CVB, festival organizers remain at impasse
Tuesday’s meeting produces no solution to dispute over new grant guidelines

The debate over the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau’s festival grant guidelines continued Tuesday with a special meeting with fes-

tival organizers. But the only decision to come out of the meeting was to schedule yet another meeting. The next special meeting to deal with the seemingly unending dispute is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 9 a.m.

The guidelines, which were approved by the CVB board of trustees in August, have been the subject of discussion for several months as some festival organizers have protested the new stipulations attached to CVB funding for festival and quality of life events. While grants for quality of life events, capped at $8,000, have no stipulations on how the mon-

ey can be spent, tourism grants, capped at $15,000, carry a stipulation that no more than 25 percent of the money can be used for entertainment. Some festival organizers feel that condition is unreasonable because entertainment often represents the greatest cost they incur. The festival organizers’ unofficial spokesperson, District See CVB, 8A

CVB board member Mark Castleberry.

Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

Colom trial begins with officers’ testimony

Shrove Tuesday pancakes

The trial of a man from a prominent Columbus family is underway in Lowndes County Circuit Court. C h a r l t o n Colom Aaron Colom, 35, is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. After a motion hearing Tuesday morning Judge Jim Kitchens moved that Colom be tried as a habitual offender. Colom is the nephew of Columbus attorney and businessman Wilbur Colom. He was arrested and charged with the felony possession of cocaine in 1999 in Lowndes County. He was indicted and sentenced to serve five years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In 2009, he was convicted on one count felony sale of cocaine in Tippah county and was again given a five-year sentence. If convicted as a habitual offender, Colom would not be eligible for parole or early release. He faces up to a 10-year prison sentence if convicted. Testimony began Tuesday afternoon as law enforcement officers testified to the events that lead up

Hannah Brady, 10, eats pancakes in the Mardi Gras-themed dining hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, Tuesday, during their annual pancake supper to commemorate Shrove Tuesday and to kick off the Lenten season. Hannah is the daughter of John and Jennifer Brady of Columbus.

Luisa Porter/ Dispatch Staff

Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans
BY JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent

deficit “even worse” than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his fi rst term. In his fi rst State of the Union address since winning re-election, Obama conceded economic revival is an “unfinished task,” but he claimed clear progress and said he


WASHINGTON — Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation’s middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the

prepared to build on it as he embarks on four more years in office. “We have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong,” Obama said in an hour-long address to a joint session of Congress and a television audience of millions. See OBAMA, 8A

Insurance Commission spokesman lays blame on Governor

Although state insurance commissioner Mike Chaney was unable to attend a Tuesday meeting with the Columbus Rotary Club, his proxy, former Commercial Dispatch editor and current Ammerman insurance department spokesperson, Joseph Ammerman had some harsh words for Gov. Phil Bryant for his role in the

Mississippi’s failure to establish health insurance exchange could be costly, Ammerman tells Rotarians
federal government’s decision to reject Chaney’s state-run health insurance exchange. “I have two words for why the exchange failed,” Ammerman said. “Phil Bryant.” Last week, federal officials rejected Chaney’s application for a state-run exchange because of a disagreement between the insurance commissioner and Gov. Bryant over the plan. Bryant had sought to block Chaney’s plan by arguing that the state’s constitution limited that power to the governor alone. Bryant has stated he will not set up a state exchange, presumably in an effort to fight implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act in Mississippi. Although himself opposed to the Affordable Care Act, Chaney said it

was his responsibility to set up the exchange in an effort to provide Mississippians with the best health-care options available. Under the Affordable Care Act, any state that chooses not to set up its own health insurance exchange would have an exchange set up by the federal government. Chaney was told there still exists another option, a health care exchange that would be a joint effort by the state and federal government. See ROTARY, 8A


1 Anzac Day, in Australia and New Zealand, commemorates the date of the bloody 1915 landing on what Turkish peninsula? 2 What rock group was behind the infamous “Mudshark Incident” at Seattle’s Edgewater Inn in 1969? 3 Who first formulated the periodic table while writing the landmark 1870 chemistry textbook Principles of Chemistry? 4 Perfecto, torpedo, and parejo are all shapes of what? 5 Who plays their home games in the so-called Dean Dome?


gala of “decadent desserts, fabulous flowers, magical music and wonderful wine” benefiting the Stephen D. Lee Foundation will be held at Errolton, the home of Keith and Gaines Gaskin in Columbus. For ticket information, contact Eulalie Davis, 662-328-3088. ■ Klionsky concert: Pianist Elena Klionsky performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Kossen Auditorium in Poindexter Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The free concert, sponsored by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series, is one of many events during the inaugural celebration of Dr. James Borsig, 14th president of MUW.

Today through Saturday, Feb. 13-16

McKenyie Ellis Sixth grade, Heritage


Clouds clearing and colder Full forecast on page 2A.

51 Low 32

Answers, 9B

133RD YEAR, NO. 287
Classifieds 8B Comics 7B Obituaries 5A Opinions 6A

■ “The Fantasticks”: Starkville Community Theatre presents Broadway’s longest-running musical at The Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Paula Mabry directs. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students. Seating is limited; advance reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, contact the SCT, 662-3236855.

Thursday, Feb. 14

■ Valentine Party: A Valentine

Larry Cunningham is a branch manager at Express Check Advance.


2A Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DiD you hear?

Grammy gatecrasher says stunt was ‘spontaneous’
The AssociATed Press

eVening With angela BroWn
Celebrated operatic soprano Angela Brown mingled with concert-goers after her performance at Mississippi University for Women Friday. The event was presented by the Columbus Arts Council.

The DispaTch •

LOS ANGELES — The man who was arrested after attempting to upstage Adele at Sunday’s Grammy Awards has a new message for the singer: “Help me.” Vitalii Sediuk says his appearance onstage at the Grammys was a spontaneous event and that he is only now realizing that it might have legal consequences for him. The Ukrainian journalist, who did not have a ticket to the awards show, spent several hours in police custody before being released with a trespassing citation and a March 4 court date. Sediuk briefly took the

microphone Sunday night before Adele accepted her award. He only got a few words out before Jennifer Lopez shooed him away. “It was spontaneous,” Sediuk said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “It was not planned of course” He said he realizes now that he may be banned from covering award shows, which would be problematic for a reporter who’s already got a reputation for awkward celebrity encounters. Last year, Will Smith slapped Sediuk, 24, after he tried to kiss him on a red carpet, and he drew Madonna’s ire a year earlier by presenting her a bouquet of flowers she hated.

Angie Knight and Joseph Merideth

Marilyn Norris, Angela Brown, Beverly Norris

Snap juDgment: online poll
What are you planning for Valentine’s Day?

Dining out (23) 46% Flowers (4) 8% Candy (7) 14% Card (15) 30% Jewelry (1) 2%
Vote on today’s poll at

Office hours: n 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri Main line: n 662-328-2424 Email a letter to the editor? n Report a sports score? n 662-241-5000 Submit a calendar item? n Go to community Submit a birth, wedding or anniversary announcement? n Download forms at www.
Jane Lee, Angela Brown Savanah Lawson, Jeanette Basson

HOW DO I ...
Report a missing paper? n 662-328-2424 ext. 100 n Toll-free 877-328-2430 n Operators are on duty until 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 6:30 9:30 a.m. Sun. Buy an ad? n 662-328-2424 Report a news tip? n 662-328-2471 n

General Electric gets out of the TV biz
The AssociATed Press

Physical address: 516 Main St., Columbus, MS 39701 Mailing address: P.O. Box 511, Columbus, MS 39703-0511 Starkville Office: 101 S. Lafayette St. #16, Starkville, MS 39759

By phone ................................ 662-328-2424 or 877-328-2430 Online .........................................

Daily home delivery + unlimited online access* ..............$11/mo. Sunday only delivery + unlimited online access* ..........$7.50/mo. Daily home delivery only* ...........................................$10.50/mo. Online access only* ......................................................$7.95/mo. 1 month daily home delivery .................................................. $12 1 month Sunday only home delivery ....................................... $7 Mail Subscription Rates ...................................................$20/mo.
* EZ Pay rate requires automatic processing of credit or debit card.
The Commercial Dispatch (USPS 142-320) Published daily except Saturday. Entered at the post office at Columbus, Mississippi. Periodicals postage paid at Columbus, MS POSTMASTER, Send address changes to: The Commercial Dispatch, P.O. Box 511, Columbus, MS 39703 Published by Commercial Dispatch Publishing Company Inc., 516 Main St., Columbus, MS 39703

NEW YORK — General Electric is saying goodbye to 30 Rock — the building and the TV business born there. It’s another step in GE’s efforts to focus on less glamorous — but theoretically more profitable — ventures such as manufacturing medical imaging equipment, airplane engines and electrical generators. The Fairfield, Conn., company announced Tuesday that it is selling its 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal to Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable TV operator, for $16.7 billion. Comcast had bought a majority stake in the television and movie company in January 2011 and was expected to buy out GE’s remaining stake over the next several years. General Electric will use the money to accelerate its share repurchase program to approximately $10 billion in 2013. “This transaction allows us to significantly increase the cash we plan to return to shareholders in 2013, to approximately $18 billion, and to continue to invest in our industrial business,” GE CEO Jeff Immelt said in a statement. GE is giving up its stake in one of America’s best-known brands.

This combination of AP photos shows, left, a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia in July 2010 and right, the entrance to the Universal Studios theme park in Los Angeles.

AP Photo

Comcast goes from Tupelo to 30 Rock
The AssociATed Press

PHILADELPHIA — Comcast Corp. dates back to 1963, when businessman Ralph Roberts got into the cable TV business in its early days. He spent $500,000 for American Cable Systems, a company in Tupelo that strung up cable to carry TV broadcasts to homes that couldn’t get clear reception with antennas. Later, the former New Yorker incorporated Comcast — named for “communications” and “broadcast” — closer to home in Pennsylvania, and expanded it by acquiring other cable TV providers. In 1990, Rob-

erts’ son, Brian, became president. He accelerated the company’s expansion. Comcast paid $47.5 billion for AT&T’s cable division in 2002. Comcast now has 22 million subscribers in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Its services are available to just under half of the nation’s households. But Comcast succeeded in becoming an entertainment powerhouse when it bought a 51 percent stake in NBCUniversal from General Electric Co. in February 2011. A few months ago, Comcast appended NBC’s peacock logo on top of its corporate name in a new logo of its own.

Five-Day forecast for the Golden Triangle
Tonight Thursday
60° 34° Mainly clear and colder Sunshine

57° 26° Mostly sunny

47° 27° A morning snow shower possible

56° 37° Warmer with plenty of sun


Almanac Data
Columbus Tuesday

National Weather
Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.

High/low ..................................... 49°/40° Normal high/low ......................... 59°/36°

Interested families are invited to attend

Offering Quality Christian Education since 1978

Tuesday ........................................... Month to date ................................. Normal month to date ...................... Year to date .................................... Normal year to date ......................... 1.40" 2.46" 2.31" 9.85" 7.67"

River Stages
Yesterday River Flood stage 7 a.m. yest. 24-hr. change

Amory Bigbee Columbus Fulton Tupelo 20' 14' 15' 20' 21' 14.35' 8.67' 7.56' 16.19' 5.20' +2.05' +1.63' +1.02' +4.65' +0.30'

Open House Thursday, February 21 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Lake Levels
Yesterday Lake Capacity 7 a.m. yest. 24-hr. change

Aberdeen Dam Stennis Dam Bevill Dam

188' 164.58' +1.07' 166' 140.68' +1.07' 136' 136.38' -0.09'

City Atlanta Boston Chicago Dallas Honolulu Jacksonville Memphis

Thursday Hi Lo W 58 39 s 40 33 pc 42 24 c 68 40 s 79 67 s 62 42 pc 58 38 s

Friday Hi Lo W 58 30 s 48 32 pc 28 13 sf 55 35 s 80 69 s 67 42 pc 48 29 pc

City Nashville Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix Raleigh Salt Lake City Seattle

Thursday Hi Lo W 58 35 s 70 56 c 47 34 pc 69 48 s 56 34 s 37 23 sn 51 38 c

Friday Hi Lo W 48 26 s 64 48 sh 52 31 pc 73 46 s 60 37 s 37 21 pc 52 40 pc

Tour our school, talk to our teachers. Enrich your child’s future with a Christian Education.
Mississippi’s only PreK3-12 school with all three accreditations:
SACS (Southern Association of Colleges & Schools) MAIS (Mississippi Association of Independent Schools) ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International)

Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, i-ice, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow

Solunar table

Sun and Moon





Major Minor Major Minor

..... ..... ..... .....

3:00 a.m. 9:11 a.m. 3:23 p.m. 9:35 p.m.

Major Minor Major Minor

..... 3:51 a.m. ... 10:03 a.m. ..... 4:15 p.m. ... 10:27 p.m.

The solunar period schedule allows planning days so you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during those times.

Sunrise ..... Sunset ...... Moonrise ... Moonset ....

6:40 a.m. 5:36 p.m. 8:23 a.m. 9:25 p.m. Feb. 17 Feb. 25 Mar. 4 Mar. 11

Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2013

662.328.7888 •

(Intersection of Military Road and Highway 12 East)

6405 Military Road • Steens, MS

Visit The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog for breaking Bulldog news:






For less than $1 per month, print subscribers can get unlimited access to story comments, extra photos, newspaper archives and much more with an online subscription. Nonsubscribers can purchase online access for less than $8 per month. Go to

Senate approves bill to appoint superintendents
BY JEFF AMY The Associated Press

JACKSON — State senators want to end the election of local school superintendents, raise the requirements for becoming a teacher and limit the state’s ability to take over schools in Mississippi. The state Senate passed bills to do all three Tuesday. Each

bill goes to the House for more debate. Meanwhile, the House passed a bill that would require the state Department of Education to refigure the state’s public school funding formula annually. Such a move could, at least for a time, cut the amount of money per student called for by the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. That bill

moves on to the Senate. Senate Bill 2199 calls for all local superintendents to be appointed by school boards, unless voters opt out. Now, 62 superintendents in county districts are elected. Heads of the remaining 89 city and county districts are appointed. The Senate passed the bill 45-6. Republicans control both chambers.

Superintendents could still be elected in any district where voters choose to continue. A referendum would be called if 20 percent of registered voters — or 1,500 voters, whichever is less — sign a petition. Such elections could only be held in November 2013 or November 2014. If an election is not held, the superintendent would automatically become appointed.

Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, said the measure would allow small districts to look beyond their own borders for leaders, and allow school boards to remove ineffective superintendents without waiting until the next election. “It will improve school governance,” Tollison said.

People search for sentimental items after twister
BY HOLBROOK MOHR The Associated Press

JACKSON — Brian Bernard has spent hours since Sunday’s tornado sifting through the wreckage of his family’s house in search of his daughter’s flute. It’s not worth a lot of money, but it’s important to her and that makes it invaluable to him. Like dozens of families across Mississippi, the 51-year-old Bernard devoted hours Tuesday to rummaging through broken boards and other debris. They try to salvage whatever is left from destroyed homes, though family pictures and other items with sentimental value often mean the most. “Some people might think I’m crazy, but you know how kids are,” Ber-

“We lost a lot of sentimental stuff, but there ain’t nothing we can do about it.”
nard said of his 13-year-old daughter, Brooklee, who plays in the band at Petal Middle School. “She loves that flute.” The search for the flute paid off even before the instrument turned up, when Bernard found the family’s kitten under a bed Monday. They had thought the pet had been lost to the storm. With more than 800 homes destroyed or damaged in several counties, scenes of people rummaging through debris are as familiar as the blue tarps being stretched over bat-

Petal resident David Dean
tered roofs to keep the rain out. Cleanup also continues at the University of Southern Mississippi, where six buildings were damaged in the storm. And crews throughout the area are still working to clear roads and repair power lines. More rain and a slight risk for damaging winds and tornadoes late Tuesday afternoon threatened to complicate those efforts and deliver even more misery. “There is a small concern of tornadoes across the southern portion of

the state. It’s not a huge concern like the other day, but it is a concern nonetheless,” said Alan Campbell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson. He said there’s also the possibility of straight-line winds of 60 miles per hour. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeff Rent said any storms and strong winds could be dangerous, especially because damaged trees that are still standing could be knocked down. Rent said emergency crews hustled Tuesday morning to assess damages while there was a break in the rain. Rent said officials already know of more than 800 damaged and destroyed homes and

Dot Peek looks at the damage Sunday’s tornado caused her and her daughter’s home next door in Hattiesburg Monday. The tornado damaged both her roof and that of her daughter’s house.

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

that number is likely to increase. At least 80 people were injured in the storms. David Dean spent Tuesday rounding up the last of the items he could salvage from his demolished home in Petal. “It’s really just kind of sinking in today. The first time in 54 years of my life I’m homeless,” Dean said

Tuesday. “But God is going to take care of it.” Dean and his wife were at church when the tornado hit, but his two adult daughters and a future sonin-law were in the house when it was demolished. “As soon as I got here and found out my daughters were all right, I was happy,” Dean said.

Chow down

10 AM & US 45 North n, 1210 Quality In

September 4 -13
with Co-Anchor

Craig Ford POINT WEST d 20 Wed. Fe A RECEIVE 7 PM $ 100 Airfare/14 meals Inn HOLIDAY Holiday First class hotels O COUPO WN press S Ex
1190 Hw y. 45 Alt. S.

Holiday Vacations

Cliffs of Moher Ring of Kerry Dublin & more

Tour Departs Tupelo

1-800-826-2266 Keyword: tupelo

Courtney Pridmore and Stephen Keene eat crawfish on Fat Tuesday at Gourmet Garage in Columbus. Crawfish are a traditional delicacy during Mardi Gras.

Micah Green/Dispatch Staff

Obama travels to rally support for jobs
BY JOSH LEDERMAN The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is kicking off three days of travel to rally support for the job-creation and economic proposals he unveiled in his State of the Union address. Obama will launch the effort today in Asheville, N.C., with a visit to Linamar Corp., a supplier of engine and transmission components that has expanded its manufacturing operations. Linamar produces heavy-duty engine and driveline components. In 2011, the company announced that its fourth U.S. manufacturing facility would be at the site of a shuttered Volvo Construction Equipment plant in Asheville. The company has hired 160

workers and will hire 40 more by the end of the year, the White House said. Obama will make stops in Atlanta on Thursday and Chicago on Friday. In his speech before a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, Obama called job creation his “North Star.” He asked Congress to focus on attracting jobs to the U.S., training American workers and boosting investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy. Obama also says he wants to raise the minimum hourly wage from the current $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015. In his bid to boost manufacturing, Obama is launching three “manufacturing innovation institutes” — partnerships among the private sector,

the federal government and colleges “to develop and build manufacturing technologies and capabilities that will help U.S.-based manufacturers and workers create good jobs,” according to a White House fact sheet. He is asking Congress to create 15 more institutes. The proposal is a central element of Obama’s plan to spur manufacturing, which has been a bright spot in the U.S. economy. Manufacturing expanded at a much faster pace in January compared with December. The White House outlined other steps the administration says it will take to continue improvements in manufacturing, which it says added 500,000 jobs the last three years after shedding jobs for more than 10 years.

Office of Matthew L. Oswalt, MD
Board Certified in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

is pleased to announce the opening of their Starkville Office.
Dr. Matthew L. Oswalt, and his staff are now accepting appointments. The office is located at 1207 Highway 182 West in Starkville, Mississippi. We will be open every Friday at this location beginning February 8, 2013. Our hours for appointments and shot administration will be from 9am until 3pm every Friday. To set up an appointment at this location please call (662) 324-0688 or fax (662) 324-0686.
Our Tupelo office, located at 811 Garfield Street in Tupelo, Mississippi will be open Monday through Thursday 8am until 5pm. Shots will be administered Monday through Thursday 8am until 11:30am and then again from 1:00pm until 4:30pm. To set up an appointment at this location please call (662) 620-0688 or fax (662) 620-0684.

© The Dispatch



OBITUARY POLICY: Obituaries with basic information including relatives, visitation and service times, are provided free of charge. Extended obituaries with a photograph, detailed biographical information and other details families may wish to include, are available for a fee. Obituaries must be submitted through funeral homes. Please submit all obituaries on the form provided by the Commercial Dispatch. Free notices must be submitted to the newspaper no later than 3 p.m. the day prior for publication Tuesday through Friday; no later than 4 p.m. Saturday for the Sunday edition; and no later than 7:30 a.m. for the Monday edition. Incomplete notices must be received no later than 7:30 a.m. for the Monday through Friday editions. Paid notices must be received by 3 p.m. for inclusion the next day; and on Friday for Sunday or Monday publication. For more information, call 662-328-2471.

Imagine zooming in on a single conversation in a noisy restaurant

Introducing the Zoom Revolution - amazing hearing technology designed to do what our own ears can’t.

Otolaryngology Associates, Ltd.
Two Locations For Your Convenience!
2430 5th St. N. 662.327.4432
Al Alexander Carrie Smith
M.A., CCC-A Audiologist Au.D., CCC-A Audiologist


2 Professional Plaza 662.323.8984


All our physicians are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology

Walter N. Cosby, M.D. Justin M. Garner, M.D. R. Clayton Borden, M.D.

STARKVILLE — Annette Poitra Irby, 48, died Feb. 9, 2013, at her residence. Services are Friday at 10 a.m. at Welch Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Adaton Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Irby was preceded in death by her father, Peter Poitra; and sister, Patricia L. Poitra Rushing. Survivors include her husband, Bobby Irby of Starkville; daughter, Amber Lancaster of Columbus; mother, Rosann Guizzeti of Joliet, Ill.; and brothers, Peter L. Poitra Jr. of Panama City, Fla. and Phillip E. Poitra of Hoover, Ala. Donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 16451, Jackson, MS 39236.

Annette Irby

STARKVILLE — H. Dean Bunch, 97, died Feb. 11, 2013. Services are Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Mr. Bunch was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Frances; sister, Eileen; and infant son, David Lane. He was employed with Mississippi State University for 39 years. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; children, Karen, Gary and Deanna; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. ABERDEEN — Mavis Houston, 87, died Feb. 12, 2013, at Pontotoc Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home. STARKVILLE — Loy Dell Johnson, 72, died Feb. 9, 2013, at Regency Hospital in Meridian. Services are Friday at noon at Century Hairston Chapel with the Rev. Lee Brand Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the

Dean Bunch

funeral home. Ms. Johnson was born May 15, 1940, to the late George James and Letha Smith. Survivors include her daughters, Debra Johnson, Felicia Rogers and Sno Dell Johnson, all of Starkville; sons, Junior Johnson of Starkville and Mark Johnson of Southaven; sisters, Ann Perkins of Memphis, Tenn., and Gloria Dixon of Tupelo; and two grandchildren. JACKSON — Willis Joe Robertson, 82, died Feb. 10, 2013, at Sr. Catherine’s Village. Services are today at 2:30 p.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church in Vernon, Ala. Burial will follow in Lamar Memory Gardens. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Chandler Funeral Home of Vernon is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Robertson was born March 24, 1930, to the late Willis Earl and Jessie Turner Robertson. He was a 1948 graduate of Vernon High School. He attended Lincoln Junior College and Mississippi State University. He was employed with the YMCA for more than 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Nell W. Robertson; children, Dr. Angela Robertson, Vicki Rohr, Laurie Suess, Joe E. Robertson and Nan-

cy Cliburn; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be made to W. Joe Robertson Endowment Fund, 84 Blue Ridge Circle, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or YMCA Fitness Center, 800 E. River Place, Jackson, MS 39202. STARKVILLE — Mary Elizabeth Foster, 86, died Feb. 7, 2013. Services are Thursday at 1 p.m. at Griffi n United Methodist Church of Starkville with the Rev. Elston C. Kemp officiating. Burial will follow at Fox Cemetery. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her brothers, James Emerson, Jake Dawson and Jessie J. Outlaw, all of Chicago, Joseph Dawson of Starkville and Will Outlaw of Houston, Texas; sisters, Mildred Outlaw, Alice Outlaw, Maria Outlaw and Bobbie Jean Outlaw, all of Chicago and Diane Outlaw of Omaha, Neb.; and stepson, Lawrence Bishop of St. Louis. STEENS — Ella Box died Feb. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lowndes Funeral Home.

Mary Foster

Willis Robertson

Mavis Houston

Loy Johnson

Ella Box

Wednesday, Feb. 13 • 2:00 PM Elliott Baptist Church Grenada, MS

Arthur Nail

SARS-linked virus may have spread between people
BY MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer

LONDON — British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confi rmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a

Arthur Lee Nail, age 97, died Monday, February 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Columbus. Services will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 2:00 PM at Elliott Baptist Church in Grenada, MS with Rev. Tommy Gillon and Rev. Nick Cannady officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park also in Grenada, MS. Mr. Nail was born on Friday, February 19, 1915, in Carroll County, MS to the late Bossie Lee and Addie Lou Herbert Nail. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, and a former member of Elliott Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada, where he served as a Sunday School Director and Deacon. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran. He was employed by Pennaco in Grenada for several years. Then at age 60, he opened his own photography business before moving to Trinity Place Retirement Community in Columbus 18 years ago at age 80. A wonderful Christian man and mentor, he loved people, family, traveling, reading, (especially the Bible) and music. He spent the last six years of his life at The Windsor Place in Columbus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Mary Hill Nail; and his brothers, Bill Nail and Doyle Nail. He is survived by his only son, Jerry Nail (Linda), Columbus, MS; sister, Helen Spall, Senatobia, MS; grandchildren, Lecrisha Nail, Columbus, MS and Misty Holder (Lance), Columbus, MS; great-grandchildren, Caleb Jenkins, Laina Holder and Landen Holder; and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to all the wonderful staff of The Windsor Place and the nursing staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Columbus. Memorials may be made to: Gideons International Columbus-Tombigbee Camp, P.O. Box 371, Columbus, MS 39703.

