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10% trouble? Seventy-five percent of U.S. gasoline is blended with ethanol

Posted 7/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Near 100-degree heat. Engines roaring through the stoplight. The possibility of a call coming over the scanner. The buzz-hum-bang of men working on cars. There were a thousand things for Willie Jones to focus his attention on Wednesday afternoon, as he filled his sheriff's cruiser at a Columbus Chevron station.

Man, juvenile arrested for Village Cycle Center four-wheeler theft

Posted 7/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One man and one juvenile were arrested Tuesday in connection with the recent break-in and theft of two four-wheelers at Village Cycle Center.

MSU growth the focus of Starkville community roundtable

Posted 7/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Growth, in all aspects of industry around Starkville and Oktibbeha County, was the main topic at the community roundtable Wednesday at Mississippi State University.


Renasant Bank to open branch in Starkville

Posted 7/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With branches sprinkled across the Golden Triangle, Renasant Bank has long been an absent player in the Starkville market.



Mississippi sales-tax holiday starts on Friday

Posted 7/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If you haven't purchased back-to-school clothes yet, this weekend may be a good time to do it. Friday and Saturday, stores across the state will participate in Mississippi's third annual sales-tax holiday, a 48-hour time period during which specific clothing and footwear is exempt from the local sales tax.



Oktibbeha County upgrades to fully interactive website

Posted 7/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County website will soon be upgraded to a fully interactive, virtual courthouse. Through a strategic plan partnership between the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District and Mississippi State University-based National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, Oktibbeha County residents will be able to access everything from land records, tax information and voting instructions electronically.



16th Circuit Drug Court ready to accept referrals

Posted 7/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The 16th Circuit District Drug Court started accepting referrals of non-violent first-time offenders this past week at the start of the Clay County Circuit Court term.



Two four-wheelers taken from Village Cycle Center

Posted 7/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office is looking for suspects involved in the theft of two four-wheelers from Village Cycle Center.



Love murder trial continued in Oktibbeha

Posted 7/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The first of three murder trials scheduled for the July term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court won't take place.


Museum transforms as part of class, community project

Posted 7/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum is more than a house filled with artifacts. With the help of the Mississippi State University's Department of Landscape Architecture and nearly $18,000 in donations, the museum has transformed into a multi-purpose social facility.

CHAMPS program allows educators to brush up on math teaching skills

Posted 7/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If the word "math" conjures nightmares of memorizing the Pythagorean theorem and quadratic formula, take heart: Teachers across the state feel your pain, and many have dedicated their summer to learning how to teach math in a more dynamic way.


Statewide, gains made on testing; local districts' results vary

Posted 7/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Preliminary test results, released today, show Mississippi students are gaining ground in math and language arts. Local school districts also are making progress on the Mississippi Curriculum Test 2. But for now, Mississippi is only competing with itself.



MSU boasts $29M increase in donations

Posted 7/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Dismal economic times and a slow recovery from a recession have affected spending at all levels of education. But for colleges and universities, private donations to endowments and scholarships have dipped each year since 2008, when donors cut back 5.7 percent nationally, according to the Chronicle for Education.



Ford recalls Rangers for safety issue

Posted 7/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Owners of 2004-2011 Ford Ranger pickup trucks should check with their dealer to see if their model is among approximately 26,715 vehicles being recalled across the nation due to a potential safety issue.


Forks & Corks: Develop 'A Taste for the Arts' at Starkville Area Arts Council fundraiser

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A culinary challenge designed by The Starkville Area Arts Council will bring six chefs together to "face off" Saturday for "Best of Forks & Corks" bragging rights. Patrons will be the big beneficiaries that evening, as they sample some of the finest cuisine in the region and take part in a live auction. But the long-term beneficiary is the community at large.


Oktibbeha Sheriff applies for grant to convert vehicles to run on propane

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office hopes to secure several grants in the coming months.



Aldermen approve electric department changes

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Electric Department is shuffling its staff, with a goal of improving customer service and efficiency.



Field grows in race for Mississippi House speaker

Posted 7/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

JACKSON -- The race for Mississippi House speaker is attracting more candidates, with Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown becoming the latest lawmaker to say he wants to become presiding officer of the 122-member chamber.



Study: Market Street Festival boosts local economy by the millions

Posted 7/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Columbus' Market Street Festival is more than a feel-good event. Mississippi State University economists estimate this year's two-day festival drew a crowd of 34,091 people, pumping millions of dollars into the local economy.



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