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Teachers spending more than time in classroom

Posted 9/15/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As the sluggish economy drags on, teachers are providing more to their students than just knowledge. A national study released this month found that nationwide, teachers spent an average of $356 of their own money each year on supplies and instructional materials for their classrooms -- over and above the money parents spend each year for their children's own supplies.

Lowndes may become regional hub for autopsies

Posted 9/15/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Lowndes County Coroner's Office is dead set on hosting its own autopsies and those of at least eight other Mississippi counties by January.


Weekend shooting at elementary school injures three

Posted 9/14/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Police Department is investigating a weekend shooting which left three skateboarders injured at Sudduth Elementary School.


Two caught, one still at large in motorcycle theft

Posted 9/14/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men and is searching for another wanted in connection with a motorcycle theft last month off Old Mayhew Road.

Police arrest second suspect in Brookville Gardens incident

Posted 9/14/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A second suspect wanted in connection with an incident during which shots were fired last month at Brookville Gardens was arrested late last week in Clay County.

Dignitaries celebrate opening of Paccar engine plant

Posted 9/14/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At 6:37 Monday evening Paccar CEO Mark Pigott and Gov. Haley Barbour, standing in front of a phalanx of blue-shirted workers, local dignitaries and the company's board of directors, cut the ribbon for what is sure to be one of the crown jewels of the local economy for years to come, the $300 million Paccar engine assembly plant.

MONDAY PROFILE: Starkville High's Mitchell finds a way to win

Posted 9/13/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville High School Yellowjackets finished 4-9 last year and began this season with consecutive losses. The West Point High School Green Wave claimed the 5A state title last year, and was riding a 16-game win streak. There wasn't much reason to expect an upset when the two teams met Friday night in West Point. But that's exactly what happened.


Dispute threatens Starkville curbside recycling

Posted 9/12/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A contract dispute could spell the end for Starkville's year-long curbside pickup recycling service.


UNSOLVED: As time passes, arrests in homicides more elusive

Posted 9/12/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The critical information in a murder case is gathered within the first 72 hours. From there, the case begins to get cold. As the years drag on, witnesses move or die; some evidence is not preserved. But an unsolved case is never closed.


Area schools show improvement in accountability rankings

Posted 9/10/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Schools in many area districts showed improvement in state school district accountability scores released today, though some districts did not meet growth standards set by the state.



Tea Party to hold town hall meeting with local leaders

The Starkville Tea Party is hosting another town hall meeting this weekend, only this time it will give city and county residents the opportunity to quiz local elected officials on issues facing the community.



Starkville continues to wrangle over budget

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.



Variances coming for sidewalk ordinance

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.


Oktibbeha Supes take more control over hiring

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.


Personnel changes, studio schools top Starkville school list

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.



Two opinions given for start of Starkville schools

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.



Oktibbeha County schools unhappy with state test scores

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.



DUI arrests up in area over Labor Day weekend

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.



Starkville sales tax revenues continue to rebound

Sales tax revenues in the city of Starkville have continued to increase so far this year compared to the same months in 2009.



Starkville becomes Main Street community

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.



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