had a
record-setting day
in the victory.
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Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0
MSU snaps three-game losing skid
by taking advantage of mistakes
Crystal LoGiudice/US Presswire
LSU wide receiver James Wright (82) catches a pass in front of University of
Mississippi defensive back Charles Sawyer (3) in the first half Saturday at Tiger
Stadium. The pass was called back due to a penalty. Story 3B.
LSU 41, Ole Miss 35
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University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy cradles the football Saturday en
route to one of his three touchdowns in a victory against Western Carolina
University on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Story 3B.
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Mississippi State University Athletic Director Scott
Stricklin, left, and MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum
present a framed Nick Bell jersey to Bell’s mother,
LInda, right, and another family member Saturday on
Senior Day. It would have been the linebacker’s senior
season. Bell died from skin cancer in November 2010.
The end zone was also painted in honor of Bell with
"Nick Bell 36" stretching across the north end zone.
Return of junior Perkins provides
spark to running, passing attacks

STARKVILE — Trailing by 10 points
at halftime, Mississippi State University
women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer
urged his team to become tougher.
In the second half, the youthful
Bulldogs did just that.
A rejuvenated defensive effort and
just enough offense allowed MSU to rally
past Louisiana Tech 57-55 Friday night at
Humphrey Coliseum.
“In the second half, we really out-
toughed them,” Schaefer said. “I am real-
ly proud of the kids for taking our mes-
sage to heart. We physically grew up as a
team tonight. When we became the
tougher team, it allowed us to go inside
more and make more things happen.”
Since taking over the MSU program
in the spring, Schaefer has preached
toughness. Most first-year coaches are
more worried about mental toughness.
However, for the Bulldogs, it is a case of
physical toughness. Even though the
Bulldogs may lack depth, Schaefer wants
a club ready to play brutally physical bas-
ketball on both ends of the floor.
“Toughness. It is a word we here all
the time,” MSU sophomore Kendra
Grant said. “Coach was not pleased with
our toughness in our last game. We real-
ly had to do a better job of that if we want-
ed to win this game.”
Schaefer was displeased with his
team’s showing Monday night in a 56-48
loss to Hampton University. In the
postgame, Schaefer lamented his team’s
lack of toughness and said Hampton took
it to his squad from a physical standpoint.
“This game was a 180-degree turn-
around,” Schaefer said. “It’s simple. We
are not going to score a lot of points most
nights. That is where we are. We have to
outhustle, outwork the opponent. You
saw when we do that. It allows us to get
better offensive shots. We took the ball
inside more and either scored the basket
or drew the foul. There is a sign of
growth and maturity in what we are try-
ing to do.”
The growth and maturity took place
in slow steps early. The Bulldogs (2-1)
struggled to get open shots and only led
twice. Louisiana Tech (0-3) shot 50 per-
cent from the field in the opening half
and led 33-23 at the intermission.
“We knew some things had to change
because we were getting beat on too
many easy baskets,” MSU senior Darriel
Gaynor said. “Our motto is stop, score,
stop. We were able to put some stops
together. Once we did that, it got the
whole team going.”
In the second half, Grant assumed the
leadership role Schaefer hopes his soph-
omore will embrace. Grant had 14 of her
team-high 20 points in the final half.
“We told Kendra we were going to
ride her until the end,” Schaefer said.
“She didn’t take the final shot there at the
end. We are hoping she will be more
comfortable doing that in the future. She
is the type of player who can carry a
team. As coaches, it is our job to motivate
her to do just that.”
Down by as many as 12, Grant helped
the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 42-37 with
12 minutes, 23 seconds left in regulation.
The Lady Techsters pushed the lead
back to six twice more before the
Bulldogs mounted their final push.
A steal by Grant led to a layup by
Martha Alwal. After two free throws by
Carnecia Williams, a basket by Grant
tied the game at 46. Grant was complet-
ed the old-fashioned 3-point play, but the
crowd was energized, as the home team
was back in it.
Grant capped the 8-0 run and gave the
Bulldogs a 48-46 advantage. Still, it
appeared the Bulldogs might be fatigued
as they exerted a great deal of effort to
erase the big deficit.
“We challenged them to get to the fin-
ish line,” Schaefer said.
Louisiana Tech had two more leads
before one of two free throws by
Williams tied the contest at 53. The
Bulldogs got to the tie on a splendid
defensive possession, which included
three blocked shots.
This time, Alwal was in possession to
complete an old-fashioned 3-point play.
Even though the free throw rimmed out,
Schaefer called Alwal’s drive to the goal
“the biggest basket of the game.”
After Louisiana Tech forced one last
tie on the final of Brittany Lewis’ 20
points, Gaynor scored the game-winner
on a baseline jumper with 52 seconds
Gaynor finished with 11 points, while
Alwal added six points, six rebounds,
and five blocked shots. MSU forced 23
“I thought the kids fought their hearts
out and refused to lose,” Schaefer said.
“I’m proud of their toughness and will-
ingness to compete. They have practiced
hard to get to this point. On this night,
some good things happened for the
would I have thought I
would have been a
Bulldog,” Patterson said.
Patterson said her think-
ing changed gradually. She
said Schaefer and the
coaches called her “the first
block” in a process that was
going to help establish
MSU as a contender in the
Southeastern Conference
and a regular in the NCAA
“He said by me staying
in state it would set up girls
to come behind me,”
Patterson said. “They will
say, ‘I want to be like Kiki. I
want to stay in state with
State.’ It helped change my
mind a lot because I know I
have a lot of younger girls
looking up to me through
basketball. By me starting
a new trend, hopefully they
will follow.”
Patterson joins a recruit-
ing class that includes
Ketara Chapel, the top-
rated power forward in
Texas; fellow Texan
Dominique Dillingham, of
Klein Collins High; Georgia
Super 64 recruit Breanna
Richardson, of Rockdale
County High in Conyers,
Ga.; and 6-foot-5 Chinwe
Okorie, a Lagos, Nigeria,
native who is attending
Stoneleigh-Burnham Prep
School in Greenfield, Mass.
“We are excited to be
getting the best player in
the state of Mississippi. We
saw Kiki play last week, and
watching her competitive-
ness and will to win was
exciting,” Schaefer said.
“She competes to the very
last play, and she has a
presence on the floor that is
required (at) point guard.”
Prior to the 2012-13 sea-
son, FILA named
Patterson, a 5-9 point
guard, as the top senior
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Prep Basketball Women’s College Basketball: MSU 57, La. Tech 55
Columbus guard
will play at MSU
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Columbus High School senior guard Kiandria
Patterson poses for pictures Friday with her mother,
Shuvarn, Columbus High assistant girls basketball
coach Gwen Johnson, and Columbus High girls
basketball coach Yvonne Hairston.
Kiandria “Kiki”
Patterson showed Friday
she looks good in maroon.
There was a time earlier
this year, though, Patterson
thought she would look
equally stylish in garnet.
But the work of
Mississippi State University
women’s basketball coach
Vic Schaefer and his assis-
tant coaches did the trick
and helped turn Patterson
from a would-be Gamecock
to a Bulldog.
On Friday, Patterson
made her verbal commit-
ment to MSU official in a
signing ceremony in the
Columbus High School
Looking back to earlier
this year, Patterson credited
the MSU coaches for their
efforts in keeping her close
to home because she admit-
ted she wasn’t going to
MSU before Schaefer was
hired in March.
“Mississippi State wasn’t
even in the equation,”
Patterson said. “When the
new coaching staff came in,
it really changed my whole
outlook on State. They
recruited me hard and let
me know I needed to stay in
state and play for (a team)
in my state.”
Patterson said Schaefer
and his coaches had to
“convince” her MSU was
the right fit for her because
she thought for “a long
time” she was going to be a
“Never in a million years
makes it
Hamilton Lions Take Title
The 11- to 12-year-old Hamilton Lions football team beat the Dorsey Bulldogs 20-8
on Nov. 10 for the title of Super Bowl Champions '12. The Lions led the entire
game to finish with a 10-1 record. The team was suppor ted all season by the 11-
to 12-year-old Hamilton Peewee Cheerleaders.
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The 2012 Caledonia Mighty Mites went 6-1 in the regular season and advanced to
the playoffs, where they won through their bracket and advanced to play in the
Super Bowl against Columbus again. Columbus won 6-0 in four overtimes. From
left: Head coach Jason Chrest and assistant coaches Barton Donald, Horace
Connie, Jim Sliger, and Scottie Mendiola. Coach Steve Kemp isn’t pictured.
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BATON ROUGE, La. — In a joy-
ous, raving, almost delirious rant,
Les Miles gushed over his team’s
inexorable determination and urged
LSU football fans to put their arms
around his players and “give them a
big kiss on the mouth.”
Miles is known to get a little
loopy and emotional at times, so his
comments hardly seemed out of
character after a classic contest with
historical rival University of
Mississippi that even evoked memo-
ries of Billy Cannon’s famous
Halloween night punt return in
Jeremy Hill scored his third
touchdown with 15 seconds left to
lift the Tigers to a 41-35 victory over
relentless but mistake-prone
Mississippi on Saturday.
“I’m proud of those men,” Miles
said of his team. “How easy it could
of have been to say it was (Ole
Miss’) night. Spectacular group of
men. ... Wow! What a game!”
The game included seven
turnovers, numerous momentum
swings and long touchdowns, per-
haps none better than Odell
Beckham Jr.’s 89-yard punt return
for a score that evoked memories of
Cannon’s famous return against the
same team, along the same sideline,
for the same yardage back in 1959.
“That was maybe the biggest
momentum changer in the game,”
Miles said, adding giddily, “Is it
Halloween night?”
Beckham eluded numerous tack-
lers, slipping one as he traversed the
field, then broke away from pur-
suers down the right sideline toward
the north end zone while teammate
Jarvis Landry waved him along with
windmill motion.
“Everyone had their block, every-
one had their man and everyone
covered their assignments,”
Beckham said. “I saw a crease and I
just hit it. ... It was an amazing expe-
rience and definitely changed the
momentum of the game.”
Beckham’s return tied the game
at 35, but LSU (9-2, 5-2 Southeastern
Conference) still needed a pair of
clutch sacks by Anthony Johnson
The Associated Press
McCarron, Eddie Lacy, and the
University of Alabama football team
settled this one in the opening min-
utes instead of waiting for a tense
Lacy rushed for three first-half
touchdowns and McCarron set the
fourth-ranked Crimson Tide’s single-
season record for passing TDs in a 49-
0 victory against Western Carolina
University on Saturday.
Alabama (10-1) rebounded from a
loss to No. 9 Texas A&M by building
a 42-0 halftime lead against the
Catamounts (1-10), a Football
Championship Subdivision team with
two wins in as many seasons. It was
the Tide’s third shutout this year.
“I was pleased with the way our
guys competed in the game,”
Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “We
went out there and tried to play to a
standard and executed fairly well.
Western Carolina, those guys played
hard and they were a little bit out-
manned, and our guys played the way
we want them to play.
“Everything is ahead of us as a
Alabama still left Bryant-Denny
Stadium needing a couple of upsets to
make a return trip to the national title
McCarron completed all six of his
attempts for 133 yards and his 21st
touchdown before exiting midway
through the second quarter. Lacy ran
for 99 yards on 10 carries with two 7-
yard touchdowns and a 3-yarder.
Neither played after halftime.
Columbus soccer sweeps
The Columbus High School soccer teams swept
Greenville-Weston on Friday night.
Led by senior Sophia Timm, who scored two
goals, and sophomore India Yarborough, who added
a goal and an assist, the Columbus girls earned a 5-0
victory. Freshman Shelby Jones and eighth-grader
Camry Sturdivant also scored goals, and sophomore
Kelanie Frazier had an assist for the Lady Falcons (3-
In the boys match, senior Christian Dale scored
two goals and freshman Charles Stanback added
one in a 3-1 victory. Senior Ricky Hackler and
Stanback also had assists for the Falcons (5-1).
“We’ve had a good week with both our teams,”
Columbus coach Ben Moore said. “We’ve worked on
purposeful play, and we’ve been able to put a variety
of players on the pitch to gain valuable experience
early in the season.”
Columbus will play Nov. 27 at Amory.
Immanuel Christian boys win
STEENS — Omar Aquil and K.C. Cunningham
each had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead the
Immanuel Christian boys basketball team to a 51-39
victory against Manchester Academy.
J.D. Dantzler had eight points and nine rebounds,
Brendan Bailey had eight points and four rebounds,
Joel Meek had four points and four rebounds, Koby
Bailey had three points, and Luke Hudson had two.
Immanuel Christian (4-2) will play Monday against
Tupelo Christian at the FedEx Forum.
Volleyball team concludes home season
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University
volleyball team will put the finishing touches on its 13-
match home schedule at 1:30 p.m. today when it
plays host to the University of Missouri at the Newell-
Grissom Building.
MSU (4-22, 0-17 Southeastern Conference) will
honor its lone senior, outside hitter Chanelle Baker,
before the match.
I On Friday, freshman Taylor Scott had a match-
high 12 kills Friday, but the University of Mississippi
earned a 3-0 victory. Set scores were 25-20, 25-21,
25-14. Scott reached double figures in kills for the
15th time in her 25 matches, raising her team-leading
kills total for the season to 254 on .348 hitting night.
The win gives Ole Miss (11-15, 5-12) the season
sweep of MSU for the second time in three years.
I Silkwood first member of softball team’s
2013 signing class: At Starkville, Softball coach
Vann Stuedeman announced Friday the signing of
Illinois prep standout Alexis Silkwood.
Silkwood, a 5-foot-4 left-handed pitcher from East
Alton, Ill., owns the state record for career shutouts
(76) and is coming off a junior campaign this past
spring where she broke the single-season state
record with 19 no-hitters.
Ole Miss
Breathitt caps season at NCAA Championships
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Mississippi
senior Katie Breathitt capped her cross country career
Saturday at the 2012 NCAACross Country
Championships at the University of Louisville.
Representing Ole Miss as the first woman to com-
pete at the NCAAChampionships, Breathitt finished
62nd out of 253 runners. She finished the 6-Kilometer
course with a time of 20 minutes, 28.8 seconds.
I Women’s basketball team beats
Northwestern State: At Oxford, Led by three players
in double figures, the women’s basketball team beat
Northwestern State 67-51 on Friday morning in the
annual Kid’s Day Game at Tad Smith Coliseum.
In front of the ninth-largest crowd in school history,
3,866 fans, Ole Miss improved to 2-0 while
Northwestern State fell to 2-1.
Diara Moore and Tia Faleru each scored 13
points for Ole Miss, while Valencia McFarland added
12 points, five steals, and three assists.
Ole Miss will play host to Lamar at 7 p.m.
Monday. As part of the Kroger Fighting Hunger Food
Drive, fans that bring two cans or donate $5 for the
Million Meals Challenge will receive complimentary
I Softball team receives commitment from
Boyd: At Oxford, the softball team received a nation-
al letter of intent Friday from Cohutta, Ga., pitcher
Emily Boyd, coach Windy Thees announced. Boyd
joins Emily Gaitan, who committed Thursday, as
members of the Rebels’ 2013 class.
I Wolcott signs with men’s golf team: At
Oxford, Ben Wolcott, of Burns, Tenn., signed a nation-
al letter of intent to join the men’s golf team, coach
Ernest Ross announced on Friday. Wolcott joins
Jacob Ross in the Rebels’ 2012 signing class and
both players will be eligible beginning in the 2013-14
academic year.
Women’s basketball team improves to 3-0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of
Alabama women’s basketball team defeated the
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 79-60 on Saturday
at Foster Auditorium to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Senior Meghan Perkins and junior Jasmine Robinson
led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 14 points apiece.
Redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn had 12
points, while junior Shafontaye Myers added 11 points
and sophomore Daisha Simmons had 10 points.
Simmons also added a game-high seven steals and
five assists.
Alabama will play host to the University of North
Texas at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
I Volleyball team loses to South Carolina: At
Tuscaloosa, Ala., the volleyball team received a sea-
son-high 26 kills from Kayla Fitterer, but it wasn’t
enough Friday in a 3-2 loss to the University of South
Carolina. Set scores were 20-25, 12-25, 25-17, 25-
20, 7-15.
Alabama slipped to 16-13 and 5-12 in the
Southeastern Conference.
I Baseball signs eight in early signing period:
At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Baseball coach Mitch Gaspard
announced Friday the signing of eight players in the
early signing period for the 2013-14 academic year.
Included in this year’s class of signees are: Geoffrey
Bramblett (Locust Fork, Ala.), Thomas Burrows
(Florence, Ala.), Nick Eicholtz (Odessa, Fla.), William
Elliott (Oxford), Will Haynie (Brentwood, Tenn.),
Casey Hughston (Mobile, Ala.), Taylor Propst
(Huntsville, Ala.), and Hunter Webb (Salem, Ala.).
I Defending NCAAchampion gymnastics
team signs two: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., the gymnastics
team announced Friday the signing of Katie Bailey
and Amanda Jetter to national letters of intent.
ICC will serve as host for “Mississippi JUCO: The
Toughest Football League in America”
Itawamba Community College will serve as host
for the regional premiere of “Mississippi JUCO: The
Toughest Football League in America” at 7 p.m.
Tuesday at the Malco Theater in Tupelo.
The film, which is narrated by Jack Cristil, features
ICC and five other Mississippi community colleges,
highlighting the campus atmosphere, school history,
and on-field action. On-camera interviews features
school alumni, administrators, and those who know
the story of each school and Mississippi junior college
football the best, including legendary ICC coach Mike
“Mississippi JUCO” is the brainchild of the film’s
executive producer X.M.Frascogna, a Jackson enter-
tainment lawyer, whose book of the same name is
the basis for the movie. His writing credits include
“Gridiron Gold” and “Y’all vs. Us.”
Complimentary tickets are available on a first-
come, first served basis by calling 662-862-8074.
— From Special Reports
12:30 p.m. — Formula One, Grand Prix of the
United States, at Austin, Texas, SPEED
2 p.m. — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Ford EcoBoost
400, at Homestead, Fla., ESPN
3:30 p.m. — Playoffs, finals, teams TBD, NBC
Sports Network
10 p.m. — Playoffs, finals, teams TBD
(same-day tape), NBC Sports Network
8 a.m. — European PGA Tour, SA Open
Championship, final round, at Johannesburg,
South Africa (same-day tape), TGC
12:30 p.m. — LPGA, Titleholders, final round,
at Naples, Fla., TGC
3:30 p.m. — Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic,
championship or third place game, teams TBD,
at Uncasville, Conn., ESPN2
5:30 p.m. — Puerto Rico Tip-Off,
championship game, teams TBD, at Bayamon,
Puerto Rico, ESPN2
7:30 p.m. — Charleston Classic, championship
game, teams TBD, at Charleston, S.C., ESPN2
8 p.m. — Chicago at Portland, WGN
Noon — Cleveland at Dallas, WCBI
3 p.m. — New Orleans at Oakland, WLOV
3:25 p.m. — San Diego at Denver, WCBI
7:20 p.m. — Baltimore at Pittsburgh, WTVA
8 p.m. — MLS, playoffs, conference
championship, leg 2, Seattle at Los Angeles,
10:30 p.m. — Indoor, FIFA, Futsal World Cup,
final match, teams TBD, at Bangkok (same-day
tape), ESPN2
1:30 p.m. — UConn at Texas A&M, ESPN2
2:30 p.m. — Maui Invitational, first round,
Butler vs. Marquette, at Lahaina, Hawaii,
5 p.m. — Maui Invitational, first round,
Mississippi St. vs. North Carolina, at Lahaina,
Hawaii, ESPN2
7 p.m. — Legends Classic, first round, UCLA
vs. Georgetown, at Brooklyn, N.Y., ESPN2
9 p.m. — CBE Hall of Fame Classic, first
round, Washington St. vs. Kansas, at Kansas
City, Mo., ESPN2
11 p.m. — Maui Invitational, first round,
Southern Cal vs. Illinois, at Lahaina, Hawaii,
7:30 p.m. — Chicago at San Francisco, ESPN
MSUHockey in Tupelo
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Mississippi State University’s Corey McCarn and the University of
Tennessee’s Kyle Sullivan fight for the puck Saturday night in their game
in Tupelo. MSU lost 12-3. The IceDawgs next game will be Nov. 30 at
the Bancorp South Arena in Tupelo.
College Football: Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0
Men’s College Basketball
Jeri A. Gulsby/University of Alabama Athletic Media Relations
The University of Alabama’s Christion Jones goes up to catch a 39-yard
touchdown pass from quarterback AJ McCarron on Saturday in a 49-0
victory against Western Carolina University in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
LSU 41, Ole Miss 35
Lacy, Tide get easy victory
Late score lifts Tigers past Rebels
See LSU, 7B
From Staf f and Wire Reports
NEW YORK — Trevor Releford and the
University of Alabama men’s basketball team
passed an early test with ease in a champi-
onship-game blowout.
Releford hit all five of his 3-point shots and
scored 25 points as the Crimson Tide beat
Villanova 77-55 on Friday night, running away
in the second half to win the 2K Sports Classic
benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
“I thought we came out tonight for 40 min-
utes and really did a good job,” Alabama coach
Anthony Grant said. “Our style of play defen-
sively, I thought it was a great effort. You look
at the numbers from a defensive standpoint, I
felt like it was a pretty dominating perform-
ance by our guys.”
Rodney Cooper had 17 points and the
Crimson Tide (4-0) broke it open with some
sharp 3-point shooting. Alabama, which made
only 22 of 61 attempts (36 percent) from long
range in its first three games, went 9 for 15
beyond the arc (60 percent) against a
Villanova team that had held opponents to 33
percent on 3-pointers.
“I’m not surprised,” Cooper said when
asked about his team’s fast start. “In practice
every day we try to challenge each other, so
I’m not surprised at all.”
JayVaughn Pinkston had 17 points to lead
the Wildcats (3-1) and was selected to the all-
tournament team in his return home to New
York. Freshman guard Ryan Arcidiacono
scored 11 for Villanova, which shot a miser-
able 32 percent from the field.
“It wasn’t really a disappointment, it was
just a learning experience for us,” Pinkston
said. “We learned tonight that we’ve just got to
play more together and play Villanova basket-
ball rather than one-on-one.”
After leading by three at halftime, Alabama
briefly fell behind and then took control for
good with a 19-4 spurt early in the second half.
I Ole Miss 92, Arkansas-Little Rock
52: At Oxford, Freshman Derrick Millinghaus
scored a career-high 19 points and had five
assists, and Marshall Henderson added 17
points to lead the Rebels to a victory Friday
night at Little Rock at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Ole Miss (3-0) outscored UALR 45-19 in the
second half en route to the victory.
Reginald Buckner earned his first double-
double of the season, scoring 10 points and
grabbing 11 rebounds. The senior added three
blocked shots in three-straight UALR posses-
sions for a defense that posted 10 blocks.
Five Rebels scored in double figures as Ole
Miss topped the 90-point mark for the third-
straight game for the first time since 2007-08.
“We were sloppy at times, but overall it’s
hard to be displeased when you beat a solid
team,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for their program and
they’re always fundamentally sound and
tough. They’re not going to give you anything
free and the way we played against them was a
step in the right direction.”
The Rebels went into halftime with a 14-
point lead. It extended that lead with a 34-6 run
to start the second half.
Alabama, Ole Miss
remain undefeated

FULTON — Don’t put it past the
Noxubee County High School football
team’s defense.
You may think a scoreboard can only
count forward, but the Tigers are out to
prove to the state of Mississippi that a
defense can push opponents into nega-
tive numbers.
Thanks to force of will, team speed,
and a fearsome pass rush, Noxubee
County proved again Friday it has one
of the state’s best defenses. Sprinkle in
another solid running performance by
Darrell Robinson and some fireworks in
the passing game and you get a team
that in preparing a championship recipe
just in time for the holidays.
DeAngelo Ballard connected with
Charles Hughes on a 36-yard touch-
down pass, Robinson scored on a 6-yard
run in the fourth quarter, and the
Noxubee County defense delivered
another dominating performance in a
16-3 victory against Itawamba
Agricultural in the semifinals of the
Mississippi High School Activities
Association Class 4A North State play-
offs at Indian Field.
Noxubee County (14-0) will play host
to Louisville, which defeated Houston
46-21 on Friday night, at 7 p.m. Friday in
WEST POINT — West Point High
School quarterback Tez Lane didn’t feel
like a player who had just scored five
touchdowns in a 56-21 victory against
Ridgeland High.
Behind the ear-to-ear grin, Lane
couldn’t help but lament a missed
opportunity for his second touchdown
pass to a wide-open Aeris Williams.
Though he had two long passes of 45
yards or more, the pursuit of perfection
was evident in Lane’s assessment of his
team’s performance.
“We knew we couldn’t take this team
lightly,” Lane said. “It’s the playoffs.
We’ve been here before. But after last
year’s loss to Starkville (in the playoffs),
we know we have to do everything right.
We’re trying to play perfect football.”
Lane and the Green Wave will travel
to Starkville on Friday to play in the
Mississippi High School Athletic
Association Class 5A North State title
STARKVILLE — Before the
matchup was a reality, Starkville
High School football coach
Jamie Mitchell said there wasn’t
much to talk about regarding
another game against West
Point High.
Following a 127-yard rushing
performance against Oxford
High on Friday that helped push
Starkville into another matchup
against West Point, Preston
Baker may have described it
“Starkville and West Point.
Doesn’t get much better than
that,” Baker said after a 28-7 vic-
tory against Oxford in the semi-
finals of the Mississippi High
School Activities Association
Class 5A North State playoffs.
Baker had 217 all-purpose
yards, including a 90-yard kick-
off return for a touchdown that
helped the helped the Yellow
Jackets (10-3) re-claim the
momentum after the Chargers
(11-2) scored their first points.
As Mitchell was quickly
going over the game plan with
starting quarterback Gabe
Myles, the third-year coach saw
Baker sprint past him with only
the kicker to beat on the return.
Baker made two players miss
before turning it back inside to
allude kicker Cody Mills. The
score was the first on a kickoff
Prep Football
Starkville 28, Oxford 7
Tigers’ passing game provided a needed
spark Friday night. Page 8B
Noxubee County 16, Itawamba Agricultural 3
I Number of rushing yards
in the past two games by
Starkville High senior
tailback Preston Baker. It
268 4 455
INumber of turnovers by
Oxford. QB Parker Adamson
threw two INTs, while
Starkville forced two fumbles.
I Number of days since
Baker’s last kickoff return
for a touchdown.
Friday’s Mississippi
Mississippi High School
Activities Association
Class 6A
Second Round
Brandon 14, Hattiesburg 7
Madison Central 27,
Olive Branch 6
Petal 37, D’Iberville 14
South Panola 35, Clinton 13
Class 5A
Second Round
Pascagoula 27, Picayune 10
Pearl River Central 24, Wayne
County 15
Starkville 28, Oxford 7
West Point 56, Ridgeland 21
Class 4A
Third Round
Greene County 28, Bay St.
Louis 26
Louisville 46, Houston 21
Noxubee County 16, Itawamba 3
Quitman 47, Forrest Co. AHS
40, 3OT
Class 3A
Third Round
Charleston 49, Aberdeen 22
East Side 6, Byhalia 5
Hazlehurst 34, Seminary 28
West Marion 18, Philadelphia 16
Class 2A
Third Round
Bassfield 28, Mize 7
Bruce 14, West Bolivar 12
East Marion 48, Taylorsville 34
Eupora 35, Calhoun City 13
Class 1A
Second Round
Bogue Chitto 25, Pelahatchie 22
French Camp 31, St. Joseph-
Greenville 18
Shaw 28, Coffeeville 6
Stringer 24, Noxapater 12
Mississippi Association of
Independent Schools
Class AA
Brookhaven Aca. 21, Simpson
Aca. 17
Marshall Aca. 23, North Delta
Class A
Tri-County Aca. 26, Benton
Academy 10
Wilkinson Co. Christian Aca. 35,
Newton Co. Aca. 18
David Allen Williams/Special to The Dispatch
Starkville High School’s Preston Baker breaks through the line en route to a 127-yard rushing
performance Friday night in a victory against Oxford.
West Point 56, Ridgeland 21
David Miller/Special to The Dispatch
West Point High School quarterback Tez Lane scored five touchdowns against
Ridgeland on Friday night.
Green Wave close to perfect
David Miller/Special to The Dispatch
The West Point High School defense
bottles up Ridgeland High running
back Gary Adams on Friday. Ridgeland
was held to 3.9 yards per carr y.
By the Numbers
I The West Point defense
had six sacks against
Ridgeland, which man-
aged less than 30 yards
passing before the final
three minutes.
“We ran to the football
and made plays. We saw
some things on film and
knew we could attack the
edge.” – West Point end
Ed Brown
I West Point didn’t
return a punt and only
had three kickoffs to
return, but the Green
Wave made the most of
them. Aeris Williams had
a 99-yard return for
touchdown in the second
half.“That was good to
see. We played well in all
areas on special teams.”
