STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

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Starkville braces to handle minimum pay mandate

Posted 7/11/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A minimum pay mandate, an adjustment to solve salary compression issues and raises for four deputy court clerks are forecast to increase Starkville's personnel budget by almost $35,000 in the upcoming fiscal year.

 

Bulldog Bash leaving Cotton District

Bulldog Bash, an iconic music festival traditionally set in the Cotton District, is moving to Mississippi State University's amphitheater because of logistical issues with local development and business owners, the university's student government association announced Friday.

Hamilton taking leave of absence from circuit clerk position

Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Glenn Hamilton will take a temporary leave of absence from his position due to health reasons, his attorney announced Friday.

Colom eyes Aug. move-in date to new office space

District Attorney Scott Colom is hopeful he and his staff can move into new Columbus office space in August after Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties agreed to split the costs of a new lease and utility bills.

 

Starkville's outside funding changes slightly for FY 17

Starkville taxpayers will continue to fund external entities and organizations at the same overall rate in Fiscal Year 2016-17 after aldermen approved a level, $418,723 outside contributions budget Tuesday.

 

 

Investigator: Preliminary results indicate Oktibbeha County man was shot

Preliminary results indicate an Oktibbeha County resident died as the result of a gunshot wound on the Fourth of July, Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department Lt. Brett Watson confirmed Wednesday.

 

Wynn scolds Perkins over anti-consent agenda stance

Growing agitation over Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins' stance against utilizing consent agendas came to a head Tuesday when Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn scolded the mayor pro tempore for keeping board members, department heads and the public late into the night and attempted to change procedural rules for meetings.

Oktibbeha Co. Barn Quilt Trail reaches fourth year, boasts 26 quilts

Vicki Burnett of Starkville put Oktibbeha County on the map. The Barn Quilt Trail map, that is. "I went to a workshop one time, and a lady painted a barn quilt into one of her paintings," she said. "It was just really kind of intriguing, and that's when I first learned what a barn quilt was."

 

Foul play possible in Oktibbeha man's death

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department is treating the death of a Walter Bell Road man Monday as a homicide as investigators piece together what happened.

 

High bids could change scope of SPD renovations

Over-budget bids for Starkville Police Department renovations could force aldermen to scale back the scope of the project.

Starkville honored at MML conference

The Mississippi Municipal League honored Starkville with the overall Municipal Excellence Award at its 85th annual conference in Biloxi this week.

 

Duplicate road names could hamstring emergency responders

Posted 6/29/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency Director Shank Phelps wants Starkville to rename two roads with similar counterparts in the county before first responders are hampered in life-or-death situations.

 

Industrial park bonds set for fall issuance

Posted 6/28/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County and Starkville are set to issue a combined $14 million in bonds to fund a new industrial park this fall after supervisors approved their half of the issuance notice Monday.

 

MSU athletics sets attendance records in 5 different sports

Posted 6/25/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Jack and Laura Clark felt the need to increase their personal travel budget this year. The couple owns a business in Jackson. During the 2015-16 school year, they estimate they made roughly 60 trips to Starkville to see their alma mater, Mississippi State University, play athletics.

 

 

Norman elected MPA-MPS president

Posted 6/25/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The publisher of the Starkville Daily News was elected president of the state newspaper association during its 150th annual convention June 24 in Biloxi.

 

Mother arrested after newborn tests positive for drugs

Posted 6/24/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department charged a mother with aggravated assault Thursday after her newborn baby tested positive for drugs.

 

Judge: Holloway, Couvion cases require additional investigation

Posted 6/24/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Justice Court Judge C. Martin Haug continued the simple assault trials of Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway and his neighbor, Roy Couvion, after agreeing to a motion seeking additional investigation time after new evidence emerged.

 

 

182 redevelopment plan: Add retail, improve aesthetics

Posted 6/24/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville officials and out-of-town consultants concluded a week of public input session on a redevelopment plan for Highway 182 Thursday.

 

Fire destroys New Light Road home

Posted 6/23/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Fire officials deemed an Oktibbeha County home a total loss after a blaze tore through the structure Thursday morning.

Hattiesburg passes over SOCSD official for superintendent

Posted 6/22/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Toriano Holloway, Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District's assistant superintendent for federal programs and operations, will remain with the district after the Hattiesburg school board passed over hiring him as the district's next superintendent Tuesday.

 

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