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Bryan in runoff for Oktibbeha County sheriff's race

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.



Clay boasts largest voter turnout in Tuesday primary elections

Of Golden Triangle counties, Clay had the largest percent of voters head to the polls for the primaries.



Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Clay election results, updated throughout the night (link)



City of Starkville could move forward with $14.2M master plan

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.



Oktibbeha County Primary Elections Preview

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.


Oktibbeha Co-op raises $13K for cancer patient

Posted 7/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha 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.


Oktibbeha County Circuit Court sentencings

Posted 7/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual battery this week in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Camp Jigsaw helps adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

Posted 7/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.


2011 Dispatch Pet Calendar Entries (link)

Posted 7/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.



Starkville releases 2012 budget

Posted 7/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

City departments can expect much of the same when Starkville's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget is unveiled today.


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.



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