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Daily Times Leader
Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
See what is going on in town on
the Community Calendar. page 2
Oak Hill Netters are Northern
Champs page 5
Emily Jones goes fshing.
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Community Opinion Sports
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This Saturday, May 4th, from 9:00 un-
til 12 noon everyone is encouraged to
take part in the Community Wide Clean-
up. Volunteers will be assembling at The
Growth Alliance offce to fan out and work
to pick up and clean up in various areas
around town. The City of West Point will
provide gloves and garbage bags to the
volunteers. You will need to bring your
own weed eaters, clippers, loppers, etc. if
you plan to be using them. If you know of
any areas that need particular attention or
people who need help please call 494-3513
to have it scheduled for that day.
White goods such as refrigerators, dish-
washers, large appliances, old furniture and
mattresses can be dropped off next to Pass
It On Friday, May 3rd from 8 a.m. until
5 p.m. and May 4th from 8:00 a.m. un-
til 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 4th from
9:00 a.m. until noon.
Cars, farm equipment, car batteries –
all metal items except appliances, can be
picked up by calling Michael Ray at 662-
315-6737 and you will receive cash in re-
turn! His slogan is “you call, we haul.”
Regular recycling can be dropped off 7
days a week at the recycling drop off loca-
tion next to Pass It On. Recyclables col-
lected at this site include electronics, met-
als, plastics, cardboard, paper and glass.
The City of West Point is now offer-
ing free curbside pickup of recycling every
other Friday. Residents must purchase a
City approved recycling container. These
containers can be purchased for $50. Call
Justin Estes at 494-2573 for more informa-
We need volunteers of all ages. We need
heavy lifters and eager little helpers. We
need people to pull weeds and pick up trash
– everyone has a skill to offer the Big Tidy
Up event. This is a great opportunity to
instill community pride and the importance
of volunteerism in your children. If you
would like to volunteer you can call either
Justin Estes a 494-2573 or Cynthia Wilson
at 494-5121.
Digging into Development
Community Wide Clean-
up Slated for May Fourth
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Community Counseling Ser-
vices is calling on the community
to help the 1 in 4 American adults
who live with a diagnosable, treat-
able mental health condition and
understand how important mental
health is to overall health.
“We want people to know that
while mental health and substance
use condition are common, they
are extremely treatable and individ-
uals go on to recover and lead full
and productive lives,” said Jackie
Edwards, Executive Director for
Community Counseling Services.
Edwards said too many people
who are living with a mental health
condition never seek or receive
help due to stigma, lack of infor-
mation, cost or lack of health care
insurance coverage—as high as 50
“We want to change that equa-
tion and help our families, friends
and co-workers who may be reluc-
tant to ask for help or don’t know
where to fnd it. We now recognize
how essential mental health is to
our overall health and well-being
and we know how events and life
changes can affect us.”
May is Mental
Health Month:
Do More For 1 in 4
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Pre-engineering work got underway
Wednesday morning at the Prairie Belt Power
Site, which will soon be the home of Yokohama
Tire Corporation of West Point.
Ron Maloney, vice-president of economic
development for Clay County, said two con-
struction companies, Hill Brothers and Eutaw
Construction, began digging at the site to
extract core samples, which Yokohama officials
will study before they begin laying the founda-
tion this fall for the construction of the tire
“We did a number of core samples, but
(Yokohama) wants to know even more,”
Maloney said. “You have to know what you’re
building on.”
Samples were drawn from different parts of
the multi-acre site designated for Yokohama,
and analyzation of the soil should begin soon.
The geology analysis will allow officials to
determine the moisture content, strength and
stability of the ground the plant will be built
Maloney said there will be several additional
pre-engineering projects conducted on the site
before the official ground breaking takes place
in September.
Sheena Baker
Construction workers from Hill Brothers and Eutaw Construction carefully collect soil sam-
ples Wednesday from the Prairie Belt Power Site that Yokohama Tire Corporation offcials
will analyze before construction of Yokohama begins this fall.
School consolidation may or may not
result in job loss for school personnel
See ‘Health’ page 6
Pre-Engineering Work Begins at Yokohama Tire Company
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Since the West Point Consolidated School
District bill has only been law now for a few
days, it’s a bit too early to know what posi-
tions, if any, will be terminated as a result of
the consolidation.
Last Thursday, Mississippi Governor Phil
Bryant signed Senate Bill 2637 into law, con-
solidating the West Point School District with
the Clay County School District.
District 9 Senator Gray Tollison said
Wednesday that the consolidation will result
in substantial savings for Clay County, and
some of the savings could come from admin-
istrative cuts.
“We did not do a calculation to see what
the actual savings would be, but we do know
that the Clay County School District spends
$17,000 per child each year; that’s twice as
much as the state spends on average for each
child,” Tollison said. “Looking at the $17,000
per child, we knew there were some adminis-
trative issues in the Clay County School
Mae Brewer, Superintendent of Education
for the Clay County School District, said the
consolidation will not only result in her losing
her job, but it may result in the Clay County
School District losing its business manager, its
Special Education director and its bookkeep-
er. Together, these four administrative posi-
tions amount to less than $150,000 a year in
administrative savings.
“If the $150,000 is all they’re going to save
it’s not worth it,” Brewer said.
Tollison said if positions are lost when the
consolidation takes effect in July 2015, it will
be up to the new school board and new super-
intendent to weigh the needs and make the
“When you only have 130 students there, it
makes a lot of sense to consolidate especially
now that you have industry like Yokohama
moving in,” he said. “It’s just best to have
everything under one school district. We want
to put money in the classrooms, which is the
best thing for students and we want to have
the best teachers and resources available for
Brewer expressed her opposition to the
consolidation, especially since no task force
has been developed for West Point and Clay
County school officials to make decisions
regarding the merger, such as how much
money the new school district would receive
in taking on another 130 to 160 students.
“I am against it because I’m being painted
with the same paint brush as Oktibbeha
County, and I resent that,” Brewer said.
“Starkville and Oktibbeha County had a task
force and we don’t. That’s not fair to any child
who attends school in Clay County and West
Point. I had a representative to tell me that the
reason the bill doesn’t give us a task force is
because Clay County and West Point did not
fight it the way Starkville city schools did. It
doesn’t look like West Point will get any
money for taking our (West Clay) students.”
Tollison said granting a seven-member task
force, or commission, to assist in the Starkville/
Oktibbeha County school consolidation was a
different issue because the Oktibbeha County
School District was under a conservatorship
and the Clay County School District was not.
Brewer said the fact that the Clay County
School District has performed over the past
few years on a high academic level is all the
more reason not to dissolve the county school
West Point School District Superintendent
Burnell McDonald said he agrees that a task
force for West Point and Clay County would
have helped with the transition. He also feels
that the new school district would have ben-
efited more if the state would have provided
funding as part of the consolidation for
things, such as building expansions and school
buses to accommodate the additional stu-
As far as the possible loss of jobs due to the
consolidation, McDonald said his desire is
that the new school board works to maintain
the positions already in place in the West
Point School District and Clay County School
The consolidation bill does not call for the
closing of the West Clay Elementary campus,
and leaving the facility open is a decision the
new school board will have to make. In
regards to the West Clay campus, McDonald
expressed that the West Point School District
has no intention to seek the closing of the
To the Rescue
Local fremen brush up on rescue skills
West Point fremen Kevin Acker, Martinez White and Sergeant Reggie Gardner
simulate a real life rescue of a “victim” trapped underneath a wrecked vehicle.
All “Community Announcements” are published
as a community service on a frst-come, frst-served
basis and as space allows. Announcements must be
60 words or less, written in complete sentences and
submitted in writing at least fve days prior to the re-
quested dates of publication. No announcements will
be taken over the telephone. Announcements sub-
mitted after noon will not be published for the next
day’s paper. To submit announcements, email life@
u Civitan meetings — The West Point
Civitan Club meets on the first and third
Wednesdays of each month at noon in the
Training Room of NMMC-West Point. All
interested persons are cordially invited to
u City Board Meetings — The City
Board of West Point holds its meetings the
second Tuesday of each month at City Hall
at 5:30 p.m. Work Sessions are held every
Thursday prior to the board meeting at City
Hall at 5:30 p.m.
u Compassionate Friends — Families
who have experienced the death of a child
are invited to attend The Compassionate
Friends meeting at 6:30 p.m. the second
Tuesday of each month, at North Mississippi
Medical Center-West Point, 835 Medical
Center Drive. The mission of The
Compassionate Friends is to assist families
toward resolving grief following the death of
a child of any age and to help others be sup-
portive. Bereaved parents, siblings, grand-
parents and immediate family members are
welcome to attend. For more information,
call Michele Rowe, director of Social Services
at NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-2337.
u American Legion Meeting —
American Legion Post 212 will meet every
third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at their
headquarters on Morrow St. All members
are urged to attend.
u Basic Skills Class — Free Basic Skills
class at the EMCC West Point Center, Hwy.
