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2017: Year in review ■ After contentions campaign, voters say no to OCH sale ■ Lynn Spruill elected first female mayor of Starkville ■ Mullen out, Moorhead in as MSU football coach BY ALEX HOLLOWAY [email protected]

Starkville and Oktibbeha County saw a bustling year in almost every facet of life in 2017. From a contentious, bitter-fought campaign to sell or lease the county hospital to unprecedented success for Mississippi State women’s basketball or the arrival of new elect-

ed officials into public life, the community has had no shortage of changes and activity throughout the year. Some matters, such as the long-awaited completion of the new police station for Starkville Police Department, saw their conclusion in 2017. Others, such as the development of a new industrial

OCH Regional Medical Center CEO Richard Hilton, center, smiles upon hearing the results of the Nov. 7 vote on the sale of the hospital. Nearly 60 percent of voters opposed selling OCH.

park, or legal chal- n THOSE WE l e n g e s LOST IN 2017: surround- Page 2A n MOST READ ing the ONLINE STOm a y o r a l RIES: Page 6A elect ion, will carry on into the new year. Here’s a look at the year’s top stories from Starkville: See 2017, 6A


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‘We’re close’: LCSD officials tour new tech center

Starkville Parks and Rec employee arrested for embezzlement DISPATCH STAFF REPORT

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From left, Lowndes County School District Deputy Superintendent Robin Ballard, assistant to superintendent Tina Younger, Superintendent Lynn Wright and Maintenance Director Greg Wheat tour the Lowndes County School District Career Technology Center on Lehmberg Road on Dec. 15.

Center includes space for nine fields of study for 500-plus students BY SLIM SMITH [email protected]

On the morning of Aug. 27, 2013, one thought dominated the mind of Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright. “We’re close,” he thought as he


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considered his next move the morning after voters in the school district defeated a $47 million bond issue to fund the second phase of the district’s building project, which included a centrally located career tech center. The bond issue failed to win the

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necessary 60-percent vote by just 147 votes. Though Wright was advised to forget about the issue for a while, he remained hopeful. Forty months later, Wright’s hope had paid off when voters approved a new $44 million bond isSee LCSD, 3A

A former administrative assistant employed by the City of Starkville has been arrested for embezzlement. Dianne Evans, 61, of Starkville, Evans turned herself in to Starkville Police Department Thursday after a felony warrant was issued for her arrest, according to a SPD press release. The release said Evans was working for the City of Starkville Parks and Recreation Department when she embezzled money from the department. SPD did not release the amount of money Evans allegedly took. Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said she didn’t know the exact amount of money involved and that investigators are still looking into the incident. Spruill did confirm Evans no longer works for the city, noting she submitted a letter of resignation last week. At its Dec. 19 meeting, See ARREST, 3A

Lifestyles 1C Obituaries 6B Opinions 4A Scene & Seen 1D

■ Mississippi State safety Mark McLaurin intercepts a pass to seal the win over the Louisville Cardinals in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field on Saturday. — Photo by Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports


Keisha Warren is a supervisor at GT Planning and Development.

PUBLIC MEETINGS Jan. 2: Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m., Oktibbeha County Courthouse Jan. 2: Board of Aldermen, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Jan. 9: Planning and Zoning Commission, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Jan. 9: Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board, 6 p.m., Greensboro Center

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Extreme cold to test New Year’s revelers; some events iced 1917 was coldest New Year’s Eve in Times Square, when it was 1 degree at midnight BY MARY ESCH The Associated Press

Dress in layers, lay off the booze and bring some hand warmers. Those are some of the tips offered for the huge crowd of revelers expected in Times Square for what could be one of the coldest New Year’s Eve ball drops on record. Brutal weather has iced plans for scores of events in the Northeast from New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, but not in New York City, where people will start gathering in Times Square up to nine hours before the famous ball drop. “Hundreds of thousands have withstood very cold weather over the years for a once-in-alifetime experience, and we expect this year to be no different,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance which puts on the event. The coldest New Year’s Eve in Times Square came

in 1917, when it was 1 degree at midnight. This year, the forecast is for 11 degrees with a wind chill around zero, which would tie for second with 1962. City and state health officials are advising people to cover all exposed skin, and wear a hat, scarf and gloves. Drinking alcohol is discouraged because it causes the body to lose heat faster. Extra New York Fire Department personnel are going to be on hand to provide medical support and a National Weather Service meteorologist will be on site with the city’s emergency management officials to monitor weather conditions. In other areas gripped by the cold, some events are being canceled or reconsidered. The annual Lobster Dip at Old Orchard Beach in Maine has been rescheduled for the first time in 30 years. Organizers of the Penguin Plunge in Narragansett, Rhode Island, say it’s still on for New Year’s Day but advised the thousands of expected participants to “use their good judgment” and avoid taking the plunge if they have a medical condition or have been sick.


“It’s certainly one of the worst hurricane seasons we’ve had.” National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini on 2017 disasters that impacted the U.S. Story, 7A.

Those we lost in 2017

From an 8-year-old child whose optimism never dimmed in the face of a rare, often painful, disease to an 102-year-old World War II veteran and beloved professor, 2017 was a year where we said goodbye to heroes...

James “Jimmy” Fannon, 82, Columbus Died Jan. 31 Personable former mayor of the City of Columbus and a justice court judge known for his friendly nature.

Robert Snow, 91, West Jashun “Peddy” Point Johnson, 18, West Died Mar. 26 Point Owner of Waverley Mansion, which he and his family restored from near ruin -- a labor of love, to which he devoted 55 years. Known as a colorful gracious host to thousands who toured the historic home over the past 50 years.

Died April 22 Affable senior basketball player at West Point High School, whose death in a car accident shook the Green Wave family.

Mariah Isaacs, 12, Starkville

Died April 28 Death of Armstrong Middle School sixth-grader rallied community against bullying, which was believed to have been a contributing factor in her death.

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Gabriel “Super Gabe” Thomas Lee Bales, 16, Valentine, 8, Starkville Aberdeen/West Point Died June 16 Inspirational kid whose struggle with a rare and painful disease never dimmed his love of life – or of Mississippi State sports.

Died Aug. 5 His self-confessed “terrible” pre-game dances eased tension among his Oak Hill Academy football teammates, and his death in a swimming accident stunned his home town and school just days before 2017-18 school year started.

John Robert Arnold, 94, Starkville

Taylor Harris, 16, Columbus

Jack Wallace, 75, Starkville.

Died May 7 Talented track athlete whose death in a May car accident took a heavy emotional toll on the MSU track program.

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Kaelin Kersh, 22, Mississippi State

Physical address: 516 Main St., Columbus, MS 39701

Bob Gilbert, 102, Columbus

Died Aug. 11 Decorated World War II veteran who went on the become a much-loved professor at Mississippi University for Women. His wide array of interests made him a well-known figure throughout the Columbus community.

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

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Died Aug. 23 Noted businessman, avid supporter of Boy Scouts and the First United Methodist Church, former Chamber of Commerce president and a famously “happy singer.”

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Died Aug. 27 Sweet-tempered and muchloved member of the Columbus High School softball team. Both teammates and rival team members mourned her passing.

Died Oct. 31 Key figure in Starkville business community. Chairman of Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce member and one of the founders of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

Antaves “Taves” Petty, 16, New Hope

Died Nov. 4 Death of popular, ever-smiling New Hope football player drew hundreds of fellow students to a moving candlelight vigil.




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Girl, 9, shot in head with arrow from crossbow

GULFPORT — Authorities say a 9-year-old girl was shot in the head with an arrow from a crossbow in Mississippi. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said in a news release that Ashley Reynolds Patton sustained a blunt injury to the back of her head Wednesday evening, leaving her in critical condition. Peterson said emergency responders found the girl “incoherent, in and out of consciousness.” She was stabilized at a Gulfport hospital and then taken to the University of South Alabama Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Mobile. News outlets report investigators learned a 16-year-old family member had shot the crossbow. The teen was released to a guardian and a case will be presented to a grand jury. No charges have yet been filed. Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

The Lowndes County School District Career Technology Center on Lehmberg Road is nearly complete more than two years after voters approved the project. The center is scheduled to open before the 2018-19 school year.


Continued from Page 1A sue. He repeated those two words. “We’re close,” he said, as he, along with assistant superintendent Robin Ballard and maintenance supervisor Greg Wheat, provided an informal tour of the school district’s sprawling new career tech center. “I’d say it’s about 95 percent finished,” Wheat said, as work continued throughout the $11 million, 55,000 square-foot facility. The main construction is over. Workers are busy adding finishing touches in anticipation of the facility’s opening in August, five years after that initial failed bond issue. Since the second bond proposal was approved by voters, Wright said, the board has unanimously supported the project. The two big-ticket items — the New Hope High School and the career tech center — will both be open to students in the fall. Wright beamed with pride as he led the tour of The Lowndes County Career and Technical Center. Set far back off Lehmberg Road, the nearly completed center is an imposing structure. Up close, the most striking impression is how spacious all of the instruction areas are. Nine separate fields of study — automotive service technician, construction core, teacher academy, health sciences, industrial maintenance, welding, polymer science, culinary arts and engineering/robotics — are provided with room to grow. “Right now, we have a little less than 100 students in our vocational programs at the three high schools,” Wright said. “Next fall, we expect to have 450 students enrolled in programs here.” Wright said he believes the facility can easily accommodate 500 students or more. The north side of the building features four massive rooms, complete with roll-up bay doors, and high ceilings for the industrial maintenance, welding, construction core and automotive programs. Although the equipment required for these programs won’t be installed until after the school year ends — much of that equipment is already being used at the schools — some special features are already in place. Fourteen individual welding bays have been constructed for the welding class, while the automotive service classroom is being prepared for its hydraulic lifts. The middle section of the building features one of four new programs — the polymer science department, a 250-seat theater style auditorium, complete with a dropdown video screen.


Man charged in Waffle House double shooting that left 1 dead

ROBINSONVILLE — A Mississippi man who turned himself in for questioning in connection with a double shooting in a Waffle House parking lot that left one dead has been charged in the case. News outlets report 29-year-old Antonio Jasper was charged Thursday with murder and attempted murder in connection with the Dec. 24 shooting that killed 24-year-old Jeremy Jones of Tunica and wounded Ladarious Hibbler. Jasper had turned himself in to the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. He was booked then as a fugitive from another jurisdiction. The jurisdiction and charge in that case haven’t been specified. Authorities are also seeking another person of interest in the case. Authorities said Hibbler was shot more than once but was released from a hospital after treatment. It’s unclear if Jasper has a lawyer.

2 found dead in car in Mississippi Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

Tina Younger, assistant to the superintendent, explores the welding classroom inside the new Lowndes County School District Career Technology Center.

JACKSON — Two people have been found dead inside a car in Mississippi. News outlets report Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said a man and a woman were found unresponsive and partially clothed Thursday morning, and were later pronounced dead. The victims have been identified as 33-year-old Laura Francis Peyton and 31-year-old Casey Ross Vaughn. Sgt. Roderick Holmes says there were no apparent signs of trauma to the bodies. The cause of death remains unknown pending the results of autopsies and toxicology reports. An investigation is ongoing.


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Maintenance Director Greg Wheat checks out the kitchen of the new Lowndes County School District Career Technology Center.

“We’ve been working closely with Mississippi State on developing the polymer science program since it’s new for us,” Wright said. “They are helping us find an instructor in addition to helping us put together the program.” Unlike most of the departments, the equipment for the culinary arts program is already in place. The roomy kitchen, outfitted with its shiny array of equipment, rivals that of any large restaurant. A room adjacent to the kitchen will be used for dining service, allowing students to gain experience in the entire culinary process, from food preparation to table service. “It’s my favorite part of the building,” Wright said, laughing as he rubbed his stomach. The south end of the building features classroom space for engineering/robotics, the teacher academy and health sci-

ences. The facility also includes office space, a board room and a kitchen for use of the staff, which will include nine instructors along with the man who will be in charge of the operation, Percy Lee, the district’s Tech Prep director. Students will be divided between three 100-minute blocks, beginning at 8 a.m., with 200 students in each of two morning blocks and 150 in the afternoon block. Wright said he also hopes to make the facility available to adult learning programs in the evening. “We really see this as something the whole community can use,” Wright said. “Programs like the (Greater Columbus) Learning Center are already showing interest.” Wright said businesses and industries throughout the county have also been in touch. “We’re not just talking

about the PACCARs and Steel Dynamics, but smaller industries, too,” he said. “We’ve really had interest from all over the county, from big and small.”

the Starkville Board of Aldermen placed Evans on unpaid administrative leave, along with Parks and Recreation director Herman Peters. Evans has been released from custody on $2,500 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2018.

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Roses and thorns A rose to our readers as we pause to reflect on 2017 and look forward to tomorrow and the start of a new year. For some, 2017 cannot end soon enough. For others, it will stand out as special year. For most, it will be remembered as most years are remembered: a mixture of good and bad. Most years are like that, of course. Even so, we look forward to 2018 with an open mind and a sense of optimism. Where we failed, we can do better. Where we succeeded, we can build on. Happy New Year! A rose to Community Police Officer Rhonda Sanders and

the Columbus Police Department, which was recognized this week for its annual Night Out Against Crime. The CPD’s event was ranked 16th among the 48 communities that participate in the National Night Out Against Crime. Each August, members of the CPD meet with citizens at several different locations in “block parties,” organized by Sanders and community members. The events feature music, guest speakers and other festivities as CPD reaches out to engage with the community. Building trust with the community begins with building the relationships between the

police department and the citizens it serves. Events such as Night Out are an important part of that effort. A rose to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors for its excellent use of the funds entrusted to it. Since board president Harry Sanders successfully lobbied the Legislature to allow the county to invest its $30 million hospital trust fund in the stock market in 2013, the investment continues to produce impressive dividends. In 2018, the county will be able to withdraw $1 million in profits from its investments made in 2017 while adding another $1 million to

the principle (corpus). Since the change, the supervisors have withdrawn $4 million in profits, money used for capital improvement projects, while building the trust fund’s balance to approximately $32.5 million. Aside from the sale of the county hospital itself, the decision to invest in the market may be the best decision the supervisors have ever made. A rose to the Mississippi State football team, which celebrated its record eighth straight bowl appearance with a remarkable 31-27 win over Louisville Saturday in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.

Without starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and a skeleton coaching staff that came as a result of Dan Mullen’s exit to The University of Florida, Mississippi State relied on true freshman QB Keytaon Thompson (three touchdowns) and an smothering defense (four interceptions) to finish the season with a 9-4 record. Bulldog fans now look forward to the debut of new head coach Joe Moorhead next fall, who will be looking to expand the Bulldogs’ bowl streak to nine. To put that in context, prior to the current streak the longest consecutive bowl streak was just three seasons. In fact, of MSU’s 21 bowl games all-time, 38 percent have come this decade.

READERS COMMENT The following is an edited selection of reader comments posted at the end of stories and columns published on-line. More can be found at www. cdispatch.com.

Ask Rufus: A Shipwreck

Editor’s note: Columnist Rufus Ward announced in last Sunday’s paper that he would no longer be writing a column for The Dispatch, saying the city of Columbus’ actions regarding the funding of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau shows it has no interest in history and tourism. slack water: No. No. It can’t be that way. You have a following that is unspeakable. Don’t leave us. You can’t. Don’t. Orenokoto: Rufus, say it ain’t so! Noooo! Oh me, leave it to politicians who get a glimpse of money to really mess things up. Tony Clifton: The perfect historical metaphor for our dire situation. Just another casualty as we ride down that slippery slide of expunging the historical record of inconvenient facts. ... Hughlon Thornbury: ... As for leaving, as a Libertarian, I say follow your heart and your conscience. As a person who still has much to learn, who does much of that by reading work such as yours, I hope you will stay. But ask yourself, who will be more impacted by your departure? Politicians or your readers? Beaudreaux: I hope you will reconsider. ... frank: I won’t go as far as to say yours is the only good column on the opinion page in this paper as I often enjoy reading Shannon Bardwell’s as well, but it will be missed. I am glad you took the opportunity to voice your opinion and expose this mess for what it really is. The politicians over in Columbus are repeating the errors of recent history and need go no further than Jackson, Ms. to glimpse the future. Their forward thinking doesn’t extend past next week.



Most of us have taken at least a moment or two to reflect upon what we have learned from our mothers. Through a catalog of meaningful actions that range from spiritual to domestic, Pennsylvanian Julia Kasdorf evokes the imprint of her mother’s life on her own. As the poem closes, the speaker invites us to learn these actions of compassion.

What I Learned From My Mother

I learned from my mother how to love the living, to have plenty of vases on hand in case you have to rush to the hospital with peonies cut from the lawn, black ants still stuck to the buds. I learned to save jars large enough to hold fruit salad for a whole grieving household, to cube home-canned pears and peaches, to slice through maroon grape skins and flick out the sexual seeds with a knife point. I learned to attend viewings even if I didn’t know the deceased, to press the moist hands of the living, to look in their eyes and offer sympathy, as though I understood loss even then. I learned that whatever we say means nothing, what anyone will remember is that we came. I learned to believe I had the power to ease awful pains materially like an angel. Like a doctor, I learned to create from another’s suffering my own usefulness, and once you know how to do this, you can never refuse. To every house you enter, you must offer healing: a chocolate cake you baked yourself, the blessing of your voice, your chaste touch.


The pull of the river from Columbus High in ’03, he took off for art school in Seattle where he studied audio production. Two years ago, he moved to the Delta to take care of some family property that included farmland and a pecan orchard, and, as it happens, he is doing audio Birney Imes SHACK UP INN, here at the performance CLARKSDALE — It’s venue at the Shack Up. 29 degrees outside and despite an “It’s unbelievable the people I unfettered wind sweeping across meet here,” Land says. “People the fields outside, it’s cozy inside from Sweden who’ve been here 10 this grain bin where I am spending years in a row.” the night. My plan was to come over visit The interior of Grain Bin C is a friend in Rosedale and go kayasurprisingly spacious. There is a king on the Mississippi. The river living room/ kitchen with barn is challenging enough; throw in wood wainscoting, a master bedthe chance of hypothermia and … at the last minute, common sense room, a bedroom with a single bed prevailed. Not that kayakers don’t and an ample bathroom. paddle icy waters. After all, kayakNearby four more similar structures appear to be occupied by ing began thousands of years ago overnight guests. Beyond, there is by the Inuit, who lived in the Arctic a field of unpicked cotton and, less regions. than 100 yards away, cars speed by Then there was a chance to on Highway 49. Walk around bego Saturday with a group in a big hind the bin and you can see where canoe with John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe for an all-afternoon outing Highway 61 crosses 49. The land is on the Mississippi. For years I’d flat in every direction, as far as the heard about Ruskey and his advocaeye can see. The Shack Up Inn, which began cy for the Mississippi River. innocently enough as a single The boys in the lobby of the inn shotgun shack scavenged by a guy howled when I mentioned the possiwanting a place to host his buddies bility of going out with Ruskey. “It’s for card games and beer drinking, 10 degrees colder on the water,” has grown topsy-turvy into a sprawl said Bill Talbot, one of the owners of salvaged sharecropper shacks, of the Shack Up Inn. grain bins, farm buildings and a reRuskey was drawn to Clarksdale constituted cotton gin and is itself a from his native Colorado by its blues culture. First working as a tourist attraction in this Mecca for tractor driver for a Mennonite farmblues pilgrims. Nearby, downtown Clarksdale er, Ruskey eventually signed on as has been revived by an influx of curator at the Delta Blues Museum. blues tourists, who like Elvis fans The job grew increasingly claus70 miles north of here, are drawn trophobic for him, and he found by the opportunity to experience relief by paddling his kayak on the the landscape that gave rise to this nearby Mississippi. He bought a uniquely American music. Grumman aluminum canoe and in Despite predictions of dire cold, 1998, started giving guided tours the Shack Up has only one vacanon the Mississippi. The river trips proved hugely cy, says Levi Land, the front desk popular, and Quapaw Canoe has clerk. As it happens, Land grew up in Columbus. After graduating become a Clarksdale attraction “The Lower Mississippi River is suffering from gross misunderstanding & neglect. Most people think of it as either a drainage ditch or a super-highway for tugboat commerce. Its neither. It’s a wilderness in the heart of the South.” John Ruskey

unto itself. Ruskey recognized the Mississippi River for what it is, an underappreciated national treasure. “We are all part of the river and the river flows through all of us,” Ruskey says in a documentary on the Quapaw website. “The Mississippi naturally touches more people in American than any other river.” Also found on the Quapaw website is River Gator, a million-word guide to the 1,154 miles of river between St. Louis and the Gulf. Ruskey paddled the route four times researching River Gator. We live in a time where meaningful encounters with nature are diminished, which makes the work Ruskey and others like him all the more important. In addition of his advocacy for the river, Quapaw offers an apprenticeship program for local school kids. The company’s outreach is focused on Coahoma County and neighboring Phillips County, Arkansas, Ruskey said. “If a kid wants to get on the river, we’ll make sure he gets there,” Ruskey told me. Since forming Quapaw, John Ruskey has taken more than 10,000 people out on the river. (The Saturday outing was cancelled due to wind and cold.) He feels exposure to the majesty, mystery and magic of the Mississippi River can affect humans in profound and unexpected ways. About the experience, he writes: “You will see the third biggest river in the world as it slowly and implacably pours out of the heart of America and winds endlessly towards the Gulf of Mexico, unheedful of gravity, pursuing strange serpentine pathways through the mud and clay and sand. You will see the prettiest sunsets you have ever seen, and some of the youngest and freshest landscapes on the continent — masterpieces composed of sand and mud and forests and left to glisten in the sun after the withdrawal of every spring high water.” Birney Imes is the publisher of The Dispatch. Email him at [email protected] cdispatch.com.

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Despite downbeat end, stock market finished 2017 with its strongest year since 2013 BY ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer

Wall Street capped 2017 with a loss, weighed down by a broad slide in light trading ahead of the New Year’s holiday. Technology companies, banks and health care stocks accounted for much of the market’s decline. Energy stocks also fell, even as the price of U.S. crude oil surged to its highest level in more than two years. Despite the downbeat end to the week, the U.S. stock market finished 2017 with its strongest year since 2013. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the broadest measure of the stock market, gained 19.4 percent for the year, more than double its gain in 2016. Including dividends, the total return was 21.8 percent, as of late Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the year with a 25.1 percent gain, setting 71 all-time highs along the way. The Nasdaq composite notched the biggest gain, an increase of 28.2 percent, while the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks closed out 2017 with a gain of 13.1 percent. “It’s been the year that surprised everybody,” said J.J. Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade. “It was truly buy-onthe-dip, and that paid off better than anyone possibly expected.” On Friday, many investors opted to pocket some of their gains, especially in technology stocks, which led the market with a gain of 36.9 percent. Chipmaker KLA-Tencor was among the sector’s big decliners, dropping $2.78, or 2.6 percent, to $105.07.

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April Clayton of Columbus kisses her 7-week-old baby girl, Nona Charlotte Clayton, on the head as she stares out a Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle window Thursday. April brought her daughter to the hospital to join her husband, Greg Clayton, at his first work party on his second day working in the IT department. “We are so happy for his new job to bring in the new year, with our new baby,” April said.

Deep South braces for blast of freezing weather as 2017 ends NWS: Freezing rain and wintry mix possible all weekend BY JEFF MARTIN The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Forecasters issued winter weather advisories across much of the Deep South ahead of plunging temperatures that are expected to last for the next several days.

The advisories in place Saturday covered eastern Louisiana and most of Mississippi and Alabama. The National Weather Service warned that freezing rain and a wintry mix of precipitation was possible in all three states through the weekend. In Georgia, advocates for the home-

less feared the unusually long stretch of frigid weather in store for Atlanta could bring death to some homeless people in the city, where temperatures are expected to plunge into the teens Monday and Tuesday night. Drew Benton said he and other volunteers are prepared to distribute supplies to Atlanta’s homeless for the next eight nights if temperatures dip below freezing as expected.

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Lynn Spruill was sworn in as Starkville’s new mayor July 3 at City Hall. Chancery Judge Dorothy Colom administered oaths to Spruill and all seven aldermen. Spruill’s aunt, Frances Jutman, held the Bible as the city’s first female mayor officially assumed her new role.

Voters keep OCH local

Oktibbeha County’s voters delivered a fatal blow to plans to possibly sell OCH Regional Medical Center when, in November, they voted by a 58.5 to 41.4 percent margin against the sale of the county-owned facility. The election was the culmination of a heated and at times unsavory campaign that surfaced deep divides in the community over whether to sell the 96-bed facility. The election came after hospital supporters mobilized a petition drive to force the issue to the ballot — an effort that started in 2016 after supervisors began exploring potential sale/lease options. Two nonprofit hospital systems — Memphis-based Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and Tupelo-based North Mississippi Health Services — bid on the hospital in the fall, though it was not initially clear who bid on the hospital until public pressure forced supervisors to go public with the information. Still, some changes may loom in OCH’s future. Hospital CEO Richard Hilton said several systems approached him about a possible affiliation, which could provide additional services while keeping the hospital locally owned. Those talks stalled as supervisors ramped up efforts to possibly sell the hospital, but since the election, hospital trustees have authorized Hilton to look further into the matter. Voters also elected Oktibbeha County’s new circuit and chancery clerks. Tony Rook will succeed former circuit clerk Glenn Hamilton, who resigned from his post after pleading guilty to felony methamphetamine possession in the summer. Sharon Livingston will succeed former chancery clerk Monica Banks, who died in 2016 after an extended illness.

Spruill wins office

Lynn Spruill became Starkville’s first female mayor after a contentious municipal election in the late spring. Spruill, a Democrat, bested fellow democratic opponent Johnny Moore by seven votes in a Democratic primary runoff in May. She follows former mayor Parker Wiseman, who opted not to seek a third term after serving as mayor since 2009. Moore challenged the election’s results, and though that case is still wrapped up in the court system, Spruill has since been sworn into office and started leading the city through the beginning of her term. So far, Spruill’s early term has focused on quality of life improvements for the city and its workers, along

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water in the building’s basement. Aldermen later authorized the facility’s opening, though some work continued on the building.

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Mississippi State University football players hold up signs for newly hired head football coach Joe Moorhead during his first press conference on Nov. 30.

with major projects such as a $7.5 million infrastructure bond issue and an ongoing annexation study. Spruill is joined by a board of aldermen that features two new faces, in Ward 2’s Sandra Sistrunk, who returned to the board after defeating former alderman Lisa Wynn, and Patrick Miller, who succeeded former Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard.

Mullen era ends

The Dan Mullen era ended after nine years in Starkville. Mullen worked as the head coach for MSU football since arriving from a post as an offensive coordinator for the University of Florida in 2009. He left Starkville in late November to return to Florida, this time as a head coach. Mullen rejoins former Mississippi State University Athletic Director Scott Stricklin, who left the school for the same post at Florida in 2016. Mullen went 69-46 in his nine seasons in Starkville, after inheriting a program that went 32-65 in the eight years before he arrived. His record includes 2017’s 8-4 regular season. Less than a week after Mullen’s departure, MSU announced the hire of Pennsylvania State University offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.

Women’s basketball soars

The Mississippi State University women’s basketball team enjoyed a year of unprecedented success in the 2016-17 season, eclipsing even expectations set by a strong 2015-16 season that ended in a Sweet Sixteen loss to the University of Connecticut. The Bulldogs returned to the postseason, notching victories over the University of Washington and Baylor University in the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, respectively. They then avenged their loss against Connecticut with a 66-64 overtime victory in the Final Four in Dallas, Texas, thanks to

a Morgan William buzzer-beater. The victory snapped Connecticut’s nation-leading 111-game win streak. While the Bulldogs ultimately fell to the University of South Carolina, 67-55, in the national championship game, the postseason run was the best in program history. So far, the Bulldogs have started the 2017-18 campaign a perfect 14-0 as they head into Southeastern Conference play this evening at the University of Georgia. Only time will tell if they’ll match or surpass last year’s heights.

Transitions at SOCSD

The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District has experienced a year of transitions as several new faces have arrived on the district’s administrative team. Former superintendent Lewis Holloway, who helmed the district since 2012, retired at the end of June. In March, trustees hired Eddie Peasant, a former assistant superintendent with the Tupelo School District, to follow Holloway as SOCSD’s next superintendent. Peasant took over the district in the summer. He was joined by new assistant superintendent Christy Maulding, who replaced former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Education Jody Woodrum. More change is likely on the way for the district. Former Assistant Superintendent Toriano Holloway recently left SOCSD to head the Quitman School District as superintendent. His replacement has not yet been named.

New police station opens

The City of Starkville celebrated the opening of its new police station in October. The facility, which was completed after a $5.4 million renovation of the former city hall building, marks the end of a decades-long struggle for the city to find a permanent home for its police station, including a

failed vote on a $8.45 million bond issue in 2011. The new station is the first standalone facility the city has had for its police force. Its opening allowed the reunification of the police department in one location, after being scattered across Starkville for more than a year while construction was underway. Even the new facility experienced some difficulty in opening. An opening ceremony originally planned for late June was scuttled when the city learned of standing

City, county forge ahead on industrial park

Oktibbeha County and the City of Starkville have pushed ahead to provide a combined $14 million in public funding for an industrial park, despite a lingering legal challenge. The new industrial park sits on nearly 400 acres of land north of the Highway 82-Highway 389 intersection in north Starkville. Work is currently underway to clear the land of cultural artifacts. The park represents yet another effort by Starkville and Oktibbeha County to strengthen the local industrial base. Cornerstone Park, on High-

way 25, has struggled to attract industrial tenants due to a lack of power capacity. Another effort for a 326-acre site, dubbed the Innovation District, was abandoned in 2015 due to the discovery of unexpected cultural artifacts on the site. Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO has said the park is presently on schedule, with plans to start partial marketing by June 2019 and full marketing by December 2019. Still, property owners near the park have challenged a rezoning decision by the Starkville Board of Aldermen. The Oktibbeha County Circuit Court has affirmed the city’s decision, but the property owners have since appealed the matter to the state Supreme Court. That matter will likely continue to drag out in the months, if not years, to come.

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Top 2017 Mississippi stories include plane crash, union vote BY JEFF AMY The Associated Press

JACKSON — A military plane crashed in the Mississippi Delta, Nissan employees rejected a union and regulators said no to a power plant. Those were among Mississippi’s top news stories in 2017 — a year the Magnolia State celebrated the 200th anniversary of its admission to the Union. The bicentennial was punctuated by a visit from President Donald Trump to the state’s new history and civil rights museums, even though protesters said he had no business attending an event noting the African-American struggle for freedom. Other news was just tragic — eight deaths in a chain of shootings brought on by a domestic dispute, a tornado that killed four including a grandfather and grandson, and a train that hit a bus in a deadly crash. A look at these and other big stories in Mississippi:

Military plane crash

The nation’s attention focused on soybean fields outside Itta Bena in July when a military transport plane broke up in flight and slammed into the ground in a fiery disaster that killed 15 Marines and a Navy sailor. Authorities

spent days collecting remains and sifting through a miles-long debris field, trying to figure out why the KC-130 tumbled. A Marine general said something appeared to go wrong high in the air, but military officials have yet to release more information.

No to Nissan union

Workers at Mississippi’s largest auto assembly plant resoundingly rejected union representation in August, adding to decades of futility by the United Auto Workers at foreign-owned auto plants in the South. Nissan Motor Co. workers voted against the union almost 2-to-1 in an election with trappings of a partisan political campaign.

200 Candles for Mississippi

Mississippi marked the 200th anniversary of its admission to the Union with a yearlong program of events that climaxed with the opening of the state’s twin history and civil rights museums in Jackson. The civil rights museum won widespread praise for its unflinching look at Mississippi’s segregationist past and the struggle by African-Americans for equal rights. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant celebrated a visit by President Donald Trump on museums’

dedication day. Some civil rights veterans and others boycotted Trump’s visit.

Regulators pull plug on power plant

Regulators forced Mississippi Power Co. to abandon plans to fuel a power plant in Kemper County by converting coal into synthetic gas, saying the plant had grown too expensive and the technology remained uncertain. The decision in June forced Southern Co., the Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power, to absorb more than $6 billion in losses on the $7.5 billion plant, and dealt a blow to efforts to develop “clean coal” technology emitting less carbon dioxide.

Budget cuts hit state agencies

Community college and university students are paying higher tuition charges, Mississippi’s crime lab is running far behind in analyzing evidence, and some agencies laid off employees after state budget cuts. The Republican-led Legislature reduced spending in the face of shortfall caused by a stagnant economy and hundreds of millions in tax cuts.

Man charged with killing 8

A Mississippi man is charged with killing eight

Disasters pound North America in 2017; overall down globally BY SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

NEW ORLEANS — North America couldn’t catch a break in 2017. Parts of the United States were on fire, underwater or lashed by hurricane winds. Mexico shook with back-to-back earthquakes. The Caribbean got hit with a string of hurricanes. The rest of the world, however, was spared more than usual from the drumbeat of natural catastrophes. Preliminary research shows there were fewer disasters and deaths this year than on average, but economic damages were much higher. While overall disasters were down, they smacked big cities, which were more vulnerable because of increased development, said economist and geophysicist Chuck Watson of the consulting firm Enki Research.

In a year where U.S. and Caribbean hurricanes set a record $215 billion in damages, according to insurance giant Munich Re, no one in the continental U.S. died from storm surge, which traditionally is the No. 1 killer during hurricanes. Forecasters gave residents plenty of advance warning during a season where storms set records for strength and duration. “It’s certainly one of the worst hurricane seasons we’ve had,” National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini said. The globe typically averages about 325 disasters a year, but this year’s total through November was less than 250, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters at the University of Louvain in Belgium. They included flooding and monsoons in South Asia, landslides in Africa,

hurricane in Ireland, and cyclones in Australia and Central America. Colombia experienced two different bouts of floods and mudslides. Disasters kill about 30,000 people and affect about 215 million people a year. This year’s estimated toll was lower — about 6,000 people killed and 75 million affected. Was it random chance, statistical quirk or better preparedness? Experts aren’t certain, but say perhaps it’s a little bit of each. “This has been a particularly quiet year,” said Debarati Guha-Sapir who heads the disaster research center. “The thing is not to be ... complacent about this.” But quiet depends on where you live. The U.S. had gone more than a decade without a Category 3 storm or larger making landfall on the mainland.

people May 27 and 28, including a sheriff’s deputy and seven members of an extended family in Lincoln County. Police say Willie Cory Godbolt started shooting after the deputy responded to a call about Godbolt arguing with his estranged wife. Authorities say Godbolt then killed others in two additional locations as police searched for him.

Train slams stranded bus

A tour organized by a Texas senior citizens’ center ended in four deaths after their bus got stuck on a humped railroad crossing in Biloxi

and was hit by a freight train on March 7. Another 39 passengers and the driver were injured after the driver took a scenic route along beachfront U.S. 90 instead of Interstate 10.

Tornado rips Hattiesburg, Petal

A Jan. 21 tornado tore a 31-mile path across south Mississippi, killing four people and damaging or destroying more than 1,100 homes. One Hattiesburg woman lost both her father and her son, killed in separate houses in the same neighborhood. College students huddled in terror as the twister damaged every

building at William Carey University. More than $11 million in federal aid was allotted to governments and individuals to help them recover.

Burning death mistrial

Jurors in October claimed they’d reached a verdict in the trial of a man charged with burning a north Mississippi woman to death, only to have a juror say, “We didn’t all agree” when the judge polled them. The judge eventually declared a mistrial in the case against Quinton Tellis, who is accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in 2014. Prosecutors say they’ll retry Tellis.


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: TaxSlayer Bowl — MSU 31, Louisville 27

Late touchdown lifts MSU to bowl win

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Members of the Mississippi State football team celebrate a 31-27 victory over Louisville at Saturday’s TaxSlayer Bowl.

BY BRET T HUDSON [email protected]


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On the field, Aeris Williams was running for 15 yards and a first down. Louisville was burning all of its timeouts in a last-ditch effort to win while a senior defensive back Chucky Williams was being ejected for targeting. There remained a pocket of the Mississippi State sideline that had not the slightest of ideas that any of this was going on. All eyes were on safety Mark McLaurin.

McLaurin’s three interceptions of Louisville quarterback and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson made him the MVP of a 31-27 comeback win in the TaxSlayer Bowl for No. 24 MSU (9-4) over the Cardinals (8-4). It was a fitting cap to a breakout junior season for the Collins native: he led the team with 77 tackles and six

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interceptions on top of six pass breakups. His first two interceptions have MSU the ball on the Louisville 20-yard line and the 22, leading to six MSU points that the sputtering MSU offense needed. It was his third interception that nearly sealed the game. McLaurin saw the defensive line in front of him pressure Jackson and the blitzing cornerback add chaos on top of it, all while watching a Louisville receiver cross into his path on See BOWL, 4B

The Dispatch’s Small Schools All-Area Football Players of Year, Coach of Year

Methvin, Gray power offenses

Faver leads defense of champion

BY ADAM MINICHINO [email protected]

BY ADAM MINICHINO [email protected]

STARKVILLE — If there is such a thing as an “it factor,” Noah Methvin and Dontae Gray possess it. It just so happens the two-way senior standouts have different ways to display their brand of leadership. As a defensive back/quarterback Methvin for Starkville Academy, Methvin had a knack for finding photographers and cameramen, while Gray, a running b a c k /d e f e n s i v e back form Heritage Academy didn’t mind if he had his Gray picture taken or if he had his highlights on television. Despite having two different methods, Methvin and Gray were the engines that drove their teams. While Methvin was a verbal leader who infected his teammates with his confidence, Gray delivered the same intangible with a quiet demeanor. For their accomplishments, Methvin and Gray are The Dispatch’s Small Schools co-Offensive Players of the Year. “I think you’re born with it, whatever it is,” Starkville Academy coach Chase Nicholson said. “I think your decisions along the way are what shapes it.” Nicholson said he recalls a conversation he had with Methvin’s mother and having her tell him Noah was born with the ability to be a leader. Starkville Academy relied on Methvin’s poise and resolve to have a history-making season. It bounced back from a loss to Indianola Academy in the third week of the season to win See OFFENSE, 4B

STARKVILLE — Responsibility comes with age. It sounds simple, but Kyle Faver recognized early in the 2017 season he needed to play a bigger role if the Starkville Academy football team was going to have a season to remember. With Noah Methvin, a defensive lineman, splitting time with Ben Owens at quarterback, Faver realized that he and senior classmate Zach Barnes were Faver going to have to set the tone verbally and on the field for the Volunteers. “I had done I before,” Faver said. “I didn’t play my sophomore year, but I played my junior year and I had been around those guys and they were good leaders on the defense. I followed what they did and it was pretty easy because they set a good example.” Barnes and Faver must have learned a lot from previous Volunteers because Starkville Academy’s defense set the tone as one of the state’s best units. Starkville Academy solidified that claim with a 21-14 overtime victory against Indianola Academy on Nov. 18 at Jackson Academy. The victory helped Starkville Academy (13-1) end the season on an 11game winning streak and capture the program’s seventh state title. Faver was one of seven Volunteers — Will Miller, Matt Miller, Willie Latham, Howell Archer, Campbell Spivey, and Barnes — to record more than 100 tackles. With 115 tackles (65 solo), Faver finished second on the team to Will Miller in sacks with 13. He also led the team with five forced fumbles and was third with eight tackles and losses.

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Starkville Academy third-year football coach Chase Nicholson celebrates the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA state championship with daughter, Sky.

SIMPLY THE BEST Coach of Year Nicholson leads Starkville Academy to Class AAA state championship BY ADAM MINICHINO [email protected]


STARKVILLE — Real is better. Chase Nicholson has been coaching long enough to know he can’t fool his players. That’s why he didn’t try to mold his personality into the traditional perception of a football coach. He also tries to employ the same honest, energetic approach he uses as an Advanced Placement gover n ment /gover n ment economics teacher on the football field because he knows his players will be able to tell if he isn’t genuine.

“The real-life story is usually better than the movies,” Nicholson said. “I don’t know why they think they always need to change them up.” If that means some people feel Nicholson is cocky, that’s fine because Nicholson works with a positive attitude that dares his players not to believe they can accomplish anything they set their mind

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There is no better example than the 2017 season. While Starkville Academy had plenty of talent, the Volunteers didn’t have awe-inspiring size or speed. Instead, they relied on a team-first concept that required all 40 players to buy in, to play a role, and to give their all every play. To the credit of Nicholson and his coaching staff, the Volunteers did just that. The final step came in a 21-14 overtime victory against Indianola Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent See COACH, 5B


YEAR IN REVIEW: Top 10 MSU Stories for 2017

Bulldogs make memories during run BY ADAM MINICHINO [email protected]

STARKVILLE — There’s a “newbie” on the block. More than a month after his program’s first appearance in the national title game, Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer could sit behind the desk in his office in Mize Pavilion and exhale. He also could break out a label to slap on the Bulldogs that helped described the excitement they generated in their

initial appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. Along the way, MSU attracted plenty of attention. It defeated Troy and DePaul in front of raucous crowds at Humphrey Coliseum to advance to the Sweet 16. MSU then dispatched All-American and NCAA alltime leading scorer Kelsey Plum and Washington before upsetting Baylor in overtime in the Elite Eight. You want more? One year after losing to Connecticut by 60 points in the

Sweet 16, MSU delivered one of the biggest surprises — at least to everyone not dressed in maroon and white — in the history of college sports when it ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak in the national semifinals thanks to Morgan William’s shot at the buzzer. MSU tried to complete the marathon, but it fell short in losing to South Carolina 67-55 in the title game on April 2. Still, more than a month after beating UConn and losing See REVIEW, 5B

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Coach Vic Schaefer led the Mississippi State women’s basketball team to last season’s national championship game.


BRIEFLY Local Columbus boys fall in tournament championship

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Columbus High School dropped a 62-43 decision to North Mecklinburg (North Carolina) in the championship game of the Arby’s Classic Saturday night. A game-winning 3-pointer by Robert Woodard, II had lifted the Falcons into the championship game with a 58-55 win over Bearden (Tennessee) Friday night. Woodard scored 24 points, while Denijay Harris added 17 points in the Columbus victory. n Columbus girls win: At Glen, the Columbus girls’ basketball team knocked off McNairy Central 36-35 in the Alcorn Central Tournament Friday. Berniya Hardin scored 14 points, while Hannah White had 13 points for the Lady Falcons. n Starkville Academy boys, Oak Hill Academy boys each split pair: At Cumberland, the Starkville Academy boys dropped a 6141 decision to Choctaw County in the East Webster Christmas Classic Saturday night. Trey Tyler had 12 points for the Volunteers, while Raegan Richardson had 11 points. Friday at the tournament, the Starkville Academy boys beat Oak Hill Academy, 54-44. For the Volunteers, Brady Richardson had 14 points, followed by Kyle Faver with 12 points and Raegan Richardson with 11 points. Brady Richardson finished with a double-double thanks to 13 rebounds. For OHA, Reiley Tate had 25 points, while Taylor Allen had eight. On Saturday, Oak Hill Academy bounced back for a 67-61 win over Winston Academy. Tate had 27 points, while Ash Cullum had 16 points and Taylor Allen had 13 points. n Starkville Academy girls finish second: Also at the East Webster tournament, the Starkville Academy girls beat the host squad from East Webster, 51-35 Friday night. Mary Peyton Passons had 18 points and Mari Laci Archer had 13 points for the Lady Vols. In Saturday’s championship game, the Starkville Academy girls fell 55-44 to Choctaw County. n Victory Christian Academy boys win: At Meridian, Victory Christian Academy knocked off Clarksdale High School 83-49 in the Lamar School Christmas Tournament Saturday. For the Eagles, Quin Williams had 26 points, while Noah Smith had 13 points, Dallas Colom had 11 points and Solomon Hill had 10 points. n Starkville High squads sweep: At Columbus, the Starkville High School basketball teams took a pair of games from Jackson Academy at the New Hope Trojan Classic Friday, The Starkville girls moved to 12-1 with a 50-38 win, while the Starkville boys moved to 11-3 with a 76-50 win. For the Starkville girls, Tabreea Gandy had 13 points, while Jariyah Covington had 12 points. For the Starkville boys, Atavius Jones had 24 points, followed by Tyler Talley with 17 points and Jordan Temple with 13 points. n New Hope girls win: At Columbus, in the opening round of the New Hope Trojan Classic, the New Hope High School girls beat Memphis Douglass 55-33 Friday. n Heritage Academy splits tournament pair: At San Destin, Florida, the Heritage Academy boys’ basketball team split a pair of games at the Beach Blowout. On Friday, Dontae Gray had 23 points as the Patriots beat William Blount (Tennessee), 63-53. On Saturday, Eli Acker had 19 points and Josh Neal added 14 points as the Patriots fell 67-51 to St. Benedict (Tennessee). n Noxubee County boys win: At Columbus, in the New Hope Trojan Classic, the Noxubee County boys beat West Lowndes, 55-48 Saturday.

College Football Penn State grabs 11th win with Fiesta Bowl victory

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Saquon Barkley ran for two more scores and No. 9 Penn State outlasted No. 12 Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. Penn State (11-2), No. 9 in the final College Football Rankings, had its way with Washington’s vaunted defense early, building a 28-7 lead by the second quarter. Washington (10-3) woke up from an offensive slumber with two touchdowns and pulled to 35-28 on Myles Gaskins’ 69-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Huskies, No. 11 CFP, allowed Penn State to work the clock to under a minute on the next drive and gave up a season-high 545 total yards. n Iowa State 21, Memphis 20 (Liberty Bowl): At Memphis, Tennessee, Allen Lazard tied a Liberty Bowl record with 10 catches and put Iowa State ahead with a remarkable 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, and the Cyclones beat Memphis on the Tigers’ home field. Iowa State (8-5) held after losing its first fumble this season just as it appeared on the verge of scoring an insurance touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The Cyclones led 21-20 and had third-and-goal from the 1 when David Montgomery fumbled as he was crossing the goal line. Jonathan Cook recovered in the end zone for a touchback with 4:06 left. n Ohio State 24, Southern California 7 (Cotton Bowl, Friday): At Arlington, Texas, playoff-snubbed Ohio State got a bit defensive even without one of its best defenders in the Cotton Bowl. Damon Webb returned an interception for a touchdown after recovering a fumble to set up an early score and the No. 5 Buckeyes beat No. 8 Southern California 24-7 on Friday night in a matchup that traditionally has been in the Rose Bowl instead of deep in the heart of Texas. The Big Ten and Pac-12 champions would usually play New Year’s Day in Pasadena, but the Rose Bowl is a College Football Playoff semifinal game this season. Ohio State (12-2) instead quickly settled in at the NFL stadium where three years ago it won the first national championship in the four-team CFP format. The Buckeyes — with that bad loss at Iowa after an early setback to playoff team Oklahoma — were the first team left out this season.

College Basketball Butler shocks top-ranked Villanova from 3-point land

INDIANAPOLIS — Kelan Martin scored 24 points and Paul Jorgensen had a career-high 23 to help Butler upset No. 1 Villanova 101-93 on Saturday. It’s the second straight year the Bulldogs (12-3, 2-0 Big East) have ended Villanova’s perfect start. Jalen Brunson had 31 points and Mikal Bridges finished with 21 to help Villanova (13-1, 1-1) cut a 23-point deficit to six with 1:33 left. But Brunson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with a chance to make it a four-point game and the comeback bid fell short. It was a stunning twist for Villanova, which had won 10 of its 13 games by 14 or more points and was allowing 65.8 points per game. n Alabama 79, No. 5 Texas A&M 57: At Tuscaloosa, Alabama, John Petty made five 3-pointers and scored 18 points to help Alabama knock off Texas A&M 79-57 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. The Crimson Tide (9-4) rebounded from a lackluster performance against Texas to easily upset the short-handed Aggies (11-2). Texas A&M matched its highest ranking in the AP poll this week after a fourgame winning streak but got off to a rough start in league play. Alabama big man Donta Hall had 17 points and six rebounds as four players accounted for 67 points. Collin Sexton, the SEC’s leading scorer, had 16 points. Dazon Ingram also had 16 points. The Aggies were without leading scorer DJ Hogg, serving the second of a three-game suspension for violating school policy. With starting guard Admon Gilder also out with a knee injury, the Aggies struggled offensively. Tyler Davis and Robert Williams both had 14 points. n Arkansas 95, No. 19 Tennessee 93: At Fayetteville, Arkansas, Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford combined for 61 points and Arkansas rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit. The win is the sixth straight for the Razorbacks (11-2, 1-0). Macon finished with a career-high 33 points and Barford had a career-best 28 for the Razorbacks, who trailed by nine points with less than 7 minutes remaining in regulation. The seniors then scored Arkansas’ first 13 points in overtime. Jordan Bone scored 21 points to lead the Volunteers (9-3, 0-1). n Western Kentucky 82, Southern Mississippi 66: At Bowling Green, Kentucky, Darius Thompson hit the first of his four 3-pointers to spark a 10-0 run early and Western Kentucky cruised from there, defeating Southern Mississippi. The game was 2-2 when Thompson and Taveion Hollingsworth made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, then Justin Johnson and Dwight Coleby scored on the next two possessions for a 12-2 lead in less than 90 seconds. Coleby led with 20 points, converting 10 of 10 at the free throw line, and Thompson added 15 with seven assists. Johnson had 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Hilltoppers (10-5, 2-0 Conference USA), with a season-best 12 3-pointers, extended their steak of 3-pointers to 953 consecutive games, going back to 1987, fifth-longest in the nation. n Southern Mississippi women 96, Blue Mountain 46: At Hattiesburg, the Southern Miss women’s basketball team surged past Blue Mountain. Shonte Hailes and Jayla King paced the Southern Miss offense. Hailes led all scorers with 21 and King finished with 18. —From Special, Staff and Wire Reports

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CALENDAR College Football

Monday’s Game College Football Playoff Semifinal At: Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Alabama vs. Clemson, 7:50 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball

Today’s Game South Carolina at Ole Miss, 5 p.m. Tuesday’s Game Arkansas at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.

Women’s College Basketball

Today’s Games Ole Miss at Arkansas, 2 p.m. Missouri at Alabama, 2 p.m. Mississippi State at Georgia, 5 p.m.


COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. — Savannah State at Michigan State, Big Ten Network 1:30 p.m. — Providence at Creighton, FS1 3 p.m. — Memphis at Cincinnati, ESPNU 3 p.m. — Central Florida at East Carolina, ESPNEWS 4 p.m. — St. John’s at Seton Hall, FS1 5 p.m. — Georgia at Kentucky, ESPN 5 p.m. — South Carolina at Ole Miss, ESPN2 5 p.m. — Virginia Tech at Syracuse, ESPNU 7 p.m. — South Florida at SMU, ESPNU 8 p.m. — Washington St. at Southern California, ESPN2 NFL Noon — New York Jets at New England, WCBI Noon — Washington at New York Giants, WLOV 3:25 p.m. — Jacksonville at Tennessee, WCBI 3:25 p.m. — New Orleans at Tampa Bay, WLOV SOCCER 6 a.m. — Premier League, Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City, NBC Sports Network 10:30 a.m. — Premier League, West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal, NBC Sports Network WINTER SPORTS Noon — U.S. Olympic Trials: Ski Jumping, at Park City, Utah, WTVA WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. — Tulane at South Florida, ESPNU 11 a.m. — Tennessee at Kentucky, SEC Network 11:30 a.m. — Duke at Miami, Fox Sports South 1 p.m. — Maryland at Penn State, Big Ten Network 1 p.m. — Indiana at Ohio State, ESPN2 1 p.m. — Texas Tech at Baylor, ESPNU 1 p.m. — Texas A&M at South Carolina, SEC Network 1:30 p.m. — Louisville at North Carolina State, Fox Sports South 3 p.m. — Michigan at Iowa, Big Ten Network 3 p.m. — Florida at Auburn, ESPN2 3 p.m. — Vanderbilt at LSU, SEC Network 3:30 p.m. — West Virginia at Texas, Fox Sports South 5 p.m. — Mississippi State at Georgia, SEC Network


COLLEGE BASKETBALL 4 p.m. — West Virginia at Kansas State, ESPNU 6 p.m. — Texas at Iowa State, ESPNU 8 p.m. — Southern University at Texas Southern, ESPNU COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m. — Outback Bowl, Michigan vs South Carolina, at Tampa, Florida, ESPN2 11:40 a.m. — Peach Bowl, UCF vs. Auburn, at Atlanta, ESPN Noon — Citrus Bowl, Notre Dame vs. LSU, at Orlando, Florida, WTVA-ABC 4:10 p.m. — Rose Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal), Oklahoma vs. Georgia, at Pasadena, California, ESPN 7:50 p.m. — Sugar Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal), Clemson vs. Alabama, at New Orleans, ESPN NHL Noon — Winter Classic, N.Y. Rangers vs. Buffalo, at Citi Field, WTVA SOCCER 6:30 a.m. — Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Bournemouth, NBC Sports Network 9 a.m. — Premier League, Leicester City vs. Huddersfield Town, CNBC 9 a.m. — Premier League, Burnley vs. Liverpool, NBC Sports Network 11:30 a.m. — Premier League, Everton vs. Manchester United, NBC Sports Network


COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. — Penn State at Maryland, Big Ten Network 6 p.m. — Toledo at Buffalo, CBS Sports Network 6 p.m. — Indiana at Wisconsin, ESPN 6 p.m. — Michigan at Iowa, ESPN2 6 p.m. — Auburn at Tennessee, ESPNU 6 p.m. — TCU at Baylor, ESPN News 6 p.m. — Butler at Xavier, FS1 6 p.m. — Alabama at Vanderbilt, SEC Network 8 p.m. — Nebraska at Northwestern, Big Ten Network 8 p.m. — San Diego State at Colorado State, CBS Sports Network 8 p.m. — Texas Tech at Kansas, ESPN 8 p.m. — Florida at Texas A&M, ESPN2 8 p.m. — Pittsburgh at Louisville, ESPNU 8 p.m. — Georgetown at DePaul, FS1 8 p.m. — Arkansas at Mississippi State, SEC Network NBA 6 p.m. — Portland at Cleveland, NBA TV 9:30 p.m. — Memphis at L.A. Clippers, NBA TV NHL 6 p.m. — Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, NBC Sports Network 8:30 p.m. — Los Angeles at Edmonton, NBC Sports Network SOCCER 2 p.m. — Premier League, Swansea City vs. Tottenham, NBC Sports Network WINTER SPORTS 4:30 p.m. — U.S. Olympic Trials: Speed Skating, Women’s 3,000 and Men’s 5,000, at Milwaukee, NBC Sports Network WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. — Creighton at Seton Hall, FS2



EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 29 10 .744 — Toronto 24 10 .706 2½ New York 18 18 .500 9½ Philadelphia 15 19 .441 11½ Brooklyn 13 22 .371 14 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Washington 20 16 .556 — Miami 19 17 .528 1 Charlotte 13 22 .371 6½ Orlando 12 25 .324 8½ Atlanta 10 26 .278 10 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 24 12 .667 — Detroit 20 15 .571 3½ Milwaukee 19 15 .559 4 Indiana 19 17 .528 5 Chicago 13 22 .371 10½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Houston 25 9 .735 — San Antonio 25 12 .676 1½ New Orleans 18 18 .500 8 Dallas 12 25 .324 14½ Memphis 11 25 .306 15 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Minnesota 22 14 .611 — Oklahoma City 20 16 .556 2 Denver 19 16 .543 2½ Portland 18 17 .514 3½ Utah 16 21 .432 6½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB Golden State 29 8 .784 — L.A. Clippers 15 19 .441 12½ Phoenix 14 23 .378 15 Sacramento 12 23 .343 16 L.A. Lakers 11 23 .324 16½ Friday’s Games Washington 121, Houston 103 Toronto 111, Atlanta 98 Brooklyn 111, Miami 87 Chicago 119, Indiana 107 Dallas 128, New Orleans 120 Milwaukee 97, Oklahoma City 95 Phoenix 111, Sacramento 101 Charlotte 111, Golden State 100 L.A. Clippers 121, L.A. Lakers 106 Saturday’s Games Detroit 93, San Antonio 79 Miami 117, Orlando 111 New York 105, New Orleans 103 Atlanta 104, Portland 89 Utah 104, Cleveland 101 Golden State 141, Memphis 128 Philadelphia at Denver, late Today’s Games Chicago at Washington, 2:30 p.m. Minnesota at Indiana, 4 p.m. Brooklyn at Boston, 4:30 p.m. Charlotte at L.A. Clippers, 6 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 6 p.m. Memphis at Sacramento, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Monday’s Games Milwaukee at Toronto, 6:30 p.m. Orlando at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Portland at Chicago, 7 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Portland at Cleveland, 6 p.m. San Antonio at New York, 6:30 p.m. Atlanta at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Charlotte at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Satuday’s Men’s Major College Scores

EAST Binghamton 113, Elmira 65 Columbia 83, Maine 71 Duquesne 70, Dayton 62 George Washington 70, Saint Joseph’s 64 La Salle 83, Saint Louis 60 Manhattan 61, Fairfield 58 Miami 67, Pittsburgh 53 New Hampshire 83, Dartmouth 66 Norfolk St. 74, Stony Brook 68 Penn St. 88, Coppin St. 43 Rhode Island 83, George Mason 64 St. Bonaventure 98, UMass 78 Wichita St. 72, UConn 62 SOUTH Alabama 79, Texas A&M 57 Auburn 98, Cornell 77 Austin Peay 70, E. Illinois 54 Belmont 65, UT Martin 58 Charleston Southern 84, Longwood 43 Clemson 78, NC State 62 Coll. of Charleston 73, Towson 62 Delaware 58, UNC-Wilmington 56 Duke 100, Florida St. 93 Elon 90, Drexel 75 FIU 58, FAU 57 Florida 81, Vanderbilt 74 Furman 87, VMI 57 Gardner-Webb 58, Liberty 55 Jacksonville St. 76, Morehead St. 69 Marshall 78, Louisiana Tech 65 McNeese St. 72, Northwestern St. 63 Middle Tennessee 63, UAB 60 Mississippi St. 109, North Florida 81 Murray St. 87, SIU-Edwardsville 63 N. Kentucky 86, Ill.-Chicago 51 NC Central 75, St. Andrews 55 Nicholls 77, Incarnate Word 60 North Carolina 73, Wake Forest 69 Northeastern 81, James Madison 70 Old Dominion 89, Charlotte 58 Radford 78, Presbyterian 62 Richmond 69, Davidson 58 SC-Upstate 80, North Greenville 59 Samford 73, Chattanooga 56 Tennessee Tech 77, E. Kentucky 69 UNC-Asheville 85, Campbell 79 UNC-Greensboro 71, Wofford 67 VCU 76, Fordham 63 Virginia 59, Boston College 58 W. Carolina 81, The Citadel 79 W. Kentucky 82, Southern Miss. 66 William & Mary 90, Hofstra 87 Winthrop 76, High Point 60 Yale 89, Kennesaw St. 74 MIDWEST Butler 101, Villanova 93 Fort Wayne 92, Concordia (MI) 59 Green Bay 80, Oakland 79 Illinois 62, Grand Canyon 58 Loyola of Chicago 66, Evansville 59 Marquette 74, Georgetown 65 Michigan 76, Jacksonville 51 Milwaukee 87, Detroit 79 Minnesota 65, Harvard 55 N. Dakota St. 99, Jamestown 50 Northwestern 95, Brown 73 Notre Dame 68, Georgia Tech 59 Ohio St. 72, Miami (Ohio) 59 Purdue 98, Lipscomb 66 Rio Grande 80, Hampton 69 S. Dakota St. 111, Presentation College 68 South Dakota 82, Denver 71 W. Michigan 92, Chicago St. 71 Wisconsin 82, Mass.-Lowell 53 Wright St. 60, IUPUI 52 Xavier 77, DePaul 72 SOUTHWEST Abilene Christian 75, Sam Houston St. 72 Arkansas 95, Tennessee 93, OT Houston 76, Temple 73 Lamar 77, Texas A&M-CC 72 New Orleans 64, Houston Baptist 57 North Texas 72, UTSA 71 Oklahoma 90, TCU 89 Oral Roberts 93, Nebraska-Omaha 74 UTEP 80, Rice 62 FAR WEST Colorado St. 59, San Jose St. 52 Fresno St. 71, Air Force 59 Gonzaga 101, Santa Clara 52 Hawaii 84, Howard 59 Idaho St. 62, Weber St. 60 Long Beach St. 77, Texas A&M International 59 Montana 79, S. Utah 49 Montana St. 76, N. Arizona 73, OT Nevada 77, New Mexico 74 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 74, BYU 64, OT San Diego 74, Pepperdine 66 San Francisco 84, Portland 61 Seattle 95, UC Riverside 71 UC Davis 89, Holy Names 62 Utah Valley 87, Cal St.-Fullerton 78

Mississippi State 109, North Florida 81

NORTH FLORIDA (5-11): Horchler 2-8 0-0 4, Aminu 4-10 5-6 13, Gandia-Rosa 3-9 3-4 12, Escobar 5-10 0-0 14, Burkhardt 3-4 0-1 9, Day 6-12 5-6 17, Driscoll 0-0 0-0 0, Coffey 1-3 0-0 3, Blount 3-4 2-2 9, Haid 0-0 0-0 0, Lambright 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 15-19 81. MISSISSIPPI ST. (12-1): Holman 10-12 2-2 23, Ado 2-3 1-6 5, Carter 4-6 2-2 11, N.Weatherspoon 3-5 5-6 11, Q.Weatherspoon 7-10 2-2 18, Storm 0-0 0-0 0, Feazell 4-7 1-1 9, Datcher 3-4 0-0 6, Peters 1-4 0-0 2, Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Stapleton 6-10 1-1 16, Singleton 1-1 0-0 2, Wright 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 44-71 14-20 109. Halftime—Mississippi St. 47-43. 3-Point Goals—North Florida 12-29 (Escobar 4-7, Burkhardt 3-4, Gandia-Rosa 3-7, Coffey 1-1, Blount 1-1, Aminu 0-2, Lambright 0-2, Day 0-2, Horchler 0-3), Mississippi St. 7-18 (Stapleton 3-5, Q.Weatherspoon 2-3, Carter 1-2, Holman 1-2, Feazell 0-1, N.Weatherspoon 0-1, Peters 0-2, Wright 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—North Florida 18 (Day 4), Mississippi St. 44 (Ado 9). Assists—North Florida 12 (Gandia-Rosa 7), Mississippi St. 24 (Q.Weatherspoon 6). Total Fouls—North Florida 13, Mississippi St. 21. A—7,764 (10,575).

Alabama 79, No. 5 Texas A&M 57

TEXAS A&M (11-2): T.Davis 6-12 1-1 14, Trocha-Morelos 2-7 2-4 7, Wilson 3-11 3-3 9, Chandler 2-8 2-3 6, Flagg 2-7 0-0 4, Jasey 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 5-10 4-7 14, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Starks 1-10 0-0 2, Caldwell 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 2170 13-20 57. ALABAMA (9-4): Key 1-3 0-0 2, Hall 7-8 3-3 17, Ingram 5-12 5-6 16, Petty 6-10 1-1 18, Sexton 3-12 9-10 16, Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Barnes 0-0 0-0 0, Reese 0-0 0-0 0, Giddens 1-4 0-0 2, Jones 2-3 0-2 4, Schaffer 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 26-57 20-24 79. Halftime—Alabama 35-28. 3-Point Goals— Texas A&M 2-21 (T.Davis 1-1, Trocha-Morelos 1-4, Collins 0-1, Caldwell 0-1, Jasey 0-1, Starks 0-3, Wilson 0-3, Flagg 0-3, Chandler 0-4), Alabama 7-23 (Petty 5-9, Ingram 1-6, Sexton 1-6, Johnson 0-1, Key 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Texas A&M 37 (Flagg 9), Alabama 41 (Jones 9). Assists—Texas A&M 9 (Wilson, Chandler 3), Alabama 14 (Ingram, Petty 3). Total Fouls—Texas A&M 19, Alabama 20. A—14,218 (15,383).

Friday’s Men’s Major College Scores

EAST Boston U. 90, Army 82 Bucknell 84, American U. 55 CCSU 72, St. Francis (Pa.) 68 Canisius 77, Rider 76 Colgate 79, Holy Cross 74 Fairleigh Dickinson 82, LIU Brooklyn 71 Iona 98, Niagara 93, OT Lehigh 79, Lafayette 74 Loyola (Md.) 72, Navy 63 Marist 63, Siena 58 Robert Morris 68, Bryant 54 St. Francis Brooklyn 73, Sacred Heart 68 Toledo 85, Penn 72 Wagner 76, Mount St. Mary’s 57 SOUTH Appalachian St. 66, Texas State 62 Coastal Carolina 90, Texas-Arlington 65 Florida Gulf Coast 76, Florida Memorial 42 Georgia Southern 86, Troy 80 Kentucky 90, Louisville 61 Maryland 66, UMBC 45 South Alabama 86, Georgia St. 64 Southern U. 98, Ecclesia 57 MIDWEST Akron 86, Concord (WV) 49 Ball St. 75, Florida A&M 54 Cent. Michigan 91, Lawrence Tech 73 E. Michigan 67, Rochester College 48 Idaho 74, North Dakota 57 Indiana 79, Youngstown St. 51 Iowa 98, N. Illinois 75 Kansas St. 91, Iowa St. 75 Michigan St. 111, Cleveland St. 61 Nebraska 71, Stetson 62 Ohio 65, Northwestern Ohio 58 SOUTHWEST Arkansas St. 75, Louisiana-Monroe 64 Kansas 92, Texas 86 Louisiana-Lafayette 77, UALR 63 Prairie View 110, Jarvis Christian 80 Texas Tech 77, Baylor 53 West Virginia 85, Oklahoma St. 79 FAR WEST N. Colorado 88, E. Washington 75 Oregon St. 76, Colorado 57 UCLA 96, Washington St. 82 Utah 66, Oregon 56 Washington 88, Southern Cal 81

Saturday’s Women’s Major College Scores

EAST Albany (NY) 76, Dartmouth 61 Marist 69, Monmouth (NJ) 46 Niagara 73, Iona 59 Princeton 77, UMBC 40 Siena 71, Rider 67 Villanova 63, Providence 55 SOUTH Austin Peay 69, E. Illinois 59 Belmont 65, UT Martin 63 Charleston Southern 68, Wofford 45 Cincinnati 66, East Carolina 54 E. Kentucky 76, Tennessee Tech 68 FAU 65, UMKC 55 FIU 80, Vermont 70 Florida Gulf Coast 82, Florida Memorial 43 Gardner-Webb 82, Converse 59 Jackson St. 88, Philander Smith 56 Jacksonville St. 70, Morehead St. 64 Marshall 96, Alice Lloyd 46 McNeese St. 72, Northwestern St. 67 Mercer 90, Charlotte 74 N. Kentucky 62, Green Bay 54 New Orleans 70, Houston Baptist 52 Norfolk St. 64, Longwood 45 Old Dominion 52, SC State 35 Presbyterian 76, Furman 75 Radford 75, Virginia Wise 43 SC-Upstate 66, NC Central 61 SIU-Edwardsville 75, Murray St. 70 Samford 66, Hampton 61 Southern Miss. 96, Blue Mountain 46 Stetson 58, Delaware St. 43 UCF 76, Temple 46 MIDWEST Buffalo 89, Akron 66 Cent. Michigan 69, Ball St. 65 Cleveland St. 75, Detroit 50 Creighton 69, Georgetown 58 IUPUI 82, Ill.-Chicago 46 Kent St. 67, E. Michigan 60 Miami (Ohio) 67, N. Illinois 65 Oakland 58, Youngstown St. 48 Oral Roberts 82, Nebraska-Omaha 53 SE Missouri 71, Tennessee St. 66 South Dakota 79, Denver 51 Tulsa 67, Wichita St. 62 W. Illinois 100, Fort Wayne 64 W. Michigan 67, Bowling Green 58 Wright St. 56, Milwaukee 51 SOUTHWEST Abilene Christian 83, Sam Houston St. 65 Houston 85, SMU 75 Incarnate Word 64, Nicholls 62 Lamar 70, Texas A&M-CC 31 North Texas 63, Oklahoma Panhandle State 41 Rice 67, Columbia 44 FAR WEST Boise St. 69, UNLV 60 CS Northridge 67, Seattle 62 Colorado St. 63, San Jose St. 48 E. Washington 74, North Dakota 70 Fresno St. 64, Air Force 58 Gonzaga 63, Santa Clara 51 Loyola Marymount 75, Pacific 60 Montana 81, S. Utah 71 Montana St. 81, N. Arizona 39 N. Colorado 78, Idaho 72 New Mexico 72, Nevada 68 Pepperdine 66, San Diego 62 Portland St. 74, Sacramento St. 73 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 57, BYU 49 San Francisco 84, Portland 75 Utah St. 62, San Diego St. 58 Weber St. 76, Idaho St. 70

Friday’s Women’s Major College Scores

EAST American U. 68, Bucknell 58 Boston U. 60, Army 59 Drexel 74, Delaware 53 Fairfield 56, Canisius 52 Fordham 70, UC Davis 62 Hartford 78, Yale 70 Holy Cross 71, Colgate 64 James Madison 55, Hofstra 42 LIU Brooklyn 61, St. Francis Brooklyn 59 Lehigh 70, Lafayette 45 Mount St. Mary’s 68, CCSU 56 Navy 73, Loyola (Md.) 44 New Hampshire 48, Cornell 45 Northeastern 70, Towson 61 Penn 77, NJIT 38 Robert Morris 77, Fairleigh Dickinson 68 St. Francis (Pa.) 89, Sacred Heart 48 Wagner 75, Bryant 66 SOUTH Coastal Carolina 89, Texas-Arlington 76 Duke 68, Liberty 51 ETSU 90, North Greenville 67 Elon 75, UNC-Wilmington 67 FAU 90, Delaware St. 67 Florida Gulf Coast 87, S. Dakota St. 78 Howard 63, Campbell 61 Lipscomb 66, Alabama A&M 50 Louisiana Tech 87, Alcorn St. 50 South Alabama 88, Georgia St. 52 Texas State 69, Appalachian St. 54 Troy 88, Georgia Southern 47 VCU 69, Long Beach St. 59 W. Kentucky 88, Lee University 64 William & Mary 68, Coll. of Charleston 54 MIDWEST Drake 86, Valparaiso 50 Missouri St. 77, Indiana St. 63 N. Dakota St. 97, Dakota State 42 N. Iowa 70, Loyola of Chicago 41 S. Illinois 74, Evansville 62 UMKC 67, Stetson 50 Xavier 69, Butler 62 SOUTHWEST Arkansas St. 76, Louisiana-Monroe 62 Texas A&M-Commerce 69, UTSA 60 UALR 78, Louisiana-Lafayette 43 FAR WEST Arizona St. 72, Colorado 47 Cal Poly 59, CS Bakersfield 57 California 76, Southern Cal 64 Oregon 89, Washington St. 56 Oregon St. 75, Washington 63 Stanford 76, UCLA 65 UC Santa Barbara 77, New Mexico St. 47 UTEP 92, Cal St.-Fullerton 91 Utah 89, Arizona 55 Utah Valley 78, Antelope Valley College 54



AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England 12 3 0 .800 432 290 Buffalo 8 7 0 .533 280 343 Miami 6 9 0 .400 265 371 N.Y. Jets 5 10 0 .333 292 356 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Jacksonville 10 5 0 .667 407 253 Tennessee 8 7 0 .533 319 346 Houston 4 11 0 .267 325 414 Indianapolis 3 12 0 .200 241 391 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Pittsburgh 12 3 0 .800 378 284 Baltimore 9 6 0 .600 368 272 Cincinnati 6 9 0 .400 259 322 Cleveland 0 15 0 .000 210 382 West W L T Pct PF PA y-Kansas City 9 6 0 .600 388 315 L.A. Chargers 8 7 0 .533 325 262 Oakland 6 9 0 .400 291 343 Denver 5 10 0 .333 265 355 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-Philadelphia 13 2 0 .867 457 289 Dallas 8 7 0 .533 348 332 Washington 7 8 0 .467 332 370 N.Y. Giants 2 13 0 .133 228 378 South W L T Pct PF PA x-New Orleans 11 4 0 .733 424 295 x-Carolina 11 4 0 .733 353 305 Atlanta 9 6 0 .600 331 305 Tampa Bay 4 11 0 .267 304 358 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Minnesota 12 3 0 .800 359 242 Detroit 8 7 0 .533 375 365 Green Bay 7 8 0 .467 309 349 Chicago 5 10 0 .333 254 297 West W L T Pct PF PA y-L.A. Rams 11 4 0 .733 465 295 Seattle 9 6 0 .600 342 306 Arizona 7 8 0 .467 269 337 San Francisco 5 10 0 .333 297 370 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Today’s Games N.Y. Jets at New England, Noon Washington at N.Y. Giants, Noon Chicago at Minnesota, Noon

Dallas at Philadelphia, Noon Green Bay at Detroit, Noon Cleveland at Pittsburgh, Noon Houston at Indianapolis, Noon Cincinnati at Baltimore, 3:25 p.m. New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 3:25 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 3:25 p.m. Jacksonville at Tennessee, 3:25 p.m. Buffalo at Miami, 3:25 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 3:25 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Rams, 3:25 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Chargers, 3:25 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 3:25 p.m.

Bowl Schedule

Friday, Dec. 29 Belk Bowl At Charlotte, North Carolina Wake Forest 55, Texas A&M 52 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas North Carolina State 52, Arizona State 31 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tennessee Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23 Arizona Bowl At Tucson, Arizona New Mexico State 26, Utah State 20 Cotton Bowl Classic At Arlington, Texas Ohio State 24, Southern Cal 7 Saturday, Dec. 30 TaxSlayer Bowl At Jacksonville, Florida Mississippi State 31, Louisville 27 Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tennessee Iowa State 21, Memphis 20 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Arizona Penn State 28, Washington 14 Orange Bowl At Miami Gardens, Florida Wisconsin (12-1) vs. Miami (10-2), late

Monday, Jan. 1 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Florida Michigan (8-4) vs. South Carolina (8-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN2) Peach Bowl At Atlanta Central Florida (12-0) vs. Auburn (10-3), 11:30 a.m. (ESPN) Citrus Bowl At Orlando, Florida Notre Dame (9-3) vs. LSU (9-3), Noon (WKDH-WTVA) Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal) At Pasadena, California Oklahoma (12-1) vs. Georgia (12-1), 4:10 p.m. (ESPN) Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal) At New Orleans Clemson (12-1) vs. Alabama (11-1), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Monday, Jan. 8 College Football Championship At Atlanta Rose Bowl winner vs. Sugar Bowl winner, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Mississippi State 31, Louisville 27

Louisville 7 14 3 3—27 Mississippi St. 14 3 0 1 4 —31 First Quarter MSST—Ae.Williams 5 run (Christmann kick), 10:47 LOU—Standberry 5 pass from L.Jackson (Creque kick), 6:35 MSST—K.Thompson 14 run (Christmann kick), 3:11 Second Quarter LOU—L.Jackson 13 run (Creque kick), 10:29 MSST—FG Christmann 23, 4:21 LOU—Ja.Smith 11 pass from L.Jackson (Creque kick), :19 Third Quarter LOU—FG Creque 23, 3:14 Fourth Quarter MSST—K.Thompson 2 run (Christmann kick), 13:22 LOU—FG Creque 31, 7:38 MSST—K.Thompson 1 run (Christmann kick), 3:39 A—41,310. First downs Rushes-yards Passing Comp-Att-Int Return Yards Punts-Avg. Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession

LOU MSST 20 23 39-187 55-277 171 127 13-31-4 11-20-1 59 152 4-39.5 4-33.75 1-0 2-2 6-42 11-100 30:21 29:39

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Louisville, L.Jackson 24-158, M.Williams 5-13, Bonnafon 7-13, Dae.Williams 3-3. Mississippi St., K.Thompson 27-147, Ae.Williams 12-88, Hill 8-29, Gibson 6-13, Je. Jackson 1-1, (Team) 1-(minus 1). PASSING—Louisville, L.Jackson 13-31-4-171. Mississippi St., K.Thompson 11-20-1-127. RECEIVING—Louisville, Ja.Smith 7-107, Dawkins 3-38, Standberry 2-10, Averett 1-16. Mississippi St., Je.Jackson 3-38, Jordan Thomas 2-36, Todd 2-32, Couch 2-28, D.Thomas 2-(minus 7). MISSED FIELD GOALS—Louisville, Creque 37. Mississippi St., Christmann 42.



EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay 37 27 8 2 56 139 93 Toronto 39 23 14 2 48 132 112 Boston 36 20 10 6 46 109 94 Florida 37 16 16 5 37 106 121 Montreal 38 16 18 4 36 100 120 Detroit 37 14 16 7 35 100 118 Ottawa 36 12 16 8 32 98 123 Buffalo 38 10 20 8 28 84 126 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA New Jersey 37 22 9 6 50 119 108 Washington 39 23 13 3 49 118 111 Columbus 39 22 14 3 47 113 109 N.Y. Rangers 38 20 13 5 45 120 107 N.Y. Islanders 38 20 14 4 44 135 133 Carolina 37 18 12 7 43 104 111 Pittsburgh 39 19 17 3 41 110 124 Philadelphia 38 16 14 8 40 106 109 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Winnipeg 39 22 11 6 50 129 110 Nashville 37 22 10 5 49 120 104 St. Louis 40 23 15 2 48 116 100 Dallas 39 21 15 3 45 116 112 Minnesota 38 20 15 3 43 110 110 Chicago 37 18 14 5 41 109 102 Colorado 37 18 16 3 39 117 119 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vegas 36 25 9 2 52 126 103 Los Angeles 38 22 11 5 49 111 88 San Jose 35 20 11 4 44 98 86 Anaheim 39 17 14 8 42 104 113 Calgary 38 18 16 4 40 104 111 Edmonton 38 17 18 3 37 114 121 Vancouver 38 16 17 5 37 103 123 Arizona 40 9 26 5 23 92 141 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffs. Friday’s Games Buffalo 4, New Jersey 3, OT Detroit 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, SO Philadelphia 5, Tampa Bay 3 Carolina 2, Pittsburgh 1 Ottawa 5, Columbus 4 Minnesota 4, Nashville 2 Winnipeg 4, N.Y. Islanders 2 Dallas 4, St. Louis 2 Colorado 4, Toronto 3, OT Chicago 4, Edmonton 3, OT Anaheim 2, Calgary 1 Saturday’s Games Boston 5, Ottawa 0 Washington 5, New Jersey 2 Florida 2, Montreal 0 Nashville 3, Minnesota 0 St. Louis 3, Carolina 2 Los Angeles at Vancouver, late Today’s Games Toronto at Vegas, 2:30 p.m. Arizona at Anaheim, 3 p.m. Tampa Bay at Columbus, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Detroit, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Edmonton, 6 p.m. San Jose at Dallas, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Colorado, 7 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 8 p.m. Monday’s Game N.Y. Rangers vs. Buffalo at Citi Field, Noon Tuesday’s Games Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. Washington at Carolina, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. San Jose at Montreal, 6:30 p.m. New Jersey at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Florida at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Columbus at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Colorado, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m. Nashville at Vegas, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 9 p.m.


Saturday’s Moves

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Recalled F Ivan Rabb from Memphis (NBAGL). FOOTBALL National Football League GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed C Corey Linsley to a contract extension. Signed FB Joe Kerridge from the practice squad. Placed LB Nick Perry on injured reserve. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed C Cornelius Edison from the practice squad. Placed LS Kevin McDermott on injured reserve. NEW YORK GIANTS — Fired vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross. Signed OL Adam Bisnowaty, OL Nick Becton and TE Ryan O’Malley from the practice squad. NEW YORK JETS — Placed RBs Matt Forte and Akeem Judd on injured reserve. Signed WR-KR Lucky Whitehead and RB Jahad Thomas from the practice squad. Signed WR Dan Williams to the practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS — Reassigned D Andy Welinski to San Diego (AHL).

