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Happy Friday the 13th!

Posted 7/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's safe to say Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen is not a paraskevidekatriaphobic -- someone afraid of Friday the 13th. His attitude on the day has been heavily influenced by two compelling factors: Canon and Breelyn Mullen.

'Keep OCH' meeting draws overflow crowd

Posted 7/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the second time this week, an overflow audience gathered to hear discussion about the future of the Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center. On Monday, a crowd packed the County Courthouse to listen to a discussion of the options available, chief among them a sale of the county-owned hospital.

 

Cadence president: Lay-offs don't mean change of commitment

Posted 7/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Since a merger within the parent company last year, Cadence Bank has experienced substantial growth across the board, and President Mark Abernathy said despite a layoff announcement for its Starkville operations center, he expects this growth to continue.

 

Crowds gather to wait for Starkville Chick-fil-A opening

Posted 7/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There are more than 100 people camped out today in the parking lot of a new restaurant in Starkville, but not because they are homeless.

Cowart urges county to explore all options

Posted 7/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ten minutes before Monday night's public education session on the future of the Oktibbeha County Hospital, district supervisors and other city officials scrambled to find extra seats in the overflowing county courthouse, moving people into the jurors box and eventually allowing citizens to pool at the doors and in the hallway.

Starkville officials beam over handicap-accessible playground

Last fall, while Heather Carson was volunteering with the playground project at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary, Brooke Kiel was beginning to look into the possibility of installing a sensory area for students with special needs at Sudduth Elementary.

Controversial Trainer no stranger to facing obstacles

As the District 2 Supervisor for Oktibbeha County since 1999 and more recently the self-proclaimed "poster child" for the possible sale of the county's hospital, Orlando Trainer has been tossed into a whirlwind of rumors, emotion, speculation and misunderstandings from both sides in what has quickly become a polarizing issue.

One held in connection with Okitbbeha County death

An Oktibbeha County man is being held at the county jail after a July 4 altercation that resulted in the death of one Sunset Subdivision resident.

Lightning strikes keep firefighters hopping

Two fires in Oktibbeha County that occurred at nearly the same time were both the cause of lightning strikes during a pop-up thunderstorm Thursday morning, according to the local fire departments that responded to the calls. Although no injuries were reported for either fire, both brought unexpected problems for the departments working them.

 

Starkville aldermen amend zoning ordinance

The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to amend the city's zoning ordinance after having the board's second public hearing on the matter Tuesday night. The board also held its first public hearing on adopting a new ordinance to regulate certain areas of commercial and residential outdoor display and requested a title search by the city attorney for property near the Carver Drive ditch.

 

The Kid's speech: Starkville's Xu gets national exposure in Huffington Post

After he gave his graduation speech, Brian Xu quietly walked back to his seat on the front row. It was only after he sat down that the crowd in Humphrey Coliseum burst into applause, eventually rising to a standing ovation for the Starkville High School valedictorian.

 

Events set for 4th Celebration

Two local cities are gearing up with the rest of the nation to celebrate the nation's independence on Wednesday.

 

 

Covin makes court appearance on child abuse charges

A former childcare worker had her trial pushed to September 20 during her initial appearance Monday in Starkville Municipal Court.

 

 

No fireworks at Oktibbeha Supervisors meeting

Monday's Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting was more about house-keeping than anything else, with the debate regarding the possible sale of the Oktibbeha County Hospital almost going unmentioned. Almost.

 

 

Aldermen consider zoning amendment

Other than holding two public hearings on Tuesday night, the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting will likely be uneventful. The board will hold its second public hearing on amending the zoning ordinance for rebuilding requirements on damaged non-conforming residential buildings. Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins first brought the proposed amendment to the board during their June 5 meeting, and had it's first public hearing June 19.

 

 

Oktibbeha supervisors: Calm before a storm

Posted 6/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Administrator Don Posey doesn't expect Monday's Board of Supervisors' meeting to be nearly as contentious as the last couple meetings and is hoping for a mild "pre-holiday meeting."

 

Summer camp geared toward academics, service

Posted 6/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In 1996, a team of researchers led by Harris Cooper, concluded that achievement test scores for nearly every age group and demographic decline over summer vacation. His studies also found that test scores of children who participate in summer camps, especially educational ones, declined much less than others.

Oktibbeha Supes begin process in potential sale of OCH

Posted 6/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors passed a motion Monday night to seek consulting companies to evaluate Oktibbeha County Hospital, one of the steps required in a sale of the county-owned hospital.

Mississippi State's EcoCAR teams takes a bow in D.C.

Posted 6/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, the EcoCAR 2 team is headed to Washington D.C. for two weeks to promote the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions and to showcase the team's accomplishments. This is all part of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival held on the National Mall.

 

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