45 North, Monday thru Thursday each
week, 11:30-1:30 p.m. The Basic Skills
class will prepare you to take the WorkKeys
test and receive a Career Readiness
Certificate. WorkKeys® is a job skills
assessment that helps employers select, hire,
train, develop, and retain a high-perfor-
mance workforce. These classes are spon-
sored by EMCC Workforce Services. Please
call Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to regis-
ter for free classes.
u Feed the Hungry — Holy Temple
Holiness Church Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the second
Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. If you or
someone you know is elderly or shut-in, and
could benefit from this free delivery service,
call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning of
the deliveries.
u WPHS Class of 2003 Reunion —
The website for the class reunion for the
WPHS Class of 2003, 10 year reunion has
been created. Please visit http://www.class- to
view it. Sign up for the site by searching for
your name under the classmate profle tab
and creating a profle. Create your profle
and you will be granted access to the site by
a member of the planning committee. Please
allow up to 24 hours for a member of the
planning committee to verify your identity
as the content is password protected. The
reunion will be in West Point May 31-June
u The Academy of Performing Arts
— located at the North Mississipppi Medical
Center-West Point Wellness Canter is now
enrolling for the fall session. Classes begin
August 13 in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyri-
cal, tumbling, musical theatre and voice.
Semester will run for four months and cul-
minate with a Christmas recital in December.
For more information, email betty@msapa.
org or call (662) 494-1113.
u Welding and Carpentry Classes —
EMCC Workforce Services is offering
Welding and Carpentry classes two nights a
week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please contact Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647.
u Grief Support Group — Christ
United Methodist Church is providing sup-
port for grieving families with a Grief
Support Group who will meet Mondays at
6:30 p.m.
u GED Classes — EMCC West Point
Center, if offering free GED classes at
EMCC West Point Center, Monday thru
Thursday, from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These
classes are sponsored by the Adult Basic
Education department of East MS
Community College. Please contact Cynthia
McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-8857 for
additional information.
u C2C Info — Need work skills to get
a job? EMCC Workforce offers the
Counseling 2 Career program to assist in
gaining work experience. C2C classes are
available for residents of Clay, Lowndes, and
Noxubee counties, Monday-Thursday from
8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21, please con-
tact Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-1930 or
Chrystal Newman at 662-243-1941 for
more information.
u Animal shelter help — The West
Point Clay County Animal shelter needs
foster families for several puppies who have
been selected to go on the next Homeward
Bound rescue. You would need to keep the
pup for two weeks, until the day of trans-
port. If you are interested, please call the
shelter at 524-4430.
u Ladies Auxiliary — The American
Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the
second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
All members are urged to attend.
u GED classes — Free GED classes at
Bryan Public Library on Tuesday and
Wednesday each week, 4:30 - 7:30. These
are sponsored by the Adult Basic Education
department of East MS Community College.
Please call 243- 1985 to register for free
u Foster Parenting — Foster and
Adoptive Parents are needed. If you can give
time, space, care and attention to foster chil-
dren, maybe you can qualify to be a foster
parent. Caring families in Clay Co. are
needed who have the interest and ability to
be loving foster parents. For more informa-
tion call Karen Ward at 494-8987.
u Lodge Breakfast — West Point
Masonic Lodge No. 40 will have a breakfast
the frst Saturday of each month from 5”30-
8:30 a.m. The public is invited.
u REPM Meeting — The Clay County
Unit of Retired Education Personnel of
Mississippi, will meet at 2 p.m. in the Esther
Pippen Meeting Room of the Bryan Public
Library. J.W. Chrestman from Alert
Guardian will be guest speaker. All members
and prospective members are invited to
attend. Membership in REPM is open to all
retired persons from the Mississippi schools.
For more information call President Ella
Seay 494-8323 or Vice President Robbie
Bryant 494-4129.
April and May
u Declutter for a Cause — As you
spring clean, donate items to Oak Hill
Academy for the upcoming giant yard sale.
Drop off items on all Fridays in April and
May 3,10 & 17 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at
the OHA Band Hall building. Furniture,
Holiday items, Baby items, Toys, Lamps,
Household items, etc. NO CLOTHES
WILL BE ACCEPTED!!! Proceed will go
toward updating our security on campus.
Call 295-0461 or 574-5959 for more infor-
Wednesday, May 1-3
u Usher Crusade — Upper Prairie
Creek M.B. Church is hosting an Usher
Crusade each night at 7 p.m. Guest speaker
is the Rev. Anthony Macintosh of Mt. Bell
M.B. Church of Louisville. Everyone is
invited to attend.
u Revival — Progress St. Church of
God wishes to cordially invite everyone to
their anointed and soul winning revival at 7
p.m. Guest speaker is Chaplain Mitchel
Thursday, May 2
u Political Round-up — Clay County
Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. and the Clay County chapter
of the NAACP will sponsor a City Political
Roundup on 05/02/2013 at Sally Kate
Winters Park at 6:00 p.m. If rain, the forum
will be held at the Helen Walton’s Resource
Center (formerly Mary Holmes Campus)
now Community Counseling Services. All
candidates are invited. Please plan to attend
and take this opportunity to meet, greet, and
ask questions of the candidates. The public
is invited to attend.
Friday, May 3-5
u Homecoming Celebration — On
May 3, Mt. Hermon M.B. Church will kick
off its Homecoming celebration with a
“Meet and Greet” in the Mt. Hermon park-
ing lot, weather permitting (otherwise in the
Mt. Hermon fellowship hall). On May 4, at
8:30 a.m., there will be the 25th annual
Prayer Breakfast. Later that day, there will
be the “Blue and White Evening” in the fel-
lowship hall. The events will climax on
Sunday at 11 a.m., with worship.
Saturday, May 4
u NAACP Banquet — The Clay County
Unit of the NAACP is hosting its 39th
annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. at
the M.I. and College. This years theme is
“Acknowledging the Challenges Before Us.”
u Community Clean Up — Volunteers
are need to help make West Point more
beautiful for prospective industry, visitors
and just in general for those of us who call it
home. From 9 a.m. - noon, groups and
individuals can help make West Point shine.
Show up or contact the Growth Alliance to
sign up your organization by calling 494-
Sunday, May 5
u Pastor Appreciation — St. Paul M.B.
Church wishes to invite everyone to cele-
brate their 34th Annual Appreciation of
Rev. Eddie Longstreet and his family.
Services will be at 8 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 3
p.m. with a different speaker for service.
Thursday, May 9
u Luncheon with Books — Friends of
the Library’s May Luncheon with Books
begins at noon with local author Dr. Johnnie
Rasberry, of West Point. His book is for
children and their parents or grandparents
entitled “Hannibal’s Garden and the Friends
That Helped Him.” Signed copies of his
book with be available for purchase. Lunch
will be served with a $6 donation to Friends.
Friday, May 10-11
u Relay for Life — Join the fght against
cancer on May 10 and 11 with Relay for
Life of Clay County. Events kick off on May
10 at 6 p.m., with a walk for cancer survi-
vors. There will be a 5K. Those interested
can sign up at Events
should continue through until about mid-
night. For more information, visit
Saturday, May 11
u Male Choir Night — Hopewell M.B.
Church is having its 4th Annual Male Choir
Night at 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 19
u Church Anniversary — The Church
House of Refuge Family Worship Center
will be celebrating their 11th Church
Anniversary on Sunday May 19, 2013 at
3:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor
Donald Wesley of Mt. Pisgah Tibbee. The
public is invited.
u Pastor Appreciation — Walker Grove
M.B. Church is having a Pastor Appreciation
program to celebrate 7 years of dedicated
service to the church by Rev. and Mrs.
Henry Shelton at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is
Rev. Al Lathan Sr., of Third Mt. Olive M.B.