– West Point coach Chris
I The Green Wave scored
a season-high 56 points
in what players called
their best game of the
season. West Point had
four scoring plays of 50
yards or more.
“(Laughing) We can score
some points, now. We’ve
done this way all year.” –
6 132 56
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Noxubee County High School’s Javoris Glenn (24) and Javancy Jones (29) wrap
up Itawamba AHS star running back Ashton Shumpert (2), while Jeremy Hunt
(33) comes in to help with the tackle Friday in a 16-3 victory in the semifinals
of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Noxubee County High School’s Javoris Glenn chases down Itawamba AHS
quarterback Tyler Dossett on Friday night.
Dominating defense delivers
Auto Racing
Sprint Cup
Ford EcoBoost 400
After Friday qualifying; race Today
At Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, Fla.
Lap length: 1.5 miles
(Car number in parentheses)
NOTE: Joey Lagano was involved in
a three-car accident Saturday in practice.
As a result, Brad Keselowski will move to
the pole position. Logano will start from
the rear of the field.
1. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota,
2. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford,
3. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge,
4. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 175.001.
5. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 174.887.
6. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota,
7. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota,
8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 174.565.
9. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 174.452.
10. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet,
11. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 173.98.
12. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet,
13. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 173.93.
14. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet,
15. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet,
16. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr.,
Chevrolet, 173.472.
17. (22) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge,
18. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet,
19. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet,
20. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford,
21. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya,
Chevrolet, 172.64.
22. (30) David Stremme, Toyota,
23. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet,
24. (51) Regan Smith, Chevrolet,
25. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford,
26. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet,
27. (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford,
28. (13) Casey Mears, Ford,
29. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 171.881.
30. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota,
31. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet,
32. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota,
33. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet,
34. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 171.581.
35. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet,
36. (26) Josh Wise, Ford, 171.445.
37. (10) David Reutimann, Chevrolet,
38. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota,
39. (37) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet,
40. (38) David Gilliland, Ford,
41. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota,
Owner Points.
42. (32) Ken Schrader, Ford, Owner
43. (23) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet,
Failed to Qualify
44. (79) Reed Sorenson, Ford,
45. (33) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet,
46. (91) Jason Leffler, Toyota,
47. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota,
Ford EcoBoost 300
At Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, Fla.
Lap length: 1.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (10) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200
laps, 135.4 rating, 0 points, $77,100.
2. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200,
130.3, 0, $67,325.
3. (16) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet,
200, 109, 0, $56,693.
4. (11) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 200,
111.3, 41, $43,958.
5. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200,
123.6, 40, $39,783.
6. (4) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 200,
108.8, 39, $33,783.
7. (7) Brian Scott, Toyota, 200, 101.6,
37, $28,583.
8. (20) Ryan Blaney, Dodge, 200,
98.8, 0, $27,258.
9. (2) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 200,
115.7, 36, $27,033.
10. (8) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 200,
92.4, 34, $26,583.
11. (6) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200,
93.1, 33, $24,783.
12. (32) Michael Annett, Ford, 200,
80.9, 32, $23,633.
13. (14) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet,
200, 84.8, 32, $23,233.
14. (15) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet,
200, 86.4, 0, $16,565.
15. (17) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, 200,
78.8, 30, $24,023.
16. (5) Joey Logano, Toyota, 200,
82.3, 0, $16,750.
17. (18) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, 200,
86.7, 27, $22,608.
18. (25) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 200,
68.1, 26, $22,493.
19. (24) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 200,
72.6, 25, $15,865.
20. (13) Scott Lagasse Jr., Chevrolet,
199, 69, 24, $16,430.
21. (22) Kevin Swindell, Ford, 199,
75.3, 24, $15,645.
22. (23) Jeremy Clements,
Chevrolet, 199, 66.3, 22, $22,003.
23. (31) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ford, 198,
53.7, 21, $15,400.
24. (28) David Starr, Toyota, 198,
60.4, 0, $15,285.
25. (19) Dakoda Armstrong,
Chevrolet, 197, 56, 0, $22,093.
26. (34) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet,
197, 45.7, 18, $21,488.
27. (30) Eric McClure, Toyota, 196,
48.5, 17, $21,373.
28. (21) Andrew Ranger, Ford, 195,
50.9, 16, $14,790.
29. (35) Jason Bowles, Toyota, 195,
42.7, 15, $21,153.
30. (26) Hal Martin, Toyota, 195,
45.8, 14, $21,343.
31. (42) Danny Efland, Chevrolet,
193, 33.9, 13, $20,933.
32. (33) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 190,
35.1, 12, $14,350.
33. (41) Robert Richardson Jr.,
Chevrolet, 188, 37.6, 11, $14,295.
34. (37) Johanna Long, Chevrolet,
accident, 177, 49.6, 10, $20,698.
35. (38) Erik Darnell, Chevrolet,
engine, 147, 36.4, 9, $20,663.
36. (27) John Blankenship,
Chevrolet, accident, 92, 54.7, 8, $20,628.
37. (39) Juan Carlos Blum,
Chevrolet, engine, 92, 34.6, 7, $14,095.
38. (12) Ryan Truex, Toyota,
accident, 66, 67.2, 6, $20,478.
39. (9) Blake Koch, Toyota, fuel
pump, 40, 53, 5, $13,885.
40. (43) Jeff Green, Toyota, vibration,
17, 34.7, 4, $13,700.
41. (29) Chase Miller, Chevrolet,
vibration, 6, 32.5, 3, $13,625.
42. (36) Josh Wise, Chevrolet,
overheating, 6, 30.5, 0, $13,575.
43. (40) Dexter Stacey, Ford, engine,
0, 28.3, 1, $13,506.
Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB
New York 6 1 .857 —
Brooklyn 5 2 .714 1
Boston 6 4 .600 1 1/2
Philadelphia 5 4 .556 2
Toronto 2 7 .222 5
Southeast Division
W L Pct GB
Miami 8 3 .727 —
Charlotte 4 4 .500 2 1/2
Atlanta 4 4 .500 2 1/2
Orlando 3 5 .375 3 1/2
Washington 0 8 .000 6 1/2
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 6 2 .750 —
Chicago 5 4 .556 1 1/2
Indiana 4 6 .400 3
Cleveland 2 7 .222 4 1/2
Detroit 1 9 .100 6
Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
Memphis 8 1 .889 —
San Antonio 8 2 .800 1/2
Dallas 6 5 .545 3
Houston 4 5 .444 4
New Orleans 3 5 .375 4 1/2
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB
Oklahoma City 7 3 .700 —
Minnesota 5 4 .556 1 1/2
Utah 5 6 .455 2 1/2
Portland 4 5 .444 2 1/2
Denver 4 6 .400 3
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB
L.A. Clippers 7 2 .778 —
Golden State 5 4 .556 2
L.A. Lakers 4 5 .444 3
Phoenix 4 7 .364 4
Sacramento 2 7 .222 5
Friday’s Games
Philadelphia 99, Utah 93
Indiana 103, Dallas 83
Orlando 110, Detroit 106
Golden State 106, Minnesota 98
Oklahoma City 110, New Orleans 95
Memphis 105, New York 95
Portland 119, Houston 117, OT
Atlanta 112, Sacramento 96
L.A. Lakers 114, Phoenix 102
Saturday’s Games
Boston 107, Toronto 89
Utah 83, Washington 76
Dallas 103, Cleveland 95
Memphis 94, Charlotte 87
San Antonio 126, Denver 100
Milwaukee 117, New Orleans 113
L.A. Clippers 101, Chicago 80
Miami 97, Phoenix 88
Today’s Games
Indiana at New York, 11 a.m.
Orlando at Toronto, Noon
Brooklyn at Sacramento, 5 p.m.
Cleveland at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
Golden State at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Chicago at Portland, 8 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.
Monday’s Games
Milwaukee at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Indiana at Washington, 6 p.m.
Orlando at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Denver at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Golden State at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Utah, 8 p.m.
Saturday’s Men’s
College Scores
Albany (NY) 62, UMKC 59
Brown 70, Maine 68
Bryant 76, New Hampshire 64
Bucknell 62, New Mexico St. 49
Campbellsville 73, Virginia-Wise 59
Canisius 72, St. Bonaventure 69
Chestnut Hill 86, Lock Haven 76
Clarkson 65, Ithaca 63
Concordia (N.Y.) 79, Merrimack 76
Cortland St. 97, Utica 84
Drexel 61, Penn 59
George Washington 72, Boston U. 59
Hampden-Sydney 102, Washington (Md.) 70
Hartwick 70, Regis (Mass.) 67
Hobart 69, Messiah 56
Hofstra 74, Dist. of Columbia 59
Kenyon 73, Keuka 62
King’s (Pa.) 44, Susquehanna 43
Loyola (Md.) 65, Norfolk St. 49
Marist 67, Columbia 62
Merchant Marine 71, St. Lawrence 69
Middlebury 72, Lebanon Valley 63
Millersville 55, Wilmington (Del.) 52
Mount St. Vincent 54, Lehman 52
NJ City 91, St. Joseph’s (LI) 58
Ohio St. 69, Rhode Island 58
Oneonta 92, York (Pa.) 77
Pittsburgh 72, Oakland 62, OT
Post (Conn.) 73, LIU Post 72
Rider 65, Monmouth (NJ) 62
Roanoke 75, Haverford 72
Rochester 82, Mount St. Mary (NY) 68
Rowan 71, Gettysburg 47
S. Dakota St. 78, Marshall 77
Temple 77, Rice 63
Thiel 81, Mount Union 76
Vassar 67, Hunter 66
Vermont 66, Northeastern 55
Washington 84, Seton Hall 73, OT
William Paterson 71, Stevens Tech 55
Yale 63, Buffalo 59
Asbury 90, Milligan 81
Barton 104, North Greenville 76
Bellarmine 64, Grand Valley St. 57
Berea 107, Ohio-Lancaster 36
Carson-Newman 103, Knoxville 73
Charlotte 70, Lamar 49
Chowan 74, Catawba 66
Christian Brothers 85, Williams Baptist 54
Columbus St. 73, Tusculum 53
E. Kentucky 71, Towson 69, OT
E. Mennonite 91, Ferrum 81, OT
Elon 81, Colgate 72
FAU 64, Coppin St. 61
Guilford 93, William Peace 56
King (Tenn.) 103, Pfeiffer 78
LaGrange 61, Berry 58
Lane 82, Fisk 73
Limestone 69, Coker 50
Livingstone 79, Allen 64
Loyola NO 76, Brewton-Parker 55
Memphis 65, Samford 54
Mount Olive 85, Fayetteville St. 66
Northwestern St. 92, Hannibal-LaGrange 43
Pikeville 95, Lindsey Wilson 91, OT
Queens (NC) 89, Lees-McRae 62
Radford 67, Kennesaw St. 58
S. Virginia 86, Johnson & Wales (NC) 56
Shorter 98, Young Harris 87
South Florida 68, Loyola of Chicago 50
St. Augustine’s 61, Paine 41
Stephen F. Austin 69, FIU 60
Tennessee Tech 65, ETSU 62
The Citadel 92, Union (Ky.) 50
VCU 90, Winthrop 54
Virginia 83, Seattle 43
Voorhees 114, St. Andrews 80
W. Kentucky 92, W. Carolina 81
W. Michigan 68, Md.-Eastern Shore 51
William & Mary 83, High Point 61
Xavier (NO) 82, Wiley 77, OT
Bradley 79, IUPUI 72
Cleveland St. 67, Old Dominion 55
DePaul 98, Austin Peay 67
Detroit 85, Drake 79
E. Illinois 63, Texas-Pan American 50
E. Michigan 60, IPFW 47
Evansville 49, W. Illinois 44
Indiana St. 70, Truman St. 57
Iowa 65, Gardner-Webb 56
Milwaukee 73, Davidson 68
N. Dakota St. 73, Mayville St. 40
N. Iowa 72, North Dakota 47
San Diego St. 60, Missouri St. 44
Wichita St. 69, Howard 50
Xavier 61, Robert Morris 59
Houston 87, Grambling St. 47
Houston Baptist 82, Dallas Christian 73
SMU 78, Texas St. 75
UTSA 67, SC-Upstate 59
CS Northridge 92, Tulsa 76
Loyola Marymount 76, CS Bakersfield 73
Montana 66, Idaho 63
Nevada 71, Green Bay 69
UC Riverside 89, Whitman 76
UC Santa Barbara 80, Master’s 60
UNLV 77, Jacksonville St. 58
Utah St. 77, Texas A&M-CC 68
Utah Valley 96, Southwestern (Ariz.) 70
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Florida St. 73, Saint Joseph’s 66
Third Place
Notre Dame 78, BYU 68
USVI Paradise Jam
Ill.-Chicago 62, Mercer 36
Iona 94, Wake Forest 68
The Associated Press
Men’s Top 25 Fared
1. Indiana (3-0) did not play. Next: vs.
Georgia, Monday.
2. Louisville (2-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Miami (Ohio), Sunday.
3. Kentucky (2-1) did not play. Next:
vs. Morehead State, Wednesday.
4. Ohio State (2-0) beat Rhode Island
69-58. Next: vs. UMKC, Friday.
5. Michigan (3-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Pittsburgh, Wednesday.
6. N.C. State (3-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Oklahoma State, Sunday.
7. Kansas (2-1) did not play. Next: vs.
Washington State, Monday.
8. Syracuse (1-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Wagner, Sunday.
9. Duke (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.
Florida Gulf Coast, Sunday.
10. Florida (2-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Middle Tennessee, Sunday.
11. North Carolina (3-0) did not play.
Next: vs. Mississippi State, Monday.
12. Arizona (2-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Long Beach State, Monday.
13. UCLA (3-0) did not play. Next: vs.
Georgetown, Monday.
14. Missouri (3-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Stanford, Thursday.
15. Creighton (2-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Presbyterian, Sunday.
16. Baylor (3-0) did not play. Next: vs.
St. John’s, Sunday.
17. Memphis (2-0) beat Samford 65-
54. Next: vs. VCU, Thursday.
18. UNLV (2-0) beat Jacksonville
State 77-58. Next: vs. Oregon, Friday.
19. Gonzaga (2-0) did not play. Next:
vs. South Dakota, Sunday.
20. Notre Dame (3-1) beat BYU 78-
68. Next: vs. George Washington,
21. Michigan State (1-1) did not play.
Next: vs. Texas Southern, Sunday.
22. Wisconsin (1-1) did not play.
Next: vs. Cornell, Sunday.
23. UConn (3-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Quinnipiac, Sunday.
24. Cincinnati (2-0) did not play.
Next: vs. N.C. A&T, Sunday.
25. San Diego State (2-1) beat
Missouri State 60-44. Next: vs. Arkansas-
Pine Bluff, Wednesday.
Friday’s Men’s Major
College Scores
Army 85, Binghamton 76
Bucknell 88, Niagara 71
Hartford 62, Sacred Heart 47
Harvard 79, Manhattan 45
Hofstra 66, S. Dakota St. 63
Marshall 80, Dist. of Columbia 58
Rutgers 58, Princeton 52
St. Peter’s 68, Cornell 64
W. Illinois 67, Buffalo 58
Arkansas St. 77, UT-Martin 73, 3OT
Asbury 84, Va. Intermont 64
Campbell 101, Appalachian St. 82
Catawba 80, Paine 71
Clemson 72, Furman 55
Covenant 66, Emory & Henry 60
E. Kentucky 85, Kennesaw St. 71
East Carolina 76, UNC Greensboro 73
Felician 79, Livingstone 73
Georgia Southern 87, Webber 64
Guilford 71, S. Virginia 67
Kentucky 101, Lafayette 49
Lenoir-Rhyne 55, Fayetteville St. 51
Lincoln Memorial 95, Bob Jones 58
Loyola NO 70, Emmanuel (Ga.) 64
Maryland 91, LIU Brooklyn 74
Miami 73, Jacksonville 57
Mississippi 92, UALR 52
Roanoke 87, Swarthmore 82
Savannah St. 59, Alabama St. 54
South Carolina 87, Morgan St. 71
South Florida 78, Md.-Eastern Shore 59
St. Augustine’s 75, Chowan 58
Towson 75, Radford 67
Tulane 76, Nebraska-Omaha 52
William Peace 77, Johnson & Wales (NC) 74
Ball St. 66, Wofford 61
E. Michigan 60, E. Illinois 52
Evansville 66, Yale 56
IPFW 97, Texas-Pan American 94, 3OT
Kent St. 92, Chicago St. 63
Missouri 74, Nicholls St. 54
Ohio 85, UNC Wilmington 47
W. Michigan 81, Loyola of Chicago 71
Wright St. 56, NC A&T 44
Youngstown St. 75, St. Francis (Pa.) 60
North Texas 78, Cameron 49
Oklahoma 63, Texas-Arlington 59
Texas Southern 74, Louisiana-Lafayette
71, OT
CS Northridge 68, Siena 64
California 72, Denver 61
Fresno St. 66, Pacific 61
Green Bay 66, S. Utah 54
Nevada 80, Cal St.-Fullerton 77
North Carolina 78, Long Beach St. 63
Oregon 74, Vanderbilt 48
Pepperdine 58, Washington St. 56, OT
Sacramento St. 74, Utah 71
South Dakota 81, NC Central 69
Tulsa 63, San Diego 51
Wyoming 67, Southern U. 60
2K Sports Classic
Alabama 77, Villanova 55
Third Place
Oregon St. 66, Purdue 58
Charleston Classic
Colorado 60, Baylor 58
Murray St. 72, St. John’s 67
Auburn 55, Coll. of Charleston 51
Dayton 87, Boston College 71
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
First Round
Florida St. 88, BYU 70
Saint Joseph’s 79, Notre Dame 70, OT
Puerto Rico Tipoff
NC State 94, UMass 76
Oklahoma St. 62, Tennessee 45
Akron 82, UNC Asheville 63
Penn St. 55, Providence 52, OT
USVI Paradise Jam
First Round
George Mason 52, Mercer 49
New Mexico 66, Ill.-Chicago 59
Quinnipiac 98, Iona 92, OT
UConn 77, Wake Forest 71
Mississippi 92,
Arkansas-Little Rock
UALR (1-2): Lockhart 0-7 0-0 0,
Javes 3-8 2-5 8, Neighbour 1-5 2-2 4,
Gillon 5-11 1-2 14, Dillard 0-5 0-0 0,
Hagins 2-4 0-0 5, osse 3-5 0-0 7, Isler 2-
6 0-0 5, Billings 0-3 0-0 0, White 3-10 3-6
9. Totals 19-64 8-15 52.
MISSISSIPPI (3-0): Buckner 4-9 2-3
10, Holloway 5-9 1-2 11, Williams 4-7 4-5
12, Henderson 6-12 0-0 17, Summers 1-
2 2-4 4, Newby 0-1 0-0 0, Millinghaus 5-
11 9-11 19, White 3-5 2-2 8, Perez 2-4 0-
0 5, Brutus 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 2-2 0-0 4.
Totals 33-63 20-27 92.
Halftime—Mississippi 47-33. 3-Point
Goals—UALR 6-23 (Gillon 3-7, osse 1-2,
Hagins 1-3, Isler 1-3, Neighbour 0-1,
Dillard 0-1, Billings 0-1, Lockhart 0-5),
Mississippi 6-18 (Henderson 5-10, Perez
1-2, Williams 0-1, Holloway 0-1, White 0-
1, Newby 0-1, Millinghaus 0-2). Fouled
Out—Jones. Rebounds—UALR 34 (Isler,
White 7), Mississippi 47 (Buckner 11).
Assists—UALR 7 (Hagins, White 2),
Mississippi 13 (Millinghaus 5). Total
Fouls—UALR 21, Mississippi 20.
Technical—UALR Bench. A—3,251.
Alabama 77, Villanova 55
ALABAMA (4-0): Randolph 3-8 0-0 7,
Cooper 7-10 1-2 17, Gueye 0-0 1-2 1,
Lacey 1-3 5-8 7, Releford 8-10 4-5 25,
Engstrom 0-1 3-4 3, Goode 0-0 0-0 0,
Jacobs 2-4 0-2 4, Steele 1-2 0-0 2,
Pollard 0-1 2-5 2, Blackledge 0-0 0-0 0,
Obasohan 2-4 2-2 7, Wilson 1-1 0-1 2,
Slaughter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-44 18-31
VILLANOVA (3-1): Pinkston 4-6 8-10
17, Bell 1-7 0-0 3, Yarou 0-3 3-4 3,
Hilliard 3-8 2-2 9, Arcidiacono 3-11 4-4 11,
Lowe 0-0 0-0 0, Chennault 1-4 2-2 4,
Brzoja 0-0 0-0 0, McMahon 0-0 0-0 0,
Farrell 0-0 0-0 0, Ochefu 0-4 0-2 0,
Yacoubou 1-1 0-0 3, Sutton 2-3 1-2 5.
Totals 15-47 20-26 55.
Halftime—Alabama 29-26. 3-Point
Goals—Alabama 9-15 (Releford 5-5,
Cooper 2-4, Obasohan 1-2, Randolph 1-
3, Lacey 0-1), Villanova 5-16 (Yacoubou
1-1, Pinkston 1-1, Hilliard 1-2, Bell 1-3,
Arcidiacono 1-8, Ochefu 0-1). Fouled
Out—Bell, Hilliard. Rebounds—Alabama
37 (Jacobs, Randolph 5), Villanova 27
(Bell 6). Assists—Alabama 13 (Lacey,
Randolph 4), Villanova 6 (Arcidiacono,
Brzoja 2). Total Fouls—Alabama 25,
Villanova 25. A—6,177.
Saturday’s Women’s
College Scores
Bridgeport 69, Concordia (NY) 53
Bucknell 59, Canisius 50
Castleton St. 52, Westfield St. 38
College of NJ 73, Neumann 67
Drexel 56, La Salle 53
Gettysburg 64, Bridgewater (Va.) 49
Ithaca 76, Skidmore 50
Juniata 76, Thiel 74
Keystone 65, Elmira 60
Lebanon Valley 76, Clarkson 41
Loyola (Md.) 68, UMBC 55
Marist 56, Princeton 45
Merchant Marine 57, Berkeley 54
Messiah 73, E. Mennonite 65
Millersville 94, Wilmington (Del.) 56
Montclair St. 93, Gwynedd Mercy 74
Navy 64, St. Peter’s 53
New Hampshire 68, Holy Cross 65
Oneonta 54, New Jersey City 48
Penn St.-Harrisburg 65, Susquehanna 61
Rhode Island 47, Siena 39
Saint Joseph’s 50, Maryland 49
Scranton 61, Rochester 45
St. Augustine’s 83, Davis & Elkins 76
St. John’s 73, Hofstra 47
St. Lawrence 80, St. John Fisher 77
Temple 63, Northeastern 59
Utica 79, Sage 55
Vermont 66, Brown 56
Wentworth Tech 74, Pine Court 50
West Virginia 75, SC-Upstate 45
William Smith 66, Potsdam 52
Yale 84, Houston 82
Alabama 79, Ark.-Pine Bluff 60
Asbury 79, Cincinnati-Clermont 65
Barton 81, North Greenville 53
Bethel (Ind.) 65, Berea 39
Campbellsville 73, Virginia-Wise 64
Centre 78, Defiance 42
Charlotte 79, Florida Gulf Coast 60
Chattanooga 81, ETSU 48
Clayton St. 66, Union (Tenn.) 44
Coastal Carolina 56, W. Carolina 42
Coll. of Charleston 72, East Carolina 62
Duke 84, Presbyterian 45
E. Kentucky 67, UNC Asheville 47
Emory & Henry 84, Delaware Valley 81
Fisk 63, Lane 56
Kentucky 80, High Point 46
LeMoyne-Owen 59, S. Arkansas 53
Liberty 68, Sacred Heart 63
Limestone 91, Coker 62
Lindsey Wilson 76, Pikeville 63
Livingstone 98, Allen 52
Loyola NO 67, Brewton-Parker 46
Marshall 70, Ball St. 45
McNeese St. 59, Texas Southern 42
Md.-Eastern Shore 66, Elizabeth City St. 62
Mercer 63, Jacksonville St. 51
Milligan 80, Va. Lynchburg 70
Mississippi College 91, Berry 57
Morehead St. 50, Kennesaw St. 49
Mount Olive 87, Converse 34
Murray St. 76, Longwood 68
N. Illinois 64, Davidson 61
Nova Southeastern 91, Clark Atlanta 62
Old Dominion 74, VCU 51
Pfeiffer 63, King (Tenn.) 55
Queens (NC) 65, Lees-McRae 55
S. Indiana 94, Kentucky St. 58
St. Andrews 64, Agnes Scott 57
Tennessee Tech 78, Rice 65
Thomas More 72, Maryville (Tenn.) 56
Tusculum 74, Winston-Salem 42
UAB 70, MVSU 47
UNC Pembroke 72, Fayetteville St. 70
UNC-Greensboro 55, Gardner-Webb 49
W. Kentucky 65, N. Kentucky 53
Washington (Md.) 58, William Peace 53
Westminster (Utah) 62, Xavier (NO) 50
York (Pa.) 57, Roanoke 34
Young Harris 75, Bryan 46
Ashland 92, Kentucky Wesleyan 56
Cardinal Stritch 67, Trinity (Ill.) 52
Central 68, Crown (Minn.) 51
Coe 75, Rockford 44
Concordia (Mich.) 67, Michigan-Dearborn 49
Concordia (Moor.) 75, St. Scholastica 52
Concordia (Wis.) 77, Beloit 62
Cornerstone 76, Northwestern Ohio 63
Davenport 101, Marygrove 49
DePaul 68, Howard 51
Dordt 55, Doane 46
Evansville 74, San Jose St. 65
Fairfield 54, Butler 45
Finlandia 66, North Central (Minn.) 64
Green Bay 75, Cent. Michigan 48
Heidelberg 72, Albion 68, OT
IUPUI 75, Valparaiso 69
Indiana Tech 82, Madonna 79
Lewis 75, Wayne (Mich.) 71
Lourdes 76, Lawrence Tech 63
Loyola of Chicago 82, S. Illinois 73
Minn. Duluth 73, Michigan Tech 72
N. Iowa 66, N. Dakota St. 50
North Central (Ill.) 70, Alma 67
North Park 79, Dominican (Ill.) 51
Northern St. (SD) 64, Black Hills St. 47
Ohio St. 78, Winthrop 53
Oklahoma City 90, Park 36
Purdue 66, SIU-Edwardsville 51
Ripon 50, Benedictine (Ill.) 48
SW Minnesota St. 59, Missouri Valley 56
Siena Heights 80, Aquinas 49
Simpson (Iowa) 70, Wis.-Eau Claire 52
St. Cloud St. 69, Jamestown 55
St. Norbert 48, Carthage 46
St. Thomas (Minn.) 63, Millikin 42
Walsh 63, Ursuline 50
Winona St. 87, Grand View 54
Wis.-LaCrosse 70, Northland 25
Wis.-Parkside 70, Saginaw Valley St. 64, OT
Wis.-River Falls 71, Lakeland 49
Wis.-Whitewater 65, Wartburg 55
Baylor 82, UT-Martin 67
Sam Houston St. 73, Grambling St. 55
Texas-Pan American 100, Texas A&M-
Kingsville 63
Wiley 71, Stephen F. Austin 68
Arizona 53, CS Northridge 46
Cal Poly 69, San Diego 50
Cal St.-Fullerton 60, San Francisco 55
Colorado St. 58, Seattle 55
Idaho St. 83, Air Force 51
Loyola Marymount 98, Utah St. 81
Nevada 72, UC Irvine 49
Santa Clara 80, Utah Valley 67
St. Mary (Neb.) 98, Grace (Neb.) 42
NYU Tip-Off
New Paltz 70, NYU 68
Third Place
Hartwick 54, St. Joseph’s (NY) 34
Wisconsin Lutheran Tournament
DePauw 61, Wis. Lutheran 39
Third Place
Wis.-Stout 62, Hamline 56
The Associated Press
Women’s Top 25 Fared
1. Baylor (3-1) beat Tennessee-
Martin 82-67. Next: at Hawaii, Sunday.
2. UConn (1-0) did not play. Next: at
No. 16 Texas A&M, Sunday.
3. Duke (1-0) beat Presbyterian
84-45. Next: vs. Iona, Sunday.
4. Stanford (3-0) at Hawaii. Next: vs.
Tennessee-Martin, Sunday.
5. Maryland (2-1) lost to Saint
Joseph’s 50-49. Next: vs. American,
6. Kentucky (2-1) beat High Point
80-46. Next: vs. Morehead State, Friday.
7. Notre Dame (1-0) did not play.
Next: vs. UMass, Sunday.
