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Starkville vying to become C Spire's first gigabit city

Posted 9/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville was one of the first Mississippi cities Tuesday to put their name in the hat to become C Spire's first recipient of ultra-fast Internet access. C Spire officials launched Fiber to the Home, a substantial investment that will develop fiber optic Internet capabilities in the state.


County education building in limbo

Posted 9/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As consolidation committee members turn their attention to forming a unified school district's structure for students, the fate of the county's education building remains an unsettled issue.


Starkville sees second-best July on record in sales tax receipts

Posted 9/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville collected $441,240.29 in non-2 percent sales tax receipts for July, a figure which represents the second-best July on record for the city. Sales tax returns for the calendar year continue to track closely to 2012's pace.



Cornerstone Park again part of Link development strategy

Posted 9/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Cornerstone Park, an industrial site located south of the Miss. Highway 12 and Miss. Highway 25 bypass, has been submitted for at least two economic development projects after inventory and logistical analysis revealed 4-County Electric Power Association can commit more electricity than developers once believed.


Plans taking shape for Link-backed Starkville spec building

Posted 9/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Development Link is developing plans to construct a speculative building at the Starkville Industrial Park to help lure potential development, Joey Deason, Oktibbeha County's Link representative, confirmed Thursday.


Weather cancels tour of Mississippi State trial gardens

Posted 9/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County


MSU may be partner in consolidated school district

Posted 9/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County consolidation efforts could yield a long-discussed partnership with Mississippi State University to establish a demonstration school, or at least a more-rigorous partnership, which will help the university engage in rural renewal efforts on an educational level.

Autopsy: MSU student was thrown from, run over by truck

Posted 9/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Eighteen-year-old Mississippi State University freshman Kaleb Dwayne Barker, of Lucedale, was killed as a result of multiple blunt crush injuries Tuesday after he was thrown from the bed of a pickup truck and then struck by the vehicle, according to the Starkville Police Department.

MSU student charged in roommate's death

Posted 9/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A single-vehicle accident at McDonald's Tuesday killed a Mississippi State University freshman and landed the truck's driver, who was also the victim's roommate, behind bars.

Aldermen start own pay raise early while increasing taxes

Posted 9/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen moved up a pending pay raise for themselves and Mayor Parker Wiseman by a year Tuesday while at the same time codifying a 1.98-mill property tax increase.

Developers hoping for 'Cumulus' announcement in Oct.

Posted 9/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local economic developers say an announcement could come as early as October in regard to a proposed $20 million investment by a data-processing company.


MSU: Abduction attempt claim was a hoax

Posted 9/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State student who claimed to be the victim of an attempted abduction near Sessums Hall last week has recanted her story and told university investigators she fabricated the incident, a MSU release states.


Supes eye new dates for Unity Park unveiling

Posted 9/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Unity Park plaques honoring civil rights champions could remain covered until mid- to late-October. Supervisors last week set tentative dates -- Oct. 19 and 26 -- as potential days to hold a dedication ceremony.


2-percent monies will not support Parks' budget increase

Posted 9/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Previous discussion about how to fund a $96,000 Starkville Parks Commission budget increase seems moot as aldermen are expected to approve funding which does not utilize 2-percent food and beverage taxes.


County will raise pay without tax increase

Posted 9/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors approved a $29.63 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that provides an across-the-board, 3 percent pay raise for full-time employees and allocates monies for East Mississippi Community College capital improvement projects.

School 'report cards' issued: Oktibbeha County, Starkville both earn 'C' rating

Posted 9/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District earned 'C' grades from the Mississippi Department of Education based on last year's state testing scores.


MSUPD investigating attempted abduction

Posted 9/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University police officers were investigating an attempted, on-campus abduction Wednesday night, but no clear details were available on the situation.



Newspaper's 9/11 promotional advertisement draws criticism

Posted 9/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

"Disrespectful." "Awful." "Heartless." And "Who thought this was a good marketing promotion?" Those were some of the online responses people had to a Starkville Daily News advertisement in Wednesday's edition of that daily newspaper.



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