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Locally available antibody tests could show exposure to COVID


Kathleen Smith, a
registered nurse Health officials stress positive result does not
with Allegro Family
Clinic in Colum- guarantee patients are safe from virus; MSDH does
bus, prepares a
sample of blood not recommend using test to diagnose coronavirus
from a patient for
lab work at Week- BY ISABELLE ALTMAN explain it to patients when Alle-
end Plus Urgent ialtman@cdispatch.com gro started the tests about two
Care off Highway weeks ago.
45 Wednesday. Amy Bogue is reasonably con- Since then, Allegro has
Similar blood sam- fident she’s never had COVID-19. tested more than 65 pa-
ples will be tested The vice president of Allegro tients for the antibodies.
for COVID-19 Family Clinic in Columbus was At State Urgent Care, on
antibodies, which one of the first in her clinics to
help determine South Montgomery Street
if a patient has receive the SARS-COV-2IgG in Starkville, staff have
been exposed to (immunoglobulin G) test, which tested between 250 and 300
the coronavirus or examines blood for antibodies patients, said nurse practi-
similar viruses. for COVID-19. Bogue wanted to tioner Kristi Robertson.
Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff have it done so she could easily See TESTING, 6A

BUSINESS MOVES
WITH MARY
HOUSE AND YARD BEAUTIFICATION
Some area
restaurants
open dining
areas starting
today
PLUS: Columbus Belk
slated to open Friday
BY MARY POLLITZ
Biz@cdispatch.com

B
usi-
ness-
es
are moving
forward
and open-
ing their
doors.
With
Gov. Tate
Reeves
reducing
restaurant Mary Pollitz Birney Imes/Dispatch Staff
restric- Nate “No Limit” Haney balances atop a six-foot-high fence as he trims the hedge at a house near the corner of Second Street
tions, we have some hometown and Fifth Avenue South Friday afternoon. Haney, who describes his business as “house and yard beautification,” says his
eateries opening their dining areas motto is, “Your last mile is my first priority.”
to the public at half capacity over
the next week.
Some Golden Triangle favor-
ites — The Grill, Harvey’s Sweet
Peppers Deli and Bulldog Burger
— all will open in-house seating
See BUSINESS, 6A
United Way hopes to distribute food
to 750-plus households Friday
Dispatch receives $80K Anyone with ID, ident of Lowndes County and
make sure you have enough
‘We’ll be giving out food until
Facebook grant to bolster Lowndes address room in your car. we either run out or people
“I don’t want people think-
reporting during pandemic can pick up food ing they’re just going to get stop coming’
a bag of food,” said Sanders,
DISPATCH STAFF REPORT
at sheriff’s office the United Way chapter di-
Renee Sanders, director for United Way
of Lowndes County
rector. “We’re going to be
The Commercial
Dispatch has been
starting at 9 a.m. handing out a substantial the organization will provide providing traffic control, help
approved for $80,200 BY SLIM SMITH amount of food, enough for what Sanders hopes will be in with distribution and serving
in grant funds from ssmith@cdispatch.com the whole household.” excess of 750 food packages, as the staging location at its
the Facebook Journal- Thanks to an unspecified enough to feed 3,000 people. office at 527 MLK Jr. Drive in
ism Project to bolster Renee Sanders has two donation by an anonymous lo- Sanders said United Way the Sandfield Community.
its news gathering pieces of advice for those who cal company (Sanders would will offer a food drive in Nox- “United Way asked us to
efforts during the Imes participate in Friday’s United only say the donation was in ubee County later this month. partner with them,” Sheriff
COVID-19 pandem- Way of Lowndes County food excess of $20,000) and an- On Friday, the Lowndes Eddie Hawkins said. “It’s a
ic, the social media corporation an- drive distribution: Bring an other $20,000 from the Unit- County Sheriff’s Office will perfect opportunity for us to
See GRANT, 3A ID that proves you are a res- ed Way’s own fundraising, work with the United Way, See UNITED WAY, 3A

WEATHER FIVE QUESTIONS LOCAL FOLKS PUBLIC


1 What are de-headed, deveined and sorted MEETINGS
by size in a Laitram machine? May 12: Starkville-Ok-
2 What brand of sneakers did Sly Stallone tibbeha Consolidated
wear as he famously ran up the steps while School District Board
training in “Rocky”? of Trustees meeting, 6
3 What American city has the largest Cinco p.m., 401 Greensboro
de Mayo street fair in the world, measuring
a mile long? St.
Lillian McGregory May 15: Starkville Board
4 What screenplay did Cameron Crowe tap
Fifth grade, Annunciation of Aldermen work ses-
out, after tapping a photo of famed groupie

72 Low 54
Bebe Buell to the wall? sion, 10 a.m., City Hall,
High 5 What is the minimum number of electoral stream live at the City of
Mostly sunny
votes needed to be elected president of the Starkville Facebook page
United States? May 18: Oktibbeha
Full forecast on Answers, 6B
page 3A. County Board of Supervi-
sors meeting, Chancery
Courthouse, 9 a.m.
INSIDE May 19: Starkville Board
of Aldermen meeting,
Business 4B Dear Abby 3B
Classifieds 6B Obituaries 5A Sheri Pleasants of Columbus has been missing 5:30 p.m., City Hall,
Comics 3B Opinions 4A her church community and attending workouts at Stream live at the City of
Crossword 6B Planet Fitness. Starkville Facebook page

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A THOUSAND WORDS

Birney Imes/Dispatch Staff


Mariah Burchell walks her Labrador retriever puppy, Hazel, in Riverside Park Friday afternoon. Burchell, who is
from Arkansas, is in town visiting her boyfriend.

AP Exclusive: Admin shelves


CDC guide to reopening country
Report was supposed
to be published last Trump: COVID-19 task force not
scientists were told the dismantling, just refocusing
Friday, but agency
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
guidance ‘would never
PHOENIX — One day after saying that the COVID-19 task force
see the light of day’ would be winding down, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that
it would continue indefinitely, but focus more on rebooting the econo-
BY JASON DEAREN
AND MIKE STOBBE
my.
The Associated Press Trump tweeted that the panel’s focus would be on “SAFETY &
OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A set of Trump’s reversal comes as deaths and infections rates outside of
detailed documents created by the New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus, are rising even as states
nation’s top disease investigators move to lift their lockdowns.
meant to give step-by-step advice A White House official acknowledged Wednesday morning that sig-
to local leaders deciding when and naling that the task force was preparing to shut down sent the wrong
how to reopen public places such as message and created a media maelstrom. The official, speaking on the
mass transit, day care centers and condition of anonymity to discuss internal thinking, said the member-
restaurants during the still-raging ship in the task force group would change as the nature of the crisis
pandemic has been shelved by the evolves.
Trump administration. On Tuesday, Trump had praised the task force for doing a great job,
The 17-page report by a Cen- but said “we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form, and that
ters for Disease Control and Pre- form is safety and opening. And we’ll — we’ll have a different group
vention team, titled “Guidance for probably set up for that.”
Implementing the Opening Up His tweet on Wednesday said “the Task Force will continue on indef-
America Again Framework,” was initely.” He added that the White House “may add or subtract people to
researched and written to help it, as appropriate. The Task Force will also be very focused on Vaccines
& Therapeutics.”
faith leaders, business owners, ed-
ucators and state and local officials
as they begin to reopen. a new coronavirus that scientists perts has struck many current and
It was supposed to be published are still trying to understand, with former government health officials
last Friday, but agency scientists the president himself leading free- as dangerous.
were told the guidance “would nev- wheeling daily briefings until last “CDC has always been the pub-
er see the light of day,” according week. lic health agency Americans turn
to a CDC official. The official was Traditionally, it’s been the CDC’s to in a time of crisis,” said Dr. How-
not authorized to talk to reporters role to give the public and local of- ard Koh, a Harvard professor and
and spoke to The Associated Press ficials guidance and science-based former health official in the Obama
on the condition of anonymity. information during public health administration during the H1N1
The AP obtained a copy from a crises. During this one, however, swine flu pandemic in 2009. “The
second federal official who was not the CDC has not had a regular, standard in a crisis is to turn to
authorized to release it. The guid- pandemic-related news briefing them for the latest data and latest
ance was described in AP stories in nearly two months. CDC Direc- guidance and the latest press brief-
last week, prior to the White House tor Dr. Robert Redfield has been a ing. That has not occurred, and ev-
decision to shelve it. member of the White House coro- eryone sees that.”
The Trump administration has navirus task force, but largely ab- The Trump administration has
been closely controlling the re- sent from public appearances. instead sought to put the onus on
lease of guidance and information The dearth of real-time, public states to handle COVID-19 re-
during the pandemic spurred by information from the nation’s ex- sponse.
The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020 3A

