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August 23rd

Commission faces public

August 23, 2013

Community members came out in force on Thursday evening to make their voices heard at the Commission on Starkville/Oktibbeha Consolidated School District’s first public hearing.

Sanitation Dept. crunches budget after rate bump

August 23, 2013

A Board of Aldermen-approved rate increase for Starkville residential sanitation customers aims to help the sanitation and environmental safety department balance its budget for fiscal year 2014.

Veterans with cause march through area

August 23, 2013

It’s been almost five months since Jerry Oliver and Mark Lanham began their “Walk Across America” in San Diego to support the United States Constitution. On Wednesday, the two men made their way along Highway 82 in Starkville on their journey to Washington D.C.

Maben lumber company seeks role internationally

August 23, 2013

Sending lumber overseas required a different type of container than Jim Hunt was accustomed to working with as planer mill manager at Main Street Forest Products in Maben.

August 22nd

Justice Court battles old fines: Delinquent fines exceed $539K

August 22, 2013

Oktibbeha County is still waiting for more than a half-million dollars, but it’s hard to collect.

According to Oktibbeha County Justice Court records, as of early August, more than 2,700 people owed the county money in deliquent fines, or fines that are more than 30 days past due. The list, which is about 56 pages long, totaled up to $539,930.20 in delinquent fines.

Schools taking anti-bullyinag policies to heart

August 22, 2013

Parents and school faculty members are having to consider bullying as another school year begins in Starkville.

Bullying is an age-old problem in schools — one administrators, counselors, teachers, parents and students have to work together to address. Though bullying will likely be an issue for as long as there are children in schools, Starkville’s schools are working to combat it.

College freshmen face challenges with studies

August 22, 2013

As dean of Mississippi State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Greg Dunaway knows a recurring narrative in the lives of college freshmen all too well.

Groups collaborate for bench project at 3 local cemeteries

August 22, 2013

Over the course of 48 hours on Aug. 17-18, Micah Knox and members of Boy Scouts of America and Modern Woodmen of America joined forces to build benches for two Odd Fellows cemeteries, near Highway 82 and University Drive, and Brush Harbor Cemetery.

August 21st

Tax increase plan marches on - Board also raises sanitation rates

August 21, 2013

Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn's hesitant hand raise gave the Board of Aldermen the four votes it needed Tuesday evening to press on with a proposed 2.78-mil ad valorem tax increase for fiscal year 2014.

The vote will initiate a public notice and public hearing process that will culminate with the board approving a final budget in mid September, one that now will likely include the tax hike.

First public hearing set for school consolidation

August 21, 2013

The Commission on Starkville/Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Greensboro Center auditorium.

The commission has held several meetings, which are open to the public, but Thursday's meeting will be the first where the public can offer their thoughts and concerns on the consolidation process to the seven-member commission.

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