STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

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Supes OK new wastewater district

Posted 11/3/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday approved a resolution officially creating the East Oktibbeha Wastewater District.

 

 

Authorities yet to release name of fire victim

Posted 11/3/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — A pair of dogs laid lazily in the tall grass along Townsend Road Monday afternoon and another stood alert just inside a thin wire fence. The hound in the yard barked menacingly at anyone who approached while the charred remains of a mobile home loomed in the background. The roof of the trailer was melted and scorched, and the blackened insides of the structure were visible from the dusty, unpaved road. The home belonged to an elderly man who died Sunday when the structure caught fire and he was unable to escape. Authorities have not released the identity of the man, only saying he was in his early 70s.

 

 

Free retrofit improves school bus emissions

Posted 11/3/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Twelve school buses in Starkville are easier on the environment after a Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality retrofit is helping to their reduce tailpipe emissions.

 

Police continue search for weekend shooting suspects

Posted 11/3/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department was still searching today for two suspects involved in a weekend shooting on North Montgomery Street.

 

County schools to get free H1N1 vaccines

Posted 11/3/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County school officials set events in motion Monday night to bring free H1N1 vaccines to district students. They also approved a job description to create four new part-time learning strategist positions, and approved a $5 per student activity fee for participation in an elementary art club.

 

Bobby Batiste sentenced to death

Posted 10/31/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After three hours of deliberation today, an Oktibbeha County jury sentenced 29-year-old Bobby Batiste to death for the capital murder of his rommate last year at 21 Apartments.

 

Batiste found guilty of capital murder

Posted 10/30/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After what 16th Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens called "a long week," an Oktibbeha County jury has found former Mississippi State University student Bobby Batiste guilty of capital murder in the apparent beating death of his former housemate.

 

 

Local activist protests Batiste’s all-white jury

Posted 10/30/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — A community activist is protesting the all-white jury in the trial of a former Mississippi State University student accused of killing his roommate.

 

 

Evidence contradicts Batiste’s account of killing

Posted 10/30/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Thursday testimony suggests a former Mississippi State University student on trial for capital murder might not have been totally truthful last year in statements to authorities regarding the death of his housemate at 21 Apartments.

 

 

Halloween weekend events scare up plenty to do

Posted 10/29/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A quick look around the Golden Triangle reveals no shortage of ways for goblins large and small to get into the festive spirit. Check out this sampling of events ranging from costume contests to fall carnivals taking place during the next three days. Keep in mind, inclement weather could affect some outdoor events.

 

Defense Attorney: Batiste was attacked first

Posted 10/29/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Jurors in the capital murder trial of Bobby Batiste got their first glimpse Wednesday at the brutal slaying of Mississippi State University student Andreas Galanis last March at 21 Apartments, but defense attorney Jim Lappan threw the panel a curve ball when he said during opening statements that Galanis was the aggressor and initiated the fatal fight with Batiste.

 

Attorneys question potential jurors about death penalty

Posted 10/28/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It’s been a long two days for Bobby Batiste. Sitting silently with his team of defense attorneys in front of a packed courtroom at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse, the former Mississippi State University student has faced more than 100 prospective jurors in his capital murder trial, all the while knowing 12 members of the group ultimately will decide whether he lives or if he dies.

 

 

Jury in Batiste trial could be sequestered

Posted 10/27/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Jury selection continued this morning in the capital murder trial of former Mississippi State University student Bobby Batiste, who is accused of killing his roommate last year at their off-campus apartment.

 

 

Batiste trial set to begin

Posted 10/26/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — The trial of a former Mississippi State University student accused of killing his roommate last year at an off-campus apartment is set to begin today in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. Bobby Batiste, of Preston, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in July 2008 to a charge of capital murder while in the commission of a robbery, and has been held without bond since. He is accused of killing Andreas Galanis, 28, of Biloxi.

 

 

Nucor dedicates men of steel

Posted 10/24/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — The Nucor steel plant in Starkville Friday morning dedicated the fruits of a project designed to keep its employees working.

 

Sunday alcohol offers options, ‘convenience’

Posted 10/24/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Several restaurant owners in Columbus and Starkville don’t expect Sunday or extended weekday sale hours to affect their business much. But it will offer their customers more options and convenience.

 

Pumpkin Palooza tonight

Posted 10/23/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Downtown businesses are gearing up for the Florida football weekend with a myriad of activities tonight.

 

 

Chiropractor bounces back from office fire

Posted 10/22/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It’s been nearly two months since fire ripped through the chiropractic office of Dr. Robert Leach at the corner of Russell and Hogan streets.

 

 

Sidewalk, stormwater ordinances irk builder

Posted 10/21/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Builder Clayton Richardson is fed up with Starkville’s stormwater and sidewalk ordinances, saying the regulations are too strict and are scaring away developers.

 

Excitement builds for aerospace megasite

Posted 10/20/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Touting messages of progress and economic development, some of the state’s most influential people gathered Monday at East Mississippi Community College-Golden Triangle to mark what Joe Higgins called “the end of the beginning” of the Golden Triangle Regional Global Industrial Aerospace Park project.

 

Supervisor wants return to the beat system

Posted 10/20/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Oktibbeha County Supervisor Orlando Trainer has long been a proponent of road-improvement projects in his district, but he’s felt limited by the unit system under which the county operates.

 

 

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