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Peasant: 130 SOCSD students did not register for the semester

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.

64 trees likely to be removed for retail center at Garan site

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.

Starkville plans to suspend 'untenable' recycling program

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.

SMART serves as some residents' sole means of transportation during pandemic

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 supes disqualify election commissioner candidate

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.


Missing Clay County man's body found in Oktibbeha County

A missing Clay County fisherman's body was found Tuesday in an Oktibbeha County pond, Deputy Coroner Billy Miller confirmed to The Dispatch this morning.


Aldermen approve property tax hike, 2021 budget

Starkville aldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday to raise property taxes by 2 mills in the Fiscal Year 2021 to offset an anticipated $1.1 million budget shortfall.

Third MSU Greek house sees COVID exposure

Members of a third Greek chapter at Mississippi State University left their chapter house to self-quarantine due to exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus, MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter has confirmed.

Starkville's annual Get Swept Up! volunteer day set for Wednesday

Starkville will hold its annual city cleanup day, Get Swept Up!, on Wednesday for 529 volunteers to beautify the city in preparation for Mississippi State University's upcoming football season.

2 dead, 3 seriously injured in east Oktibbeha wreck

Two people from Brooksville died and three more were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in northeastern Oktibbeha County, Coroner Michael Hunt confirmed Monday.

Water main break moves 22 MSU students to hotels

Posted 8/31/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A water main break in a Mississippi State University residence hall on Friday temporarily moved 22 students to hotels in Starkville.


Unity Park will honor two new civil rights champions in 2021

Posted 8/29/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's Unity Park will start accepting nominations Tuesday for individuals who have worked for civil rights for the Black community in Oktibbeha County.


SOCSD purchasing devices for all students

Posted 8/26/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

All students in Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will have their own electronic device thanks to a grant from Mississippi Department of Education and a unanimous vote Tuesday from the SOCSD Board of Trustees at a special-call meeting.

OCH CEO: MSU students not likely to require hospitalization for COVID

Posted 8/26/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Administrators at both OCH Regional Medical Center and Mississippi State University have been in contact as MSU has resumed in-person classes, but OCH CEO Jim Jackson said he does not foresee the hospital having to admit any students who test positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

70 MSU students test positive for COVID-19

Posted 8/25/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Only a week into the fall semester, 70 students at Mississippi State University have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to data published Monday on the MSU website.

SOCSD's first day of 'new normal' comes with trials, triumphs

Posted 8/25/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Erin Dawson was nervous. On her first day at the brand new Partnership Middle School, the seventh-grader stalled in the hallway and wondered which classroom she would go to.

Two MSU Greek houses see COVID-19 outbreaks

Posted 8/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two Greek Life houses at Mississippi State University have seen outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and a total of 80 students are evacuating the houses and must quarantine for 14 days, MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter confirmed Friday.

MDEQ provides Oktibbeha more money to clean up roadside garbage

Posted 8/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Much of the garbage piled up on the gravelly Harrell Road in northwestern Oktibbeha County is unidentifiable, but the heap does include an upended toilet. A discarded mattress lies several yards east.

One person seriously injured in Aspen Heights shooting

Posted 8/21/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One person was injured and hospitalized after a shooting at Aspen Heights Apartments east of Starkville Thursday morning, according to an Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office press release.

Ex-SPD officer will serve 7 years for child exploitation

Posted 8/19/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A former Starkville police officer will spend seven years in prison after a jury found him guilty in July of five counts of child exploitation.

Aldermen debate tax increase, approve utility rate hike

Posted 8/19/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen on Tuesday debated raising property taxes by two mills in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget to offset an anticipated $1.1 million budget shortfall, with some aldermen who usually oppose tax increases firmly in favor of this one.


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