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SPD Chief Lindley placed on indefinite administrative leave

Posted 11/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen placed Starkville Police Chief David Lindley on indefinite administrative leave Friday after the board met for almost an hour behind closed doors.


Link lands second economic development investment

Posted 11/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Regional Development Link announced Thursday that Finally LLC, a filing and folder products manufacturer, will move operations to Starkville and invest about $1 million in the new venture.


School leaders nix idea of early administrative consolidation

Posted 11/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District are not expected to merge one year before state-mandated consolidation after discussions between the two systems' administrators fell well short of reaching a consensus.

Aldermen begin process to fill vacant CAO position

Posted 11/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen increased the pay for an empty position Tuesday when it approved a search for its next chief administrative officer. The position was previously held by Lynn Spruill from the Camp administration until July when she was ousted by the new board of aldermen.

Hilton: GSDP execs backed Gregory's plea for review

Posted 11/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Richard Hilton, Greater Starkville Development Partnership Executive Committee chairman, said he and other board members authorized and support a letter commissioned by GSDP CEO Jennifer Gregory urging aldermen to create a transparent, community-involved ordinance review committee after she was verbally scolded by Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn on Tuesday.

Starkville compromises on its cell phone policy

Posted 11/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A significant clash between the public and aldermen was avoided Tuesday when the board passed a compromise from Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard that ensures residents may bring cellphones to public meetings if they pledge to avoid distractions.

Perkins amends scope of electronic devices ban

Posted 11/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Documents show Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins amended a resolution Monday that could ban electronic devices -- smartphones, tablets and laptops -- to now only prohibit the public from bringing cellphones into aldermen meetings effective Dec. 3.

C Spire breaks ground on Starkville data center

Posted 11/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

C Spire ceremonially broke ground Monday on a $20 million data-processing facility at Mississippi State University's Thad Cochran Research Park.

Starkville home to largest solar array in Mississippi

Posted 11/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For years and years the guys behind Synergetics were interested in solar power but never pulled the trigger. The biggest hurdle: cost. It just wasn't financially feasible for the Starkville-based information technology company, which was founded in 1992 and employs almost 50 people. "We didn't want to be green for the sake of being green," David Palmer, the company's 45-year-old CEO, said.


Showdown brewing over proposed cellphone ban

Posted 11/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At least three Starkville officials have come out against a proposed board resolution that would ban public use of cellphones or smartphones, tablets and laptops during city meetings. The resolution is listed on Tuesday's consent agenda. Items on the consent agenda are available for passage without board discussion, but it is likely at least one alderman will push it to the regular agenda, opening the floor for serious discussions on the resolution's merit.



Aldermen could ban smartphones during meetings

Posted 11/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen are expected to discuss a resolution Tuesday that would ban public attendees from using cell phones, tablets and laptops during board meetings effective Dec. 3.



OCEDA to transfer Cornerstone deed to MHP Tuesday

Posted 11/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The first step toward constructing a new Mississippi Highway Patrol headquarters for Troop G will occur Tuesday when Oktibbeha County formally donates a parcel of Cornerstone Park to the organization.


Momentum grows for unified school system as a demonstration district

Posted 11/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Talks with Mississippi State University officials about the school's partnership with the upcoming consolidated school district are leaning toward the possible construction of a demonstration site located on the campus' intramural fields, Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway told school board members Tuesday.

Supporters unveil new veterans' monument

Posted 11/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After Jeff Donald finished his Veterans Day speech dedicating Oktibbeha County's newest memorial to fallen local servicemen, he said he couldn't help but be overwhelmed with emotions. Monday's dedication at the courthouse marked the fulfillment of a vision Donald had about five years ago.


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.


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