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Starkville Strong keeps building awareness, members through volunteer service

Posted 2/25/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With the majority of Starkville residents confined to their homes last week because of a winter storm, local musician Tahj Mckey sacrificed his safety by delivering goods and supplies to those in need. Mckey became involved with Starkville Strong Facebook group at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic because he was trying to find ways to give back to the community during the difficult time.

The Mag film festival starts today with virtual purchasing options

Posted 2/25/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The 24th Magnolia Independent Film Festival begins today, at least virtually. Also known as The Mag, Mississippi's longest-running film festival is offering a slate of 42 films on its website that viewers can purchase.

Supes approve stricter procedures for maintaining bus turnarounds

Posted 2/24/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution setting up clearer guidelines and more oversight for the county maintaining bus turnarounds on private property.

Macon man arrested in Reed Ridge Circle shooting

Posted 2/24/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A third suspect has been arrested for a December shooting on Reed Ridge Circle in Starkville that sent one person to the hospital.

Monday Profile: Power outage does not stop Tribble from teaching children in China

Posted 2/22/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Suzanne Tribble was halfway through her first cup of coffee when a tree fell across West Main Street a few hundred feet east of her home, ripping through power lines and providing a horrifying light show of sparks flying from buzzing transformers. Then her electricity, along with much of the city's, was out and would be for the next several hours.

Food sales requirement dropped for brewpubs, breweries in limited area

Posted 2/22/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen voted unanimously Friday afternoon to allow brewpubs and small craft breweries in the city's Leisure and Entertainment District to sell beer, wine and light spirits on premises without having to also sell food.

Starkville commits additional $1.2M to TIF at old Garan site

Posted 2/20/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen voted 6-1 Friday afternoon to increase the city's tax-increment financing obligation for the redevelopment of the old Garan Manufacturing site from $3 million to $4.2 million.

Monday Profile: Meet Ron Caulfield, Mississippi State baseball's own Candyman

Posted 2/15/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If Willy Wonka based his operations in North America, Ron Caufield might well be his director of Southeast distribution. For more than two decades, Caulfield, better known around Starkville as "The Candyman," has endeared himself to Mississippi State faithful young and old through an ear-to-ear grin and a 40-pound bag of varying confections.

Center Grove seeks to fix water woes with $1M well

Posted 2/12/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's been at least two decades since Center Grove Water Association could provide all its customers with water from its own well. That's roughly how long ago the letters started coming from the Mississippi Department of Health telling the association's board the well had reached its capacity and couldn't accommodate additional customers.

Classes at J.L. King Center aim to help residents with energy efficiency

Posted 2/12/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Friends of J.L. King and Starkville Utilities are partnering to create a program to help residents save money on their utility bills. The program, "Power-Up," aims to educate Starkville residents who may be struggling to pay their bills during the coronavirus pandemic.

SOCSD monitoring weather to determine if it will go all-virtual Monday and Tuesday

Posted 2/12/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District is monitoring the weather for a possible transition to virtual learning for all students Monday and Tuesday, a press release issued this morning said.

MSU student arrested for alleged armed robbery on campus

Posted 2/10/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Mississippi State University student has been arrested for multiple counts of armed robbery following an incident on campus Monday.

Boyles: Mississippi 'a model' for how to utilize National Guard to fight pandemic

When Maj. Gen. Janson Boyles, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard, told Starkville Rotary Club Tuesday that the state's armed forces were hard at work administering COVID-19 vaccinations throughout Mississippi, they didn't have to take his word for it. They could clearly see him speaking from a vaccination site in DeSoto County in the background of his Zoom call.

Letters from Art: Three handwritten notes connected Mississippi State football legend Art Davis from the past to the present

Days after her dad's death, Kay Cristil Clouatre unfurled an unexpected letter. It was penned by Art Davis. Seven years later, Davis' subsequent notes paint a portrait of a man battling mortality and a shrinking connection between father and daughter.

5 alderman races contested in Starkville

Four new candidates qualified in aldermen races on Friday, including two Republicans in Ward 5. Friday was the final day to enter the 2021 municipal races.

Democratic challengers file in Ward 2, 5 races

Two Democrats qualified Thursday to challenge incumbents in primaries for separate wards.

After 20+ years, some Starkville residents to finally get sewer service

By sometime early next year, the often stinky, muddy, water-filled hole where the septic tank drains in Darrell and Annie Johnson's yard on Babylon Road, should be no more. The Johnsons have been looking forward to that news for 23 years.

New parks plan aims for cleaner facilities, more programming

Brandon Doherty started his job as Starkville Parks and Recreation executive director in August amid a slate of already underway capital improvement projects in his department, the largest being a $20 million tournament-ready baseball/softball complex at Cornerstone Park.

 

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