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New Hope Trojan Classic

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The New Hope Trojan Classic was held Friday and Saturday. In the photos above, Noxubee County’s Dyklan Malone (2) drives against West Lowndes’ Jalan Brewer (14); West Lowndes’ Ariel Boswell (22) fights a player from Memphis Douglass for a rebound; New Hope’s Tyler Stevenson (14) pulls downs a rebound against Durant. At right, New Hope’s Imoni Harris (15) defends Douglass’ Antonika Jones (22); Stevenson (14) drives to the basket against Durant. —Prep Roundup, Page 2B

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: TaxSlayer Bowl — MSU 31, Louisville 27

Moorhead assumes watch role for second time in coaching career BY BRET T HUDSON [email protected]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As much as he doesn’t like it, Joe Moorhead has actually done this before. When he left Fordham to take over as Penn State’s offensive coordinator two years ago, Penn State was in the TaxSlayer Bowl, so he made the trip to Jacksonville to watch the game without coaching it. It’s not the most delightful of experiences for people in his profession; he had to repeat it Saturday. Moorhead was at EverBank Field Saturday in a suite with Mississippi State Director of Athletics John Cohen and two of his newly hired assistant coaches, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and running backs coach

Charles Huff to see No. 24 MSU (9-4) beat Louisville (8-5) 31-27. He had one priority. “Root, root, root for the home team,” Moorhead said Friday night after the Dawg Talk radio show in Jacksonville. “Hope for this team and these seniors, this is their journey and I hope they finish it the right way.” Moorhead may have had the option to be on the sidelines, but elected to stay away in order to not be a distraction for the team trying to win a game. He said he stayed away from the team’s practices in Jacksonville for the same reason. He also knew he would be far from resigned while watching the game in the suite. “I don’t think that any coach can do anything

passively, so it’s going to be an active viewing of the game,” Moorhead said. “I’m going to root hard the kids and obviously you’re going to see what you see, so you’ll make some evaluations but it’s hard when they’re not necessarily running the schemes they’re going to be running in the fall.” That evaluation — and everything else about installing the Moorhead era in earnest — begins now. As Moorhead put it, “There’s a lot on the agenda.” Moorhead said he’s had a few limited conversations with players as they moved between meetings while in Starkville preparing for the game, but one of his first orders of business will be to spend Jan. 10 and 11 taking 15 to 20

minutes with each player 1-on-1. Those meetings will come after he meets with the staff on the morning of Jan. 3 to, “go through every department in the program.” For the moment, that entails the January weightlifting and conditioning program and piecing together the schedule for spring practice, in addition to the staff’s plan for January recruiting. First, that means finishing the staff. Moorhead has to fill assumed vacancies at wide receivers coach, defensive line coach, linebackers coach and cornerbacks coach; he said plans to have those finalized by the end of the first week of January. The NCAA’s new rule allowing programs to hire a 10th on-field assistant

takes effect on Jan. 9, and he said he will use that position to hire a special teams coordinator and will make that hire within a week of the rule going into effect. Moorhead’s aggressive plan in that regard is partly a ploy to have nearly the entire staff assembled by Jan. 12, when coaches can hit the road recruiting again. Moorhead said in December MSU will have four or five scholarships left in its 2018 class to grant before the February signing period. Once he gets done with that, the NCAA allows a certain amount of meeting time per week with coaches and players, and that’s where the installation process will truly begin with Moorhead’s offense and Shoop’s defense.

Moorhead recently pushed back the spring schedule two weeks to get more time in that phase. The Maroon & White Game was previously scheduled for April 7, but now has been moved back to April 21, a move Moorhead said was exclusively to get more meeting time with assistants and make the most of the spring practice period. The unknowns of the Moorhead era will still loom large as January comes, but he can rest with one certainty: when Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson’s final pass attempt hit the ground and MSU won the TaxSlayer Bowl, the team became his. Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

Notebook: Knox wins coaching debut; McLaurin, defense dominate BY BRET T HUDSON [email protected]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mississippi State interim head football coach Greg Knox met with his starting quarterback for the month, Keytaon Thompson, as soon as MSU turned its attention from the Dan Mullen departure to the TaxSlayer Bowl. Knox knew a freshman backup might not have as much of the playbook as his predecessor, so Knox decided to attack it head on. Instead of spending all of bowl practice finding out what Thompson can run well and what he can’t, he just handed Thompson a game plan sheet and told him to highlight what he felt comfortable with. The end result was somewhere in the range of 50 to 60 plays. A theme showed itself: Thompson would be doing a lot of running. That is exactly what happened Saturday, as Thompson’s

first college start saw him run 27 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for 127 yards as No. 24 MSU (9-4) beat Louisville (8-5) 31-27 in comeback fashion. MSU trailed twice in the second half; both times, a Thompson rushing touchdown erased that lead. “We knew going into the game he had to run the football,” Knox said. “If you go back and look at Mississippi State over the years, when Nick Fitzgerald ran the ball for 100 yards, we were winning football games. “We knew (Thompson) had to run the ball. We didn’t care if he was a freshman, we didn’t care if he was starting his first game.” The heavy rushing workload also could have served as a confidence booster for a freshman in his first start, but Thompson said he didn’t need it. “I came out really confident,” Thompson said. “I thought

we would come out, score on the first drive and continue to score; they made some adjustments as we knew they would and we had to adjust on the fly. “A few guys thought I was going to be nervous, but I felt confident. I have a great offensive line, I have a great defense, I have great running backs, I have great receivers, there’s nothing to be nervous about.” Thompson showed that on his first play from scrimmage: On a 29-yard completion to tight end Jordan Thomas, Thompson said Thomas was actually his third read. It was only after scanning his first and second options did he find Thomas open for the first play of what was a six-play, 56-yard touchdown drive.

Rankin, Bryant missed halves

MSU safety Brandon Bryant did not play at all in the first half and was only seen sparingly in the second half, including once

as part of MSU’s kickoff team when he drew and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Left tackle Martinas Rankin did not play in the second half with an ankle injury. The injury is not expected to hinder the senior as he prepares for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Sack party

One of the most elusive quarterbacks in college football history, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, was sacked six times by the MSU defense for a total of 42 yards lost. While MSU did bring some of its trademark exotic blitzes it used so often over the regular season, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said after the game MSU didn’t blitz as much as he expected it to. That meant a lot of the behind-the-line production was left to the defensive line, which did not disappoint. “We knew their offensive line was as dominant as us and our defensive linemen came

into the game thinking we were going to win our 1-on-1s,” MSU defensive tackle and Macon native Jeffery Simmons said. “Especially their center, their center was going to be a good matchup for me because he wasn’t too good. We came out, played to our standard and had a great night.” Simmons had two tackles, one for a loss, with 0.5 sacks.

History made

MSU safety Mark McLaurin, in intercepting Jackson three times, became the first Bulldog to do so since Richie Brown had three interceptions against Texas A&M in 2014. He is the first MSU player to have three interceptions in a bowl game. Running back and West Point native Aeris Williams’ 88 yards pushed his season total to 1,107, which is eighth in MSU single-season history. Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @ Brett_Hudson

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Mississippi State 109, North Florida 81

Bulldogs’ hot shooting puts away Ospreys BY SCOT T WALTERS [email protected]

STARKVILLE — It was hard to find anyone who left Humphrey Coliseum without a higher level of confidence Saturday afternoon. Mississippi State shot 62 percent from the floor while beating North Florida 109-81 in the final non-conference game of the season. Southeastern Conference play begins Tuesday when Arkansas comes to the Hump. “I think we need to start conference play right now,” MSU junior

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forward Aric Holman said. “Everyone is feeling good right now. That is when you want to start playing conference games. When everybody has that good feeling and the team is play well, you want to see how you measure up.” MSU improved to 12-1 — its

best start since the 2011-12 season, while scoring the most points in a game under third-year coach Ben Howland. It was the most points for the Bulldogs since scoring 123 points in a win over Troy in 1995. Howland is quick to caution all 18 league games will come against opponents he feels are better than the 12 teams MSU has beaten. The lone non-conference loss was a 6550 setback at Cincinnati. “Basically, we have 18 CincinLuisa Porter/Dispatch Staff natis coming around the corner,” Mississippi State’s Abdul Ado pulls down one of his See MSU, 7B game-high nine rebounds against North Florida.

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Continued from Page 1B a slant. “I didn’t think he was going to throw it,” McLaurin said, “but I stepped up and it was just sitting there.” McLaurin spent the next 10 minutes as the toast of the MSU sideline, receiving lengthy embraces from safeties coach and interim defensive coordinator Ron English and cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley. In hindsight, the latter two men deserve almost as much credit for McLaurin’s interceptions as he does. McLaurin credited the weeks of film study and preparation for his positioning throughout the game. The differences for his position may not have been drastic, but the difference in the defense as a whole was certainly enough for Louisville. Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino noticed a difference in the defense English ran from the one run all season by former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. “I thought they didn’t blitz as much as I was expecting,” Petrino said. “They started off playing pretty base; they were a situational blitz team and


they did that. They didn’t do anything that we didn’t practice for or prepare for.” Afterward, Petrino and Jackson bounced around a few theories for the interceptions: MSU cornerback Cameron Dantzler also intercepted Jackson to make four in total. Petrino said all interceptions can be attributed to the entire team; Jackson responded by claiming they were all miscommunications on his part, a claim Petrino quickly deemed as false. Whatever the culprit, McLaurin said the MSU defense, “played, reacted and had fun today.” After the month the team endured leading up to the game, fun was exactly what it needed. The wake of the Dan Mullen departure left its mark on a team that was made clear in celebrating the bowl game win. D.J. Looney — in his first year coaching the tight ends at his alma mater — had tears in his eyes as he celebrated with both tight ends and offensive linemen. (Looney took

on the offensive line coach role after former position coach John Hevesy left to join Mullen’s staff at Florida.) MSU interim head coach and running backs coach Greg Knox was emotional as he hugged his running backs after the trophy presentation. “It’s been the last three or four weeks that we’ve been together. It’s been a tough time for everyone. Everyone’s dealing with things differently,” Knox said. “There’s a lot of emotions and I think you saw that on the field today. “We’re family out there. We’re a family and we share that emotion, and that’s what you saw out there today in that game.” MSU defensive tackle and Macon native Jeffery Simmons called it a product of the team staying together after Mullen left. On Saturday, with new head coach Joe Moorhead looking on from the athletic director’s suite, they celebrated that fact one last time. Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

Continued from Page 1B “At the end of the day, we tried so hard to make sure it never became just about one person,” Starkville Academy coach Chase Nicholson said. “It was such a team effort, and he was the face of that. He believed in that. They all did. Every one of them did. That is why it worked.” For his accomplishments, Faver is The Dispatch’s Small Schools Defensive Player of the Year. “Our defense was full of young guys,” said Faver, who joined Noah Methvin in the MAIS Senior All-Star game. “Zach Barnes and I were the only seniors when Noah wasn’t on the field. Zach is more of a quiet guy, but he is vocal enough that it was really put on me and him to rally the guys together. A bunch of the younger guys really came in and made it easier on Zach and I to be the only seniors, and they would get everybody together and calm everybody down, so it was really more of a group effort. “I was there and I said a lot and tried to get the guys together, but it was more than just me.”

Always stepping up

Nicholson said Faver typically was the voice that piped up to remind the team of its goal to win a state title. Faver did so by providing a rallying cry — “Nov. 18” — that served to remind the Volunteers of how they needed to play and what they needed to do to get to the


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MSU safety Mark McLaurin (41) celebrates defensive player of game honors Saturday.


Continued from Page 1B final game. Methvin said Faver usually was the loudest voice on defense. He said his classmate wasn’t just making noise, either. He said Faver’s contributions were essential to the Volunteers’ history-making run. “His loudness had a huge effect,” Methvin said. “It was really loud on the field in the state championship game. “We had never experienced not being able to hear coach (Brad) Butler making the calls from the sideline. I told Kyle he had to look over to coach Butler and get the calls because they couldn’t hear them. “He had to be vocal then, and he is still vocal all of the time. He got everybody together whenever we needed a stop. It was really tough on him late in the year — he would never say it — because we played a lot more tight end in the last district game against Leake Academy and in the state championship. He did a really good job in that area.”

Making a point

Nicholson agreed and said Faver was the “voice, the life, and the spirit” of the defense. He feels Faver “picked up the mantle” when Methvin moved from defense to offense and made sure Volunteers continued to play at a high level. If Methvin was the “face” of the team, he said Faver also had an “it factor.” He believes

both players were born with the ability to be leaders and to get their teammates to follow their example. Methvin acknowledged it might have been a burden, but Faver shouldered it by being a mainstay on defense and for answering the call on offense. His touchdown catch on a pass from Taylor Arnold in overtime gave Starkville Academy the lead in overtime in the state title game. The defense then held on fourth down when it smothered Indianola Academy following a fumble on the center-quarterback exchange. The swarm that swallowed the football was a fitting ending to a season in which the Volunteers embraced a team-first approach on both sides of the football. “Everybody had a good year,” Faver said. “If you look at the stats, we had six or seven guys with more than 100 tackles. That doesn’t happen very much, so it was easy to share the wealth. Toward the end of the year when we realized how good we were and how good we could be, everybody kind of stepped into their leadership roles. The seniors were there a lot and they said a lot, but the younger guys were there, too. Going into next year, they have a lot of leaders and a lot of players coming back.” Follow Dispatch sports editor Adam Minichino on Twitter @ctsportseditor

Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State title game Nov. 18 at Jackson Academy. The win helped the Volunteers cap a 13-1 season with their ninth-straight win and the program’s seventh state title. For his accomplishment, Nicholson is The Dispatch Small Schools All-Area Coach of the Year.

Wanting the story

Nicholson said he remembers wishing his coaches would have been more honest with him. He said a direct approach is essential especially in a marathon that is a season that starts in April and lasts through November. Nicholson said his decision to be open and honest with his players tells them he expects them to be the same way. “I want them to trust me. I want them to respect me,” Nicholson said. “I think trust leads to respect and leads to leadership.” Nicholson played football at Newton Academy. He said he had six football coaches in six years at the school. Nicholson also had a different baseball coach in all six years at Newton Academy. He said he knew when he was 16 years old he wanted to be a coach. At the same time, he decided loyalty would be a pillar to his philosophy. Once Nicholson became a coach, he said he learned to take pieces from everyone and to mold into his style. He said former Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill taught him a lot of valuable lessons he still uses today. “Arrogance and confidence,” said Nicholson, who became head coach in December 2014. “I have never been one not to have those two things. I never felt I had an abundance of either one of them, so it was a good balance. “I am not going to go into a football game thinking I am going to lose. It is not being arrogant or overly confident. It is just my personality. If we are going to play it, we’re going to win it. If we’re not going to win it, why play it? This is why we’re going to win. This is how we win it. We’ll do this and this is why we will win.” Nicholson prefers to take a positive approach in his practices and his conver-

sations with his players. Instead of saying his team isn’t going to win because it lacks size or speed, he turns it and says the Volunteers are going to win because they will have tremendous effort or they are going to outwork their opponent.

Key seniors

Senior quarterback/defensive lineman Noah Methvin has worked closely with Nicholson the last few years, so he has a great understanding of what motivates his head coach. He said Nicholson’s confidence is contagious and helped the Volunteers buy into the team-first notion that allowed the squad to capture the program’s seventh state championship. “We know we’re going to win,” Methvin said prior to the state title game against Indianola Academy. “It is kind of one of those things where it is like we have so much confidence in ourselves that there really is no other way to look at it.” Nicholson made an impression immediately after he was hired to replace Terrill. After watching and listening to Nicholson, Methvin said he pulled teammate Colt Chrestman aside and said, “Man, coach Nicholson is real cocky.” Chrestman disagreed and told Methvin that is just the way Nicholson operates. Nearly four years later, Methvin agrees with Chrestman that Nicholson isn’t cocky and that his confidence rubs off on everybody. Methvin said Nicholson shakes hands with all of the students every morning when they walk past his classroom. He said the time and effort Nicholson takes and makes enables him to connect with not only football players but also every student. “On a personal level, that is where the trust is really made,” Methvin said. “He cares about us as individuals. He shakes our hands at school. He really talks to us to figure out how our day has been. When we get on the field, the trust we already have had bonded kind of wins over on the practice field, and it goes from the practice field onto the game field.” Follow Dispatch sports editor Adam Minichino on Twitter @ctsportseditor

Continued from Page 1B its last 11 games. The final victory — a 21-14 overtime decision against Indianola Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State title game — helped the Volunteers end the season on a nine-game winning streak and earn the program’s seventh state championship.

Good numbers

Methvin, who split time at quarterback with Ben Owens, was 60-for-109 for 679 yards and 11 touchdowns (six interceptions). He also had 95 carries for 453 yards and 14 touchdowns. Methvin added 24 tackles (11 solo), two sacks, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. “I feel like my 10th-grade year I was a little passive because there were a lot of other leaders on the team,” Methvin said. “Last year, stepping into the quarterback role, I kind of had to (have an it factor) a little bit. Coach Nicholson and I talked about it and I needed to be more vocal than I was the year before, so I just started working on it. “This year, it just kind of fell into my lap because we had a lot of young guys. We had a lot of sophomores that stepped up and a lot of juniors that hadn’t played in a few years, so we had a lot of young guys. I really felt like it was really on me and some of the other returning

seniors to step up and be vocal leaders.” Methvin, whose face was on the scoreboard at Jackson Academy prior to the state championship game against Indianola Academy, seemed to be everywhere. He wasn’t loud all of the time, but when he wasn’t in the game he usually was at the side of Nicholson, listening to play calls and ready to offer assistance or a pat on the back. “He made the plays all year that we needed,” Starkville Academy senior defensive lineman/tight end Kyle Faver said. “We’d drive down the field and he would come in and punch it in every time. It worked great for us because he is a big guy and he has a nose for the end zone.” Methvin credited for Volunteers like Colt Chrestman and Houston Clark for setting an example he followed late in his career. He hopes the qualities he displayed as a vocal and onthe-field leader will rub off on some of his teammates who will return to lead the football team in 2018. “Guys like Colt and Houston had such a positive effect on me in my sophomore year that I wanted to have that effect on somebody else,” said Methvin, who joined Faver in the MAIS Senior All-Star game. Gray also was selected. “That is how it keeps going. They had somebody that affected them and they kept going in a leadership

role. They taught me so much about being a leader, vocalizing things, and picking me up all of the time.” While Methvin was vocal in a dual role, Gray was a silent assassin. In addition to being one of the state’s top running backs, Gray played in the secondary and solidified that unit.

Team leader

Gray played an integral role in the Patriots’ 9-3 season. He paced Heritage Academy with 1,275 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns. He added 835 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Gray complemented that with one interceptions and more than 40 tackles. Heritage Academy coach Sean Harrison praised Gray for being a quiet leader on a young team. He said Gray never complained even when things were a little harder this season compared to 2016, when the Patriots relied on a senior-laden offensive line. Harrison said Gray gained weight and added strength in the offseason and became a more powerful back. As a result, he said Gray was able to run through more tacklers this season. Still, he acknowledged Gray never said anything about the role he played. “He just wants to put his head down and do what is best for his team,” Harrison said. “He is a guy who cares for his

teammates. You saw a lot of sophomores look up to him this season. He is not one who wants attention. He is not one to celebrate a touchdown. That is the type of guy he is. He was an absolute joy to coach. I am certainly going to miss him.” The 5-foot-10, 193-pound senior is considering going to Army. He said he always has taken a selfless approach to sports. He did it all without saying very much. “I would say it comes from my mom, Consuela, and how I was raised to care about others and my coaches and my teammates,” Gray said. Gray said his mother and family members taught him to respect others. As a result, he said the selflessness came with it, as did comments Gray made to credit his offensive linemen for helping him to run for so many yards and his teammates for giving him opportunities to make so many plays. “I just wanted to win,” Gray said. “I was more of a decoy early in the season. I was fine with it because we were winning.” Gray smiled when asked if he realized not all players would have been fine with doing what is best for the team and giving up individual glory. Gray said he didn’t worry about his stats. “I just play for my team,” Gray said. “I do what I have to do. If he needs me to do more, I will do it. It is just how I think.”

Heritage Academy coach Sean Harrison said Gray always has been a selfless young man who is quick to hand out praise and compliments. He admitted Gray was the reason he decided to leave Wayne Academy and work at Heritage Academy. “I never would have imagined coming here that he is the type of kid he is,” Harrison said. “He has two great parents, a supportive brother. He has a great family, and you can tell he has been taught well.” Harrison said Gray never complained, even if it meant playing defense, which he said Gray didn’t like. Harrison said the offensive honor is even more impressive because Gray has sacrificed to get everything he has attained. “We have won 19 games in two years, and a huge part of that is him,” Harrison said. “In two years, he has played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, safety, corner, and maybe some outside linebacker, but there weren’t any complaints. He just did what he was asked to do. His attitude and his work ethic are going to carry him a long way. “He wasn’t vocal, and he wasn’t going to say much, so when he did say something or do something, everybody got in line.” Follow Dispatch sports editor Adam Minichino on Twitter @ ctsportseditor

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No. 5 MSU ready to start run towards Southeastern Conference title BY ADAM MINICHINO [email protected]

STARKVILLE — Roshunda Johnson wasn’t satisfied. Asked Thursday to evaluate her 14-point, five-assist, threesteal effort in the No. 5 Mississippi State women’s basketball team’s 112-36 victory against Mississippi Valley State, the redshirt guard still found areas that could have been better. “I think I could have gotten a lot more steals on the defensive end, but I rested a little bit,” Johnson said, “but I think I did pretty good.” After 47 games playing for Vic Schaefer, Johnson has developed an ability to master the understatement. It’s not surprising, though, considering Johnson played an integral role in MSU’s program-record 34 win season and appearance in the national title game in its first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. When you have reached the pinnacle of your sport, nothing short of perfection is accepted, especially against an overmatched and undersized opponent. No. 5 MSU doesn’t have any more of those teams left on its schedule. At 5 p.m. today


Continued from Page 1B to South Carolina, Schaefer bubbled with excitement as he talked about the buzz his program created throughout the nation. “I have had so many people tell me, ‘I don’t even watch women’s basketball, but I watched that game and I am hooked,’ ” Schaefer said. “It is flattering to hear the compliments of my kids. I am so proud of them and my staff.” Schaefer has plenty of reason to be proud because he has transformed a program without a national profile into one that is a growing powerhouse in the sport. For its accomplishments, the MSU women’s basketball team’s 2016-17 season is the No. 1 MSU story of the year. “I will look back on that in my career as one of the real highlights,” Schaefer said. “Not that last year wasn’t a highlight per se (referring to loss to UConn in the Sweet 16), but it was an opportunity to go against the best. “The two games in Dallas,

(SEC Network), MSU (14-0) will see if it can build on its second-straight perfect non-conference season when it takes on Georgia (12-1) in Athens, Georgia, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Johnson’s attitude is just the kind of thinking Schaefer wants all of his players to have entering the second phase of the season. Johnson agrees MSU can play harder on defense after recording its second-largest margin of victory in program history. Despite scoring 29 points in the first quarter against MVSU (0-12), MSU allowed 16. The Bulldogs allowed only 10 points combined in the next two quarters, though, which was more to Schaefer’s liking. Even though MSU isn’t as deep as last season’s squad, the Bulldogs’ leading scorers — Teaira McCowan (19.9 points per game) and Victoria Vivians (19.8) — are playing at a higher level than 2016-17. Point guards Morgan William and Jazzmun Holmes also have combined to hand out 110 assists and commit only 29 turnovers. Against MVU, Johnson had a chance to get into the act at point guard after Holmes was saddled with foul trouble. John-

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son responded by matching her career high with five assists. She didn’t commit a turnover. With a four-guard lineup that can spread the floor, MSU has excelled at sharing the basketball. McCowan’s maturation has made it difficult to stop her in the post, which has helped MSU to operate at a high level on offense. “I think we’re really good,” Johnson said. “It just shows we have a lot of depth defensively and offensively. The defense can be better, but we’re working on it.” William agrees MSU defense has been good at affecting teams and forcing turnovers (306 for an average of 21.9), but she, too, feels MSU has room to grow on that end. Offensively, William said opponents have to play all five players straight up, which she said is different from past seasons. The combination makes for a powerful mix that she said takes pressure off everyone because the Bulldogs don’t have

to rely on one player. against MVSU was her sixth“It’s scary,” William said straight double-double. when asked how much better If the efforts of McCowan she thinks the Bulldogs can and the comments of Johnson get. “The best is yet to come. and William are any indication, We have some young ones, but the Bulldogs could be primed to we have four seniors starting shift into fifth gear for the start and a junior starting, so it is a of SEC play. If that’s the case, pretty experienced group.” MSU could be scary, just like Just like Johnson has learned William suggested. to hold herself to Schaefer’s lev“We’re still a long way from el, William understands what being that defensive team that her coach wants to see. That’s I want that can really lock a why she was quick to point out good team down and hold Wednesday the Bulldogs hav- them,” Schaefer said. “Everyen’t been taking charges like body is probably looking at us they have in past years. Against and saying, ‘Coach, you have Sunday’s answer ANSWER MVSU, William, Vivians, Blair YESTERDAY’S aYESTERDAY’S RPI (Ratings ANSWER Percentage InSchaefer, and Jordan Danberry dex) schedule of No. 3, you’re Sudoku is a numbertook chargesSudoku to raise the team’s is a numberplacing puzzle based on holding people to 50-something unofficial tally to puzzle 26. William placing based on a 9x9 grid with several points a game, that ain’t good a with 9x9 grid leads the way 10.with several given numbers. The objectenough?’ The eye test doesn’t numbers. The(in object “Today Iisgiven got a charge to place the numbers work for me. Those are things is he to place the numbers practice) and 1 to 9 was in thelike, empty‘One spaces 1 to 9 in the empty spacesI just think we can get better at. for the world William so today,’ that each” row, each so that each row, each “In this league what is fixin’ column each said. “He was like,and ‘We get3x3 ex-box column and each 3x3 box contains the same numberto change is the coaching is fixcited about one charge at praccontains the same number onlyused once. The difficulty tice where we get a lot in’ to get better and the players only once.toThe difficulty level increases from are fixin’ to get better. That isn’t of them. Now weincreases aren’t getting level from Monday to Sunday. a knock on who we have played Monday to Sunday. any.’ ” The Bulldogs have a knack because we have really played for responding to Schaefer. some really good teams with Schaefer recently encouraged some really good coaches and McCowan to raise her level of really good players, but it is fixplay and get a double-double in’ to happen every night.” Follow Dispatch sports ediin points and rebounds every night. The 6-foot-7 junior cen- tor Adam Minichino on Twitter ter’s 41-point, 13-rebound effort @ctsportseditor

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Here are the Top 10 Mississippi State University sports stories for 2017, as Sunday’s Cryptoquote: compiled by The Dispatch staff. 1 Morgan William wills the women’s basketball team to the Final Four, an upset of UConn and the national championship game 2 Dan Mullen leaves MSU to go to Florida, ending his nine-year tenure as MSU’s head football coach with 69 wins 3 MSU hires Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as its head coach, a hire widely celebrated through the national media and fan base 4 The MSU baseball team ends its final weekend at the old Dudy Noble Field, players greet fans along the outside wall and MSU breaks ground on the renovation site in the coming days 5 The MSU football team moves to 3-0 by beating LSU 37-7. The win catapulted MSU into the Top 25 rankings. 6 The baseball team wins four games in two days, including sweeping a doubleheader against hosting Southern Miss, to win the Hattiesburg Regional and go to the Baton Rouge Super Regional 7 MSU outfielder Brent Rooker becomes the first person to win the Southeastern Conference Triple Crown since Rafael Palmeiro (1984) by leading the conference in batting average (.387), home runs (23) and RBIs (82) 8 The softball team gets into the Salt Lake City Regional after a 36-22 season. T-9 MSU hires Dusty Smith as its men’s golf coach after Clay Homan retired T-9 MSU hires Julie Darty, with two years of SEC experience and four years of head coaching experience, as its volleyball coach

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GORDO, Ala. — Judy Gail Gregory died Dec. 28, 2017, at Pickens County Medical Center in Carrollton. Home Going Celebration services will be at noon Thursday at St. John Baptist Church in Pickensville with Rev. Henry Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday at Lavender’s Funeral Service. Lavender’s Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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SMITHVILLE — H.W. Capps, 67, died Dec. 29, 2017, at his residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Cleveland-Moffett Funeral Home in Amory. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Cleveland-Moffett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Capps was born Jan. 24, 1950, to the late Hazel and Ida Humbers Capps. He was a 1970 graduate of Hatley High School and served in the U.S. Army. He was formerly employed at Amory Garment Company. In addition to his

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Dorothy Moye

CEDAR BLUFF — Dorothy Rose Quinn Moye, 67, died Dec. 26, 2017, at her residence. Services will be at noon Wednesday at U.F.C.W. Local #1529 Union Hall in West Point with Rev. Ronnie Smith officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Moye was born Nov. 5, 1950, in Cedar Bluff, to Hattie Quinn and the late Henry Richard Quinn, Sr. She was a homemaker. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Johnny Moye; son, Marcus P. Quinn; brothers, Eddie Lee Quinn and Angelo Quinn; sisters, Bobbie Thomas and Laura Hayes; and two grandchildren.

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Bobbie Otts

GUIN, Ala. — Bobbie Dodd Otts, 48, died Dec. 26, 2017, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial follow in Prospect Cemetery. Visitation was from 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Otts Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Otts was born Oct. 10, 1969, in Jasper, to the late Jerry Wayne

Mattis nixes holiday tradition of seeing troops in war zones BY LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — For only the second time since 9/11, America’s defense secretary didn’t visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a long-standing tradition of personally and publicly thanking service members in combat who are separated from their families during the holiday season. Pentagon boss Jim Mattis, who spent more than four decades in the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, made a five-day trip through the Middle East in early December. He stopped in Kuwait and Pakistan — countries adjacent to Iraq and Afghanistan — but didn’t cross the borders to see troops at war in either country. Last week, he visited troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at military bases in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, wishing them holiday cheer. It has been 15 years since a U.S. defense chief

didn’t travel to a war zone during the festive season. And the only time a holiday visit was skipped since Americans began fighting in Afghanistan was in December 2002. That year, then-Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went to a command post in Qatar that would be used a few months later to coordinate the launch of the Iraq war. Asked recently why he wasn’t going to Iraq or Afghanistan, Mattis said he didn’t want to discuss his travel. “I carry out my duties to the best of my ability,” said Mattis, who visited Iraq and Afghanistan earlier this year. Dana White, his chief spokeswoman, said the secretary “wanted the troops to enjoy their holiday uninterrupted. He is keenly aware of the logistical challenges of a senior leader visit, especially in a war zone.” Defense secretary trips historically have been aimed at boosting troop morale, letting service members know that senior leaders and the U.S. public recognize their sacrifice.

Dodd and Glenda Clements. She was a 1989 graduate of Carbon Hill High School and was formerly employed with Wal-Mart and Mental Health. She is survived by her husband, Joey Otts of Guin; son, Zackary Otts of Bankston; brother, Leon Dodd; and sister, Glenda Dale Dodd.

Lou Carter

BILOXI — Lou Ethel Ishee Carter, 90, died Dec. 28, 2017, in Columbus. Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Biloxi Carter National Cemetery. Burial will follow. Visitation will be two hours prior to services at the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Carter was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Stringer, to the late William Robert and Mittie H. Ishee. She was co-owner of Carter Appliance Service and a member of First Baptist Church of Biloxi. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alpha Floyd Carter; and siblings, James Prentiss Ishee and Robert Pearl Ishee. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth “Libby” Allen and Jean “Jeanie” Fuqua; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Heath Care Family Group, 300 Airline Rd., Columbus, MS 39532.

Billy Harrington

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born June 27, 1934, to the late Grace Adein and Ellis Grover Harrington. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Betsy Harrington; three sons, David Ace Harrington, John Ellis Harrington, Mark Allen Harrington; one step-daughter, Jessica Duggan; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice, 750 E. Spring St. Suite B1, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Lori Miles

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Mary Ann Palmer Mary Ann Palmer age 71 died Wednesday December 27, 2017 at her residence in Columbus. Services will be held Tuesday January 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home 2nd Ave N. Chapel with Bro. Michael Shelton officiating; burial will follow at the Palmer Family Cemetery near Hamilton, AL. Visitation will be held Tuesday from noon until service time at the funeral home. Mrs. Palmer was born on Monday, November 25, 1946 in Columbus, to the late Floyd and Adele Beard Fowler. She was a member of Palmer Church and a retired seamstress in the garment industry. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Velmer Palmer. Survivors include: Daughters: Penny Victoria Shell, Columbus, MS, Amy Brashears (Steve), Columbus, MS, Margaret Ann Bower (Joe), Isanti, MN; Son: Thomas R. Palmer, Isanti, MN; Sisters: Linda Langford (Jerry), Columbus, MS, Jeanie Williams, Columbus, MS, Marie Mordacai (Charles), Millport, AL, Joyce Vadelabene (Joe), Columbus, MS; Brother: Jerry Wayne Fowler, Starkville, MS; Eight Grandchildren: Mark Biller, Crystal Biller, Matt Biller, Heather Beashears, Sammi Bower, Katie Bower, Jack Bower, Daurius Brewer; 7 Great Grandchildren. Pallbearers will be: Mark Biller, Matthew Biller, Jack Bower, John McDill, Joe Vadalabene, Joe bower, Thomas Palmer, and Steve Brashears.

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Danny Foxworthy Danny Leroy Foxworthy, age 61, died Wednesday, December 27, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo. Memorial services will be held Monday, January 01, 2018, 1:00 PM, at Memorial Gunter Peel College Street chapel with the Reverend Jack Taylor officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 12:00 until the service time at the funeral home. Mr. Foxworthy was born on February 11, 1956, in Okinawa, Japan. His father was Glenn Maurice Foxworthy, who had moved to Caledonia, Mississippi following his service in the United States Air Force and was married to Patricia Ann Beck Foxworthy. Mr. Foxworthy called Lowndes County home all his life. After graduating from Caledonia High School, he had over a forty year career in construction, building many of the fine homes in the local area in addition to remodeling and restoring many significant buildings and structures for the United States military, to include the nations first satellite tracking station in Greenville, MS. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend who will be remembered for his dedication, work ethic and sense of humor. He was survived by his wife Teresa Anne Foxworthy (Brown), his daughters Jessica Marie Gartman and son-in-law Jared, of Millport, AL, Amanda Jean Foxworthy of Caledonia, MS, Rebekah Anne Hamric and son-in-law Blake, of Millport, AL, Shanna Marie Foxworthy of Columbus, MS, his sons Paul Daniel Foxworthy and daughter-in-law Katie, of Tupelo, MS and Joshua Josiah Foxworthy and daughter-in-law Amber, of Tupelo, MS, and his nine beloved grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be his sons, Paul and Joshua Foxworthy, his sons-in-law Jared Gartman and Blake Hamric, and his friends Dale Gartman and Chris Tipton. The family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and medical staff for their patience, care, and sincere concern for Mr. Foxworthy and his family throughout his care.

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Never give up: Comebacks, surprises highlight best games of 2017 BY EDDIE PELLS The Associated Press

It began as The Year of the Comeback. In college football, where Clemson got the last laugh in a wild fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands three times. And in pro football, where the New England Patriots rallied from 25 points down to send the Super Bowl to overtime for the first time in its history, then cruised to a quick touchdown for the franchise’s fifth title. The rest of 2017 might have been called The Year of the Unexpected. From Sergio Garcia’s long-overdue green jacket to Roger Federer’s late-in-thegame return to the top to Usain Bolt losing not one, but two races in his finale, the year’s best games, races and rounds certainly kept us all guessing. A look at some of the best games of 2017:

Back and forth

Clemson and Alabama met for the second straight year with the national title on the line and one question to answer: How would they top the 45-40 thriller from the year before? Alabama won that game and appeared to be on track for a repeat, leading 24-14 after

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Australian Rules Football: Lou Richards, 94 Auto Racing: Sam Ard, 78; Jean Argetsinger, 97; Eric Broadley, 88; Ted Christopher, 59; Pete Hamilton, 74; Bruce Leven, 79; Jim McElreath, 89; Bud Moore, 92; Jim Nabors, 87; Harry Scott Jr., 51; John Surtees, 83; Jim Watson, 55; Robert Yates, 74. Badminton: Erland Kops, 80. Baseball: Ruben Amaro Sr., 81; Don Baylor, 68; Gene Bennett, 89; Jackie Brown, 73; Jim Bunning, 85; Darren Daulton, 55; Mel Didier, 90; Bobby Doerr, 99; Katy Feeney, 68; Daniel Flores, 17; Pete Flynn, 79; Miguel Gonzalez, 21; Dallas Green, 82; Roy Halladay, 40; Jamie Hildreth, 72; Maime Johnson, 82; Ken Kaiser, 72; Jimmy Kent, 40; Jerry Kindall, 82; Joe Klein, 75; Jim Landis, 83; Frank Lary, 87; Andy Marte, 33; Lee May, 74; Sam Mele, 95; Gene Michael, 79; Harry Minor, 88; Dan O’Brien Sr., 87; Luis Olmo, 97; Steve Palermo, 67; Jimmy Piersall, 87; Jim Rivera, 96; Roy Sievers, 90; Tracy Stallard, 80; Rick Stelmaszek, 69; Ryan Teixeira, 20; Casey Thomas, 24; Yordano Ventura, 25; David Vincent, 67; Daniel Webb, 28; Anthony

three quarters that were more or less a snoozefest. The fourth quarter was a much different story. It included four touchdowns, three lead changes over the final 4:38, and ultimately, the game-winner — a 2-yard throw from Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second left that gave Clemson the 35-31 win and its first title since 1981. “That has to be one of the greatest games of all time,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

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He was 35, coming off a knee injury and much closer to the end of his career than his prime. Nobody could be blamed for overlooking Roger Federer. Yet the father of four, playing his first big tournament after sitting out for six months, came back in classic fashion , turning back the clock to top his longtime rival, Rafael Nadal, in a memorable Australian Open final. Federer overcame a break in the fifth set to capture his 18th Grand Slam title with a 4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory. It was Federer’s first major since Wimbledon in 2012. (And he would go on to take No. 19 later this year at Wimbledon). “For me it’s all about the comeback, about an epic match with Rafa again,” Federer said.

Young, 51. Basketball: Tom Amberry, 94; Ashley Beatty, 20; Jerry Bird, 83; Frank Brian, 94; Jeff Capel Jr., 64; Sid Catlett, 69; Hal Childs, 84; Gene Conley, 86; Lewis D’Antoni, 103; Neil Fingleton, 36; Joe Ford, 64; Michael Goldberg, 73; Frank Hamblen, 70; Jordan Hankins, 19; Connie Hawkins, 75; Tommy Hawkins, 80; Jud Heathcote, 90; Dickie Hemric, 83; Bill Hougland, 86; Margaret Hutson, 78; Darrall Imhoff, 78; George Irvine, 69; Steve Jones, 75; Toby Kimball, 74; Jerry Krause, 77; John Kundla, 101; Rollie Massimino, 82; Jim McDaniels, 69; Jack McCloskey, 91; Fab Melo, 26; Kenny Sears, 83; Charles Shackleford, 50; Dave Stallworth, 75; Solly Walker, 85; Perry Wallace, 69; Bobby Watson, 86; Glen Williams, 63. Bobsled: Steven Holcomb, 37. Boxing: David Bey, 60; Joe DeNucci, 78; Lou Duva, 94; Tim Hague, 33; Jake LaMotta, 95; Ferdie Pacheco, 89; Sugar Ramos, 75; David Sanchez, 25; Rodrigo Valdes, 70. BMX: Kevin Robinson, 45. Climbing: Fred Beckey, 94; Norman Dyhrenfurth, 99;

Super comeback

The debate lingers: Did the Falcons choke this game away or did the Patriots wrest it away? Either way, it was a comeback for the history books. Atlanta took a 28-3 lead with 8:31 left in the third quarter. From there, Atlanta’s prevent defense and questionable calls on offense combined with New England’s refusal to give up turned it into an all-timer. The Patriots’ tying drive was highlighted by a remarkable catch by Julian Edelman. New England tied the game at 28, won the overtime coin toss and Atlanta’s shocked defense offered no resistance. The Patriots won 34-28 . “No panic,” Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said in explaining the comeback. “Our bodies and minds were ready, and we just kept believing in one another.”

Seeing green

Two shots behind with six holes to play, the Masters looked like another in an unbearably long string of major disappointments for Sergio Garcia. But Garcia did not fade . He saved par after hitting his drive into an azalea bush on No. 13, then made eagle on No. 15 to set up a playoff with Justin Rose that Garcia won. Garcia could’ve

Ravi Kumar, 27; Francesco Enrico Marchetti, 54; Min Bahadur Sherchan, 85; Vladimir Strba, 50; Roland Yearwood, 50. College Sports Administration: Ted Bredehoft, 84; Wayne Duke, 88; Jack Grinold, 81; Bert Henderson, 60; Fred Miller, 86; Bob Patterson, 84; Lynn Snyder, 75. Cycling: Mike Hall, 35; Michele Scarponi, 37; Hein Verbruggen, 75; Roger Walkowiak, 89; Chad Young, 21. Doping: Gary Wadler, 78. Equestrian: Gillian Rolton, 61; Bill Steinkraus, 92. Equipment: Creighton Hale, 93. Figure Skating: Ludmila Belousova, 81. Fishing: Bud Lilly, 91; Tom Morgan, 76. Football: Dave Adolph, 79; Bill Anderson, 80; Hal Bedsole, 76; Nicholas Blakely, 19; Pete Brown, 74; Frank Broyles, 92; J.C. Caroline, 84; Bernie Casey, 78; Dave Cloutier, 78; Don Coleman, 88; Ken Cooper, 80; Bernie Custis, 88;

Bob DeMoss, 90; Spike Dykes, 79; Bob Elliott, 64; Willie Evans, 79; Bill Fischer, 89; Joe Fortunato, 87; Jim Gallagher, 88; Ed Garvey, 76; Terry Glenn, 43; Larry Grantham, 78; Robert Grays, 19; Dave Grayson, 78; Ralph Guglielmi, 83; Wayne Hardin, 91; James Hardy, 31; Alex Hawkins, 80; Ben Hawkins, 73; Tyler Heintz, 19; Mitchell Henry, 24; Aaron Hernandez, 27; John Jackson, 81; Michael Jackson, 48; Derrick Jensen, 60; Ryan Jones, 26; Cortez Kennedy, 48; Frank Kush, 88; Yale Lary, 86; Keith Loneker, 46; Dick MacPherson, 86; George Maderos, 83; Dennis Marcin, 75; Mickey Marvin, 61; Clay Matthews Sr., 88; Don Matthews, 77; Ron Meyer, 76; Red Miller, 89; David Modell, 55; Tom Modrak, 74; Quentin Moses, 33; Leonard Myers, 38; Richard Nelson, 18; Tommy Nobis, 74; Babe Parilli, 87; Ara Parseghian, 94; Bob Patterson, 84; Bill Peck, 90; John Reaves, 67; Sonny Randle, 81; Tubby Raymond, 91; Larry Reisberg, 77; Walter Reyes, 36; John Risher, 107; Len Rohde, 79; Dan Rooney, 84; Max Runager, 61; Lyle Smith, 101; Ken Sparks, 73; Joe Tiller, 74; Y.A. Tittle, 90; Wayne Walker, 80; Chuck Weber, 87; Lester Williams, 58. Golf: Roberto De Vicenzo, 94; R.J. Harper, 61; Simon Hobday, 76; Tommy Horton, 76; John Jacobs, 91; Hootie Johnson, 86; Charles Owens, 85; Frank Tatum, 96. Hockey:


Continued from Page 3B Howland said. “Needless to say though I am ecstatic about being 12-1. We are where we wanted to be and where we thought we could be. Now, it’s time to get into the grind. The grind starts Tuesday and does not let up until the SEC tournament. However, I think we are ready. It’s time to the play games that rally matter in the conference standings.” Howland can only hope some league games go as well as Saturday did. Holman scored 23 points, and was followed by Quinndary Weatherspoon (18 points), Xavian Stapleton (16 points), Nick Weatherspoon and Tyson Carter (11 points each). The Bulldogs had 24 assists on 44 made baskets. “It’s the most unselfish team I have ever been a part of,” Stapleton said. “When we pass the ball, we are really good. Those assists came off the extra pass.” Early on, it looked like a track meet from start to finish. After 10 ties and three leads changes, the Bulldogs scored the final four points of the first half for a 47-43 halftime lead. The lead grew to 10 quickly in the second half before a decisive 26-6 run.

“(Stapleton) was outstanding,” Howland said. “He was making plays on both ends of the floor. The Nick Weatherspoon defense was awfully good in the second half. “We went from no 3-pointers in the first half to seven in the second half. That helped, too.” Holman said the team’s chemistry is the best it has even been. Despite some non-conference opponents lacking star power, Holman feels like the team is ready to step up in class. “There are a lot of veterans on this team that have played in the league before,” Holman said. “We know the kind of team we have this year. We know we are more capable of competing this year. “You take a game like this and everybody feels good. Now, you have to learn how to do what you did today on a more consistent basis.” Howland said the team will spend New Year’s Eve putting in the Arkansas game plan. “It’s a whole new ballgame now,” Howland said. “It hits you quickly and you have to be ready.” Follow Dispatch sports writer Scott Walters on Twitter @dispatchscott

won it with a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18, but it rolled out. Garcia persisted. Rose hit his drive into the trees on the playoff hole and couldn’t scramble to save par. The result: Garcia wearing the green jacket and capturing his first major. No one had ever played more majors as a pro (70) before winning one for the first time.

Dodgers 13-12 in Game 5 of the World Series , a game in which no lead, or pitcher, was safe. The teams combined for 28 hits and used 14 pitchers. In a game in which the long ball reigned, it was a simple single off the bat of Alex Bregman that brought home Carlos Correa for the winning run. “The best game ever, for sure,” Correa said.

Some farewell

Best of the rest

World championships were supposed to be a stroll down the straightaway followed by an oversized going-away party for track’s biggest star, Usain Bolt. Not even close. Bolt finished third in the final 100-meter race of his career, unable to find the overdrive that had sparked him to all those Olympic medals. Then, in his curtain call, the 6-foot-5 sensation pulled up lame in the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay. The crowd gasped. Bolt was placed in a wheelchair and later limped off the track. It was proof, yet again, that nobody commands the spotlight quite like Bolt — even on those rare occasions when he doesn’t run away with the win.

Long ball

Ten innings. Seven home runs. 5 hours, 17 minutes. 25 runs. The Astros topped the

Josef Augusta, 70; Johnny Bower, 93; Augustin Bubnik, 88; Mike Ilitch, 87; Michael Mantenuto, 35; Bryan Murray, 74; Sergei Mylnikov, 58; Gerald Owen, 25; Vladimir Petrov, 69; Noel Picard, 78; Pierre Pilote, 85; Jeff Sauer, 73; Milt Schmidt, 98; Dave Semenko, 59; Bill White, 77; Zarley Zalapski, 49. Horse Racing: Manny Azpurua, 88; Charles Cella, 81; Mario Chavez, 42; Penny Chenery, 95; Herve Filion, 77; LeRoy Jolley, 79; Leonard Lavin, 97; James Long, 62; Diane Nelson, 51; Ivan Puhich, 89; Jack Van Berg, 81; Lynn Whiting, 77. Horses: Charismatic, 21; Many Clouds, 10. Kickboxing: Jordan Coe, 21. Marathon: Tom Fleming, 65; Don McNelly, 96; Allan Steinfeld, 70; Hariette Thompson, 94; Ed Whitlock, 86. Media: Russ Adams, 86; John Andariese, 78; Joe Carnicelli, 75; Ray Christensen, 92; Frank Deford, 78; Dick Enberg, 82; Stuart Evey, 84; Michael Feldman, 70; Rick Freeman, 40; Beth Howard, 52; Anne Morrissy Merick, 83; Bob Murphy, 86; Les Murray, 71; Don Ohlmeyer, 72; Edwin Pope, 88; Rafael Ramirez, 94; Ray Robinson, 96; Dave Strader, 62; Armando Trovati, 73; Mike Walden,

Who says a 6-1 soccer game can’t be a thriller? Paris Saint-Germain had beaten Barcelona 4-0 in the first part of a two-leg Champions League matchup. An impossible hill to climb? Not quite. Barcelona won the second leg by scoring three times over the final eight minutes to advance. ... Even if the fight wasn’t the greatest, the spectacle certainly was. Floyd Mayweather Jr. slowly wore down Conor McGregor in the showdown between boxer and UFC champion. Ringside seats went for $10,000 and 4 million people bought the fight on pay-per-view. ... On the 13th hole in the closing round of the British Open, Jordan Spieth made arguably the best bogey in major-championship history on the way to the capturing the third leg of the career Grand Slam .

89; Bill Webb, 70; Bob Wolff, 96. Mixed Martial Arts: Tim Hague, 34; Donshay White, 37. Motorcycling: Nicky Hayden, 35; Daniel Hegarty, 31; Davey Lambert, 48; Angel Nieto, 70. Olympics: Minos Kyriakou, 75. Outdoors: Royal Robbins, 82. Rowing: Simon Dickie, 66; Mohammed Ramzan, 19. Rugby: Colin Meads, 81; Ric Suggitt, 58; Joost van der Westhuizen, 45; Dan Vickerman, 37. Sailing: Doug Peterson, 71. Skiing: Tom Corcoran, 85; David Poisson, 35; Jean Vuarnet, 83. Soccer: Chuck Blazer, 72; Horace Burrell, 67; Roberto Cabanas, 55; Tony DiCicco, 68; Ugo Ehiogu, 44; Tommy Gemmell, 73; Amilcar Henriquez, 33; Choirful Huda, 38; Piet Keizer, 73; Raymond Kopa, 85; Bradley Lowery,

6; Ronnie Moran, 83; Felix Mourinho, 79; Louis Nicollin, 74; Shun-Ichiro Okano, 85; Waldir Peres, 66; Frantisek Rajtoral, 31; Hans Schaefer, 90; Graham Taylor, 72; Cheick Tiote, 30; Francois Van der Elst, 62; Josip Weber, 52. Speedskating: Robert Fenn, 73. Surfing: Bruce Brown, 80; Jack O’Neill, 94. Swimming: Adolph Kiefer, 98; Chuck Wielgus, 67.

Tennis: Peter Doohan, 56; Jerome Golmard, 43; Nancy Jeffett, 88; Jana Novotna, 49; Pancho Segura, 96; Mervyn Rose, 87.

Track & Field: Jim Bush, 90; Jeffrey DeCock, 22; Betty Cuthbert, 79; Germaine Mason, 34; Margaret Bergmann Lambert, 103; Brian Oldfield, 71; Nadiya Olizarenko, 63. Weightlifting: Velichko Cholakov, 35; Naim Suleymanoglu, 50.

Wrestling: Pro: Bobby Heenan, 72; Ivan “The Russian Bear” Koloff, 74; Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, 73; George “The Animal” Steele, 79.


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Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Director of Respiratory Care Leslie Albright, right, demonstrates with Taylor Tully of Columbus how to wear apparatus for an at-home obstructive sleep apnea test offered by the hospital. The physician-ordered test is a screening tool for one of the most common sleep disorders.

This could be the one resolution that helps jump-start all the rest BY JAN SWOOPE [email protected]


ichael knows he can do better. The up-and-coming staffer at a local manufacturing firm has an eye on making the management team before long. He’s felt flat lately, though — physically and mentally — and he thinks he knows why. In a typical week, Michael is averaging five to five and one-half hours of sleep per night. Upping that to at least six, and then seven to eight hours, is a lifestyle change he’s aiming for. And he thinks there is no better time to get serious about it than at the start of a new year. Everyone knows the drill — exercise, lose weight, eat healthy, learn a new skill, spend more time with family and friends. These are among the most common New Year’s resolutions. But “more sleep” at the top of that list could up the chances of making headway on all the others. The well-rested are more likely to set both short- and long-term goals and plan steps to achieve them. From improved cognitive function to looking younger, from fewer conflicts to living longer, a full complement of regular sleep can be key to being a healthier and happier person.

Depression to obesity

In its inaugural Sleep Health Index conducted in 2014, the National Sleep Foundation reported that 45 percent of Americans said poor or insufficient sleep had affected daily activities at least once in the week prior to the study. Participants reported sleeping an average of seven hours and 36 minutes per night, on average going to bed at 10:55 p.m. and waking at 6:38 a.m. on workdays and sleeping roughly 40 minutes longer on non-workdays or weekends. But despite the number of hours slept, 35 percent reported their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.”

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The simple at-home sleep apnea test kit goes home with a patient overnight. When returned, results are evaluated by a certified sleep physician at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

Deprivation of quality sleep can trigger a host of health concerns in both adults and children, said Lori Elmore-Staton, an assistant professor in the Mississippi State University School of Human Sciences. It impacts body weight, strokes, heart attacks, memory function, accident reaction times and higher levels of depression and anxiety. “Researchers used to believe that sleep problems were a side effect of depression, but with long-term studies, it has been shown that too little sleep can change your brain chemistry and cause depression,” Elmore-Staton said.


One sleep study by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania showed that sleepers who get at least seven hours are generally more positive, have fewer bouts with depression and have better overall mental health than the unrested. For those battling the scale, “Sleep is related to obesity,” said Elmore-Staton. “If you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more hormones telling you that you’re hungry, and it releases less hormones telling you that you’re full. It thinks you need more energy because something is wrong.” See Sleep, 6C

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Columbus library digitizes scrapbook, offering glimpse of area life Wylie Coleman Banks photos from 1911-1913 now available online SPECIAL TO THE DISPATCH


he Columbus-Lowndes Public Library’s Local History Department (LHD) has processed and digitized the Wylie Coleman Banks Scrapbook covering life in and around Lowndes County from 1911 to 1913. Wylie Coleman Banks was born on Dec. 29, 1896, to Willis Alston Banks (1857-1934) and Jennie Dunlap Banks (1867-1950) in Eutaw, Alabama. However, the family relocated to Columbus sometime during Wylie’s childhood. It is during this time that he took over 100 photographs capturing his family, friends, school (Franklin Academy), African Americans, the local community, family farm and his pets. He compiled these images into an album where he labeled and dated many of the photos. Locations include Bent Oak Plantation (Mississippi), Eutaw (Alabama), Franklin Academy (Mississippi), Black Warrior River (Alabama), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Mississippi), and Tuscaloosa (Alabama). Banks went on to serve as a second lieutenant with the U.S. Marine Corps in Norfolk, Virginia. He also practiced law for much of his

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Carrie Pennington Mastley works on digitizing the Banks Scrapbook at the Columbus Lowndes Public Library Local History Department.

professional career. On March 23, 1963, he died in DeLand, Florida, and is buried in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. The collection was processed and digitized by LHD intern Carrie Pennington Mastley, who worked with the library this past semester from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. Archivist Mona Vance-Ali said, “The Banks Scrapbook shows history through a child’s perspective. He captured images of the people and things that mattered most to him.” The LHD at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library (CLPL) works with the Mississippi Dig-

ital Library (MDL) out of the University of Southern Mississippi to make collections housed at the CLPL archives available online to researchers worldwide. The MDL provides an online portal for discovery and access of digital collections throughout the state. To visit the MDL go to msdiglib.org. To view the Wylie Coleman Banks Scrapbook, 1911-1913, visit collections.msdiglib.org/ cdm/compoundobject/ collection/columbus/ id/1277/rec/1. To view other CLPL collections online visit msdiglib.org/about/partners/columbus. For more information, contact Vance-Ali at 662329-5304.

calendar Thursday, Jan. 4

Exhibit reception — The

Columbus Arts Council hosts a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. opening an exhibition of 2D and 3D expressive experiments by Joe MacGown of Starkville at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Free to the public. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Art showing — A showing

of original artwork by Andre Ray begins at 6 p.m. at Beans & Cream, 60 Brickerton St., Columbus. Open to the public.