Arthur Lee Nail

Our friendly staff will i help you choose the perfect pair from brands including:
Costa del Mar | Ray Ban | Oakley Versace | Maui Jim|Ralph Lauren Gucci | Coach | Tory Burch Penguin | D&G

family member. The new virus was fi rst identified last year in the Middle East and the 10 people who have previously been infected had all traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Pakistan. According to Britain’s Health Protection Agency, the latest patient is a U.K. resident with no recent travel to any of those countries but who had close personal contact with an earlier case. The patient may also have been at greater risk of infection due to an underlying medical condition and is currently in intensive care at a Birmingham hospital. “Although this case provides strong evidence for person to person transmission, the risk of infection in most circumstances is still considered to be very low,”

John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the Health Protection Agency, said in a statement. “If (the) novel coronavirus were more infectious, we would have expected to have seen a larger number of cases.” The new coronavirus is part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and SARS. In 2003, a global outbreak of SARS killed about 800 people worldwide. Officials at the World Health Organization said the new virus has probably already spread between humans in some instances. In Saudi Arabia last year, four members of the same family fell ill and two died. And in a cluster of about a dozen people in Jordan, the virus may have spread at a hospital’s intensive care unit.

We pay the sales tax on certain designer sunglasses and we don’t charge postage if ordering is needed.

Benedict spends final hours as pope far from Vatican

1928 5th Street N. Columbus, MS


Mon.-Thurs. 8am - 5:30pm Fri. 8am - 5pm

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will spend his fi nal day as pontiff at-

Studio, One-Bedroom and Two Bedroom Apartments

Expressions of Sympathy May Be Left At

Call Michelle Crawford at 662-327-6716

tending a morning farewell ceremony with his cardinals, then fly off by helicopter in the early evening to his papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. That timetable means Benedict will be far from the Vatican when he ceases being pope at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Wednesday that no formal or symbolic act was needed to make his resignation official at that time, because Benedict had already done all that was required to resign under church law by affi rming he had taken the decision freely. Benedict’s fi nal official acts as pope will include audiences with the Romanian and Guatemalan presidents this week and the Italian president on Feb. 23.




Police: 3 killed in shooting at Utah drug house
BY PAUL FOY The Associated Press

MIDVALE, Utah — A suspect was on the run Tuesday after three people were shot to death and one was wounded at a known drug house in suburban Salt Lake City, causing temporary lockdowns at several area schools. Police left three bodies inside the house for much of Tuesday as they searched Midvale for ex-convict David Fresques, 25, who left his car at a nearby Motel 6. “He is a suspect at large, and we want to get him caught,” Unified Police Department Lt. Justin Hoyal said Tuesday afternoon. Fresques has a lengthy criminal record and was paroled in November on a robbery conviction, court records show. His involvement or motive in the shooting was unknown. Detectives, meanwhile, were interviewing two adults and a

child left unharmed at the house during the shooting, Hoyal said. The shooting was reported around 8 a.m. at a house that backs up to a sound barrier for Interstate-15, about a dozen miles south of Salt Lake City. Hoyal said a search warrant had been served at the residence in recent weeks for drug activity. “It was a known narcotics house,” he said. Several elementary schools were locked down to keep children safe as dozens of officers began a search for Fresques, who police believe left the home after the shooting. The school lockdowns were later lifted, but police kept the schools under guard for much of the day. At first, police called Fresques a “person of interest” in the case. But by late Tuesday Hoyal left no doubt that he was being considered a suspect, together with a second man who has yet to be identified.

Unified Police Department officers talk with an unidentified man at the scene in a Midvale, Utah neighborhood after a shooting Tuesday.

AP Photo/The Deseret News, Ravell Call

Investigators and a medical examiner were preparing to enter the house late Tuesday to recover the bodies and evidence. The fourth shooting victim, a woman, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Her condi-

tion improved later Tuesday to serious, Hoyal said. Neighbors said they thought the house had been left vacant after police conducted the drug raid weeks ago. “We heard a big boom at 4

o’clock in the morning,” said Guy Foote, 50, who lives nearby. “They blew the door hinges off with flash grenades. The police were telling us to get back inside our houses.” He and other residents were shocked to learn a triple homicide had occurred in their tidy neighborhood of small houses. “It’s crazy,” Foote said. “It blows my mind. Scary. I walk my dogs on this street all the time.” Court records show the owner of the house was trying to evict tenants for nonpayment of rent, but the landlord’s daughter told The Associated Press the shooting had nothing to do with the dispute in court. Jose Velazquez filed eviction proceedings Jan. 29 against Jose Fernando Garcia and Esther Arredondo, who countersued a week later, claiming Velazquez failed to credit the couple for making repairs to the $116,000 house.

Wisconsin scientists help search for alien life

MADISON, Wis. — Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are helping search for evidence of alien life not by looking into outer space, but by studying some rocks right here on Earth. Some of the rocks are up to 3.5 billion years old. The scientists are looking for crucial information to understand how life might have arisen elsewhere in the universe and guide the search for life on Mars one day. “There’s a story always hidden in rocks,” said geoscientist Clark Johnson, the lead investigator for the Wisconsin Astrobiology Research Consortium. “... It’s up to (geologists) to be clever enough to find the tools that we need to interrogate those rocks to find what story they preserve.” The project is funded through NASA, which provided a $7 million, five-year grant that started in January. It was the group’s second five-

“There’s a story always hidden in rocks. It’s up to (geologists) to be clever enough to find the tools that we need to interrogate those rocks to find what story they preserve.”
year, $7 million grant. The consortium includes about 50 staff, students and post-doctoral fellows from 24 institutions in five countries. About 25 of the participants are at UW-Madison. The consortium has been tasked with finding footprints of biological activity, or biosignatures, which are substances such as elements or isotopes that show evidence of ancient life. The scientists are looking for microscopic signs of life, including microbes, which are bacteria, and other tiny, one-celled organisms that are much more adaptable than more complex organisms. The team is also sending microbes into Earth’s orbit on the In-


Annual Meeting
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Geoscientist Clark Johnson

ternational Space Station to see how they react to radiation and a space environment. In the process, they are learning more about Earth’s history. They’ve found new details of microbial life that dates back 2 billion to 3 billion years, before the planet’s atmosphere contained oxygen. They’ve found that microbes then relied more on iron than sunlight for energy. Eventually their work will be used to interpret data brought back from Mars by the six-wheel spacecraft Curiosity, which landed in August on a two-year mission to determine whether the environment was ever favorable for microbial life.

If you are a Member of Twin States Credit Union, please come by no later than Tuesday, February 19th to pick up your ticket to the Annual Meeting. Meeting will be held in the Conference Room.
Twin States Federal Credit Union welcomes the community to join our Credit Union.If you live, work, or worship in Lowndes County, MS or Pickens County, AL you can become a member.

Call today at 662-327-7666
59 Yorkville Park Square • Columbus, MS

Melissa Carter, Manager

Bitter dispute led to Delaware courthouse shooting

Come Checkout

“The Loft”
Great for Small Group Meetings

WILMINGTON, Del. — A bitter custody battle that included an international kidnapping and prison sentences for a former optometrist and his mother ended in gunfire at a Delaware courthouse, with the doctor’s father killing his former daughter-in-law and another woman before fatally shooting himself, authorities said Tuesday. Delaware State Police said Thomas Matusiewicz, 68, walked into the lobby of the New Castle County Courthouse on Monday, pulled out a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and shot Christine Belford, a 39-year-old mother, and her friend Laura Mulford, 47. He then exchanged fire with police, striking two officers who were protected by armored vests. Authorities were working Tuesday to understand how the killings were planned, questioning former optometrist and convicted kidnapper David Matusiewicz (muh-TOO’suh-wits) about his father and searching the older man’s home in Edcouch, Texas. The yard of the small single-story home was filled with a crime scene investigation truck and unmarked grey pickup trucks commonly driven by federal agents. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said Texas authorities were searching the premises on a request from Delaware law enforcement officials. Belford and Mulford, both from Newark, were at the county courthouse on Monday to attend a child support arrears hearing.

February 19 & 20 9:00am-4:30pm
•  Bring  your CPAP/BIPAP device for an annual  pressure check •  See what’s new with CPAP/BIPAP mask &  equipment

Seattle’s Best Coffee | Tazo Teas | Fruit Smoothies | Ice Cream | Bakery Items

60 Brickerton St. | Columbus, MS | 328-2003 Mon-Fri. 6:30am - 8:00pm Sat. 7:30am - 8:00pm
Voted Best Coffee in the Golden Triangle

Do You Need Estate Planning to •  Have your CPAP/BIPAP mask checked for proper  Protect You & Your Family’s Future? fitting
•  Get your new CPAP/BIPAP supplies, if eligible •  Speak, personally, with Crystal Fair RRT, our full  time Respiratory Therapist
- Long Term - Medical Care Planning Malpractice - Divorce & Family - Real Estate/ - Conservatorships Loan Closing & Guardianships - Corporate/LLC/ - Personal Injury Partnerships Contact us at (662) 327-4211 (ext. #0) to make an appointment. Mention this ad to get a free 30 minute consultation for one of our practice areas. - Wills & Trusts - Estate Planning - Elder Law - Probate & Administration

•  Respironic & Resmed Sales Representatives will be  available  •  Learn tips for successful compliance when using a  CPAP/BIPAP device


Dunn & Hemphill, P.A.
214 Fifth Street South | Columbus, Mississippi 662.327.4211 |

Free to the Public
199 Brookmoore Drive • Columbus 662-328-6865 • Toll Free: 888-328-6865

Offering Peace of Mind, One Client at a Time.
*Background information is available upon request.

© The Dispatch

W. David Dunn| Christopher D. Hemphill | Sarah Cline Stevens
Offering Our Clients Expertise With Over 50+ Years Of Combined Experience

© The Dispatch

6A Wednesday, February 13, 2013

vided. Hughes said the district lacked the software necessary to provide such details. Oh, really? Who, aside from the Columbus Municipal School District, would dare operate this way? It is not a complicated accounting practice we are talking about here. Generally, when an employee travels, he is required to fill out a form upon his return that lists all the relevant information: name of the person traveling, purpose of the trip, destination and an itemized breakdown of the expenses, supported by receipts. Businesses do this for two reasons. First, it builds in accountability. Second, it is important to have that documentation for tax purposes in the event of an audit.

BIRNEY IMES SR. Editor/Publisher 1922-1947 BIRNEY IMES JR. Editor/Publisher 1947-2003 BIRNEY IMES III Editor/Publisher PETER IMES General Manager SLIM SMITH Managing Editor BETH t Advertising Director MICHAEL FLOYD Circulation Manager PERRY GRIGGS Production Manager

our View

Is this any way to run a school district?
As meetings go, Monday’s meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees was as eventful as you will likely see. In fact, there was so much ground to cover, the meeting lasted almost four hours. And is often the case with this board, the meeting somehow raised more questions than answers. For example, how is it that two years after vacating Lee Middle School, the board still doesn’t know if it is going to lease, develop or sell the property? “We’re still trying to figure out what’s best for the district,” board president Tommy Prude said Monday night. Good. Figure it out. Please, take your time, though. No need to hurry, right? Just keep on spending taxpayer money maintaining the vacant property. There’s plenty of tax money available, you know. Oh, and while we are on the subject, if the board doesn’t know what it wants to do with the property, why is it that “For Sale” signs have been posted on the property for well over a year? The board’s conduct on this matter invites scrutiny. Or how about this one: Why did Dr. Martha Liddell say an email she had sent to Dispatch publisher Birney Imes came from her “personal email,” when it is clear from an analysis of the header information in the email that it was sent from her school district account and through district servers? Then, there is the matter of how the district accounts for travel expenses. For anyone who has ever run a business, the district’s way of accounting for travel is a real head-scratcher. The matter surfaced during a review of the district’s monthly finances. Kenneth Hughes, the district’s chief financial officer, reported that there is a balance of $157,196 in federal grant money to be used for professional development. So far this year, the district has spent $40,000 from that grant fund, Liddell said. When board members pressed Liddell for an account of how that travel money was spent — who used the money, the destinations, purpose of the trips and the costs of those trips — Liddell said that information couldn’t be pro-

By contrast, the Columbus Municipal School District’s accounting philosophy appears to be, “Just take our word for it.” But taxpayers are in no mood for such foolishness. There is no reason at all why an entity funded by taxpayers should be held to such a ridiculously low standard of accountability. On the contrary, every nickel the district spends should include a detailed record of how that money was spent. That record should be readily available to board members and the general public. We are not inclined to simply “take their word for it.” And that leads to a final question: Is there any reason we should?

From our website

Reader comment
Teen sentenced to 25 years on fatal DUI charges

The following is an edited selection of reader comments posted at the end of stories and columns published on-line. More can be found at Stankylegs: If this had gone to trial, we could learn the blood alcohol levels of everyone in the vehicle. Personally, I think everyone in the vehicle should be charged; everyone in that vehicle knew the driver had been drinking and had been drinking themselves. They are all responsible. I agree, KJ705. Treasure’s brother let her ride without wearing a seatbelt — in his lap. Is he charged with anything?

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi remains reliably friendly to firearms owners

Str8_Shooter: Ruffian, Mr. Mitchell calls for civil discourse, the CDispatch requests reasonable discussion. I recommend everyone try to be a bit more tolerant of differing views. Hawaii has historically had a low rate of homicide regardless of the tool, weapon or appendage used. The state is largely made up of ethnic groups, which have a very low rate of violence in general regardless of any laws they may be living under. The same ethnic groups living on the mainland have similar low violence rates. Second, you really should read Clayton Cramers’ “The Racist Roots of Gun Control” published in the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. Just Google the title, you’ll find it. Third, no criminologist, nor any reasonable person for that matter, believes that the measure of defensive gun use is the justifiable homicide body count. Read Kleck and Gertz, “Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun” from the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology to learn more. Just Google it. Fourth, Mr. Mitchell is right on his point that the levels of general gun ownership have no apparent net effect on any violence rates (Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control by professor and criminologist Gary Kleck, chapter 7 ‘Guns and Violent Crime’) – you can get it on Amazon. Fifth, I recommend everyone read the Kates (a San Francisco lawyer and Criminologist) and Mauser (a Canadian Criminologist) article entitled “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence” published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Just Google the title, you’ll find it. Sixth, the US has a very low rate of home invasion crimes because about 50% of homes on average contain a gun. This high rate of private gun ownership protects the gun owners as well as the non-gun owners homes until the press publishes an interactive map of gun owners. Concealed carry laws protect everyone because those criminally inclined have no way to know if their victim is armed, and she may well be! If you believe otherwise wear a sign on your back and put one in your yard that says “Gun Free Zone.” Just remember I don’t advise it. Ruffian234: Straight, I know well the list off the NRA fact sheet you present. Perhaps you could tell us 1) why gun rights advocates are predominantly white males, the least vulnerable social sector; 2) why said advocates need Bushmasters besides “they want one and no one can tell them no” and 3) why opposing “tyranny” takes precedence over the more likely gun advocate rebellion. Seems the most recent evidence (1861-1865) suggests rebellion. Was that one not enough to cure the impulse? Oh, yes, and 4) what is your solution to combat future Sandy Hooks? Or, must we get used to such massacres as the price of your license to have an arsenal at your disposal?

battle oF the sexes

On Valentine’s Day — women try; men don’t
show the women The following is a carefully turned out crashing generalizain party clothes, while tion, but here goes: the men, with one When it comes to how exception, are barely we dress, there are out of their pajamas. serious gender ineqThe exception wasn’t uities — in standards wearing a tie, heaven of comfort and in body forfend, but he did exposure. Valentine’s sport a tweed jacket. Day underscores a He was the premier third that rankles just catch. as much: inequality of Froma Harrop I know some of you effort. gentlemen will not take Go to any romankindly to this critique. tic restaurant on You will shoot off Valentine’s Day, and emails calling me all observe. The girls are kinds of vile things. Go dressed for festiviahead. I expect nothty, and the boys are dressed for walking ing less from you. the dog. Of course, the other The ladies have inequities are in full obviously worked 10 view on Valentine’s times harder on their Day. Many of the ladies appearance than their painfully totter on dates. They’ve got spiked heels, a personmakeup. They have al sacrifice made more sparkle. Their clothes stark by her gentlesay “evening.” man’s running shoes. Their male escorts, She is also likely to be meanwhile, are in far less covered than jeans, not always the the man — sleeveless dressy kind, and shoes or even shoulderless. you could run a maraAnd her legs may be thon in. If they really exposed as high as the want to go the extra law allows. Now I do accept that mile, they might tuck for evening romance, their shirts in. Calling women tend to dress Tim Gunn: L’il Abner more provocatively than men. And needs a fashion mentor. that may require the exposing of The February issue of a local some skin. How much can be a magazine has a Valentine’s Daymatter of taste, figure and climate. themed cover story about some But many women should know eligible singles in the community. they’d look a lot sexier if they The men and women all appear to covered more. be of good character and steady This little fashion tip has not employment. But the pictures

Go to any romantic restaurant on Valentine’s Day, and observe. the girls are dressed for festivity, and the boys are dressed for walking the dog.

Our View: Local Editorials

Local editorials appearing in this space represent the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board: Birney Imes, editor and publisher; Peter Imes, general manager; Slim Smith, managing editor and senior newsroom staff. To inquire about a meeting with the board, please contact Slim Smith at 662-328-2471, or e-mail voice@cdispatch. com.

reached the club scene, where the nakedness is such that the only mystery is how little mystery there is. Among the inspirations must be that little black outfit Beyonce wore as she rolled on the floor during the Super Bowl halftime. One other important point about Valentine’s Day is this: Feb. 14 is dead winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It is cold in most of the United States and, in some parts, downright frigid. One can go comfortably bare in formal dress in heated ballrooms. But the average bistro does not guarantee adequate temperature for bare arms, and you do risk frostbite on the way in and out. Note that when it’s especially cold, the boys throw on a sweater. Also, high heels are a challenge even in optimal conditions. Snowdrifts are not optimal. You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to find this gender inequality. It’s on full display every Saturday night at the shopping center multiplex. The female half of the couple recognizes that Saturday night at the movie theater is not the same as Saturday morning cleaning out the garage. The men often don’t. Sense of occasion is not their strong suit. Again, the above is a crashing generalization. To the man who makes an effort to show respect for the companion dolled up in his honor, this column is dedicated to you. You deserve the best. The rest of you, bah. Froma Harrop, a syndicated columnist, writes for the Providence Journal. Her e-mail address is




Senate approves anti-violence act
BY JIM ABRAMS The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act’s anti-domestic violence programs. The 78-22 Senate vote to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates of domestic violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican leaders are working to come up with their own version. “Over 160 million women across the country are watching and waiting to see if the House will act on this bill and finally provide them the protections from violence they deserve,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The act expired in 2011, putting efforts to improve its many federal programs on hold. Last year both the Republican-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate passed renewal bills, but they were unable to reach a compromise. This year House Republicans, sensitive to their lackluster showing

® Call Alfa CallAlfa . ®.

You spent hours researching, test driving and You spent hours researching, test Why trust negotiating the purchase of your car.driving and car insurance purchase of your car. Why yournegotiating theto a 15-minute stranger? At trust your car insurance to a make sure you get Alfa™, we’ll work with you to15-minute stranger? At Alfa™, we’ll work with you to make sure the coverage you need and the discounts you you get the coverage you need and the discounts deserve. For a personalized, hassle-free quote, you deserve. For a personalized, hassle-free call Alfa®. Alfa®. quote, call

Ken Hargett Ken Hargett

In this May 16, 2012 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. gestures during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Tuesday voted to put aside its partisan divisions to approve a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

1225 Hwy. 1225 Hwy. 45 N. 45 N. 112 Alabama St.112 Alabama St. N. 3189 Hwy. 45 Columbus, MS 39705-2138 Columbus, MS 39702 Columbus,(662) 328-1374 Columbus, MS 39702 (662) 328-0999 Bus: MS 39705 Bus: Columbus, MS 39705 (662) 328-0999 (662) 328-1374 Bus: Bus: (662) 327-0732

Barry Howard Chris Rhett Barry Howard

Fashion Apparel only carry Boutique Wefirst quality new Top Republicans push child support privatization clothing and shoes.

among women voters in the November election, have vowed to move expeditiously on the issue. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has taken the lead in negotiating the terms of a House bill. On Monday 17 House Republicans wrote Cantor and Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, urging immediate action. The act’s “programs save

lives, and we must allow states and communities to build upon the successes of current VAWA programs so that we can help even more people,” they wrote. The Senate bill, while promoted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and other Democrats, is cosponsored by a Republican, Mike Crapo of Idaho.




JACKSON — Two prominent Republicans, including a nephew of former Gov. Haley Barbour, are lobbying for bills that would let the Mississippi Department of Human Services hire private companies to collect overdue child support payments. Democratic lawmakers

say the bills seem geared to put private fi rms on track to make big money by performing government services. “It’s a greased pig already. Somebody up on high already knows who’s going to get this contract,” state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said during debate Tuesday. No company’s name was mentioned during

the House debate or a Senate debate last week. But, Sen. Nancy Adams Collins, R-Tupelo, said in an interview that when she explained a bill to the Senate, she used information provided by lobbyists Austin Barbour and Arnie Hederman, including statistics about the number of child support cases in the state, about 435,000, and the amount of over-

due money, about $1.1 billion. Barbour said he and Hederman are lobbying on behalf of their client, YoungWilliams Child Support Services, a Jackson-based company that already runs a DHS call center in Yazoo County. YoungWilliams says on its website that it has 36 offices in 11 states, including three in Mississippi.


Off 60% Retail

Children’s Spring & Summer Clothing & Shoes

News About Town is a public service of The Dispatch, available to non-profit, charitable, civic and governmental groups and schools. Entries for dated events will run on Wednesdays. Please limit entries to 35 words. All entries must be submitted in writing and are subject to editing. New entries may be faxed to 662-329-8937; mailed to News About Town, P.O. Box 511, Columbus, MS 39703; or e-mailed to and must be received by 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Include News About Town in the subject line of your e-mail. Unchanging listings for local clubs and support groups are available as a community resource at 328-8627.

A free Domestic Abuse Recovery Group meets Thursdays, 6 p.m., through Safe Haven Inc. Group counseling for rape recovery is available. For information, call 662-327-6118 or 662-889-2067.

The Grief Share Support Group meets Feb. 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. For information, contact Gentiva Hospice, 662615-1519.

Ladies Spring & Summer Clothing & Shoes 1540 Gardner Blvd. | Columbus | 327-3146

Off 70% Retail
Ne wS


© The Dispatch

The Kemper and Noxubee County Republicans host Congressman Gregg Harper for their annual Presidents’ Day Dinner. The event will be at the Noxubee Civic Center on Feb. 19, 6 p.m. Tickets are available at 662-726-4481, 662-574-8885 or 662-3127838.

Thursday 6-8pm | Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-3pm | Sunday 1-5pm

The Alzheimer’s Columbus Chapter Caregiver Support Group meets Feb. 28 (fourth Thursdays) at 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 202 7th St. N. (first floor). Contact Columbus Jones, 662-2447226 or Danny Avery, 662241-6191.

Unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative hosts a meeting Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. at the American Legion Post 240, 3328 Pat Station Road. For information, contact Orlando Trainer, 662-769-0071.



The Diabetes Support Group meets Feb. 14 (second Thursday) 6 p.m., Baptist Golden Triangle Classroom 4. For information, call 662-2441597 or 800-544-8767, ext. 1597, or info.goldentriangle@


Mississippi University for Women Science Enrichment Program hosts a Backyard Astronomy Workshop March 22, 7:30 p.m., at Plymouth Bluff. This program is free and open to the public.

Baptist Center for Cancer offers a class for women actively undergoing treatment for cancer Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. in room 5 PT. Beauty professionals conduct the workshop to help participants look good and feel better. Contact Amanda Mordecai at 662-244-2923.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 288 meets Feb. 18 (each Monday) at Community Baptist Church, Yorkville Road E. Weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Contact Pat Harris, 662-3860249.

Nutrition Education Classes for congestive heart failure meet Feb. 15 (third Fridays), 3 p.m., Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Classroom 5. For information, call 662244-1597 or

HEARTS After School Tutoring Program is looking for volunteers to teach children to read. For information, call 662-244-8444 or email

Complete with winch, top and sides


Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 266 meets Feb. 18 (each Monday) at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 321 Forrest Blvd. Weigh-in begins at 5:15 p.m. Contact Margaret Sprayberry, 662-

Baptist Center for Cancer Care offers free prostate PSA screenings Feb. 22 (last Fridays), 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in Starkville. Locations rotate each month. For information, call 662-244-4673.

John King, MD, and Madelyn King, ACNP-BC, present a program on the signs and symptoms of a heart attack for women Feb. 28. 6-7:30 p.m. at the Conference Center in the Outpatient Pavilion of Baptist Golden Triangle. Preregister, 662-244-1132 or email info.goldentriangle@

The State of Mississippi National Guard Youth Challenge Academy at Camp Shelby is accepting male and female applicants, 16 to 18 years of age. For information, 800-5076253 or

6999 Village Cycle Center
© The Dispatch

Starting at

1271 Hw y 182 | Clayton Village Starkville, MS | 1-800-898-0195
© The Dispatch

Urgent Care Worker’s Comp

Internal Medicine

On-Site Lab • X-Ray • EKG

Designed to condition the body, focusing on core strength, balance and flexibility.

