STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

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City sheds layer of transparency with Spruill's firing

Posted 7/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One key job function of the vacant chief administrative officer's position remains unassigned by the Starkville Board of Aldermen: A prior board resolution made Lynn Spruill's the city's primary point of contact for Freedom of Information Act requests.

 

Budget committee faces pay disparity, turnover

Posted 7/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen face two significant issues as they approach budgetary planning for the upcoming fiscal year: looming internal turnovers and income gaps between city employees and those of comparable municipalities.

Miss. court gives Manning OK to pursue DNA test

Posted 7/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Supreme Court has given death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning the chance to argue before a judge for DNA and fingerprint testing that he alleges will show him innocent in the deaths of two college students.

 

Saturday's Forks & Corks fundraiser challenges chefs

Posted 7/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville chefs will face off for bragging rights at Forks & Corks: A Taste for the Arts, a culinary challenge sponsored by the Starkville Area Arts Council at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Manor in Starkville.

 

 

Voice of the people: Lynn Spruill

Posted 7/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

 

MSU professor arrested on sexual battery charge

Posted 7/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Yoginder Dandass, 45, of 701 Sherwood Road in Starkville was indicted by the grand jury in Oktibbeha County for one count of sexual battery earlier this month. He was arrested Monday by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department.

Civil rights monuments could be unveiled in August

Posted 7/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Tarp-covered plaques honoring champions of civil rights and education could soon be removed and officially dedicated in a late-August ceremony, supervisors said Monday.

 

SCT continues two-week summer review

Posted 7/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

 

Board defies citizens, ousts Spruill

Posted 7/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An impassioned plea from a state representative on the steps of City Hall, 19 residents' demands for transparency and a last-second recusal from Mayor Parker Wiseman could not save Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's job Tuesday.

Spruill out: Starkville board of aldermen override Wiseman's veto

Posted 7/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday night to override mayor Parker Wisemen's veto of the board's previous decision to fire the city's chief administrative officer, Lynn Spruill.

Trainer plans to resume talks with Capella on OCH lease

Posted 7/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer asked fellow supervisors Monday to come to the 9 a.m. Aug. 5 county meeting prepared to discuss a 50-year lease proposal for OCH Regional Medical Center previously offered by Capella Healthcare.

Board expected to attempt veto override

Posted 7/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen are expected to amend Tuesday's board agenda to include a vote on Mayor Parker Wiseman's veto of chief administrative officer Lynn Spruill's termination despite its absence from the official plan.

Teen entrepreneurs turn 'know how' into business

Posted 7/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Technological advances in computer hardware and software have so come fast and furious over the past decades that they've even carved out a place in our language with idioms like "There's an app for that."

 

Highway 182 improvement project given green light

Posted 7/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville commuters should see increased activity and potential delays on Miss. Highway 182 in the coming weeks as workers begin a significant improvement project to the important thoroughfare.

 

Perkins inducted into Municipal League Hall of Fame

Posted 7/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's senior board member, Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins, was inducted into the Mississippi Municipal League Hall of Fame last week and honored for his 20 years of civic duty.

 

Starkville receives 2013 Healthy Hometown accolade

Posted 7/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

 

MSU again surpasses $80M mark in donations

Posted 7/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University reported its third-straight year receiving more than $80 million in donations Wednesday.

Chism: Legislators will address consolidation in both '14 and '15 sessions

Posted 7/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, said lawmakers are expected to use legislative sessions in both 2014 and 2015 to address Oktibbeha County school consolidation issues.

Committee wants input on merger questions

Posted 7/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local representatives say public input is needed before they broach one of the biggest questions surrounding school consolidation: Should the state merge one or a combination of Oktibbeha County's four campuses with a neighboring county's public education system?

 

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