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Starkville moves ahead with 1-percent tax, annexation hearings

Starkville is moving ahead with implementing its new 1-percent tax after aldermen approved it on Tuesday.

MSU names Shaw new provost and executive vice president

Mississippi State University has named longtime faculty member and senior administrator David Shaw its new provost and executive vice president.

Charge filed against former KOA employee who threatened visitors with gun

A former Kampgrounds of America employee was arrested on Tuesday after a viral video showed her threatening a black couple with a handgun.

Nichols announces retirement

Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols announced his intention to retire at the end of the year during Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting.

Oktibbeha supes to give bridge panels to area surgeon for damaged property

Oktibbeha County supervisors approved a trio of motions on Monday that closed a lingering investigation into the county wrongly giving its property to a private citizen.

Spruill gives state of the city at Rotary

Starkville has seen some good times, and Mayor Lynn Spruill doesn't see that changing anytime soon.

Part of the team: 13-year-old Bulldogs fan builds relationship with MSU baseball team while battling cancer

It's easy to mistake 13-year-old Andrew McCall's bedroom in Philadelphia, Mississippi, for a trophy case. The walls and shelves are littered with memorabilia ranging from signed posters to a basketball autographed by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. The altarpiece of McCall's room is his dresser, on which his prized Mississippi State possessions reside.

Officials waiting on statement on Oktibbeha Kampgrounds incident

Posted 5/31/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Law enforcement officials hope to soon have a formal statement from the victims in a viral video that shows a worker at an Oktibbeha County campsite threatening a black couple with a gun.

Starkville voters OK tourism tax increase for parks

Posted 5/31/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city will implement a new 1-percent addition to its tourism taxes after voters overwhelmingly approved it in Thursday's special election. Nearly 74 percent of voters favored the tax, which passed with 1,689 votes for and 600 votes against.

Lil' Bill, smallest bull calf born alive, died Tuesday

Posted 5/29/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lil' Bill, the tiny bull with a big following, has died.

Spruill, Castleberry lead donors in parks initiative support campaign

Posted 5/29/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Vote Yes for Starkville Parks has raised more than $8,000 in its campaign to raise support for a 1-percent increase to Starkville's tourism taxes, with nearly half of that coming from the city's mayor and a prominent developer.

Kampgrounds of America employee threatens visitors with pistol

Posted 5/28/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Kampgrounds of America has terminated an employee that a video shows threatening visitors with a gun.

Undecided voters on parks issue look at effect on existing facilities

Posted 5/25/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mario Tate isn't sure how he's voting Thursday in Starkville's special election. The city is holding a referendum on a 1-percent increase to its restaurant and hotel/motel sales taxes to fund park improvements, including a new tournament-ready facility at Cornerstone Park.

Ex-graduate teaching assistant sues MSU for sex discrimination, retaliation

Posted 5/25/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A former graduate teaching assistant has sued Mississippi State University, claiming she was fired last fall due to sex discrimination and retaliation for attempting to lodge a complaint against a male researcher.

'Vote Yes' group misses campaign finance reporting deadline

Posted 5/24/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A representative for Vote Yes for Starkville Parks says the group is seeking input on whether it needs to submit a campaign finance report after missing Thursday's filing deadline for a May 30 special election.

Starkville nabs $25K grant to repave J.L. King walking track

Posted 5/23/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville will soon repave a roughly half-mile walking track at J.L. King Park after getting a $25,000 grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Historic rainfall prompts Starkville to examine runoff

Posted 5/23/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's been a historic year for rainfall in Starkville. The city has been bombarded by heavy rains through the winter and spring, including a series of significant rain events in April that led to flooding throughout town.

Vaughn blasts annexation plan as racially motivated

Posted 5/22/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Henry Vaughn had some grievances to air at the beginning of Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting. Vaughn, who represents Ward 7, opened the aldermen comment period at the start of the meeting by blasting a series of initiatives the city has undertaken, from its annexation plan to efforts to build a new park.

Winning: Love of baseball drives success for MSU head coach Chris Lemonis

Posted 5/21/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State head coach Chris Lemonis is quietly competitive. Never one to get too high or too low, he almost gives off an aloof vibe at times.

County continues seeking easements for Blackjack Road project

Posted 5/21/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County is moving along in discussions with several property owners to acquire needed easements to begin a road improvement project along Blackjack Road.

 

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