STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

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Starkville man found dead in Parchman

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man serving an armed robbery sentence became the latest inmate to die in a Mississippi Department of Corrections facility.

Monday Profile: Rao brings volunteer experience from India to MSU

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Nagadarshan Rao had been speaking English for years when he arrived in the United States last year, but he wasn't completely fluent. Adjusting to the fast pace of native English speakers and the slang of the South was difficult at times, he said, but he has become more comfortable with the language over the past year and can give the Maroon Volunteer Center some of the credit for it.

'I've had a good time': Rosenhan reflects on long career in fire service

Posted 1/24/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Alvin "Kirk" Rosenhan wants everyone to know he's irreplaceable. "They're not going to find a replacement," he said. "They probably don't want somebody like me, (so) they're going to get a successor." Rosenhan announced his intent to retire in December after more than 31 years as Oktibbeha County's fire services coordinator, a position he has held since it was created in 1988.

SMART sees 20.5-percent rise in ridership in 2019

Posted 1/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit system saw increased ridership in 2019 for its campus and city routes, director Jeremiah Dumas reported to the board of aldermen Tuesday.

Oktibbeha supes move forward with county lake funding search

Posted 1/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday for a measure to potentially foot half the bill for about $8 million of construction at the county lake dam -- "the most pressing issue in Oktibbeha County," District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard said.

Bishop, Davis honored at Unity Park

Posted 1/21/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Carole McReynolds Davis knew everybody in Starkville. She used to walk up to a visitor or a newcomer in Starkville Cafe, talk to the person for several minutes, and return to her table with a napkin that had the person's name and contact information on it, her daughter Elizabeth Williams told a crowd of about 100 on Monday.

 

Oktibbeha lake down 4 feet; breach warning lowered to watch

Posted 1/20/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County downgraded the warning status for the county lake dam to a watch status this afternoon.

 

Starkville to consider further renovations at Moncrief Park

Posted 1/20/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The planned additions and renovations at Moncrief Park have had a "significant change in scope" over the past few months, Robert Luke, principal architect at Meridian-based LPK Architects told the board of aldermen at its Friday work session.

Fire Station 5 reaches full capacity after 10 years

Posted 1/20/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

George Grandfield and Ryan Classen's first day as Starkville firefighters two weeks ago began with cleaning the bathrooms at Fire Station 1.

Pumps reducing water level at Oktibbeha Lake

Posted 1/18/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The high-alert warning level for the area surrounding Oktibbeha County Lake will continue through the weekend while six diesel-fueled pumps lower the lake to a safer water level, Emergency Management Agency Director Kristen Campanella said Saturday.

'One big old family': Neighborhood near Oktibbeha County Lake has long history of unity, fellowship

Posted 1/18/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Walter Bell Road, just northeast of the Oktibbeha County Lake, hasn't been there as long as some of its residents have.

 

Update: Pumps delivered to Oktibbeha County Lake Dam; installation to begin Friday night

Posted 1/17/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Update: A set of pumps was delivered from Birmingham, Alabama to the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam on Friday evening to be installed at the levee to drain the water to a safe level and relieve pressure on the dam.

 

Corps of Engineers bringing pipes to drain Oktibbeha lake

Posted 1/17/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a set of pipes to drain the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam to a few feet above the bottom in order to relieve pressure on the levee, which started to show early signs of breaching Tuesday morning and prompted a warning and 24-hour monitoring from county leaders.

Supervisors approve plan to lower Oktibbeha Lake water level

Posted 1/16/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County will ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a set of pipes to drain the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam to a few feet above the bottom in order to relieve pressure on the levee, which started to show early signs of breaching Tuesday morning and prompted a warning and 24-hour monitoring from county leaders.

Oktibbeha Lake dam remains intact; overnight shelter opens in Starkville

Posted 1/16/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As county officials were briefing law enforcement and reporters on the status of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam on Tuesday evening, American Red Cross employees were driving from Greenville to Starkville in order to open the First Baptist Church Outreach Center as an overnight shelter for potential evacuees.

Oktibbeha Lake dam holds overnight; Authorities warn breach still 'imminent'

Posted 1/15/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Terra Robinson left Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School, where she is a teacher, as soon as she heard that the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam could flood her and her family's homes at any moment. "I had to stop my lessons and see what I needed to do, if I needed to pack my things," Robinson said. "I'm trying to pack up all my family members' pictures."

Partnership School set for April completion

Posted 1/15/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The long-delayed Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District's Partnership School took a few more steps toward its anticipated August 2020 opening at Tuesday's SOCSD Board of Trustees meeting.

 

Oktibbeha Lake dam in 'imminent' danger of breaching

Posted 1/14/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Recent storms have put the levee at the Oktibbeha County Lake dam in "imminent" danger of breaching and flooding 17,500 acres of nearby land, which would force about 250 people to evacuate at least 130 households, all the way to the northeast part of the county and north into Clay County.

 

Oktibbeha storm shelter still needs security, other amenities

Posted 1/14/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County's first storm shelter has come in handy three times in the past month, but county leaders say there is still work to be done to make sure it can accommodate the public.

 

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