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1 Julius Caesar was killed on the ff-
teenth day of March, but during most
months, the Roman ides actually fell
on a different date? Which?
2 What familiar product is Rich Uncle
Pennybags the mascot for?
3 Drug lord Mr. Big is the villain of
what James Bond novel and flm?
4 What song is, appropriately, attribut-
ed to a seventeenth-century compos-
er, Dr. John Bull?
5 What dish, named for a famous
general, is coated in foie gras, mush-
rooms, and puff pastry?

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Classifeds 7B
Comics 4B
Obituaries 5A
Opinions 4A
Shaquita Blanchard has been
a server at The Grill at Jackson
Square in Columbus for eight
Thursday, Jan. 24
■ Gordy Forum: The Gordy Hon-
ors College Forum at Mississippi
University for Women begins its
spring program series at 6 p.m.
in MUW’s Parkinson Hall Nissan
Auditorium with a discussion on
internships and opportunities.
The series continues through
April with lectures, flms and un-
dergraduate research. Programs
are free and open to the public.
For information, contact Dr. Tom
Velek at or
■ Café International: The
Holmes Cultural Diversity Center
at Mississippi State Universi-
ty begins a series of monthly
gatherings to promote cultural
awareness. Each month features
a different country and culture.
Join friends from 5:30-7 p.m.
Jan. 24 in the Colvard Union Fos-
ter Ballroom for Syrian foods and
music from various countries.
For more information, email Kat-
ja Walter,
Friday, Jan. 25
■ Bully Gras Ball: This gala
event at the Starkville Country
Club benefts the Oktibbeha/
Starkville Emergency Response
volunteers. Tickets are $50. For
more information, contact OS-
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Tom Velek holds a soccer ball next to his National Coach of the Year trophy and other awards he has earned over years of coaching.
After a similar bill died in
committee last year, the House
Education Committee narrow-
ly passed an expanded charter
school bill Monday by a vote of
16-14. House Bill 369 passed
through the committee after
about 90 minutes of debate,
according to The Associated
The bill was
presented by
Rep. Charles Bus-
by, R-Pascagoula,
who was appoint-
ed to the com-
mittee by House
Speaker Philip
Gunn, R-Clinton.
Gunn replaced
education committee member
Linda Wittington, D-Schlat-
er, with Busby in November.
Voting in favor of the bill were
14 Republicans and two Dem-
ocrats. Voting against it were
four Republicans and 10 Dem-
ocrats. One Republican did
not vote. The Senate passed its
version of the expanded charter
school bill last week.
Two of the main components
of the House bill are that it will
only provide for the formation
of 15 charter schools per year
and it will only allow them to
be created in under-perform-
ing “D” and “F” school districts
until 2016. The bill has been
contentious between members
of the Senate and the House
and particularly divisive among
some Republicans and Demo-
Rep. Tyrone Ellis,
D-Starkville, represents an
area that includes Oktibbeha
County, where the school dis-
trict was recently placed into
a state-mandated conservator-
ship. Although Ellis said he
supports education reform, he
feels charter schools are not the
“Under (Mississippi’s) con-
House to vote on its version of charter school bill
Tom Velek remembers the
letter well.
His oldest son, Avery, had
decided to get involved in soc-
cer after a few years away from
the sport, so the decision was
made to sign him up with the
Columbus-Lowndes Recreation
That’s when the waiting be-
It wasn’t until Velek received
the letter that he discovered
why he hadn’t heard from his
son’s new coach. He didn’t have
one. The letter informed Velek
and the other parents that
the team their children were
supposed to play on needed a
“The gist of the letter was,
‘Dear parent, your son or child
doesn’t have a coach and we’re
contacting you to see if you
would be willing to coach the
team,’” said Greg Lewis, pro-
gram director at CLRA. “Tom
came down and said, ‘I guess
Velek: From reluctance to renown
A Colum-
bus Middle
School teach-
er has been
placed on ad-
mi ni st r at i ve
leave after
being arrest-
ed for felony
domestic vio-
lence, aggravated assault.
Erica Harris, 31, was ar-
rested at approximately 1:30
a.m. Monday after a verbal
altercation with her husband
turned physical. The couple
are separated and living in
different residences. Harris
was at her husband’s home
when the incident occurred.
Columbus Police Depart-
ment Public Information
Offcer Glenda Buckhalter
said Erica Harris went to
her estranged husband’s
home in the early morning
hours and argued with him.
Buckhalter said as Harris
was attempting to leave the
residence in her vehicle, her
husband was hit by the mir-
ror of her car.
Investigators with the po-
lice department were called
to the scene and Harris was
arrested and charged with
felony domestic violence, ag-
gravated assault.
Columbus Municipal
School District Public In-
formation Offcer Michael
Jackson said the district was
teacher on leave
after domestic
violence arrest
Carmen K. Sisson/Dispatch Staff
Better Business Bureau warns Rotarians of scams
A Nigerian prince is dying and wants
to leave his fortune to you, but he needs
$3,000 to fund the transaction. You’ve
won $1 million in a lottery you don’t re-
member entering. There’s a must-see
video on Facebook, but frst you must
upgrade your software to view it. A com-
pany you’ve never heard of is offering a
great deal on roofng, driveway reseal-
ing, tree-trimming or lawn service.
Most people recognize a scam when
they see one — or do they?
Not necessarily, says Mississippi Bet-
ter Business Bureau president and CEO
John O’Hara, the guest speaker at Tues-
day’s Rotary Club meeting at Lion Hills
Golf Club.
Senior citizens are often targeted be-
cause they have more time and, particu-
larly in the South, are too polite to hang
up the phone, he said. But all consumers
run the risk of falling for unscrupulous
business practices. Payday loans, in-
come tax advances, extended warran-
ties, home repair — all are areas ripe for
Mississippi Better Business Bureau president and CEO John O’Hara talks with Beth
Jolly, director of contract compliance for EcoLab/Microtek, following the Rotary Club
meeting Tuesday at Lion Hills Golf Club. O’Hara spoke to Rotarians about how to
identify scams and make complaints to the BBB.
See BBB, 6A
of Gov. Phil Bryant’s address and
reaction. Page 3A
Columbus coach claims national soccer honor
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“Even though it is just one game, this
win really means a lot.”
Columbus High School senior Devin
Berry, after their win over Starkville.
Story, 1B.
Dream 365, a six-day observance honoring Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., held a march Jan. 20 in Columbus commemorating the
50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
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Amaris Banks, Lakedra Sims, Indya Hyse, Rhonda Ellis, Amanda Stanton
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Prince Harry’s wartime
role draws reprisal fears
The Associated Press
— Prince
Harry’s ad-
mission that
he killed
Taliban fght-
ers while
working as
a helicopter
gunner in
Afghanistan drew intense
British media coverage
Tuesday and sparked con-
cerns about possible repri-
The 28-year-old prince
spoke in a pooled interview
published late Monday
after he was safely out of
Afghanistan. He had spent
the last 20 weeks deployed
as a co-pilot and gunner in
a heavily armed Apache at-
tack helicopter.
Asked if he had killed
from the cockpit, the third-
in-line to the British throne
said: “Yeah, so, lots of peo-
ple have.”
The response was im-
mediate Tuesday: The
Daily Mirror tabloid ran a
page-one headline “Royal
Sensation Harry: I Killed
Taliban” along with a pho-
to of a macho-looking Har-
ry in combat gear and de-
signer shades.
Other newspapers ran
similar gung-ho stories
about the prince’s military
exploits. “Harry: I Have
Killed” was the story in the
Daily Mail.
Video shot during the
prince’s deployment was
shown dozens of times on
Britain’s major news net-
In Parliament on Tues-
day, Defense Minister
Mark Francois praised
Harry, saying the prince
should be commended for
his bravery.
He “has done well for
his country,” Francois
said, offering kind words
for a prince who has occa-
sionally embarrassed the
royal family, most recently
by being photographed na-
ked as he played strip bil-
liards at a Las Vegas hotel.
Many in Harry’s family
have also seen combat —
most recently his uncle,
Prince Andrew, who few
Royal Navy helicopters
during the 1982 Falklands
War. Prince Philip, his
grandfather, served on
Royal Navy battleships
during World War II.
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plauding the soldier-prince.
Lindsey German, leader
of the Stop the War Coali-
tion, called Harry’s com-
ments “arrogant and insen-
Prince Harry
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Bryant hits familiar themes in State of the State
The Associated Press
JACKSON — Mississip-
pi Gov. Phil Bryant said in
his State of the State speech
Tuesday evening that citizens
expect “bold action” from
elected offcials in 2013, with
an emphasis on strengthen-
ing education and promoting
job creation.
The Republican said he
wants lawmakers to approve a broad pack-
age of education proposals, including merit
pay for teachers, more emphasis on read-
ing in early elementary grades and setting
higher academic standards for college stu-
dents who want to become teachers. Bryant
is also seeking approval for charter schools,
which would be free from some regulations
faced by most other public schools.
“It is imperative that we remember what
others have also known — the path to
Mississippi’s economic success must pass
through the school house door,” said Bry-
ant, who’s starting his second year as gov-
ernor. He has been discussing most of his
education proposals for months.
The three-month legislative session is
now in its third week and members of the
House and Senate are starting to consider
bills. The full Senate passed one version
of a charter schools bill last week, and the
House Education Committee on Tuesday
passed a separate measure.
Continued from Page 1A
stitution, we are mandat-
ed to educate the state’s
children, but we did not
make the shift to the next
level with technology and
teaching technology,”
Ellis said. “As a conse-
quence of us not making
the shift, there are those
that think we can just by-
pass the transition. We
can’t correct the problem
if we bypass the founda-
tion. It’s like an old build-
ing — you can’t retroft
With more than 100
school districts in 82
counties, Ellis said the
solution could be an over-
haul of the current school
districts by repairing
what’s broken instead of
abandoning the public
school system.
“Maybe we should
look at creating one dis-
trict per county and fnd-
ing out what is unique
to those counties,” Ellis
said. “Once we do this,
charter schools may not
be needed. We need to at
least have a model char-
ter school and see how
it works before we just
throw them out. I current-
ly think they are disingen-
uous and not the solution
to our bigger problems.”
One proponent of the
bill, Rep. Gary Chism,
R-Columbus, said he sees
the bill passing through
the House by a narrow
“We have 64 Republi-
cans and we may lose fve
of them,” Chism said. “We
will probably get ‘yes’
votes from two members
of the (Legislative Black
Caucus) and the rest
of the votes we will get
from white Democrats. It
will be the same bill that
passed through commit-
tee. We have made it as
palatable as we can make
Although the bill did
not pass committee with
a two-thirds vote, Chism
said the bill was read
three times, which makes
it eligible for a foor vote.
Chism said the bill will go
to vote today or Thursday.
Should the bill pass
the House, Lt. Gov. Tate
Reeves, who supports
charter schools being
established at any level,
including ‘“A” and “B” dis-
tricts, said compromise
will be key in passing a
unifed bill.
“The passage of a
public charter school bill
in the House Education
Committee is the next
step in a long process, and
I commend (Chairman
John Moore, R-Brandon)
and Speaker Gunn on
their hard work on HB
369,” Reeves said. “Over
the last two years, all 32
Republican senators and
at least six different Dem-
ocrats, including three
members of the Legisla-
tive Black Caucus, have at
one point voted to support
public charter schools in
‘C’ districts. Why? Be-
cause there are more stu-
dents in failing schools in
‘C’ districts than in ‘F’ dis-
tricts. I remain committed
to allowing parents whose
children are in ‘C’ districts
to have a choice in their
children’s education.”
The charter school
expansion bill has also
been publicly support-
ed by Gov. Phil Bryant.
During Tuesday’s State
of the State address to
state lawmakers, Bryant
said parents should have
a say-so in charter school
“Not only should we en-
deavor to pass a workable
public charter school bill
to give our children one
more opportunity to suc-
ceed, we must also give
parents the option to re-
quest their child be trans-
ferred to another school
through the implementa-
tion of statewide open en-
rollment policies,” Bryant
said. “My agenda further
empowers parents by des-
ignating privately-funded
opportunity scholarships
for low-income families
in ‘D’ and ‘F’ schools. Par-
ents can use these pro-
grams to send their child
to a school that better
meets their needs.”
This story contains ad-
ditional reporting by The
Associated Press.
The following arrests
were reported by the
Lowndes County Sheriff’s
Offce Jan. 18-19:
■ Lamar Williams, 32,
of 205 Lawrence Drive,
was arrested by LCSO
Jan. 18 and charged with
grand larceny, more than
$500. He has not been re-
■ Christopher Eugene
Murphree, 38, of 127 Beck
Drive, was arrested by
LCSO Jan. 19 and charged
with speeding, resisting
arrest, driving without
insurance, driving with a
switched tag, driving un-
der the infuence, refusal
to take a DUI test and fee-
ing or eluding in a motor
vehicle. He has not been
released. His court date is
scheduled for Feb. 26.
Murphree Williams
Art happens.
