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Monday profile
storm causes
‘Go feed the strippers’ minimal
Local pastor’s wife once led a strip club
ministry in Nashville, Tennessee damage
Some rural customers
By Zack Plair
zplair@cdispatch.com experience power

ince January, Erin Stevens’ outages; no one
life has looked pretty stan-
dard by Southern Baptist reported injured
pastor’s wife standards.
As the wife of Todd Stevens, DISPATCH STAFF REPORT
who is about to reach the year
mark as pastor of Mount Vernon A severe thun-
Church in New Hope, Erin helps derstorm that rolled
with a backpack ministry that through the Golden
sends meals home with food Triangle Sunday eve-
insecure students at New Hope ning caused no inju-
Elementary. The church also ries and left minimal
ministers at laundromats — put- property damage,
ting quarters in machines, playing according to Oktib- Campanella
with children there and helping beha and Lowndes
families fold their clothes — and County officials.
operates the occasional “gas buy- The line of storms
down” at a local convenience store passed through the
where they give $5 to folks to help area between about
them at the pump. 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.,
All of these ministries feed the with the National
mission of turning the church out- Weather Service is-
ward, Erin said. They don’t take suing tornado warn- Lawrence
Bibles or gospel tracts, and they ings for all of Oktibbeha County
don’t ask the people they help for and the northern part of Lowndes.
anything in return — not even to
Oktibbeha County Emergen-
come to church.
cy Management Agency Director
“We want to show God’s love
Kristin Campanella said there
in practical ways with no strings
were reports of a downed tree and
attached,” Erin said. “We don’t
believe anyone is ‘the enemy.’ We some roof damage on Self Creek
believe (un-churched people) are Road west of Starkville but there
the mission field. The only way to were “no unmet needs.”
reach them is to offer something In Lowndes, EMA Director
genuine and show them uncondi- See Storm, 3A
tional love.
“We want the kind of church
that if we closed the doors tomor-
row, the community would miss
us,” she added.
One might say Erin earned her Under the capitol dome
bona fides in that outreach philos-
ophy long before she came to New
Hope and in a very unconvention-
al way. In her native Nashville,
Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff
Erin Stevens, the pastor’s wife at Mount Vernon Church in New Hope since
January, wrote a book about her time leading a strip club ministry in Nash-
Analysis: House
Tennessee, she fed and ministered
to strippers in their workplace at
ville, Tennessee.

he went into ministry full-time, by churchgoing parents who didn’t speaker Gunn
bringing policy
least twice a month for five years. leaving his long-time job to pastor even drink — Erin had no expo-
“Not a lot of pastors’ wives like a church. sure to the arena she was about to
to hang out at strip clubs,” Erin The initially-reluctant Erin enter. But that didn’t stop her.
said. “I love it.”
Todd surrendered to preach
in 2002 and continued his job in
ultimately accepted the transition
and said she began praying for the
way God wanted her to support it.
“The way I see it, your past
does not define you,” she said. “No
matter who you are or what you’ve
proposals later
electronic commerce at Adidas Her answer became clear by 2012: done, you are valuable to God and
Global while he attended semi- “Go feed the strippers.” With her to me.” First legislative session
nary. When he graduated in 2006, conservative upbringing — raised See Stevens, 6A
of the four-year term
begins Jan. 7
The Associated Press

Mississippi 2019 top news: Immigration raid, flood, election JACKSON

Mississippi House
Speaker Philip Gunn

By EMILY WAGSTER PET TUS plants in Mississippi on statewide office they didn’t sulted in the opening of the has a broad idea
The Associated Press Aug. 7, arresting 680 mostly already have when two-term Bonnet Carre spillway that about what he wants
Latino workers in the largest state Treasurer Lynn Fitch protects New Orleans, and lawmakers to consid-
JACKSON — Mississippi workplace sting in the U.S. in was elected to succeed Hood the inundation of fresh water er in 2020. However,
residents’ lives in 2019 were at least a decade. The arrests as attorney general. in the Gulf of Mexico caused he says he’s waiting
disrupted by a large-scale im- disrupted the lives of work- ■ Parts of the lower Mis- problems on beaches of the to see specific pro- Gunn
migration raid and prolonged ers’ families, including some sissippi Delta remained Mississippi Gulf Coast. posals about teacher pay raises,
flooding in the Delta. People children who were starting flooded for months, causing ■ In late November, Mis- roads and bridges, health care and
mourned the deaths of two school when their parents hardships for farmers. Water sissippi started selling lot- other issues.
longtime elected officials, were taken into custody. swamped 860 square miles tery tickets for the first time, “We’re going to continue to look
and voters chose a new gov- ■ Two-term Republican north of the Mississippi Riv- joining most other states that at infrastructure, continue to look
ernor. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves won the er city of Vicksburg, an area already had the games of at the budget, continue to look at
A look at top stories of the governor’s race Nov. 5 by de- larger than the cities of New chance. education — the things that are im-
year: feating four-term Democratic York and Los Angeles com- ■ Former U.S. Sen. Thad portant,” Gunn said after a legisla-
■ Federal agents raided Attorney General Jim Hood. bined. High water along the Cochran, who brought bil- tive budget meeting in December.
seven poultry processing Republicans also won the last Mississippi River also re- See Top news, 6A See Analysis, 6A

Weather Five Questions Calendar Local Folks Public

1 What island nation is the native Today meetings
home of the ring-tailed lemur? Jan. 27:
■ Music City Bowl watch party: The
2 Which actor played the role of Daw- Columbus-
son on the TV show Dawson’s Creek? Mississippi State Alumni Association
3 What international retail empire in Lowndes County hosts a Bowl watch Lowndes
was founded by 17-year-old Ingvar party at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2001 Convention and
Kamprad in 1943? Highway 45 N., Columbus. Kick-off is 3
4 How many of the 88 keys on a piano Visitors Bureau
Henry Borer p.m. Dutch treat. For more information,
are black — 36, 44, or 58? Board regular
Kindergarten, Annunciation contact Adrienne Morris, 662-312-2611
5 What blood type designates you as
meeting, 4

55 Low 34
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High Answers, 6B
p.m., CVB office
Sunny and cooler
Full forecast on
Tuesday Feb. 24:
■ Countdown to History: The Rotary Columbus-
page 3A.
Club of Columbus hosts this gala Lowndes
benefiting PolioPlus from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Convention and
at Lion Hills Center in Columbus. BYOB;
Visitors Bureau
Inside mixers are provided. State of Shade will
Board regular
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Police: Parishioners kill man

who fatally shoots 2 at church
‘Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I adding that he is “relatively tran-
sient” but had roots in the area.
am grateful for the church members who acted DeSarno also said the gunman
had been arrested multiple times in
quickly to take down the shooter ...’ the past but declined to give details.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott An elder at the church told the
New York Times that one of those
The Associated Press untold number of lives,” said Lt. killed was a security guard who re-
Gov. Dan Patrick, who also hailed sponded to the shooter, calling him
WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas the state’s gun laws. a dear friend.
— A man pulled out a shotgun at a Britt Farmer, senior minister of “He was trying to do what he
Texas church service and fired on the church, said, “We lost two great needed to do to protect the rest of
worshippers Sunday, killing two peo- men today, but it could have been a us,” said the elder, Mike Tinius.
ple before he was shot to death by lot worse.” “It’s extremely upsetting to see
congregants who fired back, police Authorities said there were more anyone committing violence,” he
said. than 240 parishioners in the West said.
Authorities at a Sunday evening Freeway Church at the time of the Tinius said he didn’t know the
news conference praised the two shooting. gunman and that the shooting ap-
congregants who opened fire as part White Settlement Police Depart- peared to be random.
of a volunteer security team at West ment Chief J.P. Bevering said the Gov. Greg Abbott asked the state
Freeway Church of Christ in White gunman had sat down in a pew be- to pray for the victims, their loved
Settlement. It was unclear if the two fore getting up, taking out a shotgun ones and the community of White
people who were killed were the two and firing at a parishioner, who was Settlement, about 8 miles west of
who shot at the gunman. killed. He said the church’s security Fort Worth.
“This team responded quickly team then “eliminated the threat.” “Places of worship are meant to
and within six seconds, the shooting Officials have not released the be sacred, and I am grateful for the
was over. Two of the parishioners names of the victims or the gunman. church members who acted quickly
who were volunteers of the security FBI Special Agent in Charge Mat- to take down the shooter and help
force drew their weapons and took thew DeSarno said they’re working prevent further loss of life,” Abbott
out the killer immediately, saving to identify the gunman’s motive, said in a tweeted statement.

Jewish leaders urge action after another ‘senseless’ attack

‘This is at least the 10th anti-Semitic sacre at a kosher grocery
store in New Jersey there
anti-Semitic animus or in a
manner that attacks Jews
incident to hit the New York/New have been 19 anti-Semitic
incidents in the U.S., in-
for their religious affilia-
Jersey area in just the last week. cluding 16 in New York To put the week-long
toll in context, the New
and New Jersey, accord-
When will enough be enough?’ ing to the ADL’s Tracker York Police Department
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt of Anti-Semitic Incidents. recorded 19 hate-crime
The tracker is a compi- felony assault complaints
The Associated Press following the attack a day lation of recent cases of in the first three quarters
earlier in Monsey, New anti-Jewish vandalism, of 2019.
NEW YORK — When York. harassment and assault The surge of high-pro-
a suspect walked into “This is at least the reported to or detected by file attacks on the Jewish
the home of a rabbi cel- 10th anti-Semitic incident the group. community, including
ebrating Hanukkah and to hit the New York/New Most concerning: Ten shooting rampages at the
stabbed five celebrants it Jersey area in just the last of those incidents have Tree of Life synagogue
was the latest in a week of week. When will enough occurred in New York in Pittsburgh in October
anti-Semitic attacks in the be enough? These hei- since Dec. 23 and involved 2018, and at a synagogue
nation’s most demograph- nous attacks make some- in Poway, California, in
assaults or threatened
ically diverse area — and April, have caused con-
thing abundantly clear: violence. The ADL de-
an incident that reverber- sternation around the
The Jewish community fines assaults as incidents
ated across the country. country.
needs greater protection,” where people’s bodies are
“Again, here we are:
Greenblatt said. targeted with violence ac-
mourning another act of
Since the Dec. 10 mas- companied by evidence of
senseless anti-Semitic vi-
olence committed against
our community and pray-
ing for those who were
the victims of this hate,”
Anti-Defamation League
CEO Jonathan Greenblatt
said in a statement Sunday

Trump retweets
post naming alleged
The Associated Press


Fla. — President Donald
Trump retweeted a post that
included the alleged name
of the anonymous whis-
tleblower whose complaint
ultimately led to Trump’s
impeachment by the House.
Just before midnight
Friday, Trump retweeted a
message from Twitter user
@Surfermom77, an account
that claims to be a woman
named Sophia who lives
in California. The account
shows some indications of
automation, including an
unusually high amount of
activity and profile pictures
featuring stock images from
the internet.
By Saturday morning,
the post seemed to have
disappeared on many users’
feeds, suggesting Trump
had deleted it, though it
could still be found in other
ways, including on a website
that logs every presidential
The retweet then re-
appeared Saturday night.
Twitter told The Associated
Press that an outage with
one of its systems caused
tweets on some accounts,
including Trump’s, to be
visible to some but not oth-
Trump has repeatedly
backed efforts to unmask
the whistleblower. But his
Friday night retweet marks
the first time he has directly
sent the alleged name into
the Twitter feed of his 68
million followers.
The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com Monday, December 30, 2019 3A

