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Bang for the buck: Starkville museum owner starts GoFundMe to raise $150K for field cannon

Posted 1/16/2021 in Area

An addition to the Starkville Civil War Arsenal building sits virtually empty, with only construction materials scattered throughout the space that is scheduled to be finished this week.


Starkville police getting new body, vehicle cameras in $621K contract

Posted 1/16/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen on Tuesday plan to approve a $621,600 contract for a new police department body and vehicle camera system.


Unity Park names honorees for 2021

Posted 1/14/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Things were supposed to be different Monday at Unity Park in downtown Starkville. No crowd will gather at the park on Douglas L. Conner Drive to witness the formal dedication of two new honorees whose lives helped promote racial unity and understanding. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic took care of that local Martin Luther King Jr. Day tradition.


Former selectman Bobo running for mayor in West Point

Posted 1/11/2021 in Area

WEST POINT -- The end of the first week of qualifying for city elections brought a list of so-far unchallenged selectmen incumbents, as well as a new candidate for mayor.


Starkville to contract with Waste Pro for recycling

Posted 12/16/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville is getting back into the recycling business.


Monday Profile: Oktibbeha 4-H leader pushes herself, club members to keep serving amid pandemic

Posted 12/14/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A stroke in April 2018 temporarily relegated Rose Coffey Graham to "working from the bed." She still had plenty to do. Living near Oktibbeha County Lake, approximately halfway between Maben and Starkville, she has volunteered with several initiatives and organizations in both communities for decades. Possibly her best-known contribution is leading Oktibbeha County's Controllers 4-H clubs.


West Point parks remain closed amid pandemic despite selectman's objections

Posted 11/11/2020 in Area

Another month, another failed effort by Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer to open the city parks.


Aldermen vote to compensate employees who took pay cuts

Posted 11/4/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen approved a measure Tuesday that will "make whole" city officials and employees who took pay or hour cuts for nearly two months earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Home Base: One good turn of confusion deserves another

Posted 10/22/2020 in Local Columns

Ah! Autumn in Mississippi.


Effort to partially open West Point parks fails Tuesday

Posted 10/14/2020 in Area

Following Tuesday evening's board of selectmen meeting, Ward 4's Keith McBrayer approached Parks and Recreation Director Jarrod McDaniel as others filed out of the boardroom. "Well, I tried," he told McDaniel, flatly. "I'll try again next month."


Home Base: Hypocrisy unmasked

Posted 10/8/2020 in Local Columns

Earlier this week, I was sitting in my living room when my youngest daughter, 5-year-old Pfeiffer, walked up to me with a contemplative expression.


Higgins: 'Large processor' eyeing West Point industrial site

Posted 10/1/2020 in Area

Work will begin soon to install sewer lines at 138 acres of the Prairie Belt Powersite.


Monday Profile: 'Revealing God's art in wood'

Posted 9/21/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In the middle of the woods on his parents' property in the Morgantown community, Mark Henry sits on a stack of freshly cut oak columns for a water break.


Selectman asks for extra $144K in bond money to pave streets in his neighborhood

Posted 9/9/2020 in Area

A selectman's impassioned plea Tuesday to divert more money from the city's road bond to pave streets in his own neighborhood did not seem to get far with his fellow board members, but support from vocal audience members at the meeting became rowdy enough that the mayor once had to gavel them down to keep order.


Home Base: When asked to serve two masters, people make mistakes

Posted 8/22/2020 in Local Columns

At home this summer, my daughter Zayley, 11, has watched for the mail truck every day with the excitement of someone waiting for her Publishers Clearinghouse check.


LCSD requesting $5.5 million more from local taxes

Posted 8/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District is requesting about $5.5 million more than last year from county property tax revenue for Fiscal Year 2021, much of which would boost its operating revenue.


Monday Profile: New Hope teen angler 'born with a fishing rod in his hands'

Posted 8/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Friday afternoon at Performance Marine on Gardner Boulevard, David Wesley Dupler answers the phone at the front desk, while his mother, Michelle, helps a walk-in customer. Dusty Dupler, David's father, is hidden away working in the back of the store, occasionally walking to the front to speak friendly with customers he seems to have known for decades.


Home Base: A very COVID kickoff

Posted 8/10/2020 in Local Columns

It's a balmy 76 degrees on a beautiful mid-October Saturday on a Southeastern Conference university campus. The 11 a.m. kickoff is about 20 minutes away.


Home Base: Wear the damn mask

Posted 7/29/2020 in Local Columns

I've never understood the point of the proselytizing atheist. Even as a person of Christian faith, I understand how a person's life experiences would lead them to decide not to have faith themselves.


Home Base: Harry Sanders' legacy and how we can define its impact

Posted 6/22/2020 in Local Columns

My father has always been a walking repository of profound colloquialisms. Each were either passed down to him directly from generations of our family or by cultural osmosis from his nearly 70 years living in Southeast Arkansas.



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