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Sears announces store closures

Posted 12/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sears Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday plans to close 100 to 120 stores after 2011 losses. However, the status of individual stores is still unknown. Sears includes Kmart stores and the Lands' End brand.


Holiday hangover: Shoppers flock to the stores to snap up bargains

Posted 12/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Retail stores around the nation, including in the Golden Triangle, have seen an influx of shoppers this holiday season, with bargain hunters flooding the aisles to snap up last-minute deals for others as well as themselves.


Land donated for Starkville community park

Posted 12/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Parks Commission recently accepted a donation of a 1.04-acre plot of land in an undeveloped section of Greenbriar subdivision on South Montgomery Street.


Incoming Oktibbeha sheriff plans regional approach to fighting drugs

Posted 12/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Steve Gladney is still getting used to his new celebrity status. The incoming Oktibbeha County sheriff made headlines when he defeated 36-year Sheriff Dolph Bryan in the Democratic primary and later won the general election by a landslide.


Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal.



Land-use proposal could affect loan stores

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen had its second public hearing to repeal and replace its current chart of permitted land uses with a more streamlined one.



Downtown rezoning to get additional public hearings

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's implementation of form-based codes in downtown and university corridors will have two more rounds of public hearings.



Wiseman suggests drainage fee to help city with costs

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville could have a new funding mechanism for its growing number of stormwater drainage issues. Mayor Parker Wiseman on Tuesday suggested adding a drainage fee to city utilities to help offset a million-dollar gap between expected revenues and project costs over the next 10 years.



Christmas closings 2011

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Dispatch will print a four-section Christmas edition on Saturday. Circulation will take calls from 6-9 a.m. on Saturday. There will not be a Sunday paper printed.



Second Baptist Church donates bicycles to 60 area children

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sixty city and county elementary students will wake up to a two-wheeled surprise Christmas morning. Monday, members of Second Baptist Church in Starkville delivered bicycles for third- through fifth-grade students at Henderson-Ward Stewart and East Oktibbeha elementary schools.



Board OKs plans to make downtown Starkville a national historic district

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Historic Preservation Commission is officially on board with the Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation's move to get downtown recognized as a national historic district.



Club Rock, BJ3 under scrutiny in Oktibbeha County

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two events venues are scheduled to undergo state safety inspections today. Club Rock and BJ3, on Rockhill Road and Old West Point Road, respectively, were visited this morning by the state fire marshals, who evaluated each building for proper exits, capacity and emergency lighting.



Fed judges release plan for Miss redistricting; Oktibbeha County split between 1st and 3rd Districts

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- Federal judges on Monday released a plan to update Mississippi's four congressional districts, which decreases the number of split counties from eight to four, the secretary of state said.


Mississippi State professor pens first biography of civil rights icon Medgar Evers

Posted 12/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A mother's stories to her young son never went away. The son remembered them and wrote them down for everyone to remember. Michael V. Williams, in one way or another, has always heard or read about civil rights icon Medgar Evers.


Monday meeting will provide info on historic district designation

Posted 12/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Downtown building owners could soon have incentives to renovate their properties. The Starkville Central Neighborhood Found-ation is more than a year into the process of applying for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and hopes to learn soon if downtown is eligible.



OCSO arrests five in connection with home invasion

Posted 12/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Three men and two juveniles were arrested and charged with four counts of armed robbery following a Dec. 4 home invasion.



Clover Project enlists Santa's help

Posted 12/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Clover Street Project never rests. The nonprofit agency, which serves underprivileged youth throughout the Golden Triangle, is especially active during the holidays.



22 finalists for schools chief; no names yet

Posted 12/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The names are in, but the public will have to wait until January to know who's in the running for superintendent of Starkville School District. The district board of trustees met Thursday with the Mississippi School Boards Association, which provided the results of 23 interviews for the vacant position. Interviews were conducted in Clinton.



Oktibbeha County Arrest Report 12-15-11

Posted 12/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The following people were arrested on felony charges from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11, according to an Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office:



MSU to extend Mullen's contract

Posted 12/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University is expecting to put its head football coach back on a four-year agreement for the third consecutive winter. And all it took was a look, a nod and two words.



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