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Coroner confirms first Oktibbeha COVID-19 fatality


More than 1,600 cases of virus in Mississippi Hunt did not release the
identity of the deceased. She
partment of Health updated
its website, there were 1,638
in Lowndes County, seven in
Clay County and five in Noxu-
DISPATCH STAFF REPORT first Oktibbeha County resi- died at OCH Regional Medical confirmed cases of COVID-19 bee County.
dent to die from the COVID-19 Center. in the state, including 27 alone Nationally, there have been
An 89-year-old Starkville coronavirus, Coroner Michael As of Sunday morning, the in Oktibbeha County. There about 337,000 cases confirmed
woman on Sunday became the Hunt confirmed. last time Mississippi State De- have been 15 reported cases and more than 9,600 deaths.

Cook Elementary
fifth grader MONDAY PROFILE

wins national ‘Find someone who needs


animation contest help and step in’
James creates new
character who will Starkville Kiwanis member makes a lifestyle of helping others
become permanent BY TESS VRBIN
tvrbin@cdispatch.com
addition to educational
N
an Rushing couldn’t
technology platform focus on the book
she was trying to
BY BEN PORTNOY read.
bportnoy@cdispatch.com The retired teacher and
member of the Starkville
A s Kiwanis club is normally
fifth-grad- enthusiastic about books,
er Joshua even organizing book
J a m e s drives every April. But
s l o w - this time, she said, she
ly read couldn’t get her mind off
aloud, a the people in town who
wide-eyed were in need now that
smile ap- the spread of COVID-19
peared on coronavirus has forced
his face. businesses to shut down
Video and people to stay home to
Courtesy photo/Kenya Barry
chatting keep safe from the pan-
Joshua James
with his demic.
teacher, Heather Rowland from “I couldn’t get my mind
Cook Elementary School, James re- around it because I knew
cited the email that named him the there were people here
winner of national animation com- in Starkville who didn’t
pany Wonder Media’s Create-Your- have what they needed, so
Own Character contest last week. I went and bought some
“I’m just thrilled,” he said Sun- food and took it to the
day. pantry,” Rushing said.
One of roughly 50 students at Rushing has been a
Cook who worked with Wonder member of Kiwanis since
Media’s Story Maker software, 2016 and coordinates book
James’s entry — a character named drives and food drives
“Cyber” Sam — will now become for the organization. She
a permanent fixture in the literacy usually sets up shop for
and technology platform that helps the book drive at the
teach students the basics of 3-D an- Starkville Community
imation. Tess Vrbin/Dispatch Staff
Market every Saturday
“He is sort of a man of few Nan Rushing stands at the spot in Fire Station Park where she usually conducts a
from April to August, but
words,” Rowland said. “And so book drive at the Starkville Community Market every Saturday from April to August.
The market has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so Rushing has the market is postponed
if you don’t know him, you won’t
diverted her energy toward food drives. She describes herself as a lifelong helper, so far this year due to the
know that he is just thrilled be-
whether in the Golden Triangle or Saudi Arabia, where she lived for 10 years due COVID-19 pandemic.
yond all words, but I couldn’t go
to her husband’s military career. See RUSHING, 6A
to sleep afterwards, I was just so
pumped.”
See JAMES, 6A

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Duke made famous in 1969?
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in 2013, after 80 years of “boffo” print accurate, timely news. Online
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Trustees, 6 p.m.,
Full forecast on Italian ice cream? ■ Mississippi State head coach Vic
page 3A. Answers, 6B Schaefer yells to his team the play Brandon Central
he wants them to run during the first Services
half of their NCAA college basketball April 17:
game against Alabama on Feb. 23
INSIDE in Starkville. Schaefer is departing
Lowndes County
School Board,
Classifieds 6B Dear Abby 3B MSU for the head women's coach- Ginny Sanders of Columbus has
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Trump tempers officials’ grave


assessments with optimism
‘We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel’ going to be happening
all over the country. And
President Donald Trump during a Sunday White House briefing I want America to under-
BY WILL WEISSERT turn a corner. and what that time rep- stand that.”
AND KEVIN FREKING “We’re starting to see resents and, hopefully, we The number of people
The Associated Press light at the end of the tun- can get this over with.” infected in the U.S. has
nel,” Trump said at a Sun- Still, Trump’s own exceeded 337,000, with
WA S H - day evening White House briefing also struck a the death toll climbing
INGTON briefing. Pence added, somber tone at times. The past 9,600. More than
— The U.S. “We are beginning to see president offered some of 4,100 of those deaths are
surgeon glimmers of progress.” his most extensive com- in the state of New York,
general says The president also in- ments to date to the fami- but a glimmer of hope
that Ameri- sisted that both assess- lies of those killed by the there came on Sunday
cans should ments from his admin- virus, urging the nation when Democratic Gov.
brace for istration — they came to pray for them and “ask Andrew Cuomo said his
levels of Trump within 12 hours of each God to comfort them in state registered a small
tragedy reminiscent of other — didn’t represent their hour of grief.” dip in new fatalities over
the Sept. 11 attacks and an about-face or were “With the faith of our a 24-hour period. Still,
the bombing of Pearl even “that different.” families and the spirit of Louisiana Gov. John Bel
Harbor, while the na- “I think we all know our people and the grace Edwards said his state
tion’s infectious disease that we have to reach of our God we will en- may run out of ventilators
chief warned that the new a certain point — and dure,” the president said. by week’s end.
coronavirus may never that point is going to be “We will overcome.”
be completely eradicated a horrific point in terms Earlier Sunday, Sur-
from the globe. of death — but it’s also a geon General Jerome
Those were some of point at which things are Adams told CNN, “This
the most grim assess- going to start changing,” is going to be the hardest
ments yet for the imme- Trump said. “We’re get- and the saddest week of
diate future and beyond. ting very close to that lev- most Americans’ lives,
But hours later, President el right now.” quite frankly.”
Donald Trump and Vice The president added “This is going to be
President Mike Pence that he thought the next our Pearl Harbor mo-
tried to strike more opti- two weeks “are going to ment, our 9/11 moment,
mistic tones, suggesting be very difficult. At the only it’s not going to be lo-
that hard weeks ahead same time, we under- calized,” said Adams, the
could mean beginning to stand what they represent nation’s top doctor. “It’s

Biden raises idea of Democrats


holding an online convention
Democratic National Convention was weeks because of the out-
break.
originally scheduled for mid-July Biden publicly en-
dorsed delaying the con-
BY WILL WEISSERT ing lead in the number vention before the move
The Associated Press of delegates needed to to do so was announced,
secure his party’s pres- and said Sunday that the
WA S H - idential nomination at a extraordinary measure of
INGTON convention in Milwau- holding one all online is
— Joe Biden kee, originally scheduled still not a certainty.
said Sun- for mid-July. Democrats “What we do between
day that the hoped an early gathering now and then is going
Democrat- would give the party more to dictate a lot of that as
ic National time to unify around a well,” he said. “But my
Convention, nominee who could defeat point is that I think you
Biden
already de- President Donald Trump just got to follow the sci-
layed until August be- in November. But officials ence. Listen to the ex-
cause of the coronavirus, announced on Thursday perts.”
may need to take place they were taking the un- Biden also said he
online as the pandemic precedented step of post- planned to wear a mask
continues to reshape the poning the convention in public, heeding new
race for the White House. until August, just before federal guidelines that
The party “may have the Republican National Americans use face cov-
to do a virtual conven- Convention is scheduled. erings when venturing
tion,” the former vice The once-crowded out. That contradicts
president said. “The idea Democratic primary has Trump, who says he’s
of holding the convention dwindled to Biden and choosing not do that.
is going to be necessary. Vermont Sen. Bernie “He may not like how
We may not be able to put Sanders. But both have he looks in a mask,” Biden
10, 20, 30,000 people in switched to addressing said of the president, add-
one place,” he told ABC’s supporters online from ing that it was a mattering
“This Week,” calling an home, with travel and of following science.
online convention “very campaign rallies — like “That’s what they’re
possible.’’ many facets of Ameri- telling us,” the former
Biden has a command- can life — suspended for vice president added.

