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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A long-planned addition to Starkville's Unity Park received financial support from the Mississippi Arts Commission in August.
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.
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.
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.
Starkville's landscape advisory board voted 5-1 on Wednesday to remove the 64 pine trees that tower over Highway 12 near the intersection with Industrial Park Road, where the Garan Manufacturing building will be replaced in about a year with a retail shopping center.
The declining market for recyclable materials and the COVID-19 pandemic have led Starkville officials to rethink the usefulness of having a recycling program for the city.
The Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit bus system has seen more than 4 million riders since it began in 2013, and the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how necessary public transportation is for some area residents, local leaders say.
Oktibbeha supervisors voted 3-1 in a special-call meeting Wednesday to disqualify a candidate for District 3 election commissioner after the incumbent questioned his opponent's time as a permanent resident of the county.
1. 'Legacy' of pine plantations falls short of projections COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Police seek suspects in drug store burglaries COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. LCSD lets students switch from virtual to in-person learning mid-semester COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Blackjack, Poor House roads receive state funding for construction STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. Monday Profile: Scooter's Records still rockin' and rollin' amid pandemic uncertainty STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY