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Aldermen exclude most of University Estates from latest revised plan for annexation

A new plan that would eliminate most of University Estates from the city's annexation may have extinguished some of the fiery controversy, but there remained some simmering resentment from a handful of citizens and property owners who will remain part of the annexation area.

Aldermen look at changes to stormwater code

After an April storm, the city recorded flooding on 30 of its streets. By then, the city's year-to-date rainfall had almost doubled as city officials and residents alike wondered what could be done.


OCH Regional Medical Center receives Gold Plus Award in stroke care

OCH Regional Medical Center recently received the Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, which is awarded by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to hospitals meeting certain criteria for stroke treatment.


Three candidates apply for SOCSD board vacancy

Three candidates have applied for a vacant position on the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees.

J.L. King Center needs $30K to continue 'crucial' programs

Posted 6/29/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Shanice Davis used to go to the J.L. King Center in Starkville every day, starting three years ago. She would participate in classes for yoga, cooking and parenting, and her three children -- now 4, 5 and 14 -- would go along and play in the childcare program. If it was summertime, the kids would go to a reading and tutoring camp at the center.

Aldermen hear from IPS about costs, benefits of parking meters

Posted 6/29/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If you walk around downtown Starkville, you can see a reminder of the past and, perhaps, a glimpse of the future. During Friday's work session, Starkville's Board of Aldermen listened to a presentation from Sherry Fountain of San Diego-based IPS Group Inc., one of the nation's leading manufacturers of parking meters.

'He's obviously a fighter': Former Marine fights paralysis, earns third-degree black belt

Posted 6/29/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With tears swelling in his eyes, Dave Dampier helped martial arts instructor Ken Moore stand from his wheelchair -- which he's been confined to for 10 years -- to receive his third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Pleasant Acres work could be finished in August

Posted 6/28/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It cost twice as much as first expected and has taken more than twice as long to finish, but the first of several major infrastructure projects in the city is near completion.

Pecan Acres residents still await news regarding relocation

Posted 6/27/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's a pleasant Wednesday morning at Pecan Acres and more than a few residents are agreeable to visits. You know this by the open front doors that dot the 120-unit low-income housing complex just off Highway 12 in downtown Starkville. Through the metal screen doors, residents are sending a message that they are home and ready for company.


Former MSU vet student, instructor files suit for wrongful termination

Posted 6/26/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A former student and instructor at the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine has filed a federal lawsuit against the university for wrongful termination.


Boil water notice issued in Starkville

Posted 6/26/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Utilities has issued a boil water notice for a portion of University Drive.

Longview Road project funding approved, work could begin in late July

Posted 6/25/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

During a Monday meeting, Oktibbeha County supervisors voted unanimously to accept the low bid of $2.2 million from Phillips Contracting of Columbus to pave Longview Road.

Starkville considering downtown parking meters

Posted 6/22/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville plans to look at parking meters as a possible solution to parking issues downtown and in the Cotton District.

Plans forming for fields at Cornerstone Park

Posted 6/21/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Preliminary plans for Starkville's Cornerstone Park are taking shape after city officials met with designers from Dalhoff-Thomas on Thursday.

Oktibbeha County declared federal disaster area

Posted 6/21/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County has been declared a federal disaster area in response to an April 13 storm that spawned a pair of tornadoes in the county.

'Let's meet in Omaha': Lemonis faces college roommate, former coaching colleague in elimination game tonight

Posted 6/20/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Chris Lemonis can still remember the humid South Carolina air. It was 1989. Air conditioning units still hadn't made their way to The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

SOCSD plans for grant-funded literacy program

Posted 6/20/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District has solidified its plans for a nearly $148,000 Mississippi Department of Education Literacy Support Grant it was awarded earlier this month that was designed to help school districts with a large number of students with low literacy test scores.

Photo: Starkville storm damage

Posted 6/20/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Landon Nelson, a ground hand with MDR Construction, left, and Cole Stewart work to remove a downed power line from a pile of storm debris Thursday morning. A storm that hit Starkville overnight knocked over trees and left thousands of people without power.

Court of Appeals denies rehearing on industrial park case

Posted 6/19/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will not rehear a case opposing the rezoning of land for an industrial park in north Starkville.

Starkville residents push back on annexation

Posted 6/19/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Residents who live in areas the city of Starkville is considering annexing flocked to City Hall Tuesday to rail against the annexation at the city's first public hearing on the matter.


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