STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

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New tanker will decrease response times

Posted 1/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY -- Minutes can affect rescue and make a difference in property loss when fighting fires.

 

Local musicians beat down hunger with drums

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As an orchestral drummer and recording artist, Marv Dahlgren knows the power of music. Whether it was songs denouncing the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War during the 1960s and '70s, or megastar collaborations to fight world hunger and poverty -- particularly in Africa -- in the '80s, Dahlgren, 87, has seen it all.

 

 

It's only natural: Students learn science hands-on through partnership, outdoor classes

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- These days, elementary school students are learning more about environmental science than going to the local dairy farm. Through the Youth Environmental Science Learning Center at Henderson Ward Stewart School, fourth- and fifth-grade students have a weeklong block each school year to supplement what they get from their textbooks.

 

 

Lowndes inmate one of 21 whose release is challenged by AG

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Twenty-one inmates who received pardons or other reprieves from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour remain in custody until a court battle is resolved over whether Barbour properly handled their orders to go free.

 

 

Schools scramble to avoid takeover

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Two Oktibbeha County schools could lose their public school status if state test scores aren't improved. One of the two could be taken over by the state as soon as September.

 

A decade later: Was No Child Left Behind the answer?

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.

 

Local convicts among Barbour pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A man serving a life sentence for his murder conviction in Lowndes County Circuit Court is among those who would have been given a reprieve when former Gov. Haley Barbour granted more than 200 pardons.

 

 

Board to revisit municipal complex at weekend retreat

Posted 1/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mayor Parker Wiseman is looking forward to a productive annual retreat when he and the Board of Aldermen meet for a pair of work sessions this weekend. The board will meet Friday and Saturday in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership board room. The sessions are open to the public.

 

 

Court blocks inmates' release

Posted 1/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who'd been given pardons or medical release by Republican Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor. Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late Wednesday at the request of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

 

 

Port authority reviews projects; Kior to begin equipment tests

Posted 1/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority finished some housekeeping items on projects that are coming to a close.

 

Welcome to the Legion: World War II veteran, Starkville resident to receive French honor

Posted 1/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- When a Starkville man graduated high school in the 1940s, there was little doubt what his next move would be. The United States was in the heart of World War II, and any able-bodied man was bound for military service, either by choice or through the draft.

 

Starkville school board trims superintendent list, mum on names

Posted 1/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- An undisclosed number of the 22 candidates in the Starkville School District superintendent pool have been eliminated, though the board of trustees won't release names until next week.

 

Starkville woman arrested in connection with burglaries

Posted 1/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with a rash of burglaries which have plagued the New Hope area over the past few weeks.

Doss officially charged with murder

Posted 1/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A Starkville man has been charged with murder in connection with the Monday shooting death of his uncle. Kewon Doss, 18, was officially charged Tuesday.

Family, friends say goodbye to Starkville High's Devin Mitchell

Posted 1/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE - While Sunday's memorial service for Starkville High student Devin Mitchell could have taken on a somber note, participants decided to make it a celebration of the young man's life instead.

18-year-old suspected of shooting uncle to death

An Oktibbeha County man is in custody in connection with a Starkville shooting after a seven-hour search that ended Monday when he turned himself in.

 

Accused student's shooter fired into the darkness, he tells police

WEST POINT -- The more details revealed in the New Year's Day shooting death of Devin Mitchell, the more questions arise.

 

 

Buyers find treasure and trash in abandoned storage units

Who knows what strange treasures lurk inside a storage unit? Storage-auction bidder Mark Binkley of Starkville knows all too well.In some, bidders may find a makeshift home.

 

Friends remember Devin Mitchell as protector, caregiver

STARKVILLE -- The cool kids and the cliques meant nothing to Devin Mitchell, though he was in everybody's circle of friends.

Let the bidding begin: Storage unit sales a business, hobby

When the door rises, silence reigns. Thirty people take mental snapshots of anything that crosses their experienced eyes, doing their best to add up prospective numbers and figure out just how much profit rests inside this storage unit

 

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