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MSU picks one of its own new dean of students

Posted 6/25/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Despite a nationwide search for a new dean of students, Mississippi State University has selected one of its own to fill the position.

 

 

Gardener to teach earth box building

Posted 6/25/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Master gardener Jim McKell will teach marketgoers how to build an earth box — just right for a one person small garden — at this Saturday’s Starkville Community Market.

 

 

Starkville schools ask for $3M federal loan

Posted 6/24/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — It took less than three minutes for the Starkville school board to pass a resolution that may save them almost $1 million on an interest-free $3 million loan.

 

New utility deposit policy approved

Posted 6/24/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — A new, more expensive utility deposit is on the way in Starkville. The city’s Board of Aldermen Tuesday approved a new Starkville Electric Department deposit policy which increases the amount new residents must pay when setting up new accounts. The new rates are based on a customer’s utility credit history, which the Electric Department will check when patrons sign up for service.

Bike path won’t connect Starkville to MSU

Posted 6/24/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — The Lynn Lane bike path project is dead. Kevin Stafford, of engineering firm Neel-Schaffer, told the Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday the whole scope of the Lynn Lane project needs to be changed. Neel-Schaffer asked the Federal Highway Administration for an extension to get all the final right-of-way acquisitions done, and to take care of other issues needed before the project can move forward, such as environmental studies, but the FHA didn’t grant the extension, Stafford said.

 

Oktibbeha supervisors reach deal with Highlands Plantation

Posted 6/23/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday night put one ongoing controversy to rest — at least for now — but rekindled the flame in another.

 

 

Oktibbeha schools transfer funds to cover expenses

Posted 6/23/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Officials for the Oktibbeha County School District transferred funds Monday night to cover a budget shortfall caused by emergency roof repairs and the funding cut from the state earlier this year.

 

Starkville Community Market grows; farmers try to keep up

Posted 6/22/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE - Greg Sharp woke up in his house here at 4 a.m. on Saturday. He drove to his farm in Bradley and washed the fruits and vegetables he had set aside to sell at the Starkville Community Market.

A mayor 15 years in the making

Posted 6/21/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Parker Wiseman’s political career officially began when he was a seventh grader at Paul D. Armstrong Middle School. He ran for vice-president of the student body.

Starkville to get DEQ grant for curbside recycling

Posted 6/19/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — The city of Starkville received word this week it was approved for a $25,000 Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality grant to initiate a curbside recycling program.

The sweet smell of success

Posted 6/18/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Tom Reed loved efficiency, but he could only do so much. Reed had partially owned a factory in Indiana where people made candle-making equipment. He knew the candle industry, but since he didn’t sell directly to vendors, his understanding was limited.

A model neighborhood: Campers study Cotton District architecture

Posted 6/18/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Cotton District these days is a vibrant and bustling section of Starkville, with restaurants, apartments, bars and other businesses. It’s a far cry from the way it used to be, says Mayor Dan Camp, who began buying properties in the Cotton District in 1969. Camp described the old neighborhood as a “slum that nobody would walk into.”

 

Main Street gets accreditation for fifth consecutive year

Posted 6/18/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Main Street Columbus has met state and national accreditation standards for yet another year. The National Trust Main Street Center has been accrediting Main Street programs throughout the United States for five years now. This year, the center accredited 750 programs, including the one in Columbus, marking the fifth consecutive year Main Street Columbus has received the center’s accreditation.

 

 

Board takes steps to keep salaries in check

Posted 6/17/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Starkville School District officials took measures to keep salaries in check for the coming school year and approved some changes in bond issue construction across the district.

 

 

MUW summer enrollment up

Posted 6/17/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Summer enrollment at Mississippi University for Women is up by 13.76 percent and Mississippi State University also has seen an increase in its summer student population.

 

Former Starkville Daily News editor remembered

Posted 6/17/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Don Foster was known by many in the Starkville community as a charismatic writer and sports editor for the Starkville Daily News.

City judge leaving bench

Posted 6/17/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — William Eshee wears a lot of hats. He’s a judge, a professor, a hunter, a soldier and a father. At the end of this month, Eshee will take off two of those hats when he retires as municipal court judge for the city of Starkville, and as a business law professor at Mississippi State University. He officially retires from both jobs June 30.

MSU students in High Cotton

Posted 6/16/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — One day in November, while Mississippi State University student Daniel Payne was cruising Facebook, he came across a group called Young Entrepreneurs. He looked at the long list of members and noticed there was only one MSU student, a guy named Eric Hill.

Starkville Community Theatre heading to national competition

Posted 6/16/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — On stage, Krista Vowel is a complicated character. Her name is Betty and she’s caught up in the middle of a tense love triangle involving her ex-husband and one of his childhood friends. Her brother, meanwhile, tries to maintain the peace.

Branching out: Starkville man discovers artistic side crafting bottle trees

Posted 6/15/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Gregg Lewis might not look or sound like an artist, but for years he’s been creative. After he lost his job as parts and service manager at Templeton Dodge in October, he stayed home and laid low for weeks. Then a relative asked him to craft a bottle tree for her. People loved it, and he decided to start selling them.

Peach stand returns, at new location

Posted 6/15/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — She parks her truck in front of the old service station on University Drive four days a week, pulls out a chair and sets up her umbrella.

 

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