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Mayor vetoes insurance change, challenge coming

Posted 9/20/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman vetoed aldermen's recent action to limit expanded health insurance coverage to legally married couples, and the four aldermen who pushed for the change are expected to call for an override during Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. recess meeting at City Hall.

Opening a dialogue about poverty

Posted 9/20/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Bobby Weatherly paced in front of a projector in the Starkville Sportsplex gymnasium Tuesday. He had on brown shoes, tan khakis and a brown shirt that read, "Starkville Bridges." There were about 20 people in the gym. Weatherly was leading a discussion about how to reduce the presence of predatory lenders.

Focus on Parks' finances increasing into next fiscal year

Posted 9/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks Commission Chairman Dan Moreland will get a $60,000 bailout to meet payroll, retirement and bill payments this month, but aldermen expect the autonomous department to pay the money back and balance its revenue shortfalls with increased sports participation fees next year.

Starkville police arrest alleged pot dealer

Posted 9/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville narcotics investigation yielded one arrest Tuesday after numerous complaints of drug dealing were filed with the police department.

 

Aug. insurance letter acknowledged 'domestic partnership' coverage

Posted 9/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An August report delivered to Starkville and provided in the city's e-packet before Sept. 2's meeting clearly identifies "domestic partnerships" as a beneficiary to an expanded plus-one insurance package that the board first unanimously approved earlier this month and then rescinded Tuesday.

 

Starkville revokes same-sex insurance

Posted 9/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen specifically removed same-sex partners from the city's new plus-one insurance coverage Tuesday after an hour-long public comment session that yielded support of the move from the city's religious base and sharp criticism from those who self-identified as members of Starkville's LGBT community.

 

Oktibbeha supes approve cost of living adjustment

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

While their city counterparts are struggling to find money for pay raises and bailout struggling departments, Oktibbeha County supervisors approved an across-the-board, 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees Monday without increasing the county's operational tax levy.

 

Starkville aldermen preparing $60K Parks bailout

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen are expected to approve a $60,000 loan to Starkville Parks Commission today so the group, which ran out of money for September's payroll and public retirement payments, can get above water before the end of the fiscal year.

 

Madison man linked to Starkville drug sales

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Authorities in Madison County say a 19-year-old man has been arrested for suspicion of selling the drug LSD at Mississippi State University.

 

 

Plus-one insurance policy again up for discussion

Posted 9/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Fresh off the heels of a closed-door session last week on Starkville's new plus-one insurance policy, aldermen again will take up the matter during their 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

 

 

Poverty education class comes to Starkville

Posted 9/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville non-profit organization Bridges out of Poverty is hosting a day long training session Tuesday.

 

 

Overall county millage rate increasing .91 mills for school needs

Posted 9/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday are expected to approve an overall 111.88-mill governmental and school ad valorem tax rate, which is almost a mill increase from the current levy.

 

 

Starkville guarding detailed FY 2014-2015 budget

Posted 9/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville employees asked The Dispatch and a Starkville resident to file Freedom of Information Act requests Thursday for its upcoming Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget, an act that could shield the intricacies of the city's guiding financial document from public inspection before Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting.

 

Starkville Parks' finances reaches 'critical' situation

Posted 9/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks Commission leader Dan Moreland is making a last-minute call for additional Fiscal Year 2014-2015 funding after sending a letter to aldermen stating his autonomous city department is forecasted almost $57,000 short for September and operated at an estimated $10,000 monthly loss for at least a portion of the current fiscal year.

City insurance policy survives challenge

Posted 9/10/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's new plus-one insurance policy survived a board challenge Tuesday, but not before residents hammered aldermen for perceived transparency issues and the proposed change's potential impact to same-sex partners.

Public memorial for Cristil Thursday

Mississippi State University will host a public memorial 6 p.m. Thursday at Humphrey Coliseum for longtime "Voice of the Bulldogs" Jack Cristil, who died Sunday.

Legendary Bulldogs' announcer Cristil dead at 88

Jack Cristil, who served as MSU's play-by-play announcer for football and basketball for 58 years, passed away Sunday at the Sanctuary Hospice House of Tupelo. Cristil, who suffered from cancer and kidney disease, was 88.

Alleged Club Rock shooter arrested in Memphis

U.S. Marshals on Thursday arrested a Starkville man in Memphis that allegedly participated in March's Club Rock shooting.

Wiseman: New employee insurance tiers will help all city workers

After Starkville aldermen unanimously approved a change in employee's insurance options Tuesday, officials downplayed an unauthorized press release by Human Rights Campaign that applauded the city for extending coverage to workers' LGBT partners, instead saying the new, tiered-rate packages provide cost-saving options for all employees, rather than a specific group.

 

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