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UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME


Court revives suit over
Analysis: Reeves gets his Mississippi school
Katrina with challenge of virus funding disparity
‘We’re not afraid Lawsuit: State allows grave
of hard moments. Outbreak: Mississippi gets disparities in funding between
predominantly black and
We step up during
tough times’ disaster declaration to speed aid predominantly white schools
Gov. Tate Reeves THE ASSOCIATED PRESS causes mild or moderate symptoms,
BY EMILY WAGSTER PET TUS
such as fever and cough. But for others,
BY EMILY The Associated Press
JACKSON — Mississippi on Sunday especially older adults and people with
WAGSTER PET TUS
become the latest U.S. state declared a existing health problems, the high-
The Associated Press JACKSON — A federal appeals court has re-
major disaster area by President Don- ly contagious virus can cause severe vived a lawsuit that says Mississippi allows grave
JACK- ald Trump amid the new coronavirus symptoms and be fatal. disparities in funding between predominantly
SON — outbreak, giving the state access to Earlier Sunday, the president de-
more federal assistance to confront the black and predominantly white schools.
Mississippi clared South Dakota a major disaster The Thursday ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit
Gov. Tate pandemic. area with 240 confirmed cases and two
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves an- Court of Appeals reverses the 2019 decision by
Reeves was deaths, and Delaware with more than U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour to dismiss
a first-term nounced Friday that he has asked 670 cases and 14 deaths. Other states
Trump to issue a major disaster dec- a lawsuit filed against state officials by the South-
state trea- that recently received major disaster ern Poverty Law Center.
surer when laration for Mississippi because of the
declarations include Arizona, Utah, The suit was filed in 2017 on behalf of low-in-
the state Reeves coronavirus, in order to make addition-
Nevada and Maine. come African American women who said their
was rocked by a massive al aid available.
Trump’s declaration was the latest in Mississippi’s declaration comes children and other black children attended
and expensive disaster after a statewide stay-at-home order schools that were in worse condition and had low-
with Hurricane Katrina a series of major disaster declarations
around the country. It makes federal took effect Friday evening in a bid to er academic performance than some wealthier,
in 2005. He worked with slow the state’s growing number of predominantly white schools.
then-Gov. Haley Barbour funds available to eligible state, local
and tribal governments and some pri- COVID-19 cases. Barbour said state officials were immune from
to shape the short-term Reeves has said people should limit being sued. The appeals court said sovereign
response and long-term vate nonprofits for emergency protec-
tive measures, including direct federal their outings to essential errands like immunity “is not limitless” and people may sue
recovery. grocery shopping. He said law enforce-
assistance. a state as long as the suit seeks changes going
Now just a few months ment officers will break up big groups
The Mississippi Health Depart- forward and not compensation for past practices.
into his own time as gov-
ment’s latest count Saturday showed of people who are out socializing. Gro- The lawsuit said Mississippi was violating a fed-
ernor, Reeves is in charge
more than 1,600 positive tests for the cery stores, pharmacies and other eral law that allowed the state to rejoin the union
of Mississippi’s response
virus and 43 deaths. The state has businesses deemed essential will re- after the Civil War. The 1870 law said Mississippi
to the coronavirus pan-
demic, a global problem about 3 million residents. main open during the stay-home order could not change its 1868 state constitution in a
that endangers lives and For most people, the coronavirus that runs until the morning of April 20. way to deprive any citizen of “school rights and
threatens to destabilize privileges.” The state now has a constitution that
the economy. Reeves’s order tells ment have opposed the stay-home order won’t be was adopted in 1890 and has been amended sev-
Reeves appears to have people to work from expansion of Medicaid easy. eral times.
learned lessons from Bar- home, where possible. It to the working poor, and “We’re not afraid of “From 1890 until the present day, Mississippi
bour, a fellow Republican also deems many types Reeves has said the coro- hard moments. We step repeatedly has amended its education clause and
he views as a mentor. of businesses and man- navirus pandemic has not up during tough times,” has used those amendments to systematically
Reeves faced sharp ufacturing operations as changed his mind. Expan- Reeves said Friday. and deliberately deprive African Americans of
criticism for his delay in essential and says they sion is an option under the “You’re protecting your the education rights guaranteed to all Mississip-
issuing a statewide order can remain open. This in- health care overhaul that parent, your spouse, your pi schoolchildren by the 1868 Constitution,” the
for people to stay at home cludes poultry processing then-President Barack friend, your neighbor, and lawsuit says.
to try to slow the spread of and shipbuilding. Obama signed into law in more. By committing to Will Bardwell, an attorney for Southern Pover-
the highly contagious vi- Reeves said Friday that 2010, and Mississippi is in follow the rules, you’re ty Law Center, said Friday that the case will go
rus, even as case numbers some businesses are test- the minority of states re- protecting yourself.” forward.
rose rapidly in next-door ing people’s temperatures jecting it.
Louisiana. as they enter work. While Democrats have said
By the time Reeves an- some with the virus could Mississippi has lost hun-
nounced on Wednesday have fever, doctors have dreds of millions of dol-
that he was setting a shel- said that many may not lars by not expanding
ter-in-place order to take know they have contract- Medicaid, and that has
effect Friday evening and ed the virus until well endangered small rural
extend until the morning after they’ve infected oth- hospitals, closing some of
of April 20, he did it with ers. Most infected people them.
the backing of big busi- experience mild or mod- The nonpartisan HOPE
ness groups — a classic erate symptoms, such as Policy Institute, which
approach by Barbour, who fever and cough that clear advocates for programs
often rounded up support up in two to three weeks, to help low-income resi-
of influential groups be- but a fraction suffering dents, said in an analysis
fore announcing public more severe illnesses can April 1 that the coronavi-
policy proposals. require ventilators to sur- rus “will exacerbate ex-
Mississippi Econom- vive, and as the caseload isting challenges, particu-
ic Council president and rapidly grows, hospitals larly for low-income, rural
CEO Scott Waller and are bracing for a wave of communities of color.”
Mississippi Manufactur- patients. Using data from the Kai-
ers Association president The coronavirus is ser Family Foundation,
and CEO John McKay harder on people with HOPE said 188 of the 383
issued a joint statement underlying health condi- counties or parishes in
Wednesday praising tions, and Mississippi has Deep South states either
Reeves’s order and ap- high rates of obesity, dia- don’t have an intensive
plauding health care pro- betes, hypertension and care unit or don’t have a
viders. other chronic problems. hospital at all. Mississippi
“This measure will The state also has had 40 counties without
help protect the health the lowest number of an ICU, the highest num-
and safety of our citizens, physicians per capita, ber in any of the states.
while at the same time according to the Missis- After Katrina, Barbour
recognizing the vital role sippi State Medical Asso- often praised Mississippi-
essential businesses pro- ciation. ans for being resilient and
vide by assuring delivery For years, Reeves and compassionate. Reeves is
of necessary services,” other Republicans who doing the same now, even
they said. control state govern- as he acknowledges the

Starkville man charged with attempted murder


DISPATCH STAFF REPORT SPD press ports of a shooting came
release. in shortly afterward, the
A Starkville man has Officers re- release said.
been charged with at- sponded to A male victim is being
tempted murder after
East Gar- treated for injuries at a
allegedly shooting some-
one Saturday night. rard Road at hospital outside the coun-
Officers with Starkville about 9:30 ty.
Police Department arrest- p.m., first Dotson Dotson is in custody
ed Edward Dotson, 39, in response at Oktibbeha County Jail.
Saturday, according to a to a report of a fight. Re- His bond has not been set.

AREA ARRESTS
The following arrests
were made by Lowndes
County Sheriff’s Office:
n Skylar Despain, 20,
was charged with accesso-
ry after the fact.
SOLUNAR TABLE
The solunar period indicates
peak-feeding times for fish and game.
n Latavious Williams, Major
Mon.

Tue.
12:30a
19, was charged with pos- Minor 6:35p ­­—
session of a controlled Despain Williams Martin Carpenter Major 12:05p 12:56p
Minor 6:39a 7:15a
substance and possession Courtesy of Mississippi Department
of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

of cocaine. n William Martin, 63, was charged with Posses-

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POSSUMHAW
Old man in the ER
“Greater love My blood went a nation, was afflicted with
hath no man than cold, my eyes severe stuttering. We are all
this, that a man lay teared. human, living in our times and
down his life for his There’s nothing circumstances, all with both
friends.” you can say, noth- good and bad fortunes. Oppor-
John 15:13 KJV ing will change the tunities abound, fruit ripe for
gray-haired doc- the plucking, requiring only
Why I didn’t tor’s mind. Philip the efforts and determination
think of it before, I knows exactly what to reach our goals.
don’t know. Actual- he’s dealing with “No one is perfect, or knows
ly, I thought Philip and who he is. He everything, or accomplishes
would be retired continued, “I’ve all of which they dream ,,,
by now. I haven’t Shannon Bardwell dealt with a lot of in- many of us suffer from head-
seen him in years, fectious diseases.” aches, diabetes or other dis-
though I still get his travel logs I know he’s referring to those tracting illnesses. These are
where he spends long leisurely medical missions treating real encumbrances. Yet they
vacations in exotic places when people in primitive conditions are merely that, challenges to
he’s not on a medical mission with inadequate supplies. But overcome to give us impetus to
trip. I also get his annual April ER is frontline, hands-on trau- accomplish our goals.”
Fool’s joke, which I fall for ma, and there’s a virus with no Gracefully content. A day
every year — except when he cure. nub or two wiggled helplessly, showed graceful contentment in the sunshine. A walk in the
says he met someone wonder- In 2013 I copied one of like an earthworm severed by with his life. He spent his days garden. “Texting” with friends.
ful and got married. No one Philip’s letters for this column. a garden shovel. The govern- enjoying the sunshine, walks I’m committed to remember
gets married that many times. I searched the letter out be- ment provided him with a in the garden and talking with the leper and to pray for Philip
I texted him, “Hey, just cause I thought his words then small cement room, smaller friends. and all the other doctors,
checking on you. You are re- might be comforting now. If than my bedroom closet, “Albert Einstein, Leonardo nurses, first responders and
tired now, right?” He answered nothing else, I wanted to hear though it had no rug or door. da Vinci and Thomas Edison leaders, and to be ever thank-
almost immediately, “No, I’m them for myself. He said: Its furnishings — a mat on all had dyslexia. Stephen ful for their skill, dedication
not retired. In fact, I’m in the “I traveled to India where a rope, frame, and a box for Hawking’s ALS would be and courage.
ER right now. I’m pulling a I met a man with no fingers. his clothes. No income, no considered totally disabling Email reaches Shannon
12-hour shift today and tomor- Leprosy had eaten away the electricity, no running water, by most. Even Moses from Bardwell of Columbus at msdel-
row.” digits, bite by bite, until only a no air conditioning, his smile the Bible, a fellow who freed tachild@msn.com.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


An open letter to MSU President Mark Keenum and
Athletic Director John Cohen
I am writing this letter in regards to the recent tweet mes-
sage written by the new Mississippi State University football
coach, Mr. Mike Leach. I am writing to communicate my
expectations that Coach Leach be terminated from his posi-
tion as head football coach and as an employee of Mississippi
State University.
The tweet message written by Coach Leach was blatantly
racist and overtly hateful towards the African American
community. The comment of the newly hired coach is not
simply insensitive in our state, it is obviously offensive to
millions of people regardless of race throughout our nation.
There is no denying, and it is a widely understood fact, that a
noose denotes lynching and the horrific mistreatment of Af-
rican Americans. The depiction of a noose is not, and never
will be, acceptable.
Personally, I will always take a stand against the mistreat-
ment of others and any oppressive statements or actions
toward any group. It is also my expectation that institutions
stand for what is right and just. As Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to injustice every-
where.”
As a Mississippi State alumna and supporter of the ath-
letic program, I have held season tickets for many football STATE OF THE NATION
What is the best-case scenario?
and basketball seasons and have attended football, men’s and
women’s basketball, men’s baseball, women’s softball, and
women’s soccer games, and track and field competitions over
the years. Without the termination of Coach Mike Leach, I
Faced with the year in jail or both. In nationwide shortage of personal
will no longer support Mississippi State University athletics.
greatest public Maryland, the fines protective equipment for health
Without the termination of Coach Mike Leach, I will
health threat in can go up to $5,000. care workers and ventilators for
no longer initiate tours and visits to the Mississippi State
a century, we are Courts tend to defer coronavirus patients. He could
campus.
stumbling in the to states when public be coordinating efforts to get
Without the termination of Coach Mike Leach, I will no
dark. Each day’s health emergencies testing kits to the entire nation.
longer encourage others to attend Mississippi State Uni-
death toll is treated arise. It makes no sense for 50 gover-
versity. I would certainly not want my personal children,
as a shock, rather Meanwhile, the nors to be bidding against one
grandchildren, nor students to be exposed to, at the least, a
than what it ought federal government, another and against FEMA for
man who has openly displayed racist oppression, and, more
to be — a fire bell in personified in Presi- essential supplies. As New York
importantly, to be connected with an institution that would
the night. dent Trump, lurches Governor Andrew Cuomo put
allow an employee to remain on campus as an influence over
Only on April 1, from alternative-real- it, “It’s like being on eBay with
others. Mona Charen
for example, did Flor- ity boosterism such 50 other states.” The federal
Perhaps this letter will have no effect on a decision made
ida Governor Ron as his March 24 plan government should be the buyer
on the campus of Mississippi State University, but I can
DeSantis issue a stay-at-home to open up the country by Eas- for whatever ventilators and
assure you, the decision to terminate or not terminate Coach
order. As recently as March 28 ter, to relatively sane projections other supplies can be found,
Mike Leach will affect my future connection with my alma
— even as refrigerator trucks of two “tough” weeks in the and should then distribute them
mater.
were parking outside New York offing on March 31. He boomer- around the nation as needed.
Sue Craddieth
hospitals to serve as overflow angs. In the morning on March The disease is not hitting
Columbus
morgues — many of Florida’s 28, he treated the tri-state area everyone at once. New York,
beaches were packed. Respond- of New York, New Jersey, and Washington, and New Jersey
Mayor appreciates those helping ing to criticism, DeSantis said he parts of Connecticut to 12 hours should get priority now, and then
As Mayor, I would like to take this opportunity to thank was taking cues from the White of panic about possibly ordering turn over the machines to other
our first responders for the awesome job that they are doing House. “If any of those task force a two-week quarantine of the states later.
protecting and serving our citizens of Columbus during this folks tell me that we should do region, only to back down in the Trump did speak to the
pandemic crisis. Nancy Carpenter, the Board of Directors X, Y or Z, of course, we’re going evening. nation’s governors on March
and staff of Visit Columbus have worked alongside the Police to consider it.” President Donald The nightly briefings are his 30. He noted that he wanted
Department, Fire Department and other first responders Trump initially praised DeSantis stage. As bodies pile up, a wor- “appreciation” for his great work.
through many special events to show appreciation to them for this, calling him “a great ried public tunes in. He mistakes When Gov. Steve Bullock of
during this unprecedented time in our city and nation. Aaron governor who knows exactly this for popularity: He tweeted: Montana explained that his state
Sanders and Sweet Peppers Deli assisted with this effort in what he’s doing,” but apparently “Because the ‘Ratings’ of my was only one day away from
providing a meal for all shifts. thought better of it later and News Conferences etc. are so running out of tests, the presi-
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the medical encouraged DeSantis to issue high, ‘Bachelor finale, Monday dent became personally defen-
community that continues to care for Columbus around the the stay-at-home order. Night Football type numbers’ sive and switched to pitch man
clock. These professionals continue to provide for our com- Not to pick on DeSantis too according to the @nytimes, the mode: “We’ve tested more now
munity in these difficult times. much, but he is emblematic of Lamestream Media is going than any nation in the world.
I appreciate Amy Bogue of the Allegro Clinics, Dr. James the scattershot approach that CRAZY.” We’ve got these great tests and
Woodard, of the Allegro Clinic, and Glenda Richardson of is failing so badly to meet this His self-absorption cannot be we come out with another one
our Community Outreach Department for participating in crisis. As recently as March penetrated even by a national tomorrow that’s, you know,
a Town Hall meeting with us on social media last week to 31, he said it was up to “locals” tragedy. This is, after all, the almost instantaneous testing.
discuss this threat from a medical view. We have set up a to enforce public health guide- man who responded to 9/11 by But I haven’t heard about testing
church directory to list churches that are streaming their lines. “I was flying out of Miami noting that he guessed Trump being a problem.”
services. Go to worshipcolumbusms.org to share with others yesterday,” he said, “looking at Tower would now be the tallest If the president really believes
area services that are available on the Internet. beaches with signs saying they building in Manhattan. that, it’s frightening, because
I want to thank our citizens for following City guidelines were closed. Were there people What the president should pretty much every sentient
and Governor Tate Reeves’ Stay in Place order that went out there? Damn right there be doing is calling together the person in the country is aware
into effect April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm, and will continue until were. It’s just unfortunate, but no nation’s governors to request of the testing kit shortage. If he
April 20, 2020. COVID-19 is a serious infectious disease. I matter what you do you’re going that every single state issue en- doesn’t believe it, it’s even more
am encouraging all of our citizens to take social distancing to have a class of folks who are forceable stay-at-home orders for alarming, because it shows that
seriously. going to do whatever the hell a three-week period. If strictly the false reassurance he offered
The Coronavirus does not discriminate between age, they want to.” adhered to, the lockdown would the country throughout January,
race, religion, sex or wealth. The spread of Coronavirus is Actually, states have consid- curtail the virus’s spread. February and part of March has
not limited to major metropolitan areas. COVID-19 is here erable power to enforce public While that was in effect, the not been abandoned.
and the threat of uncontrolled spread is real. health measures. In Virginia, vi- president could focus on his Mona Charen is a Senior
Mayor Robert Smith, Sr. olators of the stay-at-home order proper role — not performing for Fellow at the Ethics and Public
Columbus face fines of up to $2,500 and one the cameras but managing the Policy Center.
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A THOUSAND WORDS

Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff


A handmade sign that reads “Send pizza and White Claw” hangs in the window of an apartment in downtown
Columbus. The sign is thought to be in light of the current quarantine surrounding COVID-19.

Patients rush to join studies


testing drug for coronavirus
Remdesivir is farther along in testing Remdesivir is given
through an IV. It’s de-
are taking the ethical, re-
sponsible approach.”
than many other potential therapies signed to interfere with
an enzyme that reproduc-
In another letter on
Saturday, O’Day said the
and the current studies could lead es viral genetic material.
In animal tests against
company has 1.5 million
doses, which could mean
to regulatory approval SARS and MERS, dis- more than 140,000 treat-
eases caused by similar ment courses, depending
BY MARILYNN great that the U.S. Na- coronaviruses, the drug on how long treatment
MARCHIONE tional Institutes of Health helped prevent infection needs to last. The com-
AP Chief Medical Writer is expanding its study, and reduced the sever- pany is providing the
which has nearly reached ity of symptoms when drug for free for now and
The new coronavirus its initial goal of 440 pa- given early enough in
made Dr. Jag Singh a pa- has set a goal of making
tients. The drug’s maker, the course of illness. It’s 500,000 treatment cours-
tient at his own hospital. California-based Gilead farther along in testing es by October and more
His alarm grew as he saw Sciences, is quickly ramp- than many other potential than a million by the end
an X-ray of his pneumo- ing up its own studies, therapies and the current of the year.
nia-choked lungs and col- too. studies could lead to reg- Gilead supplied rem-
leagues asked his wishes “I would enroll my fam- ulatory approval. desivir for two studies in
about life support while ily in a heartbeat” if the Gilead has given rem- China expected to give
wheeling him into Massa- need arose, said Dr. Lib- desivir to more than 1,700 results by the end of the
chusetts General’s inten- by Hohmann, who placed patients on a case-by-case month.
sive care unit. Singh and nearly 30 oth- emergency basis, but
When they offered him ers in the NIH one at more people ultimately
a chance to help test rem- Mass General. To have no will be helped if the com-
desivir, an experimental approved medicines for pany does the needed
drug that’s shown prom- COVID-19 now is “kind of studies to prove safety
ise against some other terrifying,” she said. and effectiveness, chief
coronaviruses, “it did not For most people, the executive Dan O’Day
even cross my mind once new coronavirus causes wrote in a recent letter to
to say ‘no,’” said Singh, a mild or moderate symp- the public.
heart specialist. toms, which can include “Many people have
Coronavirus patients fever and cough but some- reached out to Gilead to
around the world have times pneumonia requir- advocate for access to
been rushing to join ing hospitalization. The remdesivir on behalf of
remdesivir studies that risk of death is greater for friends and loved ones.
opened in hospitals in the older adults and people I can only imagine how
last few weeks. with other health prob- it must feel to be in that
Interest has been so lems. situation,” he wrote. “We

Asian Americans use social media


to mobilize against attacks
‘With the rising stress and anxiety, we otry and apathy.
To that end, the Cal-
knew we’d see a rise in hate incidents’ ifornia-based groups
Chinese for Affirmative
Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese
Action and the Asian
for Affirmative Action
Pacific Planning and
BY TERRY TANG Twitter last week to turn Policy Council set up a
The Associated Press the ugly moment into an hate reporting center
opportunity for a con- last month. New York’s
Kyle Navarro was versation about racism, attorney general also
kneeling down to unlock generating thousands of launched a hotline.
his bicycle when he no- sympathetic comments. “We kind of just knew
ticed an older white man Asian Americans are from history this was
staring at him. Navarro, using social media to going to snowball,” said
who is Filipino, tried to organize and fight back Cynthia Choi, co-execu-
ignore him, but that soon against racially motivat- tive director of Chinese
became impossible. ed attacks during the for Affirmative Action.
The man walked by, pandemic, which the FBI “With the rising stress
looked back and called predicts will increase as and anxiety, we knew
Navarro a racial slur. He infections grow. A string we’d see a rise in hate in-
“spat in my direction, and of racist run-ins in the last cidents.”
kept walking,” Navarro two weeks has given rise The center has fielded
said. to hashtags — #WashThe- more than 1,000 reports
Navarro, a school Hate, #RacismIsAVirus, from across the U.S.,
nurse in San Francis- #IAmNotCOVID19 — ranging from people spit-
co, already had anxiety and online forums to re- ting to throwing bottles
about racism related to port incidents. Critics say from cars. An FBI report
the coronavirus, which President Donald Trump distributed to local law
emerged in China and made things worse by enforcement predicts the
has Asian people facing calling COVID-19 the attacks will surge and
unfounded blame and “Chinese virus.” pointed to the stabbing of
attacks as it’s spread For a group with a his- an Asian American man
worldwide. Now, he was tory of being scapegoated and his two children at a
outraged. — from Japanese Amer- Sam’s Club in Texas last
“My first instinct was icans detained during month, ABC News re-
to yell back at him in World War II to a Chinese ported. According to the
anger. But, after taking American man killed by report, the 19-year-old
a breath, I realized that autoworkers angry about suspect said he thought
would have put me in dan- Japanese competition in they were “infecting peo-
ger,” Navarro said. the ‘80s — there’s urgen- ple.” The victims have re-
Instead, he took to cy to drown out both big- covered.
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HALLOWEEN IN MARCH

Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff


Diann and Johnny Dale, center and right, show off their “Halloween” decorations outside their Columbus home
Wednesday with their friend Richard Priddy. Diann said she got the idea to decorate from a post on social media
suggesting people decorate their homes on March 31 as if it’s Halloween, to entertain children doing scavenger
hunts and other social distancing activities. She decorates every year for Halloween and Christmas, and planned
to take these decorations down over the weekend and immediately replace them with Easter decorations.

