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Starkville Rotary teams up with city to plan inclusive playground

Posted 10/6/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Rotary Club plans to work with the city to build a new playground that will be accessible to children with special needs, a majority of club members voted at Monday's meeting at The Mill at MSU conference center.

Oktibbeha County curfew, mask mandate remain in place

Posted 10/6/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha supervisors voted 3-2 Monday to continue to require protective face coverings at county-owned buildings and social gatherings outside the Starkville city limits as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Starkville plans to improve heavily traveled roads, add sidewalk connections in 2021

Posted 10/5/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's been 13 years since the last time the city of Starkville overlaid Main Street, and Mayor Lynn Spruill said it was obvious in a Southeastern Conference promotional video that included a shot of the main downtown thoroughfare.

Starkville mask requirement up for debate Tuesday after statewide mandate ends

Posted 10/3/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Rick Jordan, of Starkville, and his wife have not seen their families in several months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

State and local officials, NAACP urge people to vote at Starkville town hall

Posted 10/3/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Next month's election has been called the most important in recent history, and residents of Starkville and Oktibbeha County are increasingly aware of it as more and more of them register to vote, Oktibbeha County NAACP President Yulanda Haddix said.

Witnesses: Suspect who owed Starkville murder victim money was last to see him alive

Posted 10/3/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville native Jaylen Jernigan said the last time he saw his best friend, 24-year-old Jarrell Ward, the two had been gambling on video games in a Starkville apartment against Columbus resident Joshua Murry the morning of July 26, 2018.

OCH shows $3.2M operational deficit in 2020; budgets surplus for 2021

Posted 10/2/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

OCH Regional Medical Center operated at a deficit of $3.2 million for Fiscal Year 2020, which ended Wednesday, according to budget documents presented at Tuesday's special-call board of trustees meeting.

MSU plans condensed spring 2021 semester

Posted 10/1/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University will end the spring 2021 semester a week early and eliminate spring break in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Wednesday press release.

Starkville bicyclist dies after collision with car

Posted 10/1/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville woman died Wednesday of multi-system trauma after a car hit her while she was riding a bicycle Tuesday night on Stark Road, Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt told The Dispatch.

Cowbells expected to be loud, even at 25-percent capacity

Posted 9/30/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Junction may be empty, but the clanging of cowbells will return to Davis Wade Stadium this weekend, albeit in a limited capacity.

MSU's win over LSU produces boost in merchandise sales

Posted 9/29/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

By about 6:30 Saturday evening, what had been low expectations for Mississippi State were suddenly soaring. And we're not just talking about what happened on the field, where Mississippi State had just finished off a stunning 44-34 victory over sixth-ranked and defending national champion LSU on its own field in Mike Leach's MSU coaching debut.

Monday Profile: Scooter's Records still rockin' and rollin' amid pandemic uncertainty

Posted 9/28/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Scott "Scooter" Thomas sits behind the register and basks in the vocals of Texas-based bluegrass group The Gourds. The tune, "Lower 48," is part of Thomas' recent kick on Longhorn State bands, though he explains he tries to flip the music playing over the speakers in his store based on the clientele walking in and out.

Photos: Art in the Park

Posted 9/28/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteers Tiffany Gladney, left, and Myles Spillers show a selection of free books to 2-year-old Jay Zachary, the son of Jessica Flowers, at the annual Art in the Park event Saturday in Starkville.

Blackjack, Poor House roads receive state funding for construction

Posted 9/26/2020 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.


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