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Portion of Highway 25 to be named for former Mississippi State president

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is honored to announce that the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that will designate a section of Mississippi Highway 25 as the “Dr. Donald W. Zacharias Memorial Highway.” House Bill 615 designates and names a stretch of Mississippi Highway 25 in Oktibbeha County (beginning at its intersection with Old Highway 25 and extending south ...

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Short supplies, high demand boost cattle producer profits

Mississippi’s beef cattle producers just experienced the best year in history, and 2015 looks equally promising. Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist John Michael Riley said droughts in cattle-producing states, especially in 2012, resulted in tighter supplies, while consumer demand for beef has remained strong. “Each producer has one question to ask before buying an additional cow to expand ...

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Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the worst he’s seen in six ...

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C Spire breaking ground for new data center

STARKVILLE — C Spire has scheduled a ground-breaking ceremony today for a new data center in Starkville. Ridgeland-based C Spire plans complete construction on the first phase in November 2014, when customers would begin using the center. Mississippi State University’s Thad Cochran Research Park will host the 22,400-square-foot first phase. Two more phases are planned. The city of Starkville and ...

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Tennessee company to discuss leasing hospital with supervisors

STARKVILLE — The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meets Aug. 5 to discuss a 50-year lease proposal for OCH Regional Medical Center by Capella Healthcare. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Franklin, Tenn.-based company originally inquired about the status of OCH in an April 23 letter to board members. How much the company is offering the county has not been made ...

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Commission to hear from public about proposed school consolidation

STARKVILLE — A commission looking at the possible consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha County schools will hear from the public on Aug. 22. The Commission on Starkville/Oktibbeha Consolidated School District also must prepare a report for the Mississippi Legislature by March 1, 2014. The results of the study are not binding. House Bill 716, passed by lawmakers this year ...

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Officials see property value assessments increase

STARKILLE — Oktibbeha County officials are reporting that assessment values increased by about 1.5 percent during the 2012-13 fiscal year. Records obtained from County Administrator Don Posey’s office reflected the total assessed value of real and personal property in Oktibbeha County rose by more than $5 million from 2011-12 to $341.9 million. That figure includes assessed values for all property ...

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Jennifer Gregory believes in consistency at Greater Starkville

Jennifer Gregory was recently named CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Gregory, who graduated from Mississippi State with a BBA in marketing, has been with the Partnership for almost four years. She and her husband live in Starkville with their three children. Q — What are some of your immediate goals, now that you’re the CEO of GSDP? A ...

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Golden Triangle economic development model could be emulated across state

On Sept. 14, government and economic development officials in the Golden Triangle unveiled a plan for an economic development cooperative they say will become the model of regionalism in Mississippi. The Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority will not officially arrive until October 2014. Until then, the Golden Triangle Development LINK (which was known as the Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK) will handle ...

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