8. Louisville (3-0) did not play. Next:
vs. UCF, Tuesday.
9. Penn State (2-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Lafayette, Sunday.
10. Georgia (3-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Belmont, Sunday.
11. Oklahoma (1-1) did not play.
Next: vs. Saint Louis, Sunday.
12. California (2-0) did not play. Next:
vs. Cal Poly, Monday.
13. Vanderbilt (3-0) did not play.
Next: at Dayton, Sunday.
14. West Virginia (3-0) beat South
Carolina-Upstate 75-45. Next: vs. LSU,
15. Nebraska (3-0) did not play. Next:
at South Dakota State, Sunday.
16. Texas A&M (0-2) did not play.
Next: vs. No. 2 UConn, Sunday.
17. Delaware (1-2) did not play. Next:
vs. Providence, Tuesday.
18. Purdue (2-0) beat SIU
Edwardsville 66-51. Next: vs. Bowling
Green, Monday.
19. Texas (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.
Jackson State, Tuesday.
20. Ohio State (2-1) beat Winthrop
78-53. Next: vs. Saint Francis (Pa.),
20. St. John’s (2-1) beat Hofstra
73-47. Next: vs. Iona, Wednesday.
22. Oklahoma State (2-0) did not
play. Next: vs. Weber State, Sunday.
23. Miami (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.
No. 24 Tennessee, Sunday.
24. Tennessee (2-1) did not play.
Next: at No. 23 Miami, Sunday.
25. Georgetown (2-1) did not play.
Next: vs. Middle Tennessee, Sunday.
Friday’s Major
Women’s College
Boston U. 70, Richmond 61
Buffalo 61, Oakland 59
Hartford 76, CCSU 62
Harvard 71, BYU 65
Mount St. Mary’s 70, Rider 67
Quinnipiac 81, UMass 72
Sacred Heart 66, Sam Houston St. 62
St. Bonaventure 54, Colgate 45
St. Francis (NY) 69, Delaware St. 50
Syracuse 80, Cornell 35
Asbury 76, Point (Ga.) 50
Bethel (Tenn.) 95, Truett-McConnell 52
Bethune-Cookman 71, FAU 61
Campbell 67, NC Central 51
Carson-Newman 78, North Georgia 66
Cent. Arkansas 47, Alcorn St. 39
George Mason 65, Morgan St. 54
Georgia 62, SC State 46
Georgia College 66, West Florida 56
Hampton 67, LSU 58
Howard Payne 96, Berry 77
Huntington 80, Berea 39
Indiana Wesleyan 61, Union (Ky.) 55
Liberty 81, Grambling St. 50
Livingstone 107, Allen 46
Maryville (Tenn.) 72, Centre 63
McDaniel 95, Emory & Henry 75
Milligan 83, WVU Tech 65
Mississippi 67, Northwestern St. 51
Mississippi St. 57, Louisiana Tech 55
NC A&T 66, Iona 57
Nicholls St. 85, Louisiana-Monroe 60
South Alabama 69, Southern Miss. 67
Stetson 88, Florida A&M 67
Tulane 65, Southern U. 45
Union (Tenn.) 70, Brevard 50
Washington (Md.) 69, Salem St. 56
West Liberty 80, St. Augustine’s 74
Akron 78, Bryant 56
Indiana 60, Indiana St. 46
Nebraska 77, N. Arizona 55
Nebraska-Omaha 79, Louisiana-Lafayette 67
Oral Roberts 73, Texas-Arlington 41
TCU 61, UCF 55
UTEP 67, Houston Baptist 58
UTSA 52, Texas A&M-CC 40
Gonzaga 62, Wisconsin 53
Hawaii 73, UT-Martin 69
Portland 62, Idaho 56
Sacramento St. 79, CS Bakersfield 72
Stanford 71, Baylor 69
Utah 59, Michigan 40
Washington St. 79, Monmouth (NJ) 69
Wyoming 81, Denver 66
N. England 6 3 0 .667 299 201
Buffalo 4 6 0 .400 230 299
Miami 4 6 0 .400 187 205
N.Y. Jets 3 6 0 .333 175 228
Houston 8 1 0 .889 250 143
Indianapolis 6 3 0 .667 186 201
Tennessee 4 6 0 .400 219 311
Jacksonville 1 8 0 .111 127 246
Baltimore 7 2 0 .778 254 196
Pittsburgh 6 3 0 .667 207 177
Cincinnati 4 5 0 .444 220 231
Cleveland 2 7 0 .222 169 211
Denver 6 3 0 .667 271 189
San Diego 4 5 0 .444 209 191
Oakland 3 6 0 .333 191 284
Kansas City 1 8 0 .111 146 256
N.Y. Giants 6 4 0 .600 267 216
Dallas 4 5 0 .444 188 204
Philadelphia 3 6 0 .333 156 221
Washington 3 6 0 .333 226 248
Atlanta 8 1 0 .889 247 174
Tampa Bay 5 4 0 .556 260 209
New Orleans 4 5 0 .444 249 256
Carolina 2 7 0 .222 163 216
Chicago 7 2 0 .778 242 133
Green Bay 6 3 0 .667 239 187
Minnesota 6 4 0 .600 238 221
Detroit 4 5 0 .444 216 222
S. Francisco 6 2 1 .722 213 127
Seattle 6 4 0 .600 198 161
Arizona 4 5 0 .444 144 173
St. Louis 3 5 1 .389 161 210
Thursday’s Game
Buffalo 19, Miami 14
Today’s Games
Cleveland at Dallas, Noon
N.Y. Jets at St. Louis, Noon
Jacksonville at Houston, Noon
Cincinnati at Kansas City, Noon
Philadelphia at Washington, Noon
Green Bay at Detroit, Noon
Arizona at Atlanta, Noon
Tampa Bay at Carolina, Noon
New Orleans at Oakland, 3:05 p.m.
San Diego at Denver, 3:25 p.m.
Indianapolis at New England, 3:25 p.m.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 7:20 p.m.
Open: Minnesota, N.Y. Giants, Seattle,
Monday’s Game
Chicago at San Francisco, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
Houston at Detroit, 11:30 a.m.
Washington at Dallas, 3:15 p.m.
New England at N.Y. Jets, 7:20 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25
Denver at Kansas City, Noon
Minnesota at Chicago, Noon
Oakland at Cincinnati, Noon
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Noon
Buffalo at Indianapolis, Noon
Tennessee at Jacksonville, Noon
Atlanta at Tampa Bay, Noon
Seattle at Miami, Noon
Baltimore at San Diego, 3:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Arizona, 3:25 p.m.
San Francisco at New Orleans, 3:25 p.m.
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants, 7:20 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 26
Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. —
The New Orleans Saints
have overcome an 0-4 start
and the distractions from
the bounty scandal to fight
their way right back into
position for a possible late-
season playoff run.
First they have to get
their record back to .500.
All that stands between
the high-powered Saints
and that modest goal is a
struggling Oakland Raiders
team that has allowed 97
points the past two weeks
and matched a franchise-
worst for points allowed in
last week’s 55-20 loss at
“Man, if Baltimore can
put up 55, you don’t even
want to see what New
Orleans can do,” Raiders
defensive tackle Tommy
Kelly said.
The Saints (4-5) have
done quite a bit since the 0-
4 start under a cloud from
the bounty allegations that
led to a season-long suspen-
sion for coach Sean Payton
and other punishments that
have been a distraction all
year. With four wins in the
past five games, including a
31-27 victory last week over
previously unbeaten
Atlanta, New Orleans has
worked its way back into
But there is little margin
for error. The schedule gets
much tougher after today’s
game in Oakland (3-6) with
the following three games
against division leaders,
meaning the Saints can ill-
afford a slipup against the
struggling Raiders.
“When you dig yourself
a hole like we have, every
game you play is going to
be critical,” interim coach
Joe Vitt said.
The Saints have been
close to their best in recent
weeks. After uncharacteris-
tically throwing five inter-
ceptions the first three
games, Drew Brees has
completed 71 percent of his
passes the last two weeks
with five TDs and only one
interception. The running
game, energized by Chris
Ivory, has produced 288
yards on the ground the
past two weeks.
And even the porous
defense has stepped up of
late, holding Philadelphia to
13 points two weeks ago
and coming up with the late
goal-line stand that sealed
the win against the Falcons.
“They’re back in the
groove,” Raiders corner-
back Ron Bartell said.
“They’re doing what they
normally do. ... He’s putting
up huge numbers. They’re
doing a better job of protect-
ing him. He’s getting the
ball out of his hands. His
receivers are making plays.
Basically the normal New
Orleans Saints offense.”
The Raiders have been
up-and-down defensively
this season, getting gashed
on the ground early in the
season by Miami and then
getting overwhelmed by
Peyton Manning and
Denver before a bye week.
Oakland then put togeth-
er a fairly strong three-week
stretch, holding down Matt
Ryan and the Falcons to
one offensive touchdown
and beating one-win
Jacksonville and Kansas
City in back-to-back weeks.
But the last two weeks
have been as bad as it’s
ever been defensively in
Oakland. Tampa Bay rook-
ie Doug Martin ran for 251
yards in a 42-32 win two
weeks ago. That was fol-
lowed by the drubbing in
Baltimore when Joe
Flacco picked the Raiders
apart for 341 yards and
three touchdowns as the
Ravens matched the most
points ever allowed by the
The Chase for the
Sprint Cup
take on
The Associated Press
Brad Keselowski got some
help on the last day of prac-
tice for NASCAR’s Sprint
Cup season finale at
H o m e s t e a d - Mi a m i
Pole sitter Joey Logano
was involved in a three-car
accident during the first of
two practice sessions
Saturday, switched to a
backup car and will start
from the rear of the field
That will move
Keselowski, who had qual-
ified third, to the front
when the green flag drops
today. Marcos Ambrose
will start on the outside.
And if Keselowski leads
the first lap, he will extend
his points lead from 20 to
21 in the 400-mile race. He
needs to finish 15th or bet-
ter to clinch the title, which
would be the first for long-
time NASCAR team owner
Roger Penske.
“I wasn’t expecting to
be on the front row,”
Keselowski said. “It’s dif-
ferent from what we’re
used to, but it’s different in
a good way. ... If I can take
the lead without wrecking
myself, then that’s what
I’m going to do.”
Keselowski seemed a
little tighter than usual
Saturday, quite possibly
starting to feel the pres-
sure as he goes for his first
Fellow title contender
Jimmie Johnson, who will
start 10th in the finale, has
done all he can to make
Keselowski feel uncom-
“Ready to race for sure,”
Johnson said. “Very
pleased with how our car
finished up. It’s really noth-
ing for me to lose sleep
about tonight. It’s an easy
night for me. ... Easy from
my standpoint because I’ve
got nothing to lose. We’ll
see what they do on the
other side.”
Johnson also thoughts
about how he would like
see the first lap unfold.
“I hope (Keselowski)
tries really, really, really
hard to lead that first lap,”
Johnson said. “I know
Ambrose next to him is
going to try hard, too. That
could be good for me.”
Keselowski knows
Johnson is messing with
him and is a little envious
of his position.
“I don’t ignore it, but if
we could change places, I
bet he would in a heart-
beat,” Keselowski said.
Keselowski was faster
than Johnson in practice
Saturday. Keselowski
turned the faster lap and
edged Johnson with a bet-
ter 10-lap average.
“I think we’re a top-five
car right now,” Johnson
said. “Winning? We’ll work
on that tonight and put
some final touches on it.
But I knew coming into this
weekend I was going to
have a big hill to climb with
the (No. 2) car and the
points lead that they have.
They’ve done their part;
they’ve been very competi-
tive all weekend long.
“We’ll just have to see
how that race goes tomor-
At least one competitor
believes Keselowski’s No.
2 Dodge has a decided
advantage over Johnson’s
No. 48 Chevrolet.
“Those guys are execut-
ing really well, and from
what I’ve seen so far this
weekend, I just don’t think
the 48 has the speed to run
with those guys anyway,”
Joe Gibbs Racing driver
Denny Hamlin said. “So I
think that they’re going to
have to rely on something
catastrophic happening to
the 2.”
The championship con-
tenders avoided both
wrecks in practice.
will start
from front

They also lead the country
with a plus-18 turnover
margin at home.
“We got back to that
playmaking mentality.”
MSU coach Dan Mullen
said when asked about
his defense. “Creating
the turnovers is a huge,
huge deal in what we
need to win the game.”
At the most critical
time, Arkansas of fense
wilted in front of an
announced crowd of
54,838. In a six-posses-
sion stretch in the second
half, the Razorbacks com-
mitted five turnovers and
went three-and-out to see
MSU score the game’s
final 38 points.
“We ended up really
losing the turnover battle
in the second half, and
that’s the stor y of the
game,” Arkansas coach
John L. Smith said. “We
are asking guys to do
things that maybe they
can’t do. It’s hard for vet-
eran guys, let alone
young guys.”
The loss continued a
free fall Arkansas has
been in since Bobby
Petrino was let go as
coach weeks before the
season. Petrino was
involved in a motorcycle
crash with former
Arkansas All-SEC volley-
ball player Jessica
Dorrell, whom he hired
March 28, 2012, as the
student-athlete develop-
ment coordinator for the
football program. She
had worked as a fundrais-
er in the Razorback
Foundation. After lying to
local police, Petrino
revealed Dorrell was a
passenger on his motor-
cycle when he had the
accident and that he had
been involved in an adul-
terous relationship with
her. Arkansas Athletic
Director Jeff Long placed
Petrino on an indefinite
paid leave of absence
before dismissing him
after four seasons.
Arkansas’ demise was
symbolized in a two-play
sequence in the third
quarter when it fielded a
punt and had to take a
timeout because it was
unsure what play to call
after coming on the field.
After the timeout, the tail-
back Jonathan Williams’
fumble fell into the arms
of senior linebacker Cam
Lawrence (11 tackles,
pass breakup, third
career fumble recovery).
“(MSU defensive coor-
dinator Chris) Wilson
made a big emphasis that
we needed to make more
plays and create more
turnovers, (and) that’s
exactly what we did,”
Lawrence said. “We were
hunting the ball the
whole time and we were
able to come up with it a
couple of times.”
The five turnovers
matched the season-high
MSU also reached in a 28-
10 victor y against
Auburn University earlier
this season. The 45 points
also were the most points
MSU has scored against
“That’s our big thing,
when we force turnovers
we are very successful,”
MSU senior receiver
Chad Bumphis said. “We
capitalized on their mis-
takes, and that’s just such
a big part of how we beat
teams, especially at
MSU was forced to
adjust after quarterback
Tyler Wilson (23 of 29 for
225 yards, two touch-
downs) completed his
first 10 passes and
walked the football down
the field on the opening
two drives to help the
Razorbacks take a 14-7
But MSU didn’t lose
its focus like it did against
Alabama and Texas
A&M. Instead, the
Bulldogs continued to
rush four defensive line-
man and tried to cover
with the back two levels
of defense. Defensive
lineman Denico Autr y
and Preston Smith began
to create pressure on
Wilson, and Autry, the
former East Mississippi
Community College
standout, even got his
fourth sack.
Smith, a freshman who
has seen little playing
time in 2012, had four
tackles, one and a half
tackles for loss, a sack,
and a fumble recovery.
“After the poor start
early, I thought we made
a lot of plays,” Mullen
said. “Give our staff cred-
it, they hung in there.
They overcame me and
I’m rough duty to deal
with on game day. They
did a good job of sticking
a lot with our game plan.”
In its annual rivalr y
game against the
University of Mississippi
at 6 p.m. Saturday
(ESPNU) Oxford, MSU
will face an opponent that
was plus-4 in the turnover
department in SEC play.
To win its fourth straight
Egg Bowl, MSU will have
to create turnovers to
generate similar momen-
tum in a hostile environ-
“I can’t wait,” Mullen
said. “A little bit different
attitude this week.
Always the biggest game
of the year for us, so we’ll
be ready to go.”
MSU45, Arkansas 14
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MSU establish a running
game in a 45-14 victory at
David Wade Stadium.
“I noticed and talked to
(MSU running back coach
Greg) Knox about it often
today that we knew we
could run the ball on
them,” Perkins said. “I
knew the Sunday after LSU
game I’d be playing, so that
was never an issue.”
MSU coaches held the
junior tailback was held out
last week in a 37-17 loss at
LSU. MSU coach Dan
Mullen said after the game
Perkins suffered the injury
earlier in the week in prac-
tice and that consistent
training staff meetings
weren’t able to get him
But Perkins looked
healthy running the ball
and slipping out of the
backfield on play-action
passes for two touch-
downs on wheel routes.
His effort helped MSU 8-
3, 4-3 Southeastern
Conference) snap a three-
game losing streak and
regain momentum ahead
of its regular-season finale
next week (6 p.m.
Saturday, ESPNU) against
the University of
Mississippi in Oxford
After the victory in
Starkville, MSU junior
quarterback Tyler Russell
said the Bulldogs saw on
film that the Razorbacks’
linebackers were weak in
pass defense, especially
against faster tailbacks
who had a running start
out of the backfield on
check-down passes.
“If the backer came
underneath the coverage
then I go to Perk. It’s that
simple today,” Russell
said. “If he went over the
top, I got back side with a
tight end or receiver. On
both touchdowns, he
came underneath, so I just
gave Perk a chance. They
were both open today.”
Perkins gave Russell a
comfort zone in the pass
game and an option in
pass coverage when the
junior quarterback held
the football an extra half-
“Perk is a guy I want in
the game touching the
ball all the time, but when
we’ve gone another direc-
tion, he doesn’t have to
come out of the game to
telegraph what we’re
doing,” Mullen said.
Perkins moved into
ninth place all-time with
1,348 all-purpose yards in
a season. He also tied his
career high with two
touchdown receptions.
Perkins is seventh all-time
at MSU with 3,302 career
all-purpose yards.
“The key for me was to
stay healthy and make
sure I was ready to play
physically,” Perkins said.
“I’m one of the leaders out
there, so my team needs
me out there contributing
and doing my job.”
On the rare occasion
MSU went with a different
back, sophomore Nick
Griffin took one of his two
carries 60 yards for a touch-
down. Griffin’s score was a
career-long for him, and
MSU’s third-longest scor-
ing play of the season. The
run, where the sophomore
went untouched on a sweep
to the far side of the field,
eclipsed Griffin’s game total
against LSU last week.
“He looks like the guy
we recruited, and you’re
starting to see that confi-
dence he has in there,”
Mullen said.
Mullen is 29-12 as a
head coach when his team
rushes the ball for more
100 yards. The Bulldogs
piled up more than 500
yards of offense in a SEC
game for the first time
since putting up 531 yards
in a loss at Auburn on Sept.
10, 2011. MSU, which
entered the game ninth in
the league in rushing, went
for more than 200 yards
rushing for the first time
since a victory against
Middle Tennessee State
University on Oct. 20, and
the fourth time this season.
“We felt like if we could
come out execute running
the ball it would open up
the pass and vice versa,”
Russell said. “We want
that balance, and we can
feel it when we do it well. I
think we did well on that.”
David Allen Williams/Special to The Dispatch
Mississippi State junior running back rushed for 91 yards and caught two
touchdown pass from Tyler Russell on Saturday in a 45-14 victory against the
University of Arkansas.
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Mississippi State University’s Preston Smith celebrates with the ball after sacking
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson on Saturday in a 45-14 victory.
Continued from Page 1B
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Mississippi State University junior quarterback Tyler Russell runs the ball while a
teammate blocks the University of Arkansas’ Will Hines in a 45-14 victory on
Saturday in Starkville.
Mississippi State University
football record book is start-
ing to see one name sitting
at the top: Tyler Russell.
On Saturday in a 45-14
victory against the
University of Arkansas,
Russell broke the school’s
single-season record for
completions (201), yards
(2,523), and 200-yard pass-
ing games (seven). He also
extended his single-season
record of passing touch-
downs to 21.
Russell became the first
MSUquarterback to eclipse
2,500 passing yards in a sea-
son. He also earned his first
four-touchdown perform-
ance since his debut in a
MSU jersey two years ago
in a 49-7 victory against the
University of Memphis.
“It’s huge (to break
records like that),” MSU
coach Dan Mullen said.
“We’ve broken a bunch of
records since we’ve been
here, and one day I’m sure
they’ll get broken again.”
The former Parade All-
American out of Meridian
High School also main-
tained his single-season
school records for comple-
tion percentage and passing
yards per game. He finished
19 of 32 for 274 yards and
four touchdowns against
the worst pass defense in
the Southeastern
Conference. His four touch-
down passes were the most
for a MSU quarterback in a
SEC game since Wesley
Carroll accomplished the
feat in 2007 against
“There is a lot of history
at Mississippi State,”
Russell said. “Just for our
offense to break records
like that, it just lets you
know we are going in the
right direction.”
Russell hit 10 receivers,
but he featured two of his
favorite targets — junior
running back LaDarius
Perkins and senior wide
receiver Chad Bumphis —
for touchdowns.
Bumphis’ scores came
on what he described as
“option routes”, where the
receiver chooses which
direction to turn based on
the coverage. On these
calls, the timing and non-
verbal communication
between the quarterback
and receiver has to be near
perfect, and that chemistry
between the fourth-year
players was evident. Russell
fit the first touchdown just
over the outstretched hand
of a defender to give MSU a
17-14 halftime lead.
Russell also moved into
second place all-time for
touchdowns in a season (23)
and total offense for a season
(2,553). He moved into third
place all-time with 333 pass
attempts in a season.
With one more season
left under Mullen and offen-
sive coordinator Les
Koenning, Russell has the
opportunity to be the most
accomplished quarterback
in school history. On
Saturday, Russell tied
Wayne Madkin for second
in career touchdown passes
(34). The two-time SEC
offensive player of the week
honoree is the school’s
record holder for career
passing efficiency.
We came into this season
and said, ‘You’re going to be
as good as your seniors’,
and you look at that class
knowing Tyler is a four-year
player,” Mullen said. “They
wanted to go out the right
Love gets first interception
Next season, MSU corner-
back Jamerson Love will be a
featured player in the second-
ary. Right now, he gets to play
off the limelight of veteran
teammates Johnthan Banks
and Darius Slay.
Love had a chance to step
into the spotlight Saturday
when he made an interception
on Arkansas’ first drive of the
second half. After the
Razorbacks had earned a first
down, quarterback Tyler Wilson
didn’t see the sophomore cor-
nerback in the middle of the
defense and he threw it right to
the 5-foot-10 defensive back.
Love, a three-star athlete
coming out of Aberdeen High
School three years ago, had two
pass breakups and a tackle for
loss in nine games entering the
game. Love has competed in 23
career games, mostly on special
teams. He has seen more snaps
with the first-team defense in the
past month.
“That is huge for him,”
Mullen said about the intercep-
tion. “When you see Banks and
Slay with all the attention they
get, he gets to learn from them.
He is watching how they do
things every day and with
tremendous ability.”
Chick-fil-A Bowl eying MSU as
contender after victory
MSU remains on the short list
for the school’s first appearance
in the Chick-fil-ABowl since a 17-
7 victory against Clemson
University in 1999. That victory
capped a 10-win season.
MSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC), LSU,
and the University of South
Carolina are in the mix for the
New Year’s Eve bowl game in
“With MSU, you have to look
at the big picture,” Chick-fil-A
Bowl Chairman Leeman Bennett
wrote this week on his blog. “A
pair of wins to close it out against
Arkansas and Ole Miss will prob-
ably get the Bulldogs ranked
again and put them in great posi-
tion for a trip to Atlanta.”
MSU is projected by many
websites, including ESPN and
CBS, to make its second trip in
three years to the Gator Bowl in
Jacksonville, Fla. Two years
ago, MSU beat the University
of Michigan 52-14 in the
school’s only trip to the New
Year’s Day postseason game.
Russell sets more records in rout

Saturday’s Scores
Albany (NY) 63, CCSU 34
Brown 22, Columbia 6
Bucknell 24, Bryant 21
Buffalo 29, UMass 19
Colgate 41, Fordham 39
Cortland St. 20, Framingham St. 19
Dartmouth 35, Princeton 21
Harvard 34, Yale 24
Hobart 38, Washington & Lee 20
Holy Cross 24, Georgetown 0
Indiana (Pa.) 27, Shepherd 17
Lehigh 38, Lafayette 21
Maine 55, Rhode Island 6
Monmouth (NJ) 26, Robert Morris 21
Navy 21, Texas St. 10
Oklahoma 50, West Virginia 49
Penn 35, Cornell 28
Penn St. 45, Indiana 22
Salisbury 17, Rowan 9
St. Francis (Pa.) 44, Sacred Heart 24
Temple 63, Army 32
Towson 64, New Hampshire 35
Villanova 41, Delaware 10
Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 23, OT
Wagner 23, Duquesne 17
Alabama 49, W. Carolina 0
Arkansas St. 41, Troy 34
Auburn 51, Alabama A&M 7
Austin Peay 38, Tennessee Tech 31
Bethune-Cookman 21, Florida A&M 16
Chattanooga 24, Elon 17
Clemson 62, NC State 48
Coastal Carolina 41, Charleston Southern 20
Cumberlands 42, Mid-Am Nazarene 24
Drake 32, Jacksonville 29
East Carolina 28, Tulane 23
Florida 23, Jacksonville St. 0
Florida St. 41, Maryland 14
Gardner-Webb 21, Presbyterian 15
Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 14
Georgia Tech 42, Duke 24
Hampton 27, Morgan St. 17
Howard 41, Delaware St. 34
Jackson St. 37, Alcorn St. 11
Kentucky 34, Samford 3
LSU 41, Mississippi 35
Lenoir-Rhyne 21, Fort Valley St. 6
Liberty 33, VMI 14
Louisiana-Lafayette 31, W. Kentucky 27
Louisiana-Monroe 42, North Texas 16
Marist 28, Campbell 7
Marshall 44, Houston 41
McNeese St. 35, Lamar 0
Memphis 46, UAB 9
Miami 40, South Florida 9
Middle Tennessee 20, South Alabama 12
Mississippi St. 45, Arkansas 14
Morehead St. 76, Valparaiso 24
Murray St. 42, SE Missouri 35
NC A&T 22, NC Central 16, OT
Old Dominion 38, James Madison 28
Richmond 21, William & Mary 14
SC State 27, Savannah St. 13
San Diego 17, Davidson 10
South Carolina 24, Wofford 7
The Citadel 42, Furman 20
UT-Martin 35, Tennessee St. 26
UTEP 34, Southern Miss. 33
Utah St. 48, Louisiana Tech 41, OT
Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee 18
West Alabama 41, Miles 7
Cent. Michigan 30, Miami (Ohio) 16
E. Michigan 29, W. Michigan 23
Iowa St. 51, Kansas 23
Kent St. 31, Bowling Green 24
Michigan 42, Iowa 17
Mount Union 72, Christopher Newport 14
N. Dakota St. 38, Illinois St. 20
N. Iowa 38, Missouri St. 13
Nebraska 38, Minnesota 14
Northwestern 23, Michigan St. 20
Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0
Ohio St. 21, Wisconsin 14, OT
Purdue 20, Illinois 17
Rutgers 10, Cincinnati 3
S. Dakota St. 31, South Dakota 8
S. Illinois 35, W. Illinois 0
Syracuse 31, Missouri 27
Youngstown St. 27, Indiana St. 6
Ark.-Pine Bluff 42, Prairie View 41
Baylor 52, Kansas St. 24
Cent. Arkansas 48, E. Illinois 30
MVSU 34, Texas Southern 3
Oklahoma St. 59, Texas Tech 21
Rice 36, SMU 14
Stephen F. Austin 34, Northwestern St. 17
Texas A&M 47, Sam Houston St. 28
Tulsa 23, UCF 21
Arizona St. 46, Washington St. 7
Boise St. 42, Colorado St. 14
Cal Poly 42, N. Arizona 34
E. Washington 41, Portland St. 34
Montana St. 16, Montana 7
N. Colorado 28, North Dakota 27
Nevada 31, New Mexico 24
Stanford 17, Oregon 14, OT
UC Davis 34, Sacramento St. 27
UCLA 38, Southern Cal 28
UTSA 34, Idaho 27
Washington 38, Colorado 3
Weber St. 40, Idaho St. 14
Wyoming 28, UNLV 23
Friday’s Scores
FIU 34, FAU 24
Air Force 21, Hawaii 7
The Associated Press
Top 25 Fared
No. 1 Oregon (10-1) lost to No. 14
Stanford 17-14, OT. Next: at No. 15
Oregon State, Saturday.
No. 2 Kansas State (10-1) lost to
Baylor 52-24. Next: vs. No. 18 Texas,
Saturday, Dec. 1.
No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0) beat Wake
Forest 38-0. Next: at No. 21 Southern Cal,
No. 4 Alabama (10-1) beat Western
Carolina 49-0. Next: vs. Auburn, Saturday.