NTSB: Poor condition of wreckage Mobile to decide key issue

on Amtrak future on Gulf Coast
will slow plane crash probe Hurricane Katrina badly damaged
‘There is no flight data recorder that we know of aircraft was crushed and consumed
by fire after it crashed. NTSB offi-
rail lines in 2005, and Amtrak
at this time. We’ll obviously be looking at that, but cials said they know of no distress hasn’t resumed regular east-west
calls made by the pilot or of the ex-
at this point there’s not a lot to go on.’ istence of a flight data recorder. service since then
“The avionics equipment on
National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg The Associated Press
board the aircraft was pretty badly
The Associated Press en route to the Peach Bowl playoff damaged,” Landsberg said. “There
is no flight data recorder that we MOBILE, Ala. — City leaders are preparing to
game in Atlanta between LSU and decide a key issue in restoring passenger train ser-
The lack of a distress call and Oklahoma. Among those killed was know of at this time. We’ll obviously
flight data recorder coupled with be looking at that, but at this point vice along the northern Gulf Coast, where Amtrak
sports broadcaster Carley McCord, hasn’t operated regularly since Hurricane Katrina.
mangled and charred wreckage there’s not a lot to go on.”
the daughter-in-law of LSU coach Council members are scheduled to vote Tues-
will make finding the cause of a The airplane climbed to 900 feet,
Steven Ensminger. day on whether to commit as much as $3 million
fiery airplane crash in Louisiana then descended to 700 feet — a dan-
“We’ll be looking very careful- over three years to operate Amtrak trains through
extremely challenging, federal offi- gerously low altitude in the area,
ly at the pilot’s qualifications, the the city, al.com reported.
cials said Sunday. Landsberg said.
training that they had, medical The plane went down in a part of Katrina badly damaged rail lines in 2005, and
National Transportation Safety
certification and also the history the city with a scattering of banks, Amtrak hasn’t resumed regular east-west service
Board Vice Chairman Bruce Lands-
berg said at a press conference that on the aircraft and its maintenance fast food chains and other business- since then. Although Mississippi and Louisiana al-
it could take 12 to 18 months to fig- records,” Landsberg said. “We have es. Three people on the ground ready have dedicated money toward the project to
ure out why the two-engine Piper two videos that have been turned were also hurt. Local authorities restart trains, Alabama has been a holdup, partly
Cheyenne fell from the sky about into us, and we will be analyzing identified the sole survivor from the because officials at Alabama’s main seaport in Mo-
a minute after taking off from the those.” plane as a 37-year-old man. He was bile worry passenger trains could interfere with
Lafayette Regional Airport on Sat- Landsberg said that he walked to hospitalized but his condition was freight traffic.
urday. the crash site on Sunday morning not immediately known. Mobile’s commitment of money to match feder-
The plane crashed near a post of- and found debris scattered about a Lafayette is the fourth-largest al funding wouldn’t be needed until 2023, the year
fice and caught fire in seconds, leav- quarter of a mile. city in Louisiana with a population service connecting New Orleans to Mobile could
ing the ground littered with burn- It was a “very sobering situa- of about 130,000, according to the restart. The city faces a deadline of Jan. 6 for a de-
ing wreckage. Five of the six people tion,” he said. 2018 census. It is located about 135 cision, with the vote set on New Year’s Eve.
on board were killed. The plane was Investigators said much of the miles west of New Orleans. “This investment is totally an offset for opera-
tional costs,” said Wiley Blankenship, chief execu-
tive of the Coastal Alabama Partnership and chair-
man of the 21-member Southern Rail Commission.

Missionary priests help Hispanics in Mississippi Delta

Missionaries came to train lay The priests came to
train lay people, priests
in San Antonio to train
other priests. Zubel will
people, priests and others to provide and others to provide op- be stationed at St. Ge-
portunities for worship rard’s Parish in Baton
opportunities for worship and support and support. Katzenberg- Rouge, Louisiana, and
er is particularly pleased Katzenberger will be the
The Associated Press consists of two others, the to have helped Our Lady rector of the Shrine of St.
Rev. Mike McAndrew and of Victory parish in Cleve- Anne de Beaupre near
GREENWOOD — the Rev. Kevin Zubel. land establish a ministry Quebec City in Canada.
Catholic priests known as The Rev. Ted Dorcey for Hispanic residents. Magdalene Abraham
Redemptorists have spent recently departed for a “We have one there of Locus Benedictus said
five years expanding out- parish in Whittier, Cali-
reach to the Hispanic now, a very well estab- the Redemptorists have
fornia. lished and functioning been a tremendous help
community in the Missis-
Redemptorist mission- community,” he said. in the Delta. She said she
sippi Delta.
The missionary priests aries have been serving “That has turned into a hopes more priests and
are moving away for other from a residence at Locus real success. I think we members of religious or-
assignments, the Green- Benedictus Retreat Cen- leave the Hispanic minis- ders will come to help.
wood Commonwealth re- ter since shortly after it try in much better shape “We are actively look-
ported. opened in Greenwood in than when we got here.” ing to get more,” Abra-
“I think we made great 2014. McAndrew has sup- ham said. “We are con-
strides,” said the Rev. “Our goal is to get our- ported Hispanic families fident that God is going
Scott Katzenberger, lead- selves out of a job,” Kat- facing immigration prob- to send us more to work
er of the group, which now zenberger said. lems. He will be working here.”

Around the state

Coroner: Drug been issued for 31-year- way 98, near Turtle Creek Neal McCoy told WC-
old Darion Hill, Claiborne Mall, when Hattiesburg BI-TV that he hopes the
overdoses kill 3 people County Sheriff Frank police responded to a big numbers will be a fun
in 2 days in 1 county Davis told The Vicksburg call for service. Hatties- way for people to celebrate
PICAYUNE — A Mis- Post. Hill is accused in burg Police Department the city.
sissippi coroner says three the slaying of 21-year-old spokesman Ryan Moore “This is Tupelo’s front
people in a single county Quawanda Hicks. She said the man was armed. porch,” McCoy said. “So,
died of drug overdoses last was reported missing by Moore said the man we wanted to place it here
weekend. her mother on Dec. 23 be- was taken to a local hospi- to give people a place to
Pearl River County fore being discovered on tal and died there. come and take a picture
Coroner Derek Turnage Thursday by men riding The Mississippi Bureau and really have some pride
said all three deaths are four-wheelers, news out- of Investigation is examin-
lets reported. Hicks’ body in our city.”
believed to be from the ing the shooting, as is the
has been taken to the state McCoy said the big
use of heroin laced with usual case with shootings
crime lab for an autopsy. numbers will remain in
the painkiller fentanyl, the that involve law enforce-
Hill and Hicks had a the park through Decem-
Picayune Item reported. ment officers in the state.
Turnage said the deaths history of domestic dis- ber 2020 before moving to
The name of the Hatties-
were reported Dec. 21 and putes, Davis told news out- burg officer has not been the permanent location at
22. lets. The couple was last released. the Oren Dunn City Mu-
He said they appeared seen together on Dec. 19. seum.
Hill should be consid-
to be accidental and not a
form of suicide. ered armed and danger-
Art helps Tupelo
Turnage said he is wait- ous and could be driving a celebrate 150 years as
ing for crime lab results to tan 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, a city in 2020
verify whether the heroin police said. TUPELO — A city in
in each case contained fen- northeast Mississippi is
tanyl. making a bold statement
Coroner releases name to celebrate its 150th anni-
Search on for of man killed by police versary.
Mississippi man wanted in Hattiesburg
An art piece consisting
HATTIESBURG — Au- of three big red numbers
in girlfriend’s death thorities have released the — 1, 5 and 0 — has been
PORT GIBSON — Au- name of a man who was installed at a park near
thorities in Mississippi shot to death by a police of- City Hall in downtown Tu-
are searching for the boy- ficer in south Mississippi. pelo. Each is 12 feet tall.
friend of a woman found Lamar County Coroner Tupelo was incorporat-
shot to death and dumped Cody Creel identified him ed on July 20, 1870. The
along the side of a road, a as Kenneth Collins, 46, of city is planning a sesqui-
county sheriff told news Lumberton, news outlets centennial celebration on
outlets. reported. July 20, 2020.
Warrants for kidnap- The shooting happened Tupelo Convention and
ping and murder have on Dec. 22 off U.S. High- Visitors Bureau Director


Continued from Page 1A The solunar period indicates
peak-feeding times for fish and game.

Cindy Lawrence said the about 500 outages in the All 4-County custom- Major
storm felled one tree on Adaton area in Oktibbe- ers had power again be- Minor 11:52a 12:24p
Major 4:55p
Charlie Jones Road near ha County, according to fore midnight, Turner Minor 10:07p 11:01p
Crawford, but there were spokesperson Jon Turn- added.
Courtesy of Mississippi Department
of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

no other damage reports er. 4-County saw about Customers in

and no injuries.
4-County Electric
Power Association, which
3,000 customer outages
in its nine-county service
area, most of which Turn-
Starkville and Columbus
experienced minimal out-
ages, according to repre-
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Something has got to go
I recommend you for a rainy day. The sunglasses, unworn jewelry
dispose of anything percentage of us and other unnecessary odds
that does not fall who like to declutter and ends to discard.
into one of three our surroundings Over the holidays I chose
categories: Currently are probably small to declutter my bookshelves
in use, needed for but once you declut- which I’ve done several times
a limited period of ter you become so but of course I’m constantly
time, or must keep pleased with your- adding new books. I don’t think
indefinitely. — Ma- self, you’ll want to there is a room in the house
rie Kondo author of do it again. There’s that doesn’t have a bookcase.
The Life-Changing always some area I ruthlessly went through
Magic of Tidying you haven’t thought the books stacking some for
Up Shannon Bardwell of or an area that library donations, some for
tends to get clut- charity thrift stores, and some
Another Christ- tered up before you for friends. Ah, it looks so
mas is behind us, and soon an- know it. much better and of course now
other year. All the wrappings, Take that under-the-kitchen- old. Empty furniture polish, with one hand. The declutter- there’s room for more books.
boxes, bags, ribbons, and bows sink clutter. Of all the declutter- floor wax, the usual Windex, ing took no more than an hour The next category, I’m still
lay strewn across the floor, ing I’ve done I’ve not thought 409, Clorox spray, dish deter- including walking to the garage working on. I have a chest full
crammed into garbage bags, or about under the sink until I was gent and so on. After taking and back. Organizing saves a of journals, like diaries, dating
neatly hand-pressed and folded on my hands and knees looking everything out I went to the ga- lot of time and frustration. back to my twenties. This will
for another year. The gifts from for the drain cleaner, which rage where I maintain a small One blogger I follow men- take a lot longer but I’m going
our wish lists are mostly ours happened to be in the very section of cardboard boxes. I tioned the “One box challenge.” through the journals re-intro-
now and we must find a place back hiding in a dark corner. pulled out three and labeled Pick out a nice size cardboard ducing myself to my younger
to store them. It would seem to After taking care of the drain, them: cleaning most used, box and roam around the self and then…I’ll kiss her
be an excellent time to say “out I pulled out every single item. bug spray and bombs, and house looking for things you goodbye.
with the old and in with the There were six aerosol cans of extra cleaning. It is no longer don’t need. The blogger found Shannon Rule Bardwell is a
new.” Some cold and wet days wasp spray, two were almost necessary to crawl on the floor vacation souvenirs, odd drink- writer, who lives in the Prairie.
urge us to stay inside and tack- empty. Some very old mosquito to find a product. Just reach ing glasses, old hairbrushes, Her e-mail is msdeltachild@
le those projects we’ve put off spray-very old, like six years for the item or lift the box out discarded make-up, broken msn.com.

Letter to the editor Cartoonist view

Voice of the people
Wants more maintenance of rights of way
Twenty years ago we decided to move to downtown
Columbus. It didn’t take long to see that we were in a
throw-out area for those returning from fast food take
outs. We didn’t know which ward or district we lived so
I began calling city offices and no one knew for sure. I
wanted to complain about all the liter being thrown out
of passing vehicles so I began calling offices and finally
found someone who said we were in Ward 4. I then
called Ward 4 councilman and he gave me a cordial wel-
come to his ward but no help with our trash problem.
Well that turned out to be completely false about
being in Ward 4 , I learned the truth when I called the
Public Works Department about another problem:
the closing of Eighth Avenue North between Sixth
and Seventh streets. Turns out we were in Ward 5 and
District 5. Public works said they were told to dump a
couple loads of fill dirt half way up the block to com-
pletely close it. I talked with the Ward 5 Councilman
with no luck at all concerning liter problems and the
closed road. I did some more investigating and turns
out it was the Ward 6 Councilman who had the dirt
dumped because he thought the road was too danger-
ous and would cost $30,000 to repair — so it had to be
closed. Too bad that it is one of the two roads to connect
residents east of Seventh Street to the business part
of Highway 45. The other road is 18th Avenue North,
which needs all the relief it can possibly get.
It didn’t take a Phd to savvy how important it was
to reopen the closed block of Eighth Avenue. So with
help from a neighbor, Mr. Leigh, the city engineer
and the Light and Water Department we got the road
reopened. The city only had to repair the road surface
so the councilman’s $30,000 figure was an approximate
$29,000 exaggeration.
Now I said all that to say this: About a year ago I
began trying to get pot holes repaired on that same por-
tion of Eighth Avenue North. Our Ward 5 councilman
assured me that he’d get ’er done. It didn’t get done.
So a couple months ago I presented my case to
another office of our city government and was assured
that someone would personally talk to the boss of
the Public Works Department. Now I don’t know how
the gang in the “City Head Shed” go about making
their decisions with these small matters, but I reckon
somehow they came to the conclusion AGAIN that the
road was too dangerous and it’d be too expensive to fix
because the pot holes have not been touched and that
one block of Eighth Avenue North is now a one way
going from east to west. I imagine they think closing
half the road justifies not repairing the three areas that
two people could fix in about two hours. Somehow in
their decision-making session they forgot to consider
that any mandatory reduction of traffic flow will add to
the traffic on 18th Avenue, which is already one of the
busiest street in Columbus. It just doesn’t make sense.
I’d like to know why this road can’t be open for two way
traffic and the surface fixed and properly maintained.
I’d also like to know why we can’t get leaves picked up
from Highland Circle in front of the Highland House,
tree limbs cut that over-hang Seventh Street North,
shrubs cut that grow into the path of traffic, sidewalks
and potholes fixed. Also, why do we have an action line
if no one ever answers it? Lastly, why are our city offic-
es still closed every Friday? That was supposed to be a
temporary thing and it’s causing way too much over-
time, right? Wasn’t it the Mayor who said too much
overtime was causing a deficit in his budget? Well, why
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US strikes hit Iraqi militia blamed in contractor’s death

