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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.


Local students have voice in education policy

Posted 9/24/2020 in Area

Amy Zhang doesn't quite know what to expect from her first State Board of Education meeting today, she 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.


Hiring practices, demand for jobs shift during pandemic

Posted 9/19/2020 in Area

Jamal Cummings had been out of a job for more than a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic when he attended a drive-through job fair in Starkville that put him back on his feet in August.


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.


More details released on Highway 182 renovation plans

Posted 9/12/2020 in Area

STARKVILLE -- The multimillion-dollar makeover of a mile of Highway 182, from Long Street to Old West Point Road, will be completely designed and ready to bid in a year, project manager Clark Bailey of the Kimley-Horn engineering firm told aldermen at their Friday work session.


Contractor in Second Baptist sanctuary project will pay restitution for fraud

Posted 9/11/2020 in Area

The owner of a Long Beach construction company will be sentenced Nov. 2 for a longstanding fraud charge after he failed to properly construct a new sanctuary at Second Baptist Church in Starkville, one of three ongoing circuit court cases involving the project.


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.


MSU rents rooms at Columbus hotel as third quarantine site

Posted 9/10/2020 in Area

Mississippi State University students in quarantine due to COVID-19 are staying in a third hotel, Fairfield Inn and Suites in Columbus, in addition to the two in Starkville that MSU rented for the entire semester, according to a Tuesday email to faculty from Provost David Shaw.


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.


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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