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January 10th

SSD trustees say candidate short list forthcoming

January 11, 2012

The Starkville School District should have a list of semi-finalists — possibly even finalists — for the superintendent position sometime next week, school board President Keith Coble said Tuesday.

The school board narrowed down the list of 22 candidates during an executive session Tuesday night, though Coble could not confirm an exact number. The board president will submit the names to the Mississippi School Board Association today.

MSBA will handle contacting the candidates to confirm their spot as a semifinalist and perform the background checks. Once the candidates are confirmed and their background checks are cleared, the board will release a final number and a list of names to the public. Depending on the number, those candidates may be confirmed as finalists.

Navistar secures Marine contract

January 11, 2012

Officials with West Point’s Navistar Defense, LLC announced the company received an $880 million order to upgrade Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps Tuesday.

An Associated Press report on the contract said the work force of about 100 at the Navistar plant will begin upgrading 2,717 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles in January and finish in October 2013. The report also says the upgrade entails removing the body from each vehicle and installing a new rolling chassis system, which will improve off-road performance.

West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the order was wonderful news for the city.

“Any time you get a contract that large, it’s good news,” Jones said.
This order shows why Navistar is crucial to West Point’s economic well-being, Jones said. The city benefits from both the sales tax employees generate and the taxes Navistar pays on personal property and inventory, he said.

Doss charged with murder, bail to be set Wednesday

January 10, 2012

A suspect allegedly involved in a Monday shooting at 1816 Stowood Road has been charged with murder, according to Oktibbeha County Deputy Sheriff Chadd Garnett.

Bail for Kewon Delarryous Doss, 19, of 1816 Stowood Road, will be set Wednesday. It is not currently known what time he will appear before the Oktibbeha County Justice Court. He is charged with killing 38-year-old Larry Davis, his uncle, with what authorities are saying is a medium caliber handgun.

The pursuit for Doss, which Garnett said lasted approximately five hours, ultimately took officers to a pasture in the Rock Hill Road area in eastern Oktibbeha County. When deputies returned to the sheriff's office to develop a new search plan, Doss, with the assistance of family members, turned himself in at approximately 9:45 p.m.

January 9th

Report criticizes 2 county schools’ instruction

January 10, 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 “snapshot,” 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 school’s strengths and challenges, along with findings and recommendations on leadership, curriculum and assessment, delivery of instruction and school climate and safety.

Doss surrenders to police after 8 hours on the run

January 10, 2012

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.

Despite bad weather, Bryant set to take office

January 10, 2012

Incoming Gov. Phil Bryant’s swearing-in ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. today on the Mississippi State Capitol’s south steps, weather permitting.

If the morning weather deteriorates, the ceremony could move into the Capitol. After taking the governor’s oath of office, Bryant will officially become the state’s 64th governor, succeeding two-term Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.

On Monday, Bryant’s 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.

School board begins interview planning

January 10, 2012

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees is expected to produce a list of candidates to interview for the district’s superintendent position during tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting in the Greensboro Center.

“I still have a very positive impression of the pool,” board President Keith Coble said. “(The meeting) is going to start the process in how we move forward.”

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.

January 8th

A final farewell: Devin Mitchell, 1995-2012

January 8, 2012

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 Year’s 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.

MSU-Meridian campus opens new building

January 8, 2012

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.

Committees shape policies at capitol

January 8, 2012

JACKSON — 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 senators’ initial assessments were positive. He said he tried to transcend traditional boundaries of party, race and geography.

“It was an incredibly difficult task,” 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.

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