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Senators pass Starkville-Oktibbeha merger bill

Posted 3/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Senate passed an amended version of the Oktibbeha-Starkville school consolidation bill which now explicitly allows a potential study commission to look into the possibility of merging county schools with other area districts. The amendment, proposed by Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, was the only change made by legislators.

 

Grammy-winning FUN. will play at MSU

Posted 3/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University's Music Maker Productions announced Grammy-winning alternative rock band FUN. will perform Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Humphrey Coliseum.

 

AMS features big winners in history, math competitions

Posted 3/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Armstrong Middle School students continue to win individual and group awards in various disciplines. AMS earned top middle school honors at Mississippi's National history Day in February. The school was named Quiz Bowl Champions and Best Middle School for the second year in a row.

 

Mississippi Homestead art expo offers spring break diversion

Posted 3/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

No spring break plans? No problem. The Mississippi Modern Homestead Center will host a two-day expo featuring local artisans putting not just their artwork on display, but their techniques as well.

Former school board leader discusses merger history, alternatives

Posted 3/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A former city school board president joined other stakeholder groups calling for the Oktibbeha-Starkville school merger bill's dismissal.

Two seats set, race is on for other Starkville municipal positions

Two Republicans - incumbent Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver and incoming Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard - locked up their respective municipal races Friday after no other challengers emerged before the qualification deadline.

SSD board encouraged by changes in consolidation bill

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees appointed its officers and discussed changes to the amended school consolidation bill at their Thursday night meeting.

 

MSU student accuses deputies of brutality

A lawsuit filed with the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court alleges police brutality by two sheriff's deputies against a Mississippi State University student.

 

MSU family gathers to remember Zacharias

Hundreds of Mississippi State faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends attended a memorial service Thursday for the university's President Emeritus Donald Zacharias, who died Sunday after an extended illness and complications from multiple sclerosis.

 

Starkville city employee charged with embezzlement

A city clerk's office employee has resigned after being charged with felony embezzlement.

 

SFD set to distribute 360 free smoke detectors to residents

Firefighters aren't known for delivering presents, but Starkville residents may soon find a first responder holding a valuable gift at their doorsteps. Starkville Fire Marshal Mark McCurdy says firefighters will begin distributing 360 free smoke detectors in two weeks to homeowners in low-income neighborhoods.

 

City school board expected to address consolidation bill

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees will have its first opportunity to comment on an ever-changing school consolidation bill at its 6 p.m. meeting today at the Greensboro Center.

 

Amended merger bill would create consolidation study group

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, confirmed the House Education Committee passed a Clay County school merger bill Tuesday with the same language it contained when introduced. The same cannot be said for what the Senate Education Committee did to the Oktibbeha County school consolidation bill.

Committee breathes new life into former CottonMill project

The much-delayed development formerly known as CottonMill will soon be given new life now that a committee has been established to oversee the approval of new designs and a new construction manager.

 

New committee could vet Mill parking deck proposals

The process of seeking professional services for the former CottonMill development project has started, and Starkville aldermen will again deliberate over housekeeping measures associated with the venture at their 5:30 p.m. City Hall meeting tonight.

 

 

Supes can't agree on employee payroll request

County supervisors stalemated on two votes Monday surrounding a payroll change request for a tax office employee which emerged during closed session.

 

Zacharias remembered as 'transformative' presence

Former Mississippi State University President Donald Zacharias, 77, died Sunday of complications from multiple sclerosis after an extended illness.

Monday profile: Ever-present Brasfield is key to Bin 612's success

It is an overcast Thursday afternoon, but there are still a few people sitting outside Bin 612 on the fenced-in patio that separates the restaurant from University Drive.

 

Taxpayer funds, private donations fuel municipal building litigation

Divisions between Starkville's political ideologies are emerging through how a legal battle over municipal facilities' construction is funded. The City of Starkville spent $44,979.77 to fund litigation costs defending its municipal facilities plan, officials confirmed Monday.

 

 

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