You are on page 1of 16

Established 1879 | Columbus, Mississippi

Friday | February 8, 2019

Three men sought, one considered ‘armed and dangerous’

Suspects involved man is described as a five-foot,
eight-inch tall black male with
suspects, Jonathan Fleming
and Chad Tharp, both 46.
in pair of unrelated a slender build.
On Thursday, at about 1:30
Both suspects are white
men, and Fleming has gray
incidents, including a.m., deputies responded to an hair and a beard and Tharp has
aggravated assault call at J.Y. brown hair and a beard.
armed robbery, Turner Road. Davis said two Davis said the public is ad-
victims who were attacked with vised not to confront the men,
aggravated assault weapons were sent to OCH Re- who OSCO considers danger-
Clay J. Norman Fleming Tharp gional Medical Center after the ous.
By Alex Holloway OCSO Lt. Jon Davis re- ney Clay on suspicion of those incident and have since been Anyone with information on
sponded to a reported burglary counts. released. He declined to spec- the suspects’ whereabouts or
Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s and armed robbery at a resi- Davis said the department ify the type of weapons used in the incidents is encouraged to
Office deputies are searching dence on County Lake Road is still looking for Joshua Nor- the reported assault but said contact OSCO at 662-323-2421
for three suspects in a pair of at 1 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies man, 25, who is considered to they were not firearms. or Golden Triangle Crime Stop-
unrelated incidents. arrested 26-year-old Court- be armed and dangerous. Nor- OSCO is looking for two pers at 800-530-7150.

Two sentenced
Up and away for Camelot
Starkville Academy students learn about, Apartments
participate in weather balloon launch
By Alex Holloway
armed robbery
Suspects will each
ary Holland Nicholas
thought the weather spend 10 years in MDOC
balloon might carry her
away. By Alex Holloway
Nicholas, along with fellow
fifth-grader Blake Casano, held
Two Starkville
a weather balloon against buffet-
men received 15-year
ing late-morning winds as their
sentences to the Mis-
peers — led by Mississippi State
sissippi Department
University meteorology professor
of Corrections after
and State Climatologist Mike
pleading guilty in an
Brown — loudly counted down
armed robbery case
from five.
in Oktibbeha County
The balloon, which was about Hill
Circuit Court.
as large as each of the fifth grad-
ers, zipped off to the skies after Fajion Hill, 21, and
the countdown reached “one.” Rodriquez Norman,
“I thought it was going to blow 23, were indicted
me over,” Nicholas said. “And if for two counts each
she (Casano) had it, it might have of armed robbery in
blown her completely away.” January 2018 for a
Casano said she was surprised May 2017 incident at
to see how large the balloon got the Camelot Apart-
R. Norman
as the launch team inflated it with ments on North
helium. Montgomery Street.
“Whenever it was blowing up, They were charged for threatening
I thought it would be a little bal- two victims with handguns to steal
loon,” she said. “But when it was money and cell phones during the
blowing up, I was like ‘Is it going incident.
to stop? How big is it going to get? Hill pleaded guilty on Tuesday
It was really big.’” — the same day his case was sched-
Starkville Academy fifth grade uled to go to trial. Mississippi 16th
students gathered in front of the Circuit Judge Lee Coleman sen-
school on Thursday to watch — tenced Hill to 15 years in MDOC,
and in Nicholas’ and Casano’s with five suspended and 10 to serve
case, participate in — a weather for the lesser included charge of
balloon launch. Brown, with three robbery on one of the counts. Hill
of his students, used the launch to also received a $1,200 fine.
Alex Holloway/Dispatch Staff
help teach the kids how weather Coleman dismissed Hill’s sec-
Starkville Academy fifth-grade student Blake Casano, left, holds equip-
scientists collect data. ment attached to a weather balloon while Mary Holland Nicholas holds
ond armed robbery count based on
Thursday’s launch came ahead the balloon. The students released the balloon during a demonstration at his guilty plea.
See Weather Balloon, 8A Starkville Academy. Norman also pleaded guilty on
Tuesday. Like Hill, his charge was
reduced to robbery and the second
See Sentencing, 8A

Starkville-Oktibbeha hires two principals

Elizabeth Mosley retiring at Sudduth; Cynthia Milons the 2019-20 school year
present to you today the
principals for those two
has interim tag removed at Overstreet “Over the past two
weeks, we have done in-
According to the dis-
BY MARY POLLITZ School District Board of is retiring after almost terviews for two princi- trict personnel list, Mi- Trustees. two decades at the helm. pal-ships in our district,” lons will have a starting
Morgan Abraham of Trustees also appoint- Superintendent Eddie salary of $75,000 and
Two principal hires Tupelo will become prin- ed Cynthia Milons as Peasant told trustees. Abraham will have start-
became official Thursday Abraham Milons
cipal at Sudduth Elemen- principal at Overstreet El- “I’m proud to say we had ing salary $82,000, when
during a special-call meet- tary (the K-1 campus) ementary, the fifth-grade as interim principal there. over 45 people to apply they assume their posi-
ing of the Starkville-Ok- next school year, replac- campus. She has been Both will assume their for those positions. From tions July 1.
tibbeha Consolidated ing Elizabeth Mosley who serving this school year new roles in July, when those, I’m very proud to See Principals, 8A

Weather Five Questions Calendar Local Folks Public

1 What city boasts the shrine said to Today meetings
mark the spot from which the prophet Feb. 12: Planning
■ Jembe Den: Bob Damm and
Muhammad ascended to heaven? and Zoning Commis-
2 Who was Madonna’s first husband? this percussion student ensemble,
sion, 5:30 p.m.,
3 What pop artist made a guest ap- along with guest artist Wsir Johnson,
share dance rhythms of Africa at the City Hall
pearance on “The Love Boat”?
4 What is the brand name for polytet- Columbus Arts Council’s Rosenz- Feb. 12:
Anthony Morris rafluoroethylene, invented by Roy weig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Starkville-Oktibbe-
Plunkett for DuPont in 1938? at 7:30 p.m. CAC members: $15 ha Consolidated
First grade, Caledonia
5 What was the first official name of advance/$17 door. Nonmembers: School District

44 Low 32
Major League Soccer’s New York Red
$20/$22. Youth 18 & under, $10. Board of Trustees,
High Bulls?
662-328-2787. 6 p.m., Greensboro
Partly sunny and breezy Answers, 8B Center
Full forecast on
page 2A. Tuesday, Feb. 12 Feb. 15: Board
of Aldermen work
■ CMSD Parent Fair: Columbus
Municipal School District invites all session, 5:30 p.m.,
Inside CMSD parents to this event from City Hall
6-7:30 p.m. at Brandon Central Feb. 18: Board of
Classifieds 8B Obituaries 4A
Comics 6B Opinions 6A Services Center at 2630 McArthur Jenelle Bekowitz is a Supervisors, 5:30
Crossword 7B Religion 7B Drive. The event will be hosted by the consultant at One B Beauty p.m., Oktibbeha
Dear Abby 6B Department of Federal Programs. Supply in Columbus. County Courthouse


2A Friday, February 8, 2019 The Dispatch •

Say What?
Did you hear? “My job each day is to make sure my contributions help
this team win. We have a lot of potential and we want to
Bezos says Enquirer threatened make this a special season.”
to publish revealing pics MSU sophomore softball player Mia Davidson. Story, 1B.

Amazon CEO: He known tabloid, a strong

was the target

backer of President Donald
Trump. Bezos’ investiga-
tors have suggested the
Trump-GOP meeting boosts optimism
of ‘extortion
and blackmail’
Enquirer’s coverage of his
affair — which included the
release of risque texts —
about reaching border deal
was driven by dirty politics.
“Of course I don’t want
Negotiators face a Feb. 15 deadline to enact Publicly on Thursday Trump
took a wait-and-see approach.
The Associated Press
personal photos published,
but I also won’t participate
the measure or a stopgap spending bill to avert “I certainly hear that they are
working on something and both
in their well-known prac- another partial government shutdown sides are moving along,” Trump
said. “We’ll see what happens. We
tice of blackmail, political
azon CEO Jeff Bezos said By ALAN FRAM tiators was distinctly upbeat, with need border security. We have to
favors, political attacks, and
Thursday he was the target and ANDREW TAYLOR participants in the talks between have it, it’s not an option. Let’s see
corruption,” Bezos wrote of
of “extortion and black- AMI, in explaining his deci- The Associated Press the Democratic-controlled House what happens.”
mail” by the publisher of sion to go public. “I prefer and GOP-held Senate predicting The White House is committed
the National Enquirer, to stand up, roll this log WASHINGTON — President a deal could come as early as this to letting the negotiations play out,
which he said threatened to over, and see what crawls Donald Trump appears to be taking weekend. with some saying they are “cau-
publish revealing personal out.” a more positive view of Capitol Hill There’s a Feb. 15 deadline to en- tiously optimistic” about getting
photos of him unless he A spokesman and an at- talks on border security, according act the measure or a stopgap spend- a deal they could live with, said a
stopped investigating how torney for AMI did not im- to negotiators who struck a dis- ing bill to avert another partial gov- senior administration official who
the tabloid obtained his mediately respond to mes- tinctly optimistic tone after a White ernment shutdown, which neither lacked authorization to publicly
private exchanges with his sages seeking comment. House meeting with a top Repub- side wants to reprise. Republicans discuss internal deliberations and
mistress. But the company has lican on the broad parameters of a are especially eager to avoid anoth- spoke on condition of anonymity.
Bezos, who is also own- admitted in the past that it potential bipartisan agreement. er shutdown after they got scalded The new openness comes after
er of The Washington Post, engaged in what’s known Appropriations Committee by the last one. Trump delivered a well-received
detailed his interactions as “catch-and-kill” practic- Chairman Richard Shelby of Ala- Trump had previously called State of the Union speech in which
with American Media Inc., es to help Trump become bama said Thursday’s session in the talks a “waste of time,” and he’s he preached the value of bipartisan-
or AMI, in an extraordinary president. Trump has been the Oval Office was “the most posi- threatened to declare a national ship.
blog post Thursday on Me- highly critical of Bezos and tive meeting I’ve had in a long time” emergency to bypass Congress and Despite the newfound optimism, The billionaire the Post’s coverage of the and that the president was “very build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico bor- Trump continues to threaten to
did not say the tabloid was White House. reasonable.” der. But Shelby said Trump during declare a national emergency to
seeking money — instead, The Bezos affair be- Down Pennsylvania Avenue at their meeting “urged me to get to circumvent Congress if lawmakers
he said, the Enquirer want- came public when the En- the Capitol, the mood among nego- yes” on an agreement. fail to reach a deal he can stomach.
ed him to make a public quirer published a Jan. 9
statement that the tabloid’s story about his relationship
coverage was not politically with Lauren Sanchez, a for-
motivated. mer TV anchor who is also
Bezos’ accusations add married. Bezos then hired
another twist to a high-pro-
file clash between the
world’s richest man and the
a team of private investi-
gators to find out how the
tabloid got the texts and
Democrats and GOP square off over Trump’s tax returns
leader of America’s best- photos the two exchanged. ‘... This is all about weaponizing our foe,” Rep. Jackie Walor-
ski of Indiana said at the
Thursday’s hearing ap-
peared to set the table for
tax laws to attack a political foe’ hearing by the Ways and
Means oversight subcom-
the move by examining
the legal foundations.
CONTACTING THE DISPATCH Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana
mittee. “A strong case is be-
Office hours: Main line: By MARCY GORDON of the House Ways and Getting Trump’s re- ing built,” William Trang-
n 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri n 662-328-2424 AP Business Writer Means Committee — now turns has been high on the hese, an aide to Neal, told
Democratic Rep. Richard Democrats’ list of priorities The Associated Press this
HOW DO I ... Email a letter to the editor? WASHINGTON — since they won control of week. He said Neal is con-
n Neal — to make a written
Report a missing paper? With Democrats now request for any tax returns the House in November’s sulting with lawyers for
n 662-328-2424 ext. 100 Report a sports score? controlling the House and to the Treasury secretary. midterm elections, but the House “to determine
n Toll-free 877-328-2430 n 662-241-5000 holding the legal key to The law says the Trea- asking for them will proba- the appropriate legal steps
n Operators are on duty until seeking President Donald sury chief “shall furnish” bly set off a huge legal bat- to go forward with this un-
Submit a calendar item? Trump’s tax returns, Re- tle with his administration. precedented request.”
5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. the requested information
n Go to publican lawmakers are to members of the com- The Democrats tried Rep. John Lewis,
Buy an ad? community invoking privacy in defend- mittee for them to examine and failed several times D-Ga., chairman of the
n 662-328-2424 Submit a birth, wedding ing Trump’s flank. behind closed doors. to obtain Trump’s returns oversight subcommittee,
Report a news tip? or anniversary announce- At an oversight hear- Republicans accused as the minority party in said the American public
n 662-328-2471 ment? ing Thursday, lawmakers the Democrats of using Congress, seeking to shed is intensely interested in
n n Download forms at www. examined proposals to powers in the tax law to light on his complex finan- the subject. “We ask the compel presidents and mount a political witch cial dealings and potential question: Does the public
presidential candidates to hunt for Trump’s tax re- conflicts of interest. Their have a need to know that
Physical address: 516 Main St., Columbus, MS 39701 make years of their tax re- turns. newly energized leftward a person seeking or hold-
turns public. And they dis- “In reality, this is all wing is pushing Neal to set ing the highest office in
Mailing address: P.O. Box 511, Columbus, MS 39703-0511 cussed the authority under about weaponizing our tax the quest in motion, and our country obeys the tax
Starkville Office: 101 S. Lafayette St. #16, Starkville, MS 39759 current law for the head laws to attack a political fast. laws?”

By phone................................. 662-328-2424 or 877-328-2430
Virginia Dems brace for 2020 fallout from scandal
The Associated Press ‘This doesn’t change the blue direction of the state
Daily home delivery + unlimited online access*..........$13.50/mo.
The political crisis in long-term, but this certainly complicates things ...’
Sunday only delivery + unlimited online access*...........$8.50/mo.
Virginia threatens to turn Attorney General Mark try to win back upper predecessor, Democrat-
Daily home delivery only*.................................................$12/mo.
a state that has trended Herring have admitted Midwest states that voted ic Gov. Terry McAuliffe,
Online access only*.......................................................$8.95/mo.
1 month daily home delivery................................................... $12 Democratic back into a wearing blackface as for Trump while making said, “Voters could take
1 month Sunday only home delivery........................................ $7 battleground, a develop- young men in the 1980s. a push in GOP-leaning this out on Democrats ...
Mail Subscription Rates....................................................$20/mo. ment that could compli- Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, states like Georgia and less as an ideological shift
* EZ Pay rate requires automatic processing of credit or debit card. cate the party’s effort to meanwhile, has been ac- Arizona. but more as an issue of re-
defeat President Donald cused of sexually assault- “This doesn’t change percussions for genuine
Trump next year. ing a woman in 2004, an the blue direction of the political scandal.”
The Commercial Dispatch (USPS 142-320) Three of the state’s top allegation he denies. state long-term, but this The president himself
Published daily except Saturday. Entered at the post office at Columbus, Mississippi.
Periodicals postage paid at Columbus, MS Democrats are engulfed The men are resisting certainly complicates gleefully agreed, predict-
POSTMASTER, Send address changes to: in a scandal that has shak- calls for their resignation. things for Democrats in ing in a tweet Thursday
The Commercial Dispatch, P.O. Box 511, Columbus, MS 39703 Virginia’s increasingly the immediate future,” that he will reclaim a state
Published by Commercial Dispatch Publishing Company Inc., en the state government.
516 Main St., Columbus, MS 39703 Gov. Ralph Northam and diverse and urban popula- said Virginia native Car- he lost by 5 percentage
tion has fueled Democrat- olyn Fiddler, a top op- points to Hillary Clinton
FIVE-DAY FORECAST FOR THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE ic victories at the state erative at the DailyKos in 2016. “Democrats at
and presidential level website, a force in lib- the top are killing the
for a decade. But Demo- eral politics nationally. Great State of Virginia,”
crats are anxious that the “Everyone, presidential he tweeted Thursday. “If
dizzying developments candidates, Democratic the three failing pols were
TONIGHT SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY could suddenly halt their candidates here and ev- Republicans, far stronger
Mostly cloudy and cold Intervals of clouds and A shower in the Cloudy Periods of rain and a
sunshine morning; cloudy thunderstorm progress. The prospect of erywhere, are going to action would be taken.
30° 50° 39° 56° 48° 65° 57° 66° 39° losing Virginia’s 13 elec- have to wrestle with this.” Virginia will come back
toral votes would spread Josh Schwerin, who HOME Republican) in
ALMANAC DATA Democrats thin as they worked for Northam’s 2020!”
Columbus Thursday
Thursday 81° 46°
Normal 58° 35°
Record 81° (2019) 18° (1977)
Thursday Trace
Month to date
Normal month to date
Year to date
AAA: Cold weather can cut electric car range over 40 percent
Normal year to date 6.72 By TOM KRISHER Many owners discov- less likely to be caught off
AP Auto Writer ered the range limitations guard by an unexpected
In feet as of Flood 24-hr. last week when much of drop in driving range,”
7 a.m. Thu. Stage Stage Chng. DETROIT — Cold tem- the country was in the Greg Brannon, AAA’s di-
Amory 20 12.75 +0.76
Bigbee 14 5.95 +1.44 Shown are tomorrow’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.
peratures can sap electric grips of a polar vortex. rector of automotive en-
Columbus 15 6.27 +0.01 Showers T-Storms Rain Flurries Snow Ice Cold Warm Stationary Jetstream
car batteries, temporar- Owners of vehicles made gineering, said in a state-
Fulton 20 10.84 +1.39 -10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s ily reducing their range by manufacturers includ- ment.
Tupelo 21 2.37 +0.39 SAT SUN SAT SUN by more than 40 percent ing Tesla, the top-selling AAA tested the BMW
LAKE LEVELS City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W
when interior heaters are
In feet as of 24-hr. Atlanta 55/36/pc 44/40/c Nashville 44/32/pc 47/44/r electric vehicle company i3s, Chevrolet Bolt and
7 a.m. Thu. Capacity Level Chng. Boston 35/21/s 37/26/pc Orlando 73/64/c 77/62/c used, a new study found. in the U.S., complained Nissan Leaf from the 2018
Chicago 24/18/pc 29/25/sn Philadelphia 36/21/s 39/30/pc
Aberdeen Dam 188 164.36 +0.63 Dallas 43/37/c 47/45/sh Phoenix 64/41/c 66/42/s The study of five elec- on social media about re- model year, and the 2017
Stennis Dam 166 136.93 +0.63
Bevill Dam 136 136.42 -0.06
Salt Lake City
tric vehicles by AAA also duced range and frozen Tesla Model S 75D and
Memphis 43/35/pc 47/45/r Seattle 35/20/sn 34/23/c found that high tempera- door handles during the Volkswagen e-Golf. All
The solunar period indicates peak feeding times for
Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice. tures can cut into battery cold snap. have a range of at least 100
fish and game.
Major Minor Major Minor SUN AND MOON MOON PHASES range, but not nearly as “As long as drivers un- miles per charge. They
Fri. 3:07a 9:18a 3:28p 9:38p FRI SAT FIRST FULL LAST NEW much as the cold. The derstand that there are were tested on a dyna-
Sunrise 6:45 a.m. 6:44 a.m.
Sat. 3:54a 10:05a 4:15p 10:26p
Sunset 5:31 p.m. 5:32 p.m. range returns to normal limitations when operating mometer, which is like a
Forecasts and graphics provided by Moonrise 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. in more comfortable tem- electric vehicles in more treadmill, in a climate-con-
AccuWeather, Inc. ©2019 Moonset 9:03 p.m. 9:58 p.m. Feb 12 Feb 19 Feb 26 March 6 peratures. extreme climates, they are trolled cell.
Friday, February 8, 2019 3A


Visit The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog for breaking For only $1.50 per month, print subscribers can get unlimited
Bulldog news: access to story comments, extra photos, newspaper archives
and much more with an online subscription. Nonsubscribers can
purchase online access for less than $9 per month.
Go to

