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Movin' Maroon: MSU Students show off their alternative-fuel vehicle

Posted 8/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Renewable energy is often the elephant in the room when thinking of solutions to reduce dependence on foreign oil for everyday transportation. Gas-electric hybrids, electric and hydrogen fuel systems have been developed over the years, but the solution to mass-production hasn't yet been found.

 

Rain or shine, Starkville will party

Posted 8/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Hopefully, rain won't threaten the Friday night boogie this year. The second annual Downtown Block Party, the first installment of the 2011 New South Weekends events, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 23, the night before Mississippi State University hosts Louisiana Tech.

 

Bryan falls to Gladney in Oktibbeha sheriff runoff

Posted 8/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- There'll be a new sheriff in Oktibbeha County next year. Steve Gladney outlasted Dolph Bryan 2,753 votes to 2,322 in Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff and will face lone Republican candidate Rudy Johnson in November.

Run-off results for Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay

Posted 8/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local election results, updated through the night.

 

New address system designed to improve emergency reponse

Posted 8/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- About 9,000 Oktibbeha County residents are getting new addresses, as part of an effort to make the 911 system more efficient.

 

 

Pit-bull owner cited for child attack

Posted 8/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A dog attacked a child Friday afternoon in Columbus, sending him to the hospital and prompting area law enforcement officials to take a closer look at the city's leash laws and vicious-dog ordinance.

 

 

Runnoff candidates urge voters to return to polls

Posted 8/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- For runoff candidates in Oktibbeha County, much of their campaigning over the last three weeks has centered around getting voters to show up and vote for them again.

 

 

Low turnout expected for primary runoffs

Posted 8/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls. But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.

 

 

Starkville rocks the park, Sept. 17

Posted 8/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Cindy Melby's travels throughout the country with the band Nash Street opened her eyes to what events small towns can host with limited budgets. Melby, whose two daughters, Caroline and Hannah, are members of Nash Street, has studied event venues and planning in cities of all sizes.

 

 

After child mauling, County revisits vicious-dog laws

Posted 8/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

MABEN -- The lack of a vicious dog ordinance in Oktibbeha County could soon change. County citizens are outraged following the vicious attack of five pit bulls on the sons, ages 4 and 10, of Katie and Robertsen Riehle, Saturday on Self Creek Road. Both children were treated at OCH Regional Medical Center, while the older of the two was later transported to University Medical Center in Jackson.

 

 

Starkville Police Department realigned

Posted 8/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department has some familiar faces in new roles following a recent department realignment. On Aug. 5, SPD had 15 members of its staff change job responsibilities or assignments.

 

Service Dawgs give back to community

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteerism continues to spread throughout the area. Through the Mississippi State University program 2011 Service Dawgs, more than 300 students fanned out Tuesday to 23 different sites in the Golden Triangle to donate time and service to local organizations.

 

Website explains the details of Starkville municipal plan

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To help paint the picture of Starkville's municipal master plan, the city launched a website Tuesday to answer citizen inquiries.

 

 

Aldermen pass $16.26M budget in split vote

Posted 8/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's fiscal year 2012 budget was adopted Tuesday night with no new opposition from citizens or board members. The $16.26 million budget, which went through its second public hearing in two weeks, passed with a 3-2 vote; Aldermen Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn voted against it; Aldermen Ben Carver and Richard Corey were not present at the time of the vote.

 

 

Citizens get to weigh in on Starkville budget

Posted 8/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Citizens of Starkville will have their final chance to voice their opinion on the city's proposed 2011-12 budget during today's Board of Aldermen meeting.

 

 

Pit-bull attack injures two children

Posted 8/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A pit bull attack Saturday in Oktibbeha County left two children injured and one dog dead. Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department received a call at approximately 3:47 p.m. from Katie Riehle of 2796 Self Creek Road that her two sons, ages 4 and 10, were bitten by dogs.

 

Locked and loaded: New legislation opens colleges, bars, churches to concealed weapons

Posted 8/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For police departments at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, campus safety has a new hurdle.

As football season gets closer, MSU band members hone their skills at camp

Posted 8/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Being in the Famous Maroon Band at Mississippi State University isn't for the faint of heart. This time of year, when students are in the thick of band camp, members run through a gauntlet similar to what a football player would experience during two-a-day practices.

 

Community: Next superintendent of Starkville schools should be dynamic, open

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Thirty-two people came out Thursday night to share their opinions on what the school board should look for in the next superintendent of the Starkville School District. The most commonly repeated themes were that the next superintendent should have good communication skills, be invested in the community, bring people together and be a person of integrity.

 

 

Columbus native develops more advanced way to test bridges

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Hundreds, thousands even, drive over bridges in Mississippi every day. Often, the integrity of those bridges is tested by one man with a "trained ear," listening for pitch changes as a hammer or chain system creates frequencies. A Columbus native hopes to change the seemingly archaic way state and federal agencies test bridge stability.

 

 

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