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Sturgis prepares for annual bike rally

Posted 7/13/2019 in Area

Rodney Lincoln and Billy Blankenship expect a big turn-out for this year's Sturgis Bike Rally next month. By a large margin, it is the town's biggest event.


Job training program coming to J.L. King Center

Posted 7/12/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A couple of weeks into its new funding campaign, the J.L. King Center is $25,000 short of the $60,000 it needs to continue operations through the end of the 2020. Even so, momentum is building, said Alison Buehler, one of the architects of the center's new funding plan.


Questions linger about annexation's effect on minority voting strength

Posted 7/11/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Among the criticisms of the city of Starkville's annexation plan was its potential effect on black voting strength. During the board of aldermen's July 2 meeting, several references to that issue were raised during the public hearing held on the annexation plan.


Slimantics: I know misogyny when I see it

Posted 7/11/2019 in Local Columns

Have yourself a day, Robert Foster. Before Wednesday, Robert Foster was pretty much off the radar, a one-term state senator polling in single digits in the GOP Governor primary.


Starkville, MSU renew fire protection agreement

Posted 7/10/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University is officially out of the firetruck buying business, but will pay more for fire protection after the university and the city of Starkville approved a new inter-local agreement for fire protection service.


Preliminary report on fatal plane crash expected within a week

Posted 7/9/2019 in Area

On Monday, the yellow tape that cordoned off the accident scene could be seen in the distance from the balcony of the Ole Miss Golf Course as the principal investigator provided an update on the plane crash that took the life of a Starkville teen pilot.


Lake Little, Starkville alderman's daughter, remembered for her love of flying, people

For the last two years of Elizabeth Lake Little's young life, her thoughts seemed suspended between heaven and earth. The ever-busy, ever-smiling, ever-planning young woman may have been well-grounded in her faith, her plans for the future and her devotion to friends and family, but her heart took flight when she was in the cockpit.


Sewer service already available in part of proposed annexation area

It was Tuesday evening at the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting. Consultant Mike Slaughter was going over the estimated costs of providing city services to the two areas targeted under the city's revised annexation plan, when he noted there would be no costs for sewer infrastructure in Area B of the plan, the largest, most heavily populated of the two areas located east of Mississippi State University.


Celebrating Independence Day with a bang: Rain delays, does not dampen annual fireworks show at Starkville Sportsplex

For the past four years, T.M. Garret has roamed all over the South, and occasionally beyond, to set up fireworks shows, big and small. From weddings and sporting events to festivals and holidays, Garret is the man in charge of the "oohs" and "aahs."


Slimantics: British, not bitter: London-raised Starkville man has different perspective on Independence Day

Posted 7/3/2019 in Local Columns

Happy Fourth of July, the day we Americans set aside each summer to scare the bejeebers out of our house pets with explosives.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Slimantics: Riddle me this

Posted 6/26/2019 in Local Columns

There are two riddles in this column.


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.


Caledonia to install LED lights at two soccer fields

Posted 6/24/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia aldermen have finally decided to install LED lights at two of the town's four soccer fields at Ola J. Pickett Park.



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