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Vrbin joins Dispatch as Starkville bureau reporter

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Tess Vrbin has joined The Dispatch staff as its Starkville bureau reporter.

Rapper T-Pain to headline 20th Bulldog Bash

Posted 8/23/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two-time Grammy Award-winning rapper T-Pain will headline the 20th annual Bulldog Bash on Sept. 20, the Mississippi State University Student Association announced Thursday.

Starkville under citywide boil water notice until Saturday

Posted 8/22/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The entire city is under a boil water notice after a contractor for Atmos Energy Corporation split a 20-foot section of water pipe Wednesday evening on Locksley Way.

Aldermen OK retail center TIF to bring in ALDI, TJ Maxx

Posted 8/21/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville is one step closer to bringing in an ALDI grocery store and a TJ Maxx department store thanks to a tax-increment financing plan the Starkville Board of Aldermen approved Tuesday with a 5-2 vote.

Oktibbeha joins Lowndes in calling for EMCC investigation

Posted 8/20/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors unanimously joined their counterparts in Lowndes County on Monday by asking the State Auditor's Office to investigate East Mississippi Community College's financial decline over the last decade.


ALDI and TJ Maxx sign onto Highway 12 retail center project

Posted 8/20/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville could get an ALDI grocery store and a TJ Maxx department store if Starkville's board of aldermen approve a tax-increment financing plan this evening for the project.


Monday Profile: MSU retiree finds second career among horses

Posted 8/19/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Walter Kilborn was not meant to retire. The lifelong Starkville resident left Mississippi State University nearly a decade ago, but he said he was not made to sit on his porch and watch his days tick by.

Aldermen to consider TIF for retail center on Highway 12

Posted 8/17/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will vote Tuesday on a tax increment finance plan for a retail shopping center development project at the intersection of Highway 12 and Industrial Park Road.

SOCSD, MSU partner for school-to-prison pipeline research

Posted 8/14/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will collaborate with Mississippi State University to examine the local impact of the school-to-prison pipeline by interviewing middle and high school students and creating a variety of focus groups.

Local Salvation Army manager highlights services in Starkville area

Posted 8/13/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One of the best things about the Salvation Army, in Katie Walker's opinion, is that 80 percent of goods and donations to the Starkville branch stay in the Starkville area.

Meridian man arrested for 'peeping tom' incident in Starkville

A Meridian man has been arrested in Starkville for a peeping tom incident.

Gladney secures third term as sheriff

Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney will remain in his seat for another term after affidavits ballots were counted Wednesday.

Gladney wins in tight Oktibbeha sheriff's race

Incumbent Sheriff Steve Gladney has emerged the victor in a tight race between him and former deputy John Rice in the Oktibbeha County sheriff's race.

Spruill breaks tie in favor of annexation

Mayor Lynn Spruill cast the deciding vote Tuesday night to move forward with annexing a portion of Oktibbeha County into the city limits. The board of aldermen split 3-3 on the issue of taking in approximately 27.9 square miles from areas of Oktibbeha County east of the city, along the Highway 82 and Highway 182 corridors out to Clayton Village and in the University Hills area.

Oktibbeha supes vote to finish road projects throughout county

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to complete several road projects regardless of their end cost at its regular meeting Monday.

Oktibbeha sheriff's candidates raise more than $20K before primary

Two Oktibbeha County sheriff's candidates have raised a combined $19,331.65 in the run up to Tuesday's primary elections.

Former MHP trooper avoids prison time in MSU track athlete's death

A former Mississippi Highway Patrol officer charged in the death of a Mississippi State University student has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will not face prison time.

'Freedom Writer' recounts inspiration he received from high school teacher

While driving through the Golden Triangle, Manny Scott began to pray for guidance in what he should say to the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District teachers, staff and administrators during Thursday's convocation.

Starkville preliminary budget report includes tax increase

Posted 7/29/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Although no draft budget has been prepared and the first public hearing on the topic won't be held until Aug. 20, the city of Starkville may consider a 1.5 mil property tax increase for Fiscal Year 2020.

MSU stabbing suspect turns himself in

Posted 7/27/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The suspect in a Friday stabbing on Mississippi State University's campus turned himself in to MSU Police Department Saturday evening.


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