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District consolidation bill passes House Committee with amendments

A proposed bill calling for the mandatory consolidation of school districts in Oktibbeha County and Starkville passed through the Mississippi House Education Committee Thursday, but not without some amendments to the original text.

Gregory assumes CEO duties for GSDP

Posted 1/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's now official: Jennifer Gregory is chief executive officer for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Gregory, who joined the GSDP in 2009 as vice president of tourism and its Main Street Association manager, has been the acting CEO since last May.

SSD's Holloway pushes for amendments to consolidation bill

Posted 1/30/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A proposed House bill that would consolidate the schools in Starkville and Oktibbeha County would not mean a change on the Starkville School District's board of trustees, Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway said.


OCEDA proposes new site for MHP

Posted 1/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority Board President Jack Wallace has his way, the Mississippi Highway Patrol will move their district office into Cornerstone Park.



School officials concerned about mandatory consolidation

Posted 1/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Neither the Starkville nor Oktibbeha County school districts will have the final say when it comes to whether or not the two will be consolidated next year. A a new bill filed at the state capital last week makes it mandatory.



One dead in head-on collision in Starkville

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 21-year-old Starkville man died in a fiery crash early Friday morning. The man, whose name has not yet been released, died after being involved in a two-car head-on collision in Starkville shortly after 2 a.m.


Starkville district provides laptops to all teachers

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, every teacher in the Starkville School District has a new laptop. Gone will be the days of lugging six lesson plans and keeping up with tiny flash drives, and Rosia Jackson, who teaches at Sudduth Elementary, could not be more thrilled.


House bill calls for consolidation of Starkville, Oktibbeha districts

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Superintendent Lewis Holloway and three Starkville School District trustees are meeting with members of the House Education Committee in Jackson today to discuss a Mississippi House bill calling for the consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school districts.



Advocates, foes weigh in on Historic District

Posted 1/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Both sides of the Starkville Historic District debate were present and vocal during Tuesday's public hearing held by the Starkville Historic Preservation Commission.


Starkville, MSU events honor King's memory

Posted 1/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteer Starkville Director Jamey Matte pronounced Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event a huge success. "Things went great, we had about 200 to 250 people involved, including 50 volunteers," she said. The event, which was put on in conjunction with the Maroon Volunteer Center, featured family-friendly games, activities and learning opportunities, something neither organization had tried on Martin Luther King Day before.


Aldermen vote on sales tax proposal

Posted 1/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Voters in the Golden Triangle, and across Mississippi, may soon be able to raise their own local sales tax without the hassle of getting state approval. The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 5-2 to formally endorse the Citizens for Economic Development Act, legislation that would allow municipalities to temporarily raise their local sales tax one cent to help fund capital projects.



Manning continues pursuit of new trial

Posted 1/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi prosecutors now have until Feb. 11 to respond to a death row inmate's ongoing effort to win a new trial for the killing of two university students in 1992.



MSU and University of Mississippi team up

Posted 1/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi's two largest universities are joining forces to enhance the recruitment and professional preparation of middle school and high school teachers.



Starkville to reapply for ambulance service grant

Posted 1/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville is reapplying for an ambulance services for which grant officials previously thought they were ineligible.


MSU, Starkville ready for MLK activities

Posted 1/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University will hold its 19th annual Unity Breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. The event will include keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard.


State fares well in 16th Section land-use ratings

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

New findings by researchers at Utah State University show that Mississippi has lost nearly 25 percent of its school trust land, commonly known as 16th Section land. But schools in the state still earned a healthy $71 million in land trust revenue in Fiscal Year 2011.



Community Market seeks board members

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Applications for board member positions for the Starkville Community Market are now available at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.



Overstreet School hosts 'active shooter' drills

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

School resource officers from throughout north Mississippi will converge at Overstreet School in Starkville on Saturday for an active shooter drill.


Severstal partners with MSU for research lab

Posted 1/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Steel manufacturer Severstal North America has partnered with Mississippi State to install a laboratory on campus for steel alloy research.

One more enters Starkville mayor race

Posted 1/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Former Alderman Mary Lee Beal announced Tuesday that she has qualified to run for mayor of Starkville.


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