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Oktibbeha jury to be seated for retrial of Chambers murder

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A major criminal trial will now at least include a jury from Oktibbeha County after an order filed Thursday in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


$1 million snafu: Court ruling determines multiple Lowndes industries have erroneously paid ad valorem taxes for five years

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi Supreme Court decision issued in May will cost Lowndes County more than $800,000 in property taxes for at least the approaching fiscal year.


MSU, Starkville Habitat break ground on Maroon Edition home

Posted 8/15/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After years of trying, Lou-Quan Lucious finally got to see work begin on her Habitat for Humanity home on Tuesday.


Utilities dept. plans $600K project in Pleasant Acres

Posted 8/15/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville is ramping up to begin the first phase of a major infrastructure project and city officials met with residents of the Pleasant Acres neighborhood Tuesday evening to discuss the upcoming work.


MSU lands $100K grant for downtown makerspace

Posted 8/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University will expand its ability to help young entrepreneurs launch businesses and, leaders hope, keep them in Mississippi, thanks to $100,000 grant to create a new makerspace in downtown Starkville.


Oktibbeha announces District 3 Fire Protection Grading District

Posted 8/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County has a new fire protection district that will serve 37 square miles in the northwestern part of the county around Maben.


Starkville church sues sanctuary contractor

Posted 8/13/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Second Baptist Church of Starkville is seeking damages against TCM Companies, LLC in a in a lawsuit filed against the contractor for failing to properly construct the church's new sanctuary.


Maben man to serve 15 years in prison

Posted 8/11/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Maben man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in Mississippi Department of Corrections, with additional time suspended, after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary of a shed, one count of grand larceny and another of possession of stolen property in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Oktibbeha County begins work on $2 million storm shelter

Posted 8/11/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After years of effort, Oktibbeha County has started construction on a long-awaited storm shelter.


Local law enforcement, U.S. Marshals complete crime round-up

Posted 8/10/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A joint enforcement operation between local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Marshal Task Force saw dozens of arrests as officers served indictments and took suspects into custody on warrants.


Call grows louder for legislative special session on internet sales tax

Posted 8/9/2018 in Area

A growing chorus of governments across the Golden Triangle is asking the Mississippi Legislature to convene a special session and consider diverting some internet sales tax revenue to the local level.


Starkville eyes millage increase for new budget

The city of Starkville is looking at an "operational" millage increase to keep pace with rising costs as discussions begin for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.


Oktibbeha stays with Golden Triangle Waste Services

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors voted to recommend the Golden Triangle Waste Services board fire Director Betty Farmer, after a vote to split from the multi-county garbage collection agency failed.


SPD to host National Night Out this evening

Starkville Police Department is welcoming the community to join it at the Sportsplex this evening for its third annual National Night Out on Crime.


Starkville, Oktibbeha eye parks & rec partnership

Oktibbeha County is in the very early stages of considering a relationship with the city of Starkville for recreation. Supervisors discussed the possibility at last week's budget workshop meeting, where Board President Orlando Trainer said Mayor Lynn Spruill asked the county to consider putting some funding toward a park the city is looking to build at Cornerstone Park on Highway 25.


Road manager faces barrage of harassment complaints

A former Oktibbeha County Road Department worker has filed a federal lawsuit against the county and its road manager Fred Hal Baggett. It claims, among other things, Baggett once said the worker looked like a "black savage Viking."


'Peeping Pimp' indicted for spring peeping tom incidents

"The Peeping Pimp" has been indicted for two counts of trespassing by peeping tom from a pair of incidents in the spring.


Road department overtime dominates county budget talk

Expenses for the county road department are shaping up to be major considerations for supervisors as they begin the budgeting process for the approaching fiscal year.


State Auditor's exception report includes updates on area cases

Posted 8/2/2018 in Area

The Office of the State Auditor provided updates on three local embezzlement cases in an annual exceptions report on Wednesday -- including a former area airport manager and ex-employees with Mississippi State University.


Carl Small Town Center writes guidelines for downtown renovation

The city of Starkville and the Carl Small Town Center are partnering to craft a set of guidelines to help preserve the character of the city's downtown.



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