Rushing
Continued from Page 1A
So instead, Kiwanis with the first book a for six years and Hawaii Saudi Arabia who had just
collects food in tubs in child reads, if they like it, for four, Rushing said. had a baby, she said.
front of Vowell’s, Kroger, they’ll want to read more, Her background is in When the Rushings
Walmart Neighborhood but if they don’t like it, teaching, including at a came back to Starkville
Market and the Starkville they don’t want to read community college in Ha- in 2011, their fellow
Daily News. Members anything else,” Rushing waii and at East Missis- members of First Bap-
sort the collection at a said. “So I like to get sippi Community College. tist Church encouraged
warehouse at Starkville books I think kids will She had been teaching them to join Kiwanis,
Community Church, and enjoy and then go from at EMCC for four years and Rushing said the
nine local food pantries there.” when Laroy was trans- group’s focus on helping
come to pick up items to When she visited ferred to Riyadh, Saudi children appealed to her.
distribute, Rushing said. Philadelphia in Decem- Arabia in 1995 and stayed She describes herself as a
“There are a lot of stu- ber, her husband and there for 16 years. She lifelong “helper.”
dents who are here that son-in-law attended the followed him there in “That’s just what I do,”
worked part-time, and the Army-Navy football game 1996 and stayed until she said. “If I’m looking
places they were hired while her daughter took 2001, coming home after for something to do, I can
are closed and they don’t her to four bookstores to the 9/11 terrorist attacks find someone who needs
have any way to (afford) buy books for the book and returning in 2006, help and I step in.”
food, so we’re helping drives. Most of them were she said. She worked in
them,” Rushing said. free or discounted when government contracting
“Right now, food is more she told the bookstore for the first five-year stint.
important than books, but owners what they were Rushing found ways
once the jobs come back for, she said. to be of service to others
to life, we’ll go back to the She said she is always while she was abroad. She
book drive.” looking for something and Laroy knew someone
In addition to the farm- to keep her busy during with connections to an
ers market, Rushing co- retirement, but she has orphanage in Nepal, and
ordinates book drives at been helping people since she donated clothes, toys
several other locations in long before she retired. and school supplies there,
Starkville every April as She grew up in Columbus she said. She also sent a
part of United We Read, and attended Mississippi box of sewing supplies
a literacy promotion State University, where to women in Afghanistan
campaign by the United she met her husband, who wanted to learn to
Way of North Central Laroy. His Army career sew, and she sent baby
Mississippi. moved them to several clothes and a stuffed
“My opinion is that places, such as Germany lamb to a friend’s wife in

James
Continued from Page 1A
James’ mom, Kenya mes to the limited friends and I was reading his bio
Barry, said it is great to he has. and it brought tears to
know her son’s talent is The character also my eyes — I was just real-
recognized. boasts a speech imped- ly excited about reading
“Joshua has been iment and cyberbullies it. And I thought, ‘How
drawing since he could others given that he was could he not win?’ Like,
hold a pencil so he’s a bullied himself. could they see this and
very, very talented art- “People call me a cy- he not win?”
ist,” she said. berbully, and that’s why I James’ victory in the
Competing against have few friends,” James Create-Your-Own Char-
middle and high school wrote in “Cyber” Sam’s acter contest is the latest
students nationwide, biography. “When I text installment in CMSD’s
James and his classmates ‘mean’ things, they’re recent use of the Story
were tasked with submit- JOKES, but people take Maker software.
ting a design, backstory ‘em too literally. I kinda Following the 2018-
and pitch as to why their stutter, which doesn’t 19 use of the program,
characters should be in- make me very social, so I CMSD students helped
cluded in the Story Mak- type on a device to make animate a rendition of
er software — a program up for it. I’ve been bullied “The Wizard of Oz” that
developed by “Rugrats” as a kid, and I was called was later played at Malco
and “The Wild Thorn- ‘nerd’, ‘geek’ and ‘smarty Cinema in January.
berrys” creator Terry head’, so I became mean.” And while the script
Thoren. Speaking with The and characters were
Wonder Media also Dispatch Sunday after- created by producers at
asked that students cre- noon, James said he want- Wonder Media, students
ate characters that would ed to make his character recorded lines for each
“add necessary and pro- a cyberbully because he animation and controlled
ductive conflict among thought people some- the characters’ move-
the Story Maker charac- times forget about it. ments in the film.
ters.” “When I was walking As for James, the pro-
With that in mind, around, I was just so ex- gram also helped identify
James designed “Cy- cited about all of the stu- a potential career path
ber” Sam — a kid who dents’ work,” Rowland down the road.
is tech-savvy and enjoys said. “They all looked so “I plan on making chil-
spending time on his hov- good. And then I came dren’s books and graphic
erboard and sending me- around behind Joshua novels,” he said.

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Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer accepted an offer to be the head women’s basketball coach at Texas Sunday afternoon. Schaefer brought MSU
to two national championship appearances.

SO LONG, VIC
Analysis: Who could be the
Schaefer departs MSU for next women’s basketball
Texas after eight seasons coach at Mississippi State?
BY BEN PORTNOY “I want to thank ev- Tournament before los- BY BEN PORTNOY
Matthew Mitchell — $1.26 million annually
bportnoy@cdispatch.com eryone at Mississippi ing to No. 1-ranked South bportnoy@cdispatch.com meaning MSU would
State for eight wonderful Carolina for the second Kentucky head coach likely have to reach the
STARKVILLE — Af- years,” Schaefer said in a time this year. STARKVILLE — Matthew Mitchell $1.5 million mark to be-
ter eight years at Mis- news release. “Thank you “You know, you’re just John Cohen’s busy off- checks every box Cohen gin discussions. That
sissippi State, women’s to the Bulldog Family for really proud of what this season has reached an- should be looking at. said, Schaefer was set to
basketball head coach Vic your loyalty and love of team was able to accom- other impasse. Now entering his 13th make nearly $2 million
Schaefer is heading back our program. We will al- plish,” Schaefer told The With women’s bas- year at Kentucky, Mitch- over the
to the Lonestar State. ways be grateful for our Dispatch in late March ketball head coach Vic ell has guided the Wild- remaining
Multiple sources close time in Starkville.” following the cancella- Schaefer off to Austin to cats to three Elite Eights time on
to the situation confirmed In eight seasons at tion of the 2020 NCA A become the next head and five Sweet 16s in his his con-
to The Dispatch that MSU, Schaefer took the Tournament due to the coach at Texas, Cohen tenure. tract ac-
Schaefer — a Texas Na- program to two nation- worldwide outbreak of will now be tasked with Mitchell also boasts cording to
tive and former longtime al title games and three COVID-19. “And that’s replacing a coach who strong ties to the a source
assistant at Texas A&M Elite Eights while compil- why I hate it for them, reached two national Starkville area. A Louis- with im-
— will be the next head ing a 221-62 record — giv- because I really feel like title games, three Elite ville native, Mitchell at- mediate
coach at the University of ing him the best winning they could have made a Eights and boasted the tended MSU as a student k n o w l - Mitchell
Texas. percentage of any coach run and we could have best winning percentage and began his coach- edge of
Texas officially an- in program history. gotten hot like we have in school history. ing career at Central the situation, so Cohen
nounced the hiring late He also guided the in the last three or four The process is also Holmes Academy High has been willing to make
Sunday afternoon, though Bulldogs to a last second years and made a big run sure to be affected by School in Lexington and the investment in the
speculation spread when upset of UConn in the in the tournament.” the worldwide outbreak Manchester Academy past.
Athletic Director Chris 2017 Final Four to end the Schaefer’s hiring at of COVID-19, which in Yazoo City before be- It’s also worth not-
Del Conte tweeted a pho- Huskies’ 111-game win Texas comes just two could limit MSU’s ability coming a graduate assis- ing Mitchell brings
to with Schaefer and his streak. days after Del Conte fired to bring potential candi- tant for Pat Summitt at back reigning Associ-
family with the caption MSU concluded the previous head coach Kar- dates to campus. Tennessee. ated Press first team
“Guess who’s coming to 2020 season 27-6 and en Asten. Asten had been That said, here are a One complicating All-American Rhyne
the Forty...” earlier in the reached the finals of the the coach in Austin since handful of potential re- factor with Mitchell is Howard to a squad that
day. Southeastern Conference See VIC, 2B placements for Schaefer: that he’s already making See MSU, 2B
2B MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com

