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TVA Generation Partners site wins national award

Posted 1/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A Mississippi regional landfill participating in the Tennessee Valley Authority's Generation Partners renewable power program has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the nation's top renewable generation projects.

Residents, Elvis escape Starkville apartment fire

Posted 1/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Seven people and a dog escaped a Friday afternoon fire at Summer Chase Apartments on Carver Drive. The dog was rescued after the roof of the two-story apartment complex caved in.


Bully Gras Ball hopes to raise $30,000

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Imagine it: formal wear, finger foods and good, old-fashioned face-to-face dancing all set to classic rhythm and blues. This isn't a high school prom it's the second annual Bully Gras Ball, a grownup party with hometown philanthropy at the core.



District: Employees broke the rules with Gonsoulin petitions

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District sent a memo to administrators this week reminding them to use care and abide by school policies when advocating for a new superintendent.



Interviews for Starkville's top educator rescheduled

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Semifinalist interviews for the superintendent job at Starkville School District have been rescheduled, the district announced Thursday.


'The Biggest Loser' winner Patrick House visits Armstrong Middle School

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- He grew up as the "fat kid." He was teased because of his weight. He never envisioned life without being obese. Unfortunately, Patrick House said, he can relate to more than 44 percent of children across the state.


New smart networks could reduce energy costs

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local electricity distributors are adapting to changes coming from the Tennessee Valley Authority. And the electric departments in Columbus and Starkville are ahead of the game.



Calisolar presses forward with plans in Golden Triangle

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

California-based Calisolar is expected to begin construction in May on a new silicon plant at the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park. And employee layoffs in Sunnyvale, Calif., will not affect the company's plans to build near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Calisolar CEO Terry Jester said Wednesday.


Class to show how disability can become ability

Posted 1/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sometimes, she has trouble finding a parking spot. Other times, she can't quite grab what she's reaching for. To an able-bodied person, these moments are nothing more than a slight inconvenience.

Harris Road bridge closes for repairs

Posted 1/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Those driving over the bridge on Harris Road in the Sessums community will have to take a detour as work starts on repairing faulty supports.


Murder, sex crime trials set for circuit court

Posted 1/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The man accused of stabbing two doughnut-shop employees in May is scheduled for trial during the January term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. George Johnson, 21, of Weir, is accused of entering Shipley Do-Nuts on May 31 and cutting the throat of a female employee and stabbing a male employee multiple times.


In focus: Starkville Academy students showcase talent at Scholastic Art competition

Posted 1/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Before Amber Chamblee started her freshman year at Starkville Academy, she feared the school wouldn't offer the elective she most looked forward to taking. Chamblee, along with freshmen Jamie Anthony and Janiece Pigg, had been learning the ins and outs of photography since they were seventh-graders.


Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.



Starkville school board names finalists for superintendent job

Posted 1/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville School District's Walter Gonsoulin is one of four in-state semifinalists and one of five for the vacant superintendent job at Starkville. The Starkville schools board of trustees released Friday a list of semifinalists -- the first time names have been revealed during the search -- and announced its plans for interviews. "I don't want to say too much right now, but I will say I'm extremely thankful for the board's interest in me," Gonsoulin said following Friday's meeting. "I'm really looking forward to the interview process."



Starkville man wanted in purse snatching incident

Posted 1/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man in connection with the assault and robbery of a woman at a restaurant Thursday.



Read his lips: New taxes proposed for Oktibbeha County

Posted 1/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The vice president of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors said residents will support tax increases for public projects they can have input on.



Oktibbeha County Arrest Reports 1-20-12

Posted 1/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The following people were arrested on felony charges from Jan. 2 to Jan. 15, according to the Oktibbeha County jail. Unless otherwise noted, the sheriff's department made the arrests.



Starkville Northside residents: Snakes alive!

Posted 1/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

St. Patrick and his power to banish snakes are needed after the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday against a measure that would have resolved flooding and creepy-crawly issues along Northside Drive by the end of this year.



Looking toward the future: Starkville to focus on long-term improvements

Posted 1/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Board of Aldermen debated establishing a litter program at its weekend retreat, but members took no action.



MLK Day speaker calls for bold leadership

Posted 1/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

"It makes no difference where you stand, as long as you stand." The powerful words of Monica Banks echoed through the blocks of downtown Monday during the Oktibbeha County branch of the NAACP's Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally, which concluded with a ceremony outside the county courthouse.



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