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Dudy Gras celebration ushers in Bulldog baseball season

STARKVILLE -- If residents hear a commotion around 4:30 p.m. in downtown Starkville today, there's no need for concern. It's Dudy Gras 6.5, the seventh annual parade and celebration signifying the start of Mississippi State University's baseball season.



Superintendent candidates: Current roles prepared them for the job

Starkville School District superintendent candidates Walter Gonsoulin and Michael McInnis share a common thread: They each wear many hats in their current position.


MSU student association to restore campus landmark

STARKVILLE -- College students used to spend down time together, either walking, driving or sitting on a campus bench. Long before the days of tracking friends' every movement on Facebook and Twitter, Mississippi State University students had a gathering place known as "the bull ring," a capital D-shaped bench with a shade tree in the middle.

Generations of signees share differences between past signing days compared to 2012

STARKVILLE -- Across the country, hundreds of athletes will sign National Letters of Intent today in front of crowds that can't await to watch them play big-time college football. These 17- or 18-year-old student-athletes will be celebrated simply because they will sign a piece of paper.

Two injured, one airlifted after wreck

Posted 1/31/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

LOWNDES COUNTY -- Two people were hospitalized following a two-vehicle accident just after sunrise Monday morning.


Starkville hosts first round of superintendent interviews

Posted 1/31/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The first round of interviews for the vacant Starkville superintendent job is in the books. Dr. Lewis Holloway, superintendent of Bulloch County School District (Ga.), and Dr. Michael Van Winkle, assistant superintendent of Jackson County School District, each interviewed Monday for about an hour in executive session at the Starkville School District central office on Greensboro Street.


MSU looks to add defensive-line depth

Posted 1/31/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's football coaching staff is using its 2012 recruiting class to define a philosophy.


Oktibbeha County Circuit Court

Posted 1/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The defense team for the Weir man accused of stabbing two doughnut shop employees Thursday filed a motion to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial.



Louisville Street construction to begin this week

Posted 1/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The initial phase of the Louisville Street widening project is set to begin Monday. Traffic will be greatly affected, as construction will force the street to one lane. At no point during construction will the street completely close, said Aaron Gregory, of Columbus-based Gregory Construction.


TVA Generation Partners site wins national award

Posted 1/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A Mississippi regional landfill participating in the Tennessee Valley Authority's Generation Partners renewable power program has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the nation's top renewable generation projects.

Residents, Elvis escape Starkville apartment fire

Posted 1/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Seven people and a dog escaped a Friday afternoon fire at Summer Chase Apartments on Carver Drive. The dog was rescued after the roof of the two-story apartment complex caved in.


Bully Gras Ball hopes to raise $30,000

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Imagine it: formal wear, finger foods and good, old-fashioned face-to-face dancing all set to classic rhythm and blues. This isn't a high school prom it's the second annual Bully Gras Ball, a grownup party with hometown philanthropy at the core.



District: Employees broke the rules with Gonsoulin petitions

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District sent a memo to administrators this week reminding them to use care and abide by school policies when advocating for a new superintendent.



Interviews for Starkville's top educator rescheduled

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Semifinalist interviews for the superintendent job at Starkville School District have been rescheduled, the district announced Thursday.


'The Biggest Loser' winner Patrick House visits Armstrong Middle School

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- He grew up as the "fat kid." He was teased because of his weight. He never envisioned life without being obese. Unfortunately, Patrick House said, he can relate to more than 44 percent of children across the state.


New smart networks could reduce energy costs

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local electricity distributors are adapting to changes coming from the Tennessee Valley Authority. And the electric departments in Columbus and Starkville are ahead of the game.



Calisolar presses forward with plans in Golden Triangle

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

California-based Calisolar is expected to begin construction in May on a new silicon plant at the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park. And employee layoffs in Sunnyvale, Calif., will not affect the company's plans to build near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Calisolar CEO Terry Jester said Wednesday.


Class to show how disability can become ability

Posted 1/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sometimes, she has trouble finding a parking spot. Other times, she can't quite grab what she's reaching for. To an able-bodied person, these moments are nothing more than a slight inconvenience.

Harris Road bridge closes for repairs

Posted 1/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Those driving over the bridge on Harris Road in the Sessums community will have to take a detour as work starts on repairing faulty supports.


Murder, sex crime trials set for circuit court

Posted 1/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The man accused of stabbing two doughnut-shop employees in May is scheduled for trial during the January term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. George Johnson, 21, of Weir, is accused of entering Shipley Do-Nuts on May 31 and cutting the throat of a female employee and stabbing a male employee multiple times.



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