Reeves: Pandemic no ‘excuse’ to release inmates Police search for four


BY EMILY WAGSTER PET TUS
The Associated Press
make social distancing difficult.
“Unlike many other states, I do
Mississippi has one of the
highest incarceration rates in the suspects in carjacking,
police pursuit
not believe we ought to use the ex- United States. An advocacy group
JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. cuse of a pandemic to change our for inmate safety, the Mississippi
Tate Reeves said Wednesday that sentencing structure in our crim- Prison Reform Coalition, issued
the state will not consider early inal justice system,” the Republi- an open letter to Reeves this week.
release for prisoners during the
coronavirus pandemic, even with
can governor said in response to
questions during a news confer-
It demanded that the state release
all juveniles, elderly and medically
Suspects allegedly stole vehicle
inmates living in conditions that ence. fragile people from custody. from man who offered them ride,
later crashed it into a South
Columbus church building
United Way BY ISABELLE ALTMAN
Continued from Page 1A ialtman@cdispatch.com

get more involved in the hopes to have 100 before ber of people living in the Columbus investigators are searching for four
community and provide the distribution begins at household. suspects accused of carjacking and later crashing
the services that these 9 a.m. Friday. Those who want food the stolen vehicle into a South Columbus church
families are needing at The goal, she said, should line up on Airline building.
this time.” was to provide food for as Road, where they will be Officers received a call at about 6 p.m. Tuesday
The East Columbus Li- many people as possible. directed by sheriff’s de- from a Columbus man who said he’d offered four
ons Club will assist with “It’s not income-based partment personnel. men a ride from Walmart on Highway 45 earlier
the transportation of doz- and you don’t have to prove “We’re so excited to be that day, Police Chief Fred Shelton said. In the
Hawkins Kalinowski
ens of pallets of food from you’ve lost your job or any- able to do this,” Sanders vehicle, one of the men displayed a handgun and
the United Way’s ware- and our club distributed thing,” she said. “Really, said. “We appreciate the told the driver to give him $20. When the driver
house to the sheriff’s of- that. In fact, we used the all you need is your ID. donors, the sheriff’s de- told the suspects he didn’t have the money, they
fice. Lions Club volunteers United Way’s warehouse. And if you have a neigh- partment and the Lions made him get out of the vehicle and drove away.
also will help organize and We’ve been working with bor or family member or Club. We couldn’t do this Shelton said police located the stolen vehicle at
distribute the food. the United Way for years friend who can’t drive, if without their help.” about 3 a.m. on Wednesday on 12th Street South
“We do have some ex- now. They’ve assisted us you bring their IDs, we’ll Sanders urged people and unsuccessfully attempted to pull it over.
perience with this kind with our programs and fill their order, too. People to arrive early. About five minutes into the chase, the vehicle
of thing,” said Lions Club we’ve assisted them with can walk up, too, if they “We are going to start crashed into an area church.
member Andy Kalinows- theirs. We’re thrilled to live close by. But they may at 9, but we don’t know Shelton said no one was injured and the sus-
ki. “When we had the have such a good partner have to make more than how long we’ll be there,” pects fled on foot.
tornado in Columbus (in as the United Way.” one trip.” she said. “We’ll be giving Investigators used surveillance footage from
February 2019), our na- Sanders said she has Sanders said the out food until we either the Walmart parking lot to identify the suspects.
tional foundation provid- 88 volunteers signed up amount of food provided run out or people stop “We have some identification, however we’re
ed over $10,000 in food to help with the drive but will be based on the num- coming.” actively pursuing them, so we’re not releasing any
names,” he said.

Grant
The suspects will likely at least be charged
with carjacking and attempted robbery, Shelton
said.
Continued from Page 1A
He advised the public to continue to be cau-
nounced this morning. on independently-owned and respond to our read- alone in print and digital tious and report suspicious activity to Columbus
The Dispatch will be news rooms,” said Peter ership’s specific needs,” photo galleries.” Police Department.
one of 144 local news- Imes, publisher for The Imes wrote in the grant The Dispatch will sup- “Continue to be vigilant,” he said. “We’re out
rooms in the U.S., and one Dispatch. “This grant will application. “The first is port this journalism with a there. If you see crime, report it.”
of three in Mississippi, to allow us to tackle multiple COVID’s disproportionate new regional multi-media
receive Local News Relief large projects that will help impact on African Amer- marketing campaign, Imes
Funds from Facebook. modernize our digital ef- icans, who make up more said. The goal is to raise
The Local Media Associa- forts and better inform our than 40 percent of our cov- awareness of the newspa-
tion and Lenfest Institute readers.” erage area’s population. per’s work and build on the
for Journalism led the With the funds, Imes Secondly, we intend to net increase in print and
process to vet more than said, The Dispatch will fo- analyze the ways in which digital subscriptions The
2,000 grant applications, cus news gathering efforts businesses are adapting Dispatch has seen since
and nearly 80 percent of for the COVID-19 crisis, during COVID: their suc- early March, he said.
recipients are family- or in- develop and implement cesses, failures and les- The website upgrade is
dependently-owned news a marketing campaign sons learned. This report- the final piece of the plan,
operations. More than half to raise awareness of the ing will also chronicle the according to Imes, with a
the recipients are publica- newspaper’s work and re- ever-changing working portion of the grant fund-
tions by or for communi- place the current website conditions and opportuni- ing earmarked for hiring
ties of color. with a more modern, mo- ties for employees across a consultant to plan and
Grants ranged from bile-friendly site. our readership’s diverse launch a new site that will
$25,000 to $100,000. “While our newsroom workforce. better serve readers, more
“We are extremely ap- has done an exceptional “And lastly, we will ... vi- than half of whom use mo-
preciative to the Facebook job reporting COVID’s ef- sually document the ways bile devices to access The
Journalism Project and fects on our community, in which COVID is affect- Dispatch.
their partners, The Local there are three focus areas ing our coverage area,” Dispatch employee
Media Association and we feel will further estab- he wrote. “These images Lindsey Beck assisted in
The Lenfest Institute for lish our credibility as a re- will accompany our jour- writing the grant applica-
Journalism for their focus gional news organization nalists’ stories and stand tion.

MARRIAGES AND DIVORCES


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BUILDING PERMITS
■ S&R Property Company LLC; 2604 6th Ave-
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April 27-30, 2020 ■ Benny Shelton; 924 3rd Avenue North;
■ Boys & Girls Club; 1823 14th Avenue North; Plumbing; Truesdale Plumbing
Demolition; Construction Risk Services ■ Chelsea Boulware; 1407 Briarwood Circle;
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struction Inc. Browning Plumbing
■ Graham & Garrett LLC; 2500 Military Road,
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4A THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020
PETER BIRNEY IMES Editor/Publisher
BIRNEY IMES III Editor/Publisher 1998-2018
BIRNEY IMES JR. Editor/Publisher 1947-2003

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The
BIRNEY IMES SR. Editor/Publisher 1922-1947

ZACK PLAIR, Managing Editor


BETH PROFFITT Advertising Director
MICHAEL FLOYD Circulation/Production Manager
MARY ANN HARDY Controller