Secretary of State: Strikes send the message Department spokesman Jona-
than Hoffman said in a state-
U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike
Eagles carried out the strikes
are available” to respond to
that the U.S. will not tolerate actions by Iran ment earlier Sunday.
The U.S. blames the militia
and all the aircraft safely re-
turned to their home base,
“I would note also that we
will take additional actions as
that jeopardize American lives for a rocket barrage Friday that
killed a U.S. defense contractor
Esper said. At the ammunition
storage facilities that were
necessary to ensure that we
act in our own self-defense
The Associated Press Secretary of State Mike at a military compound near struck, significant secondary and we deter further bad be-
Pompeo said the strikes send Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. Offi- explosions were observed. havior from militia groups or
WASHINGTON — The U.S. the message that the U.S. will cials said as many as 30 rockets Pompeo, Esper and Gen. from Iran,” Esper, who was
carried out military strikes in were fired in Friday’s assault. Mark Milley, chairman of the accompanied by Pompeo and
not tolerate actions by Iran that
Iraq and Syria targeting an Esper said the U.S. hit three Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew to Milley, said in a brief statement
Iranian-backed Iraqi militia jeopardize American lives.
of the militia’s sites in western Palm Beach, Florida, after the to reporters in a ballroom at
blamed for a rocket attack that “Precision defensive strikes” Iraq and two in eastern Syria, operation to brief President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort,
killed an American contractor, were conducted against five including weapon depots and Donald Trump. where the president is on a
Defense Secretary Mark Esper sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, or the militia’s command and con- Esper said they discussed more than two-week winter
said Sunday. Hezbollah Brigades, Defense trol bases. with Trump “other options that break.

Area obituaries Congressman John Lewis says

COMMERCIAL DISPATCH Myhre II and Brenda Mr. West was born born June 30, 1960, in
Obituaries with basic informa-
Conner Grebner. He
was a 2002 graduate of
Feb. 3, 1947, in Mon-
roe County, to the late
Lowndes County, to the cancer is his latest battle
tion including visitation and
late W.B. Mitchell and The Associated Press
service times, are provided
Starkville High School Albert A. and Luvada Martha R. Mitchell.
free of charge. Extended and attended Missis- Strickland West. He In addition to his par- ATLANTA — As a civil rights
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be submitted through funeral He is survived by awakening to racial discrimination.
the Mississippi Army In addition to his As a congressman today at 79, Lewis
homes unless the deceased’s
National Guard, serving parents, he was preced- his siblings, Arelya
body has been donated to J. Mitchell and Lloyd is facing a foe like none before: ad- Lewis
science. If the deceased’s as a Forward Observer ed in death by his wife, vanced pancreatic cancer.
and an infantryman in Laura Faye Sheilds Mitchell, both of Co-
body was donated to science, The veteran Democrat congressman from Geor-
the family must provide official Iraq. West; four brothers; lumbus, Karen Mitchell gia has fought many struggles in his lifetime. Yet,
proof of death. Please submit In addition to his par- two sisters; and one of Agoura, California, he said, “I have never faced a fight quite like the
all obituaries on the form ents, he is survived by grandchild. Zelia M. Mitchell of one I have now,” announcing Sunday in Washing-
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his wife, Kayla Wilson He is survived by Dallas, Texas, Vimla C. ton that the cancer was detected earlier this month
Dispatch. Free notices must be
submitted to the newspaper
Myhre; children, Mary his daughters, Angela Mitchell of Cleveland, and confirmed in a diagnosis.
no later than 3 p.m. the day Payton Myhre, Conner Purser and Kereon Dwight E. Mitchell Lewis has had many battles, and this he views
prior for publication Tuesday Wayne Myhre, Laynee Ann West, both of of Holly Springs, Van as one more dawning. He was arrested at least 40
through Friday; no later than 4 Kennedy Myhre and Hackelburg, Alabama, Mitchell of Atlanta, times in the civil rights era, several more times as a
p.m. Saturday for the Sunday Wesley Jay Brooks; and Shelia Faye West Georgia, Bert A. Mitch- congressman since being elected in 1986 and only
edition; and no later than 7:30 stepfather, Donald L. of Hamilton; brothers, ell of Tallahassee, Flor- recently he has been rallying to help reunite immi-
a.m. for the Monday edition. Grebner; stepmoth- Timothy Wayne West ida, Adrian Mitchell of grant families separated by the Trump administra-
Incomplete notices must be re- tion.
er, Tammy Landrum of Mt. Vernon, Georgia Memphis, Tennessee,
ceived no later than 7:30 a.m.
Myhre; and siblings, and Lester Quitman The youngest and last survivor of the Big Six
for the Monday through Friday and Mears A. Mitchell. civil rights activists, a group once led by the Rev.
editions. Paid notices must be Kristin Myhre Nyholm, West of Amory; sister,
finalized by 3 p.m. for inclusion Amanda Myhre Hum- Flora L. Bruff Roebuck; Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis made clear that he
the next day Monday through phrey, Taylor Myhre nine grandchildren; has no plans to step aside from power while he un-
Thursday; and on Friday by 3 Putt, Karl M. Grebner and 11 great-grandchil- dergoes treatment.
p.m. for Sunday and Monday and Daniel F. Grebner. dren. He said being elected to Congress “has been the
publication. For more informa- honor of a lifetime” and that he will continue work-
tion, call 662-328-2471. ing for his constituents from Capitol Hill.
Clemos West Menders Mitchell “I have been in some kind of fight — for free-
AMORY — Clemos COLUMBUS — dom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my
Wayne Myhre III Andrew West, 72, died Menders A. Mitchell, entire life,” he said.
STARKVILLE — Dec. 28, 2019, at North 59, died Dec. 28, 2019, Added Lewis: “I have a fighting chance.”
SSgt. Wayne E. Myhre Mississippi Medical at his residence. He declined to say where he would receive can-
III, 35, died Dec. 26, Center Hospice in Services will be cer treatment or what that would entail.
2019. Tupelo. at 11 a.m. Tuesday at
Services will be at 1 Services will be at Carer’s Funeral Service Judy Studdard
p.m. Tuesday at Friend- noon Tuesday at Cleve- Chapel, with the Rev. Services:
ship Baptist Church in Monday, Dec. 30 • 1 PM
land-Moffett Funeral Mildred Mitchell offici- 2nd Ave. North Location
Sturgis. Visitation will Home, with Chris ating. Burial will follow Burial
be from 10 a.m.-noon Mitchell officiating. at Oak Grove M.B. Egger Cemetery
Caledonia, MS
prior to services at Burial will follow at Church Cemetery. Vis-
Welch Funeral Home. New Hope Cemetery. itation will be one hour Donald Pickens Jr.
Welch Funeral Home of Visitation is from 5-8 prior to services at the Visitation:
Starkville is in charge p.m. today at the funer- funeral home. Carter’s Tuesday, Dec. 31 • 10-11 AM
2nd Ave. North Location
of arrangements. al home. Cleveland-Mof- Funeral Service of Services:
SSgt. Myhre was fettt Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge Tuesday, Dec. 31 • 11 AM
2nd Ave. North Chapel
born Dec. 29, 1983, in Amory is in charge of of arrangements. Burial
Starkville, to Wayne E. arrangements. Mr. Mitchell was Chapel Hill Cemetery
Near Kennedy, AL

John R. Ford
2nd Ave. North Location

After brain surgery, Jimmy Carter Janice Cade


returns to hometown church College St. Location

Jeri Lynn Merrell

The Associated Press Church in Plains on Sunday, news out- Incomplete
lets reported. Parishioners also prayed 2nd Ave. North Location
PLAINS, Ga. — Former President for the Carters, who were nestled into
Jimmy Carter publicly appeared Sunday front-row seats at the church where Car-
at the Georgia church where he wor- ter famously has taught Sunday school.
ships for the first time since undergoing The nation’s oldest-ever ex-president
brain surgery in November. underwent surgery last month at Emory memorialgunterpeel.com
The 95-year-old Carter and his wife University Hospital in Atlanta to relieve
of more than 70 years, Rosalynn, attend- pressure on his brain caused by bleed-
ed services at the Maranatha Baptist ing from a fall.
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She started by taking she was in the club. to give up as much as Nelson published in 2014.
home-cooked meals ev- The general manag- $10,000 per month, often The idea, Erin said, is to
ery two weeks. Soon, she er even welcomed her, in exchange for jobs that get people to think about
started including small becoming in some ways paid $10 or $12 per hour. the church’s purpose in a
gifts with the meals, Erin’s friend. However, That’s a hard sell, she different way.
mostly creature com- that friendship came with said, for single mothers “People get so caught
forts like makeup. The some sobering realiza- or women trying to pay up in tradition,” Erin said.
church’s women’s min- tions. their way through school. “If we would just love like
istry got involved, too, “Almost every time Still, seven dancers Jesus loved, instead of
sewing the club workers I went, I spoke with the did leave their jobs. They arguing about what He
quilts and blankets for general manager,” she became housekeepers, said, we could change the
Erin to take them. said. “He supported what musicians, motivation- world.”
Over time, it evolved I was doing, but one day al speakers. One even
Erin said Mount Ver-
to club workers calling in his office he showed works on airplanes, Erin
non has offered to help
her, sometimes in the me a stack of resumes on said.
if she wants to start a
early morning hours, to his desk. He told me, ‘For Some joined the
strip club ministry in the
come help them. every one you save, I’ve church, but they all
Erin said she was got 10 more to replace returned to the club with Golden Triangle. Wheth-
unexpectedly welcomed them.’” Erin’s ministry. er she does, she said, is
into the environment And it wasn’t just sav- “My most powerful up to God’s calling. In the
— proof, she said, that ing them from the pole. allies in that ministry, meantime, she still keeps
God had sent her on the Erin said drug use and besides the Holy Spirit, up with her friends in
mission. The bouncers, prostitution were preva- were those girls who had Nashville, some of whom
whom she fed as often as lent and she considered changed their lives,” she still work in the club.
the strippers, called her herself on the front lines said. “I miss them, but I’m
“the church lady.” They of human trafficking in Todd and Erin wrote a still in contact with a
parked her car, carried in the area. book about their experi- lot of them,” she said.
the food she brought and What’s more, anyone ences, “How to Pick Up a “They’re my friends on
looked after her while who left the lifestyle had Stripper,” which Thomas Facebook.”

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“Job creation is probably winning a statewide elec- they set committee as- people say ‘Medicaid re-
number one that is most tion in November. Hose- signments. If someone’s form.’ I don’t know what
critical to the entire pros- mann will preside over eyes glaze over at the mere they mean by reform, but
perity of the state.” the 52-member Senate. mention of farming, for ex- I’m willing to listen.”
Gunn recently spon- He and Gunn will alter- ample, there’s no point in The main group
sored a forum to discuss nate years as chairman of putting that person on the talking about “reform”
why people are moving the Joint Legislative Bud- Agriculture Committee. rather than “expansion”
out of Mississippi to pur- get Committee. With their party con- is the Mississippi Hos-
sue their careers. He said Hosemann and most trolling both chambers, pital Association, which
he wasn’t sure whether other statewide elected Republicans will receive unveiled its Mississippi
he will offer legislation to officials take office Jan. 9, the most coveted assign- Cares proposal in 2019. It
try to curb the brain drain and the current lieutenant ments. Committees are envisions that low-income
problem. governor, Republican Tate the first clearinghouse people who become Med-
The first legislative Reeves, will be inaugurat- for bills, deciding which icaid recipients would
session of the four-year ed as governor Jan. 14. ones survive and which pay something for their
term begins Jan. 7, and Hosemann has already die quietly with little or
coverage, and hospitals
one of the first orders of said he intends to an- no debate.
would also pay into the
business will be for the nounce senators’ commit- One issue that has
program to cover other
House to elect its leaders. tee assignments Jan. 10. died with little discussion
Gunn is a Republican Gunn said he wants to the past few years is ex-
from Clinton who has announce House commit- pansion of Medicaid, the Even if that type of
served eight years as tee assignments early in health insurance for the Medicaid change were to
speaker, the presiding of- the session, but he’s not needy, paid by federal win legislative approval,
ficer of the 122-member committing to a date. If he and state dollars. Under it would likely hit a brick
House. He has enough takes longer than Hose- the health care overhaul wall with the new gov-
pledges of support to win mann, it’s with good rea- that President Barack ernor. Reeves has said
another term as speaker, son: Gunn’s task is more Obama signed into law in repeatedly that he does
so the vote on opening complex because he has 2010, states have the op- not want more people on
day should happen with- more than twice as many tion of extending cover- Medicaid.
out drama. people to try to make hap- age to the working poor.
Gunn will have a new py. Mississippi is among the
counterpart on the other Both Gunn and Hose- 14 states that have not
end of the Capitol when mann have been commu- done so.
Republican Delbert Hose- nicating with legislators “I am not in favor of ex-
mann, the current sec- about their policy inter- pansion in the traditional
retary of state, becomes ests. Both say they are sense of what they mean
lieutenant governor after keeping those in mind as by it,” Gunn said. “A lot of

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lions of dollars to his chancellor at the Univer- state’s only abortion clinic
home state of Missis- sity of Mississippi. Stu- sued the state. In May, a
sippi as chairman of the dents and faculty protest- federal judge blocked the
powerful Appropriations ed when trustees chose law from taking effect. A
Committee, died May 30 the state’s former com- legal fight continued at
at age 81. Cochran was a missioner of higher edu- year’s end. In December,
Republican who served in cation , Glenn Boyce, who the conservative 5th U.S.
the U.S. House six years originally led the search Circuit Court of Appeals
before winning a Senate and had said he would ruled that a 15-week
seat in 1978. He won his not be a candidate for the abortion ban that Bryant
final term in a contentious job. Throughout the year, signed into law in 2018 is
2014 election, and he re- Ole Miss also continued unconstitutional, and Bry-
tired in April 2018, amid trying to distance itself ant said the state would
health concerns. Anoth- from Old South imagery. appeal to the Supreme
er prominent politician, Pro-Confederate groups Court.
Democratic former Mis- from outside the univer- ■ After hearing exten-
sissippi House Speaker sity rallied at the monu- sive testimony in a lawsuit
Billy McCoy, died Nov. 12 ment Feb. 23, causing Ole over Mississippi’s mental
at age 77. Miss basketball players to health system, U.S. Dis-
■ On Dec. 16, Curtis kneel during the national trict Judge Carlton Reeves
Flowers walked out of anthem, in protest of the
said he will appoint an ex-
jail for the first time in rally. On March 5, student
pert to oversee changes to
more than 22 years after government leaders ad-
the system. Reeves said
a judge set $250,000 for opted a resolution saying
attorneys for the federal
him. Flowers has been that a Confederate mon-
government proved the
tried six times in the 1996 ument should be moved
state is doing too little to
killings of four people at from the heart of the cam-
a Winona furniture store. pus to a Confederate cem- serve people outside the
Four convictions were etery that is also on cam- confinement of mental
overturned and two trials pus but in a remote spot. hospitals.
ended in mistrial. In June, In December, state De- ■ Biloxi police officer
the U.S. Supreme Court partment of Archives and Robert McKeithen was
overturned Flowers’ 2010 History trustees approved shot to death outside a
conviction, saying the plans for the move, and police station May 5. One
district attorney had im- the College Board could man, Darian Atkinson,
properly excluded Afri- consider the final level of was charged in the killing
can American residents approval in early 2020. and several were charged
as potential jurors. By the ■ Republican Gov. Phil for allegedly helping him
day of the bond hearing, Bryant, in March signed after the fact. An Oxford
District Attorney Doug one of the strictest abor- police officer, Matthew
Evans had not said wheth- tion laws in the nation. It Kinne, was charged with
er he would try Flowers a would ban most abortions capital murder after a
seventh time. once a fetal heartbeat can woman with whom he was
■ State College Board be detected. That is at romantically involved,
trustees on Oct. 4 abrupt- about six weeks, before Dominique Clayton, was
ly cut short their process many women even know found shot to death in her
of searching for a new they are pregnant. The home May 19.

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Stellar shooting carries Bulldogs over Little Rock

By Theo DeRosa Sophomore guard
tderosa@cdispatch.com Xaria Wiggins, who re-
placed Bibby and earned
her first career start,
sissippi State shot the
struggled Sunday, going
lights out.
1 of 6 from the field and
The Bulldogs women’s
basketball team had just turning the ball over five
put up a 25-point third times.
quarter against Little “I need Xaria to play
Rock on Sunday, stretch- better,” Schaefer said.
ing its lead to 62-41. As “Maybe the starting piece
Queen’s “We Will Rock was a little uncomfortable
You” streamed over the for her, and she’s more
Humphrey Coliseum comfortable coming off
loudspeakers, the power the bench. ... Xaria’s gon-
suddenly died, shrouding na be fine. She was upset
the court in darkness for a that she didn’t play well,
couple minutes until pow- and I like that too. I like
er was restored. people that care and want
After a short delay, the to play well.”
lights came back on, and Wiggins’ teammates
Mississippi State picked picked her up nicely, as
up where it left off. Mississippi State got 40
The Bulldogs kept add- points from Matharu and
ing to their lead, scoring the bench unit Sunday.
27 points in the fourth
Despite a few moments
quarter, and went on to
early on where the Bull-
beat the Trojans 89-50,
dogs’ defense lagged,
tying their best clip from
the field so far this sea- Schaefer was happy with
son. Mississippi State the performance.
(12-2) made 35 of its 63 “I got upset a little bit
field goal attempts for just because I don’t think
55.6 percent, and all 12 we played very hard at
players who saw the floor times,” he said. “I think
scored at least two points. the film will show that,
“I think we just shot it Jim Lytle/Special to The Dispatch and they’ll learn that. But
well,” Bulldogs coach Vic Mississippi State’s Myah Taylor shoots ahead of the defense by Little Rock’s Kiana Anderson during the first we scored 89 points and
Schaefer said. “I do think quarter Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville. held them to 50, and we’re
we got deep in the lane a “I just tried to do and didn’t commit a sin- smooth midrange game ingway provided a large gonna take that every
lot. I like the way we at- what he said, because it gle turnover — a stat line for a majority of her scor- part of the Bulldogs’ scor- night.”
tacked. We’d like to do worked,” Matharu said. Schaefer loved to see. ing against the Trojans ing. The win wraps up
that every night.” “Listening to him, it “That’s the way this but wasn’t afraid to drive “She does the things a solid nonconference
Mississippi State works. I wasn’t listening kid can be,” Schaefer to the basket when she that help you win,” schedule for the Bulldogs
found consistent success at first, but tonight proves said. “She can go on a tear needed to. Schaefer said of Hem- — Schaefer noted wins
with its inside game, as that attacking the basket now.” “I’m getting more and ingway, who finished against perennial NCAA
post players Jessika Car- works.” Mississippi State re- more comfortable with with six points and three tournament teams as well
ter, Yemiyah Morris and Schaefer said he wasn’t ceived solid contribu- it, especially being in col- rebounds. “They don’t as losses to Stanford and
Promise Taylor combined surprised with tions from several play- lege,” Jackson said. “In stand out, but I see it. I’ve West Virginia — and be-
to make seven of nine “I think there were ers besides Matharu on high school, there was al- seen it in practice. Really gins what he called the
shots. But it was the Bull- some folks out on the Sunday. Graduate guard ways a 5-5 girl on me, so proud of her today and “nightmare” of South-
dogs’ guards who proved floor that were looking Jordan Danberry kept it was just easier for me to her continued growth.” eastern Conference play.
even more successful. around, going, ‘Who is up her consistency with not even really jump. But Junior Chloe Bibby,
Freshman Aliyah Mississippi State will host
this kid?’” Schaefer said. 15 points, and freshman here, I have to actually who wasn’t in the start-
Matharu exploded in the Florida at 7:10 p.m. Thurs-
“I’ve been seeing it for a Rickea Jackson continued jump and elevate over the ing lineup as a result of
fourth quarter, scoring all while now, and I told her a solid stretch of play with person and attack the bas- a recent concussion, also day at Humphrey Colise-
18 of her points in the pe- the other day in practice, 14 points. ket first.” contributed in the third. um to open its conference
riod and leading the Bull- ‘There’s nobody who can Jackson has scored at Jackson’s efforts in the Bibby went through a slate.
dogs in scoring. She fol- guard you.’” least 14 or more points first half buoyed the Bull- non-contact practice Sat- “We’ll try to grow from
lowed Schaefer’s plan for Matharu made seven in six of the past sev- dogs, who took a 37-23 urday and was cleared for this, get better, move on,
offensive success., scor- of her 13 shot attempts, en games and scored lead into halftime. In the contact Sunday, and she and we’ve gotta get ready
ing in the paint time and tied for second on the all 14 points in the first third quarter, Danberry went 2 of 5 from the field now for the SEC,” Schae-
time again in the fourth. team with five rebounds half Sunday. She used a and freshman Jayla Hem- for five points. fer said.

The Commercial Dispatch’s top 10 sports stories of the year

By Dispatch Staff Teaira McCowan and ries in 2018. — as MSU was eliminat- It wasn’t the national T5. Heritage Academy
Quinndary Weatherspoon The Trojans won 11 ed by Louisville in the title so many surrounding
There was no shortage are drafted in WNBA and straight games to close third game of the College the program have des- becomes “Titletown”
of compelling sports sto- NBA draft their season with a 27-5 World Series. It was the perately yearned for over with baseball, basket-
ries in The Golden Trian-
gle in 2019.
Tyrone Shorter leaves record. They swept all five Bulldogs’ second straight
appearance in Omaha.
the past few seasons, but
the 2019 season offered
ball, football crowns
Noxubee County for Lou- of their playoff opponents, Move over, Boston. In
But The Commercial isville; Teddy Young leads including 17-0 and 26-0 Following the season, a look at the elite consis- 2019, Heritage Academy
Dispatch was up to the Tigers to state champion- wins over first-round op- Mangum was selected in tency Schaefer has built became the new “Title-
challenge of narrowing ship game in first year as ponent Gentry. New Hope the fourth round of the during his time at MSU town.”
down the top 10 stories coach then beat rival Caledonia MLB First-Year Player after taking over a team The Patriots won the
of 2019 as 2020 creeps Starkville basketball in the second round, beat Draft by the New York that had virtually no his- MAIS championship in
around the corner. wins MHSAA Class 6A Amory in the north semi- Mets. He batted .247 tory in the sport before baseball, boys basketball
Multiple aspects of championship final and beat Pontotoc in with 18 RBIs and seven his arrival.
and football in 2019, com-
each particular story New Hope, Caledo- the north final. extra-base hits for the
pleting an impressive title
were considered, such as nia volleyball each make short-season single-A 7. MSU men’s basket- trifecta.
Brooklyn Cyclones.
newsworthiness, future state final four for first
time in school history
9. Jake Mangum breaks ball reaches NCAA In baseball, the Pats
impact, proximity and
all-time SEC hit record 8. Mississippi State tournament for first swept Wayne Academy in
the MAIS Class 3A cham-
The following stories 10. New Hope baseball Alexa, play “Your
Love” by The Outfield. women’s basketball time in a decade pionship to capture their
were voted on by the The Mississippi State
newspaper’s staff, with
wins MHSAA Class 4A Perhaps no song has makes third straight men’s basketball team
first title in school histo-
each member voting for championship become more synony- Elite Eight broke out its dancing
ry. Blayze Berry and Cole
Ketchum each pitched a
The New Hope base- mous with a player or Before Vic Schaefer shoes in 2019. For the
what they deemed the top shutout of the Jaguars to
ball team got back where team in the past decade took over the women’s first time in 10 years, the
10 stories of the year. The deliver the title to the Pa-
it belonged in 2019. than center fielder Jake basketball program at Bulldogs qualified for the
first story a writer picked triots.
The Trojans won their Mangum’s famed walk-up Mississippi State in 2012, NCAA tournament after
received 10 points, the In boys basketball,
eighth title in school his- tune. the Bulldogs had reached finishing 23-11 overall
second story nine points, Heritage Academy won
tory and broke a five-year After hitting a bloop one Sweet 16 in the team’s and 10-8 in SEC play.
and so on. single to right field in an the MAIS overall cham-
title drought by beating 39-year history. Nevertheless, the No.
Plenty of subjectivity April 27 game against pionship by beating Hill-
Sumrall for the MHSAA Capping off his eighth 5-seeded Bulldogs had
was to be expected, as ev- Georgia, a techno version crest Christian 81-52 in
Class 4A championship. season in Starkville in a short stay in the Big
ident by the variety of sto- of the tune roared around Clinton. Senior Moak
New Hope hadn’t won a March, Schaefer earned Dance, falling to No.
ries on each participating Dudy Noble Field after Griffin scored 29 points
baseball title since 2014. his third straight trip to 12-seeded Liberty 80-76
staff member’s ballot. Mangum broke Eddy on 10-of-11 shooting from
Ryan Burt pitched a the Elite Eight riding the in their opening game.
Nevertheless, here are Furniss’ SEC all-time hits the field to help the Pats
one-hit, complete-game frontcourt duo of Teai- MSU used a balanced
our top 10 stories of the record. win the title.
shutout for the Trojans in ra McCowan and Texas scoring attack all season,
year along with a few hon- the second game of the “Such a special player In football, Heritage
A&M graduate transfer with six players scoring
orable mentions. championship series to the way he plays the game Academy was simply
Anriel Howard. 9.5 points per game or
give New Hope a 4-0 win. and the way he gets a big And while the Bull- more. Guards Quinndary dominant, allowing fewer
Honorable mentions Burt improved from an hit,” MSU coach Chris dogs were upset by No. Weatherspoon and Lamar than 10 points per game
MUW women win US- early-season back injury Lemonis said at the time. 2-seed Oregon in the Peters were the top two and enacting a running
CAA championship to get back into champi- “The bigger the moment, NCAA Tournament, they scorers, averaging 18.5 clock via the 35-point
Joshua Pulphus hired onship form. the bigger the hit.” did manage to bring and 11.9 points per con- mercy rule in nearly all
as Columbus coach, wins For him and New Mangum concluded home their first-ever SEC test, respectively. its games. The Patriots
four games in first year Hope, it was redemption his career with 383 hits — Tournament title after Building on the mo- capped their 14-0 season
Kylin Hill wins Coner- after Burt suffered a 1-0 24 hits ahead of LSU’s An- also capturing the con- mentum from a year ago, — their first undefeated
ly Trophy, leads SEC in loss to Vancleave in the toine Duplantis, who also ference’s regular-season MSU started 8-3 to open campaign since 1986 —
rushing first game of the title se- surpassed Furniss’ mark title. the 2019-2020 campaign. See TOP 10, 4B
2B Monday, December 30, 2019 The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com