Vic
Continued from Page 1B

2012 — the same year fer’s employment con- Bulldogs he would no will find a great leader Senior guard Jor- uation for all the play-
Schaefer was hired at tract ran through the longer be the head for this program. We dan Danberry, junior ers at Mississippi State
MSU — and compiled a 2022-23 season after coach — though it re- are looking for a relent- center Sidney Cooks, University. As they are
184-83 record over that it was re-upped to four mains unclear whether less recruiter, someone sophomore forward/ (heartbroken). Please
span. years after last season they were told before who understands our center Jessika Carter
everyone respect their
In that time, the (Mississippi state law word leaked onto social deep meaning of family, and freshman forward
Longhorns reached doesn’t allow contracts media. someone who under- Rickea Jackson were space to mentally pro-
three Sweet 16s and one longer than four years). “Earlier today, I met stands the Mississip- among those who react- cess all that has taken
Elite Eight, though they He was slated to make with our young wom- pi State culture, and a ed via Twitter. place. Rickea is pro-
lost in the first round of nearly $2 million annu- en and informed them hungry competitor with “I ain’t never seen cessing this as she
the NCA A tournament ally over that span and that a national search an elite work ethic. nothing like this,” Dan- should. She loves MSU
last year. was set to receive a for our next head wom- We want someone who berry wrote. fans, her Coaches and
A source with imme- $375,000 retention bo- en’s basketball coach knows the game inside “ This team is my more so her Team-
diate knowledge of the nus if still employed as is underway,” Cohen and out and has an inno- family,” Cooks added. mates. So please people
situation told The Dis- the head coach at MSU said in a news release. vative skill set.” Jackson’s mother,
let the young ladies pro-
patch Sunday that Tex- on June 1, 2021. “I shared with the team Following the news Caryn, also released
as will cover Schaefer’s MSU Athletic Direc- that we will be thought- of Schaefer’s depar- a statement for her cess things with their
$1.25 million buyout. tor John Cohen spoke ful and thorough ture, reactions from daughter via Twitter, families in peace! Don’t
According to the with the team after during the process, and players poured in over writing: take it personal but it is
same source, Schae- Schaefer informed the that I am confident we social media. “ This is a hurtful sit- personal!”

MSU
Continued from Page 1B

finished the 2020 season ders with MSU post years — including stops back Conference USA cell together because gia Tech — the No. 1 and
22-8. players in recent years at Xavier and Washing- regular season titles and both boast comparable 2 recruits in the country
The real pull for Mitch- — most notably 2019 ton before landing in helped Rice to its first resumes and are on the in their respective class-
ell — as Austin was for No. 3 overall pick Teai- Columbus. In that time NCA A tournament ap- same staff at present. es.
Schaefer — is a chance ra McCowan — and has his teams have reached pearance since 2005 last At the base level, both Both Purcell and Nor-
at a homecoming in a proven to be an ace re- the NCA A tournament season. She was also the Norman man are due for head
place that others have cruiter in over her over 11 times and reached quickest coach in pro- and Purcell coaching gigs and their
won big. If Cohen can two-decade coaching three Sweet 16s and gram history to reach have SEC recent work helping es-
swing this, it’s a home career. one Elite Eight. 100 career wins in 2019. ties. Nor- tablish Louisville as a
run hire. Harris wouldn’t be McGuff ’s time as And while Langley man — the national power has only
the splashiest hire on an assistant at Notre has only been the head elder of the aided in their quests. If
Johnnie Harris — this list, but having
been the associate head
Dame and Miami (OH)
would also help contin-
coach in Houston for five two — has
been at
MSU goes the assistant
years, her resume is lit-
Mississippi State as- coach in Starkville for ue the national recruit- tered with ties that make L ou isv i l le Norman
coaching route, both
make plenty of sense in
sociate head coach the past eight years she ing base Schaefer has sense at MSU. for 13 years Starkville.
If Schaefer doesn’t would bring a strong built in Starkville. An Alabama native, but spent
bring his continuity to the pro- she was previously as six seasons
entire staff gram. Tina Langley — Rice an assistant at Toledo, at Vander- Other names to watch:
to Austin, bilt prior to Wes Moore — North
Georgia and Clemson.
Johnnie head coach Langley then worked that. As an Carolina State.
Harris is Kevin McGuff — Ohio W hether Cohen
under Brenda Frese assistant in Mike Neighbors —
has a sour taste in his
the most State head coach mouth from the Lone-
at Maryland for seven Nashv il le, Arkansas head coach.
Karen Asten — For-
likely to If MSU wants to years before landing the she helped Purcell
earn a head star State the Com- mer Texas head coach.
reach be- Rice job.
c o a c h i n g Harris remains to modores Gail Goestenkors —
yond the She did sign an exten-
role either be seen, secure the No. 1 recruit- Former Duke, Texas
b o u n d - sion through the 2024
at MSU or in the near but if he ing class in the country head coach.
aries of season, though MSU
future. SEC coun- does dip in 2003. Pokey Chatman —
would be a staunch up-
Harris and Schae- try, Ohio back into As for Purcell, he’s a Former LSU, Chicago
grade from a mid-major
fer’s relationship dates State head Texas for 2003 Auburn graduate Sky, Indiana Fever head
S chaefer ’s program.
back to their time as as- coach Kev- and spent five years on coach.
sistants at Texas A&M in McGuff McGuff r e p l a c e - Langley staff with the Tigers in Amaka Agugua-Ham-
and she was among the makes am- ment Tina Stephanie Norman and varying roles. A dogged ilton — Missouri State
first people he brought ple sense. Langley would be a val- Sam Purcell — Louis- recruiter in his own head coach.
on board when he land- At just 48 years old, id choice. ville assistant coaches right, he helped land Dawn Plitzuweit —
ed the MSU job. McGuff has been a Divi- Langley has guided I’ll lump Stephanie Asia Durr at Louisville South Dakota head
Harris has done won- sion I head coach for 18 the Owls to back-to- Norman and Sam Pur- and Kaela Davis at Geor- coach.
The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 3B