SLIMANTICS
Tabertha Hardin’s no-good, terrible, awful day
T
imes are discussed only by a dog, for me this remains I suppose Hardin could there. I would have likely not
hard. Nerves during the exec- a hypothetical question. The have said, “Please, doggie, only threatened to kill the dog,
are shot. utive session, the closest I’ve been to that expe- desist from chewing on my but hide all the treats, burn
Tempers flare. Our public will likely rience is watching K-9 demon- ankle.” down the dog house and give
moods are subject never know any- strations, where a police dog She might have said, all its toys to a cat.
to wild swings at a thing but the most is turned loose on somebody “Violence is never the answer, Apparently, though, the
moment’s notice. basic of details of wearing a big padded suit, Spot.” Columbus Police Department
All of us, to some the incident that led kind of like the inflatable sumo Perhaps she might have has much higher standards for
degree, have been to the suspension. wrestler suits you sometimes said, “I can see that you are behavior when being bitten
negatively affected But what we see at parties. upset, Rover, but if you will by a dog. It’s probably in the
by the hardships of do know is plenty On command, the K-9 kindly remove your teeth from police manual somewhere.
COVID-19. enough to think dog pounces on the padded my ankle, perhaps we can Officers must be careful not to
But no matter Slim Smith Hardin got a pretty perpetrator, knocks him to the arrive at some mutually agree- hurt dogs’ feelings with intem-
how bad your day raw deal. ground and begins sinking his able resolution.” perate language even while
may be, take comfort: It’s prob- Hardin’s suspension was teeth into the padding in a vain Instead, Hardin likely went being attacked. Nor can an
ably not a Tabertha Hardin bad based on a witness statement but earnest attempt to dismem- with the old standard: “Get officer threaten to kill a dog
day. that Hardin used inappropri- ber the bad guy. Even with the your #%$#$@! teeth out of my unless, perhaps, it is cleverly
Hardin is a corporal in the ate language when she was padding, I cannot imagine this *$&#@#$! ankle, you little disguised as an unarmed black
Columbus Police Department attacked by a dog during a call. is a pleasant experience, al- $#$(#$@$@!~” person.
and Tuesday was a very, very The witness also said Hardin though I bet the dog probably I put myself in her shoes. I suspect the dog got over
bad day for her. threatened to kill the dog, but gets a great deal of satisfaction I’m fairly confident that I the bad language and threats
That night, during exec- didn’t follow through. out of it. would have exhausted every long before Tuesday evening.
utive session, the Columbus We don’t know the extent I think we can safely swear word in my considerable Dogs are pretty resilient
City Council suspended of Hardin’s injury, but it was assume that Hardin was not arsenal of invective and in- that way. Five minutes later,
Hardin for three days without enough to send her to the wearing a padded suit during vented a few more on the spot Fido was probably out in the
pay for an incident connected hospital for treatment. Oh, and this confrontation. We also before proceeding to speak in backyard licking himself like
to a recent visit to a Columbus then she got suspended. don’t know what kind of dog it tongues. nothing had ever happened.
residence. And I think to myself, was (other than angry). It may On this subject, I’m with But for Hardin, Tuesday’s
CPD Chief Fred Shelton “What a wonderful world.” have been a pit bull. It may Mark Twain, who wrote: suspension is literally adding
recommended the suspension, I’ve got a lot of questions have been a Chihuahua But “Under certain circumstances, insult to injury.
but the council was dead- about this, but the one ques- operating on the theory that urgent circumstances, desper- She got bit by a dog and sus-
locked at 3-3, Mayor Robert tion I keep turning over in my there is no such thing as a lit- ate circumstances, profanity pended without pay to boot..
Smith broke the impasse and mind is this: tle, harmless dog when you’re provides a relief denied even to How’s your day?
Hardin will now forfeit the Is there any such thing as the one it’s trying to chew on, prayer.” Slim Smith is a columnist
bulk of a week’s pay because of inappropriate language when I can understand if Hardin’s As for threatening to kill and feature writer for The
the incident. being attacked by a dog? language grew a bit colorful, the dog, I do not know I would Dispatch. His email address is
Because the matter was Having never been attacked given the circumstances. have been content to stop even ssmith@cdispatch.com

LETTER TO THE EDITOR


Voice of the people
Responds to letter-writer’s explanation
Do you know the first thing that most
white people say when someone points out
their actions as racist? They say, “I have
black friends!” The second thing they say is
“I voted for a black politician.” For future ref-
erence, these two defenses that make most
African American cringe! When a white
person feels the need to announce they have
black friends and voted for black politicians
it makes the case that you obviously see a
difference. Friends are just that, friends:
They should not be put in categories. Press-
ing charges against white people does not
absolve you of anything. It does not make
your actions in this case any less bias and in
my opinion, racist!
There is nothing to be admired about this
disinformation campaign you call research.
Ok, you say you do not follow county politics
and you insert that the fact that I have “full
access to Mr. Brooks” (to imply what, that
because he is black, we talk) and should
investigate Harry Sanders and the white
majority for appointing a white individual to
a position without advertising it. So, I guess STATE OF THE NATION
you are not concerned enough about your
tax dollars when the people who are spend-
ing them are white?
The fact that you would surmise I am de-
You can choke on schadenfreude
D
fending Mr. Edwards because you say he is a uring Justice Brett Journal’s Bill McGurn a decades’ old accusation is nearly
diamond member of the NAACP is offensive. Kavanaugh’s con- noted the discomfort impossible to verify? Did they not
Our local chapter does not have any dia- firmation hearings, of figures like Senator protest that Kavanaugh’s whole adult
mond memberships, hence another fact that some conservatives, Kirsten Gillibrand and life, which contained not a hint of
you have used The Dispatch as a platform including supposedly actress/MeToo heroine scandal, was evidence that he was not
to spew misinformation. The fact that you Donald Trump-despising Alyssa Milano, who have a sexual predator?
would try to look up his affiliation with this ones, declared themselves stood by Biden only to In 2019, Reade claimed that Biden
organization and tie it to my defense of him “radicalized.” “Kavana- take arrows from other had made her “uncomfortable” by
says more about you and your obsession with ugh snapped something progressives. (Milano has touching her neck and shoulders 27
this man than that I could ever say. For the in me,” Sohrab Ahmari wobbled.) years ago. But in March of this year,
record, when Dr E. J. Stringer started the tweeted. The Democrats Andrew Sullivan Reade, a Bernie Sanders acolyte,
Lowndes County Chapter of NAACP, he and had demonstrated their recalled that it was none suddenly changed her story to one of
the other 17 people who started the chapter depravity, they said. On Mona Charen other than Joe Biden who criminal sexual assault. Her Twitter
were the only Gold Lifetime members in the the strength of this revela- took the lead, during the feed revealed a highly suspicious mo-
history of our chapter, and this was before tion, they ran into the arms of Trump. Obama administration, in revising tive. In response to Ryan Grim, who
my time. However, while you are attempting What is the logic of that response? standards of proof in sexual assault speculated that a match-up between
to research his affiliation, did you happen to If the Democrats and progressives cases on college campuses. “Biden Sanders and Biden would bring extra
read what the organization was about? The resorted to irresponsible character is now claiming simply that he never scrutiny to Biden, she tweeted “Yup.
NAACP is a civil rights organization, the assassination, trafficked in loose did what Tara Reade said he did. Let’s Timing... wait for it....tic toc.” So
acronym stands for The National Association accusations and failed to respect due posit that he didn’t. Too bad. If he many details of her account strain
for the Advancement of Colored People. It process, how is the correct response were to attempt to defend himself, by credulity. In her telling, the sexual as-
was established in 1909 by a bi-racial (black to do exactly the same thing to them? his own campus logic ... he would be sault took place after she had already
and white people) group. It was created to “He is a liar and a cheat; therefore I barred any knowledge of what he was filed a sexual harassment claim. So
abolish segregation, and discrimination in must be one?” If that is the standard, precisely accused of.” we are expected to credit that Biden,
housing, education, employment, voting, and then we are consigned to an endless But hold on, doesn’t it matter if knowing this, still elected to push her
transportation and to oppose racism. I am cycle of slander, with each side point- Biden is actually innocent? Yes, he up against a wall and reach into her
defending Mayor Robert Smith, Mr. Scott ing to the other’s previous outrage to was part of an administration that underwear — in a public place.
Colom, Mr. Jabari Edwards, and Mr. Kabir justify itself. tore down some crucial protections Biden has been rebuked for being
Karriem, Chief Andrews and any other Afri- And let’s not mince words; the for the accused. Yes, Democrats too physically affectionate with
can American that you attack because I feel left has a large store of grievances, entertained absurd allegations women and men. But in his long
that your attacks on them are bias, without too. As Amanda Carpenter notes, about Justice Kavanaugh. Yes, they career, he has never been accused
merit and are motivated by the color of their the Republican Party impeached Bill condemned Bob Packwood while of sexual misconduct of any kind.
skin. Clinton for perjury and all-around excusing Teddy Kennedy. Yes, Demo- As with Kavanaugh, this is critical
Lavonne Latham-Harris smuttiness, yet is wedded to the seri- crats filleted Clarence Thomas while evidence. Predators don’t pounce just
President, Lowndes al sexual abuser in the Oval Office. It giving Bill Clinton a pass (or many), once. Reade is a woman with a weird
County Branch, NA ACP has even backed a credibly accused and yet, what have we become if we Vladimir Putin fixation, a clear mo-
child molester for a senate seat. are indifferent to actual innocence in tive to damage Biden and a story full
A letter to the editor is an excellent way to Enter Tara Reade, a former Biden our rush to settle scores? of holes. Conservatives were right
participate in your community. We request the staffer with a dubious story of abuse. As a policymaker, Joe Biden needs to object that the “Believe women”
tone of your letters be constructive and respect- The right is gorging on schaden- to be held accountable for his poor mantra, if taken as categorical, leads
ful and the length be limited to 450 words. freude. “MeToo Hypocrites Who’ve judgment about standards of proof in to terrible miscarriages of justice. Of
While commentary on national issues is always Gone Silent for Joe Biden” huffed a sexual misbehavior cases. It’s quite a course, some women lie. But if con-
welcome, we limit candidate endorsements to New York Post columnist. Minority different matter to say that he person- servatives are sincere, they will see
one per letter-writer. We welcome all letters Leader Kevin McCarthy called Nan- ally should face a false accusation to that Biden is the Kavanaugh here,
emailed to voice@cdispatch.com or mailed to cy Pelosi a hypocrite. “She endorsed achieve poetic justice. and that injustice is injustice.
The Dispatch, Attn: Letters to the Editor, PO Joe Biden after knowing the Tara Did conservatives not object, Mona Charen is a Senior Fellow at
Box 511, Columbus, MS 39703-0511. Reade situation.” And The Wall Street fairly, in the Kavanaugh case that the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
The Dispatch • www.cdispatch.com THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020 5A

