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January 5th, 2012

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.

Norton appeals fine in simple assault case

January 5, 2012

The driver who hit a local cyclist last May, causing a number of broken bones and a brain injury, is appealing her guilty verdict and $50 fine.

Robbie Norton was found guilty of simple assault with a deadly weapon by the Clay County Justice Court in November for her role in the May 22, 2011 accident that left cyclist Jan Morgan critically injured.

Morgan and her friend Kim Richardson were on a training ride that morning when Norton’s car struck Morgan’s bicycle from behind, sending her flying. Morgan’s body landed on the hood of the car and slid to the ground, landing near the passenger-side tire.

Witnesses testified Norton was panicking when she got back into her car and in an attempt to move the car out of the way, ran Morgan over and stopped with the wheel still on Morgan’s head.

UPDATED: SPD officer injured in car wreck

January 5, 2012

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

Officer Derek Nelson was transported to Oktibbeha County Hospital for observation after his vehicle 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.

"It couldn't have been a worse place for him to run off the road. He hit a telephone and flipped over the shoulder of the road," Lindley said. "It looks like he is going to be OK, and that's the main concern. There was some discussion that he would either be transported to Jackson or Tupelo; they're doing that as a precaution."

William Brown Jr.

January 5, 2012

Mr. William Brown Jr., 77, died Jan. 1, 2012, at his residence in Starkville.

Devin Mitchell

January 5, 2012

Devin Rajon Mitchell, age 16, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.

January 4th

City discusses 5 redistricting submissions

January 5, 2012


The city of Starkville has received five requests for qualification submissions from firms interested in assisting with the process of redistricting.

Acclaimed ‘Girl Walk’ debuts in Starkville tonight

January 5, 2012


Starkville is getting a rare opportunity tonight for film, dance, theatre and music fans.

Barbour farewell focuses on spending

January 5, 2012


Condo hearing approved at city board meeting

January 4, 2012


Turning the page: Lady Bulldogs set to open SEC slate

January 4, 2012

Faster and stronger. That's how Mississippi State point guard Diamber Johnson describes women's basketball in the Southeastern Conference.

As the Lady Bulldogs open SEC play against the LSU Lady Tigers tonight at Humphrey Coliseum, Johnson has been trying to send a message to her younger teammates about how tough it's going to be.

"We're going to have to be mobile with it, more patient and get on the same page," Johnson said about what MSU needs to do to have success when it tips off against LSU at 7 p.m.

The Lady Bulldogs completed the non-conference slate with a 10-3 record and just finished a difficult road trip to close 2011.
After losing a decision to Oklahoma State in the Peppermill Classic in Reno, Nev., MSU women's coach Sharon Fanning-Otis watched her team rally against the host team Nevada to pull out a victory.

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