Dr. Slater Lowry and the Lowry Medical Clinic Staff are proud to announce the addition of

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Savannah Bohon,

to its medical team.

DOWNTOWN Y Pilates Mondays 9:30-10:30 a.m. & 5:30-6:30 p.m. Yoga Thursdays 5:30-6:15 p.m. CALEDONIA Pilates/Yoga Mondays 4:30–5:30 p.m. NEW HOPE Yoga
© The Dispatch


creates balance in the body through strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures that each have specific physical benefits.


362 Park Creek Drive, Columbus, MS (off of Bluecutt Road)
662-244-8864 Office | 662-328-4149 Fax

Monday - Thursday 8am - 5:30pm Closed Friday
Walk-ins Welcome Open During Lunch Hours
Most Major Insurances Accepted


Dr. Slater Lowry specializes in Internal Medicine. He is Mayo Clinic, Tulane University and UAB trained.

2012 Among Best Family Physicians




Continued from Page 1A
“The insurance exchange is not a Democrat or Republican thing, but we think Gov. Bryant listens a lot to the Republican Governor’s Association,” Ammerman said. “If they fight Obamacare, we all fight it. The Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare is not going away. Even Mitt Romney said if he was elected he couldn’t repeal Obamacare because he wouldn’t have the votes. We think Gov. Bryant hasn’t thought this through. If you don’t want Obamacare, why would you want the federal government to come in and run the insurance exchange?” In a letter to Chaney last week, the feds blamed Bryant for the failure of the plan. “There is no feasible pathway to approving a state-based marketplace in Mississippi for 2014 without support from Gov. Bryant and agreements to coordinate with other state agencies,” wrote Gary Cohen, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in the letter. Ammermen characterized a health care exchange as a “Travelocity for insurance.” Those seeking health insurance would go to and enter the amount they would like to pay monthly for health insurance. The customer could then look at a number of options before purchasing a plan online. “It allows you to select plans in your price range,” Ammerman said. The Associated Press said states that don’t form their own marketplace will have one run by the federal government starting Oct. 1, with coverage effective Jan. 1, 2014. The marketplaces are a key component of the federal health law to expand coverage to millions of people starting next year. Ammerman said Bryant’s intransigence may prove costly. “We think Gov. Bryant has cost us a lot of money, but we’ll know more on Oct. 1,” Ammerman said. Bryant spokesperson Mick Bullock said the governor’s action will actually save Mississippians some money in the long run. “From the outset, Gov. Bryant has stated his opposition to the health insurance exchanges mandated by Obamacare,” Bullock said. “While the governor is supportive of a free-market health insurance exchange that would aid small businesses and consumers, the ObamaCare exchanges—regardless of whether you label them ‘staterun’, ‘partnership’ or ‘federally run’—are not free-market systems at all. Instead, they are heavily regulated and are built upon a massive new federal entitlement program. These exchanges trigger new taxes on businesses and will ultimately drive more people onto Medicaid rolls. Why would Mis-

sissippi assume the costs and responsibilities of implementing a system that will harm our businesses and our state budget?” Mississippi’s poverty rate is among the highest in the nation and the state consistently rates among the worst in a wide range of health care categories. Estimates are that as many as 300,000 uninsured Mississippians would be provided health care under an expanded Medicaid program that is part of the Affordable Care Act. This story contains additional reporting by the Associated Press.


Continued from Page 1A
5 Supervisor and Juneteenth Festival organizer Leroy Brooks urged the CVB board Tuesday to make some changes or risk killing some of the city and county festivals and events. “I’m at the point where I think we’ve beat this path enough,” said Brooks, who turned down $15,000 for the Juneteenth Festival in late 2012 in protest of the new guidelines. “These festivals represent constituent-based activities. We are at a point where we have money coming in (to the CVB). There’s enough money coming in. There’s no reason you all can’t fund these actives at the level so we can do them right. This isn’t the only money we get. We have to raise money for our festivals as well. Not many African Americans go to Pilgrimage, but we don’t fight it. We should not have to choose between one or the other.” The CVB is also considering a change in its policies that would prevent elected officials from soliciting funds for events they organize. Currently, four elected officials have secured funds for various festivals in the recent years. In January, Brooks sent a letter to grant committee chairman Mark Castleberry that said he and other elected officials who are festival organizers would no longer approach the board for funding but would send proxies for their events. “It is not my intention to ever come back before this board for anything — I don’t plan to come back and ask for another dime,” Brooks said. The letter also asked the board to reconsider the guideline restrictions on how the grant monies can be used. Brooks, whose festival entertainment has included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Rufus Thomas among others, asked the committee to seriously consider his requests. “We need the money for entertainment,” he said. “Juneteenth will get bigger with better entertainment.” District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith also appeared before the committee during the public forum. Smith, who was a co-organizer of the Townsend Blues Festival with Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor, said he has stepped down as an event coordinator and will stay involved in a volunteer capacity. Smith asked the committee to be less combative with the festival organizers. “I think these festivals enhance the image of this community,” Smith said. “We go out and raise money for these festivals. We work hard for these festivals. These are the community’s festivals. Somewhere, this thing has gotten off track. I want to be part of the solution, not the problem. As small as these festivals may seem to some, they are huge to others. We have to stop fighting.” After the public hearing portion ended, board members were uncertain as to what would be their next move, “I always opposed the $8,000 for quality-of-life events,” Bernard Buckhalter said. “I think it should be $12,000. We need to do something to move forward.” While Buckhalter

continued to press for impromptu recommendations, Castleberry said the board should consider what’s best for the community. ““We’re not here to serve the organizers,” Castleberry said. “We are here to serve the people of Lowndes County. What’s been missing from this conversation is what is the return for the community.” The festival grants committee will meet again on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 9 am to discuss the public forum and to consider making possible recommendations to the CVB board at its regular meeting on Feb. 25.


Continued from Page 1A
to Colom’s June 2008 arrest outside a Columbus apartment complex. Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team were conducting a search warrant on alleged drug dealers at 1600 21st St. N. As the deputies were securing the perimeter, they heard a gun shot. Larry Swearingen, the commander of the SRT Unit, testified to what he saw and heard. Swearingen said he and another officer were assigned to secure the east side of the apartment complex. Swearingen testified that seconds after he heard the gun shot, he saw Colom near the vicinity on the east side of the complex. Swearingen said Colom was the only person in sight at the time of the shot. Colom was detained on scene. A Raven .25 caliber hammer-less semi-automatic handgun was found on the ground, with a round in the chamber. During questioning, Colom’s attorney, William Starks, noted that the back of the apartment complex had six doors that entered into six different apartments. Starks asked Swearingen if it was possible for another person to have fi red the weapon and then disappeared into the apartment. Swearingen replied that there were approximately 20 officers on scene and the location was secure. Retired Lt. John Pevey affi rmed Swearingen’s account of the incident. Pevey said Colom was the only person located outside the apartment complex immediately after the gun shot. Pevey testified that when Colom was originally detained, he gave law enforcement officials a false name and birth date. However, he was recognized by another agent on scene and properly identified. As common practice, Colom’s name was run through a background check with E-911. His prior conviction was noted and Colom was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and transported to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. During the course of his interview, Pevey testified that Colom admitted to owning the weapon. “I asked him, ‘I guess you were just as shocked as we were when that gun went off.’ He said ‘I was. I had the gun in my pocket and when I saw the police I took it out and threw it and the next thing I knew the gun went off.’” Pevey’s testimony provoked an outburst from some of Colom’s family members, who were sitting in the gallery. Pevey testified that because the gun is hammer-less, any kind of action that jars the weapon can cause it to fi re. Noting that the Raven had a round in the chamber and smelled of gun powder, Pevey determined the weapon on the ground was the same one that had been fi red. In a previous trial for the same offense, Pevey’s testimony was a key factor in a hung jury. In that trial, Pevey testified that Colom never admitted to having the gun. That testimony contradicted Pevey’s own notes from the investi-


gation, which included the interview with Colom where Colom admitted to having to having the weapon. The trial ended in a mistrial with the jury split at 6-6. In Tuesday’s proceedings, Starks questioned Pevey about his previous testimony. Pevey testified that he misspoke and took responsibility for the error. “I erred by not reading my statement,” he said. Pevey also told Starks that during 2007, as then-commander of the Metro Narcotics Unit, he was involved in 1,600 cases. Throughout his 35-year career in law enforcement, Pevey said he has testified in countless cases and interviewed numerous people. Pevey readily admitted that he misspoke during the fi rst trial but was adamant that Colom did tell him he was in possession of a weapon. During Pevey’s testimony, Colom turned to his family members and mouthed, “He’s lying.” The trial continues today with Pevey returning to the stand.

Continued from Page 1A
With unemployment persistently high and consumer confidence falling, the economy remains a vulnerability for Obama and could disrupt his plans for pursuing a broader agenda, including immigration overhaul, stricter gun laws and climate change legislation. Still, fresh off a convincing re-election win, Obama made clear in his remarks that he was determined to press his political advantage against a divided, defensive and worried Republican Party. Numerous times he urged Congress to act quickly on his priorities — but vowed to act on some issues on his own if they do not.

Matthews says church wants to buy, not lease Lee Middle School

Kingdom Vision International pastor R.J. Matthews said Tuesday that his church wants to purchase the vacant Lee Middle School property rather than lease it. Matthews addressed the CMSD Board of Matthews Trustees during its Monday meeting, where he expressed his church’s interest in the property. Columbus Municipal School District Board President Tommy Prude said Matthews’ group wanted to lease the property. “We don’t know if we are going to

lease, develop or sell,’’ Prude said Monday. “We’re still trying to figure out what is best for the district.’’ Matthews said he was not aware that Prude had misspoke until reading about the meeting in Tuesday’s edition of The Dispatch. The pastor said his church has been interested in purchasing the property since the school was vacated in 2011. His church has not bid on the property. Point of Grace Pastor Shane Cruse submitted a bid on the property in June, but the proposal was rejected because it did not conform to state laws governing the sale of school property. Cruse and his church remain interested in buying the property.




Fairlane Center • East Columbus Just off Hwy. 182

142 South McCrary

Monday - Friday & Sunday
LUNCH 11am-2pm

In this image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, the cabin in Big Bear, Calif. where ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to be barricaded inside, is in flames Tuesday.

Thursday - Saturday

Now Open

DINNER 5pm-9pm

Rogue ex-LAPD officer believed dead after standoff

Ribeyes, Catfish, Meat & Veggies Plates
also additional items & children plates

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to hightech helicopters, the revenge-seeking excop they wanted was Dorner hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives. The search ended abruptly Tuesday when a man believed to be Dorner bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff’s deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames. He never emerged from the ruins and hours later a charred body was found inside. “We have reason to believe that it is him,” San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said. Dorner, 33, had said in a lengthy rant police believe he posted on

Facebook that he expected to die in one fi nal, violent confrontation with police, and if it was him in the cabin that’s just what happened. The apparent end came very close to where his trail went cold six days earlier when his burning pickup truck — with guns and camping gear inside — was abandoned on a fi re road in the San Bernardino National Forest near the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake. His footprints led away from the truck and vanished on frozen soil. With no sign of him and few leads, police offered a $1 million reward to bring him to justice and end a “reign of terror” that had more than 50 families of targeted Los Angeles police officers under round-the-clock protection after he threatened to bring “warfare” to the LAPD, officers and their kin. Just a few hours after police announced Tuesday that they had fielded more than 1,000 tips with no sign of Dorner, word came that a man matching his description had tied up two people in a Big Bear Lake cabin, stole their car and fled. Authorities didn’t immediately give more details on the two people. Game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who were part of the search detail spotted the purple Nissan that had been reported stolen going in the opposite direction and gave chase,

department spokesman Lt. Patrick Foy said. The driver looked like Dorner. They lost the purple car after it passed a school bus and turned onto a side road, but two other Fish and Wildlife patrols turned up that road a short time later, and were searching for the car when a white pickup truck sped erratically toward the wardens. “He took a close look at the driver and realized it was the suspect,” Foy said. Dorner, who allegedly stole the pickup truck at gunpoint after crashing the fi rst car, rolled down a window and opened fi re on the wardens, striking a warden’s truck more than a dozen times. One of the wardens shot at the suspect as he rounded a curve in the road. It’s unclear if he hit him, but the stolen pickup careened off the road and crashed in a snow bank. Dorner then ran on foot to the cabin where he barricaded himself and got in a shootout with San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and other officers who arrived. Two deputies were shot, one fatally. A SWAT team surrounded the cabin and used an armored vehicle to break out the cabin windows, said a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

at Farmstead Restaurant

Outstanding Pediatric Care

By Any Measure
Well Baby Exams | Same Day Sick Child Appointments xams Ap Asthma Clinic | Pediatric Healthier You Clinic Specialized Treatment for: ADHD, Allergies, Autism & More

Come Grow With Us

Children’s Health Center

Call as early as possible for a same day appointment! 114 N. Lehmberg Rd. | Columbus | 662-329-2955 MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED

Mon.-Thurs. 7am-5pm | Closed Wed. 12pm-1pm | Fri. 7am-12pm

Coroner: Soft drinks may need health warnings


W E L L I NG T ON, New Zealand — A New Zealand food industry association Harris on Wednesday rejected a coroner’s call to add health warnings to softdrink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day. Coroner David Crerar issued a final report Tuesday into the death of 31-year-old Natasha Harris, concluding that the mother of eight died from a heart attack. He said the large amount of Coca-Cola she drank likely led to metabolic imbalances that gave rise to her heart problems, adding that Coke was likely a “substantial factor” in her death. But New Zealand Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich said “there isn’t a labeling regime in the world” that could have prevented the death of somebody who chose to drink Coke in such large quantities. The New Zealand branch of the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest beverage maker, disputed the coroner’s findings, noting that experts could not agree on the most likely cause of Harris’ death. Crerar recommended that soft-drink makers consider including caffeine levels also.

Sweethear with our
Balloon Bouquets & Valentines Baskets.

Surprise your

Place your order today!

Across from Belk 662-368-6677

Find a unique gift for your Valentine at Beard’s Antiquitiés
Tuesday-Saturday | 10am-5pm 662-570-1180 | 662-386-6157 124 Fifth Street South | Columbus, MS
© The Dispatch

ABERDEEN Penny Lane’s Java Café BROOKSVILLE Ole Country Bakery COLUMBUS Beard’s Antiquities on 5th, Bella Interiors, Books-A-Million, Café Aromas, Café Quartier Latin, The Dispatch, Fitness Factor, Front Door/Back Door, Kroger, Lighting Unlimited, Main Street Columbus, Main Street Express Mart, Reed’s of Columbus, Robert’s Apothecary, Rosenzweig Arts Center, Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, Tina Watkins 45 GREENWOOD Mississippi Gift Company MACON Busy Bee Nursery STARKVILLE Barnes & Noble MSU Campus, The Book Mart & Café, City Bagel Café, Occasions Gift Shop, The Sundial Boutique, Thyme TUPELO Barnes & Noble TUSCALOOSA Barnes & Noble, Oz Music VERNON, ALA. Faulkner Antique Mall WEST POINT Culin-Arts, Fore Seasons, Hoover’s Bakery, Midtown Market, Petal Pushers

Subscribe today at or by calling 877-328-2430



Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship
BY DAVID MCFADDEN The Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he’s one of its newest citizens. Without leaving his home in the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian man recently received a brand new Dominican passport after sending a roughly $100,000 contribution to the tropical nation half a world away. “At the start I was a little worried that it might be a fraud, but the process turned out to be quite smooth and simple. Now, I am a Dominican,” said Mezawi, who like many Palestinians had not been recognized as a citizen of any country. That passport will help with travel for his job with a Brazilian food processing company, he said by telephone from Dubai. Turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa has led to a

surge of interest in programs that let investors buy citizenship or residence in countries around the world in return for a healthy contribution or investment. Most are seeking a second passport for hassle-free travel or a ready escape hatch in case things get worse at home. Nowhere is it easier or faster than in the minuscule Eastern Caribbean nations of Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis. It’s such a booming business that a Dubai-based company is building a 4-squaremile (10-square-kilometer) community in St. Kitts where investors can buy property and citizenship at the same time. In its first phase, some 375 shareholders will get citizenship by investing $400,000 each in the project, which is expected to include a 200-room hotel and a mega-yacht marina. Others will get passports for buying one of 50 condominium units. “The more they fight over there, the more political prob-

lems there are, the more applications we get here,” said Victor Doche, managing director of another company that offers four condominium projects where approved buyers are granted citizenship in St. Kitts, which is less than twice the size of Washington D.C. It’s impossible to say how many people have used the cash for citizenship programs. Officials in both countries declined

to respond when asked by The Associated Press. But Bernard Wiltshire, a former Dominica attorney general, said there were already around 3,000 economic citizens when he left government about a decade ago. The country now has roughly 73,000 inhabitants in all. “Investor visa” or citizenship programs are offered by many nations, including the United States, Canada, Britain

and Austria. But the Caribbean countries offer a fast path to citizenship at a very low cost. The whole process, including background checks, can take as little as 90 days in St. Kitts. And there’s no need to ever live on the islands, or even visit. A foreigner can qualify for citizenship in St. Kitts with a $250,000 donation to a fund for retired sugar workers or with a minimum real estate investment of $400,000. The minimum contribution in Dominica is $100,000. By contrast, a U.S. program allows visas for a $1 million investment in a U.S. business employing at least 10 people or $500,000 in designated economically depressed areas. The investor can apply for permanent residence in two years, and seek citizenship after five more. Demand in Canada is so great that the country stopped accepting new applications in July.

Conditions on disabled cruise ship in dispute
BY JUAN A. LOZANO The Associated Press

HOUSTON — A cruise line says it is making the passengers stranded aboard a disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico as comfortable as possible with running water and some working bathrooms, contradicting the accounts of some passengers who told relatives of fi lthy, hot conditions and limited access to food. The ship, the Carnival Triumph, is still at least a day from being guided to a port in Mobile, Ala. Carnival President Gerry Cahill said Tuesday the ship has running water and most of its 23 public restrooms and some of the guest cabin bathrooms were working. He downplayed the pos-

sibility of an outbreak of disease from unsanitary conditions, saying the ship had not seen an abnormal number of people reporting to the infi rmary as being ill. “No one here from Carnival is happy about the conditions onboard the ship,” Cahill said at a news conference in Miami. “We obviously are very, very sorry about what is taking place.” Jimmy Mowlam, 63, whose 37-year-old son, Rob Mowlam, got married Saturday onboard the ship, said his son told him by phone Monday night that there is no running water and few working toilets. He said passengers were given plastic bags to “use for their business.” Despite a forecast of brisker winds and slightly higher seas, the Coast

In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, a small boat belonging to the Coast Guard patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico. The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room early Sunday.

AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard- Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell

Guard and Carnival said they did not expect conditions to deteriorate aboard ship. A cold front was expected to cross the central Gulf where the vessel is under tow, bringing

Broken Chains - Old Earrings Old Class Rings - Wedding Bands

Also Accepting:

2116 HWY 45 North, Columbus, MS


Surf & Turf Dinner for 2
Only $25
© The Dispatch

north and northwesterly winds of 15 to 25 mph and seas of 4 to 6 feet, said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center. However, such conditions shouldn’t affect conditions aboard ship, said Bill Segelken, spokesman for the Coast Guard Galveston command center. The ship was about 200 miles south of Mobile, Ala., as Tuesday faded into Wednesday, the Coast Guard said. Carnival says the ship is expected to arrive in Mobile on Thursday. The ship left Galveston, Texas, for a four-day cruise last Thursday with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members. The ship was about 150 miles off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday when an engine room fi re knocked out its primary power source, crippling its water and plumbing systems and leaving it adrift on only a backup power. No one was injured in the fi re, but Carnival spokeswoman Joyce Oliva said Tuesday that a passenger with a pre-existing medical condition was taken off the ship as a precaution. Everyone else likely will have to remain onboard until the ship reaches Mobile, Ala., which is expected to happen Thursday, weather permitting. Besides two tugs, at least two other Carnival cruise ships have been diverted to the Triumph to leave supplies and a 210foot Coast Guard cutter was at the scene, Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm said Tuesday.

Includes 8 oz. sirloin, catfish filet, choice of 2 sides and bread for two.

224 Tuscaloosa Road • Columbus, MS Open Tuesday - Saturday • 662-241-5437

Prep Basketball

SPORTS EDITOR Adam Minichino: 327-1297 SPORTS LINE 662-241-5000



College Football

Volunteers complete sweep of Patriots

Gonzales set to join Mullen’s new staff

JACKSON — Starkville Academy Athletic Director Glenn Schmidt said it best when she met her school’s boys basketball coach in the hallway at Hillcrest Christian School. After a 56-41 victory in the fi rst round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II tournament Tuesday night, Schmidt wanted Mark Alexander to appreciate the moment. “Mark, this is a big deal,” Schmidt said. “I want your kids to know how special this is.” The victory guaranteed Starkville Academy (16-14) its fi rst winning season since 2009 when fi rst-team All-State selection Jonathan McKenzie played for the program. It also was the Volunteers’ fi rst playoff victory in at least five years. “I just don’t think a lot of people expected this from our team, and it’s a credit to the kids for believing in themselves that this was possible,” Alexander said. “We don’t play pretty, but we just fi nd a way.” Starkville Academy used a 26-8 run from the middle of the third quarter to end the game to secure its third victory against Heritage Academy in a three-week period. That familiarity is why Alexander didn’t feel comfortable in a one-and-done situation in a neutral-site game. “It was something I debated for days even bringing up with my team, and I decided to remind them how unique this was and how solid Heritage Academy was in either two games,” Alexander said. Heritage Academy coach Gary Harris understood Alexander’s concerns and felt his team had the advantage in the third matchup. “I thought it was a great matchup for us in a playoff situation,” Harris said. “We knew what we had to do and we didn’t execute any of it.” With the game tied at 30 in the middle of the third quarter, Alexander took a timeout to remind his team it was in a similar situation as the previous victories against the Patriots. “I told them they were kind of floating around waiting for the opportunity,” Alexander said. “We’ve never been a fi rsthalf team, and that’s fi ne, but I was telling them they have to go out and take

West Point High School’s Juan Davis knocks the ball away from New Hope High’s Darrion Cribbs in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 tournament game Tuesday night in Columbus. New Hope won 73-72.

Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

Junior’s 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds remaining helps Trojans rally from 17-point deficit BY ADAM MINICHINO “I was thinking I was going to be open for a jumper and that no one Curtaves Latham is the epitome of a tweener. At a solid 6-foot-1, the New Hope High School junior can go inside and bang with bigger bodies. was going to be able to contest it. But, like many post players, Latham likes to stray If they did (get there to defend it), out to the 3-point line and launch a shot or two. On Tuesday night, Latham made a case for his they were going to be late because role to be clearly defi ned as a 3-point shooter. Latham hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with I had to take the shot.”
4.3 seconds remaining to help second-seeded New Hope rally from a 17-point third-quarter deficit and beat third-seeded West Point 73-72 in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 tournament at New Hope High. “I am a little bit of both,” said Latham, whose nickname is Tae. “I can play both positions.” New Hope (15-11) didn’t survive until Trey Williams’ runner from just inside the 3-point arc on the right wing bounced off the back rim at the buzzer. The victory sends New Hope into the tournament title game against top-seeded Oxford, which edged fourth-seeded Saltillo 62-60, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. In girls action, top-seeded New Hope (23-4) broke out to a 31-6 lead after one quarter and rolled

New Hope High School junior Tae Latham
to a 66-36 victory against fourth-seeded Saltillo. Second-seeded Oxford defeated third-seeded West Point 79-37 to set up a third meeting against New Hope at 6 p.m. Friday. New Hope beat Oxford in both regular-season meetings. The New Hope and West Point boys each won on their home court during the regular season. The fi nish was just another in a long line of nail-biters in the region. At Oxford, Latham missed a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer that would have given New Hope a victory. On Tuesday night, Latham said he knew he had put himself in just the right See NEW HOPE, 3B

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen has added another familiar face to his coaching staff. Multiple sources in the MSU football program confirmed Tuesday afternoon to The Dispatch that Billy Gonzales, a former offensive coordina- Gonzales tor at the University of Illinois, had been hired at MSU as wide receivers coach. Gonzales, who will enter his 18th year as a Division I assistant coach, was in Starkville on Tuesday, and is expected to be introduced by the MSU administration this week, and possibly as early as today. Gonzales, 41, served as an offensive assistant coach on staffs with Mullen and thenhead coach Urban Meyer at the University of Florida, University of Utah, and Bowling Green State University from 1995-2009. See GONZALES, 4B

Men’s College Basketball

MSU will try to stop Pressey

Columbus girls pull away to beat Grenada

■ MORE PREP BASKETBALL: The Columbus High boys had their season end with a loss to Grenada. Page 3B

BATESVILLE — Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston knew the pressure of the moment was getting to her squad. Hairston never panicked, though, because she believed her troops would persevere and come through in the end. After fi rst-half struggles, Columbus pulled away to a 6041 victory against Grenada in an opening-round game of the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at South Panola High. Top-seeded Columbus will face second-seeded Tupelo at 6 p.m. Friday for the region championship. Both teams will play Monday in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association North State Class 6A playoffs. Friday’s winner will earn a first-round home game. See VOLUNTEERS, 4B Four weeks ago, Columbus beat Grenada 66-25. The third meeting between the squads INSIDE ■ MORE PREP BASKETBALL: held much more drama. Still, The Starkville Academy girls few could have conceived a 32-all tie with the clock winding down beat Lee Academy to begin defense of their Class AAA, in the third quarter. Division II title. Page 3B “This is the district tourna-

ment,” Hairston said. “This is the only game that matters. You play your entire season to get ready for this one night. There is a lot of pressure. Everybody is going to play above their potential. Grenada had a great game plan, executed, and played well. We didn’t do things right. We could not fi nd the basket early. We are a shooting team, but you will see nights like this, especially when you are playing on the road.” Many outmanned teams will result to the stall in region tournament elimination games. To Grenada’s credit, it applied pressure and held on as long as possible. After a nip-and-tuck fi rst half, neither team could fi nd much separation. The Lady Falcons (15-6) sprinted to leads of eight and six points, but the Lady Chargers (5-16) only trailed 3026 at halftime. “We really had to play hard if we wanted to win,” Columbus

senior KaDaryl Ledbetter said. “We had to dig a little deeper because Grenada played a really great game. It was really up to the guards to step it up and make sure we got the win since this was a game we had to have to keep going.” Grenada tied the game at 32 with a 6-2 run to start the second half. After more than three minutes in the third quarter, Kiki Patterson made a critical steal that led to a fast-break layup by Daisha Williams that gave Columbus the lead for good. “It was good to see the balance (on offense),” Hairston said. “We had to have it to win this game. Kiki did not have a good shooting night. However, she did what she is supposed to do as a leader. She got the ball out in transition. She got the ball to the other guards and we fi nished in the end.” Columbus used its transition game to piece together a game-changing 8-2 run. The Lady Falcons also relied on their full-court pressure to force turnovers and carry a 45-38 lead into the fi nal period. See COLUMBUS, 3B

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University men’s basketball coach Rick Ray knows the beginning and the end of the game plan for the University of Missouri. Point guard Phil Pressey, a preseason All-A merican and likely first-round pick in the NBA draft, is the focal point for the Tigers on offense. Pressey The junior from Dallas will showcase his ability to control everything without having to score at 7 tonight (WCBI) when Missouri takes on MSU at Humphrey Coliseum. “He’s a pass-fi rst guy who is looking to set up his teammates fi rst,” Ray said. “I don’t think he gets glory out of scoring. I think he wants to try to make some things happen on the offensive end by getting into the lane and fi nding the open guy.” See PRESSEY , 4B

■ Missouri at Mississippi State, 7 (WCBI)

W n Ne FEB 28 u


Wine Tasting & After Hours Shopping



Registration is now open for CLRA’s TOPSoccer
TOP Soccer is a program that allows individuals with disabilities to play soccer. Registration is free. Forms can be picked up at the Propst Park office, or they can be downloaded at clra. net. Training will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Cook Elementary School Gymnasium. It will continue from 6-7 p.m. every Monday. The program will conclude with a TOP Soccer Jamboree April 13. For more information, contact Missy Dunaway at dunaway4@, or CLRA at 327-4935.