Face masks make a political statement in era of coronavirus


‘There’s such a strong culture of individualism that, even they’re wearing a mask
when leaving home, 76
“Who knows what
the truth is on masks?”
many people at risk be-
cause you did not want to
if it’s going to help protect them, people don’t want the percent to 59 percent, ac-
cording to a recent poll
asked Republican Ken-
tucky Sen. Rand Paul,
wear a mask?”
Effectiveness aside,
government telling them what to do’ by The Associated Press- who, unlike some of his politicians of both parties
Linsey Marr, a Virginia Tech engineering professor NORC Center for Public colleagues, went with- are clued into the pow-
Affairs Research. out a mask Tuesday in erful symbolism of the
BY WILL WEISSERT people who object to mission of viruses. The split is clear across the Senate. Paul already mask, and many Ameri-
AND JONATHAN LEMIRE other virus restrictions. Inconclusive science several demographics contracted the virus and cans take their cues from
The Associated Press The push back has been and shifting federal guid- that lean Democratic. believes he is no longer the president.
stoked by President Don- ance have no doubt mud- People with college de- contagious. Trump was barefaced
WASHINGTON — ald Trump — he didn’t died the political debate. grees are more likely His comments were a when he spoke to masked
The decision to wear a wear a mask during a Health officials initially than those without to long way from New York journalists, workers and
mask in public is becom- Tuesday appearance at a said wearing masks was wear masks when leaving Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Secret Service agents at
ing a political statement facility making them — unnecessary, especially home, 78 percent to 63 moral argument for the the Arizona factory Tues-
— a moment to pick sides and some other Repub- amid a shortage of pro- percent. African Amer- mask a few days earlier. day. He later said he brief-
in a brewing culture war licans, who have flouted tective materials. But icans are more likely “How people cannot ly wore a mask backstage
over containing the coro- rules and questioned last month, the Centers than either white people wear masks — that to me but took it off because fa-
navirus. the value of masks. It’s for Disease Control and or Hispanic Americans is even disrespectful,” cility personnel told him
While not yet as load- a development that has Prevention began recom- to say they’re wearing Cuomo said. “You put so he didn’t need it.
ed as a “Make America worried experts as Amer- mending wearing cloth masks outside the home,
Great Again” hat, the

Margie Atkins
icans are increasingly re- masks in public to prevent 83 percent to 64 percent
mask is increasingly a turning to public spaces. transmitting the virus to and 67 percent, respec-
visual shorthand for a de- “There’s such a strong others. tively.
bate pitting those willing culture of individualism Whether Americans The notable exception
to follow health officials’ that, even if it’s going to are embracing the change is among older people, Margie Lucille Snyder Atkins
guidance and cover their help protect them, people may depend on their polit- a group particularly vul- passed away on Monday, May 4,
faces against those who don’t want the govern- ical party. While most oth- nerable to serious illness 2020, at the age of 91. She was
feel it violates their free- ment telling them what er protective measures from the virus. Some 79 a native of Morehead, MS and a
dom or buys into a threat to do,” said Linsey Marr, like social distancing get percent of those age 60 resident of Kenner, LA.
they think is overblown. a Virginia Tech engineer- broad bipartisan support, and over were doing so Beloved wife of the late
That resistance is fu- ing professor with expe- Democrats are more like- compared with 63 percent Arthur Rubin Snyder by first
eled by some of the same rience in airborne trans- ly than Republicans to say of those younger. marriage and the late Dorris
Atkins by second marriage.
Loving mother of Frank Snyder
(Mia), Charles Snyder (Darlene), Tommy
Snyder (Cynthia), Mark Snyder (Cindi) and
Linda C. Scallan (E.J.). Stepmother of Phillip
AREA OBITUARIES Atkins (Linda), Elaine Rzanca (Rick), and Terri
Barksdale (Junior). Daughter of the late Bessie
COMMERCIAL DISPATCH Mr. Hatchett was Jimmie Jones employed as a lock- Whitaker Suggs and Vander D. Suggs. Sister
OBITUARY POLICY born March 30, 1966, to smith, heavy equipment
Obituaries with basic informa- ALICEVILLE, Ala. of the late Samual “Bill”Suggs, Cecil Suggs,
the late Charlie Hatch- — Jimmie D. “Bread operator and owner of William Suggs, Vander Suggs, Ruth O’Dilly,
tion including visitation and
service times, are provided
ett and Rosie Lee. He Hunter” Jones died Old Dry Dock Catfish Grace Hughs and Ethel Suggs. Also survived by
free of charge. Extended was formerly employed May 4, 2020, at DCH House. 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and
obituaries with a photograph, as a farmer and was He is survived by his fivestep grandchildren.
Regional Medical Cen-
detailed biographical informa- a member of Jackson wife, Doris Irene Keith Margie was a caring and loving Mother,
ter in Tuscaloosa.
tion and other details families Chapel in Bruce. of Starkville; children, Grandmother and Great Grandmother to all of
A graveside home
may wish to include, are avail- In addition to his Willie Edward Warn of her family. She was full of compassion and love
able for a fee. Obituaries must parents, he was pre- going celebration will
be submitted through funeral be at noon Saturday, in Vernon, Ralph Tedward for anyone she would meet. She was a member
ceded in death by Warn of Mathiston, of First Baptist Church of Kenner for twenty plus
homes unless the deceased’s
his siblings, Johnny New Cemetery. Visi-
body has been donated to James Douglas Keith years.
B. Hatchett, Johnny tation will be from 3-6
science. If the deceased’s Sr. of Ottisville, New The family would like to thank the staff of
“Hump” Hatchett and p.m. Friday, at Laven-
body was donated to science, York and Lisa Keith Ormond Care Center and Saint Catherine’s
Dorothy Robinson; and der’s Funeral Service.
the family must provide official Jenkins of Marietta, Hospice for all the care and compassion that she
proof of death. Please submit one grandchild. Lavender’s Funeral
Georgia; four grand- received in their care.
all obituaries on the form pro- He is survived by his Service of Aliceville is
children; and one As a result of present circumstances a
vided by The Commercial Dis-
children, Kisha Jami- in charge of arrange-
great-grandchild. Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.
patch. Free notices must be
son, Anthony Hatchett ments.
submitted to the newspaper Memorials may be Please consider sharing your thoughts, favorite
no later than 3 p.m. the day both of Columbus, Pris- made to Welch Funeral memory or condolences at www.muhleisen.com
prior for publication Tuesday cilla Webb of Macon Floyd Keith Home, 201 W. Lamp-
through Friday; no later than 4 and Demarcus Huff of STARKVILLE — kin St., Starkville, MS Paid Obituary - L.A. Muhleisen & son
p.m. Saturday for the Sunday Houston; siblings, Jerry Floyd Edward “Papa 39759.
edition; and no later than 7:30 Hatchett of Ackerman, Floyd” Keith, 90, died
a.m. for the Monday edition. Charles Hatchett of
Incomplete notices must be re- May 2, 2020, at his
Bruce, Robert Hatchett residence.
ceived no later than 7:30 a.m.
for the Monday through Friday
of Houston, Fred Hatch- A memorial service
editions. Paid notices must be ett of Okolona, Annie will be held at a later
finalized by 3 p.m. for inclusion Doss of Coffeville,
date. Welch Funeral
the next day Monday through Clara Peet of Tupelo,
Home of Starkville is
Thursday; and on Friday by 3 Ella Robinson, Annie
in charge of arrange-
p.m. for Sunday and Monday McComb and China
publication. For more informa- ments.
Phillips all of Eupora;
tion, call 662-328-2471.
and five grandchildren. Mr. Keith was born
June 12, 1929 to the late
Jimmy Hatchett Daisy Mae Love. He
Charles Atkins was a Marine veter-
COLUMBUS — COLUMBUS — Dr.
Jimmy Hatchett, 54, an. He was formerly
Charles E. Atkins, 78,
died April 29, 2020, at died May 6, 2020, at
Baptist Memorial Hos- UAB Medical Center in
pital-Golden Triangle. Birmingham, Alabama.
Visitation is from 2-5 Arrangements are
p.m. today, at Carter’s incomplete and will be
Funeral Services. announced by Memori-
Carter’s Funeral al Gunter Peel Funeral
Services of Columbus Home and Crematory
is in charge of arrange- Second Avenue North
ments. location.

Betty Phillips
Poll: Pandemic especially Graveside Services:
Thursday, May 7 • 2 PM
Friendship Cemetery

tough on people of color Burial


Friendship Cemetery
College St. Location
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS and 27 percent of black
Americans say they’ve Martha Halbert
DETROIT — People of been unable to pay at least Incomplete
color have not only been hit 2nd Ave. North Location
one type of bill as a result of
harder by the deadly coro- the coronavirus outbreak.
navirus than have Amer- Only 17 percent of white Chad Kingsbury
icans overall, but they’re Incomplete
Americans say the same. 2nd Ave. North Location
also bearing the brunt of “If our policies do not
the pandemic’s financial
impact, according to a re-
adequately address these Dr. Charles Atkins
shortfalls and the racial Incomplete
cent survey from the The 2nd Ave. North Location
disparities in income,
Associated Press-NORC
wealth, employment and
Center for Public Affairs
wages, then we’re going
Research.
The financial picture is to see the same pattern
especially grim for Hispan- that we have seen histori-
ic Americans, while some cally,” said Valerie Wilson,
African Americans face director of the left-leaning memorialgunterpeel.com
the dual burden of being Economic Policy Institute’s
disproportionately affect- program on race, ethnicity
ed by the virus itself while and the economy.
also struggling to pay bills
due to the economic fallout.
The poll found that
61 percent of Hispanic
Americans say they’ve
experienced some kind of
household income loss as
a result of the outbreak, in-
cluding job losses, unpaid
leave, pay cuts and fewer
scheduled hours. That’s
compared with 46 percent
of Americans overall. Thir-
ty-seven percent of Latinos
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Testing
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“This is checking
for the presence of
the antibody for the
specific virus related
to COVID-19,” Rob-
ertson said. “So if
someone gets their
test results back and
it is antibody nega- Bogue
tive, that is saying that within at
least … the last four weeks or lon-
ger, they have not had the virus or
been exposed to the virus. Verses
if it comes back positive, it is saying
that they have likely either been ex-
posed to it or could have had a case
of it.”
Bogue compared it to testing for
mononucleosis.
“If you’ve ever had mono before
Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff
and then you get an antibody test Nurses at Allegro Family Clinic Adrianna Sykes, LPN, and Kathleen Smith,
(for that disease) later on, you’re RN, demonstrate how nurses draw blood from patients for the SARS-COV-
always going to show that you had 2IgG test, which tests for COVID-19 antibodies, at the Weekend Plus Urgent
mono. It’s the same thing with the Care off Highway 45 Wednesday. Hundreds of people in the Golden Triangle
virus,” she said. “A lot of people have received the test from Allegro, State Urgent Care in Starkville or other
were really sick in December or clinics offering the test to determine whether they have been exposed to
January before we knew what this COVID-19, but health experts stressed a positive test result does not mean
was, so that’s where they’re kind patients are immune and can stop practicing health and safety measures
of curious. They’re like, ‘Well, did recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I have it?’”
Department of Health nor the U.S. who previously tested positive for
Both Allegro and State Urgent
Food and Drug Administration. COVID-19 have seen results in the
Care have tested patients who 7-8 range in their antibody tests —
“There could be use in clinical
were sick in December or earlier an extremely high positive result.
settings to determine if an individ-
this year before health care pro- Bogue, who has never thought she
ual has been exposed,” said MSDH
fessionals were easily recognizing had COVID-19, tested less than 0.1
Office of Communications Director
COVID-19 symptoms, but who test- — an extremely negative result.
Liz Sharlot in an email to The Dis-
ed negative for flu, strep and other Bogue and Robertson both
patch, “but that is still a little un-
common respiratory illnesses. The urged patients to check with their
clear.”
patients have their blood drawn, clinics or health care providers if
On its website, FDA recom-
the blood samples are sent to a lab- they are interested in taking the
mends health care providers use an-
oratory and the results come back test. Many health insurance com-
tibody tests, just not to definitively
within about two days. panies will cover the cost of testing,
diagnose patients with COVID-19.
The results come in a range of though Bogue said patients who
Bogue and Robertson both em-
numbers from about 0-8, but any- phasized a positive result does not want to pay cash can call Allegro.
one who tests lower than 1.4 is con- guarantee a patient will be safe State Urgent Care is charging $100
sidered negative, and anyone who from COVID-19 now or in the fu- for patients who don’t have insur-
tests higher is considered to be pos- ture. ance.
itive for the antibodies, Bogue said. “It’s not like it’s a green light to While the test is not a guarantee
However, Bogue and Robertson do whatever,” Robertson said. “You of safety from COVID-19 and most
both said there are caveats. still have to wash your hands, wear patients are just taking it out of cu-
“We’re still learning more about your mask, (practice) safe distanc- riosity, Bogue said, it’s still interest-
this every day,” Robertson said. ing, all those types of things, be- ing to see the results.
“We don’t know exactly how much cause there’s just still so many un- “It’s neat to watch,” she said.
benefit having the antibodies are at knowns at this point.” Allegro staff ask patients who
this point. We don’t know if it’s go- Bogue added it’s possible some are interested in being tested call
ing to give protection against get- positive test results actually indi- one of their four Lowndes County
ting it again ever or getting it again cate a patient has been exposed to clinics between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
for the next few months. We just a different strand of SARS respi- Monday through Friday. For the
don’t know that yet. They’re still ratory illnesses, which have been New Hope location, call 662-329-
studying that.” around “forever,” she said. 1488; for the Allegro Plaza location,
“Don’t think you’re the Hulk and call 662-570-4770; for the North
‘It’s not a green light’ just can go out and do whatever you Columbus clinic, which closes at
Bogue said the test is “a little want,” she said. “We don’t know noon on Fridays, call 662-328-9702;
iffy and almost controversial” in what it means. We still need you and for the East Columbus location,
an email to The Dispatch, because to take just as many precautions as which is also open Saturday until 1
there’s a risk some people will try to everybody else because … there’s p.m., call 662-329-3808.
use it to diagnose COVID-19, which other things that it might pick up.” State Urgent Care allows walk-in
health care officials do not recom- However, she said, from what patients to be tested. The clinic’s
mend. she’s seen at Allegro so far, the hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ev-
Neither do the Mississippi State test is a good indicator. Patients ery day.

Business
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Monday, giving the staff We’ve also got West businesses will be back. Facebook, I’ve received
enough time to sanitize Point news! No Way Jose Good news for Co- calls and messages
and prepare for the cus- in West Point opened lumbus folks, Belk also from plenty of folks, but
tomers they’ve missed. at its new location this is reopening Friday. The unfortunately it appears
Zachary’s owner, month at 6715 US 45 department store closed crowd favorite TJ Maxx
Doug Pellum said he’s Alt., the former Cathy’s in mid-March due to still remains closed. TJX
not opening the dining restaurant. COVID-19, but the North Companies CEO Ernie
area until at least Mon- The new location Carolina-based company Herrman announced in
day. After suffering from opening comes just in is opening the Columbus a press release Satur-
a restaurant fire more time to celebrate Siete store’s doors! day that the stores are
than a year ago, Pellum De Mayo! No Way Jose in Belk will have limited preparing to open, but
reopened this week and Starkville and West Point hours for the time being, the Columbus location
is offering its full menu are both opening their so enjoy safe-shopping remains closed for the
for to-go orders. dining areas for custom- from noon-6 p.m. If time being.
One of Starkville’s go- ers to dine in today, just you’re not comfortable Please send business
tos, 1883 Smokehouse, a few days past Cinco De roaming the aisles of tips and spotlights to
will open today for indoor Mayo. Belk, be sure to take
biz@cdispatch.com. We
seating and will even With businesses and advantage of curbside
look forward to hearing
have the restaurant’s restaurants starting to service the store now
about the opening of local
famous salad bar, which open their doors, it’s time offers!
favorites and any incom-
will be manned by 1883 to give back. I’ve seen Dick’s Sporting Goods
employees with masks posts on social media, in Columbus is also open ing businesses headed
and gloves, available from I’ve heard it on the phone Monday through Satur- our way.
4 p.m. to close Friday, and it’s true. It’s time day 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and
Saturday and Sunday. to support the sponsors Sundays from 10 a.m.-7
Get your Cajun tastebuds of our children’s soc- p.m.
ready because Oby’s will cer teams, the person Crafters galore,
be serving up po-boys in- who sits on your pew at Hobby Lobby in Leigh
house starting today. church, the business on Mall reopened last week.
Ty Thames of Eat the corner of Main Street And the shopping news
Local Starkville said with a new owner. It’s just boom continues with the
Restaurant Tyler, Bin 612 simply time to give back Columbus and Starkville
and The Guest Room will to those who have always Tuesday Morning stores
reopen their dining areas supported us. reopening as well.
starting Friday. Slowly and surely, I’ve seen pleas on

Suspect identified, charged in Wednesday morning standoff


DISPATCH STAFF REPORT Nicholas Vaughn, 24, When law enforcement
of Columbus, has been arrived, Vaughn was in-
Author - charged with aggravated side the residence and
ities with assault and burglary of an refused to come out, the
L owndes automobile, according to release said. Lowndes
C o u n t y an LCSO press release. County SWAT team was
Sher i f f ’s Deputies arrested Vaughn called to the scene and,
Office have Wednesday after respond- at 6:39 a.m., convinced
ident i f ied ing to a call about a poten- Vaughn to surrender.
and charged tial shooting on Jess Lyons No one was injured in
a man who Vaughn Road at about 3:20 a.m. the incident.
barricaded himself in a The victim, identified only Vaughn is currently in
Jess Lyons Road residence as a 27-year-old man, had custody at Lowndes Coun-
for more than three hours been “assaulted but not ty Adult Detention Center,
during a standoff with dep- shot,” the press release according to the release.
uties Wednesday morning. said. His bond has not been set.
Sports MISSISSIPPI STATE FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
SPORTS LINE
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Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Erroll Thompson (40) tackles Tennessee Volunteers running back Tim Jordan (9) during the first half at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 12.

BY BEN PORTNOY an occurrence remain un- pension for his role in corded a 93.9 coverage a four-down look? Well, is more valuable than se-
bportnoy@cdispatch.com known. the academic misconduct grade from Pro Football you put a linebacker at nior Erroll Thompson. A
Over the next week- scandal that saw a tutor Focus since 2017 — the the line of scrimmage,” team captain as a junior
STARKVILLE — With plus, we’re going to dive complete coursework for best mark among 2020 Arnett said in February under Joe Moorhead’s re-
spring commencement at into the Bulldogs’ depth 10 football players and one draft-eligible linebackers. describing his defensive gime, Thompson finished
Mississippi State now of- chart heading into the men’s basketball player, But with the former scheme’s fit at MSU. “You the 2019 season with 84
ficially passed, summer summer and what it coupled with a reported Yellow Jacket now off to want to get another line- tackles, one forced fum-
has arrived in Starkville. might look like once com- fight with freshman quar- Kansas City after being backer down in there? ble and one fumble recov-
And while the MSU petition is allowed to be- terback Garrett Shrader, selected in the second You drop a safety down, ery.
football team has yet to gin. With that said, let’s Starkville native Willie round by the defending then he becomes a line- After flirting with an
endure its usual regimen keep things going with Gay Jr. opted for the NFL Super Bowl champion backer. It’s not so much early NFL draft entry,
of spring practices due to the MSU linebackers. draft rather than return Chiefs, new defensive some strict, ‘Hey, there’s the Florence, Alabama,
the ongoing COVID-19 Like in the defensive for his senior season. coordinator Zach Arnett three (defensive) line- native will return for his
pandemic, there remains backfield, MSU must Gay, who played with must make use of a roster men; there’s always three final season in Starkville
a growing optimism a replace an underclass- as much speed and te- that boasts a solid base linebackers right here.’ as a leader in the middle
2020 football season will man-turned-pro in the nacity as anyone on the for the 3-3-5 defense he’ll It just allows us the most of the Bulldog defense.
be played — though when center of its defense. Bulldog defense a year bring with him from San multiplicity.” And though Thompson
that would happen and Following a junior year ago, was not only a vocal Diego State. Of those returning at profiles more as a thump-
the logistics behind such that was marred by sus- standout but one who re- “You want to get into linebacker in 2020, none See MSU, 2B

Patchwork decisions throw wrinkle in college football plans Favre repaying $1.1 M
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS of college football being
played in SEC country
The coronavirus is af-
fecting different regions
And those decisions will
be made with guidance
for no-show speeches
There are 130 major before it begins in Pac-12 of the country in differ- from state and local pub- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS after White released an
college football teams, territory — or something ent ways, prompting a lic health and govern- audit of spending by the
spread across 41 states else entirely. wide range of responses ment officials. Tennes- JACKSON, Miss. Mississippi Department
and competing in 10 con- “I can’t say enough to fight the spread and see came out Wednesday — Former NFL quar- of Hu-
ferences, save for a hand- about the extent to which revive economies. with perhaps the most terback Brett Favre is man Ser-
ful of independents. they’re working closely Some state such as definitive statement repaying $1.1 million vices that
The goal is to have together, spending time Georgia and Florida have yet from a school about in welfare money that showed
all those teams start the together, communicat- already begun to re-open re-opening in the fall. he received for multiple Favre had
upcoming season at the ing with each other,” No- businesses. Others such speeches where he did
The NCAA football been paid
same time — whether tre Dame athletic direc- as California and Wash- not show up, the Missis-
oversight committee has by Missis-
that’s around Labor Day tor Jack Swarbrick said. ington are going more sippi state auditor said
agreed on a six-week sippi Com-
as scheduled or later — “And I think that’s the slowly. Where that leaves Wednesday.
plan for teams to pre- m u n i t y Favre
and play the same num- most important thing. them all four months Auditor Shad White
ber of games. pare to start the season. Education
It gives us a chance to from now is hard to pre- said his office received
With each passing day come up with an overar- dict and the uncertainty Teams would ideally be $500,000 from Favre on Center, a nonprofit group
it is becoming apparent ching policy and an abili- is reflected across col- on campus by mid-July Wednesday, plus a com- whose former leader
the COVID-19 pandem- ty to start together. lege sports. for the season to start on mitment that Favre will has been indicted in a
ic is going to make that “Having said that, I College sports lead- time. repay the other $600,000 welfare embezzlement
goal difficult to achieve. think we all recognize ers have repeatedly said Beyond that, the in installments over the scheme.
Despite the best inten- that there is a significant there can be no college NCA A has little influ- next few months. Mississippi is one of
tions of conference lead- chance that that may not sports without campuses ence on the logistics Favre’s effort to repay the poorest states in the
ers, the possibility exists be possible,” he said. being open to students. See FOOTBALL, 2B the money came two days See FAVRE, 2B
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Football
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of college football. The er on a national basis,” schools in your confer- number of schools can- Subdivision conference to fill schedules. No-
conferences are mostly Pac-12 Commissioner ence or eight schools not play it might not stop commissioners. tre Dame has a sched-
in charge, with commis- Larry Scott said. in your conference that everyone else. Swarbrick said a lack uling agreement with
sioners leading the way. But can that plan all are able to open, and “What’s the critical of uniformity could the ACC for five games
The commissioners hold? there are one or two mass? I don’t have that make it impossible to per season; Swarbrick
of the Atlantic Coast An interview SEC that can’t. Are you go- number. I don’t think have a normal season. said he is confident the
Conference, Big Ten, Commissioner Greg ing to penalize all these there is a need to predict “How many games Fighting Irish would be
Big 12, Pac-12 and Sankey did last week schools not being able to that now. In fact, I don’t do you need to have in a fine.
Southeastern Confer- with a Jacksonville, reopen?” Franklin told even have to answer that regular season to have a Swarbrick said he has
ence say they have been Florida, radio station reporters. now because we have an playoff?” he said. “What encouraged conferences
in almost constant con- became a headline when In an interview with asset of time,” Sankey might a re-engineered to consider, if neces-
tact since the NCA A he said: “There is room the AP on Tuesday, said. schedule do to the post- sary, a scheduling mod-
men’s basketball tour- for different confer- Sankey noted the im- Notre Dame is a season and the bowl el for a truncated season
nament was canceled on ences to make different portance of nonconfer- member of the ACC for games? What about that allows teams to pro-
March 12. decisions.” In an inter- ence games the SEC has most sports, but one records? What about tect traditional noncon-
“Based on the very view with the Big Ten scheduled such as Ar- of six independents in Heisman trophies? Is a ference rivalries like
positive and close col- network, Commissioner kansas at Notre Dame, major college football. team whose schools de- Florida-Florida State
laboration among the Kevin Warren suggest- Colorado at Texas A&M The Fighting Irish hold cides it can’t participate and Clemson-South Car-
leaders in college foot- ed something similar. and Southern California unique status, with their credited with a forfeit? I olina.
ball and discussions Penn State coach vs. Alabama in Arling- own multimillion-dol- hope not.” “But I’m not con-
with schools, other James Franklin won- ton, Texas. lar television contract If there is an abbrevi- cerned about our ability
leagues and the medical dered if even within con- “There is a motiva- with NBC for football. ated season that prior- to have a challenging,
community, at this point ferences schools would tion to remain connect- Swarbrick is part of the itizes conference play, robust schedule even if
in time we are planning be uniform in their re- ed,” Sankey said of the College Football Playoff independents such as the conferences go to a
to start the football sea- turn to play. Power Five. management committee BYU, Army and UMa- conference-only model,”
son on time and togeth- “Say you have six He also said if a small along with the 10 Bowl ss could be scrambling he said.

Favre
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U.S., and the communi- ments to him as “ques- “I have spent my en- leased months after a was one of the people ed two groups that re-
ty education center had tioned” costs, which tire career helping chil- former Human Services indicted; another was ceived grants, the Mis-
contracts with Human White said means “au- dren through Favre 4 director and five other Nancy New, who was di- sissippi Community
Services to spend money ditors either saw clear Hope donating nearly people were indicted on rector of the Mississippi Education Center and
through the Temporary misspending or could $10 million to under- state charges of embez- Community Education Family Resource Cen-
Assistance for Needy not verify the money had served and underpriv- zling about $4 million. Center. Davis, New and ter of North Mississip-
Families program, also been lawfully spent.” ileged children in Mis- They have pleaded not the others indicted have pi, to spend money with
known as TANF. In a Facebook post sissippi and Wisconsin. guilty and are awaiting pleaded not guilty and certain other people or
“I want to applaud Wednesday night, Favre It has brought a ton trial in what White has are awaiting trial.
Mr. Favre for his good said he didn’t know the of joy to my life, and I groups, the auditor’s re-
called one of Missis- AP left a phone mes- port said.
faith effort to make this payments he received would certainly never do sippi’s largest public sage Wednesday at Mis-
right and make the tax- came from welfare funds anything to take away White said the those
corruption cases in de- sissippi Community Ed- two nonprofit groups
payers and TANF fami- and noted his charity from the children I have cades. ucation Center’s Jackson
lies whole,” White said had provided millions fought to help! I love received more than $98
“If there was a way office with questions
in a statement Wednes- of dollars to poor kids Mississippi and I would million in Department of
to misspend money, about the payments to
day. “To date, we have in his home state of Mis- never knowingly do any- Human Services grants
it seems DHS leader- Favre. There was no im-
seen no records indi- sissippi and Wisconsin, thing to take away from during the three years
ship or their grantees mediate response.
cating Mr. Favre knew where he played the those that need it most.” that ended June 30. Most
thought of it and tried The auditor’s report
that TANF was the pro- bulk of his Hall of Fame White said the money of the money came from
gram that served as the career with the Green being repaid by Favre it,” White said. said Human Services
John Davis was direc- leaders, particularly Temporary Assistance
source of the money he Bay Packers. will be sent to the De- for Needy Families.
was paid.” “My agent is often partment of Human Ser- tor of the Department of Davis, “participated in
Human Services from a widespread and per- The audit will be sent
The audit released approached by differ- vices.
January 2016 until July vasive conspiracy to to the U.S. Department
Monday said the center ent products or brands Favre has not re-
paid Favre Enterpris- for me to appear in one turned multiple text 2019, appointed by then- circumvent internal con- of Health and Human
es $500,000 in Decem- way or another. This re- messages sent to him by Gov. Phil Bryant — a trols, state law, and Services, and feder-
ber 2017 and $600,000 quest was no different, The Associated Press Republican who also ap- federal regulations” al officials will decide
in June 2018, and he and I did numerous ads since Monday. His man- pointed White to office to direct grant money whether to sanction the
was supposed to make for Family First,” Favre ager, Bus Cook, told AP when a previous auditor to certain people and state for misspending,
speeches for at least wrote. on Wednesday: “We’ve stepped down. Davis groups. Davis instruct- White said.
three events. The au- “I have never received got nothing to say.”
ditor’s report said that moneys for obligations I In an audit, White
“upon a cursory review didn’t meet. To reiterate said his employees iden-
of those dates, auditors Auditors White’s state- tified $94 million in
were able to determine ment, I was unaware questionable spending
that the individual con- that the money being by the agency, includ-
tracted did not speak dispensed was paid for ing payments for sports
nor was he present for out of funds not intend- activities with no clear
those events.” ed for that purpose, and connection to helping
Favre, who lives in because of that I am re- needy people in one of
Mississippi, faces no funding the full amount the poorest states of the
criminal charges. The back to the state of Mis- U.S.
audit report lists the pay- sissippi. The audit was re-

MSU
Continued from Page 1B

er than the versatile Other names to watch country and finished his
athletes that the 3-3-5 include Copiah-Lincoln senior season with 134
breeds, he’s far and away Community College im- tackles — including 34.5
the most experienced port Tyrus Wheat and tackles for loss — 14.5
player at the position. incoming freshman Rod- sacks, nine pass break-
Beyond Thompson, ney Groce Jr. ups, 21 quarterback hur-
things get bare quickly Wheat joins fellow ries, four forced fumbles,
for a position that was a Co-Lin standout Jordan one interception and one
strength of last season’s Davis (more on him fumble recovery.
defense. In addition to in the coming days) in With an improved
Gay’s departure, seniors Starkville and should strength program run by
Tim Washington, Leo give MSU another col- Washington State import
Lewis and Sh’Mar Kil- lege-ready option in the Tyson Brown combined
by-Lane have all gradu- middle of the field. The with Arnett’s 3-3-5 base
ated. Behind them, Aar- No. 1 junior college line- formation, the MSU line-
on Brule and Nathaniel backer in the country backing corps stands to
Watson saw limited play- according to 247 Sports, be as versatile as it has
ing time but impressed Wheat played safety as a been in decades. It’s just
in spurts as freshmen. high schooler and boasts a matter of giving the
Brule, who redshirted comparable athleticism youthful unit game reps.
during the 2018 season, to Brule that should al- “I’ve been incredi-
should thrive in Arnett’s low him to play both in bly impressed with how
new versatile system coverage and as a stand- the guys have been ap-
given the athleticism up blitzer off the edge proaching the workouts
that made him a football when the scheme calls because, you know, our
and basketball standout for it. strength coaches, he’s
at Archbishop Rummel Groce was initially working them now,” Ar-
in Metairie, Louisiana. committed to Nebraska nett said in reference to
After seeing time in all but flipped his pledge the MSU defense in Feb-
13 games last season to Mississippi State in ruary. “And you know it’s
behind Gay and Lewis December. The Pleasant fun as a coach when you
at the WILL linebacker Grove, Alabama, native get to be around players
spot, he should slide into was rated the No. 24 in- like that in your pro-
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The NBA is proceeding with extreme caution


