More than 200 people were arrested for DUIs in Mississippi over Independence Day weekend -- 44 more than in 2010 -- according to the state Highway Patrol.
Politics took a distant second place to fireworks Monday at the Starkville Sportsplex. As thousands gathered on the soccer fields to witness the Fourth of July fireworks display, a thin crowd of less than 100 took to the gym to listen to local and state politicians campaign for votes.
Six Democrats will square off in a primary election this August to represent the southeast corner of Oktibbeha County.
Starkville is the healthiest town in Mississippi, and it has the grant to prove it.
By noon Friday, streets were crowded, and every fireworks stand, grocery store and video kiosk in town was packed with customers preparing for the long holiday weekend.
Delta-born blues music icon B.B. King kicks off the 2011-12 Mississippi State University Lyceum Series season with an Oct. 11 concert.
When the curtain opens tonight on the final phase of competition in the Miss Mississippi pageant, the Golden Triangle will be well-represented. Lee Armstrong, Presly Forrester and Caitlyn Smith, all of Columbus, and Jessica Terrill of Starkville are among 45 young women vying for the title and scholarships to be awarded at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
As the lone Democrat, District 3 Supervisor and Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Marvell Howard will face the winner of the Republican primary between Dennis "Denny" Daniels and Bennie L. Perkins.
The District 4 Supervisor race features another rookie Democrat supervisor, Daniel Jackson, campaigning to keep his spot while a Republican challenger with an impressive record hopes to claim a spot at the table.
James Lindsey isn't ready to walk away from public service just yet, but he hung up one uniform Thursday.
District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer is up against Robert "Bubba" Gray, Alfreda G. Outlaw and Tremell O. Sherman.
Fourth of July closings
Starkville-Oktibbeha Achieving Results (SOAR) dished out nearly $30,000 in grants to local programs aimed at helping county citizens Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- A Starkville man reported missing Monday has been located.
This Saturday, The Dispatch will launch its first edition of The Saturday Dispatch, which will include up-to-date local sports, community events and -- back by popular demand -- a TV guide. The Dispatch currently publishes Monday-Friday, and on Sunday. Starting in July, the paper will discontinue its Monday print edition.
Starkville school officials spent more than two hours Tuesday night discussing how to do their job, which right now include how they plan to hire the next superintendent.
The investigation into Jan Morgan's accident hasn't been "reopened," but it does continue. On Tuesday, Sixteenth District Attorney Forrest Allgood corrected a report published Monday which claimed he had decided to reexamine the possibility of bringing charges against Robbie Norton, the Cedar Bluff woman who struck Morgan with her car while Morgan cycled with a friend May 22 in Clay County.
Following a few meetings that left members of the public unhappy with procedures, Starkville school board officials are meeting tonight for a lesson on how to do things better.
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors carved a project into 19 pieces Monday in the interest of staying within budget.
Jim Croce once wrote that he had the "workin' at the car wash blues." But the only blues spotted at Bennie's Car Wash and Detail Center on Highway 12 in Starkville are the rags and buckets used to wash the cars.
1. MSMS teacher wins national award for math, science teachers COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Suspected burglar arrested at courthouse COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Bud and Burgers event canceled COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Oktibbeha road plan draft calls for $2M in work STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY