November 19th, 2014
When Mississippi State Universityâ€™s football team wins, the points on their scoreboard, the fans in Davis Wade Stadium and the votes they receive for the College Football Playoff arenâ€™t the only numbers that go up.
MSU officials now report that the teamâ€™s 9-1 record this season has driven up applications for admission and housing as well as visitors to MSU websites and social media accounts.
Experience has benefitted Starkville Academy defensive back Blake Slaughter.
As he looks back on his last two years with the Volunteers, Slaughter has noticed the progress.
"I've played a whole lot better this year compared to last year," Slaughter said. "Last year was my first year to actually start, so this year I came in with a little bit more experience."
If it is not broke, why fix it?
That has almost become the mentality of Starkville Academyâ€™s offense this season.
Week in and week out, the Volunteers line up to run the â€śpower counter, inside-outside zoneâ€ť and aside from a few tweaks, the scheme has not changed much since game one.
It's one thing to hope to be able to play for a state championships.
It's another to put the time and effort in and really believe that such a achievement can be reached.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers have done what it takes to make that type of season a reality.
Mississippi State is still alive for the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Or at least that's what the week four rankings showed that were released Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1) are ranked No. 4, after spending the first three weeks as No. 1.
A man accused of two counts of armed robbery received a 20-year sentence to the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) with 11 years suspended, nine to serve, after pleading guilty during the October-November Oktibbeha County Circuit Court term.
Starkville police arrested three local men allegedly involved in various burglaries over the weekend.
Officers arrested 31-year-old Elmer Oscar Norwood, of 284 Garrard Road, Saturday morning on suspicion of residential burglary and burglary of a church.
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Former Mississippi Secretary of State Eric Clark spoke at Mondayâ€™s Starkville Rotary Club meeting, giving his opinions on the dangers of polarization in American politics.
When Clark was receiving his PhD in history, Bill Parish, who introduced Clark to the club, was one of his professors.
Leslie Carol Taylor, 39, passed away on November 15, 2014 at her residence in Columbus, MS.Â She was a graduate of Starkville Academy and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville.
She is survived by her parents, George and Glenda Taylor of Starkville, MS; brother, John Matthew (Matt) Taylor (Jennifer) of Marietta, GA; one niece and one nephew.