Three matchups to watch in the Music City Bowl
College Football
BY BEN PORTNOY tion games against Tennessee rusher with 1,347 yards and include more linebacker blitz-
bportnoy@cdispatch.com in which he was benched at 10 touchdowns on the season. es and stunts up front, MSU
Mississippi State vs. Louisville, Music
City Bowl, 3 p.m. halftime. His 112.5 yards per game aver- earned nine sacks over its fi-
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — That said, Moorhead is age ranks second in the con- nal three games against Ala-
Prep Girls Basketball
Postseason football is upon us. confident in his now finally ference. bama, Abilene Christian and
New Hope at Sulligent (Ala.), 6 p.m.
After a 32-day layoff and an healthy former Penn State sig- For context, when Hill Ole Miss.
Prep Boys Basketball
eventful — for better or worse nal caller. faced a comparable defense Today, the Bulldog defen-
New Hope at Sulligent (Ala.), 6 p.m.
— month of practices, Missis- “He’ll go in and make plays at Arkansas — the country’s sive front will square off with
Men’s College Basketball
sippi State (6-6, 3-5 SEC) will with his arm and his feet, and 111th-best unit — he raced for a Cardinal offensive line that
Kent State at Mississippi State, 7 p.m.
take on Louisville (7-5, 5-3 I know the guys have a ton of a season-high 234 yards and allows an average of three
Lyon College at MUW, 6 p.m.
ACC) in the Music City Bowl confidence in him,” he said. three touchdowns. The Co- sacks per game — the 116th-
at 4 p.m. today. “(For) a graduate transfer, se- lumbus native is also riding a
Thursday With that, here are three
best mark in the FBS this sea-
Women’s College Basketball nior quarterback to have an hot streak of sorts, having hit son. Louisville opponents also
matchups to watch when the opportunity to lead his team to the 130-yard mark in four of reached the quarterback on
Florida at Mississippi State, 7:10 p.m.
Bulldogs and Cardinals meet win in a bowl game, we’re very MSU’s previous five games. 12.7 percent of passing-down
Georgia at Ole Miss, 6:15 p.m.
at Nissan Stadium: excited about that.” Sitting 44 yards short of plays — good for 111th nation-
Friday Facing a Louisville defense Anthony ‘Boobie’ Dixon’s sin- ally, according to Football Out-
Prep Girls Basketball Tommy Stevens vs. himself that has been downright dis- gle-season program rushing siders.
Itawamba Agricultural at Caledonia, 6 This wasn’t exactly the sea- mal this season (I’ll get to this record, Hill will have to to Further tantalizing for
p.m. son coach Joe Moorhead or in a minute), MSU can score eclipse the mark and carry the Shoop’s bunch, potential first-
Columbus at West Lowndes, 6 p.m. Tommy Stevens envisioned. in bunches if Stevens backs up Bulldog offense should MSU or second-round NFL draft
Heritage Academy at Leake Academy, After succumbing to a litany of what should be a massive day have a chance at victory in pick and starting offensive
3 p.m. injuries and inconsistent play, for junior running back Kylin Nashville. tackle Mekhi Becton has de-
New Hope at Pickens County (Ala.), 6 Stevens was prepared to back Hill and the Bulldog rushing “Oh yeah, I need that,” Hill cided to sit out the bowl game
p.m. up freshman quarterback Gar- attack. quipped of reaching Dixon’s — leaving a Cardinal offen-
Noxubee County at Louisville, 6 p.m. rett Shrader today after the record. “For any player, that’s sive line that already allows
Starkville at Greenville, 6 p.m. latter was named the Music Kylin Hill vs. Louisville’s a big milestone. Especially an FBS-worst 9.67 tackles for
with all the big backs that
Starkville Academy at Winston Acade- City Bowl starter Dec. 20. rush defense came through the university.
a loss per game shorthanded
my, 6 p.m. But after a mid-practice To say Louisville’s defense against a Bulldog pass rush
Oak Hill Academy at Central Holmes dustup with junior linebacker If I get that, it would be a big coming off two of its best per-
has been bad this year almost
Christian, 6 p.m. Willie Gay Jr. has left Shrader blessing.” formances of the year.
doesn’t do its inability to stop
Prep Boys Basketball unable to play, Stevens is set to anyone justice. In 12 games “Bowls are funny because
Heritage Academy at Leake Academy, start his final collegiate game this season, the Cardinals MSU pass rush vs. Louisville it’s a month since the last
4:30 p.m. with junior Keytaon Thomp- rank No. 107 nationally in to- offensive line game,” Shoop said. “Our guys
Itawamba Agricultural at Caledonia, 6 son as the backup. tal defense and an even worse While MSU’s pass rush have continued to practice
p.m. Throughout his eight ap- No. 115 against the run — the has been sporadic at best this hard, prepare hard. Half the
Columbus at West Lowndes, 7:30 p.m. pearances, Stevens has been fourth-worst mark among season, defensive coordinator battle in a bowl game is desire
New Hope at Pickens County (Ala.), a staggering mix of brilliance Power Five football teams. Bob Shoop has been able to to be there. I think our guys
7:30 p.m. and ineptitude. For every 236- Conversely, MSU running find new ways to attack op- have expressed and shown a
Noxubee County at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. yard, two-touchdown effort back Kylin Hill enters Mon- posing quarterbacks in recent desire to be here. Really ex-
Starkville at Greenville, 7:30 p.m. against Louisiana, there have day’s contest as the South- weeks. cited about this opportunity to
Starkville Academy at Winston Acade- been 6-for-11, two-intercep- eastern Conference’s leading Adjusting his scheme to play together one more time.”
my, 7:30 p.m.
Oak Hill Academy at Central Holmes
Christian, 7:30 p.m. NFL
Prep Girls Soccer
Starkville at Saltillo, 2 p.m.
Pats to play in wild-card game; 49ers get NFC’s No. 1 seed
Prep Boys Soccer The Associated Press San Francisco play better. Everything for whoever we might Rodgers and the
Starkville at Saltillo, 4 p.m.
earned the No. 1 seed gets harder from here play.” Packers (13-3) lost out
Prep Girls Basketball NEW YORK — Tom and home-field advan- on out.” Kansas City’s victo- on home-field advan-
Tuscaloosa Academy at Heritage Acad- Brady and the New En- tage in the NFC play- The last time New ry also locked Houston tage with San Francis-
emy, 3 p.m. gland Patriots will be offs with a 26-21 victory England played on wild- into the No. 4 seed, and
Oak Hill Academy at Winston Academy,
co’s win, but have the
playing in the postsea- at Seattle. Jimmy Ga- card weekend, it lost at the Texans (10-6) will No. 2 seed in the con-
3 p.m. son a week earlier than roppolo and the NFC home to the Ravens. host the Buffalo Bills
Caledonia at Smithville Shootout, TBA ference.
usual this year. West champion 49ers The Patriots have nev- (10-6) next Saturday.
Prep Boys Basketball “The NFC is wide
The defending Super (13-3) held on and sent er made it to the Super Despite resting sev-
Tuscaloosa Academy at Heritage Acade- open,” Rodgers said.
Bowl champs open the Russell Wilson and the Bowl with Brady and eral starters, including
my, 4:30 p.m. New Orleans routed
playoffs during wild- Seahawks (11-5) on the coach Bill Belichick quarterback Lamar
Oak Hill Academy at Winston Academy, card weekend for the Carolina 42-10 to finish
road to open the play- while playing in the Jackson, running back
4:30 p.m. first time since 2009 13-3 in the regular sea-
offs in the wild-card opening round. Mark Ingram, guard
Caledonia at Smithville Shootout, TBA after they lost 27-24 to round next Sunday at “We’ve got to move Marshal Yanda and son, but Drew Brees
Noxubee County vs. Kemper County at Miami on Sunday and Philadelphia. forward and get ready safety Earl Thomas, and Co. then had to
Newton Shootout, TBA Patrick Mahomes and “It’s a good step in to go or the end of our Baltimore cruised past wait for the result of the
Starkville at Tangle on the Trail, Ponto- the Kansas City Chiefs the right direction,” season will be next Pittsburgh 28-10 to ride 49ers-Seahawks game
toc, TBA beat the Los Angeles Garoppolo said. “We’ve week if we don’t turn into the playoffs on a 12- to see what their playoff
Men’s College Basketball Chargers 31-21 to earn got a long way to go, the page and play good game winning streak. path would be.
Auburn at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. a first-round bye. though.” football, way better “It’s the best team in The NFC South
Ole Miss at Wichita State, 3 p.m. “We didn’t play the The Titans clinched than today,” McCourty football in the regular champions will be the
Southern University at MUW, 4 p.m. way we’re capable of their spot by beating said. “Nobody feels sor- season this year, but No. 3 seed and will host
Women’s College Basketball playing and it ended up Houston 35-14, elimi- ry for the Patriots not that doesn’t count for Minnesota (10-6) in the
MUW at LSU-Shreveport, 2 p.m. costing us,” Brady said. nating both Pittsburgh getting a first-round anything in the next wild-card round next
“Just too many bad mis- and Oakland in the pro- bye in the playoffs.” season,” coach John Sunday.
Sunday takes.” cess. All three teams Meanwhile, the Harbaugh said. “In the Injury-ravaged Phil-
Women’s College Basketball The Patriots (12-4) had a chance at the Chiefs (12-4) are the next season, we have adelphia (9-7) won the
Mississippi State at Georgia, 3 p.m. are the No. 3 overall playoffs, but Tennessee No. 2 seed and will be to obviously go to work NFC East with a 34-17
seed in the AFC and had the easiest path by able to watch the open- this week and become a win over the New York
Monday, Jan. 6 will have to fix things needing to win — and ing round, along with better football team.” Giants, eliminating
in a hurry as they host got it against a Texans the top-seeded Balti- Green Bay earned
Prep Girls Basketball Dallas with the victory.
Tennessee (9-7) next squad that rested sev- more Ravens (14-2). a first-round bye in
Caledonia at Lamar County, 5 p.m. The Eagles, with their
Saturday night. eral starters, including “We’ll step back, the NFC playoffs with
Prep Boys Basketball second division title in
“We’ve got a game quarterback Deshaun the guys will come in a 23-20 victory at De-
Caledonia at Lamar County, 6:30 p.m.
next week, we’ve got Watson. tomorrow, we’ll have troit, the Packers’ fifth three years, will host
Women’s College Basketball the Seahawks.
to get ready to go,” Pa- “I think it’s great a team meeting, I’ll straight win.
MUW at Southern, 5:30 p.m. “This team, when it’s
triots safety Devin Mc- when you can deter- give them a schedule “We’re hot,” quar-
Ole Miss at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. crunch time this time
Courty said. “Nobody mine whether you get for what’s going on the terback Aaron Rodgers
Meridian Community College at East of year, we get it done,”
should feel sorry for us, to continue to play next week here during said. “But you’ve got to
Mississippi Community College, 7:30 Eagles defensive tackle
we shouldn’t feel sorry football,” Titans coach the bye week,” Chiefs start all over in the play-
p.m. Tim Jernigan said after
for ourselves. Our goal Mike Vrabel said. coach Andy Reid said. offs and it’s all great
Men’s College Basketball is to play in the playoffs. “There was some great “The main thing is we football teams now, so his team finished the
Meridian Community College at East We got a shot next week effort, but we’re going get work done, but we the margin of error is schedule with a four-
Mississippi Community College, 7:30 at all of that.” to have to improve and rest up and get ready even smaller.” game winning streak.

on the air Pro Football

Jacksonville 38, Indianapolis 20
Philadelphia 34, N.Y. Giants 17
22 11 .667 —
21 11 .656 ½
American League
VCU 85, Loyola (Md.) 51
Virginia 65, Navy 56
Baltimore 28, Pittsburgh 10 San Antonio 13 18 .419 8 cos Diplán for assignment. Agreed to terms with Virginia Tech 92, Md.-Eastern Shore 37
NFL Glance Memphis 13 21 .382 9½ MIDWEST
L.A. Rams 31, Arizona 24
San Francisco 26, Seattle 21 New Orleans 11 23 .324 11½
Northwest Division
RHP Kohl Stewart on a one-year contract.
Arkansas 71, Indiana 64
Campbell 63, Ohio 55
Haase for assignment. Signed 2B César Hernán-
COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S) W L T Pct PF PA W L Pct GB Hartford 67, Northwestern 66
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 420 225 NFL Playoff Glance Denver 23 9 .719 — dez to a one-year contract. Illinois 95, NC A&T 64
5:30 p.m. — Xavier at Villanova, FS1 x-Buffalo 10 6 0 .625 314 259 Wild-card Playoffs Utah 20 12 .625 3 BASKETBALL
National Basketball Association
Iowa 93, Kennesaw St. 51
N.Y. Jets 7 9 0 .438 276 359 Saturday, Jan. 4 Oklahoma City 17 15 .531 6 Kansas St. 69, Tulsa 67
6 p.m. — Yale at North Carolina, ACCN Miami 5 11 0 .313 306 494 Buffalo at Houston, 3:35 p.m. (ESPN/ABC) Portland 14 19 .424 9½ NBA — Fined Charlotte G Terry Rozier $25,000 for Michigan 86, Mass.-Lowell 60
South Tennessee at New England, 7:15 p.m. (CBS) Minnesota 11 20 .355 11½ throwing the game ball into the spectator stands. Michigan St. 95, W. Michigan 62
6 p.m. — William & Mary at Elon, W L T Pct PF PA Sunday, Jan. 5 Pacific Division FOOTBALL Nebraska 73, Texas A&M-CC 52
y-Houston 10 6 0 .625 378 385 Minnesota at New Orleans, 12:05 p.m. (FOX) W L Pct GB National Football League Nebraska-Omaha 81, S. Dakota St. 78
CBSSN x-Tennessee 9 7 0 .563 402 331 Seattle at Philadelphia, 3:40 p.m. (NBC) L.A. Lakers 26 7 .788 — CLEVELAND BROWNS — Fired coach Freddie Notre Dame 82, Alabama A&M 56
Indianapolis 7 9 0 .438 361 373 Divisional Playoffs L.A. Clippers 23 11 .676 3½ Kitchens. SE Missouri 74, Missouri Baptist 59
7:30 p.m. — Seton Hall at DePaul, FS1 Jacksonville 6 10 0 .375 300 397 Saturday, Jan. 11 Phoenix 12 20 .375 13½ HOCKEY SIU-Edwardsville 96, Lindenwood University -
Sacramento 12 21 .364 14 Belleville 48
8 p.m. — Tulane at Memphis, CBSSN
Philadelphia, Seattle or Minnesota at San Francis-
co, 3:35 p.m. (NBC) Golden State 9 25 .265 17½
American Hockey League
Saint Louis 77, Bethune-Cookman 67
AHL — Suspended Rockford F Nathan Noel one
W. Illinois 82, South Dakota 75
14 2 0 .875 531 282
8 8 0 .500 289 303
Houston, Buffalo or Tennessee at Baltimore, 7:15
p.m (CBS)
Saturday’s Games
Denver 119, Memphis 110
game. West Virginia 67, Ohio St. 59
11:30 p.m. — The First Responder Cleveland
6 10 0 .375 335 393
2 14 0 .125 279 420
Sunday, Jan. 12
New England, Houston or Buffalo at Kansas City,
New Orleans 120, Indiana 98 ECHL — Suspended Fort Wayne D Kyle Haas
Wichita St. 84, Abilene Christian 66
Toronto 113, Boston 97 one game.
Bowl: Kentucky vs. Western Michigan, West 2:05 p.m. (CBS) Chicago 116, Atlanta 81 SOCCER
Oklahoma St. 82, SE Louisiana 31
Sam Houston St. 75, Rice 61
W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans, Philadelphia or Seattle at Green Houston 108, Brooklyn 98
Dallas, ESPN y-Kansas City 12 4 0 .750 451 308 Bay, 5:40 p.m. (FOX) Cleveland 94, Minnesota 88
Major League Soccer
INTER MIAMI — Signed D Román Torres.
Texas Tech 73, CS Bakersfield 58
Denver 7 9 0 .438 282 316 Conference Championships New York 107, Washington 100
3 p.m. — The Music City Bowl: Mis- Oakland 7 9 0 .438 313 419 Sunday, Jan. 19
Miami 117, Philadelphia 116, OT
COLLEGE Colorado 99, Iona 54
L.A. Chargers 5 11 0 .313 337 345 AFC, 2:05 p.m. (CBS) AMERICAN — Named Marsha Harper women’s Harvard 71, California 63
sissippi State vs. Louisville, Nashville, NATIONAL CONFERENCE NFC, 5:40 p.m. (FOX) Dallas 141, Golden State 121 soccer coach. Hawaii 91, Maine 51
East Pro Bowl San Antonio 136, Detroit 109 SOUTHERN CAL — Fired defensive coordinator Kansas 72, Stanford 56
Tenn., ESPN W L T Pct PF PA Sunday, Jan. 26 Milwaukee 111, Orlando 100 Clancy Pendergast and special teams coordinator N. Dakota St. 66, Denver 55
y-Philadelphia 9 7 0 .563 385 354 At Orlando, Fla. Phoenix 112, Sacramento 110 New Mexico 74, UC Davis 69
3 p.m. — The Redbox Bowl: California Dallas 8 8 0 .500 434 321 AFC vs. NFC, 2 p.m. (ESPN) L.A. Lakers 128, Portland 120
John Baxter.
VANDERBILT — Fired offensive coordinator
New Mexico St. 104, Northern New Mexico 30
N.Y. Giants 4 12 0 .250 341 451 Super Bowl Utah 120, L.A. Clippers 107 Oregon 98, Alabama St. 59
vs. Illinois, Santa Clara, Calif., FOX Washington 3 13 0 .188 266 435 Sunday, Feb. 2 Sunday’s Games
Gerry Gdowski and defensive coordinator Jason Oregon St. 83, North Dakota 66
Tarver. San Diego 93, Whittier 67
South At Miami Gardens, Fla.
7 p.m. — The Orange Bowl: Florida vs. W L T Pct PF PA AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5:30 p.m. (Fox)
Oklahoma City 98, Toronto 97
Memphis 117, Charlotte 104 Santa Clara 92, Alcorn St. 57
Southern Cal 71, Florida Gulf Coast 58
Virginia, Miami, ESPN
College Basketball
y-New Orleans 13 3 0 .813 458 341 New Orleans 127, Houston 112
Atlanta 7 9 0 .438 381 399 Washington St. 65, Ark.-Pine Bluff 50
Denver 120, Sacramento 115
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Tampa Bay 7 9 0 .438 458 449
Carolina 5 11 0 .313 340 470 Pro Basketball L.A. Lakers 108, Dallas 95
Today’s Games Sunday’s scores Ole Miss 80,
3 p.m. — Under Armour All-America North
NBA Glance Atlanta at Orlando, 6 p.m. Binghamton 98, Hartwick 45
Game: Practice, Orlando, Fla., ESPNU

y-Green Bay
13 3 0 .813 376 313 EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami at Washington, 6 p.m. Boston U. 69, Merrimack 67
CCSU 89, Connecticut College 55
Tennessee Tech 63
Atlantic Division Brooklyn at Minnesota, 7 p.m. TENNESSEE TECH (3-10)
x-Minnesota 10 6 0 .625 407 303 Lafayette 67, Sacred Heart 66 Clay 5-13 2-3 13, Davidson 2-6 1-1 5, T.Williams
IIHF HOCKEY Chicago 8 8 0 .500 280 298
W L Pct GB
22 8 .733 —
Milwaukee at Chicago, 7 p.m. Marshall 83, Duquesne 61 3-9 0-0 6, Allen 4-9 2-3 13, Vick 0-4 0-0 0, Sher-
Detroit 3 12 1 .219 341 423 Detroit at Utah, 8 p.m. Maryland 84, Bryant 70
8 a.m. — World Junior Championship: Philadelphia 23 12 .657 1½ field 2-2 2-2 7, Golday 3-3 1-1 8, Kuimi 0-3 0-0 0,
West Phoenix at Portland, 9 p.m. Penn St. 90, Cornell 59 Crosland 1-1 0-0 3, Sylla 1-5 0-0 2, Quest 0-1 0-0
W L T Pct PF PA Toronto 22 11 .667 1½ Tuesday’s Games Princeton 71, Lehigh 62
Canada vs. Germany, Ostravice, Czech y-San Francisco 13 3 0 .813 479 310 Brooklyn 16 15 .516 6½ Boston at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Siena 74, Holy Cross 62
0, Lolio 0-0 0-0 0, Ridenour 1-2 0-0 2, Smith 0-0
0-0 0, Wilkinson 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 24-60 8-10 63.
x-Seattle 11 5 0 .688 405 398 New York 9 24 .273 14½
Philadelphia at Indiana, 2 p.m. Stony Brook 81, Norfolk St. 65
Republic, NHLN L.A. Rams 9 7 0 .563 394 364 Southeast Division
L.A. Clippers at Sacramento, 4 p.m. UConn 69, NJIT 47 OLE MISS (9-3)
Arizona 5 10 1 .344 361 442 W L Pct GB
Noon — World Junior Championship: Miami 24 8 .750 — Cleveland at Toronto, 6 p.m. SOUTH Shuler 8-12 2-3 20, Buffen 6-12 7-8 20, Tyree 4-10
x-clinched playoff spot Denver at Houston, 6 p.m. Alabama 90, Richmond 78 0-2 9, Crowley 2-3 1-2 5, Hinson 3-6 0-0 8, Sy 4-7
y-clinched division Orlando 14 18 .438 10
Czech Republic vs. U.S., Ostravice, Sunday’s Games
Charlotte 13 22 .371 12½ Golden State at San Antonio, 6 p.m. Auburn 86, Lipscomb 59
Chattanooga 72, Cumberland 42
3-6 11, Hunter 2-3 0-0 4, Collum 0-0 0-0 0, B.Wil-
Washington 9 22 .290 14½ Dallas at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. liams 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Curry 0-0 0-0 0,
Czech Republic, NHLN Chicago 21, Minnesota 19 Atlanta 6 27 .182 18½ Wednesday’s Games ETSU 117, Mars Hill 48
LSU 74, Liberty 57
McBride 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 30-55 13-21 80.
Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 22, OT Central Division Orlando at Washington, 5 p.m.
NBA BASKETBALL Miami 27, New England 24 W L Pct GB Portland at New York, 6:30 p.m.
NC State 72, Appalachian St. 60 Halftime_Tennessee Tech 32-31. 3-Point Goals_
Green Bay 23, Detroit 20 Milwaukee 29 5 .853 — Northwestern St. 101, Champion Christian Coll. 61 Tennessee Tech 7-18 (Allen 3-6, Crosland 1-1,
6 p.m. — Atlanta at Orlando, NBATV Cincinnati 33, Cleveland 23 Indiana 21 12 .636 7½
Minnesota at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
Ole Miss 80, Tennessee Tech 63 Golday 1-1, Sherfield 1-1, Clay 1-3, Davidson 0-2,
Kansas City 31, L.A. Chargers 21 Chicago 13 20 .394 15½ Presbyterian 81, Kentucky Christian 56 Vick 0-4), Mississippi 7-23 (Hinson 2-4, Shuler
9 p.m. — Phoenix at Portland, NBATV N.Y. Jets 13, Buffalo 6 Detroit 12 21 .364 16½ Radford 90, Central Penn College 45 2-5, McBride 1-1, Buffen 1-4, Tyree 1-6, Miller 0-1,
Rhode Island 89, Middle Tennessee 62
Cleveland 10 22 .313 18 Sy 0-2). Rebounds_Tennessee Tech 27 (Vick 5),
NHL HOCKEY New Orleans 42, Carolina 10
Denver 16, Oakland 15 WESTERN CONFERENCE SC-Upstate 91, VMI 82 Mississippi 34 (Hinson 10). Assists_Tennessee
South Florida 60, FAU 58 Tech 13 (Davidson 4), Mississippi 22 (Shuler,
6 p.m. — Ottawa at Pittsburgh, NHLN Tennessee 35, Houston 14

Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
Sunday’s moves UC Santa Barbara 85, Louisiana-Lafayette 77 Crowley 5). Total Fouls_Tennessee Tech 21, Mis-
Dallas 47, Washington 16 BASEBALL UT Martin 92, Mount St. Joseph 72 sissippi 11. A_7,261 (9,500).
The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com Monday, December 30, 2019 3B