Fields of green: Mild winter, no games aid ballpark grass Former MSU players Oduro,
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS coronavirus pandemic.
A mild winter was ben-
level and look down at the
field, it looked gorgeous.”
turns from spring train-
ing in Arizona to inches
King find new landing spots
Nicole Sherry poked eficial to Oriole Park, and When preparing for of snow on the home field BY GARRICK HODGE only in mop-up duty, playing
some holes in the turf at many other ballparks what would have been in Chicago. Only four ghodge@cdispatch.com in six games and seeing 20
Camden Yards, cut the often battered by bru- their home opener years ago, his crew was minutes of
grass and then left the Former Mississippi State action all
tally cold temperatures, Thursday, the Twins split using jackhammers to
ballpark about the same men’s basketball players
snow and ice. Now the their grounds crew into get ice off the infield. year.
time the Baltimore Ori- Prince Oduro and Elias
grass has even longer to two groups, working at “The weather has The pair
oles should have been King both have found new
grow, get greener and different times, to maxi- been really lenient this are two of
wrapping up their season homes.
strengthen before there mize social distancing on year,” Bossard said. “If five MSU
opener. After each entered the
will be any games. the field. they were to play baseball transfer portal last month, transfers
“What a beautiful day
A decade into the Min- “Somebody will be in four days, I personally Oduro committed to South this offsea-
it would have been for a
nesota Twins playing there pretty much ev- would be ready. The ma- Florida, while Elias King son, with Oduro
ballgame,” said Sherry,
home games outside, the ery day dealing with the jority of times, I can’t say will join Middle Tennessee. rising senior
the head groundskeeper
for the Orioles. “It was Target Field natural turf grass and making sure that when I come back.” In a conference call with re- K ey S h aw n
kind of surreal because I was in really good shape that we’ll be ready to go “The Sodfather” porters on March 30, MSU Feazell al-
was thinking, ‘Technical- after an earlier-than-usu- at a moment’s notice, or is a third-generation coach Ben Howland said he ready com-
ly, this is opening day.’” al thaw. when players are here, groundskeeper, having wasn’t surprised at either’s mitting to
Camden Yards was all “There was no rot or they’ll be able to go out started working with decision to transfer. McNeese
green and would have disease or anything that and do long toss on the his dad, Gene, in 1967, Oduro, who will be on his State last
been ready for what was we could see that had field, should they need and becoming head third team in three seasons w e e k .
going to be Major League damaged anything,” said it,” Hoy said. groundskeeper in 1983. next fall, played 21 games MSU’s other King
Baseball’s earliest start, Matt Hoy, the team’s se- Roger Bossard, in Bossard’s grandfather, but only averaged four min- two trans-
March 26. Then the sea- nior vice president of op- his 54th season as a Emil, was the longtime utes per contest last year for fers, Devin Butts and E.J.
son was put on hold in- erations. “When you look groundskeeper with the groundskeeper for the the Bulldogs. King spent his Datcher, have yet to find
definitely because of the at it from up in the upper White Sox, usually re- Cleveland Indians. freshman season appearing new teams.

Comics & Puzzles


DILBERT
Dear Abby
D
EAR ABBY: I hope you will him for the kids’ sake and for
I have a avail yourself of financial reasons.
friend who both. The first is The other woman, “Ra-
is an alcoholic. I to go online to chael,” recently contacted him
met her when we al-anon.org to saying she has cancer and
first moved here find the nearest has no family who want to take
five years ago. At location for meet- care of her. He put her up in
that time, I wasn’t ings (you will his cabin in the mountains and
aware of her find they are all hasn’t told his wife. He asked
drinking problem. over) and attend what I thought, and honestly,
Over the years some. Al-Anon is I feel that although I am sad
it has become a sister organiza- for Rachael, my brother should
ZITS very apparent. tion of Alcoholics put his wife before his concern
I have yelled at Anonymous, and for this other woman. I’m angry
her, shown deep it was founded to with him for what he’s doing
concern for her, help and support to his wife. What should he
threatened rehab, the friends and do? — DISAGREEING IN THE
begged her to get
Dear Abby family members SOUTH
help, etc. of people who DEAR DISAGREEING:
She calls me late in the have an alcohol problem. It I assume that when your
evening rambling on about will help you to understand brother confided what he has
ridiculous things, repeating the that YOU cannot help your been doing, you gave him your
same stories over and over, friend. Only SHE can do that thoughts on it. If you didn’t,
crying, claiming she’s having by mustering up the resolve to you should.
panic attacks and all sorts quit drinking. Many alcoholics I find it telling that the per-
of other health ailments that do this only after they finally son asking me what he should
are most likely caused by her realize the consequences their do is you and not him. Rather
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will be motivation. You’ll be 20). You are slow to anger, but smooth and lovely.
ultraproductive, highly effective you are also slow to let anger LEO (July 23-Aug. 22).
and driven by the challenges go. For this reason, you’ll do Just because you happen to be
you take on. It will all start with what you can to turn the heat self-sufficient doesn’t mean you
a new venture that shows itself down on potentially incendiary shouldn’t ask for and accept
in the next six weeks. There are situations. help from others. Working
personal reasons you want this GEMINI (May 21-June 21). together, you’ll strengthen
prize, though it will contribute to Despite your brave face, people the team while keeping things
your bottom line financially, too. know you are sensitive. They interesting.
BABY BLUES Libra and Aquarius adore you. can tell in the tiny reactions VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
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12, 14 and 25. and the way you follow up with a serious matter. You’ll take a
ARIES (March 21-April 19). questions and care. playful approach, experimenting
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that you may not have been 22). Like a pearl, you’ll turn and environments that feel like
fully conscious of until now. The irritations into things of beauty. a natural fit.
part of you that wants will go This is accomplished not LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
on in kind until it gets what it through rejecting the problem People show and interpret
feelings differently. What some
people do because they like you
won’t automatically register as
affection to you. You’ll need to
learn one another’s language
for this to work.
BEETLE BAILEY SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). Life without dreams is a
mundane existence. If you can’t
remember your dreams at night,
be sure to do some dreaming
during the day. Mentally send
yourself to places that delight
you.
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21). It seems you’re rating your-
self on a value scale that you’ve
outgrown. What once seemed
important is now less so, and
new matters take precedence.
Perhaps it’s best not to rate
MALLARD FILLMORE yourself at all.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). You sense you’ve gotten all
you can out of a situation. You
can continue doing what you
know or risk a new experience.
The unknown is scary, but that’s
where the opportunity to grow
exists.
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18). There are certain people
who seem to bring out the
strong emotions in you, and
conflicting ones at that. You
needn’t sort through it all at
FAMILY CIRCUS once, but there is a karmic bond
here to untangle over time.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). If you were to only accept
your strengths, you’d be missing
out on your chance to connect
with others, which usually
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Department of Health and Human
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AREA OBITUARIES increases from Monday to Sunday.
COMMERCIAL DISPATCH by his children, Bran- David Sr. of St. Louis, In addition to her
OBITUARY POLICY don David Merchant Missouri, L.V. McDa- parents, she was
Obituaries with basic informa-
of McCalla, Alabama vid of Freeport, New preceded in death by
tion including visitation and
service times, are provided
and Brady Sutherland York, Nallie Hopkins her husband, Charles
free of charge. Extended Merchant of Cropwell, of Columbus, Louise Abrey Maynard; and
obituaries with a photograph, Alabama; siblings, McQueen of Roosevelt, siblings, Betty Randle
detailed biographical informa- Tammy Rawls, of New York and Carolyn and Eugene Buckner.
tion and other details families Hamilton, Alabama and O’Neal of Chicago, Illi- She is survived by
may wish to include, are avail- Angela Daw of Beaver- nois; 23 grandchildren; her children, Stanley
able for a fee. Obituaries must
ton, Alabama; and one and 20 great-grandchil- Charles Maynard and
be submitted through funeral
homes unless the deceased’s
grandchild. dren. Scott Nash Maynard; Sunday’s Cryptoquote:
body has been donated to two grandchildren; and
science. If the deceased’s Timothy Owens Marie Williams one great-grandchild.
body was donated to science, OXFORD — Timo- COLUMBUS ‚ Marie Memorials may be
the family must provide official thy Chad Owens, 40, Polk Williams, 97, died made to Faith Baptist
proof of death. Please submit
died April 3, 2020. April 3, 2020, at Garden Church, 1804 South
all obituaries on the form pro- Montgomery Street,
vided by The Commercial Dis- Graveside services Hills Assisted Living
patch. Free notices must be are today at the Ow- Center. Starkville MS 39759.
submitted to the newspaper ens Family Cemetery. A private graveside
no later than 3 p.m. the day Tisdale-Lann Memo- service will be at Egger Coyt Adams
prior for publication Tuesday rial Funeral Home of Cemetery. Memorial CARROLLTON,
through Friday; no later than 4 Aberdeen is in charge Ala. — Coyt Eugene
p.m. Saturday for the Sunday
Gunter Peel Funeral
of arrangements. Home College Street “Butch” Adams, 69,
edition; and no later than 7:30
a.m. for the Monday edition. Mr. Owens was Location is in charge of died April 3, 2020, at
Incomplete notices must be re- born Dec. 12, 1979, in arrangements. his residence.
ceived no later than 7:30 a.m. Starkville, to Arnold Mrs. Williams was A private service is at
for the Monday through Friday Wayne Owens and Te- born Feb. 24, 1924, in 2 p.m. today, at Skelton
editions. Paid notices must be resa Bostick Owens. Flint Hill Community, Funeral Home Chapel,
finalized by 3 p.m. for inclusion In addition to his to the late Julius Gilly with the Rev. Rodney
the next day Monday through
parents, he is survived Polk and Elizabeth Hedrick officiating.
Thursday; and on Friday by 3
p.m. for Sunday and Monday by his siblings, Cay- Irene Honnoll. Burial will follow in
publication. For more informa- see Owens Sanders of In addition to her Franconia-Oak Grove
tion, call 662-328-2471. Southaven and Curtis parents, she was pre- Cemetery. Skelton Fu-
Wayne Owens of Ham- ceded in death by her neral Home of Reform
ilton. husband, Bard; and is in charge of arrange-
Harry Strickland Memorials may be brother, Melvin. ments.
COLUMBUS — Har- Mr. Adams was born
made to the North MS She is survived by
ry Randall Strickland, Aug. 17, 1950, in Jack-
Regional Center at 967 her children, Thomas,
69, died April 2, 2020, Regional Center Drive, son. He was formerly
at UAB. Hospital in Bir- Dorothy and Harold;
Oxford, MS 38655. eight grandchildren; employed with Pickens ACROSS
mingham, Alabama. County Medical Center
A private family buri- and six great-grandchil- 1 — nova (1960s
al will be held at Friend- Lillie Skinner dren. and was a member of dance)
COLUMBUS — Lil- Memorials may Aliceville Family Wor- 6 Sub door
ship Cemetery. Lown- ship Center.
lie Ruth Skinner, 82, be made to Flint Hill 11 “The Tem-
des Funeral Home of He was preceded in
died April Methodist Church 1012 pest” sprite
Columbus is in charge death by his parents, 12 Nebraska city
of arrangements. 1, 2020, Freeman Road Caledo-
at Baptist nia, MS 39740 or Egger Coyt Eugene and Shelly 13 Sports sum-
Mr. Strickland was Jean Griffin and R.C. mary
born May 30, 1950, in Memorial Cemetery Fund P.O.
Hospi- Box 73 Caledonia, MS and Lessie Turnage Ad- 14 To the great-
Pierre, South Dakota, ams; and sister, Linda est degree
to the late Carl Da- tal-Golden 39740.
Stockman. 15 “Scram!”
vid and Bettie Elaine Triangle.
He is survived by his 17 Even score
Heuer Strickland. He A pri- John Reed 18 Seattle team
vate family Skinner wife, Patricia Dianne
was formerly employed WEST POINT — McGarity Adams; 22 Therefore
only ser- John David “J.D.” Reed, 23 Requisite
in the maintenance de- children, Amy Adams
vice will be at 11 a.m. 82, died April 5, 2020, 27 Layers
partment of Mississippi Bundy and Rusty Sunday’s answer
Tuesday, at St. Paul at his residence. 29 Model Camp-
University for Women Eugene Adams; sib-
M.B. Church, with the Arrangements are bell 2 Smelter supply 21 Mariners
and was a member of lings, Donna Cantrell,
Rev. Willie Mays offici- incomplete and will be 30 Movie theater 3 Attack com- 24 Raggedy
Our Savior Lutheran Raemone Parr, Delo-
ating. Burial will follow announced by Memori- fixture mand Ann, for one
Church. ris Crump, Rebecca
in the church cemetery. al Gunter Peel Funeral 32 Overturn 4 Beaches 25 Radiate
He is survived by Adams, Renita Whatley, 33 Natural
A private visitation is Home & Crematory 5 Greek vowel 26 Dance moves
his son Brian Rowley Regina Adams, Dorothy seasonings
from 2-5 p.m. today, at Second Avenue North 6 Sinatra’s 28 Bean con-
of South Carolina; Fortenberry, Jo Ann 35 Relatives
Carter’s Funeral Ser- Location of Columbus. birthplace tainer
siblings, Cheryl Ab- Bane, Billy Griffin and 38 Fabric worker 7 Writer Tan 31 Veto vote
vices. Carter’s Funeral
ernathy of Columbus Tommy Griffin; and 39 Require 8 27th president 34 Old photo tint
Services of Columbus
and Ricky Strickland
is in charge of arrange- Myra Brooks four grandchildren. defrosting 9 Spiced tea 35 Flying toy
of Hamilton; and one STARKVILLE — 41 Praline nut 10 Tortoise’s 36 Computer
ments.
grandchild. Mrs. Skinner was Myra Brooks died April 45 Sculpted rival symbol
4, 2020, in Starkville. trunk 16 Possess 37 Uncool fellow
born Feb. 11, 1938, in
David Merchant Jr. Macon, to the late Jake Arrangements are 46 Furious
47 Finished
18 Hardens 40 Purpose
SULLIGENT, Ala. Thompson and Iona incomplete and will be 19 Rocker 42 Coral island
— David “Crockett” announced by Century 48 So far Clapton 43 Had a snack
Hubbard. She was pre- 20 Worrying, 44 Tennis need
Merchant Jr., 51, died viously employed with Hairston Funeral Home
of Starkville. DOWN according to
April 3, 2020, at his Johnston Tombigbee 1 Tavern some
residence. Furniture Company
A private family and was a member of Margie Maynard
graveside service is at Second James Creek STARKVILLE —
3 p.m. today, at Wofford M.B. Church. Margie Ann Maynard,
Cemetery, with Paul In addition to her 91, died April 2, 2020,
Barham and James parents, she was at Brookdale Senior
Godsey officiating. preceded in death by Living in Tallahassee,
Otts Funeral Home of her children, Curtis Florida. Margie Maynard
Services:
Sulligent is in charge of Skinner, J.C. Skinner A family graveside A family graveside
arrangements. and Henry Skinner; and service will be held at serivce will be held.
Memorial Garden Park Cemetery
Mr. Merchant was siblings, Jake McDavid Memorial Garden Park 2nd Ave. North Location
born Sept. 14, 1968, in and Willie Bell Pryor. Cemetery in Starkville.
Vernon, to Kathleen She is survived by Memorial Gunter Peel John David Reed
“Kathy” Marie Gordan her children, Rosie Funeral Home Second Incomplete
and the late William Brown, Roderick Skin- Avenue North Loca- 2nd Ave. North Location
David Merchant Sr. He ner both of Columbus, tion of Columbus is
was a 1987 graduate of Thomas Skinner Jr. of in charge of arrange-
Sulligent High School Starkville, Princess ments.
and was formerly em- Tyson of Long Beach, Mrs. Maynard was
ployed as a carpenter California, Michael born Sept. 10, 1928, in
and roofer for Barham Skinner of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Alabama, memorialgunterpeel.com
& Sons. Alabama and Jeffery to the late Wiley Nash
In addition to his Skinner of Saltillo; Buckner and Aleen
mother, he is survived siblings, Edmond Mc- Hutchinson Buckner.
The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 5B

There’s
no place
like home
to slow the
spread of the
coronavirus.
Social distancing is the most effective tool we
have for slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
And that means staying home, if you can.

Work from home. Play at home. Stay at home.


If you must go out, keep your social distance—
six feet, or two arm-lengths apart. Young.
Elderly. In between. It’s going to take every one
of us. If home really is where the heart is, listen
to yours and do the life-saving thing.

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