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How teacher revolutionized school's football statistics

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Rushing through the rain armed with a pen and paper, Gavin Gilbert entered the press box at Yellow Jacket Stadium and began to scribble. Keeping note of that night’s scoring plays between Starkville High School and DeSoto Central, Gilbert -- a social studies teacher at SHS...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jul. 22, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ July 22 The Vicksburg Post on a local district's back-to-school plan amid the pandemic: Since the Vicksburg Warren School District announced its decision to start the upcoming school year on schedule, there has been a debate. Since the Vicksburg Warren School...

Mississippi State coach not worried about recruiting ranking

Jul. 19, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — During a time in which a Mississippi State sports team has not competed in a live game in over three months, much attention has turned to recruiting and roster management. In the summer months, football recruiting is always a hot topic anyway. Coach Mike Leach and his staff have...

Former Mississippi priest indicted in wire fraud case

Jul. 16, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former priest in Mississippi has been indicted for wire fraud after federal investigators said he took more than $18,000 from parishioners for personal expenses. Father Lenin Vargas, who led St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville, was indicted on 10 counts of wire fraud, according...

Mississippi gym's renovation brings friends back together

Jul. 11, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

CRAWFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ball in hand, Tagarrine “Gary” Ellis hops off the ground. All eyes are on him. On the scoreboard, his team trails behind the other closely. The 17-year-old Starkville High School senior aims, then shoots. He scores as the ball swishes in the basket. Over the past six...

Starkville readvertises open parks director job

Jun. 26, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The City of Starkville is looking for a new leader of its Parks and Recreation department. The city reopened its search for a new executive director after the board of aldermen's first choice declined the post, Mayor Lynn Spruill told The Dispatch. The board, at its June 16...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 24, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ June 24 The Dispatch on efforts to preserve the history of Black Mississippians: If you were to somehow be able to spread Mississippi’s history out on a table, the first thing you would notice is a gaping hole in it. It would not be inaccurate to describe...

Mississippi student earns scholarship to flight program

Jun. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A teenager’s 16th birthday is typically an important milestone. That held true for Starkville native Tyler Highfield. Only his big moment didn’t take place in the Department of Motor Vehicles. After about 20 hours of instruction with Circle S Aviation in Starkville,...

Construction begins on new Mississippi State music building

Jun. 20, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Construction has begun on a new Music Building at Mississippi State University in Starkville. The university says in a news release that the official groundbreaking took place Monday on the building, which is just north of the campus’s current Band and Choral Rehearsal Hall....

Memphis to play Mississippi State home-and-home in '28, '29

Jun. 11, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Tigers will host Mississippi State in 2028 and visit the Bulldogs in 2029 in a new home-and-home series. The Tigers announced the games Thursday. Memphis already was scheduled to host Mississippi State in 2021 and visit the Bulldogs in Starkville in 2022. Memphis and...