Sunday, May 26
u Pastor Anniversary — Mhoon Valley
M.B. Church is celebrating the 31st Pastor
Anniversary and Appreciation Program in
honor of the Rev. William L. Sister Lessie
Davidson at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker is
Minister Mike Wilson of Union Baptist
M.B. Church. Everyone is invited to attend.
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Thursday, May 2, 2013
On Tuesday, May 7th, please vote
at the Civic Center on 6th Street in West Point.
the City
Submitted to, approved by and paid for by The Committee to Elect Robbie Robinson. Becky Shirley, Treasurer
Community Calendar
OBi tuari eS
Nellie Dye Pope
Nellie Dye Pope age 94, passed away Wednesday, May 1,
2013, at Trinity Personal Care, in Columbus.
Nellie Aylene was born December 25, 1918. in Gloster, to
the late Annie Eliza Haley and Marshall Edward Dye. Mrs.
Pope was a packer for Knickerbocker Manufacturing and a
homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church in
West Point. Nellie Dye Pope was married to Walter Duke
Pope in 1936, for 70 years until he preceded her in death on
July 1, 2006.
Funeral services are Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 3 p.m. at
Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sammy Craw-
ford offciating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery
West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge
of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Claire Cohen and husband
Gary of New Hope, Pa., one son, Robert E. Pope and wife
Dudley Ann of Columbus, seven grandchildren, eleven great-
grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, one niece
and four nephews. Preceding her in death was her grand-
daughter Cathy Rockwell, eight brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers are Brooks Pope, Ryan Hoffpauir, Stacy Hoff-
pauir, Nathaniel Pope, and Robbie Robinson.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box
794, West Point, MS 39773
Visitation is Saturday, May 4, 2013. from 2 p.m. until ser-
vice time at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfu-
Elizabeth Poss
Elizabeth Poss age 96, passed away Tuesday, April 30,
2013, at Dugan Memorial Home. She was born November
5, 1916, in Houston, to the late Cyntha Andrews and Bob
Dendy. She was a member of Siloam Baptist Church.
Funeral services are today, Thursday May 2, 2012, at 2
p.m. at the Robinson Chapel in West Point with Rev. Pay-
ton Myers and Rev. Doran Henry offciating. Burial will fol-
low in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is today Thursday,
May 2, 2013, from 1 p.m. - service time at Robinson Funeral
Serving as pallbearers are Carl Wilson, Bill Poss, Chuck
Portera, Lee Poss, Ryan Fulgham, Jay Phelps, Robbie Rob-
Honorary pallbearers are friends and neighbors who
touched her life in a special way in the past years.
She is survived by two sons, John L. Poss Jr. and wife
Nina of Columbus, Fred Poss of West Point, two daughters,
Ginny Fulgham and husband Glen of West Point, Helen
Wilson and husband John of Rome, Ga., fve grandchildren,
11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband,
Johnnie Poss, son, Vernon Poss, grandson, Tim Wilson, sis-
ter, Louise Kendrick, and brother, Edward Dendy.
Memorials may be made to Siloam Baptist Church 2686
Hwy. 47, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave condolences online at
Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Daily Times Leader Thursday, May 2, 2013 • Page 3
Regular business hours to vote ab-
sentee in City Hall is 8:00 a.m. until
5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 - May 3
City Hall will be open Saturday,
May 4, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to
vote absentee. This is the last day to
vote absentee for May 7, Primary.
Banquet celebrates research at MSU
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
More than 40 Mississippi
State faculty, students and
staff are 2013 selections
for university research and
leadership honors.
Honorees, their guests
and senior administrators
were in attendance at a
campus awards banquet
Monday night.
Before an audience of
friends and colleagues
gathered at the Palmeiro
Center, plant and soil sci-
ences department professor
Daniel G. Peterson received
the night’s top honor -- the
2013 Ralph E. Powe
Research Excel l ence
Peterson’s research is
focused on exploring the
structure and evolution of
plant and animal genomes
using genomic, cytogenet-
ic, molecular biology and
computational biology
Peterson is a member of
an international research
team analyzing cotton
genes, chromosomes and
their evolution. Last
December, their work was
published in the presti-
gious journal Nature.
Recently, he and the team
received the 2012 Cotton
Biotechnology Award from
the National Cotton
Council of America and
Cotton Incorporated.
Peterson is also director
of Mississippi State
University’s Institute for
Genomics, Biocomputing
and Biotechnology, and a
scientist with the
Mississippi Agricultural
and Forestry Experiment
“Dr. Peterson’s work on
the cotton genome has gar-
nered national and interna-
tional attention,” MAFES
Director George Hopper
said earlier this year. “This
research will lead to the
development of plants
more resistant to pests,
diseases and the effects of
rapid climate change.”
The Powe Award is a
memorial to the MSU
alumnus and longtime
research vice president
who died in 1996. It is
selected at the university
level from nominations
received from the MSU
The annual research
awards program honors
individuals who contribute
significantly to MSU’s mis-
sion of research. In addi-
tion to faculty, it recog-
nizes and rewards students
and staff for accomplish-
ments and creative endeav-
ors, as well as for increas-
ing awareness of the uni-
versity’s many research
programs and capabilities.
The program and ban-
quet are co-sponsored by
the offices of the vice pres-
idents for Research and
Economic Development
and the Division of
Agriculture, Forestry and
Veterinary Medicine.
“Our research enterprise
is growing in a number of
different areas because of
the collaboration between
our two divisions,” said
David Shaw, vice president
for research and economic
Greg Bohach, vice presi-
dent for agriculture, for-
estry and veterinary medi-
cine, echoed Shaw’s assess-
“Mi ssi ssi ppi State
research is making a differ-
ence thanks to the excel-
lence of our university’s
scientists, staff and stu-
dents, and their collabora-
tive efforts that have led to
MSU’s recent designation
by the Carnegie Foundation
as a very high research
activity university,” he
“We are here tonight, in
part, to celebrate these
efforts,” Bohach added.
Shaw had to miss the
banquet at the last minute
in order to participate in
an economic development
announcement in West
“We are very pleased that
Yokohama has selected
Clay County as the site to
build its next tire plant,”
Shaw said.
The Japanese company
announced on Monday
that it will invest $300
million in the new manu-
facturing facility that is
expected to create some
500 jobs initially.
According to officials,
future expansions could
potentially increase the
company’s investment to
more than $1 billion and
up to 2,000 jobs.
“We are proud of the
role Mississippi State
played in helping to land
this major economic devel-
opment project for our
state,” Shaw said.
Other 2013 MSU
research award winners
include (alphabetically, by
academic unit):
--Bagley College of
Engineering: Pedro J.
Mago, faculty; Mohsen
Eshraghi, graduate stu-
dent; and Ankit Arya,
undergraduate student.
--College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences and
Mississippi Agricultural
and Forestry Experiment
Station: Brian Baldwin,
faculty; JoVonn Hill,
research support staff;
Brian Luck, graduate stu-
dent; and Kaitlyn Hardin,
undergraduate student.
--College of Architecture,
Art and Design: Dominic
Lippillo, faculty; Kelsey
Johnson, research support
staff; and Whitten
Sabbatini, undergraduate
--College of Arts and
Sci ences: Dongmao
Zhang, faculty; Carly
Cummings, research sup-
port staff; Jonelle Husain,
graduate student; and
Donald Brown, under-
graduate student.
--College of Business:
Marcia Watson, faculty;
Robert Van De Graaff
Randolph, graduate stu-
dent; and Parker Stewart,
undergraduate student.
--College of Education:
Stamatis Agiovlasitis, fac-
ulty; Lorie White, research
support staff; Roland
Webster, graduate student;
and Jennifer Cooper,
undergraduate student.
--College of Forest
Resources: Philip Steele,
faculty; Venkata Penmetsa,
research support staff;
Nathan Svoboda, graduate
student; and Jason Cromer,
undergraduate student.
--College of Veterinary
Medicine: Bindu Nanduri,
faculty; Andreza S.
Figueiredo, research sup-
port staff; and Ronald
Pringle, graduate student.
--Office of Research and
Economic Development:
Marlene Langford, research
support staff; and Lanford
Porter Jr., graduate stu-
--University Centers and
Institutes: Jim Aanstoos,
faculty; and Lee Hathcock,
research support staff.
Also honored were new
graduates of the Faculty
Leadership Program:
Sheri f Abdel wahed,
Matthew Boggan, Angi
Bourgeois, Cody Coyne,
Dana Franz, Todd French,
James Giesen, Mark
Horstemeyer, Isaac
Howard, Kimberly Kelly,
Lelia Scott Kelly, Thomas
Lacy, Andy Londo, Karen
McNeal, Oliver Myers,
Trisha Phillips, Colleen
Sinclair and Henry Wan.
Courtesy of University Relations
Plant and soil sciences department professor Daniel G. Peterson, left, the winner of the 2013 Ralph
E. Powe Research Excellence Award, was congratulated by Greg Bohach, vice president for agri-
culture, forestry and veterinary medicine.
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Guest editorial
The Mississippi Legislature recently voted to give $70
million to a Japanese company to build a tire manufactur-
ing company in Clay County.
The company projects 500 new jobs at the plant and
a company investment of $300 million. Long-term plans
call for a total state investment of $130 million, a com-
pany investment of $1.2 billion and a total of 2,000 new
jobs. The University Research Center of Mississippi esti-
mates the state will recover its investment within 9 to 10
years through increased economic activity. The state Senate
adopted the legislation unanimously. In the House there
were two “no” votes, both from Republicans.
The math is pretty simple. In the short run, the state will
spend $70 million to create 500 jobs, a cost of $140,000
per job. Over time, the state will spend $130 million for
2,000 jobs, $65,000 per job. Not cheap, but in line with
similar projects. This project is the latest in a long line of
“economic development” projects that the state has helped
fund with taxpayer dollars. Other states do the same.
Now comes an even larger economic development proj-
ect at a much lower cost to the state – the expansion of the
state Medicaid program. Here’s how it works. Mississippi
will agree to add about 300,000 working Mississippians
who currently have no health insurance to its Medicaid pro-
gram. In exchange, the federal government will pay 100
percent of the medical costs of the expansion for the frst 3
years. After that, the federal reimbursement rate will slowly
decrease to 90 percent where it will remain. According
to the same Mississippi economists who vetted the Clay
County project, over the next 10 years Mississippi will re-
ceive new federal monies of nearly $10 billion at a net cost
to the state of $368 million. The economists also project
the creation of nearly 9,000 new jobs. These numbers alone
argue for expansion.
But there is more. Under the new Affordable Care Act,
companies with more than 50 employees must provide
health insurance to their employees or pay penalties of
$2,000 to $3,000 per employee. Employees covered by
Medicaid are not subject to the penalty. Jackson Hewitt, a
respected nationwide tax preparation service, estimates that
if Mississippi does not expand Medicaid, Mississippi em-
ployers could be subject to penalties ranging from $21.7
million to $32.6 million. Another argument for expansion.
If that is not enough, failure to expand Medicaid will
have a devastating impact on Mississippi hospitals. Begin-
ning in October of this year, Mississippi’s hospitals, includ-
ing the University Medical Center, will lose up to $200 mil-
lion per year in federal health care dollars they use to pay for
health care for folks who are uninsured. Medicaid expan-
sion will replace most, if not all, these dollars. If we reject
Guest editorial
How ‘because I said so’ turns into ‘I told you so’
Resolve, as it pertains
to child rearing, is a funny
thing. It starts out with so
much hope and promise,
using the strength of inex-
perience as its very prem-
ise for being.
Growing up, of course,
I felt as many children do
… a frequently thwarted
and oft unfairly disci-
plined young man who
had sugarplum-caliber vi-
sions of what kind of par-
ent I would one day be.
Then I got a little older, and a lit-
tle smarter, but not really any wiser.
The true reality of what kind of parent
you’ll be only comes when you have to
put your money where your mouth is.
I remember right before Zayley
was born, I sat in the hospital waiting
room and waxed philosophic about
what kind of father I would be, taking
into account ways I wanted to mimic
my own raising while also being rather
candid about methods I would use to
be different. The main change, and
I’ll quote this one: “I will ALWAYS
answer my child’s questions and will
NEVER reply with ‘because I said
At this naive attempt to set the table
for a parenting tenure worthy of the
highest esteem, my own parents …
and anybody else in the waiting room
who actually had kids … just laughed
and laughed.
Zayley was born, started crawling,
starting talking, then started walking,
all within a matter of about
a year. Then she started
talking in sentences. Her
favorite to this day, “Why
Daddy?” Other questions
tend to follow, or at least
break any silence that
might hope to occur. For
a while, I remembered my
oath in the hospital wait-
ing room and faithfully
answered each query hon-
estly, attempting to do so
on her level. I couldn’t let
her break me, I would tell
myself. She’s not even a teenager yet.
I’m pretty sure my parents had the
privilege of watching the frst time I
fnally stopped, turned around, looked
my child in the eye and told her, “Be-
cause I said so.” My folks’ faces swelled
with pride as I realized what I had
done. They couldn’t resist offering me
a quick and boastful, “I told you so.”
I guess it’s true that we all natural-
ly turn into our parents to a certain
degree. Sometimes it’s in good ways.
Other times, maybe not so much. Each
day, I hear my father’s words come
from my own mouth, and I think to
myself, “He told me this would hap-
More entertainingly, when my
mother came here to visit her grand-
daughter, she brought with her that
“grandma” attitude of wanting to feed
Zayley candy and cookies, and let her
watch all her favorite shows, all the
while telling me how I need to lighten
up. Don’t get me wrong, Zayley got
plenty of candy and cookies that day,
but inside an hour into the visit, both
my mom and I were communicating
with this child in unison … me, the
way I always communicate with my
daughter, and my mom, the same way
she always communicated with me.
Turns out, they were nearly exactly the
In time, I’ve learned my parents
aren’t as invincible as I thought they
were when I was 5, as dumb as I
thought they were at 14, or as useless
as I thought they were when I was in
high school. I’ve embraced the charac-
ter they passed down to me through
word, deed and genetics, as well as the
nuances of my personality that connect
directly to them.
As I watch my charming, strong-
willed, independent, expressive, in-
quisitive and wonderful box of noise
grow up right before my eyes daily, I
know that one day she will stand be-
fore a crowd of her elders and say all
the things she plans to do differently.
And while I know she will ultimately
do her own thing her own way, and
hopefully be much better at it than me,
I also know something else. Whether
she notices it, she’s going to be a little
bit like me, and one day it’ll be my
turn to say, “I told you so.” I’m sure,
if this is even possible, I’ll relish that
moment as much as my folks relished
Zack Plair is the editor of Starkville Daily
News. Contact him at editor@starkvilledai-
Math for expanding
Medicaid makes sense
Emily Jones: Bottom fshing in a handbag
My life is at the bottom of a
purse. No seriously. I’ve become
a hunchback, hauling around ev-
erything I own in a cavernous
handbag that could easily qualify
as a storage unit.
Everyone knows that women
carry around the weight of the
world on their shoulders - in a
bag – Louis Vuitton if they’re
lucky. My latest model was
probably designed by Sam Wal-
ton and it has become the bane
of my existence. It is a rather
playful receptacle - one which
initiates a game of hide and seek with me each
day, and I’m always “it.”
The blasted handbag has become a back
hole which gobbles up everything impor-
tant and regurgitates only things I have no
use for. I think I am slowly going mad as I
search without success for my camera which
hasn’t been seen in two months
since I last dropped it in the bag.
The only reason I know it’s still
in there is that the fash goes off
periodically lighting up the night
like a frefy.
My cell phone barks (yes, my
signature ring is a dog bark) and
I begin “The Big Dig.” I pull
out a half eaten sandwich, a dead
battery, and a makeup bag with
a broken zipper which means
lipstick and powder is strewn
about creating a colorful inte-
rior. I pull out a wad of coupons
which have all expired, an appointment calen-
dar from 2010, and an open pack of breath
mints coated in something that looks like to-
bacco particles. I don’t even smoke!
My fshing expedition yields no cell phone
as the dog barks angrily and passers-by look
at me like I’m guilty of animal abuse. I pull
out an extension cord wrapped around ticket
stubs from Pirates of the Caribbean and a
small casket which holds the body of a dead
spider I hope to identify someday.
No matter how large or small, no matter
how many or how few pockets, I will inevi-
tably lose everything in my purse sooner or
later. I will swear I hear my keys in there,
and then swear they’re not in there, only to
fnd them when I unceremoniously dump the
bag’s contents onto the parking lot beside my
car. My favorite lipstick rolls underneath the
mammoth tires of a man-sized pick up truck
and I’m not brave enough to crawl under the
truck to retrieve it. This blasted purse causes
all kinds of stress.
