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January 11th, 2012

Student uses business plan to promote safety

January 11, 2012

By NATHAN GREGORY

Mississippi State University junior business management major Parker Stewart said he has always had business ideas, but he wanted to make one of them work.

Court halts release of 21 Miss. inmates

January 11, 2012

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

January 10th

SCT performs ‘Cabin’ before MTA competition

January 11, 2012

Starkville Community Theatre will perform its production of “Cabin 12” Thursday at McComas Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University. The play begins at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. SCT members said this play contains language and situations some may find offensive and is not appropriate for children.

“Cabin 12,” a one-act play written by John Bishop, is SCT’s submission to this weekend’s Mississippi Theatre Association Festival in Gulfport. The play is directed by Kris Lee and features cast members Paul Ruff, Ben Lang, Rick Jordan and Jessica Taylor.

Matt Crane, MTA public relations director for Starkville, said the competition challenges the community theatre’s ability to put on a one-act show within the confines an hour.

Doss charged with murder; bail set today

January 11, 2012

A suspect allegedly involved in a Monday shooting death at 1816 Stowood Road has been charged with murder, Oktibbeha County Deputy Sheriff Chadd Garnett said.

Bail for Kewon Delarryous Doss, 19, of 1816 Stowood Road, will be set today. The time he will appear before the Oktibbeha County Justice Court is unknown. Doss is charged with killing 38-year old Larry Davis, his uncle, with what authorities say is a medium caliber handgun.

The pursuit for Doss, which Garnett said lasted approximately five hours, ultimately took officers to a pasture in the Rock Hill Road area in eastern Oktibbeha County. When the main officers returned to the sheriff’s office to determine a new plan for finding him, Doss, with assistance from family members, turned himself in at approximately 9:45 p.m.

SSD trustees say candidate short list forthcoming

January 11, 2012

The Starkville School District should have a list of semi-finalists — possibly even finalists — for the superintendent position sometime next week, school board President Keith Coble said Tuesday.

The school board narrowed down the list of 22 candidates during an executive session Tuesday night, though Coble could not confirm an exact number. The board president will submit the names to the Mississippi School Board Association today.

MSBA will handle contacting the candidates to confirm their spot as a semifinalist and perform the background checks. Once the candidates are confirmed and their background checks are cleared, the board will release a final number and a list of names to the public. Depending on the number, those candidates may be confirmed as finalists.

Navistar secures Marine contract

January 11, 2012

Officials with West Point’s Navistar Defense, LLC announced the company received an $880 million order to upgrade Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps Tuesday.

An Associated Press report on the contract said the work force of about 100 at the Navistar plant will begin upgrading 2,717 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles in January and finish in October 2013. The report also says the upgrade entails removing the body from each vehicle and installing a new rolling chassis system, which will improve off-road performance.

West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the order was wonderful news for the city.

“Any time you get a contract that large, it’s good news,” Jones said.
This order shows why Navistar is crucial to West Point’s economic well-being, Jones said. The city benefits from both the sales tax employees generate and the taxes Navistar pays on personal property and inventory, he said.

Doss charged with murder, bail to be set Wednesday

January 10, 2012

A suspect allegedly involved in a Monday shooting at 1816 Stowood Road has been charged with murder, according to Oktibbeha County Deputy Sheriff Chadd Garnett.

Bail for Kewon Delarryous Doss, 19, of 1816 Stowood Road, will be set Wednesday. It is not currently known what time he will appear before the Oktibbeha County Justice Court. He is charged with killing 38-year-old Larry Davis, his uncle, with what authorities are saying is a medium caliber handgun.

The pursuit for Doss, which Garnett said lasted approximately five hours, ultimately took officers to a pasture in the Rock Hill Road area in eastern Oktibbeha County. When deputies returned to the sheriff's office to develop a new search plan, Doss, with the assistance of family members, turned himself in at approximately 9:45 p.m.

January 9th

Report criticizes 2 county schools’ instruction

January 10, 2012

The Oktibbeha County School District Board of Directors received an evaluation report from the Mississippi Department of Education on both East Oktibbeha County Elementary School and East Oktibbeha County High School, which need to raise test scores this year or risk becoming charter schools.

Each school was visited in early September by a six-person observation team made up of highly experienced educational professionals contracted by MDE. The observations were simply a “snapshot,” one MDE representative said, which included classroom observations, interviews and building walk-throughs to examine factors that would impact academic performance.

The report lists each school’s strengths and challenges, along with findings and recommendations on leadership, curriculum and assessment, delivery of instruction and school climate and safety.

Doss surrenders to police after 8 hours on the run

January 10, 2012

A suspect allegedly involved in a Monday afternoon shooting turned himself into authorities after alluding law enforcement for almost eight hours.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett said Kewon Delarryous Doss, 19, of 1816 Stowood Road, surrendered to authorities after he was sought for questioning in the shooting death of Larry Davis, his uncle.

At press time, charges were still pending.

Deputies responded to a call of shots fired with injuries at 1816 Stowood Road shortly after 2 p.m. Monday and found Davis, 38, inside the home with a single gunshot wound to the torso. Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt pronounced Davis dead at the scene.

Despite bad weather, Bryant set to take office

January 10, 2012

Incoming Gov. Phil Bryant’s swearing-in ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. today on the Mississippi State Capitol’s south steps, weather permitting.

If the morning weather deteriorates, the ceremony could move into the Capitol. After taking the governor’s oath of office, Bryant will officially become the state’s 64th governor, succeeding two-term Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.

On Monday, Bryant’s communication director, Mick Bullock, confirmed the cancellation of the inaugural parade due to the possibility of heavy afternoon rains in Jackson. The parade, Bullock said, is postponed until noon Jan. 21.

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