A Starkville man was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual battery after using the Internet to lure a minor into sex. Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputies charged Jason R. Carson, 20, of 414 Hancock Circle, with one count of sexual battery, one count of dissemination of sexually oriented materials to a minor, and one count of computer luring of a minor for sexual purposes after the minor's family members made a complaint to the OCSO.
Builders now have an option to save money during subdivision construction. The Board of Aldermen had its third public hearing Tuesday on amending its subdivision regulations to allow one-stage street development, a move three aldermen panned for different reasons.
The future of South Montgomery Street could rest in federal and state transportation funds.
Reports of discolored water in Starkville's pipes are at their lowest level since February. Now, with a complete flushing staff, the city is ready to lessen the incidents even mo
Mayor Parker Wiseman hopes to officially begin the search for a tax-neutral financing for the ongoing municipal facilities plan today.
Oktibbeha County Road Manager Victor Collins can't keep up. Over the past month, Collins and his road crew have replaced 36 traffic or street signs that have been torn down, vandalized or stolen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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