My reading glasses are especially fond of
sifting to the bottom of the bag unless they’re
in my hand or on my head. By the time I lo-
cate my specks, one lens has fallen out under
the weight of all that detritus.
I read that a scattered handbag refects a
scattered brain. I’m more inclined to believe
it’s a sign of senility. Haven’t you noticed,
the older the woman, the larger the bag and
the longer it takes to fnd something.
There is a love/hate relationship between a
woman and her hand bag. If a woman dis-
appears and leaves her handbag behind, you
can be pretty sure she has been kidnapped or
murdered. In an age of jeans and credit cards,
why do we need to haul around so much?
Make up and hair products are designed to
last a week these days. I’ve decided to let go,
and I’m off to shop for a small “envelope”
which will hold nothing more than my phone,
a credit card, my driver’s license, and a lip-
stick. I’ll feel years younger and never again
be intimidated and tortured by a handbag.
Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a
website for bouncing baby boomers facing
retirement. She welcomes comments at www.
Emily Jones
DTL Columnist
Zack Plair
SDN Editor
Daily Times Leader Thursday, May 2, 2013 • Page 5
Grilled Avocados
with Vegetable Relish
$1.16 per serving at ALDI.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Kates, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 8
1 lemon, juiced (about
2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil,
1/2 teaspoon iodized salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper,
4 avocados
2 Roma tomatoes, halved and
1/2 red bell pepper, halved and
1/2 green bell pepper, halved and
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and
Crushed red pepper, to taste
1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles
Preheat grill or grill pan on medium-high.
In small bowl, combine lemon juice,
2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt
and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Slice avocados
in half, and remove pits, leaving skin
intact. Brush lemon juice mixture onto
flesh and skin side of each avocado, to
prevent sticking on grill. In small bowl,
toss tomatoes, bell peppers and onions
with 1/4 tea spoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon
pepper and remain ing 2 table spoons
olive oil. Grill avoca dos flesh side down,
1 to 2 minutes until dark grill marks
form. Flip and continue cooking for
1 to 2 minutes more. Grill remaining
vege tables for 3 to 4 minutes on each
side, or until charred and tender. Place
avocado halves on serving plate.
Transfer remain ing vegetables to food
proces sor. Add crushed red pepper.
Pulse gently to form chunky relish. Top
each avocado half with vegetable relish,
sprinkle with feta cheese. Drizzle with
remaining lemon juice mixture.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Serves: 20
2 onions, cut into eighths
1/4 cup Italian dressing
14 ounces Italian with sundried tomato
sausages, cut into 1" sections
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced into
20 pieces
20 large toothpicks or small skewers
Marinate onion petals in dressing for 20 minutes.
Skewer 2 onion petals and a sausage onto tooth pick.
Grill until sausage reaches 165° (approxi mately 5 min -
utes). Add a chunk of mozzarella to each skewer; serve.
Italian Summer Kabobs
$1.50 per serving at ALDI. Recipe Courtesy of Chef Stacey, ALDI Test Kitchen
ice weather means it’s time
to fire up the grill. To enjoy
dining al fresco any time,
make your kitchen grill-
ready with essen tials for your pantry,
fridge and freezer.
Stock up now on fresh meats and
produce, as well as cool drinks and
frozen treats to keep you outside and
grilling all season long. The best part?
Your backyard barbecue doesn’t have to
be expensive. For inspiration, try these
grilling favorites from food stylist and
loyal ALDI shopper Janice Stahl, who
saves up to 50 per cent by shopping
at ALDI:
n Create a sophisticated summer
dinner in no time by placing raw
salmon, fresh lemon slices and a
mix of chopped tomatoes, garlic,
basil and red onion on a piece of
aluminum foil; seal it to create a
packet and throw it on the grill.
n Use a teriyaki marinade to add a
kick to your chicken breasts and
step up your grilling game with
bacon-wrapped beef filets or
marinated pork loin.
n Put a spin on the classic burger
with Alaskan salmon or ground
turkey patties.
With these simple tips and recipes,
you’ll be ready to show off your grilling
expertise at any time. Visit
for more ideas.
Hawaiian Turkey Burger
$1.86 per serving at ALDI.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes 4 burgers
1 egg
1 pound ground turkey or ground
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup red pepper, minced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut
into 1/2-inch rings
1 red onion, peeled and cut into
1/2-inch rings
1 green pepper, cored and cut into
1/2-inch rings
4 hamburger buns
4 slices pepper Jack sliced cheese
Beat egg in a bowl. Add ground turkey or
chicken, oats, crushed red pepper, parsley, salt,
pepper, minced garlic and minced red pepper.
Mix together until incorpor ated. Divide into
4 even patties, flatten and let sit in the fridge for
5 minutes.
Mix together mayonnaise and BBQ sauce.
Set aside.
Heat grill to medium/high tem perature. Place
patties on the grill and cook for 5 to 7 minutes
each side until desired doneness.
Brush oil on slices of pine apple, onion and
green pepper, then grill 2 to 3 minutes on
each side.
Lightly grill the bun and set aside. Spread
both sides of the bun with the mayonnaise
BBQ sauce.
When burger is almost finished cooking, place
1 slice of cheese on each patty and continue to
grill until melted.
To assemble the burger, layer the bottom of the
bun with the patty with cheese, pineapple, onion,
green pepper and top half of bun.
Grilling on a Stick
Switch up the usual cook out by
hosting a summer kabob party.
Food stylist Janice Stahl shops at
ALDI to put together an afford -
able spread that includes spear ing
cherry tomatoes, fresh mozza rella
and red onion drizzled with
balsamic vinegar as an appetizer
and chicken or sausage, bell
pepper, zucchini and mushrooms
for a main course. Even dessert
comes on a stick with blueberries,
marsh mallows, fresh straw berries
and a chocolate sauce for dipping.
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Thursday, May 2, 2013
Edwards stated mental
illness could be a veteran
struggling with the invisible
wounds of war or someone
coping with the stress of be-
ing a caregiver, divorce or
losing a loved one. Some-
times people are dealing with
depression associated with a
chronic disease such as diabe-
tes, cancer, or hypertension.
Traumatic events like the
Boston Marathon bombing
or the West, Texas Fire can
take a huge toll on one’s men-
tal health.
“We have an incredible
amount of knowledge today
and are able to identify and
even prevent mental health
conditions,” she said. “It’s
important that we spread the
word while reducing stigma.”
May is Mental Health
Month was started 64 years
ago to raise awareness about
mental health conditions and
the importance of mental
wellness for everyone. Com-
munity Counseling Services is
a comprehensive community
mental health center provid-
ing quality mental health care
through diversifed services in
seven north Mississippi coun-
ties. For more information
about our services, call 295-
0873 or visit
‘Health’ continued from page 1
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Hebron Players are All-Stars
Hebron Christian will be sending two players to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools single-A Baseball All-Star
game. Hebron Seniors Will-Corben Rogers and Ryan Moore will join the North team in the MAIS all-star game that will take place
at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson. First pitch is slated for 5:00 on May 24.
Amber Alert canceled for
missing child
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have canceled an
Amber Alert for a Kemper County girl after she was found
Wednesday in Lauderdale County.
Authorities say in a news release that 6-year-old Jashayla
Hopson has been taken to Rush Hospital in Meridian for
The Mississippi Highway Patrol says the case has been turned
over to the FBI. They did not say if any arrest has been made.
No other details have been released.
Authorities say Hopson was last seen at East Kemper El-
ementary School in Scooba around noon Tuesday, when she
left with an unidentifed woman.
Hopson’s family discovered she was missing when she did
not get off the school bus.
USM Foundation names new director
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Shannon Fleming has been
named the executive director of the University of Southern
Mississippi Foundation.
Fleming, who takes over one June 3, will also serve as USM’s
director of development.
He will be responsible for the Foundation’s strategic leader-
ship, attainment of goals and objectives, coordination of fund-
raising activities and board management.
The executive director’s position was recently re-created as a
stand-alone role as part of the Foundation’s fve-year strategic
Bob Pierce, who had served as both the executive director of
the Foundation and the vice president for University Advance-
ment since 2010 will continue in the vice president’s role with
administrative responsibilities in the areas of the Foundation,
the USM Alumni Association and the Offce of University
Cubs’ Garza throws 2
2-3 innings in rehab start
PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza
pitched 2 2-3 innings in his frst rehabilitation start, giving up
one run, one hit and two walks for Double-A Tennessee against
The 29-year-old right-hander threw 42 pitches, three short of
his limit, on a soggy afternoon after a 1 1/2-hour rain delay.
