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January 6th, 2012

Lady Volunteers use defense to win

January 7, 2012

The Hillcrest Christian Lady Cougars got off to a good start against the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers by hitting the first basket of the game Friday night.

After that point, the SA defense only allowed 40 more points to visiting Hillcrest Christian.

The Lady Vols kept the the Lady Cougars in check during a 60-42 victory at home.

Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt was happy to see her squad contest shots.

"(Hillcrest) made some shots after five or six passes and we stopped a couple of things they wanted to do," Schmidt said.

Titans show might in second half to beat Tigers

January 7, 2012

CRAWFORD – The East Oktibbeha Titans were able to show their might in the second half Friday night.

Even though Ethel held its own for the first half in boys basketball action against East Oktibbeha, the Titans dominated in the second half on their way to a 64-50 victory.

The Tigers took a 31-28 lead into the locker room at halftime and East Oktibbeha coach Barnett Robinson lit a fire under his squad during the intermission.

"I told them we just needed to do better than what we were doing," Robinson said. "We were playing very flat at halftime. I told them at halftime we just needed to pick it up, slow down and cut down on our mistakes. Do what we were supposed to do."

Curtis Hamill

January 6, 2012

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Curtis O. Hamill, 88, of Louisville, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville.
Interment will follow at Bevill Hill Cemetery.

Ronald Paepke

January 6, 2012

Mr. Ronald W. Paepke, 63, died Thursday Jan. 5, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of Adaton United Methodist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Mildred Edmonds

January 6, 2012

Ms. Mildred McLaughlin Edmonds, 88, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Neshoba County General Hospital in Philadelphia. She was a homemaker and member of New Hope Baptist Church.

MSU looking to improve after 13-2 start to season

January 6, 2012

The Mississippi State Bulldogs will launch the Southeastern Conference portion of their schedule on Saturday.

MSU, which has started 13-2 this season, travels to Arkansas to face the 11-3 Razorbacks, and unlike the recent past, the Bulldogs have positioned themselves nicely heading into their so-called second season with room for improvement.

“I think there's a lot of room for improvement with this (team), probably a lot more than some of the other teams I've had going into this time,” said Mississippi State’s head coach Rick Stansbury. “Some other teams I've taken into this time of the year, you didn't have that level of improvement left.

Lady Bulldogs let lead slip away in home loss

January 6, 2012

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs held LSU to its lowest point total ever in Starkville.

Unfortunately, the the Lady Bulldogs couldn't take advantage of the off night offensively by the Lady Tigers.

LSU out-scored MSU 14-2 down the stretch and earned a 53-48 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.

The Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Tigers to 32 percent shooting (20-of-62) from the field, but could only manage a little bit better at 35 percent (20-of-58).

"We were passive offensively," MSU coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. "We had a long talk that Diamber needs to drive more and make some things happen. We didn't attack."

January 5th

County approves quarterly OCSO, jail budgets

January 5, 2012

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors approved more than $950,000 for second quarter budget allocations to the sheriff’s department, county jail and tax collector’s office Tuesday.

Each department’s budget is divided into four categories: personnel services, contractual services, consumable supplies and capital outlay. County Administrator Don Posey said capital funds are for buying departmental equipment and inventory while consumable supplies include small-ticket items. Personnel services, he said, covers payroll, insurance, retirement and workers compensation, and contractual services pay for a wide range of binding agreements.

Starkville officer injured after car wreck Thursday

January 5, 2012

A Starkville police officer was involved in an automobile accident Thursday at 12:30 p.m. during what was believed to be a traffic stop on Garrard Road.

Officer Derek Nelson was transported to OCH Regional Hospital for observation after he hit a telephone pole and ran off an embankment, causing the vehicle to roll over and flip.

Starkville Police Chief David Lindley confirmed Nelson suffered a concussion but no other serious injuries, and a neurologist will soon be monitoring him.

City board OKs drug test policy changes Tuesday

January 5, 2012

At its meeting Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen approved revisions to the city’s drug and alcohol personnel policy.

Starkville Personnel Officer Randy Boyd said he has spent the last year reviewing policies from other municipalities and organizations to revise the policy. He said he wants to keep Starkville’s work force drug-free to make services to citizens safe and reliable.

The previous version of the policy limited neutral selection testing to safety-sensitive positions, such as firefighters, law enforcers, medical technicians and city machinery operators. Neutral selection is a random testing policy which not only ensures random selection, but also prevents the employer from waiving the selection.

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