No. 5 Georgia (10-1) beat Georgia
Southern 45-14. Next: vs. Georgia Tech,
No. 6 Ohio State (11-0) beat
Wisconsin 21-14, OT. Next: vs. No. 23
Michigan, Saturday.
No. 7 Florida (10-1) beat Jacksonville
State 23-0. Next: at No. 10 Florida State,
No. 8 LSU (9-2) beat Mississippi
41-35. Next: at Arkansas, Friday.
No. 9 Texas A&M (9-2) beat Sam
Houston State 47-28. Next: vs. Missouri,
No. 10 Florida State (10-1) beat
Maryland 41-14. Next: vs. No. 7 Florida,
No. 11 Clemson (10-1) beat NC State
62-48. Next: vs. No. 12 South Carolina,
No. 12 South Carolina (9-2) beat
Wofford 24-7. Next: at No. 11 Clemson,
No. 13 Oklahoma (8-2) beat West
Virginia 50-49. Next: vs. Oklahoma State,
No. 14 Stanford (9-2) beat No. 1
Oregon 17-14, OT. Next: at No. 17 UCLA,
No. 15 Oregon State (7-2) vs.
California. Next: vs. No. 1 Oregon,
No. 16 Nebraska (9-2) beat
Minnesota 38-14. Next: at Iowa, Friday.
No. 17 UCLA (9-2) beat No. 21
Southern Cal 38-28. Next: vs. No. 14
Stanford, Saturday.
No. 18 Texas (8-2) did not play. Next:
vs. TCU, Thursday.
No. 19 Louisiana Tech (9-2) lost to
Utah State 48-41, OT. Next: at San Jose
State, Saturday.
No. 20 Louisville (9-1) did not play.
Next: vs. UConn, Saturday.
No. 21 Southern Cal (7-4) lost to No.
17 UCLA 38-28. Next: vs. No. 3 Notre
Dame, Saturday.
No. 22 Rutgers (9-1) beat Cincinnati
10-3. Next: at Pittsburgh, Saturday.
No. 23 Michigan (8-3) beat Iowa
42-17. Next: at No. 6 Ohio State,
No. 23 Texas Tech (7-4) lost to
Oklahoma State 59-21. Next: vs. Baylor,
No. 25 Kent State (10-1) beat
Bowling Green 31-24. Next: vs. Ohio,
Eastern Division
Conference All Games
Florida 7 1 207 95 10 1 284129
Georgia 7 1 268 145 10 1 414202
S. Carolina 6 2 229 169 9 2 350192
Vanderbilt 5 3 177 168 7 4 297198
Missouri 2 5 146 205 5 6 280282
Tennessee 0 7 209 303 4 7 397 411
Kentucky 0 7 72 254 2 9 198335
Western Division
Conference All Games
Alabama 6 1 254 90 10 1 419 111
LSU 5 2 160 137 9 2 343190
Texas A&M 5 2 254 139 9 2 478241
Miss. St 4 3 178 182 8 3 339228
Mississippi 2 5 183 215 5 6 330318
Arkansas 2 5 144 237 4 7 269345
Auburn 0 7 81 223 3 8 224291
Saturday’s Games
Alabama 49, W. Carolina 0
Mississippi St. 45, Arkansas 14
South Carolina 24, Wofford 7
Florida 23, Jacksonville St. 0
Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 14
Auburn 51, Alabama A&M 7
LSU 41, Mississippi 35
Texas A&M 47, Sam Houston St. 28
Syracuse 31, Missouri 27
Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee 18
Kentucky 34, Samford 3
Friday’s Game
LSU at Arkansas, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest, TBA
Georgia Tech at Georgia, 11 a.m.
Kentucky at Tennessee, 11:21 a.m.
Auburn at Alabama, 2:30 p.m.
Florida at Florida St., 2:30 p.m.
Missouri at Texas A&M, 6 p.m.
South Carolina at Clemson, 6 p.m.
Mississippi St. at Mississippi, 6 p.m.
No. 4 Alabama 49,
Western Carolina 0
W. Carolina 0 0 0 0 — 0
Alabama 21 21 7 0 — 49
First Quarter
A — Lacy 7 run (Shelley kick), 12:06.
A — Yeldon 3 run (Shelley kick), 7:58.
A — Lacy 7 run (Shelley kick), 4:10.
Second Quarter
A — Ch.Jones 29 pass from A.McCarron
(Shelley kick), 8:15.
A — Lacy 3 run (Shelley kick), 3:02.
A — Belue 57 fumble return (Shelley
kick), :14.
Third Quarter
A — Sims 5 run (Shelley kick), 7:15.
First downs 8 22
Rushes-yards 28-70 40-300
Passing 93 160
Comp-Att-Int 8-20-0 8-12-0
Return Yards 0 24
Punts-Avg. 8-38.4 2-42.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 8-49 1-15
Time of Possession 31:35 28:25
RUSHING—W. Carolina, Sullivan 4-28,
Vaughn 3-16, Warren 2-14, T.Mitchell 9-6,
M.Johnson 5-5, Ramsey 5-1. Alabama,
Lacy 10-99, Sims 8-70, Yeldon 7-55,
Calloway 7-52, A.McCarron 2-18, Howell
5-9, Team 1-(minus 3).
PASSING—W. Carolina, Sullivan 4-12-0-
63, T.Mitchell 4-8-0-30. Alabama,
A.McCarron 6-6-0-133, Sims 2-6-0-27.
RECEIVING—W. Carolina, M.Johnson 3-
4, Ramsey 2-15, James 1-30, Brown 1-
28, Alexander 1-16. Alabama, Cooper 2-
50, Cy.Jones 2-12, Bell 1-34, Ch.Jones 1-
29, M.Williams 1-22, Shinn 1-13.
No. 8 LSU 41,
Mississippi 35
Mississippi 14 7 7 7 — 35
LSU 7 10 3 21 — 41
First Quarter
Miss—Wallace 58 run (Rose kick), 10:16.
LSU—Hill 27 run (Alleman kick), 9:55.
Miss—Moncrief 56 pass from Wallace
(Rose kick), 5:15.
Second Quarter
LSU—FG Alleman 22, 14:50.
LSU—Ware 1 run (Alleman kick), 9:57.
Miss—Wallace 1 run (Rose kick), :50.
Third Quarter
LSU—FG Alleman 24, 11:42.
Miss—Mackey 6 run (Rose kick), :50.
Fourth Quarter
LSU—Hill 1 run (Ware pass from
Mettenberger), 11:39.
Miss—Moncrief 30 pass from Wallace
(Rose kick), 11:11.
LSU—Beckham 89 punt return (Alleman
kick), 9:10.
LSU—Hill 1 run (run failed), :15.
Miss LSU
First downs 20 21
Rushes-yards 41-147 38-145
Passing 316 282
Comp-Att-Int 16-37-3 22-38-2
Return Yards 38 114
Punts-Avg. 6-40.2 5-44.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 6-34 6-56
Time of Possession 27:53 32:07
RUSHING—Mississippi, Wallace 11-54,
Mackey 9-41, Je.Scott 12-39, Brunetti 8-
15, Davis 1-(minus 2). LSU, Hill 20-77,
Ware 8-55, Ford 4-20, Copeland 1-0,
Shepard 1-0, Hilliard 1-(minus 1),
Mettenberger 3-(minus 6).
PASSING—Mississippi, Wallace 15-35-3-
310, Brunetti 1-2-0-6. LSU, Mettenberger
22-37-2-282, Rivers 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Mississippi, Moncrief 6-
161, Logan 3-53, Mackey 3-44, Sanders
2-42, Je.Scott 1-7, Mosley 1-3, Burns 0-9,
Brunetti 0-7, Burton 0-(minus 10). LSU,
Dickson 5-69, Landry 4-60, Ware 4-16,
Wright 3-64, Boone 3-51, Beckham 2-13,
Hill 1-9.
Mississippi State 45,
Arkansas 14
Arkansas 7 7 0 0 — 14
Mississippi St. 7 10 14 14 — 45
First Quarter
MSU — Perkins 13 pass from Russell
(Bell kick), 9:32.
A — Hamilton 30 pass from T.Wilson
(Hocker kick), 4:24.
Second Quarter
A — D.Johnson 7 pass from T.Wilson
(Hocker kick), 12:17.
MSU — FG Bell 39, 9:38.
MSU — Bumphis 6 pass from Russell
(Bell kick), 4:48.
Third Quarter
MSU — Prescott 4 run (Bell kick), 5:51.
MSU — Perkins 24 pass from Russell
(Bell kick), 1:31.
Fourth Quarter
MSU — Bumphis 22 pass from Russell
(Bell kick), 14:50.
MSU — Griffin 60 run (Bell kick), 12:22.
First downs 19 24
Rushes-yards 33-126 36-203
Passing 233 302
Comp-Att-Int 24-30-2 21-34-0
Return Yards (-1) 23
Punts-Avg. 5-45.0 4-36.8
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-1
Penalties-Yards 9-70 5-41
Time of Possession 29:33 30:27
RUSHING—Arkansas, D.Johnson 15-88,
J.Williams 4-16, T.Wilson 7-10, Wingo 2-
6, K.Davis 5-6. Mississippi St., Perkins
17-91, Griffin 2-68, J.Robinson 4-26,
Prescott 6-17, Milton 3-4, Russell 3-
(minus 1), Team 1-(minus 2).
PASSING—Arkansas, T.Wilson 23-29-2-
225, Allen 1-1-0-8. Mississippi St., Russell
19-32-0-274, Prescott 2-2-0-28.
RECEIVING—Arkansas, Hamilton 7-88,
Herndon 6-84, McKay 3-30, D.Johnson 3-
1, Tate 2-10, Linton 1-8, J.Williams 1-8,
Wingo 1-4. Mississippi St., Bumphis 6-82,
Clark 3-61, Perkins 3-40, R.Johnson 2-24,
C.Smith 2-23, M.Johnson 1-27, Lewis 1-
15, Morrow 1-13, Heavens 1-9, Hemphill
Division II Playoffs
First Round
Saturday’s Games
Shippensburg 58, Bloomsburg 20
Indiana (Pa.) 27, Shepherd 17
Indianapolis 31, Midwestern State 14
West Alabama 41, Miles 7
Lenoir-Rhyne 21, Fort Valley State 6
Northwest Missouri State 35, Harding 0
Missouri Western State 57, Minnesota
Duluth 55
West Texas A&M 38, Chadron State 30
Second Round
Saturday, Nov. 24
West Texas A&M (10-2) at Ashland (11-0),
10 a.m.
Indiana (Pa.) (11-1) at New Haven (10-0),
11 a.m.
West Alabama (9-3) at Valdosta State
(8-2), 11 a.m.
Lenior-Rhyne (9-2) at Carson-Newman
(8-2), Noon
Shippensburg (11-1) at Winston-Salem
(11-0), Noon
Northwest Missouri State (10-2) at
Minnesota State Mankato (11-0), Noon
Missouri Western State (11-1) at
Henderson State (10-0), Noon
Indianapolis (10-2) at Colorado State-
Pueblo (11-0), 1 p.m.
Division III Playoffs
First Round
Saturday’s Games
Hobart 38, Washington & Lee 20
Wittenberg 52, Heidelberg 38
Franklin 42, Adrian 10
Cortland State 20, Framingham State 19
Wesley 73, Mount Ida 14
Widener 44, Bridgewater State 14
Salisbury 17, Rowan 9
Johns Hopkins 42, Washington &
Jefferson 10
Mount Union 72, Christopher Newport 14
Mary Hardin-Baylor 59, Louisiana College
St. Thomas (Minn.) 48, St. Norbert 17
Elmhurst 27, Coe 24
Bethel (Minn.) 24, Concordia-Chicago 23
Wisconsin-Oshkosh 55, St. Scholastica
Linfield 27, Pacific Lutheran 24
North Central (Ill.) 41, Cal Lutheran 21
Second Round
Saturday, Nov. 24
Linfield (10-0) vs. North Central, Ill. (9-2),
Bethel (Minn.) (9-2) vs. Wisconsin-
Oshkosh (11-0), TBD
Hobart (11-0) vs. Wittenberg (10-1), TBD
Elmhurst (10-1) vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)
(11-0), TBD
Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-0) vs. Franklin
(9-2), TBD
Cortland State (9-1) vs. Wesley (9-1),
Widener (10-0) vs. Salisbury (9-2), TBD
Johns Hopkins (10-1) vs. Mount Union
(11-0), TBD
NAIA Playoffs
First Round
Saturday’s Games
St. Francis (Ind.) 22, Baker (Kan.) 17
Cumberlands (Ky.) 42, MidAmerica
Nazarene (Kan.) 24
Marian (Ind.) 42, Northwestern (Iowa) 32
Morningside (Iowa) 40, Montana Tech 35
Saint Xavier (Ill.) 31, William Penn (Iowa) 0
Southern Oregon 45, Saint Ambrose
(Iowa) 28
Missouri Valley 56, Ottawa (Kan.) 21
Bethel (Tenn.) 45, Georgetown (Ky.) 44
College Football
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“It’s not about them, it’s
about what you do, so we
had to go out there and
take care of business and
not worry about everybody
else,” McCarron said.
Cornerback Deion
Belue returned a fumble 57
yards in the final seconds
before halftime.
The 42 points were the
most Alabama had scored
in the first half since pro-
ducing the same amount
against Georgia State on
Nov. 18, 2010.
Still hoping for a shot at
a second straight national
title, the Tide can secure a
spot in the Southeastern
Conference championship
game against No. 5 Georgia
with a victory over rival
This one was a welcome
respite for Alabama after
games against No. 8 LSU
and the Aggies went down
to the final minute. It fol-
lowed three straight
against opponents ranked
in the top 15 at the time of
the game, including
Mississippi State
“You’re coming off a
loss; it’s easy to get distract-
ed,” Belue said. “We han-
dled that real well, just com-
ing in and staying focused
on what we need to do.”
Alabama outgained the
Catamounts 463-163 in total
yards and outrushed them
300-70. The Catamounts
have lost all 14 meetings
against SEC teams and
haven’t beaten a Division I
(Football Championship
Series or Football Bowl
Subdivision) opponent
since topping The Citadel
on Oct. 2, 2010.
“There’s a reason this
place is where it’s at, at the
top,” Western Carolina first-
year coach Mark Speir
said. “Excellent football
team that we could not
stop. Defensively, they pret-
ty much had their way.
They knocked us off the
Alabama reached 10
wins for the fifth season in a
row, the longest such
streak since the 1971-75
McCarron, who threw
his first two interceptions of
the season last week, broke
the single-season mark set
by Greg McElroy in 2010.
He hit Christion Jones on a
29-yard touchdown with 8
minutes, 15 seconds left in
the second quarter to cap a
99-yard drive and then
became a spectator.
The junior also moved
past McElroy into third
place on the Tide career list
with 40 touchdown passes,
behind Brodie Croyle (41)
and John Parker Wilson
T.J. Yeldon ran for 55
yards and a touchdown on
seven carries before leav-
ing with a sprained foot.
Saban said he could have
Backup quarterback
Blake Sims was only 2 of 6
for 27 yards in his most sig-
nificant action but also
rushed for 70 yards, includ-
ing a 5-yard touchdown.
Wide receiver Kevin
Norwood was held out of
the game for an unspecified
injury and backup tailback
Kenyan Drake was sus-
pended for violating team
Even Alabama’s mis-
takes turned into Tide
points. Western Carolina
fumbled it right back after
Jones lost the ball on a punt
return, and Belue scooped
it up for another score with
14 seconds left before half-
Continued from Page 3B
and Lavar Edwards to
drive Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5)
out of routine field goal
range later in the fourth
quarter. Bryson Rose then
pushed a 53-yard kick
wide right, setting up the
winning drive.
Ole Miss quarterback
Bo Wallace passed for 310
yards and two TDs and
ran for two scores, but
also was intercepted three
times. His touchdowns
went Donte Moncrief, the
first for 56 yards and the
second for 30. Wallace’s
first score came on a 58-
yard run.
“I’ve been coaching a
long time, maybe not at
this level, but this here is
one of the most difficult
locker rooms to be in this
year,” first-year coach
Hugh Freeze said. “Our
kids just fought for our
university and our fans
and they should be proud
of that. We just can’t seem
to get that stop when we
have to have one, or that
touchdown when we have
to have one.”
Zach Mettenberger
completed 22 of 37 passes
for 282 yards and was
intercepted twice. Hill fin-
ished with 77 yards rush-
ing, including a 27 yard
run for his first TD.
Spencer Ware had LSU’s
other touchdown on a leap
over the pile on fourth-
and-goal from the 1.
“I never thought at any
point we were going to
lose that game,”
Mettenberger said. “We
had control of the game.
We had a couple of
turnovers but we had
been driving the ball well
all night and the passing
game was there. We just
have to clean up the
turnovers and we still
won. Hopefully we can go
into next week against
Arkansas and do the same
LSU heads into that
game still technically alive
for an SEC title — if the
Tigers beat the
Razorbacks, while Texas
A&M beats Missouri and
Auburn upsets Alabama.
That would create a three-
way tie in the SEC West
that LSU would win.
The Ole Miss
turnovers gave LSU multi-
ple opportunities to seize
control, but the Tigers
had three drives stall
inside the Mississippi 10.
Two of them ended with
field goals and another
with Senquez Golson’s
interception in the end
zone, a play that allowed
the Rebels to cling to a 21-
20 lead in the third quar-
“Everything we were
doing was working,”
Wallace said. “We execut-
ed for the most part, but
there were still times that
we were shooting our-
selves in the foot. We have
to eliminate that.”
Mississippi then
widened its lead to 28-20
on a drive set up by
Golson’s second intercep-
tion. Randall Mackey’s 6-
yard scoring run capped
LSU rallied to tie it on
Hill’s 1-yard touchdown
run around the left side
and a 2-point conversion
on Mettenberger’s pass to
Ware, but the Rebels
marched right back down
the field in 28 seconds to
regain the lead, 35-28, on
Wallace’s pass to Moncrief
along the left sideline.
That, however, would
be the final points for a
Mississippi team that is
one win from bowl eligibil-
ity and made it clear early
on it was not going to lay
down against an LSU team
favored by more than two
“We should have had it.
We let it slip away,”
Mackey said. “We’re just
tired of losing. We came
ready to play.”
Ole Miss took a 21-17
lead into halftime after
Wallace converted a
fourth-and-3 with a 20-
yard pass to Logan, then
hit Logan again for 25
yards before keeping the
ball for his second rush-
ing TD of the game from
the 1.
By The Associated Press
The NCAA has extended
the University of
Tennessee’s probation by
two years as part of addi-
tional penalties handed
down Friday following the
ruling that former football
assistant coach Willie
Mack Garza provided
impermissible travel and
lodging to a former
Penalties include a pub-
lic reprimand and censure
plus a reduction in official
visits, evaluation days and
complimentary tickets to
recruits on unofficial visits.
This extends a probation-
ary period that started in
August 2011 and now runs
through Aug. 23, 2015.
Garza, who worked at
Tennessee on former
coach Lane Kiffin’s staff,
received a three-year show-
cause order. The show-
cause penalty means that
any school that hires him
must prove to the NCAA
that it is rules compliant.
Garza resigned as USC’s
secondary coach two days
before the Trojans started
their 2011 season.
The NCAA ruled Garza
reimbursed talent scout
Will Lyles for plane tickets
and hotel expenses associ-
ated with an unofficial visit
made by Lache Seastrunk
and his mother in the sum-
mer of 2009. The visit
occurred outside the per-
missible time period for
prospects to make expense-
paid visits. The NCAA clas-
sified Lyles as a booster
because he arranged the
I AP Source: Big Ten
talking to Maryland,
Rutgers: A person familiar
with the situation tells The
Associated Press that the
University of Maryland and
Rutgers University are in
discussions with the Big
Ten Conference to possibly
join the conference in 2014.
The person spoke
Saturday night on condition
of anonymity because nei-
ther the conference nor the
schools want to publicly
discuss their plans. first report-
ed that the Big Ten was
looking into expanding to
14 teams by adding
Maryland and Rutgers.
The person says
Maryland would have to be
“the first domino to fall,”
but added that an agree-
ment could be reached as
soon as this week for both
The Big Ten has 12
members after adding the
University of Nebraska last
Maryland is in the
Atlantic Coast Conference,
which recently added
Notre Dame as a member
in all sports except football
and hockey. Rutgers is in
the Big East Conference.
Tennessee receives two-year
extension of probation
Losses by Kansas St.,
Oregon open path for
Notre Dame, Alabama
By The Associated Press
EUGENE, Ore. —
Jordan Williamson hit a 37-
yard field goal in overtime
and No. 14 Stanford
University upset No. 1
University of Oregon 17-14,
denying the Ducks a chance
to clinch the Pac-12 North
and derailing their straight
shot at the Bowl
Championship Series title
If Stanford and Oregon
win in their final games next
weekend, both will finish
with one conference loss,
which means Stanford will
win the head-to-head
matchup and go to the Pac-
12 championship for a
chance to play in the Rose
Stanford (9-2, 7-1) will
visit No. 17 UCLA, which
defeated No. 21 USC 38-28
earlier in the day to claim
the Pac-12 South. Oregon
(10-1, 7-1) will play rival
Oregon State University in
the annual Civil War rivalry
game in Corvallis, Ore.
The loss snapped a 13-
game winning streak for the
Ducks, which was the
longest in the nation coming
into Saturday. It was
Stanford’s fifth straight win.
I Baylor 52, No. 2 Kansas
St. 24: At Waco, Texas, Collin
Klein and second-ranked Kansas
State can still get to a Bowl
Championship Series game.
Getting to the BCS championship
game is all but lost.
Glasco Martin ran for three
touchdowns, Lache Seastrunk
had 185 yards rushing with an
80-yard score and Baylor again
upset the BCS picture with a late-
season victory, beating the
Wildcats Saturday night.
Aweek after the Wildcats (10-
1, 7-1 Big 12) took over the No. 1
spot in the BCS standings follow-
ing defending national champion
University of Alabama’s loss, it
now looks like it’s going to some-
body else’s turn at the top.
Maybe Notre Dame, which
could get its championship shot
after Kansas State and No. 1
University of Oregon both lost.
And the Crimson Tide suddenly is
back in the title picture, along with
a couple other SEC teams.
Also, K-State quarterback
Collin Klein may be a Heisman
Trophy front-runner no more after
throwing three interceptions and
getting sacked twice while being
pressured and harassed all night.
He threw for 286 yards, but had
only 39 yards on 17 carries.
On first-and-goal from the 6 in
the fourth quarter, Klein had four
straight carries and couldn’t score
—twice trying from the 1.
Nick Florence, the successor
to Heisman winner Robert Griffin
III, threw for 238 yards. Both of
his touchdowns came in the first
half when the Bears (5-5, 2-5)
jumped out to a 28-7 lead.
It was on the same weekend
last November, on another
Saturday night in Waco, when
Griffin and Baylor upset then fifth-
ranked Oklahoma after two
teams ahead of the Sooners had
already lost that day.
I No. 3 Notre Dame 38,
Wake Forest 0: At South Bend,
Ind., Everett Golson threw touch-
down passes of 50, 34 and 2
yards, Cierre Wood scored on a
68-yard run and Notre Dame fin-
ished the season undefeated at
home for the first time since 1998.
The Fighting Irish improved to
11-0 for the first time since 1989
and need to beat Southern
California to finish a regular sea-
son undefeated for the first time
since 1988, the last time they
won a national championship.
INo. 5 Georgia 45, Georgia
Southern 14: At Athens, Ga.,
Aaron Murray threw four touch-
down passes and Todd Gurley
became only the second true
freshman in Georgia history to
rush for 1,000 yards.
Georgia (10-1) reached 10
wins for the eighth time in Mark
Richt’s dozen seasons as coach.
I No. 7 Florida 23,
Jacksonville State 0: At
Gainesville, Fla., The Gators
used a strong defensive effort to
overcome a sluggish offensive
The Gators scored a touch-
down on their first possession
when Mike Gillislee plowed into
the end zone from 7 yards out.
But that was the only offensive
touchdown all day from Florida.
INo. 9 Texas A&M 47, Sam
Houston State 28: At College
Station, Texas, Johnny Manziel
threw for 267 yards and three
touchdowns, and ran for 100
yards and two more scores in a
bit more than a half for Texas
I Texas-El Paso 34,
Southern Miss 33: At
Hattiesburg, Autrey Golden
returned a fourth-quarter kickoff
98 yards for a touchdown and the
Miners’ held when it counted
After Golden’s big return gave
UTEP(3-8, 2-5 Conference USA)
the 34-27 lead, the Golden
Eagles (0-11, 0-7) responded
with an 86-yard drive that cut the
lead to one with 2 minutes, 48
seconds left. Southern Miss
coach Ellis Johnson opted for a
two-point conversion attempt, but
Arsenio Favor’s pass was inter-
cepted by Demarcus Kizzie in the
end zone.
Top 25 Roundup / State

the North State title game.
The Tigers beat the
Wildcats 41-28 in
Louisville in the regular
season. The 28 points are
the most a team has
scored on Noxubee
County this season.
“It doesn’t matter what
game it is, West Point,
Lafayette, if our offense
ends up scoring, 3-0, 6-0, 7-
0, 8-0, the game is over with
in our eyes,” Noxubee
County senior Javancy
Jones said. “If we don’t give
up any points, it is automat-
ically over with.”
IAHS opened the game
focused on making a game
of it. The Indians (12-1)
held the Tigers on three
plays on the game’s open-
ing drive. They then con-
verted two third downs,
including a 36-yard run by
senior running back
Ashton Shumpert, to move
quickly into the red zone.
But like it did all night,
Noxubee County dialed up
a play when it needed to be
made. The Tigers hit
Shumpert for a 1-yard loss
on first-and-10 from their
17. Following a game of 2
yards, Noxubee County
sacked quarterback Tyler
Dossett for a 4-yard loss.
The play forced the Indians
to settle for a 37-yard field
goal by Dossett.
“You could count them
as points, but it still felt
good,” Jones said. “They
are a great team. They are
12-0 and we are 13-0. Just to
hold them to three points
felt good.”
Jones said the score
pumped the Tigers up,
even if they don’t like to
give up points. He said the
defense gained even more
momentum once the
offense found its rhythm
and moved the ball on the
Jones said the defense
also takes motivation from
the lack of respect
Noxubee County’s defense
gets from people in the
state of Mississippi. He
feels many only look at the
points Darrell Robinson
puts up at running back.
While acknowledging
Robinson is a “great” play-
er who fuels the offense, he
said the defense is just as
strong because it is the
sum of its parts.
“We are the No. 1
defense in the state,” Jones
said. “We have a lot of
weapons on defense that
people don’t know about,
that aren’t really out there.
They are like silent assas-
Senior lineman Dylan
Bradley didn’t play like a
defender who wanted to
sneak up on anybody. After
missing most of the week
due to illness (migraine
headaches, sore throat,
chest pain) Bradley flew
from sideline to sideline
making plays. In the first
quarter, Bradley made a
tackle on the far side of the
field and got tangled up
with an official on the
Itawamba sidelines on the
Indians’ fifth play. Bradley
had to be helped off the
field after aggravating a
knee injury he suffered in
the regular season against
Louisville. He shook off the
incident and returned to
terrorize Dossett and his
offensive teammates.
“It gave me a little prob-
lem, but I took one play off
and went right back in,”
Bradley said. “I took some
Ibuprofen, and once you
do that, the pain is tempo-
rary. The pain went away,
and you can see the out-
In the fourth quarter,
Bradley was lined up on
the left side and chased
down a scrambling
Dossett with a hit from
behind for a 3-yard loss on
third-and-seven. The hit
sent him gliding off to the
Tigers’ sideline and into
the glow of a hyped-up
“I never will quit on my
teammates because I have
some great teammates,
and I know they will never
quit on me,” Bradley said.
“I didn’t feel any pressure,
and when you feel relaxed
you play a good game, and
that is basically what we
did tonight.”
Noxubee County held
IAHS to 37 yards after its
initial drive. The Indians
went three-and-out on
three of their final four
drives of the first half. To
compound matters,
Shumpert, a member of
The Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy
Dozen, which recognizes
12 of the state’s top players,
had 55 yards on 14 carries.
It was only the second time
this season he was held to
less than 100 yards. He had
58 yards and two touch-
downs in a 62-14 victory
against Tishomingo
County on Oct. 26.
Without Shumpert, who
entered the game with
more than 1,732 rushing
yards and 25 touchdowns,
or running back Charles
Moore, who came in with
1,333 yards and 22 touch-
downs, able to generate
much of anything, Dossett
was left to throw the ball a
season-high 23 times. He
completed 11 passed for 66
The three points were
the fewest IAHS scored in
a game since a 34-0 loss to
West Point on Oct. 7, 2005,
a span of 89 games. Their
previous low this season
was 17 in the season open-
er against Saltillo.
