NCAA accepts self-imposed sanctions, praises MSU’s cooperation

June 12, 2013 in Local Sports, National Sports, News, Sports, Statewide News

The NCAA Committee on Infractions has accepted the self-imposed sanctions levied by Mississippi State University in a case that centered on the actions of a former MSU booster, a former MSU assistant football coach, and a current MSU student-athlete.

The violations were investigated by the NCAA enforcement staff with the full cooperation of the MSU Athletics Department compliance staff. The committee cited MSU for its efforts to fully investigate and uncover the violations. The violations center on the actions of a disassociated former MSU booster and the failure of the former assistant coach to report actions by that former booster to MSU compliance officials.

Mississippi State’s Renfroe wins Ferriss Trophy

May 24, 2013 in Local Sports, News, Sports, Statewide News, Top Stories

The first time Mississippi State coach John Cohen saw Hunter Renfroe play baseball, he marveled at his natural ability.

Three years later, he’s also in awe of his work ethic.

The two traits helped Renfroe have a breakout season. On May 20th, he was named the winner of the C Spire Ferriss Trophy during a ceremony at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

The award, voted on by a panel of professional scouts, college coaches and a media member, is given to Mississippi’s top college baseball player. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Renfroe leads the Bulldogs with a .362 batting average, 15 homers, 51 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

New Kilmichael Clinic holds first heath fair this Saturday

May 17, 2013 in Events, Family Medicine, Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Dr. Katrina Poe and the new Kilmichael Clinic in Montgomery County will hold their first health fair since they opened their doors in September 2012.

In conjunction with Kilmichael Hospital, the fair will be held on Saturday, May 18, in front of the hospital at 301 Lamar Avenue from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Eulandia Thompson, Office Manager for Kilmichael Clinic, said the health fair will feature several health-related vendors including Mid-Delta, Sta-Home and Legacy Hospice.

Manning granted stay of execution due to ‘flawed’ hair analysis

May 8, 2013 in News, Statewide News, The Buzz, Top Stories

A death row inmate convicted of killing two college students in December 1992 has been issued a stay of execution after his attorneys raised doubts as to what they call ‘new evidence.’

Willie Jerome “Fly” Manning had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. But just before 2 p.m., Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner (MDOC) Christopher Epps told a room of people waiting to witness the execution that Manning had been granted a stay by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Manning was convicted for the brutal murders of Mississippi State University Students Tiffany Miller and Jon Steckler in Oktibbeha County.

Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary attends rural job event

April 15, 2013 in Statewide News

In late March, Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien met with local and regional officials to discuss ways USDA can help businesses create jobs and stimulate local economies.

The United States Department of Agriculture remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty.

“I am proud to support and highlight the great work under way here to bring economic opportunity to Mississippi’s rural communities,” O’Brien said during a Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator event at Mississippi State University. “Public-private partnerships are some of the best ways to leverage resources for job creation and business development.”

Condoleezza Rice: Democracy requires responsibility

March 28, 2013 in Top Stories

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a Mississippi State University audience that a mature democracy requires individual citizens understand not only their rights, but also their responsibilities.

Rice spoke about current world events, saying the United States and the world are facing some very difficult times, yet with great opportunities that suggest optimism.

“Whenever I visit a place like this, a great university where our best and brightest are studying, I am indeed optimistic,” she said.

No. 19 MSU’s secondary ready for Tennessee attack

October 12, 2012 in Local Sports, National Sports, News, Sports, Statewide News

Tennessee’s Tyler Bray is one of the nation’s premier pocket passers, and the 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior has the completions, touchdowns and passing yards to back it up.

Mississippi State’s secondary couldn’t be more thrilled about the challenge.

Mississippi State announces $75M stadium expansion

August 21, 2012 in Local Sports, National Sports, News, Sports, Statewide News, Top Stories

Mississippi State will begin a $75 million expansion of Davis Wade Stadium, with the project expected to be finished ahead of the 2014 season.

The school announced that the expansion will add more than 6,000 seats to the existing stadium, pushing the capacity to 61,337. It also includes plans for a second high-definition video board, premium seating, restrooms and concession stands.