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Blackjack, Poor House roads receive state funding for construction

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The long-delayed Blackjack Road repair project will receive its final portion of funding from the state after the Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously voted to accept $500,000 in general obligation bonds at a special-call meeting Friday.

Oktibbeha first responders team up for dog rescue

Posted 9/25/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite the cliche, the volunteer fire departments in Oktibbeha County rarely respond to calls about cats in trees, fire services coordinator Patrick Warner said.

Starkville will get $414K from MEMA for COVID-19 expenses

Posted 9/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville will receive at least $414,000 in federal relief funds from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the city for costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Clerk Lesa Hardin said.

SOCSD to eliminate hybrid learning model Oct. 5

Posted 9/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Nearly 300 students in grades 8-12 in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District signed up for a "hybrid" learning environment for the semester due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But beginning Oct. 5, they will have to choose between traditional instruction and virtual-only.

Monday Profile: 'Revealing God's art in wood'

Posted 9/21/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In the middle of the woods on his parents' property in the Morgantown community, Mark Henry sits on a stack of freshly cut oak columns for a water break.

Aldermen vote to save 'at least some' trees at Garan site

Posted 9/16/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At least some of the 64 pine trees that have stood for decades at the intersection of Highway 12 and Industrial Park Road will be saved after aldermen voted narrowly Tuesday that they couldn't all be removed.

Oktibbeha includes slight property tax increase to benefit schools

Posted 9/15/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha supervisors unanimously approved the $44.5 million Fiscal Year 2021 budget Monday, raising property tax millage by 0.03 mills, from 123.57 to 123.60. The revenue from the millage increase will benefit the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, County Administrator Emily Garrard said.

Board of pharmacy agent warns of rising drug overdose rate among youth during the pandemic

Posted 9/15/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As depression symptoms rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are now more at risk of drug abuse and overdose, said Sid Seal, compliance agent with Mississippi Board of Pharmacy.

Monday Profile: Starkville family follows father's legacy to open meat wholesaler

Posted 9/14/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Sanders family has always been "in the cow business," as Will Sanders puts it. Will, along with his older brother Scott, his sister Leslie and his mother Linda, wished to continue the legacy of his late father David, who started working with cattle 40 years ago.

MSU student athletes march for racial justice

Posted 9/11/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Stepping behind a microphone with nearly 350 masked marchers standing before her at the foot of the south end zone complex at Davis Wade Stadium, Mississippi State junior women's basketball player Sidney Cooks spoke with a deep pain in her voice.

'Lights at Lafayette' aims to bring activity back to downtown Starkville

Posted 9/11/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Weeks after a planned outdoor "streatery" in Starkville faded to black in the face of potential litigation, the lights are on for another outdoor venue downtown.


State-funded art project at Unity Park in the design stage

Posted 9/11/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A long-planned addition to Starkville's Unity Park received financial support from the Mississippi Arts Commission in August.


Citizen wants vicious dog ordinance strengthened after stray German Shepherd kills livestock

Posted 9/10/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An Oktibbeha County farmer approached the board of supervisors Tuesday to take issue with the county's ordinance and procedure for dealing with vicious dogs, saying it does not sufficiently protect livestock, after he lost several animals to a 100-pound German Shepherd with no known owner.

Oktibbeha supes approve curfew to curb 'block parties'

Supervisors unanimously approved a curfew that started Tuesday, from midnight to 4 a.m., in Oktibbeha County until at least Monday, after the sheriff's department expressed concerns about large parties in recent weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Peasant: 130 SOCSD students did not register for the semester

About 130 students who were in the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District last year did not register for classes this year and have not responded to the district's attempts to contact them, Superintendent Eddie Peasant said Tuesday at a board of trustees meeting.

64 trees likely to be removed for retail center at Garan site

Starkville's landscape advisory board voted 5-1 on Wednesday to remove the 64 pine trees that tower over Highway 12 near the intersection with Industrial Park Road, where the Garan Manufacturing building will be replaced in about a year with a retail shopping center.

Starkville plans to suspend 'untenable' recycling program

The declining market for recyclable materials and the COVID-19 pandemic have led Starkville officials to rethink the usefulness of having a recycling program for the city.

SMART serves as some residents' sole means of transportation during pandemic

The Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit bus system has seen more than 4 million riders since it began in 2013, and the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how necessary public transportation is for some area residents, local leaders say.

Oktibbeha supes disqualify election commissioner candidate

Oktibbeha supervisors voted 3-1 in a special-call meeting Wednesday to disqualify a candidate for District 3 election commissioner after the incumbent questioned his opponent's time as a permanent resident of the county.


Missing Clay County man's body found in Oktibbeha County

A missing Clay County fisherman's body was found Tuesday in an Oktibbeha County pond, Deputy Coroner Billy Miller confirmed to The Dispatch this morning.


Aldermen approve property tax hike, 2021 budget

Starkville aldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday to raise property taxes by 2 mills in the Fiscal Year 2021 to offset an anticipated $1.1 million budget shortfall.


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