Gov. Phil Bryant, in his
2013 State of the State ad-
dress made during a special
joint-session of the state’s
legislators, chose job cre-
ation, education and health
care as his major talking
points. On the subject of job
creation and industry, Bry-
ant used the speech as an
opportunity to stump for his
delayed-accelerated tax pay-
ment proposal.
“As all of you understand,
Mississippi’s business cli-
mate plays a critical role
in attracting new opportu-
nities and new jobs to our
state,” Bryant said. “In my
executive budget recom-
mendation, I proposed a
small business tax relief
measure that will further
stabilize our business cli-
mate. Each June, certain
small employers in this state
are required to pre-pay a
portion of their taxes. This
move puts a large burden on
our state’s job creators. My
budget proposes relief for
small employers, and I urge
the Legislature to support
it. The National Federation
of Independent Businesses
joins me in my call.”
While Bryant’s pledge
to block President Barack
Obama’s executive orders
on gun control in the state
was noticeably absent from
the address, he did touch
upon the need for the state
to develop an energy policy.
“We should also look to
our energy sector for growth
and job opportunities,” he
said. “Mississippi is a leader
in many energy related poli-
cies and industry practices.
By supporting energy de-
velopment and investment,
we can bring more jobs to
our residents. As chair of
the Southern States Ener-
gy Board, I will work hard
to make sure Mississippi is
positioned as a leader in the
energy economy.”
After the address, Senate
Pro Tempore Terry Brown,
R-Columbus, praised the
state’s top Republican for his
“I thought he did a good
job,” Brown said. “The focus
was on job creation, which
we are all about. I think he
did a good job of articulat-
ing what we are trying to do
with the charter school bill.
He wants to create an en-
ergy policy, which is some-
thing we badly need.”
With an expanded char-
ter school bill expected to
be voted on in the House
this week, Rep. Tyrone Ellis,
D-Starkville, criticized Bry-
ant over his public support
for the bill.
“I anticipated most of
what he said,” Ellis said.
“There weren’t any surpris-
es — it was all part of the
script. If politicians want
to do something about edu-
cation reform, they need to
start where we are. No one
really wants to talk about
the antiquated system we
have. I’m really appalled
no one is saying anything
about this. If we allowed the
Department of Education to
put forth a plan, I think we
would be doing better than
where we are now. We need
to sit down and take the
gloves off and have a real
discussion about education,
but I don’t see that happen-
Bryant also pledged to
continue his fght over fed-
erally-mandated health care
during the address.
“Let me be clear — any
law that will add 300,000
Mississippians to a federal
entitlement program partial-
ly funded by the state will
either result in a huge tax
increase or drastic cuts to
education, public safety, job
creation and other budgets,”
Bryant said. “It will leave
our children and grandchil-
dren with ballooning federal
debt. The research compa-
ny Milliman analyzed the
Affordable Care Act and its
potential impact on Missis-
sippi. They determined that
if Mississippi fully expands
Medicaid, our state will
spend more than $12 billion
on the program between
2014 and 2020. These num-
bers are staggering.”
Bryant’s speech is greeted with both praise and criticism
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our View
If ever there is a time that
a Governor can speak beyond
his base to all residents, it is
the state of the state Address.
In Mississippi it is general-
ly the only time this happens.
Tuesday, Mississippi Gover-
nor Phil Bryant did his best to
fashion a state of the state ad-
dress that appealed to all Mis-
sissippians by addressing the
kinds of topics that resonate
with all residents, regardless
of political orientation.
Bryant’s second state of
the state address focused on
education, health care, job
creation through economic
development and responsible
In general terms, none of
those categories are consid-
ered controversial or partisan.
Bryant’s plan for education,
called “Education Works,”
features fve components:
Improving literacy and ending
“social promotion,” a process
that promotes students from
grade to grade even if they
have not achieved the basic
grade-level standards; devel-
oping and rewarding teacher
quality, primarily through a
merit pay program that has yet
to be defned; continuing early
childhood education efforts;
increasing school choice, pri-
marily through an ambitious
charter school program; and
improving college and career
It is diffcult to argue, at
least philosophically, with any
of those measures.
With the governor’s re-
luctance to fully fund public
schools, one wonders how
realistic his plans for educa-
tional improvement are.
Over the past fve years,
Mississippi’s public schools
have been underfunded by
hundreds of millions of dol-
lars. It is clear from Bryant’s
insistence on a balanced
budget that he has no inten-
tion of closing that funding
gap. Likewise, Bryant’s appeal
for improvement in early
childhood education rings
hollow, too, when he showed
no interest in implementing
a state-wide kindergarten
program. Mississippi con-
tinues to be one of the few
states that doesn’t have such
a program. Essentially, all of
Bryant’s education programs
are tantamount to throwing
pennies in a fountain. Interest-
ingly, the Governor called for
fully funding other programs,
specifcally public safety and
economic development — law
and order, you might say.
Education, despite his lofty
goals, will not expect that sort
of commitment.
As part of his focus on
strengthening Mississip-
pi’s health and its economy
through developing the state’s
medical industry, Gov. Bryant
announced the formation of
the Mississippi Health Care
Solutions Institute.
It seems likely that this is
Bryant’s method for justifying
his intentions to opt out of the
Affordable Care Act, a nation-
al health care program that
would have provided health
care to as many as 300,000
poor Mississippians. Bryant’s
almost pathological hatred of
“Obamacare” — something
he says will prove too costly in
the long run — best typifes
his total devotion to his politi-
cal base at the direct expense
of all others, most notably
Mississippi’s poor.
On the surface, Bryant’s
state of the state address
appeared to be inclusive.
It is in the details that his
devotion to partisan ideology
Ultimately, Bryant played it
safe by playing to his base.
There is little to suggest
that, two years into his admin-
istration, he is willing to go
beyond that.
I used to
love politics
It is hard to remember how
much better things are in
America today than they were
four years ago when Barack
Obama took the oath of offce
for the frst time.
Then, we were in the mid-
dle of two raging wars, one in
Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
Now, one of those wars is
ending, the other is over, and
the most hated and feared
man in recent times, Osama
bin Laden, is dead.
Then, we were in the
throes of an economy on a dizzying downward slide,
the worst and most frightening recession since the
Great Depression.
Now, while many of our fellow citizens are still
looking for work and can’t fnd it, or are working in
jobs that don’t meet their wants and needs, unemploy-
ment is heading downward and housing prices are
heading upward.
It may not be “morning in America” — the theme
of Ronald Reagan’s successful reelection campaign
in 1984 — but it is not midnight, either. We did not go
over the fscal cliff.
So why doesn’t it feel better?
When I think back on the frst Obama inaugu-
ration, it seemed to be a moment of optimism and
When I think on this one, it was Monday. I almost
forgot to turn on the speech. It seemed like a very
nice speech, but if you asked me to remember a single
line just one day later, I’d be stumped.
When I asked other people what they thought of it
all, I heard more opinions about Michelle’s new hair-
do (the bangs — people loved them or hated them;
does she really look like Flip Wilson’s long-lost twin)
than about the president’s words or the power of the
There is an old saying in Washington that watch-
ing legislation get through Congress is like watching
sausage being made. Not pretty.
But it’s not just the legislative process that has
turned ugly and off-putting. It’s almost everything
that has anything to do with politics. It’s the endless
fundraising and spending and attacking; the endless
noise of screaming extremism; the nastiness of virtu-
ally every aspect of our political life, intensifed by the
constancy of the drone.
I used to love politics. I spent much of my youth
reading political novels and dreaming of the day when
I would go to Washington and change the world, the
day when I would know my way around the halls of
Congress, see inside the White House, be a part of
it. I will never forget my frst summer as an intern in
Washington, the thrill of all that, up close. I will never
forget the frst time I walked into the White House,
the West Wing, when a friend was working there.
I pinched myself. Susan Estrich, from Lynn, in the
West Wing? Only in America.
I don’t love politics anymore. As my mother would
say, what’s to love? It’s always been a tough business,
but now it’s beyond tough. It’s mean and ugly and
nasty, and too many of those playing it seem to have
forgotten that the game is not the thing.
Obama kept more of the promises he made in his
frst inaugural address than most presidents. He tack-
led the failing economy, the unpopular and expensive
wars, the needs of millions of Americans for access to
health care. He got things done. And I expect he will
continue to do so, as he always has, by picking off the
necessary handfuls of Republicans he needs in the
House and Senate.
He has fgured out how to work the system — not
change it.
This is not the business I fell in love with, even
when my side is winning. And I have no faith, none,
that one man, the one sworn in on Monday, the
embodiment of hope just four short years ago, can
change that.
Susan Estrich is a nationally syndicated columnist.
To fnd out more about her go to
mississippi View
Mississippi Insurance
Department, in the
news due to a dis-
agreement between its
elected director, Mike
Chaney, and Gov. Phil
Bryant, is 101 years
It is a clearing-
house. If a company
wants to sell any type
of insurance in Mis-
sissippi, the company
needs the state’s permission and
stamp of approval.
Although at times the Insur-
ance Department has protected
insurance sellers more than
insurance buyers, it is frst and
foremost a consumer protection
The confict between Chaney
and Bryant arises from a man-
date in the federal Affordable
Care Act (which even the presi-
dent now calls Obamacare). The
provision tasks states to create
health insurance exchanges.
An exchange is complicated
in operation, but not in concept.
It is nothing more than a list
of all health insurance plans
private companies desire to sell.
The companies offer details of
what’s covered at what price. The
government’s role is merely to
centralize, to keep consumers
from being ripped off.
Indeed, way back in 1991, the
Mississippi Legislature itself
established a health insurance
exchange. The problem back
then was that there were a lot of
Mississippians deemed too risky
by health insurance companies.
As individuals, they couldn’t buy
policies at any price, or at least at
anything approaching a reason-
able price.
Lawmakers created the
Comprehensive Health Insurance
Risk Pool Association to serve
much the same purpose as the
Obamacare exchanges. The idea
was that policies could be more
affordable if compa-
nies could spread
their exposure to big
claims across a larger
group of high-risk
Bryant, a Repub-
lican, is philosophi-
cally and adamantly
opposed to the
nationalization of how
Americans pay for
health care, which
is the broader effect
of Obamacare. And so is Mike
Chaney, also a Republican and
former state representative and
senator now serving his second
term as director of the Mississip-
pi Insurance Department..
But Chaney chose to ignore
Bryant’s wishes that the state
refuse to establish an exchange.
Chaney responded that (1)
Obamacare is the law of the land
and (2) Mississippi could go
through the tedious and detailed
steps to create an exchange or
(3) federal authorities would
create and operate an exchange
in the state.
Chaney landed grants, about
$21 million worth, and the pro-
cess took about a year. It’s pretty
transparent. About 2,000 pages
of information about the state,
its people and their health-care
needs were compiled and provid-
ed on a website for any person to
see and for companies to use in
calculating the risks and rewards
of selling health insurance in
The next step was to submit
the exchange, dubbed One
Mississippi, to the federal De-
partment of Health and Human
Services for review. And that’s
where things stand.
The federal regulators said
they are leery about giving their
blessing to a state plan being
openly opposed by the state’s gov-
ernor. An opinion was obtained
from Attorney General Jim Hood
(Democrat) last week affrming
that Chaney had full authority to
design and operate the exchange,
whether Bryant likes it or not.
But HHS is still reluctant.
Who are the uninsured in Mis-
sissippi? We don’t know. We know
those 65 and older have Medi-
care. We know about 500,000 or
poor or disabled and have Medic-
aid. But there are thousands and
thousands more who by choice or
inability to pay have no coverage.
We know some things about
Mississippi’s uninsured. A large
group, 76,500, is composed of
families where the husband and
wife are both employed, but
neither has insurance. Another
large group, 67,700, is composed
of families where one spouse has
a job and neither has insurance.
There are about 7,000 people
with household incomes above
$150,000 per year who don’t have
health insurance.
We know that 72 percent of
the people without health insur-
ance are single and the rest are
But there is no data about al-
most one-fourth of all the state’s
As envisioned, state health
insurance exchanges will be
portals where individuals and
where employers with fewer than
100 employees will be able to (or
required to) shop, perhaps more
competitively, for private health
Whether people should be
forced to buy health insurance
and fned if they do not continues
to be a topic of legitimate debate.
Whether it’s in Mississippi’s
interest to create and operate an
exchange is not. Chaney is serv-
ing the public’s interest. Bryant
is standing in the way of the De-
partment of Insurance fulflling
its century-old mission.
Charlie Mitchell is an assistant
dean of journalism at the Univer-
sity of Mississippi. Write to him at
Box 1 University, MS, or cmitch-
Throwing pennies in a fountain
Without funding, Bryant’s proposals
for education are only proposals
Politics aside, insurance exchange
not new or insidious
Charlie Mitchell
Susan Estrich
The DispaTch • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013 5A
Sylvester James
Sylvester James, 93, of Madison, MS, passed
away on January 21, 2013, at the MS State Vet-
erans Home in Jackson, MS. Services will be 2
p.m., January 24, at Madison United Methodist
Church, with the burial following at the Canton
City Cemetery with full military honors. Vis-
itation will be at the church one hour prior to
the service.
