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Bryan: Club Rock out of control

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Club Rock could be shut down in as little as a week. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday voted unanimously to seek a temporary injunction to close the business following police and fire safety reports that have deemed the venue hazardous.



Aldermen could discuss public-private proposal Tuesday

Posted 12/3/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Mayor Parker Wiseman hopes to officially begin the search for a tax-neutral financing for the the ongoing municipal facilities plan Tuesday. Wiseman said Friday that the Board of Aldermen could discuss a request for project proposal to test the market for companies interested in striking a public-private partnership. Wiseman believes a renovated and remodeled City Hall could be an attractive space for urban development, with the possibility of leasing newly created office space to help offset the project's price tag.



Renter, property managers at odds over safety at Brookville Gardens

Posted 12/2/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Samantha Peterson had just watched her children board the bus for school Monday morning when she noticed flames in the corner of a room in her Brookville Gardens apartment.



City officials make capital-projects wish list

Posted 12/2/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It all comes down to taxes. The city's work with consultant Demery Grubbs will yield a five-year plan for capital improvements and funding strategies for each of the roughly 40 projects that will make the cut by the beginning of February.


Starkville artists challenge each other

Posted 12/1/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

They've been competing against each other since elementary school. Artists Maggie George and George Bennett have developed their talents by trying to one-up the other's latest gem.

Women leave class with class

Posted 11/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Shirley Ross was mired in debt from high-interest payday loans and rent-to-own appliances. She felt like she had no other option. As a waitress at Starkville Cafe and part-time custodian, Ross was living paycheck to paycheck.

Lt. Gov.-elect: State must improve college graduation rates

Posted 11/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said the state's economic future hinges on making college more affordable. "In the long term, if core inflation is at 2 or 3 percent, our universities can't be at 7 percent each year," Reeves said Tuesday at Mississippi State University.


Mullen dodges Penn State speculation

Posted 11/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Another offseason is nearly here, and reports of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen leaving Starkville already have started. The Bulldogs' third-year coach deflected questions Tuesday about speculation he is a serious candidate to replace Joe Paterno as head football coach at Penn State University.


Bazaar vendors expect big sales

Posted 11/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Shoppers, keep swiping cards and passing bills. Following positive retail reports on Black Friday and during the Thanksgiving weekend, area vendors are hopeful the trend will continue during the 39th Annual Starkville Holiday Bazaar today and Thursday at the Starkville Sportsplex. The bazaar is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission is free.


'Tis the season ... for shoplifting

Posted 11/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Christmas season is in full swing, and area police expect property crime to increase. "Crime goes up as a result of human nature," Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said. Downtown store owners also recognize the possibility of shoplifting to spike during the Christmas shopping season.


Apartment building fire displaces 16 residents; no injuries

Posted 11/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Sixteen people safely evacuated an apartment fire at Brookville Gardens on Monday morning. Starkville Fire Department reached the scene at 7:34 a.m.; firefighters found two of four apartments in building No. 25 engulfed by flames and smoke.


WOBV to stream parade for first time

Posted 11/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Today, soldiers deployed overseas and Starkville natives living across the country can experience a little piece of home. The 2011 Starkville Christmas parade, annually recorded by WOBV and aired throughout December, will be streamed live on the internet for the first time.


Fans give their thoughts on the intense rivalry between MSU and Ole Miss

Posted 11/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Jack and Mary Lott weren't about to let a little rain spoil their party. The Lotts have attended the past 15 football games between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State.


Young joins Dispatch as news editor

Posted 11/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A West Virginia journalist with more than 20 years experience has joined the staff of The Dispatch. Nerissa Young assumed the role of news editor Monday, replacing former news editor Garthia Elena Halbert-Burnett, who was promoted to managing editor earlier this month.



Lt. Gov.-elect Reeves to speak Tuesday at MSU

Posted 11/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lt. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves will be featured Nov. 29 at Mississippi State's next Morris W.H. "Bill" Collins Speaker Series program.



As crimes increase, police offer deterrent measures

Posted 11/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Hide your goods. Leave on your lights. That's the message Starkville police have for residents during the holidays.


Stores report busy, mostly peaceful sales

Posted 11/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Area stores are experiencing brisk sales for the official Black Friday launch of the holiday shopping season. Store representatives said shoppers were well-behaved. The only reported problem was outside the Belk store on Highway 45 North before the store opened.

De la Cruz family, First United continue annual holiday dinner

Posted 11/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- A city couple who recall their lonely holidays as international students now open their home to make sure international students have a holiday home.


Starkville building plans may rise again

Posted 11/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville is looking for a solution that doesn't involve raising taxes after the failed municipal facilities bond referendum in September.



Long-term projects on the agenda for aldermen tonight

Posted 11/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Board of Aldermen tonight will hold its first work session to discuss its capital improvement program. The board will meet with financial consultant Demery Grubbs, of the Jackson-based firm Government Consultants Inc., whom the city contracted earlier this year to help craft its five-year master list and provide financial guidance.



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