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Departures, a new ordinance and no new city building mark the year in Oktibbeha County

Posted 12/31/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The year 2011 was marked by defeats, departures, dogs and Bulldogs in Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan was defeated in the primary runoff after 36 years in office while Starkville School District Superintendent Judy Couey shockingly resigned and still hasn't made a public comment about the decision.

 

 

Music to your ears: MSU wins fifth straight bowl game

Posted 12/31/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

 

Fire damages Oktibbeha County home

Posted 12/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY -- Oktibbeha County firefighters quickly extinguished a kitchen fire Thursday that damaged a wall but didn't injure occupants.

 

Contract signed: WCBI remains on DirecTV

Posted 12/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Columbus' local CBS affiliate will remain on the air with DirecTV satellite broadcasting service. "There will be no interruption," said Dean Hinson, president of Morris Network. Morris Multimedia Inc. in Savannah, Ga. owns WCBI.

 

Sears at Leigh Mall to close

Posted 12/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Sears store at Leigh Mall is one of three that Sears Holdings plans to close in Mississippi. However, employees at the store were not aware of the closure late Thursday afternoon.

 

State timber business slowly rebounding

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Timber industry observers say low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end value for Mississippi forest products.

 

 

Maben man charged in nightclub attack

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A Maben man was arrested Dec. 25 and charged with two counts of aggravated assault after an altercation at an Oktibbeha County nightclub.

 

 

Starkville police investigate burglaries

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville police are searching for suspects in three vending-machine burglaries on Industrial Park Road. Between Dec. 23-26, change was stolen from vending machines at MMC Materials, MFJ Enterprises and AT&T's work center. Two vending machines were burglarized and MMC and MFJ.

 

 

Sears announces store closures

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sears Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday plans to close 100 to 120 stores after 2011 losses. However, the status of individual stores is still unknown. Sears includes Kmart stores and the Lands' End brand.

 

Holiday hangover: Shoppers flock to the stores to snap up bargains

Posted 12/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Retail stores around the nation, including in the Golden Triangle, have seen an influx of shoppers this holiday season, with bargain hunters flooding the aisles to snap up last-minute deals for others as well as themselves.

 

Land donated for Starkville community park

Posted 12/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Parks Commission recently accepted a donation of a 1.04-acre plot of land in an undeveloped section of Greenbriar subdivision on South Montgomery Street.

 

Incoming Oktibbeha sheriff plans regional approach to fighting drugs

Posted 12/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Steve Gladney is still getting used to his new celebrity status. The incoming Oktibbeha County sheriff made headlines when he defeated 36-year Sheriff Dolph Bryan in the Democratic primary and later won the general election by a landslide.

 

Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal.

 

 

Land-use proposal could affect loan stores

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen had its second public hearing to repeal and replace its current chart of permitted land uses with a more streamlined one.

 

 

Downtown rezoning to get additional public hearings

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's implementation of form-based codes in downtown and university corridors will have two more rounds of public hearings.

 

 

Wiseman suggests drainage fee to help city with costs

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville could have a new funding mechanism for its growing number of stormwater drainage issues. Mayor Parker Wiseman on Tuesday suggested adding a drainage fee to city utilities to help offset a million-dollar gap between expected revenues and project costs over the next 10 years.

 

 

Christmas closings 2011

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Dispatch will print a four-section Christmas edition on Saturday. Circulation will take calls from 6-9 a.m. on Saturday. There will not be a Sunday paper printed.

 

 

Second Baptist Church donates bicycles to 60 area children

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sixty city and county elementary students will wake up to a two-wheeled surprise Christmas morning. Monday, members of Second Baptist Church in Starkville delivered bicycles for third- through fifth-grade students at Henderson-Ward Stewart and East Oktibbeha elementary schools.

 

 

Board OKs plans to make downtown Starkville a national historic district

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Historic Preservation Commission is officially on board with the Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation's move to get downtown recognized as a national historic district.

 

 

Club Rock, BJ3 under scrutiny in Oktibbeha County

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two events venues are scheduled to undergo state safety inspections today. Club Rock and BJ3, on Rockhill Road and Old West Point Road, respectively, were visited this morning by the state fire marshals, who evaluated each building for proper exits, capacity and emergency lighting.

 

 

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