In a meeting which lasted nearly 5 1/2 hours Tuesday night, the Starkville Board of Aldermen took steps toward devising a more concrete 2010-2011 fiscal year budget, despite outcry from two board members over what they called "unfair" pay raises for nearly three dozen city employees.
The debate over the city's year-old sidewalk ordinance moved from the newspaper editorial pages and Internet message boards to Starkville City Hall Tuesday night.
In an effort to keep closer tabs on taxpayer money, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Tuesday implemented a hiring freeze for all department heads.
School officials approved a list of student fees and a long list of personnel changes in a meeting Tuesday where they heard about the first Starkville School District student participation in a studio school classroom.
School board members learned there are 47 more students in the Starkville School District this year than last, and 36 more students enrolled in early September than were enrolled when school began in Aug. 5.
The Oktibbeha County school board was unhappy with their district's test scores Monday when Superintendent James Covington gave the board a partial analysis of the district's performance on the state standardized tests.
State troopers arrested significantly more people for drunk driving in the 10-county Troop G district over Labor Day weekend than in 2009, troop spokesman Brian Mobley said.
Sales tax revenues in the city of Starkville have continued to increase so far this year compared to the same months in 2009.
The city of Starkville is set to become the 50th member of the Mississippi Main Street Association. On Sept. 9, the Mississippi Main Street Association will officially designate the city of Starkville as a Mississippi Main Street Community.
Unlike Starkville's ordinance which requires sidewalks in all new residential and commercial developments, Columbus' Complete Streets ordinance -- requiring curbs, gutters and sidewalks in new developments -- has met with no opposition.
A toddler was killed Friday afternoon after he fell from a moving vehicle in Oktibbeha County.
In anticipation of Mississippi State University's first home football game of the season this weekend against the University of Memphis, a block party will take place tonight in downtown Starkville.
Are you looking for ways to save energy and save money on your power bill? If so, you'll want to attend the 4-County Energy Efficiency Expo Saturday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. The event, free and open to the public, is designed to help people learn all about energy efficiency.
Although school is back in session, the weather is still warm, so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has launched a campaign to encourage swimmers to wear life jackets in the water.
Oktibbeha County officials have learned their lesson when it comes to budgeting for natural gas severance funds.
Starkville's Labor Day Closings
More than 500 people took to the streets of Starkville Wednesday for the city's seventh annual Get Swept Up event.
Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a contract by the United States Department of Defense to build an unmanned vehicle -- the Orion Unmanned Aerial System , which is developed at Aurora's Columbus facility -- for the Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communications program.
The Dispatch began charging for some content on its website today, in a metered paywall program that will allow users of cdispatch.com free views on some content.
A Maben man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 82.
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