Columbus Crime Lab looks to expand by next year

Lab director gives overview, tour Shepherd went over
other improvements he
to CPD citizens overview committee hopes the lab can imple-
ment in the future, most
By ISABELLE ALTMAN showers and restruc- notably the introduction turing of the front lob- of a career scale to help
by to add more security with employee reten-
There are plans under- features and privacy tion. He also said the lab
way to expand the Colum- for office workers — a needs to address aging
bus Crime Lab within the change Shepherd called equipment — right now
next two years, director “tremendously helpful.” the lab’s gas chromato-
Austin Shepherd told the Right now, he said, the graph-mass spectrometer
Columbus Police Depart- front lobby acts not only (GCMS, which analyzes
ment citizen overview as an entrance to the lab, drugs) is about 20 years
committee Thursday. but as office space for the old. It still works, he said,
Shepherd, who helped lab’s four employees and a but he would like to see
start the crime lab in place for law enforcement that and other equipment
2008, led a tour of the to hand over evidence. replaced in the next few
lab for the committee at Shepherd said he years.
its meeting at the Munic- hopes to begin the expan- Dispatch file photo He added the lab
ipal Complex Thursday, sion before the fiscal year Columbus crime lab director Austin Shepherd and lab trainee Shanna Cunningham wouldn’t be as successful
touching on everything ends Sept. 30. It will cost examine a mock piece of evidence for fingerprints in the Columbus Forensic Lab in as it is without the sup-
from the lab’s budget and up to $13,000, the bulk of this 2018 Dispatch file photo. Shepherd hopes to expand crime lab operations over port of city officials.
equipment to future plans which will be taken from the next year. “You want to talk about
— plans which encapsu- the crime lab’s $23,000 out-of-the-box thinking
herd said, bringing in ed to a lot more cases on how backlogged they
lated the expansion. budget. to fight crime, right?”
anywhere from $50,000 solved. ... We’re knocking were,” he said. “Now if
“We’re going to be he said. “Opening up a
to $60,000 per year. it out of the park on fin- I submit fingerprints to
able to address safety ‘A boon’ to area law The crime lab also gerprint identifications. Austin, he can have it municipal crime lab —
and health issues, secu- enforcement saves time and money for We’re making dents on back within a few days at there’s only two other of
rity and privacy issues, In his presentation, CPD, which otherwise burglaries weekly.” most, most of the time. these in the state, and
evidence storage issues,” Shepherd also went over would have to send evi- In eight years, the lab They’re also available to they’re in Gulfport and
Shepherd said. the lab’s five units: fin- dence from routine drug has received more than testify. If the defense at- Jackson — legitimately
Currently the lab — gerprint analysis, drug and burglary cases to the 42,000 evidence items torney wants (to call the bigger cities. So we’re do-
one of only three munici- analysis, digital foren- state crime lab that is cur- and run more than 60,000 lab’s employees), they’re ing something folks said
pal crime labs in the state, sics, crime scene investi- rently backed up due to tests. right there. They can couldn’t be done, and we
Shepherd said — is locat- gation and property and under-staffing and under- CPD Lt. Anthony Nel- come up to the court, they couldn’t do it without the
ed in an office building evidence. Fifteen regular funding. son, who attended the can testify, we can get mayor and we couldn’t do
near the Municipal Com- law enforcement agencies “Our fingerprint anal- meeting, said the crime this done. it without the council and
plex next to Columbus — including police and ysis time, we went from lab had been “a boon.” He “The money’s well the support of (other city
Fire and Rescue offices. sheriff’s departments in waiting about a year and used to be an investigator spent,” he added. officials).”
However, CFR personnel Lowndes, Oktibbeha and a half to get results (when for the county before the
in those offices are due to Clay counties, as well as using the state crime lab) crime lab opened, and he
move after the completion Mississippi State Univer- to two weeks,” Shepherd said any evidence would
of a new fire station on sity and Mississippi Uni- said. take years to be pro-
Airline Road. Once that versity for Women police “We’re able to keep cessed at the state crime
happens, Shepherd said, departments — use the a lot of (our cases) in- lab.
the crime lab will expand crime lab for cases, Shep- house,” he added. “And “Something as simple
into those offices. herd said. All of those quite frankly, when it’s as fingerprints, it would
The expansion will al- agencies but CPD pay for free in-house, you do a lot take three months to
low for space for safety the lab’s services, Shep- more of it. That has equat- three years, depending

SOCSD to host second job fair

District hopes to is an opportunity to see
that. It’s an educator job
meet candidates fair and I consider every
person who works in our
for all positions district an educator.”
Other than key-area
BY MARY POLLITZ teachers, Peasant said he hopes to see strong can-
didates for full-time and
Starkville- Oktibbeha part-time bus drivers.
Consolidated School Dis- With a district as large
trict is looking for candi- as SOCSD, Peasant said,
dates to fill 20 classroom they are always looking to
teacher openings ex- hire qualified drivers.
pected for the upcoming During last year’s
school year. job fair, Peasant said
Superintendent Eddie the crowd was diverse,
Peasant will host the dis- ranging from soon-to-
trict’s sec- Courtesy photo be college graduates to
ond job fair Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District assis- seasoned teachers from
at Sudduth tant superintendent Christy Maulding talks to potential surrounding counties in-
Elementary teacher candidates during last year’s SOCSD job fair. terested in making a job
gymnasium SOCSD will hosts the second district-wide job fair for change. Anyone interest-
from 4:30- all positions within the district Monday from 4:30-6:30
p.m. at Sudduth Elementary School Monday night. ed in working for SOCSD,
6:30 p.m. in any capacity, is wel-
Monday effort to recruit employ- year’s crowd of 125 teach- come to come to the fair
a f ter noon. Peasant ees to the district during er candidates a success. and meet with administra-
In general, a statewide teacher short- This year, SOCSD hopes tors, teachers and depart-
Peasant said, he is primar- age. to have nearly 200 can- ment heads from each
ily looking to introduce “We had a really great didates filtering through school in the district.
the public to SOCSD, but turnout last year,” Peas- the come-and-go event. “This is the opportu-
he hopes to create rela- ant said. “We were really The job fair not only nity to sell our district
tionships with subject-ar- excited about the interest includes teaching posi- to people,” Peasant said.
ea teacher candidates. that was shown by all the tions, but every position “On our side, it gives us
“There’s always a de- potential candidates and SOCSD has, including an opportunity to look at
mand for math and sci- even hired several to our assistant teachers, cafete- potential candidates in
ence teachers,” Peasant district.” ria workers, athletic staff, the face and talk to them.
said. “There’s a short- SOCSD had 57 teach- bus drivers and janitorial There are some who are
age there. We’re always er openings in July 2018, staff. In all, SOCSD has super enthusiastic and it’s
looking for good science with at least 15 of those nearly 850 employees. always exciting to meet
teachers. There will be positions being filled by “We’ve expanded this them. That’s the differ-
some other elementary applicants at last year’s year to include all of our ence from just going to
teachers we are looking job fair — held in Febru- support staff,” Peasant our website and looking at
to fill but those math and ary. District Public In- said. “We feel like every our vacancies online. We
science ones are always formation Officer Nicole role in our district is im- are just looking forward
the ones that are the hard- Thomas said she antici- portant to our students. to meeting people who
est to find. We’ll be on the pates most of last year’s We look at all of it the are interested in learning
look out for those candi- hires to remain with the same. A bus driver needs about the Starkville Spark
dates.” district, but it’s too early to see that they’re just and people interested in
Last year, SOCSD to tell. as important and sought the excellence we are put-
started the job fair in an Peasant called last after (as a teacher). This ting forth in our district.”

Lowndes deputies investigate Thursday shooting

Authorities received re- the scene, they found the the release. Send in your News About Town event.
ports of shots fired at 508 home had been shot mul- Anyone with informa-
Deputies with Lowndes Lehmberg Road at 4:30 tiple times. tion on the shooting is email:
County Sheriff’s Office p.m. Thursday, according No one was injured, but asked to call LCSO at 62- Subject: NATS
are investigating a Thurs- to a LCSO press release the homeowner was in- 328-1136 or Golden Tri-
day afternoon shooting issued Friday morning. side the residence during angle Crime Stoppers at
into a Columbus home. When deputies arrived at the shooting, according to 800-530-7151.
4A Friday, February 8, 2019 The Dispatch •

Area obituaries
COMMERCIAL DISPATCH M. Sims of Adamsville; Willie Hugh Nash. Hughdolph Guin Jr. and two sisters. in charge of arrange-
OBITUARY POLICY brother, Richard Mixon She is survived by He is survived by ments.
Obituaries with basic informa- COLUMBUS —
tion including visitation and
of Sulligent; sisters, her children, Van Lewis Hughdolph Guin Jr., his children, Lavonda Mr. Pernell was
service times, are provided Mary Sue Haney of Whitfield of Chicago, 69, died Feb. 7, 2019, at Jones of Columbus born June 4, 1942, in
free of charge. Extended obit- Hamilton and Allyne Illinois, Barbara Ann Baptist Memorial Hos- and Craig Mickens West Point, to the late
uaries with a photograph, de- “Jenny” Roberts of Giles, Margaret Ruth pital-Golden Triangle. of Savannah, Geor- Charlie Pernell and
tailed biographical information Hayden; four grand- Jones, Adam Charles Arrangements are gia; sisters, Annie L. Ethel Moore. He was
and other details families may children; and seven Whitfield, Henrietta incomplete and will be Anthony of Crawford, formerly employed as a
wish to include, are available great-grandchildren. Jones and Derrick announced by Lowndes Willie D. Wilcher of commercial driver with
for a fee. Obituaries must be
submitted through funeral
Lamont Nash, all of Funeral Home. Chicago, Illinois and the City of West Point.
homes unless the deceased’s James Staples Sr. Columbus, Willie Carl Helen Sharp of Brooks- He is survived his
body has been donated to COLUMBUS — Bradford of Caledonia ville; brothers, William sons, Brad Moore and
science. If the deceased’s James Staples Sr., 88, and Cheryl Laverne David Sykes Sykes Jr. and Henry Marvin Pernell; daugh-
body was donated to science, Clark of Tupelo; 34 BROOKSVILLE — Sykes of Chicago; and ters, Ernestine Young,
passed away.
the family must provide official grandchildren; 36 David L. Sykes, 65, four grandchildren. Rhonda Cooper-Dix-
proof of death. Please submit
great-grandchildren; died Jan. 31, 2019, at Pallbearers will be son, Beverly Pool, Fre-
will be at
all obituaries on the form
and two great-grand- his resi-
provided by The Commercial 11 a.m. his family and friends. da Germany and Erika
children. dence.
Dispatch. Free notices must Saturday Pernell Beam; brother,
be submitted to the newspa- at Greater
vices Henry Pernell Sr. Willie Pernell; 21
per no later than 3 p.m. the
day prior for publication Tues-
Mt. Olive Freddie Perkins will be at WEST POINT — grandchildren; and six
Baptist STARKVILLE — Henry Pernell Sr., 76, great-grandchildren.
day through Friday; no later 11 a.m.
than 4 p.m. Saturday for the
Church. Freddie Martin Per- Saturday died Feb. 3, 2019, at
Staples Sr.
Sunday edition; and no later Burial will kins, 85, died Jan. 26, at Harri- North Mississippi Med- Wayne Faggert
than 7:30 a.m. for the Monday follow at 2019, in Starkville. son Grove Sykes ical Center in Tupelo. COLUMBUS —
edition. Incomplete notices the church cemetery. A memorial service M.B. Services will be at Wayne Faggert, 68,
must be received no later than Visitation is from noon- will be held at 11 a.m. Church with the Rev. 11 a.m. Saturday at died Feb. 7, 2019, at
7:30 a.m. for the Monday 6 p.m. Friday at Lee-
through Friday editions. Paid
Saturday at West Me- Billy Goodwin officiat- Pilgrim Grove M.B. Trinity Personal Care.
notices must be finalized by 3
Sykes Funeral Home. morial Funeral Home. ing. Burial will follow at Church with the Rev. Services will be at 2
p.m. for inclusion the next day Lee-Sykes Funeral West Memorial Funeral the church cemetery. Robert Shamblin-Taylor p.m. Sunday at Lown-
Monday through Thursday; and Home is in charge of Home is in charge of Visitation is from 1-5 officiating. Burial will des Funeral Home.
on Friday by 3 p.m. for Sunday arrangements. arrangements. p.m. Friday at Lee- follow at Greenwood Visitation will be two
and Monday publication. For Mr. Staples was Sykes Funeral Home. Cemetery. Visitation is hours prior to services
more information, call 662- born Sept. 17, 1930, in Gene Brooks Lee-Sykes Funeral from 3-6 p.m. Friday at at the funeral home.
Lowndes County, to MACON — Gene Home is in charge of Carter’s Mortuary Ser- Lowndes Funeral
the late Perry Staples Brooks, 74, died Feb. 7, arrangements. vices Chapel. Carter’s Home is in charge of
Jerome Easley Sr. and Annie Smith 2019. Mr. Sykes was born Mortuary Services is arrangements.
COLUMBUS — Je- Staples. He was for- Arrangements are April 15, 1953, in Noxu-
rome Easley, 54, died merly employed with
Feb. 6, 2019, at Baptist Houston Hardy and as a
incomplete and will be
announced by Lee-
bee County, to the late
William and Willie B.
Exceptional Service
Memorial Hospi-
tal-Golden Triangle.
barber. He was a mem-
ber of Mt. Olive Baptist
Sykes Funeral Home. Sykes. No Exceptions
In addition to his
Arrangements are Church. parents, he was preced- Our commitment to
incomplete and will be In addition to his Tinisha Thomas-Clay ed in death by his son excellent service allows When Caring Counts...
announced by New Ha- parents, he was pre- COLUMBUS — Ti-
nisha Nicole “Nikki” us to say that no matter
ven Memorial Funeral ceded in death by his
Thomas-Clay, 40, died what kind of services
Home of DeKalb. wife, Nettie Mae Willis
Staples; children, Irene, Feb. 2, you have in mind, we’ll FUNERAL HOME
Jimmy Lee, James Jr., 2019, at provide you with the best 1131 N. Lehmberg Rd.
Dianne Spann Baptist service available. Columbus, MS 39702
NOXUBEE — Di- Jessie Lee and Johnny (662) 328-1808
Will; brothers, John Adult Crit-
anne Spann, 62, died ical Care
Feb. 3, 2019, at North Staples, Perry Staples
Jr., Willie Staples, Unit in
Mississippi Medical Jackson.
Center in Tupelo. Hugh Bob Harris and
Joe Lee Richardson; Services
Services will be at will be Thomas-Clay
1 p.m. Saturday at St. and sisters, Willie Mae
Staples Ross and Hattie at 2 p.m.
Paul U.M. Church in
Stevenson. Saturday at Lee-Sykes Frances McDaniel
Macon with the Rev. Graveside Services:
He is survived by his Funeral Home Chapel. Friday, Feb. 8 • 10 AM
Demetric Darben offici-
children, Willie Ann Burial will follow at Friendship Cemetery
ating. Burial will follow Memorial Gunter Peel
Staples James, Mary Sandfield Cemetery.
at Oddfellow Ceme- Funeral Home
Staples and Tommy Lee Visitation is from noon- 2nd Ave. North Location
tery. Visitation is from
Staples, all of Colum- 6 p.m. at the funeral
noon-6 p.m. Friday at
Carter’s Funeral Ser- bus; sister, Alberta home. Lee-Sykes Fu- Mildred Lollar
neral Home is in charge Graveside Services:
vices. Carter’s Funeral Toliver of Columbus; 13 Friday, Feb. 8 • 1 PM
grandchildren; and 16 of arrangements. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
Services is in charge of
great-grandchildren. Mrs. Clay was born Memorial Gunter Peel
arrangements. Funeral Home
July 2, 1978, in Pauld-
Mrs. Spann was 2nd Ave. North Location
Elijah Cannon Jr. ing, Ohio, to Barbara
born Oct. 24, 1956, in
WEST POINT — Thomas and Leon Dorothy Woods
Noxubee County, to the
Elijah Cannon Jr. 82, Wilder. Visitation:
late Walter Graham and
died Jan. 29, 2019, at She was preceded Friday, Feb. 8 • 6-8 PM
Eva Mae Stewart. She Memorial Gunter Peel
was formerly employed his residence. in death by her sister, Funeral Home
as a cook with Country Services are at 11 Shari Thomas. 2nd Ave. North Location
In addition to her Graveside Services:
Kitchen. a.m. Friday at Pilgrim Saturday, Feb. 9 • 1 PM
In addition to her Grove M.B. Church parents, she is survived Forest Cemetery

parents, she was with the Rev. George by her husband, Timo- Ethelsville, Alabama

preceded in death by Cannon officiating. thy Clay of Columbus;

daughters, Jo-Hanna James Zuniga
her brothers, Julius Burial will follow at Memorial Service:
Lee Spann and Earvin Greenwood Cemetery. Carter and Terrica Fox, At A Later Date

Stewart Jr. Visitation was from both of Columbus; son, Memorial Gunter Peel
Rodrick Clay of Colum- Funeral Home
She is survived by 3-6 p.m. Thursday at College St. Location
her son, Casey Spann Carter’s Mortuary Ser- bus; sisters, Latonia
Thomas of Columbus

Robert Tkach
of Macon; and siblings, vices Chapel. Carter’s
Viola Horne of East St. Mortuary Services is and Deanna Armstrong
Louis, Illinois, Daisy in charge of arrange- of Baytown, Texas;
Stewart, Deborah ments. and brother, Jermaine
Thomas of Denver, Mr. Robert Paul Tkach, age 87, passed
Stewart and James Earl Mr. Cannon was away peacefully on February 1, 2019, at home,
Stewart, all of Macon. born Dec. 29, 1936, in Colorado.
surrounded by loving family.
West Point, to the late
Dorothy Woods
He was born on March 28, 1931, in Lorain,
Jack Mixon Elijah Cannon Sr. and Ohio, to Joseph and Mary Tkach, who had
BEAVERTON, Ala. Fannie Roby Cannon. immigrated from Czechoslovakia.
— Jack D. Mixon, 84, Dorothy Kibe Woods, age 89, died Wednes- After graduating from Lorain High School,
died Feb. 5, 2019, at his Minnie Whitfield day, February 06, 2019, at Garden Hill Nursing Bob entered Ohio State University. He left college
residence. COLUMBUS — Min- Home in Columbus. to join the United States Air Force during the
Services will be at 2 nie Lee Whitfield, 88, Graveside services will be held Saturday, Feb- Korean War, where he proudly served his country
p.m. Saturday at Otts died Feb. 3, 2019, at her ruary 09, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Forest Cemetery as a First Lieutenant. While serving, he met and
Funeral Home Chapel residence. with Rev. Sandra Brown officiating. Visitation married the love of his life, Mary Emma Seitz,
with Byron Pickering Ser- will be held Friday, February 08, 2019 from 6:00 on February 16, 1955. He then returned to Ohio
officiating. Burial will vices will PM until 8:00 PM at Memorial Gunter Peel Fu- State University and graduated in 1956. While at
follow at Mt. Hebron be at 11 neral Home, 2nd Ave. North location. Ohio State, Bob played on their tennis team, and
Cemetery. Visitation a.m. Sat- Mrs. Woods was born on Friday, March 01, he continued his love of the sport, both playing
will be one hour prior urday at 1929, in Steens, MS, to the late Leslie Frank and and as a spectator throughout his lifetime. After
to services at the funer- the Upper Matilda Reed Glenn. She was a Baptist and a re- graduation, Bob worked for Esso (Standard Oil
al home. Otts Funeral Level of tired employee of United Technologies. Company) and then Humble Oil as an Executive
Home is in charge of the James Whitfield In addition to her parents, she was preceded in charge of Land Acquisition. In 1968, he moved
arrangements. M. Trotter in death by her first husband, Harry Kibe; her his family to West Point to become a partner in
Mr. Mixon was Convention Center. second husband, Jerry Woods; her daughter, Bet- the family businesses, Seitz Lumber Company
born April 26, 1934, in Burial will follow at Me- ty Peeks; her son, Roger Kibe; 3 brothers; and 2 and Building Service Center. Bob retired early,
Beaverton, to the late morial Gardens Ceme- sisters. and he and Emma traveled extensively, both in
Richard Lee Mixon and tery. Carter’s Funeral Survivors include her daughter, Rhonda the US and abroad. He was a long time member
Ola Weeks. He was a Services is in charge of Hicks (Richard), Columbus, MS; sons, Jim Kibe of the Presbyterian Church EPC.
graduate of Sulligent arrangements. (JoAnn), Columbus, MS, Bill Kibe (Kathy), Fire- Bob is survived by his four children, Barbara
High School and was Mrs. Whitfield was stone, CO, Terry Kibe, Columbus, MS and Glenn Morris (J) of Ashland, VA, Mary (Matt Phelps)
formerly employed with born March 19, 1930, in Kibe (Ginny), Columbus, MS; 12 grandchildren; of Orlando, FL, Joe (Mary) of Starkville and Paul
Liberty National Life Columbus, to the late 25 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grand- of Starkville; his seven grandchildren; one great
Insurance in Birming- Jesse and Henrietta children. grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
ham, Alabama, and Nash. She was formerly The Pallbearers will be Dylan Hicks, T. J. Up- He was preceded in death by his parents;
Hyster Co. in Sulligent, employed as a crossing ton, Hunter Hicks, Tim Kibe, Richard Hicks and his wife, Mary Emma Seitz Tkach; his brother,
Alabama. guard with the Co- Darwin Holliman. Joseph John Tkach; and granddaughter, Julia
In addition to his lumbus Public School In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Tkach.
parents, he was preced- System. Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo Visitation will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019,
ed in death by his wife, In addition to her MS 38803. from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Calvert Funeral Home
Hattie Mae Mixon; parents, she was pre- with a memorial service to follow at 6:00 PM with
son, Randy Mixon; and ceded in death by her Brandon Bates officiating. A private family burial
brothers, James Rich- children, Diane Whit- will follow at a later date.
ard Mixon and Herman field and Jesse Barry; In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to
Lee Mixon. and siblings, Agusta Sign the online guest book at consider a donation to Sally Kate Winters Family
He is survived by Clay, Viedella Hairston, Services, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773.
his daughter, Renita Louella Williams and 716 Second Avenue North • Columbus, MS Paid Obituary - Calvert Funeral Home
The Dispatch • Friday, February 8, 2019 5A

Parkland attack fueled big

shift in America’s gun politics
The new Democratic majority in the House held its ple deemed a safety risk — doubled.
At the federal level, for the first
first hearing on gun control in a decade this week time in modern history, gun-control
groups outspent the powerful NRA
By LISA MARIE PANE “What we’ve seen here is a tec- on the 2018 midterm elections. The
The Associated Press tonic shift in our politics on the new Democratic majority in the
guns issue,” said Peter Ambler, ex- House this week held its first hear-
Last year’s shooting at a Florida ing on gun control in a decade.
ecutive director of Giffords, the gun
high school sparked a movement Even under GOP-control of both
violence prevention group founded
among a younger generation an- chambers during President Donald
by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
gered by gun violence and set the Trump’s first two years in office,
These people “didn’t get elected
stage for a significant shift in Amer- some of the gun industry’s top pri-
despite their advocacy for safer gun
ica’s gun politics. orities — easing restrictions on
Thousands of student protest- laws. They got elected because of
firearm suppressors and making it
ers took to the streets and inspired their advocacy for safer gun laws.
easier to carry concealed firearms
hashtags such as #NeverAgain and They made that a core part of their
over state borders — stalled.
#Enough. They also mobilized to message to the American people.”
Still, with one of the most
register a new generation of voters. The political landscape began gun-friendly presidents in the
Candidates were emboldened to change just days after a former White House, the U.S. Supreme
too. Many of them confronted the student shot and killed 17 students Court now has a majority of justices
issue in the midterm elections and and adults at Marjory Stoneman who are viewed as ardent support-
were rewarded with victory over in- Douglas High School in Parkland, ers of the Second Amendment, a
cumbents supported by the Nation- Florida. shift that is likely to have a lasting
al Rifle Association. That helped At the state level, a surge of effect on gun rights.
Democrats take back control of the gun-control measures were enact- The most prominent shift oc-
House. ed, including increasing the mini- curred in Florida, a state that has
As the one-year anniversary of mum age for purchasing a firearm long welcomed guns and has a
the shooting approaches, the lega- and requiring waiting periods. The strong NRA presence. Lawmakers
cy of the massacre remains an ev- number of states with so-called “red raised the gun-purchasing age and
er-present force in the nation’s poli- flag” laws — which allow temporary imposed a three-day waiting peri-
tics and gun laws. confiscation of weapons from peo- od.