CSM(Ret) James was born May 28, 1919, in
Smith County, MS. His parents were Beulah
Katherine and John Thomas James.
He served in the US Navy for two years
during World War II and in the US Army during
the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He received the
Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Clus-
ter among many others. He retired after more
than 20 years of service to his country, achiev-
ing the rank of Command Sergeant Major.
He was a long time member of the Madison
United Methodist Church and a member of the
Canton Masonic Lodge #28 for 68 years.
He was preceded in death by his mother and
father; his beloved wife of 69 years, Lillie Lou-
ise Miller James of Raleigh, MS; and his broth-
ers, John Wesley James, William Walter James,
and Lester James.
He is survived by a son, Thomas David (San-
dra) James of Loveland, CO; and a daughter,
Sylvia (Al) Moody of Columbus, MS. He is also
survived by his grandchildren, Boyd James of
Loveland, CO; Leanne James (Sean) Monta-
ya of Miliken, CO; Kim Moody (Trey) Bourn
of Madison, MS; Dr. Cary Moody (Dr. Aaron)
Martin of Carrboro, NC; and Allen (Rebekah)
Moody of Lynchburg, VA. He is also survived
by 10 great-granchildren, J.T. and Nicholas
James; Kendra Bois (Aaron) Quevedo, Katie
Spaete, and Keegan Montoya; Austin and Cate
Bourn; Cohen Martin; Jacob and Christopher
Moody; and numerous nieces and nephews,
their children, and grandchildren. He is also
survived by his brother Thomas (Ann) James,
Jr., of Vicksburg, MS.
The pallbearers will be Trey Bourn, Boyd
James, Allen Moody, Austin Bourn, Walter
James, and Dan James.
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Thomas Marcel Upton
Thomas Marcel Upton, 86, of Columbus, MS
passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the
Mississippi State Veterans Home, Kosciusko,
Visitation will be Thursday, January 24, 2013,
from 9 – 11 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home,
Columbus, MS. Funeral services will follow
at 11 AM at Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel,
Columbus, MS with Rev. Jimmy Banks offci-
ating. Interment will be in Memorial Gardens,
Columbus, MS, with Lowndes Funeral Home,
Columbus, MS directing.
Mr. Upton was born February 8, 1926, in
Steens, MS to the late Thomas Julius and Ruby
Gladys Glenn Upton. He was a veteran of the
U.S. Navy and worked for the Trucking Indus-
try for over 40 years before retiring. Mr. Upton
was of the Baptist faith, a member of the Amer-
ican Legion, the V.F.W. and he enjoyed hunting
and fshing. In addition to his parents, he was
preceded in death by his frst wife, Robbie R.
Upton; and brothers, Gene Upton, Glyn Upton,
David Upton and Larry Upton.
Mr. Upton is survived by his wife, Blanche
N. Bobitt Upton; daughter, Margaret (Don-
ald) Dill; sons, Mike Upton and Frank Upton;
brother, Richard Upton; grandchildren, Nikki
(Chris) O’Brian, Erika (Scott) Andrews and
Ember Eaves; great grandchildren, Luke and
Lane O’Brian, Macy Eaves, Easton, Kendall
and Collin Andrews; sisters in law, Willie Up-
ton, June Upton and Doris Upton; and numer-
ous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Don Upton, Tommy Up-
ton, Doug Murrah, Darrell Upton, Tim Up-
ton and Joe Upton. Honorary pallbearers will
be the Staff of the VA Home, Kosciusko, MS,
STA-HOME Hospice, Dr. Kevin Johnson, Dr.
Sarah Carroll, Ralph Youngblood, Derrel Mar-
tin, Butch Youngblood, Dewayne Parker, Steve
Grant, Bob Colvin and Bill Murrah.
Memorials may be made to Donor’s Choice.
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Judy Fletcher
Judy Fletcher, 62, of Columbus, MS passed
away Monday, January 21, 2013, at Baptist Me-
morial Hospital – GT, Columbus, MS.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 24,
2013, from 1 – 2 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home,
Columbus, MS. Funeral services will follow at
2 PM in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel,
Columbus, MS with Bro. James Gardner off-
ciating. Interment will be in Living Faith Tab-
ernacle, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral
Home, Columbus, MS directing.
Mrs. Fletcher was born May 27, 1950, in
Union, MS to Albert Bounds and the late Dor-
othe Evelyn Phelps Bounds. She moved to Co-
lumbus, MS in 1993 from West Point, MS. Mrs.
Fletcher attended Living Faith Tabernacle, Co-
lumbus, MS. She collected angel fgurines and
stuffed animals and enjoyed listening to Chris-
tian music and playing piano.
Mrs. Fletcher is survived by her husband,
Kenneth Fletcher, Columbus, MS; daughter,
Tabitha Evelyn Hernandez, West Point, MS;
sisters, Carey Bounds, Aberdeen, MS and
Kathy Eaten, Elk City, OK; brothers, Bruce
Phelps, Wichita, KS and Keith Phelps, Elk City,
OK; grandchildren, Michael McFall, Savannah
Evelyn Hernandez, Faith Hernandez, and Anna
Hernandez; and uncle, Everette Miles, Louis-
ville, MS.
Memorials may be made to the Judy Fletch-
er Memorial Fund, c/o Lowndes Funeral
Home, 1131 North Lehmberg Road, Columbus,
MS 39702.
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Bettie Parsons Webb
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January 21, 2013.
Mrs. Webb was the wife of William Brigham
Webb for over 50 years. She was born the
youngest of 10 children to Mr. and Mrs. David
Jerome Parsons (Bess Lee Evans Parson) on
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Webb III and his wife, Sally of Brandon, MS;
Bettie Bates Webb Hight and her husband, Jay
of Jackson, TN; Rebecca Webb Barger and her
husband, David of Greensboro, NC; and Evelyn
Webb McLean and her husband, Will of Tuni-
ca, MS; 11 grandchildren and fve great-grand-
children. She also leaves behind special com-
panions who took excellent care of her during
her illness; Linda McKinley, Jeanette Rushing
and Shirley Bingham.
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Secretary of
State Hillary
R o d h a m
Clinton fac-
es tough
que s t i ons
in her
congressional testimony
concerning the assault on
the U.S. diplomatic mis-
sion in Benghazi, Libya,
that killed Ambassador
Chris Stevens and three
other Americans.
Clinton is the sole wit-
ness Wednesday at back-
to-back hearings before
the Senate and House
foreign policy panels on
the September raid, an in-
dependent panel’s review
that harshly criticized the
State Department and the
steps the Obama adminis-
tration is taking to beef up
security at U.S. facilities
Clinton had been sched-
uled to testify before Con-
gress last month, but an
illness, a concussion and
a blood clot near her brain
forced her to postpone her
Her marathon day on
Capitol Hill will probably
be her last in Congress
before she steps down as
secretary of state.
Secretary Clinton to face
Congress on Libya assault
The DispaTch • 6A WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013
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gon investigation has cleared
Gen. John Allen, the top U.S.
commander in Afghanistan, of
professional misconduct in ex-
changing emails with a civilian
woman linked to the sex scan-
dal that led retired Gen. David
Petraeus to resign as CIA direc-
Pentagon press secretary
George Little said Tuesday that
Defense Secretary Leon Panet-
ta was informed of the conclu-
sion by the Pentagon’s inspec-
tor general.
“The secretary was pleased
to learn that allegations of pro-
fessional misconduct were not
substantiated by the investiga-
tion,” Little said, adding that Pa-
netta has “complete confdence
in the continued leadership” of
The matter had been referred
to the Pentagon in November
by the FBI during the course
of its investigation of emails
between Petraeus and his biog-
rapher-turned-paramour, Paula
Broadwell. The FBI turned up
thousands of emails between
Allen and Jill Kelley, who was
said to have received threaten-
ing emails from Broadwell.
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and other documents from Al-
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in question. None of the emails
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Shortly after being contact-
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aware of the incident and
looking into the situation.
“The Mississippi De-
partment of Education
has an adopted a Teacher
Code of Ethics which out-
lines professional stan-
dards and practices for all
licensed educators in Mis-
sissippi,” Jackson said.
“Teachers in our dis-
trict are held to these stan-
dards by our district and
state law and are innocent
until proven guilty. The
employee in question has
been placed on adminis-
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will be handled as a per-
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I will give it a try.’ He got
some literature and every
year he came back and
his interest grew and the
momentum grew.”
Lewis looks back to
that fateful letter near-
ly eight years ago and
smiles. He admits there
was some arm-twisting
involved in getting Velek
to coach, but knowing
what he knows today, he
would gladly do it again.
On Friday, Velek
made history when he
was named the 2012 US
Youth Soccer Recreation
Coach of the Year Award
for Boys at the US Youth
Soccer Awards Gala in In-
dianapolis. The event was
held in conjunction with
the 2013 US Youth Soccer
Workshop at the NSCAA
Convention in Indianapo-
lis. Velek is the frst coach
from the state of Missis-
sippi to win a national
youth coaching award,
and only the third coach
from Region III, of which
Mississippi is a member,
to be recognized.
Last month, Velek,
who is the director of the
Gordy Honors College
at Mississippi University
for Women, was named
Southeastern Region
Coach of the Year.
“It is very humbling,”
Velek said. “There are
a lot of people out there
who coach and when I
was standing in front of
the crowd (waiting for the
award to be announced)
I was there with coaches
from New Mexico, Vir-
ginia, and Kansas, all of
whom had won a regional
award. I would have been
tickled pink to win a state
coaching award (which
he did). I was kind of fab-
bergasted when I won re-
“When they said my
name, the Mississippi ta-
ble went berserk. It was a
very humbling moment. I
never would have thought
about a national title. I
never would have thought
about a state champion-
Velek has been instru-
mental in helping grow
and teach others in and
around Columbus about
soccer. He is a member of
the United States Soccer
Federation and holds a
USSF National Youth Li-
cense, a USSF National D
License, a USSF National
E License, and NSCAA
National, Regional, and
State Goal Keeper Coach-
ing Diplomas.
In addition, he works
as a Mississippi Soccer
Association coaching
instructor, an Olympic
Development Player eval-
uator, and is the vice pres-
ident of Division II soccer
for MSA.
In Columbus, Velek
helped organize TOPSoc-
cer (The Outreach Pro-
gram for Soccer), helped
found and establish a Di-
vision II program, an Un-
der-8 Development Pro-
gram, and the Columbus
United Soccer Club, is a
coach of and is the direc-
tor of competitive soccer
and director of coaching
for Columbus United.
Velek’s teams also
have had a lot of success.
He has won two Northern
District championships
with a U-12 and a U-14
boys team, won two MSA
Coaches Cup champion-
ships with a U-14 boys
and a U-16 boys team,
won a MSA Division III
state championship with a
U-14 boys team, and won
a MSA Division II state
championship with a U-14
boys team.
“We’re proud of him,”
said Roger Short, exec-
utive director of CLRA.
“Tom works hard and
is very deserving of the
award. He has done a
great job with the CLRA
soccer program.”
Short and Lewis recall
sending the letter that
helped get Velek involved
in coaching. He admits
there might have been
some arm-twisting in the
whole process, and that
Velek isn’t the only indi-
vidual who has been per-
suaded to volunteer. Short
said Velek has stepped up
and “taken the bull by the
horns and run with it.”
“This award is tre-
mendous for the entire
region because the region
doesn’t normally get this
award,” Lewis said. “This
is truly humbling for the
state of Mississippi and a
lot of Southern states …
Once he started, the mo-
mentum kept going, and
the momentum for Tom is
not dying out.”
Velek praised all of the
great parents and players
for getting involved. He
also thanked CLRA for
its support in helping to
grow soccer in Colum-
bus. Looking back to the
day he received that let-
ter, Velek never imagined
that one request would
lead him on the journey
he is on. Velek said he is
preparing to take his Na-
tional C License, which is
just another sign he isn’t
slowing down or fnished
giving back to the com-
It also means Velek
isn’t through doing a little
arm-twisting to get other
coaches involved.
“Sometimes I do a lit-
tle speech or talk about
my life BS (Before Soc-
cer),” Velek said. “I can’t
remember what I did … I
am not sure what inspired
me to coach Avery’s team
when he was seven years
old. It was a fateful day in-
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exploitation, and O’Hara
sees new scams every
Complaints have in-
creased from approxi-
mately 200 a month to
around 250 a month, he
said, prompting the BBB
to raise its visibility and
take a more active stance
to educate people before
they become a con artist’s
next victim.
Web searches on the
BBB site have doubled
in the past year, O’Hara
said, and he encouraged
Rotarians to take advan-
tage of the website, which
offers up-to-date infor-
mation on scams, a list of
BBB accredited charities
and businesses, a place to
fle complaints and other
When a complaint is
fled, a business stands to
lose its accreditation with
the bureau if it fails to re-
spond. If the complaint
isn’t resolved, it may esca-
late to small claims court.
