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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
$12.5 million for
By CHARLIE BENTON
More money will flow into the planned
Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District/Mississippi State University Partnership
In its Tuesday meeting, the School Board of
Trustees unanimously approved the increase 1n
the district’s contribution to the project from $10
million to $12.5 million, bringing the total cost
of the project to $27.5 million. In addition to
the district’s contribution, Mississippi State University is contributing $5 million, and the state
of Mississippi is contributing $10 million to the
According to Superintendent Lewis Holloway, the $12.5 million will be derived from bonds
Starkville Animal Control and MSU Veterinary School officials are reporting cases of the
distemper canine virus in the Starkville area, in
multiple raccoons. The viral disease can infect
dogs in the area that are not vaccinated.
The virus is highly contagious and is commonly found in skunks, foxes, raccoons, dogs,
ferrets and wolves. The Starkville Police Department, SAC and MSU officials urge residents to ensure their pets are vaccinated properly.
Distemper is spread by direct contact, sneez-
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totaling $16 million at the end of January 2017.
He added that the additional $3.5 million from
the bond would be used for additional expenses
for the project if necessary, and if not, would be
used for other potential district projects.
“The bid could come in good, and we save
money. Then we could put more money into
other projects, or it could come in higher, and
we‘ve got to get (more funds), but I think we
need spending authority to move forward, and
this gives us our budget. That’s our spending authority,” Holloway said.
The decision to vote on increasing the district’s contribution was made in a special call
meeting to discuss the partnership school on
Aug. 31, when the projected cost of the facility
See SCHOOL | Page 2A
Sick raccoons endanger dogs
By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY
ing or coughing and indirect contact from
sharing bedding and water bowls with infected
wildlife, according to the joint news release.
Pet owners should take measures to prevent
animals from having contact with any wildlife
or any animal not vaccinated.
Early signs of the disease are thick mucus
coming from the eyes or nose, fever, lethargy,
vomiting and diarrhea. In the later stages of the
disease, officials are reporting seeing animals
with altered neurological behavior, aggression
and staggering, according to the release.
If you see any wildlife that appear to suffer
any symptoms, contact SAC at 662-769-2728,
or SPD at 662-323-4131.
A little bit of rain didn't stop the community from showing its support Tuesday
night to Starkville's and Oktibbeha County's first responders. The event at Fire
Station Park featured live music from Hardluck Chuck, inflatables, face painting
for kids, baked goods and local produce vendors. The event was produced in
conjunction by Volunteer Starkville, Maroon Volunteer Center, and the Starkville
Community Market. (Photo by Alex Onken, SDN)
City approves new budget
By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY
creases, covers new parks department hires
and tackles city staff pay issues.
For the next fiscal year—set to start Oct.
Starkville aldermen unanimously ap- 1—aldermen approved a municipal budget
proved a budget for 2017 at Tuesday's meetSee BUDGET | Page 3A
ing, which includes two incremental tax in-
West Point teacher asks for WWI artifacts
By ALEX ONKEN
Bruce B. Mize, director of social studies at
West Point High School is asking the community to lend him artifacts from World War
I to commemorate the war’s 100th anniversary, for a community event on Veteran’s Day.
Mize said that this is a way to engage children who are plugged into the internet and
accustomed to instant results.
“Today’s kids are more about ;Show me
what you got,’” Mize said. “This brings it
more to life. Especially when you can tie it
to the community such, as items from maybe
their great-uncle or a man who would have
lived a block away from them.”
So far, Mize has only his World War I collection of artifacts to show at the event which
includes a WWI officer’s tunic. He is looking for items such as posters, uniforms, and
memorabilia. He has also received a 48 star
flag and trench art from the National WWI
Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mize does not want weapons because they
can not be shown on school property.
Mize said in a news release, that West
Point played an important part during the
war’s history being home to Payne Field, a
pilot training facility.
“It is my hope to bring to light the important role of the community of West Point
Items that will be shown at November's event include clothing used during the war, a played in the war effort and still plays to this
day,” he said in an email.
48 star flag and posters from the era. (Submitted Photos)
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Mize has also been working with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
on this project.\
“They’ve been very helpful providing information for me,” Mize said. “They also have
given me information on WWI Aces who are
buried in this area.”
In addition to collecting war artifacts, Mize
wants to create a digital presentation to honor
all veteran’s service and have students assist in
creating a collage of all local veterans.
“I would like to ask the community to send
in photos and a description of family members who have served or is currently serving
in the military,” Mize said. “The overall gaol
is to create a digital presentation in order to
honor their service to our country.”
There is no set deadline for submissions,
but Mize wishes to have everything in place
before Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. An open
house at West Point High School North
Campus Commons Area will be held for the
public to attend. He said this event is for all
veterans of all wars.
“This is a centennial celebration that has
been going on since 2014 and will last until
2018,” Mize said. “We call it Veteran’s Day
but it started out as Armistice Day. We have
this because of WWI. It started out because
of that bloody war that took so many men
For more information, contact Mize at
firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a
message for him at 662-494-6665.
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