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Consolidation conference committee remains in limbo

Posted 3/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State legislators and local public education stakeholders are in a hurry-up-and-wait situation after House and Senate leaders failed to establish a conference committee for an Oktibbeha-Starkville school merger bill.

 

Say cheese! MSU celebrates 75 years of Edam cheese production

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ten years before he would take over as head of the dairy science department at Mississippi State University, and 30 years before the dairy science building would bear his name, professor Fredrick Herman Herzer had an idea: Maybe we should make some cheese.

Parks board promises to 'shop at home'

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks Commission Board leader Dan Moreland promised Thursday his organization will seek more local purchases after hearing a complaint from a local merchant over a broken agreement.

 

Sales tax returns are cause for optimism

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville posted its second-highest January sales tax returns this year, according to data released by the city earlier this week.

 

 

SCT Anderson Scholarship deadline approaching

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Applications for Starkville Community Theatre's 2013 Mary Eleanor Anderson Scholarship are due April 5.

 

 

Aldermen pass outdoor furniture ordinance

Posted 3/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance regulating the use, location and visibility of furniture storage Tuesday and is expected to address new landscaping codes at its next meeting. The ordinance passed 6-1 with Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey casting the lone "Nay" vote.

 

Additional TVA line will shore up city's electrical grid

Posted 3/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Electric Department General Manager Terry Kemp said Tuesday two power outages are needed this summer to proceed with installing a secondary high-voltage feeder line to the city.

Local representative proposes Zacharias road designation

Posted 3/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State Rep. Joey Hood, R-Ackerman, says he will seek legislation soon to rename a portion of a local roadway after former Mississippi State University President Dr. Donald Zacharias.

 

Homestead exemption deadline is April 1

Posted 3/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County residents wishing to file for homestead exemption must do so by April 1.

 

Mill financing request not expected at aldermen meeting

Posted 3/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An expected tax increment financing request by Columbus-based developer Mark Castleberry will have to wait at least one more month. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman confirmed Monday Castleberry's request would not be on today's board of aldermen agenda.

Tax assessor sues county over payroll request denial

Posted 3/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized attorney Jack Brown to seek outside counsel Monday to represent the county in litigation surrounding a denied tax office payroll request. Board Vice President John Montgomery confirmed tax assessor Allen Morgan filed a bill of exceptions with Circuit Court after the board failed March 4 to allow a payroll increase for a full-time tax office employee.

Conference committee expected to meet on school consolidation

Posted 3/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, says a conference committee between Mississippi House and Senate members should be created this week to iron out the differences between both chamber's Starkville-Oktibbeha County school consolidation bill.

Light load scheduled for supes' recess meeting

Posted 3/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors face a light agenda during their 5:30 p.m. today meeting at the county courthouse. The board is expected to enter into an inter-local agreement with Choctaw and Webster counties to save money on aerial mapping services, a move board vice president John Montgomery said should save the three counties money by consolidating the project.

Two firms under consideration for The Mill's parking deck

Posted 3/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two firms emerged Friday as the frontrunners to handle architectural and construction plans surrounding an $8 million parking facility associated with The Mill development.

Maynard gets head-start on alderman job

Posted 3/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Incoming Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard is going door-to-door in his ward this campaign season. He's not glad-handing for votes. Instead, he is getting to know his constituents and make sure he understands his ward's needs.

Gregory: Restaurant Week may spur future culinary tourism

Posted 3/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Restaurant Week organizers say they hope the inaugural event will put the city on the map as a culinary destination. Jennifer Gregory, Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO, confirmed Wednesday 32 restaurants will participate in the city's inaugural Restaurant Week. The event begins Monday.

 

Seven firms in hunt for Mill parking contract

Posted 3/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Seven entities have expressed interest in handling the architectural development of an $8 million Starkville parking facility tied to The Mill project, while two firms are vying for the project's construction manager title, an email obtained by the Dispatch states.

 

Lindley elected SACOP Southern regional chairman

Posted 3/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Chief David Lindley was recently elected Southern Region Chair for the International Association of Chiefs of Police's State Association Chiefs of Police Division.

Senate passes school consolidation bill

Posted 3/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Senate passed an amended version of the Oktibbeha-Starkville school consolidation bill which now explicitly allows a potential study commission to look into the possibility of merging county schools with other area districts.

 

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