Former Rep. Dingell, US’s longest-serving lawmaker, dies at 92

Michigan Democrat served in the U.S. frame and sometimes in-
timidating manner, a rep-
House Energy and Com-
merce Committee, which
House for 59 years before retiring utation bolstered by the
wild game heads decorat-
he chaired for 14 years.
“I’ve gotten more death
The Associated Press Congresswoman Debbie ing his Washington office, threats around here than
Dingell. Dingell served with every I can remember,” Dingell
DETROIT — Former “He was a lion of the president from Dwight told The Associated Press
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the United States Congress D. Eisenhower to Barack in a 1995 interview. “It
longest-serving member and a loving son, father, Obama. used to bother my wife, but
of Congress in American husband, grandfather and He was a longtime sup- oversight was something
history and a master of leg- friend,” her office said in a porter of universal health we did uniquely well.”
islative deal-making who statement. “He will be re- care, a cause he adopted Dingell had a front-
was fiercely protective of membered for his decades from his late father, whom row seat for the passage
Detroit’s auto industry, has of public service to the he replaced in Congress in of landmark legislation
died. The Michigan Demo- people of Southeast Mich- 1955. He also was known he supported, including
crat was 92. igan, his razor sharp wit as a dogged pursuer of gov- Medicare, the Endangered
Dingell, who served in and a lifetime of dedication ernment waste and fraud, Species Act and the Clean
the U.S. House for 59 years to improving the lives of all and even helped take down Water Act, but also for the
before retiring in 2014, who walk this earth.” two top presidential aides Clean Air Act, which he
died Thursday at his home Dubbed “Big John” while leading the investi- was accused of stalling to
in Dearborn, said his wife, for his imposing 6-foot-3 gative arm of the powerful help auto interests.
6A Friday, February 8, 2019
BIRNEY IMES SR. Editor/Publisher 1922-1947
BIRNEY IMES JR. Editor/Publisher 1947-2003
BIRNEY IMES III Editor/Publisher 1998-2018

PETER BIRNEY IMES Editor/Publisher

ZACK PLAIR, Managing Editor

BETH PROFFITT Advertising Director
MICHAEL FLOYD Circulation/Production Manager

Our View

Boys and Girls Club deserves more community support

If you are among those so large a collection of kids. their homework, with staff of- successful, that there are which is why club director
who believe the Boys & Girls But those factors are fering help if needed. No stu- almost as many kids on the Nadia Colom is seeking help
Club is basically a day-care merely the veneer. Spend an dent leaves the club without club’s waiting list as there are from local governments.
program, a visit to one of the afternoon at the club and you having finished that chore. in their membership. On Monday, Colom asked
Golden Triangle Boys & Girls will leave knowing that these For some, the club represents To address that demand, the Oktibbeha County Board
Clubs will quickly alter that clubs serve some of our area’s the only exposure to learning the Boys & Girls Club of the of Supervisors to help the
notion. most vulnerable students in they will have outside the Golden Triangle has launched club by applying for a Com-
It’s true that for many, per- ways that build character, classroom itself. a fund-raising campaign, munity Development Block
haps most, of the hundreds advance learning and foster All three clubs offer hoping to raise more than $1 Grant, a request the supervi-
of kids who are members, the good habits and relation- snacks, while in Columbus, million to build new facilities sors approved unanimously
clubs in Columbus, Starkville ships. It’s a safe and healthy the students are provided an in Starkville and West Point, and with obvious enthusiasm.
and West Point are a place environment for children who evening meal prepared in the which will include a kitchen We urge every citizen in
where children can go after might otherwise be left to club’s kitchen. so members there can have the Golden Triangle to join
school while their parents are their own devices were it not Their day is filled with play meals as they do in Colum- in the club’s fund-raising
still at work. for the club. time, programs and opportu- bus. efforts.
It is also true that at times When the students arrive nities to grow in a variety of More than a year into the One visit would be enough
the clubs almost brim over each day, the first thing they ways. effort, the clubs have man- to assure anyone that this is a
with the collective energy of do is get a snack then tackle The club has proven so aged to raise just $85,000, cause worthy of our support.

Letter to the editor

Voice of the people
PETA takes issue with event
The monkeys used in the cruel traveling show
should be frolicking with their friends and families not
hanging onto a dog’s back for dear life. In the jungles
and forests where they belong, capuchins raise fami-
lies, defend their homes, and have complex communi-
cation systems. They race through tree canopies with
astonishing speed and accuracy.
Tim Lepard, who performs under the name “Team
Ghost Riders,” has been cited numerous times by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of
the Animal Welfare Act, including failure to provide
adequate shelter for animals, for keeping animals in
unsanitary conditions, for failure to provide adequate
crowd management and safety barriers, improper food
storage, failure to dispose of expired medications, and
repeatedly being unavailable for inspections. In 2000,
all of Lepard’s monkeys, dogs and sheep died after
being poisoned by carbon monoxide in his trailer.
It’s sad that anyone can find this cruel spectacle
Yours truly,
Jennifer O’Connor
Senior Writer for the PETA Foundation
Norfolk, Va.

Other editors State of the nation

Mental health courts needed
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of bills have been filed
at the state Legislature. The majority of those will die,
Has Trump found the formula for 2020?
If the pollsters at a year would be al- the governor of Virginia where he
never making to the floor of either chamber for a vote. CNN and CBS are lowed to keep less than stated he would execute a baby
Even fewer will make it past both the House and Senate correct, Donald Trump a dime of every added after birth. To defend the dignity
and onto the governor’s desk. may have found the dollar they earn. of every person, I am asking the
One we hope does is authored by Brookhaven Rep. formula for winning a Sanders would Congress to pass legislation to
Becky Currie. Currie has again filed a bill that would second term in 2020. impose a 45 percent prohibit the late-term abortion
create a mental health court system in the state. ... His State of the tax on all estates over of children who can feel pain in
Currie’s bill would create a court system similar to Union address, say $3.5 million, rising to the mother’s womb. Let us work
drug court, but for those with mental health problems. the two networks, met 77 percent on estates together to build a culture that
The idea is simple: Some caught in the court system with the approval of 76 worth $1 billion. cherishes innocent life.
need treatment, not jail time. percent of all viewers Sen. Elizabeth “And let us reaffirm a funda-
The system would be set up through regional mental — 97 percent of Repub- Warren has proposed mental truth: All children — born
health centers and would have requirements like ensur- licans, 82 percent of Patrick Buchanan a wealth tax to scoop and unborn — are made in the
ing offenders are taking their medicine and following independents and 30 off 2 percent of all the holy image of God.”
up with all appointments and treatments. percent of Democrats. wealth of folks whose Has any president, in any State
“If they don’t meet those requirements then a judge Seventy-two percent agreed with net worth reaches $50 million, and of the Union, made a stronger
would determine whether they go to a state hospital the president’s plans for securing 3 percent of all the wealth of every statement in defense of life?
or if they need to go to jail,” Currie said previously. the border with Mexico. billionaire, every year. Are Democrats losing their
“Our prisons are loaded with people who are mentally Trump was not only unapol- To ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg, minds? Only 13 percent of Amer-
ill — some who maybe if they had the right treatment ogetic in defense of his wall. He a potential rival in the presidential icans believe in letting babies be
the taxpayers wouldn’t have to pay for them being seemed to relish savaging the race, whose New York is witness- aborted up to and through the
in prisons. It’s the next step in Mississippi in mental rising radicalism of Democrats ing an exodus of its wealthy to Sun ninth month of pregnancy. In what
health reform. I think this would save us money in the on two critical issues many Belt states, Warren’s ideas repre- states are infanticide and social-
long run and be better for Mississippians. And, it’s the Democrats have, since their 2018 sent a gospel-of-greed stupidity. ism winning issues?
humane thing to do.” triumph, seized upon: abortion Says Bloomberg: “If you want In this writer’s home state,
There is limited data out there on whether these pro- on demand, right up to the day of to look at a system that is not Virginia, the resignation of Dem-
grams reduce recidivism, but there is data that shows birth, and soak-the-rich socialism. capitalistic, just take a look at ocratic Governor Ralph Northam,
these programs produce better outcomes for mentally “Here, in the United States, we what was perhaps the wealthiest for “racism,” is being demanded
ill offenders. are alarmed by new calls to adopt country in the world and today by state and national Democrats,
A mental health court system won’t be cheap, but socialism in our country,” Trump people are starving to death. It’s because he put on blackface for
Currie has argued that it is cheaper than keeping thundered. “America was founded called Venezuela.” a Michael Jackson imitation at a
suspects who need treatment locked up in jails and on liberty and independence — Democrats have also embraced dance 35 years ago.
prisons. not government coercion, domi- the cause of “Medicare-for-all.” Democratic Lieutenant Gov-
“I’ve done a lot of work with the mentally ill and nation, and control. We are born Asked how private health com- ernor Justin Fairfax, whose
making sure they don’t stay in our jails and instead are free, and we will stay free.” panies that now insure 177 million ancestors were slaves on the
going straight to the crisis centers. It has worked well “America will never be a social- people would fare under her Revolutionary War plantation of
in Brookhaven so far and other states doing this save ist country,” Trump roared, as the health care system, Sen. Kamala Lord Fairfax, has been accused
millions. Just like our drug court, we would set up a camera focused in on the scowling Harris was dismissive: “Let’s elim- of raping a young woman at the
mental health court,” she said. face of Sen. Bernie Sanders. inate all of that. Let’s move on.” Democratic convention in 2004.
... The GOP ovation was thun- Trump also delivered in-your- The next in line to succeed the
As a state, we can do better when it comes to derous, the Democratic silence face defiance to feminists who governor, the attorney general,
addressing mental health needs. Currie’s bill is a good revealing. Understandable. For, seek to guarantee unrestricted also a Democrat, has just admitted
step in that direction. as in the 1972 Nixon landslide, access to abortion on demand. to wearing blackface when he was
(Brookhaven) Daily Leader Democrats appear to be coming Recalling the celebration, as in school.
down with “McGovernism.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s guaran- And Sen. Warren, says The
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tee of abortion rights up to the Washington Post, listed “Ameri-
the rookie sensation in Nancy moment before birth became law, can Indian” as her race on a State
Voice of the People Pelosi’s House, has called for a Trump declared: Bar of Texas registration card in
We encourage you to share your opinion with readers of U.S. income tax rate of 70 percent. “Lawmakers in New York 1986.
The Dispatch. As California and New York City cheered with delight upon the Yet, according to her DNA and
Submit your letter to The Dispatch by: have state and local tax rates of 12 passage of legislation that would the Cherokee chief, she ain’t one.
E-mail: percent that are no longer deduct- allow a baby to be ripped from the Somebody up there likes Don-
Mail: P.O. Box 511, Columbus, MS 39703 ible on federal taxes, their most mother’s womb moments before ald Trump.
In person: 516 Main St., Columbus, or 101 S. Lafayette successful residents could be birth. Patrick J. Buchanan, a nation-
St., No. 16, Starkville.
forced to fork over four-fifths of all “These are living, feeling, beau- ally syndicated columnist, was a
All letters must be signed by the author and must include
town of residence and a telephone number for verification income every year in taxes. tiful babies who will never get the senior advisor to presidents Richard
purposes. Letters should be no more than 500 words, Some Democrats have called chance to share their love and Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald
and guest columns should be 500-700 words. We reserve for an 80 percent federal tax rate. dreams with the world. Reagan. His website is http://bu-
the right to edit submitted material. New Yorkers who earn $1 million “And then, we had the case of
The Dispatch • Friday, February 8, 2019 7A

Bankruptcy judge gives Sears another chance, OKs $5.2B plan

Approval means roughly 425 stores day, Drain focused on the
specter of jobs and put
Sears could shutter an
average of three stores
had 687 stores and 68,000
employees at the time of
termath to keep up with
shifting consumer trends
and 45,000 jobs will be preserved the lawyers representing
the creditors’ group on
per month and sell $600
million in real estate over
the filing. At its peak in
2012, its stores numbered
and strong rivals. It hasn’t
had a profitable year since
By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO cision, U.S. Bankruptcy the defense. Lawyers for the next three years. And 4,000.
AP Retail Writer Sears and ESL argued the company still faces Sears was hard hit 2010 and has suffered 11
Judge Robert Drain for
the Southern District of that the sale offered the cutthroat competition during the recession straight years of declin-
NEW YORK — A bank- New York rejected the best alternative and also from Amazon, Target and and was unable in its af- ing sales.
ruptcy judge on Thursday played up the need to save Walmart. This while its
group’s claims that the
blessed a $5.2 billion plan jobs. stores look old and drab.
sale process was unfair
by Sears chairman and Drain is expected to “Major hurdles to its
and flawed, that it shut
biggest shareholder to enter his order on Friday, long-term business re-
out any others who could
keep the iconic business making it official. main,” wrote Moody’s
have been interested in
going. Even with this latest department store ana-
The approval means buying the business and
reprieve, Sears’ long-term lyst Christina Boni, in a
roughly 425 stores and that Sears had more value
survival remains an open note published Thursday.
45,000 jobs will be pre- to its creditors if it died
question. Kunal Kamlani, “Scale, which is critical
served. than if it lived. president of ESL, shared to competing in retail to-
Eddie Lampert’s bid But the ghost of Toys his vision this week of day, will be lacking and
through an affiliate of R Us loomed large in the building a network of its core customer proposi-
his ESL hedge fund over- Sears bankruptcy case. smaller stores that high- tion still remains in ques-
came opposition from a The toy retailer was lights mattresses and tion.”
group of unsecured cred- forced into liquidation last major appliances, but the Lampert, who merged
itors, including mall own- year just months after it details are still lacking. Sears and Kmart in 2005,
ers and suppliers, that tried to reorganize under In fact, William Transi- steered Sears into Chap-
tried to block the sale and bankruptcy court, wiping er, an independent board ter 11 bankruptcy protec-
pushed hard for the com- out 30,000 jobs. member of Sears since tion in October. The com-
pany’s liquidation. During the hearing, October, acknowledged pany’s corporate parent,
In delivering his de- which started on Mon- during the hearing that which also owns Kmart,

Trump predicts all IS territory will be cleared next week

President: U.S. will not relent in But there are fears the
impending U.S. pullout
coalition, Brett McGurk,
some military leaders, re-
fighting remnants of the militants will imperil those gains.
Trump told coalition
newed their concerns.
While the withdraw-
By MAT THEW LEE fighting IS that the mili- members meeting at the al would fulfill a Trump
AP Diplomatic Writer tants held a tiny percent- State Department that goal, top military officials
age of the vast territory while “remnants” of the have pushed back for
WASHINGTON — they claimed as their “ca- group were still danger- months, arguing IS re-
President Donald Trump ous, he was determined to mains a threat and could
predicted Wednesday bring U.S. troops home. regroup. U.S. policy had
“It should be formal-
that the Islamic State He called on coalition been to keep troops in
ly announced sometime,
group will have lost by members to step up and place until the extremists
probably next week, that
next week all the terri- do their “fair share” in the are completely eradicat-
tory it once controlled in we will have 100 percent
of the caliphate,” Trump fight against terrorism. ed. Fears that IS fighters
Iraq and Syria. He said Even as Trump and are making a strategic
the U.S. will not relent said.
U.S. officials have said Secretary of State Mike maneuver to lay low ahead
in fighting remnants of
in recent weeks that IS Pompeo defended the of the U.S. pullout has fu-
the extremist organiza-
has lost 99.5 percent of its withdrawal decision, eled criticism that Trump
tion despite his decision
territory and is holding which shocked U.S. allies telegraphed his military
to withdraw U.S. troops
on to fewer than 5 square and led to the resigna- plans — the same thing
from Syria over the objec-
kilometers in Syria, or tions of Defense Secre- he accused President
tions of some of his most
less than 2 square miles, tary Jim Mattis and the Barack Obama of doing in
senior national security
in the villages of the Mid- U.S. envoy to the anti-IS Afghanistan.
The president told rep- dle Euphrates River Val-
resentatives of a 79-mem- ley, where the bulk of the
ber, U.S.-led coalition fighters are concentrated.

Still no verdict at US drug-

trafficking trial of El Chapo
By TOM HAYS startled onlookers. Au-
The Associated Press thorities later revealed he
had outstanding warrants
NEW YORK — Jurors
for misdemeanor harass-
at the U.S. trial of Mexi-
ment charges unrelated to
can drug kingpin Joaquin
“El Chapo” Guzman end- the Guzman.
ed their first week of de- The scene occurred
liberations on Thursday amid a trial that has pro-
without reaching a ver- vided plenty of riveting
dict, making the day more details of its own. The
noteworthy for Guzman’s evidence included testi-
buoyant demeanor and mony from 14 coopera-
the antics of a courtroom tors, including many who
spectator. described Guzman’s will-
After the jurors in fed- ingness to use violence
eral court in Brooklyn against enemies of a car-
were sent home, an ani- tel that prosecutors say
mated Guzman beamed smuggled at least 200 tons
as he hugged and shook of cocaine into the U.S.
hands with his lawyers, as over two decades.
if celebrating as a moral
victory that he’ll see an-
other day in court Mon-
The anonymous jury
had told the judge it want-
ed Friday off after delib-
erating over four days at
a trial where there was
some expectation of a
swift verdict. But the fact
that its work will extend
into a second week isn’t
necessarily unusual given
that trial testimony lasted
nearly three months and
that it’s expected to reach
verdicts on 10 separate
Earlier in the day with
the jury behind closed
doors, a man showed up
in the courtroom falsely
claiming to be a Guzman
relative and trying to
use seating reserved for
family members. He was
removed to an overflow
courtroom before deputy
U.S. marshals took him
away in handcuffs past

Cheap thrills.
Go for a walk.
8A Friday, February 8, 2019 The Dispatch •

Weather balloon
Continued from Page 1A
of a cold front that swept program includes nine after the balloon popped, you’re doing a real
through the region, and university launch teams to fall back to the ground service. That’s my hope
Brown said the launch- and 13 National Weather around the Birmingham, anyway — especially
es are often performed Service launch teams. Alabama area — much some of the young ladies
ahead of severe weather “Everybody did it at to the students’ amaze- here. We brought out
systems to collect data that time,” he said. “All ment. Brown said the three of my very best
for forecasting. The bal- the balloons went up so weather team would col- students and two of them
loons carry equipment we get a high-resolution lect data from the balloon are females. So I hope
that Brown said collects look at the atmosphere.” for about an hour, but it some of the young girls
a vertical profile of During the demon- could continue to fly for look at that and see all of
winds, temperature and stration, Brown showed up to another hour after this is possible.”
moisture in the atmo- the students a range that process finished. Starkville Academy
sphere. of balloons that can be While Brown said Head of School Jeremy
While the front that used, from very small the launches are fairly Nicholas said Thursday’s
passed through the ones, to the one it routine for weather demonstration spoke to
area on Thursday didn’t launched — which he scientists, who are more the work Starkville Acad-
pose any severe weather said can expand to being interested in the data emy is doing to educate
threat, Brown said it larger than a van once the balloons collect, he its students in STEM
would lead to a drop in it gets high up into the hopes they help spark an areas, and in working
temperatures. atmosphere. interest in science for the with MSU.
Brown’s team is part He said the balloon students. “This is about as
of a research program would go about eight “This gets kids hands-on as you can get,
called VORTEX South- miles up into the at- excited, to see the giant when you can hold the
east, which he said works mosphere and travel balloons and those kinds balloon and equipment
to investigate the types far enough for its data of things,” he said. “Any and launch it yourself,”
of environments that lead collection equipment, time you can get kids he said. “It’s all a part of
to tornadic storms. The guided by a parachute excited about science, making learning fun.”

Continued from Page 1A

Sudduth Elementary Starkville area and meet confidence in me and I grade elementary school.
Mosley has served with all the teachers.” took it and ran with it. It’s “She has done a phe-
with SOCSD for the past Peasant, formerly an been an exciting year.” nomenal job in that time,”
25 years, 19 of those as assistant superintendent Milons has worked Peasant told the board.
principal at Sudduth Ele- at Tupelo, said he was ac- with public education in “She was one of the peo-
mentary. quainted with Abraham Oktibbeha County since ple we interviewed. She
“I know that Mrs. during his tenure there 2005, first as an English rose to the top in those
Mosley served this dis- but he never worked di- teacher at East Oktibbe- interviews and will be
trict at the elementary rectly with her. ha County High School. named the principal of
and middle school level Before becoming interim Overstreet Elementary.”
and has been an import- Overstreet principal at Overstreet, Peasant said since Mi-
ant and strong leader in Milons took the inter- she served eight years as lons took the interim role,
this community,” Peasant im principal role at Over- an English teacher at the he has seen the students
said. “We appreciate ev- street in July after Timo- high school, followed by grow academically and
erything that she’s done thy Bourne was named one year as a lead teach- socially under her leader-
for this district and all the director of accountability, er there (a position that ship.
children she’s touched helps teachers curricu- “She is just a lifelong
accreditation and assess-
over the years.” lum and other classroom learner,” Peasant said.
Abraham, who hails resources). “She’s one who has the
After serving the fall
from Tupelo, received her “My goal is to be sure great energy and most of
semester, Milons said she
bachelor of science from we are striving for all stu- all she has a natural love
wanted a shot at the per-
Mississippi State Univer- dents to be successful. To of children. I would de-
manent position, and she
sity, master’s of science build those positive rela- scribe her as an amazing
is relieved her “interim”
from Alcorn State Univer- relationship builder. She’s
tag has been removed. tionships,” Milons said.
sity, and specialist of ed- one who has been a sup-
“It was nerve-wracking “We’ve been doing a lot of
ucation from Delta State porter of faculty and staff
and I’m glad it’s over,” Mi- great things at Overstreet
University. at Overstreet. She’s done
lons said of the wait. “It and I’m excited to contin-
Currently, Abraham a phenomenal job of creat-
has been an awesome ex- ue.”
serves as assistant prin- ing a really exciting, hap-
perience. When Dr. Peas- Peasant said Milons’
cipal of Rankin Elementa- py and energetic elemen-
ant asked me to be inter- leadership at Overstreet tary school.”
ry School in Tupelo. She im I did not know what to has created an inviting
previously served as K-2 say, but I felt like he had environment for the fifth
instructional coach and
kindergarten teacher.
“My husband is from
here so he has always
wanted to come back to
Starkville,” Abraham
said. “When I saw the op-
portunity, I was excited
about it. When they called
and offered it, I was just
thrilled and grateful for
the opportunity to be a
part of this community.”
Peasant said that Abra-
ham’s experience in lower
elementary education is
what qualified her as a
strong candidate to lead
“Mrs. Abraham has
served in administrative
roles in Tupelo at an A
school and has been a
leader in teacher growth
opportunities,” Peasant
said. “She’s been success-
ful in training teachers to
teach early literacy and
other strategies for lower
elementary age children.
Mrs. Abraham knows she
has some big shoes to fill.
We’re excited about her
coming in and continu-
ing the positive growth at
Sudduth Elementary.”
Abraham added she
hopes to continue the
strong leadership Mosley
has created at Sudduth.
“(I want) to continue
all the excellent things
going on there,” Abraham
said. “I want to make it an
open community to the

Continued from Page 1A
charge was dismissed. He
also recieved a 15-year
sentence with five years
suspended, 10 to serve
and a $1,200 fine.
Starkville Police De-
partment arrested two
other suspects — Sydney
Westmoreland Marvelous
Houston — in the case.
They had not yet been
convicted, as of Friday
Scott Walters


MSU opens Rice out as

season with Columbus
pair at home head coach
By Scot t Walters By Scot t Walters

STARKVILLE — Mississippi For the second straight off-sea-

State sophomore Mia Davidson son, Columbus High School is
set no personal goals before her in the market for a new football
first season with the Bulldogs. coach.
She does not plan to do any- The Mississippi High School
thing differently this year. Activities Association web site
Davidson earned listed a Columbus Municipal
Southeastern Con- School District advertisement for
ference Freshman a new head football coach Thurs-
of the Year hon- day afternoon.
ors after hitting a The advertise-
school-record 19 ment also includes
home runs for the a position for assis-
Bulldogs. tant football coach
Davidson Her second act on the high school
begins at 3 p.m. to- level, as well as
day when MSU takes on Middle Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch
a head coach for
Tennessee in its opening game at In the photo above, girls’ soccer.
the Bulldog Kickoff Classic. MSU Caledonia senior Tyrin Eric Rice just Rice
will also face Stephen F. Austin Johnson (32) has a shot completed his first
at 5:30 p.m. before playing twice blocked by New Hope season as coach of the Falcons.
more Saturday and another game senior Tikorian Chandler However, speculation was ram-
Sunday. (3). pant when the season ended that
“Honestly, don’t get caught up At right, New Hope senior Rice would not be retained after
Presley Langford (11) the team finished winless and he
in the numbers,” Davidson said. gets around a Caledonia
“If you pay attention to the per- defender on the way to did not coach the final game of the
sonal accolades, the team goals the basket. regular season.
suffer. My job each day is to make Senior Romeo Sanders Calls to Rice and other school
sure my contributions help this scored 37 points as Cale- district officials were not returned
team win. We have a lot of poten- donia held off a late rally Thursday night.
tial and we want to make this a to record a 71-65 win at “The kids have always giv-
special season.” New Hope. en a great effort,” said Rice in a
Davidson is the type of November interview after it was
game-changing player that can announced by the MHSAA that
help transcend a program. A Hill- Columbus would be moving from
sborough, North Carolina native, Class 6A to Class 5A. “We have a
Davidson made a verbal commit- plan and it starts at the junior high
ment to the Bulldogs in seventh level. We have to get the numbers
grade and held true to her word. up in the program to be success-
She has watched Vann Stuede- ful. Playing 5A competition will


man build the program. Addi- help. It will be a more even play-
tional game-changers are now ing field.”
making Starkville home and the This past season was the Fal-
program appears poised to take cons’ second winless season in
the next step. program history.
Of the 11 defeats, three were
“There is a lot of excitement
because of the type of players we
Caledonia uses free throw line to take second victory against New Hope by shutout. Columbus was held
have,” MSU senior utility player By Scot t Walters good representation of the to one touchdown or less seven
Emily Heimberger said. “At Mis-
INSIDE community. We are young times.
n SENIOR NIGHT: Julia Randal Montgomery coached
sissippi State, you are always go- in a lot of areas. The hand-
Caledonia High School Franks scores in final game Columbus for four seasons before
ing be the underdog. The (South- as New Hope girls beat Cale- ful of seniors we have, well
eastern Conference) is loaded. boys’ basketball coach they have led. They have not returning after the 2017 cam-
donia, Page 5B
However, that’s why you come Gary Griffin wanted his paign. Montgomery was 2-9 in
gotten everything out of
here to play. You want to be the team to drive to the basket his final season after leading the
this team possible. This
group to make something special and to get to the free throw my goal was to be part of Falcons to back-to-back MHSAA
moments like this. The game showed a little bit of
happen.” line Thursday night. Class 6A playoff berths.
seniors wanted to show the way we need to play to
The Bulldogs have won 33 The Confederates kept Thanks in part to the play of
their coach happy all night that this isn’t your normal win.”
or more games in six of seven present Mississippi State sopho-
long. Caledonia team. We are a Caledonia attacked the
Stuedeman’s first sevens seasons. more Kylin Hill, the Falcons fin-
Caledonia hit 30 of 43 lot better in a lot of areas. basket viciously. The Con-
A year ago, MSU finished 38-23. ished 8-4 in 2015 and 6-6 in 2016,
free throws and needed It’s fun to be part of this.” federates utilized a slight losing first-round playoff games in
The Bulldogs fell to Arizona in the size advantage under-
championship game of the Tucson almost all of them to hold Caledonia (21-6) will be each season.
off New Hope 71-65 in an the No. 3 seed in the Mis- neath. Different players After Hill’s departure, Co-
Regional. drove the basketball with
From that team, 16 letters win- intense Lowndes County sissippi High School Ac- lumbus slumped to 2-9 in an in-
rivalry battle at the new tivities Association (MH- similar results. jury-plagued final season under
ners and five position starters re-
New Hope Gym. SAA) Class 4A, Region Senior Romeo Sand- Montgomery. Overall, the Fal-
Caledonia also won 2 tournament. It will face ers led Caledonia with 37 cons have lost 17 straight, dating
That has led to a preseason No.
the first meeting (66-54 Amory at 5:30 p.m. Tues- points. He was 21 of 23 back to an overtime region win
24 ranking by the National Fast-
at home on Dec. 4) mean- day in a first-round game from the foul line. Ironi- over DeSoto Central on Sept. 22,
pitch Coaches Association. It is
ing a season sweep for the at Itawamba Community cally, Caledonia got the 2017.
the second preseason ranking in
first time in two decades. College. offensive rebound on both Prior to Montgomery, Colum-
program history.
“It feels great to do “Proud of the regular misses. bus won seven games two times
something that hasn’t season,” Griffin said. “Our “From the first time we under Tony Stanford but only
been done here in a long, administration does ev- played them, we felt like made the playoffs one time.
GameS 1 and 2 long time,” Caledonia erything possible to make we could have some suc- High hopes for 2018 season
n Middle Tennessee, 3 p.m. Today senior Tyrin Smith said. sure we have what we cess in the lane,” Sanders took a hit when defensive coordi-
and Stephen F. Austin, 5:30 p.m. “When I transferred (from need to have a successful said. nator Michael Kelly left Colum-
Today (SEC Network +). Columbus High School), program. These kids are a See FEDS, 5B See RICE, 4B


Latest challenge: Bulldogs face No. 5 UK

By Scot t Walters
Game 23 their last seven games. “The thing about this team is
n No. 5 Kentucky, Noon Saturday
(WCBI; WKBB-FM 100.9, WFCA-FM we have to keep getting better,”
STARKVILLE — Mississip- MSU freshman Robert Wood-
pi State men’s basketball coach ard II said. “We have some big
Ben Howland earlier labeled goals to achieve.”
the opening part of February “Kentucky is always good,”
Howland said. “It is one of A slow start to conference
as the team’s most difficult play put the Bulldogs behind
those contests where you find
stretch. the 8-ball a year ago. Again this
out so much about your team.
The Bulldogs are now in You have to play great to have season, the stronger part of the
that stretch, trying to enhance a chance.” conference schedule took place
their Southeastern Conference A strong non-conference in the middle third.
standing, earn back a nation- schedule gave the Bulldogs a le- Last week, Howland called
al ranking and strengthen an gitimate chance to return to the the current schedule “the mur-
NCAA tournament resume. NCAA tournament long before derer’s row” a week ago. After
The next chance for MSU conference play started. falling to Alabama in the final
(16-6. 4-5) to do all that comes While an 0-2 start to league seconds, MSU righted the ship
Saturday when No. 5 Kentucky play caused some concern, the with an 81-75 win over Ole Miss Kelly Donoho/Mississippi State Athletic Media Relations
(19-3, 8-1) comes to Humphrey Bulldogs have gained some in Oxford. Mississippi State freshman Reggie Perry (1) has scored 18 or
Coliseum for a noon contest. momentum, by winning four of See BULLDOGS, 4B more points in three straight games for the Bulldogs.
2B Friday, February 8, 2019 The Dispatch •

on the air
Today BOXING 1 a.m. (Sunday) — FIS World Freestyle
AUTO RACING 9 p.m. — Showtime Championship Championships, dual moguls competi-
5 p.m. — NHRA Drag Racing: Friday Boxing: Davis-Mares, Carson, Califor- tion, Utah, NBC Sports Network
Nitro Pomona, season-opening Winter- nia, Showtime SOCCER
nationals, Pomona, California, FS1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6:25 a.m. — Premier League: Fulham
BIATHLON 11 a.m. — Providence at St. John’s, vs. Manchester United, NBC Sports
6 p.m. — IBU World Cup: men’s 20km CBS Sports Network Network
and women’s 15km individual, Alberta, 11 a.m. — Oklahoma State vs. Kansas, 8:20 a.m. — Bundesliga: Hoffenheim
NBC Sports Network ESPN vs. Borussia Dortmund, FS2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. — Virginia Tech vs. Clemson, 8:55 a.m. — Premier League: Liverpool
6 p.m. — St. Louis at St. Joseph’s, ESPN2 vs. Bournemouth, NBC Sports Network
ESPN2 11 a.m. — Temple vs. Tulsa, ESPNU 11:20 a.m. — Bundesliga: Schalke vs.
6 p.m. — Canisius at Rider, ESPNU Noon — Ole Miss at Georgia, SEC Bayern Munich, FS2
8 p.m. — Georgia State at Louisiana, Network 11:25 a.m. — Premier League: Brigh-
ESPN2 1 p.m. — VCU at St. Bonaventure, CBS ton vs. Burnley, NBC Sports Network
8 p.m. — Kent State at Akron, ESPNU Sports Network 5 p.m. — LIGA MX: BUAP vs. Monter-
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1 p.m. — Minnesota vs. Michigan rey, FS2
7 p.m. — Georgetown at Marquette,
State, ESPN
1 p.m. — Auburn vs. LSU, ESPN2
1 p.m. — TCU vs. Iowa State, ESPNU
WOMEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS 3 p.m. — Memphis Express at Birming-
2:30 p.m. — Arkansas at South Caroli-
6 p.m. — Auburn at Florida, SEC ham Iron, CBS Sports Network
na, SEC Network
3 p.m. — Rutgers at Illinois, Big Ten
7:30 p.m. — LSU at Kentucky, SEC 2 p.m. — NASCAR: Monster Energy
Network Sprint Cup Series, The Advance Auto
3 p.m. — Dayton at Rhode Island, CBS
MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY Parts Clash, Daytona Beach, Florida,
Sports Network
5 p.m. — Minnesota at Penn State, Big FS1
3 p.m. — Florida vs. Tennessee, ESPN
Ten Network 4 p.m. — NHRA Drag Racing: Lucas
3 p.m. — Louisville vs. Florida State,
5:30 p.m. — Nebraska-Omaha at Mi- Oil NHRA Winternationals, Pomona,
ami University, CBS Sports Network California, FS1
3 p.m. — Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma,
8 p.m. — Colorado College at St. Cloud BOXING
State, CBS Sports Network 6 p.m. — Top Rank Boxing: Main Event,
5 p.m. — Minnesota at Penn State, Big
COLLEGE WRESTLING Zepeda-Ramirez, Fresno, California,
Ten Network
7:30 p.m. — Penn State at Ohio State, ESPN
5 p.m. — New Mexico at Nevada, CBS
Sports Network
FIGURE SKATING 11 a.m. — Holy Cross at Lafayette
5 p.m. — Duke vs. Virginia, ESPN
11 p.m. — Four Continents Champi- College, CBS Sports Network
5 p.m. — Kansas State vs. Baylor,
onships: ladies’ free skate, Anaheim, 1 p.m. — Connecticut at Memphis,
California, NBC Sports Network CBS Sports Network
5 p.m. — Texas A&M at Missouri, SEC
GOLF 1 p.m. — Central Florida at SMU,
11 a.m. — PGA Tour Champions Golf: ESPNEWS
7 p.m. — Creighton at Seton Hall, CBS
Oasis Championship, first round, Boca 3 p.m. — Cincinnati at Houston, ESPN
Sports Network
Raton, Florida, TGC 5 p.m. — Georgia Tech at Notre Dame,
7 p.m. — Texas vs. West Virginia,
2 p.m. — PGA Tour Golf: AT&T Pebble ESPNU
Peach Pro-Am, second round, Monterey, 7 p.m. — Stanford at Oregon, ESPN2
7 p.m. — Tulane vs. Wichita State,
8 p.m. — European Tour Golf: ISPS 11 a.m. — Florida State at Notre
7 p.m. — Depaul at Xavier, FS1
Handa Vic Open, men’s and women’s Dame, ESPN
7:30 p.m. — Nebraska at Purdue, Big
third round, Australia, TGC 11 a.m. — Florida at Georgia, ESPNU
Ten Network
NBA 1 p.m. — Northwestern at Minnesota,
7:30 p.m. — Alabama at Vanderbilt,
6 p.m. — Denver at Philadelphia, ESPN Big Ten Network
SEC Network
8:30 p.m. — Minnesota at New Orle- 1 p.m. — Tennessee at Mississippi
9 p.m. — Washington vs. Arizona State,
ans, ESPN State, ESPN
NHL 1 p.m. — Houston at South Florida,
9 p.m. — Saint Mary’s vs. Gonzaga,
7 p.m. — Carolina at NY Rangers, NHL ESPN2
Network 1 p.m. — Wichita State at Cincinnati,
9 p.m. — Colorado vs. USC, ESPNU
11 p.m. — UC-Davis at UC-Sant Barba-
8 a.m. — FIS World Alpine Champion- 1 p.m. — Seton Hall at Creighton, FS2
ships: women’s super-combined (down- 1 p.m. — Auburn at Arkansas, SEC
hill), Sweden, NBC Sports Network Network
5 p.m. — Minnesota at Nebraska,
9 a.m. — FIS World Alpine Champi- 3 p.m. — Iowa at Ohio State, Big Ten
onships: women’s super-combined Network
(slalom), Sweden, NBC Sports Network 3 p.m. — Oregon at Stanford, ESPN2
9 a.m. — Beanpot Tournament: semi-
10 a.m. — FIS World Freestyle Champi- 3 p.m. — Loyola-Chicago at Valparaiso,
final, Boston College vs. Harvard, NHL
onships: slopestyle skiing, Utah, NBC ESPNU
Sports Network 3 p.m. — Vanderbilt at Missouri, SEC
8 p.m. — FIS World Freestyle Champi- 10:30 p.m. — Four Continents Cham- Network
onships: skiing moguls’ competition, pionships: men’s free skate, Anaheim, 5:30 p.m. — Northwestern at Iowa, Big
Utah, NBC Sports Network California, NBC Sports Network Ten Network
10 p.m. — FIS World Alpine Champi- GOLF WOMEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS
onships: women’s super-combined Noon — PGA Tour Golf: AT&T Pebble 9 a.m. — Penn State at Rutgers, Big
(slalom), Sweden, NBC Sports Network Beach Pro-Am, third round, Monterey, Ten Network
SNOWBOARDING California, TGC 5 p.m. — UCLA at Washington, ESPN2
Noon — FIS World Freestyle Champi- 2 p.m. — PGA Tour Champions Golf: MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY
onships: halfpipe, Utah, NBC Sports Oasis Championship, second round, 11 a.m. — Beanpot Tournament: semi-
Network Boca Raton, Florida, TGC final, Boston University vs. Northeast-
SOCCER 7 p.m. — European Tour Golf: ISPS ern, NHL TV
1:20 p.m. — Bundesliga: Bayer Handa Vic Open, men’s and women’s COLLEGE WRESTLING
Leverkusen vs. FSV Mainz, FS2 final round, Australia, TGC 11 a.m. — Northwestern at Michigan,
Saturday MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Big Ten Network
AAF FOOTBALL 7 p.m. — UFC 234: prelims, Australia, GOLF
7:30 p.m. — San Diego Fleet at San ESPN Noon — PGA Tour Golf: AT&T Pebble
Antonio Commanders, WCBI NBA Beach Pro-Am, final round, Monterey,
AUTO RACING 7 p.m. — New Orleans at Memphis, Fox California, TGC
9:30 a.m. — NASCAR: Monster Energy Sports Southeast 2 p.m. — PGA Tour Champions Golf:
Sprint Cup Series, practice, Daytona 7:30 p.m. — Oklahoma City at Hous- Oasis Championship, final round, Boca
Beach, Florida, FS1 ton, WTVA-ABC Raton, Florida, TGC
Noon — NASCAR: Monster Energy NHL NBA
Sprint Cup Series, practice, Daytona 6 p.m. — Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, NHL 2:30 p.m. — Los Aneles Lakers at
Beach, Florida, FS1 Network Philadelphia, WTVA-ABC
Sprint Cup Series, practice, Daytona 1:30 p.m. — Six Nations: Scotland vs. 2 p.m. — South Bay Lakers at Oklaho-
Beach, Florida, FS1 Ireland, NBC Sports Network ma City Blue, NBA TV
3:30 p.m. — ARCA Series, season 3:30 p.m. — Six Nations: Italy vs. 7:30 p.m. — Miami at Golden State,
opener, Daytona Beach, Florida, FS1 Wales, NBC Sports Network NBA TV
6 p.m. — NHRA Drag Racing: Saturday 9 p.m. — Major League Rugby: Houston NHL
Nitro Pomona, season-opening Winter- Sabercats at San Diego Legion, CBS 6 p.m. — Toronto at New York Rangers,
nationals, Pomona, California, FS1 Sports Network NBC Sports Network
7 p.m. — Monster Energy Supercross: SKIING SKIING
round 6 of the AMA Supercross series, 5:30 p.m. — FIS World Alpine Champi- 9:30 p.m. — FIS World Alpine Cham-
Minneapolis, Minnesota, NBC Sports onships: men’s downhill, Sweden, NBC pionships: women’s downhill, Sweden,
Network Sports Network NBC Sports Network

Is Estate or
Long Term Care
Planning Necessary
to Protect Your
Family’s Future?
• Do you have a Will, Power of Attorney, and Advanced Health Care
• Are you certain that your assets will be distributed according to your
wishes at your death?
• Are you confused by the ever changing estate and gift tax laws?
• Are you worried that one day you may not be able to care for yourself
or make the necessary decisions to remain independent and in your
own home?
At Dunn & Hemphill, we can create a plan tailored to fit you
and your family’s needs. Contact us at (662) 327-4211 to
discuss your estate and long term care planning options.

Dunn & Hemphill, P.A.

214 Fifth Street South | Columbus, Mississippi
662.327.4211 |
Offering Peace of Mind, One Client at a Time.
W. David Dunn | Christopher D. Hemphill
you call to get a free 30 minute
Estate or Long Term Care Planning Consultation!
*Background information available upon request.
© The Dispatch

Providing Our Clients Expertise With

Over 50+ Years Of Combined Experience
The Dispatch • Friday, February 8, 2019 3B

briefly CALENDAR Basketball

Jonas Blixt
Lucas Glover
Matt Kuchar
Stacy Bregman
Dana Finkelstein
Pernilla Lindberg
NBA Wes Roach 31-36—67m Manon Molle 37-37—74

Local Prep Basketball

Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB
Kenny Perry
Graeme McDowell
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
Emma Talley
Christine Wolf
Sakura Yokomine
Starkville High basketball squads sweep Murrah Today’s Games Toronto
40 16 .714 —
35 20 .636 4½
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Tony Finau
Simin Feng
Yu Liu
STARKVILLE — The Starkville High School basketball teams Columbus at Neshoba Central Philadelphia 34 20 .630 5 Sung Kang 35-34—69p Thidapa Suwannapura 38-36—74
made it a clean sweep through regular-season Mississippi High School Brooklyn 29 27 .518 11 Aaron Baddeley 34-35—69s Isabelle Boineau 36-38—74
Noxubee County at Starkville New York 10 43 .189 28½ Sangmoon Bae 35-34—69s Christina Kim 38-36—74
Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 3 play. Southeast Division Mackenzie Hughes 35-33—68m Joanna Klatten 36-38—74
The Starkville girls (17-3, 6-0) won 56-32. The Lady Jackets will Caledonia at New Hope W L Pct GB Doug Ghim 33-35—68m Mariah Stackhouse 39-35—74
Charlotte 26 28 .481 — Sam Saunders 35-34—69p Pavarisa Yoktuan 38-36—74
enter tonight’s regular-season finale with a 13-game winning streak. Aberdeen at Houlka Miami 25 27 .481 — Brian Stuard 34-35—69p Ruixin Liu 40-34—74
Jalisa Outlaw led Starkville with 20 points. Amaria Strong added Talor Gooch 35-33—68m Nicole Broch Larsen 39-35—74
Calhoun Academy at Columbus Christian Orlando
23 32 .418 3½
22 32 .407 4 Chris Stroud 35-34—69p Robyn Choi 35-40—75
12 points. Saturday’s Game Atlanta 18 36 .333 8 Patrick Reed 33-35—68m Lydia Hall 38-37—75
In the second game, the Starkville boys (23-1, 6-0) took a 78-57 Central Division Brandt Snedeker 35-34—69p Klara Spilkova 38-37—75
victory. The Yellow Jackets have now won 16 straight. West Point at Noxubee County W L Pct GB Brandon Harkins
Chez Reavie
Michele Thomson
Astrid Vayson de Pradenne
Milwaukee 40 13 .755 —
Atavius Jones had 19 points for the Yellow Jackets, while Forte Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Indiana 36 19 .655 5 D.J. Trahan 35-33—68m Ursula Wikstrom 38-37—75
Detroit 24 29 .453 16 Martin Trainer 33-36—69p Whitney Hillier 38-37—75
Prater added 15 points. Coltie Young had 13 points, while Eric Green Class AAA, District 2 tournament Chicago 12 42 .222 28½ Roberto Diaz 35-34—69p Katelyn Must 39-36—75
had 10 points. Chad Campbell 37-32—69p Vicky Uwland 37-38—75
At Leake Academy Cleveland 11 43 .204 29½
WESTERN CONFERENCE Alex Prugh 35-34—69p Leticia Ras-Anderica 37-38—75
Both Starkville squads went 6-0 in region play for a third straight Jonathan Byrd 36-33—69p Breanna Gill 39-37—76
Heritage Academy girls vs. Starkville Academy Southwest Division
Nick Taylor 36-33—69p Jaye Marie Green 35-41—76
season. W L Pct GB
Russell Knox 35-33—68m Munchin Keh 36-40—76
Senior Night is up next as both Starkville High squads host Noxu- girls, 3 p.m. Houston 32 22 .593 —
Paul Casey 35-34—69p Sarah Jane Smith 38-38—76
San Antonio 32 25 .561 1½
bee County tonight at the Bee Hive. Winston Academy boys vs. Canton Academy, Dallas 25 28 .472 6½ Steve Stricker
Charley Hoffman
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
Grace Lennon
New Orleans 24 31 .436 8½
4:30 p.m. Memphis 22 34 .393 11 Scott Piercy 33-37—70p Anne Van Dam 40-36—76
Northwest Division Ben Crane 36-34—70s Hannah Burke 39-38—77
Heritage Academy squads split in district tournament Winston Academy girls at Leake Academy, 6 p.m. W L Pct GB Pat Perez
Grayson Murray
Youngin Chun
Camilla Lennarth
MADDEN — The Heritage Academy boys won, while the Heritage Heritage Academy boys at Leake Academy, 7:30 Denver
Oklahoma City
37 17 .685 —
35 19 .648 2 Vaughn Taylor 37-33—70s Amelia Lewis 36-41—77
Academy girls lost in the semifinal round of the Mississippi Association p.m. Portland 33 21 .611 4 Ryan Palmer 37-33—70s Ally McDonald 41-36—77
Utah 31 24 .564 6½ Parker McLachlin 33-36—69m Hanee Song 41-36—77
of Indepedent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 tournament being
played at Leake Academy. Men’s College Basketball Minnesota 25 29 .463 12
Pacific Division
Ernie Els
Michael Thompson
J.J. Henry
Sheridan Gorton
Amy Boulden
Camille Chevalier
The Heritage Academy boys defeated Winston Academy, 52-39. Saturday’s Games
Golden State
W L Pct GB
38 15 .717 — Brendon Todd 33-36—69m Diksha Dagar 39-39—78
The Heritage Academy girls dropped a 74-42 decision to Leake Kentucky at Mississippi State, Noon L.A. Clippers 30 26 .536 9½ Ben Silverman 34-36—70p Amy Walsh 42-38—80
Beau Hossler 35-34—69m
Ole Miss at Georgia, Noon
L.A. Lakers
28 26 .519 10½
28 27 .509 11 Shane Lowry 35-36—71s Tour
Saturday, the Heritage Academy girls face Starkville Academy in Phoenix 11 45 .196 28½ Josh Teater 34-36—70m Panama Championship
the third place game at 3 p.m., while the Heritage Academy boys face Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss, 4 p.m. Adam Schenk
Ryan Armour
Thursday’s Games At Panama GC
Leake Academy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship. Alabama at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. Indiana 116, L.A. Clippers 92 Matthew Fitzpatrick 35-36—71p Panama City
Orlando 122, Minnesota 112 Tom Hoge 37-34—71p Purse: $625,000
The Starkville Academy girls dropped a 44-41 decision to Mississippi University for Women at Oakwood, Toronto 119, Atlanta 101 Adam Scott 33-37—70m Yardage: 7,154; Par: 70 (35-35)
Winston Academy in another semifinal final game Thursday. The Lady 9 p.m. L.A. Lakers 129, Boston 128 Rory Sabbatini 32-39—71p Partial First Round
Oklahoma City 117, Memphis 95 Tyler Duncan 35-36—71p Tim Wilkinson 33-32—65
Volunteers received 16 points from Lillee Alpe and 13 points from Meri James Hahn 34-37—71s
Laci Archer. Tuesday’s Games Portland 127, San Antonio 118
Joey Garber 36-35—71p
Xinjun Zhang
Mike Weir
Today’s Games
Curtis Luck 35-35—70m
Mississippi University for Women at Champion Cleveland at Washington, 6 p.m.
Hank Lebioda 35-36—71p
Brett Coletta 33-33—66
Denver at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Edward Loar 34-33—67
Christian, 6 p.m. Matt Jones 36-35—71s
Wood records fist hole-in-one of new year at Elm Lake New York at Detroit, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Kevin Streelman 34-36—70m
Corey Pereira
Brian Campbell
Ronnie Wood recorded the first hole-in-one for 2019 Saturday at Alabama at Mississippi State, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Hunter Mahan 37-34—71s Chris Baker 34-33—67
Golden State at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Cameron Tringale 36-35—71p Trevor Cone 34-34—68
Elm Lake Golf Course. He was playing with his wife Mimi when he aced Wednesday’s Game Minnesota at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Julian Etulain 34-37—71p Rhein Gibson 35-33—68
Ricky Barnes 34-36—70m
the 3rd hole with a Pitching Wedge. Ole Miss at Auburn, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 38-34—72p
Brett Stegmaier 34-34—68
Saturday’s Games Cameron Percy 36-32—68
Women’s College Basketball San Antonio at Utah, 4 p.m. Adam Hadwin 36-36—72s Nelson Ledesma 33-35—68
Russell Henley 36-35—71m
Mississippi State Saturday’s Games
Cleveland at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Charlotte at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Toronto at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Tom Lovelady
Sebastian Munoz
Nicolas Echavarria
Ben Polland
Todd Baek
Eight chosen for NFL Combine invites Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech, 1 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Boston, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Sepp Straka
Scott Brown
John Oda
Steve Marino
STARKVILLE – A Mississippi State record eight Bulldogs have Mississippi University for Women at Oakwood, Washington at Chicago, 7 p.m. John Senden 35-37—72s Dan McCarthy 33-35—68
Oklahoma City at Houston, 7:30 p.m. Michael Kim 36-36—72s Callum Tarren 35-33—68
been invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, scheduled for Feb. 26 Rod Pampling 38-34—72s
7 p.m. Orlando at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Zach Wright 35-33—68
through March 4. Peter Malnati 35-37—72s Rick Lamb 34-35—69
The NFL officially released the full list of 338 invitees on Thursday. Sunday’s Game Thursday’s Men’s Brian Davis 35-36—71m Carl Yuan 35-34—69
Davis Love III 36-35—71m
For MSU, the selections were safety Johnathan Abram, offensive Tennessee at Mississippi State, 1 p.m. Major Scores Jerry Kelly 35-36—71m
Mathew Goggin
Derek Ernst
EAST Anders Albertson 38-34—72s
guard Deion Calhoun, quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, defensive end Gerri
Green, center Elgton Jenkins, safety Mark McLaurin, cornerback Jamal
College Softball Coll. of Charleston 83, Delaware 75
Drexel 69, UNC-Wilmington 57
Martin Piller
Cameron Davis
Steven Ihm
Bo Hoag
Jonathan Randolph
Hofstra 102, Elon 61
Peters and defensive end Montez Sweat. Today’s Games LIU Brooklyn 77, Mount St. Mary’s 62
Ryan Ruffels
Kelly Kraft
Ethan Tracy 37-32—69
Jordan Niebrugge 36-33—69
State’s eight selections tied for seventh-most nationally and broke Alabama vs. Murray State (Troy, Alabama), 12:30 Monmouth (NJ) 53, St. Peter’s 51
Northeastern 72, William & Mary 60
Sungjae Im 37-34—71m Charlie Saxon 34-35—69
John Huh 34-38—72p Mickey DeMorat 34-35—69
the team record of six set following the 2015 season when linebacker p.m. Robert Morris 72, Bryant 59 Jim Furyk 37-35—72s Willy Wilcox 37-33—70
Beniquez Brown, cornerback Taveze Calhoun, defensive tackle Chris Sacred Heart 69, Fairleigh Dickinson 63 Richy Werenski 36-36—72p
Houston Baptist at Southern Miss, 1 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) 90, CCSU 85 Trey Mullinax 35-36—71m
Zack Sucher
Martin Flores
Jones, quarterback Dak Prescott, cornerback Will Redmond and wide St. Francis Brooklyn 51, Wagner 44 Nick Watney 36-37—73p
receiver De’Runnya Wilson were chosen for the 2016 NFL Combine. Ole Miss vs. Ohio State (Orlando, Florida), 1:30 SOUTH Patrick Rodgers 37-35—72m
Boo Weekley
Steve Wheatcroft
Austin Peay 80, SIU-Edwardsville 45 Dylan Frittelli 35-38—73p
It’s the 10th consecutive year that the Bulldogs have sent multiple p.m. Belmont 83, E. Kentucky 65 Cameron Champ 37-36—73s
Nicholas Thompson 36-34—70
Chattanooga 71, VMI 70 Mark Hubbard 35-35—70
players to the NFL Combine. Dating back to 1999, a total of 61 Bulldogs Valparaiso at Mississippi State, 3 p.m. Cincinnati 69, Memphis 64
Max Homa
Jason Schmuhl
Lanto Griffin 35-35—70
have been invited to the NFL Combine. Oliver Bekker 35-35—70
Stephen F. Austin at Mississippi State, 5:30 p.m. Furman 64, W. Carolina 45
Gardner-Webb 89, Longwood 88, OT
John Rollins 38-35—73p Scottie Scheffler 37-33—70
The 2019 NFL Draft is set for April 26-28, and will be held in Adam Long 38-35—73s Michael Gellerman 37-33—70
Alabama at Troy, 5:30 p.m. High Point 57, Campbell 56 Chad Collins 38-35—73p Michael Gligic 35-35—70
Nashville, Tennessee. Houston 77, UCF 68 David Duval 36-37—73s
n Baseball’s Mangum chosen for Golden Spikes watch list: Central Arkansas at Southern Miss, 6 p.m. Middle Tennessee 71, Charlotte 53 Ho Sung Choi 37-35—72m
Olin Browne, Jr.
Mark Anderson
Murray St. 86, E. Illinois 75 Chris Thompson 39-34—73p
At Starkville, Mississippi State baseball senior Jake Mangum has been Saturday’s Games N. Kentucky 97, Detroit 65 Tyrone Van Aswegen 36-37—73s
Ben Taylor 36-34—70
Old Dominion 70, UAB 59 Steve LeBrun 36-35—71
honored with a preseason appointment to the Golden Spikes Award Ole Miss vs. Minnesota (Orlando, Florida), 9 a.m. Presbyterian 67, UNC-Asheville 44
Adam Svensson 37-36—73s David Skinns 37-34—71
Wyndham Clark 37-36—73s Robby Shelton 36-35—71
Watchlist, given to the top amateur baseball player in the country by Alabama vs. Maryland (Troy, Alabama), 10 a.m. Radford 101, Hampton 98, OT Dominic Bozzelli 37-35—72m James Driscoll 33-38—71
USA Baseball in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. South Alabama 70, Arkansas St. 62 Kyle Jones 37-37—74p Dicky Pride 36-35—71
Since 2008, only Mangum and Florida’s Tucker Preston have been Ole Miss vs. George Mason (Orlando, Florida), Tennessee St. 81, Morehead St. 80, 2OT
UALR 84, Troy 70
Tommy Fleetwood 35-38—73m Daniel Summerhays 38-33—71
Broc Everett 36-38—74p Zecheng Dou 36-35—71
named to the Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watchlist three times. 11:30 a.m. UNC-Greensboro 75, Samford 67 Chase Wright 36-38—74s Henrik Norlander 35-36—71
UT Martin 66, Jacksonville St. 64 Jason Gore 36-37—73m
On the 2019 watchlist, Mangum headlines the group of five student- Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State, 12:30 Winthrop 76, Charleston Southern 72 David Hearn 37-36—73m
Vincent Whaley
Steven Alker
athletes that have been named to the preseason watch list previously, Wofford 78, ETSU 76, OT Stephan Jaeger 37-37—74p
p.m. MIDWEST J.J. Spaun 38-36—74s
Max Greyserman 34-37—71
as he is joined by Zack Hess (LSU), Shea Langeliers (Baylor), Drew Green Bay 82, Cleveland St. 65 Michael Hebert 37-34—71
Whee Kim 37-37—74s
Alabama vs. Murray State (Troy, Alabama), 12:30 Iowa 77, Indiana 72 Brandon Matthews 35-36—71
Mendoza (Florida State) and Matt Wallner (Southern Miss), who have Nebraska-Omaha 107, South Dakota 102, OT
Freddie Jacobson 38-36—74p Ricardo Celia 36-35—71
each been recognized for the second-straight year. p.m. Ohio St. 74, Penn St. 70
Jim Knous
Corey Conners
Hayden Buckley 36-35—71
Brett Drewitt 33-38—71
Mangum has been named to four preseason All-America teams Tennessee Tech at Southern Miss, 5:30 p.m. Purdue Fort Wayne 79, W. Illinois 64
SE Missouri 71, Tennessee Tech 66, OT
David Lingmerth 36-39—75p Rico Hoey 35-36—71
Dru Love 38-36—74m Harry Higgs 33-38—71
and was tabbed first-team All-Southeastern Conference earlier today Houston Baptist at Southern Miss, 8 p.m. Wright St. 76, Oakland 62 Jimmy Walker 38-37—75s
Youngstown St. 72, Milwaukee 71 Bryan Bigley 36-35—71
(Feb. 7) by the conference coaches. The Pearl, Mississippi native owns Opponent TBD at Mississippi State, time TBD SOUTHWEST
Andrew Putnam 39-36—75s Chad Ramey 35-36—71
Derek Fathauer 38-37—75p Greg Yates 36-35—71
preseason All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball News- FAU 61, UTEP 48 Chesson Hadley 39-37—76s
paper (first team), D1Baseball (second team), the National Collegiate Sunday’s Games North Texas 78, Marshall 51 Steve Jones 40-36—76p
Nick Voke 36-35—71
Oral Roberts 78, Denver 65 Austin Smotherman 36-35—71
Alex Cejka 39-37—76p
Baseball Writers Association (first team) and Perfect Game (third team). Ole Miss vs. Ohio State (Orlando, Florida), 8:30 a.m. South Florida 67, SMU 66 D.A. Points 37-38—75m
Davis Riley 35-36—71
Texas State 74, Appalachian St. 71 Taylor Moore 37-35—72
He was also tabbed as D1Baseball’s top returning senior. Alabama at Troy, 12:30 p.m. Texas-Arlington 74, Coastal Carolina 54
J.B. Holmes
Brice Garnett
Tyler McCumber 36-36—72
In his career, Mangum owns a hit in 146 of 176 games started Oscar Fraustro 35-37—72
Jackson State at Southern Miss, 3 p.m. UTSA 100, FIU 67
W. Kentucky 92, Rice 85, 2OT
Roger Sloan 39-38—77s Erik Compton 37-35—72
(82.9%) and has reached base in 159 of 176 games started (90.3%). John Catlin 38-39—77s William Harrold 35-37—72
Opponent TBD at Mississippi State, time TBD FAR WEST Kramer Hickok 40-37—77s Matt Atkins 37-35—72
The active career leader in hits among NCAA baseball student-athletes, BYU 83, Portland 48 John Chin 40-38—78p
Mangum enters the season with 275 career hits. With 154 career runs College Rifle California Baptist 94, Chicago St. 44
Gonzaga 92, San Francisco 62
Robert Garrigus
Ted Potter, Jr.
Benjamin Alvarado
Brad Fritsch
scored, Mangum sits No. 4 among returning student-athletes for the Saturday’s Match Hawaii 77, Long Beach St. 70 Scott Harrington 35-37—72
2019 season, while his .356 batting average is No. 4 among returners in Idaho St. 81, N. Arizona 79 LPGA Tour Ryan Brehm
Patrick Sullivan
Ole Miss at Memphis Montana 100, Idaho 59
Vic Open
Division I with at least 400 at bats in their career. Montana St. 74, E. Washington 66 Vince India 37-35—72
The preseason watch list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur College Swimming & Diving N. Colorado 80, Portland St. 62
New Mexico St. 71, CS Bakersfield 70, OT
At Beach and Creek Courses
Geelong, Australia
Albin Choi
Michael Miller
players, from high school and college baseball. The Golden Spikes Today’s Meet Rio Grande 72, Grand Canyon 69
Purse: $1.1 million
Norman Xiong 39-33—72
S. Utah 65, Weber St. 53 Michael Arnaud 37-36—73
Award Advisory Board will maintain a rolling list of players, allowing Yardage: 6,585; Par 73 Chase Seiffert 38-35—73
Alabama at Auburn Invitational (Auburn, Ala- Saint Mary’s (Cal) 78, Pacific 66
First Round
athletes to play themselves into consideration for the award throughout San Diego 65, Loyola Marymount 63
Billy Kennerly 36-37—73
the season. bama) Santa Clara 79, Pepperdine 71
Felicity Johnson 32-33—65
Andy Zhang
Marcelo Rozo
Stanford 83, Oregon St. 60
n Baseball chosen sixth in SEC West: At Starkville, in the Saturday’s Meet UC Davis 63, Cal Poly 53 Kim Kaufman
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
Erik Barnes 37-36—73
Washington 67, Arizona 60 Michael Johnson 37-36—73
Southeastern Conference baseball coaches preseason poll, the Alabama at Auburn Invitational (Auburn, Ala- Washington St. 91, Arizona St. 70 Su Oh 36-31—67 Maverick McNealy 34-39—73
Mississippi State baseball program was tabbed to finished sixth in the Haru Nomura 33-34—67 Danny Walker 39-34—73
seven-team race and two Bulldogs earned preseason All-SEC honors
bama) Thursday’s Women’s Manon De Roey 33-34—67 Rob Oppenheim 38-35—73
Olivia Cowan 32-36—68 Byron Meth 39-34—73
as announced by the conference on Thursday (Feb. 7). Sunday’s Meet Major Scores a-Yae Eun Hong 35-33—68 Joshua Creel 37-36—73
EAST Alison Lee 32-36—68 Jamie Arnold 34-39—73
The preseason poll featured all 14 baseball coaches voting on the Alabama at Auburn Invitational (Auburn, Ala- Fairfield 72, Canisius 65 Charlotte Thomas 34-34—68 Trevor Sluman 35-38—73
Marist 62, Manhattan 51 Karis Davidson 33-35—68
preseason all-conference squad, along with ranking their projected bama) Quinnipiac 62, Niagara 42 Jane Park 35-33—68
Justin Hueber
Christian Brand
order of finish in each division. No head coach was allowed to vote for
his own team or student-athlete in the preseason poll. Men’s College Tennis Rider 65, Monmouth (NJ) 50
Siena 66, Iona 45
UMass 69, Duquesne 66
Marissa Steen
Celine Boutier
Cody Blick
Omar Tejeira
Peiyun Chien 34-35—69 Angel Cabrera 37-37—74
The coaches also chose the overall SEC champion, with Vanderbilt Today’s Matches SOUTH a-Stephanie Kiriacou 33-36—69 Scott Gutschewski 35-39—74
Appalachian St. 77, Texas State 56 Teresa Lu 34-35—69
garnering nine votes. LSU (5 votes), Florida (2 votes) and Arkansas (1 Alabama at San Diego State, 11 a.m. Austin Peay 77, SIU-Edwardsville 65 Alena Sharp 34-35—69
Brad Hopfinger
Andrew Svoboda
vote) also appeared on the champions line. The divisional coaches polls Southern Miss at LSU, 3 p.m. Belmont 87, E. Kentucky 52 Lauren Stephenson 34-35—69 Brian Richey 38-36—74
Clemson 69, Wake Forest 53 Pei-Ying Tsai 33-36—69
are listed below, with first place votes in parenthesis. George Cunningham 36-38—74
Mississippi State at Texas Tech, 4 p.m. Duke 85, North Carolina 69 Suzuka Yamaguchi 33-36—69 Kevin Lucas 38-36—74
n Men’s tennis to face Texas Tech, Tulane: At Starkville, riding FIU 51, UTSA 40 Hannah Green 35-34—69 Andrew Novak 36-38—74
a four-match win streak to open the 2019 season, the No. 3 Mississippi Saturday’s Matches Florida 57, Alabama 55 Charlotte Thompson 35-34—69 D.H. Lee 38-37—75
Florida St. 75, NC State 70 Prima Thammaraks 34-35—69 Jack Maguire 35-40—75
State men’s tennis team is set for its first road tests of the year, traveling Alcorn State at Ole Miss, Noon Furman 53, W. Carolina 28 Mariajo Uribe 35-34—69 Paul Imondi 36-39—75
Georgia Southern 79, Louisiana-Lafayette 71 Holly Clyburn 35-35—70
to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech and Tulane. Southern Miss at Louisiana, Noon Georgia St. 68, Louisiana-Monroe 46 Georgia Hall 34-36—70
Kyle Reifers 37-38—75
John Merrick 37-38—75
The Bulldogs (4-0) first face the Red Raiders (5-2) at 4 p.m. on Mississippi State vs. Tulane (Lubbock, Texas), Georgia Tech 67, Pittsburgh 55 Noemi Jimenez Martin 34-36—70 Max Rottluff 41-34—75
Kentucky 78, Auburn 68 a-Grace Kim 37-33—70
Friday before playing the 19th-ranked Green Wave (4-1) at 2 p.m.
Saturday at TTU’s McLeod Tennis Center. 2 p.m.
Sunday’s Match
LSU 71, Arkansas 34
Louisville 76, Syracuse 51
Marshall 67, North Texas 55
Mirim Lee
Xiyu Lin
Stephanie Meadow
Hockey NHL
“We’re really excited about our first road tests of the year this Maryland 72, Northwestern 57 Morgan Pressel 34-36—70 EASTERN CONFERENCE
weekend,” head coach Matt Roberts said. “Texas Tech and Tulane are Alabama at Pepperdine, 11 a.m. Miami 72, Notre Dame 65 Mel Reid 35-35—70 Atlantic Division
Middle Tennessee 62, Charlotte 55 Maria Torres 34-36—70 GP W L OT Pts GF GA
both outstanding, well-coached teams that are consistently in the NCAA
Tournament year-in and year-out. This weekend is a great opportunity Women’s College Tennis Morehead St. 71, Tennessee St. 55
Murray St. 60, E. Illinois 51
Lindsey Weaver
Sarah Kemp
Tampa Bay
54 39 11 4 82 207 150
53 33 17 3 69 190 150
to test ourselves against some very good players and teams on the Today’s Matches Rice 68, W. Kentucky 46
South Carolina 76, Mississippi 42
a-Min A Yoon 36-34—70 Montreal 55 31 18 6 68 169 158
Muni He 34-36—70 Boston 54 29 17 8 66 155 140
road before we head to Chicago for National Indoors.” Georgia State at Alabama, 1 p.m. Texas-Arlington 67, Coastal Carolina 64 Dani Holmqvist 34-36—70 Buffalo 53 26 20 7 59 158 166
UAB 69, Old Dominion 61 Karoline Lund 35-35—70 Florida 52 22 22 8 52 161 180
n Track and field ready for pair of meets: At Starkville, with UT Martin at Alabama, 6 p.m. UT Martin 77, Jacksonville St. 72 Isi Gabsa 36-34—70 Detroit 54 21 26 7 49 153 178
the calendar turning to February, competition continues to thicken for UTEP 70, FAU 44 Cheyenne Knight 35-35—70 Ottawa 54 20 29 5 45 167 199
Saturday’s Match Virginia 79, Boston College 77 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 35-36—71 Metropolitan Division
Mississippi State track and field, which is set to compete in a split meet MIDWEST Caroline Hedwall 34-37—71 GP W L OT Pts GF GA
today and Saturday at Clemson and Vanderbilt. Alabama State at Mississippi State (DH), 11 California Baptist 93, Chicago St. 67 Nuria Iturrios 35-36—71 N.Y. Islanders 53 31 16 6 68 154 129
a.m. Green Bay 70, N. Kentucky 42 Haeji Kang 34-37—71 Washington 54 30 18 6 66 182 171
Several Bulldogs will head to Clemson, South Carolina, for the Iowa 86, Michigan St. 71 Vani Kapoor 35-36—71 Columbus 53 30 20 3 63 173 164
Tiger Paw Invitational – a meet that features multiple top-25 teams. Sunday’s Matches Michigan 67, Nebraska 61 Brittany Lang 35-36—71 Pittsburgh 54 28 19 7 63 185 167
Missouri 70, Texas A&M 65 Benyapa Niphatsophon 36-35—71 Carolina 54 27 21 6 60 158 160
Another MSU contingent will return to Nashville for the Music City Kennesaw State at Alabama, 10 a.m. North Dakota 70, N. Dakota St. 58 Madelene Sagstrom 36-35—71 Philadelphia 54 24 23 7 55 155 180
Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt. Purdue 72, Illinois 50 Marianne Skarpnord 34-37—71 N.Y. Rangers 53 23 22 8 54 152 178
“When we set up our schedule, we wanted our competition to get UAB at Mississippi State, Noon Rio Grande 49, Grand Canyon 42 Nanna Koerstz Madsen 36-35—71 New Jersey 53 20 25 8 48 154 180
SE Missouri 62, Tennessee Tech 53 Ayako Uehara 32-39—71 WESTERN CONFERENCE
tougher with each meet leading up to the SEC Championships,” interim Lipscomb at Alabama, 4 p.m. Wright St. 73, Milwaukee 69 Dottie Ardina 37-34—71 Central Division
head coach Chris Woods said. “We were able to test ourselves against
some national title contenders two weeks ago at Arkansas, and that op-
College Track and Field UALR 76, Troy 72
Arkansas St. 69, South Alabama 58
Cheyenne Woods
Luna Sobron
Bronte Law