Mississippi High School Activities Association Region 2-6A At South Panola High School GIRLS Friday’s Game Columbus vs. Tupelo, 6 p.m. Region 2-5A At New Hope High Friday’s Game Oxford vs. New Hope, 6 p.m. BOYS Friday’s Game Oxford vs. New Hope, 7:30 p.m. Region 3-5A At Canton High GIRLS Friday’s Game Canton vs. Starkville, 6 p.m. Region 4-4A At Houston High GIRLS Thursday’s Games Leake Central vs. Kosciusko or Houston, 4 p.m. Louisville vs. Noxubee County or Caledonia, 7 p.m. Friday’s Game Third-place game, 4 p.m. Championship, 7 p.m. BOYS Thursday’s Games Noxubee County vs. Leake Central or Kosciusko, 5:30 p.m. Houston vs. Louisville or Caledonia, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Third-place game, 5:30 p.m. Championship, 8:30 p.m. Region 2-3A At Water Valley High GIRLS Thursday’s Games Mooreville vs. Water Valley or Mantachie, 4 p.m. Nettleton vs. South Pontotoc or Aberdeen, 7 p.m. Friday’s Games Third-place game, 4 p.m. Championship, 7 p.m. BOYS Thursday’s Games Mooreville vs. S. Pontotoc or Nettleton, 5:30 p.m. Aberdeen vs. Water Valley or Mantachie, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Third-place game, 5:30 p.m. Championship, 8:30 p.m. Region 1-2A At Okolona High GIRLS Thursday’s Games Baldwyn vs. East Union or Okolona, 4 p.m. New Site vs. Hamilton or Hatley, 7 p.m. Friday’s Games Third-place game, 4 p.m. Championship, 7 p.m. BOYS Thursday’s Games Baldwyn vs. Hamilton or East Union, 5:30 p.m. Okolona vs. New Site or Hatley, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Third-place game, 5:30 p.m. Championship, 8:30 p.m. Region 5-1A At French Camp Academy GIRLS Friday’s Games Third-place game, 4 p.m. Championship, 7 p.m. BOYS Friday’s Games Third-place game, 5:30 p.m. Championship, 8:30 p.m. Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II At Hillcrest Christian School, Jackson GIRLS Friday’s Games Starkville Academy vs. Hillcrest Christian, 2:15 p.m. BOYS Today’s Games Magnolia Heights vs. Copiah Academy, 5:15 p.m. Washington School vs. East Rankin Academy, 7:45 p.m. Friday’s Games Starkville Academy vs. Magnolia Heights-Copiah Academy winner, 6 p.m. CLASS AA NORTH At Leake Academy, Madden GIRLS Thursday’s Game Marshall Academy vs. Oak Hill Academy, 4 p.m. BOYS Today’s Games Central Hinds Academy vs. Oak Hill Academy, 7:45 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball

Prep Basketball

Randolph, Cooper lead Tide
BY PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press

■ MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Tuesday’s Men’s, Women’s Scores. Page 4B

Softball team faces Louisiana-Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, La. —The Mississippi State University softball team will take on No. 15 University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 6 tonight at Lamson Park. MSU (3-1), which received two votes in Tuesday’s ESPN. com/USA Softball Top 25, finished the opening weekend of play ranked first in the Southeastern Conference in opponent batting average (.120), fewest hits allowed (10), and tied for first in fewest runs allowed (six). The Bulldogs are second in the league with 39 strikeouts are tied for fourth in the conference with a 1.40 ERA. Coach Vann Stuedeman’s pitching staff will have to contend with an offense that led the country last season with 7.81 runs per game en route to an appearance in the NCAA Super Regional. Through the first three games of 2013, UL is averaging 8.7 runs per contest. MSU will play host to the Bulldog Battle this weekend. It will play a doubleheader at noon Saturday. The tournament begins at noon Friday. ■ Time for Sunday’s baseball game moved: At Starkville, Game time for the baseball team’s game Sunday against the University of Portland at Dudy Noble Field has been moved to 2:30 p.m. to accommodate fans attending the women’s basketball team’s game against LSU women’s basketball game. Tipoff for the MSU-LSU game, televised regionally by SportSouth, is set for 12:30 p.m. in Humphrey Coliseum. The baseball team will open its season against Portland Pilots at 4 p.m. Friday. The teams will play a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The radio broadcast of the first two games of the baseball series (Friday and game 1 Saturday) will be carried on WKBB-FM (100.9). The final two games (game 2 Saturday and Sunday) will be heard on WNMQ-FM (103.1). The 40-game MSU Baseball Radio Network broadcast schedule is set to begin Feb. 22 with the 6 p.m. game against Purdue University. ■ Women’s indoor track and field team ranked: At Starkville, the women’s indoor track and field team is ranked No. 25 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Computer Team Rankings released Monday. The Lady Bulldogs captured six top-five finishes last weekend at the Tyson Invitational. Alyssa Hall grabbed the No. 1 spot in the high jump (5 feet, 9 3/4 inches). The Southeastern Conference boasts seven spots in the Top 25 of the latest USTCCA Rankings, including the top-two teams. Some of MSU’s student-athletes will compete this weekend at the LSU Twilight Invitational in Baton Rouge, La.

ATHENS, Ga. — Even when the shots weren’t falling, the University Alabama men’s basketball team knew it could count on the defense. Then, fi nally, the Crimson Tide knocked down a couple of key baskets — from beyond the 3-point arc, no less. Game over. Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing minutes to lead Alabama to a 52-45 victory that ended the University of Georgia’s five-game winning streak Tuesday night. “That’s basically our identity,” Randolph said. “We try to play 94 feet both ways, play aggressively on defense, and use our defensive intensity to create momentum.” The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) won for the eighth time in 10 games with another stifl ing defensive effort. Alabama has held nine straight SEC opponents to less than 60 points, limiting the Bulldogs to 31 percent (16 of 52) from the field. “We’ve struggled offensively,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said. “But we’ve really done a great job at the defensive end. That’s carried us through.” Georgia (12-12, 6-5) went more than 10 minutes without a field goal

in the second half but still had a chance because of both teams’ offensive woes. When Donte Williams slammed in a wild miss off the backboard, the Bulldogs led 41-40 with 2 minutes, 37 seconds remaining, capping a 9-0 spurt that had the sparse crowd at Stegeman Coliseum roaring. But Randolph swished a 3-pointer, Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope rushed up an off-balance trey that missed, and Cooper knocked down another shot from beyond the arc to essentially clinch it for Alabama with 1:36 left. “I was proud of the way our guys answered,” Grant said. Alabama had made just 4 of 37 from long distance over its previous two games, and was 4 of 16 against the Bulldogs before suddenly fi nding the range. Even so, Grant didn’t mind when Randolph spotted up outside the stripe with the Tide trailing by one. “I’ve got all the confidence in our guys as long as we take good ones,” the coach said. “I told them to stay aggressive. We got a lot of good looks tonight. We’re going to get on a roll where shots are falling for us.”

College Football

Four Alabama players arrested
BY JOHN ZENOR The Associated Press

Ole Miss
Assistant football coaches earn national honors
OXFORD — Chris Kiffin was named’s National Recruiter of the Year, but he’s not the only University of Mississippi football coach who has been recognized for his recruiting efforts. After hauling in a consensus top-10 rated signing class last week, rated as high as No. 2 by, the Ole Miss staff has received an enormous amount of national attention and praise. On Tuesday, announced its list of the top 25 recruiters in the nation, which included co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Wesley McGriff. listed Kiffin, McGriff and tight ends coach Maurice Harris among its top 50 recruiters from 2013. McGriff, who was the lead recruiter for Robert Nkemdiche (nation’s top overall prospect) and Laquon Treadwell (nation’s top wide receiver), among others, also received consideration for 247Sport. com’s national recruiter of the year. ■ Baseball team will have more games on television: At Oxford, the baseball team has been picked up for two more televised games in the 2013 season, bringing the number of broadcast games to 11 for the upcoming season with the addition of a game at the University of Arkansas and a game at LSU. The series finale between the No. 1 Razorbacks and the No. 13 Rebels has been selected for Broadcast by Cox Sports Television and will remain at a 1:05 p.m. first pitch on Sunday, March 17. Ole Miss also had its Friday night’s game at No. 3 LSU on May 17 added to the TV schedule. The game will still begin at 7 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium in the final weekend series of the regular season. It will also be broadcast by Cox Sports Television. Ole Miss opens the season at 4 p.m. Friday with a three-game series against No. 14 Texas Christian University at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. ■ Women’s golf team records top-10 finish: At Orlando, the women’s golf team posted a top-10 finish in its first tournament of the spring, placing 10th out of 18 teams at the UCF Challenge. The Rebels ended the three day tournament 28-over (296295-301—892). Briana Mao from Virginia won the individual title, carding a 4-under 212 for the tournament. As a team, No. 9 North Carolina won the tournament, firing a 10-under 854. Ericka Schneider led Ole Miss, narrowly missing a top-20 finish. Schneider, who finished 21st out of 97 golfers, shot a 74 on the final day to end the tournament 5-over 221 (71-76-74). ■ Men’s tennis team will face Portland, travel to National Indoor: At Portland, Ore., the No. 12 men’s tennis team will take on the University of Prortland at noon today. The match was added after Ole Miss qualified for the ITA National Tam Indoor this weekend in Seattle. Ole Miss will take on No. 6 University of Georgia (4-1) at 10 a.m. Friday at the Seattle Tennis Club. The last time the Rebels qualified for the finals, they faced the Bulldogs in the first round. With a victory, Ole Miss would meet the winner of No. 3 UCLA/No. 14 University of Tennessee in quarterfinal action Saturday. The semifinals are scheduled for Sunday. The final is Monday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Three University of Alabama football players have been charged with knocking students unconscious and stealing their wallets, while a fourth player has been charged with using a stolen debit card, offi cials said Tuesday. Linebacker Tyler Hayes, 18, and safety Eddie Williams, 20, confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back early Monday morning, according to court documents. Williams said D.J. Pettway, 20, a defensive lineman, and Hayes waited in a nearby vehicle about an hour later while he knocked out and robbed another student. Williams and Hayes both admitted to their involvement, according to the documents. Williams and running back Brent Calloway, 20, both admitted to using a stolen credit card to buy snacks from vending machines inside a dormitory, the documents said. All four students were indefinitely suspended by coach





Nick Saban. Pettway and Hayes were charged with second-degree robbery. Williams was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and second-degree robbery. Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Williams was released on $65,000 bond, while Hayes and Pettway were released on $60,000 bond each. Calloway was released on $5,000 bond. “This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program,” Saban said in a news release. All four players were backups last season for Alabama, which has won two straight national titles and three of the past four. Williams didn’t play in 2012. He was one of the nation’s top prospects the previous year and moved from receiver to safety. The first student reported having his Apple Macbook Pro stolen from his backpack. Both sustained mild concussions, cuts on the face and heavy swelling, and had their wallets taken, according to documents.

College Baseball

Lindgren will start MSU’s opener

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. — Syracuse at UConn, ESPN 6 p.m. — Miami at Florida State, ESPN2 6 p.m. — Wake Forest at Boston College, Fox Sports South 8 p.m. — North Carolina at Duke, ESPN 8 p.m. — West Virginia at Baylor, ESPN2 10 p.m. — Oregon at Washington, ESPN2 NBA 6 p.m. — Atlanta at Orlando, SportSouth NHL 6:30 p.m. — St. Louis at Detroit, NBC Sports Network SOCCER 1:30 p.m. — UEFA Champions League, Dortmund at Shakhtar Donetsk, Fox Sports South 7 p.m. — UEFA Champions League, Manchester United at Real Madrid (same-day tape), Fox Sports South GOLF 8 a.m. — European PGA Tour, Africa Open, first round, at East London, South Africa (same-day tape), TGC 11:30 a.m. — LPGA, Women’s Australian Open, first round, at Yarralumla, Australia (same-day tape), TGC 2 p.m. — PGA Tour, Northern Trust Open, first round, at Pacific Palisades, Calif., TGC MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. — Wisconsin at Minnesota, ESPN 6 p.m. — LSU at South Carolina, ESPN2 6 p.m. — Clemson at Georgia Tech, Fox Sports South 8 p.m. — St. John’s at Louisville, ESPN 8 p.m. — UCLA at California, ESPN2 10 p.m. — Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s (Cal), ESPN2 NBA 7 p.m. — Miami at Oklahoma City, TNT 9:30 p.m. — L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, TNT WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Iowa St. at Oklahoma, SportSouth

Southern Miss
Men’s basketball team faces Tulane
HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team will look to snap a two-game losing streak at 7 tonight when it plays host to Tulane University at Reed Green Coliseum. Southern Miss (18-6, 7-2 Conference USA) lost to the University of Memphis 89-76 on Saturday. Senior guard Dwayne Davis scored 25 points and had five rebounds. Junior forward Daveon Boardingham had 14 points and six rebounds and senior forward Jonathan Mills added a game-high 11 boards. Tulane (16-8, 4-5) defeated the University of Houston 88-85 on Saturday.


Body slam for wrestling: Sport cut from Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — For wrestling, this may have been the ultimate body slam: getting tossed out of the Olympic rings. The vote Tuesday by the IOC’s executive board stunned the world’s wrestlers, who see their sport as popular in many countries and steeped in history as old as the Olympics themselves. While wrestling will be included at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, it was cut from the games in 2020, which have yet to be awarded to a host city. 2004 Olympic Greco-Roman champion Khasan Baroev of Russia called the decision “mind-boggling.” “I just can’t believe it. And what sport will then be added to the Olympic program? What sport is worthy of replacing ours?” Baroev told the ITAR-Tass news agency. “Wrestling is popular in many countries — just see how the medals were distributed at the last Olympics.” American Rulan Gardner, who upset three-time Russian Olympic champion Alexander Karelin at the Sydney Games in an epic gold-medal bout known as the “Miracle on the Mat,” was saddened by the decision to drop what he called “a beloved sport.” “It’s the IOC trying to change the Olympics to make it more mainstream and more viewer-friendly instead of sticking to what they founded the Olympics on,” Gardner told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Logan, Utah. The executive board of the International Olympic Committee reviewed the 26 sports on its summer program to remove one of them so it could add one later this year. It decided to cut wrestling and keep modern pentathlon — a sport that combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running, and shooting — and was considered to be the most likely to be dropped. The board voted after reviewing a report by the IOC program commission report that analyzed 39 criteria, including TV ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity. — From Special Reports


STARKVILLE — Sophomore left-hander Jacob Lindgren will start for the Mississippi State University baseball team at 4 p.m. Friday against the University of Portland in its season opener at Dudy Noble Field. Lindgren’s performances in three preseason scrimmages, where he showed improved control and velocity, showcased his ability to earn the role of Friday night starter when Southeastern Lindgren Conference play begins next month. “Jacob Lindgren has maybe the best left-handed slider in America,” MSU senior right-handed starting pitcher Kendall Graveman said. Lindgren pitched last summer for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Collegiate League, which is regarded as the best summer ball league for college baseball players. Lindgren will start this season’s opener after starting MSU’s 2012 season fi nale, a 3-2 loss to Samford University in a NCAA Regional at Florida State University. Lindgren allowed just one run and eight hits in four innings. “Jacob Lindgren is somebody who has just pitched very, very well early in the spring, and has a power breaking ball, power fastball, and again has been able to control the strike zone for the most part,” MSU baseball coach John Cohen said. Lindgren had to wait until May 25 to get his fi rst college start last

year in a SEC tournament victory against LSU. The St. Stanislaus High School standout struggled early and allowed three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up two runs in a 36-pitch inning against the Tigers but rallied to keep MSU in a game it went on to win 4-3. As a senior in high school, Lindgren a Bay St. Louis native was 8-0 with a 1.09 ERA and 128 strikeouts. The Chicago Cubs selected him in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft, but he told The Dispatch last year he turned down offers of more than $500,000 from the Cubs to attend MSU. Like every other MSU starting pitcher in the four-game weekend series against the Pilots of the West Coast Conference, Lindgren will be on a pitch count by MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson. Junior right-hander Evan Mitchell, who also hopes to earn a weekend role, could be paired with Lindgren. Mitchell and Lindgren faced each other in consecutive weekend preseason scrimmages. MSU plans to use what Thompson refers to as the “buddy system” in the fi rst part of this season. The plan in non-conference play is to pair two tarting pitchers together to get the Bulldogs through seven to eight innings as it prepares for SEC play. Both pitchers will work on a pitch count to keep them fresh. The system is similar to the ones professional organizations use to manage their starting pitchers in spring training games. The plan also allows pitchers to know the batting order they will face, how many pitches they have, and what they need to showcase on that day.

The DispaTch •

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Prep Basketball

Grenada ends season for Columbus boys in Class 6A, Region 2 tourney

BATESVILLE — The Columbus High School boys basketball team got exactly the type of game it wanted. In an opening-round matchup at the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament, the Falcons were engrossed in a physical, defensive struggle. So many times this season, Sammy Smith’s squad excelled when defense was key and every stop proved critical. On Tuesday, though, Columbus saw its season end with a 46-40 loss to Grenada at the South Panola High. Second-seeded Grenada will meet fourth-seeded South Panola for the region championship Friday night. South Panola upset regular-season champion Tupelo 64-62 in overtime. With those victories, Grenada and South Panola will advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s Class 6A North State playoffs. After splitting two regular-season games, Columbus

struggled to find its shooting rhythm and fell behind early. “It was an offensive struggle,” Columbus senior Roshad Meeks said. “I don’t think our mind-set was there. We didn’t play as hard as we could have. We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we could of. We got off all the shots we wanted but we couldn’t get anything going.” The Falcons (15-8) missed 13 of 16 shots in the opening quarter and trailed 13-6 after one period. The Chargers (1510) managed 32 points in a regular-season meeting four weeks ago, so a fast start was critical. “Everything I could have pulled out of my bag I pulled out,” Smith said. “We had good shots, but we just didn’t make them. I pride myself in being a coach who puts his kids in a position win ballgames. Tonight, I don’t think I did that. It was all on me for not doing the things I was supposed to do.” Despite the offensive struggles, Columbus established an alarming pattern. Center Devin Berry, the workhorse in the team’s second half-surge,

settled for floaters in the lane instead of getting his way to the glass. “We got a lot of 8- to-10foot shots, and that is not our game,” Meeks said. “We need to be shooting outside shots or layups. It really wasn’t anything Grenada did. It was all a matter of what we didn’t do. We didn’t do a lot of the things that made us successful throughout the year.” Columbus’ defense kept it in the game. While the Falcons improved their ball movement, the scoreboard didn’t show the results, as Grenada took a 20-16 halftime lead. “We started off slow and it really hurt us,” said Berry, who joined Meeks and Remadus Beasley as seniors on the team. “The program has a bright future, but this game was tough. We all tried hard at the last minute. We really didn’t use any of the firepower we had the second half of the season.” The Falcons appeared to right the ship in the third quarter, scoring five straight points to take a 24-23 advantage with 4

minutes, 55 seconds left in the period. Columbus took its first lead since 2-0 after going to Berry inside for points on three straight possessions. As quickly as the sun rose for the Falcons, it set again. An old-fashioned 3-point play by center Trey Bledsoe pushed the Chargers to a 29-25 advantage. Despite being four inches shorter than Berry, Bledsoe set the tone underneath and got a lot of help from junior guard Tyrin Jones. “It was just disappointing we couldn’t complete the shots we were getting,” Berry said. “The better team won this game tonight.” While the Falcons found the going tough inside, the Chargers fortified their lead. Back-to-back scores to start the fourth quarter extended the margin to double digits. “I thought we played hard but we didn’t make shots,” Smith said. “Grenada’s perimeter game was good. We thought we had it fixed at halftime. We made some adjustments. But once we got the lead, they really

turned it up and we couldn’t answer. I didn’t make some good adjustments when it mattered there at the end.” Brandon Porter paced Columbus with 10 points. Berry had nine points and 10 rebounds. Jones led Grenada with 20 points, while Bledsoe added 13. For Meeks, the final bus ride of his prep basketball career started after a moment of thought. There was much to reflect on since Meeks was a major contributor on a seven-win, playoff-participant football team and a 15-win basketball team. “It was my 12th-grade year and it was a fantastic season,” Meeks said. “I really enjoyed being in a leadership position. Whether it was doing the little things on offense or setting an example on defense, I enjoyed my role. It was fun watching my teammates, friends, and brothers grow. We had some really great times together. You wait your whole life for your 12thgrade season and then it feels like it is over in minutes.”

Starkville Academy begins title defense; Heritage Academy eliminated

JACKSON — Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said it’s a “pleasure” to coach a veteran team focused on defending three championships. Starkville Academy took the first step in that journey Tuesday night with a 74-18 victory against Lee Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, Class tournament at Hillcrest Christian School. Maggie Proffitt led Starkville Academy (350) with 17 points, seven

Columbus Newfrom Page 1B Hope Continued from Page 1B Continued
Ledbetter scored 18 points to lead the Lady Falcons. Patterson and Williams each added 17 points. Ledbetter showed her offensive prowess in the final quarter. Columbus allowed only one field goal in the final period. “I just did what was best for my team,” Ledbetter said. “I tried to step up and score the basketball. Kiki has really become a great penetrator and ball handler. The more players we have involved in the offense, the better this team can become.” Hairston believes balance will be critical as the Lady Falcons being their annual flirtation with Jackson to reach the state championship tournament. That balance starts when Patterson, arguably the team’s best player, gets everybody involved on offense. “Kiki has really emerged as a great penetrator and ball handler,” Hairston said. “Everyone knows she is a threat on offense. When she can help set the others players up, we are a much better team. We are an offensive-minded team and we like to shoot, so production from multiple places on the floor is a good thing.” With a playoff berth secured, Columbus can turn its thoughts to a region title. If a previous meeting is any indication, the game should be intense. Columbus defeated Tupelo 50-49 at home but lost 75-52 on the road. “Even though Tuesday night was the biggest game because it was an elimination game, every game is a big game,” Hairston said. “As a coach, you treat every game in the postseason as a must win simply because it is a playoff game. You want to be playing your best. We have another chance to come out Friday night and to be at our best.” Said Ledbetter, “We are very excited about being in the playoffs, but we are not stopping now because we want to be the region champs.”

rebounds, five steals, and five blocked shots. Sallie Kate Richardson had 12 points and six rebounds, Anna Lea Little had 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, ad two steals, Tiffany Huddleston had 10 points, five assists, and five rebounds, Hannah Huddleston had six points, six rebounds, and three steals, and Janiece Pigg had six points and three points for the Lady Volunteers, who won the AAA-II title, the AAA title, and the overall championship last season. “It was a very professional attitude by my team tonight in a game where they know everybody is 0-0 starting off,” Schmidt

said. “(The undefeated record) doesn’t come up with them and we don’t bring it up as a pressure thing at all. They understand everybody is undefeated in what counts now.” Proffitt, who has experienced the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North Half playoffs at Columbus High, had 14 points in the first quarter. Following the first eight minutes, Starkville Academy led 27-3 and built a 40-16 halftime advantage. Proffitt’s defense translates to instant offense. Starkville Academy will take on Hillcrest Christian at 2:15 p.m. Fri-

day. It defeated Hillcrest Christian by an average of 35.5 points in two games this season. n Hillcrest Christian (girls) 43, Heritage Academy 27: It wasn’t the home crowd or the inability to make open shots that helped end the Heritage Academy girls basketball team’s season. Heritage Academy (10-17) had too many problems with a 2-2-1 full-court press in its loss Tuesday. Hillcrest Christian forced Heritage Academy into 27 turnovers. The Lady Cougars used those turnovers to turn a 22-20 deficit into a blowout. “We had a chance to

win the game, but they pressured us and we panicked a lot tonight,” Heritage Academy coach Chris Ball said. “We got our bodies and minds sped up too much when we needed to slow everything down at that moment.” With Heritage Academy leading 22-20 in the third quarter, Hillcrest Christian went to a fullcourt trap and got backto-back baskets from Arielle Grover. The sophomore guard got her only two baskets on steals off inbound passes that led to uncontested layups. Kelli Randle (teamhigh 11 points) helped the Lady Cougars extend the

lead by getting into the lane for easy shots or to draw fouls. After losing 10 of its first 11 games, Ball generated momentum in his first full season as the team’s coach by guiding it to victories in nine of its next 10 games. Adalys Edwards led the Lady Patriots with six points. Heritage Academy had only two seniors on its roster. It hopes to return eight sophomores and three juniors next season. “With everybody learning on the job just like I was here in my first season, the future is bright here at Heritage,” Ball said.