Garza last pitched for the Cubs on July 21, missing the rest
of the season with an elbow injury.
He came to spring training healthy but stopped pitching in
mid-February after pulling a muscle in his back while throwing
batting practice. His frst rehab assignment was scheduled for
last week, but that was delayed when he felt some soreness in
his arm.
Ingalls gets contract for
new Coast Guard cutter
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Ingalls Shipbuilding has
been awarded a $487 million contract to build a sixth national
security cutter for the Coast Guard.
The vessel will be called the Munro (WMSL 755). Ingalls
says construction will begin in October
A third cutter, Stratton (WMSL 752) was commissioned in
2012. Two more are currently under construction at Ingalls in
Ingalls has delivered the frst three of eight planned cutters.
Bertholf (WMSL 750), Waesche (WMSL 751) and Stratton
are in service.
The Legend-class ships are the Coast Guard’s newest class of
technologically advanced cutters. They are replacing Hamilton-
class cutters built in the 1960s.
The new cutters can be used for a multitude of tasks, includ-
ing drug interdiction, law enforcement, search and rescue,
environmental protection and national defense missions.
Trio arrested in kidnap, robbery of man
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Prosecutors say the case of
three people accused of kidnapping and robbing a 76-year-old
Vicksburg man is being presented to a Warren County grand
jury that convened this week in Vicksburg.
Nearly 20 young men from Clay County received achievement after recently attending Camp Dixon in Philadelphia. Leroy
Clemons (far right), is an Advisory Board member of the William Winter Center for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mis-
sissippi and participated in the awards ceremony. The camp was sponsored by the Unity in the Community Committee of the West
Point/Clay County Growth Alliance.
the expansion, UMC will lose
$100 million, and the state’s
other hospitals will share in
the loss of the other $100
million. The loss of these dol-
lars will result in the loss of
hundreds of health care jobs
across the state, and, perhaps,
the closure of local hospitals.
The math is pretty simple.
1) Reject Medicaid ex-
pansion and subject small
employers to substantial pen-
alties, forego 9,000 new jobs,
face the closure of local hos-
pitals and the resulting loss of
hundreds of jobs and reject
$10 billion of new federal
funds over the next 10 years;
2) Expand Medicaid,
provide 300,000 working
Mississippians with health
insurance, and create 9,000
new jobs all across our state
at a fraction of the cost per
job that the Legislature just
spent in the single county of
You don’t have to be an
economist or a mathemati-
cian to fgure this one out.
Cecil Brown, CPA/PFS
Mississippi House
of Representatives
‘Brown’ continued from page 4
Daily Times Leader Thursday, May 2, 2013 • Page 7
Diamond Dawgs look to bounce
back this week against Alabama
Softball looks to claim last spot in SEC tourney
Will Walker
Daily Times Leader
MSU baseball and softball
fans hope this weekend brings
better fortune than last. Both
teams were swept in crucial SEC
series, as the 10th ranked
Diamond Dawgs (33-13, 10-11
SEC) fell to national power and
#3 Vanderbilt (39-6, 19-2 SEC)
in 3 games in Nashville, while
the MSU softball squad (31-19,
7-14 SEC) was swept at home
on Senior weekend by South
Carolina (30-20, 7-14 SEC). It
was a tough weekend for both
teams, as they both struggled to
produce runs against their SEC
opponents, with the men being
both out-hit and out-scored in
an SEC series for the first time
in seven SEC series this season.
The Diamond Dawgs will be
at home this weekend against a
feisty Alabama Crimson Tide
club (27-18, 11-9 SEC), which
is coming off a two-game sweep
of Texas A&M last weekend in
Tuscaloosa, with Game 3 having
been canceled due to inclement
weather. Luis Pollorena (6-2)
will more than likely start
Friday’s game for MSU, and is
coming off a stellar performance
against Vandy last weekend in
which he went a career best 7
and 1/3 innings, giving up 3
runs on 7 hits with 4 walks. The
senior lefty matched a career
best with 7 strikeouts in the 3-1
loss to the Commodores last
Friday. Pollorena’s performance
on the mound was bested by
Vanderbilt starter Kevin Ziomek
(8-2), who had 9 strikeouts on
the night and allowed only 1 run
on 4 Bulldog hits. The bright
spot for the Bulldogs was Brett
Pirtle’s three hit night, which
was Pirtle’s 10th multi-hit game
of the season; Pirtle has reached
safely now in 17 straight games
for MSU. Friday night’s game
with Alabama will be televised
nationally by ESPNU at 6:00
Saturday should feature
Bulldog starter Kendall
Gravemen (5-4) on the mound
against the Tide. Graveman had
a rough outing in a weather-
delayed game start against the
Commodores last weekend, last-
ing only five innings, allowing 4
runs on 10 hits in a 5-2 loss to
Vandy. Commodore starter and
former first round draft pick
Tyler Beede (11-0), who is hav-
ing a phenomenal year, pitched a
strong six innings allowing 2
runs on 7 hits, with 7 strikeouts
to grab the win over MSU.
Outfielder Hunter Renfroe led
the Bulldogs with both RBI
against Vanderbilt. This
Saturday’s game with Alabama
has first pitch set for 2:00 p.m.
Sunday’s game between MSU
and Alabama should see Jacob
Lindgren (4-2) start for the
Bulldogs.His last outing against
Vanderbilt, last Sunday, was
short-lived, as Lindgren was
chased for 5 runs on three hits
through only 2/3 of an inning.
Ross Mitchell came on in relief
of Lindgren and allowed two
more Commodore runs in 2 and
1/3 innings of work in an 8-3
loss to Vanderbilt. Pirtle and
Renfroe accounted for the only
runs for the Bulldogs, as Pirtle
had two hits and two RBI, while
Renfroe had one hit and the
other RBI for MSU. Sunday’s
contest has been picked up by
the CBS Sports Network for
broadcast, with game time set
for 1:37 p.m.
The Diamond Dawgs hope to
get their bats going early and
often against Alabama this week-
end, as they find themselves cur-
rently in eighth place in the SEC
standings, with Alabama a game
and a half ahead, and rival Ole
Miss only one game ahead with
next week’s battle in Oxford
looming for the Bulldogs. Both
of the upcoming series will be
excellent opportunities for
Mississippi State to move up in
the SEC standings, and to keep
their hopes alive to host an
NCAA regional, especially as the
Bulldogs battle the Tide in front
of national audiences this week-
end. The Bulldogs will have to
see their bats, defense, and pitch-
ing return to previous season
form if they plan to do so.
Meanwhile, MSU Softball will
swing into Texas this weekend
for a 3 game series against SEC
foe Texas A&M, hoping to
clinch the final spot in next
week’s SEC tournament. The
ladies find themselves in a battle
for the 10th and final spot for
the tourney, as they are cur-
rently in a three-way tie with
both Auburn and South Carolina
after the Gamecocks three-game
sweep of MSU last weekend.
Hope remains for the Bulldogs
to clinch the final spot, as
Auburn travels to Arkansas
(currently in 8th place in the
standings) and South Carolina
hosts Florida, who sits atop the
SEC standings tied with
Tennessee for the conference
lead currently. And if the
Bulldogs return to their hard-
nosed, never-say-die, cardiac
style of play that has character-
ized this 2013 edition of MSU
softball all season long under
head coach Vann Stuedeman,
they will have an excellent shot
at making the journey next week
to Lexington.
Kim Murrell, Starkville Daily News
Mississippi State’s Logan Foulks squares the bat against South Carolina on Sat-
urday, April 27.
Oak Hill Netters are Northern Champs
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Oak Hill Academy’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams brought
home gold Tuesday from the MAIS North AA Tennis
Tournament, hosted by Kirk Academy in Grenada.
In girls’ action, No. 1 singles player senior Anna Ready
battled Rebecca Causey of District 3’s River Oaks in her first
match of the day, losing her first set 3-6, coming back to win
the next two 7-5, 6-0. Causey gave Ready her toughest com-
petition of the season.
Ready then played Daniella DiPalo of Kirk Academy for
the championship, beating her easily, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 singles player senior Jessi Cole did not give up a
single game throughout the day. She played District 3’s
Central Hinds Madison Curtis in her first match beating her
6-0, 6-0. She followed up that match by beating Samantha
Thurman of River Oaks 6-0, 6-0 for the championship.
