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Area schools show improvement in accountability rankings

Posted 9/10/2010 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Schools in many area districts showed improvement in state school district accountability scores released today, though some districts did not meet growth standards set by the state.



Tea Party to hold town hall meeting with local leaders

The Starkville Tea Party is hosting another town hall meeting this weekend, only this time it will give city and county residents the opportunity to quiz local elected officials on issues facing the community.



Starkville continues to wrangle over budget

In a meeting which lasted nearly 5 1/2 hours Tuesday night, the Starkville Board of Aldermen took steps toward devising a more concrete 2010-2011 fiscal year budget, despite outcry from two board members over what they called "unfair" pay raises for nearly three dozen city employees.



Variances coming for sidewalk ordinance

The debate over the city's year-old sidewalk ordinance moved from the newspaper editorial pages and Internet message boards to Starkville City Hall Tuesday night.


Oktibbeha Supes take more control over hiring

In an effort to keep closer tabs on taxpayer money, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Tuesday implemented a hiring freeze for all department heads.


Personnel changes, studio schools top Starkville school list

School officials approved a list of student fees and a long list of personnel changes in a meeting Tuesday where they heard about the first Starkville School District student participation in a studio school classroom.



Two opinions given for start of Starkville schools

School board members learned there are 47 more students in the Starkville School District this year than last, and 36 more students enrolled in early September than were enrolled when school began in Aug. 5.



Oktibbeha County schools unhappy with state test scores

The Oktibbeha County school board was unhappy with their district's test scores Monday when Superintendent James Covington gave the board a partial analysis of the district's performance on the state standardized tests.



DUI arrests up in area over Labor Day weekend

State troopers arrested significantly more people for drunk driving in the 10-county Troop G district over Labor Day weekend than in 2009, troop spokesman Brian Mobley said.



Starkville sales tax revenues continue to rebound

Sales tax revenues in the city of Starkville have continued to increase so far this year compared to the same months in 2009.



Starkville becomes Main Street community

The city of Starkville is set to become the 50th member of the Mississippi Main Street Association. On Sept. 9, the Mississippi Main Street Association will officially designate the city of Starkville as a Mississippi Main Street Community.



Columbus residents see potential benefits of sidewalks

Unlike Starkville's ordinance which requires sidewalks in all new residential and commercial developments, Columbus' Complete Streets ordinance -- requiring curbs, gutters and sidewalks in new developments -- has met with no opposition.



Child dies after fall from vehicle

A toddler was killed Friday afternoon after he fell from a moving vehicle in Oktibbeha County.



Viva Starkvegas: Downtown block party in Starkville tonight

In anticipation of Mississippi State University's first home football game of the season this weekend against the University of Memphis, a block party will take place tonight in downtown Starkville.



4-County to host second Energy Efficiency Expo

Are you looking for ways to save energy and save money on your power bill? If so, you'll want to attend the 4-County Energy Efficiency Expo Saturday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. The event, free and open to the public, is designed to help people learn all about energy efficiency.


Corps of Engineers encourages swimmers to use life jackets

Although school is back in session, the weather is still warm, so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has launched a campaign to encourage swimmers to wear life jackets in the water.

Facing shortfall, Oktibbeha County 'learned its lesson' on gas revenue

Oktibbeha County officials have learned their lesson when it comes to budgeting for natural gas severance funds.


Starkville's Labor Day closings

Starkville's Labor Day Closings


Hundreds 'Get Swept Up' in Starkville

More than 500 people took to the streets of Starkville Wednesday for the city's seventh annual Get Swept Up event.


Aurora lands unmanned vehicles contract

Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a contract by the United States Department of Defense to build an unmanned vehicle -- the Orion Unmanned Aerial System , which is developed at Aurora's Columbus facility -- for the Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communications program.



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