Banana Joe wins Westminster
His shot missed, but he hit 2 of 3 free throws to send the game into overtime. Callaway survived 78-75 in double overtime. McBrayer wondered earlier this season if his 2012-13 team would find the toughness the 200910 team wore so proudly. For much of Tuesday night’s game, New Hope appeared to fight itself defensively as West Point created off the dribble and attacked the rim. When it didn’t get into the lane, Davis, Williams, and A.J. Jones (10 points) rained jumpers from the perimeter and DeMarius Calvert (11 points) provided another scoring threat. On this night, though, New Hope had a final dagger left and a kind back rim on its side. “We have not run that exact play at the end of a ballgame this year, but we have been in about four situations where we drew up a play or Tae in the corner,” McBrayer said. “That play wasn’t designed for Tae in the corner. That was the third read off it. ... It is do or die in that situation. You make a shot or you don’t. The shot he hit at the end of the third quarter was almost on the same play, so I felt like he had some confidence, so we went back to him and he hit a heck of a one. When he let it go I knew it was good.” For Latham, it was a satisfying way to end a night’s work that began so slowly. It was even more special because Latham’s shot was a product of his work as an eighth-grader with McBrayer, who encouraged him to alter his line-drive shooting form and to add more arc to his jumper. “I felt the pressure, but I just had to shoot the ball and see what happens,” Latham said. “I started shooting with more arc in the eighth grade and they started to fall so I stuck with it.” Both boys games provided the drama that the girls games lacked. New Hope fell behind 11-0 as Juan Davis (22 points) hit three 3-pointers in the first 2 minutes, 7 seconds. The Green Wave stayed in rhythm in the first half, building a 42-27 halftime lead. They extended that margin to 51-34 on an offensive rebound putback and foul shot by Davis with 4:09 to play in the third quarter. Latham may have provided a dash of foreshadowing when he hit a 3-pointer from the left corner that appeared to be more of a throw than a shot with 0.1 seconds left to cut West Point’s lead to 60-50 with eight minutes to go. Still, West Point led 7063 after Diquah Ewing hit 1 of 2 free throws with 3:10 to go. But turnovers and timely shooting, including a layup by Bardley, a 3-pointer by Mosley, and a layup by Foster off a pass from Mosley, helped put New Hope in position to advance. “Both teams played their hearts out,” West Point coach Brad Cox said. “We kind of went cold at the wrong time and missed quite a few free throws (five in the fourth quarter) when it counted and turned the ball over. They never quit. Drew had them playing hard from start to end and they came out on top.” In the girls game, D.J. Sanders and Moesha Calmes had 14 points apiece, while Taylor Baudoin had eight and Antonia Jethroe added seven for the Lady Trojans.
By The Associated Press

position to keep the Trojans’ season alive. Point guard Jaylon Bardley (11 points) took the ball following a timeout and moved across midcourt. He had options to try to get the basketball to Chris Mosley (18 points), to create something for himself, or to get the ball inside to Whyatt Foster (22 points). But Bardley’s quickness and ability to penetrate drew the defense as he moved toward the basket. Seeing his teammate penetrate, Latham slid to the deep corner to give himself enough shooting space in case Bardley spotted him. He gave himself just enough room to get off a high-arcing raindrop that set off a wild celebration with 4.3 seconds to go. “I was thinking I was going to be open for a jumper and that no one was going to contest it,” Latham said. “If they did (get there to defend the shot), they were going to be late because I had to take the shot.” New Hope coach Drew McBrayer had every bot of confidence Latham was going to hit the shot. But as soon as the ball went through the basket his thoughts switched to the clock, which had ticked under two seconds. The officials came together and ruled the clock be re-set to 4.2 seconds. The move reminded McBrayer of a game against Callaway on Feb. 19, 2010, in the Class 5A North State semifinals at New Hope. In that game, senior Raymond Walters hit a fallaway 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4.7 seconds to play to give New Hope a 55-53 lead. But the officials put 2.2 additional seconds back on the clock, which gave guard Deville Smith (48 points) just enough time to weave into position to hit a shot.

NEW YORK — Banana Joe is very appealing, in any language. The little affenpinscher with a monkey face added to his world of success Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. “He speaks German, Dutch, Spanish and English,” co-owner and breeder Mieke Cooijmans said.

She was set to take Banana Joe back to the Netherlands on Wednesday. Now, the trip has been postponed for his victory lap. With a bouncy step and shiny black coat, Banana Joe made up for near misses the last two years and won America’s premier dog competition. The 5-year-old wagged his tail a mile a minute and stuck out his pink tongue after earning his 86th best in show title.

ADV 524





Continued from Page 1B Pressey, a candidate for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award, which is given annually to college basketball’s top point guard, leads the Southeastern Conference in assists (6.9 per game). He accomplished the same feat last season in the Big 12 Conference (6.4 a game). Pressey, whose dad, Paul, played for 12 years in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, and Golden State Warriors, is an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ray sees Phil Pressey as a throwback to the way point guards used to play the game. Under coach Frank Haith, a former coach at the University of Miami, Pressey has flourished this season using ball screen action created by University of Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi at the top of the key. “The difference between the old-school point guard and what there is now, there’s so much more dribbling and ballhandling involved,” Ray said. “That’s what they want out of him. They want him coming off that ball screen constantly probing the defense and doing some things in transition. From the mentality of what he’s trying to do, set up his teammates, most defi nitely old-school.” Missouri (17-6, 6-4) is 0-5 on the road in the SEC this season. It is coming off a double-digit win against the University of Mississippi last weekend. “We’ve got to be ready to play,” Haith said. “We haven’t had success on the road. Any team that plays as hard as they play and competes, they’re dangerous.” Ray said he will try to give Pressey different looks on defense even though the Bulldogs have only eight players on the roster, including six scholarship players. “Trivante (Bloodman) will get the fi rst assignment, and he’ll probably play him the predominant amount of time he’s in, but we’ll have different guys on him like Tyson (Cunningham) and Chicken (Craig Sword),” Ray said. “The emphasis will be the guy on the ball guarding Phil Pressey and the guy whose man is setting the ball screen. Those two guys have to get Phil Pressey stopped. If we have to involve the other three guys on the court then we’re in trouble.” MSU (6-15, 2-8) will try to snap an eightgame losing skid, the longest in program history since 2006. SEC ■ No. 7 Florida 69, No. 25 Kentucky 52: At Gainesville, Fla., If there were any questions about Florida’s status in the Southeastern Conference following a loss at the University Arkansas last week, it put those to rest Tuesday night with a lopsided victory against defending national champion University of Kentucky, which had freshman star Nerlens Noel go down with a knee injury. Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists, Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season and No. 7 Florida handled No. 25 Kentucky.

SOUTH Campbellsville 4, Trevecca Nazarene 2 Carson-Newman 5, Lander 3 Christopher Newport 15, E. Mennonite 6 Limestone 4, Wingate 1 Lincoln Memorial 12, Virginia-Wise 5 Pfeiffer 6, Brevard 4 Tenn. Wesleyan 4, Lee 3 Union (Ky.) 10, Asbury 9 SOUTHWEST Angelo St. 7, McMurry 2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 9, St. Mary’s (Texas) 7

Tuesday’s College Scores


EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct New York 32 17 .653 Brooklyn 30 22 .577 Boston 27 24 .529 Philadelphia 22 28 .440 Toronto 20 32 .385 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 35 14 .714 Atlanta 28 22 .560 Washington 15 35 .300 Orlando 15 36 .294 Charlotte 12 39 .235 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 31 21 .596 Chicago 30 21 .588 Milwaukee 25 25 .500 Detroit 20 33 .377 Cleveland 16 36 .308 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 41 12 .774 Memphis 33 18 .647 Houston 29 25 .537 Dallas 22 29 .431 New Orleans 18 34 .346 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 39 13 .750 Denver 33 20 .623 Utah 29 24 .547 Portland 25 27 .481 Minnesota 19 30 .388 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 37 17 .685 Golden State 30 22 .577 L.A. Lakers 25 28 .472 Sacramento 19 34 .358 Phoenix 17 36 .321 Tuesday’s Games Toronto 109, Denver 108 Miami 117, Portland 104 Memphis 108, Sacramento 101 Utah 109, Oklahoma City 94 Houston 116, Golden State 107 L.A. Lakers 91, Phoenix 85 Today’s Games San Antonio at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 6 p.m. Atlanta at Orlando, 6 p.m. Chicago at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Toronto at New York, 6:30 p.m. Denver at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Washington at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Utah at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Portland at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Houston at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Miami at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.


Tuesday’s Games Florida 69, Kentucky 52 Alabama 52, Georgia 45 Today’s Games Mississippi at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. (CSS) Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (SEC Network) Missouri at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (SEC Network) Arkansas at Auburn, 8 p.m. (CSS) Thursday’s Game LSU at South Carolina, 6 p.m. (ESPN/2) Saturday’s Games Kentucky at Tennessee, Noon (WCBI) Florida at Auburn, 12:30 p.m. (My Mississippi) Missouri at Arkansas, 3 p.m. (ESPN/2) South Carolina at Alabama, 3 p.m. (My Mississippi) Mississippi State at LSU, 4 p.m. (ESPNU) Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, 5:30 p.m. (Fox Sports South) Georgia at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) ALABAMA (16-8): Gueye 0-2 0-0 0, Lacey 3-9 1-2 8, Releford 2-3 4-7 9, Randolph 2-6 2-2 8, Cooper 6-14 0-0 14, Jacobs 3-5 0-1 6, Steele 1-3 1-2 3, Pollard 1-5 0-0 2, Obasohan 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-49 8-14 52. GEORGIA (12-12): D. Williams 1-4 2-4 4, Morris 1-8 2-4 4, Florveus 0-2 0-0 0, Caldwell-Pope 8-18 2-2 22, V. Williams 0-3 0-0 0, Mann 0-3 0-1 0, Dixon 0-0 0-0 0, Gaines 1-3 0-0 3, Brantley 0-1 0-0 0, Djurisic 5-10 2-3 12. Totals 16-52 8-14 45. Halftime—Alabama 25-22. 3-Point Goals— Alabama 6-18 (Randolph 2-3, Cooper 2-6, Releford 1-1, Lacey 1-5, Obasohan 0-1, Pollard 0-2), Georgia 5-22 (Caldwell-Pope 4-12, Gaines 1-3, Mann 0-1, Morris 0-1, Djurisic 0-2, V. Williams 0-3). Rebounds— Alabama 33 (Randolph 7), Georgia 41 (Caldwell-Pope, Mann 8). Assists—Alabama 9 (Lacey 3), Georgia 10 (V. Williams 3). Total Fouls—Alabama 16, Georgia 15. A—5,385.

22. Oklahoma (18-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 24 Iowa State, Thursday. 23. Syracuse (20-3) def. Georgetown 69-60. Next: vs. Pittsburgh, Saturday. 24. Iowa State (17-5) did not play. Next: at No. 22 Oklahoma, Thursday. 25. Oklahoma State (16-6) did not play. Next: at West Virginia, Wednesday. The weekly poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 4, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking: Rec. Pts Pvs 1. Baylor (26) 22-1 768 1 2. Connecticut (4) 22-1 742 2 3. Notre Dame (1) 23-1 722 3 4. Duke 22-1 670 4 5. Stanford 22-2 658 5 6. California 21-2 623 6 7. Kentucky 21-3 564 8 8. Maryland 19-4 553 7 9. Penn St. 20-3 480 9 10. Tennessee 19-5 454 13 11. Louisville 20-5 412 11 12. Georgia 20-4 407 10 13. Texas A&M 19-5 403 16 14. South Carolina 20-4 407 12 15. Dayton 21-1 374 15 16. UCLA 19-4 305 17 17. North Carolina 22-3 277 18 18. Purdue 18--5 255 14 19. Oklahoma 18-5 216 19 20. Florida St. 19-4 196 20 21. Syracuse 19-3 149 22 22. Delaware 20-3 106 23 23. Iowa State 17-5 86 24 24. Oklahoma State 16-6 81 21 25. Colorado 18-5 60 25 Also Receiving Votes: Wisconsin-Green Bay 31, Texas Tech 12, Kansas 5, Nebraska 4, Princeton 3, San Diego State 2, West Virginia 2, UTEP 1, South Florida 1, SMU 1.


USA Today Top 25

Alabama 52, Georgia 45

GB — 3½ 6 10½ 13½ GB — 7½ 20½ 21 24 GB — ½ 5 11½ 15 GB — 7 12½ 18 22½ GB — 6½ 10½ 14 18½ GB — 6 11½ 17½ 19½

KENTUCKY (17-7): Noel 3-5 2-4 8, Poythress 1-9 3-5 5, Goodwin 4-9 0-0 8, Harrow 0-3 0-0 0, Mays 4-7 0-0 10, Hood 0-1 0-0 0, Polson 1-2 1-2 4, Cauley-Stein 5-9 0-0 10, Wiltjer 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 21-50 6-11 52. FLORIDA (20-3): Murphy 3-10 2-2 10, Young 5-7 2-3 12, Boynton 3-7 2-3 9, Rosario 4-11 2-2 12, Wilbekin 5-9 3-4 14, Kurtz 0-0 0-0 0, Ogbueze 0-0 0-0 0, Graham 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier II 0-1 0-0 0, Prather 6-8 0-0 12, Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 11-14 69. Halftime—Florida 38-25. 3-Point Goals— Kentucky 4-12 (Mays 2-5, Polson 1-2, Wiltjer 1-2, Goodwin 0-1, Poythress 0-1, Harrow 0-1), Florida 6-14 (Rosario 2-4, Murphy 2-5, Wilbekin 1-2, Boynton 1-3). Rebounds—Kentucky 31 (Cauley-Stein, Noel 6), Florida 27 (Young 11). Assists—Kentucky 11 (Goodwin, Mays 3), Florida 17 (Wilbekin 8). Total Fouls—Kentucky 15, Florida 13. A—12,480.

No. 7 Florida 69, No. 25 Kentucky 52

Conference USA
Memphis Southern Miss. UCF UTEP Tulsa Tulane East Carolina Houston UAB Marshall SMU Rice Conference W-L Pct. 9-0 1.000 7-2 .778 7-2 .778 6-3 .667 5-5 .500 4-5 .444 4-5 .444 3-6 .333 3-6 .333 3-6 .333 3-7 .300 1-8 .111 All W-L 20-3 18-6 17-6 13-9 13-11 16-8 13-9 14-8 11-13 10-14 13-12 5-18

Games Pct. .870 .750 .739 .591 .542 .667 .591 .636 .458 .417 .520 .217

Conference All Games W-L Pct. W-L Pct. Tennessee 10-1 .909 19-5 .792 Texas A&M 9-1 .900 19-5 .792 Kentucky 9-2 .818 21-3 .833 Georgia 8-3 .727 20-4 .833 South Carolina 8-3 .727 20-4 .870 Vanderbilt 5-5 .500 15-8 .652 LSU 5-6 .455 14-10 .583 Missouri 4-6 .400 15-9 .625 Florida 4-6 .400 15-9 .625 Arkansas 4-7 .364 16-8 .667 Mississippi St. 3-7 .300 11-12 .478 Alabama 2-9 .182 12-12 .500 Auburn 2-9 .182 13-11 .542 ^ Mississippi 1-9 .100 8-15 .348 ^—Ole Miss self-imposed postseason ban Thursday’s Games South Carolina at Kentucky, 6 p.m. Mississippi State at Mississippi, 7 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M, 8 p.m. (CSS) Sunday’s Games Georgia at Florida, Noon (CSS) LSU at Mississippi State, 12:30 p.m. (SportSouth) South Carolina at Mississippi, 1 p.m. (SEC Network) Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Alabama at Auburn, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Missouri at Arkansas, 2 p.m.

Southeastern Conference

EAST Boston U. 64, Vermont 59 Holy Cross 66, Navy 57 Manhattan 62, Fairfield 40 Rutgers 57, Seton Hall 55 Stony Brook 73, Binghamton 47 SOUTH Alabama 52, Georgia 45 Florida 69, Kentucky 52 James Madison 75, Towson 70 Virginia 73, Virginia Tech 55 MIDWEST Cincinnati 68, Villanova 50 Detroit 92, Cleveland St. 62 Michigan St. 75, Michigan 52 Milwaukee 71, Loyola of Chicago 53 Missouri St. 67, Indiana St. 65 Valparaiso 68, Wright St. 61 SOUTHWEST CS Bakersfield 61, UTSA 52

Tuesday’s Men’s Major College Scores

Today’s Games Rice at Marshall, 6 p.m. UAB at East Carolina, 6 p.m. Tulane at Southern Miss., 7 p.m. UCF at Memphis, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network) UTEP at Houston, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games SMU at Tulane, 2:30 p.m. Houston at Tulsa, 3:30 p.m. Southern Miss. at East Carolina, 4 p.m. Memphis at Marshall, 7 p.m. Rice at UAB, 7 p.m. UCF at UTEP, 8 p.m.



Continued from Page 1B this game.” Heritage Academy (13-18) got into foul trouble in the second half. Leading scorer Caleb Lott (eight points) fouled out with 3 minutes, 39 seconds remaining. Senior Hudson Bean led the Patriots with 12 points. Heritage Academy couldn’t senior Carnail Minor (game-high 17 points), who was 6 of 8 from the free-throw line in the fi nal quarter to seal the victory. “We knew we had to stop (Minor), and he was just determined to not let us do that,” Harris said. The arrival and determination of veterans like Minor, point guard Brandon Sharp, and Caleb Merchant have helped transform a program that nearly went winless two years ago. “I’ve known Mark since college, and when I was at Presbyterian Christian the last two years we’ve eliminated SA the last two years by at least 10-15 points each time,” Harris said. “Mark has created an attitude by the rest of the state that you can’t walk into a game against them and think you’ll win by playing average. It’s a new day for us now.” MHSA A Class 5A, Region 3 ■ Canton 60, Starkville 59, 2OT: At Canton, Caleb Wilson had 16 points and Raphael Leonard added 10 as the Yellow Jackets (9-14) saw their season end one game short of the North State playoffs.

1. Indiana (21-3) did not play. Next: vs. Nebraska, Wednesday. 2. Duke (21-2) did not play. Next: vs. North Carolina, Wednesday. 3. Miami (19-3) did not play. Next: at Florida State, Wednesday. 4. Michigan (21-4) lost to No. 8 Michigan State 75-52. Next: vs. Penn State, Sunday. 5. Gonzaga (23-2) did not play. Next: at Saint Mary’s (Cal), Thursday. 6. Syracuse (20-3) did not play. Next: at UConn, Wednesday. 7. Florida (20-3) beat No. 25 Kentucky 69-52. Next: at Auburn, Saturday. 8. Michigan State (21-4) beat No. 4 Michigan 75-52. Next: at Nebraska, Saturday. 9. Arizona (20-3) did not play. Next: at Colorado, Thursday. 10. Kansas State (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. Baylor, Saturday. 11. Butler (20-4) did not play. Next: vs. Charlotte, Wednesday. 12. Louisville (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. St. John’s, Thursday. 13. Ohio State (17-6) did not play. Next: vs. Northwestern, Thursday. 14. Kansas (20-4) did not play. Next: vs. Texas, Saturday. 15. Georgetown (18-4) did not play. Next: at Cincinnati, Friday. 16. Pittsburgh (20-5) did not play. Next: at No. 18 Marquette, Saturday. 17. Oklahoma State (17-5) did not play. Next: at Texas Tech, Wednesday. 18. Marquette (17-6) did not play. Next: vs. No. 16 Pittsburgh, Saturday. 19. New Mexico (20-4) did not play. Next: at Fresno State, Wednesday. 20. Wisconsin (17-7) did not play. Next: at Minnesota, Thursday. 21. Notre Dame (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. DePaul, Wednesday. 22. Memphis (20-3) did not play. Next: vs. UCF, Wednesday. 23. Oregon (19-5) did not play. Next: at Washington, Wednesday. 24. Colorado State (19-4) did not play. Next: vs. San Diego State, Wednesday. 25. Kentucky (17-7) lost to No. 7 Florida 69-52. Next: at Tennessee, Saturday.

The Associated Press Men’s Top 25 Fared

Conference W-L Pct. Southern U. 11-2 .846 Ark.-Pine Bluff 11-2 .846 Texas Southern 10-2 .833 Alcorn St. 7-6 .538 Alabama St. 6-6 .500 Prairie View 5-7 .417 Jackson St 5-8 .385 Alabama A&M 4-8 .333 MVSU 4-9 .308 Grambling St. 0-13 .000

Southwestern Athletic Conference
All W-L 17-8 12-13 11-14 9-19 8-17 10-15 6-16 8-15 4-19 0-22

Games Pct. .680 .480 .440 .321 .320 .400 .273 .348 .174 .000

Saturday’s Games Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Southern, 1:30 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Prairie View, 5 p.m. Alabama State at Southern, 5 p.m. Grambling State at Jackson State, 5:30 p.m. Alabama A&M at Alcorn State, 7:30 p.m.

EAST Mount St. Mary’s 54, Wagner 42 Sacred Heart 80, Fairleigh Dickinson 48 St. Francis (NY) 68, Bryant 57 Syracuse 69, Georgetown 60 UConn 105, Providence 49 SOUTH James Madison 68, Old Dominion 56 MIDWEST DePaul 60, Rutgers 57 E. Illinois 86, Oakland City 30 SOUTHWEST Baylor 89, Texas Tech 47

Tuesday’s Women’s Major College Scores

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 13 8 2 3 19 35 Pittsburgh 13 8 5 0 16 41 N.Y. Rangers 12 7 5 0 14 33 Philadelphia 14 6 7 1 13 34 N.Y. Islanders 12 4 7 1 9 36 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Boston 11 8 1 2 18 32 Ottawa 13 7 4 2 16 33 Toronto 13 8 5 0 16 39 Montreal 12 7 4 1 15 35 Buffalo 14 5 8 1 11 39 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Carolina 12 7 4 1 15 38 Tampa Bay 12 6 5 1 13 46 Winnipeg 12 5 6 1 11 32 Florida 12 4 6 2 10 30 Washington 13 4 8 1 9 36 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 13 10 0 3 23 44 Nashville 13 6 3 4 16 25 Detroit 12 7 4 1 15 33 St. Louis 12 6 5 1 13 39 Columbus 13 4 7 2 10 30 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Vancouver 12 8 2 2 18 35 Edmonton 13 5 5 3 13 29 Minnesota 13 6 6 1 13 27 Calgary 10 3 4 3 9 26 Colorado 11 4 6 1 9 23 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF Anaheim 12 9 2 1 19 42 San Jose 13 7 3 3 17 36 Dallas 13 7 5 1 15 30 Phoenix 13 6 5 2 14 35 Los Angeles 11 4 5 2 10 26


GA 28 32 30 40 43 GA 25 23 33 33 48 GA 36 36 40 46 46 GA 28 26 32 40 41 GA 25 34 32 35 29 GA 33 29 29 35 32

Southeastern Conference
Florida Kentucky Alabama Mississippi Missouri Georgia Arkansas LSU Texas A&M Tennessee Vanderbilt Auburn South Carolina Mississippi St. Conference W-L Pct. 10-1 .909 8-3 .727 8-3 .727 7-3 .700 6-4 .600 6-5 .545 5-5 .500 4-6 .400 4-6 .400 4-6 .400 3-7 .300 3-7 .300 2-8 .200 2-8 .200 All W-L 20-3 17-7 16-8 18-5 17-6 12-12 14-9 13-8 14-9 12-10 10-12 9-14 12-11 7-15

Games Pct. .870 .708 .667 .783 .739 .500 .609 .619 .609 .545 .455 .391 .522 .318

1. Baylor (23-1) beat Texas Tech 89-47. Next: vs. TCU, Saturday. 2. Notre Dame (23-1) did not play. Next: at Marquette, Sunday. 3. UConn (23-1) beat Providence 105-49. Next: at Rutgers, Saturday. 4. Stanford (22-2) did not play. Next: at Southern Cal, Friday. 5. Duke (22-1) did not play. Next: at Virginia Tech, Thursday. 6. California (21-2) did not play. Next: at No. 15 UCLA, Friday. 7. Maryland (19-4) did not play. Next: vs. Clemson, Thursday. 8. Penn State (20-3) did not play. Next: at Iowa, Thursday. 9. Kentucky (21-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 16 South Carolina, Thursday. 10. Louisville (20-5) did not play. Next: vs. DePaul, Sunday. 11. Texas A&M (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. Florida, Thursday. 12. Tennessee (19-5) did not play. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Sunday. 13. Georgia (20-4) did not play. Next: at Florida, Sunday. 14. North Carolina (22-3) did not play. Next: vs. Wake Forest, Thursday. 15. UCLA (19-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 6 California, Friday. 16. South Carolina (20-4) did not play. Next: at No. 9 Kentucky, Thursday. 17. Dayton (21-1) did not play. Next: vs. Duquesne, Monday. 18. Purdue (18-5) did not play. Next: at Wisconsin, Thursday. 19. Florida State (19-4) did not play. Next: vs. N.C. State, Thursday. 20. Delaware (20-3) did not play. Next: vs. Old Dominion, Thursday. 21. Colorado (18-5) did not play. Next: at Arizona, Friday.