Because of that, he
said business owners are
sometimes hesitant to fle
a free profle or seek ac-
creditation from the BBB.
They fear that by doing so,
they are opening them-
selves up to complaints,
but he said the opposite
is true — business own-
ers have more leverage
when a complaint is fled
against them, and even if
they don’t fll out a profle,
one is automatically creat-
ed if a complaint is made.
But the BBB isn’t only a
place to lodge complaints,
he said. Consumers can
also make recommenda-
tions when they receive
exemplary service from
businesses or indepen-
dent contractors.
Beth Jolly, director
of contract compliance
for EcoLab/Microtek,
said O’Hara’s advice was
something most business
owners know but don’t
necessarily follow.
One easy thing con-
sumers can do to cut
down on phone scams is
to join the National Do
Not Call Registry (donot-, where they can
register their home phone
or mobile number. But
that doesn’t always stop
determined scammers.
And some, O’Hara
said, are even more bra-
zen, targeting both the
Do Not Call Registry and
even the BBB.
If you receive a call
offering an opportunity
to sign up for the Do Not
Call Registry, it is a scam.
There are only two ways
to sign up — through the
main website or by calling
888-382-1222 from the
phone you wish to regis-
As for the BBB, it
made its own list as the
top scam of 2011, with
numerous small busi-
ness owners receiving
an email notifcation that
a claim had been fled
against their business. By
clicking the link to clear
up the complaint, victims
opened themselves up
to computer malware ca-
pable of obtaining bank
information and making
money transfers.
Other popular scams
right now prey on peo-
ple’s goodwill, with fake
charities claiming to be
raising money for victims
of Superstorm Sandy and
victims of the Newtown,
Conn. school shooting.
For more information,
visit or call
the Mississippi Better
Business Bureau at 800-
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CONROE, Texas — Nearly a
year after their two children were
found living virtually unsupervised
in an old school bus in Southeast
Texas, the parents regained full
custody of their kids Tuesday when
a judge dismissed a child welfare
case against them.
“It feels really good,” said Sher-
rie Shorten, of Splendora, after she
and her husband, Mark, stood be-
fore Judge Jerry Winfree at a hear-
ing that lasted only a few minutes.
“This is just one more thing we’ve
gotten resolved.”
“If you love your family, you nev-
er give up,” Mark Shorten said out-
side the courtroom, standing close
to his two children, Jessica, 12, and
Chance, 6. “You do what it takes. ...
It takes a lot of faith in God, belief
in your family and a good attorney.
You just work the problem, just
don’t give up, hunker down and
work the problem.”
The Shortens last March were
serving 18-month federal prison
terms for conspiracy to embezzle
Hurricane Ike benefts in Louisi-
ana when a postal worker repeated-
ly spotted the disheveled children
in the Montgomery County neigh-
borhood about 35 miles northeast
of Houston. Child welfare offcials
were notifed and took Jessica and
Chance into foster custody.
There were no front wheels on
the bus and the section of the vehi-
cle from the windshield and engine
frewall had been removed. Exten-
sive media coverage of the case
showed the bus sitting in a trash-
flled yard.
Despite its worn appearance,
the bus inside had been renovated,
furnished, had hot and cold water
and a bathroom, and was air-con-
ditioned. The family moved it from
Louisiana after their home there
was fooded from Hurricane Ike. It
was intended as a temporary home
until they could build on the lot.
The Shortens had arranged with
an aunt to care for the children
while they were imprisoned but the
woman told authorities her 12-hour
workdays and caring for the chil-
dren had overwhelmed her.
“CPS was absolutely right to
take then kids when it did,” the
family’s attorney, Chris Branson,
said. “The aunt obviously dropped
the ball and was neglecting these
kids and it was the proper thing
to take these kids into custody.
However, the parents got out of
jail, they fxed the problem, they
cleaned up the property and the
situation should have been over at
that point.”
Sherrie Shorten and her hus-
band also have been fulflling a
care plan and attending counsel-
ing and therapy. The family was
reunited last September under CPS
watch, and still lives on the bus.
John Lockwood, an assistant
attorney general and counsel for
Child Protective Services, told
Winfree that authorities recom-
mended “strongly” the case against
the couple be dismissed.
“We’re happy to say they are
safe and their needs are met,”
Lockwood said.
Without the dismissal, the
Shortens had faced a trial that
could have resulted in the children
being moved to foster care or being
placed under long-term monitoring
by the state.
HOUSTON — A 22-year-old man has
been charged in the shootings at a Hous-
ton-area community college campus
that left him and two others wounded.
A statement from the Harris County
Sheriff’s Offce identifes the suspect as
Carlton Berry. Spokesman Alan Bern-
stein says Berry is charged with aggra-
vated assault but remains hospitalized
with wounds suffered in the shooting.
Investigators say a fght between two
people erupted in gunfre Tuesday at
a Lone Star College campus in subur-
ban Houston. A maintenance man was
caught in the crossfre, and students
and others were sent cowering in class-
No one was killed, but the volley of
gunshots heard shortly after noon fear
of another campus massacre just over a
month after 26 were killed at a Connecti-
cut elementary school.
Soda spills,
freezes on
Pa. road when
rigs crash
READING, Pa. — Po-
lice say two tractor-trail-
ers collided on U.S. Route
422 outside Reading, Pa.,
around 12:40 a.m. Tues-
day. The Reading Eagle
reports one of the trucks
was carrying 2-liter bot-
tles of soda.
Hundreds of gallons of
sugary drink spilled onto
the highway and froze in
the frigid early morning
temperatures. Those slick
conditions from the crash
ended up shutting down
the roadway in Exeter
Township for more than
fve hours.
Texas parents get custody of kids living in bus
Man charged in community college shootings
AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren
Sherrie, second right, and Mark Shorten, right, pose for photos with their
children, Jessica, 12, left, and Chance, 6, in front of their home, a convert-
ed school bus, in Splendora, Texas on Tuesday.
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Prep Basketball
After waiting several sea-
sons for a basketball win over
arch-rival Starkville, the Co-
lumbus High School boys’ team
was more than willing to wait
four more minutes.
Columbus junior Jason Davis
hit the game-tying basket at the
end of regulation and the home-
standing Falcons then dominat-
ed in overtime to post a hard-
fought 70-62 victory over the
Yellow Jackets Tuesday night.
“It felt really great to come
in here and get a win against
Starkville,” Columbus senior
center Devin Berry said. “This
has been something that has
been really hard to do. We real-
ly wanted to do it in our house.
This was a special win for me
as a senior. Even though it is
just one game, this win really
means a lot.”
Starkville posted a 48-46
victory when the teams met in
Starkville on Nov. 13. Colum-
bus avenged that defeat along
with the other recent ones in an
equally-thrilling contest. The
lead changed hands several
times, with Columbus seizing
complete control in the over-
time period.
“We felt really good once the
game got into overtime,” Co-
lumbus junior point guard C.J.
Scott said. “We thought this
would be a close game the en-
tire night. It was just a matter of
executing our offense and con-
tinuing to make plays.”
Offensive execution loomed
large in the fnal minute of reg-
ulation time.
The Falcons trailed by two
points inside the fnal minute of
regulation. On one possession,
Columbus attempted a home
run pass length of the court
only to have the ball intercepted
in the lane. On the next Colum-
bus possession, the Starkville
defense forced a held ball.
Still a pair of missed free
throws allowed the Falcons one
last opportunity in regulation.
With six seconds left, the Fal-
cons had the ball on their offen-
sive end of the foor.
“We came out of a timeout
and Starkville lined up defen-
sively the way we wanted them
to,” Smith said. “So we called
timeout again. When you are at
home, you play for the tie. We
put a play together and the kids
executed it to perfection.”
Scott threw ball inbounds.
The next pass went underneath
to Davis, who had grabbed
some separation in the lane.
After taking a couple of steps
towards the basket, Davis hit
the layup shot attempt to tie the
game at 58.
“We knew they would dou-
ble Duke (Berry),” Scott said.
“So the play was to kick the
ball to an outside shooter and
we thought if they did double
Duke, it would leave Jason open
in the lane. It worked just like
we had planned.”
Jason Davis has been a late
addition to the Falcons’ lineup.
“He has always been with
the program but he hasn’t been
dressing out,” Smith said. “He
had some issues to get resolved
and some things to take care
of. We have been slowly getting
Columbus works overtime to complete sweep of Starkville
Prep Soccer
STARKVILLE — Carolina Ber-
ryhill and Hannah Laird made sure
the Starkville High School girls soc-
cer danced its way into the second
Berryhill scored two goals and
Laird added another Tuesday night
to lead Starkville to a 4-0 victory
against Oxford in the frst round of
the Mississippi High School Activ-
ities Association Class 5A North
State playoffs.
“We played great as a team. It felt
awesome,” Berryhill said.
Cailee Helen McClain also had a
goal for Starkville (7-5-3), which will
take on Center Hill, which defeated
Callaway 6-0 on Tuesday, in the sec-
ond round Saturday at a time to be
The victory helped Starkville
avenge a 2-0 loss to Oxford in the
second round of the 2012 Class 5A
North State playoffs.
While not completely satisfed
with her team’s play, Starkville coach
Anna Albritton was pleased with the
“They have a really good team,
and they’re going to have a really
good team in the future,” Albritton
said. “They’re fairly young. Like
I said, this was a win for us, but it
wasn’t a pretty win. There are a lot
of things we still need to bring to-
gether, but with the changing lineup
hopefully that will make things jell a
little better. It was nice to beat them
solidly tonight in comparison to last
Albritton moved Berryhill, a se-
Men’s College Basketball
STARKVILLE — Mississip-
pi State University coach Rick
Ray has laid the goals out for
his club as they approach an-
other Southeastern Conference
road trip.
The Bulldogs (7-9, 2-2) will
try to follow the system of their
frst-year coach, to hold the Uni-
versity of Arkansas to its lowest
point total of the season at Bud
Walton Arena. Not an easy task
for a team that wants to speed
up the tempo and get the score
as high as its frantic state of
play would suggest.
“I just think the other team
is scoring too many points,”
Ray said. “We’ve had success
when we hold people in the 50s
but we’re holding people in the
70s the last couple of games and
that’s too many points because
we struggle on the offensive
end. I don’t know if
we can consistently
score 70 points in or-
der to beat a team.”
Arkansas (11-6,
2-2 in SEC) is second
in the league in scor-
ing at 78.6 points per game and
third in steals per game with
9.3. Most of the production
in both of those departments
comes from sophomore guard
BJ Young, who is third in the
league in scoring at 17.2 points
per game while also recording
a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio,
as the St. Louis native leads the
Razorbacks on both the offen-
sive and defensive end.
“I think Young
is a guy that is just
hard to keep out of
the paint (and) it’s
not going to be a
one-man effort with
Young,” Ray said.
“He is the type of guy that he
tries to drive one way and you
cut him off he’ll cross over or
spin or something like that and
probe the defense the other
way. So you’ve got to be con-
stantly be moving to him, and
make sure you don’t allow him
to get penetration.”
In his frst year of college
basketball last season, Young
averaged 20 points per game in
two contests against MSU in-
cluding 17-of-23 from the feld.
Young and athletic forward
Marshawn Powell are feeding
off coach Mike Anderson’s 40
Minutes of Hell style that in-
volves 94 feet of pressing and
the up-tempo run-and-jump
trapping that MSU struggled
with in a 75-43 defeat last week
in Starkville to the University of
Alabama. However, a 51- point
effort in a SEC-opening loss at
Texas A&M University where
Powell was held scoreless
makes Ray and the MSU staff
think it’s possible to catch the
Hogs on a bad offensive execu-
tion evening.
“I don’t think when you’re
playing pressure defense or
up-tempo, it’s not feast or fam-
ine, and I think you’ve got to
make sure your guys under-
stand that,” Mike Anderson
said. “I’ve always been of the
mindset of we want to be un-
predictable. You don’t know
when and where it’s going to
take place or how it’s going to
Looking for bounce back, MSU continues road swing at Arkansas
STARKVILLE — Instead of back-
ing away from its status as defending
state champions, the Starkville High
boys’ soccer team has embraced that
“Winning the championship last
year has given this year’s a total-
ly different confdence,” Starkville
coach Brian Bennett said. “We had
been so close. To fnally get over the
hump has allowed the kids to play
with a lot more confdence. I think
they are very excited about another
chance (at a state championship).”
The road to a state title defense be-
gins at 6 p.m. tonight when Starkville
plays host to Saltillo in the opening
round of the Mississippi High School
Activities Association Class 5A play-
offs. The winner will face either Her-
nando or Callaway in a second-round
match Saturday.
Starkville enters postseason play
with a 12-1-1 overall record. The Yel-
low Jackets secured the Class 5A,
Region 3 crown with a 3-0 record.
Starkville only allowed six goals the
entire season, including only two
scores allowed by sophomore keeper
Michael Godley.