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gobert tested positive they can enter the facility Phase Two, who knows teams returned to fields right now. It’s at least daily
March 11 and the league safely,” Utah general man- when that will come. It’s Wednesday for workouts communication in one way,
The NBA says some shut down almost immedi- ager Dennis Lindsey said. not imminent. with restrictions. Germa- shape or another with col-
players can voluntarily re- ately. And most teams ar- Simultaneously, every- Games are not close. ny’s top soccer league has leagues across the world in
turn to their team practice en’t allowed to open yet to body wants to play, and Getting players back into allowed players to return all these different leagues,
facilities starting Friday, because of local rules. everybody wonders if it’s facilities is not a precursor to training facilities, even because we’re all learning
with some very specific Basketball hasn’t been safe to play. It’s like all par- to games being played, though some staff and from each other.”
conditions and only in plac- played in two months and ties involved know that a it’s more about keeping players have tested posi- The rules that NBA
es where local and state the league, the teams and major misstep now could them out of public gyms tive. teams will have to adhere
governments have signed
the players still seem to doom any realistic chance and playgrounds that are It’s the NBA’s turn to when they resume even
off on such openings.
have a universal desire to of playing anytime in the starting to reopen. Posi- to start seeing where it the voluntary workouts are
It’s unclear how many
get back to work, finish next few months. tive tests during individual stands. like none previously put in
players will be back on
the floor Friday when the this season and crown a “Our task force at the training or practices could “There’s been this un- place. A 12-feet buffer be-
league ban gets lifted. Mi- champion. But, perhaps league is studying how do delay or destroy plans for precedented collabora- tween everyone, one play-
ami is allowed to open its mindful of challenges oth- we get back to playing bas- games. tion and communication er per basket, one ball per
doors for the first time in er leagues have faced in ketball again, following the There are some reasons among scientists across basket, no more than four
six weeks but won’t until their efforts to resume play data, looking at every pos- for hope. The NBA is still the world right now,” players in the facility at
at least Monday while it amid a coronavirus pan- sible model,” Magic CEO working toward a plan to said Dr. John DiFiori, the once. Everyone must wear
works out certain logisti- demic that has shut down Alex Martins said this test players if the season NBA’s Director of Sports masks and gloves, the lone
cal details. Orlando isn’t the sports world, the NBA week while addressing an resumes. It has exchanged Medicine. “What’s going exception being players
going to welcome players seems to be moving with Orlando-area economic data with leagues across on sports medicine sort of while they work out. Ev-
back immediately either. extreme caution. forum. the world, and there have parallels that at a much dif- ery player must undergo
Same goes for Utah, the “The biggest goal is to And opening the prac- been some success stories. ferent level of course. But cardiac screening before
first NBA team to deal with have the confidence of the tice courts is only Phase Baseball is being played there is an awful lot of that resuming voluntary work-
the coronavirus after Rudy players and the staff that One. again in South Korea. MLS going on across the world outs.

Comics & Puzzles


DILBERT
Dear Abby
D
EAR ABBY: out and looking engagement ring, assuming for
I am a teen- forward to college some reason (or maybe just not
age girl in just so I can get thinking) that my old ring didn’t
an average family. away. Please tell hold sentimental value to me,
I started getting me what to do although I wore that 1/3-carat
interested in in the meantime diamond every day for 32 years
LGBTQ+ and other because college before getting a new, larger
social justice is five years away. one.
topics when I was — WAITING IN After the ring was offered,
in fifth grade. VIRGINIA I felt forced to let him have
Since then, DEAR WAIT- it. I knew it wouldn’t fit his
I have realized ING: You and your girlfriend, and I also didn’t think
that, among dad have very she would settle for such a
ZITS other things, I’m a different outlooks small diamond, but I figured he
lesbian, a liberal on life, and that’s would have the diamond put
and an atheist. OK. That said, into a setting that fit her. I got
This wouldn’t be you must live over my feeling of loss knowing
a problem, but my
Dear Abby under his roof he would use the ring.
father hates many for the next five Well, he didn’t. He gave her
of the things I am or stand for. years, so be diplomatic and MY ring, and then they went out
He’s an extremely conservative, keep some of your opinions to and charged a nice-sized en-
Christian, gun-rights person, yourself as long as possible. gagement ring that she select-
and he wants me and my You may think your father ed. My original ring now hangs
brothers to join the military. He is heavy-handed in parenting on a chain in her jewelry box.
constantly pushes me to be you, but has it occurred to you Should I ask for my ring back?
the best that I can be, and I try, that when he goes through your — MEANS A LOT IN TEXAS
but his idea of “best” is very grade book, he’s trying to make DEAR MEANS A LOT:
different from mine. sure you know how to work Because your first engagement
GARFIELD I have several mental all the problems in it? Placing ring is not being used as intend-
problems, which resulted in restrictions on a minor’s use ed and was only a place holder
me getting special privileges in of technology is intelligent until your son’s fiancee got
school. I use them whenever parenting, at least for someone what she really wanted, I see
I can, but it is never enough just entering her teens. Please no reason why you shouldn’t
for him. He keeps searching try to cut him some slack. Rec- ask, and I also see no reason
through my grade book until ognize there is a bright future why she shouldn’t graciously
he finds something new for me ahead of you if you concentrate comply.
to do, regardless of the date it on your studies to the best of Dear Abby is written by
was assigned or whether it can your ability and buckle down Abigail Van Buren, also known
be graded anymore. now. as Jeanne Phillips, and was
I have various restrictions DEAR ABBY: My 32-year-old founded by her mother, Pauline
on my use of technology, so I son, “Jerry,” wanted to propose Phillips. Contact Dear Abby
can barely contact my friends. to his girlfriend, but didn’t have at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
It has gotten to the point that I money for a ring. My hus- Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA
CANDORVILLE am worried about when I come band offered him my original 90069.

Horoscopes
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May delight others. certain dynamic present in
7). Inspiration and insight TAURUS (April 20-May 20). togetherness, there’s also a
strike. Through effort and care, While it is possible to be any- dynamic present in apartness.
you’ll start moving like you thing you want to be, it generally LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Goal
couldn’t before, your physical takes time. Meanwhile, you can setting doesn’t always work
self invigorating other systems dabble in whatever tone, feeling for everyone or every situation.
in your life. It will be a win for or mood you want to take on Right now it’s enough to be
your group in August followed in an instant if you know the on a certain kind of path. Your
by a lucrative personal victory. mental route to the place. motivation and momentum are
What a relief in September, GEMINI (May 21-June 21). slowly picking up. Trust the
when a complicated arrange- More sunsets are caught than journey.
BABY BLUES ment finally gets hammered out. sunrises because a greater VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
Cancer and Virgo adore you. number of people are awake in The teacher/student relation-
Your lucky numbers are: 11, 50, the evening than are watching ship is cyclical. The teacher
3, 20 and 16. for the break of dawn. Get on an is always learning from the
ARIES (March 21-April 19). early tract. There’s something student and vice versa. And yet
Without a jovial touch, people spectacular in it for you. it is important to keep the roles
get bored and touchy. That’s CANCER (June 22-July 22). intact today. That’s what makes
where you come in. You pos- Relationships will have a feeling the relationship work.
sess an unusual talent, which that is greater than the sum of LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
you will use to help, amuse and their parts. Just as there’s a In all your dealings, seek first
to position yourself well. Where
you are coming from matters
big time. Get a firm footing and
take a posture of readiness
and strength right from the
BEETLE BAILEY beginning.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). Prioritizing becomes a chal-
lenge when everything coming
your way seems to be a high
priority. You’ll have to ask more
questions to learn the truth and
decide what to participate in
and what to skip.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-
Dec. 21). Being rigid with your
rules only leads to frustration.
Regardless of what’s both-
ering you, there’s more than
one solution. Stay agile and
MALLARD FILLMORE open-minded and you’ll create
advantageous conditions for
yourself.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). To stay calm and objective
through everything that occurs
is a sign of maturity and a
quality of power players. It’s
also what robots do. Temper
your strategic calm with great
empathy and a drop of desire.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). One way to catch fish is to
stir up the water and get them
moving, jumping and showing
FAMILY CIRCUS themselves out in the open.
Stay calm and scoop them up.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). When you’re in a posi-
tion of power, you don’t have
to observe the protocol that
others do, and yet it is a sign of
respect and high character to
do so anyway.

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