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.
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.”
County officials are considering applying for five grants to fund the replacement of the levee at Oktibbeha County Lake, Emergency Management Agency director Kristen Campanella told the board of supervisors at its Monday meeting.
A former Kampgrounds of America employee who is shown threatening a black couple with a handgun in a viral video in May was found guilty Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge.
A former Kampgrounds of America employee was arrested on Tuesday after a viral video showed her threatening a black couple with a handgun.
Law enforcement officials hope to soon have a formal statement from the victims in a viral video that shows a worker at an Oktibbeha County campsite threatening a black couple with a gun.
Kampgrounds of America has terminated an employee that a video shows threatening visitors with a gun.
District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery and District 4 Supervisor Bricklee Miller say their fellow board members could be sinking money into a want, not a need, if Oktibbeha County pursues a new $2 million offer from former Mississippi State University basketball coach Rick Stansbury for his Starkville Wet ‘N Wild property at Oktibbeha County Lake.
A pending 16th section lease between former Mississippi State University men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury and the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District could bring about new housing developments at Oktibbeha County Lake.