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Starkville officials beam over handicap-accessible playground

Last fall, while Heather Carson was volunteering with the playground project at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary, Brooke Kiel was beginning to look into the possibility of installing a sensory area for students with special needs at Sudduth Elementary.

Controversial Trainer no stranger to facing obstacles

As the District 2 Supervisor for Oktibbeha County since 1999 and more recently the self-proclaimed "poster child" for the possible sale of the county's hospital, Orlando Trainer has been tossed into a whirlwind of rumors, emotion, speculation and misunderstandings from both sides in what has quickly become a polarizing issue.

One held in connection with Okitbbeha County death

An Oktibbeha County man is being held at the county jail after a July 4 altercation that resulted in the death of one Sunset Subdivision resident.

Lightning strikes keep firefighters hopping

Two fires in Oktibbeha County that occurred at nearly the same time were both the cause of lightning strikes during a pop-up thunderstorm Thursday morning, according to the local fire departments that responded to the calls. Although no injuries were reported for either fire, both brought unexpected problems for the departments working them.

 

Starkville aldermen amend zoning ordinance

The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to amend the city's zoning ordinance after having the board's second public hearing on the matter Tuesday night. The board also held its first public hearing on adopting a new ordinance to regulate certain areas of commercial and residential outdoor display and requested a title search by the city attorney for property near the Carver Drive ditch.

 

The Kid's speech: Starkville's Xu gets national exposure in Huffington Post

After he gave his graduation speech, Brian Xu quietly walked back to his seat on the front row. It was only after he sat down that the crowd in Humphrey Coliseum burst into applause, eventually rising to a standing ovation for the Starkville High School valedictorian.

 

Events set for 4th Celebration

Two local cities are gearing up with the rest of the nation to celebrate the nation's independence on Wednesday.

 

 

Covin makes court appearance on child abuse charges

A former childcare worker had her trial pushed to September 20 during her initial appearance Monday in Starkville Municipal Court.

 

 

No fireworks at Oktibbeha Supervisors meeting

Monday's Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting was more about house-keeping than anything else, with the debate regarding the possible sale of the Oktibbeha County Hospital almost going unmentioned. Almost.

 

 

Aldermen consider zoning amendment

Other than holding two public hearings on Tuesday night, the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting will likely be uneventful. The board will hold its second public hearing on amending the zoning ordinance for rebuilding requirements on damaged non-conforming residential buildings. Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins first brought the proposed amendment to the board during their June 5 meeting, and had it's first public hearing June 19.

 

 

Oktibbeha supervisors: Calm before a storm

Posted 6/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Administrator Don Posey doesn't expect Monday's Board of Supervisors' meeting to be nearly as contentious as the last couple meetings and is hoping for a mild "pre-holiday meeting."

 

Summer camp geared toward academics, service

Posted 6/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In 1996, a team of researchers led by Harris Cooper, concluded that achievement test scores for nearly every age group and demographic decline over summer vacation. His studies also found that test scores of children who participate in summer camps, especially educational ones, declined much less than others.

Oktibbeha Supes begin process in potential sale of OCH

Posted 6/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors passed a motion Monday night to seek consulting companies to evaluate Oktibbeha County Hospital, one of the steps required in a sale of the county-owned hospital.

Mississippi State's EcoCAR teams takes a bow in D.C.

Posted 6/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, the EcoCAR 2 team is headed to Washington D.C. for two weeks to promote the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions and to showcase the team's accomplishments. This is all part of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival held on the National Mall.

Starkville's Curtis places 3rd in national history competition

Posted 6/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A humble 13-year-old, clean cut and well spoken, Bradley placed third in the individual paper category at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Bradley was one of nine Armstrong Middle School students to travel to the competition that included of 2,800 high school and junior high students from across the country. He was the only one from Mississippi to place on the national level.

Noxubee Refuge honors Hamilton with name change

Posted 6/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To honor a former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Friday was renamed to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Starkville hit with wave of car burglaries

Posted 6/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A wave of burglaries is sweeping through apartment complexes in Starkville. A worker at one complex said there have been 67 auto burglaries in Starkville over the past week.

 

Renasant relies on local contractors for new building

Posted 6/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Renasant Bank, headquartered in Tupelo, already has two temporary locations in Starkville, but construction has begun on a new building that will merge the two offices.

 

Aldermen to ask FEMA approval on Carver Drive project

Posted 6/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Thanks to crowd outbursts and hot button issues, Mayor Parker Wiseman was forced to call the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting to order several times Tuesday night, and he was also called on to cast the deciding vote in a 3-3 split that passed an improvised motion to seek Federal Management Agency approval for Carver Drive relief.

 

 

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