When the doors of the Oktibbeha County Courthouse were locked Tuesday, one county primary was still undecided. The Democratic primary for Oktibbeha County Sheriff saw incumbent Dolph Bryan, who has served in that role since 1976, finish with 2029 votes and nearly 600 more votes than the next closest candidate. With just 36 percent of the votes, Bryan will face a runoff for the second straight election cycle.
Of Golden Triangle counties, Clay had the largest percent of voters head to the polls for the primaries.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen will move forward tonight with its plan to build a new police station and renovate City Hall. The board will consider adopting the city of Starkville municipal facilities master plan and moving forward with Phase 1 -- the construction of a new police station -- at its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall.
The Oktibbeha County primary elections Tuesday will decide the Democratic and Republican nominees for the general election in November. The two most tightly-contested races are for Oktibbeha County sheriff and circuit clerk. Voting begins at various locations around Starkville and Oktibbeha County at 7 a.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. Below is a breakdown of the races for sheriff and circuit clerk, as well as a list of candidates for other races in the county.
The smell of smoked barbecue is almost synonymous with "good times" in the South, but Friday the smell was also a reminder of a good cause.
A Starkville man was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual battery this week in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.
A new summer camp at Mississippi State University combines fun activities with exercises to help adolescents with autism spectrum disorders overcome common communication and socialization troubles.
View the entries in the 2011 Dispatch Pet Calendar contest. Voting forms can be found in the print edition of the Dispatch. All proceeds go to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society and Newspapers in Education.
City departments can expect much of the same when Starkville's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget is unveiled today.
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.
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.
Growth, in all aspects of industry around Starkville and Oktibbeha County, was the main topic at the community roundtable Wednesday at Mississippi State University.
With branches sprinkled across the Golden Triangle, Renasant Bank has long been an absent player in the Starkville market.
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.
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.
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.
The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office is looking for suspects involved in the theft of two four-wheelers from Village Cycle Center.
The first of three murder trials scheduled for the July term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court won't take place.
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