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May 9th

Ward 2 alderman race still unresolved

May 9, 2013

A contentious battle for Starkville’s Ward 2 alderman race will have to wait at least one more day to be resolved.

Oktibbeha County election commissioners voted unanimously just after 6 p.m. Wednesday to reconvene today to sift through contested affidavit ballots that have yet to be counted. City Clerk Taylor Adams said the meeting had tentatively been set for 10:30 a.m.

City gets $400,000 EPA grant

May 9, 2013

Starkville has positioned itself to become more environmentally sound. On Wednesday, the city received $400,000 in grant funding through the Environmental Protection Agency for assessment in cleaning up area brownfields.

May 8th

SSD board president ready to be roasted

May 8, 2013

At first, Eddie Myles needed to be reminded what a comedy roast was.

Myles is president Starkville School District’s Board of Trustees, director of the Wellness Connection at OCH Regional Medical Center and a deacon at Second Baptist Church. Between those roles, he said, he hardly has time for TV, so he hasn’t seen televised celebrity roasts.

Manning granted reprieve

May 8, 2013

After transferring to a new holding cell, eating his presumed last meals and making final phone calls on Tuesday, Willie Jerome Manning, of Starkville, received a stay of execution from the Mississippi Supreme Court a mere four hours before his scheduled execution.

Local sentenced on child porn charge

May 8, 2013

Two years after his initial arrest by the Mississippi Attorney General’s office, John A. Brown, 62, of Starkville, pleaded guilty to one count possession of child pornography Monday in the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.

Chad Garnett, OCSD chief deputy sheriff, said the arrest came in 2011 following an investigation by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office.

Two alderman race too close to call pending affidavits

May 8, 2013

A primary election night that left two alderman wards in limbo also produced an easy victory for Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman.

Wiseman, a one-term incumbent, easily defeated democratic challenger Mary Lee Beal by a 1,763 to 963 margin in Tuesday’s primary, according to unofficial totals. Wiseman will face Republican Dan Moreland in the June 4 general election.

May 7th

Ripken Foundation gives students glimpse of college

May 7, 2013

Last Friday, “Iron Man 3” opened at the box office, earning $175.3 million in its first three days, the second biggest opening weekend of all time. On Monday, MSU President Mark Keenum spoke to children from across the state about a different “Iron Man” who also posted impressive numbers.

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School district reports progress on accreditation

May 7, 2013

Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley announced at the district’s meeting Monday that the district has received preliminary clearance from the Mississippi Department of Education of 12 accreditation standards.

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Supervisors OK bond resolution

May 7, 2013

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Monday a resolution for intent to issue bonds for economic development projects in the future.

Joey Deason, the Oktibbeha County representative in the Golden Triangle Link, presented the resolution, which would see the county prepared to issue up to $5 million for future projects, if needed.

Manning’s fate met with mixed emotions

May 7, 2013

A group of protesters gathered at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse on Monday to plead for the release of death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning.

Manning faces execution at 6 p.m. today for the 1992 murders of two Mississippi State University students.

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