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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.

 

Officials want bike-friendly status

Posted 6/13/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With a bicycle lane already connecting downtown to Mississippi State University, and another planned nearby, the city of Starkville in recent years has worked hard to provide safe transportation opportunities for cyclists.

 

Wiseman wants board to wait on personnel changes at City Hall

Posted 6/13/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Incoming Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said Thursday he doesn’t plan to recommend any immediate personnel changes at City Hall, but a six-month evaluation period might be in the works.

 

Having a ball: Kids at MSU camp hone skills, have fun

Posted 6/12/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — “All right, you guys, everybody ready?” shouted Sarah Strickland, an assistant coach of the Mississippi State University soccer team, standing in the middle of the soccer field on the MSU campus, surrounded by hundreds of children with soccer balls. “Ready, set, go!”

 

 

McCool man arrested for a weekend shooting

Posted 6/11/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Starkville police arrested a McCool man Tuesday night for a weekend shooting in the Brookville Garden apartment complex. Stennis Miller, 18, was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of shooting into a dwelling.

 

 

Obama picks Starkville native to run federal agency

Posted 6/11/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

President Obama has appointed a Starkville native to run the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

 

CottonMill developers seek new deal with MSU

Posted 6/11/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Despite months of negotiations, developers of the CottonMill Marketplace project still have not reached an agreement with Mississippi State University on the sale of the historic E.E. Cooley building.

Area outside Starkville looks to brighter future

Posted 6/10/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

CLAYTON VILLAGE — In 1954, Lewis Roberson moved here to work as a janitor at Mississippi State University. He found himself among fewer than 100 people.

 

Oktibbeha County Lake levee set for repairs

Posted 6/10/2009 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE — Officials in Oktibbeha County are set to repair a deteriorating section of the Oktibbeha County Lake levee in coming weeks.

 

Along the tracks, sounds of silence

STARKVILLE — The train cars line the tracks outside of Starkville for miles on each side. Many are rusted and covered with graffiti. The tracks, meanwhile, are becoming overgrown, with some weeds standing as high as 6 and 7 feet tall. For Kansas City Southern, the company whose trains run through Starkville, the idle box cars are just a sign of the times.

 

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