“The returning guys weren’t real
sure after last season was over, be-
cause we lost so many really good se-
niors,” Bennett said. “After the frst
practice, they knew we had a chance
to make another run. We added
some really good players and more
players came out. It was a situation
where the returning players looked
at what was around us and they knew
we could have a successful season.”
Junior Juan Salazar leads
Lady Jackets
win opener in
5A playoffs
Starkville set
to begin state
title defense
n Mississippi State
at Arkansas, 8 p.m.,
Today (CSS)
Lee Adams/Dispatch Staff
Starkville High School’s
Meghan Wolf (15) looks
for an open teammate
with an Oxford defender
spying during the Lady
Jackets 4-0 win on
Tuesday night. RIGHT:
Starkville’s Carolina
Berryhill(4) celebrates
after scoring the fourth
and fnal goal of the Lady
Jackets shutout win.
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him into basketball shape. We
really wanted to throw him out
there tonight to get him some
good minutes. We saw enough
that tells you we can keep doing
Davis has been thankful for
his coach’s support and team-
mate’s encouragement.
“It just felt really good to be
out there contributing again,”
Davis said. “We just knew we
had to execute our offense to
come up with a win.”
Davis fnished with 14 points.
His ability to compliment Berry
in the paint area could prove a
big boon for the Falcons as the
regular season begins to wind
“(Davis) gives us one more
option underneath and that is
really big,” Berry said. “It is
all about teamwork and family.
It doesn’t matter who scores
the points. In overtime, we had
good offense and good defense.
That comes from players know-
ing they have one another’s
The well-played contest had
many peaks and valleys for
each team.
Behind the strong 3-point
shooting of Caleb Wilson, the
Yellow Jackets (5-13) built an
early lead.
Wilson rammed home back-
to-back 3-pointers for a 17-13
lead late in the frst quarter.
From that point,
Starkville actually held some
type of lead until the 4:45 mark
of the fourth quarter.
Starkville fnished with a
furry on the defensive end and
built a 33-27 lead at halftime.
A 3-pointer by Zeb Rice al-
lowed the guests to reclaim a
six-point advantage at 46-40.
Columbus battled back and
grabbed a 49-48 advantage on
two free throws by Brandon
A 3-pointer by Ravonte Gan-
dy placed the Yellow Jackets on
top 53-52. The lead changed
hands a remarkable nine times
over the fnal 4:45 with the only
tie being when Davis’ shot hit
home with two seconds left.
“The kids played hard, disci-
plined and we made a bunch of
free throws,” Smith said. “Real-
ly, that had not been happening
for us.”
Back-to-back baskets by Por-
ter and Berry gave the Falcons
a 64-60 lead in the overtime pe-
The Yellow Jackets then saw
Wilson foul out and the contest
was essentially over.
Wilson fnished with 15
points for Starkville. Avonte
Amos added 14 points and Gan-
dy 13 points for the Yellow Jack-
Berry paced the Falcons
with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Porter added 15 points, while
D.D. Walker added 12 points on
four 3-point baskets.
“We are getting fve or six
guys into the scoring column
now on a consistent basis,”
Smith said. “That is just a mat-
ter of kids buying into the pro-
gram and understanding what
we are doing.”
For Columbus, the victory
snapped a losing streak in the
series but more importantly,
snapped a two-game losing
streak for this season. After
winning 9 of 11, the Falcons lost
to Tupelo and South Panola last
“No one was down,” Berry
said. “It was not the end of the
world for this team. We always
knew that we still had our fu-
ture in front of us.”
n Columbus girls 90,
Starkville 65: In the opener,
the Columbus girls scored 51
second-half points to avenge
an early-season 79-65 defeat to
“I didn’t like some of the
things we were doing on de-
fense in the frst half,” Colum-
bus coach Yvonne Hairston
said. “We came in at halftime
and made some adjustments. In
the second half, we really made
a bunch of shots.”
Mississippi State University
coach Vic Schaefer watched as
two of his future pupils really
went after it. Signee Kiki Pat-
terson had 38 points for Co-
lumbus, while Starkville’s Blair
Schaefer – Vic’s daughter and
an MSU commitment – paced
the Lady Jackets with 33 points.
Perhaps the biggest offen-
sive lift of the night for Colum-
bus came from Kadaryal Led-
With Patterson being the fo-
cus of a constant double-team,
the Lady Falcons (11-6) moved
the ball inside to Ledbetter,
who took the ball to the goal
with authority. Of her 25 points,
23 came in the second half, in-
cluding a perfect 10-for-10 run
at the foul line in the third quar-
“Kadaryal was really incred-
ible there,” Hairston said. “She
had quite a stretch there. Kiki
Patterson played great. Porchia
Brooks was dominant on de-
fense. It was a total team effort
all the way around. This was
the type of contest where we
showed what we are capable of
when we play to our potential.”
Starkville (9-7) actually held
a 20-17 lead after one quarter. A
9-2 run to end the half brought
the Lady Jackets with 39-36 at
halftime. Columbus bolted out
of the gates with a 10-2 run to
start the third quarter and put
the contest away with 28 points
in that frame alone.
Daisha Williams was the
third Lady Falcon in double fg-
ures with 12 points. Columbus
fnished the contest 22-of-26 at
the free throw line.
Imane Montgomery added
15 points for Starkville.
Lady Jackets
Continued from Page 1B
nior who will play soccer
at Jones County Junior
College next season, from
midfeld to forward, while
Laird slid into a bigger
role in the midfeld. Even
though Starkville failed
to convert several other
excellent scoring chanc-
es, it generated plenty of
scoring opportunities on
an evening in which Ber-
ryhill and Laird gave the
team’s performance a sev-
en on a scale of one to 10.
The celebratory dance
Berryhill and Laird
shared following their
goals likely earned a high-
er score. The senior and
sophomore, who also are
members of the school’s
girls tennis team, have a
habit of slapping hands
when they play doubles.
Since both players have
a habit of scoring goals,
they decided before the
season to add to the hand
slapping and make a
dance out of it.
What started as a hand
slap has transformed
into a slap of the hands,
a bump of the hips, and a
jump into the air in which
both players click their
“People talk about it at
school,” Laird said of the
dance. “All of the football
players are like, ‘I wish we
had something like that.’
It is really fun.”
Laird said Tuesday
was a fun evening in part
because it also was senior
night, so it was satisfying
to send Berryhill, Chan-
dler Buntin, Haley Jen-
kins, Sara Powell Harper,
and Madison Buntin out
with a victory, especially
against the team that end-
ed their season in 2012.
“We didn’t really play
well, but we got some
lucky goals,” Laird said.
“We didn’t pass together
at all. It wasn’t connected
at all. We got some lucky
goals because people
were open at the right
times. But we just wanted
it so bad, too. If you want
something really bad,
most of the time even if
you can’t do your best you
will make it happen.”
Albritton disagreed
with Laird in that she
felt Starkville scored one
“lucky” goal, the frst one.
She said Laird’s goal —
the second one — off a di-
rect kick was “beautiful,”
while Berryhill and the
Lady Yellow Jackets beat
the defense and delivered
great fnishes.
Albritton said she
didn’t know Berryhill and
Laird were going to bring
their tennis moves to the
soccer feld. She feels the
players know the other’s
strengths and weakness-
es and complement each
“I really put a lot of
pressure on Hannah,”
Albritton said. “She can
play this game, and she
can run the middle of the
feld. We had to move Car-
olina from the middle of
the feld to striker, and I
think that made a differ-
ence. She was in her com-
fort zone. I think she did
well for us tonight.”
Even though Berryhill
and Laird don’t play to-
gether often on the tennis
court, Albritton said both
of those players and the
rest of the Lady Yellow
Jackets can do a better
job of connecting their
passes and playing more
possession soccer.
“We got lucky on some
of our passes,” Albritton
said. “That is where we
have to clean up our game
between now and Satur-
Despite not giving her
team a higher mark, Ber-
ryhill said Starkville has
made signifcant strides
from last season thanks
to its ability to blend its
experience and its youth.
She took a page from
Albritton and said the
Lady Yellow Jackets will
need to connect better if
they want to extend their
If they do, more danc-
ing will be in the mix.
Continued from Page 1B
Starkville with 16 goals scored.
Senior Taylor Wise is next with
11 scores. Junior
Justin Gordon scored the
lone goal in last season’s 1-0
state championship win over
Pascagoula. Bennett said Gor-
don is playing his best soccer of
the season right now.
“Justin has totally been on
fre here of late,” Bennett said.
“He gives us one more really
good threat on offense. Jus-
tin has played some midfeld
and some forward. He does so
many things well and gives us a
lift in a lot of different areas on
Senior Dylan Howard has
provided a spark from the cen-
ter-mid position.
“We returned almost all of
our offense from last season,”
Bennett said. “Defensively, we
are sophomore-laden in the
back. Junior Charlie Henderson
is really the only returnee back
there. The success for our team
has come with the players in
the back really growing up and
maturing. Even though we are
young back there, they work
well together and have really
become major contributors.”
Bennett also says another
key to this year’s team is depth.
“Our depth is so much better
than it was a year ago,” Bennett
said. “The young players have
stepped up. We can sub at so
many positions and not lose
anything. We do a lot of inter-
changing. Really, we have been
able to wear down most of our
For Starkville, the lone ob-
stacles took place in the Missis-
sippi Showcase on Dec. 1. The
Yellow Jackets dropped a 2-0
decision to Brandon and bat-
tled Florence to a 1-1 tie. From
there, the defense has devel-
oped and the offense has con-
tinued to deliver. Starkville will
carry a fve-game win streak
into the playoffs.
“We have played well all sea-
son,” Bennett said. “If we con-
tinue to get our regular number
of scoring chances, we should
be in good shape against any
opponent in the feld.”
Starkville won four post-
season matches for a frst-ever
state title last season.
Continued from Page 1B
take place. That’s been
my philosophy from the
standpoint of making the
subtle adjustments (to the
Following a 15-point
performance in his home-
town of Knoxville in a Sat-
urday loss at the Univer-
sity of Tennessee, MSU
junior guard Jalen Steele
leads the Bulldogs in
scoring with 11.1 points
per outing.
Freshman Gavin Ware
continues to pace MSU
on the boards with 7.1 re-
bounds a game. The key
for the former Starkville
High star is keeping him
out of foul trouble against
the SEC big bodies that
he’s not able to work
against in practice time at
the Mize Pavilion.
“I think we’ve got to do
some things as far as like
making him a screener,
where he sets a screen
that is a threatening’
screen so now his man
has to help in some way or
form or fashion so he gets
some sort of angle on the
post and try to get the ball
inside to him,” Ray said.
“He’s got to make quicker
moves in the post. He has
a tendency to wait, and
dribble, and things like
that, things that allow the
other team to come post
trap him or post help.”
For the frst time since
joining the Southeast-
ern Conference in 1992,
the Razorbacks will not
make a return trip to
Starkville this season.
After closing out a
two-game road trip on
Wednesday, the Bulldogs
return to the friendly con-
fnes of Humphrey Col-
iseum for a three-game
stretch. MSU will host
No. 8 Florida on Saturday
in a 7 p.m. showdown that
can be seen on ESPN2.
n Alabama 59, Ken-
tucky 55: At Tuscaloo-
sa, Ala., Alabama coach
Anthony Grant kept his
halftime message simple.
Settle down offensively,
step it up defensively.
The Crimson Tide
heeded his advice right
out of the locker room.
Nick Jacobs scored 14
points and hit his fnal six
shots and streaking Ala-
bama beat Kentucky 59-
55 on Tuesday night for
its ffth win in six games.
“The thing we talked
about (at halftime) is just
to try to settle in and un-
derstand what we needed
to take away and make
them work for every bas-
ket that they were going
to get,” Grant said. “Un-
fortunately, in the frst
half it kind of got away
from us.”
With that second-half
effort, the Tide (12-6,
4-1 Southeastern Con-
ference) held Kentucky
(12-6, 3-2) to a season-low
scoring total, 22 points
below its average.
Levi Randolph and
Trevor Releford each hit
two free throws in the f-
nal 13 seconds to secure
the win for Alabama,
which had lost seven of
the last eight meetings.
“They were aggressive
We were tentative,” Ken-
tucky coach John Calipari
“Three offensive re-
bounds killed us late. It
got rough in there and we
didn’t mix it up.”
The DispaTch • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013 3B
Prep Soccer
Today’s Game
MHSAA North State Playoffs
Class 5A
Saltillo (boys) at Starkville, 6 p.m.
Thursday’s Game
Heritage Academy at Pillow Academy, 3 p.m.
Jackson Prep at Starkville Academy, 5 p.m.
Men’s College Basketball
Today’s Games
Mississippi State at Arkansas, 8 p.m.
Marshall at Southern Miss, 6 p.m.
