Local news notebook

Construction on
Hospital Road
upgrade to begin

Improvements to Hospital Road is scheduled to start on Monday.
For a period of two to three weeks, the section of Hospital Road between Hiwassee and Reed Roads will be closed to traffic, while access to Trinity Presbyterian Church will be maintained.
City staff members encourages motorists to use Highway 182 or Garrard Road and Jackson Street. Meanwhile, construction work will continue along Reed Road from Highway 182 to Hospital Road.
For more information, contact the city engineer at 323-4583.

SPD seeks public
comments during
accreditation process

Starkville Police Department officials are seeking comments from the public as the agency undergoes an on-site assessment for reaccreditation by the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MSLEAC).
Part of the state accreditation program included an on-site visit in by an MSLEAC assessment team composed of law enforcement practitioners from instate agencies to review SPD policies and practices, interview officers and department staff, and closely examine files to ensure that 121 professional standards are being met.
With the SPD up for reaccreditation this year, a new MSLEAC assessment team will be visiting the department Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
As part of the on-site assessment conducted by the MSLEAC team, SPD employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments on the SPD by telephone between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday by calling 323-4135 during that two-hour period.
Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must directly address the SPD’s ability to comply with MSLEAC standards and, in turn, allow the department to be recognized by the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Once the assessors complete their review of the department, a report will be issued to the state commission, which will decide whether to award reaccreditation to the SPD.

75 scarecrows on
display in Woodland

The Town of Woodland, located 35 minutes from Starkville off Highway 15 North, has 75 different handmade scarecrows on display. 
The display is supported by town officials, local residents and area businesses have really worked hard and it is looking great.  All the scarecrows were to be on display Oct. 2.  Many of them can been seen on the Facebook page of Woodland Furniture.