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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two local cities are gearing up with the rest of the nation to celebrate the nation's independence on Wednesday.
A former childcare worker had her trial pushed to September 20 during her initial appearance Monday in Starkville Municipal Court.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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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