2:30 p.m. — Tour Down Under, stage 2, Mount
Barker to Rostrevor, Australia (same-day tape),
NBC Sports Network
4 a.m. — European PGA Tour, Qatar Masters,
frst round, at Doha, Qatar, TGC
6 p.m. — Duke at Miami, ESPN
6:30 p.m. — TCU at West Virginia, ESPN2
7 p.m. — Texas A&M at LSU, My Mississippi
8 p.m. — Georgia Tech at North Carolina, ESPN
8 p.m. — Mississippi State at Arkansas, CSS
6 p.m. — Atlanta at Charlotte, SportSouth
6:30 p.m. — Boston at N.Y. Rangers, NBC
Sports Network
1 p.m. — Australian Open, quarterfnals, at
Melbourne, Australia (same-day tape), ESPN2
8:30 p.m. — Australian Open, women’s
semifnals, at Melbourne, Australia, ESPN2
2:30 a.m. — Australian Open, men’s semifnal,
at Melbourne, Australia, ESPN2
Junior colleges
East Mississippi C.C. sweeps East Central
SCOOBA — On the strength of 15 made three-point baskets,
the Lions of East Mississippi Community College claimed their
fifth straight win with an 84-66 home triumph over rival Itawamba
Community College Tuesday night in MACJC North Division play.
In the women’s game, the visiting ICC Lady Indians posted a 65-45
victory over the Lady Lions at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
The hot-shooting EMCC Lions grabbed an early double-digit
lead at 18-6 six minutes into the contest following consecutive bas-
kets by sophomore Jarekious Bradley. Later in the half, Jacolby
Mobley’s four-point play at the 8:12 mark pushed the advantage to
20 points (32-12). In going up by as many as 25 points (47-22) late
in the half, the Lions owned a comfortable 47-28 halftime cushion.
After connecting on 18-of-32 (56%) field goals, including 9-of-
19 shooting from beyond the three-point arc in the opening half,
the Lions continued their blistering pace following the intermission
with three more made treys early in the second stanza. Following
a dry spell, in which the Indians outscored EMCC 9-2 during a
five-minute stretch to cut the deficit to 14 points (62-48) with 8:55
remaining, Bradley got the home team back on track by hitting
back-to-back 3-pointers to bump up the margin to 20 points by the
7:46 mark.
From there, the Lions’ lead ballooned to a game-high 26 points
(77-51) on a three-point play by Mobley with 5:17 left in the game.
Settling for the convincing 18-point decision, the victory marked
EMCC’s 10th consecutive series win over Itawamba dating back
to the 2008-09 season under the guidance of head coach Mark
For the game, the EMCC men shot 58 percent from the field
on 33-of-57 field goals, including an even 50 percent (15-of-30)
from three-point range. In addition, the Lions were credited with 22
assists on their 33 made field goals for the night.
Improving to 11-4 overall and remaining unbeaten in four
division outings, the EMCC Lions were led by Mobley and Bradley
with 25 and 21 points, respectively. A freshman from Starkville
High School, Mobley hit 9-of-12 shots from the field, including 5-of-
8 accuracy from three-point land.
Evening their record to 8-8 overall and 1-4 within the division,
the ICC Indians were paced by Quintin Lee’s 19 points.
The ICC Lady Indians never trailed in the women’s contest.
With the visitors owning a 31-21 halftime lead, EMCC’s Lady Lions
battled to keep the margin within reach during the early portion of
the second half. Wilma Davis’ 3-pointer made it a 12-point (46-34)
contest with around 13 minutes remaining, but Itawamba answered
with four straight baskets to increase its lead to 20 points.
Special to the Dispatch
basketball was on display Tuesday
night in front of a packed house,
as Starkville Academy and East
Rankin Academy boys’ and girls’
teams squared off.
A low scoring affair saw the East
Rankin Patriots (13-12) defeat the
Starkville Academy Volunteers (12-
11) 41-37. The win for the Patriots
came thanks in part to the shooting
of senior Jacob Weldon, who led all
scores with 20 points. In with those
20 points was a transition layup that
sealed the deal and put the dagger
in the Volunteers with two minutes
to go.
“I was just trying to get to the
goal and attack,” said senior Jacob
Weldon of his late-game layup. “I
wanted to get a quick two points be-
fore they got back on defense.”
Weldon’s night was also aided
by his fellow teammate Trevor Jor-
dan who fnished the night with
nine points, scoring the Patriots’
frst two baskets to open a 4-2 lead
for East Rankin. Weldon added two
three pointers in the frst eight min-
utes to help the Patriots run out to
a 14-10 advantage to end the poor
shooting effort for the frst quarter.
“We are not a really good jump
shooting team,” East Rankin coach
Michael McAnally said. “Our team
is athletic and we try to get to the
rim. Weldon hit some threes for us
early in the game, which is not real-
ly his forte. But I thought he had the
hot hand early on.”
Starkville Academy closed the
four-point gap by the end of the
frst half however, as the Volunteers
scored fve of the last seven baskets
in the second quarter to bring the
frst 16 minutes of the game to a 22-
22 draw.
Weldon, who was mostly respon-
sible for winning the game, was
responsible for tying it going into
intermission. After the Volunteers
took the lead from a Carnail Minor
trey, Weldon answered back with a
three of his own that found the bot-
tom of the net.
“He hit some in practice early
and I guess it showed in the game,
because he came out hot,” Jordan
said of Weldon’s three-point shoot-
If you were watching Weldon for
the frst time, you would think the
senior has been dead-on all season
from long range. That is not the
“I usually don’t make those,”
Weldon said. “I just came out and
they started falling. I guess I was
just feeling it a little bit.”
Some of that three-magic must
have rubbed off on teammate Pey-
ton Cross, who drained back-to-
back treys to open the half. The Vol-
unteers did not back down though,
striking back at the Patriots with
four points from sophomore Bran-
don Lane to keep the game close.
Weldon would again counter the
Volunteers’ efforts as he made con-
secutive layups after running the
fast break off of steals. The lead
would be stretched to 34-28 before
Starkville Academy’s Bradley We-
seli hit a buzzer-beating three in
front of his coach to end the third
To open up the fnal eight min-
utes, Weldon would again add his
name to the scorebook as he led yet
another fast break to score on an
easy layup. The Volunteers would
score three of the next four baskets
to narrow the lead to a single point.
Once again Weldon stepped up.
After inbounding the ball up
one, Weldon would sprint down the
court and slash through Starkville’s
defenders to attack the rim. Scoring
the dagger for his team and picking
up a conference win in the process.
“That’s his game right there,”
McAnally said of Weldon’s basket.
“I get on to him sometimes about
settling for jump shots, because he
is a streaky jump shooter. He’s ath-
letic and strong; his strength like
our team is that we get to the rim.
I am always telling him to get to the
rim and get something easy. He was
able to do that tonight.”
The road win for McNally’s
squad put the Patriots at 13-12 on
the season, giving East Rankin its
third conference win on the season.
“It’s huge to be above .500,” Mc-
Nally said. “ To get a conference win
is even bigger. The win helps us
avoid that fourth spot in the division
and helps us get a little closer to that
two seed. Any time you win a con-
ference game and especially on the
road it’s a big win.”
In the opener, the Lady Volun-
teers cruise to a 68-34 victory over
the Lady Patriots to stay unbeaten.
The win for Glenn Schmidt’s club
was number 27 on the year and was
never in doubt from the opening tip.
Don’t ask Schmidt’s players what
their record is, because that is not
talked about under the long-tenured
coach’s watch.
“We don’t talk about our record,”
Schmidt said about being undefeat-
ed. “We talk about how well we have
to play and the things we have to do
to win the next game. It is all irrele-
vant, because you are only as good
as the next 32 minutes you play.”
What was relevant on the night
was the defense of the Lady Volun-
teers as they smothered the Lady
Patriots and allowed on two points
in the third quarter.
“We always try to play a big third
quarter and that was key for us,”
Schmidt said.
“Every time they would chip
away at the lead, it would seem like
we would get a three, a layup or a
big offensive board.”
After scoring 18 points in the
second quarter to cut the Lady
Volunteers’ lead to 41-24, the Lady
Patriots could only mustard up 10
points in the second half.
Points were not a problem for
Starkville Academy as the scoring
was spread around with four players
in double fgures. Senior Maggie
Profftt led the way with 17 points
on the evening, with junior Sallie
Katie Richardson not far behind
with 15 points.
Good coaches however always
fnd something to improve on. Even
with a dominating win and unde-
feated record.
“We had constant pressure on
the ball and we haven’t seen that a
lot this season,” Schmidt said. “We
have to do some work on that, be-
cause in the frst half that did so us
down a bit.”
Starkville Academy splits pair
From Special Reports
SALTILLO — Overtime and
frst-round playoffs games is a
mix the New Hope High School
girls soccer team can’t escape.
Fortunately, the Lady Trojans proved
again it’s a situation they thrive in.
Regan Hern’s goal fve min-
utes into the frst overtime period
Tuesday lifted New Hope to a 2-1
victory against Saltillo in the Mis-
sissippi High School Activities Asso-
ciation Class 5A North State playoffs.
New Hope (16-4-1) moves on to the
second round to play host to Ridge-
land, which defeated Hernando 7-0 on
Tuesday, on Saturday at a time to be
“None of the girls quit on either side
of the ball,” New Hope coach Mary
Nagy said. “It was two great teams that
knocked each other out on the feld.”
Hern took an assist from Pernille
Slettestoel and scored the game-win-
ner. The Lady Trojans then had to sur-
vive through the fnal fve minutes of
the frst OT and 10 more minutes in the
second OT session.
Nagy said both teams went full
throttle through 80 minutes of regula-
tion and the 20 minutes of extra time.
She credited Saltillo for having a num-
ber of fast players, but she praised her
players for being able to counter the
through balls with solid defense.
Saltillo took a 1-0 lead into halftime
thanks to a goal a little more than two
minutes before intermission.
Effe Morrison tied the game about
midway through the second half. The
sophomore captain converted an indi-
rect kick with a low, hard shot to the
From there, the teams traded blows.
Nagy said goalkeeper McKenzie Har-
vey played well and kept fghting after
allowing the frst goal. By the time the
match ended, Nagy joked she needed a
paramedic because of the high intensi-
ty involved in the back-and-forth play.
The victory helped New Hope es-
cape in overtime for the third consec-
utive season.
In 2011, New Hope beat Oxford 3-2.
Last season, New Hope edged Hernan-
do 5-4. Each time, though, Ridgeland
ended New Hope’s season in the sec-
ond round in Columbus.
n Class 4A Girls: Lewisburg 2,
Caledonia 1, OT: At Lewisburg, Dar-
by Williams scored off an assist from
Lydia Cross, but the Lady Confeder-
ates (12-9) saw their season end in the
frst round of the MHSAA North State
Lewisburg scored the game-winner
with about two minutes left to go in
the frst fve-minute overtime period.
The teams were tied 1-1 after 80 min-
utes of regulation. They went scoreless
for two 10-minute overtime periods.
The fve-minute OT sessions are gold-
en goal, meaning the frst team that
scores wins.
“It was pretty evenly matched,”
Caledonia coach Jason Forrester said.
“They scored about 20 minutes to go in
the frst half. We got the equalizer from
Darby Williams on an indirect kick af-
ter the keeper picked up a ball played
back to her by feet. Lydia touched it to
Darby and she buried it into the right
corner about two minutes before half.”
Forrester said senior goalkeeper
Sarah Freeman stopped a penalty kick
in the second half to set the stage for
extra time.
He said both Lewisburg goals were
well-placed shots that went over Free-
man’s head. He said she was in position
on the second one, only to have the
shot from the corner of the 18 end the
Lady Confederates’ season.
“We had numerous chances around
the goal, and we were taking some
good shots. They were just wide of the
post,” Forrester said.
“We were doing a good job of keep-
ing the ball out of the keeper’s hands,
and we were going low and high to the
corner of the frame, but we were just
missing by a foot or two. We were close
to putting it in and winning in regula-
n Class 6A Boys: Clinton 2, Co-
lumbus 0: At Clinton, the Falcons (11-
6) saw their season come to an end in
the frst round of the MHSAA North
State playoffs.
The playoff appearance was the
second in as many years for third-year
coach Ben Moore’s program.
“They are a very skilled team,”
Moore said of Clinton.
“I am very proud of our boys for
hanging with them. It was a hard-
fought game. I hate the season is over.
However, we left it all on the feld. Pres-
ton Taylor played fantastic.”
The loss marked the end of the prep
soccer careers of the Falcons’ 11 se-
New Hope girls advance with overtime win
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State Uni-
versity got a interesting verbal commit-
ment that as of right now doesn’t ft into a
normal projection box for most recruiting
analysts. was the frst to report
the verbal pledge of Wenonah High School
(Ala.) star De’Runnya Wilson to the Bull-
dogs Tuesday afternoon. The interesting
angle of Wilson is he is apparently insistent
on playing both football and basketball at
the next level after having so much success
on the hardwood the past two seasons.
“I feel I can help out quick in both sports,”
Wilson told “In football I
can get all the jump balls and out-muscle
defensive backs and catch the ball at the
highest point. I will be doing all the things
that Coach Brewster teaches me. Whatever
he teaches me is what I will be doing.”
