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SSD to bid football field, track projects this winter

Posted 9/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Major renovations to Starkville High School's football and track field should be completed by the start of the next school year if the school system's projected timetable comes to fruition.

MSU sets record for freshman enrollment

Posted 9/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A record number of first-time freshmen are enrolled at Mississippi State University for the fall 2013 semester.


Starkville volunteers pay tribute to first responders

Posted 9/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In commemoration of 9/11, Starkville groups are teaming to pay tribute to local first responders. Mississippi State's Maroon Volunteer Center and Volunteer Starkville are hosting events today and Wednesday in an effort to give back to those they say already give so much.


Hospital trustee appointment in limbo after board action

Posted 9/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors' appointment of Minnie Fox to the OCH Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees appears on hold after supervisors failed to approve the motion Monday.


Three candidates will run for county prosecutor

Three Starkville attorneys -- Haley Brown, Brace Knox and Matthew Wilson -- have qualified for the Oktibbeha County prosecutor's special election scheduled for Nov. 5.


City, county hoping to lure Link-recommended Project Cumulus

Starkville and Oktibbeha County officials are working to deliver a Golden Triangle Development Link-backed project, an almost-$20 million investment for data processing, to the Thad Cochran Research Park.

MSU unveils game-day guidelines for fans

As Mississippi State prepares for its first football game of the season, a 2:30 p.m. contest against Alcorn State on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium, university officials have developed guidelines for fans.


Merger committee has no appetite to send students out of county

Members of the Oktibbeha County school merger committee members moved away from possibly asking neighboring school districts to absorb schoolchildren after numerous regional representatives said their systems had no interest in taking on more students.



Merger talks turn to neighboring school districts

During a recent listening session, members of the public urged the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School Structure to get down to brass tacks and begin substantial discussions on the pending city-county school merger.



Starkville aldermen scale back tax increase by almost a mill

The Starkville Board of Aldermen's message to city department heads was simple: Be prepared to deal with more budget cuts as we trim back a proposed tax increase.


Public hearing set for tonight on Starkville tax increase

Starkville aldermen will hold a public hearing today on the city's Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which includes a 2.78-mill increase on property taxes.

Attorneys come to defense of Twitter parody creators

Posted 8/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A consortium of Starkville and out-of-town lawyers have told the Dispatch they're willing to represent the person or persons behind two parody Twitter accounts which have recently come under investigation by Starkville Police Department.

Starkville police investigate student found with hundreds of exotic animals

Posted 8/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State veterinary student is under investigation after law enforcement discovered hundreds of exotic wildlife at his Starkville home.

'Bully News' Twitter account used in previous investigations

Posted 8/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Another link between a now-defunct social media handle and a prior Twitter investigation by the Starkville Police Department emerged Wednesday, showing @BullyNews sought direct communication with a Twitter user who, in 2012, created an official account in the likeness of the police department.

Order asks Twitter to release info on fake Starkville account

Posted 8/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A court order is asking Twitter to furnish the district attorney's office with personal information -- name, IP addresses and other details -- associated with a social media account satirizing Ward 3 Alderman David Little, documents obtained by the Dispatch show.


MSU ranks 71st on Washington Monthly list

Posted 8/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State once again is listed among the top 100 in Washington Monthly magazine's College Guide and Rankings.


Judge dismisses Gaskin's Ward 4 challenge

Posted 8/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Former alderman candidate John Gaskin's petition for judicial review of the Ward 4 primary was dismissed after Special Judge Lester Williamson Jr. denied a motion Monday to declare a portion of Mississippi law unconstitutional.

SMART public transportation routes delayed until 2014

Posted 8/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The launch of two main public transportation bus routes is now expected in early 2014 as purchase orders and vehicular modifications are completed in the coming months, Mississippi State University Director of Parking Operations Mike Harris said Monday.


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