Archive - Jul 2010 - Latest News
Saturdayâ€™s monthly meeting of the Starkville TEA Party gave a clear picture of local discontent with national politics.
Opinions expressed at Saturdayâ€™s meeting line up with core values of the TEA Party movement nationwide, which call for a recognition of God, fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets as it relates to local, state, and national political issues.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Kings Center was able to offer a summer reading program for children for the first time.
The donor wished to remain unnamed because he said the donation of money isnâ€™t the story â€” The story is the fact that a group of children spent the summer reading. And with literacy named as one of the larger problems for children in Oktibbeha County, the summer reading program touched a great group of children, he said.
The program, which started June 1, had 20 children ages 3 to 12 reading every single day, and participating in reading activities.
Mentor program Project AIM will be starting its third year this fall, and volunteers are needed.
Previously funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education Grants for school-based mentoring programs, Project AIM will be moving under the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant umbrella.
â€śWe appreciate the way the community has embraced the grant, and weâ€™re looking forward to another year,â€ť AIM Coordinator Cathy Curtis said. â€śWe want people to know that mentoring opportunities are continuing under another grant.â€ť
The second year of Kids in the Kitchen camp went off without a hitch last week.
The camp, ironically named as there isnâ€™t actually a kitchen available, is hosted by Emerson Family Center, but funded through Mississippi Stateâ€™s Extension Services. With MSU footing the bill, the camp is completely free of cost to the campers.
â€śIt was such a success last year that we decided to make it an annual thing,â€ť said Frances Page, Extension Program Assistant for food health promotion.
Oktibbeha Countyâ€™s Excel By 5 Coalition completed an integral step in its certification process by hosting a town hall meeting at the annual Back to School Bash Saturday.
â€śThe importance of this step is two-fold,â€ť said Bob Clay, Excel By 5 sites coordinator.
â€śFirst, it provides information to the community about resources available for children ages birth to five. Second, it provides information about gaps in those resources, and also allows us to get feedback from the community so an action plan can be put into place to meet the needs of the community.
Some 248 criminal suspects are scheduled for trial, hearings or docket call during the winter term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court that begins Monday.
The court term will run the next two weeks. Circuit Judges Lee Howard and Jim Kitchens are both scheduled to be on the bench during the term.
Cases involving narcotics or felony alcohol offenses comprise more than 42 percent of the total case docket, with 105 cases scheduled for the court term.
Multiple armed robbery and aggravated assault cases are scheduled for trial during the summer Oktibbeha County Circuit Court term that opens Monday, as is action in two murder cases.
Citizens interested in court proceedings should note that just because certain cases are scheduled for hearing or trial on certain days, other court proceedings may mean that cases being bumped from the daily docket until later in the court term or to a future court term in the fall or winter.
Here is a glance at some of the more prominent cases scheduled for action for the Circuit Court term:
After several meetings, an appointed task force has found that mandating a curfew for juveniles is neither necessary or feasible.
While a curfew for juveniles may aid parents with a home for their children, the city lacks a juvenile detention center and the budget for the â€ścumbersomeâ€ť cost of additional police officers, the committee agreed Thursday.
The City of Columbus, which has a curfew both during the day and during evening hours, spends $110 a night to house a juvenile at its detention center, provided available space.
Two Mississippi State students have each been charged with malicious mischief in connection with recent appearances of stenciled graffiti around the city.
Zachary Harris, 21, of 401 University Drive, and Peter Hammond, 22, of 305 S. Jackson St., were released on bonds of $500 apiece following their arrests on the malicious mischief charges Friday afternoon.
Both are art majors at MSU, Starkville Police Department detectives said Friday.
The two were identified after police detectives received a trip through the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers hotline.
Starkvilleâ€™s sales tax collections for the first five months of 2010 are more than $120,000 above what was collected for the same period in 2009, according to the latest figures reported by the Mississippi Tax Commission.
City officials received the latest tax figures this week. It takes two months for the Tax Commission to process the revenue and report the figures to municipalities.