Articles by Zack Plair
Call me Mr. Wilson. That’s fine.
Henry Vaughn has lived near Highway 182 all his life. As a child, he said, he and his friends would sit by the highway and count the cars that drove by.
By 2024, there will be a lot more than passing cars to count there if the city has its way.
“It’s going to look a lot different,” said Vaughn, who serves as Ward 7 alderman. “Hopefully, we’ll bring a lot more business to this side of town.”
Fred Harris’ job as a journeyman lineman for 4-County Electric Power Association is pretty simple, to hear him tell it.
“Basically, it’s just maintaining lines, setting poles, keeping the lights on,” he said.
He might get five or so “trouble calls” a day — anything from a fallen limb knocking down a powerline to a squirrel or bird getting too friendly with a transformer.
But none of the week of Valentine’s Day was “normal” for Harris and his colleagues at the rural utility.
Under the fallen leaves heaped on the front porch of one of Crawford’s oldest remaining houses, Tommy Gentry could barely make out a hint of metal.
Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution setting up clearer guidelines and more oversight for the county maintaining bus turnarounds on private property.
At 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Suzanne Tribble was halfway through her first cup of coffee when a tree fell across West Main Street a few hundred feet east of her home, ripping through power lines and providing a horrifying light show of sparks flying from buzzing transformers.
Then her electricity, along with much of the city’s, was out and would be for the next several hours.
Aldermen voted unanimously Friday afternoon to allow brewpubs and small craft breweries in the city’s Leisure and Entertainment District to sell beer, wine and light spirits on premises without having to also sell food.
Aldermen voted 6-1 Friday afternoon to increase the city’s tax-increment financing obligation for the redevelopment of the old Garan Manufacturing site from $3 million to $4.2 million.
Randy Davis was running out of options. The 41-year-old Starkville resident lost his job at an area manufacturing plant in February 2020 and was surviving off his 401K as he fruitlessly looked for work during the opening months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s been at least two decades since Center Grove Water Association could provide all its customers with water from its own well.
That’s roughly how long ago the letters started coming from the Mississippi Department of Health telling the association’s board the well had reached its capacity and couldn’t accommodate additional customers.
Four new candidates qualified in aldermen races on Friday, including two Republicans in Ward 5.
Friday was the final day to enter the 2021 municipal races.
Two Democrats qualified Thursday to challenge incumbents in primaries for separate wards.
By sometime early next year, the often stinky, muddy, water-filled hole where the septic tank drains in Darrell and Annie Johnson’s yard on Babylon Road, should be no more.
The Johnsons have been looking forward to that news for 23 years.
Brandon Doherty started his job as Starkville Parks and Recreation executive director in August amid a slate of already underway capital improvement projects in his department, the largest being a $20 million tournament-ready baseball/softball complex at Cornerstone Park.
Confusion and uncertainty over the effects of a proposed ordinance change to remove the food sales requirement from brewpubs citywide has aldermen again rethinking the scope of what they should allow.
Christine Williams qualified Tuesday to run as a Democrat in the Ward 1 alderman race.
If she gets through the Democratic primary to the general election, she could face a rematch with Republican incumbent Ben Carver, who edged her by 19 votes in the general election four years ago.
Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday contracted with the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District for redistricting services, the same group that led that work for the county 10 years ago.
Starkville aldermen have reset the public hearing process on whether to exempt brewpubs that make and sell craft beer and wine on-site from food sale requirements.
If passed, the new change would apply citywide, not just in the Leisure and Entertainment District that includes downtown and the Cotton District.
On a “good day,” the internet connection speed at Hebron Christian School in Pheba reaches 3 megabits per second, Headmaster Bobby Eiland said. On a “really good day,” it pulls about 6.
A Republican candidate has announced he will run for Ward 4 alderman.