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Starkville officials lobby in Washington

Starkville's mayor and electric department head spent the first half of the week in Washington trying to keep power rates down.



Ex-NASA manager's conviction upheld in Miss. case

A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia on Friday upheld the conviction of a former chief of staff for NASA in a case stemming from a $600,000 contract awarded by the space agency to Mississippi State University, a client of his consulting firm.



Oktibbeha holds off on plan to change county addresses

County residents will have to wait a little longer before receiving their new addresses.


Fire destroys Starkville home

A Starkville home was destroyed in an early morning fire Thursday.


Public concert highlights guest artist's visit to Starkville

Guest artist Dawn Lenore Sonntag, from Hiram College in Ohio, is visiting as an Artist in Residence today through Sunday in Starkville.



Highways 78, 82 to get median barriers

Safety barriers are going up along highways in six North Mississippi counties to prevent intentional and accidental crossovers into oncoming traffic.



MSU Brazilian Festival to feature noted pianist

Two free Mississippi State University piano concerts this weekend will highlight the university's ninth annual Brazilian Festival.



Starkville aldermen spar over city committees

Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas is celebrating the veto of a motion he endorsed at Tuesday's meeting of the Starkville Board of Aldermen.


Leaders optimistic about state economy

At their Columbus stop Tuesday, Mississippi Economic Council officers said they had seen more optimism about the economy here than possibly anywhere else in the state.


Starkville considers changes to sidewalk rules

The evolution of Starkville's sidewalk ordinance was revealed Tuesday, but the debate will go on. During a public hearing during the Starkville Board of Aldermen's first March meeting, Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas laid out a number of proposed changes and variance contingencies which would excuse developers from installing sidewalks in front of new buildings.



New candidates emerge for Oktibbeha races

A slew of new candidates have emerged in the final days and hours of qualifying for county elections.



WTVA: Four arrested in local shooting (link)


Starkville's State Theater gets new life

This isn't your old State Theater. The latest reincarnation of Starkville's utilitarian Main Street theater, slated to open later this week, includes the familiar bar and music fare supplemented by 35 flat-screen televisions, cigars, cheesecake, chicken wings, wine and the kids from Jersey Shore.

Oktibbeha sheriff makes shooting, meth arrests

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department arrested four men Sunday in connection with an early-morning shooting.

Building an empire: Starkville's Wang finds success with sushi, hibachi restaurants

Posted 2/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Since Billy Wang moved from China to the U.S. 12 years ago, he has worked in sushi restaurants all over the country, from New York to Boston to Missouri. As part of his latest endeavor, Wang, 33, owns and operates Umi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Starkville.

Dispatch renovation complete

Posted 2/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Renovations are complete of the front office of The Dispatch's downtown Columbus office, designed to improve customer service.


The Reflector: Starkville gains new restaurants (link)

Posted 2/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Schools push to help seniors pass subject tests

Posted 2/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local schools are making a final push to help seniors who have failed one or more state tests stay on track to graduate in May.


$3.15 and counting: Locals feeling pinch as fuel costs rise

Posted 2/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As turmoil in the Middle East continues, gas prices are increasing across the nation, and the Golden Triangle is no exception.

Oktibbeha sheriff's cars running on propane

Posted 2/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan considers himself a car guy. So when the city of Starkville last year was approved for $106,800 in stimulus funds to convert vehicles to a new gasoline- and propane-based fuel system, the sheriff of 35 years admits he was curious to know more.


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