Thursday, Jan. 11

Preserving Family Photographs — The Columbus

Lowndes Public Library hosts this workshop with Kim Du Boise from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Bring up to three family photos, negatives or films for evaluation. Free; limited seating. Register at 662-329-5300 or email [email protected] ms.us by Jan. 5.

Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 11-14

Mississippi Theatre Festival and Convention — Mississippi University

for Women hosts this statewide festival for community theater and high school theater productions, many of which are open to the public. For more information, visit mta-online. org.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Music and spoken word tribute — The Columbus Arts Council hosts an evening of music and spoken word at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Contact the CAC for information, 662-328-2787.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Frostbite Half-Marathon — This half-marathon

benefit for the Starkville Fire Department includes a 10K and 5K begins and ends on Starkville’s Main Street. Races begin at 9 a.m. For more information or to register, go to frostbitehalf.com before Jan. 18. Medals awarded at noon.

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Souper Bowl — Starkville eateries vie for “best of” votes with signature soups from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Main Street downtown. Advance tickets

are $15 adults; $5 children, through a link at starkville. org. Tickets are $20 day of. Call 662-323-3322 for more information.

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Wylie Banks Coleman’s photos show homes he lived in at Bent Oak and in Columbus.

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Famous Maroon Band seeks gifts for new practice field at MSU MSU OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS


he Famous Maroon Band at Mississippi State University is seeking $600,000 in private gifts toward a new synthetic turf field that will enable practice sessions during extreme weather. Part of MSU’s nationally accredited Department of Music, the Famous Maroon Band has been a significant part of MSU for more than 115 years and is one of the oldest traditions of its kind in the Southeast. Comprised of students from 18 states, the 2017 band has nearly 400 members, making it the largest student organization on the MSU campus and the largest college band in Mississippi. “A synthetic field will provide an adequate outdoor practice area, allowing our band to rehearse during periods of inclement weather,” said Elva Kay Lance, MSU alumna and director of bands. “Our band is known for appearances at SEC football games, and gifts for a new field will allow our reputation to continue to grow nationally.” The lead gift for the project comes from Jim and Julia Rouse of Houston, Texas. Jim Rouse is a retired vice president of ExxonMobil and the university’s 2012 National Alumnus. The couple supports the university through endowed scholarships, endowed

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Comprised of nearly 400 members from 18 states, Mississippi State’s Famous Maroon Band is seeking $600,000 in private gifts toward a new synthetic turf practice field.

professorships and athletics. Additionally, the Division of Student Affairs uses a 1929 Ford Model-A Roadster two-door maroon convertible donated by the Rouses for campus recruiting and related activities. “Our band enrollment has continued to increase in recent

years, and we gratefully acknowledge Jim and Julia Rouse for their support,” Lance said. “Gifts from alumni, friends and parents will have an immediate impact as they will help us with continuing to compete for the top players in the state and region who will represent our university.”

Contributions exceeding the total goal for the project will become part of an endowment to maintain the synthetic field over time. Gifts for the new practice field can be made online at accelerate.msstate.edu/msubandturf or by contacting Trish Cunetto, director of development for the

College of Education, at [email protected] For more on the project, visit youtu. be/IrWoEptDxlM. Learn more about MSU’s Department of Music online at music.msstate.edu and the Famous Maroon Band at msuband. msstate.edu.

So you’re thinking of making some resolutions ... SPECIAL TO THE DISPATCH


t’s time to set those New Year’s resolutions again. Or is it? A psychological performance coach says stop wasting your time, because the majority of people who make New Year’s resolutions never accomplish them. What should you do instead? Dr. Alok Trivedi is a psychological performance expert, author of “Chasing Success” and the founder of The Aligned Performance Institute. He says if you really want to play the annual game that most

people ultimately lose, at least give yourself a fighting chance by: n Not creating vision boards: These should be called nightmare boards. All they do is slap you in the face with reminders of all the things not accomplished. Staring at million-dollar mansions, Lamborghinis and super fit models with bulging muscles isn’t going to inspire greatness. It’s delusional thinking that will leave feeling down on your luck. n Starting small: Having a big goal in mind is fine, but realize the best way to be successful is to

see it as an incremental process. Maybe you want to lose 50 pounds. Focus on losing 10 pounds at a time. If you constantly look at the big picture you’re going to get overwhelmed. Smaller goals are easier to accomplish and will leave you feeling motivated and inspired to keep moving towards your larger goals. n Keeping your mouth shut: When you keep your goals to yourself, it creates an inner drive to achieve them. Telling everyone else what you want to accomplish only puts more pressure on you and makes the process much

more difficult to manage. If you feel like sharing, tell other people about your failures. It makes you a humbler person. n Listening to the negative talk: All the selfhelp gurus, while well-intentioned, encourage you to only think positive thoughts. This is unrealistic because you’re living in a fantasy world. Paying attention to your negative self-talk is extremely important because it’s trying to break the addiction to that fantasy. The key is to be optimistic about what you want while listening to the negative thoughts because it will keep you

grounded in reality. n Focusing on “why not:”: Most personal development people will tell you to focus on your “why.” Instead, you need to focus on your “why not.” This is the real reason you’re not going after your goals. Until you figure out what’s really holding you back, you can’t have forward progress. n Mastering failures. Master areas you have failed at by finding out why. Why didn’t you succeed in the past? If you didn’t accomplish your goals last year, figure out what went wrong so

you don’t make the same mistakes. Treat failures as a learning experience to move you closer to success. n Starting to focus on the experience, not the goal: It’s not the million dollars that you’re after, it’s the experiences you get to have because of the million dollars. It’s fine to have goals, but rather than spending so much time obsessed with them, focus on the experience. Every day is a new experience with new people and new adventures. Knowing where you want to go is important, but don’t miss out on the ride.

Dear Abby


EAR ABBY: I am cades. Before throwing president and that apple core out the co-founder of the window believing that Wildlife Center of Virginsome small animal will ia, one of the leading come finish what’s left, teaching and research people should consider hospitals for wildlife what will happen if the medicine in the world. animal coming to eat We have treated more their scraps happens to than 70,000 wild pabe on the other side of tients since our organithe road. zation was established Throwing out that 35 years ago. Like the apple core will lure reader (“An Apple a that creature into Day,” Aug. 11) who is harm’s way. Countless under the impression opossums, raccoons, Dear Abby that throwing an apple skunks and other small core out the car window mammals are killed is doing something positive for the every day because of human food Earth, many individuals make “little” waste on the shoulder of the road. decisions without considering the And it doesn’t stop there. Predators unintended consequences. like owls also suffer. They hunt along The example of the apple core the side of the road, not because has been at the heart of our educathey eat apple cores, but because tion program for more than three dethey eat the mice, voles and other

small animals who are attracted to feed on that apple core. Then, when the opossum, raccoon or owl is killed by a car, scavengers are attracted to the pavement, where their lives, too, are at risk. If readers want to help the Earth, they should take their waste home and dispose of it or recycle it properly. The small act of throwing an apple core out of a car window can cost the lives of the very creatures they claim to want to help. — EDWARD CLARK, WAYNESBORO, VA. DEAR MR. CLARK: When that letter appeared, I received a flurry of mail about it. Many readers touched on some of the points you have expressed. Thank you for writing so eloquently to educate my readers — and me. Lesson learned. DEAR ABBY: I’m 29 and I’m having trouble holding down a steady job. I am a college graduate, and it’s not because I don’t like to work. My

problem is I have a strong personality and I tend to butt heads with management. Deep down, I think I’ll only be satisfied with a job if I’m the boss or own my own business. Do you have any suggestions about positions for someone who can’t handle having a boss? — MISS INDEPENDENT IN THE BRONX DEAR MISS INDEPENDENT: No. Unless someone has rich parents or a magic lamp, most people have to work for — or with — others until they build enough capital to start a business. Even then, business owners must interact with clients they don’t always agree with. Because you tend to butt heads with those in management positions, you would be wise to start working on becoming more patient and less dogmatic. Both qualities will help you in the future if you can develop them. DEAR READERS: Well, 2017 is at an end. Out with the old year, and in

with the new one. Please accept my heartfelt good wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. And — as I caution you every year — if you are partying tonight, PLEASE be safe! Appoint a designated driver and remind that person to drive defensively. — LOVE, ABBY Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. To order “How to Write Letters for All Occasions,” send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Letter Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included in the price.

Horoscopes TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 31). You’ve been bold, courageous and impressive.

All the attention taught you the value of less flashy attributes — kindness, loyalty

and reliability. Those qualities earn you money, friends and love. In January, advertise your services; the investment will quickly pay off. Your family will multiply in 2018. Leo and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 29, 14, 17 and 38. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Anyone with money can buy goods and services, but smooth transactions take

more than money; they take class. It’s why you’ll endeavor to learn the correct manner and etiquette so a cool experience can be had by all. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The more you are impressed by others the more they are impressed with you. Someone who needs attention will soak up all you’re giving and be absolutely charmed by you in the process.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There’s an outcome you’ve been thinking about, and today is the day you’ll reach the maximum number of thoughts you can have about the thing before action is an absolute necessity. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Good thoughts will glow up your aura. And if you don’t believe in an aura, your aura will not suffer in the least. You will still enjoy the warmth of all who brighten up in your light. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you’re more concerned than usual about your image, it’s only because you want to make sure your contributions to others are effective and as useful as can be. You’ll do what it takes to present yourself in a way that puts others at ease. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The race is long and currently not quite appealing enough to motivate you to train. However, helping someone else get through the finish line — now that’s a purpose you can get behind (and you’ll wind up crossing, too!). LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you express your needs and wants, there are those who then shift the focus to their own similar story and call it empathy. That’s not empathy. Supportive people stick with your thing and investigate

further. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Avoid being the bright star of the group today; you’ll only attract haters. The brighter the light the more distinct the shadow. Instead, help others shine so everyone looks good together. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21). Your sense of humor is an ever developing facet of your personality. Anyone who can’t appreciate this probably isn’t the best match for you. You don’t always get to choose, but when you do, choose people who get you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your powers of organization are remarkable. You’ll put a mess back in order, and it won’t even take you that much time. Today’s results will be highly satisfactory on all counts. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18). Something that’s supposed to be making your life easier may be doing the opposite right now, but stay the course. Once you’re over the learning curve, this will be brilliant. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A whimsical mood prevails. There’s a tangent you’d like to spin into. Sure it’s light on logic, but there’s something in this instinct that goes beyond reason and will serve you very well in the future.

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MSU architecture majors make Oktoc Community Club more accessible MSU OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS


fforts by nearly 20 Mississippi State architecture majors are making the Magnolia State’s oldest community club more accessible. A new wooden ramp at the Oktoc Community Club recently was designed and constructed by the university’s Freedom by Design team. Now meeting federal accessibility standards, the entranceway on the historic building’s eastern side is situated near a primary parking area. Freedom by Design is the community service arm of the American Institute of Architecture’s student chapter in the MSU School of Architecture. Established in 1927, the community club was among many launched statewide by what now is the MSU Extension Service to share current information on subjects related to farm production and food preparation and delivery. Members of the south Oktibbeha organization pride themselves for having held monthly meetings without fail over the entire 90-year period. “The building is your traditional white rural church style and has steps at each entrance,” explained Larry Box,

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Freedom by Design workers pictured on the completed ramp at the Oktoc Community Club are, from left, Emily Turner of Starkville; Alex Boyd of Madison; Pablo Vargas of Ridgeland; Kaitlyn Breland of Wiggins; Bre Richeson of Harvest, Alabama; Mariah Green of Southaven; Jose Solorzano of Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Jake Haasl of Charlotte, North Carolina; Kenzie Johnson of Fayetteville, Georgia; and Ashley Casteel of Madison.

chairman of the club’s house and grounds committee. After several members commented on “a need for a ramp to facilitate entrance,” Box said he was encouraged by his wife Florence to reach out to the MSU architecture school. “This project fit really well with the Freedom by Design spirit,” said Emily Turner,

a fourth-year student and FBD co-director. A Starkville resident, she attends MSU as a Presidential Scholar. A trademarked title, Freedom by Design was created to “provide real-world experience through working with clients, learning from local licensed architects and contractors and experiencing the practical

impacts of architecture and design.” Its members focus on finding professional solutions to address physical and other major societal barriers. For more, visit aias.org/freedom-by-design. The MSU architecture students began the project with a design charrette to brainstorm preliminary concepts.

Florals, finances lead off January Quick Bites

Club Notes

BY JAN SWOOPE [email protected]


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REDWING GARDEN CLUB: Redwing Garden Club of Columbus held their annual Christmas party at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point Dec. 14. At top are Emily Moody, Mona Sanders and Angela Koch. On the left, in descending order, are Kathy Goodwin, Linda Sobley, Nona Sheaks, Frieda Burt, L.L. Gates, JoAnn Ferguson, Paulette Garton, Sigga Head and Lee Tortorici. On the right are Burnette Avakian, Martha Rodgers, Lori Fridley, Tracy Kaiser, Carolyn Longs, Teresa Proffitt, Muffie Ellis and Hope Oakes. Following the luncheon, members enjoyed a humorous Christmas item exchange game. Burt and Gates were event hostesses

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GIVING BACK: Dream Weavers 4-H Club of Lowndes County recently donated lap blankets, gloves, scarves, socks, hats and health and beauty products to be distributed to seniors in Contact Helpline’s Reassurance Program. Pictured Dec. 15 at Contact, from left, Dream Weavers organizational leader Linda Ellis, 4-H member LaRencia Ham, Contact Executive Director Katrina Sunivelle, and 4-H members Eryana Treadwell, MaKiya Clay and LaKenzia Ham.

Members of Northwood Garden Club of Columbus recently enjoyed a Christmas program by Fred Kinder of Columbus about his collection of more than 2,000 Santas from numerous countries. They are displayed

he dawn of a new year will bring with it a new slate of Quick Bites interactive video sessions available to the public through the Mississippi State Extension Service. These condensed midday doses of information and education will be offered Jan. 4, 11 and 25 next month. Programs are held from noon to 1 p.m. on designated Thursdays. Free programs in January 2018 include: n Jan. 4 — Japanese Floral Design Presenter Lynette McDougald, of MSU Plant and Soil Sciences, demonstrates ikebana, the Japanese art of floral design. Ikebana designs, with origins as far back as the seventh century, were made with only a very few stems of flowers and foliages. As our season changes and our garden flowers fade, visit this historical design style. n Jan. 11 — Technology Tools for Saving Money Bekah Sparks, Extension Instructor with the Center for Technology Outreach, talks about saving money and spending smarter. Discover how to utilize technology, through apps and websites, to help your family save in the new year. n Jan. 25 — Rural Medical and Science Scholars Presenter: Ann Sansing, Extension Instructor, Food Science, Nutrition, & Health Promotion The Rural Medical and Science Scholars program, formally known as Rural Medical Scholars, is an exciting summer opportunity for academically talented students between their junior and senior years with an interest in health or science. The program focus is on “growing local docs,” but offers additional experiences to help broaden a knowledge base in STEM careers and opportunities in the healthcare field. County Extension offices wanting to sign up for the video programs can do so at http:// techoutreach.msucares.com/distance-education. Sign up using the online county sign up system. (From the Distance Education dropdown menu, click on County Schedule Signup). Or, counties may email to [email protected], or call our MSU Extension. Individuals interested in registering for one of January’s programs should contact their county’s Extension office: 662-328-2111 (Lowndes): 662323-5916 (Oktibbeha); or 662-494-5371 (Clay). Video sessions will also be held in Bost 409 for those on the MSU campus.

OUT THERE Now through Jan. 21 – Ice skating at BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo (select dates). ($10 includes skate rental; season passes $80.) 662-841-6573 or email [email protected] Jan. 12 – Sister Hazel, Rick’s Cafe, Starkville. rickscafe.net. Jan. 16 – Gladys Knight, Riley Center, Meridian. 601-696-2200, msurileycenter.com. Jan. 18 – Styx, BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo. 662841-6528, bcsarena.com. Jan. 24 – “The Sound of Music” National Tour, Ford Center, Oxford. 662-915-7411, fordcenter.org. Jan. 27 — North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra “String Fever,” Tupelo. nmsymphony.com. Courtesy photo

Northwood Garden Club members, from left, Beth Reed, Lucy Phillips, Cherry Dunn and Becky Mendoza are pictured with Fred Kinder at a recent meeting featuring Kinder’s collection of Santa Claus figures.

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After completing research to ascertain their design complied with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 and was within budget, they developed a virtual model to present to the client. The project took two weeks to complete. The rigorous demands of daily class schedules led team members to complete much of the work at night, Turner said. She gave special credit for meeting the deadline to Pablo Vargas of Ridgeland, a second-year architecture student and the project’s construction manager. She also praised support provided by the Boxes, both retired public school employees. “Dr. Box was a great partner to have for our second project; he stayed late to help us and his wife baked treats.” she said. Box said he and other club members are “very pleased” with the outcome. “It looks good and is very functional,” he added. “These kids worked hard and I was impressed with their work ethic.” For more about MSU’s Freedom by Design chapter, contact Turner at [email protected] or find the group on Instagram at fbd_msstate. Information on the School of Architecture is found at caad. msstate.edu/caad/home.php.

in one room, along with Christmas needlepoint pillows done by Kinder. Ralph Null also enlightened members with an overview of art programs in Columbus, as well as his notecards and floral prints. The club’s next meeting will be Jan. 16.

Feb. 15-17 – Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival, Thomas Fine Arts Center, Petal (just outside Hattiesburg). mississippidulcimer.com.

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Southern Gardening

Gary lists his 2017 garden favorites


or the are a good last choice for Souththe garden ern Gardenbecause ing column of they are so 2017, I want easy to grow. to take a look Along with back at some their beauty, of my absolute nasturtiums favorite plants are versatile, from my home require very landscape this little attenGary Bachman past year. tion and are I have edible. That’s been talking for several the trifecta for plants in years about what fantasmy garden. tic garden performers The variety of their Supertunias are. But my flower colors is amazabsolute favorite — and it ing. Warm yellows, reds has been my favorite for and oranges shout for several years — is Super- attention when planted in tunia Vista Bubblegum. the full sun. Nasturtiums This plant is so reliable it also have double flower was chosen as a Mississelections and bicolor sesippi Medallion winner lections with dark eyes. in 2012. Each flower has a long The flowers are clear, spur on the back that conbright pink, and these tains sweet nectar. The plants have performed flowers are held on long well in Mississippi garstems and seem to float dens. They are extremely above the dark-green, vigorous plants that peppery-tasting foliage. typically spread to 3 feet and reach up to 24 inches tall. Vista Bubblegum is an excellent choice for containers and hanging baskets where the flowering branches can cascade over the edge. In 2016, I planted a single Vista Bubblegum for ground cover under my citrus trees growing in 25-gallon containers. By the end of the summer, the plants had a 5-foot spread and were crawling around my landscape. This year, I took advantage of being on the coast and planted my Bubblegums in October in the 25-gallon citrus containers in my front landscape. Look out 2018! Salvia Playin’ The Blues was a new plant this year. It is a Proven Winners variety that produced beautiful, blue flowers all summer long. A unique feature is that the calyx remains blue after the flower falls off, making it look like the flower lasts longer. I was amazed when I looked at the plant this morning and saw it still has some of these blue calyxes brightening a gloomy December day. This salvia had bumblebees on it from spring flowering through the fall. Even during lulls in the rain bands of Hurricane Cindy, the bumbles would be back for a quick snack. One plant that has definitely earned its spot in my landscape is Vermillionaire cuphea. This is a heat-loving plant that flowers from spring to frost. Last year, Vermillionaire was flowering all the way into November in my coastal Mississippi garden. The common name for Vermillionaire is firecracker plant, and it lives up to that name with abundant fiery yellow, red and orange tubular flowers produced up, down and all over the entire plant. It literally was a mound of flowers and quite the sight all summer long. These flowers are butterfly and hummingbird magnets. I was amazed by the insects that took advantage of the flowers from first flowering in the spring all the way to the freezing temperatures we had last week during the snowstorm. Vermillionaire is a nice-sized plant, as it reached about 3 feet tall with an almost equal spread by the end of summer growing in a large container in my landscape. It is a really nice container plant for the patio. I’ve been growing nasturtiums in my garden and landscape for the past couple of years, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Nasturtiums

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A unique feature of Salvia Playin’ The Blues is the calyx that remains blue after the flower falls off, making it look like the flowers last longer.

Four varieties I grew this year are Alaska, Empress of India, Night and Day and Jewel Mix. Go ahead and try

some new plants in your landscape for 2018, and see if you find some new favorites. Gary Bachman is an

Extension and research professor of horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in

Biloxi and hosts Southern Gardening television and radio programs. Contact him at [email protected]

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‘Hamilton’ creator gives Mississippi fan best Christmas present SPECIAL TO THE DISPATCH


in-Manuel Miranda, creator of hit show “Hamilton,” gave an American fan the best Christmas present when he met her and her husband after a performance of the show in London at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Kathy Herbert, 57, from Oxford, Mississippi, was the winner of a competition organized by VisitLondon.com, the official visitor guide to the capital. Kathy and her husband John won a trip to the British capital, as well as tickets to the show and a meet-andgreet with Hamilton’s creator. Also joining the meet-and-greet were Luz Towns-Miranda and Luis A. Miranda Jr., Lin-Manuel’s parents. Kathy Herbert said, “Winning this trip has been like a dream come true, and there’s no doubt the highlight was to see the London production of ‘Hamilton’ and meet Lin-Manuel Miranda! He is such a nice and friendly man, and he even gave our three daughters a call to say hi. We had a really great time chatting to him, and the show was fabulous.” Herbert added, “We’ve had the chance to visit London before as one of our daughters goes to university in the UK, but seeing it at this time of year, with the Christmas lights and the festive spirit, has been absolutely wonderful. We can’t wait to come back.”

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Kathy and John Herbert of Oxford visit with Lin-Manuel Miranda at a recent meet-and-greet in London. Miranda made a call to greet the Herberts’ daughters. Kathy Herbert won tickets to “Hamilton,” created by Miranda.

A few do’s and don’ts for toasting in the New Year SPECIAL TO THE DISPATCH


ew Year’s Eve is upon us, and if you’re attending any kind of social gathering to ring in the New Year, chances are someone is going to offer a toast. But just what are the do’s and don’ts of toasting? Etiquette expert Sharon Schweitzer, founder of Access to Culture, offers these toasting tips: n First Toast: In light of their planning, and financing, the host or hostess of the dinner or social party offers the first toast. At an informal dinner party or table of friends, however, a guest can propose the first toast to thank the host for organizing the event or gathering. n To Clink or Not? Today it’s not necessary. You may choose to clink your glass, or not. Avoid making others uncomfortable by refraining from comments like “I don’t clink.” Etiquette is about others feeling comfortable in your presence. n Observing Toast Boundaries: In the U.S., New Year’s Eve toasts are extremely brief, sometimes 10 to 15 seconds; occurring with much fanfare at midnight. If you don’t want to be kissed by strangers, stay close to your date, extend your hand for a handshake, provide

your cheek for an “air-kiss” or excuse yourself before midnight. n Champagne Bottle Opening: There is a proper way to open a bottle of champagne to avoid the spray, injuring someone with the cork, or spilling a precious drop. Hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle while grasping the champagne cork gently with the one hand, and turn the bottom of the bottle firmly with the other hand. Be sure to twist the bottom of the bottle slowly, until you feel the cork gently release in your hand. n Non-alcoholic toasts: Toasting is about the sentiment of the occasion, not the liquid in the glass. Some guests refrain from consuming alcohol for health and medical reasons. People undergoing medical treatment, in recovery, or taking certain prescription medication cannot take even “just one sip.” It is impolite to insist that they do, because they can still acceptably join in the toasting with a sparkling beverage, ginger ale, club soda, seltzer or juice. If you do not drink and are offered an alcoholic beverage, simply say “no thank you.” Consultant and author Sharon Schweitzer is founder of Access to Culture, a cross-cultural and international protocol firm based in Austin, Texas.


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Mood swings

The less sleep we get, the more likely we are to experience conflict, Elmore-Staton said. “Lack of sleep may make us overreact to arguments that we may otherwise push aside as not worth our time and effort,” she explained. “ ... You may be in a more negative mood, but you may also perceive other people’s behavior to be more negative. “ ... Even if only one person in the family is getting less sleep than needed, the entire family is impacted.” Leflore County Extension agent Jennifer Russell said couples sometimes unknowingly bring suffering to their marriages this way. “As a golden rule, get the sleep that you need so that you do not take it out on your family. Sleep reaps benefits like more joy and laughter in the home,” Russell said. Russell and Elmore-Staton both recommend seven to nine hours of sleep per night for adults, but children can range from nine to 11, teenagers eight to 10, and infants as much as 12 to 15 hours daily. Russell’s top tip for making sleep a priority is to establish a family-wide bedtime and be consistent about maintaining it. “You can dim the lights or set a timer for the television to turn off after a certain amount of time if you or your partner must have noise to fall asleep,” she said. “You can also use

earphones to block out noise.” Russell encourages parents to train their children to go to sleep at a certain time. One way to help that is by limiting liquid or sugar intake before bedtime. “You have to find the methods that work for your household and stick with them. Routines make for a friendly, easy environment in the home,” she said.

Sleep disorders

The National Sleep Foundation estimates at least 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. The most common one is obstructive sleep apnea. Signs include loud snoring, abnormal breathing and excessive daytime sleepiness. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus now offers an at-home sleep test that allows a physician to determine if a patient suffers from it. The physician-ordered test, which is covered by most insurance, is simple to perform, said Leslie Albright, Baptist director of Respiratory Care. “This at-home study is for those who have mild to moderate probability of sleep apnea. It is a screening tool for those who come in with common complaints of sleep-related symptoms,” she explained. Patients with a high probability of the condition would be recommended for a more extensive sleep study in the hospital’s sleep disorder center.

After using the equipment at home for a minimum four-hour sleep, patients return it to the hospital for evaluation by a certified sleep physician, such as Dr. John Boswell. “We are learning more and more about the effect of sleep disorder breathing, particularly sleep apnea and especially its impact on other illnesses, such as diabetes control, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease,” said Boswell. “We are discovering that there are many members of our community that are suffering from sleep disorder breathing that goes undiagnosed. (With this test) we hope to be able to increase our ability to pick up on some of those people.” For more information about sleep apnea or the at-home test, contact Albright at 662-244-2938 or 800-544-8762, ext. 2938.

A better you

For those not dealing with a diagnosed sleep disorder, but still below-par from lack of shuteye, try adding “more sleep” to the resolutions. A regimen of rest could boost productivity, improve health, relationships and outlook. It may be the simplest, most inexpensive investment in self on the list going into the new year. Editor’s note: In addition to Baptist Memorial Hospital, Lindsay Pace of the MSU Extension Service contributed some information contained in this article.





Columbus Christian Academy in Columbus hosted its Christmas Classic basketball tournament Wednesday and Thursday.