Bradley praised
Shumpert, who will be his
teammate on the
Mississippi/Alabama All-
Star team, for 34 seconds in
an interview following the
game. He said Shumpert is
the second-best running
back in the state — behind
Robinson, of course — and
that he had him in his
sights a couple of times
only to miss him.
But Bradley said the
swarm is the key to the
Tigers’ defense. Even
though he might miss,
teammates like Jones, Eric
Hunt, Antonio Ryland, the
defensive linemen, and the
cornerbacks coming to the
ball to make plays.
“He is one of the best,
but we come out here for
business,” Bradley said.
“After the game, we shake
hands because business is
Louisville is the next
step in Noxubee County’s
business trip to Jackson,
the site of the Class 4A
state title game. Bradley
and Jones agreed the
Tigers still have something
to prove, especially consid-
ering the Wildcats rallied
in the second half against a
defense that isn’t accus-
tomed to giving up one
touchdown, let alone 28
“We challenged these
guys and told them they
were going to have to play
a really great game for us
to win,” Noxubee County
coach Tyrone Shorter said.
“We knew they had two
great running backs. To
shut those two running
backs down like we did
tonight says a lot about
these young men. They
just played lights out foot-
ball. If we want to go to
Jackson, it is going to take
playing defense like we did
Bradley will make sure
the Tigers play that way.
Before the game, a mem-
ber of the team’s training
staff said Bradley was like a
“caged animal” in the week
leading up to the game
against IAHS. He took out
his pent up frustration
about not being able to
practice. This week,
Bradley may use some-
thing else as motivation,
like the fact Houston High
defensive lineman Chris
Jones, a Mississippi State
University commitment,
received his 2013 Under
Armour All-America jersey
in a presentation Friday at
the school.
Noxubee County beat
Houston 0-13 in the regular
“We have something to
prove. Everybody underes-
timates our defense,”
Bradley said. “During the
week, a couple of my team-
mates called me and told
me they are saying, ‘A cou-
ple of us weren’t going to
be factors in this game.’
But when it came down to
it, you could see one of the
main factors in the win was
a factor. If you aren’t going
to give us our respect, we
are going to take it by
force. We don’t want any-
thing given to us. You have
to work for whatever you
get in life. That’s what we
are doing right now, and
we are working for our
In the end, Jones,
Bradley, Ryland, and Hunt,
some of the players people
on message boards said
wouldn’t be a factor, would
up in control of the game.
“Everybody stepped up
tonight and took their
game to another level,”
Bradley said. “That is what
you have to do in the play-
offs. ... When you get to the
championship game in
Jackson, it is everything on
the line.”
Noxubee County 16,
Itawamba Agricultural 3
Noxubee County 8 0 0 8 — 16
Itawamba 3 0 0 0 — 3
First Quarter
I — Tyler Dossett 37 FG
NC — DeAngelo Ballard 36 pass to
Charles Hughes (Eric Hunt rush).
Fourth Quarter
NC — Darrell Robinson 6 run (Javancy
Jones run).
Team Statistics
First Downs 16 7
Rushes-Yards 51-194 27-88
Passing Yards 102 66
Comp.-Att.-Int. 6-11-0 11-23-0
Return Yards 17 20
Turnovers 2 0
Penalties 5-25 2-20
Individual Statistics
RUSHING: Noxubee County — Darrell
Robinson 31-146, Jarvis Taylor 10-35,
DeAngelo Ballard 10-13; Itawamba —
Ashton Shumpert 14-55, Charles Moore 7-
44, Tyler Dossett 6-(-11).
PASSING: Noxubee County — DeAngelo
Ballard 6-11-0-102; Itawamba — Tyler
Dossett 11-23-0-66.
RECEIVING: Noxubee County — Charles
Hughes 4-83, Jessie Bryant 1-18, Jarvis
Taylor 1-1; Itawamba — Ashton Shumpert
4-32, Rico Burgess 2-15, Makel Hamer 2-
2, Charles Moore 1-6, Peyton Green 1-6,
Drew Coleman 1-5.
Noxubee County
Continued from Page 4B
West Alabama Roundup
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Noxubee County High School’s Charles Hughes falls into the end zone on top of Itawamba AHS’ Ashton
Shumpert on Friday in the Tigers’ 16-3 victory in the semifinals of the Mississippi High School Activities
Association Class 4A North State playoffs.
Passing game provides spark for Tigers
FULTON — Tyrone Shorter has
maintained since the beginning of
the season that the Noxubee County
High School football team can throw
the ball.
Shorter has heard the shouts
from the fans, though, who would
prefer the Tigers open up the
offense and sling the football around
the field like they did a few years
ago, including 2008, when the pro-
gram won its only state champi-
But Shorter is a realist. When he
looks at his team, he sees an experi-
enced and deep offensive line and
one of the state’s best running backs
in senior Darrell Robinson. His rea-
soning is simple: Why throw the ball
when the running game is clicking?
Noxubee County delivered a cau-
tionary tale Friday night to
Louisville or the South State champi-
on: Talk of the demise of its passing
game have been premature.
Senior quarterback DeAngelo
Ballard’s 36-yard touchdown pass to
Charles Hughes in the first quarter
provided the spark Noxubee County
needed in a 16-3 victory against
Itawamba Agricultural in the semifi-
nals of the Mississippi High School
Activities Association Class 4A
North State playoffs.
“We always knew we could throw
the football,” Shorter said. “We are
no stranger at it. Ballard threw the
ball as a 10th-grader and threw the
ball all over the field as a junior. We
just changed our offense up a little.
We haven’t had to use the pass as
much, but we knew we had to
loosen them up some and make a
big play.
“Our offensive coaches had a
heck of a game plan, and it worked
all night. We moved the ball up and
down the field on these guys. We
just got inside the red zone and
stalled in the red zone and the
turnovers hurt us. We get hit with
adversity sometimes and these guys
just find a way to get it done.”
Ballard was 6 of 11 for 102 yards.
He and Hughes, a transfer from
Starkville High, showed their matu-
rity on the touchdown pass, which
came after an unsportsmanlike
penalty against the Indians. With a
first-and-10 from the IAHS 36-yard
line, Ballard dropped back, waited
and delivered a laser over the mid-
dle to Hughes in between the cover-
age. Hughes snatched the pass and
bounced off defensive back Ashton
Shumpert into the end zone for
what proved to be the game-win-
ning score.
“I give him the credit because he
saw on film that they play a cover
three,” Ballard said. “The play was a
fade, and we knew we weren’t going
to be able to do a fade, so we
stopped it and I threw it to him and
he made the play.”
Ballard said he knew Hughes
was going to make the adjustment
on the route. He said the Tigers’
receivers tried several times to out-
run the defense, including
Shumpert in the back, so Ballard
said the Tigers figured out changes
had to be made. The result was a
laser over the middle that Hughes
“I saw him running full speed and
when I saw him slowing down I
gathered myself and got ready to
throw the ball,” Ballard said.
Hughes wasn’t a one-hit wonder.
He used his hands to snare a pass
from Ballard near the Noxubee
County sideline. He finished with
four catches for 83 yards.
Even though Hughes was the
only receiver with multiple catches,
he said the Tigers know their pass-
ing game can strike if opponents
aren’t ready.
“I feel that was the most impor-
tant thing to do tonight,” Hughes
said. “We knew what was expected
of us, and all we had to do was exe-
Hughes said he saw Shumpert on
the other side and one man on him,
so he knew he had to break his
route out and break it back inside
because he realized the defenders
were going to bite on the run
The passing game might have
had more opportunities to shine if
not for two costly turnovers that
ended promising drives. But
Shorter and Ballard know having
someone like Robinson in the back-
field is a valuable weapon when an
offense finds the right mix of run-
ning and throwing the football.
“I felt good,” Ballard said.
“Coming into the game, we talked to
the receivers and we knew we were
going to have to make some plays
because they play the run pretty
well and we were going to have to
help Robinson.
“People have been sleeping on
our passing game, saying Noxubee
County can only run the ball. We
had to show them we can do both.”
Lamar County stays
alive with road win
The Lamar County High
School football team contin-
ued its offensive assault
Friday night in the Alabama
High School Athletic
Association Class 2A play-
offs in Skipperville, Ala.
The Bulldogs pounded
out 398 yards of offense in a
41-19 second round victory
against G.W. Long.
Lamar County (9-3) will
travel to fifth-ranked Sweet
Water (10-2) for a third-
round matchup Friday
Lamar County won with
the big play, as four touch-
downs went for 35 or more
yards. The Bulldogs held a
14-7 halftime lead before
scoring on the first three
possessions of the second
Dallas Cockerham had
134 rushing yards and
three passing touchdowns
for Lamar County. Landon
Williams scored on a 36-
yard run. Cockerham also
had two 2-yard rushing
scores. In the air,
Cockerham hit Tim Harton
on scoring pass plays of 49,
39, and 35 yards.
Defensively, Lamar
County held the high-
octane offense attack of
Long to 188 yards of total
offense, while forcing three
I Sweet Water 54,
Aliceville 7: At Aliceville,
Ala., the Yellow Jackets
scored on the game’s first
possession but that would
be the lone highlight in this
second-round Class 2A
playoff loss.
Aliceville drove that first
possession 65 yards on
nine plays. Junior quarter-
back Christopher Crowell
capped the drive by hitting
sophomore running back
Jeremy McMullen on a 20-
yard scoring strike.
Sweet Water answered
with three straight touch-
downs before Aliceville
had its next threat. With
the ball on the Bulldogs’
11-yard line, Crowell
threw a pass interception
just shy of the end zone.
Trying to make a tackle,
Crowell was injured and
did not return to the game.
The Bulldogs would
eventually score six first-
half touchdowns and were
not threatened after that.
Aliceville finishes the
season 7-5.
I Pickens County
34, Cedar Bluf f 0: At
Cedar Bluf f, Ala., the
Tornadoes post their sec-
ond straight shutout in
Class 1A playoff action.
Pickens County (10-2)
racked up 489 yards of
of fense. Junior running
back Jermarcus Brown
ran for 286 yards and a
touchdown. Brown topped
the 1,900-yard rushing
mark in the victory, and
has 25 touchdowns.
William Stewart had
two rushing touchdowns
for the Tornadoes, while
Brown and Darrien
Latham had the other
scores. Stewart finished
with 96 yards rushing.
Devonte Simon led the
defense with three inter-
ceptions. He returned one
of the interceptions 80
yards for a touchdown.
Pickens County will
play host to Berry (8-4) in
a third-round matchup
Friday night.
I Restoration
Academy 48, Pickens
Academy 13: At Troy,
Ala., the Pirates finished
the season 10-3 after a loss
in the Alabama
Independent School
Association Class A state
championship game at
Troy University.
Pickens Academy
rushed for 217 yards but
committed five turnovers.
Josh Lewis ran 13 times
for 97 yards, Garrett Estes
ran 15 times for 68 yards,
and Joel Pratt ran 10 times
for 51 yards.
Estes scored on a 5-
yard run, while Pratt
scored on a 3-yard run.
A winner of only three
games a season ago,
Pickens Academy was led
defensively by Estes with
10 tackles and a sack.
Cody Scott had nine tack-
les, while Pratt also had a
pass interception.
The Pirates began the
season with an eight-game
win streak. This loss was the
only setback against a Class
A opponent this season.

West Point hopes to get
another dynamic perform-
ance from Lane, who ran
for 146 yards on 10 car-
ries. He had scoring runs
of 13, 14, 50, and 58 yards.
The senior had a 64-yard
touchdown pass to
Terence Minor to give the
Green Wave a 35-7 half-
time lead. The score was
the second of back-to-back
one-play scoring drives,
the first of which was a 58-
yard run by Lane.
“We’re no stranger to
big plays,” West Point
coach Chris Chambless
said. “When we take shots,
we’re confident we can
convert them.”
Lane, who found run-
ning room on the edges of
an undersized defense,
helped open lanes for team-
mates. Aeris Williams had
71 yards, while Josh Ewing
added 43. There were plen-
ty of opportunities through
the air, too. Lane had the
64-yard pass to Minor and a
46-yarder to Peair Howard.
Both players were wide
open as a result of the
Green Wave’s success on
the ground.
“When I missed Aeris, I
thought, ‘Man, that’s been
there all game,’ ” Lane
said. “It was a missed
opportunity. But other
than that, we were happy
with the way we moved
the ball.”
Lane was a sophomore
the last time West Point
played Ridgeland in 2010,
a blowout that propelled
the Green Wave to the
state title game and the
second of consecutive
championships. Though
he admitted the Green
Wave knew they had more
talent than the Titans, he
lauded his team’s intensity
and execution in a game in
which they were heavily
“There’s a lot of experi-
ence on this team, and
there’s a certain standard
we have here,” Lane said.
“We had a good week of
practice, so I felt like we
would come out and have
a good game.
“We’ve got to keep it
going next week in a big
rivalry game.”
I Record between
Starkville and West Point
in the past five years.
The schools will play for
the Class 5A North State
championship at 7 p.m.
Friday in Starkville.
I Preston Baker had 217
all-purpose yards, includ-
ing a 90-yard kickoff
return for a touchdown. He
rushed for 127 yards on
11 carries to become the
first SHS rusher to rush
for more than 100 yards in
back-to-back games this
I Starkville pass defense,
which has been a constant
all season, kept quarter-
back Parker Adamson in
check, forcing the 6-foot-5
senior to elude constant
pressure. Adamson was
18 of 28 for 205 yards
and a touchdown.
I Baker’s 90-yard kickoff
return for a touchdown in
the four th quarter erased
the momentum Oxford had
seized by cutting the lead
to 14-7. Baker made two
players miss before the
turning it back inside to
elude kicker Cody Mills.
I On a Starkville blitz,
Jarius Barnes turned the
corner and went
untouched for 62 yards for
what looked like the
game’s first touchdown in
the first half. However, a
holding call that was
flagged before Barnes
made it to the second
level of the defense,
erased the scorer. The
drive then stalled.
I Starkville quarterback
Gabe Myles had been
slowed in the passing
game, and left the game
to address a finger injur y.
The senior returned to
start his first drive back
inside the Yellow Jackets’
1-yard line. Myles handed
the ball to Baker on draws
and sweeps to get out of
danger. A 45-yard run
flipped the field position
and fueled the 99-yard
touchdown drive. matches.
return since the 2011 sea-
son opener. Baker’s only
score of the game helped
give Starkville a 21-7 lead
in the fourth quarter.
“I thought he had a
chance to take it all the
way,” Mitchell said.
“There’s no doubt that was
the biggest play of the foot-
ball game on so many lev-
Baker rushed for 127
yards on 11 carries, mark-
ing the first back-to-back
100-yard effort by a
Starkville player this season.
“He just keeps doing it
even when teams are trying
to stop him all week in prac-
tice,” Mitchell said. “The
only problem with his num-
bers is we didn’t get him the
football enough in the first
Mitchell has the Yellow
Jackets in the Class 5A
North State championship
game in consecutive sea-
sons for the first time since
2000-01. Last season,
Starkville beat West Point in
the second round after los-
ing to the Green Wave in the
regular season. It then
defeated Ridgeland in the
North State title game
before losing to Picayune at
Memorial Stadium in
When fall practice start-
ed in August, Mitchell
believed Starkville could get
back to the North State
championship game and
could face West Point. That
matchup will come at 7 p.m.
Friday in Starkville. West
Point beat Starkville 47-22
on Sept. 7 in Starkville.
“We’re the two best
teams in the North Half and,
quite frankly, we have been
all season long,” Mitchell
said. “It just feels right that
we are the two that should
decide it.”
Starkville’s defense,
which has been a constant
all season, kept quarterback
Parker Adamson (18 of 28
for 205 yards and a touch-
down) in check by forcing
the 6-foot-5 senior to elude
pressure. The pressure
allowed Starkville to sub in
and out and to use players
like senior quarterback
Gabe Myles, Baker and
other skill position players,
who typically play only on
offense, in the secondary.
Starkville held Oxford to
89 yards in a scoreless first
half that included three
“I thought the major ele-
ment to that was we were
able to get in his face with
just three people,” Mitchell
said. “We had to keep him
guessing, and I thought we
did that very well.”
Myles completed just 4
of 12 passes, but he led a
nine-play, 99-yard touch-
down drive that gave
Starkville a 14-0 lead.
“It’s a matter of finding
what was working for you
and making sure you help
the team get the job done,”
Myles said. “Coach always
says that as long as the job
gets done, that’s what is
most important — not what
it looks like.”
Myles was forced to
improvise early because
Oxford’s blitzes created
havoc in the backfield.
However, the blitzes
allowed for draw and
sweeps that Baker and
Jaquez Horsley used to rip
off big gains.
None of the players at
Starkville or West Point
high schools were alive the
last time both schools
advanced to the North State
title games in 1985. In the
MHSAA Class 5A and 4A
North Half state champi-
onship games, Starkville
beat Clarksdale and then
lost to Meridian in the state
title game, while West Point
lost to Louisville.
“We just can’t wait for
that game because it’s
about more than bragging
right this time,” Myles said.
“It’s about going to
Jackson, which is what
we’ve worked so hard for
this season.”
Continued from Page 2B
guard in the state of
Mississippi. She also
claimed a second-straight
Clarion-Ledger Dandy
Dozen selection, and was
named one of the
Mississippi High School
Activities Association’s Fab
15 Seniors by High School
Sports in Mississippi.
Last season, Patterson
averaged 20.4 points, 7.7
rebounds, three steals, and
three assists per game to
help guide Yvonne
Hairston’s Lady Falcons to
a 25-3 record and the
Mississippi Class 6A North
State semifinals. She also
was The Dispatch’s Large
Schools co-Player of the
As a sophomore,
Patterson played shooting
guard and averaged 27.3
points, seven rebounds,
and six assists.
Patterson also honed
her skills playing Amateur
Athletic Union basketball
for Team Memphis Elite.
Hairston said Patterson
moved to the point in an
effort to prepare her for
college. She feels Patterson
has matured in the past two
seasons and is someone
who recognizes she will get
a lot of attention from
defenses. She said
Patterson has a better
understanding of when to
pick her spots and how to
get her teammates more
involved to keep the
offense flowing.
“It is an honor for her to
have an opportunity to play
at Mississippi State,”
Hairston said. “The SEC is
probably one of the best
conferences in our nation.
Anytime you have an
opportunity to play on that
level, it is great. I know she
will be an asset to their pro-
Hairston said one chal-
lenge Patterson will face it
competing against taller
and bigger guards in the
SEC. She said Patterson’s
quickness (she recorded a
time of 12.5 seconds in the
100-yard dash) to make up
for what she may lack in
“I feel Kiki can score on
anybody,” Hairston said.
“We try to put her down on
the post if they have a
smaller guard on her. Even
if they have a taller guard
on her, she can score. That
is the most important
thing: She can create.
Whatever they give her,
she is going to take.”
Hairston also feels
Patterson’s speed will be
an asset on defense. She
knows Schaefer’s focus is
defense, and she feels
Patterson, quickness,
strength, and knowledge
of the game will serve
her well at the next level.
Patterson is equally
excited about the oppor-
tunity. She admitted it was
difficult to tell the coach-
es at South Carolina she
had changed her mind
and she favored the
maroon of MSU to the
garnet of South Carolina.
Now that a long recruit-
ing ordeal is over,
Patterson is eager to take
her talents to the next
level and help Schaefer
realize his goal for MSU.
“It is going to be hard
work, but even with the
transition from middle
school to high school ball, I
did what I had to do to get
the job done,” Patterson
said. “That is the mind-set I
am taking going to State. I
have to do what I have to
do to be on the court. They
signed me, so I have to step
up and play.”
Continued from Page 4B
David Allen Williams/Special to The Dispatch
Starkville High School running back Jaquez Horsley rushed for 94 yards Friday night in a 28-7 victory against
Oxford in Starkville.
Starkville 28, Oxford 7
Oxford 0 0 0 7 — 7
Starkville 0 0 14 14 — 28
Third Quarter
S — Gabe Myles 1 run (Charlie
Henderson kick).
S — Myles 1 run (Henderson kick).
Fourth Quarter
O — Parker Adamson 30 pass to Zach
Cousar (Cody Mills kick).
S — Preston Baker 90 kickoff return
(Henderson kick)
S — Darius Grayer 15 run (Henderson
Team Statistics
First Downs 14 16
Rushes-Yards 27-76 46-283
Passing Yards 205 62
Comp.-Att.-Int. 18-38-2 4-13-0
Return Yards 95 0
Turnovers 4 1
Penalties 8-75 8-51
Individual Statistics
RUSHING: Oxford — Parker Adamson 9-
43, Jarius Barnes 3-24, Collin Le 2-7,
Courtland Barnes 9-6, Nick Brown 3-(-1),
Glenn Gordon 1-(-3); Starkville — Preston
Baker 11-127, Jaquez Horsley 16-94,
Gabe Myles 13-35, Darius Grayer 5-30,
Matt Fuller 1-(-3).
PASSING: Oxford — Parker Adamson 18-
38-2-205; Starkville — Gabe Myles 4-12-
0-62, Princeton Jones 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Oxford — Nick Brown 4-90,
Tyrell McGee 4-47, Zach Cousar 1-30,
Joey Walden 4-20, Collin Le 4-18, Glenn
Gordon 1-0; Starkville — Princeton Jones
3-37, Josh Rice 1-25.
David Allen Williams/Special to The Dispatch
Starkville High School quarterback Gabe Myles tries
to break free from a defender Friday night.
Inside the Game
By the Numbers
Unsung Hero
Turning Point
Key Play
Key Drive
West Point
Continued from Page 4B
I Trailing 14-0, Ridgeland
quarterback Parker
Lohman scored on a 53-
yard option run on fourth-
and-1. After that, West
Point reeled off 21 extra
points to take a 35-7 half-
time lead.
“When they scored, our
defense knew they missed
an assignment. It wasn’t a
big deal. It did get us a lit-
tle more excited to go put
some more points on the
board.” – West Point quar-
terback Tez Lane
I The Green Wave rotated
multiple players on
defense, especially on
defensive line, where the
rest is sure to help ahead
of next week’s game
against Starkville High.
“We feel like our guys we
rotate in are starters, too.
All of those guys are play-
ing well.” – Chambless
I Brown, a senior end had
five tackles for a loss and
three and a half sacks.
“Ed has had a terrific year.
He’s a great kid in the
classroom. He’s a 4.0
student. He’s playing like
a leader.” – Chambless
West Point 56,
Ridgeland 21
Ridgeland 7 0 0 14 — 21
West Point 14 21 7 14 — 56
First Quarter
WP — Tez Lane 14 run (Eric Lemus kick).
WP — Aeris Williams 13 run (Lemus
R — Parker Lohman 53 run (Tre Taliaferro
Second Quarter
WP — Lane 13 run (Lemus kick).
WP — Lane 58 run (Lemus kick).
WP — Lane 64 pass to Terence Minor
(Lemus kick).
Third Quarter
WP — Williams 99 kickoff return (Lemus
Fourth Quarter
R — Gary Adams 14 run (Taliaferro kick).
WP – Lane 50 run (Lemus kick).
WP — Josh Ewing 22 run (Lemus kick).
R — Lohman 61 pass to Xavier Marion
(Taliaferro kick).
Team Statistics
First Downs 10 19
Rushes-Yards 36-143 39-324
Passing Yards 94 115
Comp.-Att.-Int. 6-12-1 3-7-0
Return yards 91 132
Turnovers 1 0
Penalties 8-55 4-45
Individual Statistics
RUSHING: Ridgeland — Parker Lohman
22-84, Gary Adams 12-50, Bryce Williams
2-9; WP – Tez Lane 10-146, Aeris Williams
13-71, Josh Ewing 5-43, LAcequiu Starks
4-33, Roger Thomas 3-29, Demontae
Rush 1-2, Ladarius Patterson 2-0, Dason
Thomas 1-(-1).
PASSING: Ridgeland — Parker Lohman
6-12-94-1; WP — Tez Lane 2-6-110-0,
Josh Ewing 1-1-5-0.
RECEIVING: Ridgeland — Xavier Marion
2-67, Gary Adams 1-14, Ben Culpepper 2-
11, Bryce Williams 2-11; West Point —
Peair Howard 1-46, Terence Minor 1-64,
Steffon Moore 1-5.
Inside the Game
Key Drive
Going Forward
Unsung Hero
David Miller/Special to The Dispatch
West Point High School running back Aeris Williams
ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns Friday night in a
victory against Ridgeland in West Point.

High-Point Award Winners
Swim Columbus kicked off its short-course season at the end of September with a
meet at Meridian Community College. The club took 37 swimmers, including some
who were in their first meet. In all, the club has more than 20 new swimmers for
this season. Ladd Chain swam in 10 events in the 13- to 14-year-old boys age
group and recorded new state records in six. Corey Persons (open class), Chain
(13-14) and Ben Harrell (8 and under) won High Point Awards in their age groups.
Father-Son Catch Red Fish
Clark Bain, 7, caught this giant red fish Nov. 3 on a trip to Mobile Bay with his
father, Keith. He also killed his first deer (pictured below), a six-pointer, on Nov.
12. Clark is the son of Keith and Donna Bain, of Spring Hill, Ala.
First Deer
Braeden Peterson, 8, killed his first deer Nov. 4
hunting with his father, Mark, in Lowndes County. He
shot the deer from 150 yards with a .243.
EMCCGolf Outing
ABOVE: East Mississippi Community College held its
17th annual Old Waverly Golf Classic on Oct. 22 at
Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. First-place gross
winners were Zak Holloway, Danny Hicks, Clay
Stafford, and Charlie Pilkinton, of Columbus.
BELOW: EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, far right,
and alumnus Jimmy Kibe, far left, are first-place net
winners with Frank Chailand, of Tupelo, Keith Peel, of
Beldon, and George Rutledge, of Saltillo. Not pictured
is teammate Al Wiygul, of Saltillo.
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we are
making lists of
all the things
for which we
are thankful.
Most of us will
include friends,
family and pos-
sibly a few
material items,
as well.
On my list
is our exquisite autumn.
This year, the
foliage is espe-
cially vibrant,
saturated with
hues of bur-
gundys and
golds and
rusts. In late
afternoon, the
trees reach
high into the
sky, each leaf
illuminated, as
if trying to
grasp every tiny ray of the
fading light. They seem to
know that winter draws
near and their branches
will soon be naked and
cold. A few evergreens
grow in contrast to trees
the color of burning
barns. In the mornings,
my car is splashed with
leaves that looked like
tongues of flame. Of
course, it is time to start
raking and bagging those
leaves. So the pleasure is
As children, we were
taught that the pilgrims
celebrated Thanksgiving
as early as 1621, after a
successful harvest.
Supposedly, much of that
bounty was corn. Squanto,
a Native American, gets
the credit for teaching the
new residents how to culti-
vate and grow this crop.
Then, they were extreme-
ly grateful. However, these
days almost everything
we eat is infused with high
fructose corn syrup, now
blamed for our obesity
Squanto also showed
these Europeans how to
catch eel. Do we know
anyone who eats eel
today? Some gifts just do
not endure the test of
time. Maybe this is why
we do not pay homage to
Squanto and take a day off
on his birthday. But
thanks, Squanto, just the
I (among others, to be
sure) am grateful that
Mississippi is still part of
the United States.
Secession has always been
one of those back-of-the-
mind sort of options (sort
of like joining the circus
or writing in “Mickey
Mouse” on a ballot). We
consider it, but never real-
ly seriously. When I was a
child (oh, so recently),
Thanks, anyway
Adele Elliott
ost of us are living in the
Kingdom of Stuff. Well, this
is my stuff,” Mary Betts
Williams smiled, opening wide the
door of her home in east Lowndes
County. Once inside, the visitor soon
understands. Mary Betts Williams
has been a busy woman.
From the doorway, where a wide
expanse of hand-hooked rug cush-
ions the step, even the first room is
a wonderland of hooked wool wall
hangings, oil paintings, collages,
mosaics and other objets d’art the
largely self-taught artist and retired
librarian has imagined and made
with her own fingers.
Energetic and direct, Williams
conducted a head-turning tour
through the flowing maze of rooms
filled with more and more evidence
of her rampant creativity. “I never sit
down and fold my hands,” she said.
How does one produce such an
eclectic, prolific body of work? For
this octogenarian, it’s thanks to a
lifetime of curiosity, motivation and
Mary Betts Williams’ wonderful Kingdom of Stuff
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Mary Betts Williams of Columbus is pictured with a few of her hand-hooked rugs and wall hangings. Williams creates her own patterns and uses salvaged wool cloth-
ing and fabric to make her rugs. Several are personalized scenes depicting her grandchildren, such as the bike-riding boy. Rug hooking is just one of many artistic out-
lets the retired librarian pursues.

Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Williams’ design depicts the family farm, Valley View Farm, with family members doing their chores.