Despite being the target on very few
throws per game due to the high school’s
run-heavy attack, Wilson had 23 catches
for 482 yards and seven touchdowns this
past season for the Dragons.
The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog spoke to
Wenonah High School basketball coach Ce-
dric Lane and learned Wilson’s future may
be in helping the MSU basketball program
early as a 6-foot-6 small forward option in
their rotation.
“(Wilson) is more of a basketball guy
so he was insistent to not to give up either
sport when picking a school,” Lane said.
“The fact is he didn’t play football for two
years to concentrate on being the best the
basketball player he could be.”
According to, MSU coach Dan
Mullen and Brewster were scheduled to at-
tend Wilson’s basketball game against rival
Parker High School Tuesday night.
Wilson (6-6, 215) reportedly held schol-
arship offers in basketball from Samford
University, the University of Alabama at
Birmingham, Murray State University,
University of South Alabama, Alabama
A&M University and the University of Ten-
nessee-Chattanooga. Also Auburn Univer-
sity was interested in his services to play
football and basketball as well before he
choose MSU Tuesday afternoon.
“He’s the best player in the state of Ala-
bama and one of the toughest kids I’ve ever
coached,” Lane said.
Wilson was the 2012 Alabama Mr. Bas-
ketball runner-up to current MSU guard
Craig Sword out of Montgomery Carver
High School after averaging 16 points and
13 rebounds last season. He currently put-
ting up 20 points and 15 rebounds this sea-
son in his senior season as captain of the
Wenonah program.
“It really is nothing for him to get dou-
ble-digit rebounds in a game because of
his toughness and hustle,” Lane said. “He’s
been rebounding and doing the little things
in this game since he 6-foot-3 in eighth
According to, Wilson
visited the MSU Jan. 11 and The Birming-
ham News is reporting Wilson will not be
taking an offcial visit to Auburn this week-
end, which was highly expected.
Wilson is the 23rd verbal commitment in
the 2013 recruiting class and the sixth re-
ceiver in the group. His primary recruiting
coach Tim Brewster, MSU’s wide receiver
coach, has already secured a verbal com-
mitment from Memphis athlete Donald
Gray on Jan. 11.
“I know he felt more comfortable with
that guy [Tim Brewster] than with any-
body else he’d talked to during the whole
process,” Lane said. “With MSU losing so
much on the receiver side and needing help
as soon as possible on the basketball side,
it was a perfect ft.”
MSU gets commitment
Monday’s Games
Indiana 82, Memphis 81
New Orleans 114, Sacramento 105
Atlanta 104, Minnesota 96
Houston 100, Charlotte 94
Brooklyn 88, New York 85
Golden State 106, L.A. Clippers 99
San Antonio 90, Philadelphia 85
Chicago 95, L.A. Lakers 83
Washington 98, Portland 95
Tuesday’s Games
Cleveland 95, Boston 90
Detroit 105, Orlando 90
Milwaukee 110, Philadelphia 102
Oklahoma City 109, L.A. Clippers 97
Today’s Games
Atlanta at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Miami, 6:30 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Denver at Houston, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Utah, 8 p.m.
Indiana at Portland, 9 p.m.
Phoenix at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
Toronto at Orlando, 6 p.m.
New York at Boston, 7 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m
Tuesday’s Men’s Major
College Scores
Maine 71, Vermont 68
Pittsburgh 68, Providence 64
Villanova 73, Louisville 64
Alabama 59, Kentucky 55
Liberty 74, Longwood 47
Wake Forest 86, NC State 84
Michigan St. 49, Wisconsin 47
Missouri 71, South Carolina 65
Ohio St. 72, Iowa 63
Men’s summaries
Noel 4-9 0-0 8, Poythress 2-3 2-2 6, Good-
win 2-12 3-6 7, Harrow 3-12 0-0 6, Mays 4-8
0-0 12, Hood 0-0 0-0 0, Polson 1-2 0-0 2,
Wiltjer 6-10 1-3 14. Totals 22-56 6-11 55.
ALABAMA (12-6)
Gueye 2-3 0-1 4, Lacey 2-9 3-4 7, Releford
4-10 4-4 13, Randolph 4-8 3-4 11, Cooper
2-11 1-2 6, Jacobs 6-9 2-3 14, Steele 1-4 2-3
4, Pollard 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 15-21 59.
Halftime_Kentucky 33-24. 3-Point Goals_
Kentucky 5-9 (Mays 4-5, Wiltjer 1-2, Good-
win 0-1, Harrow 0-1), Alabama 2-13 (Rele-
ford 1-1, Cooper 1-3, Pollard 0-1, Steele 0-2,
Lacey 0-3, Randolph 0-3). Fouled Out_Poy-
thress. Rebounds_Kentucky 44 (Noel 13),
Alabama 32 (Cooper 6). Assists_Kentucky
9 (Goodwin, Harrow, Polson, Wiltjer 2), Ala-
bama 9 (Lacey 4). Total Fouls_Kentucky 19,
Alabama 13. A—15,383.
Chatkevicius 2-4 4-4 8, Carrera 2-5 0-0
4, Jackson 3-6 2-4 9, Smith 3-9 0-0 7,
Ellington 3-12 1-4 7, Williams 5-11 2-2 16,
Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, Kacinas 0-0 0-0 0,
Leonard 1-11 0-1 2, Slawson 5-7 2-2 12.
Totals 24-65 11-17 65.
Criswell 2-6 3-4 7, Oriakhi 4-4 10-10 18,
Pressey 2-8 1-2 6, Webster-Chan 0-2 0-0 0,
Brown 5-16 5-8 17, Ross 6-18 7-10 21, Jan-
kovic 0-3 2-2 2, Rosburg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
19-57 28-36 71.
Halftime—South Carolina 35-27. 3-Point
Goals_South Carolina 6-20 (Williams 4-6,
Jackson 1-1, Smith 1-5, Chatkevicius 0-1,
Ellington 0-2, Leonard 0-5), Missouri 5-27
(Ross 2-6, Brown 2-9, Pressey 1-6, Criswell
0-1, Webster-Chan 0-2, Jankovic 0-3).
Fouled Out_Carrera, Oriakhi, Slawson.
Rebounds_South Carolina 43 (Ellington
9), Missouri 44 (Oriakhi 11). Assists_South
Carolina 9 (Ellington, Jackson 3), Missouri
10 (Pressey 7). Total Fouls_South Carolina
24, Missouri 19. A—11,830.

Tuesday’s Women’s
Major College Scores
Brooklyn 65, St. Joseph’s (NY) 55
Castleton St. 82, Green Mountain 18
Old Westbury 63, Sage 54
Rutgers 55, Georgetown 47
South Florida 74, Seton Hall 52
St. John Fisher 66, Alfred 64
Texas Tech 77, West Virginia 73, OT
Northeastern 60, George Mason 51
DePaul 51, Cincinnati 45
Louisville 64, Marquette 63
NFL Playoffs
Pro Bowl
Sunday, Jan. 27
At Honolulu
AFC vs. NFC, 6 p.m. (WTVA)
Super Bowl
Sunday, Feb. 3
At New Orleans
Baltimore vs. San Francisco, 5 p.m. (WCBI)
Tuesday’s Games
Winnipeg 4, Washington 2
Tampa Bay 4, Carolina 1
Montreal 4, Florida 1
New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 0
Dallas 2, Detroit 1
Nashville 3, Minnesota 1
Chicago 3, St. Louis 2
I am 21
and I have
an anger prob-
lem. Sometimes
when my friends,
roommates or
my boyfriend do
something that
annoys me, I feel
so mad that I
can’t concentrate
on anything I
have to get done.
I’m having
that problem right
now because one
of my roommates was mean to
me tonight. I think I’m owed an
apology, but I know I won’t be
getting one. I can’t talk to her.
I know if I do I’ll just feel worse
and we won’t get anywhere.
I can’t even concentrate on
writing my paper because I’m
so ticked off!
Is it normal to get this
mad? How can I control my
anger better? Taking a deep
breath and counting to 10 just
makes me feel angrier. I’d feel
better if I punched the wall,
but the last time I did that I
bruised my fst. Do you have
any guidelines? - - CONSUMED
ANGER: Anger is a normal
emotion. Everybody has expe-
rienced it at one time or an-
other. Most people have been
trained to suppress anger from
early childhood. But it’s even
more import-
ant to learn to
express anger
in ways that are
constructive rath-
er than destruc-
tive. Punching a
wall falls into the
latter category
and can result in
injury to you and
possibly the wall,
as you found out.
If it is chan-
neled in the right
direction, anger
can be a positive
emotion. Uncontrolled, or sup-
pressed, it can be extremely
harmful and even a killer. The
challenge that everyone faces
is how not to deny the feeling
but to express the anger - - or
diffuse it - - in ways that are
In a situation like yours,
saying out loud in a controlled
manner that something has
made you angry can be like re-
leasing steam from a pressure
cooker. It’s certainly more pro-
ductive than making a bullying
gesture; hitting a wall with your
fst implies that the next punch
might land on the person who
pushed your buttons. In my
booklet “The Anger in All of
Us and How to Deal With It,”
I offer many suggestions that
can help you manage your
emotions in a more construc-
tive way. It can be ordered by
sending your name and mailing
address, plus a check or mon-
ey order for $7 (U.S. funds),
to Dear Abby - - Anger Booklet,
P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris,
IL 61054-0447. Shipping and
handling are included in the
price. Please understand how
important it is that you learn
to manage and channel your
emotions more constructively
than you currently do.
Step one in managing your
anger is to recognize that the
emotion is building before you
lose control or become so an-
gry that you can’t concentrate
on what is most important
right now - - and that is your ac-
ademic studies. I know that if
you learn to manage and con-
trol your anger, you will beneft
greatly as you move forward in
life. I have faith in you!
DEAR ABBY: If a couple has
been dating for a long time
and are sexually active, do you
think he has a right to have
sex with her while she’s sleep-
ing? My sister and I disagree
about this. I feel it’s abuse. My
sister isn’t quite sure what to
DEAR CATHY: If someone
has sex with you without your
consent, it isn’t abuse. It is
P.S. If the boyfriend in
question is so inept at love-
making that his partner snores
right through it, then it seems
to me that only the boyfriend is
sexually “active.”
The DispaTch • 4B WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013
Comics & Puzzles
Dear Abby
Dear Abby
23). This is a grand, crossword
puzzle of a year. The answers
come easily over the next six
weeks. In April, you’ll fll in the
empty blocks that stump you
with the help of smart friends.
February is a chance for
heart connection. June brings
travel and a satisfying victory.
There’s new, lucrative work for
you in March. Aries and Gemini
adore you. Your lucky numbers
are: 40, 1, 22, 36 and 28.
ARIES (March 21-April 19).
Even though you’re generous,
you’re also mindful of the utility
of your gifts. If it won’t be used
or appreciated, it’s a wasted ef-
fort. You’ll be careful how and
to whom you share now.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20).
On this day, you taste the good
life. What makes it the good
life is that it’s the only portion
of life you can fully experience
and infuence at this time.
Realizing this makes it ever
GEMINI (May 21-June 21).
A snake must give up the outer
parts of his former self in order
to grow. You’re not like that
- - you grow best by giving up
something inside. You’ll let go
of remnants of your former self
that no longer applies.
CANCER (June 22-July
22). You don’t have to analyze
where you went wrong because
it will soon go quite right,
rendering the exercise useless.
For now, hold on with faith.
Trust that you’re meant for
good things.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your
personal plot is determined by
the contents of your character.
You’ll work to uphold and refne
your values, namely the ones
that have to do with keeping
your word.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
You may come up against a
difference of pacing and it’s a
healthy thing to deal with. After
all, you don’t need someone
who always sits when you sit
and jumps when you jump - -
that’s what shadows are for.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
You may catch yourself in the
act of trying too hard because
you want something very badly.
Back off and examine the many
options available to you. Hold-
ing on so tightly to this one is
restricting and needless.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). No one is trying to deceive
you; however, there are those
around you who want you to
react in a certain way and they
will position themselves ac-
cordingly. You’ll be wide-awake.
Dec. 21). Does your heart in
fact have an agenda that your
head is not aware of? The
evidence points to “yes” as you
fnd yourself doing the opposite
of what you had planned.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). It’s said that many love
the king and few love the
pauper. But the king still insists
that it’s lonely at the top. And
the pauper knows his small cir-
cle give true affection without
ulterior motives.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). You like your friends to
agree with you, though you
don’t require it. In fact, today
you’ll appreciate their contrary
opinions a great deal. Con-
structive criticism will help you
make the best choice.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). There’s something sweet
in reminiscence. For you, it’s
not really about being stuck
in the past. Rather it’s about
creating a past that mingles po-
etically with your present point
of view.
Serena Williams falls in Australian Open quarterfnal round
The Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia
— Serena Williams was only
thinking out loud when she
muttered that this Australian
Open had been “the worst two
Not long after a courtside
microphone picked up those
comments during her quarter-
fnal with 19-year-old American
Sloane Stephens, things got a
whole lot worse.