The AP Women’s Top 25 Fared

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 4, Boston 3, SO Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 3, SO Anaheim 3, Chicago 2, SO Carolina 4, New Jersey 2 Ottawa 2, Buffalo 0 Washington 6, Florida 5, OT Philadelphia 3, Winnipeg 2 Nashville 1, San Jose 0, OT Dallas 4, Edmonton 1 Vancouver 2, Minnesota 1 Today’s Games Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. St. Louis at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Dallas at Calgary, 8:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. Toronto at Carolina, 6 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Montreal at Florida, 6:30 p.m. Phoenix at Nashville, 7 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 7 p.m.


BASEBALL American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Acquired INF/OF Elliot Johnson from Tampa Bay to complete an earlier trade. Placed RHP Felipe Paulino on the 60-day DL. OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Agreed to terms with LHP Hideki Okajima on a minor league contract. SEATTLE MARINERS—Agreed to terms with RHP Felix Hernandez on a multiyear contract, LHP Joe Saunders on a one-year contract and RHP Jon Garland and Kameron Loe on minor league contracts. Designated 1B/DH Mike Carp for assignment. TEXAS RANGERS—Agrred to terms with LHP Jeff Beliveau, RHP Cory Burns, RHP Justin Grimm, LHP Michael Kirkman, RHP Justin Miller, RHP Neil Ramirez, LHP Robbie Ross and INF Mike Olt on oneyear contracts. National League CINCINNATI REDS—Agreed to terms with RHP Mat Latos on a two-year contract. FOOTBALL National Football League CHICAGO BEARS—Terminated the contract of WR Johnny Knox.

Tuesday’s Moves

Continued from Page 1B “I hopefully take a bit of everyone I have had a chance to work with or played for or worked for. (LSU coach) Les Miles did a lot for me, showing me a different style,” Gonzales said in June in an interview on the Big Ten Network. “Charley Molnar at UMass is a mentor of mine. Dan Mullen is another. It’s hard to say there has been just one or two. I appreciate all of them.” Multiple phone calls and text messages to Mullen in the past three days weren’t returned. With MSU already at the NCAA limit for assistant coaches, sources confirmed to The Dispatch current MSU assistant coach Tim Brewster will be moved to tight ends coach and Scott Sallach will be moved off the field to an administrative position inside the program. “Tim is a great recruiter and did do a good job,” Mullen said Feb. 6 on National Signing Day. Brewster, who was fired as the head coach at the University of Minnesota in 2010 after leading the Golden Gophers program to a 15-30 record in four seasons, recruited at least four of the six receiver prospects MSU brought in to its 2013 recruiting class. “One thing Tim brings us is being a head coach it kind of makes my life a little bit easier at times,” Mullen said. “He knows what I’m going through and he knows the thought process and sometimes what the head coach is dealing with. Someone good to keep bouncing ideas off of and being there and help with the recruiting aspect of things.” According to a report from the Champaign (Ill.) News Gazette, Gonzales was forced off the staff of Illinois coach Tim Beckman late Thursday. He split offensive coordinator duties with Chris Beatty last season. The Illini, who finished 2-10 in 2012, had the worst offense in the Big Ten Conference (16.7 points and 296.7 yards per game). Beatty was fired after the season. Gonzales reportedly was a candidate to be hired at the University of Utah before former Arizona State University and University of Miami coach Dennis Erickson was hired as the football team’s offensive coordinator. Gonzales, who is known as a superior recruiter, has Southeastern Conference experience at Florida and as the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at LSU. Gonzales was part of the coaching staff that led the Tigers to the 2011 SEC championship and an appearance in the Bowl Championship Series national championship. Gonzales’ impact on the LSU passing game contributed to the development of receiver Rueben Randle, who earned first-team All-SEC honors, and the emergence of freshman Odell Beckham Jr., who ranked second on the team with 41 receptions for 475 yards and also earned freshman AllSEC accolades. At MSU, Gonzales could help Mullen on special teams. In addition to his role as Utah’s wide receivers coach, Gonzales also served as the special teams coordinator. In 2003, Utah led the nation in kickoff returns with a 28.2 average. The Utes also ranked third in the nation in net punting (40.8 yards) and fifth in the country in kickoff returns (26.2) in 2004. MSU was worst in the SEC in touchback percentage in kickoffs (21.62 percent) this past season and was 12th in the league in punt return yardage at 7.43 yards per attempt. Gonzales is MSU’s third hire since the end of the 2012 season. Former NFL player and assistant coach Deshea Townsend replaces Melvin Smith as cornerbacks coach. Geoff Collins was promoted to defensive coordinator, and David Turner (defensive line) will begin his second stint at MSU.

Did you know?
Termite colonies eat non-stop 24/7 and cause billions of dollars in damage every year.
If it crawls, call...

Northeast Exterminating

© The Dispatch

Jimmy Linley • Richard Linley

Starkville-662-323-5232 Columbus-662-329-9992 West Point-662-494-7555

Oktibbeha County Co-Op
Oktibbeha County Co-op 201 Pollard Road Starkville, MS 39759 Pollard Road • Starkville 323-1742

Get all this and more at:



LIFESTYLES EDITOR Jan Swoope: 328-2471


No symbol is more associated with Valentine’s Day than the “heart.” With a few heart-shaped cookie cutters or cake pan, you can spread the love with everything from this luscious strawberry cheesecake to pepperoni.

Some last minute ideas for a heart-shaped holiday

This true quick-fix dessert is a combination of Twinkies and raspberries.


o, the day of love is almost upon us. The sentimental side of you would like to bring a smile to those you care about, but you’ve put off making any special plans. Don’t fret. This doesn’t have to be complicated. For instance, if you have a heartshaped cookie cutter, you’re good to go. Ever since Americans began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s (so historians believe), it’s safe to assume “hearts” played a role. There’s sure no lack of them on the approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards we exchange annually. Never underestimate the many ways we can bring the hallowed heart into our kitchens, either. Heart-shaped toast,

pancakes, poached eggs, pizzas, pepperoni, sandwiches, beets, kiwi — even sushi — are pretty simple to create with various sized cookie cutters.

together on one serving plate. Spoon the berry mixture over and around the hearts and voila. Add a garnish of mint, if you like.

Cut-out heart pancakes say Be Mine.

Twinkie treat

Spread the love

No cookie cutter? All is not lost. You can make a sweet dessert out of Twinkies. Yes, Twinkies. For this great quick-fix idea from Woman’s Day, all you need are two of the snack cakes, 1 cup of fresh raspberries (or strawberries) and 3 tablespoons of seedless red raspberry (or strawberry) jam. Stir the jam and 1 tablespoon of water in a bowl until smooth. Add berries and toss the mixture gently to coat. Cut Twinkies in half diagonally, starting about 1 inch down from the top left to 1 inch from bottom of the opposite side. For each heart, put two halves

Of course, Valentine’s Day isn’t all about romantic or familial love. Admiration of another person is also something to celebrate. Think of it as a chance to say “thank you” to a friend, a co-worker, to someone who makes a difference in your life or your community. Deliver a homemade card or heart-shaped cookies to the sick or elderly, and don’t forget their caregivers. In addition to Valentine’s Day, this week marks Random Acts of Kindness Week. You might choose to buy someone a coffee or lunch, offer to babysit, volunteer at soup kitchens in Columbus See VALENTINE’S, 6B

Sweetheart berry pies, a down-home treat.

6B Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The DispaTch •

Simple, versatile, sticky and sweet weeknight pork
BY J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor


y goal was simple — a weeknight-friendly pork dish that was all about sticky-sweet-savory deliciousness. Neither take-out nor heavy lifting would be allowed, and versatility was a must. The solution called for something that could marinate all day — or even all night and all day. That way I could prep it the night before, pop it in the refrigerator to get yummy, and ignore it until dinner the following night. This required a bit of a balancing act. The marinade would need to be tangy and slightly acidic, but not so acidic that it toughened the pork during what could amount to a 24-hour bath. It also needed to be easy. I was willing to do nothing more than dump all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl, stir, then dump in the meat. Relying on mostly Asian-inspired ingredients made that easy. Most pack big flavor and can be combined with ease. I also wanted a sauce for serving with the finished pork, but I didn’t want to break out more ingredients to make that happen.

That turned out to be an easy fix. All I needed to do was boil down the marinade on the stovetop while the pork cooked. Instant and easy sticky sauce with no extra effort or expense. Finally, the versatility. My favorite recipes are those that aren’t fussy about which cut of meat I use. Because sometimes I have pork chops, sometimes I have tenderloin. Sometimes I even just have chicken. Any of the above will work nicely in this recipe. If you use chicken, opt for boneless, skinless chicken thighs; they hold up to basic roasting better without drying out.


Total time: 30 minutes (plus marinating) Makes 6 servings 1/2 cup red wine 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup mirin 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke 1 teaspoon dry ground ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 6 boneless pork chops Cooked rice, to serve (optional)

In this image taken on Jan. 21, 2013, sticky marinated pork chops are shown in Concord, N.H.
wine, soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, vinegar, oil, hot sauce, liquid smoke, ginger and garlic powder. Add the pork chops, turning them with a fork to ensure all of the meat is coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least several hours, or up to 24 hours. n When ready to cook, heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed

AP Photo/Matthew Mead

n In a large bowl, whisk together the

baking sheet with foil, then set a wire rack over it. Coat the rack with cooking spray. n Arrange the pork chops on the rack. Reserve the marinade. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until starting to brown and the chops reach 145 degrees at the center. n Meanwhile, pour the reserved marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high. Cook for 15 minutes, or until slightly

reduced and thickened. Set aside. n Once the pork has cooked, transfer it to a serving plate. Drizzle the hot marinade over it. Serve immediately, over rice if desired. Nutrition information per serving: 300 calories; 80 calories from fat (27 percent of total calories); 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 80 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 32 g protein; 890 mg sodium.

A chicken curry that is speedy, easy and delicious
BY J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor


t didn’t seem too much to ask for. I wanted a coconut chicken curry that is fast, delicious and not loaded with fat. Turned out to be easier than I expected.

Let’s start with the sauce. The key is to make it rich and flavorful without resorting to the usual culprit — full-fat coconut milk. I considered using light coconut milk, but generally have found curries made with it to be thin and unin-


of Physical Therapists


Prevent & Relieve: Plantar Faciitis Heel Pain Achilles Tendonitis Tight Calves & Hamstrings
1926 Hwy. 45 N. • Columbus, MS 662.328.4038

spiring. Fat, after all, is mighty yummy. My solution was to start with a small amount of light coconut milk, but then doctor it up. Puréeing into it a jar of roasted red peppers and a small onion was just the trick. This provided the sauce with body, as well as both sweet and savory flavors. A hefty dose of curry powder and some lemon grass added during cooking rounded it all out. To cook, all I did was bring my sauce to a simmer in a large sauté pan, then add my chicken. To bulk out the recipe with good lean protein, I also added a can of chickpeas. I tasted it as it cooked and felt it was missing something... sweet. But I wanted to avoid the obvious — sugar, honey, etc. — if I could. So I tried adding grated carrots. Perfect!

2 teaspoons curry powder Three 3-inch lengths fresh lemon grass 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained 1 cup grated carrots 1 3/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

In this image taken on Jan. 21, 2013, speedy and light chicken curry is shown in a serving dish in Concord, N.H.

AP Photo/Matthew Mead

More healthy veggies and just the right amount of natural sweetness. While you could use boneless, skinless chicken breasts in this recipe, I prefer thighs. They have a richer flavor and don’t get tough the way breasts can.


Start to finish: 30 minutes Makes 6 servings 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained 1 small yellow onion, chopped 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 cup light coconut milk

n In a blender or food processor, combine the red peppers, onion, broth, coconut milk and curry powder. Process or puree until completely smooth. n Pour the sauce into a large, deep saute pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer. Use a rolling pin or meat mallet to lightly crush the lemon grass, then add to the sauce. Stir in the chickpeas and carrots. Nestle the chicken thighs into the sauce, being sure the tops are covered. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes. n Remove and discard the lemon grass. Serve the chicken with chickpeas, carrots and sauce spooned over it. Nutrition information per serving: 320 calories; 110 calories from fat (34 percent of total calories); 12 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 90 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 30 g protein; 600 mg sodium.

© The Dispatch

Continued from Page 5B
and Starkville, or walk dogs at the animal shelters. The Washington, D.C.-based Case Foundation, established by AOL co-founder Steve Case and his wife, Jean, in 1997, suggests getting a head start on spring cleaning: Dig out clothes, toys, furniture, household items, even old computers, you can donate to nonprofits. On the local level, go to fincon. net/kindnessraiser to learn about participating in the acts of kindness campaign spearheaded by Financial Concepts in Columbus. It’s a fitting way to spread some Valentine’s love.
1/2 stick butter, (1/4 cup, melted)

Uniform Center

Treat yourself

As the hours count down to Cupid’s big day, there is still time to make it a special occasion, without a lot of fuss and prep. How about spreading a blanket on the living room floor for an indoor picnic? A wedge of Brie, some sliced black forest ham and baguettes, paired with strawberries and your favorite wine or sparkling juice, can make the evening memorable. But keep in mind that nowhere is it written that a significant other is required in order to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself to that delicious dish from your favorite restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, or a favorite at-home flick while indulging in chocolate-dipped strawberries. Treat yourself well. Remember, U R Gr8t.

n Halve the strawberries and put in a saucepan with the sugar and water. Simmer over a low heat until the berries are soft and the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle over the gelatin, stirring until dissolved. Pass the mixture through a strainer into a bowl and let cool. n To make the base, put the crackers into a resealable bag and crush using a rolling pin, then mix with the melted butter and spoon into the bases of four heart-shaped springform pans. Press the crumbs firmly into the bases. n Put the cream cheese and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl. Slowly add the cold strawberry mixture and whisk until smooth, then carefully spoon the mixture into the pans. n Transfer to the refrigerator and leave to set for about 4 hours, or preferably overnight. Decorate with extra strawberries on top. (Source:

an inch of space around the edge of the heart. n Carefully pick up the empty hearts and use them to cover the filled hearts. Use a fork to lightly press down the edges of the hearts and seal the dough. n Mix together the egg and water, lightly brush over the hearts. Sprinkle with dusting of sugar. Lightly prick with a fork to let steam escape while baking. n Bake at 400-degrees for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Let cool completely before serving. n Store up to three days in an air-tight container, on the counter. (Source:

Makes 8 pancakes 1 cup packaged pancake & waffle mix 3/4 cup 2 percent milk 1 tablespoon oil 1 egg Red food coloring Pancake syrup Sliced strawberries

Makes 6 pies 1/2 pint fresh strawberries (or blueberries) 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground Cardamom 2 refrigerated pie crusts 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water for egg wash 4-by-4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter Wax paper, parchment paper

3/4 pound strawberries 2 bars cream cheese, (8 ounces each ) 1 envelope unflavored gelatin, (1/4-ounce) 2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the crust: 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, (made from 6 1/2 sheets graham crackers)

n Thoroughly wash berries and make sure there are no stems. Pour them in to a medium sauce pan. Put a small plate into the freezer. n Add the sugar and cardamom, stir well. Cook over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes. The berries will lightly burst and the sugar will start to melt at this point. n To test if the filling is firm enough, remove the plate from the freezer. Spoon a dab of the filling on to the plate. Run your finger through the filling, if it runs back together, it is not firm enough. If it stays apart on the plate, it is ready. n After the filling is firm, set aside to cool while you work with the dough. n Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. n Unroll the pie crusts on a sheet of wax paper. Carefully cut out six hearts out of one of the crusts. Dab the filling into the center of three of the hearts, leaving

n Prepare pancake mix according to package directions. Divide batter evenly into two medium-size bowls. Set one bowl aside. n Gently stir red food coloring into the second bowl until the batter turns a deep pink color. n Prepare a flattop griddle or pan; pancakes turn out better when cooked on a flat surface. Rub the pan with a little bit of oil; using butter may scorch and could affect the look of the pancakes. n Set griddle to the temperature indicated on the package. Sprinkle a few drops of water in the center; if bubbles skitter around the pan, it is ready for cooking. n Cook pancakes according to package directions until you have used all of the batter from both bowls. Make sure you make an even number of pancakes and that you have the same amount from each bowl. n When pancakes are finished, place them on a wire cooling rack or a sheet of foil for two minutes. Then, transfer to a clean cutting board. n Cut a heart out of the center of each pancake using a two-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. n Place a red mini-pancake heart in the center of each white pancake and a white mini-pancake heart in the center of each red pancake. Serve with warm syrup and sliced strawberries. (Source:

The DispaTch •

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Chicken, waffles and gravy: the easy way
BY J.M. HirscH AP Food Editor

his is my weeknight-friendly take on fried chicken served on waffles, a total comfort food perfect for a cold winter night. And two totally respectable convenience foods make it a snap to get on the table in almost no time — rotisserie chicken and


frozen waffles. I’m a big believer that if you eat a lot of chicken and have a crazy busy schedule, a rotisserie chicken should be a staple of your weekly shopping list. For this easy dinner, I used both of these go-to ingredients, and dressed them with a killer mushroom gravy. You can serve this chicken and gravy over toasted slabs of sourdough bread, too.

Start to finish: 20 minutes Makes 4 servings 1 tablespoon olive oil Two 4-ounce containers sliced button mushrooms 1 medium yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup white wine 1 cup heavy cream Salt and ground black pepper

4 frozen waffles Meat from a 2-pound rotisserie chicken, warmed and shredded

n In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the mushrooms, onion and garlic, then saute until the mushrooms are browned and the pan is nearly dry, about 5 minutes. n Add the wine and stir to deglaze the pan. When the wine has evaporated, stir in the cream, then bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper, then set aside. n Toast the waffles according to

package directions. n Place one toasted waffle on each serving plate. Top with a heap of warmed, shredded chicken, then spoon ample amounts of mushroom gravy over it. Nutrition information per serving: 510 calories; 290 calories from fat (57 percent of total calories); 32 g fat (16 g saturated; 0.5 g trans fats); 165 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 29 g protein; 1310 mg sodium

Comics & Puzzles


Dear Abby
certainly are. That’s what mothers are for -- to inject a dose of sanity when everyone around her is losing theirs. DEAR ABBY: The other day at work, my girlfriend overheard a group of people in the break room talking about what they’d do first if they won the lottery. Without exception, everyone in that room said the first thing they would do is get a divorce. My girlfriend was stunned. Have you ever done an informal reader survey on this subject? Is the state of marriage in America really that bad? I’m also curious if answers would differ along gender lines. Let me know what you think, and thanks. -HAPPILY SINGLE BUT STILL A BELIEVER IN MARRIAGE DEAR HAPPILY SINGLE: No, I have not done a reader survey on this subject. But I’m glad you asked, because I think what your girlfriend heard is a sad commentary on the state of the marriages of her co-workers. Readers, if you’d care to chime in on this, I’m sure it would be enlightening. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.




EAR can “handle ABBY: My everything,” daughters and she enjoys are attractive seeing “everyyoung women, one happy.” both doing well She says Alicia in their profeswon’t sleep sional careers. around now and, “Melanie,” who maybe, one day is 27, is married she’ll marry a to “Sam,” handsome man an extremely like Sam who attractive and will “return the successful man. favor”! My 30-yearI can’t beDear Abby old daughter, lieve these girls “Alicia,” has been divorced are my daughters. Should I for a year. Her marriage continue to protest or let it failed two years ago because go? Is this relaxed attitude she and her husband had about sex prevalent in young an appetite for sex outside people today? I cannot undertheir marriage. While I was stand Melanie’s lack of desire disturbed about that, I was to defend her turf. -- HEARThorrified to learn that Melanie BROKEN MOM IN FLORIDA allows her sister to occasionDEAR MOM: Your daughally have sex with Sam. ters appear to be into the Melanie’s argument is that concept of open marriage. Sam is less likely to cheat Clearly, they do not view margiven this situation. When riage and relationships the I asked her and Sam about same way you do. it, he said it wasn’t his idea. Melanie is naive to think My current husband says any that encouraging Sam to have man who would refuse this a sexual relationship with “set-up” would be nuts. Alicia her sister will discourage him claims she “doesn’t have from seeking other partners. time” to date right now, and Far from it. And as for her after she finishes her MBA, wanting to start a family, has she’ll seek out a more normal she considered what will haprelationship. pen if her husband impregI am distraught about nates Alicia at the same time this mess. Melanie says she -- or first? wants to start a family soon. But back to your question: She says she loves Sam, who Are you right to protest? You

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 13). You’ll make yourself more visible over the next five weeks and jump-start your star power in the process. Knowing more people leads to the discovery of your talents, because each person brings out something new in you. In April, you’ll start to earn more. Someone falls in love -- or more deeply in love -- with you in June. Pisces and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 19, 21, 4 and 7. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll have doubts about whether you can accomplish what’s being asked of you, but try to believe in yourself anyway. Your training will kick in just when you need it the most. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You love a challenge, and the one you face today will be life-altering. You’ll be forced to show a different side of you, and this new personality is surprisingly effective at getting people to move. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can’t change another person, but you can inspire a person to change, and that’s precisely what you’ll do. You’ll be an example of the change you want to see in someone else. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You strive to be accepting. It’s not easy when you’re around people who don’t give you any obvious incentive for kindness, but those are precisely the people who most need an open heart. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). No matter how long you have known a person, you can always learn something new about him or her. Today you’ll ask the questions that invite surprising answers. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Social skills are like any other skill set in that if you don’t put them to good use, they will atrophy. The mixing and mingling you do now will keep you strong for upcoming events. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Whenever you start, you feel like you should have begun sooner, but this is just one of time’s ways of playing tricks on you. Don’t buy it! Rest assured, your timing is perfect. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Someone near you may be in a crabby mood, and there’s nothing you can say to make it better. The most supportive move of all is to give this person space. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your genuine interest in a subject makes learning about it very easy. This is also true of an intriguing person. With your curiosity in the lead, you always know what to say next. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Human nature being what it is, very few people know how to make a cool exit. It takes a fair amount of self-control to quit while you’re ahead and leave them wanting more. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The chemical reactions between you and the people in your environment may be particularly strong now. You can’t help who you like or don’t like, but you can still choose how to act on the feeling. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Facing your challenges dead-on makes you powerful. And you’re relatively fearless today, too, so stare your problem in the eyeballs until it blinks or flinches.






