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Starkville man held on child porn charge

A Starkville man is facing charges involving possession of child pornography, Attorney General Jim Hood said.

Starkville man charged with stabbing at apartment complex

A second knife attack Tuesday in Starkville sent two more men to the hospital and landed one of them in jail.


Public speaks out on Starkville school superintendent search

About 50 people came to Sudduth Elementary School Tuesday night to involve themselves in the process of searching for a new superintendent for the Starkville School District.


Customers support Starkville doughnut shop in wake of horrific knife attack

One day after a brutal robbery attempt which saw one cashier get her throat cut and another male employee stabbed multiple times, the crew at Shipley Donuts was shaken but not crippled.

Oktibbeha County's fire services coordinator shares ideas in U.K. trip

Posted 5/31/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Kirk Rosenhan is like a superhero in Oktibbeha County. Wherever there's trouble, he'll be there. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be the man solving the problems, but he coordinates the men who do.

UPDATED: Assailant slashes throats, stabs workers at Starkville doughnut shop

Posted 5/31/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Weir man is in custody after allegedly attacking two people at Shipley Donuts in Starkville. The Starkville Police Department identified George Johnson of Weir as the man responsible for attacking two people with a knife Tuesday morning at Shipley Donuts.

Starkville parks get silly with summer

Posted 5/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Parks and Recreation Department wants your kids to get silly.


Starkville puts focus on summer activities

Posted 5/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Not all of the suggestions for a better Starkville need to go through the Board of Aldermen, so some of the city's unelected leaders have banded together to make their own moves.


Peach vendors pays for kids' college education with fruit stand sales

Posted 5/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Methods to pay your kids' way through college: Savings plan, prepaid tuition, scholarships, grants, student loans ... peaches? Sarah Ballenger's family has stumbled upon a brilliant means of putting more than five children through college.


Clerk to host Oktibbeha candidate workshop

Posted 5/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis wants to prevent any misunderstandings, misconceptions and misinformation prior to primary elections on Aug. 2, so she's inviting all of the county's political candidates back to school for a day.


Late constable's wife sworn in to finish term

Posted 5/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ruby Shurden walked into the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Wednesday already in uniform. The new Constable District 1 will represent the county as well as the name printed on her name tag: Jimmy Shurden.


Memorial Day Closings

Posted 5/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Dispatch will not print a newspaper on Monday, May, 30, and our offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.



Columbus, Starkville students earn National Merit Scholarships

Posted 5/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Columbus high school student was named the winner of a National Merit Scholarship on Wednesday. Rachel Stanback, a senior at Columbus High School, was one of 2,900 students nationwide to receive the award. She plans to attend Samford University, where she will major in journalism and mass communication.



Oktibbeha County looking for poll workers

Posted 5/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Election Commission is looking for poll workers.



Sharp retrial date likely to be set after Memorial Day

Posted 5/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Leslie Sharp is unlikely to receive a new trial date until after Memorial Day.



Starkville school board shuffles officer positions

Posted 5/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville school board members chose a new board president Tuesday night in a brief meeting where they decided not to go into closed session to discuss matters out of the public's hearing.


Starkville man faces sexual battery charge

Posted 5/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man was charged with sexual battery Saturday in a case involving his 12-year-old stepdaughter.


Starkville police to crack down on seat belt violations

Posted 5/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two weeks of increased seat belt ticketing began Monday. The Starkville Police Department issued a friendly reminder Monday that it will participate in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign May 23 - June 5.


Bike shop owner struck while cycling

Posted 5/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The owner of Boardtown Bikes in Starkville is in stable condition after being struck by a car while cycling Sunday in Clay County.

Vacant Columbus landmark shows new signs of age

Posted 5/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A downtown landmark is partially boarded up now in response to a request by the city's building inspection department. Plywood was recently placed over some of the side and rear windows of the old Masonic Temple, located at the corner of Main and Fourth streets.


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