Stephens outplayed Wil-
liams, whose movement and
serves had been slowed by a
back injury, and beat the 15-
time Grand Slam champion 3-6,
7-5, 6-4. It was Williams’ frst
loss since Aug. 17, and her frst
defeat at a Grand Slam tourna-
ment since last year’s French
Williams’ downer of a Grand
Slam Down Under started bad-
ly when she turned her right
ankle in her opening match at
Melbourne Park.
“I’ve had a tough two weeks
between the ankle ... and my
back, which started hurting,”
Williams said. “A lot of stuff.”
While Williams packed for
home — she and sister Venus
have also lost in doubles — Ste-
phens advanced to a semifnal
Thursday against defending
champion Victoria Azarenka.
The top-seeded Azarenka
beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5,
6-1 in the early quarterfnal at
Rod Laver Arena. Maria Shara-
pova, who has lost only nine
games in fve matches, plays
Li Na in the other semifnal
On the men’s side, Andy
Murray advanced to the semis
with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over
Jeremy Chardy. Murray, the
U.S. Open champion, will play
the winner of Wednesday’s
late quarterfnal between No. 2
Roger Federer and No. 7 Jo-Wil-
fried Tsonga.
The other semifnal has
defending champion Novak
Djokovic taking on No. David
Ferrer on Thursday.
Jan Swoope: 328-2471
ave you ever felt like just going nuts?
(Not the zany kind of nuts, but the
culinary kind.) With all the delicious
walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts and
what not out there, it’s no wonder. Each va-
riety has its own distinct favor, texture and
aroma that can enhance dishes from en-
trées to desserts. Many qualify as healthy
snacks on their own. Even the Mayo Clinic
website tells us most types of nuts are min-
iature packages of nutrition.
Pound for pound, almonds are the most
nutrient dense of all the tree nuts, says Brazil nuts are a great
source of selenium, which may help pre-
vent heart disease. Pistachio nuts and pine
nuts are packed with fber. Pecans can help
lower cholesterol. Cashews are loaded with
fber and protein. And according to the Na-
tional Peanut Board, peanuts provide more
than 30 essential vitamins and minerals.
You get the picture. Lucky for us, most of
them are delicious, too.
Dressing up dishes
Today’s recipes feature nuts in a salad,
entrée and desserts. Add depth and taste
to delicious salmon with sliced almonds.
Or enjoy the essence of Bananas Fosters
Taste, texture and nutrition
in tiny packages add crunchy
kick to recipes
Sliced almonds add texture and favor to salmon.
AP Food Editor
ooking for a few simple
ways to freshen up the go-
to dish of the Super Bowl?
We cobbled together a mighty
tasty basic guacamole, then
came up with four ways to turn
basic into unbelievably good.
If sweet and heat are your
style, go for guac mixed with
brown sugar candied bacon
and hot sauce. Heat fends will
prefer the corn and chipotle
blend, while those who favor
the exotic touch might like the
shrimp and mango version.
And for those who want it all? A
roasted fresh salsa guac.
Guacamole is best served
right away at room tempera-
ture. If you must make it ahead
and refrigerate it, cover it with
plastic wrap, gently pressing
the wrap over the entire sur-
face of the guacamole. This,
combined with the acid of the
lime juice, should prevent the
guacamole from browning.
Start to fnish: 10 minutes
Makes 12 servings
4 Hass avocados, skins and pits
4 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 ground black pepper
n In a medium bowl, use a fork or
potato masher to mash the avocados.
The guacamole should be mostly
smooth, but with visible chunks. Mix
in the lime juice, cumin, salt and pep-
per. Proceed with the recipe using one
of the following mix-in combinations.
n Line a rimmed baking sheet with
foil, then set a wire rack over it. Coat
the rack with cooking spray. Arrange
1/2 pound of bacon evenly on the
rack. Sprinkle the tops of the bacon
liberally with brown sugar. Bake at
350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until
the bacon is lightly browned, crisped
and the sugar has caramelized. Let
Guacamole: Fresh takes on a Super Bowl classic
AP Photo/Matthew Mead
In this image taken on January 7, chipotle corn guacamole is shown served in a bowl
in Concord, N.H.
AP Photo/Matthew Mead
Sweet heat bacon guacamole is shown served in a bowl in Concord, N.H., in this
picture taken January 7.
See NUTS, 6B
The DispaTch • 6B WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013
Sudoku is a number-
placing puzzle based on
a 9x9 grid with several
given numbers. The object
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 difficulty
level increases from
Monday to Sunday.
A stitch in time
1 School dance
5 “— on First?”
9 Rabbit fur
11 Tennis setting
12 “Skyfall” singer
13 Reddish dye
14 Writer Anaïs
15 Bar choice
17 Bar choice
19 Hosp. sections
20 Overindulge
21 Be a snoop
22 Pigeon’s perch
24 Gal of song
26 Church sight
29 Brief time
30 Bar choice
32 Bar choice
34 Rock producer
35 Take — for the
36 Lively dance
38 Lorelei’s river
39 Factions
40 Filming locations
41 Be bold
1 Fallback strategy
2 Hams’ needs
3 Lose one’s inhi-
4 Wire measure
5 Miseries
6 Squat (down)
7 Stubborn
8 Doesn’t budge
10 Computer novice
11 Goatee setting
16 Brit’s traveling
18 Bakery buy
21 Singer Seeger
23 Is smugly happy
24 Fume
25 Find not guilty
27 Meeting slate
28 Look-alike
29 Flag features
30 Trig function
31 Lasso loop
33 Fancy planters
37 Assist
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the bacon cool, then cut it into
bite-size chunks.
n Mix a splash of hot sauce
(more or less, to taste) into
the base guacamole recipe,
then mix in three-quarters of
the chopped candied bacon.
Sprinkle the remaining bacon
over the guacamole, then
n In a medium skillet over
medium-high, heat 1 table-
spoon of olive oil. Add 1/4
cup diced red onion, 1 cup of
corn kernels (if canned, drain
them very well) and 3 minced
cloves of garlic. Sauté for 2
minutes, then remove from
the heat and let cool. Stir in
1 diced canned chipotle pep-
per (packed in adobo sauce).
Stir the mixture into the base
guacamole recipe, as well as
1 tablespoon (more or less,
to taste) of the adobo sauce
from the can.
n Thaw a 9-ounce bag
frozen cooked and peeled
baby shrimp, then drain and
pat them dry. Peel 1 mango,
then cut the fesh away
from the pit. Finely chop
the mango, then stir it, the
shrimp and a hefty splash
of hot sauce into the base
guacamole recipe.
n When preparing the base
guacamole recipe, omit the
n Slice 1 pint of cherry or
grape tomatoes in half, then
toss them with 2 table-
spoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon
garlic powder, 1 teaspoon
salt and 1/2 teaspoon
ground black pepper. Spread
the tomatoes evenly over a
rimmed baking sheet and
roast at 425 degrees for
15 minutes, or until lightly
n Stir the roasted tomatoes,
a 12-ounce jar of roasted red
peppers (drained, patted dry
and diced), 1/4 cup diced
red onion, 1 diced jalape-
no pepper (with or without
seeds, depending on your
heat tolerance) and 4 minced
cloves of garlic into the base
guacamole recipe.
Continued from Page 6B
transformed into a bar
cookie with cream cheese
frosting. The classic
dessert gets its favor by
pairing bananas and rum,
but if you need to skip the
alcohol, rum extract can
be used.
Peanut lovers will like
the chocolate peanut de-
light’s brownie-like crust
packed with nuts and
topped with a fuffy pea-
nut butter layer, whipped
topping and more nuts.
To toast or not to toast
Toasting is a step that
can turn good into great.
Toasted nuts are crunch-
ier and more favorful;
they’re also less likely to
sink in cakes and other
batters, says southern-
Specifcs and times
can vary from source
to source, but bonap- recommends
spreading nuts in a single
layer on a rimmed baking
sheet and roasting at 350
degrees until golden.
Suggested baking times
range from fve minutes
for pine nuts and 7-10
minutes for almonds, to
10-15 minutes for pecans
or walnuts. Nuts like
almonds, cashews and
pecans can also be toast-
ed in a heavy, ungreased
saucepan on the stove
top, stirring often over
medium heat until golden
brown and fragrant.
Southern Food’s
instructions for toasting
in a microwave call for
placing 1 cup of chopped
nuts on a paper plate and
microwave uncovered
on high for three to four
minutes, or until they
smell toasted.
Nutty ideas
Other suggestions for
adding crunch to your
day include crumbling
macadamia nuts into your
next risotto, or use wal-
nuts next time you make
pesto and add it to grilled
meat. Sprinkle almonds
or cashews through a
stir fry. Crumble pecans
or walnuts into a yogurt
dessert topping and serve
with fruit. Try crumbled
macadamias or pistachios
on your grilled fsh. Bake
blueberry bread with
In a rush? Grab a
small handful of nuts for
a dose of flling protein,
fber, unsaturated fats,
vitamins and mineral —
and give a nod of thanks
to Mother Nature for this
portable snack.
2 individual portions salmon
(3 ounce servings)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
n Melt butter in sauté pan.
Very lightly brown almonds
and set aside.
n Dry salmon and season
with salt and pepper. Brown
on both sides.
n Pile almonds on top of
salmon in the skillet. Place
skillet into oven preheated to
400 degrees for 10-15 min-
utes (depending on thickness)
until done all the way through.
(Source: Paula Rhodes, Salad-
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Makes 16 (2-inch) bars
For the bars:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter,
1 cup dark brown sugar,
1 egg
1 tablespoon dark rum or 1
teaspoon rum extract
1 cup four
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup bananas, diced
1/2 cup (2 ounces) pecans or
walnuts, chopped
For the frosting:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese,
1/4 cup light brown sugar,
1 teaspoon rum or pure vanil-
la extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 to 2 cups confectioners’
sugar, sifted
Pecan halves for garnish
n To make the bars, preheat
oven to 350 degrees. Lightly
butter and four 9-inch square
pan (see Note).
n In large bowl, beat together
butter and sugar with electric
mixer until creamy. Add egg
and rum (or extract). Mix to
n In small bowl, whisk
together four, baking soda,
baking powder, cinnamon and
salt. Gradually add to butter
mixture. Mix in bananas and
pecans, then stir to incorpo-
n Pour batter into prepared
pan and spread evenly. Bake
for 20-25 minutes or until
toothpick inserted in the cen-
ter comes out clean. Remove
pan to a wire rack to cool
n To make frosting, in large
bowl, combine butter, cream
cheese, sugar, and extract
with an electric mixer. Beat
until light and fuffy. Add cin-
namon and 1 cup confection-
ers’ sugar; blend until smooth
(careful; over mixing will
cause separation). Add addi-
tional confectioners’ sugar to
create desired consistency.
n Spread frosting immediate-
ly over cooled bar cookies.
Cover and store bars in
refrigerator for up to three
days. When ready to serve,
cut bars into 2-inch squares.
If desired, top each square
with a pecan half.
Note: For a thicker bar, use an
8-inch square pan.
Prep time: 15 minutes plus
Bake time: 30 minutes plus
Makes 12-15 servings
1 package chocolate cake mix
(regular size)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup chopped peanuts,
1 package (8 ounces) cream
cheese, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened
condensed milk
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 carton (16 ounces) frozen
whipped topping, thawed,
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate
4-1/2 teaspoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
n In a large bowl, combine
the cake mix, butter, milk and
egg until well blended. Stir in
3/4 cup of peanuts. Spread
into a greased 13-by-9-in.
baking pan.
n Bake at 350 degrees for
30 minutes or until a tooth-
pick inserted near the center
comes out clean. Cool on a
wire rack.
n In a large bowl, beat
the cream cheese, peanut
butter, confectioners’ sugar,
condensed milk and vanilla
until smooth. Fold in 3 cups
whipped topping. Spread
over the crust; top with the
remaining whipped topping
and peanuts.
n In a microwave melt choc-
olate chips and butter; stir
until smooth. Stir in vanilla
until smooth; drizzle over the
dessert. Refrigerate for 2-3
hours before serving.
(Source: Karen Kutruff, tas-
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 balsamic vinegar
1 cup red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon-style pre-
pared mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
10 cups mixed greens, rinsed
and dried
2 Red Delicious apples, cored
and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
n Preheat the oven to 350
degrees. Spread the walnuts
out on a baking sheet in a
single layer. Bake for 8-10
minutes in the preheated
oven, or until lightly toasted.
n In a food processor, com-
bine the cranberries, vinegar,
onion, sugar, and mustard.
Purée until smooth; gradually
add oil, and season with salt
and pepper.
n In a salad bowl, toss
together the greens, apples,
and enough of the cranberry
mixture to coat. Sprinkle with
walnuts, and serve.
Bananas Foster in bar cookie form include are made
with pecans or walnuts. You can substitute rum extract
for actual rum, if desired.
This chocolate peanut delight is a peanut-lovers dream.

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