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Architect says $5M needed for elementary school renovations

Posted 11/9/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Renovations needed to bring Oktibbeha County School Districts' two elementary schools up to par for 2015's state-mandated consolidation could cost the county about $5 million, an architect confirmed Friday, but how to finance those repairs remains an unanswered question.

 

Calls for pre-K services dominate consolidation hearing

Posted 11/8/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said Thursday he is reminded of the importance of Oktibbeha County's upcoming school consolidation every time he looks at his daughter, Amelia. Standing before a crowd of Starkville School District and Oktibbeha County School District stakeholders Thursday, Wiseman, a 1999 graduate of Starkville High School who spent his youth in the city school system, said the county's two districts must successfully join for the benefit of not only his child, but also all local school children.

SPD searching for hit-and-run suspect

Posted 11/8/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department is searching for Johnnie Lasster, 66, of 141 Pecan Acres, after an alleged hit-and-run occurred at the Dollar General located on Highway 182 Saturday.

Mill project gets OK from National Parks Service

Posted 11/8/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Golden Triangle developer Mark Castleberry confirmed Thursday that The Mill project received a verbal, conditional approval from the National Parks Service for Cooley Building renovations, one of the final hurdles left to clear before construction begins.

Merger committee readying for logistics public hearing

Posted 11/7/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A second public hearing on school merger issues will be held 7 p.m. today at the Greensboro Center and will focus on the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure's tentative plan to logistically combine the city and county systems.

Brown overwhelmingly re-secures prosecutor's post

Posted 11/6/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Interim Oktibbeha County Prosecutor Haley Brown easily defeated two challengers during a special election Tuesday, securing almost 70 percent of countywide ballots.

Walker's ordinance review committee proposal fails

Posted 11/6/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker's pleas for openness and transparency on an impending sidewalk and ordinance review process, his proposal creating a seven-person review committee and shaping its goals died in a 5-2 vote Tuesday.

Public education supporters to hold Twitter town hall

Posted 11/5/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At least two Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure members will answer questions about the group's merger plan at 7 p.m. Wednesday during a Twitter town hall event, Starkville School District officials confirmed.

Road bond notice dies without support

Posted 11/5/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A $6 million bond intent notice for road construction and maintenance projects failed Monday after receiving little support from the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors.

Starkville is C Spire fiber Internet finalist

Posted 11/4/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville is one of nine Mississippi communities now vying to become the first recipient of C Spire's high-speed Internet roll-out program, company officials announced Monday in Ridgeland.

Walker calling for ordinance review committee

Posted 11/4/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker will propose creating a seven-person review committee Tuesday to handle the board-requested analysis of Starkville's sidewalk and landscaping ordinance.

Annual MSU horse sale goes high-tech

Posted 11/4/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Preparing for the production sale of horses from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station has required part old-fashioned hard work and part new-fangled technology.

Picking persimmons in Sessums

Posted 11/2/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

David Reese, who is 59 and soft-spoken, has for almost three decades operated Reese Orchard in Sessums, a rural community in east Oktibbeha County. There is a sign where customers drive up that says, "Welcome. Please use intercom or honk," because a lot of times Reese is out and about on the orchard. It is mostly a one-man operation.

Commissioner: Poll workers ready for Tuesday's race

Posted 11/2/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Election Commissioner Myles Carpenter says Oktibbeha County poll workers are ready for Tuesday's prosecutor race and are informed on how to handle potential voting issues that emerged during this year's municipal primaries.

Police searching for Walmart theft suspects

Posted 11/2/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department is searching for five men after $14,000 in Apple iPads was stolen from Walmart Wednesday.

Interest builds in research park expansion

Posted 11/1/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

David Shaw, Mississippi State University's vice president for research and economic development, said growing interest in the second phase of expansions at the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park could culminate into new partnerships next year.

Warrant issued for drive-by shooting suspect

Posted 11/1/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Deangelo Dewayne Manning, 18, of 406 Hancock Circle, after a drive-by shooting occurred on Henderson Hill.

Apartment blaze extinguished by sprinkler system

Posted 10/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ask Starkville Fire Marshal Mark McCurdy if he believes the city's fire sprinkler ordinance is effective and he'll give you a resounding "Yes."

School logistics taking shape in merger committee

Posted 10/30/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Commission on Starkville School District Structure approved its agenda Tuesday for Nov. 7's public hearing, a meeting which will focus on the group's tentative plan to successfully merge Oktibbeha County and SSD students into one unified system in 2015.

 

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