Archive - Jul 2010
Oktibbeha Countyâ€™s Excel By 5 Coalition completed an integral step in its certification process by hosting a town hall meeting at the annual Back to School Bash Saturday.
â€śThe importance of this step is two-fold,â€ť said Bob Clay, Excel By 5 sites coordinator.
â€śFirst, it provides information to the community about resources available for children ages birth to five. Second, it provides information about gaps in those resources, and also allows us to get feedback from the community so an action plan can be put into place to meet the needs of the community.
Some 248 criminal suspects are scheduled for trial, hearings or docket call during the winter term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court that begins Monday.
The court term will run the next two weeks. Circuit Judges Lee Howard and Jim Kitchens are both scheduled to be on the bench during the term.
Cases involving narcotics or felony alcohol offenses comprise more than 42 percent of the total case docket, with 105 cases scheduled for the court term.
Multiple armed robbery and aggravated assault cases are scheduled for trial during the summer Oktibbeha County Circuit Court term that opens Monday, as is action in two murder cases.
Citizens interested in court proceedings should note that just because certain cases are scheduled for hearing or trial on certain days, other court proceedings may mean that cases being bumped from the daily docket until later in the court term or to a future court term in the fall or winter.
Here is a glance at some of the more prominent cases scheduled for action for the Circuit Court term:
After several meetings, an appointed task force has found that mandating a curfew for juveniles is neither necessary or feasible.
While a curfew for juveniles may aid parents with a home for their children, the city lacks a juvenile detention center and the budget for the â€ścumbersomeâ€ť cost of additional police officers, the committee agreed Thursday.
The City of Columbus, which has a curfew both during the day and during evening hours, spends $110 a night to house a juvenile at its detention center, provided available space.
Two Mississippi State students have each been charged with malicious mischief in connection with recent appearances of stenciled graffiti around the city.
Zachary Harris, 21, of 401 University Drive, and Peter Hammond, 22, of 305 S. Jackson St., were released on bonds of $500 apiece following their arrests on the malicious mischief charges Friday afternoon.
Both are art majors at MSU, Starkville Police Department detectives said Friday.
The two were identified after police detectives received a trip through the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers hotline.
Starkvilleâ€™s sales tax collections for the first five months of 2010 are more than $120,000 above what was collected for the same period in 2009, according to the latest figures reported by the Mississippi Tax Commission.
City officials received the latest tax figures this week. It takes two months for the Tax Commission to process the revenue and report the figures to municipalities.
Skylar Flores, 5, crusied on Carnival Elation to Cozumel, Mexico, with her parents, Nick and Christina Flores, her grandparents, Mike and Debbie Collins, her uncle, Justin Collins, and her cousin, Rylie Collins. To submit a photo for the â€śSummer Funâ€ť series, send it by e-mail to Lifestyles Editor Gwen Sisson at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos will be published regularly as they are submitted, and a weekly prize winner will be chosen. Photos will run in color when available.
Starkville Community Theatre's upcoming summer musical revue, "The A, B, C's of Broadway," will spoof "Glee" with a cast of 18 performers portraying high school glee club members working to determine which songs they will select to perform in a regional show choir competition.
The cast works its way through an "alphabet" of song titles from various Broadway musicals until they find the "perfect numbers" to perform in competition, hence the production's title, director Alison Stamps says.