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story event from 1-3 p.m., with story-
teller and actress Dolores Hydock of
Birmingham, Ala., at the Rosenzweig
Arts Center in Columbus. Tickets
required ($20). Call the Columbus
Arts Council for availability first, 662-
Columbus Choral Society —
The Columbus Choral Society’s fall
concert, “For Love of God and
Country,” begins at 3 p.m. in
Poindexter Hall on the campus of
Mississippi University for Women.
Alisa Toy and Rachel Delk direct.
Free to the public. For more informa-
tion, contact Amy King, 662-328-
Sunday at the Bluff —
Natchez Trace lecturer Pat Arinder
presents “Hunting Wildlife with a
Camera” at the Plymouth Bluff
Center, 2200 Old West Point Road,
at 2 p.m. Learn about techniques
and equipment to capture images of
wildlife. Free to public. For more
information, contact the Center, 662-
Theatre MSU —Theatre MSU
presents “The Amazing Adventures of
the Marvelous Monkey King,” a chil-
dren’s show, at 2 p.m. in McComas
Hall on the Mississippi State cam-
pus. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Tuesday Tunes — Take a musi-
cal mid-day break with tunes by Lee
Ann Merritt at the grand piano in the
Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main
St., Columbus. Lunch by Zachary’s is
available for purchase. Lunch reser-
vations by Nov. 19 are appreciated.
Contact the Columbus Arts Council,
Monday, Nov. 26
Starkville Christmas Parade
—“The Polar Express” is the theme
of this year’s 6 p.m. Starkville
parade, complete with the MSU
Maroon Band and floats from busi-
nesses and organizations. For more
information, contact the Greater
Starkville Development Partnership,
Exhibit reception —Main
Street Macon hosts a 4-6 p.m. recep-
tion opening an exhibit of paintings
by Lisa Spinks at the Macon
Welcome Center, in conjunction with
the annual Holiday Open House. For
more information, contact MSM,
Wednesday and Thursday,
Nov. 28-29
Holiday Bazaar — More than
90 vendor booths with hand-crafted
items are featured in Starkville’s
40th annual Holiday Bazaar at the
Starkville Sportsplex, 405 Lynn
Lane, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more
information, contact the Greater
Starkville Development Partnership,
662-323-3322, or email
Friday, Nov. 30
“Carols for Christmas” —
This Columbus Arts Council holiday
program at 7 p.m. features virtuoso
Stephanie Jackson on guitar and
harp guitar, with cellist Courtney
Blackwell and vocalist Stephanie
Stubbs, in Carrier Chapel on the
Mississippi University for Women
campus. Tickets are $10 in
advance; $12 at the door. For tick-
ets or information, contact the CAC,
Saturday, Dec. 1
Snacks with Santa —
Families can visit with Santa and
Miz Claus at the downtown
Columbus Y, 602 Second Ave. N.,
from 10 a.m.-noon. For $5 each,
children 12 and younger can enjoy
activities such as Letters to Santa,
crafts and games. For information,
contact the Y, 662-328-7696.
“Christmas for Columbus”
— A host of singers and orchestra
come together for the inaugural
Christmas for Columbus concert at
7 p.m. at First United Methodist
Church. FUMC choirs, Mississippi
University for Women choirs and
ensembles from First Baptist
Church are among those participat-
ing. The festive program directed by
Doug Browning benefits four select-
ed charities for 2012: Father’s
Child Ministr y, Good Samaritan
Clinic, Habitat for Humanity and
Helping Hands. Your donation is
your admission. For more informa-
tion, contact FUMC, 662-328-5252.
SAAC Gala — The Starkville
Area Arts Council hosts its annual
gala featuring gourmet foods,
wines, silent auction and entertain-
ment. For more information, con-
tact the SAAC, 662-324-3080, or
Sunday, Dec. 2
Author’s visit —A book sign-
ing with Jill Pascoe for her new
book, “Mississippi’s Haunted
Mansions,” will be from 3-6 p.m. at
the Lincoln Home, 714 Third Ave. S.
Several of Columbus’ historic
homes are featured in the book.
Refreshments will be ser ved; tour
the Lincoln Home and Amzi Love
gardens. For more information, con-
tact Brenda Caradine, 662-328-
Monday, Dec. 3
Columbus Christmas
Parade —This holiday hallmark
through downtown Columbus begins
at 7 p.m. and incorporates the
theme “Going Green: Recycle,
Reuse, Renew.” For parade applica-
tions, go to or contact
Main Street Columbus, 662-328-
West Point Christmas
Parade —West Point’s parade
begins at 6:30 p.m., with the
theme “A Christmas Stor y.”
Applications to participate are due
by Nov. 28. For more information,
contact the Growth Alliance, 662-
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Swamp Cabbage —The
Columbus Arts Council welcomes
Walter Parks, Richie Havens’ long-
time lead guitarist, back to
Columbus, this time with his
Swamp Cabbage bandmates and
their “swamp boogie blues.” Show
time is 7 p.m. in the Rosenzweig
Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501
Main St. Tickets are $10 in
advance; $12 at the door. For tick-
ets or information, contact the
CAC, 662-328-2787.
Criss Christmas concert —
The Starkville/MSU Symphony
Orchestra Association presents this
free Christmas concer t at
Starkville’s First Baptist Church at
7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Brown con-
ducts. For more information, visit
Thursday, Dec. 6
Festival of Trees Open
House —The Columbus-Lowndes
Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N.,
hosts an open house from 4-6 p.m.
for its Victorian Christmas Festival
of Trees. For more information, con-
tact the library at 662-329-5300.
Friday, Dec. 7
Wassail Fest —Catch the hol-
iday spirit at the ninth annual
Wassail Fest in downtown Columbus
from 5-9 p.m. Numerous businesses
will vie for the title of
Wassailmeister. Enjoy musical enter-
tainment, special store presenta-
tions and the lighting of the city
Christmas tree at 6 p.m., next to
the Tennessee Williams Welcome
Center. For more information, con-
tact Main Street Columbus, 662-
Rufus Ward book signing
—Historian and author Rufus Ward
will attend a book signing for his
just-released book, “Columbus
Chronicles,” during Wassail Fest, 5-
9 p.m., at The Commercial
Dispatch, 516 Main St., Columbus.
Friday and Sunday,
Dec. 7 and 9
“Home for Christmas” —
First Baptist Church in Columbus
presents “Home for Christmas: A
Story of Lost and Found” at 7 p.m.
Dec. 7, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Dec. 9. This musical drama, written
by Bobby Sanderson, features adult
and youth choirs, as well as instru-
mental teams. Free to the public.
For more information, contact the
church, 662-328-3915.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Christmas Tour of Homes
—Six homes at Old Waverly Golf
Club in West Point are open for
tours from 2-5 p.m., with refresh-
ments at the Old Waverly Clubhouse
from 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in
advance; $35 on Dec. 9. Get
advance tickets at the Growth
Alliance, 510 E. Broad St., West
Point, or at the Old Waverly
Clubhouse and Fore Seasons Shop,
Culin-Arts, Petal Pushers and Bits ’n
Pieces in downtown West Point. For
more information, contact the
Growth Alliance, 662-494-5121.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Columbus Sings “Messiah”
—Singers and orchestra from
Columbus and surrounding commu-
nities present this treasured
Christmas tradition at Annunciation
Catholic Church in Columbus, at 6
p.m. and 8 p.m. The program is free
to the public, but tickets to ensure
seating will be available in
Columbus at First United Methodist
Church, Columbus Convention and
Visitors Bureau and Party & Paper.
For those wishing to sing in the pro-
duction, rehearsal is Monday, Dec.
10, at 7 p.m. at Annunciation. For
information, contact First United
Methodist Church, 662-328-5252.
Friday, Dec. 14
Girlchoir concert —The
Columbus Girlchoir Christmas
Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in
Poindexter Hall on the campus of
Mississippi University for Women.
The program is free to the public.
For more information, contact direc-
tor Dr. Cherr y Dunn, cherr y w-
Saturday, Dec. 15
Mistletales —The Columbus
Arts Council’s Mistletales from 9
a.m.-noon at the Rosenzweig Arts
Center, 501 Main St., includes sto-
r ytelling, crafts and enter tainment
for ages 6-12, while parents go
shopping. For information, contact
the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Country Store Bake Sale
— This annual event benefiting the
Stephen D. Lee Foundation is from
10 a.m.-noon at the S.D. Lee Home,
316 Seventh St. N., Columbus. Just
in time for Thanksgiving, get home-
made cakes, pies, cookies, candies,
cheesestraws, breads, jellies and
more from the Association for the
Preservation of Antiquities in
Columbus. Shoppers can stop by
the Lee Home after 8 a.m. Tuesday
to pick up a number for a place in
the line that forms before doors
open at 10 a.m. A limited number of
personal shoppers are available. For
more information, contact Lillian
Wade at 662-328-8012, or Rita
Douglass, 662-327-3193.
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Through Jan. 21 – Public ice skating,
BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo. $8/skater
(includes skate rental). For specific
dates, visit, 662-841-
Nov. 29-Dec. 27 – Vintage toy exhibit,
Oren Dunn Museum, Tupelo. 662-841-
6438 or
Nov. 30-Dec. 4 – Chimneyville Crafts
Festival, Mississippi Trade Mart,
Jackson. 601-856-7546 or
Nov. 30-Dec. 9 – Theatre Tuscaloosa
presents “Godspell.” 205-391-2277 or
Dec. 6-8 – Tupelo Community Theatre
presents “Miracle on 34th Street.” 662-
844-1935 or
Dec. 10 – Tuscaloosa Symphony presents
“Christmas Around the World,” 7 p.m.,
Moody Hall, Tuscaloosa. tsoonline.
Dec. 14 – Martin Short, Alys Stephens
Center, Birmingham. 205-975-9540 or
Dec. 14-16 – “Nutcracker,” with the
University of Alabama Department of
Theatre and area dancers, 7 p.m. and 2
p.m., Bama Theatre, Tuscaloosa ($12-21).
205-752-4220 or
– Ballet Magnificat presents “Snow
Queen,” Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson (one
night, two day-time performances) ($13-
40). 601-960-1537 or
Dec. 15 – John Tesh Big Band Christmas,
Riley Center, Meridian ($52-58). 601-696-
2200 or
– Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain
Boys, Workplay Theatre, Birmingham.
Dec. 15-16 – Handel’s “Messiah” with the
Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Alys
Stephens Center, Birmingham ($39-80).
205-975-9540 or
The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertain-
ment in the South. Support arts and entertainment at home, and when you’re on the
road, these might pique your interest.
Debra Swartzendruber/Courtesy photo
SYMPHONY STRINGS: Advanced string students of Diane Ford of Columbus and
Shandy Phillips of Starkville were recently soloists for the Bach Double Concerto
during the MSU/Starkville Symphony Orchestra’s Space Symphony at Rent
Auditorium in Columbus and at First Baptist Church in Starkville. On the front row,
from left, are Gracie Swartzendruber, Helen Peng, Lucy Sandifer, Stephanie Smith,
Trudy Gildea and Shandy Phillips. In back, from left, are Laura Sandifer, Concerto
Conductor Richard Human, Daniel Jones, Abbey Swartzendruber, Cassie James,
Aiden Dunkelberg, Lillian Fulgham, Symphony Conductor Michael Brown and Diane
Ford. Cellist Scott Sandifer, a student of Carlton McCreery of Tuscaloosa, Ala.,
also performed.

Sarah Lauren Segrest
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Louis Segrest of
Columbus announce the engagement of their
daughter, Sarah Lauren Segrest, to Edmund
Emerson III, son of Mrs. Edmund Emerson Jr. and
the late Mr. Edmund Emerson Jr. of Kennesaw, Ga.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Edwin Segrest of Hermanville,
and Mrs. James Edward Hudson and the late Mr.
Hudson of Port Gibson.
She is a 1998 graduate of the Mississippi School
for Mathematics and Science and a 2002 magna
cum laude graduate of Millsaps College, where she
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She
is also a 2006 graduate of the University of Georgia,
where she received a Master of Education degree.
While at Millsaps, she was a member of Phi Beta
Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Eta Sigma Phi, and
Sigma Tau Delta national and international honor
societies. She was also a member of the Millsaps
Dance Team and Cross Country Team.
She is currently employed as director of
Foundation Relations for the University of Georgia.
The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of
the late Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Emerson Sr. of
Palatka, Fla., and the late Mr. and Mrs. James
Harry Austin of Fairmount, Ga.
He is a 1993 graduate of North Cobb High
School in Kennesaw and a cum laude graduate of
Mercer University in Macon, Ga, where he received
Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor
of Arts in History degrees. While at Mercer, he was
a member of the baseball team and served as presi-
dent of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduat-
ed magna cum laude from William Mitchell College
of Law in St. Paul, Minn.
He is a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave
LLP in Atlanta, practicing in the area of employee
benefits and executive compensation.
Vows will be exchanged Dec. 30, 2012, at the
Capital City Club in Atlanta.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilkes Spann
Richard Wilkes Spann and Christina Lorene
Patterson, both of Columbus, were married June
23, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the English Garden at Old
Waverly Golf Club in West Point, with Andre
Nicholas Cannady officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Gregory Lester Phillips of Columbus. She is the
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Junior Dyer,
and Mr. Tommy Lamar Crowley, all of Columbus.
The bride was given in marriage by her stepfa-
ther, Mr. Gregory Lester Phillips.
She wore a gown of ivory royal satin. The strap-
less elongated bodice with sweetheart neckline was
embellished with pewter beading. The draped A-
line skirt cascaded into an asymmetrical chapel-
length train. Her veil of silk illusion was finished
with crystal beaded trim.
Laura Catherine Yeatman of Madison, sister of
the groom, served as matron of honor.
Karla Annette Nicholson of Columbus served as
maid of honor.
Serving as bridesmaids were Cassie Lauren
Atkins, April Jeanette Thompson, Amanda Caroline
Wells and Elizabeth Fraser Yates, all of Columbus,
and Kristi Presson James of Clinton.
Bridesmaids wore floor-length sage chiffon
strapless gowns with sweetheart necklines, pleated
crisscross bodices and flowing skirts.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Henry Spann of Columbus. He is the grandson of
the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius Franklin Spann of
Columbus, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Rayford
Wilkes Cash of Columbus.
Richard Henry Spann, father of the groom,
served as best man.
Serving as groomsmen were Douglas Bruce
Branch, Larkin Edward Demoville III, John
Hampton Holley, John Adam Honsinger and
Michael David Patterson, all of Columbus, and
Thomas Luke Yeatman of Madison.
Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple
resides in Columbus, where the groom is a deputy
with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and
the bride is a teacher.
Transitions: Area Weddings,
Engagements and Anniversaries
ass the
and all
the trim-
mings! It’s
almost time
for Thanks-
giving, and
even though
families will
gather over
plates of old
recipes with
all the fixings, don’t for-
get to count your bless-
ings when it comes to
I reckon once
Grandma’s potato
casserole has been
properly blessed and
the old-fashioned
pecan pie has been
consumed, folks will
sit for a spell swapping
stories. Some stories I
wish to tell you are
those of
Thanksgivings past
that still spill over to
the present and most
likely into the future,
entertaining anybody
who wants to toss
another log on the fire
and pull up a chair.
My holidays are
filled with memories of
falling asleep around
midnight, with my
mama having spent
hours basting that
Butterball turkey and
rolling out homemade
dumplings. The smells
escaping the oven still
make me smile.
Usually with hair in
rollers, donning noth-
ing but a fuzzy house-
coat and well-worn
slippers, Mama would
be in the kitchen late
the night before and
was the first to hit the
floor on Thanksgiving
To this day, nobody
gets a better crust on
the cornbread for the
dressing. Her potato
salad will make your
mouth water and my,
oh my, that woman can
bake a ham like
nobody’s business.
Even so, it wasn’t just
the food that was
scrumptious around
the dinner table’s fes-
tive centerpiece.
Mama always kept us
waiting, then and even
now, for her to grace
us with her presence.
Never one to disap-
point, she is still the
only woman
I ever knew
that could
cook a holi-
day meal
for 12 and
manage to
shift from
apron over
into an
hot rolled bouffant and
rouge, all before the
turkey got cold. And
she made it look so
I knew it was not
magic because I was
right on her heels
from the double ovens
to the big blue bath-
room as she stuffed a
turkey with one hand
and took down rollers
with the other. Mama
was a force to be reck-
oned with, both in the
kitchen pantry and her
bathroom vanity.
I can’t think of a sin-
gle Thanksgiving with-
out the aromas escap-
ing from pots on the
stove while I sat
patiently observing
her powdering, puck-
ering and backcomb-
ing in the baby blue
porcelain tiled bath-
room of my childhood.
I always got a kick out
of the little squares of
tissue she left behind
with mauve colored
lipstick stains, because
she knew a lady
always blotted a bright
lipstick several times
for just a hint of color
on the lips.
My mama was
always fashionable and
often late. It was a
blessing for me to be
such a huge part of
her holiday rituals and,
although today she
might not feel like bak-
ing a lemon meringue
pie from scratch, she
will enjoy a dessert or
two, all while looking
beautifully put togeth-
er. Enjoy your
Thanksgiving and cele-
brate that special fla-
vor which comes from
the kitchen and from
the family.
Former Columbus
resident David Creel
owns Beautiful With
David salon in Jackson.
Contact him beautiful-
David Creel
From turkey
and dressing to
bouffants and rouge
he third annual
Christmas Tour of
Homes in West Point will
showcase six unique homes at
Old Waverly Golf Club on
Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2-5 p.m.
Refreshments will be served
from 4-6 p.m. in the Clubhouse
on the grounds.
“If you have not been to Old
Waverly Golf Club, which is
now celebrating its 25th year
as one of the top private golf
clubs in the nation, you’re in
for a treat,” remarked Souzen
Steelhammer, chair of the
2012 tour.
The West Point Design
Committee, a part of the city’s
Main Street organization, is
sponsor of the event. Proceeds
from ticket sales are used for
landscape plantings, street sig-
nage and other projects that
enhance West Point’s down-
town area.
Homes on the 2012 tour
I “The cabin in the
woods,” a second home for the
family of Old Waverly
founders George and Marcia
Bryan, beautifully appointed
for multi-generational enjoy-
I An expansive Southern
Colonial mansion owned by
Tom and Jean Elmore, with
indoor/outdoor pool and spec-
tacular views of the golf
course and Clubhouse;
I The French chateau style
home of Joe and Betty
Trulove, offering sweeping
lawns and views;
I The home of landscape
designers James and Deborah
Mansfield, who created a
warm, eclectic house with a
mix of French Provincial,
Federal and Georgian styling;
I The Robert and Linda
Drake home, a Southern plan-
tation style residence with
generous rooms, porches and
I The elegant, European-
influenced stone home of John
and Carolyne Reece.
How to go
Tickets are $30 in advance,
available in West Point
through the Growth Alliance
at 510 E. Broad St., at Old
Waverly Clubhouse and the
Fore Seasons at Old Waverly,
as well as at Culin-Arts, Petal
Pushers and Bits ’n Pieces, or
by calling the Growth Alliance
offices at 662-494-5121.
Tickets are $35 on the day of
the tour.
West Point’s Christmas Tour of Homes visits Old Waverly
Courtesy photo
The home of John and Carolyne Reece at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point is one of six houses
featured in a Dec. 9 Christmas Tour of Homes.

18). Your luck will change for
the better. You’ll strike a
pleasing arrangement before
Venus enters Sagittarius mid-
December, and the financial
benefit continues in 2013.
Love comes to you in mysteri-
ous ways. It takes work and
compromise to bring a joint
project to fruition in February.
You’ll love the payoff. Aquarius
and Virgo adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 20, 12,
19, 30 and 45.
ARIES (March 21-April 19).
You like to be instantly grati-
fied, but you’re also willing to
wait for certain delights that
seem worthwhile or that prom-
ise to be even better because
of the wait.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20).
It’s amazing how many people
don’t take action. You’ll be dif-
ferent from most. You see an
opportunity to improve your-
self that seems almost too
obvious to be real. It is real,
and it will work for you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21).
Family members need you in
ways they aren’t saying. It’s
as though they expect you to
read their minds. Can you
blame them? You’ve proved to
be pretty good at this in the
CANCER (June 22-July 22).
Having a good laugh at least
once a day is a stress reducer.
You may need to turn up the
prescription to once every
three hours over the next few
days to combat environmental
tension producers.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22).
There’s so much going on in
your mind now that you’ll have
to trick yourself into staying
present. Your sign mate Steve
Martin once tweeted, “It’s a
beautiful day where I am. I
only wish I were where I am.”
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
Usually, you live by the
mantra, “A place for every-
thing and everything in its
place.” Yet there are some
new additions to your posses-
sions that have yet to find a
good home. Figure it out
today; you’ve a busy week
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
Though your family hasn’t
always gotten along, you feel
that if you hold the intention
of harmony, fun and together-
ness, it will be enough to
inspire peace. Indeed, your
neutral, easygoing attitude will
be contagious.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). You’ll give all of your ener-
gy to the things you want and
simply ignore the rest. This
produces a heavenly mood
that you can ride into what
promises to be a lovely
21). Many people search for
love without success. The fact
that you have people in your
life whom you love and who
love you is one of the great
blessings of a lifetime — and
something you won’t take for
granted today.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). Someone will offer you a
lot of advice. If you take this
as a challenge, you quickly
will get bogged down by the
magnitude of it all. Instead,
pick and choose what applies
best to you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). The happy, easy energy
you exude will open doors. You
don’t have to walk through
those doors, but it’s a free and
wonderful feeling to know that
you have the option.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). Just when you think you
know what you’re looking for
in a partner, someone will
come along with a very differ-
ent profile, and you’ll be
strangely drawn in. This rela-
tionship will broaden your hori-
My parents
are in their
80s. I have two
brothers. “Pete,”
the oldest, is in
his 50s and lives
with them.
“Dave” lives next
door. My parents
support them
both financially.
Neither one
works or even
tries to find a job.
Both of them are
addicted to meth, and one is
hooked on prescription pills as
well. My parents know it but
enable them by paying their
Pete and Dave steal and
blame each other or any inno-
cent family member who
comes to visit. My parents are
in total denial. There is major
drug use going on every day,
as well as potential violence.
Pete and Dave threaten to
shoot people all the time.
Part of me understands it’s
none of my business, and I
have no desire to be around
such dysfunction. The other
part of me is furious and
wants to put a stop to them
using my parents. If I offer
suggestions to my parents —
such as cutting off Pete and
Dave — they get mad at ME!
I’m ready to sever all ties
because there’s no stopping
this train wreck. I think my
parents actually enjoy paying
for my two 50-something
brothers so they can stay high,
never grow up and always be
dependent. Any advice? — NO
there is nothing you can do to
“save” your parents — or your
brothers, for that matter. Their
patterns are too well estab-
lished. You can, however, save
If seeing them is too
painful, you have my permis-
sion to distance yourself from
what appears to be their
unhealthy symbiotic situation.
DEAR ABBY: I live in a gen-
erally quiet neighborhood, but
my next-door neighbors yell at
each other and
their children a
lot. The shouting
sounds like it is
This morning,
the father yelled
at his young son,
telling him to
name the letters
of the alphabet
he was pointing
to. His “lesson”
was filled with
anger and profan-
ity when the boy
made mistakes. It was finally
interrupted by the mother,
shouting for him to stop. He
then screamed, “Shut your
mouth!” and she responded,
“Don’t you TOUCH me!”
I don’t know what to do. At
what point should I call the
police, or is this none of my
business? — WORRIED NEIGH-
BOR: The turmoil in that
household isn’t healthy for the
children. The next time the
father starts shouting, call the
police to report a “domestic
disturbance.” The verbal abuse
could very well escalate to
physical violence (if it hasn’t
DEAR ABBY: My brother-in-
law, a doctor, had an affair a
few years ago with his nurse.
It destroyed his more than 20-
year marriage to my former sis-
ter-in-law. He married the
I want nothing to do with
him or his new wife now. He
stayed with us for a while and
lied about the affair. I have no
respect for either of them. I
usually ignore them at family
gatherings because I don’t like
to associate with people who
do not share my values. Abby,
do you think I should accept
his new wife? — PRINCIPLED
manners dictate that when you
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The following students were
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Principal’s List: First Grade:
Lily Anna Andrews, Kyndle Leigh
Banzet, Jaiquez Tashon Barker,
Elizabeth Brooke Bigham, Norman
Michael Bishop, Kaylee Grace
Bobitt, Samara Joy Bowman, Ethan
Bradley Box, Miguel Angel Calvario
Zamora, Mateo Manuel Chiquito,
Brianna Jade Christ, Andrew Lee
Conner, Darius Kamran Cuevas,
Chadwick Cauly Drummond,
Mason Lane Fondren, Christina
Ann Fulton, Taylor Rae Gill,
Erabella L. Godwin, Brayden Hoyle
Grant, Jacob Randall Green, William
Gage Guyton, Brooke Lin Hall, Jade
Lynn Marie Hall, Sarah Elizabeth
Harmond, Hailey Aline Harris,
Hunter James Helton, Avery
Alexander Hodge, Avery Michael
Hollingsworth, Alexandra Elise
Holmes, Tecondrey Nazir Irby,
Sophia Leigh Johnson, Savannah
Marie Kaus, Alana Mya Latham,
Octavious Tavion Lowe
Weatherspoon, Carlie Marie
Machen, Natalie Martin, Dalila Rain
Metzger, Jermiah Colt Murphy,
Brandon Ray Nichols, Analicia
Marie Padilla, Thomas Jackson
Peacock, Lily Graylin Pennington,
Elisha Corey Perrigin, Allie Nicole
Pounders, Alexander Hagood
Randall, Madisyn Leigh Randolph,
Addie Marie Rhodes, Jaylin Reese
Riley, Christina Faith Roberts,
Emma Kate Ruffin, Jack Charles
Schlosser, James Ashton Smith,
Joshua Stricklin, Carlie Elizabeth
Sudduth, Caleb Michael Thomas,
Matison Laine VonKanel, Sophia
Nayoan Wala, Megan Brianna
Watkins, Dale Edwin Watson, Noah
Shane Williams and Iris Olivia
Woodard. Second Grade: William
David Adair, Princess Makayla
Alexander,Abigail M. Ampong,
Jason Wayne Barlow, Kira Baucom,
Ethan Charles Box, Carlee Grace
Brewer, John William Chapman,
James Denver Coggins, Trystan
Coleman, Jeffery Collins, Lillian
Grace Cooper, Kendall Elizabeth
Couch, Cayden A. Davis, Brandi
Mia Deloach, Brent Camden Eaton,
Perrin Addison Elkin, William Wyatt
Enger, Zoe Grace Essick, Audra
Paulette Fain, Jasmine Farley, Reid
Fishel, Madelyn Geneva Fowlkes,
Bryson Kohl Frazier, Andrew
Dyshun Freeman, Lydia Roxanne
Frisby, Brent William Frye, Caleb
Joseph Giles, Fisher Godfrey,
Desiree Ashleigh Gray, Alexa Grace
Hamilton, Presley Hankins, Parker
Brady Harris, Zachary Glen
Holliman, Alaney C. Hollis, Marlie
Kate Honeycutt, Laurie, Isgett,
Austin Jamison, Zaylie Jenkins,
Victoria H. Grace Jones, Beau
Hayden Kemp, Alana Knapp, Chloe
Elizabeth Koutsovalas, Thomas
John Koutsovalas, Jaiden C. Lardell,
John Leyton Lewis, Amaris S. Long,
Evan Lytle, Sean Lytle, Esteban
Jesus Martinez, Hildie Graceann
McCraw, Malcom McDaniel,
Morgan Nichole McNeal, Skylar
Mixon, Kira Moore, Kayleigh A.
Muscarella, Garrett N. Oakden,
Abigail Pace, Ariel D. Partain, Brody
Pennington, Abigail Marie Petty,
Caleb Thomas Pickard, Brantley
Arthur Price, Donte Anthony
Pringle, Natalie Pruitt, Glinda
Madison Roberts, Matthew Russell,
Kara Beth Sides, Christina Smuz,
Ashten Jacob Sonnenmoser, Ashley
Treece, Nicholas James Watson,
Aubrey Sue Wedel, Matthew
Douglas Wiggins, Rebecca Wilson
and Andrew James Woody. Third
Grade: Brody Kyle Alexander,
Larry Lynn Ambrose, Gunter
Matthew Anderson, Anna Elizabeth
Andrews, Brianna Lee Atchley,
Dalton Murphy Atchley, Hailey
Addison Beard, Johnny Jay Berry,
Bailey Nichole Bigham, Ethan
Alexander Black, Joshua Clark
Blackburn, Merinda Blaine, Riley
Briann Bond, Bryce Wilson Brown,
Mylasha Lillian C. Brown, Tanner
Gray Bustin, Dillon Keith Campbell,
Gabriel Austyn Christ, Justin Robert
Coggins, Dominic Blaine Cook,
Ethan Kane Cooper, Tanner
Suzanne Craig, Tranpas Cole
Criddle, Aleah Grace Criswell,
Cannyon Navarre Crowell, Hannah
Katherine Denney, Tyler Andrew
Desmidt, William Barton Donald,
Ashlyn Nicole Engum, Mary
Christiana Fain, Jade Michaela
Fischer, Reagan Elizabeth Flye,
Peyton Shae Ford, Tanner Lewis
Fowler, Emma Kate Gardner, Kaleb
Ble R. Gingell, Annabella Lee
Godwin, Tamiya Noah Gunter,
Aaryonna Dejanay Guyton, Dustin
Price Henderson, Rachele Lashay J.
