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Contract extended for Mississippi State University president

Oct. 21, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The governing board for Mississippi's eight public universities is extending the contract of Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, and while his annual compensation remains the same, a larger share of it will come from public money. ...

Mississippi State eyes NCAA berth behind Molinar, transfers

Oct. 21, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

Ben Howland believes Mississippi State could be one of his best squads since arriving in Starkville. Even if it’s a while before the Bulldogs are at full strength. The seventh-year coach has plenty to like about a squad eager to follow up last...

No. 5 Alabama rebounds from loss to rout Mississippi St 49-9

Oct. 16, 2021 23:47 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide had a long week. Seven days filled with doubt, disgust and uncharacteristic angst. But a week after Alabama lost at Texas A&M, Bryce Young threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns and the No. 5 Crimson...

District considers shorter summer, longer school-year breaks

Oct. 16, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A school district in north Mississippi is considering a schedule with a shorter summer break and longer breaks in the fall and spring. Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Eddie Peasant discussed the proposal for the...

Mississippi St's McCray-Penson steps down for health reasons

Oct. 12, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson says she is stepping down as Bulldogs coach immediately after one season to focus on her health. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer said in a release Tuesday that she has been...

Mississippi man uses grandfather’s tools to create business

Oct. 10, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When Richard Sparks Sr., of Pearl, died in August of 2020, his family had the daunting task of cleaning out his woodworking shop. The shop, described by his only grandson Ryan Sparks of Starkville, was 30 feet by 30 feet, about two cars wide and...

Starkville hires private company to manage its city parks

Oct. 09, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is hiring a private contractor to manage all of its parks. Starkville aldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday to approve a $15,000-a-month contract with Sports Facilities Management, the Commercial Dispatch reported. The company already...

Recreational climber rescues Mississippi cats from trees

Oct. 09, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — When retired Mississippi State University professor Bob Reese got a call in mid-September from a cat owner in Caledonia on a Friday afternoon, he was there within an hour. Nelly, an 8-month-old black cat was perched roughly 50 feet up on a branch....

New tech at Mississippi school helps teach through masks

Oct. 03, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Starkville High School student Peyton Willoughby sat in his 10th grade English class on Sept. 23 not worried about struggling to hear his teacher because of new technology installed in the classroom. As his teacher discussed poems and literary...

Starkville puts chunk of pandemic recovery money into parks

Oct. 02, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is planning to spend most of its federal pandemic relief money on parks and recreation, and critics say elected officials are ignoring people who need housing. Starkville is receiving $6.2 million from the American Rescue Plan...