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'It's got to be fixed by us': MBN agent, former addict offer stark picture of opioid crisis

Posted 10/10/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In his 20 years as a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent, Lt. John Harless has seen his share of "crises" and "epidemics" -- words he said government agencies often apply to negative patterns. However, he said the opioid crisis sweeping across the United States stands out.


Labor Day murders: 'The family has suffered too long'

Posted 10/9/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Monday was Betty Jones' birthday. It was also the day Starkville Police Department investigators announced they may finally have her killer in custody.


Labor Day murder suspect bond set at $11 million

Posted 10/9/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An Alcorn County man's bond has been set at $11 million after his arrest for his connection to Starkville's 1990 Labor Day murders.


Arrest made in 1990 Labor Day murder case

Posted 10/9/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police have arrested a man believed to be connected to the infamous Labor Day murders of 1990.


Harper donates congressional papers to MSU

Posted 10/8/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Friday afternoon ceremony at Mississippi State University was a chance to honor two things, according to U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.


Ethics Commission dismisses Dispatch complaint against CVB

Posted 10/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission has dismissed a public records complaint The Dispatch filed against the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau earlier this year.


Starkville police arrest two for credit card fraud

Posted 10/6/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two Starkville men are in jail after police arrested them for multiple counts of credit card fraud and conspiracy.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: An advocate for being proactive

Posted 10/5/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Robyn Havard was sure she'd never get breast cancer. As far as she knew in 2007, she had no family history of breast cancer. She always expected heart disease to be her primary concern and was so unworried about cancer she said she ignored advice to get mammograms.


Oktibbeha partners with energy audit company

Posted 10/4/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County has partnered with an energy audit company in an effort to see what steps it may be able to take to reduce its utility expenses.


Aldermen narrow down annexation study area

Posted 10/3/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen have voted to narrow down the city's annexation study to one area east of the city for further consideration.


Suspended Oktibbeha road manager accused of telling female employees to use bathroom in woods 'like the men'

Posted 10/2/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors issued a two-day suspension without pay to Road Manager Fred Hal Baggett after more employee complaints against him piled up during a marathon meeting on Monday.


Starkville, Oxford arts councils team up for competition

Posted 10/1/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville and Oxford's art councils are getting in on the rivalry between the two cities with the first Scrambled Art Bowl to be hosted in November.


Starkville aldermen to decide on annexation

Posted 9/29/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After nearly a year of work on an annexation study, Starkville's board of aldermen is poised to make a decision on whether the city will press on with annexing new territory.


Boykin, Carleton dismissed from Ball civil suit

Posted 9/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Police Department Officer Canyon Boykin and former Police Chief Tony Carleton are out of a wrongful death lawsuit the Ricky Ball family filed in 2016 after the fatal officer-involved shooting.


Circuit offices notify voters of precinct location changes

Posted 9/27/2018 in Area

Three voting locations across Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties have been moved ahead of November's elections.


Starkville, MSU prep for big weekend

Posted 9/27/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The SEC Nation bus rolled into Starkville on Wednesday afternoon -- one of several early signs for a big weekend on tap for the city.


Juvenile charged in hit-and-run involving SHS student

Posted 9/26/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A juvenile is accused of leaving the scene of an accident after an alleged hit-and-run involving a Starkville High School student last week.


Peco Foods holds job fair at EMCC

Posted 9/22/2018 in Area

Hundreds of people from across the Golden Triangle and beyond converged on East Mississippi Community College's Mayhew campus on Saturday for a job fair for the new Peco Foods plant in West Point.


Starkville looking to change panhandling law

Posted 9/21/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville is looking to modify its transient vendor ordinance after receiving a notification from the American Civil Liberties Union that a prohibition on panhandling may be unconstitutional.


Main Street Association lauds year of downtown growth

Posted 9/21/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's Main Street Association presented seven awards to local businesses and developers during its annual awards program on Thursday.



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