Determining the best writer in Debbie Vanderford's fifth grade class at Henderson Elementary School is not an easy assignment.
The Oktibbeha County Relay for Life begins Friday and, like many of those who help stage the event each year, Brian Hawkins has a personal connection to the cause.
Oh yeah, you probably don't remember the point that I was trying to make when I last wrote for The Commercial Dispatch. That's understandable. It was 30 years ago, after all. This week I am returning to The Dispatch where I will cover the city of Starkville and its neighboring communities.
After a 30-year absence, Slim Smith is returning to the Dispatch.
Eleven-year-old Laura Carson loved Camp Lake Stephens. Eating in the dining hall, canoeing, kayaking in the lake, flying down the zip line, playing Capture the Flag or just hanging with her friends, she loved every part of the camp. From the time she was seven years old, she visited Camp Lake Stephens every summer.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named a new manager for a national wildlife refuge in Mississippi and one in Alabama.
Overcast skies and cool temperatures dominated Saturday, but organizers of the Cotton District Arts Festival said the weather did nothing to hamper the festival's spirit.
The Starkville Board of Alderman Tuesday faced a couple of delicate matters associated with the city's continued growth - downtown parking and redistricting.
More than 40,000 people are expected to descend upon Mississippi State University and Starkville this weekend, as the city will play host to both Super Bulldog Weekend and the Cotton District Arts Festival.
It was a busy weekend for the Starkville Police Department, as 56 arrest citations were issued, during a city-wide crackdown on selling beer to minors.
Roughly 43 percent of Mississippians, between the ages of 19 and 26, don't have health insurance.
Five-year-old Mary Margaret Sullivan has never spoken a word. "When she doesn't like something, she frowns," her dad, Mike Sullivan said. "When she wants something or she is happy about something, she blows kisses. That's how she talks." On Saturday the child that cannot speak simply couldn't shut up.
Starkville Municipal Court Judge Rodney Faver Friday dismissed charges, stemming from a March 1 kidnapping, against three Mississippi State University students.
In September of 2008, 18-year-old high school senior Jason Burnham sat on his bed, listening to his mother pound on his door and thought, "I just don't want to be here anymore." He stood up, walked a few steps across his bedroom and calmly removed the screen on his ninth-story window.
April's three free concerts, held by the Mississippi State University music department, make the month a busy one for music lovers.
With the sad knowledge more than a thousand college students nationwide commit suicide every year, two Mississippi State University groups are working to raise awareness and provide support.
People across Starkville and Oktibbeha County may soon see a lot of purple, as organizers of the 2012 Relay for Life launch a month-long campaign to build excitement for the event and boost local awareness about the fight against cancer.
Mississippi State University-Meridian Wednesday formally dedicated its new downtown campus, made possible through a generous contribution from The Riley Foundation.
February 1-28, 2012
March 1-April 3, 2012
1. Cracker Barrel employee shot at restaurant COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. MSU alum, convenience store owner gives away Rally Bananas to MSU fans in Omaha STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
3. Four arrested for hotel robbery STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
4. Teen arrested for holding two people at gunpoint STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. City contractor appointed to CLW board COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY