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MSU's Kibler set to lead Sul Ross State University

Posted 6/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Bill Kibler, Mississippi State University vice president for student affairs, is expected to take over as president of Texas-based Sul Ross State University before fall semester after he was recently named the position's sole finalist.

Road house ordinance talks could be delayed until July

Posted 6/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors may not have an opportunity to discuss a potential ordinance mandating safer night club rules until July as officials travel to the coast this week for a conference.


Starkville police investigating Twitter accounts

Posted 6/14/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department launched a new investigation last month into a Twitter account parodying an elected official, court documents show, but investigators say the case is not active or moving forward at this time.



School board rewards administrators with raises

Posted 6/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Citing high evaluations and increased workloads associated with 2015's upcoming school consolidation, Starkville School District Board of Trustees members approved 5-percent raises for Superintendent Lewis Holloway and Assistant Superintendents Toriano Holloway and Jody Woodrum following closed-door discussions Tuesday.


Arrests made in Starkville shooting death

Posted 6/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Anthony Lamar Williams, of 1200 Louisville St., Apartment C1, has been charged with murder.

Man shot dead at Starkville apartments

Posted 6/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department is investigating a daylight shooting at Louisville Street Apartments that killed 27-year-old Tyrell Deshon Gillespie, of 1447 Blair Road, Wednesday.


Almost half of Oktibbeha officials' 2013 economic filings missing

Posted 6/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Personal economic filings for 2013 are unavailable on the Mississippi Ethics Commission's website for nine of 20 elected Oktibbeha County officials, a survey of the site showed Wednesday.


Temporary injunction stands as Club Rock case transitions to chancery court

Posted 6/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens on Tuesday slightly amended a temporary injunction against Club Rock and its owner, Larry Fair, but the facility's nightclub operations are prohibited until chancery court holds a nuisance abatement hearing for the establishment.

Dispatch reporter apologizes for comments

A journalist who covers Mississippi State University athletics for The Dispatch is apologizing for offensive comments he made about Lafayette, Louisiana, and its residents during an Internet radio broadcast last week.

Mayor, 2 aldermen late with economic filings

The Mississippi Ethics Commission website shows Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman and Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver filed their annual statements of economic interest past the May 1 deadline and lists no such filing yet for Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn.

MSU studies how bird beak's design may lead to better helmets

A woodpecker may not make a good football mascot, but Mississippi State University researchers think this bird's shock-absorbing beak may help them design a better football helmet.


Deputies investigating Blackjack community homicide

Oktibbeha County deputies are investigating the death of a resident after the victim was seriously assaulted Sunday in the Blackjack community.



Blackjack developments could spur new regulation

Oktibbeha County supervisors indicated a willingness to entertain new rules limiting hauling weights as large trucks loaded with materials heading to and from upcoming housing developments continue to damage Blackjack Road.


Personnel matter draws sanitation employees behind closed doors

Starkville aldermen discussed a personnel issue involving Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy and Calvin Ware, a sanitation worker, behind closed doors for almost 90 minutes Tuesday, but no motions specific to the matter emerged in open session.

Rice tapped as new MSU police chief

M. Vance Rice, a 20-plus year law enforcement veteran currently working at the University of Arkansas, will lead the Mississippi State University Police Department pending approval from the State College Board.


Supervisors amend Miss. Horse Park dedication

Oktibbeha County supervisors agreed to split an $8,000 fee with Mississippi State University to assess potential repairs at Miss. Horse Park Monday after pledging $4,000 and in-kind services for harness track fixes in April.


Carpenter fulfills civic duty as election commissioner

As candidates, issues and technology changed over the past decade in Oktibbeha County, Myles Carpenter remained a constant figure in local elections.

Proposed expansion would make Starkville Kroger third-largest in state

Posted 5/31/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A proposed $16.5 million project could make Starkville's Kroger location the company's third-largest store in the state.


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