"It makes no difference where you stand, as long as you stand." The powerful words of Monica Banks echoed through the blocks of downtown Monday during the Oktibbeha County branch of the NAACP's Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally, which concluded with a ceremony outside the county courthouse.
Seconds into William F. Winter's speech Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Breakfast, the former governor asked the hundreds in attendance an obvious but sometimes obscure question.
After nearly three months of discussion and tweaks, the Starkville Board of Aldermen could vote tonight to rezone areas of downtown and Highway 182.
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY -- Minutes can affect rescue and make a difference in property loss when fighting fires.
As an orchestral drummer and recording artist, Marv Dahlgren knows the power of music. Whether it was songs denouncing the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War during the 1960s and '70s, or megastar collaborations to fight world hunger and poverty -- particularly in Africa -- in the '80s, Dahlgren, 87, has seen it all.
STARKVILLE -- These days, elementary school students are learning more about environmental science than going to the local dairy farm. Through the Youth Environmental Science Learning Center at Henderson Ward Stewart School, fourth- and fifth-grade students have a weeklong block each school year to supplement what they get from their textbooks.
Twenty-one inmates who received pardons or other reprieves from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour remain in custody until a court battle is resolved over whether Barbour properly handled their orders to go free.
STARKVILLE -- Two Oktibbeha County schools could lose their public school status if state test scores aren't improved. One of the two could be taken over by the state as soon as September.
The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.
A man serving a life sentence for his murder conviction in Lowndes County Circuit Court is among those who would have been given a reprieve when former Gov. Haley Barbour granted more than 200 pardons.
Mayor Parker Wiseman is looking forward to a productive annual retreat when he and the Board of Aldermen meet for a pair of work sessions this weekend. The board will meet Friday and Saturday in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership board room. The sessions are open to the public.
JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge has temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who'd been given pardons or medical release by Republican Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor. Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late Wednesday at the request of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.
The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority finished some housekeeping items on projects that are coming to a close.
STARKVILLE -- When a Starkville man graduated high school in the 1940s, there was little doubt what his next move would be. The United States was in the heart of World War II, and any able-bodied man was bound for military service, either by choice or through the draft.
STARKVILLE -- An undisclosed number of the 22 candidates in the Starkville School District superintendent pool have been eliminated, though the board of trustees won't release names until next week.
A woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with a rash of burglaries which have plagued the New Hope area over the past few weeks.
STARKVILLE -- A Starkville man has been charged with murder in connection with the Monday shooting death of his uncle. Kewon Doss, 18, was officially charged Tuesday.
STARKVILLE - While Sunday's memorial service for Starkville High student Devin Mitchell could have taken on a somber note, participants decided to make it a celebration of the young man's life instead.
An Oktibbeha County man is in custody in connection with a Starkville shooting after a seven-hour search that ended Monday when he turned himself in.
WEST POINT -- The more details revealed in the New Year's Day shooting death of Devin Mitchell, the more questions arise.
1. Ex-employee threatens shooting at Zaxby's COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Cold case arrest brings closure to family COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Officers reflect on a city rattled by a series of murders in the '90s COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Starkville admits inadvertent error with untimely FOIA production STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY