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Museum transforms as part of class, community project

Posted 7/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum is more than a house filled with artifacts. With the help of the Mississippi State University's Department of Landscape Architecture and nearly $18,000 in donations, the museum has transformed into a multi-purpose social facility.

CHAMPS program allows educators to brush up on math teaching skills

Posted 7/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If the word "math" conjures nightmares of memorizing the Pythagorean theorem and quadratic formula, take heart: Teachers across the state feel your pain, and many have dedicated their summer to learning how to teach math in a more dynamic way.

 

Statewide, gains made on testing; local districts' results vary

Posted 7/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Preliminary test results, released today, show Mississippi students are gaining ground in math and language arts. Local school districts also are making progress on the Mississippi Curriculum Test 2. But for now, Mississippi is only competing with itself.

 

 

MSU boasts $29M increase in donations

Posted 7/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Dismal economic times and a slow recovery from a recession have affected spending at all levels of education. But for colleges and universities, private donations to endowments and scholarships have dipped each year since 2008, when donors cut back 5.7 percent nationally, according to the Chronicle for Education.

 

 

Ford recalls Rangers for safety issue

Posted 7/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Owners of 2004-2011 Ford Ranger pickup trucks should check with their dealer to see if their model is among approximately 26,715 vehicles being recalled across the nation due to a potential safety issue.

 

Forks & Corks: Develop 'A Taste for the Arts' at Starkville Area Arts Council fundraiser

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A culinary challenge designed by The Starkville Area Arts Council will bring six chefs together to "face off" Saturday for "Best of Forks & Corks" bragging rights. Patrons will be the big beneficiaries that evening, as they sample some of the finest cuisine in the region and take part in a live auction. But the long-term beneficiary is the community at large.

 

Oktibbeha Sheriff applies for grant to convert vehicles to run on propane

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office hopes to secure several grants in the coming months.

 

 

Aldermen approve electric department changes

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Electric Department is shuffling its staff, with a goal of improving customer service and efficiency.

 

 

Field grows in race for Mississippi House speaker

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- The race for Mississippi House speaker is attracting more candidates, with Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown becoming the latest lawmaker to say he wants to become presiding officer of the 122-member chamber.

 

 

Study: Market Street Festival boosts local economy by the millions

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Columbus' Market Street Festival is more than a feel-good event. Mississippi State University economists estimate this year's two-day festival drew a crowd of 34,091 people, pumping millions of dollars into the local economy.

 

Contractor puts final touches on new school-district building

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After a month of around-the-clock work, the new Oktibbeha County School District building should be move-in ready by the end of the month.

Walmart robbery suspect leads police on chase

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A robbery suspect led police on a chase through Oktibbeha County Monday morning, before wrecking his truck.

 

MSU architecture prof honored for Katrina recovery work

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

BILOXI -- A Mississippi State University architecture professor who helped in the coastal rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina is being honored today at the White House.

 

 

Oktibbeha schools approve funding for new buses

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School board voted Monday night to request the $450,200 needed to buy four new buses and four used buses to rejuvenate the fleet.

 

 

Election Profiles: District 16 District Attorney

Posted 7/16/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The District 16 District Attorney represents Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties, but the race is a Lowndes County affair.

 

Floral designer Lois Rice puts her experience to revitalize shop

Posted 7/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As the city of Starkville debates how to reinvigorate Highway 182, a flower shop along the forgotten highway is already making moves to reinvent itself.

Family escapes blaze as firefighters battle third fire in past week

Posted 7/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Four adults and three children escaped a burning mobile home Wednesday night on Blackjack Road.

Police search for identity of two suspected purse thieves

Posted 7/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Security cameras at Emerson Family School on Louisville Street recorded two black females suspected of stealing a teacher's purse June 22.

 

Election Profiles: The unopposed

Posted 7/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Several candidates for Oktibbeha County elected offices have a distinct advantage this election cycle in that nobody else wants their jobs.

 

 

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