In boys’ play, No. 1 singles player senior David McElwaine
made quick work of both his matches for the day by beating
River Oaks’ Ryan Moore 6-0, 6-1 in his first match then
turned around and beat Manchester’s Hayes Dent 6-0, 6-0
for the North State title.
Sophomore No. 2 singles player John Willis Stevens, com-
ing from behind at times, beat rival Daniel Zollinger from
River Oaks 6-4, 6-1. He then went on to beat Winston
Academy’s Brandon Rogers 6-1, 6-0 for the title.
The mixed doubles team of seniors Kim Kelly and John
Wesley Williamson battled River Oaks’ Taylor Schwab and
Zaib Qoyyum in the second set toward victory and a chance
to play for the championship. They beat the River Oaks team
6-0, 7-5 and went on to play Kirk Academy’s Kassandra Beck
and Taylor Faulkner. Again, they won the first set easily 6-2
but battled from behind to win the second set 7-5.
The next stop for Raider Tennis is the State AA Tennis
Tournament in Jackson Wednesday, May 8.
Kristed Stevens
David McElwaine serves the ball to his opponent.
Kristed Stevens
Having completed her forehand, Ready watches for the return.
Malzahn: Demetruce McNeal’s issues cleared up
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) —
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn
said safety Demetruce McNeal
will be back in the mix to
retain his starting position for
next season after clearing up
off-the-field issues.
McNeal missed the last five
spring practices, including the
A-Day game. Malzahn said
Wednesday that whatever
kept McNeal off the field was
“between me and him” but
that it’s now taken care of.
He didn’t list McNeal
among the top three players
on a post-spring depth chart
released Wednesday, but he is
the only one at that position
with significant experience.
“We took care of all the off-
the-field issues that we had,
so he is going to be in the
mix,” Malzahn said. “I didn’t
put him in the top two right
now, but he’ll have a chance
in the fall. He’s a guy that’s
played before, and he’ll have a
chance to get back on the
McNeal is a 20-game start-
er the past two seasons and
finished second on the team
with 90 tackles last season.
He had an up-and-down sea-
son under then-defensive
coordinator Brian
VanGorder. McNeal didn’t
have a tackle in the last two
games, but reached double
digits six times and racked up
18 stops against Mississippi
Josh Holsey, who moved
from cornerback to safety in
the last week of the spring,
was listed atop the depth
Malzahn emphasized his
depth chart is a work in prog-
ress and said that every posi-
tion is “wide open” going
into preseason camp.
That certainly includes
quarterback, where he said
Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl
Frazier remain in “a dead
heat” after spring.
Junior college transfer Nick
Marshall and perhaps fresh-
man Jeremy Johnson appear
to have legitimate shots to
win the job in camp while
freshman Jason Smith is also
expected to at least start out
at the position. Wallace and
Frazier both started games
last season but neither man-
aged to jump-start a sputter-
ing offense.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn watch-
es his team during spring NCAA college
football practice Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Stocks sink on economic worries; Dow off 138
Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Thursday, May 2, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of a
slowing economy dragged down
the stock market Wednesday. Even
the prospect of continued stimulus
from the Federal Reserve didn’t
Major market indexes fell by 0.9
percent, their worst decline in two
weeks. Small-company stocks fell
even more, 2.5 percent, as investors
shunned risk. The yield on the
benchmark U.S. government bond
fell to its lowest of the year as inves-
tors sought safety.
Stocks opened lower and kept
sagging throughout the day, hurt
by reports of a slowdown in hiring
and manufacturing last month.
Discouraging earnings news from
major U.S. companies also dragged
the market lower.
“Investors are going to be rattled
by these numbers,” said Colleen
Supran, a principal at San Francisco
based-Bingham, Osborn &
Scarborough. She expects stock
market swings to increase after the
early gains of the year.
The Dow Jones industrial aver-
age closed down 138.85 points to
14,700 points. Merck, the giant
drug company, had one of the big-
gest falls in the Dow after reporting
earnings that disappointed inves-
tors. The Dow had risen for four
days straight.
The Standard & Poor’s 500
index, a broader market measure,
dropped 14.87 to 1,582.70.
The stock market was down even
after the Federal Reserve stood by
its easy-money policies after a two-
day policy meeting.
The Fed is maintaining its
$85-billion-a-month bond-buying
program, begun in 2008, which
aims to keep interest rates low to
encourage borrowing, spending
and investing.
The Fed also raised concerns
about the economy, noting that tax
increases and spending cuts that
kicked in this year are slowing
growth. The central bank made
clear that it could increase or
decrease its bond purchases depend-
ing on the performance of the job
market and inflation.
John Lynch, chief regional invest-
ment officer at Wells Fargo said: “If
you get a market that is purely built
on free money, as opposed to solid
fundamentals, investors should take
The Fed’s program has been one
of the supporting factors behind
the stock market’s rally this year.
The S&P 500 reached record highs
in April and has risen every month
in 2013, gaining 11 percent so far
this year.
The market has stumbled in
recent weeks after several reports
suggesting the economy might be
Employers added only 88,000
jobs in March, far fewer than the
220,000 averaged in the previous
four months, and the economy
grew at an annual rate of 2.5 per-
cent in the January-March quarter
— a decent rate but one that’s
expected to weaken in coming
months because of higher Social
Security taxes and the federal spend-
ing cuts.
On Wednesday, a report showed
that U.S. factory activity in April
dropped to its slowest pace this
year as manufacturers pulled back
on hiring and cut stockpiles.
Companies added just 119,000 jobs
in April, the fewest in seven months,
said payroll processor ADP.
Company earnings also drew
investors’ attention.
Drugmaker Merck & Co. fell
$1.31, or 2.8 percent, to $45.69
after cutting its 2013 profit fore-
cast. The company said competi-
tion from generic versions of its
drugs and unfavorable exchange
rates hurt its profit.
MasterCard eased $13.11, or 2.4
percent, to $539.80 after the pay-
ments processing company report-
ed that revenue missed the expecta-
tions of financial analysts who cover
the company.
About two-thirds of companies
in the S&P 500 index have
announced earnings for the first
The earnings are at record levels,
and about seven of 10 companies
have topped the forecasts of Wall
Street analysts, according to S&P
Capital IQ. Revenues have disap-
pointed, though, with about six of
10 companies falling short. That
suggests companies are raising
profits through cutting costs rather
than boosting revenues.
Earnings at S&P 500 companies
are expected to increase 4.1 percent
in the first quarter versus the same
period a year earlier. Financial ana-
lysts expect that growth to acceler-
ate throughout the year, reaching
12 percent in the final quarter,
according to S&P Capital IQ.
But with much of the profit gain
coming from cost-cutting rather
than higher sales, some market
watchers are warning that the mar-
ket’s four-year surge could be com-
ing to an end.
Savita Subramanian, head of U.S.
equity and quantitative strategy at
Bank of America Merrill Lynch,
said companies need to show reve-
nue growth. “If we don’t see that,
then the equity market is toast.”
Among other stocks making big
Home security provider ADT fell
$3, or 6.9 percent, to $40.64 after
its profit didn’t live up to analysts’
T-Mobile USA Inc., the combi-
nation of T-Mobile USA and
MetroPCS, rose 96 cents, or 6.2
percent, to $16.52 on its first day
of trading. Goldman Sachs analysts
opened their coverage of the stock
with a “buy” recommendation and
a 12-month price target of $22,
predicting that the company will
benefit from further consolidation
in the industry.
The Nasdaq composite index
dropped 28 points, or 0.8 percent,
to 3,300. The Russell 2000 index, a
gauge of small-company stocks, fell
23.25 points to 924.21. Small
stocks are generally seen as riskier
investments because the companies
are less established, have fewer
resources and are more prone to
Daily Times Leader Thursday, May 2, 2013 • Page 9
Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — When
poison-laced letters were sent to
President Barack Obama and two
other officials, it didn’t take long
to track down a suspect based on
a phrase often used by an Elvis
impersonator named Kevin
Curtis: “I am KC and I approve
this message.”
Curtis was soon arrested at his
house in north Mississippi and
charged in the case. He swore he
didn’t do it, and told investiga-
tors that maybe a longtime foe, a
martial arts instructor named
James Everett Dutschke, might
have something to do with the
By the time Curtis was released
on April 23, the FBI was already
watching Dutschke.
It was another twist in a plot
Curtis’ lawyer has called “diaboli-
According to an FBI affidavit
made public Tuesday, agents saw
Dutschke the day before Curtis’
release hauling items out of his
former martial arts studio in
Tupelo, Miss.
Tests in the studio and on some
of those items, including a dust
mask, have tested positive for
ricin, the same deadly substance
found in the letters sent to
Obama, U.S. Roger Wicker and
Lee County, Miss., Judge Sadie
Holland, the affidavit says.
The affidavit also said numer-
ous documents found in
Dutschke’s home had printer
markings that were similar to
ones on the letters and that he
had used the Internet to buy cas-
tor beans, from which ricin is
Dutschke, 41, was arrested
Saturday by FBI agents at his
home in Tupelo, and is being
held without bond pending a pre-
liminary and detention hearing
Thursday in U.S. District Court
in Oxford, Miss.
Dutschke told The Associated
Press last week that he didn’t send
the letters. His lawyer, federal
public defender George Lucas,
had no comment Tuesday about
the information in the affidavit.
Annette Dobbs, who owns the
small shopping center where the
studio was located, said authori-
ties padlocked the door to it last
week. They also searched his
house and vehicles.
Dobbs said Tuesday that FBI
agents haven’t told her anything,
including whether the building
poses a health threat. Inside the
studio is one large room with a
smaller reception area and a con-
crete floor. Police tape covered
the front and the small back door.
FBI spokeswoman Deborah
Madden said Tuesday that the
business, Tupelo Taekwondo
Plus, was sealed off after evidence
that was collected tested positive
for “trace levels of ricin.”
“The FBI is now conducting
further forensic examination for
the purpose of identifying trace
evidence, residues and signatures
of production that could provide
evidence to support the investiga-
tion,” she said in a news release.
The FBI has not yet revealed
details about how lethal the ricin
was. A Senate official has said the
ricin was not weaponized, mean-
ing it wasn’t in a form that could
easily enter the body. If inhaled,
ricin can cause respiratory failure,
among other symptoms. No anti-
dote exists.
An expert at the National
Bioforensics Analysis Center in
Fort Detrick, Md., said the extrac-
tion process employed in this case
appears to have been more
involved than “merely grinding
castor beans,” the affidavit said.
The most notable case of ricin
poisoning was in 1978, when a
Bulgarian dissident was lethally
injected with it by an operative of
that country’s secret service.
Dutschke bought 50 castor
beans off eBay in November 2012
and 50 more in December 2012,
the affidavit said.
The affidavit had been sealed
since it was filed Friday in U.S.
District Court in Oxford. It also
said that on the evening of Dec.
31, 2012, someone using his
“computer downloaded a publi-
cation, Standard Operating
Procedure for Ricin, which
describes safe handling and stor-
age methods for ricin, and
approximately two hours later,
I mmu n o c h r o mo t o g r a p h y
Detection of Ricin in
Environmental and Biological
Samples, which describes a meth-
od for detecting ricin.”
A witness, who is not named in
the document, told investigators
that Dutschke once said years ago
that he knows how to make poi-
son that could be sent to elected
officials and “whoever opened
these envelopes containing the
poison would die.”
Judge Holland dismissed a civil
suit Dutschke filed in 2006
against the witness, who accused
him of making sexual advances
toward the witness’s daughter,
the affidavit said. In April,
Dutschke pleaded not guilty in
state court to two child molesta-
tion charges involving three girls
younger than 16. He also was
appealing a conviction on a dif-
ferent charge of indecent expo-
sure. He told AP that his lawyer
told him not to comment on
those cases.
The lawsuit isn’t Dutschke’s
only connection to Holland. She
is part of a family that has had
political skirmishes with him.
Her son, Steve Holland, a
Democratic state representative,
said his mother encountered
Dutschke at a rally in the town of
Verona in 2007, when Dutschke
ran as a Republican against Steve
Holland said his mother con-
fronted Dutschke after he made a
derogatory speech about the
Holland family. She demanded
that he apologize, which Holland
says he did.
Dutschke’s MySpace page has
several pictures with him and
Wicker. Republicans in north
Mississippi say Dutschke used to
frequently show up at GOP
events and mingle with people,
usually finding a way to get a
snapshot of himself with the
The first suspect accused by the
FBI, Curtis, also had also had ties
to Holland. Curtis was arrested
on April 17 at his Corinth, Miss.,
home, but the charges were
dropped six days later. After his
arrest, Curtis said he was framed
and gave investigators Dutschke’s
name as someone who could have
sent the letters, the affidavit said.
Curtis has said he knows
Dutschke and they feuded over
the years, but he wasn’t sure what
caused it.
Dutschke made a brief appear-
ance Monday in federal court,
wearing an orange jumpsuit with
his hands shackled. He said little
during the hearing other than
answering affirmatively to the
judge’s questions about whether
he understood the charges against
him. U.S. Magistrate S. Allan
Alexander set his preliminary and
detention hearing for Thursday.
He faces up to life in prison if
Courtesy of Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 fle photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits
for the FBI to arrive and search his home. Ricin has been found in a business once used by Dutschke who was charged
in the case of letters laced with the deadly poison being sent to President Barack Obama, according to a court document
made public Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The document also said the substance was found on items the suspect dumped
in a public trash bin
Father coaches daughter
on Cathedral golf team
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A golf out-
ing for the father-daughter duo of Kurt
and Chandler Russ began as a laid-back
exercise when Chandler was younger.
“We would go out to Beau Pré (Country
Club) probably when she was around 8,”
Kurt said. “We’d hit three or four balls,
ride in the golf cart and mess around.”
Chandler also said she remembers the
shenanigans of riding around with her
dad — or sometimes, him riding around
with her.
“I just grew up around the sport,”
Chandler said. “I used to beg him to let
me drive the golf cart. He would say,
‘Wait until we get around the bend where
they can’t see us.’”
What began as an easygoing activity has
now become an intense one.
Chandler, a sophomore at Cathedral
High School, decided two years ago to
take up golf as a sport. She plays golf for
the Cathedral girls’ golf squad — coached
by Kurt. And the coach-pupil relationship
between the two can get testy at times,
Chandler said.
“Sometimes I want to turn around and
hit him with the club,” she said. “Other
times, it’s a special connection, because he
knows exactly what shot I’m about to hit.
We get really aggravated with each other,
but most of the time, he just makes that
connection that only a father and daugh-
ter have.”
Kurt said he’s more than happy to help
Chandler develop her game, even if that
ball ends up in the rough from time to
“As a father, I’d be here anyway,” Kurt
said. “It’s extra special that I get to coach
Though he can be hard on her at times,
Kurt said he’s beginning to learn that giv-
ing positive reinforcement is better than
demanding to know “why in the world
she did that.”
“In our last match, I helped her with
her club selection and acted more as a
cheerleader than anything else, and it
worked out,” Kurt said. “I probably need
to do better with that.”
Kurt said he realized right away the
potential Chandler had as a player the
moment she got serious about the sport.
“Any kid that can pick up a club and
actually hit a golf ball, you know you can
work with them,” Kurt said. “She has
excellent hand-eye coordination, and I
didn’t teach her to swing, she just swung.”
Chandler doesn’t only get golf instruc-
tions from her father. Local veteran golfer
Pete Powell regularly works with
Chandler, and Chandler said she enjoys
worked with Powell.
“He’s helped me tremendously,”
Chandler said. “He teaches me and puts
me through drills, and he knows exactly
what I’m doing wrong and can put it in
words that register with me.
“He encourages me to keep trying. He’s
positive all the time — it’s hard to make
him mad. He has lots of patience.”
That kind of positive thinking is some-
thing Kurt said he’s beginning to pick up
from Powell.
“He’ll say that I can be too hard on
her,” Kurt said. “He says that it will come
one at a time (with Chandler). He told
me by the time she’s a senior in high
school, she’ll be shooting in the 70s. I
told him he was crazy, but he said it will
So far, Kurt said Powell has been right
about his daughter’s progress.
“She’s getting better and better,” Kurt
said. “From last year to this year, she
improved by 11 strokes, so we’re on
Chandler said in addition to continuing
to lower her score and helping her team
beat St. Aloysius — “The rivalry is there
for everything, not just football,” Chandler
said — she also wants to get to a place
where she’s pleased with her game.
“I want to be able to walk up on a tee,
hit a shot and be satisfied with it,”
Chandler said. “Obviously, that’s not
going to happen with every shot, but I
would love for it to be that way the
majority of my shots.”
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