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Barret named interim CEO at Partnership

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Heath Barret, Greater Starkville Development Partnership's director of membership development, will lead the organization as its board of directors searches for a new chief executive officer.


LINK may tweak Oktibbeha Co. industrial park plan

Posted 10/25/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Golden Triangle Development LINK Chief Executive Officer Joe Max Higgins says he's pleased at the progress local entities are making to develop an almost 400-acre industrial park in Oktibbeha County, but minor changes to the site plan are possible.


Starkville organizers readying annual Pumpkinpalooza

Posted 10/24/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local and visiting trick-or-treaters and the parents of costumed, ghoulish creatures will gather downtown Friday for Pumpkinpalooza, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership's annual fall harvest festival and its signature New South Weekends event.


Starkville endorses new staffing study

Posted 10/21/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After addressing minimum pay standards and progression plans this term, the Starkville Board of Aldermen authorized a new staffing study that will position the incoming administration to continue tinkering with personnel issues beyond next year.


Davis ready to begin petition drive for OCH vote

Posted 10/20/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Former Starkville Alderman Frank Davis says he's once again prepared launch a door-to-door petition drive in Oktibbeha County in an effort to force any potential OCH Regional Medical Center transaction to a countywide vote.


Perkins demands more info on Starkville hires

Posted 10/19/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins wants the mayor and his fellow aldermen to have more information about potential city hires and says department heads will be held accountable if they do not provide full reports to the board in the future.


Stroudwater report: Seek transaction proposals for OCH

Posted 10/18/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After a months-long assessment of OCH Regional Medical Center, consulting firm Stroudwater Associates' report states supervisors should "explore transactions as soon as is practical" while the hospital continues to improve its sustainability in case a sale or lease option isn't available.


OCH study results due Monday

Posted 10/15/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Consultants are scheduled to reveal the results of a months-long study of OCH Regional Medical Center next week, and the report is expected to recommend whether supervisors should keep the publicly owned medical facility or explore outside partnerships, a lease or an outright sale of the hospital.


Trainer interested in county leasing abandoned SOCSD campuses

Posted 10/13/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway and District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer have begun preliminary discussions about the county assuming the leases of two abandoned high school campuses, both men confirmed Wednesday.


Questions remain with Nicholas' hotel project

Posted 10/12/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The viability of developer Mark Nicholas' 117-bed hotel project is still unknown after a legal notice scheduling a new foreclosure sale of its 2-acre site next month was published Tuesday.


SOCSD attorney: Stansbury wants rebate on lake lease

Posted 10/11/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Former Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury is looking to cut the costs associated with his Oktibbeha County Lake lease, Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School Board Attorney John Hill confirmed Monday.


Wiseman negotiating with preferred HR candidate

Posted 10/11/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen are expected to formally hire Aramark Higher Education senior resources manager Navarete Ashford as the city's new human resources director next week, marking the first time the board has reached out of its ranks and hired an external to lead a key department this term.


Banyan sewer line project progressing

Posted 10/10/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Work to upgrade a key Ward 3 sanitation line is entering a second phase of work this week after contractors extended piping about 3,000 feet, said Starkville Utilities General Manager Terry Kemp.


Starkville accomplishes most strategic goals this term

Posted 10/8/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

While numerous political controversies, flash points and moments of ballyhoo have drawn attention in Starkville, the city's mayor and board of aldermen quietly accomplished almost all of the goals defined by the administration's strategic plan for the term.


Dairy Queen planned for Louisville St.

Posted 10/7/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The intersection of Louisville Street and Lynn Lane could soon become home to a new Dairy Queen and gas station.


Safety measures discussed for Old 25 intersection

Posted 10/7/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors are looking to install safety implements, including lighting and a traffic signal, at the intersection of Old Highway 25 and Poor House Road after multiple traffic accidents were reported in the last week.


Nicholas gets TIF money despite issues

Posted 10/6/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Developer Mark Nicholas received about $909,000 in tax increment financing reimbursements from Starkville after the board of aldermen accepted his Cotton Mill Marketplace plat Tuesday despite future upkeep worries for a private road connecting the development to public infrastructure.


Aldermen deny TIF requests for Wal-Mart grocery store

Posted 10/5/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is in jeopardy after the Starkville Board of Aldermen denied two different tax increment financing proposals Tuesday.


Oktibbeha looks at purchasing waterpark

Posted 10/4/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County is moving toward conducting a cost-benefit analysis that could lead to the purchase of the Starkville Wet N Wild waterpark and assumption of Oktibbeha County Lake lease agreements associated with the property.


Livingston tapped as interim chancery clerk

Posted 10/4/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors named Sharon Livingston interim chancery clerk Monday after learning procedural rules prevent the former deputy clerk from issuing payroll checks to employees.



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