Lot 224 of 8B WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARYNew Hope Park Sub13, 2013 division - Second Extension (Lots 152-228), an unrecorded subdivision, located in the Southwest Quarter (SW 1/4) of Section 32, Township 18 South, Range 17 West, Lowndes County, Mississippi, and more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of the Southwest Quarter (SW 1/4) of the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4) of said Section 32; thence South, along the West line of said Section 32, a distance of 447.0 feet; thence S 87 -30'-00" E, a distance of 214.5 feet to the Northwest corner of Lot 70 of New Hope Park Subdivision (Lots 1-109) as recorded in Plat Book 4 at page 11 on file in the Chancery Clerk's Office, Lowndes County, Mississippi; thence along the Western boundary of said New Hope Park Subdivision (Lots 1109) for the following calls and distances: South, a distance of 356.1 feet; S 88 -18' E, a distance of 212.2 feet; S 00 -35' E, a distance of 216.0 feet; N 87 -30' W, a distance of 106.6 feet; South, a distance of 670.5 feet to the Southwest corner of Lot 94 of said New Hope Park Subdivision (Lots 1-109) and the Northwest corner of Lot 137 of New Hope Park Subdivision First Extension (Lots 110-151) as recorded in Plat Book 5 at page 16, on file in the Chancery Clerk's Office, Lowndes County, Mississippi; thence along the Western boundary of said New Hope Park Subdivision - First Extension (Lots 110-151) for the following calls and distances: South, a distance of 115.0 feet; N 87 -30' W, a distance of 30.0 feet; S 00 -00'-00" E, a distance of 345.0 feet to the Southwest corner of Lot 140 of said New Hope Park Subdivision - First Extension; thence S 87 -30'-00" E, along the South line of said Lot 140, a distance of 200.0 feet to a point on the West right of way of Jones Drive; thence South, along said West right of way, a distance of 47.8 feet; thence S 87 -30'-00" E, a distance of 50.05 feet to the East right of way of said Jones Drive; thence continue S 87 -30'-00" E, along the South line of Lot 141 of said New Hope Park Subdivision - First Extension (Lots 110-151), a distance of 130.0 feet; thence North, along the East line of Lot 141 of said New Hope Park SubdivisionFirst Extension, a distance of 165.0 feet; thence S 87 -30'-00" E, along the South line of Lots 143-146 of said New Hope Park Subdivision - First Extension (Lots 110-151), a distance of 468.66 feet; thence N 74 -08'-00" E, along the South line of Lots 147-149 of said New Hope Park Subdivision First Extension (Lots 110-151), a distance of 267.41 feet; thence S 00 -02'-30"W, along the East line of Lot 160 of said New Hope Park Subdivision Second Extension (Lots001 Legal Notices 152228), an unrecorded subdivision, a distance of 158.31; thence N 84 20'55" E, a distance of 149.21 feet to the West right of way of Rogers Way; thence S 00 -13'-00" W, along the West right of way of Rogers Way, a distance of 45.48 feet; thence S 89 46' 00" E, a distance of 50.0 feet to the East right of way of Rogers Way: thence S 00 -13'-00" W, along the East right of way of Rogers Way, a distance of 643.52 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue S 00 13'00" W, along the East right of way of Rogers Way, a distance of 107.26 feet; thence S 89 -45'-21" E, a distance of 167.83 feet; thence N 00 -03'-23" W, a distance of 107.26 feet; thence N 89 -45'-21" W, a distance of 167.32 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING and containing 0.41 acres, more or less. SUBJECT TO: A five (5) foot wide utility easement located South of, along and adjacent to the North line of the above described property and a five (5) foot wide utility easement located North of, along and adjacent to the South line of the above described property. SUBJECT TO: A ten (10) foot wide utility easement located East of, along and adjacent to the West line of the above described property and a ten (10) foot wide utility easement located West of, along and adjacent to the East line of the above described property. SUBJECT TO: A thirty (30) foot setback line located East of, along and adjacent to the West line of the above described property. I will convey only such title as is vested in me as trustee. WITNESS MY SIGNATURE, this the 25th day of January, 2013. /s/ THOMAS L. SEGREST, TRUSTEE PUBLISH: January 30, 2013; February 6, 2013; February 13, 2013; February 20, 2013


JUDICIAL COMMISSIONER'S SALE NOTICE WHEREAS, on or about November 11, 2005, Shirley Taylor and L. C. Taylor, Sr. [sic], corrected to be L.C. Taylor, Jr. by Final Judgment below, executed and delivered a certain Deed of Trust to GMAC Mortgage Corporation d/b/a which Deed of Trust was filed for record on August 17, 2006 in Book 2006 at Page 22944 of the land records of Lowndes County, Mississippi WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, which default continues, and GMAC Mortgage Corporation d/b/a, the legal holder of the note secured by said Deed of Trust, having requested the undersigned to sell the property described hereinafter for the purpose of satisfying the indebtedness and costs of sale. WHEREAS, U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee, filed its Complaint against L.C. Taylor, Jr. and Shirley Taylor on August 26, 2010, as an adversary proceeding Cause No. 10-01148DWH related to Cause No. 0811507-DWH, in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Mississippi, seeking to quiet and confirm title and reformation of instruments and this judicial sale. WHEREAS, L.C. Taylor, Jr. is deceased and was not served with process in said suit, and the same has been dismissed as to him. WHEREAS, the Court entered a Final Judgment on December 21, 2012, correcting the legal descriptionNotices 001 Legal of the Subject Property as set forth below, in regard to the pertinent Deeds and Deed of Trust and confirming the same to be good and valid evidence of good and marketable title from henceforth. WHEREAS, the Court decreed, quieted and confirmed the title in the Subject Property to be held by Shirley Taylor, subject to the first priority lien of the Deed of Trust and an equitable lien in favor of GMAC Mortgage Corporation d/b/a WHEREAS, the Court further ordered and appointed Scott R. Hendrix as Special Commissioner for the purpose of conducting a judicial sale of the Subject Property. WHEREAS, the Court ordered that the Subject Property be sold by judicial sale by the said duly appointed Special Commissioner in the method and manner set forth in the Complaint and in accordance with the terms of the Deed of Trust, and Final Judgment. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that I, the undersigned Judicial Commissioner, will on the 14th day of February, 2013, at the South front door of the Lowndes County Courthouse in Columbus, Mississippi within legal hours, offer for sale, at public outcry, to the highest bidder for cash, the following described property in Lowndes County, Mississippi, to-wit: A tract or parcel of land containing 1.0 acre, more or less, lying in the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 25, Township 16 South, Range 18 West, Lowndes County, Mississippi, and being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the intersection of the North line of the East Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 25 and the centerline of Buck Egger Road, and run thence South 89 degrees 25 minutes West 20 feet to an iron pin on the West right-of-way of said Buck Egger Road and the POINT OF BEGINNING; run thence South 00 degrees 13 minutes East 161.37 feet along said right-of-way to an iron pin; run thence South 84 degrees 04 minutes West 199.34 feet to an iron pipe; run thence North 89 degrees 29 minutes West 54 feet to an iron pin; run thence North 00 degrees 17 minutes West 178.94 feet to an iron pin on the North boundary of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 25, run thence North 89 degrees 25 minutes East 252.56 feet along said boundary to the point of beginning. This sale and its outcome shall be subject to being reported to the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Mississippi, in Cause No. 0811507-DWH, adversary proceeding 10-01148-DWH. Such title will be conveyed as is vested in me as Judicial Commissioner aforesaid without warranty of any kind. This, the 17th day of January, 2013. /s/ Scott R. Hendrix Scott R. Hendrix, Judicial Commissioner PUBLISH: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 2013.

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S NOTICE OF SALE WHEREAS, on October 22, 2009, Timothy W. Butler, Jr. and April S. Butler executed a Deed of Trust to J. Patrick Caldwell as Trustee for the benefit of BancorpSouth Bank, which Deed of Trust was recorded in Book 2009, Page 25254 in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Lowndes County, Mississippi; and WHEREAS, BancorpSouth Bank, the holder of said Deed of Trust and the Note secured thereby, substituted Scot P. Goldsholl as Trustee in place of the aforementioned original Trustee, as authorized by the terms thereof, as evidenced by an instrument dated October 5, 2012, and recorded in Book 2012, Page 24346 in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Lowndes County, Mississippi; and WHEREAS, default having been made in the terms and conditions of said Deed of Trust, and the entire debt secured thereby having been declared to be due and payable, and the legal holder of said indebtedness, BancorpSouth Bank, having requested the undersigned Substitute Trustee to execute the trust and sell said land and property in accordance with the terms of said Deed of Trust for the purpose of raising the sums due thereunder, together with attorney's fees, Substitute Trustee's fees and expenses of sale. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Scot P. Goldsholl, Substitute Trustee, will on February 20, 2013, offer for sale at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, within legal hours (between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.) at the front door of the Lowndes County Courthouse in Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, Legal Notices 001 the following-described property: INDEXING INSTRUCTIONS: Lot 24, Brooke Hollow Subdivision (unrecorded); SE1/4 S5/T17S/R17W, Lowndes County, MS. Lot 24 of an unrecorded subdivision known as Brooke Hollow, containing 2.30 acres, more or less, lying in the Southeast Quarter of Section 5, Township 17 South, Range 17 West, Lowndes County, Mississippi, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the intersection of the centerline of a public road known as Wright Road and the centerline of a public road known as Caledonia Steens Road (being the Southeast Corner of said Section 5), run thence North 01 degrees 21 minutes West along the centerline of said Caledonia Steens Road for 20 feet; thence North 87 degrees 28 minutes West for 25 feet to the intersection of the West right of way of said Caledonia Steens Road with the North right of way of said Wright Road; thence North 01 degrees 21 minutes West along the West right of way of said Caledonia Steens Road (25 feet from centerline) for 436 feet; thence North 00 degrees 45 minutes West along said West right of way for 250 feet; thence North 01 degrees 19 minutes West along said West right of way for 143.7 feet; thence Northwesterly along said West right of way and along a curve to the left (delta = 09 degrees 55 minutes, radius = 764.1 feet, chord = North 06 degrees 16 minutes West 132.2 feet) for 132.4 feet to the South right of way of a road known as Pebble Creek; thence North 13 degrees 34 minutes West along said West right of way for 60 feet to the North right of way of said Pebble Creek; thence North 15 degrees 32 minutes West along said West right of way for 281.2 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence North 17 degrees 16 minutes West along said West right of way for 198.5 feet; thence North 17 degrees 51 minutes West along said West right of way for 151.9 feet; thence South 52 degrees 00 minutes West for 380 feet; thence South 12 degrees 00 minutes East for 200 feet; thence North 75 degrees 17 minutes East for 375.7 feet to the Point of Beginning. Subject to restrictive covenants and conditions contained in that certain deed filed August 28, 1998 and recorded in Deed Book 1212 at Page 698 in the land records of Lowndes County, Mississippi, and which are covenants running with the land on all lots in said Brooke Hollow. Title to the above described property is believed to be good, but I will convey only such title as vested in me as Substitute Trustee. WITNESS my signature on this 14th day of January, 2013. /s/ Scot P. Goldsholl, Substitute Trustee Dyke, Henry, Goldsholl & Winzerling PLC 415 North McKinley, Suite 1177 Little Rock, AR 72205 Telephone No. 501-661-1000 THIS DOCUMENT PREPARED BY: DYKE, HENRY, GOLDSHOLL & WINZERLING, P.L.C. 415 N. McKinley, Ste 1177 Little Rock, AR 72205 Telephone No. (501) 661-1000 DHGW No. 75212G-3 PUBLISH ON THESE DATES: January 30, 2013 February 6, 2013 February 13, 2013

Legal Notices 001
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY OF LOWNDES TRUSTEE'S NOTICE OF SALE WHEREAS, on June 22, 2011, Melba Menotti executed a deed of trust to Thomas L. Segrest, Trustee, for the use and benefit of McNees Construction, Inc., a Mississippi corporation, which deed of trust is recorded in Trust Deed Book 2011, at Pages 11573, in the office of the Chancery Clerk of Lowndes County, Mississippi; and, WHEREAS, default having been made in the terms and conditions of said deed of trust and the entire debt secured thereby having been declared to be due and payable in accordance with the terms of said deed of trust and the legal holder of said indebtedness having requested the undersigned substitute trustee to execute the trust and sell said land and property in accordance with the terms of said deed of trust for the purpose of raising the sum due thereunder, together with attorney's fees, trustee's fees, and expense of sale; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas L. Segrest, Trustee in said deed of trust, will on February 21, 2013, offer for sale at public outcry, and sell within legal hours (Being between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.) at the east front door of the Lowndes County Courthouse, Columbus, Mississippi, to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property lying and being situated in the County of Lowndes, State of Mississippi, to-wit: Lot 224 of New Hope Park Subdivision - Second Extension (Lots 152-228), an unrecorded subdivision, located in the Southwest Quarter (SW 1/4) of Section 32, Township 18 South, Range 17 West, Lowndes County, Mississippi, and more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of the Southwest Quarter (SW 1/4) of the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4) of said Section 32; thence South, along the West line of said Section 32, a distance of 447.0 feet; thence S 87 -30'-00" E, a distance of 214.5 feet to the Northwest corner of Lot 70 of New Hope Park Subdivision (Lots 1-109) as recorded in Plat Book 4 at page 11 on file in the Chancery Clerk's Office, Lowndes County, Mississippi; thence along the Western boundary of said New Hope Park Subdivision (Lots 1109) for the following calls and distances: South, a distance of 356.1 feet; S 88 -18' E, a distance of 212.2 feet; S 00 -35' E, a distance of 216.0 feet; N 87 -30' W, a distance of 106.6 feet; South, a distance of 670.5 feet to the Southwest corner of Lot 94 of said New Hope Park Subdivision (Lots 1-109) and the Northwest corner of Lot 137 of New Hope Park Subdivision First Extension (Lots 110-151) as recorded in Plat Book 5 at page 16, on file in the Chancery Clerk's Office, Lowndes County, Mississippi; thence along the Western boundary of said New Hope Park Subdivision - First Extension (Lots 110-151) for the following calls and distances: South, a distance of 115.0 feet; N 87 -30' W, a distance of 30.0 feet; S 00 -00'-00" E, a distance of 345.0 feet to the Southwest corner of Lot 140 of said New Hope Park Subdivision - First Extension; thence S 87 -30'-00" E, along the South line of said Lot 140, a distance of 200.0 feet to a point on the West right of way of Jones Drive; thence South, along said West right of way, a distance of 47.8 feet; thence S 87 -30'-00" E, a distance of 50.05 feet to the East right of way of said Jones Drive; thence continue S 87 -30'-00" E, along the South line of Lot 141 of said New Hope Park Subdivision - First Extension (Lots 110-151), a distance of 130.0 feet; thence North, along the East line of Lot 141 of said New Hope Park SubdivisionFirst Extension, a distance of 165.0 feet; thence S 87 -30'-00" E, along the South line of Lots 143-146 of said New Hope Park Subdivision - First Extension (Lots 110-151), a distance of 468.66 feet; thence N 74 -08'-00" E, along the South line of Lots 147-149 of said New Hope Park Subdivision First Extension (Lots 110-151), a distance of 267.41 feet; thence S 00 -02'-30"W, along the East line of Lot 160 of said New Hope Park Subdivision Second Extension (Lots 152228), an unrecorded subdivision, a distance of continued next column 158.31; thence N 84 20'55" E, a distance of 149.21 feet to the West right of way of Rogers Way; thence S 00 -13'-00" W, along the West right of way of Rogers Way, a distance of 45.48 feet; thence S 89 46' 00" E, a distance of 50.0 feet to the East right of way of Rogers Way: thence S 00 -13'-00" W, along the East right of way of Rogers Way, a distance of 643.52 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue S 00 13'00" W, along the East right of way of Rogers Way, a distance of 107.26 feet; thence S 89 -45'-21" E, a distance of 167.83 feet; thence N 00 -03'-23" W, a distance of 107.26 feet; thence N 89 -45'-21" W, a distance of 167.32 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING and containing 0.41 acres, more or less.

Legal Notices 001
Substitute Trustee's Notice of Sale STATE OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY OF Lowndes WHEREAS, on the 25th day of October, 2007 and acknowledged on the 25th day of October, 2007, Loria Porter and husband Freddie Porter tenants by the entirety with right of survivorship, executed and delivered a certain Deed of Trust unto Bryan P. Griffin, Trustee for Wells Fargo Financial Mississippi 2, Inc., Beneficiary, to secure an indebtedness therein described, which Deed of Trust is recorded in the office of the Chancery Clerk of Lowndes County, Mississippi in Mortgage Book 2007 at Page 32833; and WHEREAS, on the 16th day of July, 2012, the Holder of said Deed of Trust substituted and appointed John C Morris IV as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, by instrument recorded in the office of the aforesaid Chancery Clerk in Mort Book 2012 at Page 16721; and WHEREAS, default having been made in the payments of the indebtedness secured by the said Deed of Trust, and the holder of said Deed of Trust, having requested the undersigned so to do, on the 20th day of February, 2013, I will during the lawful hours of between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., at public outcry, offer for sale and will sell, at the south east front door of Lowndes County Courthouse, 505 2nd Ave. North at Columbus, Mississippi, for cash to the highest bidder, the following described land and property situated in Lowndes County, Mississippi, to-wit: All that certain property situated in the County of Lowndes, and State of Mississippi, being described as follows: Lots 17 and 18 of Lawrence Addition to Pinelawn Subdivision, a subdivision of Lowndes County, Mississippi, as shown by plat of said subdivision in Subdivision Plat Book 2 at Page 3 (formerly page 2) of the record in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Lowndes County, Mississippi, and subject to the restrictive covenants and conditions for said subdivision dated August 21, 1964 and of record in Book 242 at page 458 of the records of the office of the Chancery Clerk of Lowndes County, Mississippi. Being the property conveyed in Warranty Deed from Hilbert Williams and Ricky L. McGill to Loria Porter and husband, Freddie Porter, dated 06/19/2000. recorded 06/20/2000, in Deed Book 1306, Page 804, in the Clerk of Chancery Court of Lowndes County, Mississippi. I will only convey such title as is vested in me as Substitute Trustee. WITNESS MY SIGNATURE, this 22nd day of January, 2013. John C Morris IV Substitute Trustee 2309 Oliver Road Monroe, LA 71201 (318) 330-9020 F12-1399 PUBLISH: 1-30-13, 2-6-13 & 2-13-13

Building & Remodeling 112
BUILDING & REMODELING Additions from the ground up, remodeling inside & out. You'll like our est. You'll love our work! 662-889-8791 REMODELING OF all types. Apartment maintenance, brick masonry, stone work & painting. Free estimates. 5703430 or 574-7325

Optical Manger/Optician
Growing Starkville based, Opthalmic practice seeks highly motivated, energetic, reliable, selfstarting individual. Applicant is preferably ABO Certified & must have a proven track record of optical management & the implementation of all optical operations. Professionalism & “business” attitude a must. Must have the ability to perform as a dispensing optician. Excellent opportunity for qualified candidate. Salary/benefits commensurate with education & experience. For consideration, qualified applicants should email resumé with compensation history requirements to: © The Dispatch
Painting & Papering 162
SULLIVAN'S PAINT SERVICE Certified in lead removal offering special prices on interior & exterior painting, pressure washing & sheet rock repairs. Free Estimates Call 435-6528

TOM HATCHER, LLC Custom Construction, Restoration, Remodeling, Repair, Insurance claims. Call 662-3641769. Licensed & Bonded

Computer Services 125
3333333333333 COMPUTER REPAIR All types of computer repairs. Slow computer, blue screen, no power or lock ups. I also install software. Call today for a free estimate. 205-695-0612 or 205-431-6975 3333333333333

Columbus Colony Apartments
301 Bishop Circle Columbus, MS

General Services 136
RETAINER W ALL, driveway, foundation, concrete/riff raft drainage work, remodeling, basement foundation, repairs, small dump truck hauling (5-6 yd) load & demolition/lot cleaning. Burr Masonry 242-0259

Stump Removal 179
STILL ENJOY weed eating around your ugly stumps? Call AllStump Grinding Service! 662361-8379

HANDYMAN DAN. Plumbing, painting, floors, yd. wk. light roofing. All types of handyman work. Good prices. 574-6962/497-6277
JACK OF ALL TRADES Holiday specials. Commercial,residential & general cleaning, indoor & outdoor painting, pressure washing. Call Roger 386-6067
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER Closets, attics, garages, etc. No job too big or too small. Ref. avail. Call 662-352-9737

1 & 2 Bedrooms
Please Call or Stop by 662-251-1288
Rural Development Financed

Tree Service 186
A&T Tree Service Bucket truck & stump removal. Free est. Serving Columbus since 1987. Senior citizen disc. Call Alvin @ 242-0324 / 241-4447. “We'll go out on a limb for you!”
CUNNINGHAM TREE SERVICE Cut, trim & remove. Free estimates. Insured & Bonded. Work out of a bucket truck only. Call 205-695-7263

Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DIVERT OR WITHDRAW FOR BENEFICIAL USE THE PUBLIC WATERS OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI Notice is hereby given that on the 9th day of January, 2013, Andy Atkins, 434 Greenbriar Road, Columbus, MS 39705, filed an application for permit to divert or withdraw the public waters of the State of Mississippi for beneficial use, from the Gordo aquifer, in the county of Lowndes, for industrial purposes subject to existing rights, the following amount of water at the indicated location: Application No.: MS-GW-17059 Volume: .07 MG/D Rate: 150 GPM Location: SW SE S28, T16S, 18W Any person, firm, association, or corporation, deeming that the granting of the above application will be truly detrimental to their rights to utilize the waters of said source, may protest in writing to the Permit Board of the State of Mississippi, c/o Lisa A May, PO Box 2309, Jackson, Mississippi 39225-2309, setting forth all reasons why said applications should not be approved. Letters of protest must be received within ten (10) days of this publication. If not protested, the permits will be issued on/after ten days following publication date. If protested, the applications will be taken for consideration by the Permit Board of the State of Mississippi in its offices at 515 East Amite Street, Jackson, Mississippi, on, or after, Tuesday, the 12th day of March, 2013, at which time all interested persons may appear and be heard by the Permit Board. OFFICE OF LAND AND WATER RESOURCES Lisa A May, RPG Permitting Branch Chief

Lost & Found 230

Housecleaning 138
RESIDENTIAL CLEANING. Weekly, daily or monthly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Call Beverly @ 574-7984 or 3641423

LET US HELP find your J.R. BOURLAND TREE & lost pet. Email, fax, mail STUMP Removal & trim- or bring your information ming with bucket truck. by the office and we will Licensed & Bonded. run your lost & found ad Firewood 4 sale LWB in the Pet Finder for 3 $75. 662-574-1621 days FREE!

General Help Wanted 320

Lawn Care Landscaping 147
CUT & CLEANUP brush on property & fence line. Call Jimmy for a free estimate 662-386-6286

JUDICIAL COMMISSIONER'S SALE NOTICE WHEREAS, on or about November 11, 2005, Shirley Taylor and L. C. Taylor, Sr. [sic], corrected to be L.C. Taylor, Jr. by Final Judgment below, executed and delivered a certain Deed of Trust to GMAC Mortgage Corporation d/b/a which Deed of Trust was filed for record on August 17, 2006 in Book 2006 at Page 22944 of the land records of Lowndes County, Mississippi WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, which default continues, and GMAC Mortgage Corporation d/b/a, the legal holder of the note secured by said Deed of Trust, having requested the undersigned to sell the property described hereinafter for the purpose of satisfying the indebtedness and costs of sale. WHEREAS, U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee, filed its Complaint against L.C. Taylor, Jr. and Shirley Taylor on August 26, 2010, as an adversary proceeding Cause No. 10-01148DWH related to Cause No. 0811507-DWH, in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Mississippi, seeking to quiet and confirm title and reformation of instruments and this judicial sale. WHEREAS, L.C. Taylor, Jr. is deceased and was not served with process in said suit, and the same has been dismissed as to him. WHEREAS, the Court entered a Final Judgment on December 21, 2012, correcting the legal description of the Subject Property as set forth below, in regard to the pertinent next column continued Deeds and Deed of Trust and confirming the

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S NOTICE OF SALE WHEREAS, on October 22, 2009, Timothy W. Butler, Jr. and April S. Butler executed a Deed of Trust to J. Patrick Caldwell as Trustee for the benefit of BancorpSouth Bank, which Deed of Trust was recorded in Book 2009, Page 25254 in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Lowndes County, Mississippi; and WHEREAS, BancorpSouth Bank, the holder of said Deed of Trust and the Note secured thereby, substituted Scot P. Goldsholl as Trustee in place of the aforementioned original Trustee, as authorized by the terms thereof, as evidenced by an instrument dated October 5, 2012, and recorded in Book 2012, Page 24346 in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Lowndes County, Mississippi; and WHEREAS, default having been made in the terms and conditions of said Deed of Trust, and the entire debt secured thereby having been declared to be due and payable, and the legal holder of said indebtedness, BancorpSouth Bank, having requested the undersigned Substitute Trustee to execute the trust and sell said land and property in accordance with the terms of said Deed of Trust for the purpose of raising the sums due thereunder, together with attorney's fees, Substitute Trustee's fees and expenses of sale. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Scot P. Goldsholl, Substitute Trustee, will on February 20, 2013, offer for sale at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, within legal hours (between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.) at the front door of the Lowndes County Courthouse in Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, the following-described property: continued next column INDEXING INSTRUCTIONS: Lot

JESSE & BEVERLY'S LAW N SERVICE Mowing, landscaping tree cutting, sodding & clean-up 356-6525

Building & Remodeling 112
TODD PARKS CONSTRUCTION New Construction, Remodeling, Repairs, Concrete. Free est. Call or email 662-889-8662 or

TERRA CARE LANDSCAPING, LLC Landscaping, tree Instruction & removal, property clean School 225 up, plant care, bush hogging & herbicide spraying. 662-549-1878 ABC TUTORING since 1985. HS & College, Math, Bus. Stats & Painting & Chem stats, Phys, ACT, Papering 162 SAT 7 days/week 662***************** 722-0020/324-7100 HOME IMPROVEMENT Painting, carpentry, dry- PRIVATE TUTORING wall. Great hrly. rates. Elementary through colRef. avail. Call 662-364- lege level. For more inf. 6784 for free est. Call 662-570-4191

~Fully Insured ~Big trees ~Small trees ~Trees over house ~Storm cleanup ~ ~Brush clearing~ FREE QUOTES. Call today. 662-801-7511

Child Care Service

LEGAL NOTICES published in this newspaper and other Mississippi newspapers are on the INTERNET

Day Care | After School Programs | Summer Programs | Preschool | At-Home Child Care

Call Today!

