STARKVILLE -- Shirley Ross was mired in debt from high-interest payday loans and rent-to-own appliances. She felt like she had no other option. As a waitress at Starkville Cafe and part-time custodian, Ross was living paycheck to paycheck.
STARKVILLE -- Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said the state's economic future hinges on making college more affordable. "In the long term, if core inflation is at 2 or 3 percent, our universities can't be at 7 percent each year," Reeves said Tuesday at Mississippi State University.
STARKVILLE -- Another offseason is nearly here, and reports of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen leaving Starkville already have started. The Bulldogs' third-year coach deflected questions Tuesday about speculation he is a serious candidate to replace Joe Paterno as head football coach at Penn State University.
STARKVILLE -- Shoppers, keep swiping cards and passing bills. Following positive retail reports on Black Friday and during the Thanksgiving weekend, area vendors are hopeful the trend will continue during the 39th Annual Starkville Holiday Bazaar today and Thursday at the Starkville Sportsplex. The bazaar is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission is free.
The Christmas season is in full swing, and area police expect property crime to increase. "Crime goes up as a result of human nature," Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said. Downtown store owners also recognize the possibility of shoplifting to spike during the Christmas shopping season.
STARKVILLE -- Sixteen people safely evacuated an apartment fire at Brookville Gardens on Monday morning. Starkville Fire Department reached the scene at 7:34 a.m.; firefighters found two of four apartments in building No. 25 engulfed by flames and smoke.
STARKVILLE -- Today, soldiers deployed overseas and Starkville natives living across the country can experience a little piece of home. The 2011 Starkville Christmas parade, annually recorded by WOBV and aired throughout December, will be streamed live on the internet for the first time.
STARKVILLE -- Jack and Mary Lott weren't about to let a little rain spoil their party. The Lotts have attended the past 15 football games between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State.
A West Virginia journalist with more than 20 years experience has joined the staff of The Dispatch. Nerissa Young assumed the role of news editor Monday, replacing former news editor Garthia Elena Halbert-Burnett, who was promoted to managing editor earlier this month.
Lt. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves will be featured Nov. 29 at Mississippi State's next Morris W.H. "Bill" Collins Speaker Series program.
Hide your goods. Leave on your lights. That's the message Starkville police have for residents during the holidays.
Area stores are experiencing brisk sales for the official Black Friday launch of the holiday shopping season. Store representatives said shoppers were well-behaved. The only reported problem was outside the Belk store on Highway 45 North before the store opened.
STARKVILLE -- A city couple who recall their lonely holidays as international students now open their home to make sure international students have a holiday home.
The city of Starkville is looking for a solution that doesn't involve raising taxes after the failed municipal facilities bond referendum in September.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Board of Aldermen tonight will hold its first work session to discuss its capital improvement program. The board will meet with financial consultant Demery Grubbs, of the Jackson-based firm Government Consultants Inc., whom the city contracted earlier this year to help craft its five-year master list and provide financial guidance.
STARKVILLE -- As expected Monday, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors adopted its vicious animal ordinance, which will go into effect 30 days after publication. Still unclear, however, is how the county will compensate the city for use of its animal control officers and the Oktibbeha County Humane Society for housing and vaccinating dogs that are picked up.
STARKVILLE -- An Oktibbeha County woman's request for a refund to adjust her property tax bill was denied Monday during the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Mississippi State University's Extension Service is offering a 2 1/2-day course for cotton, soybean and corn producers.
STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will adopt a vicious dog ordinance Monday morning. They need citizens to weigh in one final time before making it official.
STARKVILLE -- Some call it the old Kroger building. Others call it Dirt Cheap. Either way, the obscure shopping center on Louisville Street has an identity crisis. Soon, though, Chestnut Commons will be a recognizable shopping strip.
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