An inside look at the bond between MSU receiver JaVonta Payton and his mother
BY BEN PORTNOY “I got along with every-
bportnoy@cdispatch.com body when I used to come
up (to Starkville) for the
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — weekends,” JaVonta told
Tameka Payton glided out The Dispatch. “When I
of her silver Dodge Car- came on my official, that
avan, took five steps and was the first game I took
paused. my mom to, and they en-
Standing on a patch joyed themselves and
of grass on the back side loved it. We all felt like
of Shelby Park along the this was a great opportu-
banks of the Cumberland nity for me.”
River, Payton turned and Now a year into his
exclaimed, “This is where tenure at MSU, JaVonta
it all started.” has found a new family in
While the field where his teammates and coach
her son, Mississippi State Joe Moorhead, while Hol-
junior receiver and Nash- lis helps Tameka keep
ville native JaVonta Pay- tabs on her son when he
ton, grew up playing has misses the occasional call
since been replaced with home.
two little league-sized “Now I have Andrea
baseball fields, the park locked in my phone,”
served as a place of solace Tameka said. “She has
for the mother and child turned into my sis-
pairing in their youths. ter-child, I call her so
For Tameka, or ‘Miss much.”
Tameka’ as she’s often
referred to, it was a safe
zone. A place where she
After a brief walk
could cheer boisterously
around the baseball fields
for the eldest of her 12
at Shelby Park, Tameka
kids while leaving the Courtesy of Tameka Payton
JaVonta Payton’s mother Tameka started out by having a friend make custom T-shirts with her son’s name, Payton returned to the
past realities of the Nash-
number and picture to wear at his football games at Hillsboro High School. Soon, though, she moved on to ne- car.
ville projects behind her.
on-green sweatshirts, and the whole Hillsboro cheering section joined the gang. In the backseat, 3-year
In JaVonta’s case, the
old Carlyle was asleep in
field was a haven of sorts. patch. “Having a child in youth league and at claim, she hoped to add Perched on a barstool
his carseat with a pair of
From the time he began at 16, you don’t have a Hillsboro High School a new element as JaVonta in the center of the Mis-
stuffed animals clutched
playing football at age 5, choice — you’re grown at — recalled the first-ever grew older. Calling up sissippi State football tightly in his miniature
his energetic demeanor that point. No, not legally, highlight he recorded of an acquaintance in the recruiting lounge in the hands.
and natural athletic abili- but you’re grown at that his son. Roughly 7 years T-shirt printing business, underbelly of Davis Wade One row behind him,
ty allowed him to bob and point.” old at the time, Payton she devised a plan to print Stadium, Andrea Hollis 6-year old TJ and four-
weave his way through While Tameka en- fielded a kickoff return, custom shirts bearing heard her phone ring. year old Therrian poked
any Pop Warner defense dured the growing pains dodged and ducked his JaVonta’s name, number Monitoring the in- and prodded each other in
in his path. of teenage motherhood, way through about five and picture, among oth- coming FaceTime calls jest. “We’re going to see
“He was always the JaVonta endured growth defenders and outpaced er designs. After a few from Mississippi State ’Vonta!” TJ exclaimed,
fastest kid on the field,” of his own — notably the entire coverage team rounds of T-shirts caught commits during the early referencing his eldest
Stephanie Mosley, JaVon- under the guidance of down the sideline and into on during JaVonta’s early signing period, Hollis was brother.
ta’s youth football coach, his godbrother, Nantam- the end zone for a score. high school career, Tame- surrounded by Bulldog Heading out of the park
told The Dispatch. bu-Akil Fentress and his “We knew from a ka took things a step fur- football coaches, players and onto the highway,
Today, the mother and father, McKinley Young young age he was going to ther. and athletic department Terrence Sawyer — Pay-
child combination will Jr. be special in something,” Seeking a fix for the officials as they awaited ton’s fiancé and the father
join together on the side- Fentress — five years Young said. “He was just chilly fall nights high news on each new signee. of four of her children —
lines once more as MSU Payton’s senior — and fast, athletic.” school football in Tennes- As the room fell silent steers the family minivan
takes on Louisville in the Payton were stalwarts at While Young sup- see bring, she employed in anticipation of another down Interstate 40. Tame-
Music City Bowl. And the Andrew Jackson Boys ported and coached Pay- her T-shirt maker to de- recruit calling in, Tame- ka peered out the window.
though Nissan Stadium and Girls Club — or the ton from the sidelines, sign a neon-green sweat- ka Payton was revealed Nearly two dozen cranes
— the home of the Ten- “B+G” for short. One gen- his mother became his shirt with JaVonta’s name- to onlookers on the big and high-rising construc-
nessee Titans and the site eration after Royce Fen- biggest supporter off sake. Before long, the screen at the front of the tion sites pierce the Nash-
of the game — is a far cry tress, Nantambu’s dad the field. Noted for her entire Hillsboro cheering room. ville skyline.
from the field at Shelby and the director of opera- presence at every game, section donned the fluo- “Oh my god, it was so “It’s changed,” she
Park, the contest offers a tions at the Boys and Girls Tameka’s car was littered rescent tops. embarrassing,” Payton said.
homecoming for a parent Club, mentored Payton’s with magnets and painted “We were in those quipped. Things have changed,
and child pairing that was parents, the younger Fen- words of encouragement stands cheering those While the call lasted indeed. Tameka is no lon-
forced to grow up in uni- tress did the same. as an ode to her eldest kids on, and you could not just a few moments, it of- ger a 16-year-old fighting
son. “He truly wanted to do child. miss us,” Tameka said. fered a look at the family to find a place to sleep at
“It was a journey,” the right thing when I saw And though her su- both Tameka and JaVon- night with her infant son.
Tameka told The Dis- him interacting with his perfandom drew wide ac- *** ta have developed since Rather, she’s a battle-test-
patch. “I persevered, kept peers and lead by exam- the latter’s arrival in ed mother of 12 who com-
my head up, did what I ple,” said Fentress, who Starkville. pleted her GED in 2010
needed to do, and my chil- went on to play football Following a switch and remains her kids’ big-
dren are doing what they at Miami. “So I said, ‘I’m from running back to re- gest advocate.
need to do.” going to take this young ceiver his junior season As for JaVonta, he’s set
kid under my wing,’ and at Hillsboro, Payton’s re- to conclude his first sea-
*** sure enough, we kept in cruiting profile soared. son in Starkville as a ma-
There’s long been a touch.” Listed as a three-star re- jor contributor on offense
deeper level to Tame- “They helped me be- cruit by 247Sports.com, and special teams.
ka and JaVonta Payton’s come a good man and a he initially signed with “I believe everything
bond. good brother to my little Ole Miss, but a discrepan- happens for a reason,”
Giving birth to JaVonta sister,” Payton added of cy between his ACT score Tameka said. “He’s on a
at just 16 years old, Tame- the Fentresses. and his grades forced him journey.”
ka was forced to drop out With Fentress guiding to spend two seasons at Today, that journey
of high school to support Payton within the con- Northwest Mississippi makes its way to the Pay-
her newborn son. Bal- fines of the Boys and Girls Community College. tons’ backyard at Nissan
ancing a job at Wendy’s Club, it was Young who After notching 840 Stadium. And though
with motherhood, the ascertained his early love yards and 11 touchdowns thousands of fans will
time proved trying as she for football. Placed in rec- at Northwest, Payton pack the stands, Tameka
bounced between homes, reational leagues when he sought a familial atmo- and the countless friends
taking shelter on whatev- was 5, Payton flashed a sphere in which he and and family who’ve re-
er friends’ couch or floor knack for the game. Courtesy of Tameka Payton
his parents, particularly quested tickets to watch
was available to her. Speaking with The Dis- JaVonta Payton is the eldest of Tameka Payton’s 12 his mother, were comfort- JaVonta should be easy to
“He grew me up,” patch last week, Young children, born when his mother was just 16 years old. able. MSU checked the find — simply look for the
Tameka told The Dis- — who coached Payton “He grew me up,” Tameka said. boxes. neon sweatshirts.


Shuler, Buffen help Ole Miss defeat Tennessee Tech

The Associated Press (9-3) shot 18 of 26 (69 percent) 31 at halftime, but finished 24 of final 15 minutes. Considering the SEC Championship.”
from the field in the second half 60 (40 percent) from the field, Pelphrey’s club had significant
OXFORD — Devontae Shul-
er, despite scoring 20 points
and out rebounded the Golden including 7 of 18 (39 percent) contributions from eight soph- Share and share alike
Eagles 37-30, including a game- from 3-point range. omores and freshmen, the per- The Rebels had 22 assists
and adding five rebounds and high 10 rebounds by Blake Hin- “We’re having a hard time formance was encouraging as on 30 field goals, including five
five assists, was pleased but not son. starting games and that’s new Ohio Valley Conference play apiece from Austin Crowley
satisfied with his performance Buffen had 16 second-half to me,” Ole Miss coach Ker- begins this week.
and Shuler. Ole Miss had nine
Sunday as Mississippi defeated points to highlight a decisive mit Davis said. “Credit Ten- Ole Miss: The workmanlike
players with at least one assist,
Tennessee Tech 80-63. 23-6 run as Ole Miss built an win sets up a road game with
nessee Tech and (Coach) John including three apiece from
“My foot is not 100 percent insurmountable 67-47 lead with 11-1 Wichita State that holds
Pelphrey for that. He’s a great Breein Tyree and Hinson and
yet and that’s held me back,” 6:38 left. In the four-minute NCAA Tournament implica-
friend and a great coach. But lead the SEC with an average of
said Shuler, who has played surge, Shuler had two baskets, tions for both teams. The Reb-
we aren’t where we need to be 16.3 per game.
with nagging heel injuries for two rebounds, a blocked shot, els also face a January South-
yet defensively and with our
two seasons. “I’m probably an assist and forced two Ten- eastern Conference slate that
80 percent and it hurts, but nessee Tech turnovers that led
includes four road games. Up next
I had time to rest it over the to easy baskets. “I think Wichita State will Tennessee Tech: Visits
break and that helped.” Jr. Clay and Darius Allen led Big picture be in the Top 25 this week, and Eastern Kentucky in the Ohio
Shuler finished 8 of 12 from Tennessee Tech (3-10) with 13 Tennessee Tech: The Gold- they would be the fifth Top 25 Valley Conference opener for
the field, and KJ Buffen and points apiece, including four en Eagles kept it interesting, team at some point that we’ve both teams on Thursday.
Khadim Sy added 20 and 11 rebounds and three assists by leading early in the second half played,” Davis said. I think Ole Miss: Visits Wichita
points, respectively. Ole Miss Clay. The Golden Eagles led 32- before falling off the pace in the they’re a team that could win State on Saturday.
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Continued from Page 1B
with a 55-10 win over rival baseman Edouard Julien 14 straight games after doubters of his ability
Starkville Academy in threw wild on a routine a Week 2 loss to Louis- to succeed in Starkville
Jackson. grounder, allowing the ville, staying hot all the would have to “drag my
Not a bad year on Mag- tying run to score. Then way through to their re- Yankee ass out of here.”
nolia Lane. MSU walked off with an cord-tying 11th MHSAA Say what you will about
infield single by Marshall championship. Moorhead, the Bulldogs
T5. Three MSU football Gilbert.
The Bulldogs lost their
Harris, Cannon, Orr,
Mays and others will have
and the program as a
whole this season, but the
players selected in the next two games — the graduated, but if West 2019 season finale was
first round of 2019 NFL first to Vanderbilt and the Point can win its fifth one for the ages.
draft second to Louisville — straight title next year, it
History was made on and were eliminated from will take the overall lead 1. “Tutorgate” scandal
the CWS with a record of and match the longest
April 26. For the first time
51-13, but the way they streak by any Mississippi
shakes up MSU athletic
at MSU, three players
started their appearance public school — South Pa- department
were selected in the first YESTERDAY’S ANSWER
will always be remem- nola, which shares the re- While it’s far from the
round of the NFL Draft.
bered by the Bulldog cord of 11 with the Green most positive story of the
The Bulldogs’ three first-
round selections were faithful. Wave, won five straight
titles from 2003 to 2007.
year, it’s difficult to un-
derstate how massively
Sudoku is a number-
placing puzzle based on
Sunday’s answer
tied with Clemson and Al- It was Mississippi Sudoku 8 2 6 1 3 7 5 4 9
the “Tutorgate” scandal a 9x9 gridis witha several
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nation. CWS appearance. The based onthe a 9x9
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Defensive lineman Jef- Bulldogs won their first Miss to win Egg Bowl grid
weeks ahead of the 2019 1 to 9with
in theseveral
empty spaces 5 3 7 8 9 4 2 6 1
fery Simmons was taken two games in the 2018 given
event but were eliminated
In a game that is per- football season. so that numbers.
each row, eachThe 6 8 2 5 7 1 9 3 4
16th overall by the Ten- petually weird, wild and Following an NCAA in- object
column and each 3x3 the
is to place box
with two straight losses numbers 9 1 4 6 2 3 8 5 7
contains the1same to 9 number
nessee Titans, defensive wonderful, the 2019 ver- vestigation into academic
lineman Montez Sweat to eventual champion Or- sion of Mississippi State’s the empty spaces so 2 7 1 3 6 8 4 9 5
misconduct by a part-time only once. The difficulty
was picked 26th by the egon State. annual contest against that each row, each 3 9 8 7 4 5 1 2 6
athletic department tutor, level increases from
Washington Redskins Ole Miss offered arguably 10 football players and column and each 4 6 5 9 1 2 3 7 8
and defensive back Johna- 3. West Point achieves the most absurd ending in one men’s basketball play- 3x3 Difficulty Level 12/28

