January 9th, 2012
The Oktibbeha County School District Board of Directors received an evaluation report from the Mississippi Department of Education on both East Oktibbeha County Elementary School and East Oktibbeha County High School, which need to raise test scores this year or risk becoming charter schools.
Each school was visited in early September by a six-person observation team made up of highly experienced educational professionals contracted by MDE. The observations were simply a âsnapshot,â one MDE representative said, which included classroom observations, interviews and building walk-throughs to examine factors that would impact academic performance.
The report lists each schoolâs strengths and challenges, along with findings and recommendations on leadership, curriculum and assessment, delivery of instruction and school climate and safety.
A suspect allegedly involved in a Monday afternoon shooting turned himself into authorities after alluding law enforcement for almost eight hours.
Shortly after 10 p.m., Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett said Kewon Delarryous Doss, 19, of 1816 Stowood Road, surrendered to authorities after he was sought for questioning in the shooting death of Larry Davis, his uncle.
At press time, charges were still pending.
Deputies responded to a call of shots fired with injuries at 1816 Stowood Road shortly after 2 p.m. Monday and found Davis, 38, inside the home with a single gunshot wound to the torso. Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt pronounced Davis dead at the scene.
Incoming Gov. Phil Bryantâs swearing-in ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. today on the Mississippi State Capitolâs south steps, weather permitting.
If the morning weather deteriorates, the ceremony could move into the Capitol. After taking the governorâs oath of office, Bryant will officially become the stateâs 64th governor, succeeding two-term Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.
On Monday, Bryantâs communication director, Mick Bullock, confirmed the cancellation of the inaugural parade due to the possibility of heavy afternoon rains in Jackson. The parade, Bullock said, is postponed until noon Jan. 21.
The Starkville School District Board of Trustees is expected to produce a list of candidates to interview for the districtâs superintendent position during tonightâs 6 p.m. meeting in the Greensboro Center.
âI still have a very positive impression of the pool,â board President Keith Coble said. â(The meeting) is going to start the process in how we move forward.â
The Mississippi School Board Association spent several weeks in November interviewing candidates, checking references and writing up a report. The school board received the report in December, but took the holiday break to review the extensive report and make decisions.
Coble said the board members will discuss whom they would like to interview in executive session tonight.
Friends and family gathered at Calvary Baptist Church Sunday afternoon to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Devin Mitchell, the Starkville High School student and athlete who died on New Yearâs morning.
An overflow crowd came to the church, and many did not make it inside the doors.
As friends came around to pay their final respects, a slide presentation with photos of Mitchell at school, on the athletic fields and among friends was shown prior to the service.
The Mississippi State University-Meridian campus will expand today with the opening of the Newberry Building on Fifth Street, adjacent to the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian.
The Newberry Building was donated by the Riley Foundation in 2009, after sitting empty for nearly three decades. The 20,175 square-foot facility will house classrooms and offices of the MSU-Meridian Division of Business.
The building is a historical landmark and required some renovations before the university could take it over, which cost approximately $4 million, along with an additional $1.1 million to furnish and equip the building. City and university officials said they hoped the renovations would help bring new life to downtown Meridian.
JACKSON â After Republican Tate Reeves was elected Mississippi lieutenant governor in November, he spent weeks meeting with the 52 state senators to gauge their public policy interests.
He used that information while assigning senators to committees, both as chairmen and as rank-and-file members.
Reeves announced the committee rosters this past Friday, one day after his inauguration, and many senatorsâ initial assessments were positive. He said he tried to transcend traditional boundaries of party, race and geography.
âIt was an incredibly difficult task,â said Reeves, fresh off two terms as state treasurer.
The 122 House members await their committee assignments, and new Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he might announce those late this week.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â The Arkansas Razorback press and red-hot shooting proved to be too much for No. 15 Mississippi State Saturday night.
The Bulldogs went on the road and learned a valuable lesson â it is hard to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference, falling 98â88.
Dee Bost broke out of his recent slump playing well yet again inside Bud Walton Arena and freshman DeVille Smith added a career-high 25 points, but they were overshadowed by Arkansas (12-3, 1-0) junior Julysses Nobles who turned in a career-high 24 points and freshman B.J. Young had another outstanding night with 24 points of his own.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. âÂ âšIt's something that many athletes go through at certain times of their careers.âšThey struggle, search, question, and pick a part each and every aspect of their game trying to get rid of it. Baseball players deal with it.Â Receivers experience it.
On Saturday night, Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost broke out of his slump.
Entering the matchup with Arkansas, Bost was not playing up to his usual standards, averaging 7.3 points over the past three games while shooting just 21.5 percent. He struggled with few assists and simply wasnât getting to the foul line with just four attempts.
Mississippi State's Diamber Johnson was feeling "the pain of regret" after Thursday night's 53-48 loss to LSU.
The senior point guard of the Lady Bulldogs had scored a season-low six points in that game and knew it wasn't good enough to be able to compete in the Southeastern Conference.
MSU, which stands 10-4 overall after dropping its first league outing, gets another chance today at 11th-ranked Kentucky. The tip is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by SportSouth.
"Sometimes it takes losses like (LSU) to make you realize how badly you need to work on things," Johnson said.