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Locked and loaded: New legislation opens colleges, bars, churches to concealed weapons

Posted 8/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For police departments at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, campus safety has a new hurdle.

As football season gets closer, MSU band members hone their skills at camp

Posted 8/13/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Being in the Famous Maroon Band at Mississippi State University isn't for the faint of heart. This time of year, when students are in the thick of band camp, members run through a gauntlet similar to what a football player would experience during two-a-day practices.


Community: Next superintendent of Starkville schools should be dynamic, open

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Thirty-two people came out Thursday night to share their opinions on what the school board should look for in the next superintendent of the Starkville School District. The most commonly repeated themes were that the next superintendent should have good communication skills, be invested in the community, bring people together and be a person of integrity.



Columbus native develops more advanced way to test bridges

Posted 8/12/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Hundreds, thousands even, drive over bridges in Mississippi every day. Often, the integrity of those bridges is tested by one man with a "trained ear," listening for pitch changes as a hammer or chain system creates frequencies. A Columbus native hopes to change the seemingly archaic way state and federal agencies test bridge stability.


VIDEO: Blood, sweat and tears: Crime lab leads with forensic technology to test antibodies

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Columbus Police Department is the first department in Mississippi to implement new technology that will revolutionize forensics, according to Columbus crime lab technicians.


Boil-water notice in effect for Starkville

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A water line broke north of the Garrard Road/Pat Station Road area on Old West Point Road in Starkville. Because of the break, there is a boil-water notice for that area. City officials are still trying to determine the exact location of the break. For more information, contact Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill at 662-323-4583.



State looks into possible use of voter-fraud tactics in Oktibbeha

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Big brother will be watching over the Oktibbeha County primary runoff election on Aug. 23. An observer from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office will oversee the election's day operations following the discovery of several irregularities during the Aug. 2 election.



Tourism bureau begins ad blitz to promote Starkville

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau is ramping up its advertising ahead of a busy fall season. During the organization's monthly meeting Wednesday, GSDP Vice President of Tourism Development Jennifer Gregory outlined an ad budget that more than doubles the total spent during the last fiscal year.



Alderman adopt city's master plan

Posted 8/10/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville is finally moving forward with its master plan. The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday adopted the master plan originally tabled last week, as well as Phase 1 which will see the city construct a new, $8.4 million police station at the corner of Jackson Street and Highway 182.



Developer withdraws zoning request for subdivision

Posted 8/10/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Michael Kraker will give it another go in a month. The Starkville developer's plan for a subdivision at the north side of the nearly completed East Garrard Road in Ward 5 was the center of a public hearing at the Starkville Planning and Zoning meeting Tuesday.


Workshop looks at role of class in poverty epidemic

Posted 8/10/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

To truly help someone you must walk in their shoes. The most common way to support charitable organizations, particularly those with poverty agendas, is through donating money and volunteer hours. But too many times the simplistic approach, though noble and helpful, isn't the most effective long-term method to improve poverty levels.


County school budget approved; school-lunch prices increase

The Oktibbeha County School District approved their $11.3 million budget Monday night in a brief meeting where they also raised the price of school lunches.



SSD teachers receive $10,000 in grants



Public input sought on Starkville superintendent search Thursday

Members of the public are asked to voice their thoughts Thursday night on the search for the new superintendent of the Starkville School District.



Starkville top educators honored by district

Starkville School District scored in last year's teacher free-agent market. A pair of newcomers received SSD's top two annual awards during last week's opening convocation.



Starkville bond issue in the hands of voters, Sept. 27

Starkville's Board of Aldermen hopes to adopt the facilities master plan and move forward with planning for the $8.4 million police station during a special called meeting tonight at City Hall.



Changes abound for Starkville schools this year

STARKVILLE -- When Starkville School District students begin class Monday, they'll return to many changes.



Sturgis bike rally may ride again

STURGIS -- There's still hope for the Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally. A day after announcing the rally scheduled for Oct. 7-9 had been cancelled due to a budget shortfall, Sturgis South Rally Board President Donny Hanson turned his attention Friday to fundraising.



Former Starkville police chief dies in Webster County crash

MATHISTON -- Former Starkville Police Chief Larry Sisk died Friday in a single-vehicle accident in Webster County.



Trustmark to open branch in Starkville

Customers of Trustmark Bank will soon be able to do business in Starkville. The Mississippi-based bank announced Wednesday that a branch will locate in the shopping center next to Piggly Wiggly and will open by the end of September.



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