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Gladney handily wins Oktibbeha sheriff's post

Posted 11/9/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One look at the votes for sheriff, and you'd think Steve Gladney has done this a time or two.



Miss. voters approve eminent domain restrictions

Posted 11/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment aimed at limiting governments' ability to seize property and hand it over to private developers. The ballot initiative on the power of eminent domain pitted landowner rights against economic development.



Fitch elected state treasurer in Miss.

Posted 11/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Lynn Fitch defeated Democratic and Reform Party candidates to win election as Mississippi's state treasurer in voting on Tuesday.



Reeves wins lieutenant governor; Hood wins AG race

Posted 11/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Tate Reeves of Flowood handily won Tuesday as lieutenant governor of Mississippi. Reeves defeated Reform Party candidate Tracella Lou O'Hara Hill. Democrats did not field a candidate in the race.



Republican Phil Bryant wins Miss. governor's race

Posted 11/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Phil Bryant of Brandon won the Mississippi governor's race Tuesday, defeating Democrat Johnny DuPree of Hattiesburg. Bryant will take office Jan. 10 to succeed Republican Haley Barbour, who couldn't seek a third term as governor.



Miss. defeats life at conception ballot initiative

Posted 11/8/2011 in State

Mississippi voters shot down a referendum Tuesday that would have effectively banned abortions in the state, rejecting an initiative that said life begins at conception.



Who will it be -- Bryant or DuPree?

Posted 11/8/2011 in State

Mississippi voters are preparing to elect a new governor, fill all 174 legislative seats and decide three ballot initiatives, including one that could provoke a legal battle over abortion.



Twenty-three remain for Starkville schools post

Posted 11/8/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees will discuss target dates for interviews for its next superintendent during tonight's board meeting at 6 p.m.



SHS grieves loss of gospel choir student

Posted 11/8/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville High School is mourning the loss of a classmate after a fatal vehicle accident Saturday night claimed the life of senior Breanna Hampton.



Supes set work session to finalize road names

Posted 11/8/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County is still working through 911 readdressing issues.



Aberdeen night club shooting injures two bystanders

Posted 11/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aberdeen police arrested one man after a Saturday night shooting at a local night club sent two people to the hospital.


Jackson doctor convicted in star's 2009 drug death

Posted 11/7/2011 in Area

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's doctor was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter after a trial that painted him as a reckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star.


Starkville police investigating Sunday morning shooting

Posted 11/7/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that sent one woman to the hospital.


In tough economy, Toyota plant brings Miss. jobs

Posted 11/7/2011 in State

Before Toyota came, Cassius Perry was struggling like many in this hilly, sparsely populated region of north Mississippi that's shed thousands of furniture manufacturing jobs since the 1990s. The young father of three went to school to be a barber, but ended up working for a salvage company while he held out hope for something better.


State steps up AIDS fight

Posted 11/7/2011 in State

State health officials say despite past efforts to curb the rate of HIV infection, the number of people testing positive in Mississippi has hovered around 600 each year for more than a decade.



Update: Columbus man injured by gunshot

Posted 11/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a report of shots fired in North Columbus.



Pat Kight: The people were my inspiration

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Pat Kight has always enjoyed crunching numbers, assessing property and collecting taxes. As Oktibbeha County's tax assessor/collector since 1992 and former north supervisor in the Mississippi Tax Commission, the technical aspects of the job were enough to see Kight stay in the field more than 30 years.



McGinnis reflects on time as circuit clerk

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- For the first two weeks of Angie McGinnis' 16-year term as Oktibbeha County circuit clerk, she walked around the courthouse in a daze. In a small, two-room, one-vault office, everything that was thrown at McGinnis made her question if she'd ever catch up. Even after spending four years as deputy clerk, she was overwhelmed.


Bryan: I've served the people of Oktibbeha County well

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Around Dolph Bryan's office, there are patches of painted cinder block, almost forming their own design to compliment the remaining plaques and pictures from 36 years as Oktibbeha County sheriff. Bit by bit, Bryan is packing up and making way for a new sheriff -- either Steve Gladney or Rudy Johnson -- following Tuesday's election.


Kight: Residents could bear brunt of county turnover

Posted 11/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Outgoing Oktibbeha County Tax Assessor/Collector Pat Kight calls Tuesday's election "pivotal" for county residents. That's not to take anything away from previous elections where important offices were up for grabs, but after Tuesday the county will lose 70 years of combined service in three of its most important offices. Sheriff Dolph Bryan was eliminated in the runoff election, while Kight and Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis aren't seeking re-election.



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