Starkville News Notebook

Reminder: Rally Promo Day Saturday

In just three weeks, thousands of motorcycles will descend on western Oktibbeha County for the annual Sturgis South All-Bike Motorcycle Rally, but those looking to get a jump on registration for the weekend-long event can do so this Saturday.
Promo Day for the 14th annual Rally is set from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in downtown Sturgis. The Rally will be held from Aug. 19 to 22.
Those attending Promo Day can take advantage of the pre-registration fee of $35 per person for an All-Weekend Pass that includes all Rally events and concerts. After Aug. 1, the registration fee for the weekend pass will cost $40 per person.
More information about the Rally can be found by visiting the website at or by contacting Sturgis Town Hall at (662) 465-7970.

Second-annual sales tax holiday under way

The second-annual sales tax holiday kicks off today throughout most of Mississippi, allowing people to save tax on many articles of clothing and several forms of footwear.
The holiday began at midnight and runs through midnight Saturday.
Ron Aldridge, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Mississippi, said in a statement: “Sales tax holidays are great for families trying to stretch a dollar, but they’re also great for small businesses.”
The organization backed the development of the first sales tax holiday last year.
“Small business is the engine that drives Mississippi’s economy,” he said. “The bottom line is the more we can increase consumer spending at our small businesses, the more jobs we can grow and save, and the faster our economy will recover,” Aldridge said.
The holiday allows consumers to purchase many types of clothing and footwear for every item selling under $100. Items costing more than $100 are subject to the sales tax, as are a number of non-eligible items.
Communities opting out of the holiday include: Artesia, Bolton, Crenshaw, Enterprise, Fayette, Guntown, Heidelberg, Leland, Lumberton, Magnolia, Meadville, Purvis, Sherman and Thaxton.
For detailed information for what’s eligible and not and other details on the holiday, visit:

Maynard elected to MEDC board

Jon Maynard, president and CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Mississippi Economic Development Council.
Maynard joined the panel on a vote among MEDC members a recent meeting in Biloxi.
He came to Mississippi from Shreveport, La., where he was the vice president of business development for the Northwest Louisiana Economic Development Foundation, a 15-parish regional economic development organization committed to economic development support for communities in northwest Louisiana. Maynard began his role at the GSDP Oct. 1, 2008. Since that time, Maynard has worked to bring new business to the Golden Triangle and worked with existing industry to expand in the area, officials said.
The MDEC is an association of community and economic development and chamber of commerce professionals from across the state. Members work closely with state and local government officials to improve the state’s competitiveness in the pursuit of new jobs, officials said.
Programs are sponsored to educate community leaders regarding the mechanics of economic and industrial development.
The organization encourages professionalism among its members through conferences, workshops and meetings and by awarding scholarships for courses in chamber, community and economic development.

Auditions set for SCT’s season opening show

Auditions for Starkville Community Theatre’s upcoming production of Paul Slade Smith’s “Unnecessary Farce” are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Playhouse on Main.
“Unnecessary Farce” will be the first scheduled production for SCT’s 2010-2011 production season and will be staged from Sept. 9 to 12 and Sept. 14 to 18. The show is being directed by Thomas LaFoe.
The show is described in the following way:
“Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape.
“But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.”
The show features a cast of four men and three women. For more information about auditions, e-mail LaFoe at

Regional authority awarded $90k grant

The Golden Triangle Solid Waste Management Authority recently obtained a
$90,000 waste tire grant to continue a local waste tire collection effort, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality officials said in a statement.
The program exists for small quantity generators of waste tires in Choctaw, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Clay and Webster counties.
A waste tire account – generated from a fee charged on the wholesale purchase of every new motor vehicle tire sold in the state – supplies the grant funding.
This fee is designed to ensure the proper management and disposal of waste tires in Mississippi, MDEQ officials said.