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Allen Lewis and Quin Williams

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Tom Mcreynolds, Sammy Slaughter, Johnny Fair and Brian Jones

Greg Watkins and Blake Chandler

Marilyn Tabor, Lynda Mcreynolds, Audrey McBride and Judy Staggers


Good food drove away the chill at a wild game dinner hosted by Jay Yates and Frank Jones at The Veranda in Starkville Wednesday.

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Ben Carver and Rodney Faver

Maggie Fair and Jamie Carver

Patti Favor, Suzanne Lindley, Janet Mullins, Tammy Jones and Frankie Jones

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ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CALVARY ASSEMBLY OF GOD — Lehmberg Rd. and Bennett Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Eric Crews, Pastor. FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD — 2201 Military Road. Christian Education 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Nursery Church (2-3 yrs.) Super Church (children)10:30 a.m. Worship 6 p.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Nursery provided for all services. Jody Gurley, Pastor. 662-328-6374 NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD — 4474 New Hope Road. Worship 10:30 a.m., Children’s Church 10:30 a.m., Jack Medley, Pastor. 662-664-0852 BAPTIST ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH — Hwy. 45 N. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Discipleship Training 5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Mitch McWilliams, Pastor. 662-328-4765 ARMSTRONG BAPTIST CHURCH — 1707 Yorkville Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. William Vaughn, Pastor. 662-328-0670 ARTESIA BAPTIST CHURCH — Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Pastor Jeff Morgan. BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 3232 Military Road. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Choir Rehearsal 5 p.m., Worship, 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Nursery provided. Walter Butler, Pastor. BETHESDA BAPTIST CHURCH — 2096 Bethesda Rd, Crawford. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m., Worship 7 p.m., Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Allan Dees, Pastor. 662-272-8734 BORDER SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH — 15949 Hwy. 12 E., Caledonia. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Kids for Christ 5 p.m., Discipleship Training 5:15 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. David Westmoreland, Pastor. 662356-6870 BROOKSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH — Main Street, Brooksville. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. CALEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH — 7840 Wolfe Road, Caledonia. Sunday Men’s Prayer Service 9:30 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Bible Study 4 p.m., Worship 5 p.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Bob Burch, Pastor. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH — 295 Dowdle Dr. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Adult Choir rehearsals and Discipleship Training 5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:15 p.m. Rev. Ralph Windle, Interim Pastor. 662-328-6741 CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH — 385 7th St. SW, Vernon, Ala. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (6 p.m. - Daylight Savings Time), Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Wil Corbett, Pastor. 205-270-1845 CANAAN BAPTIST CHURCH — 1008 Lehmberg Rd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Service and Children’s Church 10:30 a.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Paul Shaw, Pastor. 662327-3771 CANAAN MB CHURCH — 2425 Bell Ave. Sunday School 8:15 a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Jimmy Pounds, Pastor. 662-327-1226 COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH — 2490 Yorkville Rd. East Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study, Children & Youth Classes 7 p.m. Jaron Andrews, Pastor. Edward Rhinewalt, Music Director. 662-327-5306 CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH — 844 Old West Point Rd., Starkville. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Greg Upperman, Pastor. 662-323-6351 or visit www.cornerstonestarkville.com EAST END BAPTIST CHURCH — 380 Hwy. 50 W. (Hwy. 50 and Holly Hills Rd.) Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Worship 5 p.m. followed by Discipleship Training, Mission Friends and GAs 5 p.m., Sanctuary Choir 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Prayer Meeting, Youth Worship, Preschool & Children’s Choirs 6:30 p.m. Bryon Benson, Pastor. 662-328-5915 EASTVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH — 1316 Ben Christopher Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Junior Eads, Pastor. 662-329-2245 FAIRVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH — 127 Airline Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Dr. Breck Ladd, Pastor. 662-328-2924 FAITH CHRISTIAN BAPTIST CHURCH — 1621 Mike Parra Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Rev. Michael Love, Pastor. 662-434-5252 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH — 7th St. and 2nd. Ave. N. Sunday Worship 8:45 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m. (Worship televised at 10 a.m. on WCBI-TV, Columbus Cable Channel 7), Contemporary Worship 11 a.m.; Sunday 5 p.m. Worship at 3000 Bluecutt Road, Midweek Prayer Service Wednesday 6:00 p.m. located downtown. Dr. Shawn Parker, Pastor. 662245-0540 columbusfbc.org FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF STEENS — 40 Odom Rd., Steens. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST — 125 Yorkville Rd. W. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. John Gainer, Pastor. 662-328-6024 or 662-328-3183 GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH — 708 Airline Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Charles Whitney, Pastor. GRACE COVENANT BAPTIST CHURCH — 912 11th Ave. S. Sunday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pastor Sammy Burns. 662-3281096 GREENWOOD SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH — 278 East between Gattman & Amory. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7:15 p.m. Rev. John Walden, Pastor. 662-356-4445 IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 6342 Military Rd., Steens. Bible Study 10:30 a.m., Worship 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. 662-328-1668 KOLOLA SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH — Caledonia. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., AWANA 4:456 Ages 2-12th grade (Sept. - May), Worship 5 p.m., Choir Practice Wednesday 6 p.m., 252 Basics Children’s Ministry an Cross Training Youth Wednesday 7 p.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Rev. Don Harding, Pastor. LONGVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH — 991 Buckner Street, Longview. Sunday School 10:00 a.m., Worship 11:00 a.m., Discipleship Training 5:15 p.m., Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m. Pastor Larry W. Yarber, or email [email protected], 662-769-4774 MCBEE BAPTIST CHURCH — 2846 Hwy. 50 E. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Discipleship Training 5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Jimmy Ray, Pastor. 662-328-7177 MIDWAY BAPTIST CHURCH — Holly Hills Rd. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m., Prayer Service every Saturday 6 p.m. Rev. Denver Clark, Pastor. MOUNT PISGAH BAPTIST CHURCH — 2628 East Tibbee Rd., West Point. Sunday Worship each week 8 a.m., 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday Worship 11:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Donald Wesley, Pastor. MOUNT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH — 1791 Lake Lowndes Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Steve Lammons, Pastor. 662-328-2811 MT. VERNON CHURCH — 200 Mt. Vernon Rd. Sunday Worship 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Service Life Groups for all ages 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Connection Cafe 10 a.m., Discovery Zone. 662-328-3042 mtvchurch.com MURRAH’S CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 9297 Hwy. 69 S. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NEW COVENANT BAPTIST CHURCH — Highway 50 E. Sunday School 9 a.m., Service 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Ed Nix, Pastor. NEW JOURNEY CHURCH — 3123 New Hope Rd. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m., Small Groups 5:30 p.m., Kevin Edge, Pastor. 662-315-7753 or thenewjourneychurch.org NEW SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH — 7086 Wolfe Rd., 3 miles south of Caledonia. Sunday Worship 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Sunday Evening - AWANA 4 p.m., Discipleship Training, Youth & Adult 5 p.m., Evening Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday - Adults, Youth & Children 6:30 p.m. 662356-4940 www.newsalembaptistcaledonia.com Bro. Mel Howton, Pastor. NORTHSIDE FREE WILL BAPTIST — 14th Ave. and Waterworks. 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Eastview Baptist Church Submit a photo of your church’s event by emailing it to [email protected] Photos should be high quality and identify all individuals in the photo. The Dispatch will publish photos at no charge as space permits. Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Riley Forrest, Sr., Pastor. 662-272-8221 PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST — 1383 Pleasant Hill Rd. Sunday Worship 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Bill Hurt, Pastor. 662-329-3921 PLYMOUTH BAPTIST CHURCH — 187 Plymouth Rd. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Randy Rigdon, Pastor. Neil Shepherd, Music. SOVEREIGN FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH — 7852 Hwy. 12 E., Steens. Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Service 5 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Charles Young, Pastor. SOVEREIGN GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH — 12859 Martin Road Spur, Northport, Ala. Worship 11 a.m., Sunday Bible Study noon. Todd Bryant, Pastor. sovereigngrace.net STATE LINE BAPTIST CHURCH — 7560 Hwy. 1282 E. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Night small group 6:30 p.m. Robert Gillis, Pastor. 662-3292973 TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE BAPTIST CHURCH — 4307 Sand Rd., Steens. Maurice Williams, Pastor. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. 662327-2580 UNITED CHRISTIAN BAPTIST CHURCH — 2 blocks east of Hwy. 69 on Yorkville Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m. Steven James, Pastor. UNIVERSITY BAPTIST CHURCH — 1104 Louisville St., Starkville (located in Fellowship Hall of St. Luke Lutheran Church). Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Bert Montgomery, Pastor. www.ubcstarkville.org VICTORY FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH — Victory Loop off of Mill Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor, Al Hamm. WOODLAND BAPTIST CHURCH — 3033 Ridge Rd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Worship 6 p.m., AWANA Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Shelby Hazzard, Senior Pastor. Brad Wright, Director of Student Ministries. 10TH STREET FAIRLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH — 1118 7th St. S. Sunday School 8 a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Youth Ministry Wednesday 4:30 p.m. Rev. Brian Hood, Pastor. INDEPENDENT BAPTIST BETHESDA CHURCH — 1800 Short Main. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Nathaniel Best, Pastor. E-mail: [email protected] BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH — 5860 Hwy. 50 E., West Point. Sunday School 10 a.m., Service 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH — 1720 Hwy. 373. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Martin “Buddy” Gardner, Pastor. LIGHTHOUSE BAPTIST CHURCH — 5030 Hwy. 182 E. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. 662-327-1130 SHINING LIGHT BAPTIST CHURCH — 801 Russell St., Starkville in the Comfort Suites Conference Room, Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor John Harvey. slbcstarkville.org 662-648-0282 MISSIONARY BAPTIST ANDERSON GROVE MB CHURCH — 1853 Anderson Grove Road, Caledonia. Sunday School 9:20 a.m., Worship 11:00 a.m., Bible Study Wednesday 6:20 p.m. David O. Williams, Pastor. 662-356-4968. ANTIOCH MB CHURCH — 2304 Seventh Ave. N. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Kenny Bridges, Pastor. BETHLEHEM MB CHURCH — 293 Bethlehem Road, Caledonia. Sunday School 1st and 4th Sundays 8 a.m., 2nd & 3rd Sundays 9:30 a.m., Worship 1st & 4th Sundays 9:30 a.m., 2nd & 3rd Sundays 11 a.m., Wednesdays 6 p.m. Rev. Willie James Gardner, Pastor. 662-356-4424 BLESSING MB CHURCH — Starkville Sportsplex, Activity Center 405 Lynn Lane Road. Sunday Worship 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pastor Martin. 662-744-0561 BRICK MB CHURCH — Old Macon Rd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, Worship 2nd and 4th Sundays only 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Everett Little, Pastor. CALVARY FAITH CENTER — Hwy. 373 & Jess Lyons Road. Sunday Worship 8:00 a.m., Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Pastor Robert Bowers, Pastor. 662-434-0144 CEDAR GROVE MB CHURCH — 286 Swartz Dr. Worship Services 11:15 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Jerome Dixon, Jr., Pastor. 662-434-6528 CHRISTIAN HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH — 14096 MS Hwy. 388, Brooksville, MS 39739, Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11:00 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Bobby Bowen, Pastor. 662-738-5837/549-6100 CHRIST MB CHURCH — 110 2nd Ave. S. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m., B.T.U. Program every 1st & 3rd Sunday 6 p.m. ELBETHEL MB CHURCH — 2205 Washington Ave. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7:00 p.m., Rev. Leroy Jones, Pastor. FAITH HARVEST MB CHURCH — 4266 Sand Road. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:00 a.m., Bible Class Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Hugh L. Dent, Pastor. 662-243-7076. FOURTH STREET MB CHURCH — 610 4th St. N. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Rev. Jimmy L. Rice, Pastor. 662-328-1913 FRIENDSHIP MB CHURCH — 1102 12th Ave. S. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Dr. Stanley K. McCrary, Pastor. 662-327-7473 or 662-251-4185 GREATER MT. OLIVE M.B. CHURCH — 1856 Carson Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Donald Henry, Pastor. HALBERT MISSION MB CHURCH — 2199 Halbert Church Rd., Ethelsville, Ala. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Ernest Prescott, Pastor. HOPEWELL MB CHURCH — 4892 Ridge Rd. Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Rev. Charles Davison, Pastor. JERUSALEM MB CHURCH — 14129 Hwy 12 E., Caledonia. Sunday School 8:30 a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Rev. Willie Petty, Sr., Pastor. MAPLE STREET BAPTIST — 219 Maple St. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Joseph Oyeleye, Pastor. 662-328-4629 MILLERS CHAPEL MB CHURCH — 425 East North St. Macon. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Ron Houston, Pastor. MISSIONARY UNION BAPTIST CHURCH — 1207 5th Ave. N. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Baptist Training Union 5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Tony A. Montgomery, Pastor. MOUNT ZION M.B. CHURCH — 2221 14th Ave. N. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Jesse J. Slater, Pastor. 662-328-4979 MT. ARY MB CHURCH — 291 S. Frontage Rd., Lot #4. Sunday

School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Erick Logan, Pastor. MT. AVERY BAPTIST CHURCH — 12311 Nashville Ferry Rd. E. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday except 5th Sunday. Rev. John Wells, Pastor. MT. OLIVE MB CHURCH — 2020 Atkin Rd., Millport, Ala. Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship Service 10 a.m. Pastor Benny W. Henry. 205-662-3923 NEW HOPE MB CHURCH — 271 Church St., Artesia. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Thomas E. Rice is Pastor. 662-494-1580 NEW BAPTIST TEMPLE MB CHURCH — 5937 Nashville Ferry Rd. E. Sunday School 9 a.m. each week except 5th Sunday, Worship 10 a.m. each week except 5th Sunday, 5th Sundays: Ushers Board Fellowship. Rev. L.A. Gardner, Pastor. 662-329-3321 NEW ZION PILGRIM MB CHURCH — 5253 New Hope Rd. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship Services 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Christopher Wriley, Pastor. NEW ZION STEENS MB CHURCH — 3301 Sand Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Pastor Rev. Billy D. Hill. 662-329-5224 OAK GROVE MB CHURCH — 1090 Taylor Thurston Rd. Sunday School 9:00 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6:15 p.m. Pastor Therman Cunningham Sr., 662-328-5546 OAKLAND MB CHURCH — 18 Fairport Road, Crawford. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m., Mass Choir Rehearsal - Wed. before 1st and 2nd Sun. 6 p.m., Male Chorus Rehearsal - Wed. before 3rd Sun. 6 p.m., Junior Choir Rehearsal - Wed. before 4th Sun. 6 p.m. Rev. Sammy L. White, Pastor. PLEASANT GROVE ROBINSON MB CHURCH — 9203 Hwy. 389 N., Starkville. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:15 a.m., Wednesday Prayer Service/Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor George A. Sanders. 456-0024 PLEASANT RIDGE MB CHURCH — Ridge Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. A. Edwards, Sr., Pastor. PROVIDENCE MB CHURCH — Old Hwy. 69 S. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Gilbert Anderson, Pastor. SAINT MATTHEWS MB CHURCH — 1213 Island Rd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Curtis Clay, Sr., Pastor. SALEM MB CHURCH — Hwy. 86, Carrollton, Ala. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. David J. Johnson, Jr., Pastor. SECOND JAMES CREEK MB CHURCH — 4898 Baldwin Rd., Brooksville. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Pastor Michael Tate. 662-738-5855 SOUTHSIDE MB CHURCH — 100 Nashville Ferry Rd. E. Sunday School 8:30 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Rayfield Evins Jr., Pastor. SIXTH AVENUE MB CHURCH — 1519 Sixth Ave. N. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m., Bible Study Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. W.C. Talley, Pastor. 662-329-2344 SPRINGFIELD MB CHURCH — 6369 Hwy. 45 S. (1st & 3rd Sunday) Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m., (1st & 3rd Wednesday) 7 p.m. Robert Gavin, Pastor. 662-327-9843 STEPHEN CHAPEL MB CHURCH — 514 20th St. N. Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. B.T.U. 5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Joe Peoples, Pastor. St. James MB CHURCH — 6525 Hardy-Billups Rd., Crawford. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Rev. Chad Payton, Pastor. St. JOHN MB CHURCH — 3477 Motley Rd., Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Joe Brooks, Pastor. 327-7494. ST. PAUL MB CHURCH — Robinson Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Willie Mays, Pastor. ST. PAUL MB CHURCH — 1800 Short Main St. Disciple Training/Sunday School 8 a.m., Worship 9:00 a.m. Rev. John F. Johnson, Pastor. 662-241-7111 STRONG HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH — 325 Barton Ferry Rd., West Point. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. UNION BAPTIST MB CHURCH — 101 Weaver Rd. (Hwy. 69 S) Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Pastor McSwain. TABERNACLE MB CHURCH — Magnolia Drive, Macon. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. UNION HOPEWELL MB CHURCH — 150 Spurlock Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Carlton Jones, Pastor. WOODLAWN LANDMARK MB CHURCH — 8086 Hwy. 12. East, Steens. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. David Retherford, Pastor. THE WORD CHURCH INTERNATIONAL — 366 Carson Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:15 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. John Sanders, Pastor. ZION GATE MB CHURCH — 1202 5th St. S. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 8 a.m. and 10:45., Children’s Church 10:15 a.m., Worship 5 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Dr. James A. Boyd, Pastor. PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ABERDEEN PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH — Washington St. & Columbus St., Aberdeen. Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Herb Hatfield, Pastor. 662-369-4937 HAMILTON PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH — Flower Farm Rd., 2 miles South of Hamilton, just off Hwy. 45. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Jesse Phillips, Pastor. 662-429-2305 SPRINGHILL P.B. CHURCH — 3996 Sandyland Road, Macon, MS. Walter Lowery Jr., Pastor. Sunday School 9:00 a.m., Worship 10:00 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 6 p.m. 662738-5006. SULPHUR SPRINGS PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH — North of Caledonia on Wolf Rd, Hamilton. Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 1st Sunday Night at 6:30 p.m. Herman Clark, Pastor. 662369-2532 ANGLICAN CATHOLIC SAINT DAVID’S AT MAYHEW — 549 Mayhew Rd., Mayhew. Holy Eucharist - Sunday 10 a.m. 662-244-5939 or anglicancatholic.org CATHOLIC ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC CHURCH — 808 College St. Mass Schedules are as follows: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8 a.m., Tuesday 5:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m., and Annunciation Catholic School (during the school year). Father Jeffrey Waldrep, Priest.

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JEWISH B’NAI ISRAEL — 717 2nd Ave. N. Services Semi-monthly. Friday 7:30 p.m. 662-329-5038 Universalist UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST — Meeting at Temple B’nai Israel, 1301 Marshall, Tupelo, every 1st & 3rd Sunday. 662-620-7344 or uua.org LUTHERAN FAITH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (WELS) — Hwy. 45 N. and 373. Sunday School/Bible Class 3:45 p.m., Worship 5 p.m. 662-356-4647 OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH (L.C.M.S.) — 1211 18th Ave. N. Sunday School 9 a.m.. Worship 10 a.m. Stan Clark, Pastor. 662-327-7747 oursaviorlutheranms.org MENNONITE FAITH MENNONITE FELLOWSHIP — 2988 Tarlton Rd., Crawford. Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Sunday School 11 a.m., 2nd & 4th Sunday Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Kevin Yoder, Senior Pastor. METHODIST ARTESIA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 50 Church Street, Artesia. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Gene Merkl, Pastor. CALEDONIA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 811 Main Street, Caledonia. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Charity Gordon, Pastor. CLAIBORNE CME CHURCH — 6049 Nashville Ferry Rd. E. 2nd and 4th Sundays - Sunday School 10a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., 1st and 3rd Sundays - 3 p.m., Geneva H. Thomas, Pastor. CONCORD INDEPENDENT METHODIST CHURCH — 1235 Concord Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Robert L. Hamilton, Sr., Pastor. COVENANT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 618 31st Ave. N. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Eugene Bramlett, Pastor. CRAWFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — Main St., Crawford. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. and service 10 a.m. Kathy Brackett, Pastor. 662-364-8848 CROSSROAD CHAPEL C.M.E. CHURCH — Steens. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Rev. Carl Swanigan, Pastor. FIRST INDEPENDENT METHODIST — 417 Lehmberg Rd. Sunday bible study at 10:15 and morning worship at 11 a.m. Minister Gary Shelton. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 602 Main St. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 8:45 & 11 a.m., Vespers & Communion 5 p.m. Rev. Jimmy Criddle, Pastor. Rev. Trey Skaggs, Associate Pastor. 328-5252 FLINT HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 80 Old Honnoll Mill Rd., Caledonia. Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Charity Gordon, Pastor. GLENN’S CHAPEL CME CHURCH — 1109 4th St. S. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. Rev. Raphael Terry, Pastor. 662328-1109 HEBRON C.M.E. CHURCH — 1910 Steens Road, Steens. Meets first, second and third Sundays, Bible class each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Earnest Sanders, Pastor. MILITARY CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — Hwy. 12, Steens. Sunday School 9:45, Service 11 a.m.. Meet on 2nd and 4th Sundays. Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 p.m. Rev. Antra Geeter, Pastor. 662-327-4263 NEW HOPE CME CHURCH — 1452 Yorkville Road East, Columbus. Sunday School 10:00 a.m., Worship service first, third and fourth Sunday (Youth Sunday) 11:00 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 5:00 p.m. Rev. Cornelia Naylor, Pastor. 662-328-5309 NEW HOPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 2503 New Hope Road. Sunday Worship 8:45 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Rev. Sarah Windham, Pastor. 662329-3555 ORR’S CHAPEL CME CHURCH — Nicholson Street, Brooksville. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m. PINEY GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 102 Fernbank Rd., Steens. Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 pm. Ron McDougald, Pastor. SANDERS CHAPEL CME CHURCH — 521 15th St. N. Sunday School 8 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m., Tuesday 11:45 a.m. Rev. Dr. Luther Minor, Pastor. SHAEFFERS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 1007 Shaeffers Chapel Rd., Traditional Worship Service 9 a.m., Praise and Worship Service 10:45 a.m., Rev. Curtis Bray, Pastor. ST. JAMES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 722 Military Rd. Breakfast 9:20 a.m., Sunday School 9:40 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Sunday Evening Worship 6 p.m., Adult/Children Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m., Young Adult Bible Study Thursday 7 p.m. Rev. Paul E. Luckett, Pastor. ST. PAUL INDEPENDENT METHODIST CHURCH — Freeman Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday Services 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Youth activities 5 p.m. John Powell, Pastor. ST. PAUL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 307 South Cedar Street, Macon, Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. , Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Demetric Darden, Pastor. ST. STEPHEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 800 Tuscaloosa Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Ron McDougald, Pastor. TABERNACLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — Rt. 2, 6015 Tabernacle Rd., Ethelsville, AL. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rickey C. Green, Pastor. 205-662-3443 TRINITY-MT. CARMEL CME CHURCH — 4610 Carson Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m., Pastor Lizzie Harris. 662-329-3995 TURNER CHAPEL AME CHURCH — 1108 14th St. S. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 5 p.m. Yvonne Fox, Pastor. WESLEY UNITED METHODIST — 511 Airline Rd. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:55 a.m., Wednesday 5:15 p.m., Chancel Choir 7 p.m., Youth Monday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Sarah Windham. WRIGHT CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — Hwy. 45 Alt. S., Crawford. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m., Tuesday 6 p.m. Kori Bridges, Pastor. 662-422-9013. MORMON CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS — 2808 Ridge Rd. Sacrament Meeting 9 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Priesthood & Relief Society 11 a.m., Youth Activities Wednesday 6 p.m. Bishop Eric Smith. 662-328-3179. CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE — 2722 Ridge Rd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.,Worship 10:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Stephen Joiner, Pastor. NON — DENOMINATIONAL A PREPARED TABLE MINISTRY — 1201 College St. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:10 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Timothy J. Bailey, Pastor. 662-889-7778 ABUNDANT LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH — 611 S. Frontage Road. Sunday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Craig Morris, Pastor. ALL NATIONS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, INC. — 1560 Hwy. 69 S., Sunday 9 a.m., Wednesday 6:45 p.m., Friday Corporate Prayer 7 p.m. Pastor James T. Verdell, Jr. crosswayradio.com 9 a.m., 11 a.m., & 7 p.m. on Fridays only. CALEDONIA OPEN DOOR WORSHIP CENTER — 3288 CalVernon Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Randy Holmes, Pastor. 662-855-5006 COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN CENTER — 146 S. McCrary Rd. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m., Kid’s Church 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Kenny Gardner, Pastor. 662-328-3328 CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP CENTER — 109 Maxwell Lane. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11:15 a.m., Wednesday Prayer 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible Band 7 p.m. Grover C. Richards, Pastor. 662-328-8124 CORNERSTONE WORSHIP CENTER — 98 Harrison Rd., Steens. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m., 1st Sunday Evening 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Marion (Bubba) Dees, Pastor. 662-327-4303 DAYSTAR FAMILY CHURCH — 1995 6th St. N. Sunday Worship 10 a.m., DFC Baby Church 6 wks. - 2 yr. old, AMP JR 3&4 yr. old, AMP SR 5-12 yr. old. Pastor Ben Rodriguez. EMMANUEL CIRCLE OF LOVE OUTREACH — 1608 Gardner Blvd. Services every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. J. Brown, Pastor. FAITH COVENANT CHURCH — 1133 Northdale Dr. Sunday Worship 5:30 p.m. Lee Poque, Pastor. 662-889-8132 FINDING YOUR WAY THROUGH CHRIST MINISTRIES — 1472 Blocker Rd., Starkville. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., 2nd Sunday Morning Worship 9 a.m. Pastor Kenyon Ashford.


