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NFL's Lee eager to make mark in restaurant field

Posted 7/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's not surprising that veteran NFL player Donald Lee is passionate about football. What may come as a surprise to some, however, is that Lee is equally passionate about the town that set him on the path to play in the National Football League.


Oktibbeha Courthouse will add security cameras

Posted 7/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One of Oktibbeha County's courthouses could be beefing up security in the coming months. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, visitors to the Oktibbeha County Circuit Courthouse may soon be seeing security cameras throughout the building.



Lyceum schedule features diverse entertainment options

Posted 7/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Maridith Geuder, chair of the committee tabbed with selecting performances for Mississippi State University's Lyceum Series said the committee's number one priority is enlightening students, but there is, of course, more to it than that.


Monday profile: Horse Park thrives under Miller's leadership

Posted 7/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite what the name implies, the Mississippi Horse Park goes far beyond the equine competitions, and Facility Manager Bricklee Miller will be the first to clear that up.

MSU projects on schedule as fall semester approaches

Posted 7/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the past few years, Mississippi State University has been in a constant state of flux. Construction crews and dirt piles have become an ever-present reminder of the university's growth.

Sleeping man escapes injury when car crashes into bedroom

Posted 7/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Somehow no one was seriously injured Tuesday when a young woman drove her car through a wall and into the bedroom of an apartment building in west Starkville.


MSU sets new fundraising record at $86 million

Posted 7/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the fifth consecutive year, Mississippi State University has set a fundraising record. This year, MSU received $86 million in donations. That's $6 million more than last year and a whopping $35 million more than it raised in 2007.


Starkville Electric begins fiber optics installation

Posted 7/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Electric Department will be working all along Highway 182 today installing the first pieces of a city-wide fiber optic network -- the first step toward providing customers with up-to-the-minute usage data.


Aldermen OK municipal project

Posted 7/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the first time in more than two months, the Starkville Board of Alderman approved and implemented the consent agenda Tuesday night, significantly cutting down on the length of the meeting and leaving plenty of time for Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker to give an explanation he felt he owed constituents.



Starkville supervisors approve grant for fire departments

Posted 7/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors met for only an hour or so Monday night, but it was enough time to unanimously approve distribution of a $494,000 grant for personnel recruitment and retention assistance for county fire departments.


Caught in the act: Man trapped in wall of store

Posted 7/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If the walls could talk was not a rhetorical question at one Starkville convenience store on Friday. A man trying to rob a new convenience store in Starkville got into a tight spot Friday and was probably thankful to be apprehended.

Grant money will help MSU with its wellness programs

Posted 7/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Thanks to a sizable grant, the Health Education and Wellness Department at Mississippi State University will unveil a new project this fall in hopes to make maintaining a healthy lifestyle as simple as possible for the campus and the community.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Posted 7/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's safe to say Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen is not a paraskevidekatriaphobic -- someone afraid of Friday the 13th. His attitude on the day has been heavily influenced by two compelling factors: Canon and Breelyn Mullen.

'Keep OCH' meeting draws overflow crowd

Posted 7/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the second time this week, an overflow audience gathered to hear discussion about the future of the Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center. On Monday, a crowd packed the County Courthouse to listen to a discussion of the options available, chief among them a sale of the county-owned hospital.


Cadence president: Lay-offs don't mean change of commitment

Posted 7/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Since a merger within the parent company last year, Cadence Bank has experienced substantial growth across the board, and President Mark Abernathy said despite a layoff announcement for its Starkville operations center, he expects this growth to continue.


Crowds gather to wait for Starkville Chick-fil-A opening

Posted 7/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There are more than 100 people camped out today in the parking lot of a new restaurant in Starkville, but not because they are homeless.

Cowart urges county to explore all options

Posted 7/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ten minutes before Monday night's public education session on the future of the Oktibbeha County Hospital, district supervisors and other city officials scrambled to find extra seats in the overflowing county courthouse, moving people into the jurors box and eventually allowing citizens to pool at the doors and in the hallway.

Starkville officials beam over handicap-accessible playground

Last fall, while Heather Carson was volunteering with the playground project at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary, Brooke Kiel was beginning to look into the possibility of installing a sensory area for students with special needs at Sudduth Elementary.

Controversial Trainer no stranger to facing obstacles

As the District 2 Supervisor for Oktibbeha County since 1999 and more recently the self-proclaimed "poster child" for the possible sale of the county's hospital, Orlando Trainer has been tossed into a whirlwind of rumors, emotion, speculation and misunderstandings from both sides in what has quickly become a polarizing issue.


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