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Supes consider tax exemptions for businesses

STARKVILLE — In an effort to attract more industry to Oktibbeha County, the Board of Supervisors is considering a policy that would offer tax exemptions to businesses bringing 10 or more new jobs to the county.



Oktibbeha County schools optimistic about budget, test scores

STARKVILLE — Oktibbeha County school officials expect the district’s budget to be sound despite cuts; they also anticipate good test scores. Program invites town reps to 'Your Town' training (link)



Aldermen to attempt override of mayor's school board veto

STARKVILLE — The Starkville Board of Aldermen might not have the votes to override the mayor’s recent veto of Susan Tomlinson’s appointment to the Starkville School District board of trustees, but aldermen plan to try it anyway Tuesday night in City Hall.



Columbus native named to elite group

Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, voted unanimously recently to name Robert Adams Ivy, FAIA, as “Master Architect.” Ivy, a Columbus native, the current editor in chief of Architectural Record and vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction, received the accolade for his contributions to communicating the value of design, both within the fraternity and to the larger world.


City road construction begins in earnest

With warm weather upon us, drivers in Starkville should be prepared for detours and road closures over the next few months as construction crews are scheduled to repave more streets this year than any other building season in recent memory.


MSU student’s body found

A Mississippi State University student from West Point was found dead Thursday afternoon in a lake north of Starkville.



Developer: Economy delays CottonMill plan

No updates have been provided lately on the proposed CottonMill Marketplace project because there is “nothing new to report,” developer Mark Nicholas said Wednesday.



Starkville Daily News: Deadline Thurs to seek homestead exemption (link)

Posted 3/31/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Bad check suspect surrenders

Posted 3/31/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A West Point woman on the run from law enforcement for cashing nearly a dozen bad checks in the Starkville area turned herself in to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department Tuesday, according to an OCSD news release.


Scared straight: Graphic images used to discourage underage drinking

Posted 3/31/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — As images of mangled vehicles and car accident victims flashed on the Greensboro Center auditorium screen Tuesday night, many of the 40 or 50 Starkville School District students in attendance had to avert their eyes.


Artist becomes victim: Student profiled in Dispatch story has equipment stolen

Posted 3/31/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State University student profiled in the Monday edition of The Dispatch was the victim of a burglary Tuesday night at his home in Starkville.



Starkville Now: Passover and Resurrection Sunday (link)

Posted 3/30/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County


Authorities search for robbery, false pretense suspects

Posted 3/30/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Law enforcement officials in Oktibbeha County are asking for the public’s help to find two suspects wanted for unrelated crimes. The Starkville Police Department is searching for a suspect who robbed a convenience store this weekend on Highway 12.

Monday Profile: Nature, music in harmony

Posted 3/29/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As Mississippi State University student Wyn Dawson walked along the Trail of Big Trees this weekend in the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, his thoughts were interrupted by the sound of a female Red-cockaded Woodpecker tapping determinedly on a nearby tree.

Highlands Plantation owners fund road repaving

Posted 3/27/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The streets of the Highlands Plantation resort community have been in disrepair for years. The roadways have deteriorated, potholes have grown deeper and discontent among residents has left the community’s homeowners struggling to find renters, Highlands Plantation Home Owners Association President Jay Bradley said.


Federal grants aid Starkville, Columbus airports

Posted 3/27/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Columbus-Lowndes Airport and George M. Bryan Field in Starkville are two of the more than 30 state airport facilities getting grants from an $8.6 million federal Airport Improvement Program.



Starkville Now: How should they move forward? (link)

Posted 3/26/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Earth Hour set for this weekend

Posted 3/26/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville is joining a global environmental initiative this weekend by turning off all non-essential lights in city buildings and encouraging citizens to do the same at home.



Scholarship helps woman learn English   

Posted 3/26/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Mahnaz Wahidi has been given a chance to achieve her educational dreams through a local scholarship fund.   



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