Heuser, Alexis Grace Hill, Gauge
Duncan Hill, Ashlynne Mae Hollis,
Ainsley Brooke Hunter, Abigail
Nicole Jacobs, Shemira Anise
Johnson, Nathan Xavier Kelly,
Andrew Wess Kennedy, Don Neica
Sh Meere Key, Caleb Thomas
Loftis, Darian Logan, Sophia
Sherrell Martin, Elizabythe
Cadeynn McBeth, Zymin Michael
McCranie, Saige Evelyn McCraw,
Taina Nicole Montes, Jorden
Presley Neyman, Julie Leighann
Nichols, Patrick Coy Owen, Cailey
Louise Peacock, Gabriel Aidan T.
Phillips, Dylan Michael Plum,
Mccanna Dean Price, Megan Ranae
Rodriquez, Chelsea Brooke Russell,
Robert Charles Schultz, Brianna
Shelton, Caitlin Dawn Stockman,
Tia Monique Stroud, Lucas Cole
Suggs, Jackson Mack Sullivan,
Alana Hayden Swords, Katherine
Taylor Trumm, Sara Elizabeth
VonKanel and Christian Tyler
Walker. Fourth Grade: Neely
Mckenzie Andrews, Nevaeh
Gabrielle Barksdale, Shelby Grace
Beckworth, Kathleene Elizabeth
Blaylock, Zoe Katherine Bogan,
Dana Reed Brewer, Hallie Kathryn
Brewer, Gabrielle Katherine
Brockway, Christy Lynn Cavender,
Jalen M. Ceasar, Megan Nicole
Chandler, Brayden Ryan Cole,
Zachary Alan Conquest, James
Loren Cox, Jordan Cunningham,
Kristina Briann Desmidt, Cecilia
Rae Devos, Kaylie Elizabeth
Dobbins, John Curtis Dodson,
Addison Lynleigh Geiger, Jada Kay
Glasgow, Taylor Elizabeth R. Goley,
Elizabeth Michell Grooms, Gracie
Ann Hollis, Gavin Marlow
Holloman, Clara Elizabeth Hurst,
Kyndall Olivia Isgett, Bridgett Cade
Jones, Gracie Elizabeth Kuhn,
Micaiah Lashay Latham, Kelvin
Lamar Lee, Lydia Nichole Lehr,
Jarvis Deneal Leigh, Mikiya O.
McClinton, Bryant Lane McCool,
Chandler Scott Mixon, Isaac Patton
Mullins, Jane Claire Newman,
Brendan James Norwood, Elizabeth
Grayce Pennington, Faith Esther
Raines, Kaylee Nicole Randolph,
Brady Allen Reed, Evan Alexander
Riggs, Luke Freeman Russell,
Hannah Nicole Shinault, Tyler
Douglas Sliger, Kurtis Lee Smith,
Owen Thomas Sullivan, Stephen
Allen Sutton, Shelbi Ryan Taylor,
Tyrell Javonte Thames, Caleb Jade
Tollison, Olivia Faith Walden,
Hayden Michael Wyers, Nicholas
Shane Young and Abigail Elizabeth
Youngblood. Fifth Grade: Landon
Bryce Adams, Elijah Brian
Alexander, Harley G. Ambrose,
Ariana Ball, John Thomas Bates,
Charles William Bell, Alexander
James Bigham, Autumn Brooke
Bigham, Roni Kathryn Boland,
Victoria Ann Brooks, Ansley Reagan
Brown, Deanne Brown, Gracen
Nicole Brown, Bethany Leyah
Chafin, Quentin Jose Chiquito,
Brandon Reed Edmondson, Brianna
Denise Fant, Deborah Alexandria
Flowers, Elisabeth Reese Frady,
Radha Dhanya N. Getz, Justin Ryan
Gilbert, Jarrod Kaine Gingell,
Gabrielle Nicole Glasgow, Bailey
Elizabeth Grant, Zaine Matthew
Hall, Christopher Carlisle Harding,
Charles Thomas Harper, Emory
Ashton Hill, Megan Reid Holbrook,
Westlee Dean Honeycutt, Camryn
Grace Johnson, Caleb Andrew
Kincade, Kennedy K. Lambert,
Gracie Lynn Levister, Alexis Rena
Livingston, Timothy Dillon May,
Walker Clay McCullough, Braxton
J. McKinney, Laura Katherine
McNeil, Alexander Scott Mendiola,
Miranda Rachelle N. Noel, Alex
Ryan Powell, Tanisha Jenice Rainey,
Makiya Corean Robinson, Wesley
Carl Rollins, Kayla Brooke Rowe,
Ishmael Rahim Rush, Mallory
Marie Sala, Naterika Symon
Shellman, Zane Thomas Shoemake,
Isaac Brady Shurden, Ashley
Michelle Simmons, Jacob Dane
Southard, Kierstin Tapp, Jasmyn
Gabriella Thompson, Nathan Gray
Wade, Courtney Michelle Webb,
Jonathan David Youngblood.

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Sudoku is a number-
placing puzzle based on
a 9x9 grid with several
given numbers. The obiect
is to place the numbers
1 to 9 in the empty spaces
so that each row, each
column and each 3x3 box
contains the same number
only once. The dif6culty
level increases from
Monday to Sunday.
1 Kremlin setting
7 Office helper
11 Accumulate
12 Lotion additive
13 Presides over
14 Writer Thomas
15 Ship steerers
16 Board
17 Metal sources
18 “Forget it!”
19 Ready for busi-
21 Hackneyed
22 Panama area
25 Hightail it
26 Swine chow
27 “Doesn’t matter
to me”
29 Get news of
33 Poem part
34 Handbag
designer Adele
35 Fix copy
36 Light lunches
37 Time founder
38 Eaves dropper
39 Wine-bottle
40 New York’s —
1 Swaggering
2 Orange shade
3 Deli fixture
4 Red shade
5 Sharer’s word
6 Director Craven
7 Broken
8 Great joy
9 Accessory for the
10 Wrote
16 One of the
18 Nervous one
20 Out of style
22 Needed to be
23 Uncle Sam’s
24 Hamlet’s love
25 Energetic
28 Late bloomer
30 Pass
31 Confuse
32 Out of bed
34 Piece of data
36 Bro’s sib
wo of my daugh-
ters visited me
recently, and I got
ambushed. I had been
toying with the idea of
getting a smart phone,
and they called my bluff.
One daughter took me to
a couple of stores where
we — she — discussed
what to get with some
helpful children (or so
they seemed to me)
behind the counter. One
store was sold out, so we went to
I could barely understand what
the negotiations covered, except
that I was going to be paying a good
bit more than I had for my old cell
phone. My daughter struck a deal
for my calling plan whereby I would
pay about $50 less than what I was
originally quoted. She seemed
pleased, but I remembered I had
paid one penny for my old cell
phone, and my calling plan rarely
cost as much as $19 dollars. Of
course, I had to pay roaming fees,
but I rarely roamed.
The selling advantage to my new
phone was that I would be able to
text, and it seemed to me that I was
going to lose touch with my grand-
children if I could not text. In truth,
I have discovered that I enjoy tex-
ting myself. It is quick, easy and
sometimes fun, although I have diffi-
culty spelling because my fingers
are too big for the keyboard — and
my fingertips are not really large at
all. The phone compensates by
guessing what I am trying to say
and correcting. Smart,
How to
When we brought the
phone home, we began
one of the most intensive
tutorials I have ever
experienced. The second
daughter joined the cam-
paign, and I was bom-
barded with instructions.
There was no rest for
this weary mama. If I so
much as tried to close my eyes,
there would be another command-
ment: “O.K., now let’s learn to take
In fact, pictures became a minor
hurdle. As soon as my other daugh-
ter, who was not with us, learned I
now had the phone, she bombarded
me with a cohort of snapshots from
her phone. There was a series of
beeps as the pictures came through,
telling me I needed to transfer them
to my “album.”
“Why is she doing that now?”
demanded her sister. “You first need
to do these one at a time.”
Nevertheless, she succumbed and
was soon transferring her own
series of snapshots.
“I don’t take many pictures,”
wailed the other daughter, but she
soon produced a collection of pic-
tures she had taken at the recent
Columbus Day party in the Jackson
area. The occasion looked like fun,
and I soon had quite a scrapbook.
We took the phone to lunch. I dis-
covered you have to be careful tak-
ing pictures. Hold it at the wrong
angle, and your subject looks
grotesque. At least that is what hap-
pened when I tried to take my own
picture. (I was happier pretending
the flaw lay in my neophyte’s tech-
nique, rather than simply a true like-
Of course the smart phone has
many other talents. It always knows
the weather anywhere, if you can
get there. You can access music, the
stock market, news, and more
things than I can remember, just
like a computer. New technology
like this boggles my mind.
Sometimes I get so frustrated, I am
ready to throw the smart gadgets
away. Instead it seems you are sup-
posed to keep the thing tethered to
you. I have received a text chiding
me for not being always available. In
a sense we become servants of the
But wait; there’s more. These
very gadgets can and do make life
much easier for most people. I am
determined not only to survive, but,
as Faulkner said, to prevail in this
brave new world. (I know I am mix-
ing my literary allusions.) I do vow
to continue my efforts to keep up
with my smart phone.
Actually, as we approach
Thanksgiving, I shall try to be
appropriately grateful for the many
ways modern technology makes our
lives more efficient. Success lies in
attitude, and this is the time for me
to show an attitude of gratitude.
So I intend to be grateful for this
*!#*@ smart phone and master it.
Betty Boyls Stone is a freelance
writer, who grew up in Columbus.
Smart phone
Betty Stone
id Andrew Jackson
really march down
Military Road?
What’s the oldest surviving
house? What Columbus
family provided Eudora
Welty her favorite mint
julep recipe? For almost
three years, answers to
such curious queries
about Columbus’ past
have come from Rufus
Ward, in his “Ask Rufus”
column in The Dispatch.
The avid historian and
lecturer has also written
of the area’s history in
articles for several maga-
zines and journals.
Many of those stories
are now compiled in
“Columbus Chronicles:
Tales from East
Mississippi,” published by
The History Press as part
of its American
Chronicles series. The
book, which retails for
$19.99, goes on sale
nationally Wednesday.
“Columbus has a really
rich history, and so much
of it has not been told,”
said Ward. “This is a way
to let people know, in an
easy-reading format, that
its history is not only
rich, but so interesting,
Ward has arranged his
stories in general sections
that explore the settle-
ment of Columbus, its
people, Choctaw and
Chickasaw heritage, the
Civil War and black histo-
ry. There are columns or
articles about World War
II and Columbus’
Greatest Generation,
about legendary honky
tonks, barbecue, hunting
and even a ghost or two.
“Since I started writing
The Dispatch column in
February 2010, I’ve been
amazed at the number of
people who stop me to
ask questions about histo-
ry and provide tidbits of
information that they have
heard or uncovered,” said
Ward, who has deep roots
in Columbus and West
In the book he credits
local and state research
sources including Sam
Kaye, Carolyn Kaye, Gary
Lancaster, Mona Vance
and the Billups-Garth
Archives, Ken P’Pool,
Jack Elliott and Harry
Sherman for their expert-
ise in areas ranging from
architecture to archaeolo-
Ward’s primary motiva-
tion behind the columns,
articles and now
“Columbus Chronicles” is
“Several friends and
relatives who provided me
with wonderful stories
have passed away in the
last few years,” the writer
explained. “This has made
me very cognizant of the
need to preserve the sto-
ries of a passing genera-
tion. I hope that, with this
book and my column, I
can help do that.”
The public is invited to
a book signing for
“Columbus Chronicles”
Friday, Dec. 7, at The
Commercial Dispatch,
516 Main St., during
Wassail Fest, 5-9 p.m..
The book will be avail-
able in Columbus at the
Welcome Center and the
S.D. Lee Home, as well as
online from Books A
Million, Barnes & Noble
and Amazon.
Ward is also author of
“The Tombigbee River
Steamboats: Rollodores,
Dead Heads and Side-
Wheelers” (The History
Press, 2010).
Stories abound in Ward’s ‘Columbus Chronicles’
New book will be released Wednesday
Rufus Ward will attend a book signing at The
Commercial Dispatch during Wassail Fest Dec. 7.
iz and Brett
Robinson of
Columbus know
that, for some, the holi-
days are short on joy. It’s
one of the reasons they
founded “Hands Across
Columbus” five years ago.
The non-profit organiza-
tion’s aim is to reach out
to areas in the city Dec. 15
with a meal and willing
hearts and hands.
“The idea is very sim-
ple: We take traditional
Christmas meals out into
the community and give
them away,” said Liz
Robinson. “There’s no
catch; we’re just bringing
them some free
Christmas food. Our aim
is not to just sit around
wishing we could bright-
en someone’s holiday,
but to actually take
Since the hands-on
grassroots ministry
called Celebration of
Hope began in 2007,
thousands of recipients
have enjoyed a delivered
meal and the spirit of
generosity with which its
given. And hundreds
have volunteered to gath-
er, cook and take the
meals into lower income
After moving to
Columbus in 2006, the
Robinsons were inspired
to organize volunteers to
serve a pre-Christmas
meal at a local church for
about 100 children and
their families.
The outreach gained a
groundswell of support
from churches, civic
groups and individuals
and moved meal prepara-
tion to Hunt Intermediate
School. By 2010, 1,200
meals were prepared and
distributed in designated
areas of the city. The out-
put has increased each
How to help
The overall goal for
2012 is to serve a mini-
mum of 4,000 meals. The
need now is for food to
distribute. The menu is
simple: ham, canned
green beans and corn,
and rolls.
Organizers are asking
for donations of Kroger
gift cards to go toward
the purchase of the
“And we’re asking for
volunteers to prepare
food for pickup — or
delivery if you are willing
and able — on Dec. 15,”
said Robinson. “In what-
ever capacity you choose
to contribute, rest
assured we could use
your help. I know from
first-hand experience that
you’ll be blessed.”
To find out more
about contributing or vol-
unteering to “Hands
Across Columbus,” con-
tact Robinson at 662-425-
‘Hands Across Columbus’ seeks volunteers, support
for holiday ministry
Courtesy photo
Volunteers, from left, Matt Phillips, Kevin Mims and
Donnie Lawler brave the cold at the 2011 Hands
Across Columbus event to cook vegetables for the
holiday meal outreach program.

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“The South Shall Rise
Again” was not an uncom-
mon slogan. To this idea I
say, “No thanks.”
My husband says I
should be thankful that we
haven’t had a cross burned
on our lawn ... yet. My lib-
eral views (well, liberal for
the Golden Triangle area,
anyway) often get me in
I still have a few read-
ers, like Larry Feeney.
Chris and I ran into him,
along with daughter,
Katherine, and grand-
daughter, Molly Grace, at
Farmstead Restaurant a
few days ago.
“I read your column,
Adele,” he told me. “You
have a way of jabbing at
some people around here,
but not too much.” Oh,
Larry, be thankful that I
pull back. You and your
family live close enough to
me to feel threatened when
the townspeople eventually
storm my house with
torches and pitchforks.
Next Thursday is this
country’s special day to
give thanks. That, I
believe, is just a dress
rehearsal for the big day
next month. At Christmas
we may receive some gifts
that require us to muster
up an enthusiastic
response of gratitude for
the really unexpected, pos-
sibly inexplicable, gifts.
Just practice saying, “Oh,
how lovely. Many thanks
for the, um, present.”
Remember, use the word
“present” or “gift” when
you just cannot figure out
what it is.
I am grateful for my
readers and to Mother
Nature, who gave us this
wonderful autumn. But,
maybe not so much to
Squanto and the secession-
ists. Have a wonderful
Turkey Day, even if you
are a vegan!
Adele Elliott, a New
Orleans native, moved to
Columbus after Hurricane
Katrina. Email reaches her
ell, people,
the holi-
days are
officially upon us.
Where did this year
go? With
Thanksgiving just
days away and
Christmas right
around the corner, I
can start to feel my
anxiety building, and
it has nothing to do
with the obligatory
get-togethers. It’s just so easy to
get lazy and unmotivated this
time of year. It’s cold and dark
out by 5 p.m., making comfy pjs,
E! News and a takeout picnic on
the sofa more and more appeal-
In combination with the
overindulgence of the holiday
season, this time of year can
wreak havoc on
your waistline. And
what a shame it
would be to have
done so well
throughout the
whole year, only to
drop the ball during
the last six weeks of
We’ve only got a
month and a half
left so let’s make it
count — like those
last reps when your arms are
on fire, or a sprint to the finish
when your legs feel like Jello.
We’re almost there. Only to
start all over with new goals for
Here’s my holiday survival
I Stick as closely to regular
healthy eating and gym-
going/workouts as possible.
Prep meals ahead of time so
that you’ll have nutritious
options when your workplace is
full of holiday junk and every-
one has gone crazy.
Make sure to get your sweat
on every day. Go a little harder
or a little longer to compensate
for the indulgences you do
allow yourself. After all, you
don’t want to feel deprived.
I There’s nothing worse
than arriving to a party full of
good intentions to make
healthy choices, only to find
that there are no healthy choic-
es. Not a carrot stick in sight.
No Greek yogurt dip to be
Solve the problem before it’s
too late by bringing a healthy
option for the whole party to
enjoy. A colorful veggie tray or
fruit tray with a light dip is easy
and will more than likely be
appreciated by other health-
conscious party-goers.
I During the main meal, put
your fork down between bites.
It’s easy to eat too quickly and
become overstuffed during din-
ner, but slowing down to savor
each delicious bite will give
your brain more time to recog-
nize when you’re full.
Skip seconds. Try taking
smaller portions of your
favorite not-so-healthy dishes
and larger portions of the
healthier options so you can
still enjoy all those culinary cre-
ations without all of the added
fat and calories.
I Get up from the table
when you’re finished eating. Or,
at the very least, take your
plate to the sink if your family
tends to linger at the table for
coffee and conversation like
mine (which, in my opinion, is
the best part of any holiday or
family get-together). Removing
your plate from view will stop
mindless picking in its tracks.
I Thanksgiving is one day.
Get back on track first thing
Friday morning and for the
remainder of the weekend.
Christmas is a different story;
it’s every man for himself. Just
take it one party at a time, do
the best you can, and most
importantly, enjoy your time
with friends and family. That’s
what it’s all about.
Leah Sullivan of Columbus
has been on a productive journey
to a healthier lifestyle and shares
some of her experiences with
Dispatch readers. Follow
{Nourish} on Facebook.
Don’t drop the ball: Staying on track during the holidays
Leah Sullivan
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fearless get-up-and-go. Add to that a
knack for frugality and a clever eye for
turning “nothing” into “something.”
Williams sat down at the kitchen table
and talked a bit about it.
The kingdom more or less began
about six decades ago, with rugs. The
Alabama native was in her 20s, a fairly
new bride, living with her now-late hus-
band on his family farm, Valley View.
“I came from Vernon. I wanted to get
away, and you see how far I got, don’t
you? But I fell in love with a little boy,”
she said, smiling.
As she adjusted to her new communi-
ty and began raising a family, Williams
took up rug hooking. The craft dating to
early 19th century England requires
pulling individual loops of wool or yarn
through a stiff woven base like burlap or
linen. It takes time and patience.
Before long, Williams was designing
her own patterns and has never looked
back. Her collection now includes per-
sonalized wall hangings, like one of
Valley View Farm, populated with family
members, and later ones with scenes of
her grandchildren fishing and riding
“This building in the background is
where his daddy works,” she said, point-
ing to a skyline behind a waving boy on
his bike she did for one grandson.
The self-starter is happy to talk about
her latest hanging — Adam and Eve and
the infamous tree of apples. Like almost
all of her rugs and hangings, it’s made
from salvaged wool clothing or blankets
she cut into strips.
“I’m a Depression-era baby, and my
mother never threw anything away. I’m
still just as conservative as I can be,” the
mother of three stated.
Studying Adam, she remarked, “I had
trouble with his legs; I just couldn’t get
them quite like I wanted — and then I
decided he was cute bow-legged and just
left it,” she said, a twinkle in her eyes.
“If anybody’s got any artistic some-
thing in them, it’s going to come out
somehow,” Williams believes. There’s no
question her artistic spark found mutli-
ple outlets. A major one has been oil
painting. From landscapes and outdoor
scenes to portraits, her canvases hang in
every room. Two of her favorites are of
her late mother, among her flowers, and
her father, busy at his bee-keeping.
And then there are the mosaic pieces
— vases, tabletops, tall columns and
large urns covered in a carnival of glass
and ceramic shards. A similar project, a
“memory jug,” sits in the center of the
kitchen table.
“It’s a vinegar jug my mother saved,
and I covered it in pieces of my daugh-
ter’s childhood doll china,” Williams
Elsewhere in the house are her hand-
sewn hobnail bedspreads, more than a
dozen quilts, bed headboards made from
reclaimed doors, furniture she’s reuphol-
stered, chairs she’s re-caned, and mir-
rors attractively framed with “driftwood”
found along the property’s creek. A larg-
er mirror in the home is ingeniously
framed by a mantelpiece she found on
the side of the road and refinished.
She delights in found objects. Some
she spots on her daily bike rides; other
finds come from yard sales.
“I’ve gotten some nice stuff out of
garbage,” she grinned.
Between the pages
Williams’ 41 years as a part-time
librarian at the Caledonia Library dove-
tailed with her unflagging interest in
learning new artistic techniques.
“I was my very best patron,” she stat-
ed. “I read every how-to book I could get
my hands on. I’ve educated myself on
many subjects.”
Her retirement about seven years ago
allowed her more time to explore possi-
bilities. More time to spend with her
husband, Gene, a retired pharmacist
from Aberdeen, her children, six grand-
children and eight great-grandchildren.
And there’s always another project
brewing in her home studio.
“For the next wall hanging, I want to
do Moses in the bullrushes; that’s been
in my mind,” she said with relish, still at
the kitchen table. “And right now I’m
cutting out paper dolls. I don’t know
what I’ll do with them, but I’m going to
come up with something!”
She paused, looked around, smiled
and added, “It’s so fulfilling to me to
keep my hands busy ... and I like my
kingdom of stuff.”
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Williams is pictured with one of her many oil paintings, this one of a bird-hunting
scene. Several of her smaller mosaic vases are on the table. The “memory jug” in
the center of the table is covered with pieces of a daughter’s childhood doll china.
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CALVARY ASSEMBLY OF GOD — Lehmberg Rd. and Bennett
Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Eric Crews, Pastor.
EVANGEL CHURCH — 500 Holly Hills Rd. Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10
a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Grove Coffee Cafe 8 a.m., Wednesday
7 p.m. The Grove 6:30 p.m. Nursery provided through age 3. Ron
Delgado, Pastor. 662-329-2279
FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD — 2201 Military Road. Christian
Education 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Nursery Church (2-3
yrs.) Super Church (children)10:30 a.m. Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m. Nursery provided for all services. Jody Gurley,
Pastor. 662-328-6374
NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD — 4474 New Hope Road.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Children’s Church
10:30 a.m., Evening 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Jack Medley,
Pastor. 662-328-3878
ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH — Hwy. 45 N. Sunday School 9:45
a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Discipleship Training 5 p.m., Worship 6
p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Dr. Edward N. Knox, Pastor. 662-328-
ARMSTRONG BAPTIST CHURCH — 1707 Yorkville Rd. Sunday
School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., each 2nd and 4th Sunday.
Wednesday 7 p.m. Family night every 1st Sunday evening at 6
p.m. Rev. William Vaughn, Pastor. 662-328-0670
ARTESIA BAPTIST CHURCH — Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Pastor Jeff
BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 3232 Military Road. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Choir Rehearsal 5 p.m.,
Worship, 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Nursery provided. Walter
Butler, Pastor. 662-327-2111
Crawford. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Discipleship
Training 6:00 p.m., Worship 7 p.m., Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Allan
Dees, Pastor. 662-272-8734
Caledonia. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Kids for
Christ 5 p.m., Discipleship Training 5:15 p.m., Worship 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. David Westmoreland, Pastor. 662-356-6870
BROOKSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH — Main Street, Brooksville.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH — 295 Dowdle Dr. Sunday School
9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Adult Choir rehearsals and
Discipleship Training 5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:15
p.m. Steve Brown, Pastor. 662-328-6741
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH — 385 7th St. SW, Vernon, Ala.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (6 p.m. -
Daylight Savings Time), Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Wil Corbett, Pastor.
CANAAN BAPTIST CHURCH — 1008 Lehmberg Rd. Sunday
School 9:30 a.m., Service and Children’s Church 10:30 a.m.,
Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Danny Avery, Pastor.
Russell Flood, Worship Leader.
CANAAN MB CHURCH — Bell Ave. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.,
Worship 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Jimmy Pounds,
Pastor. 662-327-1226
COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH — 2490 Yorkville Rd. Sunday
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7
p.m. Wes Jones, Pastor. 662-327-5306
Starkville. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Greg Upperman, Pastor. 662-323-
6351 or visit
EAST END BAPTIST CHURCH — Hwy. 50 and Holly Hills Rd.
Bible Study 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Adult Discipleship
Training, Pre-school, Youth & Children’s Choirs 5 p.m., Worship 6
p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m., Prayer Service 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Choir 7:30 p.m. Albert Wilkerson, Pastor. 662-328-5915
EASTVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH — 1316 Ben Christopher Rd.
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
Junior Eads, Pastor. 662-329-2245
FAIRVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH — 127 Airline Rd. Sunday School
9 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Dr.
Breck Ladd, Pastor. 662-328-2924
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Rev. Michael Love,
Pastor. 662-434-5252
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH — 7th St. and 2nd. Ave. N. Sunday
Worship 8:45 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m. (Worship televised at
10 a.m. on WCBI-TV, Columbus Cable Channel 7), Worship 11
a.m. and 6 p.m. at 3000 Bluecutt Road, Midweek Prayer Service,
Wednesday 6:15 p.m. Dr. Shawn Parker, Pastor. 662-245-0540
Steens. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m.
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST — 125 Yorkville Rd. W. Sunday School 10
a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. John
Gainer, Pastor. 662-328-6024 or 662-328-3183
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH — 708 Airline Rd. Sunday School 9
a.m., Worship 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Charles
Whitney, Pastor.
Sunday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pastor Sammy Burns. 662-328-1096
between Gattman & Amory. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11
a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7:15 p.m. Rev. John Walden, Pastor.
IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 6342 Military Rd., Steens.
Bible Study 8:45 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7
p.m. 662-328-1668
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Training Service 5 p.m.,
Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Don Harding, Pastor.
MCBEE BAPTIST CHURCH — 2846 Hwy. 50 E. Sunday School
9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Discipleship Training 5 p.m.,
Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Jimmy Ray, Pastor.
MIDWAY BAPTIST CHURCH — Holly Hills Rd. Sunday School
9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m., Prayer Service
every Saturday 6 p.m. Rev. Denver Clark, Pastor.
West Point. Sunday Worship each week 8 a.m., 1st, 3rd and 5th
Sunday Worship 11:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 a.m.,
Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Donald Wesley, Pastor.
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Steve Lammons, Pastor. 662-328-2811
MT. VERNON CHURCH — 200 Mt. Vernon Rd. Sunday Worship 9
a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Service Life Groups for all ages 9 a.m. and
10:30 a.m., Connection Cafe 10 a.m., Discovery Zone. 662-328-
Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.,
Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
School 9 a.m., Service 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Ed Nix, Pastor.
NEW JOURNEY CHURCH — 3123 New Hope Rd. Sunday
Worship 10:30 a.m., Small Groups 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
Dennis Ellingburg, Pastor. 662-251-6742 or thenewjourney-
NEW SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH — 7086 Wolfe Rd., 3 miles
South of Caledonia. Sunday Worship 8:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.,
Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Sunday Evening Jr. Varsity & Varsity
AWANA 6th to 12th grade 4 p.m., Club AWANA 3 yr. old to 5th
grade, 4:15 p.m., Adult Discipleship Training 5 p.m., Worship 6
p.m., Adult Choir Practice 7 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. David
Woods, Pastor. 662-356-4940
Waterworks. Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday Worship 11 a.m.
and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Pat Creel, Pastor.
