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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?

Three arrested for Starkville car wash murder

Posted 7/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three people have been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the Friday morning shooting death of a Starkville man.

Reports: Spruill received high internal marks for job performance

Posted 7/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen dismissed Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill last week despite receiving consistently high performance marks from her elected bosses in 2010 and 2012, internal city documents show.

Body found at Stark Road carwash

Posted 7/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Chief of Police David Lindley said a call came in at 5:27 a.m. reporting a dead body at the Dawg Wash car wash on Stark Road adjacent to Dollar General.

Democrats pressure Little on Spruill vote

Posted 7/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A door-to-door Ward 3 campaign seeking support for embattled Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill could begin soon in an effort to swing a possible veto override, an Oktibbeha County Democratic Party member confirmed Wednesday.

Wiseman's veto hammers aldermen over transparency

Posted 7/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman took to the offensive Tuesday, hammering aldermen over transparency issues in his veto of Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's abrupt removal from office.

Wiseman vetoes Spruill firing

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman issued his promised veto Tuesday against the aldermen's decision to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill.

CAO situation underscores salary disparity

As the drama unfolds over the future of Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's firing by the board, officials have asked a common question: If aldermen do override a promised veto, how will the city fill the position with a candidate as strong as the former Addison, Texas mayor?

Spruill's firing contradicts previous board action

Three aldermen who chose to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill Tuesday voted to reappoint her and 12 other key city positions back to their jobs with three-month review periods in 2009, city minutes show.

Barnetts hope to preserve lake's beauty with investment

Like many county residents, John Barnett spent many of his younger days at the Oktibbeha County Lake. He grew up down the road from the body of water and learned to ski at the lake. Over time, Barnett said, the elements began overtaking the lake, transforming the once-beautiful landmark.


Meeting needed to identify potential county land uses

Supervisors will hold a special meeting July 22 to begin identifying and classifying areas for future land-use designations, a key step in developing a comprehensive plan for Oktibbeha County.



Aldermen name 3 Parks reps as another resigns

Despite aldermen naming three residents to the Starkville Parks Commission, the board will have to deal with one more open seat as Ward 3 representative Ray Berryhill resigned his position effective Wednesday, city officials announced Tuesday.



Fireworks show set for tonight at Sportsplex

Local residents and visitors will be treated to an annual fireworks show tonight at the Sportsplex.


Aldermen fire Spruill, Wiseman promises veto

The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday voted 5-2 Tuesday to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill without holding any public discussion on her job performance. Mayor Parker Wiseman said he will veto the board's resolution as soon as possible, but aldermen can override his action with the same 5-2 vote which yielded Spruill's termination.


Aldermen to deal with next round of dilapidated structures

The Starkville Board of Aldermen could declare five Ward 7 properties as public health, safety and welfare hazards, thereby opening the door for their demolition.



Key city, board positions up for appointment Tuesday

Many of Starkville's primary department heads are up for reappointment Tuesday as the incoming board of aldermen takes control of local governance.



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