Financial representative, Barbara Coats, with Modern Woodmen of America, honors ‘heroes’ in Starkville with signs. One of the signs was placed outside of the Starkville Police Department this week to honor the department’s service during the COVID-19 pandemic. In several locations in Starkvi…

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OCH Critical Care Manager Eddie Coats outside of the hospital’s emergency department on Thursday explains changes to their emergency department visitor policy. For this story, read our edition from Friday, April 3 – in print or E-Edition.

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With small businesses feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the $2 trillion CARES act may help some stay afloat. 

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Registered Nurse Kathleen Hilbun shows off a mask made for her by her neighbor Mary Ann Richards. Hilbun has been working the drive-thru testing site at The Huxford Clinic on Strange Road. Since last Tuesday, the Huxford Clinic has been offering drive-thru testing and Hilbun has been at the …

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Starkville High School horticulture teacher Randy Carlisle loads a truck with plants during the school’s Future Farmers of America sale. Charlie Benton reports that the sale has modified its operation due to COVID-19, mainly being curbside delivery for those purchasing plants. The plant sale…

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Executive editor Ryan Phillips talks with OCH EMS Director Michael Hunt about a modified approach to better protect first responders. Making these adjustments to how first responders answer calls will better protect personnel from the spread of COVID-19. For this story, read our Monday (Marc…

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Glo CEO Hagan Walker, left, and VP of Business Development Anna Barker (right).

Following its relaxation of state accountability models and tests last week in the wake of school closures due to COVID-19, the Mississippi Department of Education released further information on the subject Thursday. “The waivers for the state assessments and the end-of-course assessments, …

One of the largest employers in the region has announced it will temporarily halt production in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Yokohama Corporation of North America on Friday said it will suspend production at its West Point plant beginning on Saturday, March 28.…

Dr. Cameron Huxford, Intensive Care Unit Medical Director at OCH Regional Medical Center, sits down for an interview last week as the COVID-19 pandemic began (Photo by Ryan Phillips, SDN)

Hundreds of N95 masks were recently donated to OCH Regional Medical Center from Mississippi State University (Courtesy photo)


The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) climbed to nearly 500 in Mississippi on Wednesday, with 10 cases now confirmed for Oktibbeha County.

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors released a statement Saturday as the county prepares for what it views as the inevitable arrival of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.

With all public schools in Mississippi closed until April and testing and accountability off the table due to COVID-19, Mississippi school districts are entering uncharted territory.

The travel industry is in the midst of its biggest crisis in two decades, but leadership at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport is optimistic that prior planning and smart budgeting will help the airport weather financial turbulence in the coming weeks.

The county’s ongoing Blackjack Road project took another step forward Thursday morning, with the approval of an interlocal agreement between Mississippi State University and Oktibbeha County.

All Mississippi public schools have been mandated to remain closed until April 17 and the Mississippi Department of Education has issued a statement on services offered to special needs students as the threat of the coronavirus persists.

Most courts in Mississippi have been required to stay open and operational by the Supreme Court of Mississippi as concerns loom of the spread of the coronavirus.

As the Oktibbeha County Lake dam situation continues, County Engineer Clyde Pritchard gave an update on the dam’s status at the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists and precautions continue to be put in place, the city of Starkville’s Board of Aldermen has voted to go to essential staffing at least until April 7.

After retiring from Starkville High School in 2010, Paul Cuicchi and his wife Rosemary Cuicchi were looking for a meaningful way to spend their days.

Mississippians will take to the polls next week to cast ballots in party primaries, but the window to vote absentee before the March 10 election will still be open into the weekend for registered voters.

As the Census 2020 gets underway, it is important for several entitles that the count is as accurate as possible, among them the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District.

On Tuesday morning, members of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors met with representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to discuss options for the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam.


The Starkville Rotary Club heard from one of the state’s newest elected officials at its meeting Monday. Newly elected Republican Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell gave a report on his agency after his first two months in charge. Caldwell is a retired United States …


The stricken Oktibbeha County Lake Dam was once again a topic of discussion at the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. 

Current Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees member Wes Gordon is the sole applicant for his seat on the school board as of the deadline at noon Wednesday.