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Mississippi State lauded for recycling program

Posted 1/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials from the Mississippi Recycling Coalition were at Mississippi State Tuesday to present the university with the "Educational Institution Recycler of the Year" award.


Nichols vying to become Starkville's next police chief

Posted 1/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department Capt. Frank Nichols confirmed Wednesday he is one of two applicants seeking the recently vacated police chief's position.

Nicholas bringing fresh ideas, rock-solid faith to Starkville Academy

Posted 1/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Life is filled with numerous paths, said Jeremy Nicholas, but three months ago the current Park Place Christian Academy headmaster could not see himself leaving his job and returning to Starkville, his self-described second home, to serve as Starkville Academy's next head of school.


Merger committee finalizes consolidation report

Posted 1/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The long, arduous and sometimes contentious task of the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure came to a conclusion Tuesday as members agreed upon merger recommendations that the state department of education will soon pass on to lawmakers.


Nicholas selected as new SA head of school

Posted 1/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Jeremy Nicholas, the current Park Place Christian Academy headmaster, will take over as Starkville Academy's new head of schools on July 7.

County administrator search to continue into February

Posted 1/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County's search for a new county administrator is expected to last through February as supervisors use an informal process to hone a list of more than 30 applicants to five or so preferred candidates.


New merger report draft could become final version

Posted 1/10/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The culmination of almost 15 meetings of the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure could come 9 a.m. Tuesday as committee members are expected to discuss the final draft of their long-awaited school merger report.


Ruby Hall damage likely to close dorm for spring

Ruby Hall, a residence hall that houses about 400 students within Mississippi State University's Zacharias Village, sat completely devoid Tuesday of the energetic bustle of students preparing for the start of spring semester classes.

Hard freeze damages three MSU residence halls

Numerous Mississippi State University students will be displaced from their residence halls after freezing temperatures ruptured pipes and flooded dorms, the university announced Tuesday.

Adams takes over as Starkville CAO

Taylor Adams, Starkville's city clerk and finance director, became the city's second chief administrative officer Tuesday after aldermen unanimously approved the hire.

Public interviews for CAO candidates begin today

Starkville aldermen will interview the three finalists for the city's vacant chief administrative officer position beginning at 4 p.m. in the City Hall courtroom.

Current, former administrators vying for vacant Oktibbeha job

From current and former government administrators to doctoral student and fast food restaurant manager, Oktibbeha County's current list of county administrator applicants is comprised of people with a wide array of backgrounds. Thirty-two people have applied for the vacant position.


Batiste files challenge to death sentence

Mississippi death row inmate Bobby Batiste has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal.


Ellis in good health, spirits as legislative term approaches

State Rep. Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville, can now laugh about a stroke he had last summer. "It scared my family -- and me too!" he jokingly said, Friday.

Gerald Berry, a Starkville cult figure, has died

Gerald Berry came to Starkville in the mid-1960s to study anthropology and became a legend. Depending on who you ask he also became a "landmark," "master conversationalist," "superb teacher," "expert photographer" and "barfly."

County volunteers respond to 2 trailer fires

Two trailer fires within the first 26 hours of 2014 sent volunteer firefighters scrambling across the eastern portion of Oktibehha County on Wednesday and Thursday.

2013 was a year of changes in Starkville

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For better or worse, there was nothing status quo in Starkville in 2013. From school consolidations to a seismic shift in city politics that claimed a well-regarded city administrator as a victim to the abrupt depature of two police chiefs to progress on the much-delayed Mill project, 2013 was a year of change.

Emotions high for Bulldogs

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State is proving team record isn't the litmus test for emotion leading into a bowl game. Heading into last season's Gator Bowl, MSU was skidding into the final month of the season with four losses in its last five games.


NAACP leader to continue push for Unity Park's opening

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Chris Taylor, the leader of Oktibbeha County's NAACP chapter, says he again will push for Unity Park's unveiling in early 2014 after county supervisors failed for a second straight year to formalize plans for an opening ceremony.


Merger report draft: Commission could seek up to $20 million

Posted 12/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure unveiled a working copy of consolidation recommendations that seeks up to $20 million for construction and operation of a grades 6-7 campus on Mississippi State University land and a pre-kindergarten program created as a demonstration project.


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