PINEHAVEN BAPTIST CHURCH — 875 Richardson. Worship
Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Bruce Morgan, Pastor.
Crawford. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday
7 p.m. Rev. Riley Forrest, Sr., Pastor. 662-272-8221
PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST — 1383 Pleasant Hill Rd. Sunday
Worship 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Bill Hurt, Pastor.
PLYMOUTH BAPTIST CHURCH — 187 Plymouth Rd. Sunday
Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Randy Rigdon,
Pastor. Neil Shepherd, Music.
SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH — 1131 Woodlawn Rd., Steens.
Sunday Men’s Prayer Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 a.m.,
Worship 10:30 a.m., Classes 4 p.m., Worship 5 p.m., Wednesday
6 p.m. Bryan Wilson, Pastor. 662-401-2200
Steens. Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Service 5 p.m., Wednesday 7
p.m. Charles Young, Pastor.
Spur, Northport, Ala. Worship 11 a.m., Sunday Bible Study noon.
Todd Bryant, Pastor.
STATE LINE BAPTIST CHURCH — 7560 Hwy. 1282 E. Sunday
School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday
6 p.m., Christian Development Wednesday 7 p.m. Robert Gillis,
Pastor. 662-329-2973
Rd., Steens. Maurice Williams, Pastor. Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Worship 11 a.m. and7 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. 662-327-2580
Hwy. 69 on Yorkville Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:15
a.m. Steven James, Pastor.
UNIVERSITY BAPTIST CHURCH — East Lee Blvd., Starkville
MSU campus (new building behind the Wesley Foundation)
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Bert Montgomery,
Pastor. 662-312-6778 or
Mill Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor, Al Hamm.
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Worship 6 p.m., AWANA
Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Shelby Hazzard,
Senior Pastor. Brad Wright, Director of Student Ministries.
S. Sunday School 8 a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.,
Youth Ministry Wednesday 4:30 p.m. Rev. Brian Hood, Pastor.
BETHESDA CHURCH — 1800 Short Main. Sunday School 9:45
a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Nathaniel Best, Pastor.
BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH — 5860 Hwy. 50 E., West Point.
Sunday School 10 a.m., Service 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday
7 p.m.
School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
Martin “Buddy” Gardner, Pastor.
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7
p.m. Rev. Jimmy Banks, Pastor. 662-327-1130
Sunday Bible study 10:15 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Raymond Spann,
ANTIOCH MB CHURCH — 2304 Seventh Ave. N. Sunday School
9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Jimmy Ellis, Pastor.
BETHLEHEM MB CHURCH — 293 Bethlehem Road, Caledonia.
Sunday School 1st and 4th Sundays 8 a.m., 2nd & 3rd Sundays
9:30 a.m., Worship 1st & 4th Sundays 9:30 a.m., 2nd & 3rd
Sundays 11 a.m., Wednesdays 6 p.m. Rev. Willie James Gardner,
Pastor. 662-356-4424
BRICK MB CHURCH — Old Macon Rd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
each Sunday, Worship 2nd and 4th Sundays only 11 a.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Everett Little, Pastor.
CALVARY FAITH CENTER — Hwy. 373 & Jess Lyons Road.
Sunday Worship 8:00 a.m., Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10
a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Pastor Robert Bowers, Pastor. 662-
CEDAR GROVE MB CHURCH — 286 Swartz Dr. Worship
Services 11:15 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30
p.m. Rev. Robert L. Hamilton, Sr., Pastor. 662-434-8283
CHRIST MB CHURCH — 110 2nd Ave. S. Sunday School 10
a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m., B.T.U. Program every
1st & 3rd Sunday 6 p.m.
EL BETHEL MB CHURCH — 2205 Washington Ave. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7:00 p.m., Rev.
Leroy Jones, Pastor.
FAITH HARVEST MB CHURCH — 4266 Sand Road. Sunday
10:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Hugh L. Dent, Pastor. 662-243-
FOURTH STREET MB CHURCH — 610 4th St. N. Sunday School
9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Jimmy L. Rice,
FRIENDSHIP MB CHURCH — 1102 12th Ave. S. Sunday School
9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Glenn Wilson,
Pastor. 662-327-7473 or 662-251-4185
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., 1st
Saturday each month, Intercessory Prayer noon. Donald Henry,
HALBERT MISSION MB CHURCH — 2199 Halbert Church Rd.,
Ethelsville, Ala. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Ernest
Prescott, Pastor.
HOPEWELL MB CHURCH — 4892 Ridge Rd. Worship 9 a.m.,
Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Rev. Charles Davison, Pastor.
JERUSALEM MB CHURCH — 129 Brickerton St. at Wingate Inn.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m.
Rev. Willie Petty, Sr., Pastor.
MAPLE STREET BAPTIST — 219 Maple St. Sunday School 9:30
a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Joseph
Oyeleye, Pastor. 662-328-4629
MILLERS CHAPEL MB CHURCH — 425 East North St. Macon.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Ron Houston, Pastor.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Baptist Training Union
5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Tony A.
Montgomery, Pastor.
MOUNT ZION M.B. CHURCH — 2221 14th Ave. N. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Jesse
J. Slater, Pastor. 662-328-4979
MT. ARY MB CHURCH — 297 S. Frontage Rd., Lot #4. Sunday
School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev.
Frederick Carter, Pastor.
MT. AVERY BAPTIST CHURCH — 12311 Nashville Ferry Rd. E.
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday except 5th
Sunday. Rev. Johnny Hall, Pastor. Min. John Wells, Assistant
NEW HOPE MB CHURCH — 271 Church St., Artesia. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Thomas E.
Rice is pastor. 662-494-1580
Rd E. Sunday School 9 a.m. each week except 5th Sunday,
Worship 10 a.m. each week except 5th Sunday, 5th Sundays:
Ushers Board Fellowship. Rev. L.A. Gardner, Pastor. 662-329-
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship Services 11 a.m., Wednesday
6:30 p.m. Rev. Christopher Wriley, Pastor.
NEW ZION STEENS MB CHURCH — 3301 Sand Rd. Sunday
School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Pastor Rev.
John C. Edwards. 662-329-5224
OAKLAND MB CHURCH — 18 Fairport Road, Crawford. Sunday
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Mass
Choir Rehearsal - Tue. before 1st and 2nd Sun. 6 p.m., Male
Chorus Rehearsal - Thurs. before 3rd Sun. 6 p.m., Junior Choir
Rehearsal - Wed. before 4th Sun. 5 p.m. Rev. Dr. Joe L. Brown,
PLEASANT RIDGE MB CHURCH — Ridge Rd. Sunday School
10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. A. Edwards, Sr.,
PROVIDENCE MB CHURCH — Old Hwy. 69 S. Sunday School
9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. James A.
Greenlaw, Pastor.
SAINT MATTHEWS MB CHURCH — 1213 Island Rd. Sunday
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Curtis
Clay, Sr., Pastor.
SALEM MB CHURCH — Hwy. 86, Carrollton, Ala. Sunday School
9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. David J.
Johnson, Jr., Pastor.
Brooksville. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Pastor
Michael Tate. 662-738-5855
SOUTHSIDE MB CHURCH — 100 Nashville Ferry Rd. E. Sunday
School 8:30 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev.
Rayfield Evins Jr., Pastor.
SIXTH AVENUE MB CHURCH — 1519 Sixth Ave. N. Sunday
School 10 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Bobby
E. Woodrick Sr., Pastor.
SPRINGFIELD MB CHURCH — 6369 Hwy. 45 S. (1st & 3rd
Sunday) Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m., (1st &
3rd Wednesday) 7 p.m. Robert Gavin, Pastor. 662-327-9843
STEPHEN CHAPEL MB CHURCH — 514 20th St. N. Sunday
School 9:15 a.m., Worship 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. B.T.U. 5 p.m., Worship
6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Joe Peoples, Pastor.
ST. JAMES MB CHURCH — 6525 Hardy-Billups Rd., Crawford.
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Rev. Chad
Payton, Pastor.
ST. JOHN MB CHURCH — 3477 Motley Rd., Sunday School 10
a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Rev. Otha
Rockett, Pastor. 327-7494.
ST. PAUL MB CHURCH — Robinson Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Willie Mays, Pastor.
ST. PAUL MB CHURCH — 1800 Short Main St. Sunday 8 a.m.,
Tuesday 7 p.m. Rev. John F. Johnson, Pastor. 662-241-7111
UNION BAPTIST MB CHURCH — 101 Weaver Rd. (Hwy. 69 S)
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m.
Rev. Coy Jones, Pastor.
TABERNACLE MB CHURCH — Magnolia Drive, Macon. Sunday
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m.
UNION HOPEWELL MB CHURCH — 150 Spurlock Rd. Sunday
School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Thursday 6 p.m. Michael
Sampson, Pastor.
Steens. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. David Retherford, Pastor.
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:15 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
John Sanders, Pastor.
ZION GATE MB CHURCH — 1202 5th St. S. Sunday School 9:30
a.m., Worship 8 a.m. and 10:45., Children’s Church 10:15 a.m.,
Worship 5 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Dr. James A. Boyd, Pastor.
Columbus St., Aberdeen. Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Herb
Hatfield, Pastor. 662-369-4937
2 miles South of Hamilton, just off Hwy. 45. Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Jesse Phillips, Pastor. 662-429-2305
SPRINGHILL P.B. CHURCH — 3996 Sandyland Road, Macon,
MS. Walter Lowery Jr., Pastor. Sunday School 9:00 a.m., Worship
10:00 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 6 p.m. 662-738-5006.
Caledonia on Wolf Rd, Hamilton. Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 1st Sunday
Night at 6:30 p.m. Herman Clark, Pastor. 662-369-2532
Schedules are as follows: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Monday,
Wednesday & Friday 8 a.m., Tuesday 5:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30
a.m., and Annunciation Catholic School (during the school year).
Father Robert Dore, Priest.
SAINT DAVID’S AT MAYHEW — 549 Mayhew Rd., Mayhew. Holy
Eucharist - Sunday 10 a.m. 662-244-5939 or
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH — 811 N. McCrary. Ed Maurer,
Pastor. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, 6 p.m.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH — 720 4th Ave. N. and 8th St.
N. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m.
CHURCH OF CHRIST — 4362 Hwy. 69 S. Sunday Worship 8:30
a.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Shobal Johnson 662-241-
5376 or E-mail:
CHURCH OF CHRIST — 437 Gregory Rd. Sunday Bible class 10
a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Richard
Latham, Minister. 662-328-4705
COLUMBUS CHURCH OF CHRIST — 2401 7th St. N. Sunday
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday 7
p.m. Billy Ferguson, Pulpit Minister and Paul Bennett - Family &
Youth Minister.
Gaylane. Sunday Worship 9 a.m., Bible Study 10 a.m., Worship 11
a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. http://eastcolumbuschurch. com
Canaan Baptist Church
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Commercial • Residential
213 Conway Drive
Don’t be jealous or proud, but be
humble and consider others more
important than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3
In Style. In Reach.
1721 Hwy 45 N
Columbus, MS
Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm
The McBryde Family
1120 Gardner Blvd. • 328-5776
Nashville Ferry Road East 327-3394
Specializing in industrial accounts
662-328-8176 973 Island Rd. 1-800-759-8570
232 Alabama Street 327-1606
Don Davis & Employees
In Memory of Laura Lumsden
1512 Hwy 45 N. 327-3311
1230 Gardner Blvd. 328-6691
“Turnin ‘em Loose”
100 Hwy. 12 East 328-6691
Langford Furniture Company
“A Friendly Place To Do Business”
2012 Military Road • Columbus, MS
Jack & Larry Langford - Owners
“Your Better Value Food Store”
Ed Townsend & Employees
225 Alabama St. 1802 Military Rd.
Steve Townsend & Employees
Pucket McGee Electric
Supply Company
715 6th South 328-5151
Since 1960
24 Hour Towing
1024 Gardner Blvd.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my
Father is the gardener.”
John 15:1
176 S. Frontage Rd. 328-3458
“Serving Lowndes County Since 1956”
Bob Webb & Staff
Allen Puckett & Employees
Largest Brick Supplier for North Mississippi
114 Brickyard Rd. • 328-4931
Home of Extendalife® VPI
Hwy. 69 S. 328-5679
“Great Deals, Great Friends, Rock Solid”
Hwy 45 Alt. N., West Point, MS 494-4344/800-564-6199
900 Main St. 328-2345
Lehmberg Rd. & Hwy. 182 • 110 Lehmberg Rd.
University Mall • 2027 Hwy. 45N.
“A Better Way To Bank”
Management & Employees
Custom Designs Manufactured Locally
2415 Hwy. 45 N. 328-1477
Farm Raised • Wholesale &Retail
Ice Packed or Frozen
11751 Hwy. 45 • Macon
“Our Bottom Line Is People”
Offering independent living apartments, personal
care/assisted living suites, and a skilled nursing home
300 Airline Road • Columbus, MS • 327-6716
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201 Pollard Rd., Starkville
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HWY. 69 CHURCH OF CHRIST — 2407 Hwy. 69 S. Sunday Bible
Study 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7
p.m. Brian Adkins, Minister. 662-364-0353
Steens. Bible Study 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m.
MAGNOLIA CHURCH OF CHRIST — 161 Jess Lyons Rd. Bible
Study 9:15 a.m., Worship, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
Doug English, Minister.
STEENS CHURCH OF CHRIST — Steens Vernon Rd. 9:15 a.m.
Bible Study, Worship 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Larry
Montgomery, Minister.
10TH AVE. N. CHURCH OF CHRIST — 1828 10th Ave. N.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Bible Class 5 p.m.,
Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Robert Johnson, Minister.
Sunday 9 a.m., Worship 9:45 a.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday
7:30 p.m. Willis Logan, Minister.
CHURCH OF GOD IN JESUS’ NAME — Hwy. 12. Sunday 10 a.m.
and 6 p.m., Tuesday 7 p.m. David Sipes, Pastor.
Worship 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Tony
Hunt, Pastor. 662-889-6570
LATTER RAIN CHURCH OF GOD — 721 7th Ave. S. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday 6 p.m. Brenda
Othell Sullivan, Pastor.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Clarence Roberts, Pastor.
YORKVILLE HEIGHTS CHURCH — 2274 Yorkville Rd., Life
Groups 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m.; Evening Worship & JAM Kids
Night 6 p.m.; Wednesday: Worship, Called Out Youth, Royal
Rangers, Girls Clubs 7 p.m.; Tuesday: Intercessory Prayer 7 p.m.
Nursery Available for all services (newborn- 4). Bobby
Richardson, Paster. 662-328-1256 or
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Byron Harris, Pastor.
606 Military Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m.,
Evening, 2nd & 4th Sunday 6 p.m., Monday 6 p.m., Wednesday 6
p.m. Tommy Williams, Pastor.
N. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Marion C. Bonner, Pastor.
CHRIST — 1601 Pickensville Rd., Sunday School 9:30 a.m.,
Worship 11 a.m., Monday 6 p.m., Tuesday 7 p.m., Friday 7 p.m.,
Saturday 8 a.m. Ocie Salter, Pastor.
45 N. Sunday Prayer 8 a.m., Sunday School 8:30 a.m., Worship
9:30 a.m., Choir Practice Wednesday 6 p.m., 2nd Sunday Holy
Communion, 4th Sunday Youth Sunday, 4th Sunday
Family/Friends Sunday and Fellowship Dinner. Robert L. Brown,
Jr., Pastor. 662-328-7159
OPEN DOOR CHURCH OF GOD — 711 S. Thayer Ave.,
Aberdeen. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Tuesday 7
p.m., Wednesday Luncheon 11 a.m. Johnnie R. Bradford, Pastor.
662-889-3820 or 662-798-0282.
Vaughn Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 12 p.m., Tuesday 7
p.m. Donald Koonch, Pastor. 662-243-2064
(The Magnolia Room) Sunday Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday
Worship 6 p.m., Elder Maxine Brown, Pastor. 662-494-8126
CAFB CHAPEL — Catholic - Sunday: Catholic Reconciliation
4:00 p.m., Mass 5 p.m. Protestant - Sunday: Adult Sunday School
9 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m. Catholic Priest Fr. Vince Burns. 662-
Sunday School 9 a.m., Holy Eucharist 10 a.m., Tuesday and
Thursday Braille Bible Workers 9 a.m. Rev. Sandra DePriest. 662-
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH — 318 College St. Sunday 8
a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:15 a.m. 662-328-6673 or
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Jack
Taylor, Pastor.
S. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.,
Saturday 6 p.m. Charles Fisher, Pastor.
Tarlton Rd., Crawford. Sunday School 9:40 a.m., Worship 11:15
a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Prayer Hour Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m., Saturday
8 a.m., New Membership Class 9:30 p.m., 5th Sunday Worship
6:30 p.m. 662-272-5355
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11a.m., Evening 6:30 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Jerry Potter, Pastor.
Pine Rd., Crawford. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10 a.m.,
Tuesday 7 p.m. Bobby L. McCarter 662-328-2793
GREATER MOUNT ZION CHURCH — 5114 Hwy. 182 E. Sunday
Corporate Prayer 8 a.m., Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:15
a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Bible Study 7 p.m. Doran V. Johnson,
Pastor. 662-329-1905
LOWSHIP — 611 Jess Lyons Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship
11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Jerome Gill, Pastor. 662-244-7088
HARVEST LIFE CHURCH — 425 Military Rd. Sunday Service
10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. F. Clark Richardson, Pastor. 662-
Idlewild Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday
6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. 662-327-3962
Rd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
Rev. Michael Love, Pastor.
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m., Tuesday 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday 7 p.m. Samuel B. Wilson, Pastor.
Sunday School 8:30 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.,
Missionary Service every 2nd Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Freddie
Edwards, Pastor.
B’NAI ISRAEL — 717 2nd Ave. N. Services Semi-monthly. Friday
7:30 p.m. 662-329-5038
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST — Meeting at Temple B’nai Israel,
1301 Marshall, Tupelo, every 1st & 3rd Sunday. 662-620-7344 or
45 N. and 373. Sunday School/Bible Class 3:45 p.m., Worship 5
p.m. 662-356-4647
N. Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 p.m. Floyd Smithey,
Pastor. 662-549-8190
Crawford. Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Sunday School 11 a.m., 2nd
& 4th Sunday Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Kevin Yoder,
Senior Pastor.
a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Rev. Sandra Brown, Pastor.
Ave. N. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Ron Thomas,
Street, Caledonia. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Choir
Rehearsal Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Todd Lemon, Pastor.
CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST — 1201 College St. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Speegle,
CLAIBORNE CME CHURCH — 6049 Nashville Ferry Rd. E. 2nd
and 4th Sundays - Sunday School 10a.m., Worship 11 a.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m., 1st and 3rd Sundays - 3 p.m., Geneva H.
Thomas, Pastor.
CONCORD CME CHURCH — 1213 Concord Rd. Sunday School
10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Rev. Tommy Davis, Pastor.
Crawford. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. and service 10 a.m. Buddy
Carrol, Pastor.
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Carl
Swanigan, Pastor.
Sunday11 a.m. Dr. Michael Deal, Pastor.
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 8:45 & 11 a.m., Vespers & Communion
5 p.m. Rev. Raigan Miskelly, Pastor.
Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
GLENN’S CHAPEL CME CHURCH — 1109 4th St. S. Sunday
School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. Rev. Raphael Terry, Pastor. 662-
HEBRON C.M.E. CHURCH — 1910 Steens Road, Steens. Meets
first, second and third Sundays, Bible class each Wednesday at 7
p.m. Earnest Sanders, Pastor.
Steens. Sunday School 9:45, Service 11 a.m.. Meet on 2nd and
4th Sundays. Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 p.m. Rev. Antra Geeter,
Pastor. 662-327-4263
Road. Sunday Worship 8:45 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Tuesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Rev. Sarah Windham, Pastor. 662-
ORR’S CHAPEL CME CHURCH — Nicholson Street, Brooksville.
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
Fernbank Rd., Steens. Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m., Sunday School
10:45 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 pm. Rev. James Black, Pastor.
SANDERS CHAPEL CME CHURCH — 521 15th St. N. Sunday
School 8 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m., Tuesday 11:45 a.m. Rev. Dr. J. W.
Honeysucker, Pastor.
Shaeffers Chapel Rd. Church Service 9 a.m., Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Rev. Curtis Bray, Pastor.
Military Rd. Breakfast 9:30 a.m., Devotion 9:45 a.m., Sunday
School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Sunday 3rd Sunday Evening
Worship 6:30 p.m., Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Fred H.
Brown, Pastor.
Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday Services 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Youth activities 5 p.m. Jeff Ruth, Pastor.
Street, Macon, Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Robert
Scott Sr., Pastor.
Tuscaloosa Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6
p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Rev. James Black, Pastor.
Tabernacle Rd., Ethelsville, AL. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.,
Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Wallace
Armstrong, Pastor. 205-662-3443
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Dr.. William Petty, Pastor. 205-399-5196
TURNER CHAPEL AME CHURCH — 1108 14th St. S. Sunday
School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 5 p.m. Jeffrey
Williams, Pastor.
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST — 511 Airline Rd. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:55 a.m., Wednesday 5 p.m.,
Chancel Choir 7 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m. Rev. Diane Lemmon.
Alt. S., Crawford. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.,
Tuesday 6 p.m. Tyrone Ashford, Pastor. 662-726-5396
2808 Ridge Rd. Sacrament Meeting 10 a.m., Gospel 11 a.m.,
Priesthood & Relief Society 12 p.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Bishop
Tyrel Reed. 662-356-0833
School 9:30 a.m.,Worship 10:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday 7
p.m. Rev. Stephen Joiner, Pastor.
Road. Sunday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Craig Morris, Pastor.
1560 Hwy. 69 S., Sunday 9 a.m., Wednesday 6:45 p.m., Friday
Corporate Prayer 7 p.m. Pastor James T. Verdell, Jr. crosswayra- 9 a.m., 11 a.m., & 7 p.m. on Fridays only.
Vernon Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Randy Holmes, Pastor. 662-574-0210
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m., Kid’s Church 10:30 a.m., Sunday
Celebration 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Wednesday S.W.A.T. 7
p.m. Kenny Gardner, Pastor. 662-328-3328
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:15 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.,
Pray 1st, 2nd and 5th Thursday 7 p.m. Grover C. Richards, Pastor.
Steens. Sunday Worship Services 10:30 a.m., 1st Sunday
Evening 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Marion (Bubba) Dees, Pastor.
Blvd. Services every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. J.
Brown, Pastor.
FAITH COVENANT CHURCH — 133 Northdale Dr. Sunday
Worship 5:30 p.m. Les Pogue, Pastor. 662-889-8132 or
FULL GOSPEL MINISTRY — 1504 19th St. N. Sunday School
9:30 a.m., Worship 10 a.m.,Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Maxine Hall,
GENESIS CHURCH — 1411 Hwy. 69 S. Sunday School 8:30
a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Darren Leach, Pastor.
Rd. Worship 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Donnell
Wicks, Pastor.
HOUSE OF RESTORATION — Hwy. 50. Sunday School, 9:30
a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 a.m., Pastors,
Bill and Carolyn Hulen.
CHURCH — 622 23rd St. N. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.; Service
11:45 a.m., Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m., Prayer Mon.,
Wed. and Fri. noon. For more information call Bishop Ray Charles
Jones 662-251-1118, Patricia Young 662-327-3106 or 662-904-
0290 or Lynette Williams 662-327-9074.
S. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Tuesday 7 p.m. Pastor R.J. Matthews. 662-327-1960
LIFE CHURCH — 3918 Hwy. 45 N. Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday
7 p.m. For more information, call Delmar Gullett at 662-570-4171
Starkville. Sunday 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Jeffrey W.
Emerson. 662-352-3950
Sunday 10 a.m. Dr. Joe L. Bowen, Pastor.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Every 2nd and 4th
Sunday Intercessory Prayer 9 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Pastor
Donna Anthony. 662-241-0097
REAL LIFE CHURCH — 419 Wilkins-Wise Rd. Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Martin Andrews. 662-328-2131 or
Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Randall Thompson,
Pastor. 662-327-9078
THE LORD’S HOUSE — 441 18th St. S. Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday
School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Worship 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Xtreme Kids - 10 a.m. for ages
4-11, Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Highpoint Kidz ages
4-11. Shane Cruse, Pastor. 662-328-7811
TRUE LIFE WORSHIP CENTER — 597 Main St., Caledonia.
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday
7 p.m. Eugene O’Mary, Pastor.
Cal-Kolola Rd, Caledonia. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship
10:45 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Pastor Francisco Brock, Sr.
3020 Hughes Road. Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. Rone F. Burgin,
Pastor. 662-251-5038
Tom St., Sturgis. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.,
Wedneday 7 p.m. Curtis Davis, Pastor. 662-230-3182 or
Hwy. 50 West, West Point. Meeting at Holmes Chapel. 662-615-
5389 or
S. McCrary Road, Suite 126. Sunday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Christian Women Meeting Friday 7 p.m.
LIVING FAITH TABERNACLE — Shelton St. Sunday School 10
a.m., Worship 11a.m. and 7 p.m. Youth Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev.
James O. Gardner, Pastor.
LIVING WATER MINISTRIES — 622 28th St. N. Elder Robert L.
Salter, Pastor. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.,
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. Terry
Outlaw, Pastor,
VICTORY TABERNACLE — 324 5th St.S. Granville E. Wiggins,
Sr., Pastor. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m. and 6
p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
Prayer/Inspiration Hour Monday 6 p.m. Danny L. Obsorne, Pastor.
St. S., behind the Dept. of Human Resources. Sunday School
10:30 a.m., Friday 7:30 p.m. Gloria Jones, Pastor.
Sunday Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.
Terry Outlaw, Pastor. 662-324-3539
N. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.,
Wednesday and Friday 7 p.m.
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:15 a.m., Tuesday 7 p.m.,
Thursday 7 p.m. Lou J. Nabors Sr., Pastor. 662-329-1234
Road, Caledonia. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m. and
5:30 p.m.. Tuesday 7 p.m., Friday 7 p.m. Ernest Thomas, Pastor.
Caledonia Kolola Rd., Caledonia. Sunday 10 a.m., 6 p.m.,
Wednesday 7 p.m. Grant Mitchell, Pastor. 662-356-0202
FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH — 311 Tuscaloosa Rd. Sunday
School 10 a.m., Sunday Evangelistic 6p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.
Rev. Steve Blaylock, Pastor. 662-328-1750
1736 Beersheba Rd., New Hope Community. Rev. Tim Lee,
Pastor. Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Church School 11:15 a.m.,
Wed. Mid Week 6 p.m. 662-327-9615
Lehmberg Rd., East Columbus. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.,
Worship 10:30 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 9:15 a.m., Wednesday
Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. Bob Wilbur, Pastor.
Ridge Rd. Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Adult
Choir 4 p.m. Youth 5 p.m., Bible Study 5 p.m.; Monthly Activities:
CPW Circle #1 (2nd Tues. 2 p.m.), CPW Circle #2 (2nd Tue. 6
p.m.), Ladies Aid (3rd Tue. 2 p.m.); Weekly Activities: Exercise
Class Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. Rev. Ted Bane, Pastor. 662-
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH — 3200 Bluecutt Rd. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Youth Group-Sundays 5 p.m.,
Adult Choir-Wednesdays 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Suppers-3rd
Wednesdays 6 p.m. Rev. Tom Bryson, Minister.
7th St. N. Sunday 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. David Strain, Pastor.
Wolfe Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.
THE SALVATION ARMY CHURCH — 2219 Hwy. 82 East. Sunday
School 9:45 a.m., Holiness Meeting 11 a.m., Puppets & Timbrels
5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday Supper 5 p.m, Wednesday
Bible Study 6 p.m., Women’s & Men’s Ministries 7 p.m., Corps
Cadets (Teen Bible Study) 7 p.m., Friday “Supper Club” 5:30 p.m.,
Friday Youth Meetings 6 p.m., Friday Character Building (Ages 5-
18) 6 p.m. Captain John Showers, Commanding Officer.
Brooks Dr. Saturday 9:30 a.m., Bible Study 11:15 a.m.,
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m. Larry Owens, Pastor. 662-
SALEM SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST — 826 15th St. N. Saturday
Sabbath School 9:15 a.m., Divine Worship 11a.m., Wednesday
6:30 p.m. Roscoe Shields, Pastor. 662-327-9729
CHURCH — 3632 Hwy. 182 E. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.,
Sunday 11:30 a.m., Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday Prayer Noon,
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m.
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Weekly Scripture Reading
Scriptures Selected by the American Bible Society
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Many of us might wonder what inspired
those struggling Pilgrims to have a
celebration at all.
They did have the power of faith and
prayer. Through calamities, their
spirits were made strong. Despite
the difficulties, they had survived.
Certainly then, whatever our
situation, we all have reason to
celebrate the strength we receive
from our Heavenly Father. We
can enter His house with great
thanksgiving this week.
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