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Starkville aldermen spar over city committees

Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas is celebrating the veto of a motion he endorsed at Tuesday's meeting of the Starkville Board of Aldermen.


Leaders optimistic about state economy

At their Columbus stop Tuesday, Mississippi Economic Council officers said they had seen more optimism about the economy here than possibly anywhere else in the state.


Starkville considers changes to sidewalk rules

The evolution of Starkville's sidewalk ordinance was revealed Tuesday, but the debate will go on. During a public hearing during the Starkville Board of Aldermen's first March meeting, Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas laid out a number of proposed changes and variance contingencies which would excuse developers from installing sidewalks in front of new buildings.



New candidates emerge for Oktibbeha races

A slew of new candidates have emerged in the final days and hours of qualifying for county elections.



WTVA: Four arrested in local shooting (link)


Starkville's State Theater gets new life

This isn't your old State Theater. The latest reincarnation of Starkville's utilitarian Main Street theater, slated to open later this week, includes the familiar bar and music fare supplemented by 35 flat-screen televisions, cigars, cheesecake, chicken wings, wine and the kids from Jersey Shore.

Oktibbeha sheriff makes shooting, meth arrests

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department arrested four men Sunday in connection with an early-morning shooting.

Building an empire: Starkville's Wang finds success with sushi, hibachi restaurants

Posted 2/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Since Billy Wang moved from China to the U.S. 12 years ago, he has worked in sushi restaurants all over the country, from New York to Boston to Missouri. As part of his latest endeavor, Wang, 33, owns and operates Umi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Starkville.

Dispatch renovation complete

Posted 2/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Renovations are complete of the front office of The Dispatch's downtown Columbus office, designed to improve customer service.


The Reflector: Starkville gains new restaurants (link)

Posted 2/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Schools push to help seniors pass subject tests

Posted 2/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local schools are making a final push to help seniors who have failed one or more state tests stay on track to graduate in May.


$3.15 and counting: Locals feeling pinch as fuel costs rise

Posted 2/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As turmoil in the Middle East continues, gas prices are increasing across the nation, and the Golden Triangle is no exception.

Oktibbeha sheriff's cars running on propane

Posted 2/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan considers himself a car guy. So when the city of Starkville last year was approved for $106,800 in stimulus funds to convert vehicles to a new gasoline- and propane-based fuel system, the sheriff of 35 years admits he was curious to know more.


Oktibbeha County residents getting new addresses

Posted 2/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Residents of Oktibbeha County can expect to receive new addresses in the not-too-distant future. A meeting next week among county officials, emergency responders, the U.S. Postal Service and the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, among others, will discuss the proposed address changes.


In wake of water accidents, officials urge use of lifejackets

Posted 2/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Cliff Wilson and Joe Holmes, both of Columbus, don't quite fit the description of risk takers. After pulling their 17-foot fishing boat out of the water at the Columbus Lock and Dam Monday, they admit to wearing life jackets "half the time."

Family, friends mourn fire victim

Posted 2/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- In a tree-covered yard off Williams Road, friends and family of the late Ruth Ann Bishop gathered around a table Monday morning and sat in stunned silence.

Sheriff: Escapee left note promising to return, but didn't

Posted 2/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An Oktibbeha County Jail trustee who walked off the job Saturday afternoon was taken into custody this morning and charged with escape. According to Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan, Ceforrest Hendrix left a note apologizing for his absence.

Oktibbeha County investigators probe cause of fatal fire

Posted 2/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Investigators today are still trying to determine what caused a fatal fire Saturday night in Oktibbeha County.


Mississippi State student dies in wreck

Posted 2/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State University student died in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night on Locksley Way.



Oktibbeha fire leaves one dead

Posted 2/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Investigators this morning are on the scene of a fatal house fire in Oktibbeha County.



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