STARKVILLE -- Renewable energy is often the elephant in the room when thinking of solutions to reduce dependence on foreign oil for everyday transportation. Gas-electric hybrids, electric and hydrogen fuel systems have been developed over the years, but the solution to mass-production hasn't yet been found.
STARKVILLE -- Hopefully, rain won't threaten the Friday night boogie this year. The second annual Downtown Block Party, the first installment of the 2011 New South Weekends events, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 23, the night before Mississippi State University hosts Louisiana Tech.
STARKVILLE -- There'll be a new sheriff in Oktibbeha County next year. Steve Gladney outlasted Dolph Bryan 2,753 votes to 2,322 in Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff and will face lone Republican candidate Rudy Johnson in November.
Local election results, updated through the night.
STARKVILLE -- About 9,000 Oktibbeha County residents are getting new addresses, as part of an effort to make the 911 system more efficient.
A dog attacked a child Friday afternoon in Columbus, sending him to the hospital and prompting area law enforcement officials to take a closer look at the city's leash laws and vicious-dog ordinance.
STARKVILLE -- For runoff candidates in Oktibbeha County, much of their campaigning over the last three weeks has centered around getting voters to show up and vote for them again.
In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls. But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.
Cindy Melby's travels throughout the country with the band Nash Street opened her eyes to what events small towns can host with limited budgets. Melby, whose two daughters, Caroline and Hannah, are members of Nash Street, has studied event venues and planning in cities of all sizes.
MABEN -- The lack of a vicious dog ordinance in Oktibbeha County could soon change. County citizens are outraged following the vicious attack of five pit bulls on the sons, ages 4 and 10, of Katie and Robertsen Riehle, Saturday on Self Creek Road. Both children were treated at OCH Regional Medical Center, while the older of the two was later transported to University Medical Center in Jackson.
Starkville Police Department has some familiar faces in new roles following a recent department realignment. On Aug. 5, SPD had 15 members of its staff change job responsibilities or assignments.
Volunteerism continues to spread throughout the area. Through the Mississippi State University program 2011 Service Dawgs, more than 300 students fanned out Tuesday to 23 different sites in the Golden Triangle to donate time and service to local organizations.
To help paint the picture of Starkville's municipal master plan, the city launched a website Tuesday to answer citizen inquiries.
Starkville's fiscal year 2012 budget was adopted Tuesday night with no new opposition from citizens or board members. The $16.26 million budget, which went through its second public hearing in two weeks, passed with a 3-2 vote; Aldermen Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn voted against it; Aldermen Ben Carver and Richard Corey were not present at the time of the vote.
Citizens of Starkville will have their final chance to voice their opinion on the city's proposed 2011-12 budget during today's Board of Aldermen meeting.
A pit bull attack Saturday in Oktibbeha County left two children injured and one dog dead. Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department received a call at approximately 3:47 p.m. from Katie Riehle of 2796 Self Creek Road that her two sons, ages 4 and 10, were bitten by dogs.
For police departments at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, campus safety has a new hurdle.
STARKVILLE -- Being in the Famous Maroon Band at Mississippi State University isn't for the faint of heart. This time of year, when students are in the thick of band camp, members run through a gauntlet similar to what a football player would experience during two-a-day practices.
STARKVILLE -- Thirty-two people came out Thursday night to share their opinions on what the school board should look for in the next superintendent of the Starkville School District. The most commonly repeated themes were that the next superintendent should have good communication skills, be invested in the community, bring people together and be a person of integrity.
Hundreds, thousands even, drive over bridges in Mississippi every day. Often, the integrity of those bridges is tested by one man with a "trained ear," listening for pitch changes as a hammer or chain system creates frequencies. A Columbus native hopes to change the seemingly archaic way state and federal agencies test bridge stability.
1. Busted: Lowndes narcotics agents stay on top of drug crimes COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. No fear, only fun for Sanders at Republican National Convention COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Columbus prayer vigil held for police, family COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Starkville man gets 60 years for murder, robbery STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY