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Witnesses describe deception, push for 'obedience' from Second Baptist pastor

Posted 10/24/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Before September 2015, Bennie Hairston trusted Rev. Joseph Stone.


Witness: Second Baptist pastor created 'cult-like following' over failed sanctuary project

Posted 10/21/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Tasers. Threats of violence. Police alerted to show up at the first sign of trouble. Business meetings at Second Baptist Church in Starkville had become contentious, even dangerous, as the congregation was divided due to a years-long dispute over a failed construction project, Charles Ware, a spokesman and adviser for the church's board of trustees, said Tuesday on the witness stand in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Painted University Drive bridge attracts citizens' attention

Posted 10/21/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The brightly colored paint on the University Drive bridge over the railroad tracks, just east of Old West Point Road, has been there for a week and is already the talk of the town, even at Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting.


MSU professor emeritus: Next month's vote will take days to be counted

Posted 10/20/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A handful of absentee ballots decided Starkville's 2017 mayoral contest, and Marty Wiseman believes absentee and mail-in ballots will decide the 2020 presidential election as well. As a result, Election Day will be more like Election Month, the retired Mississippi State University political science professor told Starkville Rotary Club at its Monday meeting.


Longview Road project likely to begin before the end of the year

Posted 10/20/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The first stages of the long-awaited paving of Longview Road will most likely start in the next few months, after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the movement of utility wires along the roadway.


Possible Starkville-MSU recycling partnership starting to take shape

Posted 10/19/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville is considering a partnership with Mississippi State University's recycling program after the city halted its own program, which operated at a financial loss.


Aldermen debate several potential project requests for the state

Posted 10/19/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill had been hoping she and the board of aldermen could come to an agreement Friday on what kind of project to request the state Legislature fund during its next session.


Reimagined outdoor market event draws hundreds to downtown West Point

Posted 10/17/2020 in Area

About 200 people, most wearing protective face coverings, had come to the outdoor market on Commerce Street by 10:30 a.m. Saturday, West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts estimated.


Drive-in screening of John Lewis documentary set for Sunday at MSU

Posted 10/16/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The documentary film "John Lewis: Good Trouble," depicting the life and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement icon and Georgia Congressman who died earlier this year, will be shown as a free drive-in film Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on the Mississippi State University campus.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Columbus woman 'never scared' during her bout with cancer, surgery

Posted 10/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After two decades working at Golden Triangle Radiology, Lee Hackett is used to being in close proximity to other people's breast cancer diagnoses. But she never expected to receive her own diagnosis, she said, until it happened 10 years ago when she was 54.


Flag commission member: Magnolia is 'something people would recognize' for Mississippi

Posted 10/13/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sherri Bevis remembers the exact date Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann called and asked her to be a member of the state flag selection commission: June 30, which happens to be Hosemann's birthday.


Monday Profile: Warren hopes to impart life skills with athletic skills at new gym

Posted 10/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Terrell Warren thought he had left his basketball days behind him. He moved to the Golden Triangle to "get away and start fresh" after playing high school basketball in his hometown of Birmingham. He attended Mississippi State University and then worked for Steel Dynamics in Lowndes County for 12 years. He has lived in Columbus since 2009 and is raising four children with his wife, Tiffany.


MSU maintains partnership with Nobel Peace Prize winner

Posted 10/11/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The 2020 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, announced on Friday, has a longstanding working relationship with Mississippi State University.


Rent-to-own housing designed to help low-income residents buy homes, rarely works out that way

Posted 10/8/2020 in Area

Herman Watson and Rhonda King live on the same Columbus street, in houses with nearly identical layouts in the Northaven Woods neighborhood. Both moved there as soon as the houses were built in 2017. Watson bought his house after renting it for about a year. King hasn't bought hers, and she said she doesn't know if she ever will.


Aldermen decide to keep Starkville mask mandate indefinitely

Posted 10/7/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's requirement for people to wear protective face coverings in city buildings and businesses remains in place indefinitely after aldermen decided at Tuesday's meeting not to vote on a resolution that would have rescinded it.


Starkville Rotary teams up with city to plan inclusive playground

Posted 10/6/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Rotary Club plans to work with the city to build a new playground that will be accessible to children with special needs, a majority of club members voted at Monday's meeting at The Mill at MSU conference center.


Oktibbeha County curfew, mask mandate remain in place

Posted 10/6/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha supervisors voted 3-2 Monday to continue to require protective face coverings at county-owned buildings and social gatherings outside the Starkville city limits as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.


Starkville plans to improve heavily traveled roads, add sidewalk connections in 2021

Posted 10/5/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's been 13 years since the last time the city of Starkville overlaid Main Street, and Mayor Lynn Spruill said it was obvious in a Southeastern Conference promotional video that included a shot of the main downtown thoroughfare.


Starkville mask requirement up for debate Tuesday after statewide mandate ends

Posted 10/3/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Rick Jordan, of Starkville, and his wife have not seen their families in several months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


State and local officials, NAACP urge people to vote at Starkville town hall

Posted 10/3/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Next month's election has been called the most important in recent history, and residents of Starkville and Oktibbeha County are increasingly aware of it as more and more of them register to vote, Oktibbeha County NAACP President Yulanda Haddix said.



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