54 34 17 3 71 189 154
56 33 19 4 70 174 143
portunity presents itself again this weekend in Clemson and Nashville. Today’s Meets FAR WEST Mina Harigae 38-33—71 Dallas 54 28 21 5 61 140 137
Arizona 69, Washington 59 Sarah Schmelzel 37-34—71 Minnesota 54 26 23 5 57 151 158
We’re very excited about another chance to see how we’ve grown from Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Arizona St. 61, Washington St. 46 Lindy Duncan 35-36—71 St. Louis 52 25 22 5 55 147 153
Hawaii 70, UC Irvine 68 Cathryn Bristow 34-37—71 Colorado 53 22 22 9 53 176 177
meet to meet and to see how we stack up against these top programs.” Miss at Music City Challenge (Nashville, Tennes- Idaho 76, Montana 68 Chloe Leurquin 35-36—71 Chicago 55 22 24 9 53 177 201
On the men’s side, the Bulldogs will take on six ranked opponents see) Loyola Marymount 69, Santa Clara 60 Brianna Do 36-35—71 Pacific Division
Montana St. 61, E. Washington 47 Ashleigh Buhai 35-37—72 GP W L OT Pts GF GA
at the Tiger Paw Invitational, including No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Florida,
Alabama at Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, N. Arizona 81, Idaho St. 77 Tamie Durdin 36-36—72 Calgary 54 34 15 5 73 199 157
No. 4 Houston, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11 Southern California and New Mexico St. 61, CS Bakersfield 48 Kendall Dye 35-37—72 San Jose 55 32 16 7 71 198 173
No. 20 Penn State. In addition to the Gators and the Aggies, Auburn, Alabama) Pacific 70, San Diego 53 Kristen Gillman 34-38—72 Vegas 56 31 21 4 66 167 153
Pepperdine 72, San Francisco 66 Jenny Haglund 38-34—72 Vancouver 55 24 24 7 55 158 171
Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee round out MSU’s SEC foes Saturday’s Meets Portland St. 74, Sacramento St. 58 Katherine Kirk 36-36—72 Edmonton 54 24 25 5 53 157 179
Saint Mary’s (Cal) 78, BYU 75 Minjee Lee 36-36—72 Arizona 54 23 26 5 51 142 159
at Clemson. Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern UC Davis 70, UC Santa Barbara 44 Meghan MacLaren 32-40—72 Anaheim 55 21 25 9 51 125 176
In Nashville, State’s men will take on No. 7 Alabama and No. Miss at Music City Challenge (Nashville, Tennes- UC Riverside 62, Cal St.-Fullerton 59 Catriona Matthew 37-35—72 Los Angeles 54 23 27 4 50 128 160
Weber St. 67, S. Utah 66 Wichanee Meechai 36-36—72
15 North Dakota State, while Ole Miss is the only other conference
see) Lee-Anne Pace 35-37—72 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for
opponent in the Music City Challenge.
MSU’s women will face 10 ranked opponents at Clemson, including Alabama at Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Golf Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 35-37—72
Daniela Darquea 37-35—72
overtime loss. Top three teams in each division
and two wild cards per conference advance to
five top-10 teams in No. 2 Southern California, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. Alabama) PGA Tour Valdis Jonsdottir
Rebecca Artis

Pebble Beach Azahara Munoz 37-35—72 Thursday’s Games

4 Florida, No. 5 Florida State and No. 10 Kentucky. No. 16 Tennessee,
No. 18 South Carolina, No. 19 Penn State, No. 21Ohio State and No. 24 Junior College Basketball Thursday
At p-Pebble Beach GL, Yardage: 6,816;
Stephanie Na
Tiffany Joh
Los Angeles 3, Philadelphia 2, SO
Florida 3, Pittsburgh 2, OT
Georgia Tech round out the ranked opponents. Auburn joins the group Monday’s Games Par: 72(36-36) Sarah Schober 38-34—72 N.Y. Islanders 2, New Jersey 1, SO
At s-Spyglass Hill GC, Yardage: 6,960; Par: Jackie Stoelting 36-36—72 Washington 4, Colorado 3, OT
as one of seven SEC teams represented at Clemson. Women: EMCC at Northwest, 5 p.m. 72(36-36) Elizabeth Szokol 35-37—72 Carolina 6, Buffalo 5, OT
At the Music City Challenge, the Bulldog women are set to take on At m-Monterey Peninsula GC-Shore, Becca Huffer 36-36—72 Ottawa 4, Anaheim 0
Men: EMCC at Northwest, 7 p.m. Yardage: 6,958; Par: 71(34-37) a-Stephanie Bunque 38-34—72 Montreal 5, Winnipeg 2
No. 14 Alabama and No. 24 Georgia Tech in addition to Ole Miss and Pebble Beach, Calif. Beth Allen 37-36—73 St. Louis 1, Tampa Bay 0, OT
Women: Itawamba at Mississippi Delta, 6 p.m. Purse: $7.6 million Paula Creamer 36-37—73 Vegas 4, Detroit 3
Vanderbilt. First Round Kylie Henry 35-38—73 Edmonton 4, Minnesota 1
MSU opens the weekend at 11:45 a.m. today in Clemson with Men: Itawamba at Mississippi Delta, 8 p.m. Brian Gay 29-35—64m Celine Herbin 37-36—73 Nashville 3, Dallas 2, OT
Charles Brockman III, Jesse Henderson and Herbert Wise III in men’s
60m hurdles qualifying. In Nashville, State will start at 3:30 p.m. with the
Junior College Baseball Scott Langley
Cody Gribble
a-Maddison Hinson-Tolchard
Charley Hull
Chicago 4, Vancouver 3, OT
Columbus 4, Arizona 2
Jason Day 32-33—65m Noora Komulainen 37-36—73 San Jose 5, Calgary 2
Saturday’s Games Phil Mickelson 33-32—65m Becky Morgan 35-38—73 Today’s Game
men’s and women’s high jumps in addition to the women’s weight throw. Matt Every 35-30—65m Karrie Webb 36-37—73 Carolina at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
First gun on Saturday is set for 10:30 a.m. in Clemson, starting with Snead State at Itawamba (DH), 1 p.m. Si Woo Kim 33-33—66p Brittany Marchand 38-35—73 Saturday’s Games
Charlotte Cayton-Smith, Olivia Knox and Alon Lewis in the women’s
800m. 2018 NCAA Outdoor runner-up Marco Arop, along with Dejon
Junior College Softball Kevin Kisner
Keith Mitchell
Tonje Daffinrud
Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez
Anaheim at Philadelphia, Noon
Minnesota at New Jersey, Noon
Dustin Johnson 31-35—66m Beatriz Recari 35-38—73 Detroit at Buffalo, Noon
Saturday’s Games Jordan Spieth 34-32—66m Silvia Banon 36-37—73 Colorado at N.Y. Islanders, Noon
Devroe and Daniel Nixon, will follow at 10:50 a.m. in the men’s 800m. Scott Stallings 34-33—67s Leona Maguire 35-38—73 Los Angeles at Boston, Noon
In Nashville, Sylvia Russell, Carly Terp and Alex Wallace will start Jackson State (Tennessee) at Itawamba (DH), 2 p.m. Branden Grace 31-36—67p Linnea Strom 37-36—73 Winnipeg at Ottawa, 1 p.m.
things off in the women’s 3000m unseeded sections at 10 a.m., with
Shannon Fair closing out the day’s events in the seeded 3000m at 4:25
Junior College Tennis Austin Cook
Johnson Wagner
Kris Tamulis
Laura Davies
Nashville at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Dallas at Arizona, 3 p.m.
Fabian Gomez 35-32—67s Agathe Sauzon 36-37—73 San Jose at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
Saturday’s Matches Nate Lashley 34-33—67p Marta Sanz Barrio 36-37—73 Florida at Washington, 6 p.m.
p.m. Martin Laird 35-33—68s Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong 37-36—73 Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m.
Holmes at Itawamba, 1 p.m. Roberto Castro 32-36—68p Aditi Ashok 38-35—73 Toronto at Montreal, 6 p.m.
—From Special and Staff Reports Brady Schnell 31-36—67m Jaclyn Lee 35-38—73 Calgary at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
Seth Reeves 32-35—67m Tiffany Chan 37-36—73 Columbus at Vegas, 9 p.m.
4B Friday, February 8, 2019 The Dispatch •


Ole Miss
Women’s basketball falls at No. 12 South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nelly Perry led a balanced attack with 13
points and No. 12 South Carolina warmed up for a showdown with
Miles enjoys return to frantic rush of signing day
Connecticut with an easy 75-42 win over Ole Miss Thursday night.
Alexis Jennings, Destainni Henderson and Victaria Saxton added
By DAVE SKRET TA player of the year, an imposing physi- initial defensive coordinator pick to an
The Associated Press cal presence that not only filled a cru- NFL job and one of his defensive posi-
12 points apiece for the Gamecocks (17-5, 9-1 Southeastern Confer-
ence), who will carry a five-game winning streak when they play at the cial need but also began a foothold in tion coaches to West Virginia. But he
No. 5 Huskies on Monday night. LAWRENCE, Kan. — Les Miles the talent-rich state. still added seven more prospects to
South Carolina got off to a bit of a slow start and didn’t get the lead spent the final night ahead of national Miles wasn’t done in Texas, either. his early signing list, including speedy
into double figures until an 8-0 run later in the second quarter. Still, the signing day ensconced in a conference
Rebels (8-16, 2-8), who have lost five straight, only trailed 36-27. He landed three-star athlete Velton wide receiver Joshua Youngblood and
The Gamecocks outscored Ole Miss 21-5 in the third quarter to
room inside the Kansas football facili- Gardner out of perennial powerhouse help at three crucial areas: running
break the game open. They went 7 of 17 from the field but four were ty, working his cell phone to piece to- Dallas Skyline, fulfilling the coach’s back, defensive back and defensive
3-pointers. They had a 19-2 run, scoring the last 15 points of the gether the last pieces of his initial class desire to get faster and more athletic. line.
quarter. After making their first shot of the third quarter, Ole Miss missed with the Jayhawks. Miles then plucked a late addition
10 straight shots into the fourth quarter. The top prospect could be three-
Just down the Interstate 70, Chris in physical running back Amauri Pe-
South Carolina scored the first four in the fourth quarter and added star running back Thomas Grayson
a 9-0 run later to lead by 38. Klieman was busy doing the same sek-Hickson from the Kansas City sub- out of Booker T. Washington in Tulsa,
Crystal Allen had 13 points for the Rebels. thing at Kansas State, pausing only urb of Overland Park. He had been a Oklahoma. It’s the same school that
n Softball shuts out Central Florida in opener: At Orlando, to rile up the crowd at halftime of the longtime commitment to Michigan be-
Florida, for the fourth-straight season, Ole Miss has started the season produced Kansas State standout Tyler
Wildcats’ basketball game against fore backing out when the Wolverines
off 1-0 after defeating UCF 3-0 in the first game of the Friends of Jaclyn Lockett, and gives the Wildcats help
Tournament Thursday night. their bitter rival. asked him to attend prep school and at a position that returns exactly zero
Making her final season-opening appearance, senior Brittany All of which seemed somehow fit- sign with next year’s class instead. scholarship players next season.
Finney had all of her stuff working in the circle. The righty threw the ting. Pesek-Hickson punted that oppor-
second complete game shutout of her career, allowing just four hits and Miles and Klieman were hired late Clyde Price, a bruising running
a walk, striking out six. tunity and jumped on the rebuilding back from Kansas City, also signed
Batting out of the two-hole, junior Kaylee Horton had herself a
last year to turn around programs fall- process at Kansas.
en on hard times, the former one of the during the late period.
ball-game. The slapper went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of “I think physical football has to be The defensive side of the ball
runs scored and a walk. worst in major college football and the played by big men at some point in
The Rebels didn’t waste any time getting the first run of the season latter after it slipped the past couple showed that Klieman is willing to cast
time. Even the wide receivers, looking
up on the board. Horton got things started with a looping single down
of seasons under Hall of Fame coach a wider net than Snyder’s staffs in the
the left field line before stealing second. Finney helped her own cause at height and size,” Miles said. “I think
Bill Snyder. And that meant both were past. Matthew Pola-Mao is from Ar-
with an RBI single, lacing a pitch back up the middle to plate Horton. it’s necessary at some point in time.”
forced to not only build a staff but land izona, fellow defensive tackle Kenny
Ole Miss added to its lead in the third, with Horton doing the Another priority? Locking down the
bidding again. The junior led off with a single up the middle, once a recruiting class that could lay the Givens from Chicago, three-star safe-
again swiping second. After she moved to third on an Abbey Latham foundation for that purpose. That naturally led to a head-to-head ty Tyrone Lewis is from Louisiana and
grounder, the Jasper, Alabama native beat the throw home on a double cornerback Kenyon Reed from Califor-
steal to make it 2-0 in favor of the Rebs. “We started late. I took my time showdown with his Kansas State coun-
The Rebels used their speed once more in the fourth to tack on hiring this staff and it cost us a little,” terpart. nia.
another run. After Gabby Alvarez drilled a double down the right field Miles said. “The things we wanted to Oklahoma linebacker Gavin Potter “We’re still going to hammer the
line, Tate Whitley came on to run out of the flex spot. With Whitley on do in the short term was those needs had been committed to the Wildcats footprint area, which is Kansas, Mis-
third, Ole Miss once again utilized the double steal and the freshman souri, the state of Texas is always go-
slid under the tag at the plate to extend the lead. the team had to have and had to have for a while, but Texas Tech had started
With Finney in fine form in the circle, that was plenty of offense as quickly.” to make inroads with a new coaching ing to be big,” Klieman said, “but you
the senior pitcher and her defense were able to shut down whatever the The Jayhawks finished off a 19-mem- staff. When signing day dawned, it was have to be able to nationally recruit.
Knights could throw at them to start out 2019 with a shutout. ber class Thursday, the first day of the Jayhawks who swept into Broken Kansas State has a national name, na-
Ole Miss is playing without coach Mike Smith, who has been tional brand, so to get a few kids from
suspended for this season-opening tournament.
the February signing period. Many of Arrow and swiped away a physical mid-
n Pair chosen for leadership council: At Oxford, Ole Miss them signed during the early period in dle linebacker prospect. other areas is a great success.”
student-athletes Myles Hartsfield (football) and Gabby Little (soccer) December, including touted junior col- “That was certainly a very compet- The work doesn’t stop for Miles or
will represent the Rebels at the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Council lege quarterback Thomas MacVittie, itive recruiting process,” Miles said. Klieman anytime soon.
meetings at the conference offices this Friday and Saturday. Hartsfield but the rest committed over the past Both coaches said they plan to turn
and Little will be part of 28 student-athletes from across the conference
“I think there was an attachment in a
representing their schools. couple of months. lot of different ways to this school. ... their attention toward offseason pro-
The purpose of the SEC SAAC is to provide student-athletes with They wound up being the gems of It appeared to me that he was going grams and spring football, and build-
additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and conference the class. to have interest, and sometimes in re- ing cohesiveness within the staffs. But
office staff. Additional councils with similar purposes were introduced by Four-star prospect Steven Parker, a cruiting it becomes important certain they also will be back on the recruiting
the Conference in 2016 for football and men’s and women’s basketball.
Each council convenes annually, and a joint meeting is held during the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end out guys come.” trail, laying the foundation for their
summer. The SEC Football Leadership Council conducted its two-day of Texas was perhaps the most highly Klieman dealt with a couple of staff second classes and first with a full cy-
meeting last weekend, and the basketball councils meet during the fall. sought. He was the state’s defensive changes late in the cycle, losing his cle at their disposal.
Agenda items for the SEC SAAC meeting include a presentation

Michigan wrestles Big Ten lead away

on leadership by Growing Leaders, Inc., a conversation with SEC
Commissioner Greg Sankey, a review of NCAA and SEC legislative
items with SEC Assistant Commissioner Matt Boyer, and an open
discussion on various topics facilitated by Misty Brown, SEC Director of
Student-Athlete Engagement. The group will also elect officers at the
end of its meeting. By The Associated Press from Oregon. The Nittany the nation. Joseph Darkwa. The 6-5,
Student-athletes scheduled to attend the meeting include: Kat Lions were ranked No. 2 in Four-star safety Quint- 270-pounder, whose mother
Rogers (Alabama soccer), Taylor Beitz (Arkansas soccer), Landon Michigan finished the the conference and No. 13 en Johnson out of St. John’s moved from Ghana about 30
Ernst (Arkansas men’s golf), Abigail Meadows (Auburn soccer), Bill
Taylor (Auburn football), Addie Baggarly (Florida women’s golf), Rachel
football recruiting cycle nationally. College High in Washington years ago, comes from the
Kramer (Florida volleyball), Katie Higgins (Georgia soccer), Ryan with the top class in the Big Ohio State, which had was the only player to sign Dusseldorf Panthers’ U-19
Peppenhorst (Georgia cross country), Zoe Collins (Kentucky women’s Ten, and four other confer- been No. 1 in Big Ten re- with Michigan on Wednes- team in the German Foot-
golf), Jacob Cook (Kentucky men’s golf), Harrison Martingayle (LSU ence programs were ranked
cross country), Milan Stokes (LSU volleyball), Myles Hartsfield (Ole
cruiting eight years in a day. He’s drawn compari- ball League.
Miss football), Gabby Little (Ole Miss soccer), Kanani Price (Mississippi
in the top 25 in the nation row and in 10 of the last 11, sons to ex-Wolverines star He also had offers from
State volleyball), Kody Schexnayder (Mississippi State football), Jacob Wednesday. slipped to No. 3 during the Jabrill Peppers, who played UCLA, Georgia Tech and
Bohlken (Missouri wrestling), Riley Sents (Missouri volleyball), Jack Wolverines coach Jim coaching transition from both defense and offense in Colorado, among other
Parrott (South Carolina men’s golf), Simone Wark (South Carolina Harbaugh added one player
soccer), Maddy Banic (Tennessee women’s swimming and diving),
Urban Meyer to Ryan Day. 2015-16. Johnson has said schools.
Brianna Leverenz (Tennessee women’s swimming and diving), Riley on the second letter-of-in- The Buckeyes’ No. 14 na- he would be willing to do Ohio State, which must
Lovingood (Tennessee football), Jake Gibbons (Texas A&M men’s tent signing day to a 26-man tional ranking was their the same. replace four of its five start-
swimming and diving), Maddy Stulce (Texas A&M women’s track and class that was No. 1 in the lowest since 2010 and end- Kansas City-area three- ing offensive linemen, beat
field), Mary Beckwith (Vanderbilt women’s swimming) and Namilla Big Ten and No. 8 nationally,
Sanchez (Vanderbilt women’s swimming).
ed a streak of eight straight star athlete Amauri Pe- out Southern California for
n Track and field set for weekend competition: At Oxford, a according to the 247Sports. classes ranked seventh or sek-Hickson de-committed four-star guard Enokk Vi-
majority of the Ole Miss track & field team will head back to Vanderbilt com composite rankings. higher. The drop is partly Monday over a disagree- mahi of Kahuku, Hawaii,
this weekend for the Music City Challenge on Feb. 8-9, while a handful It was Michigan’s first top attributable to the 17-man ment about Harbaugh’s and three-star tackle Dawa-
of Rebel men’s distance runners head out to Boston for the David ranking in the Big Ten since
Hemery Valentine Invite at Boston University in search of national-qual-
class being Ohio State’s request that he delay his nd Jones of Indianapolis.
ifying mile times. 2007. smallest since 2007. enrollment and go to prep The signings cushioned the
Ole Miss currently has a total of 15 marks or times that rank within Penn State coach James Nebraska and Purdue school. Pesek-Hickson blow of the Buckeyes losing
the NCAA top-50, nine of which are within the top-25. To qualify for the Franklin assembled a 23- had the top two classes in signed with Kansas. four-star offensive lineman
NCAA Indoor Championships, athletes must rank within the top-16 in
their events at the end of the conference championship weekend.
man class made up of play- the Big Ten West, coming in Penn State went all Doug Nester of Huntington,
Ole Miss head coach Connie Price-Smith is in her fourth season. ers from 11 states, including at Nos. 4 and 5 in the confer- the way to Germany to West Virginia, who flipped
Price-Smith, who was the head women’s coach for Team USA at the three from Florida and one ence and Nos. 20 and 25 in bring in defensive tackle to Virginia Tech.

2016 Olympic Games in Rio, is in her 18th season overall as a head
In four seasons at Ole Miss, Price-Smith has already mentored
seven NCAA champions, 54 First or Second-Team All-Americans, 29
SEC Champions and several of the highest SEC and national team Continued from Page 1B
finishes ever at Ole Miss -- including the highest SEC Outdoor finish
ever for the women in fifth place in 2018. Still, the Bulldogs are picked 10th in Bulldogs return roughly 25 percent of just as valuable to us behind the plate
Price-Smith’s coaching staff all returns as well, with associate head the preseason in the rugged SEC. the innings pitched from last season. (as the catcher). The good news is we
coach Andre Scott (jumps, women’s multis), assistant coach Anthony ‘This team has a lot of speed and The biggest unknown may be Arizo- have more threats around her now. If
Acklin (sprints, hurdles), assistant coach Brian Porter (pole vault,
we have a good approach at the plate,” na State transfer Alyssa Lozer. we can get runners on before her and
javelin, men’s multis), assistant coach John Smith (throws) and director
of operations Sasha Leeth all returning for their fourth seasons at Ole MSU senior outfielder Kat Moore “We have five pitchers and each will she delivers to her capabilities, that
Miss, with associate head coach Ryan Vanhoy (distance) entering his said. “We should be able to score runs throw this weekend,” Stuedeman said. will be a good offensive combination.
sixth year as a Rebel. and put the pressure on other teams. “We have confidence in all five. It is go- The offense early will be important,
n Baseball honors continue to roll in: At Oxford, Southeastern We have high expectations and (the ing to be exciting to watch the pitching while the pitching plan comes togeth-
Conference office released its 2019 Preseason Coaches Poll and Pre-
season All-SEC Teams Thursday, bringing another wave of accolades preseason ranking) showed that is staff develop. Offensively, on paper, we er. We are ready to play. The SEC is a
for the No. 10 Ole Miss Rebels. justified. It’s important that we have have a chance to have a very good sea- grind. We have veterans. They know
Ole Miss was picked second in the SEC Western Division, garner- a strong start to the season. The first son.” the grind. They love the grind. We
ing one first-place vote. The reigning SEC West and SEC Tournament couple of weeks are important, while Davidson will be at the heart of that want to build off last season. Our talent
champions also tied for the most Preseason All-SEC selections, placing
we try to make strides.” offensive production. A year ago, she level gives us a chance to do just that.”
four Rebels—Cole Zabowski, Parker Caracci, Chase Cockrell and Tyler
Keenan—on the preseason all-conference roster. Teams and order of While the Bulldogs return the bulk hit .370 with 48 RBIs.
finish are voted on by the SEC coaches. of last season’s offense, the biggest “The thing with Mia is she is a tire- Follow Dispatch sports editor Scott
Zabowski enters as the Rebels’ lone first-team selection after question marks are in the circle. The less worker,” Stuedeman said. “She is Walters on @dispatchscott
earning SEC All-Defensive Team honors in 2018. The junior first

baseman was also named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award
as he made just four errors in all of 2018, finishing with a stellar .990
fielding percentage.
In addition to his outstanding glove work, Zabowski had a great Continued from Page 1B
season at the plate. The Lawrenceville, Georgia, native hit .300 with 10
home runs and 44 RBI. After a strong summer with the Fond du Lac That set the tone for this the last four games. He has has matched a season high ing their conference opener
Dock Spiders and an excellent fall in Oxford, he’ll return as one of the critical three-game home- scored 18 or more points in with 27 points three times in the final seconds at Ala-
top bats in a stacked Rebel lineup.
Caracci leads a group of three Rebels on the second team, adding stand. After losing to LSU three straight games. in the Bulldogs’ last four bama.
to a litany of preseason honors for the redshirt junior closer. Earlier this 92-88 in overtime Wednes- “The thing about Reggie games. The Bulldogs’ other four
week, Caracci earned his fifth Preseason All-American nod of 2019. day, the homestand con- is the rebound number,” Weatherspoon is now conference losses have been
The redshirt junior out of Jackson, Mississippi, was selected in the cludes with Alabama (14-8, Howland said. “He is a nat- second in the league with by a combined 17 points.
37th Round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, but he
5-4) at 8 p.m. Tuesday. ural at rebonding. The more an average of 18.0 points per “We just have to find
elected to return to Oxford for 2019. The Jackson Prep product earned
three All-America nods at the conclusion of the 2018 season. He was The Ole Miss victory also minutes he plays, the better game. a way to win these close
also named second-team All-SEC and was a midseason All-American, gave berth to a new starting our numbers will be in that Kentucky will be looking games,” Weatherspoon said.
in addition to an SEC Pitcher of the Week honor on April 2. lineup. Freshman Reggie category. The offense will for its 13th straight victory “We have been close, but we
Caracci totaled 10 saves last year, tying him for the seventh-most in Perry drew the start and come, too, but the rebounds in the series. have to do more.”
a single season in program history. Caracci also amassed 73 strikeouts
in 48.0 innings pitched, compared to just 14 walks for a 5.2 strikeout-to- again started in the loss to really excite me.” Earlier in the year, Ken-
walk ratio. He allowed just 38 hits and maintained a 2.25 ERA. LSU. Quinndary Weather- tucky took a 76-55 win at Follow Dispatch sports ed-
The outstanding season earned Caracci a spot on the USA Perry has collected a spoon is also on his own of- home. The Wildcats have itor Scott Walters on Twitter
Baseball Collegiate National Team for the summer, where he posted a double-double in three of fensive roll. Weatherspoon won nine straight after los- @dispatchscott
perfect 0.00 ERA in 9.2 innings of action, compiling a pair of saves and

a .094 opposing batting average.

Junior Colleges
Continued from Page 1B
EMCC basketball squads sweep Coahoma C.C.
SCOOBA — East Mississippi swept a pair of MACJC North Divi- bus to become the head coach at well as the quarterback trio of rising as traditional rivals West Point and
sion basketball games from Coahoma Community College Thursday Caledonia High School in June. Three seniors Jaelan Craddieth, Jordan Nash New Hope.
night at Currie Coliseum.
The EMCC men improved to 13-7 overall and 7-2 in division play
CHS assistants also went with Kelly. and rising junior Ethan Conner. West Point and Columbus have
with an 87-62 victory. Thus, Rice had to shuffle the coach- The smallest Class 6A school in the played annually throughout this de-
Robert Davis, Jr. had 15 points, while Donte Powers, Dewayne Cox ing staff during summer workouts, previous enrollment figures, Colum- cade. The last Columbus-New Hope
and Darrious Agnew each had 14 points. Terryonte Thomas added 13 after being hired himself a couple of bus settles comfortably in Class 5A. regular-season game was played in
points. The EMCC women (9-11, 6-3) won 56-45. Tye Metcalf had 19 weeks before spring practice. The 2019 Class 5A, Region 1 rivals 2016 at New Hope.
points, while Brianna Page had a double-double with 11 points and 10
rebounds. Columbus will return rising senior include Center Hill, Grenada, Lafay- Follow Dispatch sports editor Scott
—From Special and Staff Reports Devarkas Ramsey at running back, as ette, Lake Cormorant, Saltillo, as well Walters on Twitter @dispatchscott
The Dispatch • Friday, February 8, 2019 5B


Women’s basketball falls at Florida in SEC play
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alabama fell in the final seconds against
Florida, 57-55, on Thursday night inside Exactech Arena at the Stephen
C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.
“I thought we had a couple of critical turnovers that led to transition
three’s,” head coach Kristy Curry stated. “They had a lot of good looks
in transition and Funda (Nakkasoglu) got cut loose a couple of times
and we just have to take care of the ball on the road.”
With the game tied at 55-55, Delicia Washington knocked down
the go-ahead mid-range jumper with 15 seconds remaining to secure
the win for the Gators (6-17, 2-8 SEC) over the Crimson Tide (11-12,
3-7 SEC).
The Tide was led by junior Cierra Johnson who scored in dou-
ble-digits for the sixth consecutive game after finishing with 15 points
and six rebounds. Freshman Megan Abrams provided a spark with 11
points in the loss.
Alabama jumped out to a 5-0 led to begin the game before Florida
cut the deficit to 13-12 at the end of the first. UA started the second
quarter with a quick 6-0 run to go up 19-12, again UF had an answer
and cut the Tide lead to 26-23 after 20 minutes of action.
In the third period the Crimson Tide held its largest lead of the
game when UA went on a 9-0 run including a layup from Johnson to put
Alabama up 39-30 with 3:38 to go. Florida responded with a mini 5-0
spurt and trailed the Tide 41-37 heading into the fourth.
The two sides battled back-and-forth in the final quarter, with
Alabama holding the 51-48 advantage with 4:26 to go. Florida answered
with a 7-0 run to go up 55-51 with 2:27 remaining in the game. Johnson
put in four-straight points to tie the game with one minute left. After
UF grabbed an offensive rebound, Washington found an opening and
made a 16-foot jumper to go up 57-55, the eventual final.
Alabama led for 34 minutes of the game and were ahead by as
many as nine points in the second half. The UA defense held the Gators
to just 36 percent (22-of-61) from the field and won the rebounding
battle, 44-36.
n McEwen makes track and field watch list: At Tuscaloosa, Al-
abama, Alabama junior high jumper Shelby McEwen has earned a spot
on the Men’s Bowerman Award Watch List, the U.S. Track and Field
and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced
Thursday. The Bowerman Trophy is collegiate track and field’s highest
individual honor.
The NCAA Championship runner-up and Southeastern Confer-
ence champion in the high jump both indoor and outdoor last season,
McEwen cleared 7-7 (2.31m) and 7-5.75 (2.28m) at the Carolina
Challenge last weekend, giving him the top-two heights in the nation
this season.
In addition to being a personal-best height, the Abbeville, S.C.,
native’s 7-7 leap is also just three quarters of an inch off both the school
Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch
and SEC record in the high jump and puts him more than an inch and a
In her final game at New Hope High School, senior Julia Franks scored her team’s final points of the game. Franks tore her half ahead of his closest competitors nationally.
ACL during a game in December. She took part in Senior Night ceremonies and took the court in the closing seconds to McEwen is also just a quarter of an inch from tying as the ninth
score for one final time. best performer in collegiate history and three-quarters of an inch from
fourth place.

Franks’ basket closes out Lady Trojans’ victory

This past summer, he finished fifth in the high jump and was the
No. 2 collegian at the USATF National Championships.
McEwen is one of 10 men from throughout the NCAA, including
one of five from the SEC, to earn a place on the Bowerman’s mid-indoor
season watch list.
n Swimming and diving competes at Auburn: At Tuscaloosa,
By Scot t Walters ified for the Mississippi High School Caledonia had a couple of chances Alabama, the Alabama swimming and diving teams close out the regu- Activities Association (MHSAA) Class to tie but could not covert. lar season this weekend at the Auburn Invitational in Auburn, Ala.
4A playofffs. The Lady Trojans are the “Gave a great effort,” Caledonia The meet runs today through Sunday, with prelims starting at 9:30
The final basket of New Hope High region’s third seed and will face tour- coach Gary Griffin said. “This team is
a.m. each day. Finals start at 5 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. on
School senior Julia Franks’ career was Sunday.
nament host Leake Central at 7 p.m. young. They have played hard through- The weekend marks the second year in a row that Alabama has
not a game-winner. Thursday in the regional tournament out the season. Looking forward to closed out the regular season in Auburn. Prior to last year, the Crimson
However, it had to feel like it meant semifinal round. Tide finished things out with a dual meet, usually at home, before rolling
watching their growth and maturity
a championship. Franks was accounting for close to into the postseason. This year and last, head coach Dennis Pursley and
during the off-season.” his staff are using the invitational to solidify the final spots on the men’s
Franks tore her ACL on Dec. 28 in a half of the team’s offense when she Caledonia (3-18) will be the No. 6 and women’s championship rosters.
game at the New Hope Trojan Classic. went down in the contest against Jack- seed in the Class 4A, Region 2 tour- In 2018, Braxton Young went into the Auburn Invitational looking
With her leg in a brace, she joined her son Academy. for the opportunity to finish off his career in style. Fast swims in Auburn
nament. It will face Shannon at 4 p.m.
teammates for Senior Night festivities “It was a big blow to our team,” earned the senior his first trip to the Southeastern Championships,
Thursday night at the school. Tuesday at Itawamba Community Col- where he scored individually and then won an SEC title as part of
Brown said. “We had to adjust some lege. UA’s 200 freestyle relay. From there, Young made the Tide’s NCAA
In the closing seconds, Franks goals after that. Our No. 1 goal to start championship squad, earning All-America honors as part of the 200
checked in. The Lady Trojans collect- For New Hope, Brown has a chance
the season was to make the playoffs. To freestyle relay.
ed a rebound and threw it to the oppo- to get the team some postseason expe-
be able to achieve that is important. We More than half of the Tide’s 70 swimmers will be at this weekend’s
site end of the floor. The ball was saved rience before the actual Class 4A play- meet, while those who have already claimed a spot on the postseason
are young a team. It’s been hard to re-
in bounds and relayed to Franks. offs begin. roster will train through the weekend for SECs, which get underway
place both the scoring and the leader- February 19 in Athens, Georgia.
She hit a layup and Trojan Gym “Leake Central has a talented
ship (from Franks). We have done the Friday’s events include the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays as
erupted with applause. best we could this year. Proud of how team,” Brown said. “It’s a game we can well as the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle.
It was the final score in New Hope’s we have played and improved.” win. We just have to play well. Making n Men’s tennis heads to California: At Tuscaloosa, Alabama,
53-46 win over Lowndes County rival Both teams struggled offensively in the playoffs was the primary goal. Be- the Alabama men’s tennis team will compete in its first pair of road tests
ing able to make it to the region cham- when it travels to California this weekend. The Crimson Tide will first
Caledonia. the first quarter. In the second quarter, face San Diego State at 5 p.m. today at the Aztec Tennis Center, in
“That was special,” New Hope the Lady Trojans took charge. A 10-0 pionship game would be extra.” San Diego, California, and will follow with a match on Sunday, against
coach Chad Brown. “Special thanks to run gave New Hope a 20-10 lead. For New Hope, India Woods hit five Pepperdine at 3 p.m. at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, in Malibu,
(Caledonia) coach (Gary) Griffin, who The Lady Trojans allowed five sec- 3-pointers and finished with 17 points. California.
Juquala Sherrod had 13 points, while Alabama (6-1) enters the weekend at No. 23 in the latest Oracle/
helped make that happen. She means ond-quarter points to take a 25-13 lead ITA National Team Rankings and in the Tennis Channel/USTA College
so much to our team. To be able to get at halftime. Reed McGlothin had 12 points. Tennis Top-25 Rankings.
her on the court one last was special. It In the second half, New Hope would For Caledonia, Nenah Young had Individually, senior No. 40 Mazen Osama sports a 4-2 record as
will always mean a lot to her. She is the run the lead to 15 but Caledonia kept 14 points, while Pennington had nine the Tide’s top player, while junior Edson Ortiz is a perfect 7-0 in dual
matches. In addition, junior Zhe Zhou is off to 6-1 start and sophomore
heart and soul of our team. That was battling. A 3-pointer by Allison Pen- points. Jeremy Gschwendtner is undefeated (3-0) in his Alabama rookie
great.” nington brought the Lady Feds back Follow Dispatch sports editor Scott season.
New Hope (11-14) has already qual- within three at 47-44. Walters on Twitter @dispatchscott San Diego State (2-1) and Alabama will meet for the second time

in program history after the Crimson Tide bested the Aztecs 4-1 in the
inaugural matchup, on Feb. 11, 2018, in Tuscaloosa.
Friday’s contest against Pepperdine marks the ninth meeting
between the two programs, as Alabama trails 5-4 in the all-time
Continued from Page 1B series. However, the Tide won the last meeting Feb. 9, 2018, 6-1, in
“Both of these teams are n Gymnastics competes at Arkansas: At Tuscaloosa,
physical teams. There were Alabama, the No. 8-ranked Alabama gymnastics team heads back out
calling it tight early, so that on the road this week, taking on No. 22 Arkansas in Barnhill Arena at
Fayetteville, Arkansas today.
just meant for us to do what “There are no nights off in the SEC,” UA head coach Dana
we do, to get to the bas- Duckworth said. “You have to be ready every time out, but I think that’s
ket and make free throws. what makes this conference so great when it comes to the postseason.
Proud of this team and how Everyone in this league has been tested by the time we get to March
and April.”
we kept our composure.” Today marks Alabama’s third road contest and sixth meet overall
New Hope (15-12) will be of the season, while it will be Arkansas’ second home competition of the
the No. 2 seed in the MH- season and first since Jan. 5, and its fifth meet overall.
SAA Class 4A, Region 4 In addition to being another SEC competition, both teams will be
trading their traditional team colors for pink leotards on Friday, helping
tournament. It will face Lou- bring attention to the fight against breast cancer. Alabama’s Power of
isville at 8:30 p.m. Thurs- Pink initiative began collegiate gymnastics’ “pink” efforts in 2004.
day at Leake Central. Since Alabama was without a key gymnast in each of the last two meets.
this is a five-team region, Sophomore Lexi Graber missed the LSU meet two weeks ago after an
the Trojans have already injury in warmups, while senior Abby Armbrecht didn’t travel to Missouri
due to an illness that cropped the day the team traveled to Columbia.
clinched a return trip to the Both are slated to be back in the lineup this week.
Class 4A playoffs. Graber bounced back against Missouri going in the all-around and
On this night, the Trojans scoring a career-best 9.925 on the floor exercise. Sophomore Alonza
held tough, despite not be- Klopfer used a career-best mark of her own to win the balance beam
against the Tigers, posting a 9.875 in the leadoff position.
ing able to find a consistent n Track and field set for busy weekend: At Tuscaloosa, Ala-
flow on the offensive end. A bama, in its last weekend of regular-season action, the Alabama track
guard-oriented squad, New and field teams are splitting their squads between a trio of meets, as it
Hope has done a lot of dam- begins to hone in on the championship season.
The Crimson Tide is sending a contingent of sprinters and jumpers
age from 3-point range. On to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, site of this year’s
this night, the Trojans only Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships. A crew of sprint
hit four. New Hope High School senior Tikorian Chandler (3) puts up a 3-point shot attempt against and distance runners, as well as those competing in the throws and
“Played hard and compet- the defense of Caledonia senior Romeo Sanders (12) during Thursday night’s game at New jumps, will head to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Music City Challenge.
Hope. Sanders scored 37 points as the Confederates beat the Trojans, 71-65. Alabama is also sending a distance contingent to the Iowa State Classic
ed,” New Hope coach Drew in Ames, Iowa.
McBrayer said. “Put them scored six points over two Still, New Hope hung 5 of 6 in the final 75 seconds. The Tide will compete in Ames on Friday, while the meets in
on the free throw line too possessions, thanks to a tight. “This was another chance Fayetteville and Nashville will include events today and Saturday.
much. Proud of how hard Junior Shelby McEwen, the nation’s No. 1 ranked men’s high
technical foul on the Tro- LJ Hackman and RL Mat- for this team to grow up,” jumper, is among those traveling to the Tyson Invitational, along with
we played and how we had jans’ bench. A putback by tix each hit critical 3-point sophomores Tamara Clark and Daija Lampkin. Clark and Lampkin are
a chance there at the end. Sanders said. “This late in
Johnson ran the lead to 47- baskets in the early stages ranked seventh and 14th in the nation, respectively, in the women’s 60
This team has come a long the year, the younger guys
35. of the fourth quarter. meters, while Lampkin is 20th at 200 meters. Senior Stacey Destin,
way from the start of the “Before we took the court, Mattix later hit a pair of are playing like veterans.” ranked 10th nationally in the women’s high jump and 12th in the
For New Hope, Mattix pentathlon, will also be in Fayetteville.
season.” we talked about it being a free throws to bring his team The Crimson Tide’s women’s shot put corps, headed to Nashville
A nip-and-tuck first half game of runs,” Griffin said. back within 56-51. However, had 18 points for a second this weekend, has three ranked in the top-25 nationally, with senior
saw Caledonia carry a 29-27 “New Hope was playing at when Caledonia came up straight game, while Parr Portious Warren sitting at No. 7, senior Haley Teel at No. 18 and
lead into the intermission. home and they always have empty with no points on a had 14 points.
sophomore Nickolette Dunbar at No. 25. Senior Kord Ferguson and
freshman Bobby Colantonio Jr. will also be part of the Tide’s Music City
In the third quarter, the a great crowd. We knew they two-free throw possession, For Caledonia, Sanders Challenge squad. Ferguson is ranked 14th nationally in the men’s shot
Confederates opened things would make runs at us. Our the Trojans had a turnover put, while Colantonio is 12th overall and first among freshmen in the
was followed by McCleskey
up with a 7-0 run. Cooper job was to answer when they after a Caleb Parr defensive men’s weight throw.
with 13 points and Smith
McCleskey hit a pair of bas- had a run. We just couldn’t rebound. n Women’s tennis competes at home: At Tuscaloosa,
kets during that run. Anoth- let him consecutive baskets A putback by Parr lat- with 12 points. Alabama, the Alabama women’s tennis team will host another pair of
Follow Dispatch sports ed- doubleheaders with Georgia State at 1 p.m. and UT Martin at 6 p.m.
er 3-point basket by McCles- and get things going. We did er closed the gap to 62-58. today, followed by Kennesaw State at 10 a.m. and Lipscomb at 4 p.m.
key ran the lead to 41-34. a great job the entire night of However, Sanders proved itor Scott Walters on Twitter Sunday, at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
The Confederates later answering runs.” too much at the line, hitting @dispatchscott The team will play either indoors or outdoors depending on the
weather an hour before match time.
—From Special Reports
6B Friday, February 8, 2019 The Dispatch •


Pro baseball community mourns loss of trailblazer Robinson at 83

By DAVID GINSBURG “Frank Robinson’s resume “Baseball will miss a tremen- first inning, he homered off Doc years working as an executive
The Associated Press in our game is without paral- dous human being,” he said. Medich and the crowd went cra- for MLB and for a time oversaw
lel, a trailblazer in every sense, An All-Star outfielder in 12 zy, cheering the whole April af- the annual Civil Rights Game.
Crowding the plate, fear- whose impact spanned genera- seasons and a first-ballot selec- ternoon as Cleveland beat the He advocated for more minori-
some and fearless, Frank Rob- tions,” Commissioner Rob Man- tion to Cooperstown, Robinson Yankees. ties throughout baseball and
inson hammered his way into fred said in a statement. also was a Rookie of the Year, The Reds, Orioles and Indi- worked with former Commis-
the Hall of Fame. Robinson hit 586 home runs a Gold Glove outfielder and a ans have retired his No. 20 and sioner Bud Selig to develop the
His legacy, however, was ce- — he was fourth on the career bruising runner. honored him with statues at Selig Rule, directing teams to
mented that day in 1975 when list behind only Hank Aaron, But his place in the sport’s their stadiums. interview at least one minority
he simply stood in the dugout Babe Ruth and Willie Mays history extended far beyond the Robinson later managed San candidate before hiring a new
at old Cleveland Stadium — the when he retired and now ranks batter’s box and basepaths. Francisco, Baltimore and Mon- manager.
first black manager in Major 10th. An MVP with Cincinnati Robinson fulfilled his treal. He became the first man- For all he did on and off the
League Baseball. and Baltimore, he led the Ori- quest to become the first Af- ager of the Washington Nation- field, Robinson was present-
Robinson, the only player to oles to their first World Series rican-American manager in als after the franchise moved ed the Presidential Medal of
earn the MVP award in both championship in 1966. the big leagues when he was from Montreal for the 2005 sea- Freedom by George W. Bush in
leagues and a Triple Crown “Frank Robinson and I were hired by the Cleveland Indians. son — the Nationals put him in 2005.
winner, died Thursday at 83. more than baseball buddies. We His impact was immediate and their Ring of Honor. “Frank Robinson’s wife,
He had been in failing health were friends. Frank was a hard- memorable. More than half the major Barbara Ann Cole, once said,
and in hospice care at his home nosed baseball player who did The Indians opened at home league teams have had black “He believes in rules and he
in the Bel Air section of Los things on the field that people that year and Robinson, still managers since his debut with respects the game. He reveres
Angeles. MLB said he was with said could never be done,” Aar- active, batted himself second Cleveland. the game,’” Bush said in a state-
family and friends at the time. on posted on Twitter. as the designated hitter. In the Robinson later spent several ment.

Comics & Puzzles

Dear Abby
EAR ABBY: able working in We are both employed and
Something a place where will have continued access to
happened there are per- health insurance through our
at work that has verted nuns who employers in retirement. My
me traumatized. don’t respect insurance covers her even if
I work at a retire- people’s privacy. I predecease her, unless she
ment house for What do I do? remarries.
a convent. The I’m confused and My wife now says she
nuns are sweet, angry, spending wants to carry her own health
kind and easy to my days in my insurance because she feels
get along with. home crying and she might want to remarry
But last week contemplating sometime after my death. Her
ZITS while I was using whether to file new interest about remarrying
the bathroom, a police report. bothers me, and I feel some-
a nun decided Please give me what guilty about that.
to be a Peeping some advice. -- What has me depressed is
Tom while I was TRAUMATIZED IN the question of who she would
on the toilet. She
Dear Abby THE EAST want to be buried beside -- her
laughed at me in DEAR new husband or me. We have
a taunting manner saying, “I TRAUMATIZED: I hope you been married for 38 years,
can see you!” I screamed at realize that the behavior the and the possibility of having a
her to stop, but she just kept retired nun exhibited is that of final resting place without her
looking and laughing at me. a 4-year-old. She may suffer seems very lonely and like I
When she finally left, I was in from dementia. While the am being rejected. It almost
shock. woman may have had good feels like a divorce. These are
I reported the nun to my judgment in her younger years, thoughts and feelings I can
supervisor as soon as I could, clearly she does not now. It neither shake off nor ratio-
GARFIELD but later in the day I was still may be the reason she is living nalize. Your thoughts? -- LIFE
so humiliated and upset that in that retirement community. GOES ON
I ended up having an anxiety I’m curious about how your DEAR LIFE GOES ON:
attack. I can’t stop thinking supervisor reacted when you Your wife is trying to keep her
about it. It left me feeling told her what happened. If you options open, which, although
disgusted with the nun and cannot move beyond the trau- it isn’t sentimental, makes
with myself. ma, talk to the director of the sense. There are no guaran-
I want to report her to the home and ask for counseling tees that if you predecease
police, but I don’t want drama so you can regain some per- her, she will be swept off her
at work. This is my only source spective. Filing a police report feet, so you may be worrying
of income. I need my job in may not be the way to go. needlessly. If you haven’t told
order to provide for my kids, DEAR ABBY: My wife and her how you feel, it might put
but I no longer feel comfort- I are getting ready to retire. your mind at ease if you do.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. about it, so you may as well just most the ones who don’t bother
8). The easiest way to say relax and take it all in. or who can’t seem to hide them.
and do the right thing is not to TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Anyway, someone finds your
rehearse it and work at it, but Love somehow still sticks with quirks irresistible today.
to live it. It’s the truth of your you even when you give it away. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Even
heart. So instead of changing In fact, the more you give, the though practical advice will work
anything about your behavior, more you have, and it becomes for many, if it goes against what
you’ll focus on generating really hard to get rid of. you’re feeling today, then you’re
greater joy in your heart. All GEMINI (May 21-June 21). highly unlikely to be able to
good things flow from this. When your friend is on the apply it, so why bother? Accept
You’ll count this among your phone to someone else, you your own stubbornness as the
best years to date. Scorpio and can tell who’s on the line. You’re quality that just might deliver
BABY BLUES Sagittarius adore you. Your sensitive to the way people you.
lucky numbers are: 3, 2, 19, 40 sound in different relationships. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
and 38. It teaches you something about It’s hard to see where you’re
ARIES (March 21-April 19). your own communication style. limiting yourself by complying to
Certain things are in place. Life CANCER (June 22-July 22). norms, but try and step back.
will change you for the better, You have quirks. Everyone does. Resist going where you’re led or
whether you want it to or not. Some people hide them better answering what you’re asked.
Also, there’s nothing to be done than others. You tend to enjoy There’s nothing you have to do.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
If you’re too focused on what
they might like, you’ll miss out
on what you like. You’ve been
cultivating your preferences
and aesthetic for a while now.
Isn’t everyone missing out if you
BEETLE BAILEY don’t share?
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). If you’ve ever looked back
on old work (or an old diary or
historic pieces of your ward-
robe) and cringed, well, then
today’s cringey situation will feel
familiar. But isn’t this just a sign
that you’ve grown a lot?
21). Has it been done before?
Of course. Just about everything
has, but not quite in this way,
and not by you. The particulars
of your approach and very es-
MALLARD FILLMORE sence will make this unique.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). Being able to tell a good
story is a quality that will take
you far, not only socially but
also with your work and your
self-talk, and the way you orga-
nize yourself in general.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). You’d like to think that
you open yourself to help from
friendly forces, and yet you
also notice that you’re tensing
up around a certain area, as
though you must do it on your
FAMILY CIRCUS own. This tension is your inner
wisdom speaking.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). There’s a need to be
filled and you’ll get the sense
that you’re just the one for the
job. Now it’s just a matter of
convincing the others, which will
be no problem for you once you
forget yourself and just do it.

The Dispatch • Friday, February 8, 2019 7B

Religious briefs
Hwy. 182 W. in Starkville. All men and
Black History Program boys are encouraged to attend. Fellowship
Prayer for Youth
New Bell Zion U.M. Church, 3743 Hwy. Every 2nd and 3rd Saturday, Pleasant
meal will follow. For more information, call
25 S. Bypass, hosts its Black History Ridge Faith Center hosts a prayer for the
Orlando Trainer, 662-769-0071 or e-mail,
Program at 6 p.m. Feb. 9. Guest speaker youth from 2-3 p.m.
will be State Senator Angela Turner-Food.
The public is invited to attend. For more
information, call Sis. Lena Smith, 662- Forgive and Live Prayer, Free Coffee
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church,
617-3892. Forgive and Live meets from 6-7 p.m.
2221 14th Ave. N., hosts free coffee and
every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
a prayer community outreach service from
Black History Extravaganza in the downtown YMCA Board Room.
Inquire and seek information to succeed
8-9 a.m. every 5th Saturday. For informa-
The 2019 Male Chorus Black History tion, contact Jesse Slater, 662-328-4979.
Extravaganza will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. spiritually, physically and financially and
be eager to be a blessing to the commu-
10 at Canaan M.B. Church, 2425 Bell
Ave. The public is invited to attend. nity, churches and families through the Radio Program
Word of God. The public is invited to at- Apostles Patrick Perkins invites the
tend. For more information, call Pat Fisher public to tune in to WTWG, radio 1050
Missionary Program Douglas, 662-251-5899. AM for Perfecting the Saints Broadcast,
New Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church, Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.

5253 New Hope Road, hosts its Annual YESTERDAY’S ANSWER
Gospel Book Club Yesterday’sANSWER
Missionary Program at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10.
Guest speaker will be the Rev. Tim Brin- Friendship M.B. Church, 1102 12th Women Prayer, Worship Service Sudoku Sudoku is a number-
Ave. S., invites the public to join its Church of the Eternal Word, 106 22nd 9 2 1 6 4 5 3 8 7
kley of Mt. Herman M.B. Church in West placing puzzle
Sudoku based on
is a number-
Gospel Book Club from 6-7 p.m. every 4th St. S., holds a prayer and worship service
Point. The public is invited to attend. a 9x9 grid
placing with based
puzzle severalon 8 4 6 7 2 3 5 9 1

2019 Conceptis Puzzles, Dist. by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

Friday of each month to study and discuss every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. Call Marie
9x9 grid with several
numbers. The object 5 3 7 9 8 1 2 6 4
Nabors, 662-549-4322 or 662-329-
Pastor Anniversary one chapter of the King James Bible each
month. For more information, call Lillian 1234, for prayer requests.
1 to
is to place
to 9 in thethe
The object
the numbers
empty spaces
3 6 8 1 9 7 4 2 5
Mt. Zion M.B. Church, 2221 14th Ave. 2 7 9 5 6 4 1 3 8
Murray, 662-570-1974 or 662-570-5595. 1sotothat
9 ineach
the empty spaces
row, each
N., hosts its Pastor Jesse J. Slater and
First Lady Olivia Slater’s 11th Anniversary
Prayer Ministry so that each
row, each
and each 3x3 box 1 5 4 8 3 2 6 7 9
Program at 10 a.m. Feb. 10. The public is Worship Services New Beginning Everlasting Outreach containsand theeach
same3x3 box
number 4 9 2 3 5 8 7 1 6
contains the same number
Ministry invites the public to call in with only once. The difficulty
invited to attend. Open Doors M.B. Church invites the only once. The difficulty 7 8 5 2 1 6 9 4 3
public to Sunday Morning Worship Ser- their prayer requests at 662-327-9843. level increases from
level increases from 6 1 3 4 7 9 8 5 2
Monday to Sunday.
Ministry Celebration vices from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every 1st, 2nd
& 3rd Sunday of each month at the Travis Praise and Worship Service
Monday to Sunday. Difficulty Level 2/07

Apostle Dan Griffin will be celebrating

21 years of service in ministry at 6 p.m. Outlaw Sportsplex Center, 405 Lynn Sulfur Springs MB Church holds a
Feb. 9 at Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc., Lane in Starkville. Sunday School is from praise and worship service the last Friday
730 Whitfield St. in Starkville. Guest 10-10:30 a.m. For more information, call of each month at 7 p.m. For information,
speaker will be Apostle Flice Williams. 662-263-7102. call Pastor Henry Mosley, 662-328-1035.
The public is invited to attend.
Grief Support Group Prayer Service
Scholarship Banquet The Oil of Joy for Grief and Mourning
offers a grief support group at 6 p.m.
Church of the Eternal Word, 106 22nd.
The Northeast Mississippi Baptist St. S., Columbus, holds prayer service
State Convention O.C. Brand Scholarship every 2nd Thursday of the month at Thursday nights 5-6 p.m. Contact Marie
Banquet will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the United Christian Baptist Church, 232 Nabors, 662-549-4322. Church service
Trotter Convention Center. Guest speaker Yorkville Road East. “Making your grieving times: Sunday school 10 a.m.; Sunday
will be the Rev. William T. Glynn of Mt. journey easier.” For more information, call worship 11:15 a.m.; Tuesday Bible study
Olive M.B. Church in Fort Worth, Texas. 662-327-0604 or e-mail unitedchristian@ 7 p.m. For information, call Pastor District
Tickets are $30. For more information, Elder Lou Nabors, 662-329-1234.
call Sis. Darnell Boyd, 662-769-3192
or the Rev. N. D. Houston Sr., 662-352- Fellowship Dinner, Youth Service Fitness Transformations
1763. Pleasant Ridge Faith Center, 923 The Transformational Church, 2301
Ridge Road, Columbus, hosts a fellow- Jess Lyons Road, hosts boxing lessons
Church Anniversary ship dinner and youth service every 3rd Mondays and Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.,
Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1108 Sunday. weight-loss boot camp Tuesdays and
14th St. S., hosts its 135 Church Anniver- Thursdays 5-7 p.m. and both on Satur-
sary Program at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Guest Celebrate Recovery days 9-11 a.m.
speaker will be Chaplain Tara L. Dixon of Calvary Church, 514 Lehmberg Road,
Columbus AFB. For more information, call and Meadowview Church, 300 Linden Cir- Youth Fellowship
662-327-7994. cle in Starkville, host Celebrate Recovery The Transformational Church, 2301
at 6 p.m. every Sunday at Calvary and Jess Lyons Road, hosts Youth Fellowship
State Convention at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Meadowview from 7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Games,
The Layman’s of the Northeast Missis- Church. Get help, healing and support prayer, service, food, & more. Transpor-
sippi State Convention will meet at 6:30 for any habit, hurt or hang-up using the tation available. For information, call Iris
p.m. Feb. 21 at Bethel M.B. Church, 1766 Christ-centered 12 steps. Roberson, 662-295-7456.

Mississippi House approves bill

targeting Israel boycotts
House Bill 761 now goes to the more debate.
The state treasurer
exceptions if a company
is dropping its boycott or
Mississippi Senate for more debate and Public Employees
Retirement System would
if the state determines an
investment is necessary
The Associated Press The Mississippi House be banned from invest- 1 Carried on
for other reasons. 6 Cleaner scent
on Thursday voted 88-10 ing state money with any
JACKSON — Lawmak- Civil liberties advo- 11 Center of the
for House Bill 761, which company on the list.
ers want Mississippi to Existing investments cates have said the bills Renaissance
join some other states in calls for the state to de- unconstitutionally target 12 Quite impressed
as of July 1, 2020 would 13 Chutzpah
refusing to do business velop a list of boycotting have to be sold within boycotting companies’
14 Lawn tool
with companies boycot- companies. The measure 120 days after the list is freedom of speech and as- 15 Take it easy
ting Israel. goes to the Senate for published. The bill allows sociation. 17 Edit menu choice
18 Inlets
20 Beige
22 “That’s gross!”
23 Babar’s wife
26 DVR option

Alabama executes Muslim inmate who wanted imam present 28 Wide tie
29 Got comfy
31 In the past
Inmate had argued state’s execution cuit Court of Appeals on
Wednesday had stayed
where the execution pro-
tocol calls for a Christian
32 Hide
33 Muffin makeup grandmaster 25 School near
procedure favors Christian inmates the execution over the
religious arguments, but
chaplain to be present in
the execution chamber.
34 Fight memento
36 Early shepherd
4 Pole workers
5 Colors
27 Like surgical
By KIM CHANDLER injection, but the state the U.S. Supreme Court Alabama Corrections 38 Radium discov- 6 Tall tale tools
The Associated Press allowed it to proceed in Commissioner Jeff Dunn erer 7 Lasts 30 Pilot’s guess:
would not let his imam be
a 5-4 decision Thursday said this is the first time 40 Puzzled 8 Norwegian chess Abbr.
there in the room. 43 Island ring grandmaster 33 Colorful tropical
ATMORE, Ala. — A Attorneys for the state evening. Justices cited the state has had an objec-
Muslim inmate who filed 44 Chophouse 9 Was in debt fish
said only prison employ- the fact that Ray did not tion to the chaplain’s pres- 10 Infamous 34 Striker’s foe
a legal challenge because order
ees are allowed in the raise the challenge until ence. He said the state 45 Angled edge emperor 35 Fetching
Alabama wouldn’t let his Jan. 28 as a reason for the will review procedures to
chamber for security rea- 46 Annual visitor 16 Course area 37 Deep voice
Islamic spiritual adviser decision. determine if something 18 “Tres —!” 39 Annex
be present in the execu- Justice Elena Kagan needs to be changed. DOWN 19 Lot unit 41 Put away
Ray’s imam, Yusef Mai-
tion chamber was put to wrote in a dissent that she Ray was sentenced to 1 Take the title 21 Not naked 42 Alias letters
death Thursday after the sonet, watched the exe-
considered the decision death for the 1995 rape 2 Put away 23 Con holder
nation’s highest court cution from an adjoining
to let the execution go for- and murder of a 15-year- 3 Russian chess 24 Forum garb
cleared the way. witness room, after visit-
ward “profoundly wrong.” old girl. Tiffany Harville
Dominique Ray, 42, ing with Ray over the past Other states generally disappeared from her
was pronounced dead at two days. There was no allow spiritual advisers to Selma home on July 15,
10:12 p.m. of a lethal injec- Christian chaplain in the accompany condemned 1995, and her decompos-
tion at the state prison in chamber, a concession inmates up to the execu- ing body was found one
Atmore. the state agreed to make. tion chamber but not into month later in a cotton
Ray had argued Al- Strapped to a gurney it, said Robert Dunham, field.
abama’s execution pro- in the death chamber, Ray executive director of the It was Alabama’s first
cedure favors Christian was asked by the warden Death Penalty Informa- execution of the year.
inmates because a Chris- if he had any final words. tion Center, which studies Ray was convicted in
tian chaplain employed The inmate said an Islam- capital punishment in the 1999 after another man,
by the prison typically ic statement of his faith in United States. Marcus Owden, con-
remains in the execution Arabic. Durham said did not fessed to his role in the
chamber during a lethal The 11th U.S. Cir- know of any other state crime and implicated Ray.

Send in your church event!

Subject: Religious brief
Log cabin