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Vaughn lashes out against negative public comments

Posted 1/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn took exception Tuesday to seven months of negative public comments directed at the Starkville Board of Aldermen by lashing out after a former alderman's criticism and describing such statements as a "disgrace in the sight of God."

Starkville supports LGBT residents with historic resolution

Posted 1/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen denounced various forms of discrimination against residents and city employees, including discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, with a new policy Tuesday.

 

Police restructuring to continue with assistant chief's position

Posted 1/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Continued changes to Starkville Police Department's leadership structure could come today if aldermen approve a resolution establishing an assistant chief's position.

 

 

Unity Park unlikely open for Monday's march

Posted 1/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Unity Park's monuments to key pioneers of the civil rights movement are not expected to be unveiled by the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors in time for Monday's unity march.

 

Starkville anticipating future changeover

Posted 1/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen created a new city position last week, a move that reflects the city's anticipation of high turnover associated with numerous employees reaching state retirement-eligible statuses through 2017.

 

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."

 

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