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MSU plans condensed spring 2021 semester

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University will end the spring 2021 semester a week early and eliminate spring break in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Wednesday press release.

Starkville bicyclist dies after collision with car

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville woman died Wednesday of multi-system trauma after a car hit her while she was riding a bicycle Tuesday night on Stark Road, Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt told The Dispatch.

Cowbells expected to be loud, even at 25-percent capacity

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Junction may be empty, but the clanging of cowbells will return to Davis Wade Stadium this weekend, albeit in a limited capacity.

MSU's win over LSU produces boost in merchandise sales

Posted 9/29/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

By about 6:30 Saturday evening, what had been low expectations for Mississippi State were suddenly soaring. And we're not just talking about what happened on the field, where Mississippi State had just finished off a stunning 44-34 victory over sixth-ranked and defending national champion LSU on its own field in Mike Leach's MSU coaching debut.

Monday Profile: Scooter's Records still rockin' and rollin' amid pandemic uncertainty

Posted 9/28/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Scott "Scooter" Thomas sits behind the register and basks in the vocals of Texas-based bluegrass group The Gourds. The tune, "Lower 48," is part of Thomas' recent kick on Longhorn State bands, though he explains he tries to flip the music playing over the speakers in his store based on the clientele walking in and out.

Photos: Art in the Park

Posted 9/28/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteers Tiffany Gladney, left, and Myles Spillers show a selection of free books to 2-year-old Jay Zachary, the son of Jessica Flowers, at the annual Art in the Park event Saturday in Starkville.

Blackjack, Poor House roads receive state funding for construction

Posted 9/26/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The long-delayed Blackjack Road repair project will receive its final portion of funding from the state after the Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously voted to accept $500,000 in general obligation bonds at a special-call meeting Friday.

Oktibbeha first responders team up for dog rescue

Posted 9/25/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite the cliche, the volunteer fire departments in Oktibbeha County rarely respond to calls about cats in trees, fire services coordinator Patrick Warner said.

Starkville will get $414K from MEMA for COVID-19 expenses

Posted 9/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville will receive at least $414,000 in federal relief funds from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the city for costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Clerk Lesa Hardin said.

SOCSD to eliminate hybrid learning model Oct. 5

Posted 9/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Nearly 300 students in grades 8-12 in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District signed up for a "hybrid" learning environment for the semester due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But beginning Oct. 5, they will have to choose between traditional instruction and virtual-only.

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.

Aldermen vote to save 'at least some' trees at Garan site

Posted 9/16/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At least some of the 64 pine trees that have stood for decades at the intersection of Highway 12 and Industrial Park Road will be saved after aldermen voted narrowly Tuesday that they couldn't all be removed.

Oktibbeha includes slight property tax increase to benefit schools

Posted 9/15/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha supervisors unanimously approved the $44.5 million Fiscal Year 2021 budget Monday, raising property tax millage by 0.03 mills, from 123.57 to 123.60. The revenue from the millage increase will benefit the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, County Administrator Emily Garrard said.

Board of pharmacy agent warns of rising drug overdose rate among youth during the pandemic

Posted 9/15/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As depression symptoms rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are now more at risk of drug abuse and overdose, said Sid Seal, compliance agent with Mississippi Board of Pharmacy.

Monday Profile: Starkville family follows father's legacy to open meat wholesaler

Posted 9/14/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Sanders family has always been "in the cow business," as Will Sanders puts it. Will, along with his older brother Scott, his sister Leslie and his mother Linda, wished to continue the legacy of his late father David, who started working with cattle 40 years ago.

MSU student athletes march for racial justice

Posted 9/11/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Stepping behind a microphone with nearly 350 masked marchers standing before her at the foot of the south end zone complex at Davis Wade Stadium, Mississippi State junior women's basketball player Sidney Cooks spoke with a deep pain in her voice.

'Lights at Lafayette' aims to bring activity back to downtown Starkville

Posted 9/11/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Weeks after a planned outdoor "streatery" in Starkville faded to black in the face of potential litigation, the lights are on for another outdoor venue downtown.

 

State-funded art project at Unity Park in the design stage

Posted 9/11/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A long-planned addition to Starkville's Unity Park received financial support from the Mississippi Arts Commission in August.

 

Citizen wants vicious dog ordinance strengthened after stray German Shepherd kills livestock

Posted 9/10/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An Oktibbeha County farmer approached the board of supervisors Tuesday to take issue with the county's ordinance and procedure for dealing with vicious dogs, saying it does not sufficiently protect livestock, after he lost several animals to a 100-pound German Shepherd with no known owner.

Oktibbeha supes approve curfew to curb 'block parties'

Supervisors unanimously approved a curfew that started Tuesday, from midnight to 4 a.m., in Oktibbeha County until at least Monday, after the sheriff's department expressed concerns about large parties in recent weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Peasant: 130 SOCSD students did not register for the semester

About 130 students who were in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District last year did not register for classes this year and have not responded to the district's attempts to contact them, Superintendent Eddie Peasant said Tuesday at a board of trustees meeting.

 

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