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    WEATHER

    AJ Rice

    First grade, West Lowndes

    High38Low31Rainy

    Full forecast on

    page 2A.

    FIVE QUESTIONS

    1What nickname is attached to thecircle of volcanoes around the PacificBasin?2What Queen hit did SylvesterStallone nearly use for the Rocky IIItheme son?3What is the largest humanitariannetwork in the world?4Who was famous for saying: All youneed to fly are lovely things and fairydust?

    5How many carats is pure gold?

    Answers, 10B

    INSIDEClassifieds 9BComics 8B

    Obituaries 5AOpinions 6A

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    LOCAL FOLKS

    Charles Wilson is a bluesrecording artist from Chicago. Hehas lived in Columbus for oneyear.

    CALENDAR

    Thursday, Feb. 13Titans Herman Boone:Missis-sippi University for Womens GordyHonors Series welcomes CoachHerman Boone, an inspiration for themovie Remembering the Titans, at6 p.m. in Limbert Assembly Room inCochran Hall on campus. For more in-formation, contact Dr. Thomas Velek,[email protected], 662-241-6850,or visit web2.muw.edu/index.php/en/main-honors/.Chamber music:A MississippiState faculty recital features ShandyPhillips on violin, Sheri Falcone onclarinet, Denise Rowan on bassoonand Rosangela Sebba on piano at7:30 p.m. in the Giles ArchitectureBuilding on campus. Free to the pub-lic. For more information, contact theDepartment of Music, 662-325-3070.

    PUBLIC MEETINGS

    Feb. 14:Lowndes CountyBoard of Supervisors, Court-house, 9 a.m.Feb. 18:Columbus CityCouncil, municipal complex,5 p.m.Feb. 18:Columbus Munic-ipal School Board, Centraloffice, 6 p.m.Feb. 18: Starkville Board ofAldermen, City Hall Court-

    room, 5:30 p.m.Feb. 27:Clay County Boardof Supervisors, Courthouse,9 a.m.Mar. 3:Lowndes CountyBoard of Supervisors, Court-house, 9 a.m.Mar. 3:Clay County Boardof Supervisors, Courthouse,9 a.m.

    West

    Alabama

    news:

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    FOOD, 5BSPORTS, 1B

    Move over chocolate theres more than one

    way to celebrate

    Relefords last-secondshot sends Alabama pastOle Miss in SoutheasternConference play

    Be my (savory)Valentine

    Crimson Uprising

    BY SARAH FOWLER

    [email protected]

    A major cocaine ring basedout of Oktibbeha County hasbeen dismantled, according tothe Mississippi Bureau of Nar-cotics.

    The investigation, called Op -

    eration Queen Bee, focused ona group of Starkville-based co-

    caine distributors who providednarcotics to the northern half ofthe state. Five people were ar-rested and more arrests are ex-pected, according to the MBN.

    Sherita Garth, 37, ofStarkville, was arrested and

    charged with three counts ofsale of cocaine and conspiracyto distribute cocaine. CalvinBaskin, 43, of West Point, was

    arrested and charged with pos-session of cocaine, possessionof MDMA (Molly), conspiracyto distribute cocaine and pos-session of a firearm by a convict-ed felon. Dashiki Townsend, 31,of West Point, was arrested and

    charged with possession of co-caine and conspiracy to distrib-ute cocaine. Timothy Gilliam,39, of Ecru, was arrested and

    charged with possession of co-caine and conspiracy to distrib-ute cocaine, and Debra Walker,57, of Starkville, was arrestedand charged with possession ofa firearm by a convicted felonand running a large-scale gam-

    bling operation.Operation Queen Bee also re-

    sulted in the seizure of approx-imately 23 ounces of cocaine

    worth an estimated street valueof $66,000. In addition to the co-caine, law enforcement seized$40,000 in cash, seven vehi-cles, six firearms, three moneycounters and paraphernalia.

    Major Oktibbeha Co. cocaine ring busted

    Micah Green/Dispatch StaffAn employee with Auto Mart LLC cleans up scattered items from a white Jeep Wrangler 4x4 after it plummeted down an embank-ment at the Lee Stokes exit on Highway 82 on Tuesday morning. The driver, identified as Tara Pugh of Reform, Ala., was ejectedwhen the vehicle rolled over. Pugh was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle where she died shortly after 11a.m. from injuries to her chest and upper body.

    BY SARAH FOWLER

    sfow [email protected] .com

    Icy road conditions are to blame fora single-car accident that claimed thelife of a young mother Tuesday morn-ing.

    Tara Pugh, 37, of Refor m, Ala., was

    driving west on Hwy. 82 near Lee-Stokes Road at approximately 8:45

    Tuesday morning when her 2000 JeepWrangler lef t the roadway af ter cross-ing an icy bridge, according to the Mis-sissippi Highway Patrol.

    The Jeep rolled over, eject ing Pugh,before stopping at the bottom of theembankment. Pugh was transportedfrom the scene via ambulance to Bap-

    tist Memorial Hospital-Golden Trian-gle. She died just after 11 a.m., accord-

    ing to Lowndes County Corner GregMerchant. Her cause of death is due toinjuries to her upper chest and body.

    It is unclear if Pugh was wearing herseatbelt at the time of the accident, butMerchant said, it doesnt appear thatshe was.

    Pugh was heading to Columbus fora doctors appointment. She leaves be-hind a husband and two children underthe age of 10.

    Skelton Funeral Home in Reform ishandling the arrangements.

    BY CARL SMITH

    [email protected]

    The MississippiHouse of Representa-

    tives passed a bill Tues-day that, if approved by

    the Senate and signed by

    Gov. Phil Bryant, would

    honor Donald Zachari-

    as by naming a portion

    of Hwy. 25 after thelong-serving Mississippi

    State University presi-

    dent.

    The legislat ion, HB

    615, calls for the portion

    of the highway that inter-sects with Old Hwy. 25 to

    the Oktib-beha Coun-ty-WinstonCounty lineto be re-named theDr. DonaldW. Zacha ri -as Memori-

    al Highway.If adopted, Mississippi

    Department of Trans-portation would erectand maintain signagealong and approachingthe highway leading toStarkville.

    A port ion of Hwy. 9 i nChoctaw County, fromthe Choctaw-Webster

    line to Ackerman, wouldbe designated the Phyl-

    lis A. Gra-h a m - S t e -ven B.M o s sMemorialHighway.

    The bi lls ch ief author,Rep. Joey Hood. R-Acker-man, attempted to pass

    similar legislation last

    Mississippi House passes new road bill honoring ZachariasHood again pushing for Hwy. 25 designation honoring

    long-serving MSU president

    Zacharias

    See ZACHARIAS, 8A

    ALABAMA WOMAN DIES IN ROLL-OVER

    Mother of two was traveling on icy Hwy. 82

    Five arrested in Operation Queen Bee

    See COCAINE, 8A

    ONLINEROAD BILL:View House Bill615 at cdis-patch.com.

    Chism, Ellissupport

    Hollowaysearly transitionto conservatorStarkville-Oktibbeha

    school consolidation

    bills remain unchanged

    this week

    BY CARL SMITH

    [email protected]

    Two OktibbehaCounty representa-tives say they favorthe original languageof local school con-solidation bills thatcalled upon StarkvilleSchool District Su-perintendent LewisHolloway to lead thecounty school district in July.

    As original ly filed, HB 833 andSB 2813 called for Holloways early

    appointment as Oktibbeha Coun-ty School District conservator andgave him the power to issue notesthat would finance school repairs inboth districts before state-mandat-ed consolidation occurs in 2015.

    Two bill substitutes were intro -duced last week which state thecounty system shall remain underMississippi Department of Edu-cation control until June 30, 2015,without explicitly calling for a newconservator.

    Local Reps. Gary Chism,R-Columbus, and Tyrone Ellis,D-Starkville, both said they support

    the bills as originally written andSee CONSOLIDATION, 8A

    Holloway

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