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Walk-On’s Sports Bistreux taps franchisees for Starkville, Tupelo

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, a popular Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based chain, has more than 100 locations under development in 15 states, and Mississippi is one of its prime targets. Earlier this week, company co-founder Brandon Landry tweeted that Eddie and Allen Gant became franchisees for Starkville, Tupelo and Meridian. Currently, the Hattiesburg store is the only Mississippi location. The company’s website also ...

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Furniture company to permanently close Mississippi facility

A furniture manufacturing plant in Mississippi, open since 1985, is headed for closure. In a news release Wednesday, Flexsteel Industries, Inc. said its Starkville plant, along with a second facility in Dubuque, Iowa, will permanently close as soon as June. The release said the closure could come “sooner or later based on business conditions,” The Commercial Dispatch reported. In late March, ...

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Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

A rain-swollen lake in rural north Mississippi rose at least a foot overnight amid forecasts of additional downpours, keeping heavy pressure on a dam Wednesday that officials said was in danger of failing. An inspection of the earthen dam at Oktibbeha County on Tuesday led to warnings that it was in danger of failing and recommendations that area residents evacuate. ...

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Officials: dam at Mississippi lake could soon fail

Emergency management officials in one Mississippi county say heavy rains could cause a failure in the dam at Oktibbeha County Lake and they’re urging residents near there to evacuate as a precaution. Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency Director Kristen Campanella said Tuesday the county engineer inspected the dam and reported extremely high water levels in the lake and noted the ...

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Plane runs out of fuel, crashes in Mississippi; pilot hurt

The pilot of a single-engine plane was injured when the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed Wednesday night in Mississippi. The pilot suffered a minor head injury and was airlifted to a Tupelo hospital for treatment, Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Director Kelly Campanella told news outlets. It appears he was the only person on board, investigators said. First responders ...

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Proposed short-term rental limits draw debate in Starkville

Supporters and opponents are clashing over proposals to restrict short-term home rentals in a north Mississippi college town. The city of Starkville held its second public input session Tuesday for proposed changes that would affect rentals in single-family residential neighborhoods. About 50 people attended the forum where supporters said that short-term rental companies, such as Airbnb, threaten the integrity and ...

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Drummer utilizes open air to raise profile, sharpen skills

STARKVILLE — On what was likely to be the hottest day of the year Tuesday (Aug. 13), the pops of a snare and beat of a bass drum echoed through the open air on Lynn Lane near Starkville Academy. While musical street performers might be commonplace in destination cities like New Orleans and Memphis, the sight of a lone drummer ...

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Starkville narrows annexation plan after residents say no

A proposal for annexation is being revised after some county residents in northern Mississippi said they don’t want to become part of a city. Starkville aldermen on Tuesday dropped the city’s plan to take in part of the University Estates neighborhood, which is east of the Mississippi State University campus. The neighborhood’s residents turned out in large numbers at a ...

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Teacher says chicken coop teaches 5th graders life skills

Children at Overstreet Elementary School have a coop of new responsibilities outside the school. VIVA Fifth Grade Art Teacher Niki Mulrooney proposed the idea of a chicken coop to the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees, to marry chickens with standards upheld by the Mississippi Department of Education. Their flock of five starting out includes various bantam breeds — ...

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Suit settled over road manager’s treatment of ex-worker

A confidential settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by a former county road employee in Mississippi who accused his manager of making racist comments. Both men are African American. The Commercial Dispatch reports the federal lawsuit was filed in July by Justin Denson, who worked from 2015 to 2017 as a sign technician for Oktibbeha County. A judge signed ...

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