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CHRISTIAN FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH — 811 N. McCrary. Ed Maurer, Pastor. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH — 720 4th Ave. N. and 8th St. N. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST CALEDONIA CHURCH OF CHRIST — Main St., Caledonia. Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST — 4362 Hwy. 69 S. Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Loviah Johnson 662-327-0171 or E-mail: [email protected] CHURCH OF CHRIST — 437 Gregory Rd. Sunday Bible class 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Richard Latham, Minister. 662-328-4705 CHURCH OF CHRIST DIVINE — 1316 15th St. S. Morning Worship (3rd & 5th Sunday) 8:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship 11:30 a.m., Wednesday Night Bible Study 7 p.m. 662-327-6060 Bishop Timothy L. Heard, Pastor. COLUMBUS CHURCH OF CHRIST — 2401 7th St. N. Sunday Bible Class 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Bible Study 5 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Lendy Bartlett, Minister of Community Outreach; Paul Bennett, Family Life Minister; Billy Ferguson, Minister of Discipleship. EAST COLUMBUS CHURCH OF CHRIST — Highway 182 E. at Gaylane. Sunday Worship 9 a.m., Bible Study 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. http://eastcolumbuschurch.com HWY. 69 CHURCH OF CHRIST — 2407 Hwy. 69 S. Sunday Bible Study 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. www.highway69coc.com LONE OAK CHURCH OF CHRIST — 1903 Lone Oak Rd., Steens. Bible Study 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. MAGNOLIA CHURCH OF CHRIST — 161 Jess Lyons Rd. Bible Study 9:15 a.m., Worship, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Minister David May, Pastor. 662-769-5514. NORTH HILLCREST CHURCH OF CHRIST — 900 North Hillcrest, Aberdeen, MS 39730, Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 p.m., Bro. Arthur Burnett, Minister, 662-304-6098. Email: nhill [email protected] STEENS CHURCH OF CHRIST — Steens Vernon Rd. 9:15 a.m. Bible Study, Worship 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Larry Montgomery, Minister. 10TH AVE. N. CHURCH OF CHRIST — 1828 10th Ave. N. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Bible Class 5 p.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Willie McCord, Minister. WOODLAWN CHURCH OF CHRIST — Woodlawn Community. Sunday 9 a.m., Worship 9:45 a.m., Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Willis Logan, Minister. CHURCH OF GOD CHURCH OF GOD IN JESUS’ NAME — Hwy. 12. Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday 7 p.m. David Sipes, Pastor. CORNERSTONE WORSHIP CENTER — 7840 Wolfe Rd. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Tony Hunt, Pastor. 662-889-6570 LATTER RAIN CHURCH OF GOD — 721 7th Ave. S. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday 6 p.m. Brenda Othell Sullivan, Pastor. NORTH COLUMBUS CHURCH OF GOD — 2103 Jess Lyons Rd. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Clarence Roberts, Pastor. YORKVILLE HEIGHTS CHURCH — 2274 Yorkville Rd., Sunday Connect Groups 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Worship 7 p.m.; Nursery available for all services (newborn-4). Scott Volland, Pastor. 662-328-1256 or www.yorkvilleheights.com ZION ASSEMBLY CHURCH OF GOD — 5580 Ridge Road. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Byron Harris, Pastor. CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST BIBLE WAY PROGRESSIVE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST — 426 Military Rd. Sunday School 8 a.m., Worship 9 a.m., Monday Prayer 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday Prayer Noon. Tommy Williams, Pastor. FIFTEENTH ST. CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST — 917 15th St. N. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Marion C. Bonner, Pastor. GREATER PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST — 1601 Pickensville Rd., Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Monday 6 p.m., Tuesday 7 p.m., Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. Ocie Salter, Pastor. MIRACLE TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST — 5429 Hwy. 45 N. Sunday Prayer 8 a.m., Sunday School 8:30 a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m., 4th Sunday Fellowship Lunch, Youth Sunday 4th Sunday, Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Elder Robert L. Brown, Jr., Pastor. 662-327-4221. Email: [email protected] NOW FAITH CENTER MINISTRIES — 425 Military Road, Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m., Tuesday Night Bible Study 7 p.m. Elder Samuel Wilson, Pastor. OPEN DOOR CHURCH OF GOD — 711 S. Thayer Ave., Aberdeen. Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m., Tuesday Bible School 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thursday Evangelist Night 6 p.m. Johnnie Bradford, Pastor. 662-574-2847. VICTORY TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST — Minnie Vaughn Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 12 p.m., Tuesday 7 p.m. Donald Koonch, Pastor. 662-243-2064 COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE CAFB CHAPEL — Catholic - Sunday: Catholic Reconciliation 4:00 p.m., Mass 5 p.m. Catholic Priest Father Paul Stewart. Protestant - Sunday: Adult Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m. Wing Chaplain Lt. Col. Steven Richardson. 662-434-2500 EPISCOPAL GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH — 321 Forrest Blvd. Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Rev. Sandra DePriest. 662-574-1972 GOOD SHEPHERD NORTH — Hwy. 45 North and Hwy. 373 (Sharing space with Faith Lutheran Church) Sunday evening worship 6 p.m. Rev. Sandra DePriest. 662-574-1972 ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH — 318 College St. Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Rev. Anne Harris. 662-328-6673 or stpaulscolumbus.com. FULL GOSPEL BREAD OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP — New Hope Road. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Jack Taylor, Pastor. BEULAH GROVE FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 8490 Artesia Rd., Artesia, MS. Sunday Service 8:30 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Timothy Bourne, Senior Pastor. CHARITY FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 1524 6th Ave. S. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m. Charles Fisher, Pastor. CHARITY MISSION FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 807 Tarlton Rd., Crawford. Sunday School 9:40 a.m., Worship 11:15 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Prayer Hour Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m., New Membership Class 9:30 p.m., 5th Sunday Worship 6:30 p.m. 662-272-5355 COVENANT LIFE MINISTRIES CHURCH — W. Yorkville Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11a.m., Evening 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Jerry Potter, Pastor. Fairview Full Gospel BAPTIST CHURCH — 1446 Wilson Pine Rd., Crawford. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Tuesday 7 p.m. Bobby L. McCarter 662-328-2793 GREATER MOUNT ZION CHURCH — 5114 Hwy. 182 E. Sunday Corporate Prayer 8 a.m., Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Bible Study 7 p.m. Doran V. Johnson, Pastor. 662-329-1905 GOD’S ANNOINTED PEOPLE MINISTRY FULL GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP — 611 Jess Lyons Rd. Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Jerome Gill, Pastor. 662244-7088 HARVEST LIFE CHURCH — 425 Military Rd. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. F. Clark Richardson, Pastor. 662329-2820 NEW BEGINNING FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 318 Idlewild Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. 662-327-3962 NEW LIFE FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 426 Military Rd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Michael Love, Pastor. PLUM GROVE FULL GOSPEL CHURCH — Old Macon Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m., Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Samuel B. Wilson, Pastor. SHILOH FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH — 120 19th St. S. 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FIRST CALVARY FAITH AND FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN CENTER — 247 South Oliver St., Brooksville. Prayer Saturday 5:30 p.m., Bible Study 6 p.m., Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Pastor David T. Jones,III. 601-345-5740 FULL GOSPEL MINISTRY — 1504 19th St. N. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10 a.m., Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. Maxine Hall, Pastor. GENESIS CHURCH — 1820 23rd St. N., Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Darren Leach, Pastor. HOUSE OF LIFE FREEDOM MINISTRY — 1742 Old West Point Rd. Worship 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. Donnell Wicks, Pastor. HOUSE OF RESTORATION — Hwy. 50. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 a.m., Pastors, Bill and Carolyn Hulen. JESUS CHRIST POWERHOUSE OF THE APOSTOLIC FAITH CHURCH — 622 23rd St. N. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.; Service 11:45 a.m., Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m., Prayer Mon., Wed. and Fri. noon. For more information call Bishop Ray Charles Jones 662-251-1118, Patricia Young 662-327-3106 or 662-904-0290 or Lynette Williams 662-327-9074. KINGDOM VISION INTERNATIONAL CHURCH — 3193 Hwy 69 S. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Tuesday 7 p.m. Pastor R.J. Matthews. 662-327-1960 LIFE CHURCH — 419 Wilkins Wise Rd. Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. For more information, call 662-570-4171 LOVE CITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH — 305 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Starkville. Sunday Worship 11 a.m., Pastor Apostle Lamorris Richardson. 601-616-0311 NEW COVENANT ASSEMBLY — 875 Richardson. Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. Bruce Morgan, Pastor. NEW HORIZONS GOSPEL ASSEMBLY — 441 18th St. S. Sunday 10 a.m. Dr. Joe L. Bowen, Pastor. PLEASANT RIDGE HOUSE OF WORSHIP — 2651 Trinity Road. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Every 2nd and 4th Sunday Intercessory Prayer 9 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Pastor Donna Anthony. 662-241-0097 THE LORD’S HOUSE — 441 18th St. S. Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. THE SHEPHERD’S CARE & SHARE MINISTRY CHURCH — 312 N. Lehmberg Rd., Sunday Prayer Time 9:50 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Thursday Bible Study 6 p.m., Annie Hines, Planter and Pastor. 662-570-1856 TRIBE JUDAH MINISTRIES — 730 Whitfield St., Starkville. Sunday Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday Bible School 7 p.m. Rev. Greg and Rev. Michelle Mostella, Pastors. 662-617-4088 TRUE GOSPEL EVANGELISTIC MINISTRY — 2119 7th. Ave. N., Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Clyde and Annie Edwards, Pastors. TRUE LIFE WORSHIP CENTER — 597 Main St., Caledonia. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Eugene O’Mary, Pastor. TRUEVINE CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER MINISTRIES — 5450 Cal-Kolola Rd, Caledonia. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Pastor Francisco Brock, Sr. 662-356-8252 UNITED FAITH INTER-DENOMINATIONAL MINISTRIES — 1701 22nd Street North, Columbus. Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. -10 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Rone F. Burgin, Sr., Pastor/Founder. 662-328-0948 VIBRANT CHURCH (formerly Evangel) — 500 Holly Hills Rd. Sunday 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Grove Coffee Cafe 8 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. The Grove 6:30 p.m. Nursery provided through age 3. Jason Delgado, Pastor. 662-329-2279 WORD IN ACTION MINISTRY CHRISTIAN CENTER — 2648 Tom St., Sturgis. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Curtis Davis, Pastor. 662-230-3182 or [email protected] PENTECOSTAL FAITH AND DELIVERANCE OUT REACH MINISTRIES — 118 S. McCrary Road, Suite 126. Sunday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Christian Women Meeting Friday 7 p.m. LIVING FAITH TABERNACLE — Shelton St. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Youth Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Rev. James O. Gardner, Pastor. LIVING WATER MINISTRIES — 622 28th St. N. Elder Robert L. Salter, Pastor. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m. SPIRIT OF PRAYER HOLINESS CHURCH — 922 17th St. N. Sunday 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. Terry Outlaw, Pastor, VICTORY TABERNACLE P.C.G. — 548 Hwy. 45 North Frontage Rd. (1/4 mile past the CAFB entrance on the right) Sunday Bible Class 10:15 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. G. E. Wiggins, Sr., Pastor. 662-251-2432 APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL APOSTOLIC OUTREACH CHURCH — 204 North McCrary Rd., Prayer/Inspiration Hour Monday 6 p.m. Danny L. Obsorne, Pastor. JESUS CHRIST POWERFUL MINISTRY OF LOVE — 1210 17th St. S., behind the Dept. of Human Resources. Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Friday 7:30 p.m. Gloria Jones, Pastor. SPIRIT OF PRAYER HOLINESS CHURCH — 267 Byrnes Circle. Sunday Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. Terry Outlaw, Pastor. 662-324-3539 THE ASSEMBLY IN JESUS CHRIST CHURCH — 1504 19th St. N. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 7 p.m. THE CHURCH OF THE ETERNAL WORD — 120 21st St. S. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 7 p.m., Thursday Sisters Prayer 6 p.m. Lou J. Nabors Sr., Pastor. 662-329-1234 THE GLORIOUS CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST — Billy Kidd Road, Caledonia. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.. Tuesday 7 p.m., Friday 7 p.m. Ernest Thomas, Pastor. UNITED PENTECOSTAL CALEDONIA UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH — 5850 Caledonia Kolola Rd., Caledonia. Sunday 10 a.m., 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Grant Mitchell, Pastor. 662-356-0202 FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH — 311 Tuscaloosa Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday Evangelistic 6p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Rev. Steve Blaylock, Pastor. 662-328-1750 PRESBYTERIAN BEERSHEBA CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH — 1736 Beersheba Rd., New Hope Community. Rev. Tim Lee, Pastor. Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Church School 11:15 a.m., Wed. Mid Week 6 p.m. 662-327-9615 COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (EPC) — 515 Lehmberg Rd., East Columbus. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Tuesday Bible Study 9:15 a.m., Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. Bob Wilbur, Pastor. FIRST CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH — 2698 Ridge Rd. Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Adult Choir 4 p.m. Youth Group 5 p.m., Bible Study 5 p.m.; Monthly Activities: CPW Circle #2 (2nd Tue. 4 p.m.), Ladies Aid (3rd Tue. 2 p.m.); Weekly Activities: Exercise Class Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. Rev. Luke Lawson, Pastor. 662-328-2692 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH — 3200 Bluecutt Rd. Worship 10 a.m., Youth Group Sundays 5 p.m., Adult Choir Wednesdays 6 p.m., Fellowship Suppers-3rd Wednesdays 6 p.m. Rev. Dr. Tom Bryson, Minister. MAIN STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (PCA) — Main and 7th St. N. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:40 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday Fellowship Supper 5:30 p.m., Bible Study 6 p.m. Rev. Todd Matocha, Pastor. MT. ZION CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH — 3044 Wolfe Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m. SALVATION ARMY CHURCH THE SALVATION ARMY CHURCH — 2219 Hwy. 82 East. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m., Wednesday Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship 5:30 p.m., Thursday Character Building Programs 5:30 p.m., Majors Alan and Sheryl Phillips, Commanding Officers. SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST COLUMBUS SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH — 301 Brooks Dr. Saturday 9:30 a.m., Bible Study 11:15 a.m., Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m. Jon Holland, Pastor. 662-329-4311 SALEM SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST — 826 15th St. N. Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 a.m., Divine Worship 11 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Roscoe Shields, Pastor. 662-327-9729 APOSTOLIC CHURCH TRUE FAITH DELIVERANCE MINISTRIES APOSTOLIC CHURCH — 3632 Hwy. 182 E. Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m., Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday Prayer Noon, Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m.

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7050 Apartments 7100 Commercial Property 7150 Houses 7180 Hunting Land 7190 Land for Rent/Lease 7200 Mobile Homes 7250 Mobile Home Spaces 7300 Office Spaces 7350 Resort Rentals 7400 River Property 7450 Rooms 7500 Storage & Garages 7520 Vacation Rentals 7550 Wanted to Rent 7600 Waterfront Property


The ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter with excellent communication and organizational skills, a strong work ethic and the ability to relate to a wide range of people. Sales experience preferred, but not required. Full-time position includes insurance benefits, competitive pay, paid personal leave and opportunity for advancement. Come join our creative, award-winning staff.

Hand deliver resume to Beth Proffitt at 516 Main Street, Columbus or email to [email protected]

LPN MED NURSE Compassionate caregiver needed 7 DAYS ON/7 DAYS OFF. Flexible w/time. Current License req. PRN Position. Apply to Ruth Dora. ALL Shifts: 6a - 6p, 6p - 6a Plantation Pointe 662-241-0001 West Point Community Living Center is accepting applications for Full Time RN's, LPN's, & CNA's. New pay scale. Monday -Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. Apply in person at 1122 N. Eshman Ave., West Point.

8000 Real Estate

8050 Commercial Property 8100 Farms & Timberland 8150 Houses - Northside 8200 Houses - East 8250 Houses - New Hope 8300 Houses - South 8350 Houses - West 8450 Houses - Caledonia 8500 Houses - Other 8520 Hunting Land 8550 Investment Property 8600 Lots & Acreage 8650 Mobile Homes 8700 Mobile Home Spaces 8750 Resort Property 8800 River Property 8850 Wanted to Buy 8900 Waterfront Property

9000 Transportation

9050 Auto Accessories/Parts 9100 Auto Rentals & Leasing 9150 Autos for Sale 9200 Aviation 9250 Boats & Marine 9300 Camper/R.V.’s 9350 Golf Carts 9400 Motorcycles/ATVs 9450 Trailers/Heavy Equipment 9500 Trucks, Vans & Buses 9550 Wanted to Buy

Sporting Goods 4720 GUN SMITH. Over 50 yrs. exp. (As good as the best, better than most). New & used guns, new scopes, repairs, rebuilding, cleaning & scopes, mounted & zeroed on range, antique guns restored, & wood refinished. Ed Sanders, West Point. Take 45 Alt. Turn right on Yokohoma Blvd. Go 8 mi. east & turn left on Darracott Rd & go 2 mi. Open Tue-Fri. 9a-5p & Sat. 9a-12p. Call for appt. 662-494-6218.

Travel & Entertainment 2600

Medical / Dental 3300

You must call to request free re-run.

6000 Financial

Craddock Construction Company, Inc. 654 Old Mayhew Road Starkville, MS 39759 We are accepting applications for experienced: Metal Stud Framers, Carpenters & Painters, Concrete Finishers/ Formers. Must have verifiable experience J&A TREE REMOVAL with good work referWork from a bucket ences. Please apply at truck. Insured/bonded. above location. Call Jimmy for a free es- 9:00AM-12:00PM timate 662-386-6286. 1:00PM-4:00PM Monday-Friday

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Price includes 2 FREE Garage Sale signs. RAIN GUARANTEE: If it rains the day of your sale, we will rerun you ad the next week FREE!

5100 Free Pets 5150 Pets 5200 Horses/Cattle/Livestock 5250 Pet Boarding/Grooming 5300 Supplies/Accessories 5350 Veterinarians 5400 Wanted To Buy

A&T Tree Service Bucket truck & stump removal. Free est. Serving Columbus since 1987. Senior citizen disc. Call Alvin @ 242-0324/241-4447 "We'll go out on a limb for you!"

OVERLOADED ON RV'S! THE COMMERCIAL Dispatch seeks a part time person for its downOver 120 town Columbus locaTravel Trailers/ tion. The ideal candidFifth Wheels ate is dependable, drugto choose from! free and has his/her own transportation; * GREAT PRICES must have driver's li* GREAT LONG cense & insurance. ReTERM sponsibilities include FINANCING but are not limited to * WE TRADE FOR helping assemble newsMOST ANY papers, bundling, countKIND OF RV ing, organizing, moving boxes & any other jobs If you are looking for assigned to the individuan RV & not looking al. Position works varyat Johnny Bishop's, ing hours during the day you're looking in the Monday–Friday & Satwrong place! urday night for our Our prices are posted Sunday morning newspaper. Hours are flexon our website: JohnnyBishopRV.com ible but candidates can expect approximately 20-30 hours per week. General Help Wanted 3200 Drug test may be required. Apply at The LEAD COOK w/ 1 yr exp Commercial Dispatch, in an institutional set516 Main Street in ting such as hospital, Columbus. Absolutely nursing home, assisted no calls please. living or school is preferred. HS Diploma or ROTO-ROOTER: GED. Apply to Dietary Service person Manager. ALL Shifts: needed. 6a - 2:30p, 3p - 7p Application only, Plantation Pointe No phone calls please. 662-241-0001 Apply at 229-A Tuscaloosa Rd. Columbus, MS from 9am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday.

4 Lines/1 Day..................$9.20 4 Lines/3 Days..............$18.00

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Medical / Dental 3300

General Help Wanted 3200


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Apts For Rent: Other 7080

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Studio 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments 2 Bedroom Townhouses and Furnished Units Available Mon-Fri 8:30 - 5:30


Sales / Marketing 3600 THE COMMERCIAL DISPATCH is in search of an excellent newspaper subscription salesperson to work the Monroe County area. Must be able to sell door-todoor, KIOSK & work independently. Must be able to pass drug screen if hired. For more information apply to The Commercial Dispatch at 516 Main Street in Columbus, MS. No phone calls accepted.

Trades 3650 HVAC TECHNICIANS wanted. STAR SERVICE, INC. of JACKSON is taking applications for employment in the COLUMBUS/STARKVILLE area. Exc. bnfts/income. For confidential consideration, call or forward resume to: Stan Rasberry, STAR SERVICE, INC. P.O. Box 720339, Byram, MS 39272. Phone: 1-800-4780486; Fax: 601-3730459. Email: stan [email protected] servicems.com www.star-service.com


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AKC GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES. 1st shots 102 Newbell Rd |Columbus & vet checked. Have both parents. Ready 12/30 & after. $500 DOWNTOWN EXECUTeach. $100 deposit. Call/text 662-549-1769 IVE APARTMENT: 1,500 sqft, 2BR/2BA, new appl, 60" TV, granite type countertops, beautiful Apts For Rent: Northside 7010 flooring, walk in closet, ceiling fans, recessed 2BR, FULLY furnished lighting, pantry, W&D, apt. W&D, lights & wa$1500/mo unfurnished, ter incl. No pets or chil- $1800/mo furnished. dren, two people max. Dep, lease, & credit $200/wk. Minimum check. Coleman Realty lease, 2 mos or more. 662-329-2323. Weathers Rentals, Open 8-4, M-F. 662-327-5133 Truck Driving 3700 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom ApartOTR DRIVERS ments & Townhouses. AMORY, MS 1BR/1BA Apt. $335 Hub Miles Pay. Home 2BR/1BA Apt. $4101, 2, 3 BEDROOM apartDuring the Week & $460. 2BR/2BA 3BR Every Weekend. Class A ments & townhouses. /2BA Townhouses License. Three Years Call for more info. 662- $550-$800. No HUD al549-1953. Verifiable Experience lowed. Lease, deposit, Required. credit check required. 662-257-0605 Coleman Realty. 3292323 FOR RENT Bargain Column 4180 EASY STREET Commercial Property For PROPERTIES - 1 & 2BR 1981 AND 1982 Lee Rent 7100 very clean & mainHigh yearbooks, good shape. $25 ea. No writ- tained. Soundproof. 18 GREAT BLUECUTT Road units which I maintain ing inside. personally & promptly. I location - office building: 662-386-1859. front reception area, rent to all colors: red, yellow, black & white. I 4 offices, and a conferrent to all ages 18 yrs. ence room. Reasonable 80 WWE rubber wrestto not dead. My duplex rent! 662-328-1976, lers, w/ large wrestler's apts. are in a very quiet leave message. ring, $100. 662-386& peaceful environment. 1859. 24/7 camera surveilRESIDENTIAL & lance. Rent for 1BR $600 w/1yr lease + se- COMMERCIAL Rental Property Available curity dep. Incl. water, REALLY NICE TV, $30. Call 435-4188 for more sewer & trash ($60 Call 662-242-3608. information. value), all appliances incl. & washer/dryer. If Farm Equipment & Supplies this sounds like a place RESTAURANT SPACE you would like to live 4420 call David Davis @ 662- available in historic downtown. 3000 sq ft. 242-2222. But if canSTRAW BALES, wheat, not pay your rent, like to Located at 400 Main $4. Pine Meadows ST. 662-574-7879 or party & disturb others, Farm. 860 Spruill Rd. you associate w/crimin- 662-328-8655. Caledonia. 662-242als & cannot get along 6095. w/others, or drugs is Houses For Rent: South 7140 your thang, you won't Firewood / Fuel 4450 like me because I'm old 2BR/1BA 417 17th St. school, don't call!!!! S. Freshly remodeled. FIREWOOD FOR Sale. New flooring. $400 per Various lengths. mo. $400 dep. Call 662-295-2274 662-327-8712. Apts For Rent: South 7040

Auctions 4120

ON THE FARM AUCTION!! Saturday, February 24, 2018 Featuring: J.A. Summers Estate (lifetime farmer) Ralph Spurgeon Estate (lifetime farmer) Crenshaw Auction has been commissioned by the estates of J.A. Summers and Ralph Spurgeon to sell all farm machinery at ABSOLUTE auction. THIS SALE WILL ALSO BE OPEN TO CONSIGNMENTS FOR LOCAL FARMERS.

Crenshaw Auction Company MS License #620


DOWNTOWN 1BR - This large 1 bedroom apartment has been recently renovated. It features great natural light, hardwood floors, tall ceilings and access to a shared laundry room. $750 rent and $750 deposit. Utilities included. No pets please. Call Peter 662-574-1561

Apts For Rent: West 7050

SEVERAL 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units available. Various locations. $375.00 up. NO HUD. Call Long & Long 662-328-0770.

Houses For Rent: Other 7180 3BR/2.5BA, Custombuilt-house on 40 acres. 10 minutes from CAFB, 5 minutes from West Point. Very private. CH/A. Fenced backyard. Ceramic tile throughout. Pets negotiable. No HUD. $1,200/mo + $1,200 dep. 662-275-0574 3BR/1.5BA, nice, country home available in Brooksville $575/mo. Great for starting a family or settling into retirement. View by appointment only. Call 303.549.8359. QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD 2BR/1BA on 1 acre lot. Ideal for one or couple only. Laundry room, carport & workshop. No pets. No HUD. $587/mo + $575 dep. 662-386-5000.

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Lots & Acreage 8600




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Rooms For Rent 7450

Mobile Homes for Rent 7250

BEDROOM COMPLETELY furn. in West Point. Furn, appl, utilities & cable. $115/wk or $430/mo. No dep. 662-295-4701.

Houses For Sale: East 8200 2BR/1BA house. Elec wall heat. Window AC. Remodeled. Fenced yard. Owner fin. avail. w/Cash down. 1016 Shady St. 352-4776

RENT A fully equipped camper w/utilities & cable from $140/wk Investment Property 8550 $520/month. 3 Columbus locations. 662-242- 3 INVESTMENT 7653 or 601-940-1397. opportunities: Northside 10 unit apt complex: $185k Office Spaces For Rent 7300 Eastside 8 unit apt complex: $185k OFFICE SPACE for lease Call 352-4776. at 814 2nd Ave. N. 662-574-3970.

Lots & Acreage 8600

OFFICE SPACE Available in Historic Downtown Columbus. 420 Sq. Ft. $320. 328-8655.

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WINTER SPECIAL 1.95 acre lots. Good/bad credit. 10% down, as low as $199/mo. Eaton Land. 662-361-7711

Campers & RVs 9300

REDUCED:272.7 ACRES Silver Ridge Road, 10mi West of Starkville, MS, off Hwy 12, Bradley Community. Approx. 180ac w/14yo pines ready for thinning. Balance in young hardwoods & creek bottoms. $2150/ acre. 601-260-9403 or 601-940-6545. INDUSTRIAL SITE FOR SALE: 229 Acres more or less at the junction of Artesia Road and Manufacturing Drive immediately south of Severstal Steel. Access to both roads. Have all mineral rights. Call 662-3273154 or 877-460-9020.

RV PARKS: 3 Columbus Locations. From $85/wk OR $295/mo. Full hookups. Call 601-940-1397.

TOMBIGBEE RV Park, located on Wilkins Wise Rd & Waverly Rd. Full Hookups available. $300/mo. 662-3288655 or 662-574-7879.

LOWNDES CO: 313 acres on Sobley Rd. 40 acres is crop ground, balance is timber land. 1.5mi road frontage. Good timber & hunting. $2250 per acre. Serious Inquiries Only! 205-609-0264. LOWNDES CO: +/-60 acres on Sobley Rd. Timber & Hunting Land. Road & creek frontage. $2200/acre. Serious Inquiries Only. 205-7999846 or 205-695-2248. MONROE CO: 48 acres. Good hunting land, lots of road frontage. $725 per acre. Serious Inquiries Only! 205-609-0264 RIVER ACCESS: Secluded 1.5 Lots, Near Tom Soya, $8,000. 662-275-3948.

Autos For Sale 9150 2000 FORD ESCORT ZX2, standard shift, great for shcool or work. 2015 NISSON VERSA, 4 door sedan, clean, 40+ mpg. After 5, call 205-662-4565 or 205-764-3900.

Investment Property 8550

The Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA is now accepting sealed bids for the purchase of


Approximately 70 acres of land with public road access and 1700 feet of river frontage located on the banks of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Lowndes County, MS. It comes with the following amenities: 9 cabins, 1 large metal building with metal roof designed to be used a cafeteria, in-ground swimming pool, and excellent hunting and fishing. Sealed bids may be sent to:

Until 5:00 pm December 31, 2017. The YMCA reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any formalities. For an appointment to preview the property, call Andy Boyd, 662-328-7696.

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Houses For Rent: Other 7180

QUIET, SAFE mobile home park in great New Hope location. Lots only available: varies by size $160-$180/mo. Convenient to store, pharm., churches and YMCA. Lease, dep. and excellent ref. req. 601-310-3528 Pam.

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