THE COMMERCIAL Dispatch is seeking a customer service representative. Applicants must have the ability to quickly learn new computer skills, be dependable & work well with the pubSpecial lic. The ideal candidate Notices 240 has an exacting attention to detail, great nAdopt:n A Creative Fi- phone skills and a pasnancially Secure Home, sion for customer serArt, Music, LOVE, vice. A comfort with inLaughter, Family awaits side sales is a must. 1st baby. Expenses paid This position involves a Susann800-561-9323n little of everything: nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn switchboard operating, starting/stopping/maintaining subscriber acGeneral Help counts, making outWanted 320 bound calls to help sell subscriptions and taking ANGLICAN/EPISCOPAL classified ad orders. Church of the Good We want an employee Shepherd in E. Columwho understands how bus seeks spirit filled PT important happy cusorganist/choir director. tomers are to a busiGreat growth potential! ness. This full-time posiInitial task of starting tion includes health, choir & accompanying dental, vacation and worship. Traditional & sick time. Email your recontemporary worship sume to music. Pray first, then, or call 662-574-1972 drop your resume off at 516 Main St, ATTENTION. LARGE Columbus, MS. No company seeks self-mo- phone calls please tivated & result-driven men & women to start PERMANENT HEAVY immediately. We offer equip. & truck mechanic up to $1600/month per needed. Must be @ agreement advancework & pass drug/alcoment. Opportunity trip hol test. Pd health insurincentives. Call 662ance, holidays, vacation 268-8085 & bonuses based on work perform. Class A BUSY CHIROPRACTIC DL req. Send resume to: office needs team oriHeavy Equipment Meented, multi-tasking, chanic, PO Box 2982, self-motivated, detail Columbus, MS 39704 oriented person. Customer service & excelManagement lent phone skills are a must.You will be workPositions 325 ing in direct contact with patients. Email resume COMING SOON. Nationto al Sales & Lease in Columbus seeks ast. EXP. SERVER. Part mang. & collection time. Days. Apply in per- mang. w/strong work son to Jim @ Elm Lake ethic, exp. in restaurant, Golf Club. 1609 Taylor retail, sales, RTO or Thurston Dr. 2pm-4pm cust. serv. Valid DL & drug & b/ground test. Mail resume: 3410 8th LOCAL CHURCH seeks pianist. Please call 889- St. Meridian, MS 39301 Call 601-482-4668 1129 after 4pm

Medical & Dental 330
CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC seeks practice representative. Requires great communication, public speaking & customer service skills. We will train you on a proven system. Must love helping people & natural health care. Email resume to DIRECTOR OF NURSING (RN). Windsor Place Nursing/ Rehab Cntr. Will lead talented/motivated nursing staff in a demanding, fast paced, rehab & long term care envir. Ex. salary/benefits. Send resume to Administrator, 81 Windsor Blvd, Columbus, MS 39702


Garage Sales: East 451
INDOOR FLEA Market. Open Fri. 10-4 & Sat. 74. 110 Conway Dr. off Tuscaloosa. For more info. Call 662-352-6318. Vendor spots available

58 Old Yorkville Road • 327-8372 Monday & Wednesday 3pm-6pm
1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Next to New Hope Schools Stove, Refrigerator, Central Heat & Air Onsite Laundry Facility
Apartments For Rent: West 705 Houses For Rent: Northside 711
4BR/3BA CLOSE to MUW & downtown. 2,900 sf. 2nd Ave. N. & 10th St. N. Fenced back yard, porches on front & side. $1100 per month. Call 662-889-9100

Houses For Sale: Caledonia 845
3BD/2BA, 2500 living area, 3500 total heated & cooled, bonus room over garage, apt above 28 X 32 shop, on 2 acres. 662-549-4251
FSBO IN Caledonia school district. 1900 sf. Newly updated. 4BR/2BA beautiful country home. 3 ac. lot. Hardwood tile, new roof & paint. 435-1248 or 435-2842

Mobile Homes For Sale 865
PRICE JUST reduced don't miss out on this deal!! 3BR/2BA double wide, large master bath, corner lot. Easy financing WAC, $2,770 down, monthly payments of $578 (includes lot rent). Call 662-329-9110 for more info & ask about our move in special

General Merchandise 460
INVACARE ELECTRIC hospital bed. Retail $1300, asking $250 obo. Call 662-574-9460
M EILINK STEEL safe. Model A515594. Serial #76-70478. 65” high. $600. Call 205-3996447

Autos For Sale 915
2000 F150 Ext. cab. Lariat pickup. 149K miles. $4500. Call 2513533
2001 SUZUKI GRAND Vatarie. 4WD. Clean & sharp, new tires. 120K mi. $6650. Will consider a truck trade in. 3272469
2002 GM C Sierra 1500. Excellent condition. 74K miles. Call 662-338-5487 for more information

Musical Instruments 469
ACOUSTIC M USICIANS CLUB now forming. No fees. Wanted: Singers, songwriters, musicians & poets etc. All with a focus on acoustic. Meet weekly to exchange ideas, jam, etc. Call Dave 662-497-0625

FSBO: 3BR/2BA 1800 sf. on 2 acres. Close to CAFB & schools. Hardwood/tile floors & walkin closets. Seller Motivated. 662-574-2452 for more info

Professional 350
THE UNITED Way of Lowndes County seeks Executive Director. BA & MA degree preferred. Previous United Way experience a plus. Email resume and cover letter to:jobs@unitedwaylown or mail to: P. O. Box 862, Columbus, MS 39703. By 2/22/13. EOE

Houses For Rent: East 712

Free Pets 510
M IXED BREED pups to appr. good home only. 1st shots & wormed. Leave msg. 889-0468

Trades 365
EXPERIENCED M ILLWRIGHT wanted. Must have a good attitude & own tools. Salary depending on experience. Job is located in Macon. Email resume & contact information to:

Pets 515
AKC POODLE. 1.5 yrs. White female. $150 FIRM. 662-386-5472. 6pm-9pm

FULL BLOODED 3 mo. old Chow pups. $300. Registerable, h/brkn, M ACHINIST NEEDED for very cute. Mom/Dad well established, family reg. On property. Call owned business. Good 242-4662/text 352pay, excellent benefits. 6183. Ser. inq. only Please send resume to P.O. Box 2387, ColumBusiness bus, MS 39704

Opportunity 605

Truck Driving 370
AVERITT Start a strong, stable, profitable career REGIONAL DRIVERS Start at 37 cpm – Experienced Be Home EVERY week 100% Automatic Transmissions Uniforms provided BCBS Family & Individual Insurance, Dental, Vision and Health & Wellness Programs Minimum 21 years of age CDL-A w/4 mos. T/T Exp. Req. Paid driver training program for recent grads & CDL-A drivers w/limited experience. 888-WORK-4-US EOE
DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Learn to drive for US Xpress! Earn $800+ per week! No experience needed! CDL Trained and Job-Ready in 15 days! 1-888-540-7364

BBQ RESTAURANT for sale. All equipment. Ready to go. Still operating. 662-386-1542

VIP Rentals
1 Bedrooms 2 Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms Furnished & Unfurnished 1, 2 & 3 Baths Lease, Deposi t & Credit Check

VERY NICE 3 yr. old, 3 BR/2BA brick house. Houses For Sale: Privacy fence. Garage door w/opener. No pets. Starkville 846 $800/mo. + dep. 5748575 GREAT VIEW w/ Lake Membership. 4 BR/ 2BA, 2 car garage, sun House For Rent: rm, fence & patio. New Hope 713 Green Oaks Area. $175,500. 323-4079 1BR/1BA. $500/ month plus $500 deposit. Includes water/ Houses For Sale: trash. No pets. 549Other 850 5795 or 327-5341 2 HOM ES across st. from Elkriver. Houses For Rent: Rogersville. Adjoining Other 718 lots. 1 is large home. Other garage a part over WE NEED a house to st rent May 1 . Profession- 2 car garage. Quiet 256al couple moving to the 483-6498 256-4836497 area seeking a 2-3BR, pet friendly home with a 2 RENTAL INVESTfenced in back yard. M ENTS houses for sale, Budget is $600 - $700 earning income $1100 per month. Call Wes @ per mo. Quick cash sale 704-533-0575 price $98,000. Call Jackie at 662-352-4599

VICTORIAN COUNTRY HOM E Built in 1891, 4BD/3BA, CH&A 12 ft ceilings, 2 kitchens, 2 laundry rooms, lots of storage. Wrap around porch, Call 662-2426843 or 662-356-4588 Priced to sell $145,000



98 NISSAN SENTRA. Auto, cold air, 4 cyl. new tires. 132k mi. Ex. Gas mileage & transportation. $3750. 3272469

Sudoku is a numberplacing 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 level increases from Monday to Sunday.

Chevrolet Corvette 1975. 1500 miles since body off full restoration. 350 engine, 4 speed trans, strong & fast. In excellent condition. Call 662-494-9091
GREAT CAR. Great price! Acura RL 2006 Top rated used car buy. Safety, reliability, luxury. Blue with Gray leather. 92K miles. Loaded,: CD, nav., all wheel drive, heated seats. Recently serviced, needs nothing. Almost $50,000 new, asking only $13,800. 662-324-1890

OWN YOUR OWN business whether a business or franchise opportunity...when it comes to earnings or locations, there are no guarantees. A public service message from The Dispatch and the Federal Trade Commission

Apartments & Houses

Mobile Homes For Rent 725

06 NORTH RIVER 3BD/2BA 16X80 VERY NICE, Caledonia school dist. with CH&A covered decks on front & back, paid trash pick up. Off of Hwy 12. Avail Feb 1. $500 mo + $500.dep & ref. required Call 662574-1570
3BR/2BA in New Hope. Central heat/air. Call 329-4512 or 574-4292

4 HOUSES for sale. All or one. Newly remodeled. $2200 per mo. income. $156,500. Call Charlie @ 662-3864746

Apartments For Rent: Northside 701
***AFFORDABLE*** 50% off 1st mo. rent. $150 1st mo. Good thru March 5. 1-5BRs. Start @ only $299/mo. Large, remodeled units. HUD accepted. Call Don. 662-386-5552 or Robert 209-996-4075
1 & 2 BEDROOM apt. Call 328-8288 or 5747206
2BD, 1BA with CH&A All elec, W/D hookup water furnished. $350 mo + $150 dep. Call 662-329-3532

307 Hospital Drive


3BR/2BA mobile home located near MUW $400/mo. Call 2440070
3BR/2BA. No pets. Garbage furn. $475 per month. $375 deposit. New Hope school. Call 662-574-7614

BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM Country home. New 5BR/3BA custom built home on 6 acres. Wrap around porch, double car garage, hardwood floors, country kitchen, living room, family room, dining room, great room, lots of storage & energy efficient. $235,000. Call 480458-7497 or vickie@

Guaranteed Credit Approval!
We offer late model vehicles w/warranty. Call us! We will take an application over the phone! We help rebuild your credit.

Lots & Acreage 860
29 ACRES in Noxubee county. 7 mi. west of Macon on Carter Rd. Beautiful hardwood timber, live creek, exc. deer/hog hunting. $1550/acre. 601-9387871
80 ACRES in New Hope with 24 year old pines. $3500 per acre. Will divide into 10 acre plots. Owner financing available. 662-386-6619

No Turn Downs!

Apartments For Rent: Caledonia 706
SM ALL DUPLEX 1BR/ 1BA for couple. Appl. incl. $350/mo. Fully furn. except elec. Quiet area near woods & water. 356-6123/ 549-7744. Leave msg

RENT A fully equipped camper w/utilities & cable from $130/wk $480/month. 3 Columbus locations. Call 601940-1397

RENT TO OWN 2BR/ 1BA. $875 to move in $375/mo. HUD & SEC 8. 3784 Hwy 373 by CAFB. 684-9936

SEEKING EXPERIENCED flatbed driver with Class A license to haul junk cars. Call 364- NORTHWOOD TOWN6303 or 549-9988 HOUSES 2BR, 1 1/2BA, TRUCK DRIVER needed CH/A, stove, refrig, DW, for local hauling. FT/PT. WD hookups, & private patios. Call Robinson Positive attitude, clean Real Estate 328-1123 driving record, Class A license. Job located in 1, 2, 3 B EDROOM Macon. Email resume apartments & townhous& contact information es. Call for more info. 662-549-1953

EXECUTIVE SUITE. By the day, week, or month. Furn. incl. dishes, pots, linens, etc. Near town. 2 lg. rooms, 1BA, lg. privacy porch. Reasonable. 329-4405

RV CAM PER & mobile home lots. Full hookup w/sewer. 2 locations W&N from $75/wk 1BR APTS! Move in special. Free water! Free $260/mo. 662-2511149 or 601-940-1397 cable! Call 244-8944

Apartments For Rent: Other 708

Tousley Motors 662-329-4221 4782 Hwy 45 North (by Shell Station & 373 Turn Off )
Boats & Marine 925
1996 SEA RAY 175 Bowrider boat with Mercruiser I/O. Trailer w/ Bearing Buddies and new tires included. 18' 2” length, 7' beam, new prop, new starter, new battery, factory bimini top, ski locker under the floor, stereo. This boat has been great for our family of four to go tubing on the river. Gel coat has a few scratches, but fiberglass has not been damaged. $6500. All original manuals included. Call or text 662574-1561

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY Restricted 2 acres lots in Caledonia. Ready to build on. 662-435-2842 or 662-435-1248
3 ACRE lots. Fin Avail WAC, 10% dn, + Doc. Fees. Eaton Land Dev. 662-726-9648
GORGEOUS 10 acres for sale in North Columbus. $85,000. Ready to build with underground power & water. Convenient location. 662-4254826.

DOWNTOWN LIVING This beautiful apartment is located over The Commercial Dispatch in the heart of historic downtown Columbus. Formerly an attorney's office, the space has been restored and modern amenities have been added. The apartment features tall ceilFOR RENT Appliances 409 EASY STREET PROPERTIES ings, hardwood floors, central heat and air and 1 and 2BR very clean & REFRIGERATOR, Amana maintained. Soundproof. 18 on-site laundry. The Free-o-Frost 17.7 cu ft. units which I maintain per$200. Extra large chest sonally and promptly. I rent apartment includes a living room, bedroom, dinfreezer $200. 50 gal to all colors red, yellow, ing room, kitchen and aquarium $50 Call 328- black & white. I rent to all bathroom. $750 per ages 18 years to not dead. 5135 leave message My duplex apartments are month includes utilities. WE BUY & sell used ap- in a very quiet and peaceful Deposit required. environment. 24/7 camera Flexible lease terms pliances. CALL 662surveillance. Rent for 1 BD 549-5860 or 662-364$600 with 1yr lease + secu- available. No pets. Call 7779 rity deposit. Includes water, Peter at 662-574-1561

Office Spaces 730
OFFICE SPACE available for rent. North Columbus location. Owner will do modifications for tenant. Brooks Properties. 662-5491953

JUM P START your business at your new location. First 2 months FREE w/2 yr. lease. For more info contact Diane Blair @ Court Square Towers. 662244-8944

HOM E LOT, Hwy 12. Across from Country Club Golf Course; $12k. 281-358-0429
INTERSECTION OF Ridge Rd & West Thomas Dr. App. 200X400 lot. Water & sewer accessible. Price neg. 205-712-1601

Storage & Garages 750
INEXPENSIVE M INISTORAGE. From 5'x10' to 20'x20'. Two well-lit locations in Columbus: Near Walmart on Hwy 45 & near Taco Bell on Hwy 182. Call 662-3282424 for more information

Campers & RV's 930
2005 STARCRAFT Camper – Travel Trailer, good condition, sleeps up to 10, 2 slides, new tires. $6,500 firm. Call Stan @ 701-340-4336 2006 M ONTANA 3600RE 5th Wheel. Quad slide, rear entertainment, huge kitchen & king bed. $28,500. Call 662-251-7465

Bargain Column 418
3 SPORT coats & jacket. Size 44L. $20. Call 323-0136

M EN'S RALPH Lauren polo. Full zip hoodie. XL. Never worn. $30. Call 323-0136

sewer & trash ($60 value), all appliances included and washer/dryer. If this sounds like a place you would like to live call David Davis @ 662-242-2222. But if cannot pay your rent, like to party & disturb others, you associate w/criminals & cannot get along w/others, drugs is your thang, you don't like me because I'm old school, don't call!!!!

1, 2 & 3 B EDROOM APARTM ENTS & TOWNHOUSES. 1BR/1BA Apt. $300 2BR/1BA Apt. $350$400. 2BR/2BA 3BR / 2BA Townhouses $550$800. No HUD allowed. Lease, deposit, credit check required. Coleman Realty. 329-2323

LESS THAN 1 acre on Henry Rd in New Hope Call 662-251-7465

Mobile Homes For Sale 865

NEW wht. wood faux Apartments For blinds & valance. 60X Rent: East 702 28. Pd. $65 ea. $15 ea/both $25. 327-7103 1, 2, 3 B EDROOM S & townhouses. Call for Computer more info. 662-5491953 Equipment 439
USED APPLE Macintosh PowerMac tower computers are being sold by The Commercial Dispatch. Desktop towers start at $40 each. These are older machines but are capable of word processing, basic web browsing, etc. Though these computers are offered in as-is condition with no warranty, each has been tested in-house & properly boots. Each desktop has a fresh installation of either OS 10.3 or 10.4. Only the computer & power cord are included in these sales. Keyboards, mice, monitors, operating system CDs & DVDs are not included. Please email: with any questions. No phone calls please

Rivergate Apartments
“Quiet Country Living”

1985 SANDCASTLE 12x48 mobile home. 2BR/1BA. Good cond. Very cost efficient. BBQ RESTAURANT for Would be great for deer sale. All equipment. camp or young family. Ready to go. Still operat- $2000. Call 251-2494 ing. 662-386-1542 or 549-7980

Commercial Property 805

Houses For Sale: Northside 815
!!REDUCED!! AN old 1890's remodel w/ 2400+ sf. 3BR/1BA up, 4 rooms/1BA/huge kitchen/sun room down. Huge lot & front porch w/1car garage. 3rd Ave N. $64,900 firm "as is". View by appt only. 497-0341
3BR/2BA. Wood floors, ctl. h/a, new paint inter, gas f/place, new roof. Off Ridge Rd. Access to 5 ac. lake. Below value. $155K. 251-8726 4/5B D, 3BA, 2800 sq ft. Wood floors,LR,DR, BR, Fam Rm,large shaded lot, remdl cottage home in Lee Park, 662574-3218 $160,000

1996 80X16 mobile home. Good condition. $15,000. Call 850-9445681 5pm-12pm
GREAT ENERGY Efficient ! Clayton 2012 model, 3BR/2BA, 16 X 80 homes for sale. Conveniently located @ The Grove Mobile Home Community. We will even apply up to half of your lot rent towards home loan! You will enjoy home already set up (utility hook ups, underskirting & decks) on site & ready for you to move in. Convenient financing with great rates, low down payment, low monthly payment (WAC). Call 662-329-9110 today to get more details on how easy & affordable it is to enjoy your new home now

2007 Fleetwood Southwind, 37ft. 3 slides, asking $73,500. Call 662-574-2829

Motorcycles & ATV's 940
2003 HONDA VTX 1800C. 28,000 miles. Corbin seat. Vance & Hines exhaust. Many extras. Great condition. $6,000. 662-386-0224

FURNISHED EFF. studio apt. No smoking. Incl, utilities, satellite, DSL, washer/dryer. Quiet country setting. 5 mi. east of Columbus. Ref. & dep. req. No pets. Great for someone transferring to town. $600/mo. 328-2785/ 251-1829

• Studio, 1&2 Bedrooms • Executive Units • Water Furnished

Monday - Friday

2004 HARLEY DAVIDSON Fatboy, 7500 miles. $7500. Call 662574-0086
2010 HONDA Fury. Red, 4700 miles, garaged, like new, still under warranty. NADA $9590. Asking $8250. Call 662-241-4613 after 5pm

Apartments For Rent: South 704
1, 2, 3 B EDROOM apartments & townhouses. Call for more info. 662-549-1953

ACROSS 1 Résumé listing 5 Paint the town red 11 Touch on 12 Large lizard 13 Crisply fragrant 14 Sinew 15 Min. part 16 Flexed 17 Lift 19 Crony 22 Give one’s case 24 Diver’s gear 26 Shopping aid 27 Wallet bills 28 Tickle 30 Ventilation pipes 31 Puppy cry 32 Plot out 34 Gift tag word 35 Print units 38 Flowering shrub 41 Kin of PDQ 42 Train stops 43 Wise teacher 44 Abhor 45 Start the bidding DOWN 1 Spielberg movie 2 Theater award

3 Crimps 4 Pig’s place 5 Quick snacks 6 FBI employees 7 Little one 8 Suffered from 9 Lennon’s love 10 Scathing review 16 Auction signal 18 Feedbag fill 19 Enlivens, as writing 20 Aid in crime 21 Colleen

22 DVR button 23 South American city 25 Brilliant act 29 Wading birds 30 Reservoir maker 33 Comic tribute 34 Ice chunk 36 Foal’s mother 37 Revolved 38 Say further 39 Last letter 40 Fitting 41 Previously

300 Holly Hills Rd. Columbus
© Commercial Dispatch

OAK M ANOR Apartments – 901 11th St. S. 1 bedroom $295, 2 bedrooms $315. Call for details. 328-7600

Chateaux Holly Hills
102 Newbell Rd Columbus

Five Questions 1 Gallipoli 2 Led Zeppelin 3 Dmitri Mendeleev 4 Cigars (figurados) 5 The North Carolina Tar Heels (formerly coached by Dean Smith)

Houses For Sale: East 820
VERY CUTE & COZY 3BR/2BA home with 1382 sf. Located in a kid friendly neighborhood. $99K. Call Kimberly Reed with CryeLeike 662-364-1423

Apartments For Rent: West 705

Mon-Fri 8-5

Firewood 445
HARDWOOD BLOCKS Can deliver or you haul. Loading available. Call for appointment. 662242-0259
A Cut Above The Rest

• Central Heat & Air Conditioning • Close to CAFB • Onsite Laundry Facility • All Electric/Fully Equipped Kitchen • Lighted Tennis Court • Swimming Pool

1 & 2 Bedrooms

of a Deal! 1 Month FREE RENT
(12 mo. lease req'd)

Houses For Sale: New Hope 825
FSBO 3BR/2BA move in ready. Great neighborhood, close to school and YMCA fenced back yard, storage building. Sellers willing to assist with closing costs. 662889-8227. LEASE/PURCHASE. $975/mo. $119,900. $1000 sec. dep. % of lease pmt. applied to closing cost. 2582 sf. 3BR/2.5BA. Bonus rm, sun rm, lg. shop. Call 334-514-1948

Furniture 448
LARGE BROWN Lane recliner. Good cond. $150. Starkville. 3230136

GRAND OPENING sale: New 2013 Southern “Rooster” 16x80 3BR/2BA. Incl. vinyl siding/shingled roof, thermopane windows, huge kitchen w/blk appliances, glamour bath, “Ashley Furniture”, washer & dryer & much more! All for only $285 (plus escrow) per month! Call Southern Colonel Homes – Meridian at 1-877-684-4857 GRAND OPENING sale: New 2013 Southern “Pride” 28x72 4BR / 2BA w/a separate living room & den, thermopane windows, awsome kitchen w/blk appliances, Hollywood bath, “Ashley Furniture”, washer & dryer & so much more! All for $415 (plus escrow) per month! Call Southern Colonel Homes – Meridian at 1-877-684-4857

Where Coming Home is the Best Part of the Day

TV CABINET. Queen Anne chair. Queen bed w/mattress & box spring. Business counter can be 1 long counter or be broken into 2. Ex. cond. Full facial eq. Would like to sell all together. 2410184

Commercial Property For Rent 710
(Behind K-Mart Off Hwy. 45 N.) Office Hours Mon-Fri 8-5

625 31st Ave. N.


COM M ERCIAL BUILDING for rent. 801 Military Rd. Call 328-8288 or 574-7206

Split level

10B Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The DispaTch •



MOLESTER. VIOLATING IT MEANS NOTHING. Paying attention to Talking to children.

Talking to children. Paying attention to the

them. Spending time with them. Buythem. It’s what you’d expect from any pare ing gifts for them. It’s what you’d expect But what you may not you is that it’s from any parent. But whatexpectmay not al Talking to children. Paying attention to them. expecthow child molesters gain trust and sedu is that it’s also how child molestSpending time with them. Buying gifts for The seduce ersthem.children. and statistics are shocking. There’s gain trust you’d expect fromchildren. The It’s what any parent. oneare shocking. There’s a will be sexua in five chance your daughter one in statistics you may not expect is that it’s also But what victimized by age 18. For boys, it’s five chance your daughter and seduce one in te how child molesters gain trust will be sexuAt The statistics Center For boys, children. the National are 18.for There’s a Exploit ally victimized by ageshocking. Missing & it’s one in five chance your daughter will enforcement one in Children, we support law be sexually forin th ten. At the National Center victimized by age 18. For boys, it’s one in ten. report efforts to stop these predators. To Missing & Exploited Children, we sup- ch At the National Center for Missing & Exploited sexual exploitation, call efforts to port law enforcement in theirthe police. Th Children, we support law enforcement in their call us at 1-800-843-5678 or contact us stop these predators. To report child efforts to stop these predators. To report child sexual police. Then somethi exploitation, call the police. is sexual exploitation, call the Childhood Then call us be cherished. And contact as children call us to at 1-800-843-5678as longus at us a at 1-800-843-5678 or or contact Childhood Childhood is exploited, we’ll exploit every resource at is something to stop to be cherished. And as long as children are something to be cherished. And as long exploited, we’ll exploit every resource to stop it. as children are exploited, we’ll exploit every resource to stop it.

Spending time with them. Buying gifts f







Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful