STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

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City to investigate 'serious' parks issues

Starkville representatives are calling for the creation of a task force to investigate budgeting anomalies discovered in Starkville Parks Commission's Fiscal Year 2012.

 

City wins legal battle over facility upgrades

An almost two-year legal battle over the City of Starkville's plans to construct a new city hall and rehabilitate its current location concluded Wednesday when the Mississippi Supreme Court denied resident William McGovern's motion to reconsider a previous appeal.

 

Budgeting issues emerge from park commission audit

Watkins, Ward and Stafford's Fiscal Year 2013 audit of the Starkville Parks Commission revealed three major budgeting anomalies Thursday, including the fact SPC Commissioner Dan Moreland issued an unauthorized cashier's check for $35,000 to help pay the department's J.L. King Splash Pad construction bill.

 

Starkville's 175th birthday culminates with Saturday parade

The year-long celebration of Starkville's 175th birthday will culminate Saturday with a parade down Main Street beginning at 9 a.m.

 

 

Zacharias Road bill sent back to committee

A pending bill that would rename a portion of Mississippi Highway 25 in honor of former Mississippi State University President Donald Zacharias was sent back to a legislative conference committee Wednesday.

 

School merger bills clear hurdles

Mississippi legislators passed two individual bills Wednesday which will administratively combine school systems within Oktibbeha and Clay counties in 2015.

 

MDOT's plans for Highway 182 taking shape

Mississippi Department of Transportation officials are developing a major Highway 182 improvement project which could begin this summer, Starkville City Engineer Edward Kemp announced Tuesday.

 

House adopts school merger bills for Oktibbeha, Clay

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, confirmed Wednesday the House adopted two separate conference reports for Golden Triangle school consolidation.

Conference committee pushes report requirement to 2014

A joint House-Senate conference committee developed Monday compromises language in the Starkville-Oktibbeha consolidation bill which adds an additional Starkville School District representative to a local merger study committee and pushes its report deadline to March 1, 2014.

Humane Society is winner in Restaurant Week competition

Posted 3/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After nearly 10,500 votes were counted, the Oktibbeha County Humane Society was announced as the winner of Starkville's Restaurant Week at a press conference in front of Cadence Bank Thursday.

 

Clay County consolidation bill now mirrors Oktibbeha County

Posted 3/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Legislators finalized a six-person conference committee Wednesday to work out House and Senate differences in a potential Clay County school consolidation bill.

 

Officials thrilled over response to Restaurant Week

Posted 3/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Tourism officials say Starkville Restaurant Week produced almost 10,500 charity ballots last week. How impressive is that figure? Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory says that total eclipses the total collected during similar week-long events in Jackson. There, the high mark stands at approximately 6,000 votes, she said.

Rice: All citizens have role in building, maintaining democracy

Posted 3/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a Mississippi State University audience that a mature democracy requires individual citizens understand not only their rights, but also their responsibilities.

Schools tour helps district leaders gauge progress

Posted 3/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District officials saw first-hand Tuesday how investments in technology and teachers are paying off in the district.

School consolidation committee taking shape

Posted 3/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three Mississippi House Education Committee members - Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, Gary Chism, R-Columbus, and John L. Moore, R-Brandon - will serve on a conference committee charged with reaching a consensus on a potential Starkville-Oktibbeha school consolidation bill.

MSU students play roles in park planning

Posted 3/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University landscape architecture students are getting hands-on design experience by helping envision future improvements to the park located adjacent to Fire Station No. 1.

Restaurant Week event provides boost in sales

Posted 3/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Patrons wanting Old Venice's creole salmon special Sunday afternoon were out of luck: The fish flew from the restaurant's menu.

Holloway: Better to negotiate merger bill now than later

Posted 3/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway told public stakeholders Thursday it is better to negotiate a school merger bill now than have a future measure without local input, according to unofficial strategic planning session minutes released by the district.

 

Consolidation conference committee remains in limbo

Posted 3/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State legislators and local public education stakeholders are in a hurry-up-and-wait situation after House and Senate leaders failed to establish a conference committee for an Oktibbeha-Starkville school merger bill.

 

 

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