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January 12th, 2012
Included among the many full, conditional and medical pardons former Gov. Haley Barbour issued Tuesday were 15 convictions stemming from Oktibbeha County.
The fate of many pardons throughout the state is still undecided as the Mississippi Attorney Generalâs office reviews whether individuals properly issued public notifications in time to receive a Jan. 10 pardon by the outgoing governor.
Mississippi Circuit Judge Tomie Green issued an injunction late Wednesday temporarily blocking the release of a number of convicted felons who received pardons, medical releases or sentence suspensions. The injunction was given at the request of Miss. Attorney General Jim Hood.
At its winter retreat Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the Starkville Board of Aldermen will discuss new plans for developing the cityâs municipal facilities, review its six-fold strategic plan and discuss ideas of its capital improvement plan.
The board will meet Friday from 1-5 p.m. at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership to assess and amend the two-year-old strategic plan and discuss capital improvement plans Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon. All aldermen are confirmed to attend the retreat with the exception of Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins.
The strategic plan is broken down into six specific categories: city services, comprehensive planning and land use, image, infrastructure, municipal complex and regional cooperation.
This weekend in Starkville, the Mississippi Horse Park is literally going to the dogs. Beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-until, the Golden Triangle Kennel Club will host a dog show, competition and microchip clinic.
The entire arena floor will be divided into judging zones, grooming areas and vendor booths.
This event is free to the general public and concessions will be open throughout the show.
Golden Triangle Kennel Club Vice President Sonya Baird said people might be surprised to know how much goes into dog show judging.
At a meeting of the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau board Tuesday, Jennifer Gregory, vice president for tourism development with the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, announced the money visitors spend on tourism in Oktibbeha County annually has increased nearly 25 percent over the last two years.
From 2009-2010, Gregory said, the Mississippi Development Authorityâs tourism division reported an increase of nearly 10 percent, reaching about $65.2 million. She said such reports primarily account for money tourists spend on gas, food and hotels.
In 2011, Gregory said, tourism revenue reached about $74.9 million, an increase of about 14.8 percent. When the two consecutive increases are added together, she said, they approach a 25 percent increase over two years. She said this is a testament to the success of all the CVBâs tourism partners, including Mississippi State University athletics, the Mississippi Horse Park, the Starkville Area Arts Council and others.
Starkvilleâs Friends of the Library will present its ongoing series, Books and Authors, at noon today at the Starkville Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.
This month features Suzanne Marrsâ âWhat There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell,â chronicling the friendship between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Welty and Maxwell, her editor at âThe New Yorkerâ magazine through 50 years of correspondence.
Welty herself wrote, âAll letters, old and new, are the still-existing parts of a life.â
Reading the letters between these two friends and remarkable fiction writers brings Welty and Maxwell to life for readers.
By NATHAN GREGORY
Mississippi State University junior business management major Parker Stewart said he has always had business ideas, but he wanted to make one of them work.
EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Starkville Community Theatre will perform its production of âCabin 12â Thursday at McComas Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University. The play begins at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. SCT members said this play contains language and situations some may find offensive and is not appropriate for children.
âCabin 12,â a one-act play written by John Bishop, is SCTâs submission to this weekendâs Mississippi Theatre Association Festival in Gulfport. The play is directed by Kris Lee and features cast members Paul Ruff, Ben Lang, Rick Jordan and Jessica Taylor.
Matt Crane, MTA public relations director for Starkville, said the competition challenges the community theatreâs ability to put on a one-act show within the confines an hour.
A suspect allegedly involved in a Monday shooting death at 1816 Stowood Road has been charged with murder, Oktibbeha County Deputy Sheriff Chadd Garnett said.
Bail for Kewon Delarryous Doss, 19, of 1816 Stowood Road, will be set today. The time he will appear before the Oktibbeha County Justice Court is unknown. Doss is charged with killing 38-year old Larry Davis, his uncle, with what authorities say 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 the main officers returned to the sheriffâs office to determine a new plan for finding him, Doss, with assistance from family members, turned himself in at approximately 9:45 p.m.
The Starkville School District should have a list of semi-finalists â possibly even finalists â 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.