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Reports: Spruill received high internal marks for job performance

Posted 7/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen dismissed Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill last week despite receiving consistently high performance marks from her elected bosses in 2010 and 2012, internal city documents show.

Body found at Stark Road carwash

Posted 7/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Chief of Police David Lindley said a call came in at 5:27 a.m. reporting a dead body at the Dawg Wash car wash on Stark Road adjacent to Dollar General.

Democrats pressure Little on Spruill vote

Posted 7/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A door-to-door Ward 3 campaign seeking support for embattled Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill could begin soon in an effort to swing a possible veto override, an Oktibbeha County Democratic Party member confirmed Wednesday.

Wiseman's veto hammers aldermen over transparency

Posted 7/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman took to the offensive Tuesday, hammering aldermen over transparency issues in his veto of Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's abrupt removal from office.

Wiseman vetoes Spruill firing

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman issued his promised veto Tuesday against the aldermen's decision to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill.

CAO situation underscores salary disparity

As the drama unfolds over the future of Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's firing by the board, officials have asked a common question: If aldermen do override a promised veto, how will the city fill the position with a candidate as strong as the former Addison, Texas mayor?

Spruill's firing contradicts previous board action

Three aldermen who chose to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill Tuesday voted to reappoint her and 12 other key city positions back to their jobs with three-month review periods in 2009, city minutes show.

Barnetts hope to preserve lake's beauty with investment

Like many county residents, John Barnett spent many of his younger days at the Oktibbeha County Lake. He grew up down the road from the body of water and learned to ski at the lake. Over time, Barnett said, the elements began overtaking the lake, transforming the once-beautiful landmark.

 

Meeting needed to identify potential county land uses

Supervisors will hold a special meeting July 22 to begin identifying and classifying areas for future land-use designations, a key step in developing a comprehensive plan for Oktibbeha County.

 

 

Aldermen name 3 Parks reps as another resigns

Despite aldermen naming three residents to the Starkville Parks Commission, the board will have to deal with one more open seat as Ward 3 representative Ray Berryhill resigned his position effective Wednesday, city officials announced Tuesday.

 

 

Fireworks show set for tonight at Sportsplex

Local residents and visitors will be treated to an annual fireworks show tonight at the Sportsplex.

 

Aldermen fire Spruill, Wiseman promises veto

The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday voted 5-2 Tuesday to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill without holding any public discussion on her job performance. Mayor Parker Wiseman said he will veto the board's resolution as soon as possible, but aldermen can override his action with the same 5-2 vote which yielded Spruill's termination.

 

Aldermen to deal with next round of dilapidated structures

The Starkville Board of Aldermen could declare five Ward 7 properties as public health, safety and welfare hazards, thereby opening the door for their demolition.

 

 

Key city, board positions up for appointment Tuesday

Many of Starkville's primary department heads are up for reappointment Tuesday as the incoming board of aldermen takes control of local governance.

 

Law enforcement looks for prank caller

Posted 6/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for the man responsible for placing a prank 911 call Friday morning.

 

Democrats remove Isaac, Neal from executive committee

Posted 6/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Democratic Party Executive Committee members Dorothy Isaac and Kennedy Neal were removed from the board in separate votes Tuesday after they were found in violation of the state party's constitution and bylaws by their peers.

 

Dudy Noble Field, restaurants hold viewing parties

Posted 6/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Can't make it to Omaha for for the finals of the College World Series? Seven Starkville restaurants will host official Mississippi State baseball watch parties this week for fans unable to attend the best-of-three championship series in Omaha.

 

Supervisors may pick interim prosecutor tonight

Posted 6/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors could name an interim replacement for retiring county prosecutor Roy Carpenter Jr. at its 5:30 p.m. meeting today. The board is expected to take action soon - either today or by July's first monthly meeting - as Carpenter ends an almost 30-year career as Starkville and Oktibbeha County's prosecutor.

 

Judge Williamson to oversee Ward 4 election review proceedings

Posted 6/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi 10th Circuit District Judge Lester F. Williamson Jr. will oversee alderman candidate John Gaskin's request for an election review, counsel confirmed Friday.

 

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