than Abram went to the “four-peat,” ties the game’s 118-year histo- er were found to have had the same number only once. The difficulty level
Oakland Raiders at pick ry. coursework completed by increases from Monday to Sunday.
27. record with 11th state After notching what the aforementioned tutor
Entering Week 17, championship should have been the ty- for cash considerations.
Simmons played in eight Brandon Harris spoke ing score on a 2-yard pass Among other major im-
games for the Titans it into existence. from quarterback Matt plications, each football
(starting seven) and re- All season long, the dy- Corral, Rebels freshman player was docked eight
corded 29 combined tack- namic West Point senior receiver Elijah Moore games this season —
les and two sacks, while back was confident: The hiked his leg to imitate leaving coach Joe Moor-
Sweat played in 15 games Green Wave would pull a dog urinating on a fire head’s squad with a crip-
and notched five sacks. off the “four-peat” by win- hydrant — an ode to for- pling depletion of depth
Abram was injured in the ning the MHSAA Class mer Ole Miss receiver DK — while the men’s basket-
preseason and missed the 5A football championship Metcalf’s end zone cele- ball player, later identified Sunday’s Cryptoquote:
entire 2019 season. for the fourth time in a bration two years prior. as junior point guard Nick
row. And while the moment Weatherspoon, was sus-
4. MSU baseball makes Harris and West Point provided ample comic re- pended for a combined 20
made it happen, beating lief, it cost the Rebels 15 games between this sea-
second straight College a Picayune team that had yards and, ultimately, the son and last.
World Series yet to lose a game 38-26 game when kicker Luke And while the in-sea-
Mississippi State’s in Hattiesburg to cap off a Logan’s 35-yard extra son suspensions have now
first College World Series 15-1 season. Senior backs point sailed wide right run their course, the ram-
game under coach Chris Dantariyus Cannon and to give MSU a one-point ifications of Tutorgate will
Lemonis was a wild one. Jimothy Mays joined Har- victory and get the team persist into next season,
The Bulldogs trailed ris to form a deadly trio on bowl eligible for the 10th as the football and men’s
Auburn 4-1 heading into offense, and an array of straight year. basketball programs will
the bottom of the ninth skilled defensive players Also lost in the sheer face a loss of scholarships
of their opener in Oma- led by linebacker Tyron insanity of the Egg Bowl’s and a reduction in the
ha, but MSU rallied. With Orr shut down opponents ending, coach Joe Moor- number of official visits
the Diamond Dawgs on defense. head backed up the con- permitted for either team
down 4-3, Auburn third The Green Wave won test by declaring any among other sanctions.

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Game Coverage / Results

High school football coaches who don’t speak to a reporter from The Dispatch are asked to email information
to the sports department from their games. The Dispatch will include its prep football coverage in Sunday’s
edition, so we will contact coaches Friday night or Saturday to get details. Coaches, please let us know what is
the best time for us to contact you. ACROSS
1 Packing box
6 God with a
10 Dance record
11 Puts on the
13 Hollywood
deal maker
14 Rewrite for the
15 Mover’s truck
16 Uncooked
18 Black goo
19 Lionel Richie
22 Print mea-
sures Sunday’s answer
23 God of war 45 Endures company
24 Garlic unit 24 Competed in a
27 Ocean chasm DOWN regatta
28 Annoy 1 Long for 25 Center, for one
29 Opposite of 2 One of Lear’s 26 From bygone
post- daughters days
30 Programmer’s 3 Add a change 27 Weapons
goof to store
35 Dripping 4 Malleable metal 29 Letter before
36 Compete 5 Radical omega
37 Gorilla or 6 Liquefies 31 News item
gibbon 7 Concealed 32 Desert spots
38 Hirsch of “Into 8 Speaker’s skill 33 Dizzying
the Wild” 9 Does some designs
40 Said with a roadwork 34 Trappers’
twang 12 Emphasis wares
42 Matt of movies 17 Wagon puller 39 Smoked
43 Wide awake 20 Flat salmon
44 Waiting room 21 Record 41 As done by
The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com Monday, December 30, 2019 5B


Browns fire Kitchens after disappointing season

The Associated Press a 33-23 loss to the lowly successful eight-game head coach,” the Haslams had a winning record penalized teams for much
Cincinnati Bengals (2-14), stretch as the team’s of- said in a statement. “Our since 2007 and has gone of the year. Injuries were
BEREA, Ohio — Fred- who ended Cleveland’s fensive coordinator and focus is on hiring an ex- through seven coaches in also a problem, but there
die Kitchens made a great disheartening season and relationship with quarter- ceptional leader for this that 12-year span. were numerous self-in-
first impression. Every- an inglorious 16-game back Baker Mayfield sent football team and we will The Browns were a
thing after that was un- flicted issues — none
run for the former run- his stock soaring. take a comprehensive ap- trendy pick to make the
derwhelming. bigger than star defensive
ning backs coach who But Mayfield re- proach to this process. postseason under Kitch-
Kitchens, who famous- was hoping for more time. gressed in his second We are excited about the ens after acquiring star end Myles Garrett being
ly crowed “if you don’t The Browns (6-10) season and Kitchens core players we have to wide receiver Odell Beck- suspended indefinitely for
wear brown and orange, didn’t come close to meet- was plagued by numer- build around and develop ham Jr. in a blockbuster ripping off Steelers quar-
you don’t matter” at his ing expectations. Neither ous mistakes as a rookie and we look forward to trade in March from the terback Mason Rudolph’s
introductory news confer- did Kitchens. season coach with game bringing in a strong head New York Giants. They helmet and hitting him
ence less than a year ago, Owners Dee and Jim- management and an in- coach that will put this paired him with Mayfield, in the head with it during
was fired Sunday night by my Haslam decided one ability to get Cleveland’s group of players in the who broke the league the closing seconds of a
the Cleveland Browns fol- season was enough for offense rolling among his best position to succeed.” rookie record for touch- Nov. 14 home game.
lowing a season in which Kitchens and parted ways most notable flaws. Kitchens is the fifth down passes in 2018. The Browns got a rare
he failed to lead a talented with the 45-year-old, who “We thank Freddie for coach fired since 2012 by But the May-
win over their archrivals
team to a .500 record — is the ninth coach fired by his hard work and com- the Haslams, who have field-to-Beckham connec-
let alone the playoffs. the Browns since 1999. mitment to this organiza- shown little patience in tion was never consistent that night to move back
Kitchens was dis- Kitchens was a surprising tion but did not see the a failed attempt to resur- with Kitchens also han- into playoff contention,
missed shortly after the hire a year ago. He had success or opportunities rect one of the league’s dling play-calling duties. but Garrett’s loss of con-
Browns returned to team no previous head coach- for improvement to move proudest franchises. The Browns were also trol was a poor reflection
headquarters following ing experience, but his forward with him as our Cleveland hasn’t one of the league’s most on Kitchens and his staff.

Comics & Puzzles

Dear Abby
EAR ABBY: could undermine pays at least three times as
I’m a wid- our relationship. much as mine does. She has
ower who What to do? — several pets, and I’m sure she
was very happily WORRIED WID- spends a lot more a month on
married. I have OWER IN NEW pet food than the cost of my
decided to re-en- ENGLAND meal. I don’t think my sister
ter the dating DEAR WID- should have made an issue of
game. I met a OWER: Address it. What do you think? — IRRI-
very nice widow, this with your TATED IN NORTH CAROLINA
and we connect- lady friend as DEAR IRRITATED: I agree
ed. As I was frankly as you with you. You were an invited
lonely, it made have to me. If guest and, as well-meaning as
ZITS a big change for she values the your sister may have been, she
the better in my relationship she should have stayed out of it. I
life. The lady I has with you, she hope you will overlook her poor
matched up with will stop “raising manners.
is a wonderful, the dead” in DEAR ABBY: This past
caring person,
Dear Abby conversation. weekend I was walking at the
and we enjoy DEAR ABBY: mall and encountered a gen-
being together doing what My sister did something that tleman in a wheelchair. I was
dating folks do. We’re thankful really bothered me. My niece walking down a long, graduat-
to have found each other. (her daughter) took us to a ed slope as he was coming up.
She had met a man she restaurant she had heard was I offered to assist him, and he
enjoyed being with some really good. In this restaurant, politely declined.
years ago, but it was of short you order and pay for your My question is, what is
duration because he died. She meal first. My niece paid for all the proper thing to do when
told me they had a nice, but the meals, and we sat down at offering to assist? Is it rude,
GARFIELD platonic relationship. My prob- our table to await our food. and is someone offended
lem is how often she speaks My niece had to leave the when offered a helping hand?
about him. Something reminds table momentarily before our — JUST TRYING TO HELP
her of him, and she wants to order was ready. While she DEAR JUST TRYING: I don’t
talk about it. I can understand was gone, my sister said I think it is ever offensive to
that he might come up once should reimburse her daughter OFFER a helping hand. What
in a while, but last month she because she couldn’t afford to can be counterproductive is
mentioned him a dozen times. pay for all the meals. when a good Samaritan does
I don’t think she does it to I have never mooched off something without first ASK-
make me jealous, but I find it anyone in my life. The $10 my ING — such as grabbing the
annoying. niece spent is the only time I arm of a sightless person and
I tried a few times subtly can remember anyone buying attempting to help the individ-
suggesting it would be better me dinner in my adult life other ual across a street — which
if she didn’t mention him. I’m than on my birthday. My niece can be not only frightening but
not sure she understands it has a job that I know for a fact possibly unnecessary.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. is yours when you claim it. conversation. It’s a good indica-
30). One of your birthday TAURUS (April 20-May 20). tor of comfort, confidence and
presents from the stars is Avoid rhetorical questions. If harmony. People are consid-
the reminder that you are so it’s not meant to be answered ering one another instead of
admired and loved. You’ll hear literally and it’s only stirring up talking over one another.
sweet words said to you when drama, why ask? For instance, LEO (July 23-Aug. 22).
it matters and even sweeter a question like “What’s wrong Regardless of your role today,
things when it doesn’t. You’ll with you?” isn’t particularly you’ll approach it like a boss.
give precisely what’s most need- helpful. You’ll assess the situation and
ed in the first months of 2020 GEMINI (May 21-June 21). evaluate accordingly. You’ll man-
and receive proof of apprecia- To articulate your ideas well and age your resources and advise
tion in many forms. Aquarius listen carefully to the ideas of the next move.
BABY BLUES and Pisces adore you. Your others will be the cornerstone VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
lucky numbers are: 8, 2, 22, 18 of today’s success. By the end It’s good to know what you’re
and 11. of a conversation, you should doing and the effect it’s having
ARIES (March 21-April 19). be as well-versed in the other and then leave it at that without
Yes, there’s a problem, but person’s points as you are your judging yourself. Judgment
how do you know if it’s yours? own. would take you from the relaxed
Whether you caused it or have CANCER (June 22-July state of self-awareness to a
the power to solve it is irrele- 22). Don’t be afraid of silence, tense state of self-conscious-
vant. Bottom line: The problem especially the pauses inside of ness.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
You want your home to be the
hub, where friendships bond
and love grows. To this end, the
day has a domestic focus on
creating comfortable, accommo-
BEETLE BAILEY dating surroundings.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). This item has been linger-
ing on your list forever, not be-
cause you’re lazy but because
you’re not sure how to tackle
it. Alas, there’s no perfect way.
Just throw yourself into it and
you’ll figure it out.
21). Meaningful relationships
require compromise, vulnera-
bility and good old-fashioned
showing up for people where
you wouldn’t necessarily choose
MALLARD FILLMORE to go otherwise.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). Brilliant ideas will pop into
your head today, as will untrue
and unhelpful thoughts. Now
that you’re aware of the variety
and range you’ll be dealing with,
it should be easier to tell the
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). Building muscles is the
same no matter which kind
you’re building, physical, mental
or emotional. Each time you
push through resistance, you
FAMILY CIRCUS get stronger.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). You’re in the mood to take
charge, not because you think
you should be the authority but
because you want people to
feel comfortable, relaxed and
included, and you know just how
to make that happen.

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