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Petition against in-person classes at MSU gains traction

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A petition for Mississippi State University not to hold in-person classes gathered more than 230 signatures by Saturday after concerned faculty started circulating it Wednesday, along with an open letter to administration declaring the current plans to reopen campus insufficient to protect the MSU community from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.


Oktibbeha EMA hopes to improve remote emergency response

The Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency hopes to add to its dispatch communication equipment to increase the productivity of its remote work, Director Kristen Campanella told the board of supervisors at a special-call budget meeting Thursday morning.


Officials: 'Mystery seeds' not dangerous, still should not be planted

Posted 8/7/2020 in Area

Sissy Watson's family received a package in the mail in mid-July with a label that indicated jewelry was inside. Instead, it "smelled almost like lavender" and contained tiny, oval-shaped seeds, she said.


MSU rents two Starkville hotels to quarantine students with COVID-19

Mississippi State University has rented two Starkville hotels for the entire fall semester in order for students who live in residence halls on campus to quarantine if they test positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.


21 new RV parking spaces coming to Starkville

Starkville aldermen unanimously approved an expansion of Moreland Storage's recreational vehicle park Tuesday evening.


Oktibbeha supervisors approve salary study from Stennis Institute

The Oktibbeha County supervisors will receive a proposal for changes to its employee pay plan from the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, a service and research organization at Mississippi State University that works with local governments to make them more efficient.


Starkville to accept bid for utilities building expansion

Starkville aldermen plan to accept a bid today for a Corinth-based construction company to add about 10,000 square feet, plus some extra parking, to the Starkville Utilities Department's current electric division building.


SOCSD delays student start date to Aug. 24

Classes will start Aug. 24 in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, Superintendent Eddie Peasant announced Friday, instead of Aug. 6 as originally planned, in order to prepare teachers for an unexpectedly high number of students who will learn through the district's virtual option.


Former SPD officer convicted of child exploitation counts

A former Starkville police officer was convicted Friday on five counts of exploitation of a child after a three-day trial in which he testified in his own defense.


SOCSD delays student start date to Aug. 24

Posted 7/31/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Classes will start Aug. 24 in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, Superintendent Eddie Peasant announced Friday, instead of Aug. 6 as originally planned, in order to prepare teachers for an unexpectedly high number of students who will learn through the district's virtual option.


Contractor pleads guilty to fraud in Second Baptist construction project

Posted 7/31/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The owner of a Long Beach construction company that allegedly failed to properly construct a Starkville church's new sanctuary pleaded guilty Thursday to a fraud charge from four years ago.


OCH CEO: Federal relief funds likely won't be used for employee raises, hazard pay

Posted 7/29/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

OCH Regional Medical Center employees have been hoping to receive pay raises from the hospital's supply of federal financial relief, but administration and the board of trustees said Tuesday that is unlikely to happen.


4-County using CARES funds for limited broadband buildout

Posted 7/29/2020 in Area

Rural parts of Choctaw, Clay and Noxubee counties will receive broadband internet access from the 4-County Electric Power Association thanks to a state-run grant program distributing federal funding.


LCSD moves start date to Sept. 1; learning environment to be determined

Posted 7/28/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Classes will start Sept. 1 in Lowndes County School District after the board voted unanimously at a budget work session Monday to move the start date from Aug. 6.


School reopening plans still fluid as pandemic continues

Posted 7/27/2020 in Business

Until the social distancing directive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is lifted, "normal operations" for schools are a thing of the past, Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Eddie Peasant said on the district website. It's true for school districts both locally and nationwide as they make plans to try to keep students, teachers and staff at a safe distance from each other in buildings and on buses. Public health data changes daily, so districts have to make adjustments on the fly if needed.


Starkville-Oktibbeha libraries request more funding for staffing, programming

Posted 7/27/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Loraine Walker has held a livestreamed storytime for children "every day at 10 a.m. without fail" on Facebook since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic halted most activity in March.


COVID causes delays at North Star; officials still optimistic about site

Posted 7/25/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Construction of the long-awaited North Star Industrial Park at the northwest intersection of Highways 389 and 82 in Starkville has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic, though not without delays, Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said.


Columbus-based outdoor travel app sees immediate popularity

Posted 7/24/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mark Alexander Sr. was planning a trout fishing trip to Tennessee with a friend a couple years ago and found it a labor-intensive process that he thought should be easier and faster.


Aldermen hire new parks director on second try

Posted 7/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville hired a new Parks and Recreation executive director Tuesday with a unanimous board of aldermen vote and several statements of confidence.


'No right answer': Parents grapple with education options for children during pandemic

Posted 7/21/2020 in Area

Christine Lawson had "tossed around the idea of homeschooling" her two sons in the past, but it is the continuing COVID-19 pandemic that has convinced her to do it. Lawson and her older son, who is 11, both have health conditions that make her wary of sending the boys back to Lowndes County School District in case they unknowingly bring the virus home. Schools across the state and nation closed their doors and implemented online learning from March to May due to the pandemic, and families throughout the Golden Triangle have much to consider when deciding whether to send their children back into school buildings next month.



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