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Oktibbeha County Circuit Court 2-6-11

Judges Jim Kitchens and Lee Howard handed out sentences to more than a half-dozen defendants Wednesday in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Master Gardeners spruce up Starkville

Temperatures hovered around 30 degrees Thursday afternoon as Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners Jim McKell and Charlie Weatherly spread soil in front of the Oktibbeha County Courthouse annex.

WINTER SMASHUP: Hundreds of wrecks reported across Golden Triangle (video)

Two Columbus police officers and several citizens were injured in wrecks Thursday and early today as hail, sleet and freezing rain iced roads and bridges in the Golden Triangle.


Highway 82 reopened after wrecks in Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Both eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 82 were closed for more than 90 minutes Thursday evening in Oktibbeha County as several vehicles slid off the road icy roadway.



Most Golden Triangle schools, MUW closed Friday amid freezing weather

Lowndes and Clay County, West Point and Columbus city school districts, and Heritage Academy and Immanuel private schools, said they would stay closed Friday as freezing precipitation moved through the area Thursday night.



Starkville mayor vetoes sidewalk exemptions

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman Wednesday vetoed the Board of Aldermen's recent amendments to the city's sidewalk ordinance, which exempted four streets south of Highway 12 from sidewalk construction requirements.



Columbus man arrested for shoplifting at Starkville store

A Columbus man was arrested and charged with shoplifting recently for allegedly stealing a pair of boots and a coat from the Oktibbeha County Co-Op.


Starkville men get prison time for counterfeit money scheme

Two of the three Starkville men charged with operating a counterfeit money scheme in late 2009 were sentenced to prison time Tuesday in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Wrecks clog highways as weather worsens, bridges ice over

Golden Triangle rescue workers and police were responding to multiple accidents along Highway 82 and other areas as bridges and roads began to freeze Thursday evening.



Starkville aldermen move to fix Maple Drive flooding

The city of Starkville could begin a storm water control project adjacent to the Green Oaks subdivision as soon as this summer.


Murder retrial of Columbus man delayed

A Columbus man who was granted a new trial by the Mississippi Supreme Court for the 2005 murder of his on-again, off-again girlfriend in Oktibbeha County will have to wait a bit longer before he gets a new day in court.

Starkville's Tagert wins transportation commission runoff

Mike Tagert has defeated John Caldwell Sr. in Tuesday's runoff for northern district transportation commissioner.


REMEMBER TO VOTE: Turnout light in today's runoff election

Voter turnout in the northern district transportation commissioner runoff election was "very, very light" this morning, according to local election officials.



Starkville aldermen to address Maple Drive drainage problems

The Starkville Board of Aldermen tonight will consider whether drainage issues which have plagued Maple Drive residents for years should be considered a public health and safety threat.



Murder, cowbell assault trials delayed in Oktibbeha

Posted 1/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The trial of a Maben woman accused of killing her husband in 2009 has been continued until the next term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. The aggravated assault trial of a Columbus man accused of striking another man in the head with a cowbell during the 2009 Egg Bowl at Mississippi State University was also continued until the next court term.



Transportation commissioner runoff Tuesday in north Miss.

Posted 1/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Golden Triangle voters have a chance to elect one of their own Tuesday when Starkville resident Mike Tagert squares off against DeSoto County's John Caldwell in a runoff to fill the vacant Mississippi Department of Transportation Northern District Transportation Commissioner seat.


Momentum ramps up for Starkville skate park

Posted 1/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As Mississippi State University student Tony DiNolfo sped toward a steep wooden ramp Saturday at the Starkville Community Market, he crouched slightly on his skateboard, adjusted his feet and prepared for takeoff.


Finance reports show circuit judgeships come at high price

Posted 1/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Newly elected Lee S. Coleman and re-elected Jim Kitchens, both of the 16th Circuit Court District, won their November judicial elections, but not without a price.



Oktibbeha coroner qualifies for re-election

Posted 1/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Coroner Michael Hunt qualified Monday to run for re-election. As of Friday afternoon, no other candidates had qualified for the coroner's race.



MSU student charged with arson in dorm fire

Posted 1/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State University student was charged with first-degree arson Tuesday after he allegedly set a bulletin board on fire in Cresswell Hall.



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