Aldermen appointed Frank Nichols, a 22-year veteran of Starkville Police Department, as the city's police chief with a 6-1 vote Tuesday. Nichols takes over immediately, replacing Interim Chief John Outlaw, who is expected to re-enter retirement.
State lawmakers removed all language specifically appointing Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway as the county school district's conservator on July 1 with new legislation this week.
Oktibbeha County's search for a new administrator will continue Feb. 17 when supervisors interview five finalists for the vacant position.
The finalist pool for Starkville's vacant police chief position is down to three after former Meridian police Chief James Reed pulled out of the search, city Personnel Director Randy Boyd confirmed Monday.
A teenager will avoid the possibility of 25 years in prison after a grand jury reduced his aggravated manslaughter DUI to a misdemeanor charge.
Starkville aldermen are expected to begin the process toward securing another decade of 2 percent food and beverage taxing authority today during a 5 p.m. special-call meeting at the Starkville Sportsplex.
Two bills moving through the Mississippi Legislature would place Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway in control of the Oktibbeha County School District on July 1 and provide him short- and long-term local financing options to improve the two systems' campuses for state-mandated consolidation in 2015.
House Bill 833, as filed by Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, would place Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway in charge of Oktibbeha County School District July 1 if approved this term by state lawmakers. The bill was introduced to the House Education Committee today and now moves to Ways and Means, Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, said.
A recently released Kids Count study shows 4 out of 5 Mississippi school children are not proficient readers by the time they enter the fourth grade.
Greater Starkville Development Partnership officials hope to build upon the inaugural Starkville Restaurant Week's success this year with minor tweaks aimed to streamline the event.
Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler will serve as the first Mississippi State University Institute for the Humanities Writer in Residence, reading selections from his fiction on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium on the MSU campus.
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership honored Dan Camp, the former Starkville mayor who single-handedly transformed Starkville's most well-known neighborhoods into a widely praised New Urbanism development area, and other local business leaders for their service to community development on Monday.
Starkville's 10 potential "fiberhoods" are all well below the sign-up requirement to become Mississippi's first recipient of C Spire's Fiber to the Home program, but a local group of volunteers are going door to door in an effort to earn the distinction before eight other towns qualify.
Between smiles and handshakes after signing their final consolidation report Friday, members of the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure turned their focus to lobbying lawmakers for legislative language and funding streams needed to successfully consolidate Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District.
Five applicants, including Oktibbeha County's current comptroller and Starkville's former chief administrative officer, will move forward into the next phase of the county's search for a new administrator.
Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn took exception Tuesday to seven months of negative public comments directed at the Starkville Board of Aldermen by lashing out after a former alderman's criticism and describing such statements as a "disgrace in the sight of God."
Starkville aldermen denounced various forms of discrimination against residents and city employees, including discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, with a new policy Tuesday.
Continued changes to Starkville Police Department's leadership structure could come today if aldermen approve a resolution establishing an assistant chief's position.
Unity Park's monuments to key pioneers of the civil rights movement are not expected to be unveiled by the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors in time for Monday's unity march.
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