George Grandfield and Ryan Classen's first day as Starkville firefighters two weeks ago began with cleaning the bathrooms at Fire Station 1.
The high-alert warning level for the area surrounding Oktibbeha County Lake will continue through the weekend while six diesel-fueled pumps lower the lake to a safer water level, Emergency Management Agency Director Kristen Campanella said Saturday.
Walter Bell Road, just northeast of the Oktibbeha County Lake, hasn't been there as long as some of its residents have.
Update: A set of pumps was delivered from Birmingham, Alabama to the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam on Friday evening to be installed at the levee to drain the water to a safe level and relieve pressure on the dam.
Oktibbeha County has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a set of pipes to drain the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam to a few feet above the bottom in order to relieve pressure on the levee, which started to show early signs of breaching Tuesday morning and prompted a warning and 24-hour monitoring from county leaders.
Oktibbeha County will ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a set of pipes to drain the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam to a few feet above the bottom in order to relieve pressure on the levee, which started to show early signs of breaching Tuesday morning and prompted a warning and 24-hour monitoring from county leaders.
As county officials were briefing law enforcement and reporters on the status of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam on Tuesday evening, American Red Cross employees were driving from Greenville to Starkville in order to open the First Baptist Church Outreach Center as an overnight shelter for potential evacuees.
Terra Robinson left Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School, where she is a teacher, as soon as she heard that the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam could flood her and her family's homes at any moment. "I had to stop my lessons and see what I needed to do, if I needed to pack my things," Robinson said. "I'm trying to pack up all my family members' pictures."
The long-delayed Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District's Partnership School took a few more steps toward its anticipated August 2020 opening at Tuesday's SOCSD Board of Trustees meeting.
Recent storms have put the levee at the Oktibbeha County Lake dam in "imminent" danger of breaching and flooding 17,500 acres of nearby land, which would force about 250 people to evacuate at least 130 households, all the way to the northeast part of the county and north into Clay County.
Oktibbeha County's first storm shelter has come in handy three times in the past month, but county leaders say there is still work to be done to make sure it can accommodate the public.
Deshaun Hackett didn't want to take the last carton of milk from the refrigerator, but Harmony Clarke insisted. "We're going to get more on Monday," Clarke said. "You're fine."
Henry Stewart was sworn in as the Starkville Police Department's new assistant chief -- the first in the position -- Friday morning at City Hall.
Seated to the right of the stage at the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex Friday, the base of Mike Leach's maroon tie poked through the fastened button in the middle of his chest.
A group of children flocked from the school bus to the police officer and the dog on a leash at Brookville Garden Apartments Thursday afternoon. Most of them focused on Star Gazer, a friendly black-and-white pit bull mix, but one child asked Community Relations Officer Angelica Colbert, "Who's getting arrested?"
As the maroon-striped plane carrying new Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach and Athletic Director John Cohen touched down at 3:22 p.m. Thursday, a chorus of cowbells erupted.
Recent storms and flooding took center stage at a local government meeting for the second time this week at Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting.
Citizen complaints about recent flooding in their neighborhoods brought an ongoing Oktibbeha County supervisors' debate on whether to join the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District again to the fore -- but still with no agreement.
A Starkville teenager has turned himself in to Starkville Police Department after a shooting on Catherine Street Monday afternoon.
1. Update: Pumps delivered to Oktibbeha County Lake Dam; installation to begin Friday night STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
2. Pumps reducing water level at Oktibbeha Lake STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
3. 'One big old family': Neighborhood near Oktibbeha County Lake has long history of unity, fellowship STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
4. Anti-bullying program helps link Caledonia fourth-graders in atmosphere of kindness COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY